Guest Post by Isabella Muir

I’m Isabella Muir, the author of the Sussex Crime Mystery series.  This series of three books is based around the character of Janie Juke, a young librarian. Set in the late 1960s, Janie Juke turns out to be an excellent amateur sleuth, following in the footsteps of her hero, Hercule Poirot.  The stories are based in the fictional Sussex seaside town of Tamarisk Bay and are perfect for anyone who loves Agatha Christie and the swinging sixties.

And now – to celebrate the birthday of the great Queen of Crime – Agatha Christie – THE SUSSEX CRIME MYSTERIES is available as a compilation for a special discounted price – only until 15th September.

This collection of three previously published books, includes THE TAPESTRY BAG (Book 1), LOST PROPERTY (Book 2), and THE INVISIBLE CASE (Book 3). All three books can be bought individually.

ABOUT BOOK 1: THE TAPESTRY BAG

A young woman, Zara, goes missing, one year to the day that her boyfriend, Joel, was killed in a hit and run.   Is Zara in danger?  Is she still alive?  What really happened to Joel and who is to blame?

In the quiet seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, the police appear to be doing little to find Zara.  Her friend Janie decides to make it her mission to track her down.   It’s the ‘swinging sixties’ and Janie fears that Zara may be mixed up with drugs, alcohol, or worse.  As Janie explores the strange circumstances of Zara’s disappearance, she starts to question the truth about Joel’s death.

Janie runs the mobile library and has a passion for crime fiction, especially Agatha Christie.  Can Poirot help Janie solve the mystery of Zara’s disappearance?  As she looks for clues Janie comes across some unsavoury characters who each have a reason for wanting Joel dead.  Can she untangle the web of lies and find out the truth?

ABOUT BOOK 2: LOST PROPERTY 

Janie Juke has developed a reputation for finding missing people.  When Hugh Furness asks Janie to track down an old friend, she discovers there is much more at stake than a missing person. 

This new case takes Janie back in time to the Second World War, where she learns about secret missions and brave deeds.  It is the past that holds the key, but she needs to be at her most intuitive to work out what lies behind the rumours and conjecture.

Following in the footsteps of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, Janie enlists the help of local journalist, Libby Frobisher.  Racing around the seaside towns of Tamarisk Bay and Tidehaven, Janie and Libby track down clues and piece together the facts.

A new decade is looming.  In these last months of the 1960s, time is against them.  Hugh Furness is seriously ill and Janie is just months away from the birth of her first child.   Can Janie and Libby find out who is telling the truth before it is too late?

ABOUT BOOK 3: THE INVISIBLE CASE

It’s Easter 1970 in the seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, and for one family the first Easter of a new decade brings a shocking tragedy.

Amateur sleuth and professional librarian, Janie Juke, is settling into motherhood and some quality time with her family. When her Aunt Jessica is due back from Rome after nine years travelling around Europe, she arrives back in town with a new Italian friend, Luigi, and the whole family soon get embroiled in a tangle of mystery and suspicion, with death and passion at the heart of the story.

As time runs out on Luigi as prime suspect for murder, Janie has to use all of her powers of deduction in the footsteps of her hero, Hercule Poirot, to uncover the facts. Why did Luigi come to Tamarisk Bay? What is the truth about his family?

As Luigi’s story unfolds, tragedy seems to haunt the past, present and unless Janie acts fast, possibly what is yet to come.

What’s coming next?

I have the embryo of an idea for Number 4 in the Sussex Crime mystery series, which will see the young journalist Libby Frobisher lead the investigation – with Janie Juke taking a bit of a back seat!

I am also just putting the final touches to THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, which deals with the heart-breaking topic of the child migrants who were sent by the UK to Australia in the post-war era, right up until 1970.  THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is available for pre-order, and will be published 29th November.

And when I’m not writing…I help my husband run a small campsite in West Sussex, ably supported by our gorgeous Scottie dog, Hamish!

Readers can keep in touch with me by:

Email: theisabellamuir@gmail.com

Website: https://isabellamuir.com/

Twitter @SussexMysteries            

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMuirAuthor/

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Isabella-Muir/e/B074F18ZSY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

                        The Sussex Crime Mysteries 3D

A massive thank you to Isabella for taking the time to write this guest post.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x


                 

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Book Tour: Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett


Hey, today I have a blog tour book review for you for the novel Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett. 
Blurb…

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?
Review…

Hell To Pay is the fourth book in the Kay Hunter series and I have been lucky enough to read them all.

Hell To Pay certainly didn’t disappoint. From the first to the last page I couldn’t put it down. 

Kay is and always has been an interesting character to follow and I really like how Rachel adds elements of Kay’s home life into the story without making it all about her home life. 

This book can be read as a standalone however, I would highly recommend reading the other novels especially as this one is the culmination of an issue that has been building since the first book. 

The book has plenty of action and even though the ending in some ways is somewhat predictable as it’s set up early on in the book it still retains the exciting ‘must read’ feeling. 

Rachel really is a fantastic writer and I really have nothing negative to say about any of her books. Her writing style is brilliantly done and it keeps you glued to the pages. 

Another fantastic read and if any crime lovers haven’t read these then they should, they are missing out.

You can purchase Hell To Pay here.

Thanks for reading and thank you Emma from EDM Creating Perfection for selecting me to review this book and taking me on this tour.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Double Jeopardy by M.A Comley

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Today I have for you a Book Blog Tour hosted from Bloodhound Books.

Blurb…

Successful entrepreneur, Ross Spalding, has everything to live for; a thriving business, a stunning new home, and a high society wedding to his beautiful fiancée to look forward to in the coming months. That is, until his life comes to an abrupt, gruesome end.

DI Hero Nelson and his team need to dig deep to find the reasons behind someone wanting Ross Spalding dead. As more people connected to Ross also die, some in suspicious circumstances, the suspect list grows beyond all expectations, until a major clue presents itself and spins the investigation off in a totally new direction.

However, Hero’s personal life is also dealt a major blow when his parents are faced with a life or death situation. He is forced to put his personal problems aside when the murderers are revealed and Hero is faced with a tight deadline in which to apprehend them.

Review…

Double Jeopardy is the 4th in the Hero series. However, you really don’t need to read anything prior to this. I wasn’t even aware that it was part of a series as nothing indicated to it.

I enjoyed reading this book, there was no hidden twists as such and the story was pretty straight forward but it worked really well. The story was interesting as were the characters. Hero comes across as a likeable guy who is under the pressures of working as a Detective and having a home life with a large family. I liked the inclusion of Hero’s personal life but especially how it didn’t overshadow the main part of the story as can often happen.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys an action packed crime thriller.

You can purchase a copy from Amazon UK

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

 

Blog Tour: He Made Me by Oliver Tidy {Review}

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Blurb

David Booker and Jo Cash are experiencing similar stuttering starts to their new lives on Romney Marsh when Rebecca Swaine turns up seeking help. Someone is demanding a lot of money from her husband and she wants to know why.

What do the dying words of one man – he made me – actually mean?

As the mystery unfolds people will come undone and reputations will be ruined before the answer becomes clear.

At the end of the day Mrs Swaine might end up wishing she’d let sleeping dogs lie…

Review

I have never read one of the Booker and Cash novels previously. I was ensured that this 2nd book in the series could be read as a standalone.

I have to say it was a quick and enteraining read. It was fine as a standalone however, the background to Cash and Booker’s relationship would have been nice to have first.

While I enjoyed the book I did find the pacing somewhat slow and therefore it failed to keep me captivated for long.

There is a hint of a possible romance in future books between the main characters but other than that nothing really happens between them.

All in all it was a decent read. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can find a copy of He Made Me here

For more information on Oliver Tidy you can visit his website here

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Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

 

Book Review: Sweetpea by C.J Skuse {Spoilers}

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have a book review for you. I was sent a copy of Sweetpea via Netgalley in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is in no way biased by this fact.

Blurb….

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 alcoholic 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 manhandles 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…

Review…

Right from the start of Sweetpea, you get an insight into the mind of Rhinannon. The book is set out in dates like a diary format. In the first entry, we see Rhinannon cut off a man’s penis and leave him to drown. Now Rhinannon doesn’t really kill for the sake of it, because of the urge to, she kills as an act of vengeance or justice. Not for her but for victims of paedophiles, child abusers, rapists, murders and anyone else that has done something which she feels they have not served the appropriate time for. Rhinannon also kills for self-preservation. The killing urges are always linked to her partner Craig’s infidelity.

As we continue through the book we see the highs and lows of Rhinannon and her temperament, which does hit a point where it does look like her mind is unravelling and she loses grip of her mental stability and we see her kill an innocent taxi driver.

However, after this she manages to grasp herself again and ends up falling pregnant and starts to see things differently, losing the urge to want to kill.

However, it all goes a bit wrong when AJ the man who is the baby’s father demands to be part of it. AJ is a young man of 19 who Rhinannon has been having an affair with behind her partner Craigs back, this started because she admitted that she had killed someone and wanted to keep him quiet.

Rhinannon kills AJ as she feels backed into a corner. Things have been going well for her and Craig, he has stopped his affair and is giving her and her bump all the attention she has been craving. AJ threatens to ruin all that.

Things then take a bad turn as Craig is arrested abroad during a football match for bad behaviour and ends up been a suspect for all Rhinnnon’s murders as she was setting him up prior to them getting back on track.

Rhinannon goes away for a hen party and gets a call from Craig saying he has been arrested and that the police may go to their home, this panics Rhinannon as she hasn’t moved AJ’s body. She immediately goes home to try and dispose of him. During which she actually admits she loved AJ and it’s pretty obvious she realises she has made a mistake and Craig isn’t who she wants.

The book ends as there is a knock on the door before Rhinannon has the chance to move AJ.

I found the book really enjoyable. You couldn’t tell from one entry to the other how things were going to go, how Rhinannon’s mental state would be and how far she would go. AJ was such a shame as he really did love her and she could have had the life she wanted with him.

I will be picking up the sequel to this if there is one as I really want to find out what happens to Rhinannon now she is pregnant.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

 

 

 

 

Book Tour: Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett

Today I have a review of the wonderful book Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett. 

Will To Live is the 2nd book in the Detective Kay Hunter series however it can be read without having read the first book which is what I did.

Blerb…

Reputation is everything.

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as “Suicide Mile”, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Review….
I was a little wary picking this up as it was the 2nd in a series and I hadn’t read the first book.

However, I soon discovered that it wasn’t a necessity to read the first book. While Will To Live does touch on Kay Hunter’s previous case and the after effect it isn’t prominent to the main story.

Kay is a likable character and I found her intriguing.  As for the story itself it was really good. I did think at one point that it was a little predictable but then BOOM the plot twist surprised me and I didn’t see it coming. 

This book is very well written, intriguing and kept me engaged. I will definitely hunt out the first book to read for the backstory to Kay’s current situation. 

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To find out more about Rachel Amphlett you can visit her page here or follow her on Twitter.

Will to Live will be available on April 4th 2017, until then you can catch up with the 1st novel Scared To Death

For more information on taking part in blog tours please visit EDM Editorial & Publicity Services

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

Book Tour: Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey

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Today I have a book bloug tour for Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey.

Blerb…

Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.

At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…

But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.

And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all.

Can she really trust herself?

Review…

This was a dramatic mystery right from the get go. Following Emily as she goes back and forward wth details she remembers and events that unfolde before and after the accident.

I didn’t really know what was going on until towards the end which made the book enjoyable. Each of the characters had their own quirks which made them a good read, especially Emily’s brother.

If you enjoy a good mystery thriller with twists and turns then this is the book for you.

To purchase Those who Lie you can do so here on Amazon UK and here on Amazon.com

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett [Cover Reveal]

Hey Everyone, 

Wow I am super excited to bring to you today the brand new cover for Rachel Amphlett’s new crime book which will be released on the 4 April 2017.

There will bea blog tour for the release between the 28th March to the 11th April so be sure to check in to get all the book details.

So without much further ado I give you the Will To Live.

Here is a rough blerb for the book which may change upon Publication.
Will to Live

Reputation is everything

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder. 

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer. 

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, you will love Rachel Amphlett’s new series.


Thanks for reading.
The Stationery Geekette x 


Blog Tour: Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent [Extract and Giveaway]

On my quest to bring you all new books and interests I am taking part in my first blog tour.
Today I present to you Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent. Not only do I have an exclusive extract but I also have a Giveaway for you to join to win a copy.

The Blerb!

Brighton, 1938 …

Charlie ‘Big Bad’ Woolf thought it would be easy money, and there’s precious little of that for a private detective in a seaside town. It was just a trip up to London to hand over an envelope – a favour for his old partner, Alan O’Connor. But Woolf couldn’t resist taking a peek inside.

The pictures were unadulterated smut; a man and a girl in a hotel room. Blackmail, pure and simple – right up O’Connor’s street. Woolf was happy to be rid of them, handing them over to a masked man in a London park.

When he gets home, O’Connor’s waiting for him, which is a surprise. The bigger surprise is that he’s dead; a bullet through the eye. Woolf is the prime suspect, but when he discovers that the man in the photographs is a German diplomat and the blackmail is being run by MI5, things get more complicated.

It seems obvious who killed O’Connor, but Woolf soon realizes that he’s the only one who cares. With war looming, the good of the country counts for more than the arrest of a murderer. If he’s to see the killer caught, Charlie Woolf must prove that the crime has little to do with the world of espionage …

If that sounds like something you’re interested then you can read Chapter 1

Giveaway

That’s right I also have a Giveaway for you to win a signed copy of Late Whitsun by Japser Kent. 

To enter for a chance to win please follow this link on Rafflecopter. Giveaway closes 21st December. 
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Thanks for reading and good luck!

The Stationery Geekette x

Brutally Honest Confessions: The Teenage Years

Today’s post follows on from last weeks pre-teen post. It won’t be pretty but it will be honest.

I went into my teen years pretty much the way I’d lived before them. I was good at school, beaten at home and cherished my friends.

During the ages of 11-15 I went to stay with my Gran on and off quite a lot. My mum thought it was the better option. Unfortunately my step dad was a master manipulator and while she knew he was violent he always had a way of turning things around, it was always my fault. 

At one point I wrote a letter to my biological Dad asking for his help, explaining what it was like to live with my step dad.

As a result my Dad rang my Mum about the letter and all hell broke loose, again I was made out to look like a liar and an over-exaggerator. The one time I asked him for help and he failed me. It wouldn’t be the last time, he did it right up until I was 23 and decided not to have him in my life.

My friends hated my step dad, they saw how he treated me. On one occasion when I was about 15 I was outside with some of them down the road from my house and my step dad came and dragged me home by my hair for no reason. That was the first time they got involved, knocking on the door threatening him with the police while I escaped out the back door. That was the time he broke my bed because he’d thrown me so hard on it the wooden frame snapped in two.

Things started to go wrong for me more when I was around 15. I dropped out of all my advanced classes, started skipping school,  had friends that were a negative influence and led me into all sorts of trouble.

My step dad tried to strangle my boyfriend once and due to my mum’s begging his parents didn’t press charges. That was a pivotal point for me. That’s when the reality of my situation hit me, things wouldn’t ever change, until I move out I would always be a victim of his violence. 

This was when I became different,  I started drinking a lot, all the time. I started stealing, lying, whatever I could do to forget. My young naive mind back then felt that if I got into enough trouble I’d be taken away. I thought prison would be better than my life.

I did things that ruined all my friendships, lost me respect and just generally turned me into a troubled teen.

My mum fell pregnant and had my baby brother when I was 16, my step dad wasn’t around long after this. It gave my mum some renewed vigor and she divorced him, met another lovely man and they are still married now.

I got into trouble before this with the police, I went to court and my life took a new path.

I always wanted to be a journalist, I had it planned from such a young age, that changed. Getting into trouble brought me a new respect for the law…I was going to be a lawyer!

I had ashamed myself, embarrassed myself and let myself down. I was better than my actions. I had failed myself and I wouldn’t do it again.

I picked up school as much as I could, finished my GCSE’s and left school without friends and with an angry family. 

During the summer after school I got a part time job and started making new friends. I enrolled at college and was determind to enjoy the new and different home life.

I moved out when I was 17, not because things were bad but because I still felt angry with my mum for the years of suffering and because I already felt older than my years.

It took a few years after that for me to understand my mum, for the anger to fade. Now, she hates herself for what me and my brother endured, for the violence. It’s easy to see it now, when the clouds have parted but in the time she believed him, he could change and she loved him enough to have faith.

I can’t begin to know how she felt at the time and why she made the decisions she did. 

I know I wouldn’t allow the same fate for my children, I’ve witnessed and felt its effects and I hope I am stronger than what my mum was then.

I took parts of my youth and my teenage years into adulthood. I learnt very valuable lessons early on about who I wanted to be and what sort of person I am.

I could succumb to the victim I had been or I could chose to not let him win, he’d already taken so much from me I was not going to let him take more.

Thankfully I have not seen this man for around 10+ years and I don’t intend to change that.

Thank you for reading my story, depressing as it was.

Please don’t forget to pop along and read about Michelle’s  teenage years.

Emma-Louise