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

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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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A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour

 

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Blog Tour 15th April 2017

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, A Wedding in Italy. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow blogger on today’s stop:-  Donna’s Book Blog

My Review – 5 stars

What another absolute gem. A pleasure to read.

It follows on from the last book, Rome is Where the Heart Is.

Kate has moved to Italy to be with Alessandro.

She has a little apartment, a bit shabby but she makes the most of it.

She did borrow some money from her sisters, but she needs to find a job pretty quickly so she has some income. She made a couple of dresses for Nunzia, her landlord’s wife, but at a cut price.

Kate spends a lot of time at Alessandro’s family home. His mamma and sisters have taken her into their world. Well, except Maria. She is one of Alessandro’s older sisters, married and close friends with Orazia. Orazia is a family friend, and a colleague of Alessandro. She has always fancied him! She does stir things up a bit too. Kate being a divorcee doesn’t go down too well with the family either, due to their religious beliefs.

Kate lands herself a job. Not her dream job but it will do. She still dreaming of making dresses for a living.

Again the author took me on a tour of Rome and the surrounding area. I felt I was there, in the crazy traffic on the back of a moped….holding on for grim death.

The descriptions of the city were fab. I have fallen in love with it.

And the food!! From the gelatos to all the food prepared by mamma. It all sounded so delicious.

Jamie made a cameo appearance, and it was nice to see him again. Kate’s sisters also visited and they realise why she loves the place so much.

Thank you for writing such a lovely, heart-warming story Tilly Tennant.

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

Publication date 14th April 2017

A Wedding in Italy – Amazon links

UK http://amzn.to/2kN7O7k
US http://amzn.to/2kN1UmF

 

About the book

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(From Italy with Love Book 2)

Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to finding love, there’s no place like Rome…

Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo.

All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material.

With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale?

Let Rome steal your heart this summer in this gorgeously romantic escapist read. Perfect for fans of Jo Thomas and Abby Clements.

 

Tilly Tennant pictureMeet the Author

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

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Last Breath by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @bookouture #LastBreath #Erikasback

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Description

Detective Erika Foster #4

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

 

My Review – 5 stars

Oh. My. Gosh!

They just keep getting better.

If you’ve never read any books by Robert Bryndza….why not?!

Start now! Start with the ‘Girl in the Ice’…go on, do it, do it now!!

After reading The Girl in the Ice, The Night Stalker and Dark Water and being completely wowed by them, I couldn’t wait to get started with this one.

It didn’t disappoint. What a great plot.

Robert Bryndza has the ability to hook me in straight away.

The current obsession with social media played a big part in this plot. Watch who you accept as friends on Facebook! It really does make me think about privacy settings, location settings and being tagged in places.

I felt quite sorry for the girls who were excited to go on a date with this good-looking guy. Only for it to be someone quite different.

During the investigation I was intrigued by the killer avoiding the CCTV cameras, something I never give a thought to. I suppose when you have nothing to hide you don’t even think about that kind of thing.

Some of the characters really creeped me out, especially the farmer’s son and the farmer’s milking helper.

The farmer and his wife were not the nicest either….thinking more of the farmhand than their son at times. They had their own sadness from the past to deal with I guess.

I really felt for Bryony. She just wanted a boyfriend.

The descriptions of that old oast house were so vivid….what a nightmare!

On to Erika Foster, I love how she constantly goes on her instinct, her gut feeling. Even when the top brass try to rein her in. She is a great, ballsy and smart character. It doesn’t always go down well with her superiors but it makes her team of Peterson and Moss fiercely loyal. I saw a bit more of her softer side this time, and that was nice.

The pace of the plot kept me turning the pages. Kept the adrenaline going for sure!

Erika Foster is a definite favourite of mine.

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

Publication Date 12th April 2017

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Born Bad by Marnie Riches #bookreview @Marnie_Riches @AvonBooksUK

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A powerful, darkly comic novel set in the criminal underworld of Manchester from bestselling author Marnie Riches.

The battle is on…

When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king.

But war comes easy to the bad boys, and they won’t go down without a fight. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands – but only the strongest will survive…

My Review – 5 stars

A dark setting, but funny too.

It’s a story told from many points of view. From the North and South side gangs of Manchester, and their families. From the glitzy to the downright grubby.

Despite the violence I loved the friendship aspect of it, and the way they interacted. There were some lovely parts, and some frankly disturbing parts!! The characters had a really good depth and I got to know everyone.

I visualised the whole book really well. I felt I was there with them which wasn’t always a good thing, hehe. At the M1 Club I felt I was back at The Hacienda.

It touched on some sensitive subjects and tackled them brilliantly…people trafficking, prostitution, drug abuse, murder!!

I learned about different cultures too, which is always a bonus.

This is my first read by Marnie Riches and I’d definitely recommend it.

The writing is excellent, well-paced and kept me hooked.

Conky McFadden is the best name ever 🙂

Thanks to the publishers Avon Books UK, and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date 9th March 2017

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How to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell #bookreview @AnnaMansell

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Description

Three strangers. Three broken hearts. Three shots at happiness.

Life is good for nurse Kat. That is until the man she intended to marry legs it, she’s unexpectedly promoted to a position with too much responsibility, and Susan arrives on her ward under strange circumstances.

Susan is a mystery. She refuses to speak or interact with anyone, she’s obsessed with a book of fairy tales, and the only name in her diary is that of Rhys – a plumber she barely knows.

Down-to-earth Rhys is trying to get his life back on track after the death of his beloved brother. His mum is his priority, and she needs him as much as he needs her. Or at least she did, until she starts disappearing, leaving him to find comfort in the form of his brother’s girlfriend.

But then a call from Kat brings the enigmatic Susan into his life…

As the lives of these three lost strangers intertwine, will they find a way to lay ghosts past, present and future to rest? And when the chance comes to mend their broken hearts, will they be brave enough to take it?

Heart-wrenching and absorbing, How to Mend a Broken Heart is perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Dillon and Miranda Dickinson.

 

My Review – 4 stars

I was expecting a chick-lit, light-hearted read despite the title.

It’s definitely not.

What I found was a wonderful, deep story taking in some very serious topics. Relationship break-ups, adoption, suicide. All tackled perfectly by the author. Some very thought provoking situations.

I liked the pace of the story and the chapters told from the perspective of each of the main characters, and during a busy week I was able to pick it up and not lose my way.

The characters were really likeable and had good depth. Things from the past were uncovered, and I felt I knew the path the story would take. I was right, but in a good way I was glad I was. I don’t always want to read a twisty-turny story.

What the author gives is a story of friendship, kindness and a togetherness of strangers brought together.

I’m a great advocate of being nice to people and this shows it off to its full advantage.

Thank you Anna for writing such a lovely story.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy.

Publication date 1st March 2017

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