Killed by Thomas Enger @EngerThomas @OrendaBooks @annecater #blogtour #Killed #HenningJuul

I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Killed by Thomas Eager. My thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Anne Cater for the opportunity to join and my review copy.

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Author : Thomas Enger
Title : Killed
Series : Henning Juul #5
Pages : 276
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : December 24, 2017

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Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped into the water. Henning knows that the same fate awaits him. And he knows that it’s his own fault.

Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted?

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Such conflicting times these are. On the one hand, being delighted to see the return of Henning Juul and on the other hand, knowing this is the end of the line. It’s sad to see this series come to an end but what a thrilling ride it’s been and I’m delighted to have been a part of this journey.

I accidentally jumped into this series with Cursed, which was book four. When the opportunity to join this blog tour came my way, I was determined to read the other three books first and I’m so glad I managed to do that. There is some amazingly intricate plotting throughout this entire series, which you can only appreciate when you’ve read all the books in order, and to see all the pieces of the puzzle come together was just incredibly exciting. So do yourself a favour and start at the beginning so you too can enjoy the full experience and see the various threads unravel. It’s so worth it!

Killed is an intense and thrilling adventure as Henning Juul continues his search for the truth about the fire at his flat. Will he finally find out who’s been calling the shots? I don’t want to say too much as I’ll be giving away information from the previous books but suffice to say there are a lot questions that still need to be answered. The prologue kicks things off in nail-biting fashion and immediately grabs your attention. Those few pages alone already had me on the edge of my seat and I had to fight the urge to skip to the last page to see what the outcome would be. This fifth and final instalment is a fantastic addition to an utterly brilliant and gripping series. With a strong pace and multiple characters in the mix, I was glued to the pages and couldn’t put the book down.

Watching Henning Juul’s character develop and mature has been an absolute privilege. While it’s of course a shame to see any series come to an end, I will always prefer it being done in this way with a most satisfying conclusion, instead of having it dragged out and end up going nowhere. The ending is fitting, just perfect, and I’m glad the author chose to wrap things up the way he did.

Thomas Enger is responsible for my introduction to the Scandi-Noir genre and for that reason alone, the Henning Juul series will always have a special place in my heart. So all that’s left for me to say is farvel ogg takk. (If I did that correctly, it should say “goodbye and thank you”.)

Killed is available in ebook format and UK paperback.

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Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date.

In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult).

Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

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Blue Night by Simone Buchholz @ohneKlippo @FwdTranslations @OrendaBooks @annecater #blogtour #BlueNight

It’s such a pleasure to welcome you all to my stop on the blog tour for Blue Night by Simone Buchholz. My thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Anne Cater for the opportunity and my review copy.

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Author : Simone Buchholz
Title : Blue Night
Series : Chastity Riley #1
Pages : 276
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : December 24, 2017

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After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in.

Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived.

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Chastity Riley’s career as a state prosecutor has taken a bit of a tumble and she now finds herself working in the less glamorous department of witness protection. But when she’s assigned the case of an anonymous man who’s landed himself in hospital beaten half to death, things are starting to look up. Who is this man? Where did he come from? Soon, Chastity will find herself on the trail of a whole lot of drugs.

Blue Night is mostly set in the German city of Hamburg. With its massive port, it’s the perfect place to smuggle drugs into the country. The criminal side of the city is run by a person who’s seemingly untouchable but Chastity is determined to cause his downfall and right from the get-go you have faith in her ability to do just that as she’s one fierce woman and an absolutely fantastic character, who wormed her way into my heart from the minute I met her.

Having had a German grandmother, it’s probably no surprise that I grew up on the incredibly gritty, dark and serious Krimi shows and so obviously that’s what I was expecting from Blue Night. Colour me pleasantly surprised to find something entirely different. Yes, it’s gritty and yes, it’s dark but it’s also an incredibly refreshing take on the crime fiction genre with a fabulous cast of characters and a delicious sense of humour that won me over within the first few pages.

This is a relatively short book and the first part is a bit of a slow burner but it oozes atmosphere throughout. We’re also introduced to quite a few characters and this required a bit more concentration on my part to keep them all straight but once I got the hang of them, I had a hard time putting this book down. It’s easy to see why this book did so well in Simone Buchholz’s native Germany and I have no doubt that this seamless translation will make it a hit in English speaking territories as well. A brilliant start to a new series and I very much look forward to more!

Blue Night is available now in ebook format. The UK paperback will be published on February 28th.

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Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner-up for the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

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Weekly Wrap-Up (February 18)

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Thank you so much for all the well-wishes last week! They were very much appreciated and did the job as well. By Tuesday, I finally felt like I turned the corner and was on my way to beating this nasty virus. It’s been a much better week.

Books I’ve read this week

My reading took a bit of a knock though. I did read a book with 500 pages, so there’s that. But it’s actually the Winter Olympics that’s wreaking havoc on my reading time. I can’t tear myself away from the tv. 😄


Books I’ve bought this week

A bargain, one I’ve already read and one I’ve been wanting to read for ages.


ARC’s received via Netgalley

Yes, for blog tours. 😄


Bookpost that landed on my doorstep this past week

 

On the blog this past week

Monday : No posts. Oops.

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for The Lying Kind by Alison James

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Shared my publication day review for Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott

Friday : Posted an extract from Dangerous Score by Michael Bearcroft for the blog tour.

Saturday : Joined the blog blitz for Next To Die by T.J. Brearton

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up


Next week on Novel Deelights

One of these weeks, I’ll be able to say I won’t be on any blog tours. (I will! Stop laughing!) This week is not that week. I’ll be hosting stops on two Orenda tours, Blue Night and Killed. And then it’s on to two Bloodhound Books tours, Scent of Guilt and Cut The Threads.

Right, back to the Olympics. I mean, writing reviews. 😳

Have a great week and happy reading! xx

 

Next To Die by T.J. Brearton @BreartonTJ @bookouture #blogblitz #NextToDie

Delighted to host a stop on the blog blitz for Next To Die by T.J. Brearton today! Many thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for the opportunity and my review copy.

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Author : T.J. Brearton
Title : Next To Die
Pages : 364
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : February 16, 2018

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When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her.

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

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When a social worker is found brutally murdered in her car, investigators have a long list of suspects and questions. Why would anyone want Harriet dead? Does it have to do with her job? Is there another reason someone wanted her out of the way? Or was it a case of mistaken identity and did the wrong person die? The murder has left the small town of Lake Haven reeling as nothing like this has happened in almost two decades.

Well now, if you’re looking for something that will have you guessing until the end, then this is it. I had no idea where this tale was going at all. Dead ends, twists, red herrings … I mean, never mind investigators having a long list of suspects. I had NO suspects whatsoever! Not even the tiniest clue! If I’d been a detective, they would have asked for my badge and probably wondered how I made it through the detective exams in the first place. Luckily Detectives Nelson and Overton are on the case, on the hunt for a killer before get a chance to strike again.

I can’t say I warmed all too much to the various characters but the plot was so utterly gripping that I didn’t care. Not having a particular character to root for didn’t ruin my enjoyment of this thrilling story at all. Just goes to show that your dislike of characters isn’t always the be all and end all of a book. When a plot is as compelling as this one, you’ll keep reading regardless. Lesson learned.

Not only is this a murder investigation but Next To Die also highlights a topic I never really gave much thought. How much danger do social workers put themselves in on a daily basis to keep children safe? Thought-provoking for sure and I always love it when a story makes me learn something new or makes me think.

This is another fantastic, thrilling and suspenseful book by T.J. Brearton. Personally, I feel it’s his best one yet and I look forward to whatever is next.

Next To Die is available now!

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abouttheauthor

T.J. Brearton is the author of thirteen published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full time.

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Dangerous Score by Michael Bearcroft @mikebearcroft1 @rararesources #blogtour #extract #giveaway #win

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dangerous Score by Michael Bearcroft. Today, I have an extract and a giveaway for you but first, here’s what the book is all about.

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Author : Michael Bearcroft
Title : Dangerous Score
Pages : 303
Publisher : New Generation Publishing
Publication date : January 17, 2017

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Football hero Jason Clooney is riding high….until a date with a beautiful woman lands him in trouble with the media, and into battle with the criminal underworld.

Now against a backdrop of an uncertain professional future, Jason has to confront disturbing revelations surrounding his new girlfriend’s family. From football action on the pitch to behind the scenes plotting. To battles with a criminal gang and constant media attention, all adding to the toughest challenges he has ever faced in life, love, as a player and as a man.

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For the big day at work he packed an extra shirt and toiletries. ‘Got to look the part, for the punters,’ he told himself. His dad phoned to check he was alright. Jason was able to tell him that his visit to the police station had gone quite well, though it had puzzled him why the detective had seemed more interested in Martin Thresham the father, rather than Jess the missing daughter. His dad said he would see if he could find out more about the Thresham family. He had friends who would be able to help. Jason felt reassured that he would come up with something. He always seemed to be able to dig up information, on anyone or anything.

Motor Giant was covered in bunting. The new commercial vehicles were positioned on ramps around the building. Andy summoned Jason to his office. He wanted to know how things stood. Clooney brought him up to speed and was excused without comment. Andy seemed to accept that Jason had done all he could to settle the dust.

It was late morning when Jason met up with James Boardman, the television presenter, and host of this evening’s presentation. Clooney took an instant dislike to him, fake tan, built-up shoes and a wig. There seemed nothing real about him.

Most of those invited turned up at the event and everything seemed to be going well, until Jason was accosted by a hefty, florid brute of a man, who looked and smelt like he’d been for a swim in a beer barrel. Here was trouble. He jabbed Jason in the chest as he staggered up to him.

‘I’m Martin Thresham. What the hell have y’ done with my little girl you bastard? Or was it all a lie because y’ can’t get a woman?’

Everything about him made it plain that he didn’t like Jason. The insults continued, but he stood his ground, partly because of his surprise at the venom, and partly out of respect for the man’s concerns about Jess. But when Thresham threw a left-handed punch which brushed Clooney’s face, that was it. All the anger, embarrassment and frustration Jason had been feeling since Saturday night’s fiasco surfaced. He had no intentions of being a punch bag for anyone.

He hit Thresham with a straight right to the nose, which broke on contact, while with his left he delivered a welldelivered blow to the solar plexus. Thresham went down. Jason might have gone on to kill him, if Andy and two other onlookers had not dragged him off. Andy struggled to control his anger. He screamed at Jason, ‘Go home now. You’re suspended until further notice.’

With the eyes of dozens of startled onlookers on Jason straightened himself, walked over to his desk, picked up his keys and turned to leave. Detective Sergeant Burns was blocking his way. He gave Jason a hard stare.

‘Get across the road to the Holiday Inn. Go now and wait for me in the bar, if you know what’s good for you.’

Clooney duly obliged, leaving Burns accompanying Thresham, Andy and members of staff to a private room where the injured man could receive treatment.

Yet again Jason took off at speed in the Saab he had been driving all weekend. The hotel was literally across the road and having parked the car he walked for a while to think things through and compose himself. The sports bar of the hotel was showing a football match on the television. He took no notice, ordered a lager, and sat in a corner to wait for Burns. He realised he had really done it this time and couldn’t help but wonder what would happen next.

Half an hour later Burns arrived, bought himself a drink and sat next to the troubled man. After taking a swift slurp of his beer he turned to Jason.

‘You really are a prat you know. Thresham is serious bad news and you have just made him your enemy.’ Burns shook his head, and took a second mouthful of his beer.

‘Fortunately for you, Thresham saw sense when I reminded him that he threw the first punch. His pride is hurt as much as his nose, so he would rather forget about it than read about it in the papers. If he pressed charges there would be court appearances and that’s something he would certainly want to avoid. He must have sleepless nights wondering when, not if, he will be hauled in front of a judge again.’

Clooney was sharp enough to realise he owed the man a favour and he tried to thank him, but Burns was having none of it.

‘You’re lucky it was me there rather than anyone else, or you would be under arrest for GBH.’ He shook his head again and downed his beer in one go.

‘We’ve re-opened up the case on Miss Thresham. We don’t yet have any more information other than your apparent meeting with her. We’ve checked with our contacts in Australia who confirmed you were over there when she was reported missing, so you are in the clear there. But tonight, you stupid sod, you have made life even more difficult for yourself, so watch your back and be very careful. Thresham won’t forgive you and he will want revenge. Anyway enough of this. Now tell me how you felt scoring that goal.’

It turned out that Burns was a keen football fan and had been to the game, so it was the usual football talk until he stood up to leave.

‘Blister’s as fond of you as I am of him and I know it would upset him if anything happened to you. So for his sake, if not your own, keep your eyes open and your head down and maybe, just maybe, this might blow over.’

With that he strode purposefully out of the building.

Jason slumped back on the bar stool. He felt ravenous so ordered burger and chips, but sensibly had black coffee rather than another lager. He thought Burns seemed a reasonable kind of bloke. He would speak to Blister and try and find out a bit more about him.

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Dangerous Score is available for purchase.

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Ex Sheffield United Junior, former Chairman Corby Town FC  Actor and stage director, former British Red Cross Regional Director

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Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott @MauraRedPR #ComeALittleCloser

It’s a happy publication day to Rachel Abbott and the seventh book in the DCI Tom Douglas series, Come A Little Closer. My thanks to Maura for my review copy, which I received via Netgalley.

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Author : Rachel Abbott
Title : Come A Little Closer
Series : DCI Tom Douglas #7
Pages : 285
Publisher : Black Dot Publishing Ltd
Publication date : February 15, 2018

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Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath.

Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don’t speak, because there is nothing left to be said.

Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later.

These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice – and now they have no choices left. Soon they won’t be strangers, they’ll be family…

When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there?

How many more must die? Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped?

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When the body of a young woman is found in the forest, DCI Tom Douglas is called to the scene. Heavy snowfall means there are few clues left to be found. How did this woman end up in the middle of nowhere? Where did she come from? And most importantly, who is she? Because as long as that remains unknown, the investigation goes pretty much nowhere. On the other side of the world, another woman goes on the holiday of a lifetime, in an attempt to escape an abusive relationship. Meanwhile, Tom’s past catches up with him but will this cause problems between him and Louisa?

The DCI Tom Douglas series is one of my favourites and if you’re not reading these, you’re missing out on some seriously good books. I’ve come to rely on Rachel Abbott to deliver highly original premises and Come A Little Closer is no different. The description promises something intriguing and I wasn’t at all disappointed.. This is one well-thought out plot and it’s also intensely creepy.

Although the who seemed fairly obvious to me, I had a hard time figuring out the why. This story tackles a topic which is sadly highly realistic and believable. Those moments where the vulnerable suddenly turn into preys, find themselves cut off from the world with their thoughts so incredibly manipulated that they feel there is no escape. It’s very reminiscent of grooming and trafficking.

I couldn’t predict the outcome at all and the parts of the story completely threw me, which I love. This is one dark, disturbing and harrowing tale. Full of tension and suspense, it had me hooked from start to finish and seeing all the threads come together was a true delight. Come A Little Closer is another brilliant addition to this series, which keeps going from strength to strength.

Tom and Becky make such a fabulous team. It seems it has been ages since we last hung out with them and it’s such a thrill to see them return. I’ve missed them fiercely and I can’t wait to spend more time with them in future. I have no doubt it’ll be worth the wait.

Come A Little Closer is published today!

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I was born and brought up in the north of England, and worked for many years as the managing director of an interactive media company. I wrote every day – everything from creative proposals to user manuals – but most exciting of all was writing interactive dramas – including for the Cluedo (Clue in the US) interactive games. I was fortunate enough to sell my company in 2000 and we moved to Italy where we bought and restored an old country house.

I have published six full length novels and one novella, and my seventh Come a Little Closer is due for release in 2018. I now live on the beautiful island of Alderney in the Channel Islands, where I write full time.

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This Week in Books (February 14)

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Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Last book I finished reading

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When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

The book I’m currently reading

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At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

What I’m reading next

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Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped into the water. Henning knows that the same fate awaits him. And he knows that it’s his own fault. Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted?

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I have to say The Seven Deaths is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read but so far, it’s also incredibly good and totally worth the wait. It’s like Agatha Christie on crack 😄.

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

The Lying Kind by Alison James @AlisonJbooks @bookouture #blogtour #TheLyingKind

It’s such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for The Lying Kind by Alison James today. My thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the opportunity to join and my review copy.

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Author : Alison James
Title : The Lying Kind
Series : 316
Pages : Detective Rachel Prince #1
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : February 7, 2018

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Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter.

Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth about Lola’s disappearance, Rachel must untangle the Harper family’s complicated web of secrets and lies.

As the case progresses, the body of a local woman is found. The death at first seems unrelated, until a trail of social media posts lead Rachel to a chilling discovery.

And then another little girl is taken.

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The Lying Kind is the first book in a brand-new police procedural series featuring Detective Rachel Prince and what a great start it is! Rachel works for the National Crime Agency, previously known as Interpol. When six year old Lola Harper goes missing from her bedroom at home, her mother instantly points the finger at her estranged husband. The investigation will take Rachel all the way to Portugal and back, while also having to deal with a bit of a complicated personal life.

I must admit that when I first started reading this story, I thought it would be totally predictable. But there is way more to this sordid tale than we are first led to believe. With dead ends and twists, my firm believe in thinking I knew exactly what was going on was frequently shattered into tiny pieces and Alison James kept me guessing, forcing me to ignore my gut instinct and quite frankly, playing me like a fiddle.

I found myself quickly warming up to Rachel Prince and her team member Mark Brickall. Their friendship jumps from the pages and the banter between them is delightful comic relief in a harrowing investigation concerning a missing child. Both are truly realistic and believable characters and I love that there isn’t this lingering chemistry, that will-they-or-won’t-the I sometimes find quite distracting, but just solid colleagues and friends.

The prologue alone already had me hooked and the tension just built up from there. This is a true page-turner, although not necessarily action-packed but suspenseful and intriguing. It felt as if the reader was right there with Rachel and Mark, trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, re-examining things, leaving no stone unturned and always in the hope of finding little Lola alive somewhere. While I did suspect a few things, the ultimate conclusion blew me away. With a devious plot and a seemingly unending web of lies, this first instalment is gripping and absorbing and I can’t wait for book two in the series!

The Lying Kind is available for purchase.

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I was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of my formative years abroad. I studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after my two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, I worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.
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Weekly Wrap-Up (February 11)

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Hm, how to sum up my week. As far as reading goes, not too shabby. As far as everything else goes, meh. I’m a tad poorly and can’t get in to see my GP for another two weeks, by which time I’ll probably have lost so much weight, I’ll be able to hide behind a lamppost. On the upside, I’m losing weight 😂 and I’m also sleeping a lot, which makes a nice change from my usual bouts of insomnia. Silver linings galore. Or something. Anyway, onwards!

Books I read this week

Books I bought this week

Of course my not-buying books wasn’t going to last but three isn’t so bad.

ARC’s received via Netgalley

Blog tour. 😜

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Bookpost that landed on my doorstep this past week

Also for blog tour purposes. In case you were wondering.

On the blog this past week

Despite being poorly, I managed to keep up with my commitments which was a relief. I didn’t post on Friday and Saturday though. It felt weird. 😄

Monday : Joined the blog blitz for the fabulous Past Echoes by Graham Smith

Tuesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for 66 Metres by J.F. Kirwan

Wednesday : Joined another blog tour, this one for Little Liar by Clare Boyd

Thursday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Sunday : Weekly Wrap Up

Next week on Novel Deelights

I’ll be sharing my publication day review for Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott and I’m hosting two Bookouture blog tours as well. One is for The Lying Kind by Alison James and the other one for T.J. Brearton’s Next To Die.

And that’s it. If you missed my tweet, allow me to apologise once again for the lack of sharing and interaction on social media and your blogs. Hopefully I will shake off whatever nasty bug is tormenting me really soon and things can finally go back to normal. Until then, sleeping and reading it is. Doesn’t sound so bad when you look at it that way, does it? 😄

Have a great week and I wish you all lots of happy reading! xx

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda @MeganLMiranda @annecater @CorvusBooks #blogtour #ThePerfectStranger

It’s such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda today. My thanks to Anne Cater for the opportunity and to the publisher for my review copy.

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Author : Megan Miranda
Title : The Perfect Stranger
Pages : 337
Publisher : Corvus
Publication date : February 1, 2018

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Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

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Having read All The Missing Girls, which I found incredibly confusing to follow, I was a tad wary about The Perfect Stranger. Especially since I’d already seen some mixed reviews and it seems quite a few people were a bit disappointed. Luckily for me, I’m not one of them!

Leah used to be a journalist but her career is in tatters. On a whim, she and her best friend Emmy move to Western Pennsylvania, where Leah gets a job as a teacher. But then Emmy goes missing and Leah is left to wonder if she knew her friend at all. The police seem to think she doesn’t even exist and you’re left to wonder if Leah is a reliable narrator or just crazy.

First of all, I absolutely adore the small town vibe. There’s just this delicious sense of claustrophobia and oppressiveness. When someone goes missing or is murdered, the suspect list is obviously also rather on the short side. Yet, everyone always seems to have something to hide or is just intensely creepy, which adds to the intrigue and suspense. None of these characters are particularly likeable, except maybe Kyle although I found him a bit too wishy-washy for my liking. Nevertheless, they did hold my interest and I did want to know what would happen to them.

This a story about trust, manipulation, facing your past and how well you know the people closest to you. Maybe the pace is a little on the slow side but I actually really enjoyed that. It gave me plenty of time to let events sink in and try to figure out this extremely complicated puzzle. The Perfect Stranger is brilliantly written, oozes atmosphere and had enough tension to keep me gripped from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more by Megan Miranda.

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Megan Miranda is the author of the bestseller ALL THE MISSING GIRLS. She has also written several books for young adults. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. THE PERFECT STRANGER is her second novel of psychological suspense.

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