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Belonging by Rhoda Baxter @RhodaBaxter @rararesources #BookReview

Hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoy what is left of it! I am not ready for Monday!

Delighted to share with you my review for this gem of a novella! Thanks Rachel for my invitation and thank you Rhoda Baxter for this charming little story!💕

Belonging

She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?

Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.

Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.

As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.

But with attraction comes guilt.

Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?

My Thoughts

Small Town✔️ Romance✔️ Fab Characters✔️

This was a well-done enemies to lovers Novella…. my biggest complaint with books of this length usually is there isn’t as much character development as I would like, however in this book the focus was heavily on the characters leaving me satisfied…. I loved getting to know Harriet, Tim and Niamh, and really wanted the best for all three of them! BTW how in the world do you pronounce Niamh? No judgment, nobody knows how to say my name either, but this one has me stumped!

This book starts out as kind of a tangled web, Harriet has lost her love…Niamh has lost her father…. Harriets love’s Family sees her as the femme fatale, and has no contact with her… however, Niamh wants to visit her father’s mistress, she wants to talk to somebody about her deceased father….So, when she runs away Tim whose sister is the spurned wife sets off to find her…. after arriving at Harriets, Tim soon find out that she is not the horrible woman everyone has made her out to be….

Sometimes you find love where you least expect it… but can a love so filled with guilt and grief be right? I love reading about these three helping heal one another… The romance was sweet and emotional… and the ending to this little gem of a story was absolute perfection!

Recommend to fans of romances, small towns, fabulous characters, and love!💕

*** A big thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book***

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IMG_1897at300dpiAuthor Bio –

Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romances with heart and a touch of cynicism. She has had several novels published by the award winning publisher Choc Lit. Writing under her other pen name, Jeevani Charika, she has been published by Bonnier Zaffre. Her books have been shortlisted for awards such as the RoNA Romantic Comedy of the Year (in 2017), Love Stories Award (in 2015) and the Joan Hessayon Award (2012).

Rhoda started off as a microbiologist and then drifted out of research and into technology transfer. When choosing a penname, she was hit by a fit of nostalgia and named herself after the bacterium she studied during her PhD. She has lived in a variety of places including Sri Lanka, Yap (it’s a real place), Halifax, Oxford and Didcot (also a real place). She tends to judge the standard of living by the quality and availability of tea and cake. She now lives with her young family in East Yorkshire, where the tea and cake provision is excellent.

You can find her wittering on about cake and science and other random things on her website (http://www.rhodabaxter.com), on Facebook, or on Twitter (@rhodabaxter). Please do say hello if you’re passing.

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The Victoria Lie by Sarah Marie Graye @SarahMarieGraye @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Sunday y’all!

Today I am happy to be on the blog tour or this very compelling story! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to Sarah Marie Graye for her beautiful words💕🦋

The Victoria Lie

TheVictoriaLie-BookCoverWhen is a lie a lifeline? To Tori lies are everything.

ZOE wants to end her life. But she can’t just leave a note. She needs to say goodbye to boyfriend JAMES and best friend ALISON.

TORI is waiting in the wings to fill the space ZOE will leave behind, wanting to claim both James and Alison for herself.

But with ZOE still alive and Alison’s childhood friend RUBY now on the scene vying to fill the gap, TORI realises she has her work cut out.

Just what lengths is TORI willing to go to in order to claim Alison and James for herself?

(Trigger warnings: Suicide, depression, IRA bombings, ADHD, Autism, manipulative characters.)

My Thoughts

this is a dark, emotional, thought-provoking read….

Butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.

This is the second book in the Butterfly Effect series… A very appropriate name because all these characters have such entangled lives, the simplest of actions could alter almost everything… this book could possibly be read as a standalone, but I think I would have appreciated it more had I read the first book in the series, and I may go back and do so…

This book deals with some pretty heavy issues primarily suicide and mental illness… because of the subject matter this is a slower read… I think the subject of suicide was handled well, and realistically… I think for those of us who have never contemplated suicide it is very difficult to understand what drives a person to take their own lives…. so what I appreciated about this book is it really focused quite a bit on the impact it has on those around the person wanting to commit suicide, the person with the mental illness… my ex husband is an untreated bipolar with narcissistic disorder, even though we have limited contact now he still is my children’s father…. and even though they have almost no contact with him, it still is something that will have an impact on their life forever… I mention this because I think the more we share about mental illness the less taboo it becomes…. I also bring it up because I have firsthand knowledge of the impact someone’s mental illness has on those around them, I think this is something that is often overlooked….

Zoe wants to commit suicide after the happenings in the first book (another reason I think you probably should read the first book 1st)…. but before she does she wants to say goodbye to her boyfriend and her best friend…. tori is just waiting in the wings to take Zoe‘s place in both James and Allison‘s lives…. tori is a complicated character that added an entirely new level to the story, with all her lies and manipulations…. Zoe without necessarily meaning to cast quite big web that started dragging a lot of people down into the dark with her….

This is a well told story that will open many discussions… recommend, but I’d recommend you read the first book 1st….

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Amazon author page: https://author.to/SarahMarieGraye

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Author bio

British writer Sarah Marie Graye is the author of The Butterfly Effect series, which looks at suicides and those left behind. The Second Cup, the first book in the series, was published in July 2017, and this Blog Tour is to celebrate the launch of the second book in the series, The Victoria Lie.

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The Man You Meet in Heaven by Debbie Viggiano @DebbieViggiano @bookouture #BookReview

Happy weekend all! Just for the record it is still Saturday for me, so I am not late!😇 I had a bit of a crazy day, I had an organizer at my house yesterday and it took her almost 24 hours to organize my house, and it isn’t done yet! Anyways I can’t find anything!😂🤣😂

Not a fabulous excuse, but it’s all I’ve got!

Excited to be on the blog tour for this fun feel good book! A huge thank you to Noelle for my invitation and to Debbie Viggiano for her lovely story!💕

The-Man-You-Meet-in-Heaven-KindleWhen Hattie Green pops to the shop one afternoon, she never expects her life to flash before her eyes between the tins of baked beans and a special offer on sliced white. One minute she’s loading her trolley and thinking about what to give her son for dinner, and the next she’s speaking to a gorgeous man in a glowing white suit about what her life could have been…

If you had the chance to go back and relive it all, what would you do differently? Go on that date, take that promotion… eat that second biscuit? Hattie is about to discover where she went wrong, but will her mystery second chance reveal some STONKING secrets in her past that probably should have stayed hidden?

A gorgeous romantic comedy from the bestselling author of What Holly’s Husband Did. Perfect for fans of Tracy Bloom, Marian Keyes and Dawn French.

My Thoughts

A funny feel good story….

This book was kind of a mash up of those old George Burns’ movies “Oh God”, and“A Christmas Carol“ kind of the story of the ghosts of boyfriends past… with the part of Shmoop being played by Josh… and I guess then Ebeneezer is played by Hattie, although Hattie has a much better disposition….. having said this I can absolutely see this book as a movie it would translate to the big screen very well!

Hattie has sworn off men after her marriage to a philandering husband ends… it is Valentine’s Day and once again Hattie’s mother wants to set her up… BUT Hattie is saved by the aisle sign…. yes the aisle 3 sign literally falls on her head scattering baked beans and leaving Hattie unconscious… she wakes up to find herself in the “After Life Lounge“ where she meets Josh…. I don’t know about you but if I had to relive my love life, I don’t think I’d be in heaven!

Even though this book had a lighthearted feel about it it did make you question some things about your own life…. would I change anything about my life if I could? In particular my love life? My own answer is a resounding no! Even though I am also divorced, there is a lot I learned from that… but even more importantly I wouldn’t have my kids if I had not married their father…. although it would be interesting and cathartic, just as it was for Hattie to revisit my mistakes in 4-D….

An enjoyable read that will leave you with a smile on your face, recommend to fans of romance and fun!💕

***Thank you so much to Bookouture for my copy***

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Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge, or eat her secret stash of chocolate. Follow Debbie’s (intermittent!) blog: http://www.debbieviggiano.blogspot.com Tweet @DebbieViggiano or look her up on Facebook!
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Cupid F*cks Up by Paula Houseman @PaulaHouseman @rararesources #BookReview

Happy weekend all!

As I am sure you can tell by the title of this book it is a romance that has a sense of humor, and I’m excited to share my review with you today! Thank you so much to Rachel for my invitation and Paula Houseman for her hilarious story😂🤣

Cupid Fcks Up and My Troyboy is a Twat

Cupid Fcks up ebook coverRuth Roth is a straight shooter. Pity Cupid’s not.

Smart-mouth Ruth is an inspirational humour columnist for a popular women’s magazine. Recently divorced, she has found the love of her life. Without any help, mind you, from the little fat love god. Ruth has decided she herself is her one and only.

And she’s in a comfy place. Why wouldn’t she be? No need to yell ‘Put the bloody toilet seat down!’ No need to hoover toe-nail clippings off the carpet.

But then a silver-tongued Prince Charming fronts up in his shiny Merc and tickles her discarded, little-girl fantasies. He tells her their love is written in the stars.

It must be a misprint.

A romance with this particular PC is not so PC! Still …

Ruth’s life plays out more like ancient myth than fairytale. And what hot-blooded woman can resist forbidden fruit?

There’s a problem, though. Ruth does not have a hot-blooded mum. Ruth has a pain-in-the-arse mum whose squawking disapproval cranks the taboo up a notch.

All the more reason to take up with the stud! But it means taking on the harpy.

Tensions mount, and even Ruth’s man can’t protect her from the trash-talking voices in her head. It looks like he can’t muzzle his own either. When an earth-shattering revelation causes him to give her grief, it makes her feel like she’s dating her mother.

Taking the kind of advice she doles out to her readers is not so easy, and Ruth wonders if this love can survive. More to the point, is it worth the trouble?

My Thoughts

Laugh! Out! Loud!

Love when the second book in a series is even better than the first! This book had a little more romance, a few more laughs, and a little more drama… we all really need someone like Ruth in our lives to keep us entertained….

Ruth has finally found the love of her life…. herself…. but Cupid and his arrows have different plans…. this book really is more of a romance then the previous book, but nothing beats a good romance filled with humor… but don’t worry Ruth’s meddling mother is still in full affect… afterall roof’s new love interest is a lifelong family friend…

This book oozes sas and Snark! A book that doesn’t take its self too seriously and yet addresses some pretty heavy issues…… A balancing act that is very well handled within these pages….

If you like to laugh so hard that tears run down your face this is the book for you! But I’d strongly suggest you don’t read this in public, u might get some odd looks!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book***

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cupid-cks-Ruth-Roth-Book-ebook/dp/B07FZWR76L/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Cupid-cks-Ruth-Roth-Book-ebook/dp/B07FZWR76L/

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Love, romance, marriage, and a dark little secret. Shh … Small things let loose can grow out of hand.

Ruth Roth’s new husband can’t keep it in. If only he had all those years ago, things might be different now.

His big mouth sends every family member into hell. Except for Ruth’s late mother. She blows in from there. Seems the woman just won’t die. Or let up. Faaaark!

As if Mama’s earbashing isn’t enough, everyone else needs a scapegoat. Ruth is it. Somehow, this mess is her fault.

With everything falling apart, she feels overwhelmed. Until a hunky celebrity pants man—who clearly wants to get into hers—befriends her and makes her feel all warm and fuzzy. At the same time, an educated silicone seductress has designs on hubby.

Temptation abounds. But it’s overshadowed when a startling discovery throws Ruth and her man into uncharted waters, and life comes crashing down.

Ruth has survived plenty with the help of her friends. And as a writer, her wry wit, dirty muse, and a bent for ancient mythology have sustained her. This, though, might be her undoing.

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Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FKN8HF6/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FKN8HF6/

photo copy – Version 3Author Bio – Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer. But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give away design. Instead, she took up writing.

She found she was a natural with the double entendres (God knows she’d been in enough trouble as a child for dirty wordplay).

As a published writer of earthy chick lit and romantic comedy, Paula gets to bend, twist, stretch and juice up universal experiences to shape reality the way she wants it, even if it is only in books. But at the same time, she can make it more real, so that her readers feel part of the sisterhood. Or brotherhood (realness has nothing to do with gender).

Through her books, Paula also wants to help the reader escape into life and love’s comic relief. And who doesn’t need to sometimes?

Her style is a tad Monty Pythonesque because she adores satire. It helps defuse all those gaffes and thoughts that no one is too proud of.

Paula lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband. No other creatures. The kids have flown the nest and the dogs are long gone.

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A Laughing Matter of Pain by Cynthia Hilston @rararesources @cynthiahilston

A Laughing Matter of Pain

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Harry Rechthart always knew how to laugh, but laughter can hide a lot of pain that’s drowned by the bottle and good times. He grew up the joker in the early 1900s in Cleveland, Ohio, but as he enters adulthood, conflict splits him. His once close relationship with his brother, Erik, breaks as they come into their own and Erik goes off to college. No longer under Erik’s shadow, Harry feels he might finally shine and make others see him as someone to be proud of. Harry finds an unlikely comrade who understands how he feels–his younger sister, Hannah. Once free of high school, Harry and Hannah double date sister and brother, Kat and Will Jones, attending wild, extravagant parties during the years of Prohibition. Harry thinks he’s won at life–he’s found love in Kat, in a good time, and in the bottle. But all the light goes out fast when Harry’s alcoholism leads to disastrous consequences for him and Kat.

Harry thinks the joke’s on him now that he’s sunk lower than ever. He’s in jail. He’s pushed away his family. He’s a broken man, but in the darkest depths of a prison cell, there is hope. Can Harry rebuild his life and learn that true laughter comes from knowing true joy, or will he bury himself once and for all in this laughing matter of pain?Purchase Link:

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authorimageAuthor Bio – Cynthia Hilston is a thirty-something-year-old stay at home mom of three young kids, happily married. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she finally stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Hannah’s Rainbow: Every Color Beautiful is her first original novel. She’s currently working on more books. Visit her website for more information.

In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

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The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox @HesterBFox @HarlequinBooks #BookReview #6BookBestieApproved

TGIF book lovers!

Today I am delighted to share with you my review for this magical book! Another fabulous group read with my BOOK BESTIES💕

Reading really is a team sport! So much more enjoyable when you do it with friends, I strongly recommend!

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

My Thoughts

Beautiful, atmospheric, and haunting….. this was an exquisitely told debut…Hester Fox has wovin together this Gothic story of heartbreak and hope effortlessly…. as soon as I opened the cover of this book I found myself transported into the lives of the Montrose Family… finding myself in the middle of A scandal and the gloom and magic of Willow Hall….

This was not the story of a witch, but rather the story of Lydia Who just so happens to be a witch…. The witchcraft in this book was very under played and subtle, something I felt worked extremely well… Lydia was such a remarkable and charming character… Believe me I love hocus-pocus and spells as much as the next person, but I think that would have overshadowed the quiet beauty of Lydia… she just was one of those characters that reaches inside you and grabs a little piece of your heart…. you just feel everything she feels, because she is so authentic and worthy…. any book that can evoke feelings in me about a character, is an absolute bonus in my book!

Lydia, along with her parents and two sisters Catherine and Emeline leave Boston in the wake of a scandal…. Willow Hall is where they find refuge… but is the house haunted? There is definitely an eerie air of mystery about the place….

This truly was a story of family and The complexities within…. Catherine, Lydia’s older sister was a extremely colorful character…. she was definitely a worthy villain, the sister nobody wants to have… I was fortunate enough to have an author Q & A with Hester Fox… One of my questions was: who is your favorite character in this book? and her answer was Catherine, and I can see that she would be fun to write!

This truly was a magical book, not in the way of the supernatural, but in the way of storytelling…. there really is a little bit of everything in this book…. a little romance, A little witchcraft, a little taboo, a little haunting, A little tragedy, a little scandal…. A book with a beautiful ending that will leave you heartbroken and yet still hopeful!

Absolutely recommend to fans of Gothic historical fiction, who love character driven stories with a bit of a slow burn…

*** many thanks to Graydon House for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

“Hester Fox’s THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL offers a fascinating location, a great plot with history and twists, and haracters that live and breathe. I love the novel, and will be looking forward to all new works by this talented author!” –Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

“Beautifully written, skillfully plotted, and filled with quiet terror, readers will devour this absorbing, Gothic tale of romance and suspense. Perfect for fans of Simone St James and Kate Morton.” — Anna Lee Huber, the national bestselling author of the historical Lady Darby Mysteries

“Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot full of suspense and mystery, The Witch of Willow Hall will cast a spell over every reader.” — Lisa Hall, author of Tell Me No Lies and Between You and Me

“I was entranced by this intriguing and spellbinding novel with its messages of love and loyalty and being true to who you really are. I hope Hester Fox goes on to write many more such novels–I for one will be buying them.” — Kathleen McGurl, author of The Girl from Ballymor

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The Birthday by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #BookReview

Hope you’re having a wonderful Friday!

Today I have a fabulous book I get to share with you! Thanks to Kim for my invitation to the blog tour and to Carol Wyer for hooking me on another series!💛🎂

One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home…

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons…

My Thoughts

A birthday party, a yellow dress, a missing child….

Carol Wyer sure can suck you into an investigation…. I truly am the ultimate armchair detective (even though I generally read on my couch or in my bed)… some authors do a better job than others in drawing you into the story, making you feel part of it, and I think miss Wyer does an exceptional job of this… there is just something about her characters that breaks down the Barrier between the reader and the book….

When you drop your child off at a birthday party, you never think you will return and find her to have gone missing… five-year-old Ava went missing from her friend Harriet birthday party at a garden center… two years later her body is found, another girl goes missing, and is found in a replica yellow dress…. is someone killing off the children that attended that fateful birthday party? And if so why? Or is the connection a local dance studio?

This is the first book in the DI Natalie Ward series…. The investigation into these missing children has Natalie navigating her way through both parent and playground politics…. and when a third girl goes missing there is a time crunch to Saul the case before another child is killed… with a town full of suspects this was not an easy task… Natalie and I must have changed our minds at least 10 times, and the ultimate culprit…. did not see that coming!

This book was perfectly paste and kept me engaged throughout… The character development was stellar and left me wanting to know these characters better…. Natalie is a wife and mother to two teenaged boys, and is having a bit of a hard time juggling family life and her career… it will be really interesting to see how this develops throughout the series, can Natalie have it all? Does something need to give? And if so what?

Recommend to those of you who enjoy a good police procedural with some fabulous characters and a fresh investigation style…

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy ***

About the Author

Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies, and won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015). In 2017 she stepped from comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, featuring the popular DI Robyn Carter, which earned her recognition as a crime writer.

The Staffordshire-based writer now has more crime novels in the pipeline, although she can still sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

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Open Grave by A.M. Peacock @ampeacockwriter @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

This has been a bit of a crazy Wednesday, but I made it! Here is my last post of the day! Thrilled to share with you my review for this book that is the start to another fabulous series!🚨

OPENGRAVE

DCI Jack Lambert is no stranger to inner demons, having struggled with his own since the admission about his sexuality.

When two bodies are discovered in an open grave, Lambert must put his personal worries aside and work the case. But when the body of a local thug shows up on the banks of the River Tyne, the DCI’s criminal past comes back to haunt him.

Meanwhile, a local celebrity singer claims that she is being stalked. Could there be a link to the killings?

As the bodies start to pile up, Lambert realises the motive lies in the past and that the killer is taunting them.

The clock is ticking. Can he catch the murderer, or will one of their own end up in an open grave?

My Thoughts

This was a good start to what looks like is going to be a strong police procedural series…. whenever you start a new series it is a double edged sword…. if it’s good now you have another series commitment, and if it’s not… well no need to discuss that because this was good and I am really looking forward to see how the series develops….

DCI Jack Lambert is a bit different than a lot of characters that take the lead in the series… he is not an evil genius, he is more an average Joe…. he is also openly gay…. this has had a negative impact on his relationship with his wife and child, for obvious reasons, and this was somewhat discussed in the book… The diversity was nice and it wasn’t overplayed… his colleagues were a bit crude and sexist but they seemed to accept Jack completely…. it is an interesting opportunity to discuss some timely issues, curious to see where that goes? So Jack and his cohorts bumble their way through this investigation that involves two bodies in an open grave and a actress being stalked….

SO what do these two dead bodies with no known association and a stalker have in common? Or do they? And will Jack and crew figure it out before the body count goes up?The procedural part of this book was well plotted and I loved plane amateur detective along side Jack…. there is a lot of room for character growth in Jack as well as his cronies…. I am really looking forward to see where Jack and this series take us…

Absolutely recommend to fans of crime thrillers and police procedurals🚨

*** A huge thank you to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

Adam Peacock Headshot-15Author Bio:
A.M. Peacock grew up in the North East of England before leaving to study for a degree in music technology at the University of Hull. A subsequent return to his hometown of South Shields saw him spend seven years as a teacher in a local college before changing careers to become a trade union official.

Having always been an avid reader, he took to writing after being encouraged to do so by his PGCE tutor. He has since gone on to produce a number of short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions, as well as producing articles for both the local press and a university magazine.

A.M. Peacock is passionate about crime fiction and his debut novel, Open Grave, is the first in what he hopes will become a series of DCI Jack Lambert books.

Away from writing, A.M. Peacock enjoys watching films, playing guitar and can often be found pavement pounding in preparation for the odd half marathon.
Links:

Twitter – @ampeacockwriter

http://www.ampeacock.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/ampeacockwriter/

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She Lies Hidden by Christine Stephenson @cmstephenson73 @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Hope your Wednesday is going well!

Delighted to be part of the blog tour for this debut! With the changing of the guard I’m not sure who to thank, so I’m going to thanky both Emma and Sarah for my invitation! Much love to you both and I always enjoy working with you!💕

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How far would you go to find your missing sister?

When DI Thomasine Albright is informed that the remains of her fifteen-year-old sister have been found, she has the tragic responsibility of breaking the news to her mother. Thomasine promises her mother that she will be the one to find Karen’s killer.

But Karen Albright wasn’t the only girl to go missing during that weekend in 1973… Veronica Lightfoot disappeared too. They’d lived barely four miles apart, yet apparently never met. Suddenly there is a new question, was Veronica involved in Karen’s death? Is that why she vanished?

DI Mel Philips is handed the original case file and begins a new investigation. Unwilling to be side-lined, Thomasine decides to go it alone.

As the case unfolds, Thomasine realises that there may be other victims. Can she find them too?

My Thoughts

This was an engaging, fast paced debut…. this was a straightforward murder mystery with no shocking twist at the end, and I mention that because I kept waiting for it…. this was a busy book with a lot of action packed into these pages… and yet still a bit of a slow burn….

23 years ago, Thomasina’s sister went missing… now her body has been found, is her murder connected to the disappearance of another girl? The story is told from multiple points of view and different time frames…. The author did a very good job of weaving these threads together, I was never confused as to whose story I was reading…. The only little problem I had with this is information was not discovered at the same time, so sometimes things got a bit repetitive…The characters were likable and engaging, however I wish they had been developed a bit more…

This was an admirable debut, an uncomplicated murder mystery… The writing was effortless and flowed well… cannot wait to see what this author has Up Next for us!

*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

C.M.Stephenson colourAuthor Bio:

After growing up in a small Lancashire village, Christine Stephenson left school at fifteen. Four years later she moved to Cornwall.

In her late teens she met people whose lives were complicated, fuelled by drugs, and filled with violence and aggression. There were others too, in her mid-twenties, everyday people, educated, with careers, who had decent parents; people who you wouldn’t look at twice in the street. They were worse; she knew the victims of their crimes too. These experiences continue to influence her writing.

Her career can be described as eclectic. Jobs ranging from office junior to dental nurse, management consultant to executive and corporate coach. She ran her own training consultancy for over twelve years. It was there that her love of writing bloomed. She went on to produce an extensive portfolio of work which included resource packs, case studies, role-plays, games, presentations and academic texts.

In 2008 her husband’s job dictated that they move to South Gloucestershire. This in turn, lead to a brand-new life. They now live just outside a small medieval town, set between Bristol and Bath.

In 2009, she decided it was time to study the craft and undertook the A215 in Creative Writing with Open University, and later followed that with an MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, graduating in 2016. She gained representation with Andrew Nurnberg & Associates soon after. She spent the following eighteen months writing and editing what is now her debut novel. In May 2018 Christine was delighted to accept a contract with Bloodhound Books. ‘She Lies Hidden’ is due for release in September 2018.

Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18365691.C_M_Stephenson

https://www.facebook.com/CM-Stephenson-490866894723520
@cmstephenson73

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A House Divided by Rachel McLean @rararesources #AuthorChat

A House Divided

Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.

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Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Divided-political-thriller-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNPS5ZV/

Amazon.com –  https://www.amazon.com/House-Divided-political-thriller-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNPS5ZV/

Author Bio –

I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links –

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rachelmcwrites

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From the Corridors of Power to an Ordinary Suburban Street – the Locations in A House Divided by Rachel McLean

A House Divided is a political thriller with may of the key scenes taking place in Westminster. The protagonist Jennifer Sinclair makes passionate speeches in the House of Commons, has dramatic encounters in the corridors of Westminster and clandestine meetings in pubs and hotels around London.

But it’s also a family drama. The story centres on the tensions between Jennifer’s professional life and the rising tension between her and her husband Yusuf and eldest son Samir. So there are scenes set in Jennifer’s Birmingham home and in locations in her constituency.

I decided to make Jennifer a Birmingham MP partly because that’s my home city and I know it well, and partly because Spaghetti Junction made the perfect location for the terror attack that takes place in the book’s opening. This happens on the same day as a co-ordinated attack at London’s Waterloo Station, one in which Jennifer fears her family have been caught up.

This meant that the I had to research two sets of locations when writing the book: in Westminster and in Birmingham.

I used my knowledge of Birmingham for the scenes in the family home, choosing a road within site of Spaghetti Junction, which is a few miles from where I live. I took the time to walk around the local area and imagine Rita, a character in part 3 of the trilogy, walking the same streets in despair in that book.

For the Westminster scenes, I used my knowledge of the building from the time I spent working in politics before writing the book. I also had the help of an MP who read an early draft and suggested some locations I might not know about.

I discovered that there are spaces and rooms in the House of Commons where only MPs are allowed. There’s a dining room, a tea room and a space behind the Speaker’s chair in the Chamber of the House of Commons (perfect for private conversations during debates). I also learned that only MPs are allowed even in the cloakroom – which means MPs can never ask a member of their team to grab their coat for them if they’re in a hurry. Mind you, that’s not as archaic as the other feature of the MPs’ cloakroom – a pink ribbon on every hook. It’s to hang your sword on. Yes, your sword. To my knowledge, all those ribbons are empty these days.

I also included the corridors and underground passages of the Westminster estate in this book and the other two books in the trilogy. There’s an underground passage running between the House of Commons and Portcullis House on the other side of Westminster Bridge Road, and Jennifer races through it in order to get out of the building and quickly back to her flat on the other side of the Thames.

As well as a Birmingham home, Jennifer also needed a London flat. At first I had this in Dolphin Square, which is along the river from Westminster in Pimlico. But then I decided it would be better to have it near Waterloo, which raised the stakes when her family were staying with her there on the day of the bomb attack.

I decided to take a trip to Waterloo and walk the streets to find her somewhere to live. I found a great street of Victorian houses converted into flats. Amazingly, despite being a five minute walk from Waterloo, it was peaceful, with birds singing and no-one around in the  middle of the day. The perfect place for Jennifer’s son Samir to hide from the police in the book.

I even went on RightMove to check out the flats in that road, and found one that would be perfect. It allowed me to imagine Jennifer inside the flat pictured in the estate agent’s photos, staring out onto the street and wondering where her son was. RightMove is a great tool for writers – not only does it let you see inside homes that your characters could live in, it also lets you check how much they’re selling for and whether a character might be able to afford the mortgage!

Coming up with locations for a novel is part online research, part travel and part imagination. Google Maps, Streetview and RightMove give you a starting point, but nothing beats going to the locations and breathing the air. It helps me capture the essence of a place and make it come to life on the page. It’s one of the perks of being a writer!

A House Divided is out now in paperback and ebook. You can find out more about he books characters and locations on my website rachelmclean.com.

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