Friday, 14 December 2018

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

betsy reavley


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 damppebbles.com and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley.

Blurb


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.

Blurb

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.


Blurb

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)


Blurb

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. 

Friday, 16 November 2018

Book Review: The Corset by Laura Purcell [via PigeonHole]

The Corset by Laura Purcell


Title: The Corset
Author: Laura Purcell
Publisher: Raven Books
Publication Date 20 September 2018

Twitter: @spookypurcell

Blurb

Dorothea and Ruth.

Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless.

Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder.

When Dorothea's charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted to have the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person's skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets teenage seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another theory: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread. For Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.

The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations, of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses, will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality, and the power of redemption.

Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer?

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

REVIEW: The Pigeonhole App - an online book club


The Pigeonhole

Book lovers and book bloggers, if you haven't already heard of The Pigeonhole you really should check it out!

I was introduced to The Pigeonhole approximately 2 months ago and since then I've recommended it to a number of friends.

Launched in September 2014, The Pigeonhole is an online book club. You download the app (for Android or iOS) onto your phone and then sign up - simple!  Once signed up, you pick a book (or two) and start to read through the app.  There will be a limited number of spaces for each book, so if you see one that takes your fancy you better sign up quickly!  Once a book goes live, you may or may not be able to join in. I believe it depends how many spaces are left. After the serialisation has concluded, the completed book will remain available for one month. 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Green Viper (James Ryker Book 4) by Rob Sinclair

Rob Sinclair


Title: The Green Viper (James Ryker Book 4)
Author: Rob Sinclair
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: 5 November 2018

Other books in series: The Red Cobra,  The Black Hornet  &  The Silver Wolf


I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for The Green Viper by Rob Sinclair. Huge thanks to Emma Welton (aka @damppebbles), Bloodhound Books and the author himself for both inviting me to join the tour and for providing a copy of Rob's fantastic new novel, The Green Viper, for review.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Blog Tour: The Cornish Village School - Second Chances by Kitty Wilson

The Cornish Village School - Second Chances by Kitty Wilson



Title: The Cornish Village School - Second Chances
Author: Kitty Wilson
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 4 October 2018

Today on the blog we're joining the tour for The Cornish Village School - Second Chances by Kitty Wilson. As you will have noticed, autumn has most definitely arrived - the supermarkets are full of pumpkins, the trees are turning beautiful shades of red and orange, the nights are drawing in and there's a definite chill in the air. I'm delighted to have a spotlight piece from Kitty Wilson explaining what she likes best about autumn. 

Five fab things about autumn.

I am a fickle being when it comes to the seasons of the year, but the truth is I do genuinely love each single one of them and could wax lyrical about each of them with ease.

However, autumn is upon us now and as my new book in The Cornish Village School series, Second Chances, has a distinctly autumnal theme then it seems timely to share the things I love most about autumn.

Conkers – There is something special about conkers, finding them on the floor, bursting out of that hedgehog casing and revealing a shiny brown treasure never fails to excite me. Then as a child I would rush my hoard home to douse them in vinegar and bake them overnight to make sure I had the shiniest, toughest conker for the playground next day. You have no idea how many autumn walks were undertaken with my own children and put on the school timetable when I was teaching! Recently I went on holiday, bought presents for my family but for my momento, I slipped the conker with the most beautiful sheen I could find into my pocket.

Scrunchy leaves – surely this is everyone’s favourite? I defy anyone not to enjoy the scrunch of a leaf beneath their foot, and the joy of having squillions of them to jump on during a woodland walk (obviously you’re there looking for conkers!) is immeasurable. And then there are the colours, the vibrant reds, yellow and oranges that litter the floor during this time of year and make my soul sing, beautiful!

Jumpers – this sounds like a silly favourite thing but honestly it makes me so happy when the season changes slightly and I can start pulling great big roll necks out of the wardrobe and cuddling up in them, burying my chin and hooking my fingers into the end of the sleeves to make my hands ultra-toasty.

Fire – autumn is orange and as it approaches I scurry to the fireplace, dragging out the wood I have stockpiled and eagerly light the fire. I love getting lost in the shape of flames as they jump and flicker, lighting up and warming the room and giving permission for me to lose hours just sitting there and staring.

Bonfire night – this practically combines all of the above things and throws in the wow of fireworks and, if you’re lucky, some soup and a jacket potato as well! What is not to love? Add a measure of history in the shape of Guy Fawkes to the magic and I’m in seventh heaven. In the Cornish Village School – Second Chances a lot of the action occurs across Halloween and Bonfire Night, and in a season that is so exciting for small children (and this adult too) it is no surprise that it leads to something really special happening in the Cornish village of Penmenna. 

About the Author

Kitty Wilson
Kitty Wilson lived in Cornwall for twenty-five years having been dragged there, against her will, as a stroppy teen. she is now remarkably grateful to her parents for their foresight and wisdom - and that her own children aren't as hideous. Recently she has moved to Bristol, but only for love and on the understanding that she and her partner will be returning to Cornwall to live very soon. She spends most of her time welded to the Keyboard, dreaming of the beach or bombing back down the motorway for a quick visit! She has a penchant for very loud music, equally loud dresses and romantic heroines who speak their mind.





A huge thanks to Kitty for that wonderful reminder of the joys of autumn!  Personally I love this season, with the beautiful russet colours, the cosy jumpers and knee-high boots and, of course, big mugs of hot chocolate - what could be more perfect than that?!

If you've not yet heard much about The Cornish Village School - Second Chances (book 2 in the Cornish Village School series), then check out the information below:

Blurb

Ex-ballerina and single mum Sylvie is in trouble. Juggling her ballet classes in the nearest town, preparing shy Sam for his first day at Penmenna Village school and trying to finally move out from the farm she shares with her cantankerous Uncle Tom means life is anything but easy.

Television journalist Alex is facing challenges of his own. Seeking a calmer environment for his newly adopted daughter, Ellie, he's swapped reporting in war zones for the school PTA in quiet Penmenna, where his best friend Chase has persuaded him to start laying some roots.

Fireworks ignite when Sylvie and Alex meet but as Ellie and Sam become instant best friends, will they be able to keep things strictly platonic for the sake of the children?

(Brief) Review

The Cornish Village School - Second Chances is a heart-warming tale about the creation of a family. Family doesn't always come in the same format and, for Sylvie and Alex, they find themselves and their children becoming a family despite the fact that they are not in a romantic relationship. Is it possible for them to make that leap without ruining everything? Do they even want to change something that already seems pretty perfect? From an eclectic cast of characters to the charming village setting, the book is feel-good, warm, funny, endearing and thoroughly entertaining! 



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Finally, don't forget to catch up with the other stops on this blog tour, details listed below:





Saturday, 20 October 2018

Book Review: The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder by Sarah J Harris [audiobook]

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder


Title: The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder
Author: Sarah J Harris
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 3 May 2018

Twitter: @sarahsky23

Blurb

There are three things you need to know about Jasper.

1. He sees the world completely differently.
2. He can't recognise faces - not even his own.
3. He is the only witness to the murder of  his neighbour, Bee Larkham.

But it's hard to catch a murderer when you can't recognise their face...

Review

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder is a compelling and poignant story which delves into the life and mind of 13 year old Jasper Wishart. Jasper has synaesthesia, a fascinating phenomenon in which different senses are merged in response to a single stimulus. In Jasper's case, he lives in a world filled with colour - every noise he hears has its own unique shade. Jasper also has prosopagnosia or face-blindness.  He cannot recognise faces, not even of those closest to him. He has learnt instead to distinguish people by the colours their voices produce. These two conditions make Jasper a very unique narrator, as he experiences life in a very different way to most people.

The story itself revolves around Jasper's unlikely friendship with his bold and colourful new neighbour, Bee Larkham.  However, whilst Bee and Jasper bond over a love of wild parakeets and 'alien' music, the other inhabitants of the street start to turn against Bee, who they view as a troublemaker. When she goes missing Jasper is convinced that he killed her, although the reader is unsure precisely why or how he supposedly committed this crime. The book is, essentially, a mystery story with tale gradually unfolding via a combination of current scenes and flash backs. I felt this method of unraveling the mystery to be effective in creating suspense. Jasper's face-blindness provides a fascinating element of unreliability to his narration. Can we trust Jasper's recollection of events...?  

As a protagonist, I found Jasper to be an unusual and memorable character. Jasper has a certain level of awareness of his various conditions. He knows that he is 'different' to his classmates and yet he doesn't fully understand those differences. He uses different mechanisms and thought processes to get over the hurdles he faces. Jasper really is a brave and resilient boy. However, a tendency to compulsion, obsession and repetition is a significant part of Jasper's condition and this did irritate me at times when the story, understandably, shadows those same tendencies. This writing style helped to emphasise Jasper's own worries and frustrations. I think that whilst frustrating, this provides the reader with a brief glimpse of what it must be like for Jasper's father to have to face that same repetition on a daily basis.

I found Jasper's father to be equally as interesting. He appears completely unsupportive of Jasper's synaesthesia and that has had a significant impact on their relationship. Jasper obviously loved his mother very much and yet I got only a feeling of tolerance towards his father, rather than of love. I am curious as to why he seems so reluctant to discuss Jasper's abilities, however I do have sympathy with the daily struggle he must face in looking after Jasper and living with his various obsessions.

The book is very well written, with an eloquent flow and a beautifully descriptive style that immerses the reader into Jasper's unusual, isolated and fragile world.

The book address some dark and disturbing issues, such as bullying, predatory sexual behaviour and abuse of power. It also explores a highly unique world, one that is likely much more frightening and isolated than the majority of us would be used to. However the author does so with sympathy and humour, providing a wealth of insight into Jasper's world.The author has obviously carried out a huge amount of research into synaesthesia and prosopagnosia, making for an authentic and believable story.

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder really is a completely original and utterly captivating novel. It is unpredictable, intriguing and touching, whilst also being at times funny and very memorable. I loved this book! Well done to Sarah J Harris for such a fantastic debut into adult novels. Highly recommend.

I should also mention that I listened to The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder on audiobook (via Audible). I can sometimes struggle with audiobooks if I don't think that the narrator 'fits' with the book.  On this occasion, I am happy to report that Huw Parmenter did a good job with the narration.

About the Author

 She lives in London with her husband and two young children. The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder is her first adult novel.
Sarah J Harris is an author and freelance education journalist who regularly writes for national British newspapers. She is the author of the young adult series Jessica Cole: Model Spy, written under her pen name, Sarah Sky.








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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Book Review: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May



The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

 


Title: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
Author: Nicola May
Publisher: Amazon Media
Publication Date: 9 April 2018

Twitter: @nicolamay1
Facebook: /NicolaMayAuthor

Blurb

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. 

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed - and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace - and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter



Title: Pieces of Her
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 9 August 2018 (ebook and hardback); 18 April 2019 (paperback)


I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter. I have long been a fan of Slaughter's writing and I was thrilled to be asked to take part in the blog tour. So a huge thanks to HarperCollins and their fantastic publicity team at Bland PR for including me in the tour and for the advanced review copy of the book.

Blurb

You've know her your whole life...
Andrea Oliver knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she's always lived in the small town of Belle Isle; she knows she's a pillar of the community; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life.

but she's hiding something...
Then one day, a trip to the mall explodes into a shocking act of violence and Andy suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura.

and it could destroy you both...
Hours later, Laura is in hospital, her face splashed over the newspapers. But the danger has only just behind. Now, Andy must go on a desperate race to uncover the secrets of her mother's past. Unless she can, there may be no future for either of them.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Book Review: Into The Water by Paula Hawkins



Title:
 Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Transworld Digital  /  Black Swan
Publication Date: 2 May 2017 (ePub and hardcover) & 17 May 2018 (paperback)

Twitter: @PaulaHWrites

Blurb

Just days before her sister plunged to her death, Jules ignored her call.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules must return to her sister's house to care for her daughter, and to face the mystery of Nel's death.

But Jules is afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of this small town that is drowning in secrecy . . . 

And of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Book Review: Sharp Shooter (Tara Sharp Book 1) by Marianne Delacourt



Title: Sharp Shooter (Tara Sharp Book 1)
Author: Marianne Delacourt
Publisher: Twelth Planet Press
Publication Date: 23 May 2016

Website: www.tarasharp.com.au and www.mariannedepierres.com
Twitter: @mdepierres
Facebook:

Blurb


Tara Sharp can see auras, and it's ruining her life.

When she tries to turn her inconvenient secret into a paying gig, her first job lands her in the middle of a tug of war between the biggest, baddest crime lord in town and the hottest business man Tara has ever met.

With only a narcoleptic ex-roadie, her pet galah and a vanilla slice for back up, Tara is ready to take on trouble with a capital 'T'.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter



Title: The Good Daughter
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 13 July 2017 (epub) or 3 May 2018 (paperback)

Twitter: @SlaughterKarin

Blurb

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind...

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again - and a shocking tragedy leave the whole town traumatised - Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever...

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Book Review: Our House by Louise Candlish [audiobook] #bookclub



Title: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (UK) and Berkley Publishing (US)
Publication Date: 5 April 2018 (UK) or 7 August 2018 (US)


Blurb

On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they've just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it's your house. And you didn't sell it.

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.

When Fi Lawson arrived home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. how can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?

FOR RICHER, FOR POORER.

Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children o his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her - and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth - that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?

TILL DEATH US DO PART.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Book Review: The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh




Title: The Man Who Didn't Call (aka Ghosted - US version)
Author: Rosie Walsh
Publisher: Mantle (UK) and Pamela Dorman Books (US)
Publication Date: 1 May 2018

Twitter: @TheRosieWalsh

Blurb

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it's mutual; you've never been so certain of anything.

So when he leaves you for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn't call.

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they're wrong: something must have happened; there must by a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you're right? That there is a reason - and that reason is the one thing you didn't share with each other?

The truth.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Book Review: The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis



Title: The Honeymoon
Author: Tina Seskis
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 1 June 2017

Website: tinaseskis.com

Blurb

There's trouble in paradise...

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight's retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy.

It should be paradise. But it's turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes.

After everything they've been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? and above all - where has her husband gone?

Friday, 15 June 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: A Dead American in Paris by Seth Lynch





Title: A Dead American in Paris (Salazar Book 2)

Author: Seth Lynch 
Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Publication Date: 27 March 2018

Twitter: @SethALynch

I am excited to be today's stop on the blog tour for A Dead American in Paris by Seth Lynch. Thank you to Fahrenheit Press and Emma from Damppebbles.com for inviting me to take part in this tour.

Blurb

Paris. 1931.

Arty Homebrook lived and died in a world of sleeze which stretched from Chicago to Paris but never beyond the gutter. 

He'd been sleeping with Madame Fulton, which is why Harry Fulton promised to kill him. So far as the Paris Police are concerned it's an open and shut case. Harry's father has other ideas and hires Salazar to investigate. 

As Salazar gets to grips with the case he's dragged reluctantly into an unpleasant world of infidelity, blackmail, backstreet abortions and murder. 

Salazar is far too inquisitive to walk away and far too stubborn to know what's for the best. So he wakes up each hungover morning, blinks into the sunlight, and presses on until it's his life on the line. Then he presses on some more, just for the hell of it. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Blog Tour & Extract: Box of Bones by Peter Morfoot



Title:  Box of Bones
Author: Peter Morfoot
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 3 April 2018
Genre: Thriller

Twitter: @PeterMorfoot

I am delighted to have an exclusive extract for today's stop on the blog tour for Box of Bones, the third novel in the Captain Darac series by Peter Morfoot. 

First, it might help to have some idea of the what to expect from Box of Bones.

Blurb

It is Carnival time in Nice, and for three weeks the boulevards are alive with dancers, jugglers and musicians. Amid the colour and pageantry, a man suffers a fatal fall – the first in a series of suspicious deaths. 

Captain Paul Darac of the Brigade Criminelle is sure the answer lies in the mystery surrounding a daring bank heist, supposedly resolved years ago. But the reopening of the case rattles his usually equable relationship with his boss, and soon the safety of his friends, his colleagues and his family is at stake.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Book Review: The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore



Title: The Temptation of Gracie
Author: Santa Montefiore
Publication Date: 12 July 2018

Twitter: @santamontefiore

Blurb

Never give up on your dreams, no matter how long you hold on to them...

When Gracie Burton stumbles upon an advertisement for a week long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, she cannot resist, and ploughs her life savings into the trip.

Her own family - daughter Carina and granddaughter Anastasia - are hesitant about what has prompted this seemingly random venture.

But they have no sense of Gracie's past; of what could possibly be calling her to Italy. They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them ...

Bestselling author, Santa Montefiore, returns with an unforgettable tale of love lost and rediscovered, set across the beautiful landscape of Italy.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard



Title: We Were the Salt of the Sea
Author: Roxanne Bouchard
Translated by: David Warriner
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 28 February 2018

Website: roxannebouchard.comwww.orendabooks.co.uk
Twitter: @RBouchard72@OrendaBooks

Category/Genre: Literary/Crime Fiction

Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard.

Blurb

Truth lingers in murky waters...

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman's nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man's heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he's thrown into the deep end of the investigation.

On Quebec's outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen's wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It's enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky...

Both a dark and consuming crime thriller and a lyrical, poetic ode to the sea, We were the Salt of the Sea is a stunning, page-turning novel, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Books and the City's Spring Blogger Evening 2018




The Books and the City annual bloggers evening is always a fantastic event in which book bloggers and authors indulge in some shamelessly bookish conversation and eat the most fabulous cupcakes! It really is the highlight of my book events calendar and 2018 proved to be no exception.

First up was the chance to catch up with some of my lovely blogger friends, whom I only get to see once or twice a year, as well as meeting some other book blogger who I hadn't met in person before. It was also lovely to chat with the publishing team and meet the ten authors SJV and the team had arranged to be in attendance for the evening, several of whom I had met before.  It's great to get the opportunity to meet the person behind a book  and they seemed to be enjoying the evening just as much as the bloggers  





Next up was the official part of the evening - all ten authors read a 60 second (with strict instructions for the reading to be not a second longer!) excerpt from their most recent books and answered a few questions put to them by the lovely Jo Dickinson. Those authors and books deserve a brief introduction, so here goes...

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Book Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter




Title: Bonfire
Author: Krysten Ritter
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital & Windmill Books (Penguin RandomHouse)
Publication Date: 9 November 2017 (ePub & hardback), 9 August 2018 (paperback)

Twitter: @krystenritter

Blurb

Nothing burns as bright as the truth.

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's economic heart, she begins to find strange connections to a decade-old scandal involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

But as Abby tries desperately to find out what happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret, her search threatens the reputations, and lives, of the community and risks exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Fire Pit by Chris Ould



Title: The Fire Pit (A Faroes novel #3)
Author: Chris Ould
Publisher:  Titan Books
Publication date:  20 February 2018


Previous publications: The Blood Strand & The Killing Bay

Curious Ginger Cat is delighted to host today’s stop on the blog tour for Chris Ould’s most recent release, The Fire Pit.

Blurb

“A winner for fans of both Scandinavian and British procedurals... a complicated tangle of secret motivations that fans of Henning Mankell and Elizabeth George will appreciate.” BOOKLIST (starred review) on THE BLOOD STRAND

In the wake of a dying man’s apparent suicide, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered on a windswept hillside. Detective Hjalti Hentze suspects that it is the body of a Norwegian woman reported missing forty years earlier, while a commune occupied the land, and whose death may be linked to the abduction and rape of a local Faroese girl.

Meanwhile British DI Jan Reyna is pursuing his investigation into his mother’s suicide. But as he learns more about her final days, links between the two cases start to appear: a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades. And as Hentze puts the same pieces together, he realizes that Reyna is willing to go further than ever before to learn the truth…

Friday, 23 February 2018

Book Review: The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton #SundayLunchClub


Title: The Sunday Lunch Club
Author: Juliet Ashton
Publication Date:  19 April 2018
Twitter: @julietstories

Blurb

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don't make any afternoon plans.

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way.

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis



Title: Unconvicted
Author: Olly Jarvis
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 29 January 2018

Twitter: @ollyjarviso


Genre: Legal Thriller
Previous books in the series: Cut-Throat Defence


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Olly Jarvis’ new contemporary legal thriller, Unconvicted, and a big thank you to Ellie Pilcher from Canelo for inviting me to take part in the tour.


Blurb


In a razor-sharp legal thriller, Jack Kowalski must win two challenging trials to save his reputation and his career.


Junior barrister Jack Kowalski is crushed. His client Timothy Smart appears to have committed a monstrous crime while on bail – a bail application Jack fought hard to win.


When a high-profile Polish footballer is charged with rape and demands a fellow countryman represent him, Jack must overcome his guilt and get back to work. Before long he takes on a second case, a GBH for instructing solicitor Lara Panassai, who Jack remains desperate to impress. But neither case is what it seems, and Jack will face an extraordinary uphill battle to see that justice is done…


The second Jack Kowalski novel, Unconvicted is a gripping courtroom drama written with the expert insight of a practicing criminal barrister, perfect for fans of William L. Myers, Deborah Hawkins, and Scott Turow.