Chosen Child by Linda Huber @LindaHuber19

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Book Description:

A disappearance. A sudden death. A betrayal of the worst kind.

Ella longs for a child of her own, but a gruesome find during an adoption process deepens the cracks in her marriage. Her husband Rick has a secret, but Ella doesn’t want to know…

Across town, Amanda is expecting her second child when her husband vanishes. The search begins, but nothing prepares Amanda for the shocking conclusion to the police investigation. 

And in the middle of it all, a little girl is looking for a home of her own with a ‘forever’ mummy and daddy…

How well do you know your own family? And who can you trust?

My Thoughts:

My heart went out to Ella throughout this book. Desperate to have a child but unable to so when her and Rick start the ball rolling in adopting six year old Soraya I was so happy for her. Sadly though I knew from the genre of the book that things wouldn’t be plain sailing.

Rick I couldn’t work out at first but the more I got to know him the more my opinion of him changed. He is very self centred and at times I could have happily given him more than a slap!

Soraya I absolutely adored. Reading of her and Ella’s relationship was so heart warming.

It’s so hard to not give anything away as the less you know about this story the better. The author certainly takes us on a twisted journey that had me on the edge of my seat as I was uncertain of how it was all going to end and it really made for some proper nail biting reading.

Chosen Child is an exhilarating read that I couldn’t put down. I was so engrossed in the novel that it didn’t take me long to devour it as it’s one of those reads that had me desperate to know the outcome. Loved it!

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Chosen Child is available to purchase from Amazon.

Murder At The University by Faith Martin #BlogTour @JoffeBooks

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Book Description:

Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

 MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN WITH A THIRST FOR JUSTICE AND A COMPLICATED CAREER
 
A pretty French student is found dead in her room at an exclusive Oxford college. Everyone thinks it is another tragic case of accidental drug overdose.
 
But Detective Hillary Greene has a nose for the truth. She quickly discovers that the student had been up to some very unusual activities.

With a shocking cause of death found, the case becomes a high-profile murder investigation.
 
Adding to the pressure, Hillary’s nemesis is transferred to work with her at the station.
 
Can Hillary keep her cool and get justice for the unfortunate student?
 
MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY is the second in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
 
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
 
 
THE LOCATION
The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.
 
THE DETECTIVES
 
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband (Ronnie Greene). But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job.
 
DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.
 
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW.”
 
DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES

 
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
MORE COMING SOON!

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My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the DI Hillary Greene series, having not read the first book in the series I would personally say it can be read easily as a stand alone though I am intrigued with Hillary’s past to do with her husband especially.

With is being set in Oxford I had visions of it being like the Inspector Morse crime series. Having only ever watched the series though and not read the books I couldn’t really compare the two but it certainly feels like we get to see a side of Oxford that we don’t in the Inspector Morse series.

I liked Hillary, through her character there is a bit of humour in parts which you don’t usually get in many crime books which makes it more unique. She is someone that people can get on with easily and seems to be a bit of an all rounder.

As for the case they are working on I certainly couldn’t have figured out who the murderer was. The author certainly seems to spread out the case, Hillary’s personal life as well as working life so you get an even feel of what her life is like. I have to admit due to this the pace that I usually prefer in my crime books was slightly lacking but I think if you prefer a more slower pace to your crime books where you get an overall picture then this is the perfect book.

Murder At The University overall is an enjoyable crime book. There’s no getting away that it is set in a great area and I love that the main character currently lives on a boat. The author has certainly made sure that her crime series is quite different to the other books out there in this genre which I think could certainly work in her favour.

My thanks to Jill Burkinshaw and the publisher for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and biased in anyway.

Murder At The University is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the first eleven of the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! And the first of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL is available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

 

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite @bookouture @BCopperthwait

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Book Description:

There are some secrets you can never tell.

The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.

They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.

But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.

But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.

Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.

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My Thoughts:

The story flicks between the main characters in the days leading up to present day and to the present day itself where the police find a very disturbing scene.

I have to say I was dying to know what the police had turned up to as it is agonisingly revealed over the course of the story. I’m not one to turn to the back of the book and was so glad I was reading on a kindle as I don’t know if I could have resisted as was so eager to know.

The Thomas’s family I have to say are not overly likeable. There is only Mouse (nickname of Amber) the youngest member of the family that I liked. Mouse is so cute and felt sorry for her that she was part of such a self obsessed family.

Dominique and Ben are very much wrapped up in what is going on in their own lives to really notice that of their children’s. Ruby the eldest daughter, my opinion kept changing throughout. She is very much a typical teenager but I did wish her parents would see what was happening to her and talk to her as she has so much to deal with.

It’s hard to say to much more about the story as I really don’t want to give to much away. It is very much an enthralling read that draws you in the further you get into it whilst getting darker and darker.

Her Last Secret is such a well written novel. In fact it is very clever. It left me reeling as did not expect the direction that it suddenly took and it made me question what was in front of me. Totally jaw dropping stuff. Loved it!

My thanks to Bookouture for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Her Last Secret is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:

What people say about Barbara’s books:
“Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed… Original, gripping, with a deep psychological impact,” Sunday Mirror 
“Enthralling, tense and moving,” Real People magazine 
“Totally gripping, and scarily believable,” Bella magazine

Barbara is the author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE and FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD. Both have been Amazon best sellers. She is also the author of THE DARKEST LIES, and her latest book HER LAST SECRET is out on 13 October.

Much of her success is thanks to her twenty-odd years’ experience as a national newspaper and magazine journalist. She’s interviewed the real victims of crime – and also those who have carried those crimes out. Thanks to people sharing their stories with her, she knows a lot about the emotional impact of violence and wrong-doing. That’s why her novels are dark, realistic and tackle not just the crime but its repercussions.

When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs. 

 

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBarbaraCopperthwaite

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCopperthwait

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

Website: http://www.barbaracopperthwaite.com

Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances by Sue Watson @bookouture @suewatsonwriter

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Book Description:

Escape to Devon for blustery walks along the beach, hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and proof that miracles really do happen, especially at Christmas. 

A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas Day, Chloe’s heart is still in pieces as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…

It seems Gianni’s new seaside restaurant is in trouble and Chloe must go to Appledore to save the business – and him. Equally famous for his experimental culinary extravaganzas and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way! 

As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflé. But will it be enough to save their marriage? 

Chloe came to Appledore in search of her Christmas sparkle, but when the snow clears, will she finally find the way back to her husband’s heart?

A laugh-out-loud festive treat that will give you the tingle of freshly-hung tinsel. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Abby Clements and Debbie Johnson. 

My Thoughts:

In the run up to Christmas I always get excited waiting for certain authors books to come out as I know they will always get me in the festive mood. Sue Watson is one of my favourite authors so to be honest she could bring a Christmas themed book out any time of the year and I would happily snuggle up in a chair and switch off to the outside world and lose myself into her novel.

There is a lot of humour in this book which is brought by Gianni. He is Italian and even though he has lived in England for some considerable time, his accent and knowledge of the English language makes for some fabulously funny moments. He actually comes across as quite a bit of a dragon and I have to admit if I were to meet him in person, he would probably have me in tears in no time. Think of an Italian Gordon Ramsay and you won’t be far wrong. Not in looks though I should say, though I do find myself quite attracted to both but enough about me.

Chloe is lovely and as with all the leading ladies in the authors novels, I took to her straight away. I loved finding out the history between both characters and why their marriage broke down as I wanted to know everything. There are some very bitter sweet parts in their past which make for some emotional reading. Being a newly fledged cat lover, my heart especially melted at the mention of Snowflake the cat.

The story certainly raises some questions to do with relationships and as with all the authors books, there are some serious parts to the story line. I think any one who has gone through what Chloe has will find her easy to relate to and the author does it all in a wonderful way that she makes it a very much light hearted read, which with the times that we currently live in, it is very much welcomed.

Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances is a heart melting and laugh out loud read that you do not want to miss. A story that will have you hooked from start to end whilst gearing you up to that wonderful festive feeling you only usually get around Christmas time. Go on, get snuggled up in that comfy chair with a big mug of hot chocolate and a copy of this book. You won’t regret it, I promise.

My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Innocent Blood by Linda S. Prather @Bloodhoundbook @jacodypress #BlogBlitz

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Book Description:

Loki Redmond swore she’d never return to the reservation, but two missing hunters and the ancient Choctaw myth of Nalusa Falaya take her and her brother, Dadron, on a dangerous trek through the wilderness.

Meanwhile, her partner Jake Savior, heads to Tunica, Mississippi, to investigate the second mass killing by a Choctaw police officer. 

Are the cases connected?

The only thing they know for sure is innocent blood has been shed, and unless they can find the source more are going to die.

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My Thoughts:

Innocent Blood is the second book in the series. Having loved The Forgotten which is the first book in the series, personally I would recommend reading them in order but the author does give plenty of back ground if you do wish to delve straight into this one.

Like I mentioned, I really loved The Forgotten so was great to catch back up with Loki and Jake again to see what was in store for the characters as well as us readers.

How this particular story line starts off, I loved. I’m not going to say what happens as the less you know the better but it drew me in straight away as I was desperate to know the why’s of what had just happened.

What I love about this crime series is that it is very different to any that I have ever read. Crime is with out a doubt the main theme but the author gives us so much more. Loki being a Choctaw Indian brings to life a history and beliefs of which is very new to me. Family and loyalty are a huge part of their world and will always come first. Throw in the fact that Loki also has paranormal abilities it really makes these books stand out from the crowd in it’s genre. The author ties it all in wonderfully so that it isn’t some far fetched read but every bit an engrossing and believable read.

Innocent Blood is perfect for crime lovers who like something a bit different. With a great cast of characters this makes for one gripping and thrilling read. Plenty of action and a race against time makes certain that this is a page turner of a read you won’t want to put down.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Innocent Blood is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:

Linda S. Prather is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of 8 novels including two legal thrillers, a paranormal FBI series, one romance, and her current series involving Loki Redmond, a Choctaw private investigator and Jake Savior, a former police officer. Linda lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and grandchild, along with the “king” of the house, a Shitzu name Popcorn. Her latest release, Innocent Blood is her second in the Loki Redmond/Jake Savior series. In Linda’s own words: “This book is my favorite so far. My grandfather was a full-blooded Native American, and my mother half Native American. Prior to my marriage and children I studied Shamanism and developed a true love for nature. Studying the Choctaw history, customs, myths and religions was fascinating. Taking the facts I learned and weaving them into Loki’s story and her investigation into the disappearance of two hunters on the reservation was an emotional roller coaster for me. I found myself crying quite often.”

Links:

Website: linda@lindasprather.com – where you can join Linda’s email list and never miss a new release

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.prather2
Twitter: @jacodypress

Blog: jacodypress.blogspot.com

Closer To Home by Heleyne Hammersley @Bloodhoundbook @hhammersley66 #BlogBlitz

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Book Description:

Family. Secrets. Murder.

 

Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her home town after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce. The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths.

 

As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories. But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried.

 

Then another child disappears…

 

Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past?

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My Thoughts:

Closer To Home is the first in a brand new crime series featuring DI Kate Fletcher.

A story that involves children and death is never going to make for comfortable reading but hats off to the author as the story very much focuses on the police and the investigation itself of which doesn’t make it to uncomfortable.

Kate and her team are really up against it and you really feel the urgency for them to get answers but they don’t seem to be getting anywhere. I could very much feel their frustration and wanted the killer found as soon as possible.

This is very much a story more focused on police procedural and good old fashioned thinking. Kate has to rely on instinct and the process of elimination to catch the killer. This could easily be a crime series on television and one that I would certainly watch.

As Kate gets closer to catching the killer the pace really starts to pick up so you get that rush of adrenaline that has you on the edge of your seat in the anticipation of everything being revealed.

Closer To Home is a strong and solid start to a new crime series. It is set at the perfect pace building up to a very satisfying ending of which I for one could never have worked out. The author gives just the right amount of background for the characters so that it leaves you looking forward to getting to know them better through the course of the series. A definite read for fans who love a good crime book to sink their mind and their teeth into.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars. 

Closer To Home is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:

Heleyne Hammersley was born in South Yorkshire but has lived in Cumbria for the last twenty years where she sometimes teaches English and often walks on the fells.

She has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called Give Them the Works when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. Since then she’s gone on to complete a number of creative writing courses with the Open University and she is a regular NaNoWriMo participant.

The idea for her first novel, Forgotten, came about while on an extended holiday in China and South-East Asia in 2001.

Heleyne’s second novel, Fracture, again features travel. Set against the backdrop of the Great Ocean Road this tense psychological thriller centres around a fatal road trip.

Links:

http://heleynehammersley.wixsite.com/heleynehammersley

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heleyne-Hammersley/e/B01F0XWO14/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1505323818&sr=8-1

www.heleynehammersley.com

@hhammersley66

https://www.facebook.com/heleynehammersley66/

 

Getting To Know… Author Keith Nixon @knntom

Today I am delighted to have Keith Nixon on my blog as my get to know author. Keith’s latest novel, Dig Two Graves is out today and is available to purchase from Amazon.

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I’ve always wanted to write, I started when I was around ten, but never had the stamina to finish a book. I was always a voracious reader, though. I felt I needed an event to drive a story – I started properly writing about twenty years ago, a historical fiction novel about a POW escape from Italy in WW2. It’s still in the sock drawer, but at least I got to the end. Another writing hiatus followed until about fifteen years ago when as a family we visited Maiden Castle and I learned this huge structure was taken by the Romans around 44 – 45AD. Another event to write around. This became The Eagle’s Sword and The Eagle’s Shadow about Caradoc, Britain’s first great General.

However, crime fiction is my favourite genre and I dabbled here too, writing The Fix and then three more about Russian spy turned tramp, Konstantin. Next I turned to police procedurals – actually I turned back to them. I’d written a 50k novel for NaNoWriMo in 2008. I dug it out again, quite like it but it needed a lot of work, including a new title: Dig Two Graves.

Initially I was self-published (some of my books still are) but I was introduced to Caffeine Nights by Nick Quantrill. They published three of the Konstantin novels. However, Bastei Lubbe, a very large German independent publisher (they represent Dan Brown and Ken Follett among many others) picked up Dig Two Graves. I was offered a two book deal for the Solomon Gray series, but the biggest reason for saying yes was to work with crime guru Al Guthrie and so far it’s been a great experience. I’ve since been made an offer for a third book, so I will be happily working with Bastei for some time to come…

On a personal basis I’m happily married with three kids of various ages. We live on the Cheshire / Derbyshire Peak District border. We moved up three years ago – before that home was Broadstairs in Thanet on the Kent coast. All of my work is based in and around Thanet.

You can keep up to date with Keith and his books on the following sites:

Website: http://www.keithnixon.co.uk

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keith-Nixon/e/B009ZQTNTY

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6569386.Keith_Nixon?from_search=true

Bastei Lubbe: http://be-ebooks.com/

Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/

Favourite book as a child?

It’s a long time ago now to make a choice – something by Gerard Durrrell or Willard Price.

Favourite book as a teenager?

I was reading a lot of sci-fi then, so something by Isaac Asimov or Michael Moorcock.

Favourite character?

John Rebus.

Favourite book to movie adaption?

They’re not usually well done IMHO. Fight Club is one of the few decent ones.

Favourite drink or snack while reading?

Depends what I’m reading! If it’s one of my 1st editions then nothing at all. Otherwise it’s toast & marmite or salt & vinegar chipsticks.

Favourite highlight of your writing career?

When Al Guthrie said, “Good job”. The email is on my wall.

 

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