Friday Favorite- The Killing of Mummy’s Boy by Joan Ellis

Looking for something to read over the weekend?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming “read me!”?

Check out my Friday Favorite  – it may not be new, it may not even be by an author you have ever heard of, but it will be a book that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

A couple of weeks ago I featured Guilty by Joan Ellis. This week I would like to introduce you to The Killing of Mummy’s Boy by the same author. It is a mind-blowing read. Please don’t judge it by its cover which, personally, I don’t like.

The Killing of Mummy's Boy by Joan  Ellis
The Killing of Mummy’s Boy 
by Joan Ellis (Goodreads Author)
Reviewed by


EXCERPT: “I slit someone’s throat,” the man told the woman on the 4.20 from Waterloo to Portsmouth.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: When a woman meets a stranger on a train, she discovers they have one thing in common: murder.
Ben has slit a man’s throat and Sandra’s son, Carl is on a Witness Protection Programme after his evidence convicts local thug, Lee Elliott of murder. Fearing reprisals from the family, Sandra flees London for the Isle of Wight.
On the train, she reports her lost Oyster card, giving out her details over the phone. Ben overhears. Now, the murderer knows where she lives. Returning home to find an Oyster card on the mat, she assumes he has been there ahead of her.
It is the first in a series of unnerving events. Suspecting him of stalking her, she alerts the police. As no crime has been committed, they can’t help.
When her son leaves the safety of the Witness Protection Programme and moves back to London with his pregnant girlfriend, Sandra turns to drink. And to Ben.
Repelled by his past but excited by his body, she is in his thrall.
When Carl, girlfriend in tow, runs back to Mummy following a threatening message from Lee Elliott’s brother, Gaz, secrets and lies are unleashed and all hell breaks loose…

MY THOUGHTS: ‘ “I slit someone’s throat,” the man told the woman on the 4.20 from Waterloo to Portsmouth.’ is the opening sentence of The Killing of Mummy’s Boy, a book that kept me reading in one sitting until I was finished.

This is the second of Joan Ellis’ book s that I have read. The first, Guilt, was also a 5* one sitting read.

It has been a long time since I have read a book that had me jumping at noises in the night and checking that the doors and windows were locked, multiple times! The Killing of Mummy’s Boy had my heart in my mouth, my pulse racing, my nerves jangling.

Sandra, whose son Carl is on a Witness Protection Scheme, meets a man on the train, Ben, who reveals to her that he is a murderer. And more than that, I am not going to tell you for nothing I can say will do this superb book justice.


Joan Ellis, you have joined my very select favourite authors group. When is your next book due for release? I await it with bated breath.

Thank you to Catlover Booklady VIP reviews for the chance to read this outstanding book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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