Saturday Series Spotlight- Sarah Hardy

Today, I’m joined by one of my fellow #Blogsquad besties, Sarah Hardy. Sarah blogs at By The Letter Book Reviews and her blog is an excellent resource for reviews, blog tours and lots of other bookish fun! 🙂


Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Sarah…


Many thanks to Kate for coming up with this great idea and allowing me to take part in Saturday Series Spotlight.

I’ve always been a sucker for a series. There is nothing better than discovering a novel which has just newly been released and having that smug feeling that you have found another new series to get your teeth stuck into, though I do recommend following the author on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter so that you can keep up to date with any new releases so you don’t fall behind.
I also love that wonderful warm feeling you get that even though late to the party, you read a novel in a series only to realise that it is the first of many and know that you don’t have to wait months until the next novel you can start the next one straight after if you so wish.
Some novels that I have recently read that really got me excited and are the first in a new series are:
Other series that I have read and am up to date with and waiting patiently for the next one are:
The Estate Series by Mel Sherratt
DI Damen Brook series by Steven Dunne
The Justice Series by M A Comley
Detective Jennifer Knight series by Caroline Mitchell
Detective Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons
DI Helen Grace by M J Arlidge
Also the series that I am late to and working my way through:
The Detective Callum Doyle series by David Jackson
The Roy Grace series by Peter James
The Logan McRae series by Stuart MacBride
To be honest there are quite a few more authors and series that I could mention but I would probably be here all day so apologies to the other fabulous authors out there that I haven’t mentioned.
Finally I suppose I should say why I am a sucker for a series.
We’ve all been there when we have finished a novel and we enjoyed it so much that we wish that there could be more as the characters have captivated us so much, and with a series luckily we know we are going to get more. It gives us something to look forward to and in away it’s like catching up with an old friend. I suppose more than anything though It’s really down to the authors for creating such great characters as well as brilliant story lines that leave me always wanting more.
Thanks again to Kate for having me on her blog today and I am very much looking forward to reading other peoples posts to do with this topic, as no doubt will there will be many more series’ that others have read that I have yet not discovered and no doubt will be adding to my enormous to read pile!

Huge thanks to Sarah for taking part in my series feature. There are some exceptional novels mentioned above!!!

If you want to keep up with Sarah, her blog is on Facebook and she’s also on Twitter, and just for good measure here’s her blog link again: By The Letter Book Reviews.

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

Every so often, a book comes along and the early reviews are absolute ravers. A Tapping at my Door is one such book. I got an email from Emily at Zaffre asking if I’d like to read it and I gratefully accepted.


About the book (via Goodreads):

A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.

As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.

And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.

Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first instalment of David Jackson’s new Nathan Cody series.

My thoughts:

Well… Where to begin?!

I have to thank Sarah at By The Letter Book Reviews for her raving about this book! I bumped it up because she was so excited by it! I was NOT disappointed!!

A Tapping at my Door starts off with a brilliantly creepy opening, and to be honest, I was a little freaked out. Birds are evil!!! Without fail they make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when they’re used in contexts like this!

David Jackson has a lovely writing style. It’s easy to follow and it flows really well throughout the book. I liked how the chapters were also relatively short, because when events pick up the pace in the book you are flipping the page like a good thing trying to keep up!

A Tapping at my Door is a really well plotted crime thriller. I’m pretty sure I also may have a small crush on DS Nathan Cody 🙂 , he’s just a brilliant character. I can see him being developed really well if this turns into a long series.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s a brilliant intro to David Jackson, as he’s already an established author with his Detective Callum Doyle series. Which, naturally, I’ve purchased more than one to add to my TBR. I can’t believe I’ve not read anything by him before now!!!

A Tapping at my Door is a superbly written crime thriller. It is full of action, with some brilliantly drawn characters thrown into the mix. I cannot recommend it highly enough and I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. It kept me reading late into the night. It was released this week and you can purchase a copy by clicking the link below:

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

Happy Reading! 🙂


25 Random Things about Me

I’ve been thinking about doing a post like this for a while because, let’s face it, unless you’re a family member or friend you don’t really know me.

This is me with my husband (sorry to disappoint, I’m not an eye with a kindle for a face IRL!) 😊

1. What is your middle name? 

Margaret (after one of my great grandmothers) and Helena (taken for my confirmation)

2. What is your favorite drink?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening, Apple and Blackcurrant Robinsons during the day. Rarely, I might push the boat out and drink a Coke!!!

3. What is your favorite song at the moment?

I don’t have a favourite as such as I don’t have a radio, so rarely hear current music. If I had to pick, it would be either some One Direction (I know!) or a Finnish band called HIM. I’ve loved them since I was 17!

4. What is your favorite food?

This is tough, I’m a sucker for fresh bread with butter. I love all the stuff that’s bad for you to be honest! My husband makes a mean lasagne though!

5. What is the last thing you bought?

Jane Issac’s book The Truth Will Out. My answer was always going to be a book wasn’t it! 😉

6. Favorite book of all time?

The Harry Potter Series will always be my favourite I think. I find it very hard to choose a favourite “grown up” book. Elizabeth Haynes’ Into The Darkest Corner would be on the list for sure though.

7. Favorite Color?

Black. Or Grey!

8. Do you have any pets?

No pets in our house I’m afraid.

9. Favorite Perfume?

Burberry London. The original. The best. The I CAN’T FIND IT ANYMORE!!! 😂

10. Favorite Holiday?

Christmas. I love everything about it. Last year, I was too tired to enjoy it having just had my daughter 10 days previous but I’ll make up for it this year. In 2013 I had 4 Christmas trees up along with mini ones around the house, doubt I’ll get away with that this year! 😉

11. Are you married?

I am, as you can see from my pic above! My husband is the most wonderful, supportive man and the most caring and loving dad to our two children so I’m very lucky.

12. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?

I have. Too many times to count, thanks to holiday-loving parents.

13. Do you speak any other language?

I speak Irish (being from Ireland and all that!), I studied it through college. I also did French in school so I can understand it a bit! I’m also fluent in sarcasm and curse words! 😉

14. How many siblings do you have?

None! I’m an only child!

15. What is your favorite store?

Any and every bookshop I go into. Basically anywhere I can buy books!

16. Favorite restaurant?

We rarely eat in restaurants anymore, but if I had to choose, Milano (Pizza Express in the UK) definitely.

17. When was the last time you cried?

I’m not usually a crier to be honest. I think the last time was watching one of the Harry Potter movies, when a certain character died. Gets me every time.

18. Favorite Blog?

I like any blogs about books so I’m just going to say my fellow #blogsquad members;

Crimebookjunkie Book Blog
Relax And Read Reviews

19. Favorite Movie?
I have loads! Top Gun, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Die Hard, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, to name but a small few!!!

20. Favorite TV show?

I love questions, so The Chase on UTV, and then programmes like CSI, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Masterchef.

21. PC or Mac?

I rarely use a computer! I do most of my work on my iPad when I need to.

22. What phone do you have?

iPhone! Surprise surprise!

23. What’s your favourite pastime? 

Ammmm, READING!! And blogging about the books I read! 🙂

24. Can you cook?

I can do basic stuff, veg potatoes freezer stuff. I do make a good honey glazed ham though! My husband is much better in the kitchen than me I think!

25. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

I have my ears pierced. I got my nose pierced when I was younger and it was terrible! It didn’t last long!

I have 7 tattoos so far and all of them mean something to me. I have 2 anchors, two number 13 tattoos, my sons name, INRI, a heartagram (the logo of the band HIM!) and a date. I’m planning on two more that I know of so far, one of which is for my daughter.
So, there you have it. 25 random things about me. If you want to participate in this tag, comment with a link to your blog and tag me on Twitter and Facebook too!


I love learning more about people so this should be interesting and fun! 🙂

#BLOGSQUAD you are tagged on this post so that you all do this tag! Xx

Do you give up on books?

Right, I’m 26% of the way through The Pact by Jodi Picoult and I am so bored that I just want to give up! I do not give up on books….

I’m currently in a FB discussion with Sarah over at Bytheletterbookreviews about this book and whether or not to give up on it! Come say hello! 🙂

I find it hard to admit defeat when it comes to a book I don’t like, there aren’t many I’ve given up on. Off the top of my head, I can only remember three that I couldn’t finish in recent times. One of these is a book that people RAVE about!!!

Room by Emma Donoghue 

Dave Grohl’s autobiography 

Ha’penny Chance (I’m so terrible I can’t even remember the author, sorry!!!) 

Which leads me to my question, do you or have you ever given up on a book? If so, what was/were they?!