BLOG TOUR: Kindrid Killers by Graham Smith

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The Kindred Killers FINAL correctBook Description:

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?

After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

My Review

It is good to have another outing with Jake Boulder in this 2nd book in the series. It will work very well as stand-alone so don’t worry if you haven’t read book 1.

As we get to know Jake better I am not sure if I really like his character but he is what he is. He doesn’t follow the rules and this puts him at logger heads with the people in authority but even they cant disagree with the fact that he gets results (one way or another)

Alfonse is his friend and Jake relies on him and his exceptional IT skills. I am not sure what Alfonse does to fill his time as he always seems to be at Jake’s beck and call. He comes into his own a bit more in this book as tragedy strikes his family. When a whole family is found crucified and burned alive Jake sets about trying to track down the murderers. This is no easy task as the killers are targeting anyone who doesn’t fit in their group.

This book is perfect for people who like the gory side of crime fiction. I don’t want to look inside the author’s head to see where he got the ideas for the gruesome murders that are detailed in this book but it certainly gets the adrenaline rushing and the pages turning.

As Jake struggles with his feelings for Taylor he is also on a mission to find the people who caused his friend so much grief.

There are many twists and turns to this book. As the chase to find the murderers before they kill many more people picks up speed it has the reader guessing right to the end.

Graham Smith Author PicAuthor Bio:

A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website since 2009

He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.


*** COMING SOON *** MISSING by Charlie Gallagher

MISSING by Charlie Gallagher

Watch this space because publication day is fast approaching for a gripping new release by Charlie Gallagher

Missing coverABOUT THE BOOK

Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.


In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for 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.

Book 4: END GAME



*** NEW RELEASE *** Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie

HER DARK PATH by Ken Ogilvie

I am so thrilled to advise you that this brilliant thriller is now available from:  at a special release price of  $1.31 / 99p

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Do you love mysteries with intricate plots and new locations? Then HER DARK PATH will have you gripped. Set in a remote Canadian town, discover the dark passions that lurk beneath the surface of this forgotten community.

16 years ago, Rebecca Bradley’s mother was murdered. Rebecca was only eight years old. The killer has never been caught. Growing up, Rebecca vowed that one day she would track him down and make him pay.

Now Rebecca is a young police woman in Ontario. She wants to become a homicide detective. Her first investigation is the cold case of a woman who vanished for 16 days and then was found dead in her own home. The brutal crime shocks the remote Canadian town of Conroy.

The puzzling case has uncanny similarities to the murder of Rebecca’s mother. Both victims were found strangled in their own kitchens.

Can Rebecca keep her emotions together as she closes in on a killer with connections to her family and tragic past? And will she finally get justice for her mother?

Discover a new crime writer who will have you gripped till the pulsating end.

“A well written and plotted novel. It is amazing that it is a debut.” Joyce Fox

Twists and turns through the pages and leaves you wanting even more.” Greta

“Very good, could not put it down.” Susan

“Ken Ogilvie’s first novel is one that kept you gripped from start to finish.” Viv

“This book grabbed my attention from the first chapter. This is a don’t miss book that I read in one sitting.” Claudia

“5 stars – a gripping read from start to finish.” Barbara

Rebecca Bradley is a 24-year-old constable with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). She was psychologically damaged by the unsolved murder of her mother when she was eight years old. Driven by her mission to catch the murderer and make him pay for his crime, Rebecca is obsessed with justice and retribution, and is haunted by dreams of revenge.

Hound is a 22-year-old giant of a man, hiding out from life in small-town Conroy, where Rebecca goes on her first detective assignment to solve the cold-case murder of Abigail McBride, Hound’s former best friend. Coming from an abusive father and uncaring family, he is trying to forget his unhappy childhood.

Conroy is a neglected Canadian town with a population of less than four hundred, isolated from the main tourist destinations of Georgian Bay to the west, Lake Simcoe to the east, and the sparkling lakes of the Canadian Shield to the north. Only the McBride murder has put it on the map. The last decent jobs disappeared twenty-five years ago when Conroy’s sawmill closed. Young people flee town as fast as they can.

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors are saying.

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What their Authors’ are saying:

Charlie Gallagher

Cover finalI wrote three books over a period of five years and made numerous approaches to literary agents. I lost count of the rejections and then gave up as I realised it was actually damaging my writing. I would get a rejection and it would hit so hard that I would stop writing, sometimes for months on end. But I would always come back to it. I knew I loved it and I decided to go down the self-publishing route. I was just a few months into this when I received a call from Joffe Books who had gotten hold of my third book by nothing more than a fluke.

I met with Jasper Joffe personally. The benefit of being UK based and forty minutes from London. My message was very clear – I just want to be read and I want to get better. Jasper and Joffe Books as a whole really clicked into this and our working relationship has been excellent from the off. Together we totally revised the three books and they are now the first three books of the Langthorne Series. I would only ever work with someone who is as passionate about my work as I am. I think this is a real rarity, but I have found it with Joffe. My day job is shift work, it’s not unusual for me to email Joffe late at night or even the early hours with updates, edits or questions. And it’s not unusual either for Joffe to reply straight away! I look forward to continuing to work with Joffe.

Michael Hambling

I’ve found Joffe Books to be very supportive of my writing. The advice
on editing has been great, and the company has reacted positively to any concerns I’ve had about their decisions. I’ve had absolutely no regrets about signing up with them; they are a very forward looking
organisation, responsive to both the market and to the needs of their
authors. Jasper Joffe is a very sincere person who wants to best for his
authors. I didn’t hesitate when it came to re-signing my contract

 Gretta Mulrooney

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I started writing crime novels after publishing literary fiction. I submitted a manuscript to Joffe Books and had a quick and straightforward response from Jasper. I have now had three crime fiction novels published by Joffe Books featuring private investigator Tyrone Swift, with the fourth, Watching You, due out now. Joffe Books has also re published three of my literary fiction novels. I find Jasper and his colleagues highly supportive, encouraging, responsive and friendly. Communication is easy and direct and I have been consulted at every stage about editing and book covers. They have worked with me on manuscripts to tighten plot, increase the pace of a novel and to iron out glitches. Jasper is also patient and helpful when I need his IT skills. I get regular feedback about sales and response to my books. I know that Joffe Books is growing and it deserves every success as a publishing house.

Stewart Giles

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When I was contacted by Joffe Books earlier in the year, I had mixed emotions. After spending years talking to agents and publishers to no avail I was now the one being approached. I was delighted. On the other hand, I’d had dealings before with what I call ‘The dark side’ of the publishing world – not mentioning any names – and in the past the initial bubble of elation had always been burst when I realised the sole intention of this ‘dark side’ was to exploit the dreams of writers. Joffe Books immediately restored my faith in the industry. Luckily, I had the finished manuscript of ‘The Beekeeper’ and I promptly sent it off, soon to learn that it was far from finished. Roughly two months later, we had a finished book we could be proud of. Working with Jasper and his team at Joffe Books has taught me so much in such a short space of time. Their patience and tolerance of my rather out-of-date tech skills, as well as their aftermarket support has been unbelievable. I’m proud to be associated with such an amazing publishing house and I would recommend them to anyone with a book they want the world to read.

Joy+and+the+boys+039+(1)JOY ELLIS

There are some decisions that you make in life, that feel right from the word go. When Jasper Joffe rang me and we discussed the possibilities of working together, I knew immediately that was what I wanted to do. I trusted him, loved his undeniable passion and talent for publishing, and frankly wanted to work my socks off to make a success of things. The last year,( almost!) has been a roller-coaster, and Jasper and his staff have been there every step of the way, freely offering expertise and encouragement. I have struggled for the past seventeen years to find a place as a crime writer, and now, since becoming one of Jasper Joffe’s authors, I can quite honestly say, ad astra per ardua.  And a big Thank You, Jasper.



“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

Helen Durrant

“My books would never have enjoyed the success they have without Joffe Books. They do an excellent job from start to finish. The editing, book covers, marketing and finally, the liberal sprinkling of ‘fairy dust’ Jasper sprinkles over the final product.” – Helen


OVER 250,00 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting 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. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

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Is anyone able to help with a stop on the Blog Tour for The Bad Sister by Anne Penketh, 2nd or 3rd October?  I would, ideally, like review stops but I do have a content stop available.

Email me at if you are able to help.

Many thanks, Jill

THE BAD SISTER by Anne Penketh


DI Sam Clayton is called to a murder scene in Holt, not expecting to find his estranged sister at the scene. Her husband, Henry Lambton, has been murdered. Clayton is taken off the case and DS Julie Everett continues the investigation.

Clayton focuses on a vicious arson attack in Norwich. The fire killed a Polish family in their home. It seems to be part of a series of racist attacks connected to an extremist group.

The two crimes stretch the team and both come dangerously close to home. And can Clayton forgive his sister for what happened over twenty years ago?

In a thrilling conclusion, they race against time to prevent more attacks and get justice for their loved and not so loved ones.

THE BAD SISTER is the second in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Mel Sherratt, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary.

Detective Sergeant Neil Pringle lives with his third wife in Norwich, where he was born. But taking care of his two sons with his wife Megan, and two other children with previous wives, has put his finances under strain. He never misses a chance to shine in hopes of securing promotion, and can’t help showing off his local knowledge to colleagues.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising her child who moved with her to Norwich.


BLOG TOUR: Locked Up by Gail Williams

Locked Up by Gail Williams

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‘It makes for very hard reading in places and takes the reader on a journey through many emotions as we navigate the twists, turns and dead ends that is this book.’


A prison officer and a convicted killer must work together to solve a brutal murder and expose conspiracy inside a prison.

Ariadne Teddington is surrounded by people who lie but that is to be expected when you work in prison where every man claims to be innocent.

Charlie Bell, an ex Detective, now finds himself in that prison serving time for murder after having taken the law into his own hands.

When a fellow inmate is killed Charlie is asked to investigate the case from the inside. Soon Charlie finds himself working with Ariande but she is a guard, he is an inmate and some lines should never be crossed…

Can two people on different sides of the law come together to solve the case?

And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?


Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars

The book begins with Charlie, an ex-detective, who has been sentenced to prison for killing somebody and is waiting for parole. At first I thought it was another ‘I am in prison because….’ book. However, it soon becomes clear that it is so much more. An inmate is brutally murdered and a guard, secretly, asks Charlie to help and so begins a bumpy journey through life, relationships and violence to a very dramatic and unexpected conclusion.

Charlie is a very likeable character who trashed his life to make the streets a little bit safer. He didn’t realise that sacrifice would come back at him in a tragic way. Teddington is a prison officer who loves her job, She is well liked by the inmates and develops an attraction to Charlie she is unable to control.

This is a very realistic picture of what real life is like inside a prison with no sugar coating. It makes for very hard reading in places and takes the reader on a journey through many emotions as we navigate the twists, turns and dead ends that is this book.

I will definitely be reading more from this author.

Gail WiliamsAUTHOR BIO:

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels, she started writing the Locked Series in 2014, and has been working to polish and perfect since – not to mention – sell.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a feature writer and comic book reviewer on Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world. Then she met a guy. Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

Twitter: @GailBWilliams






Thank you to all the wonderful Bloggers on the #blogtour for #thefourthfriend.  Your posts helped push this straight into the Amazon Bestsellers.

@joffebooks #thefourthfriend @joyellis #5stars #bestseller #blogtour

The Quiet Geordie

‘I enjoyed the setting and pace of the novel. It had enough twists to keep me going, but not so many I was confused.’

Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘I have read several books by this author … and by far, this is the best ever. The premise is extraordinary …. and so well written. The characters are terrific, especially Carter.’

Turn the Page

‘This was a first from this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I found the characters interesting and the story flowed well. Would recommend this, and am looking to reading other novels from this author.’

Sweet Little Book

‘The very first chapter portrayed the horrifyingly intense scene surrounding the plane crash it grabs your immediate attention and doesn’t let go all the way through to the very last page the ingenious plotline intensifies as pages are rapidly turned. ‘

Short Book and Scribes

Guest Post: Questions that readers often ask

Donna’s Book Blog

‘This is another fantastic crime fiction story from Joy Ellis – as soon as I saw that this book was being released I knew it was one that I needed to read and I certainly wasn’t disappo’inted.’

Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘Opening with a exhilarating,breath taking epilogue and having a sad,heart breaking ending this is a well written police procedural that has a hint of the supernatural to it.’

Anne Bonny Book Reviews

Guest Post: Questions that readers ask me

Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘The ending for me was a little bit sad but I can’t say why without giving it away so I guess you will have read it for yourselves.’

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Guest Post: 10 things I want my readers to know about me: JOY ELLIS





BLOG TOUR: The Case of the Missing Bride

The Case of the Missing Bride

‘The story progresses and the reader joins the Artemis’ Delight and its passengers on its journey encountering storms, illness, murder and romance along the way with some of the passengers forced to turn detective it all makes for a very gripping read that will have the reader turning page after page.’

bride old dress bodoni display .jpgBook Description

When a girl goes missing on board of an ocean liner, only one person is convinced that the disappearance is no accident. Alyssa has found herself with a group of impoverished girls who are embarking from Australia to Canada in the hope of marriage. As the daughter of a senior official, Alyssa doesn’t share this goal. She hopes to return to England via Canada and sees the trip as her only way to secure any passage on a ship. But the girls all share one problem. Their presence on the ship is not known to many of its passengers but their worlds collide when one of the gentlemen discovers the girls. Then Emma, one of the intended brides, goes missing. Alyssa is convinced the disappearance is no accident, and she will risk her own life to search for the killer. What happened to Emma? Is there a murderer on board the ship? Alyssa is about to discover that there is more to her voyage into the unknown than she bargained for.

My Review

My rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

This book will appeal to readers of many genres I loved it. I don’t, normally, read historical fiction and I was surprised how quickly I got into the book and before the end of the 2nd chapter I was totally gripped. It isn’t a fast paced, adrenaline pumping thriller type of book but it has something special in that it is totally different from the norm. It moves along at a steady pace with the characters increasing in depth and complexity throughout the book. It is a realistic story and, although there are no great chunks of descriptive text, the reader is able to visualise the settings and the era very effectively.

It is the 1860s and the Artemis’ Delight is setting sail from Australia to Canada docking shortly at San Francisco. It is a sail ship but with the advantage of steam power back up but even so the crew and passengers are looking at 3 months at sea before they reach San Francisco, What only a select few people know is that it contains a secret cargo of young women that are travelling to a new life. What the girls/ladies have in common is that they are all alone in the world with no family many have spent a large amount of their lives in orphanages.

The main character is Alyssa who differs from the other girls in that she has a more upper class background and is not so poverty stricken. She is also more educated and is immediately put to good use in helping to educate and lead the others. Her character is very complex and fits well within the era as do all the other characters. The story progresses and the reader joins the Artemis’ Delight and its passengers on its journey encountering storms, illness, murder and romance along the way with some of the passengers forced to turn detective it all makes for a very gripping read that will have the reader turning page after page.

I am happy to have discovered a new author and thank Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.


Carmen11Author Bio:

Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner.
Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany, but had planned on emigrating since she was five years old. She first moved to New Zealand and now lives in York, UK, with her daughter, cat, and sometimes her seafaring husband comes home.