Sunday 17 May 2020

Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo ~ Noelle Holten

On this quiet Sunday morning why don't you put the kettle on, make your favourite breakfast and settle down for Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo

I'd delighted to welcome writer, Noelle Holten

☼Good Morning, Noelle. Happy Sunday !

What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch? 

Cheesecake. Hurrah! 

Would you like a pot of English Breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz? 

Strong Americano please and thank you! 

Which of your literary heroes are joining us today? 

Oh - I have so many, but today I decided to bring Ian Rankin, Simon Kernick and Martina Cole. 

What’s the title of the book nearest to you? 

Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald. 

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What’s the oldest book on your bookshelf? 

Hanging my head in shame as there are so many I could name. I am a bit of a book addict so if I see something I want to read, I buy it or I am lucky enough to have books sent to me by authors and/or publishers– forgetting about all those other books still waiting to be read. Stasi Child by David Young has been there a while – I have bought most of this series so need to have a binge read! 

Which book do you really want to read but haven’t had time for …yet! 

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings. I've really wanted to read this for ages but when I was taking part in blog tours via my blog CrimeBookJunkie – I had to prioritise those tour reads. Now that I am writing in the evenings, I have stopped taking part in tours and now read for pleasure, work or when asked by an author friend. So - I'm going to bump this one and get it read before 2020 is done! #readinggoals 

Do you have a guilty reading pleasure, and if so will you tell us about it? 

I never feel guilty about reading outside of my normal genre and sometimes I just need a break from crime, or police procedurals (my favourite) so picking up a lighter, fun read always hits the spot. I really enjoy Bridget Jones books, Kim Nash, Sophie Ranald, Emma Davies, Karen Clarke, Tilly Tennant to name a few! I also love true crime books – and tend to read a lot of true crime magazines when I am in the editing phase. They sometimes spark ideas for future books! 

If the house was on fire which book would you rescue? 

My go to answer was always my copy of Crime & Punishment by Dostoevsky – a book I have read a million times from my late teens to the present day… but now it would have to be my signed collection of Ian Rankin's Anniversary collection – it will not burn! 

Do you have a reading/writing playlist on Spotify, or a favourite CD to listen to when reading/writing? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you feel happy? 

I actually read and write in complete silence so sadly I can't share a piece of music with you. But whenever I need a bit of a boost or a kick up the backside – it has to be Mr Brightside by The Killers. My #goto song for everything! 

Do you have a favourite place to settle down to read/write? 

I have my writing space (see pic) or the couch – that's where all my reading / writing takes place. I do also read/write in bed – or in the garden if it's nice out. 

Give us four essential items that a writer absolutely needs? 

For me it would be: 

· An idea 

· A notebook and pencils 

· Sticky notes 

· Coffee 

What can you tell us about your latest novel, or your current work in progress? 

I am currently writing Book 4 (untitled) in the DC Maggie Jamieson series. Dead Wrong (Book 2) is out now and the third book (cover and titled to be revealed) will be out in October 2020. All my books can be read as a stand-alone – but I tend to leave a teaser final chapter to entice readers to carry on with the series. My current WIP (Work in Progress) brings back some characters from the first book – for instance, Lucy Sherwood (probation) and also focuses on a case that will send ripples through DC Maggie Jamieson's current team in the Major and Organised Crime Department. There will be murders and some twists. That's all I can say! Ha ha ha! 

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March 2020

The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning…

DC Maggie Jamieson's past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller.

Three missing women running out of time…

They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life.

The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was…

But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town.

Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find.

Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live…

More about Noelle

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA's - Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice - and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle's hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the #booklove via her blog.

Dead Inside - her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

Noelle, where can we follow you on social media? 

Twitter  @nholten40 

 Facebook as CrimeBookJunkie

Instagram  @crimebookjunkie 

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