Being Someone

Blurb
Being Someone is a life story, a love story, a human story.

James has fallen through life, plotting a course of least resistance, taking each day as it comes and waiting for that indefinable something to turn up, to give his story meaning. His journey lacks one vital element a fellow traveller. Then he meets Lainey. Confident. Beautiful. Captivating. And James rewrites himself to win her heart. Lainey gives James a reason to grow, paints a bright future, promises the happy ending he has sought so keenly. But when we discover we can live the greatest story of all, are we able to share the pages with someone else?

Being Someone is an emotive tale of love, of self-discovery and adventure a story of the eternal search for happiness in another, without ultimately losing ourselves.

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The women of Mulberry Lane – Rosie Clarke

The Last of the Mulberry Lane Books/ Rosie Clarke

I was asked recently if I was sorry that the series had come to an end in “The
Women of Mulberry Lane,” and the answer is that it is always a wrench to leave
behind characters you’ve come to know so well. So yes, I shall miss them, and
perhaps one day I might write a standalone book entitled Reunion at Mulberry
Lane. At the moment that is far in the future as I am writing a new series.
The Mulberry Lane title was arrived at between my editor and I. My editor
wanted it to be Something at a certain place so that we could give a sense of being a part of somewhere. I liked Mulberry Lane and so it began to take shape.
When I first had the idea it was for three women’s lives during the war, but it
grew and grew and became a community. The people of the lane were so real to
me and certain bits were based on facts I knew about true lives, though altered
and changed. Because they reflected what I knew and heard and experienced, they became real. The characters dominated the books and the stories came
from the folk brought to life in the first books. It is for me the only way. If I don’t believe in a character he or she doesn’t live and must be ruthlessly
scrubbed out.
Much of my London life scenes come from the visits and holidays I spent with
my grandmother and Uncle Tom in one of the London suburbs as a young child.
I visited many of the places that feature in my various books, including Petticoat
Lane, where I was told to keep tight hold of my purse. I saw the vacant spaces,
grass growing through concrete where they had not yet been built over after the
destruction of the war, rode on buses and went down the Mall for the
coronation. I also went swimming in the local lido.

THE WOMEN OF MULBERRY LANE –
ROSIE CLARKE
*
Rose looked at the young soldier walking up the street towards her and started to
giggle. She saluted smartly.
‘As I live and breathe, it’s Captain Tom Barton…’ she teased.
‘Don’t be daft, Rose,’ Tom said and smiled good-naturedly, because this was what
he’d always liked so much about her. ‘I’m only a private. I’ve finished the first part of
my training and they will be posting me somewhere when I go back, but I haven’t had
time to get promoted yet.’
‘You will,’ Rose replied, her eyes sparkling. ‘I fully expect to see a captain’s
badge before long.’
‘You don’t change.’ Tom’s eyes went over her appreciatively and he asked the
question he’d wanted to ask since he got back. ‘Are you married to Jimmy yet?’
‘He’s getting leave at Christmas,’ Rose said. ‘Peggy will put a little do on for us at
the Pig & Whistle, but it will just be a civil service. Jimmy says it’s daft having a
white wedding. We’ve been living together in your old house for the past few months
whenever he got home.’
‘You deserve a lovely white wedding,’ Tom said and something in his eyes and his
voice made her feel sad. Jimmy thought it was enough to put a ring on her finger. ‘If
you’d chosen me, I’d have insisted on it…’
‘Maybe I should’ve done,’ Rose chirped back, but she knew it had always been
Jimmy for her and she didn’t really believe that Tom was in love with her. He was a
couple of years younger and, although he no longer seemed like the young boy she’d
mocked in the grocery shop, she still couldn’t take him seriously. ‘Well, I’ve got to—

She was interrupted as a young boy came running from the pub archway, clearly
intent on escape. Maggie Ryan rushed after him and behind them was a harassed-
looking Janet. She grabbed her daughter and Freddie threw himself at Rose’s legs
giggling in excitement. She caught him up and held him above her head, her eyes
filled with mischief as she looked up at him. He was clearly pleased with himself for
escaping.
‘They had a fight with Fay,’ Janet said in an exasperated tone. ‘Maggie’s nursery
school packed up early for Christmas and the three of them cannot agree for five
minutes. Fay is a spiteful little thing and these two ganged up to punish her.’
‘Oh dear…’ Rose raised her brows at Tom. He reached out for Freddie, who was
struggling to get away from her now. He lifted him up and, amazingly, Freddie
quietened, his soft grey eyes filled with curiosity. His grubby little hands patted at
Tom’s face as he attempted to say the word soldier. Rose grinned wickedly.
‘Salute Capn’ Tom, Freddie…’
Freddie giggled and put the back of his hand to his forehead. It was a game Rose
played with him often. Now that Peggy’s husband was away in the isolation centre,
Rose often went round to the pub in the evenings. Sometimes she helped in the bar for
a while, but at other times she would pass the evening drinking cocoa or coffee, if
they could get it, with Janet. When the twins woke, Rose went up to them and played
games with them. She liked Freddie much better than his twin, though she never let
anyone see, especially Fay, but the little boy had a sweet nature combined with an
adventurous spirit, and she’d played soldiers with him often. He reminded Rose of the

The Girl from the Cornershop – Arlene Hughes

A Sense of Place
I’m often asked where I get my ideas from, quickly followed by how do I create a character.
Surprisingly, not many readers ask about the place in which the story is set and, if they do, they’re content with the name of a city, town or region. And that’s fine, but as a writer I need to know in detail the places where a character actually is while I write a scene.
My novels are set in either Manchester or Belfast; I’ve lived in both cities, and I know them well. So, one of the first things I do is to choose a street where the main character lives. Just doing this gives me an insight into the woman’s life. Then there’s her place of work, for example a specific factory,
and her social life in dancehalls, cinemas, pubs… all authentic and used to create the atmosphere of WW2.

In ‘The Girl in the Pink Raincoat’ Gracie meets Jacob on a sunny Sunday in Heaton Park, just days before war is declared. I live ten minutes’ from there and, walking in their footsteps imagining the anti-aircraft guns and barrage balloons, it’s easy to conjure up the atmosphere and sense of foreboding. Sometimes I find an unknown location (usually on the internet when I’m looking for
something else) and it suggests a whole new idea that’s just right for the story, like the internment camp in a disused cotton mill still standing, but now a business centre. And of course, even in wartime there are opportunities to get away from it all: a trip to Blackpool to fall in love; or a walk on the
moors to mourn a death.

In my second Manchester novel, ‘The Girl from the Corner Shop’, the main character Helen goes
from living above the family shop to joining the police force. On the beat, she experiences the hidden underbelly of the city dealing with vulnerable women and children, black marketeers, petty criminals.
Many of the streets where she walked are still there, transformed into trendy restaurants and bars.

Writing my Belfast family sagas, the ‘Martha’s Girls’ trilogy, I loved spending time in the city where I grew up. The books were based on my family in WW2 and to be honest it was so easy to imagine it
in that era. I went back to my grandmother’s house, the centre of the novels. I didn’t see inside, of course, but there was no need; I remembered it so well from when I was a child.

It’s eighty years since the war began, but walking through my cities it’s easy to see the wartime setting. The buildings that survived the blitz are still there: town hall, pubs, dancehalls, hotels, railway stations… and I like to think that a reader, with a little imagination, could easily walk in the footsteps of my characters.

Venom – Stuart Giles

DS Smith is back…. Absolutely fantastic read, but I advise you not to buy this is you housework as it won’t get done ! I was unable to leave this alone. The blurb says it all…VENOM

, Detective Jason Smith book 9

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

Still recovering from an accident, DS Jason Smith receives a strange phone call: ‘I want to live.’ The number is unknown, and Jason puts it down to a hoax call. While doing a favour for DCI Chalmers the phone call suddenly begins to make sense and Jason is once again on the trail of a psychopath.

Can Smith stop this maniac before more people die? Who is it and why does he have Smith’s number? As the team struggle to find some kind of a lead Jason realises that it may not be his own life in danger this time but he is in danger of losing someone else he cares about.

This is a unique story that has a steadily increasing pace that continues to deliver all the way to the very last page.

THE SETTING
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.
THE DETECTIVE
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 short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures. However, he does get results.

BOOKS 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

Book 9 – Venom

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker
DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma

Book 2 – Dropzone

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS

Miranda

Miranda sequel coming soon

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.

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and 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 was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results. I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. 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 Venom, book 9 in the Smith series will be released in July 2019. I have plenty more books planned to include, by popular request, a sequel to Miranda.

A Killing Sin – K H Irvine



Blurb

Would you surrender your secrets to save a life?

London. It could be tomorrow. Amala Hackeem, lapsed Muslim tech entrepreneur and controversial comedian, dons a burqa and heads to the women’s group at the Tower Hamlets sharia community. What is she doing there?

Ella Russell, a struggling journalist leaves home in pursuit of the story of her life. Desperate for the truth, she is about to learn the true cost of the war on terror.

Millie Stephenson, a university professor and expert in radicalisation arrives at Downing Street to brief the Prime Minister and home secretary. Nervous and excited she finds herself at the centre of a nation taken hostage. And then it gets personal.

Friends since university, by the end of the day the lives of all three women are changed forever. They will discover if friendship truly can survive secrets and fear.

Author 

K.H. Irvine grew up in Scotland and now lives near London. The book was her 50th birthday gift to herself, believing you are never too old to try something new. Her work has taken her to board rooms, universities and governments all over the world and has included up close and personal access to special forces. A Killing Sin is her first book. The second follows on a few years later as Britain moves to civil unrest with the rise of the far right as the personal and political become intertwined.    


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The Unmaking of Ellie Room

Back of the Book
A single phone call from halfway across the world is all it takes to bring her home . . . ‘Ellie, something bad has happened.’
Desperate to escape her ‘kid from the scrapyard’ reputation, Ellie Rook has forged a new life for herself abroad, but tragedy strikes when her mother disappears
near a notorious waterfall. Here, according to local legend, the warrior queen Finella jumped to her death after killing a king. In the wake of her mother’s disappearance, Ellie is forced to confront some disturbing truths about the family she left behind and the woman she has become.

Can a long-dead queen hold the key to Ellie’s survival? And how far will she go to right a wrong?

The Unmaking of Ellie Rook is a dark psychological thriller with masterful characterisation, an evocative sense of
place, and a strong and complicated female protagonist.

This novel cements Sandra Ireland’s place as a master of contemporary Gothic storytelling.

I really enjoyed reading this. This was I thought the cover was fantastic, the plotline and prose was well developed and flowed well. I thought the characters were interesting and well identified.  Would highly recommend this…

The Home – Karen Osman

About the book
It was the one place she should have been safe. Angela was just a baby when she was abandoned, and a children’s home
is no place to grow up. When manager Ray takes girls off to his ‘den’ in the garden, they always come back crying…. So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to escape. Years later, Angela starts to search for her birth mother, Evelyn, hoping to heal the scars of her childhood. But strange
and sinister events start to unfold. And Evelyn fears she may not survive
her daughter’s return.

As the wine bottle emptied, conversation turned to the past.
‘I found some of my old diaries while I was unpacking,’ said Angela. ‘I started
reading some of the entries – so embarrassing when I look back on them now!’
Earlier, she had tried to slide her empty suitcase under the bed in the room she’d
grown up in and when it wouldn’t fit she saw a box of her old diaries was taking up
the space. As Angela thumbed through a few of the ones on top, she was taken back
to a very different time in her life.
‘Oh, yes, I hope you don’t mind,’ replied Rosemary. ‘I was clearing out some
things and put them under your bed. I wasn’t sure what you wanted to do with them.’
‘Your mum’s on a massive cleaning spree! I’m just hoping she doesn’t turf me out
as well!’ joked James.
‘Don’t tempt me!’ Rosemary smiled, giving him a kiss. ‘Besides, I need to keep
you, otherwise who will do all the DIY around the house?’
‘Ah, yes, one of these days I will come back and find you with a hand drill,’ said
James, referring to his wife’s aversion to a tool box.
‘You never know,’ laughed Rosemary. ‘I might just surprise you!’
Angela smiled at her parents, before returning to the topic of the diaries. ‘I’ll have
a think about the diaries,’ she concluded. ‘Most of them are rubbish.’
‘But diaries are so important,’ countered her mum. ‘They remind you of things. Do
you remember when you fell out of the tree in the back garden and we had to go to
A&E? You were a teenager, but the look of pain on your face was heart-breaking.
Your father still hasn’t forgiven me to this day!’
‘I remember,’ said Angela, sharing a smile with her dad. She’d climbed the large
oak after school most days when the weather was fine, her satchel swinging from her
back, filled with books and an apple. She’d felt slightly childish, but she’d loved it up
there, sitting quietly, hidden amongst the branches. Occasionally, she’d bookmark her
page and glance down at the sprawl of green earth below. In those moments, she’d
felt omniscient and powerful. That is, until one day when she’d slipped trying to get
down and broken her wrist. James had come home, seen her lying on the sofa with her
arm in a cast, and dramatically declared that the tree would be cut down so she
couldn’t be hurt climbing it again. It was a vivid memory because it was the first time
she remembered someone being so protective over her. However, she still missed that
tree and she suspected her mum had never really forgiven him for cutting it down
either.

About the Author
Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of
Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-
thriller novel, the bestselling The Good Mother. When she’s not writing
novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her
communication business Travel Ink.

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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…

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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/

Pre-order links:

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Facebook: @ariafictionHeather Burnside – The Mark

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.

Author Social Media Links –
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anne_johnligali/

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...

LINKS

Website: http://tjbrearton.net/about

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tjbreartonauthor/

Twitter: @BreartonTJ

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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A RACE-AGAINST-TIME CRIME THRILLER WITH A DEVASTATING CLIMAX
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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4.CRIME IN THE HOSPITAL

A TIGHTLY-PLOTTED CRIME THRILLER WITH AN EXPLOSIVE ENDING

Please note this book was first published as “A Mind Diseased”
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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What readers are saying about Catherine Moloney’s books

Gripped from the start!” Curly
“A beautifully crafted book coming to a resolute finish” Rob
“Utterly believable characters, beautifully described” Jacqueline


DISCOVER A BRILLIANT NEW BRITISH CRIME MYSTERY SERIES

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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