#Booklove: Noelle Holten @nholten40

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Well here is a special lady who really requires no introduction (but I’m going to anyway as this is how these things work.) I only have the fabulous Noelle Holten aka Crimebookjunkie stopping by to share all of her book love confessions. Now for the off few of you who don’t already know Noelle, here’s a little bit more about her.

About Noelle

H+NHMy name is Noelle and I am in my mid-40’s. I am an avid reader and by that I mean I am never without a book! By day I am PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, and by night I read all things crime!! My fascination for books started at a young age and I truly feel withdrawal symptoms if I am unable to read for a few days hence the name #crimebookjunkie! I am interested in many genres, my faves being Grit Lit, psychological thrillers and all things murder. I do enjoy Police Procedurals and legal/action thrillers as well. I tend to keep away from Chick Lit and Erotica…however, if forced at gun point I may give just about anything a read…except Erotica!  I would rather die…..

You can follow Noelle at the following links:

Twitter | Facebook | Website


Childhood Sweetheart
Favourite book from childhood

My favourite book from childhood has to be The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.  I loved the idea of finding a secret world through a wardrobe and all the adventures the children found themselves in.


First love
The first book you fell in love with

This is a tough one.  I think Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – I was probably one of the few students who actually enjoyed reading this as it didn’t feel like homework.


Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with

No! No! No! – I cannot choose just one.  I am a bit of a #BookBoyFriendWhore and have fallen in love with so many – John Cooper from Paul Grzegorzek’s But For The Grace of God, Mark Baines from Stephen Edger’s series of the same name, Jake Boulder from Graham Smith’s Watching The Bodies – and I’m also partial to DI Harry Evans in Mr Smith’s other series….but we won’t tell them! Kenny O’Neill in Michael J Malone’s books, Davie McCall in Douglas Skelton’s books…Washington Poe from Mike Craven’s yet to be released series…. Eddie Flynn from Steve Cavanagh’s books…Lennox from Craig Russell’s series…..see….I am so bad!  You have to stop me!

Weirdest book crush
Well… duh

Do I have to say? Hmmm…I guess it would have to be Marcie Steele’s (Mel Sherratt) That’s What Friends Are For….I know…a totally feel good GIRLY book!  WTAF?  But if you tell anyone, I just may have to kill you….


Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end

But For The Grace of God by Paul Grzegorzek – I LOVE this book and I am still waiting for the next one….I NEED John Cooper back in my life!


The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.

There are SO many!  I am desperate to read Rattle by Fiona Cummings.  I have heard great things and it is sitting ever so patiently, waiting for me – I hope to get to it soon.


Secret love
Guilty Reading pleasure

I absolutely adore the Bridget Jones series by Helen Fielding and I am not ashamed to say that at all!  I think everyone at some point in their lives can relate to Bridget and the books always make me laugh!


Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre

Erm….think that might be obvious but just in case it is not clear….I am a total nut when it comes to crime fiction!  That includes action, psychological, legal, medical, serial killer …any sort of thriller in crime where there is a body and a case to be solved! BRING IT ON!

Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months

I totally LOVED the #BookBeast that is Stuart MacBrides A Dark So Deadly.  What a fantastic read!


Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?

Seriously?  Oh man….there are again so many!  I think I would have to say Angela Marsons’ DI Kim Stone series – it is phenomenal!  They could not just read one….they would have to read the whole series.


Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.

Fydor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is my favourite book of all time.  I can’t explain why other than to say that it draws on the anguish experienced when faced with a moral dilemma and how one justifies their behaviour while also showing that anyone is capable of murder….Mwah ha ha ha!


Thanks Noelle. A brilliant list (as expected). You know I never knew you were so into crime books … ;). Have to agree about A Dark So Deadly. Wasn’t it fabulous? And you are not a book boyfriend whore. It’s perfectly normal to have at least three, four, five or six concurrent book crushes. Perfectly normal! (I feel better about my three confessions noe lol). If you still haven’t read Rattle yet then you must. It’s sublime.

So folks. On the off chance there are still some crime books she hasn;t yet read, any suggestions for Noelle. Or any crime related erotica you think might finally drag her over to the dark side 😉 (Totally kidding – no suggestions required – ever!!!)

Join me next week when Mike Sahno and CJ Harter will be sharing more of the old #booklove.

Have a fabulous day all


13 thoughts on “#Booklove: Noelle Holten @nholten40

  1. Thanks so much for having me on your amazong blog, Jen! I love sharing the #booklove – I could have listed hundreds more, but not sure you would have posted it 🤣 You are a wee star! Thanks again. 😘

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    1. Yay! Ali – these are some of my faves….but if you are ever stuck, let me know – I also enjoy a bit of #BookPimping on the side! 😉

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