Hunted by Antony Dunford @HobeckBooks #NewRelease #BookReview #KindleUnlimited #ActionAdventure

Firstly I wish to thank Rebecca Collins of Hobeck Books for inviting me to read and review this book, Hunted by Anthony Dunford.

Hunted by [Antony  Dunford]


The brilliant debut action adventure thriller by Antony Dunford, shortlisted for the 2019 UEA Crime Writing Prize and longlisted for the 2020 Grindstone Literary Novel prize.

Once a member of the world’s first all-female special forces unit, the Norwegian Hunter Troop, Jane Haven is now helping her brother Kennet protect some of the world’s most endangered animals at his Kenyan Wildlife Conservancy.

Drawn away from her vigil protecting Douglas, the world’s last remaining male Northern White rhino, Jane returns to find a scene of devastation and murder.

Everything and everyone Jane cares for is affected.

But before she can track down the killers, Jane finds that she’s the one being hunted…

Hunted is a thrilling adventure that transports the reader into the savage beauty of the African bush. Antony Dunford captures the majesty of Kenya’s wildlife, and in Jane Haven, he’s created a modern kick-ass heroine for the Extinction Rebellion generation.




The opening chapter of this book just made me feel connected. I loved the steady pace, the calm and connection of both the characters and the precious wards, which are in their care. Jane Haven has seen terrible things in her not too distant past and still maintains a level of fitness that is envied by most men. Jane is working for her brother Kennet at a Kenyan wildlife conservation centre.

Douglas, a white rhino, is the last male of his kind. What a character he is. He knows what he likes and knows how to wrap people around his little stumpy horn to get what he wants. Douglas had his horn removed to deter any poachers from killing him for it. Douglas is getting on a bit now but still has many years left to be spoilt. His daughter and granddaughter are in sight of where he is.

Circumstances have it that the centre is running with minimal staff when a call goes out and Jane goes to investigate. When she returns things are never going to go back to how they were.

Jane is a character that I fell in beside every step of the way through this book. It feels like Jane has been living a bubble, because of the position her brother held, but we were both going to have our eyes opened. Nothing adds up or makes sense, but she is determined to get justice. It is a terrific story that affected so many lives for so many different reasons. The story didn’t go the way I thought it would. It has that gobsmacking turn of events that brings your blood up a few degrees. I had to take a time out.

Oh boy, some terrible people in this world think they are untouchable but this author made them so very real to me. It is a tremendous story he has written. If he wanted to make a point, believe me, he has done that. It has a real wake you up ending. I am so looking forward to reading more of his stories and following Jane where ever she goes.

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


Up Close

I was born in Bradford and grew up in West Yorkshire, 
variously in Cleckheaton, Scholes, Moorend, and Ilkley. Grim and dour and wild. But also magnificent and open and kind. Landscape, literature and a hint of mayhem rolled together from the start. For example, when I was at school my inspirational A level English teacher, Gina Wild, took us on a field trip to Haworth. We were studying Wuthering Heights, and it was only just up the road, so why not? I remember two things about that trip. The first was getting a lift there with Gina and two other students and being late for the start of the talk she’d arranged. The second was turning back from the walk to Top Withens (the moor-top bothy that inspired the farm of Wuthering Heights) not because we were cold, tired, and put off by the wind and the rain, but because the pubs had opened and we were missing good drinking time. Ale in Yorkshire is very important.


Hunted by [Antony  Dunford]

Family by Owen Mullen @OwenMullen6 @BoldwoodBooks #NewRelease #WhiteCollarCrime #BookReview

Family: An addictive, action-packed thriller you won't be able to put down in 2021 by [Owen Mullen]


The Glass family business is crime, and they’re good at what they do. Vengeance took Luke Glass behind bars – but now he’s free and he’s never going back. Luke wants out of the gangster life – all he has to do is convince his family to let him go.

His brother holds the reins of the South London underworld in his brutal hands – nobody tells Danny Glass no and expects to live – not even DCI Oliver Stanford, bent copper and one of the Met’s rising stars. The way Danny sees it, his younger brother and sister Nina owe him everything. The price he demands is loyalty, and a war with their arch enemy gives him the leverage he needs to tie Luke to the family once more.

Luke can’t see a way out, until Danny commits a crime so terrible it can’t be forgiven. Love turns to hate when secrets are unearthed which pit brother against brother. Left with no choice but to choose a side, Nina holds the fate of the family in her hands.

In the Glass family, Owen Mullen has created a crime dynasty to rival the Richardsons and the Krays. Heart-pounding, jaw-dropping with non-stop action, Family is perfect for fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.

What readers say about Owen Mullen:

‘Owen Mullen knows how to ramp up the action just when it’s needed… he never fails to give you hard-hitting thrillers that have moments that will stay with you forever…’

‘One of the very best thriller writers I have ever read.’

‘Owen Mullen writes a good story, he really brings his characters to life and the endings are hard to guess and never what you expected.’


Family: An addictive, action-packed thriller you won’t be able to put down in 2021

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Owen Mullen has pulled all the stops out with this hard-hitting gangster thriller as it has all those gruesome qualities to hit the adrenalin spot from page 1.

Danny Glass heads the family business with his two siblings Luke and Nina, who he brought up and protected from their alcoholic and abusive father. The debt will never be paid off as he expects their support always. The family rule the South London underworld, but a rival gang has seriously crossed the line, and Luke has evened up the score the best he could. When Luke, is released from prison for the crime he committed after seven years, he feels his loyalty debt to Danny is well and truly paid off, but it is not that simple. Danny won’t ever let him or sister Nina leave.

OMG, Danny Glass is a psychopath without an off switch no matter who he is coming up against! To go against him is fatal to humiliate him is genocide. When a couple of newbies make a fatal error of judgement, events are put into motion, that haven’t a brake.

What a tremendous story this is. Was it far fetched? Definitely not, think Krays and add some. Danny is a terrifying character with a ton of patience. He is calculated, and more than happy to wait his time, which makes him even more terrifying. He has protection from high places, who rake in the rewards of looking the other way, losing evidence and warning him of plans to bring him down but even Danny can overstep the mark. A line is crossed that cannot be erased, and Danny just can’t let it go.

I was glued to every page of this story, and even with its size read it in one sitting. When events had taken place, I had to know what Danny would do to even the score, but I was numb as I read. The descriptions of events that followed were like I was there. I felt so very helpless my heart rate increased and I don’t think I have ever felt so helpless, reading a book.
If you like gangland thrillers, then this is a perfect read for you.

Everything of gangland life is in these pages. I do hope there is going to be more of this from Owen Mullen. I have read all of his books, and they have been brilliant, but this is another league, and he is top in this premiership. Stunning!

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



Bestselling author Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.

Owen Mullen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; Owen still loves to perform on occasion. His great love for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home away from home in the Greek Islands where all of his crime thrillers were created.

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Family: An addictive, action-packed thriller you won't be able to put down in 2021 by [Owen Mullen]

The Island by C L Taylor @callytaylor @HQstories #Bookreview #NetGalley #YoungAdultThriller #NewRelease


Welcome to The Island.

Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?


The Island


Every year six families had gone on holiday with each other since they had met at anti-natal classes. Some of the now teenagers had siblings. Not. all the families could meet every year, either because of finances or for some, family tragedies. The six families had gone to Thailand this year, but the teenagers had all changed over the years, had their distinctive characters and styles. Each year they became more like strangers to each other.

Jefferson is all about survival skills so for his birthday this year, his parents have hired a private island for the six teens to go to for a week, with an experienced guide too. After playing a campfire game of what their phobias are, their guide becomes very ill and dies. The youngsters are left to fend for themselves with no way to contact the outside world. But things are going to take a dangerous turn. Who else is on the Island?

This is a great YA thriller that will get set your imagination alight trying to work out why mysterious things are happening. The teens have to overcome their worst nightmare situations. The Island is both a beautiful and deadly with the group falling apart with each other. Hormones are on the boil and rational thinking non existent.

The days are ticking down until they will be picked up, that is if they can survive until then. It is a fabulous Y. A. novel.

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


C.L. Taylor

C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:


2014 – The Accident
2015 – The Lie
2016 – The Missing
2017 – The Escape
2018 – The Fear
2019 – Sleep
2020 – Strangers
2021 – Her Last Holiday

She has also written standalone two Young Adult thrillers:

The Treatment

The Island

C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into 25 languages and optioned for TV.

SLEEP won the ‘best ebook’ award in the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. THE ESCAPE won a Dead Good Books award. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol in the UK with her partner and son.

TWITTER: @callytaylor

Shiver by Allie Reynolds @AuthorAllieR @headlinepg #Shiver #BookReview #NetGalley #NewRelease

Shiver: who is guilty and who is innocent in the most gripping thriller of the year by [Allie Reynolds]


They don’t know what I did. And I intend to keep it that way.

How far would you go to win? Hyper-competitive people, mind games and a dangerous natural environment combine to make the must-read thriller of the year. Fans of Lucy Foley and Lisa Jewell will be gripped by spectacular debut novel Shiver.

When Milla is invited to a reunion in the French Alps resort that saw the peak of her snowboarding career, she drops everything to go. While she would rather forget the events of that winter, the invitation comes from Curtis, the one person she can’t seem to let go.

The five friends haven’t seen each other for ten years, since the disappearance of the beautiful and enigmatic Saskia. But when an icebreaker game turns menacing, they realise they don’t know who has really gathered them there and how far they will go to find the truth.

In a deserted lodge high up a mountain, the secrets of the past are about to come to light.




Set in the beautiful French Alps, high in an out of season ski resort, five former snowboarding champions meet up for the time in ten years. The last time that they were together Saskia disappeared and has never been found. Each of them had received an invitation, but none of them had sent the invitations out. They all had their secrets, and someone was determined to find out what had happened to Saskia the last time they were all there.

The story runs on parallel timelines with events ten years ago, and what happened, to the reveal and conclusion in the present day. All five of them had changed, settled into new careers and retired from the lime-light of attracting sponsors and being one of the chosen to represent their country in world-class events.

The group all came from very different backgrounds with the only thing binding them together being their skill on a board. The group were extremely competitive with each other, pushing boundaries. In present day, the group were becoming quite paranoid as to which of them could be pulling the strings, cracking open old feelings and memories buried in the past.

The setting both breathtaking and deadly. Like an artist having a new canvas to work from every time fresh snowfalls. The author comes across as knowing her stuff, both from experience and impeccable research. A brilliant debut with a fabulous group of characters, tense and edgy with no escape from the past or present. Someone knew the truth, and someone was determined to know it. Awesome!

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


Allie Reynolds

Allie Reynolds is the author of the thriller SHIVER, which will be published in January 2021.

Born and raised in Lincoln, England, she moved to Australia in 2004. She lives on the Gold Coast with her two young boys and a cat who thinks he’s a dog.

Many years ago she competed at snowboard halfpipe. She spent five winters in the mountains of France, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. These days she sticks to surfing – water doesn’t hurt as much as ice when you fall on it.

Her first ever job was a Saturday job in a bookstore, at age 14. She taught English for many years and became a full-time writer in 2018.

TWITTER: @AuthorAllieR

Shiver: who is guilty and who is innocent in the most gripping thriller of the year by [Allie Reynolds]

The Burning Girls by C J Tudor @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks #NewRelease #ContemporaryHorror #MysterySuspense #BookReview #TheBurningGirls #NetGalley

The Burning Girls by [C. J. Tudor]


500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death
30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace
Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide

Welcome to Chapel Croft.

For Rev Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo it’s supposed to be a fresh start. New job, new home. But, as Jack knows, the past isn’t easily forgotten.

And in a close-knit community where the residents seem as proud as they are haunted by Chapel Croft’s history, Jack must tread carefully. Ancient superstitions as well as a mistrust of outsiders will be hard to overcome.

Yet right away Jack has more frightening concerns.

Why is Flo plagued by visions of burning girls?
Who’s sending them sinister, threatening messages?
And why did no one mention that the last vicar killed himself?

Chapel Croft’s secrets lie deep and dark as the tomb. Jack wouldn’t touch them if not for Flo – anything to protect Flo.

But the past is catching up with Chapel Croft – and with Jack. For old ghosts with scores to settle will never rest . . .


The Burning Girls


I have been shocked, horrified and numb after reading this author’s books before but the characters in this one just crept beneath my skin and still came back to make me shudder long after it came to an end. The scandal of Rev Jack Brooks, being involved in the death of a young girl in the parish was enough to get her, and her daughter Flo moved on to not so greener pastures, far away.

Chapel Croft seemed quaint at first glance, but it had an unsettling history going back 500 years centring around witchcraft and the maiming the burning of eight of the village people, which included two young girls. Each year effigies were made from sticks to represent the victims and burnt.

Strange things began to happen as soon as Jack and Flo arrived. OMG it is like reading the exorcist, Carrie, The Blair witch project and Michael Myers’ all rolled into one, and that is just the first half of the book. Now listening to a book through wireless earbuds has its advantages, as I couldn’t hear anything but the story from these pages, the drawback was I couldn’t hear anything but the story from these pages!!!!!! It was intense in these chapters with my mind processing the events into vivid technicoloured images in my mind.

Rev Jack was a cool character that seemed to get under the skin of some locals, but Flo Jack’s daughter was my favourite. Flo wasn’t mainstream at fifteen she had found her own style and had got to like her own company. Well, until she met Jack, who had his own quirky problems.

I loved every page of this book that was edgy from page one and just built on that in every single chapter. This is a lock the windows and bolt the doors read with your back against the wall. I read pages over twice at times, just to make sure I had heard stuff right, this took my feet from under me. An absolutely top read.

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


C. J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.

Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.

Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.


Twitter: @cjtudor

The Burning Girls by [C. J. Tudor]

Ask No Questions by Claire Allan @ClaireAllan @AvonBooksUK #IrishCrime #NewRelease #AskNoQuestions #NetGalley

Ask No Questions: the twisty new crime thriller from the bestselling author of Her Name Was Rose by [Claire Allan]


Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween night, eight-year-old Kelly Doherty went missing while out trick or treating with friends.
Her body was found three days later, floating face down, on the banks of the Creggan Reservoir by two of her young classmates.
It was a crime that rocked Derry to the core. Journalist Ingrid Devlin is investigating – but someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. As she digs further, Ingrid starts to realise that the Doherty family are not as they seem. But will she expose what really happened that night before it’s too late?

A twisty psychological thriller from bestselling author Claire Allan.


Ask No Questions


The opening of this story is quite harrowing when twins Niall and Declan find the body of missing eight-year-old Kelly Doherty, a girl they went to school with. The story then rolls forward to the present day as the 25th anniversary of her death on Halloween is approaching.

Ingrid Devlin is the journalist who is going to write the story and will include a piece on the convicted killer, local man Jamesy Harte, who served 17 years in prison for her murder. Ingrid had also grown up in the town and knew the little girl and Jamesy. Jamesy hadn’t returned to his home town when he had served his time, but it isn’t long before she knows where he now lives. The story she gets isn’t the one she thought it would be from Jamesy and so Ingrid begins to poke at the past to fill in some of the gaps that seem to widen and become a hole she could find herself in, that is impossible to get out!

It is such an intense storyline. Ingrid is such a strong and independent woman that knows what she wants in life, including relationships. The more she rattles the past and the more dangerous the present becomes. It was nail-biting stuff on every page and impossible to leave these characters overnight. I read this book in one go. When I couldn’t read, I listened to it, which played with my mind, all these characters buzzing in my head. There is an intimacy about this book, that is rarely captured as the whole story seemed to get personal.

OMG, this is one almighty book high that will take some beating this year! Superbly written, I was winded!

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


Claire Allan

Claire Allan is a Northern Irish author who lives in Derry~Londonderry.
She worked as a staff reporter for the Derry Journal for 17 years, covering a wide array of stories from court sessions, to the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, health and education and human interest features.
She wrote her first novel in 2006, to mark her 30th birthday and it (Rainy Days and Tuesdays) was subsequently published and became an instant bestseller in 2007.
Claire wrote seven further women’s fiction novels between 2007 and 2015. In 2016 (when she turned 40) she decided to change genre and try her had at domestic noir. Her first domestic noir novel, Her Name Was Rose was published by Avon/ HarperCollins in 2018 and became a bestseller in the UK, Canada, Australia and was a USA Today bestseller.
It was subsequently nominated in the Dead Good Reader Awards in 2019.
Claire has followed up on the success of Her Name Was Rose with Apple of My Eye and Forget Me Not.
Her next novel, The Liar’s Daughter, will be published in 2020.

She is working on a fifth psychological thriller at present.

Claire still lives in Derry with her husband, two children, two cats and a very spoiled puppy.

TWITTER: @ClaireAllan

Ask No Questions: the twisty new crime thriller from the bestselling author of Her Name Was Rose by [Claire Allan]

Last Flight to Stalingrad by Graham Hurley @Seasidepicture @HoZ_Books #BlogTour #LastFlightToStalingrad #BookReview #HistoricalFiction

Firstly I wish to thank Lauren Tavella of Head of Zeus for inviting me on the blog tour for Last Flight to Stalingrad by Graham Hurley


‘A searing portrait of the Nazi elite as the war turns against them. Raw, shocking and meticulously researched’ TIM SEBASTIAN

Berlin, 1942.

For four years, the men in field grey have helped themselves to country after country across Western Europe.

For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Promi – the Ministry of Propaganda – this dizzying series of victories has felt like a party without end. But now the Reich’s attention has turned towards the East, and as winter sets in, the mood is turning.

Werner’s boss, Joseph Goebbels, can sense it. A small man with a powerful voice and coal-black eyes, Goebbels has a deep understanding the dark arts of manipulation. His words, his newsreels, have shaken Germany awake, propelling it towards its greater destiny and he won’t let – he can’t let – morale falter now. But the Minister of Propaganda is uneasy and in his discomfort has pulled Werner into his close confidence.

And here, amid the power struggle between the Nazi Chieftains, Werner will make his mistake and begin his descent into the hell of Stalingrad…


Last Flight to Stalingrad (Spoils of War) 


Although this is part of this author’s ‘Spoils of War’ series this book is not affected at all, it reads great as a stand-alone. It is the first book that I have read by him.

It is perfect how the author has blended fact and fiction together in this step back in time, to 1942 Europe, following the war’s progression from the German side. The story mainly centre’s around what was happening in the war, in contrast to what the German people were been told through Propaganda. Everything had gone Germany’s way until the army was sent East and to Russia.

Some of the characters in this book are instantly recognisable, but, the way that the author has written this story the fictional characters feel solid. When Werner Nehmann a Propaganda reporter, makes an error of judgement, it has repercussions for him.

There are no holds barred as the story progresses through Russia and Stalingrad with accounts of the horrors the SS left behind them. It is truly a story that you should read. Stunning research and perfect delivery.


Graham Hurley is the author of the acclaimed Faraday and Winter
crime novels and an award-winning TV documentary maker. Two of
the critically lauded series have been shortlisted for the Theakston’s
Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel. The first Wars Within
novel, Finisterre, was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure
Writing Prize.

Twitter: @Seasidepicture

Dishonoured by Jem Tugwell @JemTugwell @SerpentineBooks #NewRelease #PsychologicalFiction #Dishonoured #BlogReview

Firstly I would like to thank Raquel Elias for inviting me to read and review Jem Tugwell’s latest novel, Dishonoured.

Dishonoured: An addictive psychological thriller by [Jem  Tugwell]



Dan has worked hard for the perfect life.
He has a loving wife, beautiful kids, a fabulous home and is a successful businessman.
But one afternoon he steps onto a train with a stranger.
It was a simple mistake…
Four stops later, Dan is a criminal who has lost everything.
Someone hates him enough to destroy him.
Through a web of lies and deceit Dan battles to win his life back.

Dishonoured is a compelling psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages.

A new take on the familiar psychological thriller with a male protagonist and a cast of characters that will keep the reader guessing right to the very end.

Perfect for readers of Lisa Jewell, Teresa Driscoll and Erin Kelly.


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Poor Dan has had some pretty horrendous times in his life, but he had worked hard, taken chances and now he was going to reap the rewards that would set him and his family up for the rest of their lives. Someone else had a different future for him.

After celebrations at work, Dan found himself in a situation that couldn’t be explained away. His life was to hit rock bottom because some labels in life stick, even when they aren’t true, but they can be damaging to not just that person, but their nearest and dearest too.

You know as a reader that Dan is innocent of this crime, but his colleagues, friends and family could only go on facts. My heart broke for him at times and how not just strangers saw him but people who had known him years. Friends didn’t want to be tarnished and saw opportunities for themselves.

I admired the fight in him to prove his innocence. Some great characters in the story help to dig him back out of the dark place he is in now, but there were others that loved the idea of a man at the top being knocked off his pedestal. It is pure entertainment from the beginning to the end. A belting story that knocked me sideways more than once. An awesome ending.

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


Jem Tugwell

Jem Tugwell was born in Berkshire and Dishonoured is his first psychological thriller.

Jem’s first two critically acclaimed novels, Proximity and No Signal, are exciting crime fiction novels set in the near future, featuring DI Clive Lussac and his partner Zoe Jordan.

Jem has a Crime Writing MA from City University, an MBA and a BSc in Computer Science and in a past life, Jem had a successful career in IT and investment management. Jem’s loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes. He lives in Surrey with his wife and has two children.

Twitter: @JemTugwell

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Dishonoured: An addictive psychological thriller by [Jem  Tugwell]

Sleeping Dogs (A Penny Wiseman Murder Mystery Book 1) by Wendy Turbin @HobeckBooks #sleepingdogs #BookReview #crimeseries #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Rebecca Collins of Hobeck Books for inviting me to read and review Sleeping Dogs (A Penny Wiseman Murder Mystery Book 1) by Wendy Turbin.

Sleeping Dogs (A Penny Wiseman Murder Mystery Book 1) by [Wendy Turbin]


A jigsaw puzzle of a crime novel with a paranormal twist – the brilliant feel-good debut from Wendy Turbin

Meet Penny Wiseman, a private investigator by circumstance, stumbling through adulthood and desperately trying to keep her late father’s business afloat. 

She’s on the trail of her client’s husband. He’s guilty of hiding something, but is he having an affair? The case leads her to an intriguing series of mysteries and encounters, and not all are quite of this world.

Because, for Penny, seeing the dead is a fact of life, and when a teenage ghost wants justice, who else can the girl turn to for help?

There’s one big problem – the dead don’t talk. 

Penny’s first job is to work out exactly why she’s being haunted. 

Her second is to solve the case that should pay her bills, but will she find answers to either question?

Sleeping Dogs is full of brilliantly drawn characters, quirky humour and gripping plot twists.




Well, this is different! This is Wendy Turbin’s debut novel and she certainly hit the spot for a quirky murder mystery that at times made me laugh. Penny Wiseman has taken on her late father’s P.I. business, but she is struggling to keep it afloat. The investigation she is following takes a bit of a side step and opens some unusual doors. Penny has always been tuned in to seeing the dead, but there is a massive communication problem between them and her.

Even writing this review made me smile as I still have scenes of this story playing along in my mind. I smiled and giggled so many times at the antics of some of the deceased, as it made trying to solve this case was like doing a dot to dot, but without the numbers. There is an underlining storyline which I hadn’t heard of before and found it very fascinating. The author has certainly done a lot of research on the subject.

There are some great characters in this book, especially Penny and her sister. Some characters seem to fill a room with their personalities, these do just that. I can say that I am hooked already and delighted that this is the first book in a series.

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

Sleeping Dogs (A Penny Wiseman Murder Mystery Book 1) by [Wendy Turbin]

Your Neighbour’s Wife by Tony Parsons @TonyParsonsUK @randomhouse #YourNeighboursWife #NetGalley #NewRelease #BookReview

Your Neighbour’s Wife by [Tony Parsons]


What do you do when your perfect life spins out of control? A gripping psychological thriller that combines the emotional warmth of Man and Boy with the page-turning excitement of The Murder Bag.

Tara Carver seems to have the perfect life. A loving mother and wife, and a business woman who runs her own company, she’s the sort of person you’d want to live next door to, who might even become your best friend.

But what sort of person is she really?

Because in one night of madness, on a work trip far from home, she puts all this at risk. And suddenly her dream life becomes a living nightmare when the married man she spent one night with tells her he wants a serious relationship with her. And that he won’t leave her or her precious family alone until she agrees.

There seems to be only one way out.
And it involves murder …


Your Neighbour’s Wife


Oh my, a moment of madness and a lifetime of regret. Tara seemed to have it all, a very successful dating app business, a 5-year-old son and a husband who stayed at home to look after him. On a business trip to Tokyo, she had a one night stand. It wasn’t something she did, and it wasn’t anything like she thought it would be. The man sees it all very different though and is willing to ruin her life if she doesn’t continue with it.

This man is a real nut job that made my skin crawl from the first time he appeared on the page. The saying, ‘the grass is always greener’ comes to mind but it wasn’t going to be any garden of Eden. The reality was that he was more persistent than clover and as irritating as hogweed. Tara’s favourite person in the world seemed to be herself, and the effect it would have on her life if she couldn’t stop this man. But how far would she be willing to go, or even get someone else, to stop him.

I was engrossed in the first half of this book, but then it took off and became much deeper in the second half. The main characters are far from likeable with twists that I hadn’t even thought of. Shocking disclosures and a mystery to unravel that made my brain go into overdrive. Brilliant round off with all the ends tied off. A great read.

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


Tony Parsons

Tony Parsons is a bestselling novelist and an award-winning journalist. His books have been published in over forty languages and his multi-million selling novel Man and Boy won The Book of The Year prize in 2000. Most recently, he created the Max Wolfe crime series. Tony lives in London with his family. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Your Neighbour’s Wife by [Tony Parsons]