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Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – Book Review


Price £7.99

ISBN 9781409170679


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

Hollywood actor Robert Soloman stands accused of the brutal stabbings of his wife and her lover, but he is desperately pleading that he had nothing to do with it. This is the trial of the century, and the defence want Eddie Flynn on their team.

The biggest case Eddie has ever tried before, he decides to take it on despite the overwhelming evidence that Robert is guilty. As the trial starts, Eddie becomes sure of Robert’s innocence, but there’s something else he is even more sure of – that there is something sinister going on in the jury box.

Because of this, he is forced to ask: what if the killer isn’t on the stand? What if he’s on the jury? 


Eddie Flynn, defence lawyer, troubled and an ex-con man – now defending Bobby Soloman, Hollywood star, who has been accused of murdering his wife and her ‘lover’.

The cases seems black and white, but one of the jurors is not as he seems, he has murdered his way on to the jury…..for what end?

Steve Cavanagh has written a courtroom drama with a difference, the twists and turns keep you guessing right to the fantastically tense end. It gave me butterflies of tension and I loved every brilliant, bloody, murderous, twisty, gripping minute of it. 







(All details and author image from Goodreads)

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. 

Follow on twitter @SSCav

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No Tomorrow #5*Review – Killing Eve #2 – Luke Jennings

Another good review….will be looking out for this book. I’ve read the previous one

Jane Hunt Writer

In a hotel room in Venice, where she’s just completed a routine assassination, Villanelle receives a late-night call.

Eve Polastri has discovered that a senior MI5 officer is in the pay of the Twelve, and is about to debrief him. As Eve interrogates her subject, desperately trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, Villanelle moves in for the kill.

The duel between the two women intensifies, as does their mutual obsession, and when the action moves from the high passes of the Tyrol to the heart of Russia, Eve finally begins to unwrap the enigma of her adversary’s true identity.

Amazon UK

My Thoughts…

Having enjoyed, if that’s the word, the TV series ‘Killing Eve’, I wanted to read the books that inspired the series.

The story is adrenaline-fuelled, clever, dark, fast-paced and rich in vivid imagery. Obviously, the characters assume the faces of the actors in the…

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#Review – The Quality Street Girls by Penny Thorpe (@PenThorpeBooks) @HarperCollinsUK

Not my usual genre, but this review may change my mind

The Writing Garnet


A seasonal delight, inspired by the true story of the Quality Street factory.

At sixteen years old, Irene ‘Reenie’ Calder is leaving school with little in the way of qualifications. She is delighted to land a seasonal job at Mackintosh’s Quality Street factory. Reenie feels like a kid let loose in a sweet shop, but trouble seems to follow her around and it isn’t long before she falls foul of the strict rules.

Diana Moore runs the Toffee Penny line and has worked hard to secure her position. Beautiful and smart, the other girls in the factory are in awe of her, but Diana has a dark secret which if exposed, could cost her not only her job at the factory but her reputation as well.

When a terrible accident puts supply of Quality Street at risk, Reenie has a chance to prove herself. The shops are full of Quality…

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Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb #BlogTour #teamlori @OrendaBooks @crimethrillgirl

Another to add to my ever growing TBR list


Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of the third book in the Lori Anderson series by Steph Broadribb which is published by Orenda Books.

About this book…

A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them. If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.

With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida…

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BLOG TOUR | To Dream the Blackbane – Richard J. O’Brien

Love the sound of this….and a great review

Jessica Belmont

Hi everyone!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for author Richard J. O’Brien’s latest novel, To Dream the Blackbane! Don’t forget to enterthe giveaway!

To Dream the Blackbane

Publication Date: December 29th, 2018

Genre: Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy

A cosmic event in 2015 fused Earth with the faerie realm. Scientists referred to the event as The Anomaly. A byproduct of The Anomaly was the advent of hybrid beings—people who became mixed with whatever animal or object was closest to them the moment the event occurred. Humans, or pedigrees, soon relegated fairy refugees and hybrids into ghetto zones in large cities.

Seventy years later, Wolfgang Rex, a second-generation hybrid—part human, part Rhodesian Ridgeback—is a retired police detective who runs a private investigation business in Chicago’s Southside. It’s a one-hybrid show; though Rex couldn’t survive without his assistant, the faerie Sally Sandweb.

One night, two vampires visit Rex…

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eARC Book Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Great review of an excellent book

Mani's Book Corner

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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Source: NetGalley

Publisher: HaperCollins UK, HarperFiction

Genres: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery, Thriller

Ebook Publication Date: 3rd December 2018

Book Publication Date: 24th January 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from NetGalley):

Dripping with atmosphere, THE HUNTING PARTY is Lucy Foley’s hotly-anticipated crime debut. A razor-sharp and chilling Highland murder mystery. . .

Everyone’s invited. Everyone’s a suspect.

Nine friends ring in the New Year in the remote Scottish Highlands.

As the curtain falls on another year, the celebrations begin.

The next 48 hours see the friends catching up, reminiscing over past stories, scratching old wounds. . . And guarding friendship-destroying secrets.

The clock has barely struck 12 when a broken body is found in the snow.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

When a thick blizzard descends, the group are trapped.

No-one can get in. And…

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#BlogTour ~ Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter @LibbyCPT @OrionBooks @AlexxLayt

Great review

Broadbean's Books

A very big welcome to my first blog tour of 2019!

I am delighted to be sharing my review of Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carptenter.

Only a Mother was published on 27th December 2018 by Orion Books.

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Erica Wright hasn’t needed to scrub ‘MURDERER’ off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken.


Erica has always believed Craig was innocent – despite the lies she told for him years ago – but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn’t recognise her son anymore. 


So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on her son? And, if she won’t, then…

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#PublicationDay #Review – The Binding by Bridget Collins @Br1dgetCollins @BoroughPress #TheBinding #Netgalley

I’m just waiting for my copy…….great review and now even more looking forward to reading it

Nemesis Blog

Hi Everyone,

Today on my blog I have a Publication Day review of The Binding by Bridget Collins. Happy Publication Day!!

**All info and author information has been taken from Goodreads**

39964740Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to…

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Red Snow by Will Dean #BlogTour #BookReview @willrdean @PtBlankBks @annecater

Love the review

Bucks, Books & Beyond

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Author: Will Dean

Genre: Murder Mystery

Format: Paperback 389 pages

Release Date:  10 January 2019

Publisher: POINT BLANK

Firstly I would like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and the publisher for the copy of this book provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.



One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik? 


Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition. 


Tuva Moodyson, deaf reported at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside…

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#BlogTour The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

Sounds good, added to my TBR list

Cheryl M-M's Book Blog

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola. It’s a sort of Jane Eyre meets Christie with a gothic atmosphere. – Out in Paperback on the 10th January 2019.

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Photo of Anna Mazzola – copyright Lou Abercrombie

About the Author

Anna is a writer who, due to some fault of her parents, is drawn to peculiar and dark historical subjects. Her novels have been described as literary crime fiction or historical crime. Anna’s influences include Sarah Waters, Daphne Du Maurier, Shirley Jackson and Margaret Atwood.

Her debut novel, The Unseeing, is based on the life of a real woman called Sarah Gale who was convicted of aiding a murder in London in 1837. Her second novel, The Story Keeper, follows a folklorist’s assistant as she searches out dark fairytales and stolen girls on the Isle of Skye in 1857.

She studied…

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