BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Murder Never Misses by Faith Martin. #TeamJoffeBooks #detectivebook #hillarygreene #crimefiction @joffebooks @faithmartin_nov

MANY MANY THANKS to the brilliant bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for MURDER NEVER MISSES by Faith Martin.  You really are the best and your help pushed this book to the top of the Amazon charts again.  Thank you so much.  Jill, Faith & Joffe Books

Thanks

The Quiet Geordie

I’ve often written how much I like the character of Hillary Greene, and I’m also really enjoying the development of her relationship with her new team, and her romance with Steven Crayle.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

As is usual with Faith Martin’s books, the plots and subplots intertwine, keeping the reader guessing and forcing you to read on.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

I have been waiting for this book! I read a lot of series and some of them serve quite well as standalone. But, this book follows close on the heels of Book 13 in the series, Murder of a Lover. I suggest at least reading that book before this one, although reference is made clearly enough if a reader wants to pick up from this book.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As the stalker antes the game, Hillary is determined to track the final days of the missing women…. and preventing another killing when the stalker turns his attention to someone close to the investigation.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Will Hilary and her team finally solve the case of the disappeared and murdered women?  Are they connected to the stalker, who is currently stalking Hilary?  Will Hilary survive?  Will she apprehend the man, who has been stalking her?  Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out because I am just not going to tell you.  Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh

Another great story of the strong and feisty Hillary Green. She really is such a strong, amazing woman! I’m really enjoying this character. She’s strong, but not in a way where she’s too good for everybody and always pushing them away. She seems like a normal working woman, and I appreciated that.  Read more here

Nicki Book Blog

I love this series.
It’s one of those that you can comfortably sit with and enjoy. Nothing too scary,
nothing too uncomfortable and a smile along the way with characters that you take
to and become like that old pair of slippers- oh so comfortable.  Read more here

What Emma Read Next

It’s an easy enjoyable read and one that you don’t want to put down as it has that feeling that it carries on without you when you are not reading it .. I know that sounds odd but I guess that’s the good writing!  Read more here

Akamatra

This was a nicely paced book and if I had more time I would probably have read it in one sitting, meaning I would have pulled an all nighter. But since I am sleep deprived as it is with Natalia and her waking up to breastfeed all night, I didn’t finish it for a few days. I loved the twist of the story but I can’t tell you more without spoiling it for you.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

The book is a good read but as we know who the stalker is it takes something of the mystery away out of the book.  This doesn’t detract though as we don’t know how involved he was in the other case, if at all, and also how far he will go with the stalking.  Read more here


MURDER NEVER MISSESMURDER NEVER MISSES by Faith Martin

Available from: Amazon

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS SOLVING THE COLD CASES NO ONE ELSE COULD CRACK.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WALK A NARROW MILE.”

Three missing young women. One evil stalker. But Hillary doesn’t think it all adds up.

Hillary is recovering from the vicious attack by her stalker. It appears that he is also behind the disappearance and murder of three women. Her bosses want these unsolved cases closed, but Hillary has a theory that will shock everyone.

However, as the truth comes to light, Hillary and the team are faced with a dire emergency — can they prevent an imminent murder?

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER NEVER MISSES is the fourteenth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WALK A NARROW MILE.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK
BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES
BOOK 13: MURDER OF A LOVER
BOOK 14: MURDER NEVER MISSES

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Murder Never Misses by Faith Martin. #TeamJoffeBooks #detectivebook #hillarygreene #crimefiction @joffebooks @faithmartin_nov

MANY MANY THANKS to the brilliant bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for MURDER NEVER MISSES by Faith Martin.  You really are the best and your help pushed this book to the top of the Amazon charts again.  Thank you so much.  Jill, Faith & Joffe Books

Thanks

The Quiet Geordie

I’ve often written how much I like the character of Hillary Greene, and I’m also really enjoying the development of her relationship with her new team, and her romance with Steven Crayle.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

As is usual with Faith Martin’s books, the plots and subplots intertwine, keeping the reader guessing and forcing you to read on.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

I have been waiting for this book! I read a lot of series and some of them serve quite well as standalone. But, this book follows close on the heels of Book 13 in the series, Murder of a Lover. I suggest at least reading that book before this one, although reference is made clearly enough if a reader wants to pick up from this book.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As the stalker antes the game, Hillary is determined to track the final days of the missing women…. and preventing another killing when the stalker turns his attention to someone close to the investigation.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Will Hilary and her team finally solve the case of the disappeared and murdered women?  Are they connected to the stalker, who is currently stalking Hilary?  Will Hilary survive?  Will she apprehend the man, who has been stalking her?  Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out because I am just not going to tell you.  Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh

Another great story of the strong and feisty Hillary Green. She really is such a strong, amazing woman! I’m really enjoying this character. She’s strong, but not in a way where she’s too good for everybody and always pushing them away. She seems like a normal working woman, and I appreciated that.  Read more here

Nicki Book Blog

I love this series.
It’s one of those that you can comfortably sit with and enjoy. Nothing too scary,
nothing too uncomfortable and a smile along the way with characters that you take
to and become like that old pair of slippers- oh so comfortable.  Read more here

What Emma Read Next

It’s an easy enjoyable read and one that you don’t want to put down as it has that feeling that it carries on without you when you are not reading it .. I know that sounds odd but I guess that’s the good writing!  Read more here

Akamatra

This was a nicely paced book and if I had more time I would probably have read it in one sitting, meaning I would have pulled an all nighter. But since I am sleep deprived as it is with Natalia and her waking up to breastfeed all night, I didn’t finish it for a few days. I loved the twist of the story but I can’t tell you more without spoiling it for you.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

The book is a good read but as we know who the stalker is it takes something of the mystery away out of the book.  This doesn’t detract though as we don’t know how involved he was in the other case, if at all, and also how far he will go with the stalking.  Read more here


MURDER NEVER MISSESMURDER NEVER MISSES by Faith Martin

Available from: Amazon

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS SOLVING THE COLD CASES NO ONE ELSE COULD CRACK.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WALK A NARROW MILE.”

Three missing young women. One evil stalker. But Hillary doesn’t think it all adds up.

Hillary is recovering from the vicious attack by her stalker. It appears that he is also behind the disappearance and murder of three women. Her bosses want these unsolved cases closed, but Hillary has a theory that will shock everyone.

However, as the truth comes to light, Hillary and the team are faced with a dire emergency — can they prevent an imminent murder?

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER NEVER MISSES is the fourteenth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WALK A NARROW MILE.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK
BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES
BOOK 13: MURDER OF A LOVER
BOOK 14: MURDER NEVER MISSES

BLOG TOUR: Another Good Killing by Stephen Puleston #inspectormarco #anothergoodkilling #bookreview #blogtour #policeprocedural #detectivebook @inspector_marco

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for ANOTHER GOOD KILLING by Stephen Puleston.  This is Book 2 in the brilliant Inspector Marco series. The series just gets better and better I simply couldnt put this book down I was gripped from the very beginning.

Another-Good-Killing - coverAnother Good Killing (Inspector Marco #2)

Available from Amazon

Does any man deserve to die?

When a well-connected and wealthy banker is found dead in his luxury car in the middle of Cardiff, the motive for the crime seems clear. The killer even left a note telling the world the man deserved to die, simply for his greed.
But despite the obvious clues, seasoned detective, John Marco has his doubts that this was just a disgruntled employee. The killing was too clean, the crime scene too perfect. Marco also has a gut feeling that the family of the victim are hiding something…

And when another business executive is murdered, Marco’s fears come true – there is now a serial killer to catch. An online video points to a violent anarchist group, determined to make the bankers pay for their perceived sins. But Marco doubts a ragtag bunch of anarchists would be granted breathing space in the world of the sophisticated uber rich.

As the case progresses and Marco starts piecing together the clues, things take a dramatic twist when a member of Marco’s team is kidnapped. Now the killer has made things personal and Marco faces a race against time to bring the murder to justice – before it’s too late…


My Review

I have to admit I am really getting to love these Marco books I hope Stephen has more planned.

In the previous books Marco gives the impression of being a bit like a spoiled child.  That changes in this book when he is forced to wake up and smell the coffee and he realises that he can cope with the struggles life throws at him without a bottle.

The story begins with a man being found dead in his car.  Investigations uncover a lot of issues.  Dolman is a banker hated by a group of people.  The relationship with his wife has disintegrated and he was in the process of making changes that didn’t go down well with his sons.  So a long list of possible suspects but all seem to have alibis or little in the way of motive.  Then there is the murder weapon, a Stiletto blade is a feminine type of weapon but would a woman have the strength to murder so quickly and cleanly?

There is a lot going on in the book as we follow the team unravelling strands and making little progress.  All through the book there is the suspense that keeps the adrenaline pumping and the pages turning.  Personal issues also make an appearance and that just adds to the suspense.  Twist and turns around every corner and the unlikeable Hobbs waiting in the wings to take over if Marco fails.

WOW this was a real page-turner the series is upping its game with every book and I cant wait to read the next in the series.

5 big shiny stars from me

5 Golden stars


Stephen Puleston author photoAuthor Bio

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.

I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.

I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

Links

Website: www.stephenpuleston.co.uk

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/stephenpuleston

Twitter:  @inspector_marco

BLOG TOUR: Another Good Killing by Stephen Puleston #inspectormarco #anothergoodkilling #bookreview #blogtour #policeprocedural #detectivebook @inspector_marco

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for ANOTHER GOOD KILLING by Stephen Puleston.  This is Book 2 in the brilliant Inspector Marco series. The series just gets better and better I simply couldnt put this book down I was gripped from the very beginning.

Another-Good-Killing - coverAnother Good Killing (Inspector Marco #2)

Available from Amazon

Does any man deserve to die?

When a well-connected and wealthy banker is found dead in his luxury car in the middle of Cardiff, the motive for the crime seems clear. The killer even left a note telling the world the man deserved to die, simply for his greed.
But despite the obvious clues, seasoned detective, John Marco has his doubts that this was just a disgruntled employee. The killing was too clean, the crime scene too perfect. Marco also has a gut feeling that the family of the victim are hiding something…

And when another business executive is murdered, Marco’s fears come true – there is now a serial killer to catch. An online video points to a violent anarchist group, determined to make the bankers pay for their perceived sins. But Marco doubts a ragtag bunch of anarchists would be granted breathing space in the world of the sophisticated uber rich.

As the case progresses and Marco starts piecing together the clues, things take a dramatic twist when a member of Marco’s team is kidnapped. Now the killer has made things personal and Marco faces a race against time to bring the murder to justice – before it’s too late…


My Review

I have to admit I am really getting to love these Marco books I hope Stephen has more planned.

In the previous books Marco gives the impression of being a bit like a spoiled child.  That changes in this book when he is forced to wake up and smell the coffee and he realises that he can cope with the struggles life throws at him without a bottle.

The story begins with a man being found dead in his car.  Investigations uncover a lot of issues.  Dolman is a banker hated by a group of people.  The relationship with his wife has disintegrated and he was in the process of making changes that didn’t go down well with his sons.  So a long list of possible suspects but all seem to have alibis or little in the way of motive.  Then there is the murder weapon, a Stiletto blade is a feminine type of weapon but would a woman have the strength to murder so quickly and cleanly?

There is a lot going on in the book as we follow the team unravelling strands and making little progress.  All through the book there is the suspense that keeps the adrenaline pumping and the pages turning.  Personal issues also make an appearance and that just adds to the suspense.  Twist and turns around every corner and the unlikeable Hobbs waiting in the wings to take over if Marco fails.

WOW this was a real page-turner the series is upping its game with every book and I cant wait to read the next in the series.

5 big shiny stars from me

5 Golden stars


Stephen Puleston author photoAuthor Bio

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.

I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.

I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

Links

Website: www.stephenpuleston.co.uk

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/stephenpuleston

Twitter:  @inspector_marco

NEW STEWART GILES book: Harriet Taylor #3 – Cover reveal & synopsis #coverreveal #newrelease #crimefiction #detectivebook #policeprocedural #dcharriettaylor @stewartgiles

THE BACKPACKER – coming soon

I am very excited to be revealing the cover and synopsis for an absolutely stunning new addition to the DC Harriet Taylor series.  If you loved THE BEEKEEPER & THE PERFECT MURDER or the SMITH series then you will absolutely love this.  Stewart is now self-publishing ALL his books so watch this space for more news or better still you can sign up to his new READERS CLUB and be first to hear about upcoming books and other news.

 

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The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor #3) by Stewart Giles

www.stewartgiles.com

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new detective story set on the Cornish coast. Where the pretty villages and towns hold some very dark secrets.

WHAT IS THE SECRET AT LANDELL’S FARM?

A girl’s body is found hidden in a remote spot of a Cornish Farm. The same farm that a young girl ran towards, to escape her pursuer, many years before. Detective Harriet Taylor has to abandon her day out to investigate.
As Littlemore and the forensics team get to work they uncover another mystery hidden among the rocks.
Who would kill a young backpacker who hurt nobody? Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago?
As Harriet and the team get to work they find more questions than answers. What secrets is the sleepy Cornish village hiding?

This is a fast-paced page-turner that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing right up to the shocking end.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

 

THE SETTING
Trotterdown and the surrounding villages is a fictional village in Cornwall. It is typical of Cornish villages with remote farms and sleepy Cornish stone cottages. However, the area is steeped in history and the residents of the quaint cottages have their share of myths and secrets making it the ideal setting for this series.

 

THE DETECTIVE
DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

 

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper   link to The Beekeeper Blog Tour post
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder  Link to The Perfect Murder Blog Tour post
Book 3 – The Backpacker

 

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia   Link to Phobia Blog Tour Post
Book 1 – Smith   Link to Smith Blog Tour post
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy   Link to Unworthy Blog Tour post

 

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BLOG TOUR: Blue Murder by Mark Fowler #crimefiction #kindleunlimited #policeprocedural #Tyler&Mills @MFowlerAuthor

First of all I would like to thank Mark L Fowler and Simon L Leonard for inviting me on this Blog Tour. I read the 1st book in this series: RED IS THE COLOUR and loved it. This one is being self-published by Mark which I why I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to read an advance copy and share my review. A 5 star review of course:)

BLUE MURDER COVER.jpgBLUE MURDER by Mark L Fowler

Available from Amazon

Fame. Fortune. Murder.

April 2003. Johnny and the Swamp Seeds are on the cusp of success when singer Johnny Richards goes missing. The body of a young man is found in the local canal.

But the dead man is not Johnny Richards.

DCI Jim Tyler leads the investigation into the brutal murder of Adam Lane, ex band member and friend of Richards since schooldays. Is the disappearance related? Is Richards alive or dead? Was he responsible for the death of his friend?

DS Danny Mills has concerns for DCI Tyler. The demons from Tyler’s past have caught up with him, threatening to tip him over the edge. Meanwhile, news of the singer’s disappearance has gone viral, sending the band to the top of the charts and turning a national spotlight on the case. Tyler is under immense pressure and Mills can see the cracks spreading.

Will Tyler and Mills find out what happened to Johnny Richards, and who killed Adam Lane – or is catastrophe looming for the stricken detective?


My Review

Having read RED IS THE COLOUR I was very much looking forward to this 2nd book in the Tyler & Mills series.  I wasn’t disappointed the book had me hooked from the very first page and I became more engrossed in the story with each page.

It is an intriguing story with so many jaw-dropping twists and turns that I just kept turning page after page.I do like the way the stories in Mark’s books seem to begin in school and I think that makes them all the more believable because many adults are affected one way or another with how their schooldays shaped them.

Tyler’s relationship with the head of the local school brings a different issue into the story and in this book we learn a little more about Tyler’s traumatic childhood and I think that is what makes the story because he can sympathise with some of the characters and that shows that the author was thinking long-term about this series rather than adding on a book at a time which often happens.  This comes across very strongly in the way the different strands link up and create a robust story that keeps the reader’s attention from the first page to the last.

This is a psychological thriller at its very best we see into the minds of several of the characters as they develop throughout the book.  The suspense builds but it is impossible to foresee the ending until the very end.

WOW a brilliant read and I am so pleased I had the opportunity to enjoy it.

More please Mark, as soon as possible.

5 golden stars from me.5 Golden stars

 

 

mark fowlerAuthor Bio

Mark is the writer of the crime series featuring Tyler and Mills. The first book to feature the detectives, RED IS THE COLOUR, was shortlisted for the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize. The second book, BLUE MURDER, can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

He is also the author of THE MAN UPSTAIRS, featuring hard-boiled detective Frank Miller, and SILVER, a psychological thriller. Mark’s first book, COFFIN MAKER, continues to defy any attempts to categorise it.

BLOG TOUR: Murder Never Misses #HillaryGreene #crimefiction #detective #netgalley #murdernevermisses #guestreview @joffebooks @faithmartin_nov

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for MURDER NEVER MISSES by Faith Martin.   This is book 14 in the bestselling Hillary Greene series which is published by the brilliant JOFFE BOOKS.  Maggie May kindly gave her full permission for me to share her 5star review.

MURDER NEVER MISSESMURDER NEVER MISSES by Faith Martin

Available from: Amazon

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS SOLVING THE COLD CASES NO ONE ELSE COULD CRACK.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WALK A NARROW MILE.”

Three missing young women. One evil stalker. But Hillary doesn’t think it all adds up.

Hillary is recovering from the vicious attack by her stalker. It appears that he is also behind the disappearance and murder of three women. Her bosses want these unsolved cases closed, but Hillary has a theory that will shock everyone.

However, as the truth comes to light, Hillary and the team are faced with a dire emergency — can they prevent an imminent murder?

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER NEVER MISSES is the fourteenth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WALK A NARROW MILE.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK
BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES
BOOK 13: MURDER OF A LOVER
BOOK 14: MURDER NEVER MISSES


Guest review by Maggie May:

Surpasses all previous books!

For me this is the most exciting book to date in the D.I. Hillary Greene series. Not that she is a D.I. anymore but a civillian consultant, although she nevere corrects anyone who calls her D.I. and positively dislikes Mrs Greene, because it brings back unpleasant memories of her former, not lamented, husband.  Maggie May

We were left with a real cliff hanger of a climax at the end of the last book, and this book the follow on surpasses it! I note books 15-17 in this series are due to be released soon. Please Faith – write book 18!


Author photoAUTHOR BIO

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 13 books in the series are available now.
Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

 

FEATURE FRIDAY #2 – CHRIS COLLETT #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #DIMariner #detectivebook #thriller #featurefriday @crime_crow @joffebooks

My FRIDAY FEATURE today is Chris Collett, author of the brilliant DI Mariner series. The setting for this series is Birmingham. When people think of Birmingham the first thoughts are Bull Ring and airport. BUT Birmingham is so much more than that. Therefore, I am going to start with a piece that Chris wrote about the setting and the area. Then read on for information about the books in this brilliant series and we round off with her thoughts on her publisher: JOFFE BOOKS.

Location, location, location..

DSC_0019I’m often asked about the location for the Mariner books, Britain’s second city, Birmingham. It’s not my home turf, I grew up somewhere very different – a seaside town in Norfolk – and never envisaged that I would spend my adult life land-locked. My first impressions were formed when I went away to college and the regular train journey took me from the east to the west of the country, via the midlands. What I saw of Birmingham I didn’t much like; rows and rows of tower blocks, the vast concrete structures of Spaghetti Junction and the sprawling industrial hinterland of the Black Country. Added to which, I’d grown up in the 1970s, when the word Birmingham was usually followed by the phrase ‘pub bombings’.P1010826.JPG

But when I graduated in the early 1980s jobs were scarce, so when my first offer came from Birmingham I took it, confident that after a couple of years I would move on. But fate had other ideas and in a matter of weeks I met my husband-to-be, a Brummie born and bred, so here I have stayed. And now, having really got to know the city, my preconceptions have been well and truly overturned and I often find myself coming to its defence.  DSC_0170Although founded on a rich heritage, Birmingham’s rapid evolution, especially in the last twenty years or so, and its diverse population means that it retains a brash, edgy and slightly dangerous feel. It’s the perfect setting for a crime series as it really does have everything, including some surprising and fascinating features. There’s far more to the city than the bull ring, spaghetti junction and the maligned Brummy accent!

WP_20161111_10_47_42_Pro.jpgSo, how much of the real Birmingham is in the books? The suburb of Bournville – home to the fictional Granville Lane police station – and the nearby University of course, really do exist. Readers familiar with Birmingham will recognise the state of the art Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with its military facility.  Brindley Place, the Jewellery Quarter and Chinatown all provide wonderful locations, and it is a short drive out from the suburbs into rural Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and the Welsh borders. All of these and more feature in the Mariner novels. But there are also innumerable P1020517places that exist only in my head. Mariner’s own little corner of the city, Kings Mead and his canal side home are entirely fictional, although a number of readers have told me they know it!

 


DEADLY LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]DEADLY LIES (DI Tom Mariner #1)  Amazon

Journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home. A syringe is in his arm and a note by his side reads, ‘No More.’

Open and shut case of suicide? Not for DI Mariner. Hours before, he saw Barham picking up a woman in a bar. And then Mariner discovers Barham’s younger brother, Jamie, hiding in a cupboard under the stairs.

Jamie is the only witness to his brother’s death, but his severe autism makes communication almost impossible. Mariner is determined to connect with Jamie and get to the truth. Is the journalist’s death related to his investigation of a local crime kingpin?

What other dark secrets does Jamie hold the key to and can Mariner keep his relationship professional with Barham’s attractive sister, Anna?

In a nail-biting conclusion, Mariner races against time to prevent more lives being lost.

 

INNOCENT LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]INNOCENT LIES (DI Tom Mariner #2)  Amazon

Two teenagers go missing on the same day. Just a coincidence?

They are from very different backgrounds: Yasmin is the talented, grammar-school-educated daughter of devout Muslim professionals. Ricky disappears after storming out of his council house after an argument with his mum’s latest boyfriend.

DI Mariner knows Ricky’s mother from his days in uniform. He is furious when his superiors take him off Ricky’s case and reassign him to the more politically sensitive investigation. The press — and his bosses — are convinced that Yasmin’s disappearance is a racially motivated abduction. Her family have been the target of a far right group.

But Mariner soon discovers that Yasmin is far from the innocent victim her parents think she is. Can he get to the bottom of a perplexing case where no one is what they seem?

Find out the answers in this crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

 

KILLER LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]KILLER LIES (DI Tom Mariner #3)  Amazon

First, a badly decomposed body of a young woman is found in a Birmingham sewer. The police can’t identify her and dub her “Madeleine.”

Then an important politician and his wife are shot on an isolated road. “Vengeance is mine” is scrawled in blood at the scene.

And finally, a bomb explosion in the busy city kills five people, causing chaos and panic.

Can Detective Mariner and his team get to the bottom of crimes that will come very close to home for him and his team?

Mariner will need to bend the rules and risk everything to get to the truth. And in a thrilling conclusion, his own life will be threatened.

 

BABY LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]BABY LIES (DI Tom Mariner #4)   Amazon

Six-week-old baby Jessica is abducted from a local nursery. And Detective Tom Mariner realises he’s not going to get the time-off he was hoping for.

The police get a good description of the woman who took Jessica, but the appeal to the public doesn’t generate a single lead.

Then the kidnapper calls demanding money for Jessica’s safe return . . . and a terrible discovery is made in the woods.

Can Mariner get to bottom of a complex case which involves much more than child abduction?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

 

MARRIED LIES 2

MARRIED LIES (Tom Mariner #5)  Amazon

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.


Chris Collett author photo jpgCHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Links

Website: www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477


 

WrIB (27)Some years ago, when I was first seeking a publisher, I received an offer from a major publishing house, but on the proviso that the books were rewritten with London as the setting.  Turning down that offer was a big deal – it was the best I’d had at that point – but I’ve never had cause to regret that decision.

By Chris Collett


THE DI TOM MARINER SERIES

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies
Book 4: Baby Lies
Book 5: Married Lies


What Chris thinks of her publisher

My name’s Chris Collett and I’m a writer.

I have no idea what brought my books to the attention of Jasper Joffe early in 2017, but every day since June of the same year, I have marvelled at my good fortune that something, or someone, did.

The first in the DI Tom Mariner series (then called ‘Worm in the Bud’) was published back in 2004 by a small indie publisher, which has since been swallowed up by a much larger conglomerate. Before the ink on the contract was dry, the advice from my agent was: ‘Don’t give up the day job.’ Wise words indeed. But hey, I was published! Surely it was just a matter of time..? That first was very much a traditional publishing experience with a mostly DIY approach to publicity; an unknown author gets virtually no marketing budget or support. And guess what? After a brief, mild flurry of interest and handful of reviews – some, it must be said, from supportive friends and family – each book sank without trace.

I’d made a decision right from the start to leave the sales and royalties to my accountant other half. Conversations with other euphemistically-named ‘mid-list’ authors had indicated early on that to do otherwise was the road to certain madness. It meant I could respond to the question: ‘How are the books doing?’ with an airy vagueness, and people soon gave up asking. I told myself – truthfully, as it happens – that publication alone was far more than I had ever expected and contented myself with that. I would go on being a teacher who writes a bit.

It came as no surprise that when the small publisher was taken over, the contracts dried up. I was grateful then to be picked up by an even more ‘traditional’ publisher that catered largely for the shrinking library market. But frustrations around (exorbitant) pricing and (non-existent) marketing continued. Having reverted rights to the first three books, I dabbled in self-publication and began selling, if not in huge numbers, with greater regularity; one or two each week.

In January 2016 I retired from the day job to “spend more time with my laptop” and to at last have time to really focus on my writing career, such as it was. More than ever, I felt like a fraud. Until on Sunday 22nd January 2017 (6.52pm to be precise), when everything changed.

All it took was a simple, four-line email asking if I’d be interested in working with a new publisher – Joffe Books. It’s hard to believe now but alongside the inevitable curiosity, my first reaction was also one of deep suspicion. Who was this chancer, Jasper Joffe? Was he about to inveigle the rights to my books and then rip me off? How did he find out about me? Given what I knew about publishing, how could this possibly be kosher? A conversation followed in which the promises sounded too good to be true. I even contacted an established Joffe author (Joy Ellis) to find out what the catch might be. But the catch is, there is no catch.

Joffe has been a safe pair of hands right from the start and the publication process has felt, for the first time, like a genuinely shared effort. In particular, I love that edits (improvements) are encouraged at every stage and suggestions for jacket images are invited (the image for Deadly Lies is my own photograph). Joffe Books have shown faith, invested in the promotion of the DI Mariner series and suddenly the books are being read. By lots of people. I think it’s no coincidence that in the last six months I have begun to say something I’ve never admitted to before: My name is Chris Collett and I’m a writer.

By Chris Collett


FEATURE FRIDAY #2 – CHRIS COLLETT #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #DIMariner #detectivebook #thriller #featurefriday @crime_crow @joffebooks

My FRIDAY FEATURE today is Chris Collett, author of the brilliant DI Mariner series. The setting for this series is Birmingham. When people think of Birmingham the first thoughts are Bull Ring and airport. BUT Birmingham is so much more than that. Therefore, I am going to start with a piece that Chris wrote about the setting and the area. Then read on for information about the books in this brilliant series and we round off with her thoughts on her publisher: JOFFE BOOKS.

Location, location, location..

DSC_0019I’m often asked about the location for the Mariner books, Britain’s second city, Birmingham. It’s not my home turf, I grew up somewhere very different – a seaside town in Norfolk – and never envisaged that I would spend my adult life land-locked. My first impressions were formed when I went away to college and the regular train journey took me from the east to the west of the country, via the midlands. What I saw of Birmingham I didn’t much like; rows and rows of tower blocks, the vast concrete structures of Spaghetti Junction and the sprawling industrial hinterland of the Black Country. Added to which, I’d grown up in the 1970s, when the word Birmingham was usually followed by the phrase ‘pub bombings’.P1010826.JPG

But when I graduated in the early 1980s jobs were scarce, so when my first offer came from Birmingham I took it, confident that after a couple of years I would move on. But fate had other ideas and in a matter of weeks I met my husband-to-be, a Brummie born and bred, so here I have stayed. And now, having really got to know the city, my preconceptions have been well and truly overturned and I often find myself coming to its defence.  DSC_0170Although founded on a rich heritage, Birmingham’s rapid evolution, especially in the last twenty years or so, and its diverse population means that it retains a brash, edgy and slightly dangerous feel. It’s the perfect setting for a crime series as it really does have everything, including some surprising and fascinating features. There’s far more to the city than the bull ring, spaghetti junction and the maligned Brummy accent!

WP_20161111_10_47_42_Pro.jpgSo, how much of the real Birmingham is in the books? The suburb of Bournville – home to the fictional Granville Lane police station – and the nearby University of course, really do exist. Readers familiar with Birmingham will recognise the state of the art Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with its military facility.  Brindley Place, the Jewellery Quarter and Chinatown all provide wonderful locations, and it is a short drive out from the suburbs into rural Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and the Welsh borders. All of these and more feature in the Mariner novels. But there are also innumerable P1020517places that exist only in my head. Mariner’s own little corner of the city, Kings Mead and his canal side home are entirely fictional, although a number of readers have told me they know it!

 


DEADLY LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]DEADLY LIES (DI Tom Mariner #1)  Amazon

Journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home. A syringe is in his arm and a note by his side reads, ‘No More.’

Open and shut case of suicide? Not for DI Mariner. Hours before, he saw Barham picking up a woman in a bar. And then Mariner discovers Barham’s younger brother, Jamie, hiding in a cupboard under the stairs.

Jamie is the only witness to his brother’s death, but his severe autism makes communication almost impossible. Mariner is determined to connect with Jamie and get to the truth. Is the journalist’s death related to his investigation of a local crime kingpin?

What other dark secrets does Jamie hold the key to and can Mariner keep his relationship professional with Barham’s attractive sister, Anna?

In a nail-biting conclusion, Mariner races against time to prevent more lives being lost.

 

INNOCENT LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]INNOCENT LIES (DI Tom Mariner #2)  Amazon

Two teenagers go missing on the same day. Just a coincidence?

They are from very different backgrounds: Yasmin is the talented, grammar-school-educated daughter of devout Muslim professionals. Ricky disappears after storming out of his council house after an argument with his mum’s latest boyfriend.

DI Mariner knows Ricky’s mother from his days in uniform. He is furious when his superiors take him off Ricky’s case and reassign him to the more politically sensitive investigation. The press — and his bosses — are convinced that Yasmin’s disappearance is a racially motivated abduction. Her family have been the target of a far right group.

But Mariner soon discovers that Yasmin is far from the innocent victim her parents think she is. Can he get to the bottom of a perplexing case where no one is what they seem?

Find out the answers in this crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

 

KILLER LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]KILLER LIES (DI Tom Mariner #3)  Amazon

First, a badly decomposed body of a young woman is found in a Birmingham sewer. The police can’t identify her and dub her “Madeleine.”

Then an important politician and his wife are shot on an isolated road. “Vengeance is mine” is scrawled in blood at the scene.

And finally, a bomb explosion in the busy city kills five people, causing chaos and panic.

Can Detective Mariner and his team get to the bottom of crimes that will come very close to home for him and his team?

Mariner will need to bend the rules and risk everything to get to the truth. And in a thrilling conclusion, his own life will be threatened.

 

BABY LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]BABY LIES (DI Tom Mariner #4)   Amazon

Six-week-old baby Jessica is abducted from a local nursery. And Detective Tom Mariner realises he’s not going to get the time-off he was hoping for.

The police get a good description of the woman who took Jessica, but the appeal to the public doesn’t generate a single lead.

Then the kidnapper calls demanding money for Jessica’s safe return . . . and a terrible discovery is made in the woods.

Can Mariner get to bottom of a complex case which involves much more than child abduction?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

 

MARRIED LIES 2

MARRIED LIES (Tom Mariner #5)  Amazon

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.


Chris Collett author photo jpgCHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Links

Website: www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477


 

WrIB (27)Some years ago, when I was first seeking a publisher, I received an offer from a major publishing house, but on the proviso that the books were rewritten with London as the setting.  Turning down that offer was a big deal – it was the best I’d had at that point – but I’ve never had cause to regret that decision.

By Chris Collett


THE DI TOM MARINER SERIES

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies
Book 4: Baby Lies
Book 5: Married Lies


What Chris thinks of her publisher

My name’s Chris Collett and I’m a writer.

I have no idea what brought my books to the attention of Jasper Joffe early in 2017, but every day since June of the same year, I have marvelled at my good fortune that something, or someone, did.

The first in the DI Tom Mariner series (then called ‘Worm in the Bud’) was published back in 2004 by a small indie publisher, which has since been swallowed up by a much larger conglomerate. Before the ink on the contract was dry, the advice from my agent was: ‘Don’t give up the day job.’ Wise words indeed. But hey, I was published! Surely it was just a matter of time..? That first was very much a traditional publishing experience with a mostly DIY approach to publicity; an unknown author gets virtually no marketing budget or support. And guess what? After a brief, mild flurry of interest and handful of reviews – some, it must be said, from supportive friends and family – each book sank without trace.

I’d made a decision right from the start to leave the sales and royalties to my accountant other half. Conversations with other euphemistically-named ‘mid-list’ authors had indicated early on that to do otherwise was the road to certain madness. It meant I could respond to the question: ‘How are the books doing?’ with an airy vagueness, and people soon gave up asking. I told myself – truthfully, as it happens – that publication alone was far more than I had ever expected and contented myself with that. I would go on being a teacher who writes a bit.

It came as no surprise that when the small publisher was taken over, the contracts dried up. I was grateful then to be picked up by an even more ‘traditional’ publisher that catered largely for the shrinking library market. But frustrations around (exorbitant) pricing and (non-existent) marketing continued. Having reverted rights to the first three books, I dabbled in self-publication and began selling, if not in huge numbers, with greater regularity; one or two each week.

In January 2016 I retired from the day job to “spend more time with my laptop” and to at last have time to really focus on my writing career, such as it was. More than ever, I felt like a fraud. Until on Sunday 22nd January 2017 (6.52pm to be precise), when everything changed.

All it took was a simple, four-line email asking if I’d be interested in working with a new publisher – Joffe Books. It’s hard to believe now but alongside the inevitable curiosity, my first reaction was also one of deep suspicion. Who was this chancer, Jasper Joffe? Was he about to inveigle the rights to my books and then rip me off? How did he find out about me? Given what I knew about publishing, how could this possibly be kosher? A conversation followed in which the promises sounded too good to be true. I even contacted an established Joffe author (Joy Ellis) to find out what the catch might be. But the catch is, there is no catch.

Joffe has been a safe pair of hands right from the start and the publication process has felt, for the first time, like a genuinely shared effort. In particular, I love that edits (improvements) are encouraged at every stage and suggestions for jacket images are invited (the image for Deadly Lies is my own photograph). Joffe Books have shown faith, invested in the promotion of the DI Mariner series and suddenly the books are being read. By lots of people. I think it’s no coincidence that in the last six months I have begun to say something I’ve never admitted to before: My name is Chris Collett and I’m a writer.

By Chris Collett


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