Gilding The Lily by Justine John Blog Tour @ Love Books Tours/ Debut Novel

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A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.


An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.


Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…


When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…


It’s  hard to believe that this was  a debut novel, but it is and what a debut!  The opening of the book sets the bar high; the curiosity of the reader is piqued. And you wonder if the following book will fall below its own high standards.

What an exceptional read it was. Very, very good! The story was well thought out and well paced.  Character driven, full of family secrets and petty jealousies that quickly escalate into hatreds and maybe even murder.

Enough said of the story if you want to find out more you will have to buy a copy and read on!

As I said earlier an exceptional debut, full of great characters, top quality writing  with not a wasted word and not a character that is not essential to the story. Justine John is an author of exceptional promise and I look forward to reading more books by her in the future!

A well written psychological thriller about the tangled web that are family relationships and dynamics.  A book I recommend and I urge you to read.

Thanks to Justine John for the ARC and Kelly for the tour invite.


After thirty years in corporate life in London, half of which was running a successful events company, I decided to take a chance to write the novel that was ‘in me’ since I was a child. Gilding the Lily is the result of this and is a domestic noir story which I hope will keep you on the edge of your chair/sofa/bed/train/plane-seat….


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