Won’t You Save Me by Wendy Dranfield / #Review @RubyFiction @WendyDranfield

Dean Matheson #3

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?



My Review

Starting his new job in his hometown, Detective Dean Matheson is glad to be back and so are we. 

He has a tumultuous past and he hopes he can leave it all behind, but is that possible at all? 

In this third part of the series he is still trying to deal with the effects of what he has been through and the present is not really kind to him. People often keep secrets to protect someone, but that someone can see it in a very different way. They might not thank you for keeping quiet, but rather feel betrayed. 

Don’t mess with Dean or his friends, because he is alive and kicking. You might think twice about double-crossing him. He will find out the truth, deal with the baddies and support the ones who need it the most.

Another great story by this author and usually I have a name in mind to put the blame on. This time I was utterly shocked by the revelation. I never saw that coming. I love it when that happens. 5 stars

Thank you, Wendy Dranfield and Ruby Fiction.


About the author

Wendy is a former Coroner’s Assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband.

Who Cares If They Die and Where the Snow Bleeds are the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, with more on the way. As well as her crime thriller series, Wendy has written a YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – and she has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.

For behind the scenes gossip and updates on her books (or photos of her cats), follow her on social media!




Book Link

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The Perfect Sister by Sheryl Browne / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @SherylBrowne


‘You don’t know me, but I’m your sister.’

Claire is shocked when she receives a message out of the blue from Sophie, a beautiful young woman who tells Claire that she’s their father’s secret child. Having spent years nursing her sweet little daughter Ella through a life-threatening illness whilst dealing with the emotional fall-out of a devastating marriage breakdown, Claire feels tentatively excited to meet Sophie. Perhaps she might finally have someone in the family to lean on…

As Claire welcomes her sister into her life, she’s delighted to see just how much Ella loves her new Aunt Sophie. But as the pair spend more time together, Claire begins to wonder where exactly her perfect new sister came from and what kind of person she really is. With their elderly father’s mind rapidly deteriorating, is it possible that he’s hiding something from Claire about Sophie’s sudden appearance in their lives?

When Sophie suggests a family day at the seaside, little Ella is beyond excited. But as Claire takes an important phone call from her demanding ex-husband, leaving Sophie in charge of Ella, something unthinkable happens. And as Claire rushes into the ice-cold sea towards the small, limp figure of her daughter, she realises that Sophie was watching the whole time. But why would Sophie want to hurt Claire’s precious daughter? Was trusting her new sister with Ella the biggest mistake of Claire’s life?



My Review

From the very first book I read by this author, I was thrilled. Now, a few books later, I still am! She does not disappoint. I would even say more : she comes back stronger each time!

Claire always wished for a sister … Maybe she should have wished for something else 😉 

The beginning of the story was a good warm-up. It leaves you wondering what it is all about and who did what. 

Little by little you find out that appearances can be deceiving, but who deceives who and who tells the truth?

I love the way the author describes the emotions. That’s one of the things her books are so brilliant. I wonder whether she ever considered writing a different genre? I am convinced that she would write a great sentimental tearjeaker as well.

Anyway, an amazing story. This might even be my favourite up till now. 5 stars.

Thank you, Sheryl Browne and Bookouture.


About the author

Sheryl Browne writes psychological thriller and edgy contemporary fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.


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Digital Girl by B. Austin / #CoverReveal #BlogTour @RABTBookTours

Jupiter is a 12-year-old nerd and hacker with mostly online friends. She hacks using the handle, White-Rabbit. Then one evening, comes a lightning storm to end all storms, a storm that zaps the computer, freeing computer-gnomes. The gnomes escape the computer and surround Jupiter where she sits at the study desk. Using magic, the gnomes turn her into a tiny, digital girl and shove her through the lens of the camera and into the monitor. 

Now, Jupiter is lost inside the computer, in a digital world filled with dangers, a world that has a gateway to the internet where a digital girl could get duplicated and spread across the world-wide-web onto tablets, cellphones, videos, and well, cyberspace. 

Oh, heavens, the technology to turn a human being into a digital being is valuable and everyone seems to want a piece of Jupiter! 

How will she ever escape back to her world and become a real girl again?

Time is running out as Jupiter struggles to break free of her cyber prison.



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Thank you, B. Austin and RABT Book Tours


About the author

Before writing fiction full time, B. Austin was a Computer Programmer, Web Developer, and Software Engineer. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics. She used her technical experience to bring to life a tale of a girl who is sucked into a computer and turned into a digital girl. She writes Science Fiction and Fantasy, spellbinding tales filled with suspense, mystery, and unique magic. She loves creating future worlds with cool technology.


Author Links

Website: http://www.authorBelinda.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49727589-digital-girl



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The Breaking by Kelly S. Marsden / #CoverReveal #BlogTour @rararesources @ksmarsden




Northern Witch #3

Mark thought being a witch would be easy, but it has ruined everything. Now, he has to fight for his friends and the guy that he loves. Which would be challenging enough, without school being a living nightmare; more demons than he can handle; and witches that have strayed from the light.

Publication Date: 20th March

Winter Trials (Northern Witch #1)is currently available for Free mybook.to/WinterTrials




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Thank you, Kelly S. Marsden and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author

Kelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses. Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.


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When We Say Goodbye by Michelle Vernal / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @MichelleVernal




Can you love when all seems lost?

Ellie Perkins life was right on track until her boyfriend Sam suffers a near-fatal car accident, leaving him in a coma and all their future plans in limbo.

Desperately in need of something to fix, Ellie has to find a project and when her grandparents old house is put up for sale, she jumps at the chance. Because, like Ellie, the house is broken. And if she can fix the house, then surely, it’s just a matter of time before she and Sam are back on their path to happily-ever-after…

In life, when the worst happens how do you pick up the pieces?

A heart-breaking story of love, loss and the path to forgiveness, perfect for fans of Faith Hogan and Amanda Prowse. To be read with tissues




– When and where do you prefer to write?

I prefer to write during the day, when my boys are at school. The afternoon tends to be more productive.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

I make a cup of coffee, get comfy on my favourite sofa in our conservatory which is a lovely space as it’s surrounded by greenery and very peaceful. I begin by going back over what I wrote yesterday and tweaking it before moving into the next chapter.

– What is your favourite book?

I don’t have a particular favourite but I would say my biggest writing influence as a child would have been Enid Blyton, I devoured her books. As an adult I love the Irish women’s fiction authors like Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly and Maeve Binchy. I also love a good thriller and my go-to author at the moment is Lisa Jewell.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I could see myself writing historical fiction perhaps.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I never solely base a character on someone I know but there will be definite aspects or traits of people I know in different characters.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I do have a notebook in my bag and note pads scattered around the house. I often get ideas when I’m driving. I also love walking and lots of things come to me then when I don’t have a notepad to hand!

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I am not a fan of fantasy or science fiction.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I would love to co-write with Marian Keyes, I love her humour.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

If I was to travel to a foreign country for research it would have to be Italy.

Thanks so much.

Thank you, Michelle Vernal and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author

Michelle Vernal loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband and their two boys in the beautiful and resilient city of Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone, and has recently taken up yoga—a sight to behold indeed. She writes books that she hopes make you feel you are curled up with your best friend having a cosy chat.


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The Telephone Call by Michael Pakenham / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources



When Rosemary Sherwood overhears a disturbing conversation between her husband, Harry Sherwood and an unknown caller, she has no idea that her life’s about to change forever. Fleeing to France for fear of her own safety, Harry threatens to kill their son if she ever dares to breathe a word of anything she overheard.

Torn between hiding out in France and re-connecting with her estranged son, Rosemary returns to England twelve years later believing that she and her son are now out of danger…

A web of deceit and lies has been woven over the years to cover up the antics of Harry and his friends, who are no strangers to violence and murder and who will stop at nothing to ensure they aren’t exposed.

Private Detective Daniel Appleman takes on the case, but can he track down these men before they wreak havoc on the Sherwood family?



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Thank you, Michael Pakenham and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author 

Michael Pakenham is part of a well-known Irish literary family. Generations of his family lived at Langford Lodge on Loch Neagh outside Belfast. His father was killed in the Second World War and the estate was sold. His mother then took Michael and his sister to Tucson Arizona until the end of the war. On returning to England, his mother bought a farm in Hampshire and Michael has lived in the county ever since. Having served in the Grenadier Guards – the fourth generation to do so – Michael returned to take over his mother’s farming enterprises until he sold his farming interests in 1990 and started his writing career. This will be his eighth book and the second in the Daniel Appleman series. He lives outside Winchester with his wife. He has three children and a string of grandchildren.


Author Links 

Website: www.michaelpakenham.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1742594.Michael_Pakenham


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Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-telephone-call,michael-pakenham-9781913208134?term=9781913208134

The Forgotten Wife by Emma Robinson / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @emmarobinsonuk




When you see them, they are so happy, so in love. He’s holding the door open for her, she’s clearly expecting a baby. You think: she has everything I don’t. Everything I ever dreamed of…

There’s room in her house where Shelley has shut away a heartbreakingly-soft, never-used baby blanket. In a box, under a bed, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like she has her memories. Of a marriage that hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that didn’t go the way she had hoped.

Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened. Until one day, everything changes.

She sees the couple moving in next door, laughing sweetly as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers Lara is actually carrying a heartache to match her own.

As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away, with the tiny, beautiful blanket in it. Will the secrets from her past – about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget – destroy her? Or will opening it up finally give her a change to live again?



My Review

Oh wow, this was such an amazing and beautiful book!

It’s often a very sad story but every cloud has a silver lining and that’s why the sad tears will be replaced by happy smiles and maybe some tears as well towards the end. 🙂

When you meet someone new, you know very early on whether you want to become friends or not. And when there is a click, there is a click. You feel like you can open up your heart, but some things are too painful to reveal straight away.

There is a sentence in the book that says ‘You have to feel in order to heal’ and I never thought about it like that before, but it’s most certainly true. If you let people in and you can let it all out, you feel a lot better afterwards.

Usually I am wrongfooted in thrillers or in crime stories about the identity of the culprit, but here I was a few times too about the way the author would lead us. And it left me gasping …

Heartbreaking, heartwarming, wonderful story told by the two main characters Lara and Shelley. Keep your tissues handy. You might need to wipe a few teardrops… 

I understood every emotion and the need to build a wall around you when you grieve, but you have to take it down sometime too. 5 stars

Thank you, Emma Robinson and Bookouture


About the author

Emma Robinson is the author of five novels about motherhood and female friendship including The Undercover Mother.

Her fifth novel – The Forgotten Wife – will be out in January 2020.

When she is not writing, Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.


Author Links

Website: www.motherhoodforslackers.com

Facebook: facebook.com/motherhoodforslackers

Twitter: @emmarobinsonuk

Instagram: emmarobinsonuk  



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Drowning by Steven M. Cross / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @RRBookTours1 @stevecrossword @btwnthelinespub




Dean knows being different isn’t always a good thing.

Trapped by the voices and visits from the dead, Dean is drowning. His father, allegedly drowned, and the friend who took his own life taunt like the school bullies he can’t seem to get away from.

A sliver of hope breaks through when his mother announces they are moving. A chance for a fresh start for all of them. So why does she move them to the cottage near the river his father drowned in?

The water begins to envelop him, threatening to pull him under, when Dean discovers nothing changes and the bullies find not only him, but his twin sister, Dee, as favorite targets. Dean’s personal struggles worsen as his tentative grasp on reality weakens.

An unexpected hand plunges through the water toward him, bringing with it questions and a family secret that haunts them all.




Spotlight Post

Thank you, Steven Cross and R&R Book Tours


About the author

Steven Cross remembers his first literary success, a play about a wolfman that his English class read. His first publication was a Haiku about hearing wolves at sunset one evening as he sat on his back deck with Luke his faithful mutt by his side. He also published a horror story about mutant moles whose taste buds begin to crave human flesh.

Cross, born in Missouri, has published plays, novels, and poetry and done well in some screenwriting competitions, most recently as a quarterfinalist in The Bluecat Screenwriting competition, considered one of the best in the country.

Cross often writes about mental illness. He is an example of how a person can overcome mental illness and succeed. His young adult book Drowning covers bullying and mental illness and is a must-read for teenagers, parents, and teachers.

An educator for over 30 years, he is now semi-retired. Right now he and his wife Jean live in Poplar Bluff, MO, where they spend a lot of time spoiling their grandchildren. Cross is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and has been ever since he was old enough to hold a baseball card. He also enjoys music, reading, and of course writing.


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A Reason to Grieve by Mick Williams / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources



Tom and Emma drift through life, both burdened with a heavy sense of grief. Both have suffered devastating loss and have closed themselves off to the possibility of happiness. Then, at a funeral, their eyes meet and they feel something neither expected.

Supported by their quirky friends and a ‘right to the point’ pensioner, will they overcome their fears and find the solution to the pain within each other, or will they give up and go their separate ways?

In turns funny and sad, A Reason to Grieve is a romantic tale about two people fighting their feelings, about love and loss. And about funerals.




– When and where do you prefer to write?

That’s a good question! I have two needy cats who delight in waking me whenever they feel like it. I used to wake at 5.30 each morning and write until I had to get ready for work but now I feel as if I write whenever I have a spare moment. I spend too long waking in the morning! We’ve also moved from Kentucky to England and have lived at four different addresses in three years since we landed, so that’s thrown any routine out of the window. At the moment, I have an office in our smallest bedroom, and I write whenever I can. I REALLY must get back into a routine!

– Do you have a certain ritual?

Haha…as with my answer above, I USED to have a ritual. Wake at 5.30, grab a coffee, boot up the laptop and read everything I wrote the day before. Then, I’ll carry on from there. Normally, there’ll be a cat around demanding attention, but then it’s ‘head down and work’!

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

If I’m writing at night, I might have a bourbon and coke for company. Living for almost a decade in Kentucky gives a poor man no chance but to partake in the local drink. Bourbon comes from Kentucky. My favourite has always been Maker’s Mark. I don’t recall ever eating while I write – I’d be bound to drop food into the keyboard and ruin my laptop!

– What is your favourite book?

Wow, that’s a hard question. Can I cheat and have a few?

I’ve grown up reading Stephen King (although, weirdly, I’ve never written horror), and I still remember The Talisman to this day; a brilliant book. Then, that’s book-ended by one of his more recent efforts, 11/22/63, which isn’t even a horror story, but more of a historical love story set in the era of the JFK assassination. I won’t divulge any spoilers but it’s well worth checking out!

Most characters have an arc in a book – they develop and change as they go through the story…except for Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. He starts and ends the same man, simply because he already knows what he needs to know and can do what he needs to do. I’ve read the first Reacher book, The Killing Floor, a few times and it never fails to entertain.

I also love music and was blown away by the way Nick Hornby uses it in his book High Fidelity (which became a good film, too). That’s an excellent story of a record store owner who revisits his worst five break-ups. Funny, but insightful at the same time.

Finally, I’ve recently discovered Blake Crouch. He has a unique way of writing that can be challenging but rewarding. Both of his latest books, Dark Matter and Recursion, are so well written, with action-packed storylines. Proper page turners!

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Absolutely. I’ve been fortunate to write in a few already. A Reason to Grieve, my first self-published book, was a romantic comedy with a bit of a twist, but then my first published novel, A Guy Walks into a Bar, reads like a Bond film! I’ve been incredibly fortunate to win an international award for another book, Exodus, which is more of an adventure thriller, and I have a ‘kind of’ sci-fi book coming out soon called Hope’s Game. That’s like a Black Mirror story. Whatever it Takes is a thriller, and Callie’s Eyes is like an adventure/road trip kind of story. It was pointed out to me that, regardless of genre, all my books have at least a dash of romance and humour. They also have strong female characters…I don’t write wimpy women!

I’m currently working on the sequels to both Reason to Grieve AND Exodus so, depending on my mood, I can be writing action and adventure or comedy romance…it’s good to keep your options open 😊

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Often! Exodus has a group of military veterans named The Old Farts Club – each of them is based on either someone I know or is cast as the actor I’d have to play them if it ever became a film (wishful thinking!) The lead character in Whatever it Takes is based on an old customer I used to take care of In Kentucky who was an avid hunter. He gave me the idea for the book, and it suited his personality to a tee. I’m still not sure if he’s read it! Hope’s Game is based on a screenplay by a very good friend of mine. He plays the lead role in the film, so Charlie in that story is based on him.  Now I think about it, the only lead character in any of my books that isn’t based on someone is Callie Logan from Callie’s Eyes…and I’ll tell you all about her in the next question.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I have a few notebook apps on my phone that are filled with random thoughts and ideas. You never know where the next one will come from, so I’m always prepared! I do keep notepads in the office and by the side of the bed. The idea for Callie’s Eyes came to me in a dream…the basis of the story, the setting, even her full name. The whole lot woke me at about three in the morning and I had to scribble it all down before it slipped away. I visualised Callie and her dad vividly and, to be honest, made it the easiest book I’ve written so far.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I can say with total honesty that there isn’t a genre I’ve not read and enjoyed. I have a lot of indie author friends in America, like Tony Acree and Mysti Parker, that write across the spectrum and I love reading their work. Then, moving back to England has put me in touch with gritty crime writers like Mel Sherratt, John Pye and Tess Makovesky. I hadn’t read much crime fiction up to this point, but it’s a really nice change of pace. I’ve never read Nora Roberts, who’s sold millions of books, but my wife has handed me one of hers (Year One) that looks fascinating.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

That’s another good question. I’ve mentioned my love for Lee Child’s Reacher books…it would be cool to co-write a Reacher story. It goes without saying that it would be an honour and an education to just sit in a room with Stephen King; he rarely outlines his stories and lets them tell themselves, whereas I try to plan at least a little before I get started. That would be interesting!

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Locations inspire me. Exodus was written based on a holiday we took in Jamaica, and I have folders full of pictures from Italy that are crying out for a story. Having lived in America gives my books an American tilt (most are set in the US) but, if I had to choose somewhere I’d never been, I’d probably say Egypt. I don’t think I’d ever travel there (I don’t think I’d be able to relax!), but it has so much history, architecture and cool locations that an Egyptian story would probably write itself!

Thank you, Mick Williams and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author 

Mick Williams moved from Stoke-On-Trent, England to Kentucky, USA. Then, after almost a decade, he moved back.

In between reading, writing and listening to good music he still watches proper football and, for his sins, follows his local team Port Vale. He does also still cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.

He was adopted by two cats, Crash and Thud, and resides with his patient wife in Staffordshire.


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Tell Me Lies by Ed James / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @edjamesauthor



Detective Max Carter #1

Megan Holliday opens her eyes and finds herself slumped on her doorstep. The last thing she remembers is being in the car with her two kids. She sees a handwritten note on her lap – Don’t call the police. It’s then that she realises her car is missing, and her children are gone…

Leading the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, FBI agent Max Carter will stop at nothing to find children taken from their families. After all, he was once one of those taken children, so he knows exactly what’s at stake. When he hears that a young senator’s two children have been abducted and their mother left for dead, he races to the Holliday family home in Washington State.

Facing a wall of police cruisers and blacked-out SUVs, Carter quickly uncovers the facts. Megan Holliday was ambushed by a man with a gun as she returned home from taking her kids out for ice cream. Bound and drugged, the attacker left her unconscious on the doorstep with the sinister note on her lap.

As Senator Christopher Holliday walks through the halls of the US Federal Building in Seattle, his phone beeps with an alert. Frustrated by the interruption, he takes a cursory glance and is horrified by the image on the screen – his two children, Brandon and Avery, unconscious. The message he gets simply reads Meet me or they die.

When Agent Carter tries to make contact with the busy senator, it seems the politician has gone missing, fleeing from the Federal Building and abandoning his distraught wife. If Carter knows one thing, it’s that Holliday has something to hide. And he just became Carter’s prime suspect.



My Review

My first book by this author. I was very curious to find out what he had in store for me. It goes without a doubt that the story has to captivate you, but the writing style can also make or break a book.

No need to worry here. I was sucked into the story straight away and the cat and mouse game was a great asset.

We all need money, but unfortunately it’s also often used for less above board deals.

When children of famous parents are abducted, it often has to do with a ransom. Agent Carter is on the case and he got a lot more than he bargained for. He finds himself in the middle of a hornet’s nest. 

A very good start to a new series with devastating and heartbreaking moments and revelations and where the ‘good ones’ did not seem to be that good and you might sympathise with the ‘bad ones’. 4 stars.

Thank you, Ed James and Bookouture.


About the author

Ed James is the author of multiple series of crime novels.

The bestselling DI Simon Fenchurch series is set in East London and published by Thomas & Mercer.

The self-published Scott Cullen series of Scottish police procedurals features a young Edinburgh Detective Constable investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he’s desperate to climb. The first book, “Ghost in the Machine”, has been downloaded over 400,000 times, hitting both the Amazon UK & US top five.

The Craig Hunter books is a sister series to the Cullen novels, with a PTSD-suffering ex-squaddie now working as a cop investigating sexual abuse cases. With lots of slapstick and banter.

Ed lives in East Lothian, Scotland and writes full-time, but used to work in IT project management, where he filled his weekly commute to London by literally writing on planes, trains and automobiles.


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Mailing list — http://bit.ly/EJMail

Email — ed@edjames.co.uk

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