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.

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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Hi all,

So, just as I’m sinking my teeth into my new novel, the ‘flu arrives in the Thomas household. Not a pretty sight! However, having battled manfully *cough* through it (and using the time to catch up on some well overdue reading), I was ready to tackle a new chapter today… and then the copy edits for my previous novel arrived. Maybe tomorrow, then…

Right, back to the poll. Check out this week’s winner (yes, there is a clear winner this week!)

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

Caimh McDonnell nails the top spot again – this time with his second novel in the Dublin Trilogy; The Day That Never Comes.

Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes snatches the runner up spot (the second time this novel has appeared on the podium, too!)

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

More About This Week’s Winner:

The Day That Never Comes – Caimh McDonnell

the-day-that-never-comesRemember those people that destroyed the economy and then cruised off on their yachts? Well guess what – someone is killing them.
Dublin is in the middle of a heat wave and tempers are running high. The Celtic Tiger is well and truly dead, activists have taken over the headquarters of a failed bank, the trial of three unscrupulous property developers teeters on the brink of collapse, and in the midst of all this, along comes a mysterious organisation hell-bent on exacting bloody vengeance in the name of the little guy.
Paul Mulchrone doesn’t care about any of this; he has problems of his own. His newly established detective agency is about to be DOA. One of his partners won’t talk to him for very good reasons and the other has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth for no reason at all. Can he hold it together long enough to figure out what Bunny McGarry’s colourful past has to do with his present absence?
When the law and justice no longer mean the same thing, on which side will you stand?
The Day That Never Comes is the second book in Caimh McDonnell’s Dublin trilogy, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit.

Read this great review of The Day That Never Comes by Portobello Book Blog

Find out more about Caimh on his website

Runner Up

Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough

Read this great review of Behind Her Eyes by THE BOOK REVIEW CAFÉ

Previous poll winners:

 

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 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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Hi all,

I can’t believe January has been and gone already! When did that happen? Not much to report here on the writing front this week. I’ve been plotting out a couple of scenes on my never-ending roll of wallpaper (yes, I really do use plain wallpaper rolls for planning my novels – it’s like creating my own treasure map). It’s been interesting catching up with my characters and finding out what they have been getting up to during the last 12 months.

Right, back to the poll. Check out this week’s winner – or should I say winners? What a great selection!

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

which-one-was-your-favourite-this-week-24-jan

Well this is a first! We have a three-way tie! Three well deserved winners – two of which are debuts, no less! Ragdoll by Daniel Cole, Rupture by Ragnar Jonassen and A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart each took 25% of the votes. I couldn’t choose the ultimate winner from these three, could you?

This Week’s Winners:

Ragdoll – by Daniel Cole

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, nicknamed by the press as the ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.

The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?

Read this great review of Ragdoll by #northern #crime

Rupture by Ragnar Jonassen

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinsister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Read this great review of Rupture by Chillers Killers and Thrillers

A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart

A father who rediscovers love

Alex loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. He needs a reason to grab his future with both hands.

A son who shows him how to live

Meet eight-year-old Sam: beautiful, surprising – and different. To him the world is a frightening mystery. But as his imagination comes to life, his family will be changed . . . for good.

 

 

Read this great review of A Boy Made Of Blocks by Linda’s Book Bag

Previous poll winners:

17/01/2017 Deep Down Dead 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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Hi all,

After packing away all my old notes and draft copies of my previous novel, my desk space is finally clear and uncluttered, meaning my head is too. I am finally getting stuck into my new novel (as yet untitled). I am beyond excited about this one, as it is a story line I have wanted to tackle for a while – and I think MacReady is ready to deal with it, despite his increasingly complicated life hitting another huge wall.

So, on to some other novels that have been attracting my attention over the last seven days.  Find out which made it on to the poll this week, and which one won last week

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

A good spread of votes this week, but in true bounty-hunter style, Steph Broadribb’s Deep Down Dead captures the top slot, with 32%. T M Logan’s Lies takes second place, while Keith Stuart’s A Boy Made of Blocks and John Marrs’ The One take joint third place.

 

This Week’s Winner:

Deep Down Dead

The blurb:

Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong.

The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past. Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.

Read this great review of Deep Down Dead by The Quiet Knitter

Find out more about Steph Broadribb on her website, Facebook or Twitter

 This Week’s Runner up:

Lies by T M Logan

Reviewed by Bibliophile Book Club

Previous poll winners:

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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Hi all,

Well, the writing has most definitely been on the back burner the past seven days. Winter has finally arrived in our part of Portugal – the heavy frost is here and the February rains are on their way. So, instead of writing my new novel, I have been chopping wood and cementing crumbling walls in preparedness while my characters develop and have conversations and full blown arguments with each other in my head (totally normal, right?).

So, what novels made it on to the poll this week, and which one won last week?

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

There was a bit of a fight between Dead Gone by Luca Veste and The Dry by Jane Harper for the top spot this week, but when the votes were counted it was Dead Gone that snatched it with 33.33% of the votes. The Dry by Jane Harper followed a close second place with 29%, with Rattle by Fiona Cummins taking a deserved third place with 16.67%.

 

This Week’s Winner:

Dead Gone by Luca Veste

The blurb:

The young girl you have found isn’t the first experiment I’ve carried out. She won’t be the last.

A tense, unpredictable crime debut that will not only have you gripped, but will chill you to the bone. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham.

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous, unethical and deadly psychological experiments.

When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they’re chasing a killer unlike any they’ve hunted before – one who doesn’t just want his victims’ bodies, but wants their minds too.

With a series of psychological twists Dead Gone will keep you guessing until the very end.

Read this great review of Dead Gone by Novel Gossip

Find out more about Luca Veste on his website

 This Week’s Runner up:


The Dry By Jane Harper

Reviewed by crimeworm

Previous poll winners:

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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

So, the new year hangover has subsided and the writing has commenced… just. Let’s leave it there for this week, shall we?

Steph Broadribb joined me this week to kick off the new 5WH interview slot, which was a real success. Loads of great authors participating over the coming months, with Nick Quantrill joining me in February.

I also kicked off the new Author in the Spotlight feature on Joanne’s fantastic Portobello Book Blog which was great fun.

And last but by no means least,  wonderful Sue from Books From Dusk Till Dawn delved into my back catalogue and reviewed Ugly Bus, and even threw in a signed giveaway – I will help to select the winner this week!

Anyway, back to the last seven days. Take a look at this week’s selection of books eligible for voting. It’s a big one!

Here’s this week’s Poll:

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

There was a real spread of votes this week, but, taking 35.29% of the votes was Caimh McDonnell’s A Man With One Of Those Faces. The runners up were The Trespasser by Tana French and Sinful Deception by M A Comley and Linda S Prather

This Week’s Winner:

A Man With One of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

The blurb:

Thrilling shouldn’t be this funny, funny shouldn’t be this thrilling.
The first time somebody tried to kill him was an accident.
The second time was deliberate.
Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history . . .

. . . or else they’ll be history.

Read this great review of A Man With One Of Those Faces by damppebbles

Find out more about Caimh on his website

 This Week’s Joint Runners-up:


The Trespasser by Tana French

Reviewed by Novel Gossip

Sinful Deception by M A Comley and Linda S Prather

Reviewed by bytheletterbookreviews

Previous poll winners:

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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Happy New Year, all!

So, it’s January – a time when I should be motivated and invigorated and firing on all cylinders, ready to take on the mammoth task of writing (*suddenly feels weak*) Book Three. The final edits for Book Two in the MacReady series, ‘Splinter’, are resting with my publishers, so my new one, which has been simmering away nicely in my head for such a long time, should now be ready to explode onto the page…. Fingers crossed!

Anyway, back to the last seven days. Take a look a this week’s selection of books eligible for voting- there are way too many good ones to choose from!

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

As you can see Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake held the top spot, but shares it this week with Bloq by Alan Jones – both earning 28% of the votes. With 20% of the votes, Witness by Caroline Mitchell took the runner-up spot.

This Week’s Joint Winners:

Bloq by Alan Jones


The blurb:

A gritty crime thriller. Glasgow man Bill Ingram waits in the city’s Central Station to meet his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas. When the last train pulls in, and she doesn’t get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why. His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.

 

 

Read this great review of Bloq by Jo’s Book Blog

Find out more about Alan on his website, Twitter or Facebook page

Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake

The blurb:

In Harrogate things are about to get weird.

Jars of honey containing pieces of tattooed flesh are the first clue in the search for the whereabouts of a missing fourteen-year-old boy. Then another boy goes missing and further jars of honey are discovered.

Serial kidnappings taking place in Harrogate and the culprit is unlike any other Bennett has dealt with before.

A number of leads seem to be going nowhere and the police are running out of time.

Can Bennett and his team catch a psychopath before any more damage is done?

This will be his toughest case yet.

Read this great review of Flesh Evidence from Books From Dusk Till Dawn

Find out more about Malcolm here or catch up with him on Twitter

This Week’s Runner-up:


Witness by Caroline Mitchell

Reviewed by mychestnutreadingtree

Previous poll winners:

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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Merry Christmas, everyone!

So, I’m officially stuffed beyond belief and nursing a hangover from hell – it must be that time between Christmas and New Year where calories and units don’t count (or is it that I simply lose count? I can’t remember which).

But, with the final edits for my next novel, Splinter, landing on my lap two days before Christmas, I am ready to settle back into MacReady’s world and help sort out the whole heap of carnage that he has gotten himself involved in this time. But more about that next month.

 

So, which novels are up for *voting this week? Take a look – there are some great ones! To enter, simply select your choice and then scroll to the bottom to vote. No likes, follows or sign ups required. Thanks!

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake stormed into the lead from the start and held pole position throughout, earning 45.83% of the votes.

Rattle by Fiona Cummins and Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough took a deserved joint second place, each earning 16.67% of the votes.

I’ve read a number of reviews of Flesh Evidence this week from bloggers and every one has been so positive about it that I definitely need to get to reading it soon. So, without further ado, here’s why Flesh Evidence got those votes:

 

This Week’s Winner:

Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake

 

The blurb:

In Harrogate things are about to get weird.

Jars of honey containing pieces of tattooed flesh are the first clue in the search for the whereabouts of a missing fourteen-year-old boy. Then another boy goes missing and further jars of honey are discovered.

Serial kidnappings taking place in Harrogate and the culprit is unlike any other Bennett has dealt with before.

A number of leads seem to be going nowhere and the police are running out of time.

Can Bennett and his team catch a psychopath before any more damage is done?

This will be his toughest case yet.

Read this great review of Flesh Evidence from bytheletterbookreviews

Find out more about Malcolm here or catch up with him on Twitter

 

This Week’s Runners-up:

 

Rattle by Fiona Cummins – Reviewed by The Book Review Café

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – Reviewed by  Novel Gossip

 

 

Previous poll winners:

13/12/16 The Gift by Louise Jensen with 33.33% of the votes.

Joint winner with:

13/12/16 Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen with 33.33% of the votes.

07/12/16  Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough with 52.94% of the votes.

29/11/16 An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski with 39.13% of the votes.

22/11/16 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons with 38.46% of the votes.

16/11/16 Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker with 25% of the votes.

 

*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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Wow! Even the impending Christmas festivities haven’t stopped those great reviews (and votes) coming through.

I started the ‘Reblog Blog’ as a way of keeping track of all the great books that have been recently published or revisited and were in danger of being forgotten about by me.

Now with the help of this weekly poll, it is really helping me sharpen my focus on my TBR (which though more focused is growing at an alarming rate – a sign of some great writing out there, I guess!) Tall Oaks was one such book – it shot straight to my Book of the Year, and from what I have read has it has become a firm favourite with quite a few others in the blogosphere too.

So which novels are up for *voting this week (if you can’t remember what this is all about, scroll to the bottom of this post)?

To enter, simply select your choice and then scroll to the bottom to vote. No likes, follows or sign ups required. Thanks!

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

Joint first place this week. Two very different novels, but equally appealing; The Gift by Louise Jensen and Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen each received 33.33% of the votes. So now the difficult decision of which one to award Novel of the Week… Ah, what the hell, it’s Christmas… BOTH win! Here’s a little more about each one:

Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen

Some accidents are no accident…

Someone is murdering Greg Unsworth’s neighbours and staging the deaths to look like accidents.

Greg knows the truth, but when he’s grappling with OCD and simply closing his front door and crossing the road are a battle, how is he supposed to catch a serial killer?

From the internationally bestselling author of Where the Dead Walk, Vessel and Cold Sweats & Vignettes comes a cosy murder mystery with a difference…

Meet Greg Unsworth, afflicted with OCD, who begins to realize that a series of fatal accidents on his street are in fact a series of murders. After encountering Beth Grue at the scene of one such crime, the two bond over their shared fears and suspicions, and struggles: Beth has cerebral palsy. When the police repeatedly dismiss their concerns, they take matters into their own hands and attempt to discover the killer’s identity and expose him…

Check out this great review:

Reblog: Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen – Reviewed by mychestnutreadingtree

 

The Gift by Louise Jensen

The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend.

The perfect murder?

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.

Check out this great review:

Reblog: The Gift by Louise Jensen – Reviewed by novelgossip

 

Previous poll winners:

 

07/12/16  Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough with 52.94% of the votes.

29/11/16 An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski with 39.13% of the votes.

22/11/16 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons with 38.46% of the votes.

16/11/16 Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker with 25% of the votes.

 

*Every week I am hoping to 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.

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Another week has flown by! There has been such a great mix of reviews over the last seven days, but these novels are the ones that really caught my eye. Which one of these is your favourite this week?

If you can’t remember what this is all about, here’s a quick reminder:

Every week I am hoping to 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.

To enter, simply select your choice and then scroll to the bottom to vote. No likes, follows or sign ups required. Thanks!

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

A three horse race this week! Winning 52.94% of the votes (the highest so far), the novel you voted for was Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough.  Here’s one of the reviews:

Reblog: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – Reviewed by The Quiet Knitter

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Sarah Pinborough:

Website

Twitter

 

Previous poll winners:

29/11/16 An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski with 39.13% of the votes.

22/11/16 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons with 38.46% of the votes.

16/11/16 Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker with 25% of the votes.

 

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Due to a short break to the UK to catch up with family and take part in a little book signing, I didn’t get the chance to read all of the great reviews that came out this week. So, while the list may be quite short, I still think there were some cracking novels reviewed. I can’t wait to see which novel you vote for.

If you can’t remember what this is all about, here’s a quick reminder:

Every week I am hoping to 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.

To enter, simply select your choice and then scroll to the bottom to vote. No likes, follows or sign ups required. Thanks!

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

Winning 39.13% of the votes, the novel you voted for was An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski.  Here’s one of the reviews:

https://mikethomasauthor.co.uk/2016/12/07/book-review-an-honest-deceit/

 

 

 

 

 

 

To find out more about Guy Mankowski, click here

 

 

 

Previous poll winners:

22/11/2016 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons with 38.46% of the votes.

16/11/2016 Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker with 25% of the votes.

 

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Another fantastic week for novels!

Here’s this week’s poll. Can’t wait to see which novel you vote for.

If you can’t remember what this is all about, here’s a quick reminder:

Every week I am hoping to 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.

To enter, simply select your choice and then scroll to the bottom to vote. No likes, follows or sign ups required. Thanks!

Here’s this week’s Poll:

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You voted for ‘Blood Lines’ by Angela Marsons.  Here’s one of the reviews that gave it a knockout five stars!

https://mikethomasauthor.co.uk/2016/11/17/review-blood-lines/

Previous poll winners:

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

What another great week for novels!

Here’s this week’s poll. Can’t wait to see who you vote for.

If you can’t remember what this is all about, here’s a quick reminder:

Every week I am hoping* to 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.

To enter, simply select your choice and then scroll to the bottom to vote. No likes, follows or sign ups required.

Thanks!

* ‘because I am not always reliable’

Here’s the result of last weeks Poll:

 

All fantastic choices, and a three-way tie at the top. So who is this week’s top of the pops?

My choice has to be Tall Oaks. Yes, I am still raving about it to everyone I see. If you missed my review you can catch it here (see? I just can’t help myself).

 

 

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Every week I am hoping* to 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.

To enter, simply select your choice and then scroll to the bottom to vote.

Thanks!

* ‘because I am not always reliable’

If you’d like to leave a comment, please add it to my page rather than the poll. Thanks!