Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The Lost Hours by Susan Lewis Blog Tour

 I am a sucker for a good crime novel, something that bestselling author Susan Lewis manages to deliver with ease. Now she's back with her new book, The Lost Hours and I'm thrilled to be a part of the blog tour to tell you more about this suspenseful story.

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A perfect marriage… 

Golden couple Annie and David Crayce have it all. A loving marriage, three beautiful children and a thriving family business. Life couldn’t be better. Until the unthinkable happens… 

A perfect crime? 

A piece of damning DNA evidence has arisen, placing David as the prime suspect of a murder committed twenty-years ago. Annie is sure her David is innocent. But if he isn’t guilty, then either his father or brother must be. 

As the police investigate the cold case, so does Annie. Trawling through her old diaries, she begins desperately looking for answers. But it all comes down to a few lost hours she can’t solve. 

And Annie begins to doubt the one person she thought she knew best… Her husband.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Reading Round Up 2021 #15

 Hey there bibliophiles, how are you all?

This weeks reading round up is a bit more substantial compared to the previous post that I wrote. I've made a good dent in the pile of books that I wanted to read during this month (even though I may possibly have more books to read now - thanks Mr Postman).

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I'm also over two thirds of the way to reaching my Goodreads target this year. Ok I know the numbers don't necessarily matter but once I've set a goal I do like to reach it in good time!

Lockdown has at least been good for finding time to read.

On to the reviews...

Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Plague Letters by V.L Valentine Blog Tour

 Historical fiction is fast becoming one of my favourite genres to read. So I guess it really comes as no surprise that I was rather pleased to be given a spot on the blog tour for V.L. Valentine's novel The Plague Letters.

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This seemed like such a fitting read for the here and now. I couldn't help but draw comparisons to what we are facing now with Covid 19. Meaning that although the story would be classed as historical fiction, this is a novel that ends up feeling rather relevant.

London, 1665. Hidden within a growing pile of corpses, one victim of the pestilence stands out: a young woman with a shorn head and pieces of twine delicately tied around each ankle.

Symon Patrick, rector of St. Paul's Covent Garden, cannot say exactly why this corpse amongst the many in his churchyard should give him pause. Longing to do good, he joins a group of medical men who have gathered to find a cure for the plague, each man more peculiar and splenetic than the next. But there is another - unknown to The Society for the Prevention and Cure of Plague - who is performing his own terrible experiments upon unwilling plague-ridden subjects.

It is Penelope - Symon's unwanted yet unremovable addition to his household - who may yet shed light on the matter. Far more than what she appears, she is already on the hunt. But the dark presence that enters the houses of the sick will not stop, and has no mercy...


Will we never learn?

Friday, 9 April 2021

The Imposter by Anna Wharton Blog Tour

 Sometimes there is nothing better than reading a book that is surrounded in mystery, a real puzzle to solve. And that's exactly what I got when I was given the chance to join the blog tour for Anna Wharton's novel The Imposter.

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Chloe lives a quiet life. Working as a newspaper archivist in the day and taking care of her Nan in the evening, she's happy simply to read about the lives of others as she files away the news clippings from the safety of her desk.

But there's one story that she can't stop thinking about. The case of Angie Kyle - a girl, Chloe's age, who went missing as a child. A girl whose parents never gave up hope.

When Chloe's Nan gets moved into a nursing home, leaving Chloe on the brink of homelessness, she takes a desperate step: answering an ad to be a lodger in the missing girl's family home. It could be the perfect opportunity to get closer to the story she's read so much about. But it's not long until she realizes this couple aren't all they seem from the outside...

But with everyone in the house hiding something, the question is – whose secrets are the most dangerous?

Thursday, 8 April 2021

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex Blog Tour

 Books including mysteries hold a strong appeal to me, I mean how could they not. There's this feeling that I'm a detective trying to uncover something as I read.

The Lamplighters is the debut novel from Emma Stonex (well the first under her own name) based on the true story which took place in the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides in 1900 where three lighthouse keepers disappeared.

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Cornwall, 1972. Three keepers vanish from a remote lighthouse, miles from the shore. The entrance door is locked from the inside. The clocks have stopped. The Principal Keeper’s weather log describes a mighty storm, but the skies have been clear all week.

What happened to those three men, out on the tower? The heavy sea whispers their names. The tide shifts beneath the swell, drowning ghosts. Can their secrets ever be recovered from the waves?

Twenty years later, the women they left behind are still struggling to move on. Helen, Jenny and Michelle should have been united by the tragedy, but instead it drove them apart. And then a writer approaches them. He wants to give them a chance to tell their side of the story. But only in confronting their darkest fears can the truth begin to surface . . .