Tuesday, 28 July 2020

The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond (2020)

One summer. One stranger. One killer…
Two bad things happened that summer:
A stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared.
In the wake of the crime that rocked her community, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on.
But sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in her hometown.
Now Felicity must go back, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago.
Only she holds the answers – and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine.
The heatwave is back. And so is the killer.

Don’t miss the hottest thriller of the summer – perfect for readers who loved The Holiday.
‘I loved it – absorbing and wonderfully twisty. It keeps the reader guessing right up to the last pages’ Debbie Howells

‘Absolutely top-notch. So many twists it makes me dizzy thinking about it’ Jo Jakeman

Dark and twisted, but with sunshine and nostalgia to transport you’ SJI Holliday

Gripping’ OK!

Heartstopping’ Crime Monthly

This one kept me up all night! Creepy and atmospheric right from the beginning, the tension kept building and building. I had to know what happened to Jasmine all those years ago and the suspense kept me hooked.
Sinister, twisty and fast-paced; this thriller hits all the marks! 
For audiobook lovers, you won't be disappointed in this production. The narrator really gets the tone of the book right and her performance helps in building the tension and suspense. A difficult book to put down!

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Darkest Night (Detective Gaby Darin #2) by Jenny O'Brien (2020)


Christine De Bertrand wakes up to her worst nightmare: rather than the man she went to bed with, lying beside her is her housemate, Nikki – dead. With no memory of the night before, Christine can’t explain what happened, and the police are baffled.

For DC Gaby Darin, newly arrived from Swansea after her last case ended in tragedy, it’s a mystery she’s determined to solve. When another woman goes missing, Gaby faces a race against time to uncover the link between the two victims and find the man who vanished from Christine’s bedroom. But as Gaby gets close, the killer gets closer – and soon one of Gaby’s own team is in unimaginable danger…

Compelling and unputdownable, this gripping thriller will have you hooked until the end. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, LJ Ross and D. S. Butler.

What an incredible and exciting read! From the opening scenes to riveting final chapters, I loved every minute of it.
This is a book I wanted to curl up with all day until it was finished. When I, reluctantly, had to put it down I spent every waking moment thinking about it and yearning to get back to the story. 
The characters are brilliantly written and the plot was intricately thought through and full of suspense. The twists and turns kept me guessing and hooked! The story is told from different viewpoints and I really loved seeing the events from different angles.
A fast-paced and thrilling story. I will certainly be following the rest of the series!

Out Now! Amazon

Saturday, 4 July 2020

To catch an Earl (The Bow Street Bachelors, #2) by Kate Bateman (2020)


Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Murder at Blackwater Bend (Stella and Lyndy Mystery #2) By Clara McKenna (2020)

Wild-hearted Kentuckian Stella Kendrick cautiously navigates the strict demands of British high society as the future Lady of Morrington Hall. But when petty scandals lead to bloody murder, her outspoken nature could be all that keeps her alive . . .

Following a whirlwind engagement to Viscount "Lyndy" Lyndhurst, Stella is finding her footing within an elite social circle in picturesque rural England. Except tea time with refined friends can be more dangerous than etiquette faux pas--especially in the company of Lady Philippa, the woman Lyndy was once set to marry, and her husband, the ostentatious Lord Fairbrother . . .

Outrage erupts and accusations fly after Lord Fairbrother's pony wins best in breed for the seventh consecutive year. The man has his share of secrets and adversaries, but Stella and Lyndy are in for a brutal shock when they discover his body floating in the river during a quiet morning fishing trip . . .

Suddenly unwelcome around hardly-grieving Lady Philippa and Lyndy's endlessly critical mother, Stella faces the bitter reality that she may always be an outsider--and one of her trusted new acquaintances may be a calculating killer. Now, Stella and her fiancé must fight against the current to catch the culprit, before they're the next couple torn apart by tragedy.

This is an excellent series. Stella and Lundy have barely got over their last encounter with a murder investigation but find themselves embroiled in another one.
Stella is a lovely character. She is elegant, rich, and nice! American women are so often portrayed as supremely confident and ready to take the world by storm but Stella is a much quieter character. She is clever and brave but she also has moments where she is overwhelmed by what she's is witnessing and experiencing and that makes her much more relatable and likeable. Lyndy is sweet and nice and I love the way the two of them become closer as they navigate their way to married life together.
This mystery had me guessing. There were so many characters with questionable behaviour it could easily have been any of them. The suspense and fast pace kept me gripped and the romance will keep me invested in the rest of the series. I can't wait.

Murder at Blackwater Bend is out today!

Sunday, 28 June 2020

The Footman and I (The Footmen's Club Book 1) by Valerie Bowman (2020)

Let the games begin . . .

Every fortune-hunting female in London is after the newly titled Earl of Kendall, but he’s intent on finding a wife whose heart is true. So, while drunkenly jesting with his friends in a pub one night, he has an idea—what if the ladies of the ton didn’t know he was a wealthy earl? All he has to do is pose as a servant at his friend’s summer country house party and make sure the guest list is full of beautiful, eligible debutantes. What could possibly go wrong?

May the best footman win.

Miss Frances Wharton is far more interested in fighting for the rights of the poor than in marriage, but her mother insists she attend a summer house party—and find herself a husband. Frances would rather wed a goat than the pompous man her mother has in mind, so in order to dissuade the would-be suitor, she vows to behave like a shrew. The only person she can be herself with is the kind, handsome footman she runs into at every turn. Their connection is undeniable, and the divide between them is no match for the passion they feel. But what will happen when Frances learns that the footman she adores is actually the earl she despises? In a game where everything is false, can they convince each other that their love is true?

A fun and charming read. Frances and Lucas are adorable and I loved watching them become allies and friends behind the scenes of a stuffy house party. The dinner party scenes were my absolute favourite! Their interactions as they grew closer were delightful and heartwarming. I couldn't wait for the sparks to fly once Frances figured out Lucas's real identity.
It was a great deal of fun all round and the happy ending left me very content.

The Footman and I will be published on the 30th of June.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay (Swallowtail Bay book 2) by Katie Ginger (2020)


A warm, feel-good romance. Hetty and John are adorable and I couldn't wait to see them end up together. I felt very invested in their first joint entrepreneurial venture and I really wanted it to succeed, especially as John's family estate was at stake and his parents were fragile. There was great chemistry between John and Hetty right from the beginning and despite them having their own admirers they secretly became infatuated with one another. It was a lovely slow-burn romance and I was sorry when the book was over.  The subplot concerning Hetty's parents was great. I loved those two! and hope to see more from older characters like them in the rest of the series.

#SummerStrawberriesatSwallowtailBay is out today!

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

The Secret of the Chateau by Kathleen McGurl (2020)

Everything is about to change…
1789. Pierre and Catherine Aubert, the Comte and Comtesse de Verais, have fled the palace of Versailles for their château, deep in the French Alps. But as revolution spreads through the country, even hidden away the Auberts will not be safe forever. Soon they must make a terrible decision in order to protect themselves, and their children, from harm.
Present-day. When Lu’s mother dies leaving her heartbroken, the chance to move to a château in the south of France with her husband and best friends seems an opportunity for a new beginning. But Lu can’t resist digging into their new home’s history, and when she stumbles across the unexplained disappearance of Catherine Aubert, the château begins to reveal its secrets – and a mystery unsolved for centuries is uncovered…
Unlock the secret of the château today. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Fiona Valpy and The Forgotten Village!

I love the dual timeline in this novel. Both stories are equally good and absorbing.
The French Revolution and the Reign of Terror is an excellent backdrop for dramatic scenes.  From the outset, I was expecting things to not go too well for the Auberts. But, I found myself not having too much sympathy for Catherine Aubert as she is the archetypical spoilt aristocrat of the era for most of her story. 
In the present day, a group of friends find themselves in a position to retire relatively young and buy a chateau together, which seems idyllic and a great adventure. I was expecting there to be some tensions as they settle in together but everything is harmonious. However, the chateau has the reputation of being haunted which leads to one of the new owners to start researching its history. The story is mysterious, tragic and light at the same time.
I just loved how the two storylines came together and mystery of the chateau became revealed. 

            The Secret of the Chateau is out now  Amazon

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace (A Felicity Carrol Mystery #2) by Patricia Marcantonio (2020)


Sunday, 3 May 2020

The Body Falls (Inishowen Mysteries #5) by Andrea carter (2020)


Sunday, 26 April 2020

Murder at Greysbridge (Inishowen Mysteries #4) by Andrea Carter (2018)

Summer has arrived in Inishowen and solicitor Ben O'Keeffe is greatly tempted by a job offer she's received from a law firm in America.
Yet before making any life-changing decisions, there is her friend Leah's wedding to attend at the newly restored Greysbridge Hotel, with its private beach and beautiful pier. It's the perfect location, everyone agrees, but the festivities are brutally cut short when a young American, a visitor also staying at the hotel, drowns in full view of the wedding guests.
And when a second death is discovered the same evening, Ben finds herself embroiled in a real country house murder mystery, where all the guests are suspects . . .

I love that there's a haunted house and a historical element to this instalment of the Inishowen mysteries. You don't have to go far in Inishowen to find a place steeped in ghost lore- Greencastle Fort and the Recastle Hotel immediately spring to mind and these hauntings are regarded as fact by the majority of us locals. Although Greysbridge is a fictional house it fits in perfectly to the local setting. Andrea Carter masterfully blends the history of Greysbridge with a contemporary crime to make a thrilling read.


Wednesday, 15 April 2020

A Very English Murder (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 1) by Verity Bright (2020)


Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Aria's Travelling Book Shop by Rebecca Raisin (2020)

From the bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop comes another uplifting romance.
This summer will change everything!
Aria Summers knows what she wants.
A life on the road with best friend Rosie and her beloved camper-van-cum-book-shop, and definitely, definitely, no romance.
But when Aria finds herself falling – after one too many glasses of wine, from a karaoke stage – into the arms of Jonathan, a part of her comes back to life for the first time in years.
Since her beloved husband died Aria has sworn off love, unless it’s the kind you can find in the pages of a book. One love of her life is quite enough.
And so Aria tries to forget Jonathan and sets off for a summer to remember in France. But could this trip change Aria’s life forever…?

A heartwarming, uplifting and hilarious novel of friendship, love and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

Rebecca Raisin has the remarkable ability to pull on your heartstrings one minute and make you laugh out loud two paragraphs later!
I invariably laughed and cried all the way through. 
Aria and Rosie's trip around France is filled with laughter, gastronomic delights, and a few surprises along the way.
Aria's grief is palpable, but there's a glimmer of hope for her after she bumps into Jonathan again. The karaoke scene is one of my favourites and, I confess I looked up her song on YouTube, which made the whole thing even funnier. 
The author talk in the book shop is another standout scene for its hilarity.
The poignancy of reading her husband's journal made the inevitable happy ever after that bit sweeter. 
Wonderfully funny and romantic, Aria's Travelling Book Shop is a delight to read.

Out Now! Available in Paperback, Ebook and Audio

Monday, 6 April 2020

Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent (2020)

                     Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother's unequal love. As men, the competition continues - for status, money, fame, women ...

They each betray each other, over and over, until one of them is dead.

But which brother killed him?

Wow! What a cracker of a story.
There really isn't one innocent person in this book except maybe their father who was a nice but weak man. 

The mother was amazing. I absolutely hated her!! The witch.

I had sympathies for each of the brothers but most especially Luke who seemed to bear the brunt of his family's little cruelties growing up.
I disliked Will most of all and I had to laugh when he got caught up in the #MeToo movement.
The story is told from each brother's point of view and it jumps timelines multiple times in their retelling. This was really cleverly done and the flow of the story was quick and enthralling. I couldn't put it down.
I was kind of dreading finding out which brother was going to die as I had weirdly liked the characters by the end but it managed to take me completely by surprise even though I was gearing up for it! It was a deliciously evil moment and I was left with a gleeful feeling that that that terrible deed and everything that came before it wasn't going to go unpunished!!


Our Little Cruelties is out now.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

The Potential for Love by Catherine Kullmann (2020)



Wednesday, 25 March 2020

The Lonely Lord by Audrey Harrison. Narrated by James Young (2020)

I am alone. Do you ever feel set apart from whatever is going on around you? Is it just me who feels lost and unconnected to the world? I have no idea how to connect even if I wished to. Sometimes it feels safer in not quite belonging.
Anthony Rusell, Earl of Lever, has to marry before his thirtieth birthday – his father’s will dictates it. A man who has always been socially awkward and at a loss of how to communicate easily with people is determined to marry to save his heritage, but has no real idea of how to avoid making a blundering mess of the situation he is faced with.
Mrs Julia Price is a widow escaping from a brutal past of living with an abusive husband. Wishing to give her son everything, while living in straightened circumstances, she is determined to appear as undamaged as she can be. She will no longer be intimidated or treated poorly.
Two damaged souls brought together amid a mix of family conflict, old friendships and Bath Society.
Dare they risk their hearts? Are they able to forget the trauma of the past? One thing is certain, after meeting, neither will be the same again.….
The Lonely Lord is a Regency romance which is topped with a generous dose of humour, chemistry, teasing and tears. If you like complex, but strong characters, a huge dose of romance, with some laughs along the way, then you'll love Audrey Harrison's Regency tale. Everyone deserves that happy ending.
                                            A lovely, heartwarming Regency romance.
Anthony and Julia make a lovely pair. Their teasing of each other lends a lot of humour to the story. Even though Anthony is socially awkward he is adorable. As he comes out of his shell and learns how to interact more in public it is impossible not to cheer him on, especially when he comes to the defence of Julia. The supporting characters add a lot of charm making this book an all round pleasing read. Highly recommended for fans of historical and Regency romance.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Dukes, Actually (Twelve Dukes of Christmas #5) by Erica Ridley (2019)