Saturday, 16 February 2019

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Love me Tinder- Nicola May Romcom 99p on kindle ***


Laugh and smile (and cringe) at the antics of internet dating. Callie has split from her

 cheating husband after being together 12 years. Her social life is in the doldrums and

so she decides to join Tinder, the dating app. For anyone who has dated on the internet

 you will recognise some of the characters.for anyone who hasn’t had this experience -

 prepare to smile and grimace! The one who doesn’t look like his picture, Ok he did

 but twenty years ago. The one who is only there for one reason and the one who only

 talks about himself. The list goes on. Callie soon finds out the do’s and don’ts and

 how to read the characters behind the photographs. I loved this and had to smile and

 felt for Callie and also at Lady P- the African Grey parrot with a mind of her own

 and language to match! Love and life, divorce and trust. The ups and downs of life

 we all go through. A really really enjoyable read.

Friday, 15 February 2019



Five Bloody Hearts- Joy Ellis- Crime

DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD’S LAST CASE MIGHT BE THE ONE THAT FINALLY BREAKS HIM.
Matt is a very likeable character and this book is no different. You take to him from
the start (it will stand alone but helps if you have read the previous one in the series
- I had but two years ago). He is shortly hoping to retire and waiting until his
replacement finishes her latest case. Meanwhile he has a call from the fiancee of a
serial killer, one who she says has now repented. Matt is sceptical to say the least.
The news is that he believes that there will be a series of copycat murders,
something he only told to one of his inmates who has now confided in the potential
killer. IS this all a clever ruse and the man behind bars trying to gain something?
There is also a gangland turf war between the Lithuanians and Latvians and two
bodies have been found with the same tattoo. No-one dare speak out, in fear for
their own safety. Ooooh!!! Joy has done it again. Within a few pages you are
drawn in, and time flies as you turn more and more wanting to know what
happened next. A brilliant read, an entertaining read.
One I didn’t want to end.
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Five Bloody Hearts (DI Matt Ballard #2) by Joy Ellis
From multiple #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, comes a mystery that will have you 
glued from first page to last, with a truly shocking conclusion. A killer mystery to
 make your heart race this Valentine's.

DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD’S LAST CASE MIGHT BE THE ONE THAT FINALLY
 BREAKS HIM.

Grace Repton, a beautiful older woman, walks into the police station to tell Matt 
she has information that could stop a murder. Her fiancé, the infamous serial killer
 Jeremy Reader, has told her that he has a disciple who is going to kill using Reader’s
 horrific methods.

Reader murdered five women and was finally brought to justice by Detective Ballard.
 Reader is safely imprisoned in a high security prison, and claiming to be a reformed
 man who wants to help the police.

But can Matt believe the serial killer or his peculiar wife to be?

And the Fenland police also have another investigation on their hands. A Lithuanian
 migrant worker is found dead on the fens. There is no ID on him, but he has a 
Tree of Life tattoo. The third body to be found with this distinctive tattoo. Is
 this gang war or something even more sinister?

CAN YOU TRUST A KILLER TO HELP STOP A KILLER?

The police are stretched to breaking point with multiple copycat murders.
 And Matt and his girlfriend Liz will fight for everything they care about in a
 heart-stopping conclusion that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, 
Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

The Setting
England's rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding 
tracks, and long straight droves (the old livestock routes) that lead to nowhere. 
The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a
 good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, 
high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile 
soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do,
 perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens 
become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that
 you do not want to be at night.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE BEST-SELLING NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES
Book 5: THE STOLEN BOYS

DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD
Book 1: BEWARE THE PAST
Book 2: FIVE BLOODY HEARTS

STANDALONES
GUIDE STAR
 JOY ELLIS – Author Bio

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND
1 million books sold and rising!
"I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!
And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!" 


Thursday, 14 February 2019




The Riverboat Mystery- Faith Martin- Crime
Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s
pen name JOYCE CATO.
Jenny Sparrow has some time to kill. Not literally as she solves murders rather than does
them and they have a habit of following her around. She has a full time job in a school
but not being one for holidays and being told she must take time off she finds herself a
temporary job for a couple of days. Being a cook this isn’t difficult and she soon finds
one on board a riverboat, something totally different and may even give her a small
break of her own. She has been employed by a business man to provide meals over
the two days for a small group of his friends. Friends who it appears have other
things on their minds. One has been trying to buy the boat but the owner has
persistently said no. Another “keeps” a lover in a flat in London unknown to her
husband. When one of the guests is found murdered, of course by Jenny, she
again assists the police as she has a head start having known the guests albeit
for a few hours. Jenny is one of those characters that you quickly warm to.
Not an out and out sleuth just a woman with a talent for listening and putting
things together in her own way. If you enjoy Agatha Christie or Death in Paradise
then this could be the series for you. A captive group of people all wanting the
same thing yet nothing obvious and everyone where they should be.
Until a little sparrow gets to work that is! Love this.  
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THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY by Faith Martin

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.
 
“A wonderful protagonist.”  Mystery Women
 

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.
 
Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
 
Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour.
 
Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why?
 
Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery.
 
This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.
 
Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.
 
 
JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.
 
THE AUTHOR
FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.
 
JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY
Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY
Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY
More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon. 

FAITH MARTIN

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style 'whodunits' under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.  


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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

































Murder unexpected- Anita Waller- Crime

Kat is now heavily pregnant and to be on the safe side she has moved in both Doris and
Mouse, not only because of the imminent birth but because it appears that she has had
an unwelcome visitor in her home, one she suspects maybe her soon to be ex husband.
To find out about him, you need to read the first book in the series- Murder Undeniable
(5* from me) for this to make sense.  The three women have now opened a detective
agency , Connections, and one of their first cases is to find the birth mother of a man
who has recently died. His wife is keen to find her as this was one of his wishes. Very
soon there is a murder (as you would expect!) and not to do with the case. The local
DI is beginning to wonder about Kat, Mouse and Doris as bodies seem to appear
around them. When they find another one things change and their case soon
becomes one for the police.

Oh I love this trio. The camaraderie is wonderful and oozes through the pages.

Yes there are murders, but this is a “cozy” type read. One that keeps you engaged

and with a smile. Yet again I didn’t want the book to end. Anita- please please keep

writing these- they are truly wonderful and so very different from anything else out

there. That special “je ne sais quoi” of talent  that Anita has in spades, make that

bucketfuls. A really enjoyable, entertaining read.
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Kat and Mouse are back.


Church Deacon Kat and her friend Beth, known as Mouse, have started a private investigation business in the sleepy village of Eyam.

Kat, whose estranged criminal husband, Leon, is on the run, has a lot on her plate running the new business whilst heavily pregnant.

When a widow asks the sleuths for help, Kat and Mouse find themselves searching for the birth mother of the widow’s husband. But when it becomes clear that the widow isn’t telling the whole truth, Kat and Mouse are drawn into a deadly chase where nothing is what it seems.

Meanwhile, Kat’s husband has come back to Eyam and has Kat in his sights.

Can Kat and Mouse solve the case and escape the dangerous Leon?

This time they might just be out of their depth…

About the Author:
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.

She has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.

In total she has written seven psychological thrillers and one supernatural novel, and uses the areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as her preferred locations in her books. Sheffield features prominently.

And now Anita is working on her first series, the Kat and Mouse trilogy, set in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Eyam. The first in the series, Murder Undeniable, launched 10 December 2018, and the second in the series, Murder Unexpected, launches 11 February 2019.

The trilogy has now been promoted to a quartet following the success of the first book; she is currently working on book three, Murder Unearthed. Book four doesn’t have a title, a plot, a first sentence… but she remains convinced it will have!

She is now seventy-three years of age, happily writing most days and would dearly love to plan a novel, but has accepted that isn’t the way of her mind. Every novel starts with a sentence and she waits to see where that sentence will take her, and her characters.

In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed, and they provided it.

Her genre is murder - necessary murder.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

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The Happiness Project - Pippa James- Humour/fiction/romance
Three women wanting to improve and brighten their mundane lives by setting new year
resolutions- which should make them happier- hence the title. Alison has always carefully
planned everything in her life, from things in her house  house to things her son Xander
plays with.When her mother in law Maggie dies, she is left reeling as she was a large
influence and inspiration to Alison. Her new year’s resolution is to be more like Maggie
and keep her legacy alive. Frankie needs a job and gets one at a local hotel and spa
but finds there is more to work than just doing the job she was employed to. Kate is
dealing with her third and unplanned pregnancy and determined that she will relax
more with this one and be more “Zen”.
I really wasn’t quite sure what to make of this book. I loved that the women supported
each other come what may, however there was so much talk about pregnancy/children
etc that it got rather tedious and I wondered if I had slipped into a child care manual.
 They wanted to refresh their rather shallow lives and for me this was a slow plot.
I was expecting to feel inspired and uplifted but kept thinking all they seem to
have is their children for which they didn’t seem very appreciative. The character
I took to was Frankie who for me, had far more about her than the others.
I wanted the others to come alive but it somehow didn’t happen and I was left feeling
rather disappointed. Not the book I was anticipating, that said maybe more interesting
if you have small children around and relate more to it because of this.The best part for

me was the final few chapters- doing “The Glorious”, team-work and camaraderie- far,

far better than the rest of the book.

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Saturday, 9 February 2019



The Silent Patient- Alex Michaelides- Psychological

Alicia Berenson has killed her husband. Her fingerprints are the only ones on the gun
and she is found with him. She has not said a word since this happened. Prior to this
she was a very successful artist. Theo believes he can help her, so when a position
becomes available at The Grove, the secure unit where she is kept, he applies and
gets the position of forensic psychotherapist. She is heavily sedated and has still not
said a single word. She made a painting after Gabriel died, one which ties into a play.
Theo thinks this could be a clue into getting her to speak again. The Grove is under
threat of closure and his boss has given Theo just six weeks to break her silence.
Being an eminent painter, her celebrity could be the way of saving the unit. Theo
turns detective to try and find out what has happened to Alicia. I took to Theo
and his determination and tenacity for trying to do with right thing by his patient.
It did remind me a little of Silent Witness (UK tv) where a person goes beyond the
normal realm of their position to try and find out what has happened. Argh!!!
I didn’t see that coming! I won’t spoil it but prepare for something to blow
you away! A clever plot, an interesting premise. A very entertaining read.
For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
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The Note

The Note- Andrew Barrett- 5* A short story written in the first person by CSI Eddie Collins. Eddie is the sort of bloke who calls a s...