Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech ~ Stirring up secrets can be deadly… #Contemporary #Psychological @LouiseWriter

Author: Louise Beech

Published: April 2019 by Orenda Books

Category: Psychological, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

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Tonight is the night for secrets…

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

I’ve read so many positive reviews and praise for Louise Beech’s writing that I have several of her, yet unread, books on my shelves. Call Me Star Girl is my first experience and I have to say the praise wasn’t exaggerated. The story exudes tension and atmosphere, with subtle twists and sudden surprises heightening the feelings of uncertainty and suspense.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Hollow Heart (The Heartfelt Series #1) by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #Drama #Romance

This week’s Throwback Thursday choice is the first of a trilogy that I loved reading. Set initially in England, the story moves to Ireland and the island of Innishmahon. The Hollow Heart was published in 2012.

My Thoughts

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Penshaw (DCI Ryan Mysteries) by LJ Ross ~ When you sell your soul, the devil gives no refunds… #PoliceProcedural @LJRoss_author #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: LJ Ross

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Book Review

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When an old man is burned alive in a sleepy ex-mining village, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan is called in to investigate. He soon discovers that, beneath the facade of a close-knit community, the burn from decades-old betrayal still smoulders. When everyone had a motive, can he unravel the secrets of the past before the killer strikes again?

Opening with a prologue set during the Miner’s strike in 1984, the location is the village of Penshaw, in County Durham. A terrible time for the country which resulted in the closure of mines and collieries, deaths, imprisonment and long held grievances.

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#Spotlight on Fat Boy by Joseph Cobb, including an #Extract ~ Contemporary Dark Comedy set in the West Country

Today I’m pleased to share an extract from Fat Boy by Joseph Cobb. Before I do, here’s what the book is about…

Way out west, in the tumbling greens of England, something’s going down. Two boys attempt an escape from the clutches of their poisonous parents… A good policeman fights to sidestep the corruption that blows like hellfire down his neck… A calamitous filmmaker and her witless lead actor scramble desperately to overcome their mucky pasts and make a Hollywood hit… A trio of nude-nutted nasties thrash their way through the picturesque countryside, collecting debts but finding more than they expected… Then there’s Captain Grubbe: the eminent, manipulative and falsely titled antichrist. He hosts a spectacular annual Christmas party, and this year’s is set to be even more extraordinary than usual.

Fat Boy is a treacherously fictitious rhapsody, taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the best and the worst of humanity and treating it with the disrespect it deserves – love and hate, corruption and extortion, car chases, gunfights and high jinks, all set against the green and pleasant land of the English countryside. It is ludicrous. It is raucous. It is a modern classic.

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The Cheese Maker’s House by Jane Cable ~ Contemporary Fiction with #Romance & #Supernatural @JaneCable #FridayReads

Author: Jane Cable

Published: August 2013 by Matador

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Supernatural, Book Review 

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When Alice Hart’s husband runs off with his secretary, she runs off with his dog to lick her wounds in a North Yorkshire village. Battling with loneliness but trying to make the best of her new start, she soon meets her neighbours, including the drop-dead gorgeous builder Richard Wainwright and the kindly yet reticent café owner, Owen Maltby. 

When her husband left her for his secretary, Alice Hart packed up and moved to Yorkshire with William, the spaniel. Her mother and step-father have emigrated to Spain and Alice is more than ready for a fresh start and to move on with her life.

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Rewrite The Stars by Emma Heatherington ~ Contemporary Fiction #Romance @emmalou13 #NetGalley @HarperFiction

Author: Emma Heatherington

Publishing 6th September by Harper Collins

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review

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From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…

It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…

Charlotte Taylor was twenty two when she met and fell in love with Irish American Tom Farley, her brother Matthew’s best friend and member of their up-and-coming band.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ An Acre of Fools by Aden James ~ #ContemporaryFiction dealing with Loss, Revenge and Redemption

My Throwback Thursday choice this week is An Acre of Fools, an audiobook released in 2016.

 

My Thoughts

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The Art of Hiding by MrsAmandaProwse ~ Contemporary Fiction #FamilyDrama #FridayReads

Author: Amanda Prowse

Narrated by Amanda Prowse

Published: August 2017 by Brilliance Audio

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Audiobook Review

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What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?

Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.

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No Way Back by Kelly Florentia ~Contemporary Fiction #Romance @kellyflorentia #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Kelly Florentia

Published: September 2017 by Urbane Publications

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review

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When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma… Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she’s not sure she’s ready for.

Audrey Fox is lost and devastated when her wedding is called off by professional photographer Nick, her fiancé of eight years. It seems he’s not ready for marriage, unable to make the final commitment and wants to carry on as they are.

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Murder Beyond the Precipice by Penny Goetjen ~ #BookReview for #RBRT #Murder & Mayhem in Maine #FridayReads

Author: Penny Goetjen

Published: October 2018 by Secret Harbor Press

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Murder, Book Review

The Livingston family is no stranger to tragedy. Losing both parents at a young age in what authorities ruled an accident, Lucretia Livingston, the sole heir to the estate, is left to pick up the pieces. But many locals question the circumstances surrounding their deaths and if the family’s wealth was an irresistibly seductive motive for crossing the line.

Elizabeth Pennington returns to the coast of Maine after receiving an unexpected wedding invitation. Hoping to surprise her friend, she arrives unannounced at the Livingston Estate-turned-inn, only to discover no one knows her whereabouts. Just as disconcerting is the disappearance of the innkeeper’s young bride, Lucretia. Frantic for answers, Elizabeth becomes tangled in a tortured trail of deception, betrayal, love lost and murder.

This is the follow up to Murder on the Precipice but can be read as a standalone.

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