Blog Tour Wrap Up – THESE LITTLE LIES by Gretta Mulrooney – #bookreview #crimefiction @joffebooks

Thank you to all the Bloggers, Reviewers and Readers who helped with the launch of THESE LITTLE LIES. Your help is very much appreciated xx

What the Bloggers and Reviewers thought

Linda Strong Book Reviews

The suspense starts on the very first page and doesn’t let up until the surprising and unpredictable ending. Read more here

The Word is Out

The plot was great and kept me guessing all the way through to the end, which was not overly frantic, but a solid piecing together of all the evidence to an ending I did not expect Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

I seemed to race through this book but that was due in part to the fantastic storylines, the interesting characters and above all to Gretta’s fabulous writing.   Read more here

Nightfall Mysteries

The way in which the intrigue is conceived and the many twists and turns along the narration make this book gripping and a page-turner. Read more here

Black Books Blog

This is a brilliant start to the series, where we get to know all the team, including others such as Siv ‘s mother in law who is an’ interesting ‘ character. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

From there the story twists fantastically, with an ending that was rather unexpected!This is gonna be a fab series, excitedly waiting for the next! Read more here

Herding Cats

Siv not only has a double murder to solve but she has a new team to manage and is on unfamiliar territory.  Can she work out the motive and identity of the killer before they strike again? Read more here

These Little Lies

An addictive crime thriller with a twist you won’t see coming

Available from AMAZON



It’s Detective Inspector Siv Drummond’s first day back on the job, joining a new team in a new town. This fresh start isn’t going to be easy. Still mourning the death of her husband, she must push aside her grief to focus on her first case.

Lauren Visser and Matis Rimas are found stabbed to death in the idyllic woodland by the River Bere. Their mutilated bodies lie within feet of each other. A photograph of an unknown girl sits on Lauren’s chest.

She was an activist and wild swimmer. He was fishing illegally.


Siv and her team start ruling out suspects, but no one tells the truth when everyone has something to hide.

What will be dredged up by the investigation?


Elegantly written, THESE LITTLE LIES is a masterclass in slow-burning suspense that will keep you turning the pages into the early hours.

Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, Tana French, Liane Moriarty, Rachel Cain or Ruth Rendell.

My Review

A new series from one of my favourite authors is always exciting.

Siv Drummond – her husband and soul mate has died in an accident leaving her bereft and broken.  She moves to Berminster to try to move on with her life.  A new home, a new area, new colleagues, boss and everything that goes with it is a big challenge for someone who is lost but Siv is basically strong and is determined to find her way.

She is paired with Ali an overweight diabetic but one with a big heart and compassionate nature he is just what Siv needs.  Someone she can instinctively trust and rely on even if they need to get to know each other.

The story begins with a polish man finding the body of a young woman while doing a little early morning fishing.  The discovery costs him his life and there we have it, Siv Drummond thrown in the deep end with 2 dead bodies no motive and no clues.  The only clue is a photo left on the woman’s body the photo is a young child but nobody knows who she is.

This is a complex story with many false leads and unexpected twists as the team slowly unravel the clues and lies.  It appears everyone is hiding something but is that something relevant to the case?

A very intriguing story with characters who develop well.  I am looking forward to reading more in this new series.

Detective Inspector Siv Drummond is widowed following a tragic accident involving her husband. With everything in London reminding her of the past, she moves from a high-profile squad with the Met to a new job as DI in her old home town — sleepy, seaside Berminster. She’s still grieving and lonely, but she’s a fighter and she’s smart, which earns her the respect of her colleagues DS Ali Carlin and DC Patrick Hill, and the grudging approval of her DCI, who wants his protégé to get her job.

‘I loved this first in the DI Siv Drummond series, may there be many more to follow. I couldn’t put the book down, but tried to read slowly…didn’t want it to end. It’s great having a book that you can’t wait to get back into.’ – Hannelore C.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed These Little Lies which is a good procedural with several twists and a well concealed motive and perpetrator.’ – Elaine T.

‘Enjoyed it immensely – read it in one day, ignoring all else.’ – Aileen G.

‘The first in the series can often be a difficult thing… you’ve got to set up the scenes and the characters. This one did it well.’ – Louise T.

‘A pleasure to read.’ – The Independent

‘A beautifully written book, a magnificent read.’ – Big Issue

‘A memorable tale with a shocking denouement.’ – Time Out

‘A psychological tale echoing Barbara Vine.’ – The Bookseller

‘I had plenty of guesses, all of them wrong so the novel held my attention throughout. The pacing is excellent.’ – E. Tomasso

‘The book moves along at a steady pace and gains momentum as it progresses. There are many twists and turns along the way as the reader is caught up in the intrigue and suspense towards a real jaw dropping shocker of an ending nobody will see coming.’ BOOKS n ALL

‘A thoroughly enjoyable read and extremely well thought out. Had me puzzled as an avid crime reader.’ Carole

‘A fascinating read with many twists and turns that keeps you guessing to the end. A must read.’ Greta H.

Gretta Mulrooney author bio

I was born and educated in London, of Irish parents. I studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Ulster, Magee college in Derry. I have worked in education and social care.

I started writing in my thirties and I published four books for children and teenagers with Poolbeg Press, Dublin; A Can of WormsA Nest of VipersA Den of Thieves and I Love You-Te Quiero. These books are available on Amazon.

I have published five literary fiction novels.

Araby and Marble Heart were published by Harper Collins to critical acclaim. They have been translated into Dutch and Spanish.  These books are available on Amazon. They are being reissued in May 2016 by Fourth Estate as Kindle and paperbacks.

Fire and IceOut of The Blue and The Apple of Her Eye were published by Robert Hale. These books are available on Amazon.

Out of The Blue was published by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in February 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Lost Child was published by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in March 2016 and is available on Amazon. (This was previously published as Fire and Ice by Robert Hale.)

Coming of Age was published by Joffe Books as a e book and paperback in April 2016 and is available on Amazon. (This was previously published as The Apple of Her Eye by Robert Hale.)

I have always been an avid reader of crime fiction and psychological thrillers. I have started a series of crime novels featuring charismatic private detective Tyrone Swift.

The Lady Vanished was published as an e book and paperback by Joffe Books in December 2015 and is available on Amazon.

Blood Secrets, the second novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift, was published as e book and paperback in spring 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Two Lovers, Six Deaths, the third Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in December 2016 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Watching You, the fourth Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Low Lake, the fifth Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in March 2018 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Bound By Lies is a boxset trilogy of the first three  novels in the Tyrone Swift series. It was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.




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Blog Tour Wrap Up – Crimson Siege by Jay Raven #Horror #blogtour #BookReview @jayravenauthor

Thank you to all the Bloggers, Reviewers and Readers who helped with the relaunch of Crimson Siege. Your help is very much appreciated xx

What the bloggers and reviewers thought

The Bookworm Drinketh

I loved the backstories that we got to delve into in this novel.  Read more here

Jessica Belmont  

This is a scary rollercoaster, full of twists and turns, that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.  Read more here

Sue Wallace Site

Donna’s Book Blog

I found the story easy to read, the pace was great and I was addicted as soon as I started reading it Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

This is beautifully written, Gothic and a little disturbing at times. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

Proper blood curdling action! I started reading and was immediately swept in to the story as I was thrown into the horrific scenes of vampires and hunters! The adrenaline starts pumping and never stops! Read more here

Black Books Blog

I really liked this book and after reading the first chapter I got so engrossed that I didn’t realise how long I had been reading for and how far into the book I got. Read more here

Crimson Siege

Blood Riders book 1

by Jay Raven

Available from AMAZON

In the godless badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…

When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

            But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

            A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

            The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

            For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

My Review

I was very interested in how Jay would approach the vampires as he himself admits that Drakula had been done to death.  I was very impressed I was hooked very early on as the reader is thrown straight in to the horrific scenes of this ‘new’ vampire and from there the adrenaline keeps pumping.

There is a little humour interwoven in the story (at least I think so) and this softens what would otherwise be a little too ‘horrific’ for some.  

There are several characters introduced at the start and more join in as the story progresses.  They develop steadily through the story it all makes for a gripping fast moving read.  I am eager to learn more about the history behind this book but I am assured all will become clear in the next book.

I am very impressed with this modern day view of the undead Jay has added new elements and the whole thing works perfectly. 

Excellent read, well worth the 5 stars and I will eagerly await the next book.

Jay Raven

Author Bio

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

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