Sunday, 28 November 2021


Cut Throat (Detective Nash#13)- Bill Kitson- Crime  

A man was convicted of murder. When being chased to be arrested he fell

over an incline and had severe injuries including to his head. He suffered

amnesia and hence couldn't deny what had allegedly happened. The police

pursued him despite his injuries and he was incarcerated. Years later he

has escaped prison and wants to prove his innocence but who is going to

believe him? Once he escapes, similar murders are being committed and

it appears to DI Nash and his team that someone is framing Craig French

but why?

This is a new series to me as well as a new author so happily stands alone.

I loved this and raced through it -to me always a good sign. There is a

warmth of character and a very different well thought out plot- one that

kept me not only interested but the grey matter active which I love. 

A brilliantly entertaining read and I very much look forward to the next

in the series.

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CUT THROAT (Detective Mike Nash #13) by Bill Kitson

Detective Mike Nash thought that moving back to Yorkshire from London would give him a quieter life. Little did he know . . .A violent murderer has escaped from Felling Prison.Craig French slit the throats of a husband and wife and stole the luxury watches from their safe. But not before slicing the letter F into their foreheads.

Now he’s on the loose. But French’s mother says that he wasn’t fit to stand trial — he had amnesia and couldn’t even recognize his own mum.Mike Nash is not convinced either. But he is certain of one thing: there’s a dangerous killer out there somewhere. And whoever it is must be stopped.



A highly talented detective, he was a rising star in the Metropolitan Police. Following a particularly gruesome case involving a sadistic serial killer, Nash turns down the chance of promotion and heads back to his native county of Yorkshire. He hopes that returning to his roots will bring peace of mind. However, although the pace of life seems gentler, the crimes prove no less horrific. His skills are tested to the limit by a series of violent crimes that threaten to ruin his plans for a more relaxed lifestyle. Nor is his secret ambition to settle down made any easier by his one weakness, a seemingly unquenchable thirst for female company. That is, until . . . ?


The books are set in a fictional rural North Yorkshire with a scattering of market towns, many small villages and countryside that changes from high moorland with dramatic crags, mountain tarns and sparse vegetation, to the gentler, lush agricultural land lower down the valley that is bisected by the river Helm. The town of Helmsdale is where Mike Nash and his team are based, in a sub-division of their headquarters in the larger town of Netherdale. Further to the west is Bishopton, also part of the hub our detectives cover.









Book 8: DEAD & GONE

Book 9: HIDE & SEEK





Friday, 26 November 2021


The Cold Killer by Ross Greenwood- crime thriller

 A stunning captivating read. An elderly man dies in prison allegedly from

natural causes. He was due to be released a couple of weeks later along

with others who were at the same crime- they abducted a child and

released her unharmed the following morning. All were part of an online

chatroom that was on the wrong side of the law which was being

monitored.  A subject sensitively dealt with and there is no detail at all

as to what happened with the children. DI Barton has to interview the

inmates as part of procedure and then when the house of the deceased

is broken into there appears to be more going on. When body parts are

then found- there is a violent killer on the loose but quite why no-one knows. 

I enjoyed this. The first part didn't have the usual pace of Ross’s usual

books but is still compelling, as we are introduced to the characters and

I liked that each prison interview was paragraphed separately rather than

all run into each other. Then- oh boy! The pace quickens and so much

happens in a short time. I like Barton and his tenacity and that little bit

of humour along the way which brings out his character. A highly

enjoyable read with a twist or two and a skillfully put together plot. 

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The Cold Killer

It's hard to live when you think you deserve to die… When a tired old inmate is found dead in his cell, the prison is obligated to investigate and so DI Barton attends. The men he interviews have been convicted of some of the worst things a human being can do, but it appears likely that the death was due to natural causes. When the house of the dead man is burgled and that crime is followed by a suspicious fire, Barton desperately needs to speak to his widow, but she’s nowhere to be found. In the space of twenty-four hours, everyone he wants to talk to has vanished. Then he receives some post which makes him believe he could be the next to disappear. Barton’s investigation goes full circle, through a series of brutal murders, back to the prison, and all signs are pointing to the fact that he’s made a terrible mistake. There’s a violent killer on the loose, who wants everyone to learn that some people deserve to die. DI Barton is back as Ross Greenwood continues with his bestselling series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin. Purchase Link -

Author Bio – Ross Greenwood is the bestselling author of eight crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough. Social Media Links – Facebook Twitter Instagram Newsletter Sign Up Link Bookbub profile

Wednesday, 24 November 2021


Remember Me? by Amanda Rigby-psychological thriller

Paul is working at a private school and his girlfriend is expecting their first baby. When he

sees on social media that his ex-fiance is back in town he is aghast. She left him standing

just before their wedding for a new job in Australia, a long way from Leicestershire,

however he knows that she not only didn't take the job but cant be back in the country

as it was he who buried her. When his girlfriend Jenna loses a necklace and receives

notes, there could only be one person responsible. But how?

OMG!! Where do I start? Once in I felt spun around, thrown around rather fast and

catapulted all at the same time! What A rollercoaster! A true psychological thriller

where there is an air of mystery from the beginning and that chill and tension of

something not quite right- just how I like a book to grab me and draw me in. Several

twists and turns so you really don’t know who, why or how- brilliant. I understand that

this is a collaboration- I would love to have been a fly on the wall! Wow!

A very clever, incredibly well thought out plot and one that made me race through

the pages. Stunning. 

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Remember Me? A perfect life… Paul Henderson leads a normal life. A deputy headteacher at a good school, a loving relationship with girlfriend Jenna, and a baby on the way. Everything seems perfect. A shocking message… Until Paul receives a message from his ex-fiance Nicole. Beautiful, ambitious and fierce, Nicole is everything Jenna is not. And now it seems Nicole is back, and she has a score to settle with Paul… A deadly secret. But Paul can’t understand how Nicole is back. Because he’s pretty sure he killed her with his own bare hands…. Which means, someone else knows the truth about what happened that night. And they’ll stop at nothing to make Paul pay… A brand new psychological thriller that will keep you guessing till the end! Perfect for fans of Sue Watson, Nina Manning, Shalini Boland Purchase Link -

Author Bio – Amanda Rigby is the nom de plume of the writing partnership between Amanda Ashby and Sally Rigby. Both authors live in New Zealand, have been friends for eighteen years, and agree about everything (except musicals). They decided to collaborate on a psychological thriller which they then entered into a competition, run by Boldwood, which they won! Social Media Links Facebook / Twitter Instagram Bookbub profile

Tuesday, 23 November 2021


The New Wife by Sue Watson -psychological thriller

Sam has just married Lauren. They have known each other since they

were small and their parents are best friends. Sam’s mother Georgie is

single and always has been whilst Tim and Helen have always been

there for her. Tim works as a detective chief inspector and is a rock

for both women. When Lauren is found dead at the foot of the spiral

staircase of their new home everyone understandably is devastated.

Even more so when the police decide it wasn't an accident. they

have only been married a few short weeks- who on earth would

want Lauren dead? Is the friend with a troubled past anything to do

with this and if so why?

Argh!!! OMG! One I wanted to race through and find out the whys

and wherefores- to me the sign of an excellent writer. To give that

tension and mystery whilst holding the reader captivated is a true

skill in my book (every pun intended!) I loved this- there were

twists and turns, suspects and not (as in they were and then they

weren’t in my head) and a cleverly put together, very well t

hought out plot that convened  perfectly. A tense and suspenseful

read I didn't want to put down.

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You can never truly know what goes on behind closed doors…

My darling son, Sam, is marrying his childhood sweetheart and I couldn’t be prouder of the man he’s grown into. Walking out on his abusive father all those years ago was the best thing I ever did. And today he stands, tall and handsome, saying ‘I do’ to my dream daughter-in-law. If I hadn’t pushed them together all those years ago, he might never have found a girl as perfect as Lauren. It’s true what they say, mother always knows best.

But weeks later, Lauren is dead and police cars fill the driveway of their idyllic countryside home. As they question Sam, I sense he’s hiding something. Why won’t he look me in the eye? And who does he rush off to meet as soon as the police are gone?

Desperate, I do what every good mother would do: I let myself into Sam and Lauren’s bedroom. What I see, I will never be able to forget. My son’s beautiful new wife was hiding a dangerous secret. Can I clear my son’s name? And could my life be in danger now too?

A completely gripping, utterly twisted thriller that will leave your jaw on the floor. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Wife Between Us and The Woman in the Window.

Author Bio:

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue explores the darker side of life, writing psychological thrillers with big twists. Originally from Manchester, she now lives with her family in leafy Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – and procrastinating. Her hobby is eating cake while watching diet and exercise programmes from the sofa, a skill she’s perfected after many years of practice.

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Sunday, 21 November 2021

 Sisters Behaving Badly by Maddie Please-womens humorous fiction

Sisters Kitty and Jenny haven't seen eye to eye for many years but used

to be close. Kitty has had three husbands and is now single, Jenny still

has a very controlling Paul at her side. They have been left a property

in France by an Aunt who was in the process of doing it up. The pair

take themselves to France to complete the renovations ready for it to

be sold- or at least that's the plan and maybe even rekindle their

relationship at the same time. There is a “wild” chicken (I had to

laugh-I rescue hens and threatening they are not!) along with

Hector the donkey and animals that Jenny can't stand!

I quickly got into this- there are two wonderful very different

characters. Kitty is “ what you see is what you get” type of person

and wants to live life to the fullest. Jenny is more reserved and

appears to have relied on Paul for every decision for fear of her own

being wrong and not to his liking (coercive control/narcissism). Its

a wonderful story with lots of smiles but also perhaps a message-

be yourself and one life- live it! I didn’t want this to end (always a

good sign) as there was a warmth within the pages. We could all

do with a Kitty in our lives to make us see what we can’t always

see for ourselves even though it should be blindingly obvious.

A truly wonderful read I can't recommend highly enough

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Sisters Behaving Badly Sisters Kitty and Jenny haven’t spoken since a very disappointing Carvery lunch. Kitty, sixty-two, thinks Jenny is turning grey. Jenny, sixty-six, thinks Kitty needs to grow up! So when both sisters inherit a farmhouse in rural France, it gives them the perfect chance to heal the rift between them. Except the farmhouse is a wreck, the garden is terrorized by a flock of chickens, not to mention a donkey with a serious flatulence problem! Kitty is determined to enjoy herself, especially when she meets gorgeous French builder, Leo. Ooh la – la! And Jenny finds the fully stocked wine cellar helps enormously with missing horrible husband Paul – hic! And as the two sisters begin to repair their fragile friendship, they discover that being bad is actually very good for the soul. Purchase Link -

Author Bio – Maddie Please is the author of four bestselling romantic comedies, having had a career as a dentist and now lives in rural Devon where she enjoys box sets, red wine and Christmas. She will be taking a new direction in her writing for Boldwood with joyous tales of older women. Social Media Links – Facebook Twitter Instagram Newsletter Sign Up Link Bookbub profile

Saturday, 20 November 2021


A BRUTAL SEASON-Judi Daykin- crime thriller (Detective Sara Hirst Book 3)

Loved this. A young woman is found murdered in Cromer, a Norfolk seaside

town. She was the carnival queen and a popular choice so who would want

her dead and why? One of the carnival organisers is married to a bully and it

appears his son is following suit, with little respect for others. Detective Sara

Hirst and the serious crime team have tangled webs to work through but are

there any links to the murder? 

I quickly got into this and it is a new series as well as a new author for me

which is brilliant as this shows the books stand alone very well. There is a

warmth of character and excellent storytelling along with a tension running

through as there should be in a good, well planned crime novel. A brilliantly

entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed and very much look forward to

the next in the series. Stunning. 

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Detective Sara Hirst has moved from London to Norfolk Police’s Serious Crimes Unit.

It’s carnival week in Cromer on the Norfolk coast. The Norfolk Police’s Serious Crimes Unit have been having an easy-going summer — until this morning.The body of Daisy Shaw, the Carnival Queen, is discovered in a back alley.Suspicion falls on the carnival crew, especially when it turns out that Daisy’s boyfriend Kit was one of them.The atmosphere in Cromer soon grows nasty. The roads are closed. The town descends into chaos. And the murder detectives are right in the thick of it, trying to piece together what happened to Daisy.Can Sara solve the case before things go from bad to worse?

Fans of Joy Ellis, J.M. Dalgliesh, Matt Brolly, Rachel Lynch and Angela Marsons, get ready for your next favourite detective.



“A gritty, gripping crime novel that reveals the tragic reality of the county lines drug business. Highly recommended.” William Ryan, author of The Holy Thief, about Into Deadly Storms

“A superb chiller from a fast-rising star of crime fiction, Judi Daykin’s Into Deadly Storms is a brilliantly plotted read guaranteed to keep readers riveted all through the night.” Bookish Jottings

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Sara Hirst is on her way to becoming a favourite with me.” Elaine T.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It all neatly comes together with a satisfying ending.” Carol S.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Loved it.” Aileen G.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “OMG, this was one of the best first books I have ever read.” Denise

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved this first book.” Greta

“A really good read.” Barbara

“Sara Hirst is a great character.” Nerys

“What an astonishing debut crime novel.” Hazel

In her mid-thirties, DS Sara Hirst has left a successful career in London’s Metropolitan Police Force and taken a new post in Norfolk Police’s Serious Crimes Unit. Unfortunately, her welcome on the team is far from warm, and Sara will have to work hard to prove herself when the discovery of a body on her first morning leads to all kinds of difficulties.

A patchwork of tiny rural villages, with quaint coastal seaside resorts and peppered by farms, on a bewildering network of small back lanes. There are no motorways here, and sometimes it feels like your nearest neighbour lives in Holland.

Bounded on one side by the Norfolk Broads and the Wash on the other, its greatest feature is the boundless skies. The weather changes before your eyes. To many, it seems like a fairytale, a cherished memory of childhood holidays. In reality, these are small hard-working communities, where people tend to mind their own business, and it’s easy to keep a dark secret.


Yorkshire born, Judi has lived, worked and made theatre in Norfolk for the last forty years. She completed her MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at the University of East Anglia (UEA), and her debut novel was shortlisted for the Little, Brown UEA writer's prize in 2019.
'I love the beautiful, vast skies and watery landscapes of Norfolk. Our home in a village on the north coast can feel wonderfully remote, even though the nearest town is only a few miles away. I can't imagine living anywhere better than this.'
Judi is also a working actor, and has been known to twiddle the knobs on the sound desk for the variety shows at Cromer Pier. She runs her own theatre company, Broad Horizons, specialising in commissioning new plays recovering and retelling women's stories.

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