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The Farren family has been a plague upon Philadelphia’s most dangerous neighbourhood, the Devil’s Pocket, for generations. There, row after row of tumbledown houses hide dark secrets – none darker than Billy, the youngest Farren.

Afflicted by a syndrome that means he can’t recognise faces, Billy must use photographs to identify his family – and his victims. And when your life has bled away, he takes a final, gruesome picture for his wall.

But what is the meaning of the horrific ritual Billy enacts with every murder? And is there any connection to a childhood event Detective Kevin Byrne has buried so well it’s hidden even from his former partner Jessica Balzano?


my review

As Laura Rousseau toweled herself off from the shower she thought the house seemed strangely quiet. She see two men in her hallway that she had never seen before in the neighbourhood. But one of the men seem to know her by name. Laura finds the floor in the living room soaked with blood. Her husband and son were seated on dining chairs slumped forward bound with duct tape. One of the men asked Laura o you know my face? In her last moments Laura Rousseau remembered where she had seen the man’s face before. It was in her nightmares. Who was these men? At the start of this thriller you turn the pages as if your very life depends on it. Darren and Patrick Farren had been in and out of jail ever since they were teenagers, but never for the most brutal of their crimes.





Let the city of love capture your heart.

How far would you go for love?
When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she’s going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas.
A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans over seventy years. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war, never to return? And what secret was she hiding?
As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it’s not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.
From the bestselling author of Me and Mr Darcy, this magical romantic comedy is for every girl who has ever dreamed of the glittering lights of Paris and of a love that last a lifetime …
I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page. Alexandra Potter has the ability to write a touching love story. What I found is that the story so funny in places throughout this witty eternally romantic novel. The funny parts just seem to flow. Alexandra Potter doesn’t   have to work hard to make Ruby her character funny it seems a gift that comes to Alexandra naturally to make her readers laugh. Falling in love is a scary business. Ruby fell in love with Jack even though they lived thousands of mile apart. Ruby is so excited that her boyfriend Jack is flying in to stay with her. But while Ruby is waiting for Jack at the airport she gets a message on her phone, Jack can’t make it as he has a work commitment to attend to.  Ruby Miller then gets an offer she can’t refuse her friend Harriet invites her to Paris.So much happens to Ruby in Paris I just loved reading about Ruby’s adventure in Paris. Harriet who a specialist with antiques is looking at an apartment once owned by Madam Dumont. As Ruby begins to look around the apartment while Harriet is busy she stumbles on some long-lost love letters. Ruby keeps quite about the love letters she found and reads them in secret. The letters hold a great mystery that spans three-quarters of a century. Madame Dumont’s beautiful love letters are just signed from H. Ruby turns into a little detective finding out more about these letters and who sent them. I found Love From Paris unputdownable. I am certainly looking forward to reading more novels by Alexandra Potter. I highly recommend Love From Paris.






The chasebridge killer is out, racial tension is rising and the mutilated body of a young Muslim man is found in the stairwell of a tower block in Doncaster. As he gets drawn into the case, Sean Denton’s family life and his police job become dangerously entwined.

Meanwhile a young woman is trying to piece her life back together, but someone is out there, someone who will never let her forget what she’s done.


Bones In The Nest by Helen Cadbury is a must buy must read.  The Bones In The Nest is my first book that I have read by Helen Cadbury. Helen’s first book To Catch A Rabbit, was winner of the inaugural Northern Crime Competition.  Helen Cadbury is a name not to forget as I am certain that we will seeing a lot more of Helen Cadbury’s stunning crime books in the future.  I was hooked into this story as a young girl Chloe was has been released from prison is trying to make a new life for herself, only to find that someone is out to get her and destroy her life. The added bonus to this story is the stunning, gritty, contemporary police procedural set in Doncaster, perfect for fans of ITV’s acclaimed Line of Duty. I hope that we will see a lot more of PC Sean Denton. I highly recommend Bones In The Nest as Helen Cadbury is an interesting and impressive author.



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A missing convict, a young woman assaulted and killed, an old man murdered in his home. All in different parts of London. With eight million inhabitants, bad things happen to good people all the time. Only nine-year-old Cassie Janus knows there’s a connection, because she is the killer … in her nightmares at least. Cassie has the rare ability to unearth the darkest emotions of others. She sees a past they would rather keep hidden and a future too horrific to comprehend.Perhaps the killer can be stopped. If only she can make someone – her mother, her friend, her teacher – believe. Her words are dismissed, her sanity questioned. She knows they’ll believe her in the end … but by then, they’ll be facing death.

When I read that Peter Dudgeon started writing at the age of fourteen, inspired by Stephen King’s early novels, I knew I was in for a thrilling ride through out reading Chances. The doll on the front certainly looks a little creepy and edged me to read it at once. The nice short chapters keep you turning pages after pages. The story is dark and creepy it make you want to read on to find out what will happen next. A missing convict, a young woman assaulted and killed, an old man murdered in his home. Bad things happen to good people all the time. Cassie has epilepsy and suffers seizures from time to time. Only nine-year old Cassie Janus knows there is a connection, because she is the killer in her nightmares at least. Cassie’s doll Katie was he only companion. Sometimes Cassie would cuddle Katie as she drifted towards sleep, but one night she pinned Katie’s eyelids down and scribbled on them pressing so hard that Katie’s eyelid refused to open. When Cassie mummy is hospital Laura Robinson notices the most creepiest doll in Cassie wardrobe while getting some clothes for Cassie to stay with her.  So much happens in this well written creepy tale.






The solitary female sniper squints against the scorching desert sun. Takes the shot. Men die. The solitary female assassin slashes her target’s artery. Fades into the Alpine forest. Men die. The betrayed covert operative silences his sadness with the howl of blues music and carnal recreation.  What will happen when Chastity, the ice-cold contract killer, encounters underworld investigator JJ Stoner?
Guns, girls, guitars and scenes of gruesome violence, all shot through with a wit sharp enough to draw blood. With terse and brilliant prose, Westworth delivers a plot that drags you along relentlessly. The writing is clever and inventive, paying few dues to existing genres or styles. Stoner is violent, amoral and cynical.

I read A Last Act of Charity and came back for more. I wanted to read Killing Sisters book 2 The Corruption Of Chastity as I find Frank Westworth a very clever talented writer. With serial killings and strange sisters Franks writing is sharp as a blade of a knife.






Light spilled from the windows of White House Farm and inside a dog whimpered as Essex Police approached on  7 August 1985.  When they entered they found the bodies of  Nevill and June Bamber, their daughter Sheila and her two young sons. It looked as if Sheila has shot them all before turning the gun on herself.


As the media destroyed Sheila’s reputation, horrified relatives became suspicious of her brother Jeremy’s behaviour. Had he committed the murders in order to inherit from his wealthy parents?Dramatic new evidence suggested he had, and he was convicted the following year. He has always protested his innocence.


Drawing on extensive new research, including correspondence with Jeremy Bamber, Carol Ann Lee describes the years of rising tension in the family that culminated in the murders, and takes us through the twists and turns of the investigation and trial. Scrupulously fair, The Murders at White House Farm is an absorbing portrait of a family, a time and place, and a gripping account of one of Britain’s most notorious crimes.

my review

I don’t read many true crime books, but this one caught my attention. Sheila’s dream was to be a successful model, but her career stalled shortly before the twins were born and she never really recovered despite her attempts to restart it. When Collin and Sheila’s marriage ended they shared custody of the twins, Nicholas and Daniel, and they remained on terms. Collin became their primary carer after Sheila’s second breakdown in March 1985. Before the murders tragically took place,  everyone who Sheila had spoken to on the phone claimed that Sheila sounded quite happy. Daily Express headlines On 8 August 1985 Sheila Bamber 28, first shot her twin six-year-old sons. She gunned down her father as he tried phoning for help. Then she murdered herself.  However Jeremy her adopted brother raised the alarm. He told police he had just got a phone call from his father to say Sheila has gone berserk with a gun. The police found sixty-one Nevill Bamber dead in the kitchen and his wife sixty-one June dead in the doorway of the master bedroom.  Through out this story Carol Ann Lee takes through the back ground of Bambers family life they once shared together.The Bambers were a wealthy family.  When a huge twist comes to light Jeremy’s ex girlfriend Julie Mugford came forward with an extraordinary story saying Jeremy had been plotting to kill his family for at least eighteen months. Jeremy dismissed her claims saying she was just bitter being a jilted woman. He always claimed his innocence.  It comes down to this do you believe Julie Mugford or do you believe Jeremy Bamber? Or did Sheila really kill her family? However Jeremy is put on trail for murder. At the front of this book are maps of the layout of White House Farm and at the back of the book are online media websites to look at about Jeremy’s family murder. If you like reading true stories then you will certainly love reading true story.






He’s the only man I’ve ever loved. And the one man I can’t bear to lose.

Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it. His hold on me is magnetic, his kiss my ultimate escape. We both harbour dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Although we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns. No matter what lies ahead, Jackson won’t give in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.
My review
It seems that I have found a new author to follow. I adored reading this New York Times best seller. It has crime and electrifying passion. Reed was a dirty, horrible man. He once abused and tormented Sylvia in her teens. Recently this monster of a man threatened to release some vile photographs he had taken of her back then if she didn’t convince her boyfriend Jackson to stop trying to block a movie that Reed wanted green-lit. Jackson is not a man to let circumstances get the better of him. He is a man who protects what he loves and he after all  Jackson is Sylvia’s knight, her protector. Jackson is a man who might be going to jail if he did kill Reed, the sadness is the system will make him pay even for death of a monster. No matter what lies ahead Jackson and Sylvia have a hot under the collar sexy electrifying passion.
 This stark international novel Under The Skin has it all crime and spellbinding romance. Highly entertaining!




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