My turn on the blog tour for My Little Eye. Joining me today is the lovely Abby over at annebonnybookreviews.com so feel free to check out her post as well.
I love getting book post. I don’t get a huge amount of it (‘Thank goodness,’ mutters my husband). Most parcels arrive in a standard padded envelope. But not Stephanie Marland’s new novel, My Little Eye. I’m not ashamed to say that I was I bit freaked out by this –
And then there was the postcard inside with an invitation –
How could I resist?
KISS THE GIRLS
A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.
AND MAKE THEM DIE…
As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.
As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim – Clementine – firmly in his sights.
If you’ve been following the blog tour at all, then you’ll know that Stephanie Marland is the pen name for Steph Broadribb aka CrimeThrillerGirl on Twitter. Steph has written two books already in her popular Lori Anderson series, set in the US about a female bounty hunter. This new series is set in London and features Detective Inspector Dominic Bell and true crime addict (or is she?) Clementine Starke. There’s a serial killer stalking women in North London. Nothing seems to connect the victims initially but all have their appearances changed to look alike after death. But who will find the killer first – the police or True Crime London?
The pace of this book reminded me of flamenco dancing. A steady beat with intricate and elegant shaping to begin as we get to know Dom and Clementine. Then the footwork picks up speed, reaching a crescendo without ever losing the inital elegance and shape. I’m always in awe of authors who write multiple viewpoints and Stephanie Marland has done a fantastic job in creating two very different characters with some interesting back stories. One of the most fascinating parts of the book for me was knowing that Dom and Clementine would meet at some point. But how? When they did meet, it was not at all how I expected.
And then there’s a whole raft of minor characters for both Dom and Clementine to interact with. But who can they trust? Are all coppers good? And who are the real people behind the online personas in the True Crime London group?
There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the book. A few I guessed but there were plenty that escaped my attention. Although a part of me wants to kick myself, a bigger part applauds Stephanie Marland for her devious deflections
I’d like to say more about the plot but I don’t want to give away too much. Suffice to say, although there is a clear ending to the book, there’s still plenty more to come from Bell and Starke. Looking forward to the next one!
To find out more about Stephanie Marland and buy the book click here. Thanks to Alex Layt at Trapeze Books for asking me to take part in the tour and for a copy of the novel.
About the author
Stephanie Marland has worked in the University sector for over ten years and published research on how people interact and learn together in virtual environments online. She’s an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and an avid reader of all things crime fiction, blogging about books at http://www.crimethrillergirl.com. Steph also writes the Lori Anderson action thriller series (as Steph Broadribb) for Orenda Books.