#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:
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#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.

Ayo’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Shotsmag ConfidentialTwitter @ShotsblogFacebook |

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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.

Rachel’s Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Rae Broughton (@rae_reads1) #RaeReads #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and the warmest of welcomes to the blog today. I hope you have a fabulously bookish Wednesday! Today I am delighted to welcome another awesome book blogger to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love. My guest today is the very lovely Rae of Rae Reads. Rae’s blog is absolutely brilliant and you’re really missing out if you’re not following her 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 😉.

Here are the three books Rae chose…

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The Whisper Man by Alex North
Alex North has created such a cleverly crafted story one that with every page just got better and better! There was also an emotional side that I have to say blindsided me. I admit there were tears and I think this just goes to show how involved I became in the story!
Rae’s Review of The Whisper Man

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The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
Be prepared for surprises, twists and characters that will make you experience various emotions. There is a such a wonderful creepy undercurrent running throughout that made the story even more compelling! Loved it!
Rae’s Review of The Taking of Annie Thorne

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Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor
Sometimes I pick a book up and everything just works perfectly for me from the story to the characters and I can safely say that this book is one of them! The main character goes on quite a journey and I loved being right there with her. It is such a warm, witty and uplifting story!
Rae’s Review of Death and Other Happy Endings

Thanks for your brilliant recommendations, Rae. It always makes me smile when books I love make an appearance on #R3COMM3ND3D.

If Rae 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 Whisper Man by Alex North
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor

About Rae:
My name is Rachel or if you like you can call me Rae. I’m married with two children and they definitely keep me busy!

When I’m not reading I lose myself in tv shows. I also attempt to knit, cross stitch and like to walk (although not too far) 😉😂

Rae’s Blog and Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Karen Cole (@karlou) #HairPastAFreckle #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Tuesday and welcome to damppebbles. I hope your week has started off on the right foot. By which I mean, involving lots of lovely books! Today I am delighted to welcome another fantastic book blogger to the blog. Joining me today is the brilliant Karen Cole of Hair Past A Freckle. I love Karen’s blog so if you don’t already subscribe then that must change!

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 Karen chose…

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Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty
Turbulent Wake is a truly global story which is striking in the way it takes its characters from the most beautiful areas to countries which are awash with corruption and torn apart through greed and conflict. Within the book, there are searing reminders that just as our choices affect those around us, so our actions also have a devastating impact on the environment. Paul E. Hardisty draws heavily on his own experiences and it’s clear that he has poured his soul into this novel, with his intense descriptions creating a richly evocative, deeply moving and thought-provoking reading experience. There are some scenes which are particularly difficult to read but although this is a book which never flinches from exploring the darker recesses of humanity, the lyricism of his writing means there is also a poetic beauty to the prose throughout. This isn’t just one of my favourite novels of the year, it’s also one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Karen’s Review of Turbulent Wake

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No Place of Refuge by Ausma Zehanat Khan
All the novels in the outstanding Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty series have each touched me deeply but perhaps none have resonated quite as strongly as No Place of Refuge. I defy anybody to read certain scenes here without being moved to tears as the barbaric atrocities inflicted on Syria’s citizens are laid bare. The language is necessarily unflinching and although I had some knowledge of the human rights atrocities committed by Assad’s regime, to see it made personal is tremendously moving. In a world where refugees are often discussed as a faceless mass, by focusing on a young man’s heartbreaking story, Ausma Zehanat Khan succeeds in reminding us that every displaced person is an individual in their own right. Harrowing, illuminating and powerful, No Place Of Refuge gives a voice to those denied it and is truly a book for our times.
Karen’s Review of No Place of Refuge

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In the Absence of Miracles by Michael J. Malone
This is a novel which doesn’t flinch from tackling the most difficult, frequently taboo subjects but Michael J. Malone’s beautifully lyrical writing ensures it never feels exploitative and even the most shocking moments are written about with a sensitive honesty which brought tears to my eyes. He explores complicated family dynamics, betrayal, guilt and the possibility of some sort of resolution and acceptance with perceptiveness and deep compassion. In The Absence Of Miracles is a breathtakingly good book; powerful yet tender and an emotional masterclass in how to write about harrowing and difficult issues.
Karen’s Review of In the Absence of Miracles

Three brilliant picks, thanks so much Karen. I have read In the Absence of Miracles (review to follow!) and it’s a stunning read. I’m also a huge fan of Paul E. Hardisty’s books but I’m yet to read Turbulent Wake. Turbulent Wake and No Place of Refuge are both definitely going on the wishlist.

If Karen 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
No Place of Refuge by Ausma Zehanat Khan
In the Absence of Miracles by Michael J. Malone

About Karen:
My name is Karen and I’ve been blogging at Hair Past A Freckle since 2013. I live in Shaftesbury, North Dorset with my husband, three daughters and pets. As well as being a book blogger, I’m a teaching assistant and midday supervisor in a primary school. I’m incredibly clumsy and once stapled my finger to a paper chicken! As well as books, I also love walking, collecting useless trivia and cheese.

Karen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Hair Past A FreckleTwitter @karlouFacebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Nicki Mags (@Nicki_Mags) #SecretLibraryBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Monday! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you, full to the brim of brilliant books. Today on damppebbles it’s all about sharing the book love (today and every day!). I am delighted to welcome another of my favourite bloggers to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us – the fabulous Nicki at Secret Library Book Blog. Nicki’s blog is absolutely gorgeous and well worth a visit. You can thank me later!

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 Nicki chose…

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The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
I love historical fiction and this book was set in Franco’s Spain in the 1950s. It revealed the horrors of the regime and the dark history of a country normally associated with sand, sea and package holidays. I loved the main characters and the different journeys they took me on. What I didn’t realise about this book is that it’s actually a YA book, and if I’d know that I probably wouldn’t have read it and therefore missed out on reading my favourite book of the year!
Nicki’s Review of The Fountains of Silence

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Sunshine by Kim Kelly
This was a beautifully written historical fiction set in post World War One in Australia. Even though this was a short book, just over 200 pages, there was so much emotion and real depth to the characters that I felt like I got to know them very well. The writing was so beautiful that at times I felt like crying especially as I learnt more about the characters and their heartbreaking situations.
Nicki’s Review of Sunshine

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The Postcard by Zoë Folbigg
I loved everything about this book, the characters, the plot and the exotic settings, as Maya and James went backpacking around the world. All the characters felt like real people who I could be friends with. In fact they felt like real friends by the time I’d finished reading and I was quite sad to leave them behind.
Nicki’s Review of The Postcard

Thanks so much, Nicki. All three of your choices sound really interesting.

If Nicki 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 Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Sunshine by Kim Kelly
The Postcard by Zoe Folbigg

About Nicki:
My name’s Nicki and I’ve been blogging for 3 years at Secret Library Book Blog. I’m definitely a mood reader, which means I enjoy a variety of genres including historical and contemporary fiction. I also enjoy nonfiction and I love audiobooks. I love hanging out on Twitter and I think I’m getting the hang of Instagram :/

Nicki’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Secret Library Book BlogTwitter @Nicki_MagsFacebookInstagram @nicki_mags |

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#BookReview: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @orionbooks @orion_crime #Thirteen #Th1rt3en #damppebbles

thirteen.jpg“THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.”

… … … …

No words.  Okay, one word. Woah! The word is WOAH!  Thirteen was published last year and it was MASSIVE.  It grabbed my attention then but Mrs-Slow-Reader that I am I’ve only recently gotten around to reading it.  It’s good, really flipping good. I enjoy legal thrillers but they aren’t my go-to sub-genre.  However, Thirteen got me in a choke hold and there was no way I was walking away unscathed.  I read an eARC of Thirteen from NetGalley but that has in no way influenced my review.

So this is the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn series.  I know many people don’t like to start a series a part way through – me included.  Did I feel I was missing some of the back story? Yes, I did.  But the author provides enough information so it’s not a problem.  You don’t have to have read the previous books in the series but I think it would help if you had.  Of course, I now have a much better idea about what I’m missing out on and I will be making a point of downloading and reading the previous books in the series.  It’s FOMO y’ know!

So as soon as I saw the cover of this book I was intrigued.  I love the title (unlucky for some!), I love the tagline (what? how can he be on the jury?!?), the colours are striking and oh boy, that blurb is something else.  Everything about this book is designed to perfection.

Eddie Flynn is about to take on the case of his life.  Hollywood movie start Robert Solomon is accused of murdering his starlet wife and their security guard.  All the evidence makes Bobby Solomon look like a very guilty man.  But Eddie Flynn knows a guilty man when he sees one and he knows that Bobby didn’t do it.  But if Bobby Solomon isn’t the murderer, then who is?  This is no big spoiler here (you’ve read the tagline, right?), but step forward Mr Average-Juror.  Or is he….?  Of all the bad guys in all the books I’ve read over the years (I’ve read a few) the killer in Thirteen was something else altogether.  He’s so evil, so remorseless, so utterly despicable that he made my skin crawl and I loved it!

Would I recommend this book? Definitely. If you haven’t read it then you must! It doesn’t matter if you’ve read the other books in the series or not.  YOU. MUST. READ. THIS. BOOK.  It’s so good and I will be downloading all of Steve Cavanagh’s other books shortly after finishing this review.  It’s tense, very gripping, supremely clever, edge-of-your-seat kind of stuff and I devoured it.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh was published in the UK by Orion on 14th June 2018 and is available in paperback, audio and eBook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.ukamazon.comWaterstonesBookDepositoryGoodreads |

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steve cavanagh.jpgSteve Cavanagh is the bestselling author of the Eddie Flynn novels and standalone thrillers. In 2018 he won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for crime novel of the year. All of his novels have either been nominated for awards, or have won awards internationally.

He is a practicing lawyer, and was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he still lives.  Together with Luca Veste, Steve hosts the popular comedy lit podcast Two Crime Writers And A Microphone.

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jackie Law (@followthehens) #NeverImitate #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to day twenty-four of #R3COMM3ND3D2019! I’m thrilled with how brilliant the recommendations have been so far. I’m also delighted to have welcomed so many fantastic bloggers and authors to share the #R3COMM3ND3D book love. Today is, of course, no exception. My guest today is the brilliant Jackie Law of Never Imitate. Jackie’s blog was one of the first I followed when I was a newbie blogger. If you haven’t discovered Never Imitate yet then you must rectify that immediately! Head on over there now and hit the subscribe button (but make sure you come back here afterwards 😉!).

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 Jackie chose…

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Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession
A story that I believe will be enjoyed by every reader. A quiet yet penetrating tale about two friends, who some may consider misfits, and the many guises of love and acceptance. There is humour and honesty in the characters depicted, in the dynamics of family and societal expectations. A novel of wry intelligence wrapped around the quiet rhythms of ordinary lives as they are being lived.
Jackie’s Review of Leonard and Hungry Paul

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Car Park Life by Gareth E. Rees
Although non fiction this book tells a cracking story and, given the subject matter, is inexplicably funny. It is memoir, psychogeography and a study of what goes on in mostly overlooked spaces. The author is an urban adventurer with an eye for the absurd and a writing style that is highly entertaining.
Jackie’s Review of Car Park Life

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Witches Sail in Eggshells by Chloe Turner
A short story collection written in taut and often exquisite prose. The topics explored are pleasingly varied and well developed despite their brevity. Powerful writing that is also a joy to read – this is storytelling at its best.
Jackie’s Review of Witches Sail in Eggshells

Great choices, thank you Jackie. All three of your recommendations are very intriguing.

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:

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession
Car Park Life by Gareth E. Rees
Witches Sail in Eggshells by Chloe Turner

About Jackie:
Jackie Law lives in rural Wiltshire, England, where she spends more time than she should reading books and writing reviews for her blog, Never Imitate. She is particularly fond of the small independent presses and was named a Literary Hero by Influx in 2016. She was on the judge’s panel for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize in 2017 and on the reader panel that helped judge The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses in 2018. As well as writing for her own blog she is a regular contributor on Bookmunch.

A Message From Jackie:
Do please consider buying direct from small publishers as this helps them and their authors continue their sterling work.

Jackie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Never ImitateTwitter @followthehensFacebookInstagram @neverimitate |

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 Karen (@Karen55555) #GoBuyTheBook #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

It’s the weeeeeeeeekend! Happy Saturday bookish friends. Thank you for joining me today. I’m up to my usual shenanigans and sharing the 2019 book love with another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post. I am delighted to welcome the lovely Karen of Go Buy The Book to the blog today to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks. If you haven’t discovered Karen’s blog yet then I insist you do. You won’t be sorry.

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 Karen’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 choices…

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Avaline Saddlebags by Netta Newbound & Marcus Brown
Although this is a gruesome serial killer novel, there were plenty of light-hearted moments making this a breath of fresh air. There was something that set this apart from the average police procedural and I hope that this isn’t the last time we meet these characters.
Karen’s Review of Avaline Saddlebags

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On My Life by Angela Clarke
Set partly in a women’s prison about someone who says they have been wrongly imprisoned for murder, Angela Clarke’s extensive research is apparent. With twists and turns galore, this is one of those books that makes you sit up and think.
Karen’s Review of On My Life

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Twisted by Steve Cavanagh
Once in a while, a book has all the hype, and this was one of those books! I was so pleased that, for me, it met all of my expectations with a title that could not have been more apt! This is one of those books where you are best going into completely blind, knowing that just when you think you know what’s going on, Steve Cavanagh hits you with yet another twist!
Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Great choices, thanks Karen. I have one of these on my TBR already but I’ll be adding the other two to the wishlist, that’s for sure!

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

Avaline Saddlebags by Netta Newbound & Marcus Brown
On My Life by Angela Clarke
Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

About Karen:
Book blogger whose preferred genres to read are crime/psychological thriller/police procedural etc. This stems back to my teenage years when I used to enjoy watching the Ruth Rendell Mysteries on television and was prompted to work my way through the series of Inspector Wexford novels. I was truly devastated when Ruth Rendell died as it meant no more Reg Wexford! I suppose, though, my first dalliance with the genre was as a child reading books by Enid Blyton – to this day, The Mystery of the Missing Necklace remains one of my favourite stories!

In recent years, I’ve also developed a penchant for genealogical fiction. Again, though, this genre tends to have a mystery aspect attached to it.

Karen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Go Buy The BookTwitter @Karen55555Facebook |

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)