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Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

I would like to thank Author Olly Jarvis for gifting me a copy of this book. After speaking to Olly about his book, I had a feeling I would be hooked and was looking forward to diving right in. This is an Author with a wealth of knowledge that makes this book so gripping and really dragged me right into the story. I absolutely loved it.

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Description:

Death by Dangerous is a compelling legal thriller set in Manchester and Bradford.

John Anderson is one of the North West’s most dedicated and successful prosecution barristers. His career is going from strength to strength and he is on the verge of becoming Queen’s Counsel. But the life he once knew suddenly comes crashing down following a fatal road traffic accident…

“They’re saying it was your fault. Someone died.”

Recovering from his injuries, he has no memory of the collision. Was he responsible for the death of a child? Who was his female passenger? Facing charges of causing death by dangerous driving, the professional and personal life he once knew now lies in tatters. Depressed and taking refuge in alcohol, Anderson refuses, in the face of so many unanswered questions, to accept his guilt. He becomes convinced that the gangster he was prosecuting at the time of the crash is in some way involved.

The mystery deepens as his search for the truth draws him into Manchester’s sordid criminal underworld. Shunned by his former colleagues, Anderson finds help from an unlikely source, enabling him to confront his prejudices and re-evaluate his past life. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery and, ultimately, the path for his own redemption.

Anderson knows that defeat means deliverance to a prison full of violent criminals he has prosecuted over the years. He now has to find the strength to fight the most important trial of his life.

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My Thoughts:

Let me tell you straight off, I absolutely loved this book. It is amazing, thrilling, gripping and just simply fantastic. What a talented, knowledgeable Author. 

Each chapter of this book brought intrigue and interest. You can tell by reading this that the Author has a wealth of knowledge of legal issues. It is written in a way that was totally understandable to me as a lay person, but also from the character’s professional view point that made it so believable that I was drawn into the world of John Anderson, his family, friends and his enemies. Throughout the book we see how relationships change, develop and how confusing this would all be for the main character John. Who does he trust? Who is out to help him? And who is out to destroy him? This book is so cleverly written. I just can’t rave enough about it.

The first page of this book seems to be almost separate from the main story, and its only towards the end that the pieces all come so nicely and clearly together. I was left guessing throughout the book about what the outcome was going to be. I like a book that is not at all predictable, and this one certainly isn’t.

One of the reasons this book appealed to me before I started it, was that it is based in Manchester and surrounding areas. A lot of the thriller books I have read are based in America and it was nice to read about a place I am familiar with. The book even mentions Gregs the bakers. 🙂

I would say from the second chapter of this book, I started to tell my family how amazing the book is. (I also raved on Twitter, you might have seen). I think now, my Mum and Husband might be wanting to borrow this book……. I want it back though!!!!  ♥  I definitely recommend this book to you all, its got intrigue, twists, excitement, and I loved the cleverness of the legal tale.

Olly Jarvis has now been added to my list of favourite Authors, and he is very close to the top!!

Author Details and Links:

Paperback, 300 pages

Published July 28th 2015 by Troubador Publishing Ltd

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ollyjarvis.co.uk

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Have you read this book? Do you want to? Let me know your thoughts? As always, I’d love to hear from you?

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: Dangerously Dark by Collette London

Book Review: Dangerously Dark by Collette London

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy of this book. The chocolate and mystery idea just rang straight to me that this would be a book that I would enjoy. Here are my thoughts.

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Description:

Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she’s about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend’s engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginning his renowned Chocolate-After-Dark tour. . .

Hayden’s friends insist that Declan’s death was a freak accident, but she knows there’s no mistaking the bitter after taste of homicide. In the midst of habañero hot chocolate and mocha-chunk gelato, a choco-crazed killer waits to strike again. Hayden will need to use more than her extraordinarily gifted taste buds to bring this murderer to justice, but she just might have bitten off more than she can chew in the process. . .

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My Thoughts:

Thought I would really love this with all the chocolate talk and the murder mystery parts, but unfortunately I didn’t love it. I liked all the different kind of chocolate talk and all the chocolatey descriptive words. But what I didn’t realise before I started the book was that there was a book before this one. This second book makes a lot of references to the first book. At first it made me wish I’d read the first book, but then I found myself thinking if I had read the first, I probably wouldn’t have read this one.

I thought there were far to many references to the previous book. The main character I thought was a bit silly. I was left thinking for the first half of the book, has there been a murder or not. I don’t know if this was what the author intended? but I didn’t like it.

I prefer a murder mystery to be gritty, thrilling and a page turner. I like my romantic comedy chick lit books to be easy reading fun. This I think was supposed to be a mix of the two which in my opinion didn’t work well. It wasn’t gritty and it wasn’t easy reading fun.  For me, it didn’t work.

I don’t like to write completely negative reviews for books, and as I did finish this book, the positives for this book were all the delicious chocolate references, which sounded so tasty.

“grilled brioche sandwiches filled with melted chocolate and sea salt..”

And some strange sounding delectable too!

“a bacon-y take on a Snickers.”

There were also nice recipes at the back of the book too. Below are links for the Author and the book. I’d love to hear from you if you have read this or any of Collette’s books and what your thoughts are.

Links for Author Collette London and her Books:

ColletteLondon.com

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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis.

Book Review: Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis.

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I have unashamedly made it very obvious here and on Twitter that Olly Jarvis is my all time favourite Author. This is a little weird as he had only published two books that I had read (before this recent one). But I was so engrossed and loved both previous books so much, I just wanted to keep raving and let everyone I could know that I loved his books and they should read them too. So, you can imagine that I was elated when I heard Olly had written another one. Unconvicted is just as good as his previous two books, and so far is my top book of the year! As were his previous 2 in 2015 and 2016! (You see how much of a fan I am!).

Death By Dangerous – July 2015 Goodreads.   My Review.    Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com

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Cut Throat Defence – October 2016.  Goodreads.    Amazon.co.uk.    Amazon.com.   Author Interview.

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Now for Olly Jarvis’ most recent book Unconvicted which was published by Canelo on January 29th 2018.

Description:

In a razor-sharp legal thriller, Jack Kowalski must win two challenging trials to save his reputation and his career
Junior barrister Jack Kowalski is crushed. His client Timothy Smart appears to have committed a monstrous crime while on bail – a bail application Jack fought hard to win.

When a high-profile Polish footballer is charged with rape and demands a fellow countryman represent him, Jack must overcome his guilt and get back to work. Before long he takes on a second case, a GBH for instructing solicitor Lara Panassai, who Jack remains desperate to impress. But neither case is what it seems, and Jack will face an extraordinary uphill battle to see that justice is done.

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Published January 29th 2018 by Canelo

My Thoughts:

Unconvicted is set in Manchester, England. I love legal thrillers, it is my favourite genre at the moment. So I love it when I find a legal thriller that is set in U.K. Although, I enjoy American based ones too, I like that I can relate to the areas and a bit of the legal talk. However, whatever your nationality, if you like legal thrillers, this is a must read. Young barrister Jack Kowalski is relatively new to his job and still has that anxiety at being in a courtroom. This is the second in the Jack Kowalski series, though its not essential to read the first before Unconvicted. Jack takes on high profile cases and along with solicitor Lara. ( a great relationship between these two), they must find justice. However, all is not as it seems. 

Jarvis writes from his knowledge and experiences at working within criminal law, and this shines through in his writing. The legal talk is interesting, accurate and believable. We are drawn in to Jack’s world of how he can defend criminals, how he has to think outside the box and despite what he may or may not believe about his clients, give them the best and fairest defence within his ability. From reading this book, my eyes were opened to the challenges faced by defence attorneys. One of the quotes by Jack shows the difficulties and mind messers of being a criminal defence lawyer.

“You have to work on the basis that the unconvicted are always innocent unless proved otherwise. ” – This made the book so exciting and interesting. Are Jack’s clients innocent or guilty? Does it matter? Should it matter? And how does Jack work to defend his high profile clients, while also having to face the alledged victims of the crimes? 

Jarvis knows human compassion, feelings and assumptions and this is so evident in his writing. He writes from knowledge, experience, imagination and a brilliant legal mind. 

The pace of this book is set just right, not too fast but in no way slow. Olly Jarvis is always a writer to keep you turning the pages and wanting more. The short chapters meant that when I said to myself just one more chapter, I could get away with a few more than I intended, and a few late nights were because of this book.I can’t recommend this book, and Olly’s other books high enough. Unconvicted is my top book of the year so far…..and although its only April, I don’t see that changing……unless he writes another book? 


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Posted by on March 31, 2018 in Books

 

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Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis.

Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis.

Today, I am very excited to bring you the newest book out from one of my very favourite Authors Olly Jarvis. Olly wrote ‘Death By Dangerous’ last year and it was one of my top books of the year. You can read my review of ‘Death By Dangerous’ – HERE!

I was so excited and pleased when I got the email asking me to read and review his latest book ‘Cut Throat Defence’  And, I was able to ask Olly a few questions. 

‘Cut Throat Defence’ is out now, so read below and prepare for another fantastic read from the very talented Olly Jarvis.

You can also follow the rest of this blog tour with these lovely bloggers below. 

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Description:

There is no man richer than a man without a price
Jack Kowalski is a young and newly qualified barrister, who finds himself working on the biggest drugs importation trial ever played out on English soil. With the assistance of his equally inexperienced instructing solicitor, Lara Panassai, Jack argues a savage ‘cut-throat’ defence – a risky tactic where the defendants blame each other – and quickly embroils some of the most eminent QCs in the land.

As the son of Polish immigrants, the sensitive Kowalski has always found it hard to fit in, with a sense of inferiority and constant nervousness in Court. Now he must face his demons and fight not only for his clients, but for his very future at the Bar.

But when the defendant then unexpectedly absconds, Jack and Lara must fight on regardless, following a tip that leads them out of the courtroom and into Manchester’s seedy underworld – crime bosses, strip clubs, corrupt lawyers and all manner of hidden sins.

As the case grows darker with each new discovery, who in this viper pit of deception can Jack and Lara trust?

Ingeniously plotted and embellished with real-life insider expertise, Cut-Throat Defence is a story of rivalry, ruthlessness and – above all – survival.

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Published: October 3rd 2016 by Canelo.

I have just finished this book and am giving it a great big 5 wonderful stars. I love Olly’s writing, his knowledge and this book is my top book of 2016 so far. My official review will be up at the weekend. But until then, have a look at what Olly says below. 

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I was very pleased to be able to ask Olly a few questions for this post, and here is what he said.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in London and after scraping a law degree, travelled the world for a few years, teaching English to pay my way. When I came back to the UK, I qualified as a barrister and managed to find a pupillage in Manchester where I have lived for more than twenty years, defending clients in the crown courts across the north of England. Right from the start I specialised in criminal defence. Its been an incredible eye opening journey!

I started my writing career by doing a few things for Radio 4, before finally taking the plunge and penning my first novel.

What inspires your writing and characters?

My greatest driving force has been a desire to show readers what it’s really like working in the criminal justice system. There’s been so much government spin in recent times, portraying barristers as champagne quaffing oafs on huge incomes. Truth is those who choose a career today in this under funded area of law, see it as a vocation. Starting a career with an enormous student debt and expecting little financial reward, new recruits face eighteen hour days, unbearable stress and exhaustion.

This daily challenge and fear of failure was something I wanted to get across in this book. The two courageous central characters in Cut Throat Defence, a newly qualified barrister and a solicitor, are clinging onto their careers by their fingernails.

Conversely, these pressures can bring  fantastic highs, as well as lows, and just occasionally, a huge sense of pride in seeing justice done.

Tell us about your writing process? 

I like to map out the story first, the plot is key, and very detailed. Once I have the structure, I plan out the chapters. When I’ve finished the first draft, I go back again and again, weaving the story together and tightening the strands.

 Finding time to write is a constant battle, confined mostly to weekends and early mornings. Much of Cut-Throat Defence and Death By Dangerous were created on trains. I often defend in the courts of Bradford and Leeds – the one hour journey over the Pennines and back is a great time to write. A reviewer very kindly once said that my style of writing with short chapters has a pace and rhythm like a train rattling along the track. Maybe that’s why!

 

Here are the links if you want to get in touch with Olly Jarvis and want to get the amazing book. 

Links:

AMAZON.CO.UK

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GOODREADS

Twitter/OllyJarviso

OllyJarvis.com

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Books

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside USA #TTT

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside USA #TTT

TOP TEN TUESDAY.

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This weekly feature is hosted and originated from Broke and Bookish. I don’t usually participate, but as I have a little more time this month, I decided to write a post for this week. If you visit Broke and Bookish, you will see all the other topics for Top Ten Tuesdays. Today’s topic is……

Books Set Outside of America.

So, Books Set Outside USA. It is true, a lot of books are based in America, so this will be an interesting topic to find some books based in other countries. I look forward to getting some good recommendations from other bookbloggers on this topic. Please link your posts in the comments, so I can read yours too.  ♥

I have read all of the books I am recommending, and you can read my reviews from the links below.

I will begin with a few based in my own country – U.K.

England

1. Death by Dangerous.

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This is one of my favourite books EVER! It is so gripping and page turning. It is a crime thriller based in England, which made it even better for me, because the legal system is the same in the book as where I live. (Not the case in American books). MY REVIEW!

2. A Strangers House

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This book is set in Cambridge. Its a tale of suspense, a little romance and a certain way to make you wary if you have ever decided to try house sitting! MY REVIEW!

Wales

3. A Death in the Valley

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Wales is where I grew up,so I was excited to read this book. It is a book of twists, turns and mystery. I loved it, and you can see why here with MY REVIEW.

 

Scotland

4. The Sheep, The Haggis, The Sister in Law and The Drunken Trip to Glasgow.

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Ok, so I was drawn to this one because of the weird title, but also because it was based in Scotland (where I live now). It is a short story and every part of the title has an inclusion in the book. It is a really strange read, but one I did enjoy. See why here in MY REVIEW.

One for the Caribbean (And a bit in the U.K).

5. Coffee tea the Caribbean and Me.

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Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors. This book has a prequel ‘Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me’. However, ‘Caribbean and Me’ can be read as a stand alone or after the first one. The scenes in the Caribbean are so idyllic and made me want to go on holiday the whole time I was reading it. Caroline starts this book with the strap line:

“The Time to be Happy is Now”

 I loved it, you can see why in MY REVIEW.

 

Japan.

Japan Guide…less, Emails from Japan by Nicole D’Arcangelo

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This book is based on the Author’s travels in Japan while she was teaching there. It is written in a series of emails and journal entries, which I liked as you could read short bits at a time or longer if you had more time. I loved hearing about the different ways of life, the food, the habits, what they consider to be polite….and rude. It is a really interesting book. You can read MY REVIEW here.

 

Canada.

7. Anne of Green Gables.

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This is my favourite book ever, and surprisingly, I have no review for it! I do have an Anne of Green Gable Christmas haul, which you can see HERE.    Anne Shirley is an orphan girl, adopted by a brother and sister who live in Avonlea in Canada. Anne is so optimistic, inspiring and funny. This is a book I recommend to everyone.

 

Australia.

8. Her Australian Summer

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 This is a cute little novella based in Australia. It is a lovely summer read, short, sweet and enjoyable. You can read MY REVIEW

General Travel Around the World.

9. Blue Sun Yellow Sky – based on travel

 

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 I found this book to be truly inspirational. The main character Aubrey is going blind, but decides to travel the world in the 6 weeks while she still has some sight. We read about her travels in China, India, Rome, Paris amongst many other places. One of my favourite quotes is:

“Just because you can’t see the stage, doesn’t mean you can’t dance on it!”

This book has a safe place in my heart as it is brilliantly written, allows the reader to see the world through Aubrey’s eyes and imagination, and is inspiring. Here is MY REVIEW.

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10. The Sunshine and Biscotti Club

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This is a perfect summer read, where a group of friends are in Italy for the summer to revamp a Baking School Hotel. The book includes all things I love; friends, food and the sunshine. You can read MY REVIEW here.

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So, there are my ten recommendations for books set outside of the USA. I hope you like the sound of them. If you have any good recommendations of books set outside America, or if you participated in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, then let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Books

 

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My Top Ten Reads of 2015.

My Top Ten Reads of 2015.

I have been looking forward to this post, as its always good to look back and remember all the fabulous books you’ve read in the year. I have managed to narrow it down to my top ten favourite books that I read in 2015.

The books were all to good to be put in order, so in no particular order, here are my:

TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2015.

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You can see my review of these books by clicking ‘Review’ after each title.

Death by Dangerous by Olly Jarvis.

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I loved the gripping page turning excitement of this book. Its the first book by this Author, and I really hope he will write more. I loved it. See my REVIEW HERE!


99 Percent Kill, by Doug Richardson.

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This was the first book that I have read by this Author, although he has many more books out. This was exciting and kept me guessing all the way through. It was brilliant, I will be reading more from Doug Richardson.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me, by Caroline James.

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Caroline is one of the nicest Author’s that I have worked with, not only does she write the best books, she also bakes the best cakes! I have tasted the proof. This book got me hooked into the characters, and I’m so looking forward to reading the sequel Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ in the New Year.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Club MEDicine, by Jack Kinsley.

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A great book with twists that I really wasn’t expecting, good characters and a real page turner. Plus the Author lives in Thailand! what a great place to write.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef, by Caroline James.

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Another one by the fantastic Caroline James, I just love her books. This one was full of great characters, delicious foodie parts and a really engrossing story.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Frozen Charlotte, by Alex Bell.

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This book was very creepy, all about Frozen Charlotte dolls. Perfect for a Halloween read. Just don’t have any dolls sitting on your shelves or your bed while reading this!

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, by Jamie Jo Hoang.

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This book was so inspirational and enjoyable. The main character is going blind, but decides to travel the world before she becomes totally blind. So we hear her story and we get to travel to all the wonderful places that she goes to. There is a great trailer for this book also : HERE!

Read my REVIEW HERE!


 

You Think You Know Me, by Clare Chase.

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This book I really loved. The title of this book is so apt for the story, we are kept guessing throughout never knowing who to trust. Brilliant.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Twitter Girl, by Nic Tatano.

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 I read this one way back in January. This book got me straight away by the title and the cover. I love Twitter, so thought this would be a great easy reading book. It was! I have another book ‘Cover Girl’ by the same Author on my to be read list. I have a feeling that one will be just as good.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Tremor, by Mark Ryan.

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This was a different kind of book for me to read, as its categorised as Young Adult, which isn’t really my favoured genre. But I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. The story was great and I could see all the morals that the Author had planted within the story. The Author has kindly given me his second book, the follow up to Tremor, which is Fractured. I’m really looking forward to reading this in the New Year.

See my REVIEW HERE!


Thank you to all the above Authors for sharing your wonderful books with me, you are all so very talented.

 I hope to hear lots more from these Authors in 2016. And I’m quite sure I will find many more fantastic reads for the new year.

What were your favourite reads of 2015? Have you read any of my favourites? I wonder if my favourites are the same as your favourites?

Happy Reading, and A very Happy New Year to you all when it comes.

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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Books

 

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New Year and New Books! #BookLover #BookBlogger

New Year and New Books! #BookLover #BookBlogger

Belated Happy New Year to my readers. I haven’t done a book haul for a long time, but over the past few weeks my incoming books have all sounded so amazing and I’m excited to read them all, I thought I would share what new books I have gained.

If you have read and can recommend any of these to keep high on the list order then let me know your thoughts.

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Some I recieved as Christmas gifts, some free or bought from Amazon, some from Authors / Publishers and some from Netgalley.

I recieved ‘One Day in December’ by Josie Silver, from my lovely bookish blogger friend Irena 

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Irena’s review of this was so amazing and she rated the book so highly that she generously thought of me and that I would love it too. You can read Irena’s review HERE

Description.

A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.


 I downloaded 2 books free from Amazon.

Meet Clara Andrews by Lacey London

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Meet Clara Andrews… Your new best friend!

With a love of cocktails and wine, a fantastic job in the fashion industry and the world’s greatest best friends, Clara Andrews thought she had it all.

That is until a chance meeting introduces her to Oliver, a devastatingly handsome American designer. Trying to keep the focus on her work, Clara finds her heart stolen by lavish restaurants and luxury hotels.

As things get flirty, Clara reminds herself that inter-office relationships are against the rules, so when a sudden recollection of a work’s night out leads her to a gorgeous barman, she decides to see where it goes.

Clara soon finds out that dating two men isn’t as easy as it seems…

Will she be able to play the field without getting played herself?

Join Clara, as she finds herself landing in and out of trouble, re-affirming friendships, discovering truths and uncovering secrets.


 

Anxiety Girl by Lacey London.

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One in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, but it couldn’t happen to you, could it?

Sadie Valentine is just like you and I, or so she was…

After a series of unfortunate events in her life, Sadie finds herself in a dark hole that seems impossible to crawl out of.

Once a normal-ish woman, mental illness wasn’t something that she really thought about, but when the three evils, anxiety, panic and depression creep into her life, Sadie wonders if she will ever see the light again.

Set in the glitzy and glamorous Cheshire village of Alderley Edge, Anxiety Girl is a story surrounding the struggles of a beautiful young woman who thought she had it all.

Lacey London has spoken publicly about her own struggles with anxiety and hopes that Sadie will help other sufferers realise that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The characters in this novel might be fictitious, but the feelings and emotions experienced are very real.


I was very happy when I was alerted to a bargain buy for a start of a series by a good blogging bookish friend Meggy.

The first three books in the Detective Kay Hunter series. The first 3 books were on sale on Amazon for only 99p, so I grabbed a bargain with those. Meggy has brilliant reviews of all of the Kay Hunter series on her blog, which you can find HERE – chocolatenwaffles.com

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A serial killer murdering for kicks.

A detective seeking revenge.

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

Scared to Death is a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…


Book 2 – Will to Love , by Rachel Amphlett.

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Reputation is everything.

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…


Book 3 – One to Watch, by Rachel Amphlett.

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Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.


 

From the Author, DJ Swykert, I recieved a copy of his book:

Children of the Enemy by DJ Swykert.

children of the enemy

I have read quite a few of this Author’s books and enjoyed them all. So I was happy when DJ Swykert offered me this book to read.

Description.

Jude St. Onge is a man on the run. He is an addict who has stolen a large cache of drugs from Detroit drug kingpin Mitchell Parson, who is determined to retrieve the drugs and take his revenge on Jude. After the torture slaying of Jude’s wife, and the kidnapping of Jude’s daughter, Angelina, the last thing Mitchell Parson expected to hear when he picked up the phone was: “I have your sons.” Raymond Little, with a murder conviction in his past, and newspaper reporter Ted Rogers have become unusual allies with Jude in an attempt to rescue his daughter. Together they kidnap Parson’s two boys, hoping to secure Angelina’s release. Risks for both hostage-takers skyrocket as the two sides square off, while Detroit Homicide Detectives work the case unaware of all that is at stake in the investigation. Only Ray and Ted can save the endangered children in Children of the Enemy.


I was also lucky enough to win 2 books via Twitter from the Authors / Publishers. One I have recieved already and one is on its way in the post.

Tell Me A Secret by Jane Fallon.

tell me a secret

I have read and loved Jane Fallon’s other book ‘Sweet Revenge’. So I was looking forward to reading ‘Tell Me A Secret’. Then I read some great reviews for the book, and saw the giveaway on Twitter. I was as you can imagine, rather pleased that I won a copy of the book. I hope it arrives soon.

Description:

Holly and Roz spend most of their days together. They like the same jokes, loathe the same people and tell each other everything.

So when single mum Holly gets a shot at her dream job after putting everything on hold to raise her daughter, she assumes her friend will be dying to pop the champagne with her.

But is she just imagining things, or is Roz not quite as happy for her as she should be?

As Holly starts to take a closer look at Roz’s life outside their friendship, she begins to discover a few things that don’t add up. Who is the woman who claims to be her ally?

Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets.

Because it takes two to forge a friendship.

But it only takes one to wage a war . . .


I entered another giveaway on Twitter. This is the first book that I have by this Author, and the cover and blurb sound great. I am looking forward to reading it. As an extra special bit, the Author Cara Hunter signed the book for me.

No Way Out by Cara Hunter.

no way out

DID YOU SEE ANYTHING ON THE NIGHT THE ESMOND FAMILY WERE MURDERED?

From the author of CLOSE TO HOME and IN THE DARK comes the third pulse-pounding DI Fawley crime thriller.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DI Fawley has ever worked.

The Christmas holidays, and two children have just been pulled from the wreckage of their burning home in North Oxford. The toddler is dead, and his brother is soon fighting for his life.

Why were they left in the house alone? Where is their mother, and why is their father not answering his phone?

Then new evidence is discovered, and DI Fawley’s worst nightmare comes true.

Because this fire wasn’t an accident.

It was murder.


And finally my glorious selection from Netgalley. While I do love this site, it is very addictive as all bookbloggers will know. I have been accepted for 2 books and I have 2 pending and I’m fingers crossed hoping to be accepted for.

 

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell.

the couple

Actually I have just finished this book, and it was very good. So review for ‘The Couple’ coming up next week.

Description.

Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.


 

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh.

twisted

The first book I read by this Author was Thirteen, and it was my book of the year last year. Amazing,gripping and so unique. I was so excited when Netgalley approved me for this. I really hope it is as good as Thirteen. 

Description:

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

 


Then the 2 books I have requested, but are still pending are:

Death comes to Call by Clare Chase.

death comes to call

I have read a few of Clare’s books before and loved them all. For some reason I have missed the previous two in this series? But I’m hoping if I get approved for this book, reading it as a standalone won’t make a difference. Based on Clare’s previous books, I’m pretty sure I will love it.

Description:

Tara Thorpe may be Cambridge Police’s youngest detective, but that doesn’t stop her from cracking its most dangerous cases. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.

When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.

Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.

At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?


I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.

i owe you one

My old favourite Sophie Kinsella, the Author I have been reading for decades! Another book is due out, and I wanted to read this before I even knew what it was about. I have loved all her books, so am really really hoping I get approved for this. If not I will just have to acquire this from the library when it comes out. I just know it will be amazing.

Description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?


 

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So, as you can see I am totally spoilt for choice on the reading horizon for the next while. I hope all the books will engross me, and raving reviews for them will follow.

What are you reading right now? Have you read any of these books, and if so which were your favourite? Share your thoughts on my bookish choices in the comments.

 

 
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Books I Want to Read this Summer (2017)

Books I Want to Read this Summer (2017)

All times of the year are ‘reading times’, but summer brings me a little extra time as the summer holidays are here to indulge in an escape between the pages. 

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So today, I’m going to share what books I hope to read over this summer. Some will be for blog tours, some are review requests, with a very exciting arc thrown in. ;-), and I also have included a book which has been on my shelf patiently waiting since Christmas! So, lets see how we go! These are in no particular order, but feel free to recommend which to read first.


Trust me by Angela Clarke. 

I have read the previous two social media murder books in the series, and I absolutely loved them. I am so looking forward to seeing what Freddie and Naz get up to this time.

trust me

What do you do if you witness a murder…but no-one believes you?
When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is.
Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?
Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.

 


Next is a review copy that I have been given. The blurb sounds good, so I’m hoping it will be a nice summer read, maybe a little funny too..?  Thank you to Author J G Dow for my copy of ‘Jane of Manchester’

Jane of Manchester, by J G Dow.

jane of man

Jane’s life on the face of it isn’t really too bad…she has great friends like party girl Natasha who’s always up for a laugh and her close pal Polly, always there for her and of course her loving parents, but things could still be better…

Most people she knows are either married or have kids and she has been single a while now and wonders if a good man is ever to be encountered again. The single life is far from a quiet one for Jane however, as she is constantly getting dragged to night clubs and bars by Natasha and the crew as well as enduring a particularly boozy weekend away at the seaside!

Jane loves a lot about her life, disregarding rude plumbers in her flat and dealing with annoying superiors and a smug sister, but as a certain someone takes her eye, is everything about to change and get a whole lot more serious or is the single life determined to keep her captive a while longer yet…


 

Next is for a blog tour hosted by Jenny of NeverLand Blog Tours. I love foodie books and the main character in this book has a youtube cookery channel. So, even better food and vlogs! Thank you to Jenny and Author Sylvia Ashby for my copy of ‘The Sinking Chef.’

Pot of Love, The Sinking Chef by Sylvia Ashby 

 

the sinking chef

Published April 17th 2017 by Vangtorp Volumes

Ashley has a YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much. When James calls with an offer to take her to lunch – the same James that got her fired from her dream job three years ago – she accepts. Against her better judgement, of course.
Now Ashley has all kinds of secrets and things are only going to get worse.

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2) is a light, enjoyable and easy to read romantic comedy. With Sylvia Ashby’s gift of humour there is plenty to laugh and smile about, but the book does have its serious moments.

 


Now, back to a little bit of thrilling killing! I do enjoy a good crime mystery where I can try and work out who the killer is. So, I am happy that I can read and review Cathy Cole’s new book. Thank you to Ms Cole for my copy of ‘Where there’s Smoke’.

Where there’s Smoke by Cathy Cole.

 

where theres smoke

Published March 10th 2017 by Fireborn Publishing

Firefighter Jo Woods is struggling to hold onto her job and her sanity. Banished to the backwater town of Mourne Lough, she vows to stop making waves, admit her family’s death was an accident, and that the guilt she feels is plain old survivor guilt.

Then she finds the roses and everything changes.

The killer hasn’t stopped. He’s here. In the same town. Stalking her. And once again, no one believes her.

After seven years of avoiding family and friends, Jo is alone and friendless in a strange town. In order to survive and, more importantly, bring the killer to justice, she must overcome her fears and embrace her new life. And she must do it quickly, because the killer has his sights set on her and he’s willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

Enter Ian “Coop” Cooper, who sets Jo’s pulse fluttering and her antenna into overdrive. Does she dare trust him?

One thing Jo is clear about: this killer destroyed her life once before. No way is she going to let him do it again–no matter what it takes.

 


 

And now for that exciting arc I told you about. One of my favourite Authors has written another book which is to be published in November. I feel lucky and privileged that Meredith Schorr gifted me a copy of her book before publication. I have a feeling this will be funny and brilliant. Thank you Ms Schorr for my copy of ‘The Boyfriend Swap’

boyf swap

Publication: November 7th 2017 by Henery Press

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

 


And last but certainly not least, the book that has been patiently waiting on my shelf for 6 months sounds like the perfect gritty serial killer read that has me staying up later then I should. Thank you Sharon Atkinson for my Christmas present book. I have been looking forward to reading it since you gave it to me. 

Strangers by Paul Finch.

starngers

 

A stranger is just a killer you haven’t met yet…

The SUNDAY TIMES bestseller returns with the next big thing to hit the shelves. If you haven’t discovered Paul Finch yet, this book will have you hooked.

Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life: as PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is.

But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there’s no other option and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.

And, unknown to Lucy, she’s already treading it.


So, that is my ‘to be read’ list for the next few weeks. I hope they will all be good. Has anyone read any of them? any recommendations of which one to start with? Or thoughts on any of them?

Whats on your summer reading list this year, let me know in the comments. 

 

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