Morning lovelies and happy hump day!!  Today I’m so happy to be the first stop on the blog tour for When Love Lies Bleeding by Candy Denman – a short, yet gripping novella……

the blurb

A killer flu pandemic exacerbated by a shortage of the only effective treatment has the West Coast of America in a panic. Journalist Joe Hames, flying in to save his job and cover the story has an ulterior motive: to make contact with his long-lost former girlfriend and love of his life, Cassie.

Joe tries to find Cassie, whilst also trying to get hold of information on why the death toll is higher in California than anywhere else before any of the other journalists that have descended on the city. At the pharmaceutical company where she worked, Joe finds out that Cassie is dead: she was run down by a cable car two weeks earlier.  When he goes to her funeral, he is surprised to find that he has become a person of interest to the police.

Or did she die? Joe begins to suspect that all is not what it seems, and in the fog-drenched streets of San Francisco, Joe unravels the real story resulting in a finale played out at Fisherman’s Wharf. Someone was really going to die this time, and not of the flu.

Published in paperback and digital formats by City Fiction on 23rd February 2020

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my review

When Joe is sent to San Francisco to cover the story of the flu pandemic (sound familiar?), he decides that now would be a good time to reconnect with the love of his life, ex-girlfriend Cassie.  But he has no luck contacting her, and following some stalking, discovers that she died a few weeks prior.  Devastated by this news he attends her funeral, and wanting to find out more about what happened to her, starts digging.  But then he starts to believe that she might not be dead – but what has she got herself mixed up in? Joe plays a dangerous game in the hunt to discover whether she is dead or alive, resulting in a deadly showdown….

This little book packs a punch!

In terms of characters, Joe is quite a loose canon, and kinda gave me the creeps a bit with his stalking abilities! If only he’d left well alone….. But he is certainly determined and in a way, it turns out to be a good thing.  I loved Carpenter in this, and was happy with the way things turned out for him – what a good guy!  Martin…..well he deserved everything he got!

When Love Lies Bleeding is one of those books that you can get yourself a drink (or two) and get through in just over an hour, taking you on a quick but superb rollercoaster ride.  With part of the storyline being rather real at the moment, it gives the plot an extra sprinkle of real life.  As the mystery of Cassie unravels, Joe finds himself in a position he’d not expected when he set off to San Francisco – an adrenaline fuelled ride that will keep you turning the pages to the conclusion.

If you’re looking for a quick, fast-paced read with a mystery to keep you page turning then you might want to check this out! Definitely recommended by me.



about the author

Candy Denman spent most of her life as an NHS nurse but now concentrates on writing full time. She has written extensively for television programmes such as The Bill, Doctors and Heartbeat but now writes novels. She lives in Hertfordshire with her large extended family and a football crazy Cockapoo called Dennis.

Where to find Candy online: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website ~ Instagram

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Thanks to Emma for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of the book.  All views are my own.

I hope you all have a fabulous day.

Till next time…..

Chelle x

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