#NewRelease: LAST OF THE MAGPIES by Mark Edwards @mredwards #psychologicalthriller #crimefiction

Happy release day to Mark Edwards. Today the final book in the brilliant MAGPIES series hits the bookshelves. It is with a little sadness that I am sharing my review of this final book. I have loved every one but then I love all the books by Mark Edwards so I am sure there will be more brilliant reading to come.

Last of the MagpiesLast of the Magpies by Mark Edwards

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The chilling conclusion to the #1 bestseller The Magpies.

Twelve months ago, Jamie Knight walked straight into Lucy Newton’s trap. Both Jamie and his ex-wife Kirsty barely survived. Now, with the police investigation into Lucy’s disappearance going nowhere, Jamie teams up with a true crime podcaster to track down his nemesis.

But can Jamie persuade Kirsty to help? Can Kirsty forgive him for his past mistakes? And who, if anyone, will survive the final showdown? Featuring extracts from Lucy’s secret memoir, Last of the Magpies brings the trilogy to a shocking conclusion.

The Magpies – my review post
Murder of Magpies – my review post

My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well it was with a little sadness that I read this final book about Lucy Newton.

Lucy is an evil character I don’t like but a very realistic and unique one that really grew on me. Likewise Jamie, her victim, he blames Lucy for destroying everything he cared about he lost his home, his girlfriend and his unborn baby daughter. On the other side Lucy blames him for the death of her soulmate. It was always going to be an edge-of-your-seat showdown.

I wasn’t disappointed. The author made an excellent job of tying up all the loose ends and bringing in some interesting side stories and entwining them all together in one short adrenaline pumping book that I was unable to put down.

Scarily realistic, this is a brilliant read and well worth the 5 stars

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#BookReview: A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Mark Edwards. @mredwards #psychologicalthriller #crimefiction

Yesterday I shared my review of THE MAGPIES (if you missed that you can read it here.)  Today, as promised, I am sharing my review of book 2, A MURDER OF MAGPIES.  Although this is a novella it is a brilliant read.  My review of the finale: THE LAST OF THE MAGPIES will be shared on release day, 30th April.

A Murder of Magpies (The Magpies, #2)A Murder of Magpies by Mark Edwards

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When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a short novella sequel to The Magpies (which I read and loved a few years ago). In fact The Magpies is a book that stayed with me so I was thrilled to find a space to catch up with Lucy prior to Last of the Magpies being released.

Jamie has emigrated to Australia and is getting on with his life – or trying – when a message brings the past back to haunt him and he travels back to England to face his nemesis.

Lucy is an interesting character I dont ‘like’ her but I do admire the author for the skill in building her character and in this short book that character continues to develop.

Jamie lost everything thanks to Lucy, his wife, his baby, his home and probably his sanity. The opportunity to get his revenge on Lucy is too much for him to pass up.

More suspense and intrigue with unique characters and a scarily realistic plot this is a brilliant page turner. 5 stars from me I am now waiting impatiently for the release of the finale.

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Mark  EdwardsAuthor Bio

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

He loves love hearing from readers and always responds. Mark can be contacted in the following ways:
Email: mark@markedwardsauthor.com
Twitter @mredwards
Facebook: www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks

BLOG TOUR: The Executioner (Detective Alex Reid #1) by Heather Opperman #thriller #psychologicalthriller #crimefiction #detectivebook

Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for THE EXECUTIONER. This is a debut thriller by Heather Opperman and WOW what an edge-of-your-seat page turner it is!  All the way to the totally stunning ending.

The Executioner (Detective Alex Reid #1) by Heather Opperman

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Do you like adrenaline pumping psychological thrillers?

The Executioner is a debut thriller from an author we are sure to hear more about in the future

Alex Reid lives a charmed life.

He has a job he loves, a wife who adores him, and a home which has been featured in magazines. As a Detective in the Serious and Violent Crimes unit in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex is fortunate to live in a country where serial killers are few and far between.

But in a whirlwind turn of events, Alex finds himself locked in a life and death struggle with a malevolent serial killer who has chosen Alex as his arch nemesis.

As the body count rises, Alex must try to overcome his own personal tragedy and loss, and go head to head with the man the media have dubbed the Executioner.

Will Alex stop him before he extracts his final revenge?

The Location

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

The Detective

Detective Alex Reid had a difficult childhood but he survived against all the odds.  He is now a Detective solving serious crime cases.  He is a unique character that cares about the people he is keeping safe.  He has developed a healthy working relationship with Fadi, appreciating his skills along with his strange ways.  Together they are determined to take down the bad guys.


My Review

This is a debut thriller by Heather Opperman so I was unsure what to expect but we all love to discover new talent so I eagerly began reading.

Detective Alex Reid is the main character. After a difficult and lonely childhood he is living happily with his wife Jaeme with Lizzie occupying the guest cottage life is good – then a body is discovered…

Women are being abducted but apparently they are going willingly. They are tortured and killed. The victims are all different ages and the methods of their murder are also different but there is a clue that links them so the team are definitely hunting a serial killer.

The characters are unique individuals and build in complexity over the course of the story into well rounded, realistic people. We learn about their background and personality as the investigation proceeds and there is a smattering of personality clashes that makes for a very realistic read.

The setting is South Africa, a country I know little about, and I really enjoyed reading about the area and people.

It is a fast paced read that had me turning page after page. A lot of victims and numerous twists and turns kept the adrenaline pumping all the way through. This is a psychological thriller in every sense of the word and ticked every single box of my criteria for a great thriller. Awesome read and I am looking forward to book 2.

5 stars from me.


Author Bio

I am always thinking of new ways to describe what I see and feel. Words are my passion! I know it’s nerdy, but I make a point of learning at least 3 new words a week.

I have no formal training in writing. My background is in Corporate Information Technology, where I have 25 years’ experience.

But I have been writing since as far back as I remember, on any surface I could find, including one memorable occasion when I wrote a “poem” on the wall of my Mother’s bedroom, which earned me a clip on the ear.

Thanks to the encouragement, bribes and downright threats to my life and limbs, I was persuaded by friends and family to self-publish The Executioner. I am so grateful to everybody who has walked with me on this journey. I’m not stopping now!

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – THE WITNESS by Kevin Marsh #crimefiction #thriller #psychologicalthriller

Kevin and I would like to thank all the wonderful bloggers who helped with the relaunch of THE WITNESS. Your help makes a big difference to  authors and we cant thank you enough for that help.

What the Bloggers thought:

Black Books Blog

This is a very dark psychological book, which kept me guessing all the way through as I couldn’t see how she was going to escape, if in fact she was going to. This book is full of action right from the very first page all through the book as we are transported from Scotland down to London and back again. I really enjoyed this book and will be on the look out for similar ones from Kevin in the future. Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

Guest Post

Linda Strong Book Reviews

The very first chapter drew me in …. the run for her life was a real nail-biter. Lots of action kept me riveted to the pages with no warning of what was to be the ultimate end game. The ending is a little ambiguous … leaving me to wonder if there will be a follow up story.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

A very fast-paced book with some lovely description of the Scottish countryside, made all the more beautiful in contrast to the horrors which the killer commits. Not a book for the squeamish but one for those who enjoy psychological thrillers.  Read more here

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My Review

Nicki’s book blog

This is a very well written book that draws you in. I liked several of the characters and felt for their predicament. The psychology of Mr Mac leaves you with chills. This is a dark read in parts. A different type of psychological crime read, one where you know who the perpetrator is (or at least his pseudonym) but not how he is going to be caught. A highly enjoyable read.  Read more here

Daisy White’s Wicked Words

Cleverly written, and I loved the character development. Josie made for a strong and likeable lead an the twists and turns kept me reading. This was an interesting take on a psychological thriller and I would read more from this author.  Read more here

Jessica Rachow

Whoa! This is one heck of a psychological thriller that has you questioning what you would do in Josie’s position. I love the cat and mouse chase, and the suspense had me on the edge of my seat.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Kirsty through the looking glass


The Witness by Kevin Marsh

Available from AMAZON

Landscape artist Josie MacDonald is coming to the end of her stay in Scotland. Whilst out on a painting trip early one morning she witnesses a horrific murder.

Mr Mac, the deranged killer, is aware that she has seen him at work and sets out to kill her but Josie manages to escape by plunging desperately into the North Sea.

Mr Mac, convinced that she has perished, discovers a few days later that she has survived and sets out to track her down. He follows her to London where he subjects her to terrible psychological torment as one by one her friends are drawn into the nightmare.

Josie returns to Scotland in order to discover the truth where her worst fears are realised. With time running out and a killer on the loose she must survive long enough to bring their horrifying ordeal to an end.


Kevin Marsh author bio

Kevin Marsh was born in Canterbury in 1961. He lived and went to school there attending the Technical College, (now Canterbury College), as an apprentice sheet metal worker. During his five years of training he worked in a small local company with his father and brother. In 1981 he was married and moved to Whitstable, (his father’s home town).
His first novel, The Belgae Torc, book 1 in the Torc Trilogy, was launched on 30th June 2012 with his second book, The Witness, a psychological thriller, being published in March 2013. The Gordian Knot is the second part of the Torc Trilogy and was published in July 2014.  Cutting the Gordian Knot (The Final Solution) is the final book in the Torc Trilogy and was published in July 2016

He has recently retired from teaching steel fabrication and welding and moved to the beautiful Kent countryside to focus on writing and painting.

Website: http://www.kevinmarshnovels.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kevin.marsh.1069

#BookReview: The Magpies by Mark Edwards. @mredwards #psychologicalthriller #crimefiction

Today I would like to share my review of THE MAGPIES by Mark Edwards this is the first introduction to Lucy and is a real pageturner. Tomorrow I will be sharing my review of the novella sequel: Murder of Magpies.

The Magpies (The Magpies, #1)The Magpies by Mark Edwards

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When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .


My Review

A situation everyone can relate too, neighbours from hell, this book shows in depth how people can be torn apart by the actions of others. It was pretty obvious from page 1 who was doing the victimising and it is a very believable scenario although I would like to think the Police would have been a bit more proactive. The reason for 4 stars rather than 5 is that it was a bit lacking on the suspense side for me and there were no surprises it was obvious what was going to happen next all the way through but a very good book

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Mark  EdwardsAuthor Bio

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

He loves love hearing from readers and always responds. Mark can be contacted in the following ways:
Email: mark@markedwardsauthor.com
Twitter @mredwards
Facebook: www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Secrets by Jane Adams #TheSecrets #PoliceProcedural #TeamJoffeBooks #Detective @joffebooks

Thank you very much to all the #bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for THE SECRETS. Your help is very much appreciated by all of us, you are all brilliant. Jill, Jane & Joffe Books x

What the bloggers thought:

Linda Strong Book Reviews

Second in the series, it does read easily as a stand alone. There are some hints about what has happened recently, so I would highly recommend starting at the beginning.  It’s well written with memorable characters…. especially Mike Croft. There are some twists and turns and the ending is quite a surprise.  Read more here

Musings of a tired mummy

The Secrets starts with the kidnap and murder of a teenage boy but the police aspect of the book focuses on a solved crime that is being reviewed. I felt that the links between the two and with the characters being introduced was a little confusing.  Then I spotted that the man disposing of the boy’s body was the police chief! Suddenly the pieces started to fall into place and we as readers find out more about the cold case and how it relates to the present day events.  I was hooked.  There was a sense of anticipation as I waited for events to unfold and the corruption to be uncovered.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I am hoping that there are more in the series and that I will get to read them. Great book!  Read more here

Herding Cats

Guest Post by Jane Adams

Jessica Rachow

Jane Adams knows how to write fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat books. I love the mystery in this. All the twists and turns lead to a fantastic conclusion that I didn’t see coming.  Read more here

Turn The Page Blog

Guest Post

The Word is Out

There is lots going on the book but it was never overcomplicated and the characters are so well described that I came to know them very quickly. The ending was very satisfying and I can recommend this book.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

The story follows DI Croft as he investigates the claims that there is a pedophile ring in the area. The person making these claims is being harassed by his nieghbours as our his family.  It’s a brilliant police procuderal book with loads of twists, which kept me guessing.  I really liked both streams in the story and it kept me hooked throughout.  Read more here



The Secrets (Detective Mike Croft #2) by Jane Adams

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DISCOVER A CRIME THRILLER THAT WILL KEEP YOU HOLDING YOUR BREATH UNTIL THE VERY LAST PAGE

Please note this book was first published as “Cast The First Stone.”

WHAT DOES HE KNOW?
Threatening phone calls, smashed windows, physical intimidation. Eric Pearson and his family have only just moved into a new home in a sleepy cul-de-sac, but they already have dangerous enemies. How could a respectable family become the focus of such hatred?

Detective Inspector Mike Croft knows the Pearson family well. Eric Pearson claims to own a journal which gives evidence of a horrifying ring of abusers. If true, it would be a high stakes case for DI Croft, and expose awful secrets that the town has buried deep.

But no one wants to believe the dark conspiracies of this friendless and bitter man.

Then a body is found on the edge of Bright’s Wood, wrapped in a black bag.

DI Croft must confront evil which threatens to rip apart everyone in the community.

EVERYONE HAS SECRETS. BUT SOME ARE SO DARK THAT PEOPLE WILL KILL TO KEEP THEM.

Praise for JANE ADAMS, author of the sensational best seller THE GREENWAY.

“Few debut novels achieve this level of suspense. The Greenway lingered in my mind for days. It takes the psychological suspense novel into new realms of mystery.” Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

“A haunting debut.” Minette Walters

“Compellingly told and rich with psychological insight.” Independent

“Nail-biting stuff.” Ms London

“An assured first novel, with a strong cast and a plot which twists and turns without a glitch.” Yorkshire Evening Post

“Adams has a distinctive voice, which I predict will be heard by the majority of mystery fans.”

DETECTIVE MIKE CROFT SERIES
Book 1: The Greenway
Book 2: The Secrets


My Review


Jane Adams Author Bio

Why do I write?

Like most writers, it’s a kind of compulsion. The stories are there and I have to try and grab hold of them and pin them onto the page. Most of the time, I enjoy the process; sometimes, I’d rather be doing just about anything else, up to and including the ironing – and I hate ironing.

I started writing when my youngest child went to school. I was incredibly lucky and my first novel, The Greenway, was picked up by Macmillan in 1994 and published in 1995.

I currently write two series; Naomi Blake and Rina Martin. Rina was a character I’d had in mind for years before committing her to paper. An elderly, ex thespian who had played the part of a popular TV detective, she had retired to the seaside and bought a boarding house for other ex performers. Rina’s feisty, no nonsense character is, I suppose, based on the rather powerful and opinionated ladies I grew up surrounded by – mother, teachers in the all girls school I attended, aunts and pseudo aunts, all of whom had opinions about everything and made sure these were unstintingly shared.

Naomi Blake, on the other hand, was the brainchild of my late agent, Bob Tanner at International Scripts. ‘You should write a blind detective,’ he said ‘ and she needs a big, black guidedog, called Napoleon’.

I thought it was a daft idea, and told him so. I just couldn’t see how to do it. But, like a lot of seemingly daft ideas, this one wormed its was into my brain and I realised he was right. It could work and so, the Naomi Blake series came into being.

I have always written in other genres too, short stories in the SF, Fantasy and Gothic Horror genre, and am working on longer projects when time allows. I also teach Creative Writing and have had the great priviligde of being a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at three different universities.

BLOG TOUR: Trotterdown box set (Detective Harriet Taylor books 1-3) by Stewart Giles #crimefiction #cornishcrime #detective @stewartgiles

Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for the newly released Box Set of the Detective Harriet Taylor series by the brilliant Stewart Giles.  This is a great series and the box set is a bargain at 2.99

TROTTERDOWN box set (Detective Harriet Taylor books 1-3) by Stewart Giles.

Available from AMAZON

Do you like gripping thrillers that are a little different?  Meet Detective Harriet Taylor in this gripping series set in Cornwall From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles.

Three gripping thrillers in one, great value, box set.

BOOK ONE: THE BEEKEEPER

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. She lives with her pet jackdaw in a beautiful cottage not far from the sea. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. And then Alice’s best friend Milly disappears…

BOOK TWO: THE PERFECT MURDER

Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.  Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.  Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

BOOK THREE: THE BACKPACKER

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.   Who would kill a young backpacker who hurt nobody?  Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago?

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.


My Review

The Beekeeper

This is a brilliant book.  The Author takes what should be gory and makes it amusing with an enormous amount of skill and the result is a gripping book that has the reader turning page after page.

This is possibly the funniest thriller I have ever read.  Stewart has a dark sense of humour that comes through in the book which brings a totally unique perspective to the story.  I found it very intriguing.  I suspected who the killer was at the beginning but what you have learned from reading thrillers over the years is ingrained into you and you find yourself denying what is actually staring you in the face.  The characters are unique but develop well throughout the book and the story is also different I was very impressed.

I love Alice’s character, she is a lot of fun.  An eccentric old lady who has had a rough life with a philandering husband who had  a habit of disappearing for long periods with his latest fling.  He eventually left 10 years ago and hasn’t returned.  She makes a living from the honey produced by her beekeeping.  She has a Jackdaw that she rescued who is her main companion and a friend Millie.  Millie is widowed and a fragile person who is dominated by Alice.

Detective Harriet Taylor has also had a difficult life.  Her husband was killed in a car crash with his lover also in the car.  She became the laughing stock of the Police Force in Edinburgh so transferred to Polgarrow, a quiet town in Cornwall.  She is picking up the pieces of her life and has a good relationship with her boss, Killion, when half a body is caught up in the nets of a fishing boat.  Shortly afterwards Millie goes missing and her car is found at the bottom of the cliffs.  When  a house explodes the decision is made to bring in a crack team from Exeter.  When Harriet is chosen to be part of this team she finds herself, again, the talking stock of the station.  The similarity in their history forms a connection between Alice and Harriet.

The Perfect Murder

This is a fast paced story with dead end’s and curve ball’s a many as we join the team in a race to uncover the murderer before any more people die.  Stewart has brilliantly created a murderer that turns on its head everything you thought you knew about the profile of a serial killer.  Excellent read.

The story begins with the death of 2 cats and from that point I was hooked and just kept turning the pages.  This is a very unique story which keeps the intrigue building throughout the book.  There are many twists and turns with the ending being a real shocker.

I love Harriet.  She is a very compassionate person who sees a lot of good in people and this makes her an excellent detective.  She is backed by a team who all work together excellently.  We get to know them a little more in this book as their characters develop and we learn about their private lives.  All are realistic characters with depth.

As I have come to expect from Stewart there are quirks in the story that bring a touch of humour (he has also worked in a little romance)

The Backpacker

Harriet moved to Cornwall to escape the gossips when her philandering husband was killed in a crash with his lover.  I am pleased to see her getting over that and moving on with her life. Her character is developing well. She is forming a healthy friendship with John Finch and they both have a passion for boats.  The first chapter gives us an insight into the boating world but reality returns when a body is found.

This is an intriguing story with 2 strands.  2 bodies a couple of decades apart in the same place in the remote countryside of Landell’s farm. The same farm a girl ran towards escaping a pursuer many years before.  What is the connection between the 2 cases?  Is there one?

I loved this story I found myself thinking ‘detective’ and trying to work out who the murderer was all the way through along with the team.  Every clue leads to a dead end as the team go around in circles trying to find a way through the secrets and lies.

There are a lot of twists and turns as the story moves along keeping the reader totally engrossed in the story.  The intrigue builds all the way through to the very end.

There are a mix of characters in this book and all are unique and bring a lot to the story.  Some I liked some I didn’t.  I am familiar with Derbyshire farmers and although the characters at Landell’s are Cornish I doubt they differ much so in my opinion Stewart has them portrayed perfectly.  There are characters that come and go but they are all realistic and well described.

I love Stewart’s books I think he is a very talented author but this book is, in my opinion, the best yet.  It has everything you could want from a good detective book.  Intrigue, suspense the ins and outs and entanglement of complex detective work all wrapped up in a fast-moving page-turner that keeps the interest all the way through to the shocker of an ending.


Stewart Giles: author bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and there are plenty more to come. Unworthy, the ninth Smith instalment was followed by a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers. Entitled The Enigma, it brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. A new Smith/Harriet book is in the pipeline as is the 10th Smith instalment.


You may also like:

AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Stewart Giles

The Enigma (DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #1) by Stewart Giles

MIRANDA – a completely different stand-alone psychological thriller by Stewart Giles #crimefiction #detective #Miranda @stewartgiles

BLOG TOUR – THE WITNESS by Kevin Marsh #crimefiction #thriller #psychologicalthriller

Today it is my turn on the Blog Tour for THE WITNESS. Kevin Marsh is a new author to me and I loved this book. I hope you enjoy reading my review.

The Witness by Kevin Marsh

Available from AMAZON

Landscape artist Josie MacDonald is coming to the end of her stay in Scotland. Whilst out on a painting trip early one morning she witnesses a horrific murder.

Mr Mac, the deranged killer, is aware that she has seen him at work and sets out to kill her but Josie manages to escape by plunging desperately into the North Sea.

Mr Mac, convinced that she has perished, discovers a few days later that she has survived and sets out to track her down. He follows her to London where he subjects her to terrible psychological torment as one by one her friends are drawn into the nightmare.

Josie returns to Scotland in order to discover the truth where her worst fears are realised. With time running out and a killer on the loose she must survive long enough to bring their horrifying ordeal to an end.


My Review

Kevin Marsh is a new author to me and I was unsure what to expect from this book but I was far from disappointed.

Josie is living the dream staying with her Aunt and painting landscapes when she is witness to a murder.  The only way to escape is to risk her life by jumping off a cliff.  The alternative is to allow herself to be caught.  She escapes….. Or does she?

The chase is not over but before catching up with Josie he plans to make her suffer via her friends.

Josie is a resourceful character and a very likeable one.  I wasn’t convinced that in reality someone would have acted as she did but it certainly makes for engrossing reading.

Family, friendship, love, torture (emotional and physical), evilness, suspense and murder.  They are all there,  All the components that make up a good Psychological thriller.

This is a gripping thriller that has the adrenaline pumping from the very first page and keeps the pages turning all the way to the jaw-dropping ending.

A brilliant read.  I am looking forward to more from this author.


Kevin Marsh author bio

Kevin Marsh was born in Canterbury in 1961. He lived and went to school there attending the Technical College, (now Canterbury College), as an apprentice sheet metal worker. During his five years of training he worked in a small local company with his father and brother. In 1981 he was married and moved to Whitstable, (his father’s home town).
His first novel, The Belgae Torc, book 1 in the Torc Trilogy, was launched on 30th June 2012 with his second book, The Witness, a psychological thriller, being published in March 2013. The Gordian Knot is the second part of the Torc Trilogy and was published in July 2014.  Cutting the Gordian Knot (The Final Solution) is the final book in the Torc Trilogy and was published in July 2016

He has recently retired from teaching steel fabrication and welding and moved to the beautiful Kent countryside to focus on writing and painting.

Website: http://www.kevinmarshnovels.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kevin.marsh.1069

AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Stewart Giles #detective #CrimeFiction #AuthorInterview @stewartgiles

Today, on my weekly Author Interview Blog I have the pleasure of chatting with Stewart Giles.  Stewart is the author of 3 brilliant Detective series’: DS Smith, DC Harriet Taylor & the Smith & Taylor series.  Plus an awesome stand-alone psychological thriller: Miranda (that isnt actually stand-alone).  He has also self-published some books and others were published by Joffe Books.  I am sure you are all wanting to hear what he has to say so….


Hello Stewart, thank you for joining me today.

Yesterday you launched TROTTERDOWN a box set of the first three Detective Harriet Taylor books. Can you tell us a little about how you came to write a second detective series and why you decided to release these as a box set?

I’d written eight books in one series and an agent was interested in the ninth. When she eventually told me she’d have to pass, as a ninth book in a series was unlikely to appeal to a publisher, I thought ‘bugger this – I’m writing a new series.’ And that’s where The Beekeeper came from. After The Perfect Murder and The Backpacker I thought now was a good time to put all of them together as a box set, and Trotterdown seemed like a great title.

The Beekeeper was my first professional promotion and I am sure I was jumping up and down as much as you were when it hit the number 1 bestseller spot on Amazon Australia. Although you have published 2 books through Joffe Books you mainly self-publish your books. Can you explain the advantages of self-publishing for any authors out there who think getting a book accepted by a publisher is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

That’s a great question. That was a moment I can only describe as surreal. I didn’t think it was possible. I’d self-published for three years when I was approached by Jasper from Joffe Books. Fortunately, I’d finished The Beekeeper at the time and they published it. If I’m to be brutally honest, I much prefer the self-publishing route. Having a publisher is great – they have the knowledge to be able to get your books out to a much wider audience, but I much prefer being in control of every aspect of the publishing process and that’s why self-publishing suits me down to the ground. I have an amazing editor/agent/publicist and all round awesome human being, who keeps me grounded and never misses a typo or timeline error, and I would recommend any aspiring self-publishing writer to get some help like that. It is priceless.

You recently released ENIGMA which brought together your Smith and Harriet Taylor series into book one of a new series. Can you tell us a little about where that idea came from and the problems that arise from writing 3 series’?

After the third or fourth book in a series, I find it gets a lot easier – the characters have their own traits and they tend to write themselves after a while, so I wanted more of a challenge. A few of my writer friends have different series and they introduce protagonists of other series into the plot in cameo roles. The above mentioned editor/agent etc mentioned this and I decided to go one step further and have a collaboration of my two main protagonists. Smith and Harriet are both very strong characters who couldn’t be more different from one another, but they worked well together in a book.

I have to ask about MIRANDA. I mean 3 series on the go and you decide to branch out and write a completely different stand-alone psychological thriller!! Where did that idea come from? Also, I heard a rumour it isn’t actually stand-alone you have been ‘persuaded’ to write a sequel can you tell us more about that too?

Miranda was another way of challenging myself. Besides the fact it was designed to be a standalone, I wanted to experiment with intermingling 1st and 3rd person and still trying to keep the flow going. I loved writing Miranda. After five years of series, it was a kind of break from the norm. And it’s probably the first book I’ve ever written that totally engulfed me and drained me. In a very good way, I have to add. As for the sequel, that’s my own fault. I’ve been informed by just about everybody who has read it that the ending begs for another instalment.

So, what do you have planned to keep your readers’ adrenaline pumping? I know you can write a book in weeks rather than months’, so we are always awaiting news of the next book.

Dropzone, the next Smith/Harriet book is halfway done, so that should be out early June, then it’s Venom which is a new Smith thriller. I’ve already started that and, all being well it will be out around September time. I’ve also got an idea for the abovementioned Miranda sequel, and the follow-up to Venom is also spinning around in my head.

I know you are a man of many talents and while you are feeding our appetite for adrenaline pumping thrillers you get your kicks from jumping out of aeroplanes and racing Yachts in stormy seas. Can you tell us more about the man behind the author and how your hobbies influence your writing?

I’m fortunate enough to live in a peaceful village in South Africa with short winters and long, hot summers. I’m also a stones through from a huge expanse of water and a skydiving drop zone, which I take full advantage of. At weekends, if I’m not flying over the Vaal Dam I’m sailing on it. Both are equally inspirational – skydiving frees you mind of everything, and sailing has a unique calming effect. When I’m on the ground I like to play one of my 40-odd electric guitars. I once read something about writing what you know, and this is spot on. Smith plays guitar and Harriet sails. I reckon every book you write is semi-autobiographical – even in a subconscious sense. You can’t help it. I have 3 dogs – I love dogs, and Smith is the same. Smith drinks a lot of beer. Say no more.

Thank you very much for joining us today and we all wish you luck with your writing career.

Thank you so much for the questions. Thoroughly enjoyed this. And I’m not done with writing for a very long time yet.


Read on for information on Stewart Giles’ books:

DS Jason Smith Series

Phobia: 5 early DS Smith cases    Buy from Amazon

Phobia is a series of five DS Jason Smith cases he worked on before we met him in the first book ‘Smith’. We get insights into what moulded him to be the Detective Sergeant we first get a glimpse of in ‘Smith’. Smith quickly realizes that police work isn’t always cut and dried. Justice is not always black and white; there are many shades of grey in between.

Smith (DS Smith Book 1)   Buy from Amazon

It is Christmas Day in York. A woman is found dead in her bed. A suicide note is found on her chest. It reads ‘I am so sorry Martin’. Hours later the police are called to a house a few miles away. A mother and her daughter have been brutally attacked; the mother is dead, and the daughter is barely alive. The father is found shaking uncontrollably in the corner of the room. He is covered in blood, but he is unharmed. His name is Martin Willow.

Boomerang (DS Smith Book 2)   Buy from Amazon

A man is killing people in York. Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac. Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another. All the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history.

Ladybird (DS Smith Book 3)   Buy from Amazon

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is days away from the end of his sick leave after a case that almost cost him his life when he gets a call from an old friend. His friend has been arrested for the murder of a student. He wants Smith to investigate the murder and prove his innocence. Smith is persuaded return to work. The student was killed with a bread knife. Ladybirds were scattered on his dead body

Occam’s Razor (DS Smith Book 4)   Buy from Amazon

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people. DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side.

Harlequin (DS Smith Book 5)   Buy from Amazon

The circus comes to town and children start to disappear. Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is persuaded to return to work after three weeks of a marijuana induced haze. Forced to endure the leadership of a new DI, the fulsome Bryony Brownhill, Smith is faced with the most difficult investigation of his colourful career.  When the children who vanished are found murdered in various parts of the city, all clues lead to the circus grounds, but Smith and his team are met with a sinister silence everywhere they turn.

Selene (DS Smith Book 6)   Buy from Amazon

When a man is found tucked up in bed with his throat sliced open two days after Christmas, DS Jason Smith and his team are baffled. It appears he has been drugged, killed and carefully wrapped up in a duvet. The only evidence Smith finds are some strands of hair belonging to a woman. One month later, another man is killed in exactly the same manner but there appears to be no link whatsoever to the two men apart from the fact that they were both single, lonely and middle aged.

Horsemen (DS Smith Book 7)   Buy from Amazon

One draining murder investigation after another has left DS Jason on the brink of losing his sanity and he needs a break. A string of armed robberies at the McDonalds in the city of York are getting in the way. Smith’s DI makes him a deal; if he can get to the bottom of it, he can have two weeks off. Smith figures out who the brains behind the robberies is; the young wife of Jimmy Phoenix, the owner of all the McDonalds franchises in the city.

Unworthy (DS Jason Smith Book 8)   Buy from Amazon

DS Jason Smith is dragged away from paternity leave when a woman is killed with her baby in the next room. When more women with children are brutally murdered, Smith discovers that they all have something in common – they all share a secret. Then he finds out that the mother of his own child is on this list of ‘Unworthy’ women.


DC Harriet Taylor Series

The Beekeeper (DC Harriet Taylor Book 1). Buy from Amazon

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. She lives with her pet jackdaw in a beautiful cottage not far from the sea. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. And then Alice’s best friend Milly disappears…

The Perfect Murder (DC Harriet Taylor Book 2)   Buy from Amazon

Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.  Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.  Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor Book 3)   Buy from Amazon

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.  Who would kill a young backpacker who hurt nobody?  Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago?

TROTTERDOWN (DC Harriet Taylor Books 1-3)   Buy from Amazon

Do you like gripping thrillers that are a little different? Meet Detective Harriet Taylor in this gripping series set in Cornwall From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles.

Three gripping thrillers in one, great value, box set.


DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor Series

The Enigma (DS Smith & DC Taylor Book 1)   Buy from Amazon

In Trotterdown, Cornwall a boat, The Enigma washes in to the harbour. The skipper is dead, and Harriet Taylor is brought in to investigate. But 1 dead body is not the only crime the team have to deal with. Meanwhile, further up the coast in Whitby a boat washes up on the rocks just outside the harbour. Everyone on board is dead. Whitby Police are out of their depth, so DS Jason Smith is called in to help. It soon becomes clear the cases are connected and the teams from York and Trotterdown settle down to work with each other.


Stand Alone thrillers

Miranda –a psychological thriller…buy from Amazon

Miranda is a unique read, the best book yet by Stewart Giles. Sentenced to life in a secure hospital for the murder of 12 people Miranda tells her story. In the meantime, the reader is transported back to the time of the murders as we follow DI Keene and her team along the many twists, turns and dead ends as they try to find the murderer of several unrelated victims. This is an edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline pumping read that will have you turning the pages all the way to the totally unexpected ending. Buckle up this is a bumpy ride

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