Author: Jane Cable
Published: June 2019 by Sapere Books
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Book Review
Marie Johnson is trapped by her job as a chef in a Dorset pub and by her increasingly poisonous marriage to its landlord.
Worn down by his string of affairs she has no self-confidence, no self-respect and the only thing that keeps her going is watching her son, Jude, turn into a talented artist.
But the 60th anniversary of a D-Day exercise triggers chance meetings which prove unlikely catalysts for change.
After a short but haunting prologue we meet Marie Johnson, chef at the The Smugglers in Studland Bay, Dorset. She and Stephen, her estranged husband, own the pub, which is run with the help of Baz in the kitchen and their son, Jude. Marie suffers from debilitating migraines and, although she loves her job, is feeling increasingly trapped in a situation she feels she has no control over. The relationship with her husband has deteriorated beyond repair. He controls the finances and bills are piling up while Stephen uses the money for his own project. The only light in her life is Jude, a talented artist who won’t be around to help much longer.
With the 60th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings approaching and rehearsals in full swing, Marie is working harder than ever. She escapes to walk the cliffs and spend time at her beach hut whenever possible, which is when she meets Corbin, a quiet and polite American soldier.
With the activity centred on the beach I thought I’d be the only person walking on the cliff but coming towards me is a man wearing khaki combats and a white T-shirt, his hair cropped disconcertingly close.
“Good afternoon, ma’am.” American.
I smile without breaking my step. “Lovely day.”
Several people feature in Marie’s journey and precipitate change as she struggles to find a way forward—Paxton, another American serviceman based nearby, D-day veteran George and his son Mark—despite misunderstandings and relationship issues. All the characters are flawed or affected by circumstances in one way or another and all are well drawn. It takes Marie a long time to realise it’s up to her to get her life back on track. No-one but herself is holding her back.
Jane Cable has crafted a story full of emotions, from despair and hopelessness through to renewed hope and love. Throughout it all Marie’s love for Jude is a constant and she’s determined he won’t become shackled to The Smugglers. The beautiful, vividly described setting also plays an important part, with the long sandy stretch of Studland Bay, dunes and cliff path to the impressive Old Harry rock formations.
A story with depth incorporating complex characters, a past and present connection, drama, history, romance and a touch of the paranormal. Sensitive issues were explored sympathetically including the terrible and lasting effects of war, and above all showing the necessity for, and happiness that can be brought by, friends and family.
Old Harry photograph courtesy of diego_torres via Pixabay
About the Author
Perhaps writing is in my blood. My father, Mercer Simpson, was a poet; my cousin, Roger Hubank, a novelist; Roger’s uncle, John Hampson was also a novelist and fringe member of the Bloomsbury Group. And it’s even rumoured that John Keats is somewhere back there in the family tree. No wonder that I have always scribbled.
It was reaching the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition in 2011 which made me take my writing seriously. The Cheesemaker’s House, a gripping romance-suspense, saw the light of day in September 2013 and I was delighted when it received great reviews from book bloggers and, just as importantly, from the people who bought and read it. My second novel, The Faerie Tree, came out in March 2015 and is a suspenseful romance about the tricks memory plays.
I have recently signed a contract with Sapere Books for the re-issue of Another You (which I withdrew when the previous publisher went into liquidation) and a further timeslip romance looking back to World War Two.
Author: Kendra Elliot
Published: June 2019 by Montlake Romance
Category: Crime Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Book Review
The job: infiltrate a militia amassing illegal firearms in an isolated forest community. FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick is the ideal candidate. She knows Oregon. She’s near the compound. And having been raised among survivalists, Mercy understands the mind-set of fanatics. Lay low, follow rules, do nothing to sound an alarm, and relinquish all contact with the outside world. She’s ready to blend in.
FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick is recruited to join ATF agent Chad Finn, already working undercover in an anti government, arms selling militia group called America’s Preserve.
Author: Jo Spain
Published:June 2017 by Quercus
Category: Irish Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Suspense, Book Review
Did I know it would come to this? That I was playing Russian Roulette? I would give anything to turn back time and to be with my girls. There is no shot at redemption. I am going to die. The gun is in my eye-line as the second bullet is fired. That’s the one that kills me.
Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his wife were enjoying a rare long weekend away. As much as Tom loved his granddaughter it would be a blessing to get good nights uninterrupted sleep. Alas, it wasn’t to be.
Author: Jo Spain
Performed by Aoife McMahon
Published by Quercus and released on Audible May 2017
Category: Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Audiobook, Book Review
It’s true what they say . . . revenge is sweet.
A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother.
The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter.
With Our Blessing is set in Dublin and introduces Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds in a very powerful and atmospheric story. The gruesome murder and mutilated body of an elderly woman has been discovered in Phoenix Park and it’s a murder designed to send out a specific message.
Author: Sarah Hilary
Publication Date ~ May 16th 2019 (Ebook & Hardback)
Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review
Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London’s lost.
DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.
Never Be Broken is a tense and disturbing look at gang culture, manipulation and the exploitation and murder of children, very relevant and important issues in today’s world.
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Performed by MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio UK in November 2018
Category: Suspense, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, AudioBook, Review
Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.
Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.
Providence explores the compulsive relationship between Jon and Chloe, who enjoy a special friendship growing up together in a small New Hampshire town.
Author: Dervla McTiernan
Published: March 2019 by Sphere
Category: Irish Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Book Review
When Detective Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but how well does he really know her? After all, this isn’t the first time Emma’s been accused of murder…
Sergeant Callie O’Halloran is on the edge of exhaustion with working all hours since her promotion. Her home life is suffering and the Henderson case, one of several she’s working on, seems to be losing momentum despite giving it most of her attention.