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    My favourite books of 2019

    What a brilliant year for books it has been, so many great titles by lots of new debuts and established authors. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the publicists that have sent books and for the invites to join blog tours and tour organisers – there’s so many of you to name – I know I’ll miss some people out if I try to name names, so as not to offend I will just leave it at that. Twitter friends, some of whom I have managed to meet in person this year and can now call real friends. I’ve read a few books this year, more than…

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    Black Summer – M.W. Craven Blog tour

    After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming… Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe. So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career. Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer…

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    The Guest List – Lucy Foley Blog Tour Review

    My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for letting me on the guest list for this blog tour for – The Guest List – Lucy Foley’s second foray into publishing. A joy to read and be part of, published by Harper Collins Uk on 20th February 2020. Another murder. Another mystery. Guests are called to a remote island off the Irish coast to celebrate the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules and Will. Everything has been meticulously planned, the scene is set, old friends are back together. It should be the perfect day.Until the discovery of a body signals the perfect murder. A groom with a secret.A bridesmaid with…

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    BEAST – Matt Wesolowski Blog Tour Read

    My huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to review BEAST – its always a pleasure to read any Orenda publication, and this of course has been just so. Totally compulsive and true to Matt Wesolowski’s style. Continuing the unique, explosive Six Stories series, based around six podcasts comes a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak and distressing look at modern society’s desperation for attention. Beast will unveil a darkness from which you may never return… In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been…

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    The Lie – Hilary Boyd – Blog Tour Post

    My thanks to Laura Nicol of Michale Joseph Books, a Penguin imprint – for inviting me to join this blog tour for The Lie – by Hilary Boyd. Romy and Michael have it all. Over 30 years of marriage, two grown-up sons, a beautiful London home, as well as a weekend bolthole by the sea. If Romy’s had to sacrifice some of her dreams along the way to support Michael’s high-flying legal career, then it’s been a price worth paying. Until the arrival of a letter changes everything. At first Romy can’t believe what it is saying. That Michael, an upholder of the law, with an unwavering sense of right…

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    A Wash of Black – Chris MacDonald – Blog Tour Read

    Many thanks to Dylan of Red Dog Press for asking me to join this blogtour – for A Wash Of Black – a debut book from Chris McDonald. IT’S NOT LIFE THAT IMITATES ART. IT’S DEATH. Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead. The body of a famous actress is found mutilated on an ice rink in Manchester, recreating a scene from a blockbuster film she starred in years ago. DI Erika Piper, having only recently returned to work after suffering a near-fatal attack herself, finds she must once again prove her worth as the hunt for the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer’ intensifies. But when another body is found and, this time, the killer issues…

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    The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page – Blogtour Post

    Tracy Fenton – Thank you for adding me to the blog tour for The 24 Hour Cafe – its been a pleasure to read, I have really enjoyed being back in Libby’s world. THE 24-HOUR CAFÉ is about community, friendship, belonging and never giving up on your dreams. Day and night Stella’s Café opens its doors for the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It is many things to many people but most of all it is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want, where everyone is always welcome. Meet…

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    A Dark Matter – Doug Johnstone Blog tour

    Great thanks of course to Anne Cater who does an outstanding job organising a huge number of bloggers to host these blog tours and of course the Authors that write these amazing books, time after time. A Dark Matter is yet another scorcher from Doug Johnstone’s literary catalogue. Meet the Skelfs: well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators…When patriarch Jim dies, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events. Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend…

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    All The Rage – Cara Hunter – Blog tour

    Big thanks to Ellie Hudson for asking me to join this blog tour – I adore this series of books by Cara Hunter – DI Fawley and his crack team have a special place on my bookshelf, as they are not only brilliant books but they are based not far from where I live and have worked, in the iconic city of Oxford, so lots of the street names and places used are familiar to me. I have also had the pleasure of meeting Cara a few times now, when she has attended crime panels at Blackwell’s, Waterstones or Mostly Books in Abingdon. So this was a very exciting read…

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    The Home – Sarah Stovell

    My thanks to Anne Cater, who again has organised a month-long blog tour for what has been for me, a roller coaster of a read. The Home is a beautifully written, poignant and emotional book. That brings to the fore several subject matters that surround us daily, yet that we barely acknowledge. Mental illness, neglect, fostering, and care homes, deprivation and the modern levels of social acceptability. A moving, gripping story … twists keep coming till the very last page. I loved it’ Erin Kelly  When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived…

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    Backlash – Marnie Riches Blog tour read 11/1/20

    My thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me to read for the blog tour – Backlash and been a great read and my first introduction to Marnie Riches, won’t be my last. Published on 9th January 2020 by Trapeze Keep your enemies close and your neighbours closer… When Private Investigator Beverley Saunders is tasked with going undercover, she relishes the chance to disguise herself as a cleaner in order to get close to Manchester bad boy Anthony Anthony, aka the infamous 2Tone. Anthony’s neighbours are suspicious of his wealth and sick of his anti-social behaviour, and Bev’s just the woman they need to find out what’s going…

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    The Other You – J.S. Monroe

    My thanks to Amber Choudhary at Midas Public Relations for the invitation to read for this blog tour for the psychological thriller The Other You by J.S. Monroe which will be published on 9 January by Head of Zeus. Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police as a Super Recogniser, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.  At least she has Rob. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to…