Book reviews, Crime thriller

Her Last Breath by Alison Belsham – Book Review


Her Last Breath reunites readers with Marni Mullins, a grown-up Lisbeth Salander, and her relationship with complicated detective Francis Sullivan, much-loved characters who we’ll be hopefully seeing on TV soon – the TV right have been at auction by MediaLab, who produce dramas for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and Discovery.

The body count is rising…and the clock is ticking.

When a young woman is attacked and left fighting to survive in hospital, the police are pulled into a race against time to save her life. But just 24 hours later, she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body.

And when another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of Brighton.

His team identify a suspect, Alex Mullins, son of Francis’s lover, Marni. Can Francis forget their shared past and save the next victim before it is too late?

A gripping crime thriller from the author of The Tattoo Thief.



Alex and Tash have a row in a club, she leaves and starts to walk home alone…..but someone has followed her.

Early morning, Alex receives a call from Tash, she’s been attacked, so he and his mum, Marni, race to find her.

What they find is horrific, Tash has been stabbed, mutilated and tattooed. She’s rushed to hospital and seems to be ok, but she then dies as a reaction to something. The tattoo ink had been poisoned.

As Marni is a tattooist and Alex knows about the art too, he is suspected of the attack….But, Detective Francis Sullivan isn’t so sure and that’s not just because he’d once been close to Marni.

When another woman is found with the same injuries and dies the same way, the race is on to catch the killer.

This is really an edge of your seat thriller, fast paced, great characters and a gripping plot to keep you on a knife edge throughout. Brilliant.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Sinner by Martyn Waites – Book Review


In prison not everyone is guilty . . .

Tom Killgannon, ex-undercover police officer and now in witness protection, is recalled to active service by a local police task force, headed by DS Sheridan.

His mission is to befriend notorious child killer Noel Cunningham and find out where he buried the bodies of his final two victims. The catch? Tom has to obtain that information from within Blackmoor prison itself. Undercover and with no back-up, Tom soon runs into danger. In the prison is convicted gangster Dean Foley. He used to run Manchester’s biggest gang, until Tom’s testimony put him away for life. He recognises Tom, and so begins a cat-and-mouse game as Tom fights for survival before Foley can get his revenge.

But why can’t Tom reach DS Sheridan and what is the real reason he has been sent to Blackmoor prison?



Tom Killgannon was an u dear over cop, responsible for putting away notorious drug baron, Dean Foley.

Now in witness protection, Tom lives a quiet life in Cornwall. But, as part of this deal, he is on call for the odd undercover operation. So, when the child killer, Noel Cunningham says he may be willing to give up the whereabouts of his last victims bodies, Tom is sent to prison to find out more.

He ‘befriends’ Noel and is about to get the information, but a face from his past, Dean Foley, appears in the same prison. Coincidence or is something else going on?

Wow…..this really is a rollercoaster of a read, with gangsters, violence, corrupt prison officers, murder and betrayals, twisty and action packed to say the least. Great characters with their secrets, hopes and fears make this an utterly gripping and exciting read.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.




Martyn Waites (b. 1963) is an English actor and author of hard-boiled fiction. Raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, he spent his post-university years selling leather coats, working in pubs and doing stand-up comedy. After a stint in drama school, Waites pursued life on the stage, performing regionally in theaters across England. TV and commercial work followed, and he continued to act full-time until the early 1990s, when he began writing his first novel: a noir mystery set in the city of his birth.