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Published: 27 July 2017



The second in the terrifying DI Callanach crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be hooked from the very first page.

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.

DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim…and the more innocent the better.

My Thoughts & Review:

Helen Fields has done it again, she’s penned one of the grittiest, most gruesome yet amazingly fantastic books I’ve got my mitts on!  I do want to point out that although this is the second book in the DI Luc Callanach series, it can be read as a stand alone,  but why deprive yourself?

‘Perfect Prey’ sees the return of DI Callanach which will delight fans, the delectable French Scotsman has returned to solve crimes and keep the residents of Edinburgh safe….well once he and DI Ava Turner have managed to crack the case that is.
The pairing of these two detectives is the work of genius really, the dry sarcastic exchanges between the two characters is witty and entertaining but underneath it all is a real sense of care between these two.  Callanach’s relationship with the officers in his team is also great to see, and it’s nice to see how it has developed from ‘Perfect Remains’.  Each of the notable characters in his team has developed well, DC Tripp is one such character, his enthusiasm shines from the pages and contrasts well with DS Lively.  His attitude has remained the same and the ongoing battle between Callanach and Lively makes for some entertaining reading.

The plot is deviously twisted and cleverly played out, the pace moves along swiftly as readers become ensnared by the hunt for nameless victims and their fiendish killers, all of this just makes for completely gripping reading.  The dark web technical aspects to the story have just enough detail to add an authenticity and realism to the plot without becoming too much.
It did feel a little like DI Turner took a lesser role in this, however once the pace picks up readers become aware of personal issues that she is facing so it all makes sense.  The relationship between DI Turner and DCI Edgar was questionable at best, and I have to salute Helen Fields for creating such a deplorable character.  He’s craftily been brought to life with qualities that rank him higher up the scale for hating than the killers!
The killers, well that’s an ingenious set up.  The way this aspect of the plot plays out is so incredibly frightening but at the same time riveting reading.

Now the wait begins for January for book 3 in the series to come out…….

You can buy a copy of ‘Perfect Prey’ via:

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My thanks to Sabah at Avon Books for the opportunity to read this fantastic book!


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I am delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Helen Fields fantastic thriller “Perfect Remains” which was published 26th January 2017 by Avon Books.



If you’ve been following the blog tour you will know that the author, Helen Fields has been killed and the breadcrumb trail of clues is slowly revealing more about her killer.  Today I can share clue number 6 with you, can you work out who it is yet?

Follow the blog tour for clues about Helen’s demise and who the culprit is.


You can buy a copy from Amazon UK | Amazon US

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I am delighted to welcome you to my stop on Katerina Diamond’s blog tour for The Secret and share an extract from this utterly dark and twisted thriller.

Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it…

When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets?

As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.

And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…

Extract from The Secret:

‘Detective Grey?’ DCI David Stanton’s voice snapped her out of her trance; she put the photos down and turned around. He stood in the doorway to his office, looking sullen and stern like he always did. Sullen and stern, but undoubtedly attractive. Imogen felt her stomach flip slightly.


‘My office!’

She walked across the room, aware that the sound of her heels carried, hoping no one would look up. The day was coming to an end; only the brown-nosers would be around now. The brown-nosers and her. She stood to attention as Stanton closed the door behind her. Her boss was a tall man, a good few inches over six foot. He had medium-brown hair with flashes of grey at the temples and he was never completely clean-shaven, almost, but not completely.

‘Is there a problem, sir?’

‘I thought you were gone for the day?’

‘Just wanted to get my paperwork done tonight, sir. You know, while it was fresh in my mind.’

‘I admire that work ethic, Grey.’ He walked back around and released the shutter on the blind. ‘It couldn’t wait till tomorrow?’

‘It could have, yes.’

He was a foot taller than her. She could feel his warm breath brush the top of her ear as he stood behind her, close but not touching.

‘So, why are you really here?’ he whispered. The hairs on the back of her neck stood on end, her skin prickled as he said the words. She could feel his body heat, he was right there, right behind her. She wanted him to throw her down on to the desk.

‘I’m not sure, sir,’ said Imogen at last.

‘Stop calling me sir, Imogen.’

He was really close now, as close as it was possible to be without contact. She could feel the desire in him, feel his temperature rising. They were touching without touching, longing to put skin on skin. To feel fingers tracing the lines of each other’s body, to kiss, to lick, to bite. Their flirtation had almost reached breaking point. How much longer could they play this game?

‘What should I call you, then?’ she asked quietly, suggestively. Every part of him was leaning towards her. She was delirious with excitement and anticipation. As he leaned closer still, there was a sudden knock at the door and she felt Stanton take an abrupt step backwards. The spell was broken.

‘Come in,’ he said, clearing his throat, moving away from her. Imogen swallowed hard, trying to slow her heart rate back down.

The door opened as Stanton smoothed his tie and sat down behind his desk, in an obvious attempt to hide his stimulated body. He didn’t look at Imogen.

Jamie, the desk sergeant, entered and handed a file to Stanton.

‘Thanks, Jamie. Detective Grey—’ He looked up at her. She could feel the heat in her cheeks. ‘You can go home now; finish your paperwork tomorrow. You’re done for tonight.’

Imogen nodded. Without making eye contact with him, she walked out of his office and grabbed her stuff from her desk. Looking back once, she saw Stanton putting his jacket on, shrugging his arms into the sleeves. She forced herself to look away. She needed to get home, and she needed a cold shower.

You can buy a copy of The Secret here

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Saving Sophie

Author: Sam Carrington
Published: 12 August 2016
Reviewed: 12 August 2016
5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by HarperCollins UK, Avon in return for an honest review

Saving Sophie is Sam Carrington’s début novel and having seen the hype about it on social media I was curious enough to get a copy from the publisher to review.  Thank goodness I did, this is an absolutely brilliant book, it’s a cleverly plotted, gripping psychological thriller that sucks the reader in and holds them rigid.

The prologue and first chapter ensure that the reader’s interest is piqued, and sets up the plot perfectly.  They also define what you will be doing for the rest of the day/evening…… yes, this is a book that once picked up you will struggle to put down again.  

Narrated alternately by Sophie, her mother Karen, Detective Inspector Lindsay Wade (who is investigating Amy’s disappearance), the reader really gets to  know the main characters well.  Cunningly, Sam Carrington has created characters that are multidimensional with interesting personalities and quirks – so much so that the reader can experience the impending doom, and the desperate panic felt by them but also the panic attacks suffered by Karen, the inclusion of the details about breathing was very shrewd and I will admit that it did have an affect on me.  Characterisation in general was good, they were engaging, believable and at times infuriating (aren’t most teenagers?)  Clearly Sam Carrington has experience with troublesome teens.  

The plotting is something of an art form, little hints of information peppered throughout reveal hidden secrets and surprises, yet all the while the story twists into a coil of intensity.  This is not a book where the reader can easily pre-empt the author, just how a thriller should be in my opinion.  Carrington’s writing style was enjoyable, adding in the anonymous email correspondence broke up the narration but also allowed the tension to build, moving the story along smoothly whilst reminding the reader of the dangers of the internet and those using it.  

A gripping thriller, and an unbelievable début from Sam Carrington, this book will have most readers hooked for the duration.  This is definitely an author to keep a watch on, and thankfully book two is in the pipeline.

You can buy a copy of Saving Sophie here.  

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Four Weddings and a Fiasco

Author: Catherine Ferguson
Published: 16 June 2016
Reviewed: 3 August 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by HarperCollins UK, Avon in return for an honest review


Katy Peacock lives a life as colourful as her name.

As a wedding photographer, she spends her days making other people smile as she captures all sorts of fun and capers at celebrations that range from the wacky to the wild.

But her own life isn’t looking quite so rosy. Her mum is acting out of character, her menacing ex is back on the scene, and she is torn between two gorgeous men. And that’s before we even get started on the trouble her sister is causing…

As Katy weathers the ups and downs of the season, she revisits problems from the past, discovers new friendships and finds that four weddings and a fiasco have the power to change her world beyond measure.

My Thoughts & Review:

An enjoyable read, in fact, a pretty good summer read and one you could happily pack with your luggage to read when you’re away on a break.  

Katy Peacock is a wedding photographer in a lovely little village, but after a bad fall out with her sister two years ago she is finding it hard to manage her photography business alone.  
She’s also trying desperately to steer clear of men, so when she falls into the arms of a gorgeous man after trying to climb over her fence, the reader knows things won’t go as Katy plans.

Katy is a great character, very likeable.  She’s independent and determined to work hard to solve her financial issues which includes paying back an ex boyfriend.  But in spite of her own issues, she always has time for her friends and family, and always has a word of advice or sympathetic shoulder for her prospective brides.  Mallory, Katy’s best friend is another brilliant character, well created and very likeable.  Her down to earth perception on life and events provides light relief to Katy’s moments of doom and the pair really come across as believable. 

The story is broken into four parts, each is a season with a different wedding which allows the story to move briskly and keeps the reader focused.
The dialogue is well written, adding an authenticity to situations and relationships – in particular the relationship between Katy and her mother and Katy’s struggles to reconnect with her sister.  The writing overall is solid, the story flows well and with plenty humour interspersed this makes it a witty and enjoyable read.  

Despite thinking I knew where the story was going I still really enjoyed this book, it held my attention and it was an easy read so I was reading “just one more chapter before bed”, and before I knew it I’d finished the book!  

A lovely feel good book, brings a little light relief from everyday life and a welcome escape just when you need it most.  

You can buy a copy of Four Weddings and a Fiasco here.

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 Dance With The Dead

Author: James Nally
Published: 28 July 2016
Reviewed: 2 August 2016
5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by HarperCollins UK, Avon in return for an honest review
Aspiring actress Elizabeth Smart lands her centre stage role: her mutilated body is found dumped in North London’s red light district.  Clasped in her hand is a piece of human hair belonging to an unidentified body of a woman murdered two weeks ago.  

PC Donal lands himself a place on the murder squad just as his unconventional brother, journalist Finton, unearths the secret double life of Elizabeth. 

The bodies mount, each clinging to the strands of hair belonging to the previous victim.  The police are convinced it’s the act of a serial killer.  But how does Donal convince them it’s not?
The only people he can trust are the victims he dances with in his dreams.  

My Thoughts & Review:
Dance With The Dead sees the welcome return of PC Donal Lynch.  For anyone not familiar with this character, the first book Alone With The Dead is utterly brilliant and well worth a read.  This can be read as a standalone, but why deprive yourself of James Nally’s writing?  

We open in early 1990s London and Donal has been moved to the Cold Crime Unit, a punishment for his behaviour at the end of book one.  The discovery of a mutilated body in the Red Light District is the perfect opportunity for Donal to ingratiate himself back in to the embrace of the Murder Squad.  His work on cold cases involving prostitutes leads him to believe there is a connection between the historical cases and this new body.  

With “help” from his journalist brother Fintan, Donal really has to be careful walking this tightrope.  When the patriarch of the Lynch family unexpectedly arrives from Ireland, a spanner is thrown into the works.  Donal already having a seriously troubled relationship with his father because of the connections to the IRA and the Troubles finds juggling the presence of his father, attempting to solve the mystery of the murdered woman and the budding romance with Zoe from Forensic Science Service almost too much to handle. 

As the case escalates the cover ups, deception, political intrigue and corruption intensify.  London’s gangsters, police corruption, IRA, Irish Peace Talks, Special Branch and paedophilia are just some of the things involved in this multi layered wonder. 

Happily, the author has continued on Donal’s sleep paralysis, and this time it enriches the story so much more.  Plagued by hangovers, his ghostly visions seem to haunt him even when awake.  Nally cleverly writes this aspect of the story to allow the reader to interpret it as though it’s in Donal’s head, a bad dream if you will, however I like to think of it as it’s his “old fashioned gut instinct” talking to him.  

Donal is a wonderful character, so thoroughly well written.  He’s a tortured soul, with an incredibly dry sense of humour and a loving for Shiraz.  His brother Fintan is another brilliant character, incredibly unscrupulous.  I was delighted to see him appearing more in this book, and found myself liking him and his antics more than I had previously.    

Once again, Nally has given the reader a book that transports them back in time.  Referencing events from the early 1990s, giving a history lesson about the Irish-British Troubles, he takes the reader right into the heart of dark atmospheric world he has scripted.  Setting and atmosphere are key in thrillers, and this book has it in abundance.

James Nally is a gifted writer, he constructs a a book that is dark, twisted, and mercilessly violent but at the same time it is rich with humour and wit (at times the inappropriateness of the humour is what makes it even funnier).  It is so cleverly plotted, layer upon layer of detail brings this story to life, the characters come alive and the atmosphere feels real.     

I cannot wait to see what James Nally comes up with next for Donal, just please don’t make me wait too long to find out!

You can buy a copy of Dance With The Dead here. 

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