Book Review: Buried For Good by Alex Coombs @AlexCoombsCrime @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Buried For Good by Alex Coombs

Blurb

On a remote island, everyone is a suspect…

When Private Investigator Hanlon is hired to protect famous yoga instructor Camille Anderson on her Scottish island retreat, she thinks this may be her simplest job yet.

But when an attack on Camille’s life goes wrong, it soon becomes clear that there is a murderer on the island – and Hanlon will stop at nothing to track them down.

With only a small group of guests the suspects are clear, but as the body count rises Hanlon must step up to find out who the killer is before it’s too late…

Review

The latest installment in the Hanlon series is yet another scorcher. Full of action and and on the edge of your seat suspense. It was absolutely brilliant to read.

Buried for Good was a fantastic read that I would highly recommend. I look forward to seeing what else the author has to offer.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Alex Coombs was born in Lambeth in south London. Silenced for Good is the first of a new series of novels featuring Hanlon as a PI. He lives in South Bucks but has family in Scotland and spends a considerable amount of time in Edinburgh and Argyll.
He is the author of four previous novels featuring Hanlon in the police ( the DCI Hanlon series). He also writes light-hearted crime fiction as HVCoombs for One More Chapter/Harper Collins.
Visit his website at http://www.alexcoombs.co.uk or Facebook@AlexCoombsCrime

Book Review: Friends and Neighbours by Ruth Torjussen @RTorjussen @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Thank you to Love Books for giving me the chance to review Friends and Neighbours by Ruth Torjussen.

Blurb

Life as a Marie Osmond impersonator living in Stoke can be challenging enough.

But when your best friend has died and your other friends have moved away it can suddenly get a whole lot tougher. Now heartbroken Jenny has a female shaped hole in her life which – despite the presence of many women – won’t go away. Grief has turned her into a first-class snob.

Husband Lonny preps the house for climate change and is unable to halt Jenny’s unravelling. Then gorgeous Trudi wafts into the creative writing class and brings some much-needed hope.

Feeling that this is the only way out of her depression, Jenny’s intention to befriend Trudi builds to an obsession while facing all manner of setbacks. A motley crew of unsuitable local women is encroaching while lovely Trudi remains elusive. Why is something that used to be so easy, now so hard?.

Mixing serious issues with much hilarity ‘Friends and Neighbours’ is a feel-good story for our times.

Review

While this book was a light, uplifting read it did touch on a tough subject, a subject that is close to my heart.

The characters were likeable and Jenny was fantastic. Despite The book being about the loss of a friend it has plenty of humourous parts. It kept me engrossed throughout. I look forward to reading it’s follow up.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Ruth Torjussen grew up in Stoke but now lives and works in Brighton as a Shared Lives Carer.

She is a passionate advocate of eating local food grown through regenerative farming as the answer to climate change.

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Instagram @ruth_torjussen

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Book Review: The Dig Street Festival by Chris Walsh @WalshWrites #TheDigStreetFestival @LouiseWalters12 @damppebbles

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for giving me the chance to review The Dig Street Festival by Chris Walsh

Blurb

It’s 2006 in the fictional East London borough of Leytonstow. The UK’s pub smoking ban is about to happen, and thirty-eight-and-a-half year old John Torrington, a mopper and trolley collector at his local DIY store, is secretly in love with the stylish, beautiful, and middle-class barmaid Lois. John and his hapless, strange, and down-on-their-luck friends, Gabby Longfeather and Glyn Hopkins, live in Clements Markham House – a semi-derelict Edwardian villa divided into unsanitary bedsits, and (mis)managed by the shrewd, Dickensian business man, Mr Kapoor.

When Mr Kapoor, in a bizarre and criminal fluke, makes him fabulously credit-worthy, John surprises his friends and colleagues alike by announcing he will organise an amazing ‘urban love revolution’, aka the Dig Street Festival. But when he discovers dark secrets at the DIY store, and Mr Kapoor’s ruthless gentrification scheme for Clements Markham House, John’s plans take several unexpected and worrisome turns…

Review

What an entertaining read The Dig Street Festival was. It had me cracking up throughout. I thought the book was well written and we’ll paced. The characters were absolutely fantastic.

This isn’t a book I would generally choose to read, however, I did enjoy it and look forward to seeing what else Chris Walsh has to offer in the future.

4/5

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Authors Bio

Chris Walsh grew up in Middlesbrough and now lives in Kent. He writes both fiction and non-fiction, an example of which you can read here in May 2020’s Moxy Magazine.

Chris’s debut novel The Dig Street Festival will be published by Louise Walters Books in April 2021. 

​Chris’s favourite novel is Stoner by John Williams and his favourite novella is The Death of Ivan Illyich by Leo Tolstoy. His top poet is Philip Larkin. He is also a fan of Spike Milligan

Book Review: The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett @J_B_Writer @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett.

Blurb

Welcome to the beautiful seaside town of Port Agnes.

A fresh start…

Midwife Ella Mehenick left the small Cornish town of Port Agnes for London and never looked back. But when her seemingly perfect life crashes down around her, there’s only one place she can heal her battered heart – the place she once called home.

A new arrival…

Ella is quickly welcomed into the small community midwife team and loves her new job caring for mums and their precious babies – it’s what she does best! But being back also means facing ex-flame Dan Ferguson…the first man to break her heart.

A second chance at love?

Dan is still as gorgeous as ever, but he’s never forgiven Ella for leaving. And now she’s back it’s clear that there is unfinished business between them. As Ella settles into her new/old life, she can’t stop the memories of how she once loved Dan so completely – and maybe never stopped.

Maybe coming home to Cornwall is Ella’s chance to love again…

Meet The Cornish Midwives of Port Agnes- where community, friendship and love are always delivered.

Review

What a cracking opener to the new series. It was an absolute joy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the characters were superb. I had difficulty putting it down.

This is a must read for anyone who is a fan of Call the Midwife and Doc Marten. A lovely gem.

5/5

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Authors Bio

I’ve made up stories for as long as I can remember, but never really took it any further. Concentrating on my career and family, writing went on the back burner until a catalyst called cancer gave me a major kick up the proverbial. I decided I was going to write that novel after all.

Since having my debut novel published in 2015, things have happened quite quickly and I have recently released my eighteenth novel. I’ve been able to fulfil a childhood dream of walking into WHSmiths and buying a book with my name on it and all eighteen of my books have been bestsellers in at least one Amazon chart. I write contemporary women’s fiction, with a focus on love, friendship, family and community, when I’m not knee deep in assignments at the university where I still teach part-time.

I was born a stone’s throw from the English Channel and I still live near the sea in Kent, with my own family – so close to the South East edge of England that we’re very nearly French.

Having recently signed a multi-book deal with my incredible publisher, my ambition to drink tea and make stuff up on a full-time basis is ever closer. If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or my author page on Facebook, I might even say something interesting one of these days… although I wouldn’t hold your breath!

Book Review: My Mother’s Children by Annette Sills @AnnetteSills

Thank you to Annette Sills for reaching out to me to review her latest novel My Mother’s Children.

Blurb

Irish Mancunian Carmel Doherty’s life is unravelling. She has just lost her mother Tess and brother Mikey, her marriage to Joe is coming apart at the seams and her thirty-year friendship with Karen is on the rocks.

While clearing out her childhood home, Carmel discovers that her mother gave birth to a baby in an Irish Mother and Baby home when she was sixteen, a place notorious for its mass burial of babies and illegal adoptions.

Carmel goes on a quest for the truth about her troubled mother’s past. Her roller-coaster journey takes her from her comfortable Manchester home to the west of Ireland and to London’s theatre land. It’s a journey that leads her to ask: Can we ever escape our own family history or is our destiny in our DNA?

A percentage of the author’s royalties will be donated to ICAP, a mental health Charity offering therapy for the Irish in Britain

Review

Wow, what a rollercoaster read My Mother’s Children was. It was, at times truly heartbreaking to read but it was so enjoyable and full of love. It had me engrossed from the start with plenty of twists and turns throughout.

My Mother’s Children is a wonderfully written novel. This was the first book I have read by this author and it most certainly won’t be the last. It was an absolute gem to read. It has really left a lasting impression on me.

5/5

Authors Bio

Annette Sills was born in Wigan, Lancashire to parents from County Mayo, Ireland. Her short stories have been longlisted and shortlisted in a number of competitions including the Fish Short Story Prize, the Telegraph Short Story Club, Books Ireland Magazine and the emigration anthology Something about Home. Her first novel, The Relative Harmony of Julie O’Hagan was was shortlisted in Rethink Press New Novels Competition 2014. Her second, My Mother’s Children, was published by Poolbeg Press in March 2021. Annette currently lives in Manchester with her husband and two children.

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Book Review: Strictly on Ice by Helen Buckley @HelenCBuckley @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Strictly on Ice by Helen Buckley

Blurb

When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face …Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go.When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part in a new TV skating show, it’s only because she’s desperate for cash. What she didn’t count on is the drama – not only is she partnered up with infamous love rat rugby player Jamie Welsh, but one of the judges is none other than Alex Michaelson himself.As the show progresses, will Katie be shown the hard way, once again, that romance on the ice should remain strictly off-limits?

Review

What a wonderful read Strictly on Ice was. The characters were so well written that I felt as though I knew them personally. I loved them all. The plot was fantastic, it really drew me in.

It was a wonderful read that I couldn’t put down.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Ever since I was little I wanted to be a writer, to turn daydreams into books. I’m fascinated by fame, in love with Happy Ever Afters, and enthralled by slow-burn romances. I squeeze in time to write around looking after my two sons. Find out more about me on my website http://www.buckleybooks.org

Book Review: The Ticklemore Tattler by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Ticklemore Tattler by Liz Davies

Blurb

Sometimes you have to write your own future…

The life of former journalist Juliette Seymour has been quiet and unassuming. Up until now, she’s been concentrating on running the local newspaper and raising her daughter.

But all that is about to change when Juliette is informed that the Ticklemore Tattler is to fold and that she’ll be out of a job. She begins to wonder whether she can buy the newspaper and try to make a go of it herself.

Aware that she needs some advice she contacts Oliver Pascoe, little knowing that when her old colleague re-enters her life, his help isn’t the only thing she wants him for!

As she begins to fall in love, however, what she doesn’t realise is that Oliver has something he’s keeping from her.

Review

It’s so nice to be back at Ticklemore. Despite being part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone. It was nice to see so many familiar faces.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Ticklemore Tattler, it had me hooked from the start. It was a wonderfully light hearted read. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Authors Bio

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

Book Review: A Little Birdie Told Me by Sharley Scott @SharleyScott @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review A Little Birdie Told Me by Sharley Scott

Blurb

It’s 1988. The era of young love, with Scott and Charlene melting hearts in Neighbours, and a new princess for the Royal Family. With Bros, Madonna and Wet Wet Wet in the charts, and children hoping for Ghostbusters’ toys in their stockings.

But it’s not all fun for Belinda. If her life was a board game, she’s losing at snakes and ladders. Once she’d been working her way up one of those ladders but, thanks to her snake-like polytechnic lecturer, she’s toppled from the rungs. Now she works in an old people’s home.

At least her lovely colleague, Joe, offers excitement in her otherwise dreary life. But Belinda can’t believe he’d be interested in someone like her. Not when her pretty friend, Tracey, only has to glance at a man to have him fall for her.

But just when it seems things are looking up for Belinda, the residents’ precious possessions start to go missing. Then she witnesses a disturbing incident and doesn’t know what to do. Luckily, Belinda has Joe to guide her – until she discovers that he’s hiding a secret, one that forces her to make an agonising decision.

Will she continue to hide in the shadows, never speaking out – or will she put her job, friends and love on the line to stand up for what is right? After all, she’s caring for a generation that’s lived through two wars. Now it’s time to fight for them.

Review

I fell in love with Sharley’s writing from the moment I read her debut a few years ago and it is no different now.

I’m obsessed with the 1980s so it was lovely to read a book based in that era. The story itself is very descriptive and it made me feel as though I was there. It’s a captivating read that keeps you engrossed throughout.

There were moments in the book that were a little sad, especially surrounding the nursing home but I think that’s what made it all the more real, it dealt with issues that were very real then and even possibly now. A lot of people can relate to this book.

I really enjoyed reading this book as I have done reading all the authors other books.

5/5

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Authors bio

Sharley Scott is the author of the Devon Seaside Guesthouse novels – Bedlam & Breakfast and B&Bers Behaving Madly – and the Maddie Meadows series.Sharley is a guesthouse owner in South Devon. She is thankful to have been blessed with lots of amazing and kind-hearted guests, who are nothing like some of the fictional characters featured in the Devon Seaside Guesthouse series.

The Two Lives of Maddie Meadows – and its sequel The Gift of a Rose – portrays the life of a working single mum. Some of the mischief Maddie’s little one, Josh, gets up to will be familiar to all parents. In real life, Sharley has carried out the threats she made to her son decades ago and now gets her own back him by telling tales to his girlfriend (some of the incidents in the books are inspired by him), although he returns the favour by recounting utterly embarrassing stories about his mum.

Sharley’s latest novel ‘A Little Birdie Told Me…’ is now available as an ebook and paperback on Amazon. This book goes back in time to the late eighties: a time of fun music, interesting fashion, strange hairstyles and no internet or mobile phones. Fancy having to talk to each other! (Says the author who frequents Facebook too often).With that in mind, Sharley can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SharleyScott3/Or follow Sharley on Twitter: @SharleyScott

Book Review: The Devil’s Mark by WD Jackson Smart @wdejackson @pantherpubs @damppebbles

Thank you to Emma for giving me the chance to review The Devils Mark by WD Jackson Smart

Blurb

Bloody remains. Multiple victims. Ritual sacrifice?

When a blood-stained effigy of body parts is found in a central London park, D.I Daniel Graves must set about trying to discover what it could mean and find the person responsible. Symbols at the crime scene suggest the occult. Who would leave a murder victim in such a way, and why?

As Graves and partner DI Charlie Palmer begin to investigate the ritual and the act of human sacrifice, they enlist the help of Charlotte Gooding, a talented professor specialising in the subject. They hope to narrow down on a motive. Could the killer believe in the supernatural? Witchcraft even?

Then the next crime scene is found. More blood, more symbols, and out in the open. It seems the killer wants the world to pay attention, but why? How are they choosing their victims?

The pressure is on for Graves to put an end to the murders before more remains show up in brutal tableaus. One thing is for sure, this killer is out for blood and is not afraid to make it a very public display.

There’s just one problem. Grave’s past is still not behind him. Someone is eager to make sure he doesn’t forget, cannot move on. And they’re not playing games anymore. There may be an occult killer out there, but now there’s another out for blood, Daniel Grave’s blood

Review

What an excellent crime read this was, it is third in the series and I do recommend you read the other two simply because I think it would give you the familiarity of some of the characters.

It was another well written and gripping read. It was rather violent and fast paced at times but it never went away from the underlying story.

This was an excellent read. I look forward to reading more from this author.

5/5

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About WD Jackson-Smart:

WD Jackson-Smart, 35, is a London-based horror and crime fiction author who has been writing crime and horror fiction since 2011. His novel Red Light was self published on Amazon and charted in the top twenty best selling Suspense / Thriller Kindle books on release. 

His horror short story, What’s Yours Is Mine, was shortlisted for the Horror For Good anthology.

His first crime thriller Slasher, about a serial killer targeting slasher movie actresses in Hollywood, is out now, and he has launched a brand new crime series set in London and starring D.I. Graves. The Demons Beneath is the first in the series, and the sequel From Inside The House was published on July 1st 2019.

As well as his passion for horror and crime thrillers in all forms, WD Jackson-Smart also loves art and design, having studied Fine Art and Art History in Leeds and Toronto and working as a graphic designer for the majority of his career.

Book Review: A Disappointment of Owls by S.E. Smith @SymingtonByrd @lovebooksgroup @PublishingShip

Thank you to Love Books Tours for giving me the chance to review A Disappointment of Owls by S E Smith

Blurb

When the mutilated body of Albert Shawcross is found in the East End, the police head straight to Fournier street to the last person who saw him alive – Symington, Earl ByrdHorrified at the presumption of guilt, Symington vows to track down the real killer. With the help of the pawnbroker’s niece, Emily, he’s drawn into an increasing dangerous world, where not everyone wants him to succeed.With enemies using violent tactics to persuade him to drop the case, the earl must make a difficult decision. Does the shady solicitor deserve justice, or did he deserve to die?

Review

This is the third installment in what is turning out to be a fantastic series.

It was another book with some wonderful characters, Sym and Emily are just perfect and I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. There were plenty of twists and turns that left you wondering who the killer was.

I have absolutely loved reading these books and can’t wait to see what else S E Smith brings out.

5/5

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