Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Coco Pinchard- Consequences of Love and Sex- Robert Bryndza

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Coco is back! Just married (again) and attempting to write a diary- hopefully one which
will last beyond January. She is feeling hormonal and someone has told her it could be
the menopause- not what she wanted to hear. Her latest book is due out however her
agent is favouring another author- one who isn’t pleasant to say the least and Coco
can’t stand. Adam is out of a job and desperately trying to find another. His flat is rented
out but what on earth is Tabitha using it for? When Ethel suggests that Coco could be
pregnant she is gobsmacked and runs to take a test- or eight. Life with Adam and
Rosencrantz is now very different and Coco is feeling rather left out. This is the third
in the Coco series but happily stands alone. That said it makes more sense to the
reader if at least one of the others has been read previously. Coco being a writer
allows Robert to put this to the reader in a very different way without the real life
stresses that a writer must surely  endure. These are fun reads and ones to make
you smile. To lift you and take life in a lighter mood. Coco is hilarious and
you can’t help but laugh. A wonderful tonic of a read.
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Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

Robert's books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

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Monday, 12 November 2018


Fishing for Maui- Isa Pearl Ritchie-
This is alternating chapters each telling a person’s story within a family. Valerie reads,
Elena is pregnant and focused on food and diet. Rosa is a child and writes accordingly.
Michael is the son and keen to learn of legend. One who wants to do right by her body
and others, another who enjoys surfing and is learning of tradition from his
grandmother. One who is releasing animals from farming, another who is young and
more impressionable, There are views on ethics and religion to food and health.
 Not a traditional read by a long chalk, this tells of thoughts and actions - blogging,
ethics, food, etc set in New Zealand.There are recipes for food and skin balm and
quotes along the way. This is almost the inner most thoughts of a family.
An unusual read- perhaps for discerning tastes or perhaps to widen our views
on life and all it has to offer. A thought provoking read.
For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
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Fishing for Māui
A novel about food, whānau, and mental illness. Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take her mind off worries over her
patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with
health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn’t notice that her partner,
Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making. Evie
wants to save the world one chicken at a time. Meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael is
on a quest to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity. Rosa is eight
years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she’s the only one who can tell something’s
not right. Crisis has the power to bring this family together, but will it be too late? "An accomplished story of a family in crisis - Ritchie's great skill is her ability to conjure
the inner lives if her characters. Fishing For Maui is a compassionate meditation on
what it means to be well". - Sarah Jane Barnett
Purchase Links Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Fishing-Maui-Isa-Pearl-Ritchie-ebook/dp/B07DZBXSCN/ Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fishing-Maui-Isa-Pearl-Ritchie-ebook/dp/B07DZBXSCN/ Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/826608

Author Bio – Isa Ritchie is a Wellington-based writer. She grew up as a Pākehā child in a bicultural family and
Māori was her first written language. She has completed a PhD on food sovereignty in Aotearoa.
She is passionate about food, well being and social justice. Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/isapearlritchie/ https://twitter.com/IsaPearlRitchie https://www.instagram.com/isapearlritchie/

Sunday, 11 November 2018

THE WOODS MURDER by Roy Lewis 6th Nov- Joffe
A young girl, Jenny,  was murdered a while ago and there are few leads in the case.
This is the 1960’s and the police and forensics are very different to how we perceive
them today. Cathy is an articled clerk in a solicitors office. Her mentor Charles is not
liked by many and he is known to be a womaniser however he is good to her and she
supports him. One day , by chance she overhears an argument he has with an unknown
man. When Charles is found dead the following week, she wonders if this could be
connected. Jenny’s father) blames Charles as he wouldn’t allow right of way over his
land and Jenny wouldn’t have been where she was had the right of way been
available. Inspector Crow now has his work but out and isn’t best pleased when Scotland
yard are brought in to assist. Assistance he could very well do without.
Roy is a wordsmith and at times this is like reading one of the classics, the writing being
of such quality and words that we tend not to use everyday. “for her mind was patterned
with doubt and incomprehension, a cicatriced amorphous mass criss crossed with
questions and uncertainty” - I had to look up cicatriced - the scar of a healed wound) .
That is not a criticism, more of a nod to the era in which this is set- a time of tradition
and not so flexible points of view as we have now. If you enjoy Morse, Endeavour and
Life on Mars or remember the 1960’s this could be right up your street.
A good old fashioned detective story with no fuss.
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Amazon Top 1000 reviewer.

Looking for a classic murder mystery from an acclaimed crime writer?
Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing. Full of twists and turns, this will have you gripped from start to finish.
Nine-year-old Jenny Carson is brutally murdered in Kenton Wood on her way from school.
Then Charles Lendon is found stabbed to death with a skewer through his heart. He was a ruthless lawyer and something of a womaniser. Jenny’s father blamed him for her murder.
As the local police struggle, Inspector Crow is called in. Can he connect the two killings?
He discovers that several of those closest to Charles Lendon had good reason to hate him: his housekeeper lover, her unstable brother, even the boyfriend of his attractive young colleague Cathy Tennant.
This fast-paced mystery will have you enthralled from the start. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the third book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.
Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.
Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.
Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times
“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times
“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian
“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement
“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph
Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.

Roy Lewis Author Bio
Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children - all of them lawyers.


Saturday, 10 November 2018


Perfect Bones by A.J. Waines

Having recently read two of her books, Alison is now one of my “go-to” authors.
I love psychological dramas and Alison certainly knows how to write one to keep you turning
the pages and wondering ”what on earth…??”. This one has a hard hitting crime to start us off
with- a woman is cycling along a canal towpath in the wrong direction for home when she hits
a wire strategically placed across the path which almost decapitates her. One of the boat owners
moored alongside is witness to the horrific scene. We also have flits of other threads along the
way- a journalist is heading out to hopefully capture that exclusive story about an original
painting that has been uncovered and other women being enticed to the same address under
different pretenses.  Dr Sam Willerby is about to head off on holiday for much needed time to
spend with her sister who suffers from schizophrenia when she receives a call to come and help
the witness as the police fear that they only have a few days to piece this together as there is
very little to go on and that they need evidence before the memory fades. I loved this, it kept
me sitting (not easily done). There is a gripping plot and a little humour in the right places.
A strong female lead who sees life as it is with all its twists and turns warts and delights and
someone who doesn’t give up. There are other threads running through the books which gives
us some background to Sam and her personal life which I (in my humble opinion) think gives
characters depth rather than “just” having the main plot line. I thoroughly enjoyed this one
and understood Aidens lack of speech- it can and does happen with shock.
A brilliantly entertaining and interesting read. I very much look forward to the next one.
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Book blurb:Is the killer on the loose…or standing right beside you?

When art student, Aiden Blake, witnesses a gruesome attack on a London towpath, the police need him to identify the assailant without delay. But there’s a problem: refusing to leave his canal boat and traumatised by the shock, Aiden is rendered mute by the horror of the event and can’t speak to anyone.

In a desperate bid to gain vital information before Aiden’s memories fade, The Met call in Clinical Psychologist and trauma expert, Dr Samantha Willerby, giving her only seven days to get a result. When Aiden finally starts to communicate through his art, however, the images he produces are not what anyone expects and before Sam can make sense of them, another murder takes place.

With her professional skills stretched to the limit and the clock ticking, Sam strives to track down a killer who is as clever as she is – someone who always manages to stay one step ahead.

The third book in the Samantha Willerby series, Perfect Bones is a tense and creepy psychological thriller that will send your pulse racing. It can easily be read as a stand-alone novel and will appeal to fans of authors like Nicci French, Mark Edwards and Lisa Gardner.

About A.J. Waines:
AJ Waines is a number one bestselling author, topping the entire UK and Australian Kindle Charts in two consecutive years, with Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, the author has sold nearly half a million copies of her books, with publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and Canada (audio books).

Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has been ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).

She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. Find her books here and visit her website and blog, or join her on TwitterFacebook or on her Newsletter.

Social Media Links:
All Books:            http://viewauthor.at/AJWaines
Website               www.ajwaines.co.uk
Newsletter         http://eepurl.com/bamGuL
Blog:                      www.awaines.blogspot.co.uk
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/AJWaines 
Twitter:                 www.twitter.com/AJWaines  @AJWaines
Goodreads:        www.goodreads.com/AJWaines  
Instagram:           www.instagram.com/ajwaines 
Bookbub:             www.bookbub.com/authors/a-j-waines

Friday, 9 November 2018

The Night  Visitor- Patrick Redmond- Psychological/ contemporary/ ghost
Meg has a gift- one that allows her to “ see “ things. Things that usually come true.
As child she is a little scared by this and thinks that she is making things happen.
Her mother reassures her that as her grandmother before her- good can come from
this. Her mother sadly dies and her father having left them years earlier and having
remarried, comes to give them a home. His new wife has her own ideas of parenting
however and Meg discovers her harming her young sister. Years later, as an adult,
Meg is in Cornwall to get away from it all as she has now lost her sister Grace.
When she starts to see things again she is very unnerved and wants to run away
from it. Having chatted this over with someone who understands, she returns to
face whoever it is that is trying to talk to her. This is almost a ghost story and a
mystery combined. One person said they read this in one sitting and I can quite
see why. There is something, just something, that I can’t quite put my finger on
that grabs you and keeps you turning. I took to Meg- maybe that was it- why she
was seeing things and dreaming vivid dreams. “There are more things in heaven
and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy” A quote from
Shakespeare which is used in the book, explains it better than I ever could.
I loved this. I didn’t see where it was going at all. A tale to remember,
a truly wonderful enchanting read.
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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...