Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav @orion_crime @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #ThatBookThatHook

Thrilled to bits to have the opportunity to repost my review for Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh today on the blog tour to celebrate the paperback launch! Huge thanks to the publisher and Tracy Fention for the invitation to join!

If you missed it, I bought and enjoyed the ebook back in January which is when this review was originally written. I still stand by every word and Thirteen is still waaaay at the top of my list of books of the year!


Author : Steve Cavanagh
Title : Thirteen
Series : Eddie Flynn #4
Pages : 320
Publisher : Orion
Publication date : January 25, 2018 (ebook) | June 14, 2018 (UK paperback)


They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?


The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.

Okay, seriously? Best tagline ever!!! Ever since I saw it, I had my eye on this book and just like that it shot up my list of most anticipated books of the year. How could it not? How can anyone resist? It’s safe to say my anticipations were incredibly high.

Now, I didn’t know this is actually the fourth book in a series since I’d never heard of Steve Cavanagh before, so I accidentally broke my own rule of never ever starting a series anywhere else but at the beginning. Luckily for me, this reads perfectly well as a stand-alone. There’s enough information to get to grips with the character of Eddie Flynn and where he comes from. Yet it’s also intriguing enough to make you want to pick up the previous books. Which I’ve already bought, in case you wondered.

Actor Robert Solomon is charged with the murder of his wife and his security guard. All the evidence points to Robert being guilty as sin but then things start to happen that don’t seem all too coincidental anymore and Eddie Flynn feels there may be something far more sinister going on.

I am a huge fan of legal thrillers and court drama. For the longest time, I got my fix by way of John Grisham. But well, let’s just say, I’ve felt like he’s been losing his touch for quite a while now. Enter Steve Cavanagh and all is well again in my legal thriller world. Especially as Thirteen combines all the things I love in a story. A great hook, crime fiction, fabulous characters, a serial killer and a bunch of murders, lawyers and their shenanigans, involving the FBI … I could go on.

This original premise makes for one insanely gripping and addictive tale. Not only is the court case fabulously compelling but the serial killer is one of the most fascinating and intriguing characters I’ve ever met. He’s meticulous, organised, adapts easily to various circumstances. Quite frankly, a bit of a genius, but in the psycho kind of way. And as for our main character, Eddie Flynn, I warmed to him from the start.

What more can I say? I absolutely loved this one and I can’t recommend it enough. Another one to add to my list of top books of the year and I can’t wait to get stuck into the other books in this series.

Thirteen is available to buy! Run! Don’t walk!

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Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He currently practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases. Selected for the Amazon Rising Stars programme 2015. ACES award winner 2015 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The Defence is his debut novel.

Author link : Twitter




  11 comments for “Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav @orion_crime @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #ThatBookThatHook

  1. June 10, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I’m so excited for this to be published next week in paperback! Like you, I’m a massive Grisham fan and have been craving something that lives up to his older legal thrillers. So pleased you think this hits the spot!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 10, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Gosh you are busy! And a speed reader as well. I’m so slow but perhaps I just read dull and worthy books and need to change my taste!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 10, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Maybe you are. I definitely seem to read faster if I’m really enjoying the book. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  3. June 10, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Fab review I do like the sound of this one. I’ve never read a Grisham so perhaps I should bypass him and just go for this book instead! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 10, 2018 at 10:54 am

      Say what now? 😲🤣.

      Grisham has done some awesome books. Like A Time To Kill, which is also a movie and probably my favourite book by him. But that legal bit has been a bit lacking over the last few years. So yes, definitely give this one a go!


  4. The Quiet Knitter
    June 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    This is definitely one of my top books of the year too!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. June 10, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Oooh, I remember this review! And the tag line :D… talk about memorable! I surrender… sounds like this really needs to go on my book shopping list!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 12, 2018 at 10:25 am

      It does! It really does! That tagline is hard to forget! 😄


  6. June 13, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I like Steve Cavanagh and my next book will be thirteen. Very intriguing. Thanks for sharing


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