The Secret Admirer by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #TheSecretAdmirer #booksontour #blogtour #bookreview

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Books on Tour 2nd April 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Secret Admirer. Thanks to Kim Nash for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to do so.

My Thoughts

I loved this book, a real tangled web of jealousy and deceit.

Set in a student house, with shared facilities, it was good to learn about each of the housemates. One of them is found dead in very grisly circumstances. I certainly had my suspicions about everyone as the story progressed.

A modern day story with modern problems. Dating apps and social media play a part and I love the digital forensic side of the book. Being a lab technician myself I enjoyed the scientific side with the chemistry aspect and was searching the internet myself when certain chemicals and acids were brought into the story. There really are some deadly substances out there if you so wished to dispose of someone!!

Natalie’s estranged husband David was dragged into the enquiry in a strange twist and I was annoyed at myself at feeling sympathy for him because in the past I’ve really disliked him!

It’s nice to see Natalie’s relationship with Mike Sullivan, head of Forensics at Samford HQ, moving forward. It’s been quite awkward at times being David’s best friend.

I feel there are further tough times to come for Natalie after what goes on in this book…no spoilers here.

Carol sure knows how to write a good page-turner. I was racing through this, desperate to find out the answers. Yet again I will be waiting for the next in the series!

Thanks to Carol Wyer, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

About the Book 6 The Secret Admirer

The Secret Admirer is Book 6 in the Detective Natalie Ward gripping crime thriller series by Carol Wyer.

 ‘I tried to talk to you today but you snubbed me and walked away. It wasn’t wise to give me the brush-off, Gemma. I can be a truly good friend but I also make the perfect enemy.’

Sasha’s eighteen-year-old daughter Gemma was all she had in the world. Sasha fell pregnant with Gemma when she was still at school, and the two are as close as sisters. So when Gemma’s burned and broken body is found, Sasha’s world ends. What kind of person would want her beautiful daughter dead?

Leading the case is Detective Natalie Ward, scarred by her own recent tragedy. When she finds a note in Gemma’s diary from a ‘secret admirer’, she moves quickly, determined to un-mask them. But interviews with Gemma’s devastated ex-boyfriend, and her charismatic teacher, who has been seen embracing his student far away from the classroom, don’t give Natalie the answers she’d hoped for…

And then the case takes a devastating, personal twist. CCTV footage reveals Natalie’s estranged husband David followed Gemma home every evening the week before she died.

Natalie is forced to put personal feelings aside and follow procedure, even though she can’t believe David could be guilty. But when Gemma’s housemate is found murdered, Natalie thinks the killer could still be at large. Is she right to trust her instincts about David and can she discover the truth before another precious life is taken?

Grippingly fast and nail-bitingly tense, The Secret Admirer will have you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Publication Date: 2nd April 2020

Amazon UK:  The Secret Admirer

About the Author Carol Wyer Author pic for The Sleepover

Winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction.

A move to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST, the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today best-seller.

A second series featuring DI Natalie Ward quickly followed and to date her crime novels have sold over 600,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

Portal to Murder by Alison Lingwood #PortaltoMurder #bookreview #AlisonLingwood

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Portal to Murder (DI Christopher Timothy Book 1) by Alison Lingwood

Description

This is a story of the use and misuse of the internet.

Angela is a bored, middle-aged spinster approached on the internet by an ex schoolfriend Kevin. Concerned that her boring existence will not hold his interest, she weaves a fabric of lies, becoming more and more obsessed with her fantasy life. But Kevin too is not who he claims to be, and the relationship between the two of them leads to death and destruction.

My Thoughts

With the setting in the Staffordshire countryside, I felt quite at home.

An easy to read murder mystery.

This is the first novel by this author (from 2012) and I loved it, what a debut!

Well plotted and well written, I couldn’t put it down. I now need to read the rest of the DI Christopher Timothy Books.

It’s quite scary to think of how much of themselves people give away online. I’m guilty of it too and maybe I need to rein myself in.

Angela is a strange lady. I could almost smell her aroma coming from the pages. She was a cleaner for a local couple but she had a personal hygiene problem. Susannah, the lady of the house, had some lovely clothes which Angela would quite fancy for herself.

Angela meets Kevin online through a website findyourmates.com. She invents a lifestyle which kind of mimics that of her employer’s. Kevin is also not who he seems.

As a reader we know who did it. The twists and turns of the investigation make this a real page-turner. The author certainly doesn’t shy away from a gruesome description.

I first met Alison at the regular Stoke author/blogger meets ups and I can’t believe I’ve only just read this book! I thoroughly recommend it.

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK Portal to Murder

About the author

Alison Lingwood grew up in Hale, Cheshire, attending Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. After training as a teacher she worked for many years as a lecturer in Further Education before setting up her own business.

Now retired, she lives with her husband in rural Stafforshire.

Amazon author page: Alison Lingwood

 

The Break Up by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #booksontour #blogtour #TheBreakUp

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Book Tour 28th March 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, The Break Up. Thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. Tilly Tennant books always warm my heart and always give me a giggle too.

With the wedding planning topic I think it would make a great movie. I loved the relationships and friendships and also the disagreements. It made me happy, sad and annoyed at times too.

The main characters are Lara and Theo, and a great supporting cast of characters in this story, some likeable, some not so much.

Siobhan, Lara’s best friend since schooldays, has let her down in the worst possible way. It’s actually a blessing in disguise but Lara just doesn’t realise it yet.

Lucien is Lara’s ex, a self-centred label-loving posh boy who loved himself. Not a nice person and his snooty parents looked down on everyone. Lara is certainly well rid of him.

Fay, Lara’s mum. Totally tactless, clumsy and a bit of a hoarder. She made me laugh though.

After her break up with Lucien, Lara escapes her mundane job and sets up an office in a summer house in her garden doing her dream job as a wedding planner. She takes on Betsy, a keen 18 year old apprentice. I liked their relationship, built on coffee, muffins and a love of all things wedding-related. Just reading about the garden, watching the cat sunning himself on the patio, watching the bees buzz around their nest took me right there in the lovely summer sunshine.

The cat was the centre of the story. He brought it all together. He was why Lara and Theo had a chance meeting whilst they were both out searching for him.

The different weddings Lara worked on threw up some comical scenes, and Theo was a member of the live band that performed at some of the venues. Some awkward moments between the two of them, and getting the wrong end of the stick, causing Lara to unleash her quick temper.

Another lovely, heart-warming story by Tilly Tennant. A pleasure to read.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 26th March 2020

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Amazon UK: The Break Up

About the book The-Break-Up-Kindle

Lara and Theo are meant to be. They just don’t know it yet…

Lara loves her job as a wedding planner. She gets to organise other people’s perfect days and make sure nothing ever goes wrong.

Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, working unpredictable hours and giving other people great nights out.

Lara knows she’s got high standards. But there’s nothing wrong with getting things right… so why has it stopped her finding Mr Right?

Theo knows people think he’s a bit scruffy, a bit too laid back. But there’s nothing wrong with setting your own pace… if only he could find someone who wanted to live life at his speed.

It’s okay, though. Lara gets to come home in the evening and have heart-to-hearts with her greedy grey cat Fluffy. And Theo can come home in the early hours and unwind with his loyal cat Satchmo.

What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.

And when they find out – standing in the street in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet – sparks of the wrong sort will fly…

A wonderfully warm will-they-won’t-they romantic read that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. If you’re a fan of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews, A Cat Called Cupid is the love story you’ve been waiting for.

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

 

Author Links

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Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_ @HarperCollinsUK #CloverCottage #review

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Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow

Description

(Love Heart Lane Series, Book 3)

A feel good cosy read perfect for your summer holiday reading.

A page-turning new cosy novel in the bestselling Love Heart Lane series – perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Phillipa Ashley and Milly Johnson!

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.

When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true!

Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…

Allie can’t imagine life without Rory, but she loves him too much to hold him back. And as he embarks on his adventure, Allie begins to rethink her own plans. She loves Rory and knows she wants him in her life, but maybe she can follow her own dreams too?

And always there, nestled in the beautiful village of Heartcross, surrounded by the people she loves, will be the place that will always bring them back to each other. Their forever home, Clover Cottage.

My Thoughts

I loved this book. The Love Heart Lane Series has been fabulous.

This is book 3 in the series. I also recommend reading Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm  (which were equally fabulous!) to get the full back story of the people in the small village of Heartcross.

It can be read as a stand-alone as the focus is on different characters, but it was great to catch up with the locals of this beautiful area. I want to live there!

This story is based around Rory the vet, who works at his Dad’s practice and his girlfriend Allie the daughter of the local publicans.

Introducing a TV star, the handsome Zach, who is filming in the locality for his TV show. He has his faithful dog with him too. He’s stopping on the farm in one of the cute caravans.

It’s time for the annual Summer Fete and Zach agrees to help with judging ‘best dog’. A large crowd is guaranteed once the locals get wind of a star in their midst and the ladies put on their fancy clothes to impress him! There is a constant queue of people wanting a selfie. Martha was there with her crystal ball, predicting people’s future. Some of the things she said caused a lot of thought and discussion, especially to Allie.

Africa is next on the filming list for Zach and this ignites some feelings from Rory who always dreamed of visiting Africa since his vet school days.

No spoilers from me, you’ll need to read it. It’s got everything you could want from a book, the community spirit, family and love.

I absolutely loved it.

Thanks to Christie Barlow for creating this story, and I did shed a tear. How she keeps writing these beautiful stories is astonishing. Can you tell that I love them?

Thanks to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date:- 20th March 2020

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK Clover Cottage

For Better, For Worse by Jane Isaac #bookreview @JaneIsaacAuthor @Aria_Fiction #ForBetterForWorse

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For Better, For Worse by Jane Isaac

About the book

Domestic noir meets police procedural.

Stuart Ingram was once a respected local councillor…

The first time the police knocked on Gina’s door, they arrested her husband.

The second time, they accused him of child abuse.

But he died a guilty man.

This time, the police are here for Gina – to tell her that her husband is dead. Murdered, just two weeks before his trial.

Gina always stood by her husband. Even when everyone else walked away. She believed the trial would clear his name. But now Stuart is dead.

And his wife is the suspect.

It’s a race against time for DC Beth Chamberlain to uncover the truth – especially when a second man turns up dead.

Domestic noir meets police procedural in this pacy thriller from Jane Isaac, perfect for fans of Samantha Downing, Fiona Barton and K.L. Slater. Previously published as Presumed Guilty.

My Thoughts

A quality crime story, well written and perfectly paced. A great, action-packed story.

DC Beth Chamberlain is a Family Liaison Officer. Her role is to support the family – and investigate them.  She is supporting the family of Stuart Ingram, a local councillor who is mown down by a car after picking up a takeaway on his way home from bowls club. He is about to face charges of child sexual exploitation which he strongly denies. Gina, his wife, is standing by him as he awaits the trial to clear his name.

When a second body is found in the area the police are looking for a link with Stuart’s murder.

I love the tensions within the families, how they dealt with the awful accusations.

I like Beth as a character and I like the way that her personal and family life is brought into the story.

Such an interesting case, with lots of twists and turns as the investigation progresses. The tension built perfectly and I just couldn’t put the book down.

Easy to read, I was engrossed. Thoroughly recommend this author and I look forward to more in the series.

Thanks to Aria Fiction and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 19th March 2020

Amazon UK link: For Better, For Worse

Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten #bookreview #DeadWrong @nholten40 @KillerReads @HarperCollinsUK

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Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten

About the Book

Dead Wrong: A completely addictive and gripping serial killer thriller (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 2)

The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning…

DC Maggie Jamieson’s past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller.

Three missing women running out of time…

They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life.

The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was…

But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town.

Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find.

Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live…

My Review

I like the different angle with this crime series, not a straight police procedural but it looks at all aspects of different agencies involved with the police force. Some real sick characters and awful scenes that I visualised only too well! Raven totally creeped me out with his behaviour.

Perfectly paced with the second half of the book being totally unputdownable.

And that ending!

Loved it and totally recommend this to any crime lover. It’s a sure fire winner and I look forward to the next in the series.

As a book blogger at Crime Book Junkie, Noelle Holten writes a fantastic blog. She definitely knows the secrets of a good story. Being a former probation officer the author has real life knowledge.

Some of the scenes are very gritty, so well described that I was cowering away.

Thanks to Harper Collins UK, Killer Reads, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 14th March 2020

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK Dead Wrong

Contact Noelle

Website: https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/

Twitter: @nholten40

Facebook: @noelleholtenauthor

The Man I Loved Before by Anna Mansell @AnnaMansell @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour #BooksOnTour #lovedit #TheManILovedBefore

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Blog Tour 11th March 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for The Man I Loved Before by Anna Mansell. Thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me to take part, it’s a fantastic story.

My Thoughts

In one word….wonderful.

I’ve loved Anna Mansell’s previous books, all so beautifully written.

It made me happy, sad and totally overwhelmed at times.

I finished this book with a tear in my eye. Every book by this author affects me massively and I always see a bit of me in her characters, especially in this one. The early scene in the Post Office queue could’ve been written about me, as I’m so clumsy.

I read some parts with a nervous eye, and I don’t want to give any spoilers. It shows the importance of family and friendship, and dealing with trust. All the characters feel very real. I loved Jem’s relationship with best friend Leanne. I think Leanne knew Jem better than Jem knew herself. Jem’s Mum was lovely, and despite her illness her sense of humour was on top form. Alcohol played a big part in the story and I despaired at the amount consumed, but I know many people’s lives are like this.

I read this with a different view due to one of my parent’s recent cancer diagnosis, I’ve never had to deal with an illness before and it’s made me think about how the future will look. It was written at a very tough time in the author’s life, it is fabulous with great characters and written from the heart.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Publication date 10th March 2020

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Amazon UK: The Man I Loved Before

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‘Dear Ben, I can only write you this letter because I know you’ll never read it…’

When Jem writes to her ex Ben, it’s to explain everything. All the secrets she kept from him – from the little lies she’d sometimes tell about how new those shoes really were, or how many glasses of wine she’d had that evening… right up to The Big Thing that happened on the night that changed everything. But she never expects he will actually see what she’s written.

She is just writing because she thinks it will help to get the words out. Later, she resolves, she’ll burn the letter, and then the past will be in the past for good.

Because Jem is doing fine now. She’s busy: working, spending time with her best friend, and looking after her mother, who’s in remission from cancer. She’s even dating again and has just met a guy who she thinks she could actually fall for. At long last, Jem is really, definitely somewhere close to happy.

But her mum finds the letter and thinks she’s doing Jem a favour when she posts it to Ben. And Jem’s new, carefully rebuilt life begins to unravel in ways she could never have imagined. Then, when her mother gets ill again, she finds herself asking who has the key to her future. The man she’s falling in love with now? Or the man she loved before?

A heartbreaking, beautifully honest novel that will stay with readers long after they finish it. Perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Amanda Prowse, and Susan Lewis.

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Anna had a brush with ‘fame’ as a magician’s assistant back in 1977. She later decided that being sawn in half by her magical performing father, at barely 6 months old, was too submissive a role. She vowed to channel the trauma in to something much more pro-actively creative. Having failed at acting, singing and professional murder mystery parties (she was ALWAYs the one to die!), she fell to something much more solitary: writing. How To Mend a Broken Heart was her first novel and her life was not on the line in order to write that or her second: The Lost Wife. Anna lives on a dairy farm in Cornwall with her two children, her husband, and her ex-racing greyhound, Olive Dog.

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