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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…

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    Ransom Riggs – Book Signing St James Church, Piccadilly, London, 6th November 2018

    Firstly what a fabulous venue!  I’ve been to a few book signings – never one in such a beautiful setting. Designed in 1672 by Architect Sir Christopher Wren, consecrated in 1684. But then severely damaged during the second world war in 1940, which Ransom wrote about in his first Novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, published back in 2011.  And who ymbryne Miss Wren is named after becuase Ransom loves all things English and loves wandering around exploring London and goes Ur-Bexing (Urban exploring – of vacated old buildings) wherever he can – see his website for more on this.  The A Map of Days is Book 4 in the what will be…

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    The Lingering – SJI Holliday

    Thank you Karen @Orendabooks for sending me this dark delicacy hard copy, a real triumph in the supernatural world.  Publication date:  15th November 2018 Set in an disused former psychiatric hospital, The Rosalind House community Project is now home to several residents who crave the peace and tranquility of a self-sufficient commune. Growing thier own crops and learning new ways to live without other human contact. Established by Smeaton Dunsmore to “Bring in the Light’ their ‘Family’ is joined by Jack and Ali – who need to get away, for a Fresh start.  The use of mobile phones, the internet, drugs, alcohol, TV, radio, and contact with friends and family is ‘not…

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    Trophies – by David Evans

    The Wakefield Series – 3 Book Blog Tour  Firstly I’d just like to thank – Catherine Vincent – Bits About Books – @CarolineBookBit for asking me to be part of this Book Blog Tour.  It’s been an absolute pleasure to read #TROPHIES The Wakefield Series Book 1 – Trophies From the CWA Debut Dagger Shortlisted Novelist comes an extraordinary crime novel that everyone is raving about.  When DI Colin Strong interviews a suspect on suspicion of handling stolen goods he’s convinced he’s heard their voice before. Nearly 25 years ago the tape of Wearside Jack taunted West Yorkshire Police and his suspect fits the profile.  Then the body of a…

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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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    Salisbury Literary Festival – 20/10/2018 – CJ Tudor & Stuart Turton

    I booked my tickets and headed off to Salisbury – a popular city – with its own cathedral, renown for its iconic clock- the oldest clock in the world, built in 1386 and the tallest spire 123 metres tall, but less of that, as I didn’t go to see the cathedral (but neither did the Russian spies). Google gave me that information too.  I went to the Salisbury Literary Festival, 17th-22nd October, held in various venues throughout the town, due to the number of events they had going on during the weekend. An amazing array of authors, of all genres collected over the week to come together to celebrate the humble book. …

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    Where do you buy your books ?

    So, we all love books, right?  But where do you get your fix?   There are so many places to choose to buy or borrow from, remember the Library – if yours hasn’t been closed down due to lack of use –   Bookshops, online, Charity shops, e-readers, audio. Independent stores – are far nicer places to shop – you get that personal service, the staff come to get to know your tastes and are great at making recommendations that you may not have considered, but knowing what you’ve read before, may know before you do, that you’ll enjoy it. Do you even have a local independent shop, that you can go to?  Or do you have…

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    #Bloggers Book Night

    Blackwells – Broadstreet, Oxford  The name Blackwell has been associated with bookselling since Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened his bookshop at 50 Broad Street on 1st January 1879. Since then the retail company he founded has grown into a nationwide chain of bookshops serving the academic, professional and specialist markets. At Blackwell UK Ltd we are proud of our traditions and history that makes us the leading academic bookseller in the UK So, I had the pleasure of going to Blackwell’s, for a #Bloggers event evening.  Some 20 of us, fellow bloggers, publishers, and publishing students.  Held in the Norrington Room, underneath the main store, after hours. We got introduced to lots of…