The Rumour by Lesley Kara #review

I am delighted to be sharing my review to day on The Rumour by Lesley Kara. I bought a hardback copy of this book and it is a fabulous read that had me shocked and stunned on more than one occasion.

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed? 

Whenever I finish reading a book I grab a pen and my notepad and make a rough draft of a review. It will have initial thoughts, basic reactions, characters or plot that I liked. Well my rough draft took three attempts, it contained my reactions after reading the last page ” Holy Shit Bags!” “Bloody Hell!” and “Wow” appear a few times. I suppose I should mention that I absolutely adored this book.

So, a rumour about a child killer, Sally McGowan, starts to circulate. It goes that Sally had been re-homed, given a new ID and is living in the neighbourhood. I have to say I think I would be uneasy and I know several other parents would be as well. It definitely made Joanna, the main protagonist, feel uneasy. She and her son Alfie had recently moved back to the area to be closer to her mum.

Jo is finding it quite difficult to fit in with the close knit group of mums, though she does start to make friendships of sorts. I say of sorts because the friendships have a tentative edge to them that play very well into the plot.

Rumours, gossip and general bits of chit chat is part of daily life and is something that most people hear on a daily basis, be in person, via social media or on the news. When Jo decides to add her tuppence worth into the mix, well let’s just say I bet she wished she had kept schtum!

This is a story that had so many moments that caught me by surprise. I wasn’t sure who the child killer could be. Through the story was an underlying series of emotions from various characters that range from anger, grief, revenge, mistrust and guilt.

If you are after a real page-turner psychological, mystery, thriller that drops some great bombshells then this is one I would definitely recommend.

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My Week In Books w/e 24th March 2019

It has been a quiet week for me as far as blogging goes. I decided that as I was having a week off work then why not have a week off from Blogging and all that goes along with it. It has been very nice to get up in the morning and not reach for my phone straight away. I think it is something that many of us do out of habit rather than just to check on our various social media accounts.

A nice quiet coffee or two seemed in order as well.

So while I have been off, I managed to get out in the garden and finish weeding the flower beds and getting the veg plot dug over again. I’m still not willing to plant anything out at the moment as the weather can still change. so I’m erring on the side of caution. Something the rhubarb is not aware of at the moment as it’s shooting away.

I also managed to get a bit of reading done 🙂 There are 3 Blog Tour books that I wanted to get started on, one from my own shelf and also one that I am reading for a publication day review. Now I know I said I was stopping Blog Tours and was just finishing up the ones I had already committed to…but I may have snuck the odd one or two in over the past month 🙂

So let’s have a look see what I did read…


The Culmfield Cuckoo by Celia Moore –

This is the second in the series by this author, although the blurb states it can be read as a stand alone, I think it is better read in order. Maybe this is because its how I have come to this series. It builds on the characters and the story from the first book Fox Halt Farm. My review for this will be as part of the Blog Tour.


Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas –

This is another in a series book, and because I have not read any other books in the series, I can say this works very well as a stand -alone. I do have the first book on my kindle though 🙂 This is such a fun read, it has so many things that I loved. Pets, friends, old flames, moving forward and just a really good feel good read. Look out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


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Arbitrage by Colette Kebell –

This is another book I read for the up coming Blog Tour. Now this is one I saw as I was passing through FB, and saw there was a space going on the tour, and decided it was one I fancied. This is a financial thriller, the world of Russian Mafia, money and deals. This is a fab read and one that I was a bit worried about. I though it might have been full of too much jargon, but this was not the case.


The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven –

This is one from my own shelf and it’s books like this that make me wish I could retire or win the lottery and retire so I could read all day. This is such a great story, the plot is yummy and dark, devious and twisted. But for me the real star or I should say stars were Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw. The contrasts between these two characters is outstanding and they have been worked so well into an amazing story. A cracking read. Review will follow soon.


The Feud by Amanda James –

I am delighted to be one of the readers to take part in publication day reviews for Mandy’s next book. If you have read any of her books before then you know you are going to get a great story, with vivid imagery and there is usually a twist or two along the way… I have not yet finished reading this book, but by the time this post goes live I will have (it’s sat afternoon at the moment 🙂 )


I also had some amazing book post this week…

I got an proof copy of I Looked Away by Jane Corry

I have read all of Jane’s previous books and really enjoyed them. This one is due to be published 27th June this year 🙂


Right then that’s me done for another week, I can’t believe that next Monday it will be April 😶. I may well do a ‘top reads of the month’ in the post next week and maybe some stats… but then maybe I won’t …🙄 😂

I’ll see what I feel like 😂🤣😅

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That’s all folks, have fun and read loads :)

The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson #HiddenIceland #TheDarkness #review

Today I m delighted to be sharing my review for The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson. This is a book from my own TBR and it is the first in the Hidden Iceland trilogy. Keep an eye out as I have also read the 2nd book, The Island and my review for that will be ready soon.

Anyway, how about we have a look at this very unusual set out trilogy, starting with The Darkness…

At sixty-four, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police is about to take on her last case before she retires: A young woman, an asylum seeker from Russia, found murdered on the seaweed covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd in Iceland.

When Hulda starts to ask questions it isn’t long before she realizes that no one can be trusted, and that no one is telling the whole truth. Spanning Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and the cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is a thrilling new crime thriller from one of the biggest new names in Scandi noir.

This was such a great book and I was easily drawn into it. The story revolves around Hulda Hermannsdottir, she has a year to go before she retires from her job as a Detective Inspector with the Reykjavik Police.

Oh my god… what a slap in the face for Hulda, the treatment she received was so unfair and unjust and even now it makes my blood boil. Her decision to take on a cold case gave her so much more than she bargained for. I think I should explain this is going to be a bit of a random and vague-ish review beacause I don’t want to give anything away and spoil it for other readers…

This was such a fabulous read and one that appealed to me so much as I got to know Hulda. She is a bit of a loner, workaholic and I really warmed to her character. Her treatment by the police department is one of those that play on the “boys clique” within the workplace. Even though it made me angry it also worked to Hulda’s advantage… to a point… as it gave her a great case to look into. It is not however straight forward and she makes several waves.

During her investigations I got to learn about Hulda, her life, her family and what made her who she is. I got to know her story and discovered a lot more than meets the eye. She is tenacious and doesn’t like to leave loose ends.

The plot and the story for this book is absolutely brilliant. Told over three days and therefore in three sections, with quick and snappy sub chapters that keep the story moving along at a wonderful pace. The descriptions are atmospheric and add an eerie presence to the stark landscape. It has in someways a resemblance to Hulda’s character, cold, lonely and unforgiving. By the time I got to the end of the story I was stunned… well… wow…never saw that one…OMFG…

This is a brilliant book that I just absolutely adored. Atmospheric, chilling, tense and very addictive reading and a must for those who love Icelandic Noir, murder, mystery, crime, suspense… yeah just buy the book, the  2nd book, ‘The Island’ is just as awesome. As for the 3rd one ‘The Mist’ gotto wait until March 2020… I already have that on pre-order 🙂

And just in case you wanted to know if I would recommend it…. I Abos-flamin-lute-ly and most definitely would I recommend this book 🙂

Purchase link – Amazon UK

Image taken from Goodreads

Ragnar Jonasson is author of the award winning and international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia. Snowblind has been a paperback bestseller in France. 

Nightblind won the Dead Good Reader Award 2016 for Most Captivating Crime in Translation.

Snowblind was called a “classically crafted whodunit” by THE NEW YORK TIMES, and it was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK.

Rights to the Dark Iceland series have been sold to UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, Poland, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Portugal, Croatia, Armenia and Iceland.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.

From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.

Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine.

He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik.

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The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham #review

I had the fortune to win a signed copy of The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham on the TBC Christmas giveaway. I had already bought a digital copy of the book after reading so many good reviews during the Blog Tour for the book.

So then, let us see what this book is all about then…

A policeman on his first murder case
A tattoo artist with a deadly secret
And a twisted serial killer sharpening his blades to kill again…

When Brighton tattoo artist Marni Mullins discovers a flayed body, newly-promoted DI Francis Sullivan needs her help. There’s a serial killer at large, slicing tattoos from his victims’ bodies while they’re still alive. Marni knows the tattooing world like the back of her hand, but has her own reasons to distrust the police. So when she identifies the killer’s next target, will she tell Sullivan or go after the Tattoo Thief alone?

This book is one that caught my eye when it was first released. This book is right up my street I have 3 small tattoo’s with a 4th in mind. And before anyone asks one at the top of each arm and one between my shoulder blades 🙂 so with this book being about a killer who removes tattoos how could I not resist.

This is so deliciously dark as unique tattoos are the target of the killer. It gradually emerges about specific tattoos and why they are being removed. This is told in quick chapters that alternate between Marnie, a tattoo artist, Francis the detective with Roy his next in command and the killer.

The story isn’t a straight forward murder inquiry, it is the main focus of the story but incorporated into this is quite a bit of stuff about tattoos. Some history and designs adds an extra point of interest and it has been done in a way as to become part of the story.

The character of Marnie is one I really liked, she becomes part of the story as she is the one who finds the first body. She is like a reluctant participant, but she also wants to help the investigator. She helps the new DI, Francis, and together they form a slightly unconventional partnership in his investigation. As this is his first time he has run and organised a case he is trying his hardest to get to the bottom of. Pressure from the powers that be hinder him in various ways and I felt so frustrated for him.

With the various threads there is a sense of tension from various sources and these come in various guises. The pressure to wrap the case up, the personal tension from Marnie and the fear and apprehension from the tattooing community and then the killer who has his own schedule add to the atmosphere. With skin crawling and goose-bumpy moments that kept me avidly turning the pages and kept me captivated.

I was so sure I had got the killer sussed out, then a bit later in the story another potential character could also have done it, yeah… I was wrong on both counts.

This is an atmospheric, dark crime thriller and is a suspense filled read that completely caught me in its spell. It is one I would definitely recommend.

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Sleeper by J D Fennell #review

Today I am delighted to be sharing Sleeper by J D Fennell. This is the first in the Sleeper series and I am looking forward to reading the next one Sleeper – The Red Storm.

So let’s have a look at the synopsis…

Sixteen-year-old Will Starling is pulled from the sea with no memory of his past. In his blazer is a strange notebook with a bullet lodged inside: a bullet meant for him. As London prepares for the Blitz, Will soon finds himself pursued by vicious agents and a ruthless killer known as the Pastor. All of them want Will’s notebook and will do anything to get it. As Will’s memory starts to return, he realises he is no ordinary sixteen-year old. He has skills that make him a match for any assassin. But there is something else. At his core is a deep-rooted rage that he cannot explain. Where is his family and why has no one reported him missing?Fighting for survival with the help of Mi5 agent-in-training, Anna Wilder, Will follows leads across London in a race against time to find the Stones of Fire before the next air raid makes a direct hit and destroys London forever.

Will Starling is on a mission when something makes him disobey orders. The result is him fleeing for his life and guarding what he has discovered in his search for truth.

Set in 1940’s London, this book definitely falls into the “fast-paced” category. Will has a specific skill set, though these skills do catch him unawares as he tries to remember who he is, who he should trust. It was great to learn about Will as he remembered things about himself, a great way to put the reader on an even keel with a character.

Now the plot, it’s just great full of deception and twists that kept me on my toes every step of the way. A race against the bad guys to keep an artifact from falling into the wrong hands gave a wonderful cat and mouse, ducking and diving chase across London.

This has the feel of a younger verion of Jason Bourne or Jack Reacher feel to it and I will say a hint of Indiana Jones. It has elements that I like in all the above and I thoroughly enjoyed this quick, fast paced, action packed book.

A brilliantly paced teen spy, thriller with a great plot. It’s one I would absolutely recommend.

J. D. Fennell
Photo and Bio taken
from Author’s Amazon Page

J.D. was born in Belfast at the start of the Troubles, and began writing stories at a young age to help understand the madness unfolding around him. A lover of reading, he devoured a diverse range of books – his early influences include Fleming, Tolkien, Shakespeare and the Brontës.

He left Belfast at the age of nineteen and worked as a chef, bartender, waiter and later began a career in writing for the software industry.

These days he divides his time between Brighton and London, where he lives with his partner and their two dogs.

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A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft @SueMoorcroft #review

I am still playing catch-up on my festive fiction reads and today I am sharing my review of The Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft.

Lets see what the book is about…

Synopsis:

One Christmas can change everything…

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

Purchase link – Amazon UK

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Georgine and Joe. Georgine is strugglingto make ends meet and hiding from debt collectors, they are after her ex-boyfriend by the way. Joe has just been taken on as Georgine’s assistant at Acting Instrument, a college that provides dance, music, acting and backstage education and experience.

A story that is about two people who cross into each other’s lives, the highs and lows, the ups and downs and how roles can be reversed so very quickly is how I would probably sum this up. The author has created two characters and a series of events conspire against them.

There is so much in this story that I would love to tell and I have had to edit this review several times as I would have given important details away that would ruin it if you have not read this book.

Even though this is a Christmas book, it is not overly Christmassy in itself, though it does have a Christmas theme… how convoluted does that sound? But it makes sense to me! The students have a Christmas show to put on and Joe soon proves his worth and seems to have invaluable patience and experience.

This is a book of surprises, hence the very sketchy review, but it is one that when I started I really could not put down. The plot had me hooked as I found myself wanting to know more about the elusive Joe, as well as more about the families of the main characters. It had a sort of dramatic suspense that kept me page turning.

A book that would appeal to readers of general fiction, festive fiction, romantic fiction who are after a heartwarming and uplifting read. One I would definitely recommend.

About the Author:

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author, an international bestselling author and has held the #1 spot in the UK Kindle chart. She writes contemporary fiction with sometimes unexpected themes.

Sue has won a Best Romantic Read Award, received two nominations at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards and is a Katie Fforde Bursary winner. Her short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing ‘how to’ have sold around the world.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She’s worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a digital prepress. She’s pleased to have now wriggled out of all ‘proper jobs’.

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Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale #review

Yes this is a Christmas book and I am aware that we are now in a new month and a new year but I am playing catch up on some of my reviews. Before Christmas, I was lucky enough to win a copy of Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row by Emily Harvale. Not only did I win a copy of her book but I also won lots of other festive goodies.


A big Thank You to Emily for sending me this wonderful prize xx

Before I get to my review lets have a look at the…

Synopsis:

It’ll take a miracle to make Juliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you need some Christmas magic. 

The last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow.Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since.

Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work. 

But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother, Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seems does Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can do is be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in The Mistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly falling snow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man she thought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her. 

What readers and reviewers are saying about this book: 

What an utter delight this book is, yet again Emily Harvale has written a Christmas book to be truly cherished and enjoyed. – Gilbster – TOP 500 REVIEWER

This is a beautiful romantic book that will make you feel jolly – Whispering Stories Book Blog – TOP 500 REVIEWER

Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row is another alluring, heartwarming, delightfully magical tale by Harvale that is without a doubt one of my favourite holiday reads this year! – 
Zoe (whatsbetterthanbooks)

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time spent on Mistletoe Row with such a charming and magical book. – stacyisreading

Fabulous festive romance – can’t recommend highly enough! – Splashes Into Books

A must-read!!!! – Books Of All Kinds

A Cosy Festive Romance, I Highly recommend! – dash fan

Puchase link via Amazon UK

My Thoughts:

The synopsis gives a wonderful indication of what this festive romance story holds. When I entered the world this author has built I was immediately whisked away into a wintery wonderland.

The story focuses on two families, the Bells and the Bows, yes a little tongue in cheek but as it happens the names feel just right for this book. Sisters Juliet and Zoe Bell and brothers Harrison and Luke Bow have similarities, the elder siblings had moved away and the younger ones remained. A seemingly coincidental invitation for the elder ones to return soon bring things to a head.

Twenty years ago Juliet and Harrison had a falling out based on a misunderstanding. The story reveals the Bell’s and the Bow’s have more than a passing acquaintance, they have a shared history and one that on the surface seems to be continuing its acrimonious course.

In the background a cantankerous family member makes their feelings felt. A Scrooge-like character came to mind as I read, mean selfish and rather moody.

This is a story that I sat and read in front of my fire and what better place to read while the cold wet wintery weather was doing its thing. This is definitely one for festive romance and general fiction lovers. It is enchanting, heartwarming, cosy and wonderful that evokes a Christmas feel. One that I would definitely recommend.

Let’s learn a little more about the Author:

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Emily Harvale is a bestselling author and a member of the SoA, RWA PAN and a Pro Member of ALLi. Emily writes romantic comedy and women’s fiction and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings (famous for the battle of 1066) where she now writes full-time.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats, and says they spend almost as much time sprawled across her keyboard, as she does typing on it.

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