Knife Edge by Kerry Buchanan @DabblinginCrime @JoffeBooks #BookReview #BlogTour

Title: Knife Edge by Kerry Buchanan

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published:15th April 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

A MESMERIZING BREAK-OUT CRIME THRILLER SET IN NORTHERN IRELAND FULL OF BREATH-TAKING TWISTS

Nic always hated clubbing.

She only went out that night because she’d promised a friend.

She wakes up, naked and bound in an abandoned cottage in the middle of nowhere. Dappled light comes in through a dirty window. Her body is covered in cuts. Across the room her friend groans in pain.

A shadow passes the window. He’s back.

He picks up a knife. He begins to cut her friend. In that moment of bloody frenzy, Nic wrenches free and runs.

She’s finally safe. But this is only just the beginning.

Detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch arrive at the scene hours later. There is no body, there is no sign of the killer. It’s as if it never happened.

YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW IT ENDS? THINK AGAIN.

Fans of Lynda La Plante, Tana French, Patricia Gibney, Brian McGilloway and Helen H. Durrant will devour this electrifying crime thriller by one of Northern Ireland’s newest talents.

Review:

I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Joffe Books for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I love it when I pick up a book and am immediately pulled into the story, and Knife Edge certainly does that.

The story follows Nic, who escapes the clutches of a terrifying killer, but the nightmare for her is only just beginning as he can’t let go and is hell bent on torturing her.

Nic is a fantastic character. Even though she’s been through so much, she’s so strong and determined that I ended up admiring her a lot. Okay, there were moments where her determination made her actions more than a little foolish, but it just added to the entertainment of the novel.

Even though this is more of a psychological thriller, there is still a police presence in the form of detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch. They’re both tenacious characters, who work together well with some much needed banter to break up the tense storyline.

I can’t deny I was a little taken aback by the ending, but I can’t wait to see what Kerry Buchanan comes up with next!

Knife edge is a tension packed thrill ride of a novel that had me flying through those pages.

About The Author:

Kerry Buchanan has had numerous short stories published internationally, including some prize-winners, but her heart lies with novel-writing. Her crime series is set in Belfast and in the rolling County Down hills she sees from her window as she writes. She is often invited to perform her work at literary events or to be a member of panels at conventions, and she loves to help new writers by facilitating writing groups and classes in her local community.

Although Kerry is disabled, her hobbies include sailing and attempting to outwit the slugs in her vegetable patch. Generally, the slugs win.

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Blood Stained by Rebecca Bradley @RebeccaJBradley @JoffeBooks #BlogTour #BookReview

Title: Blood Stained by Rebecca Bradley

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 25th March 2021

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

Can’t find her.

Can’t catch him.

Can’t trust anyone.

The first in a gripping new Sheffield-set crime series starring Detective Claudia Nunn.

Detective Claudia Nunn’s colleague DS Dominic Harrison has been leading the case against a dangerous serial killer, who hunts his victims using a dating app. But now his own wife has gone missing.

Then a large pool of blood is discovered in their garage. And Dominic is the prime suspect.

Is Dominic being framed by a serial killer or will Claudia expose an even uglier truth?

Can’t tell a soul how it ends.

Blood Stained is a dark, twisty and utterly compulsive page-turner that will be devoured by fans of Helen H. Durrant, Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and L.J. Ross.

READERS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF REBECCA BRADLEY:

“Tense, tightly written and I couldn’t put it down until I was done. A definite 5 stars.” Angela Marsons, author of Twisted Lies

“Honestly one of the most gripping – and thoroughly disturbing – things I’ve read in a while. It’s like watching a mind slowly unravel. Highly recommended.” Cass Green, author of The Killer Inside

“A clever and emotional read from an author who deserves to be more well known.” Steph’s Book Blog

“Rebecca Bradley has the knack of drawing you into a book and then you find it hard to put down.” Graham R.

Terrifyingly authentic.” A Chapter in my Life

Slick, absolutely fascinating.” Damppebbles

Compelling, dark and absolutely a page-turner.” Crime Book Junkie

Review:

I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Joffe Books for providing me with a copy of Blood Stained in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve previously read one of Rebecca Bradley’s DI Hannah Robbins series and enjoyed it so I was eager to see what this new series had to offer.

Claudia is tasked to investigate the disappearance of Ruth Harrison. The problem is their prime suspect is her husband Dominic, a police officer. He believes that it’s linked to a case he’s investigating, a serial killer called the Sheffield Strangler. The case is personal to Claudia as she knows both Ruth and Dominic, can she put her feelings aside and solve the case?  

Blood Stained is a police procedural that I felt was a lot heavier on the procedural aspect, focusing on evidence gathering and interviews, which I found fascinating. We go back and forth between Ruth missing and the current investigation and six months previously with the Sheffield Strangler case seeing both Claudia and Dominic in action.

I liked Claudia. She’s ambitious but also a rule follower, keen to solve the case even though this case was emotionally draining for her. There was some good sparring between her and Dominic through their interviews together and she’s not one to back down from a challenge.

I will say I figured out the who quite early on, even though there were a few good twists in there, but the why was what kept me turning those pages. Also, it is not the most action packed of stories but it had a steady pace throughout.

Blood stained is a gritty and realistic mystery which has left me wanting to see more of these characters.

About The Author:

Rebecca Bradley lives with her family in the UK, and two Cockapoos, Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. She drinks copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis. Rebecca served fifteen years in the police service and finished as a detective constable on a specialist unit.

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The Devil’s Mark (DI Graves 3) by WD Jackson-Smart #TheDevilsMark @wdejackson @PantherPubs @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Title: The Devil’s Mark by W.D. Jackson-Smart

Publisher: Panther Publishing

Date Published: 1st February 2021

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Bloody remains. Multiple victims. Ritual sacrifice?

When a blood-stained effigy of body parts is found in a central London park, D.I Daniel Graves must set about trying to discover what it could mean and find the person responsible. Symbols at the crime scene suggest the occult. Who would leave a murder victim in such a way, and why?

As Graves and partner DI Charlie Palmer begin to investigate the ritual and the act of human sacrifice, they enlist the help of Charlotte Gooding, a talented professor specialising in the subject. They hope to narrow down on a motive. Could the killer believe in the supernatural? Witchcraft even?

Then the next crime scene is found. More blood, more symbols, and out in the open. It seems the killer wants the world to pay attention, but why? How are they choosing their victims?

The pressure is on for Graves to put an end to the murders before more remains show up in brutal tableaus. One thing is for sure, this killer is out for blood and is not afraid to make it a very public display.

There’s just one problem. Grave’s past is still not behind him. Someone is eager to make sure he doesn’t forget, cannot move on. And they’re not playing games anymore. There may be an occult killer out there, but now there’s another out for blood, Daniel Grave’s blood.

You can buy your copy here:

Panther Publishing: http://bit.ly/2N14usm 

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/3cOmIZ8 

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3jtetCT 

Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and Panther Publishing for providing me with a copy of The Devil’s Mark in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the first in this series, The Demons Beneath, so I thought I’d give this one a go. It is the third in the series and it can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the other books in the series as some storyline runs over into this one.

The Devil’s Mark is a fast-paced ride of a book. The elements of horror and police procedural combined to make a really enthralling story.

DI Daniel Graves and DI Charlie Palmer made a good double act. Their banter and friendship is so fun to read, giving a bit of light relief in quite a dark tale. I also enjoyed the fact there were some love interests for both characters after what the author puts them through, they deserve some happiness!

I felt this book was a little heavier on the violence/graphic scenes than I remember from The Demons Beneath, but I didn’t mind that too much.

The Devil’s Mark is a thrilling and action packed read that really kept me hooked until the very end. A brilliant addition to the series!

About The Author:

WD Jackson-Smart, 35, is a London-based horror and crime fiction author who has been writing crime and horror fiction since 2011. His novel Red Light was self published on Amazon and charted in the top twenty best selling Suspense / Thriller Kindle books on release. 

His horror short story, What’s Yours Is Mine, was shortlisted for the Horror For Good anthology.

His first crime thriller Slasher, about a serial killer targeting slasher movie actresses in Hollywood, is out now, and he has launched a brand new crime series set in London and starring D.I. Graves. The Demons Beneath is the first in the series, and the sequel From Inside The House was published on July 1st 2019.

As well as his passion for horror and crime thrillers in all forms, WD Jackson-Smart also loves art and design, having studied Fine Art and Art History in Leeds and Toronto and working as a graphic designer for the majority of his career.

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Website: https://www.wdjacksonauthor.co.uk/

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The Last Witch (A Seacross Mystery) by Sabina Gabrielli Carrara #TheLastWitch @Ortensia74 @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Title: The Last Witch: A Seacross Mystery by Sabina Gabrielli Carrara

Date Published: 23rd October 2020

Genre: Mystery

Description:

Back in 1974, the dormant Irish village of Seacross is shocked by the gruesome circumstances of young Margaret Morehouse’s death. Forty-five years later history seems to repeat itself and the quiet life of the coastal Irish village is suddenly shaken by a series of ritualistic murders. Someone had broken the pact of secrecy to obtain justice, but if the truth comes out nobody will be spared, from the future Taoiseach to the local men of power.

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/3cbvrUZ
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Y6ZFA5 

Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of The Last Witch in exchange for an honest review.

A series of ritualistic murders, a small town and a cold case that is suddenly heating up. Can police officer Billy McCabe solve the mystery before he’s taken off the case?

The Last Witch is a combination of police procedural and psychological thriller set in the small Irish town of Seacross.

I enjoyed the setting of rural Ireland, I always love a small town setting where everybody seems to know everybody and there are always some tensions bubbling under the surface. 

Police officer Billy McCabe was a little old-fashioned in his views, but a solid character nonetheless. His personality softened some by his wife Martha and adopted dog Rufus. 

The book got off to a slow start, and I wondered where the story was going, but then the bodies started turning up and the mystery really started.

The Last Witch was a quick read with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

About The Author:

Italian Ireland-based author of murder mysteries with a psychological twist, after a degree in History and Philosophy and some experience in Human resources, Sabina decided to go back to her old passion: writing.

She is a published author in Denmark and currently living in the little village of Balrothery in North Co. Dublin with her husband, their two daughters and three dogs.

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#BlogTour #BookReview Secrets On The Fens by Joy Ellis @JoffeBooks

Title: Secrets On The Fens by Joy Ellis

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 18th February 2021

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

FROM TWO-MILLION SELLING AUTHOR JOY ELLIS COMES ONE OF THE MOST EAGERLY AWAITED MYSTERIES THIS YEAR.

One moonlit night, the bodies of two young people are discovered lying entwined on a blanket in the woods. The young man is clutching a red rose. It appears to be a lovers’ suicide pact . . .

Until Detective Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter look more closely. Romeo and Juliet, as they decide to call them, were murdered somewhere else and brought to the woods. But why?

Then another young couple are found dead, again beautifully posed as lovers. And Nikki knows they have a twisted serial killer on their hands. Who are the next victims?

EVERYONE HAS SECRETS. BUT SOME PEOPLE WILL KILL TO KEEP THEM.

What readers are saying about JOY ELLIS

“Just wonderful to read.” Carole

Holds the reader’s attention from the first word to the last.” Nicki R.

“Compulsive reading, I loved it.” Viv

Riveting tale from start to finish.” Lynne

“Absolutely engrossing.” Olga

“Brilliant book which kept me gripped from page 1.” Barbara

THE DETECTIVE

DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.

THE SETTING

The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS

THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES

Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS

Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS

Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS

Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS

Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS

Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS

Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS

Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS

Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS

Book 10: DARKNESS ON THE FENS

Book 11: HIDDEN ON THE FENS

Book 12: SECRETS ON THE FENS

Review:

I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Joffe Books for providing me with a copy of Secrets On The Fens in exchange for an honest review.

Two teenagers are found dead in the woods. At first it’s assumed to be some sort of suicide pact, but Nikki and her team quickly realise its murder. Another couple turns up and they realise that they have a serial killer on their hands. Meanwhile, Nikki’s mum Eve Anderson and her friend Wendy get themselves embroiled in the cold case of missing an artist which suddenly seems to be heating up.

Wow, I can’t believe this is the twelfth in the Nikki Galena series but not to worry if you haven’t read the previous books as it can be read as a standalone without feeling like you missed too much.

What I love about this series are the characters. Nikki the prickly on the outside and caring on the inside detective who’s perfectly matched with the solid and dependable Joseph Easter. Another stand out is of course Nikki’s mum Eve. She’s been one of my favourite characters for a while now, she certainly hasn’t let age slow her down from getting involved in adventures!

There was an interesting look into Goth culture in this novel, something I thought had died off or they were now all called Emos. I always enjoy a book that teaches me something!

After such an intriguing start I felt my attention waning slightly in the middle of the story, just because there was a lot to keep straight in my mind, but of course that’s just my opinion.

Secrets on the Fens is a solid police procedural, which is a must if you are a Joy Ellis fan!

About The Author:

UK #1 BEST SELLER WITH THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS, DARKNESS ON THE FENS, THE FOURTH FRIEND, BEWARE THE PAST, FIRE ON THE FENS, AND THE GUILTY ONES

OVER 2 MILLION BOOKS SOLD!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, a highly decorated retired police officer, and our four barking mad Springer spaniels. If I do get any spare time, which is rare these days, my one relaxation is painting, especially using soft pastels. We have been here for twenty years now and although I’ll never be a true ‘Yeller Belly’, a native born to this county, I have adopted it as my own. I love the mists, the big skies and the endless waterways. All my books are set here on the Fens, and why not? The location is perfect for murder!”

An Eye for an Eye (Detective Kate Young 1) by Carol Wyer #AnEyeForAnEye @carolewyer @AmazonPub @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Title: An Eye For An Eye by Carol Wyer

Date Published: 1st February 2021

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.

DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.

But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.

As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2LdJpdV

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/35y4g2j 

Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

An Eye For An Eye is the first in the DI Kate Young series and having read a couple of Carol’s other books, I was intrigued to see how Kate measured up to the other detectives.

Kate is a damaged woman. Taking pills to hide from her pain but the trauma still manages to manifest itself with flashbacks that plague her day-to-day life. I really rooted for her through the story, hoping that she’d pull through and catch the bad guy.

As someone who reads a lot of crime fiction, it’s difficult to surprise me, but the killing method in this book certainly did! I’m not going to give it away, don’t worry, but it is one of the most clever and vindictive that I’ve come across in a while. 

There were a few aspects of the story that weren’t a huge shocker for me, but I still enjoyed watching things unfold in front of me.

I think this novel sets up the series nicely, and I think it will only get stronger as the series goes along.

An Eye For An Eye is a dark and intense police procedural with plenty of intriguing new characters to get to know.

About The Author:

USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction. 

A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST and demonstrated that stand-up comedian Carol had found her true niche.

To date, her crime novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’, featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.

When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.

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#BlogTour #Review Australia (Jason Smith 14) by Stewart Giles

Title: Australia by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 14th January 2021

Genre: Police Procedural 

Description:

From bestselling author: Stewart Giles comes another brilliant addition to the Detective Jason Smith series

Detective Jason Smith is sick and tired of the English weather. It’s February in York and the dark, dreary days are getting him down. 

When his wife, DC Erica Whitton wins a holiday to Australia, Smith is reluctant to go. He has no desire to go back home. Against his better judgement, Smith agrees to show his wife and daughter where he grew up. 

The perfect holiday soon turns into a nightmare as Smith finds himself in a race against time to save the only people he’s ever cared about. 

Children in Smith’s home town are being murdered. There’s something rotten there, an evil Smith has never come across before, and the local police are not what they appear to be. 

When his wife is attacked and his daughter is taken, Smith realises he’s on his own. With the clock ticking, and not knowing if his daughter is alive or dead, Smith comes face to face with the worst kind of evil he’s ever encountered.

What readers are saying about Australia

Wow this book kept me well and truly on the edge of my seat, gripping, horrifying, cringes, gave me a lump in my throat, every emotion went down on me, fantastic writing from this author I can never fault him I highly recommend it to all fans out there to read this man’s work totally brilliant’ – Booklover Bev

AUSTRALIA quickly demonstrates true evil with a heinous, horrific, abhorrent incident. Following this, in an idyllic setting, the unthinkable happens. Relentless heart-pounding agonizing suspense will hold you spellbound from start to finish. You will not be able to put it down. The pages will fly by while your heart races on every one. This is a mesmerizing, one sitting, book. ‘ – Eileen

I enjoyed treating about Smith’s adventures in Australia, as always fast paced with sharp, witty dialogue. A family holiday takes a sudden and shocking unexpected twist and becomes a personal crusade as Smith does what he does best and has to battle to piece together what has happened. Well written and believable as we follow Smith’s journey and how he overcomes the various obstacles in his way. Fast paced, enjoyable crime thriller set in Australia in contrast to York – Kirsty

One heck of a thriller – a real page turner. The best Smith story to date!- Carol

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5-Phobia
Book 1-Smith
Book 2-Boomerang
Book 3-Ladybird
Book 4-Occam’s Razor
Book 5-Harlequin
Book 6-Selene
Book 7-Horsemen
Book 8-Unworthy
Book 9 – Venom
Book 10 – Severed
Book 11 – Demons
Book 12 – Deadeye
Book 13 – Motive
Book 14 – Australia 

DI O’REILLY MYSTERIES
Blood on the Island
Lies on the Island

Fear on the Island (coming February 2021)


DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker
Trotterdown a box set of DC Harriet Taylor books 1-3

DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma
Book 2 – Dropzone
Book 3 – The Raven Girl

Trilogy: The DS Smith & Harriet Taylor box set

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS
Miranda
Mistress
Medusa

STANDALONE HORROR
The Divide

Review:

I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Stewart Giles for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Smith and his wife Erica Whitton are tired of British weather, so when Whitton wins a prize of a holiday it couldn’t come at a better time. The only problem, it’s for a trip to Australia, Smith’s country of birth, which holds a lot of bad memories for him.

Convinced by his wife to face his fears and take his daughter to see her heritage, they head off on holiday, but there’s something not quite right. Children are going missing from his old hometown, found days later murdered. The police don’t seem to be taking the killing seriously. Things go from bad to worse when Laura is kidnapped and Whitton stabbed. Can Smith save his daughter? 

Boy, did Stewart Giles put me, along with his character Jason Smith, through it with this novel. I won’t lie, after the attack on Whitton and the kidnap of his daughter Laura, I had to put the book down for a little bit to collect myself.

Having read all the fourteen novels in this series, I often wonder, hasn’t this character been through enough?? But Stewart Giles still manages to surprise me with how far he can push Smith without him breaking completely.

I would say this was a little more heart-rending than other books in the Smith series, which is not a bad thing, but it was a bit heavier emotionally than I expected.

Australia is a dramatic and tense read that packs an emotional punch. 

About The Author:

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. 

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 

3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor: Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. 

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results.  I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. 

The Miranda trilogy is something totally different. A psychological thriller trilogy. It is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. 

The Detective Jason Smith series continues to grow and there are now 14 books including the introduction: Phobia. 

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

#BookReview Motive (Jason Smith 13) by Stewart Giles

Title: Motive by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 31st August 2020

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

In the week before Christmas, two people are brutally murdered in their homes. There is no sign of a struggle and both victims have had their throats slashed open. Detective Jason Smith is on holiday for the Christmas period, but he finds himself in the middle of the investigation before he knows it. There are no clues left at the murder scenes besides a bizarre series of numbers and letters left in random places – E6TOM. Smith and the team are baffled. What is the relevance of this ambiguous message? As the bodies start to pile up, and the tensions heat up within the team, Smith soon senses that someone in his team knows more about this than they’re letting on. Is there a rat in their midst? And if so, who is it? And, why is someone killing people without any obvious motive? In the most bizarre case of Smith’s career, will this be the murderer that finally beats him?

Review:

So I missed reading this book last year, and I thought I better catch up before I jump into the next in the series Australia which I’m on the blog tour for tomorrow!

I can’t quite believe this is book thirteen in the series! It can be read easily as a standalone, but I would recommend reading a few of the previous novels just to get to know the characters better.

Smith and his wife Whitton are meant to be enjoying a peaceful Christmas, that’s until bodies keep turning up with a strange message written in blood. To make matters worse, the killer leaves behind no trace and the victims are all seemingly unrelated to each other. Can Smith and his team figure out the motive and catch the killer?

I really enjoyed this story. It reminded me of some of my favourites from earlier in the series, like Harlequin or Venom. It has a fast pace, a dastardly murderer, and it kept me guessing throughout.

The ending and motive were a little unrealistic, but it didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of the novel.

Motive is a quick, absorbing read that had me hooked from start to finish.

About The Author:

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. 

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 

3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor: Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. 

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results.  I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. 

The Miranda trilogy is something totally different. A psychological thriller trilogy. It is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. 

The Detective Jason Smith series continues to grow and there are now 14 books including the introduction: Phobia. 

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

The Woman Inside by Anna-Lou Weatherley @Bookouture @annaloulondon #BooksOnTour #BookReview

Title: The Woman Inside by Anna-Lou Weatherley

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 13th January 2021

Genre: Police Procedural/Psychological thriller

Description:

Daisey Garrett wakes up in a hospital bed. She remembers her boyfriend has left her for another woman but she doesn’t remember what happened to her. The night she was attacked in her own home.

Daisey shouldn’t be alive but against all odds, she’s survived an ordeal most would never recover from. And her new friend and roommate Iris will help her get back on her feet.

But Daisey’s mind is broken. She’s on edge, drinking too much and as she sits across from her cheating ex, Luke, in the beautiful home they once shared together, she can’t shake the feeling that she is being watched.

Yet tiny fragments of Daisey’s memory are starting to come back to her.

The missing pieces of that fateful summer night are beginning to surface…

The lies she told the police.

The lies Luke told her.

Iris will help her find the truth, won’t she?

A tense, twisty, addictive page-turner,The Woman Inside takes you within the tangled mess of people’s lives and the dark secrets they hold close. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and The Wife Between Us.

You can buy your copy here:

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Review:

I received a copy of this book from Bookouture, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

So this is actually the fourth in the Detective Dan Riley series, a fact I wasn’t aware of until after I’d finished reading. I’ve not read any of the other books in the series but it didn’t spoil anything for me, in fact I’m even thinking of going back and putting other books on my tbr pile now I’ve finished this one.

The Woman Inside is a great blend of psychological thriller and police procedural that created a very intriguing read.

The story switches between Daisey and Dan Riley. Daisey survives an attack after a night out, an attack she shouldn’t have survived but has no memory of it. Dan is tasked to investigate the crime, but with no leads he and his team are having a hard time cracking it.

Dan is a fairly likeable character, trusting his gut instincts and not always following protocol.  I had mixed feelings over Daisey. On one hand, I found her likeable but there were occasions where I got a bit annoyed with her, specifically when it came to her cheating ex Luke, and I just wanted her to stand up for herself.

The grand reveal of the killer and motive fell into the ‘bit out there’ category for me, but it didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of the book.

The Woman Inside is a solid mystery with well-drawn characters and a good deal of suspense. 

About the Author:

Anna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.

Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.

To find out more about Anna’s novels, go to https://www.facebook.com/annalouweatherleyauthor/ or follow https://twitter.com/annaloulondon on Twitter.

Forgotten Lives (A DCI Stirling Investigation #2) by Ray Britain #Forgotten_Lives @ray_britain @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #BlogTour

Hello lovelies! Today on my blog, I have an exclusive excerpt from Ray Britain’s latest novel Forgotten Lives as part of the blog tour organised by Emma at Damppebbles Blog tours but first a little about the book:

Title: Forgotten Lives by Ray Britain

Date Published: 10th January 2021

Genre: Police Procedural 

Description:

A man is murdered with quiet efficiency on his doorstep. A strange emblem left behind suggests a gang killing but when more bodies are found with the same emblem, and one of them a cop, DCI Doug Stirling’s investigation takes a sinister turn. 


But what linked the victims in life, and now in death? 


When more deaths are uncovered, miles away and years apart, but all with the same emblem left behind, pressure mounts on Stirling. Is it the work of the same person? If so, why are they killing again, and why here? One thing is clear. The killer is highly skilled, ruthless, and always one step ahead of the investigation. Is someone feeding information to them? 


Working in a crippling heatwave with too few investigators, too many questions and not enough answers, when wild media speculation of a vigilante at work sparks copycat attacks, demonstrations for justice and with politicians fearing riots, Stirling needs a result – fast! 


Meanwhile, Stirling’s private life is falling apart, not helped when Lena Novak of the National Crime Agency is assigned to his team. But is she all that she seems? Things could not get worse. Stirling takes a call from a retired cop. Things just got worse!


As Stirling closes in on the killer he finds the killer’s trademark inside his home – he is being targeted.

Excerpt:

Prologue

The rider’s eyes flinched warily as the door was opened by a woman. Behind her, a floodtide of music tumbled and cursed its way down the stairs to join battle with noise blaring from a half-open door at the far end of the hallway. The air around them pulsed under the throb of a penetrating bass beat. 

Unable to hear the rider speak, the woman shook her head and walked to the foot of the stairs where she drew in a deep breath and hurled her words upwards, ‘’Wayne! Turn that bloody music down!’ 

The music continued.

She looked at the delivery rider, rolled her eyes and shouted harshly down the hallway. ‘Mickey! It’s a pizza delivery. You ordered pizzas?’

There was no answer, and no one appeared. 

With a hissed obscenity she turned and left the helmeted rider standing at the door, two pizza cartons resting in the crook of an arm, as she walked barefoot along the hallway where she pushed open the door. A fresh blast of excited screams from a television show swept along the hallway and pushed past the rider, out into the street. 

The rider glanced back down the driveway, concerned that the noise might draw the attention of neighbours or a passer-by. 

An aggressive exchange of words was followed by the appearance of a broad-shouldered man in an open-neck shirt drawn tight over his muscled bulk. Around his neck hung a heavy gold chain, half-hidden amongst a mat of dark curly hair. He glared belligerently at the leather-clad figure in the porch, tossed an abusive remark at the woman and swaggered towards the door with the bow-shouldered gait of a body builder. 

Mickey McBride stood in front of the delivery rider and stared hard into the flat, impenetrable eyes that gazed at him from behind the half-raised visor of the crash helmet. 

‘Who are you?’ demanded McBride, aggressively. ‘I ain’t order no pizzas!’

Balancing the boxes on one arm, the rider held up a delivery note as explanation. 

‘I only delivers them mate. Two pizzas for a Mickey McBride at this address, all paid for. That you?’ 

Behind McBride, the woman leant against the door frame, watching the television while glancing occasionally towards the front door until a roar of laughter drew her into the room and out of sight. Seemingly oblivious to the noise around him, McBride’s  nostrils flared at the smell of hot cheese and spiced meats. He swallowed instinctively as his eyes slid greedily to the boxes. 

‘Paid for, you say?’ he demanded, and looked back at the eyes above the neckerchief. 

The rider nodded, tucked the delivery slip into a pocket of the leather jacket and held the boxes out for McBride to take. 

McBride gave a sly grin. ‘Well, seems a shame to let ‘em go to waste,’ and put out his hands to receive the boxes. As he did so his eyes narrowed suspiciously, and he peered over the motor-cyclist’s shoulder. 

‘Ain’t you a bit old to be delivering pizzas? Where’s your bike?’ 

The rider let the boxes tilt forwards. Instinctively, McBride grabbed for his falling prize with both hands. 

He barely saw the rider’s right hand strike upwards. Barely registered the blow to his ribs as thin, cold steel parted flesh and muscle to pierce his heart, where it was deftly twisted, then withdrawn with a soft, sucking noise. 

McBride did feel an explosion of pain fill his chest. The immediate, overwhelming loss of control.  Still  clutching the boxes, he gulped fish-like for air that would not come and fell to his knees. The rider bent forward and spoke into the dying man’s ear. 

Bewildered, McBride looked up into the blue eyes studying him with a cold detachment. A faint glimmer of recognition flickered briefly in McBride’s eyes but was extinguished as his ruined heart emptied, and he pitched forward across the threshold of his home.

The helmeted figure stepped aside and stared down the hall, the knife ready. The woman was still out of sight. Another swell of noise washed down the hallway and over the prone body, smothering the soft snap of a blade being returned to its concealed sheath. 

The rider pulled down the visor, turned, and walked away. Nearby, a motorcycle was started quietly and slowly ridden away. 

A woman’s scream tore the air.

If that has piqued your interest, you can buy your copy here:

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Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3kYeT3u 

About The Author:

Ray Britain’s second novel ‘Forgotten Lives’ follows closely on from ‘The Last Thread’ (2017) with a new investigation for DCI Doug Stirling, the toughest of his career. 

As a police Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) Ray led specialist investigations. He was also a Hostage & Crisis Intervention Negotiator – a voluntary role –  responding to hostage situations, many firearms incidents and numerous suicide interventions, not all of which ended happily. His roles took him to the USA, India, Europe, Australia and elsewhere, receiving Commendations in recognition for his work.

Ray’s real-world experience puts the reader at the heart of a complex, fast moving investigation with all of its uncertainties, stresses  and frustrations, and of the dark, bitter sadness’s of people’s lives. 

Ray also worked with the Serious Fraud Office and the Home Office, London, and with the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Directorate. 

When not writing, Ray might be found mountain hiking, following rugby, skiing, reading, sailing, or generally keeping fit..

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