#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Karen Cole (@karlou) #HairPastAFreckle

It is my great pleasure to welcome another awesome book blogger to damppebbles HQ today – the lovely Karen Cole of Hair Past A Freckle.  I haven’t been following Karen’s blog as long as some others but I’ve become such a fan of her reviews.  I also like her blog because it has a slightly different sounding name.  (I can empathise Karen, I’m regularly asked why I chose to call my blog damppebbles!).

Karen has very kindly agreed to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us today.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite book bloggers and authors to share three of their favourite books published in 2017.  It’s that simple – three books, all published in 2017.

Here are Karen’s choices…

the man who died

The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
What can I say about this book to really do it justice? The Man Who Died is my top read this year and it will be a book I’ll be talking about for years. A deliciously dark black comedy thriller, it is beautifully written and juxtaposes the laughs with moments of tension and poignant truths. I defy anybody not to warm to Jaakko Kaunismaa, a mushroom entrepreneur who discovers he has been slowly poisoned and decides to investigate his own murder. With unique (and grisly!) deaths, dry wit and touching observations, this really is one of those books I want to thrust into the hands of anybody who ventures into a bookshop. See my full review here: https://hairpastafreckle72.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/blogtour-bookreview-man-who-died-by.html

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The Cardinal’s Man by M.G. Sinclair
I loved this fictional biography that follows the life of Sebastian Morra, a dwarf born into poverty who rises to become a trusted ally of Cardinal Richelieu. M.G. Sinclair vividly brings 17th century France to life, from the abject poverty of many citizens driven to the brink of starvation by the relentless Thirty Years War, to the opulence of Louis XIII’s court and the power battles and intrigue behind the throne. Starkly visceral yet beautifully written and there’s some real tension here too so this could be the ideal book for thriller lovers looking to try historical fiction! See my full review here: https://hairpastafreckle72.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/blogtour-bookreview-cardinals-man-by-mg.html

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Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař
With a Nutella loving giant arachnid alien, the Velvet Revolution that saw the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, childhood memories of rural Czechoslovakia and a marriage on the rocks, this is definitely the most unique book I’ve read this year! Jaroslav Kalfař blends the fabulously absurd with a riveting social history. Ultimately about a young man who must confront his past; it might be strange but this beautifully written book combines sci-fi, historical and literary fiction and is weird, funny and touching. See my full review here: https://hairpastafreckle72.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/book-review-spaceman-of-bohemia-by.html


Thank you so much for joining me today, Karen and for your great recommendations.  I really must get myself a copy of ‘The Man Who Died’ as it’s popping up on #R3COMM3ND3D2017 fairly often.  And in all honesty, ‘grisly deaths’ are two of my trigger words!

If Karen has managed to pique your interest or if you would like to find out more about the titles she has recommended, please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen | The Cardinal’s Man by M.G. Sinclair | Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař |

About Karen:
My name is Karen and when I’m not reading or blogging about books I’m a teaching assistant and midday supervisor in a primary school. I live in Dorset with my husband, three daughters, and a dog, cat, rabbit and tortoise. Before I had my children I was a veterinary nurse in a mixed practice. I started Hair Past A Freckle in 2013, it was originally going to be a blog about anything and everything but I found I loved being a book blogger. The name is taken from something my dad used to say, it refers to either not knowing or not caring about the time – I’m sure most people reading this will have lost track of time when engrossed in a book so it seems apt!

Karen’s Blog and Social Media Links:

Hair Past A Freckle | Twitter | Facebook |

My thanks to Karen for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by again tomorrow when I welcome the awesome Rachel Broughton of Rae Reads to damppebbles with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks!


2 thoughts on “#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Karen Cole (@karlou) #HairPastAFreckle

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