What nobody knew – Amelia Hendrey

Book Description:

My story begins aged 3, when my mother abandoned me and left me with my brutal father to raise me. Nobody knew the secrets that went on inside that house, or the journey that I travelled on after leaving it, until now. This is the story of my survival.
What do you do when no one wants you?
How many people need to destroy a child until that child wants to destroy herself?
What if social services always got told a different story?
What would you do if you were in my position?
Survival is key.
My Opinion:

Harrowing, but somehow captivating as my desire to find out what happened kept me reading. The prose was easy to follow, and kept my interest.

Author Bio:

Amelia is a mum and a survivor. She wrote her book What Nobody Knew to help other people who have been through similar experiences and to educate people who are unaware of what goes on behind closed doors. She has no previous writing experience, she’s just one person who wants to change the world for the better. She also loves cats and reading In her spare time.
Twitter: @AmeliaHendrey

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The Death of Jessica Ripley

Book Description:

Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.
During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, just blew away.
CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching his father enjoying life. He’s also having it tough in the form of two new recruits to his office. One is off his tree on drugs and the other wants his job.
And then the murders begin.Can Eddie trust the evidence, or is someone twisting it, desperate to get even? And who did kill Jessy’s ex?

Extract:

Chapter One
How it began.
Freedom leaked unseen from her life as the smoke leaked out of the oven door. Thirty minutes, maybe less.
Jessica Ripley stood at the sink, washing up the plates from yesterday so they could eat off them today. Her mind was screwing about with the past; tormenting her like Sebastian used to, topping up her stress levels. To her right, Michael screamed from his bedroom doorway so loudly that he could have been pressing his mouth against her ear.
She clamped her jaw closed, and heat prickled her skin, but she was determined not to break down. What the hell had she done to deserve this? “Michael!” she yelled. “Shut up!” Her reflection in the cracked window above the sink showed her the veins standing proud in her neck and the tears dancing on her eyelashes, ready to fall.
The oven timer dinged but she didn’t hear it. She didn’t smell the burning food; and the stinging in her eyes was just the prelude to more tears. Her mind had latched onto the two-year-old’s screaming until nothing else existed.
Her hands became still in the hot water. Soap bubbles popped against her skin.
Anger grew in her chest, and her breathing trembled. Inside, the clouds were gathering and the storm was about to break.
He screamed.
She closed her eyes and the tears fell.
When the smoke alarm shrieked, Jessica jumped, and her anger exploded. She pulled her hands free of the sink and smashed them furiously back into the water. Her reflection burst into a thousand droplets just as the pain hit.
Michael screamed louder. The alarm screeched, but the new pain claimed all her attention. Jessica pulled her hand out of the sink; watery blood flowed down her forearm from the knife wound and dripped from her elbow onto the wet floor. The soap bubbles were red, and—
“You should get that seen to.”
Jessica squealed.
Sebastian stared at her. He hadn’t shouted over the alarm, but she’d still heard him.

Author Bio:

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 150,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post and interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals, and administers justice. Eddie’s series is five books and three novellas in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew has recently discovered the delights of writing stand-alones, with one under his belt another under way.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.
You can find out more about him and his writing at www.andrewbarrett.co.uk
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I Know You’re There – Sarah Simpson

About the book

Is your house as safe as you think?
Natalie spent most of her childhood feeling afraid. So when she moved into her
cosy little flat in St Ives and met her three friendly neighbours, she knew at once it
was somewhere she’d feel safe.
Before long, Natalie’s neighbours have become the family she never had. Kind,
motherly Morwenna, serious, reliable Nigel, and sweet, anxious Daniel. They collect
each other’s mail, water each other’s plants, and share each others lives.
But as Natalie knows all too well, the people who are closest to you can also be the
most dangerous. And this house is not as safe as she thinks…

Here is snippet:

The thing is, it wasn’t until this silly thought of moving out, however fleeting it was, probably not even for an entire second, that I appreciated how fond I’ve become of my neighbours. What with me and Mo having the two top-floor flats and Nigel and Daniel occupying the ground-floor flats, we’ve become quite the little family. Admittedly, a quirky, odd – okay, peculiar – type of family, but then aren’t all families like this? By far, Mo and I have the best flats with far-reaching views over the bay of St Ives, the old Victorian fishing harbour and its golden sands. I can even see the block stone wall of Smeatons Pier from this rear window, especially so in my heels. In between the house and the sea are many interlocked, cosy cottages and adorable terraces lining the coiling cobblestoned steps down to the centre of town. Most of which are whitewashed with pretty leaded-window eyes and vibrantly painted door lips. The others, scattered amongst, simply blend and connect the more fancy with the more conservative homes with flurries of greys and creams of traditional Cornish slate. Either side of the wide lingering steps are trails of pots, pans, artefacts and wellington boots, crammed with seasonal vegetation. It’s all so beautifully perfect, why would I choose to leave?
Of all my neighbours, I guess I’m closest of all to Mo. She’s become a good friend, if not my best, despite our age difference. With a deliciously dry sense of humour and, though I wouldn’t tell her this, with her silly thing about age, she’s also the mum I sadly lost and still desperately long for. After Mo, there’s sweet, sweet Daniel, who’s one of these people the entire town and their dogs know and love. I can’t imagine anyone ever disliking him. He’s everyone’s buddy. Some people are friends and others are buddies; Daniel is definitely a buddy. Why is this? His lovable puppy-dog eyes? His immediate acceptance and incapability of seeing bad in anyone? Maybe this is why I feel slightly protective over him. I mean, despite his obvious higher level of intelligence – he went to Cambridge, for God’s sake – there’s also something so vulnerable and childlike about him. An air of someone who is so incredibly, creatively intelligent they completely lack any form of structured logic.
Which leads me on to Tommy, who is employed by Daniel’s father to keep an eye on his son. Tommy once told me, Daniel has been through bad times and this has damaged his perspective and judgment. Whatever you want to take from that. Personally, I think it’s more that Daniel’s father lacks faith in his son or he’s too full of his own self-importance to care, so makes excuses for his own shortcomings. If you listen to Daniel he’ll tell you, he failed his father, especially when he was forced to forgo his graduate studies in Cambridge. I’ve not pressed Daniel about the Cambridge stuff as he’s obviously still upset about it all, and anyway, as I see it bad shit happens to us all. And if he wants to keep his bad shit to himself, so be it. Look at me, I can talk. Aren’t I the queen of dark horses? Mover of bad shit?
Then, there’s Nigel. Now, he’s a funny one but also completely harmless. All upright, straight-faced and bound up by his own rules and guidelines. He also reeks of intelligence, in the best kind of way, and is a partner in his own practice of solicitors. Likes to keep himself to himself. Tucks his trouser legs into Pringle plaid socks as he cycles to the railway station the other side of town each weekday. Refuses to have Sky television and only ever really watches the BBC and listens to BBC Radio 3, not at the same time, obviously. But, for all his idiosyncrasies, I know any one of us could knock on his door in times of need, which is what matters, isn’t it? As for his age, he’s in his forties but considers himself in his sixties. When I think of it, from time to time, he’s quite attractive in a moody, orthodox kind of way. If you’re into that kind of thing.
So its Mo the mother figure, Daniel the puppy dog and Nigel the upright solicitor. I wonder what they think of me? Natalie, the worrywart, the closed-door enigma, or so I’ve been called. And for this I have my reasons, as does everyone. Don’t they?

About the author

Sarah Simpson has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and has experienced
working at a Brain Rehabilitation Hospital. She has spent time as a family consultant
for Warwickshire and Oxfordshire solicitors and gained knowledge of the Family
Court System. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband, three children and
animals.

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Keep Her Close

Book Description:

Then:
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.

She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.

What kind of person would abandon their daughter?

Now:
Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family.

But her real father has sent her a letter.

And now Ally is missing.

A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll.

Fantastic read, I was (admittedly) captivated by the cover and it didn’t stop there, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read, easy to follow, the plot and characters were well developed. Highly recommend this!

Author Bio:

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways: http://eepurl.com/cD1F8L

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Dropzone – Stewart Giles

Dropzone (DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #2) by Stewart Giles

Another fantastic installment from my favourite crime fighting, murders solving duo! Another twisting plot to keep you hooked. I don’t want to say too much sort from make sure you buy it!!

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes book 2 in the very popular DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor series.

Brandon Stone is doing his first Accelerated Free Fall Skydive. He has done the training and his instructors are with him so nothing can go wrong…. Can it? A double malfunction and Brandon is staring death in the face. A very rare accident. Or is it?

Jason is returning to work after 3 months recovering from injuries at the hands of Boronov. Light duties? Not if Jason can help it.

DC Harriet Taylor is taking a well deserved holiday with Jon Finch that includes tandem skydiving. Out of all the planes in the country they were on the same one as Brandon.

With a detective as a witness this should be an easy case to solve. Wrong! Jason and the team need all the help they can get to unravel the lies and find the clues before more bodies turn up.

This is a gripping story with twists, turns and intrigue all the way through. A fast moving page-turner you will not be able to put down.

THE DETECTIVES

DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

ALSO BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

Book 0.5 – Phobia

Book 1 – Smith

Book 2 – Boomerang

Book 3 – Ladybird

Book 4 – Occam’s Razor

Book 5 – Harlequin

Book 6 – Selene

Book 7 – Horsemen

Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1 – The Beekeeper

Book 2 – The Perfect Murder

Book 3 – The Backpacker

Trotterdown – A Box Set of books 1-3

DS JASON SMITH & DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1 – The Enigma

Book 2 – Dropzone

Stand Alone Thrillers

Miranda – A psychological thriller

Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and there are plenty more to come. Unworthy, the ninth Smith instalment was followed by a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers. Entitled The Enigma, it brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. Dropzone, book 2 in the Smith/Harriet series is now available and the 10th Smith instalment will be released later in the year

The Mark – Heather Burnside

Today I am featuring an extract of the fabulous new release from Heather Burnside:

Maddy was behind the wheel of her Audi. Sapphire blue and polished until it was
gleaming, the vehicle was just as easy on the eye as its driver. She turned into the
tree-lined road in Flixton where she lived. She owned a three-bedroomed detached
house, which she shared with her eight-year-old daughter, Rebecca.

As Maddy sped into the drive, she glanced again at the clock on the dashboard.
19:58. She’d just made it. Maddy was surprised that her first interview with the
prostitutes had taken so long but at least she’d gleaned some good information from
them and had managed to arrange another meeting, before the girls had all become
nervous of someone at the bar.

Maddy’s ex-husband, Andy, was bringing Rebecca back at eight o’clock and,
although he was fairly easy-going, Maddy always liked to be on time. Thank God his
working hours were flexible. It meant he could pick Rebecca up from school whenever Maddy had to work late. As she parked the car, Maddy put thoughts of her working day out of her mind. It was time to concentrate on family now and, in her line of business, it wasn’t always a good idea to mix the two.

As soon as Maddy stepped inside her hallway she had that familiar comforting
feeling she always got when she returned home. Like everything else surrounding
Maddy, her home was immaculate and tastefully furnished. But it was more than that; it was a cosy home that felt lived in. She quickly switched on the hall lamp, which
bathed the interior with a subtle amber glow, highlighting the polished wooden flooring, expensive rug, and stunning artwork that hung on the walls.

Maddy walked through the house, switching on the lights in the main rooms and
plumping up cushions before flicking the switch on the kettle. She had no sooner
pulled a mug from the cupboard than she heard the doorbell ring. Maddy dashed to
answer the door, delighted to find her daughter Rebecca standing there with Andy by her side.

Rebecca gave her mother an affectionate hug. ‘I scored a goal, Mum,’ she gushed
before rushing indoors.
‘Everything OK?’ Maddy asked once Rebecca was inside.

‘Yeah, she’s fine,’ said Andy. ‘She’s been to netball club after school. They had a
practice match and apparently she was the hero of the hour.’
Maddy smiled. ‘Great,’ she said. ‘I must go and congratulate her.’

About the book

The queen of urban crime is back with a shocking, brilliant new series – The Working
Girls…A TRIP TO THE DARK SIDE
When respected journalist, Maddy, goes to interview prostitutes in a rundown Manchester pub, she doesn’t reckon on attracting the attention of their ruthless pimp, Gilly. He quickly decides to use Maddy for his own gains; he just needs to work out how.A TOXIC AFFAIR
In the weeks that follow, Maddy is oblivious to Gilly’s growing obsession with her,
particularly when she begins a romance with successful businessman, Aaron. Their passionate love affair starts to dominate her life, and she finds herself losing control and alienating the
people around her.A TARGET ON HER BACK
As Maddy’s safe and successful life starts to crumble around her, she must quickly work out who has it in for her, before it’s too late…
Heather Burnside is back with this breath-taking, heart-racing new series, perfect for all fans of Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole.

About the author

Heather Burnside spent her teenage years on one of the toughest estates in Manchester and she draws heavily on this background as the setting for many of her novels. After taking a
career break to raise two children Heather enrolled on a creative writing course. Heather now works full-time on her novels from her home in Manchester, which she shares with her two grown-up children.

Follow Heather:

Facebook: @HeatherBurnsideAuthor
Twitter: @heatherbwriter
Website: https://heatherburnside.com/

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The Friend who lied – Rachel Amphlett

What she doesn’t know might kill her…

Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.
As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a terrible secret.
Because five of them entered the escape room that day, and only four got out alive.
And someone is determined to cover their tracks before she can find out the truth.

Can Lisa find the killer before someone else dies?

The Friend Who Lied: a twisted psychological thriller from USA Today bestseller Rachel Amphlett – perfect for fans of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley and Friend Request by Laura Marshall.

What’s the difference between writing a thriller and a psychological thriller?

For the past eight years, I’ve been writing and publishing on a regular basis – three books a year since 2015, in fact.

Those books have included espionage series, standalone action adventure novels, and a popular police procedural series.

With The Friend Who Lied, I’ve taken my first foray into the world of psychological thrillers – and I can’t get enough.

All thrillers have an element of psychology about them, particularly motive – what causes a character to do what they do.

I’ve always said that every single one of my characters has to have a motive, even if that character doesn’t have a lead role.

When my Detective Kay Hunter is interviewing a witness, that witness has a motive for what he (or she) tells the police – for example, he might not want to tell the police everything that he saw take place in case it implicates him, or he might be worried about repercussions if the bad guy finds out who grassed him up.

When it came to writing The Friend Who Lied however, those motives were amplified and heightened by something else.

Emotions.

With police procedurals, there’s a lot of plot the characters have to convey through their actions and words. The outcome (usually) is that the bad guy is caught and the detective sees justice served for the victim.

With a psychological thriller however, it’s often what is going through the characters’ minds that dictate the pace and the way the story unfolds.

The fun comes with having different characters with different viewpoints and opinions about what is happening to them, and how they react to the situation they find themselves in.

Do they become defensive, angry, or stubborn?

Or perhaps they panic, lie, or run?

It’s that fight or flight instinct we hear so much about.

We writers love it – using heightened emotions in psychological thrillers gives us plenty to throw at our characters to see how they’re going to survive the situations we put them in!

Author Bio:

Before turning to writing, USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor and English Spy Mysteries espionage novels and theDetective Kay Hunter British police procedural series.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

Praise for Rachel Amphlett

“Thrilling start to a new series. Scared to Death is a stylish, smart and gripping crime thriller” ~ Robert Bryndza, USA Today bestselling author ofThe Girl in the Ice

“Scared to Death… moves along at breakneck speed with twists and turns” ~ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series.

Social Media Links:

Email: info@rachelamphlett.com

www.rachelamphlett.com

Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Instagram: @RachelAmphlett

Facebook: Rachel Amphlett

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Dinner in the Sky

After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back
together and is on a mission to finally move on.
The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives
and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until
cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive
as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie
premiere.
As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem
innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but
they become more obnoxious.
By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who
the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns,
the troll wants to destroy far more than that!
Breathtaking views of London.
Posh frocks and Paparazzi
But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

Purchase Links
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dinner-Sky-Friendships-Online-Book-ebook/dp/B07QYJX7VR
US – https://www.amazon.com/Dinner-Sky-Friendships-Online-Book-ebook/dp/B07QYJX7VR
Book Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-qRJaZdgjs
Spotify Playlist of the whole series –
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7lYuwzrSYvz77Iuq6NymVY?si=b7FFD0EURuy-jhIdr5amZQ

Author Bio
Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author
interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book
events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her
first novel.
When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the
park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories. Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in
London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a
number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books.

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We Can See You – Simon Kernick


WE CAN SEE YOU

by SIMON KERNICK

Published by Arrow

Thursday 30th May 2019

Paperback £7.99

‘The master of the adrenaline-fuelled ride.’

PETER JAMES

‘Witty, scary, fast-moving and outrageous’THE TIMES

‘It will keep you breathlessly on the edge of your seat’

SARAH PINBOROUGH

You have it all. Success. A beautiful home. A happy family.

And then in a heartbeat it’s all gone.

Your daughter has been taken. And the people who have her will kill her if you involve the police. You can’t rely on anyone, not even your husband. Because it seems you have enemies too.

But remember, they can see you. And they know everything about you. Including secrets you’d hoped you’d buried in the distant past. You can be certain of only two things: that you will do anything to get your daughter back alive. And that time is running out…

This was the first book I had read from this author. I admit I have not been disappointed. I was initially drawn to the cover, then immersed into the story… I don’t want to say too much here and have already listed the blurb, but I would like to convey how captivated I was with the story telling… I literally could not put this down! Highly recommended!

Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most exciting thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. Simon’s big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was the biggest selling thriller of 2007. His most recent crime thrillers include Siege, Ultimatum, Stay Alive and The Final Minute. He is also the author of the bestselling three-part serial thrillers Dead Man’s Gift and One By One.

When He Vanished – TJ Brearton

A HEART-POUNDING THRILLER WITH A STUNNING TWIST

WHAT IF YOUR HUSBAND DISAPPEARED AND THE POLICE THOUGHT YOU MIGHT HAVE KILLED HIM?

Jane Gable returns from her shift at the hospital one night to find her two children asleep in bed and her husband gone, his phone and wallet left behind.

John has long been a responsible and dependable man, maintaining a predictable schedule. He is a former alcoholic, and so Jane fears he has relapsed and may be in trouble.

An ‘old friend’ of John’s, Bruce Barnes, turned up on their doorstep the day before his disappearance.

Jane’s son Russ had seen a mysterious blonde woman at the house.

An SUV keeps showing up. Jane feels watched and under threat.

Then John’s abandoned car is found with blood on the steering wheel and Jane fears the worst. And there is a revelation that will make her question her own sanity.

Jane desperately begins investigating on her own. Suspects include her ex-husband, her stepbrother, and the mysterious blonde.

Is she being framed? Can she even trust herself?

HOW FAR WILL SHE GO TO SAVE HER FAMILY?

Perfect for fans of Rachel Cain, Harlan Coben, or Julianne MacLean.

ALSO BY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR T.J. BREARTON
Titan Series – HABIT, SURVIVORS, DAYBREAK, BLACK SOUL
Tom Lange – DEAD GONE, TRUTH OR DEAD
Kelly Roth – THE HUSBANDS
North Country Books – DARK WEB, DARK KILLS, GONE

Author Interview

1. As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Taller.

I didn’t know, or didn’t really think about it. I made movies with my brother and sister (I wrote/directed; they acted.) When I applied to colleges, I searched for schools that offered film study, architecture, and oceanography. Once there, drinking and drug experimentation became my principal course of study.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’m not sure anyone “wants” to do this. You just do it or don’t. I always wrote from a young age. In my late twenties, frustrated with life, I became determined to complete a novel. Then I just kept going. Then it was about getting one published.

3. How long does it take you to write a book?

It varies. A few months to a few years. (I have to say, I prefer when it goes quickly.)

4. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

That varies, too. I try to be workmanlike about it and sit down at the desk by nine or ten every morning, but sometimes the muse gets up to business later in the day, or at night. For a while I was writing first thing, before eating breakfast or anything else. That’s hard to do now with three kids getting out the door. (I refuse to wake up at 4 a.m.!)

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have no idea. I probably do the same as anyone else: hunch over the desk alone, frequently frustrated and overwhelmed, occasionally getting up to do a little dance of victory, then back to hunching over the desk frustrated and overwhelmed.

6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Could be anything. Sometimes it’s an idea; it takes the shape of a sentence. I was just thinking today that maybe writing a song is the same sort of thing. You get a little melody and you build on it.

7. What are you working on now?

Oh boy. Multiple ongoing projects. Avoiding writing takes up a good deal of time. Lately I’ve been going after half-done stories or old stories and seeing what I can get out of them. I’m in this phase where I really want to clear the air before I tackle the next story-from-scratch. You read that right: I’m procrastinating.

8. Is there anything else you think your readers would like to know about you or your writing?

Hmm. Not sure this is something I should share? I light candles and pray to Thoth.

No; okay… I guess every book has something in it I’m interested in, or want to convey. But it has to be palatable, exciting, engaging; that’s the story. But then within each story is this core idea or theme I’m playing with. That’s a lot of what drives me to write. Sometimes that core thing might be a character; other times it’s something to do with current events or man’s search for meaning. If I don’t have that core thing, it’s hard to stay motivated. So each of my books is part of some longer philosophical treatise, you might say, some version of myself going through life. Which I think — I hope — connects to you and some version of you going through it, too.

Author Bio

I started out wanting to make movies. My brother and sister were my first stars. After attending the New York Film Academy, I worked in showbiz for a little while and wrote my own screenplays. I always wrote prose fiction, too, and before I knew it, I had more books than movie gigs. Hey — Ridley Scott says writing novels and directing films are the “same thing”, and this way, I get to stay home.

I’ve had a lot of jobs. Construction, bartending, waiting tables — even weird things like cleaning tombstones and working for a non-profit. I’m fortunate to now write full time. And I’m lucky to have had my books hit the top 30 on Amazon Kindle US.

My fifteen novels are below. More coming soon. Thanks again, and please keep reading because without you I’m just a guy sitting alone in his basement...

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The Detective Markham Mysteries – Caroline Moloney

THE DETECTIVE MARKHAM MYSTERIES

1.CRIME IN THE CHOIR

A FIERCELY ADDICTIVE CRIME THRILLER WITH BEAUTIFULLY DRAWN CHARACTERS

Discover a nail-biting new series.
Please note this book was first published as “A Walking Shadow”
Two skeletons are discovered in the grounds of St Mary’s Choir School. This was not a centuries-old Christian burial. They are wearing modern-day clothes and there is evidence of foul play. Consecrated land has been sadistically violated.
Detective Inspector Gilbert Markham is a rising talent of the Bromgrove police force. He is on the trail of the murderer, when another life is brutally claimed. Who is the savage killer lurking in this innocent place?
DI Markham and his team are met with intense hostility when they step up their operation. Is this just local panic? Or are they about to stumble into a web of corruption which runs deeper than they could have ever anticipated?
DI MARKHAM FACES A RACE AGAINST TIME TO SAVE HIS GIRLFRIEND FROM BEING THE NEXT VICTIM.

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2.CRIME IN THE SCHOOL

A HEART-STOPPING CRIME THRILLER WITH A TWIST THAT YOU WON’T SEE COMING

A VIOLENT KILLER IS TERRORIZING BROMGROVE
Please note this book was first published as “Blood Will Have Blood”
Handsome teacher, Ashley Dean is brutally murdered at Hope Academy, a local school. It’s known as a rough place, but gossip blames the violence on a deranged intruder.
DI Markham’s instincts say otherwise. Could this brutality have been the work of a student? Could there even be a connection with the staff? It seems unthinkable. After all, DI Gilbert Markham’s girlfriend Olivia teaches English at the school.
Markham’s team probe deeper and the local community begin to turn against Markham. Somebody in a position of power is hiding appalling information. More blood will be spilt before their secrets are laid bare.
DI MARKHAM MUST FIGHT TO SAVE HIS GIRLFRIEND’S SCHOOL FROM A BRUTAL KILLER

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Please note this book was first published as “Night’s Black Agents”

DI GILBERT MARKHAM FACES HIS MOST DISTURBING CASE YET
Sister Felicity does not return to her room after prayers. The nun is found strangled in the confessional box. She is only the first of St Cecilia’s faithful to meet a gruesome end.
The killer will not stop until this place of God is destroyed.
It is up to DI Gilbert Markham and his loyal deputy DS Noakes to stop the murderer. Cruel secrets come to light which force Markham’s girlfriend Olivia to face her own past. The body count in the monastery continues to rise, and once again, a violent evil proves devastatingly close to home.
WHAT IS THE HORRIFIC PAST THAT LIES BEHIND THE AWFUL MYSTERY OF SAINT CECILIA’S?

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A TIGHTLY-PLOTTED CRIME THRILLER WITH AN EXPLOSIVE ENDING

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DI GILBERT MARKHAM FACES A VICIOUS KILLER IN A PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
Dr Warr’s decayed corpse is found in the woods. He worked at the local psychiatric hospital, but vanished over a year ago without a trace. People blamed his disappearance on a mental breakdown.
There have always been whispers about Newman Hospital. Staff brutality, deliberate misdiagnosis. DI Gilbert Markham and his right-hand man, DS Noakes begin asking questions. They are met with a chilling silence. It seems the people in power know more than they are letting on.
Another staff member is found in the annals of the hospital, strangled to death. How many more victims will be claimed before the vengeful killer is found?
DS Kate Burton, will fight for her life as Markham tries to stop the bloodshed.
WILL THE TEAM MAKE IT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL ALIVE?

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Gripped from the start!” Curly
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The Detectives
DI GILBERT (‘GIL’) MARKHAM
DI Markham is a startlingly talented detective rising through the ranks of Bromgrove CID. He is distant and austere — the product of a profoundly difficult childhood — but has a natural magnetism which inspires loyalty. He clashes with his slippery boss, DCI Sidney, who prioritises the force’s public image.

DS GEORGE (‘NOAKESY’) NOAKES
DS Noakes is a slobbish, uncouth and outspoken Yorkshireman, an object of despair to his superiors. He is, however, also a man of hidden depths, with a sensitive streak and a secret flair for ballroom dancing. Markham sees through his philistinism and they form an unstoppable partnership.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR GILBERT MARKHAM SERIES
Book 1: CRIME IN THE CHOIR
Book 2: CRIME IN THE SCHOOL
Book 3: CRIME IN THE CONVENT
Book 4: CRIME IN THE HOSPITAL

Death By Dark Waters – Jo Allen

About the book

The charred remains of a child are discovered – a child no one seems to have missed….

It’s high summer, and the lakes are in the midst of an unrelenting heatwave. Uncontrollable fell fires are breaking out across the moors faster than they can be extinguished. When firefighters uncover the body of a dead child at the heart of the latest blaze, Detective Chief Inspector Jude Satterthwaite’s arson investigation turns to one of murder.

Jude was born and bred in the Lake District. He knows everyone…and everyone knows him. Except his intriguing new Detective Sergeant, Ashleigh O’Halloran, who is running from a dangerous past and has secrets of her own to hide…

Temperatures – and tension – in the village are rising, and with the body count rising Jude and his team race against the clock to catch the killer before it’s too late….

The first in the gripping, Lake District set, DCI Jude Satterthwaite series.

Today’s teaser extract:

‘Let’s not go through this crap again. I’m an adult, now.’ Mikey dropped down from the wall and turned his back, striding down the rutted path.
Jude followed him, with a sigh at the expected response. He’d try again, and be rebuffed, because Mikey, who hadn’t spoken to their father in the best part of a decade and had gone spectacularly off the rails in the absence of sufficient parental guidance, knew as well as he did that the responsibility for his misjudgements now devolved almost entirely to his older brother.
When David Satterthwaite had walked out of the door on his sick wife and younger son leaving Jude to pick up the pieces, he probably hadn’t realised the damage he’d eventually do. There had always been a chance that someone as rebellious as Mikey would have run with the wrong crowd – God knew, you saw it often enough in the most stable of families – but if their father had tried to maintain some kind of contact, it could have tipped the balance. An independent adult when his father left, Jude struggled to maintain the most fragile of father-son relationships, let alone a civil one, so Mikey had no chance. Abandoned before he became a teenager, he had become imbued too early with an old warrior’s entrenched refusal to forgive.
Understanding this, Jude trod carefully. He needed to treat his younger brother with kid gloves, absorb his resentment, make it clear that there was somebody ready to listen to him if he ever needed help. And he would need help, because his rebellion wasn’t over and Jude, a policeman, had seen the consequences of that kind of desertion far too often to think the way ahead would be easy. I want to help you, he sighed internally, but the world and his wife would know that there was nothing anyone could do for a young man so convinced he didn’t need help.
Where the path broadened, Mikey paused to allow Jude to catch up, stopping to look towards the downward slope where the route snaked away from them. They took the next hundred yards side by side in silence, until the offer of help and its summary rejection were forgotten, left behind on the fell top. ‘See those fires. Man, Jude, but there are some idiots around. That’s a new one, isn’t it?’
‘Looks like it.’ The fire that seared a bright line down through the heather and the tinder dry bracken caught Jude’s attention again, because it hadn’t been burning when they’d started to climb. Whatever had caused it, it hadn’t taken long to get a hold and fires that gripped so strongly and so swiftly were rarely works of nature.
‘Someone setting them deliberately?’
‘Some of them.’ Jude frowned at the building clouds, a suitable backdrop to layer on layer of smoke. Later it would thunder, but the brief deluge wouldn’t be enough to smother the grass fires that plagued the Lake District, or prevent any more from starting. He couldn’t remember a summer like it, with blaze upon blaze flaring up as soon as others were beaten down. Some of the perpetrators, whether careless or malicious, were already in the sights of the authorities. ‘The fire investigators reckon the big one down in Borrowdale last week was started by lightning. Some of them are carelessness. Maybe one or two are deliberate. We’ve got some ideas, but I don’t imagine we’ll ever catch anyone for them.’
‘Oh, hey. That’s disappointing. I thought you caught all the bad guys.’ Mikey, too, sniffed the air and coughed. ‘Brainless halfwits, though. Not even I ever did anything as stupid as that.’
Jude smiled. So he was forgiven, even if his intervention had been unwelcome. ‘I’m only looking out for you.’
An uncomfortable pause. ‘Yeah. I know. But you don’t need any more grief on my account.’ Mikey took off again, pausing to look back over his shoulder only when the danger of any more awkward conversation had passed. ‘Step on it, old man. I’d like to get to the pub before it burns down.’

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About the author

Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University. After a career in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read – crime. Now living in Edinburgh, she spends as much time as possible in the English Lakes. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.

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The Heart Keeper – Alex Dahl

The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl

The heart-breaking, heart-pounding new thriller from the author of The Boy at the Door.

How do you mend a broken heart?
It’s been three months since Alison Miller-Juul’s world fell apart when her six-year-old daughter, Amalie, died in an accident. Three months of sympathy cards, grief counselling and gritting her teeth, but it’s still only the vodka and pills that seem to help.
Across town, Iselin Berg’s life is finally looking up. Her seven-year-old daughter, Kaia, has survived a life-changing operation. After years of doctors, medication and hope, theyhttps://bit.ly/2DDqsdA can now start thinking about the future.
When Alison uncovers a dangerous secret, she is left in turmoil. She can now see a way to heal her broken heart, but will she risk everything to do so?

About the author

Alex Dahl is a half-American, half-Norwegian author. Born in Oslo, she studied Russian and German linguistics with international studies, then went on to complete an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University and an MSc in business management at Bath University. A committed Francophile, Alex loves to travel, and has so far lived in Moscow, Paris, Stuttgart, Sandefjord, Switzerland, Bath and London. Her first thriller, The Boy at the Door, was a Sunday Times Crime Club star pick.
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Killer of Kings – Matthew Harffy

Killer of Kings by Matthew Harffy
Beobrand has land, men and riches. He should be content. And yet he
cannot find peace until his enemies are food for the ravens. But before
Beobrand can embark on his bloodfeud, King Oswald orders him
southward, to escort holy men bearing sacred relics.
When Penda of Mercia marches a warhost into the southern kingdoms,
Beobrand and his men are thrown into the midst of the conflict. Beobrand
soon finds himself fighting for his life and his honour.
In the chaos that grips the south, dark secrets are exposed, bringing into
question much that Beobrand had believed true. Can he unearth the
answers and exact the vengeance he craves? Or will the blood-price prove
too high, even for a warrior of his battle-fame and skill?


About the author
Matthew grew up in Northumberland where the rugged terrain, ruined
castles and rocky coastline had a huge impact on him. He now lives in
Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters.


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Trotterdown -Stewart Giles

TROTTERDOWN (the first three Detective Harriet Taylor thrillers)  by Stewart Giles

Do you like gripping thrillers that are a little different?  Meet Detective Harriet Taylor in this gripping series set in Cornwall From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles. 

Three gripping thrillers in one, great value, box set. 


BOOK ONE: THE BEEKEEPER

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. She lives with her pet jackdaw in a beautiful cottage not far from the sea. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. And then Alice’s best friend Milly disappears…

BOOK TWO: THE PERFECT MURDER

Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.  Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.  Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

BOOK THREE: THE BACKPACKER

A girl’s body is found hidden in a remote spot of a Cornish Farm. The same farm that a young girl ran towards to escape her pursuer many years before.   Who would kill a young backpacker who hurt nobody?  Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago?

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING

Trotterdown and the surrounding villages is a fictional village in Cornwall.  It is typical of Cornish villages with remote farms and sleepy Cornish stone cottages.  However, the area is steeped in history and the residents of the quaint cottages have their share of myths and secrets making it the ideal setting for this series.

THE DETECTIVE

DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash.  It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover.  Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks.  She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and there are plenty more to come. Unworthy, the ninth Smith instalment was followed by a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers. Entitled The Enigma, it brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. A new Smith/Harriet book is in the pipeline as is the 10th Smith instalment.

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Karma – S C Cunningham


At the age of four, Amy was taken… She survived.
A week later, another little girl was taken…She didn’t.

Angry that a bad man has gotten away with murder, feisty young Amy Fox makes a deal with the heavens. When she dies, if she’s been a good girl, would they let her sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, and get the bad people who slip through God’s fingers?

Her deal and God long forgotten, career girl Amy mysteriously dies. Her lifeless body is found beneath a London underground commuter train.

She awakens in the afterlife to discover an international network of like-minded souls who’ve all made the same deal. A sophisticated MI5-esque justice machine sits in the skies. The only evidence they leave behind during their earthly visits is a small white feather sashaying to the ground.

Amy hates rules, she may be a new Angel but for how long? Abusing her powers, lusting after her partner, avenging personal scores, protecting the underdog, dishing out unauthorized karma on terrorists, traffickers, abusers, hunters, bullies, bitches and competing Warlords will have her thrown below ground.

In a chaotic world of vendettas, jealous ex’s on her heels and powerful adversaries trying to close her Unit down, Amy has never worked so hard in her entire earthly life. She has to wonder if making the deal was a mistake.

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THE DEAL
THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES
by S C Cunningham

Feisty Amy Fox hates rules, she’s a new Angel, but for how long?
Abusing her powers, lusting after her partner, avenging personal scores, protecting the underdog, dishing out unauthorized karma on terrorists, traffickers, abusers, hunters, bullies, bitches and competing Heaven v Hell Warlords… will have her thrown below ground.

“The Deal is blissfully raw and absolutely perfect. 5★ for days.”
“Completely different from anything I have ever read; it is an outstanding book.”
“It got me! It’s been a very long time since I have read a book that I, A. Couldn’t put down and B. I didn’t want it to end!”
“Plots intertwine twist and turn, it’s addictive.”
“Hard to put down – a must read that keeps you guessing.”

Author Bio –
Author of THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES Cunningham creates adrenaline-charged paranormal crime rom thrillers, with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes. Having worked in the industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

Abducted as a child she survived. Every night for months afterward she prayed to the heavens asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES.

First in series THE DEAL is free. Standalone Book II, KARMA is her latest release. She is currently working on Book III, CALLING.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports, celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).

She supports Veterans, MH and Animal causes, is the proud mother to Contemporary Artist Scarlett Raven, loves coffee, chocolate, Prosecco, shabby chic’ing and beach walks, and is owned by three soul-soothing dogs.

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The Liars – Naomi Joy

About the book

Two women. One deadly secret. A rivalry that could destroy them.

Ava Wells is perfect. She has the boyfriend, the career, the looks. One night changes everything and her life isn’t so seamless anymore.
Jade Fernleigh is ambitious. She’s worked hard to get where she is. And she’s not about to let Ava take the job she rightly deserves.
Both women share a secret that could destroy them, but who will crumble first?

About the author

Naomi Joy is a pen name of a young PR professional who was formerly an account director at prestigious Storm Communications. Writing from experience, she draws the reader in the darker side of the uptown and glamorous, presenting realism that is life or death, unreliable and thrilling to page-turn.

‘What’s David Stein want with Ava?’ George whispered, turning towards me for just a moment. ‘You think this is ‘cos of the inquest?’
I shrugged, lost for words, and watched as Ava motioned for him to come in, then greeted him with a kiss on the cheek. Well, well, well. Although we were all reeling, Ava didn’t look surprised to see him at all. Had they arranged a meeting? Without me?
My green eyes flashed for the second time in as many minutes – first Josh and now David. My body felt like one of those lightning receptors on top of the Shard or the Empire State Building, just after one billion angry God-like volts had struck. Except I couldn’t survive it. Strike after strike of jealousy coursed through my veins, splitting them open until I was nothing but a heap of clothes on the floor, smoke pouring out of them. ‘Where did she go?’ they’d ask. Would anyone care?
In that moment I made a rash decision: I had to act, I couldn’t just stand on the outside looking in. Ava didn’t own the rights to Olivia’s death, and it wasn’t fair she was using Olivia’s passing to get ahead. Not if I couldn’t use it, too.
I got up from my desk, ignoring Georgette’s bleats – Jade, no, Jade, what are you doing, Jade, come back here! – and pushed forward to her office.
I hated that she had an office. I’d been at the company for eight years and all David Stein had rewarded me with was an area a few metres apart from the communal bullpen, opposite a woman who dressed like a toddler and painted her face like a clown.
I knocked twice at Ava’s closed door, my angry breath forming furious bullseyes of condensation against the glass, and watched as her face fell when she saw it was me. In that moment, the resentment I had for her swelled and I could scarcely believe what I once saw in her as a friend. We used to have lunch together, talk about the ways we could change the company for the better. We’d been a sisterhood at one point. A unit. A team. But ever since Olivia had died and David had taken Ava under his bony wing, favouring her over me in almost every conceivable way despite her vastly inferior experience, the barriers between us had started to stack up and, rather than help me, she relished in every opportunity to kick me back. To make matters worse, David had put us both up for the same job, a glittering promotion which I deserved tenfold over her: Team Head.
So, here I was. Fighting for my career.
I didn’t wait for her to beckon me in.
‘Is everything OK?’ I asked, pushing my way into their clandestine one-to-one. ‘The news about the inquest was pretty tough reading yesterday,’ I said matter-of-factly, closing the door behind me. ‘Olivia would have hated everything being so public.’
‘Jade, could you give us a moment?’ Ava asked curtly, brushing me off.
There she went again, acting as if there was no way I could possibly have been affected by Olivia’s death. It was like she didn’t even remember what we went through together.
‘It’s just—’
‘We’re fine, thank you Jade,’ she repeated, raising her voice.
Before I could speak again, David spat out a rhetorical question aimed at me.
‘Jade – do you mind?’
His words hit like a punch to the gut and my cheeks blazed. Embarrassment opened its mouth and swallowed me whole. I hadn’t expected David to be so rude. Had Ava been busy poisoning him against me? Nevertheless, I didn’t need telling twice and I left in a hurry, floored once again by how Ava had managed to turn an inquest into a way to get ahead at work. I skulked, defeated, back to my desk.
‘Jade, what were you thinki—’
I cut Georgette off. ‘I don’t want to talk about it.’
I sat down, staring straight ahead at nothing in particular, unblinking, thinking. I was supposed to be Team Head this year. That was the plan. That had always been the plan. But since Ava had turned up it was as though my years of loyal servitude to this company had all been for nothing: not now a blonde-haired damsel-in-distress with less experience than a toilet brush and the constitution of a ferret had entered the fray. No, I couldn’t let it happen. I had to do something, I had to stop this situation running away from me, I had to reverse the trend, put myself back into the ring. Play dirty, just the way Ava was with me.

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The Executioner

THE EXECUTIONER – Synopsis

Do you like adrenaline pumping psychological thrillers?

The Executioner is a debut thriller from an author we are sure to hear more about in the future

Alex Reid lives a charmed life.

He has a job he loves, a wife who adores him, and a home which has been featured in magazines. As a Detective in the Serious and Violent Crimes unit in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex is fortunate to live in a country where serial killers are few and far between.
But in a whirlwind turn of events, Alex finds himself locked in a life and death struggle with a malevolent serial killer who has chosen Alex as his arch nemesis.
As the body count rises, Alex must try to overcome his own personal tragedy and loss, and go head to head with the man the media have dubbed the Executioner.
Will Alex stop him before he extracts his final revenge?

The Location

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

The Detective

Detective Alex Reid had a difficult childhood but he survived against all the odds. He is now a Detective solving serious crime cases. He is a unique character that cares about the people he is keeping safe. He has developed a healthy working relationship with Fadi, appreciating his skills along with his strange ways. Together they are determined to take down the bad guys.

Extract:

Chapter One

Christina Masters was marked for death at 5:04pm on Sunday 3rd April 2011. She did not do anything particularly noteworthy to make her stand out from the pool of potential victims. All she did was flip her long blonde hair over her shoulder and fix her lively blue eyes on the killer while she spoke the words that sealed her fate.

“My life belongs to God,” she declared firmly. Struggling to mask the fierce joy that surged through him, the killer smiled as though in total agreement. At last his epic search had come to an end. He studied her carefully while she busied herself preparing the sermon leaflets that would be distributed as soon as the congregation started arriving.

A little young he thought, late teens, maybe early twenties at the most. She was one of those eager do good types. Although she did not quite fit the mold, he mused as he tracked her with his eyes. In his experience the do-gooders that normally filled Churches were those who could not find a fit in normal society. Those who were down on their luck, too socially inept or just too damned unattractive to be accepted into mainstream society. Sort of like me, he mused without rancour. Instead they came here, to the proverbial house of God, where they gained a measure of acceptance and found a system that could fill the holes in their souls. He on the other hand, came to plunder the fertile hunting ground for victims.

He brought his focus back to the task at hand. His prize was not socially inept or unattractive though…far from it. Besides the fact that she was outgoing and seemed socially comfortable, she was physically quite exquisite. Medium height, slim lean body with a face that was surely out of place this side of the Angelic realm…but her crowning glory had to be her hair. Thick and blonde it hung in gentle waves down to her waist.

The object of his attention glanced at him briefly, and catching his stare she blushed and looked away, fumbling with the leaflets briefly before she regained her composure. Charming. He grinned with barely suppressed elation. She was perfect. Of course, he would have to probe her background and circumstances more thoroughly, but he doubted he was going to find anything that would change his mind.

He possessed a deep and profound certainty that he had found his first sacrifice.

Trickster

About the book

To be ruthless is to be powerful, at least it is on the Battersea streets…Georgina Garrett was born to be ruthless and she’s about to earn her reputation.As World War One is announced a baby girl is born. Little do people know that she’s going to grow up to rule the streets of Battersea. From a family steeped in poverty the only way to survive is with street smarts.With a father who steals for a living, a grandmother who’s a woman of the night and a mother long dead, Georgina was never in for an easy life. But after a tragic event left her father shaken he makes a decision that will change the course of all their lives – to raise Georgina as George, ensuring her safety but marking the start of her life of crime…This is the first book in the thrilling new Georgina Garrett series.

About the author

Sam Michaels lives in Spain with her family and plethora of animals. Having been writing for years Trickster is her debut novel.

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