My review of Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson

“There are going to be so many things I wish I could’ve told you in person, Poppy. I won’t get the chance to do that, so perhaps this is my only way…”

It’s Poppy Kinsey’s birthday.  She should be blowing out candles and opening presents – but hers falls on the type of heart-wrenching, agonising anniversary she would far rather forget.  The worst day of them all. The day her mother died.  But this year is special because the person she misses most in the world has left her a set of letters, one for each of her next ten birthdays.  As Poppy opens them year by year, she discovers that no matter how tough life gets, her mum will always be by her side, guiding her along the way.

I have read quite a few of Kerry Wilkinson’s books in the crime and police procedural genre so I was interested to see if he could make the switch to another genre.  I started the book with an open mind and I have to honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I loved the concept of the letters that Poppy received and I also enjoyed that each chapter of the book was a new chapter in the years of her life.  It was written really well and I found myself really looking forward to reading the next chapter and hoping that she got the happy ending that she deserved.  Its a lovely book and I highly recommend it – 5 stars from me.  Definitely one I’d recommend and the book is released today so you can grab your copy now!

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My review of Chase Me by Sharon Kleve

Sage McGuire had a great job she loved. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her long-time boss, Mr. Smithfield, had an accident involving an over-sized rubber band. When Mr. Smithfield’s semi-worthless son, Daniel, takes over Smithfield Laboratories Sage figures it’s time to turn her childhood dream of being a PI into reality.

After a night of unadulterated, mind-blowing sex Sage mistakes Sergeant Carter Morgan of the Portland Police Department for a serial killer and runs for the hills, but his sexy pinecone scent and black leather pants have her coming back for more.

Sage’s wild spirit, crazy red hair, and quirky sense of humour take Carter for the ride of his life and he’s more than willing to stick around and see what kind of trouble Sage can get herself into next.

I was lucky enough to be contacted by Sharon and asked if I wanted to review a copy of this book and I am so glad that I said yes – I loved it! It was a really fun read and I enjoyed it from the first to last pages. It’s a good solid story and I really fell in love with the characters – another fantastic book from Sharon and looking forward to reading more of the same! 5 stars – a lovely, cosy read – very highly recommended 🙂

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My review of Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.  A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.  Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.  Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.   As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

Oh my goodness, I loved this book!!  I have read every book now that Caroline Mitchell has released and I have loved them all, so I was really excited when I got an opportunity to read and review and advanced review copy of her latest book… and boy did she smash it!  I couldn’t put it down!!

The story is dark, twisted and full of detail. I loved Ruby’s character from the first book and in this one she has developed even more, you can read this one as a stand alone, but I’d recommend reading the first in the series if you can.  I loved the story concept and its done really well, I put down the book I was ready when this one arrived on my Kindle and was so glad that I did, its a wicked storyline in so many ways and I would love to know where the inspiration came from for this book as it’s definitely one of the best I’ve read lately in the crime genre- 5 stars no hesitation

 

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My review of The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.  The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?  The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.  As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?  Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

OMG!!  I honestly loved this book, it was an absolutely brilliant read from the first chapter and I have already recommended it to friends and family.  I loved the main character of Detective Lottie Parker, she had just right amount of baggage to make her a character you could really feel for and I found myself to be routing for her throughout the book.  The book covers some really tough subjects and Patricia has clearly done her research and they are dealt with really well.  The descriptions, plot, pace and characters are all spot on and I did not hesitate to give it 5 stars and its out now for you to grab a copy!  And even better news is that the second book in the series is now on pre-order (The Stolen Girls) and is due out on 6th July 2017 – after reading the first, I definitely can’t wait for the second in the series!!

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My review of Lie to Me by Jess Ryder

We’re going to tell our story and then it will all stop and Mummy will be safe. You want Mummy to be safe, don’t you?

Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother she’s never known.  Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera?  The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?  To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…

I was really looking forward to reading this book after reading the blurb provided by the publishers, I love a good psychological thriller so was really pleased when this one lived up to my expectations!  Its a fast paced read from the first chapter and I read it in less than a day… as I really, really wanted to know what was going to happen to Meredith and the build up had been great.  There were a few parts that were expected but a few good twists and turns towards the end did surprise me.  It’s really very good as a debut novel too – 5 stars from me.  It has been released today so its available now for you to grab your copy 🙂

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My review of A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s latest book, A Wedding in Italy… check out my review below!

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Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to looking for love, there’s no place like Rome – but once Kate’s found her man, can she keep him?

Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo.

All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material.

With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale?

This is the second book in the From Italy With Love series (I posted my review about the first book earlier this month so you can catch that further down the feed).  I was really keen to get my hands on this book and I was genuinely excited and looking forward to seeing where the story of Kate and Alessandro would go, would they make it? Would the family approve? Well having now finished it I can say that I really loved it – lots of twists and turns, a rollercoaster of emotions at times but it all ended as I hoped and it really is “a feel good summer holiday romance” as it claims and its one I’d definitely recommend you get for any summer holidays where you can relax and lie in the sun.  I have been a huge fan of this authors works for a while and this one is excellent – 5 stars from me!

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A Wedding In Italy

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About the author

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.
 

 

My review of Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case. While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?  Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

I loved this book and thought that it was just brilliant! I have been a fan of Robert Bryndza’s books for some years now and have really enjoyed the Erika Foster series after he made the transition over in to the very competitive crime genre. I have thoroughly enjoyed and loved every Erika book in the series so far and for me the stories and characters have just developed as the series have progressed.

This book is a real page turner and I read it in just over a day (work got in the way!) and I already cannot wait for the next one in the series. This for me is easily the best one so far and really deserves its 5 stars – thoroughly enjoyable and loved the story from start to end.

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