The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday

“It looks like a regular advent calendar. Until DC Becky Greene starts opening doors… and discovers a crime scene behind almost every one.” Christmas advent calendars are notorious for being fun and the excitement of revealing behind the hidden door is unrivaled. So, sending a handmade one of crime scene photographs to a police stationContinue reading “The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday”

Hangman by Daniel Cole

I was intrigued in the idea of a joint investigation between the UK and USA police forces as I find myself increasingly interested in the different justice systems. Working linked crime scenes in countries so far apart is also a concept I haven’t found explored too often in crime writing. I hadn’t read any previousContinue reading “Hangman by Daniel Cole”

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

After enjoying Obsession by Nora Roberts so much back in June 2020, I picked up Come Sundown. I was attracted to this book by the mention of a family ranch, vigilante strong female character and a wrongly accused lover in the blurb, little did I know there would be so much more among the 547Continue reading “Come Sundown by Nora Roberts”

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

This is the first novel by Shari Lapena that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. In true murder-mystery style ‘An Unwanted Guest’ traps you with the characters in a hotel caught in a snowstorm, unable to leave. And then, a guest is found dead. Well, the first guest is found dead. CastContinue reading “An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”

Sweet Pea by C J Skuse

This book made me feel things I’ve never felt before. I’d like to think I’m pretty hardened to gruesome thrillers and gritty subjects… but this book is something else entirely. As I was reading it, I remember saying to my friends and family that I don’t know if it’s actually possible to “enjoy” the wordsContinue reading “Sweet Pea by C J Skuse”

The DCI Jonah Sheens Series by Gytha Lodge

This post is going to be updated as and when I read the next book in the series, but today I’m starting with the first 2! I previously posted my review of number #1: She Lies In Wait in April 2020, and eagerly anticipated the release of number #2: Watching From The Dark from readingContinue reading “The DCI Jonah Sheens Series by Gytha Lodge”

Burnt Island by Kate Rhodes

(3rd in the Hell Bay/DI Ben Kitto Series) I purchased this book back in May 2020 when I took advantage of Tesco’s 2 for £7 deal and ended up coming home with 4 new books because they were on offer and I couldn’t choose just 2! I moved into a new house in December 2020Continue reading “Burnt Island by Kate Rhodes”

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

I cannot decide if I liked this book or not. The blurb drew me in, and I was hoping for a really interesting, twisty thriller with some dark, parasitic insights, but what it actually was was rather annoying. It was a he-said-she-said format about bad, spontaneous life choices and how to escape predictable situations. ThereContinue reading “A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell”

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is very distinguished thriller writer, firmly on my go-to-author list because I’ve enjoyed all her books I’ve read so far. My edition of this book was published in the UK in April 2020, and in April 2020 the social media world went mad over this book. The actual world was going slightly madContinue reading “The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware”

The Woman Who Went Overboard by Florence Wetzel

I was lucky enough to be sent this book from the author herself after connecting on Instagram through the #bookstagram community. I actually read this book in August 2020 during a very warm English summer, which felt rather bizarre and contradicted the pathetic fallacy and atmosphere immediately. But, nonetheless I dived straight into reading itContinue reading “The Woman Who Went Overboard by Florence Wetzel”

Alice Teale is Missing by H.A. Linskey

This book really intrigued me from the blurb – how can a 17-year-old girl just vanish and no one know anything about it? It was also a lovely surprise to find it set in Northumberland where I’ve spent some time over the last couple of years and could relate to the places being described. IContinue reading “Alice Teale is Missing by H.A. Linskey”

The Dead of Winter by Jean Rabe

This was the first time I’ve read a digital copy of a book off a device, as opposed to holding the physical book in my hands. It felt… weird, but I did see advantages and gained insight into why Kindles and E-readers are so popular. I’ll still always prefer to hold the actual paper orContinue reading “The Dead of Winter by Jean Rabe”

New Author’s Debut: Carolina Dance by Alex Cage

Instagram and social media platforms are a greatly positive way of connecting with people who share an interest of yours and it is also an easy way to get in contact if you have a product or service to recommend or offer. Using these tools very much applies to new and upcoming authors, who’s booksContinue reading “New Author’s Debut: Carolina Dance by Alex Cage”

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Having previously read and liked I See You and Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh, I was excited to read I Let You Go. The blurb draws you in with the mysterious November event that changed Jenna’s life and the premonition that it will catch up with her. I have to say, the outcome wasn’tContinue reading “I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh”

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is one of those authors who can do everything. And do everything really well. She has written fantasy, romance and thriller novels with a bibliography spanning over 215 novels! I picked up “The Obsession” on a whim, not knowing anything about the author and just thought the blurb sounded good… And it quicklyContinue reading “The Obsession by Nora Roberts”

The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins

With ‘Lockdown’ causing dedicated bookstores to close temporarily, supermarkets who sell books became a “saving Grace” for avid readers. Although, I do much prefer to visit an actual bookstore; I just find the atmosphere friendlier and comforting and the customers in there share a love of literature, not just aimlessly perusing every aisle on theirContinue reading “The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins”

New Author’s Debut: The Colours of Denial by Arti Manani

Writing your first book must be a daunting experience as an upcoming author. You have an idea, write it, get it printed and available to sell… then wait for people to buy it. With the power of social media you can now contact like-minded or influential people freely and this is a huge benefit toContinue reading “New Author’s Debut: The Colours of Denial by Arti Manani”

The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh

I read this book over Christmas in 2017 and I can still remember the story line vividly and how much I loved it. I was spending the Christmas period in Newcastle and I happened upon this book set along Hadrian’s Wall and it seemed rather apt to have it as my choice of book asContinue reading “The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh”

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper is fast becoming a formidable name in crime writing circles; her first 2 books “The Dry” and “Force of Nature” received great responses and this is her 3rd. It is a standalone and does not follow Federal Agent Aaron Falk like the other 2 do, although there is one nod to “The Dry’s”story-line.Continue reading “The Lost Man by Jane Harper”

Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

485 pages of heart-pounding, gritty, suspense-filled Thriller goodness. This book had me gripping the edge of my seat one moment, then feeling sympathetic or laughing the next. All the chapters are individually named, which is a unique touch; I liked that. There are multiple POVs in this book, the majority written in 3rd person, butContinue reading “Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre”