Monday 9 April 2018

My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland @crimethrillgirl Blog Tour @TrapezeBooks @orionbooks @alexxlayt #MyLittleEye

A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals - the latest victim of 'The Lover'. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.

As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands - to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.
As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they're being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim - Clementine - firmly in his sights.

My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland was published by Trapeze / Orion in paperback on 5 April 2018. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and who invited me to take part on this Blog Tour.

Whilst My Little Eye is the first book written under the name Stephanie Marland, the author is also known as Steph Broadribb, and her kick-ass bounty hunter featuring Lori Anderson is published by Orenda Books.

I always find it interesting to read a book by an author that I'm familiar with, when they are taking a different approach and style to their writing, and whilst My Little Eye is a new direction for this talented author, her superb female characters and fast-paced plotting is still very evident.

There's a serial killer on the loose; christened 'The Lover', but not very loving at all. The crimes are horrific, and very unusual and the police don't seem to have the first clue how to solve this. How many times have you read a book, or watched a TV programme and claimed that you could solve the mystery long before the fictional detective did? Well, in My Little Eye, there's a group of true-crime fanatics who are determined to do just that.

Clementine Starke is one of those armchair detectives; a lonely isolated character with her own demons and dark secrets, she's been researching the psychology of online interactions for her PhD and has become immersed in the world of the online crime hunters. When one of them lays down a challenge; to try to solve The Lover case before the police, she's in.

Lead detective on the case is Dominic Bell, and maybe a little cliched, but he too has a dark past that may just come back to haunt him. As both Dominic and Clementine dig deeper into the case, it is inevitable that they become entwined and this is where the perfect partnership begins.

My Little Eye roars along at a great pace, with some incredible insight into the minds of those who spend a lot of time online. It's clear that this author has spent time researching, just as her fictional heroine has and this has resulted in an intelligently written crime story that will please any fan of the genre.

A great start to what is sure to be an excellent new series.

Stephanie Marland has worked in the University sector for over ten years and published research on how people interact and learn together in virtual environments online. 
She's an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and an avid reader of all things crime fiction, blogging about books at

Steph also writes the Lori Anderson action thriller series (as Steph Broadribb) for Orenda Books

Follow her on Twitter @crimethrillgirl

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