Friday 30 June 2023

Sea Haven by JM Simpson Blog Tour

 JM Simpson is back with the latest novel in the explosive Castleby series.

And I'm pleased as punch to be part of the blog tour for Sea Haven. I've followed this series from the beginning and I can't believe we've reached book number four!


One tragic death. Five people know the truth. Who is to blame?

Hollywood darling Cassie Warner is tragically killed three weeks before Christmas in a car crash on the outskirts of Castleby. Her daughter, Tabatha, narrowly survives the crash. Detective Steve Miller suspects foul play and discovers evidence confirming he is dealing with a murder enquiry.

Local crime mafiosi, Mickey and Pearl Camorra’s empire is at risk from rival gangs who plan to take over. Anxious to avoid a violent and bloody turf war Detective Miller reluctantly supports them to keep control.

Ex-soldier Foxy takes in a troubled loved one and does all he can to help, but the odds are stacked against him.

As Detective Miller investigates the crash, he discovers a broken family with a long history of neglect and abuse. Digging deeper, he is faced with five potential suspects, but who is really to blame?

Murder, obsession, intrigue and suspense continue in the fourth of the Castleby Series.

This is a set of stories that just gets better and better, like a fine wine.

I love the fact that we are introduced to new characters as well as getting reacquainted with some old faithful's (Foxy remains a firm favourite for me).

Sea Haven is another fast paced tale. 

And for me it is unique, it's crime with a twist because it reads like a soap opera. The drama levels are always high. It is one of those novels where you'd rather lose sleep to find out what exactly is going to happen.

We are of course back in Castleby and this time the focus is definitely more on the dangerous criminals rather than the infamous lifeboat crew, however I think this worked and gave the story even more depth.

Dark and I guess disturbing at times, there are some triggering themes throughout which could be traumatic. This is the same for the previous books but Simpson does an expert job at navigating these subjects in a sensitive manner. Nothing felt brushed over but none of it is in your face either - if that makes sense.

I won't divulge details of the tale as I think it would ruin the impact but my personal favourite part of these books is that they are multi-layered whilst remaining easy to follow. 

Some of the characters within always feel like old friends and I truly want to know how life has been for them.

Although part of a series I still think these books can be read as stand alones (although I highly recommend reading them all). 

Will there be another book in the series? I sure hope so!

In the mean time, make sure to follow the rest of the blog tour for more insights into this novel and the lovely author too.


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