#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Sarah Swan (@Sarah_Swan2) #SarahsVignettes #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

It’s Friiiiiiiiidaaaaaaay! Happy ‘nearly the weekend’ day. Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to damppebbles to share the R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love – the lovely Sarah Swan of Sarah’s Vignettes. If you haven’t discovered Sarah’s blog yet then you must. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Sarah recommends…

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The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
The Girl at the Window is the first novel by Rowan Coleman that I’ve read and what an introduction it is to her writing! It is simply stunning, from it’s elegant cover to the very last page.

The Girl at the Window is a hauntingly beautiful story about love and hope, set in and around Ponden Hall in Yorkshire. There are two stories told: historical and present day. Each story is so intricately and delicately woven together, they flow seamlessly.

I loved everything about this book but what really impressed me the most was Rowan Coleman’s author voice. It has a gentle, softly spoken nature to it – one I’ve not experienced before. It’s tender almost, holding our hand as we travel on Trudy’s journey with her. It’s sensitive to all of the characters stories, both past and present.

Whilst immersed in this story, I laughed, I cried, my heart pounded several times, but most all, I loved. A brilliant book that I cannot recommend enough!!
Sarah’s Review of The Girl at the Window

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The Path to the Sea by Liz Fenwick
I am a huge fan of Liz Fenwick’s work, having read and reviewed the majority of her books and was absolutely bowled over last year by One Cornish Summer (one of my books for #R3COMM3ND3D2018). I was curious to see where she was going to take her writing next and The Path to the Sea was another accomplished book from Liz Fenwick.

The Path to the Sea is a beautifully told dual-time story told from three generations points of view, alternating between past and present over one weekend in August.

Although the story is told from the three women’s points of view, there are 5 voices in total because of the time-slip. Each voice is so distinct that I am sure that if I had opened the book at any page, I would have been able to identify which of the women was telling their story. That’s clever.

There is a depth to this story that is new to Liz’s writing. On the surface, this is a multi-generational love story. Underneath, it is a story of love, loss, guilt, acceptance, forgiveness, and the result of what happens when you choose one path over another. This coupled with the rich detail and research I mentioned earlier, really do show what a talented storyteller Liz Fenwick is.

A Liz Fenwick story would not be complete without a house and the Cornish coastline, both of which are characters in themselves. Liz Fenwick’s sense of place is perfect and it is evident that she has thoroughly researched the setting. No detail is left unturned – Liz has captured everything! Her rich description of Boskenna, a gorgeous house sitting on a cliff, looking out to St Austell Bay, its gardens and the coast transported me right into the story.

Cornwall, secrets, families, houses and a historical strand. I loved it!!
Sarah’s Review of The Path to the Sea

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The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater
Rich description of Provence, family drama, intrigue, mystery, passion, loss coupled with what happens when the past and present collide and some twists and turns thrown in, all make The House on the Edge of the Cliff a compelling and gripping read from start to finish.

I really enjoyed the historical elements to this story. The House on the Edge of the Cliff is set around the Paris student riots of May 1968. From the detail that goes into these scenes, it is clear that Carol Drinkwater has researched this period to an inch of its life. I learnt a great deal about France’s history when I studied in Paris for 3 years, so I really appreciate these parts of her books as well as the present day France. It feels like coming home.

I love Carol Drinkwater’s novels and one of the things I enjoy about her storytelling, is her ability to write as though she is looking down the lens of a camera, capturing every aspect of the scene in front of her. Each sound of a cicada, perfume of a flower, crack on the wall of the house is described so vividly, I was transported to that moment.

Pure escapism!
Sarah’s Review of The House on the Edge of the Cliff

Fantastic choices, Sarah. Thank you. Nice to see The Girl at the Window make it’s second #R3COMM3ND3D2019 appearance too!

If Sarah has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
The Path to the Sea by Liz Fenwick
The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater

About Sarah:
Sarah Swan has been reading books from a very early age and before she could read, she was always flicking through picture books. She’s sure she was born with a book in her hand! Books are a big part of her life and she started her blog, Sarah’s Vignettes in 2017, to share her love for them. By day, she can be found working in marketing and engagement and by night, she can be found shouting out about books on her blog and social media.

Sarah’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Sarah’s VignettesTwitter @Sarah_Swan2FacebookInstagram @sarah_swan22 |

If you’re a book blogger or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Ali Bacon (@AliBacon) @LinenPressBooks #InTheBlinkOfAnEye #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles on this wintery Thursday. I hope your day is full of fabulous books! Today I am delighted to welcome author Ali Bacon to the blog to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks. Ali is the author of In the Blink of an Eye which was published by Linen Press last year. It sounds absolutely fascinating and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the book once we’ve discovered which three books, published in 2019, Ali recommends.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Ali’s three choices…

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The Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker by Bobbie Darbyshire
A warm-hearted read which fizzes with life.
Ali’s Review of The Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker

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Finding A Way by Diane Simmons
Powerful in its simplicity.
Ali’s Review of Finding A Way

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A Proper Person to be Detained by Catherine Czerkawska
Intriguing slice of family and social history (non fiction).

Thanks Ali. All three of your recommendations look very interesting reads.

If Ali has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker by Bobbie Darbyshire
Finding A Way by Diane Simmons
A Proper Person to be Detained by Catherine Czerkawska

About In the Blink of an Eye:
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In1843, Edinburgh artist, David Octavius Hill, is commissioned to paint the portraits of 400 ministers who have broken away from the Church of Scotland. Only when he meets Robert Adamson, an early master of the new and fickle art of photography, does this daunting task begin to look feasible.

Hill is soon bewitched by the art of light and shade. He and Adamson become the darlings of Edinburgh society, immortalising people and places with their subtle and artistic images. In the Blink of an Eye is a re-imagining of Hill’s life in the words of those who were beguiled by his artistry and charismatic charm. Tender, tragic and sometimes humorous, these voices come together in a story of art and science, love and loss, friendship and photography.

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About Ali Bacon:
Ali Bacon grew up in Scotland and lives in South Gloucestershire where she writes contemporary and historical fiction. Her debut novel A Kettle of Fish was published in 2012 and In the Blink of an Eye (Linen Press 2018) set in Victorian Edinburgh was listed in Best Scottish books of 2018. She has had short stories listed for numerous prizes and was awarded the inaugural Sansom Prize as part of the Bristol Short Story Competition 2019.

Ali’s Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @AliBaconFacebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jo Robertson (@jocatrobertson) #MyChestnutReadingTree #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles for day thirty-four of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. Today it is my great pleasure to welcome my #blogbestie to share the book love with us, the fabulous Jo Robertson of My Chestnut Reading Tree. I expect you’re already following Jo’s blog and if you’re not then you and I will be having words! Jo’s blog is one of my favourites, chock full of brilliant, insightful reviews.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Let’s find out which three books Jo chose…

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Lock Me In by Kate Simants
This is a brilliant debut novel with a unique storyline and a highly addictive narrative about a girl who is such a danger to herself and others that she has to be locked away in her room every night by her mother. The characters in the book are intriguing and strangely likeable and left me wanting far more from them especially the detective in charge of the case of Ellie’s missing boyfriend. This was one of my most favourite twisty reads of the year!

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A Place to Lie by Rebecca Griffiths
A Place to Lie is a wonderfully intriguing and beautifully crafted book from start to finish. There was a darkness here that I felt was reminiscent of those childhood nightmares brought on by grisly folklore tales told by children trying to scare the living daylights out of their friends! The woodland setting and the small village mentality were perfectly brought to life with a creepy atmosphere, so much so that I began to dread having to flashback to that Summer of 1990! The tension built slowly but I was kept thoroughly engaged by this coming of age journey. This was a brilliant read that could have gone down a more traditional path but instead took the twistier journey keeping me in the dark till that spectacular denouement.

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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
This is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. I took a chance on it as it isn’t my usual genre but I bought it to take away on my holiday (for my daughter’s wedding!) and I just couldn’t put it down! It’s stunning with a wonderfully crafted storyline and characters that felt as real to me as my own family. It was a journey that took me far away from my comfort zone and made me cry along the way with some unexpected twists. And it gave me the biggest book hangover ever!!!

Thanks so much, Jo. I love the sound of all three books you’ve chosen so they are going straight on the wishlist!

If Jo has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Lock Me In by Kate Simants
A Place to Lie by Rebecca Griffiths
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

About Jo:
I’ve been reading every day since I was able to and set up My Chestnut Reading Tree 3 years ago as a way to keep track of the hundreds of books I read every year. I love recommending books to other readers! My biggest love is psychological thrillers but if a book has a good book or a great twist I’m easy about genre. In my alter ego I am a mum, nana and teaching assistant with an unnatural eBay addiction and a passion for twiglets.

Jo’s Blog and Social Media Links:
My Chestnut Reading TreeTwitter @jocatrobertson |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jacqueline Sharp (@jacquel17298155) #JackiesReadingCorner #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I hope your week is going well so far and that it’s full to the brim of books. It’s time for another fantastic #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post and today my guest is brilliant book blogger, Jackie Sharp of Jackie’s Reading Corner. If you’re looking for a new blog to follow then I heartily recommend Jackie’s blog. She is fairly new to blogging so make sure you give her a follow.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Jackie recommends…

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Black Summer by M.W. Craven
I had read The Puppet Show which I had seen mentioned over and over in a Facebook group I was in and thought I needed to read it to see what everyone was talking about. What I hadn’t realised was I had it on my bookshelf, couldn’t even remember buying it. I read that one and by chance saw there was a new book coming out with the same characters and I loved Washington Poe and Matilda (Tilly) Bradshaw so much I knew I had to read the second book. By chance, this is when I had first found out about Netgalley and thought about blogging. I set up a rough blog page and requested quite a lot of books! Not expecting to get any, but I got a lot and one of them was Black Summer. I was so excited I had to read the next adventure with these two amazing characters and I am anxiously awaiting book three next year.
Jackie’s Review of Black Summer

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Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
This book really hit me with its story. A brilliantly written debut novel about a 16 year old girl, Jodie, who has severe facial disfigurements and has been ridiculed and bullied for most of her life, even her own mother an alcoholic was awful to her. You really felt for this young girl. She goes to a rape counselling centre where she meets Zara Kaleel a high flying barrister who had given up that role to become a rape counsellor. When Jodie comes in, she accuses 4 Muslim boys of raping her. Zara herself is a Muslim. The story is so fast paced, Zara gets a lot of stick from her family and press for representing a white girl against 4 boys who are Muslims. Jodie comes under fire even more than she did before her best friend calls her a liar. Zara has already disappointed her family who practically shun her before she even takes this job. The first half of the book focuses on Jodie and her story to Zara. The second half is the trial and you really feel like you are in that courtroom. This is one of my top reads of this year.
Jackie’s Review of Take It Back

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Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler
I have read other books by this author under the name Helen Fields, so it was interesting to read something different by her. This was another one of those books that just blew you away. Maria Bloxham has been married to her husband Edward for 18 years. One day she picks up the telephone, dials 999, and when asked what service she wants she tells them she isn’t sure as she has just killed her husband. The police arrive first and she is standing outside with the leg of a chair in her hand, blood and what looks like brain matter is on one end and she has blood on her hands. She is told to drop the leg which she does. Paramedics arrive shortly after. But Edward isn’t dead. He will never speak again or do anything much and he will need 24-hour care. But why did Maria Bloxham do this? The rest of the book is through two points of view; Maria on how she met her husband and their married life. The other viewpoint is one of the jurors on Maria’s trial, Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Hiraj. There is a reason the two storylines are picked but to say why would give some plot away. The trial is so tense and gripping, meeting the jurors, their views and an explosive ending. This is another book that at times I struggled a little with the content, having been in a similar situation. No, I haven’t killed anyone, lol…yet! It’s just one of those books that resonates with you. I hadn’t expected to pick two books with trials in them but again this is another top read for me this year.
Jackie’s Review of Degrees of Guilt

Excellent choices, thank you Jackie. I loved Black Summer and your other two choices are on the wishlist. This is the second time Take It Back has been chosen as a #R3COMM3ND3D2019 pick!

If Jackie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Black Summer by M.W. Craven
Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler

About Jackie:
I have been blogging since June of this year 2019, I am enjoying getting to know new people, and love reading books.

Jackie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Jackie’s Reading CornerTwitter @jacquel17298155 |

If you’re a book blogger or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas (@JenMedBkReviews) #JenMedsBookReviews #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello lovely book people and welcome to a brand new week of brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 posts! I couldn’t think of a better way to start the week than inviting one of my favourite bloggers to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love with us. My guest today is the fabulous Jen Lucas of Jen Med’s Book Reviews. You are truly missing out if you’re not following Jen’s blog. Her reviews are awesome and her passion for the books she reads shines through. Go check out her blog and hit subscribe whilst you’re there!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Let’s find out which three books Jen chose…

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Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty
Not crime fiction, but this is a stunning book full of such evocative writing and such wonderful description that you feel yourself at the heart of the action. You can feel the emotion emanating from the page and feel the passion that the author has for his subject matter. In essence this is the story of a son finally getting to know his father, but beyond that it is much, much more and definitely deserves a much wider audience.
Jen’s Review of Turbulent Wake

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Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald
This book had me howling with laughter from the off. Full of dark humour and brilliant characters, this is a clear example of how the perfect storm of work stress, menopause and non repenting sex offenders can really make a bad day even worse. So absolutely wrong it is more than perfectly right.
Jen’s Review of Worst Case Scenario

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The July Girls by Phoebe Locke
To be honest, and I said this in my review, I struggle to tell you exactly what it is about this book that grabbed me, but grab me it did. This was a complete surprise of a book, a one night read, which pulled me in from the off. Great characters, a very intriguing and sometimes dark storyline set against the seven-seven bombings which just held my attention until the end.
Jen’s Review of The July Girls

Thanks so much, Jen. All three of your recommendations are on the terrifying TBR already and I cannot wait to read them! It’s nice to see Turbulent Wake make its second appearance on this years #R3COMM3ND3D too.

If Jen has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty
Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald
The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

About Jen:
I am a 40 something book blogger from the West Midlands. A recovering Logistics Manager, I now wrangle contracts for a living and read books to clear my mind after a hard (?) day at work. I’ve been blogging for 3.5 years and have a particular love of all things crime fiction.

Jen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Jen Med’s Book ReviewsTwitter @JenMedBkReviewsFacebook |

If you’re a book blogger or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Paul Cheney (@halfmanhalfb00k) #HalfManHalfBook #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy December! The warmest of welcomes to the blog today and to day thirty-one of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I am loving the recommendations we’ve had so far and I can’t wait to see which other books get a mention before the feature finishes on 30th December. At the moment two books are tied in first place. They are The Binding by Bridget Collins and Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson. I wonder if it will stay that way…

Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us – the brilliant Paul Cheney of Halfman, Halfbook. I love Paul’s blog because he tends to read a lot of non-fiction and his reviews are so well-written and always interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing which three books Paul has chosen for us today!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Paul recommends…

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Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
She is one of the best writers out there period. She has a way of conjuring words that I haven’t experienced with any other author. Fantastic book.
Paul’s Review of Surfacing

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Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
Tom Cox is using crowdfunding to enable him to write about any subject he wants to. This book is a loose sequel to 21st Century Yokel and is about the pleasure of climbing hills. And hares too.
Paul’s Review of Ring the Hill

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Underland by Robert Macfarlane
Robert Macfarlane is a tour de force in natural history, landscape and travel writing and this is his best so far.
Paul’s Review of Underland

Thanks so much, Paul. Great choices. All three books look very interesting.

If Paul has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
Underland by Robert Macfarlane

About Paul:
I have always loved all things about reading and books, and cannot walk past a bookshop or library without popping in; just to look, you understand.

I read all types and genres of books, but my real passion is for non-fiction, in particular travel, natural history, history and science. I also love science fiction and fantasy and try to read some contemporary fiction along the way too.

I have been writing for NB Magazine as a non-fiction reviewer for over three years now.

Paul’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Halfman, HalfbookTwitter @halfmanhalfb00k |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Anne Coates (@Anne_Coates1) @urbanebooks #PerditionsChild #HannahWeybridgeSeries #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles on the final day of November 2019. Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author to the blog, the fabulous Anne Coates. Anne writes the Hannah Weybridge series and I am a huge fan of her books. I was delighted to discover that the fourth book in the Hannah Weybridge series, Perdition’s Child, will be published by Urbane Publications on 6th February 2020 and is available for pre-order now! I heartily recommend Anne’s books so what are you waiting for?

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Anne recommends…

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The Playground Murders by Lesley Thomson
Loved the dual timeline and the personal connections between the present and the past for private detective Stella Darnell who also runs a cleaning company. Great characters and intriguing plot.

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The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
For me this was an immense improvement on Conclave which I found repetitive and predictable. This one is cleverly set in a future in which most of the past has been obliterated. Central character Fairfax finds his belief, faith and history are all put to the test in a small isolated community.

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A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac
A classy police procedural that is perfectly plotted and beautifully written. The reader is totally engaged from the discovery of the first body until the book’s terrifying climax. Third in Isaacs’ DI Helen Lavery series but easily read as a standalone.

Great choices, thank you Anne. I’m a huge fan of Jane Isaac’s books and hope to read A Deathly Silence soon. I’ll be adding your other two picks to my wishlist as well.

If Anne has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Playground Murders by Lesley Thomson
The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac

About Perdition’s Child:Perditions Child

Dulwich library is the scene of a grisly murder, followed swiftly by another in Manchester, the victims linked by nothing other than their Australian nationality. Police dismiss the idea of a serial killer, but journalist Hannah Weybridge isn’t convinced.

She is drawn into an investigation in which more Australian men are killed as they try to trace their British families. Her research reveals past horrors and present sadness, and loss linked to children who went missing after the Second World War. Have those children returned now?

Once again Hannah finds herself embroiled in a deadly mystery, a mystery complicated by the murder of Harry Peters; the brother of Lucy, one of the residents of Cardboard City she had become friendly with. It soon becomes clear Lucy is protecting secrets of her own.

What is Lucy’s link to the murders and can Hannah discover the truth before the killer strikes again?

Anne Coates gripping thriller is the perfect read for fans of Emma Tallon, K.L.Slater and Laura Marshall.

Pre-order your copy NOW! Out 6th February 2020
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About Anne Coates:
Editor, journalist and author of the Hannah Weybridge crime thriller series plus collections of short stories and non-fiction.

Anne’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @Anne_Coates1 | Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger, #Reviewer and #Commentator on #CrimeFiction Ayo Onatade (@Shotsblog) #ShotsmagConfidential #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Friday! Today I am delighted to welcome a crime fiction connoisseur to damppebbles to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love – the fabulous Ayo Onatade of Shotsmag Confidential. If like me you’re a fan of crime fiction then Shotsmag Confidential is the place to be. I haven’t had a look at which three books Ayo has chosen for us yet but I can guarantee they will be going straight on the wishlist!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are Ayo’s three recommendations…

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Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
A stunning debut novel set in Georgian England that deals with a rather tragic period in British society. Incredibly well written that is harrowing as it is thought provoking. A brilliant read.

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Heaven My Home by Attica Locke
This is the second book in the Highway 59 series and continues to be a thrilling series which explores ethics, race and family and also reflects today’s America and its rippling effects. A story that demands to be read.
Ayo’s Review of Heaven My Home

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The Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club by John Curran
A luscious full-colour celebration of the 2000 books by more than 250 authors published by the iconic Collins Crime Club between 1930 and 1994. This is a book for readers who love reading about the history of crime fiction. Dip in and out of it at your leisure and revel in the information and gorgeous covers. A stunning book.

Wonderful choices, thanks Ayo. I already have Blood and Sugar on the wishlist and the other two will be added immediately!

If Ayo has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Heaven My Home by Attica Locke
The Hooded Gunman by John Curran

About Ayo:
Ayo Onatade is a CWA Red Herring Award winning freelance crime fiction critic and blogger. She has written a number of articles on different aspects of crime fiction and has also given papers on the subject as well. She has an eclectic taste in crime fiction, which runs the gamut from historical crime fiction to hardboiled and short stories. Her research interests include historical fiction especially crime fiction and crime fiction literary criticism. She is also a visiting lecturer at Kingston University. She also judges a number of book awards.

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#Excerpt: The Watson Letters: Volume 5 – Murder on Mystery Island by Colin Garrow (@colingarrow) #damppebbles #TheWatsonLetters #MurderonMysteryIsland

The Watson Letters Vol 5 Murder on Mystery Island KDP Paperback COVER JULY 2019 EBOOK“Intrepid investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe.

When consumptive Doctor Edward Armstrong turns up at Baker Street with an invitation to visit a mysterious island, Sherlock Holmes smells a rat. Sounding deviously similar to the plot of a recent novel by celebrated lady author Mrs Christie, Holmes decides to send his inveterate side-kick Watson to the island, along with the Doctor’s lovely, but wonky-eyed wife, Mary, and a well-known Scotland Yard detective. Taking Armstrong’s place, the team determine to find out exactly what’s going on, but before they’ve even left the mainland, one of the guests is murdered.

Adult humour throughout.

‘The Watson Letters – Volume 5: Murder on Mystery Island’ is book #5 in this Victorian comedy adventure series.

If you love historical mysteries, buy something else instead, but if you’re into murder, fart-gags and innuendo, this’ll be right up your Victorian street.”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I have such a treat in store for you today! I am delighted to be sharing an excerpt from the brilliant The Watson Letters: Volume 5 – Murder on Mystery Island by Colin Garrow. If you’re looking for a fun-filled different take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes and Watson, then this series is an absolute must read for you!

Grab yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy (a word of warning though, if you haven’t read Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None but you plan too, you might want to look away now…..**SPOILER ALERT**)!

Diary of Doctor J. Watson
Thursday 28th January 1892

Our travel documents stated we must reach Dolphin Cove—a small village a few miles up the coast from Land’s End—by lunchtime on the following Friday. Some chap with a boat would meet us at the harbour and take us across to Huge Island (which apparently does not live up to its name). Whether we were to encounter our fellow travellers at that point was unclear, and it was for this reason, and several others, that I decided to spend our train journey reading a copy of Mrs Christie’s novel, in the hope it might shed light on our forthcoming adventure.

‘You do realise,’ said Mary, flicking through a copy of Detective Monthly, ‘We shall be horribly murdered?’

‘I should have thought that horribly was the only way to be murdered,’ I said, giving her a playful wink.

‘Don’t be obtuse, Johnny,’ she snapped. ‘The only reason I agreed to this mad outing is my belief that between the two of us and Mister Big Nose, we can solve this puzzle.’ She cast the magazine aside. ‘I do hope I’m right—if we all get killed, I’ll be so annoyed.’

Flipping to the end of my book, I said, ‘D’you recall who the culprit is in Mrs Christie’s version?’

‘The judge.’

‘Ah. So all we need do is look out for a wizened old magistrate or some such.’

Mary sighed and shook her head. ‘Really, husband, sometimes I despair of you.’

‘What on earth d’you mean, darling?’

‘Well, for a start, I’m not in the book and you’re not who you say you are. Don’t you think it’s probable none of the others will be who they say they are either?’

I ruminated on this for a moment. ‘Of course. But they’ll all have the same names as the characters in the novel. I mean, I am posing as Doctor Armstrong, the Harley Street Doctor.’

‘Yes, but the real Doctor Armstrong—the one with consumption—doesn’t work in Harley Street, does he?’

‘No. He’s a junior doctor at St Bart’s.’

‘There you are, then.’ She sat back, satisfied.

I gazed out of the window at the long gardens and allotments whizzing past in the fading afternoon light. ‘I hope the hotel’s nice.’

‘In any case,’ said Mary, avoiding my attempt to change the course of the conversation, ‘We’re not taking part in a book, are we? This is real, with real people and a real murderer.’

‘We don’t know for sure it isn’t some ghastly joke.’

‘Yes, darling, we do. No-one in their right mind would go to all this trouble to play a trick on a bunch of strangers.’

‘No, I suppose you’re right.’ I returned to my book with a view to finding out how my particular character meets his end and was a little disturbed to discover, a short while later, that Armstrong’s body washes up on the beach, having initially been suspected as the killer.

I persuaded myself there was nothing to worry about.  Sherlock Holmes would utilise his skills in observation, logical reasoning and all-round clever-dickiness to save the day. After all, he’d pulled us back from the edge of death many times before.

‘Besides,’ said Mary, butting into my musings, ‘Holmes won’t let you die—he’d have no-one to write up his adventures.’

‘I’m sure you’re right,’ said I, but my resolve had begun to slide away and I had the awful feeling that this time, Holmes had made a terrible error of judgement.

What a fantastic excerpt! And Then There Were None is one of my very favourite books so I can’t wait to read Colin Garrow’s fun, laugh out loud take on it.

The Watson Letters: Volume 5 – Murder on Mystery Island by Colin Garrow was published in the UK on 7th October 2019 and is available in paperback and ebook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | SmashwordsGoodreads |

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Colin GarrowTrue-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Rachel Sargeant (@RachelSargeant3) @KillerReads @0neMoreChapter_ #TheRoommates #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello my bookish friends and welcome to damppebbles. Before I go any further I would like to wish all of my American followers a very happy Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful day!

I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love with us today, the very lovely Rachel Sargeant. But before we start talking about other people’s books, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Rachel and the HarperCollins team a very happy publication day. Rachel’s latest book, The Roommates is published in paperback today! I’ll tell you everything you need to know about The Roommates in a few short ticks.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Rachel recommends…

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
I read this back in February but it’s stayed with me ever since. A simply beautiful read with delightful characters and a hint of wry humour.
Rachel’s Review of Once Upon a River

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All the Little Lies by Chris Curran
I envy Chris Curran’s knack of writing believable, likeable protagonists. The reader really cares about Eve and Stella. The story is set in the art world and comes with a suitably stylish and dramatic climax.
Rachel’s Review of All the Little Lies

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The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood
I’ve a feeling this one is going to stick in my head forever. The writing is sharp and perfect for the damaged characters portrayed. An unsettling and hard-hitting thriller with much to say on the theme of indoctrination – before, during and after, if indeed “after” exists.
Rachel’s Review of The Poison Garden

Wonderful choices, thank you so much, Rachel. A couple of additions to the wishlist for me too, I think.

If Rachel has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
All the Little Lies by Chris Curran
The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood

About The Roommates:
The RoommatesTHEY LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE
University is supposed to be the best time of your life. But Imo’s first week is quickly going from bad to worse.

YOU SHARE EVERYTHING
A stalker is watching her flat, following her every move, and Imo suspects that her new roommates are hiding dark secrets…

BUT DO YOU TRUST THEM?
When one of them suddenly disappears, the trauma of Imo’s recent past comes hurtling back to haunt her. And she begins to realise just how little she knows about the people she lives with…

‘Gripping, original and unpredictable’ Alex Lake

“Twisty and unnerving, Rachel is back with a thriller that will keep you up all night. Her best novel yet!’ Phoebe Morgan

‘From the very first page, the intrigue of this page-turning mystery builds until the gripping climax’ Caroline England

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About Rachel Sargeant:
I’m a full-time crime fiction writer. My latest psychological thriller THE ROOMMATES has just been published by HarperCollins. I grew up in Lincolnshire and have lived in Germany, Surrey and Shropshire. I’m now based in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. When I’m not writing or reading, I like swimming, visiting country houses and coffee shops, and going to the theatre.

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