The Confession by Jo Spain ~ What prompted an unprovoked attack? #Psychological Murder/Mystery @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

Author: Jo Spain

Published: January 2018 by Quercus

Category: Murder, Mystery, Psychological, Book Review

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Told from the perspectives of Julie, JP Carney and the investigating officer, DS Alice Moody, The Confession takes a totally different slant on a psychological thriller. From the dramatic and compelling prologue, set in the present, we know the identity of the murderer immediately. The mystery is why. What prompted the attack? What was the perpetrator’s’s motive?

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Mortal Fall: A Novel of Suspense set in Glacier National Park by Christine Carbo #BookReview

It’s a while since I did Throwback Thursday post and this week I’m revisiting Mortal Fall. This book follows on from The Wild Inside but can be read as a standalone as it has a different main character.

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Ryan’s Christmas: A DCI Ryan Mystery by LJ Ross ~ Christmas can be murder… @ljross_author #BookReview

Author: LJ Ross

Kindle Edition

Category; Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery, Murder, Book Review

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Christmas can be murder…

After a busy year fighting crime, DCI Ryan and his team of murder detectives are enjoying a festive season of goodwill, mulled wine and, in the case of DS Phillips, a cake or two—that is, until a freak snowstorm forces their car off the main road and into the remote heart of Northumberland. 

On the way home from a trip to Edinburgh, where they spent some time perusing the Christmas markets, Ryan, Phillips and their better halves Anna and Denise, are caught out by a heavy snowfall, causing an accident which shut the main road for miles. Forced to take side roads they make slow progress, until eventually they reach the small village of Chillingham, where they had to abandon the car. 

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Naked In Death (In Death #1) by JD Robb ~ Futuristic #Murder #Mystery @LittleBrownUK #NetGalley #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: JD Robb

Originally Published: July 1995

Category: Mystery, Murder, Romance, Police Procedural, Book Review

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It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.

I listened to Naked In Death back in 2009 and was hooked. I have since listened to every book up to date, some I’ve enjoyed more than others but most of them have pushed each character’s story forward. It was fun to revisit the start of the series—where it all began. The character development over the numerous books has been huge, and the number of key characters has increased significantly. 

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Top 20 Favourite Reads of 2019 #Books #AmReading #BookBlogger #BookLove

As the end of 2019 is almost upon us, it’s favourite books of the year time!

It’s always a difficult choice to narrow the list down to twenty, but I do enjoy looking back at the books I’ve read during the year.

So, in no particular order…

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#GuestPost from Joe Pulizzi #Author of The Will To Die ~ Free Audio Download #Mystery #Thriller @JoePulizzi

I’m delighted to welcome Joe Pulizzi with his guest post ~ 3 Things I Learned Moving from Business Writing to Fiction. Joe’s fiction novel The Will To Die eBook and Audible version will be release on 4th March 2020. In the meantime you can download the audio and listen for free here

Now over to Joe…

I started working in the content marketing industry 20 years ago. Everything I did from start until 2018 revolved around teaching businesses what content marketing was and how they could use it effectively.

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#BlogTour ~ The Slayings in Sydenham by Alice Castle ~ Murder/Mystery #BookReview + #Giveaway @AliceMCastle @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Slayings in Sydenham, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

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Fire in The Thatch: A Devon Mystery by E.C.R. Lorac ~ British Library #CrimeClassics #PoliceProcedural #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: E.C.R. Lorac

Published: February 2018 by The British Library Publishing Division

Category: Classic Crime, Police Procedural, Historical, Book Review

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The Second World War is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Devon renting a thatched cottage in the beautiful countryside at Mallory Fitzjohn. Vaughan sets to work farming the land, rearing geese and renovating the cottage. Hard work and rural peace seem to make this a happy bachelor life. 

The first few chapters build characterisations, mostly through dialogue, giving a good indication of people’s personalities and viewpoints. This approach means the main point of the story is reached with fairly well fleshed out characters, which worked well.

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Love Potions and Other Calamities by Charlie Laidlaw ~ A Comic Tale of #Love, #Mystery & Mayhem @claidlawauthor #BookReview

Author: Charlie Laidlaw

Published: November 2019 by Headline Accent

Category: Mystery, Humour, Romance, Herbalism, Drama, Book Review

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Rosie McLeod, pub proprietor and a gifted herbalist of local renown, is thirty-nine and holding, but only just. The talons of her fortieth birthday are in her back and her bloody, bloody husband hasn’t laid a lustful hand on her for months.

Readers can always expect something out of the ordinary with Charlie Laidlaw’s books. Love Potions and Other Calamities is no exception. Each chapter begins with a snippet from The Book of Secrets by Albertus Magnus, 13th century scientist, theologian and philosopher, which relates to the story. 

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Peril at End House by Agatha Christie ~ Hastings & Poirot Holiday in Cornwall #HerculePoirot #Classic Crime #FridayReads

Author: Agatha Christie

Performed by Hugh Fraser

Published by HarperCollins and released on Audible in August 2006

Category: Classic Crime, Murder, Mystery, Audiobook, Book Review

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Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast when he meets Nick Buckly. Nick is the young and reckless mistress of End House, an imposing structure perched on the rocky cliffs of St. Loo.

Poirot has taken a particular interest in the young woman who has recently narrowly escaped a series of life-threatening accidents. Something tells the Belgian sleuth that these so-called accidents are more than just mere coincidences or a spate of bad luck. 

The now retired Hercule Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings, over on a visit from his ranch in Argentina, have recently arrived at the Majestic Hotel on the Cornish coast and are enjoying the prospect of a relaxing weeks holiday.

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