#DeadInside by Noelle Holten @nholten40 #BlogTour #BookReview @KillerReads @BOTBSPublicity

Welcome to my stop on Noelle Holten’s Dead Inside blog tour with BOTBSPublicity! I am absolutely OVER THE MOON to be sharing my thoughts on this awesome debut with you today 🙂

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Well, Dead Inside had me completely captivated from page one! If I didn’t know already there is no way in a million years that I would have thought this is a debut novel. Noelle Holten obviously has a natural talent for writing.

Dead Inside features a diverse number of characters, some much more likeable than others. I love that some of them have names very familiar to me in the book blogging world! They must be over the moon to be immortalised forever within this story.

Lucy is a very likeable character and one who I really felt for. Her husband, Patrick, is a proper nasty piece of work. Having never been in an abusive relationship it’s difficult to understand why some women stay with these men. Lucy especially, given her job as a probation officer dealing with domestic abuse offenders. I understood her love for the children though, even though she isn’t their mother, and the responsibility she feels for keeping them safe.

Patrick is one of a few characters who seem to think that women are there to serve whatever purpose they desire. These men truly made my skin crawl and to be honest they don’t really deserve to be called men. They are despicable excuses for human beings.

When these men end up dead, brutally murdered, DC Maggie Jamieson and the team are tasked with finding out what connects them all and who might be capable of such horrific violence.

When it’s realised that Lucy is connected things just go from bad to worse and the story becomes even more intriguing.

I can’t begin to tell you how fast-paced and tense this story is. The short chapters add to the tension and the need to read just one more (or two, or three, or twenty!). Raw emotion pours off the pages and the ending just blew me away. It’s completely heart-breaking. I have no doubts that the story will stay with me for a very long time to come.

Such an excellent start to a new series. I can’t wait to read book two!

Many thanks for the opportunity to join in with the blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of Dead Inside. I can’t recommend highly enough!

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Book Description:


‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin

‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

‘Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning series – from a huge new talent.

The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?


Author Bio:

Dead Inside author

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the #booklove via her blog.

Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

Connect with Noelle on Social Media here:

Twitter: (@nholten40) https://twitter.com/nholten40

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noelleholtenauthor/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Noelle-Holten/e/B07HZ685TL

Blog FB page: https://www.facebook.com/crimebookjunkie/

Instagram: @crimebookjunkie

happy reading 🙂

Penshaw: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 13) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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Penshaw is book thirteen in the DCI Ryan Mysteries series and it’s every bit as entertaining as all the previous books, which I have read and LOVED! I feel like I am becoming very repetitive in my reviews of this series, but honestly, I can’t recommend them highly enough. Each book is unique, but similar at the same time, if that makes sense!? The main characters are very familiar to me now and I talk about them as if I know them in real life! (I think my husband thinks I’ve lost the plot! Lol!) However, each new book brings a fresh challenge to Ryan and the team.

This book finds DCI Ryan and his team investigating the seemingly accidental death of an elderly man, in his own living room. His wife was unable to get him out of their house in time when it went up in flames. Something doesn’t sit right with Ryan though and it’s soon obvious that there is far more to this family’s story. I really enjoyed the ex-mining community aspect of this book. My father-in-law and my brother-in-law were miners back in the day and whenever I’ve heard them talk about their time down the pit it’s always been obvious that they were all more than just colleagues to each other, they were family and it was less of a job and more of a way of life. I can only imagine how difficult life must have been for these families when the pits were closed, and their lives were completely turned upside down! The end of an era and not something everyone found easy to move on from.

This book also see’s Lowerson getting himself involved in a sticky situation (putting it very mildly!) again. Just as he seemed to be getting his life back on track.

Ryan is tasked with helping to uncover a mole within the department. A task which doesn’t really sit well with him, but he is confident it isn’t anyone within his own team and that he will soon get to the bottom of it all.

As always nothing is ever straight forward, and I was treated once again to a fast-paced crime thriller which kept me glued to my kindle as often as I could possibly manage around real life!

I love that some of the characters are all loved up and that there is a little bit of romance and happiness amongst all the murder.

I love how Samantha has impacted on Phillips and MacKenzie and I look forward to how their relationships develop.

I have my fingers crossed for Lowerson and Yates!

I can’t wait for book 14!

New to this series? Start here…..


happy reading 🙂


#Resthaven by Erik Therme @ErikTherme #Audible #BookReview


I listened to Resthaven on Audible and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Kaylee finds herself involved in a scavenger hunt, with friends, in an abandoned retirement home, which is quite creepy in itself. When she finds a young, deaf boy she promises to get him to safety, but soon finds that they have been locked in and her friends are no where to be seen. Now, as an adult this would scare the crap out of me, so I can understand the fear of this teenage girl. Her attempts to escape are not made easy with one obstacle and another and it’s quite a tense fight for freedom at times. Also, not is all as it seems and there is a surprising twist as truths are uncovered along the way.

If you’re a fan of action/adventure/mysteries then I think you would enjoy this story, whatever your age. I think it was very well narrated also, by Randi Larson.

Many thanks to the author for my review copy via Carla Buckley.

happy reading 🙂


Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave #2

The Positivity Wave

Today I’m joining in with Meggy @ Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles with her Positivity Wave!

Here’s what made me happy this week…..

Facebook memories…..


I received a lovely signed copy of Torment from Mark Tilbury!

Torment signed copy


We had a lovely barbecue at Fr. Chris’ on Saturday, despite the bad weather that was forecast!


Saturday night we had a lovely evening out celebrating my Auntie Jayne’s 50th Birthday


Google collages of our trip to Llandudno


Google memories

Google memories


My beautiful cousin Zoey was in our local newspaper this week…..


On Wednesday I spent the afternoon with my Mum. We had lunch and did a bit of shopping before we met up with our Women’s Fellowship ladies to watch The Lion King at the cinema 🙂


Yesterday I had a new haircut!


What made you happy this week?

#Hidden by Roger A Price @RAPriceAuthor @Endeavour_Media #BlogTour #Interview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Roger A Price’s Hidden blog tour!

Hidden Blog tour

Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for arranging the following interview with Roger A Price…..

Hidden author Roger A Price

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

I have published five novels and the last three are in the ‘Badge & the Pen’ series of crime thrillers which bring together unlikely bedfellows of DI Vinnie Palmer and TV news reporter Christine Jones. Each is after the truth; but from differing agendas, which can be fun or sometimes fraught.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I left the police as a DI and have travelled the world with the National Crime Squad (now Agency) so allow those experiences to drive my pen.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

I stay away from that, as it would restrict where you could take a character and might offend the donor! I prefer to construct my characters as a composite of many facets.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I just play around with them until I find a certain cadence, or rhythm. The names have to match the character, but first and second names have to sound seamless together.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

I walk in to my office at home at 8.45 am and stay there until 4.30 pm, either writing, or involved in the business of writing. You have to be disciplined or you’d never finish anything.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Tough one: so many to choose from. But apart from the mainstream authors, I like to try authors I’ve never heard of, but always in the crime fiction or thriller genre.

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

George Orwell; where did he get the idea to use animals to enhance the political message of Animal Farm. Inspired.

Were you a big reader as a child?

I used to love reading all the Enid Blyton books which, like many, was my introduction to reading novels. The sheer magic of being transported to imaginary places.

When did you start to write?

An itch I never scratched as a busy detective, but I started in earnest in 2011; though a lot of my ex-colleagues said my reports were works of fiction. Cheeky blighters! Though I did use emotive language, so perhaps the flair was always there!

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Is there a book you wish you had written?

Q 1. Any of my own books if it made them a #1 bestseller.

Q 2. Any #1 bestseller!

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

A Dangerous Business.

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

Dr Who; anywhere café in the cosmos!

What are you working on right now?

The next in the Badge & the Pen series is my current WIP novel-wise. And I have also written a 6-part TV drama called McCall & Stamp about two undercover police trouble-shooters which my agent is currently sending out to producers hoping to catch one’s eye; fingers crossed.

Tell us about your last release?

In Hidden we see our heroes come up against the most evil of wrongdoers: those who are involved in the scourge of people-trafficking and enforced prostitution.

Do you have a new release due?

Hidden was released in paperback and on Kindle on 1st June.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Nowadays it’s all done online really with launch parties and virtual stuff etc. Though I do still do a series of talks before and after each release and a few in between too.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/RAPriceAuthor,
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CrimethillersbyRogerAPrice

Or you can stay in touch via my website: http://www.rogerapriceauthor.co.uk where you can join my mailing list and be the first to get any giveaways; in fact you’ll receive a free short story just for joining, which is set in the days before Hidden starts.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Roger 🙂

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Vinnie’s romantic holiday did not go as planned. There was an assault, his companion was threatened and the police asked them to leave.

And when Vinnie returns to his police job in Manchester, things don’t get much better, as he finds himself at the heart of an investigation that stretches from Manchester to all corners of Europe. Women are being trafficked into the UK and forced into prostitution, and while the police are diligent in their enquiries, they seem to have a rogue in their midst.

As events unravel, the lines between good and bad, police and criminals, seem to become more and more blurred… and the stakes for all involved are getting higher.

Hidden is Book 3 in Roger Price’s the badge and the pen series, but it can equally be read as a novel in its own right. Existing fans of Vinnie and Christine are bound to love it, but Hidden is also perfect for crime and police fiction lovers, and anybody who loves a fast-paced, gripping story.

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happy reading 🙂



#CommonCause by Kate Hunter @KateHun06517271 @fledglingpress #BlogTour #Interview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Kate Hunter’s Common Cause blog tour with Love Books Tours!

Common Cause tour

Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for arranging the following interview with Kate Hunter…..

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

When I’m not writing I’m either out campaigning – Homes for All, Justice for Grenfell, scrap Universal Credit, for instance – or I’m earning a few bob doing gardening jobs. Both indirectly influence my writing, the first because it keeps me grounded, the second because manual work complements writing. And my books are fictionalised explorations of real events that involve manual work and campaigns.


Where did/do you get your ideas from

From people – past and present – and their relationships.


Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

I guess they’re all based to some extent on people I know or have known. Someone who asked, jokingly, for a cameo appearance in my next book got one in Common Cause. Bad idea. I sensed the intrusion of my actual world threatening the world I was creating.


How do you pick your characters’ names?

A simple monosyllabic name for Iza Orr, whose story this is, felt right. Her family’s names come from the 1911 census entry for my grandmother’s family, other characters from a 1913 list of Edinburgh print trade union members, with some names of elderly neighbours from my childhood.


Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

For my novels, tons of research, most of which I don’t use directly; start writing very early morning and keep going till lunchtime; finish a session by taking stock and deciding where I’m going next.


Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Lucia Berlin, Jose Saramago, Franz Kafka, Flannery O’Connor, Akala. Tomorrow I’d come up with a different five.


If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Lucia (pronounced Looseeah) Berlin. I’d go to ask her if she fancies a tequila then remember, she’s been off the booze for years and that’s allowing her to produce her best work.


Were you a big reader as a child?

Dad took us to the local library when we were very young, but I was happier building gang huts and climbing trees with my chums. Books became my other, wide, wide world during difficult teenage years.


When did you start to write?

‘Don’t you go thinking that means you’re clever’ said my horrible teacher when I won a prize in a national essay competition when I was nine. That knocked me, but somewhere deep down it must have lodged in me that this was something I could do. Though I’ve had a need to write all my working life, I didn’t manage to properly commit myself till I retired and had the wherewithall.


If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

Is there a book you wish you had written?

While I’d think about changing the ending of Common Cause to please Christine who read drafts, I’d decide to please myself.


If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

I wouldn’t write one. Other people are more interesting.



If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

Mrs Sinclair from Common Cause – to apologise for being mean to her. Might lash out on food at the Lobster Shack in North Berwick. I can just see her picking wee pink strands from her teeth. Woops. Looks like I’m not ready to make amends, which is a shame. I truly value the humane.


What are you working on right now?

Looking forward to either reworking some short stories and a long poem or starting to jot down ideas for a novel that are starting to bubble away. Not sure which.


Tell us about your last release?

The Caseroom was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award in 2017 and was a Morning Star book of the year.


Do you have a new release due?

Common Cause carries on the story. Enough people said they wanted more.


What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Gulp, thinking who’d have imagined this could happen.



How can readers keep in touch with you?

@KateHun06517271 on Twitter, I’m on Facebook too –


And through Fledgling Press. I’d love to hear from you.


Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Not really. I think you’ve covered pretty much everything.


Many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Kate 🙂

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It’s 1915 and Britain is at war as Kate Hunter’s sequel to The Caseroom – shortlisted for the 2017 Saltire First Book Award – opens on the next stage in the lives of Iza Orr, skilled compositor, and the workers in Edinburgh’s print industry. At a time of momentous events, we step alongside Iza as she copes with unexpected complexities of patriotism, women’s suffrage, worker victimisation and a historic wartime lockout. `It seems the country needs starched cloth-lappers and lunatic asylum attendants, but it does not need books, does not need learning and intellectual stimulation.’ Printers are denied reserved occupation status but, with bankruptcies looming, the jobs of Edinburgh’s dwindling number of female hand typesetters are on the line. Riven by challenges both political and personal, Iza must weather conflicting calls for loyalty to nation, to class, to gender, to family – her marriage to troubled John, her children, her estranged daughter Mary, now a grown woman – to discover her true common cause.  

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happy reading 🙂



#TheMoor by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #DCIRyanMysteries #Book12 #BookReview

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Well, what can I say!? A DCI Ryan mystery never disappoints! This is one of my most favourite series’. L J Ross will always be one of my most favourite authors. Having read and loved Holy Island I have been totally addicted to this series and I love catching up with Ryan, Phillips and the team. They feel very much like old friends now. Having said that, each book features a fresh new investigation, with references to the past, so I would say each could easily be read as a standalone although I would obviously recommend reading them all in order because they are just brilliant. The personal stories of the main characters do develop throughout the series.

In The Moor we meet ten year old Samantha who is a lovely little character. She’s had far more to deal with then any child should have to, and my heart went out to her. She has been brought up to believe that her mother abandoned her and her father when she was two years old, but she starts to have flashbacks which make her think something more sinister happened. She seeks out DCI Ryan, having seen him on the TV, and the mystery begins. It soon becomes clear that Samantha’s mother was murdered, but proving it was never going to be easy, especially as their main witness was only two years old at the time! Ryan is determined, as always, to get to the bottom of things though and all sorts of secrets are uncovered during the course of the investigation.

The Moor is another fast-paced whodunnit, full of suspense and intrigue with a compelling plot and fascinating characters.

I loved the relationship Samantha develops with Phillips and McKenzie. It was quite heart-warming and a lovely aspect of the story.

Oh, and what a cliff-hanger!! I’m SO glad I have Penshaw ready to read. I can’t wait to find out what happens.

A big thank you to L J Ross for my kindle review copy and beautiful signed paperback copy!


Holy Island (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 1) by @LJRoss_author #Review

Sycamore Gap by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

Heavenfield by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

Angel by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book4

High Force by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book5

Cragside by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book6

Dark Skies by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book7

Seven Bridges: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 8) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

The Hermitage: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 9) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

Longstone: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 10) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery (Multicast Drama): An Audible Original Drama by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview @audibleuk

happy reading 🙂

#BeingSomeone by Adrian Harvey @ade_harvey @UrbaneBooks #BookPromo #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Adrian Harvey’s Being Someone blog tour with Love Books Tours!

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Being Someone is a life story, a love story, a human story.

James has fallen through life, plotting a course of least resistance, taking each day as it comes and waiting for that indefinable something to turn up, to give his story meaning. His journey lacks one vital element a fellow traveller. Then he meets Lainey. Confident. Beautiful. Captivating. And James rewrites himself to win her heart. Lainey gives James a reason to grow, paints a bright future, promises the happy ending he has sought so keenly. But when we discover we can live the greatest story of all, are we able to share the pages with someone else?

Being Someone is an emotive tale of love, of self-discovery and adventure a story of the eternal search for happiness in another, without ultimately losing ourselves.

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happy reading 🙂


#AnElegantSolution by @anne_atkins @malcolmdown #BlogTour #Interview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Anne Atkins’ An Elegant Solution blog tour with Love Books Tours!

An Elegant Solution tour

Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for arranging the following interview with Anne Atkins…..

Anne Atkins

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I usually start with a question. Such as what would drive me to murder? Or, if I were a terrorist, what is the most effective target I could think of.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Very much so! My Aspergic hero, Theo, is based entirely on my son Alexander. Other characters are themselves, arising in relation to him, but have traits from all sorts of people.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

How do you pick your children’s names? (Though a few of my characters have names picked by charity auction, a method I’ve not yet used for any of our children… though it’s not a bad idea.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?


Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Shakespeare. Chaucer. Dickens. Sayers. Austen. CS Lewis. Sophocles. Virgil. How on earth do you restrict this to five?

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Shakespeare. Are you the Earl of Oxford?

Were you a big reader as a child?

No, I was a very small reader as a child. I did read a lot though.


When did you start to write?

At nursery school. My first professional writing: the year after I left university, when I was asked to write dramatic sketches for the Oxford Christian Mission.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

Every time I see Romeo and Juliet I somehow hope and believe that this time, he might just get to her in time…

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Gaudy Night.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

My Humility and I.

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

The Fool in King Lear. For a walk by a river (sod the coffee).

What are you working on right now?

Finalising my first play, Play Lady K, the first act of which won a competition to be showcased in Bedford and London, and which has now been picked to be shown again at the Bedfringe Festival on 23rd July:

Tell us about your last release?

An Elegant Solution was my first novel for twenty years (we suffered a lot of trauma during that time) and came out just before Christmas 2018

Do you have a new release due?

The sequel to this is my next project.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Drink champagne and feel really, really happy.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

My contact details are on my website. Just look up my name.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I write a daily blog called Bink Bonkers. Very easy to find.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Anne 🙂

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When someone mentions the City of Cambridge you probably think of an iconic building, its four corners stretching out of the once medieval mud and into the arms of everlasting heaven, its white limestone yearning into eternity… and without even knowing exactly what ephemeral joys or permanent wonders the vision brings to mind, it’s a safe bet that the one thought which does not occur to you is that the Chapel might not be there by Christmas.

Theo (Theophilus Ambrose Fitzwilliam Wedderburn to his friends) is a Junior Research Fellow in Number Theory. Prompted by a supervisee to demonstrate how to trace the provenance of bitcoins, Theo happens across a shocking revelation, with embarrassing ramifications for the whole University. Meanwhile he is being stalked unseen by someone from his childhood. To his annoyance, Theo falls for a cheap con… and discovers a horror set not only to rock the very seat of power itself but to change the face of Cambridge and its beautifully iconic image for ever.

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happy reading 🙂



Anne Atkins is a well-known English broadcaster and journalist, and regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. She took an involuntary, and long, break from writing fiction when her son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, their daughter repeatedly hospitalized with a severe illness, and finally the family was made homeless.. Thankfully those dark days are now behind her and she and her husband Shaun along with some of her children now live happily in Bedford, England.