BLOG TOUR – The Other Victim by Helen H Durrant #TeamJoffeBooks #MattBrindle @joffebooks @hhdurrant #crimefiction #detectivebook

Unfortunately this is a day late due to some problems. It is my turn on the Blog Tour and I would like to share with you a piece Helen has written about the setting for the Matt Brindle novels and Brindle Hall, Matt’s family home. I hope you enjoy reading:


I set the Brindle novels just over the county border in West Yorkshire because it is a part of the country I love. Given half a chance I’d move the dozen miles or so from where I am now. But that would mean leaving family who are close by and that would be too much of a wrench.

roadThere is a road that runs between Holmfirth on the Yorkshire side, and Greenfield on the Lancashire one. It is eleven miles long, give or take, and runs over Saddleworth Moor, some of the bleakest moorland this side of the Hebrides. In fact, locals call it ‘the Isle of Skye’. It’s blocked with snow and ice in the winter and a barren landscape in summer. The road twists and undulates, so much so that in some places it’s downright dangerous. The steep slope down into Greenfield has been the undoing of many unwary motorists.

In ‘The Third Victim’, a body was found right on the border – causing a discussion about which police force should take the case!

It’s a road I’ve driven along many times. At one point the road splits – Holmfirth or Meltham? Take the Holmfirth one and carry on through New Mill and there are several intriguing place names. ‘Totties’ and ‘Scholes’, little villages up in the hills. Keep going and you come to the turn for Hepworth, where I set Brindle Hall.

Hepworth doesn’t have Brindle Hall but it does have ‘the Carding Shed,’ a rather nice eatery.

Brindle hallSo where is Brindle Hall and what inspired it? Travel a little further on towards Barnsley and you come to ‘Cannon Hall,’ a much loved venue during the summer months. It has a pondfairground, gift shops, animals and a grand Victorian hall to look around. The hall is stuffed with antiques and does have a fabulous Moorcroft collection. I’ve been there many times with the kids and it was on one of these visits that I began to think about the series.Hall gardens

Take the more well used route towards Huddersfield, passing through Marsden and Slaithwaite and there are equally as intriguing things to do and see. This is the route the railway takes between Manchester and Leeds. Unfortunately, the Pennines are in the way! Before the railway there was the canals. To solve this problem, a tunnel was built – all eleven miles of it between the village of Diggle in Saddleworth and Marsden. Today the canal and the tunnel are still operational. I’ve been in it! Each time I take the train I find the ten minutes or so of darkness, knowing I’m God knows how many metres deep underground a bit unnerving.

landscape

It’s a wonderful part of the country to write about. I get comments from many local people who know it well. Someone wrote recently that they never expected to find ‘Slaithwaite’ mentioned in a novel. But they wrote it as the locals pronounce it – ‘Sloughwit’.


THE OTHER VICTIM coverTHE OTHER VICTIM by Helen H. Durrant

Available from  AMAZON

A BRAND NEW DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT

Ronald Potter is found dead on the kitchen floor of a house he was about to show a client around. Ronald led a blameless life and Detective Matt Brindle and the team cannot find any motive for his murder.

But an intensive search of the property leads to a very disturbing discovery in the cellar.

Meanwhile, a young mother is being held captive by someone who will stop at nothing to get the information they want.

DI Matt Brindle discovers disturbing connections to organised crime and a sleazy night club. Can he expose the villains before any more people die?

This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
BOOK 8: DEAD BAD

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL

MATT BRINDLE
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM


helen durrantAuthor Bio

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

LINKS

Website: https://www.helenhdurrant.co.uk/
Twitter @hhdurrant
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/helen.durrant.12

BLOG TOUR – The Other Victim by Helen H Durrant #TeamJoffeBooks #MattBrindle @joffebooks @hhdurrant #crimefiction #detectivebook

Unfortunately this is a day late due to some problems. It is my turn on the Blog Tour and I would like to share with you a piece Helen has written about the setting for the Matt Brindle novels and Brindle Hall, Matt’s family home. I hope you enjoy reading:


I set the Brindle novels just over the county border in West Yorkshire because it is a part of the country I love. Given half a chance I’d move the dozen miles or so from where I am now. But that would mean leaving family who are close by and that would be too much of a wrench.

roadThere is a road that runs between Holmfirth on the Yorkshire side, and Greenfield on the Lancashire one. It is eleven miles long, give or take, and runs over Saddleworth Moor, some of the bleakest moorland this side of the Hebrides. In fact, locals call it ‘the Isle of Skye’. It’s blocked with snow and ice in the winter and a barren landscape in summer. The road twists and undulates, so much so that in some places it’s downright dangerous. The steep slope down into Greenfield has been the undoing of many unwary motorists.

In ‘The Third Victim’, a body was found right on the border – causing a discussion about which police force should take the case!

It’s a road I’ve driven along many times. At one point the road splits – Holmfirth or Meltham? Take the Holmfirth one and carry on through New Mill and there are several intriguing place names. ‘Totties’ and ‘Scholes’, little villages up in the hills. Keep going and you come to the turn for Hepworth, where I set Brindle Hall.

Hepworth doesn’t have Brindle Hall but it does have ‘the Carding Shed,’ a rather nice eatery.

Brindle hallSo where is Brindle Hall and what inspired it? Travel a little further on towards Barnsley and you come to ‘Cannon Hall,’ a much loved venue during the summer months. It has a pondfairground, gift shops, animals and a grand Victorian hall to look around. The hall is stuffed with antiques and does have a fabulous Moorcroft collection. I’ve been there many times with the kids and it was on one of these visits that I began to think about the series.Hall gardens

Take the more well used route towards Huddersfield, passing through Marsden and Slaithwaite and there are equally as intriguing things to do and see. This is the route the railway takes between Manchester and Leeds. Unfortunately, the Pennines are in the way! Before the railway there was the canals. To solve this problem, a tunnel was built – all eleven miles of it between the village of Diggle in Saddleworth and Marsden. Today the canal and the tunnel are still operational. I’ve been in it! Each time I take the train I find the ten minutes or so of darkness, knowing I’m God knows how many metres deep underground a bit unnerving.

landscape

It’s a wonderful part of the country to write about. I get comments from many local people who know it well. Someone wrote recently that they never expected to find ‘Slaithwaite’ mentioned in a novel. But they wrote it as the locals pronounce it – ‘Sloughwit’.


THE OTHER VICTIM coverTHE OTHER VICTIM by Helen H. Durrant

Available from  AMAZON

A BRAND NEW DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT

Ronald Potter is found dead on the kitchen floor of a house he was about to show a client around. Ronald led a blameless life and Detective Matt Brindle and the team cannot find any motive for his murder.

But an intensive search of the property leads to a very disturbing discovery in the cellar.

Meanwhile, a young mother is being held captive by someone who will stop at nothing to get the information they want.

DI Matt Brindle discovers disturbing connections to organised crime and a sleazy night club. Can he expose the villains before any more people die?

This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
BOOK 8: DEAD BAD

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL

MATT BRINDLE
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM


helen durrantAuthor Bio

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

LINKS

Website: https://www.helenhdurrant.co.uk/
Twitter @hhdurrant
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/helen.durrant.12

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – I Thought I Knew You by Meg Buchanan

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all the brilliant Bloggers on the Blog Tour for I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU by Meg Buchanan. You guys rock! Your help is very much appreciated.

TY

Black Books Blog

This is a nice quick book to read as it is only just over 150 pages long, but a lot happens in it to keep you entertained and to hold your attention.  Read more here


By the Letter Book Reviews

#Guestpost Rationale


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

This author writes very well and it’s so easy to keep turning the pages. I love the way she introduces her characters and their conversations are real and believable. This is definitely worth reading! Read more here


Beth in a Box

Meg Buchanan’s I Thought I Knew You was a great change to my usual reads and I hope to read more of her books soon.  Read more here

Akamatra

Well, to be honest, this book created some strong feelings in me. As a person who has been cheated on by an ex fiance, I was triggered by reading the infidelities of the hero. I was heart broken for Tessa and wanted to kick Luke ass!  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

In short, I would definitely say that I really enjoyed ‘I Thought I Knew You’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  As I am a bit OCD, I fully intend to get the other books in the series and read the series in order.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 4* out of 5*.  Read more here

Big Family Organised Chaos

A very easy read that certainly stirs up some emotions!  Read more here

Turn the Page


Kirsty Through the Looking Glass


My Review


I Thought I Knew You coverI Thought I Knew You (Prelude Series – Part Four) by Meg Buchanan

Available from AMAZON

Luke Reilly’s whole life is mapped out. His father wants him to work in the family business. Tessa wants him to marry her. But he has already broken out of the straight jacket they’ve put him in. And he’s about to get found out.

Can he mend what he’s broken?

Does he want to?

Will he leave and chase the dream, or stay and do what everyone expects?


Author photoAuthor Profile

I live in Paeroa, a small town in New Zealand, with my husband and a black labrador. Most of my books are set in my home town, simply because it has a rich history, and the streets already have names, so do the rivers and the mountain nearby, and the neighbouring towns also have names, so I save time on world building.
I have been writing for seven years. Before that I was a teacher, then a kitchen designer, and for a year, the creator of resources for drug education. But now writing is what I do.

I love creating books about ordinary people doing interesting things. The characters in my story are just a little better looking and more charismatic than in real life, but they think and feel like normal people.

My books cover many genre, action adventure, scifi, historical fiction, and romance. Up until now you won’t find a vampire or werewolf in any them, but in the future, that can’t be completely ruled out.

I wrote Scavenger Hunt to enter it in a national competition, just to see if I could write. It won the competition and really it has all gone on from there.

LINKS
Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/public/Meg-Buchanan
Twitter – @MegBuchanan80

MEMORIES ON MONDAY – Missing by Charlie Gallagher #TeamJoffeBooks #CrimeFiction @joffebooks @gloriouscharlie #georgeelms #thriller

This week on MEMORIES ON MONDAY we look back to the Blog Tour for MISSING by Charlie Gallager.  This is a stand-alone novel featuring George Elms from the brilliant Langthorne series.  This is one of my favourite books and is a must read for anyone who likes to read a heartrending, adrenaline pumping read that will keep you turning the pages.


Missing coverMISSING by Charlie Gallagher

Available from www.amazon.co.uk  and www.amazon.com

Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN

RUTHLESS


What the readers are saying

Short Book and Scribes

‘I’m so pleased to be on the blog tour for Missing by Charlie Gallagher today. I have a guest post for you with answers to the questions that readers often ask. ‘ Read more here


Black Books Blog

‘The book starts off with a bang when a woman and boy are shopping in Canterbury city centre and a car smashes through the coffee shop where they are resting and kidnap them at gunpoint.’ Read more here


Sweet Little Book

‘Missing is a phenomenal standalone thriller written by Charlie Gallagher, intense from the very first page, an abduction of a woman and child, the suicidal man who has questions that need answers and central to it all is Sergeant Shaun Carter a police negotiator.’  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

‘This book is tense right from the first few pages, you are gripped and it barely lets you go at the end of the book, I definitely thought about the plot after it had finished and you do find yourself considered the question initially posed – what wouldn’t you do to get your family back? ‘ Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘This is an extremely satisfying police thriller. Twists along the way are surprisingly scary and can turn the reader inside out with suspense. Carter is a solid guy, on the side of justice, until he’s asked to act outside his moral principles in order to save his family.’  Read more here


Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘This gripping,fast paced,twist packed thriller opens with a action paced abduction scene that is so intense and shocking it’s takes your breath away.The pacing of the story is perfect,you have the breath taking opening,the urgent intensity of George and Emily’s investigations,Shaun`s desperate quest to get his ex wife and ten year old son back safely,all of which lead up too a very intense satisfying conclusion.’  Read more here


Sean’s Book Reviews

‘I had read one of Charlie Gallaghers books and I was hooked to say the least.  This book is one similar to the other book in writing style.  The author has a great ability to get into the minds of his characters.’  Read more here


Books from Dusk till Dawn

‘Charlie Gallagher certainly knows how to catch a reader’s attention and keep it until the end. This story opens up just so many moral dilemmas, as my brain went into overdrive trying to think if I would have done anything differently.’  Read more here


Books n All

‘This is a fast paced gripping read I just kept turning page after page until I, unfortunately, reached THE END. There are sadistic, murderous drug lords, abductions and dodgy drugs all thrown in to create a twisty turny thriller with curve balls and shockers a many.’ Read more here


 

MEMORIES ON MONDAY – Missing by Charlie Gallagher #TeamJoffeBooks #CrimeFiction @joffebooks @gloriouscharlie #georgeelms #thriller

This week on MEMORIES ON MONDAY we look back to the Blog Tour for MISSING by Charlie Gallager.  This is a stand-alone novel featuring George Elms from the brilliant Langthorne series.  This is one of my favourite books and is a must read for anyone who likes to read a heartrending, adrenaline pumping read that will keep you turning the pages.


Missing coverMISSING by Charlie Gallagher

Available from www.amazon.co.uk  and www.amazon.com

Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN

RUTHLESS


What the readers are saying

Short Book and Scribes

‘I’m so pleased to be on the blog tour for Missing by Charlie Gallagher today. I have a guest post for you with answers to the questions that readers often ask. ‘ Read more here


Black Books Blog

‘The book starts off with a bang when a woman and boy are shopping in Canterbury city centre and a car smashes through the coffee shop where they are resting and kidnap them at gunpoint.’ Read more here


Sweet Little Book

‘Missing is a phenomenal standalone thriller written by Charlie Gallagher, intense from the very first page, an abduction of a woman and child, the suicidal man who has questions that need answers and central to it all is Sergeant Shaun Carter a police negotiator.’  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

‘This book is tense right from the first few pages, you are gripped and it barely lets you go at the end of the book, I definitely thought about the plot after it had finished and you do find yourself considered the question initially posed – what wouldn’t you do to get your family back? ‘ Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘This is an extremely satisfying police thriller. Twists along the way are surprisingly scary and can turn the reader inside out with suspense. Carter is a solid guy, on the side of justice, until he’s asked to act outside his moral principles in order to save his family.’  Read more here


Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘This gripping,fast paced,twist packed thriller opens with a action paced abduction scene that is so intense and shocking it’s takes your breath away.The pacing of the story is perfect,you have the breath taking opening,the urgent intensity of George and Emily’s investigations,Shaun`s desperate quest to get his ex wife and ten year old son back safely,all of which lead up too a very intense satisfying conclusion.’  Read more here


Sean’s Book Reviews

‘I had read one of Charlie Gallaghers books and I was hooked to say the least.  This book is one similar to the other book in writing style.  The author has a great ability to get into the minds of his characters.’  Read more here


Books from Dusk till Dawn

‘Charlie Gallagher certainly knows how to catch a reader’s attention and keep it until the end. This story opens up just so many moral dilemmas, as my brain went into overdrive trying to think if I would have done anything differently.’  Read more here


Books n All

‘This is a fast paced gripping read I just kept turning page after page until I, unfortunately, reached THE END. There are sadistic, murderous drug lords, abductions and dodgy drugs all thrown in to create a twisty turny thriller with curve balls and shockers a many.’ Read more here


BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – I Thought I Knew You by Meg Buchanan

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all the brilliant Bloggers on the Blog Tour for I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU by Meg Buchanan. You guys rock! Your help is very much appreciated.

TY

Black Books Blog

This is a nice quick book to read as it is only just over 150 pages long, but a lot happens in it to keep you entertained and to hold your attention.  Read more here


By the Letter Book Reviews

#Guestpost Rationale


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

This author writes very well and it’s so easy to keep turning the pages. I love the way she introduces her characters and their conversations are real and believable. This is definitely worth reading! Read more here


Beth in a Box

Meg Buchanan’s I Thought I Knew You was a great change to my usual reads and I hope to read more of her books soon.  Read more here

Akamatra

Well, to be honest, this book created some strong feelings in me. As a person who has been cheated on by an ex fiance, I was triggered by reading the infidelities of the hero. I was heart broken for Tessa and wanted to kick Luke ass!  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

In short, I would definitely say that I really enjoyed ‘I Thought I Knew You’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  As I am a bit OCD, I fully intend to get the other books in the series and read the series in order.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 4* out of 5*.  Read more here

Big Family Organised Chaos

A very easy read that certainly stirs up some emotions!  Read more here

Turn the Page


Kirsty Through the Looking Glass


My Review


I Thought I Knew You coverI Thought I Knew You (Prelude Series – Part Four) by Meg Buchanan

Available from AMAZON

Luke Reilly’s whole life is mapped out. His father wants him to work in the family business. Tessa wants him to marry her. But he has already broken out of the straight jacket they’ve put him in. And he’s about to get found out.

Can he mend what he’s broken?

Does he want to?

Will he leave and chase the dream, or stay and do what everyone expects?


Author photoAuthor Profile

I live in Paeroa, a small town in New Zealand, with my husband and a black labrador. Most of my books are set in my home town, simply because it has a rich history, and the streets already have names, so do the rivers and the mountain nearby, and the neighbouring towns also have names, so I save time on world building.
I have been writing for seven years. Before that I was a teacher, then a kitchen designer, and for a year, the creator of resources for drug education. But now writing is what I do.

I love creating books about ordinary people doing interesting things. The characters in my story are just a little better looking and more charismatic than in real life, but they think and feel like normal people.

My books cover many genre, action adventure, scifi, historical fiction, and romance. Up until now you won’t find a vampire or werewolf in any them, but in the future, that can’t be completely ruled out.

I wrote Scavenger Hunt to enter it in a national competition, just to see if I could write. It won the competition and really it has all gone on from there.

LINKS
Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/public/Meg-Buchanan
Twitter – @MegBuchanan80

FEATURE FRIDAY: Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #raypaterson #theirlastwords #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #Policeprocedural

This week the star of my FEATURE FRIDAY is Steve Parker.  Steve is a new addition to the fantastic group of authors published by the awesome JOFFE BOOKS.  I am very excited to share with you an article written by Steve where he tells us all about himself.  I know you are eager to read on so I will leave you to it.  I hope you enjoy it!  Do read on to find out all about his brilliant debut thriller: THEIR LAST WORDS.

A few things you might be interested to know about me by Steve Parker

I’m not as sick as you may think! The reaction to my first book has been…interesting. Those who know me well and were involved in reading the early drafts of my books look at me like I’m a complete stranger to them. They seem to think that I’m hiding some kind of dark side and even my wife looked at me a bit funny when she read the first one! I’m not hiding a dark side at all. I’m just writing about the life I know and feel most comfortable in and even though I’ve retired, that blue streak runs deep and I still consider myself to be a copper (weird, eh?).

I was forced to retire early due to injury. When I was quite young in service I found myself somewhat outnumbered in a street fight which resulted in some brave soul kicking me in the back. After getting myself back to some level of health I got into another fight and got pushed onto the corner of a fireplace and it jabbed me right in the same place. That did it. I couldn’t stand for three months. Amazing what you can do with a positive mental attitude, a truck load of physio and a deep desire to find the little B who pushed me (I did). Every day’s a painful day but, that’s life. I can stand and I can run so I’m winning. Moral of the story: be a better fighter!

My primary characters are, of course, an amalgamation of people I have known and crossed paths with over the years. I really did know two millionaire policemen and God knows how many Johnny Clocks’s!

I try not to get hung up on the procedural bit in my books although I accept that there is some of it. All I want to do is tell a story that I hope will engage people and keep them entertained and it is the story that drives me. I do, like most storytellers, gild the lily a bit and to those people who say ‘yeah, that wouldn’t happen in real life,’ don’t be so sure (apart from the bits where Commissioner Young comes out to play. An office rof that rank coming out from behind his desk? That would never happen!). I also like to try and throw a bit of humour into my stories because that’s how police cope. We find humour in the darkest of corners and sometimes… we just see some funny stuff and it would be unrealistic if my characters didn’t see the humour in things.

Someone once said that as an author I was the lovechild of Martina Cole and James Patterson. I love that!

I believe that those of us who write about crime do so out of a need to show people what the world is really like beneath the veneer of the ordinary. We wrap it in what we hope is an entertaining, thrilling story but what we’re really saying is ‘there be monsters out there and the slippery buggers look like me and you. Watch yerself!’. The things that police officers see and do, mark us on some level. My second book will drive that point home.

On a cheerier note; my writing influences? Hard to say. So many. I actually learned to read from the comics my dad used to bring home for me every Friday when he got home from work and I learned to read at a very young age. Dad used to read a lot of Stephen King and I picked them up when he’d finished but I preferred crime and gravitated toward Ed McBain and his 87th precinct books. Joseph Wambaugh’s ‘The Choirboys’ had a big influence on me and made me want to be a copper. It seemed like a laugh…

I have no real form of writing routine. I just write wherever I can. Of late, I’ve been hanging the iPad over the steering wheel of my car and typing with a bluetooth keyboard. Have wheels, will travel. I tend to write wherever I can and edit at home on a laptop on the dining room table.

My first published works was, wait for it… articles in Health magazines. Whilst I was still a police officer I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist and eventually went on to teach the subject in my spare time. My specialist subject was in the treatment of trauma using something called EMDR. You can look that one up online if you’re interested as it would take far too long to explain here!

I am an avid photographer and had my first exhibition when I was 18. I have sold to magazines around the world and one or two of mine are in private collections. My first love is for black and white and I seriously, seriously, miss my old darkroom.

My wife and I have been married since time began and we have two incredible boys who are off-hand now and live happy and very productive lives. As a parent, that’ll do for me. We moved to the coast a few years ago and have a cockerpoo as a surrogate child! It’s whilst walking along the sea shore (shingles, really – did I mention it was the south coast?) with her that I get to thinking…what if?

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

What do I think of my publisher?

I’m a newbie to Joffe books but I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for them I would still be writing into a void. My first book was self-published and after a promising start, tanked into oblivion. I sent it to Jasper and to my surprise, he accepted it! In a very short space of time that book was re-titled, re-covered and in the Top 100 on the Amazon bestsellers chart and I found myself in a list that contained the likes of Lee Child, James Patterson and J.K Rowling! I’m still bewildered.

What I do like is that there is no pressure on me. Jasper wants me to write the best book I can before handing it in for editing and I appreciate and respect that. There is no deadline imposed upon me to produce and I’m not expected to just churn them out.

What I am suprised about, and grateful for, is the camaraderie amongst the other Joffe authors and the way that they all band together to help each other. Writing is a lonely business and it’s a great feeling to know that there’s someone out there willing to help or just talk to when things go a little bit wonky-donk with the story. And, not just any old authors – massive selling authors with zero ego and an eager willingness to help. How bad’s that?

I’m also deeply grateful to all of the bloggers and reviewers who take the time to help us to get noticed under the watchful eye of our very formidable launch team. The works these guys do is hugely important in the life of us authors and their contribution to our success does not go unnoticed. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure that that sort of help and support isn’t so readliy available to ‘traditionally’ published authors.

As I said, I’m a newbie with just one book under my belt so I don’t know yet what’s in store for me but I like to think that somewhere, in that innovative and clever mind of Jasper’s, there’s a plan for me, for all of his authors and for Joffe Books itself. Whatever his plan is, wherever I go, I’m honored to be a part of it. Take a look at the bestseller charts. Dominated by Joffe authors. Owned!


THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgTHEIR LAST WORDS (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker

Available from    Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.

Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.

THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?

How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

Perfect for fans of  Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.

Detective Sergeant Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.

THE AUTHOR
Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.

THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.

What the readers are saying:

On the Shelf Reviews

This also has a little twist on the usual crime books, as the superintendent is one of the main characters investigating the murder. I can honestly say I haven’t seen before, usually they’re in the background making it harder for people to do their jobs. Also Ray Paterson is a bit flash, driving round in an Aston Martin wearing Gucci shoes and posh suits, coming from money he doesn’t really have to work either unlike your usual copper.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

If you like crime novels, if you enjoy a good story, if you want a novel which will grab you and hold you until the end and then leave you fizzing for more, then this is the book for you. I cannot wait for the next one!  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Blimey oh riley, this was one hell of an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride of a read.  The story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  As soon as I read the first sentence I just knew that I was going to become addicted to reading this book and so it proved.  For me ‘Their Last Words’ really is a ‘CPID’ (can’t put it down) book.   Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh

I loved getting to know the characters and Steve Parker did a great job at really getting you to feel the weight that the work puts on these officers and how they deal with it. Will they shut down? Will they deal with it with dark humour? Will they take to the drink? From the very beginning you wondered how these officers could go out there and do their jobs, seeing what they see.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I really, really enjoyed this book – it was well written and it completely captivated me.  I am a massive crime fiction fan and I love reading book from new authors to me and this one was a complete delight for me.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

The first half of the book was a bit difficult for me as I am rather sensitive. But, once they had a bead on the killer, it then became a matter of locating him before he could continue to murder people. This fast-paced book truly became a page turner from this point on. I had a surprisingly emotional reaction to the shocking conclusion. Haven’t not read much crime fiction before, I was impressed.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

My turn to tell you how brilliant this book is! I must admit it’s a bit got in places compared to some books I have read, but i think that’s what makes it interesting.  Read more here

Orchard Book Club

A gruesome body on the first page and I was hooked. This book never takes its foot off the gas, as bodies turn up left right and centre Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and his team have their work cut out for them.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

I really got into this story very quickly with the murders as they were done in such a way that you would assume it was personal, or the killer is some deranged character who will kill more and lead the police on a merry chase, so I knew I was going to be in for a good ride with Paterson as he and his little team investigate everything.  Read more here

Beth in a Box: Guest Review by Margaret Russell

You need your wits about you with this book. It is fast paced and the author has developed a strong cast of characters and a good plot, all dealing with a particularly gruesome crime that develops into a series of crimes. They are all committed by the same pertpetrator who leaves no forensic clues behind to help the Police out.  Read more here


Steve Parker author photo

 Steve Parker author bio:

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

Links

Twitter: @mrparkerspen

FEATURE FRIDAY: Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #raypaterson #theirlastwords #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #Policeprocedural

This week the star of my FEATURE FRIDAY is Steve Parker.  Steve is a new addition to the fantastic group of authors published by the awesome JOFFE BOOKS.  I am very excited to share with you an article written by Steve where he tells us all about himself.  I know you are eager to read on so I will leave you to it.  I hope you enjoy it!  Do read on to find out all about his brilliant debut thriller: THEIR LAST WORDS.

A few things you might be interested to know about me by Steve Parker

I’m not as sick as you may think! The reaction to my first book has been…interesting. Those who know me well and were involved in reading the early drafts of my books look at me like I’m a complete stranger to them. They seem to think that I’m hiding some kind of dark side and even my wife looked at me a bit funny when she read the first one! I’m not hiding a dark side at all. I’m just writing about the life I know and feel most comfortable in and even though I’ve retired, that blue streak runs deep and I still consider myself to be a copper (weird, eh?).

I was forced to retire early due to injury. When I was quite young in service I found myself somewhat outnumbered in a street fight which resulted in some brave soul kicking me in the back. After getting myself back to some level of health I got into another fight and got pushed onto the corner of a fireplace and it jabbed me right in the same place. That did it. I couldn’t stand for three months. Amazing what you can do with a positive mental attitude, a truck load of physio and a deep desire to find the little B who pushed me (I did). Every day’s a painful day but, that’s life. I can stand and I can run so I’m winning. Moral of the story: be a better fighter!

My primary characters are, of course, an amalgamation of people I have known and crossed paths with over the years. I really did know two millionaire policemen and God knows how many Johnny Clocks’s!

I try not to get hung up on the procedural bit in my books although I accept that there is some of it. All I want to do is tell a story that I hope will engage people and keep them entertained and it is the story that drives me. I do, like most storytellers, gild the lily a bit and to those people who say ‘yeah, that wouldn’t happen in real life,’ don’t be so sure (apart from the bits where Commissioner Young comes out to play. An office rof that rank coming out from behind his desk? That would never happen!). I also like to try and throw a bit of humour into my stories because that’s how police cope. We find humour in the darkest of corners and sometimes… we just see some funny stuff and it would be unrealistic if my characters didn’t see the humour in things.

Someone once said that as an author I was the lovechild of Martina Cole and James Patterson. I love that!

I believe that those of us who write about crime do so out of a need to show people what the world is really like beneath the veneer of the ordinary. We wrap it in what we hope is an entertaining, thrilling story but what we’re really saying is ‘there be monsters out there and the slippery buggers look like me and you. Watch yerself!’. The things that police officers see and do, mark us on some level. My second book will drive that point home.

On a cheerier note; my writing influences? Hard to say. So many. I actually learned to read from the comics my dad used to bring home for me every Friday when he got home from work and I learned to read at a very young age. Dad used to read a lot of Stephen King and I picked them up when he’d finished but I preferred crime and gravitated toward Ed McBain and his 87th precinct books. Joseph Wambaugh’s ‘The Choirboys’ had a big influence on me and made me want to be a copper. It seemed like a laugh…

I have no real form of writing routine. I just write wherever I can. Of late, I’ve been hanging the iPad over the steering wheel of my car and typing with a bluetooth keyboard. Have wheels, will travel. I tend to write wherever I can and edit at home on a laptop on the dining room table.

My first published works was, wait for it… articles in Health magazines. Whilst I was still a police officer I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist and eventually went on to teach the subject in my spare time. My specialist subject was in the treatment of trauma using something called EMDR. You can look that one up online if you’re interested as it would take far too long to explain here!

I am an avid photographer and had my first exhibition when I was 18. I have sold to magazines around the world and one or two of mine are in private collections. My first love is for black and white and I seriously, seriously, miss my old darkroom.

My wife and I have been married since time began and we have two incredible boys who are off-hand now and live happy and very productive lives. As a parent, that’ll do for me. We moved to the coast a few years ago and have a cockerpoo as a surrogate child! It’s whilst walking along the sea shore (shingles, really – did I mention it was the south coast?) with her that I get to thinking…what if?

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

What do I think of my publisher?

I’m a newbie to Joffe books but I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for them I would still be writing into a void. My first book was self-published and after a promising start, tanked into oblivion. I sent it to Jasper and to my surprise, he accepted it! In a very short space of time that book was re-titled, re-covered and in the Top 100 on the Amazon bestsellers chart and I found myself in a list that contained the likes of Lee Child, James Patterson and J.K Rowling! I’m still bewildered.

What I do like is that there is no pressure on me. Jasper wants me to write the best book I can before handing it in for editing and I appreciate and respect that. There is no deadline imposed upon me to produce and I’m not expected to just churn them out.

What I am suprised about, and grateful for, is the camaraderie amongst the other Joffe authors and the way that they all band together to help each other. Writing is a lonely business and it’s a great feeling to know that there’s someone out there willing to help or just talk to when things go a little bit wonky-donk with the story. And, not just any old authors – massive selling authors with zero ego and an eager willingness to help. How bad’s that?

I’m also deeply grateful to all of the bloggers and reviewers who take the time to help us to get noticed under the watchful eye of our very formidable launch team. The works these guys do is hugely important in the life of us authors and their contribution to our success does not go unnoticed. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure that that sort of help and support isn’t so readliy available to ‘traditionally’ published authors.

As I said, I’m a newbie with just one book under my belt so I don’t know yet what’s in store for me but I like to think that somewhere, in that innovative and clever mind of Jasper’s, there’s a plan for me, for all of his authors and for Joffe Books itself. Whatever his plan is, wherever I go, I’m honored to be a part of it. Take a look at the bestseller charts. Dominated by Joffe authors. Owned!


THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgTHEIR LAST WORDS (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker

Available from    Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.

Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.

THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?

How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

Perfect for fans of  Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.

Detective Sergeant Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.

THE AUTHOR
Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.

THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.

What the readers are saying:

On the Shelf Reviews

This also has a little twist on the usual crime books, as the superintendent is one of the main characters investigating the murder. I can honestly say I haven’t seen before, usually they’re in the background making it harder for people to do their jobs. Also Ray Paterson is a bit flash, driving round in an Aston Martin wearing Gucci shoes and posh suits, coming from money he doesn’t really have to work either unlike your usual copper.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

If you like crime novels, if you enjoy a good story, if you want a novel which will grab you and hold you until the end and then leave you fizzing for more, then this is the book for you. I cannot wait for the next one!  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Blimey oh riley, this was one hell of an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride of a read.  The story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  As soon as I read the first sentence I just knew that I was going to become addicted to reading this book and so it proved.  For me ‘Their Last Words’ really is a ‘CPID’ (can’t put it down) book.   Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh

I loved getting to know the characters and Steve Parker did a great job at really getting you to feel the weight that the work puts on these officers and how they deal with it. Will they shut down? Will they deal with it with dark humour? Will they take to the drink? From the very beginning you wondered how these officers could go out there and do their jobs, seeing what they see.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I really, really enjoyed this book – it was well written and it completely captivated me.  I am a massive crime fiction fan and I love reading book from new authors to me and this one was a complete delight for me.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

The first half of the book was a bit difficult for me as I am rather sensitive. But, once they had a bead on the killer, it then became a matter of locating him before he could continue to murder people. This fast-paced book truly became a page turner from this point on. I had a surprisingly emotional reaction to the shocking conclusion. Haven’t not read much crime fiction before, I was impressed.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

My turn to tell you how brilliant this book is! I must admit it’s a bit got in places compared to some books I have read, but i think that’s what makes it interesting.  Read more here

Orchard Book Club

A gruesome body on the first page and I was hooked. This book never takes its foot off the gas, as bodies turn up left right and centre Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and his team have their work cut out for them.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

I really got into this story very quickly with the murders as they were done in such a way that you would assume it was personal, or the killer is some deranged character who will kill more and lead the police on a merry chase, so I knew I was going to be in for a good ride with Paterson as he and his little team investigate everything.  Read more here

Beth in a Box: Guest Review by Margaret Russell

You need your wits about you with this book. It is fast paced and the author has developed a strong cast of characters and a good plot, all dealing with a particularly gruesome crime that develops into a series of crimes. They are all committed by the same pertpetrator who leaves no forensic clues behind to help the Police out.  Read more here


Steve Parker author photo

 Steve Parker author bio:

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

Links

Twitter: @mrparkerspen

The Other Victim by Helen H Durrant #TeamJoffeBooks #MattBrindle @joffebooks @hhdurrant #crimefiction #detectivebook #bookreview

I am thrilled to share with you my review of THE OTHER VICTIM a new release in the Matt Brindle series by one of my favourite authors: Helen H Durrant. Published by the awesome Joffe Books. Helen’s books keep getting better and every time I reach the end of one I think ‘no way can she better this’ but she does every time without fail. This is one adrenaline pumping, roller coaster ride that will keep you turning the pages right to THE END!

THE OTHER VICTIM coverTHE OTHER VICTIM by Helen H. Durrant

Available from  AMAZON

A BRAND NEW DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT
Ronald Potter is found dead on the kitchen floor of a house he was about to show a client around. Ronald led a blameless life and Detective Matt Brindle and the team cannot find any motive for his murder.
But an intensive search of the property leads to a very disturbing discovery in the cellar.
Meanwhile, a young mother is being held captive by someone who will stop at nothing to get the information they want.

DI Matt Brindle discovers disturbing connections to organised crime and a sleazy night club. Can he expose the villains before any more people die?
This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
BOOK 8: DEAD BAD

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL

MATT BRINDLE
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM


My Review

I read and thoroughly enjoyed HIS THIRD VICTIM so I have been hoping and praying there would be more books featuring Matt Brindle so I was very eager to read this one.

Matt has just returned to Police work after a long time recovering from an accident in which he injured his leg and his partner was killed.  He is still pretty traumatised but hopefully over the worst.

The story begins with an Estate Agent being found dead on the kitchen floor by prospective purchasers.  Who would want to kill an unassuming man who is hurting no-one?  That is the first problem facing Matt and his team and more get added to the pile as we turn page after page.

There are family problems involving his mother and the opening of Brindle Hall to the public.  A new team member, Kate, with her problems and attitude.  When links start reaching back to events Matt is trying to forget he has to delve deep to keep on top of the panic.

The family relationships and problems bring a new perspective to the story to make it even more gripping.

This is a very complex and intertangled story with different crimes to be investigated and different teams involved it kept me totally engrossed in the book and turning page after page until I reached the stunning conclusion.

Absolutely awesome read I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Crime Fiction of any sort.

Definitely 5 golden stars from me!  I am now waiting for the next book from Helen Durrant who is, without a doubt, one of my favourite authors and I have loved every one of her books.  Keep ’em coming Helen.

5 Golden stars


helen durrantAuthor Bio

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

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Twitter @hhdurrant
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