BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Bad Sister

Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘This is a well-written crime thriller featuring characters that are stand-out unforgettable.’  Read more here


Anne Bonny Book Reviews

#GUESTPOST: Rationale for the DI Clayton novels


Jen Meds Book Reviews

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this latest instalment in the series and I hope that the author writes another book as I would love to see how the team deals with the fallout from what happens in this book and how the dynamic changes.’ Read more here


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

‘If you like crime drama stories, this is a good book to read. I look forward to reading more stories by Anne Penketh and hopefully getting to know Sam more.’  Read more here


Ali The Dragon Slayer

#GUESTPOST Author questions and answers


Donna’s Book Blog

‘I loved the plot, the pace and the characters and it did keep me guessing right up to the end – definitely a series I’m going to be following’  Read more here


Black Books Blog

‘The plot lines developed very well and with lots of unexpected twists and turns throughout the book I was left guessing all the way through until the stunning conclusion.’  Read more here


Sweet Little Book

‘The Bad Sister propels along at a fairly fast pace, more and more questions that need answered the faster the pages are turned. The suspense and tension builds until it feels you cant take any more, adrenaline kicks in, all you can do is reach the end destination and breath.’  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

‘In a thrilling conclusion, they race against time to prevent more attacks and get justice for their loved and not so loved ones.’  Read more here


Short Book and Scribes

#GUESTPOST: Ten things you might not know about Anne Penketh


THE BAD SISTER by Anne Penketh

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‘There are many twists and turns as both teams struggle to unravel tangled webs. The story moves along at a fairly fast pace and the intrigue and suspense builds throughout the book as the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride through the ups and downs of police life.’

My review of The Bad Sister by Anne Penketh

@annepenketh @joffebooks #thebadsister #disamclayton #bookreview #newrelease

Burning woman

Book Description

MURDER, LIES, AND FAMILY . . .

DI Sam Clayton is called to a murder scene in Holt, not expecting to find his estranged sister at the scene. Her husband, Henry Lambton, has been murdered. Clayton is taken off the case and DS Julie Everett continues the investigation.

Clayton focuses on a vicious arson attack in Norwich. The fire killed a Polish family in their home. It seems to be part of a series of racist attacks connected to an extremist group.

The two crimes stretch the team and both come dangerously close to home. And can Clayton forgive his sister for what happened over twenty years ago?

In a thrilling conclusion, they race against time to prevent more attacks and get justice for their loved and not so loved ones.

THE BAD SISTER is the second in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Mel Sherratt, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE TEAM
Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary.

Detective Sergeant Neil Pringle lives with his third wife in Norwich, where he was born. But taking care of his two sons with his wife Megan, and two other children with previous wives, has put his finances under strain. He never misses a chance to shine in hopes of securing promotion, and can’t help showing off his local knowledge to colleagues.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising her child who moved with her to Norwich.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Bad Sister

Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘This is a well-written crime thriller featuring characters that are stand-out unforgettable.’  Read more here


Anne Bonny Book Reviews

#GUESTPOST: Rationale for the DI Clayton novels


Jen Meds Book Reviews

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this latest instalment in the series and I hope that the author writes another book as I would love to see how the team deals with the fallout from what happens in this book and how the dynamic changes.’ Read more here


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

‘If you like crime drama stories, this is a good book to read. I look forward to reading more stories by Anne Penketh and hopefully getting to know Sam more.’  Read more here


Ali The Dragon Slayer

#GUESTPOST Author questions and answers


Donna’s Book Blog

‘I loved the plot, the pace and the characters and it did keep me guessing right up to the end – definitely a series I’m going to be following’  Read more here


Black Books Blog

‘The plot lines developed very well and with lots of unexpected twists and turns throughout the book I was left guessing all the way through until the stunning conclusion.’  Read more here


Sweet Little Book

‘The Bad Sister propels along at a fairly fast pace, more and more questions that need answered the faster the pages are turned. The suspense and tension builds until it feels you cant take any more, adrenaline kicks in, all you can do is reach the end destination and breath.’  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

‘In a thrilling conclusion, they race against time to prevent more attacks and get justice for their loved and not so loved ones.’  Read more here


Short Book and Scribes

#GUESTPOST: Ten things you might not know about Anne Penketh


THE BAD SISTER by Anne Penketh

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk     www.amazon.co.uk

‘There are many twists and turns as both teams struggle to unravel tangled webs. The story moves along at a fairly fast pace and the intrigue and suspense builds throughout the book as the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride through the ups and downs of police life.’

My review of The Bad Sister by Anne Penketh

@annepenketh @joffebooks #thebadsister #disamclayton #bookreview #newrelease

Burning woman

Book Description

MURDER, LIES, AND FAMILY . . .

DI Sam Clayton is called to a murder scene in Holt, not expecting to find his estranged sister at the scene. Her husband, Henry Lambton, has been murdered. Clayton is taken off the case and DS Julie Everett continues the investigation.

Clayton focuses on a vicious arson attack in Norwich. The fire killed a Polish family in their home. It seems to be part of a series of racist attacks connected to an extremist group.

The two crimes stretch the team and both come dangerously close to home. And can Clayton forgive his sister for what happened over twenty years ago?

In a thrilling conclusion, they race against time to prevent more attacks and get justice for their loved and not so loved ones.

THE BAD SISTER is the second in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Mel Sherratt, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE TEAM
Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary.

Detective Sergeant Neil Pringle lives with his third wife in Norwich, where he was born. But taking care of his two sons with his wife Megan, and two other children with previous wives, has put his finances under strain. He never misses a chance to shine in hopes of securing promotion, and can’t help showing off his local knowledge to colleagues.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising her child who moved with her to Norwich.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Deadly Lies

Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘It’s well paced with a few twists along the way. The characters are solid and lead credibility to the story. I enjoyed the mix of professional with personal, making the characters come to life.’ Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

#guestpost: Background to the DI Mariner books by Chris Collett


The Quiet Geordie

#guestpost: Frequently Asked Questions


Donna’s Book Blog

‘I really enjoyed this book!  It was set at just the right pace, the plot was gritty and gripped me right from the off and I was second guessing myself as the book went on.’  Read more here


Books from Dusk till Dawn

‘I really loved seeing how characters changed in this story from the circumstances they found themselves in. It was heart breaking to read some of the scenes with Jamie but also some of the most moving moments from such small gestures. The author has definitely researched this condition extensively.’  Read more here


Roxy Starr Blogger

‘Describing this as ‘a gripping detective mystery’ is absolutely spot on – I couldn’t put it down. It was perfectly paced and well written with intriguing characters you just want to find out more about. It’s certainly one of the best detective stories that I’ve read so far this year and I’ll be keeping an eye out for the rest of the series too.‘  Read more here


Ali the Dragon Slayer

#guestpost: Questions Readers Often Ask


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

‘Wow! This book was a great read! 5 Stars for Collett’s Deadly Lies. I loved this book and had to force myself to put it down. Work and bedtime got in the way of my finishing this book. I love reading books like that.’  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

‘Chris Collett really knows how to reel you into a good story. From the first page, it simply flows effortlessly until you’re lost within a world of Deadly Lies. I’ve been enjoying reading a few detective mysteries based in England recently. It’s like a breath of fresh air, new blood, and new characters to keep me satisfied.’  Read more here


A Bookaholic’s Utopia

‘The author has good command over diction and succeeded to keep the suspense to the most of the story. From the page 1 you will keep reading and slowly unbeknownst to you, you’ll be sucked into the story.’  Read more here


DEADLY LIES by CHRIS COLLETT

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‘The book starts at a steady pace and picks up speed as the adrenaline starts pumping and we are taken on a rocky ride through a fast paced story full of twists and turns and an ending that will leave the reader in total shock. ‘

#ditommariner #deadlylies #blogtour @joffebooks @crime_crow

CoverBook Description

Discover a new detective in a tough city. DI Tom Mariner thinks he’s seen it all, but now he faces an investigation which will push him to his limits.

Journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home. A syringe in his arm and a note by his side reading, ‘No More.’

Open and shut case of suicide? Not for DI Mariner. Hours before, he saw Barham picking up a prostitute in a bar. Mariner discovers Barham’s younger brother, Jamie, hiding in a cupboard under the stairs.

Jamie must have witnessed his brother’s death, but his severe autism makes communication almost impossible. Mariner is determined to connect with Jamie and get to the truth. And is the journalist’s death related to his investigation of a local crime kingpin?

What other dark secrets does Jamie hold the key to and can Mariner keep his relationship professional with Barham’s attractive sister, Anna?

In a nail-biting conclusion Mariner races against time to prevent more lives being lost.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the first book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING
Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVES

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

Police Constable Tony Knox has recently transferred to the West Midlands force and finds himself back in uniform following an undisclosed transgression. A scouser with the gift of the gab, and an irrepressible ladies’ man, Knox is initially wary of the inscrutable DI Mariner, but, when a need arises, is grateful for his unquestioning support and the lack of curiosity about his personal life.

PRAISE FOR MARINER
I really couldn’t put it down’ Raw Edge Magazine

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character. This is a fitting follow-up to her debut and reassures the crime fan that the police procedural is in safe hands. More, please’ Yorkshire Post


My Review

This is book 1 in the DI Mariner series and has been republished. Some advances have been made since this book was written which should be taken into account.

The story begins with DI Tom Mariner witnessing a disagreement between a Bikey and a young woman. By sheer coincidence he later sees the same vehicle outside a house with a door that it slightly ajar. The investigative side sends him to have a closer look and there he finds a dead body with all the markings of an overdose by a druggie. This brings him to meet Knox and there begins a strange relationship as Tom offers the constable a port in a storm in the shape of his spare room.

 

BLOG TOUR – Deadly Lies by Chris Collett


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