Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Foul Trade by B K Duncan.

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It is March 1920. May Keaps, the Poplar Coroner’s Officer, has never failed to provide a jury with sufficient evidence to arrive at a just verdict.

The poverty, drunken fights between visiting sailors, drug trafficking, and criminal gangs, haunting the shadows of the busiest docks in the world, mean that the Coroner sees more than its fair share of sudden and unnatural deaths.

May relishes the responsibility placed upon her but there are many who believe it’s an unsuitable job for a woman. Even May begins to wonder if that is the case when the discovery of a young man’s body, in a Limehouse alley, plunges her into an underworld of opium dens, gambling, turf wars, protection rackets and murder.

As her investigations draw her into danger, it becomes increasingly clear that whoever is responsible intends to avoid the hangman’s noose by arranging to have May laid out on one of her own mortuary slabs.


Firstly I would like to thank Bloodhound Books, BK Duncan and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Having read the short story introduction to this book The Last Post, I was looking forward to spending more time in the company of the indomitable May Keaps. Holding down a job as a Coroner’s Officer at a time when such jobs were mainly the remit of men, she is a refreshing change from period stories that only feature men in such roles. As a character she is strong-minded, intelligent and very likeable and for me she makes this book the success it is. There are many other great characters who play strong supporting roles in the story. Not least the victim himself, whose back story is integral to the mystery at the heart of the book. We are given enough information to keep us addicted to the story and invested enough to hope May catches the killer.
As for the story itself, it’s full of plenty of drama that keep me turning the pages desperate to know that characters I was fond survived the drama that enveloped them. BK Duncan wrong footed me when it came to the main protagonist of the story, in fact she weaved in so many twists and turns that I was giddy at the end of the novel! The skill in which she evoked the horror of war in……is present in Foul Trade as well. The claustrophobic back streets of London, the bustling activity on the docks and the menacing atmosphere of the dung dens are all brought vividly to life. You feel that you’re walking those streets with May and can feel the mounting horror and violence that haunts her footsteps.
If you’re looking for a really good historical drama that will envelope you in the story, then Foul Trade should be your next read.
I am certainly looking forward to reading more of May Keaps adventures.

Foul Trade can be purchased from Amazon

Author Bio

BK Duncan and Foul Trade

BK Duncan is the pen name Ruth Wade has adopted for the May Keaps series of historical crime novels.

Born on a steam railway and brought up on the South Coast of England, such beginnings were destined to leave BK Duncan with a love of vintage transport, crashing seas, and Art Deco architecture.

Following a career encompassing developmental learning and change-management consultancy she now combines producing her own work with lecturing part-time in creative writing in colleges and academies in Cambridge and Oxford. Her two great passions are longbow archery and the Argentine Tango. Sadly, she is not nearly as accomplished at either as she’d like.

BK Duncan also writes historical crime novels as Ruth Wade.

The author can be followed on the following social media sites.

Pinterest/ Twitter/BK Duncan pages on Ruth Wade’s Website


Book Review ~ Holding by Graham Norton.


The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste. So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel.

As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

Darkly comic, touching and at times profoundly sad. Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of lovable characters, and explore – with searing honesty – the complexities and contradictions that make us human.


When reading a novel written by a ‘celebrity’, I find myself wondering if the book will live up to the hype. Well I’m delighted to say that Holding by Graham Norton does.
Having read his autobiographies I knew he could write and that he does so with warmth, and I was thrilled that his first novel is funny, tender and heartbreaking sad in places, yet has a warmth and tenderness that leaves your heart aching for all the characters endure. He has an eye for the sorrow a heart can be broken by, yet at the same time the amazing capacity it can have to move on and find the strength to endure.
All the characters within its pages are loveable in some way and I become invested in the hope that they would survive all the drama their small and seemingly quiet community endure. Below the service of this apparently quiet Irish idyll, are a group of people caught up in a whirlwind secrets and painful regrets. They all have something that draws you to them, wanting to know what their secrets are.
Graham Norton displays in his writing an intrinsic understanding of the complexities of human nature. I found myself wanting to hug those whose hearts had endured so much pain, even those who had done wrong, were not your stereotypical villain, because you could understand where that action had come from, even while understanding the pain this had brought to those they sort to love and protect.
Writing the review weeks on from reading Holding, my heart still aches a little for the PJ, Bird and Evelyn and I find myself wishing Graham Norton would write a second novel featuring them, so I can find closure. But life is not made up of tidy endings, so I am left with the hope that this at least will not be the only novel he writes, because we need more from such a wonderfully perceptive writer.

Holding can be purchased from Amazon, Waterstones  and all good bookseller’s.


Graham can be followed on Twitter.

Holding was published by Hodder and Stoughton.

Blog Tour~ Review~ The Other Mother by J.A.Baker.

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Three troubled women. One deadly secret.
Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered.
Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.
All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.
But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?
As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…
I would like to thank the publishers Blood Books, the author and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC of The Other Mother in return for an honest review.
This is a first class thriller by an assured writer at the top of their game. It’s not like a horse pelting out of the gates at full pelt towards the finish line. This cleverly written story is like an intricate Jigsaw. Piece by piece the writer drops clues into the story and by the end has formed a complex picture of relationships, which are connected by tragedy and heartbreak. Its focus is on revenge and the havoc it can cause to those caught up in its self destructive cycle. I loved the way the writer tied the past to the future, by weaving the two stories together, leaving you guessing to the last moment before she revealed who is responsible for the child’s death. The overall feeling of this psychological thriller is that it is tense, edgy and dark and it works because each piece of the puzzle is placed together with meticulous care.
The characters are beautifully drawn. Their need for revenge is explained and makes total sense. We ourselves might have no experience of such devastating loss, but we can, because of the background of these characters, maybe appreciate what drives them to seek redress for all the pain they have endured. While on the other side, we can understand why other’s run from a past too horrible for us to truly comprehend how they suffered. All three women have complicated pasts, their lives consumed by secrets that threat to destroy them all.
It is an excellent read and a really exciting page turner. I must read for thriller fans and anyone who likes to sit down to a top class read.
The Other Mother can be purchased via Amazon
Author Bio 

Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.

After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.

J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

J A Baker can be followed on the following social media sites.

Facebook/ Twitter/Website

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PC Grant Series by Ben Aaronovitch

Ahead of my review of book six in the PC Grant series The Hanging Tree, I wanted to write a blog post about why I love this urban fantasy series so much.

There are currently 7 books in the series:

  1. Rivers of London
  2. Moon Over Soho
  3. Whispers Under Ground
  4. Broken Homes
  5. Foxglove Summer
  6. The Hanging Tree
  7. The Furthest Station

The question is why do I love this series of books so much? Its simple, I love fantasy and I’m partial to a good police drama!  So the PC Grant series of books which is a crossover of the two genres is perfect reading material for me!  Think adult Harry Potter meets Cormoran Strike and you will pretty much know what to expect!

Grant is a Police Officer, but a pretty unique one, as he is an apprentice wizard. He has moved from the mainstream force and into the Met’s Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, also known as ‘The Folly’.  His adventures are mainly set in London and he encounters, ghosts, unicorns, temperamental river gods, while solving crimes with a magical element to them.

Admittedly I have grown up reading and loving fantasy, so these books were always going to appeal to me. But saying that, I’d never recommend them if they weren’t well written, with the best elements of both genres. I love all the supporting characters, importantly; as it’s rare an individual creation can carry a story.  Aaronovitch gives us a wealth out of the ordinary, peculiar and fantastical characters such as Mama Thames, The River Goddess of Britain’s greatest waterway and Molly the Folly’s live in domestic help.  Far from human, little is known of where she comes from, yet she looks after Grant and his boss Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale like a protective mother hen.  There are plenty of human characters, such as Grant and his sidekick Lesley, so don’t be put off by the magical elements in the books.

All the books in the series are a pure delight, written with a lightness of touch often missing from gritty detective thrillers and the story is less convoluted than many fantasy books. They are simply urban fantasy at its best.  The comedy element adds to the enjoyment of Aaronovitch’s tales of murder, bad behaviour and paranormal activity, giving us as the reader an alternative view of the daily activities of the London underworld and the police, who have to keep a lid on the criminal activity threatening to implode London’s outwardly calm exterior.

I maybe the only one, but I love the idea that just below the streets of London, another fantastical world exists and within that a naughty/mischievous/evil (take pick its all there in these books) element exists. But it’s all okay because The Folly and Peter Grant are there working to protect us.

Author Bio 

Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch’s career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.

Born and raised in London he says that he’ll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.

Ben Aaronvitch can be followed on Twitter

Blog Tour ~ Review~ Tails of Friendship by Sally Grace.



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A collection of beautiful black and white portraits illustrating the loving relationship between dogs and their owners. Each photograph is accompanied by a famous quote or by a quote from the dogs themselves.
Sally Grace is a professional photographer and specialises in working with children and dogs. Sally works from her photographic studio in Surrey.


Many thanks to the author, Clink Street Publishing and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC of Tails of Friendship in return for an honest review.

I have always wanted my blog to celebrate all things book related and so was delighted when I got the chance to read and review this delightful combination of quotes and pictures.  In acharming series of quotes and pictures of dogs and their owners Sally Grace pays homage to the remarkable friendships that develop between dogs and their loving families.

The pictures are stunning and work perfectly with the accompanying quotes, because Sally Grace captures this relationship with great skill and is a gifted photographer.

What I loved about this book was I couldn’t stop smiling while reading it. The quotes made me smile and nod in agreement and the photo’s summed up the relationship between dogs and their owners for me.  Tails of Friendship has a warmth within it’s pages that makes you feel happy and how many books do that?

A book that will bring happiness to dog lovers would make a perfect gift for those dog lover’s in your life.

Tails of Friendship can be purchased from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Author Bio

Sally Grace is a professional photographer of over twenty years specializing in portraits of children and pets and a mom to five children. She works out of her studio in Surrey. In her youth, she was a prolific tennis player, winning a number of tournaments as a junior player and competing for the national team of Great Britain. This is her first collection of photographs.

Sally can follow Sally Grace on the following social media sites.

Sally Grace Photography/Facebook


Blog Tour ~Review ~ Your Next by Michael Fowler.

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It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes.
But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed.
Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.
Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.
Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green…


I would like to thank the author Michael Fowler and blog tour organiser Caroline Vincent for the ARC copy of Your Next in return for an honest review.

This is a first class thriller and a real page turner, so much so that I lost hours within it’s pages.

What stood out for me and made it such a satisfying read was how much I loved the heroine Scarlett and how much I hated the villain James.  They were the perfect foils to each other.

Scarlett is my favourite type of female lead. Strong, determined and capable. Not for her a reduced role as someone’s side kick, she is a great character who doesn’t need to be trailing behind a grumpy male defective. Scarlett is front and centre of this story and I loved that.

Opposite her is the twisted killer James. He is suitably evil and left me feeling cold. I loved that he was given a voice in the novel, so we could see how depraved he was.  He made me shudder as all killers in a novel should.

It’s a book full of tension and darkness. You read on and on, to see if Scarlett will bring James’s to justice. The twists and turns, knock you off balance all to often and this forced me as a reader more than once, to readjust my thoughts on how it would end.

It’s a first rate read and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.

You can buy Your Next from Amazon UK.

Michael can be followed on Twitter

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Publication Event ~ Giveaway ~ Short Story~ Friendship~ The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali. #TheBigEvent

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I would like to welcome everyone to the launch day event for a short story by Anne John-Ligali.  It’s special because it has special significance to me personally!

I have met some amazing, supportive and incredible people as part of an online fandom, proof positive that online friendships, can go on to become real life friendships you will treasure forever!

So this post is dedicated to them. They know who they are!


The Big Event

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.
A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


I would like to thank the author and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC of The Big Event in return for an honest review.

This short story is a funny, modern day ode to friendships and how we often meet those that come to mean so much to us in an this age of social media, on sites such as Facebook and twitter.

Sometimes we get to meet them these ‘friends’, but it is not always what we expect. Constance, the heroine of this story, attends a meet-up in London with ‘friends’ she has only previously chatted to online.

Tender and funny, it is written by a writer that understands that online friendships don’t always survive real life meetings, but that at the same time, can blossom into deeply supportive lifelong friendships.

It is a very entertaining read, which had me nodding with understanding and laughing out loud at other points.  Constance is a adorable character, full of warmth and you will find yourself smiling as she negioates the minefield that sometimes makes up such social interactions.

This story is very personal to me because I attended such an event, after chatting to a group of friends online for many years.  We were brought together by a shared love of a TV couple and went on to follow the actors that played them in all their subsequent projects.  We laughed, chatted, went to Panto and laughed again. Many years later we are still laughing and chatting, meeting in exotic places like Brighton, London, Canterbury, each others living rooms, or and I shouldn’t forget stage doors all over the country.

They are lifelong friends whom I will cherish always. They have brought my life many blessings and I love them for it.

Why not read The Big Event and take a chance with Constance, I did and loved it.

This review is dedicated all the Constance Jeffries’s of this world, all Chryedans and Marc and Johnny.

The Big Event can be purchased from Amazon.

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As part of this launch event there is a fantastic giveaway, you can win Sparkly Afternoon Tea for Two at Vertigo 42 in central London and one e-copy of The Big Event.

To enter and for full terms and conditions, please follow the link for everything you need to know.


Author Bio 

Meet AnneAnne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).
Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Anne John-Ligali can be followed on the following social media sites.

Author blog/ Twitter/ Author Facebook/Instagram


Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Novella ~ The Last Post by D K Duncan.

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It’s April 1918. May Keaps is a twenty year old ambulance driver stationed at The Front. As if transporting hideously wounded soldiers, sleep deprivation and constant shell bombardment weren’t enough, she becomes unwittingly entangled in the untimely death of a young captain, Tobias Fairfax.

Newly-arrived in Northern France he was found with a discharged pistol by his side; rumours on the battlefield were that it wasn’t an accident and he had taken the coward’s way out, committing suicide.

Whatever the explanation, Tobias left a dangerous legacy that puts May in the line of fire. But she is not the only one with a reason to want to uncover the truth. And in a world where life can be extinguished in the blink of an eye, May might regret her search for answers…

The Last Post is the haunting introduction to the May Keaps series.


Many thanks to BK Duncan, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC of The Last Post in return for an honest review.

This novella by BK Duncan is a triumph of writing, she has taken a story that is exciting and very moving and formed into a short but utterly compelling read.  We are transported back to the horror of the First World War and the brave actions of our heroine May Keeps, as she seeks to know if Tobias Fairfax died by accident or took his own life. What is mystery behind his life?

Mary is a triumph of a character, brave, kind and determined.  Her determined actions under fire, endeared me to her and has me excited for her future adventures.

I could feel the noise and chaos of war in the pages of this finely tuned novella. The noise of the bombs, the battles raging between the trenches and behind the lines was described with great skill by the writer. It almost felt like you where there with May, caught up as she was in a battle for daily survival.

I can’t wait to read more of Molly’s adventures and I’m excited to follow her in future novels.  This a great introduction and a tempting treat,

The Last Post can be download for free from Amazon

Author Bio 

BK Duncan

BK Duncan is the pen name Ruth Wade has adopted for the May Keaps series of historical crime novels.

Born on a steam railway and brought up on the South Coast of England, such beginnings were destined to leave BK Duncan with a love of vintage transport, crashing seas, and Art Deco architecture.

Following a career encompassing developmental learning and change-management consultancy she now combines producing her own work with lecturing part-time in creative writing in colleges and academies in Cambridge and Oxford. Her two great passions are longbow archery and the Argentine Tango. Sadly, she is not nearly as accomplished at either as she’d like.

BK Duncan also writes historical crime novels as Ruth Wade.

The author can be followed on these social media sites.

Pinterest/ Twitter/BK Duncan’s page on Ruth Wades website.


Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Charlie Poon’s Pomes by Robin Hawdon and Illustrated by Wendy Hollie.

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Unable to find good funny poems to read aloud to his grandchildren – other than the seventy year old A.A. Milne classics – British playwright Robin Hawdon sat down to write some himself. The result is this collection of thirty hilarious and touching poems, beautifully illustrated by Wendy Hoile, which recount the exploits of young Charley Poon – every parent’s nightmare – and his eccentric menagerie of nursery animals. The poems cover everything from youthful games and exploits, to the problems of growing up, to the ups and downs of school and family life, and the joys of country and seaside holidays. Parents and grandparents will be delighted to have something new and entertaining with which to occupy those tricky lights-out bedtime moments.


Many thanks to Robin Howden, Clink Street Publishing and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC of Charley Poon’s Pomes in return for an honest review.

This is a delightful, charming and funny set of poems that will delight parents and children alike.

I found myself smiling as I read each one and I knew this is a collection of poems I would love to read to the little people in my life.  They capture the innocence of childhood, its sense of adventure and wonder of the world around it.  From poems about Charlie’s toys, his pet mouse, the joy of being next to the sea and the mystery of a parent’s obsession with exercise, Robin Howden gives us a delightful collection of poems that children will delight in being read to them or reading them alone.

They read beautifully and the language flows smoothly when being read aloud, which is important if they are to engage a child’s attention and hold their attention.

The illustrations also deserve a special mention.   They capture the essence of the poems with a sense of warmth and love for the poem’s themselves.  They bring them to life, are colourful and utterly delightful. Any child is going to love the sense of adventure they convey.

Why not buy them and read them to your children and grandchildren?

Charley Poon’s Pomes can be purchased from Amazon.

Author Bio

Dividing his time between Bath, Australia and the South of France, actor, playwright and grandfather Robin Hawdon has enjoyed a successful forty year career in the entertainment industry. During the early years he was a regular face on British TV — appearing in many series and co-starring with Michael Crawford in ITV’s ‘Chalk and Cheese’ and starring in a number of films. He has trod the boards as Hamlet, Henry V and Henry Higgins in Pygmalion and in leading roles in London’s West End. Later his love of writing dominated his career and he is now recognised as one of the UK’s most prolific comedy playwrights —with productions including The Mating Game which has played in over thirty countries and Don’t Dress For Dinner which ran in the West End for six years before playing on Broadway and around the English speaking world. Many of his plays are published by Samuel French and Josef Weinberger. Robin has also directed a number of stage productions, and in the 1980’s founded the Bath Fringe festival, and subsequently became Director of the Theatre Royal Bath, England’s premier touring theatre. He has written several novels including A Rustle in the Grass, published by Hutchinsons in 1984 and republished recently by Thistle. A second novel, The Journey was published in 2002 by Hawthorns and a third, Survival of the Fittest, by SBPR in 2013. His first foray into children’s literature,

The author can be followed on these social media sites.

His webpageTwitter

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Blog Tour ~ Review ~ LGBT characterisation ~ Blood Rites by David Stuart.


1980s Yorkshire. DI Paul Snow has a personal demon. He is a homosexual but is desperate to keep it secret, knowing it would finish his career in the intolerant police force. As this personal drama unfolds, he is involved in investigating a series of violent murders in the town. All the victims appear to be chosen at random and appear to have no connection with each other. After the fourth murder, he is removed from the case for not finding the killer but continues investigating the matter privately. Gradually, Paul manages to determine a link between the murder victims, but this places his own life in great danger. Can Paul unmask the killer as he wrestles with his own demons?


I would like to thank author David Suart, the publisher and blog tour organiser Abbey Fairbrother for the ARC copy of Blood Rites in return for an honest review.

I have been keen to include books featuring LGBT themes and characters on my blog and so I’m excited to be able to review Blood Rites on Booksaremycwtches.

Firstly I would like to say that this book is a thrilling read!  It has a first rate storyline that will have you clinging to the edge or your book or kindle.  I was hooked throughout and left utterly shocked in places as the story into a delved into the delusional mind of the story’s killer.

Characterisation is top notch.  The novel’s killer is creepy, delusional and yet at the same time calm and seemingly rational. It makes him fascinating and compelling to read about, you find yourself repulsed and drawn to him at the same time.  He is certainly not going to be a character you will find it easy to forget about, because he gets under your skin.

Special mention must go to my favourite character, DI Paul Snow, who to protect his career in the police feels he must live as a closeted gay man.  Writer David Stuart interweaves his reasons for living publically as a straightman and examining the internal and external drama’s this causes for him and those he gets close to. He is a fascinating character, who made me feel sad and frustrated for the life he was forced to live by his colleagues and his own fears.  I was utterly engaged by his story and the drama’s that surround him and he is a character that will stay with me for some time.

If your looking for a really good thriller with a lead character who will steal your heart, but a killer who will repel you, then Blood Rites is the book for you.

You can purchase Blood Rites from Amazon

Author Bio


David Stuart can be followed on Twitter

David Stuart is the author of seventeen novels, numerous non-fiction works and is a film historian and expert on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. He is a member of the national committee of the Crime Writers’ Association and has edited Red Herrings, their monthly publication, since 1999. He also edited Sherlock, the crime fiction magazine for ten years from 1996 to 2006 and is an invested member of the Baker Street Irregulars and has also also contributed many short stories to various anthologies including Crime in the City (Do Not Press); Murder Through the Ages (Headline); The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (Robinson); The Dickensian Whodunits (Constable); Crime Scenes (Wordsworth); and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2014(Constable & Robinson).

David Stuart is the author of two one-man plays about Sherlock Holmes, starring Roger Llewellyn and directed by Gareth Armstrong. The first, Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act premiered at Salisbury Playhouse in 1999 and toured for ten years and the second, Sherlock Holmes: The Death and Life, premiered at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, in March 2008 to excellent reviews. Both plays have been recorded by The Big Finish on audio CD.


He was born in Huddersfield, where he lives with his wife, Kathryn. He studied English at Leeds University and was a teacher for twenty years before becoming a full time writer.