**BLOG TOUR** Dead Inside by Noelle Holten
Reviews / 10th June 2019

What the publisher says: The killer is just getting started… When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet. The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered. And he is Lucy’s husband. Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer? What I say: This was a strong start to the story of Maggie Jamieson as she moves to a new team, for reasons as yet unknown, and is quickly caught up in an investigation into the murder of three men.  The common link between all of them is Lucy Sherwood, a colleague of Maggie’s from the Probation Service. The story jumps between different viewpoints as we meet the victims and the various members of the team investigating their murders, something which could have derailed the story but it was done in such a way that it ramped up the tension.  On one occasion I thought there had been enough clues to identify the killer…

**BLOG TOUR** The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson
Reviews / 24th May 2019

What the publisher says: ‘Have you ever had a secret that you couldn’t tell a soul, even the people you love? I have.’ Lucy has a kind and adoring husband, a job she loves as a teacher, and a house on Mulberry Avenue with floaty curtains and the softest bed linen. After her troubled childhood, she knows life will never be perfect, but it’s pretty close. She’s also got Amber, right next door. They never run out of things to talk about. Even if Amber’s life – with her high-profile job and handsome, wealthy boyfriend – is more glamorous than Lucy’s. But then Amber starts to hint that her life isn’t all it seems, and when she comes to Lucy, terrified, saying that she’s getting threatening messages, Lucy promises to protect her. The closer Lucy gets to anyone, the harder it is to keep her past to herself. But Amber’s boyfriend has left her just when she needs him most, and she doesn’t have anyone else. Lucy knows all too well that people aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes they have secrets. And they’d do anything to keep them. Lucy’s still sure: she can trust her friend… can’t she? Gripping…

**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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