Offstage in Nuala (Inspector de Silva Mysteries Book 3) by @harrietsteel1 #Historical Fiction set in Ceylon #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: Harriet Steel

Kindle Edition

Category: Historical Fiction, Cosy Mystery, Book Review

In this third instalment of The Inspector de Silva Mysteries, there’s great excitement when a professional theatre company comes to Nuala. However matters take a dark turn when the company’s actor manager is murdered. Inspector de Silva has a new case to solve and he has to consider some very unpalatable motives for the crime. He will need all his persistence, coupled with his wife, Jane’s, invaluable help to unmask the villain of the piece.

I’m enjoying this very entertaining and colourful series very much and it was lovely to get reacquainted with the engaging and genteel Inspector Shanti de Silva and his charming wife, Jane. Not to mention Sergeant Prasanna and Constable Nadar. De Silva met Jane in Colombo, where he began his career as a police officer, and Jane was a governess. When they married, De Silva was offered and accepted the position of Inspector in the much more pleasant and quieter small hill town of Nuala.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Oddkins – A Fable For All Ages by Dean Koontz #Children’s Fairytale Fantasy

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.

I listened to Oddkins via Audible. It was released in 2013 and narrated brilliantly by Luke Daniels.

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Old Friends and New Enemies (Charlie Cameron #3) by @OwenMullen6 #Crime thriller set in #Scotland #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Owen Mullen

Published: February 2017 by Bloodhound Books

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for.

But it wasn’t a stranger.

Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival. As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s underbelly he goes up against notorious gangster Jimmy Rafferty and discovers what fear really is.

Old Friends and New Enemies, the second book in the  Charlie Cameron series finds Charlie working two cases: finding Cecelia McNeil’s husband, who disappeared the day before the funeral of their son, and a more personal one. While checking an unidentified body to make sure it’s not the missing husband, Charlie is shocked and horrified to recognise his old friend, Ian Selkirk. Ian’s body had been washed up on the beach at Luss, on the banks of Loch Lomond. Charlie and Ian, along with another close friend, Fiona, were very close and spent a lot of time together when they were in their twenties. Charlie hasn’t seen either of them for years but knows he has to get back in touch with Fiona in the light of Ian’s murder.

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Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton ~ hot air balloon ride to disaster ~ @AuthorSJBolton #Suspense #Crime

 

Author: Sharon Bolton

Published: April 2017 by Transworld Digital

Category: Suspense, Thriller, Book Review, 

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . .

Thirteen passengers in a hot air balloon glide over the Northumberland National Park. Unlucky, you might think. And you’d be right. Jessica Lane had booked the flight as a surprise for her sister, Isabel’s 40th birthday. All was going well until a man is spotted chasing a girl through the woods and the passengers witness a brutal murder. The man has seen them and as the pilot desperately released the flame in order to make the balloon rise, the man on the ground raised his rifle. He is determined there will be no witnesses left alive, most especially Jessica. One person isn’t killed when the balloon crashes but her battle to stay alive is only just beginning.

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Year One (The Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts #FridayReads ‘As This World Ends, A New One Begins’ #PostApocalyptic #Fantasy

Author: Nora Roberts

Publication Date: 5th December 2017 by Piatkus

Category: Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Book Review

With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins…

They call it The Doom – a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year’s Eve in the Scottish countryside. There’s something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.

The story begins in Scotland in the run up to New Year, with the extended MacLeod family on an annual trip to their farm. As Ross MacLeod and his twin brother, Rob, were out in the fields shooting pheasant for the pot, they could have no idea of the horror that would be unleashed that day.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Fallen On Good Times by @RewanTremethick #Paranormal

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.

Published in 2014, I reviewed Fallen On Good Times for Rosie’s Book Review Team. It’s an excellent debut novel and if you enjoy a mix of paranormal and hardboiled noir, this might be a book you’d enjoy.

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