#BlogTour #Review Best Served Cold by Pat Adams-Wright #newrelease

Title: Best Served Cold by Pat Adams-Wright

Date Published: 7th July 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

DCI Kirsty Savidge and her team (MCTF – Major Crimes Task Force) are tasked with solving the murder of Avril Webb, the third member of a vicious, bullying school gang from twenty-five years ago, to be killed in a matter of weeks. Although two previous deaths are brought to her attention by pathologist Dr Benedict Aldredge (Benny), they have been ruled a drowning and a gang-related murder in another district. Once Kirsty is aware of them, her detective instincts begin to kick-in, but because of the different Modi Operandi, she’s not sure she’ll be able to convince her superior Chief Superintendent Alison Fry, of a connection. The two women have history and cooperation is rarely a given. However, during the interviews into Avril’s death the remaining members of the gang are adamant about a link between the deaths and press Kirsty to investigate further. This gives Kirsty a legitimate reason to ask for the other two cases to be reviewed although none of those in the higher echelons would want to hear the term ‘serial killer’.

Another murder occurs quite soon, again with a different MO. At the same time, Kirsty becomes aware she’s had an intruder in her home, but she and DS Danny Hewitt decide to put off any investigation until the current case is finished. Also, Chief Superintendent Fry appears to be having some personal problems when Kirsty spots her wrist wrapped in bandages and bruising on her neck. The inclement weather is also having an effect on the investigation, as some people are having to work from home, including Savidge and Fry, who finds herself stranded at Kirsty’s cottage because of the heavy snowfall. Fry brought news Kirsty could proceed with linking all the cases. Members of the now covert group (nobody is aware in the present that these people are still linked and running false businesses for their leader, Chris Shaw), are now beginning to take care of their own security turning down protective custody. The police become suspicious.

Throughout, there is a running commentary from the murderer, about his methods and reasoning. Kirsty has her suspicions and is convinced one of the gang members is carrying out the murders. Only when information from those badly bullied at school does the method of the killings fall into place. Background information on two of suspects is proving illusive. A failed copy-cat attack narrows Kirsty’s choice to one and covert surveillance is set-up. At the time of Avril’s funeral the next day, it’s revealed the man watching the suspect has been murdered and the suspect has disappeared. He’s gone to Plan B – murdering the rest of the gang at the funeral. He kills two more using sniper-fire, then escapes. At the airport he is apprehended and held at gunpoint by two armed response officers, but is then shot himself when one officer mistakes a remote-control for the handle of a gun. The suspect’s lap-top reveals all, in the form of two books so all questions can be answered at a meal supplied by the Chief Superintendent. At the end of the book we are left wondering whose Kirsty’s intruder was and also who had leaked information to allow a copy-cat attack.

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Review:

Kirsty Savidge, and her team are tasked with investigating the brutal murder of Avril Webb. The killer is forensically aware and leaves behind no clues.

During the investigation more deaths come to light but they seem to be accidents. Kirsty convinced there’s a connection tries to link the cases together. Can Kirsty stop the killer before they claim any more victims?

This was a solid police procedural that really focused on the process of a murder investigation.

I really liked Kirsty. She’s clever, intuitive and doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone especially her immediate superior Chief Superintendent Alison Fry who seem to butt heads at every opportunity.

It’s not exactly the most fast paced, in fact there were times when it was a little slow and my attention waned a bit but of course that’s just my opinion.

I’d recommend for anyone who enjoys a British police procedural with a strong female lead character.

About The Author:

Pat Adams-Wright was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK, on the 15th October 1954, in Wellesley Barracks, to a sergeant major father and a working mother. Teacher trained inPat Adams Wright Author photo Liverpool, she actually taught very little during the austere period for practical subjects, doing any work she could find to keep the wolf from the door. However, this did provide plenty of experience and writing material. Finally settled into a teaching job, disaster struck after an accident left her disabled. After many years of using writing to distract her from pain, she successfully completed her debut novel, Run, which was published on the 18th April, 2015.

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#BlogTour #Review Dead & Talking by Des Burkinshaw @DesBurkinshaw @rararesources #Giveaway

I’m very excited to be bring you my review of Dead & Talking by Des Burkinshaw along with a fab giveaway (see bottom of the post).

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Title: Dead & Talking by Des Burkinshaw

Date Published: 10th March 2019

Genre: Mystery/Humour/Paranormal

Description:

If a ghost appeared from nowhere, rescued you from suicide and then ordered you to start solving crimes to help dead people, what would you do?

When it happens to Porter Norton, he just wants to put his head in his hands and have nothing to do with it. But now he has to atone for the family curse that has seen all the men die at their own hands for five generations.

The Gliss, the sarcastic spirit that rescues him, says he can now and see and hear the Dead – if he’s close to their remains. Porter has to use his unwelcome gift to clear up past injustices. Or else.

Forced to investigate the murder of a WW1 British Tommy executed for spying in 1917, he begins to suspect the case has links to his own family history. Along the way, Porter enlists the help of a bickering group of misfits, who struggle to stay involved – because only fools believe in the supernatural, don’t they?

Full of pop culture references, banter and twists, the story takes us from present-day London and Flanders to scenes from World War 1.

As Porter, The Gliss, and friends, get deeper into the explosive case, they discover their own lives and sanity are at stake. An evil from WW1 pursues them all.

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Review:

Porter Norton is at the end of his tether. He’s lost his girlfriend, he’s about to lose his job and career as a solicitor and the worst thing a girl died because of his mistake. Unable to take it any more he attempts suicide, only to be saved by a ghostly robot called The Gliss.

He tells him that he’s invoked an ancient curse which means he has to make up for the hurt that his family has caused over the years. First is investigating the death of a young soldier Max Cartwright but someone or something doesn’t want the truth coming out and will stop at nothing to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Dead & Talking is an absolute gem of a novel! It doesn’t specifically fit into any genre which I really enjoy when an author shakes it up a bit. There’s mystery, ghostly happenings, historical scenes and sarcasm by the bucket load.

I found each and everyone of the characters memorable from Porter’s strait laced solicitor Namita, to Porter’s new friend Feng, the sceptic ghost hunter even Porter’s very unlikeable sister Cherry. I also loved the back and forth between The Gliss and Porter, genuinely had me chuckling out loud.

There is also some good historical research in the book too, it really gets across grim realities of the first world war.

Also just a little warning, there are some complex and emotional issues discussed during the  book, like rape and suicide that some people may find upsetting.

There was one very minor character who really annoyed me and I felt that he was just put into the novel to be vile but of course that’s just my opinion.

Dead & Talking is a book packed with action, ghostly goings on that had me fascinated from beginning to end.

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About The Author:

Born in the middle of the Summer of Love on a pre-fab council estate in Luton, teenage bitterness and a chance viewing of the Watergate movie, All the President’s Men, made him vow to become a journalist and bring down the government. Dead and Talking - DES DARK

First he had to pay for his journalism course, so he became a civil servant. Literally the day he had enough for his fees, he packed it in.
Twelve years on from watching the film, he was a journalist at The Times and had a big hand in bringing down John Major’s government. News ambitions sated, he packed that in too. 

Several years of working for Channel 4, ITV and the BBC as a senior producer saw him working across the world, but he eventually got fed up with asking bands how the new album was coming along, and packed it in. 

He set up his own production company magnificent! in 2002 and simultaneously worked on the BBC Live Events team for another 10 years. But then six years of work on the Olympics came along, so he packed the BBC in. Again. 

Des has jammed with many of his heroes from Paul McCartney to Brian Wilson, Queen to Nancy Sinatra. He has interviewed many A-listers, including David Bowie, Michael Caine, John Cleese and even Noam Chomsky. 

He has directed/produced a fairly long list of people – Muse, Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, produced BBC3’s Glastonbury coverage for a couple of years, made films about leprosy in India, comedy shorts with Miranda Hart and Lenny Henry and played guitar for Chas and Dave at the Hackney Empire. 

He has made 300+ short films for the Queen, MI5, the BBC, Sky, Discovery, EMI, the British Academy and dozens of authorities, charities and private sector firms. His most recent publication was a series of interviews with leading academics like Mary Beard on the state of the humanities which was published as a standalone magazine by the British Academy.

Fed up with travelling and determined to be a half-decent dad, he now works in London as often as he can. He runs the Young Directors Film School making movies with young people and is about to head up the Digital Film and Video MA at Tileyard. An avid musician and producer, he releases his third album as Romano Chorizo (he plays drums, bass, piano, guitar and really bad sax). 

He hates to be pigeon-holed, thinks creativity is a learned state of mind and wishes they would teach people memory and learning techniques at school. 

Dead & Talking is his first novel, the first in a series of Porter & The Gliss investigations.

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#BlogTour #Review The Body In Belair Park by Alice Castle @AliceMCastle @rararesources #Giveaway

Today I have my review of the sixth in the London Mystery series with an exciting giveaway (see bottom of the post).

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Title: The Body in Belair Park by Alice Castle.

Publisher: Darkstorke Books

Date Published: 25th June 2019

Genre: Cosy Mystery.

Description:

Beth Haldane is on the verge of having everything she’s ever wanted. Her son is starting secondary school, her personal life seems to have settled down – even her pets are getting on. But then the phone rings.

It’s Beth’s high maintenance mother, Wendy, with terrible news. Her bridge partner, Alfie Pole, has died suddenly. While Beth, and most of Dulwich, is convinced that Alfie has pegged out from exhaustion, thanks to playing with Wendy for years, Beth’s mother is certain that there is foul play afoot.

Before she knows it, Beth is plunged into her most complicated mystery yet, involving the Dulwich Bridge Club, allotment holders, the Dulwich Open Garden set and, of course, her long-suffering boyfriend, Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Harry York. The case stirs up old wounds which are much closer to home than Beth would like. Can she come up trumps in time to stop the culprit striking again – or does the murderer hold the winning hand this time?

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Review:

A huge thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour and sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

It’s nice to be back with Beth and the residents of Dulwich, it’s a bit like visiting an old friend as this is the sixth novel in the series.

This time Beth is asked to investigate the death of Alfie Pole, her high maintenance mum’s long suffering bridge partner. She’d convinced that it’s murder but Alfie was in his eighties, why would anyone want to kill of an old man?

I am already a huge fan of this series, they’re fun, quick reads with great characters that I just love catching up with.

Poor Beth, she thinks her life is going to plan, good job, dishy detective boyfriend and her son Ben is finally attending the much sought after Wyatt’s school. Then she has to deal with her mum! You can tell that Beth loves her but her selfishness and old before her time attitude is hard for her to deal with. I completely understood Beth’s frustrations, you’d have to have the patience of a saint to deal with her mother!

There’s also some nice character development in this novel, we also find out a little bit more about Beth’s past and why her relationship with her mother is quite so fraught. It also sets it up nicely for the next novel in the series.

I did feel a little confused by the killer reveal, it felt a little out of the blue but that’s just a small thing.

The body in Belair park is a humorous and fun cosy mystery that you can really lose yourself in for a few hours.

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About The Author:

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily 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.acb2

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

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

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

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#BlogTour #Review The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson @rogersonsm @rararesources #Fantasy

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Title: The Lost Sentinel (Silent Seas Chronicles 1) by Suzanne Rogerson

Date Published: 16th June 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Description:

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.

On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.

Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?

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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 said to myself this year, I wanted to read a little more fantasy, it’s a genre that I keep meaning to read more of. The blurb of The Lost Sentinel, the first of the Silent Seas Chronicles, really intrigued me and I love anything that contains magic so I thought I’d give it a go!

Tei is a tailor’s daughter, living an ordinary life, hiding her magic as it is feared and blamed for all that goes wrong on the island of Kalaya, until the day her powers are discovered and she is forced to run.

Forced into hiding by the Assembly and their Masked Riders, Tei hides in the mountains with the other exiles. She is soon tasked with finding the lost Sentinel who will restore magic back to the island. Is Tei ready for such a challenge?

The Lost Sentinel is a fantasy quest that combines moral questions with magic and imagination to create a compelling read.

There is some great world building and description in the story, I enjoyed learning about the rules and intricacies of Kalaya. There’s also a number of different viewpoints throughout the story which I think really added to the overall story, showing Kalaya from different perspectives, so you really got the sense of the place and the people within it.

There are some interesting characters throughout. It centres round Tei, Brogan a farmer forced to become a part of the Assembly after the death of his father and Captain Farrell, who is look for a place for his displaced people. Tei is headstrong and more than a little stubborn which gets her in trouble a fair bit but you just can’t help rooting for her. I did feel like at times her character wasn’t as strong in comparison to Brogan and Captain Farrell but I feel like it leaves it open for her to grow more in the next novels.

So as this is the first book, it’s setting up for the next books in the series, which it does well but at times I felt the pacing was a little off, sometimes it meandered along, other times it went a breakneck speed but of course that’s just my opinion.

If you love fantasy with intricate world building and a good old fashioned quest at its core then I think this is a book you would really enjoy.

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About The Author:

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late author photo 2018 (2)teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Breaking News…. The Sentinel’s Alliance, book 3 of Silent Sea Chronicles is now available on pre-order.

Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

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#BlogTour #Review Dropzone by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @Books_n_all

Title: Dropzone by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 31st May 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes book 2 in the very popular DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor series.

Brandon Stone is doing his first Accelerated Free Fall Skydive. He has done the training and his instructors are with him so nothing can go wrong…. Can it? A double malfunction and Brandon is staring death in the face. A very rare accident. Or is it?

Jason is returning to work after 3 months recovering from injuries at the hands of Boronov. Light duties? Not if Jason can help it.

DC Harriet Taylor is taking a well deserved holiday with Jon Finch that includes tandem skydiving. Out of all the planes in the country they were on the same one as Brandon.

With a detective as a witness this should be an easy case to solve. Wrong! Jason and the team need all the help they can get to unravel the lies and find the clues before more bodies turn up.

This is a gripping story with twists, turns and intrigue all the way through. A fast moving page-turner you will not be able to put down.

THE DETECTIVES

DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

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 life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

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DS JASON SMITH SERIES

Book 0.5 – Phobia

Book 1 – Smith

Book 2 – Boomerang

Book 3 – Ladybird

Book 4 – Occam’s Razor

Book 5 – Harlequin

Book 6 – Selene

Book 7 – Horsemen

Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1 – The Beekeeper

Book 2 – The Perfect Murder

Book 3 – The Backpacker

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DS JASON SMITH & DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1 – The Enigma

Book 2 – Dropzone

Stand Alone Thrillers

Miranda – A psychological thriller

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Review:

So this is the second in the DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor series, (you can read my review of the first novel The Enigma here), I would highly recommend you read at least The Enigma first, just because Dropzone contains a couple of spoilers for the other book.

Smith is still recovering from incidents in the last book and wants to get back to work. An intriguing case comes in where a skydiver’s parachute fails to deploy plunging him to his death but was it an accident or something more sinister?

As with all Stewart Giles’ books you are dropped straight into the action from the very first chapter! It’s fun, fast paced and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

You can really tell the author has done his research of sky diving thoroughly, with lots of terminology incorporated into the story. But don’t worry if like me you don’t know much about the subject, there’s a handy little guide at the front explaining the skydiving terms that are used.

I have to be honest, I would have preferred this to be a Smith novel as I don’t think that DC Harriet Taylor added a whole lot to the story, apart from causing a bit of tension between Smith and his wife Whitton, but of course that’s just my opinion.

If you’re looking for a novel with plenty of fast paced action and heart in your mouth moments, I think Dropzone is the book for you.

About The Author:

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After AnnSG Author photo (4) dropped a rather large speaker on my head 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 hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and there are plenty more to come. Unworthy, the ninth Smith instalment was followed by a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers. Entitled The Enigma, 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. Dropzone, book 2 in the Smith/Harriet series is now available and the 10th Smith instalment will be released later in the year.

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#BlogTour #Promo The Birth of Gemini (The Signs of the Stars #1) by CS Johnson @RRBookTours1

Hi lovelies, today on my blog I’m hosting a book spotlight for Manga inspired novel The Birth Of Gemini by CS Johnson with a chance to win a copy of the novel (see bottom of this post) but first a bit about the book:

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Title: The Birth of Gemini (The Signs of the Stars #1) by CS Johnson

Publication Date: July 2018

Genre: Manga/ Graphic Novel

Length: 42 Pages

Description:

Years and light-years away, one father must find the courage to do whatever it takes to protect his children …

As a surgeon for the Mercy Interplanetary Alliance, Micheel Reshi is no stranger to difficult choices. But when his wife, Nabelle, gives brith to their twins, Micheel is horrified to find Callox and Pasher bare the Sign of Gemini on their arms. The bright constellation marks them as carriers of the hidden code Earth’s last generation had engineered into human DNA—and marks them as targets by the Collectors, a group of people determined to wipe out all memory of Old Earth and its existence.

When Count Lux, Nabelle’s cousin and a member of the Collectors, arrives on their starship, Micheel knows he must do something to save his family—even if it means breaking them apart.

THIS IS THE SHORT STORY GRAPHIC NOVEL VERSION OF THE PREQUEL TO “THE SIGNS OF THE STARS”, A SPACE OPERA ADVENTURE SERIES FROM C. S. JOHNSON.

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About the Author

C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including youngAuthor Pic (7) adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me

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#BlogTour #Review Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart @annastuartbooks @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Title: Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart

Publisher: Trapeze

Date Published: 21st February 2019

Genre: Contemporary Love Story

Description:

Bonnie and Stan are soulmates. They met during the Swinging Sixties, to the soundtrack of The Beatles and the Merseybeat scene. They’ve grown up and grown old together, had children and grandchildren. They are finally settling into retirement and building their dream home when disaster strikes.

Stan cannot bear the thought of leaving Bonnie. All his life he’s devoted himself to looking after her and now, when it really counts, he will have to leave her alone. Or will he…? Alongside his teenage granddaughter Greya, he forms a plan to find Bonnie a new love of her life. And she must never find out…

Bonnie & Stan is a poignant, surprising love story set during the Swinging Sixties and the present day which will make your heart sing.

Review:

I want to thank Tracy at Compulsive Reader’s for inviting me on this blog tour and Trapeze for the copy of Bonnie and Stan via NetGalley.

I have to be honest I’m not usually one for contemporary fiction but this book had two things that really appealed to me, first older main characters (Bonnie and Stan are in their seventies) and it’s partly set in Liverpool back in the Swinging Sixties, a decade which I love to read about.

Poor Stan, just on the verge of retirement and building his dream home, he finds out he has incurable cancer. He can’t stand to think of Bonnie on her own so he sets about trying to find her a new husband.

Bonnie and Stan is one of those ‘I’m not crying honest, there’s just something in my eye’ reads. I always find it a little harder to read a book with a protagonist who’s dying, especially from cancer which took my mother ten years ago, but this topic is handled with sensitivity by the author.

The characters are so well written, I felt like I almost knew them. Stan is the more pragmatic, accepting what is happening to him whereas Bonnie is looking for a miracle cure. I think we all have a little bit of Bonnie in us, especially when someone is ill.

My favourite aspects of the novel is when we travelled back to the sixties. The Beatles had just found fame and the buzz of the Liverpool music scene was at it’s height. As I’m from Liverpool myself I have a bit of a fascination with that era, my parents were both teenagers at the time and it just seemed like an exciting place to be. I also liked the attention to detail, like the description of the old Cavern club, which was just how my parents described it, damp and a little bit dingy but still one of the places in Liverpool to be seen.

I have to be honest this is quite a slow and steady novel and frankly I liked the sixties parts better than I did the ones set in the present but of course that’s just my opinion.

Bonnie and Stan is a must read story if you like poignant, character driven stories all about love, life and family.

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About The Author:

Anna Stuart has wanted to be a writer ever since she sat up in her cot with a book. For years she wrote short stories and serials for the women’s magazines before being published by Pan Macmillan as a historical novelist under the pseudonym Joanna Courtney. Her Queens of the Conquest series, set in the pre-1066 years, has been published to acclaim in all formats including audiobook and been translated for European markets but she is delighted to return to the contemporary world for Bonnie & Stan.