**BLOG BLITZ** Dead Watch by Steve Liszka
Reviews / 30th March 2018

What the publisher says: Life for the firefighters of Red Watch, East Brighton, is already complicated due to the imminent closure of their fire station. But this is soon to be the least of their worries. When the team stumble upon a car in a ditch, they discover the driver is dead and a bag containing five hundred thousand pounds in cash. Before anyone arrives, the crew decide to take money, believing it to be a victimless crime. When they later learn that the driver was killed by a bullet wound to the head their world is turned upside down. Then a stranger appears at the station claiming the money belongs to him.     Soon the firefighters are drawn into a dangerous underworld and find themselves at the mercy of violent criminals. But is this stranger who he claims to be? And can Red Watch escape with the money and their lives intact?   What I say: From the start this book is different.  The author has a unique style of storytelling which brings you in and describes what is happening in an almost factual way.  Explanations of brigade procedure and rules  are interspersed in the story meaning you have a…

**BLOG TOUR** Beginnings by Helen J Christmas
Reviews / 7th January 2018

What the publisher says: Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people. Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life. Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive. Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk…

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…

Broken Bones by Angela Marsons
Reviews / 3rd November 2017

What the publisher says: They thought they were safe. They were wrong. The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood. As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable. At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered. The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light. What I say: Kim Stone is back with her team (they were separated previously when she went to work in a neighbouring area to investigate a case that fell on the boundary between the two…

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