Friday, 2 December 2022



Driven by Kerena Swan- Crime thriller *++++**GIVEAWAY ***

A car is stolen by two young boys who are stealing to order. When driving the car away they get rather a surprise when there is a voice from the back seat- a small child. They quickly dump him by a field gateway and take the car to the scrapyard. DI Patton has his own issues- his wife is away dealing with her elderly mother and Tommy his son has his own issues which means he can't be left alone. When DI Patton is made SIO on the case, Tommy finds a kitten- something he has always wanted but to feed it he unwittingly becomes involved in the case.

Oh wow! Another stunner of a read by Kerena. One I didn't want to put down and kept reading “ just one more chapter” to me, the sign of a good book. It's an excellent plot with various twists and turns and that welcome human kindness element that gives the main characters depth. A brilliant read I can’t recommend highly enough.Very much looking forward to the next one. 

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Every mother’s worst nightmare
It was only for a couple of minutes, while dropping Noah off at nursery. Little did Melanie realise that leaving her sleeping son in the car would end up being the biggest regret of her life.

A teenage challenge turns sour
For teenager Woody, stealing cars with his new friend helps alleviate the tedium of a life of poverty and boredom. This isn’t what he wants to do with his life but for now, he feels accepted. Except on this occasion, his actions have consequences that could change his life forever. Is it too late to turn his life around?

How far would you go to save those you love?
While DI Paton is on the case of the missing child, he is quickly drawn into a web of deception that hits dangerously close to home. He soon finds himself torn in two, not knowing which way to turn: save his career or his family? Will he be able to crack the case before he himself cracks?
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About Kerena Swan
We are thrilled to be introducing DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy, the stars of the first novel in Kerena Swan’s new series, to the world. Before coming to Hobeck, Kerena had published three novels, Dying To See You, Scared to Breathe and Who’s There? and has built a solid fan base around her writing career thus far. She is a juggler extraordinaire: driving forward a successful care business she runs with her husband yet finding time to write. She loves to write, here and there and everywhere when she’s not working. We don’t know how she does it but we are glad that she does! Kerena talks about her writing, her influences and how she came to Hobeck in this video.
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Wednesday, 30 November 2022

The Family at No. 12

 The Family at No. 12 by Anita Waller- psychological thriller 

Wow! Sit down and hold on for the ride! Jeanette lives alone looking after dogs in her kennels. She has never been married and lived with her mother until she quite recently died. One day a man comes in to enquire about booking his dog in and Jeanette's life changes dramatically. Years later a child is found who has never experienced life outside her room or even conversation. There is then a search of the house and what transpires is quite shocking as to what has gone on behind closed doors. After the child is adopted into a loving family, will she adapt to her new life or are there other things going on? 

Oh wow! Another one of Anita’s books that I didn't want to put down. I felt for Marta and her existence. Anyone who knows of someone brought up without love knows what lifelong damage this can do. This is very sensitively  and cleverly written, key sentences giving the reader scope for their own imagination of the situation. There are several twists and turns, just as I love a psychological thriller to be and the ending was just perfect. Another stunningly compulsive read from a truly brilliant author- please sign me up for the next one right now !

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The Family at No. 12 When Janette answers the door to a potential customer looking to board his dog, she never imagines he has nefarious plans. But minutes later he’s dead and in her cellar. Weeks later she realises she’s pregnant. And so she becomes Mother and the baby Child, and a hidden life begins. But all secrets come out eventually . . . Purchase Link -

Author Bio – Anita Waller is the author of many bestselling psychological thrillers and the Kat and Mouse crime series. She lives in Sheffield, which continues to be the setting of many of her thrillers, and was first published by Bloodhound at the age of sixty-nine. Her first book for Boldwood will be published in August 2022. Social Media Links – Facebook: Twitter Instagram Newsletter Sign Up: Bookbub profile:

Friday, 25 November 2022

The Dentist


The Dentist- Tim Sullivan- crime

This is the first in the DS Cross series and each stands alone ( I read the Politician first which led me to wanting to read the others). Cross is rather an enigma. He is highly successful at solving crimes but equally unsuccessful at social interaction to the point when someone smiles he has to remember what this means and try to remember how to act or speak accordingly. He is a sticker for perfection, every I and T, and is rather a Sherlock on spotting small details. A homeless man has been found dead. Sadly something due to resources the police wouldn’t investigate unless necessary. Cross is sure it is murder as the man was found with tins of cider in his hand. Sure enough the post mortem shows a broken hyoid- so begins a case. 

I love Cross. He’s one of those avuncular characters that once you are in his mindset, he is fascinating. Someone so astute in a very different way to how most of us are wired- which is what gets the back up of most of his adversaries and even his peers. This means that the books take twists and turns to his way of thinking despite the higher ups and even his partner Ottey, desperately trying to keep him on the usual path- of which of course he is having none of it! Love, love , love this so much I'm off to read the next one!

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

The Politician Tim Sullivan + The Patient Tim Sullivan


The Politician- Tim Cross- Crime (DS Cross#4-will  standalone)

This is my first experience with DS George Cross and what a wonderful character. He often “ says it as it is' ' and conviviality is something for others to say. George has Aspergers which means he sees things differently to others and can't settle until the truth is found- which has made him a highly, if slightly unpopular detective with those that don’t understand him.  A woman is found dead in her home but the murder somehow doesnt appear quite right. Many think that this is a burglary gone wrong but George spots inconsistencies. The woman is high profile across social media, she was the local mayor and many have made disparaging comments through the platforms to her. Who would want her dead and why take jewellery and leave other items?

I haven't read the others in the series which didn't matter a jot, other than I've realised I've missed out on some cracking reads (now added to the TBR pile!). George to me is wonderful- he’s quirky, he’s loveable, he says what we would think pre filter and gets to the truth, being himself able to filter what’s irrelevant. This is stunningly written and one I really didn't want to put this down, there is just that special something in George that's so appealing. The indefatigable George Cross deserves a medal for his diligence (every pun intended!) A huge 5* from me. 

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DS CROSS THRILER: The Patient and The Politician by Tim Sullivan

About the books:

The Patient

No fingerprints. No weapon. No witnesses. Can DS Cross prove it was murder?


DS George Cross doesn't rely on guesswork and he has no time for false assumptions. He is a detective who goes off the evidence in front of him, not 'hunches' or 'gut feelings'. He does not know what these are.


When a young woman is found dead, the Bristol Crime Unit is quick to rule it a suicide as the woman had a long history of drug abuse. But her mother is convinced it was murder, saying that her daughter had been clean for years and had been making strides in a new therapy programme.


As an outsider himself, DS Cross is drawn to cases involving the voiceless and dispossessed and, here, the evidence states that this woman was murdered – Cross just has to prove it. But under pressure from his boss to shut down the case, and with numerous potential suspects, time is rapidly running out to get the answers that this grieving family deserve.

The Politician

A ransacked room. A dead politician. A burglary gone wrong – or a staged murder?


DS George Cross loves puzzles – he's good at them – and he immediately spots one when he begins investigating the death of former mayor Peggy Frampton. It looks like a burglary that went horribly wrong to most but George can see what others can't – that this was murder.


After her political career ended, Peggy became a controversial blogger whose forthright opinions attracted a battalion of online trolls. And then there's her family: an unfaithful husband and a gambling-addicted son. With yet more enemies in her past, the potential suspects are unending.


Cross must unpick the never-ending list of seedy connections to find her killer – but the sheer number of suspects is clouding his usually impeccable logic. He's a relentlessly methodical detective, but no case can last forever. And politics can be a dangerous game – especially for people who don't know the rules . . .

About the author

Tim Sullivan is a crime writer, screenwriter and director, whose film credits include A Handful of Dust, Jack and Sarah, and Cold Feet. His crime series featuring the socially awkward but brilliantly persistent DS George Cross has topped the book charts and been widely acclaimed. Tim lives in North London with his wife Rachel, the Emmy Award-winning producer of The Barefoot Contessa and Pioneer Woman. 

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The Patient- Tim Sullivan- Crime

DS Cross has a quandary. There has been a woman sitting in reception and is now hanging around outside when his curiosity gets the better of him. Her daughter died which has been ruled as an accidental overdose however she refuses to believe it. There is one small clue in what she says and Cross being Cross cant leave it until he is satisfied which is hard to sell to his boss and further up. Was the woman murdered or was she a recovering addict who sadly fell off the wagon?

I love this series- they do stand alone but to understand George fully they are probably best read in order (that said I read the 4th one first and then wanted more- I loved the character so much!). He’s definitely a one off but in a very likeable way. He has a Sherlock factor about him in that he spots a small detail which makes that difference, things that no-one else would see or if they did wouldn't necessarily see the relevance of. A truly magical series that engaged me and I still want more of George- he is just so likeable and his style is a cleverly thought out wonderful read. 10* if I could 

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“A perfect detective for our time and for all time.”STEPHEN FRY

Peggy Frampton was dead. A burglary gone wrong, or something more
sinister? She was a well-known figure in Bristol - a former mayor,
ardent campaigner against a controversial development, and a popular
online agony aunt, issuing her honest, often forthright advice to her
followers. She had ruffled plenty of feathers in her time, but could
someone really hate her enough to kill her? DS George Cross believes
George finds himself at the centre of the high-profile investigation, a
case senior figures are keeping a close eye on. The intense scrutiny
might have unsettled others, but not George. Oblivious to internal
politics and rivalries, he is intent on simply uncovering the truth,
proving that Peggy was indeed murdered, and finding her killer. But the
further he delves into her life, the more shadowy figures he uncovers,
all with good motives to want her dead. It will take all George’s
idiosyncratic and meticulous skills to uncover the killer and find justice
for Peggy Frampton.

Tim Sullivan is a crime writer, screenwriter and director whose film credits include 
A Handful of Dust, Jack and Sarah, and Cold Feet. Early in his career he directed
 Jeremy Brett’s iconic portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in ITV’s The Casebook
 of Sherlock Holmes ̧ cementing his lifelong passion for crime fiction.
Tim’s crime series, featuring the socially awkward but brilliantly persistent
 DS George Cross, hasbeen widely acclaimed and topped the book charts.
 The Politician is the fourth in the series.He lives in North London with
 his wife Rachel, the Emmy Award-winning producer of The Barefoot
Contessa and Pioneer Woman. To find out more about the author, please

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

The Soho Killer


THE SOHO KILLER by Biba Pearce- crime 

DI Rob Miller has been called to a case where a man has been left in a garden area in Soho. He has drawn a crowd due to what he is, or rather isn't wearing. When the team visits his husband they find he isn't into BDSM which is the gear he was wearing and led rather a quiet life. Rob’s wife Jo works for MI5 and when one of their own is killed in a very similar M.O, the secret service wants to take over. Who is killing these men, why the gear and what is their motive?

I really enjoy this series (they do stand alone). Biba has a skill of drawing the reader in very quickly and a wonderful depth of characters that bring them alive. There is a subplot or two which enhances this without in any way taking away from the main plotline, to me this gives the characters that extra depth, that added bit of real life to make them even more believable. A brilliant read and a wonderful main plot line that kept me turning the pages faster and faster. A big 5* from me. 

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Detective Rob Miller gets a call he doesn’t want to take.

Rob is called to London’s West End on personal business when he gets a call. A body has been discovered in Soho Square.

The victim has whip marks on his back, a leather mask covering his face and a ball-gag in his mouth. The cause of death appears to be strangulation, but was it murder or a mistake?

The evidence quickly stacks up against the victim’s partner, Ralph Keaton. Under pressure from his higher-ups, Rob arrests Ralph under suspicion of murder.

But Ralph is adamant he’s innocent, and Rob’s gut is telling him the same thing. Yet Ralph lied about his alibi for the evening in question.

Then another man’s body is found: bound, gagged and dumped in the middle of a busy London square without any witnesses.

This killer is smart. It’s up to Rob to be smarter. But with a baby to look after and his boss breathing down his neck, Rob’s got a lot on his plate.

Then the killer makes it personal.

Now everything’s on the line . . .


This gripping page-turner is perfect for fans of Helen H. Durrant, James Oswald, Joy Ellis, Angela Marsons, L.J. Ross, Janice Frost and J.M. Dalgliesh.

An ambitious young detective gunning for promotion. He will do anything for his job, but can he also keep his personal life under control?

The Murder Investigation Team is based out of leafy Putney, with its overgrown often-flooded riverbanks. One way the river leads into central London, the other out into the countryside. It’s an idyllic setting that masks a criminal underworld.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A brilliant read.” Billie

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Full of twists and turns and an excellent ending.” Carole

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Gripped from beginning to end.” Barbara

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I just couldn’t put it down.” Many B.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Kept me guessing throughout.” Sharon


BIBA PEARCE Biba Pearce is a British crime writer and author of the DCI Rob Miller series. Biba grew up in post-apartheid Southern Africa. As a child, she lived on the wild eastern coast and explored the sub-tropical forests and surfed in shark-infested waters. Now a full-time writer with more than twenty-five novels under her belt, Biba lives in leafy Surrey and when she isn’t writing, can be found walking through the countryside or kayaking on the river Thames. BOOKS BY BIBA PEARCE DETECTIVE ROB MILLER MYSTERIES THE THAMES PATH KILLER THE WEST LONDON MURDERS THE BISLEY WOOD MURDERS THE BOX HILL KILLER THE SOUTH BANK MURDERS THE SOHO KILLER BOX SETS DETECTIVE ROB MILLER BOX SET BOOKS 1-3 FOLLOW BIBA ON AUTHOR WEBSITE FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM

Sunday, 20 November 2022

For Richer, For Deader

For Richer, For Deader by Helen Golden- Cozy murder mystery               

Lady Grace has received two threatening notes both attached to dead animals. Lady Beatrice, who solved the last crime in the area, wants to involve the police and do some detective work herself. Lady Grace, expecting guests shortly before her daughter's wedding, wants none of it but does agree it can't be left alone. Things take a turn for the worse and DCI Fitzwilliam is not best pleased as Bea is involving herself, something she denies as she is just “ good at talking and listening”. Bea has a new friend however the society pages are making it out to be far more. Someone even knows what clothes she is wearing- who is the snoop and the leak and who is threatening the wedding?

I enjoy this type of reading. Despite being a murder mystery, its a lighthearted fun book where no-one takes themselves too seriously, being a good mashup of drama and humour.. Bea is a very likeable character and Perry is a good sidekick to bounce things from. A fun, thoroughly enjoyable light-hearted read

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For Richer, For Deader Is the Wedding Between Sir Hewitt Willoughby-Franklin’s Step-Daughter and Billionaire’s Son Off? Rumours are that the recent death of Kelley Lindsell (29), the personal chef of tycoon Rudy (68) and Sheri Trotman (65) at Sir Hewitt’s Fawstead Manor country estate in Fenshire, has spooked Sybil Bransgrove (36) so badly she’s considering cancelling her nuptials. Meanwhile the bride and her mother, Lady Grace (61), are being supported by family friend Lady Beatrice (36), the Countess of Rossex, who, alongside her business partner Perry Juke, is currently managing the project to refurbish the Manor House and Lodge on the estate. Not again! Now that Lady Grace has asked Lady Beatrice to liaise with the police during the investigation into Kelley’s death, she’ll have to cooperate with boorish Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam whether she likes it or not. Her only relief will be solving the murder with the help of her friends Perry and Simon and her dog Daisy to get rid of him faster. But with so many wedding party guests staying on-site, any one of them could be the killer. Can they find out who it is before Sybil calls off the wedding… Purchase Links Amazon - (UK) (US)

Author Bio – Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise. I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It's very early in my life as an author, but so far I'm loving it. It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes Social Media Links – Insta: Facebook: TikTok:

The Note

The Note- Andrew Barrett- 5* A short story written in the first person by CSI Eddie Collins. Eddie is the sort of bloke who calls a s...