The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig #bookreview @LittleBrownUK

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Description

Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can’t afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can’t afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can’t understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded.

Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing – but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them.

Sally Verity, happily married but unhappily childless knows a different side to country life, as both a Health Visitor and a sheep farmer’s wife; and when Lottie’s innocent teenage son Xan gets a zero-hours contract at a local pie factory, he sees yet another. At the end of their year, the lives of all will be changed for ever.

A suspenseful black comedy, this is a rich, compassionate and enthralling novel in its depiction of the English countryside, and the potentially lethal interplay between money and marriage.

 

My Thoughts

For me this was a slow-burner

I was putting it down and not picking it back up. I read 3 other books that I whizzed through.

But I kept coming back to this book, it was nice, it was interesting. I thought about giving up on it, even at 50%, but I persevered and I’m so glad I did. The second half of the book is so much more gripping.

The writing is excellent, and the descriptions of the Devon countryside made me think about past holidays in cottages down narrow country lanes. Looking at the beautiful nature of the area, the trees, the birds, the dark night sky.

I liked getting to know all the residents, the locals.

Learning about the different trades was really interesting, architect, journalist, sheep farmer, health visitor etc. And even the workings of a pie factory.

The loose ends tied together beautifully, and in the end it was a pleasure to read.

Thank you to the publishers Little, Brown for the early copy of this book.

Publication day 15th June 2017

Get your copy here The Lie of the Land

Excess All Areas and Public Property (Freya Johnson Books 1 and 2) by @mandybaggot #lovethese x

I love Mandy Baggot books!
How have I only just discovered the Freya Johnson books?
Book 1 is set in Corfu as many of Mandy’s books are. Book 2 is set in the US.
Fab heartwarming stories.
I thoroughly recommend these books, as I do with all the books I’ve read from this author.

Both 5 stars from me.

These are perfect summer reads, in fact, perfect for any time.

Get you copies here on Amazon UK    Excess All Areas  and  Public Property

 

Excess All Areas (Freya Johnson #1) by Mandy Baggot

Description

When the going gets tough Freya Johnson gets going! Humiliated by her boyfriend the day she turns thirty, Freya boards a last minute flight to Corfu to visit her best friend Emma. Little does she know – this holiday will change her life forever.

Enter Hollywood film star Nicholas Kaden whose entourage is stirring up the village of Kassiopi while filming his new movie. He’s hot, he’s unexpectedly different, but is he for real?

Caught up in a media frenzy, feeling unwelcome and uncomfortable in Nicholas’ movie world, Freya battles with the ghosts of her past and the uncertainty of her future. Can she help Emma, keep her own big secret and find out what Nicholas is hiding, before she feels the urge to run away again?

 

Public Property (Freya Johnson #2) by Mandy Baggot

Description

A cozy romantic feel-good read with a dash of mystery and a hot hero!

From award-winning author Mandy Baggot comes the sequel to her first novel, Excess All Areas!

Freya Johnson is back and life is good!

Having sold her photography studio in the UK, she’s now living the American dream, engaged to Hollywood film star, Nicholas Kaden. Finally her past is behind her and the only way is up – as long as she’s regularly fed takeaway food!

But with a wedding to plan and a whole heap of charity work to organise, she could do without the reappearance of her childhood sweetheart, Jonny Sanders. He’s rich, he’s better looking than she remembers and he reminds her of all those times she’d rather forget.

When a flippant comment made during a hospital visit ends up as headline news, suddenly everything is in turmoil and Freya’s life is in danger!

Could her past be coming back to haunt her?

Who is sending her hate mail?

And where the hell are her ‘Wild Wednesday’ pants?

#blogtour Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer #bookreview @carolewyer @bookouture

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Blog Tour 1st June 2017

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, Secrets of the Dead. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow blogger on today’s stop, Kaisha at The Writing Garnet

My Review – 5 stars

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side, the story is so well crafted.

I think it flowed better than Little Girl Lost, the first outing of DI Robyn Carter.

This could actually be read as a stand-alone, but knowing a bit about her life from before is better, how and why she is tough and strong-willed.

Robyn’s instinct is telling her something isn’t so cut & dried about a seemingly natural death in a sauna at a posh countryside spa.

Then another death is discovered, with a strange receipt. She feels there could be a link, but can’t find one. When yet another body is found, again with a receipt, she knows she has a serial killer in her midst. But how are these deaths linked? This is what she needs to suss out.

It was nice to see her cousin Ross again. He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. She calls on him to help her out when her boss tells her to butt out of the original death at the spa. She promptly sends him and his wife for a couple of days of pampering….and snooping of course.

It’s a cleverly told story, and the suspense was delivered perfectly along the way.

I enjoyed it as the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle came together as there seemed no obvious link between the victims at first.

I felt I was working on the case myself!

Well-paced and exceptional writing. A pleasure to read. It had me gripped and I took every opportunity to read just one more chapter.

I was even checking out silver Fiat 500’s for back window stickers….that’s when I knew it was getting inside my head!!

Thanks to the publishers, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review.

A big thank you to Kim Nash for inviting me along on this blog tour x

Publication date 30th May 2017

Secrets of the Dead – Amazon links

UK 🇬🇧 http://amzn.to/2pAm1cU

US 🇺🇸 http://amzn.to/2q17Df2

About the book

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(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 2)

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Meet the Author

Secrets photoAs a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

 

http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer

https://twitter.com/carolewyer

 

 

Taking time out

At the moment I am taking time out of blogging. I have a couple of blog tours and a few upcoming books I’ve promised reviews for, and of course I will be honouring these. I will still be reviewing the books I do read, on Amazon and Goodreads, but just small reviews. I have so many old books on my Kindle that need to be read. I will still be catching up on the latest books from my favourite authors. I’m finding the social media side overwhelming, and my Twitter feed is far too full of books. I need to step back from it all and get back to just reading xx

**Cover Reveal** Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #CoverReveal

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I’m chuffed to bits to reveal the cover of this fab book.

I’ve had the privilege to read the second instalment of the DI Robyn Carter series and I can confirm that I loved it more than the first!!

Thank you to Kim Nash and Bookouture for the review copy x

The publication date is 30th May 2017

Description

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last.

 

5* Review for Dead Souls by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview

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Description

(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 6)

The truth was dead and buried…until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

My Review – 5 stars

The sixth in the D.I. Kim Stone series, continuing in the same way….brilliant and gripping.

I was captivated from the start, there is just no let-up in the content. Yet again it was one of those books that I wanted to read at every opportunity, fast-paced and blood pressure raising!

I love Kim’s working relationship with Bryant, he knows her so well, but this time she is forced into working with D.I. Travis from a neighbouring force. The two forces team up on a boundary crossing case. Stone and Travis share a troubled working relationship going back a few years. Of her usual team, Dawson was paired up with Bryant on a different case, an interesting partnership and not always plain sailing.  And Stace was featured so much more than her usual role of being attached to a desktop pc. Still love the spelling out in the local dialect 🙂

I think the story was excellent, and I never guessed how it would go. I didn’t realise there are so many forms of hate crime, lots of forms prejudice that I just didn’t know about. There were some truly horrible scenes, and the author doesn’t shy away from telling it how it is.

With each book of Angie Marsons I find out so many new things….about the diversity of everyone. I feel like I learn something new with every book. It even makes me think about the things that I say, not even realising that I could be coming across in the wrong way.

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series.

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I just think the books are fantastic.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date 28th April 2017

Get you copy here  Dead Souls

5* Review – Sleep Tight By Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes #bookreview

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 (Detective Ruby Preston Book 2)

Description

Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.

A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.

Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

A terrifying, addictive serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.

My Review – 5 stars

Great writing and a fab plot.

I enjoyed the interaction with the Crosby family again, there was so much more in this book. Nathan’s brother isn’t a very nice chap, is he?

I was suspicious of everyone!

We didn’t hear much from Ruby’s family in this story, I thought there would be more about her mum and daughter.

The manner in which Ruby cared about potential victims showed a softer side, and I liked that.

The way the victim’s bodies were prepared and posed was horrific, and it seriously creeped me out. Grimm fairytales indeed. Only Caroline Mitchell’s sick mind could come up with this!! 🙂

The characters had really good depth, delving in to their pasts. And I never guessed anything, it took me by surprise every step of the way.

I can’t wait to see what Ruby Preston gets up to next time.

Caroline Mitchell creates some seriously dark and scary stuff

I cannot recommend all her work enough.

Thanks to the publishers, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review.

Publication date 20th April 2017

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