#Review – The Spy Who Chipped the China Teacup by Angie Smith @cxviAngie @Bloodhoundbook


Arms dealing. Murder. Corruption. 

In Africa, Taylor Hudson reaches the stark realisation that she is in imminent danger.

Time is nearly up when, out of nowhere, she is thrown a lifeline.  Left with little option, she places her trust in a complete stranger. But who is this stranger and why the interest in saving her?

The answers lie 6,000 miles away, deep inside the British Secret Intelligence Service, where a former, disgraced, senior officer is attempting to work his way back into the heart of the organisation. But what are his real intentions? 

What ensues is a deadly game of bluff, double-bluff and triple-bluff.

Can The China Teacup survive this time?

What does TWG think?

This book was the very first book of Angie Smith’s that I had ever read. I had absolutely no idea what to expect in regards to her writing style or anything, as I had never heard of her until this book.

It didn’t take me long at all to realise that the storyline would incorporate themes from genres out of my ‘usual’ range; by that I mean the addition of the spies. I didn’t want to give up reading the book due to it coming under the heading of ‘not what I usually would read’, so I gave it a go.

I’m not going to lie, there was a lot of information, character twists, and dramatic situations to follow throughout the entire novel. Sometimes I managed to follow it, sometimes I didn’t and I ended up being confused by all of the various hopping between different characters and different places. On the plus side, the complexity of the storyline meant that the intensity of the novel was raised, which meant it also kept me in suspense to a point.

I think that Angie Smith was very clever with the addition of the stranger and the lifeline. Not only did it grab my attention, it also left me with a lot of questions involving his integrity, what would be in it for him, how could Taylor actually trust this man, how did she know that he wasn’t going to tell her husband her whereabouts?

It was a pretty bold thing for Shepherd to have done, and an even bolder thing for Taylor to accept! With those questions in mind, the rest of the storyline began to unfold, re-fold, and unfold again. Just when I thought I would get answers or the situation would peak and become clear, the storyline completely swiveled and took a different route!

I could definitely tell that Angie Smith had seen Africa with her own eyes, instead of popping to Thomson for a brochure and second guessing the country. For me, Smith’s descriptions of Africa were the highlight of the book. Incredibly realistic and such a three dimension addition to the storyline.

Overall, my opinion of ‘The Spy Who Chipped the China Teacup’ kept changing throughout, so it took me a little while to work out whether I actually enjoyed it. I found the characters complexity to be a definite plus point, especially as they were all incredibly different and each brought something unique to the storyline. The intensity levels of the plot didn’t falter at all, which meant the pace was kept even and without any ’empty’ moments. Honestly? I struggled with the to-ing and fro-ing and copious amounts of information, as I couldn’t keep up most of the time. When I did manage to keep up, it was grand. When I didn’t though, it became a little frustrating.

That said, Angie Smith obviously knows her craft and I cannot fault her at all for the way she has approached the novel overall. I was entertained and gripped by the storyline itself, I’m not going to deny that. Despite this book being a ‘new one’ for me, I enjoyed what I could keep up with, as well as Angie Smith’s writing style.

I’m intrigued to see what she brings out next.

Thanks Bloodhoundbooks.

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#Blogtour! 5 1/2 things Amanda Robson wishes she knew! #Guestpost #Obsession @AvonsBooksUK

Thrilled to be hosting today’s stop on Amanda Robson’s blog tour for ‘Obsession’! Are you obsessed yet? Amanda Robson has written a guest post about the 5 (and a 1/2) things that she wishes she knew when she started writing, just for us. Enjoy!
Before that though, please find all the details of her brand new book!

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One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?

It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.

Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?

Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?

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Guest post.

5 (and a ½) Things I Wish I knew When I started Writing

  1. It’s all about the story, and every story needs conflict. Don’t include any scenes that don’t move the story forward, and always remember that every scene needs to contain conflict.
  2. Speech in a novel is not like real speech. No way. To begin with I used to make conversations as real as possible – but real conversation is only interesting sometimes. Speech needs to be more ‘West Wing’ than polite conversation. Think about it. Much of the time polite conversation is padded out with fillers, that are interesting to you when you are talking to your friends, but are boring for a reader. For example,

  ‘How are you?’ 

 ‘How was your journey?’

 The reader does not need to know that the tube was six minutes late. 

Cut out unnecessary conversation fillers as much as possible. Heighten all conversation. Over-egg it so that the characters seem endlessly pithy and witty.  Never repeat in conversation something that the reader already knows. Every conversation, like every scene, needs to pull the story forwards. Every conversation, like every scene, needs conflict.

  1. The writing strength is in the verb. Use adjectives sparingly. This is probably one of the first things you will be told on any writing course and at first it is hard to believe. It is true though and eventually I got used to rarely using them. Remember the advice is sparingly – not never. It is great fun when you do. Like sprinkling sugar, or salt, across your food, it adds to the taste and most of us love it. But too much ruins rather than enhances. 
  2. If you are passionate about writing you are probably a creative thinker. That is what a lot of us have in common. So, if you have a vivid imagination, treasure it. I really mean it, treasure it. A lot of people can write well. Only some can write well and make up an interesting story.  
  3. Have a simple structure to hook your writing on. My early novels failed because I was trying to interweave too many different threads that didn’t mesh. It frustrated me for years.  The basic structure needs to be as logical as a maths equation. Balanced. It needs to add together and work.

5a  Listen to others’ comments about your work but retain your self-confidence. If you listen too hard to everyone else and act on their every suggestion you will lose the purpose, the thread of your novel. You will end up with everybody else’s hotchpotch, not your own well-considered work. Move through the noise around you by listening to your own gut feeling and building on it. 

What a fantastic guest post! Huge thank you to Amanda Robson for sharing her tricks of the trade. Most certainly useful for any budding writers out there!

The tour isn’t over yet, all the other bloggers on the tour are listed below:


#CoverReveal! Her Last Breath by Tracy Buchanan (@TracyBuchanan) @AvonBooksUK #thriller

Weekly Wrap Up! (1)

It’s Sunday, 7PM and that can only mean one thing….

It’s an Avon Book cover reveal time!! -parties-.

I am super excited to help reveal the cover of Tracy Buchanan’s upcoming novel, Her Last Breath, which is due to be published by Avon on the 12th June 2017. If you’re already a fan of Tracy’s work, you’re going to LOVE the sound of this one. If you’re not already a fan of Tracy’s, here is the perfect excuse to become a fan of hers!!

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The perfect life. Or the perfect lie?

A fifteen-year-old girl has gone missing. They say Poppy O’Farrell has run away from her celebrity parents, and the media is in a frenzy. But none of this has anything to do with successful lifestyle blogger Estelle Forster . . . So why would someone send her a picture of the missing girl – and a note, claiming to know Estelle’s secrets?

One small photograph will push Estelle’s pristine life to the brink of disaster. To find out who is threatening her, Estelle must return to her coastal hometown and the shameful past she thought was long behind her.

Estelle knows there’s more to Poppy’s disappearance than teenage rebellion. A dangerous game is being played, and the answers lie in the impenetrable community she once called her own.

But how will anyone believe her, if she can’t tell them the truth?

See what I mean? I am a huge fan of Tracy Buchanan and I am UBER excited to read this, especially if her other books are anything to go by!

‘Her Last Breath’ can be pre-ordered from the link below:

Pre-order now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review of Guilty Innocence by Maggie James (@mjamesfiction) @BloodHoundBook


When Natalie snoops through her boyfriend Mark’s possessions she finds more than she bargained for. Mark was once convicted of a brutal killing. Heartbroken by what she has discovered, Natalie’s dreams of a future with him collapse.

However, Mark was not the only person sentenced for the murder of two-year-old Abby Morgan. His former friend, the violent and twisted Adam Campbell, was also convicted and Adam knows more about the murder than he will admit.

When circumstances thrust Mark back in contact with Adam, the past comes back to haunt him. Can Mark ever break free from Adam? Will the truth ever come out?

What does TWG think?

Oh.My.God. You’ll know that I like an ‘out-of-comfort-zone’ book as much as the next person. Y’know, a storyline to keep you on your toes. But this one, wow. It hopped, skipped, jumped AND flew over my comfort zone to the point it became uncomfortable.

Now, before you ask ‘well why did you continue reading then?’, Maggie James’ novel made me so uncomfortable that I couldn’t put it down. That sounds a bit contradictory doesn’t it? Let me explain..

The storyline itself is a parents worst nightmare and the thought of that becoming a reality was just too much. That said, James most certainly knows how to reel you into a novel and keep you there until the very end, regardless of whether you’re squirming. So yes, whilst I did find it very, very difficult to read, I cannot fault the author at all for her style of writing and addictive plot. Does that make sense now? Good.

Two boys, a two-year old child, and a murder; sound familiar? As soon as I realised who was involved and when, it brought back memories of a high-profile murder back in the nineties which involved two young boys, and a child. For me, the fact that I had seen a similar scenario on the news many years ago made James’ scenario become a whole lot more realistic. Don’t get me wrong, James knows how to create a realistic storyline, but the memory of the murder in the news amplified James’ crime tenfold.

I didn’t want to stop reading, at all; even though my heart was telling me to! I’m still in awe over Maggie James’ addictive writing. Not only did the author keep the suspense factor the whole way through, the amount of gritty moments seemed to be never-ending and kept their depth throughout the duration of the storyline. Graphic, but gritty.

As for the characters, I struggled with Natalie in general. Whilst I fully admit that finding out that her boyfriend is a killer must have been devastating, the way that Natalie came across was as though she belonged on the stage; drama, drama, drama. I also couldn’t seem to work out Mark, my opinion of them both changed multiple times throughout!

Overall, whilst I fully admit that subject made me feel really uncomfortable and was a little bit too far out of my comfort zone to enjoy fully, I thoroughly enjoyed the levels of suspense. For me, the main star of the show was Maggie James as, not only did she manage to stir up some emotion from deep within, she also managed to keep me engrossed in the bare bones of the novel with her chilling level of shock.

Such a spine tingling, chilling, shock factor of a book, Guilty Innocence left its mark in my mind and covered me head to toe in goosebumps. Fantastic storytelling from author Maggie James.

Thanks BloodHoundBook.

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Author Bio:

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

 Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!


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Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjamesfiction

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/828751.Maggie_James

Blog: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com/blog

Website: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com

Maggie James

#CoverReveal! #TrustMe by Angela Clarke (@TheAngelaClarke) @AvonBooksUK

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It feels like yesterday that I was helping to reveal Angela Clarke’s, ‘Watch Me’ book cover!  Oh how time flies! Angela Clarke is back with the third novel from her social media thriller series, how EXCITING!!! I am delighted to be able to share this with you this evening folks! Are you ready?

Are you steady?

No, come on, are you REALLY ready?

You sure?


Angela Clarke
And, if that isn’t enough to make you want to pee a little with excitement; here is the blurb:


What do you do if you witness a murder…but no-one believes you?

When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is.

Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?

Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.

Pre-order now!!!

Can you be patient for just over a month? Angela’s new book will be released in June!
(P.S. Don’t worry if you can’t be patient for it, I’m not either!!!)

#BlogTour! #Review of Last Witness by Carys Jones (@CarysJauthor) @aria_fiction


Amanda Thorne is on a mission to avenge her husband. Restoring his honour and protecting his legacy will be dangerous, but she will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved-ones have been dealt with. 

Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McAllister. So, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started. 

McAllister’s world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness from the truth? 

A compelling, heart-stopping thriller which you won’t be able to put down…

What does TWG think?

I couldn’t wait to begin this one! I had seen Cars’ previous novel doing the rounds on social media when it was published, didn’t read it at the time but I do remember thinking to myself that I really did need to get my hands on her novel! I obviously didn’t take my own advice and ended up not reading her first novel and went diving into the second book, completely unawares; major fail.

‘Last Witness’ is the sequel to ‘Wrong Number’, SO, it would be extremely beneficial for you to read the first book BEFORE you begin ‘Last Witness’. Please don’t do what I did, even though I genuinely had no idea that the books follow one one another which meant that I spent a lot of the book going ‘errrrrr, what did I miss?’. I must admit, I was pretty disappointed. However, from the last quarter of the storyline to the very end, I was able to sink my teeth into the unravelling plot and really get a feel for Amanda Thorne’s edgy personality. She really is a feisty little minx isn’t she!

If I were to review this novel overall, excluding the initial confusion and sequel issues, I would confidently say that this storyline has one gritty, and dark plot with some rather questionable (yet intense) characters to go with it. I could see where Amanda was coming from in terms of being a woman scorned and wanting to stand up for what she believed in! I would hate to ever get on the wrong side of her or those close to her, that’s for sure!

Carys Jones’ suspenseful and dark writing style really caught me off guard (in a good way), as I really didn’t have a clue what to expect as she was a completely new author for me. In my opinion, Jones knows how to grab the reader in ‘Last Witness’ because of the intense storyline and manipulative characters, whilst also keeping the plot line believable and not over the top. However, due to spending most of the book feeling as though I was missing out on vital information, I couldn’t seem to gel with the lacking progression within the storyline as much as I would have liked.

Based on the suspenseful circumstances and heart pounding moments of the last quarter of the novel, I really did enjoy what I read; it really does hold a lot of promise. I am looking forward to her next release as I find her writing style intriguing and full of grit. Can’t complain at that really, can you!

Thank you Aria.

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#CoverReveal! David Videcette is BACK! #TheDetriment @DavidVidecette

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I am so excited to be helping Mr.V with his cover reveal of his latest novel, The Detriment!

I do need to apologise a teeny bit though. Technology wasn’t on my side yesterday when this post SHOULD have gone live, as it didn’t go live and ended up disappearing. However, it’s here now, but I still do apologise. David Videcette is as organised as ever, as he has prepared a special post for the reveal, as well as some rather fetching teasers. Oh, and yes, the cover too! ;). Enjoy!

“The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.

We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell…



Today, crime fighter turned crime writer, David Videcette, is very excited to share with us the cover reveal for his second thriller, The Detriment.

David says: “After twenty years in the police, I’m used to unmasking criminals, but today I’m delighted to reveal the cover of The Detriment for the very first time.”

“A detective thriller, it follows on from The Theseus Paradox, my first novel, which was set against the backdrop of the 7/7 London attacks.”

“This second outing for Detective Jake Flannagan sees him sailing close to the wind as he struggles to thwart a nightclub bomb plot and a blazing Jeep attack on an airport. I use my police knowledge in my books, and The Detriment is once again based on true events and actual criminal investigations.”

Here are David’s top five tips for creating a cover:

  1. Remember that we all judge a book by its cover, even if we say we don’t! Give the design as much forethought as you would your writing.
  2. Kickstart the process by throwing together a ‘mood board’ of images and colours which appeal – and even those which don’t!
  3. Design should always reflect your book’s content, otherwise it’s just decoration.
  4. Have an outline idea of what you’d like, but remain flexible.
  5. Engage with the professionals, because you’ll need their design expertise to make your book look as good as it can.

The Detriment launches on 29th June, but you can pre-order it on Kindle today.

Find out more about David Videcette and his books based on true events here, or chat to David on Facebook or Twitter.


#BlogTour! #Review – Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe (@gemmakmetcalfe) @NeverlandBT @HQDigitalUK



One phone call. Two lives. Their darkest secrets.

Lana needs to sell a holiday, fast. Stuck in Tenerife, in a dead end job, she never expected a response quite like Liam’s. Thousands of miles away a phone rings. Liam never intended to pick up, he’s too busy choosing the quickest way to die. But at least someone should know the truth before he goes, even if that someone is a stranger.
As time runs out both are drawn to the other, expressing thoughts they never thought they would share.

What does TWG think?

I am STILL trying to get my head around this storyline itself, and the fact that it is also the authors debut novel! For a debut, I was rather surprised to see that ‘Trust Me’ had the type of storyline that will leave its mark, as well as making itself known in your mind for a very long time. It certainly was a memorable read!

Lana is in a job with no future (in her eyes), yet she still has to do her job and sell holidays. In the process of doing so, Lana reaches out to a stranger (Liam) whose mind is on everything BUT a holiday. Basically, Liam wants to kill himself and Lana is the only person that can either talk him out of it, or be the one to listen to his final thoughts…

Can you see why I am STILL trying to get my head around this novel? Not in a bad way btw! The storyline is quite complex and severely intense that my mind had to work a little bit harder to keep up with everything that was going on. ‘Trust Me’ brings to light a topic that is unfortunately more ‘popular’ than a lot of us realise; suicide. Hats off to the author for writing about such a tangled, emotional and misunderstood topic, whilst keeping the subject as realistic as possible. In my opinion, it takes a lot of guts and determination to pinpoint a bold subject and run with it, especially in your very first book. I must admit that I was impressed by the way Metcalfe approached the overall concept.

There were, unfortunately, some parts of the novel that I found tricky to gel with and dissect, but because of the strong premise overall, it didn’t bother me too much.

‘Trust Me’ is definitely the novel that will require your full attention, and nothing BUT your full attention. It will know that you’re not focused, trust me! The twisty, rollercoaster ride of a storyline will take you on a journey that you have never embarked on before. A journey which will leave you speechless, catching flies and unable to remove yourself from its tangled web of intensity. Trust me, you’re going to remember this one..

Thanks to HQDigital/NeverlandBT & Gemma.

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About Gemma Metcalfe

Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny

Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel  Trust Me,  is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite
sure who would answer the phone…
Twitter: @gemmakmetcalfe


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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheQuietMan by James Carol (@JamesCarolBooks) @faberbooks

Eeek!!! I am beyond excited to be the second tour stop on James Carol’s blog tour for his new book, The Quiet Man, which is out on the 4th May (paperback, e-book 2nd May). Big, big thank you to FaberBooks (Lauren) for inviting me to be part of this blog tour, here’s to many more! I really do hope you enjoy reading my review!


In Vancouver, the wife of a millionaire is dead following an explosion in her own home.

Everyone thinks her husband is responsible, but former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter isn’t so sure. The method is too perfect; the lack of mistakes, uncanny. He’s seen a series of carefully orchestrated murders – once a year, on exactly the same day, a woman dies in a situation just like this one.

That date is fast approaching and Winter knows another victim has been selected. Can he identify the quiet man before he strikes again?

What does TWG think?

Oh.My.Goodness!!!! Where on Earth do I begin?! I started James’ novel at the weekend, and I also finished it at the weekend! If you follow me on social media you would have noticed how animated another blogger and I were about this book (HI CLAIRE! P.S her tour stop is Friday!). Before now, I had only heard of James Carol’s books and unfortunately never read one; what a fool. What a major, major fool I am. WHY HAVE I NOT READ ANY OF HIS BOOKS BEFORE!?!?! If you know the answer to that please….don’t tell me as I feel utterly ashamed of myself -rocks backwards and forwards-.

Let me just clear one thing up – ‘The Quiet Man’ IS from the ‘Jefferson Winter Thriller’ series, however, you can read this novel as a standalone as it doesn’t require any knowledge of the previous books to enjoy the plot. That said, if you’re anything like me, you’ll read ‘The Quiet Man’ and head straight onto Amazon to binge buy his other novels. Yes, yes, I did do that. Lets just say I have found a new favourite author (& series) thanks to this book. OH, EM, GEE!

Jefferson Winter is AMAZING! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of him or bump into him down a dark alley, but oh, he really is a phenomenal lead character. Not only does he have a charismatic personality, he also has an authoritative air about him which he adds humour to, A LOT. I don’t mean ‘knock knock, who’s there?’ type funny, I mean dry, sarcastic humour that makes you laugh out loud and think ‘burn!’. Ooops, pardon the pun…

As much as I would love to scream and shout about how amazing and complex the plot is with snippets, I really do not want to land myself in hot water by giving away spoilers. The storyline IS incredibly complex and every piece of information is linked to something else, which increases the suspense level with every turn of the page. Absolutely brilliant. What amazed me the most was the high level of detail throughout the entire storyline as every part of the investigation had been meticulously thought through by the author. I could tell that this storyline was a labour of love instead of a rush against time.

‘The Quiet Man’ is such a gripping, intense, and fast paced read which took me prisoner from the very beginning. Carol’s bold and addictive writing style had me hanging onto every word he wrote and every mood he described, whilst also pulling me into the storyline as though I was seeing things with my very own eyes.

Honestly, I could gush about this book all day, it really was THAT fantastic. I loved the entire book; there was absolutely nothing that I felt could have been done differently. Usually I find books like this to be out of my comfort zone, but with ‘The Quiet Man’, I honestly don’t think that I could have felt MORE in my comfort zone.

If you’re looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, forget how to breathe, and feel as though time is on fast forward; then this book is for you. Without Faber Books alerting me to this phenomenal read, I probably would have missed out on finding my brand new favourite book and series, just like ‘The Quiet Man’ and Jefferson Winter have become.

A truly unputdownable novel, I honestly cannot recommend this book enough.

Thank you so much Faber Books.

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#BlogTour! #Review of Dead Souls by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie) @Bookouture #DIKimStone


The truth was dead and buried…until now.

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.

What does TWG think?

Such an honour to be one of today’s stop on Angela Marsons’ blog tour for her new book, Dead Souls, which was published by Bookouture on the 28th April 2017! Thank you to Kim Nash from Bookouture for inviting me to be involved in such an outstanding authors blog tour.

First DI Kim Stone novel, ever! Yes, I know, you’re probably wondering where on Earth have I been hiding to not have read any of the previous books in the series, I even wonder that myself!

It didn’t take me long to fall for Kim Stone’s personality at all, in fact I think it only took me a couple of percent to agree with what other readers have been saying about her; FABULOUS. For me, Kim Stone’s character came across as such a down to earth and real individual, which I loved. It’s not often you read a novel where the leading character is severely kick ass and blunt, yet is still connected with her emotions.

I am a huge fan of storylines where there is a huge question mark looming from the very beginning, as watching the storyline unfold and waiting for the secrets to come to light, is what grips me and keeps me interested. I was so pleased when I noticed that ‘Dead Souls’ hopped, skipped, and jumped its way into that category. From the very start of the book, I was engulfed with information such as brand new characters, investigation information, as well as copious amounts of unanswered questions. And you know what? I literally rubbed my hands together in excitement, there was just so much grit and dirt to sink my teeth into! Part of me felt a tad apprehensive though, yet I have no idea why!

Even though the storyline was incredibly generous with its plot and levels of intrigue, there were several moments during the book where I felt like the speed of novel had slowed. Don’t get me wrong, it still kept me interested as more information was being given and the characters changed direction due to circumstances at the time, yet it seemed to take a while for everything to come together and the suspense levels to rise. When the storyline did come together it didn’t take long at all for goose bumps to cover my entire body and a nervous feeling to set up camp in the pit of my stomach. I just wish the last part of the book wasn’t so boom-boom-boom ‘the end’. That said, what a belter of a book!! Maybe it leaves the door open for Kim Stone to return, I don’t know. But, judging by the fact I wanted more, I really do hope that we get to see more of Kim Stone.

I thoroughly enjoyed Angela Marsons’ novel, especially the complex investigational skills and questionable character personalities; absolutely brilliant. I can definitely see why Angela Marsons’, ‘Kim Stone’, series has sold so many copies!! She certainly knows how to keep her readers dangling, and wanting more with her exceptional writing skills.

Again, remind me why I haven’t read a ‘Kim Stone’ novel before now? If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be making my way to Amazon right about now to hide in book one of this series!
Oh, and yes, I highly recommend this novel; such a brilliant and intense read that was led by a sassy and kick ass Detective. What more could you want?

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author.

Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy puppy and potty mouthed parrot.

It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born.  The D.I. Kim Stone series has now sold over 2 million copies.


The party isn’t over yet, folks!! There is still more to come where this blog tour is concerned, so feast your eyes on the graphic below to follow the rest of the tour!