#R3COMM3ND3D2017: The After-Show Party #BookBlogger #Author #Publishedin2017 #MustReadBooks #damppebbles

So, that’s it for 2017.  Earlier today I published my very last #R3COMM3ND3D2017 post of the 2017 series (my thanks to the fabulous Gordon Mcghie of Grab This Book for rounding the series off so beautifully).

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 has become such a big part of my life over the last few months (since 16th November when the lovely Noelle Holten of CrimeBookJunkie kicked proceedings off in style with her recommendations).  Since then, I have published 52 #R3COMM3ND3D2017 posts, highlighting a total of 132 individual booksONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO BOOKS…WOW!

I guess the question is, do we have a winner?  A book which was recommended more than any other?  We do!  Actually, we have two winners, both with four votes each.  They are….

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys & Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I must also mention the brilliant second place runners-up, both of which had three votes each…

All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker & The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen

And here are the rest of the glorious books recommended by the most fabulous authors and dedicated book bloggers as part of #R3COMM3ND3D2017 over the last couple of months…

Wowee, there you go.  Aren’t they gorgeous?!  If you took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2017 and the book you chose isn’t pictured above then please let me know as I was going a little cross-eyed getting them all together (and I do want the above montage to include every book – call me silly, hahaha).

So that’s it, then.  Well, that’s it until November 1st when we start all over again but with this year’s books.  I, for one, cannot wait.  Will there be a runaway leader?  Will it be a plethora of completely different books?  I’m excited, I hope you are too.

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then the form is ready and waiting for your book recommendations.  Although it may be a smidge too early to pick your three now (fourteen days into January….).  Bookmark THIS page and make sure you pop back when you have your three.

My thanks to each and every one of you who took part this time around.  You turned a small idea into something huge and I’m so grateful for your input.  Thank you for making #R3COMM3ND3D2017 something special.  I hope you’ll all join me again later this year for #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Until then, have a glass of bubbly on me 🍾.

 

 

 

 

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Jonathan Mark (@jonmark1956) #TheLastMessenger

I am delighted to welcome the author of The Barnabas Trilogy, Jonathan Mark, to damppebbles today.  The first book in the trilogy, The Last Messenger was published in 2017 and is an action-packed historical thriller.  Jonathan has kindly agreed to share his #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads in the penultimate post of the series.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is an opportunity for book bloggers and authors to share and shout about three must-read books.  The only requirement, the books must have been published in 2017.

Here are Jonathan’s choices…

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Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
A fascinating exploration into the nature of faith and friendship from the perspective of three young Muslim women. One is a devout Muslim and one breaks all the rules. Peri the central protagonist is stuck in the middle, confused about her faith. She falls in love with an Oxford professor who leads the three friends to question everything including God, Life and Islam.

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
The Booker prize winner has done it again with this charming love story about Anjum who is a member of the Old Delhi Hijara (transgendered) community. It is funny and heartbreaking in equal measure and gives a wonderful insight into the complexities of the Indian tradition and culture.

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Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
The final novel of Helen Dunmore before she died is probably her best. Set in Bristol at the time of the French Revolution, she captures the style of writers of that period and tells the story of a wife who is caught under the spell of her husband who stands to lose everything he has worked for in Bristol’s housing boom in Clifton. It is a historical psychological thriller.

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Great recommendations, Jonathan and thank you for joining me today.

If Jonathan has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends then please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak | The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy | The Birdcage by Helen Dunmore |

About Jonathan:
After nearly forty years working in finance in the City of London, he retired early to pursue his long-held ambition to write novels. He lives in Essex with his wife Lin. He also spends long periods in Cornwall where the restless seas and wild coastline provide inspiration for many stories, just as they did for Daphne du Maurier. To kick-start his writing career he completed an MA in Crime and Thriller writing at City University London. At the time, this course was the only creative writing MA in the country which focused on commercial crime fiction. The Last Messenger was the novel submitted to complete the MA. It is a story which evolved from a novel collecting dust in his desk drawer for over twenty years. Literary Agents advised that there was no longer a demand for conspiracy thrillers. Therefore, it is with a streak of bloody-minded and perhaps misguided optimism that he’s published this book.

About The Last Messenger:
the last messenger.jpgCRETE 1941 – A LOST SECRET IS DISCOVERED

During the German invasion of Crete, an air raid destroys a church revealing an ancient Christian scroll buried under its foundations. It is discovered by Callidora, a young Cretan shepherdess. She meets Hans, a German paratrooper who helps her understand the significance of the scroll. Callidora’s family accuse her of collaboration with the enemy and disown her. While Hans’ commanding officer, Captain Wolfgang Kohlenz, will stop at nothing to force Callidora to reveal the scroll’s secret.

LONDON 2005 – A GLOBAL CONSPIRACY

Richard Helford, an MI6 analyst caught up in the London bombings, helps Masood, a Muslim dying from injuries sustained by the bomb on the Piccadilly line. Masood appears to recognise Richard, who wonders whether they’d met in Iraq when he’d worked there during the occupation by Allied forces. Richard had returned to London, traumatised after his SAS bodyguard was killed by a suicide attack. The London bomb begins to trigger his recollection of the incident in Iraq which had previously been lost in his memory. As Richard searches for answers he discovers a family secret which draws him into a conspiracy of global significance.

What is the connection?

If its secret is revealed, it will invoke the terrifying predictions of the Book of Revelations. The book that predicts the end of the world. Arab terrorists want the prophecy revealed but the CIA, Mossad and MI6 want it destroyed.

What is the conspiracy of The Last Messenger?

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Jonathan’s Social Media Links:
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My thanks to Jonathan for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by tomorrow when I will be welcoming one of my favourite bloggers, Gordon Mcghie of Grab This Book.  Plus it’s my blogiversary!

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Tracie Delaney (@tracie_delaney) #PassionateAboutBooks #WinningAce

I am delighted to welcome Tracie Delaney, author of the Winning Ace series of novels and blogger over at Passionate About Books, to damppebbles today with her three recommended reads published in 2017.  The latest book in the Winning Ace series, Mismatch, is published TODAY so many congratulations Tracie!  Have a wonderful publication day.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where book bloggers and authors choose three MUST READ books published since January 1st 2017.  Not necessarily their top three, just three standout reads.  And they don’t have to be crime reads either.  I’m open to suggestions in any genre.

So without further ado, I’ll hand over to Tracie…

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Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #4)
I am a HUGE fan of Robert’s Erika Foster series. She’s everything I love about women protagonists; strong, fearless, passionate and, above all, flawed. Ever since I read Girl in the Ice, I wait—not so patiently—for the next in the series. In this novel, I think Robert broke the bar he’d set for himself with the previous novels. I loved how Erika had to fight for her place on the investigation team. And fight she did…tooth and nail. Robert’s writing continues to excel. I can’t wait to see where he takes this series.

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Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon
Oh my, but this was a difficult book to read. It reminded me of how I felt when I read Michael J Malone’s A Suitable Lie. The story follows Freya who falls under the spell of a very bad man. The menace builds slowly, and before she realises, Freya is in too deep to extricate herself. Patricia Dixon does a marvellous job of dealing with a very difficult subject. I actually found myself shouting at Freya to run, to get as far away from Kane as she could and that is the sign of a book that has me in its grip. Highly, highly recommend this novel.

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Forbidden Bonds by Lexi C. Foss (Immortal Curse series #2)
This novel is the second in a new PNR (Paranormal Romance) series. Now I’m a bit fussy about my PNR. In fact, very few authors excel in this genre. It’s one of those where you have to dig to find someone who does this well. J R Ward is the master, and I measure every PNR novel I read against hers. But with this second novel in her Immortal Curse series, Lexi C Foss has me desperate for more. The first novel was a little slow for me – but that often happens in PNR or fantasy where the author needs to build the world around the book, but in Forbidden Bonds, the world was established so the story could be told. Lexi is definitely a PNR author to watch – I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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Thanks so much for taking part in #R3COMM3ND3D2017 Tracie, and for your great suggestions.  If any of the books Tracie has recommended take your fancy or if you would just like to find out more. then here are the amazon.co.uk purchase links:

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza | Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon | Forbidden Bonds by Lexi C. Foss |

About Tracie:
Tracie Delaney writes contemporary romance novels that centre around strong characters and real-life problems with, of course, a perfect Happy Ever After ending.

When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.

Or, for the latest news, exclusive excerpts and competitions, why not join her reader group (smarturl.it/lvtnjm) and those things will be automatically delivered right to your inbox, along with a special gift just for signing up.

Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband and her two crazy Westie puppies, Cooper and Murphy. Any tips on stopping them chewing the furniture would be gratefully received.

About Mismatch:
mismatch.jpgThe perfect life. A killer blow.

When playboy Rupe Fox-Whittingham wakes up in bed next to a dead woman, he’s charged with murder. His best friend, ex-tennis ace Cash Gallagher, arranges for frosty but brilliant lawyer, Jayne Seymour, to represent him.

Jayne swore off men after her husband’s terrible betrayal. She’s far too bright to make the same mistake twice.

Rupe wants her—and he always gets what he wants. Winning her heart won’t be easy. Still, he thrives on challenge.

When danger comes knocking, the mismatched pair are thrown together.

Can Jayne learn to trust again, before it’s too late? Or will fate step in to snatch her happiness away?

Mismatch is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that can be read as a standalone. However, those who enjoyed the Winning Ace series will love catching up with old characters, and meeting fascinating new ones.

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Tracie’s Social Media Links:
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My thanks to the lovely Tracie Delaney for joining me today.  Join me again tomorrow when I welcome Anne Williams of Being Anne… to damppebbles.  And it’s the last #R3COMM3ND3D2017 before the Christmas break so don’t miss it!

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Ross Greenwood (@greenwoodross) #FiftyYearsofFear

I am delighted to welcome author Ross Greenwood to damppebbles today.  Ross has written three books; Lazy BloodThe Boy Inside and self-published Fifty Years of Fear.  Today Ross joins me with his three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I ask book bloggers and authors to recommend three MUST read books.  The only stipulation is that the books must have been published in 2017.  Nice and easy!

Here are Ross’s choices….

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Friends to the End; The Journey of a Lifetime by Susan Tarr
This book is beautifully written about terminal sickness. The pace, and flow are rhythmic and would be a valuable read to someone going through it themselves.

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Decimation: The Girl Who Survived by Richard T. Burke
A slightly futuristic thriller about the possible end of civilisation. I loved it. Fast paced, and possible…

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The Eleventh Floor by Shani Struthers (The Haunted World #2)
It’s been so long since I read a proper horror book that I have to include this. Cleverly written, and even though it was a bit spooky, great fun.

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Thanks for joining me today, Ross and for three very different recommendations.  I am, of course, adding ‘The Eleventh Floor’ to the wishlist as I type!

If Ross has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he has suggested, please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Friends to the End by Susan Tarr | Decimation: The Girl Who Survived by Richard T. Burke | The Eleventh Floor by Shani Struthers |

About Ross:
I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.

I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I’m still a little stunned by the pace of it now.

Lazy Blood book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then after working in sales management all my life, I randomly spent four years as a prison officer. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep I completed it in the early morning hours.

I’ve now written two further books. My second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by Bloodhound Books, and now, Fifty Years of Fear is out. All my books are thought-provoking, and told with a sense of humour.

All three books are stand alone, however, some of the characters cross over, and you can see how at times, their lives overlap. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Please feel free to get in touch.

About Fifty Years of Fear:
fifty years of fear.jpgCould you forgive murder? What if it was something worse?

A childhood accident robs Vincent of his memories, causing him to become sensitive and anxious around others. His differences attract bullies, and he comes to rely heavily on the support of his family.

After the devastating loss of his parents, a remarkable woman teaches him to embrace life and, little by little, he realises the world is far more forgiving than he imagined. When fragments of his memory return, he begins to unravel his past.

Who was his mother? What kind of a man is his brother, Frank? And why does death surround them?

Fate is cruel. History is dark. Things are not as they seem.

Perhaps he should have stayed at home.

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Ross’s Social Media Links:
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My thanks to Ross for joining me today.  Make sure you pop back tomorrow as I welcome another of my favourite bookish types, the lovely Eva M. of NovelDeelights.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Rachel Sargeant (@RachelSargeant3) #ThePerfectNeighbours @KillerReads

I am delighted to welcome author Rachel Sargeant to damppebbles today.  Rachel has kindly agreed to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us but before we get to the nitty gritty, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Rachel and the team at Killer Reads a very happy publication day.  Rachel’s third book The Perfect Neighbours is released in eBook today with the paperback to follow in January, yay!

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite authors and book bloggers to shout about three reads they have loved this year.  The only stipulation being that they must have been published during 2017.

Here are Rachel’s choices…

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The Child by Fiona Barton
I adore the author’s no-nonsense prose. No overwriting in sight. Barton draws on her experience as a journalist not only in her writing style but also in her plot. London-based journalist Kate, the protagonist in Barton’s first novel The Widow, is back and on the trail of a human interest story, when the skeleton of a new-born baby is unearthed on a building site. There are no car chases or damsels in distress and our heroine Kate is an ordinary fifty-year old married mum. Bravo. This author is becoming one of my favourites.

Sweet Little Lies

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
I like a good police procedural but I’ve read so many that they are starting to seem the same. This one was a breath of fresh air. Young detective, Cat Kinsella, finds herself investigating a murder with current links to her father and also harking back 18 years to a holiday she had as a child visiting her late mother’s family in Ireland. The murder mystery at the heart of the book was perfectly paced with an excellent ensemble cast of wise-cracking police investigators at the helm. This is sure to become the first in a classic series.

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Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
The dark opening chapter describing two soldiers’ desertion from an army that made them torch villages and kill the inhabitants leaves the reader in no doubt that dark times are ahead in this novel. However, from the moment these two characters set off on their journey to Lagos and hook up with three other runaways – a middle-class housewife, a vulnerable girl and a rebel without a cause – the author presents a warm, humorous and characterful tale of resilience, adaptability and vibrancy that still manages to be a realistic depiction of despair, corruption and violence. More than any other book I read this year, this one showed the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

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Excellent choices, thank you Rachel.  I really enjoyed Caz Frear’s ‘Sweet Little Lies’ and am really looking forward to more Cat Kinsella in the future.

If Rachel has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about her choices, please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Child by Fiona Barton | Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear | Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo |

About Rachel:
I’ve been writing as a hobby for a long time and have just had my third novel The Perfect Neighbours published. I’m a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and have been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. My stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series. I spent several years living in Germany, teaching English and swimming, and I now live in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. When I’m not at work (as a school librarian) and not writing, you’ll find me swimming or reading, but rarely both at the same time.

About The Perfect Neighbours:

the perfect neighboursBuilds from a creeping sense of unease to a jaw-dropping climax and a denouement I defy anyone to see coming.’ Chris Curran, author of Her Deadly Secret

The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies… When Helen moves to Germany with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to join the ex-pat community of teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare. Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret… As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace. When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the neighbourhood, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything.

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Rachel’s Social Media Links:

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My thanks to Rachel for joining me today.  Tomorrow I am thrilled to welcome book blogger Helen of Baatty About Books with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 choices.

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Chantelle Atkins (@Chanatkins) #TheTreeofRebels #YADystopian

I am delighted to welcome a new-to-me author to damppebbles today.  Chantelle Atkins is the author of the intriguing The Tree of Rebels, a YA dystopian adventure.  I’m not normally one to go for dystopian novels but The Tree of Rebels sounds wonderful and I’ve added it to the wishlist.  The cover is very striking as well (scroll down to the end of this post for a peek).

Chantelle has kindly joined me today to reveal her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 choices.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is a chance for authors and bloggers to share three 2017 must-read books.

Here are Chantelle’s recommendations…

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Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech
One of the best books I have read this year. It has everything I long for in fiction. Dark, gritty, contemporary themes. Gripping, page turner, but ultimately character driven, and what a character! All of the characters are believable but the protagonist Catherine is just brilliant. It’s the characters that make a book for me and I wanted to be her friend! Moving, unique, cleverly written. Just read it.

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Little Gold by Allie Rogers
Another book that ticked every box for me as a reader. Characters I totally believed in and wanted to know. Moments that made me cry, moments that made me laugh. A dark theme, a growing sense of unease and an uplifting ending.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Blew me away. Gripping from the start. Believable. Tragic. Eye opening in more ways than one. A beautiful protagonist I wanted to wrap my arms around. Drama, love, hate, hope. A classic YA book in my opinion, and one I think that everybody ought to read.

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Thanks ever so much for joining me today, Chantelle and for your cracking recommendations.  I have read and thoroughly enjoyed ‘Maria in the Moon’ and know exactly what you mean about Catherine.  Such a great book!

If Chantelle has managed to tempt you, or you would like to find out more about her choices, please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech | Little Gold by Allie Rogers | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas |

About Chantelle:
Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to both reading and music, and is on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere, This Is The Day and a collection of short stories related to her novels, called Bird People and Other Stories. Her latest release is the YA dystopian The Tree Of Rebels.

About The Tree of Rebels:
the tree of rebels‘There will always be those who say no, Lissie. There will always be those who do not believe what they are told. There will always be those who rebel.’ It’s 2145. 13-year-old Lissie Turner lives in the peaceful community of Province 5. Everyone is provided for and everyone is grateful. Everyone obeys the rules. Lissie has never questioned her society until she falls into a daydream and wanders beyond the fence that keeps them safe. She finds an apple tree which changes her life and threatens to blow her world apart. Growing food has been forbidden since the last war ended 70 years ago. All food is raised under the Domes. With the discovery of the tree, Lissie finds herself breaking the rules. And if she believes what her dying Great-Grandmother has been trying to tell her, she must question everything she has ever been told. Who really started the Endless War? And it is really over? As she uncovers the shocking truth, Lissie must choose between conformity and rebellion, between living a lie and tearing her peaceful community apart… A YA dystopian adventure about a future disconnected from nature.

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Chantelle’s Blog and Social Media Links:
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Join me again tomorrow when I will be welcoming book blogger Milana Madzarac to damppebbles with her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Jackie Baldwin (@JackieMBaldwin1) @KillerReads #DeadMansPrayer

I am delighted to welcome author Jackie Baldwin to damppebbles today.  I read and reviewed Jackie’s debut crime novel, Dead Man’s Prayer, towards the end of last year and I absolutely flipping loved it.  Click HERE to read my review.  Jackie has kindly joined me on the blog today to share her three recommended reads published in 2017.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I ask book bloggers and authors to recommend three must-read titles.  I have only one stipulation and that is the books must have been published in 2017.  Easy, right?

Here are Jackie’s recommendations…

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
I loved this book principally because it was like nothing else I have ever read. The ending made me gasp and it really demands to be put away for a few weeks before the exquisite delight of reading it again. Right from the first page I was sucked in to the world of the characters. Louise was warm, funny and engaging and Adele, well she was something else! A character with more layers than an onion and incredibly complex. I don’t think I have ever been so intrigued by a character or so eager to get to the bottom of a mystery. The pace never flags, cranking up throughout until you are almost unbearably tense. Totally lived up to the hype!

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I have read so many books but this one I am confident will stay with me forever. I loved Eleanor to the extent that I felt a strong urge to be her friend and protect her. Super intelligent, friendless, spiky and scarred she determinedly navigates her way through a confusing world anchored by her unyielding routine and a vodka habit. Her world slowly starts to tilt when she helps an elderly man who has collapsed and as a result is drawn inexorably towards abandoning her life of careful solitude and confronting her painful past. For me, it was in turns, tragic, funny, touching and ultimately uplifting. A celebration of what it is to be human and how we all need to love and be loved.

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
This had an intriguing premise. A loved up newly married couple are offered a strange wedding gift which is membership of a club that promises its couples will never divorce. They sign The Pact and are in awe of the glitzy parties and prestige that membership conveys. Things quickly turn dark, however, when one of them breaks the rules. The punishments for infringement become more and more severe until they are trapped in a living Hell rather than the marital bliss promised. They can either conform and stay safe or fight the club to live their marriage on their terms. Their very lives could be at stake. This was an intriguing premise and an exciting rollercoaster of a read. I read it really quickly as I couldn’t bear to put it down. In some ways it made me think about a film I’d enjoyed called The Box in that from the moment they signed on the dotted line, things quickly spiralled out of control and about how one decision can have devastating and unforeseen consequences.

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Thank you so much, Jackie.  Brilliant recommendations.  I have ‘Behind Her Eyes’ on the TBR and I’ve added ‘The Marriage Pact’ to my wishlist!  EDIT: Having written this post a week or so ago, imagine my surprise when I received a NetGalley email offering me a copy of ‘The Marriage Pact’ (which I obviously accepted!).  Anyone else ever feel like you’re being watched….?!

If Jackie has managed to tempt you too, or if you would like to find out more about the books she has mentioned, please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough | Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond |

About Jackie:
Jackie Baldwin is a Scottish crime writer. Her debut crime novel, Dead Man’s Prayer, was published by Killer Reads, Harper Collins.The second in the series is due out in the Spring.

About Dead Man’s Prayer:
514ibchgoml-_sx325_bo1204203200_A dark and gripping crime debut, the first in an exciting new series. Eighteen years ago, DI Frank Farrell turned his back on the church. But when an ex-priest is murdered in his hometown, he has no choice but to delve into his past. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, James Oswald and Val McDermid.

Ex-priest DI Frank Farrell has returned to his roots in Dumfries, only to be landed with a disturbing murder case. Even worse, Farrell knows the victim: Father Boyd, the man who forced him out of the priesthood eighteen years earlier.

With no leads, Farrell must delve into the old priest’s past, one that is inexorably linked with his own. But his attention is diverted when a pair of twin boys go missing. The Dumfries police force recover one in an abandoned church, unharmed. But where is his brother?

As Farrell investigates the two cases, he can’t help but feel targeted. Is someone playing a sinister game, or is he seeing patterns that don’t exist? Either way, it’s a game Farrell needs to win before he loses his grip on his sanity, or someone else turns up dead.

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Jackie’s Social Media Links:
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If you are a book blogger or an author and would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2017, please complete the form below (last chance to join in!  Form closes Sunday evening GMT):

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author @CarmenRadtke1 writing as Caron Albright @bombshellpub #AMatterofLoveandDeath

I am thrilled to welcome Carmen Radtke, who also writes as Caron Albright, to damppebbles today.  Carmen is here to recommend three MUST READS, three books published in 2017 which you just cannot miss.  Today is also a very special day for Carmen in the guise of Caron Albright, her women’s literature pen name, as her new book, A Matter of Love and Death is published by Bombshell Books – happy book birthday!

If you haven’t stumbled upon one of my #R3COMM3ND3D2017 posts before then let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite book bloggers and authors to shout about three books published this year.  That’s the only rule, the books chosen must have been published in 2017.

So without further ado, here are Carmen’s choices:

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Dandy Gilver & A Most Misleading Habit by Catriona McPherson (Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery Series #11)
1920/1930s mystery series set in Scotland, full of wit, humour and clever plots.

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The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess (Amelia Peabody #20)
The last book by the late Grand Master. She never disappointed, and Amelia Peabody, Egyptologist and sleuth, is pure delight.

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The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
It’s funny, witty, romantic, plus he wrote The Rosie Project.

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Thank you so much for joining me today, Carmen and for your three recommendations.

If Carmen has piqued your interest or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends then please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit by Catriona McPherson | The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess | The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion |

About Carmen writing as Caron Albright:
Caron Albright fell in love with books as soon as she could read and never grew out of it. With one foot firmly planted in Fictionland ever since, she is moving from one adventure to the next (strictly on the paper of course). She also writes mysteries under real name Carmen Radtke.

About A Matter of Life and Death by Caron Albright:
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Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances’ life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it’s thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.

If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears – it was a very bad line, after all…

She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack’s no angel – prohibition is in force, and what’s a nightclub without champagne? But he’s a good man, and when Frances’ earlier fears resurface she knows that he’s the person to confide in.

Frances and Jack’s hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death…

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Book Bloggers and Authors, if you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2017 then please complete the form below (I have had a fantastic response and will be closing the form at the end of this week so if you would like to take part, make sure you send your details before Sunday evening!):

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Jeff Dowson @Jeff_Dowson #JackShepherdThrillers @willandwhiting

It is my great pleasure to welcome author Jeff Dowson to damppebbles today with his three 2017 recommended reads.  Jeff is the author of the Jack Shepherd thriller series and his latest release, ‘Cloning the Hate’ is available to purchase now.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite authors and book bloggers to share three of their favourite reads.  Easy enough, right?  There is one catch though, the books must have been published in 2017.

Here are Jeff’s choices…

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Taking Liberties by Helen Black
No punches pulled storyline, some diamond-hard dialogue and a truly ‘in your face’ style.

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Siena by Phil Rowlands
A genuine, deeply engaging story of how grief drives a character to extraordinary lengths.

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The Pledge by Friedrich Durrenmatt
Actually written in 1986, but newly re-published by Pushkin Vertigo. Subtitled “Requiem for the Detective Novel” it’s a brilliantly re-working of the post-war European noir style.

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Excellent recommendations, thank you Jeff.  I’m a huge fan of the Pushkin Vertigo books myself and always recommend ‘The Tokyo Zodiac Murders’ which is a must read but that was published in 2015 so I probably shouldn’t mention it here!

If Jeff has tempted you with his choices, or if you wish to find out more about the books he has recommended, then please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Taking Liberties by Helen Black | Siena by Phil Rowlands | The Pledge by Friedrich Durrenmatt |

About Jeff:
Jeff Dowson began his career in the theatre as an actor and director. He moved into television as a writer/producer/director. Substantial screen credits include arts series, entertainment features, documentaries, drama series and TV films. Turning crime novelist in 2014, he introduced Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd in “CLOSING THE DISTANCE”. “CHANGING THE ODDS” followed, and the latest in the series “CLONING THE HATE” was published in August 2017. Jeff is a member of BAFTA and the Crime writers Association.

About Cloning the Hate (Jack Shepherd thriller #3):
Cloning the HateWhen you open a can and it has prunes in it, it’s a can of prunes. Confirms all your expectations. But open a can of worms and your expectations go viral.

Alfie Barnes, brother of Jack Shepherd’s close friend Linda, is beaten to death on the Downs.

Shepherd is warned to stay away from the active police case.

Then Danny Malone, a violent and dangerous ex-copper, knocks on his office door.

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#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Phil Rowlands (@PhilRowlands2) #Siena #WilliamsandWhiting

I am delighted to welcome author Phil Rowlands to damppebbles today.  I’m absolutely loving my new feature but it has been a little book blogger heavy so far (not that I’m complaining mind you, it’s what us book bloggers love to do after all!  And I’ve been incredibly lucky to receive such wonderful support from some incredible people #bookbloggerlove) so it’s great to have an author on board today.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is my new feature where I invite book bloggers and authors to give the titles of three MUST READ books.  I’m not one for making thing complicated so the only rule is that they must have been published in 2017.

Without further ado, here are Phil’s choices…

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Cloning The Hate by Jeff Dowson (Jack Shepherd Thriller #3)
It’s a great detective thriller, contemporary issues, empathetic characters, terrific lead in Jack Shepherd and a great story. Set in Bristol, a city with shadow and sunshine.

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Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel Colman (A Jesse Stone Novel)
Jesse Stone is a fantastic character, engaging, flawed, instinctive with a great balance of crime and relationship. Reed Farrel again takes over seamlessly from the late great Robert B Parker as Stone copes with grief, loyalty and an increasing body count and PR nightmare.

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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Series by David Lagercrantz
The brilliant, flawed, Lisbeth Salander and Millenium magazine’s Mikael Blomkvist, and a breathtaking search for truth, each with their deep and painful past driving them. Exciting, moving and explosive.

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Thank you so much for your recommendations, Phil, and for joining me today.  I have to confess that my wishlist has just increased by three stonking books.  They all sound incredible reads!

If you’re as tempted as I am by Phil’s recommendations, or if you wish to find out more about the titles he has mentioned then please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Cloning of Hate by Jeff Dowson | Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman |

About Phil:
After many years as a working actor mainly in film, tv and radio, I moved into the production side as a freelance writer and film producer. I’ve written feature films, TV and radio dramas, documentaries and animation series and worked as a script doctor. Currently, I’m in development as writer/producer on a movie set in Wales and Canada and as writer on a three-part drama series set in the UK.

I am founder and MD of Funky Medics, a production company focussing on innovative health education and is an Honorary Associate of Cardiff University. Funky Medics is currently developing projects in India, Europe and the UK. For over ten years I’ve also been a freelance project consultant with various Foundations and NGOs mainly working in India. I live in Penarth near Cardiff. Siena, my first novel, was published in August 2017. Single Cell my second is close to final draft.

About Siena:
siena.jpgWelsh artist Sara Llewellyn’s husband and young son are killed by chance during the shooting of a wealthy Italian in London. The killer disappears and Sara’s pain and grief drive her to the edge of madness. She hides away as her life spins out of control until she meets a Canadian academic researching his Welsh roots. He helps her find some balance and light and provokes a positive start to her recovery. She goes to Italy alone to find answers and is drawn into a world of art, culture, beauty and betrayal that leads to a shattering discovery at the explosive climax of the Palio in Siena.

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