Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Cover Reveal: Sharp Edge by Marianne Delacourt

Today I'm excited to be in a position to reveal the cover for Marianne Delacourt's new novel, Sharp Edge (book 4 in the Tara Sharp series).

Without further ado, here it is....

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Blog Tour: Miss Seeton Quilts the Village by Hamilton Crane & Heron Carvic

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for Miss Seeton Quilts the Village by Hamilton Crane and Heron Carvic

Title: Miss Seeton Quilts the Village
Author: Hamilton Crane
Publisher: FarragoPress
Publication Date: 7 September 2017


It's practically a Royal Marriage! The highly eligible son of Miss Seeton's old friends Sir George and Lady Colveden has wed the daughter of a French count. Miss Seeton lends her talents to the village scheme to create a quilted Bayeux Tapestry of local history, inspired by the wedding. But her intuitive sketches reveal a startlingly different perspective involving buried Nazi secrets, and links to the mysterious death of a diplomat and to a South American dictator . . . Serene amidst every kind of skulduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Book Review: Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

Title: Death in Profile
Publication Date: 17 March 2016

Twitter: @GuyFSAuthor


The genteel façade of London’s Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what?

Monday, 14 August 2017

Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Title: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Author: Natasha Pulley
Publication Date: 2 July 2015 (ebook) or 14 July 2016 (paperback)

Twitter: @natasha_pulley


In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. When the watch saves Thaniel's life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely Japanese immigrant. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library, desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Cover Reveal: Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy

Today on the blog we have the exciting cover reveal for Vivian Conroy's upcoming book - Fatal Masquerade.

Fatal Masquerade is the fourth book in the Lady Alkmene cosy mystery series and follows Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois in a gripping new adventure at a masked ball. 

Without further ado, here's the cover....

Friday, 4 August 2017

Book Review: One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

Title: One Little Mistake
Author: Emma Curtis
Publisher: Transworld Digital and Black Swan
Publication Date: 23 February 2017 (ebook) and 15 June 2017 (paperback)

Twitter: @emmacurtisbooks



Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there's only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you're careless with those you love, you don't deserve to keep them . . .

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Book Review: The Girl in the Spider's Web (continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series) by David Lagercrantz

Title: The Girl in the Spider's Web
Author: David Lagercrantz
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Publication Date: 7 April 2016


Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch for some time.

Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder. Warned that his life is in danger, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story - and it is a terrifying one.

More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker.

It seems that Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters - and a violent criminal conspiracy that will very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team, and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Book Events: Beauty & the Beast Screening, Afternoon Tea & Book Swap

This time last week I had the pleasure of attending a special screening celebrating Disney’s DVD/Blu-ray release on 17th July of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, followed by an afternoon tea and book swap.

The event was arranged by the lovely Juliana Fenton from Premier and it was a lovely surprise to receive the invitation.

The event started at 10am, so after a bleary-eyed trek into London, I arrived at the Covent Garden Hotel where I was pleasantly surprised to find that instead of a conference room (as I had anticipated), the hotel actually has a private screening room downstairs which I estimate seats around 40-50 people in total.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Book Review: My Mother's Shadow by Nikola Scott

Title: My Mother’s Shadow
Author: Nikola Scott
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication Date: 30 May 2017

Twitter: @nikola_scott

Rating: 4 out of 5


Hartland House has always been a faithful keeper of secrets...

1958. Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother's illness, Liz spends the summer with the wealthy Shaw family. They treat Liz as one of their own, but their influence could be dangerous...

Now. Addie believes she knows everything about her mother Elizabeth and their difficult relationship until her recent death. When a stranger appears claiming to be Addie's sister, she is stunned. Is everything she's been told about her early life a lie?

How can you find the truth about the past if the one person who could tell you is gone? Addie must go back to that golden summer her mother never spoke of...and the one night that changed a young girl's life for ever. 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Book Review: What Alice Knew by T.A. Cotterell

Title: What Alice Knew
Author: T. A. Cotterell
Publisher: Transworld Books
Publication Date: 1 December 2016 –ePub ; 4 May 2017 - Paperback

Twitter: @TACotterell1

Rating: 4 stars


How far would you go to keep a secret?

Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Book Review: Woman of the Hour by Jane Lythell

Title: Woman of the Hour

Author: Jane Lythell

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Publication Date: 14 July 2016

Twitter: @janelythell

Rating: 4 Stars


Meet Liz Lyon: respected TV producer, stressed-out executive, guilty single mother.

StoryWorld is the nation's favourite morning show, and producer Liz Lyon wants to keep it that way. Her job is to turn real-life stories into thrilling TV – and keep a lid on the scandals and backbiting that happen off-stage.

But then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a game of one-upmanship where she doesn't know the rules. As the power struggle intensifies, can Liz keep her cool and keep her job? Does she even want to?

In this gripping novel of power, rivalry and betrayal, Jane Lythell draws on her experiences of working in the glamorous, pressurised world of live TV.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Blog Tour & Review: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 20 December 2016

Twitter: @concretekraken
Website: https://mjwesolowskiauthor.wordpress.com/ 

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Blog Tour & Review: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley

Title: The Little Theatre by the Sea
Author: Rosanna Ley
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 9 March 2017

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for The Little Theatre by the Sea, the new release from Rosanna Ley.


Faye has just completed her degree in interior design when she finds herself jobless and boyfriend-less. While debating what to do next she receives a surprise phone call from her old college friend Charlotte who now lives in Sardinia and is married to Italian hotelier, Fabio.When Charlotte suggests that Faye relocate for a month to house-sit, Faye wonders if a summer break in sunny Sardinia might be the perfect way to recharge her batteries and think about her future. But then Charlotte tells Faye that there's something more behind the sudden invitation: her friends Marisa and Alessandro are looking for a designer to renovate a crumbling old theatre they own in the scenic village of Deriu. The idea certainly sounds appealing to Faye, but little does she know what she's letting herself in for if she accepts this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 


Thanks to Quercus for providing me with an advanced copy of The Little Theatre by the Sea and inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

The story follows Faye Forrester who, having from University after successfully completing her degree in Interior Design, finds herself flying to Sardinia to housesit for her school friend, Charlotte and her entrepreneurial husband Fabio. Faye’s visit has a dual purpose as she is also asked to advise on the renovation of a little village theatre. Unfortunately Faye soon finds herself unwittingly caught in the middle of a long-standing feud between the Deriu villagers and the Rinaldi family as to the ownership of the theatre.

The first thing to mention about this story is the setting. Ley does a fantastic job of transporting the reader into life in the relaxed, sun-kissed town of Deriu. She successfully captures the feeling of village life in Sardinia through her descriptions of the hidden coves, secret beaches and mouth-watering food. Whilst Sardinia is the predominate setting, Ley also takes her time to describe the charming historical county of Dorset, with its clifftop walks and small market towns – a quintessentially English setting.

The main draw for me whilst reading The Little Theatre by the Sea were the layers of history and long-held secrets which tie the characters to their lives. As those layers very gradually unfold, we learn more about those characters and their ties to either their families and/or to the theatre.

The way the story is told allows some fluidity to the characters. My feelings about them changed as the plot unfolded and this added some interest to the story. My main interest lay with the supporting characters of Pascale de Montis and Faye’s mother Molly – two characters so deeply affected by the past that they almost find it difficult to live in the present.

The story is told at a gentle pace which seems to mirror the pace of life in sunny Sardinia. It is only towards the very end that the pieces of the story are all tied together in quite a dramatic ending. It certainly held my interest until the end!

Overall, The Little Theatre by the Sea is an enjoyable read. Although, a word of warning, don’t read this book in the winter like I did as it makes you simply crave a holiday! It combines sunshine, beautiful settings, scrumptious food, romance and a little bit of intrigue – perfect for a summer read.

About the Author

Rosanna Ley is the bestselling author of novels including Return to Mandalay and The Villa and Last Dance in Havana. She has sold well over a million copies of her books. In February 2015 Return to Mandalay was shortlisted for the RNA Award for the Epic Romantic Novel. She has written numerous articles and short stories for magazines, and her novels have been published in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Portugal, Lithuania, Turkey and the Czech Republic. The Villa is also published by Quercus in the US. 

Rosanna has also worked as a creative writing tutor for over 20 years. She has led courses for colleges and universities in England, and runs her own writing retreats in the UK and abroad in Italy and Spain. She has worked with community groups in therapeutic settings and completed an MA in Creative Writing for Personal Development in order to support this. She also runs a manuscript appraisal service to appraise and mentor the work of new writers.  She is married with children and lives in Dorset.  

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I'm the last stop on this tour, however you can catch up with the earlier posts as listed below:-

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Book Events: Books and The City / Simon Schuster UK Spring Blogger Event 2017

One huge perk of blogging (other than getting to read so many fantastic books!) is being invited to events where I get to mix with authors, publishers and other book bloggers.

On 2nd February 2017, Books and the City (@TeamBATC) held their annual Spring Blogger Evening at the Simon and Schuster (@simonschusterUK) HQ in London. I have attended this event for 3 years now and it is always an absolutely fantastic evening, largely down to the hosting skills of the HILARIOUS Sara-Jade (@BookMinxSJV) and her exceptional team at BATC.

On arrival, I was really excited to see some friendly faces and to catch up with my fellow bloggers. Whilst I feel as though I know a lot of bloggers through Twitter, it really is fantastic to catch up face to face. Obviously, this involves a lot of book chat and laughter! In particular, it was fantastic to get reacquainted with my old blogger friends Mary, Annette, Linda, Rachel, Julie, Sophie (and everyone else whom I've forgotton to mention!) and meet some lovely bloggers whom I've not had chance to meet before.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Food & Drink: The Giggling Squid, Wokingham

As an early Valentine's Day surprise, my husband treated me to an evening at The Giggling Squid, a Thai restaurant which has recently opened in Wokingham, Berkshire. My husband knew that I was keen to give it a try, despite not always being overly keen on Thai food himself (he has an odd hatred of lemongrass!).

Photo credit: http://www.hospitalityandcateringnews.com/2016/12/giggling-squid-bring-flavours-thailand-wokingham/

I understand that the chain has been around since 2002, although I had not heard the name prior to the restaurant opening in Wokingham. I have read that it was started by Pranee and her husband in a tiny fisherman's cottage in Brighton. The company now boasts 21 restaurants throughout the UK.

When we arrived, we found the interior of the restaurant to be stylish and full of character, boasting some eye-catching ceiling decorations. Whilst we were left waiting in the reception area for quite a while, when a member of staff did approach, we quickly found ourselves seated and ready to order drinks. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Blog Tour & Review: Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson

I am delighted to welcome you to today's stop on the blog tour for Ragnar Jonasson's latest crime novel, Rupture.

Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Title: Rupture
Publisher: Orenda
Publication Date: 24 December 2016 (Kindle) and 15 January 2017 (paperback)

Twitter: @ragnarjo

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them. 

Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.


Thank you to Karen at Orenda books for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing a copy of Rupture for review.

Rupture is the fourth book in Jónasson's Dark Iceland series, featuring police officer Ari Thor and the isolated town of Siglufjordur. This is one of the few series I have read where I can honestly say that each book is even better than the last! 

As the book opens, things are not going so well for the citizens of Siglufjordur. The town is in quarantine due to a suspected outbreak of haemorrhagic fever. Everyone is staying indoors, in the safety of their homes. This gives an immediate element of claustrophobia to the tale.

With Siglufjordur a veritable ghost town, Ari Thor needs something to occupy his mind. When asked to look into a cold-case, Ari Thor finds his interest piqued and is determined to get to the bottom of the decades-old mystery.

We also become reacquainted with news reporter, Ísrún, who is finding herself stretch in several directions; worrying about her health, acting as go-between for her estranged parents and attempting to establish herself at work.

The story proceeds at a good pace, complete with a few twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. The plotline contains several threads for the reader to follow: a child abduction, a hit-and-run accident and a suspicious death. Jónasson is certainly skilled at smoothly bringing together seemingly unconnected storylines.

The writing is, for me, one of the highlights of Rupture and the earlier books in the Dark Iceland series. Jónasson writing style is particularly to-the-point and feels almost sparse at times, yet there is a poetic element to his prose which compliments the bleak elegance of the tale. Each word feels as though it has been intentionally chosen to draw the reader into the pages and immerse them in this fictional world.

I like Ari Thor as a character and I was interested to read his interactions with Ísrún, whom we have already met in Jónasson's earlier book, Blackout. Their different investigatory styles seem to compliment each other and they certainly made a good partnership. I hope that we see Ísrún once again in any further additions to this series.

Rupture is a great crime novel - a classic mystery with a contemporary nordic twist. It creeps up on you, gripping your attention until you just can't put it down. A beautifully bleak, intelligent and atmospheric tale which I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend.

About the Author

Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, and currently works as a lawyer, while teaching copyright law at the Reykjavík University Law School. In the past, he’s worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. Ragnar set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) in Reykjavík, and is co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. Ragnar’s debut thriller Snowblind became an almost instant bestseller when it was published in June 2015, with Nightblind (winner of the Dead Good Reads Most Captivating Crime in Translation Award) and then Blackout following soon after. To date, Ragnar Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, which has been optioned for TV by On the Corner, and had rights sold in fourteen countries. He lives in Reykjavík with his wife and two daughters.

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Blog Tour

I am one of the last stops, so why not check out the earlier stops on the Rupture blog tour. Details as listed below.

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Blog Tour & Book Review: Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

I am delighted to be one of today's stop on the blog tour for the FANTASTIC debut novel Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb. I have the honour of sharing today's stop with the wonderful Sophie at Book Drunk, formerly Reviewed the Book (you must check out her new blog - it's great!).

Title: Deep Down Dead
Author: Steph Broadribb
Publisher: Orenda
Publication date: 5 January 2017

Twitter: @Crimethrillgirl and @Orendabooks

Website: www.crimethrillergirl.com 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 


Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that's when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she's assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori's former mentor - the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past. Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida's biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where 'bad things never happen', but he's also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they're ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Book Review: Nighblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Title: Nightblind
Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 1 December 2015

Twitter: @ragnarjo

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. 

Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. 

The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman - shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. 

With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Book Review: Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Title: Snowblind
Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 20 April 2015

Twitter: @ragnarjo

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. 

Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik - with a past that he’s unable to leave behind. 

When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. 

An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness - blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose. 

Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent, taking Nordic Noir to soaring new heights.