Sunday, 26 May 2019

Please note this book was first published as “JUST NOT CRICKET” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
Jenny Starling is travelling cook and this time she is preparing the tea and evening buffet
for a village derby cricket match. As soon as some of the ladies arrive she begins to hear
village gossip and whilst baking she overhears various bit and pieces. When the match
begins some of the talked about characters arrive and one person in particular is
despised by several people for various things from having an affair to losing money on
investments. As ever when a body is found there is a predicament of not only who could
have done it but the impossible how- until Jenny’s eyes and ears get to work. A second
murder which at first appears unrelated adds to the excitement. I love this series.
A book you know you can settle down with comfortably with nothing to give you
nightmares or put you off your dinner. A homely character you can’t help but take to
and lists of food which gives me ideas for baking- what’s not to love! A cleverly
worked out plot and to date I haven’t worked out the perpetrator before the reveal
which keeps the grey matter functioning and a nice level of intrigue whilst
reading. I very much look forward to the next in the Jenny Starling series.
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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.
Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.
Please note this book was first published as “JUST NOT CRICKET” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
Jenny Starling is doing the catering for the village cricket match. But she’s not expecting one of the players to turn up dead.
Everyone from the village has turned out to watch the match, and with this being the club’s centenary, Jenny Starling has been hired specially to provide her stunning food for the event.
Then the next man up to bat, Tristan Jones, is nowhere to be found. He is discovered behind the pavilion, murdered by a blow to the back of the head with an old cricket bat.
The handsome twenty-something had a reputation as a Lothario, with an appetite for married women. Did a scorned woman or a cuckolded husband kill him?
However, he’d annoyed other people too. He was a stockbroker who took big risks with other people’s money and lost their lifesavings.
Soon another body turns up and Jenny Starling is going to need all her cunning to crack this complex case.
This is the sixth in 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.
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.
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.


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.  

Saturday, 25 May 2019


The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White - Women’s fiction
Kate suffers from OCD and anxiety, something she developed after giving birth to her
daughter Maisie. This led to her leaving the family home as she was so fraught that she
would do something to harm her child. Ten years later she is working as a metal artist and

accidently comes across her daughter who appears to have similar symptoms as herself.
Can Katie help Maisie and prevent her having the mental illness that has taken so much
from Kate’s life?OCD is far more than “just having to have the towels folded a certain
way”. For some it is a never ending cycle of anxiety that dominates their world and this
book portrays this well. ““If you leave your newborn child because you have
unstoppable thoughts of harming her, are you a good mother or a terrible one? “ .
You can’t help but feel and want Kate to overcome her issues. The book is written
from the viewpoints of the main characters so each tells their own side. A brave
subject to write about and handled sensitively and well researched. Kate is selfless
is wanting the best for Maisie and at times this is a poignant read.
A highly enjoyable memorable, different read.
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The Promise Between Us
“If you leave your newborn child because you have unstoppable thoughts of harming her, are you a good mother or a terrible one? This dilemma is at the heart of Barbara Claypole White’s novel, a wrenching story of how one woman’s OCD has a ripple effect on those around her—including the people she tried hardest to protect. This is an eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness—a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things
Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return.
But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?
To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.

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Author Bio – Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White has created her own idiosyncratic niche in mainstream fiction: hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina, where she lives with her family. Her novels include:
The Unfinished Garden, Mira Books, 2012, winner of the Golden Quill for Best First Book 2013; The In-Between Hour, Mira Books, 2014, chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as an Okra Pick; The Perfect Son, Lake Union, 2015, Goodreads Choice Awards Semi-finalist for Best Fiction; Echoes of Family, Lake Union, 2016, WFWA 2017 Star Award Finalist; The Promise Between Us, Lake Union, 2018. (View the book trailer here:
Barbara is also an OCD advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.
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Friday, 24 May 2019

Hunter's Force by Val Penny- Crime/Police procedural  

A young woman is found horrifically mutilated in a young man’s flat. The young man
in question is Cameron and his father just happens to be in the police. He says a large
man brought the woman there a few weeks ago and gave him money to feed her on
the orders of Cameron’s boss who owns the flat. On questioning the owner knows
nothing about the woman. Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson wants to head this up
himself rather than call in MIT. A man is released from prison and being collected by
his son announces that not only has he bought two very profitable betting shops
whilst inside but that they are moving into a 12 bedroomed home. Someone
however wants Hunter out of the picture and when things get rather rough he decides
things have to change. This is a series of crimes and suspects cleverly intermingled.
I liked Hunter- a force to be reckoned with and a personable one. This is number
three in the series and not having read the others this does stand happily alone.
Set in Edinburgh, there are wonderful descriptions of the city.
A very interesting enjoyable read.
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Hunter's Force Blurb

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature:
Can DI Hunter Wilson keep Edinburgh safe when he is the hunted?

DI Hunter Wilson is woken in the early hours of the morning by a call from his son, Cameron. Who has murdered the young student who shares Cameron's flat? Why would anybody want to kill a young woman recently arrived in the city?
Now that the united police force, Police Scotland exists, Hunter must call in the new Major Incident Team (MIT) to lead the investigation. Hunter's ability to investigate anything further is put in severe doubt when someone from his past decides to take revenge on him. He goes missing and his team have no idea where to look for him. Who would want to stop Hunter in his tracks? 

Hunter's team must work closely with MIT, with or without him, to solve the murder in this taught c

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Second Chances for Lottie Botte- Kate Lilley-Women’s contemporary fiction/romcom
Lottie and Donald have drifted apart. So much so that they really don’t see eye to eye
anymore along with the fact that he is blatantly having an affair with his PA. Lottie has
been dictated to by him and his family since the day they married. When he announces
that their house has sold and they must move out, Lottie stands her ground and decides
to do things her own way rather than yet again be dictated to by a belligerent husband.
Lottie finds her true self rather than the snotty, grotty Lottie she had hidden behind
and finds that life has a way of making you see things differently. I liked Lottie. I think
for many of us we have had times when we have hidden behind a type of persona for
one reason or another not daring to reveal our true selves fearing we are too weak or
vulnerable perhaps. In Lotties case when the real her surfaced she discovered things
she never realised including about herself in a very good way.  A story of getting ove
r a hill, a divorce in this case and of finding out who the real person is.
A feel good read to make you smile.
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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Familiar Strangers by Jackie Walsh-Psychological Thriller

Becca visits her mother in hospital. A mother who is now in the throws of dementia
despite only being in her mid fifties and struggling even to do the simplest of tasks. In a
moment of lucidity she tells Becca “you are not my daughter- I stole you” something
she repeats. On getting home Becca is convinced that someone has been in her apartment
however nothing is missing just a few things are different as to how she left them.
A woman is on the news as being missing. When Becca is visited by the cops they ask
her if she knows or has been contacted by Katie Collins, the woman on the news.
Becca has no knowledge of her other than seeing her pictures on the TV. She
apparently left a note for Becca to contact her. Why on earth would she be contacting
her? I loved this and devoured it to the end. One of those I wanted to find out what
happened but at the same time didn’t want it to end as I enjoyed it so much. Jackie
is a new author to me but I shall certainly be on the lookout for more from her.
A stunning piece of writing with the tension and drama you expect from a top
psychological thriller. Very highly recommended.
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Book Description:

'I took you, Becca. You’re not my daughter.'

Since Becca Wall’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, every day Becca loses a little more of the loving, caring mother who would do anything for her only daughter. But when one day Nancy Wall confesses that Becca is not her child, Becca's world falls apart.

Becca tells herself that the words are just a cruel symptom of Nancy’s illness; after all, she has her birth certificate, and pictures of herself as a newborn along with her Mom, Dad and older brother, Danny. Becca tries to forget, to get on with her life – until the day the police question her about the whereabouts of a missing woman, Katie Collins.

Katie has disappeared without a trace, telling her husband that she is leaving to find Rebecca Wall. But Becca doesn’t know Katie, so it’s a case of mistaken identity – isn’t it? But as Becca discovers why Katie was desperate to find her, the lies that Becca has always believed come crashing down. Soon, it’s clear that someone knows the truth – and that they’ll stop at nothing to keep their secrets…

An addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller with a shocking twist that will leave you gasping. Fans of The Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us and T.M Logan will be gripped until the very last page.  

Author Bio: 

Jackie Walsh lives in Dublin with her husband Paul and dog Layla. After years spent building her own business, she decided to take time out and pursue her interest in writing. With a lot to learn, she spent years attending classes and writing groups, going to festivals and launches, writing and rewriting, until eventually sending her words out into the world.  Now she is thrilled to have landed a publisher. Especially Hera Books, a new company headed by two women who have years of experience and love a good story.
Jackie is a member of the Irish Writers Centre, The Irish Crime writers group and proof that perseverance can work.   
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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Bakery at little Duck pond-Rosie Green - short story (153 pages)

Katja has been let down by the man she thought was the one from her dreams. She is living
with her grandmother and hiding herself away. Her gran sees a suitable job advert and as
she has spent half her life being teased about her name, despite being brought up in
Norfolk, Katja puts Katie Baker on the form and then throws it away. Her gran however
has other ideas. When she arrives at the bakery and house, she believes she is on her
own. Madison then arrives and is Katja’s worst nightmare, reminding her of the bullies
she faced at school. She keeps a level head until Fen’s brother comes into the mix and
then memories of her past let down are brought to the fore. With all this going on does
Katja have any option but to leave the job and village she has now come to love? Oh
I loved this. I almost devoured it in one sitting. Rosie has a way of making characters

come to life as well as the cakes! (If only!)  This is the fifth in a series of “Little Duck Pond Cafe”
books . I think it would stand alone but far better read after the others. This is a wonderful
summer read to give you a little lift and a smile, and to restore your faith in human nature.
I very much look forward to the next one which I know is not far behind. (see below)
Love The Little Duck Pond series.
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A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen
and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day.
Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to
 the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such
 upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?
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Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by
‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series

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With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Café community. But as dark clouds begin to roll in, threatening more than one close relationship, will
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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Killing of Jessica Ripley- Andrew Barrett- COVER REVEAL *****

Book Description:

Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.
During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, just blew away.
CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching his father enjoying life. He’s also having it tough in the form of two new recruits to his office. One is off his tree on drugs and the other wants his job.
And then the murders begin.
Can Eddie trust the evidence, or is someone twisting it, desperate to get even? And who did kill Jessy’s ex?

Author Bio:

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 150,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post and interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals, and administers justice. Eddie’s series is five books and three novellas in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew has recently discovered the delights of writing stand-alones, with one under his belt another under way.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.
You can find out more about him and his writing at

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...