A Matter of Time (DI Birch #4) by Claire Askew #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #TuesdayBookBlog

51COcZPRwvL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Claire Askew

Published: March 2022 by Hodder & Stoughton

Category: Police Procedural, Crime, Thriller

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At 8am the first shots are fired.

At 1pm, the police establish the gunman has a hostage.

By 5pm, a siege is underway.

At 9pm, DI Helen Birch walks, alone and unarmed, into an abandoned Borders farmhouse to negotiate with the killer.

One day. One woman. One chance to get everyone out alive.

An intriguing prologue precedes a tense story that spans twenty four hours, told in hourly chapters. DI Helen Birch begins the day on a positive note. She had the morning off, it was a warm sunny day and she planned to visit her brother who was serving time in HMP Low Moss. To add to that she had a date with her lawyer partner, Anjan Chaudry that evening.

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A Wish for Jo (Cranley Wishes #2) by Audrey Davis @audbyname #romcom #fantasy @rararesources #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour and sharing my review for A Wish for Jo, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

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My Thoughts

A Wish for Jo puts local café owner and baker, Jo, in the spotlight. She loves her café, A Bit of Crumpet, but would really like something other than work in her life. She doesn’t know what exactly…excitement, maybe romance or just a touch of magic now and then…

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A Wish for Jinnie (Cranley Wishes Book 1) by Audrey Davis #RomCom meets #Fantasy @audbyname #TuesdayBookBlog

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Published: June 2020 by Tanzanite Books

Category: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy

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Do you ever feel that life has got it in for you? Jinnie Cooper certainly does.

Unlucky in love, broke and exiled to a sleepy Scottish village, she really needs to shake things up.

When she gains possession of a battered old lamp, Jinnie’s world changes in ways she could never have imagined. With her affections divided between two men, can her unlikely housemate help – or hinder – the path to happiness?

After being dumped by her fickle fiancé Jinnie Cooper has relocated to the small village of Cranley. She needs to start over and the first priority is finding a job. The employment opportunities don’t look too promising initially but thanks to a heads up from local cafe owner, Jo, Jinnie secures a part time job in the village antique shop owned by the handsome Sam.

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The Match (Wilde #2) by Harlan Coben #CrimeFiction #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

59602854._SY475_Author: Harlan Coben

Performed by Steven Weber

Published: Penguin Audio, released on Audible March 2022

Category: Crime, Thriller, 

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Wilde has grown up knowing nothing of his family, and even less about his own identity. All he knows is that, as a young child, he was found living a feral existence in the Ramapo mountains of New Jersey.

He became known simply as Wilde, the boy from the woods.

After spending some largely unproductive time in Costa Rica, Wilde has returned to his home in the Ramapo mountains. He had previously, albeit reluctantly, sent off a DNA sample, not expecting much and if by any chance there was a match he could always ignore it. He did get one notification — someone described as a second cousin with the initials PB. But before he had decided whether or not to respond he’d left for Costa Rica.

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Break From Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #11) by @harrietsteel1 #CosyMystery #BookReview for #RBRT #FridayReads

image-3Author: Harriet Steel

Published: March 2022

Category: Cosy Mystery

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It is autumn 1940, and Inspector de Silva and his wife Jane are looking forward to a well-earned holiday. But their hopes of a relaxing break in the picturesque city of Galle beside the Indian Ocean are dashed when death, mysterious illnesses, and a missing guest cast a gloomy shadow.

Ceylon hasn’t yet been affected by the war in Europe and Inspector Shanti de Silva and his wife, Jane are taking a short holiday at the luxuriously appointed Cinnamon Lodge in the coastal town of Galle. As always when they were away from Nuala, de Silva was a little concerned how people would view a Ceylonese man and a British woman as a married couple but any worries were soon laid to rest.

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Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner ~ Historical Fiction @NatalieMJenner @StMartinsPress #BloomsburyGirls #HistoricalFiction @Austenprose #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour and sharing my review for Bloomsbury Girls, courtesy of Laurel Ann Nattress at Austenprose PR. 

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My Thoughts

Bloomsbury Girls continues the story of Evie Stone, who was initially introduced in The Jane Austen Society. However, Bloomsbury Girls works perfectly well as a stand alone. Enough of Evie’s backstory, along with mentions of events and appearances from several characters from the previous book, occur throughout the narrative, bringing the reader more or less up to date.

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Spring Tides At The Starfish Café (The Starfish Café #2) by Jessica Redland #FeelGoodFiction #TuesdayBookBlog @JessicaRedland @BoldwoodBooks

9781801624268Author: Jessica Redland

Published: April 2022 by Boldwood Books

Category: Contemporary, Feel Good FictionFeel, Romance

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A new season…

As winter turns to spring, Hollie – owner of The Starfish Café – is feeling content as she settles into her new life with her loving boyfriend, Jake, and their adorable dog Pickle.

But when an unwelcome visitor threatens the future of her café, Hollie must stay strong to protect her family’s legacy…

A leap of faith…

Emerging from an unhappy relationship, Tori finds herself with nowhere to stay and nobody to talk to. The long-hidden secrets of her past weigh heavily on her until a chance encounter with Finley, struggling to come to terms with his own secrets, provides an opportunity to open up.

I confess, I haven’t read the first book in this series and it’s obvious Hollie and Jake have a back story, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this book. I felt enough information was included to fill in the gaps. 

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One Step Too Far ( Frankie Elkin Book Two) by @LisaGardnerBks #CrimeThriller #NetGalley #TuesdayBookBlog

51gHxVG9GWLAuthor: Lisa Gardner

Published: January 2022 by Penguin

Category: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction

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If he never left the woods, where did he go?
A young man disappears during a stag weekend in the woods. Years later, he’s still missing.
But his friends who were with him that day are still searching for him. Still hunting for answers.
They hike deep into the wilderness.
With them is missing person specialist Frankie Elkin.
What they don’t know is that they are putting their own lives in terrifying danger, and may not come back alive . . .

In this second outing for Frankie Elkin, she reads about Timothy O’ Day in a small local newspaper. Timothy went missing in the Wyoming wilderness several years ago while camping with four friends prior to his marriage. The National Guard and volunteers searched initially but after finding no trace they gradually gave up. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis Evocative & Dark 1970s #AmericanFiction

Throwback Thursday this week features an audiobook I enjoyed very much. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis was released on Audible in 2018 and published by HarperCollins

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My Thoughts

Set in Larson, a small town in the middle of America’s corn belt, full of seemingly good people and where everything seems perfect on the surface. But secrets and lies abound and the underlying darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of John (Johnny) Royal, a thirteen year old living with his mother and younger sister, Jenny, on a small farm a mile outside of town.

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A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly #HistoricalFiction Based on Fact @AuthorRConnolly #TuesdayBookBlog

51YsJ4+DosL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Rebecca Connolly

Published: April 2022 by Shadow Mountain

Category: Historical Fiction based on fact

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Shortly after midnight on April 15, 1912, the captain of the Carpathia, Arthur Rostron, wakes to a distress signal from the Titanic, which has struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Though information is scarce, Rostron leaps into action, determined to answer the call for help. But the Carpathia is more than four hours away, and there are more questions than answers: Will his ship hold together if pushed to never-before-tested speeds? What if he also strikes an iceberg? And with the freezing temperatures, will there be any survivors by the time the Carpathia arrives?

Much has been written about the Titanic so it was a refreshing change to have the story told from the alternating viewpoints of Captain Arthur Rostron of the RMS Carpathia, and Kate Connolly, a third class passenger on the Titanic, leaving Ireland to start a new life in  New York with her sister. The harrowing events on the Titanic and in the lifeboat unfold from Kate’s perspective.

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