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#BlogTour #Review #DeathOnTheRiver by Clare Chase | @clarechase_ @bookouture

Before we kick start this review I would like to wish Clare Chase all the luck in the world for the release of Death on the River.

HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!!

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Title:         Death on the River  

Author:     Clare Chase   

Amazon:   http://geni.us/DotRSocial

Publication Day: 17th October 2018

book blurb    

Meet Tara Thorpe – she’s Cambridge Police’s newest recruit… but her dark past is never far behind her. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.

When a body is pulled from the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of town, everybody assumes it was a tragic accident. But Detective Tara Thorpe, newly joined and determined to prove herself, suspects there’s more to the story.

Tara is desperate to investigate further, but her supervisor Patrick Wilkins has other ideas. He would rather die than let this ambitious upstart show him up – even if it means some digging in Tara’s secret past to keep her under his thumb. After all, it’s not like he can report her – everyone knows that his boss Detective Garstin Blake and Tara have a history…

When another body is found, it becomes clear that there’s a killer on the loose. Could the murders be linked to the secrets that Tara has been keeping from her team… and can she solve the case before another innocent dies?

An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page!

 meet the author

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Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.

After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.

You can find Clare’s website and blog at www.clarechase.com

social links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareChase_

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10204574.Clare_Chase

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

review by nicola

After the harrowing events that occurred in book 1 I didn’t image we would see Tara again, so you can imagine my shock when not only is she back but she’s back as a full fledged police officer!

I loved her character in book 1 but in book 2 she has more edge, isn’t afraid to stand her ground and I absolutely love how she handles Wilkins….. I disliked him in the first book but now he just leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

I enjoyed the chemistry between Tara and Blake, always a will they won’t they feel (I do have a little soft spot for him)

Death on the River is the perfect follow on in this gritty series. Clare has a nack of setting a scene and her characters are easy to see as an actual person.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recomend it to all those that like a gripping read.

5 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review #OneWintersDay by Laura Briggs | @Paperdollwrites @bookouture

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Title: One Winter’s Day  

Author: Laura Briggs

Publication Day: Oct 9th 2018

book blurb

If only falling in love was as easy as baking a cake… 

Ama’s loved baking ever since she can remember. Desserts, cakes, cookies – anything sweet, delicious and sinful. The kitchen is the only place where she can be truly herself.

But – as she starts work on the biggest cake she has ever made – for a couple’s magical winter wedding – she realises just how much she secretly dreams of falling in love too.

Then she meets a handsome man on a motorbike who sets her pulse racing. But Ama knows it can never be. Because he’s her very traditional parents’ absolute worst nightmare… And she knows she can never let them down.

Do her family know best? Or can she trust her heart? And, as the snow begins to fall, will she ever find out what really does go into the recipe for true love?

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

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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

michelle review

This is the first time I have read a book by Laura Briggs so was excited to read this book. The cover drew me in and the book did not disappoint.

The story begins with 3 friends Tessa, Ama and Natalie who all have their own dreams and aspirations. Tessa has always dreamed of her own business, Ama who is a cake baker extraordinaire and Natalie who is a dress designer. Teaming together the 3 friends work together to set up a one stop wedding shop.

This book is a perfect chick lit, it is light hearted and easy to read. The story has all the usual chick lit ingredients , friendship, weddings and romance.

I can’t wait for the next instalment.

4 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review #TheLittleChristmasTeashopOfSecondChances by @donnashc | @bookouture

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 Title: The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances

Publication Day: 02/10/18

Author:   Donna Ashcroft

book blurb

Snow is beginning to fall around the cosy Castle Teashop, with its toasty log fire, scrumptious mince pies and delicious hot chocolates. Romance is in the air and Lily King is hoping some winter magic will help to make her dreams come true…

Twenty-five-year-old Lily King is wondering when her life is going to start. She adores working at the much-loved Castle Teashop, surrounded by familiar faces and delicious cakes. But she’s stuck in a rut. She’s just been dumped by her boyfriend and her dream job seems to be slipping through her fingers.

When her best friend Emily Campbell needs urgent help to organise her enchanting Christmas wedding, Lily realises it’s finally her moment to shine and reach for the opportunities she’s been wishing for. Can she pull off the biggest celebration Castle Cove has ever seen or will something – or someone – make things more complicated than she imagined?

Rebellious and handsome photographer Josh Havellin-Scott has always felt like an outsider, especially next to his perfect older brother, who is about to get married. At the last minute, Josh finds himself roped into plans for the Big Day, the very last thing he wants to do, until he is meets creative and quirky Lily King…

When Lily and Josh are thrown together, it’s clear they couldn’t be more different. But they begin to realise that opposites can attract – and sometimes when you’re not looking for love, it comes and finds you when you least expect it. With some festive magic, will they manage to work together and save the day?

And could they discover a winter romance of their very own along the way?

An utterly scrumptious festive romance about the importance of being true to yourself, following your dreams and opening your heart to second chances. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Debbie Macomber.

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Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

social links

Website: www.donna-writes.co.uk

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Donnashc

michelle reviewThis is my first read from Donna Ashcroft and it certainly put me in the festive spirit.

This is a easy and enjoyable read with
all the ingredients to make a perfect story – romance, Christmas and a wedding.
The story begins with Lily King who is a likeable and relatable character. She puts everyone before herself until she meets Josh, a rebellious and sexy photographer.
When she ends up planning her friends wedding with Josh, Lily begins to open up and become the person she wants to be with help from Josh.
I enjoyed the few different storylines to the book and hope to read more of Donna Ashcrofts books in future.
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#BlogTour #Review #DearMrPopStar by @DerekPhilpott

Before we kick off this post can we take a minute to wish Derek Philpott a very

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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book blurb

For nearly 10 years, ‘Team Philpott’, as their followers fondly refer to them, have been on a quite bonkers crusade, writing good old-fashioned letters to pop and rock stars (sometimes even sent to their home addresses with prior consent!), either picking up on genuine ambiguities within their lyrics or often deliberately misunderstanding them for comedic effect.

The letters are eminently publishable in their own right, mixing sharp wit, confusion, and unarguable logic in relation to questioning the offending chart hits under scrutiny.

What makes this project especially deserving of attention, however, is that it has achieved a feat never before attempted or probably even thought of. With the missives online for all to see on what was becoming a hugely popular website, the artists quite unexpectedly started to reply, writing back in just as witty and articulate a fashion, politely pointing out exactly where the original letter went wrong…or right.

Also, crucially, nearly all of the responses were procured via ”the back door of the industry”, via roadies, mutual fans, cousins of bass players, and even other famous participants telling the artists directly of the Philpotts’ written pressing inquiries. This marvellous online community, which stretched as far afield as Europe, Canada, Japan, the U.S.A, Australia and Stoke, even cultivated and organically evolved the whole surreal venture by offering up willing stars that the authors would probably not have thought of corresponding with themselves, establishing contact through personal connections.

‘Dear Mr. Popstar’’ proudly features nearly 100 of the best letters and responses from famous and legendary names spanning the whole pop and rock spectrum, all relishing their involvement and revealing their own, in many cases, hitherto unknown humorous sides within what could well be the most interactive dialogue compiled between music stars and their audience ever undertaken. Of course, it is not always possible to reach certain targets, hence many unanswered observations are also included, as they were considered too amusing not to be.

Those to be saluted for their great sportsmanship are:- Deep Purple, Dr. from Dr. and The Medics, Nik Kershaw, Judas Priest, Starship, Tears For Fears, The Eurythmics, Wreckless Eric, Smokie, The Strawbs, The Belle Stars, Van Der Graaf Generator, Martha and the Muffins, Thunder, Squeeze, Dean Friedman, Fairground Attraction, The Ruts, Neil Innes from The Bonzo Dog Band, DEVO, Melanie, Alannah Myles, Ian Gillan, Was Not Was, Republica, Then Jerico, Dr. Hook, Toploader, Cutting Crew, Lindisfarne, Spinal Tap, Mott The Hoople, Fuzzbox, Men Without Hats, China Crisis, Mental As Anything, David MacIver and Rupert Hine (Quantum Jump), Timbuk 3, The Rezillos, Saxon, John Otway, The Human League, Chesney and Chip Hawkes, Tenpole Tudor, Shakatak, Katrina and the Waves, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Heaven 17, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, Matthew Wilder, Middle of the Road, Liquid Gold, The Christians, Paper Lace, Dodgy, Daevid Allen, Bruce Woolley, Sad Cafe, The Housemartins, Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Johnny Hates Jazz, The Wurzels, Peter Noone, Suzi Quatro, Strawberry Switchblade, Danny Wilson, Racey, Electric Prunes, The Waitresses, Fiddler’s Dram, Bauhaus, Climax Blues Band, The Jags, EMF, T’Pau, Nu Shooz, Owen Paul, Steve Hackett, Steve Ellis of Love Affair, Hazell Dean, The Knack, The Maisonettes, Del Amitri, The Skids, Jesus Jones, The Soup Dragons, City Boy, Modern Romance, Wang Chung, The Kursaal Flyers, Fischer Z, Bruce Thomas of The Attractions, Scarlet Fantastic, The B52s. Junior, Spear of Destiny, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine.

Ultimately, this book explores how when a song is released into ‘the wild’ the artist loses all control over it, especially pertaining to its interpretation. It is also testimony to the community spirit capable of being created over social media and how positive and fun it can be.

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review by nicola

I read this book while on the school run, parking up that bit early to get a few giggles in, totally forgetting that passers by could see me in my fits and starts!

Possibly a 1 of a kind book that will have you holding your sides, cringing with embarrassment and laughing out loud at some of these letters and responses.

I did have to Google a couple of names and anyone younger than me will probably Google what a fax is (it’s quicker than a letter but not as fast as an email for those that are wondering 😂)

Very much a tongue in cheek read from both the author and the artist, would love to have been a fly on the wall when these were opened!

A super fast and funny read and recommended for everyone who loves a giggle.

4 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review #RavensGathering by @GraemeCumming63 #Lovebooksgrouptours

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book blurb

As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds. Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing. And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them. The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated spot was unnerving. Tanya reached a hand out towards Martin, and was relieved to feel him take it. She felt him move in behind her. After the uncertainty she’d experienced with him in a similar position only a few moments ago, she recognised the irony of her reaction. His closeness offered security.
“You know what they are, don’t you?”

A stranger’s arrival in a small village coincides with a tragic accident. For the Gates family, in particular, it’s more than a coincidence, but unease increases following a brutal attack. As tensions rise, a dark past returns to haunt them and others, while newcomers to the village are drawn into a mystery with terrifying consequences.

And only a select few know why the ravens are gathering.

Buy Link:  https://amzn.to/2zRLzcB

meet the author

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Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country.  He has wide and varied tastes when it comes to fiction so he’s conscious that his thrillers can cross into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as more traditional arenas.

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club. Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

review by nicola

The first thing that drew me to Graeme’s book was the cover, it’s rather eerie and totally fitting for this book!

When the birds descend you know nothing good is going to happen….and you’d be right. Ravens Gathering isn’t my usual read but the blurb (and cover) grabbed me and it didn’t let me go until I finished the very last page. Now make sure you set aside time to read this because you will NOT be putting it down, disconnect the phone, feed the family and then lock yourself away! Graeme pulled me into his world, he wove a web so ‘real’ that I didn’t want to leave (well maybe for the birds). His detail, description and characters left me wanting more and more…. please say there will be more?!?

I really don’t want to give too much away as I want you to go into this book wanting and needing to know what the next page will hold, and trust me it won’t disappoint!

Highly recommend and very easily a 5 golden apples read for me 🙂

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#BlogTour #Review #Fishnet by @kirstininnes @bwpublishing

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Twenty year old Rona Leonard walks out of her sister Fiona’s flat and disappears.

Six years on, worn down by a tedious job, child care and the aching absence in her life, Fiona’s mundane existence is blown apart by the revelation that, before she disappeared, Rona had been working as a prostitute. Driven to discover the truth, Fiona embarks on an obsessive quest to investigate the sex industry. As she is drawn into a complex world, Fiona makes shocking discoveries that challenge everything she believed, and will ultimately change her life forever.

Bittersweet, sensual and rich, Fishnet takes a clear-eyed, meticulously researched, controversial look at the sex industry and the lives of sex workers, questioning our perception of contemporary femininity.

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review by nicola

Kirstin Innes enters the author world with a bang with her debut novel, Fishnet.

You can tell that Kirstin has done her homework for the book, it’s detailed, gritty and will leave you wide eyed at the inside look at the sex industry and it’s works.

This book is very different from what I’m used to reading. The topic and the way in which the book was written took some getting used too, and I did get a little lost a few times (I had to go back a page to get back on track).

I enjoyed how Kirstin didn’t shy away from the the details that went on in Rona’s life, as a reader we needed to know the ins and outs of her work. As for Rona’s family, you’re heart breaks for them not having closure, going over every detail time and time again must be hard for a family and it shows.

A hard hitting read which will have you hugging your loved ones that much more.

3 APPLES

Many thanks to Black and White Publishing for the advanced copy (it’s now on its way to be catalogued for my village library) and to Kirstin Innes for writing such a hard hitting novel.

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#BlogTour #Review #BoneDeep by @22_Ireland   @PolygonBooks   #Lovebooksgrouptours  

Wow it’s been a busy blog day today! I have one final post to share with you today, it’s my review of Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland.

Now, did I save the best for last?

Yes, yes I did!

And why do I think it’s the best? Well Sandra, you got me! You threw a curve ball that I was totally not expecting! So much so that I sat bolt right up on my sun lounger, with a beach full of people chanting Nooooooooo!

This book is not my usual read but you hooked me….. I even tweeted you while in my family holiday to tell you just how hooked I was.

So let’s get to it shall we……

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book blurb

What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person? The consequences threaten to be far-reaching and potentially deadly. Bone Deep is a contemporary novel of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal and murder. This is the story of two women: Mac, who is bent on keeping the secrets of the past from her only son, and the enigmatic Lucie, whose past is something of a closed book. Their story is underpinned by the creaking presence of an abandoned water mill, and haunted by the local legend of two long-dead sisters, themselves rivals in love, and ready to point an accusing finger from the pages of history.

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meet the author

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Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many
years in Limerick, and is now based in Scotland. She
began her writing career as a correspondent on a local
newspaper but quickly realised that fiction is much more
intriguing than fact. She returned to higher education
her 40s, to study for undergraduate and postgraduate
degrees at Dundee University. In 2016 she won Creative
Scotland funding for a residency at Barry Mill, a National
Trust for Scotland property. Her debut novel was Beneath
the Skin (Polygon, 2016).

review by nicola

Where do I start?

First off, I couldn’t work for Mac! So hats off to Lucie for putting up with this woman. These two had their moments with each other but I did enjoy their bond….. until…. well…. you’ll have to read!

Mac comes across as a crazy old bat thats slowly loosing her mind, one minute she’s in the here and now, the next she’s calling you by someone else’s name and rattling on about something you’ve ‘done or said’. Shes a woman that doesnt let a lot of people close to her and i get that now, shes lived a long and secret life and i really enjoyed getting to inravel the nitty gritty details!

As Lucie gets into the swing of her ‘new’ life and working for Mac things are discovered, lines have to be crossed and at points i thought Lucie was loosing the plot along with Mac….. oh how wrong I could have been!

This book kept me wanting more and more with each turn of the page. I loved seeing Lucie open up to people she had only just met and really felt for her when she visited home, what she did was wrong on so many levels but they way both parents treated her, my heart ached for her. I adored how she was with Mac’s son, Arthur. Never really admitting her feelings until everything came tumbling down.

Like I said this isn’t my usual read but there was something about the way Sandra wrote the story that had me coming back for just one more page! I wanted to know the secrets, what was real and what was part of Mac’s story books but never in a million years did I expect what was about to unfold!!

Sandra, i can honestly say you did an amazing job on this book. I can not wait to see what comes from you next!

For me this book is a 5 golden apples read and my copy will be making it’s way to my community run library, I will be recommending it to anyone who will listen…. and they’ll have to seen as I’ll be the one issuing their books 😂

5 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review #Implant by @T1LOM @urbanebooks #LoveBooksGroupTours

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“Ray Clark is a wonderfully inventive writer” – Peter James, author of the bestselling Roy Grace crime thrillers

Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the borders of West and North Yorkshire. Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly discover the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle’s hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen.

Within forty-eight hours, their investigation results in dead ends, more victims, no suspects and very little in the way of solid evidence.

Gardener and Reilly have a problem and a question on their hands: are the residents of Bramfield prepared for one of history’s most sadistic killers, The Tooth Fairy? The detectives race against time to stop the trail of horrific murders…

The perfect read for fans of Peter May, Mark Billingham and Peter James.

meet the author

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The British Fantasy Society published Ray Clark’s first work in 1995 – Manitou Man: The World of Graham Masterton, was nominated for both the World and British Fantasy Awards. In 2009, Ray’s short story, Promises To Keep, made the final shortlist for the best short story award from The Tom Howard Foundation. Ray is based in Goole, and has set his Gardener and Reilly crime series in nearby Leeds.

Website: http://www.thelordofmisrule.net/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/T1LOM

review by nicola

First I’d like to state, unbeknowing to me I have jumped right into book 3 of the Gardner and Reilly series. But this hasn’t effected my review (or at least I don’t feel like it has)

Each chapter of the book has a time frame from when the crime starts, loved this about the book! The story kicks off on a high with a break in, a locked basement and then the discovery of Alex Wilson nailed to the wall!

A total OMG moment!!

Gardner and Reilly are sent on what feels like a wild goose chase by a totally disturbed killer, who obviously plans his murders out, takes great joy in making the victims feel every ounce of terror and pain all the while planning his next kill.

I enjoyed every aspect of this book, from the locations, the crimes and the detectives. Gardner and Reilly work well as a team, get each other’s quirks and sometimes sick sense of humour and seem to know what the other is thinking or even say.

This book had me gripped from the 1st chapter/time frame. I loved how the authors mind works, how he describes locations, characters and crime scenes. I felt like I was part of the team and as time was ticking away I seemed to be turning those pages faster and faster!

This book has had be adding books 1 & 2 to my TBR pile and I know they will be bumped up the list. A truly gripping book that will have you loosing sleep due to turning those pages!

4 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review #MurderOnTheMarshes by @ClareChase @bookouture

Welcome to the last day on Clare’s blog tour for her debut book, Murder On The Marshes.

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Title: Murder on The Marshes   

Author: Clare Chase   

Amazon: mybook.to/MotMSocial

Publication Day: July 31st 2018

book blurb       

Do you love twisty murder mysteries? Meet Tara Thorpe – the clue to a puzzling local murder has landed right on her doorstep. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.

As the sun rises, a wealthy young woman – Samantha Seabrook – is found drowned in the ornamental fountain of a deserted Cambridge courtyard, the only clue – an antique silver chain wound tightly around her throat.

It’s Tara Thorpe’s job to discover what happened to Miss Seabrook – but the case becomes personal when she learns that Samantha had been receiving death threats… rather like the one that landed on Tara’s doorstep the night the woman died.

Together with Detective Inspector Garstin Blake, Tara tracks the killer to the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of the city. But there’s something Tara can’t quite admit to Blake about her past – and it could make all the difference to whether they live… or die.

An absolutely gripping page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page. The first in a series of unputdownable Cambridge mysteries featuring Thorpe and Blake.

 meet the author

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Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.

After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.

You can find Clare’s website and blog at www.clarechase.com

social links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareChase_

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10204574.Clare_Chase

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

review by nicola

This book ticked all the boxes for me, a murder within the first 5 chapters, a gripping story line and characters that are believable, flawed and at points you just want to shake!

It made a change that it was a professor that was murdered on campus and not a student, this quipped my interest even more!

It’s a gripping read that had me turning those pages way after bedtime, I was eager to find out about Tara’s past and what little secrets she was hiding.

I would definitely recommend this book and I’m looking forward to seeing where Clare tales us from here, a brilliant first novel!!

4 APPLES

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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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I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced readers copy of Her Mother’s Grave, to Noelle for organising such and amazing tour (as always) and to Lisa Regan for this brilliant series!

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