Sunday, 14 October 2018

Dead End

Dead End

Book Blurb:
When the seventh Earl of Lowesdale is found hanging from the rafters at Wasdale Hall, everyone assumes the aging, hard-partying aristocrat had finally had enough of chasing the glory of his youth. But when the coroner finds signs of foul play, DI Kelly Porter is swept into a luxurious world where secrets and lies dominate.
At the same time, two young hikers go missing and it’s up to Kelly to lead the search. But digging deeper reveals ties to two other unsolved disappearances and Kelly and her team find themselves in a race against time.
Now, as all roads of both investigations and Kelly’s own family secrets lead to Wasdale Hall it becomes more important than ever for Kelly to discover the devious truths hidden behind the walls of the Lake District’s most exclusive estate...
Don't miss this gripping crime thriller featuring an unforgettable detective. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza.

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Author Bio:

Rachel Lynch 

Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.
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My Review

Rachel has the ability to suck the reader into the story with just the right amount of suspense delivered at exactly the right moment. With plenty of red herrings and three major suspects, it is anyone's guess as to who is killing young women on the fells. This is no cosy murder mystery though as the narrative can be quite graphic in parts. Offsetting this we have the relationship between Kelly and her boyfriend as well as Kelly's relationship with her mother and sister. As she struggles to solve the crimes, she's also struggling with a revelation that will affect her future.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

The poppy field


‘One to Watch’ Good Housekeeping
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all, Gemma agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, wrapped in old newspapers, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line.
Set in the present day and during the horrifying years of the war, both woman discover deep down the strength and courage to carry on in even the most difficult of times. Through Alice’s words and her unfailing love for her sweetheart at the front, Gemma learns to truly live again.
This is a beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away.

Deborah    Carr 
Deborah Carr recently signed with HarperCollins' romance imprint HarperImpulse to write, The Poppy Field, an historical romance to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. 

She lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

My Review

"A beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away" is quite something for a book to live up to. The poppy field deserves every word of praise above and more. I was sucked in from the first when Gemma arrives in France to renovate an old cottage belonging to a distant family member. It was when she discovers a tin of old letters though that the real treat begins. I loved the parallels between the lives of Gemma and Alice and longed to find out the connection between them. The story of the nurses' work in the casualty clearing station during WW1 shows the tremendous research that the author has done to make it seem authentic as well as showing the futility of war and the horrific loss of life. I don't mind admitting that it brought me to tears. The story reminds us that in wartime there isn't always a happy ever after for everyone but there can be a happy right now. We all need to seize happiness when we can. Brilliantly researched, engaging, beautifully told, I can't recommend this book enough.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Autumn Antics

Autumn Antics (The Boardwalk by the Sea Book 2)

Being a part-time hand model can be tricky, especially when you have to deal with prima donnas like Megan Knight, a reality star whose meteoric rise has surprised everyone. Bella is happiest running her tiny antique business from the front room of her cottage on the boardwalk. To ensure she has enough income coming in, she also rents out two of her bedrooms and is hiding a secret crush on one of her lodgers. His name is Jack and he also happens to be her best friend Sacha’s brother.
If life wasn’t complicated enough, her world-travelling mother appears on her doorstep on the same evening that Jack’s ex-fiancĂ©e arrives on the boardwalk determined to win him back. Bella has a lot of thinking to do and soon discovers that not all gems sparkle.

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Author Bio –

Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. She recently signed with HarperCollins' romance imprint HarperImpulse to write an historical romance to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr will be published in e-book format on 12 October 2018 and in paperback on 27 December 2018.
Georgina was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss and a finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2015. Her first four-book series, The Jersey Scene and books 1 and 2 of her second series, The Boardwalk by the Sea are available.
She also writes thrillers as Ella Drummond and lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

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My Review

Autumn generally isn't my favourite season but this book will wrap you up like a snuggle blanket as you devour the contents. It actually makes me look forward to hot chocolate in front of the fire. Once again Georgina Troy has created some memorable characters who are far from being one-dimensional, especially Jack's ex-girlfriend and of course, Miss diva herself, Megan Knight. The real pull in the book however, is the relationship between Bella and Jack. It was fun too to catch up with Bella's friends on the Boardwalk. Perfect for those chilly evenings now that the nights are drawing in.

By Virtue Fall


A heartwarming Shakespeare Sisters romance from the bestselling author of Fix You.
The fourth, and final, book in the Shakespeare Sisters series.
With a broken marriage behind her, Juliet is just about ready to give up on love. Living in a ramshackle bungalow in Shaw Haven and working as a florist, she is desperately trying to build a new life with her daughter, Poppy. But try as she might, the one thing she can't ignore is the man next door . . .

Carrie Elks 
Carrie Elks is an international bestselling author of seven traditionally-published and self-published novels. Her books are sweet yet sexy contemporary romance stories. Her next book, By Virtue Fall, releases in October!


My Review

This is the final book in the story of the four Shakespeare sisters and I think that this one perhaps resonated the most. Juliet is recently separated from her husband and the portrayal of the relationship between the two is in sharp contrast to that of Juliet and her new neighbour. The show stealers though are Juliet's young daughter and the neighbour's young son. It was wonderful to see Juliet's character go from strength to strength and a useful reminder that taking the easy option isn't always the route to happiness. Thoroughly enjoyable and a fabulous end to the series. It was with a twinge of sadness that I closed the final page. 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Who cares if they die



Did she jump or was she pushed?

It starts with the hanging woman in the Maple Valley woods; the woman with no shoes, no car, and no name. On paper, it’s an obvious case of suicide – but to Officer Dean Matheson, something doesn’t add up.

Then there are the other deaths, deaths that also look like suicides – but are they? The victims are all women living on the fringes of society, addicts, and criminals. Who will miss them? Does anyone really care if they die?

Dean Matheson is making it his business to care, even if it means he becomes a target...

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Wendy is a British crime thriller writer who lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband and 3 rescue cats.
She started writing as a young girl, thanks to her love of reading, and still has some of the ghost and crime stories she wrote back then. She occasionally reads them when she needs a good laugh.
After completing a degree in Creative Writing & Philosophy, Wendy is now both an indie author (of a dark YA novel which was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition) and a traditionally published author, with several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. 
‘Who Cares if they Die’ is her debut novel, published by Ruby Fiction, and Wendy is currently writing the next in the series. They are set in the US and follow Officer Dean Matheson and his mission to become a homicide detective.
Wendy is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Authors.
When not writing, she wastes her time on Twitter, complaining about not having enough time to write.

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Twitter: @WendyDranfield

My Review

I really enjoyed the suspense in this story. For the first half the reader wonders, like Officer Dean Matheson, if the victims were murdered or committed suicide. There are a few suspects but little motive until all is revealed. Unlike other books though it then becomes a race to catch the murderer before Dean becomes the next victim. This means we have the psychological suspense of who did it and why but also the suspense of being up against the clock even though we know the identity of the murderer. It's a deadly game of cat and mouse that will keep you turning the pages. Very well done!

Thursday, 4 October 2018

The Paris Secret


On the brink of the second world war, a beautiful Parisian bookshop hides a heartbreaking secret that will tear one family apart forever …

The last time Valerie was in Paris, she was three-years-old, running from the Nazis, away from the only home she had ever known.
Now as a young woman, Valerie must return to Paris, to the bookshop and her only surviving relative, her grandfather Vincent, to find out what really happened to those she loved. As she gets to know Vincent again, she hears a tragic story of Nazi occupied Paris, a doomed love affair and a mother willing to sacrifice everything for her beloved daughter.
Can Valerie and Vincent help each other to mend the wounds of the past? Valerie isn’t after a fairy-tale ending, she only wants the truth. But what is the one devastating secret that Vincent is determined to keep from his granddaughter. 

About the author

Lily Graham 

Former journalist, Lily Graham grew up in South Africa, and spent much of her childhood buried inside the covers of a book. Her adulthood has passed no differently. Except that now she occasionally gets to make up some of the stories for a living. She is happy to report that most of her neighbours think of her as a cheerful layabout and no amount of protesting that lazing about in her pyjamas is actually 'work' she is never taken seriously. She lives in West Sussex with her husband and her beloved bulldog, Fudge.

Lily is the author of five novels, including THE ISLAND VILLA. All her books have entered the Amazon Top 100 bestseller list.

My Review

I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the cover. If you add in the fact that it's set in France, a country for which I have a deep affection, and that it's set against the build-up to WW2, then I must admit to opening it with a soupcon of anticipation. Would it be as good as I hoped?
From the start, I was intrigued by Valerie and even more so as we heard her story as a child. Her grandfather, Vincent, is a brilliant character and I loved their relationship, wondering all the time what would happen when Valerie reveals who she really is. The story is incredibly moving and as you might imagine in Nazi-occupied France, quite chilling in parts. Nevertheless, it is the emotional pull on the reader that really sets this book aside.
The ending, whilst it does bring the story full circle and provides a sense of completion, might feel rather contrived to some. Overall though, I have to say this is a beautiful story that will stay with you.


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Blackpool Lass


The perfect read for fans of Mary Wood, Kitty Neale, Val Wood and Nadine Dorries

Orphaned and destitute, will Grace find her own way in the world?

When Grace's Ma passes away and her Da's ship sinks with all hands, Grace is utterly alone in the world. She's sent to an orphanage in Blackpool, but the master has an eye for a pretty young lass. Grace won't be his victim, so she runs, destitute, into the night.

In Blackpool, she finds a home with the kindly Sheila and Peggy - and meets a lovely airman. But it's 1938, and war is on the horizon. Will Grace ever find the happiness and home she deserves?


Maggie Mason is a pseudonym of author Mary Wood.

Mary writes historical sagas for Pan Macmillan covering the late nineteenth century to mid-twentieth including both wars. She has 9  books in print and another - THE FORGOTTEN DAUGHTER is released in December.

Under her pen name of Maggie Mason, Mary writes regional sagas set in Blackpool, again covering the time period as above. She has her first THE BLACKPOOL LASS published this week - 20th September. 

Mary lives in Blackpool and enjoys researching the history of her home town, coming up with some surprising facts and excited to uncover material for future books. 

Born the 13th child of 15 children, Mary experienced life at the raw end. Though she says of her childhood that though poor they were happy and were rich in love. 

Mary writes full time now having ended her 9 - 5 working life in the Probation Service. This experience gave the grittiness she brings to her writing as Mary says she feels compelled to tell it how it is. 

My Review

I've read a few books by Maggie Mason's alter ego, Mary Wood, and loved all of them. This one is no exception but be prepared for a heart-breaking journey. As always, the author shows the gritty side of life and when Grace is orphaned, she has to fend for herself. What happens to her doesn't make for easy reading but it really does endear the reader to the character as I was rooting for her all the way through. Maggie Mason has the knack of taking a time and place and transporting the reader there. I really enjoyed the setting and as well as seeing the protagonist gain in strength. Be prepared to stay up late as this story will suck you in.