A Clerical Error (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #3) by @newwrites 1930s #HistFic reviewed for #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: J New

Published: January 2018 by Phantom Press

Category: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Book Review

Ella Bridges faces her most challenging investigation so far when the vicar dies suddenly at the May Day Fete. But with evidence scarce and her personal life unravelling in ways she could never have imagined, she misses vital clues in the investigation. 

This is the third book in the cozy mystery series set in the 1930’s, featuring Ella Bridges and her ghost cat, Phantom. Ella’s life has taken a very unexpected turn. Having believed her husband, John, had died two years ago, she now knows that to be false after a telephone call out of the blue and a conversation with the Home Secretary. With the help of her Uncle Albert, Ella finally learns the truth about John and his activities. Her housekeeper, Mrs Shaw, also proves not to be who, or what, she had claimed. A visit with her Aunt Margaret goes someway to helping Ella to absorb the shocks, put her feelings of anger and distress in perspective and restore her composure.

Ella returns home feeling much more positive and looking forward to a return visit from her aunt. A near miss while out on a bicycle ride brings about an acquaintance with two ladies involved in raising funds for the church and Ella is soon persuaded to run a stall at the May Day Fete. Sergeant Baxter, the policeman Ella has worked with previously was attending the fete, along with the vicar, Father Michael, recently returned from a sabbatical. The fun was cut short drastically when a suspicious death occurred. 

Baxter immediately took charge of the situation, sending a runner to find the doctor and commandeering several constables, who had initially been seconded from the force on the mainland to deal with crowd control, to guard the pavilion and prevent anyone from leaving. He cordoned off the immediate area surrounding the body and saw that the tea paraphernalia was collected properly.

Another entertaining mystery, well written with a well crafted and twisty story line. As with the previous books the atmosphere of the era is brought to life perfectly, with suitable dialogue, lifestyle and descriptive prose. Realistic, developing characters and relationships add to the appeal. Despite Ella’s personal problems, she and Sergeant Baxter work together and follow the clues, some of which, understandably, take Ella a little longer to process this time round. It’s useful, however, having friends in high places who are only too willing to help.

There’s less of the paranormal in this story but I was glad Phantom made several appearances. A well thought through and interesting mystery, the reveal coming as a complete surprise. The threads running through the main story line were all wrapped up too, which was good. These are the perfect cozies; engaging characters, no sex or gratuitous violence and a very enjoyable story in a vintage setting.

I chose to read and review A Clerical Error for Rosie Amber’s book review team, based on a digital copy from the author. 

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

Join the Author’s Readers Group and receive a FREE Short Story: ‘The Yellow Cottage Mystery’ (the prequel to The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries). Available on her website ~ www.jnewwrites.com

J. New is the British author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series. Set on the fictitious island of Linhay in the south of England during the 1930’s, they are an homage to the Golden Age mysteries but with a contemporary twist.

‘Miss Marple’ meets ‘The Ghost Whisper’ in this 1930’s British Mystery series.

Reading order:
The Yellow Cottage Mystery – FREE short story prequel
An Accidental Murder – Book 1
The Curse of Arundel Hall – Book 2
A Clerical Error – Book 3
The Riviera Affair – Book 4 – coming mid 2018

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook 

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Hellfire by John Saul #Horror #Thriller #AudioBookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’m revisiting another very early review – an audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels. Hellfire by John Saul was published in 2014 by Brilliance Audio but the original book was quite a while before that. Reminds me I must check out more books by John Saul.

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Believe In Me by Susan Lewis #Contemporary Fiction ~ A touching story incorporating several emotional issues @susandlewis

 

Author: Susan Lewis

Published: January 2018 by Cornerstone Digital

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Relationships, Book Review

Leanne and her teenage daughter Abby have recently been forced to move from London back to Kesterley-on-Sea, to Ash Morley Farm where Leanne grew up. Leanne’s husband Jack, Abby’s father, killed himself over a year ago, and the pair are still reeling from the shock waves caused by the tragedy.

Leanne Delaney finds herself and daughter Abby back at Ash Morley Farm, Leanne’s childhood home, following the suicide of her husband and the death of her Aunt Glory. She is the main beneficiary of Glory’s will and, along with Glory’s home, also inherited her vintage shop, Glory Days. Abby is not coping well with recent events and the corresponding adjustments in her life, making her relationship with her mother a volatile one at best. She is angry, feeling guilty and confused, unable to get to grips with, much less articulate especially to her mother, her destructive underlying feelings and lashes out, with her mother bearing the brunt of her angst.

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Assassins Retribution (The English Spy Mysteries #3) by @RachelAmphlett #Espionage #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Rachel Amphlett

Published: January 2018 by Saxon Publishing

Category: Espionage, Spy, Mystery, Thriller, Book Review

The net is closing in on Eva and her team, now on the warpath and seeking revenge.

Old alliances are tested, new enemies are exposed, and somehow Eva has to stop a madman unleashing a weapon of terrifying consequences upon an unsuspecting population.

The clock is ticking…

This final instalment in The English Spy Mysteries is a race to the finish. Eva, Nathan and Decker have some unexpected help in their quest to stop a madman inflicting devastation upon the world. They know what they have to do, they just need to work out how to do it without getting themselves killed.

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The Curse of Arundel Hall (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #2) by @newwrites ~ 1930’s #HistFic #FridayReads

Author: J. New

Published: January 2017 by Phantom Press

Category: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Book Review

One ghost, one murder, one hundred years apart. But are they connected? 

Ella has discovered a secret room in The Yellow Cottage, but with it comes a ghost. Who was she? And how did she die? Ella needs to find the answers before either of them can find peace. But suddenly things take a nasty turn for the worse. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Witness by Nora Roberts #Crime #Suspense @NoraRobertsFans #Audiobook

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This audiobook was released in 2012 and narrated by Julia Whelan. At the time this was one of my favourite Nora Roberts’ standalones and it was also one of my first reviews, before I really knew what I was doing.

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My Entry for Cee’s Which Way #Photo Challenge ~ River, Paths & Bridges

The ‘Which Way’ challenge is about capturing anything we walk or sail on, drive or ride along, climb…as long as a specific way is visible. Signs of any kind and maps used as signs…the possibilities are endless…

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