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From Sorrow’s Hold
By Jonathan Peace

Rating: 5 out of 5.

.From Sorrow’s Hold is mysterious, heartfelt and compelling. It is out now! Today I am joining the blog tour on Publication Day for the second in the series of crime books by Jonathan Peace, and going back in time to the 1980’s. Find out more about it in the blurb and my review below. Then find out a little about the author and how he is a “cat dad”, as well as social media links you can click into.
Thanks first to the publisher, Hobeck Books for inviting me to review.

From Sorrow's Hold

Blurb

December, 1988

Christmas beckons
What should be a time of excitement and joy is forever tainted when a teenager’s body is found in the graveyard of Ossett’s Holy Trinity Church.

A suspected suicide
As they respond to the devastating event, WDCs Louise Miller and Elizabeth Hines, together with psychologist Karla Hayes, each use their own experiences of suicide to help the wider community as it struggles to understand the terrible choice that was made.

Another missing teenager
Louise starts to believe there is something even more sinister behind the events…

Review

Firstly, Happy Publication Day to Jonathan Peace.
Secondly, you’ll have seen that cover! It has atmosphere and is a bit spine-tingling in the chilling sense. It sets the scene well as the book itself is atmospheric.
This is a hard-hitting book to say the least and yet compulsive. The 1980’s style of policing makes for a great series. Think Life On Mars with extra tension and grittiness. Although it is set at Christmas, the book feels fine to read at any time of year for the crime-solving.

From Sorrow’s Hold is the second in the series (the first was Dirty Little Secret), often what authors say is that “tricky book”, but this author has cracked it! He captures the time period well and hooks you in with another great mystery. It would read well as a stand-alone for the mystery, but also as part of the series for the main character thread. The character development grows in this book and it’s great getting to know more about WDC Louise Miller, who is hardworking, strong but also has her own personal issues. This time she is on a new case because a teenager has reportedly committed suicide. The mystery then really turns up a few notches as there are questions surrounding this that need answering and it all may not be quite as straight-forward as it first seems. Elizabeth Hines, her work partner and Karla Hayes, the psychologist drafted in to help with her interesting insights and knowledge in what is a heartbreaking, dark case, that has more twists than what WDC Miller and her team were expecting. The further and deeper the case takes her team, the more sinister it becomes and the more compelling to read it is.
I recommend this series and you can grab your copy from today!

About The Author

Jonathan Peace is a husband, cat-dad and author of the WDC Louise Miller novels.

A Yorkshire lad at heart, Jonathan sets his novels in a fictionalised version of his hometown of Ossett, West Yorkshire, during the 1980’s. He now lives and works out of his home in Derbyshire, where he shares his writing office with his author wife, Lucy, and their three cats.

You can find him across the socials at the following:

Website: https://www.jpwritescrime.com

Twitter: @JPwritescrime

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JPwritescrime

Subscribe to his newsletter for monthly updates at: Jonathan Peace Newsletter

Hobeck Books: https://www.hobeck.net/

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Dirty Little Secret
By Jonathan Peace

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dirty Little Secret is gritty, entertaining and packs a twisty punch. It’s a great police procedural debut novel.
Find out more in the blurb and my review below. Thanks to the publisher – Hobeck Books for inviting me to review and for gifting me to book.

Dirty Little Secret cover

Blurb

March 1987
Ossett, West Yorkshire
A town of flower shows, Maypole parades and Sunday football games. Behind all the closed doors and drawn curtains live hidden truths and shameful lies.

A body is found
WDC Louise Miller’s first case as detective in her hometown is hampered by the sexism and misogyny of small-town policing. Her four years on the force in Manchester have prepared her for this. Along with ally WPC Elizabeth Hines, the pair work the case together.

What truths lie hidden?
As their inquiries deepen, the towns secrets reveal even darker truths that could lead to the identity of the killer. But when a second girl goes missing, Louise realises that some secrets should stay hidden.

Review

Be prepared to be transported to the 1980’s, an era captured well by Peace, with its telephone boxes (one which a body is found) and terminology. This is Jonathan Peace’s debut novel and also his main character’s first job in her new location in West Yorkshire – WDC Louise Miller. She had perviously been working in Manchester, so the transfer is quite a change of scene for her.
The year is 1987 and the opening date is Friday the 13th, adding a bit of a chill to the spine and even more so with some gruesome murders.


WDC Miller works with WPC Hines, the only other female on this West Yorkshire force. They get a bit of flack from the male officers, but they’re strong women and it’s nothing that they can’t handle. WDC Miller is compassionate, hardworking (since she has to give 110% at the very least) and is full of tenacity. She’s a great character to follow for a series of books.


There is a lot of authenticity to the writing, which immediately draws you in with its style. It’s a bit like Life on Mars like in characterisations which makes it quite entertaining and there are several twists in its grittiness. There are also references to real-life past cases, which adds to the atmosphere and interest in this fast-moving plot where all sorts of secrets begin to unravel, some of which were hidden for quite some time…

I recommend this book and there are more to come from Jonathan Peace.