House of Christmas Secrets by Lynda Stacey
Reviews / 29th December 2017

What the publisher says: This year we’re just going to have a nice, normal Christmas…  Last year’s Christmas at Wrea Head Hall didn’t quite go to plan which is why Jess Croft is determined this festive season will be the one to remember, for the right reasons. And she has plenty of reasons to be hopeful, she’s going to marry the man of her dreams, Jack Stone, seven days after New Year’s Eve. However, as family secrets are revealed in hidden letters and two unexpected guests turn up on the doorstep, Jess is left wondering whether her life will ever be the same again. Can Jess and Jack still experience a peaceful festive season that they had imagined or are there some problems that even Christmas can’t fix? What I say: We join Jess as she is preparing for Christmas and the New Year while looking back at the events of the previous year.  The author explains to us what happened without repeating the entire book, always a sign for me of a good writer and an enjoyable story to come. This isn’t your usual light hearted Christmas read.  The action takes place at Christmas but this is secondary to…

**BLOG BLITZ** The Other Mother by JA Baker
Reviews / 6th December 2017

What the publisher says: Three troubled women. One deadly secret. Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem. All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame. But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago? As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…   What I say: This is a psychological thriller which gradually draws you in and then doesn’t let you go.  The chapters alternate between the main character’s viewpoints, giving us a look at their lives now, many years after the events which link and define them all and also a look back at how they were. It took me some time to get used to this and to follow the individual stories but it was worth…

**BLOG BLITZ** Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox
Reviews / 24th November 2017

What the publisher says: What brings Bonnie Brooks to The Starlight Diner? And why is she on the run? As the front-woman in a band, Bonnie is used to being in the spotlight, but now she must hide in the shadows. Bonnie only has one person who she can turn to: her friend Esther Knight, who waitresses at the Fifties-themed diner. There, retro songs play on the jukebox as fries and sundaes are served to satisfied customers. But where has Esther gone? Alone in New York City, Bonnie breaks down in front of arrogant news reporter, and diner regular, Jimmy Boyle. Jimmy offers to help her. Can she trust him? When the kindly owner of the Starlight Diner offers Bonnie work, and she meets charming security officer Nick Moloney, she dares to hope that her luck has changed. Is there a blossoming romance on the cards? And can Bonnie rebuild her life with the help of her Starlight Diner friends?   What I say: Bonnie arrives at the Starlight Diner in search of her friend Esther who she believes is the only person in the world who can, or is prepared to, help her.  Instead she finds the mysterious, and…

Dead Souls by Angela Marsons
Reviews / 11th May 2017

What the publisher says: When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone. As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps. Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found. But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late? An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat. What I say: Somehow I had not heard of this series before. I have no idea why not. From the…

Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt
Reviews / 14th January 2017

What the publisher says: The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet. The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her. As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?         What I say: I was intrigued to read this book as I had enjoyed Mel Sherratt’s previous novel which introduced DS Eden Berrisford and her family. I loved that Eden was a strong female character who took no nonsense from anyone and I was pleased to see that this novel continued in the same vein, as early on in the book Eden takes…

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