Blog Tour Wrap Up – The Birthday Mystery by Faith Martin @joffebooks #mystery #crimefiction @faith.martin_nov

Thank you very much to all the amazing bloggers who helped with this Blog Tour. You are all amazing and once again helped out at short notice to help make this book a bestseller. Jill, Faith and Joffe Books xx

What the Bloggers thought:

The Quiet Geordie

This is a solid start to the new series. The plot works very much of the formula of the Hillary Greene series, so if you enjoyed those you are likely to enjoy these. There are plenty of red herrings along the way. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

The first in a new series by Faith Martin and one I have been waiting for since the Hillary Greene series finished. There is a new main character, Jenny Starling, a professional caterer to the super-rich, who will no doubt travel to many houses in many places so there is the possibility of so many murder mysteries.  Read more here

Debbie Hipster 

So easy to read and it’s my first by Faith Martin, it sure won’t be my last. Afternoon murder films are my guilty pleasure for sure, and I could totally see this adapted for TV.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek 

I knew that I had found another cracking series with a female lead that I couldn’t fail to warm to.  This book soon became addictive for me.  It isn’t a particularly long book and I seemed to race through it.  I was so focussed on the book, the mystery, the storylines and the characters that I didn’t notice just how quickly the pages were turning- it was almost as if they were turning themselves.  Read more here

Nicki’s book blog 

I took to Jenny and her simplicity. Saying
things how they are and being truthful both with herself and others and not letting
those that thought they were above her treat her as such. She also has a crusade
to bring back real food- a woman of my own heart (and cooking!) I had to smile at
one of the police characters being Inspector Mollern- the name of a boat in a
certain Hillary Greene series.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a murder mystery with a great cast of characters. There are an assortment of possible suspects, all with motives. There are a few surprises along the way. Next to Jenny, my favorite character is the cat. This is a kinder, gentler murder mystery and I really look forward to following Jenny on her further adventures.  Read more here

Herding Cats 

The Birthday Mystery is written like a fun game of cluedo. You have a huge list of suspects with motives but no idea which one it is.  Faith Martin throws some excellent red herrings in there too to really make your brain work.  Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews 

The Birthday Mystery is a novel you can really get your teeth into, with a tasty mystery and sumptuous sounding food which made me feel very hungry while I was reading it!  Read more here


The twist and turns and the reasoning behind them were excellent. I managed to realise who done it before the grant reveal in the book and I was really, really glad I haven’t lost my touch!  Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh 

This mystery was told in a very unique fashion! While mainly told from the POV of Jenny the hired on travelling cook, as Jenny met new characters or as different things unfolded it would randomly flit to anther character’s POV so that you momentarily saw either Jenny or a situation out of those characters eyes. It was a very unique narration!  Read more here

Black Books Blog 

Overall this book took a bit of time to get into, but it was quite a nice easy read and will look forward to reading the next in the series.  Read more here

Book Worm 


Available from Amazon

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “BIRTHDAYS CAN BE MURDER” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is catering the twenty-first birthday party of a pair of posh twins, Alicia and Justin.

But when she arrives at their parent’s country house, she is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder?

Then just after midnight everyone gathers for a champagne toast. But one of the guests falls down dead.

The police are baffled and there is a whole party full of suspects. But when it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn’t going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect.

Jenny Starling won’t stop until the murderer is found.

This is the first of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 23 – Dec-2018 (1) – The Burning Men (Ray Paterson #3) by Steve Parker #crimefiction #detective #TeamJoffeBooks @mrparkerspen @joffebooks

Day 23 of my Advent Book Blog and Christmas is fast approaching. Today belongs to book 3 in a series I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE by a talented author who was recently snapped up by the awesome JOFFE BOOKS. If you like gritty, realistic detective stories with unique characters then you will love this series as much as I do

THE BURNING MEN (Detective Ray Paterson #3) by Steve Parker

Available from AMAZON

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.


The man burnt alive is Davey Caine. He is the heir to the criminal empire created by his father, William ‘Billy’ Caine. Billy is a notorious and violent gangster with total control of South East London. But he’s not the man he used to be and the sharks smell blood in the water.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks must find the killer before Billy extracts his own brand of justice. They find themselves drawn ever deeper into London’s underworld.

The streets explode into violence and the body count rises. Men are shot and burned alive in a tit-for-tat power struggle between rival gangs.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks find themselves trying to control men of extreme viciousness. Men who have no fear of the law and its consequences and who are unafraid to kill anyone who stands in their way — including police detectives.

Paterson is stunned when he’s offered the chance to stop the conflict dead in its tracks. If he ignores it, the mayhem continues. If he takes it, there will be a price to pay.

What he doesn’t know is that the price will come with hidden and devastating consequences.


This is the third in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.

Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

My Review

Firstly, thank you to Joffe Books for the advance digital copy of this book. This is my unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Paterson and Clocks are back so I settled down for a few hours of adrenaline pumping reading and I was not disappointed. Steve Parker is not for the faint-hearted but if you love the grit and gore of crime fiction then this is an author that is right up your street.

The story begins with a man being burned alive. He is soon revealed to be the son of a gangster and so begins a war to gain control of the London underworld. Paterson and Clocks are not amused and set out to bring an end to the violence by whatever means they see fit.

I do love this pair. They balance each other out perfectly and we get to know them a little more each book and they are balance by other team members who we also get to know more about.

Humour, corruption, drugs, violence, twists, turns and curve balls this book has it all. An absolutely brilliant read ticked all my boxes and I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

What the bloggers thought:

Black Books Blog

Overall I loved this book, although it may be a bit gruesome for some people. The story had me hooked throughout as I tried to work out how the two of them would stop the murders. I also really like the chemistry between Paterson and Clocks, and they way they work together and bring the best out of each other is brilliant. Read more here

Books From Dusk Till Dawn

This story builds in momentum at every chapter with the two detectives pushing to the ultimate limit of the law and beyond. The story line was superb with an outcome that I didn’t guess, but I must admit that the ending tickled me in some twisted way. A cracking book, I must read more of this pair of detectives, they have me intrigued. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is the third in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth. This easily reads as a stand alone, but there are just a few spoilers from the first two books. As always, I recommend starting at the very beginning.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Oh my giddy aunt ‘The Burning Men’ is one hell of a fantastic book that had me on the edge of my seat all the way through.  The story starts in such a way that I am not likely to forget in a hurry.  For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  The author tempts you into the book and then refuses to let you go.   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the story to the point where I forgot to cook a meal – very unlike me! I am left on tenterhooks waiting for the next one in the series!  Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

This a real gritty and gruesome novel! So much is pack into It’s pages, brutal and bonkers gangsters, kidnapping and stomach churning murder!  Read more here

Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.

Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.


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