Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Now You See Me by [McGeorge, Chris]
Now You See Me- Chris George-psychological thriller

Robin is an author. His wife Samantha disappeared three years ago and he has never
given up hope of finding her. He receives a strange phone call from someone called
Matthew who is in New Hall prison. What Matthew says piques Robins interest when
he mentions Samantha. Matthew is awaiting trial as a few months ago he was taking
five people and a dog through Standedge tunnel on a boat. Two hours and a few
minutes later only Matthew, who was unconscious ,and the dog emerge. How on
earth did he get rid of 5 bodies in a canal tunnel? If he didn’t do it then who did and
what happened? No bodies have yet been found.If robin helps Matthew he promises
he will tell him what he knows about Sam. Ooooh!! This is one of those books that
grabs you from the get go and tangles you up not wanting to let go. I immediately
took to Robin and his determination and tenacity not only to find out what happened
to Samantha but also about Matthew and the others. “There are many truths of
which the full meaning cannot be realised until personal experience has brought
it home” (John Stuart MIll). A very clever plot (which I didn’t see coming) with
a nice sub-plot along side. One gripping tantalising read.
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Tuesday, 25 June 2019


His Guilty Secret- Helene Fermont- Women’s Literary fiction “ Oh what a tangled we

weave”Patricia Beaumont received news that her husband Jacques has died. Jacques

worked for an airline as a Captain and hence was away often.. What has surprised her

as much as the news of his death is that he was found in a hotel room where he had

checked in under a different name. He was close to his sister and Patricia suspects

that Coco knows more about him than she is letting on. Coco has her own issues with

alcohol and drugs as well as a partnr whom she is splitting from..Patricia and Jasmine

are sisters but have not been in touch with each other having fallen out years before.

In France a woman lives with her husband and son Pierre. Little does her husband

know that he is not Pierre’s father. This is a book about life and its ups and downs

and the secrets some keep that not only injure the guilty but also the innocent.

I wanted to know more although I had a feeling I knew where this was going.
It took awhile to believe in the characters and who was who as there are alot of characters
many of whom are related one way or another. Oh what a tangled web we weave….
. Despite this it led me on wanting to know how it ended. No twists or real surprises
just the web of relationships and how through the good of the human heart they
can be resolved.
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Book Description:

Secrets & Lies Are Dangerous.
When Jacques's body is discovered in a hotel room his wife, Patricia, suspects he has been hiding something from her.
Why was he found naked and who is the woman that visited his grave on the day of the funeral? Significantly, who is the unnamed beneficiary Jacques left a large sum of money to in his will and what is the reason her best friend, also Jacques's sister, Coco, refuses to tell her what he confided to her?
Struggling to find out the truth, Patricia visits Malmö where her twin sister Jasmine lives and is married to her ex boyfriend. But the sisters relationship is toxic and when a family member dies shortly after, an old secret is revealed that shines a light on an event that took place on their tenth birthday.
As one revelation after another is revealed, Patricia is yet to discover her husband's biggest secret and what ultimately cost him his life.
His Guilty Secret is an unafraid examination of the tangled bonds between siblings, the lengths we go to in protecting our wrongdoings, and the enduring psychological effects this has on the innocent...and the not so innocent.
Hélene Fermont is the author of three books. Because of You and We Never Said Goodbye are also available on Kindle and in print from Amazon.
Author Bio:

Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019. After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website

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Monday, 24 June 2019

The Death of Jessica Ripley- Andrew Barrett-Crime/CSI
A woman is confronted by her ex husband who is holding a knife to himself threatening to
use it unless he sees his child. Jessica tackles him and is sent down, her child being taken
into foster care but she didn’t kill him. Twelve years later she wants to see her son and goes
by the book in order to do so. A book that has its own rules written by her probation officer.
On seeing an old colleague she learns that the man that put her away has conveniently
been killed. She wants revenge for the years she has missed- an innocent person sent
to prison. Meanwhile Eddie has a new colleague of his own, one who is rather raw around
the edges and doesn’t always get Eddie’s unique sense of humour.His father has a new
love in his life- one Eddie can’t stand. As ever Eddie is up to his neck in work and trouble
of one ilk or another albeit on the right side of the law. When the murders begin and
someone has stolen his chair, Eddie does his best to keep not only his job but also putting
the right people away for what has happened. Oh I love Eddie! You know when someone
is quick witted and you think “I wish I had thought of that witty and clever response”?
Well that’s Eddie. He plays the fool, but is anything but.
Andy is a master of words and it takes a stunningly clever and analytical mind to think up
not only the brilliant plot and characters that come to life but also the very clever retorts
for Eddie as well as some philosophical words “ Diplomacy is for people who aren’t
fluent in sarcasm” through to “  The power you have is real… but only if you believe it
Peter Pan was right..You must believe in yourself, everyone is trying to put you down..
and it’s easy for them because they believe in themselves or they see a weakness in
you, a weakness that is caused by your own self doubt. Confidence is king”
Very true words which really struck a chord with me.
One stunning plot, one brilliant read, 5** all the way. Love Eddie!
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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.
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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Jenny Starling is a travelling cook. This time she is serving up a regency feast for a
weekend of historical re-enactment at the Spindlewood Inn for their Regency
extravaganza. One of Jenny’s many talents is to listen and as she does her job she
hears much along the way. Something that comes in useful when one of the actors
is found murdered. A female actor walks into the pond to do her “dying scene”
and with no one around her is found dead for real. How can this have happened
with so many witnesses? This is the seventh in the series of books about Jenny
but happily stands alone. Each time she is at a different location and of course
there is a murder. Her skills are known and appreciated by most of the local police
force and being on site she has a knowledge of the surroundings and some of
the characters involved. I love Jenny ( and I have to admit reading about all of her
cooking not only makes me hungry but wanting to bake too!). There is a
reassuring comfort with these books. Nothing that will give you nightmares,
some lively characters and a plot to keep the grey matter active.
I very much look forward to the next one.
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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.
Jenny Starling is working at The Spindlewood Inn for the weekend. It’s hosting a Regency Extravaganza, involving historical costume, amateur dramatics and food.
Leading actress of the amateur dramatic society and reputed man-eater Rachel Norman portrays a doomed noblewoman. But when she turns up actually drowned in the pond, there’s suddenly a murder to investigate.
There’s been plenty of trouble at the idyllic country inn. The performers weren’t a happy troupe, and Jenny discovers a simmering romantic tension.

Who wanted Rachel dead and why? Jenny Starling is going to need all her wits to crack this complex case.
This is the seventh 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.  

Friday, 21 June 2019

Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green-Romcom

A wonderful uplifting read that we all need every now and then. Ellie and Zac are planning
their wedding however with Ellie’s mother having Alzheimer's she wants to make the big
day sooner rather than later so her mother can enjoy it more. Everywhere appears booked
out for the foreseeable future but Ellie isn’t giving up.When her Mother keeps disappearing
on day trips, Ellie wonders if her condition is deteriorating rather quicker than expected
especially as she is loathe to take any medication. Will Ellie get both her big day and
her mother sorted? This is a lovely novella to sit and devour. Of friendships and
relationships and their ups and downs in life and how we get through them.
A perfect read on a summer’s day to make you smile with a cow called Agatha and
Millie-moo the puppy. I love the Little Duck Pond Series- there is just that special
something about them. A plot, a little romance (nothing slushy), humour, animals
and characters who bring the book to life. A heartwarming, touching story.

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Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe Wedding fever is in the air in the village of Sunnybrook. With Ellie and Zak's Big Day on
the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Cafe community. But when
dark clouds begin to roll in from more than one direction, several close relationships
look to be under threat. Will the wedding of the year actually take place at all? Purchase Link:

Author Bio 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 Twitter -

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