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#BlogTour #Review ~ Dreaming of Venice by @TAWilliamsBooks @canelo_co @fayerogersuk

I’m delighted to be the first stop on the tour on Publication Day for this gorgeous book. I wish Trevor a very happy day and long may he continue to provide us with such enjoyable books 🙂 x

Find love, friendship and prosecco – in the magical city of Venice.

Life is tough for Penny. A dead end job in a London café, a boyfriend in Australia (what could go wrong?) and an art career going nowhere. But then Penny is approached with an extraordinary proposition.

It isn’t going to be easy but, if she can pull it off, she will turn her life around and at long last see the fulfilment of her dream – to visit Venice. And, just maybe, find true happiness with the handsome man of her dreams.

But can dreams come true?

Title: Dreaming of Venice
Author: T. A. Williams
Release Date: 24th April 2017
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Canelo
Format: Ebook
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About the Author

My name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Amazon.uk Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.
I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.

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My Review

I have said before Trevor is one of my favourite ‘feel-good’ authors so it comes as no surprise that I immediately leapt to read this ARC. While the cover is divine from a newbie readers viewpoint, I would read a book covered in brown paper by Trevor because you know it’s the contents within that make it magical and this story is no exception.

It begins dramatically, Penny Lane (yes, Beatles fans!) performs a brave rescue and from there her mundane life as a waitress and budding artist starts to change. She is approached by a mystery woman and rather bizarrely offered a job. Now this isn’t any ordinary employment but it has the potential for decent money and the possibility of getting Penny out of her basic accommodation and off the breadline. She immediately starts planning a trip to Australia to meet up with her boyfriend.

But things don’t go so smoothly in that direction yet Penny still dares to dream that she may make it as a big artist in Venice.

What follows is a wondrous story, full of warmth and humour especially difficult under the circumstances in places with the awful characters at times. The pleasantries of Venice shine through, it truly is a beautiful city and the descriptions are exactly as I remember it.

This is something slightly different for this author but he pulls it off tremendously and I’m delighted to report there is the suitable addition of a Labrador .. Gilbert is full of charm.

Read this and escape into a world of food, drink, sight-seeing but will Penny find love or achieve her dream? I’m being purposely vague because this is a book you will benefit from as you read it and form your own opinions. Needless to say it gets 5 stars from me.

Thanks to Trevor, Netgalley, Canelo and Faye for my ARC. I read and reviewed voluntarily 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Find Me at Willoughby Close by @katehewitt1 #Giveaway @NeverlandBT @TulePublishing

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she’s left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.

Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life–but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible…

Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. She even starts to date sexy local vet Tom Roberts–but when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.

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About the Author

Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life  Here.

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This is the third in the Willoughby Close series and in my opinion is my  favourite so far. This story veers away from the classic romantic boy meets girl approach with the obligatory hunk and swooning female. Instead it concentrates on Harriet and Richard’s marriage and the effect his actions have on the entire family.

It explores what the lure of money and ‘oneupmanship’ has and the qualities missing in human nature when that occurs. At first Harriet is a yummy mummy, three children who she rushes from one after school activity to another after she has been to the gym, hairdresser, shopping etc .. the kids are spoilt brats quite frankly, each has an electronic device never mind how young they are and the eldest Mallory has a pony who she is rather bored with!

Richard works away in London, Harriet floats around in the huge country house .. life is ‘good’ until one day for some unknown reason she checks the phone bill and her world collapses around her.

The lies, deceit, extravagances all mount up and it results in Harriet and the children arriving at Willoughby Close.

I really like the way this story unfolds and demonstrates how important family values are. There are certain things money can’t buy and it takes them all a long journey to re-discover life and what they want.

It pays to read the books in order because characters from the previous ones do appear and it’s lovely to catch up with them. 

This story really struck a few chords and I think it was superbly written. I went through a whole range of emotions while they all try to settle down and realise what it is they actually want/need from life or each other. Daisy was a particular favourite of mine.

I’m looking forward to meeting the mysterious Ava in the next book of the series. Brilliant entertainment, thanks to Kate, Netgalley, publishers and Neverland Blog Tours for the opportunity to read and review voluntarily. 

 

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#BookReview ~ Granny with Benefits by Marilyn Bennett @mbennett_author @matadorbooks

Grace is thirty-nine and not remotely convinced that life begins at forty.

When her grandmother dies she volunteers to pick up her belongings from the sheltered accommodation. It is the last place she expects to have a chance encounter with the first man she has been instantly attracted to in a very long time, particularly as she is dressed almost head to toe in her grandmother’s clothing and accessories.

Grace’s granny alter ego elicits a conversation with the man about love, death and the universe, which she is convinced would not have happened otherwise. This inspires her to throw caution to the wind and turn what should have been a simple case of mistaken identity into a dating introduction opportunity for the real her. A decision which sets Grace on a rollercoaster adventure of lies, secrets and lust, making her thirty ninth year one she won’t forget, but might well regret…

  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (12 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N10W5NG

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I was approached to read this book and judging by the title I had it in my mind it was going to be about a ‘poor’ old granny living on benefits! I was way off target and that will teach me to read the blurb or even look at the cover before forming an opinion.

In fact it surprised me by how refreshingly different it is. A story full of humour but also tinged with sadness when Grace inspects her life. She is approaching forty and needs a miracle if she is going to find life truly begins then. She is wanting to change and head in a new direction but I never would have thought of her approach.

She was in her own little world of memories clearing her deceased grandmother’s things from the sheltered home when in walks a gorgeous man to view the room. Now this wouldn’t have been a problem ordinarily but he picked the precise moment that Grace was trying on granny’s clothes and wig! Absolutely mortified she remains in ‘character’ while she talks to him and from there on her problems begin.

A whole lifestyle story unfolds whereby Dale and Grace (Louise) begin to form friendships and she is in a dilemma trying to juggle the two women. Grace fancies Dale or HoL (Heaven on Legs) as she dubs him but feels he has a deeper relationship with ‘Louise’. 

All begins to become fraught when friends and family start to suspect or unravel the scam. I really enjoyed the way Grace develops, she has to realise that being single isn’t so bad. She has a gorgeous nephew but doesn’t seem to have any maternal instinct at that time, there are some classic giggle moments. 

I’m not sure I would get along with Grace if I met her but Dale could certainly be entertained! 

As I said this is something different from the usual boy/girl romance and it was nice to read in that respect. It shows how tense some friendships/relationships can be when put under pressure. As it got towards the end I was anxious about the outcome .. all I will say is I hope there will be another book.

Thanks to the author, Netgalley and Debbie Elliott at Cameron Publicity for the ARC .. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

#ReleaseDay #Review ~ The Truth About Love by Vol.II Anna Bloom @annabloombooks @BarnardLaura

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The Truth About Love Vol II is out now!
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Synopsis
Cherry Donaldson goes through dates like some women go through coffee. So when she find herself in need of a temporary roommate, saying yes to the gorgeous guy—even if he’s not her usual type—is a bad idea. A very bad idea.

The last thing she expects is to fall into a friendship with Jared. But he makes it so easy. And before she knows it, the lines blur and his annoying habits become just a little bit charming.

Will Cherry break her own rules to take a chance on the guy she now calls a friend, or is The Truth About Love too much to bear?

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I read and reviewed the first in this series a couple of months ago (Review Here) and have been longing to see if this one reaches any conclusions. Previously we had Eve and Cameron’s story, this instalment focuses on Eve’s bestie Cherry.

Eve has to vacate the flat they share for a while to take care of her sick mother, meanwhile out of the blue Jared asks Cherry if she needs a temporary room mate, Cherry is not keen on having a boy to share but realises the rent money will come in handy.
She is adamant there will be nothing other than polite, courteous behaviour and they will tolerate each other. Jared manages to annoy Cherry at every turn! 
Eve is struggling, Cherry knows the background relationship she has with her mother but there is nothing she can do to help.  
As much as Cherry has vowed not to have another relationship Jared does his utmost to make himself helpful, he is a demon cook, could this be a way of breaking down her reservations!?
This is such a sweet story, the second novella in a series of four and as soon as I started reading I remembered why I enjoyed the first one so much. The writing is so easy, the characters so believable, you really wish you could be there to offer advice. I like all of them which is quite unusual and as much as Jared annoyed me at the beginning he rapidly showed his nicer/caring side.
There is a lot contained in a small amount of space and the ability to keep me on edge and to read it in one sitting and still leave me wanting more is quite an achievement. While it may appear as yet another NA romance there is a lot more depth to it than that.
I smiled while reading and felt genuinely sorry when it ended and I can’t wait for the next one! Full of humour, sarcasm, friendship and romance .. you will need to read to find out what becomes of the ‘Smelly Boy’!
Thanks so much to the Anna and Laura for my ARC .. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ The Chosen Path by Jason Hershey @therealjhershey #BookBoost

From the author of the emotional “To Die To Live”, comes the next riveting chapter of one man’s search to find his purpose in life. Thelonious “Theo” Mitchell, now a college freshman, is eager to put the death of his friend, Draven, in the past. Devoting himself to school and sports, he meets Sabrinna, a beautiful co-ed who sweeps him off his feet. Untrusting and hidden behind a wall, he allows himself to fall for her. Will he find his soulmate and someone who can restore his faith and trust in people? Or will she leave him reeling and continuing his search for a purpose in life?

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About the Author

I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona, currently residing in Cuyahoga Falls , Ohio. I have a BS in elementary education from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, where I also played football. I am married and have three children. I currently teach Pre-K children the fine points of reading and writing.

I have always been a writer having written poems and stories my whole life. I am humbled and flattered at the outpouring of support for this book as they take the journey with Theo and connect with the character I’ve created.

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After reading and enjoying ‘To Die To Live‘ (Review Here) I was delighted when Jason asked if I would read and review the next book.

I was desperate to find out what came next for Theo, a young man who had a troubled past and had captured a piece of my heart after reading his turbulent  journey into adulthood. 
The Chosen Path‘ continues his story .. he is still the same humble guy, he has manged to gain a place at college which is quite incredible considering his childhood. He works hard to succeed but finds his attention wandering from his studies when he spots a girl.
Sabrinna, is the beauty who is totally out of his league, his dating experience is pretty weak but this girl has ignited his spark and taken full control of his mind! The story follows their relationship and the inner struggles Theo has with trust. He isn’t used to opening up to anyone but she blows all his reservations out of the water.
This is written with compassion, the story flows and the reader feels the raw emotion each time Theo is longing for a text, phone call or gets a glimpse of her. It is young love portrayed with elation one minute then desolation the next. The road to love and relationships is never smooth and this allows you into Theo’s mindset.
It is only a short novella so a nice quick easy read, it certainly helps to read  ‘To Die To Live‘ first so you understand the background and appreciate where Theo is coming from. I enjoyed this, had a feeling I knew where it was going but at the end I saw the dreaded words ‘To be continued’…….. so now I will have to wait for the next book to catch up with Theo again. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ A Wedding in Italy by @TillyTenWriter @Bookouture

Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to finding love, there’s no place like Rome… 

Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo. 

All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material. 

With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale?

Let Rome steal your heart this summer in this gorgeously romantic escapist read. Perfect for fans of Jo Thomas and Abby Clements.

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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (14 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786811677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786811677

About the Author

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.
 
My Review
The beauty of a book by Tilly is you know you are in for a treat before you even begin. She has a natural storytelling ability that makes you want to curl up and go to wherever she is writing about.
 
This time it’s a follow on from Rome is Where The Heart Is, Kate is now living in the city, is keen to set up a business but has meagre savings a dingy flat and frankly needs a job to survive. But love should conquer all, right?
 
She is with Alessandro whom she adores but she also faces language barriers, his family, religious differences all meddling with her relationship.
 
The Conti family is a large one and Kate has to deal with them all. She gets along with most of his sisters but Maria is intent on splitting them apart, she feels Alessandro would be much better off with her friend Orazia who fancies the pants off him.
Mama Conti cannot accept her darling son will marry an English girl who is divorced!
 
Poor Kate has to run the gauntlet of acceptance .. she longs for her own family to support her but of course they are in another country.
I love Rome so this book feeds my desire for the atmosphere as well as all the food, great descriptive writing, don’t read if you are hungry!
 
I liked Kate and Alessandro and certainly didn’t envy them having to cope with such an extended family … a great story of family squabbles, twists and turns and plenty of entertainment for an ideal summer read.
My thanks to Tilly, Netgalley and Bookouture … I read and reviewed this voluntarily. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Kill or Die by @annevansauthor #BlogHounds @Bloodhoundbook

A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and

One of the burglars is injured.

In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband.  He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.

But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.

When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, Julia’s husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.

For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.

Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?

What will Julia decide when the choice is –  kill or die?

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I’ve always loved writing. What started as a hobby has now become a way of life. My children’s and YA books have been published by Scholastic Children’s Books, Usborne Publishing, Penguin Australia, Hometown World, Badger Learning and Astraea Press (Clean Reads). Plus there are a number of adults books published under my pen name of Ann Carroll – and more in the pipeline. The Beast published by Usborne won the raring2read category in the Coventry Literary Book Festival 2013. 2017 sees three new books being published, another YA reluctant reader book for Badger Learning entitled Keeper. An historical romance called A Place to Belong, and a crime thriller – working title Kill or Die with Bloodhound Books.
When I’m not writing I do school visits, run workshops and give talks.
My non-fiction career spans the last 30 years which includes 13 years at the Coventry Telegraph as a staff feature writer plus a great many freelance articles on a wide range of topics.

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Wow, this is one roller coaster of a book! I practically read it start to finish without drawing breath! 

Atmospheric, tense, filled with pure maternal instinct how far would you go to protect your child?

Julia has had enough of her husband Ian’s philandering and decides it’s time to leave. She pulls eight year old Lucy drowsily from her bed so they can leave under cover of darkness and before he arrives home. The night is foggy, visibility poor and she collides with another vehicle.

This is the beginning of the living nightmare. Real edge of your seat panic, will Julia and Lucy survive the fate that awaits them. Will Ian realise they have gone?

I instantly bonded with Julia, could relate to her feelings and overwhelming protective nature. Lucy was an innocent child but quite streetwise for her age.

Ian is portrayed as the guilty party and for a lot of the book I felt he got what he deserved but deep down he has love remaining for his family .. maybe he can blame his actions on a mid-life crisis!

The villains of the story Vincent and Nash are as creepy as hell. 

This is superbly paced, easy to read and provides all the chills. I won’t give any spoilers .. but if you had the to make the decision ‘kill or die’ to keep your child from harm I know what I would do!

Thanks so much to the author and Bloodhound books for the opportunity to read and be a part of the blog tour .. I reviewed voluntarily. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ The Beachside Flower Stall by @karenclarke123 @Bookouture

Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley. 

Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding

Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend… But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.

With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?

 

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After giving up her job as a library assistant, Karen now writes full-time. She’s had over 300 stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and abroad, and has written three paranormal romantic comedies, published by Little, Brown/Corsair. When she’s not writing she reads avidly, walks dogs at her local rescue centre, and is eagerly awaiting the next season of The Walking Dead. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.
My Review

I confess I haven’t read the first in this series even though it is sitting on my kindle but the opportunity came up to join the blog tour so this one got read instead. I certainly didn’t feel as though I was missing anything although I suspect there are some repeat characters, this is a compact story on it’s own.

You know if a beach is involved it should be good and this one has pretty flowers included! Carrie returns to the seaside town of Shipley when a health crisis strikes her Aunt Ruby.

She left ten years previously after her ‘best’ friend got off with the boy Carrie fancied. It was too painful for her to see Megan and Tom together so she went to Manchester and succeeded in becoming an accountant.

However now she has been made unemployed and Ruby needs help running her flower stall. What can be so difficult? Carrie simply watches a youtube video and away she goes ….  cue disaster!

Carrie has no idea about flowers, she doesn’t recognise any of the names let alone have a clue on how to arrange them. Then as if by some twist of fate Megan shows up and wants the flower stall to cater for her wedding, to Tom of all people! Megan is the type of person I would hate on sight, she is a world class bitch with no thought for anyone’s feelings but her own. She is incredibly well written I could almost see her smirk each time she spoke.

The ensuing drama is humourous and some of Carrie’s antics made me smile. The more serious side of the book involves Ruby and the reason behind her illness. If you have dealt with some of the circumstances then it’s understandable where she as coming from and I thought they were some of the best parts of the book. Carrie took a while to grow on me, at first I felt she was rather immature but the support she gives Ruby shows her in a different light. Will Carrie finally find her happy ending?

There are a great mixture of characters involved, something for everyone. This is an ideal book to read in the garden or by the pool. The writing flows nicely, I like the author’s style and the ability to reel the reader in so that you want to keep turning the pages. It was an enjoyable story and I will definitely be keeping an eye open for the promised Christmas book in the series.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Game Point by @MHollingdrake @Bloodhoundbook #BlogHounds

DCI Bennett faces the most harrowing case of his career. A psychopath, who escaped capture, is hell bent on revenge and executes a series of events that will not only impact on Bennett physically, but will have emotional and professional consequences.

            A body is found with its fingers amputated, then an investigative journalist, embroiled in the pornography and drugs scene, is murdered.

            Bennett’s team is faced with some baffling evidence. Hatpins and bicycle spokes become pivotal to the inquiry but the police struggle to connect the evidence.

            It is only when a Detective Sergeant from the team is kidnapped that Bennett realises that he is the true target.

Can Bennett solve the case before it’s too late? How many people will he lose in the process?

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books (31 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1912175126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912175123

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You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has four books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.

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It’s hard to believe this is the first book I have read of this series. I have spotted the others especially the striking cover of Flesh Evidence but I have never quite had the time to fit them into my busy reading schedule! Well let me start but saying that will change .. I feel a ‘one-click’ happening once I have written this to grab the previous books. This is the fourth in this series based in/around Harrogate featuring DCI Cyril Bennett, it read admirably as a stand-alone though I’m sure I would benefit from meeting the team earlier.
This is a fast paced book with some agonisingly tense moments. Murder, drugs, human trafficking, pornography mean it inevitably has some bleak moments. If you are anything like me and squeamish about eyes then you will feel physically sick in places! My stomach lurched each time a hat pin was mentioned!
While there is plenty of drama involved in solving the crimes it is the police camaraderie that made this a ‘must read’ for me. Cyril is such a down to earth guy, doing his utmost to keep the streets free of villains and intent on piecing together the clues. He copes fairly well under the circumstances until one of their own team is under threat. The emotions are raw and by that time I knew I would have to finish the story in one go. My heart was racing as much as the investigative team responsible for locating the missing person.
DS Owen makes a great partner for Bennett they are the invincible duo when working together.
If you love a chilling graphic crime with toe-curling descriptive writing, relatable characters that you care about and evil monsters you could cheerfully whack around the head then this is a sure winner. 
My thanks to the author and publishers .. I read and reviewed this voluntarily. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl @OrendaBooks #OsloDetectives #NordicNoir

Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back … and this time, it’s personal… When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her … and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he ponders the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda investigates a disturbingly similar cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway and Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again. Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, Faithless is a breath-taking and atmospheric page-turner that marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.

 

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Orenda (15 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910633275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910633274                                         About the Author

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

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My Review

It’s my first time reading Kjell Ola Dah, but I have been dipping my toe into Nordic Noir recently and knowing that this is an Orenda book I was convinced it would be an interesting experience. The cover alone looks dark and inviting.

Apparently Gunnarstranda and Frølich the Oslo Detectives have appeared in other books but I have no idea where this one sits in the series, suffice to say it flowed perfectly and I didn’t need any prior knowledge. Like all police procedurals there is tension and suspicion surrounding the crimes, the thing I particularly like about this story is the way in which it is detailed.

The writing is crisp but relaxed if that makes sense, it has been translated into English which could stilt the rhythm but it has been done so smoothly it’s like reading about a couple of British cops on the beat. The laid back humour mixed with drama.

Frank Frølich has a personal connection to one of the murders and the twists and turns as the investigation continues opens up a lot of questions, we encounter some shady characters, Gunnarstranda locates another body but are the two victims connected?

This moves along at a steady pace, it is certainly a book you will want to read in a couple of sittings. The webs are woven, the spine tingles and in places it has an eerie feel. I was kept guessing what the outcome was going to be and entertained throughout trying to solve the connections.

If you haven’t yet tried this genre then give it a go, an effortless read with maximum satisfaction. I will be seeking these guys out again!

Thanks to the author and Orenda for inviting me onto the tour .. I read and reviewed voluntarily