The Lies We Tell by Niki Mackay @NikiMackayBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks #complusivereaders #BlogTour #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of compulsive readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Lies We Tell by Niki Mackay



Miriam Jackson is a famous radio presenter. Married to a successful film director, she has created the perfect life for herself.

Then her daughter goes missing.

Miriam is desperate to find her before her husband finds out and her perfect life crumbles around her. So she calls the only person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attallee, who has just solved the biggest case of her career.

Can Madison find Miriam’s daughter? And will Miriam share the truth about her past?


The Lies We Tell


When Tabitha, Miriam’s teenage daughter goes missing, she doesn’t panic. Miriam has seen Tabitha knocking about after skipping school before but the whole thing soon turns more sinister when Tabitha doesn’t return home. Miriam has her reasons for holding back the news of the disappearance from her famous film director husband, who works out in the US more than he is home. When she finally has to involve the police a leak to the press soon escalates into front-page news. Now Miriam has to explain why she hadn’t told him. Miriam brings in PI Madison Attallee to help find her daughter knowing that it could mean the end of her marriage.

As the story is told from many characters it soon becomes apparent that everyone has something to hide. This is a very dodgy house of cards which is so very fragile that it could come tumbling down at any point. The story drops back to when Miriam was a young girl trying to fit in at home. Her mum and her and her step-dad and his son.

I love a story with timelines, one in the past and one present day, you just know that when they come together that there is going to be something big but I wasn’t expecting the outcome that I got. I hadn’t thought big enough, I hadn’t thought it could be so crushing and so unthinkable. This turned this book from an OMG read to mind-blowing. I was thrown into attack mode as my rage built as I read and re-read.

The reasons that I couldn’t connect with certain characters began to make sense and how I felt about others changed. This is a read with a fantastic build and superb conclusion.

Many thanks to NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


I am a writer and a bookworm. I studied Performing Arts at the BRIT School. It turned out I wasn’t very good at acting but quite liked writing scripts. I went on to take a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama. I later won a full scholarship for an MA in Journalism.
I love words in many varied forms, and read widely, but my first love is crime-fiction. I am interested in people and what makes them tick: class, prejudice, and feminism. My debut novel ‘I, Witness’ is out on the 19th April 2018 with Orion. It is the first in a series featuring private Investigator Madison Attallee and is set in Kingston-upon-Thames.


Twitter: @NikiMackayBooks


A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson #M.T.Edvardsson @macmillanbooks #LegalThriller #AnearlyNormalFamily #NetGalley #ScandinavianCrime

A Nearly Normal Family: A gripping, page-turning thriller with a shocking twist by [Edvardsson, M. T.]


‘A deceptive and riveting novel’ – Karin Slaughter

Chosen as one of the best seven thrillers of the summer by the New York Times

A Nearly Normal Family is the stunning psychological thriller from M. T. Edvardsson and asks what would you do if your child was suspected of murder, how far would you go to protect them? Do you want to know the truth? If you loved A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window or J. P. Delaney’s The Girl Before, you will love this.

Every murder case starts with a suspect.
What if the suspect is your daughter?
Would you believe her, or the evidence against her?

The Father
Believes his daughter has been framed.

The Mother
Believes she is hiding something.

The Daughter
Believes they have no idea what she’s truly capable of . . .

There are three sides to the story.
And the truth will shatter this family to pieces.


A Nearly Normal Family: A gripping, page-turning thriller with a shocking twist


Stella’s parents, like all parents, imagined that their little Princess would be the perfect child, what they got was a feisty young lady that gave more than them cause for concern when she was growing up. Not really the picture they wanted to portray to the local community where Adam was the Pastor of a growing congregation and Ulrika an Attorney.

This is one brilliant story that lead me and I followed like a sheep totally oblivious of what was ultimately waiting for me. As the story unfolds it is told by the three family members in present-day and in flashbacks. When Stella comes home very late after a night out Adam knows that there is something very wrong and he is faced with making decisions that go against everything that he believes in but will the position he holds in the community give him an edge? I mean could you lie in court if your child was facing a murder charge?

I am still bowled over with this book which turned me inside out and back again. The characters were brilliantly created and perfectly played by the author as I am still smiling and shaking my head at the same time! Like in most crime stories you get the main event and then the unraveling of the who and why which in this case you are given early on but this story takes it further into the dynamics of the family unit. It’s a bit like the chicken and the egg. Family loyalty or justice.

Quite a proportion of the story is set around the trial of Stella and it is sooooo tense that my skin was tingling. I waited with bated breath, hung on to every word, and loved every solitary sentence. This was Brilliance, yes with a capital B. A must-read Summer book.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

A Nearly Normal Family: A gripping, page-turning thriller with a shocking twist by [Edvardsson, M. T.]

The Reunion by Guillaume Musso @Guillaume_Musso @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks #TheReunion #NetGalley #BlogTour #SummerThriller #CôteD’Azur

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE REUNION by Guillaume Musso


The US debut of France’s #1 bestselling novelist, a thriller about a glamorous girl who goes missing in the South of France

An elite prep school frozen in the snow
Three friends linked by a tragic secret
One girl taken by the night

The Côte d’Azur – 25 years ago
One freezing night, as her campus is paralyzed by a snowstorm, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell, the most beautiful and glamorous girl in her prep school, runs away with her philosophy teacher, with whom she has been conducting a secret affair. For Vinca, “love is everything or nothing.”

She will never be seen again.

The Côte d’Azur – Present day
Once inseparable, Manon, Thomas, and Maxime — Vinca’s best friends — have not spoken since graduation. They meet again at their reunion. Twenty-five years earlier, under terrible circumstances, the three of them committed a murder and buried the body in the gymnasium wall, the same wall that is about to be demolished to make way for an ultramodern new building.

What really happened that long-ago winter night? Now nothing stands in the way of the truth coming out.

From France’s #1 bestselling author, Guillaume Musso, The Reunion is a taut and suspenseful thriller that will keep readers riveted until its haunting final page.


The Reunion


The events of 25 years ago are going to come crumbling down around three former graduates at the reunion to celebrate part of the old uni building being knocked down and the erection of a new replacement. Manon, Thomas, and Maxine know all too well that inside the soon to be demolished Gym wall there is the body of one of their teachers, who had been thought to have run off with a student that went missing the same night. The night had left so many unanswered questions and with this being the last chance to fill in some of the missing links, a good time to finally work out the truth.

Thomas had been totally besotted with Vinca, a young lady that knew how to use her beauty and other people to her best advantage. When she tells Thomas that a teacher had raped her and that she was pregnant he swears revenge. When he returns she has gone. The investigation into the missing pupil and teacher never really took off as it had been assumed that they had run away together.

This is a mighty ball of knotted wool that has to be tackled one bit at a time, a game of patience. Thomas had never felt guilty about his part in events that night, not at the time but having everyone together again had to possibility of closure for doing the right thing. There was something that just hadn’t felt right though.

I really needed to keep focused on this ever emerging story that changed and took on a new perspective at every chapter. Thomas had only scratched the surface of the truth that night. Only knowing a small part of the events that had lead up to that fatal moment for him and after.  It is at times strange reading it. Events couldn’t be changed but would all the pieces be there before the big unexpected reveal in the gym wall?

It is a story that once you begin you have to finish, I never thought it would be so huge. A clever story and unpredictable.

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.



Guillaume Musso


Guillaume Musso was the number one bestselling author in France in 2011 and 2012. Born in 1974 on the Cote d’Azur, he knew from an early age that he wanted to write novels and to touch the largest possible number of people.

In 2004, ‘AFTERWARDS’ was published in France by XO Editions and was an immediate bestseller and established a loyal following for his unique brand of storytelling which blends romance, adventure, suspense and the supernatural. It was later made into a film starring John Malkovich, Evangeline Lily, and Romain Duris.

Since then, with every one of the six novels which have followed, his loyal readership has grown significantly, making him the most widely-read author writing in French today. His stories have universal central themes: missed opportunities, second chances, the passage of time, lost love and redemption.

Cop drama’WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT YOU?’ and romantic thriller ‘THE GIRL ON PAPER’ is now available for the first time in English published by Gallic.


Twitter: Guillaume_Musso

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Hidden by Roger Price @RAPriceAuthor @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #Hidden #CrimeThriller #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Books on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Hidden by Roger Price

Hidden (The Badge and the Pen Book 3) by [Price, Roger A]


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.


Hidden (The Badge and the Pen Book 3)


I really got on with Vinnie and Christine straight away who seemed to have every obstacle possible thrown in front of their relationship no matter where in the world they were.

Even on holiday abroad a good deed to try to help someone in trouble puts Vinnie on the wrong side of the law and an opportunity for him and Christine to finally get some quality time together cut short. At least Christine came away with a personal take on a story for the paper she worked for.

The big news back home centred around human trafficking and murder for Vinnie with Christine never far from the next big headline. She is a very feisty woman, slim, beautiful and extremely determined to get that exclusive scoop. But no matter what leads the police get there was something very wrong, as the bad guys are always one step ahead.

I loved the characters in this story who had been brought to life with perfection. Both Vinnie and Christine in careers where they never turn off but have an understanding of each others commitment, with Christine often being a blinkered character only seeing the goal she is after which makes Vinnie her hero more than once. I am truly hooked on this series, excellent storyline and colourful interactions of the team. Wonderful!

I wish to thank Book on the BrightSide for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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I was born in Bury, raised in Whitley Bay, and have lived in Lancashire since I was thirteen. Currently living in Preston, I served for over thirty-one years with the Lancashire Constabulary, the Regional Crime Squad and the National Crime Squad. I retired in the rank of detective inspector in charge of a covert unit, which received local and national acclaim for its successes in engaging those who openly sold Class A drugs, such as heroin and crack cocaine.
Prior to this I led the C.I.D. in Preston for a short while and before that I was in charge of a dedicated informant unit. Previous experiences include work on many murder investigations and other serious crimes, as well as time spent on drug squads. I have served around the region, country, and overseas.
My work on the National Crime Squad took me across Europe and to the Far East. I have been commended on four occasions. I now write fiction based in-part on my experiences, and in-part from my fevered imagination.
My First novel, By Their Rules, was followed by A New Menace, before I joined Endeavour Media with a new ‘Badge & the Pen’ series of crime thrillers which brings together maverick DI Vinnie Palmer and sassy investigative news reporter, Christine Jones. Unlikely bedfellows who compliment each other as they seek the truth but from differing agendas.
The first in the series is Nemesis, where they hunt down an escaped psychopath, followed by Vengeance, where the troubles of Northern Ireland of twenty years ago remerge in the criminal underworld of north west England.
HIDDEN, is the third where Vinnie and Christine face the worst of criminals, as they hunt those responsible for people trafficking, forced servitude and prostitution, in a race-against-time thriller.
I have also written an original returning police drama for TV which is going out on submission as we speak, via my agent Olav Wyper at SMA Talent Ltd. McCall and Stamp are trouble-shooters from the dark world of covert policing; solving problems where nothing is black or white: only grey!
Website: Roger A Price Author Page

Twitter: @RAPriceAuthor

Instagram: RogerAPriceAuthorPage
Aside from following me on any of the above social media accounts, you can join my mailing list – I prefer the title Readers’ List – via my website, or my Facebook author page. You will receive a FREE short story and the odd newsletter from me. I don’t batter people’s inboxes, but I do make sure that any giveaways, notice of promos or exciting news goes to my Readers’ List first, so it makes sense to join.

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Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove @EllaRoseDove #FiveStepsToHappy @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #ContemporaryRomance

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for FIVE STEPS TO HAPPY by Ella Dove



Life can change in a heartbeat…

When struggling actress Heidi has a life-changing accident aged 32, her world falls apart. Stuck in hospital and unable to walk, her only companion is Maud, the elderly lady in the bed next to hers. Heidi misses her flatmate, her life, her freedom – surely 32 is too young to be an amputee?

But when Maud’s aloof but attractive grandson Jack pays a visit to the ward, Heidi realises that her life isn’t over just because it’s different. It might not look like the life she dreamed of, but it’s the one she’s got – and there’s a lot she still wants to tick off her bucket list. With Jack at her side, will Heidi take the first step back to happiness? Or is there one more surprise still in store…?

A feel-good read based on the inspiring true story of journalist Ella Dove. Sometimes all it takes is one small step..


Five Steps to Happy: An uplifting novel based on a true story


This is one crazy and truly inspirational story that makes you step back and realise that nothing in your life can be taken for granted because it only takes a fraction of a second to change everything. This story is based on events that the author went through herself. It is an emotional journey of endurance, determination, adjustments and letting go of the past to take another road in life. A very different road, one with a lot of hills on it!

When Heidi missed her footing while checking out a fellow jogger, it resulted in the blood supply being cut off to her lower leg. When she woke in hospital, her leg had been amputated. This is Heidi’s journey to reclaim her life. Not the life she had before but a new one. Everything had changed that day.

What an incredible journey this is as she is taken under the wings of the highly skilled dedicated nurses, doctors and specialised teams that will work with her at different stages of her recovery. How friends react and how she feels around them. But a lot of the story is also about the people on the same journey as her.

So many people, all different ages with different reasons they have lost a limb. Some through accidents, some through illness but all having to learn how to be independent again. There are some crazy characters with a lot of humour about them.

The story centres around five steps for Heidi. A bit like a bucket list, but one to improve her self confidence and life, not a wish list to do before she dies. What are the things we take for granted become her goals to overcome, with the help of someone special.

The effect on people around her is part of her story too as the changes in her life impact everyone, especially her family. A very honest and intense story from a determined woman that won’t stay down and be counted out. A real winner in life. Truly amazing!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.



Ella Dove

Ella Rose Dove is Commissioning Editor at Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red magazines. Originally from Kent and now based in Stratford, East London, Ella studied English and French at the University of Southampton, where she did her dissertation in Creative Writing. In 2015, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel writing course.

In 2016, Ella became an amputee following a freak running accident. She is now an ambassador for the Limbless Association, Barts Health charity and The London Prosthetic Centre, and regularly leads talks, takes part in events and speaks to patients and their loved ones about trauma.

In her spare time, Ella reads, swims and sings in her local choir – and writes, of course!


Twitter: @EllaRoseDove

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St. Benet’s (DI Tanner #2) by David Blake @DavidDBlake @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #NewRelease #KindleUnlimited #STBENETS #ChillingSerialKillerThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side for inviting me on the Blog Tour for ST. BENET’S by David Blake

St. Benet's: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (British Detective Tanner Murder Mystery Series Book 2) by [Blake, David]


“Wow! Even better than Broadland!” Anna Burke

A girl thrown from a church tower, a man sacrificed to Satan, and a priest murdered at the hands of the Devil.

When the body of an old man is found lying in the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey, his throat cut, a knife resting in his open hand, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans are given no choice but to accept a ruling of death by misadventure.

But when the body goes missing from its tomb, after a priest is found nailed to a cross, and another impaled on a stake, everything begins to point back to the murder of a teenage girl, thrown from the top of a church tower, some forty-three years before.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance, one that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

St. Benet’s is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the second in a chilling series of serial killer books, ones which will rapidly convert followers of L J Ross, Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, Damien Boyd and Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.


St. Benet’s: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (British Detective Tanner Murder Mystery Series Book 2)


I was so excited when I knew that this book had been published which made me feel like a chocoholic that had been locked in a sweetie factory and boy did it leave me with one mighty sugar rush!!!

I had loved the first book in this new series, Broadland, and just hoped that this book would equal it, well it did that and more. The opening chapter was set some years ago and left me with my imagination doing flips and my blood boiling. I was in no doubt that the next few hours would have me crawling the walls and cringing in equal measures.

I was delighted with present-day events and one of my already favourite crime-solving couples in the form of DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans being very settled together. This pair bounce off each other, seem to be on the same track and yet still very independent but this story puts them on dodgy ground which made me grind my teeth and want to knock their heads together!

There is a speight of present-day murders, brutal and yet personal to each victim with the connection between them all being the event from the past. Someone is on a mission and everyone is keeping quiet. I love Tanner’s endurance, his get to the truth no matter who or what stands in his way. I had to giggle at times at his rebellious and mischievous behaviour. Boy, I love this man. (Did I just say that about a fictional character?)

I was inside the head of this killer and eventually knew the terror of his victims. It is horrific. My emotions were well and truly hung out to dry with this one and had my heart in my mouth sentence after sentence. OMG, how could I feel this breathless doing nothing but read!

This is one hell of a keep up with what is going down story that made me read at an incredible speed. There were murders, fall outs, warnings and threats. I was in my element! I had it worked out, I thought, how wrong I was, whoa my blood went to ice as the conclusion unfolded. What a masterpiece this is! Don’t keep me waiting Mr. Blake bring on number three!!!!!!!



David is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written fifteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his sixteenth, Moorings, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers, after Broadland and St. Benet’s.

When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.

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Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear @CazziF @BonnierZaffre #NetGalley

Stone Cold Heart: the addictive new thriller from the author of Sweet Little Lies by [Frear, Caz]


A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret worth killing for.

When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, there’s not much she can do. Joseph claims that Rachel has been threatening him, but can’t – or won’t – give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as a marriage on the rocks, Cat forgets about it.

That is until Naomi Lockhart, a young PA, is found dead after a party attended by both Joseph and Rachel, and Joseph is arrested for the murder.

Joseph says his wife is setting him up.
His wife says he didn’t do it.
The trail of evidence leads to even more questions . . .

Adulterer. Murderer. Victim. Who would you believe?


Stone Cold Heart: the addictive new thriller from the author of Sweet Little Lies


Do read Sweet Little Lies, the first book in this series before this one as there is so much background on why DC Cat Kinsella is like she is, both in relationships and her work. She really is a tough little cookie that I want to see make it big, as no-one really tries harder.

When Joseph Madden asks Kinsella for help, but won’t explain what the problem really is, she dismisses him as a man with marriage troubles trying to pull a fast one on her but when a young woman is found murdered in her flat after a party attended by Joseph and his wife Rachel then it certainly pricks her interest. The Maddens are one extremely unlikable family that can’t seem to live together but can’t live apart.

The Maddens have a turbulent relationship that felt like everything they said was a lie. The more that was uncovered and the further away from the truth I seemed to get.

I loved the parts that involved Kinsella’s family, a dark side of her life that she is desperate to keep away from the new one she is making. There is nothing worse for someone though than being told to keep out of her past. It only makes them more determined to find out why. What she sees recognises as trouble someone sees as glamour, something is brewing and bubbling, but I am not sure if she is reading this right.

Caz Frear has become to me the Queen of suspense in slow burn novels that have an almighty side punch at the end. Brilliant conclusion but left desperate for the next book.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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Caz Frear

Caz Frear grew up in Coventry and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the writing dream finally came true. She has a first-class degree in History & Politics, which she’s put to enormous use over the years by working as a waitress, shop assistant, retail merchandiser and, for the past twelve years, a headhunter.

When she’s not agonising over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at the TV when Arsenal are playing, or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about.


Twitter: @CazziF


Stone Cold Heart: the addictive new thriller from the author of Sweet Little Lies by [Frear, Caz]



Something to Live For by Richard Roper @richardroper @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #SomethingToLiveFor #FindYourSomething #BlogTour #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR by Richard Roper


‘If you loved Eleanor Oliphant, try this brilliant new read. We completely fell in love with this funny, uplifting debut’ Fabulous Magazine

‘A magnificent read. Tender, funny, compelling’ Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Hunting Party

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

Your favourite authors have all got Something to Live For…

‘Funny, moving and uplifting…I loved it’ Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido

‘Heart-breaking. Hilarious. Life-affirming’ Holly Bourne, bestselling author of How Do You Like Me Now?

‘Funny, moving and thought-provoking – I loved this’ Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of Let Me Lie

‘I completely fell under its spell. It pulls you in, makes you laugh and breaks your heart – in short, does everything that you want a novel to do. What an extraordinary debut’ Gill Hornby, bestselling author of The Hive

‘Endearing and delightful’ Prima Book of the Month

‘Funny, tender and all-the-feels’ Red

‘A perfect, quirky summer page-turner. A life-affirming debut’ The Times


** This book is published in the US under the title How Not to Die Alone **


Something to Live For: The most uplifting and life-affirming debut of the year


This is one gem of a find, that will take you on a journey of the life Andrew would love to be living, which is far from his reality.

In a moment of madness, Andrew went from being a lonely 42-year-old man living on his own to a successful family man with a beautiful career wife, two adorable children and even a dog. It was just chit-chat at an interview, where he never thought he would be successful enough to get the job in question. But that friendly get you relaxed chatter took him off guard and well made him a hit with his now new boss! The pretense had to continue, it was simply too late to say there were no wife, kids or dog.

Andrew took his work role so serious, he was the person that had to go to the former homes of anyone found dead, dig round in their belongings and past to see if there were any life policies, bank accounts, hidden money or long lost relatives that could cover the cost of a funeral. He did it sensitively after all this could be him one day.

Wow! wow! wow! this story really gets under your skin! It kind of exaggerates even more Andrew’s loneliness and makes his life even more empty because of the family he has created. I could feel his love for them grow the more it went on. The lives that he would have wanted for his children and wife. Then someone new arrives at work.

This story knocked the wind out of me, made me sad, made me laugh and made me think about what is important in life. It may sound funny to start with but it really goes much deeper. What a crazy and wonderful character Andrew is, too scared to live and have a real life because of his past. There is certainly a coldness between him and his estranged sister, which just doesn’t make sense at first because he is a caring man. When a whirlwind, in the form of a new work colleague, comes into his life it could be the ruin of him and his made-up family or the end of the rainbow he really deserves.

Beautifully written and heartfelt. Highly recommended.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Richard Roper

Picture the scene. It’s Monday morning and you’re making a cup of tea when someone casually asks how your weekend was.

‘Oh, I just had a quiet one,’ you’ll say, because the truth was you spent the last 48 hours eating crisps and performing Torvill and Dean’s Bolero routine with your confused cat. What I’m trying to say is that we all tell white lies. Unfortunately for Andrew, the protagonist of this book, his has got rather out of hand, leaving him with a choice: stay where he is – lonely, unfulfilled, but comfortable – or tell the truth and risk his life falling apart for a chance to be happy.

Andrew’s story is inspired by an article about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone. Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks. While the council workers are required to make funeral arrangements, they are under no obligation to attend them. Yet they do, sometimes dozens a year, just to make sure at least someone is there. Sometimes the smallest gestures can be the most meaningful.

This is Andrew’s story. I hope you like it.



Twitter: @richardroper

The Fifty 5pm Fictions Collection by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #BookReview #ShortStoryCollection

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE FIFTY 5PM FICTIONS COLLECTION by Morgen Bailey.

The Fifty 5pm Fictions Collection by [Bailey, Morgen]


This collection comprises five volumes of fifty stories written from a variety of
prompts and published on Morgen’s blog:, where
you can still read the list of prompts – a story a day for nearly a year.

In this book there are stories of revenge, luck and misfortune, sharp edges, sticky
red hands, no faded circle of skin, family heirlooms, Chelsea buns, and alien hums.

We meet a generous aunt, men in uniform, a fan of Hawaiian shirts, untidy teenagers, characters looking to improve themselves, a young girl with wings, a modern-day Cleopatra, and a curious fortune teller.

These stories all go to show what can be done with a prompt, a few hours, and a colourful imagination.


The Fifty 5pm Fictions Collection


I love how these short stories came about with a prompt that opens up a whole world of possibilities for so many avenues to venture down. Not only did I enjoy the author’s stories I gave thought to a few myself too. This is a book which holds five volumes that have fifty stories in each one. The stories are of various lengths and all very different.

From just snippets of someone’s daily routine to the obscure there is something that will tickle your fancy. So no matter how long you have there is always time to read a story with these coffeetime chapters that can then be mulled back over later because certain ones did seem to pop back in my mind.

I like the way the length of these stories keep me on my toes, you have to read the stories and shelve them away so you are ready with a clear mind for the next and the funny thing is they never muddle up. It felt like every topic was touched on from stories about children to the other end of the age scale and Morgen Baily captures the essence of them all. I love the writing styles she takes on for each, a true talent.

I wish to thank Sarah Hardy for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.


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Needlemouse by Jane O’Connor @EburyPublishing #DebutNovel #GeneralHumourousFiction

Needlemouse: The uplifting bestseller featuring the most unlikely heroine of 2019 by [O'Connor, Jane]


Time to come out of hibernation…

Sylvia Penton has been hibernating for years, it’s no wonder she’s a little prickly…

Sylvia lives alone, dedicating herself to her job at the local university. On weekends, she helps out at a local hedgehog sanctuary because it gives her something to talk about on Mondays – and it makes people think she’s nicer than she is.

Only Sylvia has a secret: she’s been in love with her boss, Professor Lomax, for over a decade now, and she’s sure he’s just waiting for the right time to leave his wife. Meanwhile she stores every crumb of his affection and covertly makes trouble for anyone she feels gets in his way.

But when a bright new PhD candidate catches the Professor’s eye, Sylvia’s dreams of the fairy tale ending she has craved for so long, are soon in tatters, driving her to increasingly desperate measures and an uncertain future.

Sylvia might have been sleep walking through her life but things are about to change now she’s woken up…

A quirky, charming uplifting novel perfect for fans of Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Sarah Haywood’s The Cactus. The feelgood bestseller about unrequited love, loneliness and the redemptive qualities of hedgehogs featuring the most unlikely heroine of 2019.


Needlemouse: The uplifting bestseller featuring the most unlikely heroine of 2019


I felt that I had already met Sylvia, I think everyone has, the lady who was going to settle down maybe next year, get married one day and have a family one day but all of a sudden the one days have all become yesterday and time has gone by. Well, Sylvia had waited for years for her boss to make that final move after he had clearly made his feelings known at one of the office Xmas parties. She had pride in his achievements and protected him every day from the riff-raff who tried to make it into his office.

Sylvia was all about what people thought of her even if it wasn’t the real her. When a new lady arrives on the scene Sylvia decides to take drastic action and well the story becomes pretty entertaining. I must admit that at times I did have to read just with one eye as I cringed so much. This was pure gold, a super debut.

This is one good feel read that is perfect entertainment at home or on holiday.  I didn’t much care for this spiteful spinster, to begin with but well she did make me laugh. It was just the determination and blinkered serious approach that I giggled at. The lengths she went to but with each page, I thawed and mellowed to this lady and loved her to bits by the end.

There are some brilliant characters, all readable, predictable and very entertaining, a super uplifting read, beautifully written and perfect title.

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Jane O’Connor is a former primary school teacher turned academic and writer. She was born and brought up in Surrey and lived in London until she moved to the West Midlands in her mid-thirties. Jane’s PhD was about child stars and she is now a Reader at Birmingham City University where she researches children’s experiences of celebrity, media and everyday life. Jane lives in Sutton Coldfield with her husband and two young sons in a house full of pirates, dinosaurs, superheroes and lots of books. She really likes all animals, especially hedgehogs.

Needlemouse: The uplifting bestseller featuring the most unlikely heroine of 2019 by [O'Connor, Jane]