Blog Tour Book Review – Buried Lies by Chris Collett

Blog Tour Book Review – Buried Lies by Chris Collett

I love a good book from Joffe Books. In fact, over the weekend I finished the new release from Chris Collett, Buried Lies. It’s a revised edition, previously published as ‘Blood and Stone’.

About Buried Lies

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is back. and in emotional turmoil. After the funeral of his ex, Anna, he heads to the Welsh countryside to walk out his feelings and recover.

His holiday is disrupted by the discovery of a dead body in the woods. Murder appears to be the order of the day, but who is responsible?

As the bodies continue to be discovered, the secrets of the remote Welsh village begin to come out.

How enjoyed is Mariner wrapped up in the murder?
Is everyone as shocked by the murders as they seem?
Who is responsible for the murders?

Buried Lies is a fantastic crime fiction novel that will keep you guessing until the very end.

My Review

The first book I read by Chris Collett was Baby Lies way back in March. She had me hooked even then.

Buried Lies is no different, the suspense starts to build up from the first page and the mystery just continues to build .

I enjoyed the quieter periods of the story with Mariner’s walking when he was working through his inner turmoil. But the action soon picked up again.

Chris’ winning is brilliant and she keeps the suspense going all the way through.

If you love a quick action packed fast paced crime fiction novel, this is for you.

The whole DI Mariner series is available from Amazon using the following links.

About Chris Collett

Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). Graduating in Liverpool, Chris has since taught children and adults with varying degrees of learning disability, including autism. She is now a university lecturer, with two grown up children, and lives in Birmingham; DI Tom Mariner’s ‘patch’. She has published short stories, teaches creative and crime writing and is a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

The first five DI Tom Mariner books will be released in revised editions by Joffe Books in 2017/2018.

Twitter: @crime_crow


Book Review – Dying Games by Steve Robinson

Book Review – Dying Games by Steve Robinson

I made easy work out of the first 6 of Steve Robinson’s Jefferson Tayte series, reading them within 7 weeks with other books in between.

I think the appeal of the Jefferson Tayte series is that it combines two of my favourite things – genealogy and reading. Dying Games certainly appeals to the crime fiction fan in me.

About Dying Games

After the danger of his own genealogical journey in Munich, JT and Jean are ready to take things a little easier. Planning their future is a full-time business. That is, until JT receives a call from DC.

There’s a serial killer on the loose and all the victims have one thing in common.  Jefferson Tayte.

Who is killing the relatives of JT’s previous clients?
Will JT need to play this genealogical game until the very end?
How far will the killer go to see everything good about JT’s life destroyed?

My Review

Dying Games feels different to the previous instalments of JT’s story. It’s darker and closer to crime fiction than the previous books.  Although, the genealogical aspect is still entirely relevant.  Unlike the other books, there’s no switching to the historical story from the present day.

I absolutely got my teeth into Dying Games, finishing the same day I started it. Although that may have been down to the fact that every time I did anything other than read, Anwen would sit on my laptop.

I have really grown to love Jefferson Tayte over the last 6 books, and its been great to watch him develop and change since he met Jean.  In fact, I really feel connected to him.

The Jefferson Tayte series can be purchased using the links below.

About Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson drew upon his own family history for inspiration when he imagined the life and quest of his genealogist-hero, Jefferson Tayte. The talented London-based crime writer, who was first published at age 16, always wondered about his own maternal grandfather – ‘He was an American GI billeted in England during the Second World War,’ Robinson says. ‘A few years after the war ended he went back to America, leaving a young family behind and, to my knowledge, no further contact was made. I traced him to Los Angeles through his 1943 enlistment record and discovered that he was born in Arkansas…’

Robinson cites crime writing and genealogy as ardent hobbies – a passion that is readily apparent in his work.

He can be contacted via his website or his blog at


Blog Tour Book Review – The Lost Children by Steve Parker

Blog Tour Book Review – The Lost Children by Steve Parker

When a book moves you to tears it must be good! That is exactly what Steve Parker’s latest book, The Lost Children, has done. It’s pegged as ‘An absolutely gripping killer thriller with a huge twist’ by publisher, Joffe Books. That by-line hits the nail on the head.

About The Lost Children

Multi-millionaire Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is back on the job after an event that could have destroyed his career. He’s teamed up with newly promoted DI John Clocks.

Paterson hits the ground running with a sniper shooting of a Black African, and an even more disturbing discovery at the scene.

Paterson and Clocks follow the evidence and uncover disturbing practices involving children, money, and corruption that reaches up to government levels.

Can Paterson and clocks get to the heart of the case?
Will they get justice for the lost children?
Or does the corruption run too deep?

The Lost Children is a truly gripping thriller that will keep you turning pages until the very end.

My Review

When I’m reviewing a book, I tend not to read the summary. I prefer to dive straight in and only read the blurb if I am struggling to get into it. Something that simply wasn’t necessary with this book.

The Lost Children hit me for six if I am to be completely honest. I expected it to be hard to read, but it played on my emotions. I Sat reading some parts with tears in my eyes.

This is the first book I have read written by Steve Parker and, despite it being the second in the Ray Paterson series, it worked Well as a standalone read. I now want to go back and read the first. I published a guest review of Their Last Words back in June.

I’m looking forward to further books from Steve Parker. This series has great potential!

Steve’s books can be purchased on Amazon using the links below.

About Steve Parker

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

Blog Tour Book Review – The Other Victim by Helen H. Durrant

Blog Tour Book Review – The Other Victim by Helen H. Durrant

Today’s Blog Tour Book Review is brought to you by the great Helen Durrant and Joffe Books. Helen is a seasoned author with a fair few bestsellers under her belt. Her new book is called The Other Victim and is the second in her D1 Matthew Brindle series.

About The Other Victim

What could go wrong when selling a house?

Well when a buyer finds the body of the estate agent dead on the kitchen floor, it could cause problems.

An estate agent has been brutally stabbed to death in a kitchen of a house.
A grizzly discovery is made in the cellar of the same property.
A man is pulled out of a river.
And there are three missing girls.
Are the cases connected?

As DI Matt Brindle and his team investigate and realise estate agent, Ronald Potter, had nothing to hide. So why was he murdered?

It’s a frustrating case for the team but will they unravel the truth from the lies they are being told?

As each lead points to a dead end it begins to feel like the murderer will never be brought to justice.

My Review

I haven’t read many of Helen’s books but the ones I have read have been amazing.

With several cases on the go it has the potential to get confusing, but Helen manages to keep the story fluid and easy to follow.

The plot-itself is fast paced with little unnecessary fluff to get bogged down with.

The Other Victim is a cracking read and I really recommend it if crime fiction is your sort of thing.

I haven’t read the fist in this series, but it didn’t stop me getting into the story and getting to know the characters.

The DI Matthew Brindle series shows great promise and I look forward to the next instalment.

Helen’s books are available from Amazon by clicking the links below.

About Helen H. Durrant

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.



Twitter @hhdurrant


Interviewing the Author – Stewart Giles

Interviewing the Author – Stewart Giles

Today, I would like to introduce another of my favourite authors to you, Stewart Giles.  Initially, I wasn’t keen on Stewart’s writing style but he’s certainly grown on me and I’m now rather fond of him.

Stewart’s crime fiction novels have been published by Joffe Books but he’s now self publishing the majority of them.  He’s certainly pretty amazing to do the writing, publishing, and promoting isn’t he?

Links to some of his most popular books can be found at the end of the interview.

So, for now, I will hand the stage over to Stewart.

First off, would you tell us a little bit about yourself and your books.

Hi there. I’m Stewart Giles, 45 years old and living in the sunshine of South Africa. I’ve written 12 books so far – all crime thrillers. 9 DS Jason Smith books and 3 Detective Harriet Taylor ones.

Stewart on Writing

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I research as I go along. I research just about everything. In fact, if the FBI ever got hold of my browsing history there would be some probing questions to be asked.

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

It depends. I wrote one of my books in three weeks and another in six months.

Are any of your characters based on people you know?

Definitely. Especially the ones who end up dead. Although I won’t elaborate on that.

Is there anything you regret about the books you have written? (Characters, Storylines, etc.)

One of the underlying themes in one of my books makes me cringe a bit when I read it now.

What items are essentials to have by your side when you write?

A big tub of wine gums, my CD player and a photo of my dad behind me.

Do you have a favourite place to write? Tell me about it.

I used to write everything out free hand in block capitals and I could write anywhere. Now, I’m a more civilised writer – everything is done in my study, surrounded by other people’s books.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

I wrote a series based on Willard Price’s ‘Adventure’ stories. I was 8 or 9.

Stewart on Feedback

Do you read the reviews of your books? How do you deal with the negative ones?

I read all the reviews. If the negative ones are constructive, I use them to improve on my stuff – if they’re downright nasty, I laugh them off. A thick skin is essential in this industry.

Do any of your family members read your books?

My mum is my biggest fan. She’s read everything I’ve written. My brother is also a keen reader of my stuff as are my cousins.

Stewart on Reading

Who are your favourite authors?

I love Scandinavian Noir Crime – Henning Mankell, Lars Kepler, Gunnar Staalesen, Antti Tuomainen, Ragnar Jonasson etc.

Stewart’s Random Thoughts

What does literary success look like to you?

If I can make people laugh, cry or scream with my books then I consider it a success.

Do you believe in Writer’s Block?

I see it more as the brain telling you do go and play with the dogs instead.

What inspires you to get out of bed every day?

Usually my bladder, but sometimes I look forward to the next few chapters.

What is your most unusual writer’s quirk?

I like to write in sparkly socks. I feel it makes me a better writer.

Do you feel like you would be a better writer if you wore sparkly socks during your writing sessions?

Oh, I thought 14 was the last question.

Stewart’s Books

The DS Jason Smith Series

The Detective Harriet Taylor Series