#BlogTour Married Lies by Chris Collett @books_n_all @joffebook

I am very excited to be opening the Blog Tour for Chris Collett’s new book Married Lies, which is published by Joffe Books today (15th May 2018)

About the book

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Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

 Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

 ‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

 Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

 Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the fifth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!


Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

 But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

 Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.


Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.



Book 1: Deadly Lies

Book 2: Innocent Lies

Book 3: Killer Lies

Book 4: Baby Lies

Book 5: Married Lies

Books 6-7 coming soon

My Review

This is the fifth book in the series, and fourth I have read in the series.

The book follows DI Tom Mariner as he investigates the death of the widow of a policeman who appears, at first sight, to have committed suicide.  Whilst investigating this he is also approached by a young woman who thinks she is being stalked, even though no-one believes her.

The book does work as a stand alone as you don’t need to know the backstory to understand what is happening through this book.

The book is a brilliantly written police procedural book, which I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn’t put down.

When I picked the book up I was planning on reading a couple of chapters just so it would be at the top of my list after I had finished a couple of other books for tours I am on, but after a couple of hours I was half way through and realised I had no intention of putting it down for another book.  It kept me hooked throughout as I tried to work out not only how the two cases were linked but also who the murderer was as it isn’t revealed until the very end.

Overall this is another brilliant book by Chris and I can’t wait for the next in the series.

To purchase the book click here

About the Author

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I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

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