About Me


Honourable Mention 2017 and Awards



My name is Noelle and I am in my 40’s. I am an avid reader and by that I mean I am never without a book! I am now an ex- Senior Probation Officer having left in July 2017 following 17+ years to try something new and exciting in the Bookish World with THE BEST digital publisher out there right now! WOOHOO!

By night I read all things crime!! My fascination for books started at a young age and I truly feel withdrawal symptoms if I am unable to read for a few days hence the name #crimebookjunkie! I am interested in many genres, my faves being Grit Lit, psychological thrillers and all things murder. I also LOVE  Police Procedurals and legal/action thrillers. I tend to keep away from Chick Lit and Erotica…however, if forced at gun point I may give just about anything a read. I tend to review on Goodreads, Amazon UK and .com, Netgalley, and share reviews on Twitter/My CBJ facebook page, Facebook via Crime Fiction Addict, Crime Book Club, Book Connectors and other various book clubs I am a member of. I have been fortunate enough to be put on a few Publishers reviewing lists.

Oh..and I was obsessed with my chocolate Lab Buster (who sadly passed away May 21st 2018) and gorgeous Tabby cat Pebbles, who sadly passed away in Oct 2015 (RIP Pebs x). I previously had the pleasure of guest reviewing on the former site www.bestcrimebooks.co.uk now known as  BCBandMore as the lovely Kat had kindly taken me under her wing whilst my site was under construction. I miss reviewing for her…but thrilled she gave me that nudge! 😉

Here are some pics of my other two obsessions.  Meet Buster (my gorgeous, big nosed, loveable 11 year old chocolate lab -RIP #BusterBear 21/5/18) & Pebbles (aka “Pebs” the slightly psychotic 17 year old princess tabby RIP 25/10/2015)

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34 Replies to “About Me”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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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  9. 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.

  10. 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! 😘

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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! 😜

  14. 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

  15. 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?

  16. 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!

  17. 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! 😉

  18. 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.

  19. 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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