Blog Tour – WRONG VICTIM (Detective Rachel King #3) by H. H. Durrant #crimefiction #policeprocedural #detective #netgalley #WrongVictim #bookreview #newrelease @joffebooks @hhdurrant

Today I am thrilled to be kicking off the Blog Tour for WRONG VICTIM with my #bookreview of this awesome addition to the Detective Rachel King series by one of my favourite authors: Helen H Durrant. Fast paced, full of twists and turns this is an absolutely gripping page-turner that is a must read for any crime fiction fans.


Wrong Victim

Author: Helen H Durrant

Published by Joffe Books

Publication Date: 5th December 2019

Genre: Crime Fiction

Available from: AMAZON


A man is found dead in his bed, suffocated, covered in confetti and with his ring finger missing. Detective Rachel King informs his daughter and takes her to identify the body. But she’s never seen the man before in her life.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THE KILLER REALLY WANTED TO MURDER?

Then a second murder. This time a woman, Alison, also suffocated and with her finger severed and confetti strewn over her body.

The team desperately search for a link before anyone else dies.

Meanwhile, someone has been running a property scam, selling dream houses that will never be built.

And the love of Rachel’s life has disappeared. Is he really the mastermind of a people-trafficking gang? Or does Rachel have enemies on her own team?

A MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS AND WITH NO ONE RACHEL CAN TRUST.


My Review

This is book 3 in the brilliant Detective Rachel King series by Helen Durrant.

A sick old man in a nursing home is found murdered with confetti sprinkled over him and his wedding finger missing.  Who would want to kill a man who is dying and what is the confetti all about?  These are just a few of the questions that Rachel King and her team need to find answers to but as they delve into the victim’s life they open Pandora’s box and are faced with shocks and more secrets than they ever expected.

Rachel King is a character who grows on you.  She is in love with Jed but he lives on the wrong side of the law (or does he) so her feelings have to be kept locked inside.  She relies heavily on her partner Elwyn and as everyone seems to have secrets he is the only colleague she is able to trust.  In the previous book we saw her at loggerheads with Kenton, a detective from a nearby station.  This very rocky relationship is carried through to this book as Rachel is forced to work with him.  But can she trust him?  Who can she trust?

Elwyn comes accross as the dependable type the voice of reason.  He is not easily ruffled and is a perfect character to offset Rachel’s lack of patience.

Jonny takes a bigger role in the story as he develops his detective skills we see more of his gut instinct come to the fore as he gains the confidence to act on his hunches.

The story is fast paced as I expect from Helen Durrant.  There are many twists and turns as we are taken on a journey through mistaken identity, corruption, drugs and revenge.  But knowing the why doesn’t mean the who will be revealed it is all a very tangled web that Rachel and her team have to untangle to find the right path to cracking the case.


What readers are saying about HELEN H. DURRANT

“I couldn’t put it down.” Barbara

“This new series by Helen H. Durrant certainly has got off to a thrilling start.” Viv

“If you want a book to get your teeth into, this is the one. A massive 5*” Greta

“Another fast-paced murder mystery” Aileen

“The writing wastop notch and the characters were very real.” Kat

THE DETECTIVE
DCI Rachel King. Thirty-nine year-old mother of two teenage daughters. Divorced from Alan. She lives in the Cheshire village of Poynton – about ten miles from central Manchester. She is good at her job, gets results but does make mistakes. One of them was getting involved with a budding villain in her teens. No one, family, friends or colleagues know anything about this.

ALSO BY HELEN H. DURRANT
RACHEL KING
Book 1: Next Victim
Book 2: Two Victims
Book 3: Wrong Victim

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
Book 8: DEAD BAD
Book 9: DEAD GUILTY

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

MATT BRINDLE
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM
Book 2: THE OTHER VICTIM

Helen H Durrant

Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein.

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait!

Currently there are nine books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty, Dead Jealous, Dead Bad, and the latest – Dead Guilty. There is also a box set of the first three books.

Also available are four books in the ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade, and the latest – Dark Angel.

There are two books in the DI Matt Brindle series – His Third Victim and The Other Victim.

The DCI Rachel King series has two books – Next Victim and Two Victims

LINKS

Twitter – @hhdurrant

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/helenhdurrant/about/?ref=page_internal

BLOG TOUR – He Knows Your Secrets (Maddie Ives #4) by Charlie Gallagher #crimefiction #detective #newrelease #bookstagram @gloriouscharlie @joffebooks

Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for this new addition to the Maddie Ives series.

He Knows Your Secrets

Maddie Ives book 4

Available from Amazon

an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist

THE MOST HEART-POUNDING THRILLER YOU WILL READ THIS YEAR

THREE WOMEN:

ONE WILL SACRIFICE HER LIFE TO STOP HIM.

ONE IS HIS NEXT VICTIM.

ONE MUST TRY TO PUT HIM BEHIND BARS.

Holly Maguire takes a taxi to a clifftop location. She is determined to make things right. Then the car goes over the edge of the cliff.

As Holly falls to her death, she tightens her grip on a rucksack.

SHE WILL GIVE HER LIFE TO BRING HIM DOWN.

Kelly Dale wakes up to her first day without her mother. Her mum passed away late the previous night after losing a battle with cancer. Kelly receives a text from Holly, sent just before the accident, and rushes to the clifftop. She is too late.

Kelly has lost her mother and girlfriend in the space of a few hours.

Now she must face her own battle to stay alive.

HE WILL KILL KELLY NEXT. HE WANTS TO LIVE-STREAM HER MURDER.

Detective Maddie Ives is called out to inspect the wrecked vehicle. She is under pressure to write it off as a murder-suicide or a terrible accident. Holly was a known sex worker and the running theory is that she may have been engaged in activity with the taxi driver when it rolled over the side.

Maddie doesn’t buy it. Holly’s rucksack contains seemingly random and worthless items but Maddie quickly finds numerous links to a crime boss.

MADDIE MUST STOP A POWERFUL MAN WHO EXPLOITS AND CONTROLS WOMEN.

It’s a tense and thrilling ride as the net closes in. But time is running out to save Kelly.

HE KNOWS YOUR SECRETS: the new thriller from Charlie Gallagher. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.


My Review

Maddie Ives is back and ready to fight for the people who nobody cares about.  She is a very addictive character, feisty, determined and underneath the hard exterior she shows when needed lies a very compassionate, caring personality.  She has grown on me book by book so I am now at a place where I am nagging Charlie Gallagher to write faster.

A taxi goes over a cliff killing the taxi driver and a prostitute who is known to the Police.  Maddie attends and her gut instinct is telling her there is something wrong.  There are several very probable theories about what happened: a sex act gone wrong, murder/suicide ….. But Maddie is not buying any of them. When her boss, Harry tells her to leave it and concentrate on the cases she already has, she uses her own time to continue investigating, determined to put the pieces together and find out what Holly wanted her to know.

The story develops and we see the police view and the view from the criminal side as we are immersed in the sickening and violent world of abuse and exploitation masterminded by a known criminal that keeps escaping justice.

This is a fast paced story but we really get into the detective side as we follow Maddie as she tries to join up the dots and help people that don’t want to be helped.

I do love this series and in this one Maddie takes more of a central role with Harry taking a back seat for once.  As always the banter between Maddie and Vince adds humour to offset the darkness that shrouds Major Crimes.

Another excellent story by the brilliant Charlie Gallagher.


What people are saying about CHARLIE GALLAGHER:

“You will not want to put this book down.” Barbara

“A brilliant book.” Viv

“Another highly entertaining, twisty and tension-filled read.” Lou

“Up there with the best.” Carole

“You just cannot put this book down once started. Loved it!” Rita

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

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER

MADDIE IVES
1: HE IS WATCHING YOU
2: HE WILL KILL YOU
3: HE WILL FIND YOU
4: HE KNOWS YOUR SECRETS

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

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN
HER LAST BREATH
RUTHLESS


Charlie Gallagher author bio

I have been a serving UK police officer for twelve years. During that time I have had many roles, starting as a frontline response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and also as a detective investigating the more serious offences.

My books are a series of thrillers and, rather unsurprisingly, policing is central to the stories.

The central themes are greed, ambition, corruption and addiction. Characters from both sides of the law will fall foul to their respective temptations.

I am inspired by what I do and see in my day-job as a police officer, though my books are entirely fictional. I am aware that the police officers in my books are not always shown positively. They are human and they make mistakes. This can be the case in real life too, but the vast majority of officers are honest and do a job in trying circumstances. From what I see on a daily basis, the men and women who wear the uniform and among the very finest, and I am proud to be part of one of the best police forces in the world.

The books are set in and around the fictional town of Langthorne. This is an area that is typical perhaps of many seaside resorts on England’s south coast: beautiful scenery, raw and rugged terrain and a dark underbelly.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Liar (Mike Croft #4) by Jane Adams #crimefiction #detective @joffebooks

Jane Adams, Joffe Books and I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the awesome bloggers, reviewers and readers who helped with the launch of THE LIAR, your help at such a busy time of year is very much appreciated, thank you xx


What the reviewers thought:

‘The Liar’ is really, really well written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from Jane Adams.  She has a knack of starting the story in such a memorable way that you will not forget the book in a hurry. – Ginger Book Geek Read more here

Jane knows how to keep us hooked with these books, not just a straight murder mystery, nah, they are so much more! I found I couldn’t stop at the next chapter…on and on, just a bit more. – Sharon Rimmelzwaan Read more here

A highly enjoyable read that is more than just a crime book – Nicki’s Book Blog Read more here

The ending was one of those which I didn’t see coming but which all made perfect sense when explained. I can thoroughly recommend this book and would love to see more in this series. – Alyson Read Read more here

This is a well written crime fiction with credible recurring characters. It’s a real page turner with lots of twists and turns and the suspense is steady from the very first page to the very last page. – Linda Strongs Book Reviews Read more here

Jane Adams has delivered a complicated but believable plot which can be enjoyed as part of the series or as a stand alone book. – Loopy Laura read more here

Jane Adams really knows how to write a book that will hook you in and keep you guessing throughout as she has done with this one. – Black Books Blog Read more here


The Liar

Mike Croft book 4

Available from Amazon

a stunning psychological thriller full of breathtaking twists

DISCOVER A BRILLIANTLY GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

A corker of a book.” Aileen G.

“A riveting read I found hard to put down.” Hannelore C.

“Nothing is what it seems in this book. I spent most of this read sat on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and tapping my Kindle faster and faster.” Peggy B.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR MIKE CROFT RETURNS TO THE GREENWAY TO FACE HIS MOST PERSONAL CASE YET

A WOMAN IS FOUND STABBED THROUGH THE HEART.

A dry, hot summer on the Norfolk coast. Former police detective John Tynan falls in love for the first time since his wife died. Then the woman, Martha Toolin, is murdered. But everything he thought he knew about Martha was a lie.

Detective Mike Croft is called in to investigate. John is one of Mike’s oldest friends. The murder brings back memories of their most traumatic case.

THE HUNT IS ON.

Martha was a stranger to the area and was seen arguing that day with a teenage boy. He becomes the number one suspect. But it turns out she was a con artist who exploited the vulnerable and elderly. Even her name is false.

SHE IS A LIAR.

The number of people who might have wanted her dead multiplies. Who was she and what did she want with John Tynan?

A MURDER MYSTERY AND SO MUCH MORE.

And then another body is found on the beach . . .

THE LIAR is a stunning psychological crime thriller which you won’t want to put down.

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

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

DETECTIVE MIKE CROFT SERIES
Book 1: THE GREENWAY
Book 2: THE SECRETS
Book 3: THEIR FINAL MOMENTS
Book 4: THE LIAR


My Review

This is book 4 in the Mike Croft series but they do work well as stand alone.

I have read all the books in this series so I feel I have got to know Mike quite well.  He comes accross as being a little insecure he lost his 10 year old son and his marriage fell apart.  He is now happily married to Maria but they were never blessed with children.  In this story Mike is plagued by dreams that included his son.  What do they mean?  Do they have a bearing on the current case?  These are questions he is looking for the answer to.

His partner of choice is Jude she has a knack of knowing the right way to approach people which Mike is lacking so they make a very effective team.

John, a retired detective takes a major part in this book as his past comes back to haunt him. 

The story is intriguing it is not the fast paced adrenaline pumping type of thriller but a solid gripping detective story full of twists and turns.  There are many secrets to uncover and the ending is quite a shock.

There were many stories all interlinked to make up the main story with betrayal, blackmail, fraud and the issues that affected unmarried mothers way back in time that all feed in to the main story.  I kept turning page after page wanting to know what other secrets were to be revealed before Mike and his team were able to join the dots.

I didn’t really work out what the big black dog brought to the story but it didn’t affect my enjoyment so very happy to award the full 5 stars.


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.

Links

Twitter: @JaneAdamsAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.adams.16547

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5158042.Jane_A_Adams

BLOG TOUR – The Liar (Mike Croft #4) by Jane Adams #crimefiction #detective @joffebooks

Today I would like to share my review as part of the Blog Tour for THE LIAR by Jane Adams. This is book 4 in the brilliant Mike Croft series and this book is a brilliant addition to a gripping series.

The Liar

Mike Croft book 4

Available from Amazon

a stunning psychological thriller full of breathtaking twists

DISCOVER A BRILLIANTLY GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

A corker of a book.” Aileen G.

“A riveting read I found hard to put down.” Hannelore C.

“Nothing is what it seems in this book. I spent most of this read sat on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and tapping my Kindle faster and faster.” Peggy B.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR MIKE CROFT RETURNS TO THE GREENWAY TO FACE HIS MOST PERSONAL CASE YET

A WOMAN IS FOUND STABBED THROUGH THE HEART.

A dry, hot summer on the Norfolk coast. Former police detective John Tynan falls in love for the first time since his wife died. Then the woman, Martha Toolin, is murdered. But everything he thought he knew about Martha was a lie.

Detective Mike Croft is called in to investigate. John is one of Mike’s oldest friends. The murder brings back memories of their most traumatic case.

THE HUNT IS ON.

Martha was a stranger to the area and was seen arguing that day with a teenage boy. He becomes the number one suspect. But it turns out she was a con artist who exploited the vulnerable and elderly. Even her name is false.

SHE IS A LIAR.

The number of people who might have wanted her dead multiplies. Who was she and what did she want with John Tynan?

A MURDER MYSTERY AND SO MUCH MORE.

And then another body is found on the beach . . .

THE LIAR is a stunning psychological crime thriller which you won’t want to put down.

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

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

DETECTIVE MIKE CROFT SERIES
Book 1: THE GREENWAY
Book 2: THE SECRETS
Book 3: THEIR FINAL MOMENTS
Book 4: THE LIAR


My Review

This is book 4 in the Mike Croft series but they do work well as stand alone.

I have read all the books in this series so I feel I have got to know Mike quite well.  He comes accross as being a little insecure he lost his 10 year old son and his marriage fell apart.  He is now happily married to Maria but they were never blessed with children.  In this story Mike is plagued by dreams that included his son.  What do they mean?  Do they have a bearing on the current case?  These are questions he is looking for the answer to.

His partner of choice is Jude she has a knack of knowing the right way to approach people which Mike is lacking so they make a very effective team.

John, a retired detective takes a major part in this book as his past comes back to haunt him. 

The story is intriguing it is not the fast paced adrenaline pumping type of thriller but a solid gripping detective story full of twists and turns.  There are many secrets to uncover and the ending is quite a shock.

There were many stories all interlinked to make up the main story with betrayal, blackmail, fraud and the issues that affected unmarried mothers way back in time that all feed in to the main story.  I kept turning page after page wanting to know what other secrets were to be revealed before Mike and his team were able to join the dots.

I didn’t really work out what the big black dog brought to the story but it didn’t affect my enjoyment so very happy to award the full 5 stars.


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.

Links

Twitter: @JaneAdamsAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.adams.16547

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5158042.Jane_A_Adams

Blog Tour Wrap Up – The Manor House Murder (Monica Noble #3) by Faith Martin #mystery #crimefiction @faithmartin_nov @joffebooks

Thank you very much to all the wonderful Bloggers, Reviewers and readers who helped with the launch of THE MANOR HOUSE MURDER your help is very much appreciated. x

What the bloggers and reviewers thought:

Nicki’s book blog

A book you can really relax with whilst the grey matter can still be a little active. A robust plot and some larger than life characters who you can picture easily. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

The crime is puzzling and well thought out. I really enjoy how all the characters interact with each other. Read more here

The Word is Out

And all the red herrings must have worked – I guessed a few parts of the ending but not the identity of the killer this time. An entertaining read. Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Reading ‘The Manor House Murder’ became addictive.  I just couldn’t get enough of the story.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

As always, this series has delivered another hit in The Manor House Murder. Monica and Graham are a wonderful couple, and that is a sweet addition to a wonderful cozy mystery series. Read more here

Loopy Laura

Faith Martin’s narrative is so familiar and gentle despite the murderous plot. I have said before that it has the classical English village feel of Agatha Christie novels which is one of the biggest compliments I can give! Read more here

Black Books Blog

This is the third, and final, book in the Monica Noble series, and this time things get very personal for her when her husband is chief suspect in a murder investigation. Read more here

Nightfall Mysteries

Sharon Rimmelzwaan


The Manor House Murder

Monica Noble #3

Available from AMAZON

an addictive crime mystery full of twists

Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.

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

THE WEEKEND TURN MURDEROUS
Monica Noble and her husband Graham, the local vicar, are invited to participate in a high-flying church conference being held at a swanky manor house hotel in their village.

At the Saturday night dinner, the ambitious female cleric Celia Gordon tragically dies, seemingly of a peanut allergy.

But when Chief Superintendent Jason Dury arrives on the scene he quickly discovers that it’s a case of murder.

And Monica’s husband is the prime suspect.

Other suspects include an eminent bishop, an archdeacon viciously opposed to female clergy, and his wife, the curator of a local museum, who is definitely up to something.

But if Monica is to find out who killed Celia, and free her husband from suspicion, she must grapple with a very ruthless — and increasingly desperate — killer, putting herself and those around her in mortal danger.

This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.

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


My Review

Monica is a vicar’s wife with a teenage daughter from a previous relationship. 

Carol Ann is studying for exams that will pave the way to university but she also aspires to be a model.  She wants to hate her stepfather, Graham, but really likes him although she will never admit it.  She brings a little humour to the book as we read of Monica’s struggles to keep her under control.

Monica wants a quiet life and is happy just being a Vicar’s wife but she usually finds herself tangled up in murder cases much to the annoyance of DI Drury.

There is a conference and the local Manor House is full of people who have dedicated their lives to worshiping God so nothing could possibly go wrong could it?  Well that would be very boring and life where Monica Noble is is never boring.

When a clergywoman dies everyone is under suspicion and there are several secrets to be uncovered. 

This is a gripping read full of twists and turns all the way to the shocking conclusion

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers: Joffe Books for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review.


MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone’s surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.

FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.

MONICA NOBLE MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE VICARAGE MURDER
Book 2: THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER
Book 3: THE MANOR HOUSE MURDER

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

Blog Tour Wrap Up – THESE LITTLE LIES by Gretta Mulrooney – #bookreview #crimefiction @joffebooks

Thank you to all the Bloggers, Reviewers and Readers who helped with the launch of THESE LITTLE LIES. Your help is very much appreciated xx

What the Bloggers and Reviewers thought

Linda Strong Book Reviews

The suspense starts on the very first page and doesn’t let up until the surprising and unpredictable ending. Read more here

The Word is Out

The plot was great and kept me guessing all the way through to the end, which was not overly frantic, but a solid piecing together of all the evidence to an ending I did not expect Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

I seemed to race through this book but that was due in part to the fantastic storylines, the interesting characters and above all to Gretta’s fabulous writing.   Read more here

Nightfall Mysteries

The way in which the intrigue is conceived and the many twists and turns along the narration make this book gripping and a page-turner. Read more here

Black Books Blog

This is a brilliant start to the series, where we get to know all the team, including others such as Siv ‘s mother in law who is an’ interesting ‘ character. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

From there the story twists fantastically, with an ending that was rather unexpected!This is gonna be a fab series, excitedly waiting for the next! Read more here

Herding Cats

Siv not only has a double murder to solve but she has a new team to manage and is on unfamiliar territory.  Can she work out the motive and identity of the killer before they strike again? Read more here


These Little Lies

An addictive crime thriller with a twist you won’t see coming

Available from AMAZON

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.


My Review

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 WormsA Nest of VipersA Den of Thieves and I Love You-Te Quiero. These books are available on Amazon.

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 IceOut 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 Hale.)

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 Hale.)

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 Amazon.

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.

LINKS

Website:  http://www.grettamulrooney.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/gmulrooneyauthor

Amazon Author page:   http://www.amazon.co.uk

Goodreads:   http://www.goodreads.com

Blog Tour – The Manor House Murder (Monica Noble #3) by Faith Martin #mystery #crimefiction @faithmartin_nov @joffebooks

It is with sadness that I am today sharing with you my Blog Tour review of THE MANOR HOUSE MURDER. This is the final book in the Monica Noble series.

The Manor House Murder

Monica Noble #3

Available from AMAZON

an addictive crime mystery full of twists

Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.

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

THE WEEKEND TURN MURDEROUS
Monica Noble and her husband Graham, the local vicar, are invited to participate in a high-flying church conference being held at a swanky manor house hotel in their village.

At the Saturday night dinner, the ambitious female cleric Celia Gordon tragically dies, seemingly of a peanut allergy.

But when Chief Superintendent Jason Dury arrives on the scene he quickly discovers that it’s a case of murder.

And Monica’s husband is the prime suspect.

Other suspects include an eminent bishop, an archdeacon viciously opposed to female clergy, and his wife, the curator of a local museum, who is definitely up to something.

But if Monica is to find out who killed Celia, and free her husband from suspicion, she must grapple with a very ruthless — and increasingly desperate — killer, putting herself and those around her in mortal danger.

This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.

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


My Review

Monica is a vicar’s wife with a teenage daughter from a previous relationship. 

Carol Ann is studying for exams that will pave the way to university but she also aspires to be a model.  She wants to hate her stepfather, Graham, but really likes him although she will never admit it.  She brings a little humour to the book as we read of Monica’s struggles to keep her under control.

Monica wants a quiet life and is happy just being a Vicar’s wife but she usually finds herself tangled up in murder cases much to the annoyance of DI Drury.

There is a conference and the local Manor House is full of people who have dedicated their lives to worshiping God so nothing could possibly go wrong could it?  Well that would be very boring and life where Monica Noble is is never boring.

When a clergywoman dies everyone is under suspicion and there are several secrets to be uncovered. 

This is a gripping read full of twists and turns all the way to the shocking conclusion

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers: Joffe Books for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review.


MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone’s surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.

FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.

MONICA NOBLE MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE VICARAGE MURDER
Book 2: THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER
Book 3: THE MANOR HOUSE MURDER

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

Blog Tour – THESE LITTLE LIES by Gretta Mulrooney – #bookreview #crimefiction @joffebooks

Today I am sharing with you my review of THESE LITTLE LIES by Gretta Mulrooney. This is the first in a new series featuring Detective Siv Drummond. I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts.

These Little Lies

An addictive crime thriller with a twist you won’t see coming

Available from AMAZON

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.


My Review

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 WormsA Nest of VipersA Den of Thieves and I Love You-Te Quiero. These books are available on Amazon.

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 IceOut 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 Hale.)

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 Hale.)

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 Amazon.

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.

LINKS

Website:  http://www.grettamulrooney.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/gmulrooneyauthor

Amazon Author page:   http://www.amazon.co.uk

Goodreads:   http://www.goodreads.com

NEW gripping thriller RISKY MISSION by DAN LATUS BARGAIN LAUNCH PRICE only 99p/99c #NewRelease #CrimeFiction @joffebooks

RISKY MISSION by DAN LATUS

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

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