My Week In Books ( w/e 4th April) #bookupdates #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly wrap up of the books I have read this week. A day later than usual just because I was busy on Sunday and didn’t get around to prepping my post. Also, it was too nice to be inside so I did a bit of gardening and time does seem to disappear. Billy and Buster certainly loved being outside, it is obviously hard work being a dog 😁

Rhubarb is coming up a treat and is almost ready for its first picking. Also had a couple of small asparagus stems. Nice to start to looking at things growing and I cant wait to get to the time when I can once again just pop down the garden for things rather than the shops.

Ok, now for the books…

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This is the first time I have read a book by Gordon Bickerstaff, his latest one The Black Fox is the third book in the series and yes I do wish I had read the others first. I didn’t check before signing up for the Blog Tour, but I have no regrets as this book is one crazy, action-packed, conspiracy fuelled thriller from start to finish. I loved the main character and I am looking forward to reading more by Gordon.

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I really must get caught up on previous books by Samantha Tonge as she does write some fabulous stories. Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage is her latest book and I adored it. This book had a fabulous community feel to it as newcomer to the village finds her feet. There is a wonderful mystery that develops and it has a really nice romantic thread. Loved it.

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Owen Mullen is another author who I really must catch up reading. Games People Play is the start of a new series and what a brilliant start it was. This was a dark and very devious story that had so many different elements and sub plots. It was an absolute pleasure to read. A missing child, past secrets, interwoven plots gave such an addictive read to this slower paced crime and mystery story.

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This is a new author to me and what a fabulous book I Am Here To Kill you by Chris Westlake is. This is a psychological thriller that I adored and is also a little different to those that I have read before. A look into manipulation, brilliant characters and such a twisted and devious storyline that had me hooked.

All the books this week are for upcoming Blog Tours so keep your eye out for my full reviews. I will say that everyone of the books is brilliant and I would definitely recommend all of them.

Have a fabulous week,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 28th March) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update for the books I have read.

Before I get into that though, a garden update for those that are interested. We have now planted the potatoes and getting things ready for seeds to be set.

This year I am going to have a go at growing hydroponically. I do grow some house plants in water and I now have the chance to try some veg and salad, so lettuce, spinach, kale, strawberries, mooli, watercress maybe some peppers as well. I like the idea of using water to grow and it will be interested to see how I get on. It means growing this way I will not be using so much mains supply or constantly emptying my water butts. I will post photos as things get started.

Now onto the books I have read this week…

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Heidi Perks has created another addictive novel with The Whispers. This is a dark and deviously deceptive story that wrong-stepped me a couple of times. Two childhood friends apart for several years are once again reunited at the school gates but this time as mothers. Told across two timelines, one when the girls were younger and then the present. The author has twisted and woven away to create a wonderful crime, thriller mystery tale and it is one I would recommend.

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Lost Property by Helen Paris was a book I liked, the story of Dot, and her job working in a Lost Property department. This was a story that was good, and it did keep me reading but I think this may be a marmite one. Dot is, in some ways, a woman who is as lost as the items that lay unclaimed. A bit of a loner and one that has an over-ruling sister. A nice read and one for those who like stories about life.

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Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft is a fabulous read, but then if you have read any of Sue’s books then youwill not be surprised. A story about a family with secrets, of discovering your past ad also about making steps towards a future. I adored this and read it in one sitting. One to pop on your pre-order list and one I woudl defintiely recommend.

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I think this is the first time I have read anything by Katy Birchall, and based on The Secret Bridesmaid, it will not be the last time I pick up one her books. This is a fun rom-com that does have more to it than first meets the eye. I loved the way the author dealt with her demanding bride and the extremely patient bridesmaid as they gradually tried to do their best to get what they want. A brilliant read and one that I loved. Ideal for rom-com and contemporary romance fans.

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When you see a tag on a book that mentions it being “absolutely gripping” often the sceptical part of me goes “yeah right”. Well, Last Seen by Joy Kluver is… yeah you guessed it… Absolutely gripping! This is such an amazingly twisted and fabulous story about a missing girl and the investigation that follows. There is so much more to this story than I was expecting and I am delighted to see the words “Book 1” as this means there is going to be more to come. Definitely one for the crime, thriller and mystery readers.

There you have it, five books for me this week as well as a good bit of gardening.

Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading,

Yvonne xx

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Anthrax Island by D.L. Marshall #AnthraxIsland @DLMWrites @canelo_co @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #thriller #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Anthrax Island by D.L. Marshall. This is a fabulous crime thriller book and I was delighted to get a spot on the blog tour. My thanks to Emma at #damppebblesblogtours for my e-copy of this book.

FACT: In 1942, in growing desperation at the progress of the war and fearing invasion by the Nazis, the UK government approved biological weapons tests on British soil. Their aim: to perfect an anthrax weapon destined for Germany. They succeeded.

FACT: Though the attack was never launched, the testing ground, Gruinard Island, was left lethally contaminated. It became known as Anthrax Island.

Now government scientists have returned to the island. They become stranded by an equipment failure and so John Tyler is flown in to fix the problem. He quickly discovers there’s more than research going on. When one of the scientists is found impossibly murdered inside a sealed room, Tyler realises he’s trapped with a killer…

A gripping thriller that will leave you guessing until the final page. Perfect for fans of Terry Hayes, James Swallow and Alistair MacLean.

PURCHASE LINKS – AMAZON UK US

My Review…

This was a tense crime thriller read that also had a spy thriller feel to it. The author used the Scottish island of Gruinard as the basis for his story and then expanded on it. The island was used for the testing of Anthrax in 1942 and using this fact the author then weaved a suspense ridden tale about what happened if the island still had active spores.

John Tyler, well what to say about him. Well, a man with a troubled past, a mercenary who takes on various “off the book jobs” and he has just been sent to Anthrax Island to look at the death of a technician on the base.

Given the location of the island and also that it is a no go area, this gives the story that brilliant locked in thriller feel. The isolation and also the barren and windswept island really does come through well in the writing. There is a limited number of characters and some have more of a presence than others.

The characters are used to great effect as the author gradually ramps up the mystery and intrigue of what begins a single death but then escalates to more bodies. As the story progresses then so does the suspense as I was left wondering two things, who was going to be next and could the killer be caught in time.

This, as I mentioned, is the first book in the series and the author has already got a poor battered John Tyler ready for his next mission. The main character has his flaws, and the author has left little snippets about him in the story. He is a character I will enjoy getting to know a little more as the series progresses and I am looking forward to the next book.

I really liked how the author wove fact with fiction. Using Anthrax and the testing of it on the island was such a great starting point to a story that had a reasonably fast pace to it, the intrigue, suspense and tension married sin well with the traits of the main character. The isolation and limited characters kept the main focus of the story very much in the reader’s mind.

I really enjoyed this book, it had a spy thriller feel as well as being a crime thriller. One I would definitely recommend.

About the Author…

D. L. Marshall was born and raised in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Influenced by the dark industrial architecture, steep wooded valleys, and bleak Pennine moors, he writes thrillers tinged with horror, exploring the impact of geography and isolation. In 2016 he pitched at Bloody Scotland. In 2018 he won a Northern Writers’ Award for his thriller novel Anthrax Island.

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Bobby March Will Live Forever by Alan Parks @AlanJParks @blackthornbks @RandomTTours #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Bobby March Will Live Forever by Alan Parks. My huge thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my copy of this fabulous book from Black Thorn Books.

Harry McCoy investigates the suspicious overdose of a rock legend and the disappearance of a young girl in this gripping thriller

WHO IS TO BLAME WHEN NO ONE IS INNOCENT?

There’s a heatwave in Glasgow and the drugs trade is booming. The whole force is searching for missing thirteen-year-old Alice Kelly. All except Harry McCoy, who has been taken off the case after a run-in with the boss, and is instead sent alone to investigate the death of rock-star Bobby March, who has just overdosed in the Royal Stuart hotel.

The papers want blood. The force wants results. McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time?

  • Themes include inner-city poverty, gang warfare, the rise and fall of rock & roll stardom, illegal narcotics distribution and the growth of the IRA, seen through the eyes of his good-cop-in-a-gray-world, Detective Harry McCoy.
  • Will appeal to fans of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Peter May, William McIlvanney and
    Val McDermid, as well as TV series such as Idris Elba’s Luther

My Review…

This is the 3rd book in the Harry McCoy series and the first time I have read a book by this author. This book does work really well as a stand-alone, but I do wish I had read the previous 2 books. I have got them on order, so it kind of shows how much I enjoyed Bobby March Will Live Forever!

So, let’s start with the basics. This is a police procedural set in Glasgow during the early 70s. McCoy is a DI who in theory should be heading the investigation for a missing girl but instead has been pushed out to investigate other crimes being committed. The reason for him being pushed out, well let’s call it a rather nasty power-hungry DI. The reasons for the animosity are made clear.

As this series focuses on McCoy, it is his cases that take a more prominent relevance in the story. While Bobby Fisher is mentioned in the title, and McCoy does investigate, the story is secondary in some respects to all the other things that are going on. The author does such a great job of weaving various threads of various subplots into a really addictive story.

The other great thing the author achieved int his story was really encompassing the era of the story and of the region of its setting. Giving an atmospheric, smoky, crime-ridden world where the line between bent and straight is fine. I do like the fact that he used the local vernacular during conversations, again it helps to cement the area well in the reader.

This is a book that has a noirish feel to it, atmospheric with great characters that I soon either liked or loathed. Although it is a police procedural it didn’t always feel like it as there were a few “off the books” things going on as well. I know, another vague-ish review but I really don’t want to give anything away.

This is a cracking read and I cannot wait for my first two books in the series to arrive. I already have the 4th book sat waiting to be read as well!

Brilliant characters, cracking storyline and one that I would definitely recommend if you like crime and thriller reads that have a police presence with some dodgy dealers then this is a series you want to take a serious look at.

About the Author…

Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He lives and works in Glasgow.

Bobby March Will Live Forever is the third Harry McCoy thriller.

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Never the Bride by Charlotte Fallowfield #onefrommytbr #romcom #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Never the Bride by Charlotte Fallowfield. This is a book that I bought in 2017 and it is the first book in the Dilbury Village series.

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From Charlotte Fallowfield, bestselling rom-com author, comes Never The Bride – A laugh out loud romantic comedy novel full of heart-warming friendships, romance, and quintessential British humour – Coming 28th February 2017.

Abbie Carter felt doomed as she clutched her bouquet and started walking up the aisle. Again. She felt like she was stuck in some kind of Groundhog Day wedding nightmare. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Eight dresses, most of them hideous, were already stuffed in her attic space. She had more bridesmaid dresses than relationships. Was she really that unlucky in love? She despaired of ever finding her soul mate and was convinced that if she packed away dress thirteen in her attic, she’d never get to wear the coveted white one and have her happy ever after.

That was until she locked eyes with one of the handsome ushers, whose wink turned her elegant and well-practiced glide up the aisle into a flailing Bambi-on-ice spectacle. Miller Davis was the first man in forever to make her heart skip a beat, as well as her legs turn to jelly. And, for once, her interest in a man didn’t seem to be one-sided. It was just a shame that the Atlantic Ocean separated them. Abbie couldn’t even make a relationship with her elderly fat pooch, Sumo, work, so what chance did she have with a permanent New Yorker? Her best friend, Georgie, told her to ignore the miles that separated her from Miller and to go for it, saying that true love knew no bounds.

Was Abbie fated to always be the bridesmaid, or would her wish for the perfect day with the man of her dreams ever come true?

While Never The Bride will be a standalone story, it’s the first in the Dilbury Village series of romantic comedy novels. All of them will be set in the quaint ficticious English hamlet in the Shropshire countryside, but feature a different village couples’ story.

My Review…

The synopsis gives a great idea as to exactly what this book is all about. Abbie, unlucky in the love department watches as her school friends gradually get married, she is always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Even when a gorgeous hunk rescues her it seems that fate has a hand to play as they live different side of the Atlantic.

I cannot believe I have only just discovered this book that has been sat on my kindle since I bought it in 2017. I was hunting for a light-hearted rom-com to lighten my reading mood as I had been on a crime reading-athon for a couple of weeks. Never The Bride more than filled the requirements for what I wanted.

The author has some absolutely brilliant characters and boy does she use to them to great and often humorous effect. There is a good deal of very British, close to the mark humour that had me sniggering and laughing as I was reading. Now don’t think this is all comedy because it isn’t, there are also some very sad moments.

This is a story about relationships and friendships in a small village near Shrewsbury. I adored the humour as well as the characters such as Daphne, Georgie, Abbie, Heath, Miller and the very flatulent Mr Sumo. The different ways Abbie finds herself in the midst of disaster, usually with Georgie in toe at some point is brilliant.

The book had me with tears in my eyes on several occasions mostly from the sniggering and laughing as well as from the occasional sad part. This was an absolutely brilliant read and if you are after a bok to lift your spirits then this is one I would defiantly recommend, I loved it.

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A Deadly Deal by Simon Fairfax @rararesources #corporatethriller #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for A Deadly Deal by Simon Fairfax, this is the first book in the Deal series and it was a cracking read.

My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this book.

A Deadly Deal

Moneymakers are king, no matter their methods. When an honest man stumbles into their world of deceit, will they drag him down to destruction?

London, 1986. Rupert Brett is eager to make his mark. But even though he’s newly qualified to tackle jobs within the cutthroat property brokering industry, his ambitions are blunted when he must face off against ruthless competitors. And with his career on the line, he finds himself adrift in the murky waters of insider trading where knowledge is the real currency.

Clinging to his ideals but beginning to realize how deep the corruption goes, Rupert’s unprepared when a group of hard-nosed developers frame him for murder. With few friends and the law on his tail, his only way out may be a bargain with the devil.

Can the young surveyor thwart his enemies’ plans in time to save his reputation and his life?

A Deadly Deal is the immersive first book in the Deal Series of historical crime thrillers. If you like conflicted characters, rich period details, and complex plotting, then you’ll love Simon Fairfax’s gritty page-turner.

Purchase Links – Amazon UK or USDraft 2 DigitalKOBO

My Review…

I am so glad I read this book without really reading the synopsis properly. It meant I went into this story almost blind, I knew it would be about corporate espionage and that it would feature the ruthless deal makers set in the mid-1980s and that is about it.

So, corporate espionage, the means of using underhand techniques to get the deal done! Ok, I have simplified it but that is basically what it is. The deal makers, small print readers, lawyers, backers, money men and the power-hungry are portrayed so well in this story. The author, for me, nailed the ruthlessness, the underhanded deals, the backhanders and the swagger that the characters in this story have about them. They are the best at what they do and they know it. This adds such a wonderful sense of excitement and suspense to the story that it makes it such a page-turner

Rupert Brett is the main protagonist of the story and he soon realises that what he thought his new job would be like, the reality is very different. He gets caught up in the work hard play hard scenario along with his colleagues. When the synopsis mentions that “knowledge is the real power”, it really is true, this is something that Rupert is a little late to fully appreciate until he finds himself in very serious and deep water.

This is such a brilliant read that I found well-paced, it moves along at a good rate and doesn’t let up. I got the impression of Rupert starting to spiral but still be aware enough to hold his own. The author does mention some phrases, but nothing that you need a degree to understand. It kept me well and truly rooted in the story and the tactics of this world.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is a series I am looking forward to. I would definitely recommend this one.

About the Author…

As a lover of crime thrillers and mystery, I turned what is seen by others as a dull 9 – 5 job into something that is exciting, as close to real life as possible, with Rupert Brett, my international man of mystery whose day job is that of a Chartered Surveyor.

Rupert is an ordinary man thrown into extraordinary circumstances who uses his wit, guile and training to survive.

Each book is written from my own experiences, as close to the truth as possible, set against world events that really happened. I go out and experience all the weapons, visit the places Rupert travels to, speak to the technical experts and ensure that it as realistic, as possible allowing you to delve deep in to the mystery, losing yourself in it for a few hours.

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Last Star Standing by Spaulding Taylor @astmcveigh1 @Unbound_Digital @RandomTTours #scifi #dystopian #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Last Star Standing by Spaulding Taylor. This is a sci/fi – speculative fiction story, I haven’t read any sci-fi for a while so this book made a wonderful change. My huge thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for my spot on the Blog Tour and for my e-copy of this book.

Dystopian/speculative fiction for readers of sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers and
dystopian fiction. Aimed at readers of novels by Neil Gaiman, J.G. Ballard (or
Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go)


It is the 23rd century. Aiden, imprisoned, stares up into a tiny square of sky. A
prominent member of the rebellion, he expects to be executed. Aiden is
battling the Xirfell rulers, whose King oppresses many planets, the Earth
included.

But the Xirfell have executed their king and installed a new ruler. The populace
riots. Amid the tumult, Aiden is sworn in, the leader he’s always longed to be.
Never one to fit in, he must re-discover himself, as an indigenous Australian, as
a fighter, as a lover – and as a leader.

My Review…

Aiden Tenten is the main narrator for this sci-fi /dystopian story. It did feel more sci-fi than dystopian but I still enjoyed it, I found it highly entertaining as I followed Aiden from predicament to predicament. The synopsis indicates that earth has been taken over by aliens, Aiden feels it is his job to help overthrow this alien regime and be the person he wants to be.

This is a highly entertaining read, I am not sure if the author had meant this or not. I did find some of the predicaments that Aiden found himself left me sniggering to myself. He is quite a fun character although he does have a serious nature, I mean after all saving the world from aliens is a serious task. It did take me a few chapters to get into this book as I got to grips with the various creatures, the unusual names, places and general feel of the story. It is quite a while, I might add that I sat and read a sci-fi book.

If you break this down to the basics this is a story of a man finding his place, he has beliefs and is true to the cause. He knew life before and can see how the earth has been destroyed more since the aliens took over. Battling against the odds he does a magnificent job of reeling from one situation to the next. He is in essence a loner, but gradually he gains a few loyal friends. Working out who can be trusted and how far others can infiltrate systems keeps him on his toes.

Once I got to grips with the story I found this quite a compelling read. In someway it did remind me of a couple of books I read several years ago. As I mentioned this is more sci-fi, but there are mentions of things that do give it a dystopian feel. An entertaining book with a good pace and one I would recommend reading.

About the Author…

Alice McVeigh (writing as Spaulding Taylor) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and
grew up in Southeast Asia. After surviving her teenage years in McLean,
Virginia, and achieving an undergraduate degree in cello performance at the
internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music, she came to London to study
cello with William Pleeth. There she worked for over a decade with orchestras
including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and
Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique. Alice was first
published in the late 1990s when her two contemporary novels (While the Music
Lasts and Ghost Music) were published by Orion to critical acclaim.

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Degrees of Darkness by Tony Forder @TonyJForder #crime #bookreview

Today it is my absolute pleasure to re-share my review for Degrees of Darkness by Tony J Forder. I have read all of Tony’s books and he is one of my favourite authors. He has relaunched this book along with new synopsis and a fabulous new cover. This is an author who has made a big impact, his DI Bliss series is so good and I always look forward to reading the next one in the series. He has also written a couple of stand alone books as well as two books featuring Mike Lynch. He has been a very busy chap over this past year as he is now self publishing his books.

From the bestselling author of the addictive DI Bliss series and the compelling standalone novel, Fifteen Coffins, comes a dark, psychological journey into the nightmare world of a serial killer.

Nothing is ever entirely black or white.

Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, ex-DI with the Metropolitan Police, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son a victim, he sets aside his grief to help old colleagues investigate the case. 

Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. And in an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police to say he is willing to talk. But only to Frank.

When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises the investigation has become a race against time to save his daughter’s life. 

In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is choosing his victims. To do that, he must first enter the killer’s mind. But is Frank able to drag himself into its darker reaches? And if so, will he be able to pull himself back?

First published by Bloodhound Books in 2017. Republished by Spare Nib Books February 2021.

Purchase Link – HERE

My Review…

I was hooked on this book pretty quickly, literally a few pages and there I was, Hooked! It was as I read about a killer being in the house of the victim. What unfolds after that is a brutal psychological game of cat and mouse between an ex-cop and the killer.

Frank is the ex-cop and it is his own daughter that is the latest missing victim, his son is one of the murdered victims, along Frank’s ex-wife. This killer is very clever at leaving no evidence for the police to go on, due to this he is able to taunt Frank and the police, feeding titbits of information on his own terms. The media have taken up the story and this just adds to fuel the game the killer plays.

This book is simply brilliant from start to finish. I loved everything about it, from the memorable, unique and identifiable characters to the wonderfully deep, twisted and well thought-out plot. The characters I could almost imagine off the pages, some I loathed some I really liked. The pacing fits this story perfectly, keeping the pressure on the reader to read and not pause, at times the pace slows at the more descriptive sections, it was almost as if these were breathing stops and I was given a chance to arrange my thoughts.

Yes this is a psychological thriller and it fits perfectly into this genre. The plot is very well laid out and leads you through the story to a satisfactory ending. There was no point in the story that I had any idea of identities until the author allowed me to know, there were a couple of red herrings, that made my heart sink when I came across them, I was so glad I was wrong. Also added into this murder and abduction story, is the story of the killer and his history, experiences, ideologies and outlook on life, it gives the reader a glimpse into a the mind of the killer.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who like their psychological thrillers to be dark and sinister, with layers of plots. If this is you …..Get this book, you will not be disappointed.

About the Author…

Tony J Forder is the author of the bestselling DI Bliss crime thriller series. The first seven books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, If Fear Wins, The Reach of Shadows, The Death of Justice, Endless Silent Scream, and Slow Slicing, were joined in December 2020 by a prequel novella, Bliss Uncovered.

Tony’s other series – two action-adventure novels featuring Mike Lynch – comprises both Scream Blue Murder, and Cold Winter Sun. These are currently unavailable, but will be back in 2021.

In addition, Tony has written two standalone novels: a dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, and a suspense thriller set in California, called Fifteen Coffins, released in November 2020.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently working on Bliss #8, The Autumn Tree.

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Tony can also be found on Instagram.

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My Week In Books (w/e 31st January) #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to the final round up of the books I read in January. One of the longer months that seems to have flown by suddenly. I’ve not really watched much in the way of TV, to be fair I don’t really watch that much anyway, and I am up to date with a couple of series I watch Not been really in the mood for films so I have done some reading instead.

Here’s what I read last week…

Danger Close (A Breed Thriller Book 1) by [Cameron Curtis]

Danger Close by Cameron Curtis was a cracking action adventure book that features ex-military sniper, Breed, trying to discover why his friend was killed. A great pace to this story and I am really pleased to see it is the first in a planned series. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour at the end of the week.


Last Star Standing by [Spaulding Taylor]

Its been a while since I read any sci-fi and Last Star Standing by Spaulding Taylor is set on a future Earth after being taken over by aliens. I really enjoyed this book as I followed the main character Aiden from one situation to another. He is almost a walking bad luck charm who manages to find a way through some entertaining situations. A sci-fi with a slight dystopian feel that I really enjoyed. My full review will be the following week as part of the Blog Tour.


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I was going back through my kindle when I came across Never the Bride by Charlotte Fallowfield, I bought this back in 2017, nothing like keeping up to date with purchases lol! I was looking for a light-hearted rom-com and this book definitely did fit the bill. A cracking read and one I thoroughly enjoyed.


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Another first in a series book was A Deadly Deal by Simon Fairfax, although I didn’t realise it was one until after I had read it. This is a thriller about corporate espionage and murder set in the 1980s, I can remember being intrigued whe I initially read the synopsis for the Blog Tour sign up, but I never re-read the synopsis before I start actually reading a book. So this was akin to going in blind and I found myself very quickly caught up in the power hungry, double dealing, working hard playing hard society that the author has woven. A cracking read from start to finish and I am really looking forward to reading more in this series.


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This is not the final cover!!!!! But look… Its a new Jo Thomas book… well it will be!!!!!!

Yeah, I do love this authors writing and I actually did do a little dance around the kitchen when I read the email from Transworld to let me know I had been auto-approved for Chasing the Italian Dream, due for release around June this year. It is an amazing read involving a lovely Italian village, handmade pizza’s, traditional values and as always mouth watering food and a stunning descriptions. I am not going to much about the story at the moment, but I loved it.


That’s me done for another week.

Take Care and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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The Mist by Ragnar Jónasson , Andreas Jäger (Translator), Victoria Cribb (Translator) #IcelandicNoir #crime #trilogy #bookreview

I am delighted to be sharing my review today for The Mist by Ragnar Jónasson. This is the final book in the Hidden Iceland Trilogy and I am absolutely gutted to have come to the end of it. This has been such a brilliant literary journey.

Here is more about the final instalment…

1987. An isolated farm house in the east of Iceland.

The snowstorm should have shut everybody out. But it didn’t.

The couple should never have let him in. But they did.

An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night. And Detective Hulda will be haunted forever. 

My Review…

This is sadly the final book in the Hidden Iceland Trilogy. This has been an absolute corker of a series and it has been set out very differently. The series runs back in time, so the first book is set in the present, and the final book set back in time. Running the series this way gives the reader a chance to experience a character from a slightly different perspective. I would advise reading them in the order they are meant to be and the way they have been published.

The main character is Hulda Hermannsdottir, a Detective. Her husband is Jon and they have a daughter Dimma. Family life is strained especially in the run up to Christmas. Hulda is called to a crime scene and then the story goes back in time to just before the events.

I really like the way the author has laid this series and especially this story out. If you are after blood and guts then you are not going to get it. This is a wonderful example of Icelandic noir, its atmospheric, has flawed characters and has a bleakness to it that adds to the overall subtle sense of suspense.

It is in a small part a police procedural, but this is not the main concept of the story. The author gradually builds up a scene, adds characters, develops them, adds a little tweak to them and then develops and adds more as the story progresses. I really enjoy this style and I have to say this author does this so well. The story is more about the interaction of the characters, there are not many but the author uses them so well. He drops links that I didn’t expect and it all works so very well.

The flow is quiet, patient and yet totally gripping from the first few pages. The series has been a wonderful journey and I have absolutely l loved each one. They do have an emotional side to them, not the gushy sort but a more heartbreaking sort, although the first book did have me blubbering.

This is a trilogy that fans of noir, crime, mystery and human relationships and interaction would love. I thought all three books were excellent and I would definitely recommend them all.

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