BlogTour | BookReview: Unforgivable by Mike Thomas

BlogTour | BookReview: Unforgivable by Mike Thomas

Hello. My name is Emma and damppebbles is my baby. I’m in my…ahem…late thirties and live in South Oxfordshire with my husband and two young children (my 3 year old son gives me a run for my money in the book loving stakes).

Emma says: “… Quite possibly my favourite guest post, EVER!  Seriously, how good was that?  I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post, Mike.  My thanks for such an interesting true crime/crime fiction focused piece!…”

Unforgivable.jpg“Bombs detonate in a busy souk, causing massive devastation.
An explosion rips apart a mosque, killing and injuring those inside.
But this isn’t the Middle East – this is Cardiff . . .

In a city where tensions are already running high, DC Will MacReady and his colleagues begin the desperate hunt for the attacker. If they knew the ‘why’, then surely they can find the ‘who’? But that isn’t so easy, and time is fast running out . . .

MacReady is still trying to prove himself after the horrific events of the previous year, which left his sergeant injured and his job in jeopardy, so he feels sidelined when he’s asked to investigate a vicious knife attack on a young woman.

But all is not as it seems with his new case, and soon MacReady must put everything on the line in order to do what is right.”

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Reblog: A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward – Reviewed by damppebbles

Reblog: A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward – Reviewed by damppebbles

a deadly thaw cover.jpgAutumn 2004
In Bampton, Derbyshire, Lena Fisher is arrested for suffocating her husband, Andrew.

Spring 2016
A year after Lena’s release from prison, Andrew is found dead in a disused mortuary.

Who was the man Lena killed twelve years ago, and who committed the second murder? When Lena disappears, her sister, Kat, sets out to follow a trail of clues delivered by a mysterious teenage boy. Kat must uncover the truth – before there’s another death . . .

A Deadly Thaw confirms Sarah Ward’s place as one of the most exciting new crime writers.”

I’m extremelyexcited to welcome you to my stop on theA Deadly Thaw paperback blog tour. A Deadly Thaw is written by the very talented Sarah Ward and is book two in the DC Childs series. Having been released in eBook format last year it is now also available in lovely paperback as well…

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Reblog: The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonell – Reviewed by BIBLIOPHILE BOOK CLUB

Reblog: The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonell – Reviewed by BIBLIOPHILE BOOK CLUB

Bibliophile Book Club

Hey everyone,

Today is Ellen’s turn on the blog tour for Caimh McDonnell’s latest book, The Day That Never Comes! As well as Ellen’s review, there is also a guest post from Caimh AND a TWITTER giveaway for a signed book, UK AND IRELAND ONLY, so watch out for the rules at the end of this post!

About the book:

Remember 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…

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Reblog: Games People Play by Owen Mullen – Reviewed by damppebbles

Reblog: Games People Play by Owen Mullen – Reviewed by damppebbles

51fe2drwqul“Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away.

Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgment Charlie gets involved in the case and when more bodies are discovered the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades.

Is baby Lily the latest victim of a madman?

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go.

His demons won’t let him.”

I am absolutely delighted to be today’s stop on the Games People Play blog tour.  Games People Play is the first book in the Charlie Cameron series written by author Owen Mullen and published by the incredible Bloodhound Books.  I’m excited to have Games People Play  on my TBR and can’t…

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Reblog: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart – Reviewed by IF ONLY I COULD READ FASTER

Reblog: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart – Reviewed by IF ONLY I COULD READ FASTER

If only I could read faster

aboymadeofblocks A Boy Made of Blogs by Keith Stuart.

Today is my stop on the blog tour for a very special book. A Boy Made of Blocks has been out for some time in eBook but the publishers are doing a tour to mark the release in paperback.

My 5* review:

It isn’t often that I give a book 5 stars when I nearly gave up reading it. When the book starts it seems like it is going to be very similar to another book, Shtum, a book that was ok but in my opinion (which seems different to many others), not great. I was not keen to read a book that was so alike. I kept going though and I’m so pleased that I did, sure it was a bit slow to get going but once I got into it I loved it.

A Boy Made of Blocks tells…

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Book Signing – The Wellfield Bookshop 3rd December 2016

Book Signing – The Wellfield Bookshop 3rd December 2016

Huge thanks to Hannah and Connor for setting up a great looking table for my book signing this weekend at the delightful indie bookshop – The Wellfield Bookshop (@WellfieldBooks1) :


Plenty of mince pies and cups of tea all round!




Within minutes I had my first signing, but Lynda was too shy to have her photo taken with me. Don’t worry Lynda, you weren’t the only one!



Mark was so engrossed, he almost walked out of the shop without buying his book. I thought I was going to have to dust off my handcuffs and make my first arrest of the day!

Enjoy the retirement Mark.



Rachel and Autumn came in with a list of friends who wanted signed copies (I did more writing in 15 minutes than the last 15 weeks, but don’t tell my publisher that!).

Good luck with the new job, Rachel!


I think I’ve scored!

There were plenty of cuddles and laughs all round today. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.





Couldn’t have done it without you, guys! Big thanks again to Hannah and Connor at the Wellfield Bookshop for all your help, enthusiasm and cups of tea (and for the book recommendations, too. That’s Christmas sorted!).