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A Deception Most Deadly

Author – Genevieve Essig.

If you think about it, it makes perfect sense I’d eventually try to be a writer. One need only examine my childhood, as any therapist will tell you, and look for the signs: On family vacations my poor mother, already on her last nerve as my father, the Botany Professor, drove us around winding mountain roads with one eye on the ground vegetation, constantly screamed at me to “stop reading and look at the scenery.” I assigned my books call numbers and insisted my friends “check them out” from my “library” (the fines for late returns were steep but, as it turned out, largely unenforceable). I wrote plays about forest fairies and figures from classical mythology and petitioned for special dispensation so I could stage them on the playground during lunch. My favorite school task was diagramming sentences.

So, when, many years later, I scaled back my other work to spend more time writing, no one really should have been surprised. Concerned for my sanity and financial well-being, maybe, but not surprised. And am I ever glad I did. I am truly blessed, and I make an effort every day to remember that.

What else… I’m half-Chinese and Florida-raised, Yale- and UVA- educated, and Chicago…buffed and polished? In any case, I now proudly call New Orleans home, and when I’m not writing or getting lost down research rabbit holes, I spend my time practicing law, shooting pool, performing operas and musicals, ogling old buildings, acting for film and television, futzing with inventions that address highly specific and possibly only-annoying-to-me problems, traveling, ranting at bartenders about the evils of straws, riding horses, and petting strange cats (though, since we’ve recently welcomed home a new kitten friend, Musette, I might need to cut back on that last).

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 343

The Blurb – Meet Cassie Gwynne: bookworm, cat lover, reluctant heiress… and determined detective?

Florida, 1883. Cassie Gwynne is looking for a fresh start when she steps off the steamship at Fernandina harbor for the first time. She’s trying hard to be a proper lady, for once. She’s styled her unruly hair, shined her boots, and even purchased a whole new fashionable (or at least fashionably priced) wardrobe. However, she’s certain finding a body is not very ladylike behavior…

While out exploring the beautiful island with her Aunt Flora, Cassie stumbles across the body of Peanut Runkles, town grump and her aunt’s neighbor, lying at the foot of the harbor pilots’ lookout tower. To make matters worse, because Peanut and Flora have been quarreling for years over everything from Flora’s eccentric ideas to her pet pig’s fondness for Peanut’s vegetable patch, Flora is immediately arrested for murder.

Desperate to save the only family she has left, Cassie vows to prove Flora’s innocence and untangle the mystery herself, no matter how much the surly local sheriff disapproves. Cassie’s brilliant mind and nose for a clue lead her on an investigation that takes her all around the island, and even earns her a valiant furry friend in Esy the kitten.

But how does the mysterious ledger Cassie finds hidden in a secret drawer in Peanut’s desk connect to the crime? Cassie is determined to dig up the truth, but can she catch the killer before her time on the island comes to a deadly end?

This warm and witty cozy mystery will transport you to the island city of Fernandina and introduce you to a feisty heroine far before her time! Perfect for fans of Verity Bright, T E Kinsey and Deanna Raybourn.

Today is my stop on the A Deception Most Deadly blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the first book in the Cassie Gwynne series. It is set in Florida in 1883. From the first couple of pages you can tell the author has set the scene well, with the vivid description of the sights and sounds Cassie sees when she first arrives.

Cassie is an interesting character who is looking to start over after the death of her father. After his death she discovers letters from her Aunt Flora, so decides to travel to Florida to meet her. Flora is a great character that is really ahead of her time. She protests for animal welfare and is not scared to ruffle people’s feather’s which puts her at odds with many people.

When Cassie and Flora find a body, Flora becomes the main suspect and the police thinking they have their culprit and not eager to look for anyone else. This is when Cassie takes it upon herself to look into the affairs of the deceased.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing more of Cassie.

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Mystery at Magpie Lodge

Author – Clare Chase

Clare Chase writes classic mysteries. Her aim is to take readers away from it all via some armchair sleuthing in atmospheric locations.

Her debut novel was shortlisted for Novelicious’s Undiscovered Award, as well as an EPIC award post-publication, and was chosen as a Debut of the Month by LoveReading. Murder on the Marshes (Tara Thorpe 1) was shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award.

Like her heroines, Clare is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in settings as diverse as Littlehey Prison and the University of Cambridge, in her home city. She’s lived everywhere from the house of a lord to a slug-infested flat and finds the mid-terrace she currently occupies a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 327

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After the black sheep of the Fulton family is found dead, the village of Saxford St Peter is quick to blame it on his past misdeeds. But Eve Mallow is on the hunt for someone closer to home…

When the down-on-his-luck Emory Fulton moves into crumbling Magpie Lodge, and starts running historical tours, the locals are none too pleased. He’s inventing grisly tales about their lovely little village, and disturbing everyone’s peace.

But then he’s found dead in his bath, and everyone is suddenly running scared. Could something strange be happening? After all, the murder mirrors one of Fulton’s stories about Saxford’s dark past…

But Eve Mallow is sure the answers lie in much more recent events.

Accompanied by her stalwart dachshund sidekick Gus, she starts to dig a little deeper. Could it be Fulton’s snobbish bigwig brother, or the suspicious local academic? Why was his goddaughter handing him mysterious parcels, and why wouldn’t his sister-in-law let him in her house?

As Eve unravels the secrets of the living and the dead, one thing is for sure: Fulton was a haunted, hunted man. And if Eve doesn’t crack the case soon, she might find whoever wanted to keep Fulton quiet on her trail too…

An unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.

Today is my stop on the Mystery at Magpie Lodge blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is another great read from Clare Chase. Her writing makes this a superior cosy crime series.

It was nice to catch up with Eve and Gus again as this time she looks into another suspicious death.

Emory Fulton was once a famous TV ghost hunter, and frequented many a television panel. Now his star has faded he gives ghost tours and he knows the history of local families and buildings and that knowledge makes him dangerous to someone.

His brother and sister in law had made him stay outside of the family home and he had been seen arguing with his goddaughter’s partner.

Eve is just getting to know him when he is found murdered. To write a true obituary Eve seeks to get to know the deceased better.

This is is a wonderful read and I can not wait to read the next one.

Other titles in the series include:

Mystery on Hidden Lane

Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage

Mystery at Seagrave Hall

Mystery at the Old Mill

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Murder at the Castle

Author – Lisa Cutts.

Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When off duty she writes a fictitious version of her day job. She lives and works within the county of Kent with her husband and Labrador.

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster books, Never Forget and Remember, RememberNever Forgot was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award 2013 and the winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2014 for Best Thriller. She has also written four books in the East Rise Incident Room series, Mercy KillingBuried SecretsLost Lives and Don’t Trust Him. All four centre around DI Harry Powell and his Major Crime Team battling to solve the latest murders within the county. Currently she is writing the Little Challham mysteries, cosy mysteries set in a fictional village in Kent.

She writes a monthly column, Behind the Tape, for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers. In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival and help establish Murderous Medway, an annual crime fiction festival packed full of amazing author panels. As well as being on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, Lisa has twice appeared on This Morning to chat about TV crime dramas Broadchurch and Line of Duty.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 301

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When the star guest collapses at a wine tasting, it seems someone has a taste for murder. Fortunately, amateur sleuth Belinda Penshurst was at the event – and now she’s on the case!

Belinda Penshurst loves her home village Little Challham, and its charming, peaceful ways. So when wine critic Sadie Oppenshaw dies at a tasting Belinda organised, she immediately turns detective to uncover the poisoner…

Accompanied by retired detective Harry Powell and her boisterous Labrador Horatio, Belinda sets out to investigate the world of wine. There are scandals brewing everywhere… but do the local DIY enthusiasts have a deadly vendetta, or did Sadie’s reviews cause a resentful restaurant owner to crack?

When another of the guests at the wine tasting is found poisoned, it becomes clear the killer is only just getting started. Can Belinda crack the case and open the champagne, before the murderer catches up with her?

A charming cozy mystery, perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, H.Y. Hanna and Emily Organ.

Today is my stop on the Murder at the Castle blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I was really looking forward to reading this book after reading the first in the series.

Murder in the Village

Belinda has organised a wine tasting event and invited the famous wine critic Sadie Oppenshaw. Being a critic means she isn’t very popular, having ruffled many a feather with her reviews.

So when she ends up dead, Belinda swings into action to try and find the killer. Between her, Harry and her dog they make a very formidable team. Again there are lots of twists and turns before we get to the reveal.

The author has again written a really good cosy crime mystery and this series is growing into a must read for me. Anybody who is a fan of cosy crime needs to start reading this series!

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The Moon Almanac

Author – Judith Hurrell

Judith Hurrell is a freelance writer who lives in Buckinghamshire. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her in nature,
going on about the sky, the sea, the earth and the trees to her family and dogs. She was inspired to write this book
after joining a women’s circle, which meets every month to mark and celebrate the 12 phases of the lunar cycle.

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Publisher – Summersdale

Pages – 208

The Blurb –

When can you spot the Hunter’s Moon, a Smiling Moon or a Pink Moon?

How can the phases of the moon help your garden grow?

What influence does the full moon have on hamsters, coral and skylarks?

Navigate the rhythms of the night sky with this evocative collection of poetry, prose and precious wisdom. Illuminating the moon’s influence on the natural world and its depiction in folklore and the arts.

The Moon Almanac will open your eyes to the wonders of our brightest celestial neighbour.

Includes information on:

 History and folklore – learn about wolves howling at the moon and the stories behind the names such as holiday moon, the old moon etc.

 Trivia – includes details of the Apollo missions, the first man on the moon, astronomy discoveries, the tides, daylight moons, harvest moons and more.

 The moon in religion and mythology – gods and goddesses of the moon, religious beliefs about the moon.

 The moon and biological rhythms – find out how you can align your body and your sleeping patterns with the moon, and how important the moon is to your circadian rhythm.

 Words of wisdom and lunar quotes.

Today is my stop on The Moon Almanac blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I absolutely loved this book. I was already interested in the moon and the cycles it goes through and (if you believe) the effect it has on our star signs.

However this is a lot more than a book about star signs, the author has created a collection of information for us all about it. From how it moves through its cycle to when is the best time to plant things.

The book goes through month by month and explains what role the moon plays in that time of year. The author has also contained writings about the moon from folklore to mythology.

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Dead Mercy

Author – Noelle Holten.

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog. Dead Inside – her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

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Publisher – One More Chapter

Pages – 402

The Blurb –

‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin on Dead Inside

A brutal murder…

When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.

A dark history…

As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.

A terrible secret…

In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.

Today is my stop on the Dead Mercy blog tour. Many thanks Sarah Hardy for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the fifth installment in the Maggie Jamieson series and it just keeps getting better and better. The author has firmly established herself as a must read crime writer.

After the cliff hanger of the last book we finally get to find out who has been murdered and it hits close to home for Maggie and the team. Again the author’s knowledge shines through and adds the all important authenticity.

Maggie finds herself up against a really brutal killer and again the author does not hold back in her descriptions of crimes and crime scenes. The series as a whole really stands out in the genre for tackling hard hitting issues.

I cannot wait for the next one.

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Death on a Winter’s Day

Author – Verity Bright

Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 330

The Blurb –

Christmas at the castle with holly, handmade gifts, snowflakes and… is that a body under the tree? Someone call Lady Swift!

Winter, 1921Lady Eleanor Swift, amateur sleuth and reluctant lady of the manor, has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland, at the beautiful castle of her dear friends Baron and Baroness Ashley. Even her favourite companion, master of mischief Gladstone the bulldog, is coming along to share a slice of turkey. As snow begins to fall outside, the rather mismatched group are cozy by the roaring fire, sharing a tipple over a plate of Mrs Trotman’s famous mince pies.

But after what was supposed to be a fun party game, Mr Eugene Randall is found dead at the feast. A somewhat unpopular business associate of the Baron’s from across the pond, it seems Mr Randall has certainly upset somebody. Was it what he said about Scottish whisky?

The killer must be in the castle… and when the Baron is arrested, Baroness Ashley begs Eleanor to investigate. Determined not to let her friend down, Eleanor sets about questioning the remaining partygoers.

All too swiftly, someone else is found dead, having apparently fallen from a high balcony. As if one murder wasn’t enough to put a twist in the tinsel! Eleanor knows she’s skating on thin ice now. And when she discovers a hidden document that points the finger of suspicion at the unlikeliest of suspects, she realises there’s more to the story. Can Eleanor catch the killer before it’s time for Christmas dinner?

The perfect cozy mystery to curl up with this winter! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss are in for a festive treat.

Today is my stop on the Death on a Winter’s Day blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is another in this great series. It is Christmas time and Eleanor is off to Scotland for the festive period. Some friends of hers are having trouble so in an act of solidarity she decides to help out.

Of course it isn’t long before a murder is committed and what she considers an inferior member of the police assigned to the case. She is loathed to leave a good mystery alone so immerses herself in the case. We again meet a great array of characters and would be murderers along the way.

As always Eleanor’s butler steals the show!

You may also want to read other books in this series. I have reviewed:

A Very English Murder

Death at the Dance

A Witness to Murder

Murder in the Snow

Murder at the Fair

A Lesson in Murder

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Murder at the Abbey

Author – Frances Evesham.

Frances Evesham is the author of the hugely successful Exham-on-Sea mysteries set in her home county of Somerset. Boldwood has republished the complete series. Frances has also started a new cosy crime series set in rural Herefordshire, the first of which was published in June 2020.

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Publisher – Boldwood Books

Pages – 262

The Blurb –

The Brand NEW instalment in the bestselling Exham-on-Sea series.

An unsolved murder echoes down the corridors of Cleeve Abbey for years.

The Exham-on-Sea’s History Society’s annual summer picnic comes to an abrupt end when human bones are discovered in Washford River, beside historic Cleeve Abbey.

Thrilled to find evidence of a possible centuries-old murder mystery, the members of the society organise a ghost-hunting night in the ruins of Cleeve Abbey, despite amateur sleuth Libby Forest’s reservations.

Libby is a woman of many talents, a baker, chocolatier, even a reluctant sleuth, but she’s no fan of the supernatural and her doubts are justified when a friend is attacked under cover of darkness at the ghost-hunt.

Distressed and angry, Libby sets out with her new husband Max and their two dogs Bear and Shipley to uncover the connection between the murder of a sixteenth century monk and a present-day attack in picturesque Somerset.

With friends and neighbours as suspects, Libby and Max close in on the culprit only to find that others are still in danger.

There’s no time to lose as the sins of the past threaten lives in the community.

Murder at the Abbey is the eighth in a series of Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries from the small English seaside town full of quirky characters, sea air, and gossip.

Today is my stop on the Murder at the Abbey blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I absolutely love this series and this is the eighth book.

Cleeve Abbey is a site of interest to the historical society and it is here that Libby is drawn in to another mystery. She is loathed to spend a night ghost hunting so when a friend gets attacked she is quick to investigate.

In her usual style she gets to discovering the link between the abbey and the attack. This is one of my favourite series now, I love how the author portrays where the murders are portrayed, in this book, I could really picture the abbey and its surroundings.

Highly recommended.

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Wish You Weren’t Here

Author – Gabby Hutchinson Crouch.

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch (Horrible Histories, Newzoids, The News Quiz, The Now
Show) has a background in satire. Born in Pontypool in Wales, and raised in Ilkeston,
Derbyshire, she now lives in Canterbury.

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Publisher – Farrago

Pages – 230

The Blurb –


The Rook family run a little business: ghost hunting. And things has picked up recently. Something’s wrong. It’s been getting noticeably worse since, ooh, 2016?

Bad spirits are abroad, and right now they’re particularly around Coldbay Island, which isn’t even abroad, it’s only 20 miles from Skegness. The Rooks’ ‘quick call out’ to the island picks loose a thread that begins to unravel the whole place, and the world beyond.

Is this the apocalypse? This might be the apocalypse. Who knew it would kick off in an off-season seaside resort off the Lincolnshire coast? I’ll tell you who knew – Linda. She’s been feeling increasingly uneasy about the whole of the East Midlands since the 90s.

Today is my stop on the Wish You Weren’t Here blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is such a good read. I haven’t read anything by this author before but I am so glad I got to read this.

The Rook’s business is growing which should be good news but when they deal in ghosts, maybe something else is at work. They think their new job will be simple but Coldbay Island has other ideas. I really loved the characters the author has created and found myself laughing out loud more than once.

Coldbay Island is also a huge character of the book, it is dark and creepy and home to many unhappy entities.

I really hope this will become a series.

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Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop

Author – Rebecca Raisin.

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

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Publisher – HQ Digital

Pages – 315

The Blurb –

‘Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe…

Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world, so she’s gutted when her Scrooge-alike boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium. But now she finally has a chance to follow her dreams – and what better place to start than the home of Christmas?

Before she can say ‘sleigh bells’, Flora’s on her way to Lapland in a campervan-cum-Christmas-shop. She can’t wait to spend her days drinking hot chocolate and taking reindeer-drawn carriage rides, but something Flora didn’t expect was meeting Connor, a Norse god of a man who makes her heart flutter and snowflakes swirl in her stomach. There’s just one problem: Connor hates Christmas.

Can Flora convince Connor of the joys of Christmas – and will she find a festive romance along the way?

Today is my stop on the Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This book is a must read this Christmas. Especially if you are like me and adore the festive season.

Flora adores the Christmas period and is happy to share her cheer with everyone, even if they don’t appreciate the season. She has to work hard in this book to get certain someone to feel the same way she does.

This is the first Rebecca Raisin book I have read and I really liked it, this one is so evocative of Christmas time, it made me want to put up my tree instantly! She does such a good job of bringing her characters to life, I really liked Flora and her attitude. Plus a visit to Lapland is now on my to do list!

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Frozen Souls

Author – Rita Herron.

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.

With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 414

The Blurb –

She looked like an angel. She lay perfectly still, silky blonde hair falling to her pale shoulders. Icicles clung to her eyelashes as snowflakes fluttered to the frozen ground, burying her body.

As a snowstorm wreaks havoc in the mountain town of Crooked Creek, a woman is found buried in ice. Detective Ellie Reeves is first on the scene. Examining the body, she finds frozen blonde hair, pink nail polish and a silver heart necklace engraved with Mine Forever.

Ellie has first-hand experience of the monsters that lurk in the mountains––her childhood is testament to that. She vows to catch this one, but she’s up against the brutal weather, with snow covering footprints and making forensics impossible.

Frantically trawling through missing-person’s reports, Ellie identifies the victim. Nadine Houser disappeared eleven years ago. Where has she been all this time? Why was she only murdered now?

As storm clouds roll in, another girl is reported missing. Ellie retraces the steps of Ginger Weston who was renting a cabin in the mountains. She discovers a gold chain in the snow, spotted with blood. The killer is accelerating, and it’s just a matter of time before more innocent lives are robbed.

With the town blaming Ellie for the missing girl on her watch, and everyone fearing for their safety of their daughters, it’s down to Ellie to solve the toughest case of her career. But when the killer comes after her, will she live to save Crooked Creek from its ruthless monster?

A totally gripping read that will get your pulse pounding as you flip through the pages! Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot who love a roller-coaster, twist-packed page-turner!

Today is my stop on the Frozen Souls blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the fourth book in the Ellie Reeves series and can easily be read as a standalone.

In this book Ellie finds herself up a very dark adversary. When the body of a woman is found frozen, Ellie realises she literally has a cold case! However when another woman goes missing maybe someone is active again.

Ellie finds herself at odds with Bryce and the town as everyone starts fearing that a serial killer is on the loose.

This was a really great read, the author has created a fantastic series. The characters are all interesting with their own stories to tell.

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