#Blogtour The Green Bicycle Mystery by Antony.M.Brown #Review

green bike mystThe Green Bicycle Mystery : The Curious Case of Bella Wright by Antony M Brown

I give this book 5 stars. 

I would like to thank Nicola Slavin from Book Machine Works for contacting me about joining the Blog Tour for this book.  “The Green Bicycle Mystery” by Antony M Brown and published by Mirror Books.


This book is a little different from most, it is based on a cold case. The reader is asked not just to read the book  but solve the mystery of the case.

The case is that of Bella Wright from Leicestershire in 1919, a case never solved.

The first section of the book gives you the story of Bella and her family, the surrounding area, the scene of the crime and also what happening in Britain at the time.  It was the  end of the first world war, and you are briefly told of how the effects of the war affected people who served and those who remained at home.  Also in this section are account of the crime scene, details of the investigation, witnesses, reports and statements as well as the trial of the suspect.

The second section gives a detailed array of the evidence, timelines for Bella and also the investigation.  Useful maps, autopsy reports, findings, minutes and communiques.

Part three is the author’s view or judgment of the case as well as verdicts from other people.

What initially caught my eye about this book was the interesting synopsis that I was sent.  Once I had read it, my curiosity was piqued by the idea of giving a verdict based on facts that I had read.  Also the historical interest of the area was a big pull for me, it was an area I knew when I lived in Lincolnshire up until 17 years old, so gave me a personal reason for reading.

The book itself is very well laid out and is the author takes you through the facts in a very logical order.  As you progress through the story, the various statements and reports get a little repetitive, but it also adds additional information.  Also it add confirmation to previous statements.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish; it was a very good page turner.  It gave me a good insight into people’s lives at the time of 1919 and the years just following.  What was interesting was the way police procedures have changed, how investigations are conducted and how local newspapers can influence people.

I would recommend this book to readers of True Crime, Mystery and Historical genres.


Don’t just read about a murder… solve it. The first of a unique set of true crime dramas. Each one tells the story of an unsolved crime in an evocative and compelling way, it presents fresh evidence, exposes the strengths and weaknesses of past theories and then asks the reader to decide on what happened.

The series begins with the tragic case of Bella Wright. In a lonely lane running through rural Leicestershire in 1919, a solitary bicycle lies on its side, its metal frame catching the glow of the fading evening light. The back wheel slowly turns about its axle, producing a soft clicking; a rhythmic sound, soothing like the ticking of a study clock. Next to the bicycle, lying at an angle across the road, is a young woman. She is partly on her back, partly on her left side, with her right hand almost touching the mudguard of the rear wheel. Her legs rest on the roadside verge, where fronds of white cow parsley and pink rosebay rise above luxuriant summer foliage. On her head sits a wide-brimmed hat, daintily finished with a ribbon and bow. She is dressed in a pastel blouse and long skirt underneath a light raincoat, the pockets of which contain an empty purse and a box of matches. The blood-flecked coat tells a story…

Although each book is perfectly self-contained and offers the author’s conclusion, there is a website (coldcasejury.com) for those who wish to share their own verdicts and opinions, making these the first truly interactive crime tales. Beautifully presented with uniquely illustrated covers they also contain evidence images, diagrams and maps. For lovers of crime stories, this new collection of Cold Case Jury books will not just bring a murder story to life, it will make you a part of it.


About Antony M. Brown, author of The Green Bicycle Mystery


Antony M. Brown is an award-winning essayist, former magazine editor-in-chief and member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He published several Cold Case Jury e-books – true crime mysteries in which the reader is invited to deliver the verdict on what they believe might have happened – before signing a four book deal with Mirror Books in January 2017.


Website: http://www.coldcasejury.com

Blog: http://www.ccjforum.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ccjury

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Antony-M.-Brown/e/B019QMY2JW

link to purchase The Green Bicycle Mystery: http://bit.ly/GreenBicycleMystery


#Review: Crazy House by James Patterson



I gave this book a 4 star.

Becca and Cassie are twins, they live in a small town, known as a cell.  It is controlled by a Provost, it has curfews, barbed wire on the boundaries, the children have no choice in school lessons or their career path.

When Becca goes missing, Cassie is rightfully concerned, she is now the 9th person to have disappeared.  When Cassie approaches the authorities, she is told,her sister is an enemy of the state, an “Outsider”.  An outsider is one who does not conform to the rules, a blanket label for anyone who is trouble.  With no-one to help her, Cassie, the reliable miss goody two shoes, breaks the rules to go and seek out the truth about her sister’s disappearance.

She finds help from a surprising source, she is shocked at what actually happens to those who have disappeared.  They are sent to prison, a maximum security prison, where they are on Death Row.  The treatment is cruel and barbaric, but the sisters are a force to be reckoned with, they will not go quietly or without a fight.

This is a great paced story with some quite descriptive scenes.  The characters are well described and developed.  The overall story has a Hunger Games feel with a twist of 1984 added to it. The setting for the story has a very austere and bleak feel to it, down to the great writing.  There is a short history for the girls and a mention of how they were raised, but not a lot of information on the other characters, just brief mentions.

I would recommend this book to readers of YA Fantasy, dystopian.  It is gritty and quite brutal in places where fight scenes take place also some scenes of punishment.




There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape.
Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca’s told to fit in and shut her mouth… but Becca’s never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin.
Becca’s only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:
They took the wrong twin.
Crazy House is a non-stop, summer blockbuster by James Patterson, the #1 bestselling author of Maximum Ride, Witch and Wizard, and Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life.
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2559 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1784758515
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (18 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N9C6G7V



James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women’s Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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#Blogtour The Cardinal’s Man by M.G.Sinclair with @bwpublishing and @LinaLanglee

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The Cardinal's Man.jpgI would like to thank Lina Langlee for inviting me to take part in the Blogtour of “The Cardinal’s Man” by M.G.Sinclair and published by Black & White Publishing


I loved this book immensley, my raing is 5 stars.  This book starts in 1608 in Carmoches, Normandy with the life of Sebastian Morra, born with dwarfism.  We are told of his early life and the prejudice shown because of his differences to other people.  His parents are poor and manual labour is the only work available to him.  But due to his size, his physically unable to complete the majority of tasks.  As the years pass he leaves his village and heads to Paris.

He manages to gain employment in the court of King Louis XIII as a court performer.  His performs in front of royalty, nobility, high ranked, famous and infamous.  Including the notorious Cardinal Richlieu, he becomes an asset to Richlieu, his lack of physical ability does not hold him back, but his intelligence propels him forward.

From poverty, he now mixes in the same environment as the most rich and wealthy and most influential people in the country.  This is where his usefulness comes in, as most people do not even notice him. His world changes as he begins his liaison with Richlieu, Master of deceit, of spies, murder and embezzlement.  Showing Sebastian the behind the scenes view of what happens in decision-making, especially at a time when France is at war, has the plague and is in civil unrest.

The author has changed some timelines in history to make the book more readable, he openly admits this, it is after all a story of historical fiction.  But it works very well to give a very good read.  I really enjoyed this book and was addicted from the first few pages.  The way that the author has used history and given an alternative account of what could have happened is very good.  The characters are mostly known from history and are well-developed, but Sebastian was a wonderful character, at times I felt sorry for him, at other I thought he was cocky and arrogant.

I would highly recommend this book for readers of Historical Fiction, and also crime/mystery readers would probably enjoy this as well.


A spellbinding story set in Cardinal Richelieu’s France

It’s over a century before the Revolution and France is under siege. The Thirty Years’ War has spread across Europe, alliances are stretched to breaking point and enemies advance on every side. And while Louis XIII sits on the throne, the real power lies with the notorious Cardinal Richelieu.

Now, with Richelieu’s health failing and France in grave danger, salvation may yet be found in the most unlikely form. Sebastian Morra, born into poverty and with terrible deformities, is a dwarf on a mission. Through a mixture of brains and luck, he has travelled far from his village to become a jester at the royal court. And with a talent for making enemies, he is soon drawn into the twilight world of Cardinal Richelieu, where he discovers he might just be the only man with the talents to save France from her deadliest foes.

The Cardinal’s Man is a spellbinding story of France in the time of Richelieu and provides us with a very different kind of hero, a dwarf with the wit of Tyrion Lannister and three foot four inches of brazen pluck.



MerlinSinclair2016_1_Credit_Orlando_Gili.jpgThe credit for the author photo is Orlando Gili.

The only child of two writers, M.G. Sinclair grew up in a world that revolved around literature. Breaking the family tradition, he rebelled and joined the corporate world, where he worked as a copywriter and marketing executive. However, unable to escape the inevitable, he has now completed his debut, a historical novel inspired by a trip to the Prado in Madrid.




Published: 11th July 2017
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 288 pages
ISBN: 9781785301094
RRP: £8.99

Available from Black and White Publishing

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#BlogTour Discoucia:A Victorianish Fairytale by Nicholas Lovelock @gilbster1000 @Authoright

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I am pleased to take part in the Blog Tour for this book on the 12th July for Discoucia by Nicholas Lovelock, published by Clink Street Publishing.

I would like to thank Rachel Gilbey  @Authoright for allowing me a spot on this tour.


This book is like keeping up with road runner on a jet propelled rocket, (in a good way).  It is very fast paced with a huge amount of stories within a story.  This was an enjoyable read, if at times a little confusing due to the huge amount of detail in it.  It has a steam punk style feel to it in places.  A book that will definitely appeal to readers of Teen Fantasy, also enjoyed by an adult reader (me).

Sir Arthur Pageon is a renowned spy, adventurer and explorer, resident of Discoucia and owner of the ship Nostradamus, with only one member of crew Corky.  The High King has asked them to go on a mission that threatens the world of Alavonia, and to take with them his daughter Princess Josephine.  Not your normal princess, she is a member if the Discoucian Secret Service.

The journey will take them across this fantastical world, a world full of mysterious islands, people, monsters and magicians.  Then there is Archie.  The mysterious Archie seems to know what the gang will be doing next, where they will be going and is actually a help, even though she can be a little cryptic.


Discoucia: A Victorianish Fairytale

Revolution, romance and technological wonders are all in a day’s work for the decorated hero of Alavonia, Sir Arthur Pageon.

An acclaimed explorer and inventor, Sir Arthur Pageon takes his unofficial role as defender of the realm of Alavonia very seriously. A fantastical world, Alavonia is home to the Discoucian Monarchy, as well as monstrous creatures and secretive academies for the highly gifted.
Upon returning from his most recent exploits aboard on his personal flying galleon The Nostradamus, Pageon is treated to a hero’s welcome and celebratory procession through the streets of Alavonia’s capital, Evermore. Little does Pageon know he’s being followed by a mysterious group known as the Purple Guard, whose devious leader is his estranged sister, Queen Lily Pageon of Harrha Island. Fiercely intelligent, Lily specialises in dastardly technological inventions with the aim of bringing down the Discoucian Monarchy so that she may reign as its dictator. However, the heir to the throne is one Princess Josephine Olandine, whose youth and royal position masks her role in the Discoucian Secret Service.

Joining forces, Princess Josephine and Sir Arthur’s adventures will take them across the whole of Alavonia — from the fog-bound shores of Karga, to the secret underground shanty town beneath the frozen prison of Icester, south to the verdant city of Proceur and from there to the affluent Starfall Academy — in their quest to foil Lily’s revolutionary plans.

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About the author:

Based in a small village in Oxfordshire Nicholas Lovelock is the author of the Alavonia series. As well as a passion for history, Nick holds a keen interest in Numismatics —the study and collection of coins, banknotes and medals— counting a 200 year-old 1826 half-crown and coinage of monarchs like Queen Anne, Elizabeth the First and Henry the Eighth as part of his collection.


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1066: What Fates Impose by G.K. Holloway


MY REVIEW:  I give this book 5*

I loved this book from the first few pages.  It begins with the death of King William in 1087 in the very fisrt chapter, then jumps back to 1045.  The main focus is on the family of Godwin, Earl of Wessex, a very influential and powerful family at the time.  The era of this book has so many great things working for it that kept me reading avidly.

King Edward is on the throne but he has no son or daughter that the crown can pass to.  Reluctant to name a successor publically, there is a lot of speculation around the court as to who should fill the position at the time of the Kings’ demise.  Some believe they have a right to the crown and those that feel they deserve the crown.  Also there are some who believe that Godwin’s family have too much power and influence and should not have the crown.  This is a period when deceit, murder, conspiracy, betrayal and lies are rife all over Europe.  Alliances are made and broken, invasion is a constant threat and no-one is adverse to a little backstabbing.  England is under threat of invasion from Wales, Scotland, Norway and of course from Normandy.

When Harold is made King, there are some who are against him, but he soon gains respect when he shows himself to be a real leader who was not afraid to get his hands dirty and dealing with problems head on.  This is shown when Harold puts the call out for men to support him at Stamford Bridge and also at the Battle Hastings.

The author has managed, in my opinion, to show his knowledge and love for this period in English History.  There are a lot of characters and a huge array of information that has been broken down into short chapters. This is a very detailed book but also very addictive reading.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the author for bringing this book to my attention. My review is my own and my honest opinion.


King William then utters the following words to the room: ‘I appoint no one as my heir to the Crown of England, but leave it to the disposal of the Eternal Creator, whose I am and who orders all things. For I did not attain that high honour by hereditary right, but wrested it from the perjured King Harold in a desperate bloody battle.’

England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland.

Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future. It seems even the heavens are against Harold.

Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny – or does he have to bow to what fates impose?


Paperback, 456 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Troubador Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
ISBN 1783062207 (ISBN13: 9781783062201)
Edition Language English




@PenzanceLitFest 7th July 2017 Guest @JaneCorryAuth

Author Jane Corry was a guest at The Acorn Theatre in Penzance, Cornwall. Where she discussed “Life behind bars” and also her two books.

During her very eloquent talk, she discussed various topics.  Her life as a journalist, her time as a Writer in Residence, her books My Husband’s Wife, and Blood Sisters tips and advice for aspiring writers as well as a reading from her latest book Blood Sisters and also a book signing opportunity.


Libraries had been Jane’s refuge as a child, surrounded by books and inspiration.  Her mother was also an inspiration, she wrote little stories and tales that were kept in a “special box”.  Whilst at school, Jane’s teachers were a little condescending when she mentioned that she would like to be a writer.  But undeterred she continued her path and eventually attending university.  Upon leaving she made her way into the journalistic world.

A regular columnist in The Telegraph, as well as Woman and Womans’ Own were to follow.  One of her first interviews was with a then unknown actress at the time, but Jane was told that the actress would be the talk of the town in a few weeks time, this was indeed true of the Educating Rita actress Julie Walters.


A change in family circumstances required Jane to get a “proper job”, rather than relying on the freelance column writing work that fitted in with her children.  A friend suggested the job vacancy section in The Guardian, there she spotted a job for a Writer in Residence, at a High Security Male Prison.

Jane felt sure that she had “fluffed the interview”, but to her surprise the job was offered to her for 2 days a week for 2 years, later to be increased to 3 years.  The third year needed funding, it was agreed that Jane and other fellow journalists would spend a night in prison.  Jane spent a sleepless night typing, a little shocked at the routines in place, with no exceptions.

During her time working  there she helped men with writing, from letters home to memoirs and stories.  Jane mentioned how she would spend her morning in the Open section of the prison, the men were guilty of white-collar crime or, due for release.  The afternoon section was spent with the most dangerous men, those convicted of murder, rape, grievous body harm amongst others crimes.

The men who volunteered for Jane’s classes found them helpful in raising their self-esteem, therapy and self realisation.  Jane also mentioned The Koestler Trust , set up by Arthur Koestler in the 1950’s as a way for those who are in prison to enter their artwork, stories, poetry into a yearly competition.


Jane mentioned that she has used her own experiences as the triggers for her writing, those being “prison and marriage”.  As I listened to Jane talk I could hear things that had I had come across in her books.  While writing, Jane has to have complete silence as she sits in her office overlooking the sea.  She has set times for writing, social media and admin work.  When an audience member asked how she came up with the names for her characters, she replied it was a difficult process for her.  She tends to use the names of family members for the names of the book characters.

Jane has done a lot of research for her books, taking a stained glass course to expand her knowledge for Alison in Blood Sisters, visiting Brain Injury Units to add correct information to the character of Kitty, again Blood Sisters.  She saw the young mainly female lawyer visit prisoners and used an amalgamation for Lily in My Husband’s Wife, also did a lot of research for Tom, also My Husband’s Wife, who suffered from Aspergers and details regarding the Autism Spectrum.


Jane gave the audience some very good and sound advice for aspiring writers.

Be disciplined: write daily, if you get a block then change where you write, when you write, what genre you write.  Just make sure you write.

Do your research: Jane had previously indicated that this was an important aspect for a writer, but also to be aware that you do not become to bogged down with details.   Sometimes a fact in your research can give rise to a plot twist that you had not thought of.

Go Networking: go to literary festivals, meet other writers, publishers, agents.  Follow them on twitter.  Also look out for writing competitions, read the rules thoroughly and submit your story, if it gains a placing in the results then use that on your submission.  Also try Kindle publishing, some writers have been approached by publishers.  Publishers tend to keep an eye on what is being published via kindle, but don’t feel you have to go with a publisher if you are happy doing it yourself.

Read it: when you read your work, do it OUT LOUD.


This was the first time I had been to a literary festival.  I decided to choose this one as I had read My Husband’s Wife and loved it, add in the intrigue of a female author in a male high security prison was an opportunity I did not want to miss.  I found the talk to be really informative, funny and also quite humbling. Yes humbling, especially as Jane spoke about the some of the prisoner she met, a split second decision can have drastic and life-altering consequences.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jane Corry and The Penzance Literary Festival for a wonderful afternoon.

If you would like to read my thoughts on the books please click below:

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

Please take the time to click on the links below for more information.

Jane Corry on Facebook

Jane Corry on Twitter

Koestler Trust

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Blood Sisters by Jane Corry


I would like to thank Netgalley for my ARC of this book for my unbiased and honest review.


Alison and Kitty are half sisters.  Alison’s mum had met and married David and then along came Kitty, same mum different dad.  At school Alison is the studious, serious one. Kitty the arty one. Kitty is daddy’s princess, and their mum, not wanting to upset David, lets the obvious favouritism go.  This does not help the tension between the girls. But things change when there is a horrible road accident, Kitty is left severely brain-damaged, in a wheelchair and unable to do anything for herself, she can only mumble incoherently.

The story revolves around the two girls alternating chapters that fill in the story from both perspectives.  It gives a full account of their lives as children as well as present day events.  What seems a basic story soon twists its way into something more sinister.  Lies that are told though a person’s life have a habit of coming back to haunt and they can also leave scars.  The past will never remain hidden, you have to deal with it to be able to move forward and move on.

This is a very good story.  The characters are very well described and are easy to remember due the use of nicknames, or key characteristics.The plot of the story line has a number of subplots running throughout, when you think you have solved one little mystery, you find it is something else entirely. But they have been cleverly brought to a satisfactory conclusion, and then there is another twist. Thoroughly enjoyable read, a good page turner with several “didn’t see that coming moments”.

I would recommend this book to readers of Crime, Thriller and Mystery genres.  Also some good discussion points for reading groups.



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My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry #BookReview #AboutTheAuthor


MY THOUGHTS: A definite 5*

This is an amazing book; I loved it from start to finish and could not put it down until the last page had been turned.

Lily is married to Ed Macdonald, he works in advertising but dreams of owning his own art gallery.  She is in law and has just been handed a case that could possibly mean an appeal and a re-trial.

Joe has been convicted of murdering his girlfriend in a bath of scalding water.  He leads Lily to find new evidence on his case, new evidence is the only way an appeal and re-trial can take place.

Carla and her mum live in the same building as Lily and Ed.  Carla is teased and bullied at school because she is Italian; her mum is a single parent and cannot afford the things that other children have, this adding fuel to fire for the children bullying Carla.

The characters in this book all have secrets; all want them to remain secret, some at all costs.  Then there are the little lies that seem to creep in, just little ones, but they are lies all the same.

The story begins when Carla is a child and then re-joins when she is an adult.  It is set out in quick chapters alternating between Lily and Carla. They are well described each one memorable and detailed. The plots within this story are very well executed with many twists and turns, leading the reader on an amazing journey to a climatic ending and a satisfying conclusion, with all loose ends tied up and all questions answered.

Jane Corry worked in a high security male prison and her experiences there have given her an edge for detail.  I imagine that when Lily first visited Joe for the discussion of an appeal, that Jane was describing her first time experience, it had a very real feel to it.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of Crime and Thriller genres.  I think it would also make a great book for Reading Groups; there are many topics that would be good for discussion points.


The addictive psychological thriller everyone’s talking about!
‘My head’s still spinning from all the twists!’ Mark Edwards

What if your life was built on a lie?

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.

But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for.

But is he really innocent?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:                                                                                 15241064  Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller which was a Sunday Times best-seller.. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’ Jane’s next novel is called Blood Sisters and is being published in June.  Follow Jane on Twitter



  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241256488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241256480


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