A Double Life: The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries Book 5 by J. New #VintageCrime #CosyMystery #TuesdayBookBlog

51HuwfuNKILAuthor: J. New

Published: July 2020 by Phantom Press

Category: Historical Fiction, Vintage Cosy Mystery, Book Review

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Autumn, 1936. Ella Bridges, Scotland Yard’s only female consultant is shocked to find a baby abandoned in Kensington Palace Gardens. With no adult in sight and a deadly storm brewing she has no choice but to take him home. The child is swiftly reunited with his parents and Ella believes that’s the end of the matter, but the next day a body is found under the Serpentine Bridge.

Ella Bridges is in London, staying with her brother and his wife for a few weeks. Out for a walk in Kensington Park gardens one day, Ella hears a strange mewling noise emanating from the bushes surrounding the statue of Peter Pan. Thinking it could be a kitten, she’s shocked beyond measure when she discovers an abandoned baby in a pram. Unable to locate the nanny or anyone else in the vicinity, Ella decides the best course of action would be to take the baby to her brother’s house and phone the authorities. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Connectedness (Identity Detective #2) by Sandra Danby #WomensFiction #Adoption

Published in 2018, I read Connectedness for Rosie’s Book Review Team

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My Thoughts

Beginning with a short, intriguing prologue, we become acquainted with Justine King as she attends her mother’s funeral in Yorkshire.

Justine is a very successful artist and her story unfolds through present and past narratives. Justine’s return to her childhood home kindled memories, and thoughts on the path her life had taken after learning of her friend’s betrayal when they were teenagers. Turning emotions into art she created a collage which paved her way into art college and a subsequent year of study in Malaga. 

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The Beach Reads Book Club by @KathrynFreeman1 #RomCom #NetGalley #FridayReads @OneMoreChapter_

41PgS4CPT0SAuthor: Kathryn Freeman

Published: June 2021 by One More Chapter

Category: Romance, Humour, Chick Lit, Book Review

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Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

Lottie Watt has had her fill of the regimented book club run by Eve. It was like being back at school. And she certainly doesn’t appreciate being quizzed on why she hasn’t had chance to read the designated (by Eve) book. Throwing caution to the winds, she decides to start her own book club with lighter reads and a more relaxed atmosphere. She was joined by Gira and Heidi, two other now ex members who also wanted more romantic, fun reading.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Entry Island by Peter May ~ Complex and Emotional Dual Timeline #MurderMystery #Historical

Entry Island is one of my all time favourite books. I listened to the audio version which was released in 2013 and Peter Forbes’ narration gave the already incredible story extra depth.

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My Thoughts

Detective Sime (Sheem) Mackenzie is part of the murder investigation team sent to Entry Island, one of Les Îsles de la Madeleine archipelago in the Gulf of St Lawrence, from the Sûreté de Police.

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Hoglets’ Christmas Magic by Lynette Creswell @creswelllyn #ChildrensFiction @WhiteRabbitBoo1 #PictureBook

I’m delighted to share my review of this charming book, written by Lynette Creswell and published by White Rabbit Books. The book will be available for purchase on the 28th of this month from Hive Books | Amazon | Book Depository | Kobo

9781527277649_frontcoverIt’s Christmas Eve with the hoglets.
Prickles and Primrose are excited. That is until… As they decorate the Christmas tree they discover the star for the top has shattered. Not to be defeated – the brave hoglets set out into the woods to seek a substitute star but stumble across Santa instead.
What adventure will they encounter?
AND… what about the star?
If you love Winnie the Pooh you’ll fall in love with the hoglets, Prickles and Primrose, from Briar Wood.

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The Devil’s Advocate (Eddie Flynn Book 6) by Steve Cavanagh #CrimeFiction #LegalThriller

51BI+OhGMRSAuthor: Steve Cavanagh

Published: August 2021 by Orion

Category: Crime Fiction, Courtroom Drama, Legal Thriller, Book Review

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A deadly prosecutor

They call him the King of Death Row. Randal Korn has sent more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States.

A twisted ritualistic killing

When a young woman, Skylar Edwards, is found murdered in Buckstown, Alabama, a corrupt sheriff arrests the last person to see her alive, Andy Dubois. It doesn’t seem to matter to anyone that Andy is innocent.

Opening with a chilling prologue, The Devil’s Advocate is the latest case for ex con artist, now top defence lawyer, Eddie Flynn and his team.

A visit from Alexander Berlin, a problem solver for the government, who is concerned regarding the re-election of a district attorney in a small town in Alabama, prompts Eddie to take on the toughest case of his career so far. Sunville County has the highest rate of death penalty convictions in the whole of America. Randal Korn, the DA, has sent more people to their death than any other DA in history. He’s proud of his title, the king of death row.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Red Bones (Shetland Book 3) by Ann Cleeves #Crime #Mystery in the Shetland Isles

Since there’s nothing much of interest on the TV lately, I’ve been re-watching the Shetland series. Series 6, put on hold due to Corona virus should be being filmed at the moment. The books stopped at number 6, hopefully the TV series will carry on.

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I broke my own rules reading, or listening to, this series completely out of order. It’s not something I normally do but having watched each season on TV, which helps enormously with visualising the people and the locale, and at the same time becoming familiar with the characters, it’s not so much of an issue. 

My Thoughts

The story centres round an archaeological dig on Mima Wilson’s croft where a human skull has been found. Red Bones finds Sandy Wilson, Mima’s grandson, visiting family on Whalsay, a short ferry ride from Lerwick where he lives and works as a detective constable in the Shetland police force.

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The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain #CrimeFiction #Mystery @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

51DWZWZRnIS._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Jo Spain

Published: May 2021 by Quercus

Category: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Book Review

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He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.

Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.

But it was all built on the perfect lie.

Opening with an intense and dramatic scene, The Perfect Lie tells the story of Erin Kennedy who moved to New York from her home in Ireland after a devastating family tragedy. She met and married homicide detective Danny Ryan two years previously.

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Small Forgotten Moments by Annalisa Crawford @AnnalisaCrawf #LiteraryFiction #Psychological #RBRT

51GqMLrFRxSAuthor: Annalisa Crawford

Due to be published: 31st August by Vine Leaves Press

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Psychological, Literary Fiction, Book Review

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Is Zenna a muse, a sleep-deprived apparition, or something much more sinister?

Suffering long-term amnesia, artist Jo Mckye is ready to start a fresh, new project after the success of her debut exhibition. But the fictional subject of the collection, Zenna, won’t let go so easily. Infiltrating Jo’s dreams—and increasingly, her waking hours—Zenna is fast becoming a dangerous obsession.

Jo is confident the answers lie at her childhood home, an idyllic Cornish village on the south-east coast; she just doesn’t know why. Only when she walks into the sea and almost drowns does the past start to unravel.

Small Forgotten Moments tells the story of Jo McKye, in her own words, a talented and tortured artist living in London and about to have her first exhibition. Her paintings all feature a mysterious woman she’s named Zenna who invades her thoughts whether she is awake or asleep. Jo has no idea who the woman is, but feels compelled beyond any reason she can fathom to recreate her on each canvas, one after the other.

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A Corruption Of Blood (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson Book 3) by Ambrose Perry @ambroseparry #NetGalley #Histfic based on fact #TuesdayBookBlog

51OpYFAok2LAuthor: Ambrose Perry

Publishing date: 19th August 2021 by Cannongate Books

Category: Historical, Medical, Thriller, Book Review

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Dr Will Raven is a man seldom shocked by human remains, but even he is disturbed by the contents of a package washed up at the Port of Leith. Stranger still, a man Raven has long detested is pleading for his help to escape the hangman.

Back in the townhouse of Dr James Simpson, Sarah Fisher has set her sights on learning to practise medicine. Almost everyone seems intent on dissuading her from this ambition, but when word reaches her that a woman has recently obtained a medical degree despite her gender, Sarah decides to seek her out.

Raven’s efforts to prove his former adversary’s innocence are failing and he desperately needs Sarah’s help. Putting their feelings for one another aside, their investigations take them to both extremes of Edinburgh’s social divide, where they discover that wealth and status cannot alter a fate written in the blood.

A Corruption Of Blood is the third outing in the excellent historical series featuring Dr Will Raven, Sarah Fisher and Dr James Simpson, who was a distinguished obstetrician in 19th century Edinburgh, a real historical figure who began introducing the use of ether for difficulties in childbirth, and later discovered the anaesthetic qualities of chloroform. A compassionate doctor, he often treated the poor pro bono and with as much care as the rich, and sought to make childbirth a much less dangerous experience.

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