#BlogTour! #Extract of #PerfectRemains by @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK #FeelingBrave

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For my stop on the blog tour for Perfect Remains by Helen Fields, I have an extract as well as the all important buying link, enjoy!

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Blurb.

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness…

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.

Extract:

The woman had given in more easily than he’d imagined. If it had been him, he’d have fought to the last, would have focused every ounce of anger and bile on resisting. She had pleaded, begged and in the end cried feebly and howled. Life was cheap, he thought, because the general populace failed to appreciate its value. He understood. He constantly pushed himself to the limits of his capability, strove to learn, to surpass. He burned with a thirst for knowledge like others craved money, making it hard to find an equal. That was why he’d been forced to kill. Without her sacrifice, he would forever have been surrounded by women unable to satisfy his intellect. 

He listened to a language CD as he drove. He liked to learn a new language each year. This time it was Spanish. Easier than many, he admitted to himself guiltily, but then he had an exhausting amount of other matters on his mind. He couldn’t be expected to pick up anything more complex whilst doing so much research and travelling. 

‘It’s not as if I’ve had any free time.’ A rabbit dashed out from the verge. He slammed on his brakes, less from a desire to avoid it than with the shock of the movement in his periph­eral vision. ‘Damn it!’ He was distracted and he’d been talking to himself again. He only did that when he was overtired. And stressed. He’d stayed up late arguing. Whoever thought it was an easy task persuading an intelligent woman to do what was best for her, was a fool. It was a challenge, even for a man of his faculties. The brighter the woman, the harder it was. But rewarding in the end. 

He pulled over at the outskirts of Edinburgh and drank passably warm coffee from a flask. He couldn’t risk going into a cafe. In spite of the lack of interest he was likely to generate – no one wanted to stare at a middle aged, saggy-bellied man with an unsightly bald patch – it would be stupid to have his likeness caught on CCTV returning to the city along this route. 

The Spanish voice droned in the background until he hit the off switch. It was such a big day, why shouldn’t he take a break for once? A lady was waiting at home, needing substantial care and attention. She wouldn’t be able to talk clearly for a while, in fact she would probably need speech therapy. Luckily for her, he was a gifted tutor in many fields. It would be his pleasure and privilege to assist.

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#Review – The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James (@PippaJames7) @bwpublishing #baking

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Blurb.

Daisy Delaney’s life is pancake-flat. A talented baker and passionate lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn’t proved successful. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting.

That is until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts, while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new dating cookbook is rising like the perfect sponge.

As Daisy teeters on the brink of love, how can she ever tell Michel that she is the mysterious Lucy Lovecake? Could he ever forgive her for finishing off his career? And more importantly, does Daisy even want to be with a difficult, egotistical, down-on-his-luck Frenchman just as her career is beginning to take off? Especially when she has some other very interesting offers…

What does TWG think?

I’m not gonna lie; as soon as I saw the name ‘Lucy Lovecake’, I just knew that I had to read the book pronto. Can you imagine having the surname ‘Lovecake’? I would be Kaisha Lovecake, and damn right, I do LOVE CAKE. It’s safe to say that I was rather intrigued, who wouldn’t be?

Unfortunately, ‘Lucy Lovecake’ isn’t the main characters real name; she goes by her proper name of Daisy Delaney when she isn’t feeling as fruity as ‘Lucy’. Having spent a lot of time in the kitchen whipping up mouth-watering delights, Daisy knows that she can bake well, unfortunately not well enough to rival the likes of Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood. By trade, Daisy isn’t a baker but she can probably rival Ann Summers on their knowledge of lingerie, what with being a lingerie specialist of course. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Lingerie + baking = ? No, I’m not brave enough to bake in my knickers, but I have a feeling I know who might…

I need to be honest; I did find the first chapter or so, to be a little slow and hard to sink my teeth into. However, after a little bit of stopping and starting the novel, I ensured that I was relaxed and ready for fun before I carried on reading. If you’re after a novel that is straight-laced, innocent and lacking in proper ‘oooer missus’ humour, then this book isn’t for you. If you’re after a book that is full of double entendres, enough cake to fill a bakery (several times), hilarious (yet cringy) ‘omg’ moments, as well as plenty of sass and enough spice to spice up your life; then this book IS for you. Once I had tuned myself into the authors humour and way of writing, I flew through the novel and couldn’t put it down.

I have NEVER read a book as quirky, fun, mischievous and darn right fabulous as Pippa James’ novel is. It’s relatable in so many ways; the only difference is, Pippa James’ characters are being open about their antics and we’re too embarrassed to do so. Daisy Delaney is what I class as a ‘gold’ character; by that I mean brilliant and definitely one to remember. Daisy oozes confidence in ways a lot of women would be jealous of (I was, I’ll admit it), yet her character comes across incredibly down to earth and such fun.

Pippa James has delivered in writing such a unique book which has enough depth and charisma to stand tall above many other books. Even though the main concept of the storyline revolves around baking, lingerie and Daisy Delaney’s life; there is more to the characters (and storyline) that meets the eye. It isn’t all Victoria sponge cake and padded bras; it’s about finding your niche, shoving a cake in your mouth and grabbing your dreams by the suspenders. Going on the Lucy Lovecake journey with Daisy Delaney you’ll find yourself looking differently at the eligible bachelors and finding humour that you’ve been too afraid to make use of; until now.

Such a well written, unique and hilarious read to lose yourself in, go with the flow and indulge in the fantastic person that is, Lucy Lovecake.

Pippa James, I cannot WAIT to see what you come up with next! (I’m rather hoping Lucy Lovecake makes another appearance).

Thank you Black and White Publishing!

The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake is available to buy right now from Amazon. Enjoy!