#BookReview + #Giveaway ~ Hattie Goes To Hollywood by @CarolineJames12 #Cosy Mystery @rararesources #FridayReads

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hattie Goes To Hollywood, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

Hattie Goes To Hollywood features one of my favourite characters from a couple of Caroline James’ previous books, although it’s not necessary to have read those to enjoy this one.

Recently bereaved, Hattie Mulberry has inherited her aunt’s cottage in the small fictional village of Hollywood, set in the picturesque Cumbrian countryside, and complete with pub, village green and local shop.

Hattie’s newly acquired cottage is quite dilapidated and although she is in the process of renovating with lots of help from her neighbour, Marjorie and also Alf, an old friend/handyman, she is bored. Used to a busy life, when Marjorie asks Hattie to look into the apparent suicide of her husband, she jumps at the chance and her newly formulated plan, H&H Investigations, becomes a serious venture. She can always rely on the help of her dear friend, policeman Harry the Helmet if necessary. 

Hattie is as full of life and engaging as I remember, always ready for what she calls a ‘livener’ and seems to have found a new best friend…Drake the duck takes up residence in her back garden. A new relationsip of the human variety also seems on the cards. 

With a wonderful cast of well developed characters and lots of humorous quips, particularly from Alf, there’s never a dull moment in Hollywood. Hattie has integrated well into village life. Finding out there has been more than one suicide is a shock and Hattie is determined to find out what’s been going on.  

Hattie Goes to Hollywood is a well written and fun cosy mystery, well plotted with a larger than life leading lady.

About the Book

A Cumbrian Village…
Three suicides…
A red-hot summer…

Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood. With mischief and shenanigans aplenty, will Hattie discover the truth?

A funny and intriguing mystery – the first in a new series by Caroline James

When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?

Purchase Links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the Author

Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Books by Caroline James:

  • Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me, 
  • Coffee Tea the Chef & Me
  • Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me
  • Jungle Rock
  • The Best Boomerville Hotel
  • Hattie Goes to Hollywood

Social Media Links  ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon

Giveaway to Win a cuddly Drake toy! (Open INT)

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win Drake, Hattie’s faithful pet duck! Tall Drake & Handsome ~ a gorgeous soft toy who will be your friend for life, please click the Rafflecopter link.

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain ~ Death stalked the Vale… #DomesticNoir Murder/Mystery @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

Author: Jo Spain

Published: February 2019 by Quercus

Category: Murder, Mystery, Domestic Noir, Book Review

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Death stalked the Vale.

In every corner, every whisper.

They just didn’t know it yet.

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.

The small and affluent gated community of Withered Vale is home to six sets of neighbours and Olive Collins, a long time resident of the area and whose small cottage was surrounded by the other, more recently built houses.

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#GuestPost ~ Robert Crouch #Author of the Kent Fisher Mysteries ~ The Challenges of Writing a Series @robertcrouchuk #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to welcome Robert Crouch with his guest post about the challenges of writing a series.

Over to you, Robert…

When you publish a novel, you’re never sure if it will appeal to readers.

When you release your novel into the crime fiction market, you’re up against some pretty tough competition.

When you write something different from anything else in the genre, you’re taking a chance.

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Love, Look Away by @LisetteBrodey ~ Sage Gordon has had it with love #RomanticComedy #BookReview for #RBRT

Author: Lisette Brodey

Kindle Edition

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Book Review

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Twenty-nine-year-old Sage Gordon has had it with love. When she’s not busy running her metaphysical gift shop in the old-money town of Swansea, New York, she’s content with the company of her dog and two cats.

Impressively named Godiva Genevieve Jones entered Sage Gordon’s life, and gift shop, at exactly the right time. The fact that Godiva managed to get rid of an angry customer and step into a very recent job opening worked just fine for Sage. Godiva was perfect for the store, calm and professional, totally unlike her predecessor.

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#SundayStills ~ It’s All About The Birds #Nature #Birds

Welcome to the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt 

This weeks theme is birds. The poor birds have been having a rough time lately with all the storms. They’ve been hanging on to the wildly swinging feeders for dear life. I don’t know how they actually manage to fly in this weather given their small size. These were taken on calmer days.

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List of 2020 International Book Fairs courtesy of @Kotobee #Books #Reading

 My thanks to Aliaa from Kotobee for offering their list of international book fairs throughout 2020. The ones listed below are those held in the United Kingdom and Ireland but if you’d like the worldwide list, which includes Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australia, please click this link

London Book Fair

OLYMPIA, WEST LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Mar 10-12, 2020

The London Book Fair is a massive international affair and, in Europe at least, it’s second only to Frankfurt. It’s a place for authors, booksellers/buyers, distributors, literary agents/scouts, publishers, translators and obviously readers. LBF holds two award ceremonies each year. The International Excellence Awards, celebrating publishing and related activities outside of the UK and The Trailblazers, celebrating those under 30 in the publishing industry. The London Book Fair is delighted to have Sharjah as the Market Focus for 2020.

 

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

STROKESTOWN, CO. ROSCOMMON, IRELAND Apr 30-May 4, 2020

The Strokestown International Poetry Festival takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The weekend provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry. Strokestown is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the weekend is an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry.

Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM Sep 18-20, 2020

Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival. It’s a place for crime writers new and established. In the event readers can hang out with their favorite crime writers, enjoy entertaining as well as informative events during a weekend in September, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cozy crime and many more.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Oct 8-18, 2020

Wimbledon BookFest is a charity promoting arts, culture, and education. Its aim is to develop the cultural offering for the locality through the provision of an annual arts festival and educational projects with schools and young people. It hosts almost 100 events in its 10 day period and has grown from 1,000 visitors in its first year to over 15,000 with 7,000 school children from over 70 schools now enjoying the festival every year. Any money raised is plowed back into the festival and its education work with local schools. Over 2,000 books are given to children from a lower socio-economic demographic every year to encourage reading.

Guest #BookReview by @JillCaugherty ~ Hearts of the Missing by #Author Carol Potenza @calypza #Debut Mystery #FridayReads

Something a little different today as I welcome Jill Caugherty with her review of Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza. Carol is an assistant professor of chemistry and  biochemistry at New Mexico State University.  She and her husband live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Hearts of the Missing, her debut novel, is the winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize.

Over to Jill…

Carol Potenza’s brilliantly-plotted debut mystery, Hearts of the Missing, won the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize and was published in December 2018. Although I don’t typically read mysteries, I was completely enthralled by this gripping whodunit story, made all the more compelling by Potenza’s excellent writing.

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#BlogTour #Extract ~ When Adam Met Evie by @GiuliaSkye ~ Roadtrip #Romance @rararesources

For my stop on the blog tour, I have an extract to share with you, courtesy of Giulia and Rachel’s Random Resources.

When Adam Met Evie – extract intro

Adam is a Canadian celebrity-sportsman who’s fled scandal back home by jumping on a flight to Australia. He pretends to be an “ordinary” tourist, travelling incognito, but he’s just been recognised and is now in a hurry to leave town. He knows he’s got a better chance of staying hidden if he teams up with other travellers but the only person he knows is the British woman who caught him sneaking into the campground showers the day before… 

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