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Review: She's Mine - Claire S. Lewis

She's Mine by Claire S. Lewis
Pages: 482
Series: None
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Women's Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Publication Date: 5 March 2019
My rating:

She was never mine to lose...

When Scarlett falls asleep on a Caribbean beach she awakes to her worst nightmare – Katie is gone. With all fingers pointed to her Scarlett must risk everything to clear her name.

As Scarlett begins to unravel the complicated past of Katie's mother she begins to think there's more to Katie's disappearance than meets the eye. But who would want to steal a child? And how did no-one see anything on the small island?

Time is running out and Scarlett is certain of only one thing – she didn't kill Katie. Did she? 


I was really looking forward to reading this as it has a promising premise, but unfortunately, it fell flat. That said, I loved the warm Caribbean climate and the description of the area was pretty alluring. I had quite a struggle to engage with the writing and plot, but once I got into it, it worked out okay. It is very much lacking in the thrills and twists department; most seasoned crime readers will figure this out as it's rather predictable, and you need a healthy suspension of disbelief as many of the goings-on are unbelievable in nature. I also found that there was an awful lot of filler that could've easily been cut out to create a much tauter narrative, and there were a lot of discrepancies in the intricate details of the plot.

The main character, Scarlett, really got on my wick as her actions always seemed ridiculous. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of potential there if Ms Lewis would only consult with the police about how a missing child case would be investigated it would've brought much-needed authenticity to the novel. There were also quite a few continuity issues throughout which was rather off-putting. The best part for me was the conclusion which although predictable was well written.

Many thanks to Aria for an ARC.

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Review: A Beautiful Corpse - Christi Daugherty

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
Pages: 384
Series: Harper McClain Crime Reporter Series, Book Two
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Detective Fiction, Women's Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 4 March 2019
My rating:

A murder that shocks a city… 
Shots ring out on one of Savannah's most famous streets. A beautiful law student lies dead.
A case full of secrets and lies…
Three men close to the victim are questioned. All of them claim to love her. All of them say they are innocent of her murder.

An investigation that could prove deadly…
As crime reporter Harper McClain unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy, the killer focuses on her. He's already killed one woman. Will he kill another?


A Beautiful Corpse is the second novel in Harper McClain crime reporter series set in hot and humid Savannah, Georgia, and I already have a feeling that this is going to be added to my list of most engaging, exciting series of which I should never miss an instalment. This is crime fiction at its most entertaining, and Daugherty's characters are easy to support and invest in, especially feisty Harper. After flying through the first couple of pages I knew it was going to be a night of no sleep as I wanted to find out what happened to the victim; I was more than happy to dedicate those hours to reading rather than sleeping. The writing flows beautifully from page to page making devouring it in a single sitting the only viable option.

This fast, pacy crime tale can be read as a standalone without any problem, but I advise not missing out on the first novel even if you decide to pick it up after this. Cleverly written with a well thought out plot, this is a damn good read. It is a little predictable in places, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The descriptions of the simmering Georgian heat were enough to make me fall in love back here in the chilly United Kingdom. If you prefer your crime to be credible and believable then this is a good choice; the author packs the book with authenticity and you can tell that her previous job as a crime reporter has informed her work. I look forward to getting my mitts on the third instalment.

Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.

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Review: Death Comes to Call - Clare Chase

Death Comes to Call by Clare Chase
Pages: 313
Series: A Tara Thorpe Mystery, Book Three
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Detective Noir
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 20 February 2019
My rating:

Frost sparkles on the bare winter branches, as night falls over the quiet country lanes bordering the fens. But nestled beneath an ivy-covered bough, a body lies pale in the bright moonlight…

When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.

Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.

At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?

An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page! Can be read as a standalone.

The Tara Thorpe Mystery Series:
Book 1 – Murder on the Marshes
Book 2 – Death on the River
Book 3 – Death Comes to Call


Death Comes to Call, the third book in the DC Tara Thorpe mystery series, is another interesting and engaging read with well-hidden motives and an unexpected outcome. There is plenty going on to keep you reading, and the investigative team work with determination to uncover the truth. However, Tara's behaviour has changed drastically from the last two books; she now acts like a petulant teenager who goes off in a strop to investigate on her own at will, and her and Blake's unrequited love situation is not something I really care about. Despite this, I still enjoyed it but not as much as the previous two novels.

The sub-plots that explore the investigator's private lives run parallel to the search for answers in this murder case, and I feel in order to understand what is going on with each recurring character you need to read the books chronologically. It's a story that held my attention well and is written in an easy breezy style with excellent characterisation. That said, there was a bit too much focus on the characters lives with the mystery very much in the background rather than the forefront. I hope in the next instalment that Tara can find a real love interest to stop her pining after Blake which is getting rather irksome.

Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC.

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Review: Murder at the Old House - Betty Rowlands

Murder at the Old House by Betty Rowlands
Pages: 263
Series: A Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery Series, Book Ten
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Cosy/Cozy
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 4 March 2019
My rating:

The trees are green and hedgerows are bursting with new life as spring arrives in the Cotswolds, but inside a house that Melissa Craig used to know well, something terrible has happened…

Melissa has just finished writing her latest mystery novel and is enjoying the arrival of spring. She’s decided to let her fictional detective retire at last, and perhaps put her own days of investigating behind her too. But the ink has barely dried on the page when Melissa receives shocking news: her estranged father has been found dead in the family home and her mother, Sylvia, is under suspicion of murder.

Melissa hasn’t seen her parents for nearly thirty years, but on hearing the dreadful news she rushes to her mother’s side. Melissa is sure that Sylvia could never commit a murder, but Sylvia does seem to be keeping secrets…

With no-one else to turn to, Sylvia begs Melissa to investigate the case. Melissa knows her father was a difficult man, but now she needs to work out who wanted him dead… A disgruntled employee, the controlling family lawyer or perhaps the woman with whom he was having an affair?

When another body is found, Melissa realises she’s dealing with a ruthless killer. As the police close in, trying to pin both deaths on her mother, Melissa must act fast. Can she find a way to unmask the true killer before she loses her mother for a second time, and possibly forever?

If you can’t get enough of murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or P.D. James, you’ll love this twisty detective novel!

This book was previously published as The Fourth Suspect.


Murder at the Old House, the tenth novel in the Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery series, uses the beautiful Cotswolds setting as one of the central aspects of the story and reminds me a lot of the chocolate-box villages portrayed in Midsomer Murders. It's a story that is full of charm and works well as a standalone - it certainly isn't necessary to have read the previous instalments. The author is adept at moulding interesting characters that you really care about, an intriguing plot and the twists and turns throughout make for a satisfying tale. We also get more development of main protagonist Melissa which is exciting to see and book tenth is just as exciting as the rest of the series.

It's an engaging mystery with a menacing undertone and chilling atmosphere running through it, and this time the case is personal as Melissa's mother Sylvia is accused of double murder. Importantly for a cozy there is no profanity, sexual liaisons or blood and gore, and the conclusion was unexpected and satisfying. Previously published as The Fourth Suspect, fans of Agatha Christie and MC Beaton should enjoy this as well as those who love to read cozies. A superb and highly entertaining addition to an already popular series, and a perfect read as those dark, chilly nights ebb away into spring.

Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC.

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Review: Murder at Benbury Brook - Betty Rowlands

Murder at Benbury Brook by Betty Rowlands
Pages: 258
Series: A Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery Series, Book Nine
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Cosy/Cozy
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 25 February 2019
My rating:

A babbling brook runs alongside a wooded glade, surrounded by autumn light and birdsong. But next to the stream a young woman lies dead, her once bright blonde hair now limp and lifeless…

Melissa Craig has settled into a new job in the charming Cotswolds village of Upper Benbury. She is teaching French to several of the local teenagers, which gives her a fascinating insight into the young people’s lives. Material for a new novel perhaps…

Her quiet life is interrupted when she sees her new neighbour running out of the woods in a blind panic. Melissa rushes to help him, but what she finds leaves her breathless: the body of young woman is lying on the bank of the river.

When suspicion falls on Melissa’s neighbour, a man with a difficult past trying to make a new start, Melissa feels determined to prove his innocence. With the village in turmoil, and the police sure they’ve got their man, she must act quickly.

As she interviews the local residents, she realises there are several sinister characters lurking inside those charming Cotswold cottages… Could one of them have hurt Cissie? Was it the strange old man with a cottage near the river? Or the ailing ex-choirmaster with quite an eye for the ladies?

When Melissa Craig decides to get her teeth into a case, she doesn’t let go – nothing will stop her from solving this murder. Can she prove the innocence of her new friend? And will she unearth the culprit before another young life is taken?

An absolutely unputdownable murder mystery for fans of Faith Martin, Joy Ellis and P.D. James that will have you hooked right from the start.

This book was previously published as The Man at the Window.


Murder at Benbury Brook, the ninth novel in the Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery series, uses the beautiful Cotswolds setting as one of the central aspects of the story and reminds me a lot of the chocolate-box villages portrayed in Midsomer Murders. It's a story that is full of charm and works well as a standalone - it certainly isn't necessary to have read the previous instalments. The author is adept at moulding interesting characters that you really care about, an intriguing plot and the twists and turns throughout make for a satisfying tale. We also get more development of main protagonist Melissa which is exciting to see and book nine is just as exciting as the rest of the series.

It's an engaging mystery with a menacing undertone and chilling atmosphere running through it. Importantly for a cozy there is no profanity, sexual liaisons or blood and gore, and the conclusion was unexpected and satisfying. Previously published as The Man at the Window, fans of Agatha Christie and MC Beaton should enjoy this as well as those who love to read cozies. A superb and highly entertaining addition to an already popular series, and a perfect read for those dark, chilly nights.

Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC.

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Exclusive Extract: Song of the Dead - Douglas Lindsay

Meet DI Westphall: he’s no ordinary detective. And this is no ordinary investigation.

In this first book in a brand new series, Westphall investigates a decades-old murder that takes him from the Scottish highlands to the depths of the Estonian forest. Expect twists and turns, dark humour and even darker crimes, but most of all, expect the unexpected.

Friday afternoon. Standing in a queue at the supermarket, staring at the floor, the basket weighing heavily in my right hand. Dinner, milk, wine, water, orange juice.

I’ve chosen the wrong queue again. We don’t always choose the wrong queue, we just never notice choosing the right one. Glance at the old woman fumbling with change, counting the coins out slowly, as though she’s still converting from pounds, shillings and pence. There’s another younger woman behind her. Looking at her phone.

Almost dark already. Too late to go for a drive. Tomorrow maybe. I can head off, then get out the car, walk some way up a hill. Nothing major. Nothing that requires a backpack. Up Strathconon, stop long before the end. Sit on the grass, watching the day crawl over the land, the deer mingling at the foot of the hill.

My phone rings. Much too loud. Set on full volume to make sure I never miss it. The three women beside me all glance disapprovingly. Their censure vanishes as I press the green button and put the phone to my ear.

‘Need you back in here, sorry.’

It doesn’t matter who says it, does it? The voice from the station: that weekend that you were about to start enjoying is going to have to wait. My plans hadn’t amounted to much anyway.

I contemplate risking the wrath of someone anonymous at the supermarket by placing my basket on the floor and walking out, but instead I take a minute to walk round, putting my dinner and the drinks back on the appropriate shelves.

Five minutes and I’m closing the door behind me and sitting down in front of Chief Inspector Quinn. He’s on the phone, but he waved me in. He’s writing as he listens. When he’s finished, he thanks the person he’s talking to and hangs up.

‘Need you to go to Tallinn,’ he says.

He looks across the desk. Humourless. Good at his job, respected. But totally humourless. Which means he isn’t joking.

As opposed to where, I wonder, as soon as I’ve asked the question. Maybe there’s a Tallinn, Idaho or a Tallinn, North Dakota.


‘I don’t . . .’

‘You’re booked on the eight-thirty Gothenburg ferry from Aberdeen, so you’ll need to get going. Train from there to Stockholm, overnight ferry Stockholm to Tallinn, gets you to Estonia, more or less, for start of play Monday morning.’

He looks at his watch.

‘Sorry, Ben, but you’re the best man for the job, given your background. They’re not intending to do anything with it over the weekend, so Monday should be fine.’

‘What’s up?’

‘There was a case twelve years ago, before your time. It was news around here, but wasn’t too big nationally. A young couple went out to the Baltics, aiming to tour around. The chap, John Baden, went missing in Estonia. In the south, in a place called Tartu. It was in the papers for a few days. Then his body washed up on the shores of the lake that forms much of the border between Estonia and Russia.’


He pushes a file across the desk.

‘Read it on the ferry.’

‘Was there anyone here who went out there at the time?’


I nod, lean forward and lift the file. We don’t talk about Rosco.

‘So, there’s a new lead? That’s why they want someone to go out?’

No dramatic pause. The Chief doesn’t do drama, just as he doesn’t do humour.

‘John Baden, or someone claiming to be him, walked into a police station in Tartu this morning.’

Just as the boss doesn’t do drama, he doesn’t like to see his officers overreact. I remain expressionless. It was going to be something interesting, or else they wouldn’t be sending anyone out there.

‘The Embassy are involved?’

‘Of course.’

‘Is there anyone working there who remembers the case?’

‘Doesn’t appear to be.’

‘They’ve spoken to the Estonians?’

‘Everyone’s on board. Baden’s been taken to a military hospital. They’re going to keep him there over the weekend, try to get to the bottom of it on Monday. You should arrive just in time.’

‘And his partner from twelve years ago? Has she been notified?’

‘We’re trying to find her. However, at the moment we just want to know where she is and what she’s doing. We’re not telling her yet. Presumably . . . presumably this isn’t him. Look at the file. He was dead, his body was identified by at least three different people. This was an open-and-shut case.’

‘Except someone just opened it again.’

‘Yes.’ He nods towards the door. ‘You’ve just got a passenger booking, no need to take your car over. 
Mary’s got the details.’

I lift the folder, and get up. ‘You’ll let me know if you find out where the partner is?’

‘Of course.’

I walk from the office, closing the door on my way. I’m glad I’ve got nothing to cancel this weekend, but I’d be lying if I said that there’s anything I’d likely be doing that was going to be more interesting than this.

I go back to my office, lift my watch off the desk, and am strapping it onto my wrist as I get to Mary on my way out.

She’s ready for me and holds out a few pieces of paper, clipped together, as I approach.

‘Have a safe trip,’ she says.

‘When am I coming back?’

‘Open booking,’ she says.

I nod and walk out the station.

About the Author - Douglas Lindsay is the author of over twenty novels, including BALLAD IN BLUE, A ROOM WITH NO NATURAL LIGHT, BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! and LOST IN JUAREZ, as well as the DS HUTTON, DCI JERICHO, and PEREIRA & BAIN crime series. He also wrote the BARNEY THOMSON series, the first book of which, THE LONG MIDNIGHT OF BARNEY THOMSON, was released as a motion picture in 2015, starring Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone.
Three titles in the DI WESTPHALL series will be coming from Mulholland Books in 2019.
He lives in Somerset, England.

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Review: Remember Me - D. E. White

Remember Me by D. E. (Daisy) White
Pages: 295
Series: None
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Detective Noir, Police Procedural
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 6 February 2019
My rating:

Fifteen years ago Ellen Smith vanished from the woods near her small Welsh village. Never to be seen again.

Eight people were in the woods that night: eight splintered lives, eight people hiding a terrible secret. But who can remember the truth?

Now, Ellen’s best friend, Detective Ava Cole is all grown up back in the village where it all began, and everyone is asking the same question. What really happened to Ellen?

Filled with shocking discoveries and traumatic memories this fast paced thriller is perfect for fans of Friend Request and Close to Home.


Remember Me, the debut psychological thriller from D. E. White, certainly has the right title; I'll definitely remember it but for all the wrong reasons I'm afraid. The main issues were too many characters and too many different threads to the story that my way of relaxing turned into such a slog. I am not a fan of writing negative reviews and usually, there are redeeming features to help balance out my critique, but I am hard-pressed to find any here sadly.

The plot concepts were all sound and could've led to an exciting, compelling read, but there were far too many ideas and they didn't all belong in the same book. It was also rather slow in terms of pacing, which didn't exactly help. It indeed had its moments, but they were far and few between and not enough to keep me interested in finding out what happened in the end. The writing was pretty decent, so I hope the authors next book is better than this turned out to be.

Many thanks to HQ Digital for an ARC.

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Review: The Couple - Sarah Mitchell

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell
Pages: 300
Series: None
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Thriller, Family Drama, Domestic Noir, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 5 February 2019
My rating:

 Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.

The Couple is a psychological thriller with a stunning twist, perfect for fans of The Girl Before, The Wife Between Us, and The Woman in the Window.


The Couple is Sarah Mitchell's debut psychological thriller, but unfortunately, the cons outweighed the pros in terms of how enjoyable it was. Dual timelines where you experience two different time periods, past and present, usually work well for me, but I felt as though the changes were clunky and made the narrative very disjointed. It also starts off real slow and takes a long, long time to get moving; by this time I felt like giving up and reading something better, however, I did continue on with it.

The characters are all difficult to warm to, especially the main protagonist Claire, who becomes annoying after a while; she certainly isn't likeable. On a positive note, there were a few surprises, but some of the twists could be spotted a mile off making the read much less satisfying. As you can see this book was not for me, but I'm sure many others will enjoy it. I would try another book from Mitchell, and I hope I would find it more gripping than this was.

Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC.

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Review: The Crooked Street - Brian Freeman

Pages: 362
Series: Frost Easton Book Three
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Police Procedural, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: 29 January 2019
My rating:

The hunt for a killer in San Francisco becomes a dizzying game of cat and mouse in a thrilling novel of psychological suspense.

“Lombard is your Moriarty, Frost. Taking him down will be the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done.”

San Francisco homicide detective Frost Easton hadn’t seen his estranged friend Denny in years. Not until he dies in Frost’s arms uttering a final inexplicable word: Lombard. Denny appears to be the latest victim in a string of murders linked by a distinctive clue: the painting of a spiraled snake near the crime scenes. Is it the work of a serial killer? Or is Denny’s death more twisted and personal?

To find the answer, Frost reaches into a nest of vipers—San Francisco’s shady elite—where the whispered name of Lombard is just one secret. Now, drawn into a cat-and-mouse game with an enemy who knows his every move, Frost finds there is no one he can trust. And somewhere down the crooked streets of the city, Frost’s cunning adversary is coiled and ready to strike again.


The Crooked Street is the third novel in the Detective Frost Easton of San Francisco Police Department series; each instalment works perfectly as a standalone as the crime is self-contained to that particular book, but you will not be privy to information on the recurring characters full backgrounds. I loved the murder and mayhem, thrills and spills San Fran PD go through, and the complexity of the plot made this unputdownable for me.

The author challenges the reader to keep up with the developments, the endless deceit and a wholly untrustworthy mob of people; this is definitely one of the most twist-driven and surprise-filled thrillers I've had the pleasure to read of late. The twists in the tale are plentiful and pull you into one way of thinking before whipping the rug from underneath you leaving you scratching your head aghast. Mr Freeman impressed me by disguising the perpetrator until very late on, which created tension throughout, and he cleverly weaves a dark yarn that I enjoyed immensely.

It does, however, end on a cliffhanger which is rather annoying as whether I will remember the details of this book when the sequel comes out is debatable. Frost is a character I can see myself really appreciating as the series progresses. He knows his own mind and is morally driven. I looking forward to the next instalment and the evolution of the characters.

Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for an ARC.

About the Author -
Brian Freeman is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Frost Easton and Jonathan Stride series. His books have been sold in forty-six countries and translated into twenty-two languages. His stand-alone thriller Spilled Blood was named Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers Awards, and his novel The Burying Place was a finalist for the same honor. The Night Bird, the first book in the Frost Easton series, was one of the top twenty Kindle bestsellers of 2017. Brian is widely acclaimed for his vivid “you are there” settings, from San Francisco to the Midwest, and for his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots.
Brian lives in Minnesota with his wife, Marcia.

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Review: The Good Teacher - Rachel Sargeant

Pages: 221
Series: Proposed But Not Certain
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction
Publisher: Killer Reads
Publication Date: First Published 14 December 2018
My Rating:

 Some people deserve to be taught a lesson…

Even the good have to die.
A beloved teacher is murdered and left in a ditch beside a country lane. His wife is found beaten and gagged in their suburban home.

Even the best schools have secrets.
New detective Pippa Adams learns that the teacher ran a homework club for vulnerable pupils. But what did he really teach them?

Even the perfect family has something to hide.
When Pippa scratches the surface of the school community, she meets families who’ve learned a shattering lesson. And finally uncovers the good teacher’s darkest secrets…

Previously published as LONG TIME WAITING, now fully updated.


The Good Teacher is the second novel of Ms Sargeant's I have had the pleasure to enjoy; it matches up pretty well against The Perfect Neighbours. It is also the first in a proposed new series featuring the delightfully ditsy DC Pippa Adams. This is a cross between police procedural and family/domestic drama, and it's a fun, scream through-in-an-afternoon type of book. Granted it's not an especially original concept, but it's well written, fast paced and easy to engage with, and Pippa is a character that is multi-dimensional, different and yet rather scatterbrained for someone of her police rank or calibre.

There is an ominous undertone that underpins every page, puts the reader off-kilter and has them wondering what exactly is around the corner. The tension is then ratcheted up by a good few twists in the tale, and the secrets, deception and devious dealings rise up to the surface. This is a particularly suitable read for those who like their crime fiction on the clean side as there are no gory or graphic scenes. Recommended.

Many thanks to Rachel Sargeant for forwarding me an ARC.

About the Author - Rachel Sargeant is the author of Kindle Top Ten bestseller The Perfect Neighbours, a psychological thriller. Her second novel with HarperCollins, The Good Teacher, is a detective mystery, featuring DC Pippa “Agatha” Adams. Book number three will be The Roommates, a psychological thriller set in a university freshers' week. She is also the author of Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty, a novel featuring Great War nurses on a hospital ship.

Rachel is a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and has been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series. Rachel grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years living in Germany and now lives in Gloucestershire with her family.


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