#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Beverley Scott (@BeverleyHasRead) #BeverleyHasRead #damppebbles #BooksRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to your Thursday dose of #R3COMM3ND3D2019! I hope you’re having a good week with lots of bookish treats. Today I am delighted to welcome another fabulous book blogger to damppebbles – the brilliant Beverley of Beverley Has Read. I love Beverley’s blog and she writes cracking reviews, so make sure you head over and say ‘hi’.

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 Beverley chose…

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How To Fail by Elizabeth Day
This is a non-fiction book based on Elizabeth Day’s podcast of the same name and is an astonishing piece of work which examines how failure can ultimately help you succeed. It covers work, family, infertility, divorce and body image and has a place on my bookshelf forever. Reading this book is like chatting to a really good friend.
Beverley’s Review of How To Fail

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The Lost Man by Jane Harper
I was a huge fan of The Dry and Force of Nature, but The Lost Man, for me, was on a different level entirely. Her powerful descriptions of a vast and impenetrable landscape and a family on the edge took me from England to the outback of Australia. This has a wonderful plot and characters who leap from the pages and is one of my favourite books of the year.
Beverley’s Review of The Lost Man

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The Hiding Game by Naomi Wood
Naomi Wood takes us to 1920s Germany and to a group of friends studying at The Bauhaus. This is historical fiction at its best; there is a mystery, the rise of fascism, real-life events and characters who do bad things in extreme situations. It is beautifully written and a powerful piece of fiction.
Beverley’s Review of The Hiding Game

Excellent choices, thanks Beverley. I am also a huge fan of Jane Harper and cannot recommend The Lost Man (or any of her three books) enough!

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

How To Fail by Elizabeth Day
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The Hiding Game by Naomi Wood

About Beverley:
Hi! I’m Beverley, I’m a blogger from the North East of England, who, having been born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, can say that I am 100% a Geordie. I live in Northumberland with my husband, about 10 minutes from the coast, 10 minutes from the country and 10 minutes from the city and it is a wonderful place to be.

My day job is an Account Manager for a Promotional Merchandise business but when I am not selling pens with logos on I usually have my head in a book. I started blogging in 2016 because I found that non-readers got bored of me talking about how books that I loved and so decided to talk about them online instead. Blogging has taken me to book festivals, has made me new friends and has allowed me to meet some of my favourite authors.

I read a wide variety of books from crime (and all of the sub genres within it), to modern fiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction (although I hate that term), historical fiction and a bit of romance too.

Beverley’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Beverley Has Read | Twitter @BeverleyHasRead | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Sarah Thomas (@SezzThomas) #BabbageandSweetcorn #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Wednesday lovely book folk. I hope you’re having a good week so far. Welcome to damppebbles and to day TWENTY of #R3COMM3ND3D2019! I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share the #R3COMM3ND3D love with us today, and it’s a book blogger whose blog I have recently discovered (and love!). Welcome Sarah of Babbage and Sweetcorn. If you haven’t discovered Sarah’s blog yet then head on over and have a look around!

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 chose…

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We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
Such a touching story with beautifully described characters. The writing is wonderful with super attention to details. I think nearly anything would be touched by this simple yet moving story.
Sarah’s Review of We Must Be Brave

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The Good Friend by Jo Baldwin
This is a great paced psychological thriller that gets you hooked from the very beginning. All the characters play relevant parts and have interesting elements to each of them. The setting is great with and brilliant ending.
Sarah’s Review of The Good Friend

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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
A wonderfully written historical fiction book. Great for this time of year. Descriptive writing draws you in to time and place. Wonderful characters and interesting plot and historical background. Great pace with a truly creepy villain.
Sarah’s Review of The Doll Factory

Thanks so much, Sarah. And what a beautiful collection of covers!

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:

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
The Good Friend by Jo Baldwin
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

About Sarah:
Me, reader, reviewer and lover of books!

Sarah’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Babbage and Sweetcorn Twitter @SezzThomas Instagram @babbageandsweetcorn |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Zoé O’Farrell (@zooloo2008) #ZooloosBookDiary #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to another stonking #R3COMMN3D3D2019 post. Today I am delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers to share her three recommended reads with us – the lovely Zoé of Zooloo’s Book Diary. Zoés blog is all kinds of awesome so if you haven’t checked it out yet then head over there now (but make sure you come back to find out which books Zoé chose!).

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 Zoé recommends…

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The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish
This is such a terrifying goosebumpy book! I made the mistake (or not) to read this at nighttime on my own and scare the beejesus out of me! It worked! It is creepy and just all works perfectly!!
Zoé’s Review of The Haunting of Henderson Close

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Turn the Other Way by Stuart James
I still hold to the fact that this book really makes me on edge! I am still creeped out thinking about it! It was macabre, dark and sadistic and I loved it!!! I think I may have issues! It really is another book to make you lock the doors and never talk to anyone EVER AGAIN.
Zoé’s Review of Turn the Other Way

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She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge
This book had me questioning EVERYBODY even the MC!!! I loved the ‘slowness’ of this book because it really built up the tension to the explosive climax of the book! It is like a chess game, letting the pieces all move around until that ever important Checkmate.
Zoé’s Review of She Lies in Wait

Excellent choices, thanks Zoé. I already have two of your recommendations on my TBR and I’m definitely adding the third!

If Zoé 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 Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish
Turn the Other Way by Stuart James
She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

About Zoé:
Still the crazy blogger I was when I started with an equally crazy mini-me. I am still trying to inject humour into my posts and a little bit of crazy! Obsessed with books, mainly buying more than I need – but surely that’s not a bad thing!

Zoé’s Blog and Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Kate Noble (@TheQuietKnitter) #TheQuietKnitter #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles! It’s Monday, which means a brand new week of #R3COMM3ND3D2019 treats for us all. Today I am delighted to welcome one of my very favourite people from the book world to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks – the fabulous Kate at The Quiet Knitter. If you don’t already follow Kate’s blog then you and I need to have words. She’s a brilliant blogger and someone whose reviews I always trust.

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 books Kate chose…

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The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl
This is a tension filled thriller that packs a remarkable amount of story into just the right amount of words to carry a reader off on a wave of emotion and render their heart both broken and mended within the space of a few hundred pages. It’s beautifully written, it’s atmospheric, highly detailed and an amazing book!
Kate’s Review of The Courier

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Code Name: Lise by Larry Loftis
Code Name: Lise is a truly remarkable tale, poignant and yet empowering, and combined with the writing of Larry Loftis, this reads as a thriller. It’s explosive, it’s gripping and the sort of read that gets under your skin.
Kate’s Review of Code Name: Lise

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The Unquiet Heart by Kaite Welsh
The way that the action and drama unfolds is clever and intense, Welsh manages to pack the right amount of drama into each moment. She deftly weaves atmosphere and vivid detail throughout the narrative, crafting a truly magnificent book. This is a treat for fans of historical fiction, the attention to detail and care that have gone into the research and writing of this book make it a delight to read. And, not only do we have a thrilling read, we also navigate the societal hurdles of the time as Sarah Gilchrist fights against the accepted norms of the time, defying the gendered stereotypical roles by being a medical student, not being married by a certain age and finding a match in the most unlikely place.
Kate’s Review of The Unquiet Heart

Thanks so much, Kate. That’s another three books added to my wishlist!

If Kate 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 Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl
Code Name: Lise by Larry Loftis
The Unquiet Heart by Kaite Welsh

About Kate:
A book addiction would be a kind way to describe my relationship with books, I enjoy reading and have done from an early age. A day I don’t get any reading done is a sad day. That said, I do have a young child and two dogs, so they tend to take up some of my reading time but I like a challenge. I’ve been known to knit whilst my Kindle is perched next to me, where there’s a will there’s a way! I decided to start blogging about books and reading as well as random musings because I wanted to share my love of a good book with others.

Kate’s Blog and Social Media Links:
The Quiet KnitterTwitter @TheQuietKnitterNoble Owl Proofreading |

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#BlogTour | #BookReview: The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski (@borstinski) #TheBowerySlugger #AlexCohenSeries #damppebbles

1 Bowery Slugger Hi Res 1910A turn-of-the-century Jewish boy punches his way into the gangs of New York.

When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands?

The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.”

A very warm welcome to damppebbles today and to my stop on The Bowery Slugger blog tour. The Bowery Slugger is the first book in the Alex Cohen series by Leopold Borstinski and was published on 10th November 2019 by Sobriety Press. I received a free eARC of The Bowery Slugger but that has in no way influenced my review.

I occasionally indulge in a little historical crime fiction. Not often enough though, not as frequently as I would like. Which was why I was so excited to make a start on The Bowery Slugger. Set in the 1910s, The Bowery Slugger is the first book in Borstinski’s Alex Cohen series. Teenage Alex has recently landed on the shores of America after a long and arduous sea crossing from his native Ukraine. Quickly discovering the streets of America aren’t paved with gold, Alex realises that providing for his family is his responsibility. Using skills he acquired at home he falls in with the gangs of the Bowery and soon makes a name for himself…

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Bowery Slugger. With its violent opening, I was hooked from the first page and sucked into Alex’s world. The author’s vivid descriptions made it easy for this reader to be whisked back in time to the Bowery in the 1910s, and I loved it! When I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about it and keen to return to Alex’s gritty, violent world.

I really liked Alex, but I often tend to prefer the darker characters in the books I read. I was expecting there to be more violence in this book than there actually is but I wasn’t disappointed. Alex’s lifestyle draws him into some tricky situations and he reacts, for him, accordingly. None of the violence in this book is over the top or gratuitous and it fits perfectly into the story.

Alex’s flirtation with his neighbour, Rebecca, was a great sub-plot which softened Alex’s edges a little. I was surprisingly entranced by their ‘will they/won’t they’ relationship as I’m not a fan of romance in the books I read. But it added another layer to Alex Cohen which I enjoyed.

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. This a great start to what promises to be a brilliant new historical crime series and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. The ending of The Bowery Slugger came maybe a little too quickly, but I can see exactly why the author ended the novel that way and how it will lead into the second book. Gritty, compelling and oh so good! Highly recommended.

I chose to read and review an eARC of The Bowery Slugger. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski was published in the UK by Sobriety Press on 10th November 2019 and is available in paperback and ebook formats | amazon.co.ukamazon.comNookGoodreads |

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FullSizeRenderLeopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Anjana (@superfluousread) #Superfluousreading #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I hope you’re having a great Sunday so far with lots of lovely books. One of the things I love the most about #R3COMM3ND3D is discovering new bloggers to follow. Today I am delighted to welcome a ‘new to me’ blogger to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love – Anjana at Superfluousreading. If you haven’t discovered Anjana’s blog yet then head on over and say ‘hello’.

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 Anjana chose…

Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken

Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken by Charlotte Nash
This was a heart warming tale, and surprisingly has very few people who read it since its publication at the beginning of the year! I think it deserves more notice and therefore decided to start by recommending it.
Anjana’s Review of Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken

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Superlative: The Biology of Extremes by Matthew D. LaPlante
This was a fascinating book, and very up to date with research in the field up to 2018. It can be read in bits and pieces and stretched over time. Even someone faintly interested in the biology of the world around us, it brings a lot into perspective and the author has a very nice narrative style!
Anjana’s Review of Superlative

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The Burning Issue of the Day by T.E. Kinsey
This entire series is awesome, and there is another book out in October 2019 and with 6 books now available in the series it is the best time to start reading it. It will have you (at least it does me) in splits with the subtle humour.
Anjana’s Review of The Burning Issue of the Day

Great recommendations, Anjana. Thank you so much!

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

Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken by Charlotte Nash
Superlative: The Biology of Extremes by Matthew D. LaPlante
The Burning Issue of the Day by T.E. Kinsey

About Anjana:
I am a book blogger who reads indiscriminately when it comes to genre or page count. I like being emotionally invested in the books I read, and recently (since I started my blog) have started reading books to improve skills and learn new ones as well! I love it when people actually pick up a book I recommend and love it as much or even a little 😀

Anjana’s Blog and Social Media Links:
SuperfluousreadingTwitter @superfluousread |

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#BlogBlitz: Mercy by Stephen Bentley (@StephenBentley8) @Shalini_G26 #Mercy #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and welcome to damppebbles. I am delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for the first book in Stephen Bentley’s Detective Matt Deal thriller series, MercyMercy is currently available to purchase in paperback with the ebook to follow later this month on 30th November. Not long to wait now! Stephen is a new author to me but this book sounds right up my street. I can’t wait to read it!

Let’s find out a little more about Mercy

ResizerImage360X540 (1)His daughter was taken. He’ll never get her back.

Set in the near future, Matt Deal is a British businessman married into a wealthy Florida family.

Mercy, his fifteen-year-old daughter, is the glue in his rocky marriage to Lorey. His life is changed forever after Mercy is brutally sexually assaulted on a Destin beach leaving her in a persistent vegetative state.
Trusting the local detectives to bring the rapists to justice, mixed martial arts expert Deal concentrates in vain on his Florida gym business, only to have his world further explode on learning the men responsible for his daughter’s injuries may escape justice. Deal is isolated and at his wit’s end after his rich father-in-law sends death threats blaming him for all these ills.

Who can he turn to? Where can he go? What will he do? Who can he trust?
Will he return to a post-Brexit Britain or ultimately will he seek revenge?

Fans of Jack Reacher, Barry Eisler, and any vigilante justice novel will love this book.

Genre: crime fiction (noir)/thriller/urban fiction with some graphic scenes and language.”

And here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite…

As much as he tried to hide it, Deal felt nervous as he knocked on the door of Internal Affairs.

The voice resonated in his head. “Enter.”

It was the tone, the command, the authority in the voice that reminded him why he was nervous. One false word, one false move and I’m fired, he thought.

Reading the open file, Emily Breen looked up through heavy-rimmed glasses before speaking again. “We meet again, Detective Deal. Sit.”

Breen pointed to a regular-looking seat on the opposite side of the desk from her high-backed executive chair. She continued reading. Deal sat watching her in silence.

Peering over her glasses, Breen said, “Remind me. When was the first time we met?”

“I think you know. It’s all there in my file. Larry Etchwell, Coroner’s Court. I was still with the Human Trafficking Department.”

Breen was silent. She appeared to be deep in thought.

Her next words broke the silence. “The psych evaluation is all good. Says you are fit to remain on active duty.”

“Good. I knew that but it’s good to hear the experts say it too.” Deal emphasised experts. The sarcasm wasn’t missed by Breen.

“Deal. You know the score. Why do you make things difficult for yourself?”

Deal ignored caution. “I always do things the hard way. Haven’t you heard?”

Breen ignored him. “What is this thing with the stutter?”

“How do you mean?”

“You’ve seen the report. What you told the shrink.”

“Remind me. What did I say?”

“If you were a rattlesnake, the stutter would be your rattle.”

Deal smiled at the thought of that meeting with the shrink. “Yeah. That’s what I said. It’s a fact.”

“But why? Why a stutter?”

“I don’t fucking know why. Why does a rattlesnake have a rattle?”

“There you go again, Detective Deal.”

“What?”

“Not helping yourself.”

“Are we done?”

“No. We are not. I have to tell you, one more loss of control. One more death, self-defence or not, you are finished. Do you hear me?”

“I hear you.”

“Good. Is there anything else you wish to say?”

“Can I ask a question?”

“You may.”

“Why does a bird fly?”

“What do you mean?”

“Asking me why I stutter if threatened is like asking a bird why it flies. Why an elephant has big ears. It’s just so. And one other thing – ask these guys what they were going to do to me.”

“I can’t. You killed them.”

“Too right. Before they killed me.”

Doesn’t that sound fantastic?! I can’t wait to read Mercy myself.

Mercy by Stephen Bentley will be published in the UK on 30th November and will be 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 (paperback)amazon.co.uk (ebook)Other eBook Stores |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Margaret Kirk (@HighlandWriter) @orionbooks @orion_crime #WhatLiesBuried #LukasMahler #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019 #HighlandNoir

Hello, happy Saturday and a very warm welcome to the blog today! I hope you have some bookish plans in store for your weekend. We’re sixteen days into this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D and I am thrilled to welcome our first author of 2019 – Margaret Kirk. Margaret is the author of the Lukas Mahler series and her latest release, What Lies Buried, was published in June this year. I’ll tell you everything you need to know about What Lies Buried after we’ve found out which three books Margaret 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 the three books Margaret recommends…

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The Closer I Get by Paul Burston
An unsettling twist on the pitfalls of social media – unpredictable and well-constructed.

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The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
A stunning Gothic novel set in pre-war Prague. Masterful and utterly compelling.

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Cage (Reykjavik Noir Trilogy) by Lilja Sigurðardóttir
Superbly constructed Nordic crime thriller by a mistress of the craft.

Thanks so much for your great choices, Margaret. I have The Closer I Get on the terrifying TBR and I can’t wait to read it!

If Margaret 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 Closer I Get by Paul Burston
The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
Cage by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

About What Lies Buried:What Lies Buried

THE BRILLIANTLY COMPELLING SECOND NOVEL IN THE DI LUKAS MAHLER SERIES

A missing child. A seventy-year-old murder. And a killer who’s still on the loose.

Ten year-old Erin is missing; taken in broad daylight during a friend’s birthday party. With no witnesses and no leads, DI Lukas Mahler races against time to find her. But is it already too late for Erin – and will her abductor stop at one stolen child?

And the discovery of human remains on a construction site near Inverness confronts Mahler’s team with a cold case from the 1940s. Was Aeneas Grant’s murder linked to a nearby POW camp, or is there an even darker story to be uncovered?

With his team stretched to the limit, Mahler’s hunt for Erin’s abductor takes him from Inverness to the Lake District. And decades-old family secrets link both cases in a shocking final twist.

Buy What Lies Buried:
| amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | BookDepository | Waterstones | Foyles |

About Margaret Kirk:
Runrig and Julie Fowlis fan Margaret Kirk writes ‘Highland Noir’ Scottish crime fiction, set in and around her home town of Inverness.

Her debut novel, Shadow Man, won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition in 2016. Described as ‘a harrowing and horrific game of consequences’ by Val McDermid, it was published in 2017. Book 2 in the DI Lukas Mahler series, What Lies Buried, is out now.

Margaret’s Social Media Links:
| Blog | Twitter @HighlandWriter | Facebook |

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

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Steph Warren (@bookshineblog) #BookshineAndReadbows #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Friday! Hello and welcome to damppebbles and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post. Joining me today is the lovely Steph of Bookshine and Readbows. If you haven’t discovered Steph’s blog yet, then why not? Steph’s reviews are a thing of beauty so get yourself over there now and hit the subscribe button!

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 Steph recommends…

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The Love Delusion by Nicola Mostyn
This is the second book in a duology and both books are up there in my top reads of all-time. Nicola Mostyn has created a world where the modern corporate is at war with the gods of legend and mythology for power over the hearts of humanity. Her main characters, Frida and Dan, are heroic yet utterly human with all the failings and foibles that entails, and the snarky banter (a personal favourite of mine) keeps the mood light, even when the action gets heavy.
Steph’s Review of The Love Delusion

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The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan
I have a keen interest in children’s books (for myself, and I suppose a little bit for my youngsters too!) and in Roar Jenny McLachlan has created an amazing new fantasy world, perfect for children and adult readers alike. The characters and world-building perfectly capture the feeling of childhood imaginary adventures, and there are plenty of gasps and giggles – and a few tears – as the story unrolls. Fans of Narnia, Peter Pan, Coraline and similar will love this book as much as I do.
Steph’s Review of The Land of Roar

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Pricked by Scott Mooney
Pricked is a series starter and effortlessly blends classic fairytales with urban detective noir to great effect. My two favourite genres are urban fantasy and mystery, so the current trend for mashups of these two (thank you Jim Butcher!) makes my bookish heart sing. The main character here, Briar, has a fascinating magical power that has loads of potential for development in almost any direction and, while the main plot here stands alone, there is a wider story arc that already has me hooked on what happens next.
Steph’s Review of Pricked

Brilliant choices, thanks Steph. I am in love with the cover of The Love Delusion. How gorgeous is that?!

If Steph 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 Love Delusion by Nicola Mostyn
The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan
Pricked by Scott Mooney

About Steph:
I’m Steph and I’m a bookaholic. I have been reading since a very early age – my mum taught me in self defence as I developed a habit of following her around the house banging her shins with a book, droning ‘Read it. Read it.’ Now I live with my husband, two small children, two large cats and a terrier, so I grab my moments when I can!

A Message from Steph:
I desperately feel the need to add that I was only able to narrow the field down this year by excluding the authors I chose for last year’s R3COMM3ND3D! Because all three of my picks last year have new books out this year too, that are all awesome, but I simply can’t choose everything!

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger HC Newton (@HCNewton) #TheIrresponsibleReader #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello my bookish friends. Welcome to Thursday and to day fourteen of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I think we’re doing alright. We’re still here, still sharing the book love, still adding to our terrifying TBRs… I am delighted to welcome the fabulous HC Newton who blogs over at The Irresponsible Reader to share his three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us today. If you don’t follow HC’s blog then that has to change! Click the link above and then click the subscribe button.

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 HC thinks we all need to read…

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
This charming book about a charming book nerd has got to warm the cockles of every reader out there. You’ll identify with Nina (and wish you had her life and reading nook), you’ll be won over by the sweet story, and the atypical narrative voice will be one of your favorite characters of the year.
HC’s Review of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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Who Killed The Fonz? by James Boice
This is one for readers of a certain age. Richard Cunningham’s film career is in jeopardy when he receives the news that Arthur Fonzarelli has died. In shock, Richard returns home for the funeral and to reunite with some old friends. He soon finds himself trying to solve Fonzie’s murder. I didn’t expect to be as impressed with this as I was. Yeah, it’s fan fiction, but when it’s this good, who cares? It’s a big nostalgia trip (but so was Happy Days). I love that someone had this idea!
HC’s Review of Who Killed The Fonz?

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Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
A secret agent for a time Agency gets stranded in the 21st century long enough that he puts down roots — gets married, gets a career, has a daughter. When she’s a teen her dad is “rescued” by his agency and taken back to the future where he promptly begins breaking every regulation to stay involved with his daughter, and eventually to save her life. What makes this one special is the father-daughter dynamic and relationship. It’s not what you usually see in Time Travel/SF stories, but Chen knocks this one out of the park.
HC’s Review of Here and Now and Then

Thanks so much, HC. Great choices and a couple of additions to the wishlist for me (particularly Who Killed The Fonz? [yes, I am – sort of – one of the readers of a certain age you mentioned. Sort of]).

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

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Who Killed The Fonz? by James Boice
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

About HC:
Just some guy who’s book hobby has really gotten out of hand.

HC’s Blog and Social Media Links:
The Irresponsible ReaderTwitter @HCNewtonFacebook |

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