The First One to Die

Detectives King and Lane

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‘I was hooked from the start and suffered sleepless nights because I just couldn't put it down. Brilliant!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

She tried to break her fall, twisting desperately, but there was nothing to catch hold of, nothing with which she could stop herself. Her single scream cut through the night air.

One hot summer night, a young woman falls from a rooftop to her death. Detective Alex King is called to the quiet terraced street.

The victim, Keira North, was twenty, happy and carefree. It seems like an accident, but there’s broken glass on the carpet, and witnesses overheard an argument. Could someone have wanted her dead?

Keira’s friends don’t seem as helpful as Alex would expect and the post-mortem reveals that Keira was hiding a secret: she was five months pregnant. Alex’s team soon finds that all of Keira's closest friends have secrets that someone might kill to keep.

As Alex realises Keira might be just the first victim on a list, her leads take her a bit too close to home. With her own demons to fight, can Alex catch the killer, before someone else dies?

The First One to Die is a heart-stopping and shocking detective thriller that will have you gripped until the very last page. Perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, Angela Marsons, and Val McDermid.

What readers are saying about The First One to Die:

This book had big shoes to fill because the first book in the series was so fantastic. Well it filled those shoes big time it was brilliant, Victoria Jenkins smashed it out of the park, I loved everything about it. This truly was one of those books that you devour, you can’t put it down because every page sucks you in and leaves you breathless and wanting more.

I am now looking forward to book 3 in the series; Victoria Jenkins is now one of my all-time favourite authors.

I highly recommend this book and I give it a big fat 5 stars – I loved it!' Bonnie's Book Talk

One of the best crime novels I have read - and I read many. I raced through this book, reading it in a breath-taking, heart-pounding rush… a thrilling roller coaster of a story.’ Renita D’Silva 

'I love Victoria Jenkins, her writing style is enthralling and her short snappy chapters keep you on the edge-of-your-seat wanting more! I look forward to the future of King & Lane!!' The Introverted Mum

'I started reading this and was hooked from the first few pages... Every twist and turn in this book leaves the reader guessing.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Another gripping read.' Humble Tart Kitchen

'The plotting is great. There are plenty of twists and turns which kept me glued to the pages wondering what would come next. The First One to Die is a good, engrossing read which I have no hesitation in recommending.' Goodreads reviewer

‘I loved this book!... more twists and turns than a roller coaster… An absolutely brilliant crime book which I would 110% recommend to everyone! Fantastic!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

Utterly gripping with twists and turns galore, it had me glued to the pages... I dare you not to get hooked! I can't wait for book three!’ Novel Deelights, 5 stars

‘The twists came thick and fast… At times I was caught out, a twist would creep up on me that I didn’t see coming, causing me to snatch my breath.’ Sweet Little Book Blog

I read it in an evening and am really looking forward now to more in the series!...  a great page turner - I loved it!!’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars

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Nov 15, 2017
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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‘Had my brain rattling in my head!… genius… Sometimes my mouth fell open and a few OMG’s escaped… I loved it!’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars

 

On a damp October day, a body is found in an abandoned hospital, too burnt to be identified, but Detective Alex King knows that every victim is someone’s daughter or son.

 

Pushing aside her own troubles, Alex puts everything into finding the killer, but when someone else is found dead, she begins to suspect that the body in the hospital was just the first of many.

 

Just as Alex uncovers a heartbreaking link between the victims, she finds her own safety under threat. Is this a figure from her past hell-bent on revenge, or could the murderer be even nearer than she thinks? 

 

Alex is running out of time. Can she catch the killer before they take another life, or will they get to her first?

 

A completely unputdownable detective thriller that will keep you up all night. Readers of Robert Bryndza, Karin Slaughter and Angela Marsons will love this. 

 

What readers are saying about Nobody’s Child:

‘Bam! Straight out of the starting gate this had me totally hooked… Fast paced all the way through, hit after hit of tension, excitement and horror… I don’t hesitate in giving this 5 stars, it had me captivated and on the edge-of-my-seat.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk

 

‘Cor! Talk about a gripping crime story! WOO! What a corker!… had me on the edge-of-my-seat… left me utterly reeling!… That ending nearly broke me… insanely compelling and addictive.’ Novel Deelights, 5 stars

 

‘I loved the twists and turns in this book and the different story lines playing out at the same time which kept up the interest.  I loved that the chapters were short which kept me saying “just one more” way into the night! A great read!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘The legend at the top of the book says unputdownable, so did it live up to the gumph? Oh yes. What a great story.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm, 5 stars

 

‘I was hooked from page one!!... It's a race to solve…  plenty of twists!!!... Can't wait for the next one!! Can't recommend it highly enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A flawless thriller which will have you hanging off every page, how do you do it Victoria?… it’s an absolute must to read.’ Sweet Little Book Blog, 5 stars

 

‘WOW!... another brilliant investigation from Alex, Chloe and the team. I hope this series continues for a long time to come.’ Have Books Will Read, 5 stars

 

‘I found myself getting more and more hooked into the storyline and by the end I seriously could not put it down!...  The twists and turns were fantastic and kept the suspense building right through to the end.’ Stardust Book Reviews

 

‘A rollercoaster ride of danger and twists as the truth is uncovered… thrilling and gripping crime thriller… plenty of twists and suspense to keep the reader turning pages.’ Dash Fan Book Reviews

 

‘Thrilling, gripping and will have the reader totally hooked! I loved it. An unexpected outcome! A real page-turner.’ Between the Pages Book Club

 

‘Wow! Wow! Wow! The book was off the hook! There were so many stories going on in here with characters and crime all over the place. I was like WTF is going on?…  And the jaw dropping ending will have you going "No Way!!"’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘What a fast-paced story. Boy did I get the chills more than once… This book was incredible. Simply said. I could not put it down…I read the first 61% in less than a couple hours, and it took no time to finish the rest of the book.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars

The blur of shapes began to sharpen, forming a clear picture that stood out against the darkened background. For a moment he couldn’t move, his fear rendering him immobile. He needed help. He turned to run.

 

On a dark night, on a mountain road, a young couple, Matthew and Stacey, are on their way home from a night out. Their car breaks down and Matthew leaves to look for help. By the next morning, Stacey is found murdered in the car and Matthew is missing, presumed guilty of her murder.

 

Called to the scene, Detective Alex King and her team soon see some terrifying links – to another local young man who is missing, and to the discovery of a body from 30 years ago.

 

Alex knows that the missing and the dead have a story to tell her. But will she hear it in time to uncover the killer before they strike again?

 

A Promise to the Dead is a totally unputdownable crime thriller that will have you hooked. Readers of Angela Marsons, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni will love this.

 

Readers love A Promise to the Dead:

 

‘This book had me hooked from the first page and I read it in one sitting. There are so many twists and turns in this book it was making me giddy. This is a compelling read and I had an endless list of suspects which were all wrong. As for the climax of this book I was shocked and it was EXPLOSIVE.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Wow wow wow. Brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Had me hooked from the first page. This is a series that just keeps getting better and better… This was a book that I could not put down.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Loved this! If you’re looking for an amazing who-did-it with lots of twists and two great women detectives than this is it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A must read. I loved it.’ Sifat’s Book Kingdom

 

‘Fast-paced and gripping. I was instantly hooked from the first chapter.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I have enjoyed all the books in this series but this one is my favourite so far… If you are a fan of police procedurals I highly recommend this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A complex, thrilling book.’ Goodreads Reviewer

'WOW! This book was fantastic, I loved it. I literally binge read it because I couldn't put it down... if I could give it 6 stars I would.' Bonnie's Book Talk 

When she woke, she found herself in darkness. She couldn’t move. She was going to die and she had no idea why… 

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a river in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. 

Days later, another girl goes missing, and another body is found in the water. It seems the two girls shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. What secrets were they keeping? And who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls? 

As the detectives start to piece together the clues, it becomes clear that the murderer's reach goes even further - back into the painful past of Chloe Lane herself. Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden. 

Alex and Chloe are soon caught in a race against time to reach the next victim before it’s too late... and they must face terrifying truths from their own lives to have a chance of catching the killer. 

Chilling and totally compelling with an utterly surprising twist, The Girls in the Water is perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Sarah Hilary, and Patricia Gibney.

What readers are saying about The Girls in the Water:

'Full of twists and turns, leading to an ending that was both thrilling and filled with tension. Oh, and I never guessed who dun it, either!' Angela Marsons


'An incredibly compelling and gripping read. The book had me glued to the pages as the investigation into the murder victim unfolded and various layers of the skilfully crafted plot came together. I stayed up way too late in a desperate attempt to finish as the team races against the clock to save another potential victim. This is an incredible debut by Victoria Jenkins and a thrilling and exciting start to a new series.' Novel Deelights, 5 stars

'A wonderfully gripping story that makes me excited for book 2!' Breakfast at Shelby's

'The first word that comes into my head is WOW! This book was fantastic, I loved it. I literally binge read it because I couldn't put it down. The characters were complex and very likeable and I can't wait to see them again in the next instalment. This was a really good book, if I could give it 6 stars I would.'Bonnie's Book Talk

'This book is so far my favourite UK mystery.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars.

'This book has everything, a great plot, well developed characters that you become truly invested in and a very clever perpetrator that is determined to make his mark. If you love thrilling police procedurals, this book is a must!!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'This book is incredible... completely enthralling and I can't wait for the next!' Kitty Catalyst Bibliophile

'A superb book... loved it!' Goodreads reviewer

'Danger hangs around the corner. Excitement on every page. I felt the chills run down my arms. The prickling sensation of fear... Yes, this is fiction but the reality of the characters both dead and alive were so believable. I highly recommend The Girls in the Water to readers worldwide.' Urban Book Reviews

'Wow! What an incredible, assured and resounding debut! Enjoyed every page of this brilliant book. A beautifully crafted story, with many twists and turns that keep you guessing. The character development is fab. Loved the detectives and the backstory and the way everything fell into place at the end. Intelligent, fast paced and thrilling. Loved it!' Renita D'Silva, 5 stars. 

'Really gripping... I'll definitely be tuning in to the next book in the series.' Love is a State of Mind

‘Had my brain rattling in my head!… genius… Sometimes my mouth fell open and a few OMG’s escaped… I loved it!’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars

 

On a damp October day, a body is found in an abandoned hospital, too burnt to be identified, but Detective Alex King knows that every victim is someone’s daughter or son.

 

Pushing aside her own troubles, Alex puts everything into finding the killer, but when someone else is found dead, she begins to suspect that the body in the hospital was just the first of many.

 

Just as Alex uncovers a heartbreaking link between the victims, she finds her own safety under threat. Is this a figure from her past hell-bent on revenge, or could the murderer be even nearer than she thinks? 

 

Alex is running out of time. Can she catch the killer before they take another life, or will they get to her first?

 

A completely unputdownable detective thriller that will keep you up all night. Readers of Robert Bryndza, Karin Slaughter and Angela Marsons will love this. 

 

What readers are saying about Nobody’s Child:

‘Bam! Straight out of the starting gate this had me totally hooked… Fast paced all the way through, hit after hit of tension, excitement and horror… I don’t hesitate in giving this 5 stars, it had me captivated and on the edge-of-my-seat.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk

 

‘Cor! Talk about a gripping crime story! WOO! What a corker!… had me on the edge-of-my-seat… left me utterly reeling!… That ending nearly broke me… insanely compelling and addictive.’ Novel Deelights, 5 stars

 

‘I loved the twists and turns in this book and the different story lines playing out at the same time which kept up the interest.  I loved that the chapters were short which kept me saying “just one more” way into the night! A great read!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘The legend at the top of the book says unputdownable, so did it live up to the gumph? Oh yes. What a great story.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm, 5 stars

 

‘I was hooked from page one!!... It's a race to solve…  plenty of twists!!!... Can't wait for the next one!! Can't recommend it highly enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A flawless thriller which will have you hanging off every page, how do you do it Victoria?… it’s an absolute must to read.’ Sweet Little Book Blog, 5 stars

 

‘WOW!... another brilliant investigation from Alex, Chloe and the team. I hope this series continues for a long time to come.’ Have Books Will Read, 5 stars

 

‘I found myself getting more and more hooked into the storyline and by the end I seriously could not put it down!...  The twists and turns were fantastic and kept the suspense building right through to the end.’ Stardust Book Reviews

 

‘A rollercoaster ride of danger and twists as the truth is uncovered… thrilling and gripping crime thriller… plenty of twists and suspense to keep the reader turning pages.’ Dash Fan Book Reviews

 

‘Thrilling, gripping and will have the reader totally hooked! I loved it. An unexpected outcome! A real page-turner.’ Between the Pages Book Club

 

‘Wow! Wow! Wow! The book was off the hook! There were so many stories going on in here with characters and crime all over the place. I was like WTF is going on?…  And the jaw dropping ending will have you going "No Way!!"’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘What a fast-paced story. Boy did I get the chills more than once… This book was incredible. Simply said. I could not put it down…I read the first 61% in less than a couple hours, and it took no time to finish the rest of the book.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars

'WOW! This book was fantastic, I loved it. I literally binge read it because I couldn't put it down... if I could give it 6 stars I would.' Bonnie's Book Talk 

When she woke, she found herself in darkness. She couldn’t move. She was going to die and she had no idea why… 

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a river in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. 

Days later, another girl goes missing, and another body is found in the water. It seems the two girls shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. What secrets were they keeping? And who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls? 

As the detectives start to piece together the clues, it becomes clear that the murderer's reach goes even further - back into the painful past of Chloe Lane herself. Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden. 

Alex and Chloe are soon caught in a race against time to reach the next victim before it’s too late... and they must face terrifying truths from their own lives to have a chance of catching the killer. 

Chilling and totally compelling with an utterly surprising twist, The Girls in the Water is perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Sarah Hilary, and Patricia Gibney.

What readers are saying about The Girls in the Water:

'Full of twists and turns, leading to an ending that was both thrilling and filled with tension. Oh, and I never guessed who dun it, either!' Angela Marsons


'An incredibly compelling and gripping read. The book had me glued to the pages as the investigation into the murder victim unfolded and various layers of the skilfully crafted plot came together. I stayed up way too late in a desperate attempt to finish as the team races against the clock to save another potential victim. This is an incredible debut by Victoria Jenkins and a thrilling and exciting start to a new series.' Novel Deelights, 5 stars

'A wonderfully gripping story that makes me excited for book 2!' Breakfast at Shelby's

'The first word that comes into my head is WOW! This book was fantastic, I loved it. I literally binge read it because I couldn't put it down. The characters were complex and very likeable and I can't wait to see them again in the next instalment. This was a really good book, if I could give it 6 stars I would.'Bonnie's Book Talk

'This book is so far my favourite UK mystery.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars.

'This book has everything, a great plot, well developed characters that you become truly invested in and a very clever perpetrator that is determined to make his mark. If you love thrilling police procedurals, this book is a must!!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'This book is incredible... completely enthralling and I can't wait for the next!' Kitty Catalyst Bibliophile

'A superb book... loved it!' Goodreads reviewer

'Danger hangs around the corner. Excitement on every page. I felt the chills run down my arms. The prickling sensation of fear... Yes, this is fiction but the reality of the characters both dead and alive were so believable. I highly recommend The Girls in the Water to readers worldwide.' Urban Book Reviews

'Wow! What an incredible, assured and resounding debut! Enjoyed every page of this brilliant book. A beautifully crafted story, with many twists and turns that keep you guessing. The character development is fab. Loved the detectives and the backstory and the way everything fell into place at the end. Intelligent, fast paced and thrilling. Loved it!' Renita D'Silva, 5 stars. 

'Really gripping... I'll definitely be tuning in to the next book in the series.' Love is a State of Mind

Now they’re coming after Caelan’s team...

A tortured body is found in a basement. Drug dealing and people smuggling is on the rise. Then police start going missing.

There seems to be no connection between the crimes, but Detective Caelan Small senses something isn’t right.

Plunged into a new investigation, lives are on the line. And in the web of gangs, brothels and nerve-shattering undercover work, Caelan must get to the truth – or be killed trying.

And then there’s Nicky...

Utterly gripping, written with searing tension and remarkable dexterity, Tell No Lies is a blistering crime novel for fans of Angela Marsons, Rebecca Bradley and Faith Martin.

Praise for Tell No Lies

'A brilliantly gripping crime thriller. This book will have you hooked from the very start.' Reader review

'A must read. It is spine tingling and addictive. I can't wait for the next one in the series... Had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down!' Reader review

'I was hooked from the start, and I couldn’t wait to get home to continue reading!!!' Reader review

'Gritty and raw... it had me on the edge of my seat.' Stardust book reviews

'I was hooked by its reality... Its pace is breathless... right up till the last page I had no idea how it was going to end...I loved it.' Nigel Adams Book Worm

'The storylines are intricate with wonderful twists that caught me unawares (my notes for the BIG twist were just a string of expletives)' Reader review

The Detective Caelan Small Series

1. Ask No Questions

2. Tell No Lies

The blur of shapes began to sharpen, forming a clear picture that stood out against the darkened background. For a moment he couldn’t move, his fear rendering him immobile. He needed help. He turned to run.

 

On a dark night, on a mountain road, a young couple, Matthew and Stacey, are on their way home from a night out. Their car breaks down and Matthew leaves to look for help. By the next morning, Stacey is found murdered in the car and Matthew is missing, presumed guilty of her murder.

 

Called to the scene, Detective Alex King and her team soon see some terrifying links – to another local young man who is missing, and to the discovery of a body from 30 years ago.

 

Alex knows that the missing and the dead have a story to tell her. But will she hear it in time to uncover the killer before they strike again?

 

A Promise to the Dead is a totally unputdownable crime thriller that will have you hooked. Readers of Angela Marsons, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni will love this.

 

Readers love A Promise to the Dead:

 

‘This book had me hooked from the first page and I read it in one sitting. There are so many twists and turns in this book it was making me giddy. This is a compelling read and I had an endless list of suspects which were all wrong. As for the climax of this book I was shocked and it was EXPLOSIVE.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Wow wow wow. Brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Had me hooked from the first page. This is a series that just keeps getting better and better… This was a book that I could not put down.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Loved this! If you’re looking for an amazing who-did-it with lots of twists and two great women detectives than this is it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A must read. I loved it.’ Sifat’s Book Kingdom

 

‘Fast-paced and gripping. I was instantly hooked from the first chapter.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I have enjoyed all the books in this series but this one is my favourite so far… If you are a fan of police procedurals I highly recommend this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A complex, thrilling book.’ Goodreads Reviewer

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