6 Ripley Avenue by Noelle Holten


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

I’m a big fan of the DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten but I’ve always got a soft spot for stand-alone thrillers and so I think 6 Ripley Avenue is actually her best book so far! It has a confidence that radiates out of the written page, delivering a gripping storyline that felt authentic and faithful to the process that we put our trust in-the rehabilitation into society of criminals deemed to have served their time. The life of a probation officer is not for many but Noelle carried out the job for 18 years before she followed her heart into the world of books and publishing, as it really shows in her finished book. The attention to detail in 6 Ripley Avenue means that you’re able to trust in the process and put your own detecting skills to the test!

There are multiple points of view throughout and the short chapters help to keep the tension high as we swap between them. The most chilling narrative is that of the killer, who’s identity is closely guarded till the very end and even then we are treated to a few more shocking twists! I really liked the investigative journalist Sloan who was determined to work out who killed Danny Wells whilst he was living in a probation hostel. Who hated him enough to murder him in such a vicious way right under the noses of those in positions of authority? Sloane has her own demons to deal with but that spurs her on even more, especially when the killer sets their sight on preventing her from solving the case.

I loved 6 Ripley Avenue from start to finish. It was a gripping, well paced read that provided a thought provoking locked room mystery in an intriguing setting! Highly recommended!

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at http://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.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.