Barbara Copperthwaite



September 2016

“One hell of a white knuckle ride” @ChellesBookRevi reviews #FlowersForTheDead #BirthdayBlogTour


“This book is one hell of read and totally took my breath away. Seriously I thought I was going to have an heart-attack.”

Shell Baker is a fabulous reviewer, who is passionate about books and will happily shout from the rooftops if she loves a novel – but also isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, if she dislikes it. Anyone who has visited her blog, ‘Chelle’s Book Reviews, knows they are going to get an honest opinions. So knowing your book is being read for review on there is nerve-racking!  Shell is also a key part of the admin for Facebook’s wonderful Crime Book Group, which is a brilliant community, and Mim’s Book Club in Cannock.

So what did Shell have to say about Flowers For The Dead? Let’s find out!

“Firstly I would like to thank the ladies at Mim’s Book Club for recommending this to me. I have heard lots of good things about Flowers For The Dead at the last two meet-ups. And I have to say they weren’t wrong. I am so glad I bumped it up my tbr pile after buying it in December.

“This book is one hell of a read and totally took my breath away. Seriously I thought I was going to have an heart-attack. My heart was racing that hard I actually had an OMG moment where I found myself covering my mouth saying oh my god. This is one hell of a white knuckle ride, I was gripped from the start. I loved the fact that it was so twisted and warped and you never knew what Adam was going to do next.

Adam Bourne is a serial killer who thinks…TO READ THE REVIEW IN FULL, PLEASE CLICK HERE



#BirthdayBlogTour Many Books, Many Lives on #FlowersForTheDead @MBequalsML


“A unique and fascinating voice in crime writing”

The fabulous Many Books, Many Lives blog is run by Abigail Osbourne, who recently published her own debut, The Puppet Master. Her novel has been receiving wonderful reviews itself, so this is a woman who clearly knows about good writing! Luckily, when she reviewed Flowers For The Dead, she had nothing but praise for it. Phew!

She writes: “Ever since I read ‘Invisible’ I have been unashamedly excited and enthralled by Barbara Copperthwaite’s writing. I thought the plot and the way she makes you consider things about crime that you wouldn’t normally is fantastically original. I didn’t read Flowers for the Dead straight away because I wanted to pace myself and for Barbara to have another book on the horizon!

Well, this book was worth the wait. I was expecting great things, and I was not disappointed. This book tells it’s story from the point of view of a serial killer. It was such a unique perspective because, usually, I don’t enjoy hating the main character. And how can you not hate a serial killer? Ask Barbara Copperthwaite! By the end of the book, I was filled with such unease because I was empathizing with Adam. I could actually see the building blocks of what made him who he was. It takes truly amazing writing to inspire that reaction from a reader. I think the amount of detail and knowledge has this book brimming with a realism that just pulls you in. When I read the back of the book, I was unsure if I would enjoy this sort of book. But the character exploration and the unique point of view was gripping… TO READ THIS REVIEW IN FULL, PLEASE CLICK HERE


BLOOD TYPE: Alan Jones @AlanJonesBooks


“I don’t know where I would be without the enthusiastic help of book bloggers.”

CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday topnotch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.

This week: ALAN JONES

Tell us about yourself…

First of all Barbara, I’m honoured to be asked to do this, so thanks very much.

I’m in my mid-fifties and I’m married with four grown-up kids. I write books, make furniture, sail a 40-year-old boat, cook and read, but the only problem with all of that is that I still need to work. My job is in the animal health industry and, because I write very gritty crime stories with strong language, violence, sex and Glasgow slang, I agreed to keep my writing and real life identities separate, so I use Alan Jones as a pen-name. No-one in my home town, other than family and few friends, know that I write. The town is one of many on the Ayrshire coast, and it allows me to keep my boat nearby. I gave up playing football last year due to a goosed ankle, (and old age if I’m honest) which has left a big hole in my life.

I started to write about 15 years ago. I’ve always been an avid reader of a wide range of genres, and one day, after finishing a number of books (from pretty big authors) which left me distinctly underwhelmed, I made a disgruntled comment that I could write better myself. Over the next few days it struck me that I should put up or shut up, and have a go at trying to put something down on paper. I’d always been good at short stories in school, but I hadn’t written since then. To cut a long story short, it took me 10 years to come up with a plot and write my first book, ‘The Cabinetmaker’.

When I was unsuccessful in finding an agent or publisher who was interested, I nearly gave up, but within a few weeks I had two ‘nibbles’. One publisher thought my book had merit and, although it wasn’t for them, they suggested a… TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

#BirthdayBlogTour BeadyJan’s Books on #FlowersForTheDead


“The most perfectly horrific, moving and twisted story one could possibly imagine”

It’s impossible to read the fabulous review written by Janet, of BeadyJan’s Books, and not be swept away by her enthusiasm for Flowers For The Dead.

Jan is a huge fan of twisty psychological chillers, domestic noir and historical/ dual time dramas, and really knows her stuff. She should – by the time she was three she was already reading books! As an adult, this has translated into a passion for helping readers find great books, and great books find great readers!

With this review, Janet has definitely achieved that. She says of Flowers For The Dead:

“Ohh FANTASTIC read!

“What a chilling and scary look into the mind of a serial killer. In Flowers for the dead, we are taken deep into the psyche of Adam, he is the main protagonist of this killer thriller. There is never any element of who dunnit, we know he did it, we know who he did it to and we are pretty darn sure we know who he’s going to do it to next!

“Given that the other part of the storyline focusses on the life of Laura who has had a really tough time of things, it’s evident that her and Adams paths are going to cross. Laura has lost her entire family in a tragic accident which has left her struggling to cope, when she begins to feel she is being stalked, by of all things someone unknown who is doing kind but scary things in her home and for her, she wonders if she is just plain going bonkers We as reader know who’s doing it, and bit by bit we find out why.

“What this cunning and twisted tale does is reveals Adams past bit by bit and I really don’t think I’ll be alone in saying, I was actually rooting for this guy, despite… TO READ THIS REVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE


#BirthdayBlogTour Portobello Book Blog on #FlowersForTheDead



“I was completely enthralled by the storyline. It was scary but believable, tense and gripping.”

The fabulous Portobello Book Blog joins the 1st Birthday Blog Tour today. Joanne, who runs Portobello Book Blog, is passionate about reading and reviews for Lovereading, New Books magazine and Netgalley, as well as sharing her reviews on her blog, Amazon, GoodReads, Twitter and Facebook (including THE Book Club). So it’s fair to say she knows her stuff!

She wasn’t too sure about the sound of Flowers For The Dead at first, but luckily, she was convinced to give it a go…

“When the author of Flowers for the Dead asked if I would like to read and review her book I said as long as it’s not too gruesome! I like crime and psychological thrillers but I don’t do gruesome. Well, it is true that the ritual which serial killer Adam performs after he’s killed his victims did make me shudder, but this book is really gripping and the dark aspects didn’t put me off. Flowers for the Dead tells the story of Adam who, as I mentioned, is a serial killer and his obsession with Laura. Will she be his next victim?

“I really enjoyed the way this story unfolded. As the story goes on, we learn of Adam’s life from when he was a young boy and as he grows up. Each chapter also has scenes set in the present where we follow his current obsession with Laura. Laura has lost her entire family in a tragic accident and, not surprisingly, is struggling to cope. She is very vulnerable, just the type of woman Adam seeks out. Adam was a very lonely though sensitive young boy, fascinated by fairy tales and is looking for his ‘happy ever after’. I wondered how this troubled boy became the obsessive damaged young man of the present and a psychotic serial killer. As I read, the author begins to reveal how this happened…” TO READ THE REVIEW IN FULL, PLEASE CLICK HERE


#BirthdayBlogTour By The Letter Book Reviews on Flowers For The Dead


“Had me right on the edge of my seat”

Day Two of the Birthday Blog Tour sees Flowers For The Dead reviewed by Sarah Hardy, of By The Letter Book Reviews. You can see her thoughts below:

“Flowers For The Dead is the first book I have read by this author and after reading this one it certainly will not be the last!

Adam Bourne is a serial killer like no other that I have read about. He really is one very sick and twisted individual. Not only does he kill unsuspecting women he also stalks them, watching their every movement.

Laura Weir is still trying to come to terms with the loss of her family after a crash which Laura was the only survivor. Laura starts to notice little things at first going on in her flat and she soon starts to fear that she is losing her mind… TO READ THE REVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE


#BirthdayBlogTour FlowersFor The Dead celebrates a year of great reviews!

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Twelve months ago, on 21 September, Flowers For The Dead was published. To celebrate what has been a frankly amazing year, I’m having a 1ST BIRTHDAY BLOG TOUR! During the tour I’ll be posting book reviewers’ thoughts on Flowers For The Dead from the last year. My novel has achieved things I never thought were possible. Never in my wildest hopes did I think it, and the main character, Adam, would be so taken into readers’ hearts and minds.

Here are a couple of things readers have told me over on Amazon:

“OMG, I highly recommend you read this book, it’s brilliant. I can’t believe I feel sorry for a psychopath and serial killer.”

“It’s one of those books you don’t want to end, because it’s so gripping, but you do want to end as you’ll be able to sleep at night again.”

“At last………. a book I just couldn’t wait to pick up again every time I had the chance. I will 100% be reading more of Barbara Copperthwaite’s books.”

What author could ask for more than that?

It is thanks to readers that Flowers For The Dead has been a success. They made it Number 1 in Amazon’s Movers & Shakers chart, they got it to Number 3 in the Kindle Murder category, and Number 24 in the entire Amazon Kindle Paid For list. So a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you who has bought Flowers For The Dead over the past year. Happy 1st birthday!

I’m kickstarting my tour with a guest post over on the fabulous Linda’s Book Bag, where I talk about what my year had been like – and what the future holds. Check it out, by clicking here!

BLOOD TYPE: Cass Green



“Every time I finish a book I get the feeling that I will never have an idea for another.”

CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday topnotch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.

This week: CASS GREEN

Tell us about yourself…caroline-green

I’m the author of four young adult novels – DARK RIDE, CRACKS, FRAGMENTS AND HOLD YOUR BREATH under my real name, Caroline Green. I’m taking my first steps into adult crime writing as Cass Green with THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, published by Harper Collins Killer Reads on 22nd July.

How do you go about plotting your book?

I’m somewhere in between a plotter and a pantser. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried and failed to be super organised with note cards. I’m basically obsessed with stationary, so I don’t any excuse!

But I do have to work a rough plot before I start. If I am left to go off on a frolic of my own my plot will be, well, pants. I’ve had a bit of revolutionary shift recently in discovering that I can plot using… TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

Review: THE SISTER, Louise Jensen


“The tale is as delicate as spider’s silk, and weaves a web that will trap you inside”


‘I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …’

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear that there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie … Or was there?


This is not your usual psychological thriller. Do not read The Sister if you expect murder bloodshed and being given sleepless nights filled with fear; this is a more subtle storyline than that. The tale is as delicate as spider’s silk, and weaves a web that will trap you inside and make it impossible…TO READ REVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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