LIES PEOPLE TELL (Murder Squad #1) by Liam Hanson #bookreview #crimefiction #detective #policeprocedural #debut

Lies People Tell (A Murder Squad Thriller)

Lies People Tell

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One of the best books I have read this year! — Amazon Reviewer.

DCI Brân Reece has PTSD: everyone at the Cardiff Bay station knows, except him. Put on leave only hours before the gruesome discovery of the first victim, he’s forced to watch events unfold from the sidelines.

But with the body count rising quickly – and the case in the hands of an inexperienced officer – Reece is compelled to take matters into his own hands.

It isn’t long before he suspects that he and the killer have crossed paths in the past. If he’s right then the identity of the ultimate target is obvious. As a serving police officer he knows he must intervene, but to do so means saving the life of the man he’s spent a career trying to take down.

Fighting authority and battling illness, can Reece rise above such a moral dilemma and do what’s right?

If you love fast-paced crime thrillers, gritty protagonists, and cold and calculating villains, then get your copy of ‘Lies People Tell,’ today.

My Review

Lies People Tell by Liam Hanson

This is a debut Police Procedural/ Thriller by Liam Hanson.

Fishy and Onion are tasked with hiding a gun by a big time criminal Billy Creed. What should have been a simple task sets in motion a string of events that will affect many people. Fishy is mentally challenged and when he runs into a bloody corpse he finds himself suspected of murder along with Onion. DCI Reece would have realised the luckless pair were incapable of planning and carrying out a brutal murder but he has been put on gardening leave. With Adams in charge of the case the team are running around and getting nowhere.

Reece is not the most patient of men and he recently witnessed the murder of his wife. However, he is a brilliant detective albeit with his own unorthodox methods. Jenkins is his sidekick and has her own personal problems including domestic abuse. The other characters are all realistic and develop over the course of the story.

The story itself is intriguing with skeletons escaping their closets, corruption and personality clashes all playing their part.

This is a good thriller that moves along at a steadily increasing pace that I really enjoyed reading. I look forward to more from this author.

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BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Flower Show Murder (Monica Noble #2) by Faith Martin #mystery #crimefiction @joffebooks @faithmartin_nov

Thank you to all the wonderful Bloggers who helped with the launch of THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER your help is very much appreciated,

What the bloggers thought:

Loopy Laura

We are provided with plenty of suspects and led to make assumptions about them: a clever misdirection by the author to keep us on our toes whilst reading! Read more here

The Word is Out

DCI Jason Drury is soon on the case, sifting through countless suspects and motives. I like the fact that he plays the main part in running the investigation and that much of the action centres on him and his sergeant. Read more here

Nicki’s book blog

There is always a good plot to keep the grey matter active. A little humour along the way and characters so well described that you can see them in your minds eye. A wonderful page turner and a clever entertaining plot. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

Another well crafted mystery from this author! The main characters are finely drawn, secondary characters are unique, some quirky, lending an air of credibility to the story. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The whole thing is an easy read and very enjoyable and one wonders, yet again, at the range of humanity which is displayed in a village. The evil, the sweet, the egotistical and the ambitious etc are all on parade for our enjoyment. Another triumph for Ms Martin! Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Reading ‘The Flower Show Murder’ was like being on an unpredictable and slightly scary rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns that you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board.  Some of the twists I guessed and some of them I didn’t. Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

There are no shortage of suspects and this story is a busy, yet quick read that kept me guessing until the end. I was very surprised as to who the killer was. Read more here

Discover a new series of murder mysteries set in an idyllic English village. From million-selling author Faith Martin.

Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.

Please note this book was first published as “UNHOLY WHIFF OF DEATH” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.


Monica Noble is thrilled to be asked to judge a neighbouring village’s flower show, even if she can’t tell a begonia from an azalea!

Her fellow judge Vicar James Davies inhales deeply from a large bloom and drops dead in the tent. At first everyone thinks he’s had a heart attack, but the doctor on hand is suspicious and calls in the police.

A second murder quickly follows, this time of one of the main suspects.
Monica must help the Chief Inspector Jason Dury to solve the two murders and find the killer —fast, before anyone else pays the ultimate price.

This is the second of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.

MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone’s surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.

FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.

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


My Review

This is the first Monica Noble book I have read so I can confirm they work perfectly as stand alone.

Monica is a vicar’s wife with a teenage daughter from a previous relationship. 

Carol Ann is studying for exams that will pave the way to university but she also aspires to be a model.  She wants to hate her stepfather, Graham, but really likes him although she will never admit it.  She brings a little humour to the book as we read of Monica’s struggles to keep her under control.

Monica wants a quiet life and is happy just being a Vicar’s wife but she usually finds herself tangled up in murder cases much to the annoyance of DI Drury.

It is the annual Flower Show in the quiet Cotswold village and the competition is fierce not only among the entrants but also among the judges with each wanting the most prestigious category to judge.

When Vicar James Davies drops dead after smelling a rose the village is deeply shocked.  Among them is a murderer but who is it?  As DI Drury sets about the task of interviewing all the attendees he is not too happy to find Monica Noble among them.  Can he unravel the clues to the murder before Monica?

This is a very interesting story full of interesting, unique characters with many twists, turns and shocks all the way to the very unexpected ending.  This is a book that readers of Cozy Mysteries will absolutely love.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers: Joffe Books for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review.

Faith Martin author bio

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time.  The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.  

8 of 10 Dead Jealous -CALLADINE and BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

DEAD JEALOUS by Helen H. Durrant

‘A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective added to advances in forensics brings to light evidence and possibilities that were overlooked 17 years ago with shocking results. There are many twists and turns along the way as the team untangles a web of lies going back many years. The conclusion is a real shocker that the reader cant see coming.’

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A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.


Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon.

She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.

Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?
And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling her the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD JEALOUS is book seven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.


Helen Durrant is a fabulous author and I loved this book from the very first page. Forensic pathology is a particular interest of mine so this was an extra bonus. While it is part of a series it does work very well as stand alone. The book does refer to events from the previous book but Helen has, excellently, managed to bring a new reader up to date while at the same time ensuring readers of the previous books are not bored with recaps from previous books.

There are several cases that the team has to juggle. A teenage girl is murdered, a 17 year old cold case is reopened and a viscous moneylender has residents living in fear. Totally different cases and the team is struggling to move forward with any of them.

Team dynamics play a big part in this book as personal feelings and resentments come to the fore. The characters are very realistic and complex. We learn a little about their personal lives within the book as they develop.

A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective added to advances in forensics brings to light evidence and possibilities that were overlooked 17 years ago with shocking results. There are many twists and turns along the way as the team untangles a web of lies going back many years. The conclusion is a real shocker that the reader cant see coming,

I absolutely loved this book I was hooked from the beginning and just kept reading ‘a little bit more’. I intend to read Helen’s backlist as soon as time allows.

A fantastic read. Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy,

Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.



Helen H Durrant

Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein.

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait!

Currently there are nine books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty, Dead Jealous, Dead Bad, and the latest – Dead Guilty. There is also a box set of the first three books.

Also available are four books in the ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade, and the latest – Dark Angel.

There are two books in the DI Matt Brindle series – His Third Victim and The Other Victim.

The DCI Rachel King series has two books – Next Victim and Two Victims


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