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June Hampson lives in Gosport, Hampshire, where she runs a market stall selling books.
1944. Trixie has only even known turmoil. As a teenager, she covered up the terrible truth of her father's death, and was forced on the run with her pregnant mother. Now, in an attempt to build a life for herself, Trixie becomes a singer in the pubs and clubs of Gosport. But despite her success, her heart is set on finding the younger brother she had to leave behind in Portsmouth years earlier. And little does she know that fate has yet more cruel twists in store...
The final, heart-pounding instalment in June Hampson's compelling gangland saga series. Our Editorial guru Sarah Broadhurst says of the series 'It’s evocative and gritty and it's got heart, violence, sex and an underground current which is very atmospheric.' See the links below to read the books in order. 1 Trust Nobody 2 Broken Bodies 3 Damaged Goods 4 Fatal Cut 5 Jail Bait 6 Fighting Dirty
Daisy Lane has finally found some measure of happiness - her nightclub is bringing in money, helped by her connections to notorious gangster Roy Kemp, and her children seem to be thriving. But Daisy's fortunes take a spectacular fall when Roy decides to move his criminal empire to London. Roy's frequent presence in Daisy's club gave the place an air of glamour - and danger. Without him, the punters have disappeared and so too has the cash, leaving Daisy back where she started - struggling to make ends meet and keep her family together. Daisy takes comfort in the fact that her son, Eddie, is growing up to be as courageous and spirited as his late father was. But Eddie's younger brother, Jamie, could not be more different: deeply disturbed, sadistic and capable of the most brutal violence. But Daisy, fighting to save her business, is blind to what her son is becoming. It falls to Eddie to stand up to his brother and prevent his behaviour from spiralling fatally out of control. Meanwhile, there's a killer at work in Gosport who preys on lonely women, taking all they have and then leaving them for dead. Daisy takes it upon herself to have him apprehended - with devastating consequences.
Daisy Lane, a gangster’s moll with a difference, her man is in prison and she must watch over his interests, but she has a policeman sweetheart, two sons and a rival gangster to juggle, and then a figure from the past. This is 60’s gangland territory when times are changing, drugs are raising their ugly heads and the stakes are high. In an easy, light read this is part family saga, part thriller. See the links below to read the books in order. 1 Trust Nobody 2 Broken Bodies 3 Damaged Goods 4 Fatal Cut 5 Jail Bait 6 Fighting Dirty Comparison: Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller, Roberta Kray.
This is the third in June Hampson’s series set in the 1960’s, following the ups and downs of Daisy Lane’s life. Set in, what you would imagine to be the sleepy seaside town of, Gosport there is a violent underworld of crime that Daisy has been mixed up in for some time due to the men in her life. An author to rival Martina Cole, June Hampson writes gritty, sexy, fiction with believable well rounded characters and a realism that pulls you in to her fictional world completely. See the links below to read the books in order. 1 Trust Nobody 2 Broken Bodies 3 Damaged Goods 4 Fatal Cut 5 Jail Bait 6 Fighting Dirty Comparison: Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller.
When June’s publisher first gave me a taster of her first novel, Trust Nobody I was blown away by what I read. Something that was original and different from other fiction around. So original in fact that the publisher has created a new genre of the ‘Gangster saga’ for it to fit into. And, what an apt name for it. Broken Bodies is her second novel, is no less accomplished and as with her first novel features the gutsy Daisy who wants payback on a death in the first book. If you’ve not read June’s first novel, then imagine a cross between the tough urban world of a Martina Cole novel coupled with the warmth of a Catherine Cookson. That’s what you get with a June Hampson novel. You’ll love it. See the links below to read the books in order. 1 Trust Nobody 2 Broken Bodies 3 Damaged Goods 4 Fatal Cut 5 Jail Bait 6 Fighting Dirty
The publisher created a new category with the publication of this novel, that of ‘gangster saga’, and it’s not far off the mark. A gangland 60’s saga set in Gosport with a strong heroine and some memorable characters. It’s got heart, violence, sex and an underground current which is very atmospheric. Evocative and gritty, it’s the beginning of a series that continues in the follow up, Broken Bodies. See the links below to read the books in order. 1 Trust Nobody 2 Broken Bodies 3 Damaged Goods 4 Fatal Cut 5 Jail Bait 6 Fighting Dirty Similar this month: None.Comparison: Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller, Lynda La Plante.
The publisher has created a new category with the publication of this novel, that of â€˜gangster sagaâ€™ and itâ€™s not far off the mark. The tough gangster world found in a Martina Cole meets the hardship and strife of a Josephine Cox or Catherine Cookson. Written with tremendous warmth and yet by turns youâ€™ll find it almost too much to handle. That said, itâ€™s a debut that is well worth the read.
'As good as Martina Cole and Jessie Keane' Amazon review Things have gone from bad to worse for Daisy Lane. When husband Kenny is banged up for robbery, she is left to run the family cafe with his brother Eddie. Hard man Eddie is a handsome man, but the price of a brutal childhood was a vicious streak that leads him to commit acts of terrifying violence just to get his way. And with brother Kenny out of the picture, Eddie makes his move on a villain even harder and more territorial than he is. But for all his bravado, Eddie's got an Achilles heel: Daisy Lane. And Daisy soon learns that it's not just territory Eddie's after . . . If you like books by Jessie Keane, Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole, you'll love Trust Nobody: the first novel in the Daisy Lane thriller series. Why readers love June Hampson's thrillers: 'A cracking story' - THE BOOKSELLER 'A great alternative to Martina Cole' - Amazon reviewer 'If you like gritty, hard hitting drama then I would highly recommend this' - Amazon reviewer 'This book is an emotional rollercoaster full of grit, violence, sadness, warmth, emotion and love' - Goodreads reviewer
A mother's love knows no bounds... Gosport, 1941. Fourteen-year-old Vera has led a sheltered life with her overbearing, religious mother and older sister. But her world is turned upside down with the arrival of the Lovell family on her street. Vera quickly befriends the daughter, Angela, an impulsive, worldly young woman who opens Vera's eyes to what she has been missing. But Vera, unaware of the effect she has on men, invites the unwanted attention of Angela's father, with devastating consequences. Outraged at the news that her teenage daughter is pregnant, Vera's mother sends her to a home for wayward girls. After giving birth to a baby boy, Vera manages to escape the brutality of the institution, only to end up homeless. Alone and struggling to make ends meet, Vera is determined to give her son a better life - at any cost. But just as their fortunes seem to change for the better, everything Vera has worked for is threatened...
'A great alternative to Martina Cole' - Amazon review A WIDOW RETURNS HOME INTENT ON REVENGE . . . Daisy Lane is back home after a short spell abroad, having lost both her husband Kenny and her lover Eddie to violent deaths. But in the months away from home Daisy has not been idle. Not only has she given birth to a baby boy, she's also been plotting her revenge on Roy Kemp, the man who killed her lover. Roy's dealings are not confined to London - his reach extends south, right down to the coast. And as well as murdering Daisy's man, is he also behind the recent slaying of prostitutes? The man responsible for finding out is policeman DS Vinnie Endersby, pulled back to Gosport from London. But is he there to investigate the grisly crimes, or to get closer to Daisy? If you like crime thrillers by Jessie Keane, Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole, you'll love Broken Bodies, the second novel in the Daisy Lane thriller series. Why readers love June Hampson's thrillers: 'A cracking story' - THE BOOKSELLER 'As good as Martina Cole and Jessie Keane' - Amazon review 'If you like gritty, hard hitting drama then I would highly recommend this' - Amazon reviewer 'This book is an emotional rollercoaster full of grit, violence, sadness, warmth, emotion and love' - Goodreads reviewer