The Killer Queen by T.S. Hunter (Soho Noir 5) #BlogTour
Books / November 21, 2019

THE SHOW MUST GO ON It’s 1988. A mild summer after a turbulent political year for LGBT rights. While working as an assistant to a successful Theatre Director, Joe Stone finds himself unwittingly embroiled in another murder investigation. Lexi Goode, a young, up and coming actress has her bright future cut short when she is found murdered in her exclusive top floor apartment in the posh end of Soho. Knowing that the police are as racist as they are homophobic, Joe and Russell inevitably take it on themselves to investigate what happened to the young woman. Along the way they discover illicit liaisons, a string of admirers, a secret life that was helping to pay for the glamorous lifestyle no young actress should have been able to afford. But who would want to kill Lexi? Finding the answer to that question puts Joe in mortal danger and a young police officer in an awkward position. KILLER QUEEN IS THE FIFTH IN THE SOHO NOIR SERIES. REVIEW Thank you to Red Dog for my e – copy of ‘Killer Queen’ by T.S Hunter, the 5th Novella in the Soho Noir series. it’s now 1988, and Joe is working as an assistant…

The Scorched Earth by Rachael Blok #BlogTour
Books / November 14, 2019

Who really killed Leo Fenton? Two years ago, Ben Fenton went camping with his brother Leo. It was the last time they ever saw each other. By the end of that fateful trip, Leo had disappeared, and Ben had been arrested for his murder. Ben’s girlfriend Ana Seabrook has always protested his innocence. Now, on the hottest day of 2018’s sweltering heat wave, she receives a phone call from the police. Leo’s body has been found, in a freshly dug grave in her own local churchyard. How did it get there? Who really killed him? St Albans police, led by DCI Jansen, are soon unpicking a web of lies that shimmers beneath the surface of Ana’s well-kept village. But as tensions mount, and the tight-knit community begins to unravel, Ana realises that if she wants to absolve her husband, she must unearth the truth alone   Review Thanks to Head of Zeus for my e-arc of this new atmospheric thriller ‘The Scorched Earth’ by Rachael Blok When Bones are unearthed in a churchyard, the past is pulled into the present. 2 years ago, Ben Fenton went camping with his brother Leo, Tragedy strikes, Ben awakes in the morning covered in…

No Time to Cry by James Oswald (DC Constance Fairchild 1)
Books / November 5, 2019

Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He’s been executed – a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con’s shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief… right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head. There’s no place to hide, and no time to cry.   Review Having read the first 5 or 6 of the Inspector McLean series by James Oswald, I was more than interested to start his new series, starring DC Constance Fairchild, the first book being No Time To Cry. From the outset this feels a fair bit different from James Oswald, for me, more of a serious crime read, not to say the Inspector McLean books aren’t serious, just this feels more complex, more in-depth maybe. Set in London, Constance is a strong, intelligent, independent Lone…

The Six by Luca Veste
Books / October 31, 2019

Six friends trapped by one dark secret. It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything. In the middle of the night, someone died. The six of us promised each other we would not tell anyone about the body we buried. But now the pact has been broken. And the killing has started again … Who knows what we did? And what price will we pay?   MY REVIEW This is my first read by Luca Veste , The Six, and what a cracker it is! When Six friends go to a music festival, their last big party before accepting adulthood has arrived, something inexplicable happens to them which changes the course of their lives forever. Someone dies, and on their hands is the blood, making a promise to tell no one, they cover up the killing and attempt to go about their usual lives. Spin forward a year and with the anniversary of what they did coming fast, the story takes us to the present day where tragedy has struck and on the six has died, committing suicide… or did he? Matt begins looking into…

Criss Cross by James Patterson (Alex Cross 27)
Books / October 30, 2019

After witnessing the execution of Michael Edgerton, a man he helped convict of several murders, Alex Cross thought he could finally put the case behind him. But when a body turns up with a note signed by ‘M’, Alex knows that the nightmare is far from over. Accused by Edgerton’s family of framing him for murder, Cross fights to clear his name as the case against him builds. And as more notes – and more bodies – start appearing, Cross is determined to put an end to this case once and for all   MY REVIEW Thanks to Merle at Penguin Books for my gifted copy of the 27th book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, Criss Cross I probably read the first 15 Alex Cross thrillers, so going back in no at 27 I wondered what may have changed, but as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke….. This time around Alex Cross, after witnessing the execution of a serial murderer he helped bring to justice,  is being hounded by the almost indomitable villain known only as ‘M’ , casting doubt over the Murders, Did Cross just send the wrong man to his death? The same clever…