The Split by Sharon Bolton @AuthorSJBolton @TrapezeBooks @orionbooks #TheSplit #NetGalley #BookReview #NewRelease

The Split: A woman is pushed to breaking point in this chilling, pulse-racing, emotionally-charged thriller by [Sharon Bolton]


‘Dark, fascinating and full of surprises’ Mark Edwards

‘Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty.’ Elly Griffiths


A year ago, in desperation, Felicity Lloyd signed up for a lengthy research trip to the remote island of South Georgia.

It was her only way to escape.


Freddie Lloyd has served time for murder. Out at last, he’s on her trail.

And this time, he won’t stop until he finds her.


Tense, gripping and with a twist you won’t see coming, Sharon Bolton is back in an explosive new thriller about a woman on the run…


The Split: A woman is pushed to breaking point in this chilling, pulse-racing, emotionally-charged thriller


Wow! This is a little belter of a book. It starts edgy with one of a specialised research team working out on a remote island off the coast of South Georgia, in the Antarctic, getting together plans to make herself scarce after Freddie Llyod had written to her telling her he was coming. Freddie had been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder and now he had found her. No-one knows about her past, except Freddie Llyod.

Felicity is a glaciologist, the descriptions of her work were absolutely fascinating. I could have read a book just about her and what she did there. The story bounces between Freddie, Felicity’s attempts to stay hidden until the boat leaves again with Freddie on it and a mysterious woman that has remarkable fighting and survival skills that has caused a stir on the Island.

The story falls back to Cambridge and sessions with Dr Joe Grant, a psychiatrist that Felicity is seeing on a professional level. She becomes very much the damsel in distress with Grant being the one to pick up the pieces. This is such a racy story that didn’t give me time to return back to any sort of reality in my own life. It pushed me past edgy, it pushed me to insanity. I loved this book.

The characters are superb, the research top notch and the storyline just blew me away. My best read of the year so far. Stunning!

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


Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work.

Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and son.


Twitter:  @AuthorSJBolton

The Split: A woman is pushed to breaking point in this chilling, pulse-racing, emotionally-charged thriller by [Sharon Bolton]

The Scribbler by Iain Maitland @iainmaitland @SarabandBooks @RKbookpublicist #Thriller #BookReview #NewRelease

Huge thanks to Ruth Killick at Ruth Killick Publicity for sending me an e-copy of The Scribbler by Iain Maitland.


‘He’s back, Carrie. The Scribbler is back.’

DI Gayther and his rookie colleague DC Carrie have been assigned a new caseload. Or rather, an old one… cold cases of LGBTQ+ murders dating back to the 1980s and beyond. Georgia Carrie wasn’t even born when the notorious serial killer began his reign of terror across the East of England. Roger Gayther was on the force that failed to catch him and remembers every chilling detail. Now, after all these years, there’s a sudden death featuring The Scribbler’s tell-tale modus operandi. Can Gayther and Carrie track the murderer down and bring him to justice before the slaughter starts again?


The Scribbler


What I love about Iain Maitland’s books is the originality of each one, so much so that you will never forget the stories or the characters. This book is no exception, from the quirky contrast between DI Gayther and DC Carrie to the disturbing characters woven into this story that stay and play in your mind way after you finish the book.

Gayther and Carrie are assigned to delve into cold cases, bring them up to date and see if today’s technology can throw any light on them. What they get is a possible link to a recent death that ticks too many similarities to a string of murders that took place before Carrie had been born. That’s when my goose bumps begin.

Gayther and Carrie make an entertaining team with greying Gayther’s references to past music and film comments wasted on the more upbeat DC that is like a race horse raring to go out into the real world instead of wading through tons of paper. They make a pretty good tag team where interviewing goes. What they need to determine is what has triggered this trade mark killer to brutally kill again or if someone has taken on the role of copy cat killer. With the addition to their little team rookies Thomas and Cotton join the investigation.

Wow you are in for some spine chilling moments, which you will have to read about. But OMG you know those moments like when you are going to sneeze and it takes you right to the moment……. then it stops and repeats it over and over until it finally explodes, well reading this book is like that. You loose control you can’t stop that feeling of pure adrenaline filled dread over and over until the flood gate goes. It is heart breaking, shocking, no way that just happened stuff that knocks the wind out of you.

This is a twisty, edgy, perfect read where I felt I had run a marathon. Wowie, wowzer!!! And this is a new series!!!!!! What can top this? No doubt Mr. Maitland will.

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


Iain Maitland

Hello and thanks for dropping by.

Well, here we are in lockdown- strange and troubling times for so many people. As a writer of 30 = years sitting in my attic from 9 to 5 most days, it’s something I’m used to. I’ve … not … gone … mad.

The past few years, I’ve been writing thrillers and it’s strange how much of a theme ‘lockdown’ is through each of them.

In Sweet william, Raymond Orrey, a man who has been up in a psychiatric unit for months on end, breaks out and goes searching for his fostered child, William – he wants to re-unite with him and run away to start a new life together in the /south of France.

Mr Todd’s Reckoning sees unemployed father and son, Malcolm and Adrian Todd, living

in a small, cramped bungalow during one of the hottest summers on record – and it’s driving one of them insane. (Please to say this book has been optioned for a TV series by AbbottVision, makers of Cracker and Shameless.)

My latest thriller, The Scribbler, the first in a series of Gayther & Carrie detective novels, features a serial killer who well, I’d best not say too much. What I can say is that The Scribbler killed a series of gay men through the late 1980s and early 1990s. Gayther and Carrie lead the LGBTQ + Cold Cases Team in Suffolk and there’s been a new death featuring The Scribbler’s modus operandi.

So I am sitting here in my attic room now, writing 3 Bluebell Lane featuring a middle-aged man, a homeless teenager girl and a cellar. Lockdown again. After that, I’m writing two or three sequels featuring some of the characters in Mr Todd’s Reckoning and three Gayther & Carrie sequels too; The Key Man is up next.

Twitter: @iainmaitland

The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy 1) by M R Carey @michaelcarey191 @orbitbooks #BookReview


‘This is a BEAUTIFUL book. Gripping, engaging, and absolutely worth the time it takes to burrow yourself into its reality. I can’t recommend it highly enough’ Seanan McGuire

The Book of Koli begins a breathtakingly original new trilogy set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.

He’s wrong.


The Book of Koli: The Rampart Trilogy, Book 1 (Rampart Trilogy 1)


This is the start of something big because oh boy it plays out in your mind like it should be in a cinema and what a magnificent introduction to the hero of the story, Koli and a world way into the future where they pray for dull days.

Life is really simple for Koli and the tight little village that he lives in. There are no towns where he lives, just pockets of villages with high walls to protect its people from deadly vegetation and the Shunned. Life is simple with tales of how the world used to be many years before. The language has become a little distorted but not too much not to know what is meant or the names of places. It all makes for interesting and believable reading. Technology is a sort after commodity that can make you God-like if you can make it work, with everyone having the opportunity to see if they are one of the chosen.

Koli is a fascinating character, inquisitive, bright and determined to better himself but he also has the ability to get under some peoples skin. The story is full of dangers that he didn’t even know existed outside the walls of his home. The supporting cast of quirky characters have their own personality and strengths. A brilliant storyline that will keep any reader firmly glued to every new word and Koli’s innocence. Britain feels so huge and everywhere so far away with impossible obstacles but what a journey this is going to be. I absolutely love Monono.

This story lays down very strong foundations for the next two books in this series. Highly recommended!

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


M. R. Carey

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.


Twitter: @michaelcarey191

She Who Lies by Alex Kane @AlexKaneWriter @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity #SheWhoLies #CrimeFiction #BookReview

She Who Lies: A dark, gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked by [Kane, Alex]


Blood is thicker than water, the family bond stronger than any other.

They think it’s all forgotten.

But I don’t forget.

The Laird-Shaw family live a life most only dream about. Self-made millionaires Gavin Shaw and Stevie Laird built their business from humble roots to global turnover, Stevie’s wife – and Gavin’s sister – Eva is never out of the style pages, while daughter Carla has used her huge following as an Instagram influencer to shine a spotlight on mental health issues.

But behind the glamour lies a web of lies; hidden secrets so explosive that they would bring this family dynasty crashing down. But someone out there knows the truth…and now they’re stepping out of the shadows to reveal the dark heart of the Laird-Shaw family. Because when the truth comes to light, there’s nowhere to hide…and all the money in the world can’t save this family from themselves.

A gripping psychological thriller that will hook you from page one – the perfect read for fans of C.L. Taylor, T.M. Logan and Adele Parks.


She Who Lies: A dark, gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked


The Laird/Shaw family were the fairy tale story of how to be an extremely successful business. Gavin Shaw had left school as a failure to the system but the determination and hard work he had put into his odd job business at 16 had grown and so he shared his success with his best buddy Stevie Laird.

Now many years later they were like the perfect family with Stevie marrying Gavin’s sister Eva when they were younger and their daughter coming into her own fame from the charity work that she supported. Until Eva received a message from a woman saying she knew what she had done.

The story falls back into the past with chapters that were like opening a Russian doll, each one revealing a side of the family that I didn’t know was there until it was revealed. The chapters jump between the past and present as the protective shell around the family becomes more brittle with every page turn. The insecurities, the betrayals and coverups.

This is a twisty, turny, twist again story that totally rocks. I had got this, I thought, then, Bam, oh boy, no way, this is big then Pow, it goes again! What a last quarter of the book this is. A superb story, a brilliant ending!!

I wish to thank the Publisher and Sarah Hardy of Botbspublicity for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly


Alex Kane

Alex Kane is from a small village just outside Glasgow. She grew up around books, her mum always reading the latest crime thriller. She began writing in 2010 and was published by Hera Books in 2019 with an extensive and interesting journey to publication inbetween.

Alex Kane is a psychological thriller writer who is a huge fan of the genre, with her favourite authors in the genre being Lisa Hall, BA Paris and Sarah Stovell. If she is not writing, she can be found playing with her cat, reading, or drinking tea and/or gin (sometimes all of the above).

Alex is currently working on future books but can also be found procrastinating on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Instagram @alexkanewriter

She Who Lies: A dark, gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked by [Alex Kane]

A Game Called Payback by Martin Svolgart @Martin_Svolgart #PsychologicalThriller #Bullying #WritingCommnunity #BookReview #NewRelease #KindleUnlimited

A Game Called Payback by [Svolgart, Martin]


The case of a sixteen-year-old boy found hung by the neck over the roof of his own car sparks a memory that Matt Byron has spent years working his way through. He even thought he’d managed.

Getting a new partner with that case—a partner hauling his own ghosts from the past into it—proves Matt wrong.

What initially looked like just another case of a child being harmed soon offers up aspects of the two men’s past. To solve the case, they need to solve their own unfinished business.

For a man as unapproachable as Matt Byron, who’s scared away more partners than anyone else, he needs to draw on all his resources to see it through.


A Game Called Payback


Detective Matt Byron doesn’t suffer fools gladly and won’t put up with anything less than 100% commitment from his partner, hence he hasn’t had one that has lasted the distance with him yet. Bets are on among his fellow officers when Tyler Samson arrives and the two are sent out to check on a suicide of a young man that appears to have hung himself in the woods. It isn’t long before a terrible case of suicide turns into a horrific investigation into one of murder.

Finding out about the victim’s home life is in itself quite heartbreaking, at 16 years old he should have had his whole life in front of him. The yin and yang detectives are opposite sides on the coin where life experience on this case falls, bringing the perfect balance to see the whole picture from every angle.

The story takes you into the depths of hurt and frustrating, being a victim and becoming what you hate the most. Human nature and consequences. The author makes his characters quite visual to the reader, with stories that fall back into the past from the main players. There are triggers of bullying, abuse and rape so not a book for everyone.

This is the debut novel of this author.


Martin Svolgart has a fascination for humans. What drives them, makes them, breaks them. What can bring out the worst in a person? What can bring out the best?

He doesn’t believe in a world of black and white. The human eye can detect 256 shades of gray. Instead, he believes the answer to what is good and what is evil is to be explored within those nuances.

His protagonists are never just good, and his antagonists are never just evil.

He loves exploring what makes them one or the other. Especially, he loves looking into what can make them change, grow, and evolve. In which direction that may go is of course one of the interesting questions to be explored.


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A Game Called Payback by [Svolgart, Martin]

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker @WhittyAuthor @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BookReview #WeBeginAtTheEnd #NetGalley

We Begin at the End: Gripping. Heart-breaking. Unforgettable. Discover the most captivating crime read of 2020 by [Whitaker, Chris]


With the staggering intensity of James Lee Burke and the absorbing narrative of Jane Harper’s The Dry, We Begin at the End is a powerful novel about absolute love and the lengths we will go to keep our family safe. This is a story about good and evil and how life is lived somewhere in between.

‘You can’t save someone that doesn’t want to be saved . . .’

Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer.

Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.

Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.

Murder, revenge, retribution.

How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself?


We Begin at the End: Gripping. Heart-breaking. Unforgettable. Discover the most captivating crime read of 2020


Vincent King at just fifteen years old was sent to an adult prison for the murder of Sissy Radley, his girlfriend’s sister. The body of Sissy had been found by his best friend Walker, who subsequently turned King into the authorities. The story jumps 30 years and present-day in Cape Haven, California as King returns to his home town and the people with long memories. His best friend Walker is now Sherrif and Star, his ex-girlfriend and sister of murdered Sissy is now the town drunk with two children. Dutchess Radley at thirteen is full time career for her mum and her younger brother Robin. Dutchess is an unforgettable character that will haunt you day and night way after you have finished the book.

Walker has watched over Star the best he could and keeps his eye on the children but Dutchess trusts no-one. Dutchess has anger in her that never seems to be still, making her impulsive, unstable and very volatile. She doesn’t have friends and watches over her brother like a hawk. Their mother works at a bar and sings, never getting back home without being totally legless but she is still a beautiful woman that turns heads. Dutchess has to take responsibility for providing for them all. When Dutchess takes matters into her own hands, after an incident, she sets into motion events that will rip so many lives apart.

This is an absolutely top read! The characters are superb and the connection I felt with them just linked up with every emotion that I have myself. Dutchess is an amazing character that you want to wrap up and take care of. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and driven with an overwhelming determination for justice. There are some really touching scenes too between her and Robin right way through the book, that at times was overwhelming. The town and its people come to life to the point that you feel you could go there and see them. A brilliant story. Totally knocked off my feet!

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


Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working as a financial trader in the city.
His debut novel, Tall Oaks, won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger.
Chris’s second novel, All The Wicked Girls, was published in August 2017. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young sons.

We Begin at the End

Threadbare Book Nine in the Harrogate Crime Series by Malcolm Hollingdrake @MHollingdrake #KindleUnlimited #BookReview

Threadbare: Book Nine in the Harrogate Crime Series by [Malcolm Hollingdrake]


The team is seeing changes. Cyril is away and for the second time, Owen finds himself in charge of the investigation. An elderly gentleman dies of a snake bite and unfortunately his carer is also attacked. The second murder is a shooting, an unusual weapon being used, again an elderly victim.
A photograph of four friends celebrating a win at the Great St Wilfred’s Stakes at Ripon races in 1986 seems to be significant, but the relevance, at first, is lost in the investigation.
Another victim, one of the friends in the photograph, is found dead in his home. Only one of the friends remains alive and Owen and his team fight against time to prevent his murder.
The investigation is hampered by two siblings, the Bostock brothers, who have a history of rivalry and hatred; one of them is in the Ripon races photograph.
DS April Richmond’s biblical knowledge proves critical in solving the crime. The snake, Lilith, conjures the Garden of Eden. Two more fatalities occur before the crimes are solved and the motive is revealed.


Threadbare: Book Nine in the Harrogate Crime Series


What a super start this is to the 9th book in this incredible series. DCI Cyril Bennett and pathologist Dr Julie Pritchett are finally getting hitched and heading off to the sunny climate of Barbados for their honeymoon. I had such a smile on my face but not for long……

A call comes in from Barbara Perry a carer, saying that she has found the body of George Lyons at his home but the woman is also unconscious too when help arrives. It is soon determined that both have them have been bitten by a snake. DS David Owen is called upon to investigate the case of the dead man and seriously injured woman. It isn’t long before another unusual death takes place too.

What a cracking story this is and as much as I love Bennett it was lovely to see Owen in another light. He has grown so much in the books and he shone in this one. As always in these books, Hollingdrake is a master of the unusual demise of any victims, his research is impeccable and his knowledge about art truly magical. I always love the added bit at the end.

I love trying to work out the cases with this incredible duo, yes Bennett does come back and join the investigation in this story too, this has a touching storyline with it. An author that I can always rely on for delivering a perfect plot. A top series!


Malcolm Hollingdrake

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has eight books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel, ‘Crossed Out’.

Books for the Harrogate based DCI Cyril Bennett novels.


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Twitter: @MHollingdrake

Threadbare: Book Nine in the Harrogate Crime Series by [Malcolm Hollingdrake]

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith #SnowWhite @DMeredith2013 #BookReview #KindleUnlimited

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by [David Meredith]


What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.


The Reflections of Queen Snow White


This is definitely not a book for children as the story is much darker than the cartoon seven dwarfs and sweet smiling Snow White. It is more like the Grimm Brothers darkness and add some.

The famous mirror plays a major part in this story as the way that Queen Snow White remembers periods in her life and how the mirror looks at the truth is very different. The happy ever after bit of the original story hadn’t really been part of the handsome Prince and Queen Snow White’s future.

The funny thing is in the time period that this is set, it makes it feel like a much more realistic version but seriously it would give children nightmares! The characters are absolutely fabulous, especially the ladies of the court, oh boy there are some really bad ar*** among them.

The ace thing about the mirror is its honesty, tell it how it was and don’t hold back on hurting feelings. It is quite brutal at times. I read so much with a slack jaw and the occasional wow and what the heck, thrown in! It does make it a book hard to put down. Think Snow White meets Mean Girls.

A brilliant conclusion to this story!


David Meredith

Dr David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.


Twitter: @DMeredith2013

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by [David Meredith]

An Act of Murder: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 1) by John Bishop #KindleUnlimted @annasacca #BookReview #NetGalley

Huge thanks to Anna Sacca of FSB Associates for inviting me to read this book for publication day. Unfortunately, it became impossible for me to fulfil this promise due to the CoronaVirus and increasing my hours at work. So now here is my review at last.

Act of Murder: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 1) by [Bishop, John]


Doc Brady became an orthopedic surgeon to avoid being surrounded by death. But now it’s everywhere around him.

One spring day in 1994 Houston, Dr. Jim Bob Brady witnesses his neighbor’s ten-year-old son killed by a hit-and-run driver. An accident, or an act of murder? After the death, Brady enlists the help of his twenty-year-old son J. J. and his wife Mary Louise in chasing down clues that take them deeper and deeper into a Houston he never imagined existed. In the process, they discover a macabre conspiracy stretching from the ivory towers of the largest teaching hospital in Texas, to the upper reaches of Houston’s legal community, to the shores of Galveston.

Doc Brady soon realizes that the old adage remains true: The love of money is the root of all evil.


Act of Murder: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 1)


This is a brilliant start to a new series featuring Doc Jim Bob Brady as he turns his attention to solving the hit and run of one of his neighbours’ children, ten-year-old Stevie who he, unfortunately, could not save. Stevie had a condition where he had been born with brittle bones, ‘Osteogenesis imperfecta’ but the degree which he had it let him live a pretty normal life. It soon becomes apparent that it was no accident that killed Stevie, someone had run him down intentionally.

A chance meeting with an old buddy of Brady leads him to see the postmortem of another child with the same medical condition as Stevie but a much more severe form of the bone disease. The likeness to Stevie can’t be pushed aside easily so with a few tests it is found out that the boys were actually twins.

The story is told in the first person, not something I am really fond of, to be honest, but the actual story just fascinated me from the beginning. I loved the mix of Brady’s work as an orthopaedic specialist and the cases that he was dealing with, to his family life with his wife Mary Louise, an absolute star in this book and his twenty-year-old techno son J.J. who was a whizz at getting into places without even leaving his computer.

What an incredible story this turned out to be, it really knocked me for six. There is some humour thrown in too to lighten the story. A really well-balanced book that kept me entertained on every level. Looking forward to Brady’s next investigation.

I wish to the Anna Sacca of FSB Associates for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


John Bishop

John Bishop MD practiced orthopedic surgery in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. An avid golfer and accomplished piano player, Bishop is honored to have once served as the keyboard player for the rhythm and blues band Bert Wills and the Crying Shames. The Doc Brady medical thriller series is set in the changing environment of medicine in the 1990s. Drawing on his years of experience as a practicing surgeon, Bishop entertains readers using his unique insights into the medical world with all its challenges, intricacies, and complexities, while at the same time revealing the compassion and dedication of health care professionals. Dr. Bishop and his wife, Joan, reside in the Texas Hill Country.

Act of Murder: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 1) by [Bishop, John]

The Prisoner’s Wife by Maggie Brookes @maggiebrookes27 @arrowpublishing ⁩ @penguinrandom #BookReview #NetGalley #WarStoryFiction #ThePrisonersWife

The Prisoner's Wife: based on an inspiring true story by [Maggie Brookes]


‘Deeply moving and compelling … an epic journey not only across war-torn countries but deep into the heart of what it is to be human. A heart-rending story beautifully told.’ JUDITH ALLNAT, author of The Poet’s Wife and The Silk Factory
Their love is a death sentence. But can it keep them alive?

Czechoslovakia, 1944. In the dead of night, a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Secretly married and on the run, Bill and Izabela are searching for Izabela’s brother and father, who are fighting for the Czech resistance. They know their luck will not last.

Captured by the German army, it seems they must be separated – but they have prepared for this moment. By cutting her hair and pretending to be mute, Izabela successfully disguises herself as a British soldier. Together, they face the terrible conditions of a POW camp, reliant on the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their fragile deception.

Their situation is beyond dangerous. If Izabela is discovered, she and Bill – and all the men who helped them – will face lethal consequences.
A novel set in war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp, based on a true story of passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds.


The Prisoner’s Wife: based on an inspiring true story


This story is absolutely stunning, once you read it, it just won’t go away. Based on a true story which has been past from person to person, it begins in 1944 with a British POW in Czechoslovakia who has been sent to work on a farm and the young farm girl Izzy that lives there.

Only Izzy and her mother live on the farm now after her father and brother left to join to Czech resistance. Over the weeks Izzy and Bill fall in love and plan to escape after they marry secretly without her mother’s knowledge. The only way that the pair can travel safely is for Izzy to take on the appearance of being a young British soldier who is so traumatized that he can no longer speak. It isn’t long before they are captured and transported to a prisoner of war camp.

This was a book that was read in one session because the tension was just too high to be able to settle to doing anything else. The descriptions of everything made it visual, made me feel my skin crawl and scratch as I read at imaginary things I could feel in my hair. The conditions were horrific and the fear of them being caught horrendous. They couldn’t do this on their own, but who could they trust to help? Izzy was in great danger. Washing, going to the toilet, showers (which weren’t often) and of course the time of the month.

There are heroes and villains in this story but wow! what a love story this is! A beautiful love story that tested them beyond anything I have read. Brilliant writing. this will stay with me a very long time. Highly recommended.

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


Maggie Brookes

Maggie Brookes is a British ex-journalist and BBC television producer turned poet and novelist.
‘The Prisoner’s Wife’ is based on an extraordinary true story of love and courage, which was told to her in a lift by an ex-WW2 prisoner of war. Maggie visited the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany as part of her research for the book, learning largely forgotten aspects of the war.
‘The Prisoner’s Wife’ is due to be published by imprints of Penguin Random House in the UK and in the US in May 2020. Publication in other countries, including Holland, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic will follow.
As well as being a writer, Maggie is an advisory fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and also an Associate Professor at Middlesex University, London, England, where she has taught creative writing since 1990. She divides her time between London and Whitstable, and is married with two grown-up daughters.
She has published five poetry collections in the UK under her married name of Maggie Butt. Poetry website:

The Prisoner's Wife: based on an inspiring true story by [Maggie Brookes]