July/August Book Haul

Hello lovelies! I always see these types of posts about and I realised I’d never done one myself so thought I’d share my July/August ebook haul with you.

Title: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis

Some people won’t let a little matter like death stand in their way …

A terrible tragedy leaves Hattie Hastings widowed and heartbroken. But her late husband isn’t about to take his demise lying down.

Torn between delight and frustration, Hattie struggles to convince friends and family of her ghostly predicament.

There’s also the small problem of best friend Cat’s ex-husband trying to worm his way back into her life. And both Hattie’s son, Johnny, and mum, Rachel have their own problems to face.

Bouncing between earth and the Afterlife, Gary discovers he has a mission. But what could it be, and will his beloved wife be able to help?

Title: Murder In G Major (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #1) by Alexia Gordon 

Winner– Lefty Award, Best Debut Novel

Nominee–Agatha Award, Best First Novel

Chosen one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debut Novels in 2016

With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none.

The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage’s murdered owner haunts the place. Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace. Gethsemane’s reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As Gethsemane races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth or star in her own farewell performance?

Title: The Penguin Killer by Ste Sharp

Brighton, during the glorious Britpop summer of 1995.

A second hand bookshop becomes the centre of a serial killer investigation when vintage penguin books are left at murder scenes.

Luke Redfern has just inherited the bookshop Red Books from his Grandad and is busy trying to make the big time with his indie band, Beachhead.

When Detective Mellor asks him to help find out who has been leaving penguin books at crime scenes, Luke is drawn into the mystery of what the papers are calling the Penguin Killer.

Title: Publishable by Death A.C.F Bookens

A bookstore, a grumpy newspaper woman, and a murder. Quiet St. Marin’s has just gotten a little more lively . . . and a little less alive.

All Harvey Beckett wants to do is read books, help the residents of St. Marin’s find the perfect book for that moment, and snuggle with her hound dog Mayhem. But when the small, waterside town’s newest resident discovers the body of the community’s persnickety reporter in her bookshop storeroom on opening day, Harvey finds herself bound and determined to figure out the crime. Her task won’t be easy, though, since the town is flooded with visitors for the first annual Harriet Tubman Festival to honor the community’s most famous resident. Plus, a quiet but charming mechanic named Daniel isn’t helping with her concentration at all.

Publishable By Death is the first book in the St. Marin’s Cozy Mystery Series by ACF. Bookens.

Title: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris 

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora “Roe” Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases.

It’s a harmless pastime—until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal “copycat” killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects-or potential victims.

Title: The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries.

The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant. As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.

And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs…

Title: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stephenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Title: The Creak on The Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir Translated by Victoria Cribb

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.

Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her colleagues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day …

But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.

Title: Murder She Wrote: Killer in the Kitchen by Donald Bain

In the latest in the “USA Today” bestselling series, someone writes a recipe for murder.

Jessica loves the Leg & Claw restaurant, owned by young couple Brad and Marcie. And the restaurant is the couple s dream come true.

But when famed chef Gerard Pepe Lebeouf decides to open an eatery right next to theirs, tensions rise fast and hot and lead to a nasty confrontation between Lebeouf and Brad. So when Lebeouf is found dead with a knife planted in his chest, Brad becomes suspect number one. But plenty of others had a motive to kill Pepe, and it s up to Jessica to uncover who really added murder to the menu.”

Title: Black Cherry Betrayal (Claire’s candles 2) by Agatha Frost 

Claire Harris is excited to get the keys to her candle shop finally. A foul smell coming from the attic, however, turns her excitement into a living nightmare. There, she finds the body of Jane Brindle, the owner of the tearoom, which had stood in the heart of the village for decades.

Jane’s eventual retirement at eighty after years of fruitlessly hounding her daughter, Em, to take over the tearoom sent her to the south of France, or so everyone assumed. Jane never left Northash, but nobody is admitting to knowing what happened to her. Accusations fly everywhere, with many fingers pointing at free-spirited Em, and even some at Claire for daring to change the status quo.

How did Jane end up dead in the locked attic after having supposedly left the village for a new life under the sun four months previously? How is Jane’s impossibly wealthy 102-year-old mother, Opal, involved? Someone close to Jane killed her, but can Claire find out who before her candle shop dreams crumble around her?

Title: Funland by Richard Laymon 

Step right up to the land of fun…

Funland is another classic horror story from the master of the macabre, Richard Laymon. Perfect for fans of Dean Koontz and Clive Barker.

‘Laymon’s at the top of his form in Funland, his deceptively simple prose becoming by turns humorous, horrific, stunningly erotic. The funhouse climax is not to be missed. This novel belongs on every serious horror fanatic’s bookshelf’ – The New York Review of Science Fiction

The Funland Amusement Park provides more fear than fun these days. A vicious pack known as the Trolls are preying on anyone foolish enough to be alone at night. Folks in the area blame them for the recent mysterious disappearances, and a gang of local teenagers have decided to fight back. But nothing is ever what it seems in an amusement park. Behind the garish paint and bright lights waits a horror far worse than anything found in the freak show. Step right up! The terror is about to begin!

Title: Organized For Murder by Ritter Ames

Starting a small business is tough. Becoming prime suspect when your first client gets murdered is a killer…

A move to small-town New England meant a new start for the McKenzie family. When Kate opened her organizing business and immediately gained a rich client, she thought everything was finally stacked in their favor.

Until her client is found dead. Then the police take a hard look in her direction.

Things only get worse when forensics evidence finds her fingerprints on the murder weapon–and suddenly Kate shoots to the top of the list as prime suspect.

The stopwatch is ticking for Kate to prove she had nothing to do with the murder. The odds are further stacked against her when stolen items turn up in the McKenzie home.

She must trust her methodical skills and expert eye to sort out who is trying to frame her and uncover the real killer before she’s organized right into a jail cell.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

#RNA60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Facebook Group Launch Competition Win 60 Romantic Novels from One More Chapter! @RNATweets @0neMoreChapter_ #Competition #Giveaway #RomanticFictionBookClub #RomFicBookClub

Hello lovelies! Today I have something a bit different for you! I’m here to celebrate the official launch of The Romantic Fiction Book Club over on Facebook!

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The Romantic Fiction Book Club wants to create a warm and cosy place for members to engage with readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction.

This is a Facebook group supported by the Romantic Novelists’ Association but membership is open to all authors of novels with a romantic element, as well as readers who love romantic fiction and bloggers. 

What better way to start off than with a competition. This will be run in conjunction with the publisher 0ne More Chapter and will be open to all members of the group. 0MC have donated a first prize of 60 romantic novels. There will be 60 runners up prizes of one book from a selection of 60 RNA authors, to tie in with the RNA celebration of 60 years as an organisation.

Here are some of the fabulous books up for grabs:

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The competition runs until 29th February with a total of 61 prizes up for grabs, entrants have great odds of winning something. Extra entries can be claimed by subscribing to RNA and 0MC social media channels. Full details of how to enter will be posted on the group’s page. UK entries only

You can join the group by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RomanticFictionBookClub/

You can enter the competition here:

https://gleam.io/EIObQ/one-more-chapter-and-rna-diamond-anniversary-book-giveaway?fbclid=IwAR2N96czCRsYyECPl1-8gZ9rRFKzYtv0j_RiCLG8LEXppiNnSMwTwZHnTqc

Top Reads of 2019! #HappyNewYear

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I thought I’d share my top reads of 2019 with you today. It was pretty tough, there was some fantastic books released last year but I’ve been cruel and cut it down to these next books. In no particular order:

He knows Your Secrets/He Is Watching You (DS Maddie Ives) by Charlie Gallagher

You can read my review for He knows your secrets here

You can read my review for He is watching you here

All His Pretty Girls by Charly Cox

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You can read my review here.

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

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You can read my review here.

Blood Song by Jo Gustawsson

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You can read my review here.

The Escape Room by Meg Goldin

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You can read my review here.

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

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You can read my review here.

A Whisker In The Dark/A Twist In The Tail by Leighann Dobbs

You can read my review of A whisker in the dark here.

You can read my review A twist in the tail here.

Injections of Insanity (DI Paolo Sterling 3) by Lorraine Mace

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You can read my review here.

Dead Guilty (Calladine and Bayliss 9) by Helen H Durrant

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You can read my review here.

This Little Piggy (DI Rosalind Kray 2) by Rob Ashman

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You can read my review here.

Stalker (Joona Linna 5) by Lars Kepler

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You can read my review here.

There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi

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You can read my review here.

Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell 

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You can read my review here.

Thank you for reading! Hope you all have a great New Year! 

#BlogTour #BookReview Demons by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @Books_n_all

Title: Demons (Smith 11) by Stewart Giles

Publisher: STILL Books

Date Published: 25th December 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

‘Forgive me father, for I have sinned.’

Someone is killing people in York. All of the victims share a secret that the murderer is somehow aware of and all of them receive an identical message after they are killed.
‘God has forgiven you your sins, but He could not rid you of your demons. So I have taken them for you.’

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith heads up the most draining investigation he’s ever come across. Coming face to face with demons of his own, will this be the case that finally sends Smith over the edge?

THE SETTING
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVE
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures. However, he does get results.

Amazon universal link – http://mybook.to/SGDemons

Goodreads link – goodreads.com/book/show/49126179-demons

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Review:

I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw at Books n All promotions for inviting me on this tour and Stewart Giles for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

So this is number eleven in the Smith series and his most complicated case yet!

Smith is meant to be having a relaxing time off with his daughter and wife but that is interrupted when a body turns up. The man has been stabbed with an unusual knife and a body part removed, along with a creepy message: ‘God has forgiven you your sins, but He could not rid you of your demons. So I have taken them for you.’    

More bodies turn up killed in a similar fashion but things in his personal life send him off the rails. Can Smith pull it together and solve the case?

Demons is fast paced thrill ride of a novel that doesn’t let up from that very first page.

Smith is his own worst enemy but since he’s been married I thought he’d settled down a bit but oh no, he was back to his old tricks again in this book. I swear if he would have been in front of me, I would have given him a good smack! Although, slight spoiler here, he does get a punch from a very surprising person which was very entertaining.

I liked the religious aspects running through the book, I’m not remotely religious myself so I find books like this interesting because I feel like I learn something new.

Truthfully, I had the culprit pegged quite early on but Stewart Giles still managed to throw a few twists and turns in there to keep things interesting.

Overall Demons was a quick read and a great addition to this action packed series!

About The Author:

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off SG Author photo (4)travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. 

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 

3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. 

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results.  I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. 

Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. 

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

#BlogTour #Review Wrong Victim (DCI Rachel King 3) by Helen H Durrant @JoffeBooks @hhdurrant

Title: Wrong Victim (DCI Rachel King 3) by Helen H Durrant

Date Published: 5th December 2019

Publisher: Joffe Books

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

MEET DETECTIVE RACHEL KING IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES.
DISCOVER A BRAND NEW MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM START TO PULSATING FINISH.
 
A man is found dead in his bed, suffocated, covered in confetti and with his ring finger missing. Detective Rachel King informs his daughter and takes her to identify the body. But she’s never seen the man before in her life.
 
WHAT IF YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THE KILLER REALLY WANTED TO MURDER?
 
Then a second murder. This time a woman, Alison, also suffocated and with her finger severed and confetti strewn over her body.
 
The team desperately search for a link before anyone else dies.
 
Meanwhile, someone has been running a property scam, selling dream houses that will never be built.
 
And the love of Rachel’s life has disappeared. Is he really the mastermind of a people-trafficking gang? Or does Rachel have enemies on her own team?
 
A MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS AND WITH NO ONE RACHEL CAN TRUST.
 
Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.
 
What readers are saying about HELEN H DURRANT

“I couldn’t put it down.” Barbara
 
“This new series by Helen H. Durrant certainly has got off to a thrilling start.” Viv
 
“If you want a book to get your teeth into, this is the one. A massive 5*” Greta
 
“Another fast-paced murder mystery” Aileen
 
“The writing wastop notch and the characters were very real.” Kat
 
THE DETECTIVE
DCI Rachel King. Thirty-nine year-old mother of two teenage daughters. Divorced from Alan. She lives in the Cheshire village of Poynton – about ten miles from central Manchester. She is good at her job, gets results but does make mistakes. One of them was getting involved with a budding villain in her teens. No one, family, friends or colleagues know anything about this.
 
ALSO BY HELEN H. DURRANT

RACHEL KING
Book 1: Next Victim
Book 2: Two Victims
Book 3: Wrong Victim
 
THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
Book 8: DEAD BAD
Book 9: DEAD GUILTY
 
THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL
 
MATT BRINDLE
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM
Book 2: THE OTHER VICTIM

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Review:

I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Joffe Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So this is the third in the DCI Rachel King series, it can be read as a standalone but I’d recommend at least reading the book before, Two Victims, because some of the story carries over.

A dying man is found suffocated in a nursing home, confetti scattered over him and one of his fingers severed. When his daughter comes to identify him, she’s never seen him before.

A second body is found, this time a woman but what is the link between the two? As Rachel and her team delve deeper, they find more questions than answers. Will they manage to solve the case?

Wrong Victim is a great edition to this gripping series, really I just can’t get enough of these books!

This case is definitely one of Rachel and her teams most complicated ones yet! Especially as Rachel’s personal life, yet again, threatens to spill over into her professional with the re-emergence of Jed, the love of her life, who’s also a wanted man. Rachel also has to deal with DCI Mark Keaton, someone who she’s not sure if she can trust to add yet more drama.

I really enjoyed the fact that we got to see a little more from Rachel’s team, Elwyn, Jonny and Amy. Slowly we’re getting to know them in their own right, not just lurking about in the background.

There are two intertwined storylines in the book, truthfully they did kind of blur into one at a certain point and I did lose track of what was happening but that probably says more about my memory than the novel!

 Wrong Victim is a fast paced and addictive read that is a must if you love a police procedural!

About The Author:

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I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

Twitter @hhdurrant

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Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calladine-Bayliss-Detective-Novels/614047648616619?ref=hl

Website  https://www.helenhdurrant.co.uk/

#BlogTour #Review The Slaying In Sydenham by Alice Castle @AliceMCastle @rararesources

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Title: The Slaying in Sydenham by Alice Castle

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Publication Date: 10th December 2019

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

A dangerous move…

Single mum and super sleuth, Beth Haldane, has been set her most daunting task yet by handsome cop boyfriend Inspector Harry York. He wants her to find them a new home – outside Dulwich! Beth can hardly bear the idea, so when a young estate agent turns up dead, she diverts her energies to nailing the killer instead.

As it turns out, more or less everyone in Dulwich who has ever moved house may have a motive. But do some of the richest residents have an even stronger reason to murder the agent than others? What on earth is up with Dr Grover, head of prestigious private school, Wyatt’s? Does Beth’s uber-mummy nemesis, Belinda MacKenzie, have more reason than usual to be swaggering about the village? And who is sending Beth sinister text messages?

Join Beth for her seventh thrilling adventure amid the mean streets of south London, in The Slayings in Sydenham!

You can buy your copy here:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Slayings-Sydenham-London-Murder-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07ZJVR84P 

US – https://www.amazon.com/Slayings-Sydenham-London-Murder-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07ZJVR84P

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Review:

I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

So I’m back with Beth Haldane for the seventh in the London murder mystery series, I can’t quite believe there’s been that many! I would recommend having read a few of the previous books before getting stuck into this book, as there a few recurring storylines that you might miss out on.

Beth and Harry’s relationship is moving to the next level, as he moves into her house. Unable to cope with all of his boxes, Beth reluctantly agrees to look at houses outside her beloved Dulwich. 

She gets a nasty shock at a house in Sydenham when she finds the body of the estate agent. Unable to leave the mystery to her policeman boyfriend Harry York, she starts to investigate. Can Beth figure whodunnit before anyone else gets hurt?

It’s so nice to be back with this series, it’s like catching up with old friends.

Beth is still on top form, procrastinating from the really big issues in her life and concentrating on solving mysteries. I also enjoyed the little bit of tension that builds throughout the novel between Beth and Harry surrounding their moving in together, I felt it added a whole new layer to their relationship.

My only issue with the book was that I felt that the murders sort of got pushed to the side slightly in favour of the other story lines within the book.

The Slayings in Sydenham is a fast paced and fun cosy mystery with likeable characters that you can’t help going back to.

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About The Author: 

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The DailyAlice-Castle-Author-Portrait-600x903 Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks. 

Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim and also hit the number one spot. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, was published in August 2018, with Homicide in Herne Hill following in October 2018. Revenge on the Rye came out in December 2018. The Body in Belair Park will be published on 25th June 2019. Alice is currently working on the seventh London Murder Mystery adventure, The Slayings in Sydenham. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceMCastle

Links to buy books: http://www.MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery http://www.myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich,

 http://myBook.to/CiC

 http://myBook.to/homicideinhernehill 

http://myBook.to/revengeontherye

http://myBook.to/BodyinBelair

Death in Dulwich is now also out as an audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07N1VNMLT/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-140657&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_140657_rh_us

Alice lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats. 

#Review Finding Miranda by Iris Chacon #NetGalley

Title: Finding Miranda by Iris Chacon

Date Published: 21st December 2018 

Genre: Romantic Suspense 

Description:

How come nobody ever sees Miranda Ogilvy– except one smoking-hot neighbor and one stone cold killer?

The tiny village called “Minokee” (Seminole for “alligators all over the place”) is chock full of mysteries like that, and like:

Who is the hunky neighbor, Shepard Krausse, how in heck did he find the invisible Miranda, and why does such a nice guy have such deadly enemies?

Who killed Miranda’s Aunt Phyllis?

Is Shepard’s guide dog, Dave, really the smartest guy in town?

Why does old Miz Cleary keep a loaded rifle beside her front porch rocking chair?

The big question for readers of this quirky novel is, “Who (or what) will find Miranda before Shep’s homicidal enemies do?”

Rated #1 mystery (2017) by Library Journal Indie Book Awards, and #1 fiction audiobook (2018) by Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, with multiple other awards.

Get Finding Miranda, book 1 of the Minokee Mysteries series. You’ll want to re-read it for a dose of sunshine whenever you’re feeling down!

Review:

Truthfully when I spotted this on NetGalley, I thought what a cute cover and didn’t really pay that much attention to the blurb but it turned out to be a good little read!

Miranda inherits a house in the small town of Minokee from her late aunt who dropped dead suddenly. Used to being practically invisible to everyone she’s shocked when the town’s heartthrob, Shepard Krausse notices her. 

But Miranda has made some powerful enemies without even knowing and they’re gunning for her and Shepard but she has no idea why!

Finding Miranda is one of the most fun reads I’ve picked up in awhile! It’s quirky, it’s fast paced and there’s a nice sprinkling of humour throughout.

The characters were all good fun but I really connected with Miranda, that feeling of being invisible is something that I can relate to. 

I liked the town of Minokee. it’s pretty much a few houses on the edge of a jungle in Florida. I personally wouldn’t like to live there as a) I can’t stand the heat and b) it’s far too close to nature for my liking but I’d enjoy sitting round with the elderly residents because they just seem like a lot of fun!

I admit it’s probably a little heavier on the romance than the suspense than I would have liked but of course that’s just my opinion.

Finding Miranda is a perfect little pick me up, fun, lighthearted and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

About The Author:

Iris Chacon’s family first arrived in Florida when it was a Spanish colony, in the 1700s. In Iris’s stories, her characters find romance, mystery, and joy on the peninsula and its islands.

Florida locales are essential characters in all of Iris’s feel-good novels, along with a smattering of humor, romance, mystery, and adventure. Expect a few hours of good, clean, fun when sitting down with an Iris Chacon story.

In FINDING MIRANDA, a blind deejay has no trouble at keeping track of a librarian who seems invisible to everyone else. He has to work hard, however, to keep her safe from men who are trying to murder her. His knowledge and skill in the Florida swamp-forest is the couple’s biggest asset in the final showdown with would-be killers.

In SYLVIE’S COWBOY, a Florida horse rancher and polo player inherits the spoiled daughter of a deceased business partner. They must adjust to sharing his rural ranch home despite her Palm Beach tastes. In the end, they must save one another from her father’s murderer.

MUDSILLS & MOONCUSSERS is a tale of the War Between the States as it played out in Key West, literally the Southernmost town in America – which was occupied by Northern soldiers. A Yankee spy seeking a Rebel saboteur finds, to his dismay, that she may in fact be the woman he loves.

SCHIFFLEBEIN’S FOLLY tells the story of a Miami man who adopts six special-needs children, and then looks for a wife. Six house rabbits, dishonest politicians, and a talking teapot complicate his life until he must rely on supernatural help to resolve his bizarre household’s difficulties.

In addition to lifelong familiarity with all things Florida, Iris has also adopted a special-needs child, kept house rabbits, and spent time in all the places mentioned in her novels.

She and her husband have a small-town home in rural Florida, where her family members have lived since the early 1900s.

Not limited to novels and stories, Iris has also written for radio, stage, and screen. She has worn many hats – including musician, teacher, and librarian.

#Review Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver @will_carver @OrendaBooks

Title: Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 14th September 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

When strangers take part in a series of group suicides, everything suggests that a cult is to blame. How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller from the critically acclaimed author of Good Samaritans.

‘Thrilling and completely original, Nothing Important Happened Today deserves to become an instant classic’ Kevin Wignall, author of The Names of the Dead

Nine suicides

One Cult

No leader

Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.

How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller, Nothing Important Happened Today confirms Will Carver as one of the most extraordinary, exciting authors in crime fiction.

Review:

Just give me a minute, I need to pick my jaw off the floor before I write this review. 

Nothing Important Happened Today is one of the most original, shocking and compelling novels I’ve read this year!

The whole story centres around cults and how nine, seemingly normal, people would throw themselves off a bridge. The story is told from multiple perspectives, interwoven with a very angry and bitter narrator whose voice is just so authentic, it almost felt like he was talking directly to me.

I’ve heard such good things about Will Carver’s writing but I wasn’t prepared for just how mesmerising his writing is. Genuinely I started this book thinking, I have no idea what is happening right now but as the story progressed, I was like I have to know why people would commit suicide like that.

I have to give a little warning here, there are quite graphic descriptions of mass suicide, which may be triggering for some people, I know there were a few times that I felt a little uncomfortable but I just had to read on.

I won’t say too much more because I don’t want to reveal any more about the story, in case of spoilers, but if you love dark psychological thrillers you must give this a go. 

Nothing Important Happened Today is a dark and utterly riveting book, which will shock and surprise you in equal measure. I will definitely be reading more from Will Carver!

About The Author:

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.

Follow Will on Twitter @will_carver

#Review A Spell Of Murder by Kennedy Kerr @KennedyKerr5 @bookouture #Booksontour #newrelease

Title: A Spell of Murder by Kennedy Kerr

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 3rd October 2019

Genre: Cozy mystery

Description:

In the sleepy town of Lost Maidens Loch, people sometimes disappear… Down a quiet lane in town sits a little shop full of oddities you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. This is Love’s Curiosities Inc., and its owner, Temerity Love, is sought by experts all over the world for her rare and magical gift: the ability to find lost things and learn their stories.

When Lost Maidens’ pretty local school teacher is found murdered by a poisoned cup of tea, a strange antique hand mirror is discovered nearby. Temerity – with the help of witchy sister Tilda, their cats Scylla and Charybdis and the lovingly eccentric local townspeople – is determined to divine the story behind the mirror and its part in Miss Molly Bayliss’ untimely death.

If only grumpy out-of-towner Angus Harley of Lost Maidens Police wasn’t on the scene. Temerity can’t solve the crime without him, but he’s distracting, and in more ways than one. Can this unconventional duo solve the most mysterious murder ever to blight Lost Maidens Loch before the killer strikes again?

A magical and unputdownable whodunnit, perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee and Leighann Dobbs.

You can buy your copy here: https://geni.us/B07V29MFFMSocial

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Review:

I want to thank Bookouture for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book featuring a witch, so when I read the blurb for this, not only does it have witches in it but it’s a cosy mystery too, well I just had to read it!

This is the first in the witchy cosy mystery series set in the small Scottish town of Lost Maidens Loch. Temerity Love is a psychic antique verifier who runs an antique shop called Love Curiosities Inc, along with her older sister Tilda. She’s lived there her whole life, a trauma in her past tying her to the place.

A tragedy comes to the small town when a young teacher is found dead in the local school.

Using her powers Temerity, having helped out with cases in the past, is asked to see if she can find any clues at the scene of the crime, much to new policeman Angus Harley’s disgust. Temerity is drawn further into this puzzling mystery but can she solve the case?

A Spell of Murder is an intriguing cosy mystery, with a hint of magic and a dash of romance, the perfect introduction to this series.

Temerity is one of those characters that you root for. Outwardly she’s confident with unusual dress sense but she’s still holding on to hurt from her past. Her sister Tilda does steal the show occasionally throughout the novel, with her sarcastic humour and doesn’t care what anyone thinks attitude. I also loved her loyal parrot Hebrides.

The witchy powers throughout the novel are more understated than I was expecting, there’s no nose twitching or broom flying, but there is still plenty of magic weaved throughout the story.

I loved the setting of Lost Maidens Loch. On one hand it’s a small town where gossip is rife and everyone seems to know everyone but what makes it stand out is the bit of spooky folklore about the Loch weaved in there.

The pace of the book felt a little slower than I’m used to with a cosy mystery, probably because this is the first in the series and we’re getting to know fairly large cast of characters but I feel like it will pick up as the series goes along.

A Spell of Murder is a definite must if you love a supernatural cosy mystery.

About The Author:

Kennedy Kerr is the author of the Lost Maidens Loch witch-themed cozy mystery series. She isAuthor Pic 3 from a Scottish family and adores the magic and mystery of Scotland and all the Celtic lands: cairns, misty mountains, stone circles and misty lochs are her particular favourite things. She is the proud owner of a cuddly black cat called Twinkle, who evidently believes she is a princess.

Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it.

Author Social Media Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kennedykerrauthor/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/KennedyKerr5

#BlogTour Play Dead by Anne Penketh @JoffeBooks

Title: Play Dead (Detective Sam Clayton #3) by Anne Penketh

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 5th September 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

A SLEEPY ENGLISH CITY IS ROCKED BY A SERIES OF MURDERS TARGETING MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL ORCHESTRA.

WHO IS KILLING OFF MUSICIANS WITH THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS?

Detective Inspector Sam Clayton is called in to investigate three victims with ties to the Norfolk Festival Orchestra.

Musician Kristina Manning is impaled by her cello spike.

The disgraced conductor is found with his head stuffed into a piano. He’s on the brink of death.

A trumpeter dies, poisoned by his mouthpiece.

Will Clayton’s new girlfriend, Melissa, a singer in the NFO, be next on the murderer’s list?

Is there a serial killer with a musical edge on the loose? And what does the disappearance of former orchestra member Lauren Garner have to do with it?

A MYSTERY WITH A STUNNING TWIST AND A RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP A MURDER SPREE

PLAY DEAD is the third in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Mel Sherratt, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

What readers are saying about ANNE PENKETH

“Five out of five stars!” Michelle K

“I had a hard job putting this one down as it had me fully engaged and wanting more.” Dawn J

“This book was brilliant from start to finish, it was totally gripping from the first page. I read this book in one sitting, it was so good I didn’t want to put it down.” Lynn G

“Great book to read on holiday with a satisfyingly twisting storyline.” CH

A real page turner.” Barb D

“It had many twists which kept me guessing. I would never have worked out the ending.” Shamiela A

Riveting read.” Penny B

“Sam Clayton is not your average hard-boiled detective. He has problems of his own as he sets out to find a serial killer.” Meg B

THE TEAM

Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising her child who moved with her to Norwich.

ALSO BY ANNE PENKETH
THE DI SAM CLAYTON SERIES
Book 1: MURDER ON THE MARSH
Book 2: THE BAD SISTER
Book 3: PLAY DEAD

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Review:

So this is the third in the Detective Sam Clayton series but actually the first I’ve read. I think it works perfectly well as a standalone but you might want to read the other books in the series just get a better feel for the characters.

A Cellist from Norfolk Festival Orchestra is killed by her own cello. Then the former NFO conductor has his head stuffed into the piano and almost dies. Who is picking off members of the orchestra and why? Sam Clayton and his team have a race against time before they have another victim on their hands.

Play Dead a fast paced and gripping police procedural with plenty of clues and red herrings for you to figure out along the way.

I don’t think I’ve read a novel that centres around an orchestra which for me made this story unique.

Sam Clayton has a bit of a temper, which he tries hard to control, but he sometimes lets loose on an innocent waste paper basket nearby. I did wonder what was with his attitude towards women, especially ones of a higher rank than him, but it turned out he had an abusive past. While this didn’t excuse it, it did explain it a bit more.

I have to be honest, the ending kind of lost me, I think the author tried to go for a twist or a big reveal that just fell a little flat for but of course that’s just my opinion.

Play Dead is a quick and entertaining read, a must for lovers of police procedurals.

About The Author:

I’m a Lancashire lass but for most of my career, I’ve been a foreign correspondent. I’ve reported from all over the world on some of the most cataclysmic events of our time, including the

Anne Penketh

Egyptian revolution and the collapse of the Berlin wall.

While in London I was diplomatic editor of The Independent, but these days I’m based in Paris and concentrating on fiction writing. The third in a series of crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Sam Clayton, Play Dead, is out now. My first novel, Food Fight, was published in 2015.

I’ve reported from Paris mainly for The Independent and The Guardian, but I also contributed to France24 television and Monocle radio.  As a freelancer, I’ve written for The New Zealand Herald and The National (Abu Dhabi), as well as the LA Times, the New York Times, the Radio Times, the Oldie, Monocle magazine, Quartz, and Spark News.

Between 2009 and 2012, I headed the Washington office of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), a trans-Atlantic NGO focused on nuclear disarmament.

During my ten-year stint on The Independent I was one of the few journalists to report from Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, I was a staff foreign correspondent with the French news agency, AFP, which posted me to Moscow during the incredible Gorbachev years. I also reported for AFP from France, and New York where I covered the United Nations.

I started my journalistic career in Canada, arriving with two suitcases to seek my fortune in Montreal, from where I reported for British newspapers before getting a job on the Montreal Gazette.

Before that, I was a postgraduate student at University College London whose French department nurtured my lifelong love of French literature and culture.

LINKS

Website: www.annepenketh.com

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