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Blog Tour Review – The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney.


Title: The Lost Child 

Author: Patricia Gibney

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 They placed me in here and threw away the key. I look down at the gown they’ve put on me. I want my own clothes. I don’t know how long I’ve been here.

An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim’s daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family…

Two days later as a nearby house is set on fire and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie’s father before he took his own life.

With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know? And how far is Lottie prepared to dig to uncover the truth?

The Lost Child is a thrilling page-turner from the bestselling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls that will have you guessing right to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni.


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Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally she found herself writing in the crime genre.

A life changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49 year old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing.

Initially Patricia wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!

In January 2016, she joined with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels.

The Missing Ones (Book 1) published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Book 2 in the series, The Stolen Girls, published on July 6th, 2017.

Book 3, The Lost Child, is on pre-order and is published on October 27th, 2017.

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***Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Patricia Gibney for my advance review copy. All thoughts and book score are my own.***

This is books 3 of the D.I. Lottie Parker series and I have jumped straight in having not read the first two book and that’s ok! I don’t feel like I have missed a ton of stuff where I couldn’t get into the book. I do advise you pay attention throughout the book as Patricia has a very cunning way of throwing you off the trail, or leading you down the path and then making you double back and then question yourself and that’s what I loved most about this book. At one point I sat there thinking that eveyine was the killer…. impossible I know but that’s what Patricia did to me!

I liked how Lottie’s character isn’t the perfect role model, she has issues, her kids have issues, her life isn’t  perfect and that made her more relatable. I love her relationship with Detective Boyd (does he love her? Someone fill me in!)

Now let me warn you, this book has 100 chapters BUT don’t panic! Some of those are only a few pages long BUT Patricia usually ends it with something that has you reading the next 5 chapters….. the nights will be long but sooo worth it!

I totally loved this book, in fact I now need books 1 & 2 to fill in the small details I have missed. There’s plenty going on so pay attention! There’s twists, turns and bodies piling up galore, so if you like a good thriller this is definitely a must read for you. I can, hand on heart promise that you won’t be disappointed. It’s a thrilling page turner and so worth the 4 golden apples that I’m giving it and I  my top 5 reads of 2017!! Now when’s the next book out, Patricia??



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Blog Tour – Their Fatal Secrets by Janice Frost.

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Two students coming home from a drunken night out see something strange in the river. It is a young woman’s body.

Hours later, a second young woman’s body is discovered on another stretch of the same river.

DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom Knight.

Soon a connection is found between the two dead women. A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list?

In a thrilling conclusion, Jim Neal fights for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.


DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.


meet the author

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Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.

~Readers Questions~

What is your writing routine?

I don’t really have one. I seem to write at all different times of the day depending what else is going on around me. I’m not an early riser so I rarely get started before mid-morning. If I’m writing in the morning I need to drink coffee and read before I start. The coffee gets my brain going and the reading is just because I love it. I like to aim for between one thousand and two thousand words in a single writing session and ideally this would happen every day and I’d be able to write a book every three months. What’s that saying about ‘Best laid plans?’

Where do I write?

I don’t have a specific room or place I go to write. Sometimes I sit at my little writing bureau in my living room. I bought it second hand for £15 but it’s not really big enough to accommodate my laptop and my elbows so when I start to feel uncomfortable I decamp to the coffee table and a cushion on the floor. Then there’s the kitchen table, my bed…anywhere really that I can balance my laptop and find some peace and quiet for a couple of hours. I wrote ‘Dead Secret’ lying on the floor whilst off work for several weeks with a herniated disc.

A study would be nice, but my husband is a shocking hoarder and our study is currently bursting at the seams with old newspapers! Got a match, anyone?!

Inspiration for my writing

My passion for writing stems from my love of books and reading. I remember being given a ‘Just Imagine’ jotter at primary school. We were encouraged to write stories after we’d finished all our other work for the day. I can remember rushing thorough the other stuff quickly so that I could get to the story writing. I still think of my writing time as a reward for dealing with all the humdrum chores of the day.

What do I enjoy reading?

I’m an eclectic reader, so not just crime fiction, though this is a favourite genre. I can remember reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express whilst doing the washing up, with the book propped up against the taps on the kitchen sink. That’s my definition of ‘hard to put down.’

Years ago I avoided historical fiction but now I love it, particularly if it’s also crime. Andrew Taylor and CJ Sansom are particular favourites. I’d like to have a go at writing historical crime one day, with the Victorian era being the most likely choice of period.




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COVER REVEAL! Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan.

I won’t lie, I had a sneak peek at this cover and W.O.W!

Not only is the cover amazing but the blurb is gripping….

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Vanishing Girls: A totally heart-stopping crime thriller (Detective Josie Quinn gripping crime fiction series – Book 1)

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. AllDetective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.

Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others…

The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni will be utterly gripped and sleeping with the lights on once they discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

Release date – January 17th 2018

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Have I teased you enough??

Do you want to see the COVER??

Well, without further ado…..

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Stunning isn’t it!

meet the author

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website:

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I really can’t wait for this book to be release! It’s very much up my street, so if it’s your kind of read don’t forget to add it to your TBR list and poo your pre-orders in now!

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Review – His Third Victim by Helen H. Durrant.


HIS THIRD VICTIM by Helen H Durrant.


A man is shot dead and his body is dumped on the moors. His arm is stamped with the Chinese symbol for sorry.

There have been five unsolved murders with the same hallmark. The police can’t find any motive or connection between the victims.

Bella Richards was close to the murdered man. She lives with her five-year son and has begun a new life in the local area. But although clearly grief-stricken, she is not telling the police everything she knows.

Detective Talbot Dyson wants his most trusted inspector on the case. But DI Matt Brindle is out of action. He was badly injured and his sergeant was killed in a criminal ambush. He is drawn into the investigation and must decide whether he wants to go to back to his old life.

What is the real connection between the victims and who will be next?

This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.

review by nicola

Helen Durrant does it again with another 5☆ review from me and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
Her newest book, His Third Victim had me gripped from page one! It’s action packed from the get go. With bodies piling up, no new clues, the police and myself are stumped…… this all makes for gripping reading!

I loved the main character, Matt Brindle, although suffering from his own demons that happened only 6 months ago he really throws himself into the case. I liked seeing the two sides of his character, the victim of his own attack and the professional DI side.

This book is action packed, with twists and turns a plenty…. I also liked the fact it was set in places that I know and recognise, this made the story all the more real for me.
This is the second book I have read of Helens, and like the last I didn’t work out the killer until it was revealed and my shouting “NO WAY!” hats off again Helen!

A very easy 5☆ rating from me….. roll on the next book!


** Massive thanks to JOFFE BOOKS and Jill at Booksnall for the blog tour. **



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Review – Murder at the University by Faith Martin.

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Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?


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A pretty French student is found dead in her room at an exclusive Oxford college. Everyone thinks it is another tragic case of accidental drug overdose.

But Detective Hillary Greene has a nose for the truth. She quickly discovers that the student had been up to some very unusual activities.

With a shocking cause of death found, the case becomes a high-profile murder investigation.

Adding to the pressure, Hillary’s nemesis is transferred to work with her at the station.

Can Hillary keep her cool and get justice for the unfortunate student?

MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY is the second in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.


DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband (Ronnie Greene). But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.




meet the author

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Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the first eleven of the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! And the first of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL is available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

 review by nicola

Faith Martin is a new to me author. She has a cunning way of setting the scenes, creating believable characters and writing in a way that has you gripped from start to finish!

Now I’ve jumped right into this new series with book 2, I haven’t felt like I’m missing details from book 1 where I feel lost within the story but would love to read book 1 just to get the back ground details on Hillary and her husband, who sounds like he’s been very busy in book 1 with his dirty dealings.

Hillary is a great character with a quirky sense of humour, which I wasn’t expecting from this kind of book. I felt she was more ‘real’ with her not being perfect, she seemed, to me, like a real person. I liked how her brain worked out the details needed to solve the case, I will admit I was going in circles as to who done it?! And that’s what kept me turning the pages into the night. Now I am used to a book that is quick to the nitty gritty, this book takes its time setting scenes and is detailed, nothing wrong with that in just and impatient reader.

Other than that small gripe I loved the book! Faith is definitely going to be an author to watch in the near and distant future!!

***3.5 Golden Apples***


Massive thanks to Jill over at Booksnall for this great blog tour and to Faith for the early copy of her book!

Please check out the other bloggers thoughts and reviews, and rember if you read the book to leave a Review!

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