BLOG TOUR: The Lost (Jonah Colley #1) by Simon Beckett

“A MISSING CHILD. A GRUESOME DISCOVERY. A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH.”

Set to be published on 25th November and the first book in the Jonah Colley series, The Lost by Simon Beckett follows firearms police officer Jonah Colley who, ten years ago, was destroyed by the disappearance of his young son. Now, a plea for help from an old friend leads him to Slaughter Quay and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor. Under suspicion himself, he uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew – forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago…

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BLOG TOUR: The Hideout by Camilla Grebe

The Hideout by Camilla Grebe sees 18-year old Samuel finds himself at the centre of a drug deal gone wrong. Forced to go underground to escape the police and an infamous drug lord, he seeks refuge in a sleepy town in the Stockholm archipelago and takes a job as a personal assistant to a disabled boy. But when Samuel moves in with the beautiful Rachel and her son Jonas, he soon realizes that nothing is quite what it seems . . .

Meanwhile, the bodies of young men have been washing ashore in the archipelago and investigator Manfred Olsson fears that they have a killer on the loose.

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Book Review: Without A Trace (DI Isabel Blood #2) by Jane Bettany

“You can cover up the truth, but every murder leaves a trail…”

The second book in the DI Isabel Blood series, Without A Trace by Jane Bettany sees Ruth Prendergast return home one night to find a man lying on her bed – a knife buried in his chest. When Detective Isabel Blood and her sergeant arrive on the scene, Ruth claims she’s never laid eyes on the victim before. But with no sign of a break-in, how did the killer gain access to the house? Then Ruth disappears, leaving Isabel and her team to fear the worst. Has their lead suspect escaped, or is Ruth in danger herself? Forensic evidence at the crime scene is sparse, and it’s proving impossible for Isabel to make a breakthrough. With Ruth still missing, time is running out. But how can you catch a killer that doesn’t leave a trace?

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Book Review: The Killer in the Snow (DI James Walker #2) by Alex Pine

“The first fall of snow can be fatal…”

The second book in the DI James Walker series, The Killer in the Snow by Alex Pine is set a year since DI James Walker cracked his biggest case yet, and he’s hoping for peace and quiet this festive season. But across the fells, a local farmer returns home on Christmas Eve to find footsteps in the fresh snow that lead down to his unused basement – and no footsteps leading away. Days later, his body is found, alongside those of his wife and daughter. Without a neighbour for miles, there are no witnesses and little evidence. And the crime scene has strange echoes of another terrible murder committed at the farmhouse, twenty years earlier.

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Book Review: Guillermo del Toro: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work by Ian Nathan

“A complete and intimate study of the life and work of one of modern cinema’s most truly unique directors, whose distinct aesthetic and imagination are unmatched in contemporary film.”

Guillermo del Toro: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work is an unauthorised and unofficial biography by Ian Nathan of one of modern cinema’s most truly unique directors. A complete and intimate study of the life and work of Guillermo del Toro, the book charts the progression of a career that has produced some of contemporary cinema’s most revered scenes and idiosyncratic characters.

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BLOG TOUR: The Hidden Girl (Agent Tori Hunter #3) by Roger Stelljes

“The lights of her parents’ cabin just visible through the woods, the girl carefully curls up amongst the reeds, her knees pulled tight to her chest. Terrified, the only sound she makes is the pounding of her heart, but she hears the stranger searching… if she keeps silent, will she be safe?”

The third book in Roger StelljesAgent Tori Hunter series, The Hidden Girl follows Agent Tori Hunter who is urgently called to the murder scene of Dan and Heidi Newman. She finds their throats slit, and Dan tied up: forced to watch his wife lose her life. Desperate to find the monster behind this crime, Tori pieces together the broken chain. But then another local couple is murdered in their isolated home, another husband forced to watch his worst nightmare unfold. As more couples lose their lives, can Tori keep her one witness safe from this vicious killer? And can she track him down before more innocent families are torn apart?

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Book Review: Trick or Treat (DS Imogen Grey #7) by Katerina Diamond

“A stranger. A child. A liar who will stop at nothing…”

The seventh book in Katerina Diamond‘s DS Imogen Grey series, Trick or Treat sees six-year-old Marcus taken from outside his house on Halloween. There is only one witness: a frightened teen determined to keep himself hidden. After an anonymous tip-off, Detective Imogen Grey is called out to an expensive Exeter street, caught up in the buzz of the holiday. But when the police visit Marcus’s house, his parents claim everything is fine. Imogen is sure there is more to the family than meets the eye. But just how much more, she could never have imagined.

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Book Review: Bad Apples (Tuva Moodyson Mystery #4) by Will Dean

“It only takes one…”

The fourth book in Will Dean‘s Tuva Moodyson Mystery series, Bad Apples sees deputy editor of the local newspaper, Tuva Moodyson, investigate the murder of a resident of the small-town Visberg who has been found decapitated. As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva to arrive. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story…

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Book Review: Reprieve by James Han Mattson

“Most people didn’t make it to Cell Six, he said. Most called out the safe word – reprieve – after the first Cell. It was that intense. “

Set to be published on 5th October, Reprieve by James Han Mattson follows Bryan, Jaidee, Victor and Jane, who team up to compete at a full-contact escape room. I seems simple: hold your nerve through six terrifying challenges; collect all the red envelopes; win a huge cash prize. But the real horror is unfolding outside of the game, in a series of deceits and misunderstandings fuelled by obsession and prejudice. And by the end of the night, one of the contestants will be dead.

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Book Review: We Are All Liars by Carys Jones

“We’re best friends. We trust each other. But… We are all liars.”

Set to be released on 30th September, We Are All Liars by Carys Jones follows five friends – Allie, Stacie, Diana, Emily and Gail – who have been by each other’s sides for as long as they can remember. But growing up has meant growing apart. And little white lies have grown into devastating secrets.

When Gail invites the increasingly estranged friends to reunite at her Scottish cabin, it could be the opportunity to mend old wounds and heal the cracks in their friendship. But when a freak snowstorm rocks the cabin and one of the girls is found dead on the ice, their weekend away becomes a race against time – and each other – to get off the mountain alive.

And in the end, whose story can you trust when everything was founded on lies to begin with?

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Book Review: The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke

“Upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island stands a lighthouse. Mysterious and terrible events have happened on this island. It started with a witch hunt. Now, centuries later, islanders are vanishing without explanation. Coincidence? Or curse?”

Set to be published on 30th September, The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke is set on a remote Scottish island where the Stay family move into a 100-year-old lighthouse where single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural. The locals warn her about wildlings, but Liv doesn’t believe in witches or dark omens. But within months, Liv will only have one of her three daughters, Luna, left, after two of her sisters go missing. Twenty years later, Luna is drawn back to the place her family vanished when one of her sisters is found – only she’s the same age as when she disappeared. Now, it’s up to Luna to find out the truth. But what really happened at the lighthouse all those years ago?

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Book Review: Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

“Five people. Five stars. Freckle to freckle. Star to star.”

Published on 2nd September, Freckles by Cecelia Ahern follows Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, who is told by a stranger that: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” These words turn her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city. But a single encounter leads her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future?

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Book Review: Next Of Kin by Kia Abdullah

“On an ordinary day… Your worst nightmare… Is about to come true…”

Set to be published on 2nd September, Next Of Kin by Kia Abdullah follows sisters Leila and Yasmin who have always been close. So when Yasmin’s husband, Andrew, asks Leila to take her nephew, Max, to nursery, she’s more than willing to help out, despite her busy schedule. Hours later, Andrew goes to pick up Max from nursery. But he isn’t there. Leila was supposed to drop Max off that morning. But she forgot. Racing to the car park, she grasps the horror of what she has done. Max has been locked in her car for six hours on the hottest day of the year. She’s too late.

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Book Review: Five Minds by Guy Morpuss

“ONE BODY. FIVE MINDS. ONE KILLER.”

Set to be published on 2nd September, Five Minds by Guy Morpuss is set in a future where the Earth’s spiralling population has finally been controlled. Lifespans are limited to eighty years, except for those who make an extreme choice: to become a commune. Five minds sharing one body, each living for four hours at a time. But with a combined lifespan of nearly 150 years.

Alex, Kate, Mike, Sierra and Ben have already spent 25 years together in what was once Mike’s body, their frequent personality clashes leading to endless bickering, countless arguments, and getting themselves stranded on a Russian arctic freighter. Wanting to buy upgrades for their next host body, they decide to travel to a Death Park where games are played and time can be gambled like money. But things go very wrong when Kate accepts a dangerous offer, and one of them disappears.

It soon becomes clear that someone is trying to kill off members of the commune. But why? Is one of them responsible? Or is an outsider playing a deadly game? It’s hard enough to catch a murderer. It’s almost impossible when you might be sharing a body with them…

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Book Review: The Chateau by Catherine Cooper

“A glamorous chateau, a couple on the brink, a secret that is bound to come out…”

Set to be published on 31st August, The Chateau by Catherine Cooper follows married couple Aura and Nick who have just moved to France and have bought a chateau to make a fresh start. Because they don’t talk about what happened in England. Their kids need them to stay together – whatever it costs. The ex-pat community is welcoming, but when someone is murdered at a lavish party, Aura and Nick don’t know who to trust. Someone knows exactly why they really came to the chateau. And someone is going to give them what they deserve.

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Book Review: Invite Me In by Emma Curtis

Set to be published on 2nd September, Invite Me In by Emma Curtis follows mother and wife Eliza Curran who appears to have it all with her stunning family home and wealthy, adoring husband. No one would guess the reality of her life: trapped in an unhappy marriage to a controlling man.

When she takes on a new tenant, her life changes unexpectedly. Dan Jones is charming and perceptive and quickly becomes a close friend to the whole family. But Dan’s arrival threatens to tip Eliza’s fragile world out of balance. And when someone has as many secrets as Eliza does, the smallest slip could destroy everything . . .

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BLOG TOUR: For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

“Some lessons can be deadly…”

Published earlier this month, For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing follows Teddy Crutcher who has just won Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Belmont Academy. Everyone thinks he’s brilliant. They all smile when he tells us his wife couldn’t be more proud – though if they stopped to think about it, they would realise no one has seen her in a while. They’re impressed when he doesn’t let anything distract him – even the tragic death of a school parent. Even when the whispers start, saying it was murder.

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Book Review: The Women Of Troy (Women of Troy #2) by Pat Barker

“The truth? Achilles’ story never ends: whenever men fight and die, you’ll find Achilles. And as for me – my story and his were inextricably linked.”

Set to be published on 26th August, The Women Of Troy by Pat Barker follows on from its predecessor with the fall of Troy. The Greeks have won, and are waiting to return home as victors. All they need is a good wind to lift their sails, but the gods have been offended, and in these empty, restless days, the hierarchies that held them together begin to fray, old feuds resurface and new suspicions fester. Largely unnoticed by her squabbling captors, Briseis remains in the Greek encampment. She has survived the Trojan War, but peacetime may turn out to be even more dangerous…

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Book Review: The Last Guests by J. P. Pomare

“Ever get the feeling that you’re being watched?”

Set to be published on 24th August, The Last Guests by J. P. Pomare follows married couple Lina and Cain who don’t make it out to their vacation home on gorgeous Lake Tarawera as often as they’d like. So when Cain suggests that they rent the property out on weekends, Lina reluctantly agrees. What could go wrong? At first, Lina is amazed at how quickly guests line up to spend a weekend – and at how much they’re willing to pay. But both Lina and Cain have been keeping secrets. When a visit takes a deadly turn, Lina becomes convinced that someone out there knows something they shouldn’t.

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