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”

#BlogTour: CWA Short Story Anthology – Mystery Tour by Various @OrendaBooks

Today it is my absolute pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for the CWA Short Story Anthology: Mystery Tour, published by Orenda Books. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this wonderfully mixed collection of stories in just a moment, but first up, lets take a look at the official bookish bits.

CWAThe Official Book Blurb

Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour.

Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood.

Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

Contributions from:
Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson, Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan, William Ryan and William Burton McCormick

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Review: Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick (@Bookouture)

33135273The Official Book Blurb

‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe. Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?

Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth? Continue reading “Review: Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick (@Bookouture)”

Mystery Thriller Week: Guest Post by Barbara Venkataraman #MTW


Today, it’s my great pleasure to host a guest post by Barbara Venkataraman as part of Mystery Thriller Week. Barbara is the author of the ‘Jamie Quinn Mystery’ series and ‘Quirky Essays For Quirky People‘ series.


Picture yourself in the stands at a baseball game, not just any baseball game, but the last game of the 2014 World Series–winner takes all. You’ve invested a lot to be here, having spent a small fortune on a ticket (that was very hard to come by) and an entire day of your life driving, parking, and fighting the crowds, all so that you could watch this game. The man sitting next to you, clearly a Giants fan, is decked out in so much orange and black that he could be an advertisement for Halloween. In between cheering for his team, your seatmate observes how quiet you are and asks: “Hey, man, who are you rooting for?”

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#BlogTour: Review – ‘Rupture’ by Ragnar Jónasson (@ragnarjo; @OrendaBooks; @graskeggur)

It is my absolute pleasure to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for Rupture, the lastest book in the Dark Iceland series by Ragnar Jónasson. Book four and every bit as enthralling, atmospheric and beautiful as I’ve come to expect and once more skilfully translated by Quentin Bates.

51gqzsgqavlSiglufjörður is in lock down, the entire town in quarantine after a wealthy French visitor brought more with him than just a private plane and a desire to visit the Herring Era museum. Having died from a highly contagious virus, the authorities are taking no chances and the entire place is like a ghost town. Ari Thór is one of the few people to remain out and about as he and his boss, Tómas assist in keeping the town afloat while shops and services can no longer run.

Bored by his isolation, he agrees to help one of the town’s residents, Hédinn, to look into an old case – the death of his Aunt Jórunn at a remote farmstead next to the fjord in Hédinsfjörður which sits across the mountains from Siglufjörður. Officially ruled an accident, Hédinn is not convinced, and after a comment made by his father shortly before he died, is certain there is more to learn of their time in the remote and wild location.

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