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“Someone Who Isn’t Me” Review

Hello Friends!

Tonight I bring you a review of a sequel of a book I previous read and review (you can find the review HERE).

Someone Who Isn’t Me“, written by Danuta Kot, is a Mystery novel, published on April 1st 2021 by Simon & Schuster UK.

I want to thank Zoé, at Zooloo’s Book Tours, and Danuta Kot for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Someone Who Isn't Me: THE GRIPPING NEW NOVEL FROM THE DAGGER-AWARD WINNING AUTHOR by [Danuta Kot]

When everyone hides the truth, who do you turn to?

Becca’s had a hard time of it, but she has finally got her life together. She has a nice little flat, a steady job pulling pints, and she’s even seeing someone new: Andy, who keeps his private life to himself but is always good for a laugh. And then Andy vanishes. When his body turns up on isolated Sunk Island, Becca learns Andy wasn’t just another punter. He was a police officer, deep undercover, investigating a drugs ring that he believed operated out of Becca’s pub.

Staggered by the betrayal, Becca turns to the only person she thinks she can trust: her foster mum, Kay. But Kay has problems of her own. She’s just moved into a short-term let in the hopes of finding some peace and quiet. But peace and quiet are hard to come by on Sunk Island . . .

Before long, both women are drawn into a terrifying world of drugs, money and death.

The gripping new novel from Dagger-Award-winning author Danuta Kot, perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, Tana French and Denise Mina – a story about the people we are… and the people we aren’t.

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

Danuta Kot (who also writes as Danuta Reah and as Carla Banks) grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals and has appeared on radio and television.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

“Someone Who Isn’t Me” follows the characters we are introduced to in “Life Ruins”. We go back to a setting that felt real to me – a Portuguese woman that has only been to 4 countries outside her own (Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland) – as if I have been there and met the people an seen all the sights. And we are taken into a journey of mystery, drama, tension and uncovering the truth.

We follow Becca’s life again, and I loved that, but we also get to see the point of view of other characters, which made it possible for me to understand what was happening, coming up with theories (Who can resist doing that in a mystery/crime novel?), and understand the characters mind and their choices.

I’m not going to go into details because I’m always scared of revealing some important plot moments. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable, and it hit the right spots for me in terms of the story and with each page I was intrigued by the characters. Although I was on the fence about some of them, I still liked the way things went and the answers to my questions.

Overall, I was a good book filled with tension, danger, personal agendas, mysteries and character and relationship growth.


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“Life Ruins” Review

Hello Friends!

I love to get to know more authors in genres I’m still exploring, and mystery/crime is one of those genres. So I was very interested in this book.

I don’t know when it all started, but I remember being very young and watching crime shows with my parents. It’s a old memory, one that I thought it was fabricated, but that my mom has confirmed it’s true. She says I have always liked those kind of shows. Interesting enough, I never really read those kinds of books, but I have started reading them, since the past few years. You may be asking why I’m saying this, because of the genre of this novel.

Life Ruins“, written by Danuta Kot, is a Mystery novel, published on July 25th 2019 by Simon & Schuster UK.

I want to thank Zoé, at Zooloo’s Book Tours, and Danuta Kot for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

In a small northern town, girls are disappearing.

You won’t see it in the papers and the police aren’t taking any notice, but the clues are there if you know where to look.

Becca sees that something is wrong, but she’s been labelled ‘difficult’ thanks to her troubled past. So when a girl is so savagely beaten she can’t be identified, and Becca claims she knows who she is, no one will believe her.

With the police refusing to listen, Becca digs for evidence that will prove what she is saying. But her search for justice will put herself and those closest to her in danger – and once she finds the truth, will anyone even listen?

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

Danuta Kot (who also writes as Danuta Reah and as Carla Banks) grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals and has appeared on radio and television.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

“Life Ruins” caught my attention immediately. From the genre to the first sentence in the synopsis: “In a small northern town, girls are disappearing.” We follow Becca in a journey to uncover the truth about the crime. Becca, her personality, her thoughts, her past… The relationships that developed between her and those around her… The way she was treated… I really connected with her the most.

It was a fantastic start, meeting the characters and the entire scenery and the community portrayed in this story. It definitely gave a good context and setting. The characters and their interactions were great and I could understand them and even be very curious to learn more about them.

I won’t reveal much about plot or the particular aspects of the story and the mystery, I can say that it was interesting to uncover information after information. It felt simple, but at the same time it felt just what I needed to read in the novel. Maybe it was because of the characters and how the story, for me, was connected with the characters, which I find important.

Overall, it was a great start and thankfully I had the sequel to read as soon as I finished this novel.


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Love,

Jess

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“The First Cut” Review

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Here I am with a review of a crime novel. This one is a book is the opening to a new series by an author I come to know via her previous books..

The First Cut“, written by Val Penny, is a Crime (Police Procedural) novel, first book in the Jane Renwick Thriller Series, published on 8th August 2021 by Darkstroke.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Val Penny for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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It’s hard to escape a brutal past…

A vicious serial killer is on the loose. Victims include an academic and notable members of Edinburgh’s high society. 

When Detective Sergeant Jane Renwick learns through DNA that a member of her family could be the killer, she is banished to the sidelines of the case and forced to look on impotently as the hunt for the killer ramps up. 

Frustrated, she decides to conduct her own investigations. 

Has someone from her estranged birth family returned to haunt her? And where will the killer strike next? 

It’s a race against time…

This fast-paced, gripping police procedural is set in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland. It is the first in the new series of Scottish thrillers by bestselling crime writer, Val Penny.

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

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Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, follows shortly.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group | Twitter


My Review

Val Penny is an author I have come to know thank to her other crime novels. Yet this is a new series and this that comes a new side of Val Penny as a writer. Yes, there is still a lot of elements in her writing that are present her and I loved them all. There is also new possibilities and new characters that will allow me to see the author’s amazing abilities in this genre.

This book follows Jane, this is her series, and Jane isn’t like many other main female characters in crime novels. From her private life to her role as a detective. I love her and I know there is a lot more to uncover in upcoming novels.

Without revealing much of the plot and the mysteries in this story, for a first book in a series, it was what I expected and it was also more. It got me curious with the information being exposed, the way Jane acted and her thoughts, the crimes and the reasoning being it. It was an interesting start and it introduced various characters I want to know more about.

Overall, was not disappointed and I can’t for book two. If you are into crime novel, maybe you would like to check this story out. Or maybe this author.


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Jess

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“The Corfe Castle Murders” Review

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I have read Rachel McLean’s books before and I always loved them. They had a balance and certain elements of crime and thriller that I had no idea I would enjoy. She was one of the first authors that got me curious about the genre and the endless possibilities.

The Corfe Castle Murders“, written by Rachel McLean, is a Crime Novel, published on 15th July 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel McLean for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Meet DCI Lesley Clarke. She’s a straight-talking city copper who doesn’t suffer fools gladly… and she’s been transferred to rural Dorset.

After being injured in a bomb attack, Lesley is presented with a choice – early retirement, or a period of respite in a calmer location.

But things don’t stay calm for long.

Before she’s even started her new job, Lesley is dragged into investigating a murder at one of England’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Corfe Castle.

Lesley must hit the ground running. Can she get along with her new partner DS Dennis Frampton, a traditionalist who doesn’t appreciate her style? How will she navigate the politics of a smaller force where she’s a bigger, and less welcome, fish? And most importantly, can she solve the murder before the killer strikes again?

The Corfe Castle Murders is a compelling, character-driven mystery perfect for fans of Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Rachel McLean

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club. I’ll send you a weekly (sometimes fortnightly) email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

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My Review

“The Corfe Castle Murders” isn’t my first book by Rachel McLean and I can see the same tone she has on her previous books, something I loved and continue to enjoy.

In this book, we are introduced to DCI Lesley Clarke, a woman as and investigator is just the best. Since this is the first book in a brand new series, we are still getting to know her and I honestly can’t wait to see what will happen in the next books. Seeing her journey throughout the story was fantastic. The interactions with the other characters, the tensions, the uncovering of her background and personality… It made me connect with her, and I would love a tv series with her and the mysteries at Dorset.

Having this series in a more rural setting no only gave me a sense of familiarity, since I live in a small town and I’m not really a city person, but it also allowed certain topics of conversation to come to light. Specially with Lesley’s new coworkers. Having the story being driven by the relationships, the interactions and the dynamics between the characters in this setting that is sometimes unused for crime novels – most I have crime stories tend to be in cities – left me focus and interested in learning more.

Overall, I loved the book and it was a good start for a series. Rachel McLean did not disappoint me. She gave me the perfect amount of politics, police procedural, character development and crime. Do I want to go reread the book again so that I can see if I missed something? Yes, I do. Will I be patiently waiting for the second book? Yes, I will. Do I recommend it? If this is your genre, yes, go for it.


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Jess

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“The Price” Review

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Here is a review of a book with a setting that I haven’t read many books about, so I was very intrigued by the synopsis and the possibilities in the story.

The Price“, written by Kerry Kaya, is a Crime thriller / Gangland novel, published on 13th July 2021 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Kerry Kaya and Boldwood Books, via NetGalley, for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Break the rules…

Harry Fletcher – Fletch to his friends – has spent his life surviving the tough streets of the East End. He knows working for notorious gangster Billy King is dangerous, and sleeping with Billy’s beautiful wife, Susan is deadly…but rules are meant to be broken.

Pay the price.

If Billy discovers the affair, Fletch is a dead man. But the closer he gets to Susan the more reckless Fletch becomes. And soon, Fletch realises that every one – even him – must pay the price for his actions.

But just what is Fletch prepared to lose…and will the cost be too high, even for him?

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author’s Bio

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Kerry Kaya is the hugely popular author of Essex-based gritty gangland thrillers with strong family dynamics. She grew up on one of the largest council estates in the UK, where she sets her novels. She also works full-time in a busy maternity department for the NHS. She has signed a nine-book deal with Boldwood for both new and backlist titles. Her first book The Price will be published in July 2021.

Social Media Link: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

I haven’t read many books focus on gangsters, except when they were the bad guys in some crime or mystery novels. So it was quite interesting to read a book that had not only a crime element, but also some romance in the mix, which I liked because it gave the book an added tension.

I love that there is a darker sense to the story because we are connecting with Fletch and he’s part of a gang. There is danger and action in a criminal setting. It had twist and turns and I loved that it got me curious to know what will happen next. The characters were what made me really want to read page after page. Although they are criminals, I could understand their motivations, which was fascinating and it made wonder.

With interesting characters that had firm personalities and were dynamic. With rival gangs, street crime, and that feel of good and bad in the characters attitudes and goals. I went through the book at a fast pace. It was attention grabbing and had some curious moments, that made me thing of what was happening and comparing it to the real world and the possibilities and truth in the plot.

Overall, it was exciting and surprising, and it wasn’t what I expected, but in a good way. I enjoyed it and it was refreshing for me.


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Jess

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“No Place Like Home” Review

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My family is visiting Portugal, with every precaution, but that means I’m currently finishing up the review on my phone. So I hope no problem arrives.

No Place Like Home“, written by Lynda Stacey, is a Crime and Thriller novel, published on July 5th 2021 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lynda Stacey and Boldwood Books, via NetGalley, for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

He knows where you are…

Sisters Molly and Beth Winters thought the remote clifftop house would be the perfect place to hide away after their mother’s brutal murder. They were wrong….

He wants revenge…

Because someone from the girls’ past has already found their safe house and he is watching and waiting in the shadows ready to make them pay.

He won’t stop until you’re dead…

Their new home should have been the place the sisters were safe.

But no place is safe forever.

A gripping new thriller from Lynda Stacey guaranteed to keep you up all night!

Perfect for fans of Sue Watson, S E Lynes, Jacqui Kabler and Kendra Elliot.

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author’s Bio

Lynda, grew up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She works full time as well as being an author and is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 28 years.

Over the past 30 years she’s often worked two jobs and has also been a nurse, a model (in her much younger days), an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.

Following a life changing car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots.

After joining the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme, Lynda’s debut novel ‘House of Secrets’ won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition in 2015. She’s previously published five books, her sixth book ‘No Place Like Home’ will be brought out in July 2021, with her new publisher Boldwood Books.

She currently lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 25 years.


My Review

Crime/Thriller novels always have this mysterious and “stay at the edge of the seat” feeling, and this book had that. It also had that element of safety and not safety that always gets my heart pumping.

In this story we follow sisters Molly and Beth Winters as they go forward in life after their mother’s murder. Yet, not even in their home do they feel safe. Because someone is watching.

I won’t talk a lot about the particulars of the story and plot because I want you guys to experience the journey of thrilling and adrenaline driven unsafe moments. As well as I want you guys to learn the secrets and mysteries. For me it was exciting and the kind of story that provoked images in my head. Which I quite liked.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Just the perfect book to read at night. Okay, I’m kidding. Maybe don’t read at night. If you do, you will probably read the entire book before going to bed. It’s what happened to me. And I loved that. I love when a book grabs my attention, this one definitely did since the beginning.


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Jess

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“Out of your Head” Review

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Ready for another review of a crime thriller?

Out of your Head“, written by Rose McClelland, is a crime/thriller novel, published May 28th 2021 by Arden Publishing.

I want to thank Zoé, at Zooloo’s Book Tours, and Rose McClelland for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Fatal accidents do happen. Or was there a plan?

A six-year-old dies in a car driven by her father. He barely survives. A simple hit and run? Yet the police think its murder. And who might be next?

The mother is out of her mind. If losing her daughter is not enough, why is she being stalked?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Add the book to your TBR list on Goodreads: Out of your Head


About the Author

Out of your Head is Rose McClelland’s fifth novel and her second psychological thriller.

Her previous novel Under Your Skin became an Amazon No. 1 Bestseller in the UK and USA/ Canada. It also won Best Books of 2020 in Belfast Telegraph and with several online book bloggers.

Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook



My Review

This was the first book by Rose Clelland that I have read, and being a crime thriller, I was intrigued. Especially because of the short blurb, it got me thinking about who were the characters, how was everything connected…

When I started reading I was caught in drama, mystery, crime and various POVs that made the story grab my attention. Also, time would pass by so quickly while I was focus on figuring out what was happening. It made the journey of this plot very interesting.

The book follows various characters, the victims and families to the detectives investigating the case. It talks about mental health, loss, relationships… It’s about a crime… It’s about the investigation…. It’s about people, their motivations, and the actions followed by the consequences.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I don’t want to give anything away, and spoil the journey of uncovering the truths. I can say that there are twists and turns, as well as drama and lots of different interactions and dynamics in the story and between the characters.


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Jess

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“Preacher Boy” Review

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When I read this synopsis I was fascinated. Since I have been trying to read more crime/thriller novels, I jumped to the opportunity to be in this tour.

Preacher Boy“, written by Gwyn GB, is a Crime Thriller, the first novel in the Harrison Lane Mystery Series, published on 5th June 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Qwyn GB for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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IT’S TIME FOR A NEW CRIME MYSTERY HERO

Dr Harrison Lane is everything you wouldn’t expect from a man with a psychology doctorate. For victims, he’s everything they need.

They look, but they don’t see…

As Head of the Metropolitan Police’s Ritualistic Behavioural Crimes Unit, Dr Harrison Lane knows his Voodoo from his Aum Shinrikyo and a Satanist from a Shaman.

Harrison had an unusual childhood, raised by a bohemian mother and one of the native American Shadow Wolves – the elite tracking squad that works with US Drug enforcers. After his mother’s murder, he dedicated his life to tracking down those who hide behind spiritualism and religion to do evil.

Following the discovery of a missing boy’s body in what looks like a Satanic killing, Harrison is called in to help detectives. When a second boy is snatched, it becomes a race against time to save him, and sees Harrison come face-to-face with some dark secrets from his own childhood.

Preacher Boy is the first book in a gripping new crime mystery series from Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, Gwyn GB. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, JD Kirk, J.R. Ellis, J M Dalgliesh, Rachel Abbott, Joy Ellis and David Blake.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Author Content Warning: Although a child is found killed, it’s not graphic.


About the Author

Gwyn is an Amazon Top 20 bestselling author. She’s a former UK national TV newscaster and presenter, and journalist for national newspapers and magazines. Gwyn became a journalist because all she wanted to do was write and has finally realised her dream of being a full-time fiction author. Born in the UK, Gwyn now lives in the Channel Islands with her family, including a rescue dog and 17-year-old goldfish.

Gwyn launched her debut novel, Islands as Gwyn Garfield-Bennett in 2016, the romantic suspense book rose quickly into the Amazon top 20. Her first crime mystery series, featuring DI Falle, launched with Lonely Hearts in 2017.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

This was the first novel I ever read of this author and since it was the opening book of a brand-new series, it was a perfect start and introduction to a “new-to-me” author. Plus, crime thriller is always a good genre to read.

In this book we follow Dr. Harrison Lane, the Head of the Metropolitan Police’s Ritualistic Behavioural Crimes Unit, in a journey full of mystery and I’m not talking just the murder that Dr. Lane is trying to solve. As we get to know more about Harrison, we learn not only is background, and how he became such enigmatic character, but also the mysteries he has in is past.

One of the things I loved about the book was that we have the characters stories and personal problems in the mix. It’s not just a crime that needs to be solve, it’s about the interactions between the characters, it’s about their personalities and their backgrounds. That just made me connect with them and want to learn more. Since it’s a series, its something I found very good to have from the very beginning.

I also loved all the Ritualistic Behavioral element, and the theories behind the murder and the serial killer case. That got me thinking and wondering, just like those tv shows around the minds of criminals.

Overall, although it could be a weird thing to say, I had fun with the book. I think that it was a brilliant start, and there are enough questions in my mind about the characters, specially Harrison, that makes me want to read the next books and continue to follow the series. Plus, I want to see what other cases they will have to deal with in the future.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, with their Reviews or basic promo /spotlight posts.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Jess

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“Your Life or Mine” Review

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Today is a little different, because although I have been reviewing historicals the past few posts, I now bring a crime novel. This is also a genre that I have been enjoying.

Your Life or Mine“, written by Vicki Bradley, is a Crime novel, published on 27th May 2021 by Simon & Schuster.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Vicki Bradley and Simon & Schuster for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Alana Loxton was part of the all-female team to take down Barratt, a notorious serial killer.
He is safely behind bars when one of the detectives goes missing.

Her disappearance, and the connection to the killer, could be a coincidence – but when her body is discovered days later, a link begins to form. Then another detective from the team goes missing and the situation becomes horrifically clear.

Someone is picking them off one by one – and Alana’s name is next on the list . . .

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK


About the Author

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Vicki Bradley is a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has had a varied career, as a uniformed response driver in Brent and then as a detective Constable in Southwark CID. She has managed High Risk Sex Offenders and worked on the Serious Organised Crime Command. Before I Say I Do won the Write Here, Right Now competition, came 3rd in the First Novel Prize and has been shortlisted for the Virago New Crime Writer 2017 and Peters Fraser and DunlopPrize 2016. Vicki lives in London with her husband and baby.

Social Media Links: Twitter


My Review

Ever since I can remember I always found interesting the crime shows, those that showed us the hard work police officers, detectives and everyone involved did to solve the crime. Now, I even listen to podcasts and learn about the victims as well, not just the criminals or the procedure. So, it’s not really strange that I’m enjoying crime/mystery novels.

When I read the synopsis of “Your Life or Mine” I was intrigued. Then I learned that the author has a background in the police force, which gave me some confident in going into the story. I can say I was not disappointed.

As we follow Alana and the mystery around the disappearance of detectives of the team that took down a serial killer, we go on a rollercoaster journey. The grip the story had on my mind, I couldn’t stop reading, I needed to know the truth and what was really going on.

The book had a fast pace that helped with the way my mind was racing to read the next page and the next chapter. I had some thoughts on what may be the reason behind everything, and as I read and was left hanging at some points, I also was wondering what Alana and all the other characters would do next. The curiosity the book left me with from beginning to end, combined with the fast pace was something that made me stay at the edge of my seat.

Overall, it was an exciting adventure, with the right amount of twists and turns. A story that was realistic and exciting, just what I was hoping when I started reading.


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“After the Storm” Review

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Audiobooks… The perfect solution to go on a journey while still doing chores or going for a long walk. And today I bring a review of an audiobook.

After the Storm“, written by Isabella Muir, is a Mystery/crime novel, the second book in the Giuseppe Bianchi series, the audiobook was published on 4th March 2021, narrated by Charles Johnston and was a duration of 7 hours.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Isabella Muir for the Audible Codes of this book. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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When a violent storm blasts England’s south coast, it’s up to retired Italian detective Giuseppe Bianchi to sift through the devastation and piece together the tragic events left behind in the storm’s wake.

Giuseppe Bianchi’s brief visit to Bexhill-on-Sea has become an extended stay. He is loath to return to his home in Rome because of the haunting images that made him leave in the first place. 

During his morning walks along the seafront with Beagle, Max, he meets Edward Swain, who becomes Giuseppe’s walking companion. They form a friendship of sorts and find they have a similar outlook on life.

But the devastating events of a single night lead Giuseppe to question the truth about Edward Swain. Teaming up with young journalist Christina Rossi – his cousin’s daughter – Giuseppe learns about the brutal reality lurking behind the day-to-day life of families in the local community. And as the story unravels Giuseppe is reminded how anger and revenge can lead to the most dreadful of crimes.

After the Storm is the second novel in the Giuseppe Bianchi mystery series – the much-awaited sequel to Crossing the Line.

Grab your copy today, and enjoy the intrigue of traditional English mystery, cleverly combined with a continental twist.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

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Isabella is never happier than when she is immersing herself in the sights, sounds and experiences of the 1960s. Researching all aspects of family life back then formed the perfect launch pad for her works of fiction. Isabella rediscovered her love of writing fiction during two happy years working on and completing her MA in Professional Writing and since then she has gone on to publish six novels, three novellas and two short story collections.

Her latest novel, Crossing the Line, is the first of a new series of Sussex Crimes, featuring retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi who is escaping from tragedy in Rome, only to arrive in the quiet seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to come face-to-face with it once more.

Her first Sussex Crime Mystery series features young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke. Set in the late 1960s, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, we meet Janie, who looks after the mobile library. She is an avid lover of Agatha Christie stories – in particular Hercule Poirot. Janie uses all she has learned from the Queen of Crime to help solve crimes and mysteries. As well as three novels, there are three novellas in the series, which explore some of the back story to the Tamarisk Bay characters.

Isabella’s standalone novel, The Forgotten Children, deals with the emotive subject of the child migrants who were sent to Australia – again focusing on family life in the 1960s, when the child migrant policy was still in force.

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My Review

I have enjoyed this series so far. I listened to the first audiobook and it had a fantastic storytelling and spooky element to it and the narrator – Charles Johnston – did a brilliant job in capturing my attention. With this second book being narrator by the same person, I was not disappointed.

Again, this story is a slow pace, a slow burner, one that take us into this journey with patience. Allowing me to focus on the details and clues that played a part on the mystery and crime. Of course, the story does have a moment of excitement that got the events going in a faster pace. It was a good balance for me in terms of listening to the novel.

We were already introduced to some of the characters, especially the main character, so this book also let me see where these people are going in their lives, and it allowed me to understand and connect with them even more. And even with the new characters, I liked knowing more about their interactions and relationships (past and present). I definitely got that, and they were all well developed and realistic.

Overall, if you enjoy a crime/mystery story that leaves you simmer in the story at a slow heat and pace… if you enjoy taking a careful look at what is happening and in getting to know the characters and the setting… then this book is for you. For me it was just perfect, especially because it was an audiobook and the narrator gave an added dynamic to the story that I appreciate.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, with their reviews.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess