Did you know that 99% of the reading public never post a review for a book? That’s quite a staggering percentage.
At Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team (six years and going strong!), we often look at ways to encourage more people to review. This autumn, Rosie has planned a Review-A-Book Challenge, with a great list of books to choose from, all free of charge to anyone serious about writing a review for her blog – and possibly joining the review team, if you enjoy the process.
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.
I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Just by Jenny Morton Potts, due to be published on the 18th June. I have an extract, guest post and giveaway to share but before I hand you over to Jenny, here’s a little about the book.
Harriet Steel, author of the series of books featuring Shanti de Silva, set in 1930’s Ceylon, has a new book available through Instafreebie. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, all you need to do is sign up for Harriet’s newsletter and the book is yours.
Cooking Up Crime ~ cozy crime meets sci-fi in this light-hearted tale of revenge, reading and cakes.
Far ahead in the twenty-second century, libraries as we know them are a thing of the past. In this brave new world, they’ve been replaced by audio-visual pods that deliver a full sensory experience, so much safer that all those germ-ridden bundles of paper people used to read. But to the despair of Jane, who’s worked in a library for thirty years, some borrowers aren’t as grateful as they should be. Her dissatisfaction increases when glamorous Sarah is appointed manager over her head. Surely, the job should have been Jane’s? Then she discovers that Sarah has a dark secret. It’s payback time…
I can’t believe it’s that time again! And yet again, the choice wasn’t easy. It’s been a good reading/listening year with lots of fabulous books, and so, after much deliberation and in no particular order, here are my top reads/listens for this year.
Clicking on the book cover takes you to Amazon UK. Other links are included in the full review.
The Chalk Pit ~ Elly Griffiths
The Chalk Pit finds Ruth investigating the discovery of bones in the chalk tunnels below Norwich, excavating and testing the bones to calculate their age. They appears to more recent than anticipated and DCI Nelson is called into the investigation. Running concurrently is the police investigation into the disappearance and murders of rough sleepers in the Kings Lynn area. The plight of the homeless, the unpredictable nature of their situation, how they are viewed by others is a main focus of the storyline and was approached objectively, with thoughtfulness. The concept of an underground community and history of the Norwich tunnels is sad and fascinating at the same time and the combination of social and criminal issues, plus historical facts works well.
***** Continue reading
Author: Marcia Meara
Category: Fantasy, Book Review, Books
Was Gabe Angelino, the mysterious truck driver in Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2, really an angel, as Willow Green believes? Or was he simply a good man, determined to help a stranger in need? Find out, as author Marcia Meara reveals the truth in the first Riverbend spinoff novella, The Emissary.
An angel’s work is never done—that’s part of the gig. But angels hadn’t been created to deal with such a vastly over-populated planet, rife with misery, suffering, and general chaos. Helping souls in peril has become a nearly impossible job, and even angelic tempers are frayed.
We were introduced briefly to Gabe Angelino, otherwise known as Jake, when he appeared in Hunter Painter’s life at just the right moment. Willow Green wasn’t far off the mark, thinking he was an angel. But Azrael, Jake’s boss, isn’t too pleased with his, Jake’s, interactions with Hunter and Willow.
- Author: Owen Mullen
- Published: January 2017 by Bloodhound Books
- Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction, Book Review, Books, Reading
An utterly gripping crime thriller from ‘a major new force in British crime fiction.’
Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away.
Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.
After being involved in the blog tour for Delaney, And So It Began I wanted to read more of Owen Mullen’s work, so I went back to his debut novel featuring Private Investigator, Charlie Cameron.
- Author: Brent Jones
- Kindle Edition
- Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Book Review, Reading, Books
Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.