Post Script: A Time To Run: J M Peace

This is the perfect Australian (based in Qld) authentic voiced, police procedural.

Book Cover: A Time To Run - J M Peace: Pan Macmillan

Time To Run

J M Peace

Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781743537862


A Time to Run is a tense crime thriller set in the Queensland bush featuring a cop-turned-victim and a Wolf Creek-style killer.

J.M. Peace is a serving police officer on the Sunshine Coast and over the past 15 years she has worked throughout south-east Queensland in a variety of different capacities.

J.M. writes with chilling authenticity and a strong Australian voice.


The hunt is on


A madman is kidnapping women to hunt them for sport.


Detective Janine Postlewaite leads the investigation into the disappearance of Samantha Willis, determined not to let another innocent die on her watch.


The killer’s newest prey isn’t like the others. Sammi is a cop. And she refuses to be his victim.



My View:

I loved this read – with its authentic police voice, its gripping narrative, its wonderful strong female protagonists and its Queensland setting.


The details of policing/investigating that the author shares with the reader are intriguing and realistic. Too often crime fiction novels or movies/TV series based on crime fiction skip a lot of these type of details, giving their protagonists the power to do as they please, how they please. This narrative reveals the reality of the work, chapters alternate between settings in the police station where we see the hard work being played out and the legal requirements being adhered to juxtaposed against scenes of Sammi in the forest, scenes of the practical against the tense, emotional and terrifying.

Jay Peace subtly weaves important lessons into this narrative when she chooses a cop as the victim of this crime; consciously or unconsciously her voice is saying “this could happen to you, if it can happen to a cop it can happen to anyone.” She is saying don’t blame the victim, it is not her fault she was targeted, blame the perpetrator.


The pace is fast, the tension grows as we race to find Sammi. The reader often finds themselves asking “what they would do if in this situation.” Sammi is practical, focussed and realistic, the hint of paranormal/Angels adds an extra dimension to her character and to the read. Is she hallucinating? Is she dreaming? I loved this element of the story – just a wisp of “other worldly” adding interest and asking questions that the author lets you answer.


A great debut novel that only leaves one question unanswered, when is the next book in this series ready for release?



During the week I will share a Q & A with the author and host a giveaway of the book on my Friday Freebies :)

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Post Script: Three Twisted Stories – Karin Slaughter

Three Twisted Stories

Karin Slaughter

Random House UK, Cornerstone

Cornerstone Digital

ISBN: 9781473535329



From the hallucinatory noir story ‘Go Deep’ to the twisted short stories ‘Necessary Women’ and ‘Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line,’ this collection showcases the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author’s dark humour, limitless imagination, and masterly command of voice and character. (‘Go Deep’ and ‘Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line’ also available as single stories and ‘Necessary Women’ also available as part of a bundle with ‘The Mean Time’)


Growing up dirt poor, Charlie Lam worked his ass off to make something of himself, no thanks to his deadbeat father or his long-suffering mother. And now a lot of people depend on Charlie: by his last count, sixty-eight employees at his Atlanta auto dealership, eleven shiftless brothers and sisters, an ungrateful wife, a spoiled daughter, a shameless girlfriend. Who could really blame him for wanting a little extra?

The arrangement is simple: Charlie picks up a suit from the dry cleaner’s. In the suit pocket is the name of a very important man. The next day, that man walks into the dealership, drives out in a new car, and Charlie gets a fat envelope full of cash. Everyone’s happy. No one gets hurt. So long as Charlie doesn’t cross his business partner. But with one twist of a knife, the unthinkable happens. And suddenly Charlie is in deeper trouble than he could have possibly imagined.



In a border town between Georgia and Alabama, in a three-room house made of cement block, a fourteen-year-old girl watches her mother die. Her father is a long-haul trucker, away for weeks, sometimes months, at a time. Her mother, with two menial jobs cleaning restrooms and working nights at the laundry, had been just thirty years old.


A week before she died, noticing her daughter getting attention from a boy, the girl’s mother warned her not to make the same mistakes she did. Now, her father tells her, she’s the woman of the house, and she must do all the necessary things the woman must do: the cleaning, the cooking, the laundry. But there’s a lot more to being a woman than fixing dinner and doing the wash. Her mother was right: She won’t end up like her – and she’ll do anything to prove it.



As an intrepid adjudicator of World Records, Mindy Patel has met lots of strange people in lots of strange places. But they’re no match for the Swampers of the Georgia bayou. Mindy has braved the oppressive August heat in search of Remmy Rothstein, who they call ‘The Cajun Jew’. If the photos are indeed accurate, she might be about to certify Remmy as the World Record Holder for Longest Tongue in the World . . . and maybe even the Widest!

First Mindy meets Remmy’s half-brother, Buell Rabinowitz, surely the world’s only one-legged, albino, Jewish African American. Then she makes the acquaintance of Remmy’s mother, a foul-mouthed old woman with an impressive beard. None of which prepares her for an eyeful of Remmy: a man who measures up to his singular reputation in ways that will change the course of Mindy’s life.


My View:

Karin Slaughter – you have a very dark sense of humour! At first I was quick to dismiss these short stories as a bit of twisted storytelling but the stories stay with you and as you mull them over you realise there is a lot of social commentary going on here. I love the strong women in these stories (even if some are a little messed up), I love your feminist bent Karin Slaughter – your stories say so much more than any Women’s Studies lectures I have attended.


And for the record – my favourite story here is Go Deep – this is putting the saying “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” very literally. I loved it.





Post Script: The Slaughter Man – Tony Parsons

“Crime reverberates through years and through lives. It is a rare homicide that destroys only one person.” Joyce Carol Oates ‘After Black Rock’. (Intro to The Slaughter Man)

Cover The Slaughter Man

The Slaughter Man

Tony Parsons

Random House UK


ISBN: 9781448185733


A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. DC Max Wolfe hunts a pitiless killer through the streets of London. By the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of The Murder Bag.

On New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away.

The murder weapon – a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered – leads Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man.

But the Slaughter Man has done his time, and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?

And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer – or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man?

All Max knows is that he needs to find the missing child and stop the killer before he destroys another innocent family – or finds his way to his own front door …



My View:


A very impressive police procedural. I like Detective Max Wolfe – his ethics, his outlook, his family and his dog – it is a joy to have a leading character in this genre who isn’t an alcoholic, or depressive or holding a grudge or a mix of all of these elements; Wolfe is family centred, good at his job and behaves like an adult – he is not perfect, he is human. This character is so refreshing to read.


The tempo is urgent and intense, Tony Parson’s has chosen themes that most people are concerned and empathetic – child abuse, sexual abuse and the kidnap of a child. The reader wants to find the missing child, the reader wants this to end well. No spoilers here but the ending is not saccharin sweet…


This novel is gritty, dark and intense. I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series.


A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. And a detective who must learn that even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for…

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Amy Andews


Amy Andrews


For a start, you may not even know who I am so let’s get the intro’s over and done with shall we? I’m Amy Andrews and I’m a Brisbane based author who writes contemporary romance fiction for a variety of publishers across both traditional and digital platforms. I’ve been published for ten years this year and have written 50+ books. I have ten coming out this year alone – yes, this is unusual and completely bonkers. I may need medicating!

And now some other things about me – some interesting, some completely useless….


  • I’ve been a nurse for 27 years, 21 of them in PICU ( Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) and have loved every single one of them.
  • A couple of years back I did an estimate count on how many words I’d written. I did a quick calculation of 32 books x avg 50 000 words/book and came up with 1.6 million words!! Of course it was more than that because some of my books had been longer etc and now it would definitely be in the 2 million zone! People ask me what I do at home all day? I’m busy writing my way to 3 million words folks!
  • I love country music.  Well I like a lot of different music actually but, as a romance writer, I have a real affinity for country music because I feel like we’re both lumped into the same category – trash. Yes, like romance, country music has the dubious distinction of belonging to a rarefied sub-section of artistic culture – the one where NO-ONE admits to listening to it but EVERYBODY has an opinion about how bad it is. “Oh yes, that Achy Breaky Heart is awful “- ergo ALL country music is awful.  “I read one of my grandmother’s Mills and Boon once back in 1962 and it was laughable” – ergo ALL romance is laughable.  When really what is awful and laughable is that so many people are willing to dismiss and judge on the basis of so little personal data.  I have to say that no genre of music makes me laugh or cry as much as country.
  • I don’t like the word moist. Ugh! It’s kind of the thing you expect to find in clefts (another ick word) don’t you think? It conjures up dark and dank and things like yeast infections. But maybe that’s just the nurse in me….
  • Serendipity is my favourite word. I also like ravage, clandestine and honky tonk.
  • In 50 romance novels I’ve only written 2 virgins thus hopefully dispelling the myth that all romance heroines are ingénues.
  • I once had hate mail from a reader who called me a sexiest pig (I’m pretty sure she meant sexist) 6 times because I dared to make one of those virgins too old! The heroine was 24 but didn’t I know that women were sexual creatures too and how dare I make her wait so long!
  • I hit the USA Today Bestseller list last year – #137 – finally after 10 years!! No More Mr Nice Guy is a story about a woman who wrote a ten point sex list. It is not, in any way, based on any aspect of my life no matter what my friends may tell you!



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Post Script: Charlie, Presumed Dead – Anne Heltzel

Cover Charlie Presumed Dead

Charlie, Presumed Dead

Anne Heltzel

Black Inc Books


ISBN: 9781863957335




In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own.

No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.



My View:

What an intriguing read! The premise is fantastic and the narrative is full of surprises, nothing is as it seems and just when you reach the final chapters and think that all will be neatly concluded you find that you have assumed the wrong thing again. Nothing at all is how it appears. Everyone has secrets they are holding close to their chest; secrets that will impact on the fate of others. This narrative asks the question – how well do you really know anybody?


Immersed in this book, and yes you will be, the story races along at full pelt, dragging you, guessing, assuming and second guessing – incorrectly, to the very end. But once you reach the end and have time to digest the unravelling of this plot you will start to notice a few places where a stitch or two has been dropped – but that really won’t overly concern you – you have bought your ticket, enjoyed the ride and now the trip is over…or is it?


PS Loved the cover art.


Tearful Nights, Angry Dawns*


Spotlight on Domestic Noir – thanks Margot – you have such great knowledge of all things books.

Originally posted on Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...:

DomesticNoirAn interesting post from Carol at Reading, Writing and Riesling has got me thinking about what many people call domestic noir. It certainly isn’t a brand-new kind of crime story, but it’s gotten an awful lot of press in recent years. I thought it might be interesting (I hope it will!) to have a look at some examples and see how it’s evolved. Now, before I go on, please pay a visit to Reading, Writing and Riesling. Lots of great reviews, recipes and fabulous ‘photos await you there.

Domestic noir mostly concerns itself with intimate family relationships (sometimes friends are involved too). And that dynamic is an effective backdrop for a crime novel, since such relationships are complex. What’s more, the complexity and conflict aren’t always obvious on the outside. All of this means (at least to me) that it’s not surprising at all that those relationships are…

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Post Scritpt: Limbo – Amy Andrews

Cover Limbo Amy Andrews


Amy Andrews

Escape Publishing

ISBN: 9780857992505



Six Feet Under meets Stephanie Plum in Amy Andrews’ fresh, funny, sexy urban-family noir about a country singer who almost made it, a private investigator who’s seen too much and a mother who will cross all barriers to save her child.

When ex hillbilly-punk rocker turned cadaver make-up artist Joy Valentine is visited by the ghost of a high-profile murder victim begging for Joy’s help to find her kidnapped baby girl, Joy knows from experience the cops are going to think she’s crazy. So she takes it to the one guy she knows who won’t.

The last thing disgraced ex-cop turned private investigator Dash Dent expected is a woman from his past turning up to complicate his present with a nutty, woo-woo story. The problem is he knows Joy is telling the truth and he can’t ignore the compelling plight of baby Isabella whose disappearance six months prior transfixed the nation.

Discounted and discredited by the police, Dash and Joy work together to uncover the mystery and find Isabella, with a whacky supporting cast including Eve, a brothel madam; Stan, an excommunicated priest; Katie, Dash’s ten-year-old daughter; and two horny goldfish. It’s a race against time and against all odds – but the real battle for Dash and Joy might just be keeping their hands off each other.


My View:

In the words of the author this book is “urban-noir/paranormal-lite/mystery/romance mash up” and I would add PI in the mix, and a great mix it is too. This is a great contemporary feel good romp that had me smiling and laughing out loud. The characters are quirky, flawed and very very real. I had visions of Tom Selleck’s Magnum PI as the male protagonist, the female lead – hmm, maybe a young tough version of Rachel Griffiths works for me I think. (And when I am reading I don’t usually visualise the characters but I did with this book!)


This is a book you read for the pure pleasure, indulgence and enjoyment. The language is colloquial and so very Australian – so conversational and real. The settings – dark dingy bars, rural towns, urban decay, a mortuary, a brothel and the next door home office all work a treat; they seem so real I recognise all of these places from previous lives (yes I worked next door to a brothel once upon a time –outer city, next door to a welfare rights organisation, just looked like an ordinary house – though the limousines that stopped out the front weren’t too ordinary!)  The crimes – kidnapping and murder handled respectfully and lightly – there are no gruesome, blood soaked walls covered in brain splatter here, no psychopaths or serial killers lurking in the dark. Surprisingly you even end up feeling a little sorry for those involved in these crimes, the choices they made were terrible but you can understand, though not condone, their action. There is nothing black and white in this story – so many shades of grey.

At its core this is an urban romance so be prepared for a few hot and steamy sex scenes.

I think the strength of this book is the author’s ability to present characters that are so realistic and likeable, even the minor characters in this book are well drawn, quirky and with back stories that engage and leave you asking to know more about them. I particularly liked the power given to Eve to run a brothel that actually catered to the choices and lifestyles of the woman working there- the employees are treated with respect and have rights the same as those in any other job – the right to work in a safe environment and without harassment, fear or pressure. If only that was the case everywhere, in every occupation.

“Amy Andrews is a multi-published, award- winning author of 50+ romance novels across both traditional and digital platforms. She writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins Australia, Momentum Publishing, Escape Publishing and Tule. She’s sold in excess of a million books worldwide and has been translated into over a dozen languages”, (

If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series you will love this read!