One For Sorrow by Sarah A. Denzil @sarahdenzil

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Book Description:

Who really killed Maisie Earnshaw?

Within the walls of the high-security psychiatric facility, Crowmont Hospital, reside many violent offenders. To nurse Leah Smith, no matter what, all offenders are patients first and foremost. When Leah is appointed as nurse to Isabel Fielding, she is determined to remain professional despite the shocking crime Isabel allegedly committed in her past.

Seven years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found face down in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel–at age fourteen, found covered in Maisie’s blood–was convicted of murder.

As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she’s not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent too.

But is Leah letting her own dark past taint her judgement as she grows closer to her patient? Or has a young woman been unjustly robbed of her childhood?

My Thoughts:

After hearing so many great things about this author from fellow readers, I knew I had to take the plunge and give her books a go. What a book to start off with as well!

The whole setting for this story was just genius. Having lived in Rotherham for a number of years, I knew the area as well as surrounding one quite well so loved that it was set somewhere I knew personally. Not that you will really recognise the cottage that Leah and her brother find themselves living in or the hospital that Leah works in. Well I didn’t anyway. It just added an eeriness to the story though which I loved.

The story really ticks so many boxes, a child killer, a high security hospital and a main character who is also fighting her own demons. There was so much to intrigue the reader that from picking the book up I didn’t want to put it down and ended up reading it in two sittings.

One For Sorrow is such a fabulously dark and twisted read. I knew from the opening pages it was going to be good but by heck I didn’t for see the twists and turns as they happened. It’s one of those stories that you will be constantly second guessing and jumping at conclusions only to be totally wrong. A great introduction to a new author for me and can’t wait to read more.

One For Sorrow is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

The Little Cottage On The Hill by Emma Davies @bookouture @EmDaviesAuthor

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Book Description:

There’s blossom in the trees and daffodils as far as the eye can see. Maddie is looking forward to a fresh start in the countryside, but there’s just one little problem…

Following a scandal at her high-flying PR agency, twenty-six-year-old Maddie flees London to help promote what she thinks is going to be a luxurious holiday retreat in the countryside. Everything is riding on her making a success of this new job…

Yet when she arrives, Maddie is horrified to find a rundown old farm in a terrible state. The brooding and secretive owner, Seth, spent all his money on leasing the land when he fell in love with the beautiful, dishevelled farm cottages and the very romantic story behind them.

When Maddie discovers an old oil painting by the original owner’s wife, she unlocks the secret of the farm’s history and quickly realises she must start getting her hands dirty if this very special place is going to have any chance of survival. As she and Seth begin working together, the stunning view from the top of the hill is not the only thing that’s leaving her breathless…

After weeks of hard work the dream looks like it might become a reality, until a secret from Maddie’s past threatens to snatch it all away again. Can Maddie find a way to save the business and herself? Will she finally find a place to keep her heart within the crumbling walls of the little cottage on the hill?

Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson who are looking to escape to the countryside and fall in love watching the seasons change.

My Thoughts:

The Little Cottage On The Hill is the first book in The Little Cottage Series. What a great start to a series as well. If like me you love seeing a building transformation then you will love this book. Don’t get me wrong the actual physical work on the farm is kept quite low key and focuses on the characters so we really get to know them better, but the parts to do with giving the barn and the cottages a make over had so many visions running through my head. I loved both Maddie’s and Seth’s ideas.

There is only a small cast of characters in the story and I enjoyed getting to know each one better. They are all really great, well apart from Agatha but the least said about her the better, even the cat I was totally taken with by the end of the story!

Whilst there is a hint of romance throughout the story, for me it was more about friendships and bonds as well as setting up what looks to be a fabulous series. There is so much potential for this series and I am now desperate to read the next book in the series.

The Little Cottage On The Hill is a fabulous start to a captivating series. The author totally drew me in and was enchanted by the wonderful setting and lovely characters. I totally lost myself into the story and didn’t want to come out of it. Such a great read.

The Little Cottage On The Hill is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry @headlinepg

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Book Description:

A CHRISTMAS RETURN is the 15th novella in the festive series by Anne Perry, the queen of Victorian crime.

As the festive season approaches, Charlotte Pitt’s grandmamma, Mariah Ellison, is facing Christmas alone. When she receives an unexpected gift, memories are sparked of a Christmas in Haslemere long ago, when her beloved friend Cullen Wesley died and a local villager was brutally murdered, with no killer brought to justice.

The unsolved case has resurfaced and Cullen’s grandson, Peter, begs for Mariah’s help to solve the crime that led to his grandfather’s death. Mariah can’t resist a friend in need and she returns to Haslemere to investigate the murder and heal old wounds. But evil still lurks in the picturesque village and she’ll need all her wits about her to see that justice is done.

A Christmas Return is the enthralling new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.

My Thoughts:

Even though this is the fifteenth novella in the festive series, having not read any other books in the series, it definitely reads as a stand alone. Not only is it my first book I’ve read in the series but also the first book I’ve read by the author.

This was a relatively quick and quaint read. Even though only a novella, I fast became a fan of Mariah’s character. She reminded me a bit of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Quite stern yet lovable.

I loved the era the story is set in as well as the investigation. It’s not a dark crime read by any means but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. If you are looking for a more lighter crime fiction read set at a festive time of the year, then this is a perfect little read.

A Christmas Return is nice little read that was easy to get into and had me captivated with the wonderful era it’s set in. I think if you love you Agatha Christie style mysteries then this is an author whose books you should definitely give a go.

My thanks to Headline for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

A Christmas Return is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

The Hermitage by LJ Ross @LJRoss_author

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Book Description:

FROM THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HOLY ISLAND AND SEVEN BRIDGES

He thought he was invincible, but he was wrong…

When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered – and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective…

DCI Ryan is thousands of miles away. He’s tracked a killer across Europe and has sworn not to return until he has his man in custody. Nathan Armstrong is a dangerous psychopath but there’s just one problem – he’s also an international celebrity; a world-famous thriller writer with money and connections. 

Ryan is a stranger in a foreign land, but he knows one thing – he’ll never give up. 

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular landscapes of Northumberland and Tuscany. 

My Thoughts:

The majority of this story is set over in Italy. Oh my, how the author brings the area vividly to life. Yes this may be a dark and chilling read in parts but boy did I fall in love with the place. The descriptions were just to wonderful not to.

I have to say for me the star of this book is Phillips. He brings some light relief to the story and many a times I found myself grinning at his local dialogue. Believe me, by the end of the book, you can’t help ever so slightly falling a little bit in love with him yourself. He really is such a sweetheart.

It’s probably best to have read previous books in the story to get the most from this book as there is a bit of background you would be better of knowing to do with Ryan and Anna. It was great to catch up with them and see where the author was going to take us all next.

The Hermitage was a gripping page turner of a read that I couldn’t help but devour pretty much in one go. It was just to fabulous not to. The author is certainly one who is well known for bringing the settings in her books to life and you can’t help but get wrapped up with the scenery as well as all the goings on in the case. The pace starts off steady and picks up throughout as we get nearer to the end and I enjoyed every minute of it. A highly recommended read.

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

The Hermitage is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons @bookouture @WriteAngie

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Book Description:

Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident. 

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet. 

From multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons comes another absolutely nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.

My Thoughts:

I can’t believe we are onto the ninth book in the Detective Kim Stone series already! What a book it is to! I would highly recommend you at least read book eight before reading this one as the team are still dealing with the loss of one of their own and think readers would benefit from fully knowing what happens in the previous book.

There are actually two threads running throughout the story, one to do with a missing teenager and the other a murder investigation. Every so often the author throws a chapter in from the point of view of the killer of who we have no idea who it is. It really adds to the suspense and mystery as well as chilled me seeing how determined they are on killing people.

I like how the author doesn’t just brush under the carpet the loss of one of the team members. I wouldn’t say it was good to see how the rest of the team are still coming to terms with it, but it does make it more believable and at times it makes for some emotional reading. In too many other books, it’s almost as if that character had never been there and I much preferred them still being spoke about so that the reader can grieve alongside the characters, as come on, we know how we all can get attached to them also.

Penn is the replacement and boy does he have big boots to fill. I felt really sorry for him as the team are struggling with having someone new on the team and don’t give him the warmest of welcomes. I loved his background story as we get to know more about him and he soon earned a place in my heart.

Fatal Promise is just a brilliant book, plain and simple. The author packs so much more than I could ever hope for in her books making it an exhilarating reading experience. I keep thinking that she won’t be able to top her previous book yet time and time again she has proven me wrong by not only delivering but smashing my expectations. Loved it.

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

Fatal Promise is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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Bagging Alice by Laura Barnard #CoverReveal @BarnardLaura

Cover Reveal – Bagging Alice by Laura Barnard

How gorgeous is the cover for Bagging Alice from Laura Barnard?!  This book releases on 1st November but is already available for pre-order – mybook.to/BaggingAlice

 

Synopsis:
Alice is used to taking photographs for a living – not having intimate pictures of herself posted for all the world to see, thanks to a disgruntled ex-boyfriend. Now her clients are cancelling appointments, and she’s almost out of cash. What else could go wrong? Oh yeah, her room mate has scarpered leaving Alice completely out of luck.

Enter Tom ‘man whore’ Maddens. Having disappointed his father one time too many, he moves to Brighton, ready for a new start. And where better to begin it than in Alice’s newly-vacant spare room? And if he tries to seduce her at the same time? Well he’s just living up to his reputation isn’t he?

But then he didn’t bank on actually falling for her. Will his reputation as a commitment phobe put a stop to any sparks between the pair? Or can Alice put aside her trust issues and take a leap of faith for Tom?
 
 
Although a standalone, if you’d like to check out the first two books in the Babes of Brighton series here they are:
Excess Baggage (Book 1) – mybook.to/ExcessB

Love Uncovered (Book 2) – mybook.to/LoveUncovIn the meantime add it to your Goodreads shelf – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41883735-bagging-alice?ac=1&from_search=true

 

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Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt @writermels @AvonBooksUK

 

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Book Description:

A gripping new series from million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

 

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of this authors books so was very excited to see that she was writing a new series. Grace I am sure is going to be a massive hit with fans new and old.

Grace has returned to her home town and finds herself working on a case which means she has to have dealings with family that she would rather never have to set eyes on. Having had a violent father growing up, they certainly weren’t happy times for Grace and she wants to forget all about it. Sadly her estranged family are very much a reminder. Grace has had quite a lot to deal with in her life and I have to say she was very brave coming back but I had to salute her for doing it.

The murders are pretty gruesome to say the least but ensures that it grabs hold of the reader making you turn those pages for more. As much as I was horrified, I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to do next. It certainly makes for some thrilling and chilling reading.

I thought this was a great case for Grace and her colleagues to be working on, Not only do we get to know more about Grace and her background, we are also taken on an exhilarating journey in the fight for justice. For me this was a perfect way to kick off a new crime series as usually the first book in a series is spent getting to know the character that it can detract from the overall story. This, I am pleased to say, is definitely not the case with Hush Hush.

Mel Sherratt has nailed it again with Hush Hush. It has left me very excited about what else she has in store for the reader. If you love a hard hitting, edge of you seat read, then look no further.

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

Hush Hush is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).