Good evening and happy Monday…..a day closer to Christmas!!  I’ve got a few books on my TBR to read and review for you but with Christmas around the corner, I’m unlikely to get to them before the new year.  BUT I really wanted to share them with you so you can see what’s coming!! So first up in my December #promo is Death of an Asylum Seeker by A. P. Martin – the second book in a Crime Thriller series.

the blurb

‘….he doesn’t notice the watcher quietly move up behind him. Just after he passes the rushes, swaying in the water as the breeze picks up, he senses someone near. Beginning to turn, he catches, out of the corner of his eye, a glimpse of rapid movement. Before he has any time to react, the long-bladed knife has pierced his flimsy clothing, cutting right through his back.’

When a body is discovered in the boating lake of a city centre park in Newcastle upon Tyne, newly promoted DI Sam Snow is delighted to have the chance to lead his first big investigation. Especially when it puts him back in touch with psychologist Olivia Clavel, who has recently relocated back to her home city. However, Snow still bears some scars from a previous case and he can have no way of knowing how the new investigation will both force him to challenge his commitment to upholding the law and rock his life to its very foundations.

‘Death Of An Asylum Seeker’ deals with important contemporary themes in a humane but exciting way, while peppering its thrilling plot with a little humour and some romance. It is the second in the Tyneside based crime series, featuring Detective Sam Snow and psychologist Dr Olivia Clavel.

Where to buy: Amazon

praise for the book 1

‘Sentence of Death’ – Book One in the series.

‘A.P. Martin has produced another very enjoyable book…. The plot has been well crafted. There is never a dull moment and the story builds through various twists and turns to a dramatic climax.”
Whispering Stories Book Blog. 4*

“… a brilliant story line with a rather clever murderer. The whole story has a good solid pace with it from the start but boy does it get faster in those last few chapters. I am very sure that this book will absolutely delight any Northern crime lovers and people local to the area. For me I was drawn to Sam and Olivia and the relationship they had, which at times made me cringe and laugh. This is a duo that I couldn’t help taking to. I really hope will come back for a second very soon.”
Susan Hampson. Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer. 5*

“Brilliant first crime thriller by A.P.Martin. An interesting plot that kept my attention till the very end.”
Amazon Reviewer. 5*

“The book … leaps into the stratosphere when we are suddenly made aware of why the author had been focusing so much on Wagner’s Ring Cycle…. brilliantly creative, I loved it.”
Amazon Reviewer. 5*

about the author

*Bio and photo courtesy of Amazon

Originally from the North of England, since taking early retirement from my academic post, I’ve really enjoyed immersing myself in reading and writing. Essentially, I read purely for pleasure, and my single goal in writing is to produce books that people will thoroughly enjoy as a ‘cracking story.’

My first two novels are historical fiction, a genre which, in my view, almost always benefits from a close connection to something that actually happened. The inspiration for my first two books, Codename Lazarus and Spy Trap, came from little known, but truly incredible events from the Second World War. It gave me huge pleasure to adapt the courageous actions of two unsung heroes, into what, I hope, readers have experienced as exciting thrillers.

My third novel, Sentence of Death, represented an exciting new direction for me. It’s a crime thriller, set on Tyneside in the summer of 2016. Strangely, the basic framework for this book also comes from a real event in Gateshead at that time. I’ve always been a bit of a fan of crime fiction, and I hope that readers of this book agree that I’ve created an original plot for their entertainment.

I’ve just published my fourth book, ‘Death of an Asylum Seeker,’ which is the second in the Clavel & Snow thriller series.

I’m currently working on a third Second World War novel, featuring Bill Blake, John King and Professor Pym. As yet untitled, it once again takes a virtually unknown, but extremely important story of bravery, and adapts it into what I hope readers will find a thrilling adventure story.

Details of all my work and updates on my progress can be found on my website at

There is also a facility on the website for you to send me a private message and to sign up for a quarterly newsletter. It would be great to hear from you, either via the website, or via GoodReads!

This is the next book on my TBR and I will be delving in soon so keep an eye out for the review! It will hopefully be here before Christmas if I can fit it in!!  Massive thanks to A.P. Martin for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review, and for his patience with me!

If you’ve read this before, I’d love to hear what you think!

Have a wonderful evening

Chelle x

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