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 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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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Lost Man by Jane Harper ~ #Mystery set in the Australian Outback #FamilyDrama

Throwback Thursday this week features The Lost Man by Jane Harper, published in 2018.

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My Thoughts

The Outback is a harsh, vast and sparsely populated area with a brutal and unrelenting climate. It’s a hard life and the nearest neighbour could be hours away by car.

Those who live there know never to travel anywhere without a full quota of supplies, the means to stay in radio contact and a first aid kit in case of emergencies. So why did Cameron Bright, born, brought up and living in the Outback all his life, die in the desert, miles away from his fully stocked vehicle. It makes no sense to his family. Cameron knew what it took to survive in such an isolated place and he knew never to move far from his car.

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The Unveiling of Polly Forrest: A Mystery by Charlotte Whitney @CWhitneyAuthor #NetGalley #RBRT #HistFic

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Published: 15th March 2022

Category: Historical Fiction, Crime, Mystery

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When her new husband Sam perishes in a bizarre farm accident, would-be milliner Polly soon becomes the prime suspect in his murder. As she digs for evidence to clear her name, Polly falls into a sinister web implicating her in a nefarious crime ring being investigated by White House Police. Polly’s life and those of her family are at stake.

The Unveiling of Polly Forrest is set in Michigan in 1934 during the Great Depression and presents a striking picture of the hardships  of that era. For the rural farming communities times were extremely tough. The prices for crops dropped so much that some farmers were left with no choice but to either sell up or lose their farms to foreclosure. There were no luxuries like indoor plumbing, extra money for clothes or anything but the most basic foods. 

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The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens @aeskens #Thriller #AudiobookReview

36083341._SY475_Author: Allen Eskens

Performed by R.C. Bray

Published by Tantor Audio, released on Audible October 2017

Category: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

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Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife’s death, even when he believed that a reckless hit-and-run driver was to blame. Haunted by memories both beautiful and painful, he is plagued by feelings of unfinished business. When Max learns that, in fact, Jenni was murdered, he must come to terms with this new information—and determine what to do with it.

Initially believing his wife had been killed by a hit and run driver, Max Rupert was devastated to learn she had been targeted and her murder planned. He is consumed with anger, grief and a desire to make those responsible pay for their crime. He is totally out of step with the person he has always been, even taking into acccount the bad days since Jenni’s death.

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Murder in Belgravia: A Mayfair 100 Murder Mystery by Lynn Brittney #HistoricalFiction #Crime

517rMDGyi1L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Lynn Brittney

Published: March 2018 by Mirror Books

Category: Historical Fiction, Murder, Mystery

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Set against the backdrop of WW1, Mayfair 100 is the telephone number for a small, specially formed crimebusting team based in a house in Mayfair, London in 1915. Just 10 months into the First World War, the City is flooded with women taking over the work vacated by men in the Armed Services.

The first in a new historical crime series set in London during WW1, Murder in Belgavia introduces an engaging mix of characters. Chief Inspector Peter Beech was removed from active service after being injured during one of the first battles. He’s been called to investigate the murder of Lord Murcheson. The victim’s wife is a key witness and also a suspect. She is in obvious pain but declines to be examined by her husband’s physician. Beech persuades her to go to the Women’s hospital and see a friend of his, Dr Caroline Allardyce.

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Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney #Contemporary #LiteraryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

41DuubRLoaS._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Alice Feeney

Performed by Richard Armitage, Stephanie Racine

Published by HQ and released on Audible in August 2021

Category: Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

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Ten years of marriage.

Ten years of secrets.

An anniversary they’ll never forget.

Adam and Amelia are spending the weekend in the Scottish Highlands. The remote location is perfect for what they have planned. But when their romantic trip takes a dark turn, they both start to wonder – can they trust the one they’re with?

Because every couple tells little white lies. Only for Adam and Amelia, the truth is far more dangerous.

Set in a very creepy old converted chapel in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands, Rock Paper Scissors tells the story of Adam, a screen writer who suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognise faces, and his wife, Amelia who works for an animal charity. Their marriage is in trouble and the the marriage guidance counsellor suggested a weekend away. Amelia happened to win a raffle prize at work — a weekend in a cottage in Scotland. They decide it’s make or break for them and set off with their black lab, Bob. The journey is long and tedious but despite the ever worsening weather conditions they eventually arrive at their destination.

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#BookTour Spotlight Feature ~ Every Word Unsaid by #KimberlyDuffy #HistoricalFiction @Bethany_House #AustenprosePR

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Title: Every Word Unsaid: A Novel

Author: Kimberly Duffy

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Publisher: Bethany House (November 2, 2021)

Length: (368) pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

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The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie #AudiobookReview #MurderMystery #TuesdayBookBlog

51gvQEazjJL._SY346_Author: Agatha Christie

Performed by Hugh Frazer

Published by HarperCollins and released on Audible in 2006

Category: Murder, Mystery, Audiobook, Review

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A mysterious woman, a legendary cursed jewel, and a night train to the French riviera — ingredients for the perfect romance or the perfect crime? When the train stops, the jewel is missing, and the woman is found dead in her compartment. It’s the perfect mystery, filled with passion, greed, deceit. And Hercule Poirot is the perfect detective to solve it…

An intriguing start to The Mystery of the Blue Train with an mysterious parcel being picked up in the dead of night, a large sum of money exchanged and people being shadowed and attacked. 

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