#BookReview: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF STEPHANIE MAILER by Joël Dicker (Translated from the French by Howard Curtis) @QuercusBooks @maclehosepress @MillsReid11 #StephanieMailer

Publication: 4th March 2021 – MacLehose Press

A gripping new thriller with a killer twist from the author of The Truth of the Harry Quebert Affair

In the summer of 1994, the quiet seaside town of Orphea reels from the discovery of two brutal murders.

Confounding their superiors, two young police officers, Jesse Rosenberg and Derek Scott crack the case and arrest the murderer, earning themselves handsome promotions and the lasting respect of their colleagues.

But twenty years later, just as he is on the point of taking early retirement, Rosenberg is approached by Stephanie Mailer, a journalist who believes he made a mistake back in 1994 and that the real murderer is still out there, perhaps ready to strike again. Before she can give any more details however, Stephanie Mailer mysteriously disappears without trace, and Rosenberg and Scott are forced to confront the awful possibility that her suspicions might have been proved horribly true.

What happened to Stephanie Mailer?

What did she know?

And what really happened in Orphea all those years ago?




I really enjoyed The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer. Yes, the book is more than 600 pages and the pace is at times slow, but I was completely engrossed in the story and there are twists that I didn’t see coming.

It all starts on 30th July 1994, in Orphea, a town in the Hamptons. The entire town is excited for the opening of the first Theater Festival, but things take a dark turn when four people are murdered right before the beginning of the festival. The killer was caught and one of the detectives who solved the case is now a captain. However, twenty years earlier, that same detective, Jesse Rosenberg, is approached by Stephanie Mailer, a journalist, at his retirement party. Stephanie is convinced that the police accused the wrong man, but she disappears that same night. Since it seems that somebody wants to make sure that they never find out what Stephanie knew, Jesse starts to wonder whether they made a mistake twenty years ago and together with his then partner, Derek Scott, and newly-arrived detective Betsy Kanner, they investigate both Stephanie’s disappearance and the twenty-year-old murders.

The characters are flawed and well-developed and I especially liked how well Jesse, Derek, and Betsy work together as a team. The mystery is really intriguing and difficult to solve. I didn’t figure out the truth until it was revealed. The disappearance of Stephanie and the murders are obviously linked and the list of suspects keeps growing and, as the twentieth anniversary of the murders and the Theatre Festival approach, all the suspects seem to converge to Ophelia. There is a mysterious play that will reveal the truth about the murders, there are secrets, corruption, family drama, and personal tragedy to keep you engrossed in the story.

The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer is a character-driven, thrilling, and suspenseful novel and it’s out today!

A huge thank you to Milly and MacLehose Press for providing me with a proof of the novel.


JOËL DICKER was born in Geneva in 1985, where he studied Law. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair was nominated for the Prix Goncourt and won the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie Française and the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. It has sold more than 3.6 million copies in 42 countries.

HOWARD CURTIS is an award-winning translator of Italian and French, including books by Fabio Geda, Gianrico Carofiglio, Jean-Claude Izzo and Giorgio Scerbanenco.

#BlogTour: FLAPPY ENTERTAINS by Santa Montefiore @SantaMontefiore @simonschusterUK @TeamBATC @rhiacarroll

Publication: 4th March 2021 – Simon & Schuster UK

From the beloved bestselling author Santa Montefiore comes a new novel filled with humour and heart about being in control – and losing it. For fans of The Temptation of Gracie, Flappy now takes centre stage, more charismatic and competitive than ever.

Underneath her graceful exterior lies a passion nobody knew about, least of all Flappy herself…

Flappy Scott-Booth is the self-appointed queen bee of Badley Compton, a picturesque Devon village. While her husband Kenneth spends his days on the golf course, she is busy overseeing her beautiful house and gardens, and organising unforgettable events, surrounded by friends who hang on to her every word.

Her life is a reflection of herself – impossibly perfect.

Until the day that Hedda Harvey-Smith and her husband Charles move into the village. Into an even grander home than hers. Taking the front seat on the social scene, quite literally.

That simply will not do.

Flappy is determined to show Hedda how things are done here in Badley Compton. But then she looks into Charles’s beautiful green eyes. And suddenly, her focus is elsewhere. She is only human, after all…




Happy Monday and happy first day of March. I am delighted to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of Flappy Entertains, the fantastic new novel by Santa Montefiore.

I had so much fun reading this book. Flappy Entertains is entertaining, light-hearted, and refreshing, exactly what we need to right now to cheer us up.

Flappy Scott-Booth is the queen of Badley Compton. Everyone knows that the first row in church at Sunday mass belongs to her. No party is complete without her. Her husband owns the local golf club and they have gardeners, a cook, and Flappy has just hired her own PA. Everyone wants to be her friends and she is always in control until the Harvey-Smiths move to the village. Hedda Harvey-Smith seems oblivious to Flappy’s social position, while her husband Charles captures Flappy’s attention and heart.

Santa Montefiore wrote another fantastic novel that will capture you from the very beginning. I loved the small community setting full of gossip, jealousies, and social ranks to respect. Flappy is a fantastic character. The perfect host with always the right food and the right wine. The seemingly well-read book club leader who secretly reads the Daily Mail and asks her PA to find the right book to propose at the next meeting. The yoga guru who is building her meditation nook to hide a huge secret. She really made me laugh and I liked how she developed throughout the novel.

Charming, enchanting, and witty, Flappy Entertains is the perfect read to escape for a few hours of entertainment and laughter. Highly recommended!

A huge thank you to Rhiannon and Simon & Schuster for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of this beautiful story.

Flappy Entertains is published by Simon and Schuster on 4th March 2021, and available to buy through Bookshop.org HERE


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Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 and grew up in Hampshire. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Santa’s books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have sold more than six million copies in England and Europe.

#CoverReveal: MIMIC by Daniel Cole @DanielColeBooks #Mimic @trapezebooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I am super excited to take part in the cover reveal for the brand new novel by Daniel Cole. I am a big fan of this author, I adored his Ragdoll trilogy, and I can’t wait to read his next novel.

MIMIC, the chilling new standalone thriller, is to be released by Trapeze in Hardback on the 19th August 2021 and you can already pre-order here: www.smarturl.it/Mimic

What is it about?

1989. DS Benjamin Chambers and DC Adam Winters are on the trail of a serial killer with a twisted passion for recreating the world’s greatest works of art through the bodies of his victims. After Chambers nearly loses his life, the case goes cold due to lack of evidence. The killer lies dormant, his collection unfinished. Seven years later, DS Marshall has excelled through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service, despite being haunted by the case that defined her teenage years. She obtains new evidence and joins Chambers and Winters to reopen the case. However, their resurrected investigation brings about a fresh reign of terror, the team treading a fine line between justice and vigilante in pursuit of a monster far more dangerous and intelligent than any of them had anticipated.

Find out more about the author

Daniel Cole is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the RAGDOLL series, with over half a million copies sold worldwide in 35 territories. Daniel has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and the RNLI, and now writes full-time.


What do you think? Personally, I can’t wait to read it!!!

#BookReview: EXIT by Belinda Bauer @TransworldBooks

Publication: 21st January 2021 – Bantam Press


Pensioner Felix Pink is about to find out that it’s never too late . . . for life to go horribly wrong.

When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath . . .

But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police – after making the biggest mistake of his life.

Now his world is turned upside down as he must find out if he’s really to blame, or if something much more sinister is at play. All while staying one shaky step ahead of the law.




Exit is the new novel by Belinda Bauer and it’s full of mystery and twists and it focuses on the theme of euthanasia and loss.

Seventy-five-year-old Felix has known his own share of suffering, loss, and grief in his life and now, a pensioner, he is an Exiteer and he helps others to end their own suffering. Who are the Exiteers? They assist people to die when they choose to end their agony due to a terminal illness, all within the limits of legality. Felix has kept company to many people during their last moments and, in his latest assignment in Number 3 Black Lane, he is accompanied by twenty-three-year-old Amanda. Everything seems to go as smoothly as usual until something goes very wrong and the police declares the death a murder and Felix is on the run.

The two main protagonists of the novel are Felix and detective Calvin Bridge. I adored the character of sweet and kind-hearted Felix who just wants to do the right thing. He is still facing his painful past and I really felt for him. While he tries to figure out what went wrong in Number 3 Black Lane, the police is also investigating led by detective Calvin Bridge. He is also an interesting and favorite character and I enjoyed his easy relationship with his colleagues and I liked how he develops throughout the novel.

Exit is not a fast-paced thriller, but the suspense is high and there is a lot of humor and wit. Brilliantly-written and with a clever and entertaining plot, this is another gripping and dark novel by one of my favourite crime authors and I highly recommend all crime fans – and not – to not miss it!

A huge thank you to Transworld and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of this novel.


Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2018 her eighth novel, Snap, was longlisted for the Man Booker prize. Her books have been translated into 21 languages. She has also written the thriller High Rollers under the pen-name Jack Bowman.

#BookReview: LIE BESIDE ME by Gytha Lodge @thegyth @MichaelJBooks

Publication: 18th February 2021 (eBook); 18th March 2021 (hardcover) – Michael Joseph

You wake up.
You can’t remember what happened.
The man lying next to you is not your husband.
And he’s not breathing…

Louise wakes up. Her head aches, her mouth is dry, her memory is fuzzy. But she suspects she’s done something bad.

She rolls over towards her husband, Niall. The man who, until recently, made her feel loved.

But it’s not Niall who’s lying beside her. In fact, she’s never seen this man before.

And he’s dead . . .

As Louise desperately struggles to piece her memories back together, it’s clear to Detective Jonah Sheens and his team that she is their prime suspect – though they soon find she’s not the only one with something to hide.

Did she do it? And, if not, can they catch the real killer before they strike again?




Lie Beside Me is the third novel by Gytha Lodge that features DCI Jonah Sheen and his team as they investigate a twisty and complex case in Southampton.

The story starts with Louise, a woman narrating in a letter to her husband how she woke up, after a night of drinking, to find a man dead next to her. She has no recollection of who he is, how he’s ended up in her bed, and, mostly important, whether she killed him. Even though Louise is the prime suspect, DCI Jonah Sheen, DS Ben Lightman, and DC Juliette Hansen have a list of suspects full of secrets to go through.

Louise is a complex and multi-layered character. Through the letter she writes to her husband, we slowly learn about Drunk Louise, the confident and vibrant woman she becomes after too many drinks, so different from the insecure Sober Louise. We learn about her dependent friendship with April and about her strained marriage with Niall. While I really felt for her, I couldn’t help wondering, is she a killer?

While the case is complicated, intriguing, and full of shocking revelations, the detectives’ personal lives also make for an engrossing read: Juliette Hanson still lives in fear of her abusive ex-boyfriend who stalks her and threatens the new life she has created for herself in Southampton. Luckily, she can count on her colleagues, especially DS Ben Lightman (I loved their easy banter). And DCI Jonah Sheen also has to face complications in his love life. I am really looking forward to reading more about these characters.

Gytha Lodge is an incredible storyteller who knows how to draw you into the story. Lie Beside Me is a suspenseful and gripping novel full of twists and surprises until the very end. If you haven’t read the author’s previous two novels not to worry, it can be easily read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend you give Lie Beside Me and the entire series a try!

A huge thank you to Michael Joseph and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book.


Gytha Lodge is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and writer for video games and screen. She is also a single parent who blogs about the ridiculousness of bringing up a mega-nerd small boy.

She has a profound addiction to tea, crosswords and awful puns. She studied English at Cambridge, where she became known quite quickly for her brand of twisty, dark yet entertaining drama. She later took the Creative Writing MA at UEA.

Her debut crime novel, She Lies in Wait, has been published by Penguin Random House in the US and UK, and has also been translated into 12 other languages. It became an international bestseller in 2019, and was a Richard and Judy book club pick, as well as a Sunday Times and New York Times crime pick.

Watching From the Dark, her second novel, is released in February 2020, with her third book lined up for spring of 2021.

#BlogTour: SMOKE SCREEN by Thomas Enger & Jørn Lier Horst @EngerThomas @LierHorst @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours

Publication: 18th February 2021 – Orenda Books

Oslo, New Year’s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion and the city is put on terrorist alert.

Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Semplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten
ten years earlier … and never found.

Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia’s disappearance is not all that it seems…

The second in the hard-boiled and furiously compelling Blix & Ramm series, created by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst, two of the biggest names in Nordic Noir.




I am thrilled to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of Smoke Screen, the suspenseful new novel by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst.

A bomb goes off during the celebrations of New Years Eve and one of the injured is Ruth-Kristine, a woman who is already known to the police, especially to detective Alexander Blix. A few years earlier, Patricia, her toddler daughter, was kidnapped and was never found. While the police thinks that the bomb is a terrorist attack, detective Blix thinks it is somehow connected to Ruth-Kristine and to Patricia’s unsolved case. Journalist Emma Ramm was also on the scene of the attack and she also starts to investigate the Patricia case, becoming personally involved.

I don’t read many Nordic thrillers – I really should read more of them -, but when I do, I find myself completely engrossed in the story and Smoke Screen is the latest Nordic thriller to capture my attention. I was completely addicted to the story and the characters, especially in the second half of the novel as the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together and the tension keeps rising and rising. And the writing is incredible. It is seamless, it is clear, it captures you.

I loved the close relationship between detective Blix and Emma. It is an unlikely and complex relationship as he is a detective and she is a journalist, but they are connected by a past case that bonded them in a kind of father-daughter relationship.

Smoke Screen is full of twists and suspense, with engaging and intriguing characters and an intricate and gripping plot, the perfect work of two fantastic authors coming together. I can’t wait to read more!!!

A huge thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of the novel.


Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively.

Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense.

Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer. Death Deserved was Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller. They are currently working on the third book in the Blix & Ramm series.

#BookReview: THE WORLD AT MY FEET by Catherine Isaac @CatherineIsaac_ @simonschusterUK @TeamBATC

Publication: 18th March 2021 – Simon & Schuster UK

The dazzling new novel from Richard & Judy book club author Catherine Isaac, The World at my Feet is a story about the transforming power of love, as one woman journeys to uncover the past and reshape her future.

The secrets that bind us can also tear us apart…

1990. Harriet is a journalist. Her job takes her to dangerous places, where she asks questions and tries to make a difference. But when she is sent to Romania, to the state orphanages the world is only just learning about, she is forced to rethink her most important rule. 

2018. Ellie is a gardener. Her garden is her sanctuary, her pride and joy. But, though she spends long days outdoors, she hasn’t set foot beyond her gate for far too long. Now someone enters her life who could finally be the reason she needs to overcome her fears.

From post-revolution Romania to the idyllic English countryside, The World at My Feet is the story of two women, two worlds, and a journey of self-discovery that spans a lifetime.




Catherine Isaac always brings tears to my eyes with her wonderful and emotional stories and her beautiful and relatable characters.

Her newest novel, The World At My Feet, is set between England and Romania and the protagonists are two incredible women. Ellie is an Instagram influencer with thousands and thousands of followers who are drawn and inspired by her beautiful pictures of her garden. But, behind the scenes, Ellie’s life is far from perfect. In the 1990s, Harriet is a journalist who travels around the world to report on breaking news. Her article on orphanages in Romania opens the eyes of the world to the dramatic and horrible conditions of the children there and it will change her life for good. 

The World At My Feet is a compelling story of family and I especially enjoyed Ellie’s close relationship with her sister Lucy. It’s also a story of friendship. I found the relationship that Ellie develops with five-year-old Oscar adorable and heartwarming. Romance is present and complicated, but it’s not at the center of the story. At the center of the story there is Ellie, her journey of self-discovery, facing her past and her ghosts, her fears and anxieties. I really liked the character of Ellie and I really felt for her and her struggles. I also liked the character of Harriet, a mother who has to revisit her past to help her daughter heal.

The Worlds At My Feet is a poignant and beautiful story, it is enjoyable, but it’s not always an easy read. There are themes of mental health and trauma and the descriptions of the children in the orphanage are heartbreaking. Overall, The World At My Feet is a wonderful and engaging story, with some humour, some tears to shed, and a perfect ending!

The World At My Feet is out in just one month, so the wait is not long, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to SJV, TeamBATC, and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of this fantastic novel.

#BookReview: THE SANATORIUM by Sarah Pearse @SarahVPearse @TransworldBooks

Publication: 18th February 2021 – Bantam Press


An imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when she receives an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does her brother, Isaac.

And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

But no-one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they’re all in…




If you are looking for a chilling, dark, and twisty read that will keep you on the edge of your seat while you turn page after page after page, unable to put it down because you can’t wait to see what happens next, then I highly recommend you pick up The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.

Le Sommet was formerly a sanatorium for TB patients, but now it is a luxurious hotel on the Swiss Alps. Elin is a detective visiting with her boyfriend Will to celebrate her brother Isaac’s engagement. Even before she arrives at the hotel, Elin feels a sense of dread about her visit, not only because she and her brother have been mostly estranged for the last years, but also because the minimalist style of the hotel recalls too much the former sanatorium. When members of the staff start to disappear, Elin needs to find out the truth and investigates and, as an avalanche completely isolates the hotel from outside help, she discovers that danger may be inside the hotel itself.

I was so engrossed in The Sanatorium that, when I wasn’t reading, I couldn’t wait to go back to it. The characters are smart and very well-developed, especially the protagonist Elin Warner. This trip is her chance to reconnect with her brother, but she is haunted by her past, her grief, and her last case. The mountains are a character itself of the story. Threatening, impressive, but also beautiful, they are the perfect set for this dark, intense, addictive, and suspenseful story that will give you chills, it will take you by surprise with its many twists, and it will make you question until its very excellent end: who is the killer?

A huge thank you to Transworld and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of this amazing novel.


Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of household brands. After moving to Switzerland in her twenties, she spent every spare moment exploring the mountains in the Swiss Alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her novel. Sarah has always been drawn to the dark and creepy – remote spaces and abandoned places – so when she read an article in a local Swiss magazine about the history of sanatoriums in the area, she knew she’d found the spark of the idea for her debut novel, The Sanatorium. Her short fiction has been published in a wide variety of magazines and has been shortlisted for several prizes. You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahVPearse and Instagram @sarahpearseauthor

#CoverReveal: A DISAPPOINTMENT OF OWLS by S. E. Smith @lovebooksgroup @PublishingShip

Good morning everyone! Today I am delighted to take part in a fantastic cover reveal for the new YA crime novel by S. E. Smith, A Disappointment of Owls, out on 3rd March 2021.

First, let’s read more about the book and it’s author:

When the mutilated body of Albert Shawcross is found in the East End, the police head straight to Fournier street to the last person who saw him alive – Symington, Earl Byrd

Horrified at the presumption of guilt, Symington vows to track down the real killer. With the help of the pawnbroker’s niece, Emily, he’s drawn into an increasing dangerous world, where not everyone wants him to succeed.

With enemies using violent tactics to persuade him to drop the case, the earl must make a difficult decision. Does the shady solicitor deserve justice, or did he deserve to die?


S.E. Smith, known as Sarah to her friends, and ‘Miss’ to her students, was born into a naval family and now lives on a 65-foot broad-beam boat with her husband, Steve, and her two rescue dogs – Ben and Eva.

Crediting her Nana May for instilling in her a love of history, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the East End of London at the turn of the 20th Century, Sarah took on board the adage ‘write about what you know’ and created Symington Byrd: a gentleman detective whose foray into the East End leads him into all kinds of danger.

A great fan of the West Wing, Pokemon Go, and Doctor Who, Sarah’s biggest claim to fame is the day spent with the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, chasing Daleks down The Strand.

And now let’s look at the cover:

What do you think?

#BlogTour: THE MASK OF MIRRORS by M. A. Carrick @ma_carrick @orbitbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Publication: 21st January 2021 – Orbit

Darkly magical and beautifully imagined, The Mask of Mirrors is the unmissable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a rich and dazzling fantasy adventure in which a con artist, a vigilante, and a crime lord must unite to save their city.

Nightmares are creeping through the city of dreams . . .

Renata Virdaux is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadezra — the city of dreams — with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune and her sister’s future.

But as she’s drawn into the aristocratic world of House Traementis, she realises her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her. And as corrupted magic begins to weave its way through Nadezra, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled — with Ren at their heart.




I am thrilled to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of The Mask of Mirrors, the fantastic new novel by M. A. Carrick.

Ren “Renata” Viradaux is an ex-street rat and con-artist who has arrived in Nadežra with her sister Tess to insert herself in the House Traementis pretending to be a long-lost cousin. Easily accepted by her cousins, she has to work hard to win the affection and trust of Donaia, the family head. Soon, Ren finds herself involved in family feuds and the political intrigue of the city.

What I loved most about this novel is its variety of characters. They are all likable, complex, and intriguing, and full of secrets. Ren is very smart, always ready to keep intact her façade of wealthy young woman who wants to reconnect with her family. Her cousins Leato and Giuna are fun characters and I like how their storylines developed throughout the story. Captain Grey is asked by Donaia to look into Renata’s life, but he also becomes obsessed with the case of missing children while facing ghosts from his past. Vargo is a crime lord trying to work his way up to the nobility. A bit shady and mysterious, he is a character that it is hard to read and that I can’t wait to see how it develops in the second book. And, last but not least, there is The Rook, a Robin Hood-vigilante character that helps the poor against the nobles. Around from hundreds of years, his identity is a mystery that Ren spends the entire book trying to uncover.

The world-building is incredible and rich. I was fascinated by the different noble houses, the rebels groups, and the different layers of magic. Sometimes the story feels slow-paced by the many information the author gives, but the more I read the more I found myself completely addicted and, thanks to the perfect and gripping ending, I can’t wait to see what happens in book number 2!

A huge thank you Tracy Fenton and Orbit for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.


M. A. Carrick is the joint pen name of Marie Brennan (author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent) and Alyc Helms (author of The Adventures of Mr. Mystic). The two met in 2000 on an archeological dig in Wales and Ireland — including a stint in the town of Carrickmacross — and have built their friendship through two decades of anthropology, writing, and gaming. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.