Sweetpea by C J Skuse


Book Description:

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

My Thoughts:

This is probably going to be a love it or hate it book, but I for one absolutely loved it! It certainly isn’t one for the faint hearted lets put it that way.

Rhiannon is just the most fabulous character. Each chapter starts off with a list of people and things she hates. It’s like watching an episode of Grumpy Old Men, apart from it’s a young female serial killer. Not sure I should be worried as there were so many things that I agreed with on her daily lists.

To be honest it’s not shocking that Rhiannon is slightly damaged. She has been through quite a lot in her life. If anything it has left her quite un attached from things and people. There’s only really Tink her dog that she seems to have any affection for. She’s someone you certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of that’s for sure!

Sweetpea is without a doubt a deliciously dark and twisted read that had me well and truly gripped. Everything  is very much a matter of fact in Rhiannon’s world. People who do wrong to her or to others in society deserve to die, simple as that. Whilst it may be a dark read it is actually a very humorous one also. Without a doubt Sweetpea is going to be THE much talked about book in 2017. Brilliant just brilliant!

My thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin (UK) Limited for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Sweetpea is out tomorrow and available to purchase from Amazon.


Watching The Bodies by @GrahamSmith1972 #ExclusiveExtract #Part1 #unleashboulder

So excited to be able to share with you an exclusive extract from Watching The Bodies which is the first in a brand spanking new crime series by the very talented Graham Smith. The awesome Noelle Holten over at Crime Book Junkie is sharing part 2 of the exclusive extract which will be up on her blog tomorrow, so make sure to stop by.

Watching the Bodies

Chapter 1


When the woman gets within twenty yards of the body he’s dumped, the Watcher presses his body into the earth and raises his binoculars to his eyes.

She’s in her mid-fifties and accompanied by a Labrador puppy on a retractable leash. She’s relaxed, enjoying the walk and the time away from the stresses of work and family life.

Her face is familiar. After a moment’s thought he places her. The woman approaching the body is Mrs Halliburton, his former history teacher.

As she nears the body, his thoughts float back twenty years to a classroom full of bored children feigning interest in the Civil War. Details about the Confederates, the Union, and various characters like Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant are sketchy at best, yet he has total recall about the looks he shared with Jennifer Braidwood.

He brings his mind back to the present as he sees the puppy straining at its leash, tail between its legs. Its nose points at the body as clumsy paws scrabble for purchase on the pine needles littering the trail.

He sees the look on Mrs Halliburton’s face change. She’s spied the bare leg poking out of the bushes, just like he’d planned someone would when he laid the body there. He didn’t plan for her to be the one to find the body, but he did plan for it to be found.

The Watcher sees her cross herself and rein in the puppy. With it stationed at her heel, she takes short, tentative steps forward until she is at the bush. She lifts one foot and nudges the exposed calf with the toe of her hiking boots.

He waits for her to realise there won’t be a reaction. Every detail of her face is observed as she travels from concerned to afraid via a short detour to curious. He sees curiosity return.

A shaking hand reaches out and parts the thin branches of the cottonwood bush. He watches her eyes widen as she sees the damage wrought by his knife.

He imagines he can hear her gasp as she looks at the body. The mumbled words as she pats her pockets looking for her cell phone.

Leaving her to her discovery, he rises and slinks through the undergrowth, his ghillie suit casting debris with every step. Five minutes later he is at a new vantage point, deep in the depths of another cottonwood.

Mrs Halliburton comes down the trail, her feet moving with urgency. He watches as she unlocks a car and removes a cell from a bag.

With his notes made, he leaves before either the cops or dusk arrive.

Watching The Bodies is available to pre order on Amazon.

“Watching the Bodies is a storming addition to the action thriller genre, and Jake Boulder a new tough guy to root for. Be under no illusion, Boulder is no Jack Reacher or Joe Hunter c

The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke #BlogTour


Book Description:

Roses for romance, daisies for hope, daffodils for unrequited love… Drop by The Beachside Flower Stall for friendship, family and a beautiful bouquet.

Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset when her best friend Megan stole her first love, Tom Hudson. Now ten years later, Carrie is back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in the beautiful seaside town of Shipley.

Ruby’s Blooms is a gorgeous little haven bursting with character, but Carrie is in for a real shock. The stall is also arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.

Determined to keep her emotions in check, Carrie finds herself going to great lengths to avoid the happy couple. Soon she’s crawling under the stall to hide and ‘accidentally’ inventing an imaginary boyfriend…But how long can she keep it up before she comes face to face with the boy who broke her heart?

Can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?

My Thoughts:

The Beachside Flower Stall is the second novel in the Beachside Bay series. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first as this is a stand alone with new characters, just set in the same place.

You have to feel for poor Carrie. She has come back to her home town to help her aunt which means facing people that she was running away from. She has also lost her job as an accountant so really has no clue how to run a flower stall. She has to learn quickly though as she is pretty much left to run it on her own!

The author has a way of just bringing her novels and the characters to life. They are such fabulous feel good books that made me want to pack my bags and move into the area with the characters.

Megan I really disliked. She is in serious need of a good slap. She is one of those people who is’t afraid to tread on anyone to get what she wants in life. She really is quite vile and I didn’t know how at times Carrie keeps her cool.

Tom, what can I say. I think I was in love with him as much as Carrie and Megan. I was dying for him to see through Megan and send her packing. I could easily imagine life with him in the cottage at the vets surgery with his three legged dog called Hovis. A girl can dream.

The Beachside Flower Stall is a colourful and light hearted read. This is a series that will have fans falling over themselves to get their hands on a copy. It really is that good. Can not wait to see what new characters we are going to be introduced to in the next book in the series.

My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Beachside Flower Stall is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Kill Or Die by @annevansauthor #BlogTour @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and

one of the burglars is injured.

In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband.  He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.

But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.

When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, Julia’s husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.

For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.

Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?

What will Julia decide when the choice is –  kill or die?

My Thoughts:

What a gripping story line!

I had absolutely every empathy for Julia. She is leaving her husband as she has had enough of and is determined to do the best for her and her daughter. On leaving the family home, even her worst nightmares could not come close to what happens next. She has to stay strong for her daughter regardless of how scared she is feeling herself.

To be taken hostage by two despicable men like Julia and her daughter are, I could very much feel the horror and anxiety that they were feeling. Julia knows that the two men are not going to let them just walk away and it is very much a survival of the smartest as she has to outwit them in the hop of every getting away.

Ian annoyed me as he is quite weak but I have to say I did feel sorry for him when the police are giving him a hard time. In a way I felt he deserved it but then he obviously loves his wife and daughter very much and is determined to get to the bottom of it all.

As for if Julia and her daughter get out of their horrible situation alive, you will need to read it for yourself.

Kill or Die is an edge of your seat read that had me gripped all the way through. It will have you wanting to lock all the doors and windows. A great nail biter of a read and can’t wait to read more by the author.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars. My actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

Kill Or Die is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Game Point by @MHollingdrake @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour

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Book Description:

DCI Bennett faces the most harrowing case of his career. A psychopath, who escaped capture, is hell bent on revenge and executes a series of events that will not only impact on Bennett physically, but will have emotional and professional consequences.

A body is found with its fingers amputated, then an investigative journalist, embroiled in the pornography and drugs scene, is murdered.

Bennett’s team is faced with some baffling evidence. Hatpins and bicycle spokes become pivotal to the inquiry but the police struggle to connect the evidence.

It is only when a Detective Sergeant from the team is kidnapped that Bennett realises that he is the true target.         

Can Bennett solve the case before it’s too late? How many people will he lose in the process?



My Thoughts:

Game Point is the fourth book in the DCI Cyril Bennett series.

This is one detective crime series that just seems to go from strength to strength.

Cyril has really grown on me through out this series and I have to say in this book he has captured me heart and soul. I would say emotionally this has to be one of the hardest cases he has ever had to work on.

No murder case can be easy to work on but when a team member gets abducted, it gets a whole lot more personal. It becomes a race against time to find out who is behind it all in the hope of saving their colleagues life. I have to admit my heart was in my mouth as to whether they would make it in time and my pulse was racing.

I think with a colleague being abducted it really brings it home to the team and if anything thats what I really enjoyed seeing, them work as a team, and the support network between them all. Without a doubt it’s one of the best for team work in a crime series.

Game Point is without a doubt a fast paced and tense read. The author had me well and truly hooked and had me feeling like I had been through a wind tunnel until I was literally spat out at the other end. Without a doubt another five star read in this highly entertaining crime series.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Game Point is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author bio:

 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 four 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.

Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster Book 4) by @RobertBryndza #BlogTour @bookouture


Book Description:

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

My Thoughts:

Last Breath has to be one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. One of a few anyway! I love this series and have been dying to meet up with Erika again.

Erika is very much an ice queen. Due to the loss of her husband she has built a very high wall around her and is extremely reluctant to let anyone in. I have to say though, in this book I felt that the high wall is slowly starting to crumble and I’m very much enjoying seeing this new side to Erika. Don’t worry though as the feisty side we have grown to love is still very much present, as you will find out for yourselves!

Erika is not enjoying her new role and is determined to get involved on a case where she is clearly not welcome. Being the strong willed person that she is she soon gets her way. I have to say the case they are working on is a very gruesome one and it’s  very much a race against time in capturing the monster who is killing the young women.

I love how the reader knows who the killer is and it’s a case of waiting for the police to discover their identity. I have to say it makes for some gripping reading and felt slightly like a game of cat and mouse. The author always manages to bring something different to each novel making each one feel very unique.

Last Breath is a gripping, nail biting ride of a read. I seriously can not get enough of the authors books and now that I have finished this one I have the long agonising wait for the next one. Brilliant series, brilliant book by a brilliant author, what else can I say!

My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an advanced coy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Last Breath is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.

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Watching The Bodies by @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook #CoverReveal #unleashboulder

Totally delighted to share with you today the cover of a brand new series by the man himself, Graham Smith. Watching The Bodies is the first novel in a brilliant new crime series. So without further ado here it is!

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Book Description:

When Jake Boulder is asked by his PI friend to help investigate the vicious murder of Kira Niemeyer, he soon finds himself tracking a serial killer who selects his next victim in a most unusual manner.

As the body count rises, Boulder has to work with the police to identify the heinous killer before more lives are taken. What ensues is a twisted game of cat and mouse, that only Boulder or the Watcher can survive.

“Watching the Bodies is a storming addition to the action thriller genre, and Jake Boulder a new tough guy to root for. Be under no illusion, Boulder is no Jack Reacher or Joe Hunter clone – he is his own man, and re.png

Author Bio:

Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and one book, WATCHING THE BODIES in a new series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.