My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.
What does that mean?
In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.
Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?
My books aim to fill that gap.
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My thoughts – This is the third in the Village Series of books by Rachel Mclean. Read my reviews of Thicker Than Water and Sea of Lies, the first two in the series.
Although this is the third in the series, you can read it as a standalone, but I recommend you read the first two books as you then get the back stories of the characters.
This book sees the village struggling with more choices, after the disaster they faced when they took strangers in before. They are reluctant to take more people into the village.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and found it a shame that this is the last. It has been a good journey, thinking about an event that could so easily happen. What decisions would we make? Would a tragedy change our morals?
Rob Jones is the internationally bestselling author of seventeen archaeological adventure novels, including thirteen in the Joe Hawke series. Originally from England, today he lives in Australia with his wife and three children.
A stunning new crime thriller from #1 bestselling author Rob Jones.
Poised to return to work after a long bereavement leave, Detective Chief Inspector Jacob is called away from the sanctuary of his home to attend the grim discovery of human remains over a quarter of a century old. Found deep in woodland with its own grim history, they give little up, but he is soon confronted with local gossip of hauntings and witches.
The mystery deepens when a second person is murdered in the same woods, and Jacob soon realises he is hunting a killer who will stop at nothing to keep the darkest of secrets buried in the past. Working alongside Dr Sophie Anderson, a criminal psychologist with her own damaged past, they close the net until tragedy strikes again in this gripping romantic suspense thriller.
Set in the wild and beautiful Wiltshire Downs, The Fifth Grave is a fast-paced whodunit with a dash of humour and romance and a killer twist.
My thoughts – Still coping with his grief, Detective Chief Inspector Jacob is called back to work early to deal with a body that has been found in nearby woods. It is determined the body has been there for over two decades, which leaves Jacob little to go on to find who the body is and why they are in the woods.
With the discovery of the body the locals are happy to put the body down to local witches and several eerie happenings in the woods.
When a second person is found dead, Jacobs realises the two cases are related, and he needs to step the investigation up to prevent more deaths.
An excellent read that will have you gripped from start to finish.
USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty.
Her book “Dead Wrong” won the “Best Mystery Romance” award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.
Her book “Ghostly Paws” was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.
Discovering the 300-year-old skeleton of shipping tycoon Jedediah Biddeford in the ballroom wall is a big old hassle for Josie Waters, owner of the Oyster Cove Guesthouse. Especially when Biddeford’s descendants turn up, certain that a family legend about treasure buried nearby must be true.
Josie is too busy dreaming up the perfect cake for the Oyster Cove’s 250th anniversary celebration to worry about the Biddeford family – plus half the town – digging up her yard… until one of her guests is murdered in the guesthouse garden.
With worries that her guesthouse will get a reputation for being the kind of place you only leave in a body bag, Josie must put her detective skills to work to find the killer. Lucky for her, Nero and Marlowe and their gang of cat sleuths are also on the case.
From the old wharf, to the town common, to the guesthouse itself with its many nooks and crannies, the cats are sure to sniff out the killer… but can they help Josie stop the person behind the mysterious murder before they strike again?
A fantastic page-turner from a bestselling author, purrfeect for fans of Agatha Christie, Adele Abbott, cat lovers and everyone in between!
Today is my stop on A Whisker in the Dark blog tour. Many thanks to Noelle Holten and Bookouture for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – This is such a brilliant book, as a reader and a cat lover what more could I want from a book.
I haven’t read the first in the series (but I will be) but this reads well as a standalone, although there are references to the cat’s previous accomplishments as detectives.
This book concentrates on a 300 year old body that is found in the guesthouse, Nero and Marlowe have known it was there for ages, but nobody listens to them! It is unearthed as the man descendants are staying at the guesthouse, and now they all want to know where the man’s treasure is.
The town goes treasure crazy and runs out of shovels as everyone starts digging. However cats don’t need shovels to dig (they are superior, obviously) and they start their own investigations and it doesn’t take long for a newly dead body to appear.
After reading, I checked Leighann Dobbs back catalogue of books and I was shocked that I haven’t read any of her work before. This book is wonderfully written and I loved it.
Set in Northamptonshire, England… Henry, a talking Jack Russell, is part of a small team researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. He is the target of several dognappers but can he use his wit or guile to outwit them and, with the help of forty-year-old laboratory assistant Gwynne Davies, find the proof needed to convict the criminals. Thus begins a series of adventures for the unlikely pair. There have been amateur sleuths, there have been talking animals – Henry is both. This is Family Guy’s Brian meets Poirot meets My Fair Lady.
Tagline: Henry, a nineteen-month-old Jack Russell, has been given the ability to talk and now they can’t shut him up! Family Guy’s Brian with just as much attitude but better sleuthing skills.
USP: There have been amateur sleuths, there have been talking animals – Henry is both.
‘Oh, Henry’ may look like a young adult or children’s novel but the main human character is a woman in her early forties so a more general appeal. ‘For the young in all of us’.
This book follows Henry, a Jack Russell who finds himself in a research laboratory as part of a project. Apart from being alone at night, he likes his surroundings and likes being there. He gets on well with those looking after him and when their research works,he finds out he is a very much sought after dog.
After he is dognapped he has to use his skill to find his way back to his lab.
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was officially released on St Valentine’s Day 2014. Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and Finding Nina (2019).
Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
My thoughts – I was really happy to review this book after reading the author’s previous book The Ghostly Father which concentrated on the story of Romeo and Juliet, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
This book concentrates on Wuthering Heights published by Emily Bronte in 1847, the main characters being Cathy and Heathcliff. I always think it is brave to tackle such a well known book and put your spin on it, but Sue Barnard does this extremely well. It is not a rewriting of the book, none of the elements change. This book looks at Heathcliff in the three year break in Wuthering Heights.
The book is written from various points of view which I found really good as you get everyone’s perspective which, for me, adds something.
Even if you haven’t read Wuthering Heights, this is well worth a read, you get the gist of the story . This is a re imagining of a classic that changes nothing of the original but adds elements to it.
Author – Louise Voss. Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had eleven novels published – five solo and six co-written with Mark Edwards: a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction – and sold over 350,000 books. Her most recent book, The Old You, was a number one bestseller in eBook. Louise has an MA (Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at http://www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crimewriting collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.
The Blurb – At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now she lives incognito in a cottage on the grounds of Minstead House, an old stately home, whilst working in the gift shop. Her past is behind her and she enjoys her new life.
But a series of inexplicable and unsettling incidents have started to happen around her – broken china, vandalised gardens… And when a body is found in the gardens of Minstead House, Meredith realises that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is and who wants to destroy her…
A dark, riveting and chilling psychological thriller, The Final Stage is a study of secrets and obsessions, where innocent acts can have the most terrifying consequences.
Today is my stop on The Last Stage blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the opportunity to read and review.
My thoughts – To my shame I haven’t read anything by Louise Voss before, but what a book to start with.
This book follows Meredith an ex pop star,who abruptly left a best selling band to live her life in obscurity, the only link to her previous life is a scar on her hand. Meredith now works a shop manager on an estate, living in an isolated cottage.
However something is unnerving Meredith, there is a break in at her shop with nothing stolen, her flowers are beheaded, and a dead rat appears in her fireplace. When her colleague Ralph is found dead on the estate, Meredith begins to fear that her past is catching up with her.
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
It looks like a perfect Cornish autumn, with aspiring novelist Maisie Clark still finding inspiration as a maid at the historic Penmarrow Hotel. Between the staff of quirky co-workers, glamorous and unusual guests, and her growing friendship with the charming but mysterious Sidney Daniels, Maisie is living out adventures instead of just penning them in the pages of her would-be novel’s growing number of chapters.
And then there’s the slight problem of keeping the balance between friendship and ‘something more’ with Sidney, who’s helping introduce her to the village’s version of a Cornish Halloween, and has recently taken an interest in Maisie’s secret that may change things between them. But even Maisie’s imagination can’t conjure the unusual event this Halloween brings to the Penmarrow. An eccentric earl has chosen this site to host his lavish birthday celebration that includes a pretty (and perceptive) young psychic whose predictions seem to have everyone on edge — and, to Maisie’s delight, the elusive novelist Alistair Davies is rumoured to be part of the guest list! But with the earl’s bickering relatives and illustrious friends on hand— and more than one ghost of the past waiting to be revealed — it’s anyone’s guess what the festivities will bring before the party is over.
Will the psychic foretell doom for the earl’s gathering—and is her ‘gift’ as genuine as it seems? Will Maisie finally meet her favourite author face to face? And, more importantly, what about the romantic sparks that fly between Maisie and Sidney?
Today is my stop on A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – This is the follow up to A Little Hotel in Cornwall which I reviewed earlier this year. Although this is part of a series it can be read as a standalone.
It was nice to catch up with Maisie again and the hotel, we join them at Halloween as the hotel prepares for a private party for an Earl. The Earl wants a physic themed party with seances and readings, on the guest list is a famous author that Maisie would love to meet.
Her budding romance with Sidney is developing, albeit slowly and it is interesting to see this build, although there might be secrets that haven’t been discovered yet.
Giveaway to Win one of 3 Cornish themed prizes (Open Internationally)
1st Prize: A Ross Poldark collectible Knitdark character doll (Open Internationally) –1 winner
Perfect for fans of all-things Cornwall, this Ross Poldark doll with tricorn hat is made by Angela Blay, whose popular Knitdark creations have been featured on The Graham Norton Show. Since each doll is hand made, the Ross the winner receives may vary slightly in appearance from the one in the picture. Readers can learn more about the Knitdarks at Angela’s Twitter page @kwerkyknits as well as her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kwerkyknits
2nd Prize: A decorative tin T.A.R.D.I.S (Open Internationally) –1 winner
A tin T.A.R.D.I.S similar to the keepsake Maisie is gifted by Sidney in Book 1, A Little Hotel in Cornwall. Designed by Etsy artist KittyConduitt81 and perfect for fans of Doctor Who! Being a unique, hand made item, the final design may vary slightly in appearance from the one pictured. Learn about KittyConduittDesigns on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KittyConduittDesigns
3rd Prize: A Kindle/Tablet case featuring cover art from A Little Hotel in Cornwall (Open Internationally) –1 winner
A specially designed case for a Kindle or Tablet featuring the cover art for Book 1 in the series A Little Hotel in Cornwall. The final product’s size, texture, and color will depend on the winner’s device.
*All 3 winners will also receive a digital copy of Book 1 in the series, A Little Hotel in Cornwall.