**BLOG TOUR** The Year of Starting Over by Karen King
Reviews / 8th February 2019

What the publisher says: What if – to find yourself – you had to run away? Last year was meant to be when Holly got her happy-ever-after. But stuck in a job that’s going nowhere, and a relationship that feels more like it’s going backwards… this year Holly has decided it’s time to change her life. She just has to: – End the relationship with the commitment-phobic boyfriend – Go on a proper adventure – Learn to be herself again – Definitely, categorically not fall in love. Cramming her belongings into her little yellow Mini, Holly drives on to a ferry bound to Spain, to stay at a remote farmhouse near a beautiful village in the Andalusian hills. But the day she arrives she nearly crashes her car into a gorgeous guy on a motorbike. He’s called Matias and their paths keep crossing, much to Holly’s irritation. Because as she learns to speak Spanish from the locals, finally starts laying out plans for her own design business, and sips sangria in the sunlit village square, Holly is beginning to remember who she is and what she wants. So she won’t allow herself be distracted by Matias. Because this year – for Holly – there are more important…

**BLOG BLITZ** Unspoken Truths by Liz Mistry
Reviews / 31st October 2018

What the publisher says: In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits. First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web – how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem? Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit. Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track…

**BLOG TOUR** Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman
Reviews / 11th July 2018

What the publisher says: Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son. In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she’s in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans? Sticks and Stones is a deliciously twisting psychological thriller from an unforgettable new voice. What I say: As the book opens with the funeral of Phillip there is only one way this book can go.  The story itself begins three weeks earlier and covers the build up to the funeral. Gradually we are introduced to Imogen, Philip’s soon to be ex-wife, Naomi, his current partner and his former wife, Ruby.  As the story unfolds we learn more about Phillip and see him through the eyes of the three women who have been subject to his bullying and abuse…

**BLOG BLITZ** The Note by Andrew Barrett
Reviews / 23rd June 2018

What the publisher says: Have you ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no one’s there? I have. It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I’d listened to that feeling, if I’d thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come. Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk. I had no idea who sent it or why they wanted to kill me. But I was about to find out. I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI and this is my story.   What I say: I wasn’t sure what I would think of this as short stories are not usually my thing.  I needn’t have worried though as I was sucked into Eddie’s life and soon was intrigued by who could have sent him the note, why and what would be the outcome. The character of Eddie was quite an unusual one, chiding himself for his behaviour once he had received the note as he realised that it may be genuine and in which case he could be putting himself in danger by carrying out his usual routine…

**BLOG TOUR** First to Die by Alex Caan
Reviews / 22nd June 2018

What the publisher says: SOMEWHERE IN THE CROWD IS A KILLER  Bonfire Night and St James’s Park is filled with thousands of Anonymous protesters in a stand-off with the police. When a cloaked, Guido Fawkes mask-wearing body is discovered the following morning, Kate Riley and Zain Harris from the Police Crime Commissioner’s office are called in. The corpse has been eaten away by a potentially lethal and highly contagious virus. The autopsy reveals the victim was a senior civil servant, whose work in international development involved saving lives. Why would anyone want him dead? THEY WILL STRIKE AGAIN  As the research team looking into the origins of the deadly virus scramble to discover an antidote, first one, then another pharmacist goes missing. Meanwhile, a dark truth starts to emerge about the murder victim: he was an aggressive man, whose bullying behaviour resulted in the suicide attempt of one of his former staff members. AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT . . . With thirty lives potentially at stake, Kate and Zain have their work cut out for them. Can they find the two missing pharmacists in time, or will they too end up dead?   What I say: The premise for…

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