#BookReview By Lou of Cooking the Books #ChristmasAnthology By #HobeckAuthors @HobeckBooks #Christmas #Shortstories with #Recipes #Charity #TrussellTrust

Cooking The Books
By Hobeck Authors

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Cooking is Criminal when it comes to Cooking The Books By various authors who are published by Hobeck Books have banded together to create short stories, covering every type of crime fiction, with their favourite recipes, all in one fun and twisty anthology this Christmas. Essentially a crime and cookbook all rolled into one.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE TRUSSELL TRUST (find out more about this charity after my review)
Follow down to the blurb and my review below…

Thanks first to Hobeck Books for inviting me to review on this last day of the blog tour and for the book. 


If an army marches on its stomach, what do crime fiction authors do? Here’s your answer, an exclusive collection of recipes from the Hobeck Books authors team served with a dash of brilliant flash fiction too…

If you love a dribble of ketchup or a drizzle of raspberry jus with your fiction, then this is the cookery book for you.

Discover the delights of mouth-watering Maltese rabbit pasta and luscious lamb in coffee. Or dare to sample chicken wings more deadly than a game of chilli roulette.

Then there’s the story of how a midnight cheese, cucumber and salad cream sandwich helped launch Hobeck itself.

This collection guarantees stomach rumbles and belly roils, and all proceeds help others through the Trussell Trust and their network of foodbanks across the UK.


Put in a mixing bowl – Hobeck Authors and Publishers, a spoonful of each sub-category of crime fiction, throw in some recipes people can create real meals from, stir vigorously and bake at a high heat and what is produced is –
Cooking The Books, full of twist tales full of crime and mayhem and authors favourite recipes you can make at home or wherever you may be

There are introductions to each type of crime fiction before each twisty, entertaining
Each introduction is written in recipe form!

Then enter each twisty story, one by one and solve the crime!

Then get busy in the kitchen as at the end of every story is a real recipe you can make from home. The recipes are the authors favourites. I, myself have found a couple I’m definitely going to cook.

There is also an interesting and exquisite foreword by author – RC Brigstock that is sure to get readers in the mood for many types of crime this Christmas.

So, get  your killer kitchen utensils out and bind together with a great dollop of crime fiction to solve the crimes, and with the enticing recipes, you can have the added bonus of eating along the way.

Remember too, this publisher – Hobeck Books is giving back. They are donating All Proceeds to The Trussell Trust that helps those in need with food.

Links to The Trussell Trust   and     Hobeck Books



#BookReview By Lou of The Confession By Maureen Myant @maureenmyant @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction #Thriller #PoliceProcedural #PsychologicalThriller

The Confession
By Maureen Myant

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Today, I’m reviewing the mind blowing, twisty crime fiction book – The Confession, thanks to Hobeck Books for inviting me to review. Discover the blurb and my review below…


A house on a quiet street on the southside of Glasgow. Neat, terraced homes with manicured lawns and pruned trees. Not the sort of place that reeks of decay or where dead bluebottles pile up on a windowsill.

When the police break in, there’s a surprise in store for them. They find Julie Campbell’s decaying body at her desk, her laptop open beside her. She’s a well-liked, respectable woman. On the laptop is a confession – to five murders. There’s one major problem though – only one of the victims she names is actually dead.

DI Mark Nicholson is persuaded by his boss DCI Alex Scrimgeour that the confession is a fantasy, and to drop the case, but Mark senses there’s more to it than meets the eye. As he delves further, the darkest of secrets are revealed, and everyone around him is dragged into a vortex of fear, danger and murder. No one is beyond suspicion as The Confession becomes a murderous reality.


The Confession plays with the mind. Set in Glasgow, Scotland, one of its nicer parts, it is part police procedure, part psychological thriller in flavour. There’s a confession that has been made to murders. It’s there in black and white. It’s up to DI Mark Nicholson and DCI Alex Scrimgeour to investigate. This is when it gets twisty as the confession isn’t all it seems…
It is an intriguing concept to have a confession note, whereby its author confesses to more than 1 murder and yet the people are still walking, living and breathing and very much still alive on planet earth. The police, naturally want to let the confession note lie, except there is that pull to investigate further, especially for DI Nicholson even though profiles just don’t fit into the more usual way of things, which makes it even more mysterious.

As secrets worm their way out of the woodwork and the question as to whether the author of the confession note is a serial killer or not and who might be next, as the killings truly begin, makes this a highly captivating and intriguing book.

#Review By Lou of The Unfamily By Linda Huber @LindaHuber19 @HobeckBooks #Thriller #DomesticNoir #PsychologicalThriller

The Un-Family
By Linda Huber

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Today I have a review of the Un-Family, a twisty psychological thriller by Linda Huber, thanks to Hobeck Books for inviting me to review.

For better, for worse

Wildlife vet Holly’s life seems blissful: husband Dylan is the man of her dreams, she has a rewarding career and a lovely home. And yet, a tiny niggle is growing daily. Dylan is becoming increasingly remote – but why? Holly is determined to mend the fissure in their relationship. But a shocking discovery changes everything…  

Family ties

Then there’s Dylan’s family: his wayward twin Seth and their widowed mother Elaine, who is rather fond of a glass or two of sherry. Nothing in Elaine’s life is easy, bringing up teenage granddaughter Megan while the family grieves the loss of Megan’s mother.

Family lies

A tragic event rocks the foundations of the family, and Holly’s life starts to unravel. Dylan drifts ever further away. Megan is left uncertain and alone, while Seth falls deeper into himself.

The bonds that once bound the family together are breaking. Can they ever be repaired?


The Un-Family is a psychological thriller with an incredibly dysfunctional family at its heart. It’s a slow burner but it’s intriguing and a page-turner of secrets and lies, but the beginning and ending are explosive! The characters are deeply complex and authentic in feel and is an oddly compelling read. The themes include love, addiction and obsession.

This is how to watch one family implode. On the face of it, the family could be like any happy family. Holly is very happy with being a vet and her career is progressing well. Dylan is just the man she’d always desired. All on that, on the surface sounds like a perfect romance. Scrub that! This is dark, complex and twisty and there’s more than just a touch of toxicity in the air.

An event occurs that rocks the family and everything starts to fall apart in quite chilling and spectacular fashion as the family start to break apart. Instead of any of them coming together, they drift further apart and volatility emerges. Along with a volatile situation, the tension builds and has you gripping on to see how it could all end.

The Devil’s Bridge Affair By Rob Gittins @Gittins2Rob @HobeckBooks #Thriller #BlogTour #ParanormalThriller #Halloween

The Devil’s Bridge Affair

By Rob Gittins 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Today I am on the blog tour for The Devil’s Bridge Affair, a book that is compelling and not what you might expect in a crime fiction novel. It is full of surprises. It is written by an author who is known for screenwriting Eastenders, Casualty and much more. Thanks to the publisher – Hobeck Books for inviting me to review. Follow below for the blurb and my review.


Lightning splits the sky, night somersaulting into day
And in that moment, a life is lost…
The name of the Devil’s Bridge derives from a local legend, telling the story behind a bridge that was built centuries before for the town, built by the devil himself. But there was a price. The devil vowed to return at different times and in different guises with dark consequences for those who live in the bridge’s shadow.
Most in the town believe it to be just a colourful local story; a flight of fancy. Dark deeds can happen anywhere – and there’s no such thing as the devil.
Then a massive scandal, involving a schoolboy and his English teacher, hits the community, and even the most die-hard of sceptics begin to wonder if a devil-like figure is walking in their midst.


The Devil’s Bridge Affair is a thriller with a little bit of the supernatural. The name of the bridge is enough to send spine-chilling tingles down the spine. It becomes more than that. The bridge has a legend attached it. This legend is that it was built by the devil as part of a deal that a promise is kept. It is also said that the devil will return at different points in time..

The book goes back and forth in time, with various points of view. Ethan is a main person. He is a teenager with separated parents. His dad has even moved in with the school teacher! Relationships are complex amongst the characters but well-written.

Nia – Ethan’s mum has noticed a change in behaviour in her son and wants to know what is going on. The revelations are startling, putting the teacher a bit more into the plot, which thickens with criminal misdemeanours, which brings events at Devil’s Bridge more into the fore.

The paranormal doesn’t often attract me to a book of any sort, even as a sub-genre, but occasionally I’ll foray into such territories and this is actually rather compelling. The fact is that this is a tightly knitted thriller. There are many twists and turns and the end throws in the biggest twist ever!


#Review By Lou of Cousin Ash By S.E. Shepherd @HobeckBooks #Thriller #Suspense #CousinAsh #Blogtour

Cousin Ash
By SE Shepherd

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Today I am excited to be on the blog tour for Cousin Ask, thanks to Hobeck Books inviting me and for a copy of the book for this suspenseful thriller




Were they also Ash’s last words?

A chance meeting with a school friend of Lottie’s brings Hannah a new case. She’s confident Sandlin Private Investigations can find out who’s responsible for the recent threats at Eliza’s house. But, as she and Lottie begin to unravel the facts of the present case, they also find themselves involved in a longstanding mystery.

Three cousins, once as close as siblings.

Ash, the black sheep
Grieving Ash loved her dad deeply, but swore no one else understood her. She’s been missing for twelve years, and is now presumed dead.

Eliza, the peacemaker
Eliza, rebuilding her life after heartbreak, inherits everything.

Scott the ‘baby’
Scott, broken and bitter, inherits nothing.

What made Auntie Miriam so angry that she left nothing in her will to Scott? And why did Scott and Eliza make a pact all those years ago never to admit the truth about the disappearance of their cousin Ash?

Ash may be presumed dead, but somehow, she’s still causing trouble. Ultimately, the case can’t be solved without answering the question – what really happened the last time the three cousins were all together in Lullaby Woods?


Cousin Ash is missing and the question is, what really happened? What occurred in Lullaby Woods?

This is the second book in the Sandlin series, the first is Swindled. It’s a strong second book that  intrigues and grips, piquing curiosity in the lives of the characters, who have many issues surrounding grief in many forms and money. 

Eliza and Scott are no longer close and Eliza is point blank adamant he will not receive any money, so is determined not to follow her aunt’s wishes. Scott however feels very entitled  Then there’s Ryan – Eliza’s ex husband. He’s all partnered up and kiddied up. As if him moving away from Eliza and leading a new chapter in his life isn’t enough for Eliza to cope with, he’s now wanting her money. 

Things take a more sinister turn when Eliza starts to feel threatened as she gets left weird messages, gifts and signs such as her fence being vandalised. Hannah Sandlin PI is soon on the case. It is quite some case to unravel and as it does, it holds quite a lot of suspense. There are secrets, money disputes, and Ash’s disappearance all packaged up in a twisty, gripping plot that needs unravelled to reveal the concealed truths.



#BookReview By Lou of Verity Vanishes By A.B. Morgan @AliMorgan2304 @HobeckBooks #TeamHobeck #QuirkFiles #VerityVanishes #CrimeFiction #TheQuirks #BlogTour

Verity Vanishes
By A.B. Morgan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am excited to be on the blog tour for the third in the series of The Quirk Files (it can also be read as a standalone). It’s another rivetting read. Thanks to the publisher – Hobeck Books for inviting me to review. Find out more in the blurb and my review below.

Verity Vanishes


If you love Janice Hallett and Richard Osman, you are going to ADORE The Quirks!

The Quirks are back, and there is another crime to solve for P.Q. Investigations.

When Verity Hudson goes missing, Peddyr Quirk – with assistance from his effervescent wife Connie – investigates a strange new case which unfolds in an unsavoury part of town. It soon becomes apparent that they are not the only ones looking for Verity.

A freelance researcher is searching for her birth mother.

An influential man of power and money is desperate to find his estranged sister.

A local politician is determined to expose a hidden tragedy.

A TV journalist will stop at nothing to expose the true story … if it can be uncovered.

Where is Verity, who is Verity, and who will find her first?


I’ve read a few books about the Quirks now (this is book 3 of The Quirk Files), and I have come to be caught up in the charm of them. This series is absolutely a must read, if you are a fan of Richard Osman. The characterisation is full, deep and yet quirky and it may make readers want to belong in Peddyr and Connie’s world of private investigation.

The book starts with a secret, now uncovered! A huge one that you just know will change someone’s life and the way they believed it was, forever! The opening paragrapgh is like a bolt of lightning striking that you didn’t see coming, and Cara certainly wasn’t prepared for.

There also seems to be something about Verity that everyone is interested in the fact she mysteriously disappears such as tv channel, Channel 7 wants to follow the investigation, a local politician has a keen interest and so does a family who has a lot of wealth.
The Quirks are on the case, so have the heaviest involvement to solve it. They have their wokr cut out. When people are questioned about Verity’s disappearance, for all that so many eyes are on the case, so few people are willing to actually talk when questioned, so they need to look elsewhere for information. The mystery is sinister and keeps you guessing as to what happened and keeps you reading to find out the truth and if Verity can be found and in what state as she isn’t necessarily like how she first appears. There are many layers and emotions to this compelling mystery.

Throughout, the Quirks – Peddyr and Connie are a good team to follow and work together well as they bounce ideas off each other to solve a case and uncover secrets and lies and clues. There area few laughs to be had too. It’s quite cosy in the style of chat between them and this makes them quite endearing to read more about them.

Overall, Verity Vanishes has crime, layers of lives with hidden secrets and lots of  heart sandwiched between the quirky cover. It oozes with a rivetting plot!

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