My Week In Books – or rather My Two Weeks In Books because I forgot :) #MeAndMyBooks

Yes I could try and find a reason for why I didn’t post last weeks weekly book round up but in all honesty I forgot. By the time I remembered it was dinner time on Monday and I was due to go to bed ready for my night shift.

So here is what I read for the week ending 4th Oct…

One Fatal Night by Helene Fremont was set in Sweden and it had a noirish feel to it. You can read my full review HERE as it was on my Blog yesterday. A story that is mysterious and full of dark secrets, quite fast paced and enjoyable reading that I would happily recommend.


I have been looking forward to catching up with the creations of Caroline James and it was an absolute pleasure to read Boomerville at Ballymegille. Once again Caroline has absolutely nailed it with a fun read that does have its sad moments and risky ones as well, but so well balanced and just a fabulous read, I loved it and would most definitely recommend it.


This is a book I have been looking forward to reading and it was absolutely brilliant. The Nesting by C.J Cooke is a mystery with a folk tale gothic feel to it and the setting of a creepy old house in the middle of the woods in Sweden adds to the atmospherics. A fabulous cover and a fabulous read.


Well three books read for the week I forgot. Now onto what I read last week…

Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten is the third in her her D.C. Maggie Jamieson series and it does continue from where the last book left off. It has a different feel to the previous other two and has a more personal feel to the main protagonist of Maggie. The case has more of a police procedural and also Maggie is right in the midst of things and trying to keep her head above water. Another excellent read in the series and one that I would happily recommend.


The Chalet by Catherine Cooper had me hooked very quickly as the story of a 20 year old mystery is finally solved. This was intriguing and had me guessing as the full implications that are finally revealed. Some shocks and twists in the time slip story and a cracking read that I would definitely recommend.


The Tea Room on the Bay by Rachel Burton was a delightful book that kept me reading and only stopping to eat my tea, a lovely story of community, friendship, tea and a romance. Ellie doesn’t find running the tea shop plain sailing and the author has some wonderful characters to join her to create but a really lovely story and one that I would definitely recommend.


Occasionally a non-fiction will catch my eye and it is always a surprise when one does as I don’t actively hunt down specific subjects or themes. Rough Magic – Riding the world’s wildest horse race by Lara Prior-Palmer is a fantastic book that I absolutely adored. Lara decided that at 19 she would take part in one of the toughest endurance races in the world. It involves 100km on 25 different horses over 7 days her impulsive decision probably helped her as well as her determination. An absolutely brilliant book and once I had finished reading it I hopped over to google to find some videos to put faces to the names in the book. A story that I would absolutely and most definitely recommend.


A good range of 7 books over 14 days, mystery, thriller, humour, romance, adventure and all excellent reads, some for Blog Tours and some from Netgalley so keep your eye out over the next few weeks for the reviews.

Have a wonderful week and I wish you all the best and happy reading

Yvonne xx

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One Fatal Night by Helene Fermont @HeleneFermont #OneFatalNight @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for One Fatal Night by Helene Fremont on the final day of the Blog Tour My huge thanks to Emma at damppebbles blog tours for my spot on the tour and for arranging my e-copy of this book/ Let me show you what it’s all about…

Synopsis…

One woman’s quest for revenge unearths a fatal secret from her past.

Astrid Jensen holds one man responsible for her mother’s suicide, and she’ll do whatever’s necessary to get close to Daniel Holst and destroy his life – even if it means sleeping with him to gain his trust. Astrid knows he’s not who he pretends to be. But before she can reveal his dark secret, people from her mother’s past start turning up dead, and it looks like she and Daniel are next. In order to survive, she might have to put her trust in the man she has hated for so long.

Daniel Holst has worked hard to climb into Norway’s most elite and glamorous circles, and he’s not about to let any woman bring him down. But when a psychopathic killer starts murdering people from his shadowy past, he discovers that the only person who might be able to save him is the woman who wants to destroy him.

As Astrid digs deeper into her past, she uncovers secrets long buried and realizes everything she once believed is based on lies. What began as a quest to avenge her mother’s death becomes a desperate struggle for survival and leads to the truth about what happened one fatal night ten years ago—and the surprising mastermind behind the most recent murders.

If you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Debbie Howells, you’ll love this character driven thriller with a noir edge.

Purchase from…

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My Review…

This book has quite a curious start. Astrid is flirting with her boss Daniel and as it goes further the author brings a sense of revulsion into play from Astrid’s perspective. Astrid has ulterior motives for getting close to this man. Daniel’s second in command as such is Joel, he is head of security and also the two have been best mates for years.

The story of the past is gradually revealed in this fast-paced mystery thriller. I was soon quickly turning the pages as I greedily wanted to know more about why and how the characters in this story are connected.

Now, I did mention it was fast-paced, at times I felt it was a little too fast, not a criticism as such but I would have liked a little more. I found the jumps between the links came a little too thick and fast and this gave the impression of it being too coincidental. Putting that aside though it was very addictive reading and I did think the story was well presented.

The author does touch on some hard subjects, and I am glad that not too many details were described, enough to give a basic idea of awful acts being committed. The author instead focused more on how these acts gave certain characters a reason for why they behave as they do now.

This is quite a gritty mystery thriller read, it is a shortish story, more a novella that I read over the course of an afternoon. A fast, suspense-filled, mysterious story set in Norway that I think readers will enjoy and I would happily recommend.

About the Author…

Hélene is an Anglo-Swedish fiction author currently residing in her home town of Malmo, Sweden, after relocating back from London after 20 years.

Her thrilling character-driven psychological fiction novels are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.

Hélene is the proud author of four novels – One Fatal Night, Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15484308.Helene_Fermont

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The One by John Marrs

The One by John Marrs is the last book I read as part of my #20booksofsummer reading challenge and what a book to end the challenge with !!!!! It has taken me a month to get the final reviews posted, but better late than never!

Before I get carried away, let me show you what this book is about…

Synopsis…

Soon to be a major Netflix Original series and perfect for fans of Caroline Kepnes’s You
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HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO FIND THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

You can get a copy of this and other books by John Marrs HERE

My Review…

I have seen several readers rave about this book in various book groups on Facebook and thought yeah it’s about time I read it. I should have read this when I first bought it as it is such an amazing book to read.

The basic premise is that a gene in human DNA has been identified and it is now possible to find your perfect match, the love of your life, your soul mate.

So is science a sure-fire way of finding the person you are meant to be with? Is this cheating fate if you are led to the one or does fate still have a hand in the natural way of things? I really enjoyed the various different ways that this subject has been expanded on. Some of the scenarios mentioned are what if you are matched with someone of the same sex, what if you are already in a relationship and find that your DNA shows it is not the one. What if there are other problems of a medical kind? These are the tip of an ice-berg that took a wonderful slippery path around the possibilities.

I adored the way the author approached various themes in his story. Introducing and exploring the characters and what makes them tick, but more importantly gradually drawing their secrets out. There is a whole lot of twist in this book and I loved the journey with some unexpected revelations and surprises.

I really enjoyed this fictional look at love and human nature. Secrets, shocks, surprises all wrapped up in such a wonderfully gripping and addictive story. A mix of mystery, crime, psychological, contemporary and basically a really cracking read that left me wishing I had read it when I first bought it. I would most definitely recommend this book.

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IQ by Joe Ide #20booksofsummer #mystery #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for IQ by Joe Ide, I have had this book for ages and wanted to read it which is why I chose it for the #20booksofsummer reading challenge, and yes I am still playing catch-up with the reviews for this challenge, but I am almost there 🙂

Let me show you more about IQ

A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. 

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch. 

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay. 
This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.

You can check out the Author’s Amazon Page HERE to buy this and more by Joe Ide

Synopsis…

When I saw the tag line on the cover referring to this book as being like Arthur Conan Doyle with a twist of Martin Scorcese I was interested. I had also seen some good reviews from trusted book bloggers that I follow.

So, who is IQ? He is Isiah Quintabe, he didn’t finish school, he has not always been innocent, he is trying to make amends for his past and he has an intellectual mind. He is similar in style to Holmes in the way he thinks. He quietly watches, observes reactions and body language and notices the small details. He is a character who I really like and I cannot wait to see where the author takes him next.

IQ has built himself a reputation for solving things. People come to him when they want things or people finding. They pay what he can afford and this is not always in money. Money, however, is what he needs so it means working with someone from his past.

The case is one of a rapper who is has been attacked and will now no longer leave his house. His management needs him in the studio but he will not leave. This is a case that is a mystery. Who has the most to gain by the rapper’s demise, who is the attacker and who else is involved? The rapper himself is not someone who I immediately took to but I did feel for him as he starts to spiral.

IQ has a style of his own, he is methodical, cautious and will not be pushed into making or making decisions that are not right. He does have a moral compass that keeps him on the straight and narrow, though this has not always been the case.

The author has created a story with quite a lot that goes on in it. There are details from IQ’s past as well as what is going on with the current case as well as details about the rapper and what makes him tick. The story has a steady pace, I didn’t feel it was too fast or rushed but it also had a slightly slower more methodical feel about it, and for me, this really suited the style of story.

IQ is a crime mystery book and is the first in the series. I found it very addictive with some great characters and a wonderfully described setting. I would definitely recommend this to readers who like a more sleuthing style of mystery read.

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Afraid of the Light – An Anthology of Crime Fiction #anthology #crime #bookreview

I am delighted to share a review of another of my #20booksofsummer, tomorrow see’s the final review of the 20th book 🙂

However, today I am delighted to share Afraid of the Light – An Anthology of Crime Fiction with a Forward by Alex North. Let me show you more about it…

Synopsis…

Some people are scared of the dark. But it’s the light that exposes the secrets.

A young boy with nightmares faces up to his demons. A deathbed confession turns the world on its axis. A five-year-old watches his parents bury a body in the garden. A soldier returns from the war to find the horror isn’t yet over.

Afraid Of The Light brings the imagination of fourteen bestselling crime writers together in a collection that will keep you up all night. From a deadly campfire game to a holiday gone wrong, to an AI assistant with a motive and a love affair that can only end in murder, this is a gripping, twisty set of stories to send a shiver down your spine.


CONTRIBUTORS
Are you Listening? – Adam Southward
Daddy Dearest – Dominic Nolan
Deathbed, Beth Dead – Elle Croft
Loveable Alan Atcliffe – S R Masters
Sleep Time – Phoebe Morgan
Coming Home – N J Mackay
Sausage Fingers – Victoria Selman
Just a Game – Rachael Blok
Drowning in Debt – Heather Critchlow
To Evil or Not to Evil – Jo Furniss
Sheep’s Clothing – Robert Scragg
Frantic – Clare Empson
Planting Nan – James Delargy
Shadow – Kate Simants


All author royalties from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the Samaritans.

Samaritans is a charity working across the UK and Ireland to reduce the number of people who take their own lives and help people who are struggling to cope with how they’re feeling or with life’s challenges. When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year.

You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at jo@samaritans.org, or visit http://www.samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.

Buy your copy HERE 🙂

My Review…

I have recently finished an excellent crime thriller book that has left me with a bit of a book hangover. I knew I wanted to read a book but couldn’t seem to find anything that felt right. I came across this Crime Anthology that I bought a while ago and thought this may be just the thing, and indeed it was.

Fourteen Authors bring 14 short stories that have a darkness to them. Whether it is an outwardly criminal action or something far more sinister this anthology has a good mix. There were some of the stories that I really did like and had me on edge, while others were more thought-provoking.
I had initially intended only reading a couple of stories but sat and read each one, so this book definitely helped me with my book hangover.

I did like the various different styles of the authors and also how they created very different stories with a dark theme to them.

It is a great way of discovering new authors as well as seeing favourites. A good mix of styles and stories that crime readers, as well as general fiction readers who like their books a little on the dark side, will like. I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories and I would definitely recommend this book.

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The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey @michaelcarey191 @OrbitBooks #TheTrialsOfKoli @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CompulsiveReaders #Bookreview

I am absolutely delighted to be able to share my review today for The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey.

My huge thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for my spot on the tour and for arranging my gorgeous copy of this second book in the trilogy.

This is a fabulous trilogy and yes you really should read them in order, it is a trilogy and therefore the first book is the start of the story, this book is the middle and the next is the end – makes sense to read them all doesn’t it? 😉

Let me show you what The Trials of Koli is about…

Synopsis…

The Trials of Koli is the second novel in M R. Carey’s breathtakingly original Rampart trilogy, set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

Beyond the walls of Koli’s small village lies a fearsome landscape filled with choker trees, vicious beasts and shunned men. As an exile, Koli’s been forced to journey out into this mysterious, hostile world. But he heard a story, once. A story about lost London, and the mysterious tech of the Old Times that may still be there. If Koli can find it, there may still be a way for him to redeem himself – by saving what’s left of humankind.

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My Review…

I have been looking forward to reading this second book in the Rampart Trilogy. It continues the story of Koli as he makes his way towards a radio signal in London. His travelling companions are Ursual and Cup and together they make their way through the wilds, try to avoid others and also survive the danger in the world that the author has created.

The story flits back and forth between Koli as he journeys towards London and also of Spinner. Spinner is back home and this is where the author quickly recaps the first book but from Spinner’s viewpoint. It also continues her story and the villagers after Koli’s disgrace and departure. I like this as it keeps the reader in touch with what happens at home while Koli is away.

I thought the first book was great and while it did have that first book in a series feel it was still addictive. This second in the trilogy is absolutely brilliant and I adored it. I slowed my reading down for this book so I could savour the story. It is a story that is full of hidden dangers and of how society is surviving in an uncertain future in small pockets and communities.

The author paints a vivid picture of a future that still has everyday problems but also a future that has very little technology. The tech that is still in use is highly prized and gives the user a certain status. It is this tech that not only helps but also adds danger to having it as there is always those that want what they haven’t got.

Over the generations, stories have been passed down of what was but it is what is happening now that has people dealing with new challenges. I like the way the author has simplified some of the words that are used, it gives more of an innocence to the characters and it didn’t take me long to fall back into their speech and way of talking.

I absolutely adored this book and it is with great anticipation that I look forward to the next book, but also sad that it is the final one in the trilogy. A brilliant book and one that I would definitely recommend.

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Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming #20booksofsummer #thriller #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Raven’s Gathering by Graeme Cumming. This was one of the books I added to my #20booksofsummer reading list, and yes, I am still playing catch-up on the reviews. Raven’s Gathering was a fabulous read and let me show you more about it…

Synopsis…

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 their 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 no one can explain why the ravens are gathering.

Ravens Gathering twists and turns as the truth is gradually exposed in a gripping thriller with a supernatural edge to it.

You can get your own copy from Amazon, HERE is the link to his Author Page 🙂

My Review…

I went into this book blind, by this I mean I didn’t read the synopsis immediately prior to starting it so I was unsure what to expect. From a dark, eerie and very creepy start, it took me on a journey that I found myself very quickly wrapped up in.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I have to say I really enjoyed it as it crossed genres. A mix of suspense, family secrets a little fantasy and a sense of an underlying ominous sense of something nasty lurking around the edges.

The main character is Martin Gates, he has returned to his childhood home after being away for many years. He hasn’t been in touch with his family in all this time. So his arrival is tinged with a sense of nervousness and also apprehension. Returning to a village community I would expect to see something along the lines of being asked how you are, or its been a while but no. Not in this village. Strangers are met with a silence and wariness that borders on being almost hostile. The only spirit is found in the pub in a bottle, a pub that falls silent when unknown people enter.

The author built up such a sense of foreboding and an air of suspense with this story as I was unsure what was actually happening and what route the story would take. But through this, I was still hooked on the atmospherics, the mistrust, the strange occurrences and too many coincidences. It was further into the story that I began to see how the various threads were gradually linked together. It led me to a story that was dark, secretive, mysterious and quite creepy.

This was such a good book to read as I really enjoyed the suspense that was woven through along with the eerie atmosphere. As I read, I was aware that there were many things that were unknown to me, but the author did a fantastic job of gradually filling in the gaps and also putting back on the right track when I was caught out by the red herrings.

A wonderful book that is a mix of things but one that absolutely captured my attention so that I read it over two sittings. A book that ticked many boxes for me and one that I would definitely recommend.

About the Author…

Photo and Bio taken from Graeme’s Amazon Page

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.

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The Second Marriage by Gill Paul @GillPaulAUTHOR @RandomTTours #RandomTTours @AvonBooksUK #histfic #bookreview

I am absolutely delighted to finally share my review, and also help close the Blog Tour for The Second Marriage by Gill Paul, this is such a wonderful book and I cannot wait to show you what I thought. In fact, it’s one of those historical fiction that I say “just go and buy it – right now!”

My huge thanks to Anne at random Things Tours for my spot on the blog Tour and also for arranging my e-copy of this book.

This was published in the US under the title Jackie and Maria.

Synopsis…

JACKIE
When her first marriage ends in tragedy, Jackie Kennedy fears she’ll never love again. But all that changes when she encounters…

ARI
Successful and charming, Ari Onassis is a man who promises her the world. Yet soon after they marry, Jackie learns that his heart also belongs to another…

MARIA
A beautiful, famed singer, Maria Callas is in love with Jackie’s new husband – and she isn’t going to give up.

Little by little, Jackie and Maria’s lives begin to tangle in a dangerous web of secrets, scandal and lies. But with both women determined to make Ari theirs alone, the stakes are high. How far will they go for true love?

You can purchase your own copy at Amazon UK

My Review…

I absolutely adored this book, I mean the names Kennedy, Onassis and Callas just ooze rich, lavish, well-documented lifestyle with the possibility of something a little shady in the background. The book is historical fiction and this gives the author a chance to give a voice to the characters and also to add some creative embellishments. The author does discuss at the end of the book various ways she has adapted, changed dates or added extras and why. Also, there is a fabulous few pages that covers the actual facts around the main characters as well as a comprehensive list of resources.

OK! How to write e review about this book! I am aware of the names of the Kennedy’s, of Aristotle Onassis and also of Maria Callas but only basic facts so I approached this book as I would any other historical fiction. The story was one that alternated between Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas, how they met Aristotle, their thoughts about him and also how he managed to become part of their lives.

The author includes the heart-breaking accounts of JFK assassination as well as his brother Bobby’s death. The effect it had on Jackie and what led her to become Jackie O. I don’t know how much is true, but as I mentioned earlier I am reading this purely as historical fiction don’t know all the facts. But how the author tackled the subject of Jackie, JFK and life were truly heart-breaking and it really made me feel for her.

Maria’s story is equally as heart-breaking. I knew she was an amazing opera singer and that she was a bit of a recluse and Diva, but I knew nothing of the other connections. This was a real eye-opener for me and she really did have a very rough ride in life.

This is a fabulous historical fiction by Gill Paul, she has woven a story of love, life, death, convenience, profit, betrayal, scandal and as whole lot more. I found the story of the two women t be fascinating and also very sad. It has been written so well and I was so absorbed in it that I read it over two days. It is a story that I cannot even come close to writing a review for that does this book justice.

If you like historical fiction that has factual or real life people and events in it then you should really pick this book up. I definitely recommend it.

About the Author…

Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in relatively recent history.

Gill’s novels include Another Woman’s HusbandThe Secret Wife, about the romance between cavalry officer Dmitri Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second daughter of Russia’s last tsar, who first met in 1914,  Women and Children First about a young steward who works on the Titanic and The Affair set in Rome in 1961–62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love while making Cleopatra. No Place for a Lady is about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854–56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined.

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