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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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    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…

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    Headline – New Voices 2019 Bath Event 24th Jan 2019

    Thank you, Becky Hunter, for sending me the invite to attend. What a great event it was. Six fabulous new debut authors with their glorious new books to introduce to the world. A great evening and opportunity to meet the people of Twitter, from publicists to fellow Bloggers and all six authors, to chat about their books – how and why they’ve written them. Harriet, for instance, was a Barrister in London for over 10 years, so is well qualified to write in legal terminology and how the legal system works. Finally, meeting fellow Tweeters is funny, as you introduce yourself by name – like you normally would, and there’s…

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    #Blogtour – Shadows of Regret by Ross Greenwood

    My deep thanks to Caroline Vincent of Bits about Books who arranged this tour and asked me to be part of it. Katie committed a terrible crime. Sixteen years in prison was the price. When she is released from prison, the world has changed.  Isolated and alone, Katie struggles to make sense of her life. Starting again isn’t easy especially after what she’s done. Despite not feeling free or safe, Katie overcomes her fears and confronts the future. But history won’t remain forgotten.   Who can she trust when her new friends are either damaged or hiding dark secrets? One by one, memories of the past are revealed but one in…

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    New Year Reading……2019 so far

    So, the New Year started with a bang for me…. 2018 ended with the superbly written ‘Good Samaritians‘ by Will Carver, Orenda Books – loved it! Murder, deception, lies, and that ending, WOW, oh my days, I gasped….. So far, 2019 has brought ‘The Hunting Party’ by Lucy Foley via net galley on kindle. A trip to the Scottish Highlands for New Year, made all the more convincing, as I ironically read it, over New year. Miranda, Julien, Mark and Co have a high time, until the party ends in murder. But whos been killed and whos the murderer, this is not revealed until the very end. Well deserving of all the…

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    My 2018 reads….

    There are simply too many good books to chose from, and I am too late to chose a Top 5 and I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just 5 anyway. But heres what I have read anyway……..in no particular order. Fear, Murder, kidnap, haunted asulyms, childhood angst and Romance ! Betrayal, Love, friendship, Murder, and some kindness thrown in Drugs, death, scandal, dissaperance, love and Groundhog Day. I was lucky enough to meet a few authors at book signings too: Clare Mackintosh, Stuart Turton, Cara Hunter, Libby Page, Karen Hamilton, Olivia Kiernan, Ruth Hogan, CJ Tudor, Jodi Piccoult and Ransom Riggs. There are of course others… that…

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    Good Samaritans – by Will Carver

    I got up and 5am to finish reading this and I am so glad I did. Utterly Brilliant !  I was hooked by page 9. This book has it all – death, trust and betrayal, lies that dig the murderer in deeper. A disturbing page tuner that I could not put down. I actually gasped out loud and realised I was sat with my mouth open, its that good. Do not ignore this book, thinking its full of do-gooders – it couldn’t be further away from that. 5/5 from me ! Not just due to the fact I live not that far from Oxford, for me that just adds…

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    The Celtic Pheonix – A Sherlock Holmes Adventure introducing Tessa Wiggins – The Irregular Detective

    Thank you Caroline Vincent  www.bitsaboutbooks.net @CarolineBookBit   @MXpublishing    Kim Krisco  For my inclusion on the #Blogtour for this book #TheCelticPhoenix The Celtic Phoenix  An enigmatic jewellery case holding human remains forces Sherlock Holmes out of retirement to chase a coldblooded murderer.  To follow the trail of the murderer taunting him, he needs Tessa Wiggins, a former Baker Street irregular, by his side. The two find themselves battling forces arising from a time before England was a country—when the Celts were fighting for survival.  Though set in 1919, The Celtic Phoenix is steeped in the enigmatic culture of the ancient Celts who reigned over much of Europe three thousand years…

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    Before A Christmas Carol, there was….. Miss Marley

    Miss Marley was a real delight.  A perfect Christmas read, and if I didn’t know better I would have said this was writtten first and Dickens added a sequel.  A truly delightful tale of how Jacob Marley became the ghost who rattled chains at his aged friend Ebeneezer Scrooge – with the links forged to look like cashboxes and padlocks. Marley traveled the earth in limbo for 7 years before going to visit Scrooge to show what could happen to him also, if he didn’t change his misser like ways. The ghosts of past, present and future show Scrooge what has, could and will happen if he doesn’t alter his lonely lifestyle in…