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Everyone Dies Famous by Len Joy @len_joy @FSBAssociates #EveryoneDiesFamous #Bookreview

Thanks to Anna Sacca of FSB Associates for inviting me to read and review this book.

Everyone Dies Famous by [Len Joy]

ABOUT THE BOOK

As a tornado threatens their town, a stubborn old man who has lost his son teams up with a troubled young soldier to deliver a jukebox to the wealthy developer having an affair with the soldier’s wife.

It’s July 2003 and the small town of Maple Springs, Missouri is suffering through a month-long drought. Dancer Stonemason, a long-forgotten hometown hero still grieving over the death of his oldest son, is moving into town to live with his more dependable younger son. He hires Wayne Mesirow, an Iraq war veteran, to help him liquidate his late son’s business.

The heat wave breaks and the skies darken. Dancer tries to settle an old score while Wyne discovers the true cost of his wife’s indifference and turns his thoughts to revenge. When the tornado hits Maple Springs, only one of the men will make it out alive.

“Everyone Dies Famous” is a story from the heartland about the uncommon lives of everyday people – the choices they make, how they live their lives, and how they die.

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MY THOUGHTS

When I read this story I was unaware that there had been a previous book about these characters but it didn’t spoil the enjoyment of this story. The story begins at the end after tragedy has struck the small town of Maple Springs, then drops back to fill in the pieces. The story centres around Dancer Stonemason and the events that brought him back to this town and how his decisions that day change the course of other peoples lives as the day goes on.

I liked the laidback pace of the town and getting to know the people. It is weird because knowing at the beginning of the story that some people die feels terribly sad but at that point, I didn’t know those people, by the end I do and the feelings are so much deeper. The author brings this town to life, the way they live, the pace and the hidden hurts that have festered for years because of lack of communication. The things that matter in life.

The author created a perfect atmospheric build-up throughout the book, with the last few chapters being both intense with the characters and the elements. It certainly brought out true heroes and heart in my mouth moments.

If there were any lessons to be learned by this book it is never to take anything or anyone for granted, because you never know if you will see that person again.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Len Joy

Len Joy had an idyllic childhood, growing up in the gem of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, New York. As a typical small town boy, he had a wide range of interests, most involving sports. He lettered in four sports in high school and went off to the University of Rochester with dreams of becoming a football hero and world famous novelist.

Didn’t happen. He switched his major from English to Finance and quit the football team, but started dating one of the cheerleaders – Suzanne Sawada. Three years later they were married, and four decades later, they still are.

They moved to Chicago where Suzanne became a corporate lawyer and Len, with his MBA and CPA, became the auditing manager for U. S. Gypsum. Despite the thrill of auditing gypsum plants, Len found himself wanting a different challenge.

He bought an engine remanufacturing company in Arizona and for fifteen years commuted to Phoenix. Despite the travel, he managed to stay married and have three kids. While flying, he read hundreds of novels, which renewed his dream of becoming a world famous author.

In 2004 he wound down his engine business and started taking writing courses and participating in triathlons.

While world fame remains elusive, Len has made advances in his writing career.

His first novel, AMERICAN PAST TIME was published in 2014. KIRKUS praised it as a “darkly nostalgic study of an American family through good times and bad, engagingly set against major events from the ‘50s to the ‘70s as issues of race simmer in the background…expertly written and well-crafted.”

His second novel, BETTER DAYS (2018) was described by FOREWORD Reviews as “a bighearted, wry, and tender novel that focuses on love and loyalty.” KIRKUS called it “a character-rich skillfully plotted Midwestern drama.”

AMERICAN PAST TIME and BETTER DAYS were awarded the Gold and Silver Medals respectively in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Award Contest.

Today, Len is a nationally ranked triathlete and competes internationally representing the United States as part of TEAM USA.

His three kids (a son and two daughters) have grown up and moved away, although the daughters return frequently to Evanston to do their laundry and get legal advice from their mother.

TWITTER: @len_joy

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Everyone Dies Famous by [Len Joy]

A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) byNaomi Novik @naominovik @penguinrandom #ADeadlyEducation #NewRelease #NetGalley #PublicationDay

A Deadly Education by [Naomi Novik]

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the start of an all-new series, the bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver introduces you to a dangerous school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death – until one girl begins to rewrite its rules.
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Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered.

There are no teachers, no holidays, friendships are purely strategic, and the odds of survival are never equal.

Once you’re inside, there are only two ways out: you graduate or you die.

El Higgins is uniquely prepared for the school’s many dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out untold millions – never mind easily destroy the countless monsters that prowl the school.

Except, she might accidentally kill all the other students, too. So El is trying her hardest not to use it… that is, unless she has no other choice.

Wry, witty, endlessly inventive, and mordantly funny – yet with a true depth and fierce justice at its heart – this enchanting novel reminds us that there are far more important things than mere survival.

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MY THOUGHTS

This story is pure magic from the start. El Higgins has never been liked by anyone but her mum. People just seem to take a dislike to her as soon as they see her and keep a wide berth. In her defence, El has learned to keep out of other peoples way, for their own good. El is the narrator of the story and it comes across as pure dry humour that made me giggle. The further into the story I got and the more I liked this girl.

El has been sent to a very special school, a school of magic and mayhem where only fifty percent of students will graduate due to the other half being killed by the horrendous creatures that roam the dormitories throughout the year tasting the goods until the final day when the only way out is through them.

This is a cracking story, though, like everyone else that she knew, I didn’t like El, to begin with, it is very clever writing by this author. I had fallen hook line and sinker to be like everyone else and see what El wanted them to see. The entrance of a fellow male student made me smile but had the opposite effect of El. I was intrigued.

There are some wicked creatures in the story, brilliant head to heads and unthinkable alliances. The story is entertaining, funny and sure to be a hit with many generations. I really didn’t want it all to come to an end but there is going to be more. A brilliant start to a new series with the select few been chosen to take centre stage already.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadow of Undrentide. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn spent working on the game in Edmonton, Canada (accompanied by a truly alarming coat that now lives brooding in the depths of her closet), she realized she preferred writing to programming, and on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels.

Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers.

Twitter: @naominovik

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A Deadly Education by [Naomi Novik]

Atomic Love by Jennie Fields @JFieldsAuthor @penguinrandom @sriya__v @MichaelJBooks #AtomicLove #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Sriya Varadharajan of Penguin Random House for inviting me on the blog tour for Atomic Love by Jennie Fields.

Atomic Love by [Jennie Fields]

ABOUT THE BOOK

The stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, deepest desires and the power of forgiveness

‘Science, love, espionage, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. There is nothing left to want’ Ann Patchett

‘A highly-charged love story’ Delia Owens, bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing

Chicago, 1950.

Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations – in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project to design the atomic bomb, and in her passionate love affair with coworker Thomas Weaver.

Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the results of her work and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She has almost succeeded in resigning herself to a more conventional life . . .

Then Weaver gets back in touch. But so does the FBI.

Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Rosalind to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of selling nuclear secrets to Russia.

As Rosalind’s final assignment launches her on a dangerous mission to find the truth, she faces a heartbreaking choice . . .

Believe the man who taught her how to love?

Or trust the man who her love might save?

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow! This story has everything, I loved the characters, the story and the time frame. Just thinking about it makes me feel like I have just gone over a bridge and got that lovely feeling where your heart seems to skip a beat. Set in Chicago 1950 the world is a very different place to be a modern woman. Rosalind had been part of the project that worked on the nuclear bomb that ended the great war but also a lot of innocent lives along with it. She not only struggled with those thoughts but also the betrayal of a co-worker that she had been madly in love with. Her career came crashing down and she had never really recovered from either.

Now Thomas Weaver had reappeared and wanted to pick up where it had all ended. Rosalind is approached by the FBI who encourage her to take that step and get evidence to support their theory that Weaver is a traitor. Oh, boy, was I hooked.

The author does an amazing job to recreate the 1950’s with all its prejudices and the roles that men and women had and rules they were expected to follow. Men were seen has been far more intelligent than women and some women were wise enough to let them think that if they were to get on.

The characters in the story are brought to life. I connected to Rosalind so quickly in the story and the terrible situation that she was sort of thrown into. She never really sees herself as anything special or loveable and yet there is something very pure about her in the way that she sees others. The story is exciting, there are constant danger and threat throughout, with moments that I held my breath both in what I felt would happen and the outcome.

The last few chapters are so very intense, punch in the air moments, me shouting yes! shocking, dangerous pages that were breathtaking and an unbelieve hold my breath ending. Just pure magic!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for inviting me to read this e-book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennie Fields

When I was child, bookstores and libraries were sanctuaries, my invitation to adventure, escape, satisfaction. Wanting to be a part of the action, I wrote my first ‘novel’ when I was six. Years later, my first real book arrived in bookstores.

But it’s taken me until my fifth novel to tackle a topic that’s always called to me: women in science. My mother was trained as a biochemist at the University of Chicago during World War II, and remained at the University afterwards, researching cures for cancer. But as was typical in that era, when she married, she gave up her career to be a wife. She spent the rest of her life aching for science. As a result, science flowed into her cooking, cleaning, our healthcare. She measured, she weighed, she considered, she hypothesized.

My mother’s best friend was her cousin Jean. Walking together to campus each day, they discussed everything. But no matter how many times she asked, Jean refused to tell my mother a single detail about what was going on at the ‘Metallurgical Laboratory’ where she worked. As it turns out, Jean was a clerical worker for the Manhattan Project and stayed true to her oath of secrecy until long after the atom bomb was dropped.

That story of silence stuck with me. And my research revealed there was one female physicist involved in those early Chicago years of the Manhattan Project: Leona Woods, the youngest member of the team. Atomic Love is in no way based on Woods’ life. Still, her presence at that critical time and place in history allowed me to create my main character, Rosalind Porter, a female physicist who is asked to risk love and limb to protect her country.

Adventure. Escape. Satisfaction. I hope you will find these things and more in Atomic Love.

Twitter: @JFieldsAuthor

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Secrets in the Dark (Black Winter #2) by Darcy Coates @darcyauthor @Sourcebooks @midaspr #BookReview #KindleUnlimted #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Amber Choudhary of Midas Public Relations for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Secrets in the Dark by Darcy Coates.

ABOUT THE BOOK

USA Today bestselling author Darcy Coates proves herself a master of dystopian post-apocalyptic fiction with Book 2 in the haunting Black Winter Series. The stillness comes for everyone…This propulsive, suspenseful series is:Perfect for fans of V.C. Andrews and Peng ShepardFor lovers of horror and paranormal thrillers

Nowhere is safe. Clare and Dorran scramble to secure their temporary sanctuary from the hungry things outside. The hollow ones, ravenous beings unaffected by the violent winter storms, patiently lie in wait. It’s not a matter of if Clare and Dorran are attacked, but when. And Clare knows she’ll have to venture out into the night soon…

Somewhere far away, Clare’s sister Beth is trapped, with only hours to live. Hundreds of miles separate the sisters and the land between them is infested with monstrosities. There’s a bitter deadline to this rescue mission, but Clare won’t lose Beth without a fight.

She knows she can’t survive the trip by herself. But even with Dorran at her side, can she truly hope to face the ruthless predators and make it to her desperate sister before it’s too late? They all may be lost to the dark winter.

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Secrets in the Dark (Black Winter Book 2) 

MY THOUGHTS

Although this is a series I am coming into it on book 2, I will read the first book soon. What a talent this author is! Honestly to be able to write a book that I couldn’t leave alone with just four characters that can actually talk to together is pretty awesome. The scene has already been set with the two lead characters being Clare and Dorran. I hadn’t a clue how they got together and only knew that this was Dorran’s family home.

The world is overrun with some sort of mutated humans who have been infected by some sort of virus. The descriptions of these creatures are jaw-dropping, each one has its own uniqueness. Multiple fingers, grotesque features and with just one aim to try to satisfy their hunger for any living creature, human or animal, with a little cannibalism thrown in for its own kind.

The story is one of a rescue mission to get to Clare’s sister Beth before she runs out of oxygen or succumbs to the flesh-eating creatures. It is one tension fuelled obstacle after another. Oh boy, if the creatures weren’t about then the elements just hindered every step.

What a fabulous story this is! I loved both of the main characters, Dorran with his secluded life before the apocalypse and Clare who had been raised by her sister Beth. Beth at the moment was only a voice at the end of a walkie talkie but still a prime character in the story.

There are answers to so many questions in this story. An absolute gem of a read. I am going to get stuck straight into the third book in this series. Truly awesome!

I wish to thank the publisher and Midaspr for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darcy is the USA Today Bestselling author of Hunted, The Haunting of Ashburn House, Craven Manor, and more than a dozen horror and suspense titles.

She lives on the Central Coast of Australia with her family, cats, and a garden full of herbs and vegetables.

Darcy loves forests, especially old-growth forests where the trees dwarf anyone who steps between them. Wherever she lives, she tries to have a mountain range close by.

Twitter: @darcyauthor

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Total Blackout (A Jack Tate SAS Thriller, Book 1) by Alex Shaw @alexshawhetman @HQstories @HarperCollinsUK #TotalBlackout #New release #Book review

Total Blackout: A gripping, breathtaking, fast-paced SAS action adventure thriller you won’t be able to put down (A Jack Tate SAS Thriller, Book 1) by [Alex Shaw]

ABOUT THE BOOK

The start of a gripping new crime thriller series introducing ex-SAS trooper Jack Tate!

Perfect for fans of James Deegan, Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney

‘Looking for breakneck pace and a relentless hero? Alex Shaw has you covered’ James Swallow 

‘Total Blackout gripped from page one and didn’t let go’ Stephen Leather

Don’t miss the explosive start to the Jack Tate series.

A catastrophic attack. A country in chaos. A race to prevent war.

British M16 agent, and former SAS trooper, Jack Tate is trying to escape his past when he witnesses a terrorist attack of unthinkable scale. An electro-magnetic pulse knocks out the US power grid, killing anything with a computer processor, throwing the whole country into chaos.

Under the cover of the blackout, a clandestine operation aims to assassinate prominent public figures on US soil. Looting and violence spreads across the country. And Jack Tate’s past comes back to haunt him. As the only intelligence operative on the ground, he is hurled into a mission that will put him – and the people he loves – in immediate danger.

With the fate of the United States on the line, only he can prevent the horror of a new world war.

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Total Blackout: A gripping, breathtaking, fast-paced SAS action adventure thriller you won’t be able to put down (A Jack Tate SAS Thriller, Book 1)

MY THOUGHTS

This is my first book by Alex Shaw and it is a little belter. Jack Tate is on holiday in the USA and on his way to see his step-brother Simon, who is a diplomat for the British Embassy when he is pulled over. He soon finds himself on the wrong side of the law and being hauled off to the police station. Jack has been in worse situations so takes it all in his stride, he was a SAS operative and now works for the MI6 back in the UK. It isn’t long before his innocence checks out but his interest is peaked.

When Huge parts of the USA is plunged into darkness, with only very old forms of communication still working and modern cars drained of power he kicks into working mode. This is one hell of a fast-paced all-action thriller. Jack is smooth, handsome and top class at what he does. He feels that there is more to a terrorist group just messing with technology.

Alex Shaw throws everything into this book, While the police department, headed by Jon Chang, investigate a couple of assassinations, Jack Tate heads down the road of tracking down the terrorists. It isn’t long before the two entwine. Both Chang and Tate are masters at what they do. Tate though has the edge of taking out the enemy then ask questions if anyone is still left standing. It is gritty and bloody but sends a message.

The action increased along with my great expectations for a memorable ending which Shaw serves up in style. Just magnificent!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex Shaw

ALEX SHAW B.A.(Hons), P.G.C.E. spent the second half of the 1990s in Kyiv, Ukraine, teaching Drama and running his own business consultancy before being head-hunted for a division of Siemens. The next few years saw him doing business for the company across the former USSR, the Middle East, and Africa.

Alex is an active member of the ITW (The International Thriller Writers organisation) and the CWA (the Crime Writers Association). He is the author of the #1 International Kindle Bestselling ‘Aidan Snow SAS thrillers’ COLD BLOOD, COLD BLACK, COLD EAST, DELTA FORCE VAMPIRE and the forthcoming JACK TATE thriller series. His writing has also been published in the thriller anthologies DEATH TOLL, DEATH TOLL 2, DEATH TOLL 3, CAPITAL CRIMES and ACTION PULSE POUNDING TALES 2 alongside International Bestselling authors Stephen Leather and Matt Hilton.

COLD BLOOD, COLD BACK and COLD EAST are commercially published by HARPERCOLLINS (HQ DIGITAL) in English and LUZIFER VERLAG in German.

Alex, his wife and their two sons divide their time between homes in Kyiv, Ukraine, Worthing, England and Doha, Qatar.

Twitter: @alexshawhetman

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Total Blackout: A gripping, breathtaking, fast-paced SAS action adventure thriller you won’t be able to put down (A Jack Tate SAS Thriller, Book 1) by [Alex Shaw]

City of Spies by Mara Timon @MaraTimon @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #CityOfSpies

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for City of Spies by Mara Timon

ABOUT THE BOOK

LISBON, 1943: When her cover is blown, SOE agent Elisabeth de Mornay flees Paris. Pursued by the Gestapo, she makes her way to neutral Lisbon, where Europe’s elite rub shoulders with diplomats, businessmen, smugglers, and spies. There she receives new orders – and a new identity.

Posing as wealthy French widow Solange Verin, Elisabeth must infiltrate a German espionage ring targeting Allied ships, before more British servicemen are killed.

The closer Elisabeth comes to discovering the truth, the greater the risk grows. With a German officer watching her every step, it will take all of Elisabeth’s resourcefulness and determination to complete her mission.

But in a city where no one is who they claim to be, who can she trust?

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City of Spies: Who can you trust in this gripping debut thriller?

MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I am totally bowled over with this story, it is courageous, emotional and brings out the best and worst of people on both sides of the second world war.

Elisabeth de Mornay is working for the British Secret Service in Europe in 1944 when she has to flee. She isn’t a woman that easily blends in society being five feet ten inches tall and strikingly attractive but she works her assets to her advantage whenever she can. She is the most likeable of characters so I had an instant connection to her which made the story even more intense. She puts herself into situations that she feels will make a difference to the war. Her personal connections are to some pretty high ranking officials from the British side, which could endanger her even more if they were to be discovered.

I literally read this book cover to cover in one sitting and the world just had to carry on without me. From opening the book it was tense, daring and exciting. She is a people person who is brilliant at the roles she plays but her emotions are for real. I loved how the characters were brought to life, some that raised the hairs on the back of my neck in terror, while others I swooned over.

I really loved that the author created her characters as people, not divided on different sides of the war not making them good or bad because of where they had been born. This is one of the best best of this type of story that I have read. It felt real. Oh wow! there had better be a follow up to this, I have been left with an OMG feeling that really needs a fix very soon! Awesome, give me more!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I’ve always been fascinated with history, and while watching a BBC documentary on WW2 a few years ago, I began to think “what if…”  I followed one “what if” after another until my first book began to emerge.

 A New York-born, London-based, self-declared citizen of the world, I write commercial espionage thrillers set during WW2.  While both my characters and novel are fiction, they are based, as much as possible, on what was really happening at the time.

I’m represented by James Wills of Watson, Little and am delighted that Bonnier Zaffre published my debut novel, City of Spies, in Sept 2020. 

Twitter: @MaraTimon

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Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp @mariekeyn @midaspr @Sourcebooks #BlogTour #EvenIfWeBreak

Firstly I wish to thank Amber Choudhary at Midas Public Relations for inviting me on the blog Tour for Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp.

ABOUT THE BOOK

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

For five friends, this was supposed to be one last getaway before going their separate ways–a chance to say goodbye to each other, and to the game they’ve been playing for the past three years. But they’re all dealing with their own demons, and they’re all hiding secrets.

Finn doesn’t trust anyone since he was attacked a few months ago. Popular girl Liva saw it happen and did nothing to stop it. Maddy was in an accident that destroyed her sports career. Carter is drowning under the weight of his family’s expectations. Ever wants to keep the game going for as long as they can, at all costs.

When the lines between game and reality start to blend with deadly consequences, it’s a race against time before it’s game over–forever.

Are you ready to play?

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Even If We Break

MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

A group of students, in their last year before moving to college, have been playing a role play game for the last three years. They all come from different financial backgrounds and abilities. There had originally been six students but one had dropped out. The group was well represented, rich, poor, autistic, transgender and wannabee.

To be honest the group had probably seen its best days already and most of them were ready to move on. Liva, the rich kid in the group always made available her family cabin in the outback of the woods, which were rumoured to be haunted by a killer. The scene is well and truly set.

I must admit that I have always been quite fascinated with role playgroups but never taken part myself. There is history with some of the group which feels a little awkward to start with. There has been an avalanche which hinders the group getting to the cabin, especially two of them but they all make it and soon get stuck in. It isn’t long before things take a turn for the gruesome!

Each of the characters has their own turn at telling their background and their relationship with the other members of the group. It really is a matter of no-body is perfect but it is enough to kill them? The story isn’t just tense, it feels like at any moment that someone else will die. Escape isn’t as easy as you think and the darkness, the large cabin and the surrounding woods just seem to be working against them, but not as much as their own minds. Each person has a secret that could be a reason for them to die. But who is the killer?

Loved this story and the comparison of the confident characters that they played to the real them is totally different, make a mistake in role-playing and you come back to live another day. The cabin is really cool and has its own defences as well as outside influences.

Brilliant characters. I did work out who but still loved the whole story. I wish to thank the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MARIEKE NIJKAMP is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends and Before I Let Go. She is a storyteller, dreamer, globetrotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, has served as an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, and is the founder of DiversifYA. She lives in the Netherlands.

Twitter: @mariekeyn

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No Love Lost by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk #NewRelease #BlogTour #BlogReview #NoLoveLost #KindleUnlimited

No Love Lost (The Kent Fisher mysteries Book 6) by [Robert Crouch]

ABOUT THE BOOK

How can a simple job interview end in complete carnage?

When Mandy Paige seeks Kent Fisher’s help to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby, he has no idea of the mayhem his investigation will unleash. With only a photograph of a woman he once knew, he discovers she left her office one Friday afternoon twenty years ago and never returned.

Did Helen Cassidy escape an abusive husband or was she abducted and murdered?

People connected to Helen begin to die in mysterious circumstances. An old foe returns, leaving cryptic messages on the windscreen of Kent’s car. He seems to know Kent’s every move, hounding and taunting the sleuth, attacking those who can help him solve the mystery.

When the main suspect dies, Kent’s investigation lies in tatters – until he realises he’s not the one pursuing the killer. The killer’s pursuing him.

No Love Lost is the sixth book in a series of murder mystery novels featuring environmental health officer, Kent Fisher. Laced with irreverent humour, the book offers a contemporary and distinctive twist to the classic whodunit.

If you enjoy a complex murder mystery that’s as much about the characters as the plot then purchase your copy today.

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No Love Lost (The Kent Fisher mysteries Book 6)

MY THOUGHTS

Kent Fisher is a fabulous character, he has a charm about him that makes me smile, humour that makes me giggle and the nose of a blood hound that won’t stop until he gets his man or woman. This is the sixth book in the series with his ups and downs of being an Environmental Officer, part time super sleuth and love life all mixed in with his real passion, his animal sanctuary.

Kent’s younger years come to bite him well and truly in his deriaire in this story and open up a mystery that had been laid dormant for a number of years. Kent knows that what he unearths could change his life forever but he didn’t know when he began digging that it would end other peoples lives as well. The body count gets bigger as the suspects get fewer.

As the series has developed Kent has acquired quite a reputation for solving some of the local crimes and literally got himself a name for it. This you will have to discover but it does make me giggle. I think that the locals see him as something of an amusing oddity but at the same time respect the results that he comes up with.

These books can be enjoyed by anyone who loves a good solid murder mystery that isn’t over the top and too graphic. The humour is light and entertaining and the characters solid with a choice of lady friends that I can never make my mind up about who I want Kent to really fall in love with. A brilliant top series!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rob Crouch lives and works in East Sussex, England, in the shadow of the beautiful South Downs. During his career as an environmental health officer, he’s focused on improving hygiene standards in food businesses. This has led to him editing and writing for a respected food hygiene manual for caterers. He has also specialized in workplace health and safety in the leisure and service sectors, investigating several fatal work accidents. But secretly, he’s always wanted to solve a murder. It started when he watched TV’s Lieutenant Columbo unpick perfect murders with an affable but dogged pursuit of incongruous details. A healthy diet of crime fiction and drama followed, including Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse, and Miss Marple. When he became an avid fan of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, he realized he wanted to create a different kind of private detective to solve his murders. Set beneath the rolling hills of the South Downs, No Accident is Rob’s first novel featuring Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Within minutes of arriving at the scene of a fatal work accident, he uncovers details that don’t quite make sense. Like his hero, Columbo, Kent digs deeper and deeper, disregarding procedure, until work and his personal life collide with devastating consequences.

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Have You Seen Me? by Kate White @katemwhite @HarperCollinsUK #NewRelease #HaveYouSeenMe? #BookReview #NetGalley

ABOUT THE BOOK

From New York Times bestselling author Kate White comes a gripping novel about one woman’s dangerous quest to recover lost memories someone would rather she never find.

The key to her missing memories could bring relief–or unlock her worst nightmares.

On a cold, rainy morning, finance journalist Ally Linden arrives soaked to the bone at her Manhattan office, only to find that she’s forgotten her keycard. When her boss shows, he’s shocked to see her–because, he explains, she hasn’t worked there in five years.

Ally knows her name, but is having trouble coming up with much beyond that, though after a trip to the psychiatric ER, she begins to piece together important facts: she lives on the Upper West Side; she’s now a freelance journalist; she’s married to a terrific man named Hugh. More memories materialize and yet she still can’t recall anything about the previous two days. Diagnosed as having experienced a dissociative state, she starts to wonder if it may have been triggered by something she saw. Could she have witnessed an accident–or worse–had something happened to her?

Desperate for answers, Ally tries to track where she spent the missing days, but every detail she unearths points to an explanation that’s increasingly ominous, and it’s clear someone wants to prevent her from learning where those forty-eight hours went. In order to uncover the truth, Ally must dig deep into the secrets of her past–and outsmart the person who seems determined to silence her.

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Have You Seen Me?: A Novel of Suspense

MY THOUGHTS

I loved the opening of this story which made me go cold. What the heck had happened to Ally that could make her forget the last couple of years of her life and why had she turned up to her old place of employment that her former lover owned? I was definitely hooked.

This is quite a slow burn read as Ally, with help from various other sources and hindrance from others, begins to piece her life back together. To be honest, if I had Ally’s life I think that I would want to forget most of the people I knew too, although there is, of course, a much bigger reason for her to forget events.

I suspected almost everyone at some point but still got it wrong. I don’t know if it was me or just too many suspects. It is a very twisty story with lots of red herrings in very murky water. I did enjoy the story as it was that bit different. At times creepy and edgy.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate White

Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the standalone psychological thrillers The Secrets You Keep, The Wrong Man, Eyes on You, Hush, and The Sixes, as well as eight Bailey Weggins mysteries, including Such a Perfect Wife. White is also the author of several popular career books for women, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve and editor of the Anthony and Agatha Award nominated The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. She lives in New York City.

Twitter: @katemwhite

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The Trials of Koli, The Rampart Trilogy, Book 2 by M R Carey #BlogTour @michaelcarey191 #TheTrialsOfKoli @orbitbooks #NetGalley @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Trials of Koli by M R Carey

The Trials of Koli: The Rampart Trilogy, Book 2 by [M. R. Carey]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The journey through M. R. Carey’s ‘immersive, impeccably rendered world’ (Kirkus) continues in The Trials of Koli – the second book of the Rampart trilogy.

Koli has been cast from his village and into the strange and deadly forest beyond. But he heard a story, once. A story about lost London, and the mysterious tech of the old times that was there. And if Koli can find it, there may be a way for him to redeem himself – by saving what’s left of humanity.

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The Trials of Koli: The Rampart Trilogy, Book 2

MY THOUGHTS

The second story carries on as seamlessly as the turn of a page and it wasn’t long before my brain had adjusted to the quirky play on words of items and places that had been distorted by word of mouth and time. The story branches into two with half the story following Koli, Ursala and Cup who are making their way to London via a radio signal and Spinner, a young woman from the village Koli had been expelled from and someone that he had been really close to.

The story bounces back and forth between Koli and Spinner, with cliff hangers throughout the book. Each place is like its own little kingdom with its own set of rules and fashion styles that let you know which tribe they belong to. Some welcoming but others quite deadly! Even the trees and flowers are mutations of what they had been formerly before the thing that had changed the world, destroyed the towns and buried the technology.

The knowledge of Tech and how to use it gives a person status universally in every place they came across. Monono, is a piece of tech that attached its self to Koli as much as he ‘took it’, a piece of tech that will be easily recognisable with readers, as well as her being one of my favourite characters in both books. ‘She’ is as real as any living character, sassy, cheeky, funny and super intelligent.

Each township brings its own unique characters and way of life. A book that just entertains from cover to cover but one that you have to read the whole series to follow the story. The old tech makes for fascinating reading with the ways it is used in the story. It isn’t very often used as it was intended because it simply isn’t understood.

The third and final story will be available from March next year, it’s going to be a long winter, I can’t wait. Just awesome!

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

The Rampart Trilogy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M. R. Carey

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

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Twitter: @michaelcarey191

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