#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Noelle Holten (@nholten40) #CrimeBookJunkie

It is my enormous pleasure to welcome you to damppebbles today and to something I have been looking forward to for MONTHS now. The return of my ‘end of the year’ feature…#R3COMM3ND3D2018! Whoop, it’s back and I’m so excited!

Over the next two months I will be sharing 171 book reviews and recommendations! Brace yourself, people! If you’ve never encountered #R3COMM3ND3D before you’re in for a treat (even if I do say so myself!). #R3COMM3ND3D is where I invite bookish folk to recommend three MUST READ TITLES. The only stipulation being, the books recommended must have been published this year in 2018. Any genre, any title provided it was published in 2018. It doesn’t have to be your three favourite reads of the year, just three books you think everyone else should read.

In what is becoming a yearly tradition (if twice can be classed as a tradition!) today I am thrilled to welcome the fabulous Noelle Holten of CrimeBookJunkie and Bookouture to damppebbles. Noelle kindly kicked the fledgeling #R3COMM3ND3D2017 off for me last year so it only seemed right and proper that she do the same this year.

I’ll stop wittering now and hand over to Noelle…

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Don’t Make a Sound by David Jackson (DS Nathan Cody #3)
I recommend it as it is simply PHENOMENAL. I think my review says it all.


Hydra by Matt Wesolowski (Six Stories #2)
OMG what an exceptional novel! The cross over of horror and crime fiction was seamless and sent shivers down my spine!

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The Old You by Louise Voss
Well OMG- this is a domestic thriller with a mind-blowing resolution – I just raced through the pages. It has to be my favourite domestic/psych thriller of 2018 (so far!)

I’ve read two of Noelle’s recommendations and I have to say, I agree 100%. David Jackson’s DS Nathan Cody series is one of my very favourites and Matt Wesolowki’s Hydra is so, SO good. I have The Old You on my TBR and I have heard nothing but glowing, positive things about it. I can’t wait to read it!

If Noelle has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the titles she recommends then please see the following links:

| Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson | Hydra by Matt Wesolowski | The Old You by Louise Voss |

About Noelle:
I’m an avid reader of crime fiction, and I run an award-winning blog at http://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I regularly review on Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast with Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste. Currently I’m a PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a digital publisher based in the UK after leaving my job as a Senior Probation Officer of eighteen years in July 2017. I attend crime festivals as often as I can and have been honoured to be a Bloody Scotland reader for the last three years. I have attended Crime & Publishment writing master classes two years running; participated in Penguin Random House Crime Writer’s webinars; ran my own successful freelance PR company – Thick as Thieves – and was a submissions advisor for the publisher, Britain’s Next Bestseller. I’m basically addicted to crime fiction (most genres) and sharing the #booklove!

Noelle’s Social Media Links:
CrimeBookJunkie | Twitter @nholten40 | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Noelle Holten (@nholten40) #CrimeBookJunkie

It is my GREAT pleasure to welcome you to my brand new feature which I plan to run for the rest of the year (or longer if I have enough authors and bloggers wanting to take part!).

What is #R3COMM3ND3D2017?  I don’t know about you but I love those end of the year posts where the booky community list their top ten or top twenty books (I think I had a ‘top twenty-seven books’ last year!).  That’s where #R3COMM3ND3D2017 comes from.  Three books they believe other readers MUST check out.  I don’t want to take away from anyone’s top list of the year – that’s really not the point – but I’m looking for authors and bloggers to recommend three books published in 2017.  Not necessarily their top three, just three standout reads.  And they don’t have to be crime reads either despite damppebbles being a crime book blog.

And to kick the series off I have someone special.  I would go as far as saying she is a crime book blogging superstar and as a blogger, I have followed and respected her opinion for a LONG time.  It is my pleasure to welcome Noelle Holten of CrimeBookJunkie to damppebbles today with her three recommended reads published in 2017:


The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith (Jake Boulder series #2)
I LOVE a good action/crime thriller and this book/series ticks every box. Fast-paced storyline, #killerhook to grab the reader by the throat and of course…Jake Boulder *swoon*. Need I say more? Read my full review here: https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/2017/09/the-kindred-killers-blog-tour-review-nholten40-grahamsmith1972-bloodhoundbook-boulderunleashed/

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Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #5)
I absolutely cannot resist a strong, kickass female lead and Alexandra Sokoloff never fails to disappoint. This whole series touches upon topics that other people shun away from – but not Alexandra! Cara and Roarke are fantastic characters and although they are on opposite sides of the law, you cannot help but root for both of them. Read my full review here: https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/2017/10/hunger-moon-review/

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Fox Hunter by Zoe Sharp (Charlie Fox series #12)
I had heard about the Charlie Fox series and had a few on my kindle before reading Fox Hunter this year – OMFG- WHY DID I WAIT! Again, another strong, intelligent kickass female lead along with being an action/crime thriller – #BOOM! The storyline was brilliant and kept me turning the pages. I definitely recommend this series! Read my full review here: https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/2017/10/fox-hunter-blogtour-zoe-sharp/


Thank you, Noelle.  Brilliant recommendations as expected; two of which I have read and one (the Alexandra Sokoloff series, I am DESPERATE to read).  Personally, I can’t recommend the Jake Boulder series by Graham Smith highly enough.

If Noelle has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the books, then please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith | Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff | Fox Hunter by Zoe Sharp |

About Noelle:
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 recently left following 17+ years to try something new and exciting.  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 do enjoy Police Procedurals and legal/action thrillers as well. 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, sometimes BookBridgr 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 am obsessed with my chocolate Lab Buster 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 http://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!

Noelle’s Blog and Social Media Links:
CrimeBookJunkie | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |

What an awesome start to my new feature!  I am so excited and I can’t wait to see what other authors and bloggers have chosen as their recommended reads.

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