The Lies Within by Jane Isaac #BlogTour @Legend_Press

Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for one of my favourite authors, Jane Isaac. The Lies Within is the latest instalment in her DI Will Jackman series.

About this book…


Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder.

Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter’s body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace’s only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss.

DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him.

When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before she is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit?

My review…

Wow! I love this series featuring Will Jackman and The Lies Within has got to be my favourite so far! Part police procedural, part psychological thriller and part courtroom drama, I was glued to this book from the moment I picked it up! Grace was such a carefully crafted character that I found myself questioning every move she made, asking myself if the woman in the prologue is the same grief stricken mother we meet after her daughter Jo is discovered murdered.

I found the chapters following the family after Jo’s murder to be incredibly difficult to read. Jane Isaac totally conveyed the feelings of grief and helplessness felt by them as they tried to come to terms with what had happened to their family. Their everyday lives became a chore as if they were trying to walk through quicksand. So when an old friend turns up, Grace is gradually brought back to life and Faye becomes an integral part of her emotional recovery. But what on earth has happened for Grace to end up in court on a murder charge? The author built up the tension between the characters carefully until it became impossible to put this book down. I was fascinated by Grace, could the loss of her daughter have turned her into a murderer? Thankfully, Will Jackman thinks not and the race is on to prove Grace is innocent.

Once again Will Jackmans personal life proves as complex and intriguing as the case he is in charge of solving. He really is in a “no man’s land” when it comes to his love life and my heart went out to him as I watched him struggle to do the right thing. I just want that man to be happy!!!! He’s too lovely to be on his own!!!

I loved every minute of this book, it had me utterly engrossed in the storyline from the very first page with characters that I came to care about and a moral dilemma that gave me cause for thought. This is a perfectly plotted and intricately woven tale that you will leave you breathless with amazement as you finish the final few chapters. Highly recommended by me!

Many thanks to Lucy Chamberlain at Legend Press for my advanced review copy of The Lies Within: Shocking. Page-Turning. Crime Thriller with DI Will Jackman (The DI Will Jackman series) which is available to purchase now.

Meet the author ..

Jane Isaac

Jane Isaac lives with her husband, daughter and dog, Bollo, in rural Northamptonshire, UK. Her debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014’.

In 2015 Jane embarked on a new series, featuring DI Will Jackman and set in Stratford upon Avon, with Before It’s Too Late. The second in the series, Beneath The Ashes, will be published by Legend Press on 1st November 2016 with the 3rd, The Lies Within, to follow on 2nd May 2017.


Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac #BlogTour @Legend_Press

Today I’m really pleased to be part of the blog tour for Beneath The Ashes, the second book in the DI Will Jackman series by Jane Isaac.


About this book…

The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.

Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?

My review…

I love the way Jane Isaac writes so I am extremely happy she has introduced us to such an amiable character as DI Jackman as she has now created the perfect package for me as a reader! I just LOVE Will Jackman-I have total “fictional character crush” on him-and Jane Isaac has weaved her storytelling magic around him in a realistic police procedural that hit all the right buttons for me! If you haven’t discovered Will Jackman yet you will be able to catch up on his back story here so don’t worry but please do take time to read her other books especially Before it’s Too Late, the first in this series.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the floor of her boyfriends home covered in blood with no memories of the previous night and her boyfriend Evan is missing. Nearby, DI Jackman is called to a fire in a farmers barn where a body has been found. Could there be a connection between the two? And if there is, could it be as clear cut as we think? Of course not!! There are so many different twisty threads throughout this investigation that I gave up trying to figure out who and why, and just let the story slowly wash over me and enjoy the drama as it came along.

The parts of the book surrounding Will and his wife and daughter are very well handled and sit in the background as an aside to the main action but giving a gentle insight to his character and work ethic. It’s nice to have a police detective who feels like he would be the one to turn up on your doorstep if you call 999, with his sympathetic and reliable manner. I felt quite sorry for him towards the end but also desperate to find out what’s in store for him next.

This really is an edge of your seat crime thriller. It flows so well that before you know it you will be halfway through and unable to put it down until you finish.  I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to fans of police procedural novels as an excellent example of its genre. And no pressure, Jane Isaac, but I need more Will Jackman in my life!

Thank you to Legend Press for my review copy of Beneath the Ashes.

Beneath the Ashes: Shocking. Page-Turning. Crime Thriller with DI Will Jackman is published by Legend Press and is available to buy now from Amazon UK.

Meet the author…


Jane Isaac lives with her husband, daughter and dog, Bollo, in rural Northamptonshire.

Her first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, was published in the US in 2012 and nominated as best mystery in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013 .

The Truth Will Out, was selected Crime Thriller of the Month by E and Noveltunity Book Club Winning Selection. Before It s Too Late was published 1st June 2015.