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#HappyPublicationDay #BlogTour #Review – #HerMothersGrave by @lisalregan @bookouture

Happy Publication Day Lisa!!

I have great delight in kick starting Lisa Regan’s blog tour today. Her Mother’s Grave is the third book in the Josie Quinn series.

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Title: Her Mother’s Grave   

Author: Lisa Regan   

Amazon: mybook.to/HMGSocial     

book blurb
When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose…

Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare track her down?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. It’s suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.

As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?

Do you love unputdownable crime thrillers that keep you up all night? Then this gripping rollercoaster ride, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, will have you totally hooked! 

 meet the author

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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

 social links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Regan-189735444395923/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan

WEBSITE: www.lisaregan.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

review by nicola

I can not believe that in the 8 months that I have ‘known’ Lisa we are already on her third book! You are now firmly etched onto my go to author list and I can’t recommend your books enough to my friends, Thank you for this amazing series and I hope there will be many more to come!

So in true Nicola form let’s start me review with my #ReadTweets

As you can see a mix of emotions, this book got me right away with it’s cover and title. Having read the two previous books I knew all the characters backgrounds so when I started this one I knew the emotions were going to be running high!

I’m not sure how much more devisation this little town (or Joise for the matter) can possible take!

I enjoy how Lisa intertwines all her stories together, making you love these characters and hoping for their happily ever after.

As always, this story kept me turning those pages, wanting and needing to know what the team will face next, if my guesses would come true (and they did a few times). Lisa loves her details and I like how she sets the scene for you as the book progresses.

This book was emotional, fast paced, detailed and totally gripping! I have high hopes for the next instalment of Joise Quinn….. and please no more heartache (I have my fingers crossed)

Perfect edition to the series and a big fat juicy 5 golden apples from me!!

5 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review – #OneDayLikeThis by @PaperDollWrites @Bookouture

Very excited to share Simone’ s review of One Day Like This.

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Title: One Day Like This

Author: Laura Briggs

Amazon Links: mybook.to/ODLTSocial

Publication Day: July 17th 2018

book blurb

Could you plan a wedding if you’d never been in love?

Tessa has always dreamed of her own business. And when a beautiful tumbledown house comes up for sale in the Southern town of Bellegrove, she knows it has perfect potential to be an amazing one-stop wedding shop.

Teaming up with three talented friends, they’re ready for big things. They’ve even found their first client – a sweet old lady called Bianca, who’s desperate to give her grandson a spectacular wedding. (Even though he’s equally determined to keep it simple and romantic.)

But as the big day approaches, things start to go wrong. Handsome handyman Blake Ellingham breaks the news that the building needs re-wiring and the bill for renovations is longer than a royal wedding train. And then one of her friends suddenly quits their fledgling business

Can Tessa pull off the dream wedding? Can Blake be convinced to help? And if the electrics are broken, why are so many sparks flying between him and Tessa?

The perfect feel-good summer romance for 2018 for fans of Debbie Macomber, Jenny Hale and Debbie Johnson.

 meet the author

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Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots) and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

social links

Website: https://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/230209.Laura_Briggs?from_search=true

review by simone

It’s been a while since I stepped away from my usual book genre of choice but “One Day Like This” was the best book to capture my paranomal-loving-book-brain and it totally swept me away and pulled me in with it’s easy-to-read style, it’s easy-to-follow plot and easy-to-love characters.

From childhood the girls have played as a unit…sometimes a not very well-jelled unit but a unit all the same…and now they are all grown up, in full adulthood mode, they find themselves back together, drawn to each other with a joint dislike of the paths they are on and a similar passion, drive and ambition to give themselves something else.
This drive and ambition (however reluctant they are to admit it at times) sets them off on a whole new exciting journey together.
I really did love this book – it is certainly a feel-good summer read.  The humour between the characters was refreshing and gave the romance feel a fresh, different kind of a spin.
The relationship build up between Tessa and Blake, well yes, that was just very heart-warming and oh-so cute – I loved it.
And I also loved the go-get-it attitudes of the very strong, driven female lead characters – even feeling downhearted they kept going, kept pushing on – girls after my own heart.
I certainly recommend this read – it’s fab.
4 APPLES

 

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Review ~ A Girl Like Lilac, by Victoria L. James

“Beautiful Lilac with her flowers in her hair…” 🌷🌸🌼🌺

 

 

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A Girl Like Lilac, by Victoria L. James
Release date: 5th July 2018
Genre: Mature YA/NA crossover
Angst-level: Medium/High
Love-level: A first love romance like no other.
Graphics: LJ Designs
Promotions: Bare Naked Words
Edited By: BNWEditing

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book blurb

The first time Toby Hunter got arrested for defending Lilac Clarke’s honour, he was only fifteen years old, but he’d loved her from behind his black-rimmed glasses for as long as he could remember.

With a desperate need to protect her from a distance, one arrest turned to two, two soon turning into three, and before Toby knew what was happening, the sleepy village of Southwold was turning against him for daring to stand up for a girl like Lilac.

Beautiful Lilac with her flowers in her hair, her camera in her hands, and her sweet, pink, sugary-lipped kisses.

They could hate him for loving her all they wanted. Toby was a boy who did what was right, not what was easy, and he was always going to grow to be the man willing to give her what she deserved.

Even if that meant losing Lilac forever.

#AGLL#AGirlLikeLilac#FirstLove#VictoriaLJames 

 

meet the author

 

 

Victoria’s Biography

Victoria L. James is a teenage girl stuck inside a thirty-something-year-old’s body. A Corona and nacho appreciator with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky Balboa, she currently lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two baby boys. Having had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, she credits her love of literature to her Grandma Bess who taught her that you don’t need a lot of money to travel to different worlds, experience new places, and live a thousand lives.

She currently writes on her own as Victoria L. James, with her friend L.J. Stock on the Babylon MC Series, and is due to publish her Vicki James collection in 2018. To keep up to date on her latest news you can join Victoria’s FB reader group for exclusive material ➤ HERE 

https://www.victorialjames.com/books

buy links

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F1WTKGJ
USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F1WTKGJ

 

 

 

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review by rachel

 

What a journey of emotions Victoria L James will take you on in this book!

Do you remember your first love? That rushing feeling you get when you meet someone who understands everything about you, and is willing to support you through anything,  and love you unconditionally?

A girl like Lilac is a coming of age story and second chance romance that is raw, full of optimism, tenderness and written in a way that has you walking along side all the characters and feeling every single emotion they are going through with them, and the twists were unexpected yet perfectly placed. Victoria has a gift at doing this!

Toby and Lilac and are most defiantly likeable and very real, the setting of a quiet seaside town works perfectly and the pain, crimes, mental health, and romance that they go though is woven into what I thought made a breathtaking and unmissable book to read. 

Whist reading I cried, held my breath, laughed, swooned, felt sad and happy at the same time and found a new love for poetry.

I promise you will not be disappointed with the book. It’s definatly one of my all time favourite books!

5 Golden apples 

 

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A. Stone has been a private notebook writer but now is breaking out as a fledgling writer/poet. You can keep up with him and discover more over on these social media platforms :
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#BlogTour #Review #InTheWake by @helentrevorrow @urbanebooks @LoveBooksGroup #LoveBooksGroupTours

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book blurb

“Deliciously dark and beautifully written, In The Wake offers a thrilling debut from a writer to watch.”  – Dan Dalton, author of Johnny Ruin

When a body is found floating in London’s Royal Albert Dock, successful public relations expert Kay Christie is sent to quiet the media, but things get complicated when it emerges that she knew the victim.

As events spiral out of control, Kay discovers that those close to her may be harbouring another secret – the story of a missing girl. Can Kay discover the truth before her life unravels and she risks losing everything?

In the Wake questions whether we can ever truly leave our pasts behind and explores the lengths that we will go to protect the people that we love.

buy links

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2r68f1a
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2HxxLay
Foyles: http://bit.ly/2HBMnSd
Waterstones: http://bit.ly/2JyVZOa

meet the author

Helen Trevorrow is a graduate of the 2016 Faber Academy creative writing programme. She studied at Leeds University and has worked in marketing and public relations in London. She is a specialist food and drink PR. Helen’s debut novel IN THE WAKE is a feminist crime thriller about family, unrealised trauma and alcoholism. Helen has ghost-written many articles for newspapers, magazines and websites. She lives in Brighton, Sussex.

social links

Author Website: http://www.helentrevorrow.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/helentrevorrow
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helen_trevorrow/

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review by nicola

With this being Helen Trevorrow’s debut book I wasn’t sure what to expect but I didn’t need to worry, this book has well thought out and VERY flawed characters, a cunning plot that has your mind reeling the whole way through and the story that has you feeling like you were there the whole time with Kay and her team.

There is a lot to take in with this book, secrets, past stories and plenty of details, so pay attention! I found the first half of the book a little slow to get into but once the story started flowing I flew right through it. Kay is a marmite charecter, you’re either going to love her or hate her. I liked the fact that I felt she was a ‘real’ person with family and personal issues, i could relate to her in most ways.

I very much enjoyed In The wake and I look forward to seeing what Helen brings us next. A solid 4 golden apples.

4 APPLES

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Review of Marrying Mr Valentine by Laura Barnard

Review of Marrying Mr Valentine
by Laura Barnard 
 
 

 
Nadine Roberts smiles for everyone, but beneath it she hides a heartbreaking past that only a few know about. Throwing herself into her new career; wedding planner at The Duck & Goose, a property recently purchased by newlyweds Florence and Hugh, has helped distract her from her loneliness.
 
When a teary bride suddenly cancels her upcoming wedding Nadine looks to the two year waiting list. Clara Blumenkrantz and Hartley Valentine. It’ll have to be a quick turnaround, but what’s the worst that can happen, right?
 
This should be like every other wedding she plans, but the magnetism she feels towards Mr Valentine disrupts the orderly life she’s worked hard to carve out.
 
Can she ignore her intense desires and be a professional? Or will she open up her heart to the one person that has the power to break it? And in doing so endanger not just her job, but her venue’s reputation?
Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or ‘chick lit’ as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She’s a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!

She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!


 
I was offered an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have given it 4 Golden apples .
 
 
I’m seriously hooked on anything written by Laura Barnard and have read all her books now! The writing style flows so easily again in this book and its full of wit, heartbreak and gives you bags of emotions.
An Adventurous Proposal was the book before this and the story continues in Marrying Mr Valentine, withs Flo’s best friend Nadine as the lead lady. This can be read as a stand alone.
 
Nadine Roberts is a wedding planner who always on the go but is hiding away her own pain. Along comes Clara, now I really didn’t like this character and I was often tutting at her actions! Nadine accepts to plan her wedding then she meets the groom to be…Hartley Valentine. Nadine struggles to hide her feeling for Hartley while all the time trying her hardest to be professional.
 
I loved this story. I connected with all the characters, It was fast-paced and easy reading.
 
Another fantastic book from Laura Barnard and a must read.
 4 Golden apples 
 
 
 

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#BlogTour #Review #TheirLastWords by @mrparkerspen @joffebooks @books_n_all

Firstly I’d like to apologise for my review being so late in the day, turns out June doesn’t have 31 days and it’s actually the 1st of July today and not tomorrow, like I though!

Steve, please don’t kill me in your next book 😂 so without further ado let me introduce you to THE most gripping thriller I have read to date! Ladies and gentlemen, THEIR LAST WORDS by Steve Parker

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book blurb

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.
 
A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”
 
Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.
 
Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.
 
THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?
 
How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.
 
This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.
 
Perfect for fans of  Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.
 
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.
 
Detective Sergeant Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.
 
Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.
 

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THE AUTHOR
Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.
 
THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.

meet the author

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

review by nicola

Anyone that knows me or reads my blog will know that I am a HUGE thriller fan and this book blew my mind!

Now a word of warning, this book is grusomely detailed, and I mean really detailed and some scenes had me muttering ‘sweet Lord!’ ‘OMG!’ to the point that I woke my husband up while burning the midnight oil.

A gruesome body on the first page and I was hooked. This book never takes its foot off the gas, as bodies turn up left right and centre Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and his team have their work cut out for them.

There is a little tonge in cheek humour that comes from Johnny Clocks, but I loved him as a character and was probably my favourite next to Dave Jordan.

I will admit I didn’t guess ‘whodunit’ and I had a little GASP when I found out who it was…… it’s always the quiet ones! I will also hold my hands up and say I have 3% of the book left to read (naughty of me I know!) And I’ve been told there’s a little twist awaiting me, I’ll be back to edit my review once I’ve read it.

This action packed, fast paced and truly gripping book is….. well it’s awesome! I will be recommending it to all my friends that enjoy this kind of book. Very easy and VERY well deserved 5 golden apples from me!

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#BlogTour #Review #ShoresOfDeath by @PeterRi13759572 @bwpublishing

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Grace Macallan is at breaking point. All around her, events threaten to run out of control – and a new investigation is testing her to the limit.

An undercover officer is missing and a woman is washed up, traumatised and barely alive, on the shores of Berwickshire. She has witnessed horror on the dark waters of the North Sea, but survival turns her life from a bad dream into a nightmare.

As she untangles the woman’s story, Grace is drawn into a cold-blooded criminal world. At its head is Pete Handyside, a notorious gangland boss who will fight hard and dirty to control his brutal empire and keep the money flowing.

But a traitor in his midst is intent upon betrayal – a betrayal that triggers an uncontrollable wave of violence. As she hones in on crucial evidence, Grace knows that one wrong move could end in tragedy.

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review by nicola

Peter Ritchie does it again!!

A truly gripping read from the first page to the very last and no detail is left out, which is what i love about Peter’s books. I know what i’m getting myself into as soon as i sign up for his tours, i’m intrigued by his knowledge and the passion he has had for this series so far.

I have to admit i have a soft spot for our leading lady, never to shy away even when the tough gets tougher, and this book is certainly  the most grittiest for me. Shes been trough so much in this series and just when i think shes beat she surprises me, i’ll be rooting for her until the very end!

Handyside definitely had my skin crawling, i never want to meet him at the end of a dark ally, that’s for sure….or any of his hunch men! It’s full of violence from the start and plenty of squeamish moments….certainly not for the faint harted.

If you love your books with gripping plot lines that have you up until all hours, so much detail that it reads as a film in your head and bad guys that could be a line up for crime watch then this book…. and series is totally for you!!

I’ve recommended this series to many of my friends, one is even stalking the end of this tour so she can borrow my book! As a stated at the start of my review, this is 3 for 3 and the easiest 5 golden apples ive ever had to give. Here’s hoping for more Grace Macallan in the not too distant future 😀

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#BlogTour #Review #OneSummer by @jhaleauthor @bookouture

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One Summer by Jenny Hale
 
book blurb

One moment can change everything…

Alice Emerson and best friend Sasha Miller have made a pact. They’ve decided to swap city living for the beautiful white beaches of the Outer Banks and pour everything they have into launching an ice cream shop in the little house by the sea where Alice spent blissful childhood holidays with her grandfather. As Alice and Sasha add colour to the walls of the beach house and tempt the locals with their delicious recipes, their fresh new life begins to take shape.

Swept away by her plans, love is the last thing on Alice’s mind. But she keeps running into mysterious doctor Jack Barnes, and finds herself falling for his golden charm and warm smile. As they laugh through sunshine-filled days and long romantic evenings, Alice tries hard not to think he could be the one for her – Jack is only here for the season, and Alice has had her fair share of heartbreak.

Just when Alice’s summer couldn’t be more perfect, she discovers an old letter tucked away in the beach house. It contains a family secret that turns Alice’s world upside down and threatens the future of the ice cream shop. And then Jack reveals a secret of his own…

Will Alice have her dreams shattered and her heart broken, or can she find true happiness this summer?

From the bestselling author of The Summer House, an utterly stunning, uplifting summer romance, about the power of friendship, discovering family secrets, and the beauty of falling in love by the sea.

 
meet the author
 
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When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel.

The rest is history.

When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.

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I’ve never read Jenny Hale’s books before now but I will definitely be a fan of hers now.
The story begins with 2 best friends Alice and Sasha and Alice’s son Henry starting a new business together in a new beach resort. Alice’s falls in love with a man she meets on her first day and soon secrets start to unravel.
The author Jenny Hale has a way of taking you right to the sea side and her descriptions are vivid and intriguing. I couldn’t wait to learn the secrets within the story and it was a real page turner.
The characters of the book are incredibly likeable and it is easy to fall in love with them.
This is the perfect holiday / feel good read and is definitely worth a 5 star rating.
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#BlogTour – No Remorse by @RobertCrouchUK @carolinebookbit

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book blurb

Old sins cast long shadows.

An old man dead. Dementia or murder? Threats won’t stop Kent Fisher from finding out.

At luxury retirement home, Nightingales, appearance matters more than the truth. But what is the truth? Was Anthony Trimble killed as he predicted? If so, who wanted him out of the way, and why?

Kent puzzles over the only clue Trimble left him. Are the numbers a mysterious code that could reveal his dark secret, or items on a takeaway menu?

Kent has to dig deep. Then people start dying.

Will Kent win the race to discover the truth, or become the next victim?


With shades of Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton, No Remorse brings a refreshing twist to the traditional murder mystery.

#1 No Accident:
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2FWW3tC
Amazon US: http://bit.ly/AmUStoNARC   

#2 No Bodies:
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/AmUKtoNBRC
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2GtLY7Q   

#3 No Remorse:
Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/XEVt1P
Amazon US: https://goo.gl/fbqDjV

meet the author

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Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.

At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.

Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.

Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.

To discover more, visit http://rober9tcrouch.co.uk.

 social links

Website:             http://robertcrouch.co.uk/
Twitter: @robertcrouchuk
Facebook Author Page:     https://www.facebook.com/robertcrouchauthor/

review by nicola

Ive jumped straight in with book 3, a book about an Environmental Health Officer, was this really for me? Can humour and mystery really go together?

HELL YEAH!

Robert Crouch certainly has a very good neich there!

The way he mingled both genres together was perfect, I was worried that the two would clash but Robert hit the nail very firmly on the head.

I instantly loved the main character, Kent, and that’s a first for me! It usually takes me a chapter to love a character but there was something about him that I got straight away.

A strong plotted book that kept me turning those pages, in fact I finished it in only a couple of evenings. It’ certainly one I’ll be recommnding and it’ had me picking up books 1 & 2 for my up coming holiday reads!

Easily 4 golden apples from me 😀

4 APPLES

 

 

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#BlogTour – Nowhere Else But Here by @_rachelcotton @inkroadbooks @bwpublishing

Alas we find ourselves on the last tour day for Rachel Cottons debut book, Nowhere Else But Here. So let’s stop, stand and drool at this eye catching cover 😍 and have a read of the blurb…

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book blurb

Rose has always played by the rules now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose dreams of solving.

Then one night Theo turns up on Rose’s doorstep, desperate to hide out at her house. He’s keeping secrets, and Rose has a million questions. Not least why did he choose to run to her?

Letting him in is definitely not in the rulebook. But Theo makes Rose long to break the rules.

After a whirlwind week of brat-pack movies, midnight snacks and non-stop chat, where do Rose and Theo go from here?

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review by nicola

Anyone that follows my blog will probably be shocked to see my name attached to this review BUT I will admit I’m a sucker for a YA every now and then and Rachel definitely sparked my interest with this book, my inner Teen was certainly in her element!

Can I just point out that this author is just 17! That’s right, 17!!

I’m in awe that she has created such a loving book with such emotion within her characters, yep, totally book crushing on Theo Lockhart! The wild child that ran away from home while the whole school looks for him and takes a shinning to the poor girl, Rose, who let’s face it is practically looking after herself seen as her parents are too ‘busy’ with work! I really felt for Rose at these points 😦 seemed like they were only interested in their daughters life once they found out about the boy in her life.

 I loved the chemistry between our two main characters, it wasn’t over the top mushy stuff. There was uncertantity between them at times, always worried how the other would react… I had a couple of ‘awwwwe’ moments during the book, maybe a tear too!

I was really rooting for this couple especially when all was revealed as to why Theo had run away, that really pulled on my heart strings. I enjoyed seeing the loving bond between Rose and her brother Brent, that really moved me as you knew how close these two siblings were, I also enjoyed the banter between them.

If you’re looking for a sweet, feel good summer read then this is definitely one for you.

4 APPLES

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the bloggers involved in this tour. To Ink Road Books for the advanced review copy and snazzy socks and finally to Rachel, i can’t wait to see what you bring us next!

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