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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:
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Twitter – @SusanWillis69

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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Mini Review, Short Story by Susan Willis: The Author is Missing. Is His Story Happening For Real?

Mini Review, Short Story by Susan Willis: The Author is Missing. Is His Story Happening For Real?

I have read lots of short stories the past year. This last one by Author Susan Willis was the one to finish off my Goodreads yearly challenge. I set my Goodreads Challenge at 30 books to read for 2019, and this was number 30. Yes, Short stories do count!

Description:

Rupert Robbins had instant success last year with his first crime novel. It was a best seller. His husband, Ian, is supportive and encourages him every step of the way. Rupert can write anywhere, but his favourite place for inspiration is in the park. It is while he is there one day that Rupert helps an older lady who stumbles with her shopping bag and twists her ankle. Will Rupert wish he’d looked the other way and not been the good Samaritan?

My Thoughts:

This is another quick coffee break read by the wonderful Author Susan Willis. In my opinion, this is her best short story so far.

It was based on an Author, a reader and a cosy criminal act.

The characters were portrayed well enough to give good pictures of them in my imagination. There were only two main characters so the short story had enough substance to fill these personalities. Both were very different.

I didn’t know where the end would lead. When I got to the end, I was satisfied that I had read a mystery book with good character definition, great descriptive detail and included a beginning, middle and end.

I look forward to more short stories by Susan Willis in 2020. 🤞


*I just found out that Susan Willis is having her first ever blog tour for her new full sized novel beginning February 1st 2020, hosted by the awesome Rachel’s Random Resources. Keep an eye out for that.  See the book HERE! 


 Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

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Twitter?@susanwillis69

www.susanwillis.co.uk

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2020 in Books

 

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Social media’s positives and negatives! Book Review: Megan’s Mistake by Susan Willis. #ShortStory

Social media’s positives and negatives! Book Review: Megan’s Mistake by Susan Willis. #ShortStory

I have read a good few short stories by Author Susan Willis. So when a new one came out, I was quick to download it.

Short stories make good coffee break reads and I like to have a few on my kindle for when I want a quick but full story.

Description:

With a group of friends Megan is heading off to Glastonbury. She has a ticket to see Kylie and is beside herself with excitement. Her friends are all commenting online, and she posts a photograph of her ticket. To her cost, Megan faces the perils of social media and realises the big mistake she’s made.
Can her friends rally around to help?

My Thoughts:

This was a nice quick read that I enjoyed while waiting for my dinner to cook.

Although described as a cosy crime read, it also had a very modern fiction feel. The dangers of social media were very obvious much to Megan’s dismay.

I liked the completely modern and relatable feel to this short story. Despite it being short, I got a good feel for Megan’s character and her relationship with her sister.

The crime part of the plot was good as we heard from the criminals point of view too.

I really enjoyed this short read as I have with all the other short stories I have read from.author Susan Willis. So much so, I have just downloaded another of her books.

This short story and 10 Short Reads is available to download from Amazon HERE!

Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Goodreads

Twitter/@SusanWillis69

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2019 in Books

 

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Quick Coffee Break Reads. 3 Short Stories by Susan Willis.

Quick Coffee Break Reads. 3 Short Stories by Susan Willis.

After a busy time doing whatever you do, isn’t it nice just to sit with the beverage of your choice and relax into a book. Well these short stories by Author Susan Willis are the perfect coffee break read. They are each ten minute reads to give you that quick bookish escapism time between the busy hours of your day.

I was lucky enough to see these 3 books on Amazon available to download for free. At the time of writing this, they are 0.99p each.


Paul’s Romantic Picnic.

Description:
Paul has been given another chance to impress his ex-wife and launches himself into organising a romantic picnic in the countryside. Along with folding chairs and a picnic rug, he has brought wonderful food and a bottle of her favourite wine. But funnily enough his ulterior motives don’t quite go according to plan…

Published 20th May 2019.

Amazon.co.uk


Meet Me At The Eiffel Tower.

Description

Angela is worried that her and hubby, Peter are growing apart. Since Christmas they haven’t spent any time together and she arranges a holiday to Paris. It’ll either make us or break us, as the saying goes. When they were giddy twenty-three-year olds they’d had their first weekend away together in Paris, and she hopes to rekindle their loving relationship with a little Parisian magic. But will Peter actually turn up?

Published 4th June 2019.

Amazon.co.uk


Chocolate Cake for a Wedding.

Description:
Hollie makes wedding cakes and meets Andrew in the park looking distraught. His fiancee is being a tyrant and insists upon having a traditional fruit cake. He hates fruit cake and when he looks though her portfolio of wedding cakes, she realises he is a chocolate cake fiend. She also realises that he has the best smile ever…

Published 15th May 2019.

Amazon.co.uk


My Thoughts:

These three reads were perfect little mini book breaks for me. At different points in my days, I sat and read each one. They are easy reads with quick plots and believable characters.

My favourite of the three was Meet Me At The Eiffel Tower. It was cute, believable and had a satisfying ending.

The writing on all three books flowed well and took me completely into the stories for the short time I was invested in them.

Having read the Author’s work on these short stories, I am in no doubt that I would enjoy her longer novels.

Fancy a quick read, I highly recommend these little reads.


Links for Susan Willis.
Twitter – @SusanWillis69
Facebookhttps://facebook.com/AUTHORSusanWillis
Instagram – susansuspenseauthor

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2019 in Books

 

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