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Introducing … The Cold Case Crew Mysteries

Writing under my pen name of bea kendall, let me share with you my new series of novellas based on cold cases. Never Forgotten is the story of two young women returning home to student accommodation after a night out. Their bodies were found on the canal bank by a postman on his rounds the next morning.

It’s not always the dog walkers and joggers 😉

Their killer has never been found, but the fiancé of one of the girls has never given up hope. In fact, his life – and death – have revolved around the case for more than thirty years.

Now, his students – The Cold Case Crew – are tasked with bringing the killer to justice.

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One man’s fight for the truth never ends – even after his death.

When his fiancée is murdered, barrister Tom Finnegan vows to bring the killer to justice.

Constantly demanding updates from the police, he keeps the case visible for years to come. Hopes are raised, then dashed when leads don’t pan out. Eventually the case is assigned to the archives.

He won’t give in. As his first and only love, she can never be forgotten.

Retrained in criminology, and working as a professor, he teaches his students to profile perpetrators of the most heinous crimes. But there is only ever one case on his mind.

At last, some thirty years later, advancements in soil forensics provide the evidence he’s been waiting for.

By now, though, Tom’s health is failing and cancer claims him before he can solve the case.

Ever mindful of his own fragility, Tom bequeaths the challenge to three of his star pupils.

Can Amy, Ross and Liam pick up the mantle?

Time is running out. It may already be too late.

Does justice ever have a deadline?

Now available to pre-order from Amazon, the book will be released on April 25th.

I hope you enjoy it as much I loved writing it 🙂

I’m working on book two – No Safe Place – right now, and plan to add a third to the series before the end of the year.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book review – For Love or Money

For Love or Money

Lesley has always fancied herself as an amateur sleuth, a sort of modern day Miss Marple without the support stockings.

So when Al wants to hire her to investigate his elderly uncle’s young fiancée, she jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt that the job will involve posing as Al’s girlfriend and joining his glitzy, star-studded family on holiday in Nice.

Stella still can’t quite believe she’s engaged to legendary actor Sir Peter Bradshaw. She accepted what she thought was a deathbed proposal. Now she has a living, breathing fiancé and a wedding to plan.

First, though, she has to get through a holiday in the South of France with Peter’s extended family, who all seem convinced she’s a gold-digger with her sights set on the family fortune.

As Lesley bonds with Stella over shopping trips and bottles of rosé, she thinks she has it all figured out. After all, it’s no great mystery why a young woman would marry a fabulously wealthy seventy-two-year-old with a heart condition, is it? It’s an old story.

And Al may be the nicest boyfriend she’s ever had (even if he is fake), but Lesley believes in instant attraction and there’s just no spark … no matter how fit he looks in his swimming trunks. So there’s no chance he’s going to grow on her.

But people have a way of surprising you, as she’s about to discover …

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Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland and writes funny, sexy romantic comedies. She always dreamed of being a novelist, and after more jobs than she cares to (or can) remember, she now writes full-time. For more information about her books or to sign up to her newsletter, visit her website at

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My Review

5/5 stars

From the outset, this story had me laughing out loud; the humour is natural and topical, the characters are real people, the kind who might live in your street, and therefore so very relateable.

Lesley, much to her parents’ chagrin, is single again, and to keep the peace she attends a singles night with zero expectations of meeting “the one”. Instead she reinvents herself as a private investigator … just for fun. And, fun it is, given that she doesn’t click with any of the hopefuls at the table and doesn’t expect to meet any of them ever again. Even the one, Al, who asks to take her home.

Only, Al appears to have taken her little game seriously, and turns up at her door some months later with a proposition … a job offer, of course! He asks her to pose as his girlfriend for a while, and to use her “investigative” skills to expose a potential gold-digger who is about to marry his wealthy uncle.

When the job includes a holiday to the family villa in the South of France, Lesley doesn’t hesitate to say yes. Soon, she finds herself meeting the family and off to France, enjoying a lifestyle she has only ever seen in magazines. However, the fiancée in question – Stella – doesn’t strike Lesley as a gold-digger, and the two grow closer. Lesley is convinced Stella is not marrying for money, but rather she has a secret of her own and is hell-bent on staying out of the limelight.

During this time, Lesley  gets to know Al better, and discovers he’s a lovely guy, one who she could really, possibly, even grow to love. Which is totally out of the question, naturally, and she knows the job will end … or does she?

Romance, humour, secrets and lots of warmth make this book unputdownable. The story flows effortlessly; you won’t even realise you’re halfway through it in no time, so be prepared to stay up late to finish it.

I received a copy from the author for this blog tour, and this review is given voluntarily. That said, I shall be keeping a look out for more from this author in the future.

Enjoy! I dare you not to love it 🙂

PS – the fact that Al’s favourite books were the Mallory Towers series by Enid Blyton had absolutely no effect on my review. But, Yay! My childhood in a nutshell. Way to Go Al! 😉

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