BLOG TOUR – You Can’t Hide (Ray Paterson #4) by Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #crimefiction #netgalley #YouCantHide

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for YOU CANT HIDE by Steve Parker.  This is book 4 in the brilliant Ray Paterson series and today I am sharing with you my review of this adrenaline pumping book.

You Can’t Hide (Ray Paterson #4)

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

YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE. YOU CAN NEVER HIDE.

Albert Tanner, vicious psychopath and burner of men, is in the USA with unfinished business.

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks must find him first.

Their task is straightforward: hunt Tanner down and bring him home. But a few explosions, an assassin and a dead child changes everything.

Dragged into a sordid world of high class sex parties they discover an Albert Tanner they never knew existed.

Then a child is snatched from her own bed and Tanner wants to do a deal. And the price is far too high.

Paterson and Clocks realise they have no choice but to hunt Tanner down their own way.

A RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER WHICH WILL KEEP YOU TOTALLY ADDICTED.

This is the fourth 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 Martina Cole.

What readers are saying about STEVE PARKER’S BOOKS

“A must read for all crime thriller fans.” Viv

“A fast-moving action-packed thriller which will keep you enthralled from page one.”

“Another gripping, fast-paced and twisted caper for the most unorthodox police duo in UK fiction.” Donna

“Loved the book, Clocks makes me laugh out loud.” Aileen

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 Inspector 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.

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

DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON
Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS
Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN
Book 3: THE BURNING MEN
Book 4: YOU CAN’T HIDE
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My Review

Paterson and Clocks are back so settle down and be ready for an adrenaline pumping read.

This is book 4 and although the books work as stand-alone you will enjoy it more if you read them in sequence. Unique characters and engaging story lines with twists and turns all the way through make for an intense page turner that I highly recommend for readers who like dark thrillers.

Paterson is a wealthy upper class Detective Superintendent who rose through the ranks via a fast track system. Clocks in contrast is a working class Londoner who has made detective by climbing the ranks as a result of hard work. In book one the two clashed each resenting the other Clocks thought Paterson a ‘posh git’ and Paterson thought Clocks uncouth and tactless. They have developed their relationship from resenting each other to a very effective working partnership each having the other’s back 100%.

The story begins as they board a plane to New York chasing Albert Tanner following a turf war in book 3. Clocks had me laughing before he had got off the plane. They arrive at JFK airport and the action starts with a chase followed by explosions. It is game on and everyone is in danger.

Will they catch Tanner or lose their lives? You will have to read the book to find out. What I can tell you is that this is an absolutely gripping read that I couldn’t put down and I doubt you will be able to either.


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.

The Jenny Starling Series #4: The Castle Mystery by Faith Martin. #mystery #crimefiction @joffebooks @faith.martin_nov

Day 4 of the Jenny Starling Series and book 3 is THE CASTLE MYSTERY

The Castle Mystery (Jenny Starling #4)

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Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “AN INVISIBLE MURDER” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling has her dream job cooking for Lord and Lady Avonsleigh in a genuine castle.

Then one of the castle’s treasures, a fabulously jewelled dagger, is used to murder a staff member. The victim is found stabbed through the heart in the conservatory.

Lady Avonsleigh insists that Jenny help the police find the murderer.

But how can Jenny solve this case when the murder was committed in front of several reliable witnesses, none of whom saw a thing?

This is the fourth of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.

JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.


 

What the Bloggers thought:

Herding Cats

I had great fun contemplating all the little clues that are scattered throughout the story.  There are so many red herrings to work through it’s almost impossible to fully work out the who, the why and the how until it is revealed but it’s rare to actually have so much fun reading a book – it becomes a very interactive experience.  Read more here

Nicki’s book blog

Characters which come to life and nothing to put you off your dinner. A smile along the way and Jenny’s very down to earth but intelligent approach to find out more about the who’s and whys and wherefores. I loved the antics of Henry! The police who arrive and shudder that the new cook is one they have heard the name of and then love her when breakfast is served and that she isn’t a nosy hindrance just a cook with a keen eye and ear.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a suspenseful mystery with varied and unique characters. The reader should pay attention to Henry … he’s a hoot… and he lightens the somber mood of the household.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

It didn’t take me long at all to get into this book and I felt as though I was reuniting with a friend in Jenny Starling.  In fact by the time I got to the end of the first page, I knew that this was going to be a book that I would be unable to put down and so it proved to be.   Read more here

Musings of a tired mummy

This is a great read and I’d love to go back and read more in the series to see how Jenny lived before joinging Avonsleigh. The characters are quite stereotypical but that serves to make the whole book seem timeless and comfortable. The book is easy to read and is finished all too quickly!  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The victim is the governess of the Avonsleigh’s granddaughter, a young woman who has usually kept to herself. As usual, the police are unable to fathom out the mystery and it is left to Jenny to pull all the clues together and reveal the perpetrator. We are given the life stories of the main protagonists and all the clues are liberally sprinkled throughout.   Read more here

Black Books Blog

In this book Jenny manages to get herself in yet another scrape, but this time she is planning on getting a permanent position working as a caterer in a castle, when someone is murdered. Again Jenny decides that she can help the police work out who the murderer was and what their motive was. Read more here


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The Jenny Starling Series #3: The Riverboat Mystery

The Jenny Starling Series #3: The Riverboat Mystery by Faith Martin. #mystery #crimefiction @joffebooks @faith.martin_nov

Day 3 of The Jenny Starling series and book 3 is THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY

THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY by Faith Martin

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Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

“A wonderful protagonist.” Mystery Women

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour.

Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why?

Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery.

This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

THE AUTHOR
FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY
Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY
Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY
Book 4: THE CASTLE MYSTERY
Book 5: THE OXFORD MYSTERY
Book 6: THE TEATIME MYSTERY
Book 7: THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY


What the bloggers thought

Black Books Blog

This book is very low on violence and gore, especially considering it is a murder/mystery book, but concentrates more on the mystery, making it a very cozy book to read in a couple of hours.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

As always with Faith Martin’s books, the story pulls you in and keeps hold of you until the murderer is revealed. A must for Faith Martin fans.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

There are twists and turns and secrets galore. This is a well-written complex mystery with a great cast of characters. Jenny is an absolute unforgettable character .. not only for her looks but for a creative mind that misses nothing.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Overall and in short, I absolutely loved reading ‘The Riverboat Mystery’ but then the book is written by the best selling and legendary Faith Martin.  I absolutely love every single one of her books.  I would definitely recommend these books and this author to other readers.  I can’t wait to read Faith’s next book.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.  Read more here

Akamatra

I will not bore you with my review this time. If you like reading (or watching) Agatha’s Cristie “Death on the Nile” then you will love this book! With a wit humor and a modern twist, Jenny becomes yet again a female Hercule Poirot to solve the death of one of the boat’s passenger.  Read more here

Nicki’s book blog

If you enjoy Agatha Christie or Death in Paradise then this could be the series for you. A captive group of people all wanting the same thing yet nothing obvious and everyone where they should be.  Until a little sparrow gets to work that is! Love this.  Read more here

Hooked From Page One

This was an engaging murder mystery, and I was interested to find out who had committed the crime. It is a fairly quick read that will keep you hooked and fascinated by the characters. If I had one criticism, it would be that I felt the second half after the body is found, was a little rushed, but overall I found it to be a very good read.  Read more here

Herding Cats

With a literal boat load of viable suspects, all with strong motives and a victim as unlikable as this one, Jenny is once again drawn into a game of ‘WhoDunIt?‘ as she uses her sharp wit, clever techniques for extracting information and astute observations to figure out who our murderer is.  Read more here


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BLOG TOUR – You Can’t Hide (Ray Paterson #4) by Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #crimefiction #netgalley #YouCantHide

Today we are kicking off the Blog Tour for YOU CAN’T HIDE by Steve Parker.  This is book 4 in the brilliant Detective Ray Paterson series.  In book 1 Paterson and Clocks were absolute opposites and although I loved the book I did wonder how the series was going to evolve given the animosity and resentment for Paterson within the team.  But all credit due to the author he pulled it off and as the characters developed so did the team.  All the different characters came together with their relevant skills to make a very effective team that has become very effective at hunting down the bad guys.  This series is very graphic and the author admits they are not for the faint hearted but this cruelty and evilness does exist in the world and heartbreaking though it is this series is realistic.  I am hoping for many more.

Books 1-3

There has been quite a wait for this book so I have taken this opportunity to catch up with the previous 3 books to remind you of what you have read or may have missed.  These 3 books are also now available as a great value box set at just £3.99/$3.99 for a short period.

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THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgTHEIR LAST WORDS (Ray Paterson #1) 

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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.

Read more here:  Their Last Words (Ray Paterson #1)


THE LOST CHILDREN (Ray Paterson #2)

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

A MAN IS SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE.

An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmark of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the dismembered torso of a child.

On his first day back at work, disgraced Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson finds himself teamed up again with newly promoted Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks.

They must hunt down a ruthless killer with connections that go far beyond anything they’ve ever come across before.
Within days they know who committed the murders and why, but are left reeling when they are ordered by the government to release the child’s killers.

Read more here:  The Lost Children (Ray Paterson #2)


THE BURNING MEN (Detective Ray Paterson #3)

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A MAN IS BURNT AT THE STAKE IN A LONDON PARK. HIS SMOULDERING CORPSE IS A MESSAGE OF THE MOST VIOLENT KIND.

The man burnt alive is Davey Caine. He is the heir to the criminal empire created by his father, William ‘Billy’ Caine. Billy is a notorious and violent gangster with total control of South East London. But he’s not the man he used to be and the sharks smell blood in the water.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks must find the killer before Billy extracts his own brand of justice. They find themselves drawn ever deeper into London’s underworld.

The streets explode into violence and the body count rises. Men are shot and burned alive in a tit-for-tat power struggle between rival gangs.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks find themselves trying to control men of extreme viciousness. Men who have no fear of the law and its consequences and who are unafraid to kill anyone who stands in their way — including police detectives.

Paterson is stunned when he’s offered the chance to stop the conflict dead in its tracks. If he ignores it, the mayhem continues. If he takes it, there will be a price to pay.

What he doesn’t know is that the price will come with hidden and devastating consequences.

Read more here:  The Burning Men (Detective Ray Paterson #3)

 

PATERSON & CLOCKS BOOKS 1-3

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You Can’t Hide (Ray Paterson #4)

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

YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE. YOU CAN NEVER HIDE.

Albert Tanner, vicious psychopath and burner of men, is in the USA with unfinished business.

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks must find him first.

Their task is straightforward: hunt Tanner down and bring him home. But a few explosions, an assassin and a dead child changes everything.

Dragged into a sordid world of high class sex parties they discover an Albert Tanner they never knew existed.

Then a child is snatched from her own bed and Tanner wants to do a deal. And the price is far too high.

Paterson and Clocks realise they have no choice but to hunt Tanner down their own way.

A RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER WHICH WILL KEEP YOU TOTALLY ADDICTED.

This is the fourth 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 Martina Cole.

What readers are saying about STEVE PARKER’S BOOKS

“A must read for all crime thriller fans.” Viv

“A fast-moving action-packed thriller which will keep you enthralled from page one.”

“Another gripping, fast-paced and twisted caper for the most unorthodox police duo in UK fiction.” Donna

“Loved the book, Clocks makes me laugh out loud.” Aileen

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 Inspector 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.

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

DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON
Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS
Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN
Book 3: THE BURNING MEN
Book 4: YOU CAN’T HIDE
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The Jenny Starling Series #2: The Winter Mystery by Faith Martin. #mystery #crimefiction @joffebooks @faith.martin_nov

Today is day 2 of the Jenny Starling Series blogs,  Book 2 is THE WINTER MYSTERY

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Available from <a href=”http://mybook.to/WinterMystery”>Amazon</a&gt;

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

“Classic murder mystery story with a twist at the end” Oxford Times

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “A FATAL FALL OF SNOW” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is spending Christmas in a snowed-in country house cooking all the traditional food she loves. But the family she’s working for are not full of the seasonal spirit. In fact, they seem to hate each other.

On Christmas Eve, someone is found dead on the kitchen table. And the head of the family is blaming Jenny!

But with an incompetent detective called in, and seemingly no motive for the murder, Jenny will have to give the police a hand.

She will stop at nothing to clear her name and find the real murderer.

This is the second of a series of gripping murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.


What the bloggers thought:

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is the second in this series, and it’s an entertaining read. Jenny is a jewel … I love her attitude and her outlook on life. The mystery itself is a good one, although I figured out the why … but I wasn’t as sure of the who. It’s well written, engaging, full of interesting characters …including the goose and the Pooch … and I look forward to see where Jenny goes from here.

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

I did enjoy the building of the characters, even the goose and the dog. In fact, the dog seemed to have more about him than the detectives.  This is a very cosy read and would be perfect for a winter’s evening.

Black Books Blog 

This is the second book in the Jenny Starling series, and this time Jenny has paused her catering business due to no customers and started working for a family as a chef over the Christmas period.  Read more here

Herding Cats 

The Winter Mystery is story telling at it’s best.  It’s simple but riveting and completely demands reader participation.  I’m often drawn into books and imagine myself as one of the characters but with Faith Martin’s books it’s as though I’m watching a Sunday afternoon detective T.V. programme and I love that I can just get lost in the fun of playing amateur detective.  Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews 

Overall the winter mystery a Christmassy cosy whodunnit that I’d recommend for those who love a more light-hearted mystery.  Read more here

Jen Meds Book Reviews 

This is the second book in the Jenny Starling series but it can work very well as a stand-alone. Jenny is a no nonsense cook for hire who seems to have a knack for solving murders.   Read more here

RachelReadIt 

I love whodunnits and this is a satisfying read with enough characters and twists to keep any mystery fan happy!  Read more here

DebbieHipster 

Picturesque village life, busy bodies and murder, what more could I ask for? A full cast of characters with wit, and intelligence to boot, it’s a good read. I was kept guessing right until the end, which thrilled me no end. I love it when I don’t know how it’s going to end.  Read more here

Akamatra 

I could very well sum what I think about the book in one word: BRILLIANT!  I can’t get enough of this character! And the setting this time is amazing too! You guys are going to love this book!  Read more here


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The Jenny Starling Series #1: The Birthday Mystery

 

The Jenny Starling Series #1: The Birthday Mystery by Faith Martin. #mystery #crimefiction @joffebooks @faith.martin_nov

Sadly we have now reached the end of the republication of the Jenny Starling Series by Faith Martin.  Each day this week I will be featuring a book from the series in sequence.  Today is book 1: The Birthday Mystery


THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY by Faith Martin

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Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “BIRTHDAYS CAN BE MURDER” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is catering the twenty-first birthday party of a pair of posh twins, Alicia and Justin.

But when she arrives at their parent’s country house, she is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder?

Then just after midnight everyone gathers for a champagne toast. But one of the guests falls down dead.

The police are baffled and there is a whole party full of suspects. But when it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn’t going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect.

Jenny Starling won’t stop until the murderer is found.

This is the first of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.


What the Bloggers thought:

The Quiet Geordie

This is a solid start to the new series. The plot works very much of the formula of the Hillary Greene series, so if you enjoyed those you are likely to enjoy these. There are plenty of red herrings along the way. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

The first in a new series by Faith Martin and one I have been waiting for since the Hillary Greene series finished. There is a new main character, Jenny Starling, a professional caterer to the super-rich, who will no doubt travel to many houses in many places so there is the possibility of so many murder mysteries.  Read more here

Debbie Hipster 

So easy to read and it’s my first by Faith Martin, it sure won’t be my last. Afternoon murder films are my guilty pleasure for sure, and I could totally see this adapted for TV.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek 

I knew that I had found another cracking series with a female lead that I couldn’t fail to warm to.  This book soon became addictive for me.  It isn’t a particularly long book and I seemed to race through it.  I was so focussed on the book, the mystery, the storylines and the characters that I didn’t notice just how quickly the pages were turning- it was almost as if they were turning themselves.  Read more here

Nicki’s book blog 

I took to Jenny and her simplicity. Saying
things how they are and being truthful both with herself and others and not letting
those that thought they were above her treat her as such. She also has a crusade
to bring back real food- a woman of my own heart (and cooking!) I had to smile at
one of the police characters being Inspector Mollern- the name of a boat in a
certain Hillary Greene series.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a murder mystery with a great cast of characters. There are an assortment of possible suspects, all with motives. There are a few surprises along the way. Next to Jenny, my favorite character is the cat. This is a kinder, gentler murder mystery and I really look forward to following Jenny on her further adventures.  Read more here

Herding Cats 

The Birthday Mystery is written like a fun game of cluedo. You have a huge list of suspects with motives but no idea which one it is.  Faith Martin throws some excellent red herrings in there too to really make your brain work.  Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews 

The Birthday Mystery is a novel you can really get your teeth into, with a tasty mystery and sumptuous sounding food which made me feel very hungry while I was reading it!  Read more here

Akamatra 

The twist and turns and the reasoning behind them were excellent. I managed to realise who done it before the grant reveal in the book and I was really, really glad I haven’t lost my touch!  Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh 

This mystery was told in a very unique fashion! While mainly told from the POV of Jenny the hired on travelling cook, as Jenny met new characters or as different things unfolded it would randomly flit to anther character’s POV so that you momentarily saw either Jenny or a situation out of those characters eyes. It was a very unique narration!  Read more here

Black Books Blog 

Overall this book took a bit of time to get into, but it was quite a nice easy read and will look forward to reading the next in the series.  Read more here

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Country Inn Mystery (Jenny Starling #7) by Faith Martin #mystery #crimefiction @faith.martin_nov @joffebooks

Thank you very much to all the wonderful Bloggers who helped with the launch of THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY.  Your help is very much appreciated.  Jill, Faith & Joffe Books x.

What the Bloggers thought:

Loopy Laura

The narrative is easy to read and without any graphic detail. The characters are well developed and Faith Martin has created an excellent lead in her main character of Jenny. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

It takes Jenny using her sharp mind and her keen observations to get to the bottom of this entertaining mystery. With a large number of suspects to investigate and question, the police certainly have their hands full.  Read more here

Nicki’s book blog

I love Jenny ( and I have to admit reading about all of her cooking not only makes me hungry but wanting to bake too!). There is a reassuring comfort with these books. Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

The Country Inn Mystery is the seventh book in the Jenny Starling series which could be read as standalone, as it is a new location and victim. However, the entire series is a delight, and if readers want to enjoy the over six foot voluptuous woman, with uncanny beauty and intelligence, then, by all means, be sure to get the previous titles in this series. This is a quick read that I was able to devour in one sitting. Read more here

The Word is Out

Jenny’s overwhelming mission in life is to feed people, in fact food comes above anything else in her eyes. Unfortunately in her travels as a cook-for-hire she has become embroiled in several murder investigations and her uncanny ability to read people has often helped her expose the killer.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

This is a gentle mystery story without any gruesome details. Perfect for a summer’s day’s reading. Told with Faith Martins’ usual skill which always manages to stop me from finding the perpetrator! Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

As with all of Faith’s books, ‘The Country Inn Mystery’ is well written.  She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and she dangles enough bait in front of your nose to keep you interested in the story all the way through. Read more here

Black Books Blog

As with the other Starling books this one has lots of twists and turns, made all the more intriguing with the way the leading actress died. All of the little red herrings and twists made it an enjoyable book and the series is getting better the further on we go.  Read more here


THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY by Faith Martin

Available from AMAZON UK US AU CA

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

THIS IS A BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED FAITH MARTIN BOOK.

Jenny Starling is working at The Spindlewood Inn for the weekend. It’s hosting a Regency Extravaganza, involving historical costume, amateur dramatics and food.

Leading actress of the amateur dramatic society and reputed man-eater Rachel Norman portrays a doomed noblewoman. But when she turns up actually drowned in the pond, there’s suddenly a murder to investigate.

There’s been plenty of trouble at the idyllic country inn. The performers weren’t a happy troupe, and Jenny discovers a simmering romantic tension.

Who wanted Rachel dead and why? Jenny Starling is going to need all her wits to crack this complex case.

This is the seventh in a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.
Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

THE AUTHOR
FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY
Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY
Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY
Book 4: THE CASTLE MYSTERY
Book 5: THE OXFORD MYSTERY
Book 6: THE TEATIME MYSTERY
Book 7: THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY


Author Bio

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.

BlogTour – I WILL MAKE YOU PAY by Caroline Bale #AuthorInterview #Crimefiction #debut #netgalley #newrelease @joffebooks

Today I am absolutely thrilled to not only be kicking off the Blog Tour for this brilliant debut thriller but also to welcome CAROLINE BALE to JOFFE BOOKS.  We are always very excited to be able to introduce a new author and we hope to be seeing a lot more from Caroline in the future.  Now I am sure you all want to get to know Caroline, I am therefore kicking off with an author interview which I hope will answer some of your questions.  If you have any more why not pop along to the Facebook Launch Party and chat with her?  Just click on the picture.

Author Interview with Caroline Bale

Hello Caroline, thank you for joining me today. Welcome to Joffe Books and the wonderful world of Crime Fiction. I am sure everyone is keen to know more about you and your writing so hopefully we will be able to answer some of their questions.

 

I Will Make You Pay is your debut thriller. What made you want to write?

Like so many people I have always been drawn to the idea of writing a book. I grew up on Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton and lost myself for endless hours in those stories. I love the idea that someone might get happily absorbed in a plot I’ve written or might find an escape imagining the characters in a world created by me. That gives me great satisfaction. There is also something so interesting in developing the characters in a novel. I get to inhabit the mind of each of my characters, even the psychopaths and I find that quite thrilling.

 

Although this is your first published book have you written anything before?

About ten years ago I wrote 30,000 words of a historical fiction novel set in Victorian London. I am a research junkie and I must have spent a thousand contented hours googling Victorian social history for that book. Ultimately I gave up but I learned a lot about writing and about the dangers of spending too much time researching! I really have to watch my tendency to disappear into google. About three years ago I took up writing again. I joined a writing class with a great teacher. Out of this a group of us formed a writer’s collective. Last year we self published a number of short stories with a crime theme – we called the book “Sins”.

 

How long did it take you to write this book?

Honestly, I was writing and re-writing the first few chapters, about 10,000, for about two years. I spent a lot of time indulging in my research addiction and not enough time in writing. Someone in the writing group suggested we all enter the Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair competition and in a spirit of camaraderie I sent off the 10,000 words I had written and re-written over the previous two years. Incredibly two of us were selected as finalists but in order to qualify for the prize of meeting tons of agents and publishers, we had to supply a novel of 50,000 words within nine days. My friend Martin had already completed his novel but I had 40,000 words to write. I took a week off work, wrote day and night without editing and got to the magic 50,000. The experience nearly killed me but I learned so much which can be summed up by – “For God’s sake stop editing the same thirty pages and just write the rest of the novel.”. After the Novel Fair I spent a few months editing and sent it off to a number of publishers. I got lots of rejections and two offers. I went with the wonderful Jasper Joffe and am delighted I did.

 

I know this is set in York, what made you choose that setting?

My partner was going back and forth on business from Dublin, where we live, to York and I would travel with him when family and work allowed. I fell in love with the city, the sense of history at every turn, the sheer beauty and magnificence of it. I thought it the perfect place to set a crime novel. The surrounding countryside is beautiful but also wild and brooding. I was taken with the character of the people. Yorkshire people can be refreshingly direct and opinionated. The place is full of strong willed and sometimes stubborn characters – manna from heaven for a crime writer.

 

Where did you get the idea and information for I Will Make You Pay?

I am a psychotherapist by day and in my work I have the privilege of exploring with my clients the sometimes extraordinary events in their histories or present lives. Nothing in the plot is directly taken from my clients’ stories, I would never do that. However, often what I hear in my work prompts me to imagine what would happen if that situation was taken to a further extreme? As human beings we probably all have events in our lives which provoke feelings of wanting revenge, if only briefly. In “I will make you pay” I got into the head of a person who decides to act out that urge to make someone pay.

 

What do you plan to write next? Will we meet Ellen McClure in future books?

I am working on Book 2 in the Ellen McClure series and I have plans for more books in the series in the future.

 

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I sit for hours in my job as a psychotherapist and I sit for hours when writing so I like to counter that by being physically active for a few hours a day. I can’t stand the gym and I have never been sporty. But I do like to get out with my partner and my dogs, go up onto Killiney Hill or for a walk on the beach. We are so lucky where we live in Dublin that we have both on the doorstep. We always end up having a coffee (and a cake) and a chat with other dog owners. Apart from that I most enjoy spending time with my adult kids and a few friends. It’s important to me to keep my life balanced. I have to remind myself that when I’m on my death bed I won’t be thinking “I should have spent more time writing”. Oh, and I also enjoy a few beers with our wonderful friends in Finnegans, my local pub in Dalkey.

 

What advice do you have for any of our readers who are thinking about writing a novel?

I was at a great talk in the Dalkey Book Festival and David Putnam the film producer was talking about creativity. In his opinion, creativity for most of us is more about resilience than talent or knowledge. That resonated hugely with my experience. There is a wealth of knowledge available on the internet about how to write a novel and I learned so much from that. I learned a lot too from my writing class. But ultimately you have to start putting it all together and you may find that it doesn’t work out as you want it to. That’s when resilience comes in. So I would say, keep going and decide to learn something from every failure.

Also, writing can be a lonely pursuit. What helped me with that was joining a writing class and out of that a number of us formed a writer’s group which meets every few weeks. We called ourselves the three percenters because only three per cent of people who start writing a novel ever finish it. We were determined as a group to help each member reach their goal and most of us have gotten there, the others are well on their way. A group can foster resilience in the face of failure, can keep you writing when you feel like giving up. There’s a sense of common understanding, we all share the agonies and we also share the joys. Most of all, we have fun.


I WILL MAKE YOU PAY by Caroline Bale

Available from AMAZON

DISCOVER THE MOST ADDICTIVE NEW CRIME FICTION WRITER THIS YEAR

Meet Detective Ellen McClure as she takes on a vicious killer who loves playing games.

He is watching Connie Taylor in the café. He has befriended the waitress over the previous months and gained her confidence. Her coarseness disgusts him and he muses to himself about pouring acid on her face. He is going to torture Connie that evening to get the final information he needs and then he will kill her.

Connie Taylor’s head is found on the doorstep of a house in upmarket Heworth Green in York.

DI Ellen McClure finds herself embroiled in a complicated murder investigation that pits her against colleagues and family. Her boss thinks that ex-prostitute Connie was killed by one of her former clients, but Ellen thinks there is more to it.

Vicky is on the run with her five-year-old daughter, Kallie. Her life is in danger.

ELLEN MUST FIND HER BEFORE HE DOES.

Desperate to save Vicky, Ellen drags her own young daughter Zoe into the path of a deadly psychopath who will stop at nothing on his murderous rampage.

A RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP A PSYCHOPATH ON A MISSION

An absolutely gripping mystery with a massive twist. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

THE DETECTIVE
DI Ellen McClure is a 38-year-old detective with an outstanding record who will stop at nothing to protect the innocent. She has recently left her cheating husband, Anthony, and is making a new start for her and her 13 year old daughter Zoe in York, the city she grew up in. She is arriving at her new posting on the North Yorkshire Serious Crimes Team under a cloud having given evidence against a superior in her previous posting. Her tenacious approach and confrontational style often work against her, pitting her against colleagues and family. In contrast, her DC, Sarika Kaur is an empathic, thoughtful officer, who tries, often without success, to be the voice of reason.

THE SETTING
York has been occupied by everyone from the Romans to the Vikings which shows in the city’s cobblestone streets, half timbered houses and 18th-century flat-fronted townhouses. Diagon Alley where Harry Potter buys his wand was inspired by the Shambles, a medieval butcher’s street visited by the film’s set designers and which is now thronged with tourists. Six hundred years ago, bloody hunks of meat hung on shopfronts, dripping into the gutter that still runs along the middle of the lane. Then, of course, there is the magnificent York Minster, Europe’s largest gothic cathedral which looms over a warren of streets running down to the River Ouse with its many colourful barges and tour boats. The river cuts the city in two and flows eastwards into majestic countryside and onwards towards the North Sea.


The Author
Caroline Bale is a practicing psychotherapist who draws on her work to create believable plots and complex characters. She believes the draw in books like hers is that they allow us to address our worst fears from the safety of our own bedrooms. The heart-pounding terror of walking down a deserted street alone at night or the inability to go to sleep until a beloved teenager has finally arrived home. She is interested in what motivates a person to torture or kill another human being, what psychotherapists call the shadow side of human nature. Her books are full of complex, often charming characters with personality disorders and disturbed histories. The psychopaths amongst us with the killer smiles.

#NewRelease THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY (Jenny Starling #7) by Faith Martin #Crimefiction #mystery @joffebooks @faith.martin_nov

Happy Publication day to Faith Martin.  Today is the day THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY by Faith Martin is released.  This is the 7th Jenny Starling mystery and I know readers have devoured every single book.  Unlike the previous books in this series this is a completely new (previously unpublished book)  However, it is with a sad heart that I have to let you know this is the final Jenny Starling book.  BUT dont be too downhearted as I think Joffe Books and Faith have more books hiding away so watch this space.

THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY by Faith Martin

Available from AMAZON at a bargain price for launch:

Amazon UK £1.99
Amazon USA $2.99
Amazon AUSTRALIA $3.99
Amazon CANADA $2.99

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

THIS IS A BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED FAITH MARTIN BOOK.

Jenny Starling is working at The Spindlewood Inn for the weekend. It’s hosting a Regency Extravaganza, involving historical costume, amateur dramatics and food.

Leading actress of the amateur dramatic society and reputed man-eater Rachel Norman portrays a doomed noblewoman. But when she turns up actually drowned in the pond, there’s suddenly a murder to investigate.

There’s been plenty of trouble at the idyllic country inn. The performers weren’t a happy troupe, and Jenny discovers a simmering romantic tension.

Who wanted Rachel dead and why? Jenny Starling is going to need all her wits to crack this complex case.

This is the seventh in a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.
Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

THE AUTHOR
FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY – Blog Tour
Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY – Blog Tour
Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY – Blog Tour
Book 4: THE CASTLE MYSTERY – Blog Tour
Book 5: THE OXFORD MYSTERY – Blog Tour
Book 6: THE TEATIME MYSTERY – Blog Tour
Book 7: THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY

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