BLOG TOUR: The Cruise by Catherine Cooper

“A glamorous ship. A mysterious cast of passengers. And a New Year’s Eve party that goes horribly wrong…”

Published earlier this month, The Cruise by Catherine Cooper is set on New Year’s Eve at a luxurious party on a large cruise ship in the Caribbean, when the ship’s dancer, Lola, disappears. The ship is searched and the coastguard is called, but there is no sign of her, either dead or alive.

Lola was popular on the ship but secretive about her background, and as the mystery around her deepens, each passenger becomes a suspect. Who was she arguing with the night she vanished? Why did she come aboard the cruise in the first place? What was she running from?

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BOOK TOUR: Her Frozen Heart (Nikki Hunt #6) by Stacy Green

The sixth book in Stacy Green‘s Nikki Hunt series and released earlier this month, Her Frozen Heart sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt who receives a call on Christmas Day. She knows it can’t be good news. Seventeen-year-old missing teenager Kesha Williams has at last been found, her body floating in an icy forest lake, miles from her hometown.

As Nikki rushes to the scene, she’s chilled to see the past repeating itself. Kesha disappeared from the mall where Nikki’s own little girl was targeted the year before. Local police are convinced it was Kesha’s boyfriend, who was spotted disappearing from security cameras that day at the mall, but Nikki isn’t so sure.

Nikki knows that whoever took Kesha is a local, and that this probably isn’t his first kill. Her worst fears are confirmed when the team find another grave on the shore – a second teenage girl, her body wound in a brightly coloured beach towel. Suddenly on the hunt for a serial killer, Nikki knows that an early break is the key to solving this case. But as the body count rises, will Nikki be able to find Kesha’s killer? Or will he find her first?

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BOOK TOUR: The Rising Tide (Vera Stanhope #10) by Ann Cleeves

The tenth book in the Vera Stanhope series, The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves follows a group of friends who meet up on Holy Island every five years to celebrate their friendship, and have done so for fifty years now. During their latest reunion, one of the friends is found hanged one morning, and Vera is called in. Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder – then, and now. But with the tide rising, secrets long-hidden are finding their way to the surface, and Vera and the team may find themselves in more danger than they could have believed possible . . .

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BOOK TOUR: The Ex by SE Lynes

“The love of your life… or your biggest mistake?”

Set to be released on 26th August, The Ex by SE Lynes follows newly-single Sam who moved in his with his loving Gran just before lockdown after breaking up with longterm girlfriend, Naomi. With restrictions now lifted, Sam takes a walk to the beach where he bumps into Naomi for the first time in nearly a year. A lot has changed since then, most noticeably that Naomi is pushing a pram. Sam hesitates, not knowing what to think, but soon plucks up the courage to ask Naomi if he is Tommy’s father. Sam couldn’t trust Naomi before, but has motherhood changed her? Or is she about to bring even more trouble into his life?

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BOOK TOUR: The Blackhouse by Carole Johnstone

“A remote village.
A deadly secret.
An outsider who knows the truth…”

Published earlier this month, The Blackhouse by Carole Johnstone follows Maggie Mackay who has been haunted her entire life. No matter what she does, she can’t shake the sense that something is wrong with her. And maybe something is…

When she was five years old, without proof, Maggie announced that someone in the remote village of Blairmore in the Outer Hebrides had murdered a local man, sparking a media storm. Now, Maggie is determined to discover what really happened and what the villagers are hiding. But everyone has secrets, and some are deadly. As she gets closer to the horrifying truth, Maggie’s own life is in danger…

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BOOK TOUR: Quarter To Midnight (New Orleans #1) by Karen Rose

“The truth of what happened that night lies with a secret witness.”

The first book in a new series by Karen Rose, Quarter To Midnight sees Rocky Hebert walks into his death at quarter to midnight one New Orleans night. His son Gabe can’t accept the official verdict of suicide and enlists the help of the Burke Broussard Private Investigation Agency to discover the real cause of death. PI Molly Sutton will go to any lengths to crack the investigation, as they soon realise that Rocky was working on an investigation of his own; one that threatened to expose the deep corruption going all the way to the top of the police department. Just what did Rocky know? And who might have shut him up?

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BOOK TOUR: Hide And Seek by Andrea Mara

“Close your eyes. Count to ten. And when you open them, your child is gone.”

Set to be published on 4th August, Hide And Seek by Andrea Mara sees the end of a game of hide and seek. Everyone has gone home, but little Lily Murphy hasn’t been found. Her parents search the woods and tell themselves that the worst hasn’t happened – but deep down they know this peaceful Dublin suburb will never be the same again.

Years later, Joanna moves into a new house. It seems perfect in every way, until she learns that this was once Lily Murphy’s home. From that moment onwards, a sense of dread seems to follow her from room to room. As Joanna unravels the secrets at the heart of this close-knit community, her own dark past begins to resurface. Because she thinks she knows what really happened to Lily – and if the truth gets out, it might be her undoing…

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BOOK TOUR: No Sleep For Bear by Duncan Beedie

No Sleep For Bear by Duncan Beedie sees the return of Bear as Winter approaches and it’s time for Bear to have a nice long sleep. But the more he tries to get to sleep, the more AWAKE he feels. So he decides to copy his forest friends who seem to doze off without any trouble: he sings in the trees like Blackbird, burrows underground like Badger, and even hangs upside down from his cave roof like a bat. But nothing works – until the wise Frog shows him how to relax, and soon the forest is reverberating with his snores!

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BOOK TOUR: All I Said Was True by Imran Mahmood

“I don’t need a lawyer. I am one.”

Set to be released on 21st July, All I Said Was True by Imran Mahmood is set in the aftermath of the death of Amy Blahn who was murdered on a London office rooftop. Layla Mahoney was there. She held Amy as she died. But all she can say when police arrest her is that ‘It was Michael. Find Michael and you’ll find out everything you need to know.’

The problem is, the police can’t find Michael – there is no evidence that he exists. And time is running out before they have to either charge Layla with Amy’s murder, or let her go. As a lawyer, Layla knows that she has only forty-eight hours to convince police to investigate the man she knows only as ‘Michael’ instead of her. But the more she attempts to control her interviews with police, the more the truth leaks out – and how much of that truth can Layla risk being exposed?

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BOOK TOUR: The Woman On The Bridge by Holly Seddon

“A stranger in need – would you invite them into your home?”

Released on 7th July 2022, The Woman On The Bridge by Holly Seddon follows lonely Charlotte Wilderwood who, in the middle of nowhere, saves a runaway bride from falling to her death. Soon, Maggie is staying in Charlotte’s home, safely hidden from the man that she was so desperate to escape. The immediate bond between the two women eclipses anything they’ve ever known and before long they will go to extreme lengths to protect each other. But is Maggie the best friend Charlotte has always dreamed about? Or the nightmare she never saw coming?

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BOOK TOUR: The Dark (Lacey Flint #5) by Sharon Bolton

“ONCE, SHE SAVED HIS LIFE…
NOW, HE’LL TAKE HERS.”

The fifth book in the Lacey Flint series, The Dark by Sharon Bolton sees off-duty police officer Lacey Flint witness a baby snatched from its pram and cast into the river Thames. But who would want to hurt a child? DCI Mark Joesbury has been expecting this. Monitoring a complex network of dark web sites, Joesbury and his team have spotted a new terrorist threat from the extremist, women-hating, group known as ‘incels’. Joesbury’s team are trying to infiltrate the ring of power at its core, but the dark web is built for anonymity, and the incel army is vast.

Pressure builds when the team learn the snatched child was just the first in a series of violent attacks designed to terrorise women. Worse, the leaders of the movement seem to have singled out Lacey as the embodiment of everything they hate, placing her in terrible danger…

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BOOK TOUR EXTRACT: The Island by Adrian McKinty

Set to be published on 26th May, The Island by Adrian McKinty follows Heather, her husband Tom, and Tom’s young son and teenage daughter on a working vacation in the Australian outback. It’s the perfect way to bring the new family together. So when they discover a remote island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family take a chance on an adventure. But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers. Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.

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Book Review: The Island by Adrian McKinty

“IT WAS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE A FAMILY VACATION.
A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT CHANGED EVERYTHING.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL THEY COME FOR YOUR FAMILY.”

Set to be published on 26th May, The Island by Adrian McKinty follows Heather, her husband Tom, and Tom’s young son and teenage daughter on a working vacation in the Australian outback. It’s the perfect way to bring the new family together. So when they discover a remote island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family take a chance on an adventure. But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers. Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.

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BOOK TOUR: The Trapped Ones (Nikki Hunt #5) by Stacy Green

The fifth book in Stacy Green‘s Nikki Hunt series, The Trapped Ones sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt called to a homicide at a farmhouse surrounded by thick, dark woodland. A mother and father have been stabbed, their son is fighting for his life, and a young woman’s body is lying near the front door, her wrists bound. Nikki has never seen such a complex scene, but despite recovering from her own painful loss, she will do whatever it takes to bring this killer to justice.

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BOOK TOUR: The Birdcage by Eve Chase

“Some secrets need to be set free…”

Released on 28th April, The Birdcage by Eve Chase follows half-sisters Lauren, Kat and Flora who share a famous artist father – and a terrible secret. Over the years, they’ve grown into wildly different lives. But an invitation to Rock Point, the Cornish cliff house where they once sat for their father’s most celebrated painting, Girls and Birdcage, reunites them.

Rock Point is a beautiful, windswept place, thick with secrets, electrically charged with the events of the summer – twenty years before – that the family daren’t discuss. And there is someone in the shadows watching their every move. Someone who remembers the girls in the painting – and what they did.

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BOOK TOUR: Reptile Memoirs by Silje Ulstein

“Can you ever really shed your skin?”

Set to be released on 17th March, Reptile Memoirs by Silje Ulstein follows trainee nurse Liv who has a lot of secrets. Late one night, in the aftermath of a party in the apartment she shares with two friends in Ålesund, she sees a python on a TV nature show and becomes obsessed with the idea of buying a snake as a pet. Soon Nero, a baby Burmese python, becomes the apartment’s fourth roommate. As Liv bonds with Nero, she is struck by a desire that surprises her with its intensity. Finally she is safe.

Thirteen years later, in the nearby town of Kristiansund, Mariam Lind goes on a shopping trip with her eleven-year-old daughter, Iben. Following an argument Mariam storms off, expecting her young daughter to make her own way home… but she never does. Detective Roe Olsvik, new to the Kristiansund police department, is assigned to the case of Iben’s disappearance. As he interrogates Mariam, he instantly suspects her – but there is much more to this case and these characters than their outer appearances would suggest.

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BOOK TOUR: The Baby Shower by S.E. Lynes

“She doesn’t know I’m there, watching her in the mirror. She slides her hand under her blouse. And then I see something impossible. She isn’t pregnant…”

Set to be published on 1st March, The Baby Shower by S.E. Lynes follows Jane who has a good job, a loving husband, and a close group of friends. That is until Lexie Lane shows up. She bursts into Jane’s life like a storm, seeming so perfect with her lilting laugh and her beautiful face. One by one, Jane watches as her friends fall under her spell. But Jane suspects something. Only Jane sees that her smiles don’t reach her cold, furious eyes. So when the day of Lexie’s baby shower comes around, Jane waits for Lexie’s mask to slip. That afternoon, she finally learns the unbelievable truth. There is no baby…

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BOOK TOUR: The Lying Club by Annie Ward

“A tangled web of lies draws together three women in this explosive thriller of revenge, murder and shocking secrets.”

The Lying Club by Annie Ward is set at an elite private school nestled in the Colorado mountains, where Natalie, an office assistant, dreams of having a life like the school moms she deals with every day. Women like Brooke — a gorgeous heiress, ferociously loving mother and serial cheater – and Asha, an overprotective mom who suspects her husband of having an affair. Their fates are bound by the handsome assistant athletic director Nicholas, whom Natalie loves, Brooke wants and Asha needs. But when two bodies are carried out of the school one morning, it seems the tension between mothers and daughters, rival lovers, and the haves and have-nots has shattered the surface of this isolated, affluent town—where people stop at nothing to get what they want.

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BOOK TOUR: The Curfew by T.M. Logan

“It begins with a small white lie.”

Set to be released on 17th March, The Curfew by T.M. Logan follows Andy and Laura who are good parents. They tell their son Connor that he can go out with friends to celebrate completing his exams, but he must be home by midnight. When Connor misses his curfew, it sets off a series of events that will forever change the lives of five families. Because five teenagers went into the woods that night, but only four came out. And telling the truth might mean losing everything…

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BOOK TOUR: The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen

“One of her friends is lying about why they’re there. One is lying about who she is. And one of them will never make it home…”

Published on 3rd February, The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen follows Sam whose husband has just walked out on her, so a girls’ weekend away with two friends is just what she needs. But they aren’t even halfway to their destination when things start to go wrong: car trouble that just happens to leave them stranded in the town where Harry lives. And that’s only the beginning. Because there are three things Sam doesn’t yet know about her friends, and one of them won’t make it home.

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