Review: A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys @MsTamarCohen

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Release date: March 23, 2017

Publisher: Doubleday

Genre: Historical Fiction


Sparkling cocktails, poisonous secrets …

1939, Europe on the brink of war. Lily Shepherd leaves England on an ocean liner for Australia, escaping her life of drudgery for new horizons. She is instantly seduced by the world onboard: cocktails, black-tie balls and beautiful sunsets. Suddenly, Lily finds herself mingling with people who would otherwise never give her the time of day.

But soon she realizes her glamorous new friends are not what they seem. The rich and hedonistic Max and Eliza Campbell, mysterious and flirtatious Edward, and fascist George are all running away from tragedy and scandal even greater than her own. 

By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and life will never be the same again. 


Since the new year I’ve been branching out and reading genres that I normally haven’t paid attention to in the past, and historical fiction is one that I mostly ignored. I’m ashamed of that now as I’m beginning to realize I was truly missing out and it’s safe to say that I’m now a certified fan of the genre! There is something mesmerizing about being transported not only to a different place, but also a different era. A Dangerous Crossing swept me away to 1939 with a young English woman named Lily as she embarks on a long journey to Australia to begin a new chapter in her life.

Rhys was inspired to write this when she discovered an old diary written by a woman who had a similar journey to her main character, Lily. Though this is a fictional account, it’s loosely based on real events which is all the more captivating to me. It opens with one of those intriguing prologues where you know there has been a murder, then you are whisked back a few weeks prior where you learn about the events that lead to such tragedy.

Lily is heading to Australia to work as the government is allowing young women to travel at a discounted rate in order to  obtain jobs once there. She quickly meets a rather broad, lively bunch of people, many of whom she would not ever cross paths with in her everyday life. There is Helena and her brother Edward, Eliza and her husband Max, and George a man traveling alone. Eliza and Max are especially eccentric and glamorous and the allure of hanging around with such sophisticated people intoxicates Lily. But everyone seems to be running from something in their past, and the entire group is shrouded in mystery.

Rhys used beautiful and highly detailed narrative descriptions as they made their way across the ocean, I really felt like I was there at times. The scenery depicted was breathtaking and awe inspiring, it was truly brought to life by the author. The times where the passengers were stuck at sea for days on end were equally as expressive and I could feel their boredom, isolation and sense of being trapped. The plot moved along steadily and by the time I came to the end, I was rather sad it was over. The ending was shocking and unexpected leaving me wholly satisfied, what a fantastic reading experience.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Alison Barrow for my review copy.

Blog Tour: Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French @KFrenchBooks @bookouture

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Release date: March 17, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Chick Lit, Cozy Mystery 


Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate pecan cookies come with a helping of sabotage.

Maplemead Castle is crawling with ghosts, and the new owners need them gone. When Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency arrive on scene, they quickly identify the troublemakers swinging from the chandeliers… literally. 

A century ago, stunning trapeze artist Britannia Lovell plunged to her death, and has done every night since. But did she really just fall, or was there something more to her demise?

Forced to work with Leo Dark, her scoundrel ex, and infuriating, irresistible reporter Fletcher Gunn, Melody’s investigative powers are under strain (i.e. lost in a pink mist of lust and confusion). She needs her team on top form, but best friend Marina’s cake pipeline goes AWOL, assistant Artie’s distracted by a giant sausage roll, and the pug is scared witless by a lion.

Somewhere, hidden in the castle, is a heart-breaking secret, but what will it take to find it? And is there a chance it could set Britannia free, or is she doomed to repeat her last fateful act forever?


Ahhhh I am SO excited to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Mystery at Maplemead Castle today! This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites, I think I may have liked this one a tiny bit more than the first book, and I really liked that one as well! My review for the first book can be found here

Melody and crew feel like old friends at this point, and I was so pleased to be aquatinted with them again. Not much has changed since the first book, Melody is still a sugar addict who daydreams of sexy superheroes, Marina is still a vixen in stilettos, Artie is still slowly gaining confidence and may be ready to dip his toes into the dating pool, and Silvana and Dicey are still up to their old tricks. This time around the Girls Ghostbusting Agency is tasked with clearing a gorgeous castle of its lingering spirits and things are seriously complicated. Leo Dark is also underfoot and Fletcher Gunn is writing yet another piece for the newspaper. One ex boyfriend and one potential new love interest for Melody is overwhelming enough, but a ghostly love triangle, with the terrifying bonus of a lion is enough to push sweet Melody over the edge.

I can’t get over how hilarious this was! I laughed even harder than I did during the first book, at one point I was crying with laughter, full blown hysterics. There is an over abundance of witty, snarky banter between all of the characters, but when Marina and Melody go off on a tangent, I lose it. They get naughty, sassy and are downright incorrigible but I love every minute of it. Fletch played a large presence in this one and the heat between him and Melody was awesome! Their banter was amazing as well, their chemistry is sizzling and the way he manages to make Melody tangle herself in verbal knots is beyond funny. I think I’ll chuckle to myself anytime I hear/see the word rhubarb. 

I now know that I can only start a Kitty French book when I have nothing else to do because I hate having to put it down. For such a quirky, fun loving read, there were some heartfelt and tender moments, I swear this series has it all. This book was an utter delight and I can’t wait for the next one. I dare you to read this without cracking a smile, I’m still smiling and giggling hours after finishing. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy. 

About the Author: 

Kitty French lives in the Black Country with her husband, two young sons and two crazy cats. She’s a lover of all things romantic – songs, music, and most of all, books. Her USA Today best-selling Lucien Knight series topped the erotic chart on both sides of the pond, and she also writes romantic comedy as Kat French for Avon, HarperCollins. 

She’s over the moon to join Bookouture with her brand new paranormal romantic comedy series, Melody Bittersweet and the Girls Ghostbusting Agency.


Blog Tour: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead by Owen Mullen @owenmullen6 @Bloodhoundbook

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Release date: March 21, 2017

Publisher: Bloodhound Books 

Genre: Crime Fiction 


Gavin Law was a whistleblower.

Now he’s missing.

Just another case for Glasgow PI, Charlie Cameron, until he discovers there is more to Law and his disappearance than anyone imagined.

Wallace Maitland, the surgeon responsible for leaving a woman brain-damaged may have abandoned his sacred oath and become a killer. Did the hospital which refused to accept responsibility for the tragedy have Law silenced permanently? Or, with his wife little more than a vegetable, has David Cooper, believing he has been betrayed yet again, taken justice into his own hands?

Charlie comes to realise the world of medicine can be a dangerous place.

Across the city, East End gangster, Sean Rafferty is preparing to exploit the already corrupt city council in a multi-million pound leisure development known as Riverside. The project will be good for Glasgow. But not everybody is keen to work with Rafferty.  

With more than money at stake, Sean will do anything to get his way. His motto, borrowed from his old man, is simple. Never take a no from somebody who can give you a yes.

If that means murder, then so be it.

Charlie has crossed Rafferty’s path before and lived to tell the tale.

He may not be so lucky a second time. 


Happy publication day to Owen Mullen, I’m thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

This is book three in the Charlie Cameron series and I wouldn’t recommend reading it as a standalone because at this point there is some pretty deep character development at play and you would also be missing out on a great series! One of my favorite things about this series is that Charlie is a PI and not a detective which while being unique, it’s also fun because he’s not restricted by the same rules and regulations as a police officer and he has the freedom to take on cases of his choosing. He also can toe the line more and follow his gut instincts which keeps things fresh and exciting. 

I spoke of character development earlier and while there are always more layers to Charlie’s character being revealed, this time you learn more about Charlie’s police contact and friend, Andrew Geddes. Diving into his background and seeing what drives him was really interesting and following along with him as he works a case was also a new treat. When two separate cases that both men are working on collide, things really start to get sticky and compelling. 

I’ve really grown to love and appreciate Mullen’s use of dry wit and humor in his writing, it breaks things up and always causes me to smirk. Charlie is such a likable guy to me and though I always enjoy following along as he tries to solve a case and find a missing person, seeing what he does in terms of his romantic and personal life is also a draw. There is a little bit of that in this book and I can’t wait to see what comes of that. The Rafferty’s are also back, and that only means trouble for Charlie and things were left wide open, the epilogue especially intrigued me, I’ll be impatiently awaiting book four! 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Bloodhound Books for my review copy. 

About the Author: 

When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands. 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week. It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate

What I Read Last Week: 

Rome is Where the Heart Is was a really lovely, holiday type read. 

The Breakdown was another solid psychological thriller from Paris, but I didn’t love it quite as much as her debut.

Say Nothing was a great thriller, part legal drama part domestic suspense. 

The Mercury Travel Club was a really funny, lighthearted read. 

The Fire Child was a huge disappointment for me. 

The Missing Ones was a fantastic start to a new crime series.

After She’s Gone was a twisty tale full of family secrets. 
Currently Reading: 

Up Next: 

It’s a crazy busy week on Novelgossip I have tons of stuff coming up! Some of these are set in stone for blog tours, others may be wishful thinking. 

What are you currently reading? How was your week? 

Blog Tour: Deadly Game by Matt Johnson @Matt_Johnson_UK @OrendaBooks

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Release date: February 20, 2017

Publisher: Orenda Books

Genre: Action Thriller


Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed. Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered. Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK. On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all… Picking up where the bestselling Wicked Game left off, Deadly Game sees Matt Johnson’s damaged hero fighting on two fronts. Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate. 


I’m so pleased to be a stop on the blog tour for Deadly Game

This is the second book in a series following Robert Finlay and though I didn’t have the time to read the first book in the series, it read just fine on it’s own. There was enough relevant background information provided that I felt caught up on what had happened to Finlay in Wicked Game. After an attempt on his life and that of his family’s, Robert is trying to regain some normalcy and balance. They are living in a safe house and though things are less complicated, he’s suffering from night terrors and PTSD. His new job finds him investigating the sex trade industry and partnering up with Nina, who was a character that I really took to. 

This book packed quite the punch as it was multifaceted and covered a wide variety of issues. It’s set in the months following 9/11 when tensions are high and there is always a sense of danger lurking in the shadows. There was espionage, sex trafficking,  terrorism, political intrigue, conspiracy theories and military operations. I don’t generally read books with this type of subject material, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Toni is the Finlay families liaison officer, she works for M15 and was very interesting, she kept me on my toes. When you’re reading a book with so many spies it was almost impossible to know who had a hidden agenda or who was trustworthy, completely intriguing. 

The pacing was spot on, it was fast with brief chapters that entice you to keep reading for just one more chapter. Johnson’s writing style is tight, sharp and full of authenticity based on his own personal history as a police officer. Finlay as a character was well developed and easily likable to me and the secondary characters were also richly developed adding fantastic depth. The scariest part of the plot, for me, is that the sex trade industry is really happening and the scenes with these poor young woman were heartbreaking, shocking and harrowing. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for my review copy. 

About the Author: 

Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for 25 years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll.
In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition.
His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.

Blog Tour: After She’s Gone by Maggie James @mjamesfiction @TAsTPublicity

Release date: March 16, 2017

Publisher: Lake Union 

Genre: Psychological Suspense


Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind… 


I’m so excited to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for After She’s Gone. My excitement is twofold, firstly because I recently become a fan of Maggie James and have now read and really liked two of her books, and secondly because it’s the first blog tour for my friend Noelle aka Crime Book Junkie under her new venture, Thick as Thieves Book Publicity and Promo! So thrilled for her, if anyone out there needs help with book publicity you won’t find anyone more enthusiastic and hardworking than Noelle. 

The blog tour is just getting started so make sure and check in at the other stops. 

Right from the beginning of this book there is a murder, Lori’s younger sister, Jessie is raped and killed and she’s understandably devastated. I really felt for Lori, she’s had a rough few years, her parents divorced, her mom Dana has failing kidneys and she’s young, only in her early twenties. Pretty heavy stuff for such a young woman. She’s mature and responsible and really looks after and cares for her mom. Dana has a new man in her life, Jake and him and his son, Spencer have moved in with them. But when Spencer is missing in action the night Jessie is killed, with no solid alibi, this fragile, makeshift family starts to crack. 

There was a heavy sense of malice running throughout this book, even though the worst has already happened, you just know things are about to get even more sinister. It seems everyone around Lori is hiding things and she gets blindsided again, and again as long buried family secrets are revealed. There were plenty of shady characters present making it impossible to decide who the menacing person wreaking havoc on the Golden’s lives was. James toyed with me several times as she planted red herrings and misdirections galore leaving me eager to see how things would all fit together. While I did eventually work out the who, I was fascinated by the why, the motivation behind the murder was complex and highly disturbing. This was a fairly short read and one I finished in one sitting as I was desperate to see if the Golden family, especially Lori, would get a happy ending. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Maggie James and Noelle for my review copy. 

About the Author: 

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.


Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!



Blog Tour: The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney @trisha460 @bookouture

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Release date: March 16, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror. 

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how? 

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal. 

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger? 

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice. 


I’m so thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Missing Ones

This opens with one hell of a jaw dropping prologue; three children watch in horror as another child is buried and they wonder, which one of us will be next? Absolutely chilling and it sure pulled me in right away. The prologue is set in the seventies then we switch to present day and inside the life of Lottie Parker, a detective in a small town in Ireland. She’s widowed and the mother to three teenagers, and she’s struggling to find a balance between her professional life and her family life. She’s a very well crafted lead, I feel like I really got a good look inside her mind and I understand how she thinks and what motivates her. She’s tough as nails and brash to boot, but in private she has moments of vulnerability that were really endearing. As one murder turns into three, Lottie finds herself cracking under the pressure and making a mess of her life in all areas. 

The case leads Lottie and team to St. Angela’s, a home for wayward children that has since closed. The snippets told from the seventies detail the horrors that were occurring there and I have to give a fair warning that there were some disturbing scenes, especially involving children. There was child abuse and sexual abuse and it was pretty graphic and dark. Some of the stuff being outlined was hard to read, but nothing too over the top. 

This was an exciting and promising beginning to a new series and a totally spectacular debut, it didn’t read that way and was rather impressive. Gibney created a complex storyline with a pretty large cast of characters making it more difficult to pin down whodunnit. There were twists and turns galore and every time I would make a guess, another direction would be taken leaving me puzzled and trying to work out exactly where this was going, I love that! 

This was on the longer side, but it wasn’t filled with fluff, it allowed more exploration of both the central characters as well as a more intricate plot. Besides Lottie, you’re introduced to her partner, Mark Boyd. They had a fantastic chemistry between them and I’m eager to see where the series takes them. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy. 

Review: The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne

Release date: March 28, 2017

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 

Genre: Psychological Thriller 



When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behavior changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the specter of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

“You will be dead by Christmas.”


I wanted to love this one, I really did. The Ice Twins has been recommended to me by so many people so when I saw the same author had a new book on Netgalley I jumped at the chance. Let me back up a little, this has been a crappy reading week for me, I gave up on two books before I started this one. I started a third but was having technical difficulties, which sucks because I was liking the book. (Those issues have since been resolved!) Anyway, my point is that I picked this up hoping that it would break my streak and leave me excited, but alas I really wish I had just given up on this one when I wasn’t into it by the halfway point, I didn’t really like anything about this one unfortunately. 

It starts out really slow, like painfully slow you guys. The chapters are told in a countdown to Christmas because Rachel’s new stepson, Jamie had a premonition that she’ll be dead by then. You learn that David and Rachel had a whirlwind romance and married quickly and they’re all adjusting to their new family. They live in a creepy old house in Cornwall and the atmosphere was ok, I can see where the author was going with it, but it didn’t quite do it for me.  There was tons of history behind the mines and it was mind numbingly boring. I almost gave up, but I peeked at a few reviews that said it gets better, so I persevered. I should’ve called it quits at this point. 

By seventy five percent I was still not engaged, it was clear all three family members were hiding things, David about the night that his first wife, Nina died, and Rachel about her past. Jamie was either the creepiest little psychic around or a big fat liar, but as I never connected with any of them so I just didn’t care either way.

When the big twist was finally revealed I was actually pissed off. It was so improbable that it goes way beyond suspending disbelief. It made no sense to me whatsoever and by the final few pages I was skimming just to finish. I never do that, if I’m committed to a book, I’m usually all in but I was so beyond annoyed at this point that I just couldn’t take it. Now that I’ve looked at the reviews on Goodreads I see they’re all over the map, some of my friends loved this and others felt more like me, so don’t let my feelings dissuade you if this is on your radar, it could go either way.

Overall rating: 2/5

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for my review copy. 

Blog Tour: In Plain Sight by M. A. Comley @Melcom1 @Bloodhoundbook

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Release date: March 17, 2017

Publisher: Bloodhound Books 

Genre: Crime Fiction 


No one is safe… not even the police. 

DI Hero Nelson is used to violent crime but this one is personal. When he’s called to a crime scene he discovers the victims are two police officers one of whom is a good friend.

Determined to track down the killer, he’s dealt another blow as the body count continues to rise. To catch the killer before he strikes again, Hero calls upon the public for help. But when the criminal ups the ante by taking hostages, he soon regrets his actions.

Can Hero and the police catch the murderer before more innocent victims are hurt?

Hero must apprehend a killer who is hiding in plain sight before the time runs out.

Happy publication day to MA Comley and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for In Plain Sight. I have a guest post from the author with more information about her novels. 

Guest Post:

Thank you for featuring my new release, In Plain Sight which has been published by my wonderful publishers BloodHound Books. It is the third book in the bestselling Hero series which features DI Hero Nelson as the main character, he’s a complex man who is not only a serving police officer but he’s a volunteer in the Territorial Army at the weekends when time permits.

This series is not for the faint-hearted, so be warned. The first book in the series Torn Apart is a harrowing read which begins with a brutal crime and highlights the tough battle the police have on the streets of Manchester where gangs are rife.

The second book, End Result, covers a gruesome serial killer and also has a backstory that involves Hero’s twin sister, Cara, who is enrolled at police training college.

The third book, In Plain Sight, is the first book I have had published by a traditional publisher. Until now, over the past seven years, all my books have been self-published. My most successful series to date is the bestselling Justice series, there are fourteen books so far in that series with more planned over the next few years. Feisty DI Lorne Simpkins/warner has the starring role in this series. You can pick up the first two books for FREE for the next few weeks if you’d like to sample that series.

I hope you enjoy my books, here is the blurb for In Plain Sight:


No one is safe… not even the police. DI Hero Nelson is used to violent crime but this one is personal. When he’s called to a crime scene he discovers the victims are two police officers one of whom is a good friend.
Determined to track down the killer, he’s dealt another blow as the body count continues to rise. To catch the killer before he strikes again, Hero calls upon the public for help. But when the criminal ups the ante by taking hostages, he soon regrets his decision.
Can Hero and the police catch the murderer before more innocent victims are hurt?
Hero must apprehend the killer who is hiding in plain sight before the time runs out.

You can find out more about me here:
Amazon Author Page

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About the Author: 

M A Comley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Justice series. As an indie author she has reached the top 20 on Amazon, number 2 on Barnes and Noble, and the top five in the iTunes charts on both sides of the pond. To date her novels have sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a prolific author who writes fast-paced thrillers. She often pushes the boundaries and is not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Mel has also written, the Hero series, the DI Sally Parker series, the Intention series, and the DI Miranda Carr series. She has also co-authored the OCT series with Tara Lyons and the Deception series with fellow NY Times bestselling author Linda S Prather.

Even after six years of publishing, she still spends over a hundred hours every week pounding away at the computer, her life truly does revolve around her love of writing and entertaining her fans. 

On the odd occasion she takes time off she enjoys going on long walks with her dog Dex, a rescue labrador, who she adores, spending time pottering around in the garden and reading fellow thriller authors’ works.


Review: The Mercury Travel Club by Helen Bridgett @Helen_Bridgett @RedDoorBooks

Release date: March 16, 2017

Publisher: Red Door Books

Genre: Chick Lit 


‘Hi, I’m Angela. My husband ran off with the caterer we hired for our daughter’s graduation party – pleased to meet you.’

Meet Angie Shepherd who, after 24 years and 11 months of marriage, finds herself divorced and driven by friends and family to move on. From hangover to makeover, Angie steps firmly away from the sensible knitwear, and launches into every adventure on offer – from baking classes and book groups, to speed dating, and even ‘The Granny-Okes’, a 1980s tribute act and YouTube sensation.

But Angie needs more than a bar of galaxy and a night in with Murder She Wrote… what she dreams of is entrepreneurial success. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, the light bulb moment happens: it’s time to take the plunge and invest her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, an exciting new business venture. But as the Travel Club gets going, things never go according to plan, and in this digital age a little chaos brings the fame she’s been looking for.

Set in present-day Manchester, this classic mid-life journey features the 1980s soundtrack from Angie’s youth, and sees her travel the world whilst coping with life after the Ex. Angie’s journey is the catalyst her friends need to examine their own lives; as they start to find their true callings, will Angie find hers? Witty, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this feel-good debut novel shows it’s never too late for a second chance. 


I have been on a real kick with feel good, chick lit books and this one was another gem of a book to add to my list! Maybe March is just a really good month for new romantic comedy releases?! I’m not sure, but I really enjoyed this hilarious story of Angie Shepherd and the adventures she takes over the course of a year. 

When the story begins Angie has been dumped by her husband, Alan right before their twenty fifth wedding anniversary. He left her for their younger caterer, Amanda. Sounds pretty cliche and typical of the genre, right? Well this is anything but typical and boring, there were plenty of unique qualities to make this one a standout. The biggest refreshing change for me was the fact that Angie is more mature than the average chick lit heroine as she’s fifty three.  Something else that appealed to me was it had short chapters, which I don’t often find in this genre, I typically only see that in fast paced mystery/thrillers. On top of that, the chapters were actually titled, and cleverly I might add. That’s a rarity as of late and it added some charm. 

This follows Angie during the course of a year as she starts a new chapter in her life and she has plenty of adventures along the way. She does karaoke, speed dating, a cruise and starts the Mercury Travel Club through the travel agency where she works.  There are also some great secondary characters, my favorite was her best friend Patty. They have a love for eighties music and it really doesn’t get anymore feel good than that, does it? This was an outrageously funny debut all about getting a second chance at a new life. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Red Door Books and the author for my review copy.