The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood @robthor Cosy #MurderMystery #FridayReads

51-9D+V2UmL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Robert Thorogood

Published: January 2021 by HQ

Category: Cosy Murder Mystery, Book Review

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To solve an impossible murder, you need an impossible hero…

Judith Potts is seventy-seven years old and blissfully happy. She lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, there’s no man in her life to tell her what to do or how much whisky to drink, and to keep herself busy she sets crosswords for The Times newspaper. 

Seventy seven year old Judith Potts was very happy with her life, living alone in an Arts and Crafts mansion on the banks of the Thames. She’d inherited the house from her great aunt, along with a modest portfolio of shares. Although she didn’t need to work, Judith had a job she loved, compiling crosswords for a national newspaper. No doubt her life would have carried on in this way but for the small matter of a murder.

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Find You First by Linwood Barclay @AudiobookReview @linwood_barclay #ContemporaryThriller #TuesdayBookBlog

51UL8A1GtCL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Linwood Barclay

Performed by George Newbern

Released on Audible March 2021, and published by HQ

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Thriller, Audiobook Review

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Tech millionaire Miles Cookson has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of—except time. He has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and there is a fifty percent chance that it can be passed on to the next generation. For Miles, this means taking a long hard look at his past . . .

After Miles Cookson gets a devastating diagnosis, his initial reaction is angry denial followed by reluctant acceptance. All his millions can’t help him now. The one time he’d give it all up for a positive outcome. There’s also a chance his illness could be passed on to any children. The trouble is, Miles doesn’t know if he has any, who they might be or how many are out there.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Parallel Lies by @GeorgiaRoseBook #RomanticSuspense #Mystery

Throwback Thursday this week features the first of the Ross Duology by Georgia Rose, a book I enjoyed very much.

My Thoughts

Twenty-four years old and single, Madeleine Ross has lived on the edge of Crowbridge village for the last four years. Although she’s part of the village community, supports local events and has friendly relationships with people, she doesn’t talk about her life before moving to the village. Her closest friend, Diane (a great character who relishes the local suspicions that she’s a witch) lives next door, and after initially renting the cottage she owned to Madeleine, eventually gave her the option to buy.

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Birds Don’t Cry by Sandy Day #FamilyDrama @sandeetweets #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

BirdsDontCryAuthor: Sandy Day

Published: August 2020

Category: Family Drama, Contemporary Fiction, Relationships, Book Review

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Sometimes sisters and brothers don’t get along – even when they’re middle aged.

Kaffy Sullivan lives and works in the business her grandparents began in the 20th century. Reclusive and offbeat, Kaffy hopes to inherit the inn and, with the help of her sister-in-law, operate it for the rest of her life.

Birds Don’t Cry explores the sibling relationships in the dysfunctional Sullivan family, mostly from Kaffy’s perspective.

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The Charity of Strangers by Alison Burke ~ Blog Tour #BookReview @rararesources #ContemporaryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m pleased to be sharing my review for The Charity of Strangers, part of the final date of the blog tour, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

My Thoughts

Nineteen year old Zaffron had been on her own for years after shocking events caused her to run away into a life of homelessness and drugs. After overcoming substance abuse and mental health issues, she was living in a squat, trying to get her life into some sort of order. She kept her room clean and made it as nice as possible amid the chaos of the rest of the building. Desperate for something warm and smart to wear at the interview she was hoping to get, she went into a charity shop with the intention of stealing a coat.

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Songwriter Night: A Musical Romance by D.G. Driver #ContemporaryFiction #RBRT @DGDriverAuthor #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: D.G. Driver

Published: January 2021

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review

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In this sweet romantic novella, Lyle and Trish are two aspiring Country music songwriters that meet at a Nashville coffee house. With Trish being new in town, Lyle invites her to his monthly gathering of songwriters to get to know her better. The evening of quirky characters and light-hearted singing is interrupted by the arrival of Aiden Bronson.

Nashville, Tennessee is still the Country music capital of the world for those who want to do things the old fashioned way, while soaking up the atmosphere of the city.

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#GuestPost from TS Krupa ~ author of Big City Dreams @TS_Krupa #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

It’s a pleasure today to welcome T.S. Krupa with a guest post and  her latest book info.

Recipe and a Book

I remember smelling the sugary sweetness of paczki (traditional Polish doughnut) before seeing them on my babcia’s kitchen table. They were always freshly fried and coated in powered sugar. It would take her a full 4 hours to make several trays of this sweet goodness from scratch and the family only minutes to eat them all up. I regret not ever having stood with her in the kitchen to learn how to make these and I don’t have her actual recipe anymore. By the time I came around the recipe had long been memorized and wasn’t actually written down anywhere. Fear not, I found a really good equivalent to my babcia’s paczki. Make Your Pączki at Home With This Traditional Polish recipe has a step by step process that is very close. I wish I had the original recipe. Do you have any family recipes that have been passed down? What is your favorite?

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Mini #BookReviews ~ My Favourite Witch/To Catch A Witch (The Witches of Castle Clair, Books 2&3) by @Sharon_Booth1 #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog

Events are about to unfold that will challenge both Star and Benedict, and everything they believe to be true. In an attic room in North Yorkshire and a village hall in Ireland, unpalatable truths must be told, secrets must unfold, and life-changing decisions must be made.
Is forgiveness truly impossible? Are witches really that scary? And can a solution be reached before time, patience, and all the bourbon biscuits run out?
A story of pride, prejudice, and a whole lot of magic …

I really enjoyed Sky’s story in the first book in this series, Belle, Book and Christmas Candle. My Favourite Witch, the second instalment, is Star’s story and she’s definitely not having the best of times. Benedict, who she was about to get engaged to, was horrified when he found out the truth about the St Clair family and Star’s magical powers. He left Castle Clair and Star behind but is back to visit his grandmother — with Elsie, a new, seemingly perfect girlfriend in tow. The question on Benedict’s mind is why Star is being so nice to Elsie and does this bode ill for both of them?

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The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor @cjtudor #AudiobookReview #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: C. J. Tudor

Published: January 2021 by Michael Joseph

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller, Book Review

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500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death

30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace

Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide

Welcome to Chapel Croft.

Single parent Rev. Jack Brooks and her teenage daughter Flo, moved to Chapel Croft ostensibly for a new start, and for Jack a chance to perhaps find some peace. An ‘unfortunate situation’, as described by the residing bishop in her Nottingham parish, resulted in a move neither Jack or Flo wanted to a much smaller parish in rural Sussex. It was an interim position until a full time replacement could be found. However, no-one had seen fit to mention that the last vicar had committed suicide.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ In The Blue Hour by Elizabeth Hall #ContemporaryFiction #NativeAmerican Culture

Throwback Thursday this week features In The Blue Hour, an audiobook that was released in 2016 and narrated by Joyce Bean.

My Thoughts

Elise is depressed and in mourning since the death of her husband. She’d dreamed of a car accident involving her husband months earlier, which she believed to have been more of a prophecy. Guilt and blame for failing to interpret the dream are added to the swirling mix of emotions as Elise struggles to make sense of her loss. Michael, Elise’s husband, was a Native American wood carver whose work was in high demand, more especially since his death. His last piece was a beautifully detailed carving of a raven.

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