Publication List – Leigh Russell

No Escape by Casey Kelleher (Lucy Murphy 1)

51A3hYavOuL Synopsis: The one place she never wanted to go back to. The one place she can’t escape.

When she was just five years old, Lucy Murphy witnessed her mother’s brutal murder in their home on London’s notorious Griffin Estate. The case was never solved. Now a newly qualified police officer, Lucy has been given her first job: she’s going back to the Griffin Estate.

She is there to protect the estate’s vulnerable residents, including Shannon and Kian Winters, two kids struggling to deal with their alcoholic mother. Fifteen-year-old Shannon is working every spare hour to keep a roof over their heads, but thirteen-year-old Kian has fallen under the sway of gang leader Jax Priestly. And now Jax has plans for Shannon too… Continue reading “No Escape by Casey Kelleher (Lucy Murphy 1)”

A Wedding at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry

51ECsq-5CQL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_ Synopsis: Escape to Everdene Sands, where the sun is shining – but is the tide about to turn?

Robyn and Jake are planning their dream wedding at the family beach hut in Devon. A picnic by the turquoise waves, endless sparkling rosé and dancing barefoot on the golden sand . . .

But Robyn is more unsettled than excited. She can’t stop thinking about the box she was given on her eighteenth birthday, and the secrets it contains. Will opening it reveal the truth about her history – and break the hearts of the people she loves most?

As the big day arrives, can everyone let go of the past and step into a bright new future?

My Rating: 5/5

My Review: I haven’t read a VH book in way too long so scoured through my Kindle as I knew I had some unread ones and started this little gem. I have read the other Beach Hut Books and loved them all so was really hoping that this would be just as good. Thankfully it was all that and more!

Robyn and Jake are excited at their upcoming wedding and are busy planning for the big day. However, Robyn has to unravel the secrets of her past without upsetting her family and she decides to ask advice from her friend Gwen (who I LOVE and I totally think should have her own book!).

All of the various family members make an appearance and elements of their own lives are revealed and interweaved within Robyn and Jake’s story. This book I read in just two sittings over one day and was so dissapointed I read it so quickly.

Although there are bittersweet moments in the book this was absolutely captivating from start to finish and I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t reccomend this book highly enough and think it is a must read for anyone who enjoys this genre.

Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell (Geraldine Steel #13)

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When a homeless man is found strangled to death, Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel is caught off guard by the cold-blooded nature of the crime. A second murder suggests the existence of a killer whose motive is as elusive as he is dangerous.

In an investigation plagued by police scepticism, only Geraldine is relentless in her pursuit of the truth. As she is forced down unexpected avenues into the lives of three people caught in a toxic triangle of love and deceit, she discovers there is more to this case than any of them could have imagined.

My Rating: 3/5 Continue reading “Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell (Geraldine Steel #13)”

BLOG TOUR: Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten (Maggie Jamieson 3)

noelle holten Synopsis: A murdered woman…

When the body of a young woman is found in a local park, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she’s dealing with no ordinary killer.  The murder victim has been disfigured; her outfit changed to resemble someone else.  Someone Maggie knows all too well…her close friend Dr Kate Moloney.

A determined detective…

Maggie is determined to keep her friend safe, but with Kate already struggling with a threatening stalker, Maggie now fears Kate’s life is in real danger.  Who else would want to harm Kate and why else would the killer be turning his victims into exact replicas – his living dolls?

Can Maggie find the depraved killer?  Or will Kate become his next living doll?

My Rating: 5/5 Continue reading “BLOG TOUR: Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten (Maggie Jamieson 3)”

The Waffle House on The Pier by Tilly Tennant

51fRdkTflxL Synopsis: Run away to Sea Salt Bay, where the sand is warm and soft, the sea is a perfect blue, and a candy-coloured waffle house is about to change Sadie’s life…

For as long as she can remember, Sadie’sgrandparents have run the waffle house on the pier at Sea Salt Bay. With its pretty painted chairs, sweet smells, and the warm advice of her beloved grandparents, the waffle house is like a second home

But when Sadie’s grandfather dies, leaving her grandmother without an anchor, Sadie must make a difficult decision. She quits her job and moves back home, determined to keep things going. The trouble is, she knows nothing about running a business, and learning at a million miles an hour with a shop full of hungry people isn’t easy. When she nearly burns the waffle house down, she has to admit she needs to get some help. Continue reading “The Waffle House on The Pier by Tilly Tennant”

Rogue Killer by Leigh Russell (Geraldine Steel 12)

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A man is killed in apparently random attack, and suspicion falls on a gang of muggers. Only Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel thinks this is the work of a more deliberate murderer.

Two more victims are discovered, after further seemingly indiscriminate attacks. The muggers are tracked down, with tragic consequences. And all the while the killer remains at large. When Geraldine finally manages to track down a witness, she finds her own life is in danger…

My Rating: 3/5

My Review: I have been reading this series since the beginning and am definitely a fan, however this latest instalment I wasn’t that keen on, and I will tell you why. The main story features Gerladine in her position as DS following a demotion in York where her previous colleague Ian works. I feel like Geraldine has lost her mojo a little bit and for me it left me feeling like this book just didn’t fit with the Geraldine I have come to know and love.

When a man is killed the suspicion falls firmly at the feet of a gang of muggers. The main storyline was okay, but I felt like all of Geraldine’s colleagues are pretty simple and none of them cared all that much and had no oomph to get things done. This constantly distracted me from the usual feel of these books which is where everybody rolls their sleeves up and gets stuck in.

Don’t get me wrong, it certainly wasn’t a bad book, but for me at this point in the series I felt like Geraldine is at a bit of a crossroads and as such she has lost the sparkle of her personality. I am really hoping that things change for her as this left me scratching my head wondering where the real Geraldine was.

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes by Carole Matthews

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Synopsis: Jodie Jackson is all at sea, in every sense.

On a ferry bound for the Isle of Wight, she’s leaving her London life, her career, and her husband behind. She’d like a chance to turn back the clocks, but she’ll settle for some peace and quiet on her brother Bill’s beautifully renovated houseboat, Sunny DaysBut from the moment Jodie steps aboard her new home, it’s clear she’ll struggle to keep herself to herself.

Jodie soon delights in her newfound freedom. But out of mind isn’t out of sight, and when her old life comes knocking Jodie is forced to face reality. Will she answer the call or choose a life filled with Sunny Days and Sea Breezes?

My Rating: 5/5

My Review: My god, even after the years she has spent writing Carole Matthews just has that something special. Jodie is a character that I liked immediately and at the very early stages all we know is she is going to the Isle of Wight to spend some time alone. She is lucky enough to not only work for her brother, but to be able to stay at his recently renovated houseboat named Sunny Days.

Once there her wish to be left alone is completely ignored…enter Marilyn…the second star of this book! She is a cleaner her brther has employed and she is one woman positivity showboat. Jodie is reluctantly forced to explore life on the island by Marilyn and makes friends along the way invluding her neighbour Ned, the beach statueman George and Ida the owner of the beach cafe.

The story is wonderful and frankly made me want to pack a bag and jump on a ferry. This book was an absolute delight to read andI was truly dissapointed to finish it. I would love to see another book set here in the future!

One Eye Open by Paul Finch

download Synopsis: YOU CAN RUN: A high-speed crash leaves a man and woman clinging to life.
Neither of them carries ID. Their car has fake number plates.
In their luggage: a huge amount of cash.
Who are they? What are they hiding?
And what were they running from?

YOU CAN HIDE: DS Lynda Hagen, once a brilliant detective, gave it all up to raise her family. But something about this case reignites a spark in her…

BUT YOU’LL ALWAYS SLEEP WITH…What begins as an investigation soon becomes an obsession. And it will lead her to a secret so dangerous that soon there will be nowhere left to hide. Continue reading “One Eye Open by Paul Finch”

The Wish by Alex Brown

51Dsms9W8rL._SY346_ Synopsis The touching and emotional new novel from the No.1 bestselling author of The Great Christmas Knit-Off and The Secret of Orchard Cottage

Sam Morgan knows he messed up with his wife Chrissie and daughter Holly – he wasn’t there when they needed him most, but now he’ll do anything to put his family back together again. Until then, he’s back living in the picture-postcard village of Tindledale.

Jude Darling is coming home for good this time. She’s taking over the antique shop in Tindledale, the place where she grew up and she’s going to make sure she’s there for her friend, Chrissie, and Goddaughter, Holly. They certainly need her right now. Continue reading “The Wish by Alex Brown”