New Release Spotlight: Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards.

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When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end.
But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth. Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams or the woman of his nightmares?

So another madly addictive and excellent thriller from the pen of Mark Edwards who is fast becoming a favourite of mine when it comes to adult psychological fiction with those lovely little twists and turns and mad misdirection that make a reading experience so much fun.

In this novel we meet Andrew who believes he MAY have found the love of his life. But all is not right and as more and more things go wrong around him, he begins to wonder just who it is he has become involved with…

Another difficult book to review without spoiling it that is for sure – things ebb and flow and just when you think you have grasped the point it will slip away from you – hey even I did not work out the truth behind the web of deceit until VERY late on, ooh just a touch more Mr Edwards and you’ll be in my hall of fame. It is absolutely addictive reading, no way once you start you will want to stop and as usual the author has brought his unique style and depth to his characters making you either love them dearly or loathe them with a fiery vengeance. Not a lot of inbetween really, not even with the more peripheral supporting cast.

I often thought Andrew was a bit dim but he was very appealing, I really liked Charlie even though it is entirely possible she is a bunny boiler…and all those around them were integral to the plot often in ways you didnt see coming. All in all terribly well executed as ever and written in a brilliantly readable and engrossing style.

Highly Recommended for fans of pyschological thrillers and crime. Perfect way to while away an afternoon.

Find out more here: http://vossandedwards.com/

Follow Mark on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mredwards

Purchase Information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Because-She-Loves-Mark-Edwards-ebook/dp/B00IX0U7NE/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409647415&sr=1-1&keywords=because+she+loves+me+mark+edwards

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Look out for the new novel from Mark with his partner in crime Louise Voss coming soon….I’ve read it and will be talking about that one soon.

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Mark Edwards will be back on the blog soon telling us why HE writes as part of my ongoing “Why we Write” drop in feature and I’m going to be tracking him down to ask intelligent (well, possibly intelligent) questions about “Because She Loves Me” as soon as I can so look out for that as well.

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Liz Currently Loves…..Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

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Publication Date: Available Now from Puffin.

Source: Purchased copy local bookshop.

Cinder is trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her.

Absolutely brilliant – I read Cinder and was amazed, now I’ve read Scarlet and am even more immersed into that world, I adore it with a passion, unexpectedly so I have to say. What I thought might be an enjoyable read, another fairytale twist in the tale, has become an absolute obsession. I’m holding on by my fingernails not to pick up Cress right now because I know that the next book in the series is a while away yet…

So in this instalment the focus shifts somewhat to Scarlet, who is desperately searching for her Grandmother. Teaming up with streetfighter Wolf, whom she is unsure that she can fully trust, she embarks on a quest to find and save Grandma, and a terrifically addictive new adventure begins. At the same time Cinder attempts escape from prison, getting entangled with the wisecracking Thorne in the process – and these two different partnerships are set on a collision course of pure reading joy.

I just love this writing – an intelligent, flowing and absorbing adventure that brings emotion, thrills, spills and an imaginative and unique twist on some oft told tales. A brilliantly drawn “other” world and great depth to the characters makes for an absolutely enthralling yarn  that you just will not want to stop reading…it is one of those books where you are just DYING for things to happen. For Scarlet and Cinder to join forces, for Scarlet to find her Grandmother, for Wolf to fight his inner urges, the list is endless and those pages will practically turn themselves as Marissa Meyer leads you through that strange and wonderful place with a wry eye and a definite flair for the dramatic.

As with Cinder and leading into Scarlet, again the set up for the next book in the series, Cress, is pitch perfect. Moving the story forwards, as we learn more about the Lunars and the evil plans of Queen Levana (oh I DO love to hate that woman) and watch Cinder trying to come to terms with all she has discovered, whilst at the same time meeting and falling for Scarlet and co, I don’t think I have read such a perfect “Book 2″ in a series for a long time. This in no way suffers from second book syndrome and to my mind is head and shoulders above the sheer magic that was “Cinder” so to say I am excited for “Cress” would be putting it mildly. I will hang on in there though…possibly.

A fantastic read. Absolutely sparkling. A little slice of reading heaven. Nothing else to be said…

Find out more here: http://www.marissameyer.com/

Follow Marissa Meyer on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/marissa_meyer

Purchase Information: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/marissa+meyer/the+lunar+chronicles3a+scarlet/9303708/

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Created – The Destroyer. One Epic Series.

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So a bit of a trip back in time here – very pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Created the Destroyer, a literary reboot.

About the book:

 

When ex-New Jersey cop Remo Williams is electrocuted for the murder of a dope-dealing goon, CURE, a super-secret government agency that doesn’t really exist, schemes to resurrect Remo as the ultimate killing machine that will carry out most of its dirty plans. Under the direction of expert assassin Master Chiun, Remo is transformed into the Destroyer and launches a series of secret plots to dissolve the underworld.

 

 

In Visual form:

 

In 1985 the series was made into a movie: Remo – The adventure begins. And now Sony Pictures has signed up IRON MAN 3 director Shane Black to direct THE DESTROYER, a Hollywood film inspired by this legendary thriller series. Exciting!

 

Review:

So, a confession – I LOVED the now admittedly rather cheesy 1985 movie Remo, it was one of my favourites back in the day. Yes judge me all you like but I was unaware that there was actually a series of books attached to that – so when I was asked to take part in this blog tour I was intrigued to say the least.

So I dived into “Created: The Destroyer” and what I found was a short but sweet and HIGHLY entertaining read that had a marvellous mix of thrills, spills and ironic humour. It was actually terrific to live for a while in a world without mobile phones, instant communication on the net and get back to some basics – Starting off with Remo awaiting death, the opening will immediately draw you in and make you want to keep reading.

As the story progressed, I found it to actually be quite different to the movie, although the heart of it was there. The character progression for Remo was fascinating, more emotionally resonant at first he soon becomes quite dark as his whole world changes – and this first instalment sets up a world that you will definitely want to return to.

The only small problem is that a lot of action is packed into a short amount of time so occasionally you feel that you lose the characters a little – however that does not detract from the pure enjoyment this read will give you, and as it is a series there is plenty of time for more depth to develop.

Overall a terrific little read, it won’t take you long and the best thing I can say about it is that it really is true escapism.  Curl up with your tipple of choice and perhaps some chocolate (or in my case LOTS of chocolate) and enjoy!

 

To find out more: http://www.thecrimevault.com/exclusives/the-destroyer/

Purchase Information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Created-Destroyer-Number-Warren-Murphy-ebook/dp/B00M0KIR3U/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409385135&sr=1-1&keywords=created+the+destroyer

 

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The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks. Read before you see….

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Publication Date:  Film Tie In new edition Publication Date: 11th September 2014. Original Available now from Sphere.

VERY excited to be part of the blog tour for The Best of Me – over to my lovely daughter Melissa who read and reviewed the book. Make sure you read before you see and get to know “the incredible love story behind the autumn 2014 Hollywood blockbuster starring James Marsden”.

About the Book:

They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks – with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart.

Years later, the lines they had drawn between past and present are about to slip . . . Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again, and forced to confront the paths they chose. Can true love ever rewrite the past?

About the author:

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With over eighty-five million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve No. 1 New York Times bestsellers.

 

All Nicholas Sparks’ books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Nine of his novels have been adapted into major films: The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.
Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and family.

 

Mel’s Review:

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Although this book was no doubt a cliché from start to finish, I have to admit that it had me hooked from the very first page. As Liz well knows (and this is why she passes these books along to me) I am a fan of the mushy gushy romance, and Nicholas Sparks never fails to deliver.

The tragic story of Dawson and Amanda, torn apart as teenagers due to their severely different backgrounds and then thrown together as adults following the death of a mutual friend, is the epitome of what every girl looks for in her summer read – Add in a delicious layer of crime and violence as Dawson’s ‘wrong side of the tracks’ family seeks revenge, a good bit of mystery surrounding the last wishes of Tuck, their mutual friend, and not forgetting the guardian angel type being that Dawson believes is watching over him – you won’t want to stop reading!Highly addictive.

All that aside, the romantic/broody dialogue can honestly get a little over the top, and you might find yourself thinking as if anybody would EVER say that (while simultaneously wondering why no man has ever said it to you…) but that’s not to say it isn’t a great read. Four stars from me and we will definitely be seeing the movie!

 

Find out more and sign up for the newsletter here: http://uk.nicholassparks.com/

Follow the author on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/NicholasSparks

Purchase Information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Me-Film-Tie/dp/0751553336/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-2&keywords=the+best+of+me+nicholas+sparks

 

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White Crocodile by K T Medina. Asking the Author…

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One of the best debut’s I have read this year so far is the thrilling and also somewhat educational “White Crocodile” from K T Medina – so I set out to find out a bit more and here is what she had to tell me.

 

Tell us a little bit about what made you decide to set the book in Cambodia, and how much research was involved versus how much you were already aware of the problems over there.

 

White Crocodile is very personal to me because the idea for the novel came out of my own experiences. I had the idea for White Crocodile while I was working for Jane’s Information Group, the world’s leading publisher of defence intelligence information, as Managing Editor, Land-Based Weapons. As part of that role, I spent a month working alongside professional mine clearers in Cambodia, to find out what information they needed to help them to clear land mines more quickly and safely in the field. I was privileged to be able to get to know both Western and Khmer clearers and to spend time talking with Khmers – adults and children – who had lost limbs to land mines. Cambodia has the highest rate of land mine amputees per head of population of any country in the world and Khmers believe that someone who has lost part of their body has also lost part of their mind, so it is devastating to be an amputee there.

 

When I returned to England, I had the very strong sense that I wanted to shine a light into what I found to be a heartbreaking corner of the world. The device of a page turning thriller that drew people into the story and characters whilst at the same time taking them into this world was, I felt, a great way to shine that light.

 

Despite Tess having had a difficult time, she is a very strong female protagonist – is she based on anyone in life?

 

The friends who have read White Crocodile say that they see a lot of me in Tess, and I suppose that, following the old adage of ‘write about what you know’, I would agree. I was definitely inspired by the experiences that I have had both in the Territorial Army and at Jane’s.

It made absolute sense for me to write a female protagonist because Tess faces a tough emotional journey in White Crocodile and I felt that, as a woman who has worked in stressful, male dominated environments, I would be able access her feelings and emotions in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to do if my protagonist was male.

 

There are some dark themes running through the narrative – spousal abuse for example – were there portions of it that were difficult to write?

 

I found a lot of White Crocodile very hard to write and there are chapters that, even now, when I read them again, make me teary! But my aim was to write a thriller that grabbed readers by the throat and by the heart, and that is what I have hopefully achieved with White Crocodile. I want readers to remember the novel and the issues it raises long after they have finished the last page.

 

 

Will you be returning to any of the characters from “White Crocodile” in future novels?

 

I loved living with Tess for the time I was writing White Crocodile, but she, and the other main characters in the novel, have been through so much that I think a sequel would be an anti-climax. I have written the first draft of my second novel, which also features a strong female protagonist with a military background, but that’s all I can say for now.

 

 One book you recommend to everyone.

 

All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. This novel, written in 1929, is set in the First World War, but written by a German, from the German perspective. It illustrates that the armies on both sides were made up of frightened young men who wanted nothing more than to be home with their loved ones, but who, on returning, felt detached from civilian life because of the horrors they had experienced. I have read this novel more than any other over the years.

 

Tea, Coffee or other?

 

Coffee first thing to wake me up, tea throughout the day and New Zealand or Aussie sauvignon to finish.

 

No 1 item on your bucket list (if you have one!)

 

I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, it would be to backpack around the world again. Having young children means that holidays invariably end up being on a beach somewhere and I miss the immersion in other countries and cultures that backpacking with very little money encourages.

 

Favourite thing about writing.

 

Being able to escape to different worlds in the company of interesting, complex, albeit fictional, people. With a busy household, I also love that writing is solitary – I cherish the hours that I get to spend alone with my characters in a silent, empty house!

 

WHITE CROCODILE by K.T. Medina is out now, £12.99 (Faber & Faber)

 

Review

When emotionally damaged mine-clearer Tess Hardy travels to Cambodia to find out the truth behind her ex-husband’s death, she doesn’t know much about the country or its beliefs.
On arrival, she finds that teenage mothers are going missing, while others are being found mutilated and murdered. As local superstitions breed fear, Tess is drawn into a web of lies that stretches from Cambodia to another murder in England, and a violent secret twenty years old
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An absolutely thrilling yet quietly emotional read can be found within the pages of “White Crocodile” a novel that, for me, gave new life to the thriller and mystery genre and at the same time gave me plenty to think about – although the thinking came later, while you are immersed into the pages you won’t look up for anything…

One of the best books I’ve read recently for putting you right on the spot, the sense of place is expressive, the living conditions, the people, the danger they face everyday – the beauty of the prose puts you right there with them every step of the way. Seen through the eyes of main protagonist Tess Hardy – a strong, intelligent yet haunted woman who travels to the country seeking answers about the death of her ex-husband, the subtle ways the author manages to get under your skin make the book memorable and intelligent – this one will stay with you for a long time.

Add to that the fact that the mystery element is well plotted and brilliantly flowing in a way that captures the imagination and keeps you gripped throughout, the supporting cast of characters are all as well drawn and integral to the story as Tess is herself and you really do have a most amazing read. There are some emotive and terrifying issues running through the narrative, all handled in an extremely realistic and sympathetic way and overall this is without doubt one of the best debuts of the year and deserves a lot of attention. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to any reader, anywhere.

Find out more here: http://thriller-writer.com/

Follow the author on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/KatieMedina11

Purchase Information: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/k-+t-+medina/white+crocodile/10065485/

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Darcie Chan – The Mill River Redemption.

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Publication Date: Available now from Sphere – Paperback or Ebook.

Source: Publisher review copy

Having unexpectedly lost her husband and lacking the means to support herself, Josie DiSanti and her two daughters take refuge in the small town of Mill River, to live with Josie’s aunt, Ivy. The sisters, Rose and Emily, are inseparable growing up – until a shocking tragedy tears them apart. 

Years later, Rose and Emily return to Mill River for the reading of their mother’s will, where they learn that Josie would do anything to force their reconciliation: the sisters must move into neighbouring houses for the summer and work together to locate the key to Josie’s safe deposit box, which contains their inheritance. And so, left with no choice, Rose and Emily reluctantly begin their search. But in a place known for its magic and miracles, little do they know that an even greater treasure awaits them . .

A beautifully written and emotional family drama with a hint of mystery to it, I absolutely loved this story, character driven and intriguing with a wonderful sense of place and time.

It was easy to immerse myself in this world as the story ebbed and flowed backwards and forwards in time to give a picture of a family – Josie brings her children to Mill River, escaping from something, we are not sure what and over the course of time settles in and becomes an integral part of the community. Sisters Rose and Emily are inseperable but something goes horribly wrong and when we meet them at their mothers funeral, they have not been together for many years. Forced into communication by the terms of Josie’s will, a voyage of discovery begins for these two girls, one that is fascinating and emotive and will keep you turning the pages desperate to know the outcome.

There is a beautiful depth and complexity to the characters here, a story of forgiveness and redemption – neither of which are easy – and Ms Chan does not offer simple straightforward solutions but rather allows her characters to speak, to learn, to develop and accept over the course of events and the passing of time.

The best things about this book for me were firstly the true sense of community within this town that the author conveys – a place I would love to live and is now as real to me as anywhere I’ve experienced in real life. Added to that were some eclectic and wonderful supporting characters – who I believe get more of a story in Ms Chan’s first novel, The Mill River Recluse, which I must go back and read. Overall this gave a realism and quirky edge to a really graceful story.

Captivating throughout, often charming, always emotional, this was a heartfelt tale elegantly told. Highly Recommended.

Find out more here: http://www.darciechan.com/

Follow the author on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/DarcieChan

Purchase Information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0751557285/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0751557285&linkCode=as2&tag=shasboobou-21

 

 

 

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New Release: Rival by Penelope Douglas.

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A MUCH anticipated hot new release….

 

Publication Date: 26th August (E-book ) 6th November Paperback – From Piatkus.

 

About the author:

Penelope Douglas is a writer living in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers BULLY and UNTIL YOU. Rivals is the 2nd book in the “Fall Away” series.

About the book:

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war . . .

She’s back.

For the three years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game . . .

I’m back.

Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me . .

 

For fans of:

New Adult, contemporary romance.

 

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Find the author on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PenelopeDouglasAuthor

Follow the author on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PenDouglas

Purchase Information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rival-Fall-Away-Book-3-ebook/dp/B00M88TM1A/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1408950027

 

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Liz Currently Loves….Don’t Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams.

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Sheriff Ken Meltzer, from the small town of Whisper, finds the decomposing body of a girl deep in the Georgia forest. Next to her, the skeletal remains of another girl. One victim had been there for sixty days, the other for ten years. Drugs, theft and reckless speeders are the main worries in Meltzer’s county; homicide is not his speciality. A friend at the Atlanta Police Department recommends a freelancer Meltzer has never heard of – former FBI profiler and private detective Keye Street…

I absolutely adored this one, in that manic page turning way that a well written thriller can sometimes cause – this is actually book 3 in the “Keye Street” series but can easily be read as a standalone with no problem at all.

An extremely engaging and enthralling murder mystery, given added oomph thanks to the main protagonist – Keye Street is wise and wise cracking, with an intriguing background that makes you  immediately want to know more about her – and as I said on Twitter the other night, I DO like it when an author can bring the funny to a story that has a heart of darkness. This one certainly has that, as Ms Street is sucked into the vortex of an investigation involving the kidnapping and murder of children.

There is a wonderful mix of storytelling and character development here – and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, the “bad guy” not being immediately obvious, although I did get it before the reveal it was not until late in the game – the author is good at misdirection and superb at weaving a web of intrigue and suspicion whilst making the characters pop off the page. I adored Keye, but I equally adored the Sheriff and even the prickly Brolin had her moments.

I want to go back and read the previous two books – mainly because I did love all the characters so much, and in this instalment, Keye spends the majority of her  time in Whisper, so her normal sidekicks only have cameo roles – I’d like to be up to date with everybody before reading book four, which I hope will hurry the heck up!

Talking of Whisper, another thing I really enjoyed about this tale was the look at small town life – everyone knows everyone else pretty much and Keye has a problem persuading residents, even those in law enforcement, that the killer is likely to be someone they know and interact with everyday. It was fascinating and gave an added realism to the whole thing – I mean its true is it not, that we cannot ACTUALLY imagine that our neighbour is also a killer – but in real life as well as fiction this can sometimes turn out to be the case. I also liked that Keye herself does not get everything right – the rather generic theme of “our hero is always right but godarn it no-one is listening” is not a theme of this story, she follows the evidence and things chop and change. Another more realistic look at how such an investigation may progress.

Overall then an addictive, fun,  horrifying and scary in places read, with good depth of character and a flowing, captivating story that will keep you up into the early hours. Great stuff. More please.

Find out more here: http://amandakylewilliams.com/

Follow Amanda on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/AKyleWilliams

Purchase Information: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/amanda+kyle+williams/don27t+talk+to+strangers/10108504/

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Liz Currently Loves….The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes

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Publication Date: Available Now from Mulholland Books.

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The girl’s body lay on the steps of the Foundling Museum. She was dressed all in white, and tagged with the number 12.
Britain’s most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, murdered nine children before he was caught and locked away for life in Northwood high-security hospital. Now someone is carrying on his work. Four girls have disappeared in North London. Three are already dead…

So, the “Alice Quentin” series then – I got confuddled and read out of order, so I read and loved the 2nd book (A Killing of Angels) followed by the 1st book (Crossbones Yard) which I also loved and now here I am back on track with Book 3 – The Winter Foundlings.

For a start every single one of these has been beautifully written, very engaging and wonderfully constructed, top notch crime fiction with a well rounded and likeable yet flawed heroine in Alice Quentin. I have always had a soft spot for fiction written with a psychologist or profiler as a main protagonist (HUGE fan of Tony Hill from Val McDermid and Joe O Loughlin from Michael Robotham) and this series is definitely equal, if not on occasion overtaking those much loved books. The quality of storytelling, addictive reading and intriguing character building both of regular series characters and the supporting cast that arrive with each new case is terrific and each novel raises the stakes and becomes more and more entertaining.

In this instalment, Alice is hoping to take a more sedate role, doing some research at Northwood High Security hospital on the methods and results obtained there in their work with violent criminals – however when a childs body is found and another child goes missing she is once again sucked into the vortex of a police investigation right on her doorstep. With her usual indomitable style she faces danger with determination and it is compelling stuff.

What I love about Alice is how absolutely realistic she is in her thoughts, actions and how she is developing as time moves on. She may be a strong, independant and intelligent woman in what could very much still be described as a mans world – but she is also appropriately scared, able to accept and absorb the advice of others and has no tendency to feel hard done by. I LOVE that about her, she takes things in her stride but equally has very human emotions and responses that keep you right by her side throughout any and all circumstance. If you are going to stick with a series of books, you absolutely need someone in there that you want to know about, need to keep up with and who gives you that “YAY” feeling when you know another part of their story is on the way. Alice does all that and then some, through the extremely clever and great writing from author Kate Rhodes.

There are dark and violent themes running through the narrative, but all done in an authentic and real way with a clear eye towards facts where appropriate, obviously well researched in the backgrounds which gives all these books both an escape from the realities of your real life and an immersion into what could easily be the real life of the person standing next to you. Intelligent plotting with some real edge of the seat moments means that I really really cannot wait for book no 4. In my top 10 series I must read for sure.

Overall a brilliant read and definitely highly recommended for any crime fiction fan – or if you are about to dip your toe in the water of Crime fiction for the first time I think these would be a great start, as they are easy to read but offer great depth of story and character.

Find out more here: http://katerhodes.org/Kate_Rhodes/home.html

Follow Kate on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/K_RhodesWriter

Purchase Information: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/kate+rhodes/the+winter+foundlings/10096056/

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BroadChurch Beacon Blog Tour.

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Welcome to my stop on the Broadchurch  Beacon Blog Tour – whilst excitement is rising for series 2, the talented Erin Kelly took on the mantle of putting into literary form the addictive, highly popular tv show and boy did she do it justice and then some so….let me remind you what I told you when I said…

Lets Talk About Broadchurch….

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Right, so, the UK tv sensation of 2013 completely passed me by. Oblivious was I, having watched 10 minutes of the opening episode, then getting distracted by a book or possibly even by chocolate. Luckily I also managed to avoid any and all spoilers, so for me, apart from the fact that there was a body on the beach, I knew nothing.

When I found out that the novel version was to be penned by the devilishly twisty mind of the lovely Erin Kelly I was literally chomping at the bit – for many reasons. Firstly because I adore her books anyway and secondly, being the only person on the planet who did NOT know who murdered Danny Latimer, I wondered if I could work it out. We’ll come back to that one. First lets look at the book overall.

This was a genuine page turner for me, haunting, evocative, looking at a small town coming apart at the seams after a most horrific event. As suspicion rises in all quarters, it was compelling stuff. Its probably good that I can’t make comparisons between the tv portrayal of David (swoon) Tennant and Olivia Coleman and the characterisation provided by Ms Kelly here of Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, but both of those characters came to life in my head, as did every single one of the others. Emotionally speaking this was a shot straight through the heart – the grief bang in the centre of the Latimer family is brought into stark contrast by the police investigation going on around them – I did often have a tear in my eye especially when Danny’s mum Beth was having her darker moments, alone and in pain.

So yep, packing a definite emotional punch, one that I can’t imagine will be outdone by the viewing of it when I do that – I’ll move onto the heart of the mystery – just who DID kill Danny Latimer and why? Well according to many many people who I have spoken with, on the screen it was glaringly obvious. In the hands of Erin Kelly? Not so much. In fact I got it completely wrong. Utterly, I’m actually embarrassed that now she has had me twice on the twisty turny stuff, once with The Burning Air and now with Broadchurch. When I look back I realise that everything I needed to know was right there – what this author does so well is not hide the facts but make you look the other way. Misdirection. Cleverly done – especially since in this instance she was working from a story already told and to someone elses script. At which point I should say I am VERY much looking forward now to seeing Chris Chibnall’s vision of this story.

For now though I think that if you did watch the show, and loved it as many did, then this novel will absolutely enhance and expand that experience. Because for me, it would not have mattered one little bit if I had already known the culprit, the heart of this novel is not in the whodunnit, but in the emotionally charged atmosphere of the people and place involved. In a community where everybody knows everybody else and there is nowhere to hide, still Broadchurch has many  devastating secrets buried just below the surface. And as brilliant as ALL the actors who took part in the show surely are, you cannot see what they are thinking, feeling at depth or considering doing. That is where the novel will absolutely beat the visual medium I have no doubt. Because Erin Kelly can write characters straight out of real life and onto the page – in this case with a deft hand and an imaginative turn that will hold you gripped within the boundaries of Broadchurch for a good while.

Brilliantly done, loved it!

 

UPDATE: I have now watched the Broadchurch television experience and boy that was absolutely perfect. I can honestly at this stage say that the book and the show compliment each other perfectly. My own recommendation is to read then watch if you are lucky enough to still have this to discover…

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Happy Reading Folks!