Running in Circles #BookReview #BlogTours

Written by Claire Gray


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You can’t outrun murder…

When Lucy Lewis landed herself a reporting job on an idyllic Thai island, she thought she’d found paradise.

But one day her dream turns into a nightmare…

bomb goes off outside her hostel and there is more than one fatality.

Although the local paper she works for is mainly a tourist guide, the phone is soon ringing off the hook with people desperate to hear news of their loved ones.

Together with her editor, Steve Boyd, Lucy finds herself drawn into the investigation.

And things become more complicated when the dead body of someone connected to the paper washes up on the shore.

Was the bomb planted by terrorists? Are the two incidents connected?

Lucy finds herself running in circles as she desperately searches for the key to the mystery…




Running in Cirles




Fast-Moving, Packed Read  Stars 3.5


A fast-moving read, choc-a-block with details and events.

Lucy Lewis, for some undisclosed reason, has found herself on a Thai island with a job writing for the local weekly English newspaper. Along with her boss, Steve, the two of them struggle to keep themselves – and the paper – afloat. When disaster strikes the small community in the shape of a bomb planted close to the hostel where Lucy lives, finding out who the perpetrator is becomes their number one priority.

This is a packed read with lots happening; at times, just too much. The waters of the investigation into who planted the bomb are muddied by another mystery, and at times I wasn’t quite sure what Lucy and Steve were looking into as it all seemed to meld together. It all becomes clear in the end but there were times when I struggled to stay with the story. I would have liked to read more about the location – after all, it seemed to have plenty of backpackers but little details of what brought them there. It’s a good enough story, and I loved that all the questions were answered by the final pages, but I’m not sure that it’s a series I will continue with.

My grateful thanks to Caoimhe O’Brien of Sapere Books for both my copy and the invitation to be a part of this Blog Tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Sapere Books
  • Publication Date: 27 December 2018
  • Purchase Links: Waterstones
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Meet the Author


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Claire Gray lives in the South Lakes with her husband and two small children. She studied Creative Writing at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts, which no longer exists, having been absorbed by the University of Cumbria. She graduated in 2006 and then went on to complete a journalism course at Darlington College.

That same year, she won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North, and her work was featured in their anthology, entitled Ten Years On. Claire now works as a freelance copywriter and continues to write short stories, some of which have been published in magazine and online.

Recently, she has been guest editor for the prose section of SpeakEasy Magazine, which showcases Cumbrian writing. In 2015, she received editing advice from The Literary Consultancy through their Free Read scheme. They felt that her manuscript, Running in Circles, showed potential, and began approaching literary professionals on Claire’s behalf. Sapere Books published Running in Circles in 2019 and Claire is really excited to have published her first novel!






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