#BlogTour: The Authors Bookshelf Special Edition – Rebecca Bradley – Fighting Monsters @RebeccaJBradley

I’m at it again! combining a blog tour with The Bookshelf so you’re getting a sneaky extra bookshelf mid-week!

I want to ensure the book we’re here for, gets its time so before we start The Bookshelf here is a bit about Fighting Monsters


24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial.

For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.

But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.

Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?

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TitleFighting Monsters
Series: DI Hannah Robbins Series #3
Author: Rebecca Bradley
Genre: Mystery | Crime
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 15 February 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 280
Buy: Books2Read (will redirect you to your preferred supplier)

So, onto the books! Here is Rebecca’s bookshelf, enjoy…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

This is a difficult one. I started reading quite young. The books, in general, were Enid Blyton books. Famous Five and Secret Seven. I read a lot of them before moving on to the Nancy Drew books.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
A book with the most gorgeous white glossy cover. It was clean and simple and was pure white with a copper coloured key in the middle. That was it. The title and author were embossed white. It was stunning. Consent by Leo Benedictus.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
London Rules by Mick Herron. This is the latest in a brilliant spy series. I would recommend it any crime fan. Regardless of whether they think they enjoy spy books, this is different. His writing, his characters, they are alive, just brilliant!

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Last year I managed to read close to 200 books, so I’m slightly spoiled for choice! Though this is because I also listen to a lot of audiobooks. I’m addicted to them. You can listen to them even if you couldn’t possibly be sitting reading.


Okay, 5.


All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (Sci-Fi time travel, audiobook)


Unbroken: My story of survival from 7/7 Bombings to Paralympics by Martine Wright (non-fiction, audiobook)


The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (YA)


Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner (Crime)


Perfect Remains by Helen Fields (Crime)

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. I love everything she writes.

And, The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths because I adore this series.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

Into the Woods by John Yorke. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard nothing but great things about Yorke so I’m looking forward to digging into it.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

I think I probably have to say the first one, Shallow Waters because that is the one that started my writing career. Without it, I wouldn’t have the readers I have now and I wouldn’t be in the position I am now of writing a series I love, with characters I love to spend time with.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. That was a fantastic book. The main character drawn so fantastically well. It’s an amazing crime novel. Also, anything by David Jackson. Have you read him? Wow, his writing is – how many times can I use the word brilliant? I need to find another… but you get the point!

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

There is but it’s currently with my agent so I’m not sure on timeframes. It’s completely different to the DI Hannah Robbins series and it was a book I really wanted to write. I’m excited about releasing that one. Oh, and utterly terrified of course.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Rebecca Bradley’s Bookshelf

About Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day, and if she could she would survive on a diet of tea and cake.




The Bookshelf


Thanks so much for taking part in this blog tour special edition of The Bookshelf Rebecca.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right no

Blog Tour: Review: A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

Welcome to my stop on the A Criminal Magic Blog Tour, written by Lee Kelly and this is a book about magic in a time of prohibition. You can follow the tour over at Xpresso Book Tours.

THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new crossover fantasy novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

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Blog Tour: Review: Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry

Welcome to my stop on the Good Girl Bad Girl Blog Tour, written by Ann Girdharry and published by Create Space and Kindle Direct. I’m very pleased to be taking part on the and hope you enjoy my review.

Mother missing, the discovery of a powerful and corrupt syndicate and dark secrets about her father revealed leaves 28-year old Kal determined to pursue her own investigations, no matter what sinister truths she uncovers, in this intense psychological thriller.

Kal is convinced her investigative journalist mother must have been working on a controversial, and top level, news story, it is the only explanation for her sudden and suspicious disappearance. Although mistrustful of the police, Kal allows Detective Inspector Spinks, the officer assigned to her mother’s case, to accompany her when she visits her grandmother to break the news. What they don’t expect is to uncover a file of shocking research cataloguing the deviant activities of seven members of London’s political and business elite. Back on the streets of London, the survival instincts and specialist expertise she learned from her late father, kick into overdrive, as Kal resolves to not only find her mother but continue her work and unveil the conspiracy hidden amongst those in power.

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When Kal’s Mother goes missing she doesn’t trust the police to find her and employs the investigative skills she was taught as a child by her father to uncover what happened to her Mother.

Kal is a strong character who puts little trust in anybody. She follows clues her Mother has left to the highest levels and travelling between London and India, in the process putting herself in mortal danger.

Even with skills martial arts and highly skilled in reading body language she is up against some of the most powerful and highly trained people she possibly could be.

This isn’t my usual genre so I wasn’t 100% sure how I was going to get along with it. I found Kal a strong woman and I really liked her. I felt like she was the kind of person who would do what it took to achieve her goal and I have a lot of respect for characters like this.

I found the book quite heavy though and at times a little hard to read, this may be just because I was out of my depth with the genre though.

Overall, I found the plot twists really interesting and of great surprise and found the ending tied things up nicely and in an unexpected fashion.

Thank you very much to Ann Girdharry for a copy of the novel to review this book honestly for the blog tour.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

About Ann Girdharry:
Born and educated in the UK, Ann Girdharry is a trained psychotherapist and has worked as a manager in the not-for-profit sector for many years for agencies working with: carers, vulnerable older people and those with dementia, survivors of abuse, and victims of racism and racial attacks. Today she lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children. As well as her passion for writing, Ann enjoys gardening and is a member of her local roller blading club. Ann has previously published a series of short stories called Tales of the Unexpected (2015-2016). Her debut novel, and the first in the Kal Medi series, Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry (published by CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing 23rd August 2016 RRP £8.99 paperback, £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores.

Author Links: Facebook

TitleGood Girl Bad Girl
Series: N/A
Author: Ann Girdharry
Genre: Crime | Mystery
Publisher: Create Space & Kindle Direct
Publication Date: 7 July 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 346
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Blog Tour: Colette McBeth’s Three Favourite Non-Crime Books a Guest Post

The Life I Left Behind CoverWelcome to the BrizzleLass stop on the Headline Publishing tour of The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth. I am honoured to have a guest post from Colette McBeth herself about her three favourite books which don’t fall into the crime genre!

Title: The Life I Left Behind
Series: N/A
Author: Colette McBeth
Genre: Crime / Thriller
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication Date: 1 January 2015 (Paperback 13 August 2015)
Format: eBook / Hardcover / Paperback / Audio
Pages: 400
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones

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Book Review: Crossing the Line (The Firing Line #3) by Kierney Scott

Crossing the Line by Kierney ScottTitle: Crossing the Line
Series: The Firing Line (3/3)
Author: Kierney Scott
Genre:  Romance / Crime
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 2 June 2015
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones

Book Blurb:
Beth is still reeling from a hit ordered by ‘El Escorpion’, the notorious cartel leader she has relentlessly pursued for the last six years in her role as DEA agent. Reunited with her lover and undercover agent Torres, who is now her husband, and raising their adopted daughter Alejandra, she should be happier. But her role in the tragedy eats away at her, as does her final fling with her old partner Patterson, which she has hidden from Torres…

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Blog Tour: Crossing the Line by Kierney Scott

Thank you for stopping by on the Crossing the Line blog tour organised by Northern Star Book Promotions. If, like me, you’ve been reading The Firing Line books then you are eager to get your teeth into this final installment!
Today, I am over the moon to be able to welcome Kierney Scott to my blog for a Q&A about the book! Thank you so much to Kierney for taking the time to answer my questions and for writing such a wonderful series.

Title: Crossing the Line
Author: Kierney Scott
Genre: Romance / Crime
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 2 June 2015
Format: eBook
Pages: Not Specified
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US

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Review: Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor

Title: Blood Shadows
Author: Lindsay J. Pryor
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 20 November 2012
Format: eBook / Paperback / Audio
Pages: 382
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US

Book Blurb:
Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.

Continue reading Review: Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor