Blog Tour Wrap Up – SILENT CRIMES (Detective Sophie Allen #8) by Michael Hambling #bookreview #crimefiction #detective #policeprocedural @joffebooks

Michael, Joffe Books and I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers, reviewers, readers and supporters who helped with the launch of SILENT CRIMES. Your help at such a busy time of year is very much appreciated xx

What the reviewers and bloggers thought

Loopy Laura

Silent Crimes is a very enjoyable police investigation novel. I liked the range of detective characters and now want to read the rest of the books in the series to see how their personalities, relationships and careers have progressed up until this case. Read more here

The Word is Out

The plot is clever and the suspects all have multiple sides to them. With lots of turns in the story it was hard to decide who was guilty and who was innocent almost right up to the exciting and surprising end. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is well written with twists and turns and secrets that have been hiding in the shadows for many years. The characters are finely drawn, warts and all.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

A very enjoyable read which I would recommend to all lovers of detective fiction. Read more here

Black Books Blog

Throughout the book I thought I had a handle on things and knew where they were heading, but then something would happen to make me change my mind. Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Sue Wallace Site

Silent Crimes

Detective Sophie Allen #8

Available from AMAZON

a totally captivating crime mystery

Looking for a gripping mystery by a best-selling author? Full of twists and turns, this crime thriller will keep you turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion.


Detective Sophie Allen’s daughter discovers the body of a reclusive tramp in remote woodland in Dorset. He’s been dead for a week.

Sophie and her team try to piece together something about his life, but progress is slow.


Then a hidden package is discovered near his rudimentary shelter. The police also find out that someone has been in the area asking about the tramp recently. A picture begins to emerge.

He was an important member of a commune that had a three-year existence on a farm on the Quantock Hills in Somerset more than decade earlier.


Discover the truth in this captivating crime mystery.

SILENT CRIMES is book eight of a new series of crime thrillers featuring Sophie Allen, head of the Violent Crime Unit in Dorset.

DCI Sophie Allen is Dorset’s acknowledged expert on murder and violent crime. She is 42 as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying in London. Sophie has a law degree and a master’s in criminal psychology. Her brilliant mind conceals some dark secrets from her past.

DS Barry Marsh is based at Swanage police station. He’s quiet, methodical and dedicated, the perfect foil for Sophie’s hidden fragility.

Dorset. A beautiful English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface.


My Review

This is book 8 in the bestselling Detective Sophie Allen series but does work well as stand alone.

Sophie’s daughter, Jade, has been keeping an eye on a tramp and his dog.  When she finds his dead body and injured dog she has plenty of questions to answer but also questions that she needs answering.  Paul was a gentle amiable man so why would someone kill him?  Also, why is he living as a tramp when he is wealthy?  Not only does she need the answers but so does her mum and the rest of the team.

When the clues lead back to 12 years ago and a young woman who disappeared the team are travelling the country trying to track down members of a commune that disbanded all those years ago.

In addition there is Trent, convicted of murder and out on parole he is set to make the people who contributed to his being convicted to pay. 

As the team unravell the clues they uncover a pandora’s box of secrets and wrongdoings but there are even bigger shocks in store.

This is an intriguing read that keeps the pages turning as the reader follows the team in their quest to find the people responsible.

If you like detective books this is one you will really love as the story gets into the nitty gritty of detective work along with the false leads and lies that make their job so difficult.

What readers are saying about MICHAEL HAMBLING

“Very well written and highly recommended.” Viv

“An utterly compelling book from Michael Hambling.” Ron

“The characters were a diverse, mixed bag of well-developed, realistic personalities.” Nicki

“This book is a must read.” Barbara

“This was a good book, I love Sophie as a character.” Hannelore


Michael Hambling author bio

Like many writers, I have been a keen reader all of my life. I remember one day as a nine year old in the summer holidays, when I visited the local library four times in one day because a child’s ticket only allowed one book out at a time! I can even remember the plot of one book, a story about a boy taking up fly-fishing, read while sitting outside in a sunny back garden in Bristol.

I live in the west-country, in the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury, although I set my novels in the neighbouring county of Dorset. We own a lovely flat in the small Dorset coastal town of Swanage, and spend a lot of time there, walking the famous Jurassic Coast world heritage site.. The early novels in the series are based on the Isle of Purbeck, one of the UK’s most beautiful coastal regions. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in, and there are scenes set in other locations in the central south of England.

I write because I constantly create scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy. Maybe by the time I’ve edited a passage for the umpteenth time it’s beginning to lose some of its sparkle for me, but I do believe in reshaping and polishing until it’s as good as I can make it. It then becomes something about which I can feel some justifiable pride.

Who are my own favourite writers? Hilary Mantel, of course. Not just the the recent Thomas Cromwell novels, but the brilliant and sly characterisation of Beyond Black.
Doris Lessing has written some startlingly original stories over many years. I’m also a great fan of David Mitchell. He shows great creativity in all of his novels.
Philip Pullman has written many books of startling originality, full of imaginative ideas. Not just the Lara series, but the earlier Sally Lockhart novels. One of my sons bought me La Belle Sauvage (volume one of the Book of Dust trilogy) for Christmas. I loved it, so much so that I’ve already re-read it a month later, something very rare for me. Wonderful stuff.
Another author I’ve come to admire greatly is Charity Norman. She writes about families in crisis situations and how the problem is partly resolved. I came to her books with “The New Woman”, a novel that probes the problems created by gender variance. Her other novels are equally good. Her writing style is outstanding.
I’ve recently read “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold and was bowled over by it. So much emotional punch and so well written. I’ll be packing her other novels to read on my forthcoming holiday.

In crime fiction I like Val McDiarmid’s work, Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels and the books of Mo Hayder. I also enjoy Colin Dexter’s Morse and Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.

I cannot compete with these greats, so I aim for something different. I hope that I have succeeded to some extent.




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