Police procedural at its finest

I’m a big fan of Marion Todd’s DI Clare Mackay series, which continues to go from strength to strength. In her fourth book, published today, the St Andrews based team are faced with a series of puzzling murders. As step by step they establish the links between the victims, we’re taken in and out of homes, offices and bars, through the town and along the coastline.… Read the rest

BANKING ON MURDER – The Parker Sisters Mysteries – Book 1 by J.D. WHITELAW

Thank you to Red Dog Press for including Ally’s Book Reviews in the blog tour. It’s been a delight to read this book – and I would go as far as to say it’s absolutely my favourite book of the year – read on to see why. Ally

The official blurb…

Martha Parker runs a small private detective agency in Glasgow with her two sisters, Helen and Geri.… Read the rest

SINS OF THE FATHER by SHARON BAIRDEN

The Official Blurb…….

Lucas Findlay thinks he has struck gold when he marries Rebecca, but she married him for one reason only – to destroy him.


Trauma runs deep
When her past comes back to haunt her, Rebecca begins to disconnect from herself and the world around her. As secrets are unearthed, she begins to fear for her sanity … and her life.Read the rest

Crime Feast December

Welcome to the December round-up of crime fiction goodies. Download it here:

This month you’re in for a real treat, with the release of Banking on Murder, the first in JD Whitelaw’s new Parker Sisters Mysteries series. Our review of Banking on Murder will appear in the Red Dog book blog tour on 12th December, but take our word for it – you are going to love this book!… Read the rest

A Dead Perfect 5 ⭐️ read

Our review

The DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten is fast becoming THE crime fiction binge read to get stuck into. 16th October sees the latest latest investigation, so make sure you get your hands on it. Perfect Dead gives us a glimpse of a particularly gruesome set of murders, and takes us into the mind of the killer as well as giving us a hair raising ride while he closes in on Maggie’s friend Kate.… Read the rest

It’s a 5 ⭐️read!

My review

Set for release on 24th August is the latest Inspector Jim Carruthers book from Tana Collins, In Deep Water. Having read an advance copy, I can say the series has gone from strength to strength, and this is by far my favourite one. There’s a particular depth to this fifth book, not only with the character development that’s grown with the series, but also in the brooding Isle of May – a mysterious and perfect setting for the story.… Read the rest

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fab new read

This month I’m delighted to recommend to you Lies to Tell by Marion Todd, published by Canelo on 25th June. In fact, I’m recommending the whole series.

Marion Todd’s Detective Clare Mackay series is fast becoming a favourite of mine. It follows DI Clare Mackay, who is determined to make a new start in Fife following a difficult episode in her Glasgow life and career.… Read the rest

Recommended new read for May

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Each month in the Crime Scene Newsletter I preview a new release for the coming month. In May’s newsletter, I looked at Small Mercies by Alex Walters, published by Canelo on 11th May.

This is the first book in Alex Walters’ new Detective Annie Delamere Series.

Book info

A killer is sending a message – but for who?… Read the rest