Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Perfect Silence

Perfect Silence by Helen Fields
Published by Avon 
August 2018

Helen Fields is back with her fourth novel featuring Detective Inspector Callanach.  Here's the blurb to give you a clue as to what it's all about...

When silence falls, who will hear their cries?
The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.
After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

And if that wasn't enough, here's an exclusive extract from the book....

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach brought his car to a halt on
the verge of Torduff Road. A pair of curious horses watched
passively over a six-bar gate as blue fl ashing lights destroyed
the early morning peace. Pulling a hoodie over his t-shirt, he
checked the time. Five thirty in the morning. The crime scene
investigators were in the process of erecting floodlights
around the scene to make up for the lack of sunlight. The
weak October rays wouldn’t touch the ground until six thirty
at the earliest. DCI Ava Turner pulled her car up behind his
and climbed out in sports gear that had already seen a work
out that morning.
‘Do you never sleep?’ he asked, as they fell into step together.
‘Is it a French thing, using a question as a greeting? Because
in Scotland we tend to say hello first. Surely you’ve been here
long enough to know that by now. What do we know about
the victim?’ she replied, rubbing her hands together furiously.
‘I haven’t seen her yet,’ he said, peeling off his gloves and
handing them to Ava. ‘Put those on, it’s freezing out here. It’s
quite a long way up the lane. The route’s long and narrow,
heading south towards the reservoir, so the squad have sealed
off a full mile section. Scenes of Crime are already getting started.
I gather it’s a single victim, young adult female.’
Ava showed a uniformed officer her identification as they
ducked under yellow tape. ‘The usual pathologist, Ailsa Lambert,
is on leave at the moment, so who’s looking after the body?’
she asked.

Perfect Silence is out right now in paperback and kindle editions.  Sleep well and don't have nightmares!

Happy Reading

Miss Chapters x

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Mystery of Three Quarters

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
Published by Harper Collins
23rd August  2018

The world’s most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot – the legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and most recently The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket—returns in a stylish, diabolically clever mystery set in 1930’s London.
Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met.
Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy, and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.
Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

Hercule Poirot is back and yet again written by the wonderful Sophie Hannah.  Now I know that some die-hard Agatha Christie fans have hated the fact that Sophie has written these Poirot novels, but as a total fan of the queen of crime fiction I love them totally and you should too!  I can hear Poirot as I read these books, and I do think that Sophie Hannah has captured him on paper perfectly.  I also love the fact that in these books he has a new side-kick in the guise of Edward Catchpole who is the author of these novels and is always there at hand to lend a role in the police proceedings.

This book starts with a letter - one which accuses a woman of murdering a man she has never heard of, a Mr Barnabus Pandy, who apparently died whilst in the bath.  The author of this letter is one Mr Hercule Poirot!  After being accosted by this rather angry lady, Poirot finds himself blamed for the sending of not one, not two but four letters in total; all saying the same thing - that the recipient has murdered Barnabus Pandy!

This is enough for Poirot to investigate the case, despite the police ruling it an accidental death initially, and with Catchpole at his side, he visits the home of Mr Pandy to find out more about his demise from the women who lived with him - his daughters and granddaughter and to find out the truth.  But of course, as more seemingly unrelated characters are brought into play, we soon learn that not everyone is being honest with Poirot.

Did my own "little grey cells" work out whodunnit in this cleverly crafted plot?  No of course they didn't, but Poirot did in his own determinable style!  I can't wait for the next installment!

Happy Reading

Miss Chapters x

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

In Conversation with Claire Allan

Today I am in conversation with Claire Allan, author of Her Name was Rose. So without further ado, let's ask Claire some questions....

Any advice to anyone dreaming of becoming an author?
 JUST DO IT! The best advice I can give is just to write. Sit down and open a file on your computer, or take out a notebook and write something.
If it feels like a big task, set yourself a goal. 200 words maybe. Don’t overthink it. No author gets it right the first time, even the most experienced authors go through countless drafts before they have the book you eventually read. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be written!

Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
From everything! I’m a people watcher (I think most writers are), so I love to watch people interact and imagine what their story can be. I can also hear a phrase or a song, or sit in the sun on a lovely day and have a scene come into my head that becomes something much more. There are  stories happening around us all the time, in everyone’s life. My 18 years in journalism taught that me that so many people have these incredible life experiences that they don’t tend to talk about, and that the most extraordinary stories come from “ordinary” people.

What are you working on next?
I’ve just submitted the first draft of my second thriller ‘Apple of My Eye’ to my publishers. It’s a story about a mother’s obsession with her daughter and the steps she will go to to protect her child. I had great fun writing it and letting my imagination run wild!

If, heaven forbid, there was a fire, what possession would you grab first to save?
Assuming my family and pets were safe and well, it would have to be my laptop. Mostly because I’m not half as good at backing up my work as I should be and the thought of losing work is horrendous! Also I form a certain bond with my laptops. I’ve gone through four in my writing career so far and my current is my favourite. It’s the nicest to work on and I’ve it customised just how I want, complete with a sticker my daughter chose for the cover.

What five people, living or dead, would you choose to invite to a dinner party?
I probably should pick writerly sorts? Shouldn’t I? But in truth, I’d love to sit around a table with Oprah Winfrey (and sure, if she wanted to choose me for her book club that would be lovely!) and Michelle Obama for the inspiration and political chat. Marian Keyes for the literary chat and a good laugh. Michael Buble as he is my one true love and Jane Austen, to see what her take on the modern dating world would be.

Thank you Claire for taking part with in conversation with. You can follow Claire on Twitter @Claireallan or visit to see what she is up to! My review of Her Name was Rose will be up shortly but if you can't wait, you can grab a copy now (and the kindle edition is only 99p)!

Happy Reading

Miss Chapters x

Monday, 6 August 2018

The New Girl

The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra
Published by Avon Books
October 2018

When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary.
And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, the flatmates’ fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support.
Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined.
In fact, Rachel seems to know more about Mary than she knows about herself…

Ingrid Alexandra's novel The New Girl comes out in paperback in October but you can grab a copy on your kindle right now for the bargain price of 99p; perfect for reading by the beach or pool this summer.

Mary is an orphan following her parents' disappearance when she was in her teens, resulting in a wealthy inheritance. She's recently moved across Australia in a bid to escape from her ex-boyfriend Mark who is violent and has been threatening to kill her. No one else knows of her location about from her Aunt who despite Mark's most recent visit, isn't about to reveal where she is staying. Mary now lives in a flat with Ben and her best friend Cat.  In order to raise more funds the friends advertise for a new flatmate and it is left to Mary to show around applicant Rachel.  They instantly hit it off and Rachel soon moves in, though it appears that Cat isn't so sure about her.

Rachel starts to confess in Mary, asking her to keep her past secret from Cat and the two become even closer, prompting disharmony between the former friends; add to that a blossoming relationship between Ben and Mary and some odd phone calls from a mystery caller who can only be Mark.  Rachel's behaviour becomes a little odd; sleepwalking into Mary's bedroom at night and watching her sleep. The problem for the readers is that Mary drinks - so how reliable is her narrative, can the reader actually trust her past or even her present?!

The ending comes with a twist and is certainly a cliffhanger!

Happy Reading

Miss Chapters x

Friday, 27 July 2018

Fatal Inheritance

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
Published by Doubleday
July 2018

London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb. 
Out of the blue, she receives a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera. 

Eve discovers her legacy is an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous.

Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest – before events turn deadly…

This is the second novel by Rachel Rhys (a.k.a. the crime writer Tammy Cohen) following her fabulous debut Dangerous Crossing last year and it doesn't disappoint.  Set in the French Riviera at the end of the second world war, the book is atmospheric, gripping and totally believable.  Sitting in the garden with the English sunshine this week I could almost feel myself transported to the heady coast of Southern France where the sky turns everything pink and everyone is beautiful.  

France in 1948 is nothing like its English counterpart.  Where rationing and make-do-and-mend are still in place in Britain, along the coastline of Cannes there is still a world of glitz and glamour and the rich and famous arrive there in droves expecting to be fully entertained.  

When Eve Forrester is summoned to a meeting with a solicitor she has never heard of before, it is not to expect to be travelling to France to discover what she is about to inherit.  Her dull, and quite frankly, annoyingly controlling husband Clifford doesn't want her to go, claiming it will all be a waste of time, but Eve is intrigued by the bequest and heads off alone to France to find out more about her surprising inheritance.

When she discovers she has been left a share in a beautiful villa overlooking the Riviera, she is suitably shocked, as are the family who own the rest of the property.  They presume that Eve has had an affair with the deceased, Guy Lester but Eve is more surprised than any of them, as she has never heard of this man before, let alone met him.

The family want nothing more than to sell the house and take the cash it will provide them, but slowly day after day, Eve begins to fall in love with the house and her new life.  However her refusal to part with her share in the property will lead to her downfall because someone wants her inheritance; with or without her permission, and Eve isn't as safe as she once thought she was.

With a whole host of glamorous characters in a fabulous setting, Fatal Inheritance is the perfect read for the summer but can you work out who is out to get Eve Forrester?  I certainly didn't!

Happy Reading

Miss Chapters x 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Sleeper 13

Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair
Published by Orion
June 2018

Smuggled to the Middle East as a child.
Trained as one of the most elite insurgents of his generation.
Forced to do things no one should, for a cause he couldn't believe in.
But as his brothers were preparing to kill, he was looking for a way out.
Now, on the eve of the deadliest coordinated attacks the world has ever seen, he finally has his chance.
He will break free and hunt down those who made him a monster.
He must draw on all his training to survive.

He is SLEEPER 13.

Now I'll be honest with you all, I'm not really a thriller so-of fan but Sleeper 13 sounded interesting enough for me to request to be part of the blog tour.  I've not read any of Rob Sinclair's books before (he's written a few others) so I can't comment on any of  his earlier works.  This book is set across the globe as there are a number of central characters, all seemingly unrelated but as you progress with the book you soon realise that they are connected in more ways than one.  

Aydin Torkal begins our story in France where he is desperate to leave the group where he is solely referred to as number thirteen; one of a group of children who have been brought up by the Teacher to kill those who do not follow their faith and beliefs.  Aydin knows that this move will not be easy, for the group will not just let him walk away without so much as a backward glance; in fact the only way in which the group will let Aydin leave will be by his death.

Across the globe in the Middle East we have Rachel Cox, a British secret service agent who has spent years tying to track down a group of children she believes have been trained and smuggled out of the area and who are plotting to carry out an horrific attack.  However those higher up than her are starting to believe that the evidence she has is not strong enough for her to continue her work - until that is the death of one of her informants, a charity worker called Nilay; a woman that Rachel believes has more information on this group of boys than anyone else she has met.

So how does this tie together you may be asking yourself?  Nilay is infact the twin sister of Aydin and when he learns of her death he vows revenge on those who carried it out.  So now the hunted becomes the hunter and Rachel Cox is going to find herself caught somewhere in the middle!

This is a great story, full of twists and turns and a real page-turner as you don't know where the story is going to take you to next.  What I can say is that there is a follow-up novel and I can't wait to find out what is going to happen in the sequel.

Happy Reading

Miss Chapters x

Monday, 18 June 2018

The Burning Chambers

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
Published by Mantle
3rd May 2018

Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father's bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE.
But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou's help if he is to get out of La Cité alive.
Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further.
Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to resurface, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power . . .

Having loved Kate Mosse's first trilogy of books set in France, I was super eager to get my teeth, as it were, stuck into her new series of books, once again set in the Languedoc region. This time we are transported to 1562 where the battle between the Huguenots and the Catholics is starting to come to fruition and lives can hang in the balance dependent on which faith you follow.  Minou Joubert and her family are Catholics and they own a bookshop in Carcassonne.  Her father has been ill for some time, and Minou has been running the shop for him whilst also caring for her younger brother and sister.  One day whilst at the shop she receives a mysterious letter that contains the words - "She knows that you live" but that is all; Minou has no clue as to the author of the letter or to whom the letter is referring to.

Our story then moves across France to Toulouse where the battle for religious supremacy is nearing a climax and Minou begins to spend more time with Piet Reydon, a man she initially met in Carcassonne but who has returned to Toulouse carrying a most sacred possession that keeps his life in danger.  

Kate Mosse now weaves a historical tale filled with characters both good and evil but whilst also maintaining that grip on historical fact so that you could actually believe that this story really did happen, and that these characters really did exist.  I can't wait to read the next instalment to find out what is going to happen next in this wars of religion trilogy and how on earth the reader is going to be transported from 16th century France to 19th century South Africa.  The mind boggles!

Happy Reading

Miss Chapters x