Annie’s Christmas By The Sea By Liz Eeles #BlogBlitz @bookouture @lizeelesauthor

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Book Description:

On the beautiful coast of Cornwall lies the idyllic Salt Bay, where Christmas is the perfect time for bringing family and friends together…

Annie Trebarwith is happily settled in Salt Bay with her beloved great-aunt Alice and gorgeous boyfriend Josh Pasco. Snow is in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner.

But when the father she’s never met, aging rock god Barry, turns up with the half-sister Annie didn’t know existed, life suddenly gets complicated. Barry and Storm are soon clashing with the entire village, and their antics are even driving a wedge between Annie and Josh.

Can Annie prevent her new family ruining the festivities and repair things with Josh in time for a cosy Christmas? Or will their relationship end up as frosty as the Salt Bay air?

Annie’s Christmas by the Sea is a hilarious and heart-warming story about family, friends and the magic of Christmas, perfect for fans of Lily Graham, Holly Martin and Phillipa Ashley.

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My Thoughts:

Annie’s Christmas By The Sea is the follow on from Annie’s Holiday By The Sea, as it follows on I would advise reading the books in order to get full enjoyment from the books and as they are fabulous books so why wouldn’t you want to?

It was great to catch back up with Annie and the other characters again. The setting is as wonderful as I remembered it and was instantly transported back to the village.

Annie seems to have acquired even more family in this book. Barry I’m not to sure if I was supposed to take to him so quickly, but I did. I thought he was a brilliant character and he brought even more fun to the story. Storm is your typical teenager but you just know that deep down there is lovely girl inside.

I had to feel sorry for Josh and Annie. They haven’t been together long but both have so much going on in their lives that it makes it hard for them to find time for themselves and things start to take their toll.

Annie’s Christmas By The Sea is a story very much about relationships, new and old. There is a real sense of community that you only tend to get in small places. A story that was a joy to read and perfect for the run up to Christmas.

My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Annie’s Christmas By The Sea is available to purchase from Amazon.

 

 

Inside The Mind Of A Crime Writer @MHollingdrake @LizCrimeWarp @anitamayw @aadhand

Today, myself and the lovely Claire Knight, attended the Inside The Mind Of A Crime Writer event at Morley town hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire. I’m sure, like me, most of us are fascinated with what goes on in a writers mind and this was the perfect event to find out!

The event was on the lower floor in the Morleian Hall. The room was a good size and perfectly laid out. After having a brief chat with the authors we took a seat and waited for the talk to start.

Malcolm Hollingdrake did a wonderful job hosting the event and introducing each author. He put everyone at ease and won over the audience straight away.

 

Each author in turn took to the stand where they told us more about themselves, their books and their journey to being published. I have to say I found it fascinating listening to their stories and why they write in the crime and psychological thriller genres. After each author had spoke they each did a quick Q&A for the audience to ask questions. When the talk had finished, the authors then returned to where their books had been displayed to sign and chat to everyone.

Obviously being a huge crime and psychological thriller fan, I couldn’t walk away empty handed and made my purchases whilst chatting with the authors.

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As a book lover I really recommend readers going to these events as you really find out so much more about the authors themselves as well as their books. Even though some of the authors were fairly local, some had some traveling to do and have to say I really appreciated their time and effort into the organising and attending these sort of events. I have to say a special thank you to Caroline Maston who is one of the members that runs the Uk Crime Book Club on Facebook who had a big hand in helping organising the event also. A big thank you also obviously goes to the authors themselves, Liz Mistry, Anita Waller, Malcolm Hollingdrake and A.A Dhand.

Make sure to keep up to date with local events in your areas as well as following your favourite authors on their Facebook author pages and Twitter so you never miss out on any upcoming events. Even if you are attending on your own, you will always be made to feel welcome and your support to the authors will always be hugely appreciated.

Happy reading!

Deadly Encounter by M.A. Comley @Melcom1

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Book Description:

The next gripping thriller in the DI Sally Parker thriller series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Justice series M. A. Comley
 
Murderer or a victim of a corrupt system?
 
 
Fifteen years after her deadly encounter, Anne Gillan’s remains are finally found. Her husband, who has maintained his innocence, has spent those fifteen years in prison–and the case’s investigating officer has been found guilty of corruption. Could Anne’s murderer still be free?

DI Sally Parker has just been chosen to lead a cold-case squad–and Anne Gillan’s murder is their first case. The case brings Sally face to face with a criminal from her own past, who has set out to destroy Sally’s relationship with her soon-to-be husband.

Will Sally and her team solve the case before Sally has a deadly encounter of her own?

My Thoughts:

 

Deadly Encounter is the fourth book in the DI Sally Parker series. I do think it would be beneficial for readers to have at least read the first book in the series just to give you a bit of knowledge of Sally’s personal life.

 

I have to say I love a good cold case. It always fascinates me how a case left unsolved years before can hope to be solved years later. The work for the police must be even more painstakingly harder. Witnesses could be dead or their memory not as good as it was. I felt quite sorry for Sally and her team as they are really working against the odds.

 

What I love about Sally is her compassion. A lot of detectives in crime series’ are so hardened but Sally truly cares about the people she works with as well as the victim and the people involved. It makes the hunt for the murderer even more personal and I was backing them all the way.

 

Deadly Encounter is yet another gripping read that I read in one sitting. The author has a way of hooking you from the very first page right up until the very last. I really hope there is more to do with cold cases in future books in the series as I loved seeing how Sally and her team work in trying to solve it. A highly recommended series.

 

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

 

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Deadly Encounter is available to purchase from Amazon.

Delaney, And So It Began by Owen Mullen @Bloodhoundbook @OwenMullen6

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Book Description:

PI Vincent Delaney thought he was done with the NOPD until a string of seemingly unrelated child murders brings an unexpected invitation from the FBI, and his old boss.

A serial killer is roaming the South, preying on children appearing in pageants, and the police want him to go undercover using his own family. Accepting would mean lying to people he loves and maybe even putting them in harm’s way.

In Baton Rouge, a violent criminal has escaped and is seeking revenge for the brother Delaney shot dead. But Delaney isn’t going anywhere. He has unfinished business. Meanwhile, north of the French Quarter, shopkeepers are being extorted and ask for Delaney’s help. Extortion is a matter for the police.

But what do you do when those responsible are the police? Delaney has his work cut out and he’ll be lucky if he makes it out of this alive…

Owen Mullen is a The Mcllvanney Prize long listed Novelist

My Thoughts:

Delaney, And So It Began is the first book in a brand new crime series.

I have to say the book description piqued my interest right away. A serial killer murdering children that are appearing in pageants. I was slightly worried though it might be to upsetting as a parent to read but the author writes in a way that though sad, I didn’t feel traumatised reading it.

As much as I liked Delaney. The star of this book for me was his dog Lowell. Being an animal lover, dogs especially, I loved the bags of personality he has. He is an extremely clever dog that has a great connection with Delaney and I devoured the parts that he was in even re reading them as I just loved him that much.

I enjoyed the two story lines running through out the book with Delaney on the look out for the serial killer as well as having to watch over his shoulder with someone hell bent on taking their revenge out on him. It certainly makes for some tense reading.

Delaney, And So It Began is a strong, solid start to a new crime series. It definitely left me looking forward to more in the series as can’t wait to catch up with Delaney and his dog again. Full of suspense that will keep you guessing through out. a definite must read for fans of this genre.

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.

Delaney, And So It Began is available to purchase from Amazon.

Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James #BlogBlitz @mjamesfiction @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.

Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?

When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…

A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

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My Thoughts:

Megan is someone I couldn’t help but feel sorry for. She is very much cast in a shadow from her sister Chloe’s presence. Even though you know their mother loves them both, Tilly seems to favour Chloe, whether this is because she’s the youngest or as she is very controlling, to start with it’s hard to tell.

Chloe I took an instant dislike to. She is very selfish and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She isn’t interested in peoples feelings and doesn’t mind stepping on anyone who gets in her way. There is definitely no wonder why Megan is wary of her as well as dislikes her.

It’s hard to say to much about this story with out going into the relationships between the characters of which I think would spoil it somewhat for people who haven’t yet had the chance to read it. It is one that definitely the less you know about it before hand, the better!

Sister, Psychopath is a tense read that will mess with your head. Gripped from the off, this was a page turner that I couldn’t put down. A must read for fans of psychological thrillers.

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.

Sister, Psychopath is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.
Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MJamesFiction/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjamesfiction
Goodreads Author Page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/828751.Maggie_James
Blog: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com/blog
Website: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com

The Mistake by K.L Slater @bookouture @KimLSlater

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Book Description:

You think you know the truth about the people you love.

But one discovery can change everything… 

Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later, he is found dead. 

Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy’s death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother?

Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him… and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.

Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…

The Mistake is a completely gripping thriller that will keep you up all night, from the top ten bestselling author of Blink, Liar and Safe with Me. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. 

My Thoughts:

What I love about this authors books is that she draws you into the story within the first few pages and holds you there, right up until the very last page and word.

Rose is someone who has been dealt a bad hand in life. From events when she was younger surrounding the death of her brother Billy, she basically just exists from day to day. As a book lover, working in a library would be a wonderful job. For Rose it’s her only highlight of each day and she constantly finds things to do so that she runs well past home time before having to leave work for the day and return home. I thought it was very sad that someone would not be able to let go of the past and basically be a prisoner in their own home and head.

The story flicks between present day and back to Rose as a teenager building up to her brothers death. The book description didn’t prepare me for one of the horrible characters in this novel who I grew to loath the more I read of them. You just know when you meet them that all is not quite right. As a typical teenager though, Rose knows better and doesn’t listen to anyone or even the alarm bells in her own head.

There is quite a big age gap between Billy and Rose but I loved the brotherly and sisterly love between the both. Even though there isn’t many chapters with them both in together, the love that Rose feels for her brother, really does shine through and found myself quite a few times with a lump in my throat.

The Mistake is shrouded with suspense that took a direction that I did not see coming. Hooked from beginning to end, this is certainly a book that swallows you up and spits you out at the end when it’s done with you. Yet another great read from one of my must read authors.

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

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Mistake is available to purchase from Amazon.

 

Murder On The Oxford Canal by Faith Martin #BlogTour @JoffeBooks

Today I am one of two stops on the Murder On The Oxford Canal by Faith Martin blog tour. For my stop I am delighted to share a guest post from the author, hope you enjoy.

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Book Description:

MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL is the first 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.

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Guest Post:

INTRODUCING DI HILLARY GREENE:

 

I was lucky enough to discover Agatha Christie in my early teens, and through her, many of the other wonderful authors of the ‘golden age’ of crime writing.  And I still love reading (and writing) the ‘classic’ whodunit, and all the elements that comprise them.  The requisite 4-6 suspects, the locked-room puzzle, the charming country setting and the very satisfactory grand reveal at the end, when the amateur sleuth reveals his or her cleverly thought-out solution to the crime.  So when I began to write crime, as JOYCE CATO, I naturally began with this genre.

 

However, the likes of DI Rebus, Jane Tennyson, and Inspector Banks were also being published, and were also proving to be very popular with the reading public.  So when my – now sadly late – agent advised me to try my hand at writing police procedural novels as well, I was certainly willing to give it a go.  But not without a certain amount of trepidation, mind you.   And the main cause of my concern was a certain character called Chief Inspector Morse!

 

Having been born in the city of Oxford, and having lived in the surrounding area all my life, when it came to choosing the setting for my proposed new series of novels, there was only one obvious choice.  I simply didn’t know anywhere else!  But with the wonderful Colin Dexter’s creation already being held in such high regard and affection, how, I wondered, could my own fictional creation ever hope compete?  How could I, as a novelist, take on such a master?

 

The answer, of course, was – don’t even try!  So when I sat down and put my thinking cap on, I decided to create someone as far removed from Morse as possible.  So, a woman detective then – and as a female myself, this wasn’t a hard decision!  And since Morse and the city of Oxford are so synonymous, it seemed wise to leave Oxford (mostly) to the great man, and content myself with the other areas that comprise the Thames Valley.  After all, the district offered market towns and villages galore where my new DI could find murder victims.  And since Morse worked more or less alone with only Lewis to help him, I would put DI Greene in charge of a small (and rather dysfunctional!) team.  Lastly, since Morse worked out of Oxford itself, I would have my own DI report to Kidlington HQ.  


And from this starting point, I then gradually began to get to know my new DI.   I wanted to make her interesting, but not unbelievable.  So I gave her a recently deceased husband, who had been something of a bad ‘un  (to say the least) and who had left her in somewhat tricky circumstances.  So when the reader meets her, she has been reduced to living on a relative’s canal boat, and is being pestered by the officers who are investigating her husband’s past criminal activities.   I wanted Hillary to be intelligent (so gave her a good education) but not closely connected to the university (Morse territory.)   I also wanted her to have gained experience by coming up through the ranks.  This would make her both savvy and also popular with the rank-and file, who would regard her as ‘their kind of copper’.   She had to be tough, but not hard-bitten, and have no illusions about her workplace and job, whilst being fiercely loyal to her team.   Most of all, I wanted her to the kind of copper you would want investigating the case if ever you were unjustly accused of murder!

 

And when I finally created my first file, and typed in the magical (and terrifying) words CHAPTER ONE, I knew that I wanted her to have a sense of humour that would see her through the darkest of times.