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Sugar & Spice (US edition) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

'Sugar & Spice' is The UK #1 best-selling crime thriller that they said we shouldn't publish - so we did.


US place names and police procedurals.

When you think the unthinkable, where do you turn?

The controversial psycho-sexual (FULL-LENGTH) crime thriller the agents called "the last taboo".

THE 11th best-selling ebook in the UK of 2011. (ref: future

Based on research and details from the case of Robert Black, a UK serial killer, Sugar & Spice was deemed "Too controversial for the British market."

175,000 + readers thought otherwise.

'Sugar & Spice' is now published in Europe and was voted as a 'Red Adept Reviews' 2011 award winner for mystery!

If you like cosy crime, this is NOT for you.

Sibel Hodge (author) called it "Patricia Cornwell meets Silence of the Lambs."

Praise for Sugar & Spice:

“Outstanding - compares well to any P.D. James novel.”
An American Editor

“Highly recommended.”
Sam Millar

“Saffi, your accomplishments are astonishing !”
James Thompson

“An unsettling read with echoes of Mo Hayder.”

“A disturbing and cleverly-woven story. Powerful first novel.”
Jake Barton

“Compelling! A very tough subject handled exceptionally well.”
Mel Comley

Inspired by a news story of a man who begged a Judge to give him a longer sentence, because he knew he would harm another child if released without treatment, Sugar & Spice is meticulously researched, asking the questions society prefers not to have answered.
At once disquieting and challenging, Sugar & Spice is car-crash reading.
It's every parent's worst nightmare: A child fails to return home. As hours turn to days, all they can do is hope. Some children never come back...

Driven by the need to know why, a mother confronts the man accused of her daughter’s murder, He presents a compelling defence, convincing Claire not only that he is innocent of harming her daughter, but that his previous convictions were not what they seemed.
Would you trust a convicted sex offender to help you find your daughter's killer? Claire did...
Teaming up with a second-year psychology student and a fourteen year-old truant schoolboy, Sugar & Spice is the story of a mother’s fight to bring one man's reign of terror to an end.
Be warned: In Sugar & Spice not all things are nice...
Read the following selected excerpts from reader reviews from Amazon UK before you read the book!

“My life was on hold for three days so I could finish it. Well researched and thought out. Horrific storyline but gripping, convincing, and believable.” - Teresa.

“This book was frightening to say the least + full of mind provoking facts- had to leave it though at several stages as I became too scared to read on!! Came back- as curiosity took the better of me. Found I was holding my breath too as many awful situations occurred, heart pounding and even "talked" and shouted at my Kindle. Not for the feint hearted.” – Minniep.

“However, a word of warning - it is graphic in its detail and its insight into the mind of a paedophile in the character of Greg Randall. This makes it chilling but also makes it believable and realistic, if not also uncomfortable reading in places.” - M Leese.

“Firstly ,I would like to say if you're of a sensitive disposition beware...This book isn't for the faint hearted! “ – Jocasta

“In parts I was almost reading from behind my slightly parted fingers, so uncomfortable was the subject matter but the brilliant char

Product Details

  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Williams International Digital Publishing (MWiDP) (April 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W0IJCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Written June 28, 2011
By Jenn
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a wonderfully written page turner. The subject of this book may be taboo for a lot of people but I found it to be very suspenseful and one of those books where you have to know what is going to happen next. I think this book has everything a good mystery should have, great detectives, great media people, and a mother wanting to find the worst kind of murderer.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Off-Putting June 12, 2012
By LoLo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm unsure why they felt the need to make an "American" edition. I'm pretty sure the book would be far better in it's original state.

It's not only disconcerting, it's totally distracting to read a story supposedly set in New York, with supposedly American characters, and find it filled with English terms for a multitude of objects and to hear these American characters say things like, "Gobsmacked," and "she was found in the boot of the automobile."

It seems like a small thing but it takes the reader away from and out of the story each time it happens.

Making an "American" edition entails far more than changing the location and nothing else. If the author or publisher wanted to Americanize the story to appeal to a broader audience they should have gone through it and changed every "English" term to it's corresponding "American" term.

Barristers should have become lawyers, boots should have become trunks, "gobsmack" should have become "blown-away," and so on and so forth.

I'd not recommend it in it's "American" edition. There's no reason to think that Americans couldn't or wouldn't read a novel set in England or Ireland or anywhere else in the world and be perfectly comfortable adapting to the setting.

Ask Agatha Christie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravely written and well worth a read December 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This probably isn't my preferred genre but this year I have read a few of the genres "big hitters". Patterson and McDermid left me wanting... But Sugar & Spice did EVERYTHING a novel should do. It takes an incredibly difficult issue, paedophilia, and explores it from numerous angles. BUT, what the novel does so well is that no particular theory is put forward as the "truth". The novel does what Austen does - stimulates multifarious debate.

Bravely written and well worth a read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm Glad It Was Free June 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Yes, the unthinkable is explored here, and granted how do you explore the topic of child porn/rape/pedopholia in a "good" way? However, the writing is at best amateur. I understand this is a self-published book, and it looks like it. There is nothing wrong with self-publishing in the ever-expanding possibilities the electronic age allows, but it has allowed a ton of dreck as people who confuse a love of reading with having a passion (or ability) for writing. This book isn't THAT bad, but I'm glad it was free, because it wasn't that GOOD, either.

There are attempts to make this story occur in America, yet English slang and mechanical terms are all over the place, both in the narrative as well as the dialogue. The characters are... unrealistic, at best. The It's almost like reading a Z-Grade script for a Made For Lifetime Movie (Which I've done in a professional capacity.) While I don't doubt that some of these characters do behave as real-life people might do, this book casts both good and bad guys as charicatures with asinine thought processes. There is such an aggressively amateurish approach as social workers bet over who can make little girls crack, treat them like crap, and further the point that the system (whether English or American -- it depends on which paragraph you're reading) is rife with people just as bad as the person they're pursuing. It's as it every tooth in the legal cogs is beyond corrupt and all but knowingly nudge each other over their dastardly deeds.

Yes, I finished it. But that doesn't make it a well-written story, let alone a compelling one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMERICAN DEVIANT<Sept.29,2011>**** September 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not sure why there's an American edition; the characters rule this story- not the locales. In this age of child abductions it's an disturbing look at both the victims & the perpetrators. Sometimes they are interchangeable. If you want to read this for FREE go to: SMASHWORDS.COM; it will auto-download(just follow the prompts). Please take the time to read this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There were a few things early on that had me thinking that I would end up rating this one much lower than I eventually did. I'm not one to put a book down before I'm finished reading it, no matter how much I find myself disliking it and I'm glad I didn't with this one.

This is a very disturbing book. While I wasn't shocked by it or the subject matter, I understand why it's considered controversial. It deals heavily (almost exclusively) with child molesters, pedophiles and the murder of small children. It's not for the feint of heart and I could easily understand why some wouldn't find the darker subject matter appealing. There is also the humanizing of pedophiles (characters in the book mind you) which I'm sure would put some people off immediately.

Clair's daughter disappears one day on the way to school and isn't found until two boys find her body floating in a nearby lake. When Clair and her crime reporter boyfriend Matt try to get answers they'll find that it's not a one off. They find out that they're dealing with a serial killer of the worst kind. One that kills little girls. As Claire tries to find answers and, in the process, solace to ease the mourning of her loss, she'll come into contact with a registered sex offender, a 14 year old truant computer hacking boy, a 19 year old profiling wiz kid in college and a learned psychotherapist from a well reputed clinic that specializes in treating pedophiles.

While I found it to be well written, there are problems, however. As it turns out, the location changed from England to the United States (the greater New York area to be exact) which in and of itself is fine. However, only the locale changed, not the vernacular. There are plenty of British turns of phrase to be had. "Gobsmacked...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars US Edition? Too confusing
Parts of this story were interesting while others felt like a tedious lecture. Most disruptive was the authors attempt to Americanize the setting while the characters continued to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gecko girl
4.0 out of 5 stars kept you interested
I gave this book a 4. It was difficult to put down. However, i did feel some parts were drawn out more than necessary!
Published 4 months ago by JaneyM
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleah...
The author attempts to make a lot of psychiatric presumptions (I confess to not knowing how much research was done for the novel though), but it comes off sounding, for lack of a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Padalino
4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
This book takes a horrifying subject and turns it into a well written suspense novel.
As taboo as the subject is; it takes skill to put a reader inside the head of the villain... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Suzanne Steele
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading
Trying to make an "American" version of this book was a waste of time. It made the book worse, not better. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Roger E Skinner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book was very interesting. It kept you guessing throughout.... I would recommend it as a quick read and it will keep you guessing about who is committing the crimes until... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Keggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I was just amazed when I realized how many pages this story actually was if in book form. Quite intense at times and cringe worthy because of the subject. But a real page turner. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ann Bresnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
I found this book interesting. It was a very long story and got very in depth about the subject matter. It gave you more than one perspective on the murders. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jeep Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar & Spice: American edition
This book was so interesting, I couldn't put it down. The many story lines kept me guessing right until the end.
Published 23 months ago by Cheri
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really all that controversial
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I liked the flow of the novel. I guess the subject of the novel is the "controvesial" thing but I really didn't find the... Read more
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More About the Author

Since 2011, the Saffina Desforges brand has sold over 300,000 digital books and has seen over HALF A MILLION downloads of the titles.

The following books are available:


*Sugar & Spice
*Snow White
*Ring-a-ring O'Roses
*The Night before Christmas
*Rose Red crime thriller box-set

Young Adult

*St Mallory's Forever! (YA murder mystery)
*Anca's Story (YA Historical Fiction)
*Saffi does Sherlock (YA Sherlock Holmes series)
*Indigo Kids - writing as Stevie Jordan (YA Fantasy/paranormal series)

Coming soon...

*Beauty & the Beast (Book 3 of the Rose Red Crime thriller series)
*First Blood (Book One - Dark Adult Fantasy trilogy)
*Parts 5-7 of Indigo Kids


Represented by Broo Doherty @ DHH Literary Agency, London.

Writing as STEVIE JORDAN: (with Karen Osborne) the INDIGO KIDS is out now! (YA/Sci-fi/fantasy)...

Coming soon ~ TAKE IT TO THE GRAVE (forthcoming WONDERLAND crime thriller series).


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