#Blog Tour #Review: Playing with Death by Simon Scarrow and Lee Francis. @annecater @headlinepg

Blurb: FBI Special Agent Rose Blake has faced evil and survived.

Haunted by a failed undercover mission, Rose is finding it hard to shake the memories of her close encounter with a ruthless serial killer – one who is still free, and could strike again without warning.

The call to investigate a suspected arson attack that’s left a man dead is a welcome distraction. It’s not the kind of case usually assigned to the FBI, but nothing about this crime is usual. As Rose digs deeper, she finds herself confronting the sort of imagination her son might see in the fantasy worlds of his video games. 

But when your opponent is a killer, nothing feels like a game. . .

My Review: I had high hopes for this book. It sounded really good when I read the blurb but while it wasn’t a bad read it never quite reached my expectations. The pace was not what I expected and it didn’t grab me and make me want to keep reading. 

The premise of the story is really interesting and very relevant to the current, constant advances in technology and the amount of technology we use in our daily lives. The characters were realistic and fleshed out enough that I could understand why they reacted the way they did to new discoveries and developments in the story. 

There’s lots of intrigue and storylines are woven together without confusion and connections appear where you might not expect them to. It’s a good read, it really is I just expected more from it and found it wanting in that department. 
About the authors:

 


A regular on the Sunday Times bestseller list with his historical novels, Simon Scarrow launches an exciting new strand to his writing with PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with Lee Francis: both an edge-of-your-seat thriller and a terrifying exploration of the dangers of the modern world. 

Simon’s Eagles of the Empire novels are legendary amongst readers of historical fiction, and all his novels, have been acclaimed by reviewers and readers alike. Prior to writing fiction Simon worked as a teacher and lecturer; he is now a full-time writer.

Lee Francis worked for several years in the world of film, TV and advertising as a script reader and assistant director. PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with his former lecturer Simon Scarrow, is his first novel.


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#Blog Tour #Giveaway : The Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot. @janelinfoot @rararesources 

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Little Cornish Kitchen. I’ve not been able to review this book so this is a post with book blurb and author info along with details of the giveaway running during the tour.

Blurb: 

It’s time to come home to Cornwall.

With an exciting new life in Paris, Clemmie Hamilton isn’t looking forward to heading home to the picturesque but sleepy village of St Aidan, Cornwall. However, when she discovers that the cosy apartment by the sea, which her grandmother left to her, is under threat from neighbour and property developer, Charlie Hobson, Clemmie realises she can’t abandon her home in its time of need.

With her childhood friends encouraging her, Clemmie decides to turn the apartment into ‘The Little Cornish Kitchen’ – a boutique pop up pudding club raising money for the repairs to the building in an effort to stop Charlie once and for all. But when Charlie and his easy charm won’t seem to go away, everything soon becomes even messier than the state of Clemmie’s Cornish kitchen…

Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Cornish-Kitchen-Jane-Linfoot-ebook/dp/B076JW252H  

Giveaway – Win a signed copy of The Little Cornish Kitchen, Mermaid Notebook and Sugar Unicorns (Open Internationally)

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About the author:

Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket. 
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines. 

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse,  an imprint of Harper Collins.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook or her Personal Page Facebook. She’s also on Instagram, and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.

#BlogBlitz #Review : Barnabas Tew and The Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan @ColumbkillNoon1 @rararesources

Today I am taking part in the birthday celebration for the unusual book that is Barnabas Tew and The Case of the Missing Scarab. I bought this myself a little while back but as with so many books hadn’t had the chance to read it yet so when I got the chance to take part in this birthday blitz I couldn’t possibly say no. So read on and find out what do thought of a most unusual book. 

Blurb:  Barnabas Tew, a detective in Victorian London, is having a hard time making a name for himself, probably because most of his clients end up dead before he can solve their cases. His luck is about to change, though, for better or worse: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, notices him and calls him to the Egyptian underworld. A terrible kidnapping has occurred; one that promises to put an end to the status quo and could perhaps even put an end to the entire world. It is up to Barnabas (along with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) to discover the culprit and set things to right. Can he turn his luck around and solve the most important case of his life?
Purchase Link – mybook.to/Barnabas

My Review:  I’ve always found Ancient Egypt and their beliefs fascinating so when I found a book that mixed them with crime fiction I was intrigued. Barnabas Tew is a bumbling detective with ideas of being a real life Sherlock Holmes, though in reality is actually not that good at being a detective and fails to solve many of his cases. 

However, one day a former client recommends him to Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead, who then hires Barnabas and his assistant, Wilfred, to solve a very serious crime indeed. Throughout the book Barnabas and Wilfred try to solve the case they have been assigned while trying to navigate the underworld and its unusual inhabitants. 

I enjoyed this book, right from page 1 it had a quirkiness about it that set the tone for the rest of the story. Although we don’t know a great deal about Barnabas and Wilfred we get to know their characters more as the story progresses and they make interesting decisions and react to the consequences of them. I felt the gods that they met during their investigation were quite well written and easy to picture, which for me is important. The characters of the gods were clear and came out of the page which would be appropriate given their high status. I did find the story a little repetitive and a bit too long but other than that I really enjoyed it. 

It’s such an unusual book that it’s hard to know what to say about it. The story works because all of it is quite strange. The thought of someone being summoned to the Egyptian underworld is almost ridiculous so the only way it works is to have a peculiar and bumbling detective like Barnabas. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all so if you prefer your crime fiction sensible and procedural this might not be the book for you. If, however, you fancy something completely different it might be worth trying it out. 


About the author:  

Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.
In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).

Social Media Links –  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan/ 

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/columbkillnoon1?lang=en 

#BlogTour #Review : This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell. @JillMansell @headlinepg @annecater  #RandomThingsTours

I am over the moon today to be taking part in the blog tour for this fabulous book. Huge thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for letting me take part in the tour. This is a book you should read whether you’ve read Jill Mansell before or not so, to understand why I’ve said that, read on and find out what I thought………

Blurb:  If  Essie  hadn’t written that letter  –  the one  that went  viral  –  she’d never have found out just how much life there is to be lived… 

On  the  one  hand,  if  Essie  hadn’t  written  that  letter  –  the  one that only  her  best friend  was  meant  to  see  –  then  she’d  still  be  living like  an  actual  proper  grown-up, tucked  up  with  Paul  in  his picture-perfect  cottage,  maybe  even  planning  their wedding… 

On  the  other  hand  (if  her  true  feelings  hadn’t  accidentally  taken the  internet  by storm  that  is)  she  never  would  have  met  Zillah and  Conor  –  not  to  mention  Lucas. And she’d never have found out just how much life there is to be lived… 

My Review:  I would have posted this review a bit earlier today that this but I stayed up late finishing the book and had to have some down time to let it all settle. It’s been a weird week which meant I ended up starting the book yesterday but that wasn’t a problem as I read it all the same day. I didn’t rush it, I watched tv, went on social media, cooked dinner and still had time to read the book. This is how good it is. I had other things to do and things that could have distracted me for longer but the book kept calling me back to it.

I’ve had a bit of a stressful time recently but everytime I went back to this book all of that disappeared. I got lost in the story, the relationships between the characters, and the characters themselves who were so well-written they leapt off the page fully formed. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that has given me this much escapism but this one delivered it in bucket-loads. 

There are a few different, intertwined stories here but they all wove around and between each other really well. There was no confusion or mix ups of who was doing what, just a fabulous story that grabs you and won’t let you go. The page count is a little longer than I usually read but there was so much in those pages and the story flowed so well that I barely noticed the extra few pages.  

I’ve read a lot of books by authors that write in this genre and I’m not saying that they aren’t good, they are (mostly) but this book is a level above the rest. This is what new authors should be aspiring to, a story that grabs you from page one, weaves in characters and then leaves you at the end with all of the ends tied up, even the tiny ones, knowing that although this stort is finished the characters will continue to live their lives as they did before you started reading.  

If you haven’t read anything by Jill Mansell before I would urge you to try this. This is the first book of hers that I’ve read and I honestly cannot believe it’s taken me this long to do that. Go on, get a copy of this and a really luxurious drink (I would suggest hot chocolate, but maybe not during a heatwave!) and get stuck in, it’ll be worth it!
About the author:

Jill  Mansell  is  the  author  of  over  twenty  Sunday  Times  bestsellers including  The  One  You  Really  Want  and  Meet  Me at  Beachcomber Bay. Take  a  Chance  on  Me  won  the  RNA’s  Romantic  Comedy  Prize, and  in  2015  the  RNA  presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.  

Jill’s  personal  favourite  amongst  her  novels  is  Three  Amazing Things  About  You,  which  is  about  cystic  fibrosis  and organ donation;  to  her  great  delight,  many  people  have  joined  the  organ donor  register  as  a  direct  result  of  reading this novel. Jill  started writing  fiction  while  working  in  the  field  of  Clinical Neurophysiology  in  the  NHS,  but  now  writes  full time. She lives in Bristol with her family. 












#BlogTour #Review : An Oriental Murder by Jane Bastin. @rararesources @JaneJanebastin 

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for An Oriental Murder. While there is nothing unusual in me reading crime fiction, this book is set in Istanbul and is the first book I’ve set there or anywhere in Turkey. So, read on and find out what I thought….

Blurb:   The Pera Palas hotel in Istanbul, Turkey plays host to the Agatha Christie Writers’ Congress when real life imitates fiction. The bodies of the Prime Minister and his occasional mistress are found dead in one of the hotel’s locked rooms surrounded by bodyguards. Seemingly, no one could get in or out, and yet… 

Inspector Sinan Kaya is convinced that foreign agents are culpable, and that the murders are linked to the recent spate of killings of Turkish government officials.

Within this complicated, crime riddled city, Sinan Kaya’s moral compass never falters. Not concerned with threats of dismissal from the force, he cuts his own path through the investigation, determined to uncover the truth.

An Oriental Murder is a tale of espionage and murder set against the backdrop of beautiful Istanbul, the ancient city where east and west meet.

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oriental-Murder-Jane-Bastin-ebook/dp/B07CKZW2WD/

My Review:  I have to admit that when I began this book I wasn’t too keen on it. Some of the initial characters I found quite irritating and had little patience for them. However, through them, like a quietly flowing stream came Inspector Sinan Kaya, and from then on the book improved hugely. Sinan is a character I would compare to M J Lee’s Inspector Danilov, quiet, methodical, focused on getting the job done, and with some unusual methods that mean few want to work with him. However, like Danilov, Sinan has someone who wants to work with him and recognises and tolerates his quirks because he understands that they make him a better Inspector rather than one to be avoided. 

The pairing of Sinan and Sergeant Mehmet is a good one, almost at times like Morse and Lewis back in the day. One focused almost solely on the job and the other with a few other responsibilities to consider. I really enjoyed their pairing and the contrast between the characters. I also liked Sinan’s no-nonsense attitude, not uncaring just not interested in the superfluous details. 

The city of Istanbul came alive as well, the descriptions were vivid and clear though there were a few times when I struggled to get a picture of where the characters were going but there were only a few of these which meant they didn’t detract too much from the story itself. There are a lot of threads going on in this story, many of which are political or politically linked in some way. However, these threads are handled in such a way that means they don’t get confusing or tangled, always a plus for a reader. 

I really enjoy detective pairings that are a little unusual and this one is no different. I can only hope that this book is not a stand alone but the first of a series so that I can follow Sinan and see where his life takes him next.
About the author:

Jane is a storyteller, writer, traveller and educator. Having lived and worked for over thirty years in Turkey, Jane has amassed a breadth of experiences that have led to the writing of the Sinan Kaya series of novels. Of course all characters and events are fictitious!  

Fluent in both English and Turkish, Jane writes in both languages and has had a range of articles published in Turkish periodicals and magazines alongside British newspapers. 

Jane now divides her time between rainy Devon and sunny Turkey.

Social Media Links –  https://twitter.com/JaneJanebastin 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.bastin.9887 

#BlogTour #GuestPost : The Vanished Child by M J Lee. @rararesources @writermjlee

I am delighted to be involved in this blog tour today. I have a fascinating guest post from the author about the truth behind the story in The Vanished Child. It’s a really interesting, though sad, read that I would recommend everyone reads before reading the book itself.

Blurb:  What would you do if you discovered you had a brother you never knew existed?

On her deathbed, Freda Duckworth confesses to giving birth to an illegitimate child in 1944 and temporarily placing him in a children’s home. She returned later but he had vanished. 

What happened to the child? Why did he disappear? Where did he go? 

Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator, is faced with lies, secrets, and one of the most shameful episodes in recent history as she attempts to uncover the truth.

Can she find the vanished child?

This book is the fourth in the Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone novel.

Every childhood lasts a lifetime.

Purchase Link – myBook.to/vanishedchild


Guest post: How true is the family history in The Vanished Child?

Between 1869 and the end of the 1960s, around 130,000 British children, both boys and girls, and some as young as four years old, were sent to the former colonies. This is a best guess, as nobody has come up with an exact figure yet.

They were part of a child migration scheme involving children from problem families and single-parent families, illegitimate children and children whose parents had abandoned them. Despite their description at the time, very few of these child migrants were actually orphans. The majority still had at least one parent still alive in the United Kingdom.

Until 1987, the plight of these children lay buried beneath a shroud of official blindness, bureaucratic incompetence, official secrecy and downright lies. At this time, Margaret Humphreys, then working for Nottingham Council as a social worker, became aware of the children by accident when a case she was working on revealed their existence. She went on to form the Child Migrants Trust, which is still the leading charitable organisation for these children.

My own knowledge of their plight came by accident too. I was researching in Manchester Central Library one summer’s day, on June 30, 2016, when I came across an exhibition in the foyer of old inmate books, dated 1894, from a children’s charity. 

One of the books was open at the page for Mary Nettleship from Ardwick in Manchester. Her story was sad but unfortunately typical. Her mother had died and her father was an alcoholic. She and her sister were placed in a care home at the ages of 9 and 12. On May 9, 1895, both sisters were sent aboard the SS Vancouver, bound for Canada. There was a picture in the book taken of Mary, wearing a long black dress, with short, cropped hair and a lonely look in her eyes. On the next page were two reports from a Canadian inspector, detailing that Mary had been placed with a Canadian family in Adolphstown, Ontario to work as a domestic. She had also been separated from her younger sister.

My curiosity was aroused. How had a young girl from Manchester ended up across the Atlantic? How had her father allowed this? (In the book it stated that he couldn’t be found.) Had he given permission? Why were the sisters separated? What happened to young Mary?

A week later I was in London to meet with my editors and publishers at the HarperCollins summer party, being held in the Victoria and Albert Museum. By chance, I noticed the museum had an exhibition on child migrants. I went back the following day and spent the afternoon looking at the exhibits. 

The seed for the book was planted that day, and I spent the next two months researching the history and personal stories of the child migrants.

The more I researched, the more I became perturbed by their experiences of transportation to Australia.  The Australian Commission into the Child Migrants concluded that between 7,000 and 10,000 children were sent to the country in the post-war period, mostly in the 1950s. The organisations involved were the Catholic Child Welfare Society, the Fairbridge Society, Dr Barnado’s, the Salvation Army and the Church of England. 

In a difference from Canada, most were not sent to people’s homes or adopted. Instead, they were placed in institutions to be ‘trained’ as farmers and domestics before entering the workforce at the age of fifteen. Again, most were boys and girls, aged between four and fourteen at the time of transportation.

My book is a novel, and all the main characters are creations. However, I have tried to remain true to the experiences of the child migrants.

Harry’s early life with the Sisters of Mercy is based on contemporary memoirs and notes. The voyage out to Australia uses a wonderful book by David Hill, The Forgotten Children, as its main source, plus a host of archival material from government reports, Royal Commissions, oral histories and memoirs from the child migrants themselves.

The speech of welcome given to Harry and the child migrants in Perth is actually an earlier speech given in 1938 to a group of children by the Archbishop of Perth. But there are other examples in the post-war archives of the church’s involvement in the White Australia policy, and a desire to increase the population of young Catholics in Australia. 

Harry’s experiences in Bindoon Boys Town are shocking but unfortunately confirmed by the memoirs and evidence presented at a number of Royal Commissions. 

Emotional, physical and sexual abuse were all rife in the institution. The migrants were used as child labour to build the place itself; long hours of work were accompanied by severe beatings. Emotionally, they received little or no affection or love, and were treated as objects rather than children. 

Sexual abuse was also commonplace in the Boys Town. Several of the former brothers were convicted of the abuse of children, but others were not charged with any offence.

As a consequence of their treatment, many of the residents have reported the inability to form relationships with other human beings as a consequence of their treatment at Bindoon. Many have also experienced problems with alcohol, drugs or an inability to settle in one place. 

One of the most painful things to do is watch the  children arriving in Fremantle in the newsreels of the period, seeing the smiles on their faces as they looked forward to a new life in a new country and knowing what actually awaited them.

As a Roman Catholic myself, I have no desire to excoriate the church. In truth, the abuses of children and child migrants were systemic in government homes and in other charitable institutions, both in the United Kingdom and Australia. However, the treatment of the child migrants in the four Christian Brothers institutions in Western Australia was particularly cruel, calculating and abusive. 

And what happened to Mary Nettleship, the young girl who started me on this path?

I researched her history as far as I could through the documents available in Canada. She worked as an unpaid domestic until she was eighteen, and then she married a carpenter, with whom she had four children. She settled down in Toronto to bring up her family, but unfortunately died of heart disease in 1929, aged just 42. Her husband died later in the year, leaving their children as orphans. Was her death precipitated by her early life and the domestic labour she endured from twelve years of age? We will never know.

And what of Mary’s younger sister?

I have been unable to find her after the census of 1901. Did she marry? Did she die? I have not been able to find out what happened to her so far.

Perhaps, I will be able to discover the truth one day. So that she will not be forgotten like so many of the other migrant children from the cities of Great Britain.

I don’t believe any writer can do justice to the experience of the child migrants, but their story needs to be told.

As David Hall says in his book, ‘Every childhood lasts a lifetime.’

This is true for all of us.

About the author:

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.

When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

Social Media Links – 

Website: http://www.writermjlee.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/WriterMJLee

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/writermjlee

#BlogTour #Review : Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green. @rararesources @Rosie_Green1988

I am thrilled today to bring you a review of the lovely Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe. This is a follow on from Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe but can be read as a stand alone. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on this tour and sending me a copy of the book for review.  So, without further delay let me tell you what I thought of the book………..

 

Blurb:  Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

This novella is part of a trilogy:

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café

Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café

Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café

Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07C5CL9XF/

My Review:   I’m just going to dive right in here and say this is a lovely story. It can be read as a stand alone as I’ve already said though you do get a bit more depth of the friendship between Jaz, Fen and Ellie if you read the first book too.

For a short, easy read there is a lot of depth to the story. Jaz flees her home, not through choice but because she has to. She ends up in Sunnybrook where, after a bit of time to settle in and find her feet, she is doing quite well.  The village is lovely, it sounds like the typical English village with a village green and the addition of a duck pond. The story centres around the cafe, Brambleberry Manor, the duck pond and the place from which Jaz ran away, because sometimes it’s hard to escape somewhere than you think.

The story really comes to life, the characters are well-rounded and realistic and you find yourself wanting to be there with them, experiencing the highs and lows that they are going through. It’s a lovely, summery read and is ideal escapism if you want a few hours away from the realities of your own life. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the final book of the series to come out.

 


About the author:  

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988