#CountdownToPublicationDay #ToxicTriangles #DCIChristopherTimothy #Book7 #Day3 #BookReview A Wild Kind of Justice (DI Christopher Timothy book 3) by Alison Lingwood

Toxic Triangles

As part of the publication day countdown for Alison Lingwood’s Toxic Triangles I am re-sharing my review of book 3, A Wild Kind of Justice.

(originally published on 17th May 2018)

I love Alison Lingwood’s style of writing. I know I’m in for a treat when I start one her books and A Wild Kind of Justice was no exception. I read a lot of crime fiction books, but most tend to be a lot more gruesome than Alison Lingwood’s much more gentle (for want of a better word) murder mysteries. I enjoy both kinds and this has been a pleasure to read.

A Wild Kind of Justice is Alison Lingwood’s third book and I would recommend you read them in order as they do feature the same detective and some of the character’s story lines follow on from the previous books. I don’t think you’d find yourself totally lost if you read this as a standalone though.

In this story DCI Christopher Timothy finds himself in charge of a new mystery when part of a human body is found at the site of a disused mine in Staffordshire. Unfortunately he doesn’t get much of a chance to investigate before losing a close friend to murder and ending up in hospital himself. His team battle to piece together the evidence and try to find any links between the two murders, but nothing much seems to make sense to start with. They miss Chris’ expertise but are determined to solve the case before anyone else gets hurt. With the help of vital witnesses things eventually start falling in to place.

This is a very cleverly written police procedural which is very much plot driven, but also focusses heavily on the character’s.

I really felt for Chris’ wife. It must be terrifying being married to a policeman, especially when your worst fears seem to be coming true. I also felt for his colleagues, desperate to uncover the truth. It just goes to show though, do you ever really know those who you should be able to trust?

I love that this book is set in Newcastle-under-Lyme (my hometown). It’s great when you can picture the places mentioned!

Full of suspense, as always. I’m looking forward to catching up with DCI Christopher Timothy, and others, in the next book.

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#CountdownToPublicationDay #ToxicTriangles #DCIChristopherTimothy #Book7 #Day2 #BookReview The Bridport Dagger (DI Christopher Timothy book 2) by Alison Lingwood

Toxic Triangles

As part of the countdown to publication day for Alison Lingwood’s Toxic Triangles I am re-sharing my review for book 2, The Bridport Dagger.

(originally published on 4th April 2016)

As I write this we’re on a train heading back to London, Waterloo. We have spent the last few days in Yeovil (featured in The Bridport Dagger) visiting friends.

Alison is another lovely author local to me. She has very kindly agreed to be the guest speaker at our Women’s Fellowship meeting this month, which I am very much looking forward to. I’m hoping Alison will agree to sign my books for me 😉

The Bridport Dagger hooks you in gently as the first few chapters set the scene and introduce us to the characters. It seems unlikely that the characters are linked in any way so straight away I found myself intrigued as to where the story would lead.

DI Christopher Timothy and his wife Pippa, from Staffordshire, are expecting their first baby and decide to take a relaxing holiday in Dorset before the baby is born. They hire a cottage from Beatrice Roper and all is well until Beatrice’s twin brother, Benedick, is found murdered. On the same night, in Ellesmere Port, Harry Greatorex is found dead at his bungalow and foul play is suspected. DI Timothy soon finds himself involved in the investigation which is far from straight forward. How can these two murders be connected? The secrets that unfold as a result of this investigation are quite shocking. I thought I had it sussed a few times, but I was totally wrong! It all made sense in the end though.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery. I love Alison Lingwood’s writing, I find it a very easy style to get on with. If you like a good crime thriller with interesting characters and a captivating story line then I’m sure you will enjoy this book. It is the second of Alison’s I have read, so I have met DI Timothy before, but you could easily enjoy this as a standalone. I would highly recommend Portal To Murder though, if you haven’t read it already.

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#CountdownToPublicationDay #ToxicTriangles #DCIChristopherTimothy #Book7 #Day1 #BookReview Portal to Murder (DI Christopher Timothy book 1) by Alison Lingwood

Toxic Triangles

As part of the countdown to publication day for Alison Lingwood’s Toxic Triangles I will be re-sharing my reviews for the first six books in the series! I read Portal to Murder before I started my blog so here is my short, but sweet (I think!), review which I posted to AmazonUK on 22nd July 2014!

Kerry Parsons

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2014

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#FlashbackFriday April 2020 with @grahnort @Iona_Grey @GillianPoucher @TanyaBullock15 @KimTheBookworm @morgenwriteruk & @Jancoledwards #BookReviews

Flashback Friday

Hi and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature!

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at what I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

Please do join in, if you have the time, I’d love to see your posts. Share your link with us in the comments if you do.

Here are my reviews from April 2019 plus a link to previous FBFs…..

A Keeper Audible

A Keeper by Graham Norton #Audible #BookReview @HodderBooks

Letters To The Lost cover

#LettersToTheLost by Iona Grey @Iona_Grey Simon & Schuster @simonschuster #Netgalley #BookReview

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After The Funeral by Gillian Poucher @GillianPoucher #BlogTour #BookReview @RedDoorBooks


The Lonely Hearts Crime Club by Tanya Bullock @TanyaBullock15 @Blackbird_Bks #BlogTour #BookReview


Amazing Grace by Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm #BlogTour #BookReview @HeraBooks @rararesources

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After Jessica by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk #BlogTour #BookReview @BOTBSPublicity

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In Her Defence (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards @Jancoledwards #BlogTour #BookReview

#FlashbackFriday April 2019 with Susan Hill @HALeuschel @hine_hin @ChristieJBarlow @callytaylor and @MTilburyAuthor

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One Last Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @FreddieJoJo1 #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on Stephen Anthony Brotherton’s One Last Shot blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources!

One Last Shot

Having read and enjoyed the previous two books in this series, Another Shot and An Extra Shot, I was very much looking forward to reading this conclusion to Freddie’s and Jo-Jo’s rollercoaster love story.

This book starts pretty much where An Extra Shot left off. We find out how Freddie has coped with Jo-Jo’s bombshell news. He hasn’t coped well and once again I really felt for Freddie. She has turned his life upside down once again. From the very beginning I have found Freddie to be a very likeable, but vulnerable, character. For him, Jo-Jo was his life and not having her in it has been something he has struggled to get over for years. Now Jo-Jo is back, thirty years later, he seems as confused and deflated as ever. Jo-Jo still can’t seem to make her mind up what she wants which did make me wonder why she ever got back in touch with him again at all. I’m not sure she did him any favours telling him her secret either. She obviously thinks he deserves to know, and he probably does, but I don’t think him knowing now really does anyone any good. I feel it was more to ease her own conscience for not telling him at the time, although I don’t doubt for one second how heart-breaking it must have been for her to make such a lifechanging decision and to live with that secret for all these years. My feelings towards Jo-Jo are very conflicted. I still didn’t particularly warm to her, if I’m honest. She doesn’t seem to do Freddie’s mental health much good. He quite blatantly adores her though and she obviously loves him in her own way. She does seem genuinely worried about him, but at the same time she is the one who has caused his trauma. I’m not convinced she could make him happy, but I hope I’m wrong.

Likable, or not, I do feel like I really connected with these characters, throughout all three books. I have been well and truly invested in their story and genuinely enjoyed learning more about them.

I loved Jack. He’s a good friend to Freddie. Amy grew on me more throughout this book also.

This book is another emotional read and one I found equally compelling to the first two books. I think anyone would enjoy Freddie’s and Jo-Jo’s story. I’m going to have a look at some of the other reviews now as I’m interested to see if anyone else felt the same about Jo-Jo as I have, or if it’s just me!

Many thanks to the author and to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Reads for my review copy of One Last Shot. I will happily recommend.


Can first love ever be reignited?

One Last Shot concludes the trilogy of Freddie and Jo-Jo, which has moved through time in a series of flashbacks, showing how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over three decades later.

At the end of the second book, An Extra Shot, Jo-Jo tells Freddie about her dark secret. Confused, vulnerable and in a state of shock, he says he needs time to think about what to do next. Jo-Jo’s right to be worried. Freddie doesn’t react well…

Praise for his previous books in the trilogy:

A story of second chances, fractured relationships, passion, secrets and emotion.
Dash Fan Book Reviews

We’re back with a book that does the will they, won’t they thing so well.
B R Maycock

An emotional, compelling but poignant read. It’s impossible not to get caught up in.
Over the Rainbow

I loved the characters, the flashbacks, the music, the culture and I left captivated, yet again.
Ann S



#AnotherShot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @FreddieJoJo1 #MiniBlogBlitz #BookReview @rararesources

#AnExtraShot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @FreddieJoJo1 #MiniBlogBlitz #BookReview @rararesources

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A Place of Reckoning (Detective Tom Blake book 2) by J.F.Burgess @burgess1012 #PublicationDay #BookPromo

It’s Publication Day for J.F. Burgess! 🙂

A Place of Reckoning

Watch this space for my review!

In the meantime…..

Three women. Two bodies. One deadly secret.

Pottery tycoon Charles Lancaster knows who kidnapped his wife.

He’s sure it was the brutally dangerous ex bare-knuckle fighter, Patrick Dunne. Patrick promised to avenge his son who died in a tragic accident in one of Charles’ factories. It’s an open and shut case…

 …until a headless body turns up in a remote Peak District pool, its back tattooed with a cryptic Tarot card. As Detective Inspector Tom Blake and FBI profiler Lucy Stryker dig into the mystery, they unearth long-buried secrets about an historic conspiracy and a clandestine cult. But with a sadistic killer on the loose, and everyone hiding things, it’s not just the victim’s life that hangs in the balance. Will anyone get out alive?

Because when the powerful are pointing the finger, you’d better watch your back…

What readers are saying:

‘Building on the success of his debut novel, The Killer Shadow Thieves, the author now plunges DI Tom Blake into a darkness he could never have imagined.’ Alyson Read, The Word Is Out – Alyson’s Reviews

‘What an amazing storytelling talent J.F.Burgess has!!! A Place of Reckoning is an utterly gripping psychological thriller: a real page-turner.’ Audrey Gibson, Goodreads

‘DI Blake and Lucy Stryker make a fantastic team to solve this dark mysterious case. It’s a crime thriller full of suspense which will grip you until the end… hugely enjoyable!’ Shiva Patel, Goodreads

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The Killer Shadow Thieves (DI Tom Blake book 1) by J.F.Burgess @burgess1012 #BookReview

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None the Wiser (Detective Mark Turpin Book 1) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

None the Wiser

I know I use these words a lot but OH, MY DAYS!

What a chilling yet completely compelling read. A cracking start to a new series!

DS Mark Turpin is called back to work, a little sooner then planned, when a priest is found brutally murdered in his own church. It’s obvious that this killing is very personal, but who could hold such a murderous grudge against a man of the cloth?

When a second priest is murdered, in a similar manner, Mark and his team dig even deeper into the pasts of these men in a frantic effort to find some sort of connection. What they eventually uncover is nothing short of heart-breaking.

As a Church of England, Christian myself I can fully understand the priests keeping the confidence of those whose confessions they have listened to. My heart went out to them as it can’t be easy to hear certain things and not be able to report to the relevant authorities should they feel they ought to. Battling between your duty to your faith and your conscience over the suffering of others must be immensely debilitating. I could also fully understand the frustration of the police as information has been withheld due to confidentiality laws.

I personally think certain rules surrounding confession should be relaxed, where a crime has quite plainly been committed, as I’m pretty sure God would forgive anyone who breaks the ‘rules’ to protect a fellow human being. I also know it’s not as black and white as that and I am sure there are many people who would disagree with me. It’s a difficult one, not to mention controversial.

Anyway, when Mark spots a clue, which has been previously missed, the investigation becomes even more urgent as they believe the murderer isn’t finished. This killer needs to be found, and now.

This is a fast-paced murder mystery which ticks all the boxes for me. Rachel Amphlett’s books always do!

DS Mark Turpin is a very likeable character and an extremely diligent detective sergeant. We also learn a little of his personal life, which I always like, and I love that he currently lives on a boat with a dog who seems to have claimed him as his own.

If you have never read a book by Rachel Amphlett before (why ever not!??) then this a perfect one to start with. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m very much looking forward to catching up with DS Mark Turpin in book 2!

Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for my mobi review copy. My apologies for taking this long to read and review.

Via Amazon UK

What if some secrets were never meant to stay buried?

When a parish priest is brutally murdered in cold blood, a rural community is left in shock – and fear.

New to the Vale of the White Horse, Detective Sergeant Mark Turpin discovers the murder bears the hallmark of a vicious killer who shows no remorse for his victim, and leaves no trace behind.

After a second priest is killed, his broken body bearing similar ritualistic abuse, the police are confronted by a horrifying truth – there is a serial killer at large with a disturbing vendetta.

As fear grips the once tranquil countryside, Mark and his team race to uncover a tangle of dark secrets and lies before the killer strikes again.

In doing so, Mark finds out that the truth is more twisted than he could ever have imagined…

None the Wiser is the first book in a new murder mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett.

“Fast paced with vivid characterisation and clever twists – this is another winner” – Adrian McKinty, The Chain


“A terrific start to a new series” – Jo Spain, With Our Blessing and The Confession

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The Break Up by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #PublicationDay #BookPromo #OutNow

I know it’s a bit late in the day but I just wanted to wish Tilly Tennant a very happy publication day! 🙂


The Break Up

I can’t wait to read this, I know I’m going to love it!


What happens when Mr Right goes rogue?

Lara doesn’t have a back-up plan. So when her safe-bet boyfriend Lucien dumps her for her best friend, Lara’s world implodes. Life after the break up stretches bleakly ahead, lonely evenings on the sofa with only a bottle of wine and her grey cat Fluffy for company…

Down the road, Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, giving other people great nights out before coming home in the early hours and unwinding with his loyal cat Satchmo.

What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.

And when they find out, standing in the streets in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet, sparks of the wrong sort fly.

Lara can’t deny that Theo is one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever met, but she can see exactly why he’s still single. They do say opposites attract… but is she ready to move on? And when Lucien comes back into the picture, will she be tempted back to her life before the break up, or risk everything on the chance of something new?

A wonderfully warm will-they-won’t-they romantic read that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. If you’re a fan of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews, The Break Up is the love story you’ve been waiting for.

Readers are loving The Break Up:

Oh my gosh I loved this book. I think it would make a great movie… Tilly Tennant books always warm my heart and always give me a giggle too’ StefLoz Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ https://steflozbookblog.wordpress.com/ 

I loved this book, it is such an enchanting read that I could have happily devoured in one sitting… it has just the right amount of romance and humour and is much more than a boy-meets-girl kind of book… It is a lovely story where we learn not to give up on our dreams and I highly recommend this book!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This is such a magical and heartwarming story, I have absolutely adored this and I’m really sad that I will never be able to experience reading this for the first time again… it should be on everyone’s TBR list. I cannot say anything negative about this one, it has been the perfect book to switch off with at the end of a busy day. This is most definitely a five star read, I only wish I could give this higher. It is truly deserving of all the stars and is magical.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Such a sweet and comforting read, perfect for curling up with on a cold, wet day.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I love this author and never miss one of her books.’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘What a beautiful book this is! I wasn’t sure what to expect at first but once I started reading I couldn’t stop. Would definitely recommend’ Beanie Bookworm

Really enjoyed this, Lara and Theo are great characters and the story line was lovely. Perfect to lose yourself in for a few hours!’ Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a lovely book… There were parts that broke my heart and parts that made me smile.B for Book Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Another brilliant book by Tilly Tennant.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This is a lovely easy read romantic story with lots of laughs… I found I just couldn’t stop reading.’ NetGalley Reviewer

A cute romantic story filled with some hilarious moments!’ Goodreads Reviewer

An enchanting book which captures your heart and you can be swept along with the “loveliness” of it all’ Goodreads Reviewer

Out now!

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#CoverReveal #BLOWBACK by Monica James @monicajames81 ( Model @AndrewEngland88 )

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Book Two

This was supposed to be simple. Vengeance was mine. But I should know by now that nothing in life is easy.
My endgame has changed all because I met someone who wishes I was dead. Yet her hatred is the only thing saving her from The Big Bad. My lies protect her, so the harder she hates, the safer she is.
The thing about love and hate—it skates a very thin line. I need to stay away. It’s better for everyone if I do. But fighting this is like fighting nature.
Our paths crossed for a reason, and my Tiger isn’t fooled. Once the smoke clears, she will see every player, including me. I don’t deserve a second chance. But I want one…because I want her. The question is, what happens when the truth is finally revealed?
With the end in sight, I can promise you there will be nothing but violence and mayhem.
Oh yes, blood will be shed.



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She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
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Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming @GraemeCumming63 #BookReview

Ravens Gathering

I thoroughly enjoyed Ravens Gathering (although some scenes make for very uncomfortable reading).

Despite being at work this morning I did stay up quite late last night to finish this book as my curiosity wouldn’t allow me to leave the last few chapters until this afternoon.

OH, MY DAYS!! I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this. Having said that, I did find it to be on a par with Stephen King’s and Dean Koontz’s writing.

This is a unique, supernatural thriller which is very intelligently written. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started it. The blurb is quite vague which I think is perfect. I think I enjoyed it more for going in blind, so to speak. I was instantly intrigued by the gathering of the birds, at the beginning of the story, and felt physically unsettled by their presence myself.

Martin intrigued me massively. Does his return to the village have anything to do with a recent tragic accident and why do his family seem to want nothing to do with him? I found his story totally compelling and I really warmed to him in the end.

I was totally unprepared for the direction this story took. Strange (to put it mildly) things start to occur, and all manner of dark secrets are revealed. I can’t really say much else without giving anything away, but this is a completely captivating read, packed full of unnerving suspense. As I said above there are some quite disturbing scenes which truly add to the horror the residents of this village are facing and have had to face in the past.

Intrigued? Course you are! Give it read for yourself and all will become clear. A dark, but highly entertaining supernatural fantasy thriller. I highly recommend!

Via AmazonUK

As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds. Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing. And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them. The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated spot was unnerving. Tanya reached a hand out towards Martin, and was relieved to feel him take it. She felt him move in behind her. After the uncertainty she’d experienced with him in a similar position only a few moments ago, she recognised the irony of her reaction. His closeness offered security.
“You know what they are, don’t you?”

A stranger’s arrival in a small village coincides with a tragic accident. For the Gates family in particular it’s more than a coincidence, but unease increases following a brutal attack. As tensions rise, a dark past returns to haunt them and others, while newcomers to the village are drawn into a mystery with terrifying consequences.

And only a select few know why the ravens are gathering.

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About the author

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Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country. He has wide and varied tastes when it comes to fiction so he’s conscious that his thrillers can cross into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as more traditional arenas.
When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking. He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club. Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

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