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Severed by Peter Laws

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Allison and Busby | 2019 (24 January) | 380p | Review copy | Buy the book

Severed by Peter LawsWhen teenager Micah takes an axe to his father, a vicar, in front of his horrified congregation in church, Matt Hunter is called in to help DS Jill Bowland find out why the boy should have committed such a terrible crime. Micah’s final words to his father had been in Aramaic, there is an element of ritual about the attack, and there are rumours that Micah had been involved with a mysterious group of devil worshippers. Matt, before he lost his faith, was a reverend. Matt now makes his living as a professor exploring the sociology of religion. He knows better than most how complicated man’s relationship to God is. He’s seen it all, or so he thinks, and some of it isn’t entirely explicable.

Micah isn’t the only child to be caught up…

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BETTY ROWLANDS – MURDER IN LANGLEY WOODS (MELISSA CRAIG MYSTERIES #8) @BettyRowlandsFP @bookouture #Review #NetGalley #MurderInLangleyWoods #MelissaCraig

Lovely, cosy review 😊

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Release Date: 11th February 2019 / Publisher: Bookouture

A body is found near a picture-perfect Cotswolds village… but the upstanding local residents couldn’t possibly be involved, could they? 

Murder is the very last thing onMelissa Craig’smind whenone of her neighbours pops in to complain loudly about a minor local robbery. She’s far too busy thinking about her next book…

But when the evening paper lands, there is a shocking headline. A young woman’s body has been found in the nearby woods, and it seems the local robbery may offer a crucial clue. Suddenly the whole village is talking about the murder, but none of Melissa’s neighbours have come forward to say they know who the victim is. 

Convinced that the police have got the wrong end of the stick, Melissa can’t resist doing some more digging. When she finds a…

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Book Review|His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet


TITLE: His Bloody Project: Documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae

AUTHOR: Graeme Macrae Burnet

GENRE: Fiction, Crime

PUBLISHER: Contraband

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

PUBLICATION DATE: November 5, 2015


MY RATING: 9.5/10


  • “One man can no more see into the mind of another than he can see inside the stone.”
  • “My objective was not merely to remove Lachlan Broad from this world, something which was, in any case, to occur without any intervention on my part. Rather, at the moment of his death, it was necessary that he was cognisant of the fact that it was I, Roderick Macrae, who was ending his life, and that I was doing so in just payment for the tribulations he had caused my family.”

NOTE: This is a spoiler free review and the views are solely mine.


His Bloody Project is a crime fiction novel which was shortlisted…

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#BlogTour #Review – Perfect Match by Zoe May @zoe_writes @rararesources #PerfectMatch

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perfect match[7236]ReviewHi Everyone,

Welcome back to my little blog, today is my stop on the blog tour for Perfect Match by Zoe May.

lineThe Blurb37536737Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.

Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So…

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Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson #BookReview @LauraSRobinson @MantleBooks @rosiewilsreads

Looking forward to reading this

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Author: Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Genre: Historical Crime Fiction

Format: Hardcover 448 pages

Release Date: 24 January 2019

Publisher: Mantle

My huge thanks to Rosie Wilson at Pan Macmillan for the copy of this book sent to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Blood & Sugar is the thrilling debut historical crime novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson.

June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.

Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .


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Scrublands by Chris Hammer — Reviews by Chloé

Martin arrives at Riversend to write a follow up article on the tragedy which happened a year ago. His colleague had covered the event, so Martin thinks he knows what has happened: the beloved priest had come out of the church with his gun and shot five men. Except now Martin is in Riversend and […]

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Around the world in 80(+) books

Sounds like a fun thing to do

From First Page to Last

I do like to challenge myself every now and then, though I’m not sure why I put the pressure on myself. This time I’ve decided I want to read a book or short story set in, or at least partly taking place in,  or written by someone from every country in the world. Now of course I have already read some books set in a few of the countries on the list, often many times. But I’d like to do some armchair travelling so I’m going to see how far I can wander from now on.

I’ll be keeping a track of at least one book that lands in the right destination on here. I don’t think I’ll get this done in a year but it will be interesting to see how far I have ‘travelled’ by the end of December.


  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda

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*BLOG TOUR* For The Missing – Lina Bengtsdotter ★★★★

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Blurb; She must find Annabelle.Before it’s too late.

Nora’s daughter Annabelle has disappeared, last seen on her way home from a party.


Gullspång’s inexperienced police are wilting under the national media spotlight – and its residents desperate for answers.

Stockholm DI Charlie Lager must return home to find Annabelle, and then get out of town as soon as she can. Before everyone discovers the truth about her . . .

My Review; Now this is a real mystery you can sink your teeth into…

Oh wow… This is one of those stories you finish and then need to think about. I found it ended suddenly and was trying to turn the page even though it was the end! Ooops. A story that has such an unexpected outcome I was left like… WHATTT!!! I really wanted more.

Charlie and…

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