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Murder at the House on the Hill by Victoria Walters #Review #DedleyEndSeriesBook1

  Today we have the start of a new cosy crime series, Murder at the House on the Hill by Victoria Walters . Published on 23rd September by Hera Books, it is the first in the Dedley End series.  Once Upon A Crime… Nancy Hunter and her grandmother Jane Hunter run the Dedley Endings Bookshop, selling crime, thriller and mystery books, in a small, quiet Cotswold village where nothing ever happens… That is, until the wealthy and reclusive Roth family open up their mansion for the first time in twenty years, inviting the people of Dedley End to a lavish engagement party. While everyone is thrilled to finally look around the mansion on the hill, the festivities are quickly cut short when beautiful Lucy, recently married to young Harry Roth, is found dead after being pushed over the first-floor balustrade. But who among the guests could have been capable of her murder – and why? Nancy and Jane decide to investigate – after all, not only do they own a crime themed bookshop, they

This Dark Place by Claire Kittridge **Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**

I'm delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for Claire Kittridge's debut novel, This Dark Place. It was available on April 17th in e-book and paperback by Delicate Prey Publishing. 

There is also the chance to win a print copy of the book (Sorry, UK only). Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.

Priscilla Ames is the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund manager that has made millions in the stock market. She's reckless, impulsive, always wanting to be the center of attention, but one thing has been constant - her friendship with Avery Moss. They are like sisters that share adventures and look out for each other in times of need.

Avery Moss comes from a working-class family in Brooklyn. She met Priscilla as an 8 year-old at an elite NYC private school where Avery was on a one-year scholarship. They became friends on the first day of school when Avery beat up a boy that was teasing Priscilla. When Avery’s scholarship was discontinued, Priscilla’s father, Peter Ames, stepped in and has supported her schooling ever since, including sending the girls to a prestigious acting college in London

NYPD Detective Kelly Moore is a member of the elite Queens Violent Felony Squad. She is smart and strong and direct. Years ago, her older sister disappeared while traveling in England and the case was never solved, haunting all of her investigations. Moore’s greatest strength and her greatest weakness are two sides of the same coin: when she’s on her game, she works from the inside out, acting on hunches and then backing them up with evidence – but under duress, she acts rashly, leaping before she looks.

When Priscilla’s body is found by Avery in a posh London flat and her death is splashed across headlines worldwide, Kelly Moore flies across the Atlantic to join a crack team of British investigators working on the case.

Together with the London Metropolitan Police, Kelly must track down a twisted serial killer who seems to know her every move and her darkest secrets. As the body count rises, and panic spreads, the killer threatens to make Kelly the next victim.

In a heart-racing game of cat and mouse, Kelly must outwit this elusive master of surveillance – who might be the last person she suspects.

                                                                            My Thoughts

It was interesting to meet the main character of Kelly Moore and to see her in a country where everything seemed so different to her home back in New York. She has a complicated back story and a determined and dogged character with a real spark of personality. Looked on as an outsider by the London police, you see her gain trust and make friendships. 

    The story begins with a shocking yet intriguing death and sets the tone. You always feel that there is something unsavoury going on. With twists and turns, you watch the death count rise in trepidation. With a pacy plot and a variety of characters there is plenty to keep your interest. There are several suspects to figure out but when the outcome is revealed, I was genuinely taken by surprise.

In short: deaths, deviousness and deceit in abundance.
                                                                          About the Author

Claire Kittridge grew up in Brooklyn, NY watching The X-files, Law and Order, and a worn-out VHS tape of Sweeney Todd that she found in the basement. Long a lover of atmospheric landscape, rolling hills, and rainy days, Claire fell in love with England and its great fictional detectives while traveling around Britain as a teenager.

An avid reader, triathlete, and boxing fan, Claire lives in New York City with her cat, Chairman Meow. She is currently at work on the second Kelly Moore novel.

You can follow Claire here: Twitter 
   |  Instagram   |  Amazon Author Page

Book link: Amazon US   |  Amazon UK  

Thanks to Claire Kittridge, Delicate Prey Publishing and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

                                                   Check out the rest of the tour!

                                                                        Giveaway (UK only)

To win a print copy of  This Dark Place, just Follow and Retweet the pinned tweet at @bookslifethings. Closing Date is 28th April 2018  and there is one winner. 


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