Blue Wicked

Blue Wicked

The tortured corpses of young alcoholics and drug addicts are turning up in Glasgow and only Eddie Henderson seems to know why. When he tries to tell the police, his information is ridiculed and he’s told to stop wasting their time.
One officer, junior detective Catherine Douglas, believes him, and together they set out to discover why the dregs of Glasgow’s underbelly are being found, dead and mutilated.
My thoughts:
This is the 2nd book by Alan that I’ve read. This was a well written book , fast paced and keeps you turning the pages. The short chapters told about a different character  adds to the fast pace of the book.
A word of warning though. If you are of a disposition that cannot stomach descriptions of cruelty to animals, told in a graphic style and also a liberal sprinkling of swear words, then this may not be a book for you.
I personally found it added to the realism of the book and we all know at times life can be cruel.
At the onset of the book we find Eddie a veterinary surgeon investigating a series of animal deaths that involving cruelty and poison.
Later in the narrative Eddie joins forces with Catherine, a young DC. who is investigating a series of murders that bear an eerie resemblance to the animal deaths.
Could they be committed by the same person?
This book was written about  an area I know well. West central Scotland which added to my enjoyment of the book. But equally it could’ve been set in any part of the UK.
If you like your crime gritty,gruesome and fast paced then this could be the book for you. I recommend it. Well done Alan Jones. A worthy five stars.





Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite #BlogTour @Bookouture @BCopperthwait

Ace review Sue x


Firstly I wish to thank Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for HER LAST SECRET by Barbara Copperthwaite



There are some secrets you can never tell.

The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.

They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.

But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.

But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.

Each family member harboured their own…

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#BlogTour: Her Last Secret from Barbara Copperthwaite

Cracking review Sharon

chapterinmylife: Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger

36217341So as a book blogger your #TBR is always threatening to topple over, right? So you promise yourself that you will have a wee break from blog tours and review requests, right? But oh no, that pesky publishing team Bookouture just keep coming up with little nuggets of temptation to throw in your way, don’t they! So here I am on the #BlogTour for Barbara Copperthwaite’s #HerLastSecret. Seriously guys how was I meant to resist this! That blurb, that cover! I had no chance!

Thank you to Bookouture and the author for the ARC which I chose to read and provide my honest review.

What does the blurb say?

There are some secrets you can never tell.

The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.

They were the perfect family. Successful businessman…

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The Theseus Paradox (DI Jake Flannagan #1)

The Theseus Paradox (DI Jake Flannagan #1)

by David Videcette (Goodreads Author)
What if everything you thought you knew about London’s 7/7 bombings was a lie?

July 2005: In the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest police investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.

Who masterminded London’s summer of terror? Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation? Is Jake’s absent girlfriend really who she claims to be?

While hunting for the answers to the most complex terrorist case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.

Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown,
Sometimes the answer is much closer to home.

The author, David Videcette, is a former Scotland Yard Detective who has worked on a wealth of infamous cases, including the July 2005 London bombings. He has twenty years of policing and investigative experience, specialising in counter-terror operations and organised crime. He currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, extremism and the London bombings. David says, ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’

‘A chillingly credible tale based on real events.’

‘A five-star, explosive finale.’

‘Leaves the reader hungry to research this version of events!’

‘This fictional theory holds a lot of water – do not miss!’

‘Astoundingly accomplished and pacey. If anyone has the background and understanding to pull this off, it is David Videcette. His experience and know-how shine through on every page without it ever slowing the pace of the drama. And the scenario he paints is a vivid and realistic one. Possibly too realistic!’

‘A very exciting proposition. The concept behind this book will make headlines.’

‘The desire to find out the truth will drive interest alone. Strong stuff.’

‘I adored the lead character, DI Jake Flannagan. He is one of a kind. I would class this novel in the same arena as the blockbusting best seller ‘Bravo Two Zero’ by Andy McNab – but for the fact that ‘The Theseus Paradox’ is far better written!’

‘We’re into the action immediately and there’s a great sense of authenticity and control in David’s storytelling. The plot revelations in this book are all too possible; the whole tale is just far too chillingly credible.’

‘Finished this at 6.00am this morning having thoroughly enjoyed it! Eloquent and adeptly argued; the narrative flowed well throughout the various ups and downs and dead-ends – towards an utterly thrilling conclusion. It leaves the reader hungry to research whether they believe this version of events!’

‘An incredible ‘big reveal’ at the end. Stunning dialogue that has that rare ring of authenticity to it. This is a premise really worth hearing about.’

‘A stunning, mind-bending finale. A powerhouse of a fact-fiction mash-up.’

‘Brilliant stuff that smacks you in the face!’

‘The Theseus Paradox’ is proud to support the Police Dependants’ Trust.


My thoughts and review:

David Videcette says he can tell you a story. And he certainly can!
Based on events that happened on the 7th July 2005 in London. David weaves a story that weaves fiction with a certain amount of fact; or does he? That is for you the reader to decide.
Jake Flannagan is a Detective Inspector who is married to the job; at the expense of his family and friendships. At times he is his own worst enemy. He has walked out on his marriage, and looses himself in alcohol and brief flings where he seems more interested in putting more notches on his bedpost.
Jake’s a character driven to succeed in his investigations and gets frustrated with the red tape his bosses put in his way and the hoops they make jump through.
He is equally frustrated by the internal politics between different branches of law enforcement.
This a well written tale with an unlikely hero and a myriad of characters.
I can recommend this book and will look forward to reading the sequel.
A worthy four stars fron me.
The thoughts and review are all my own.

David Videcette

David Videcette

Goodreads Author


in London, The United Kingdom 




Member Since
September 2015

The crime fighter turned crime writer.

Former Scotland Yard investigator, David Videcette, has searched hundreds of properties, placed bugs on countless vehicles, chased numerous dangerous criminals and interviewed thousands of witnesses.

He was a lead investigator on the London terrorist bombings and is a former Met detective with twenty years policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime.

He currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, and policing.

David now puts his police knowledge to good use in his crime novels.

The number one question that David gets asked most often is: ‘How do you pronounce Videcette?’

It’s pronounced ‘Wide-set’, but with a ‘V’. (Vyde-set). /ˈvaɪd.set/

The second most asked question from readers is: ‘Did that really happen?’

To which David’s answer is: ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’ ™

And So It Began (Delaney #1)
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And So It Began (Delaney #1)

PI Vincent Delaney thought he was done with the NOPD until a string of seemingly unrelated child murders brings an unexpected invitation from the FBI, and his old boss.

A serial killer is roaming the South, preying on children appearing in pageants, and the police want him to go undercover using his own family. Accepting would mean lying to people he loves and maybe even putting them in harm’s way.

In Baton Rouge, a violent criminal has escaped and is seeking revenge for the brother Delaney shot dead. But Delaney isn’t going anywhere. He has unfinished business.

Meanwhile, north of the French Quarter, shopkeepers are being extorted and ask for Delaney’s help. Extortion is a matter for the police.

But what do you do when those responsible are the police?

Delaney has his work cut out and he’ll be lucky if he makes it out alive.

My thoughts and review:
Having read Owen’s 3 previous books in the C.C series I was delighted to receive a copy of his new series set in New Orleans. This is the first book in the Vince Delaney series.
If you are expecting a rehash of C.C with a American accent, you will be disappointed. This series and character have a voice of their own.
Vince is a disillusioned member of NOPD who is now Private Investigator.
This was a well researched book, that lives and breathes New Orleans. The main character Vince is a well drawn character who has demons of his own.
This book sees three different investigations, that sees Vince involved , all be it against his will.
Vince is asked by his previous employers to go undercover and investigate the murder of children at talent pageants.
He is further involved when his sister signs her daughter up to a pageant.
Vince also investigates a protection racket, which involves dirty cops, but all is not all it seems.
And a criminal is out for the revenge for the death of his brother.
A brilliant read, where the characters are well drawn and come to life and involve you in their lives.
I really like the relationship between Vince and his dog. The only one in the book who has no other motive except loyalty.
I recommend this book. Urge you to buy a copy and dive in. You won’t be disappointed.
Top class tale and high quality writing that grips the reader.
Thanks to Owen and Bloodhound Books for a copy which I have chosen to review.
5 stars from me.
All thoughts are my own.


About Owen Mullen:

Owen Mullen



in Scotland





OWEN MULLEN’S debut novel Games People Play has been long-listed for Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year 2017.
And So It Began book #1 in the Delaney series was awarded ⭐Star Pick from the Sunday Times Crime Club.

School was a waste of time for me. Or rather, I wasted time; my own and every teacher’s who tried to get me to work. It took twenty years to appreciate what they were telling me. Life has rules. They aren’t written down but they exist nevertheless. I got that. Eventually. But by then I was thirty five.
Along the way I missed an important clue. At ten I won a national primary schools short story competition – and didn’t write anything else for forty years.
As a teenager my big obsession was music. Early on I realised if I was successful I would probably be rich and famous and pull lots of girls.
So how did that turn out?
Well, you haven’t heard of me, have you? And this morning I caught myself worrying about the electricity bill. So the short answer is: one out of three ain’t bad.
Running around the country in a Transit van with your mates is fun. It’s your very own gang. You against the world. Until you fall out and the dream lies bleeding on the dressing-room floor.
When that happened I went to London
[everybody from Scotland goes to London, it’s like first footing at New Year, or ten pints of lager and a vindaloo on a Friday night; a sacred tradition]
and became a session singer. I also started gigging with different bands on the circuit.
Back in Scotland – most of us come back with wild tales of great success, none of them true – I wondered what I should do with myself and didn’t have to wait long for the answer. Her name was Christine. We got married, I went to Strathclyde Uni and got a bunch of letters after my name, and toughing it out at Shotts Miner’s Welfare, or dodging flying beer cans at the Café Club in Baillieston, was in the past. The long hair was short now, I wore a suit and pretended to like people I didn’t like because we were ‘colleagues’.
After many adventures I started my own marketing and design business and did alright. Christine and I were very happy, we travelled all over the place; India, Brazil, Botswana, Nepal, Borneo, Japan. One day I suggested we move. To the Greek islands. So we did. We bought land and built a beautiful villa overlooking the Mediterranean. Then the pan global financial crash happened, years of fiscal carelessness finally caught up with Greece; the exchange rate dived and the cost of living in Paradise went through the roof.
I had to do something. Then I remembered the short story competition. I had been good at writing, hadn’t I?
I wrote another short story called The King Is Dead…the first thing I’d written since primary school. When I typed the last word [Christine taught me to type] I held the pages in my hand then started to read. An hour and a half, rooted to the chair unable to believe what was in front of my eyes. For four decades I had shunned a god given gift. And as I read I started to understand why. It was awful. Not just bad. Bloody terrible.
But I kept going.
And now, eight years and seven books later, three literary agents plus two I turned down [they were reading a different book] I am a writer. My books are on Amazon. People buy them and come back for more.
One seasoned London agent has predicted I am destined to be ‘a major new force in British crime fiction.’
So is the moral: follow my example, find something you’re good at and stick with it. Hardly. I didn’t, did I? Do it your own way; it’s your life

The Long Drop
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The Long Drop

William Watt wants answers about his family’s murder. Peter Manuel has them. But Peter Manuel is a liar.

William Watt is an ordinary businessman, a fool, a social climber.

Peter Manuel is a famous liar, a rapist, a criminal. He claims he can get hold of the gun used to murder Watt’s family.

One December night in 1957, Watt meets Manuel in a Glasgow bar to find out what he knows.

Based on true events, The Long Drop is an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel from a writer at the height of her powers

My thoughts:
I am a big fan of Denise’s writing and this book did not disappoint . this book is a read that grips the reader from the start. It blends fact with fiction.
It could be classed as a crime novel, true crime because it concerns actual people and also historical fiction as it is set 60 years ago.
William Smart wants to know who killed his family?
Peter Manuel says he knows who did it. But he’s a liar!
I was 8 years old when the events in this book transpired and Denise conjured the Glasgow of my childhood admirably.
William Smart is a successful business man, a social climber with ideas above his station.
Peter Manuel is a Billy Liar figure, living a dream world of fanciful happenings and events, most of which are in his imagination. He is also a petty thief and rapist.
One thing is true is that William and Peter did meet in Glasgow and spent 11 hours drinking.
This was not rare as Glasgow at that time was full of clubs, down trodden pubs and illegal drinking dens.
The fictitious conservation and events that Denise conjures for this 11 hour has the reader wondering, Did it, or could it have happened?
Glasgow at that that time was a bleak gap toothed city recovering from the Blitz and full of seedy characters, two of which are William and Peter.
It was also a city populated by men, run by men for men.
A superb read. Worthy of five stars. A urge you all to grab a copy and dive in.
My thoughts are entirely my own.


Denise Mina 

Denise Mina

Goodreads Author


in Glasgow, The United Kingdom 



Member Since
March 2013

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father’s job as an Engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe
She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cook.
Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.
At twenty one she passed exams, got into study Law at Glasgow University and went on to research a PhD thesis at Strathclyde University on the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, teaching criminology and criminal law in the mean time.
Misusing her grant she stayed at home and wrote a novel, ‘Garnethill’ when she was supposed to be studying instead.

None but the Dead
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None but the Dead (Rhona MacLeod #11)

Sanday, one of Britain’s northernmost islands, inaccessible when the wind prevents the ferry from the mainland crossing, or fog grounds the tiny island hopping plane. When human remains are discovered to the rear of an old primary school, forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod and her assistant arrive to excavate the grave. Approaching mid-winter, they find daylight in short supply, the weather inhospitable, and some of the island’s inhabitants less than cooperative. When the suspicious death of an old man in Glasgow appears to have links with the island, DS Michael McNab is dispatched to investigate. Desperately uncomfortable in such surroundings, he finds that none of the tools of detective work are there. No internet, no CCTV, and no police station. As the weather closes in, the team, which includes criminal profiler and Orcadian Professor Magnus Pirie, are presented with a series of unexplained incidents, apparently linked to the discovery of 13  magic flowers representing the souls of dead children who had attended the island school where the body was discovered. But how and in what circumstance did they die, and why are their long forgotten deaths significant to the current investigation? As a major storm approaches, bringing gale force winds and high seas, the islanders turn on one another, as past and present evil deeds collide, and long buried secrets break surface, along with the exposed bones.
Wow, wow is all I can say. What a brilliant book! The writing, research and atmosphere draws you in and wont let go. Set in the Shetland island of Sanday, where human remains have been uncovered, sees Dr Rhona Macleod and her assistant Chrissy called in to investigate.
Meanwhile in Glasgow, DS. McNab is investigating the death of an elderly man who has links to the island.
This sees McNab volunteering to go to Sanday. To further his investigation or see Rhona, who knows? As the investigation continues they find the inhabitants closing ranks and treating the incomers with suspicion.
One of these incomers Mike, who has secrets of his own, finds a muslin flower in his loft and takes it to Sam Flett at the Heritage Centre. He is told that it represents the soul of a dead child and he is told to return it to where he found it.
If you have never been to Shetland this book will make you want to go, if only to sample the atmosphere that Lin has created.
This book has you turning the pages and gasping in fear when Lin throws you another curve ball.
All characters are well drawn and have you rooting for them.
A finely carved tale which will have you cheering, cringing and wondering what will happen next.
If you haven’t read any of Lin’s books, I would say grab one and dive in,
A superb read and 5 stars from me


Lin Anderson was born in Greenock of Scottish and Irish parents. A graduate of both Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities, she has lived in many different parts of Scotland and also spent five years working in the African bush. A teacher of Mathematics and Computing, she began her writing career four years ago. Her first film, Small Love, which was broadcast on STV, was nominated for TAPS writer of the year award 2001. Her African short stories have been published in the 10th Anniversary Macallan collection and broadcast on BBC Radio Four.