When the night train pulled into Paris, she was dead. And the riddle began . . .

A beautiful young woman lies sprawled on her berth in the sleeping car of the night train from Marseille to Paris. She is not in the embrace of sleep, or even in the arms of one of her many lovers. She is dead. And the unpleasant task of finding her killer is handed to overworked, crime-weary police detective Pierre ‘Grazzi’ Grazziano, who would rather play hide-and-seek with his little son than cat and mouse with a diabolically cunning, savage murderer.Sébastien Japrisot takes the reader on an express ride of riveting suspense that races through a Parisian landscape of lust, deception and death. With corpses turning up everywhere, the question becomes not only who is the killer, but who will be the next victim .





What you think might be a straight forward ‘whodunnit’ soon becomes an absorbing and twisty tale as you try and second guess just exactly what did happen on that train when a young woman is found murdered. She’d been strangled and there are very few clues around so the case facing Det Pierre Grazziano is anything but straightforward!

I loved the setting and the process that the Detective goes through to try and work out the happenings on that overnight train. He has to interview passengers who were on the train and work through their recollections of the murder victim – any tiny piece of information can help him try and make sense of it all and you’re taken along for the ride as he tries to put all the pieces together.

His investigation is hindered by more murders and I love how the story takes you down one path before throwing another curveball your way to muddy the waters! It’s only a short book as well and I’m amazed at the depth of plot that was allowed to be explored!

A twisty, dark thriller and I loved it!


My thanks to the team at Gallic Books for the advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.


#BlogTour #BookReview Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone

Delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for this fabulous read so my thanks to the author, publisher Orenda and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of the fun!


In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

Publication Date – 22nd May 2018

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Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His eighth novel, Crash Land, was published by Faber & Faber in November 2016. His previous book, The Jump, was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel. Gone Again(2013) was an Amazon bestseller and Hit & Run (2012) and was an Amazon #1 as well as being selected as a prestigious Fiction Uncovered winner. Smokeheads (2011) was nominated for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award. Before that Doug published two novels with Penguin, Tombstoning (2006) and The Ossians (2008). His work has received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, William McIlvanney, Megan Abbott and Christopher Brookmyre.

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A gripping read from start to finish! Atmospheric and filled with attitude!

I found this to be an exhilirating read – a crime fiction whodunnit filled with lies, surprises and big twists to take you by surprise!! I loved the short and snappy chapters which really helped with the flow of the story.

Surtsey is a volcanologist who is having an affair with her married boss and when she finds his body after they arrange to meet, she stays silent and leaves his body there to be discovered. A little lie… a seismic secret!! And that is when the text messages to her begin. ‘I know you were there’ starts it off and leaves Surtsey struggling to remain in control knowing that there is someone out there who knows about their secret.

It is difficult to feel much sympathy for Surtsey as she is quite a prickly character, lacking emotion and does things her way, but the way every decision she makes seems to be for the worst does take its’ toll and you are left doubting all she does and the reasons why! The text messages keep on coming and they soon become more threatening. It is definitely a book that you can see that is perfect for a tv or movie adaptation!! A fabulous thriller!!