New look – His First Lie by Mark Hill @MarkHillWriter @TheCrimeVault @LittleBrownUK

Today marks the rebirth or rather relaunch of one of my favourite reads of 2016. Originally published as The Two O’Clock BoyMark Hill’s fabulous first Ray Drake novel has had a makeover and a rebrand to tie it in with the upcoming sequel, It Was Her. Dark, brooding and a little bit dangerous are, in fairness, probably not words you’d use to describe Mark Hill. He’s really very nice. However they do fit his protagonist Ray Drake, and I have to admit that he is one of my book crushes so I cannot wait for his return.

But for now folks, it is time to say hello to His First Lie.

HFLAbout This Book

Do you want a thriller that grips from the first line?

Do you want a thriller to leave you gasping for air?

Connor Laird frightens people: he’s intense, he’s fearless, and he seems to be willing to do anything to protect himself and those he loves. He arrives in the Longacre Children’s Home seemingly from nowhere, and instantly becomes hero and villain to every other child there.

Thirty years later, someone is killing all of those who grew up in the Longacre, one by one. Each of them has secrets, not least investigating cop DI Ray Drake.

One by one the mysteries of the past are revealed as Drake finds himself in a race against time before the killer gets to him.

Who is killing to hide their secret?

And can YOU guess the ending?

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Review: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan @SVaughanAuthor @1stMondayCrime @simonschusterUK

There are certain books which pique your interest from the moment you hear of them. I have to be honest, from the moment I got my mitts upon Anatomy of a Scandal at Harrogate last year, I was intrigued. Like most months though, I was also extremely busy so when I came home I filed it on my must read shelf (and by filed I mean, it was in a nice neat pile) to be read whenever I found a spare moment. Like most months, that moment never came.

When I catalogued my tbr books at Christmas it went from the ‘must read’ to the ‘must read as it’s now one of my biggest regrets not having done so earlier’ shelf. It is a book which I listed in my most anticipated reads of 2018 post just before New Year. It is a book which I have seen countless superb reviews for on social media. It is a book I really wanted to make time for. Granite Noir, or more specifically a six hour drive to Dundee for work as a precursor to GRanite Noir, gave me the excuse and the opportunity I was looking for. I downloaded the audio book (you didn’t think I would read and drive did you?) plugged in the iPhone and set on my way. And what a journey it was. But before I tell you what I thought, let’s see what the book is all about. Continue reading “Review: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan @SVaughanAuthor @1stMondayCrime @simonschusterUK”