#BlogTour ~ Annie’s Summer by the Sea by Liz Eeles @Lizeelesauthor @bookouture

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Annie’s Summer by the Sea by Liz Eeles.

Annie’s Summer by the Sea is released in e-book on 27th March 2018 and is published by Bookouture. This is the third book in the series featuring Annie Trebarwith.

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When Annie Trebarwith unexpectedly inherits Tregavara House, her much-loved family home atop the cliffs of Salt Bay, she begins to wonder: with all the good friends and warm memories she’s made in the village, could it be her forever home?

Luckily her gorgeous Poldark-lookalike boyfriend, Josh Pasco, has exactly the same idea. High on the Cornish cliffs he gets down on one knee, and Annie has everything she’s ever dreamed of.

But when a summer storm causes catastrophic damage to the beautiful but aging house, Annie and Josh are faced with tumbling tiles and a massive repair bill – and a roof that’s leaked straight onto her wedding gown…

Can the Salt Bay community save Annie’s house and her wedding – and give Annie the happy-ever-after she’s always wanted?

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A big thank you to Noelle at Bookouture and Netgalley for my review copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

I actually read the first of this series when I was on holiday in Cornwall, so it was very apt and I fell immediately in love with Salt Bay and its inhabitants. It’s such a delight to be back amongst them all in this beautiful story.

This story moves on and we have Annie inheriting her home of the last few years, Tregavara House. Crumbling as it is with a bit of a temperamental roof, it’s where she feels at home as she shares a lot of the memories from the previous books here with Alice, Josh, Storm and Emily. Things have moved on slightly with Annie and Josh (aka Poldark) and they are planning their wedding. Obviously things go slightly wrong but this is where the lovely community step in. They are her extended family and I loved Liz Eeles descriptive writing of them. From Roger and Jennifer to lovely old Cyril they are special in their own way and after getting stuck into the previous books, they also feel like your extended family.

Liz Eeles has written a beautiful story full of emotion and I admit I did get teary eyed a few times (especially at the end and near the beginning), a lot of humour and most of all, a real sense of community spirit with all the residents of Salt Bay. I’ve said it before but I will say it again but I felt sad finishing this book but also glad that I have had the opportunity to read them!

I can highly recommend this lovely series!

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About the Author

Liz Eeles

Liz writes funny, feel-good romantic comedies set in Cornwall. She fell in love with the county during family holidays as a child, and has happy memories of building sandcastles in the rain, and listening to the foghorn – though the sun did come out sometimes.

Liz worked as a journalist for years and brought up a family on the south coast, all the while writing fiction on the quiet. After being short-listed in a couple of national novel-writing competitions, her dream of being a published author came true – and now she spends her days writing, and trying to convince her family it’s a ‘proper’ job.

When not writing, Liz likes walking by the sea, catching up with friends and binge-watching box sets.

She also loves hearing from readers and can be contacted at http://www.lizeeles.com, or on Twitter:@lizeelesauthor, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lizeelesauthor, or Instagram: lizeelesauthor

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#We Were The Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard @RBouchard72 @OrendaBooks

A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard.

We Were the Salt of the Sea is published on 30th March 2018 by Orenda Books. (Translated by David Warriner)

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots.

Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation.

On Quebec’s outlying Gaspe Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves.

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A big thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for issuing me with my copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

I’ve found this book hard to review as it’s unlike anything I’ve read and I aren’t entirely sure that I can give it the justice that it deserves!

I agree with some other reviews that I have read, saying that this book is a bit of a slow burner. It’s one to savour and not to try and get too ahead of yourself. You just need to read and go along with the flow (pardon the pun!)

A fast paced thriller type of book wouldn’t suit the sedate setting where the story is based and so the pace of the book is perfect.

We are introduced to Catherine Day as she arrives at the Gaspé Peninsula on a sort of holiday but also mainly to try and find her birth mother. There is also immediately a murder investigation that introduces us to Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales. He clearly has his work cut out as a newcomer and a member of the police. I’ve come to realise that close knit communities are not as welcoming to outsiders which goes to show that people do really tend to close ranks.

The descriptions that we are treated to of this fishing community are second to none. You can feel and smell the salt air and almost hear the waves as we become involved in the fisherman’s very different voices and stories – Christ in a Chalice! Not a saying I have actually heard before but will probably never forget now!

A truly special book that I really hope gets the recognition that is deserves.

 

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About the Author

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Ten years or so ago, Roxanne Bouchard decided it was time she found her sea legs. So she learned to sail, first on the St Lawrence River, before taking to the open waters off the Gaspe Peninsula.

The local fishermen soon invited her aboard to reel in their lobster nets, and Roxanne saw for herself that the sunrise over Bonaventure never lies. We Were the Salt of the Sea is her fifth novel, and her first to be translated into English.

She lives in Quebec.

#BlogTour ~ The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor @Annecater @headlinepg @wildfirebks

Thank you for flying by (terrible I know..!) on my turn on the blog tour for The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.

The Perfect Girlfriend was published on 22nd March 2018 by Headline.

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Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.

And she’ll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

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A big thank you to Becky Hunter at Headline for my review copy of the book and to Anne Cater for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

Wow. This book is seriously addictive. I really enjoyed it and found it utterly gripping and entertaining.

We follow Juliette as a young girl where a tragedy changes her life forever. You realise that this deeply affected her and made her become the character we come to read about. Her actions are completely over the top but I felt so compelled and obsessed that I had to carry on reading (albeit with my hands over my eyes some of the time!).

This book is pure escapism at its best. Juliette is determined to be reunited with Nate no matter what the cost and I really mean, whatever it takes! She is such a complex and ruthless character that you can’t help but be carried along for the ride and almost just accept her quirks as completely normal. In a way, they are. For her. In her own head at least.

Karen Hamilton has written one absolute page turner, you are desperate to find out more as Juliette’s planning seemingly ramps up every chapter with anyone that gets in her or Nate’s way as mere collateral damage. Juliette’s character is definitely unhinged but strangely enough I felt a lot of sympathy for her. There are moments when you are actually stunned and laughing at how crazy her actions are that I felt myself getting nervous and anxious for her!

We are also lucky enough to learn more about Juliette’s childhood, namely her time at boarding school which is probably where a lot of her insecurities stem from. I really enjoyed this part of the book as we do figure out things about her before she models herself on Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction…

I really enjoyed reading this although I can imagine it might be a bit much for some – I loved it though!

Excellent writing with an ending that will chill you to your bones!

An excellent debut not to be missed….I can’t wait to read more of what Karen Hamilton has in store for us.

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About the Author

Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy and worked as a flight attendant for many years.

Karen is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy, and having now put down roots in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband, she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the world through her writing.

THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND is her first novel.

#BlogTour ~ The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @Bookouture

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant.

The Summer of Secrets was published by Bookouture on 14th March 2018.

The Summer of Secrets: A feel good romance novel perfect for holiday reading by [Tennant, Tilly]

Can new love grow when you dig up old secrets?

Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s recently engaged to the tall, dark and handsome Shay, out of her window lie rolling golden cornfields, and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning.

But Harper is about to discover a secret that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea.

Distracted by her find, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village. And as news of Harper’s discovery spreads through Silver Hill, there are people who are keen to stir up trouble, in particular, Will Frampton, handsome recluse and Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill.

Can Harper trust any man in Silver Hill? And as relationships are tested and tea cakes begin to fly, will anyone catch the romance blossoming in the most unexpected of places?

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A big thank you to Noelle at Bookouture for my review copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

I’ve read quite a few books by Tilly Tennant now and oh, they never fail to disappoint with the cosy feeling you get from reading them!

The storyline had everything you want – romance, an element of mystery, buried treasure and some upsets that eagerly have you turning the pages and wondering which way the story is going to develop.

Throughout the book we hear the thoughts of Harper and Cesca whose lives are brought together when some buried treasure is discovered on the land of Harper’s farm and Cesca is the museum officer who is investigating who they actually belong to.

You immediately feel right at home as you are introduced to the other characters in the story, Will who has an interest in the treasure, Pip who is Cesca’s best friend, Shay the loveable rogue who is Harper’s fiancé and Kristofer. (I will leave you to discover Kristofer for yourself…….I wonder if he really exists. I hope so!). The descriptions of where Harper lives sound absolutely beautiful and immediately make you want to leave everything and go live there!

Tilly Tennant does a marvellous job of keeping you on your toes and just as you think things are going a certain way, she will surprise you with a twist that just keeps you guessing. There were a couple of times throughout where you maybe think you know where everything is leading, only to be led in another direction. I love it when this happens in a book – I like to be surprised! The storyline flows brilliantly and really showcases Tilly Tennant’s excellent writing.

I would definitely recommend this book along with her others as they are equally as good as this one.

I’m looking forward to her next already…..

 

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About the Author

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing.

She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her tenth Tilly Tennant novel.

She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TillyTennant/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter
WEBSITE: http://www.tillytennant.com

 

 

#BlogTour #Extract ~ The Last Hour by Harry Sidebottom @BonnierZaffre

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Last Hour by Harry Sidebottom.

The Last Hour is published on 8th March 2018 by Bonnier Zaffre.

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A lone figure stands silhouetted atop the Mausoleum of Hadrian. Behind him, the sun is setting over the centre of the known world. Far below, the river is in full flood. The City of Rome lies spread out before him on the far bank.

Footsteps pound up the stairs. He’s been set up. An enemy is closing in; he is cornered. He jumps.

Bruised and battered, he crawls out of the raging river. He is alone and unarmed, without money or friends, trapped in a deadly conspiracy at the heart of the Empire. The City Watch has orders to take him alive; other, more sinister, forces want him dead. As the day dies, he realises he has only 24 hours to expose the conspirators, and save the leader of the world. If the Emperor dies, chaos and violence will ensue. If the Emperor dies, every single person he loves will die.

He must run, bluff, hide and fight his way across the Seven Hills.

He must reach the Colosseum, and the Emperor.

He must make it to The Last Hour.

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I have a very exciting extract to share with you which I think will entice you to want to read more….

‘The last hour.’

The dying man lay on the floor, propped against the wall, with both hands pressed to the wound in his stomach.

Ballista bent over him. ‘The last hour of what?’
‘Tomorrow. The last hour of daylight. They are going to kill the emperor when he leaves the Colosseum.’

A noise came from somewhere below them in the depths of the tomb.
Ballista went to the door, stepping carefully over the two corpses.
The sounds of boots, hobnails on stone, the clatter of weapons. Armed men down at the entrance of the Mausoleum. There were a lot of them. They were coming up the stairs.
Ballista went back into the room.
‘Help me,’ the injured man said.
Ballista slapped him across the face. ‘Who?’
‘They never said.’
Ballista hit him again.
‘Please. I do not know.’
Ballista believed him.
‘Don’t leave me here.’
Ballista had killed the two knifemen when he had burst through the door, but he had been too late to save the informant. Still he had found out the time and the place.
‘Please.’
The mission had not failed, not if Ballista could get away. He stood up.
‘They will kill me.’
Ballista moved to the door. The sounds were closer.
‘You cannot leave me.’
No way down. He had to go up. Ballista turned left, and started up the stairs two at a time.
‘You barbarian bastard!’
Ballista pounded up the stairs.
‘Bastard!’

The corridor ran in a spiral through the heart of the enormous monument. Ballista had been here once before, many years ago, when he first came to the city. The view of Rome was good from the top. He remembered a roof garden up there, and a statue of the Emperor Hadrian in a chariot. The Allfather willing, there would be another passageway down.

The meeting had been a trap. Scarpio had sent him to meet the informant. He had insisted Ballista go alone. Had the Prefect of the City Watch known it was a trap? No time to think about that now. Work it out if he survived the next hour.

Ballista ran, holding his scabbard clear of his legs. Always upwards, always turning to the left. On and on, two steps at a time. As he ran under the light wells set in the ceiling, he flashed through insubstantial columns of bright air, then plunged back into the gloom.

His chest was beginning to hurt, his thigh and calf muscles complain. How far could it be to the top?

There were closed doors on the inner wall. He did not stop. If they gave onto chambers like the one that he had left, they would contain nothing but the ashes of long-dead members of imperial dynasties.

They would offer no way down.

Raised voices, then a scream, echoed from below.

The men rushing up had found their friends, found the informant. The deaths of the former would not please them. It made no difference that the latter would tell them about Ballista. The armed men would want them both dead, and there was nowhere else that Ballista could have gone but up towards the roof’

Wow – this sounds brilliant. I can’t wait to dive in!

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About the Author

Harry Sidebottom

Harry Sidebottom is a British author and historian, best known for his two series of historical novels the Warrior of Rome, and Throne of the Caesars. He will publish The Last Hour a new stand alone novel featuring Ballista, the hero of the Warrior of Rome series, in March 2018.

He is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford, and lecturer at Lincoln College.

#Review ~ The Homecoming by Rosie Howard @RosieHowardBook @AllisonandBusby #Havenbury

The Homecoming by Rosie Howard is the first in a new series set in the village of Havenbury and was published on 15th February 2018 by Allison & Busby.

Maddy fled the idyllic market town of Havenbury Magna three years ago, the scene of a traumatic incident she revisits most clearly in her dreams.

Even so, when she is called back to help at the Havenbury Arms when her godfather Patrick suffers a heart attack, she is unprepared for the welter of emotions her return provokes.

Psychologist and ex-army officer Ben is sure he can help Maddy to resolve her fears, until he finds himself falling for her, and struggling with a recently uncovered family secret of which Maddy is blissfully unaware. Then Maddy’s mother, Helen, arrives and Patrick himself must confront a few uncomfortable truths about his history and the pub’s future.

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A big thank you to Ailsa at Allison & Busby for sending me a copy of the book to review.

The Homecoming is a charming new series set in the cosy town of Havenbury Magna and is a brilliant introduction to a lovely cast of characters which I’m hoping will also be in the next installment!

This book focuses on Maddy, an ex-habitant who left Havenbury three years previously after an incident that she can’t remember and since then her lack of memories and nightmares have plagued her ever since. She comes back, albeit reluctantly to help out Patrick who runs the local pub.

We also meet Ben who is a friend of Patrick’s and determined to help Maddy come to terms with everything that has happened to her….Will he succeed?

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish – the author has written about lovely characters (and also not so lovely characters!) and I hope we get to explore them in more detail during the series. I was sad to finish it as you do really feel like you are experiencing village life along with the characters.  This is the type of village that you dream about living in with genuine people who really want to help others and come together to save the epicentre of the town – the Haversham Arms!

Throughout the book, the author manages to combine the more serious subject matters with humour too which stop this from being a predicatable story.

I found this to be a really enjoyable easy read and a promising start to the beginning of a series I am looking forward to delving into!

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About the Author

 

Author Rosie Howard

 

With a father in the forces and the diplomatic corps, Rosie Howard spent much of her childhood in UK boarding schools, joining her parents in exotic destinations during holidays.

After obtaining a degree in music she pursued a career in public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and freelance journalism but realized her preference for making things up and switched to writing novels instead.

She lives in a West Sussex village with her husband and two children in a cottage with roses around the door.

Follow her on Twitter: @RosieHowardBook

Author’s Website: rosiehoward.com

#BlogTour ~ 37 Hours by J F Kirwan @kirwanjf @RaRaResources

A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for 66 Metres by J F Kirwan.

66 Metres was originally published on 17th March 2017 by Carina and is the second in the three part series featuring Nadia Laksheva.

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The only way to hunt down a killer is to become one…

After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.

But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…

The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?

The gripping second novel in J.F. Kirwan’s brilliant spy thriller series. Perfect for fans of Charles Cumming, Mark Dawson and Adam Brookes.

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Wow! This book is the absolute epitome of what a spy thriller should be and is the perfect follow up to the excellent 66 Metres.

We are once again reunited with Nadia, Jake and Lorne as the action follows on 2 years from 66 Metres and the aftermath of her actions in the first book are still following her. Salamander wants revenge and Nadia has to try to stay one step ahead whilst also trying to keep those dear to her safe.

Although this could be read as a standalone book, I would really recommend starting with 66 Metres as we learn more about the characters backgrounds and the storyline does follow on from the consequences of what happened in 66 Metres.

From the first chapter, the action comes at you like a bulldozer, thick and fast and you are left reeling with some of the twists that come your way. Nadia is at the forefront of the story as we learn more about her past, namely the father whose footsteps she has followed in to become the person she is today and the sacrifices she continues to make on a daily basis. Also reminiscent of her father. We follow her as she tries to stop Salamander unleash terror on the unsuspecting public using a nuclear weapon which leads her to the chilling Chernobyl…..

Although Nadia is an assassin, she is a character that you like and grow to respect. J F Kirwan has done brilliantly in creating a tough and strong female character that you genuinely care for. You are desperate for her to make it out of each story unscathed.

I flew through this book as I found it so easy to read. You do genuinely feel as though you are holding your breath during the action packed chases!

Although we are only in February, I think this is one of my reads of the year!

 

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About the Author

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J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels.

An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations.

He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

Website: http://www.jfkirwan.com
Blog: http://www.jfkirwan.com/blog
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/kirwanjf

#BlogTour ~ Blue Night by Simone Buchholz @ohneKlippo @AnneCater @OrendaBooks

A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Blue Night by Simone Buchholz.

Blue Night is the first in the series featuring Chastity Riley and was published in e-book on 24th December 2017 and in paperback on 28th February 2018 by Orenda Books.

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After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble.

However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in.

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A big thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for issuing me with my review copy and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

Orenda have a good habit of picking books that have very strong female protoganists and this one didn’t disappoint! Chastity Riley reminds me of a German Lori Anderson who I am a big fan of.

Blue Night is quite a compact book and I found it to be quite a slow burner to start with but this just added to the build up of action that Chastity finds herself involved with.

The chapters are short and snappy and we are given little snippets of various times in the characters lives that add to the anticipation of finding out more about them and what has led up to present day. We find out about Chastity as a youngster although the author doesn’t reveal too much, I’m looking forward to hopefully delving into her character in future books and learning about her.

Set mainly in Hamburg, we are drawn into the murky underworld of the drug culture and the author has an excellent way of getting under your skin and showing you the grim realities of the drug world.

The action ramps up in the second part of the book and you find yourself getting swept along for the ride.

This is a great start to a new series and I’m really looking forward to reading more as Chastity Riley, like Lori Anderson, really grabs a hold of you and gets a grip of you making you want more!

 

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About the Author

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Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg.

In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as the second Place of the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months.

She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

#BlogTour ~ The Betrayal by Anne Allen @AnneAllen21 @RaRaResources

A very big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for The Betrayal by Anne Allen.

The Betrayal was published on 20 October 2017 by Sarnia Press.

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Treachery and theft lead to death – and love..

1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…

1942. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.

1945. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.

2011. Nigel and his twin Fiona buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…

Searching for the true owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest?

Who betrayed Leo?

Who knew about the stolen Renoir?

And are they prepared to kill – again?

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A big thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

This is the sixth book in the Guernsey Novels by Anne Allen but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book – in fact it has made me want to read the other books in the series immediately!

The story is set over two periods in time – 1940, where we are introduced to Leo and his wife Teresa and 2011 which introduces Fiona and her twin brother Nigel and I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. Reading Leo’s story was a bit heartbreaking for me as we know where it will end but I found this part of the story so fascinating. Guernsey was such a small Island that the isolation from the rest of the world during the outbreak of war must have been unbearable.

The story mainly focuses on Fiona as she discovers a missing Renoit in the basement of her antiques shop and then having to deal with the shocking suicide of her brother. The stories are linked beautifully and the author makes us feel as though we are living the story through her beautiful descriptions on Guernsey.

The added mystery element for perfect for me, I really enjoyed how the story flowed and it moved at a fast pace switching from the present day to Leo’s story and adding a further twist to the plot. There is also a touch of romance which lightened the mood for me.

I would definitely recommend this book and am going to catch up with the other books in the Guernsey Novel series!

**A Triple Celebration and a Price Reduction!**

For this week only, until 18th February, the price of books 2-6 of The Guernsey Novels is only £1.99/$2.99, with book 1 ‘Dangerous Waters’ remaining at 99p/99c.

This is in celebration of Anne Allen’s birthday, the 6th anniversary of the publication of ‘Dangerous Waters’ and the recent publication of book 6 – ‘The Betrayal’.

To buy The Betrayal – http://myBook.to/TheBetrayal

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About the Author

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Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea.

She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people.

She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.

Social Media Links – Website: http://www.anneallen.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anne-Allen-Author-176883759173475/

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#BlogTour ~ Killed by Thomas Enger @EngerThomas @AnneCater @OrendaBooks

A very big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Killed By Thomas Enger.

This is the fifth and last book in the Henning Juul series and was published by Orenda Books on 24th December 2017 in e-book and 15th February 2018 in paperback.

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Crime reporter Henning Juul thought his life was over when his young son was murdered. But that was only the beginning…

Determined to find his son’s killer, Henning doggedly follows an increasingly dangerous trail, where dark hands from the past emerge to threaten everything. His ex-wife Nora is pregnant with another man’s child, his sister Trine is implicated in the fire that killed his son and, with everyone he thought he could trust seemingly hiding something, Henning has nothing to lose … except his own life.

Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-awaited finale of one of the darkest, most chilling and emotive series you may ever read. Someone will be killed. But who?

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A big thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for issuing me with a review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

I’ve just finished reading Killed and as sad as it is to come to terms with the fact that this is the last time we will meet Henning Juul, Thomas Enger has done him and this series of books justice.

From the first chapter you are left reeling and eagerly turning the pages to discover more and follow the journey along with Henning as he desperately tries to get some sense of closure following the death of his young son in a house fire that almost killed him too.

Thomas Enger knows how to write a book that creates an atmosphere of desperation as Henning is finally on the cusp of actually discovering the answers to the questions he has desperately been wanting to find out since book one.

The chapters are deliciously tantalising. We mainly hear from Henning but we are also given glimpses into other characters and their motivations that all led to that horrifying night that changed Juul’s life.

I raced through Killed but also tried to savour every word and sentence as I didn’t want it to end. Thomas Enger leads you on a journey that has plenty of twists and keeps you guessing until the last chapters – this is what you hope for in a book!

The characters are well formed, the good and the bad (there is also a handy character list at the start of the book which was brilliant if like me you struggled with some of the names!).There are moments that make you gasp and then you find yourself led in a completely different direction but oh, what an ending. An absolutely brilliant testament to how completely invested you are in this series of books.

What a privilege to be on the journey…

To follow the rest of the blog tour…

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About the Author

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Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist.

He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndod) in 2009, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news.

Rights to the series have been sold to 28 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult.

Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.