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TH1RT3EN, BY STEVE CAVANAGH. Book of the year for me so far!

TH1RT3EN, BY STEVE CAVANAGH. Book of the year for me so far!
Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4)

TH1RT3EN, By Steve Cavanagh.

Eddie Flynn #4

 

THIS SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

If that strap line doesn’t draw you in, you are not a serial killer thriller lover like me! I saw these 2 small sentences, and knew I needed to read this book!


Description:

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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My Thoughts:

Before I started this book, I had already read some excellent reviews of Thirteen. So although excited to read it, I was hoping that I would enjoy it as much as others have done. Those reviews I read….. spot on! This book is amazing, gripping, thrilling, page turning, keep you up later that you intended, brilliant.

Steve Cavanagh has such a vivid clever imagination. This thriller is unique and like no other book I have read. How can the killer be on the jury??? How can they ever find the killer if its the killer that decides the verdict? So so clever.

I haven’t read any other of this Author’s book, but I am aware that there a few previous books also featuring Eddie Flynn, the con man turned defense lawyer. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the previous books, although reading Thirteen makes me want to read more of Cavanagh’s book now.

The main character Eddie Flynn was a con man, now he is a defense lawyer. I think a good defense lawyer woud be wise to know some of the tricks of the trade, and with Eddie’s past, this does give him certain advantages. The other characters also are so interesting and clever. As we follow each one, we learn a little more about them and their pasts. Eventually I got to understand the mind of this highly intelligient killer. There is something very different about him, something that enables him to be one of the “best serial killers” I’ve read about. I know that sounds weird, being the best serial killer, but this is legal, psychological fiction guys, my favourite genre. And now I have found myself a new favourite Author, with plenty of books that I haven’t yet read.

A short review from me, but full of powerful words, go read it, its amazing, I loved it. So clever, legal thriller fiction at its best!

I had been enjoying the legal thrillers of Author Olly Jarvis, my original favourite legal thriller Author. Jarvis’ books are based in the UK. Now I have another favourite legal thriller Author, whose books are based in America. 

TH1RT3EN IS AN AMAZING BOOK, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE LEGAL / PSYCHOLOGICAL / SERIAL KILLER THRILLERS.

 


Links:

Twitter/ @SSCav

www.stevecavanaghbooks.com

Goodreads

Amazon.

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Posted by on August 13, 2018 in Books

 

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FLIP-FLOPS FIESTA & FLAMENCO by Donna Hepburn. My book review of a lovely summer read.

FLIP-FLOPS FIESTA & FLAMENCO by Donna Hepburn. My book review of a lovely summer read.

FLIP FLOPS, FIESTAS & FLAMENCO by Donna Hepburn.

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Description:

Flip Flops, Fiestas, and Flamenco is the first in a series of three books about two best friends, their lives, loves, and adventures after moving to a small village in the Andalusian hills.

Abby and Lou have been BFF’s since the first day at Uni. Despite being opposites in both looks and personality they were drawn to each other, sharing a flat, dreams and a love of animals.

Through the ensuing years despite heartache and divorce, they remain as close as ever.

Abby would be the first to admit her life needs an injection of fun. Middle-aged, divorced and slightly overweight, she’s a mother/general dogs-body to two lay-about sons, a pink-haired Amazonian on-off girlfriend and an incorrigible British Bulldog named Chester. Her lifelong dream of living in Spain’s glorious sunshine has been long forgotten or has it?

Lou was stuck in her own rut, never fully recovered from a tragedy in her past. A long list of online dating disasters had left her wondering if she will ever find love again. Her cool ice-maiden persona is shattered along with her cat’s eardrums when she wins £400,000 on an online bingo site.

Could this be the answer to both their prayers?

Flip-Flops packed, they embark on their adventure, but it isn’t all sun and sangria. Warring pets, new neighbours, cooking experiments, scary wildlife and an escapee Donkey named Santos combine to make it an unforgettable Summer.

Can their friendship survive or will the Mediterranean dream become a nightmare?

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MY REVIEW:

This is the perfect summer, escapism read. Two friends moving to Spain, animals, food, wine and sun. What’s not to love right!

Well I did enjoy this book, but all was not roses and rainbows in Spain for these two. What kind of read would it be if the ladies didn’t encounter some problems, get up to mischief and meet some Spanish Senoras.

The friendship between Lou and Abby is lovely. Just the kind of friendship a girl could hope for in her middle age. My other love from Flips Flops and Fiesta is Chester, the very stinky but lovable dog. Dog lovers will enjoy the book only for his antics.

This is only book one in the series, but there are no cliff hangers there which is good. Just the anticipation of hearing more about Abby and Lou’s adventures.

A little surprise addition at the back of the book was a few recipes that Abby made during the story. Throughout reading this, I kept licking my lips thinking ooh that sounds so good Abby. Then the recipes were there. 😋

An easy reading book of summer escapism, with fun, sun, fur babies and a little flamenco! Recommended by me, and already anticipating book 2!

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Author Bio
I live in the North East of England with my partner and two beautiful boxer dogs; Floyd and Freya.
From a very young age my head has always been full of stories and I’ve been wanting to write a book since way back when, well forever really but finances (running my own business,) procrastinating, and self-doubt have conspired to hold me back.
Dithering about what to write was another stumbling block, my reading taste is so eclectic; Vampires, Serial killers, Dystopia, Vikings, Witches, History, Travel, Autobiographies, the only genres I don’t really read are Spy Fiction, Westerns or Chick Lit Comedy.
Oh, I know I’ll write a Chick Lit Comedy!
Anyway, I digress. After my Eureka moment I decided to scrap all my almost finished, half-finished, ten chapters, first page attempts, concentrating on actually finishing my first novel.
Flip-Flops, Fiestas, and Flamenco is the first in a series of three novels, I am currently writing the second. I’m on a roll!
When I’m not writing I enjoy reading, travel and cooking I’m passionate about animals and consider myself a bit of a Gin connoisseur.

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Social media Links

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter – @donnahepburn66

 

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Trust Me by Angela Clarke.

Book Review: Trust Me by Angela Clarke.

Thank you to publishers Avon and to Netgalley for my copy of Trust Me by Angela Clarke. I have read and loved the previous 2 books in the social media murder series, so I was already booked in to be reading the third instalment. (It is not necessary to read the previous two but always better too of course). I really enjoyed Follow Me, and Watch Me. So, Trust Me was expected by me to be an exciting read.

Description:

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.

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Published June 15th 2017 by Avon

My Thoughts:

After reading the previous two books in this series, I was really looking forward to seeing what the two main characters Nas and Freddie had been up to. This is a brilliant series. My favourite was the very first one ‘Follow Me’. Probably the reason for that though, is that I use Twitter, which is the type of social media used in this book. The second book, ‘Watch Me’ uses Snap Chat – which I don’t know much about, and the third, this one ‘Trust Me’ uses Periscope which I know even less about. However, the books are so current in the way it talks about social media, it is an addictive read. So, this mixed in with crimes, murders and great characters makes Angela Clarke’s books one of my much anticipated reads.

‘Trust Me’ did not disappoint, and I loved catching up with Nas and Freddie. After they are told about a murder that was live streamed on the internet, the case was one that could easily be dismissed as ‘a vivid imagination’ from a single woman. The video of a vicious attack that Kate saw is no longer there, so no proof exists except what Kate says she saw. Do Freddie and Nas believe her, should they investigate further?

There is also a missing person investigation going on, and we are taken along on the journey with Nas and Freddie while they try to figure out what is going on, who the criminals might be, and if there are any victims that can be saved. The story is set in London, and the description of estates, run down areas and gangs make the plot come alive as we fear for the victims and also for Freddie and Nas at points.

The relationship and stark differences between Nas and Freddie is a huge part of what makes these books so addictive. In some ways, I wonder how they can be friends and in other parts they work amazingly as a team. Freddie’s impulsiveness, unpredictability and intuition make her one of the most interesting characters I know. Whereas Nas is uptight and a stickler for rules (most of the time 😉 ). But both are strong female lead characters to love.

The Social Media Murder series is one of my favourite crime series. The Author writes believable, current and frankly scary plots. The books should make the reader consider how much of their lives are online. But then the reader could get so engrossed in the plot, characters, relationships and crimes that we are taken into the world of Nas and Freddie, so we forget about our online lives and are living in the pages of Angela Clarke’s words.

Links:

www.angelaclarke.co.uk

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter – @TheAngelaClarke

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Thank you to Becky Short and Penguin Random House for my copy of this book. Sophie Kinsella was my first favourite adult book, and I have loved all her books so far. I was very much looking forward to getting stuck into Surprise Me.

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Published February 8th 2018 by Transworld Digital

 

Description:

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

 

My Thoughts:

I have loved all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I was sure I was going to love Surprise Me too. In fact, I did love it! I started to read this book in the waiting room of a hospital!! It was perhaps a little inappropriate for me to chuckling to myself about the things that Toby was doing in the first few chapters. Toby is a sideline character but he was my absolute favourite. He was so funny, and it was Toby that got me engrossed into the book rather than the main characters Sylvie and Dan. 

This was not my favourite of Sophie’s books, but when you write so many brilliant books, you set your standard so high. If this was the first Kinsella book I had read, I would be raving about how I had found another amazingly, funny, talented writer. In fact Kinsella is just that. The plot flowed, but not obvious in the way some chick lit stories are. There is definite character development as we see Sylvie and Dan surprise each other and how their marriage is affected by these unexpected events.  Along with that, the end was not at all what I was expecting, which is unusual for a chick lit book. There were a few parts of the story that I did not see coming, which was good. 

If I had read this and didn’t know the Author, I would have a good guess at Sophie Kinsella. My only request would be that Toby play more of a part because he was hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to Kinsella lovers, but if this was to be your first Kinsella book I would suggest reading her earlier ones first. 

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter-@KinsellaSophie

www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

Thank you to Author Robin Storey for offering me the chance to read and review ‘A Time for Penance’. The blurb of this book appealed to me as it got me thinking, what would you do differently if you could go back in time? And would fate intervene and leave you in the same place as you were? Or are we masters of our own destiny? Plus there is the gritty crime part, I’m always a sucker for that! 

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Description:

She murdered her husband. Now she has a chance to undo her crime.

For 20 years, wealthy socialite Eva Dennehy has borne the guilt of murdering her first husband Charlie, who was planning to leave her for his mistress.

When Eva is offered the opportunity to travel back in time, and undo her crime as penance, she accepts – what does she have to lose? Back in her old life with Charlie, her passion for him surpassed only by her torment at his infidelity, she is more determined than ever to prevent him from leaving her.

But her plan plunges her into a world of crime and depravity, and she soon discovers she has even more to lose this time around.

This taut, gritty novel about jealousy, betrayal and the dark side of love will appeal to fans of suspense, crime and modern noir.

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Published May 7th 2017 by Robin Storey

 

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into this book. Yes, I love gritty crime stories, and time travel ones are ok. But putting the two together was something I hadn’t read anything of before. If the book had been filled with too much unbelievable talk of the time travel, then I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much. But the time travel parts were mainly at the beginning and the end, with a few parts interspersed throughout, as Eva notices the differences in technology (no mobile phones!), and has to hide facts about people and things that had happened that she shouldn’t know. 

I was intrigued as to whether Eva would end up in the same place as the beginning of the book, i.e with a dead Husband! or if the book was going to go down the route of master of your own destiny, and fix your mistakes. Well, obviously I won’t say how it ends, but I will tell you it was good, very good. 

As I started reading this, I became more and more hooked throughout. I liked it a lot better than I was expecting actually. Perhaps this has a little to do with the cover. I don’t think the cover does the book as much justice as it deserves. That’s just my opinion though.

The plot had a good flow that kept me gripped until the end. It also got me thinking about the prospect of being able to go back in time. What would you do differently and how would this change the outcomes? 

A really good book, and taught me…….don’t judge a book by its cover! This was a brilliant read.

 


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Facebook

Twitter @RobinStorey1

Author’s website – storey-lines.com

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Books

 

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Learn in 60 minutes. Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus. Something different from ChocolatePages!

Learn in 60 minutes. Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus.  Something different from ChocolatePages!

Thanks to Tyler at ‘in60learning’ for my copy of Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus. When Tyler asked me if I wanted to read and review any of their ‘ Learn in 60 Minutes’ books, I was intrigued. There is quite a catalogue of topics and each book allows you to read and learn about the topic in ( as the name says) 60 minutes. I decided to read Greek Mythology first. I also looked at Ivan the Terrible. Both sounded like something interesting I could learn from.

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Description:

Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each.

You’ve heard of Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite, etc. The twelve Greek gods who sat atop thrones on Mount Olympus have permeated popular imagination. But what do you know about the Greek underworld, minor gods, and mythical beasts? Do you know how these stories were passed on from generation to generation, or what significance they held for the people who believed in them? This fascinating e-book introduces readers to the canon of Greek mythology and its influence on the world today in language, storytelling, and even science.

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Published March 2nd 2018 by in60Learning

My Thoughts:

This book does what it says it will and gives an intense view of the topic in the said reading time. To read about all the Greek Gods, their ideas, history and relations to each other and present day thoughts was a lot to take in. If I was to read this book in the given 60 minutes, I wouldn’t remember very much of it. There is a lot of information.

For those who want to read for educational purposes and have a great interest in the topic, this series would be fantastic.

For me, it was a bit too much of a hard read. For me reading is escapism and excitement. So I personally won’t be reading any more of these books. However for the right type of reader these books will be great. They give a balanced and real exploration of Greek Mythology, which includes a wide array of knowledge all compacted into a quick read.

I was surprised to learn how much of this mythology has affected present day, for example the books, movies and comics we read and watch are so often based on super heroes which many originate from Greek Gods. There are many interesting facts in this book, and the learn in 60 minutes is a great idea for those who like to explore and learn about topics in a short amount of time. 

 


If you want to look at or buy any of the books on various topics, the links are below. 

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

www.in60learning.com

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Books

 

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Cover Reveal. The Weekend Spa Break, by Anne John-Ligali.

Cover Reveal. The Weekend Spa Break, by Anne John-Ligali.

Today is the cover reveal for the second short story by Anne John-Ligali. You will probably remember, I did a cover reveal and a book review for the first part of this story, ‘The Big Event’, where online friends meet up in person for the first time. ‘The Big Event’ was brilliant, so I was excited to take part in the blog tour for Anne’s next story where two of the girls that met at the Big Event, go for a Spa Weekend together. My review of the book will come soon and be part of Anne’s blog tour, but for today, take a look at the beautiful cover and have a read of the blurb for The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali.

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Description:

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?


Sounds good doesn’t it? So, are you ready for the cover reveal………..

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Its beautiful isn’t it! I love the bubbles around the side of the book, giving us the idea of champagne bubbles and spa bubbles. I have read ‘The Weekend Spa’ break and loved it, but you will have to wait for my review until publication day. However, if you want to pre-order the book so you can get it on the day it is released, you can buy it HERE!


And here is a little about Author Anne John-Ligali, and the links where you can find out more about her and buy the book.

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.


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Social Media Links –

Author blog: http://annejohnligali.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksnauthorsuk/

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali

Author FB: https://www.facebook.com/annejohnligali/

Books and Authors UK: www.booksandauthors.co.uk

Books and Authors UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksNAuthorsUK

Books and Authors UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Books-and-Authors-UK-674729805905507/

PRE – ORDER LINK – AMAZON.


My review for The Weekend Spa Break will be up next month, until then enjoy the delights of the beautiful cover. Do you love the cover? Do you like the idea of meeting the people you talk to on social media? This could be the book for you.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Books

 

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Baltic Books Blog Tour, Celebrating Baltic Books and Authors at The London Book Fair. #LBFBALTICS

Baltic Books Blog Tour, Celebrating Baltic Books and Authors at The London Book Fair. #LBFBALTICS

The London Book Fair is taking place right now. (10 – 12th April 2018), which will be an incredible event. I am very much looking forward to hearing all about it from some of the brilliant bloggers and Authors that will be attending. #LBF2018 will be alive on Twitter and for those of us too far away to attend, this will be a glimpse into the fun.

As part of The London Book Fair, The Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (who are celebrating 100 year of independence) will be showcasing some of the unique contemporary voices and bringing the U.K some of their novels now translated into English and published in the UK.

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I am very happy to take part in this ‘Baltic Books Blog Tour’ which will celebrate different Baltic Authors and a variety of content including Q&As, guest posts, extracts or giveaways. Take a look at all the other brilliant stops on this tour, where the Authors appearing at LBF, including the ‘Authors of the day’ Nora Ikstena, Mihkel Mutt and Kristina Sabaliauskaitė as well as Rein Raud, Jānis Joņevs, and Sigitas Parulskis will feature.

For my stop today, I am honoured to bring you an extract from Soviet Milk by Latvian author Nora Ikstena, translated by Margita Gailitis (Peirene Press). It took the Baltics by storm and has now published for the first time in English, and it considers the effects of Soviet rule on a single individual through the story of three generations of women.

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Extract from Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena, translated from Latvian by Margita Gailitis (Peirene Press)

 

I don’t know how my mother and grandmother dealt with my mother’s disappearance at the time, but it was never mentioned. Throughout my childhood the smell of medicine and disinfectant replaced the fragrance of mother’s milk. These chemicals would hang like a cloud around my mother: there when she returned from exhausting night duty at the maternity hospital; still there when, after long hours of wakefulness, she caught up on sleep at home. Her handbag was full of pills, ampoules and various steel instruments. Later I recognized them as terrifying gynaecologists’ instruments. It was a macabre world. If my mother happened to be home at night, she would sit up smoking and drinking coffee, bent over mountains of lamplit medical books. Pinned above her desk were diagrams of wombs, ovaries, pelvises and vaginas from various angles and perspectives.

My mother knew nothing of the world beyond. She would pointedly close her door when the programme Vremya – ‘Time’ – came on television, with lisping Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev. She didn’t read the Riga’s Voice newspaper, for which a long queue formed on the corner of Gorky Street every evening. The lunchtime queue at the meat and dairy shop was equally long. You could buy the popular so-called doctor’s sausage and butter there – but she had no idea of this domestic world. Yet beside the mountains of medical textbooks lay a half-read Moby-Dick. It spoke of her longing for a life of the mind that remained beyond her grasp.

I don’t remember Mother ever hugging me much, but I remember her needle-pricked thigh, where she practised injections. I remember her in bed with blue lips the first time she overdosed, possibly as part of some medical experiment. I remember the smell of her dressing gown, the odour of the bitter tincture given before she was driven to the hospital. And I remember the corridor of the maternity hospital where I was allowed to meet her after night shifts. We would then head for an Aloja Street café and eat solyanka soup and kupati sausages, and she would add caffeine from an ampoule to her coffee. I also remember how our street seemed frozen in time, like a picture clipped from a different era and glued into today. Only the elegant types frequenting the races at the nearby hippodrome were missing. In their place, going home or to work, heads bowed, other kinds of people were hurrying towards Communism, their net bags filled with humble supplies: long loaves, bottles of kefir milk with bright green screw tops, laundry parcels wrapped in grey paper and tied with string.


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The Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – will be the Market Focus for the London Book Fair 2018 (10th – 12th April).

Check out #BalticBooks #LBFBALTICS on Twitter to find out more and to join in the celebrations of 100 years of Baltic Independence. I’m excited to read more Authors from different cultures and with different talents and writing styles. If you have read any Baltic Author’s work that you loved, let me know in the comments? 

And for those of you lucky enough to be attending The London Book Fair, have a great time and share the bookish love. 


 

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Book Spotlights., events

 

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Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

Today I am very happy and honoured to be on the Blog Tour on Publication Day for the brilliant new book by Nicola May. As you will know if you saw my Cover Reveal post for this book, I love Nicola May’s books. I think Nicola is a talented, inspirational woman. (Nicola would be one of my literary tea party guests!). Her new book ‘The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay’ is a 5 star read for me. It lived up to my very high expectations and I loved it. 

Today is the start of a brilliant blog tour, whereby there will be lots of rave reviews for this book, and a lovely giveaway. So be sure to check out the rest of the bookbloggers on this tour, and enter the giveaway which is at the end of this post. 

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Some high praise for Nicola’s books by some famous names!

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ Woman

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Description:

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. 
Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events. 
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light

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MY REVIEW:

 The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is typically Nicola May brilliance. Her plot, characters and portrayal of chick lit escapism is perfect. Nicola’s writing pulls the reader right into Cockleberry Bay so that we can feel the cold air and smell the sea air and sandy beaches of Devon. We can feel the warmth of some of the characters and the bitter taste of others.  As you can tell I loved this book. I was engrossed in Rosa and Hot’s life, decisions, highs and lows. 

The main character Rosa inherits a shop from an unknown benefactor. So she and her beloved dog Hot travel down to see the shop and investigate what could be her new life. Here the adventures begin, with new people to meet, adventures and trials to keep Rosa and the reader intrigued. 

This isn’t the kind of chick lit book that you can predict exactly what will happen. There are surprises throughout the book. I kept wanting to read more and see how Rosa would manage, what she would do next, and who out of the new people she meets would she trust or avoid. There is a brilliant set of side line characters in Cockleberry Bay, and along with Rosa we have to decide which ones are nice and which are nasty!

Rosa has had a tough life, and I like that Nicola May is able to show Rosa’s nature which would depict such emotions from a scarred life. 

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran. 

I can relate to Rosa, she is a girl after my own heart! She loves a J D and Coke, and has an outlook on life which shows strength and an awareness that life is not fair, but you have to make the best of what you have. Rosa grows throughout the book, and character growth and believe-ability shows the talent of an Author who knows lifes ups and downs and can write it so.

“Life isn’t black and white, Joe. There is no rule book – well apart from the one bloody society throws at us”. – (I hear you Rosa and Nicola!). 

In any review of this book, there has to be a mention of the co-star main character, Hot the little sausage dog is adorable and Rosa’s love, companion and pride and joy. You can see Hot on the cover of this book, but you will have to read it to find out the double entendre of his name and more cute-ness from the lovely sausage.

If I had read this book as a mystery book and you didn’t tell me who the Author was, I would take a guess that it was written by Nicola May! I love her writing style, her ideas and the way she invents her characters that come to life in the readers head. If you haven’t read Nicola May’s books before, read this one…..and the go read all her others. 

5 out of 5 stars brilliant.


About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Books, Giveaways

 

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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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