Today slightly later than normal I am pleased to be helping to open the blog tour for Rob Ashman’s latest book Twinkle Twinkle Little Lies. Thanks to Rob and Sarah Hardy for allowing me the opportunity to read it early.
About the Book
Twinkle twinkle, little lies,
How I see them in your eyes …
DS Khenan Malice believes his troubles are behind him. But it’s never that simple. This time … it’s personal.
Detective Kelly Pietersen has decided anti-corruption is not for her. But her previous life hunts her down, sending her world spiralling out of control.
Twinkle is a pillar of the community and an ambassador for the church. She is also a woman for whom lying is a way of life, wrapping those around her in a complex web of deceit. To her it’s a deadly game.
Their paths cross when a decomposed body is discovered.
The past and the present collide with shattering consequences, leaving the three of them fighting for survival
I’ve read a couple of Robs books before and enjoyed them so thiught I’d give this one a go. It is the seco d book in the series but, like all great crime authors, this can be read as a standalone as you catch up quite quickly with the team.
In this book we follow Malice and Pieterson as they investigate a cold case from 10 years previous but has no Identity so the case was never going to be easy.
On a tangent case we are introduced to a woman who goes by the nickname Twinkle who helps young men getting out of drugs.
As with all great double stories this book intertwined the two thread perfectly as we slowly learn a lot about the main antoganist and learn that all is not what it seems with Twinkle through the book. The two storylines merge really well and I couldn’t work out what happened until the end, although I had some suspicions.
The story lines are really well written and we get to learn an awful lot about Malice and Pieterson past and how far they will go to to protect each other.
This is yet another brilliant book by Rob and I can’t wait to go back and read the first one in the series.
About the Author
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy was the result.
Rob published Those That Remain, In Your Name and Pay the Penance with Bloodhound Books and has since written the DI Rosalind Kray series. These are Faceless, This Little Piggy, Suspended Retribution and Jaded which are also published by Bloodhound.
His latest work sees the introduction of a new set of characters – DS Khenan Malice and DC Kelly Pietersen. The first book in the series is titled Killing Pretties and the second is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Lies. Both books will be published this year.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.