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Murder in the Orchard -Betty Rowlands- 5* Review @bookouture @BettyRowlandsFP

I do like a cozy mystery….lovely review too

Jane Hunt Writer

A beautiful house nestles in an orchard, where a blackbird sings at dawn each morning from a branch laden with rosy fruit… but underneath the trees, a body lies too still to be asleep.

Melissa Craig is struggling with her new novel, so when the invitation arrives to visit a nearby country house for some writing time, she decides a bit of peace and quiet is just what she needs. The house is everything she could have hoped for, even if the staff do seem rather unsettled…

She has barely unpacked when the owner of the house persuades Melissa to investigate some threatening notes he has received. But before she can do any digging, he is found murdered in his own orchard.

As she starts to probe further, Melissa realises that the dead man was universally disliked. Controlling, tight with money and nasty, he certainly made some enemies. But who…

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“This is how it ends” by Eva Dolan

Nice, honest review


This is how it begins.
With a near-empty building, the inhabitants forced out of their homes by property developers.
With two women: idealistic, impassioned blogger Ella and seasoned campaigner, Molly.
With a body hidden in a lift shaft.
But how will it end?

Ella Riordan is a twenty-something PhD student, blogger, and social activist. She is the daughter of a policeman and went to police college herself, only to be bullied out of the course. Ella is a perfectionist and suffers the pressures which she puts on herself. She wants to change the world… Now she lives in South London and protests the gentrification that is going on there. She is also working on her thesis and is interviewing people affected by the gentrification process. After a particularly brutal protest, Ella meets the older Molly who is a veteran of the social protest movement. They become friends and Molly opens…

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BLOG TOUR | The Secret – Katharine Johnson

Nice review

Jessica Belmont

Hi everyone!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Secret. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Love, Lies, and Betrayal in Wartime Italy.

Two girls growing up in Mussolini’s Italy share a secret that has devastating consequences.

Against a backdrop of fear, poverty and confusion during the Second World War, friendship is tested, and loyalties are divided until a chance encounter changes everything.

Their lives diverge when beautiful, daring Martina marries and moves into Villa Leonida, the most prestigious house in their Tuscan mountain village, while plain, studious Irena trains to be a teacher.

But neither marriage nor life at Villa Leonida are as Martina imagined. And as other people’s lives take on a new purpose, Irena finds herself left behind.

Decades later, a tragedy at the villa coincides with the discovery of an abandoned baby, whose identity threatens to re-open old wounds among the next…

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The Sinister Gathering – @diane_ezzard @rararescources #blogtour

Great, honest review….

The Beardy Book Blogger

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Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead she finds a dead body.

Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.

Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.

She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.

She should never have entered that fateful property.

She was looking for peace but found death.

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Blog Tour: The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup — Reviews by Chloé

Hello, hello, helloooooo! How are we all doing today? I’m very excited to have you here for my stop on The Chestnut Man blog tour, that has been organised by the lovely Jenny Platt! Thank you Jenny for asking me to join the tour and introducing me to this beast of a book! So what […]

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I Am, I Am, I Am By Maggie O’Farrell @TinderPress @PublicityBooks #Memoir # NonFiction #BookReview

This sound so good


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Book Description

A memoir with a difference, I AM, I AM, I AM is novelist Maggie O’Farrell’s unforgettable account of a life in near-death experiences.  A childhood illness she was not expected to survive.  A terrifying encounter on a remote path.  A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital.  Insightful, inspirational, intelligent, it is a story you finish newly conscious of life’s fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count.

My Thoughts

I adore Maggie’s O’Farrell’s fiction so this book hit my radar when it was released, with me finally informing my husband that despite the numerous unread books on my shelf, this one would make a lovely Christmas present, for me!  And it did.  Unusually for me this book didn’t even hit my shelf – more commonly books I have to buy, those ones I must have, arrive home with me and then spend at least six months…

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Nothing But Dust by Sandrine Collette(France) tr. Alison Anderson

What a great review…not my usual genre, but sounds like a good read

Word by Word

As soon as I saw the cover of Sandrine Collette’sNothing But Dust I wanted to read this book. I didn’t know what genre it was, but it was published by Europa Editions; all the books they choose to publish that I have read have been excellent.

From the description, a family of four boys working a farm after their father’s departure, ruled by a tyrannical mother, lived out on an arid, lonely Patagonian steppe, mounting family tensions…

And comparisons like these:

Reminiscent of Coetzee’s Disgrace, Chatwin’s In Patagonia, the Dust Bowl novels of Steinbeck, the writing of Cormac McCarthy, and the southern gothic of William Faulkner, Nothing But Dust is a gripping, unsentimental, ultimately majestic story about life in one the most inhospitable places on Earth.

Now I haven’t read Chatwin or Faulkner, and I don’t often agree with book comparisons, however reading this book did remind…

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#BlogBlitz #BookReview for The Convalescent Corpse by Nicola Slade @rararesources @nicolasladeuk #Win #Giveaway #TheConvalescentCorpse

Lovely review


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A story of Family, Rationing and Inconvenient Corpses.

Life in 1918 has brought loss and grief and hardship to the three Fyttleton sisters. Helped only by their grandmother (a failed society belle and expert poacher) and hindered by a difficult suffragette mother, as well as an unruly chicken-stealing dog and a house full of paying-guests, they now have to deal with the worrying news that their late – and unlamented – father may not be dead after all. And on top of that, there’s a body in the ha-ha.

I love it. A delightfully unusual mystery with wonderful characterisation and historical detail.’ – LESLEY COOKMAN BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE LIBBY SARJEANT MYSTERY SERIES


I thought that this was such a good book, it is easy to read and is a fab story!!

I thought that the plot was great, it flows very well and is easy…

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REVIEW | The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

Love the review….I need to read this

Imi Reviews Books

Name: The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2)
Author: Holly Black
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Hardback
Source: Waterstones Pre-Order
Rating: ★★★★★

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone…

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Vengeful: A Review

Brilliant review

Thoughts of the Reader

Hello all!

I’ve finished my first book of 2019, and it was definitely a five star read (of course it was,  it was a Victoria Schwab book). I finished reading Vengeful on the train home today from a day out with two of my uni friends and wow – it was such an amazing book! I really couldn’t put it down.

As you probably already know, I loved Vicious when I read it last year, and bought Vengeful not long after I finished it, but only just got around to reading it. I loved the characters, especially Victor, but I also loved the plot – it was full of shocks and kept me hooked. I felt the exact same about Vengeful. I still loved the characters (although they are definitely morally ambiguous), I loved the way they were written, and I loved the plot of this book! I really…

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Book Review: Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

Great review….sounds like a bit of a must read

Keeper of Pages

Blackberry and Wild Rose - Sonia Velton

Happy publication day to Sonia Velton, her historical fiction debut, Blackberry and Wild Rose publishes today.

WHEN ESTHER THOREL, the wife of a Huguenot silk-weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel she thinks she is doing God’s will. Sara is not convinced being a maid is better than being a whore, but the chance to escape her grasping ‘madam’ is too good to refuse.

INSIDE THE THORELS’ tall house in Spitalfields, where the strange cadence of the looms fills the attic, the two women forge an uneasy relationship. The physical intimacies of washing and dressing belie the reality: Sara despises her mistress’s blindness to the hypocrisy of her household, while Esther is too wrapped up in her own secrets to see Sara as anything more than another charitable cause.

IT IS SILK that has Esther so distracted. For years she has painted her own designs, dreaming that one day her…

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