Our review panel is made up of people who love to read and individuals who work in the publishing industry (who are also people who love to read!). We are always looking for more reviewers – if you’re interested in joining the team then please email mike [at] - we can’t offer money but there’s the glory and the adulation of the crowd …..

Click here for Guidelines For Reviewers (pdf)

        Mike Smith (Review Panel Chairman) mike [at]
I like thrillers, but I don’t like formulaic thrillers. I don’t want to read another book where the hero is about to save the world – I want a story that is more believable, but still drives along at a cracking pace. I prefer to like the characters in the book, well most of them at least, and I’ve come to realise that I like a lot of dialogue. That’s all, not much to ask is it? >>> Mike Smith is co-founder of Cornwall Publishing, serving Cornish authors and books.
         RR Gordon (author of the Amazon bestselling Gull Rock)
RR Gordon is the author of the best-selling Wish You Were Here series which begins with the highly acclaimed Gull Rock. His new book Meaningless is a quirky parable about a man trying to find his way in life after his children have left home. He is a writer of thrillers, but more importantly for this site, a reader of thrillers. He is a regular contributor to magazines and speaker at literature festivals, including most recently the Bournemouth Festival of Words and the Penzance Literature Festival.
         Emlyn Rees (Commissioning Editor, Exhibit A Books)
Emlyn Rees spent his early twenties traveling around Asia and pouring drinks in London for the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Princess Anne. He published his first crime novel aged twenty-five, his second a year later, and then co-wrote seven comedies with Josie Lloyd, including the Number One Sunday Times bestseller Come Together. His latest thriller, Hunted, was published in paperback in 2012 and he is also lucky enough to be the editor of Angry Robot’s new crime fiction imprint, EXHIBIT A
         Wendy Cartmell (Author & Editor)
They say writers are avid readers and that’s certainly true in Wendy’s case. Her favourite genre is crime in all its forms from Agatha Christie to Val McDermid. In between reading she manages to write her own crime thrillers featuring Sgt Major Crane, which are receiving critical acclaim. She particularly loves finding great indie authors. All her book reviews can be found at
         Charlotte Waller
I love reading, pretty much anything with a good story, but my favourites have kick ass heroines and complicated love interests. Give me any sort of compelling book though, and there’s a high chance I will devour it in a day. In a nutshell, reading is my favourite hobby and I probably buy too many books for my own good, but it’s also a fact that I’ll never stop, so give me books!
        Sophie Scott
Sophie is an actress and editor living the freelance life to overflowing with books, theatre, TV, and film.  She loves everything that’s well-written but confesses to being a sucker for a great opening line (and jacket cover).  Although she’s never yet taken a cook book to bed, after an intriguing chat at a wedding she’s willing to try anything at least once – but that begs the question, which cook under the covers?  You can find out more at and
        Jane Brown
I live in Tewkesbury, and am a Patient Safety Advisor for Worcestershire Acute NHS. With a nursing background I enjoy reviewing nursing text books also. I have a wide range of book interests which includes a good thriller. I was wowed by The Da Vinci Code, and then every author wanted to copy this style of story telling which put me off Dan Brown for a long time. I love nothing better than a book a day on my sun bed on holiday. The best and most intriguing this year has to be Forbidden Fruit by Rhonda Caudill- with a twisted story of Jack the Ripper, the author had researched Victorian London well, and this has to be the book I really could not put down, and thinking I was the great detective, the author proved me wrong.
        Helen Hayes  (former Prizes Manager at Booktrust)
I am an avid reader who has been lucky enough to work in the book world for a number of years. Currently I work on a freelance basis but previously, I was the prizes and awards manager at a charity that promotes books and reading, Booktrust. Looking after a portfolio of literary prizes for adults and children; calling for submissions, selecting judges and organising and promoting award ceremonies. Unfortunately, due to government funding cuts, some of those lovely prizes no longer exist, but I will always remember the joy of discovering and promoting new talent as well as striving to bring old favourites to new audiences.
     Tim Adler  (Author and Journalist)
Tim Adler is an author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, The Times and The Daily Telegraph among others.
His debut e-thriller Slow Bleed went to number #1 in the psychological thriller chart, while Crime Book Club made it Book of the Month.
The Sunday Times called Tim’s previous book The House of Redgrave “compulsively readable” while The Daily Telegraph gave it 5*s.
Tim is former London Editor of Deadline Hollywood, the US entertainment news website. Before that, he edited film trade magazine Screen Finance — described by Evening Standard as “highly influential”.
     Paul Morris (Author)
Paul Morris is originally from the English Midlands but now lives in Prague with his girlfriend. An avid reader of thrillers from stalwart classics by Raymond Chandler to contemporary authors like Lee Child. Writing under the pseudonym P.J Nash he published his first novel Blacktop Cops on Amazon Kindle in October. He has plans to release his second book Triage soon. He is currently working on his third book The Devil’s Place.
     Leslie Gardner (Literary Agent)
Leslie’s worked on reading panels for publishers, for the National Theatre (new writers and writers in French and Italian), and went to Iowa Writer’s Workshop eons ago where she got her taste for reading. Day job is as literary agent in our own company, Artellus Ltd (, but also have published books on Jung and rhetoric, and on ‘House’ the television series. All this is so that i can read and find the best thriller writing for my own pleasure – and nothing else. I found working for publishers too limiting since each publishing house has its own take – and I like them all!
     Misty Martin (Author)
I am an Indie Author with several short stories as well as a full length novel published on Amazon for Kindle. In the past I have had articles published in the Bristol Herald Courier Newspaper, Treasured Poems of America, as well as having one of my stories showcased on a local radio station. During my time in college I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Literary Magazine. I love to read and my favorite authors are Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child as well as Janet Evanovich. I recently received my diploma with highest honors from the Stratford Career Institute in Creative Writing. When I’m not reading or reviewing, I can be found at a local writers group meeting or camping somewhere in the woods with a book tucked away in my tent and a scratch pad and pen for notes by my side.
     Ronda L Caudill (Author)
Ronda L. Caudill grew up in the small rural town of Glade Spring, VA and married her high school sweetheart. They have been happily married for 24 years. She has two wonderful daughters. Ronda earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. She is the author of Birthright (A Nobleman Novel), The Choice (A Nobleman Novel) and short story A Night at the Bishop House. Ronda is currently working on a novel with a twist on Jack the Ripper titled Forbidden Fruit.Links: www.rondacaudill.comFB: @RondaCaudillYoutube trailer:
     Ben Morris (Author)
Ben writes about software for a living, and writes fiction for pleasure. His reading tastes are eclectic, but leave plenty of room for genre. Best thriller ever: “In a Lonely Place” by Dorothy B. Hughes. Long time favourites: Highsmith and Hammett. Ben’s own first thriller, DRIVING JAIMIE, is now out on Kindle, (self)-published under his new lit-fic e-imprint, Thief Press. Read on, at