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    Orenda Books Roadshow Hungerford 7th March hosted by Hungerford Books

    13 Authors – 4 Events – Orenda Roadshow – Great work Karen Sullivan loves to find new debut authors, with fresh voices, who push genres in different directions, with their quirky beautiful writing, she wants goosebumps and with these authors, she has got all those things. What a great evening – 13 authors from several countries – Iceland, Finland, Germany, France, Norway and the UK – all introducing their books and then reading from them for roughly 1 minute, answering audience questions and still smiling by the end of the event. From the 13 books on offer this evening, I have read Will Carver’s – Good Samaritans and loved it,…

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    The Puppet Show #Blogtour by M. W. Craven

      Firstly I’d like to thank M.W. Craven and Beth Wright at Little Brown and Constable Publishing for the opportunity of being included on this Blog tour – it’s greatly appreciated and a real privilege when you get to read such incredible books as this to review.   He pulls their strings. He watches them burn. Welcome to the Puppet Show… A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washinton Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation, he wants no…

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    Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light Henley Literary Festival 28/10/18

    I hold my hands up – I have never read any of Jodi’s books before, (though I do have some in my ‘To Read’ pile) – but I know about them.   And this is why I wanted to see for myself, to hear what this woman is all about, in her own words. Because she has written some award-winning books.  Some controversial books and some tearfully emotional books too.  Having written 25 books of varying subject matter – ranging from the Hallowcaust and Nazi’s.  Most recently about racism in Small Great Things.  Bone Marrow transplants – and reluctant siblings in My Sisters Keeper as a friend of mine had Leukemia and…

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    Oxford Literary Festival #OLF19

    Oxford, a city of spires, stepped in literary history – Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Colin Dexter’s Morse, Philip Pullman – it has a crop of authors to pick from, who’ve studied there, live there or simply pass through and feel inspired to write about this majestic place. And so, of course, we must have a Literary Festival to add credence. A week-long list of events centered around the colleges and buildings so loved and highly esteemed in this beautiful city. I booked my tickets online, once they went on sale. I chose carefully, mainly picking the authors I have previously enjoyed reading and of course because of the genre of Crime…

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    The Killer in Me – by Olivia Kiernan #BlogBlast

    I’d like to extend my Thanks to Milly Reid of River Run Books for this opportunity. I read Olivia’s Debut book “Too Close to Breathe‘ and adored it. so to get on this #Blogtour is very special to me. And of course, Thank you to Olivia Kiernan for writing another amazing installment in Frankie Sheena’s exploits in Dublin. Old skeletons and fresh corpses confront DCS Frankie Sheehan in her latest Dublin-based case. Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan does not wish to linger on the grisly scene beforeher eyes. Two mutilated corpses. In a church. In Clontarf. Her profiling background screams one fact:this is just the beginning of a sickening message.…

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    Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid book signing – Bath 25/03/2019

    So, if you haven’t heard of Daisy Jones or Taylor Jenkins Reid lately, you must have been hiding under a rock. Its eveywhere advertising, on the news, my husband has even seen it on the BBC so its must be tucked away near the sports reports ? Twitter, Insta, Facebook, bookshops, if you haven’t seen or heard about it – you must be wearing blinkers. Taylor knew from an early age she wanted to go to Hollywood, and eventually got there by attending University there and an early career break took her into casting – she cast Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man – but it was a meeting with…

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    Author Event – Stacey Hall – The Familiars @ Blackwells Westgate, Oxford

    Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders. She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21. She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist.co.uk, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor. The Familiars is her first novel. I love an author event – and Blackwell’s Oxford host them throughout the year, they are great to go to, small intimate events, held in both shops in Oxford – this one was the newer Westgate shop. Stacey Halls – has written a highly recommended…

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    Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross

    A big ‘Thank you’ goes to Anne Cater for orgainising this #Blogtour and letting me join it, Orenda Books for selecting, yet another superb book to publish and of course to David L.Ross for writing. It’s the year punk rock was born, Concorde entered commercial service and a tiny Romanian gymnast changed the sport forever… Archie Blunt is a man with big ideas. He just needs a break for them to be realised. In a bizarre brush with the light- entertainment business, Archie unwittingly saves the life of the UK’s top showbiz star, Hank ‘Heady’ Hendricks, and immediately seizes the opportunity to aim for the big time. With dreams of…

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    The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath #Blogtour

    As always I’d firstly like to say “Thank you” to the award winner Joe Thomas of HQ Stories, for inviting me to be part of this #Blogtour for the fabulously written The Guilty Party and of course, Mel McGrath for writting it. On a Night out, four friends lose each other in a crowd – and, seperately, they witness a stranger in trouble. One by one, they each decide to do nothing to help. Later, a body washes up on the banks of the Thames – and the group knows that ignoring the woman has left blood on their hands. But why did each of them refuse to step in?…

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    The Girl Next Door – by Phoebe Morgan

    Thank you Lucy Richardson of HQ Stories for asking me to be part of the #Blogtour for this fantastic book and of course Phoebe Morgan for writing it. One Little Lie just became deadly…….. THINGS LIKE THIS DON’T HAPPEN HERE Perfect Mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon. So When the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family. Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Janes worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything…

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    The Horsemans Song – Ben Pastor – #Blogtour

    Firstly I would like to extend my thanks to Anne Cater for organising and including me on this #Blogtour for The Horseman’s Song written by Ben Pastor and published by Bitter Lemon Press. The sixth in the Martin Bora collection and the prequel to the whole series Set during the Spanish Civil War, the action takes place in the scorched high sierras of Aragon, where a troop of Franco’s volunteers under the orders of Martin Bora face a platoon from the International Brigades led by an American. The focal point of the story is the mystery of the poet Federico Garcia Lorca’smurder. His body was never found. It is still being…

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    TAINTED – By David Evans #Blogtour

    My great thanks to Caroline Vincent of Bits About Books, again for including me on this 4th part of David Evan’s Blog Tour. And of course David, these books are well written and thought out. A pleasure to read. TAINTED The Wakefield Series #4 DAVID EVANS  A botched attempt to extort money has tragic consequences.  An embarrassing DNA match to an unsolved rape and murder twenty years before means DI Colin Strong has to use his best diplomatic tactics.  Simultaneously, journalist Bob Souter is tasked with writing about that same case to re-focus public attention. Will the newspaper’s actions help or hinder the police?  Meanwhile, Strong’s team has two separate…