A Good Read: Cracking Novels Out This Year!

Hello! Apologies for my recent blog absence. Apart from Christmas and family commitments, I’ve been stuck in copy edits for the new book this past few weeks. But I’m back now and will have plenty of news to share soon!

In the meantime, there are some amazing books scheduled for release this year and I’ve been immensely lucky to get an early read of a small handful of them! Here are my quick thoughts on some of the gems we’ve got to look forward to.

My first recommendation is for a dear friend, Ian Patrick, and his debut novel, Rubicon. It can be tricky to read a friend’s manuscript. Books are subjective and we all have different tastes. But I wouldn’t be shouting out about it here if I didn’t think it was a real cracker of a thriller! Since it is not even up for pre-order yet (hence the lack of cover art), I dare not give too much away, but suffice to say, it covers an undercover cop on a very unusual assignment and I’ve never read anything like it before.
Rubicon by Ian Patrick is scheduled for publication by Fahrenheit Press March/April 2017.
Deep Down Dead is the debut novel by Steph Broadribb, who some of you will know as CrimeThrillerGirl on Twitter. This book offers a new take on the traditional roles in crime fiction introducing Lori Anderson, a ‘fearless’ Florida bounty hunter. But her new assignment to bring a fugitive to court in this novel is fraught with difficulties and takes her on a relentless mission that leaves your heart in your mouth. This book is an assured debut and a rollercoaster of a ride. You will not be disappointed.
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb is published by Orenda Books on 5th January 2017.
Watch Me by Angela Clarke is the second in the social media murder series and follows her bestselling debut, Follow Me. The second outing for the brilliant Sergeant Nasreen Cudmore opens with the body of a dead girl, initially thought to be suicide. But as further girls go missing, detectives realise all is not what it seems. This a razor sharp police procedural that will keep you on your toes, and will definitely leave you wanting more.
Watch Me is published by Avon on 12th January 2017.

Watch Her Disappear is the fourth outing for DI Zigic and DS Ferreira of the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit and Dolan has excelled herself with this one. It’s not only a beautifully written police procedural, it’s also fast paced and thrilling whilst a difficult subject is tackled with real sensitivity. Needless to say, I was hooked to the last page.
Watch Her Disappear is published by Vintage on 26th January 2017.

Once again I’ll put my hands up and admit that Susi(SJI Holliday) and I are friends. But again, that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll enjoy her novels, and enjoy them I do! The Damselfly is the third novel in the Banktoun series featuring the popular Sergeant Davie Gray and in my opinion they just get better and better. After landing a windfall of cash, Katie Taylor, a bright young student, is murdered. Cue a police investigation packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless. If you like a heart-thumping thriller, then this is a book for you. Personally, I’m hoping we get to see a lot more of Davie Gray. The Damselfly by SJI Holliday is published by Black and White on 2nd February 2017.

Happy reading! I wish you a fabulous 2017. Let’s hope it’s a good one for all of us.

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