Cosy mystery

Murder On The Downs by Julie Wassmer – Book Review

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A controversial new property development is planned in Whitstable which will encroach upon the green open space of the downs, to the dismay of Whitstable residents who view this as the thin end of the wedge with regard to local wildlife conservation.

A campaign springs into life, spearheaded by a friend of Pearl’s family, Martha Laker. A committed environmentalist, Martha is no stranger to controversy herself. She has also managed to divide opinion across town, with the locals viewing her as their fearless champion while establishment figures seeing only an interfering agitator.

Tensions escalate between the developers and Whitstable residents, straining Pearl’s close relationship with London-born police officer, DCI Mike McGuire, who harbours concerns that the local campaign will spiral out of control. Pearl’s loyalties are torn, but the protest duly goes ahead – and newspaper headlines claim a moral victory for the residents in this David and Goliath battle.

But the victory is short lived when Pearl discovers a dead body on the downs…

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MY REVIEW 

#7 in The Whitstable Pearl Mystery series, but can also be read as a stand-alone.

Pearl Nolan owns a successful restaurant, The Whitstable Pearl and the Nolan’s Detective Agency.

Pearl takes part in a local protest against a property developer’s plans to build new housing on green land. While new housing is desperately needed the locals feel there are better options available.

But when Pearl finds a body on the downs, she begins her own investigation, all the while she is defending her home town of Whitstable. Her family and her relationship with DCI Mike McGuire.

Murder On The Downs is the perfect summer read, a cosy murder mystery with a clever plot and hunger inducing descriptions of delicious sounding foods. A thoroughly entertaining read.

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.

 

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Julie Wassmer was born in the East End of London, studied at Kingston University and had a variety of different jobs before she finally settled down to become a professional television drama writer.

She worked on several TV series, including ITV’s London’s Burning, C5’s Family Affairs and the popular BBC soap, EastEnders, which she wrote for almost 20 years.

In 2010, her autobiography More Than Just Coincidence was published by Harper Collins/True. The book entered the Sunday Times Best Selling Non Fiction Top Twenty and went on to become Mumsnet Book of the Year.

In 2015, Julie’s debut crime novel, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery, was published by award-winning publisher, Little, Brown Book Group. Six other books have since followed in the series with more on the way, and the television rights to the series have been optioned by the TV production company, Buccaneer, the makers of Marcella, starring Anna Friel.

Julie moved to Whitstable twenty years ago where she shares a home with her husband, Kas, and three cats, Charlie, Lily and Maisie. She also spends a great deal of time campaigning on environmental issues.

 

Murder on the Downs is the seventh book in the Whitstable Pearl Mystery series.

 

Book reviews, Classic style whodunnit, Cosy mystery

Burying Bad News by Paula Williams – Book Review

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One severed head, two warring neighbours – and a cold-blooded killer stalks Much Winchmoor. 

There’s the murder made to look like a tragic accident, and a missing husband. Could he be victim number two?

The tiny Somerset village is fast gaining a reputation as the murder capital of the West Country, and once again, reporter/barmaid/dog walker Kat Latcham finds herself reluctantly dragged into the investigation.

Things are looking bad for Ed Fuller, the husband of one of Kat’s oldest friends. Kat’s convinced he’s innocent – but she’s been wrong before.

Has Kat come across her biggest challenge yet?

Fans of Janet Evanovich could well enjoy this “funky, modern day nosey detective” transported to the English countryside. The third Much Winchmoor mystery is, as always, spiked with humour and sprinkled with a touch of romance.

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MY REVIEW

#3 in the Much Winchmoor mysteries series, but can also be read as a stand-alone.

This starts with the discovery of a severed head, it appears a killer is again abroad in the village of Much Winchmoor.

Kat is working several jobs to keep her finances afloat, including being a journalist for a local newspaper. As such she deals with neighbourhood disputes of various kinds and she has a nose for murder. So she begins her investigation.

This is a marvellously entertaining cosy murder mystery. A classic whodunnit with great characters and a real sense of time and place. A thoroughly engaging read.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link

https://mybook.to/buryingbadnews

 

Author Bio – 

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Paula Williams is living her dream. She’s written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her various plays and pageants. But it’s only in recent years, when she turned her attention to writing short stories and serials for women’s magazines that she discovered, to her surprise, that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it and she has sold over 400 short stories and serials both in the UK and overseas.

Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, UK, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke. She still writes for magazines but now writes novels as well. She is currently writing the Much Winchmoor series of murder mysteries, set in a village not unlike the one she lives in – although as far as she knows, none of her friends and neighbours have murderous tendencies. 

A member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Crime Writers’ Association, her novels often feature a murder or two, and are always spiked with humour and sprinkled with a touch of romance. 

She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazine, Writers’ Forum. And she blogs about her books, other people’s books and, quite often, Dalmatians at paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com. 

She gives talks on writing at writing festivals and to organised groups and has appeared several times of local radio. In fact, she’ll talk about writing to anyone who’ll stand still long enough to listen.

But, as with all dreams, she worries that one day she’s going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into reading ‘the play what she wrote’.

 

Social Media Links – 

Blog. at https://paulawilliamswriter.com/

Facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/paula.williams.author

 

Twitter. @paulawilliams44

Website. https://paulawilliamswriter.com/

 Instagram. paulawilliams_author 

 

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Book reviews, Cosy mystery, LGBTQ, Noir

Smalltown Boy by T.S. Hunter – Book Review


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It’s Christmas Eve, 1988 and Russell and Joe are among the guests at a lavish party in a celebrity mansion in the heart of Soho.

Television presenter and national treasure, Nathan Bentley has a formidable reputation for legendary parties—with wall-to-wall celebrities, drink flowing, drugs, dancing, ill-tempered Cordon-Bleu chefs laying on the food and world famous musicians providing the entertainment. What could be better for a bunch of waifs and strays on Christmas Eve?

But when a body is found in the courtyard garden before the dessert has been served, questions begin to fly. Did he fall or was he pushed? And who of the many guests and hangers-on had either the means or motive for murder?

Hidden pasts and present jealousies all threaten to destroy a life carefully built in this festive crime caper set in the heart of London’s Soho. 
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MY REVIEW 

This is the final episode in the Soho Noir series by T.S. Hunter, oh and what a finale!

It’s Christmas, Joe and Russell have been invited to the flamboyant TV personality’s party. Reluctantly they go, taking their respective partners, Mike and Freddy along but then a body is found and the adventure begins. 

With a fabulous cast of characters including my favourite, Patty, there’s much mayhem and drama as ever. Then the reprehensible Skinner arrives…..will he finally get his comeuppance?

While this is a short novella, it packs a lot of story in. There’s the 80’s music references and little mentions of the events of the time too, which all build the atmosphere perfectly of 80’s London. Joe and Russell happy in their relationships too make this a wonderful ending to a thoroughly entertaining series

I have read the whole series now and am bereft it’s over…..I’ll just have to read them all again….

Thank you to Dylan at Red Dog Press for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/35mcZBL

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, Short story, Thriller

A Christmas Crime by Tara Lyons – Review


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A Christmas Crime 

From the bestselling author of The Paramedic’s Daughter and The DI Hamilton Series, comes a criminally festive delight to thrill you on a cold winter’s night. 

With snow falling in a quaint Surrey Village, it’s the perfect setting for Holly and Christopher’s dream Christmas wedding. But instead of enjoying mince pies and mistletoe, their happiness is threatened by old secrets and someone harbouring a grudge. When the truth is finally revealed, can the couple enjoy the festivities with their family, or is their marriage doomed from the start?

This short story is the perfect mystery to keep you guessing this holiday season, so why not enjoy it with a glass of mulled wine while sat next to a roaring fire.

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MY REVIEW 

Holly and Christopher are getting married on Christmas Eve, they are excited and everything is ready. But, they each receive a message ‘I’m warning you, don’t do it’ and neither tell the other……just who has a secret?

I can’t say much more for fear of spoiling the story. 

This may be a short story, but my there’s a lot packed in. A few surprises along the way and more than one crime, make this a perfect Christmas thriller. Incredibly entertaining. 

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read this for free.  This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She studied English Literature at Brunel University and was Assistant Editor at an in-house magazine for 8 years, 

In the Shadows is the author’s solo debut novel self-published in March 2016. Bloodhound Books later re-published it, and the rest of The DI Hamilton series followed suit. Tara is now working on standalone novels, the first of which will be published in May 2019.

When she’s not writing, Tara is kept busy by her two young children. 

Cosy mystery

Murder At The Dolphin Hotel by Helena Dixon – Book Review

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A room with a view… to murder

June 1933. Independent young Kitty Underhay has been left in charge of her family’s hotel, The Dolphin, on the tranquil English coast. She’s expecting her days at the bustling resort to be filled with comfortable chatter with chambermaids as they polish the mahogany desk and glittering candelabras of the elegant foyer. Everything must be perfect for the arrival of a glamourous jazz singer from Chicago and a masked ball that will be the cultural highlight of the season.

But when several rooms are broken into and searched, including Kitty’s own, she quickly realises that something out of the ordinary is afoot at the hotel. Soon rumours are flying in the cozy town that someone is on the hunt for a stolen ruby. A ruby that Kitty’s mother may well have possessed when she herself went missing during the Great War. And when the break-ins are followed by a series of attacks and murders, including of the town’s former mayoress, it seems the perpetrator will stop at nothing to find it.

Aided by ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, the Dolphin’s new security officer, Kitty is determined to decipher this mystery and preserve not only the reputation of her hotel, but also the lives of her guests. Is there a cold-blooded killer under her own roof? And what connects the missing jewel to the mystery from Kitty’s own past?

A classic page-turning murder mystery! Fans of Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Edmondson and T.E. Kinsey will love this unputdownable whodunnit.

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MY REVIEW 

#1 In the Miss Underhay mystery series, set in 1933 Dartmouth.

Kitty Underlay’s grandmother own The Dolphin Hotel in Dartmouth. When a relative has a fall, her grandmother leaves to look after her in Scotland, leaving Kitty in charge.

But, she employs a security officer, ex-Captain Matt Bryant, to keep an eye on Kitty and the hotel as she is concerned about recent events locally.

Kitty is looking forward to her Jazz event she has organised, she even has a jazz singer from Chicago taking part. 

Then there’s breaking in the hotel, some rooms broken into…..but why? Were they looking for something in particular? The local Inspector begins an investigation and Kitty and Matt help too. There are deaths and things turn more sinister.

This is a beautifully written cosy mystery whodunnit in the vein of Agatha Christie and Josephine Tey. Charming, atmospheric and thoroughly entertaining. 

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Nell Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty-five years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. She is allergic to adhesives, apples, tinsel and housework. Her addictions of choice are coffee and reality TV. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 with her book Marrying Max, and winner of Love Story of the Year 2010 with her book, Animal Instincts. She also writes historical 1930’s set cozy crime as Helena Dixon.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.nelldixon.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nell.dixon

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/NellDixon

 

Buy Links: https://geni.us/B07XLM3SM6Social

  

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, LGBTQ

Killer Queen by T.S. Hunter – Book Review

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON 

It’s 1988. A mild summer after a turbulent political year for LGBT rights. While working as an assistant to a successful Theatre Director, Joe Stone finds himself unwittingly embroiled in another murder investigation. 

Lexi Goode, a young, up and coming actress has her bright future cut short when she is found murdered in her exclusive top floor apartment in the posh end of Soho. Knowing that the police are as racist as they are homophobic, Joe and Russell inevitably take it on themselves to investigate what happened to the young woman. 

Along the way they discover illicit liaisons, a string of admirers, a secret life that was helping to pay for the glamorous lifestyle no young actress should have been able to afford. But who would want to kill Lexi? 

Finding the answer to that question puts Joe in mortal danger and a young police officer in an awkward position. 

KILLER QUEEN IS THE FIFTH IN THE SOHO NOIR SERIES.

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MY REVIEW 

#5 in the Soho Noir series and can be read as a stand-alone, but you will be missing out on a fantastic series.

Set in 80’s Soho, young Lexi Goode has finished her performance on stage. Usually the understudy, she got her chance at the main role when lead actress, Hattie Duval was indisposed. 

Lexi also has a second job, one she has kept secret.

When Lexi doesn’t arrive at the theatre for work. the director, Cameron sends Joe to find her. But he finds her body, she had been murdered.

So, Joe and his friend Russell, an unofficial private detective, start their investigation. Can they find the killer before the corrupt, homophobic detective Skinner locks up the wrong man?

This may be a relatively short novella, but it packs so much in. There’s the clever plot, the descriptive writing that brings the 80’s Soho alive. The characters are so well developed, I really care for them and forever they are not real people. Russell now in a settled relationship with Freddie, and Joe, OH, I was so pleased there may actually be a romance for him with Mark. All mixed with a cosy, murder mystery in a wonderfully entertaining read. Brilliant as always.

Thank you to Red Dog Press for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for a free ecopy of this fabulous book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Claiming to be at least half-Welsh, T.S. Hunter lived in South Wales for much of his latter teens, moving to London as soon as confidence and finances allowed. He never looked back.

He has variously been a teacher, a cocktail waiter, a podium dancer and a removal man, but his passion for writing has been the only constant.

He’s a confident and engaging speaker and guest, who is as passionate about writing and storytelling as he is about promoting mainstream LGBT fiction.

He now lives with his husband in the country, and is active on social media. 

Book reviews, Classic Fiction, Classic style whodunnit, Cosy mystery

Blind Witness by Vicki Goldie – Book Review

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In 1922 a blind WW1 veteran and former intelligence officer attends a weekend with his aristocratic wife and her family at a country house in the New Forest, Hampshire, England. Fourteen people sit down to dinner on the Friday night; by the end of the weekend there are two murders, an attempted murder and a suicide.

This is book one in a series of humorous murder mysteries and introduces young sleuths The Hon Melissa Charters and her war veteran husband Major Alastair Charters.

The pair collaborate using Melissa’s powers of observation and Alasdair’s old skills gained in the Secret Intelligence Service to investigate the events unfolding over the weekend. A murder mystery with a spy plot told from many different points of view in the tradition of Simon Brett, M C Beaton and Kerry Greenwood.

Will our investigators discover who is behind the murders?

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MY REVIEW 

Book 1 of the Charters’ mystery series.

Set in the 1920’s U.K., this is a classic style whodunnit. 

Melissa and her husband, Major Alisdair Charters are at a family event, when a body is found. 

Major Charters was blinded by injuries he sustained at war, but his other senses have become enhanced and he is able to listen to those around him, who seem to pretty much disregard him.  But he learns so much.

Can he and Melissa discover the killer before any more deaths?

This is a fast paced, easy to read, fun and glitzy whodunnit, all set among the privileged classes. It has plenty of twists and surprises to make this an immensely enjoyable read. 

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Vicki worked as a Chartered Librarian for the Royal National Institute of Blind People and then for the past 19 years in public libraries in Bournemouth and Poole. There she enjoyed arranging and attending writing courses and author events, including such luminaries as Fay Weldon and Peter James. With the Reading Agency and other librarians round the country she reviewed and selected books for The Radio Two Book Club. All the time writing away in her spare time.

Born in California but brought up in England she was introduced to the Golden Age of crime authors at an early age by her mother. She is married to a blind physiotherapist, and it is from his mother, born in a large country house in Devon (now a hotel), educated by governess and with a cut glass voice like the Queen, that she absorbed real life stories about the twenties and thirties.

She has always had a fascination with the Art Deco period and the Golden Age of crime writing. She has been filling her house with Art Deco inspired artefacts and clothing for 40 years.

Blind Witness is her debut novel and is the beginning of the Charters Mysteries Series featuring Major Alasdair Charters and The Honourable Melissa Charters.

Book reviews, Classic Fiction, Cosy mystery, Historical fiction

Died And Gone To Devon by T.P Fielden – Book Review

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X marks the spot for murder…

Temple Regis, 1959: Devon’s prettiest seaside resort is thrown into turmoil by the discovery of a body abandoned in the lighthouse.

It’s only weeks since another body was found in the library – and for the Riviera Express’s ace reporter-turned-sleuth Judy Dimont, there’s an added complication. Her friend Geraldine Phipps is begging her to re-investigate a mysterious death from many years before.

What’s more, Judy’s position as chief reporter is under threat when her editor takes on hot-shot journalist David Renishaw, whose work is just too good to be true.

Life is busier than ever for Devon’s most famous detective. Can Judy solve the two mysteries – and protect her position as Temple Regis’s best reporter – before the murderer strikes again.
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MY REVIEW

#4 in the Miss Dimont mystery series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Set in the late 1950’s this is a murder mystery in a classic style.

Judy Dimont, wealthy, independent and a journalist with the Riviera Express newspaper.

In the seaside town of Temple Regis there has been a murder. As more bodies turn up Judy beings her investigation into murders past and present.

This has a marvellous cast of characters and the atmosphere of the post war years, all really brought to life by TP Fielden’s clever plot and wonderfully descriptive writing.

If you like a classic murder mystery in the vein of Josephine Tey or George Bellairs, you’ll love this.

Thank you to HQ for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, Historical fiction, Police procedural

A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin – Book Review

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Oxford, 1961

A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.

It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all?

Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar’s Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become.

Could it be that poor Eddie’s death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for…

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MY REVIEW 

This is #4 in the Ryder & Loveday series and it can easily be read as a stand-alone, but I feel you will be missing out if you haven’t read the other 3…

19 year old Trudy Loveday is a probationary police constable with the Oxford Police force. She works closely with the local coroner, Dr Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon and her friend.

Set I. 1961, Trudy has to deal with the general everyday sexism at work, she is seen as a girl just suited to the more menial tasks. However, Dr Ryder treats her as a person, someone with a quick mind and a definite asset during their investigations.

When a young boy, Eddie,  is found dead Dr Ryder is not so sure this is an accident and so the investigation begins.

This is a great series and I love how the friendship between Loveday and Ryder gets better with each book. Its part historical fiction as set in the 60’s and part police procedural and is thoroughly entertaining. 

Thank you to HQ for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book and this is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Faith Martin is a pen name of English author Jacquie Walton, who is best known for her popular detective series, starring Detective Inspector Hillary Greene. 

 

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘cosy’ murder mysteries. As Maxine Barry, her latest romance novels are now available from Corazon Books. As Jessie Daniels, her ‘spooky’ crime novel, The Lavender Lady Casefile came out in November 2017, and now the Ryder and Loveday series. 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, LGBTQ

Crazy For You by T.S. Hunter – Book Review

 

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THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE NEVER RUNS SMOOTH

It’s 1987, and Soho is in the grip of another hot summer. While working part-time in The Red Lion, Joe finds himself agreeing to help a notorious gangster search for her missing girlfriend.

Antonia The Gecko Lagorio is daughter to the ruthless but ageing gang boss, Tony The Lizard Lagorio. When her girlfriend, Charlotte Fenwick, goes missing, Antonia turns to Joe for help, believing her to have been kidnapped by a rival gang.

Charlotte Fenwick is daughter to multi-millionaire, Charles Fenwick—who also happens to be one of Freddie Gillespie’s bigger clients. Keen to keep any hint of a scandal out of the public eye, Charles Fenwick had already asked Freddie to recruit Russell and Joe to help him find his daughter discreetly.

With both of them on the case, Joe and Russell find themselves trying to stop a turf war between the two rival gangs while uncovering all manner of dark secrets about the missing heiress and her troubled life.

Meanwhile Freddie Gillespie has a run in with an old foe that could see him lose both his job and his relationship with Russell.
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MY REVIEW 

Book 4 in the Soho Noir series by TS Hunter, but can easily be read as a stand-alone, but you will be missing out on a fantastic series.

In this tale, a young heiress, Charlotte goes missing, her father receives a ransom note …so where is she? Who has taken her?

Charlotte’s girlfriend, Antonia, approaches Joe Stone, to ask for his help finding Charlotte. Antonia is daughter to the gangster ‘The Lizard’….is this a turf war?

So, Joe and his friend and working partner, Russell start looking into the case, with a little help from Russell’s boyfriend Freddie. 

Meanwhile, Russell’s nemesis, Detective Skinner is trying to cause trouble between Russell and Freddie…

Can Joe and Russell find Charlotte before any harm befalls her? 

While this is only a relatively short novella there is no shortage of action in this cosy mystery. A marvellously twisty plot, with tension, fun and a little love too. Brilliant.

Thank you to Red Dog Press for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/crazy-for-you

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Claiming to be at least half-Welsh, T.S. Hunter lived in South Wales for much of his latter teens, moving to London as soon as confidence and finances allowed. He never looked back. He has variously been a teacher, a cocktail waiter, a podium dancer and a removal man, but his passion for writing has been the only constant. He’s a confident and engaging speaker and guest, who is as passionate about writing and storytelling as he is about promoting mainstream LGBT fiction. He now lives with his husband in the country, and is active on social media as @TSHunter5.

 

 
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Book reviews, Cosy mystery, LGBTQ

The Art Of Murder by J.S. Strange – Book Review. @JackSamStrange @PantherPubs #TheArtOfMurder #blogtour 🌈

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The second in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series. The follow up to Murder on the Rocks.

Artist Xander Draper is being threatened by a dangerous group. With PI Jordan Jenner’s help, Xander hopes to remain unscathed.

But when Xander is murdered, his body displayed as his final exhibit, Jordan realises the extent of the trouble Xander was in. Now, there are people following Jordan. They know his name, and they want him dead.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s brother Ashley has returned, and he has a secret. As time runs out to solve the murder of the famous artist, Jordan begins to fear his brother may be responsible.

A classic cosy mystery set in the heart of Cardiff. A perfect read for fans of Agatha Christie. A murdered artist. A brother with a deadly secret. A group intent on killing. The Art of Murder is the second in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series, a cosy murder mystery set in Wales.
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MY REVIEW 

This is #2 in the Jordan Jenner series by J.S. Strange, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Jordan Jenner is a private investigator, who works closely with the local police in Wales. His brother Ashley has come home from Australia, leaving his boyfriend Ben behind, he says he’s in trouble, but doesn’t elaborate any further. 

On a trip to Amsterdam, Jordan notices they are being followed, even on to their plane home. He lets the police know and wonders why….is Ashley in more trouble than he’s letting on?

Jordan is then approached by Xander Draper a well known artist, he wants Jordan to help identify and stop a group calling themselves Dirty Dolly’s, who are stealing artworks and blackmailing other artists… is Ashley somehow linked to this?

When Xander’s body is found, things get dark….will Jordan be able to find the killer and the reasons why? And why do they want him dead too? 

A perfectly paced cosy mystery on the slightly darker side, set in the Art world with dodgy dealings, Murder and a twisty mystery. Jordan is a great, likeable character, flawed and human but so committed to finding the truth. If you like a classic style murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie and Joesephine Tey, then you’ll love this. Brilliant.

Thank you to Panther Publishing for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

J.S. Strange is an author from Wales, United Kingdom. He writes crime, mystery and horror. His first novels, published in 2016 and 2017, were set in an apocalyptic London. Murder on the Rocks, was the first in a cozy crime mystery series, featuring a leading gay male detective.

Murder on the Rocks was written by Strange for many reasons. One of those reasons was a lack of representation within the crime genre, particularly with detectives and sleuths. Strange created Jordan Jenner, a private investigator, who lives and works in Cardiff. Murder on the Rocks was written with the intention of shining light on Cardiff, and bringing Cardiff, and furthermore, Wales, into the crime genre.

Strange’s previous works, such as ‘Winter Smith: London Burning’, also explored LGBT themes, and featured socialite Winter Smith escaping a zombie apocalypse. ‘London’s Burning’ became an Amazon best-seller in LGBT fiction.

When Strange doesn’t write, he works in television. He also presents a radio show all about the paranormal. He has an enthusiasm for Britney Spears and cats.

Strange’s new novel, The Art of Murder, is set in Wales and is the second in the Jordan Jenner series. The murder mystery is available now.

Follow @JackSamStrange  and @PantherPubs on Twitter, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on Instagram, on Facebook, Visit jacksamstrange.com, Buy The Art of Murder

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, Historical fiction

A House Of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan – Book Review. @WilliamRyan @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #AHouseOfGhosts

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Almost unbearably creepy and beautifully written’

Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait

 

Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. 

At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.

For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one . . .

A gripping and atmospheric mystery packed with twists and turns,

A House of Ghosts is the perfect chilling read.

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MY REVIEW 

A House Of Ghosts is set during WW1 in 1917.

Kate Cartwright and Captain Donovan are called to ‘C’s office at the Secret Intelligence Service. They do not know each other, but they are both sent to Blackwater Abbey, an offer Kate had previously declined.

Lord and Lady Highmount are playing host to a gathering, a seance, to try to contact their sons, lost at war. However, ‘C’ suspects someone at the gathering is passing military secrets to the enemy…..so Kate and Donovan are tasked with finding out who.

Now, Kate herself can see spirits and there are plenty roaming Blackwater. Are the seances real ? Or is there a charlatan at work? As Kate and Donovan grow closer, the danger increases…will they find the culprit before anyone is hurt?

This is a mix of historical fiction, an Agatha Christie style whodunnit, spies and a supernatural tale of ghosts roaming the earth,  all seamlessly put together due to the clever, atmospheric writing of W.C. Ryan. A haunted house story perfect for a Halloween read.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://amzn.to/30FwKlC

 

 

About the author:

 W.C. Ryan is a pseudonym for William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier and the Korolev series of historical crime novels. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA Historical Dagger and the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and have been translated into over a dozen languages. William is married and lives in west London.

 

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, Home

A Spell Of Murder by Kennedy Kerr – Book Review. @kennedykerr5 @bookouture @ASpellOfMurder

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

In the sleepy town of Lost Maidens Loch, people sometimes disappear… Down a quiet lane in town sits a little shop full of oddities you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. This is Love’s Curiosities Inc., and its owner, Temerity Love, is sought by experts all over the world for her rare and magical gift: the ability to find lost things and learn their stories.

When Lost Maidens’ pretty local school teacher is found murdered by a poisoned cup of tea, a strange antique hand mirror is discovered nearby. Temerity – with the help of witchy sister Tilda, their cats Scylla and Charybdis and the lovingly eccentric local townspeople – is determined to divine the story behind the mirror and its part in Miss Molly Bayliss’ untimely death.

If only grumpy out-of-towner Angus Harley of Lost Maidens Police wasn’t on the scene. Temerity can’t solve the crime without him, but he’s distracting, and in more ways than one. Can this unconventional duo solve the most mysterious murder ever to blight Lost Maidens Loch before the killer strikes again?

A magical and unputdownable whodunnit, perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee and Leighann Dobbs.

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MY REVIEW 

A Spell of Murder is the start of a new series by Kennedy Kerr. 

This is a cosy mystery, with a magical touch. 

Set in Scotland, Temerity Love runs a shop, Love’s Curiosities and lives over the store with her sister Tilda. They share their home with two cats and a large parrot, Hebrides. 

Both the sister have a touch of magic about them, Tilda is a herbalist and a witch, and Temerity has a gift of being able to find lost things….

When a local teacher is found murdered, the local police investigate, with the help of Temerity. 

This is a unique take on a police procedural, with well developed, quirky characters and a twisty plot. All in all an engaging and entertaining tale.

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Kennedy Kerr is the author of the Lost Maidens Loch witch-themed cozy mystery series. She is from a Scottish family and adores the magic and mystery of Scotland and all the Celtic lands: cairns, misty mountains, stone circles and misty lochs are her particular favourite things. She is the proud owner of a cuddly black cat called Twinkle, who evidently believes she is a princess.

Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it.

 

Author Social Media Links

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kennedykerrauthor/

 

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/KennedyKerr5

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery

After Jessica by Morgen Bailey – Book Review. @morgenwriteruk @BOTBSPublicity #AfterJessica

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Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between his sister and Alexis?  

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MY REVIEW 

Jessica died in a tragic accident, her brother Simon begins to sort out her affairs, but gets odd phone calls from someone looking for Alexis…..he also finds a roll of cash in a drawer and wonders how she came to have this and the few thousand in her bank account.

He tries his best to find Alexis as he feels it would be nice to speak to someone who may have known Jess…..

He also meets, Andy, the train driver involved in Jess’ accident and could there be a romance here?

This is a surprising novella, in that there is so much going on in. There’s the mystery of Jess and her money, the missing Alexis and a little romance too. A nice easy ready with a couple of surprises. Ideal if you haven’t time for a full novel but still want a good, engaging read. 

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey lives and breathes writing. ‘Morgen with an E’  is an author, speaker, tutor, editor, and podcaster. As well as being a competition judge, she is a columnist for Writers’ Forum magazine. 

Morgen’s fiction books include crime and mystery novels, and short story collections. They are mostly set against a Northamptonshire background, whether there is crime involved, a dog-detective that can talk, or a serial dater on a mission! 

Her non-fiction works are aimed at all levels of writers whether beginners or those who want to refresh their skills – Morgen also tutors in person and has several online writing courses available. She runs her own mentor group on Facebook, very much a collaboration, and she invites all authors to join. Her Writer’s Block Workbooks are a go-to for every author. 

When Morgen is not editing, speaking, reading, or writing, she’s walking her dog, out with friends or at literary festivals. The only time she sits down and does nothing is at the cinema but even then she’s making mental notes! 

 

Morgen Bailey on Social Media:Author Website:    http://www.morgenbailey.com

Twitter & Instagram:    @morgenwriteruk

Facebook Page:    http://www.facebook.com/MorgenBaileyAuthor

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/morgen_bailey

Amazon Author Page:    https://author.to/MorgenBailey

Book reviews, Cosy mystery

Divorce Is Murder by Elka Ray – Book Review

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Toby Wong visits her quiet hometown in British Columbia, where nothing ever happens–until her old high school rival is found murdered. Shortly after returning to her sleepy hometown on Vancouver Island, Chinese-Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong runs into Josh Barton, who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who made Toby’s life hell all those years ago. 

Not long after Toby takes Josh’s case, Tonya is found murdered. Josh is the prime suspect. Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. While he seems equally smitten, can Toby trust him? The handsome cop charged with finding Tonya’s killer doesn’t think so. Since Tonya stayed in touch with everyone from that lousy summer camp, Toby keeps running into ex-campers she’d rather forget. Could one of Tonya’s catty friends be her killer?

 Are Toby’s old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize that she really is in danger.
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MY REVIEW 

Toby Young is a lawyer specialising in family law. When her teenage crush, Josh asks her to manage his divorce from Tonya, she is taken back to the trauma of summer at Camp Wikiwakee…..

The bullying by Tonya had long lasting effects, which still causes Toby flashbacks. Against her better judgement, she takes the case and then Tonya goes missing!

When Josh is suspected of murder, Toby has to refer the case to another lawyer….and they start to build a case, can they prove his innocence?

With humour, friendship, intrigue, murder and a whodunnit, this is a clever, twisty cosy crime thriller that is thoroughly entertaining….A perfect summer read.

Thank you to Henry at Crime Wave Press and the author, Elka Ray for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, LGBTQ

Careless Whisper by T S Hunter – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

LOOSE LIPS COST LIVES.

It’s 1986, and Adam Cave, lead singer of sensational pop group Loose Lips, is struggling to stay in the closet, especially as his group is going through a messy split, and media speculation about the reasons behind it are rife.

Joe Stone is assigned to Adam as a runner for the behind-the-scenes, warts and all expose of the recording of the bands last album, and an unlikely friendship begins to form.

But when Adam’s manager, Jack Eddy, is found dead in Adam’s hotel room, in what looks like a sex game gone wrong, Joe turns to his flatmate, Russell, to help him clear the pop star’s name, and keep his secret.

Russell, meanwhile, has a secret of his own. He’s just been for a test, the results of which may change his life forever.

 

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MY REVIEW 

#3 In The Soho Noir series….Don’t you just love the cover?

Set in Soho, London in 1986, a time of crimped hair, Marathon bars and the Bangles….

Joe has said goodbye to his boyfriend, the gorgeous Luc, because he didn’t want to settle down yet…he’s not the ‘pop loving club-bunny’ that Luc called him but neither is he ready for pipe and slippers, so they part.

Joe is a runner now, working for PJ as he is working on an expose of life in the band, Loose Lips….Adam Cave, the lead singer and he has a secret….he’s gay..his manager Jack feels it should be kept from Adam’s adoring teenage girl fans…his band mates, the twins think the same…

But then Jack is found dead, Adam is arrested for murder…..and Joe and Russell begin the investigation….will they find the truth?

A wonderful, cosy crime mystery all set in the 80’s, with its music, fashion, homophobia and the affect AIDS had on so many people…brilliant characters and so atmospheric……I can’t wait to read more of Joe, Russell and the fabulous Patty.

Thank you to RedDog Press for a copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery

Murder Unearthed by Anita Waller – Book Review

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When DI Tessa Marsden is called to a road traffic accident, she is disturbed by the crime scene she must investigate. She now has a double murder to contend with; two dead girls from the same village.

Realising the murders aren’t linked, Marsden summons the help of the Connection Investigation Agency, run by Kat, a church Deacon, Beth, (known affectionately as Mouse), a computer expert, and Doris, Beth’s feisty grandmother.

When it is discovered that one of the murdered girls was pregnant the case takes an unexpected turn.

Can DI Marsden, with the input of Kat and Mouse, solve the case before another body appears?

Meanwhile, the agency has been asked to track down the long lost son of Ewan Barker. Will Kat, Mouse and Doris find him and reunite him with his father?

This might just be their toughest investigation yet…
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MY REVIEW

This is Book #3 in the Kat and Mouse series by Anita Waller, it can be read as a stand-alone, but you will miss out a little on the back stories and just the joy of reading books 1 and 2.

Doris (Nan) has now moved out of Kat’s into a cottage of her own, but they are still together most of the time and their Private Detective agency, Connection is thriving.

The story revolves around two missing girls, a man who had crashed and died with a shovel, mud and a single women’s boot in his car……two bodies are soon found but are these deaths linked?

DI Tessa Marsden again asks Kat, Mouse and Nan if they can help….and so the investigation begins…

They are also helping Ewan Barker trace his son……he seems to be getting on well with Nan……!

I love the relationship between Nan, Kat and Mouse, three strong women who help and support each other and run a successful and sometimes dangerous business.

A clever and well plotted story, with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. Another wonderful cosy thriller from Anita Waller…..

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here

https://amzn.to/2Yw0MHZ

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Anita was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and has lived all her life there. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 21 years. Anita and Dave have been married almost 49 years!

She wrote Beautiful in 1985 and had it accepted for publication. They were the contract stage when the publishing house went into liquidation.

Like many another book it ended up in the loft until two years ago when she resurrected it, retyped all 100,000 words (it was orginally written on an Amstrad 8256 and all she had was a hard copy!) and sent it off to Bloodhound Books.

She is now retired from my life of being a Patchwork Tutor and HGV driver’s wife and concentrates on patchwork for the pleasure of it and writing. She started writing at around the age of 8 – she clearly remembers writing ‘novels’ at that age which were actually short stories split into chapters!

Anita’s genre is murder – but murder with a good reason behind it!

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery

Death In Avignon by Serena Kent – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

Return to the warmth of Provence for the next delightful Penelope Kite mystery…

When Penelope Kite attends the opening of an art exhibition on the arm of the gorgeous Mayor of St Merlot, Laurent Millias, it seems she is finally settling into life in Provence. But beneath the glamour, trouble is lurking. Shockwaves ripple when British expat artist, Roland Doncaster, collapses after choking on an olive.

A tragic accident? Or was he poisoned? Penelope is thrust once again into the middle of a murder investigation, but when she casts suspicion on one of the Mayor’s friends, she finds herself out in the cold.

As winter draws in, Penelope must rely on the friendship of her local music group – including the dashing art dealer, Gilles de Bourdan – the support of the effervescent Frankie, and her own sleuthing instincts to untangle this mystery…

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MY REVIEW

Penny has moved to France, for a new life after her divorce….

She has friends, the ‘sharp’ Clemence is chic and glamorous, takes Penny to Museums, Art Galleries and music events……the handsome Mayor, Laurent is a possible romance too and the marvellous Frankie brings some humour…

One evening at an art exhibition, an artist, Roland Galbraith Doncaster ‘Don’, collapses and later dies…..the police investigate this as a suspicious death….Penny had previously investigated a suspicious death (previous book) and she is again drawn into the mystery…

She had worked for the Home Office in Forensic Pathology, so she believes Don May have been poisoned!!

And so the investigation begins, with art forgery, smuggling and murder….all set in a marvellously idyllic lifestyle of rural France, with deliciously described food, wine and pastries….made my tummy rumble more than once..

There’s the chaos of Penny’s family arriving, a disagreeable police officer and a budding romance which makes this an absolutely charming cosy crime mystery. It has a clever plot and likeable, well drawn characters and a satisfying end…….one to enjoy, relaxing in the sunshine with a glass of wine…

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

https://amzn.to/2xfqBAb

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Serena Kent has been a journalist, a banker, a music composer and a sheep-shearer – and is also the nom de plume of Deborah Lawrenson and her husband Robert Rees. They live in Kent in a house full of books, and own a ramshackle old farmhouse on the slopes of the Luberon hills in Provence which is also in desperate need of some more bookshelves.

Deborah has previously published eight novels including The Art of Falling, The Lantern, The Sea Garden and 300 Days of Sun. Robert has previously published one novel, A Season in the Sun.

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, Police procedural

Murder In The Fens by Clare Chase – Book Review

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When the body of twenty-year-old Julie Cooper is found – her pockets stuffed full of wilting flowers – in an iron-age hill fort on the edge of the fens, Detective Tara Thorpe and her team are called in to investigate. The evidence points to an illicit affair gone wrong… but is there more to the story?

As always at the Cambridge Constabulary, the case turns personal. Detective Blake is exhausted after the arrival of a new baby with wayward wife Babette, and Tara is keen to put as much distance between herself and Blake as she can – both at the station and on the hunt for the killer. Charming rookie officer Jez is the perfect distraction… but is he a little too good to be true?

Then Tara makes a startling breakthrough when she finds an unsettling family heirloom hidden in the late victim’s bedroom – a golden statue of a sinister-looking cat with emerald eyes. As she traces its origins, Tara begins to realise that Julie’s murder is no one-off crime, but a sinister plot with its roots in a terrible secret that was covered up decades earlier.

An unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Joy Ellis. Can be read as a standalone.

 

The Tara Thorpe Mystery Series:

Book 1 – Murder on the Marshes

Book 2 – Death on the River

Book 3 – Death Comes to Call

Book 4 – Murder in the Fens

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MY REVIEW

Murder in the Fens is the fourth book in the Tara Thorpe series, but I found it can easily be read as a standalone.

Tara used to be a journalist before joining the police, she finds her experience helps with her investigations…

The body of a young woman, Julie Cooper,  is found and Tara starts her investigation, with several suspects she has concerns her ‘friend’ Bella knows more than she is telling….

I liked the fast pace of this and they way the detectives thoughts change the more they find out and it gradually builds the picture and the tension….Tara’s stalker is back……will she find out who it is?

Great building of the relationships between the colleagues too……and their messy personal lives adds a feeling of reality to this clever, twisty and compelling cosy mystery. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my in honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

https://amzn.to/2xdj6cZ

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Author Bio:

Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.

After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.

You can find Clare’s website and blog at http://www.clarechase.com

Author Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareChase_

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10204574.Clare_Chase

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

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, LGBTQ

Death Of An Angel by Derek Farrell – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

A woman is found dead in a London street – the evidence suggests she plummeted to her death from a nearby tower block – but did she fall or was she pushed? And why does she have Danny Bird’s name written on the back of her hand?

So begins this 4th magnificent outing for Danny and the gang from The Marq.

In the frame for a murder he didn’t commit, London’s self-proclaimed Sherlock Homo has no choice but to don his metaphorical deerstalker one more time to prove his innocence and uncover the truth about the tragic death of Cathy Byrne.

With the indomitably louche Lady Caz by his side, Danny plunges headlong into a complex investigation while at the same time trying to be a dutiful son to his increasingly secretive parents, and still find the time to juggle his frustratingly moribund love-life.

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MY REVIEW

This is Book 4 in the Danny Bird series by Derek Farrell and I found it easy to read as a stand-alone.

Danny Bird runs a pub, The Marquess of Queensbury….The Marq, but he also refers to himself as ‘Sherlock Homo’…..his love life is a bit complicated, he’s gay and in a relationship with Nick, while it’s going well, Nick has a wife….so yep, complicated.

It starts with Danny’s family wanting him to find out what’s going on with their parents, both seem upset by something but say all is fine….then he is interviewed by the police as a recent ‘ suicide ‘ victim had his name on her hand and the pubs telephone number in her phone……so he starts looking into this too.

His lawyer Dot, also asks him for a favour, a client has died, another apparent suicide and she asks him to investigate this too….

So there are so many seemingly different stories, but just how are they linked??

I loved the characters in this, Danny and Nick, Lady Caz and her booze and the relationships they all have, such a close group of friends and family….I felt I knew them all by the end. A clever, funny, twisty crime thriller that’s an entertaining and intriguing read.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

About Derek Farrell:

 

 

Derek Farrell is the author of the Danny Bird Mysteries, ‘Death of a Diva,’ ‘Death of a Nobody’ ‘Death of a Devil,’ and ‘Death of an Angel.’

He was educated in Dublin, and, whilst waiting to become a writer of fabulous crime novels has passed his time being a burger dresser, bank cashier, David Bowie’s paperboy, and an Investment Banker in New York’s World Trade Centre (a bit like The Wolf of Wall Street, only with fewer hookers and more midgets, since you ask).

He is married and divides his time between London, West Sussex and Dublin.

Derek loves to hear from his readers, and can be contacted via Twitter: @derekifarrell or at his sparkly new website Derekfarrell.co.uk

His books can be purchased as paperbacks or ebooks direct from the publisher Fahrenheit Press at: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_fahrenheit.html

Or from Amazon:

Death of a Diva

Death of a Nobody

Death of a Devil

Death of an Angel

Death of a Diva is also available as a deluxe edition Hardback limited to only 50 Copies worldwide. 

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Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DerekIFarrell

Website: https://www.derekfarrell.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derekifarrell/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Derek-Farrell/e/B06XJ9C6XB/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Purchase Links:

Fahrenheit Press: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_death_of_an_angel.html

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Angel-Danny-Bird-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07PBCCJMG/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=death+of+an+angel&qid=1559826196&s=gateway&sr=8-2

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Angel-Danny-Bird-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07PBCCJMG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=death+of+an+angel+derek+farrell&qid=1559826671&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Publishing Information:

Published by Fahrenheit Press in paperback and eBook formats on 27th February 2019.

 

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