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Quality DNA by Beth Martin – Book Review



Quality DNA by Beth Martin is set in distant future, but not too distant and there is the now a one child policy all over the US.

Irene Crow, who works for the social department, is responsible for investigating when two babies have been born to one parent.

As DNA is taken from each child at birth and registered centrally, there is no bypassing law. As soon as a baby is born alive, both parents are sterilised to ensure that the law is upheld. How abhorrent, even the thought of this angered me, which is a credit to Beth Martin’s writing.

Irene finds there is an increase in babies being born with the DNA of a previously sterilised parent or even a dead man

With an ever growing population, while this is fiction, it doesn’t take much stretch of the imagination to envisage such a thing happening. A really thought provoking and very clever read.

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Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce @Harriet_Tyce @WildfireBks @JenniferLeech1 @annecater #GIVEAWAY #BloodOrange #Bookreview

I love your review…..added to my TBR list.

Live and Deadly

Source: Review copy
Publication: February 21st 2019 from Wildfire Books
Pp: 336
ISBN-13: 978-1472252753

Alison has it all.

A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…

Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay…

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Consuming Fire by Catherine Fearns – Book Review. #giveaway #blogtour #bookreview


Consuming Fire

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…

Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….



This is the sequel to Reprobation, but can be read as a standalone though. 

The wonderfully gothic introduction chapters are reminiscent of HP Lovecraft or Poe and set the tone for what’s to come…..

Lord Adramelech is a fire demon and the instructions to summon him are in an old book, bound with human skin. There are only two known copies and one is missing.

Set in the present day Liverpool, this starts with the awful death of a woman, by fire,  moments after taking a phone call. Further fire related deaths occur all under strange circumstances.

DI Darren Swift is investigating and feels there are links between local criminals, an international footballer and that something supernatural may be involved. He contacts Dr Helen Hope, an ex-nun for her help and together they travel to Switzerland to try to find out more…..what is the significance of Les Paons ? Or the missing occult book?

His obsession leads to arguments with his fiancé Matt, who is a fire fighter, but Darren cannot leave it alone. 

This is so easy to read, even the ‘ancient’ text chapters just flow, a testament to Catherine Fearns’ clever writing. It will definitely give you goosebumps and if your phone happens to ring while you’re reading………!!

This is an absolutely riveting, creepy read with love, tragedy and some really dark disturbing moments….Blistering !,!…..I loved it.


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Author Bio

Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she likes to write. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in several categories. The follow-up, Consuming Fire, is currently on pre-order and will be available in early 2019.

Catherine writes for music website Pure Grain Audio, and her music journalism has also appeared in Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Toasted Cheese, Offshoots & Metal Music Studies. She holds a degree in History from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.

When Catherine is not writing, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band, mainly to annoy her four children.

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