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Book Review: Being Alert by Charlie Laidlaw. #satire #Covid19.

Book Review: Being Alert by Charlie Laidlaw. #satire #Covid19.

Many thanks to Author Charlie Laidlaw for my copy of this book. I have never read any satire books before so this is my first. But the idea and description of it got me very interested. No-one in the world can avoid knowing about Covid19 right now. I was interested to see how this book would be written. These are my thoughts.

Description:

Being Alert begins in January 2020 as the British prime minister, Winston Spragg, first learns about a new illness that seems to be centred in a city in China that nobody has heard of.

Following in a long tradition of British satire, the book populates Downing Street and Whitehall with an inept prime minister presiding over a dysfunctional government as it deals with an existential threat that rapidly becomes a national crisis.

Like satires before it, the book uses humour to paint an uncomfortable picture of a government seemingly as concerned about justifying itself as working to protect the country.

My Thoughts:

This was a very strange and different book for me to read. I have been regularly watching political updates on Covid19 both for my own country ( UK) and around the world.

The Author wrote this very cleverly to show what has happened but with sensitivity for those that have lost loved ones through this horrible time.

Winston Spragg is the Prime Minister of UK in the book . He has many advisors and each has a similar name to the person he or she could be in reality. It was amusing to read about the ridiculous ways they communicate or lack of, and the jokey way that these ministers are portrayed to be such idiots.

What was most apparent about this book to me is the many bad decisions made by the government at the beginning of this ( from January to April particularly). Yes there were very difficult decisions to make but that is what a government are supposed to do.

There were also parts of the book that taught me a few things about what happened over these months. The Author writes his satirical chapters mostly, but there are a few bits in italics that show things in reality. The statistics are so sad.

For me this book was very close to home and therefore not particularly an escapism book, but a book that shows where we went wrong while giving me many groans of exasperation about what happened.

I suspect that Charlie could write a sequel to this about what happens from here. My hope is this book will be read and enjoyed in the years to come when covid is no longer such a risk and so life changing for us.


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

www.charlielaidlawauthor.com


About the Author

I was born and brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.
I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.
I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember.
Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.
Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize.
I’m also married with two grown-up children and live in East Lothian. And that’s about it.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2020 in Books

 

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Are you ready to get burned…. Book Review: A Price To Pay by Paul Gitsham

Are you ready to get burned….    Book Review: A Price To Pay by Paul Gitsham

Thank you very much to Author Paul Gitsham and Netgalley for my copy of this book. These are my unbiased thoughts on A Price To Pay.

Description:

If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned…

It should be an easy solve: a murder in broad daylight with two eyewitnesses. But the victim is the son of a notorious local crime family who has a habit of hitting on other men’s wives; the witnesses are Serbian nationals who speak limited English.

For DCI Warren Jones, this is his most challenging case yet. As the suspects pile up, the victim’s family work to protect their son’s memory by destroying any evidence that could betray his criminal past – or might have led to his killer.

Somehow Warren must uncover the truth about the murder – but there are secrets at the heart of the case more dangerous than anyone could have imagined, and the fallout could tear Warren’s team apart.

  • Publisher: HQ Digital (5 Jun. 2020)

My Thoughts:

A Price To Pay is the sixth book in this series with DCI Warren Jones. It is however, the first that I have read. I can see how reading the prior books would give you a bit of back knowledge but this in no way made the book any less enjoyable for me. Everything was clear that should be clear. The case in question though was not so clear.

DCI Warren Jones begins this case with a murder of a man from a notorious crime family, he was murdered in a massage parlour. Whether the victim is a criminal himself made no difference to Warren, but it made the case much more difficult as evidence and witnesses seemed difficult to find and be clear cut. It also impeded the murder hunt that the main witnesses are Serbian with very limited English language.

The book is primarily police procedural, so as they find the clues, we know the clues. This did not lead me to the murderer until the very end though. The process and the crime itself became more intense and more complicated as the team delved in. ( just the way I like it)

I like to discover new detectives. Having just ” met” DCI Warren Jones, I wondered what kind of man and detective he would be. I like him! Many of the detectives we read about, in the many crime books that are about now, are so dedicated to their jobs that they have little time for anything else. While this makes them excellent detectives, it also makes them seem like lonely souls. Warren was different in that way. He has a lovely wife and a few other extended family members and he cares deeply for them. While this makes his job more difficult, it makes Warren seem relatable and likeable. Warren is probably one of the most compassionate detectives I have ” met” through the thousands of pages I read.

Aside from being a police procedural, crime thriller book, it also has humorous parts and parts that taught me something about policing!

Some quotes that made me smile 😁

if my old mum is right, then should the wind ever change direction when these girls are pouting for the camera, they’ll end up permanently looking like goldfish “.

It’s not just the British and American girls that pout for photos. Something I find really odd, but maybe I’m just getting old 😛


Andy calls CSI the Open University for Burglars “

I haven’t watched this show but after this quite I feel like I might enjoy it.

A Price To Pay is an enjoyable crime thriller that picks up pace as the pages turn. The plot thickens with each chapter and DCI Warren Jones is a pleasure to get to know. I can see why this is the sixth book on the series.


About the Author.
Paul Gitsham started his career as a biologist, working in such exotic locales as Manchester and Toronto. After stints as the world’s most over-qualified receptionist and a spell making sure that international terrorists and other ne’er do wells hadn’t opened a Junior Savings Account at a major UK bank (a job even less exciting than being a receptionist) he retrained as a Science Teacher. He now spends his time passing on his bad habits and sloppy lab-skills to the next generation of enquiring minds.
Paul has always wanted to be a writer and his final report on leaving primary school predicted he’d be the next Roald Dahl! For the sake of balance it should be pointed out that it also said “he’ll never get anywhere in life if his handwriting doesn’t improve”. Twenty five years later and his handwriting is worse than ever but millions of children around the world love him.*
You can learn more about Paul’s writing at http://www.paulgitsham.com or http://www.facebook.com/dcijones
*This is a lie, just ask any of the pupils he has taught.


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

www.paulgitsham.com

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2020 in Books

 

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The perfect book for ChocolatePages. Food Food and more food. Book Review: Craving London. By Jessica Stone.

The perfect book for ChocolatePages. Food Food and more food. Book Review: Craving London. By Jessica Stone.

Anyone who knows me well, will know I am a complete foodie. I wonder if Author Jessica Stone got that from my blog name or it was just lucky she contacted me with her new and first book, Craving London. I am honoured to have received an advanced copy of Jessica’s first published book and am very happy to tell my readers what I thought of Craving London. A warning, foodies get ready to buy another book. 😋

Just a little foodie photo to get you in the mood.

Description:

Still single five years after a broken engagement, 29-year-old food lover Jessica Stone decides to leave New York City for a fresh start in London, hoping the change in scenery would finally usher in a new relationship. In this all-consuming memoir, she indulges in one culinary adventure after another while undergoing the trials and tribulations of trying to date in a different country. Would she finally find the winning recipe for lasting love?

Craving London is an intimate journey of the heart and palate. Those engaged in a life-long love affair with food and travel—as well as a hunger for self-improvement and a curiosity for foreign culture—will find many ingredients to sink their teeth into here.

Join Jessica as she reinvents her life from scratch, reminisces about her Cuban roots, shares her favorite recipes, and attempts to unravel the nature of relationships…one rapturous bite at a time.

My Thoughts:

Let’s start this review off simply! This book is divinely delicious, amusing and gave me an appetite for good food and more chapters. I loved it.

The story begins with an end of a relationship and the start of a journey, a journey of self discovery, travel and taste buds. The Author writes her own story and brings with it recipes and meals that coincide with the situations she has found herself in, whether to enjoy during each chapter of her life or to satisfy herself despite the situation.

” …..if you can’t entertain yourself , how can you expect others to come along for the ride?”

I have read lots of foodie romance books, But this one is different. There is no fluffiness in Craving London. Jessica Stone writes with finesse, describing her discovery of a new city – it was amusing for me to read the differences in language between what Jessica knew as American terms to my own British language.

” Mr Darcy was at the market pushing a trolley ( the British have a way of making even shopping carts sound quaint).”

Along with life in a new city and a new dating life in London there are foods to go with each date whether it be weird or wonderful.

As Jessica fell in love with British food, so did I all over again. My favourite part of the book was the foodie talk and recipes, but there are plenty of other parts to get the reader turning the pages too. There are many amusing dates and dumpings. One of the best excuses I have heard to not see someone again is towards the end of the book. I won’t tell you what it is, but it was funny enough for me to take a photo of the sentence and send it to my Mum! She laughed too.

I thought I would enjoy Craving London, I wasn’t expecting it to be a book that I would rave about and consider buying as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Craving London is this new Author’s first book and what a spectacular first book it is. Highly recommended.


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Jessicamstone.com

Jessica also made a trailer for her book. It’s very good and makes you want to delve in to Craving London. You can pre order now by going to my links section.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2020 in Baking, Books

 

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Book Review: Fifty Fifty By Steve Cavanagh. #LegalThriller

The first book I read by Steve Cavanagh was Thirteen. After this book, I knew I had found a new favourite Author. I was very excited when I heard that a new book was coming out. The title Fifty Fifty sounds so good even before reading the blurb. Then you read the blurb and it gets better. Then I got accepted by NetGalley for an advanced copy. Does the bookish world get any better ? 😊

Thank you to Netgalley, Orion Publishers and Author Steve Cavanagh for my copy of Fifty Fifty. Here are my thoughts on the newest book out by this fabulous Author.

Description:

Two sisters on trial for murder. Both accuse each other.
Who do YOU believe?

Alexandra Avellino has just found her father’s mutilated body, and needs the police right away. She believes her sister killed him, and that she is still in the house with a knife.

Sofia Avellino has just found her father’s mutilated body and needs the police right away. She believes her sister, Alexandra did it, and that she is still in the house, locked in the bathroom.

Both women are to go on trial at the same time. A joint trial in front of one jury.

But one of these women is lying. One of them is a murderer. Sitting in a jail cell, about to go on trial with her sister for murder, you might think that this is the last place she expected to be.

You’d be wrong.

My Thoughts:

I love legal courtroom thrillers. And as I loved all the Steve Cavanagh books I’ve read before, I had no doubts that I would love this one. It even got bumped up ahead of the books I had planned out to read for my #10BooksofSummer. It was well worth it though.

There was no fifty fifty chance of me loving this book, it was 100 % book love and consequently book hangover!

Two sisters, Sophia and Alexandra are both in the house where their father was murdered. Both sisters call 911 within minutes of each other. Both sisters blame the other for killing their father. But which one did the crime?

Eddie Flynn is a defence lawyer that has led a colourful life before he became a lawyer but has some morals and rules for his clients. He wants to defend the innocent! But how do you know who is innocent.

I love most books that have a heavy base in the court room. I like to see how lawyers play their game and how their use of words, phrases and specific questioning can influence the jury to go their way.

We also get introduced to a new character Kate who is defending Alexandra. I have a feeling we will see lots more of Kate in the following Eddie Flynn books.

This book kept me guessing right the way through. Was it Sophia or was it Alexandra. Did Eddie choose the innocent sister or was he duped??? A book that keeps you guessing and changing your mind the more clues you hear is a clever book in my mind.

As I read and condensed the evidence each lawyer played out in court, from their questions to the expert witnesses, I wondered which way I would have gone if I were sat on the jury.

Steve Cavanagh is definetly one of my favourite authors and I will recommend his books to all who like crime thrillers, legal thrillers and courtroom thrillers. Eddie Flynn is a character that has many layers and the more I read about him, the more I like him.

Well written with a plot that flows easily enough to keep you reading past your bedtime. It includes twists and red herrings and a bit of evil senseless criminality. Great characters with depth and grit. Just a really really good read that deserves all the 5 star reviews it already has. Mine is about to be added to that pile of rave reviews.

I’m already looking forward to the next book this talented imaginative author writes.

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

www.stevecavanaghauthor.com

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2020 in Books

 

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Queen Bee by Jane Fallon. Book Review.

Queen Bee by Jane Fallon. Book Review.

Jane Fallon is an Author whose books I would read without knowing the blurb, plot or seeing the cover. I have read a few of her previous books and all the ones I have read, have a similar style. They have a style that I love. I had no doubt that Queen Bee would be the same. Thank you to Netgalley and publisher Michael Joseph for gifting me a copy of this book. These are my unbiased thoughts on Queen Bee.

Description :

Welcome to The Close – a beautiful street of mansions, where gorgeous Stella is the indisputable Queen Bee . . .

It is here that Laura, seeking peace and privacy after her marriage falls apart, rents a tiny studio. Unfortunately, her arrival upsets suspicious Stella – who fears Laura has designs on her fiancé, Al.

When Laura stumbles on the big secret Al is hiding, suddenly Stella’s perfectly controlled world, not to mention Laura’s future, are threatened.

Taking a chance on beating Al at his own twisted game, these two former strangers are fast becoming best friends.

But has Laura forgotten that revenge never comes without a sting in the tail?


My Thoughts:

Although I was sure I would love this book going only by the author, I wanted to read a few reviews first.  One of the reviews I read mentioned a similarity to the set up of Desperate Housewives. I used to love that series so that made me more excited to read Queen Bee.

The plot is set around a Close of expensive mansions, rich couples who have nannies and house keepers and ” keeping up with the Jones'” is very much a thing.  The men work and earn far to much, and the women go to spa’s and organise parties. But then along comes Laura who rents the back house from one of the couple’s until she is able to find her next real home. Having nothing in common with these people Laura is not immediately accepted. In fact she is ousted due to no fault of her own.

The relationship between Laura and the Queen Bee of the street is a complicated and strange one.

I found Queen Bee Stella to be an intruing character, at some points I found her to be a little unbelievable

“…doesn’t even know how to warm up a pizza”

Can that really be true that first world women don’t know how to heat up a pizza because they have had people do it for them forever? That just shows how spoilt Stella is. Laura is the opposite and has to survive independently and work for everything she has. It was very interesting to see these 2 women navigate their lives together and separately. 

The Jane Fallon books I have read before have involved a revenge theme quite a lot. I was expecting the revenge to be against Queen Bee, but it wasn’t, in some ways this made it even better.

The book holds all the perfect escapism, easy reading, funny and engaging words that I hoped it would.

The book is up to date and modern with even a mention of my latest favourite Netflix binge watch.

” I don’t think that’s how it works.  I wish I’d stuck with Ozark” 

Jane Fallon’s books are addictively brilliant. I have loved all the ones I have read and this one is no different. Yes, different characters and a different plot, but the same fun, satisfying, escapism read. I loved it. Now I’m awaiting the next book Jane Fallon writes.

Links:

Twitter @JaneFallon

Goodreads

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2020 in Books

 

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Let the Sleuthing Continue! Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James. #BookReview.

Let the Sleuthing Continue! Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James. #BookReview.

I have been a fan of Caroline James’ books for a long time now. If you search my blog for Caroline James, you will see quite a few praising reviews.

Now a new series has begun based around Hattie who was a secondary character in previous books, but has been promoted to the star of the show in Hattie Goes To Hollywood.

Thank you to Author Caroline James for my copy of your book. This is the first of my #10BooksofSummer challenge and it was a great start.

Description

Introducing a new cosy crime series from best selling author Caroline James.

A Cumbrian Village…
Three suicides…
A red-hot summer…

When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?

Hattie Goes to Hollywood is the first is a new series of stand-alone books by Caroline James.

My Thoughts:

Shenanigans ” what a great word to describe Hattie and her life. Hattie is the brilliant character that I loved from previous Caroline James’s books. Now she has a star role of her own .

This is the first in a series that the author is writing and what a fabulous start. Hattie inherits a house in a seemingly quiet village where she soon finds out that there are plenty of nosy neighbours about. But also perhaps a secret or 3.

Hattie’s first mission is to investigate a suicide for her neighbour. ‘H & H investigations’ begins her sleuthing and shenanigans.

I loved this easy read book. I liked that the characters are older but still loving and living life. ( well most of them). Caroline James has a style all of her own in her books and one that if I  read a book without knowing the author, I think I could tell you it was Caroline that had written it. Easy flowing writing, charismatic characters and usually some tasty food involved. In this case, Hattie’s hearty breakfast bacon sarnies and the plates full of good pub food from the local. There is another attraction in the local for Hattie too 😉.

A quirky little co star of this book is Drake, the duck that follows Hattie home and makes himself her pet. How nice to have a pet duck. Thoughts of duck l’orange must disappear at this point. 😋

This cosy mystery is a fabulous start to the new series staring Hattie as investigative sleuth extraordinaire. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

If you like cosy mysteries with great atmosphere and not your typical “detective”, then this is a book for you. Lovers of Caroline’s previous books will definetly enjoy it and if you haven’t been introduced to Caroline James’ characters then Hattie Goes To Hollywood is a good place to start. Highly recommended.


Links:

Goodreads

www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk
 
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Posted by on July 11, 2020 in Books

 

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#10BooksofSummer20. My Summer Reading List.

#10BooksofSummer20. My Summer Reading List.

It’s that time again! I participated in #BooksOfSummer last year and it was a nice way to keep track of what I’m reading and follow other readers in the books they chose.The original idea of this 10, 15 or 20 books of summer came from Cathy at 746books. You can read her post HERE!

The idea is that you choose 10, 15 or 20 books that you think you will read over the summer, between June and September. I have chosen 10 that I would like to read. I am a mood reader so these may or may not change. I have added a variety so I still have lots of choice. Of course this may also change if I get offered to read something that just sounds to amazing to wait until after summer for.

Here are my summer reads.


Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James. Goodreads. Amazon UK

Cold Heart by Sean-Paul Thomas. Amazon UK


Queen Bee by Jane Fallon. Amazon UK

The Whisper Man by Alex North. Amazon UK


And a couple from my bookshelf that have been there for a while.

A Small Weeping by Alex Gray. Goodreads


The Ex by Alafair Burke. Goodreads


Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.

Goodreads

I’ve just finished watching Big Little Lies, so I’m hoping this book will be just as good if not better.


Susan Willis Ten Short Reads. Goodreads

I have read quite a few of Susan Willis’ short stories but I haven’t read this compilation yet and it’s been on my kindle for a while. I think these will be perfect summer reads with a cold drink.

Children of the Enemy by DJ Swykert. Goodreads

I have read a few of this Author’s books and all have been brilliant. I expect this will not disappoint.


The final book in this list will be one that I will look through a lot over the summer. This is a book that has been talked a lot about on Twitter and the author has drawn lots of heart warming pictures and words that are appropriate for this time.

I was given this book by my brother and sister in law last Christmas. I have read it, but it is a book that is worth reading, re reading and flicking through.

The Boy, The Fox, The Mole and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. Goodreads

I hope you all have a happy and safe summer of reading.

If you have read any of these let me know your thoughts.


 
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Posted by on June 5, 2020 in Book Spotlights., Books, Tags

 

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#MenCanWriteRomance Review: Jack and Jill Went Down Hill. By R J Gould.

#MenCanWriteRomance Review: Jack and Jill Went Down Hill. By R J Gould.

Thank you to Author R J Goulds for contacting me with this book. It was a nice change to read amongst my crime books.

I often look at Goodreads before starting a book, especially if it’s been waiting on my shelf for a while and I have forgotten what it was about. I was a little frustrated when I did this for this book as one of the reviews I read was far too detailed for my liking. I will keep my reviews always about my thoughts in the book rather than relay the plot / story. 😠

Anyway, after reading Jack and Jill Went Down Hill, these are my thoughts, with no spoilers attached. 😊👍

Description:

Jack and Jill meet on Freshers Big Party Night at university and for both of them it’s love at first sight. Despite their backgrounds, personalities and interests being poles apart, the relationship flourishes during their university years. It’s not quite as comfortable when their studies are over and they start work, Jack in the City and Jill as a teacher.

Way back when they first met, they’d shared the joke that their names were those of the nursery rhyme. Down the line, they fail to recognise that their lives are matching the plot – Jack falls down and Jill comes tumbling after.

Their relationship is on the rocks. Can it survive?

Publisher: Lume Books (11 July 2019)

My Thoughts:

When I decided to download this book, I was expecting a bit of a ride back to my uni days and city life. Fun times for me and it was fun times for Jack and Jill who meet each other on the very first night at university.

I did enjoy reminiscing about those days while Jack and Jill did their time there. The Author got the right mix of other types of students, the atmosphere and the mind frame of two very different students. Jack’s Uni plans were not the same as Jill’s. But both were relatable.

It’s no spoiler to say the book follows Jack and Jill’s relationship and lives.

The Author has brilliant way of writing people. I really liked Jill. She would be the type of girl I would like to know. Jack not so much, he had his good sides and his quirky sides. As the pages turned the characters developed together and separately.

As I said the story follows Jack and Jill’s relationship and lives. But we also meet their parents, friends, other family and this allows us to get further insight into why Jack and Jill are the way they are.

The plot is not predictable. It’s easy reading and fun. When books are so centred on characters, it’s important for the reader to be invested in them, and I was. I wanted to see where they ended up. I was rooting for them.

As I said it’s not predictable so you will have to read it to see where they end up.

Light, easy reading, relatable and the characterisation is fantastic. I recommend Jack and Jill Went Down Hill.


Links:

Amazon.co.uk

www.rjgould.info

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2020 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Mysterious Writing Group by Susan Willis

The lovely Author Susan Willis has released another fabulous short story. I have to admit after reading many of her short stories ( All of which you can find reviewed on my blog), The Mysterious Writing Group is my favourite so far.

I downloaded when it was available to download for free. So thank you Susan for this freebie little coffee break read.

Description

Christine has joined her four friends from a writing group at a murder-mystery weekend in a manor house. Although they enjoy each other’s company in their writing sessions, Christine wonders how the dynamics of the group will work over three days? They have been studying the golden age detectives and she is huge fan of Sherlock Holmes.
To even out numbers Christine pairs up with a newcomer, a Welshman, called Owen who she immediately likes when he offers to be her sidekick, Doctor Watson. While using their powers of deduction they discover some mysterious happenings, which makes Christine wonder if everyone is who they say they are?

My Thoughts:

The Mysterious Writing Group is a perfect coffee break read. Like I have said with all of my reviews for Susan Willis’ short stories, they are a great little escapism read when you have a little time to yourself.

I liked this story because it’s all things bookish. The characters are from a writing group where they meet to discuss their work. The main character Christine begins within the first few pages talking about well known authors who write crime books. And to top it all off they go to a murder mystery weekend. It is a booklovers perfect set up.

The writing flows, the characters are relatable, and the story has a full rounded plot within its shorter styled book.

I have to say as well, I was not expecting it to end as it did……..

A cracker of a read and my favourite short story by Susan Willis so far. I’m readily waiting for the next one. 😊


Links:
susanwillis.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter – @SusanWillis69

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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The Currently Reading Book Tag. #Booklover

The Currently Reading Book Tag. #Booklover

I have found myself with more free time to read at the moment, and although it started off with a slight lack of concentration, I’m really enjoying my books again. So this is the perfect tag for me at this time.

I saw this tag on Meggy’s site and thought it was a fun tag to do. I haven’t done one in ages. You can read Meggy’s answers HERE!

The Currently Reading Book Tag was created by Charly Reynhorse.

How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually have 2 books on the go. One in paperback and one on my kindle.  But they have to be completely different stories and usually different genres.

 

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book (do you read a certain amount of pages in each?)

I read my paperback when I have more time to sit and relax with my book.
I read or listen to my kindle when I have less concentration and when I’m doing other things, like ironing, driving, chopping veg etc.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re part way through a book?

Not usually part way through a book, but usually after I finish a book. Part of the joy of choosing a new book also includes choosing a new bookmark.  Here are some of my favourite bookmarks.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

My paperback is usually on my bedside table, unless I’m reading it in which case it’s in my hands. 😁. My kindle doesn’t have a “place”. That could be found anywhere from my bedside table to sofa to in my bag.

This is what I’m reading at the moment.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

This varies depending on what’s going on in my life at the time. During this lock time period, I’ve been reading a little in the morning with a cuppa when I wake. A little as an afternoon break and then sometimes in the evening.  When life becomes more ” normal ” again though, this will change.

How long do you typically read for in one go?

Again depends on what’s going on at the time. At the moment this can range from 5 minutes to 2 hours. I guess a usual time would be about half an hour before I take a break to make another cuppa or do something else.

Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

Always on! I know some people like to keep them in perfect condition, but my books are most enjoyed when reading them. So always jackets on so I can keep looking back at the cover if I choose to. The cover always relays more of the story the more you read of a book.

Which position do you mainly use to read?

Either sitting up in bed or on the comfy chair in my living room. I used to be able to read lying down in bed…… now my reading glasses don’t allow that!

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

No. I don’t take my book to work with me as I don’t have any free time to read it there. If I’m going to most other places then usually yes. This could be either my kindle or a paperback. 

How often do you update your progress in the book you’re currently reading on Goodreads?

Only when I start it and when I finish it. Although I often forget to do this and have a catch up process of what I’ve read and am reading. 

If you have done or fancy doing this tag, link your post in the comments below so I can read your answers too. If you don’t fancy doing the whole post, just let me know an answers or two in the comments. I’d love to hear your reading habits too.

 
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