Morning my lovelies.  I hope you’re all have a good week so far.  Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Gilding the Lily by Justine John, a domestic noir that will get your blood boiling!!

book blurb & Info

A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.

Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected….

Publishing Info: I_AM Self-Publishing (25th November 2016)

Formats available: Paperback & eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

When Amelia and her husband Jack fly off to New York to celebrate her Dad’s 75th birthday, Amelia promises to try hard with his partner Evelyn.  Since her parent’s divorce when she was young she hasn’t always got on with his new partners.  But although Evelyn seems fine at times, there’s just something about her….

When her Dad starts avoiding her calls, and then when she finally sees him and he looks unwell, her and Jack wonder if there could be more going on than meets the eye.  With help from a DEA colleague, Jack starts looking into Evelyn and the conclusion they come to is shocking….

But are they right? Is there more to Evelyn than appearances let on? And how will it all end?

Gilding the Lily is a domestic noir, that comes across as a slow burn thriller.  The plot unravels slowly as Amelia and Jack look into Evelyn, and there are some fantastic twists towards the end that were completely unexpected.  It did get a little slow for me at times, with Amelia frustrating me with her blinded approach but it always picked up again.

I loved Roger, Amelia’s father and felt sorry for him that he ended up in the middle of things at times.  He just seemed like a lovely old man.  Amelia was a great character, although her obsession towards her Dad was a little creepy!  Jack is brilliant, a kind, caring and loving husband with a dark side from his past – I found him really intriguing.  And then Evelyn……She drove me absolutely nuts and made my blood boil on so many occasions.  I was just surprised it took some of the others so long to realise what she was really like – a mean and manipulative old lady!!  And finally Miriam – although she only plays a small part, I adored her!

The plot is good; one that has been done before but the twists made all the difference.  Despite the fact that it was quite clear what was going on (other than the twists!), there was still a good level of intrigue that kept me drawn in.

The writing style is easy and enjoyable to read; and I loved the fact that some of the accents came across really clearly.  I found myself putting on the accents in my head on more than one occasion!!

Overall, this is an enjoyable story with a good level of intrigue and some superb twists!  So if you’re looking for your next domestic noir, or slow-burn thriller then check this out.


 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5

about the author

After thirty years in corporate life in London, half of which was running a successful events company, I decided to take a chance to write the novel that was ‘in me’ since I was a child. Gilding the Lily is the result of this and is a domestic noir story which I hope will keep you on the edge of your chair/sofa/bed/train/plane-seat….

Where to find Justine online: Website ~ Twitter 

tour info

Organised by: Love Books Tours

Thanks to the ladies at Love Books Tours for inviting me on to the tour, and to Justine for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a lovely day everyone and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Chelle x

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