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Blog Tour: Crossed Out by Malcom Hollingdrake

About the Book

DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.

Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.

DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.

Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?

Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️<<
e action in this book started on age one and didn't let up until the very end – it was a classic detective/police mystery with a creepy plot and villain.

This book is part of a series but can absolutely be read as a stand-alone novel.

I really enjoyed seeing all the angles in this book and trying to figure everything out. As more people die, you can feel the tension rise in the characters words and actions. Plus, this is one of those books where no one is safe – who knows what's going to happen next!

The ending is creepy as heck and really interesting. I certainly didn't figure it out and I don't know that most people will either. It's really very good. I enjoyed it a lot.

I would definitely read more from this author/in this series. It's fast-paced, suspenseful and original.

Author Bio:< img src=”https://ebooknerdreviews.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/img_8123.jpg&#8221; class=”wp-image-1746 size-full” height=”960″ width=”960″>You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route. Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember. Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has seven books now available as well as Only The Dead and Hell’s Gate also being available in Audio.

Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest

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Review: The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

The Birthday GirlThe Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need a stiff drink after this one. Wow.

When Carys receives an invitation for a weekend away with her best friends – whose relationships have been strained in recent years – she is hesitant but trusts it’s all about to be put behind them. But then things go from weird to worse, and no one can be trusted. Everyone’s hiding secrets, including Carys, and not everyone is going to make it home alive.

This is definitely a great mystery book with a great set-up. It’s got a remote location, secrets and twists galore. Some reveals were quite shocking.

This novel had me so hooked, I went from 40 percent read to the end in one afternoon- I couldn’t put it down! There’s so many moving parts here that there’s a lot of possibilities and scenarios.

I didn’t guess the ending before it was revealed; like I said, there were too many moving parts. But everything worked out smoothly. And it was really freaking creepy too. That last chapter? Chills.

I really enjoyed this one, and would encourage anyone who loves thrillers to pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed!

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Review: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster, #5)Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Erika Foster series by Robert Bryznda is one of the most satisfying is one of the most satisfying mystery/thriller series out there. It has action, twists, personal drama and great characters. “Cold Blood” does not disappoint on any of those points. It’s another home run for the series.

Erika is drawn into a multiple homicide case when bodies start showing up in Central London, packed neatly in suitcases. Erika is of course, intrigued, but the lack of evidence, as well as numerous personal conflicts stand in her way. And when the killer is finally revealed, it’s clear the team is dealing with something truly evil.

This book could be read as a standalone novel, but some storylines outside of the main mystery do carry over.

I love that Bryznda’s characters are so multi-layered. There not just cardboard, black-and-white people. It adds a complexity to the story and gets you really invested in the outcome. You’ll know who I’m talking about specifically in regards to this book when you read the novel, I’m pretty sure.

The plot moves very quickly, so it will draw you in from the first chapter. There’s no build-up in the story; you’re thrown into the action from the beginning.

Overall, this is a classic Erika Foster book: heavy on thrills and action, with a great ending and more of our favorite series regulars.

Highly recommended.

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#BlogTour: The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton


Welcome to the book tour for The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton! This book will leave you a little breathless and wanting more from this author! Enjoy!

About the Book

D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed.

Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier – he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?
For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.
But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?
In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past?
My Review

This book is quite a ride from start to finish. It starts off where you sense something is slightly “off,” then that sense of dread grows and grows until things explode in a twist so shocking, I think I literally gasped out loud.

This book was a quick, easy read because it really draws you in with the characters. Like I said, yo can’t quite get a grasp on them at first, then you end up forming some theories and before you know it, you’re sucked in and can’t wait to see where it all goes.
And it certainly goes somewhere. I had a theory about the ending, but there’s a great twist in there that will shock you. It’s really fun.
I also liked the ambiguity of the characters a lot. I couldn’t get a hold on some of them until things were revealed. That’s really the sign of a good author: to keep some things hidden until she WANTS to reveal them. I’m still thinking about some of them, lol.
There’s also a fun supernatural element, which gives the book a creepy edge.
Overall, if you love a good drama/thriller, pick up this book. You’ll spend your weekend/beach day/etc. with a great book that will leave you thinking about it after you’ve turned the last page.
About the Author

Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books. James Herbert is a firm favourite, with The Ghosts of Sleath being one of the books which pushed her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series, featuring Patrick McLaughlin. The books are based in Glasgow and there are plenty of references to the city in her work.
Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. Alongside this she is also studying for a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.
She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.
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Teaser Tuesday: Friend Request by Laura Marshall


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. The meme is hosted by The Purple Booker!
It is very easy to play along:
Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  •  Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I was really excited to get started on this book after reading the description. It caught my attention right away. I’m so pumped to get going and share a sneak peak with you all!

The desire to open up to Esther is very strong—the need to loosen this knot inside me that is being pulled tighter and tighter. The pressure in my head that has been building since the day I got the Facebook request threatens to reach bursting point.

Happy reading!


Book Description 

A paranoid single mom is forced to confront the unthinkable act she committed as a desperate teenager in this addictive thriller with a social media twist. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she?

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.

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#BlogTour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James


I’m so happy to be sharing this awesome book with y’all today. It’s a great suspenseful drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Check out the details below!

Book Description

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

My Review 

If you’re a fan of “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” or any fun, suspenseful, thrilling dram, “Sister, Psychopath” is for you. This book is like a season of one of those shows in book form. It has a great, delicious balance of suspense, romance and twisted characters to keep anyone interested.

I really was sucked in right away by the concept: how do you navigate the world when you know that your sister, who’s life is interwoven with yours, is a mean, possibly criminal, sociopath? And this book does not disappoint: Chloe is a character, all right. She could give Bond villains a run for their money. 

The others characters are all interesting too: very flawed, but trying to do what’s right. It creates some great tension.
There are probably three or four plots that are woven together through the characters and each of them was pretty good. I didn’t lose interest at all as the book went on, which is a risk when you know the villain from the beginning. But trust me, you’ll want to hold on until the very end for this one. There’s a lot going on here.

I would definitely read more from this author. Maybe we’ll see some characters return? I’d read it!
Author Bio


Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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#BlogTour: The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith


I loved the first Jake Boulder book and am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for the Kindred Killers!

About the Book

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common. 

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more? 
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

My Review

First off, if you have a weak stomach, this may not be the Book for you. The killings in the book are brutal, and the author spares no detail. But for those that love a good thriller, look no further. This book is a great addition to the series and makes me even more excited for it to continue!

I love that Graham Smith spares nothing in his books – no character is safe, no detail is too touchy. It really adds a zing to the plot. You have no idea where it’s going to go. And he really takes you on a journey as Jake battles the killers. And not to give anything away, but this book doesn’t pull punches in this regard.

There’s also great character development in this chapter of the series, witch Jake making some tough decisions and coming to some realizations. I like that, because it makes Jake – who is a lot like a superhero – a little more human. He’s not too perfect after all, you know?

I love this series and it’s characters and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. If you love fast-paced thrillers, check this book out – you won’t be sorry!

About the Author

A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009.
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.