Murder, kidnap, torture — not words usually associated with Britain’s beautiful New Forest National Park.
When local author Grant Mason has a heart attack, he makes a dying wish: he wants his loyal assistant to burn his beautiful house down.
WHY DID HE MAKE SUCH A BIZARRE DEATH BED WISH?
Meanwhile, Detective Jeff Temple is hunting for a young couple who disappeared in the forest.
THE POLICE LAUNCH A MASSIVE MANHUNT FOR THE UNFORTUNATE PAIR
DCI Jeff Temple and his Major Investigations Team take on their most disturbing case yet, and in the process they uncover vicious depravity and horror that was meant to lie hidden forever.
WHAT IS BURIED IN THE FOREST?
This is the fourth book by James Raven in the hugely successful DCI Jeff Temple series.
FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS
Perfect for fans of D.S Butler, Angela Marsons, Kimberley Chambers, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham
DCI Jeff Temple heads up Hampshire’s Major Investigations Team based in Southampton. He’s a no-nonsense copper who relishes the challenges presented by the most brutal and high-profile cases. But at the same time he’s still struggling to get his personal life back on track following the tragic death of his beloved wife. Things are looking up, but it’s an uphill struggle.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DYING WISH
“Read it in two sittings as I couldn’t put it down, great read!” Steve
“Such an addictive read – highly recommended” Suzan
“I was totally blown away by the twist that the author spectacularly throws in towards the end.” Sarah
“This one kept me on the edge of my seat” Books and Ladders.
THE BEST-SELLING DCI JEFF TEMPLE SERIES Book 1: Rollover Book 2: Urban Myth Book 3: Random Targets Book 4: Dying Wish
Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for this absolutely stunning new release by Janice Frost. Although it is book 6 in the series it will work perfectly as stand-alone. All I can say is WOW what a brilliant book this is.
CAN MERRY AND NEAL EXPOSE THE KILLER WHEN NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM?
TWO BRUTAL SLAYINGS AT A BARN DANCE
Detective Ava Merry goes to a forties-themed dance at Northfields Farm on Valentine’s Day.
A young couple, Nick and Samantha are found murdered.
Nick is found in a wartime ambulance with and Sam is found stabbed multiple times in the glamping tent they were staying in.
DS Ava Merry is confronted by a man fleeing the tent. Who is he and is he really innocent?
SECRETS THAT SOMEONE WILL KILL TO KEEP
Then another frenzied murder ups the stakes still further.
Can DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal expose the killer?
Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.
PRAISE FOR JANICE FROST “A very good storyline with so much happening in the family to keep the reader engrossed.” Viv
“Really enjoyable read.” Nerys
“Good entertaining read, with heart in the mouth moments.” Carole
“A fast-paced mystery with plenty of suspects.” Barbara
“I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.” Dawn
THE DETECTIVES DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.
DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES Book 1: DEAD SECRET Book 2: DARK SECRET Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS Book 5: DIRTY SECRETS Book 6: MURDEROUS SECRETS
Ava and PJ go to a
Barn Dance at a remote retreat. Everyone
is having a great time. Ava goes outside
for some fresh air and spots some lads messing about she moves closer to investigate
expecting nothing more that to have to reprimand the boys for drinking or
smoking. What they discover in the barn
will haunt all of them for some time to come.
And that is not the worst crime scene.
As the investigation
begins the team are wading through treacle tying to uncover the secrets that
everyone seems to be hiding but do these secrets have anything to do with the
murders? That is the question everyone would
like answers to.
It is an intriguing
story with a lot of twists and turns and events from the past impacting on the
future the team has its work cut out unravelling the lies and secrets.
This is book 6 in
the ‘Secrets’ series but it does work very well as stand alone. The author makes a first class job of filling
in the blanks without it being repetitive for the readers who have read the
Jim Neal is a single
parent but has had help from his sister in caring for his young son but Maggie
has got married and is now on honeymoon in Australia. Handling a complex double murder while
juggling parental commitments and handling the day to day chores that Maggie
used to do is putting him under a lot of pressure with nobody to lean on. He is a private person but an excellent
detective and a caring boss to his dedicated team.
Ava Merry is looking
after her younger brother so can relate to the problems Neal is facing. She is falling for her boss which is making
things complicated and struggling with her emotions while trying to work her way
through the case is putting her under a lot of pressure.
As the story
progresses we find several likely suspects each with their own axe to grind and
I can honestly say I didn’t have a clue who the murderer was until the very
I love Janice Frost’s book but she has really hit the ball out of the park with this one. Adrenaline pumping suspense, intrigue and red herrings are all interwoven with the nitty gritty of detective work. This is one of the best books I have read for a long time and well worth the 5 stars.
Janice Frost author bio
Janice was born and grew up in West
Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s
University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an
assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in
Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her
husband and two sons.
Today I am thrilled to be sharing information on an exciting collection of short stories from many brilliant authors. This wonderful collection which has been expertly compiled by the lovely Emma Mitchell is available for just £5 with all proceeds going to HELP FOR HEROES.
You can preorder this from Amazon (click the link for your country)
When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.
With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone.
And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.
From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm
Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one
heck of a ride!
When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your
from Emma Mitchell:
blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of
Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and
every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will
be donated to the charity.
closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from
Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring
you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or
snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away
by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community,
especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not
So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.
isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our
troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.
been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as
much as I have.
Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman
Four Seasons by Robert Scragg
The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff
Believe by Mark Brownless
What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron
Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell
The Art of War and Peace by John Carson
A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton
Free Time by Stewart Giles
Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake
The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen
The Village Hotel by Alex Kane
A Present of Presence by HR Kemp
The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin
Brothers Forever by Paul Moore
Girl in a Red Dress by Owen Mullen
Pivotal Moments by Anna Osborne
Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli
Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke
Christmas Present by Lexi Rees
Inside Out by KA Richardson
Penance by Jane Risdon
New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg
Family Time by Graham Smith
Will Shine is available to pre-order now and will
be released in digital and paperback formats on 9 December 2019.
Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for this brilliant Horror book. This has been republished by Jay Raven so I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing it twice and I loved it even more the second time around.
In the godless badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between
mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one
of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place
any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…
But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands
south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural
stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.
A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade
Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a
string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s
predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an
agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to
their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.
The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of
options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and
Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to
For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man
when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to
fear than death…
I was very
interested in how Jay would approach the vampires as he himself admits that
Drakula had been done to death. I was
very impressed I was hooked very early on as the reader is thrown straight in
to the horrific scenes of this ‘new’ vampire and from there the adrenaline
There is a little
humour interwoven in the story (at least I think so) and this softens what
would otherwise be a little too ‘horrific’ for some.
There are several
characters introduced at the start and more join in as the story
progresses. They develop steadily
through the story it all makes for a gripping fast moving read. I am eager to learn more about the history
behind this book but I am assured all will become clear in the next book.
I am very impressed
with this modern day view of the undead Jay has added new elements and the
whole thing works perfectly.
Excellent read, well
worth the 5 stars and I will eagerly await the next book.
Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.
If you would like to be informed of new releases, enjoy free short stories and access exclusive giveways and competitions, please subscribe to Jay’s monthly newsletter on his website at www.jayraven.com
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST
PUBLISHED AS “ALTERED EGOS”
Detective Mike Nash thought that moving back to
Yorkshire from London would give him a quieter life. Little did he know . . .
DETECTIVE MIKE NASH IS GOING TO HAVE A VERY UNMERRY CHRISTMAS.
In an ordinary terraced house, a family die. Poisoned by carbon monoxide.
Then comes a suspicious house fire, with more bodies at the charred scene.
A drug addict is murdered in the most bizarre medieval manner.
And a scientist’s daughter disappears.
THERE’S A KILLER ON THE LOOSE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
DI Mike Nash follows the leads of these disparate crimes. One very dangerous person seems intent on revenge.
CAN HE STOP A SERIAL KILLER BEFORE ANYONE ELSE PAYS THE ULTIMATE PRICE?
MIKE NASH A highly talented detective, he was a rising star in the Metropolitan Police. Following a particularly gruesome case involving a sadistic serial killer, Nash turns down the chance of promotion and heads back to his native county of Yorkshire. He hopes that returning to his roots will bring peace of mind. However, although the pace of life seems gentler, the crimes prove no less horrific. His skills are tested to the limit by a series of violent crimes that threaten to ruin his plans for a more relaxed lifestyle. Nor is his secret ambition to settle down made any easier by his one weakness, a seemingly unquenchable thirst for female company. That is, until . . .?
LOCATION The books are set in a fictional rural North Yorkshire with a scattering of market towns, many small villages and countryside that changes from high moorland with dramatic crags, mountain tarns and sparse vegetation, to the gentler, lush agricultural land lower down the valley that is bisected by the river Helm. The town of Helmsdale is where Mike Nash and his team are based, in a sub-division of their headquarters in the larger town of Netherdale. Further to the west is Bishopton, also part of the hub our detectives cover.
DI MIKE NASH SERIES Book 1: WHAT LIES BENEATH Book 2: VANISH WITHOUT TRACE Book 3: PLAYING WITH FIRE Book 4: KILLING CHRISTMAS
INTRODUCING THE NEW SERIES BY BEST-SELLING, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR GRETTA MULROONEY.
DETECTIVE INSPECTOR SIV DRUMMOND IS LOOKING FOR A FRESH START. WHAT SHE GETS IS TWO DEAD BODIES.
It’s Detective Inspector Siv Drummond’s first day back on the job, joining a new team in a new town. This fresh start isn’t going to be easy. Still mourning the death of her husband, she must push aside her grief to focus on her first case.
Lauren Visser and Matis Rimas are found stabbed to death in the idyllic woodland by the River Bere. Their mutilated bodies lie within feet of each other. A photograph of an unknown girl sits on Lauren’s chest.
She was an activist and wild swimmer. He was fishing illegally.
WHAT IS THEIR CONNECTION?
Siv and her team start ruling out suspects, but no one tells the truth when everyone has something to hide.
What will be dredged up by the investigation?
CAN DI SIV DRUMMOND FIGHT THE CURRENT OF LIES OR WILL SHE BE SWEPT AWAY?
Elegantly written, THESE LITTLE LIES is a masterclass in slow-burning suspense that will keep you turning the pages into the early hours.
Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, Tana French, Liane Moriarty, Rachel Cain or Ruth Rendell.
A new series from
one of my favourite authors is always exciting.
Siv Drummond – her
husband and soul mate has died in an accident leaving her bereft and
broken. She moves to Berminster to try
to move on with her life. A new home, a
new area, new colleagues, boss and everything that goes with it is a big
challenge for someone who is lost but Siv is basically strong and is determined
to find her way.
She is paired with
Ali an overweight diabetic but one with a big heart and compassionate nature he
is just what Siv needs. Someone she can
instinctively trust and rely on even if they need to get to know each other.
The story begins
with a polish man finding the body of a young woman while doing a little early
morning fishing. The discovery costs him
his life and there we have it, Siv Drummond thrown in the deep end with 2 dead
bodies no motive and no clues. The only
clue is a photo left on the woman’s body the photo is a young child but nobody
knows who she is.
This is a complex
story with many false leads and unexpected twists as the team slowly unravel
the clues and lies. It appears everyone
is hiding something but is that something relevant to the case?
A very intriguing story with characters who develop well. I am looking forward to reading more in this new series.
MEET THE DETECTIVE Detective Inspector Siv Drummond is widowed following a tragic accident involving her husband. With everything in London reminding her of the past, she moves from a high-profile squad with the Met to a new job as DI in her old home town — sleepy, seaside Berminster. She’s still grieving and lonely, but she’s a fighter and she’s smart, which earns her the respect of her colleagues DS Ali Carlin and DC Patrick Hill, and the grudging approval of her DCI, who wants his protégé to get her job.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THESE LITTLE LIES ‘I loved this first in the DI Siv Drummond series, may there be many more to follow. I couldn’t put the book down, but tried to read slowly…didn’t want it to end. It’s great having a book that you can’t wait to get back into.’ – Hannelore C.
‘I thoroughly enjoyed These Little Lies which is a good procedural with several twists and a well concealed motive and perpetrator.’ – Elaine T.
‘Enjoyed it immensely – read it in one day, ignoring all else.’ – Aileen G.
‘The first in the series can often be a difficult thing… you’ve got to set up the scenes and the characters. This one did it well.’ – Louise T.
PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR GRETTA MULROONEY ‘A pleasure to read.’ – The Independent
‘A beautifully written book, a magnificent read.’ – Big Issue
‘A memorable tale with a shocking denouement.’ – Time Out
‘A psychological tale echoing Barbara Vine.’ – The Bookseller
‘I had plenty of guesses, all of them wrong so the novel held my attention throughout. The pacing is excellent.’ – E. Tomasso
‘The book moves along at a steady pace and gains momentum as it progresses. There are many twists and turns along the way as the reader is caught up in the intrigue and suspense towards a real jaw dropping shocker of an ending nobody will see coming.’ BOOKS n ALL
‘A thoroughly enjoyable read and extremely well thought out. Had me puzzled as an avid crime reader.’ Carole
‘A fascinating read with many twists and turns that keeps you guessing to the end. A must read.’ Greta H.
Gretta Mulrooney author bio
I was born and educated in London, of Irish parents. I studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Ulster, Magee college in Derry. I have worked in education and social care.
I started writing in my thirties and
I published four books for children and teenagers with Poolbeg Press,
Dublin; A Can of Worms, A Nest of Vipers, A Den of Thieves and I Love You-Te Quiero. These books are available on
I have published five literary fiction novels.
Araby and Marble Heart were published by Harper Collins to
critical acclaim. They have been translated into Dutch and Spanish. These
books are available on Amazon. They are being reissued in May 2016 by Fourth
Estate as Kindle and paperbacks.
Fire and Ice, Out of The Blue and The Apple of Her Eye were published by Robert
Hale. These books are available on Amazon.
Out of The Blue was published
by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in February 2016 and is
available on Amazon.
Lost Child was published
by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in March 2016 and is
available on Amazon. (This was previously published as Fire and Ice by Robert
Coming of Age was published
by Joffe Books as a e book and paperback in April 2016 and is available
on Amazon. (This was previously published as The Apple of Her Eye by Robert
I have always been an avid reader of crime fiction and psychological
thrillers. I have started a series of crime novels featuring charismatic
private detective Tyrone Swift.
The Lady Vanished was published as an
e book and paperback by Joffe Books in December 2015 and is available on
Blood Secrets, the second novel
featuring private detective Tyrone Swift, was published as e book and
paperback in spring 2016 and is available on Amazon.
Two Lovers, Six Deaths, the third Tyrone
Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in December 2016 by Joffe
Books and is available on Amazon.
Watching You, the fourth Tyrone
Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe
Books and is available on Amazon.
Low Lake, the fifth Tyrone
Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in March 2018
by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.
Bound By Lies is a boxset trilogy
of the first three novels in the Tyrone Swift series. It was published as
an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.
Forget Happily Ever After – the most delicious fairy tales end in darkness and despair!
Welcome to a world of
cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a
single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.
From malevolent medieval
magicians to Wild West witches, this
spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening
fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.
Amongst the haunting historical
horror stories, you’ll meet:
A half-crazed girl locked up in a high
security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating
An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll
stop at nothing to marry her daughter to
a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
The hated public executioner Pandora
whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving a trace of violence on their bodies.
Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits
and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at
A faery mage without conscience or
pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
A drought-stricken frontier town that
seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it
comes at a terrible cost.
The doubt-ridden King, plagued by
nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of
hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
A Mid Western widow who is convinced
her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.
If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…
I am growing to love
the Jay Raven books he has a way of making horror different and in a way
This is a collection
of short stories each one totally different but very good.
I am not usually a fan of short stories I like something I can really
get into but I did really enjoy reading these each story is different but they
all made for very good reading.
I wont say much
about the stories as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but they are well
worth reading if you are looking for something you can pick up to snatch a
quick read over lunch or on the bus these will fit the purpose perfectly.
I am really looking forward to more from Jay
What the Bloggers thought:
Donna’s Book Blog
I love the author’s ability to bring his stories to life and he creates some fantastic characters. Link to post
Some of the characters had me howling with their cunning Wiley ways, I wish I knew some of them!! Crones are the wise ones, it pays to listen carefully to them. Link to post
Shalini’s Books & Reviews
The last line of each story left me bewitched. What a wicked mind this author had!! Link to post
Obviously some stories I enjoyed more than others but the range of plots and characters made for fascinating reading from the very first page. Link to post
Jay Raven’s ability to world build, character build, pull the reader in and keep them invested such a short stories is a true testament to his writing abilities. Link to post
Black Books Blog
All of the short stories are brilliantly written with lots of atmosphere and twisty ending which I never saw coming. Link to post
I really enjoyed this book. It was different. I liked the different stories. Although I didn’t have a favourite I still enjoyed them. Read in one sitting. Link to post
Jay Raven – author bio
Dark fantasy author Jay Raven blames a misspent childhood
watching Hammer Horror films for his lifelong obsession with history, woodland,
horse-drawn carriages and visiting castles – preferably during the hours of
daylight! All of which might explain why he now lives in a creepy old house
perched atop a steep hill on the edge of a 500 acre forest teeming with bats.
A writer for 23 years, Birmingham-based Jay was a journalist
before leaving behind the clamour of headlines and deadlines to chase his dream
of capturing monsters and releasing them into the world of fiction. During that
time his work has been widely published in horror and fantasy anthologies on
both sides of the Atlantic.
As well as reinventing traditional Gothic horror for a
modern audience, he writes alterative history urban fantasies – usually with
supernatural themes. He loves to cross genres and bring unexpected
elements – if not elementals – to the
He has two regrets in life – that he hasn’t had a chance to visit Transylvania yet, and that his house isn’t haunted. But long suffering wife Liz has threatened to do something about the latter…
THE FIRST IN A NAIL-BITING THRILLER SERIES BY DAN LATUS
‘A good plot with lots of twists & turns. Look forward to more of Mr Latus’ work.’ Sandra M.
Frank Doy, contract security specialist, is flat broke. Then beautiful and mysterious Vlasta George shows up at his door. She’ll give him good money to take her to a secret location in Europe, no questions asked.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
The woman’s husband is a murderous Teesside gangster. She is running away to start a life without him, taking her two young kids and a million pounds with her.
HE WANTS HER BACK. DEAD OR ALIVE.
But there is someone even more dangerous — someone from the past — who also has an interest in the money. Before long, two of Vlasta’s circle are found dead.
Doy finds himself in a frantic chase across Europe, travelling into unknown territory, battling an enemy he doesn’t understand, for vendettas he is not involved with.
Will he be able to protect his client — and make it out alive?
MEET FRANK DOY, a quick-thinking, fast-talking security consultant turned private detective. He has a talent for finding himself in the seediest corners of the most dangerous cities in Europe. He doesn’t go looking for trouble. He lives in a converted miner’s cottage on an isolated stretch of the Cleveland coast. But he never backs down from a fight and he never turns away those who are desperate. So trouble finds him.
‘Dan Latus’s style is trimmed, hard and fast. There isn’t a paragraph or word in there that doesn’t belong, so the story really rips along.’ Jack R.
‘The more I read the more I enjoyed it. Good plot and characters with some twists and turns.’ Atabarac
‘What I greatly appreciated was this writer’s ability to get me feeling that I was witness, not merely an audience.’ C. W. A.
‘More like this please, publishers.’ Rob M.
FRANK DOY SERIES Book 1: RISKY MISSION Book 2: OUT OF THE NIGHT Book 3: A DEATH AT SOUTH GARE
Michael, Joffe Books and I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers, reviewers, readers and supporters who helped with the launch of SILENT CRIMES. Your help at such a busy time of year is very much appreciated xx
What the reviewers and bloggers thought
Silent Crimes is a very enjoyable police investigation novel. I liked the range of detective characters and now want to read the rest of the books in the series to see how their personalities, relationships and careers have progressed up until this case. Read more here
The Word is Out
The plot is clever and the suspects all have multiple sides to them. With lots of turns in the story it was hard to decide who was guilty and who was innocent almost right up to the exciting and surprising end. Read more here
Linda Strong Book Reviews
This is well written with twists and turns and secrets that have been hiding in the shadows for many years. The characters are finely drawn, warts and all. Read more here
Joanna Larum’s Reviews
A very enjoyable read which I would recommend to all lovers of detective fiction. Read more here
Black Books Blog
Throughout the book I thought I had a handle on things and knew where they were heading, but then something would happen to make me change my mind. Read more here
Looking for a gripping mystery by a best-selling author? Full of twists and turns, this crime thriller will keep you turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion.
AN INTRICATE MYSTERY FULL OF BURIED SECRETS
Detective Sophie Allen’s daughter discovers the body of a reclusive tramp in remote woodland in Dorset. He’s been dead for a week.
Sophie and her team try to piece together something about his life, but progress is slow.
NO ONE IS QUITE WHAT THEY SEEM.
Then a hidden package is discovered near his rudimentary shelter. The police also find out that someone has been in the area asking about the tramp recently. A picture begins to emerge.
He was an important member of a commune that had a three-year existence on a farm on the Quantock Hills in Somerset more than decade earlier.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE COMMUNE AND WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL DYING BECAUSE OF IT?
Discover the truth in this captivating crime mystery.
SILENT CRIMES is book eight of a new series of crime thrillers featuring Sophie Allen, head of the Violent Crime Unit in Dorset.
THE DETECTIVES DCI Sophie Allen is Dorset’s acknowledged expert on murder and violent crime. She is 42 as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying in London. Sophie has a law degree and a master’s in criminal psychology. Her brilliant mind conceals some dark secrets from her past.
DS Barry Marsh is based at Swanage police station. He’s quiet, methodical and dedicated, the perfect foil for Sophie’s hidden fragility.
THE SETTING Dorset. A beautiful English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
This is book 8 in
the bestselling Detective Sophie Allen series but does work well as stand
Jade, has been keeping an eye on a tramp and his dog. When she finds his dead body and injured dog
she has plenty of questions to answer but also questions that she needs
answering. Paul was a gentle amiable man
so why would someone kill him? Also, why
is he living as a tramp when he is wealthy?
Not only does she need the answers but so does her mum and the rest of
When the clues lead
back to 12 years ago and a young woman who disappeared the team are travelling
the country trying to track down members of a commune that disbanded all those
In addition there is
Trent, convicted of murder and out on parole he is set to make the people who
contributed to his being convicted to pay.
As the team unravell
the clues they uncover a pandora’s box of secrets and wrongdoings but there are
even bigger shocks in store.
This is an
intriguing read that keeps the pages turning as the reader follows the team in
their quest to find the people responsible.
If you like
detective books this is one you will really love as the story gets into the
nitty gritty of detective work along with the false leads and lies that make
their job so difficult.
What readers are saying about MICHAEL HAMBLING
“Very well written and highly recommended.” Viv
“An utterly compelling book from Michael Hambling.” Ron
“The characters were a diverse, mixed bag of well-developed, realistic personalities.” Nicki
“This book is a must read.” Barbara
“This was a good book, I love Sophie as a character.” Hannelore
THE DCI SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS Book 1: DARK CRIMES Book 2: DEADLY CRIMES Book 3: SECRET CRIMES Book 4: BURIED CRIMES Book 5: TWISTED CRIMES Book 6: EVIL CRIMES Book 7: SHADOW CRIMES Book 8: SILENT CRIMES
Michael Hambling author bio
Like many writers, I have been a keen reader all of my life. I remember one day as a nine year old in the summer holidays, when I visited the local library four times in one day because a child’s ticket only allowed one book out at a time! I can even remember the plot of one book, a story about a boy taking up fly-fishing, read while sitting outside in a sunny back garden in Bristol.
I live in the west-country, in the
beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury, although I set my novels in the
neighbouring county of Dorset. We own a lovely flat in the small Dorset coastal
town of Swanage, and spend a lot of time there, walking the famous Jurassic
Coast world heritage site.. The early novels in the series are based on the
Isle of Purbeck, one of the UK’s most beautiful coastal regions. But the rest
of the county of Dorset does get a look in, and there are scenes set in other
locations in the central south of England.
I write because I constantly create
scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I
have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the
English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy. Maybe by
the time I’ve edited a passage for the umpteenth time it’s beginning to lose
some of its sparkle for me, but I do believe in reshaping and polishing until
it’s as good as I can make it. It then becomes something about which I can feel
some justifiable pride.
Who are my own favourite writers?
Hilary Mantel, of course. Not just the the recent Thomas Cromwell novels, but
the brilliant and sly characterisation of Beyond Black.
Doris Lessing has written some startlingly original stories over many years.
I’m also a great fan of David Mitchell. He shows great creativity in all of his
Philip Pullman has written many books of startling originality, full of
imaginative ideas. Not just the Lara series, but the earlier Sally Lockhart
novels. One of my sons bought me La Belle Sauvage (volume one of the Book of
Dust trilogy) for Christmas. I loved it, so much so that I’ve already re-read
it a month later, something very rare for me. Wonderful stuff.
Another author I’ve come to admire greatly is Charity Norman. She writes about
families in crisis situations and how the problem is partly resolved. I came to
her books with “The New Woman”, a novel that probes the problems
created by gender variance. Her other novels are equally good. Her writing
style is outstanding.
I’ve recently read “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold and was bowled
over by it. So much emotional punch and so well written. I’ll be packing her
other novels to read on my forthcoming holiday.
In crime fiction I like Val
McDiarmid’s work, Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels and the books of Mo
Hayder. I also enjoy Colin Dexter’s Morse and Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.
I cannot compete with these greats,
so I aim for something different. I hope that I have succeeded to some extent.