Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Perfect Lie by Claire Sheldon – Book Review


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What is ‘perfect’ trying to hide?

Jen Garner tries her best to be ‘wife and mother of the year’. She helps organise school plays and accompanies her husband to company dinners, all with a big smile on her face.

But Jen has started to receive strange gifts in the post … first flowers, then a sympathy card.

It could just be a joke; that’s what she tells herself. But then the final ‘gift’ arrives, and Jen has to question why somebody is so intent on shattering her life into pieces …

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MY REVIEW 

Jen has a happy, settled life with her husband and two children, but when she starts to receive odd gifts, flowers and cards anonymously she is worried and scared, someone knows her secret. One day she just walks away and disappears.

Her husband is distraught and reports her missing and the investigation begins. DI Chris Jackson starts the enquiry and uncovers, murders, drugs and so much more…..

I really can’t say much more about the story for fear of spoiling the marvellously twisty and original plot. Perfect Lie is well written with a pace that slowly builds the tale and the tension. Great characters and in depth details of the police, their procedures and the areas of Nottingham and Long Eaton. It’s hard to believe this is Claire Sheldon’s debut novel. I was hooked right from the beginning and loved every minute. A thoroughly engrossing and entertaining read.

Thank you to Claire for an eARC of Perfect Lie. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/3d9tKUC 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Claire lives in Nottingham with her family, a cat called Whiskers and a dog called Podrick.

She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and as a result of the disease had to reduce her hours working in insurance for an Insolvency Insurer. This spare time enabled her to study a creative writing course which inspired her to write her debut, Perfect Lie.

When Claire isn’t working she enjoys reading crime novels and listening to music – the band Jimmy Eat World is her biggest muse! Claire is also an avid reader and book blogger. The inspiration for her novels comes from the hours spent watching The Bill with her grandparents and auntie; then later, Spooks and other detective programmes like Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders.

Book reviews, Murder mystery

River Rats by Andy Griffee – Book Review

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Jack Johnson has a talent for trouble – wherever he goes on his narrowboat, it seems to follow him. Moored up on the River Avon in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Bath, he’s working at the local paper when a prominent magistrate and heritage campaigner is attacked and drowned.

Could it be a serial killer copying the Canal Pusher? Or a biker gang who swore revenge on the magistrate? Against his wishes, Jack is pulled into the investigation by his ambitious editor who wants the scoop.

Jack and his friend, Nina Wilde, have also been drawn into another struggle. The moorings of a small settled boating community sit alongside a huge former industrial site that property developers want to fill with luxury housing. Nearby residents are enlisted to petition against the boat people, and as the campaign spirals out of control, lives are threatened. Who is helping their enemies?

Another gripping tale of corruption and intrigue from the riverbank, full of dark waters and deadly secrets.

Both Canal Pushers (Book 1 in the Johnson & Wilde series) and River Rats are based on real-life crimes across the canal network.

Andy Griffee is an experienced journalist, and available to write features and articles on request.
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MY REVIEW 

Book 2 of the Johnson and Wilde mystery series.

Jack Johnson has now bought Jumping Jack Flash and has settled into life on the canal. He has a new job at a local paper and Nina has settled in Salisbury but regularly returns to visit.

Jack’s neighbours are being offered large sums of money for their moorings by a property developer. When they refuse, a campaign against the river dwellers is raised and things start to get nasty.

When someone is found drowned in the canal, it’s believed to be a copycat of the Canal Pusher, but Jack feels something more sinister is going on and he and Nina are again drawn into a mystery.

Full of tension and action this is a tale of corruption and greed. There are great characters with their very different problems and I love the relationship between Jack and Nina….oh and Eddie obviously. Dark, twisty and utterly gripping from start to finish. Brilliant.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Andy Griffee is a former BBC journalist and media consultant with a fascination for stories. He began his journalism career at the Bath Evening Chronicle, and then spent twenty-five years at the BBC, culminating in his role as Editorial Director of the redevelopment of Broadcasting House. Andy lives in Worcestershire and, when he isn’t writing, rears rare breed pigs, struggles to keep a 1964 Triumph Spitfire on the road and enjoys hiring narrowboats with his wife..

 

@andygriffee @andygriffee

 

Book reviews, Murder mystery

Canal Pushers by Andy Griffee – Book Review

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CANAL PUSHERS

A Johnson & Wilde Mystery #1

Introducing Jack Johnson and Nina Wilde. A chance meeting on the towpath, and trouble seems to follow …

Jack Johnson, ex-journalist, newly divorced and feeling unmoored, has bought a 64-foot narrowboat with absolutely no idea how to captain it. 

So when an attractive stranger takes pity on his dismal attempts and comes aboard to assist him manoeuvre, Jack is only too happy to make her welcome. But it’s soon apparent that Nina is keeping her own secrets and when they stumble into a murder investigation the past begins to intrude. What’s Nina afraid of? And who is stalking the towpaths?

  • Over 50 Amazon 5* reader reviews: “a real page-turner”, “ immersive setting”, “superbly structured”, “vividly described”, “gripped from the start”, “the dark underbelly of canal life” …
  • Perfect for fans of classic crime with a twist: “A welcome new voice in crime fiction imbued with a real sense of place.” Live And Deadly
  • Andy Griffee is an ex-BBC journalist and producer, and a natural and engaging public speaker with events based around ‘Canal Noir’.
  • Atmospheric setting on the British waterways, and thoroughly researched storylines based on real-life tensions facing the canal boat community.

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MY REVIEW 

Set on the Warwickshire canals, Jack Johnson is a journalist and recently divorced from Deb. He’s renting a narrowboat and if he enjoys life on the water he’ll then buy it. An amateur, he arranges for his friend Will to travel with him until he can handle the boat……but Will lets him down.

Frustrated, he’s having a pint and Nina has overheard his conversation and offers to help…..so he now has a travelling companion.

So the pair set off but when a young homeless man they met is found drowned in the canal the mystery begins. There maybe a serial killer pushing people into the canal and drowning them.

I love the writing style of Andy Griffee, the sense of place is stunning and the descriptions of Jumping Jack Flash and life on the water is just perfect. The relationship between Jack and the quiet but forthright Nina is just a pleasure to read.

With its dark and twisty plot, some seriously chilling chapters from the killers perspective makes this a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Andy Griffee is a former BBC journalist and media consultant with a fascination for stories. He began his journalism career at the Bath Evening Chronicle, and then spent twenty-five years at the BBC, culminating in his role as Editorial Director of the redevelopment of Broadcasting House. Andy lives in Worcestershire and, when he isn’t writing, rears rare breed pigs, struggles to keep a 1964 Triumph Spitfire on the road and enjoys hiring narrowboats with his wife..

@andygriffee @andygriffee