Review Policy


It’s not you, it’s me! I am taking a much needed break to catch up on my TBR, and work on my OWN writing (Eeeeeek) so will be taking on limited review requests/blog tours. Claire Knight is starting her own blog: A Knight’s Read so will not be guest reviewing on my blog anymore. Follow her on @ClaireKreads for more details. 

Please bear with me at the moment, I am inundated with review requests and it is taking some time to go through emails.  If I have not been in contact after two weeks, I am afraid it is because I cannot take on your request at this time. *Thank you* 

I am glad to accept books for review consideration on my blog CrimeBookJunkie. My reviews are only my opinion and I always try to be constructive, say what I liked about a book or explain why it was not particularly to my taste. If I do not like a book, I will be as honest as I can in a constructive manner…I appreciate that writing is hard work so will not be negative/overly critical, however I will only post reviews that are 3⭐️’s or more on my blog as this is about sharing the #booklove 📚❤️

My (star) ratings can be understood as follows:

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – this book BLEW ME AWAY! Superb; Exciting; I will be forever #FanGirling. An unforgettable read that will stay with me!

4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- GREAT book! Adored it! Awesome; intriguing; captured my interest throughout! You are on my radar! #NotAStalker

3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – really GOOD book! Aspects had me hooked. Curiousity piqued! I will definitely be looking out for your books!

2/5 ⭐️⭐️ – the book was OK! Parts interested me, other parts…not so much.  Might try your books again though! *for amazon/goodreads

1/5 ⭐️- Just not my cup of tea.  Struggled. Did not have the #KillerHook. *for amazon/goodreads

Please note the following as contacting me assumes you have read and agree to these terms:

*I am always happy to hear from publishers and authors about books and any book received will be read/reviewed, however I cannot guarantee a timeframe unless we discuss and agree a particular date for post. This blog is a passion project, not a job. I will consider every book request but may not accept them all….and you may have to wait….😜

Please read below and If you would like to contact me about a review you can email me at

* I currently accept ebooks mobi form (Kindle), paperbacks or hardback

*I  participate in blog tours but time contraints may limit the number I take on or I can post content and share across various social media platforms

*I am on Netgalley, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share my reviews/posts on these social media sites/any book clubs I may be a part of. I will always try to send links to the authors/publisher once my review is posted…and I am happy to be contacted for a link if I have not contacted you directly myself– and you may need to prompt me so don’t be shy!

*I am a member of various Publisher #CrimeClubs such as the Caffeine Nights Crime Club, Team Sherratt, Carina Crime Club- I previously reviewed for Olida Publishing and I also beta-read

*I have also Guest Reviewed on what was formerly but now is BestCrimeBooksandMore Please check out that blog too as this is where I started and found my interest/passion in blogging/reviewing.

*Authors and publishers are welcome to use quotes from my review of their book only with prior consent and my blog name must always appear along side it.
~Thank you 😉

What I Like:

I really am truly and genuinely interested in a wide variety of books and my tastes do change. As a rule of thumb, I love crime fiction, thrillers and horrors in the main. Currently I am especially interested in the following:

Crime fiction
True Crime – some
Horror – some
Thrillers/psychological thrillers
Mysteries (darker/noir)
Action/Spy Thriller
Legal Thrillers

If you would like to contact me about a review you can email me at Thanks for your interest!

For my Readers/Blog Followers
While I receive many books for review, I will always let you know where I got the book and give you my honest opinion regardless of the source.


17 Replies to “Review Policy”

  1. I write the Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd crime thrillers. First book published “Closing the Distance” Spring 2014. Second book “Changing the Odds” published Dec 2016. “21,000 words into JS book 3 (as yet untitled).
    We are followers on twitter. How do I set about establishing a relationship with crimebookjunkie and offering “Changing the Odds” for review?

  2. Thanks Crime Book Junkie, for the note above. I’m causing the hiatus here, not you. Jan 26 is some time back, but I’ve been finishing a lot of screen writing stuff and, dealing with producers and putative directors, to the exclusion of all else.
    A 1000 apologies for not responding sooner. I will email you details of my books as you suggested.

  3. Hiya… historical thriller/mysteries tend to be somewhat cosy, how would you feel about reviewing one set in the 1660s that isn’t cosy at all? It’s the first in a series which is a bit of a breakaway for me!

  4. I would love to send you a copy of Sugar and Spice. This is the third in my East End of London series. I worked in Dagenham and Barking Police Stations as a witness Care Officer for CPS and Met Police.

    My latest novel comes out this month. DS Jaswinder Singh is only just hanging on to his job when a piece of dull routine work in Dagenham, where a clue hangs tantalisingly in the air, turns into a race against time to catch a group of dangerous paedophiles. There are young lives at stake, and only Jazz and his crew DI Boomer, DC Ashiv Kumar and Mad Pete are daring enough to poke a stick into this hornet’s nest.

    Upon discovering that high powered individuals, whose influence has made them untouchable, are involved with a paedophile ring, Jazz has his work cut out to hunt down these men that the government are trying to protect. As the murderous group are slowly uncovered, the detectives find themselves hunted by their own police force and MI5.

    Sugar and Spice follows Jazz as he fearlessly walks into trouble, careless for his crew’s well being. This third book in “The Singhing Detective” series uses dark humour to relieve the tension created by the dramatic climaxes and tells a story of hard work, loyalty and cunning.

    Thank you for reading this.
    Love Maureen x

    I write as M. C. Dutton

    • Please read the review policy which states how to request a review (there is an email address to send all details of the review to.) Thank you 😊
      You will also read that I am not personally taking on any new requests so anything sent to me will be forwarded to my guest reviewer for consideration.

  5. Hello Noelle,
    I so enjoy your blogs and reviews and would be thrilled if you or Claire might have the time to review my latest (true crime) book ‘Odd Man Out – A Motiveless Murder?’.
    This recounts the true and tragic, but surprisingly under-reported case of a 42 year old transgendered former bus conductress who, in 1948, brutally beat to death a 68 year old woman whom she barely knew. Occurring in the peaceful Lancashire mill town of Rawtenstall, the case sent shock waves around the town at the time but subsequently has disappeared into the dusty annals of crime, written off as a ‘motiveless murder’. However, a significant amount of critical evidence, suppressed by the police and not revealed until now, suggests Margaret ‘Bill’ Allen did have a most compelling motive. Neither the killer, who has been wrongly described as a lesbian, nor the victim, labelled even by her own family as ‘abnormal’, attracted much public sympathy at the time, despite a campaign fought by Margaret’s best friend (and most likely her lover), the loyal Annie. 70 years on from Margaret’s execution by hanging at Manchester’s Strangeways prison, I invite readers to consider whether the verdict and society’s treatment of Margaret would be any different today, and I explore what happened to some of those involved in the aftermath of the case.

    Many thanks for your kind attention,
    Denise Beddows.

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