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Book Review: The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019
The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan



Title: The Girl Next Door
Author: Phoebe Morgan
Publication Date: 21 February 2019

Instagram: @phoebeannmorgan

Blurb

One little lie just became deadly…

Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.

So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.

Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…

Book Review: Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death by M. B. Vincent

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Friday, 22 February 2019
Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death by M.B. Vincent


Title: Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death
Author: M. B. Vincent
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 18 October 2018 
Twitter: @jesscastlemyst

Blurb

Jess Castle is running away. Again. This time she's running back home, like she swore she never would.

Castle Kidbury, like all small towns, hums with gossip but now it's plagued with murder of the most gruesome kind. Jess instinctively believes that the hippyish cult camped out on the edge of town are not responsible for the spate of crucifixions that blights the pretty landscape. Her father, a respected judge, despairs of Jess as she infiltrates the cult and manages, not for the first time, to get herself arrested.

Rupert Lawson, a schooldays crush who's now a barrister, bails her out. Jess ropes in a reluctant Rupert as she gatecrashes the murder investigation of DS Eden. A by-the-book copper, Eden has to admit that intuitive, eccentric Jess has the nose of a detective.

As the gory murders pile up, there’s nothing to connect the victims. And yet, the clues are there if you look hard enough.

Blog Tour & Book Review: Murder Unexpected (Kat and Mouse Book 2) by Anita Waller

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Murder Unexpected by Anita Waller


Title: Murder Unexpected
Author: Anita Waller
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: 25 January 2019 (paperback), 11 February 2019 (ebook)

Twitter: @anitamayw
Facebook: Anita.M.Waller

Blurb

Kat and Mouse are back.

Church Deacon Kat and her friend Beth, known as Mouse, have started a private investigation business in the sleepy village of Eyam.

Kat, whose estranged criminal husband, Leon, is on the run, has a lot on her plate running the new business whilst heavily pregnant.

When a widow asks the sleuths for help, Kat and Mouse find themselves searching for the birth mother of the widow's husband. but when it becomes clear that the widow isn't telling the whole truth, Kat and Mouse are drawn into a deadly chase where nothing is what it seems.

Meanwhile, Kat's husband has come back to Eyam and has Kat in his sights.

Can Kat and Mouse solve the case and escape the dangerous Leon?

This time they might just be out of their depth...

Book Review: Deep Dirty Truth (Lori Anderson Book 3) by Steph Broadribb #TeamLori

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb


Title: Deep Dirty Truth (Lori Anderson Book 3)
Author: Steph Broadribb
Publisher: Orenda
Publication Date: 5 November 2018 (ebook) 24 January 2019 (paperback)


Blurb

A price on her head, and just 48 hours to expose the truth, and save her family... Single mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she's snatched by the Miami Mob, who want her dead. But rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob's 'numbers man' - Carlton North - who's in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them. If Lori succeeds, they'll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head - and those of her family - will be removed. If she fails, they die.

With only 48 hours before North is due to appear in court, Lori sets across Florida, racing against the clock to find him, and save her family...

Books & The City (Simon and Schuster UK) Spring Blogger Evening 2019

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Sunday, 10 February 2019
Books and the City


The annual Simon and Schuster blogger event is always a fabulous event and I was therefore delighted to jump on the train to London last Wednesday in order to attend their #SpringBloggerEvening2019.

Organised by the wonderful Sara-Jade Virtue (aka SJV) and held at the S&S offices, the event is always full to the brim with books, bloggers, authors, Prosecco and cupcakes.

The evening started with a great welcome from SJV and @TeamBATC, who treated us to drinks, nibbles and wonderful cupcakes from Restoration Cake, whilst we chatted and mingled. I always love attending this annual event because it is a great opportunity to catch up with some blogger friends and some great authors. There's nothing more fun than spending an evening talking books with some like-minded people.

Book Review: Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain

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Friday, 8 February 2019
Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain


Title: Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland
Author: Heidi Swain
Publisher: Simon &Schuster UK
Publication Date: 1 November 2018

Twitter: @Heidi_Swain

Blurb

After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course…

Moving to Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connelly’s son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good-girl.

As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.

Under the starry winter skies, will Gabe convince Hayley to open her heart again once more? And in doing so, will he convince himself?

Book Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce



Title: Blood Orange
Author: Harriet Tyce
Publisher: Wildfire
Publication Date: 21 February 2019

Twitter: @harriet_tyce
Instagram: @htyce

Blurb

Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise - she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems...

Just one more night. Then I'll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She's neglecting her family. And she's having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison's client doesn't deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I'm watching you. I know what you're doing.

But someone knows Alison's secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she's done, and who won't stop until she's lost everything...


Book Review: The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris


Title: The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
Author:  Anstey Harris
Publication Date: 10 January 2019

Twitter: @Anstey_Harris

Blurb

For fans of The Keeper of Lost Things, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is the story of a woman who has her heart broken, but then puts it back together again in the most uplifting and exquisite way.

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …

Book Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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Friday, 1 February 2019
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley


Title: The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 3 December 2018
Number of Pages: 400

Twitter: @LucyFoleyTweets
Instagram: @LucyFoleyAuthor
Facebook: /LucyFoleyAuthor

Blurb

Everyone's invited.
Everyone's a suspect.

Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly-anticipated thriller of 2019.

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident - a murder among friends.