Peter Donnelly


The Trouble with Peace – Joe Abercrombie

20 April 2021
The Trouble with Peace Book Cover The Trouble with Peace
Age of Madness
Joe Abercrombie
15 September 2020

Second in the AGE OF MADNESS trilogy, THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE is the next instalment of a series which is revolutionising fantasy . . . Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion. Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . . Savine dan Glokta, once Adua's most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way. For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her. Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply. The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever. 


The fantasy world that Joe Abercrombie created going back to the First Law trilogy is astounding in its depth and detail, with its own history, society, politics and culture….

Crime Mystery Thriller

Every Last Fear – Alex Finlay

13 April 2021
Every Last Fear Book Cover Every Last Fear
Alex Finlay
Head of Zeus Ltd
2 March 2021

A Netflix documentary made his family infamous, a killer left them dead. Only the surviving son can uncover the truth behind the tragedy in this psychological thriller.

University student Matt Pine has just received devastating news. Nearly his entire family have been found dead while holidaying in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI aren't convinced – and they won't tell Matt why.

The tragedy thrusts his family into the media spotlight again. Seven years ago, Matt's older brother, Danny, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his teenage girlfriend. Danny has always sworn he was innocent, and last year, a true crime documentary that claimed he was wrongfully convicted went viral.

Now his family's murder is overlapping with Danny's case, Matt is determined to uncover the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison. Even if it means putting his own life in danger, and confronting his every last fear.

Every Last Fear has a profound mystery underlying a clever perceptive plot that ravages a family through the most brutal and chilling encounters with killers and callously powerful people….

Short Stories

Backstories – Simon Van der Velde

11 April 2021
Backstories Book Cover Backstories
Simon Van der Velde
Short Stories
Smoke and Mirrors Press
25 March 2020

Dreamers, singers, heroes and killers, they can dazzle with their beauty or their talent or their unmitigated evil, yet inside themselves, they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth?

This book is dedicated to the victims of violent crime, the struggle against discrimination in all its forms and making the world a better place for our children. That is why 30% of all profits will be shared between Stop Hate UK, The North East Autism Society and Friends of the Earth.

Backstories is published by Smoke & Mirrors Press.


“Whatever happened to, all of the heroes?” The Stranglers 1977

I was twelve years old when I first heard this song and although there was something in the feral tone that grabbed me, I didn’t really understand it. I do now. I get the angst and the loss and the emptiness, which is why, in Backstories, I aim to answer the question.

I’m not interested in simplistic tabloid truths. They clung on too long, drank too much, lost their looks and their charm and generally reminded us that we’re all getting older. That’s not what I want from my heroes.

What I want is to find the spark, to dig down into their pain, their passions and their imperfections, and show you our heroes as they truly are.

So join me on my quest. Let’s bypass the obvious, the tedious,and the dull. Brave the deeper, darker paths where the treasures can be found, and together we’ll uncover the fears and doubts that made our heroes what they were and perhaps catch a glimpse of ourselves along the way.

Whatever happened to all of the heroes?

They turned out to be human beings, in all their diverse glory.


I have previously affirmed my love for short stories and my expanding appreciation of flash fiction. When the composition is tight and expressive, it is typically poetic with a…


Interview with L.L. Tremblay – Author of Seven Roses

8 April 2021
Interview with L.L. Tremblay Book Cover Interview with L.L. Tremblay
Author Interviews
Peter Donnelly
The Reading Desk
April 9, 2021


Author Bio

A small-town girl that spread her wings and turned a long-time dream into reality. 

Louise L. Tremblay, better known for her pen name L.L. Tremblay, is a Canadian writer who lives in the beautiful province of Quebec (Canada). She published her first novel, Seven Roses, in 2020. The book quickly jumped to the #1 New Release in Supernaturalism on Amazon, on release date. It has received amazing reviews from New York Times Best-Selling Authors, including praises from Phillip B. Goldfine, Hollywood Film, Television & Broadway Producer and Academy Award winner.

L.L. Tremblay is the loving mother of a 35-year-old son, who is at the center of her world. 

As a business executive, she has enjoyed a successful career in communications, high-tech, and business intelligence. In 2020 she discovered a passion for writing and published her first novel, which is largely inspired by her own experiences. The story came to life after she witnessed a tragic incident at the age of seven. Since then, she’s been working on connecting the dots between the living and the dead, and the events that surrounds them. She is now writing the sequel to Seven Roses, which she hopes to publish in 2022.

If you want to keep in touch with L.L. Tremblay and stay abreast of her future book projects, please visit her website at 


Peter: LL, your book ‘Seven Roses’ is a beautiful and haunting story of a young girl becoming a woman, with a very special gift of seeing the dead. It…

Mystery Supernatural Thriller

Hyde – Craig Russell

5 April 2021
Hyde Book Cover Hyde
Thriller, Supernatural
4 February 2021

Edward Hyde has a strange gift-or a curse-he keeps secret from all but his physician. He experiences two realities, one real, the other a dreamworld state brought on by a neurological condition.

When murders in Victorian Edinburgh echo the ancient Celtic threefold death ritual, Captain Edward Hyde hunts for those responsible. In the process he becomes entangled in a web of Celticist occultism and dark scheming by powerful figures. The answers are there to be found, not just in the real world but in the sinister symbolism of Edward Hyde’s otherworld.

He must find the killer, or lose his mind.

A dark tale. One that inspires Hyde’s friend . . . Robert Louis Stevenson. 


Trembling nerves and thoughts filled with suspicion and unease are normal reactions when reading a Craig Russell novel. Hyde unfolds as a uniquely dark supernatural thriller with a recurring theme of…