Sadie by Courtney Summers ~ A Journey of Revenge #YA Audiobook @MacmillanAudio @courtney_s #FridayReads

Author: Courtney Summers

Narrated by a Full Cast

Published by Macmillan Audio

Category: Young Adult, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Family, Social, Audiobook, Review

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

Since their addict mother Claire left, Sadie has been trying her best to raise Mattie, the little sister she loves dearly. Sadie and her mother have always had a volatile relationship, not helped by the severe stutter that’s afflicted her since childhood and her mother’s many live in boyfriends.

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#GuestPost by Michele Gorman ~ UK versus US Book Covers @MicheleGormanUK #RomanticComedy

I’m delighted to welcome Michele Gorman with her thoughts on the differing tastes in book covers, prior to the March 14th release of her latest book, The Truth About Love And Dogs. Over to you, Michele…

How often do you pick up a book because of the cover? I do it all the time. It’s what makes me take the time to look at the description, read the first few paragraphs, and, if I like all that I see, decide to buy it. 

So, is it any wonder that covers cause us authors so much angst? They might even make us more nervous than writing the book itself. That’s because writing is an evolutionary process. It takes months to do, plus there are many rounds of editing. But the cover is the instant, one-and-only first impression your book will make. It’s like getting ready for a first date with someone that you really really want to impress! You’ve only got one chance.

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The Birdwatcher by William Shaw ~ #Murder Mystery in Kent @william1shaw

Author: William Shaw

Published: May 2016 by riverrun

Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

Sergeant William South has always avoided investigating murder. A passionate birdwatcher and quiet man, he has few relationships and prefers it that way.

But when his only friend is found brutally beaten, South’s detachment is tested. Not only is he bereft – it seems that there’s a connection between the suspect and himself.

An enthusiastic bird watcher, Sergeant William South has lived quietly on the atmospheric Kent coast at Dungeness for most of his life, content with his birding and working the local beat.

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The Word Is Murder (Detective Daniel Hawthorne 1) by @anthonyhorowitz ~ #CrimeFiction with a twist #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Published: April 2018 by Arrow

Category: Murder, Mystery, Crime, Book Review

SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER?

Daniel Hawthorne, a recalcitrant detective with secrets of his own, is on the case, together with his reluctant side-kick – a man completely unaccustomed to the world of crime.

But even Hawthorne isn’t prepared for the twists and turns in store – as unexpected as they are bloody…

How refreshing to read an inventive and unusual take on a murder mystery. Anthony Horowitz creates a fictionalised version of himself, portrayed as side kick to Daniel Hawthorne, an ex Detective Inspector who used to be with the Metropolitan Police Force.

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#Spotlight & #Extract ~ Displaced by Tony Halker ~ Pre #History Literary #Fiction @tonyhalker

~~~ About The Book ~~~

In a landscape of pre-history, a time of ancestor worship, young Druid priests Owayne and Nial, are tasked to travel and learn all they can of rite and rule in a world of competing tribes, unsettling technologies and priest power.

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Brandon ~ Tudor Knight by Tony Riches #HistoricalFiction reviewed for #RBRT @tonyriches #FridayReads

Author: Tony Riches

Published: December 2018 by Preseli Press

Category: Historical Fiction, Tudor, Book Review

Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the king’s consent.

We first meet Charles Brandon as a twenty-one year old, newly appointed to the King’s Spears. His father, who was Henry Tudor’s standard bearer, died during the Battle of Bosworth, and Brandon had been brought up at the court of Henry Vll.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Echoes of Time (Guernsey Novels #5) by Anne Allen ~ Family #Drama #Historical @AnneAllen21

Echoes of Time was published in 2016 and is a family drama, time slip story with a touch of the paranormal.

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A Visit to The Hermitage at Warkworth #Photography #Northumberland

Incredible to think that the hermitage, dating from the early 14th century, was originally cut out of the rock face, especially when you venture inside and see the carvings.

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Connections In Death (In Death #48) by J.D. Robb ~ Futuristic #Crime Series #TuesdayBookBlog @MacmillanAudio

Author: JD Robb

Performed by Susan Ericksen

Released on Audible February 2019

Category: Police Procedural, Crime, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Dr Rochelle Pickering is over the moon when she gets a dream job offer as head therapist at Roarke’s new youth centre, An Didean, a very apt name meaning  refuge or haven.

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#GuestPost ~ Ian Roberts #Author of A Land Apart #NativeAmerican #Historical Fiction

I’m delighted to welcome Ian Roberts with a guest post about his debut novel. Over to you, Ian…

Some stories seem to find us. They seek us out. My fascination with Etienne Brulé is one of those stories — since Grade 8 Canadian History. But crafting the story out of the raw material of my fascination took years.

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#GuestPost by N. Lombardi Jnr #Author of Mystery/Legal #Thriller Justice Gone #NewRelease #Extract #FridayReads

Im happy to welcome Nicholas Lombardi on the publication day of his novel, Justice Gone which was inspired by a real and shocking incident. Before we hear from Nick, here the book info….

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Choose Your Parents Wisely (Brighton’s No.1 Private Detective #2) by Tom Trott @rararesources #Crime in Brighton #BlogTour

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Choose Your Parents Wisely by Tom Trott, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources.

Heres the book info…

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Blood Echo (Burning Girl #2) by Christopher Rice ~ Mystery/Thriller #New Release @chrisricewriter #NetGalley #BloodEcho

Author: Christopher Rice

Published: February 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Book Review

Kidnapped and raised by serial killers, Charlotte Rowe suffered an ordeal that made her infamous. Everyone in the world knew who she was. But no one in the world has any idea what she’s become…

Following on from Bone Music, Blood Echo wastes no time and dives straight into the action, giving an insight into the psyche of a serial killer who is on the hunt for his next victim.  Little does he know he’s the one being hunted.

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#GuestPost ~ Jim Alexander #author of GoodCopBadCop ~ the importance of supporting characters @JimPlanetJimbot #TuesdayBookBlog

Im delighted to welcome Jim Alexander with his post about the importance of secondary characters and the roles they play in a story. Over to you, Jim…

We are all main characters in our own minds; in our own worlds. The people around us are the supporting characters. In some ways it’s an abstract concept.

The supporting character. Discuss.

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You Can’t Make Old Friends (Brighton’s No.1 Private Detective #1) by @tjtrott #BlogTour @rararesources #Crime in Brighton

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for You Cant Make Old Friends by Tom Trott, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources

Before my review heres the book info…

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Lyme Regis #Photography

A different Throwback Thursday this week. I haven’t been back to Lyme Regis since we moved up North but I’m hoping to get there this year. So in anticipation, I’m going on a virtual visit, which I hope you enjoy too.

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#CoverReveal & #Extract ~ Darker Than Desire by Samara Dev #Romance @samaradevauthor

About the Book

Rashida married Khaled al Hasiqi to get out of her country and save her brother. But the plan backfired when she began to fall for Khaled. She found he was nothing but a playboy who had married her to save his reputation as a high placed diplomat. Desperate to escape him, she left him.

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The Lost Man by @janeharperautho ~ #Mystery set in the Australian Outback @caolinndouglas @LittleBrownUK #TheLostMan

Im delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Lost Man by Jane Harper, courtesy of Caolinn Douglas and Little, Brown Books.

About the Book

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

My Review

The Outback is a harsh, vast and sparsely populated area with a brutal and unrelenting climate. It’s a hard life and the nearest neighbour could be hours away by car.

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Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, Book 2) by Nora Roberts ~ Dystopian Fantasy @NoraRobertsFans #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Nora Roberts

Performed by Julia Whelan

Published by Brilliance Audio December 2018

Category: Dystopian, Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Audiobook Review

They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

Of Blood and Bone picks up the story over a decade after the Doom decimated the population and gave rise to the dark in Year One.  Fallon Swift’s thirteenth birthday is approaching fast.

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Presumed Guilty (DC Beth Chamberlain #2) by Jane Isaac #CrimeFiction @janeisaacauthor #BookReview

Author: Jane Isaac

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime, Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

Accident or murder? 

The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt. A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet. 

Local councillor and business man Stuart Ingram has stopped for his usual take away after the weekly bowls club meeting.

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Unboxing MyChronicleBookBox (February) ~ Crime & Mystery Option @MyChronicleBB #FridayReads #mychroniclebookbox

My Chronicle Book Box arrived this week (there are spoilers below if you’ve ordered one and not received it yet) This is a quarterly subscription box with a choice of science fiction/fantasy or crime/mystery. There are also one-off gift boxes available. This quarter’s box includes three recent releases and other bookish goodies.

Now for the books….

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello #Psychological thriller @EvaNatiello

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting a book I read and reviewed for Rosie’s Book Review Team. The Memory Box, published in June 2014, is a psychological thriller.

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The Man With No Face by @authorpetermay ~ Political Thriller @QuercusBooks #NetGalley #TheManWithNoFace

Author: Peter May

Published: January 2019 by riverrun

Category: Political Thriller, Murder, Suspense, Book Review

There are two men on their way to Brussels from the UK: Neil Bannerman, an iconoclastic journalist for Scotland’s Daily Standard whose irate editor wants him out of the way, and Kale–a professional assassin.

Originally written in 1981 the story is set in the winter of 1979 and is a story of its time, encompassing the culture, attitudes and politics of the era and highlighting the lack of technology which makes information sharing a lengthier process. We take mobile phones and the internet so much for granted, it’s an interesting reminder of how things were accomplished back in the day. Peter May has painted an atmospheric picture with well defined characters and a dark thread running through the narrative.

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Three-and-a-Half Heartbeats by @MrsAmandaProwse ~ Family #Drama Contemporary #Fiction #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Amanda Prowse

Published: September 2015 by Head of Zeus

Category: Family Drama, Contemporary Fiction, Loss, Grief, Book Review

Grace and Tom Penderford had a strong marriage, a comfortable home in the Hertfordshire countryside, and a healthy baby girl. They were happy. They were normal.

This is much more than just a story of a family devastated by loss, it’s a wake up call about a common and potentially life threatening disease. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Sepsis Trust.

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Picture Not Perfect (The Not So Reluctant Detectives #2) by D.E. Haggerty ~ #BookReview for #RBRT #CosyMystery

Author: D.E. Haggerty

Published: January 21st 2019

Category: Cosy Mystery, Murder, Romance, Book Review

When the police find pictures of Melanie hanging up at her murdered colleague’s house, they’re convinced he was stalking her. Maybe she even killed him. Melanie was not being stalked! And she certainly didn’t kill her supposed stalker – as if. But Mel – always up for a bit of drama – jumps at the chance to go search for the real killer. 

In Picture Not Perfect we are reacquainted Terri, school librarian, and Melanie, school guidance counsellor. 

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Girls’ Night Out by Glynis Astie #RomCom @GlynisAstie #ChickLit #FridayReads

Author: Glynis Astie

Published: November 2018 by Tikinou Publishing

Category: Chick Lit, Romance, Humour, Romantic Comedy, Book Review

Jayne, Amanda and Holly have been through everything together. From triumph and heartache to panic and pure bliss, these girls have lived, learned and always had each other’s backs. With the arrival of adulthood, their daily gossip gatherings have dwindled to monthly margarita mixers, making girls’ night out absolutely integral to their survival. Problems with work, men and anything else under the sun now have to be broken down in a few inebriated hours.

Holly, Jayne and Amanda, have been tight friends forever but since life and careers have taken them in different directions they have to settle for a get together every month.

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#GuestPost from Steven Gill ~The Rock ‘N’ Roll. ‘N’ That @fayerogersuk @authoright @HeresGilly #ROCKNROLLNTHAT

Welcome to my stop on the The Rock ‘N’ Roll. ‘N That blog tour. I have a guest post from Steven Gill to share, but first heres the book info….

Author: Steven J. Gill

Release Date: 31st January 2018

Genre: Fiction

Page Count: 484

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

“Rock ‘n’ roll is a nuclear blast of reality in a mundane world where no-one is allowed to be magnificent.” The former manager of The Runaways said that. The mad bastard. And Johnny Harrison swore by it. He had to. Almost forty, fully paid up member of the rat race and bored sh*tless. He had to believe in something. Then something happened. Something magnificent. A once in a lifetime band dropped out of the sky and right into his lap. A band unaware of just how great they could be. A band that had no idea what was about to hit them. A band that needed someone to light the fuse. That someone was Johnny Harrison and the truth was he needed them so much more. They were his ticket out. That’s how it is with THE ROCK ‘N’ THE ROLL. ‘N’ THAT. Buy your ticket and take the ride.

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A Merciful Silence (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 4) by @KendraElliot #CrimeFiction set in Oregon #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Author: Kendra Elliot

Published: September 2018 by Montlake Romance

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home.

Heavy and continuous rainfall for the last three days in Central Oregon had washed part of the road away near Eagle’s Nest leaving a drop down the steep hillside. Police officer Ben Cooley called it in so the highway department could assess the safety. 

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Out Of The Silence: A Compelling Revenge Thriller by @OwenMullen6 #PublicationDay @Bloodhoundbook #NewRelease

Author: Owen Mullen

Published: January 2019 by Bloodhound Books

Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him to Pakistan, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.

When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowing tale that began in a dusty settlement in rural Punjab, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.

Out Of The Silence is an intensely powerful, moving and shocking story of terror, misogyny and abuse of the worst kind, set in the Punjab region of Pakistan in the late 1990s.

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ~ #Audiobook Psychological #Suspense #CrimeFiction @SlaughterKarin #FridayReads

Author: Karin Slaughter

Performed by Susie James

Published: July 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Category: Crime Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

One ran. One stayed. But who is…the good daughter?

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s childhoods were destroyed by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – a notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family consumed by secrets from that shocking night.

The story begins with a look back in time as we discover the devastating events that shaped the lives of two sisters, Samantha and Charlotte Quinn, fifteen and thirteen respectively.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Visitant (A Venetian Ghost Story) by Megan Chance #HistoricalFiction

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting an audiobook narrated by the brilliant Julia Whelan. It was released in September 2015 by Brilliance Audio.

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(Almost) #WordlessWednesday ~ More Robin #Photos

Following on from the robin photos last week, it was a bonus to see two robins feeding together later that day. I don’t know whether they’re both males, male and female or even two females. It’s difficult to tell just by looking.

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