#BlogTour: SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE by Michele Campbell @MCampbellBooks @HQstories @joe_thomas25

She Was The Quiet OnePublication: 10th January 2019 – HQ

Because murderers are never who you expect…

She was the quiet one… but is she guilty?

For twin sisters Rose and Bel, enrolling at the prestigious new boarding school should have been a fresh start. But with its sinister rituals and traditions, Odell soon brings out a deadly rivalry between the sisters.

For Sarah and husband Heath, the chance to teach at Odell seems like the best thing that ever happened to their small family – a chance to rise through the ranks and put the past behind them.

Until one dark night ends in murder.

But who’s guilty and who’s telling the truth? And who’s been in on it all along..?

 

Happy New Year everyone!

I am delighted to start the new year by taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by an author that knows how to captivate my attention from the first page.

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE starts with a murder. Someone has been killed and the presumed killer has already been arrested, but we don’t know their identities. Then we are taken back in time to discover the events that led to the tragedy.

The protagonists of the novel are two young girls, Rose and Bel. They are sisters and twins but they couldn’t be more different. Rose is the good girl, she studies, she is quiet and she behaves well. On the other hand, Bel is outgoing, she is not interested in her classes and she hangs out with the cool and “mean” girls of the school. After their mother’s death, their grandmother sends them to an exclusive boarding school, Odell, but circumstances and new friends make them drift away. In the meantime, Sarah Donovan and her husband Heath are still adapting to their new roles as supervisors of one of the dorms of the school, but as things at the school spiral out of control, Sarah needs to figure out who she can trust.

Through flashbacks and police’s interviews to witnesses, the author takes us through a thrilling novel of jealousies, betrayal, ambition, and bullying. The author created well-crafted characters with two completely different sisters in competition and a young married couple trying to prove themselves. A boarding school full of teenagers coming from rich and powerful families is the perfect atmospheric setting for this novel full of suspense and twists.

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE is very well-written and cleverly plotted and until the end I couldn’t figure out who is the victim. Once again Michele Campbell created a dark and intense novel that kept me completely engrossed and I’d like to thank Joe and HQ for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this immersive novel.

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#BookReview: THE FIFTH TO DIE by J. D. Barker @jdbarker @HQstories

9780008250386Publication: 10th July 2018 (eBook); 27th December 2018 (paperback) – HQ

Murder. It’s a family affair.

In the midst of one of the worst winters Chicago has seen in years, the body of missing teenager Ella Reynolds is discovered under the surface of a frozen lake.

She’s been missing for three weeks… the lake froze over three months ago.

Detective Sam Porter and his team are brought in to investigate but it’s not long before another girl goes missing. The press believes the serial killer, Anson Bishop, has struck again but Porter knows differently. The deaths are too different, there’s a new killer on the loose.

Porter however is distracted. He’s still haunted by Bishop and his victims, even after the FBI have removed him from the case. His only leads: a picture of a female prisoner and a note from Bishop: ‘Help me find my mother. I think it’s time she and I talked.’

As more girls go missing and Porter’s team race to stop the body count rising, Porter disappears to track down Bishop’s mother and discover that the only place scarier than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

Perfect for fans of Helen Fields, Val McDermid and Jo Nesbo this gripping and twisted thriller will have you wondering, how do you stop a killer when he’s been trained from birth?

 

Since The Fourth Monkey, the first book of this gripping series, kept me completely glued to the pages, I have been really looking forward to reading the sequel, THE FIFTH TO DIE, and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.

The book starts four months after the events of The Fourth Monkey and Chicago detective Sam Porter is still looking for Anson Bishop, aka 4MK (the Fourth Monkey Killer), even though the FBI has removed him from the case. In the meantime, there is another killer on the loose who is kidnapping and killing young girls while Anson Bishop wants his help in finding his mother.

Even though the novel is told from different points of views, from the detectives to the FBI, from the killer to the victims, and the reader seems to get a full view of the story, there are so many twists and surprises to keep you always on the edge of your seat. The chapters are short and almost each one of them ends with a shocking revelation or a twist that made me say “I’ll read just another chapter” and then I found myself reading another 100 pages.

The author created a cast of well-developed and multi-layered characters. Anson Bishop is very complex and we find out more about his troubled past. Sam Porter has also some secrets from the past and he is still helped by his team. I love the characters of Nash, Clair, and Kloz who have Sam’s back, even when he is forced to take a leave, and there were moments when they made me laugh with their quips and their irony. I also liked the character of FBI agent Poole and I am already looking forward to read more about this character.

THE FIFTH TO DIE is fast-paced, dark, intense, and chilling. The ending left me in complete shock and breathless and I can’t wait to read the third book of this brilliant and captivating series.

 

#BookReview: DEEP DIRTY TRUTH by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl @OrendaBooks #TeamLori #IAmLori

Deep Dirty Truth 2Publication: 5th November 2018 (eBook); 24th January 2019 (paperback) – Orenda Books

A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them. If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.
With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…
Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

I am so so happy Lori Anderson is back!!! I am addicted to this series and I am really thankful to Orenda Books and to the author Steph Broadribb for letting me be part of #TeamLori and for providing me with an advanced copy of the book which I read as soon as I got my hands on it.

The protagonist of DEEP DIRTY TRUTH is Lori Anderson. I liked this character right from the start, right from the first novel in the series Deep Down Dead. She is determined, fearless, smart, and loyal. A mother with a young daughter, Lori is a bounty hunter, travelling around the United States looking for fugitives to bring back to prison. However, in this third novel, she is the one with a bounty on her head. Lori’s happiness at playing happy family with JT and their nine-year-old Dakota is cut short by the Mafia mob who wants her to find someone for them in exchange for the lives and freedom of her and her family. But the job is not as straightforward as it seems and, in a race against time, Lori has to face not only mobsters, but also the FBI, and the alligators that live in the Florida Everglades.

The novel is fast-paced, thrilling and completely immersive. Lori is a very likable and well-crafted character, she is strong-willed, resourceful, and courageous and she is ready to do absolutely everything to protect her family. I like that, in this novel, the story is told also from JT’s point of view and we get to see more of this character. He is Lori’s mentor, the man she loves, the father of her child and, in the previous two books, he remained always a bit on the background, but now he has a more central role in the story and we get a better understanding of this character that I like more and more.

The author’s wonderful writing style and her great attention to details bring the reader right into the Florida setting with its heat, the dangerous alligators, and the sharks in the ocean. Gripping and full of tension, DEEP DIRTY TRUTH will keep you on the edge of your seat and, even though I think this is the best one so far, I am already looking forward to book number 4!

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#BookReview: THE HUNTING PARTY by Lucy Foley @lucyfoleytweets @fictionpubteam @HarperFiction

The Hunting PartyPublication: 3rd December 2018 (eBook); 24th January 2019 (hardcover) – HarperCollins UK

EVERYONE’S INVITED.
EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.

Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly-anticipated thriller of 2019.

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

 

I heard so many good things about Lucy Foley’s new novel that I was really looking forward to reading it. My expectations were pretty high, as I read many positive reviews,  and I am happy to say that they were fully met. I was so immersed in the novel that I had trouble putting it down and I read it in two days.

A group of friends, a remote location, a snowstorm that stops everyone from getting in and out, a murderer among them, a suspenseful atmosphere worth of an Agatha Christie’s novel, these are all elements that make this novel twisty, compelling, and unputdownable.

The protagonists met at Oxford University ten years earlier and they have been friends since then. There is the golden couple, Julien and Miranda,  who has been together since college; there are the new parents, Giles and Sanita; there is Mark with his girlfriend of three years, Emma, the outsider of the group who would do anything to fit in with Mark’s friends; there is Katie, the single quiet workaholic friend; and there are Nick and Bo who are there just because they are friends with Katie. These nine people spend every New Year’s Eve together and this year, they have rented The Lodge, an exclusive house in the Scottish Highlands. Everyone is hiding something and when a body turns up, past jealousies, secrets and lies risk to come to light.

Told from different points of views and on two timelines (before and after the murder), THE HUNTING PARTY is a twisty and gripping novel. The characters are flawed and often not very likable. They are very well-drawn and jealousies, secrets, and tension between the group of friends is palpable through the pages. One of them is killed and one of them is probably the murderer and Lucy Foley does an amazing job keeping the reader in the dark about their identity and, despite the hints she gives here and there, I didn’t figure it out until at the end when it was all revealed.

I loved the setting the author chose for this gripping novel. A remote house, a beautiful winter landscape, snow everywhere, they all fit perfectly with the twisty and chilling plot of the novel and, thanks to the author’s attention to details, I could almost picture it in my head.

THE HUNTING PARTY is a riveting, captivating, and atmospheric read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, a well-written and gripping story that you won’t be able to put down and I’d like to thank HarperCollins for providing me with a copy of the book.

#BlogTour: HALFWAY by B.E. Jones #Halfway @bevjoneswriting @TheCrimeVault @damppebbles #damppeblesblogtours

halfway coverPublication: 1st November 2018 – Constable

If everyone is lying, who can you trust? 

The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, side-lined by a bypass and hidden deep in inhospitable countryside. One winter’s night, two women end up knocking on the door, seeking refuge as a blizzard takes hold.

But why is the landlord less than pleased to see them? And what is his elderly father trying so hard to tell them?

At the local police station PC Lissa Lloyd is holding the fort while the rest of her team share in the rare excitement of a brutal murder at an isolated farmhouse. A dangerous fugitive is on the run – but how can Lissa make a name for herself if she’s stuck at her desk? When a call comes in saying the local district nurse is missing, she jumps at the chance to investigate her disappearance.

The strangers at Halfway wait out the storm, but soon realise they might have been safer on the road. It seems not all the travellers will make it home for Christmas . . .

 

“Halfway… a timely reminder for travellers that they are exactly at the midpoint between where they are going  and where they are coming from – wherever that is!”

This novel has the perfect setting for a gripping and suspenseful murder story. A small town in the middle of a snowstorm with blocked roads and no phone signal. Add a killer on the loose, people looking for a shelter from the snow, a remote farmhouse, and the landlord of a closed inn who seems to be hiding something, and I found myself spending a Sunday afternoon completely immersed in this novel.

The story is told from three different points of views. One is a young woman with a complicated past and secrets to hide. She is hitch-hiking through the country when she is caught in the snowstorm. A nurse gives her a lift in her car, but from here things get more difficult and darker. Then, there is an old man bedridden by old age and disease. He thinks about his past, his estranged son, and his current obscure situation. And lastly, there is a young and ambitious officer who wants to prove herself and dreams of the bright light of the big city, but she is stuck at her desk. What do these three characters have in common?

The novel is slow-paced but full of tension. Page after page, there is a weird feeling of something bad about to happen that kept me glued to the pages. A series of gruesome murders and the dark atmosphere that frames the story make for a chilling and haunting read.

The characters have a past full of secrets, often disturbing, that are slowly revealed. Although I didn’t find them very likable, the protagonists of the novel are multi-layered, complex, and very well-drawn.

HALFWAY is a dark, claustrophobic, and gripping novel and I’d like to thank Emma Welton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

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photo of BevBeverley Jones was born in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales, and started her ‘life of crime’ as a reporter on The Western Mail before moving into TV news with BBC Wales Today.

She covered all aspects of crime reporting before switching sides as a press officer for South Wales police, dealing with the media in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning.

Now a freelance writer she channels these experiences of ‘true crime,’ and the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales.

Halfway, her fifth crime novel follows the release of Where She Went by Little Brown in 2017.

Bev’s previous releases, The Lies You Tell, Make Him Pay and Fear The Dark are also available from Little Brown as e books.

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beverley-Jones/e/B00F6I6XQG/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Halfway-addictive-psychological-thriller-winter-ebook/dp/B076PFC1SR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543671115&sr=8-1&keywords=halfway

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#CoverReveal: COMING HOME TO HOLLY CLOSE FARM by Julie Houston @juliehouston2 @aria_fiction

Today, it’s my absolute pleasure to take part in the cover reveal for Julie Houston’s new novel. COMING HOME TO HOLLY CLOSE FARM is published by Aria on 5th February 2019.

Isn’t this cover beautiful? It makes me think of spring and summer, of sunny and warm days.

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Julie Houston’s novels are heart-warming, full of joy and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.

Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. Charlie’s sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.

Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manage its renovation.

As work gets underway, the sisters start uncovering their family’s history, and the dark secrets that are hidden at the Farm. A heart-breaking tale of wartime romance, jealousy and betrayal slowly emerges, but with a moral at its end: true love can withstand any obstacle, and, before long, Charlie dares to believe in love again too…

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Julie Houston is the author of THE ONE SAVING GRACE, GOODNESS, GRACE AND ME and LOOKING FOR LUCY, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle #1 bestseller. She is married, with two teenage children and a mad cockerpoo and, like her heroine, lives in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.

Website: www.juliehouston.co.uk

Twitter: @juliehouston2

Facebook: @JulieHoustonauthor

 

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#BlogTour: MURDER IN THE DARK by Betsy Reavley @BetsyReavley @Bloodhoundbook @damppebbles

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Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?

Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?

When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.

DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.

But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…

Who is behind the killings and why?

The police have their work cut out and key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.

But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging…

 

It’s snowing, it’s almost Christmas time. It should be a joyful time, but not for Tilly, a young veterinary student in Cambridge. To pay her studies she works at Ashton’s bookshop. The owner of the shop, Dennis Wade, is nice and polite so it’s a complete shock when, one morning, Tilly finds him hanging from the ceiling. And what at the beginning appeared to be a suicide, it quickly turns out to be a murder. DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to investigate, but it’s not easy to find a killer when it seems there is no reason why someone would want to kill the victim.

Gruesome murders, a twisty plot, and engaging characters created a suspenseful and gripping thriller. The novel is full of surprising and unexpected revelations that keep the tension high. The story kept me guessing and until the end, I couldn’t figure out the who and why of the murders.

MURDER IN THE DARK is told from many points of views, from Tilly to the detectives investigating the murder, from the victim’s wife to his employees. The author focuses not only on the murder, but she also describes the personal lives of the characters involved in the story. The characters are described psychologically and emotionally. We read about the grief of the victim’s family, about the detectives’ personal problems, and about the psychological consequences suffered by Tilly after finding her boss’ body, making both the story and the characters more realistic and relatable.

MURDER IN THE DARK is a thrilling, immersive, and well-written novel, a good read to enjoy during the Christmas holidays, and I’d like to thank Emma Welton and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour of this suspenseful novel.

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betsy reavleyAuthor of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Murder at the Book Club, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.

 

Betsy’s Social Media Links:

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