#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with Freelance Blogger, Reviewer and Commentator on Crime Fiction Ayo Onatade (@shotsblog) #ShotsmagConfidential

I am thrilled to welcome a widely respected freelance blogger, reviewer and commentator who has her finger on the pulse of all things crime fiction. The fabulous Ayo Onatade of Shotsmag Confidential joins me to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2018 reads. If you’re a crime fiction fan and you’re not already following the brilliant Shotsmag Confidential then I strongly suggest you do. It’s a treasure trove of bookish goodies.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for bookish folk to shout about three books they love. I’m not fussy about the author, the title or the publisher. It could be anything…providing it was published this year in 2018. Not as easy as it sounds (or so I have been told).

Here are Ayo’s choices…


Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X #3)
The third book in the brilliant OrphanX series. Raw, visceral action writing layered with rare depth and emotion, that will keep you turning the pages. A fun thriller that with each book getting better and better.


Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Modern noir written by one of the best chronicles of American life. A suspenseful, page turner that has you wishing for more. A very twisty satisfying read.

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The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly (A Charlie Parker Thriller #16)
A beautifully written but disturbing story with a supernatural element that does not take away from the brutality of the crime. Totally enthralling and unsettling but a brilliant read.

Thanks Ayo, all three of your choices have gone straight onto the wish list! All three sound excellent reads and I can’t wait to get my mitts on them all.

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

| Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz | Sunburn by Laura Lippman | The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly |

About Ayo:
Ayo Onatade is a freelance crime fiction critic and blogger. She has written a number of articles on different aspects of crime fiction and has also given papers on the subject as well. She has an eclectic taste in crime fiction, which runs the gamut from historical crime fiction to hardboiled and short stories. Her research interests include historical fiction especially crime fiction and crime fiction literary criticism. She is also a visiting lecturer at Kingston University.

Ayo’s Social Media Links:
| Shotsmag Confidential | Twitter @Shotsblog | Facebook |

Normally at this point I would be encouraging you to sign up for #R3COMM3ND3D2018 but it’s full for the year, YAY! Lots more posts to come before the end of the year though – we’ll have book recommendations coming out of our ears and I can’t wait!

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Hazel Jackson (@teaandcakesoul) #TeaandCakefortheSoul

Happy Friday bookish friends!  Delighted to welcome you to day two of #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Today’s willing volunteer is Hazel Jackson of the fabulous Tea & Cake for the Soul, an informative lifestyle blog covering a wide range of fascinating subjects (including book reviews, of course!).  If you’re looking for a spot of quiet ‘you’ time then grab a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy Hazel’s posts.

Hazel joins me today to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2018 reads.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I ask bookish folk to share three must-read titles.  There’s a catch though.  All three titles must have been published this year.  Any genre, any title providing it was published in the last 12 months.

Here are Hazel’s choices…

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Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Sue Shepherd
Wow! There is so much I want to say about this book, but so little I can say without giving any spoilers. I was intrigued by the storyline having a fascination with twins anyway but this is one unique relationship.

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Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson
Fourth in a series I’ve discovered and loved. Wonderful characters, a beautiful setting served with lots of comfort food.

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The Happiness List by Annie Lyons
I’ve chosen the Happiness List to be in my top books this year as it’s got everything – humour, a bit of sadness, compassion and a lesson to take away with you. The characters are all extremely likeable and you just wanted to be part of the gang.

Thanks so much for your recommendations, Hazel. I spend 100% of my time with my head in crime fiction so it’s great to feature a number of ‘murder-less’ reads on damppebbles!

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

Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Sue Shepherd | Sunshine at The Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson |

About Hazel:
I blog as a hobby to share things I’ve loved, especially books, and tips that might help people whether it be in the home, travel or mental health matters.

Hazel’s Social Media Links:
Tea & Cake for the Soul | Twitter @teaandcakesoul | Facebook |

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