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#BlogTour: Death on the Coast by Bernie Steadman


About the Book

Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?

When images from the burning appear all over social media, Hellier realises that he is dealing with a cult and a mystery that will leads back to the Irish Troubles.

Hellier will battle a bitter man who has plotted revenge for more than twenty years, without a care for the lives he will destroy.

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My Review

4/5 Stars!

This book has everything needed to make a great mystery: cults, murder and plenty of juicy secrets – Oh My!

The set-up is great, with people participating in dangerous and violent rituals, in over their heads before they know it. From there, it’s anybody’s guess how everything works out, and there are plenty of good twists in there to keep readers on their toes.

I really enjoyed the level of detail in this book – nothing is insignificant and it all fits together perfectly to create an intense ending.I also really enjoyed the police team, and would absolutely read more with them as the main characters. (I am also really invested in Hellier’s personal life too, so I would like to see more of that too!)

Overall, fans of police procedurals will really enjoy this one. It’s creepy, twisty and has plenty of drama!

About the Author

IMG_1131Bernie taught English for many years but only dabbled in short fiction and poetry until a few years ago when she took to writing full-time.  She completed her debut novel, Death in the Woods when she escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays. This was the first in the West Country Mysteries series featuring DI Dan Hellier and his Exeter-based team. There are now three in the series, Death on Dartmoor and Death on the Coast completing the series.

Bernie lives in a small village in East Devon and her novels are set in and around the ancient Roman city of Exeter, which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries. The books explore the beauty of the area, but demonstrate that even in the most charming of settings, terrible events may occur.

When not glued to the laptop, Bernie is a keen yoga fan and enjoys walking and cycling in the Devon countryside with her husband. They share their home with two large, black cats which came from the animal sanctuary where she is a volunteer and trustee.


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Review: How It Happened by Michael Koryta

How It HappenedHow It Happened by Michael Koryta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You might think that a book which starts out with a confession and explanation would be devoid of mystery and suspense, but in this case – you’d be so wrong! This book begins with a double murder confession, but manages to keep you guessing until the very end.

Kimberly Crepeaux is a local ne’er-do-well, but when she confesses to the double murder of two local “golden children,” FBI agent Rob Barrett believes her. However, when parts of her story begin to unravel, like the bodies being found 200 miles away from where she swore they were located, Barrett loses control of the case and is ostracized for screwing up majorly. But he can’t let the case go, and he continues to search for the truth, no matter what he has to do to find it.

Like I said, the book is chock full of suspense, even though the first chapter reveals the confession. Koryta weaves a story that works backwards and manages to keep you guessing as he slowly reveals pieces of the puzzle which build back to that main picture. It’s really quite a suspenseful tale.

The setting is also really great, because Koryta manages to perfectly capture the essence of life in a small town and how things work when everyone knows everyone’s business – or at least, they think they do. Being from a small town, I totally related to a lot of those things.

The ending was a little convoluted, though. I’m still trying to piece it together in my mind. But I guess it couldn’t be too straightforward, or the story would be too simple.

Overall, this was a great high-suspense tale, with plenty of action. Fans of police procedurals will really enjoy it.

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#BlogTour: Carpenter Road by NM Brown

B L O G B L I T Z (1)

About the Book

When a young woman swaps coats with a prostitute then vanishes, it marks the start of a mystifying case for Leighton Jones.

After traffic officer Leighton is called to an altercation in a used car lot he is confronted by a prostitute rambling on about a girl who stole her coat. He thinks nothing off it. That is until the body of a Jane Doe shows up, matching the prostitute’s description.

What is the link between the fight in the car lot and the dead woman?

Leighton proceeds to gather evidence, which he attempts to pass onto the lead Homicide detective, Slater. However, Slater tells Leighton to back off, and that a suspect has been arrested.

Fearing there is more to the case than he first thought, Leighton is driven to keep digging and soon ends up on the trail of a serial killer.

But Leighton might be out of his depth this time…

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My Review

4/5 stars – Highly recommended!

First things first, this is the second book starring Leighton Jones, but it absolutely can be read as a standalone; it takes place 10 years before the events of the previous book, “The Girl on the Bus.” But warning: you will want to read the “The Girl on the Bus” after finishing this book!

“Carpenter Road” is the perfect, quick summer read to take with you to the pool or the beach. You’ll be hooked in no time.

This was a great police procedural, with a really intense mystery at its center: Who is killing these girls and why? Plus, there’s some really interesting subplots involving the politics of the police station, since Leighton is a “lowly” traffic cop, and he is dealing with prostitutes, who aren’t necessarily high-priority citizens in the eyes of many. I enjoyed that angle and it had me rooting for Leighton throughout the book.

I really liked Leighton, he is just an average guy trying to right by people, while juggling some personal demons. It’s very relatable. The villains in the book are also “perfect” bad guys who you just love seeing Leighton battle against.

I will definitely be reading more from NM Brown in the future and am excited to see where he takes this series.

About the Author

downloadNorman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.

Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.

More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.

Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.



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Review: The Lullaby Girl by Loreth Anne White

The Lullaby Girl (Angie Pallorino, #2)The Lullaby Girl by Loreth Anne White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t wait for the next book in this series. That’s how good it is: I’m already looking forward to reading more. This book combines romance, thrills and a healthy dose of suspense to bring readers an amazing new chapter in the Angie Pallorino saga.

This book takes place shortly after the events of the first book and Angie is facing the consequences of that investigation both at work and in her personal life. As Angie digs deeper into her past and Maddocks follows up on the Amanda Rose girls, they find the cases colliding and their lives in danger.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Angie and Maddocks. They’re definitely a couple to root for and Maddocks is a great male lead, in particular. I also liked getting to see more of Holgersen, and I can’t wait to see where his character goes.

The central mysteries were also very intriguing, and actually quite scary – it’s very realistic and very intense. I wish we got to see a little more of the girls themselves, but I understand that there’s only so much room in a book.

I’m honestly a huge fan of this series, and really enjoyed catching up with these characters. If you’re a fan of romance, suspense, or both, I’d highly recommend checking it out.

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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=”; 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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Teaser Tuesday: Walking the Bones by Randall Silvis

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.

This week I’m excited to be starting the second book in the DeMarco series by Randall Silvis. The first was good and I’m excited to see what the second has in store! I’m also going to be part of the blog tour next month! Look out for that!

Here we go:

Now DeMarco stood and carried his plate and cup to the sink. “Nedra,” he said, “is there a place nearby where we could rent a car for a couple of days?” “In this town?” she said, and shook her head no. “But I’m sure we could find one on my way home this morning. Cullen rented his at the airport, but that’s in the wrong direction. I’m headed east.”

About the Book

The bones of seven young girls, picked clean and carefully preserved, discovered years ago… that’s all Sergeant Ryan DeMarco knows about the unsolved crime he has unwittingly been roped into investigating during what is supposed to be a healing road trip with his new love, Jayme.

DeMarco is still reeling from the case that led to death of his best friend months ago and wants nothing more than to lay low. Unfortunately, the small southern town of Jayme’s idyllic youth is not exactly a place that lets strangers go unnoticed―especially strangers who have a history of solving violent crimes. And if there’s anything DeMarco knows, it’s that a killer always leaves clues behind, just waiting for the right person to come along and put all the pieces together…

Walking the Bones is a story about things buried―memories, regrets, secrets, and bodies. Acclaimed author Randall Silvis delivers another heart-stopping investigation as DeMarco finds himself once again drawn into a case that will demand more of himself than he may be willing to give.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

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.

This week, I’m reading a really interesting book which I saw when I went to the bookstore in hardcover form! I always get way too excited about things like that, lol. Anyway, here’s a small preview of this great mystery:

‘Yes. I’ve helped all my children in different ways, depending on what they wanted.’ He carefully rolls up the cuff of his shirtsleeve. ‘Rose only wanted a little place. She was not an extravagant person. I thought it was a good idea after so long being the only girl, and the baby, that she have a bit of independence.’

About the Book

The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?

Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past.