Thursday, 17 January 2019

Book Review: Target Alex Cross by James Patterson

Target Alex Cross by James Patterson

Title: Target Alex Cross (Alex Cross #26)
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Century and Cornerstone Digital
Publication Date: 15 November 2018

Twitter: @JP_Books
Instagram: @jamespattersonbooks
Facebook: /JamesPatterson



Men and women from across the nation line the streets of Washington D.C. to mourn the unexpected death of the President. Hit by painful memories of the loss of his first wife, Alex Cross is left reeling by this tragedy.


A sniper's bullet strikes another devastating blow to the heart of Washington with the assassination of a prominent Senator. The shock of this attack puts huge pressure on the police to deliver a speedy response, and as Chief of Detectives, Alex's wife Bree Stone is given an ultimatum: solve the case, or lose her job. 


The new President calls on Alex Cross to lead an unparalleled FBI investigation to help capture America's most wanted criminal. Alex has a terrible feeling that the assassination is just the beginning of a much larger plan. All too soon this fear springs to life as a terrifying chain of events plunges the government and the entire country into chaos.

The stakes have never been higher for Alex Cross as his courage, his training and his capacity for battle are stretched to their limits in the most important case of his life.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Book Review: The Cactus by Sarah Haywood (A Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club read 2018)

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

Title: The Cactus
Author: Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Two Roads
Publication Date: 25 January 2018 (hardback and ebook)  4 October 2018 (paperback)

Twitter: @sarahxhaywood
Instagram: @sarahjhaywood


It's never too late to bloom... People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green - family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself.

Age 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward - a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. And things can only get worse... at least in Susan's eyes.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Blog Tour& Book Review: Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering #ChristmasSecrets

Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering book cover

Title: Christmas Secrets by the Sea
Author: Jane Lovering
Publisher: Prelude Books (an imprint of Farrago)
Publication Date: 13 December 2018
Genre: Romantic comedy

Twitter: @janelovering
Facebook: JaneLoveringAuthor

About Christmas Secrets by the Sea

Sometimes you don’t get the Christmas presents you imagined…

Tansy Merriweather is down on her luck. She’s lost her business and her relationship, and instead of a glamorous London apartment, her home is now a campervan on a Dorset beach. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, a scruffy dog called Brian with a taste for sardines has adopted her as his owner.

When Tansy’s new-found friends at the cafe in the bay help her find a job as a location scout for a new TV show, things start looking up. However, she soon discovers that the show’s glamorous star, Davin O’Riordan, is as grouchy as he is handsome – and just as Brian starts forging a touching romance with Davin’s elegant whippet Seelie, Tansy begins to wonder exactly what Davin’s fans see in him.

As Christmas approaches, Tansy and Davin discover each other’s secrets, and a new bond begins to grow between them. But how will they cope with the storms headed their way – and can they save the cafe from closing?

Friday, 14 December 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley #bloghounds

murder in the dark by betsy reavley book cover

Title: Murder in the Dark
Author: Betsy Reavley
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: 12 December 2018

Twitter: @BetsyReavley

A big thank you to Emma from and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley.


Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?


Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?

When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.

DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.

But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…

Who is behind the killings and why?

The police have their work cut out and the key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.

But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging...

Monday, 10 December 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: Forget My Name by J.S.Monroe

Title: Forget My Name
Author: J.S. Monroe
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 1 October 2018

Twitter: @jsthrillers
Facebook: @JSMonroeFindMe
Instagram: JSThrillers

I am delighted to by joining the blog tour today for J.S. Monroe's gripping new novel, Forget My Name.


How do you know who to trust...

...when you don't even know who you are?

You are outside your front door.

There are strangers in your house.

Then you realise. You can't remember your name.

She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn't remember her own name. All she knew was her own address.

Now she's outside Tony and Laura's front door. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.

One of them is lying.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Cairo Brief by Fiona Veitch Smith

Title: The Cairo Brief (Poppy Denby Investigates Book 4)
Author: Fiona Veitch Smith
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 21 September 2018

The Cairo Brief has recently been shortlisted for The People's Book Prize and voting is open now - more details can be found here.


I've heard all about you, Miss Denby. Everyone knows you have a nose for murder. Poppy Denby is intrigued when she is invited to attend the auction for the Death Mask of Nefertiti. Held on the country estate of Sir James Maddox, a famous explorer, the auction promises to be a controversial and newsworthy affair. Representatives from the world's leading museums are gathering to bid on the mask, which was discovered in Egypt. Poppy quickly sniffs out that the mask was not the only thing found that night: the underground chamber also contained a dead body. Poppy and her colleagues from The Daily Globe, who are trying to stay one step ahead of their rivals from The London Courier, dismiss rumours about the mask's ancient curse. But when one of the auction party is murdered, and someone starts stalking Poppy, the race is on to find the killer before the curse can strike again.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Book Review: The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

Title: The Mercy Seat
Author: Elizabeth H Winthrop
Publisher: Sceptre Books
Publication Date: 8 May 2018 (ebook), 14 June 2018 (hardcover), 7 February 2019 (paperback)


As the sun begins to set over Louisiana one October day in 1943, a young black man faces the final hours of his life: at midnight, eighteen-year-old Willie Jones will be executed by electric chair for raping a white girl - a crime some believe he did not commit.

In a tale taut with tension, events unfold hour by hour from the perspectives of nine people involved. They include Willie himself, who knows what really happened, and his father, desperately trying to reach the town jail to see his son one last time; the prosecuting lawyer, haunted by being forced to seek the death penalty against his convictions, and his wife, who believes Willie to be innocent; the priest who has become a friend to Willie; and a mother whose only son is fighting in the Pacific, bent on befriending her black neighbours in defiance of her husband.

In this exceptionally powerful novel, Elizabeth Winthrop explores matters of justice, racism and the death penalty in a fresh subtle and profoundly affecting way. Her Kaleidoscopic narrative allows us to inhabit the lives of her characters and see them for what they are - complex individuals, making fateful choices we might not condone, but can understand.