Reblog: Cursed by Thomas Enger – Reviewed by Novel Gossip

Reblog: Cursed by Thomas Enger – Reviewed by Novel Gossip

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Release date: February 15, 2017

Publisher: Orenda Books

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. With the loss of his son to…

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Reblog: Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick – Reviewed by THE WRITING GARNET

Reblog: Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick – Reviewed by THE WRITING GARNET

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There really should be some sort of club for Bookouture addicts as they produce some FAB books from FAB authors, and I am hooked on their books! Can you tell that this book was published by Bookouture? Thrilled to be one of the two blogs that Frances Vick is stopping at today, especially as the other blogger is super lovely! For my stop, I will sharing my review of Frances Vick’s new release, Bad Little Girl.

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Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees…

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Reblog: The One by John Marrs – Reviewed by ChapterInMyLife

Reblog: The One by John Marrs – Reviewed by ChapterInMyLife

Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger and Author

33287119What the blurb says:

How far would you go to find THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes.

One tiny DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love.

Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

My review:

Every now and then you find an author who bowls you over and with each of John Marrs’ books I’ve been knocked off my feet – but this one #TheOne threw me down, spun me round and sent…

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Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Hi all,

Busier than busy at the moment – as well as napping, looking out of the window and prepping my Academy Awards acceptance speech, the first proofs for the new novel arrived from my publisher yesterday, so it’s spit and polish time for ‘Splinter’, the next in the MacReady series, due in July. And work is well under way on the ‘next next’ book, which is as yet untitled so for now we’ll call it ‘Death Is Quite Unpleasant’ or something, just because we can.

Anyroad, back to the poll – and what a poll it is! Some more big hitters this week, so scroll down and vote…

Here’s the result of last week’s Poll:

 

There were four contenders for the top spot this week, each of them worthy of taking the title, but the fantastic SJI Holliday’s ‘The Damselfly’ grabbed the lead straight out of the starting block and never looked back, earning 45.45% of the votes. David Young’s ‘Stasi Wolf’ took the well-deserved runner up spot, with 27.27% of the votes.

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

More About This Week’s Winner:

The Damselfly – SJI Holliday

An unsolved murder. A community turned against each other. A killer close to home…

Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie s luck runs out.

Her tragic death instead becomes the latest in a series of dark mysteries blighting the small town. The new school counsellor Polly McAllister, who has recently returned to Banktoun to make amends in her own personal life, is thrown in at the deep end as the pupils and staff come to terms with Katie s death. And it s not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets. Did Katie have enemies? Is her boyfriend really so squeaky clean? And who is her brother s mysterious friend?

With Banktoun s insular community inflamed by gossip and a baying mob stirring itself into a frenzy on social media, DS Davie Gray and DC Louise Jennings must work out who really murdered Katie before someone takes matters into their own hands…

The Damselfly is the latest novel from the bestselling author of Black Wood and Willow Walk set in the small Scottish town of Banktoun. Fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and Peter James will love this rivetting psychological crime thriller as DS Davie Gray tries to hold together a community once again rocked by tragedy.

 

Read this great review of the damselfly by ByTheLetterBookReviews

Find out more about SJI Holliday on her website

Runner Up

Stasi Wolf – David Young

Read this great review of Stasi Wolf by THE BOOK REVIEW CAFÉ

Previous poll winners:

07/02/2017 Evil Games by Angela Marsons with 43.75%

31/01/2017 The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell with 31.58%

24/01/2017 Ragdoll with 25% Joint Winner with:

24/01/2017 Rupture with 25% Also Joint Winner with:

24/01/2017 A Boy Made Of Blocks with 25%

17/01/2017 Deep Down Dead By Steph Broadribb with 32%

10/01/2017 Dead Gone by Luca Veste with 33.33%

03/01/17 A Man With One Of Those Faces By Caimh McDonnell with 35.29%

28/12/16 Bloq by Alan Jones with 28% Joint winner with:

28/12/16 Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake with 28%

20/12/16 Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake with 45.83%

13/12/16 The Gift by Louise Jensen with 33.33% Joint winner with:

13/12/16 Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen with 33.33%

07/12/16 Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough with 52.94%

29/11/16 An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski with 39.13%

22/11/16 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons with 38.46%

16/11/16 Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker with 25%

*Every week I extract all the novel titles from my ‘Round Up Blog‘ and enter them into a poll. If a novel is not on the list it is because it didn’t appear in my blog during the week stated at the top of the poll. I’d love to know which novel (not review) was your favourite. If you haven’t read any of them, pick the one you would choose to read instead.

Reblog: Old Friends and New Enemies by Owen Mullen – Reviewed by ChapterInMyLife

Reblog: Old Friends and New Enemies by Owen Mullen – Reviewed by ChapterInMyLife

Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger and Author

When #BloodhoundBooks contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in hosting a spot on the upcoming #BlogTour for Owen Mullen’s #OldFriendsNewEnemies I did not hesitate to say YES PLEASE! And when they then asked me to kick off the tour then you could hear the #SqueakyEEEEKS from miles away! Of course I wanted to and I was delighted to be involved in the relaunch of this #Cracking book! And as a special wee treat you will see that I have a video of Owen reading an excerpt from Old Friends and New Enemies! So for those who want to hear this in the dulcet Scottish dialect then get scrolling down and have a wee listen!

Old Friends And New Enemies: an explosive crime thriller by [Mullen, Owen]

What the blurb says:

“The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for. But it wasn’t a stranger. Ian Selkirk had been stabbed through the heart and dumped…

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Reblog: I See You by Clare Mackintosh – Reviewed by Novelgossip

Reblog: I See You by Clare Mackintosh – Reviewed by Novelgossip

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Release date: February 21, 2017

Publisher: Berkley Publishing

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Blurb:

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes–including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close…

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Reblog: Doll House by John Hunt – Reviewed by The Blonde Likes Books

Reblog: Doll House by John Hunt – Reviewed by The Blonde Likes Books

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College freshman, Olivia, is kidnapped on her very first day at her new university. Trapped in a pink cell and treated like a doll, Olivia is repeatedly raped and tortured by her two captors. After five years of this, Olivia manages to escape, and is reunited with her dad. She is constantly on edge, because while one captor died…the other, known as The Jackal, is still out there, and no one knows who he is. Told through two perspectives, Olivia’s and The Jackal’s, Hunt weaves a story about a dark, chilling, cat and mouse game.

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Reblog: A Room Full of Killers by Michael Wood – Reviewed by mychestnutreadingtree

Reblog: A Room Full of Killers by Michael Wood – Reviewed by mychestnutreadingtree

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About this book…

Eight killers. One house. And the almost perfect murder…

Feared by the people of Sheffield, Starling House is home to some of Britain’s deadliest teenagers, still too young for prison. Now the building’s latest arrival, Ryan Asher, has been found brutally murdered – stabbed twelve times, left in a pool of blood.

When DCI Matilda Darke and her team investigate, they uncover the secrets of a house tainted by evil. Kate Moloney, the prison’s manager, is falling apart, the security system has been sabotaged, and neither the staff nor the inmates can be trusted.

There’s only one person Matilda believes is innocent, and he’s facing prison for the rest of his life. With time running out, she must solve the unsolvable to save a young man from his fate. And find a murderer in a house full of killers…

My review…

I just LOVE this series so…

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Reblog: Sealskin by Su Bristow – Reviewed by Linda’s Book Bag

Reblog: Sealskin by Su Bristow – Reviewed by Linda’s Book Bag

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There are insufficient words to thank Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books enough for a copy of Sealskin by Su Bristow in return for an honest review.

Sealskin was published by Orenda on 15th January 2017 and is available in ebook and paperback by following the publisher links here.

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What happens when magic collides with reality?

Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous … and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence?

Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the…

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Reblog: Blink by K. L. Slater – Reviewed by Novel Gossip

Reblog: Blink by K. L. Slater – Reviewed by Novel Gossip

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Release date: February 16, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Blurb:

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?


Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.


But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.


Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.


A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The…

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Reblog: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – Reviewed by espresso coco

Reblog: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – Reviewed by espresso coco

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It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared without trace. Then a letter from her father arrives – ‘I need to talk to you. That girl. I saw that girl.’ Has her father’s dementia worsened, or has he really seen Corinne? Returning home, Nicolette must finally face what happened on that terrible night all those years ago.

Then, another young woman goes missing, almost to the day of the anniversary of when Corinne vanished. And like ten years ago, the whole town is a suspect.

Told backwards – Day 15 to Day 1 – Nicolette works to unravel the truth, revealing shocking secrets about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne.

So, here we are. Day 1 of the upside-down blog tour for All The Missing Girls. It’s a very… unusual book. The story is told in reverse…

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Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Hi all,

The copy edits have gone – along with the flu! The new novel is going great and the sun is shining. What more does a writer want?

Looks like it’s going to be a great week – I even got a mention in The Bookseller as one of the ‘Upcoming Books that Reflect Our Times’!

Right, back to the poll – another great winner this week!

 

Here’s the result of last week’s Poll:

Angela Marsons”Evil Games’ stormed to the top of the pile and held top spot all week, earning 43.75% of the votes.

Ross Sayers’ ‘Mary’s The Name‘ took second spot with 25%.

 

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

More About This Week’s Winner:

Evil Games – Angela Marsons

The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.

Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.

Read this great review of Evil Games by The Quiet Knitter

Find out more about Angela Marsons on her website

Runner Up

Mary’s The Name – Ross Sayers

Read this great review of Mary’s The Name by ChapterInMyLife

Previous poll winners:

31/01/2017 The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell with 31.58%

24/01/2017 Ragdoll with 25% Joint Winner with:

24/01/2017 Rupture with 25% Also Joint Winner with:

24/01/2017 A Boy Made Of Blocks with 25%

17/01/2017 Deep Down Dead By Steph Broadribb with 32%

10/01/2017 Dead Gone by Luca Veste with 33.33%

03/01/17 A Man With One Of Those Faces By Caimh McDonnell with 35.29%

28/12/16 Bloq by Alan Jones with 28% Joint winner with:

28/12/16 Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake with 28%

20/12/16 Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake with 45.83%

13/12/16 The Gift by Louise Jensen with 33.33% Joint winner with:

13/12/16 Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen with 33.33%

07/12/16 Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough with 52.94%

29/11/16 An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski with 39.13%

22/11/16 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons with 38.46%

16/11/16 Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker with 25%

*Every week I extract all the novel titles from my ‘Round Up Blog‘ and enter them into a poll. If a novel is not on the list it is because it didn’t appear in my blog during the week stated at the top of the poll. I’d love to know which novel (not review) was your favourite. If you haven’t read any of them, pick the one you would choose to read instead.

Reblog: Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard – Reviewed by mychestnutreadingtree

Reblog: Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard – Reviewed by mychestnutreadingtree

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I’m absolutely delighted to be on the blog tour today for the debut novel by Susanna Beard “Dare to Remember”

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About this book…

Reeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley.

However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?

As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.

My review…

Sometimes you pick up a book expecting one…

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Reblog: Robbing the Dead by Tana Collins – Reviewed by BYTHELETTERBOOKREVIEWS

Reblog: Robbing the Dead by Tana Collins – Reviewed by BYTHELETTERBOOKREVIEWS

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In a small Scottish university town, what links a spate of horrible murders, a targeted bomb explosion and a lecturer’s disappearance? Is a terror group involved? If so, who is pulling the strings? And what does something that happened over forty years ago have to do with it?

Having recently returned to Castletown in the hope of winning back his estranged wife, DCI Jim Carruthers finds himself up to his eyes in the investigation.

Struggling with a very different personal problem, DS Andrea Fetcher assists Jim in the hunt for the murderous perpetrators. To prevent further violence they must find the answers quickly. But will Jim’s old adversary, terror expert McGhee, be a help or a hindrance?

The first in a new series featuring DCI Jim Carruthers

My Thoughts:

As stated in the description this is the first book in a new crime series.

The story starts off…

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