Jeanette is the manager of a probation hostel that houses high risk offenders released on license.
At 3am one morning, she receives a call telling her a resident has been murdered.
Her whole team, along with the eight convicted murderers, are now all suspects in a crime no one saw committed…
Don’t miss the first nerve-shredding standalone thriller from Noelle Holten, author of the Maggie Jamieson series.
Book info: Print length: 378 pages. Publisher: One More Chapter. Publication Date: 27 Sept 2022
Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. 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.
6 Ripley Avenue is Noelle Holten’s first standalone crime thriller having written 3 previous books in a series. This is also the first book from Noelle that I have read.
My thanks as always to the tour organiser Anne Cater for inviting me to join this epic tour and you can see from the poster below, just how many bloggers jumped at the chance to read and review this book.
6 Ripley Avenue centres around a probation hostel which has been the cause of great concern to the neighbourhood since it opened a few years ago. Currently home to several rather nasty and violent criminals including murderers, drug dealers and burglars. Jeanette the Manager of this hostel receives a call in the middle of the night that one of her residents has been murdered. Danny Wells has a history of violence and murder and has enemies everywhere so the suspect pool is rather overflowing and the police certainly have to work hard to find the killer who could be any of the residents or staff on duty.
The story has multiple narrators, including the “killer”, the journalist who is determined to shut down the hostel, the “nosey” neighbour who works at the hostel (and happened to be my favourite character in the book) and Jeanette the manager, who truly believes that the hostel can work to rehabilitate these violent offenders and get them back into society.
This is a “locked room” type of crime, because we know that the killer is part of the hostel, although we don’t know who or why until towards the end of the story.
It is very obvious from the start of the book that the author has indepth knowledge from her time as a Probation Officer as there is so much detail and explanations for the reader which added that extra layer of authenticity.