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)