Book Cover Reveal : The Good Teacher by Rachel Sargeant

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Some people deserve to be taught a lesson…

A gripping thriller with a shocking twist, from the Top Ten Kindle bestselling author of The Perfect Neighbours. This riveting story about a murdered teacher is perfect for fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR.

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.

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Rachel Sargeant was born and raised in Lincolnshire. Studied German at University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Management Studies at Thames Valley. Worked as librarian in London, project manager in Shropshire, swimming teacher on an army camp and English teacher at a German university. Won Writing Magazine's Crime Short Story competition as well as being runner up in another year. Shortlisted for Bristol Short Story Prize. Stories have appeared in Sexy Shorts series by Accent Press. Currently works at a school in Gloucestershire. Fits in writing around taxi-driving two teenagers.

Social Media Links

Website : https://www.rachelsargeant.co.uk

Twitter : https://mobile.twitter.com/RachelSargeant3

Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/rachelsargeantauthor/

PUBLICATION DATE : 18th January 2019

PUBLISHER : Harper Collins/Killer Reads

GENRE : Psychological Thriller




Review: The Orchid Girls

The Orchid Girls The Orchid Girls by Lesley Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

They called them The Orchid Girls.

Molly,Charlotte and Grace.

One of them is in love.

One of them is a liar.

One of them is dead.

One day - three became two. Two who swore an oath never to tell anyone what happened on that summers day on the cliff overlooking the sea.

But how far is one of them prepared to go to protect herself and stop the truth from being uncovered?

This is a compelling tale of secrets,lies,manipulation,obsession,first love,addiction,denial,friendships and relashionships. It's told in chapters that mainly alternate between the points of view of the adult versions of two of the girls. One has changed her name,is a food blogger,has just had a book published and is married to a MP who is in the running to be the next Mayor Of London. The other is struggling to hold down a job,lives in a dingy flat and is a alcoholic due to her guilt over what happened all those years ago. Interspersed throughout the book is extracts from the three girls diaries that give the reader an insight into their lives,interactions and thoughts before,during and after that terrible summer's day. There is also newspaper articles about the disappearances of two teenage girls,one case set in the past and one in the present both of which bore striking similarities to each other. My favourite character was Ellis,the other main characters were not very likeable and didn't have any redeemable qualities. The author's descriptions of the alcoholic character`s daily battle to not have a drink were realistic. Both the main female characters refusal to accept the truth about certain things in both their lives was frustrating but perfect examples of how people both in fiction and in reality refuse to accept what is right in front of their own eyes.

This is a well written,gripping psychological thriller that had me hooked in and totally enthralled from the very first page. The author keeps the reader guessing and speculating about the shocking truth of what happened until towards the end of the book. Amazing book,highly recommended and I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

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Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.

The Orchid Girls is her first psychological thriller.

Lesley spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since. She is particularly interested in the psychology of female relationships.

Social Media Links...

Website : https://www.lesleysanderson.com

Twitter : @LSandersonBooks

Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18003574.Lesley_Sanderson

PUBLICATION DATE : 13th November 2018

PUBLISHER : Bookouture

GENRE : Psychological Thriller



Social Media Tour : Still Lives by Maria Hummel

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The guests who were attending the opening night weren't overly concerned at first when revered artist Kim Lord didn't make an appearance at the unveiling of her most shocking show yet: Still Lives, a series of self portraits in which she impersonates the female victims of America's most famous murders.There was even speculation that her not turning up was part of a publicity stunt and that she would probably reappear days later with some outlandish story about how she had been kidnapped and held prisoner until she miraculously escaped.

But as time passed and there was still no sign of Kim,the speculation and joking started to turn into concern. Where was Kim? Had she actually been kidnapped and ended up suffering the same fate as the women in her paintings?

When Kim's new boyfriend Greg is arrested on suspicion of murder, Maggie Richtar,museum editor and Greg's ex girlfriend is convinced that he is innocent and is drawn into her own investigation,little realising the danger she is placing herself in. Someone knows what happened to Kim,someone hiding in plain sight who will go to any lengths to prevent Maggie from uncovering the truth.

Throughout this book, I had mixed feelings about our heroine Maggie who was the sole narrator of this story. Sure she was brave and feisty at times but she also occasionally behaved very strangely,such as her behaviour and actions when she spent the night at Greg's apartment. Her constant harping on about Greg was also frustrating considering how badly he had treated her in the past. During the story Maggie takes us back into her past and we learn that she used to be a journalist until the murder,six years previously of her source Nikki Bolio,a murder that was never solved and still haunts Maggie and plagues her dreams. The deeper Maggie digs into the shady underworld of art collectors,super collectors and the buying and selling of art,the more dark and deadly secrets she uncovers. Because Maggie is Greg's ex girlfriend,she is also a suspect in Kim's disappearance, could she not be as innocent as she appears? Could Maggie knowing both women be more than just a coincidence?

It makes me a bit uncomfortable to admit this but the lover of psychological thrillers and mysteries in me loved the graphic descriptions of Kim Lord's paintings. Many people have what some might call a morbid fascination with murders,just look at the amount of crime channels and programmes that are on the tv. And as the author tried to convey in this story,unfortunately a large number of the victims of violent crime in books,tv and films are female. Is this a true representation of real life or is society still guilty of portraying women as weak,vurnerable victims even in these so called modern times.

It's certainly a very descriptive book,there's a lot of descriptions of the culture,places and roads in Los Angeles,how art galleries are run,the buying and selling of art (I didn't even know there was such a thing as a super collector) It took quite a long time for anything to actually happened and when the confrontation did happen it was over far too quickly. I personally would have liked there to have been a bit less description and a few more mystery elements to the story. I also would have liked there to have been some chapters that followed Private Investigator Ray Hendrick's investigation into Kim's disappearance,Maggie and the other vivid characters who worked at the museum. The story flows well and is quite a quick read,it only took me two days to read the hardback edition. There was parts that I enjoyed and parts that I didn't. We all feel differently about the books that we read and although I had mixed feelings about it, I'm sure there will be many readers who will absolutely love this book

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Maria Hummel is the author of Still Lives, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, a Book of the Month Club pick, and top new summer read by Time. She has also published the novel Motherland, a SF Chronicle Book of the Year; and the poetry collection  House and Fire, winner of the APR/Honickman prize.

She worked as a writer/editor at MOCA in Los Angeles, then received a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and taught there for many years. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Vermont, and lives in Vermont with her husband and sons.

Social Media Links....

Website: http://www.mariahummel.com
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/MariaHummel2
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/790462.Maria_Hummel

PUBLICATION DATE : 8th October 2018


GENRE : Crime,Thriller,Mystery



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Cover Reveal : The Rigel Affair by L.M.Hedrick

On this day in which we remember the heroes and the fallen who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and our future. I am honoured to take part in the cover reveal for The Rigel Affair by L.M.Hedrick

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Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.

Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.

After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.

Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?

The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.

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 Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.

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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lmhedrick/

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Blog Tour Excerpt : Finding Jess by Julia Ibbotson

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Now a single mother, Jess, has struggled to get her life back on track after the betrayal of her beloved husband and of her best friend. On the brink of losing everything, including her family, and still haunted by her past and the Ghanaian drumbeats that pervade her life, she feels that she can no longer trust anyone.

Then she is mysteriously sent a newspaper clipping of a temporary job back in Ghana. Could this be her lifeline? Can Jess turn back time and find herself again before it’s too late? And what, exactly, will she find?

Finding Jess is a passionate study of love and betrayal – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust after suffering great misfortune. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity.

This is the finale of Jess’s story, the third novel of the acclaimed Drumbeats trilogy:

Walking in the Rain
Finding Jess

                                                The start - or perhaps the end?

Outside,the sun is beating down pitilessly,the sweet-sour stink of rotten meat and putrefying vegetables in the open drains at the side of the road. Yes, she knows that intense heat, that smell, the sound of the Kapanlogo djembe, those kente-clad mammies from all those years before. Or was it from a few hours, minutes ago. Is it now, or was it then....?
  She can still picture it all now as her body is jarred and bumped in the hospital trolley. The streets out there are familiar, even from those memories of many years ago Over those years in between, she has often recreated in her mind, the sounds, the smells, the noise...yet somehow it seems surprising that it is, indeed, the same now, after so long... Has it all not changed, as she has changed.
  Has it not been reshaped by circumstances as she has redefined herself after the trauma of love gone tragically wrong, of betrayal, of the cruel twisting of trust. Why is her life not reflected here, the configurations of promises, cruelties, ensuing responsibilities of sole motherhood - all that has built her life since she was last here. How could it be that everything here has quietly gone on the same, while her life has not. Then merges into now.
  And why can't her mind relocate itself.
  The glaring overhead lights flashing by like a migraine, pounding the shriek: no, no, no! she knows that 'they' are running. Whoever 'they' are. Their shoes pound a beat on the floor and judder the sanitised trolley. She is aware, almost objectively, of the emergency panic that surrounds her. Yet she feels strangely apart from it, detached.
  She stares at the white bare walls. Bright lights...
  She thinks she is in a lift, looking at the sharpness of the white light above, flickering on and off as if it's about to plunge into a final darkness. It is like the American lifts, now becoming much more common everywhere: it is on the outside of the building, and yet there is glass beyond it. It rises up to the top of the building, the eleventh floor, and then it slowly descends. She tries to press the buttons to stop it before the overhead bulb bursts. But then she realises that there is no point. It doesn't have any door: there is no way out.
The pounding stops: The hospital trolley is guided through the door. Someone thrusts a mask over her face. Darkness. Nothing...

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Award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She studied English at Keele University, specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10, but became a school teacher, then university lecturer and researcher.  Julia spent a turbulent but exciting time in Ghana, West Africa, teaching and nursing. She has published both academic works and fiction, including a medieval time-slip, a children’s novel , a memoir, and the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins in Ghana in the 1960s).  Apart from insatiable reading, Julia loves world travel, choral singing, swimming, yoga, and walking in the UK and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time. She runs an editing/critiquing service for authors: details on her website. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Society of Authors and the Historical Novel Society.

You can find her at

Amazon : http://Author.to/JuliaIbbotsonauthor

Author website : https://juliaibbotsonauthor.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/JuliaIbbotsonauthor

Twitter : https://twitter.com/JuliaIbbotson

Pinterest page: includes boards with pics and images that inspired each book.


Goodreads :  https://www.goodreads.com/juliaibbotson

PUBLICATION DATE : 10th August 2018

PUBLISHER : Endeavor Media

GENRE : Women's Fiction,Romance



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Blog Blitz Review : Anonymity by John Nicholl

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Mia ignored his first two messages,since becoming a best selling author she has become accustomed to receiving messages from fans. Some were genuinely pleased for her and sent really nice messages but some people who were obviously jealous of her success could be really nasty. But this latest message from the person who calls himself her number one fan saying that he knows where she lives causes her blood to run cold. Then a horrific incident occurs in her home. Terrified for her life and the life of her four year old daughter,Mia turns to her father's old friend Detective Inspector Grav Gravel for help. When Mia's stalker somehow finds out that Mia has disobeyed his instructions that she must not go to the police or she will suffer the consequences,he threatens Gravel's daughter Emily causing Gravel to take matters into his own hands.

With his health failing and his career coming to an end,just how far will Gravel go to protect his daughter and catch a vicious killer?

This is a gripping,chilling cat and mouse chase that hits the ground running from the very first page. We follow Mia's desperate attempts to outsmart her sinister stalker. Mia is a cancer survivor and has a serious addiction to opioids which causes her to doubt her judgement and makes her vulnerable and easily manipulated. You would have thought with her being a supposedly intelligent women and considering the fact that she knew how twisted and evil her tormentor was,she would have been a bit more careful about who she trusted. Mia can't understand how her stalker knows that she is planning to ask Inspector Gravel for help. And how the hell does he manage to find her after she leaves the country and flees to her parents house in Italy. Mia's stalker was a very cunning,cruel manipulative character who gave me the chills everytime I came to his parts of the story but I also found his superiority complex and over inflated ego irritating at times.He was most definitely a classic example of someone who had a very bad case of narcissistic personality disorder.Unfortunately her stalker's identity is revealed quite early in the story,something that I am not normally a fan of when I am reading thrillers. I personally prefer the identity of the antagonist to be revealed toward the end of the book so I am given the opportunity to figure out who it is for myself. Inspector Grav Gravel is on sick leave after suffering three heart attacks. He desperately wants to return back to work,it's all that he has and his colleagues can't wait for him to return but unfortunately the top brass think that his investigation methods are outdated just like him and want him to retire.Grav was a brash character who didn't hold back when he had a opinion about something but he also had a caring side especially when it came to his daughter. I really like Grav but unfortunately he scarcely appeared in the story.

Anonymity is a chilling,intense thriller that hooks the reader in from the first page,holding your attention right through to the very sad,heart breaking conclusion. Despite knowing who was tormenting Mia quite early in the story,I really enjoyed this gripping thriller.Although this is the forth and unfortunately final book in the series,it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. I haven't read any of the previous titles in this series but I plan to rectify this in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

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John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John’s books are set in the UK and have a strong Welsh flavour. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire. John has publishing deals with Bloodhound Books, W.F. Howes Ltd, and Hungarian publisher – konyvmolykepzo. His latest novel, Anonymity, will be published by Bloodhound Books in November 2018.

John’s Social Media Links:
Website :  http://www.johnnicholl.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/john.nicholl.988
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13795294.John_Nicholl
Twitter : https://twitter.com/nicholl06
Agent : http://tma-agency.com

PUBLICATION DATE : 6th November 2018

PUBLISHER : BloodHound Books

GENRE : Psychological Thriller



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Blog Tour Review : Missing Lies by Chris Collett

Wow - talk about launching the reader straight into the action. After a creepy sinister prologue we catch up with (acting) DCI Tom Mariner. The police are preparing to stage a reconstruction of the night that eighteen year old  Grace Clifton disappeared on her way home from work. Grace just happened to be the daughter of Council leader Bob Clifton,a wealthy and overbearing man who doesn't hold back on his opinion on police incompetence. The more time Mariner has to be spend with the man,the more convinced he becomes that Grace has ran away of her own accord.

Then the police receive a package containing Grace`s clothes,neatly pressed and laundered,even her shoes have been polished. Then a second woman disappears and the police receive a second package.

It appears that there is a serial killer stalking the streets of Birmingham. Mariner who is still adapting to a new investigation team and is struggling to pull its members together is about to tackle one of his strangest and most challenging cases yet.

As well as struggling to adapt to a new team,Mariner is missing his right hand man DS Tony Knox who has been seconded to Operation Athena. A task force that is clamping down on the circulation of illegal firearms in the city. Mariner is also struggling with his decision to move severely autistic Jamie Barham into his home. Jamie is the younger brother of Mariner`s ex partner Anna and Mariner was positive that he had made the right decision at the time especially considering the conditions that Jamie was living in at his previous residential facility. Now Marriner is in charge of a major investigation,he feels guilty about being over reliant on kindly Mercy Brown who takes care of Jamie when he is not in day care. So Mariner has to seriously rethink his decision and is wondering wether he should find Jamie a new residential facility. Although Tony Knox is in this book,he only appears every now and again and like Mariner,I missed the banter and camaraderie that the two characters share when they are investigating a case together. Mariner still had Charlie Glover and the new addition to the team Vikki Jesson fitted in well with the team but the banter and camaraderie that the usual team share was missing. Jamilla (Millie) Khatoon is currently off on maternity leave and although she loves her new baby,she is also missing her colleagues in CID,the sense of belonging and the sudden bursts of energy when they go on a shout. Little does she realise the life threatening situation she will find herself in,all because she makes a new friend at the health clinic.

This intricately plotted thriller is told from the points of view of Mariner,Charlie,Millie and poor little eight year old Dominique who`s mummy doesn't come home from work. Dominique`s chapters were heart breaking as we witnessed the poor little girl try to take care of herself,getting herself to school and being bullied because she couldn't wash herself or her clothes properly. It was ingenious how the author made all the threads of the story pull together and the identity of the killer who was actually hiding in plain sight was revealed. The killer was a sick,twisted but very clever individual who's identity took me completely by surprise,I definitely didn't see that twist coming.

Missing Lies is a gripping page turner,packed with twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing throughout. It also contains are moral message which is that some people in different professions might be heroes but that doesn't mean everyone is. Although this is the seventh book in the series,it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. I really enjoyed this book and link forward to whatever Mariner`s next case is going to be,hopefully,fingers crossed,Tony and Millie will be part of his team again.

                                                                   AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

 Website : http://www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477
 Twitter : @crime_crow

THE SETTING Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.


 Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies Book
4: Baby Lies Book
5: Married Lies Book
6: Buried Lies Book
7: Missing Lies

PUBLICATION DATE : 28th October 2018

PUBLISHER : Joffe Books

GENRE : Crime,Thriller,Police Procedural



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