8 of 10 Dead Jealous -CALLADINE and BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

DEAD JEALOUS by Helen H. Durrant

‘A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective added to advances in forensics brings to light evidence and possibilities that were overlooked 17 years ago with shocking results. There are many twists and turns along the way as the team untangles a web of lies going back many years. The conclusion is a real shocker that the reader cant see coming.’

Cover FinalDead Jealous (book 7)

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A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

 

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon.

She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.

Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?
And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling her the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion

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

DEAD JEALOUS is book seven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.


MY REVIEW

Helen Durrant is a fabulous author and I loved this book from the very first page. Forensic pathology is a particular interest of mine so this was an extra bonus. While it is part of a series it does work very well as stand alone. The book does refer to events from the previous book but Helen has, excellently, managed to bring a new reader up to date while at the same time ensuring readers of the previous books are not bored with recaps from previous books.

There are several cases that the team has to juggle. A teenage girl is murdered, a 17 year old cold case is reopened and a viscous moneylender has residents living in fear. Totally different cases and the team is struggling to move forward with any of them.

Team dynamics play a big part in this book as personal feelings and resentments come to the fore. The characters are very realistic and complex. We learn a little about their personal lives within the book as they develop.

A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective added to advances in forensics brings to light evidence and possibilities that were overlooked 17 years ago with shocking results. There are many twists and turns along the way as the team untangles a web of lies going back many years. The conclusion is a real shocker that the reader cant see coming,

I absolutely loved this book I was hooked from the beginning and just kept reading ‘a little bit more’. I intend to read Helen’s backlist as soon as time allows.

A fantastic read. Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy,


THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

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

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

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

The Girls Are Gone by Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann #truecrime

The Girls Are GoneThe Girls Are Gone by Michael Brodkorb

Available from Amazon UK

On the evening of April 19, 2013, Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared. Two of five children born to David Rucki and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, the teenage sisters vanished in the midst of their parents’ divorce.

The girls’ father, David Rucki, worked tirelessly with law enforcement to search day and night for his two missing daughters, following every lead while raising three remaining children at home. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, used her newfound freedom to vacation around the world, abandoning her children. And as the investigation intensified, catching the attention of the media, Sandra also disappeared.

The Girls Are Gone is the true story of two sisters who went missing, the father who kept searching, and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.


My Review

Thank you to Book Publicity Services for the review copy of this book. This is my unbiased review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I usually read Fiction in particular Crime Fiction although I have read True Crime in the past. However, I was unsure what to expect from this book but it wasn’t anything like I was expecting.

Sandra and David have a normal family life with 5 children. They are well off financially and everything in their lives is perfect. Or so David thought. Trust fund monies go missing and Sandra is spending more money than they have coming in. She provides a solution to their problems in the form of a paper divorce. David innocently signs the papers.

From that point his life will never be the same again. He finds he is divorced in all senses of the word and accused of abusing the children he loves with all his being. What follows is a long drawn out legal battle to regain custody of his children. The day all his children returned home to David’s care his 2 middle daughters go missing.

A long process to find his daughters begins with his estranged wife placing massive obstacles in the way and enlisting the help of various support groups and individuals to prevent the girls being found.

The general story is interesting however, the book contains a lot of court transcripts which I found hard going and difficult to read and digest. The large number of people involved in the case made it difficult to keep track of who was where.

It was an interesting and different read which made a change but I am not sure I would want to read anything similar again.

3.4 stars from me

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BLOG TOUR – The Aro Street Girls by Lyndsay Campbell @junctionpublish #historicalfiction

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for THE ARO STREET GIRLS by Lyndsay Campbell.  This is a new release to the Historical Fiction Genre and is set in New Zealand.

The Aro Street Girls by Lyndsay Campbell

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Kathy’s world is torn apart when her fiancé, Freddie enlists with NZ Forces to fight in World War One. When their father dies. she and her siblings, Belle and Walter, are forced to grow up fast and Kathy’s dream to become a teacher is thrown into question by family needs.

Kathy and Freddie’s romance continues via touching letters to and from the Front, but her devotion is challenged when Pacifist Lay Pastor, Arthur Tremaine appears on the scene.

This charming tale is set against the harsh realities of life in a small British colony a century ago. Feminist ideals are woven throughout as the cast of strong women and engaging men meet the challenges and tragedies they are faced with.

The reader is taken across the globe to Europe and post-war Britain where the Spanish flu has taken hold. The disease follows returning New Zealand soldiers’ with devastating consequences.

Will Freddie survive the war to claim his love?

Will Kathy fulfil her dream to become a teacher, or has the war changed everything they once knew to be true?

The Aro Street Girls is awash with romance, mystery and excitement; a vivid portrayal of wartime life in New Zealand.


My Review

I have recently rediscovered my love of Historical Fiction and recently read a few books set in WWI Britain. So I was very interested in reading The Aro Street Girls as it is set in the same era but in New Zealand.

This is a steadily moving story that I love.  It follows a family from the start to the end of the War, and covers all the issues encountered during that difficult time.

Love, laughter and tears all combine together to make a brilliant read with well rounded, realistic characters.  The family members are all completely different but the family dynamics work perfectly.

I won’t spoil the enjoyment by going into any details, but I will say I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to more from this author.


Author Bio

Writing has always been an integral part of my life. From factual articles for newspapers and news stories for a local radio station, interviewing offenders as a probation officer and writing their pre-sentence court reports for New Zealand’s District Courts, as well as amassing a small collection of poetry.

My historical fiction is inspired by the stories of my Scottish and Irish ancestors who crossed the seas in sailing ships in the mid 1800s to find a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. This, combined with years spent working in the field of counselling and social work after my family had grown, has given me an interest in the lives of our ancestors more than a century ago and in writing about what makes people act the way they do. I love to create believable characters who find themselves in challenging situations.

I am a natural gypsy and while I love to travel internationally, more recently my husband and I have enjoyed motor homing around New Zealand. Walking the beaches and bush tracks and meeting people who also enjoy the mobile life is lots of fun. The wonderful thing about writing is its portability. I am happy with my laptop on my knee in our mobile home, or at a proper desk. Living on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua where steaming mud and thermally heated pools are the norm is quite a blessing and I am sometimes to be found writing in one of Rotorua’s lovely cafes.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyndsay.campbell.71

LADYBIRD (DS Jason Smith #3) by Stewart Giles

CoverLadybird (DS Jason Smith #3) 

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From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

The Goul is arrested for Murder and Jason Smith is on sick leave.

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

When another man is found dead with ladybirds on his body, Smith enlists the help of an insect doctor, the enigmatic DR Karen Wood, to try and understand the significance of the ladybirds. As Smith gets drawn closer to this mysterious woman and more and more men wind up dead with ladybirds on their bodies Smith quickly realises that Dr Wood is not who she seems to be.

Smith and his team unearth a terrible secret from twenty years earlier; somebody wants justice and, as more and more men die, Smith realises he is running out of time to find out who.

This is a fast-paced page-turner with twists and turns all the way to an ending you wont see coming.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

 

What the readers are saying

Black Books Blog

The book is a brilliant story, which kept me guessing all the way through as to the link between the victims and also who the killer was and why they were using ladybirds at the scene.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

I really feel party of Stewarts books a me that they come to life! I can’t recommend this enough! Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

The characters in the story are great, very well developed and I love their interaction. The writing style is great and it flows really well. It starts at a great pace and that continued right up to the brilliant ending. Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This book is full of twists and turns. I pride myself in guessing the who-dun-its …. but it just didn’t happen with this one. The author had me running in circles.   Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

Ladybird is a really quick and compelling read which kept me guessing who the killer was almost until it was revealed.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

Bloody hell this was one hell of a dramatic, sometimes gory rollercoaster ride of a read.  ‘Ladybird’ is brilliantly written with a superb plot designed to grab your attention from the start.  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Book Reviews

There are clues galore but I can never predict the killer, which is why I like these books so much. It’s a rip-roaring ride which I didn’t want to put down until I had finished it. Read more here


Debbie Hipster

Digging back into the world of Jason Smith it’s fast paced from the start. Now his friend the Ghoul is accused. The story has so many twists in the tale. It’s a race against time, as more and more deaths occur. Read more here


THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.


SG Author photo (4)Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker

BOOMERANG (DS Jason Smith #2) by Stewart Giles

Boomerang coverBoomerang (DS Jason Smith #2) 

Available from AMAZON

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A MAN IS KILLING PEOPLE IN YORK!

Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac.
Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another.
All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.
As the countdown begins can Jason catch York’s first serial killer before it’s too late?

This is a fast-paced page-turner that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing right up to the shocking end.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

What the readers are saying:

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The action in the book ranges between England, Australia and Vietnam, as each little piece in the puzzle is revealed but it all has a certain sense of inevitability, making it page-turningly fast. I enjoy Stewart Giles’ easy writing style and his portrayal of characters, added to the fact that most of the action takes place in this wonderful County I call home.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

As usual, Smith is at loggerheads with his superiors and at times he comes across as rude and sarcastic. He also has a softer side and the differences make him an interesting character to follow. It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

It is well written and has some fantastic characters.  The writing style is really suited to this genre and I loved the flow.  The storyline had me gripped from the beginning and I loved the ending!!  Read more here


Black Books Blog

This book follows Smith and Witton as they are trying to uncover York’s first serial killer, who is writing dates on the dead people’s feet after he has killed them.  He is very hard to catch as, even though he makes no attempts to hide once he has made his killing, he wears a disguise each time and changes his appearance and accent all the way through the book.


On the Shelf Book Reviews

I feel like this series is getting better and better! Boomerang is a fast paced police procedural that has a whole heap of twists and turns which leads to up an emotional and nail biting ending.


Debbie Hipster

Here I am once again thoroughly gripped and immersed into a fast paced, murder mystery. Following the mystery unfold through the Detective’s eyes. I love the two different timelines and the international aspect of the stories, and that the book kept me guessing right to the last point.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

Bloody hell ‘Boomerang’ is certainly one hell of a rollercoaster ride of a read.  I was gripped from the first word on the first page and Smith had me under his spell until I read the last word on the last page.  The story starts in a memorable way and you can’t help but carry on reading to discover how the Vietnam War is connected to what is happening in present day York.  Read more here


 

THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

 


My Review


SG Author photo (4)Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker

SMITH (DS Jason Smith #1) by Stewart Giles

Smith coverSMITH (DS Jason Smith #1) by Stewart Giles

Available from Amazon

‘The sleepy historical city of York is about to wake up’.
It is Christmas Day in York. A woman is found dead in her bed. A suicide note is found on her chest. It reads ‘I am so sorry Martin’. Hours later the police are called to a house a few miles away. A mother and her daughter have been brutally attacked; the mother is dead and the daughter is barely alive. The father is found shaking uncontrollably in the corner of the room. He is covered in blood but he is unharmed. His name is Martin Willow.
Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. After reaching dead end after dead end, Smith starts to put the pieces together and figures out that Martin Willow is innocent and the killer is still out there.
The little girl who was attacked on Christmas Day wakes from her coma and gives Smith a clue about the attacker; a piece of a song she heard directly before the attack. Smith then finds himself in a race against time to find this maniac before he kills again.

What the readers thought

On the Shelf Reviews

I really enjoyed this first full length Jason Smith novel! It’s one of those mysteries that you can really get stuck into! Like with Phobia the chapters are short and snappy with an incredibly fast pace but Stewart Giles still managed to weave an intricate narrative balancing almost three separate storylines and timelines.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader totally engrossed in the story. I look forward to following the further adventures of DS Smith.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

I have to be honest and say that there was not one thing that I disliked about the book.  I loved the fact that the majority of the book is set in York, which isn’t far from where I live. I loved the cast of characters although the Detective Sergeant who dislikes Smith needs a slap with a wet flip flop.    Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The story is gripping with lots of shocks and surprises, pulling the reader in head first and not giving any time for the reader to come up for air. I read the whole book in two sittings – it would have been in one go but I had to sleep in the middle of it, falling asleep at 2.30am and waking at 5am to finish the story off. If you like a fast-paced story with believable characters and a well-crafted plot, then you will love this.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

I did guess who the murderer was about half way through, although I wasn’t 100% sure as I didn’t have a motive for them to have done it.  The ending was still very nail-biting as I wasn’t sure how it would end and whether the murderer would manage to escape or not.  The ending was very shocking but was very apt considering.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

The plotline is easy to follow but complex enough to keep you reading! I highly recommend this book ans cant wait to bring you the rest of the series!  Read more here


Stewart Giles Author PhotoStewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later.

Links

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Woods Murder by Roy Lewis. #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @joffebooks

Once again we are indebted to the wonderful Bloggers who gave their time to read, review and blog about this book. Your help with the promotion is very much appreciated. THANK YOU Jill, Roy & Joffe Books x

What the bloggers thought:

Black Books Blog 

Overall I thought the book was a very good read for it’s time, although in places it did come across a bit dated.  If you are looking for a nostalgic crime/mystery book then I would recommend this book as it was quite an enjoyable read.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

It was impossible to guess who the killer was and the ending was a revelation to me, which is the way I like my crime books. If you enjoy the old-fashioned method of policing using brains rather than technology, this is the book for you.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a fast-paced mystery, a page turner from start to finish, with a surprising ending. The characters are credible and the premise is exact. I look forward to Crow’s next adventure.  Read more here

Nicki’s Book Blog

A good old fashioned detective story with no fuss.   Read more here

Rachel Read It 

A quick, satisfying read at 174 pages, this will be perfect for anyone looking for a ‘book between books’, a palate cleanser or aperitif for something more substantial.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek 


The Woods Murder by Roy Lewis

Available from AMAZON

Looking for a classic murder mystery from an acclaimed crime writer?

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing. Full of twists and turns, this will have you gripped from start to finish.

THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS “A SECRET SINGING.”

Nine-year-old Jenny Carson is brutally murdered in Kenton Wood on her way from school.

Then Charles Lendon is found stabbed to death with a skewer through his heart. He was a ruthless lawyer and something of a womaniser. Jenny’s father blamed him for her murder.

As the local police struggle, Inspector Crow is called in. Can he connect the two killings?

He discovers that several of those closest to Charles Lendon had good reason to hate him: his housekeeper lover, her unstable brother, even the boyfriend of his attractive young colleague Cathy Tennant.

This fast-paced mystery will have you enthralled from the start. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the third book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES

Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times

“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times

“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian

“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement

“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph

THE DETECTIVE
Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.

INSPECTOR CROW BOOKS
Book 1: A LOVER TOO MANY
Book 2: ERROR OF JUDGMENT
Book 3: THE WOODS MURDER


Roy Lewis Author Bio

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

 

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES – Blog 3 of 4 #crimefiction #policeprocedural #detective

Today on my Books by Stewart Giles Blog it is the turn of books 6,7 & 8: Selene, Horsemen and Unworthy.  These are the last of the DS Smith series that have been published so far but Stewart is busily writing book 9.  Tomorrow we will be looking at the DC Harriet Taylor series.  The first book in the new DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor series: THE ENIGMA is now available from AMAZON

 

Selene: (DS Jason Smith Book 6)

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU   CA

A man is found tucked up in bed with his throat sliced open two days after Christmas.

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

Haunted by lucid dreams and terrifying double awakenings, Smith stumbles upon something that will send him on a hunt for the most baffling murderer the people of York has even seen. With time quickly running out before the next full moon and the safety of one of his closest colleagues entering the equation, Smith finally closes in on the most terrifying murderer he has ever come across.

This is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller with twists and turns all the way to an ending you won’t expect.

My review: WOW what can I say I am absolutely loving this DS Smith series by Stewart Giles. Selene is book 6 and is another riveting page-turner. The series gets better book by book.

Selene is 10 years old when she sneaks around in the middle of the night to watch a Pagan Ceremony. What she sees shocks her into giving away her hiding place and she is captured and imprisoned. 6 years later she excapes but the experience has left deep pyschological scars.

Sad, lonely, middle aged men are being murdered and then tucked up in bed. This is a very difficult case for Smith and his team. There are no clues, no apparent motive and no links between the victims. As time drags on the team becomes depressed and nobody knows where to turn.

I love how the team develop book by book and Smith is really growing up he has had a lot of heartbreak and tragedy in his life and these have moulded him in to the person he is. That person is totally unique and my hat is off to the author for the way he has created and developed Smith and the rest of his team. All are unique characters with their own quirks and personalities but they all make up a very effective team.

I was sad to see one of my favourite characters leave but this is a realistic series and people come and go.

A very intriguing book with a lot of twists and turns and red herrings along the way. It had me guessing all the way to the end and of course I was totally wrong.

Another 5 star read – Brilliant!

Horsemen: (DS Jason Smith Book 7)

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One draining murder investigation after another has left DS Jason on the brink of losing his sanity and he needs a break.

Smith sets off for the peaceful Yorkshire village of Scarpdale for two weeks of country air, slow walks by the lakes and no mobile phone reception. He wakes up on his first morning to find three policemen outside his room. A young woman has been found dead next to one of the lakes. Smith was seen talking to the woman the night before.

Smith is begged by Jimmy Phoenix to find out what happened to his daughter. Against his better judgment, Smith agrees and starts to ask questions, but the locals are not giving anything away. When Sophie’s boyfriend, Lewis Van Camp is found dead an hour before her funeral, Smith is baffled. Lewis was his odds on favourite for Sophie’s murder.

Smith quickly realizes that rival horse breeders, the Van Camps and the Phoenix’s are involved somehow. Everybody he speaks to talks of something that happened in New York the previous summer; something sinister involving these horsemen but nobody seems to know exactly what went on.

An action packed thriller filled with the twists, turns and red herrings we expect from Stewart Giles. This is an edge of your seat page-turner that will appeal to all readers of crime fiction.

My review:  I love this series. The books just get better and better and this one is no different.

I am pleased to see Smith starting to mature and get it together with Whitton. They make a brilliant team both personally and professionally. I also like the humour Stewart has run through the books especially with Chalmers and Smyth I can actually see that happening in real life.

The story revolves around the people with big money the underlying theme being ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’

Smith is planning a break away from all the evil and death in his private and professional life but first he needs to solve the McDonalds robberies that are taking place around the city. This brings him face to face with Jimmy Phoenix, a self made millionaire.

The McDonalds case closed Smith sets off for the Yorkshire wilderness but typical of Smith’s world a break is not going to happen anytime soon.

Love, love, love this story. There are so many twists and turns as Smith tries to untangle secrets and the intrigue builds right to the end. As is typical the ending is a totally unexpected.

Characters that grow with every book, a unique story with twists, turns and red herrings this is everything a crime thriller should be and more. A must read for lovers of great detective stories.

5 golden stars from me.

Unworthy: (DS Jason Smith book 8)

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DS Jason Smith is dragged away from paternity leave when a woman is killed with her baby in the next room. When more women with children are brutally murdered, Smith discovers that they all have something in common – they all share a secret. When he finds out that the mother of his own child is on this list of ‘Unworthy’ women, he finds himself in a race against time to stop the killer before his whole world comes crashing down around him.

An action packed thriller filled with the twists, turns and red herrings we expect from Stewart Giles. This is an edge of your seat page-turner that will appeal to all readers of crime fiction.

My review: This book gripped me from the very first page and I can confirm that it works perfectly as stand alone.

Somebody is murdering mothers of small children and leaving the word UNWORTHY at the crime scene. Why are these women unworthy and who is playing judge, jury and executioner? Jason Smith is dragged from leave to find out. As the murderer gets too close for comfort all bets are off as Smith becomes determined to stop this person before it is too late.

This is a real roller coaster of a book that had me turning page after page to find out what happens next. The adrenaline keeps pumping right to the very end where we are treated to a real shocker of an ending.

Jason Smith has grown and developed throughout the series into a complex, realistic character. He has a baby with Erica, who is another member of the team and is currently on maternity leave. His superior is Bryony Brownhill and I am sure there is a lot yet to be discovered about this character.

Stewart is a brilliant author and his books are dark but also have a little humour woven in to the story to offset the darkness which makes them a real unputdownable read.

Definitely worth the 5 stars. I am really looking forward to the next book which is book 1 in a new series featuring Jason Smith and also Harriet Taylor from Stewart’s other series.

THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DC Erica Whitton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.


BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5-Phobia
Book 1-Smith
Book 2-Boomerang
Book 3-Ladybird
Book 4-Occam’s Razor
Book 5-Harlequin
Book 6-Selene
Book 7-Horsemen
Book 8-Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker

DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Enigma

IF YOU SHOP ONLINE AT SAINSBURYS READ THIS

I rarely use my Blog for anything other than book related posts but I feel I need to share my home shopping experience.

Firstly I would like to make clear that the Manageress at Sainsbury’s Matlock was extremely helpful but was unable to physically do anything to help despite trying everything.

Secondly, I would ask that you forget we are talking about cigarettes here the product is not relevant to this.  For those who don’t smoke all packs of cigarettes look the same now here are 3 different brands:

I have been shopping online with Sainsburys for over a year we have an Anytime Delivery Saver and spend approximately £200 a week online and instore (£9600 during the course of this delivery saver which expires at the end of November 2018).  The deliveries are not very reliable we often get the wrong variety of dog food despite it being Do Not Substitute and other things have been wrong but we tended to let it go.  So when we received the cigarettes on 12th October they looked the same and we had no substitutions so it wasn’t until we opened them that we realised they were wrong.  We had been charged for Black Superkings and Black Superkings had been scanned in according to the till receipt but they delivered something totally different.  Instead of 1 x 100 Black Superkings for which we had been charged £56.25 we received 1 x 100 Sterling Blue which they sell for £42.50 so we were overcharged £13.75 for those.  Instead of 2 x 20 Black Superkings for which we had been charged £22.50 we received 2 x 20 Benson & Hedges Dual which they sell for £20.08.  So despite being given the wrong products, we have also been overcharged £16.18.

I emailed a couple of times and filled in a couple of online forms and got no response.  I rang the helpline and after being put on hold for long periods several times I was told that there was nothing they could do as the products had been opened.  They did offer me a £10 voucher as a ‘gesture of goodwill’!!  I told them to forget it.  Below are the barcodes and till receipts, if you use a barcode scanner they come up as the brand it says on the packet so somehow Sainsbury’s managed to scan in Superkings and deliver something different.  The evidence is there – getting them to admit it was a whole different ball game.

So I decided to try Social Media and so began a game where I was passed around from person to person via Messenger:

First up was SAL: 

Then along came Drago:

Then on 17th we have Laura:

 

 

 

and a bit later on she is replaced by Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a bit later Marc is replaced by Dani

Then we have Ewan closely followed by Gordy 

and then Sas and then Gordy is back 

RESULT!!  except it isn’t because apparently, the refund was dependant on me taking the cigs back to Ripley because of course, it states that clearly doesn’t it?  I obviously need to go to Specsavers.

So the bottom line is NO I didn’t get a refund because I am not driving 15 miles to Ripley to rectify THEIR mistake it isn’t on the way to anywhere I go and while I was waiting for the promised refund I gave the cigarettes away lol.

So the message is clear don’t shop with Sainsbury’s if you do check everything before the driver leaves.  I have to admit I was very tempted to place another order and check every single item against the receipt while the driver stood there watching his route timing go out of the window but in the end I decided it would inconvenience people who were not part of this.

So back to Tesco I go I only changed because Dad decided he didnt like Tesco food any more but he has gone now.  The silver lining is I get Virgin Flying miles with Tesco so another free flight coming up 🙂

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