Decked in the Hall (The Finch & Fischer Mysteries Book 1) by J. New #CosyCrime Murder/Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: J. New

Published: November 2018 by Phantom Press

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Cosy Murder Mystery, Book Review

A festive start to a brand new series from the bestselling author of ‘The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries.’

It’s Christmas in Cherrytree Downs and everyone is looking forward to the annual dinner dance at the village hall. But tragedy strikes when one of the villagers dies. Mobile librarian Penny Finch, an avid mystery reader, immediately suspects foul play.

I enjoyed J. New’s Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series very much and was drawn to this when I spied it on Amazon.

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The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan Contemporary #RomanticFiction @susan_buchanan

Author: Susan Buchanan

Published: November 2013 by Susan Buchanan

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review

Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

Natalie Hope’s job only lasts a month each year, beginning on the 1st December and ending on the 24th. This year she is in Scotland and has chosen to help four people who are not looking forward to Christmas for one reason and another. 

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The Hunting Party by @lucyfoleytweets ~ Contemporary psychological #mystery #NetGalley #TheHuntingParty

Author: Lucy Foley

Published: December 2018

Category: Psychological, Murder, Mystery, Contemporary, Book Review 

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

The story begins on New Year’s Day 2019 as a body is found in the grounds of the exclusive Loch Corrin, an estate in the Scottish Highlands, by the gamekeeper, Doug.

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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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Him With The Beard by Pernille Meldgaard Pedersen #BookReview & #Giveaway @Pernille56 @rararesources #BlogBlitz

Welcome to this one day blog blitz for Him With The Beard, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

My Review

Stella and her family love Christmas, the colourful lights, Christmas scents around the house and, particularly for Stella, working as one of Santa’s elves in the local shopping mall. 

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A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas (Norfolk Mysteries Novella Book 2) by @henrigyland #Mystery @rararesources #BlogTour #FridayReads

Im delighted to be joining the blog tour for A Lion Is Not Just for Christmas, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources

My Review

I was intrigued by the title (Christmas and a lion don’t usually go together) and, although it’s the second book in a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone.

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A Keeper by Graham Norton ~ Contemporary/Historical Fiction & Family Drama set in Ireland @grahnort #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Graham Norton

Narrated by Graham Norton

Released: October 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton

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

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane’s father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh – not for lack of speculation.

Now, as Elizabeth returns to the village after her mother’s funeral, bringing with her own regrets and wounds, she finds a thin pile of ribbon-bound letters at the back of a wardrobe that may at last hold the key to her past.

It was the first week in January and Elizabeth Keane had flown from New York to Buncarragh after the death of her mother. Someone had to put her affairs in order and, while Elizabeth didn’t have particularly fond memories of Buncarragh, she felt guilty knowing she’d been all her mother had.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd ~ The Wyattsville Series Book 4 by @BetteLeeCrosby ~ Family #Saga

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 my choice is another Bette Lee Crosby book. The Wyattsville series is a lovely collection of books with charming and empathetic characters.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The House on Hope Street by @MennavanPraag #Supernatural #Audiobook Review

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’s choice is an audiobook I listened to back in 2016. The House on Hope Street is a contemporary fiction story with a touch of magic.

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One Magical Christmas by Berni Stevens ~ A fun #Christmas Romance #BookReview @Berni_Stevens1 @ChocLituk

Author: Berni Stevens

Performed by Karen Cass

Released: October 2018 and published by Soundings

Category: Audiobook, Christmas Romance, Book Review

Christmas magic doesn’t really exist – does it? 

When Annie Berry collides with Nik Knoll in a car park on the day of her sister’s wedding, it feels like all of Nik’s Christmases have come at once. Annie seems like just the sort of woman he’d like to get to know, and the chance nature of their encounter is almost like, well … Christmas magic.

Veterinary nurse Annie Berry has found the perfect dress for her younger sister’s wedding. Never mind that it was barely affordable, it was midnight blue, sophisticated and gorgeous.

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