About Me

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My official author info says the following:

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She’s a PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and she worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. Noelle has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice, a Diploma in Probation Studies and a Masters in Criminology. Her 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 her first stand-alone crime thriller and hopefully not her last!

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46 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Hi!

    Trying to get in touch we you or your agent about the film/tv rights to Dead Inside. Would you be able to email me please?


  2. Hi Jake! My own series is quite accurate ? Multi agency based and I use my experience as a probation officer (17+ yrs) working with the police ((10 yrs) if you want to check that out! Tony Kent writes a great series too (mix of legal, spy thriller) Caroline Mitchell (she is an ex copper) Lisa Cutts, Steve Cavanagh, Mari Hannah, Ann Cleeves, Gillian McAllister – there are quite a few! If you click on the # for crime etc, you should find a few more!
    Happy reading!

  3. Hi,

    I was wondering if you could recommend me some crime/spy/police/detective novels that are realistic, accurate and filled with expert knowledge.

    Many thanks,


  4. Hi!

    We are inviting you to be one of our Top Novel and Books blogs 2020 on our website https://sparpedia.dk/toplists/top-novel-and-books-blogs-2020/.

    We are in constant search for the best blogs and we are glad to include you on the list. As recognition for your dedication and creativity, our team has created a special badge that you can post on your blog: https://sparpedia.dk/banners/banners-for-top-novel-and-books-blogs-2020/

    If this interests you, please send us a message and we are more than willing to answer your queries.

    Thank you and hoping to hear from you soon!


    Anna Hansen
    Junior Project Manager

  5. That’s great to hear, Richard. Thanks for popping over. I’m currently editing my debut novel and then writing the next book in the series, so there may be less posts on here than usual – but I’ll try and keep them coming!

  6. I just stumbled across your outstanding blog and, after dusting myself off, I realized it’s what I have been looking for! I was a career prosecutor and now I enjoy both reading and writing about crime.
    I am excited about returning to this site often! Thank you!

  7. Hi Michael. If you read my review policy, I’m inundated at the moment and so will have to pass on the review request. Good luck with your book. If you want to try again towards the end of the year, my review policy has the details on how to request. All the best, Noelle

  8. Hi Noelle
    Have just come across your interesting website. And Like you I’m a crime book fan and have devoured crime novels and stories by writers like Simenon, Ruth Rendell, Chandler, Agatha Christie, the under appreciated Julian Symons, and others, for years now.
    I wonder if you would be interested in looking at a murder mystery story I have written, called ‘HAZARD ON THE LOOSE’; that is in a volume of my short stories, entitled ‘SEVEN TALL TALES’, that has been recently published, by Michael Terence Publishing, and is available at Amazon as a book or a kindle. HAZARD ON THE LOOSE is about an embittered businessman, by the name of Jack Hazard, who breaks out of jail, with outside help, after serving five years of a fifteen year sentence. He had already promised to track down and murder the four company executives that he claimed had deliberately framed him up and saw him sentenced on entirely trumped up charges. One by one they are tracked down and murdered; until only two of the four remain. One of the remaining two in his desperation hires the services of two private detectives, to add to the police protection he has already. Though it is assumed by most people that Hazard is the murderer the private detectives voice their doubts about this and reason that Hazard would be far too focused on keeping a low profile and avoiding recapture – as a large police force is dedicated to that purpose – to pursue some bizarre revenge vendetta. Will events prove them right? But if it isn’t Hazard, then who is the actual killer? Could you guess? Incidentally the two seedy and rather shambolic private eyes in that story, Joe Sugden and Mervyn Macnally, also feature in two other stories in that collection: ZOMBIEVILLE and THE CREATURE FROM THE DEEP, which involves a monster in a Scottish loch. If you like I could send you the Hazard story for your scrutiny; and, if you would care to look at them the other two tales involving the private investigators.
    I look forward to your reply.
    best regards

  9. Hello, I was not sure how else to contact you so I am sending my comment here.
    I am contacting you through the list I was given for the BEST BOOK BLOG OF 2017 – WRITER’S AWARD.

    I noticed that just like me, your website was also selected as one of the best websites that are out there. I wanted to firstly congratulate you and was wondering if you would be interested in exchanging posts, articles, or anything in that manner?

    My website – Review Tales – Offers book reviews, articles and also guest posts. I was selected as number 11 on the list and would be really happy if we could have an ongoing communication between each other, in order to excel in this platform that we have created.

    Your thoughts on this matter would be much appreciated.

    Jeyran Main

  10. Hi Noelle, am really enjoying your blog. I used to be an avid reader, crime books being my favourite, but then kids came along and quiet time to read is non existent. But when they get older the tv is going and being replaced by a bookshelf. Keep up the good work, Thanks very much.

  11. Hi Melisa! I accept guest posts from authors who write crime fiction. If you read my review policy, it will explain in terms of how to contact me and the type of content I would be looking for.

  12. Hello,

    My name is Melisa and I came across your website, which was very up-to-the-minute for me because it accepts Guest Posts. If you are still accepting them, I would be delighted to work together with you. You may feel free to look through the examples of my writing in my Google profile.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Best Regards,

    Melisa Marzett

  13. Excellent blog, one of the best crime book blogs I’ve come across and a great read. Points me to writers I’ve never tried but spurred on by your words. I have an ebook out in the same vein, The Trapdoor to Murder, viewBook.at/trapdoor and you’ve given me food for thought on how to promote it but what would you recommend as my best avenue to get it read? Congrats on the blog.

  14. Hi Noelle,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog CrimeBookJunkie has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Novel Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Novel Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


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  17. Review of my latest Sherlock Holmes chronicle would be v. welcome

    In which Holmes displays his exceptional knowledge of forensic pathology

    It’s 1907. Holmes and Watson encounter the terrifying Empress Dowager Cixi at the height of her power…
    Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil

    Sigil. Pronounced sijil. An inscribed or painted symbol or occult sign considered to have magical power
    It’s the year 1906. Rumours abound that a deadly plot is hatching – not in the fog-ridden back-alleys of London’s Limehouse district or the sinister Devon moors of the Hound of the Baskervilles but in faraway Peking. Holmes’s task – discover whether such a plot exists and if so, foil it. Are the assassins targeting the young and progressive Ch’ing Emperor or his imperious aunt, the fearsome Empress Dowager Cixi? The murder of either could spark a civil war.
    China’s fate and the interests of Britain’s Empire in the Orient could be at stake. Holmes and Watson take up the mission with their customary confidence – until they find they are no longer in the familiar landscapes of Edwardian England. Instead, they tumble into the Alice In Wonderland world of The Forbidden City.
    Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil was written in a converted oast house near Rudyard Kipling’s old home, Bateman’s, in the English county of East Sussex.

  18. Awww thank you so much!! I am over the moon and still shocked I won!! I still need to check all the winners….but really, everyone nominated were winners! Such an honour! ?

  19. Can you email your request to [email protected]
    I am swamped at the moment interms of review requests, but it may be something a guest reviewer might be interested in. I will respond to your email as soon as I can.
    Thank you
    ~ Noelle

  20. Hi Noelle,

    Might you like to review my new psychological thriller called FEAR DREAMS? This just might catch your fancy because it’s a combination of psychological thriller and police procedural. The two main figures: a sensitive artist and an intuitive, strong detective.

    Author name: J.A. Schneider

    Publication Date: March 28, 2016, 218 pages

    Liddy Barron, an artist, was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her with recurring nightmares, gaps in her memory, and an increasing obsession in the disappearance of a coed named Sasha Perry. Insecure and nervous, Liddy’s turmoil grows as she begins seeing ghostly images. Her husband Paul tries to help but suspects it’s just her imagination…while intuitive Detective Kerri Blasco, also obsessed with young Sasha’s disappearance, senses that Liddy may have a key to solving the case, and tries to unravel the shocking truth of what really haunts her.

    Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CRD2A1E (Also available in paperback.) If this piques your interest, I can send you a .mobi, a PDF or gift send from Amazon.

    Many thanks for your attention,

    Joyce (J.A. Schneider)
    Website: http://jaschneiderauthor.net
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832782.J_A_Schneider
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoyceSchneider1
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyce.schneider.142?fref=ts

  21. Hi Noelle – just found your site and thought I’d say “hello”!
    I’m a former Police DCI who now advises writers on anything police-related from standard procedure to Murder investigation. I also talk with Writing Groups about Murder investigations and the challenges facing an SIO (my previous job!!). I have a website at http://www.gibconsultancy.co.uk which has a Consultancy page amongst others. Keep up the great work. Regards
    Stuart Gibbon – GIB Consultancy
    Anytime – it would be a pleasure to help you

  22. Hi Stuart!! Thanks for the compliment! And thanks for the link! Currently writing myself so may have to contact you! ??
    Oh… and pop by anytime!! Tell your friends LOL! ?

  23. Hi Noelle – just found your site and thought I’d say “hello”!
    I’m a former Police DCI who now advises writers on anything police-related from standard procedure to Murder investigation. I also talk with Writing Groups about Murder investigations and the challenges facing an SIO (my previous job!!). I have a website at http://www.gibconsultancy.co.uk which has a Consultancy page amongst others. Keep up the great work. Regards
    Stuart Gibbon – GIB Consultancy

  24. Hello Noelle, seems we have much in common – crime fiction books!
    I’ve been writing about this on MurderinCommon.com for awhile. Now I get to enjoy your perspective.

    I’m writing from Toronto – where in Canada did you live?

  25. Hey, Noelle! Just discovered your blog and will surely become an avid follower. How did I miss this? (I know, I know, I should not be surfing the net–should be working on getting my next book out…) Much good luck and I look forward to listening in. Harry!

  26. So glad you are pleased and congrats again! Retired Social Worker? I bet we have some things in common! I was born in Ireland, raised in Canada and now live in the UK! Very pleased to meet you and hope you enjoy the book! ?

  27. Hi, delighted to have won your competition today.
    I’m in my 50’s Irish living in Romsey Hampshire.
    I’m a retired Social Worker.
    I’ve loved reading since I was a child, like you I really enjoy thrillers, murders also like biographies.

  28. Without wanting to sound like a weird obsessive stalker, seems I’ve become rather hooked on your posts! Some are more enjoyable to read than many-a novel I’ve picked up! Already read some of your recommendations, and certainly intending reading the Alexandra S books you clearly enjoy! Keep up the good work/word!

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