Unboxing #MyChronicleBookBox for November 2018 #Books #AmReading

I’ve been toying with the idea of subscribing to a book box for a while, and decided to take the plunge (I’m considering it my Christmas present to myself 😉) after seeing this post on Jo’s Book Blog. My Chronicle Book Box offer four boxes per year, if you want to subscribe, or individual purchases.  There’s a choice between Crime/Mystery and Fantasy/Sc-Fi boxes and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. I chose the Crime/Mystery Box.

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Darkest Before The Dawn by Mike Martin (Sergeant Windflower Mystery Series) Cosy #Murder #Mystery @mike54martin

Author: Mike Martin

Published: September 2018 by Ottawa Press and Publishing

Category: Cosy Murder/Mystery, Book Review

Darkest Before the Dawn is the latest adventure of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Mountie who finds himself surrounded by a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. There are signs of trouble that may disturb his pleasant life, including a series of unsolved break-ins and the lack of supports for young people in the most trying time of their lives. But there are always good friends, good food and the sense that if we all pull together, we can find a way to get through even the darkest days.

Although Darkest Before The Dawn is the latest in a series of cosy murder/mysteries set in the small town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland, it could be read as a standalone at a push but like any series started half way through means the development of the characters and their storylines are missed.

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In Harm’s Way by Owen Mullen #ScottishNoir Crime Fiction @owenmullen6 @Bloodhoundbook #FridayReads

Author: Owen Mullen

Released: October 2018 by Bloodhound Books

Category: Scottish Noir, Crime Fiction, Book Review

What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?

What if you were abducted in broad daylight?

What if you were chained to a bed and held captive in a cellar?

What would you do?

Mackenzie Crawford screamed.

What if your wife went out at night and wouldn’t say where she was going?

What if she admitted she had a lover?

What if you came home one day and discovered she’d left?

What would you do?

Derek Crawford went to pieces.

What if a woman with an alcohol problem disappeared?

What if there was no evidence of a crime?

What if her brother asked you to help?

What would you do?

In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes put the case to the top of his list.

What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?

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Fear & Phantoms (The Victorian Detectives Book 6) by @carolJhedges ~ Historical #CrimeFiction #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Author: Carol Hedges

Published: September 2018 by Little G Books

Category: Historical, Crime Fiction, Book Review

When a young man’s body is discovered buried deep beneath the winter snow, Detectives Stride and Cully little realise where the discovery will take them. Is his murder a random, one-off event, or could the death be linked to the mysteriously elusive individual who has already brought down one of the City’s long-standing private banks?

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Promise by Robert Crais (An Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Novel) #CrimeFiction

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 The Promise, an audiobook released in 2015, and narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Luke Daniels. 

My Review

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The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude (British Library Crime Classics) #CosyMystery Book Review #FridayReads

Author: John Bude

Republished: March 2014 by The British Library Publishing Division

Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review

The Reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside – but heaven forbid that the shadow of any real crime should ever fall across his seaside parish.

This classic mystery of the golden age of the golden age of British crime is set against the vividly described backdrop of a fishing village on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast. It is now republished for the first time since the 1930s with an introduction by the award-winning crime writer Martin Edwards.

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Wild Fire (Shetland Book 8) by Ann Cleeves #Scottish Crime Fiction @anncleeves #JimmyPerez #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Ann Cleeves

Published: September 2018 by Macmillan

Category: Scottish Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Book Review

Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.

Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.

Helena, a well known knitwear designer, her husband Daniel, an architect, and their children, Ellie and Christopher, are recent incomers to Shetland. They’re leaving behind a hectic existence in London and are hoping for a better quality and more tranquil way of life, but find some of the local community less than friendly.

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The Riviera Affair (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #4) by @newwrites Cosy Mystery #BookReview for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: J. New

Kindle Edition

Category: 1930s Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Crime, Book Review

The glamour of the French Riviera quickly turns sour as Ella is caught up in an investigation which will have repercussions on both sides of the channel. But has she finally met her match?

‘The Riviera Affair’ is set in 1930’s England, and is the fourth of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series.

When Ella Bridges takes a frantic phone call for help from her mother Elspeth, who lives on Cap Ferrat in France, she and her aunt Margaret waste no time in travelling to the French Riviera accompanied by Margaret’s dear but eccentric friend, Pierre DuPont. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ A Reason To Live (Marty Singer #1) by Matthew Iden #CrimeFiction #BookReview

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 showcasing the first in a detective series which was reissued in 2015. Marty Singer has retired from the police force due to ill health but there’s one case he can’t forget….

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The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn Book 2) by @Lisalregan #CrimeFiction #Book Review @bookouture #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Lisa Regan

Published: April 2018 by Bookouture

Category: Crime Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Book Review

Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms. 

A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim? 

After the traumas in the first book, Vanishing Girls, Acting Police Chief Josie Quinn is planning her wedding to fiancé, Luke. But Luke is behaving strangely and Josie can’t get to the bottom of what’s bothering him. Before anything can be resolved she gets an urgent call from her second-in-command, Lieutenant Noah Fraley. Since her promotion Josie has missed being in the field and welcomes the opportunity to be hands on again.

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