Tuesday, 18 December 2018

White is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith, #1)

White is the coldest colour- John Nicholl- Psychological Thriller

When you can hide behind the persona of a respected title you think you can do almost
whatever takes your fancy and when you have friends in influential places you think
you are unstoppable. Dr Robert Galbraith is a child psychologist and chooses certain
patients for his special treatments. Anthony’s father has left the family home and
Anthony is taking it hard. He is still wetting the bed years beyond being a baby and
his GP thinks he is depressed but doesn’t know why. His mother is at her wits end
with him, trying her best to be supportive but can’t behind whatever is causing him
to have changed from a happy-go-lucky little boy in to a withdrawn, shy, nervous
child. This is a highly sensitive subject and has been researched well. John used to
be in the police and a child protection social worker so has first hand experience of
what life can throw at some unfortunate souls from some very dark twisted minds
of others. I have read all of Johns books and somehow this one had slipped the net.
This is our first glimpse of DI Gravel- a character whom I loved in the other books
when we get to know him more and his character shines through. In this one he
begins his reign, a man determined to seek out those on the wrong side of the law.
A stunning debut novel. A tense disturbing read at times, a clever plot,
a captivating read.
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Are you looking for a dark and gripping psychological thriller? Then you'll love White Is The Colour by #1 best-selling author John Nicholl.

Be careful who you trust…

The Mailer family is oblivious to the terrible danger that enters their lives when seven-year-old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service by the family GP, following the breakdown of his parents’ marriage.

Fifty-eight-year-old Dr David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile, employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian town-house he shares with his wife and two young daughters.

When Anthony becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

But can Anthony be saved before it’s too late?

The book includes content that some readers may find disturbing from the start. It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.

About John Nicholl:
John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. 
John’s books are set in the UK and have a strong Welsh flavour. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.
John has publishing deals with Bloodhound Books, W.F. Howes Ltd, and Hungarian publisher – konyvmolykepzo. His latest novel, Anonymity, will be published by Bloodhound Books in November 2018. 

John’s Social Media Links:
Author website: http://www.johnnicholl.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicholl06 @nicholl06

Monday, 17 December 2018


Amy Cole is Zen as F**k- Elizabeth McGivern- Literary Humour

Amy runs a business consultancy with her best friend Elle. Her mother is still waiting for
her to get a “proper” job. When the line“nope, there’s not enough alcohol in the world
to talk to my mother” appears, you get the idea. That has to be one of my all time
favourite lines ever! After successfully finishing therapy after her breakdown Amy
decides the next step is to lose some weight and so joins a local group. The leader
of the group is not exactly subtle to say the very least and shames everyone into
losing weight. Elle suddenly is getting married to River whom Amy managed to run
over. You get the idea- chaos and fun along the way. A look at life with a twist of
humour. Amy has an honesty to her- one we would all like occasionally to say exactly
as we thought but were too polite to. Amy and Elle are our “other” personas- ones
who have things happen to them like the rest of us but have such a friendship that
they can pull each other out of the mud whilst sometimes slinging it at the same time.
A wonderful uplifting read that had me in stitches.
I very much look forward to the next Amy and Elle instalment- I need to know more!!!
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Saturday, 15 December 2018

They don’t know- Patricia Dixon- 5**

One of my top reads of the year.

Adam and Ryan are brothers. One has signed up for the forces and the other is at university.
Ryan, the elder one,has always been protective of his younger brother. Even more so since
they lost their parents. Their father was a good -for-nothing criminal and their mother died
from an overdose. They were mainly raised by their grandmother who following a stroke is
now in a home. Daisy lives in France with her parents and has returned to England to
attend university. Ryan speaks to her on the first day when they are both very unsure
of themselves and find themselves in a unique friendship that no-one quite understands.
This is a story of life and friendships. Of those people that have that special
something that you don’t want to spoil. Of life’s highs and lows, turmoil and tribulations,
successes and not quite so successful things we all go through. Beautifully written,
wonderfully described. I loved Daisy and Adam from the start. By the end I felt I knew
them. If you want to restore your faith in human nature then this is one of the books
you should perhaps read. It takes you away to a wonderful place in your mind-
a relaxing read to sink into whilst getting to know these characters that come alive
on the page. Stunningly written this will be one of my books of the year. I fell in
love with the characters, I enjoyed the plot and I really didn’t want it to end.
A book I will remember for a very long time. They don’t know about us-
they’ve never heard of love.
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They Don’t Know blurb

Daisy meets Adam on their first day at Manchester University and they immediately become firm friends, inseparable and happy in each other’s company. But when tongues begin to wag and their relationship is questioned, for the first time in his life Adam shares his secret with Daisy.  Daisy promises to stand by him and keep his secret.

When their Grandmother dies, Adam’s older brother, Ryan, returns from abroad and Daisy quickly falls for him.

After a troubled upbringing at the hands of a drunken mother and jailbird father, Adam and Ryan only have each other. In adulthood their bond holds firm, glued together by Daisy with whom they are now both in love.

Adam struggles with his secret and the fear of ever losing Daisy to another man. Is he besotted and quietly controlling and soon the past starts to influence his choices.

Ryan is motivated, selfish and sees everything in black and white, living in a military world that shields him from the demons of his past, bringing order to his life.

And in the middle is Daisy who loves both of them and makes a promise to each. One she sets free, the other she vows to protect and never abandon.

But when tragedy strikes can Daisy ever find happiness?

They Don’t Know is a beautiful novel about the promises we make and the different kinds of love.

Author Bio:

Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson, plus the company of a lazy bulldog. 

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood. 

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written five novels set in the Loire and then, in complete contrast, a much darker story of psychological suspense.

She is currently writing her next book, a murderous tale set in the sixties and if she’s not at her desk Patricia loves to read historical fiction or attempts recipes that look great on television but not necessarily her plate. And when the penny jar is full she cashes in her coins and heads to France, the lure of red wine and escapism equalled only by the pursuance of her dream job, writing for a living.


THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY by Faith Martin - Crime
Jenny Sparrow arrives at a country manor to cater for a joint birthday party. She has a
sense that something isn’t quite right and is told that there has been a death. On
looking out of the window she sees a body being pulled from the lake. She is catering
for the twins of the owners of the house. Both rather spoilt and wanting their own
way. Jenny soon finds more than cooking gossip in the kitchen.When one of the guests
falls down dead in the middle of the party it is rather a mystery as to who and why as
they were surrounded by other guests. This rather reminded me of the TV series
“Rosemary and Thyme” with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris. Household helps that
have a nose for something untoward going on and finding out more than the police
and sometimes more than they should. I took to Jenny and her simplicity. Saying
things how they are and being truthful both with herself and others and not letting
those that thought they were above her treat her as such. She also has a crusade
to bring back real food- a woman of my own heart (and cooking!) I had to smile at
one of the police characters being Inspector Mollern- the name of a boat in a
certain Hillary Greene series. A very enjoyable start to the beginning of a series.
I think Jenny and I are going to become firm friends!
Please note this book was first published as “BIRTHDAYS CAN BE MURDER”
under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
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Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “BIRTHDAYS CAN BE MURDER” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is catering the twenty-first birthday party of a pair of posh twins, Alicia and Justin.

But when she arrives at their parent’s country house, she is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder?

Then just after midnight everyone gathers for a champagne toast. But one of the guests falls down dead.

The police are baffled and there is a whole party full of suspects. But when it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn't going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect.

Jenny Starling won't stop until the murderer is found.

This is the first of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother.  Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style 'whodunits' under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.  

Friday, 14 December 2018

Murder in the Dark- Betsy Reavley- Crime

Tilly is a veterinary student in Cambridge and works in a bookshop in order to fund
herself. Her parents live in a small village outside of Ilfracombe so home is a distance
away. One morning she arrives at the shop to find the door open. She steps inside,
calling out as she goes and is horrified to find the owner of the shop hanging.from a
rope. She calls the police who very soon discover that this was not suicide.DCI
Barrett and his team are on the case which has somewhat of an oddity to it.
When another body in similar circumstances is found the pressure heightens.
There appears to be no link between the victims so the why’s are piled high.
Whatever is going on? I enjoyed this book, it was almost like an old fashioned
murder case. Nothing too technological (OK there are references to forensics
etc) but in its own was it was good solid detective work and curiosity that
brought the case together. The characters came across well and I took to
Tilly and Barrett., both solid people who weren’t going to let circumstances
get the better of them. A highly enjoyable read.    
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A gripping crime mystery with a killer twist

Book blurb:
Imagine a bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside you run your finger along the spines on a shelf. The room has that new book smell you love. You breathe it in. The light is soft and fellow readers pass you buy, searching for their next read.  What could be better?

That was the reason Trish Fields took the job working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge. But one winters morning when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss, suspended from the ceiling, hanging from a rope by his neck.

When DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene, they find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to uncover.

But just when they think they have the killer in their sights, another body shows up, throwing the case wide open…

Who is behind the killings and why?

The police have their work cut out and key to unlocking the mystery might just be found right under their nose.

About Betsy Reavley:
Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Murder at the Book Club, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.

Betsy’s Social Media Links:
Twitter https://twitter.com/BetsyReavley @BetsyReavley

Thursday, 13 December 2018


Peas, Carrots and a Red Feather Boa- Hannah Lynn

Eric and Suzy are doing up their house and it certainly needs it. The bedroom still has
wallpaper from the 1970’s and the carpet is down to the underlay. Throwing caution
to the wind, they invite the family over for Christmas and Eric is in charge of dinner,
which to his credit he pulls off. No mean feat when the mother in law has arrived
unexpectedly and is causing her usual havoc. Eric can’t stand her and Suzy isn’t much
better as she has  a mind and will of her own. This tells the story of the ups and downs
of life and havoc that ensues, all done with a smile. Hannah has a flair for putting things
well on the page so you can imagine the scenarios easily and can’t help but smile
as you read. I love Eric and his innocence, his good heart and doing his utmost for
those around him sometimes successfully sometimes not. I was really enjoying
this read and then….. One of my pet peeves is not finishing a story, not from the
reading side but from the authors side when it leaves you hanging in mid air and
“needing” to read the next book. To me this isn’t how is should be- I feel rather
short changed as it were. This finishes on a cliff-hanger with the story wide open
hence only 3 stars when it could have been either 4 or 5. In my book there should
be a good ending, perhaps a small thread to lead you to the next book whilst
finishing what has been started. Sorry Hannah, I loved this but need an ending.

The Note

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