Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth

Book blurb

When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard. But he could never imagine what happens next.

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife Liz goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin…

To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?

The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

My thoughts

Just a quick post well it is a busy time of year isn’t it?

The Body in the Marsh is first in the DCI Gillard books, I have previously read and reviewed Body in the Mist, and realised that I had not posted anything about this one! So here’s a quick post to put that right.

An enjoyable, well-paced police procedural nicely plotted. If you realise what happens, as you may well do, it’s still a good story. It gives an interesting insight into how the police work . Indeed it gives an interesting insight into the mind of a killer.

It really is worth a read and, whilst it’s good to start at the beginning of a series, if you don’t for some reason at least there are books to catch up on when you’ve enjoyed the one you have read!


Publisher: Canelo

Buy: AmazonSmileUK

Author: Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages.

The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, and the first in his DCI Craig Gillard series, was published by Canelo in 2017, to much critical acclaim.

Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

Nick’s website


The Body in the Marsh, The Body on the Shore, The Body in the Mist, The Body in the Snow, Trapped

Bite, Heartbreaker, Mirror Mirror

Funny Money, Bernard Jones and the Temple of Mammon, Dunces with Wolves, Multiply your Money, How to Double Your Money Every Ten Years

First in the Fight by Helen Antrobus and Andrew Simcock

20 Women who made Manchester

Emmeline Pankhurst stands proudly in St Peter’s Square, but she stands for so many more…

First in the Fight tells the compelling stories of the twenty women featured on the Our Emmeline statue long-list. Author Helen Antrobus brings to life the achievements of these radical Manchester women alongside beautiful illustrations by the Women in Print collective.

Book blurb

The women of Greater Manchester have long stood shoulder to shoulder in the fight for equality and social change. The unveiling of the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter’s Square, strove to represent the contributions that Manchester women had made not only to the city, but also to the rest of the world.

Sitting alongside stunning illustrations from the ‘Women in Print’ collective, First in the Fight brings to life the stories of a range of inspiring women, from suffragettes, to botanists and mathematicians. The efforts of these pioneering women have shaped the world we live in and have helped pave the way for the voices of the next generation of women to be heard.

My thoughts

First in the Fight is a book which tells the story of twenty women who were nominated as being deserved of a statue in Manchester. They are women who have each in their own way worked and fought for the rights of women. They have done this through their work and by championing issues to show that women deserve to have equal pay, equal opportunities in education, in work and in suffrage. Simply put – to have equality, to be considered as equal to men.

Women have long been considered the property of men, considered the weaker sex and therefore inferior to men.

Each of these women worked and fought to demonstrate that is not the case, that women – and men – are firstly human beings, two sides to the same coin. Women and men may have differences but neither is better nor more deserving than the other.

The book takes us through the campaign in Manchester, supported by Andrew Simcock, a member of Manchester City Council, to redress the absence of women’s statues in the city. That statues are, if you will, a symbol of equality. A visible acknowledgment of the work women have done to improve the life of their fellow Mancunians and, indeed, that of the wider population of the UK and beyond.

The story of the campaign is given in the book and it is interesting to read how it took on and grew. How individuals and groups worked together was a pleasure to read about.

These are the women, not all from Manchester but all have strong ties to the City, who were listed for a public vote on who should be the subject of the first statue of a woman in Manchester in over 100 years. Not all are well known but each were nominated as having left a significant mark on Manchester.

Margaret Downes 

Margaret Ashton 

Mary Quayle

Ester Roper

Ellen Wilkinson

Lydia Becker

Christabel Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

Elizabeth Gaskell

Enriqueta Rylands

Anne Horniman

Olive Shapley

Marie Stopes

Shena Simon

Kathleen Ollerenshaw

Louise DaCocodia

Elizabeth Raffald

Emily Williamson

Sunny Lowry

After huge consideration and much fund raising the Emmeline Pankhurst statue, by Hazel Reeves, was unveiled in St Peters Square in Manchester on the 14 December 2018.

These women often made personal sacrifices to be able to further their causes some died others suffered appalling treatment at the hands of the authorities in pursuit of their goals. It is only now, for many of these women, that a proper acknowledgement of their sacrifices, of their work has been told albeit briefly. So many of these women have been virtually unknown to us as his-story has been told in preference to her-story even though both are equally part of our-story – all our History.

It has been an absolute pleasure to have read this wonderful book bringing into print and out to the world the stories of these 20 extraordinary women each of whom deserves to be recorded for posterity. Future generations of women – and men – deserve to know about all of these women. This book brings a ‘snapshot’ of each of them and how they worked and fought to bring equality, to demonstrate the equality of women in politics and in all aspects of life.

This is a beautiful book with pictures, graphics and wonderful illustrations by the ‘Women in Print’ collective portraying many of the women as well as the telling of the journey, the campaign for the statue and, of course, most importantly – the women.


My thanks to iNostagia for a copy of First in the Fight and to Kelly of LoveBooksTours for asking me to take part in the First in the Fight BlogTour.



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Helen Antrobus

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Hands Up by Stephen Clark



If you visited yesterday you will know that I am reviewing Hands Up by Stephen Clark. I was contacted by Stephen who, having visited my blog, thought that his latest book would be of interest to me.

The subject matter is the shooting of a black man, Tyrell, after a patrol car pulls him over. The Police Officers in the patrol car are white – Ryan, who shot Tyrell, had been in the force eight months. Greg a much more experienced officer has been like a father to Ryan after his father, also a police officer, was shot on duty.

We then follow three voices that of Ryan; Jade, Tyrells sister, and Kelly who is Jade and Tyrells estranged father.

There have been a number of high profile deaths in the USA of black Americans killed by white Americans. One such, Trayvon Martin, was a catalyst in the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement. Nevertheless, these deaths have continued as, for example with the shooting of Mike Brown (2014) or of Stephon Clark in March this year.

The question about the treatment of black people by white people goes into a deep seated belief system of, hopefully, a minority of people. However, a legal system which has grown out of the historic standings of these same beliefs, seems to continue to uphold them. It also goes well beyond the USA. Some countries have made more recent laws to try and address racism. This has gone some way to redress such situations. However, when it comes down to each individual situation, especially it would seem when law enforcement is involved and particularly in the USA, the system (the State) seems unable or unwilling to prosecute. When they do prosecute then it is very difficult if not impossible to refute a defence that is based on the use of ‘reasonable force’ when you ‘believe you are in danger’. An interesting article in the Atlantic explains. A similar incident in UK article The Independent .

It would be lovely not to need laws to address inequality but we do. Nevertheless, things will only change for the good when each one of us treats another person the same – regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or race.

My thoughts

Stephen Clark has taken such a situation and written an amazing story about how it’s three main protagonists deal with the death of Tyrell. As we read each chapter, which is headed up with the name of who is ‘speaking’, the truth of what happens unravels.

There are a number of twists to the story which moves along at a really good pace. We get the story of each of these main characters. We also see how Ryan, Jade and Kelly’s stories fit with some of the other characters. How their lives start to overlap and what happens as they get further entangled.

We learn more of Greg, of Ryan’s family, his girlfriend Kaylee also of Jades mom, Regina, and her friend Melissa. How what happens impacts on them. And we have minor characters such as Wiley and Mac who still have varying degrees of influence on the storyline.

This story shows how difficult it can be to break free of our circumstances, that it can be only too easy to go back to bad ways or to make mistakes that lead you down a path that can only take you to prison, or worse. That choosing ‘the right path’ is possible but it takes work and desire to stay on it.

It also shows that putting things right takes courage, an inner strength and a strong sense of right and wrong.

Don’t think this is a sermon rather than a book because it’s a cracking good story which will break your heart, raise your hackles, feel deeply disappointed but not really surprised by what one of the characters does, even though you understand why, and keep you hooked wanting to know what happened and what will happen.

This is a really good story, well written and well worth reading.

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Spotlight: Stephen Clark

Stephen contacted me a little while ago asking if I would read his latest book Hands Up and review it. He had read my blog and new that I had read books with a similar theme. So he thought it might be of interest. We exchanged a couple of emails. I was delighted to be able to say yes. So Stephen sent me an eCopy of Hands Up and I will be reviewing it here on my blog tomorrow. So do come back to find out what I thought of Hands Up.

Stephen Clark

Stephen is a new author to me and possibly to you so I thought it might be nice to know a little about him.

Stephen Clark is a former award-winning journalist who served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and as a political editor for the Washington, D.C. bureau of As a reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch, he won a New York Newspaper Publishers Association Award of Distinguished Community Service for his investigation into the financial struggles of nonprofit services. He also won a Society of Professional Journalists Award for Investigative Reporting at the Stamford Advocate for his series exposing an elderly grifter’s charity organization. His first book, Citizen Kill, a political thriller, was released by WiDo Publishing™ in the summer of 2017. Stephen grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now lives in North Jersey with his wife and son. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Arcadia University and a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.

Stephen Clark doesn’t appear shy to write about difficult topics. They are topics and situations that are very up to the moment, I suppose that’s the journalist in him. However, they are also things that are, obviously, close to his heart. So here’s what his books are about.

First Book

Here’s the blurb on his first book Citizen Kill

When a devastating explosion kills the new President’s young son, her administration seeks to finally end the war on terror. CIA black-ops agent Justin Raines is among the recruits in a new program that targets for assassination U.S. citizens suspected of radicalizing Muslims.

Haunted by a botched assignment overseas, Justin is determined to redeem himself through the program. But when he is assigned to kill a mysterious Muslim educator that he believes is innocent, he grows disillusioned. Now he must find a way to prove her innocence and derail the program before they both are assassinated.

This explosive political thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as Washington stops at nothing to protect the nation from terrorists, while Justin Raines risks everything to protect the nation from Washington.

Latest Book

Now here’s the blurb on Hands Up

Officer Ryan Quinn, a rookie raised in a family of cops, is on the fast track to detective until he shoots an unarmed black male. Now, with his career, reputation and freedom on the line, he embarks on a quest for redemption that forces him to confront his fears and biases and choose between conscience or silence.

Jade Wakefield is an emotionally damaged college student living in one of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods. She knows the chances of getting an indictment against the cop who killed her brother are slim. When she learns there’s more to the story than the official police account, Jade is determined, even desperate, to find out what really happened. She plans to get revenge by any means necessary.

Kelly Randolph, who returns to Philadelphia broke and broken after abandoning his family ten years earlier, seeks forgiveness while mourning the death of his son. But after he’s thrust into the spotlight as the face of the protest movement, his disavowed criminal past resurfaces and threatens to derail the family’s pursuit of justice.

Ryan, Jade, and Kelly–three people from different worlds—are on a collision course after the shooting, as their lives interconnect and then spiral into chaos.

Check out Stephen Clark on his website:

Published by Wido Publishing

I look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow to read what I thought of Hands Up.

iNostaligia Book Blitz @inostalgiauk @Lovebookstours 

The team at iNostalgia have a deal on their non-fiction titles now when you purchase them through the iNostalgia store. 

Three titles for only £25 in their online store. 

Here is a little snippet of each book available. 

Belle Vue: Manchester’s Playground, second edition, tells the story of the North West’s best-loved attraction. Relive the memories of the Speedway Stadium, the delights of the zoo, the circus performances and the music from the King’s Hall, through our stunning and unmissable photographs. Bring Belle Vue back to life!

Around Manchester in the 1950s is a new 160 page paperback book featuring a unique collection of more than 200 unmissable photographs and memories from the Manchester Evening News Archives. Relive the great times of the 50s and share your memories with friends and loved ones.

Around Manchester in the 1960s is a new 160 page paperback book featuring a unique collection of more than 250 unmissable photographs and memories from the Manchester Evening News Archives. Relive the great times of the swinging 60s and share your memories with friends and loved ones.

There are many unmissable images from the Swinging Sixties in Clive Hardy’s brilliant book Around Liverpool and Merseyside in the 1960s.

Around Manchester in the 1970s is a new 160 page paperback book featuring a unique collection of more than 300 unmissable photographs and memories from the Manchester Evening News Archives. Relive the great times of the 1970s and share your memories with friends and loved ones.

The 180+ images, many never published before, come from the fantastic archive of the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal, and the Daily Mirror. The majority capture the life and times of Newcastle during the decade, and there are others showing wider Tyneside. Along with the text, they give a taste of what it was like to live in the region during that unique period.

Fifteen years on from its original publication, The Changing Face of Manchester, Second Edition brings you up-to-date photographs of today’s modern Manchester. Shot as close to the original images as possible by photographer Justin Garner, you are able to see how much Manchester has changed over the decades through these side-by-side images.

Featuring fascinating stories by author Clive Hardy to accompany the stunning images, you can take home this little slice of Manchester history, and in years to come you will be able to look back and remember those days of old with fond memories.

You can purchase all these wonderful books in the iNostalgia store.


The Fathers, The Sons and the Anxious Ghost by Jamie Adams

Book blurb

Three guys in their thirties have something in common. Their children all go to the same school. One day a tragic event leads to them having to deal with a lurking aftermath which draws them into each other’s lives and causes them to rethink their attitudes to just about everything. The children tell the second part of this story, ten years after the initial events. The dust seems to have settled until one of them uncovers information that throws everything back into chaos. The third part… well that will have to wait.

My Thoughts

This is a little gem of a novella. Written from several viewpoints – three Fathers, three Sons and well you’ll never guess!

It’s interesting to read from an almost totally male perspective it gives a different slant on what’s happening.

Anyway, three fathers connected because their sons attend the same school. The school play for their year is taking place. There’s a bit of a kerfuffle between a couple of the lads. However, what transpires after they return home shakes them all and has far-reaching consequences.

10 years later the Sons take on the story. Someone close to them all is only now showing signs of being affected by what happened all those years ago. Why now? What should they do? As the three Sons try to help what really led up to the tragedy comes out. We also learn how far each of the characters have moved on, or not, over the intervening years.

Finally, the last word is left to the only one who could bring a proper conclusion to what happened but any more might give too much away!

I do like to read short stories and novellas because when they are good they leave you feeling that you have read a really pared down and yet fully formed story, you are not left needing more. Although, you may well want more of the same from the author.

With The Fathers, The Sons and the anxious Ghost that is exactly what you get.


My thanks to Austin Macauley Publishers for an eCopy of #TheFathersTheSonsandtheAnxiousGhost by @JamieAdStories and to Emma Welton at #damppebblesblogtours  @damppebbles for the invite to the blog tour.

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Published in paperback and ebook formats on 30th July 2019 by Austin Macauley Publishers


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Author: Jamie is a teacher who has studied a geography degree back in the nineties because of his love of nature and the outdoors. He found environmental education especially important and soon became a teacher for the primary-age group. Jamie enjoys reading and watching all kinds of theatre productions, from high dramas to lively musicals. His love of writing shines through in everything he does.

After writing a group of short stories linked to romance, which he published as ‘Short Dates’ independently, he decided to write a novella centred around topical issues such as mental health, parenting and relationships.



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The 2019 Christmas Charity Appeal – Help Me Raise £250 For Battersea Dogs & Cats Home By Leaving Me Links To Your Blogs and Books

What a lovely thing to do this festive season raising funds for Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. Read all about it…

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The Christmas tree is up, but something is missing. There are no gifts under it, and I need your help to put that right.

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More than three million animals later, they’re still working hard to achieve the vision that every dog and cat should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect.

They believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why Battersea Dogs and Cats home have always helped every dog and cat in need.

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