Child’s Play by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #ChildsPlay #KimStone

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(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 11)

Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. ‘You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck.

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event.

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy, number one bestseller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

My Review – 5 stars

The eleventh in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and it continues in the same way….just brilliant!

I read at every opportunity, the short chapters were perfect to sneak in when I could and gave a good pace to the book. The quality is always there, truly blows me away with each book.

Opening in true gruesome style, chapter one nearly had me revisiting my lunch. The visualisation of the roundabout scene was both amazing and horrific.

It’s a fascinating storyline, dealing with child prodigies, how it affects the children themselves, their siblings and the parents and how their future pans out. It’s not something I’ve given much thought to but I found it taught me something, as do all books by this author.

There is side story to the main one.  An old case Penn has worked on goes to court. He spends time with his former colleagues from a neighbouring force. It doesn’t go to plan and old evidence has to be raked over. It’s a really interesting part of the story for me.

Love Bryant and Stacey, and of course Kim.

How the author keeps coming up with these fab books just astonishes me, the content is amazing. It wouldn’t be an Angie Marsons without some brutality and shocking scenes.

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series. Please read them all!

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic and I can’t wait for the next one.

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

Publication Date 11th July 2019

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The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #Bookreview #absolutelylovedit #TheLittleVillageofHappiness

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The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin, blog tour 6th July 2019

Thanks to Holly Martin for the early review copy and for inviting me on to the blog tour. I’m delighted to take part.

My Thoughts

Yet again I’m saying this is my favourite Holly Martin book.

I truly loved this story. I completely fell in love with the characters and the location, all so fabulously described that I felt like I was there and living in a little flowery cottage in Happiness!

When Willow upped sticks and moved to Happiness it wasn’t what she expected. The marketing material she’d seen painted a totally different picture in her mind than the reality of the shabby village. Had she made a big mistake?

Cue Andrew, the estate manager. The sparks were there between them, but things were a little complicated.

The feel-good vibes given off from Willow rub off on the residents of the village, and it becomes a real community again after years of neglect.

I love that Holly Martin’s books have that sexy edge over other chick lit authors, makes them steamily different.

Happy, sad, worried, funny, touching, steamy….all the emotions!! It ticks all the boxes for me.

I’m so looking forward to the next book, The Gift of Happiness, following the story of other residents from the village.

Thanks to Holly Martin for another great book, this is in my “favourites of the year list”.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion

Publication date:- 5th July 2019

Amazon UK link :- The Little Village of Happiness

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Fall head-over-heels in love with the beautiful new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin and let The Little Village of Happiness warm your heart and make your spirits soar.

Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate to escape the whispers and stares of her town’s gossips, an advert offering homes in a picturesque village in the grounds of a majestic castle on the Cornish coast sounds like just what she needs. Without thinking twice Willow applies for a cottage and packs up her life for the village of Happiness.

But when Willow arrives she finds a crumbling ruin and ramshackle cottages, nothing like the pretty picture the advert had boasted. It seems Happiness was too good to be true. That is until she meets the incredibly handsome estate manager Andrew Harrington…

His passion for restoring the village to its former glory is contagious and soon they are working together to bring happiness back to Happiness. And as sparks fly between them Willow can feel herself falling. But Andrew is holding something back.

Can Willow risk her heart again? And will they succeed in transforming the old village to its original beauty before it’s too late?

Get swept away to the sun-kissed Cornish coast with this gorgeous love story, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond.

Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse #FoxgloveFarm #review

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Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.

But, new mum Isla is struggling.  She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.

When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.

Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm?  And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

My Thoughts

Every Christie Barlow book I read I always say it’s my favourite.

I truly loved this story. I completely fell in love with the characters and the location, all so fabulously described that I felt like I was there on the farm and living the life! Those alpacas sounded adorable.

It’s got everything you could want from a book, the community spirit of all pulling together in a crisis, family, love and loss.

I absolutely loved it.

It was an emotional read too. The author touched on many delicate subjects, things people don’t talk about including depression and money worries.

Although Isla and Drew were the main characters, I really had a soft spot for Martha.

I’m sad that I’ve finished it, I just wanted to keep reading. I got totally hooked on it.

This is book 2 in the series, I would recommend reading Love Heart Lane first (which was fabulous!) to get the full back story of the people in the small village of Heartcross. It could be read as a standalone though, as the focus is on different characters. I’m really looking forward to the next book.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication date:- 28th June 2019

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One Summer in Santorini by Sandy Barker @sandybarker @AvonBooksUK #bookreview #OneSummerInSantorini @RNAtweets

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There was something in the air that night. . .

Sarah has had enough of men. It’s time to rekindle her first true love – travel – so she books a sailing trip around the Greek islands with a group of strangers.

The very last thing Sarah wants is to meet someone new… But then a gorgeous American man boards her yacht and she knows she’s in trouble. And when she also encounters a handsome silver fox who promises her the world, she realises that trouble really does come in twos.

Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling, embark on a relationship, or stick to her plan – steer clear of men, continue her love affair with feta, and find her own way after all?

The perfect holiday read to escape with this summer for fans of Annie Robertson’s My Mamma Mia Summer and Mandy Baggot’s One Last Greek Summer.

‘A summery romantic debut from a fresh voice in romantic fiction. Made me want to pack my bags for the Greek islands this instant!’ Phillipa Ashley, bestselling author of A Perfect Cornish Summer

‘A fun and flirty escapist read.’ Samantha Tonge, bestselling author of Knowing You

My Thoughts

Oh my word, what can I say?!

I loved this book so much, and I was craving for more!

A perfect summer read.

I really felt I was there, and I wanted to be there. The descriptions were so real. I lost myself in the gorgeous Greek sunshine. I adored the sailing aspect. Not something I’ve ever done but makes me fancy it now.

The relationships between the travellers on the boat, ‘the family’, made this for me.

The meals out, the day trips on the islands visited, and just sitting on deck added to the lovely feeling this book gave me.

I think this book will stay with me for a long time and I thoroughly recommend it.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Maze, Avon Books UK and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 24th June 2019

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Cover reveal for Carol Wyer’s latest book in the Natalie Ward Detective Series, The Sleepover @carolewyer @bookouture #TheSleepover

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The Sleepover

An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 4)

Roxy had a secret. Now she’s gone. 

When fourteen-year-old Roxy says she’s going for a sleepover at her best friend’s house, Cathy sees no reason to check her daughter’s story. The two families are so close, and the girls are in and out of each other’s homes every day. 

It turns out to be a decision she will regret. A day later, Roxy is found murdered in exclusive Linnet Lane. Detective Natalie Ward, called in to lead the investigation, is struck by the contrast between the house Roxy grew up in, and the one where her life ended.

As Natalie begins to look closely at Roxy’s family and friends, she soon discovers that this isn’t the first time Roxy has gone missing. All the signs point to an unhappy teenager who was hiding a great deal from her family. 

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears. 

When Cathy’s body is discovered close to Linnet Lane, Roxy’s toy cat clutched in her arms, Natalie is forced to face the grim fact that they are dealing with a killer with a twisted plan.
Struggling to join the dots, Natalie wonders if she’s missed a vital clue when one of Roxy’s classmates is also found murdered. 

Natalie’s not frightened of anyone, but the latest victim reminds her of her own son Josh, who is edging towards the wrong side of the tracks. With teenagers like her boy dying, can Natalie solve the case in time to keep Josh safe? Or is he about to make a dangerous new friend? 

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.
This sounds like a great book, I can’t wait to read it!

Publication date:-5th September 2019

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Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt #blogtour #review @writermels #TickTock #localandproud #Stoke #Staffordshire @AvonBooksUK #TeamSherratt

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Today I’m sharing my review of Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Sabah Khan from Avon Books for inviting me onto the tour and for my review copy of the book.

My Review – I loved it!

Being a Stokie myself, Mel Sherratt’s books really hit home with me more than any other author. The story criss-crosses my city, passing by the end of my street and in a nearby park. It seriously creeps me out, even when I’m driving around I think about the author’s books. I just know where it’s all happening even if some of the place names are slightly different. I even put faces to the local newshounds!

DS Grace Allendale was born in Stoke but moved away when she was a child. She returned to the Stoke area a few months ago after working in Manchester. She’s still keen to earn her new colleague’s trust after her previous case which involved members of her estranged family.

A powerful story, it begins when a schoolgirl is murdered during a cross-country PE lesson at school. It gave me the creeps, every parent’s nightmare.

It’s close to Grace too, as the girl was a school friend of her boyfriend Simon’s daughter.

Another woman is found dead a couple of days later, but is there a link to the first case?

Grace and her team battle to find a link, and when they do I was totally not expecting it!

There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, lots of suspicions, making it a real page-turner.

Very gritty scenes, and so well described. It’s a sure fire winner, I loved it.

It can be read as a stand-alone, but for more understanding of Grace and her Stoke family I would recommend reading Hush Hush first. (link to my Hush Hush review here) The relationship with her journalist boyfriend Simon is an interesting side story and I look forward to how her personal life goes in the future.

For me, one of the bonuses of this author’s writing is the way she makes me feel like I know everyone already. There’s no confusion about who’s who, no looking back and wondering where I’d seen the name before. The depth of the characters jumps out of the page.

Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing style and thoroughly recommend her books.

#TeamSherratt #TickTock

Thanks to Mel Sherratt and the Avon Books family for my review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date 2nd May 2019

Get your copy from Amazon UK here Tick Tock

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TICK…

In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.

TOCK…

Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She’s discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.

TIME’S UP…

DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It’s only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking…

Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?

The #1 bestseller returns with a breathtaking thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

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Mel Sherratt novels take you to the heart of the crime. She writes psychological suspense, police procedurals and crime dramas – fiction with a punch. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, she’s sold over one million books. All eleven of her crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the kindle UK top 10 and several number ones. She’s also had numerous Kindle All-star awards, for best read author and best titles.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books. In 2017, she was named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.

Contact Mel: http://www.melsherratt.co.uk or Twitter at @writermels

One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction @HOZ_Books #OneLastGreekSummer #review A big 5* from me!

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Beth Martin is 31, newly divorced and wondering just what life holds for her…

Best-friend, Heidi, is adamant that all the answers lie in Corfu – the island where the girls partied away their youth. So cue a trip to a sun-drenched Greek island, ouzo cocktails, a trip down memory lane… and Alex Hallas, the man Beth has never quite forgotten.

As they dance under the stars, the sand beneath their toes, old feelings begin to resurface and Beth might just have a chance to take back her life. If they can learn to love the people they’ve become…

My Review – I loved it

This is one of those books that gave me a reading high, then a real book hangover when I’d finished it. I was craving for more!

Mandy Baggot is the absolute queen of the summer escape, and this is a perfect summer read.

I absolutely fell in love with this fab book, the characters, and with Corfu itself. It was lovely to escape in my head to Corfu for some sun, and what a fabulous time I had.

Beth’s colleagues, best friend Heidi and Tilly, throw her a divorce party while her boss Charles is away on a business trip. Charles is also her ex. Rich, overbearing and controlling and a bit of a posh boy. He also doesn’t realise what he had in Beth until it was too late.

Heidi realises that they really need to get away. Remembering a holiday they took 10 years ago, when they were 21, she decides it has to be Corfu again and promptly books up a rental property. It’s right on the beach, just perfect. A maintenance issue creates a chance meeting with someone familiar.

Alex Hallas is working for a car rental firm, and a bit of a handyman on the side. He did a spot of DJ-ing back in the day and dreams to be a resident DJ for a summer in Ibiza. He spends a lot of time looking after his ageing mother at their smallholding, where they have many goats. The kids were so cute!

Alex’s Mum is a typical strong-minded Greek lady. He always tries to please her. She constantly pesters him to be a mechanic at his uncle’s garage which is the last thing he wants to do.

Alex and his cousin Elektra have a secret underground business, hoping it will make some money in the future.

Straight away Beth relaxes into holiday mode and realises she’s lost her sparkle and her own identity. She and Heidi embark on some madcap and bold activities to try and relive those feelings from 10 years ago. After all 31 is the new 21!

I just loved the tranquillity of her wandering along the sand collecting beach glass, and I craved the feeling of sand between my toes.

A few twist and turns, an unexpected/unwanted visitor, romance, a beach party, some crazy driving and lots of fun make this a fabulous story.

I loved the scene in the beach cabana! *fans self*

Just look at that cover too, makes you want to be there.

Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Aria, Head of Zeus, and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 6th June 2019

Amazon UK link One Last Greek Summer