#BlogTour! #Review – Perfect Death by Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields) @AvonBooksUK

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It may be sunny outside, but that doesn’t stop Helen Fields thinking about the ‘Perfect Death’. It gives me great pleasure to host Helen Fields on TWG today, as I review her latest book for the blog tour. Thank you to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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There’s no easy way to die…

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.

But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

What does TWG think?

Is there such a thing as the ‘perfect death’? After all, it’s not like doctors and nurses sit at the end of a bed, or police and strangers stand near a dead body, all holding up score cards to rate the death. Now you mention it…maybe there should be something like ‘Strictly Come Death’….I could make a killing…

For all of us ‘non-murderers’ in the world, thinking about the possibility of a ‘perfect death’, doesn’t really enter our minds. On the other hand, if you’re a calculated, twisted serial killer – the chances are, you would probably have a spreadsheet open on Word with the details of how to execute a perfect death (god I’m good with the puns today, eh?!). But, when the murder ‘weapon’ is in fact drugs, how can one determine the perfect death, and how would the local Detectives be able to stop the serial killer before he pumps his unknowing victims with yet another connection, unlikely to have been purchased from a pharmacy in nearby Fort Kinnaird?

‘Perfect Death’ is the third book in the series, but do not fret. I haven’t read all of the books and quite frankly, I didn’t think that I needed to as I was able to follow the storyline well enough. That said, I doubt it would do you any harm if you chose to read the books in order. It is completely up to you!

Helen Fields has grabbed the ‘serial killer’ theme by the youknowwhat’s, and ran with it – this author hasn’t scrimped and scraped when it comes to one of the main concepts in her storyline, and why should she? Even though said serial killer made my blood run cold, I loved how calculated, twisted and evil they turned out to be. It really did make for such excellent, realistic, and highly addictive reading.

As for the Detectives, Callanach and Turner are a bit like chalk and cheese, maybe that’s why I thought they worked well together, I don’t know. But they work – even if Turner did find herself in the deep end with this case!

Alongside the serial killer aspect, I found myself being pulled in the direction of Callanach’s family drama. So, if you think this book is all about cold-blooded killing, think again. There really is more to ‘Perfect Death’ that meets the eye, which really did surprise me as I thought the storyline would be overrun with the information of the killings.

‘Perfect Death’ is such a jaw-dropping, fast paced, and chilling read which made me feel as though I was unwrapping a present – the storyline certainly kept on giving. What I loved most about this book was its uniqueness. Helen Field is a very, very clever writer and the fact she has included such intricate details alongside some rather hard-hitting ones, absolutely blew me away. This author certainly knows her stuff – I really wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of her, that’s for sure!

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#CoverReveal! The WindMill Cafe (Book 1) by Poppy Blake (@Poppyblakebooks) @HarperImpulse

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I am a teeny bit late with this blog post as the main cover reveal was actually last night, but, because the cover is beautiful and I wanted to make sure everyone saw it more than once, I am posting it on my blog today!!

If you’re fed up with the dark and dreary weather, hoping that spring will be blossoming before your very own eyes – don’t fret as you will think that spring as sprung when you feast your eyes on Poppy Blake’s book cover!!

Here we go folks….

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The Windmill Cafe is open for business!

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

See what I mean?! Summer Breeze – The Windmill Cafe, Book 1, is due to be published on the 9th March and you can pre-order your copy now from Amazon UK.

I cannot wait to get stuck into this!!

#BlogTour! #Review – A Year of New Adventures by Maddie Please (@MaddiePlease1) @AvonBooksUK

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This afternoon I am delighted to bring you my review of Maddie Please’s brand new novel, ‘A Year of New Adventures’. Big thank you to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite and the ARC.

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It’s time for Billie Summers to have an adventure … but it might not be exactly what she expected.

Billie Summers has always been quite content in her little cottage in the Cotswolds, sure half the house hasn’t been renovated, but what’s the point when it’s only her! Working part-time at her uncle’s bookshop and planning 3-4 writer retreats with her best friend allows her to pay the bills. What more could anyone want?

That is until Oliver Forest, the bad boy of the book world, turns up to one of her retreats and points out that Billie hasn’t done anything very adventurous. Couple that with her best friend falling head over heels and beginning to drift away from their Friday night wine and dinner plans, Billie is starting to wonder if it isn’t time she take control of her life.

So she starts a list: get fitted (properly) for a bra, fix up rest of house, find a ‘career’ and well, get a tattoo … Her life might just get the makeover it needs, too bad irritating and far-too-attractive for his own good, Oliver keeps showing up …

Because sometimes you need an adventure!

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to get straight to the point – no need to beat around the bush now is there?

At the moment it takes a lot to make me smile. Now, before you go thinking that I am like a certain farmyard animal of the moooooooody variety, it takes a lot to make me smile because of many, many things. So, when I find myself with a massive grin on my face upon finishing a book, it’s safe to say that that particular storyline was something special. Yes, ‘A Year of New Adventures’ really is that ‘special something‘.

From getting to know Billie’s hilarious and addictive personality, to watching another farmyard animal of the mooooday variety attempt to take on someone with Billie’s personality. That alone was worth reading the book for, I mean come on! You don’t get on the wrong side of someone like Billie – she would eat you for breakfast!! (Once she’s cooked you first of course!).

Oliver Forest came across as the typical, self obsessed male who thought his poo didn’t stink, alongside having opinions which, according to Mr ‘I Have No Manners’, were far more important than those of the people around him. Yes, I did think to myself on more than one occasion, ‘what an absolute twonk’. However, I gave him another chance because I’m such a nosy reader, and left his memorable personality try to win me over.

I saw a lot of myself in Billie, and at times, that was quite difficult to read. I admired her get up and go, yet I felt sad because of the way she viewed herself, deeming herself unworthy of happiness just like everybody else. Along the way it was made clear that Billie thought a lot about what other people thought of her, yet wasn’t able to take into consideration what she loved about her own self, despite being willing to make changes due to other people’s comments. That made me sad. Why? Because we all know someone like that, even if it’s ourselves, but to read it black and white hits home a lot harder than just thinking about it whilst you brush your teeth.

I absolutely loved everything about this book – it made me laugh, made me smile, ignited a fire in my belly which I thought had been put out a long time ago, whilst also making me believe.

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would, and not just because it made me laugh, but because it gave me hope that through the rain, the sun is always bound to shine.

A beautiful, heartfelt and touching novel – I recommend this to everyone and anyone who wishes to have their face aching through smiling. Just fantastic.

Available in e-book now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Extract – A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by @FaithBleasdale @AvonBooksUK

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It’s TWG’s turn to host Faith Bleasdale and ‘A Year at Meadowbrook Manor’ today! Unfortunately I didn’t quite have time to read the book to review for my stop today (but do watch this space!)! However, I am delighted to share an extract from Faith Bleasdale’s book! Hope you enjoy!

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One divided family, one life-changing year…

Harriet Singer hasn’t been home in ten years. When her beloved dad dies suddenly, she races to be there for her estranged siblings, despite the memories it brings back.

Then Harriet learns that all four Singer siblings must live together for one year, caring for their dad’s Animal Sanctuary, or forfeit their inheritance.

Living under the same roof could make or break the family, but it’s time Harriet stopped running and faced her past. Especially when her first love turns up…

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Harriet studied her youngest brother. They were all aware, since moving back to Meadowbrook, how much Freddie was drinking but normally only in the evening. Yes, she had caught him passed out by the swimming pool that one time, but he was Freddie. The partying, fun one of the family. And although she thought, privately, that he drank too much, she had put it down to his business falling apart and losing Dad. After all she had been through, she wanted to drink herself into a stupor most nights, so she could hardly blame him. But he clearly was using drink as a crutch and something would need to be done about it if he continued this way.
‘Why? Why would you do that?’ Pippa asked, she still sounded annoyed, in the sweetest way. 
‘Things are getting a bit on top of me, to be totally honest. Moving here, losing Dad, feeling lost, and then Loretta . . . She wants me to settle down a bit and when she says that it freaks me out.’
‘But why?’
‘I don’t know, I can’t explain it, I just feel out of my depth. But, I promise I’ll drink less, and I’ll apologise to the fête committee. I’ll do everything properly but don’t try to make me make sense of it because I can’t.’ Freddie put his head in his hands and his body shuddered; he was crying. Harriet couldn’t remember the last time she’d seen him upset, even at the funeral he’d been cracking jokes.
‘Oh, Fred, I’m sorry.’ She sat next to him and put her arms around him.
‘I miss Dad. He always knew what to do and I never listened to him, but if he was here now, I would.’
Tears filled Gwen’s eyes, they streamed down Pippa’s cheeks, Harriet felt emotions choking her. It was all such a mess still. And they were all grieving, sometimes she forgot they were in the grip of grief, but then there were the ugly reminders.
‘It’ll be OK,’ Harriet said, and she fervently hoped it would be.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Cover Up by Marnie Riches (@Marnie_Riches) @AvonBooksUK

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review of ‘The Cover Up’ by Marnie Riches! Huge thanks to AvonBooksUK for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and for a copy of the book. Here is my review:

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Watch your back. Everyone else will be.

How far would you go to protect your empire?

Manchester’s criminal underworld is reeling from the loss of its leader, Paddy O’Brien. In the wake of her husband’s death, Sheila O’Brien takes charge of the city, and for once, she’s doing things her way.

But she hasn’t reckoned with the fearsome Nigel Bancroft, a threat from Birmingham who is determined to conquer Manchester next.

As a power tussle begins, Sheila is determined to keep control of the empire she has won – even if it means she has to die trying…

What does TWG think?

Please don’t shout, but I struggled with this book to begin with – I couldn’t get my teeth to sink into the storyline for what seemed like ages. Don’t get me wrong, the author was dangling the carrot right in front of me with her attention to detail regarding the storyline itself, I just felt like I was waiting a while for the gritty parts to get going.

However, once I had reached about halfway through, something within me just clicked and I sped through the rest of the book like a criminal trying to get away from the police (not speaking from experience of course – just to clarify!). 

Like always, there were characters I preferred, and characters I just totally disliked but, because every little piece of information within this book is linked to an overall banger, I am not going to say who I did or didn’t like so you can form your own opinions when you read the book for yourself. Which you’re totally going to because you’re intrigued…

As weird as this sounds, as soon as I got hooked on the storyline, I found myself enjoying reading the illegal activities of certain characters! That sounds bad doesn’t it? I’m hoping you get what I mean though! Being pretty innocent and legal myself, it was fun being able to be in the mindset of a ‘criminal’ and see what lengths they went to to blacken their name. It certainly was an exciting ride that’s for sure!

I am so, SO pleased that I was able to sink my teeth into this intense and gritty read. Even though I did find it to be a little slow burning, the rest of the storyline certainly made up for the parts I couldn’t work with to begin with. I finished this book thinking ‘what the hell….’ and ‘what book of hers shall I read next?’. Marnie Riches writes in a style which is so, so addictive, being able to pull her readers in with strong dialogue and exploding themes.

A fast paced, jaw-dropping read which allows you to be in the mind of a criminal for the duration of the novel. If you ever want to break the law…without actually breaking the law, then you’ll have a field day with this one!

Thanks AvonBooksUK.

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#BlogTour! #Review & #Extract – Games with the Dead by James Nally (@JimNally) @AvonBooksUK

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I am so excited to be able to share my review of James Nally’s ‘Games with the Dead’, with you all today!! Big thanks to AvonBooksUK for the blog tour invite, as well as a copy of the book. The blog tour bus stops with me, TWG, today as I not only share my review with you, but an extract of the book as well! I hope you are as excited as I am!

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Irish runaway. Insomniac. Functioning alcoholic.

Life is about to get complicated for DC Donal Lynch.

 When a young woman is kidnapped, Donal is brought in to deliver the ransom money. But the tightly-planned drop off goes wrong, Julie Draper is discovered dead, and Donal finds his job on the line – a scapegoat for the officers in charge.

But when Donal is delivered a cryptic message in the night, he learns that Julie was killed long before the botched rescue mission. As he digs further into the murder in a bid to clear his own name, dark revelations make one thing certain: the police are chasing the wrong man, and the killer has far more blood on his hands than they could even imagine.

What does TWG think?

Oh my goodness me, where has this author been hiding!! I am SO annoyed that it has taken me long to get stuck into James Nally’s ‘PC Donal Lynch’ thriller! That said, I realised whilst reading this book that there have been two other books in the series – HELLO BINGE READING!! I wasn’t even 60 pages through ‘Games with the Dead’ when I found myself online, buying the first book in the series! Seriously! I didn’t even put the book down to do that either – are you impressed?!

Just to clear up any concerns, whilst ‘Games with the Dead’ is the third book in the ‘PC Donal Lynch’ thrillers, I found it totally fine to be read as a standalone so do not panic if you haven’t read the other two books beforehand. However, if you’re anything like me, this book will hook you like fish before you’ve even had chance to make an imprint of your backside on the sofa.

At first I dislike PC Donal Lynch quite a bit. His arrogance rubbed me up the wrong way something chronic, and there were moments when I wanted to reach into the book, give him a good shake and go ‘GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR….’. But obviously, I didn’t. Clearly. I really did think his character would put me off reading anymore of the book but, weirdly enough, it actually did the opposite. Donal Lynch’s attitude seem to pull me further into the storyline because of my sheer curiosity. I wanted to know why Lynch was walking around with a stick up his….ahem, why he seemed to have an issue with the world, and why a brewery was his best friend. Despite Lynch’s shocking personal life, he seems to be exceptionally good at his job!

You are in for an absolute treat with this book. The storyline is incredibly complex and full of life (and death), it’s hard not to put yourself amongst the hustle and bustle, trying to work out the ifs, buts and whys of every scenario the storyline highlights.

‘Games with the Dead’ had me on the edge of my seat the entire way through – I absolutely flipping loved this book and I really cannot recommend this book enough. If you like fast paced, intense, complex and utterly chilling novels – James Nally might just be your ticket to an addictive new read. What a book!

‘Games with the Dead’ can be bought now in both e-book and paperback formats from Amazon UK.

Thanks Avon.

If you’re not convinced just yet, here is an extract from ‘Games with the Dead’. Enjoy!

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My eyes are drawn to the far corner of the graveyard and a pair of all-business ravens.
They’re patrolling a candy-striped bundle under a creaking oak. As I get closer, I see it’s a
pink-and- white striped sheet trussed up with green cord. The sheet ends are tied together and stained dark. The rope winds about the package three times widthways and once lengthways.

‘Expertly wrapped,’ says Fintan.

‘Got anything sharp?’

‘Try these,’ he says, handing me the car keys.

I tear a strip in the sheet. The stench knocks us backwards. A black cloud of flies descends.

‘What is that?’ screams Ellen.

‘It’s Julie,’ I say, turning to her and, despite my best efforts, failing to suppress a smile. But what I’ve just smelled means I’m not responsible for her murder. ‘Looks like she’s been dead for at least twenty-four hours. Thank God,’ I sigh, shaking my head out of sheer relief.

Fintan leans in close: ‘I think we’d better make an anonymous call.’

We turn to see Ellen jabbing at her mobile phone.

‘No wait,’ I say, but she’s already spilling to a 999 operator.

I look at Fintan. ‘How the hell are we going to explain this?’

‘Games with the Dead’ can be bought now in both e-book and paperback formats from Amazon UK.

 

TWG’s #TopBooksof2017! @Bookouture @TeamBATC @Headlinepg @HQDigitalUK @AvonBooksUK @ChoclitUK

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It’s that time of year again when most publishers, bloggers, readers, publicists, (you catch my drift) go through their ‘read’ books of the year, ready to compile a list of their most favourite books. A yearly ritual which sees ‘TBR’ piles growing even bigger, lists being compared, and readers finding new books they wouldn’t have dared to pick up until they read that particular list. A ritual where all the fabulous books us readers/bloggers have fallen in love with over the past year, get celebrated once again.

In lament terms, we get to gush. Having read a total of 318 books in 2017, I knew my #TopBooks list wasn’t going to be small. Have you SEEN the books published this year!? 2017 has been an outstanding year for books. So many debut authors have shone with their debut novels, whilst other authors many already love have upped their game with yet another novel. I have managed to get my list down to a Top 40 otherwise we would have been here until next year going through them, but, in all honesty, I could have happily put most of those 318 books on this list!

In absolutely NO particular order, here are TWG’s #TopBooksof2017!

 

1. A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson
(You can read my review here)
2. The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington
(You can read my review here)
3. Before You Go by Clare Swatman
(You can read my review here)
4. Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin
(You can read my review here)
5. The Quiet Man by James Carol
(You can read my review here)
6. The Second Chance Tea Shop by Fay Kennan
(You can read my review here)
7. The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle
(I am still due a full review for all parts of this book – watch this space!)
8. Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland
(You can read my review here)
9. The Woman at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton
(You can read my review here)
10. The Wedding Girls by Kate Thompson.
(You can read my review here)

11. Blink by K.L.Slater
(You can read my review here)
12. A Time to Change by Callie Langridge
(You can read my review here)
13. The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan
(You can read my review here)
14. Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman
(You can read my review here)
15. Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul
(You can read my review here)
16. The Law of Attraction by Roxie Cooper
(You can read my review here)
17. I’m Still Standing (previously titled ‘Reach For the Stars) by Colleen Coleman
(You can read my review here)
18. 37 Hours by J.F.Kirwan
(You can read my review here)
19. If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton
(You can read my review here)
20. Til The Dust Settles by Pat Young
(You can read my review here)

21. The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher
(You can read my review here)
22. The Detriment by David Videcette
(You can read my review here)
23. The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters by Jaimie Admans
(You can read my review here)
24. Skin Deep by Laura Wilkinson
(You can read my review here)
25. Trust Me by Angela Clarke
(You can read my review here)
26. Summer at the Dog and Duck by Jill Steeples
(You can read my review here)
27. Hot Mess by Lucy Vine
(You can read my review here)
28. It Started With a Tweet by Anna Bell
(You can read my review here)
29. A Little Christmas Faith by Kathryn Freeman
(You can read my review here)
30. A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith by Linn.B.Halton
(You can read my review here)

31. Dying Breath by Helen Phifer
(You can read my review here)
32. Dying Day by Stephen Edgar
(You can read my review here)
33. Scream Blue Murder by Tony.J.Forder
(You can read my review here)
34. The Little Clock House series (book 1&2) by Eve Devon
(Reviews can be found here and here)
35. Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell
(You can find my review here)
36. The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney
(You can find my review here)
37. The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
(You can read my review here)
38. How To Be Champion by Sarah Millican
(I still need to write my review for this book – watch this space!)
39. Bad Sister by Sam Carrington
(You can read my review here)
40. The Other Mother by Judith Baker
(You can read my review here)

Phew! I’m knackered now! If any of the above books tickle your fancy, all purchase links can be found on the review link below each title. So many incredible books written by such fantastic authors – it has been an absolute honour to have been given ARC’s of a majority of the above books. I would like to say a huge thank you to:

Simon&Shuster // ChocLitUK // Harper Impulse // PanMacMillan // Bookouture // Aria
Headline // Bombshell Books/Bloodhound Books // HQDigitalUK // Faber Books 
Accent Press // Avon // Orion // Orenda & Bonnier Zaffre

for giving me the opportunity to read all of the above books. I would also like to thank all of the authors above for writing such jaw dropping and emotional reads! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – this year has been a fantastic year for books and I want to extend another thank you to every author and publisher behind each and every one of the 318 books I have read this year. Just like many readers, I use books to escape and without you writing/publishing those books, I truly don’t think that I would be able to cope.

Whilst 2017 has blown me away, 2018 is set to be another brilliant year for books as well – my number one novel to watch out for in 2018 is ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ by Sarah Vaughan which is due to be published on the 11th January 2018. I was very lucky to receive an ARC of this book before publication and you can read my review (as well as pre-order the book) by clicking here.

Did any of YOUR favourites pop up in my #TopBooksof2017? Let me know in the comments if any have, or whether you have decided to nab a few of these books for your own TBR piles!

2017, it has been a bookish pleasure. I cannot WAIT to see what 2018 brings in terms of books!

#BlogTour! #Extract from ‘Shadows’ by Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) @AvonBooksUK

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Thrilled to be taking part in Paul Finch’s blog tour today! I am delighted to be able to share with you an extract from his new novel; ‘Shadows’. Enjoy!

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‘He attacks late at night, and not many people are likely to go out to a cashpoint late at night unless they feel relatively safe. These particular cashpoints, because they’re out in the open, will probably be deemed safer than most.’
‘So, if he hangs around these, there’s basically more chance he’ll get lucky,’ Blake said.
‘That’s my reading of it, ma’am, yes.’ Lucy’s finger roved further across the street map. ‘These points also benefit from having getaway routes everywhere. A side passage through to a pedestrianised shopping mall, from where there are half a dozen other points of egress. A subway . . . An overpass that leads to a housing estate. Plus, and this could be very important, they’re all in close proximity to free on-street parking.’
‘You think he’s mobile?’ Blake said.
Lucy shook her head. ‘I don’t know, ma’am. You dress up like a lunatic, pick someone at random, cut them down with a sword and just run off into the night, in most cases leaving them alive to shout for help. . . you’d normally be asking for trouble. I mean that wouldn’t just draw attention to the scene of the
crime, but to you and to whichever route you’ve used to get away. That would normally be the trademark of a disorganised attacker who’s doomed to get nicked pretty quickly. Unless, as we’ve already said, it’s a part of an act, the purpose of which is to conceal the fact he’s actually a very organised offender indeed. I mean, while the cops are running around looking for a grinning maniac, he’s removed his disguise and miraculously become an ordinary citizen again, happily driving home to his house in the
suburbs . . . or something like that.’
Blake contemplated this.
‘Of course, he’s not going to leave his motor on an actual car park,’ Lucy added. ‘I mean, they’re covered much more intensively by security cameras than on-street, and that would reveal his VRM.’
‘You’ve really done your homework on this, haven’t you?’

‘Shadows’ by Paul Finch is available to buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – The Little Village Christmas by @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK

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I am so thrilled to be today’s stop on Sue Moorcroft’s blog tour for her new release – ‘The Little Village Christmas’. Apologies for my late in the day posting. Big thanks to Avon for the ARC of Sue’s book. Here is my review:

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The #1 bestseller returns with an irresistibly festive tale that you won’t be able to put down!

Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.

After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.

But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.

However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…

Settle down with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as you devour this irresistibly festive Christmas tale. The perfect read for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to get straight to the point. There really isn’t any reason to beat around the bush where opinions are concerned, is there?

‘The Little Village Christmas’ is, in my opinion, Sue Moorcroft’s best book yet! I have never fallen into a storyline as quickly as I did this one. There really was something magical about the entire novel. So much so, I had to prise the book from my hands once finished. I didn’t want it to end!!

In this book we have two main characters; Alexia and Ben. Alexia is an interior decorator, whilst Ben is an owl daddy with a habit of giving trees a haircut. Two completely different people entwined in one unforgettable story.

We enter Middledip in the middle of a renovation for the local community. Fire places are being ripped out and stored for future use, rubbish is being tipped with all villagers getting stuck in to help Alexia and Gabe. With a community project like this one, you would have thought every single person would be buzzing about what the future may hold. Unfortunately for the community cafe, excitement has just been pushed to the back of the line when someone decides to fleece the villages for everything they have worked hard for. Cue a lot of upset, anger and an unlimited amount of frustration…

Even though I could see where something in particular was heading regarding certain characters, I loved how sarcastic the characters were during the to-ing and fro-ing. It was so refreshing to read a story like that which didn’t involve 100% predictability. To be honest, I don’t think predictable is even in Alexia’s vocabulary. She certainly doesn’t strike me as the sort what with her feisty and bubble personality!

I did happen to fall in love with a certain character. A certain character who enjoyed meat for his food, and who hopped about everywhere screeching for his life. No, I don’t mean Ben. I mean Barney the owl! My dog is called Barney too so the owl reminded me of my pup and his cheeky personality.

There was so much wonderful storyline to sink my teeth into and just get lost in, I became incredibly invested in each character life and the community within Middledip. It was really hard not to! I thought the pace of the novel was absolutely spot on. The storyline had the right amount of intense moments entwined with romance, hilarity, and community spirit which meant that I didn’t have to spend a lot of time trying to work out what certain characters secrets were. I literally could just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

‘The Little Village Christmas’ is perfection from start to finish. There is absolutely nothing about the book that I didn’t like. I adored the characters and how much they grew throughout the storyline. I loved how the community came together to support Alexia and Gabe during their tough situation, without pushing them away and telling them to just deal with it like I’m sure a lot of other people would have done. Every thing was just….enchanting.

Sue Moorcroft has outdone herself with her latest book. I wish I could do the book justice with my opinion but I just can’t seem to fathom the right words to explain my feelings about this book. My heart feels warmer for reading it. Fact. My smile seems larger for reading it. Fact. My soul feels as though it’s been fed thanks to this book. Fact.

An enchanting, majestic, beautiful read from one of my all time favourite authors; Sue Moorcroft. With hilarious anecdotes to keep you giggling, alongside heart-breaking situations to make your heart-break; Sue Moorcroft has written everything you could ever want in this storyline.

Phenomenal. Definitely Sue Moorcroft’s best book yet, without a doubt.

Thanks Avon.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – Bad Sister by Sam Carrington (@sam_carrington1) @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

BAD SISTER blog tour
FINALLY!!!! I have been waiting for Sam Carrington’s new book to come out ever since I finished reading her debut, Saving Sophie! Not only did the lovely AvonBooks supply me with an ARC of ‘Bad Sister’ (massive thank you to both Avon and Sam Carrington), I now have the honour of sharing my review with you all as part of the blog tour! Can you tell I’m excited? Scroll down just a tad to read my review of Sam Carrington’s latest novel, Bad Sister:

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The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Saving Sophie.

Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?
Who is to blame?
Who is next?

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B A Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page.

What does TWG think?

Oh my GOD! After reading Sam Carrington’s debut novel; ‘Saving Sophie’ last year, I genuinely thought that the author had set the bar extremely high for herself. As far as I was concerned, ‘Saving Sophie’ required paper bags to be sold with every copy because of the state of my breathing afterwards. If I thought THAT book was nail-biting, you just wait to see what I think about ‘Bad Sister’.

Sam Carrington may have set the bar high with her debut novel, but I can tell you now – she has set the bar even high with this book. By ‘even higher’ I mean way, way, WAY higher.

I had had a copy of ‘Bad Sister’ a while before I finally let myself read it. I wanted to read it, yet I didn’t want to because once that ‘first time feeling’ had gone, it was never coming back. I kept off reading it until the very last-minute, purely for that very reason. I tried to savour it. I tried to read even slower than normal so that the book would last longer. But truth be told – I sucked at that big time. I didn’t savour it. I didn’t read slower. Instead, I ended up finishing it in a couple of hours. No joke. Once that book was in my hand and my eyes were fixed onto the page, I refused to move.

I’m not even going to share my take on the summary like I usually do as I don’t want to give the slightest thing away. No chance in hell.

Straight away the author had me hooked. The characters were faced with an uncertain situation and us readers arrive slap bang in the middle of it. What’s happening? Who did what? What happens now? Who’s telling the truth? It’s hard not to find yourself with multiple questions swimming around in your mind, trying to make sense of the few paragraphs you’ve just read. Believe me, I had those questions floating around my head for the duration of the novel. It didn’t seem to matter what I did to try to reach my own conclusion, I seemed to end up with even more questions than before. Oh and no, I didn’t manage to reach my own conclusion, as once again I was completely way off. I thought I had it sussed yet the storyline appeared to think otherwise.

The main character in this book is Connie. A nice enough lady but then again, do we really know her? Whilst we do follow her journey, the book also takes a detour along the way which will no doubt catch you off guard and think ‘what the…’.

If someone were to ask me what my favourite part of the book was, I honestly wouldn’t be able to come up with an answer. However, if someone were to ask me what my favourite books of 2017 are, I’d be able to reel off the list no problem, whilst also adding ‘Bad Sister’ to the list as though it had been there forever.

‘Bad Sister’ kept my pulse racing, my palms sweating, and my attention piqued for the duration of the book. Never have I ever read a book like this before – the storyline was fast paced and severely intense. So intense in fact, I constantly felt as though I was being watched. The storyline had my senses on high alert due to the character antics throughout the book. I am genuinely surprised I didn’t end up with paper cuts on my fingers due to the speed in which I was changing the pages.

You know you have read an excellent book when you sit back with the book on your lap, and a hand over your mouth in shock. Why? Because that is exactly what I did.

‘Bad Sister’ blew any expectations I had out of the water by surpassing them tenfold. I could not fault a single part of this book – not one. Everything worked. Everything flowed. There was the right amount of suspense, intensity and ‘what if’s?’. The pace of the storyline was on-point which meant that I had no time to sit twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the next bad guy to show up. For me, that is an absolutely brilliant sign. I don’t want to sit twiddling my thumbs whilst reading a psychological thriller. I want to be biting my nails down to the stumps!

‘Bad Sister’ is such a heart in mouth, spine tingling and high voltage, shocking novel which Sam Carrington has written to perfection. Very cleverly written, Sam Carrington has completely blown me away with her well thought out and well crafted storyline which kept me guessing until the very end. I thought ‘Saving Sophie’ was top-notch, but now I think that ‘Bad Sister’ is even better.

This book deserves an infinitive amount of gold stars, I’m not going to lie. The nearest I can get to that is by putting ‘Bad Sister’ on my ‘Top Books of 2017’ list, AND my ‘most favourite books EVER’ list, because that is exactly what it is.
Phenomenal x10!

Thanks Avon & Sam Carrington.

To purchase the e-book click here. The paperback is set to be released on the 14th December 2017 and you can pre-order it now here!