Bad Sister by Sam Carrington
Reviews / 27th October 2017

What the publisher says: Then When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price. Now Psychologist Connie Summers wants to help Stephanie rebuild her life. She has a new name, a young son and everything to live for. But when Stephanie receives a letter from someone she’d hoped would never find her, Connie is forced to question what really happened that night. But some truths are better left alone . . .   What I say: We meet our main character Connie as she bumps into someone she knew in her former life working in prison. The problem is, he was an inmate not a colleague. Things get even worse when another former inmate turns up dead with her name written on his hand. At the same time Connie is trying to help her new client Stephanie who has been relocated under the witness protection scheme. Stephanie is adamant that someone knows her new identity and has tracked her down. Is there a link between these facts? Enter DI Lindsay Wade who is…

**BLOG BLITZ** Closer to Home by Heleyne Hammersley
Reviews / 10th October 2017

What the publisher says: Family. Secrets. Murder. Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her home town after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce. The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths. As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories. But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried. Then another child disappears… Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past? What I say: This is the story of Kate who has returned to her home town of Thorpe, a small town in South Yorkshire, after marriage breakdown and promotion. We join her as she begins the investigation into the murder of a seven year old.  Her memories of her time in Thorpe as a young teenager are explored through flashback chapters although it isn’t immediately obvious why we should be interested in her past, it becomes clear later in the book. Another child goes missing and Kate and her team must explore the possibility that there are events from…

**BLOG TOUR** Untainted Blood by Liz Mistry
Reviews / 31st August 2017

What the publisher says: In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount  after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election. However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully. Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture. As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus. Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them? DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.   What I say: Untainted Blood is the third in the DI Gus McGuire series of books. Like the previous novels, the setting is Bradford and the characters are drawn from the diverse local population. It is clear that the author knows the city, and it’s inhabitants, well and she interweaves them into the book in such a way that the reader feels they know them…

**BLOG TOUR** Red is the Colour by Mark L Fowler
Reviews / 30th July 2017

What the publisher says: Bullying. Corruption. Murder. It is the summer of 2002. The corpse of a 15 year old boy, who has been missing for thirty years, is discovered in Stoke-on-Trent. The city is on the cusp of change and Chief Superintendent Berkins wants the case solved quickly. DCI Jim Tyler has arrived from London under a cloud, moving to Staffordshire to escape his past. He is teamed up with DS Danny Mills to investigate the case, but there is tension between the detectives. When the dead boy’s sister comes forward, describing a bright, solitary child, she points a finger at the school bullies, which puts important careers at stake. Then one of the bullies is found brutally murdered and when Tyler and Mills dig deeper they start to suspect a cover-up. What is the connection between the death of a schoolboy in 1972 and this latest killing? With the pressure building, and the past catching up with DCI Tyler, will he and DS Mills be able to put aside their differences in order to catch a cold-blooded killer?   What I say: The skeleton of a boy is pulled from a building site by a dog out walking…

**BLOG TOUR** Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy
Reviews / 15th July 2017

What the publisher says: n a big old building on the south coast of Kent, David Booker runs a book-themed coffee shop and Jo Cash operates a private investigation business. They live there, too. But not like that. Jo needs help with tracing a mystery client’s living relatives. David needs help with his staffing problems.  Will they both get what they are looking for? Sometimes two heads are better than one. Sometimes a poor hand is better than none. But not always…     What I say: Poor Hands is the third installment in the Booker and Cash series. Like the previous two this novel is told from the point of view of Booker as he comes to terms with what he thinks are unrequited feelings for Cash and as he settles into the way of life involved in running his bookshop cum cafe on Romney Marsh. As this is the third book we are starting to get to know the main characters quite well. Their relationship is somewhat of a puzzle with Booker admitting to himself but not Cash how he feels about her but with hints from time to time that Cash may also have feelings for him,…

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