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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…

  • Blog Tour Read,  Crime,  Latest Reads,  Thriller

    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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    Bitter Wash Road – Garry Disher – Blog tour read

    My thanks to Viper Books for allowing me to join this blog tour for Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher published by Viper Books. ONE DEAD-END POSTING. ONE DEAD BODY.A TRAGIC ACCIDENT? THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK… Constable Paul ‘Hirsch’ Hirschhausen is a whistle-blower. Formerly a promising metropolitan detective, now hated and despised, he’s been exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia’s wheatbelt. So when he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire and finds himself cut off without backup, there are two possibilities. Either he’s found the fugitive killers thought to be in the area. Or his ‘backup’ is about to put a bullet in…

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    Conjure Women – Afia Atakora – Blog tour read

    My thanks to Emmanuel Omodeinde of 4th Estate Books, an imprint of Harper Collins for inviting me to join this blog tour for Conjure Women, a debut by Afia Atakora available on 16th April 2020. The pale-skinned, black-eyed baby is a bad omen. That’s one thing the people on the old plantation are sure of. The other is that Miss Rue – midwife, healer, crafter of curses – will know what to do. But for once Rue doesn’t know. Times have changed since her mother Miss May Belle held the power to influence the life and death of her fellow slaves. Freedom has come. The master’s Big House lies in…

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    Mine – Clare Empson

    Thank, as always go out to Tracy Fenton, for inviting me to join this blog tour. For the hugely enjoyable Mine by Clare Empson published by Orion books. About the book:  ‘Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’ On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel. But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love. When Hannah goes back…

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    Black River – Will Dean – Blog Tour Read – 25/3/2020

    My huge thanks to Anne Cater, for inviting me to join this amazing blog tour for the third of Will Dean’s books – Black River, published by Point Blank. FEAR Tuva has been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy has gone missing. SECRETS Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts? LIES Surrounded by dark pine forest, the sinister residents of Snake River are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, they also hold all the answers. On the shortest night of the…

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    Deep Dark Night – Steph Broadribb – Blog Tour Review

    My great thanks to Anne Cater, for inviting me to read Deep Dark Night, the fourth book in Steph Broadribb’s Lori Anderson series. Published by Orenda Books. The fourth book in the award-winning Lori Anderson series, Deep Dark Night sees daring bounty hunter and single mother Lori Anderson journey from Florida to Chicago to take down a notorious crime family. Published to coincide with International Women’s Month, it will see the full series rebranded a fresh, contemporary new look. Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family.…

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    This Lovely City – Lou Hare Blog Tour Read

    My thanks to HQ – Harper Collins – for letting me join this blog tour for This Lovely City – an insightful and emotional debut from the talented Louise Hare. The drinks are flowing.The music is playing.But the party can’t last. With the Blitz over and London reeling from war, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has answered England’s call for help. Fresh off the Empire Windrush, he’s taken a tiny room in south London lodgings, and has fallen in love with the girl next door. Touring Soho’s music halls by night, pacing the streets as a postman by day, Lawrie has poured his heart into his new home – and it’s…

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    In Five Years – Rebecca Serle – A blog tour read

    My thanks to Milly Reid at Quercus Books for inviting me to be part of this blog tour for In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. In Five Years is a love story, brimming with joy and heartbreak. But it is definitely not the love story you’re expecting. Where do you see yourself in five years? Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her life goals.That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different…

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    The Recovery of Rose Gold – Stephanie Wrobel

    So I got my copy of the highly anticipated The Recovery of Rose Gold from the Michael Joseph (An imprint of Penguin) debut Party – at Henley Literary Festival. When I say I got it, I did go and get it, what I didn’t manage to do was actually be on board The Hibernian when it set sail. I was not alone in this error – when it sailed back into view from its journey along the Thames, with Stephanie Wrobel and Hope Adams, author of Conviction aboard – we that missed it setting sail, did manage to board the boat and collect our copies of Rose Gold and get…

  • Latest Reads,  Literary festivals

    The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival -23-26 July 2020, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

    FIRST NAMES REVEALED: SPECIAL GUESTS AT 2020 THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL Harrogate, 4 March 2020: The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is thrilled to announce its 2020 Special Guests at the world’s largest and most prestigious crime fiction festival. Mark Billingham – Kathy Reichs – Martina Cole Crime writing royalty Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Lisa Gardner, Kathy Reichs, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron and Michael Connelly will be appearing as part of the killer line-up curated by this year’s Festival Programming Chair and Rebus author, Ian Rankin OBE. Mick Herron and Lisa Gardner Elly Griffiths and Michael Connelly From 23-26 July, Harrogate’s Old Swan Hotel – the legendary scene of Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance in…

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    The Holdout -Graham Moore

    My thanks go to Tracy Fenton, for organising the blog tour for The Holdout by Graham Moore – published by Orion Publishing. It was the most sensational case of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It’s an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed. Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever.Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead,…