Category: dark humour

The Thriller Collection by Alan Gorevan

An unmissable collection for fans of fast-paced reads. Three action-packed books in a single volume. #TheThrillerCollection #TheForbiddenRoom #TheHostage #HitandRun @AlanGorevan @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours Facebook @damppebblesblogtours  The Forbidden Room: You and your partner are looking forward to a romantic break in the rugged landscape of West Cork, on the south west coast of Ireland. Cliff walks, seafood dinners and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. But a storm … Read More The Thriller Collection by Alan Gorevan

An Irrational Fear of Dogs by Veronika Jordan

Extracts from An Irrational Fear of Dogs by Veronika Jordan @cookiebiscuit #shortstories Double Bill (Extract) Goodbye Sarah. I bet you thought we would be friends forever. How wrong you were. The two of us were going to stand here and watch as Bill’s coffin was lowered into the ground. We pictured ourselves distraught, crying on each other’s shoulders, coming together in our shared grief, … Read More An Irrational Fear of Dogs by Veronika Jordan

A Diet of Werewolves – A Modern Fairy Tale by Veronika Jordan

‘I’m not like other men,’ said Dan. ‘I’m not even like other werewolves.’ ‘I don’t understand Mr Shaffer,’ the psychiatrist shuffled his papers and coughed. ‘…like other werewolves. There is no such thing as a werewolf or lycanthrope as it’s really called. It exists only in myths and legends. Please explain further.’ ‘I can do better than that,’ Dan was slowly sipping a blended … Read More A Diet of Werewolves – A Modern Fairy Tale by Veronika Jordan

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings. But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case. The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our … Read More The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Vintage Crime by Martin Edwards (Editor)

Vintage Crimes is a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members’ work over the years. The book gathers stories from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers. The first CWA anthology, Butcher’s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert, … Read More Vintage Crime by Martin Edwards (Editor)

Family Business by Mark Eklid

Family historian Graham Hasselhoff thought there were no skeletons in his cupboard. That is, until the day he met the son he never knew he had. @MarkEklid #FamilyBusiness #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @AnneCater @RandomTTours Getting to know Andreas, who is now the boss of a road haulage firm, soon leads him to a trail of arson, beatings, mysterious warnings – and murder. Can his son really … Read More Family Business by Mark Eklid

The Resident by David Jackson

Thomas Brogan is a serial killer, and he has nowhere left to hide. At least until he finds an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he discovers that he can access three other houses through the attic space, the real fun begins. Because the one thing that Brogan enjoys even more than killing, is playing games … Read More The Resident by David Jackson

Purple People by Kate Bulpitt

A curious scheme is afoot in Blighty. Attempting to tackle spiralling levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, the government has a new solution: to dye offenders purple. For once, even journalist Eve Baxter is shocked – she’s spent years gathering the world’s weird and wacky news, but has never seen anything as loopy as this. Learning of these shamed ‘bruises on society’, the nation … Read More Purple People by Kate Bulpitt

My Top 8 Books of 2020 so far

According to Goodreads I have already read 53 books this year and it’s only part way through June. But here is a list of my favourite eight books so far. I have tried to include a number of first time authors as well as established authors. They are in no particular order: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau I just loved this book. It’s 1911 and … Read More My Top 8 Books of 2020 so far

Afraid of the Light by various authors

Some people are scared of the dark. But it’s the light that exposes the secrets. A young boy with nightmares faces up to his demons. A deathbed confession turns the world on its axis. A five-year-old watches his parents bury a body in the garden. A soldier returns from the war to find the horror isn’t yet over. Afraid Of The Light brings the … Read More Afraid of the Light by various authors

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde

Peter Knox lives quietly in one of those small country villages that’s up for the Village Garden of the Year award. Until Doc and Constance Rabbit move in next door, upsetting the locals (many of them members of the governing political party – UKARP  or the United Kingdom Against Rabbit Population), complicating Peter’s job as a Rabbit Spotter, and forcing him to take a stand, moving from unconscious … Read More The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde

Even Stranger by Marilyn Messik

“I thought I’d knocked him out, but in a flash he’d turned on to all fours and was crawling swiftly, spider-like, back towards us. He still held the knife, so I set fire to the handle. The wood flamed and he hissed in pain but didn’t let go. It was all turning rather awkward.” Having first met Stella as a child in Relatively Strange … Read More Even Stranger by Marilyn Messik