Crime/Thriller

#BookBlitz | Gray Genesis by Alan McDermott #GrayGenesis #LoveBooksTours @Jambalian @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the great pleasure to be apart of this Book Blitz for the release of; Gray Genesis by Alan McDermott. The 7th Tom Gray novel, Gray Genesis is the prequel and it is set in Afghanistan a few years before Gray Justice. This book looks fascinating, I hope you love the sound of it as much as I do!

Gray Genesis by Alan McDermott

Series: A Tom Gray, Prequel

Genre: Military, Action Thriller

Format: Ebook, Paperback

Tom Gray is back in his most explosive adventure yet!

Afghanistan. As the war on terror intensifies, Taliban leader Abdul al-Hussain has plans to turn the tide in his favour. His objective: a US virologist named Miriam Dagher. She’s about to pay a visit to the land of her birth, and al-Hussain has her in his sights.

Out to stop al-Hussain is Sergeant Tom Gray, SAS veteran and leader of 8 Troop. His team are tasked with disrupting Taliban operations, snatching high-profile targets and wreaking havoc on enemy supply lines. Their missions are routine, until the Taliban unleashes a new breed of warrior.

Gray Genesis is a prequel to the million-selling Tom Gray series, a familiar blend of intrigue, camaraderie and explosive action.

Buy Link – https://amzn.to/2zZoN32

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About the Author

Alan McDermott has an eclectic work history, with roles ranging from developing software for the NHS to shovelling custard powder in a food packing factory. He tried his hand at writing in 1990, but after completing half a draft, he started a new job and threw it in a drawer. It wasn’t until 2010 that he picked up his pen again, and published his first novel, Gray Justice, in 2011. Gray Resurrection and Gray Redemption soon followed, and his success as a self-published author attracted the attention of Thomas & Mercer an Amazon publishing imprint. They commissioned three more books in the Gray series, plus a spinoff called Trojan.

In 2014, Alan gave up his day job to become a full-time writer, and has written three books in a new series (Run and Hide, Seek and Destroy and Fight to Survive) featuring CIA assassin Nolene Driscoll.

He also has a standalone thriller called Motive, which has a new lead in Ryan Anderson.

#BookBlast | The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie #TheStrangeBookOfJacobBoyce #LoveBooksTours @tom_gillespie @lovebooksgroup 

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Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are well?! Today I have the pleasure to be apart of the book blast for; The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie. I can’t wait to share this interesting book with you all, I hope you love the sound of it as much as I do!

The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie 

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Vine Leaves Press

Release Date: 21 July 2020

A spiralling obsession.

A missing wife.

A terrifying secret.

Will he find her before it’s too late?

When Dr Jacob Boyce’s wife goes missing, the police put it down to a simple marital dispute. Jacob, however, fears something darker. Following her trail to Spain, he becomes convinced that Ella’s disappearance is tied to a mysterious painting whose hidden geometric and numerical riddles he’s been obsessively trying to solve for months. Obscure, hallucinogenic clues, and bizarre, larger-than-life characters, guide an increasingly unhinged Jacob through a nightmarish Spanish landscape to an art forger’s studio in Madrid, where he comes face-to-face with a centuries-old horror, and the terrifying, mind-bending, truth about his wife.

Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2zspp0N

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About the Author

Tom Gillespie grew up in a small town just outside Glasgow. After completing a Masters in English at Glasgow University, he spent the next ten years pursuing a musical career as a singer/songwriter, playing, recording and touring the UK and Europe with his band. He now lives in Bath with his wife, daughter and hyper-neurotic cat, where he works at the university as an English lecturer. Tom writes long and short stories. His stories have appeared in many magazines, journals and e-zines. He is co-author of Glass Work Humans-an anthology of stories and poems, published by Valley Press.

Visit Tom at tom-gillespie.com

#Review | The Man in Room 423 by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead #TheManInRoom423 @e_harkstead @MadameGilflurt @Totally_Bound

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all staying safe and well?! Today I am super excited to be sharing my review of the wonderful and hugely thrilling; The Man In Room 423 by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. This book is as enticing as the gorgeous cover, so grab that cuppa and what’s left of the Easter Egg’s and enjoy!

In a heady cocktail of passion and poison, who can you really trust?

When Lizzie Aspinall and her sister meet for cocktails in a high-rise bar, the last thing she’s expecting is to spend the night in the arms of the nameless man in room 423. As a one-night stand with a stranger turns into a steamy affair with a dedicated detective, Lizzie finds herself in the sights of a stalker.

Ben Finneran has spent ten years pursuing a ruthless serial killer who poisons victims at random before disappearing into the shadows. He wants to believe that the attraction he and Lizzie share is just physical, but when they find themselves falling for each other, is Ben unwittingly leading a murderer straight to her door?

Pursued by the past and threatened by the present, who can Lizzie and Ben really trust?

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, murder and attempted murder. There is a scene of public sex, and scenes involving gaslighting and references to a past emotionally abusive relationship.

 

I have to mention one thing first before any other waffle begins; The cover!! I adore this cover, isn’t it striking? I am in love with it! I love the simplistic yet alluring design which is certainly eye-catching, with it’s a subtle nod to certain aspects of the story. Very nicely done, bravo to the art department!

It is always an exciting and thrilling moment when I open the page of a brand new Curzon Harkstead story, I am always full of awe and wonder of the story before me; whether it’s another episode of the Captivating Captains series or a Romantic Suspense. I am never disappointed! In fact, I very rarely read the back blurbs any more, in my view these two can do nothing wrong in my eyes, if it has Catherine and Eleanor’s names on the cover, then you know I’m going to read it. I know that no matter what is happening in the world, I am going to be transported away and all cares and stresses will melt into the near distance.

The Man in Room 423 is a lot darker in tone than other books from the dynamic duo, but I loved, loved, loved the edgier and adult feel about it. I can only describe it as that expectant thrilling feeling that you would usually get from watching the latest episode of your favourite crime drama such as Happy Valley/Midsomer Murders or Bergerac only with a wee bit more romping in the undergrowth ….or in this case; hotel room, not to mention other more risqué places.

I suppose, I should say something about the actual story instead of bleating on, because you NEED to meet Ben….and Lizzie, best not forget her!

Interior designer; Lizzie Aspinall isn’t known for being reckless or a risk-taker, yet when she is having drinks with her sister; Donna in a wine bar, and looks out of the window to see a sexy as sin man in the window of a room in the hotel opposite inviting her across to spend a hot and very steamy night with him, well she can’t say no.

Yes, it’s unwise, yes she may be heading into trouble, but she can’t deny that the thought of rolling around a hotel bed with this man who unashamedly strips for her, is making her blood boil with lust and to be honest where this particular man is concerned, ignoring his blatant mimed sexy seduction through the window would be downright rude.

So our Lizzie enjoys a rampant sex-a-thon with her unknown handsome gent…and by Jove is that hot or what? Phew, I’m feeling a flustered swoon coming on …an amazing one-night stand turns into having an affair with the most dashingly well dressed, saucy detective a woman could ever meet.

Think Mr Reece from Person of Interest and you will have an idea of what I mean when I say; dashing ‘Man in the Suit‘ ….Swoon!

Lizzie is a fabulous character, she has been a little downtrodden by those around her. She has lost a little confidence in herself, she is always careful and not one to take risks – or as those who have squashed her for so long call her; boring, how dare they!! Well, that is until she sees a certain dreamy nearly naked detective in a window, from that one night the inner passion and sexiness comes out. Our gorgeous Ben unlocks the side of Lizzie she has hidden away, don’t you just love a man who actually sees the woman for who she is?

DCI Ben Finneran is in Manchester on the trail of an evil serial killer who notoriously likes to poison his victims and spread fear far and wide. Ben has been chasing this criminal for ten long years and now he has the chance to bring the murderer he as obsessed over for a good portion of his career to justice. Yet a chance meeting with a beautiful woman changes everything not just for Ben and his life, but also for the case as things start becoming increasingly dangerous for all.

If this is what DCI’s are like, phew; I may need to commit a crime…if this gorgeous, waist-coat wearing silver fox wishes to arrest me, then I’m more than happy to comply 😉

Before I go on, I have to share this, for no other reason then it made me smile and melt a little when I read it…

Lizzie smiled at him tenderly. She whispered close to his ear, “I love you.”

“I’ve waited ten years for you and I didn’t even know it. ” Ben told her, bringing his hand up to caress her face. “I love you too Ms. Lizzie Aspinall.”

They kissed, slow and tired, until they finally fell asleep in each other’s arms.

Ben is so determined to catch this villain, there is a pang of past guilt and weariness laced with love and passion. He is a copper through and through. He knows his job, he is good at his job and he has a great copper’s instinct, whether that is in pursuit of a criminal or in the bedroom. He is just marvellous! He is always selfless, protective, fiercely loyal, very funny and yes, I have said it once but I’ll say it again; he is as sexy as hell and then there is a real sadness about him that makes you want to hug him tight.

I love the chemistry between Ben and Lizzie, there is a buzz, a shimmer in the air that crackles around them. Their relationship starts with a bang and sets off at lightning speed (a lot like the entire book itself). They both bring something to the relationship that the other needs in their life. Lizzie is the bright spark, the happiness and the companionship Ben needs, whereas he is the honest, protective and passion that she needs to really be herself. They are a match made in heaven and are so perfect for each other.

This book has a great cast of characters, from the two brilliant leads to the secondary characters, each one brings something vital to the story, whether you loved them or booed and hissed at them they all have an impact. I especially liked Ben’s boss, DCS Worthington, he is a real hoot and makes me think of a cross between Columbo and Vera. He only makes a few brief appearances, yet he stole every scene.

This is Catherine and Eleanor’s second romantic suspense novel, and I love it just as much as the first (maybe a little more, if I am being perfectly honest) that first book; The Colour of Mermaids was emotionally character-driven; there was a lot of angst and deep despair, which completely hooked you. This one is all about the suspense element, it’s all about the plot with the romance between Ben and Lizzie flawlessly riding alongside, which makes for a perfect and undoubtedly epic love story with a twist.

The Man in Room 423 is striking, utterly fascinating and addictive reading. I flew through the pages and read it in two days flat, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the character’s, blushing profusely at those very saucy scenes and following the intricately written plot, which had me hooked right up until the villain is revealed. This is thrilling, seductive and seriously sexy. If I was a nail-biter I wouldn’t have any fingernails left, this book is gripping from the start. There are twists and turns, an explosive ending when we find out ‘who dunnit’ which was a real shocker.

I absolutely loved it, perfect escapism!

This was an Arc copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed. Thank you, Catherine and Eleanor! Xx

The Man in Room 423 is to be released on 5th May and can be pre-ordered now, and I cannot recommend that you grab it when you can, it’s a doozy!

#Review | The Colour Of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead #TheColourOfMermaids @e_harkstead @MadameGilflurt

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Hello Sunshines! I am super excited to be sharing my review of this breathtaking book; The Colour of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. Before I start with this review, I wish to take a moment to say just say something…

Over the last month or so I have really struggled with keeping motivated and my focus on reading, which for someone who loves reading, who finds so much joy in books and has always used books as an escape from the real world; that slump made me really sad. I blame too much time on social media mixed with obsessively watching the chaos on the news, it all got a bit much. But even so, I can’t even express how depressing it was not being able to enjoy a book! Then I started this and I have to say that this became a balm, I was gripped from the first chapter and by the end, I felt as though a weight had been lifted, but more than that; I re-found my love of reading again. So a massive thank you to Catherine and Eleanor for reminding me, without knowing it; how much I love reading! xx

So, grab that cuppa, sit back and enjoy the book that gave me the kick up the rear and gave me back my mojo!

In a world of childhood secrets and tabloid scandals, is falling for the bad boy of British art as risky as it is raunchy?

When artist Eva Catesby is invited to an exhibition in honour of art world enfant terrible Daniel Scott, she’s expected to follow the crowd and sing his praises. Instead she tells him what she really thinks and sparks fly. As they plunge headlong into a wild affair, Eva becomes the target of unwanted attention from an unseen enemy.

Daniel Scott is famous for his paintings. Filled with darkness and tormented imagery, his canvases are as mysterious as his background. Until he meets Eva, Daniel is a stranger to criticism and doesn’t know what it means to fall in love.

Can Eva help Daniel overcome his childhood demons or will a fatal secret from the past destroy their future?

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of drug use/abuse, mental illness, depression, stalking and sexual assault. There is mention of suicide, child abuse, rape, murder and non-romanticised brother-sister incest.

How much do I love this book?! Let me count the ways….honestly, I’m already waxing lyrical, you can see how this review is going to go, can’t you? But once you have read this book you will all understand my excitement and inability to actually string two legible words together that don’t consist of ‘OMGs, I love it’ and various swooning gif’s…

I will just say the one thing then, should I?…

Perfect!!!

Absolutely and utterly heart-stopping, powerful and emotionally wrenching, intoxicatingly gripping, romantic and brilliantly thrilling; perfection!!

Will that do?

Plus, I was so wrapped up in this book I let many cups of tea go cold (shock and horror!!!) and the dog ate my shortbread, but was I bothered when I was so immersed in this glorious book? Not on your nelly!!

When Eva Catesby is invited to the exclusive exhibition for the world-renowned, the bad boy of the art world; Daniel Scott, a man as dark and mysterious as that of his all-black attire and bleakly sinister paintings. Unlike the throng of people who have turned up to pour more praise on to the already inflated head of the ‘enfant terrible‘, Eva tells it how it is, she holds nothing back and she doesn’t believe in shading the great artist from criticism if it will help him make even greater work.

Eva is a fabulous character, she is so passionate; about her work as an artist and especially about her work with a group of underprivileged kids, who she is trying to help with art. Even though she comes from a well-to-do family she really wants to help those in worse off circumstances than her and I really admired her for that! She is a kind, caring, talented and compassionate woman.

Daniel has never met anyone like Eva, she is the breath of fresh air he needs in his dark, drug-fuelled existence, he is drawn to her but knows that he can’t allow anything more than a moment of lustful passion to pass between them, as our bad boy isn’t exactly what he appears, there is more to discover about the mysterious sunglasses-wearing Daniel Scott and Eva soon finds that as tempting, handsome, mysterious and talented as he is, there is a more heart-breaking, self-destructive and darker side to her brooding bed mate.

As Eva and Daniel begin their passionate affair, they soon to see their relationship as something other than just sex, they grow closer with each passing day. The more they fall in love and get to know each other, the more dark and hidden secrets are revealed, secrets which may come between our couple but only if Daniel can find the courage to seek the help he needs to move forward from his heart-breaking past.

I do absolutely love this book…I think I have said that already, right? …

As I said it is completely different if you love your edgier, super sexy, darker romances with an added bonus of a thrilling yet eerie stalking subplot which really makes the hairs stand up and you sit back and shiver a little of what Eva experienced.

My heart absolutely broke for Daniel when he reaches the lowest when his depression becomes overbearing for him there is a child-like quality; broken, lost in deep darkness and unable to reach past the heavy cloud that has eclipsed the sunshine. There are a few scenes that are very bleak, heart-wrenching and uncomfortable to read, but they are so brilliantly and expertly written. Talk about emotional; there were moments between Daniel and Eva which left me a sniffling mess, which soon followed by lots of real cliff-hanger of a twist at the end – whoa, I didn’t see that one coming!!

This is easily one of the best that Catherine and Eleanor have written – I do know I sound like a record stuck on repeat as I say that every single time I lay my hands on a new Harkstead/Curzon book, but oh, boy, is this beauty a cracker or what?! I am in complete love with it, I was glued to every single page, it was intoxicating to read, with thrills, romance, secrets and real darkness that had me hooked. Plus it’s super, super sexy and that is just gorgeously complex and heart-breaking Daniel.

You all know that I love a fragile and tormented guy in black, and this man broke me completely, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again!

I have always known that Catherine and Eleanor are masters of emotional and witty romance, but this one shows just how impressive their writing is. The way they tackled such deeply sensitive and somewhat taboo subjects such as; depression, mental health illness, drug abuse is impeccable.

Did I mention how much loved this book?… Well I did, I do hope that there will be more stories like this in the pipeline from this marvellous duo!

This was an Arc copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Catherine and Eleanor! Xx

The Colour of Mermaids is released today and can be found at Amazon and I cannot recommend enough that you go and grab this gorgeous book.

#CoverReveal | The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond #WillYouSurviveTheHeatwave @TheVenomousPen @AvonBooksUK

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Hello Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of this exclusive cover reveal for; The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond. Go and take a peek…..Will you survive the Heatwave?

The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond

Publisher: Avon UK

Format: Print/Ebook/Audio

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Release Date: 25 June

One summer. One stranger. One killer…

Two bad things happened that summer:

A stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared.

In the wake of the crime that rocked her community, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on.

But sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in her hometown.

Now Felicity must go back, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago.

Only she holds the answers – and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine.

The heatwave is back. And so is the killer.

Don’t miss the hottest thriller of the summer – perfect for readers who loved The Holiday and The Girlfriend.

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Will you #SurviveTheHeatwave 😱

The brand new standalone from Katerina Diamond is coming June 25th 2020. 

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Praise for Katerina Diamond

The new Queen of Crime’ Heat

Deliciously dark’ Lisa Hall

Packed with twists until the last page’ Closer

Has the feeling of a nightmare come to life’ Lovereading

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About the Author

Katerina is the author of the Sunday Times Best Selling Exeter based crime thriller series – starting with ‘The Teacher’ and followed by The Secret, The Angel, The Promise and Truth or Die Katerina is currently working on her seventh novel which is a standalone.

Katerina also runs the facebook book group CRIME SUSPECT with several other crime authors.

Katerina currently lives in East Kent. Katerina was born in Weston-super-Mare and has lived in various places since including Greece, Cyprus, Derby, East London and Exeter. Katerina watches way too much TV.

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#Blogtour | Silent Night (Detective Iris Locke Series #1) by Geraldine Hogan #SilentNight #Review #DetectiveIrisLocke @gerhogan @ookouture

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Hello everyone, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour for; Silent Night, which is book one in the new Detective Iris Locke series by Geraldine Hogan, I can’t wait to share my review of this great new crime novel, so sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

She reached into the pram and placed her hands on the cotton blanket. It was still warm. But her smiling, new baby sister, with her wide blue-grey eyes, was gone…’

Twenty five years later, three bodies are found at a ramshackle cottage in the Irish countryside, and Detective Iris Locke is sick to her stomach. The victims are Anna Crowe and her two young children.

Iris has only recently joined the Limerick Murder Squad. Against her father’s advice, she’s working the narrow lanes and green hills of her childhood. Iris still remembers Anna, who was just a small girl when her baby sister was snatched, never to be seen again. It was the one case Iris’ own father never solved, and Iris can’t help but wonder if the two crimes are connected.

She’ll stop at nothing to find Anna justice, but a fire has destroyed almost all the physical evidence, and Limerick is the same small town she remembers: everybody protects their neighbours, and Iris has been away for too long.

Can Iris unpick the lies beneath the surface of her pretty hometown, and catch the most twisted individual of her career, when reopening the old case means reopening old wounds for her team, the rest of the community, and her own father?

Fans of Patricia Gibney, Angela Marsons and L.J. Ross won’t want to miss this – the first book in a gripping and unputdownable new crime series.

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I will be honest and say when I got asked to be apart of this blog tour, I was in two frames of mind whether to or not, I haven’t read a thriller/crime novel for many years and wasn’t sure if I actually still enjoyed reading them. But there was something about this that caught my attention, it was a mixture of it being the first in the series, the intriguing blurb and it having a female leading investigative officer, but I will say that I am so pleased that I accepted because this is great start to what I am sure is going to be a brilliant series.

The story opens with the kidnapping of a baby from her pram, one minute she was there in the garden and the next she was gone, never to be seen again, fast forward twenty-nine years Anna; the older sister of the missing baby is found brutally murdered along with her two children in their own home. The case is assigned to Detective Iris Locke who has retuned to her home town against her fathers better judgment, once she starts delving in to the murder of Anna, Iris soon comes to the conclusion that something isn’t quite right, she thinks that Anna and her children’s brutal murders are in someway connected to the disappearance o Anna’s sister all those years ago. But how could that be?

Iris isn’t pleased with the idea of moving back to her home town of Limmerick, to be working in the very Police station that her father used to run all those years ago. She feels that because she is the daughter of one of the greatest Detectives that Limmerick has seen, she has to work all the harder to prove that she isn’t in the position because of who she is related to but because of her own merit – unfortunately no matter how much she may want to be her own person she is constantly compared to her father, she knows that the others think that she had a helping hand. On top of that she has her own issues, after being undercover for over a years which didn’t end in the best ways for her she is desperate to get back to what she loves; solving crimes but as we know your past usually comes back to bite you.

To be able to solve the triple murder Iris does the thing she would never have done, she goes to her father for help, her father being the very Detective who investigated the baby’s disappearance all those years ago. The more she delves into the pad, the darker and ,murkier the case becomes.

I love how this is written, you follow the case as it goes along, but we get to know the lead characters more during the first half, especially the two leading Investigators; Iris and her Sergeant Ben Slattery, I think that as the series goes along we are going to see their working relationship evolves into what could be a great detective partnership, both characters are so different with their own views and issues and yet they feed off each other to bring the case together, true they may not always agree and that is what makes Locke and Slattery work.

The only thing I will say against this is that it does set off at a very slow pace, it’s really as the reader is getting to know the lead character’s, it does gradually build up as the story progresses but it isn’t until nearing the final that the story and the case really picks up speed and we finally come to a completely eye-opening and thrilling end.

Overall a pretty decent crime story, that is intriguing, imaginative as well as very real, with twist and turns in the case that will keep you guessing as to who did what and why, the story keeps the readers attention right up to the explosive unexpected finale that makes you sit up and go “wow, I didn’t see that coming.” I am definitely looking forward to more from the Iris Locke series, I feel that there is far more Iris Locke then one the author showed in this. Ms Hogan has done a great job at keeping the reader locked into her darkly imaginative and at times disturbing world of Iris Locke.

If you love a crime caper, then this is a must read.

This was a Arc copy via the publisher and Netgalley which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour, thank you Kim.

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About the Author

Geraldine Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honors Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree in Training and Management from University College, Galway. She is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of four contemporary fiction novels under the pen name Faith Hogan.

Silent Night is her first crime novel, her second is due out in December 2019.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

You can find out more about Geraldine here:

Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter @gerhogan / Instagram

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