Friday, 18 October 2019

Close to You

Close to you- Kerry Wilkinson Psychological thriller
Morgan is a successful personal trainer. When she goes to an awards ceremony and
a picture is taken she thinks she recognises someone in the back of the photograph.
That someone looks very much like her husband David who disappeared two years
ago. He was rather secretive about some things and Morgan later discovered told
lies after lies. When things go missing and the only person who would know about
certain things is David, Morgan starts to question herself. It can’t be David can it?
It can’t be as she herself killed him two years ago. This one gripped me very
quickly- always a good sign. Chapters alternate between now and before David
was killed to give us the background of their relationship and what happened.
I took to Morgan (despite what had happened) and how things were panning
out. Her critical mother which many daughters will understand. I read this in a
day- it hooked me and kept me there- always a sign of good writing, interesting
characters and a solid plot. This is my first book by this author and won’t be
the last. A highly recommended read.
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Book Description:

I pinch the screen to zoom until I’m staring at the face of a ghost. A man with very short hair, staring directly at the camera with piercing brown eyes. 

He is as he was when I last saw him: wrinkles around the corners of the eyes and a knowing smirk. That’s the expression I see when I can’t sleep.

My body tenses. It can’t be him. It’s not my ex-husband. It’s not David. 

I know that better than anyone because he didn’t walk out on me.

He didn’t disappear two years ago and he’s not a missing person.

I know that for a fact because I’m the one who killed him.

A brilliantly twisty thriller which will have fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl absolutely gripped.  

Author Bio:

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 crime bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Singapore. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States. His book, Ten Birthdays, won the RNA award for Young Adult Novel of the Year in 2018.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy - a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults - a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like 'barm' and 'ginnel'.

When he's short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down. 

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

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The Children’s Block-  Otto B Kraus- Historical Fiction
A work of fiction based on fact. Cold hard fact that the author lived through. Fact that
every man woman and child should know and learn about until the ends of time. The
Czech edition was entitled “Smoke is my brother”. Says so very much…..I read this
having previously read “ The Tattooist of Auschwitz” so knew what I was in for…. so
I thought. Alex is a teacher and undercover he teaches the children in their block in
Auschwitz, never knowing what the next day let alone hour may hold. He keeps a
diary that is carefully concealed. Whether it will ever be found or who by he does
not know. If found by the guards it will be burnt to yet more smoke. I learnt so
much. That when Germany first took rule there were lots of things that the Jewish
were not allowed. To even buy fresh fruit or to listen to music. Strange rules
hidden amongst the things we know about clothes and doors being marked to make
them stand out. That in the camps there were often ten thousand a day sent to the
gas chambers. This is a disturbing read but as I mentioned beforehand one that
should be read so that is can never ever happen again. As I write this, I learnt of
the camps around today where we really don’t quite know what is going on. How can
mankind be so very unkind? A read to remember. 
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Savage Children by Peter Boland- Crime
A crime book with a difference. I would normally describe this as police procedural- however
its not the police that are proceeding with the evidence in this case. Children are going
missing and then the parents are receiving a picture. A picture drawn by their child of
themselves as an angel. Savage is ex SAS and now retired. He loves nothing more than
being a detective- unofficially of course. He and his friend Tannaz who is a computer
whizz get on the case when his neighbours child goes missing,  as the police appear to
be going around in circles and getting nowhere. I quickly grew to like Savage- there is
something about his personality that makes him likeable although he can be one tough
man not to be messed with- someone you most definitely want on your side. His
relationship with Tannaz comes across very well and they bounce off of each other in
many ways. There is hard work and determination and also a little humour along the
way. I loved the name “St George is Cross” very clever indeed along with the bit at
the end (I’m not giving anything away!) A clever concept, wonderful characters and
a plot that kept me turning and turning- always a good sign! Mr Boland - this is
the first of your books I have read and won’t be the last. 
A highly entertaining, compelling read. 
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Children are disappearing from London parks. Caught on CCTV, they go in but never come out again…
Days after each disappearance, the distraught parents receive a hand-drawn picture of their child as an angel. A sign they’ll never see them again. The police have no clues or leads. All they have is a nickname for the abductor – the Archangel.
When Savage’s neighbour’s ten-year-old son Callum becomes a victim, he vows to find him, and catch this Archangel. Savage has his headstrong friend Tannaz to help him. This time it’s going to take more than her brilliant computer skills to find the truth. They’ll have to enlist the help of some new friends – and some old enemies.
As more children go missing, Savage realises the Archangel is a formidable adversary. Clever, elusive and terrifying. Savage also has the police on his back, watching his every move. The deeper Savage becomes involved, the more he realises all is not what it seems…
A twisty, chilling, action-packed thriller for fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci.
Author Bio:

After studying to be an architect, Pete realised he wasn’t very good at it. He liked designing buildings he just couldn’t make them stand up, which is a bit of a handicap in an industry that likes to keep things upright. So he switched to advertising, writing ads for everything from cruise lines to zombie video games.
After becoming disillusioned with working in ad agencies, he switched to writing novels (or was it because he just wanted to work at home in his pyjamas?). He soon realised there’s no magic formula. You just have to put one word in front of the other (and keep doing that for about a year). It also helps if you can resist the lure of surfing, playing Nintendo Switch with his son, watching America’s Next Top Model with his daughter and drinking beer in a garden chair.
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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Grace- Patrica Dixon-Womens fiction
I was lucky enough to win this book when I read it the first time around  and am so glad I
did. I have just re read this and once again instantly found the magic that this book holds
between its pages. Grace has split from her husband who has now found himself a
new partner, one that isn;t quite like his soon to be ex- wife.. The three children have
pretty much grown and flown and so fed up of being put on at Christmas when the
children are each doing other things Grace takes herself and the dog off to France for
a break. Max is also on his own and wonders who the lovely lady is that he saw on the
ferry crossing- another opportunity missed so back to his lonely wanderings all for lack
of courage.  After an eventful Christmas at home I enjoyed reading of another with its
inevitable ups and downs. Families and relationships- always a minefield at this time of
year. A heart-warming story of life, love, friendships and everything that surrounds
them. Anyone who has gone through a relationship breakup will sympathise with
Grace (and cheer at her “truth speech”). Characters you feel that you know and
understand after just a few chapters and scenarios we have all been through in one
way or another. We all need a good, reassuring story to let us know that there is
good out there and in the face of adversity, most people are really nice (with the
odd exception) as this story shows. An enjoyable heart-warming uplifting read.
A book is not just for Christmas…….
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Grace - The Christmas Cottage blurb

Singleton Grace loves Christmas and having all her family with her on the day. But this year things will be different.

One by one, each of her three children announce that they have other plans for the holidays, leaving Grace home alone with a dilemma. Should she put on a brave face or admit she is hurt?

After deciding it’s time for a change, Grace books a cottage in the French countryside for Christmas.

Max is also at life’s crossroads after coming to terms with the end of his marriage. Making a spur of the moment decision, Max heads to the Loire where he hopes to clear his head, see the sights and escape the festivities.

In the meantime, Grace’s children embark on their own Yuletide journeys. Heidi faces the dreaded in-laws, Amber heads to New York to bag herself a fiancĂ©, and Seth can’t wait to hit the slopes.

But when their plans begin to fall apart, they are all left wishing they were at home with their Mum for Christmas.

Will Grace get what she originally wanted or is a surprise in store?

Author Bio
Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson. 
Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood. 
Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written a total of eight novels, the latest is due for release in March 2019.

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Monday, 14 October 2019

A Typical Family Christmas: A heartwarming, laugh-out-loud holiday read by [Davies, Liz]

A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies- Holiday fiction
Kate and her husband Brett have three children-Ellis & Portia who are teenagers and
Sam who is eleven. Each Christmas they have Brett’s mother to stay for a couple of
days and traumatic though this is especially for Kate,it goes quickly enough.  When
Kate’s mother announces she is also staying it is not good news as the two mother
in laws don’t get on due to one constantly whinging and the other having a go at
the family. When they arrive early and the sleeping arrangements haven’t been
sorted the balloon goes up. Kate works part time in a charity shop and full time at
home sorting everything from food to the garden. Brett does little around the
house but thinks that Kate has it easy as she doesn’t have the pressure of the
Abyss- his boss. Kate knows that in the two girls she has let them get away with
almost murder as to how they treat the hosue and their parents. She has made
her own rod so to speak. I really enjoyed this. The family dynamics that we all
know in one form or another and Kate’s way of dealing with it.
An uplifting read with a huge smile.
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A Typical Family Christmas For once, Kate Peters would like a happy, family Christmas; the kind of Christmas
seen in the movies. She wants harmony and happiness, smiling, glowing faces, tables
groaning with food, carol singing around the tree. She wants love, kindness, and
goodwill to all men, especially in her own house. What she doesn’t want is drama. Absolutely no drama, whatsoever. But what she gets is three stroppy children, two equally stroppy grandmothers, a
husband who can’t manage to change a lightbulb, and Pepe the poodle. It’s no wonder she feels unappreciated, overworked, and ignored. At the end of her
tinsel-coated tether, and with the only Christmas spirit being in the form of a bottle
of raspberry gin, Kate decides to leave them to it, and see how they manage without her. A quiet little hotel somewhere near the sea, where she can pretend Christmas doesn’t
exist, is just the thing she needs. Isn’t it? Purchase Links: Amazon US - Amazon UK -

Author Bio – Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a
smattering of humour, and a great deal of love. She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t
scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case
inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She
loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at
that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat),
and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days. She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a
camper van and travel the world in it. Social Media Links: Facebook Twitter

Monday, 7 October 2019

Fiona and the Whale by Hannah Lynn -**Giveaway ***
Fiona runs an elite event organising company. She is super busy and enjoys her work
even though it takes up the majority of her time. When her husband makes an
announcement on the eve of them going away for their anniversary, Fiona is gobsmacked
to say the least but believes that things will soon be back to normal. A news item about
a stranded whale grabs Fiona’s attention- she never normally watches TV but had it on
for background noise since the house was empty. How one small thing can captivate
someone and lead to things they never would have imagined. I can’t say how much
this book captivated me. I’m not an eco warrior but I am someone who cares and is
passionate about making food from scratch (read this and it will make sense) . When
packaging is used rather than take a little time to think and prepare more wholesome
nutritional food (I’ll step away from my soap-box now) and the amount of plastics
that fill and damage our oceans and marine life. This is a brilliant premise and a clever
one that makes you stop and think. This made me think of the picture of how one
book can affect things- by a wall being built over it and the irregularity of the wall as
it gets higher being exponentially greater.

How a small thing can change so much. I for one know in my life how much this is
true. A brilliant entertaining read with a couple of commentary pages from the
author which I enjoyed. Keep up the good work Hannah, one plastic bag at a time!
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Fiona and the Whale With her personal life on the rocks, it's going to take a whale sized miracle to keep her afloat.   Event planner Fiona Reeves did not have her husband's sudden departure on her schedule.
However, she’s certain that it's only a hiccup and he'll be back in no time, begging for
forgiveness. Fortunately there’s a distraction of mammoth proportions swimming in
the River Thames.    Absorbed by the story of Martha the sperm whale, Fiona attempts to carry on life as
usual as she awaits her husband's return. However, nothing can prepare her for the
 dramatic turn of events that throws her life into ever greater turmoil. The road
ahead has many paths and for Fiona it’s time to sink or swim.   Fiona and the Whale is a poignant and often hilarious contemporary fiction novel.
If you enjoy topical tales, second chances and a little bit of romance, you'll love this
new book from the Kindle Storyteller Award Winner, Hannah Lynn. Purchase Links Amazon UK  Amazon(dot)com 

Hannah Lynn Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments –
a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write
The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural
twist – which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the Gold Medal for Best
Adult Fiction ebook at this year’s IPPY Awards – and the delightfully funny and
poignant Peas and Carrots series. While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character
driven stories and wonderfully vivid description. She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth. Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university,
she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia.
It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught
, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction Now as a teacher,
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Saturday, 5 October 2019

THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER by Faith Martin- Crime
Monica Noble is the vicars wife. Not too long ago there was a murder in their flats and
Monica was the one who helped solve the crime being well placed to have her ear to the
ground and to local gossip. This time her and her husband Graham, have been asked to
help judge the flower show at a neighbouring village. There is a local businessman ,
Ross, who appears not to be liked by most of the people in the village. He has allegedly
stolen a patent from one of his staff and lackadaisical working methods led to the death
of one of his staff.  When there is a murder whilst the flower judging is going on it
appears it should have been aimed at Ross. Who would dare to do such a thing and
why ? Monica again is well placed as the supportive wife and confidante to glean
information that the police have yet to hear. I love Faith’s books. There is always a
good plot to keep the grey matter active. A little humour along the way and
characters so well described that you can see them in your minds eye.
A wonderful page turner and a clever entertaining plot. 
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Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.

Please note this book was first published as “UNHOLY WHIFF OF DEATH” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.


Monica Noble is thrilled to be asked to judge a neighbouring village’s flower show, even if she can't tell a begonia from an azalea!

Her fellow judge Vicar James Davies inhales deeply from a large bloom and drops dead in the tent. At first everyone thinks he’s had a heart attack, but the doctor on hand is suspicious and calls in the police.

A second murder quickly follows, this time of one of the main suspects.
Monica must help the Chief Inspector Jason Dury to solve the two murders and find the killer —fast, before anyone else pays the ultimate price.

This is the second of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone's surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.

FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.

More MONICA NOBLE mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.


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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