#BlogTour #GuestPost #CoastalCrime Before I found You by @DaisyWhite1922 @JoffeBooks #NewRelease #CrimeFiction

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Before I Found You by Daisy White
Synopsis:

A child found alone on the beach, shouting into the waves.

A mother who served ten years for a crime she says she didn’t commit.

Ruby Baker is back with another seaside mystery. When she and her friends rescue a child from the beach in a storm, police are baffled. Nobody has reported a child missing, and the girl seems so traumatised that she is unable to speak.

In Johnny’s hairdressing salon, the notorious Beverly Collins makes an appointment with Ruby, but it soon becomes clear the woman wants more than a haircut.

Beverly has just been released from Holloway Prison after serving ten years for child cruelty. The body of her missing daughter was never found, but Beverly insists she is innocent, and she wants Ruby Baker’s Investigation Bureau to prove it.

This isn’t going to be an easy investigation. Opinion is divided on Beverly’s innocence. Reporters Kenny and James are keen to uncover a big story, while Ruby’s best friend, Mary, is distracted and struggling to deal with motherhood.

As Ruby tries to unravel the past, she discovers that Beverly Collins’ release seems to have triggered a bizarre chain of events.

Was she really framed, and if so, where is her daughter Ella now? And who is the mystery girl on the beach?

#GuestPost by Daisy White

Crimes on the Coast…

For me, Brighton was an obvious choice to set the Ruby Baker mystery series. This was partly because of my family history – four generations have lived and worked in Brighton, and I have a rich seam of memories to mine in terms of social history. Brighton is a buzzing, multicultural city now, but in 1963, when the Ruby Baker books begin, it was a smaller town, with new development on the horizon.

Setting a mystery book by the sea has major advantages. The writer has easy access via the coast, whether it is the beach, or ports or fishing harbours.
Murderers and victims can move to different countries, and the sea gives a vivid contrast to any criminal doings on land.

The beach was a big draw for Brighton in the early sixties, and my characters spend a lot of time down near the pier, discussing cases, socialising and drinking. With no money to spare, the bars, clubs, ‘fancy restaurants’ and pubs we know today were well beyond the reach of Ruby and her friends. A date was more likely to be a shake and a cigarette at the Milk Bar, or a bag of chips down at Brenda’s, before a walk along the beach.

The seasonal changes of the coast are important, and weather can turn the most placid of settings into a terrifying setting for dramatic rescues and crimes. The sea and coastline feature heavily in all of the Ruby Baker books, starting with Ruby’s dramatic rescue in the first chapter of ‘Before I Found You.’

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#BlogTour #GuestPost #DIClayton #TheBadSister by @annepenketh @JoffeBooks

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The Bad Sister by Anne Penketh
Synopsis:

THE BAD SISTER by Anne Penketh

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.

#GuestPost:

The DI Clayton novels

When I first visited the picture-perfect village of Blakeney and its seal colony on the north Norfolk coast, and watched the mist roll in, I remember thinking idly: this place would make a great setting for a murder mystery.

Years later, when I began writing fiction, I had the perfect excuse to spend more time in that area where my relatives live. I decided that if my detective, Sam Clayton, moved from his (and my) native Lancashire to Norfolk, I could discover East Anglia in his company. So the Sam Clayton novels are inspired first and foremost by a place.

When my husband died suddenly I was going through his things and began wondering how well I’d really known him. This got me thinking about how well we know anybody, and the secrets that we keep, and I decided to explore this specifically in the context of murder investigations. I’d also noticed that in crime novels the bereaved are often ignored or set aside in the story very quickly, and I wanted to recognise the reality for victims’ families as they struggle to come to terms with the sudden disappearance of a loved one. That’s why DS Julie Everett has experienced a personal tragedy which has haunted her for years and affected both her health and professional outlook.

As for Sam Clayton, I find it fascinating to explore his complexities which become more apparent in the second novel in the series. I think it’s not always easy for some men to deal with strong women, and they can find us intimidating. He expresses his frustrations through aggression which can be misinterpreted by those around him. As he’s not prone to introspection, I’m not sure how well he knows himself, although he’d be surprised to learn that at least one colleague considers him to be a misogynist.

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Anne Penketh

AUTHOR BIO

I’m a Lancashire lass but for most of my career, I’ve been a foreign correspondent. I’ve reported from all over the world on some of the most cataclysmic events of our time, including the Egyptian revolution and the collapse of the Berlin wall.

These days I’m based in Paris and concentrating on fiction writing. The first in a series of crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Sam Clayton, Murder On The Marsh, is out now. My first novel, Food Fight, was published in 2015.

I’ve reported from Paris mainly for The Independent and The Guardian, but I also contribute to France24 television and Monocle radio. (I was The Independent’s Diplomatic Editor, while based in London). As a freelancer, I’ve written for The New Zealand Herald and The National (Abu Dhabi), as well as the LA Times, the New York Times, the Radio Times, the Oldie, Monocle magazine, Quartz, and Spark News.

Between 2009 and 2012, I headed the Washington office of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), a trans-Atlantic NGO focused on nuclear disarmament, during which time I was also a blogger and columnist for The Hill commenting on foreign affairs.

During my ten-year stint on The Independent I was one of the few journalists to report from Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, I was a staff foreign correspondent with the French news agency, AFP, which posted me to Moscow during the incredible Gorbachev years. I also reported for AFP from France, and New York where I covered the United Nations.

I started my journalistic career in Canada, arriving with two suitcases to seek my fortune in Montreal, from where I reported for British newspapers before getting a job on the Montreal Gazette.

Before that, I was a postgraduate student at University College London whose French department nurtured my lifelong love of French literature. As a result, my own books include a dash of French spice.

Authors links:
Website: https://annepenketh.com/
Twitter: @annepenketh
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7190329.Anne_Penketh

 

 

 

#BlogTour Q&A #TheFourthFriend by #JoyEllis @JoffeBooks @Books_n_all

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The Fourth Friend by Joy Ellis
Synopsis:

FOUR LOST FRIENDS. FOUR TASKS TO COMPLETE. ONE BIG MYSTERY LEFT.

Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished.

Eighteen months before the crash, Suzanne Holland disappeared, leaving a room with traces of blood, but no other leads. Suzanne was the wife of one of Carter’s four best friends.

Adding to the pressure, the boss’s daughter has a stalker. Due to the sensitivity of the Holland case, Carter is put on this investigation.

DS Marie Evans is the only person Carter can confide in. But even she begins to doubt whether he can really cope and whether he is actually losing his mind.

DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle to untangle three mysteries, and can they really believe their friend and colleague Carter?

Q&A:

Questions that readers ask me.

 How did you start working with Joffe Books?

My first two books were taken up by Robert Hale and produced as hardbacks. Although at the time, seeing my books published was a dream come true, I arrived at a rather bad time in the mainstream publishing world. My last royalties were so low that my agent paid me in postage stamps as it wasn’t worth writing a cheque! Then my lovely agent sadly passed away, and just as I was about to throw in the towel and give up writing for ever… I had a call from Jasper Joffe. As we talked I knew that things were about to change, I just never realised quite how radical that change would be. I love working with Jasper and the Joffe books team and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me, (and for Nikki Galena, and Rowan Jackman, and Stella North!)

What’s your favourite/ most memorable reader review?

Tough one. Some of them have left me speechless; several have reduced me to tears, in a good way! I really could not pick a favourite, and I honestly think I would feel like a bit of a show-off to start quoting 5* reviews. However, I did love a comment at the end of one review that said, “I wish Joy Ellis could write a book a day!” So does Joy Ellis!

Do you get a lot of fan mail?

Quite a bit. I do have to be structured in taking the time to reply to everyone, or I could finish up with no time left for writing. However, I try to deal with incoming mail as quickly as possible, and I do answer every email. If someone has been kind enough to contact me, the least I can do is thank them and have a bit of a chat! I have had some wonderful letters and now have a band of Fen Followers all around the world. They are lovely people and I’m proud to keep in touch with them. I know some of them almost as well as my close friends. I know their dogs names, where they go on holiday and what they are growing in their gardens. We swap photos and stories. It’s quite amazing what books can do to bring people together.

Are the Fens really so full of mysteries?

On a misty morning, should you take a shortcut across the fen lanes, you would agree that it certainly is, especially if you get lost, and that’s very easy to do. The area abounds in folklore, and parts, although the fens are farmed, are very remote. There are still villages, miles from anywhere, with no bus service and no facilities at all. The skies however, make this part of the country very special. 360 degrees of sky with every imaginable type of cloud, and sometimes a Lancaster bomber or Spitfires and Hurricanes growl their way overhead. And sunsets! Ah, the sunsets. I must have hundreds of photographs taken from the bottom of my garden and looking across the fields to where the sun goes down. Hundreds of shots of the same view, and everyone different.

Will you ever set a mystery in London?

I love London. I started work as an apprentice in Mayfair in the 60’s, then moved up to live there for many years. It was a tough, but magical time. Because of the nature of the books I write now, I doubt I would set a crime novel there. My location is the fenlands, and so much of the character’s lives are tied up with here. One day though, maybe I’ll write an account of being a young woman in 1960’s London. I certainly do have some stories to tell!

Do you like TV crime shows?

I rarely get time to watch them! But, yes, I love them, especially Endeavour. I think that is one of the best. I love the combination of the hard-hitting storylines, the portrayal of the police force at the time, and the highly charged emotional lives of the characters. A lovely synergy. I think British crime drama is unsurpassable, and we have some amazing actors. Anyone want to give DI Nikki Galena a chance??

What does your partner think about your books?

Jacquie is as astounded as I am! But she says to say that she is very proud of me. And I’m very proud of her too. She was a serving police officer for thirty years and was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery. Without her I would never have been able to write as confidently as I do; her help with police procedural and judicial law is invaluable. And she makes very good tea!

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Joy Ellis
Web site: http://www.joyellis.info

Author bio:

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!” 

 

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ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND

 

 

#BlogTour The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles @JoffeeBooks #GuestPost

The Beekeeper
The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles

Synopsis:

A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast. Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden.  The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the murderer to justice. A crime mystery with a streak of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the underbelly of a sleepy Cornish village.

Guest Post – Inspiration behind the book:

After writing eight books in a detective series featuring a male protagonist I wanted to go in another direction. The idea for ‘The Beekeeper’ came to me when I realised I wanted to do something slightly different – I wanted an unusual lead character and an unlikely killer and DC Harriet Taylor and Alice Green, the beekeeper worked well for this. The fictional town of Trotterdown in Cornwall also lends itself to an almost fairy-tale, mystery setting. I’ve read plenty of police procedural thrillers and wanted to deviate from concentrating on the day-to-day aspects of a murder investigation and focus more on the dark underbelly of the peaceful setting and the mind of the killer.

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Stewart Giles

Author Bio:

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.