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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Kat's Book Review of The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam Press (27 Aug. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0593074491
ISBN-13: 978-0593074497

Synopsis: We all think we know who we are. What we’re capable of.

Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate. Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away. But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge.  Roz has a choice to make.




Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Kat’s Book Review of The Girls Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart

Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (17 July 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910751227
ISBN-13: 978-1910751220

Synopsis: When new mum and events planner Julia Crawford is given the opportunity to plan three weddings, she jumps at the chance. What could possibly go wrong? …

Forget bridezilla, Aimee’s future mother-in-law is the stuff of nightmares – hell bent on taking over the wedding entirely. Worse still, her fiancé, Jon, seems oblivious. Aimee’s starting to wonder if she and her groom-to-be are right for each other after all…

Body shy Debbie is on a mission. She’s determined to shed a lot of pounds before the big day. As the wedding inches closer, will the new Debbie lose sight of what’s really important? Gill loves Mike and their blended family of five kids to bits, but with a house full of teenage hormones and her eldest, Kelly, struggling with so much change, Gill is feeling the pressure...

As the women bond over cake and a cuppa, can they each resolve their wedding woes before the big day?




Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Guest Reviewer Amanda reviews Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hillary

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Headline (28 Aug. 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1472207696
ISBN-13: 978-1472207692

Synopsis: Called to a woman's refuge to take a routine witness statement, DI Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder.

Trying to uncover the truth from layers of secrets, Marnie finds herself confronting her own demons.

Because she, of all people, knows that it can be those closest to us we should fear the most . . .
Saturday, 25 July 2015

Guest Reviewer Johnny: His book reviews from May 2015...

One of my guest reviewers Johnny is the type of bloke that sums up a book in a few very short but eloquent sentences. He tends to read a lot of books I wouldn't and although his reviews are short and sweet I like to feature them as a list rather than individually. He is also quite critical and he rarely scores a book 5/5, but that is actually something I love! Half the time I have to Google words he uses but that's what makes me happy. I love the fact that everybody has differing opinions and I am now eagerly waiting to see what he rates as 5 stars and then will pounce on a copy! For synopsis on the below books hit the image and the Amazon page will load will all the info you need. Here are his books reviews from May.

The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney

Johnny's Rating: 4/5

Johnny's Review: Fourth in the Sean Corrigan police procedural series. Much to like in a pacey, gripping storyline complete with regulation gratuitous violence.
Maverick detective with "personal issues present and correct, complete with criminal mastermind who can only be brought down by our hero.

Despite  the somewhat clichéd story the book is very well written and Luke Delaney has a  good ear for realistic dialogue.

So a very readable and gripping story that is recommended. My only criticism; I guessed the culprit well before Sean Corrigan did in the book.

For a top notch copper to miss some fairly obvious clues was a bit puzzling!

The Morgenstern Project by David Khara

Johnny's Rating: 3/5

Johnny's Review: Part of "The Consortium" thriller series featuring Mossad super agent Eytan Morgenstern. As  before the agent and his friends despatch battalions of villains with effortless ease whilst solving the riddle of why The Consortium is helping in the production of advanced prosthetics for use by the military.

No don't ask, as before the plot and characters are just this side of completely barmy. The problem with a man so tough he makes Jack Reacher look  limp wristed is the certitude that he will prevail, no matter how unlikely the situation.

Nevertheless, as in previous books it rattles along at a cracking pace and is actually well written with some smart dialogue. So yes, it's worth giving it a go, but just park your credulity before you start and it will while away a couple of hours quite entertainingly.

Shadow Ritual by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

Johnny's Rating: 3/5

Serviceable, proficient thriller in the same ethos as The Da Vinci Code, but slightly better written. The plot revolves around Freemasonry, magic elixirs and the like with a dash of the Knights Templar thrown in for good measure.

Although there is plenty of action and gratuitous violence the authors have given themselves a problem regarding subject matter. The fact is, that by trying to explain arcane Freemason ritual and symbols they have , by necessity, been forced into a good deal of exposition as the general public are ill informed on the matter.

Nevertheless, not a bad book with a hero and heroine who tick all the boxes in terms of brains and brawn and dastardly modern day Nazis (yes the usual Aryan brotherhood  story). If that's what you like you can do a lot worse than give this a try.

Blood Relatives by Stevan Alcock

Johnny's Rating: 3/5

Johnny's Review: Unlike anything I've read before. The book deals with the growing up, and coming out, of a young, gay man in Yorkshire in the 1970s. Using the attacks of the Yorkshire Ripper as a background and counterpoint to the misadventures of young Ricky, its a book that cannot be conventionally categorised. Written entirely in what I presume to be a realistic Yorkshire dialect it covers a period I well remember, although the lives of the Yorkshire people bear no relation to anything I , as a soft southerner,  remember from that time.

I can recommend this book as a well written story with good, appropriately foul mouthed, dialogue. Did I enjoy it? Up to a point , but the people, places and lifestyle described are so alien  that. In terms of commenting on veracity and verisimilitude, I'm about as qualified as I would be on whether an   Iain M .Banks  novel. is scientifically accurate.

Mayhem in Margaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux

Johnny's Rating: 3/5

Johnny's Review: Another in the winemaker series. Continuing on with the successful format this episode sees our intrepid heroes dealing with a murder and a case of wine fraud i.e. relabeling as Bordeaux swelters in a heatwave.

As usual the crimes are dealt with using minimal effort and Benjamin and Virgile close the case with minimal fuss. There is the usual avalanche of wine facts and interestingly the Margaux wines are given a good kicking,, especially Chateau Margaux.
As before reading a book in this series is like putting on an old jumper, reassuring, comforting and not too challenging.

The Last Moriarty by Charles Veley

Johnny's Rating: 3/5

Johnny's Review: Perfectly serviceable offering in the style of Conan Doyle with multiple clues, red herrings and a clever conclusion. Definitely keeps to the style of the original works and lots of good period detail and  a fluent prose style.

My main problem is not with the book at all but with  the current TV series Sherlock. The fact that Messrs Gatiss and Moffat have dragged the franchise into the 21st.century made it difficult for me to accept what seemed an anachronistic step into the past.

This is probably a defect on my part and I would certainly not want to denigrate the book which is a respectable and more than adequate addition to the genre.

Paris Ransom by Charles Rosenberg

Johnny's Rating: 4/5

Johnny's Review: Enjoyable, pacey thriller set in the Parisian corridors of power. All the usual boxes are ticked, with the gendarmerie, intelligence services, shady Russian gangsters and venal French art dealers double crossing each other at every opportunity. Thoroughly entertaining if you ignore a couple of plot contrivances and an interesting stylistic device in having the plot driven forward from the point of view from several different characters,

The author is thoroughly versed in the French police and legal systems and has written a very good thriller.

Recommended as a very good thriller with authentic French settings and written with appropriate joie de vivre.

The Harder They Come by TC Boyle

Johnny's Rating: 4/5

Johnny's Review: Very well written crime thriller by an obviously talented author.

Yes, you can anticipate the "but" that is coming next. But the downside is that the characters are universally abhorrent with seemingly no redeeming characteristics between them. In fact I found them so unattractive I was hoping most of them a rapid end. Unfortunately that was not the case.
Sorry to be so critical of an obviously gifted writer, but when  , as a reader, you can find no empathy with any of the participants in a story, then the reading experience is not likely to be  a happy one. Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Friday, 24 July 2015

Kat's Book Review of Killer Smile by RC Bridgestock

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1674 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (25 Jun. 2015)

Synopsis: A killer with a macabre passion for human teeth stalks the residents of Harrowfield.

Three linked murders means Assistant Chief Constable Wendy Smythe is brought in to take ultimate charge of the serial murder investigation, and she is adamant on managing the task akin to a drama. Dylan has to dig deep to remain professional.

Chilling, ultimate and full of menace. There is dark suspicion that nobody is safe until the perpetrator is apprehended. Will the ring of steel wrapped around Harrowfield bring the psychopath to justice?

Coupled with the fact Dylan and Jen’s daughter Maisy is hospitalised with an undiagnosed serious illness; Jack is under pressure on all fronts.
On a happier note Jen’s dad Ralph, introduces the pair to his new lady friend but all is not as rosy as it seems three hundred miles away on the Isle of Wight, when her son brings the police to their door.
Dylan shares intelligence with The National Crime Agency which brings back a deep seated anguish of fallen colleague DS Larry Banks. Can he help them capture the boss of an international drugs cartel, and if so will it bring Dylan closure?
Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Guest Reviewer Amanda's Book review of Sword of Damocles by Andrew Barrett

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3712 KB
Print Length: 297 pages
Publisher: Andrew Barrett; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2015)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English

Synopsis: When the remains of a woman are found in a burnt-out car, Eddie Collins reluctantly teams up with his enemy, DI Benson, to untangle the knot of lies behind this apparent suicide.
In the midst of all this, Eddie’s life grows more complicated by the day; his perfect relationship is suffocating him. As a CSI in the Major Crime Unit, he is also being forced to accept a promotion that he doesn’t want, leading a team that he can’t control or tolerate. Even when the mystery is solved, proving it turns out to be deadly.
Monday, 20 July 2015

(Other Fiction) - Kat's Book Review of The Great Village Show by Alexandra Brown

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper (30 July 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0007597398
ISBN-13: 978-0007597390
Synopsis: Tindledale is in a tizzy . . .

The Village Show competition is coming around again and after last year’s spectacular failure, the villagers are determined to win. Meg, teacher at the local school, is keen to help and to impose some much-needed order.

After a terse encounter with a newcomer to the village, Meg discovers that it is celebrity chef and culinary bad boy, Dan Wright. Meg thinks he is arrogant and rude but rumour has it that Dan is opening a new restaurant in the village which could really put Tindledale on the map.

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