The Swooping Magpie by @LizaPerrat ~ set in 1970s Australia #Family #Drama ~ Fact based Fiction #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Liza Perrat

Kindle Edition Published October 2018

Category: Fiction based on fact, 1970’s, Australia, Family Drama, Book Review

The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy. 

Reflecting the social changes of 1970s Australia, The Swooping Magpie is a chilling psychological tale of love, loss and grief, and, through collective memory, finding we are not alone.

Lindsay Townsend, a pretty and popular sixteen year old, has set her sights on Jon Halliwell, the P.E. teacher at her school, regardless of the fact he is married.

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A Village Affair by Julie Houston ~ Contemporary #Romantic #Fiction reviewed for #RBRT @JulieHouston2 #FridayReads

Author: Julie Houston

Published: November 2018 by Aria

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

Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.

Cassie Beresford’s life was pretty perfect—a handsome, loving husband, two great kids, a beautiful home and she was about to realise her professional dream of the deputy head position at Little Acorns primary school.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Once Upon A Time In The City Of Criminals by @GreenWizard62 #CrimeFiction #Mystery

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 Once Upon A Time In the City Of Criminals by multi genre writer and novelist Mark Barry. I’ve read several of Mark’s books and enjoyed them all.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Thicker Than Water (The Grayson Trilogy) by @GeorgiaRoseBook #RomanticFiction Drama #Suspense

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.

Thicker Than Water is the third book of the trilogy and was published in 2015. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of contemporary drama and suspense with romance (and animals) 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The House of York by Terry Tyler ~ A Contemporary Dark Family Drama @TerryTyler4

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 pick for this week is The House of York, a contemporary dark drama loosely based on events during The Wars of the Roses.

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The Chess Men (Lewis Trilogy #3) by @authorpetermay #AudioBookReview #FridayReads

Author: Peter May

Performed by Peter Forbes

Category: Crime, Drama, Murder, Mystery, AudioBook, Book Review

Released on Audible 2013, Published by Quercus Publishing PLC

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill—a local poacher, Fin’s teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn, Fin realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

In another life Fin Macleod was a Detective Inspector in Edinburgh. That life is behind him now as he returns permanently to his roots on The Isle of Lewis and his first girlfriend, Marsaili, who is also the mother of his son.

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The Lewis Man (Lewis Trilogy #2) by @authorpetermay #TuesdayBookBlog ~ Mystery in the Outer Hebrides @QuercusBooks

Author: Peter May

Performed by Peter Forbes

Released on Audible 2012 by Quercus Publishing

Category: Crime, Mystery, Murder, Drama, Audiobook, Book Review

A body is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. The male Caucasian corpse is initially believed by its finders to be over 2000 years old, until they spot the Elvis tattoo on his right arm. The body, it transpires, is not evidence of an ancient ritual killing, but of a murder committed during the latter half of the 20th century.

On the Isle of Lewis peat cutting is considered a social activity, with families, friends and neighbours all joining in and working together. Trenches are dug and the peat cut and stacked as it has been for centuries. Only this time the peat cutters uncover more than they bargained for when an almost perfectly preserved body is discovered. Initially the police surgeon thinks the body could have been there for hundreds of years, it was only when a tattoo becomes visible they realise the young man had been murdered much more recently.

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The Blackhouse (Lewis Trilogy #1) by Peter May ~ Murder/Mystery on the Isle of Lewis @authorpetermay #BookReview

Author: Peter May

Performed by Peter Forbes

Released on Audible: February 2018 by riverrun

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

When a brutal murder on the Isle of Lewis bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past.

Set on the Isle of Lewis, the largest island in the Outer Hebridean archipelago off the north-western tip of Scotland, a remote and harsh world where the ancient traditions and way of life are still followed. Fin Macleod, a native Lewis man, now a detective living in Edinburgh, is sent back to the island when a murder is discovered in his own village of Crobost, with distinct similarities to the case he’s working on. The victim is Angel Macritchie, the bully from his schooldays.

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah ~ An intense family #drama set in Alaska #AudioBookReview #FridayReads #KristinHannah

Author: Kristin Hannah

Performed by Julia Whelan

Released: February 2018 by Macmillan Digital Audio

Category: Family Drama, Historical, Fiction, Romance, Book Review

Alaska, 1974.

Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.

For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Leni Allbright is the new kid in school….again. Her father, Ernt, has trouble holding down a job for any length of time since returning from the Vietnam war and so they haven’t stayed in one place very long. His experience as a POW unleashed a darkness in him that had his wife, Cora, and Leni tiptoeing around him, trying to keep him on an even keel. He’s not the man he was before the war, the nightmares and flashbacks leave him on edge, jittery and prone to violent outbursts.

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#BookReview ~ The Liar by Nora Roberts Family #Drama #Mystery @NoraRobertsFans

Author: Nora Roberts

Published: May 2016 by Piatkus (first released in 2015)

Category: Family Drama, Romance, Mystery, Book Review

When her husband Richard dies in a freak accident, Shelby Pomeroy is devastated. But his death reveals a horrible truth – Richard was a liar and a cheat. Now Shelby is left with the consequences – huge, terrifying debts and mounting proof that her late husband betrayed her in every conceivable way.

The story opens with Shelby Foxworth dealing with the sudden death of her husband, Richard, and the huge debts he’d left her with. They’d been happy at first but after several years of being made to feel less than, Shelby realised she’d have to take responsibility and control of her life again. Her daughter was all that mattered now, and Shelby had to find a way out of the terrible situation she found herself in. 

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