Thursday, 14 November 2019

Seven Crows - Kate Kessler

Seven Crows by [Kessler, Kate]

An ex-con tracks down the men who have kidnapped her niece in this gritty and visceral thriller.
Killian Delaney has a skewed moral compass, a high threshold for pain, and has just been released from prison to discover that someone has taken her niece.
Killian does not hesitate. Loyalty is the most important thing in her life, and when she gets a call from her sister saying that her daughter is missing, Killian immediately begins hunting down the men responsible.
She quickly discovers her niece was involved with a notorious biker gang who are engaged in everything from drugs to human trafficking. And to make it worse, the man who sent Killian to jail, the one she nearly beat to death, is at the center of it all.
To save her niece, she'll need a plan. A smart, quick, and efficient one. Because she's going to do it right this time. She'll burn them to the ground.

What a fantastic read this turned out to be. Killian Delaney is the star of the book, in more ways than one. People only have to know her name to be terrified of her, because of the way she didn't kill her victim but how she left him, still suffering. Now that guy has her niece and to get her back he wants her dead.

The book seemed pretty realistic to me, not that I have any real life experience in this world. It felt very scary at times and I was so worried about Killian and her niece Shannon. She however has enough sass and when she doesn't there was the equally wonderful Story - another fabulously strong female character who I would love to meet.

I think one of my favourite quotes is "You have a beautiful way with violence, Ms Delaney". Killian may not have always had an astute plan throughout the book, but she made up for it with guts and determination. I was behind her all the way hoping her parole officer wouldn't catch up with her.

I haven't read any of Kate's books before but I think I need to add her to my list for future reads.My thanks to Kate for an e copy of the book to review.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ten Things My Husband Hated - Pauline Wiles

Ten Things My Husband Hated: a Saffron Sweeting novel by [Wiles, Pauline]


Maggie Moone is happily divorced.

And with her talent for fixing things, she’s perfectly content with her mundane life in the sleepy English village of Saffron Sweeting. That is, until one humiliating March evening when she learns everyone else assumes she’d love to mend her broken marriage.

Determined to prove them wrong, Maggie and her friends concoct a list of ten ways to assert her independence and live large. But her mission to move on leads to unexpected encounters, and Maggie soon finds herself mixing business with pleasure. Is the attractive young Irishman just another item on her list, or is he something more?

Before long, unresolved issues from her past begin to clash, and Maggie is forced to wonder if antagonising her ex-husband was such a stellar idea.

No sooner does she begin to understand what’s important to her, than she stands to lose everything that truly matters.

This is the fourth in the collection of Saffron Sweeting romantic comedies, which can be read in any order. If you like gentle British humour and deliciously resilient heroines, you’ll love Ten Things My Husband Hated.

This is the fourth book in the Saffron Sweeting series by Pauline that I have read and I enjoyed it immensely. It's a standalone book so you don't need to have read the previous novels.

I really liked the character of Maggie, especially for her can do attitude and taking on jobs usually reserved for the boys around the house. However, at other times she did rather exasperate me as she didn't always grasp the nettle. Of course this made for a great read and a page turner to find out what exactly she was going to get involved in next.

Pauline has created a fabulous love interest in the character of Finn, although his Grandmother is a force to be reckoned with, she did provide for some very amusing scenes. As for Colin the ex-husband, he made my blood boil all through the book!

I always think that Pauline writes a book with so many facets it's hard to place into just one genre. Chick Lit for comforting read, contemporary for the setting and story line and even a little bit of a mystery.

I feel a little bit melancholy now that I've finished the book. I really got into the life of Maggie and her exploits and couldn't wait to get back to reading the book each time.

I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Pauline for an advance copy to review.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Between the Stops - Sandi Toksvig


Friday, 8 November 2019

The Art of Looking Up - Catherine McCormack


Monday, 28 October 2019

Eat Yourself Healthy - Dr Megan Rossi (edited review)


The Final Trail - A A Abbott - Book Cover Reveal with #LoveBooksTours


Birmingham has well and truly been put on the crime thriller map with the success of the TV series Peaky Blinders but for bookworms amongst us the popular Trail Series has long brought readers into the modern day 21st century with its tense storylines, murder and intrigue set in and around the city.
The Trail series features a vodka business, a cancer cure and obsessive killers. Every book is a good read in its own right – each is a great crime story with terrific twists to keep the tension mounting - but together, they follow the same characters over several years.
The Trail series author AA Abbott also known as Helen Blenkinsop, has been compared with the likes of Ruth Rendell, John Grisham and Jeffrey Archer.  She lived and studied in Birmingham for nearly 20 years and her passion and love for the city became the inspiration for the Trail series.
Now, after four successful editions the last storyline will be revealed in the publication of THE FINAL TRAIL which will be launched in Birmingham on 28th October.
In the last book ..."Glamorous Kat White has built a successful craft vodka brand in Birmingham, but she has an uneasy relationship with her business partner, Marty Bridges. Her mother had previously supplied with poisonous vodka. Marty doesn't trust Kat, resents having to depend on her for commercial success, and isn't thrilled that his eldest son wants to marry her. That's not his biggest problem, though. He's trying to develop a cancer drug with Kat's brother, Erik, and it's draining money he doesn't have. Just as he finds an investor with pockets deep enough to fund their research, Erik is lured to the former Soviet Union and thrown into jail. Meanwhile, Ben Halloran, who killed his father to save Kat's life, is faced with the twin risks of a murder charge and his brother's deep-seated desire for revenge. Can Ben escape with his life and liberty? And can Marty save both Erik and his business - and learn to trust Kat?"
Helen said “I’ve been writing about these amazing characters for over 5 years, so you can imagine, they have become a part of my life. It’s been a great journey and they have come through so many storylines that it feels right for them to achieve their dreams at last.”
Most of the action in THE FINAL TRAIL takes place across the city and features the famous Rose Villa Tavern and 1,000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter; The Mailbox, home to the BBC in Birmingham, Holloway Head by the famous Pagoda Island and locations in Harborne and Edgbaston.
Helen added “It’s going to be very sad to launch the last book as the stories and characters have built up such a following but it will give me the opportunity to weave new and exciting tales - I have so many ideas buzzing in my head.”
THE FINALTRAIL is a perfect read for those who like a fast-paced crime thriller combined with suspense, humour and plot twists.  It’s ideal to take away on holiday and provides a great read during the autumn/winter nights.
THE FINALTRAIL will be available to order from Amazon in e-book, paperback and  dyslexia-friendly format from Monday 28th October 2019.
Website:   Twitter:  @AAAbbottstories


Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.

To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page turner.  
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Friday, 25 October 2019

The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker - Joanna Nell