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Too Close by Natalie Daniels #NewRelease #TransworldDigital #NetGalley @randomhouse

 

Too Close by [Daniels, Natalie]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

For fans of THE GIRLFRIEND and THE WIFE BETWEEN US, TOO CLOSE is a twisting tale of friendship and betrayal.

How close is too close?

Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.

But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.

It’s all too much. Something has to give.

Connie has woken up in a psychiatric hospital. They say she committed a terrible crime but she says she can’t remember a thing.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The story revolves round Connie, from the day she met Ness in the park. They both had children that after a brief smartie war moment became best friends so it was enviable that they became friends too, then both families. In no time at all Connie became a little concerned, Ness took on the same hair style as her, then was wearing her favourite perfume. When Ness and her partner broke up she began to spend more time at Connie’s and Connie had, had enough. Then the story jumps to find Connie in a psychiatric unit,

This is one of those stories that lets you know that something massive has happened but not what it is, then it drops back to drip feed the story of the terrible event that happened and finishes a few chapters down the line from where it started. I must admit that this type of story really hooks me every time.

Connie was as clueless as me as to why she was in this secure unit but Emma, her psychiatrist, was working with her from a point she could remember in her own time. As well as all this going on there are diary entries from Connie’s daughter and the problems of Emma in her private life. This story is so well written though that it is easy to follow. I have to admit here that Emma’s story became quite a fascination too as a more than weird relationship developed between her and Connie.

This is such a dark story, that takes you down roads that you should really step back from and think, ‘Is this what I want?’ because sometimes when a line is crossed it can’t be erased. My mind was ready for exploding in a cascade of fury, hurt and betrayal, as my heart went out to Connie. The author masterfully takes you into the mind of Connie to share how she sees the world and at times it is overwhelming with such extreme emotions. The question is will Connie be able to finally face what happened as her mind had shut down once already. A brilliant read.

I wish to thank NetGalley and Ella at Transworld Publishing for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

 

Natalie Daniel

Natalie Daniels is the pseudonym for screenwriter, author and actress Clara Salaman who you may recognise as DS Claire Stanton from The Bill. She lives in London and in Northern Spain.

 

Too Close by [Daniels, Natalie]

 

Evil Winds: Tradecraft Phase Two by Michael Shusko #Tradcraft #MichaelShusko @CreateSpace #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Andrea Stein of Jan Wesman Public Relations for inviting me to read and review this book, EVIL WINDS, Tradcraft phase two by Michael Shusko.

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BOOK DESCRISPTION

Up-and-coming news reporter Angie Bryant is determined to get the scoop on what’s really happening in Darfur, no matter the risk. After all, it’s the kind of story that will catapult her career to the next level.

Jason Russo is a disillusioned NGO doctor stationed at a refugee camp in eastern Chad. While he tries to help where he can, Jason finds it difficult to get the support he needs to make a difference.

But when the pair witnesses Janjaweed soldiers gun down a dozen Darfurian refugees in cold blood, everything changes. Suddenly, the only assignment that matters is telling the world about the current conditions in western Sudan — at all costs.

Angie and Jason find themselves racing against time as they work to uncover a sinister secret hidden deep in the Sahara. Their efforts put them directly in the path of a lethal Janjaweed commander. If they want to share their shocking discoveries with the global community, they’ll have to get past him first.

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Evil Winds: Tradecraft Phase Two

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Set in Darfur, Sudan, this is such a heart breaking story that is seen from so many different view points as characters are thrown together through circumstance rather than choice. When a mother takes her twin son and daughter to visit a relative in another village she leaves behind her husband and youngest child at home. He holds a very prominent position in his own village. The village they are visiting is attacked by the Janjaweed, a terrorist Arab group, all the men murdered, the women raped and the children taken away. The boys will train as soldiers and the girls will be sold to be used in the sex trade. The people of the villages live in fear of this happening every day but have nowhere else to go and no-one to protect them.

Angie Bryant is a journalist after a career changing story, a woman who made a choice to be in Darfur. For her is was meant to be a quick in get a story and get out. She is introduced to Jason Russo, a NGO doctor in the refugee camps near Chad, He is asked to show her round the camps, where they witness a group of unarmed Darfurian refugees being gunned down by a group of soldiers. They are the Janjaweed, feared by everyone.  Now there is a situation.  Angie has her story but it is just the tip of an iceberg. The whole picture is much bigger, placing them in grave danger. The thing is, are Angie and Russo willing to put their own lives on the line to get to the truth behind it all and uncover who is really behind the violence, murder and abductions?

This story gets right to your soul as your know that this sort of thing happens. The author has first hand experience himself at going into these sort of situations, giving the story a truly authentic feel. It touches all the bases from the children being taken and the horrors they see, to the heads of these groups. The horror for me most of all was the high demand for the young girls that could never be met, a sort of side line to make money, that was the thing that swept my feet from under me. A truly gripping story that should haunt anyone that reads it.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Shusko, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM, is an author, medical doctor and decorated Marine and Naval officer who has worked on intelligence and medical missions across the globe. Fluent in Arabic, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Rutgers University. Post-undergrad, Dr. Shusko transferred from the Marines to the Navy Medical Corps and attended medical school at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Shusko’s Middle Eastern experience and language skills coupled with his background in special operations and intelligence keep him busy deploying around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East , Africa , Europe and Asia. Dr. Shusko has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 16-year-old triplet boys.

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Too Far by Jason Starr @JasonStarrBooks @noexitpress #BlogTour #TooFarBook #PsychologicalThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Katherine Sunderland of No Exit Press for inviting me to take part on the Blog Tour for TOO FAR by Jason Starr

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

One night. One date. What have you got to lose?

Jack Harper isn’t a bad man, but he’s stuck in a loveless marriage with a mediocre job just trying to keep sober. The only good thing in his life is his son. When an old college friend introduces him to a new extramarital dating website, he tentatively reaches out to find a distraction from his misery. But when he goes to meet up with his steamy online date, he quickly realises it was a dire choice.

Soon, Jack finds himself desperately trying to prove his innocence for crimes he did not commit, and the life he once had – unhappy as it was – is nothing but a dream. Now, he’s living his worst nightmare. . .

Gripping and packed with shocking twists and turns, this intense psychological thriller plays with a basic anxiety we all harbour: What if one reckless decision could ruin your life forever?

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Jack Harper is of that age where it can make you panic and do daft things. At 44 he isn’t getting any younger and as the years go by he will have even less chance of happiness. Poor Jack was putting up with marriage rather than being part of it and he had been ok about that. Then Jack bumps into an old college mate who has an enviable life style but like everything else even he wants more. Jack is a realtor and is showing him round a two million dollar apartment that he wants to use just to sleep with women on the quiet. All in all it leaves Jack restless with his humdrum life and so he begins to dabble on a website his college buddy told him about. A real simple arrangement, chat to a woman who is also in a rut, meet up, sleep together, I say that very loosely, and move on!

Now I aren’t in agreement with this sort of thing but really you need to meet his wife. Oh wow can she put poor Jack in his place. So I am thinking, ‘you go for it son’, ‘go and grab a bit of human friendship and possibly more’. Now in the pages that follow it is almost like you can hear Jack’s happiness. He is glowing from these pages. But when things go belly up Jack has to do the right thing, while I am shouting at my book run Jack, run! Now things don’t go from bad to worse, they go from bad to you don’t have a life left! Now this story really takes off.

How can doing the right thing be so wrong? I hated the so-called good guys and wanted to kill the bad ones. I was revved up, I was ready to shake some people and would have gladly served time to sort others out! I really had to finish this book in one sitting, with watch the hand gestures to any interruptions while I was reading.

I just love a book that gets me so worked up and angry at characters for me this is job well done for any author. Just when I think I have everything sussed I was thrown in this story, mouth open sort of thrown. Talk about pushing someone’s buttons the wrong way, well these ones really did pop big style, as it just keeps doing the twist like a 1960’s dancing champion, with every single page more shocking than the one before. A super read and perfect end for me.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Starr is the international bestselling author of many crime novels and thrillers and his books have been published in over a dozen languages. Many of his books are in development for film and TV. Starr’s bestselling crime novels include Cold Caller, Nothing Personal, Fake ID, Hard Feelings, Tough Luck and Twisted City, followed by Lights Out, The Follower, Panic Attack, Savage Lane and his latest novel, Too Far. He is one of only a handful of authors who have won the Anthony Award for mystery fiction multiple times. He was born in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan.

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http://jasonstarr.com/

Twitter: @JasonStarrBooks

Twitter: @noexitpress

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Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Jo Nesbø @vintagebooks @PenguinRHUK #JoNesbo #MacBeth #DonBartlett(Translator)

Firstly I wish to thank Rali Chorbadzhiyska Marketing Intern at Vintage, Penguin Random House for inviting me to read and review MACBETH by Jo Nesbø.

Macbeth by [Nesbo, Jo]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

He’s the best cop they’ve got.

When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess.

He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past.

He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach.

But a man like him won’t get to the top.

Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his.

Unless he kills for it.

‘The king of all crime writers’

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I loved the idea of the re-telling of Shakespeare’s master pieces by present day authors. MacBeth, I must say, is one of my favourites and which I have read so many times over the years and seen it performed both with original settings and as a modern-day war version on stage. Jo Nesbø set his personal take on the story in 1970’s Scotland with a far more detailed expansion, making it a mighty read. The reception that it appears to be getting is that of the three bears, you can’t please everyone’s tastes.

I felt that Nesbø worked the essence of the core story into his own work quite well. I could easily follow the characters and how it was coming together as the corruption ran riot within the forces that should have been there to protect its citizens. It has all the key elements from greed to murder and everything in between. The plotting and conniving of the very eerie Lady MacBeth , which is well portrayed by ‘Lady’ through her restless nights sleep walking and trying to wash the blood from her hands. Paranoia runs rife in MacBeth after years of dabbling on the wrong side of drugs, which makes a lethal combination in a position of power.

Once I had all the characters in their new roles sorted out the rest fell into place and I found myself right in the middle of what was going on. It is strange as in my mind the scenes flashed between each version of the story as I read. All in all I really enjoyed this book which has been translated back and forth to get to this version. A very recognisable reconstruction of the original with the unmistakable Nesbø flare as icing.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and his latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 34 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.

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Macbeth by [Nesbo, Jo]

The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes @Bookouture @samhayes #NewRelease #PsychologicalThriller #NetGalley

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon…

But Ella has never been married.

In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socialising, quietly harbouring a terrible secret from her past.

Fear sweeps through Ella when she instantly recognises the man who enters the ward. He is not her husband, but she knows that she must do as he says and play the part of dutiful wife.

What choice does she have? He was there the night of the fire, he knows her secret too…

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The Liar’s Wife: A gripping psychological thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This isn’t a cosy read, this is a heart bashing belter!

Oh boy this story is enough to turn any recluse into a social butterfly, as Ella had lived in her own little cocoon keeping herself to herself, going to work and living alone. No fella in her life and no friends bobbing in. So when she wakens in hospital, confused and dazed, she is more than a little taken aback when the nurse tells her that her husband will be back to see her soon. And what a lovely man he is. When this saint of a man arrives he only has eyes for Ella but Ella is like a rabbit in headlights. Oh she knows this man alright and he knows what she did, she has no choice, she has to play the dutiful wife.

The story runs on a couple of time lines as it dips between present time and Ella’s Uni days. The friends that she had, her family and relationships that developed. In present day I was like ‘TELL SOMEONE’. Oh wow, wow, wow, there are so many of those OMG moments when I had my heart in my mouth. The ones of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and that hand on a door handle ready to catch her doing something that is forbidden to do. I cringed so many times. Stopped at those, ‘this is it’ moments and put the kettle on, just so that I could gain some sense of control.

Bloody hell, when I think this is the worst it can get it clicks into over drive and opens up even more horrors. Samantha Hayes’s characters have secrets, they have pasts and they have ways of getting even. Yoga exercises and controlled breathing methods are recommended by me for the second half of the book and ending, definitely the ending. It is superb!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003 and her ninth novel, THE REUNION, will be published February 2018. You can pre-order now! Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’

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The Bomb Maker’s Daughter by Thomas Ryan: A Jeff Bradley Thriller (The Jeff Bradley series Book 4) @ThomasR28991839 #JeffBradleyThrillerSeries #Book4 #FarAndWidePublishing

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Saddam Hussein’s missing weapons of mass destruction have been found.
They are in the hands of an international terrorist group.
But which group and where have they stored the gases and toxic waste? And what are their plans for the deadly cargo? An eleven-year-old Filipino girl, Arina Marcos knows the secret. She narrowly escapes assassins sent to kill her and family. And now she is on the run. Hit squads sent to track her down chase her across Asia.
Ex Special-Forces soldier Jeff Bradley and CIA agent Kennedy Patton must protect Arina as she leads them in search of Saddam’s weapons. The trail leads to underground laboratories and a mass grave in the Philippines. Tensions heighten when the US Air craft Carrier Independence II is brought into the conflict.
Then Bradley discovers the deadly truth and the race is on. He and Kennedy Patton must find the terrorists and the ship carrying the lethal cargo. If they fail the cities of Europe will burn and thousands will die.

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The Bomb Maker’s Daughter: A Jeff Bradley Thriller (The Jeff Bradley series Book 4)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

There was only one thing more frightening than finding out that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction had gone missing and that was finding out just whose  hands they had fallen into. Of course it couldn’t be the good guys but an unpredictable terrorist group all raring to wipe chunks of the world out. 

When 11-year-old Arina’s dad takes on a new job on a small island just off the Philippines, he puts his family in grave danger but he manages to get his 11-year-old daughter to her uncle with instructions to send her to Ex Special-Forces soldier Jeff Bradley in Auckland. Arina won’t speak to anyone but him. It soon becomes clear that Arina could be used as a bargaining tool as the terrorists are pretty keen to get her back. CIA agent Kennedy Patton sees it as a solution but Bradley holds out. There is something really dodgy about the whole thing.

Bradley has a personal stake in keeping the young girl safe through a duty of friendship to the family where as Patton sees what he thinks is the bigger picture, with no emotional connection to the situation. This is a real fast paced all action story that made me doubt every person that I met the further that I got into the story. Bradley and Patton may not see eye to eye on everything but they are the good guys. Loved Arina, kids are so often underestimated.

A super story line which threw me a couple of times and a very clever end. This is the fourth book in the Jeff Bradley series but my first book. It read brilliantly as an independent read, although I normally like to read a series in order.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Award winning novelist, Thomas Ryan, was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been a soldier in a theatre of war, he has traded in Eastern Europe, trampled the jungles of Asia, and struggled through the trials of love and loss. Armed with these life experiences Ryan turned to writing thriller novels and short stories. Ryan considers himself a story teller, a creator who has enthusiastically plunged his psyche into the world of creativity and fantasy. With the reader in mind he weaves colourful characters into the threads of his riveting storylines. Taking readers on a thrilling journey is what motivates Ryan as a writer.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: www.thomasryanwriter.com

Twitter: @ThomasR28991839

Also thanks to Penny C. Sansevieri of Author Marketing Services

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Stranded on Thin Ice by Sharon CassanoLochman @SCassanoLochman @YourNewBooks #BookReview #NetGalley #StrandedOnThinIce

Firstly I wish to thank Liz at Books Go Social for inviting me to read STRANDED ON THIN ICE by Sharon CassanoLochman

Stranded on Thin Ice by [CassanoLochman, Sharon]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Twelve-year-old Tanner Phillips fishes the Oneida Lake Ice Fishing Derby every year with his dad. Last year, he ruined everything — losing the competition and losing some of his grandfather’s gear. This year, Tanner is determined to not only prove his skills on the ice, but also show his dad, once and for all, that he’s no longer a little kid.

But as soon as they get out on the ice, the competition turns disastrous.

When one of the competitors goes missing and another gets injured, Tanner’s father must leave Tanner and his new friend, Richie, alone on the ice. After their ice hut comes unhitched, Tanner and Richie find themselves blown across the frozen lake in a blinding snowstorm.

Alone. Without their cell phones. Trapped, on thin ice. Suddenly, it isn’t just about the winning the derby — it’s about life and death. In one perilous night, Tanner will have to prove not to his father, but to himself, that he has the courage and determination to survive.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a super book not just for middle school readers but for readers way past pension age. Being twelve is such a funny time, you feel grown up but all the adults still treat you like a kid. It is a time too when it is all starts and stops with growth spurts. Unfortunately Tanner is at a stop at the moment with all the fishermen in the store jostling him out-of-the-way to get supplies for the Derby fishing competition out on the frozen Oneida lake. Tanner is going to be fishing with his dad. He meets Richie here who is tagging along  with his obnoxious uncle. The two lads aren’t friends yet as Richie has not long moved there but before the day is over they will never forget each other.

Everyone goes off on the ice with their tents to keep the cold wind off them. Not long after they are all set up, a series of events means that Tanner’s dad has to make a decision. He has to go back to land and Tanner wants to carry on fishing. My heart was beating like mad, I am thinking he can’t leave him there but he has fished since he was little and there were plenty of other men round about fishing on the frozen lake.  He takes a chance and leaves the lad to carry on.

Now the rest of the story is mainly about Tanner and Richie and well what a story it is! I aren’t going to go into what happens but these two go on that lake as kids and have to grow up real quick. The whole story is set in a small time frame of just hours, although to the two boys it must feel a life time. The two of them dip between being children and being much wiser and older  than their years. As time goes on the two unlikely friends form a bond that I would think would last a life time.

It is one thing battling with fish but nature and a careless over sight set in motion  stories that would become legend where they lived. No details are over looked, it really is outstanding. I felt numb, I felt scared for the boys. Tanner knew far more than he thought, not from experience of doing things himself but from years of watching his dad and granddad too. Richie was oblivious to so many of the hidden dangers they were facing.

The book, up to the last couple of chapters was outstanding but wow the last two chapters were totally wicked! This is a young adult read and not over long but one that would be read over and over. A truly exciting coming of age novel, superb!

I wish to thank Books Go Social and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sharon CassanoLochman is a spinner of drama, tailor of emotions, manipulator of personal connections, and a player of words. She writes for the spiritually minded and the young at heart. She is the author of Spiritual Verse Today, Man with the Sand Dollar Face, Room for Grace, and Stranded on Thin Ice.

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In Honour Bound by Christine Webber @1chriswebber #NewRelease #ContemporaryFiction

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Set in 1980’s London, Helen Bartlett, a popular TV news presenter and Sam Aziz, a glamorous middle-eastern cardiac surgeon, meet on a live programme. They dislike each other on sight, and the interview is a disaster. But that is not the end of their story because later that evening, they find themselves at the same dinner party.


Over the weeks, hostility morphs into passion, and soon they fall desperately in love.
Both are looking for the right partner with whom to settle down and produce a family. They seem made for each other; they delight in the joy that they have found, and plan to marry. But then, the differences in their cultural backgrounds start to manifest themselves. And a debt of honour that Sam cannot ignore returns to haunt him.


Struggling with their torment, while she is so much in the public eye and he is performing life-saving surgery on a daily basis, places them under intolerable strain.
Must they relinquish the most magical relationship either of them has ever known? Can they find a way out of their dilemmas? Or do they have to accept that no matter how modern we are, we cannot fly in the face of the traditions that served, and shaped us, for centuries?

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Before I begin this review, I better just say that this is the new make over edition of this story, complete with new book cover, although it is my first time reading it.

Set in the 1980’s the story revolves round the turbulent relationship of a couple torn between love and cultural commitment. When Helen Bartlett and Sam Aziz first spoke to each other it couldn’t have been more public or hostile, taking place on live TV. Sparks flew between the pair and the whole thing was a disaster. It seemed though that fate was determined to throw the TV news presenter and Sam, a middle eastern cardiology surgeon together. What began as forced encounters turned into the couple not being able to keep away from each other. Even the nation followed the romance that was developing between the two  well-known personalities.

Christine Webber awoke memories of living in the eighties in me as I was transported back to times that I had remembered, with rose-coloured spectacles. The love story of the couple, treads on ground where modern life styles were colliding with cultural traditions and commitments. The frustrations and internal battles caught in the pages as what was desired and what was possible were like oil and water.

Although the story does include a few other characters it is literally formed round Helen and Sam. Christine Webber goes much further than just a story as she strips them both down to the raw emotional side of desire, longing, love and commitment. All very different levels of human feelings that I could relate to myself. Can something that held such passion ever be anything else or is the love for each other too over powering. Love versus honour. This is such a captivating story.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Christine Webber originally trained as an opera singer but had to re-think her career plans when her voice professor told her: ‘Your voice is OK, but your legs are very much better!’ Musical theatre beckoned. There was some success. But not much.

In 1979, she became a news presenter for Anglia TV. At last she had found something she enjoyed that other people thought she was good at.  It was such a happy relief that she stayed for 12 years.

After leaving Anglia Television, she decided to train as a psychotherapist, which led to her having a Harley Street practice for over twenty years. She also became an agony aunt for various publications including TV Times, Best, Dare and BBC Parenting. And she wrote a relationship advice column for The Scotsman and one for Woman, called Sexplanations. She also regularly broadcast advice on Trisha, The Good Sex Guide …Late and from the BBC’s Breakfast sofa.

Much of her work has been in collaboration with her late husband, media doctor, David Delvin. Together, and for sixteen years, they wrote the sex/relationships content on www.netdoctor.co.uk, penned a joint column for The Spectator and co-authored The Big O. 

Now, her focus is on writing fiction full time and she is planning another novel on the unexpected turbulence and contrasting humour of mid-life.

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A Necessary Murder by M.J. Tjia @mjtjia @Legend_Press #HistoricalCrimeFiction #BookReview #ANecessaryMurderBook2 #AHeloiseChanceyMystery #VictorianMystery #KindleUnlimited

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Stoke Newington, 1863: Little Margaret Lovejoy is found brutally murdered in the outhouse at her family’s estate.
A few days later, a man is cut down in a similar manner on the doorstep of courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey’s prestigious address. At the same time, Heloise’s maid, Amah Li Leen, must confront events from her past that appear to have erupted into the present day.
Once again Heloise is caught up in a maelstrom of murder and deceit that threatens to reach into the very heart of her existence.

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A Necessary Murder: A Heloise Chancey Victorian Mystery

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is the second book in this Victorian mystery series following under cover Detective Heloise Chancey. I wasn’t sure, after reading the first book in this series, how a second story would form. Well I will say now I am delighted with it. Heloise is far from the red light district in this story but facing just as great and more personal danger. The year is still 1863.

When a 3-year-old little girl is found brutally murdered, there is an outcry but when her father meets the same fate soon after and on Heloise’s own door step, not only was it a gruesome discovery but could also mean that the rest of this unfortunate man’s family could also be in danger from the killer. In this story Heloise finds herself taking on the role of Nanny to little Cyril in order to snoop round the family home both in the servant quarters and within the family itself. Her maid Amah Li Leen, who has a much closer personal link to Heloise than is publicly known, finds her own agenda in this story.

This story once again hi-lights the terrible way in which women and anyone of a different race were treated in the community and unfortunately, children were even further down the pecking list. These are real sort of Miss Marple type mysteries but with so much more gore and grit. Heloise has little maternal instinct for the boy in her charge and I am sure she will be the cause of many dentist visits for him. I do though love her determination in finding the killer, she is a woman born far before her time.

M.J. Tjai drip feeds more knowledge of Heloise in this story, which is heart wrenching in so many ways. It is shocking and really quite disturbing as the whole truth of it all comes out. I love how it is written, a real feel authentic adventure that isn’t so many jumps back from today. What a tremendous hard life it was. What I really am intrigued with is finding out about the different aspects of life in Victorian London. From the wealthy aristocrats to the poorest on the street, I am transfixed with it all. Loved this second book and hope number three follows shortly too.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tjia has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella, 2017.

She has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize, Overland’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story Prize, and the Luke Bitmead Bursary and longlisted for CWA dagger awards. Her work has appeared in Review of Australian Fiction, Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories.

She Be Damned is M.J. Tjia’s debut novel, and is the first instalment in her Heloise Chancey historical crime series.

M.J. lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her family, and as of January 2018 is now the Prose Editor of Peril Magazine.

BUY LINK FOR THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES

She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Victorian Mystery by [Tjia, M.J.]

She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Victorian Mystery

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Firstly I wish to thank Caroline Vincent of Bits About Books Blog Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for TALISMAN by David Evans.

Talisman: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 3) by [Evans, David]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Following a fire in a terraced house, the body of a prominent lawyer, Charles Chamberlain, is found naked and shackled to a bed frame.

Six weeks earlier, DI Colin Strong is investigating the sudden death of a transsexual, left undiscovered in the bath for over a year. Initially, it appears to be a tragic death but one mysterious item, a card for the Talisman Club, is found in the bedroom.

Meanwhile, Bob Souter, journalist and close friend of DI Strong, is probing connections between a developer and the council leader in respect of a controversial project when massive European funding is announced. Souter smells a rat and delves further into the scheme.

Is there a link between the bodies and the business deal?

Will Souter or DI Strong crack the case first?

And what exactly is the Talisman Club?

In the third instalment of the Wakefield series, the two men must work together to bring the guilty to justice before time runs out.

BUY LINK:

Talisman: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 3)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

OMG I have read so many books that have given me goosebumps and some that gave me that tingle but this book made my goosebumps tingle and it wouldn’t go away.

I absolutely love David Evans novels because I have an instant connection with them as I lived in Wakefield at the time that these books are set around. The descriptions of the area are so accurate that I could visually walk every step with the characters in the book. It felt like home. As far as the characters in the story go I had warmed to them in the first novel but in this book they became solid to the point of feeling everything they felt and boy this is where David Evans gets you. He has found that perfect balance with the characters work and social lives and it brings them all to life.

The story is a stunner, steeped in mystery for you the reader to solve the puzzle that is unfolding before you and with lots of scenarios that move your mind into top gear causing that shudder to reach the core of your being. There are two teams working on the cases. First D.I. Colin Strong heads the police investigation side and his acquaintance and friend Bob Souter a lead newspaper reporter and it works brilliantly, even if some of the information is gained illegally.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK.

Early 2018 Disposal was published, the first book in the Tendring Series, a new detective series, set in north Essex in the 1970s.

Now, whilst awaiting the fourth book in the Wakefield Series (coming early 2019), the first three books in the Wakefield series have been republished by Orchard View Publications with brand new covers.

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

Author Website: http://www.davidevanswriter.co.uk/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Evans/e/B008Y0LHGO/

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/davidevanswriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidEwriter

 

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES PLUS BUY LINKS:

Trophies: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 1) by [Evans, David]

Trophies: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 1)

Torment: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 2) by [Evans, David]

Torment: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 2)

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