Reblog – Mary’s the Name by Ross Sayers – Book launch attendance and review by Sharon Loves Books

Reblog – Mary’s the Name by Ross Sayers – Book launch attendance and review by Sharon Loves Books

Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger and Author

Mary's the Name by [Sayers, Ross]

Well what to do on a dark, dreich Thursday night in February? Stay in and wash my hair? Do some household chores? Nah…I hopped on the train over to Stirling and headed for Waterstones to attend the #BookLaunch for Ross Sayers and his debut novel #MarysTheName and can I just say – what a wise choice that was!

Entering the shop, I could hear music and chatter coming from upstairs, sounds busy I thought…BUSY was an understatement – this event was jam-packed! It was just after 6 and you couldn’t move at all! Seriously, I thought I’d come to a gig and not a book launch! Excellent sounds supplied by Danny Mooney to warm up the audience before the big event!

Helen MacInven from #CranachanPublishing gave Ross a belter of an introduction and he filled the audience in on his journey to publication, what it was like to adopt the…

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Reblog: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson – Reviewed by Barbara Copperthwaite

Reblog: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson – Reviewed by Barbara Copperthwaite

Barbara Copperthwaite


“Had me literally gasping out loud. Read this book!”


Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, Kate Priddy makes an uncharacteristically bold decision after her cousin, Corbin Dell, suggests a temporary apartment swap – and she moves from London to Boston.

But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police begin asking questions about Corbin’s relationship with Audrey, and his neighbours come forward with their own suspicions, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own.

Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, Kate can barely trust herself. so how can she trust any of the strangers she’s just met?

In the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn and Harlan Coben, Patricia Highsmith and James M. Cain, Her Every Fear is a scintillating novel…

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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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Reblog: Top 12 Crime Books of 2016 – Via #northern #crime

Reblog: Top 12 Crime Books of 2016 – Via #northern #crime

#northern #crime


 Top 12 Crime Books of 2016

It is December. Christmas is nearly upon us. It is also the time that every book blogger posts lists of their favourite books. 2016 proved to be a particularly fabulous year for the crime genre. I feel terribly guilty narrowing my favourites down to 12, when I could easily have picked so much more. The standard is that high. Long may this continue.

Thank you to every blogger, author and publicist I chatted to online or at Crimefest or Harrogate. The crime world rocks!

In no particular order, these are 12 books worth checking out/buying/curling up with:

  1. Gallows Drop by Mari Hannah  – Mari Hannah has made it onto my favourites list for the second year running. Last year, I was excited about the standalone thriller The Silent Room. This year, we got a brand new Kate Daniels story Gallows Drop.

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Reblog: The Girl Who Had No Fear By Marnie Riches – Reviewed by #northern #crime

Reblog: The Girl Who Had No Fear By Marnie Riches – Reviewed by #northern #crime

#northern #crime

cover92192-medium The Girl Who Had No Fear is published by Maze on 1st December 2016 and is available to buy here

The fourth gripping thriller in the Georgina McKenzie series.
Amsterdam: a city where sex sells and drugs come easy. Four dead bodies have been pulled from the canals – and that number’s rising fast. Is a serial killer on the loose? Or are young clubbers falling prey to a lethal batch of crystal meth?
Chief Inspector Van den Bergen calls on criminologist Georgina McKenzie to help him solve this mystery. George goes deep undercover among the violent gangs of Central America. Working for the vicious head of a Mexican cartel, she must risk her own life to find the truth. With murder everywhere she turns, can George get people to talk before she is silenced for good?

My reviews of the first three #thegirlwhoThe Girl Who Broke…

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Reblog: Gallows Drop – Mari Hannah – Reviewed by #northern #crime

Reblog: Gallows Drop – Mari Hannah – Reviewed by #northern #crime

#northern #crime

51sc50pe5nl-_sx323_bo1204203200_Gallows Drop is published by Macmillan on 17 November 2016 and is available to buy here

At dawn on a lonely stretch of road, a body is found hanging from an ancient gallows the morning after a country show. Hours earlier, DCI Kate Daniels had seen the victim alive. With her leave period imminent, she’s forced to step aside when DCI James Atkins is called in to investigate. There’s bad blood between them.

When Kate discovers that Atkins’ daughter was an eyewitness to a fight involving the victim, the two detectives lock horns and he’s bumped off the case. It’s the trigger for a vicious attack on Kate, exposing a secret she’s kept hidden for years and unearthing an even darker one.

Shaken but undeterred, Kate sets out to solve a case that has shocked a close-knit village community. As suspects emerge, she uncovers a curious historical connection with a…

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Reblog: Blood Lines by Angela Marsons – Reviewed by The Book Review Café

The book review café


Today I’m so excited, actually scrap that I’m ecstatic to be on the blog tour for Blood Lines by Angela Marsons, this is one book you don’t want to miss, especially if like me you are a crime thriller lover, this ones going to blow you away!

Not only am I eager to share my review for Blood Lines with you but I was also lucky enough to get the very talented and awesome Angela Marsons to answer some questions about Blood Lines, and so without further ado and a drum roll or two……

img_0731For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book Blood lines can you provide us with an introduction?

I’m a crime writer from the Black Country in the West Midlands and am currently writing a crime series featuring a character called DI Kim Stone who is passionate, driven but not completely socially adjusted.


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Reblog: “A Suitable Lie” Michael J Malone – Reviewed by chapterinmylife

Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger and Author

Well what can I say, as a long-standing fan (some may say stalker!) of Michael J Malone, you can imagine my delight when he and Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books contacted me and asked me to host a spot on his upcoming Blog Tour for “A Suitable Lie”…oh how I pondered over that one…NOT! My reply was pinging its way into their inbox before they could even draw breath!

It was no hardship at all to read this book for review, I had already purchased my copy at Michael’s pop up launch at Bloody Scotland last month and I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into it!


Some secrets should never be kept… Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty…

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Reblog: CTG EXCLUSIVE: Louise Beech, Russ Litten and Nick Quantrill talk crime fiction, love stories, and the lure of erotica!

Steph Broadribb

Today I’m hosting a stop on Louise Beech’s fantastic THE MOUNTAIN IN MY SHOE blog tour.

Louise has gathered a couple of her fab writerly mates – Russ Litten and Nick Quantrill – from her home town of Hull into the tour bus for a chat about crime fiction, their books and writing. It makes for a fascinating read …

So, lads…. crime fiction. What is that and what does it mean to you? What drew you to writing it? 

NICK: For me, crime fiction is a way to explore the world around me, try to make it sense of it. It can local, national, international, but I think it’s the best genre for doing the job. I’ve always been a crime reader, so writing it was the logical next step.

RUSS: I like crime fiction and I read it, but I don’t write it and have never had any…

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