Tuesday, 31 July 2018


Me, You and Tiramisu- Charlotte Butterfield- Romcom

Jayne and Rachel are twins of the non identical variety. When they meet up with a childhood friend inadvertently Jayne is more than happy as she had a crush on Billy as he then was. Now Will he runs an Italian deli and "cooks a bit"- an understatement. One thing leads to another and suddenly Will is the new internet sensation with all and sundry after him. From wondering how they will manage to red carpet overnight. But where does this leave Jayne? At best she is posted as "a Friend", at worst Will is posted as single as it improves his media standing. Is this all too good to be true. Chapters do jump a little in time so that it is not all the media glare and the couple do enjoy some normality- not every day is a media circus. This is a feelgood book. One that takes you to a happy place- albeit a realistic one- not everything is sparkles. The balance between stardom and reality and how it effects normal life comes across well.  With friendships and cooking you can't really go wrong. I really did want some of the recipes. Who doesn't love pancakes and a treacle butter with honeycomb? A mother who is a nightmare and a little humour, this book has it all in the right proportions. I loved the ending. I won;t spoil it other than to say I had a tear in my eye, A truly wonderful read.

Monday, 30 July 2018


No-One will Hear-  Joel Hames-
The first thing that struck me about this book, from the very first words were how
beautifully it is written. It is like delving into a classic(without all of the fancy archaic
 wording) or a wonderfully wrapped surprise gift. You don’t know quite what’s inside
but meanwhile you love the feel and beauty of the various layers until you get to the
prize within. Elizabeth is dead. Murdered. Sam worked for her 10 years ago and has
now been asked, as part of her will,a bequest,  to work with her daughter and another
man- Brooks- Powell to put together something to remember her by. Elizabeth was a
successful lawyer. Sam is also a lawyer but since leaving Elizabeth’s company under a
cloud he has had little work. He has a nose however for investigations and has been a
huge help to the police in the past. Why him and why now after all this time?
A book of intrigue, a book of mystery. You want to like Sam but there is just something
holding you back. His girlfriend Claire is a strange being and Brooks-Powell is one
worse- Sam’s old adversary. A big dipper of a read-crime, mystery, the past,
old relationships. This is book two of the series but happily stands alone.
A very interesting read.
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Four murders Four messages One chance to catch a killer. Renowned human rights lawyer Elizabeth Maurier lies dead, her body mutilated, her killer unknown. For DI Olivia Martins and her team, it’s a mystery. For the victim’s daughter Lizzy, a poet and academic with a shaky grasp on reality, it’s a tragedy. But for Sam Williams, the man she fired a decade ago and hasn’t spoken to since, it’s a whole new world of pain. Elizabeth’s death has stirred a sleeping past back to life. Former clients are darkening Sam’s door, old enemies returning, ancient cases reopening. It doesn’t help that DI Martins is on his case, the press are dogging his every step, and his girlfriend’s behaviour is increasingly erratic. But Elizabeth’s murder is just the start. As Sam reluctantly digs his way back into the past, more truths will crumble into lies. More certainties will shade to doubt. And more innocent people will die.

Sunday, 29 July 2018


The Little Cornish Kitchen- Jane Linfoot
Clemmie has gone back to her childhood town to visit friends and sort a few things out
whilst her boss is away and she is therefore on leave herself. One of the main things to
sort out is the flat her paternal grandmother left her. She has known about this for quite
a while but it had tenants in it. Now at last it is vacated and she can decide what to do
with it- her first thought is to sell it as she now lives in Paris. Next door lives Charlie
Hobson who Clemmie melts at the sight of. She soon realises, however, that he has
other plans afoot and in the spirit of “keep your friends close and your enemies even
closer” keeps an eye on him in the best way she can. When Clemmie realises that if
she stays , she has to raise a large amount of money in order to repair the roof, plans
have to be made and the little cornish kitchen is born.with the help of her
grandmothers treasure chest of recipes.  This is a wonderful read to keep you smiling
along the way. Yes maybe you can see where it is leading but who wouldn’t want to
read (and then possibly make) about meringues, brownies, sorbets etc? A story of
friendships and ideas, of the past and the present whilst having an eye on the
future. A book to leave you feeling warm and loved, especially if you have
cake in your hands!
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The Little Cornish Kitchen It's time to come home to Cornwall With an exciting new life in Paris, Clemmie Hamilton isn't looking forward to heading
home to the picturesque but sleepy village of St Aidan, Cornwall. However, when she
discovers that the cosy apartment by the sea, which her grandmother left to her, is
under threat from neighbour and property developer, Charlie Hobson, Clemmie
realises she can't abandon her home in its time of need. With her childhood friends encouraging her, Clemmie decides to turn the apartment
into 'The Little Cornish Kitchen' – a boutique pop up pudding club raising money for
the repairs to the building in an effort to stop Charlie once and for all. But when Charlie
and his easy charm won't seem to go away, everything soon becomes even messier
than the state of Clemmie's Cornish kitchen…

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-Linfoot-ebook/dp/B076JW252H Author Bio – Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a
steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of
spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy
she can walk to a supermarket. Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding
horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while
working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write
feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories
make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her
characters for creating their own story lines. Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often
. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem. Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside
wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by
the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and
Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently,
The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse, an imprint
of Harper Collins. Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Before I met him- John Nichol
Rebecca (Becca) wants to get revenge. Revenge from a predator of the type that she suffered as a child. Her abuser was never prosecuted and she wants revenge. His actions have caused havoc both with her and her family. She has made her trap and his type are walking right into it just as she planned. One after another.  Meanwhile in Bermuda DI Gareth Gravel (Grav)  is taking a well earned albeit enforced break from work, visiting his son. A twisted mind and a clever plot. As with all of John’s novels this draws you in from the start. Chapters that keep the pace flowing and enough to tantalise your thoughts, to keep you turning the pages. A lead character that at times you have to smile at- or even want to shake, however his heart is in the right place and work is his life. His manner however leaves something to be desired. A brilliant book, a disturbing plot. Another wonderful read from John. I look forward to his next novel with baited breath.

Before I Met Him blurb

Every once in a while the hunters become the hunted...

When Rebecca's childhood abuser avoids prosecution, it sets her on a path to revenge
and soon she is handing out retribution on any man who preys on the innocent.
The twenty-three-year-old poses as a child online and sets her trap, luring one
predatory sex offender after another to their deaths. When a severed head is found washed up on a windswept estuary beach, DI Gravel and his team are called in to investigate.
In what might be his toughest case yet, DI Gravel finds himself asking if vigilante justice is ever justified...

Read this chilling new psychological thriller and decide for yourself.

Author Bio:

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written 
six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon 
# 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three 
adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. 
He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services 
for Carmarthenshire.
John is represented by Toby Mundy - Literary agent at TMA.
You can find out more about John and his books at: http://www.johnnicholl.com





No time to Die Andrew Barrett 5*

Oh  my life- or Eddies to be more precise. From highs to lows this book has it all.
Eddie has had enough. Enough of being treated badly and not being appreciated.
He has lost his wife and his son and also his best friend. When he is called to a
crime scene he instantly sees it for what it is, only to be called of it and a youngster
take his place who has no experience.  He can’t leave things alone and walks.
He returns to the crime scene to give the youngster a heads up, because, well,
that’s Eddie. Meanwhile the gangs of West Yorkshire are up to their usual tricks
and DCS Lisa wants to get rid of them once and for all.
This is written in a wonderful way. Serious when required and a little humour in
others “Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Westmoreland”- Eddies reply- “Do you often
get writer’s cramp? Love it. Andrew has the gift of words and getting across
scenarios to his readers without overdoing things. His characters easily come to life
and you can’t help but quickly take to them. My heart was in my mouth for the last
chapter or so, and all the way through I kept thinking why “Black by Rose”?
I won’t spoil it but wow- what an ending! another brilliantly entertaining read
from Andrew Barrett.

Book Description:

When CSI Eddie Collins finds a dead woman in his house, he thinks life can’t get any worse, until a violent gang ties his hands together and puts a gun to his head. And this time there’s no way out.

Operation Domino is the investigation into gang boss, Slade Crosby, and his connection to an undercover officer’s death. But tampered evidence kills the investigation’s progress, and with Eddie gone, Slade is in the clear.
There’s only one way to get Slade in cuffs, but it won’t be easy…

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 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, 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 twice 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 four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
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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Her last Breath- Charlie Gallagher-  5*
Henry Roberts  is serving life for the killing of several girls, two of whom have never been
found. He trades for where their remains are. Detective George Elms has been asked to
go out of his area to look at where the killings took place and meet with the murderer.
He then discovers that Henry didn’t do these horrendous crimes on his own. When a
woman goes missing who almost fits the descriptions of the previous victims the past
has to be revisited. A book that grabs you from the start and one that deals with the
past fist. Many crime books begin with the crime or murder, this one is slightly different.
Not only visiting the past but giving us a background to the main characters and making
them believable. A captivating read that made me want to read faster as I was reaching
the conclusion . I liked George and Emma- they came to life on the pages and gave the
book that extra “je ne sais quoi” . Characters with a little humour, a lot of tenacity and
a determination to see the job through- and ones you would want on  your side.
There is a wonderful.. I won’t spoil it, other than to say prepare for the unexpected.
A brilliantly written book with a clever plot. I very much look forward to the next one.
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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...