#BlogTour | #R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author James Swallow (@jmswallow) #Shadow #MarcDane @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to a brand new week of #R3COMM3ND3D2019 on damppebbles. I’m a little bit excited today as it’s the first time #R3COMM3ND3D has officially featured as part of a blog tour! I am delighted to be joining the Shadow blog tour today and I’m incredibly grateful to the author, James Swallow for taking part and to Tracy Fenton for asking me to be involved. I will tell you everything you need to know about Shadow, which is the fourth book in the Marc Dane series, after we’ve found out which three books published in 2019 James 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 James recommends…

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The Spy in Moscow Station by Eric Haseltine
A slow-burning tale of Cold War espionage that pits the CIA against the KGB, I came to this one expecting something dry and factual but I was soon riveted by the true-life tension and twisty narrative of Haseltine’s writing. A perfect example of reality beating fiction, this was a real page-turner and ideal for fans of LeCarre et al.

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The Nursery by Asia Mackay
Full disclosure here, Asia is one of my fellow authors at Bonnier Books, and I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of her 2nd Lex Tyler novel early in this year; the Tyler books feature a central character who is half new mum, half government assassin, mixing the challenges of being an action heroine with the strains of parenting! Fast and funny, its the perfect antidote to serious thrillers, and an engaging read to boot!

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This is Gomorrah by Tom Chatfield
I’m fascinated by the notion of “the dark net” and its connections to the worlds of organized crime and modern espionage, and Tom’s novel goes deep into those shady realms. He’s created spiky, interesting characters and put them into a complex conspiracy that draws in the reader and keeps you turning the pages. I loved it!

Thanks so much, James. All three of your recommendations are going on the wishlist. They sound so good!

If James 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 Spy in Moscow Station by Eric Haseltine
The Nursery by Asia Mackay
This is Gomorrah by Tom Chatfield

About Shadow by James Swallow:shadow-final-cover-smaller

Marc Dane in his most dangerous adventure yet . . .

A ruthless far-right terrorist is broken out of captivity

A mysterious bio-scientist with a terrible secret is abducted

A lethal contagion threatens millions of lives across Europe and the Middle East

Ex-MI6 officer Marc Dane faces a deadly challenge against all odds, to stop a devastating attack before a new kind of weapon is unleashed . . .

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About James Swallow:
James Swallow is a New York Times, Sunday Times and Amazon #1 bestselling author of over fifty books, and a BAFTA-nominated scriptwriter. He is the creator of the Marc Dane action thriller series, and has written for franchises such as 24, Star Trek and several high-profile video games. He lives and works in London.

James’ Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Adam Hamdy (@adamhamdy) @panmacmillan @Tr4cyF3nt0n #Black13 #ScottPearce #PendulumTrilogy #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello bookish friends and welcome to day forty-three of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I am absolutely thrilled to welcome an incredibly popular author and the co-founder of Capital Crime, London’s premier crime writing festival, to share his three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us today – the brilliant Adam Hamdy. Adam is on the brink of publishing a fantastic new book which is the start of a new series featuring ex-MI6 officer, Scott Pearce. Black 13 will be published in ebook and hardback on 23rd January 2020 with the paperback to follow later in the year. I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Black 13 after we’ve discovered which three books Adam 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 Adam’s three recommendations…

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
This brilliantly addictive thriller was such a fresh and startling new voice, and deservedly the winner of Capital Crime’s Amazon Publishing Readers’ Award for best debut.

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The Night Fire (Harry Bosch #22) by Michael Connelly
If, like me, you’re a fan of Harry Bosch, you won’t be disappointed in this latest outing for the veteran LA detective. Left a missing case file by his former mentor, Bosch is back on the hunt for justice in the city that never sleeps.

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To The Lions by Holly Watt
An investigate journalist is tested to the limit on her latest shocking story, in this tense and gripping debut that gives an authentic insiders’ view of Fleet Street.

Wonderful recommendations, thank you Adam. I have My Sister, the Serial Killer on my terrifying TBR and I’ll be adding your other two recommendations as well.

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

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
To The Lions by Holly Watt

About Black 13:Black 13 hi-res (1)

Black 13 is the brilliant first novel in the Scott Pearce series from Adam Hamdy. In this addictive and fast-paced thriller, ex-MI6 officer Pearce is about to show us that in a world where there is no loyalty to the nation state, it’s time to burn the espionage rule book.

An exiled agent. A growing threat. A clandestine war.

The world is changing beyond recognition.
Radical extremists are rising and seek to enforce their ideology globally.
Governments, the military and intelligence agencies are being outmanoeuvred at every step. Borders are breaking down. Those in power are puppets.
The old rules are obsolete. To fight this war a new doctrine is needed.
In a world where nothing is at it seems, where trust is gone, one man will make the difference.
Meet Ex-MI6 agent and man in exile, Scott Pearce.
It’s time to burn the espionage rule book.
Watch Pearce light the fire.

Pre-order your copy of Black 13: | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Pan Macmillan |

About Adam Hamdy:
British author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, an epic series of conspiracy thriller novels. James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was nominated for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction, and chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books. Pendulum was also selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors, experience that has given him a useful insight into many industries.

Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London. He is a seasoned rock climber, skier and CPSA marksman.

Adam is a co-founder of Capital Crime. He is also the membership coordinator for the ITW Debut Authors Program.

Adam’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @adamhamdy | Facebook |

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

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

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

Here are Ali’s three choices…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ali’s Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @AliBaconFacebook |

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

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

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

Here are the three books Anne recommends…

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Perdition’s Child:Perditions Child

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#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:
WebsiteTwitter @RachelSargeant3FacebookBookBub |

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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:
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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 |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger and #Author Chris McDonald (@cmacwritescrime) #MacReviewsBooks #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to the blog today. I’m very glad to see you because I have another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post to share. I am delighted to welcome Chris McDonald who is not only a fantastic blogger over at Mac Reviews Books, he’s also a debut author who is on the brink of publishing his first novel, A Wash of Black, with Red Dog Press. I, for one, can’t wait to read it early next year.

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 Chris recommends…

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Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
I thought this book was fantastically plotted with some very interesting characters. The chapters were quite short and they really catapulted you into the next. It was exciting and tense! I’ve been a fan of Shari’s since her debut and I think this is her best one yet.
Chris’ Review of Someone We Know

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The Killer in Me (Dublin Crime Bureau #2) by Olivia Kiernan
I saw Olivia last year promoting her brilliant debut, Too Close To Breathe. When I decided to start a book blog, her agent sent me an advance copy of this. It was my first ever book post! The book itself is fantastic and once again follows DCS Frankie Sheehan as she investigates two murders. It’s an original plot and really shows how good of a writer Olivia is. I’m pleased to know she has a third book on the way!
Chris’ Review of The Killer in Me

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Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen
I was always going to include an Orenda Books title in this list, and it could’ve been one of many that I’ve read this year; Breakers, Call Me Star Girl or Worst Case Scenario to name but a few. But I’ve recently finished Little Siberia and was blown away by how unique the writing style was and how brilliant the story was. It’s funny and dark at the same time. Antti, in my opinion, is an absolute genius and this book deserves all the plaudits!
Chris’ Review of Little Siberia

Excellent choices, thanks Chris. I want to read all three of your choices so have added them to the wishlist.

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

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan
Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen

About Chris:
My name is Chris and I am a 31-year-old primary school teacher. I live in South Manchester with my wife and two children.

Chris’ Blog and Social Media Links:
Mac Reviews BooksTwitter @cmacwritescrime |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018: The After Show Party #BookBlogger #Author #Publishedin2018 #MustReadBooks #damppebbles #BookRecommendations

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. More importantly, welcome to the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 after show party! Now, this post is a couple of days later than planned. But hey, all the best parties don’t go quite to plan – right?

And not going to plan is EXACTLY what #R3COMM3ND3D2018 did. Following my very best intentions to post your brilliant 2018 recommendations during November and December last year, I unfortunately fell ill and pretty much stopped blogging for a few months. But you can’t keep a good book recommendation down (nor a determined blogger!) and earlier this year, in the Spring, I restarted the series and posted all of the outstanding posts.

I have LOVED sharing your 2018 recommendations, and I hope you have enjoyed seeing which books have been chosen – and of course, the all-important WHY! If #R3COMM3ND3D2018 has managed to add only one book to your TBR then we’re doing a stonking job.

So, without further ado, here are the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 titles in all their glory…

Aren’t they beautiful?! If you took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 and the book(s) you chose aren’t here then please get in touch.

But what of the winners? Which books were recommended the most? I can’t quite believe it myself but there were SIX books which tied for first place. All six books had FOUR votes each which is amazing!

Here they are…

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How many have you read? I’ve read three of the six and thoroughly enjoyed them. They’re all very worthy winners.

Which leads us to this year. Who will come out on top? #R3COMM3ND3D2019 starts this Friday on 1st November (eek!) and runs every day until the end of December (except 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December). Make sure you have your say by filling in the form below and casting your vote for the top books of 2019.

The biggest thanks to all of the book bloggers and authors who took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 and whittled their favourite reads down to three (an impossible task, I know!). Huge thanks for all the shares, likes, tweets and retweets – you make #R3COMM3ND3D such a fun feature to run ❤️.

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Nick Quantrill (@NickQuantrill) #TheGeraghtyNovels @fahrenheitpress #damppebbles

Hello and happy Thursday. The weekend is almost in touching distance – hoorah! Today has a bitter/sweet feel to it as today also marks the last of my #R3COMM3ND3D2018 posts. But fear not, #R3COMM3ND3D in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2019 will return on 1st November – yay! I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author, Nick Quantrill, to damppebbles today. Nick is the author of the Geraghty Novels which have recently been republished by Fahrenheit Press and I cannot wait to read these books! I’ll tell you a little more about them soon.

First, allow me to explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about. #R3COMM3ND3D is my end of the year feature where I invite book bloggers and authors to share three books they think the rest of us need to read. They can be any genre, published traditionally, by an indie press or self-published by the author. There’s always a catch though, otherwise, it would be far too easy! All three books must have been published in the same year. This is the last of my #R3COMM3ND3D posts for 2018. But watch out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 starting on 1st November!

Here are Nick’s three choices…

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November Road by Lou Berney
Who doesn’t love a conspiracy novel? ‘November Road’ touches on the most enduring of conspiracy theories, the assassination of John F Kennedy, but it’s much more than that. It’s part-noir, part road novel, part-love story. Frank Guidry, a man who’s lived a bad life is on the run, but what happens when he discovers he really wants a shot at redemption?

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This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
With her finger always on the pulse, this is the best yet from a writer with an unflinching eye on the state of the UK. Focusing in on the gentrification of a London tower block, we meet the cynical and downtrodden, the hopeful and those who want a better future. But is everyone as they seem to be? It’s a book that grapples with big social issues, but never forgets its primary job is to be a thrilling read.

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The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox
He’s young, he’s talented, he’s good looking – the list goes on, so I should hate Joseph Knox. But how can you hate someone who writes books like this? On the face of it, it’s a police procedural, but in reality it twists off into different territories. Aidan Waits is a troubled cop for our times, pounding the grim and dark streets of Manchester. Waits is practically a Private Investigator, ‘The Smiling Man’, a pitch-perfect noir novel.

Brilliant choices, thanks Nick. I have read and loved This Is How It Ends and I’m adding the other two to my wishlist!

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

| November Road by Lou Berney | This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan | The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox |

About The Geraghty Novels:

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Book #1 Broken Dreams
A cracking authentic crime thriller.

Joe Geraghty is used to struggling from one case to the next, barely making the rent on his small office in the Old Town of Hull.

Invited by a local businessman to investigate a member of his staff’s absenteeism, it’s the kind of surveillance work that Geraghty and his small team have performed countless times.

The case soon becomes anything but routine when Jennifer Murdoch is found bleeding to death in her bed, Geraghty quickly finds himself trapped in the middle of a police investigation which stretches back to the days when the city had a thriving fishing industry.

As the woman’s tangled private life begins to unravel, the trail leads Geraghty to local gangster-turned-respectable businessman, Frank Salford, a man with a significant stake in the city’s regeneration plans. Still haunted by the death of his wife in a house fire, it seems the people with the answers Geraghty wants are the police and Salford, both of whom want his co-operation for their own ends.

With everything at stake, some would go to any length to get what they want, Geraghty included.

Broken Dreams is the first urban thriller from Hull based writer, Nick Quantrill, featuring private detective Joe Geraghty.

Book #2 The Late Greats
Hull’s most successful band of the 1990s is making a comeback…but not everyone is happy…”

Having been convinced by their manager, Kane Major, to put their acrimonious break-up behind them and launch a comeback, New Holland, Hull’s most successful band of the 1990s, is reforming. Allowing one privileged journalist to document the process.

Joe Geraghty is employed to act as a liaison between the different camps. What appears to be a straightforward assignment sees him neck deep in trouble when singer, Greg Tasker, disappears leaving behind a trail of people who wanted him out of their lives.

Geraghty has to choose sides and the investigation penetrates deeper into the city. As the rich and famous rub shoulders with the poor and vulnerable, the stakes increase. Forced to keep his friends close but his enemies’ closer still, the case could see Joe Geraghty lose everything.

Book #3 The Crooked Beat
When Joe Geraghty’s brother Niall finds himself in financial trouble, it’s only natural that he turns to the private investigator for help. But when it relates to a missing consignment of smuggled cigarettes, it’s not so easily sorted.

A consignment of smuggled cigarettes have gone missing and as Joe is drawn into the murky world of local and international criminals around the busy port of Hull, Geraghty knows the only way to save his brother is to take on the debt himself.

As Joe attempts to find a way out of the situation, it becomes clear that the secrets and conspiracies he uncovers are buried deeply in the past and that the people he’s investigating are willing to do whatever it takes to keep them that way.

As the pressure mounts we see Geraghty’s relationships with those closest to him start to unravel but Geraghty can’t let his family down and when the past crashes into the present Joe is in until the bitter end.

The Crooked Beat is the third urban thriller from Hull based writer, Nick Quantrill, featuring private detective Joe Geraghty.

| amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Fahrenheit Press |

About Nick Quantrill:
Nick Quantrill was born and raised in Hull, an isolated industrial city in East Yorkshire. His trilogy of Private Investigator novels featuring Joe Geraghty are published by Fahrenheit Press and he’s hard at work on a fourth. A prolific short story writer, his work has appeared in various volumes of “The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime”. Nick is also the co-founder of the Hull Noir festival.

Nick’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @NickQuantrill | Facebook @NickQuantrillWriter |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Jo Perry (@JoPerryAuthor) #DeadIsBeautiful @fahrenheitpress #damppebbles

It’s Friiiiiiyaaaaaaaaay! Thank Crunchie it’s Friday. I am delighted to welcome you to damppebbles today and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. Today I’m thrilled to welcome the wonderful Jo Perry to the blog.  Jo writes the most intriguing series of crime noir novels, the ‘Charlie and Rose Investigate’ series featuring a dead lead protagonist called Charlie and his equally dead dog, Rose.  The series is published by the mighty Fahrenheit Press and I’ll tell you a little about the latest book in the series, Dead Is Beautiful in a short while.

But first, let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.  #R3COMM3ND3D is about sharing the book love.  I invite bookish types – authors, book bloggers and those who work in publishing – to nominate three books they love.  They can be any genre, any author, any publisher – self, indie or traditionally published.  The only stipulation being that they were published in a certain year.  At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 book love but come 1st November it will be all about 2019’s releases.  If you’d like to take part then check out the Google form at the bottom of this post but don’t delay – places are being snapped up faster than ever before.

Here are Jo’s choices…

A Dead American In Paris (The 3rd Republic Novels #2) by Seth Lynch
In book two of Lynch’s series, Salazar remains a uniquely compelling and brilliant protagonist, an existential hero grappling with turbulent internal and external forces: violence, autonomy, alienation and the disordering and disturbed and disturbing world of post-war Paris. What a series!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2NWP8TNZXN05F/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07BSB9KBB

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Black Moss by David Nolan
An ambitious, powerful and affecting thriller that tackles memory, violence, and guilt–collective and personal. The action moves back and forth in time and from the alcohol-blurred to the sober mind of an endearing and often tragic protagonist I hope to see again. The Manchester setting and news media milieu enrich the novel. A great debut.
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Moss-David-Nolan/dp/1912526336?ref=pf_ov_at_pdctrvw_dp#customerReviews

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The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry
Absolutely hair-raising suspense but what’s best is the deep dive into the warring consciousnesses of a bomb maker and the bomb squad operative who must stop him. I will be upfront and admit that Thomas Perry is my husband, but that can’t stop me from saying how shreddingly good this book is.

Wonderful choices, Jo. Thank you.  Two of the books you’ve chosen are already on the wish list and the third will be added immediately.

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

A Dead American in Paris by Seth LynchBlack Moss by David NolanThe Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry |

About Dead Is Beautiful:
DeadIsBeautifulKindleDEAD IS BEAUTIFUL finds Rose leading Charlie from the peace of the afterlife to the place he hates most on earth, “Beverly Fucking Hills,” where a mature, protected tree harboring a protected bird is being illegally cut down. The tree-assault leads Charlie and Rose to a to murder and to the person Charlie loathes most in life and in death, the sibling he refers to only as “his shit brother,” who is in danger. Charlie fights-across the borders of life and death–for the man who never fought for him, and with the help of a fearless Scotsman, a beautiful witch, and a pissed-off owl, Charlie must stop a cruel and exploitative scheme and protect his beloved Rose.

amazon.co.ukamazon.comFahrenheit Press |

About Jo Perry:
I am the author of the series of dark, comic mysteries, Dead Is Better, Dead Is Best, Dead Is Good and Dead Is Beautiful published by Fahrenheit Press.

Jo’s Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @JoPerryAuthorFacebook |

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)