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Fatal Promise

Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons

41137013The past comes back to haunt Detective Kim Stone when the body of Gordon Cordell is found in local woodland. His connections to her previous case stir up memories that none of her team are prepared to face, but who would want the doctor dead? When his son is involved in a horrific car crash and the body of another woman is found, Kim realises that there is a particularly sadistic serial killer on the loose. Just what connects the victims and can Kim and her team prevent the killer from achieving their ultimate aim?

After the traumatic events in the previous book, Angela Marsons could be excused for writing a slightly less emotional tale this time round but this is definitely not the case! The team are still coming to terms with the loss of one of their own, the empty desk being a stark reminder of the heroism of one of their colleagues. The addition of a new member to the close-knit team was never going to go down well and I feel that their feelings of grief was dealt with in a realistic and sensitive way.

The main murder story has a very tight plot where little clues are thrown in along the way to aid your attempt in solving the case. Due to what has gone before, Kim’s judgement is somewhat clouded and it was interesting to see a more vulnerable side to the usually unflappable detective. The theme of grief definitely runs through this book and it can be seen quite clearly in this case, showing how different people deal with emotional trauma in different ways.

There is also a sub-plot involving a missing girl where Stacey is able to show her own tenacious ways. It was great to see Stacey come out from behind the desk and show what a great detective she is becoming. I do, however, admit to being extremely worried as she was investigating on her own – memories of Dead Souls are still etched on my brain!

I am running out of words to describe this superb series, so all I will say is that this yet another wonderful book and I look forward to the next Kim Stone installment.

With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my ARC.


Monthly Round Up – September 2018

After such a great reading month in August, September has been the complete opposite! Work and a dreaded cold has prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked  but I did manage to read two of the books I had been eagerly anticipating. I did manage to feature on several blog tours, sharing some great extracts and reviews:


The Home by Karen Osman

I was able to share an extract of The Home, the latest book from Karen Osman whose previous book, The Good Mother, was one of my favourites of 2017.



The Body on the Shore by Nick Louth

A plot that took me in a completely different direction than I was expecting! A tense, high-octane read with plenty of action. My review formed part of the blog tour.



Keep Her Silent by Theresa Talbot

What starts off as a serial killer plot soon escalates into a story about a real-life scandal. My review for this intriguing book was part of the blog tour at the beginning of the month.


Full-Metal-Cardigan-Front-CoverFull Metal Cardigan by David Emery

Even a crime fiction fan needs a little light relief at times and while these memoirs of a social worker do, at times, detail some shocking tales, this was a book that definitely had me laughing out loud.


Books I Have Read


Dead End by Rachel Lynch

The third in the Kelly Porter series investigates the disappearance of several young women in the Lake District and the suspicious suicide of the local lord of the manor. My review will form part of the blog tour.


img_1321Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

This real-life story of a long-forgotten murder in Victorian England is a fascinating tale of how important it is to build up your case before going to trial…


51BH3yWrGhL._SY346_Tell Nobody by Patricia Gibney

The fifth Lottie Parker book is an emotional tale of murder and child abuse. This is a series that just keeps getting better.



41137013Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons

After the emotional rollercoaster that was the previous book, the ninth Kim Stone book is another superb read that all fans of the wonderful Angela Marsons will absolutely love.


Books I Have Acquired

The Stranger Diaries

A gripping contemporary Gothic thriller from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries: Susan Hill meets Gone Girl and Disclaimer.

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to tales of murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland, she teaches a short course on them every year. Then Clare’s life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case.

Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn’t hers…

Teacher Teacher


It’s 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack’s eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster.

The many colourful chapters include Ruby the 20 stone caretaker with an acute spelling problem, a secretary who worships Margaret Thatcher, a villager who grows giant carrots, a barmaid/parent who requests sex lessons, and a five-year-old boy whose language is colourful in the extreme. And then there’s also beautiful, bright Beth Henderson, who is irresistibly attractive to the young headmaster…

Warm, funny and nostalgic, Teacher, Teacher is a delightful read that is guaranteed to make you feel better, whatever kind of day you’ve had.


As a big fan of Elly Griffiths, I can’t wait to read The Stranger Diaries this month! Happy reading!



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