Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Blog Tour & Extract: Box of Bones by Peter Morfoot



Title:  Box of Bones
Author: Peter Morfoot
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 3 April 2018
Genre: Thriller

Twitter: @PeterMorfoot

I am delighted to have an exclusive extract for today's stop on the blog tour for Box of Bones, the third novel in the Captain Darac series by Peter Morfoot. 

First, it might help to have some idea of the what to expect from Box of Bones.

Blurb

It is Carnival time in Nice, and for three weeks the boulevards are alive with dancers, jugglers and musicians. Amid the colour and pageantry, a man suffers a fatal fall – the first in a series of suspicious deaths. 

Captain Paul Darac of the Brigade Criminelle is sure the answer lies in the mystery surrounding a daring bank heist, supposedly resolved years ago. But the reopening of the case rattles his usually equable relationship with his boss, and soon the safety of his friends, his colleagues and his family is at stake.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Book Review: The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore



Title: The Temptation of Gracie
Author: Santa Montefiore
Publication Date: 12 July 2018

Twitter: @santamontefiore

Blurb

Never give up on your dreams, no matter how long you hold on to them...

When Gracie Burton stumbles upon an advertisement for a week long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, she cannot resist, and ploughs her life savings into the trip.

Her own family - daughter Carina and granddaughter Anastasia - are hesitant about what has prompted this seemingly random venture.

But they have no sense of Gracie's past; of what could possibly be calling her to Italy. They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them ...

Bestselling author, Santa Montefiore, returns with an unforgettable tale of love lost and rediscovered, set across the beautiful landscape of Italy.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard



Title: We Were the Salt of the Sea
Author: Roxanne Bouchard
Translated by: David Warriner
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 28 February 2018

Website: roxannebouchard.comwww.orendabooks.co.uk
Twitter: @RBouchard72@OrendaBooks

Category/Genre: Literary/Crime Fiction

Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard.

Blurb

Truth lingers in murky waters...

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman's nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man's heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he's thrown into the deep end of the investigation.

On Quebec's outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen's wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It's enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky...

Both a dark and consuming crime thriller and a lyrical, poetic ode to the sea, We were the Salt of the Sea is a stunning, page-turning novel, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Books and the City's Spring Blogger Evening 2018




The Books and the City annual bloggers evening is always a fantastic event in which book bloggers and authors indulge in some shamelessly bookish conversation and eat the most fabulous cupcakes! It really is the highlight of my book events calendar and 2018 proved to be no exception.

First up was the chance to catch up with some of my lovely blogger friends, whom I only get to see once or twice a year, as well as meeting some other book blogger who I hadn't met in person before. It was also lovely to chat with the publishing team and meet the ten authors SJV and the team had arranged to be in attendance for the evening, several of whom I had met before.  It's great to get the opportunity to meet the person behind a book  and they seemed to be enjoying the evening just as much as the bloggers  





Next up was the official part of the evening - all ten authors read a 60 second (with strict instructions for the reading to be not a second longer!) excerpt from their most recent books and answered a few questions put to them by the lovely Jo Dickinson. Those authors and books deserve a brief introduction, so here goes...

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Book Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter




Title: Bonfire
Author: Krysten Ritter
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital & Windmill Books (Penguin RandomHouse)
Publication Date: 9 November 2017 (ePub & hardback), 9 August 2018 (paperback)

Twitter: @krystenritter

Blurb

Nothing burns as bright as the truth.

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's economic heart, she begins to find strange connections to a decade-old scandal involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

But as Abby tries desperately to find out what happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret, her search threatens the reputations, and lives, of the community and risks exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Fire Pit by Chris Ould



Title: The Fire Pit (A Faroes novel #3)
Author: Chris Ould
Publisher:  Titan Books
Publication date:  20 February 2018


Previous publications: The Blood Strand & The Killing Bay

Curious Ginger Cat is delighted to host today’s stop on the blog tour for Chris Ould’s most recent release, The Fire Pit.

Blurb

“A winner for fans of both Scandinavian and British procedurals... a complicated tangle of secret motivations that fans of Henning Mankell and Elizabeth George will appreciate.” BOOKLIST (starred review) on THE BLOOD STRAND

In the wake of a dying man’s apparent suicide, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered on a windswept hillside. Detective Hjalti Hentze suspects that it is the body of a Norwegian woman reported missing forty years earlier, while a commune occupied the land, and whose death may be linked to the abduction and rape of a local Faroese girl.

Meanwhile British DI Jan Reyna is pursuing his investigation into his mother’s suicide. But as he learns more about her final days, links between the two cases start to appear: a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades. And as Hentze puts the same pieces together, he realizes that Reyna is willing to go further than ever before to learn the truth…

Friday, 23 February 2018

Book Review: The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton #SundayLunchClub


Title: The Sunday Lunch Club
Author: Juliet Ashton
Publication Date:  19 April 2018
Twitter: @julietstories

Blurb

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don't make any afternoon plans.

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way.

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis



Title: Unconvicted
Author: Olly Jarvis
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 29 January 2018

Twitter: @ollyjarviso


Genre: Legal Thriller
Previous books in the series: Cut-Throat Defence


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Olly Jarvis’ new contemporary legal thriller, Unconvicted, and a big thank you to Ellie Pilcher from Canelo for inviting me to take part in the tour.


Blurb


In a razor-sharp legal thriller, Jack Kowalski must win two challenging trials to save his reputation and his career.


Junior barrister Jack Kowalski is crushed. His client Timothy Smart appears to have committed a monstrous crime while on bail – a bail application Jack fought hard to win.


When a high-profile Polish footballer is charged with rape and demands a fellow countryman represent him, Jack must overcome his guilt and get back to work. Before long he takes on a second case, a GBH for instructing solicitor Lara Panassai, who Jack remains desperate to impress. But neither case is what it seems, and Jack will face an extraordinary uphill battle to see that justice is done…


The second Jack Kowalski novel, Unconvicted is a gripping courtroom drama written with the expert insight of a practicing criminal barrister, perfect for fans of William L. Myers, Deborah Hawkins, and Scott Turow. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Book Review: Midsummer Dreams by Alison May


Title: Midsummer Dreams
Author: Alison May
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Date: 12 January 2015

Twitter: @MsAlisonMay

Blurb

Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything … 

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.
 
Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself. 

Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.
 
Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach. 

At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Book Review: Just the Way You Are by Lynsey James



Title: Just The Way You Are
Author: Lynsey James
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 8 May 2015

Twitter: @Lynsey1991

Blurb

Dear Ava,
How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart? 

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can't remember the last time she had a second date. It's a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.

Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two - she's in love with someone else. Someone she's never even met.

It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer... but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.

Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she's determined to unmask Mr Writer... and find out once and for all if he's Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!

Review

Things just aren’t going well for Ava. She’s unlucky in love, lost out on a job to her awful colleague and her best friend’s girlfriend hates her!

Just when things seem at their worst, an old secret admirer pops out of the woodwork. Ava had received letters from ‘Mr Writer’ six years earlier and despite those letters stopping, Ava has never really been able to get over this anonymous admirer. Who is Mr Writer? Should she put her trust in him again after her let her down 6 years previously? Could she cope with further rejection? Is it wrong to use the situation as a story to push herself ahead at work? So many questions are milling around in Ava’s head…

If you’ve ever had a secret admirer, you’ll know what an odd experience it is. There’s someone out there who knows you, someone who might be your perfect match, someone who you may never have thought of in that way before. Would you want to know who that admirer is or would you be scared that their identity could prove to be a disappointment…?

Just The Way You Are is a heart-warming story with an intriguing premise. The plot is well-constructed and well-paced. It will grab the reader’s attention, as will the little sub-plots that help push the book along (particularly Ivy’s story).

The characters are appealing and likeable. Ava is a great protagonist and Gwen and Max are certainly the type of friends that everyone needs by their side – supporting Ava through the rough patches in her life. Even the antagonist (Maddie) is great fun to dislike!

Just The Way You Are is chock full of friendship, romance and fun. A great read for fans of romances and ‘chick-lit’.

About the Author

LYNSEY JAMES was born in Fife and is an incurable bookworm. A careers adviser at school once told her writing wasn’t a “good option”, so Lynsey has tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. Now, she finally has fulfilled her dream and is writing full-time. When not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Matthew Gray Gubler finally realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day… Follow her on Twitter at @Lynsey1991



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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Book Review: Her Husband's Lover by Julia Crouch


Title: Her Husband’s Lover
Author: Julia Crouch
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 26 January 2017 (ePub) 15 June 2017 (paperback)


Blurb

She stole her husband. Now she wants to steal her life.

After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start.

Her husband Sam is dead. Her children, too, are gone, victims of the car accident in which he died.

Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her to death if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though.

But then she never thought that he would betray her with a woman like Sophie.

And now Sophie is determined to take all that Louisa has left. She wants to destroy her reputation and to take what she thinks is owed her – the life she would have had if Sam had lived.

Her husband’s lover wants to take her life. The only question is will Louisa let her?

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Book Review: Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell





Title: Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay
Author: Jill Mansell
Publisher:  Headline Review
Publication Date: 12 January 2017

Twitter: @JillMansell

Blurb

MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY is a romantic, funny and unputdownable new novel about love and friendship from Jill Mansell, bestselling author of THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT and YOU AND ME, ALWAYS - 'A glorious, heartwarming romantic read' Woman & Home. Perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan.

Love is in the air in St Carys, but you'd never know it - the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets...

The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings - but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed.

For the first time in Ronan's life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option.

Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn't quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface.

The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed...

Friday, 26 January 2018

Book Review: Pretty is by Maggie Mitchell



Title: Pretty Is
Author: Maggie Mitchell
Publisher: Orion
Publication date: 2 July 2015

Facebook: MaggieMitchellAuthor


Blurb


Lois and Carly-May are just twelve years old when they're abducted, driven across the country, and imprisoned in a remote, isolated hunting lodge for two months. That summer, under the watchful gaze of their kidnapper, they form a bond which will never be broken . . .


Decades later, both Lois and Carly-May have built new lives and identities for themselves. Lois, a professor of literature, is shaken when an obsessive student reminds her of the man who kidnapped her, a man she saw shoot himself on the porch twenty years before.


Out in LA, Carly-May is drinking too much and watching her beauty-queen looks fade, clinging to the last remnants of a once-promising career as an actress. When she reads a shockingly familiar screenplay, she warily she takes a role she knows is based on events from her own life.


Increasingly haunted by the devastating experience that shaped both their lives, Lois and Carly-May are drawn together again in a world that both echoes and falsifies their beautiful, terrible story.


An enthralling portrait of two haunted young women, this remarkable debut novel explores the very nature of survival.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Blog Tour: Deep BlueTrouble by Steph Broadribb




Title: Deep Blue Trouble
Author: Steph Broadribb
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 15 November 2017

Twitter: @CrimeThrillGirl  /  @OrendaBooks

Blurb

Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row.

Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger.

With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything...

Breathlessly paced, and bursting with high-voltage action and edge-of-your-seat jeopardy, Deep Blue Trouble is the unmissable next instalment featuring one of the most memorable and fearless female characters in crime fiction.