When The Guilty Cry – M J Lee


I have read all of the D I Ridpath series by this author and they are brilliant.  Anyone who hasn’t read any of this series should get to it now.

Another wonderful read and, as I have said before, D I Ridpath is my favourite detective character as he has imperfections and in this one is struggling to be a single parent along with all the other inner battles he has.  Although this is one in a series it is easily read as a standalone.

D I Ridpath is part of the Greater Manchester Major Incident Team (MIT) and has been seconded to the coroner’s office and we begin this novel with a scene from an inquest to determine whether a teenager who went missing in 2009 should have a Presumption of Death certificate issued.

Meanwhile three embalmed hands are found in a derelict building which used to be a children’s home. DI Ridpath is given this investigation as the obnoxious DCI Turnbull considers this beneath him to investigate. Ridpath gets assistance from Sophie, at the coroner’s office and Chrissie and Emily at MIT and they work tirelessly for him as he inspires loyalty.

Fast paced with intriguing twists and turns from start to finish and several hardnosed issues faced head on. Another clever part of the plot is linking the covid restrictions into the storyline as this is a subject which we all know a great deal about.

Thank you to NetGalley, Canelo and M J Lee for my ARC of When The Guilty Cry in return for my honest review.

Another exceptional read and highly recommended.

Hide – Nell Pattison


I have read Nell Pattison’s previous novels and have thoroughly enjoyed them and this is no exception.

A group of seven individuals are going out for a boxing day hike on a nature reserve to go bird watching. They all know each other and some are more friendly than others, creating conflict and tension from the beginning.

Two sisters, one of whom wears specialist hearing aids, who were estranged for several years are attending along with a small party who are allowed on the reserve even though it is closed to the public on Boxing Day.

Cleverly plotted with numerous twists and turns which is expected from this author and the ability to bring them all together for a tense, entertaining ending.

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books and Nell Pattison for my ARC of Hide in return for my honest review.

Good read, recommended.

Trick or Treat – Katerina Diamond


I have read all of Katerina Diamond’s Imogen Grey series and thoroughly enjoyed them and this was no exception. Although part of a series this could easily be read as a standalone.

Marcus Carlyle, 6 years old, is kidnapped on Halloween as he rides his new bike along the street outside his house. The kidnappers call the parents immediately and tell the parents not to call the police, however, the kidnap had already been reported to the police, anonymously.

DS Imogen Grey investigates and she is concerned about the father’s reactions to the kidnapping and ransom demand. There is a race on to find Marcus before anything happens to him.

Imogen’s boyfriend, who has left the police force and is working at a private security firm is facing his own demons, which does continue from the previous book. This is a sensitive subject and treated with care and respect.

This author manages to throw in so many twists and turns with great building of characters and impeccable plotline. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Katerina Diamond for my ARC of Trick or Treat in return for my honest review.

Excellent read, highly recommended.

All for You – Louise Jensen


I have read Louise Jensen’s novels before and they are always edge of the seat reading and this one is no exception.

Married couple, Aiden and Lucy, have two sons, Connor, who is college age and Kieron who has a medical condition affecting his liver and a few years younger than Connor.  Connor’s two best friends have gone missing, followed by Connor.

There are multiple viewpoints throughout and I found it kept me interested. There are red herrings and numerous twists and turns, most of which I didn’t see coming.

Many thanks to NetGalley, HQ and Louise Jensen for my ARC of All for You in return for my honest review.


The Midnight Hour – Elly Griffiths


As a fan of Elly Griffiths, I have read all of the series with forensic archaeologist, Dr Ruth Galloway, which is brilliant but this is my first read of the Brighton Series and it was certainly different but highly entertaining. It can easily be read as a standalone but I now feel the need to get the rest in the series.

The Midnight Hour is set in the 1960s and a theatre impresario, Bert Billingham, is found dead in his chair one Sunday by one of his sons. He has been poisoned and the son accuses his mother, Verity, of murdering Bert. Verity hires private investigators Emma, previously police officer and wife of Edgar, and Sam, previously a reporter, to look into it.

There are numerous twists and turns alongside an interesting slant on sexism in that era.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Quercus Books and Elly Griffiths for my ARC of The Midnight Hour in return for my honest review.