#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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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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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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Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler ~ She confessed…but did he deserve his fate? @Helen_Fields #LegalThriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: HS Chandler

Published: May 2019 by Trapeze

Category: Courtroom Drama, Legal Thriller, Book Review

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.

If ever there was a hook into a story, this is one for sure. Edward Bloxham is lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.

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A Silent Death by Peter May ~ Crime on the Costa del Sol @authorpetermay #Thriller #FridayReads #AudiobookReview @riverrunbooks

Author: Peter May

Performed by Peter Forbes

Published: January 2020 by riverrun

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

A silent vow.

A silent life.

A silent death.

Spain, 2020. When ex-pat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die, gunned down in a pursuit involving officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell, he promises to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman.

A phone call from a concerned neighbour sets in motion a chain of events that results in bloodshed and ruined lives.

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Deadland (DS Alexandra Cupidi #2) by William Shaw ~ Run. Hide. Die. @william1shaw @QuercusBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: William Shaw

Published: May2019 by riverrun

Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Book Review

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You Can Run

You Can Hide

You Can Die

The two boys never fitted in.

Seventeen, the worst age, nothing to do but smoke weed; at least they have each other. The day they speed off on a moped with a stolen mobile, they’re ready to celebrate their luck at last. Until their victim comes looking for what’s his – and ready to kill for it.

Two jobless and broke seventeen year old boys, Tap and Sloth, are venturing into a life of crime, cruising on a ‘borrowed’ scooter looking for a likely person they can relieve of their mobile phone to get themselves some cash.

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The Last Sister by @KendraElliot ~ Deadly Secrets in Rural Oregon #LastSisterBlogTour #NetGalley #Suspense

Author: Kendra Elliot

Published: January 2020 by Montlake

Category: Suspense, Romance, Book Review

Twenty years ago Emily Mills’s father was murdered, and she found his body hanging in the backyard. Her younger sister, Madison, claims she was asleep in her room. Her older sister, Tara, claims she was out with friends. The tragedy drove their mother to suicide and Tara to leave town forever. The killer was caught. The case closed.

Ever since, Emily and Madison have tried to forget what happened that night—until an eerily similar murder brings it all back. It also brings FBI special agent Zander Wells to the Oregon logging town. As eager as he is to solve the brutal double slaying, he is just as intrigued with the mystery of Emily’s and her sisters’ past.

When more blood is shed, Zander suspects there’s a secret buried in this town no one wants unearthed. Is it something Emily and Madison don’t know? Or aren’t telling? And Tara? Maybe Emily can’t bear to find her. Because when Tara disappeared, she took a secret of her own with her.

A small town in Oregon is about to give up its dark and deadly secrets.

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Hysteria: The Alexander Gregory Thrillers by @ljross_author ~ Set in Paris During Fashion Week #AudiobookReview #FridayReads

Author: LJ Ross

Performed by Hugh Dancy

Released: December 2019 by Whole Story Audiobooks

Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Psychological, Audiobook, Review

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Recently returned from his last case in Ireland, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the French police that he can’t ignore. It’s Paris fashion week and some of the world’s most beautiful women are turning up dead, their faces slashed in a series of frenzied attacks while the world’s press looks on.

Eva Bisset’s life was a world away from the glitz and glamour of those involved in the world of fashion. Eva’s father had run a successful restaurant, and since his death her husband had taken over. Eva was never sure what kind of mood he would be in and if she would be sporting more bruises. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ the Lighterman (Charles Holborne #3) by Simon Michael #Crime #HistFic @simonmichaeluk

Published in 2017 The Lighterman is the third book in the series. Not having read the first two books I was a little concerned, but happily there was enough back information woven into the story so that I didn’t feel confused at all or unable to follow the plot.

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.

My Thoughts

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