Wednesday 14 July 2021


Mimic - Audio Book 

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Mimic, the audio book by Daniel Cole .  My thanks go to Compulsive Readers for my spot on the tour. 

About the Book

In life she was his muse . . .

In death she'll be his masterpiece

DS Benjamin Chambers and DC Adam Winters are on the trail of a serial killer with a twisted passion for recreating the world's greatest works of art through the bodies of his victims. After Chambers nearly loses his life, the case goes cold due to lack of evidence. The killer lies dormant, his collection unfinished.

2006: DS Marshall has excelled through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service, despite being haunted by the case that defined her teenage years. Having obtained new evidence, she joins Chambers and Winters to reopen the case. However, their resurrected investigation brings about a fresh reign of terror, the team treading a fine line between delivering justice and becoming vigilantes in their pursuit of a monster far more dangerous and intelligent than any of them had anticipated...


Well what can I say about this book - it is BRILLIANT

Due to global pandemic that has been around for the past year, my reading has taken a slump and I was not able to concentrate on reading a book / kindle for long periods of time as my concentration span had depleted for one reason or another.  I was therefore very interested in listening to this book and as it had been a long time since I listened to an audio book and the fact I love Daniel Cole's books I thought I would give this one a go and all I can say is I am so glad that this was the one that got me back listening to them.   

We follow DS Benjamin Chambers and DC Adam Winters who are tasked with the case of a serial killer after being called to Hyde Park where a naked body is found.  The strange thing about this is that the body is raised on a plinth and posed like a statue placed in the same pose as Rodin's The Thinker.  If you google The Thinker it is described as "Brutishly muscled yet engrossed in thought, coiled in tension yet loose in repose, the sculpture, according to one early twentieth-century critic, embodies both "dream and action."  

As the case progresses the case gets more and more peculiar with various other deaths occurring each one similar to the first.  DS Benjamin Chambers is determined to find out what is going on and the more in depth he gets involved in the case the more danger he embroils himself in.  

Fast forward 17 years and DS Marshall is a new detective with a history behind her and a haunting of a case that she remembers from her teenage years.  She locates new evidence and joins Chambers and Winters to reopen the case.      

To find out whether things are solved and the depths that the team go to in investigating this you will just have to read the book or do what I did and listen as you go about your daily commute, walk / runs or any other activities that you want to do whilst listening.    

About the Author

Daniel Cole (@DanielColeBooks) is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Ragdoll trilogy, which has now been published in over thirty countries. A TV adaption is currently in the works and his fourth novel is due to be published late-summer 2021. He has worked as a paramedic, an animal protection officer, and with the beach lifeguards, but for the past five years has been describing himself on paperwork as a 'full-time writer'.

He lives on the south coast of England and divides his time between the beach and the forest. 

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Thank you to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite and to Trazepe for a copy of the audio.

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Manipulated Lives - HA Leuschel


Manipulated Lives

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Manipulated Lives by H A Leuschel.  My thanks go to @damppebbles blog tours for my spot on the tour. 

About the Book

Five compelling true-to-life stories each highlighting a narcissist’s manipulative mind games,

Narcissists are everywhere.

They can be witty, charming and highly charismatic.

Anyone can be their target.

At first their devious, calculating mind games can be hard to spot because they are masters of disguise, but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

All stories highlight to what extent narcissistic abuse can distort lives and threaten our self-worth yet ultimately, also send a positive message that once the narcissist is unmasked, the victims can at last break free.


I am pleased to be one of the final stops on this blog tour and after reading the other books by HA Leuschel, I couldn’t wait to read this.

Now I have a confession, since saying I would read this book, things have been a bit chaotic as I am sure it has for most people during this strange time that we are all in and my reading has been hit and miss.  I have started to read this book but have not quite finished it.  I am seriously missing my train journey to and from work where I could read uninterrupted for at least 20 mins, whereas now as I am driving to and from work I don’t seem to have the same timescales and freedom to read (never mind that it would be frowned upon should I be reading a kindle whilst driving) as I used to. 

Anyway, I am not too far off finishing this book and once finished will update my review, however for the time being all I can say is I am so glad I started it (despite not being able to complete the same) as it is one of those books that will stay with me for a while. 

As anyone will know this is a collection of short stories and each one is that little bit different.  I love being able to read short stories and find that they do mean that the time that I can relax after a busy day at work with a cuppa, chocolate and peace and quiet even for half an hour means that I can read a story or hopefully read one in full, sit and digest the same and gather my thoughts before moving on to the next one.  I am like this with any book, in that I have to gather my thoughts at the end of each one and am not able to rush straight into another book immediately.

I am seriously looking forward to finishing this book and then I will be able to see if I can make a decision as to my overall favourite one (as despite the different stories that are in there, I am sure that one will be able to resonate with me more than the others).  At present it is hard to decide as each one gives you the presence to sit and think after reading it as to what actually goes on in peoples lives.  Whether the people that is discussed in these stories, actually feel guilty or any sort of remorse for what happens. 

All in all a very interesting book and just under 300 pages.  Looking forward to finishing this when my busy home and work life settles down again.   

About the Author


Helene Andrea Leuschel gained a Master in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in the study of the mind. Helene has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the dangers of interacting with narcissists. She lives with her husband and two children in Portugal.

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My thanks to HA Leuschel for letting me review this book along with Emma at @damppebbles for my spot on the blog tour.  


Sunday 14 March 2021

The Two Fathers, Keith Dixon (Sam Dykes Mysteries #11)


The Two Fathers

Today I am pleased to be able to conclude the blog tour for The Two Fathers by Keith Dixon.  My thanks go to @Damppebbles Blog Tours.