The Penmaker’s Wife by Steve Robinson @SteveRobinson01 @AmazonPub #NetGalley #Historical #Thriller #BlogReview

The Penmaker's Wife by [Robinson, Steve]


In Victorian England, a mother is on the run from her past—and the truth about what she did.

Birmingham, 1880. Angelica Chastain has fled from London with her young son, William. She promises him a better life, far away from the terrors they left behind.

Securing a job as a governess, Angelica captures the attention of wealthy widower Stanley Hampton. Soon they marry and the successful future Angelica envisaged for William starts to fall into place.

But the past will not let Angelica go. As the people in her husband’s circle, once captivated by her charm, begin to question her motives, it becomes clear that forgetting where she came from—and who she ran from—is impossible.

When tragedy threatens to expose her and destroy everything she’s built for herself and William, how far will she go to keep her secrets safe? And when does the love for one’s child tip over into dangerous obsession?

Alias Grace meets Peaky Blinders in this tale of obsession, ambition and murder in Victorian England.


The Penmaker’s Wife


After a traumatic opening and first meeting of Angelica Chastain and her young son William, the story jumps 16 years to 1896 in Birmingham and swearing of events that lead from 1880 to present-day. The beginning of this swearing is a statement of love for Angelica followed by what this person says Angelica confided in her and what she witnessed herself.

Beauty is definitely only skin deep where Angelica is concerned as men underestimate her and most women sense that there is something very off with her. Her goal in life is to lift her son out of poverty and into much wealthier circles so that he will never want for anything. The drawback of being so beautiful though is how memorable it makes her, making her an easy target for anyone wanting to make a quick few shillings or for pure self-gratification.

The author creates a vivid picture of the huge divide between the poor and upper classes of the Victorian era and the people who lived in each. The characters are very well developed in the story with some tender and light moments between friendships that develop making some of what happens feel even more shocking. The end just knocked me sideways. Brilliant round up.

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


Steve Robinson is a London-based crime writer. He was sixteen when his first magazine article was published and he’s been writing ever since. A love for genealogy inspired his first bestselling series, the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries, and he is now expanding his writing to historical crime, another area he is passionate about


Twitter: @SteveRobinson01

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The Penmaker's Wife by [Robinson, Steve]

Hunting Ground by L. J. Morris @LesJMorris @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #Suspense #Thriller #HuntingGround #AliSinclairThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour of Hunting Ground by L. J. Morris

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from prison and back in Europe, Ali Sinclair has one job… find Frank McGill.

The information he has is vital if they are to end the conspiracy that threatens to bring down the Government and push NATO to the brink of war.

With terrorist attacks increasing and a mole at the top of the establishment, Sinclair and McGill will need to use all their skills to follow the clues across the continent in a deadly treasure hunt that drags them back towards London.

But when you’re being hunted by assassins and the authorities… going home isn’t always the safest option.


Hunting Ground: (Ali Sinclair #2) (Ali Sinclair Thriller)


Wow! This is one almighty adrenaline rush from start to finish. Ali Sinclair is back and teaming up with Frank McGill to unearth who the high official in Government is that has set his sights on causing chaos and mayhem in this country and its allies. Then opening up a clear take over for much darker forces to control world affairs.

One Man had already paid dearly with his life for what he had discovered and now his partner was in danger because only he could follow the clues that he had left in place if anything went wrong. Porter was quite a gentle soul unaware that his lover had died when McGill met him. He had to make instant choices. Was Mc.Gill telling the truth and could he trust him? Soon there was no doubt. Sinclair and McGill are a perfect pairing, prepared to put their lives on the line as a deadly game of ‘Cluedo’ begins across London.

I had in the past read the first Ali Sinclair novel, which was brilliant but the anti has risen with this book. The author writes with such confidence bringing a constant level of fear, frustration and feeling of being there with these characters that everything around me became secondary. Really set time aside because once in this story you won’t want to come up for breath. Porter I loved, what a star he was, so brave and a hundred percent behind McGill and Sinclair in everything they told him to do.

I was totally thrown with the intensity of the story, I am still running on this adrenaline feeling 24 hours after finishing the book. Loved how it all came together, though it pushed my blood pressure to the limits in the last few chapters. Highly recommended! Superb!



L J Morris is an author with a lifelong love of books and storytelling that he developed as a child. He spent most of the 80s and 90s serving in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineer and now lives in Cumbria, with his family. He currently works within the defence industry and continues to write at every opportunity.

His short stories have appeared in several anthologies including Volumes 1 & 2 of Best-selling author Matt Hilton’s anthology series ‘ACTION: Pulse Pounding Tales’.

Other anthologies he has appeared in include ‘Happily Never After’, ‘Wish You Weren’t Here’, and ‘Liminal Time, Liminal Space’ where one reader described his tale ‘True Colours’ as “Riveting and powerful

His first novel ‘Desperate Ground’ was published in May 2018 and attracted good reviews.




Twitter:           @LesJMorris

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Woman on the Edge by Samantha M Bailey @sbaileybooks @headlinepg @RosieMargesson @annecater #NetGalley #BlogTour #PyschologicalThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Woman on the Edge by Samantha M Bailey

Woman on the Edge: An emotional, hold-your-breath psychological thriller by [Bailey, Samantha M.]



Woman on the Edge begins with a shocking, tragic event and doesn’t stop there. An impressive debut that will keep you reading until the final twist’ Samantha Downing

‘Riveting, hold-your-breath suspense’ Heather Gudenkauf

A moment on the platform changes two lives for ever. But nothing is as it seems…

In a split second, Morgan’s life changes for ever. A stranger hands her a baby, then jumps in front of a train.

Morgan has never seen the woman before and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life.

When the police question Morgan, she discovers none of the witnesses can corroborate her version of events. And when they learn Morgan longs for a baby of her own, she becomes a suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically tries to retrace the last days of the woman’s life. She begins to understand that Nicole Markham believed she and her baby were in danger. Now Morgan might be in danger, too.

Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia?

Or is something much darker going on?

Pulse-pounding, heartrending, shocking, thrilling. This is a thriller you won’t stop thinking about.


Woman on the Edge: An emotional, hold-your-breath psychological thriller


This is a no holds barred opening chapter that I didn’t even have time to curl my legs up on my sofa with. Whoa! A couple of hurried desperate garbled sentences from an unkempt woman on the edge of a subway platform to a pretty shocked and baffled lady, before trusting her sleeping baby to her then jumping under a train. Just like that! I re-read the title, The Woman on the Edge had just become The Woman over the Edge! I already knew that the cuppa I had just made wouldn’t hack it, I needed something a little stronger.

As no-one else had been privy to the conversation and the subway video had been inconclusive about what had happened, Morgan, who had been left holding the now orphaned baby, became a prime suspect in the death of this stranger. But the dead woman had called her by her name like she knew her. Morgan decided to do some digging herself but it was like she was in quicksand the more she found out and deeper in this mystery she seemed to be getting in.

The story drops back in time. Nicole Markham, the dead mother had secrets that had come back to taunt her and take away the most precious thing in her life. Her new baby daughter. A high flyer in business she became what others saw as paranoid, suffering from some sort of post-natal depression and completely out of control.

This is a real heart in your mouth story that I was glued to about the past and worried to death about the future for this little baby. The intensity never took a minute off making it feel like a much quicker read than it was. Two broken women, now one was dead and the other facing danger. Very clever writing, I probably worked most of it out just before it appeared on the pages for me to confirm. Highly recommended!

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



Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based novelist, freelance editor, and journalist who has written extensively for Now Magazine, Oxford University Press, and many other publications. She is the co-founder of “BookBuzz,” a promotional and interactive author event held in New York City and Toronto. She holds a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics and credits that degree with her writing career because she wrote her first (unpublished) novel after taking a course on imagination. Now her imagination leads her to create dark and twisty stories, and her debut psychological thriller, WOMAN ON THE EDGE, will be published by Simon and Schuster Canada and Headline UK and translated into seven languages. She loves reading as much as writing, so when not tapping away on her computer, she’s probably curled up with a really good book.


Twitter: @sbaileybooks



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Notes from the Lost by Cathie Hartigan @cathiehartigan @annecater #BlogTour #NotesFromTheLost #RandomThingsTours

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Notes from the Lost by Cathie Hartigan

Notes from the Lost by [Hartigan, Cathie]


In October 1943, when prisoners of war Alfie and Frank escape from a train taking them to Germany, their lives depend on the family of shepherds who shelter them. In constant jeopardy, the young men wait out the winter in the Italian mountains. In 2000, Ros Goudy inherits her music teacher’s home in Exeter and there she finds letters that reveal the soldiers’ fate. Only one made it back, but it wasn’t to a warm welcome and happy ever after. What had happened that turned heads and hearts against him? The trail she follows begins with a charming comic song composed before the war. What she discovers is that everyone, including herself, has something to hide.


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What a beautifully told story this is. In Italy in 1943 two men that have been best of friends way before the war, Alfie and Frank, are being transported on a POW train. Along with some of the other men they escape by jumping from the train and hiding in caves. The two friends eventually are taken into the protection of a local shepherd and his family in the Italian mountains.

Jumping forward to the year 2000, when struggling musician Ros inherits the home of her former music teacher Dorothy, she is unsure about staying in the house that was constantly filled with music or selling it and returning to London. Ros discovers a box containing letters and other memorabilia from the past and begins to read them. They are from a young man who has gone to war with her brother Frank, Alfie. What unfolds is a beautiful love story, the courage of a village and scarifies both at home and abroad.

The days of the war ended but the repercussions of events were still rippling through to the year 2000. Get the tissues out because boy will you need them. I was so very involved with the past as it unfolded and loved how things were developing in present day.

Ros didn’t just hold her own future in her hands she held the destiny of the people that she now knew as friends. What an incredible story. I loved the songs, felt like I could hear the music and adored the ending. Truly a wonderful read.

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


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Cathie Hartigan lives in the beautiful, historic city of Exeter.

Although her professional training was in music, a decade ago she swapped one keyboard for another in order to take her life-long love of writing more seriously. Since then, she has won several prizes for her short stories and was a finalist in the annual Woman and Home short story competition three times.

Cathie lectured in creative writing for nine years at Exeter College before leaving to found, which offers a range of writing services and administers four international literary competitions a year, including The Exeter Novel Prize and The Trisha Ashley Award.

When not writing, Cathie sings in a small vocal ensemble. The beautiful Devon coastline also provides plenty of distraction but on a rainy day if there’s an opera or theatre screening at the cinema, she’ll be there.


Twitter: @cathiehartigan

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Buried Sins by Louise Mullins @MullinsAuthor @DarkEdgePress @annecater #BuriedSins #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Buried Sins by Louise Mullins

Buried Sins: A gritty addictive psychological thriller by [Mullins, Louise]


Introducing Welsh Detective Inspector Emma Locke who appears in her very own upcoming procedural series.

Readers who enjoy books by C.L. Taylor, K.L. Slater, and Rachel Abbott will love this gritty, addictive, standalone psychological thriller.

When Carys returns to her childhood home, inherited after the death of her father, she is shocked to discover the bones of an infant buried in the paddock. Days later, DI Locke’s team uncover the remains of a missing girl, sparking vivid memories of the day Carys was abducted by The Shadow Man.

While the evidence against her father mounts, Carys recalls more of her past. And each new revelation provides DI Locke with the proof she needs to close the cases of several girls’ disappearances.

Sometimes the past refuses to stay buried.



Carys had inherited the farmhouse that she had grown up in. I can’t say that it was a family home. It was a place that her abusive father and God-fearing jealous mother brought her up. Her mother had died years ago and her father recently but she had returned to the farm after his funereal to clear the house and do what needed to be done now he was gone forever.

Carys’ husband and their two teenage boys had come with her but the past wouldn’t stay in the past. Carys found a bundle of bones, a tiny skull that belonged to a baby and so the police had to be summoned. Soon she could feel herself being thrown back into horrific memories of her own childhood and that of local children that had gone missing and still not been found. The nights began to be the thing she dreaded most of all as sleep paralysis took over and The Shadow Man haunted her nightmares.

The story becomes much darker and more disturbing, impossible to put down as the police take over to try and find some sort of closure for the families all these years later. The story drops back to the past as the horror is replayed. Oh boy! I have never felt so helpless reading a story. This you need to read yourself. There are stories within stories.

This isn’t an open and shut case. This is twisted and knarled, explosive and heartbreaking. An absolute huge must read!


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Dubbed the Queen of Domestic Noir, Louise Mullins’ titles often delve into the darker aspects of the human psyche where more often than not somebody a little close to home knows more than they’re willing to admit. So far her novels involve the murky world of addiction, child abuse, serial killers, missing women, rape, kidnapping, murder, domestic violence, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and arms dealing.

Louise Mullins is a critically acclaimed, international best-selling author whose latest title, Love You Gone, previously published as The Woman in the Woods has been reissued by Dark Edge Press and is available to pre-order now!

Louise Mullins writes full-time using the experience she gained in a prior life working in the field of forensic mental health and psychological therapy, working with offenders and survivors of serious crimes.


Twitter: @MullinsAuthor


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The Day Jack Sacked his Therapist by Marie Gameson @MarieGameson #BookReview #NewRelease #FantasticBooksPublishing

The Day Jack Sacked his Therapist by [Gameson, Marie]


In 1981, eleven-year-old Jill drags her young brother Jack through a London cemetery until they reach their mother’s gravestone, where she tells Jack that nobody blames him.

But clearly, they do.

Whatever Jack’s childhood crime, it seems to have left him with a strange curse: people around him only feel good about themselves when his life is out of control. Although Marion, his stunning girlfriend, is immune to this hex, even she can’t halt Jack’s decline into fluffy-bearded, drink-sodden dumpiness.

When Marion finally leaves him, Jack resolves to change to win her back, but every attempt he makes to improve himself is met with strong resistance by those around him, especially by his therapist.

Jack’s quest to regain Marion intensifies from the simple target of reducing his beer-gut to remembering what happened on a dark, stormy afternoon in 1978.


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Jack has to be one of my favourite characters in the 243 books that I have read this year. It begins when he is only seven running through a graveyard and finally being steered to his mother’s grave by his big sister, Jill, after a while she tells him, “The important thing, Jack … is that nobody blames you.” But Jack knew that they did. Such a burden for a little boy through life. My heart bled for him, but what the heck had he done?

Jack grows up to be quite an outcast, he is a lovely bloke, kind, generous and faithful but people just don’t take to him, except for other oddballs that no-one else takes to, so they are quite an oddball group of friends that hang out together. He is the bloke that everyone seems to need to know just to make themselves feel better, so they can take pleasure in that they aren’t like him. They don’t want him to succeed, he is their benchmark in life and they intend to keep him there.

Thing is Jack is super intelligent, the fact of why he knew such trivia something that melted every emotion in my body later in the story, he has a beautiful partner and a couple of houses. Oh and still a big sister that constantly keeps him in his place. When major events happen, easy-going Jack that has taken everything on the chin all his life has to face his past.

This is an absolute gem to read with characters and events that happened that made me laugh till I cried and have to read it again. It is deep and sad in places with a character that you just have to love and get behind because until Jack can work out the past he is still a little boy full of guilt in the grown-up body with rituals that he daren’t stop because they keep him safe. Unlikely friendships, a family that is your worst enemy and hostage situations that are hilarious. This book is a comedy of errors around Jack as people try and see the worst in what he does. The story builds to a tremendous climax with ‘everyone gets what they deserve ending.’ Just brilliant and I am still laughing.

Huge thanks to the publisher, Fantastic Books Publication for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Marie Gameson
Marie Gameson and her mother Margot Gameson (née Evelyn) co-wrote ‘The Turtle Run’ under the pseudonym ‘Marie Evelyn’.
Marie: “The Turtle Run was inspired by something my mother once witnessed in Barbados. She came across barefooted, blue-eyed, fair-haired children struggling to carry buckets of water from a standpipe to their chattel house, and learned that they were the descendants of the Monmouth rebels, who were exiled from England to Barbados in 1685. This experience encouraged us to learn more about the Monmouth rebellion, led by Charles II’s illegitimate son, the Duke of Monmouth. Although the book is contemporary and has a strong romantic element, the theme is about how people’s lives are influenced by the fate of their ancestors. Certainly, the miserable situation of many ‘Redlegs’ (to give them their politically incorrect name) was the legacy of their exiled forebears.
In 2017, Marie’s first solo novel was published: ‘The Giddy Career of Mr Gadd (deceased)’. This is a tale about grieving for people who are not dead, but who have substantially changed from the person they were before. With the main characters haunted by dead fathers, it is a quirky mix of identity crises, involving Zen, Catholicism, Chinese ancestor worship, and dodgy 70s music.


Twitter: @MarieGameson

The Day Jack Sacked his Therapist by [Gameson, Marie]

Blood’s Campaign (Holcroft Blood #3) by Angus Donald @angus_donald #NetGalley @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #NewRelease #BloodsCampaign

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Blood’s Campaign by Angus Donald.




August 25, 1689

The English Army is besieging Carrickfergus in Ireland. Brilliant but unusual gunner Holcroft Blood of the Royal Train of Artillery (son of Col. Thomas Blood), is ready to unleash his cannons on the rebellious forces of deposed Catholic monarch James II. But this is more than war for Captain Blood, a lust for private vengeance burns within him.

French intelligence agent Henri d’Erloncourt has come across the seas to foment rebellion against William of Orange, the newly installed Dutch ruler of England, Scotland and Ireland. But Henri’s true mission is not to aid the suffering of the Irish but to serve the interests of his master, Louis le Grand.

Michael ‘Galloping’ Hogan, brigand, boozer and despoiler of Protestant farms, strives to defend his native land – and make a little profit on the side. But when he takes the Frenchman’s gold, he suspects deep in his freedom-loving heart, that he has merely swapped one foreign overlord for another.

July 1, 1690

On the banks of the River Boyne, on a fateful, scorching hot day, two armies clash in bloody battle – Protestant against Catholic – in an epic struggle for mastery of Ireland. And, when the slaughter is over and the smoke finally clears, for these three men, nothing will ever be the same again . . .

Holcroft must decide whether to join the conspirators, including his old friend Jack Churchill, now Lord Marlborough, and support Dutch William’s invasion – or remain loyal to his unpopular king.



Blood’s Campaign: There can only be one victor . . . (Holcroft Blood 3)


I have to say at the start that this is my first book by this author and what a find he is. The story is a well-balanced mix of fact and fiction that smooth out any gaps in history and shortfall of solid facts about these historical figures. The encounters are brutal on the field, sacrificing unwitting soldiers to draw the enemy away from the true approach.

The battles are detailed with hand to hand combat but the magnetic draw for me was with the cannons and Captain Holcroft Blood, set in Ireland as the war rages between Catholics and Protestants. Blood has quite radical ways of thinking that don’t conform with his peers, so his outspoken views often rustle feathers.

The story centres on three main characters whose futures are determined by each other. Old scores, money and honour rank high in the story. Holcroft Blood, Henri d’Erloncourt and Michael Hogan another firm favourite for me. The story is fast and furious with extremely detailed encounters, making colourful explosions of colour leap out of these chapters. Some of my favourite chapters were the encounter between Blood and Hogan and the respect and honour they had for each other as fellow soldiers.

Do read on after the story where the author explains about the characters. A brilliant book and an era I am loving the more I read about it.

I wish to thank NetGalley for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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Kent-based author Angus Donald was born in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For 20 years he worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London. He is now married with children and writes full time from a medieval farmhouse in Tonbridge, Kent.

Angus is a distant relative of Col. Thomas Blood who is best known for his attempt to steal the Crown Jewels of England from the Tower of London in 1671.


Twitter: @angus_donald

Angus is also the author of the bestselling Outlaw Chronicles. For more information, visit:

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I Know You by Erik Therme @ErikTherme @bookouture #BookReview #suspense

I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Therme, Erik]


‘I can help you save your sister. But I need something from you …’

Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …

A gripping and addictive thriller about family secrets and lies and the lengths people will go to protect them. Perfect for fans of Teresa Driscoll and Louise Jensen.


I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist


This is a pretty short book but packs a hefty story in those pages. The story begins with a family in a trailer park, lack of money and frayed tempers that lead to violence time and time again. Bree Walker, the oldest of three children has always had to take the role of little mother for her younger sister Alissa, now 16 years old while her brother had to toughen up from regular beatings from their dad.

Now there is only the two girls and their mother at the trailer but their mother works long hours while Bree works and still cares for her sister. When Bree returns home one day she finds her sister’s rug sack on the steps to the trailer with a note in the bottom giving here very clear instructions if she wants to see her alive again.

Within the first chapters, I felt helpless for Bree with an impossible dilemma and the clock ticking away every second of Alissa’s chances. This kidnapper was after something much more precious than money. Oh wow, there wasn’t much to go on but Bree was much wiser than her years.

There are some real shady characters in the story so trying to follow clues and work out what the hell was going on wasn’t going to be easy. Whatever it was it would either destroy this already broken family or help mend them. Loved the persistence of Alissa’s friend who over time had become as good as a member of the family, her family was even worse than theirs. One of the saddest things was the only person Bree had any faith in was herself.

The story got to me way after finishing it and makes you count the blessings you have. There are some really crazy people in this world and definitely some in this book.


Erik Therme

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.


Twitter: @ErikTherme


I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Therme, Erik]

The Last Village by Audla English @AudlaE @annecater #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours #ChillWithABookAwards #PremierReadersAwardWinner 2019

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Last Village by Audla English

The Last Village: A love story by [English, Audla]




The majestic Souter Lighthouse stands proudly at the edge of the cliff top surrounded by open grassy empty fields and overlooking a vast blue wilderness. Anna Charles knows nothing of the life that her grandmother once had here.
It wasn’t until an unexpected engagement, that Anna discovered the past of her Gran and the truth behind an enduring love.

Seventy years earlier, Lillian Smith, had been part of the close-knit community that once thrived in the village that existed next to the lighthouse. A chance meeting with a sailor one day, would change the course of her life forever.

A moving novel set in the North East of England. The Last Village is an enduring love story which spans the 1940’s and modern day, binding the generations.


The Last Village: A love story


This isn’t a very long book but it packs all the ingredients to make it so very memorable. Set in North East England, the area had built up over the years to house more and more residents but there had been a small village that once housed a community of families and now all that was left was the lighthouse. This side of the story is fact but the characters and their lives are fiction.

Anna Charles had always been close to her grandmother but it is only since she has become engaged that her gran begins to tell her the story of the village where she lived, the families who lived there and the sailor she fell in love with. The story goes from present-day back 70 years to when Lillian lived in the 1940s while in present-day Anna and her best friend are planning their own weddings.

I loved Lillian’s story and the innocence that the era brought with it. There was a romance about having to wait for a letter to come through the letterbox, instead of instant messaging from anywhere in the world. Technology, health care and family life so very different from today. The lighthouse was very much a central feature in the story which had been a place that held laughter, friends and the beacon of hope for fishermen and sailors even to this present day.

I was very invested in all three stories and how many would turn into wedding days and beyond. Boy, this author had me holding my breath with tears in my eyes. Beautifully written, just loved it. Do keep reading after the story ends to find out more about the real last village where this story is set.

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


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Audla English grew up in the North East of England. Born in Sunderland, a graduate of Newcastle University and living in South Tyneside, she is passionate about this wonderful region which acts as an inspiration to her writing. Her award-winning debut novel ‘The Last Village’ is a dual time-line historical fiction and is written as a dedication to the now sadly demolished Old Marsden Village which was built by the Whitburn Coal Company in the 1870’s. The Marsden Rock coastal setting is also used to weave a family saga style narrative around a beautiful part of north east England. The novel is a moving love story about the life of Lily, a young woman growing up with her friends in 1945 whereas the other side of the story, in 2017, is about Anna and her own discovery of her grandmother’s past life- it is a novel which spans and binds the generations through family and friendship.


Twitter: @AudlaE

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Mistress by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @Books_n_all #Psychologicalthriller #BlogTour #NewRelease #CrimeFiction

Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw of Books n All Book Promotions for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Mistress by Stewart Giles.

Mistress: She's killed again (Miranda Trilogy Book 2) by [Giles, Stewart]


Mistress: the sequel to Miranda, a psychological thriller by Stewart Giles ‘My name is Miranda, and I’m a serial murderer.’ ‘I have killed again!’ From #1 bestseller Stewart Giles comes the sequel to Miranda, a psychological thriller.

Miranda is on the run from the Dunford Police and has managed to flee the UK. The story continues as we follow Miranda to the USA.

With the body count increasing all the time will Miranda ever be caught.

This is a gripping page-turner that keeps the adrenaline pumping as Miranda manages to keep just one step ahead of DS Swales. With numerous twists and turns all the way to the absolutely brilliant ending this is a must read for anyone who loves psychological thrillers. What readers are saying about Miranda: ‘Stewart Giles has hit it out of the park with Miranda. She lived in my head for more than a week after I finished reading the book, which I did in a day because I just couldn’t put it down.’ – Heather Opperman

‘Love this book, so different from normal crime books and had me hooked from the very first page.’ – Black Books Blog

‘Wow, Stewart Giles has really pulled it out of the bag this time. This is an awesome read from an author who has really stepped outside the box’ – Books ‘n’ All

‘I was fortunate enough to be able to read this book a week or so. It is AMAZING. Very different, absolutely riveting. A must read for fans of crime fiction with a difference’ – Sandra Brown


Mistress: She’s killed again (Miranda Trilogy Book 2)


This is the second book in this series and it is a belter. The story begins with Miranda behind bars in a Women’s prison in California convicted of the murder of a man that she ironically didn’t kill. I know, it has to make you smile when you know just how many lives she has taken. Thing is she has an alibi, she was at the time committing another murder, so she is between a rock and hard place as you could say. The story drops back to where the last book ended to fill in all the missing pieces and bring you up to date. Going back and forth between the past and present day.

Miranda had originally killed someone by accident but found she had got more than a thrill from it. Killing to Miranda was more than an obsession, it was an addiction that had to be fed regularly with more victims.

Huge mistakes have been made by the police and now, after an unthinkable discovery has been made, DS Swales swears he will track Miranda down and bring her to justice, along with Lisa Price from Newsblog24 who has a very personal reason for wanting to hunt her down. Miranda heads for the USA, where she can change her appearance but not her urges to carry on killing. It always feels like one door closes on Miranda as a door opens for Swales and Price as the distance gets smaller between them.

Stewart Giles has again delivered a fast, intense and shocking addition to this series. I read most chapters with my jaw dropped at this young woman that has an almost hypnotic grace as she kills each victim with such precision and skill. I had to read this book without a break, filling in the missing pieces desperate for the timelines to come together. Oh, boy, does Stewart Giles know how to wind a story up! I really couldn’t have asked for more from this author.


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After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later.

3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results. I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor.

Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before.



Twitter: @stewartgiles




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Book 1-Smith

Book 2-Boomerang

Book 3-Ladybird

Book 4-Occam’s Razor

Book 5-Harlequin

Book 6-Selene

Book 7-Horsemen

Book 8-Unworthy

Book 9-Venom

Book 10-Severed


Book 1-The Beekeeper

Book 2-The Perfect Murder

Book 3-The Backpacker


Book 1-The Enigma

Book 2 – Dropzone


Book 1-Miranda

Book 2-Mistress

Book 3-coming soon


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