The Houseshare – coming soon!

Publication date – 16th August.

Her perfect new start just became her biggest nightmare…

Opening the door to her new home, Libby can’t believe she can afford such a beautiful place. As her new landlord follows her into the bright, open living room, watching her every more, she feels so lucky she spotted the ad online.

‘You’re just the tenant I’ve been looking for,’ the landlord tells her as he drops the keys into her hand. Libby smiles as she unpacks her small suitcase and thinks about the troubled life she has just walked out on.

Days later, Libby is woken by the sound of her neighbours arguing through the wall. As she listens to their angry words, she swears she hears her name mentioned. Why would they be talking about her?

As the weeks pass, Libby can’t help but feel that someone is watching her and when she hears that the last girl who rented her apartment before her vanished without trace, she starts to double lock her door every night. Then she finds a handwritten message in her apartment telling her she’s in danger, and her new home no longer feels like the safe haven it once was. Did someone from Libby’s past follow her here? And just how safe is she behind closed doors?

If you love gripping psychological thrillers like Gone Girl and Mark Edwards’s Here to Stay, you’ll be blown away by The Houseshare. Addictive, tense and with an ending you won’t see coming, you’ll be up all night turning the pages.

(Previously published as To Let but it has had a fabulous rework and makeover!)






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Stealing Foxy by Isabella Bright – review.


A toxic family,

An inheritance,

And a deep dark secret.

Rachel and her husband Gabriel are living the dream in an old stone farmhouse in south west France. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, life is bucolic bliss, or would be if it weren’t for threats from Rachel’s vindictive brother, Truck, whom she hasn’t seen since their father’s funeral when Truck warned her he might kill her.

Rachel, Truck, and their two sisters have recently finished sorting out their inheritance from their late parents. Grudges, jealousy and suspicion all raise their gargoyle heads, and when Truck discovers Rachel’s address and threatens to visit her ‘grand-arse house and all it contains,’ she’s convinced she might end up dead.

My thoughts

Wow! Stealing Foxy was an entertaining gem to read. It had its tense moments, heartbreaking moments and lashings of dark humour. Each character shone as the story developed.

I loved the old man in the car and everything he brought to the plot. As for Rachel and Gabriel, I easily connected with them. The setting in which the story was told painted a stunning picture in my mind. This idyllic French house in need of sprucing up tantalised my senses. It was like I could feel the breeze on the sunflowers. And Foxy, aww! Saying no more.

There were a few moments when the words, ‘what the hell?’ slipped into my mind. I couldn’t see how everything was going to get resolved which sent my pulse racing. ‘Stealing Foxy’ is fabulous and fun. It’s darkly delightful and a must read. A definite recommendation from me!

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A Tuscan Memory by Angela Petch – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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A Tuscan Memory by Angela Petch – review.


Italy, 1923. In a tiny hamlet nestled in the Tuscan mountains, farmers gather after a hard day in the meadows, and children’s laughter rings across the square: but one little boy does not join in their play. Behind his deep brown eyes hides a heartbreaking secret…

Ninety years later. When elderly Giselda Chiozzi discovers a lost little boy, curled up asleep in the beech forest outside her grand but empty home, she can’t help but take pity on him. It’s been a long time since she had a visitor. Waking up to her kind smile and the warming smell of Italian hot chocolate, Davide soon blurts out what drove him into the cold Tuscan night: how he’s different from everyone else, he’s never belonged anywhere, and now his beloved mother is ill.

Giselda promises to help Davide trace his family history – she knows better than anyone that connecting with your roots can ground you in the present – and hopes it will make Davide realise that home is where he truly belongs. Together the unlikely pair discover the story of Davide’s great-grandfather, Giuseppe Starnucci, a young boy who spent his days milking cows, helping with the harvest, and hammering horseshoes in the forge. But after a terrible incident that changed his life forever, Giuseppe also ran away.

David is overjoyed to find a connection with someone from his family at long last, but when Giselda uncovers the shocking reason why little Giuseppe fled to start a new life, she has an impossible decision to make. Telling Davide the truth about his great-grandfather could persuade him to go back home where he belongs. But could it also tear the family apart? All Giselda knows is that she must save this lost boy before her own time runs out and he is left alone for good…

Inspired by true stories of rural Italian life, this absolutely stunning historical read is perfect for fans of Dinah Jeffries, Rhys Bowen, and anyone who’s ever longed to stroll beneath the cypress trees and taste the fresh mountain air of Tuscany.

Previously published as Now and Then in Tuscany.

About the author

I live in the beautiful Italian Apennines for several months each year. Such an inspiring location.

My love affair with Italy was born at the age of seven when I moved with my family to Rome where we lived for six years. My father worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and he made sure we learned Italian and visited many places during that time.

Later on I studied Italian at the University of Kent at Canterbury and afterwards worked in Sicily, where I met my husband. His Italian mother and British father met in Urbino in 1944 and married after a war-time romance.

I wanted to write “The Tuscan Secret” not only for my amazing mother-in-law, Giuseppina, but also to make people aware of the courage of the resistance fighters and the generous hospitality shown by the poorest of families, including relatives of our Italian neighbours in our corner of war-torn Tuscany.

This is my first novel and is a story about ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times. (Please note it is a revised version of “Never Forget” and “Tuscan Roots”). I was signed by wonderful BOOKOUTURE for a two-book deal and one of these was a slight re-write of “Tuscan Roots”. The new title is “The Tuscan Secret” and has more tension and intrigue to the story. I am so proud to be a part of this publishing “family”, as they describe themselves, who have patiently helped me to polish the original. It is available on Amazon and has reached the bestseller slots.

A sequel to this original book was self-published way back, at the end of April 2017. “Now and then in Tuscany” features the same family that appeared in “The Tuscan Secret”. The background is the transhumance, a practice that started in Etruscan times and continued right up until the 1950’s. STOP PRESS: This has a new title: A TUSCAN MEMORY, re-published by BOOKOUTURE SEPTEMBER 7TH 2020.

Watch out for another Tuscan, war novel. “The Tuscan Girl” was published on February 25th 2020, inspired by the many ruins I see on my walks in the Apennines. Each dilapidated house holds a story for me, whether true or invented. I’m delighted to announce that my publisher, Bookouture, has commissioned another two Italian novels from me for 2021 and 2022. Watch this space, as they say.

My research for all these novels has been greatly helped by my kind Italian, country friends, who have vivid memories of both the Second World War and the harsh times they endured in their childhoods.

Italy is a passion but my stories are not always set there. I have also written a novella about two fun-loving ladies of “a certain age” who live by the seaside in Sussex and get up to all kinds of adventures. “Mavis and Dot” were launched on December 1st 2018 at St Paul’s Centre, Worthing, West Sussex and have received fab reviews. I have a sequel in mind. All profits from sales go to research into cancer and I am pleased with the amounts that I’ve been able to deliver for this worthwhile charity. How many of us have lost friends and family through this vile disease?

My thoughts

What an amazing journey Angela Petch has taken me on with, ‘A Tuscan Memory.’ I enjoyed reading both the present day chapters and the historical chapters. It didn’t take long for me to become attached to the main characters and each of them had a moving story to tell.

One character who I totally loved was Giselda and I actually laughed out loud a few times. The sweary parrot was something else and her relationship with Davide was moving. Anna’s worries had me gripped and I couldn’t wait for them to discover the truths. There’s heartbreak galore.

If you’re after an epic journey of discovery, an authentic walk through Tuscan life and lots of emotion, then this book will take you there. Fantastic!

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Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross – review.

Date of publication – 28 April.



Discretion is of the utmost importance.
Special conditions apply.

When Sarah Larsen answers the Bird family’s advertisement, her life changes overnight.

The job seems like a dream come true: nannying in a glamorous penthouse apartment with a salary that adds several zeroes to her current income.

Sarah signs the contract binding her to complete secrecy without a second thought. These are important people, after all – they can’t be too careful about who they let into their home.

All is well until events in Sarah’s life begin to take a sinister turn and the trail leads back to the Birds. She soon realises there’s something very strange about the family.

But by then, is it too late for her?

A completely gripping psychological thriller from the author of the number one bestseller The Stepdaughter. Perfect for fans of The Nanny, The Couple Next Door and The Family Upstairs.

About the author

Georgina Cross is the author of THE STEPDAUGHTER and THE MISSING WOMAN, Bookouture, Hachette Publishing, and NANNY NEEDED, to be published October 5, 2021, with Bantam, Penguin Random House. 3 more books will publish in 2022. All works are psychological suspense/thriller.

She is represented by Rachel Beck with Liza Dawson Associates with her books appealing to readers of The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle, The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth, and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Georgina has been writing since she was a child. Notebooks & printed pages filled with stories: adventures growing up in New Orleans and tales from Malaysia & England where her family lives. After graduating from Louisiana State University, she enjoyed a career in marketing & communications and founded Susie’s Wish non-profit which sends patients with life threatening illnesses to the beach. She spends time with her husband and their combined family of four sons watching scary movies and basketball tournaments and is thrilled to be a full-time author.

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My thoughts

This book was impossible to put down! What a triumph. I loved the set up – young woman in crippling debt, a job opportunity too good to be true. The whole Bird family set-up had my hairs on end and I couldn’t work out why during the introductions. The tone was well and truly set.

Sarah was an amazing character to follow, I genuinely liked her. I felt all her bumps in the road. Also, the writing was brilliant, clear and fast, just what you need in a thriller. This book is definitely a one or two sitting read. It was for me.

Another element of the book that entranced me was the New York setting. I enjoyed following Sarah’s day to day life through this fabulous city. Then there was the penthouse that was both creepily claustrophobic and, charming and entrancing.

‘Nanny Needed’ is a gripping psychological thriller which will literally have your jaw dropping as the revelations play out. Super read!

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The Lighthouse Girls by BR Spangler – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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Find Me – coming soon!

I’m thrilled to share the cover for Find Me! I hope you love it as much as I do. It will be released on the 14 July but can be pre ordered now.


I’ll never forget that day. It was blisteringly hot, and I begged our mother for an ice cream. As we left you with Dad, I didn’t know it would be the last time I saw your face. Minutes later, we returned to the end of the pier where we had parked your pushchair. Dad was asleep on a bench, and your little pink blanket was empty. You had vanished.

Twenty-five years later. The morning of the anniversary of Jess’s disappearance starts like every other for her sister Kate – a rushed school run, a cold cup of coffee and a quick scan of the news for updates. But when her phone beeps with a message from an unknown number, everything changes.

I know what happened to Jess.

Finally, Kate’s a step closer to getting answers to the questions that have tormented her for so long. Why was her mother so angry that day? How did her father sleep through his own daughter’s abduction? And when the police car came screeching towards the pier, how is it that nobody saw a single thing?

As she drives her young family to the seaside town to meet the mystery messenger, she feels uneasy. Who are they and why did they reach out now? But before Kate finds out, history repeats itself and her world is turned upside down once more.

Then Kate receives one final, terrifying message… will her pursuit of the truth cost the lives of everyone she has ever loved?

This completely unputdownable psychological thriller will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Wife Between Us.






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The Lighthouse Girls by BR Spangler – review.


The girl shivers in the boat, trying to hold back her sobs as the man silently rows them towards the lighthouse under a dark sky. She thinks desperately of her big sister, how they’d laughed just a few hours before as they rode the Ferris wheel at the funfair. Will she ever see her again?

When the body of a teenage girl is found abandoned on a beach by a lighthouse in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Detective Casey White is first on the scene. Breaking the news to the heartbroken parents, Casey is distraught to learn of a second tragedy: the girl’s eight-year-old little sister Shawna is missing too.

Searching the lighthouse building, Casey soon finds traces that Shawna was kept there: her clothes, a teddy bear. Someone has been keeping her alive, but where have they taken her?

When she learns that the girls were together at a visiting funfair the night they were taken, Casey races to interview the workers, but is only met with silence and turned backs. Digging into old cases, Casey’s blood runs cold as she realises there’s been a murder in the same location as the travelling fair going back years.

Now the funfair has disappeared without trace. Thinking back to a shadowy figure she noticed by the hall of mirrors, Casey is certain when they find the fair, they will find the killer hiding in plain sight. But with the whole town terrified for their daughters, can Casey hunt them down before it’s too late for little Shawna?

An absolutely unputdownable thriller that will have you gasping at the twists and turns. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner and Robert Dugoni will be completely addicted.

About the author

B.R. Spangler is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Mysteries and Crime Thrillers.

A resident of Virginia with a wonderful family, including five cats, two birds and a lizard. During the day, the hours are filled with engineering work. Off hours, time is spent writing, editing, and thinking up the next great story.

With too many stories to write, books are split across pen names, writing crime thrillers, science fiction, horrors, paranormal and contemporary fiction.

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My thoughts

I loved this fantastic murder mystery. The setting provided the perfect tone for the whole book. The eerie seascape, the lighthouse and the visiting funfair gave me the shivers. That opening chapter – chilling!

The lead detective, Casey, drove the investigation. I very much enjoyed being in her head and seeing the story unfold through her eyes. The team dynamics between her, Jericho and Tracey felt natural, and I devoured the pages that developed their relationships.

There were emotions aplenty to be had. I bounced from tense, to sad, to biting my nails. ‘The Lighthouse Girls’ is an unputdownable read with many frantic rollercoaster moments. Perfect for those who love a whodunnit.

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The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce – review.


Sadie loves her daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.

She can’t tell her why they had to leave home so quickly – or why Robin’s father won’t be coming with them to London.

She can’t tell her why she hates being back in her dead mother’s house, with its ivy-covered walls and its poisonous memories.

And she can’t tell her the truth about the school Robin’s set to start at – a school that doesn’t welcome newcomers.

Sadie just wants to get their lives back on track.

But even lies with the best intentions can have deadly consequences…

About the author

Harriet Tyce was born and grew up in Edinburgh. She graduated from the University of Oxford in 1994 with a degree in English Literature before gaining legal qualifications. She worked as a criminal barrister for ten years, leaving after the birth of her first child. She completed an MA in Creative Writing – Crime Fiction at UEA where she wrote Blood Orange, which is her first novel.

My thoughts

I can’t believe how drawn into Sadie’s new life I became. The fact that she’d come such a long way from her old home, and that something big had happened made me sit up to attention. As I whizzed through the pages, I found myself becoming more agitated by the horrible school gate parents. But soon, the plot thickened. I couldn’t put this book down.

I loved reading the chapters between Robin and Sadie and I felt every painful moment of Sadie trying to balance work with looking after her daughter. So many parents will relate.

This was a speedy psychological thriller that provided me with hours of entertainment. Loved it!

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Verity by Colleen Hoover – review. via @CKovachAuthor

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover – review.


Are you ready to stay up all night? Rebecca meets Gone Girl in this shocking, unpredictable thriller with a twist that will leave you reeling . . .

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already-grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue loving her . . .

About the author

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of multiple novels and novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

My thoughts

Ooh, I can’t express how drawn in I was by this book. It was so immersive I have no idea where the time went. The Verity chapters were enthralling and the complexity of her character had me thinking all sorts.

This is a book that delves deep. It’s gave me the chills too. How Lowen stayed in that house was beyond me. I literally devoured the pages over two settings and I can’t recommend this book enough.

If you love psychological thrillers, this isn’t a book to be missed. It’s a master of its genre. Truly spellbinding!

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The Killer’s Family by Miranda Smith – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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The Killer’s Family by Miranda Smith – review.

Publication date – 31.3


We should never have kept our father’s secret.

Before, my sisters and I were close. Now, a year after our father’s funeral, we barely speak to each other. Molly won’t accept the truth. Rachel can’t forgive him. And I spend all my time digging through his life, trying to understand.

Then we hear the news. A woman has been found by the docks, her wedding ring stolen. The reporter says it appears the local serial killer has returned…

But I know that can’t be right, because I know who the killer was.

Henry Martin. Our father.

Someone is sending us a message. Someone knows we lied.

Now my sisters and I must work together to find out who is targeting us. How do they know what we’ve hidden? What do they want? And what other secrets lie buried in the past, putting us all in danger?

A brilliantly twisty suspense thriller that will have you flying through the pages and gasping at the twist. Fans of Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware will love The Killer’s Family.

About the author

Miranda Smith writes psychological suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations, complicated women and dark impulses.

My thoughts

What a page turner! I was literally transfixed to The Killer’s Family from start to end. I just had to read into the early hours to find out what surprises this book held, and the shocks kept on coming.

The three main characters, Molly, Cara and Rachel totally immersed me in their predicament. I felt their shock, their heartache and their need to make all the decisions that they made.

The amount of thrills and chills were heart stopping. A serial killer, a haunting past, an abundance of imminent danger – all these sealed the deal that this is a fabulous thriller.

If you love a book that moves at pace, gives you the creeps and makes you say wow at every turn, don’t miss The Killer’s Family!

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The Kill List by MA Comley – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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The Kill List by MA Comley – review.


There’s a killer on the loose, but how is he choosing his targets?

DI Sara Ramsey is about to enter the toughest week of her life. Forced to put aside a catastrophic personal problem, Sara is determined to hunt down the ruthless killer.

Will a connection between the victims raise moral issues that push her to the limits professionally? And will Sara be scarred for life by the distressing news she receives whilst dealing with the complex case?

About the author

M A Comley is a KINDLE UNLIMITED ALL-STAR author as well as being a New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, she has topped the book charts on iBooks as a top 5 bestselling and reached #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. Over two and a half million copies sold world wide. She’s a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that’s when she turned her hobby into a career.

When she’s not writing crime novels as well as caring for her elderly mother, she’s either reading or going on long walks with her rescue pup Labrador, Dex.

Here is a list of her books, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice, Hostile Justice, Tortured Justice, Rough Justice, Dubious Justice, Calculated Justice, Twisted Justice, Prime Justice, Heroic Justice, Shameful Justice, Immoral Justice and Overdue Justice. There are several novellas and short stories in the series too.

No Right To Kill, Killer Blow, The Dead Can’t Speak, Deluded and The Murder Pact in the DI Sara Ramsey series.

Her other successful series are: The DI Sally Parker thriller series, which includes WRONG PLACE, NO HIDING PLACE, COLD CASE, Deadly encounter and Lost Innocence.

The DI Kayli Bright Trilogy – The Missing Children, Killer on the Run, Hidden Agenda, Murderous Betrayal and Dying Breath.


There are three books in the Intention series, Sole Intention, Grave Intention and Devious Intention.

Plus a couple of standalone novels – EVIL IN DISGUISE and FOREVER WATCHING YOU.

I’ve also penned a cozy mystery Private Investigator series – Murder at the Wedding, Murder at the Hotel and Murder by the Sea.

As well as co-authoring the Deception Series co-authored by fellow NY Times bestselling author, Linda S Prather Clever Deception, Tragic Deception and Sinful Deception.

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If you fancy a lighter read, why not try one of my romances: A Time to Heal, and A Time for Change–Based on a TRUE story. I also have a selection of short stories and novelettes available which I know you’ll enjoy.

You can find out more about me at the following blogs.

My thoughts

Ooh, what an opening! It left me open mouthed. The very nature of the crime let me know that there was going to be some hefty murderous business going on and boy was it terrifying. I think the title, ‘Kill List’, perfectly reflects the content.

Once again, Sara, Carla and Lorraine gave me hours of fast paced entertainment with their crime solving skills. The banter and chemistry was as strong as ever. Loved the case and the familiar characters.

Sara’s story was moving. So, so sad. What a heartbreaker.

If you love a story that gallops along and contains a gritty case, then put ‘Kill List’ on your list, now!

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White Boyfriend by LeeSha McCoy – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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