Blog Tour: Truth or Die by Katerina Diamond @TheVenomousPen @AvonBooksUK


The butchered body of a professor is found in a private office of Exeter University. It is the first in a spate of horrific murders that shakes the city to its core. Who would target a seemingly innocent man, and why? DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles turn to his students for answers, but their investigation turns up no leads. Someone must know more than they’re letting on… As the body count rises, the police have to look into the past to uncover the person responsible before it’s too late. But are they brave enough to face up to the truth?


I know I’ve been MIA for ages, but I said yes to this blog tour because I love this series and this author. I won’t be coming back for now, so this will be an exception. I’ve been enjoying not feeling pressured and feeling reading was “homework”, but I’ve surely kept on reading. If you want to keep following what I read, please add me to Goodreads 😉 I still will keep this blog open, in case I miss it and want to come back in the future.

My review:

The Imogen Grey & Adrian Miles series by Katerina Diamond is one of my favorite procedurals out there. Although I began reading from #2, I did go back and read the first one as well a few years ago. This is a series that has never disappointed me, in fact, the first book is my least favorite one. And this last entry was another winner in my opinion.

The case was pretty fascinating, and although you knew some of the players, you don’t really know what’s exactly going on until the very end. It was a complex web of lies, evil and cruelty. Of course, I absolutely loved it. Some aspects of the mystery reminded me of Charlie Donlea’s THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN.

I really think you should read the other books in the series before you pick up this one. Both the case and the relationship between Miles & Grey are heavily influenced by the previous novels, so you might be a bit lost. Also, I was glad that their relationship had some real development in this book. We caught a glimpse of what it could be in THE PROMISE, but we saw the full potential here.

I want to make clear that I am not a fan of romance and I do not really enjoy romantic suspense either, I always want the focus to be on the mystery and the murders. But I have to admit… I’ve grown to love Imogen and Adrian and I really feel that Katerina Diamond is an excellent writer, so she could sell me anything she wants to write.

I really enjoyed this book and I recommend this series to any crime fans out there. It’s an excellent one and you’re missing out! 💙




Blog Tour: Sleep by C.L Taylor @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK #daretosleep


All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty… To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare. Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna. Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie. Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

My review:

It’s no secret that I love “locked-room” mysteries, especially if they are reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s novels. SLEEP was exactly my kind of book and I had a great time reading it. The blurb was enticing, and the book caught my attention from the very first chapter, where we are witnesses of Anna’s accident. What a great set up!

Months later, Anna is working at a remote hotel in a Scottish island and believes someone might want to kill her because of what she did. But the problem is… which one of the guests is the actual killer? They all have secrets, yet none of them seem to be capable of murder… but are they?

I’ve read a couple of books by C.L Taylor before, but this was clearly my favorite. It was atmospheric, engrossing, intriguing, and behind all the secrets and motives, there was a really creepy theme that I absolutely loved. There was also a small twist in the middle of the book which I really enjoyed.

The characters were pretty fascinating and that is quite hard to accomplish in a book with so many of them. I liked some more than others, of course, but what I really loved about their interactions was how close they all became by spending several days locked in that hotel.

I would recommend this book to fans of old style mysteries and Agatha Christie fans. Have you read it? 💙




Blog Tour: Perfect Crime by Helen Fields @AvonBooksUK

image004Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed… As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.
Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…

My Review

I hadn’t read any of the books of this series, but as soon as I started PERFECT CRIME, I felt like the two main characters: Luc Callanach and Ava Turner were already like family. This is a compuslive, tense and emotional police procedural which is perfect for fans of the genre and series like Katerina Diamond’s Imogen Grey & Adrian Miles.

You don’t need to worry about this one: the book is fast-paced from the beggining. The first scene featuring a man who wants to kill himself but isn’t so sure about his fate had me turning the pages dying to know what would happen. And the following scene featuring DI Callanach… let’s say I was immediately gripped.

PERFECT CRIME follows two different storylines: one about an ‘Angel of death” who kills people who tried to commit suicide and another, even more mysterious, featuring a very personal case for Callanach. Both cases were great, but what I loved the most about this book was the focus on Luc and Ava’s relationship. I enjoyed their witty dialogues, their banter and the way their relationship evolved.

I wish I had read the previous books in the series because there were some mentions of old cases that seemed as gripping as this one was and I think this is one of those series that is worth reading from the beginning. Can’t wait for the next novel to keep discovering more about Luc and Ava

P.S: I am from Spain and I believe almost no one here is called Selina, in fact, it’s not a Spanish name at all, I certainly don’t know anyone with that name. I don’t know if I missed something and she was from somewhere else, but that was a bit weird for me.



Helen Fields studied law at the University of East Anglia, then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London. After completing her pupillage, she joined chambers in Middle Temple where she practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. After her second child was born, Helen left the Bar. Together with her husband David, she runs a film production company, acting as script writer and producer. Perfect Remains is set in Scotland, where Helen feels most at one with the world. Helen and her husband now commute between Hampshire and California with their three children and two dogs.

Blog Tour: The Golden Hour by Malia Zaidi @MaliaZaidi @damppebbles

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London, 1927… Lady Evelyn Carlisle has barely arrived in London when familial duty calls her away again. Her cousin Gemma is desperate for help with her ailing mother before her imminent wedding, which Evelyn knew nothing about! Aunt Agnes in tow, she journeys to Scotland, expecting to find Malmo Manor in turmoil. To her surprise, her Scottish family has been keeping far more secrets than the troubled state of their matriarch. Adding to the tension in the house a neighbour has opened his home, Elderbrooke Park, as a retreat for artistic veterans of the Great War. This development does not sit well with everyone in the community. Is the suspicion towards the residents a catalyst for murder? A tragedy at Elderbrooke Park’s May Day celebration awakens Evelyn’s sleuthing instinct, which is strengthened when the story of another unsolved death emerges, connected to her own family. What she uncovers on her quest to expose the truth will change several lives forever, including her own. With the shadow of history looming over her, Evelyn must trust in her instinct and ability to comb through the past to understand the present, before the murderer can stop her and tragedy strikes aga

My review:

Hear me out for a minute here: what if Lady Evelyn Carlisle is actually a serial killer? Think about it: everywhere she goes, there’s a murder: Greece, Oxford, Scotland… And she always helps bring the killer to justice… It’s the perfect plan! This was also my theory for Murder She Wrote 😉

Jokes aside, THE GOLDEN HOUR is the fourth installment in the Lady Evelyn historical mystery series set in the 1920s. This time, our amateur detective travels to Scotland to visit her family for her cousin’s imminent wedding. Well, she and her aunt Agnes actually travel several weeks before the wedding because Evelyn’s cousin, Gemma, asks them to come help her and calm the matriarch, who seems quite agitated and nervous. Soon after they arrive to Malmo Manor, there’s a murder that reminds the villagers of an old mystery that was never solved…

Lady Evelyn Carlisle starts investigating the murder with the help of some unlikely allies. I really like that she’s no expert detective, she’s just a smart woman who’s curious and brave and willing to help others. What I enjoyed the most about this book was Evelyn’s relationship with her aunt, which is complex and interesting, and something which is not usually explored. I also love Daniel, although he was more of a secondary character in this book.

Lady Evelyn mysteries are historical mysteries with a focus on the everyday moments and personal relationships between the characters. Because of the dialogue-heavy nature of these novels, the rich atmosphere and the era they’re set, they remind me of Poirot’s books, although the main character is quite different, I can assure you.

This is a slow-paced cozy historical mystery with a lovely Scottish atmosphere and not one but two interesting mysteries to solve. I admit I guessed the identity of Tilly’s killer, but both crime motives were a total shock for me and, to be honest, quite controversial, which I always enjoy.

About Malia Zaidi


Malia Zaidi is the author of the Lady Evelyn Mysteries. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Oxford. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though through her love of reading, she resides vicariously (if temporarily) in countries around the world.

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Review: Never Tell by Lisa Gardner @LisaGardnerBks


A man is shot dead in his own home, and his pregnant wife, Evie, is found with the gun in her hands. Detective D.D. Warren instantly recognises her. Sixteen years ago, Evie also shot her own father. That killing was ruled an accident. D.D. doesn’t believe in coincidences. But this case isn’t as open and shut as it first appears, and her job is to discover the truth. Evie might be a victim. Or she might be about to get away with murder again.

My review:

I’ve read a few books by Lisa Gardner before, and a couple  featuring DD Warren herself. NEVER TELL was an amazing addition to the series and a book that had me completely captivated from the get go. Don’t worry if you haven’t followed the series, this book can easily be read as a standalone.

The premise for this book was amazing and the prologue already sets up the mystery in such a great way: a woman comes home and shoots a weapon. Her husband is dead and she was already involved in a similar case sixteen years ago. But is she innocent? Or could have she been guilty both times? The plot thickens when Flora, kidnapped and rescued many years ago, swears she knows the dead husband from her time in captivity.

This is a complex and multi-layered plot narrated by three women: DD Warren, Evie, and Flora. While I understand that DD Warren is the title character, her pov was my least favorite, perhaps because Evie and Flora’s were SO FREAKING GOOD that I was dying to discover all their secrets. I really mean it, Evie was such a mysterious character and her whole family history had me intrigued all the way through. But Flora and her kidnapping story and the tapping scene were fascinating.

What I found most interesting about this book is that, unlike other procedurals, the focus wasn’t on the investigation itself and the detectives, but the Evie and Flora’s stories. This made NEVER TELL refreshing and a different kind of read for me. Lisa Gardner is such a great writer! I can’t wait to continue reading this series, can you tell me which are your favorites?

Did you love NEVER TELL as much as I did? Weren’t Evie and Flora awesome characters? 💙