One Step Too Far ( Frankie Elkin Book Two) by @LisaGardnerBks #CrimeThriller #NetGalley #TuesdayBookBlog

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Published: January 2022 by Penguin

Category: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction

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If he never left the woods, where did he go?
A young man disappears during a stag weekend in the woods. Years later, he’s still missing.
But his friends who were with him that day are still searching for him. Still hunting for answers.
They hike deep into the wilderness.
With them is missing person specialist Frankie Elkin.
What they don’t know is that they are putting their own lives in terrifying danger, and may not come back alive . . .

In this second outing for Frankie Elkin, she reads about Timothy O’ Day in a small local newspaper. Timothy went missing in the Wyoming wilderness several years ago while camping with four friends prior to his marriage. The National Guard and volunteers searched initially but after finding no trace they gradually gave up. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis Evocative & Dark 1970s #AmericanFiction

Throwback Thursday this week features an audiobook I enjoyed very much. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis was released on Audible in 2018 and published by HarperCollins

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My Thoughts

Set in Larson, a small town in the middle of America’s corn belt, full of seemingly good people and where everything seems perfect on the surface. But secrets and lies abound and the underlying darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of John (Johnny) Royal, a thirteen year old living with his mother and younger sister, Jenny, on a small farm a mile outside of town.

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A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly #HistoricalFiction Based on Fact @AuthorRConnolly #TuesdayBookBlog

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Published: April 2022 by Shadow Mountain

Category: Historical Fiction based on fact

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Shortly after midnight on April 15, 1912, the captain of the Carpathia, Arthur Rostron, wakes to a distress signal from the Titanic, which has struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Though information is scarce, Rostron leaps into action, determined to answer the call for help. But the Carpathia is more than four hours away, and there are more questions than answers: Will his ship hold together if pushed to never-before-tested speeds? What if he also strikes an iceberg? And with the freezing temperatures, will there be any survivors by the time the Carpathia arrives?

Much has been written about the Titanic so it was a refreshing change to have the story told from the alternating viewpoints of Captain Arthur Rostron of the RMS Carpathia, and Kate Connolly, a third class passenger on the Titanic, leaving Ireland to start a new life in  New York with her sister. The harrowing events on the Titanic and in the lifeboat unfold from Kate’s perspective.

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Madam Tulip and the Rainbows End by David Ahern #CosyMystery #RBRT @DaveAhernWriter

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Published: March 2022 by Malin Press

Category: Cosy Murder Mystery

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On the private island of a wealthy banker, a young and talented stonemason falls from a cliff. A tragic accident? Or murder?

The dead man’s sister is obsessed with justice and will stop at nothing.

A glamorous French widow and her heart-throb son are certain they have been cheated of their legacy.

A daughter is bequeathed an island mansion beyond her means.

An enigmatic letter hints at a hidden fortune.

Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End, the fifth instalment of this popular series, finds Derry O’Donnell and her fellow thespian and good friend, ex Navy Seal, Bruce, left to pick up the pieces when the rest of the cast desert the touring production they were involved in, without paying. Not only that, they made off with the box office takings, leaving Derry and Bruce with the hotel and bar bill for everyone.

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Where There’s Doubt by Terry Tyler #ContemporaryFiction #PsycologicalDrama @TerryTyler4 #TuesdayBookBlog

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Kindle Edition

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Drama

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Café owner Kate is mentally drained after a tough two years; all she wants from her online chess partner is entertainment on lonely evenings, and maybe a little virtual flirtation.

She is unaware that Nico Lewis is a highly intelligent con artist who, with an intricately spun web of lies about their emotional connection, will soon convince her that he is The One.

Neither does Kate know that his schemes involve women who seek love on dating sites, as well as his small publishing business. A host of excited authors believe Nico is about to make their dreams come true.

Where There’s Doubt is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of internet dating. Nico Lewis is a master in the art of seduction and, along with his girlfriend and others, is working an intricate scam targeting likely women on dating apps. Befriending them first in order to suss out their weaknesses and playing to their emotions, he convinces them he could be what their lives are lacking.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor ~ #HistoricalFiction based on fact

My Throwback Thursday choice this week is The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, published in 2018, a book I enjoyed very much.

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My Thoughts

I love books that mix fact with fiction, giving a real authenticity to the story. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter incorporates the true story of Grace Darling.

Grace’s father was the lighthouse keeper at Longstone on the Farne Islands, off the Northumbrian coast. Twenty two year old Grace loved nothing better than helping her father, taking her turn on watch and making sure the lamps stayed lit through the night. 

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A Scottish Highland Surprise by Julie Shackman #Romance #Mystery @G13Julie #NetGalley @OneMoreChapter

9780008538941Author: Julie Shackman

ARC Review: Due for Publication 22nd April by One More Chapter

Category: Light Mystery, Romance, Women’s Fiction

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When wedding planner Sophie Harkness refuses to move a friend’s wedding to accommodate a spoilt bridezilla, she finds herself out of a job. That is until she discovers her late grandma has purchased a local shop for her in the pretty Scottish town of Briar Glen.

Sophie Harkness is a successful, hard working wedding planner, but when an obnoxious bride wants her wedding moved regardless of the inconvenience, or the disappointment to others, she refuses. 

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The Last Professional by Ed Davis #Historical #LiteraryFiction @EdDavisAuthor #TuesdayBookBlog

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Author: Ed Davis

Published: January 2022 by Artemesia Publishing LLC

Category: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

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This is a story of America! Lynden Hoover, a young man on the brink of a new beginning, cannot embrace it without confronting the traumas of his past. Help comes from The Duke, an old loner who calls America’s landscape his home. He clings to an honor code, but in fleeing from Short Arm, his merciless enemy, his code is being tested.

At the end of the 20th century few Knights of the Road still cling to their vanishing lifestyle. The Duke mentors Lynden, enlisting old traveling friends to keep himself and his apprentice just ahead of Short Arm’s relentless pursuit. When two of those friends are murdered, the stakes become life or death.

Bonds are formed, secrets exposed, sacrifices made, trusts betrayed, all against a breathtaking American landscape of promise and peril. Three unforgettable characters, hurtling toward a spellbinding climax where pasts and futures collide, and lives hang in the balance.

When I was contacted by Nick Fontaine with regard to a review of The Last Professional, I wasn’t at all sure it was my kind of book but I’m happy to say I was quite wrong. It didn’t take long for me to become invested in the story and the characters. Set in 1970s America, The Last Professional is an intriguing and engrossing tale of a vanishing lifestyle — life as a hobo, riding freight trains across the country and living free, with the related privations and dangers.

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Face the Wind: Little Sister Book 2 by Caren J Werlinger #ContemporaryFiction #Drama

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Published: August 2020 by Corgyn Publishing LLC

Category: Women’s Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Drama

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Kathleen Halloran has never been happier. She and Molly Cooper have built a life together, living in her grandmother’s cottage. The family drama of the past has calmed down. She and Molly will soon be aunts. Life on Little Sister Island is everything Kathleen could wish for… until the island begins to send ominous signals that change is in the wind.

The sequel to When The Stars Sang, Face the Wind, continues the story of the inhabitants of Little Sister, a tiny, remote island off the coast of Maine. Kathleen and Molly are happily settled in Kathleen’s grandmother’s cottage. Life was good. Summer was on its way and Molly was enjoying her first early morning row on the ocean that year. Just as she turned to head for the beach, a small tidal wave raced towards her, lifted the scull then disappeared into the once again calm ocean. Several of the island women felt something strange that morning in one way or another.

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The Florentine ~ the New Spy Thriller from Tom Trott @tjtrott #TheFlorentine #TuesdayBookBlog

51ntXMm8VnLAuthor: Tom Trott

Publishing date: May 6th 2022

Category: Espionage, Thriller, 

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When Cain retired from the CIA, he moved to Florence, Italy to get away from his past.

He’s had nine years to enjoy fine wine, good food, and the Tuscan countryside.

But now his old boss has tracked him down, and he needs Cain to do one last job.

What starts as a simple trade entangles Cain in a web of secrets involving the mafia, an NSA whistleblower, and his own past.

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Opening with an action packed prologue, The Florentine focuses on Cain, an American living in Florence and enjoying his retirement. That is until he gets a phone call from his old friend and boss from his days in the CIA, Jo, offering him ‘one last job’ as a courier. All he had to do was drive to a house in the country, enjoy a nice dinner with the family who lived there and make the exchange. Simple. Not leaving him much choice, Cain reluctantly agrees.

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