Bernie and the Beast

Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 10.43.13Genre: Thriller/Mystery


Haunted by his latest visions of a girl with green eyes, can Bernie tame the Beast before it’s too late? Before it kills again?





Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I haven’t read any of DM Wolfenden books before and she has six, including several shorter reads. Bernie and the Beast instantly caught my eye. Bernie can be a girl’s name, and the girl on the cover made me assume it was a Beauty and the Beast type story. I downloaded it before reading the description!

How wrong was I! Bernie was a male, and not a particularly likeable one. He was having visions and the author’s style of writing and descriptions instantly drew me in. Bernie visited run down pubs in the north of England and having been in similar ones, I could identify with the description. It was very authentic and the storyline intriguing.

Bernie was fascinating to observe however, the reader will guess what the visions are, and it doesn’t matter, the getting there kept me reading every page. I wasn’t wrong and by the time I reached the end of this great short read it was extremely satisfactory. I wanted to devour every word – a bit like Bernie really!

Well written and well worth downloading, especially if you love books, but don’t have much time to read.

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Deadly Games

Screen Shot 2018-04-07 at 15.49.16.pngGenre: Thriller Crime


Detective James Thornton has always had a way with women. Some say he’s a player. Others call him a man whore. But he’s mostly known as the best detective the Dutchess County P.D. has. For years he swore off relationships, fearing his career would put them in danger. That all changed the moment he met Alexa. In one night, she won him over, but in one weekend his world will shatter.

Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I found this book through Star PA Services where they have some great authors under their umbrella. It was the book description that grabbed me and I wasn’t disappointed – well not totally, but I’ll come to that.

I liked the fact that it was a novella. It is a fun read. I loved Detective James Thornton who find himself in an Agatha Christie type murder mystery. Bodies were falling over the place and his mind was on one thing – sex.

He was with a new girlfriend on a murder mystery weekend and hoped to spend most of the time in bed, except people kept dying and of course, he was a real detective.

It was a good fun read with plenty of humour and the only thing that let it down was the ending. It felt incomplete, but maybe because this is Book One of a series.

I would still recommend it as I think all of Andrew Hess’s books will be enjoyable as this one.

You can link up with Andrew on Goodreads or follow him on Amazon.

If you are tempted, you can find the book here – and I hope you are. If you do read it, please leave some comments here.

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The Queen and the Viper

30264878_179759992658481_3199527310105509888_o.jpgGenre: Crime Noir/Romance


Policewoman Peggy Ellen has secret – by night, she’s a caped vigilante, known as The Queen of Spades. Her city is crippled with crime, thanks to the notorious gang the House of Games.
When police Lieutenant Jack Malone and Peggy’s lover gets too close to uncovering the truth behind this band of criminals, it’s up to The Queen of Spades to rescue him.
Can she save him in time, or will her rescue plans fold like a house of cards?


Peggy didn’t move for a while, her agile brain was going over every detail she and Jack had gained together about the House along with everything she knew on the Contentment Killings, as they now seemed to be linked somehow. Her perfect face was now grim, as she moved seductively and sensuously over the deep-piled rug. Procured one of the fancy cigarette’s Jack had managed to smuggle to her from the police evidence lock-up and lighted it Filling her lungs with a fragrant smoke rumoured to be the personal favourite of a certain British Monarch, she didn’t care about that though, she just enjoyed the perfumed elegance of European living. She began to pace back and forth with almost cat like grace. Her mind racing, her brilliant mind sorting and filing the information she had to hand, in the hopes of finding a tangible connection to both solve the case and protect her man!

Jack’s lover was no simple dame. She was the furthest from what the normal socialite circles would call normal. As in the circles that mattered to Peggy through her city and the East Coast, she was known by another name ‘The Queen Of Spades’ and this queen was nearing thirty four. Which meant she was just to be majestic, with a perfect figure that would set men’s hearts ablaze as well as make and break a few hearts along the way. Her long golden hair and perfect face often crowned the socialite sections of all the major tabloids and broadsheets straight across the country. Yet know one was ever connected perfect little Peggy Ellen with The Queen Of Spades.”

23rd April is a big day as its publication day and here is the pre-order link

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City Central Tales, one of Adam’s other’s book was reviewed right here on Karen’s Book Buzz Blog and you can read it here.

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A Time to Kill

Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 18.39.49Genre: Police/Crime/thriller


A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdoniaare an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.

A killer hidden in plain sight.

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…

Karen’s Book Buzz Review

This is book 5 of a series. I haven’t read them all but have read Dead on Your Feet and Devil’s Kitchen and throughly enjoyed them, You can read my reviews by following the links.

This book didn’t disappoint and I enjoyed getting to know Inspector Ian Drake again. I particularly like that he has at last found a girlfriend. He is too nice a character to always have to put up with with his ex-wife. Although it was tricky trying to keep his dates and investigate a murder. He managed both, got his girl and got the killer in the end too.

The crime was the killing of an antique dealer and was centred around the Llanberis area of North Wales.

I must admit to struggling  with some of the character’s names. Heulwen Beard was one and in my head I was pronouncing is at Hoolwen. I hope that was right. The one I struggled with the most was Sioned. i couldn’t guess at that one. Was it Son-ed or Shaun -ed. Whenever I came to it, I stumbled and it stopped the flow of the story for me. But it is a Welsh tale and so it should use Welsh names. I recently read and Eygypian story, and that was worse. I couldn’t pronounce the main characters names at all and could only make them us as I went along. But what do you do? I’m not sure, perhaps a summary at the beginning?

However, Drake and his team did a good job in solving a crime, while we as readers enjoyed the countryside and the area as well as a good story.





Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 20.18.52Genre: Thriller


Some secrets never leave us alone. . . Gemma Peacock’s life was perfect – or at least, she thought it was. She had a home she loved, a job she enjoyed, and a husband she adored. The only cloud on the horizon was the continuing tension between Gemma and her mother-in-law, but that’s the same for everyone, right? After the death of her beloved husband, Ritchie, everything begins to fall apart. Indiana Manors’ life, on the other hand, is far from perfect – but she knows just what she has to do to fix it. Befriend Gemma Peacock – and destroy her. Befriended is an exciting, contemporary thriller that will keep you on the very edge of your seat. This book will toy with your emotions time and time again – and keep you coming back for more.



Once again, she spied the woman she’d seen in the church, keeping herself separate from the rest of the congregation, always half in shadow. Did she want Gemma to see her? She frowned and glanced back as she took her seat beside Maria; the anonymous woman caught Gemma’s eye for a second before withdrawing completely from view.

Who was she? What was she doing here?

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She spread the broadsheet out in front of her, smoothing out the upturned corners. Obituaries were on page six. She flicked to it, feeling a thrill of excitement and fear. Part of her knew what to expect, but even so, seeing it in black and white was a very different thing. Page six screamed out at her, adrenalin pumping through her veins. It was time for her to become acquainted with a grieving widow. It hadn’t exactly been a part of her future plans, but she was nothing if not flexible. A slow smile grew across her face as she thought about what she was about to do. It wouldn’t be easy, but it might be fun.

She stared down at the name, feeling oddly conflicted:

Ritchie Peacock.

Ritchie Peacock had passed away suddenly in tragic circumstances. She gazed for a moment at the photograph included with the obit’. Peacock was a handsome, alpha-male who’d had a kind heart, and some of that came through in his picture. It was sad, really, that he was only forty-two when his life ended, but she could make that work for her. He had a young widow: she read her name: Gemma. She could befriend his widow, she thought. Someone who was the same age, might have the same interests, was probably a beauty and would be more than willing to accept her friendship after such an emotional trauma. She would be devastated by her loss yet compelled to acknowledge a stranger who apparently knew her beloved Ritchie. This was going to be easy – a walk in the park.

A quick Google search about the man and his life only added to her euphoria. He’d had quite an internet presence. There were pages and pages of information on the handsome chap. Peacock had worked in recruitment, had been a keen squash player on the weekends and a Chelsea supporter. One night of research and she would be almost ready to go – there would only be one or two details still to iron out, but those could come later. People were so careless with their social media, posting their entire lives across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest, for all the world to see. Altogether, it gave her great insight into how this unfortunate man had lived his life. And if she could find all this out, anyone could.

Indiana was always meticulous about her research. Without good research, the whole thing could fall apart so easily.

Ever since she had been four years old, Indiana had loved funerals. It was nothing morbid, nothing about the absence of a person from the world, but the emotion – the emotion was fuel to her fire. She remembered the feeling of excitement as her mother prepared her for the funeral of her older sister. Indiana had been four and Freya had been six when Freya had lost her battle with leukaemia. Indiana had hated Freya. Dressing for the funeral, Indiana had felt her sister got exactly what she deserved.

Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 20.40.06.pngI grew up in the ancient Roman city of Bath England, a beautiful peaceful city whose locations are often referred to in my first book ‘Sunshine & Tears’.

Befriended is my second novel and is a contemporary thriller.

I have always enjoyed helping others and I’m very committed to my job as a Teaching Assistant where I support young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities.

I have one son and two step children as well as two young grandchildren who now take up a big part of my life. I now live in Bristol England.

Lost & Found

Screen Shot 2018-01-21 at 16.40.57Genre: Romantic Suspense


Arianna Santorini has had a hard life. Abandoned by her husband, left alone to raise their child for six long years, she’s made the best of things.

Then, she meets Luke Blackwood. Initially, he seems perfect, strong, kind, understanding and loving, everything she could possibly want.

But, Luke has a secret, he’s rich, very rich, and Arianna has a deep-seated prejudice against wealthy men, believing it turns them into men like her husband, manipulative, arrogant, bullies.

When she finds out the truth about Luke, her first response is to send him away, harden her heart to what might have been.

Then the worst thing that can happen to a parent, happens to Arianna, and the one person who can help her, is the one she’s vowed never to see again.

Sometimes, you have to lose everything, to find what’s really important…

A fast-paced, punchy, rollercoaster of a read, Lost & Found is one story you won’t forget in a hurry

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The house looked still; empty even, yet the watching man knew the occupants had not left. As the two men in black, with hooded, empty, eyes and firm, unsmiling, mouths, crossed the road to his vantage point, he gestured impatiently.

“Took your bloody time, didn’t you?” he grumbled. The men merely looked at him, something in their expressions forcing a shiver of fear down his spine.

“Are they in there?” one of them snapped.

“Yeah,” the private eye nodded. “The woman and the kid, they’re still in there. I haven’t seen the kid since they went in, but, I did see the woman look out the front window a few minutes ago…”

“The woman is unimportant,” interrupted the second man in black. “Only the child matters.”

“So, what you gonna do with them?” he asked uneasily, not at all sure he wanted to know.

“That is not your concern,” they studied him dispassionately, the chill down his spine turned to icy cold fear, at the underlying menace he saw in their eyes.

“Right,” he mumbled, suddenly wishing to be as far away from them as possible. “I’ll be off then,” he continued. “I’ll send the invoice to the usual place, shall I?”

“Yes,” they agreed, seemed to dismiss him, attention focused on the house and its vulnerable occupants. He had a sudden memory of the woman and the child, as they’d looked when he’d last seen them, going into the house, loaded down with shopping bags, laughing together, the woman’s hand resting gently on the top of the child’s shining, dark, head as she’d fumbled for keys and let them in.

Swallowing down the foolhardy, although brave, protest which welled up in his throat, instead, he turned and walked away, feeling small and cowardly for simply abandoning them to their fate. Ultimately knowing, the two in black wouldn’t hesitate to kill him, should he even think of lifting a finger to help the doomed woman and child.

They watched him go.

“Will he be trouble?” one asked.

The other shook his head. “No,” his lip curled in disdain. “He’s too worried about his own skin to cause any trouble.”

I absolutely loved this story. It is book 1 of the Blackwood series and book 2 Fixture and Fittings is already out. They tell the story of the Blackwood family and each one is standalone, so you don’t need to read them in any order. Personally, I do like to start at the beginning.

It’s been a while since I read it and reading the extract above it is coming back to me. I love a story that has a bit of everything and this certainly does. Romance, intrigue and mystery to name but a few.

The author Julia Blake, has a wonderful way with words and her description made me feel like I was right there with the characters.

You can read my review here.

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