Tuesday, 19 January 2021


The Silver Rose Dating Agency by Angelena Boden- Women sleuths/Cozy mystery  

(First published as “ Love Bytes Back- Edna Reid Investigates”)

 Hope Valley in Derbyshire is a pretty area frequented by visitors for most of the

year. The residents are used to this and make the most of it with cafes and such

like. Lonely widow Kitty joins the Silver Rose dating agency to find companionship

and hopefully love and finds Harvey. Her friend Edna, the former cafe owner is

rather more sceptical and has read about internet scams and takes it upon herself

to find out more- as Harvey is now taking more and more money from Kitty who

refuses to believe that he isn't genuine. Meanwhile there are some strange goings

on- satanic type graffiti by the church and hoodies with pentagrams on. This is the

second in a series (the first book-Edna’s death cafe was a brilliant read) but will

happily stand alone. A read to make you smile and to enjoy life whilst taking

care out there- even in real life not everything is at it first appears.

A mystery, a little romance, a message and a smile. 

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The Silver Rose Dating Agency When lonely widow Kitty Merriweather moves to Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, she joins the Silver Rose online dating site because it offers a safe place for the over sixties to find romance. There, she meets the enigmatic Harvey, a scientist working on a conservation project in Bali who promises her “hot days and stormy nights.” Love blooms quickly but Kitty breaks all the rules laid down by the agency, putting herself at risk. When little things don’t add up she dismisses them as being unimportant. Nothing matters more than her plans for them to live happily ever after. When she confides in her new friend, Edna Reid, octogenarian and former cafĂ© owner, Kitty gets angry at Edna’s implication she is likely the victim of a scam. The more Edna hears about Harvey, the more she is convinced he’s only interested in Kitty for her money. Using her knowledge of computers Edna finally uncovers the truth, but where does black magic and murder fit into this intriguing cosy mystery? Purchase Links UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08KFFMQB2 US - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KFFMQB2 Author Bio – Angelena Boden has spent thirty- five years as an international training consultant, specialising in behavioural management and conflict resolution. She trained in Transactional Analysis, the psychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching. She originates from the Peak District but has spent a life time travelling and living in places as far apart as Vancouver, Dubai, Paris, Seville and Iran. Now semi-retired in Great Malvern, she writes every morning, walks the hills and paints landscapes every afternoon and fits family and reading in between. She is the author of two novels published by Urbane Publications (rights reverted) and two self-published cosy mysteries and a number of business books (Management Pocketbooks). Angelena is a regular blogger for a mental health publisher (Trigger) and Autumn Voices website which promotes authors over 60. Social Media Links – angelenaboden.com

Monday, 18 January 2021


Australia- Stewart Giles- Crime                      

Wow! A slightly dark one this time- but stunning doesn't do this justice.

DS Jason Smith and family are taking a holiday that his wife won. For him

the downside is that it's to Australia where he grew up. On arrival they

keep being told not to go to a certain area of town- the area where Smith

was brought up as there is a spate of crime and right now it's not safe as

young children are going missing and several have turned up dead. When

Whitton is stabbed and Laura goes missing right near where Smith’s sister

disappeared from twenty years ago, the last thing Smith can do is do

nothing. He makes enquiries and discovers the police not only have little

to go on but are doing very little- quite why is a well kept secret. Bridge

comes over to help him knowing full well that Jason will be on the trail.

What they uncover, neither of them were prepared for.

 I love Stewarts books and enjoy them all- but this one- wowsers! It took

my breath away. It's not an easy subject (child abduction) but there's no

gore other than the odd description of how the children are kept during

their incarceration. I didn't want it to end - but I did If that makes sense.

(and of course I wanted to find out if all was well) There's something

about Stewarts characters and plots that grabs you and keeps hold

until the very last page. A brilliantly written completely engrossing

page turner- I can't wait for the next one.

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Australia : (DS Jason Smith Thriller Book 14)

Australia : DS Jason Smith Book 14

From bestselling author: Stewart Giles comes another brilliant addition to the Detective Jason Smith series

Detective Jason Smith is sick and tired of the English weather. It's February in York and the dark, dreary days are getting him down. 

When his wife, DC Erica Whitton wins a holiday to Australia, Smith is reluctant to go. He has no desire to go back home. Against his better judgement, Smith agrees to show his wife and daughter where he grew up. 

The perfect holiday soon turns into a nightmare as Smith finds himself in a race against time to save the only people he's ever cared about. 

Children in Smith's home town are being murdered. There's something rotten there, an evil Smith has never come across before, and the local police are not what they appear to be. 

When his wife is attacked and his daughter is taken, Smith realises he's on his own. With the clock ticking, and not knowing if his daughter is alive or dead, Smith comes face to face with the worst kind of evil he's ever encountered.

What readers are saying about Australia

Wow this book kept me well and truly on the edge of my seat, gripping, horrifying, cringes, gave me a lump in my throat, every emotion went down on me, fantastic writing from this author I can never fault him I highly recommend it to all fans out there to read this man's work totally brilliant’ – Booklover Bev

AUSTRALIA quickly demonstrates true evil with a heinous, horrific, abhorrent incident. Following this, in an idyllic setting, the unthinkable happens. Relentless heart-pounding agonizing suspense will hold you spellbound from start to finish. You will not be able to put it down. The pages will fly by while your heart races on every one. This is a mesmerizing, one sitting, book. ‘ – Eileen

I enjoyed treating about Smith’s adventures in Australia, as always fast paced with sharp, witty dialogue. A family holiday takes a sudden and shocking unexpected twist and becomes a personal crusade as Smith does what he does best and has to battle to piece together what has happened. Well written and believable as we follow Smith’s journey and how he overcomes the various obstacles in his way. Fast paced, enjoyable crime thriller set in Australia in contrast to York - Kirsty

One heck of a thriller - a real page turner. The best Smith story to date!- Carol

Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. 

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 

3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series - the DC Harriet Taylor: Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. 

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results.  I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. 

The Miranda trilogy is something totally different. A psychological thriller trilogy. It is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. 

The Detective Jason Smith series continues to grow and there are now 14 books including the introduction: Phobia. 

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33



Book 0.5-Phobia

Book 1-Smith

Book 2-Boomerang

Book 3-Ladybird

Book 4-Occam’s Razor

Book 5-Harlequin

Book 6-Selene

Book 7-Horsemen

Book 8-Unworthy

Book 9 – Venom

Book 10 – Severed

Book 11 – Demons

Book 12 - Deadeye

Book 13 - Motive

Book 14 - Australia 


Blood on the Island

Lies on the Island

Fear on the Island (coming February 2021)


Book 1-The Beekeeper

Book 2-The Perfect Murder

Book 3-The Backpacker

Trotterdown a box set of DC Harriet Taylor books 1-3


Book 1 - The Enigma

Book 2 – Dropzone

Book 3 – The Raven Girl

Trilogy: The DS Smith & Harriet Taylor box set






The Divide

Saturday, 16 January 2021


Over Her Dead Body- A.B Morgan-psychological thriller           

A clever concept to keep you on your toes! Gabriella is dead. She was going

through a divorce and moving house when two men arrived at the door to

collect a debt for her funeral and advise her of this. As she keeps saying “Im

very much alive” but no-one believes her which leaves her in rather a pickle

legally and financially. Her bank accounts have been suspended as legally she

doesn’t exist hence her divorce money can't come through and she cant

open a new account as she is technically dead. She ends up employing a

private investigator to try and get the bottom of this and bring her back to

life- at least on paper. Peddyr is a real character as is his wife, and I couldn't

help but think of him as a little like Cormorant Strike (Robert Galbraith)-

a larger than life character with a heart of gold and an excellent sense of

humour. I thoroughly enjoyed this- its a very clever concept and plot and

when you think you have it sussed- bang there’s a twist.

A wonderful page turner that captivated me right from the beginning.

A treasure of a read.

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Friday, 15 January 2021

The Woman Inside- Anna-Lou Weatherley- Psychological thriller

 The missing pieces of that fateful summer night are beginning to surface…”

Two women have been killed. The perpetrator leaves a rose and scattered petals

over their naked bodies. When he strikes for the third time the victim, Daisey

fortunately survives but has no memory of the attack. The morning before she

was attacked her ex-fiance Luke arrived and one thing led to another. He is still

paying half on the mortgage of the flat Daisey lives in and now is short of

money telling her she is now on her own. When she finds a potential person

to share things could be looking up as well as someone with her.

The police have little to go on- they have three lots of DNA but nothing

to match it to. One victim and Daisey both worked at a large store

however with the turnover of employees this would mean

interviewing thousands of men.

A very cleverly crafted most unusual plot- with complex characters and mental

health issues addressed very well.  I won’t say too much so as not to give

anything away. A brilliant concept, well written and good characters that I

took to- Dan especially. One I raced through- always a good sign of a

gripping page turner- loved it.

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Title: The Woman Inside  


Publication Day: 13/01/2021




Buy  Links:      

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Daisey Garrett wakes up in a hospital bed. She remembers her boyfriend has left her for another woman but she doesn’t remember what happened to her. The night she was attacked in her own home.


Daisey shouldn’t be alive but against all odds, she’s survived an ordeal most would never recover from. And her new friend and roommate Iris will help her get back on her feet.


But Daisey’s mind is broken. She’s on edge, drinking too much and as she sits across from her cheating ex, Luke, in the beautiful home they once shared together, she can’t shake the feeling that she is being watched.


Yet tiny fragments of Daisey’s memory are starting to come back to her.


The missing pieces of that fateful summer night are beginning to surface…


The lies she told the police.


The lies Luke told her.


Iris will help her find the truth, won’t she?


A tense, twisty, addictive page-turner,The Woman Inside takes you within the tangled mess of people’s lives and the dark secrets they hold close. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and The Wife Between Us.

Author Bio:


Anna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.


Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.


To find out more about Anna's novels, go to https://www.facebook.com/annalouweatherleyauthor/ or follow https://twitter.com/annaloulondon on Twitter.



Wednesday, 13 January 2021

 Dishonoured by Jem Tugwell- psychological thriller


 A book to rock your world and make you think. Dan, with his business

partners has just sold the firm for a staggering, life changing amount

of money. He goes to the party and being aware of his alcohol

sensitivity he has just the one drink and then asks a waitress for

water. He has several glasses of water but he still feels terrible.

He makes his way home via the tube and sees the same waitress

on the platform who helps him onto the train. What then occurs

is one of those “ life changing on a dime” moments. For anyone

who has had this happen in any way shape or form will

sympathise with the situation you can find yourself in through

no fault of your own. Dan finds himself arrested and charged

and his once wonderful life slips away in an instant. He can't

help but wonder why the waitress as she moved away mouthed

the word “ sorry” at him. OMG. There are no words to

describe this situation. I know it's fiction but it can and does

happen. You can't help but feel for Dan and his predicament

and the determination and tenacity he finds within himself.

When the only way is up you have little choice about

what to do. This made me uneasy- a sure sign of a well

written book in my eyes. Twists and turns, ups and downs.

Wow! One that left me reeling. 5*

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Dishonoured WE’RE ALL ONE MISTAKE FROM RUIN… Dan has worked hard for the perfect life. He has a loving wife, beautiful kids, a fabulous home and is a successful businessman. But one afternoon he steps onto a train with a stranger. It was a simple mistake… Four stops later, Dan is a criminal who has lost everything. Someone hates him enough to destroy him. Through a web of lies and deceit Dan battles to win his life back. Purchase Links Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55571673-dishonoured Waterstones - https://bit.ly/2Gnc9Od UK Amazon Kindle - https://amzn.to/36iWAlU

Author Bio – Jem Tugwell was born in Berkshire and Dishonoured is his first psychological thriller. Jem’s first two critically acclaimed novels, Proximity and No Signal are exciting crime fiction novels set in the near future, featuring DI Clive Lussac and his partner Zoe Jordan. Jem has a Crime Writing MA from City University, an MBA and a BSc in Computer Science and in a past life, Jem had a successful career in IT and investment management. Jem's loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes. He lives in Surrey with his wife and has two children.
Social Media Links – Jem: http://www.jemtugwell.com/ Twitter: @JemTugwell https://www.facebook.com/JemTugwellAuthor/ https://www.instagram.com/jemtugwellauthor/ https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jem-tugwell https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5383904.Jem_Tugwell Serpentine Books: www.serpentinebooks.com Twitter: @SerpentineBooks

Tuesday, 12 January 2021


New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland - Women's fiction  

Samantha has just opened a hedgehog rescue with the support and aid of her

vet boyfriend Josh. Not long again Sam was badly injured in an arson attack on

the farm whilst she was trying to save some of the prickly patients and it

appears the perpetrators may be having a few last goes before they are sentenced.

Josh has his own issues- his ex- girlfriend Beth is now pregnant for the second

time- the father being his own father who was seeing her behind Josh’s back

several years ago and then left his mother and the business. Josh was close to

his father and now understandably feels very betrayed by him. I enjoyed this

however there are some very real issues involved which others may find

upsetting or disturbing. For me, if you make your bed…..you know the saying.

Forgiveness is not for everyone and whilst I admire the sentiment some

may find this difficult to read about. A lovely story with some very hard

hitting issues contained within the story. One to ponder and although

a wonderful story it is one to reflect on. 

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New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow Brand new from the top 10 bestselling author of New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms and Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow. With new arrivals comes new responsibilities... The sun is shining, wild flowers are blooming and Hedgehog Hollow is officially open for business. For Samantha, the proud owner of this beautiful rescue centre, life has never been busier. But with an influx of new hogs and hoglets to take care of, not to mention a full-time job and ongoing family issues, can she accept the possibility that she has taken on more than she can handle? Fortunately, she has the love of her life, Josh, by her side for support and encouragement. But Josh has his own family troubles to deal with. And soon he must decide if he's ready to do the one thing he swore he’d never do - forgive his father. For both Samantha and Josh it's a season of change and for figuring out whether the past can ever truly be forgotten. Escape back to wonderful Hedgehog Hollow with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for the perfect uplifting read full of love, hope and forgiveness. Purchase Link - https://buff.ly/3qVlHD2

Author Bio – Jessica Redland is the bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans. Social Media Links – Instagram https://www.instagram.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/ Twitter https://twitter.com/JessicaRedland Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/ Website https://www.jessicaredland.com/ Blog https://jessicaredlandwriter.wordpress.com/ Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-redland Mailing list sign up http://bit.ly/JessicaRedlandNewsletter

Monday, 11 January 2021


The Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane- Historical (war) fiction       

Maisie lives with her family and is delighted to have a job offer, received with

the help of her teacher, to be a maid in a country house. On announcing this

her father tells her “ that she’ll do no such thing” and that she will go and work

in the tobacco factory as he can then get free cigarettes and take her wages.

This is Bristol in 1939 on the verge of yet another war. Once there Maisie meets

Phyllis and Bridget. Phyllis is engaged to a man who is also telling her what she

can and can’t do. She only realises this when others show her kindness.

Bridget is from a large family and having seen the horrors of childbirth and

miscarriage she is determined that is the last thing she wants and takes steps

to avoid a relationship at all costs. When war breaks the girls are part of the

backbone of the country- the men having been called up or volunteered.

I'm not usually into historical fiction but the war stories always pique my

interest. It's a great way to learn social history and although fiction, to

discover a little of what went on behind the scenes as many of this type

of book are very well researched. This has great characters which you

can't help but feel for. Maisie is only 15 and yet her father is happy to

pretty much sell her to the highest bidder. A thoroughly enjoyable read

and a little learning along the way. Of the good of human nature in troubled times.

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The Tobacco Girls 'A gripping saga and a storyline that will keep you hooked.' Rosie Goodwin The start of a thrilling new series, from bestselling author Lizzie Lane which follows three friends through thick and thin. Bristol 1939.School leaver Maisie Miles suspects her father, a small-time crook, has an ulterior motive for insisting she gets a job at the W. D. & H. O. Wills tobacco factory but keeps it to herself. She's befriended by effervescent Phyllis Mason and kind-hearted Bridget Milligan who take pity on her and take Maisie under their wing. But beneath their happy go lucky exteriors they all harbour dreams and worries about what the future holds. Engaged to be married Phyllis dreams of romance and passion but when it comes there are dire consequences. Bridget seemingly the level headed one harbours a horror of something unspeakable that she cannot easily come to terms with. There's great comradeship at the tobacco factory, and with the advent of war everything is about to change and even the closest friendships are likely to be strained.

Purchase Link - https://amzn.to/2IT11Kv Author Bio – Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her new saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls, the first part of which will be published in January 2021. Social Media Links – Newsletter Sign Up: http://bit.ly/LizzieLaneNewsletter http://twitter.com/baywriterallat1 http://instagram.com/baywriterallatsea http://bookbub.com/authors/lizzie-lane https://www.facebook.com/jgshaddick

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...