Blog Blitz – No Comment

No Comment – Graham Smith

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When a single mother, Julie Simon, is found in her kitchen with a stab wound to her stomach, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the case. Under the supervision of DI Campbell and with advice from his former DI, Harry Evans, DC Amir Bhaki fights to discover who assaulted an innocent woman and left her with life-threatening injuries.
Nothing is as it first appears and when the team looks into Julie’s life they uncover a hidden sex-life that may just hold the key to the identity of her attacker.


I was excited to discover a new crime writer, so super keen to join the Blog Blitz for “No Comment” by Graham Smith.

I have read other Novella’s by similar authors but with this story I felt that so much had been crammed into a short space. I couldn’t help me feel that there was something missing from the story.

The story starts off Julie Simon’s who is alone in her kitchen with two men standing over her branding a knife. There is so much description in this first opening chapter, how that though Julie is bound and gagged life still goes on in her kitchen. The author tells us how Julie makes mental notes of the description of the men so she can report it all to the police if she makes it out of this alive. We are also given clues that these men want information about her son. It makes us question who is her son and what is he involved in. I for one thought her son was older and some criminal We are then taken to the aftermath and the clean up operation of when the police arrive.

The team come across as having no confidence in their new DI, as they visit on several occasions their former DI Evan’s who is now medically retired for advice and guidance. It almost felt like he was part of the investigation and there wasn’t really any use for the new DI. We later learn that DI Evans is going to be a consultant for the team and there is some question as to whether DC Laura Philips had anything to do with it.

I felt that we were being dropped into the middle of the story when we learn that Julie’s son is in prison for drug possession after drugs are found in his school locker and that he refused to name where or how he got them.

As I read the story and researched the author I began to wonder if this book is to bridge a gap between DI Evan’s injury and him becoming a consultant in a future novel.

This is a clever way, to make sure the series can carry on, while the author makes a huge change in the character’s and their role in the story.

Though I enjoyed reading this book, I felt like that there was something missing and just as we were dropped into the middle of a case the story ends in the middle of the case they were investigating.

I look forward to reading more from this author, but feel that this Novella wasn’t for me being a first time reader of Graham Smith where as those already accustomed to his character’s would possibly enjoy this book more.

About the Author:

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Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and three novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

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Thank you to Rachel and Graham Smith for providing me an ARC of “No Comment”



Fighting Monsters – Rebecca Bradley

Nottingham’s Favourite DI Is Back!



24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial.

For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.

But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.

Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?

Nottingham’s top female DI is back, for the third instalment of the DI Hannah Robbins series. Believe it or not it has been over a year since Rebecca’s last novel “Made To Be Broken” and her Novella “Three Weeks Dead.”

Living in Nottingham myself I am always excited to read Rebecca’s novels as many of the geographical locations are known and loved. Such as the Pitch and Piano and Hannah’s home next to Nottingham castle.

The story is told from three POVs the DI herself, Pasha who is replacing a popular team member and Lee an officer who has recently been through a traumatic ordeal witnessing the death of his partner during a routine house call.

The story begins as Simon Talbot walks away from a court a free man after the jury find him no guilty of the murder of PC Ken Blake.  Simon Talbot is then found murdered in his car the following day and Hannah and her team are called to investigate. But this isn’t an open shut case when the name of a witness in the case against Simon Talbot is found in the car and later found with his tongue cut out.

This isn’t just a procedural crime story; Rebecca adds depth and emotion to the story as Hannah and her team struggle to adjust to their new team members, the new DCI whose ideas differ from his predecessor, the officer from professional standards department and Pasha.

All our favourites are back Hannah’s partner DS Aaron Stone,  DCs Martin Thacker and Ross Leavy and CSI Doug Howell.

Rebecca has previously self-published her novels, having recently secured herself an agent she will certainly be a name to watch.

Thank you to Rebecca Bradley for the ARC of Fighting Monsters

Amazon < buy it here!

Ps: Rebecca’s first novel Shallow Waters is currently free! QUICK

2017 – Books


According to Goodreads I have read 21 books, 9 from the 30 I said I would aim to read. This year I didn’t have a holiday abroad, drove to and from work on several occasions and my time off work was shaped by the wife’s fire training.

So here is my review of the year when it comes to books!

The Hunger WithinJ M Hewitt  

I am a huge fan of J M Hewitt and eagerly await her next book in hope that it is as steeped in history as her past two books.

Each scene in this book is imaginable and believable. Though this is my first book at 2017 J M Hewitt continues to earn her place as one of my favorite authors!” – My Goodreads review Jan 2017

Watch MeAngela Clarke

I was so glad when the follow on from “Follow Me” arrived and quickly snapped up this book and won a signed copy too! During the reading of this book I was lead up many wrong avenues trying to work out who was doing it! I THOUGHT I had worked Angela’s formula out, I was very wrong.

Another rollercoaster ride from Angela Clarke!! Just make sure you remember to breathe! ” Goodreads review Feb 2017

The Girl Next DoorMel Sherratt

Along with the Watch me I also won a book my Mel Sherratt, and being new to this author I decided I would start at the beginning of her Detective Eden Berrisford series. I was in for a pleasant surprise! The story opens with a girl suddenly finding herself in the middle of a stabbing, she is the only witness or was it her idea all along? There are so many intertwining threads in this story that will keep you turning the pages to keep up.

“You think you have figured it out but them wham comes the shock that it is not all that it seems.” Goodreads review Feb 2017

I Let You Go – Claire Mackintosh

What can I say about this book, other than it now lives in the bottom draw of my bedside draws safely hidden away from itself. I had heard about the “twist” in the middle but when I got there I hadn’t seen it coming at all. I sobbed so much reading this book I dread to think what the people on the bus to work must of thought! Nevermind the extra 5 / 10 minutes I had to take outside of work to stop crying before I went in. A beautiful heartbreaking story I recommend everyone reads.

The Theseus ParadoxDavid Videcette 

I was added to a twitter group were David was also a member of and I began to follow him and I really took an interest in the book he had written. We all know something about 7/7 or think we know something. I remember where I was at the time like we all do for 9/11. So the fact he had written a book about such a big event as 7/7 I was interested and I am glad that I gave it a read.

Wow! This is what you think you know about 7/7 and here is the story I am going to tell you about 7/7. This is certainly one author I would love to meet and chat to about his past lives.

Very enjoyable and I look forward to hearing what happened to some of the other characters mentioned in this story! Because I am more or less hooked!” Goodreads review March 2017 (pst you know you’ve had it in life when an author quotes you on his website ; ) )

Someone Else’s SkinSarah Hillary

2016 had been a winning year for me when it came to books as I also won the first three books in Sarah’s DI Marnie Rome series so it was time to give one ago.

I kinda struggled reading this book, as I wasn’t very sure about it. I tried to seek out people in the world of twitter to discuss this book with. There was just something about this story that I just couldn’t put my finger on. I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t love it.

I still have the other two books in my TBR pile which I am sure I will get to soon enough in hope that it might grow on me.

The SisterLouise Jensen

Louise is one of the most humble and nicest people I have met in the world of the internet! I had chatted to her briefly via someone possibly her’s launch party so knew I had to read one of her books and I was not disappointed.

Though some of you will know I am attempting to write a novel myself, I started reading this book and was a bit like, I could never write this well or good!!! Louise’s writing is a standard I would like to be to be held up against and be as good.

I think that the book was left nice and tidy at the end with there not being any questions left in answered. And I had a good sob to at the end too” Goodreads review April 2017

WitnessCaroline Mitchell

Having read one of Caroline’s books last year, I was keen to give one of her new ones a go. This story moves away from the ghost and sprits to a girl trying to escape from her violent ex.

I was happily reading along with this book, feeling sorry for the main character and wanting her to succeed and then the plot twists come in!

I was left pleasantly satisfied, though I think I might need to go back and read the last couple of pages!!! ” Goodreads review May 2017

He said / She saidErin Kelly (has disappeared from twitter)

Having heard Erin talk at an event I was really excited to read this book, which centre’s around the events during an Eclipse. The story switches back and forth from present day events and what happened back then.

I am afraid though I finished this book, I was disappointed with it and felt it wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be.

Out of my Depth Anne Darwin & David Leigh

This book kept coming up every time I viewed certain website, as I remember this story breaking and wanting a break from fiction books I decided to give it a go.

I found the book really interesting to hear “the full story” from someone who was there and lived it. Some say this book is full of lies but you know what I enjoyed the ride and gave me a welcome break from the stories I had been reading.

Most certainly recommended

The TeacherKaterina Diamond

The two main character’s in this story completely broke my heart, their stories are so heart breaking that you come to understand why they are doing what they have done.

This story is told in several POVs and when you come to understand why the character is doing all the grusome murder’s he is you kinda understand why. Getting past the shock horror of this book there is a strong under tone that I noticed more than anything in this story.

I contacted the author after reading this book and I must admit was upset when she told me that the two main character’s didn’t live happily ever after, because they deserved to! After everything they had both been through.

A great read, it isn’t all shock horror there is a strong undertone that shouldn’t be missed or ignored!

Dark TradeHelen Durrant

Having been a big fan of the two DI Greco books I read last year, I hate to say this book really disappointed me. When I got towards the end I couldn’t understand how I was at 90 something % and there was still so much more of the story I felt was to be told.

The DI Greco serise sadly has come tumbling down in my expectations. This books to me just seemed to fizzle and die 😦

Before I let you inJenny Blackhurst

Last year possibly I read Jenny’s How I lost you to which I enjoyed so I was keen to continue to read something by this author. I also brought this book in paper back so it had been sat looking at me for a while.

I enjoyed this book, it is a good story and show how crazy things can get when you are trying to protect those that you love. Though I “accidentally read” some of the pages further along in this book I still managed to enjoy the story and look forward to future reads.

The DetrimentDavid Videcette

Continuing my interest in this author I was keen to read the follow on from the The Theseus Paradox and this book did not let me down. Though I knew little about the car bombs at Glasgow airport this story made it interesting and made me keen to learn more.

David is also able to intwine other threads into the story about the other character’s in DI Flannagan’s life that keeps you reading on as it’s not totally focused on the bombings. A skill I look forward to David continuing as he tells us the stories behind his past experience and the character’s in his story.

“Though I look forward to David’s next outing, I am afraid of what he might uncover next and whether we need to be calling Mulder and Scully?” Goodreads Review Aug 2017

See me Not Janelle Harris

Janelle’s previous book last kiss goodbye was undoubtedly amazing! So once I heard she had a second book out there I was keen to read! Janelle is a very busy lady as it turns out she was writes romance novels and in a none stalker way it look me years to track her down.

I really enjoyed the puzzle in this story, of trying to figure out the all important question of why! Though at times I got frustrated with the husband I am glad to continued to stick it out for the ride and by the looks of it, Janelle has a new book coming out soon!

Trust MeAngela Clarke

How could I miss the third in Angela Clarke’s social media series.

The team is back after the events of “Watch Me”  Angela has managed to take her two main character’s Naz and Freddie in a new and different direction from previous books so instead of relaying on each other they both had their own paths to follow.

I don’t use live streaming so this story wasn’t as prominent to me as previous stories but I was glad of the ride all the same!

“After taking time to reflect on this novel, I have been torn between 4 or 5 stars. Purely on the “ride” this book gave me I will be rewarding it 5 stars.” Goodread review Sept 2017

The Women in Cabin 10Ruth Ware

I had heard good things about this book an suddenly found it on my book shelve waiting to be read and I am glad I did. I told a friend of mine who was off on the same cruise to make sure she didn’t read the book before she left.

Though I was a bit confused by the ending, there was alot of lose ends that hadn’t been tied up. I enjoyed the journey and will look to this author in the future.

Dead SoulsAngela Marsons

Continuing with being a fan of Angela and my winning streak I won this book when it was released. I had been waiting for a long time to read it knowing how much I had enjoyed Angela’s past books and I wasn’t disappointed!

In this story, Angela had many different story lines that came together at the end to a final conclusion. Like Lost Girls and Play Dead before this book did not disappoint and I am equally as glad she now has a paper back deal! I have Silent Screams on my book shelf waiting to be read and hope I get to it soon.

Murderabilia Craig Robertson

I had heard an interview on “Two Crime Writers and a Microphone” with Craig about this book so I was keen to know more and I am glad I did.

The mysterious world of the dark web and ebay type websites but this isn’t where you can buy dvds or books this is where you can buy items that have been present at murder scenes. Souvenirs if you like.

DI Narey is confined to bed, so begins to search the internet and then the dark web, while her boyfriend / partner Tony Winter is out in the field being a journalist and  the eyes to Narey’s investigation.

They say you can buy anything on the web and this story shows what you can.

I can’t wait to read more by Craig.

The EscapeC L Taylor

When I started to read this book, I kinda judged it to soon and was very much like “great another book where the husband fails to support his wife.” but how wrong was I.

Cally for sure knows how not to disappointing, this book also told an historic element to it just like J M Hewitt’s that I read at the beginning of the year. How far would you go to protect your child if you thought she wasn’t safe.

As of all of the other C J Taylor books, this book will probably be in my favourites. ” Goodreads review Dec 2017

I Am Watching YouTeresa Driscoll

I picked this book up by accident on Kindle 1st and I am so glad I did, the story starts off during a train journey that Ella is on. Then zooms to a year later, this story most certainly leaves you guessing until the end.

When you think you know who “did it” and then ten seconds later they are ruled out this is a ride that you don’t want to miss, I look forward to more of Teresa’s books in this genre and will be one I will be looking out for.


So that ends my review of the books I have read this year, hands down my top ten reads of this year have been…

Books that I am looking forward to reading in the New Year include The Gift by Louise Jensen (i’m already part way through) Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley and the sequel to The Magpies, Murder of a Magpie by Mark Edwards. Plus all those that now sit on my book shelves waiting to be read.

Oh yeah and my WIP ; )






Book Review – The Detriment

THE DETRIMENT: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) (DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JAKE FLANNAGAN SERIES)THE DETRIMENT: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) by David Videcette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, where do I even start!?

I had a particularly long train journey to take at the weekend, so decided to take my Kindle along for the ride. Well, David Videcette’s The Detriment was the reason I didn’t want to communicate with my family or get off the train in London.

The book starts, as always with our favourite detective Jake Flannigan, who is being punished for issues that happened in the previous book The Theseus Paradox. Don’t panic though, this story isn’t going to be all about life working from your desk, as Jake can’t ignore a potential terrorist attack and throws himself into defusing a potential car bomb. This more or less ends up with him in more trouble and sent to see Occupational health!

When I started reading this book, I was a bit concerned as I didn’t have prior knowledge of the car bombs or much knowledge of the car that drove into Glasgow airport. Compared to what I thought I knew about 7/7, but I need not panic, as there is much more to this story than those two incidents.

David has successfully managed to write something, that isn’t totally focused on a terror attack and has more depth than just the attempted attack.

Claire is of course back, and there is much more to her than we possibly realised from The Theseus Paradox, but those of us that hoped this story would start with them meeting up for a cream tea in Devon, will be sorely disappointed. As she continues to lead Jake astray and into more trouble than he could possibly navigate out of.

The ex-wife Stephanie is also back, and though we don’t know the ins and outs of their relationship prior to the books, it is nice to know that Jake is the kind of man, that will still drop everything for her, to come to her rescue. Even if one good deed, still had consequences, but some of the detail about their relationship I could really feel and understand. Especially when Jake and her hug and the power of that moment, fingers crossed that book three gives us more and even a reconciliation.

Detective Lenny, who really needs to take a holiday away from Jake! Adds depth to this story as a kind of partner to Jake, who goes along with Jake’s hair brain plans, giving us a sense (we hope) that someone thinks Jake is doing the right thing, so it will all work out okay in the end. Honest!
This book also addresses some of Jake’s issues with alcohol and sex, drugs and rock and roll which are cleverly brought to light using the occupational health doctor, showing us that all those years on the front line have had lasting effects on our hero. Like any other addict, he still manages to slip off the bandwagon at least one or is that twice?

The wtf comes as always at the end, and how Jake manages to cleverly get himself out of the mess he has once again found himself in.

The shocker also comes from reading the fact file at the end, as to how everything links together. David’s books are fast becoming as loved as J M Hewitt’s books. Though you may not realise it or even believe at the time, his stories are based on real life events and it’s not just a clever marketing ploy. Clearly, having taken a hell of a lot of research to connect the dots in such an engaging way.

Though I look forward to David’s next outing, I am afraid of what he might uncover next and whether we need to be calling Mulder and Scully?

*I am also glad he is now writing books I can spell, shame about his name though ; )

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Book Review – Theseus Paradox

The Theseus ParadoxThe Theseus Paradox by David Videcette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


We more or less start the booking with things that we more or less know about 7/7 and then we are taken on a rollercoaster ride / a race against time in some ways. The middle of the book you are sort of like yeah this is a story I am really enjoying it and by the end you are er hang on what if this is the truth!?

DI Jake Flannagan is a maverick but a likable one, drinks to much, has too many one night stands all instead of facing up with what we are dealing with. But we all have our vices don’t we!?

I liked how at one point to move the story on, Jake loses time but it’s put down to sex drugs and rock and roll. Which is believable!

The author has launched his career with a story that we know something about the event and he himself worked on it, I just hope that books to follow are as enjoyable as you can only write about 7/7 events once and put one theory on the table!?

I can see the author sitting with the official secrets act when he wrote this working out what he could include and what he couldn’t!

Very enjoyable and I look forward to hearing what happened to some of the other characters mentioned in this story! Because I am more or less hooked!

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So yesterday was a bad day 😦

So I spent yesterday struggling with MS and my legs again, a girl at work told me she was too hot and I proceeded to come back from the toilets to offer her my jumper, as I just got all confused and then spent the next x trying to work out why I had offered my jumper if she was too cold!

Then came the bad news that one of my work colleagues has cancer for the 2nd time, and that broke my heart and I wanted to cry! Because the last person who I knew who had Cancer for the 2nd time being it breast cancer died, I was like I am not going to cry until she has left work at least, but I managed to hold off and I still haven’t cried! But thinking about the other person who died just breaks my heart and I was a bit like my MS is bad again cause it’s Winter time and now I am being told someone else has cancer again! 😦 So yesterday no writing was done and I pretty much sucked! Having only got the chocolate next to me now!

On the writing front, I went to a talk today by an author at the library in Nottingham, which was really interesting! And I have also been asked to review this guys book! Does that mean I am a proper blogger now? They have sadly only sent me the kindle version but it’s a start!

As for my writing career I sent the guy who did my creative writing course the first bit of the story I am writing at the moment! And asked him if he would read it and tell me what he thinks as it’s what I am looking to submit to the mentoring thing!

So tonight, chocolate fingers, location work for my story and sleep possibly! The sleep probably will win over everything else!

Much love