#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Terry Tyler (@TerryTyler4) #TerryTyler #WhereTheresDoubt #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish pals and welcome to day 20 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. Oh, and it’s also Sunday. A day for rest, relaxation and reading which is exactly what I plan to do today. As I mentioned, today marks the 20th day of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and what a cracking series it’s turning out to be! We’ve had 55 books recommended so far with two books receiving two votes each – The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards and Nothing Else by Louise Beech. With only 10 days to go, will these two books be joint winners? I can’t wait to find out!

Joining me to share the book love today is a brilliant author of twenty-four books (that’s seriously impressive, 24!!), it’s the fabulous Terry Tyler. If you’re a fan of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction (yes!), or dark psychological dramas (I am, yes!) or murder mysteries (hold on, I think we may be talking about me here 😂) then Terry is the author you need in your life. And yes, I do have a number of Terry’s books on the terrifying TBR which I cannot wait to read including the most recent publication, Where There’s Doubt. So if your reading habits are anything like mine then just scroll down for more information including purchase links!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Terry recommends…

The Last Princess by Shelley Wilson
It’s a YA novel and thus quite an ‘easy read’, but can be enjoyed by adults too – it races along, and I’m a sucker for any historical story set in the dark ages, especially to do with Viking invasion.
Terry’s Review of The Last Princess

Sisters at the Edge of the World by Ailish Sinclair
I loved this book because it so cleverly shows us a picture of life in the times of the Roman Conquest – it is set in Scotland, before the spread of Christianity, before the people had any idea of what happened in the rest of the world. Also, it’s a fabulous story.
Terry’s Review of Sisters at the Edge of the World

Tales of Empire: Four stories by authors exploring Britain’s Age of Empire by Antoine Vanner, Jacqueline Reiter, Tom Williams & Penny Hampson
Four long-short stories set in the 19th Century, and each one was excellent. The four authors give such insight into the time, and they are all so beautifully written. It’s not often you find a collection by different authors in which the standard is so high, throughout.
Terry’s Review of Tales of Empire

Thank you so much, Terry. I love the look and sound of all three of your books. Three very eye-catching covers too!

About Where There’s Doubt:
‘I can be anything you want me to be. Even if you don’t know you want it.’

Café owner Kate is mentally drained after a tough two years; all she wants from her online chess partner is entertainment on lonely evenings, and maybe a little virtual flirtation.

She is unaware that Nico Lewis is a highly intelligent con artist who, with an intricately spun web of lies about their emotional connection, will soon convince her that he is The One.

Neither does Kate know that his schemes involve women who seek love on dating sites, as well as his small publishing business. A host of excited authors believe Nico is about to make their dreams come true.

Terry Tyler’s twenty-fourth publication is a sinister psychological drama that highlights the dark side of internet dating—and the danger of ignoring the doubts of your subconscious.

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukamazon.comGoodreads |

About Terry Tyler:
Terry Tyler is the author of 24 books available on Amazon; she writes post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, as well as dark psychological dramas and the odd murder mystery. She is an avid reader, and is a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. Current WIP: a series of shorter novels about a rage virus.

Terry’s Website and Social Media Links:
Terry Tyler Book ReviewsTwitter @TerryTyler4 |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger Namrata Ganti ~ redpillows blog (@redpillows91) #redpillowsblog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello dear bookish friends and welcome to the WEEKEND!! It’s Saturday. Time to take things down a gear and look forward to spending some quality time in a good book. What’s that you say? You don’t have a good book on the go at the moment? Well, you’ve come to the right place as it’s day 19 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and we’ve got lots of brilliant books just for you!

Joining me to talk about all things #R3COMM3ND3D2022 today is a fabulous blogger who I absolutely insist you follow if you don’t already, it’s the brilliant Namrata Ganti of redpillows blog. Namrata’s blog is a must read for all book lovers so make sure you check it out!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Namrata recommends…

Warlord of Ayodhya: Rebellion by Shatrujeet Nath
This book was my most anticipated read at the beginning of the year and it is definitely a favourite! Everyone knows of the epic Ramayana, but how many of us actually stopped to think about the other people and the lives of the Ayodhyan’s during Ram’s 14 year exile? How many of us stopped to think about Bharat and his struggles to rule in the absence of his brother? Well, Shatrujeet Nath thought of this! He imagined how the life of Bharat could have been as he took over the rule of the kingdom and thus this series was born.

This series seeks to bring out a little known side of the story with characters who were never in focus and who now have a chance to have their story told! Shatrujeet Nath is indeed a master storyteller and a genius to create and write this story. In my opinion, this book and all books by the author are a must read!
Namrata’s Review of Warlord of Ayodhya: Rebellion

Shut the Lights by Smita Bhattacharya
Smita takes everyday incidents or current situations and turns them into a complete story, replete with strong characters and an entertaining plot with twists that you don’t see coming.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book set during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as the feelings of the characters and their reactions to a lot of the situations mirrored our own during the first lockdown of the pandemic. The book is relatable in this sense and full of mystery with well developed characters who could be anyone around us. I strongly recommend this book for those who enjoy reading non-formulaic domestic noir suspense as mentioned in the blurb.
Namrata’s Review of Shut the Lights

 The Freedom Manifesto: 7 Rules to Live the Life of Your Calling by Karan Bajaj
I do not usually read or recommend books in the self-help category, but this book indeed made the exception list. The book draws on the author’s personal experiences as the basis for explaining several simple steps to transform your life. The author raises many valid questions which I realized that I have thought of but never focused on specifically. This approach and the way the book is written kept me reading until the end.
Namrata’s Review of The Freedom Manifesto

Thanks so much, Namrata, Three brilliant books which all look and sound absolutely fascinating!

About Namrata Ganti:
I am an avid reader who enjoys talking about books and reviewing them as much as reading! I am a book hoarder and have more books than I can read at a time and thus have an ever growing TBR pile!

Namrata’s Blog and Social Media Links:
redpillows blogTwitter @redpillows91Facebook |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Bookstagrammer Lynda Checkley (@LyndaCheckley) #lyndasbookreviews #bookstagram #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and welcome to Friday on damppebbles. It’s the weekend at last, phew! It’s also day 18 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and what an epic year this is turning out to be. We’ve had fifty lovely books recommended so far but only one book has been chosen twice and that’s The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards. Will TGfG be our overall winner come the end of November? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see…

Joining me to chat about three of their favourite 2022 books today is a brilliant bookstagrammer I heartily recommend you follow (if you don’t already). It’s the fabulous Lynda Checkley of @lyndas_bookreviews. I’m a huge fan of Lynda’s reviews and blame her (in the nicest possible way, of course! ) for MANY additions to my own bookshelf 😂 Give her a follow on Instagram or join her Facebook group (link below) and I’m sure you’ll be adding to your TBR too!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Lynda recommends…

The Bleeding by Johana Gustawsson
I was completely blown away by this book it was a captivating read.
Lynda’s Review of The Bleeding

Nothing Else by Louise Beech
It made me cry. I never cry at books but this really touched my heart.
Lynda’s Review of Nothing Else

First Born by Will Dean
I was completely engrossed from start to finish and the story stayed with me.
Lynda’s Review of First Born

Three brilliant choices, thank you so much Lynda. I’ve read one of your picks and loved it. I cannot wait to read the other two!

And of course, this is the second time we’ve seen Nothing Else by Louise Beech which puts it in joint first place with The Girl from Guernica. We’ve got a race to the finish on our hands now and things are really hotting up!

About Lynda Checkley:
10k+ followers on my book blog SM pages. My primary account is my Instabook blog page https://www.Instagram.com/lyndas_bookreviews but I also share my reviews on my Facebook Book Group and Twitter Book Blog. ARC and BETA reader for a large number of authors. Work with a number of tour groups, most regularly with Random Things Tours and Rachels Random Resources. Avid reader (300 books p.a.) with all reviews posted on my three SM pages.  Member of many online book groups. Regular attendee at book festivals.

Lynda’s Bookstagram and Social Media Links:
Instagram @lyndas_bookreviewsTwitter @LyndaCheckleyFacebook Group |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Bookstagrammer Zoebeesbooks (@Zoebeesbooks) #Zoebeesbooks #bookstagram #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish pals and welcome to Thursday on damppebbles. Not only is it Thursday (which is grand!) but it’s also day 17 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. We are well into this year’s series which is quickly becoming one of the best, most varied years we’ve had since the first #R3COMM3ND3D in 2017. As things stand presently we’ve had 47 books recommended with one book being selected twice, putting The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards in the lead. But will that be the case after we’ve revealed the three books today’s guest has chosen? Let’s find out…

(By the way, I don’t tend to look ahead at what has been chosen so when I say ‘let’s find out if today’s post will affect the leaderboard’ I really don’t have a clue if it will! It’s a lovely surprise to me too! Just thought I’d mention 😂)

Joining me today is one of my favourite people in the book world. It’s fabulous bookstagramer and all-round lovely person, Zoebeesbooks. When I reconnected with instagram last year a small number of more experienced bookstragrammers offered help and support. Zoebeesbooks was one of those that took me under their wing and helped me get started again and for that, I’ll always be grateful. Zoebeesbooks’ grid is a beautiful thing so if you don’t already follow then you know what to do!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Zoebeebooks recommends…

The Photographer by E.S. Blake
This is the best historical fiction book I’ve read, it was fascinating, I was completely enthralled. The characters were brilliant and the whole story was executed brilliantly. A bookstagram friend who has never read Historical fiction bought this book on my review and she loved it and is one of her favourite books. I highly recommend this one.
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of The Photographer

Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift
This is such a clever and charming story with meaning. Beth writes about loneliness and human connection with wit and sympathy and has created fantastic characters. The connections are really touching and it’s a book that made me laugh and cry. Oh and there is a brilliant dog named Alan to seal the deal.
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of Love and Other Human Errors

It Must Be Love by Caroline Khoury
I read this at the start of the year but it is one of the love stories that stands out for me. I was swept away with all the emotions in this Will They, Won’t They story. The characters were so engaging that I didn’t want the story to end. Beautifully written that gave me sliding doors / serendipty vibes and a story that travels round the world and 2 gorgeous men, what more could you ask for?!
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of It Must Be Love

Three gorgeous choices, thank you so much Zoebeesbooks. I’m sure I won’t be the only one adding to my wish list after seeing these beauties!

About Zoebeesbooks:
Disney loving Grandma. I have loved books for as long as I can remember and was definitely influenced by my Grandma who was a big bookworm. I loved going to the library every week with her and now it is a joy to share my love of books with my Granddaughter.

Zoebeesbooks’ Bookstagram and Social Media Links:
Instagram @zoebeesbooksTwitter @Zoebeesbooks |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger J – LoveBooksReadBooks (@LBRBsBlogs) #LoveBooksReadsBooks #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s lovely to see you! We’re halfway through the week and just a smidge over halfway through #R3COMM3ND3D2022! So far we’ve had 44 books recommended with one book receiving two votes which puts it in the lead at this point. Will The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards be the overall winner this year or will it share the crown with another book, or perhaps another two? We will just have to wait and see!

Joining me to share the book love and talk about all things #R3COMM3ND3D2022 today is a brilliant blogger. It’s the fabulous J of LoveBooksReadBooks. J – LoveBookReadBooks’ blog is such a treat for book lovers so if you don’t already subscribe, make the change today! You won’t regret it, I promise.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books J – LoveBooksReadBooks recommends…

The Brutal Tide by Kate Rhodes
Kate Rhodes has superbly plotted a wonderful story in The Brutal Tide which will be a treat for followers and newcomers of this exceptional series set on the Isles of Scilly. Bryher and the surrounding sea are as much a part of the story as any character is and beautifully portrayed. This is an excellent murder mystery and investigation storyline which unearths long buried, dark secrets along with the story of revenge by a ruthless and determined killer who is leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The Brutal Tide is engrossing, well plotted, with a great sense of place and wonderful characters. I love this series and highly recommend The Brutal Tide.
J’s Review of The Brutal Tide

The Last Girl to Die by Helen Fields
Helen Fields has written a fantastic story which is devastating in so many ways. It is gripping, very well written and takes you on a helter-skelter of a ride through to the appalling, shocking conclusion. An absolute cracker of a story, highly recommended.
J’s Review of The Last Girl to Die

Salmacis: Becoming Not Quite a Woman by Elizabeth Train-Brown
I occasionally blog about poetry, not necessarily the best at it but I do love reading it. This is a beautiful volume of poetry that will remain in my home because it has brought me to the story of salmacis, from front cover to back with everything in between it is thought provoking, immersive and totally stunning.
J’s Review of Salmacis

Thank you so much, J. Three brilliant picks and a few definite additions to my wish list here!

About J – LoveBooksReadBooks:
Books Books Books & Blogger – books are wonderful things I love to read and I hope that the comments made on this blog will encourage you to read and enjoy reading.

J – LoveBooksReadBooks Blog and Social Media Links:
LoveBooksReadBooksTwitter @LBRBsBlogs |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

WWW Wednesday | 16th November 2022 #WWWWednesday #bookblogger #amreading #BookTwitter #booktwt #damppebbles

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading.

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

My Husband’s Killer by Laura Marshall
Three couples. One murder. A holiday to die for . . .

We arrived at a villa on the Amalfi Coast, ready to enjoy a sun-soaked weekend with our oldest friends – and one new face.

By the end of the weekend, my husband is found dead.

But how can I mourn him, when on the day of his funeral I discover he was having an affair?

The only suspects are the women we went on holiday with. My oldest, closest friends.

Do I really want to dig into my husband’s secret? Do I really want to know who betrayed me?

And as I start to unravel their secrets . . . do I really believe his death was an accident?


What did you recently finish reading?

The Sanctuary by Emma Haughton
Very few people get to stay here. And some don’t get to leave …

Zoey doesn’t remember anything about last night. But she knows something went badly wrong. For she is no longer in New York. She’s woken up in the desert, in a white building she doesn’t recognise, and she’s alone.

When she discovers she’s been admitted to The Sanctuary, a discreet, mysterious, isolated refuge from normal life, to avoid jail, she is stunned. She knows she has secrets, troubles, but she thought she had everything under control. But as she spends more time with other residents, she begins to open up about what she’s running from. Until she realises that not everyone in The Sanctuary has her best interests at heart, and someone might even be a killer . . .


What do you think you’ll read next?

Halloween Slaughter (Slaughter Books #2) by Sergio Gomez
The Legend Continues

With the campgrounds destroyed, Ignacio has found a new place to take refuge. A new place to turn into hunting grounds. He has his eyes set on a very specific target that reminds him of his past. But hunting in a small town in PA will be different than in the isolated campgrounds.

Ignacio will have to be smarter. More patient. And wait for the right moments to strike…

The perfect time, he’ll come to find out, is on the night of ghouls and goblins and witches. On the night when everyone else is wearing masks and disguises, Ignacio will don his own mask and let the monster out like never before.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Joy Kluver (@JoyKluver) #JoyKluver #DIBernieNoel @bookouture #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and a very warm welcome to Tuesday on damppebbles. It’s day 15 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and we’re now officially halfway through this year’s #R3C! I am loving this year’s series. We’ve had some beautiful books and the good news is that there are lots more to come! As things stand our current leader is The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards but will that still be the case by the end of this week? We’ll just have to wait and see!

Joining me today to share the #R3COMM3ND3D book love is a fantastic author whose books I highly recommend. It’s the fabulous Joy Kluver who writes the gripping DI Bernie Noel series set in Wiltshire (which, as a side note, is just down the road from me!). There are currently three books in the DI Bernie Noel series with the third, Left for Dead, published earlier this year in January. Joy’s series was nominated for the New Kid on the Block award at this year’s Dead Good Reader awards, which goes to prove what a cracking series it is, a definite must read for all crime fiction fans!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Joy recommends…

No Safe Place by Bekhal Mahmod
I’ve started to get into more true crime stories and No Safe Place has been the best one I’ve read this year. It tells the story of the shocking murder of Banaz by her family in a so-called ‘honour’ killing. But as Bekhal shows, the murder was the culmination of years of abuse. It’s a devastating but compelling read.
Joy’s Review of No Safe Place

The Redeemer (Shanna Regan #1) by Victoria Goldman
It’s always good to have a new direction in crime and The Redeemer gives us that. There aren’t many modern Jewish crime books but there’s plenty of antisemitism still around today. Victoria Goldman introduces us to Shanna Regan, an investigative journalist who’s willing to go to great lengths to discover the truth behind some mysterious plaques and the deaths connected with them.
Joy’s Review of The Redeemer

Up Close and Fatal by Fergus McNeill
This is a mesmerising read, albeit tricky at times with some of the content. Tom, a journalist, gets invited on a unique road trip by a serial killer. As the title suggests, it’s an up close and fatal experience for some.
Joy’s Review of Up Close and Fatal

Thanks so much for your three brilliant choices, Joy. All three are going straight on the wish list!

About Left for Dead (DI Bernie Noel #3):
The detective stared at the young woman lying on the bed. She almost looked peaceful, her face like porcelain. Despite everything she had been through, she was still beautiful.

When DI Bernie Noel hurries to Keira Howard’s hospital bedside, she knows that Keira has been lucky. Barely conscious and badly injured, at least she is alive. Convinced that Keira’s attack is the latest in a string of increasingly violent assaults on young women in the area, the next victim might not be so fortunate. So she vows to find the man who did this, and to stop him before anyone else gets hurt.

Spurring her team into action, she quickly hones in on a prime suspect. But then he suddenly dies while on police watch, and Bernie’s investigation goes into freefall. When Bernie’s superiors won’t let her take the case any further, her gut instinct tells her there’s much more to his death than meets the eye. If it was murder, who would want him dead, and why? So she determines to set out on her own to find out what happened.

But the closer Bernie comes to discovering the truth, the more she is putting her own life in danger. And with Keira finally strong enough to talk her about her attack, Bernie worries she may be at risk yet again. There’s someone out there who has killed to stay safe in the shadows; can Bernie stop another senseless death, and save Keira, before it’s too late?

An utterly compelling crime thriller full of twists and suspense, perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and Cara Hunter. A DeadGoodBooks award shortlisted crime novel 2022.

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukWaterstonesFoylesBook DepositoryGoodreads |

About Joy Kluver:
Joy Kluver has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. More recently she’s been escaping the madness of motherhood by turning her hand to crime novels. A book blogger as well as an author, she’s also part of the First Monday Crime team and if you’ve been to any of their events it’s likely you’ve eaten one of her cookies. She also organises author talks for her local library. Joy lives in SW London with her husband and three children. She has written three DI Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Noel books – ‘Last Seen’, ‘Broken Girls’ and ‘Left For Dead’, and the series has been shortlisted for Best New Kid on the Block (best new series) in the Dead Good Reader Awards 2022.

Joy’s Website and Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @JoyKluverFacebookInstagram @joykluver |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#BookReview: The Buried by Sharon Bolton @orionbooks #TheBuried #damppebbles

“AN OLD ENEMY IS LAID TO REST . . . AND A NEW CRIME IS DISCOVERED

Florence Lovelady, the most senior serving policewoman in Britain, visits convicted serial killer Larry Glassbrook in prison. Larry is coming to the end of his life but has one last task for Florence: to learn the identity of the remains discovered at children’s home Black Moss Manor. The town Florence escaped narrowly with her life still holds many secrets. Will she finally learn the truth? Or will time run out for her first?

The latest Florence Lovelady thriller, set shortly after the bestselling first novel The Craftsman in the chilling, new series from Richard and Judy bestseller Sharon Bolton”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to share my review of The Buried by Sharon Bolton. The Buried is the second book in The Craftsman Series and was published by Orion Books in hardcover, audio and digital formats last week (that’s Thursday 10th November 2022). I chose to read and review a free eARC of The Buried but that has in no way influenced my review.

The Buried is the much-anticipated sequel to one of my favourite books of 2018, The Craftsman. I say sequel but it’s more of a prequel combined with a sequel. Which is a very impressive achievement! As soon as this book landed on my radar, I knew I had to read it. One of the things I loved most about the first book was the character of Police Constable Florence Lovelady. So the chance to be reacquainted with her and to return to creepy Sabden at the foot of the Pendle Hills, where witchy goings on were regularly reported, was an opportunity I could NOT miss!

Serial killer, Larry Glassbrook, has been in prison for thirty years for murdering three teenagers. The police officer responsible for his capture, Florence Lovelady, was a lowly probationary WPC and the first and only female officer working out of Sabden at the time. Now she’s the most senior serving female officer in the Met and despite their history, Florence has been keeping in regular contact with Larry. But Larry is ill and is nearing the end of his life. With the discovery of children’s remains near Black Moss Manor, a children’s home that was closed in 1969, Larry has one last task for Florence. To discover the identity of the victims. Because according to Larry, the children buried near Black Moss died more recently than official channels are claiming. But to carry out Larry’s final request, Florence must return to Sabden. The town that almost destroyed her…

A cleverly written police procedural told in the past and the present with a witchy twist. The Buried is everything I hoped it would be. It was a joy to be reunited with Florence Lovelady again – older, wiser and forever tied to Sabden, no matter what she does to sever that tie. Something I do need to say before I go any further though is that I strongly recommend you read The Craftsman before picking up The Buried. A lot happened in the first book and. whilst the author ensures the reader is briefed enough to follow the flow of the story, there were moments where I, as someone who read The Craftsman four years ago, found myself getting muddled. With hindsight, I wish I had re-read The Craftsman first before making a start on the prequel/sequel. Looking at other reviews, it seems other readers feel the same. But that does not take away from the fact that this is a cracking second book in the series and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. But please make sure you’re familiar with the storyline of The Craftsman before making a start on The Buried. I enjoyed the dual timeline and hopping from the late 60s to the late 90s. The characters were once again expertly drawn, as I have come to expect from this author. The plot was well paced with an overarching feeling of dread permeating the pages of the book from the very start, all the way to the tense conclusion. The author excels at writing suspenseful plots which pull the reader into the narrative and keep them hooked, wanting to discover how the story will end. I truly hope this isn’t the last we see of Florence and Sabden. I’m such a fan of this unique series and I find myself preferring the author’s setting, plot and characters to more traditional police procedurals. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to crime fiction fans who are looking for something a little different. But make sure you read The Craftsman first! Recommended.

I chose to read and review a free eARC of The Buried. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

The Buried by Sharon Bolton was published in the UK by Orion Books on 10th November 2022 and is available in hardcover, audio and digital formats (please note, 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.ukWaterstonesFoylesBook Depositorybookshop.orgGoodreadsdamppebbles bookshop.org shopdamppebbles amazon.co.uk shopdamppebbles amazon.com shop |

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.

Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger HC Newton (@HCNewton) #TheIrresponsibleReader #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s so good to see you! It’s Monday, the start of a brand new week with brand new possibilities and of course, brand new book recommendations. It’s day 14 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and we’re nearly halfway through this year’s series. Hasn’t time flown?! And if you paid the blog a visit yesterday you may have noticed that one book has edged its way out from the rest into first place! We have a front runner and that front runner’s name is The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards! Will The Girl from Guernica stay in the number one spot until the end of the month? Let’s find out!

Joining me to talk about all things #R3COMM3ND3D2022 today is one of my favourite bloggers, it’s the brilliant HC Newton of The Irresponsible Reader. I’m a huge fan of HC’s blog and strongly suggest you give him a follow if you don’t already. You certainly won’t regret it. I’m also hugely grateful to HC for supporting #R3COMM3ND3D every year and including the week’s links in his weekly wrap up post. Thank you, HC.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books HC recommends…

Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor
I was blown away by this novel. I read it in May and I’m not convinced I’ve wholly recovered. It’s a story about faith, family, and (American) football. I can’t tell you which is more important to any character in this novel at any point (but I’d lean toward the latter for just about all of them). The prose is gorgeous and visceral, the story is intense and heart-breaking–it’s about a high school coach and a star player trying to keep their heads above water in the middle of a murder they’re both connected to. I can easily sound like I’m over-hyping this, so I’m not going to go on the way I want to. I’ll simply say that Cranor’s work is just gut-wrenching, beautiful, and powerful. And not to be missed.
HC’s Review of Don’t Know Tough

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
The story of a COVID-era food delivery app driver who leaves it all behind to go work for an NGO that happens to study Kaiju in a parallel dimension has been told so many times that it’s practically a cliché, right? Well, maybe not.

This book delivers all the ridiculous fun that the premise promises. Scalzi calls it a pop song, I tend to compare it to a popcorn movie. It’s not meant to provoke thought, to be pondered over, or analyzed. It’s meant to be enjoyed, it’s meant to be light and entertaining. Consider this me writing on the literary equivalent of a bathroom stall, “For a good time…”
HC’s Review of The Kaiju Preservation Society

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
There were at least a dozen titles I considered for this spot, but I ended up here because it struck me as one of the most distinctive reads of the year. The central conceit of the book (which I’m not going to spoil, and I encourage you to avoid mention of it) is such a wonderful concept, and really everyone who hasn’t come up with it before Shepherd should be embarrassed. But the novel has so much more going for it than that–it’s a gripping thriller (yes, a book about maps and mapmakers can be gripping–who knew?). It’s a story about family (one of the sweetest, strangest, and saddest found families you’ll come across), it’s a book about what connects people. I’m not doing a good job in this brief paragraph–just go read the novel 🙂
HC’s Review of The Cartographers

Three excellent choices. Thank you so much, HC. I can see a number of your picks ending up on the wish list!

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

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

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger Carol @ Reading Ladies (@ReadingLadiesBC) #ReadingLadies #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish pals and a very warm welcome to damppebbles. It’s Sunday, my favourite day of the week. My Sunday plans include chilling with a good book. How about you? Not only is it Sunday but it’s also day 13 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 where we’ve had the pleasure of revealing some of the best books published this year.

Joining me today to share three of their favourite books of 2022 is the brilliant Carol of Reading Ladies. Carol describes herself as an avid and ardent bibliophile and her love of literature clearly shines through on her blog and bookstagram. If you don’t already follow Carol then you know what to do, people!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers and bookstagrammers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Carol recommends…

The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards
If you appreciate a side of thriller with your historical fiction, you will love The Girl From Guernica. From surviving the bombing to living in Germany and working with the Resistance Movement to the heart-stopping conclusion, the writing of Karen Robards had me turning pages with bated breath from the first page. My perfect read is a balance between plot-driven and character-driven and this is an excellent example. In addition to suspense, The Girl From Guernica features well drawn characters: Sibi is brave, independent, and responsible; Grif is protective, courageous, smart, respectful, and loyal. Together they make an incredible team in their espionage attempts.
Carol’s Review of The Girl from Guernica

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
I know a book is in that elusive 5 star range when I read it in ONE day! Engaging and fast-paced from the first page, I Must Betray You will be on my most memorable reads of the year list. A straightforward timeline, a first person point of view, and a likable (YA) main character draw you into the story…..it’s personal and dangerous. I am right there feeling the tension, the helplessness, and desperation. Clipped sentences, sparse prose, vivid details, and short chapters describe the danger and adds to the dire sense of urgency and bleak reality. I love Cristian and admire his resilience, resourcefulness, and bravery. He keeps a hidden journal in which he writes poetry and documents his fears and dreams. As Cristian faces huge moral dilemmas and faces danger, he gives us a perspective on what it might be like to live under an oppressive government. He inspires young writers and gives us hope that freedom will prevail.
Carol’s Review of I Must Betray You

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe
Thought-provoking and compelling, Last Summer on State Street is a story of family, friendship, and community that reads like a memoir. The story places me right in the community playing jump rope (I can hear the song lyrics and shoes hitting the pavement), running for cover from bullets with my heart pounding, avoiding gang members and crack addicts, fearing for the safety of my older brother and praying for his well being, feeling mostly safe in the classroom, experiencing peace at church, and navigating the angst of pre-teen friendships. I sincerely appreciate the thoughtful themes that include mother/daughter relationships, friendship, faith, honest questions asked, and harsh realities brought to light. This story gives me insight into a life I’ll never live.
Carol’s Review of Last Summer on State Street

[As a side note, Last Summer on State Street was published in hardcover in June this year in the US. It’s going to be published in the UK next year but I’ve allowed it due to regional variations. A similar situation happened with an Australian book last year, which again was allowed.]

Thanks so much for taking part in #R3COMMM3ND3D2022, Carol, and for selecting three fabulous books.

If you have an excellent memory then you may have noticed that this is the second time we’ve seen The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards featured, which makes it our current leader. Will it be our overall winner? We’ll just have to wait and see.

About Carol @ Reading Ladies:
I’m Carol, a retired teacher, an ardent and avid bibliophile, and passionate literacy advocate who shares a love of great literature across a variety of genres with an intentional focus on new releases, thoughtful themes, diverse cultures, and “own voices” authors. I desire to be a trusted reviewer for your next great read!

Carol’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Reading LadiesTwitter @ReadingLadiesBCFacebookInstagram @readingladies_book_clubGoodreads |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.