• Latest Reads,  Literary festivals

    The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival -23-26 July 2020, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

    FIRST NAMES REVEALED: SPECIAL GUESTS AT 2020 THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL Harrogate, 4 March 2020: The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is thrilled to announce its 2020 Special Guests at the world’s largest and most prestigious crime fiction festival. Mark Billingham – Kathy Reichs – Martina Cole Crime writing royalty Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Lisa Gardner, Kathy Reichs, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron and Michael Connelly will be appearing as part of the killer line-up curated by this year’s Festival Programming Chair and Rebus author, Ian Rankin OBE. Mick Herron and Lisa Gardner Elly Griffiths and Michael Connelly From 23-26 July, Harrogate’s Old Swan Hotel – the legendary scene of Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance in…

  • Blog Tour Read,  Latest Reads,  Thriller

    The Holdout -Graham Moore

    My thanks go to Tracy Fenton, for organising the blog tour for The Holdout by Graham Moore – published by Orion Publishing. It was the most sensational case of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It’s an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed. Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever.Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead,…

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    The Foundling – Stacey Halls – Blog Tour post

    I’d like to extend my thanks to Tracy Fenton, of Compulsive Readers for inviting me to join the blog tour for The Foundling. The second book by Stacey Halls, published by Zaffre Books. From the bestselling author of The Familiars, and set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, The Foundling explores families, secrets, class, equality, power and the meaning of motherhood A mother’s love knows no bounds . . . London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned…

  • Blog Tour Read,  Crime,  Latest Reads,  Thriller

    Death Deserved – Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst – blogtour read 27/2/2020

    My thanks to Anne Cater, for including me in this blog tour – and what a book this is. Death Deserved is like a truly unstoppable force, Horst and Enger make an incredible pairing and have written an outstanding piece of crime thriller, published of course, by Orenda Books, a leader of translated works of this field. The Blurb – Death Deserved Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrømnever shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been…

  • Blog Tour Read,  Book Signings,  Latest Reads,  Thriller

    The Guest List – Lucy Foley Blog Tour Review

    My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for letting me on the guest list for this blog tour for – The Guest List – Lucy Foley’s second foray into publishing. A joy to read and be part of, published by Harper Collins Uk on 20th February 2020. Another murder. Another mystery. Guests are called to a remote island off the Irish coast to celebrate the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules and Will. Everything has been meticulously planned, the scene is set, old friends are back together. It should be the perfect day.Until the discovery of a body signals the perfect murder. A groom with a secret.A bridesmaid with…

  • Blog Tour Read,  Latest Reads,  Thriller

    BEAST – Matt Wesolowski Blog Tour Read

    My huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to review BEAST – its always a pleasure to read any Orenda publication, and this of course has been just so. Totally compulsive and true to Matt Wesolowski’s style. Continuing the unique, explosive Six Stories series, based around six podcasts comes a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak and distressing look at modern society’s desperation for attention. Beast will unveil a darkness from which you may never return… In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been…

  • Blog Tour Read,  Latest Reads,  Thriller,  Up-Lit

    The Lie – Hilary Boyd – Blog Tour Post

    My thanks to Laura Nicol of Michale Joseph Books, a Penguin imprint – for inviting me to join this blog tour for The Lie – by Hilary Boyd. Romy and Michael have it all. Over 30 years of marriage, two grown-up sons, a beautiful London home, as well as a weekend bolthole by the sea. If Romy’s had to sacrifice some of her dreams along the way to support Michael’s high-flying legal career, then it’s been a price worth paying. Until the arrival of a letter changes everything. At first Romy can’t believe what it is saying. That Michael, an upholder of the law, with an unwavering sense of right…

  • Blog Tour Read,  Crime,  Latest Reads,  Thriller

    A Wash of Black – Chris MacDonald – Blog Tour Read

    Many thanks to Dylan of Red Dog Press for asking me to join this blogtour – for A Wash Of Black – a debut book from Chris McDonald. IT’S NOT LIFE THAT IMITATES ART. IT’S DEATH. Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead. The body of a famous actress is found mutilated on an ice rink in Manchester, recreating a scene from a blockbuster film she starred in years ago. DI Erika Piper, having only recently returned to work after suffering a near-fatal attack herself, finds she must once again prove her worth as the hunt for the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer’ intensifies. But when another body is found and, this time, the killer issues…

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    The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page – Blogtour Post

    Tracy Fenton – Thank you for adding me to the blog tour for The 24 Hour Cafe – its been a pleasure to read, I have really enjoyed being back in Libby’s world. THE 24-HOUR CAFÉ is about community, friendship, belonging and never giving up on your dreams. Day and night Stella’s Café opens its doors for the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It is many things to many people but most of all it is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want, where everyone is always welcome. Meet…

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    A Dark Matter – Doug Johnstone Blog tour

    Great thanks of course to Anne Cater who does an outstanding job organising a huge number of bloggers to host these blog tours and of course the Authors that write these amazing books, time after time. A Dark Matter is yet another scorcher from Doug Johnstone’s literary catalogue. Meet the Skelfs: well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators…When patriarch Jim dies, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events. Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend…