20 Books of Summer Challenge 2019 #20BooksofSummer2019 #amreading #damppebbles #15BooksofSummer2019

Call me a glutton for punishment but after my complete failure to get anywhere near completing Cathy’s #20BooksofSummer challenge (check out her BRILLIANT blog at 746 Books) last year I’m going to take the plunge and try again this Summer. But, having realised that compared to many bloggers I am a slow reader, and having realised that for 6 of the 13 weeks I have two small people running about the house screaming for my undivided attention, maybe 20 books in 13 weeks was a bit of a big ask. Fifteen books, however, feels a little more manageable. So this year I will be aiming to read 15 glorious books over the Summer months.

If you have a superbly good memory then you may recognise some of the following titles from my 2018 challenge (still not read a year on *book blogger guilt!*). It was a joy to choose my 15 books and I could have easily picked more but rules is rules! I’ve chosen 5 physical books and the rest have been sitting on my NetGalley for aeons gathering dust. I have a plan though. Read the physical copies first as they will be easier when the kids aren’t at home all the time and then move onto the ebook copies for the Summer Holidays. I have put some thought into this despite how it looks, lol!

Halcyon by Rio Youners
Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan
Scrublands by Chris Hammer
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Bird Box by Josh Malerman
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
Murder in the Crooked House by Soji Shimada

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Yesterday by Felicia Yap
Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
Halfway by B.E. Jones

The Proposal by S.E. Lynes
The Mayfly by James Hazel
The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore

So there we have it! My fifteen beautiful books in all of their shimmery, shining glory. Have you read any of them? Which ones did you love? Are you taking part in the challenge this year? I’d love to see your books so please feel free to leave a link to your challenge post in the comments!

I think they’re a good mix of dark, dark and a bit more dark which should suit me down to the ground, lol! At the time of writing this post, I have absolutely no reading commitments whatsoever for the remainder of the year so I ‘should’ in theory be able to do this (in theory…..).

If you would like to join in with the challenge too then there’s still plenty of time as we don’t kick off until 3rd June. Go on, give it a try. How hard can it be, right…? 😉

Wish me luck and I’ll see you on the other side!

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas (@JenMedBkReviews) #JenMedsBookReviews

It’s the 15th of November which means we’re two weeks into #R3COMM3ND3D2018. How are we all coping? How many books have been added to your TBR? I’m trying to be strong……but failing miserably!

Today I am delighted to welcome another favourite book blogger to damppebbles, the fabulous Jen Lucas of Jen Med’s Book Reviews. This is another case of ‘if you’re not following Jen’s blog then we need to have words…’. Jen won’t blow her own trumpet so I’ll do it for her. If you want beautifully written, enthusiastic book reviews written by someone who puts their heart and soul into books, reading and promoting the authors she loves, then Jen’s your gal. A must-read blog for all book lovers.

So this #R3COMM3ND3D2018 lark, what’s that all about? #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishers to recommend three must read titles. There are no rules (which is a blatant lie because there is a rule, one very important rule. All books must have been published in 2018).

Here are Jen’s choices…

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We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt
This book made me cry. Ugly cry. In fact it nearly killed me as I had a bad cold when I read it and could barely breathe for tears. A thoroughly moving story of a family beset by tragedy when the young son develops a terminal case of cancer. There are so many moments in this book which moved me to tears but one especially poignant scene when he is with his friends that nearly did for me.

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Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen
This book just made me chuckle from start to end. Very Fargo-esque in its styling, it is full of murder and comedy and the most unlikely setting for a beach resort you could ever imagine. I love Antti Tuomainen’s writing and this is another example of his incredible wit at work.

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The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but the premise of this one intrigued me and given the pedigree of the authors, husband and wife writing team Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman, I couldn’t resist. Set in Edinburgh in the mid 1800s this book engages the reader from the off. The story was compelling and the central characters of Raven and Sarah absolutely brilliant. The writing style and language was just so accessible and it just held my attention to the very last page. And the book is so pretty!

Thanks for your brilliant choices, Jen. Both Palm Beach Finland and The Way of All Flesh are on the wish list. (I’d be adding We Own the Sky too if I read outside of the crime genre!)

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

| We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt | Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen | The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry |

About Jen:
Forty something year old grump I’ve been blogging for two and a half years. Used to spend all of my time travelling around the country keeping drivers in check but now spending it all in front of a laptop, laughingly trying to write (failing miserably). Often to be found attending book events when not walking around Shropshire or cuddled up with my kitty, Luna, and a good book.

Jen’s Social Media Links:
| Jen Med’s Book Reviews | Twitter @JenMedBkReviews | Facebook | Instagram |

Normally at this point I would be inviting you to sign up for #R3COMM3ND3D2018 but it’s full. Actually full. All 57 spaces have been allocated so I’m afraid you’ve missed the bus. #R3COMM3ND3D will be returning next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2019, YAY!! Keep your eyes peeled for the new form, coming soon….(although you may want to wait a while before filling it in 😉🤣)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Katherine Sunderland (@katherinesunde3) #BibliomaniacUK

It is my great pleasure to welcome to you the blog today and to Tuesday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  I can’t believe we’re already 13 days in and have had the grand total of 35 books recommended so far.  Truth be told, we’ve only scratched the surface so far as we have another 45 days to go! If you’d like to take part in this years #R3COMM3ND3D2018 and you’re a book blogger, an author or a publisher then you do now need to get a wriggle on as there are only FIVE spaces left.  When they’re gone, they’re gone!

I am delighted to welcome another of my favourite bloggers to damppebbles today to share their #R3COMM3ND3D2018 with us.  Katherine Sunderland is the driving force behind the mighty BibliomaniacUK.  If I ever get a fraction as good as Katherine at writing reviews then I will be a very happy woman.  If Katherine recommends a book (even if it’s not a crime title) then I tend to want to buy it.

If you’re new to #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then welcome along.  Take a look back at the posts we’ve had so far and (hopefully) find your next favourite read.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and those in publishing to recommend three must read titles.  Any genre, any author, providing the book was published in 2018 (there’s always a catch, huh?).

Here are Katherine’s choices…


Lullaby by Leila Slimani
This book is a slim, short read but packed with so many unsettling and haunting passages that it’s unforgettable. Brave, bold, original and unnerving, for me this was a stand out read. A challenging and thought provoking topic with characters are fascinating as much as they are unlikeable and prose which is measured, taut and exceptionally good.

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Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
This book is just gorgeous. Rich in description, imagery, atmosphere and with well crafted, vivid characters it was just a wonderful read. Echoes of Du Maurier and Christie but with a freshness and originality, it was just a fantastic read. I loved the mystery, trying to solve the puzzle, the dynamics between the characters and the setting. A perfect read!

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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
I love an unreliable narrator and a character who you love to hate – a character you can’t quite believe takes the risks and makes the decisions they do, but equally you just can’t stop reading about them! This book is a brilliant example of an unreliable narrator and a perfectly executed psychological thriller. It’s a real page turner and a fantastic debut. Captivating and hugely enjoyable!

Excellent choices, thank you Katherine.  I have The Perfect Girlfriend on my TBR along with the first Rachel Rhys book, Dangerous Crossing, which was hugely popular on #R3COMM3ND3D last year!

If Katherine has managed to tempt you with her choices, or if you would like to find out more about them, please see the following links:

Lullaby by Leila Slimani | Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys | The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton |

About Katherine:
Always reading, always recommending! I’m a book blogger who loves reviewing crime fiction, psychological thrillers and contemporary fiction. I also organise book events in my local area and am involved with a local book festival.

Katherine’s Social Media Links:
| BibliomaniacUK | Twitter @KatherineSunde3 | Facebook | Instagram |

If you are a book bloggers, authors or publisher and would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 this year then please complete the following form:


#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Eamonn Griffin (@eamonngriffin) #EastofEngland

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all having a relaxing weekend full of the things you love the most (be that books, family, something else…). I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to today’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018. Joining me on this fine Sunday is author Eamonn Griffin who is on the brink of releasing his second novel, East of England, which is set to be published by Unbound on 24th January 2019.

If you haven’t come across #R3COMM3ND3D before then allow me to explain. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite bookish folk to choose three must read books to recommend to the rest of us. The sky is the limit, providing the books chosen were published this year in 2018. Maybe the sky isn’t the limit after all…..

Here are Eamonn’s choices…

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Jackrabbit Smile by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap and Leonard #11)
This is the 11th of Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard series of comic East Texas thrillers, and the quality control is as good as ever. It’s a pleasure to revisit our luckless anti-heroes, and this newest adventure has plenty to please fans of the series, and of the recent TV adaptation.

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The Outsider by Stephen King
After a local teacher is arrested for the rape and murder of a boy he couldn’t possibly have committed, an investigation begins. King’s a master craftsman, and this book, which although stand-alone, connects in ways to his recent Bill Hodges trilogy and delivers mightily on the promise of those three predecessors.

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The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
Rutger is a nom-de-plume of Michael Marshall Smith, who also writes as Michael Marshall. In whatever name he’s writing, he’s an expert at delivering finely-crafted genre entertainment, and The Anomaly is no exception. The story concerns a camera crew and presenter on a journey to the Grand Canyon to film a documentary about unexplained phenomena. When on the trail of a Victorian-era explorer who left behind tantalising clues of a great mystery, the crew find something potentially earth-shattering. To say more would do the book a disservice. The Anomaly is cracking entertainment, and well-recommended.

Thanks so much for your great choices, Eamonn. I adore Stephen King novels but I haven’t read one in a long time now. All three of your choices sound great so they are all going on the wishlist!

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

| Jackrabbit Smile by Joe R. Lansdale | The Outsider by Stephen King | The Anomaly by Michael Rutger |

About Eamonn:
Eamonn Griffin was born and raised in Lincolnshire, though these days he lives in north-east Wales.

He’s worked as a stonemason, a strawberry picker, in plastics factories (everything from packing those little bags for loose change you get from banks to production planning via transport manager via fork-lift driving), in agricultural and industrial laboratories, in a computer games shop, and latterly in further and higher education.

He’s taught and lectured in subjects as diverse as leisure and tourism, uniformed public services, English Studies, creative writing, film studies, TV and film production, and media theory. He doesn’t do any of that anymore. Instead he writes fulltime, either as a freelancer, or else on fiction.

Eamonn has a PhD in creative writing with the University of Lancaster, specialising in historical fiction, having previously completed both an MA in popular film and a BSc in sociology and politics via the Open University. He really likes biltong, and has recently returned to learning to play piano, something he abandoned when he was about seven and has regretted since.

About East of England:
Dan Matlock is out of jail. He’s got a choice. Stay or leave. Go back to where it all went wrong, or simply get out of the county. Disappear. Start again as someone else. But it’s not as simple as that. There’s the matter of the man he killed. It wasn’t murder, but even so. You tell that to the family. Especially when that family is the Mintons, who own half that’s profitable and two-thirds of what’s crooked between the Wolds and the coast. And who could have got to Matlock as easy as you like in prison, but who haven’t touched him. Not yet. And like Matlock found out in prison, there’s no getting away from yourself, so what would the point be in not facing up to other people? It’s time to go home. East of England blends a rural take on the noir thriller with a fascination with the British industrialised countryside that lies east of the Wolds, between the Humber and the Wash. Unlit byways rather than the neon-bright and rain-slicked city. A world of caravan parks, slot machines, and low-rise battery farms. The flatlands of the east coast; decaying market towns and run-down resorts, and the distant throb of offshore windfarms. Where the smell you’re trying to get out of your clothes is the cigarette taint of old phone boxes and bus shelters, and where redemption, like life, is either hard-earned or fought for, one way or another.

| amazon.co.uk | amazon.com |

Eamonn’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @eamonngriffin | Facebook | Unbound |

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then you need to get a wriggle on. At the time of writing, there are only 10 places left for this year. Here’s the form, don’t delay!

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Nicki Murphy (@nickijmurphy1) #NickisBookBlog

Thank Crunchie it’s Friday!  I hope you’ve all had a good week and that your weekend involves lots of R&R, by which I mean ‘reading’ and ‘reading’!  I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to another #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Joining me today is the lovely Nicki Murphy of the brilliant Nicki’s Book Blog.  We’ll find out in a tick which three books Nicki has chosen but first let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is…

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 (where have you been for the last week?!) is where I invite the best kind of people, book people, to shout about three must read titles.  They can be from any genre, written by any author and published by any means.  There’s only one stipulation and that is that the books must have been published this year, in 2018.

Here are Nicki’s choices…

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Stunning, compelling, educational. A read never to be forgotten.

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Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
A book that made me smile, cry and reflect all at the same time- which takes some doing.

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They Don’t Know by Patricia Dixon
If you want to restore your faith in human nature then this is one of the books you should perhaps read. It takes you away to a wonderful place in your mind- a relaxing read to sink into whilst getting to know these characters that come alive on the page. Stunningly written this will be one of my books of the year. I fell in love with the characters, I enjoyed the plot and I really didn’t want it to end. A book I will remember for a very long time.

Great choices Nicki, thank you.  My dad, who only ever reads legal thrillers, recently read The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I have never seen him so emotional or engaged about a book before.  He was completely taken aback by it and his passion made me add it to my wishlist.

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

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon | They Don’t Know by Patricia Dixon |

About Nicki:
Avid book reader and reviewer. Runner, animal lover and baker.

Nicki’s Social Media Links:
| Nicki’s Book Blog | Twitter @nickijmurphy1 | Facebook |

Would you like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018? Go on, you know you want to. Please complete the following form:


#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Kate Noble (@TheQuietKnitter) #TheQuietKnitter

Hello you wonderful bookish folk.  It’s Wednesday, we’re halfway through the week and we’re one step closer to the weekend…phew!  Today I am delighted to welcome another of my absolute favourite bookish types to the blog to share their #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Finding a hobby you love in life is a bonus.  Finding a hobby you love and then making some of the best friends you could ever wish for thanks to that hobby is the icing on the cake.  If you’re not already following Kate Noble’s fabulous blog – The Quiet Knitter – then we need to have words!  She’s a wonderful friend and if it wasn’t for this book blogging lark I don’t think our paths would ever have crossed.  Thank you book blogging.

I witter on too much, I know.  Anyway, if you haven’t come across #R3COMM3ND3D2018 before then let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishers to share three recommended reads.  There’s a catch though (there’s always a catch, right?).  The books must have been published this year, in 2018.  Any genre, any title, any author but the publication date must be 2018.

So without further ado, here are the books Kate chose…

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The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan
This is a beautifully written tale that captures the heart and imagination of readers as it deftly weaves together two stories from different timelines that pull a range of emotion from the audience. Readers first encounter a hint of mysticism, folklore and sadness from the opening pages, setting the tone perfectly for what lies ahead.

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Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone
Set in an Edinburgh with a difference, the reader is plunged into a world of volcanology and death. The fragility of human psychology is deftly explored, emotions are laid bare and the rawness of grief and the associated disbelief at events makes this such a powerful read.


Keeper by Johana Gustawsson
Every now and again, there is an author who exceeds all expectations and writes a book that completely blows your mind, and I believe that Johana Gustawsson is one of those rare authors. The plotting is excellent, the characters are so realistic and chillingly authentic, this is a book that EVERYONE needs to read!

Brilliant choices, Kate.  I remember when The Story Collector was released and the buzz around the book was wonderful.  Fellow bloggers were completely falling in love with it!  Fault Lines is on my TBR and Keeper has a strong chance of being my book of the year.

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

The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan | Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone | Keeper by Johana Gustawsson |

About Kate:
My name is Kate, I’m mum to 1 human child and 2 canines. I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember and most of my spare time is spent either reading or knitting. I live in a wee village in the countryside which is a huge change for a city girl!

Kate’s Social Media Links:
The Quiet Knitter | Twitter @TheQuietKnitter |

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018, please complete the following form:


#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Eva Merckx (@noveldeelights) #NovelDeelights

Good morning bookish friends. I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to Monday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018. Today’s guest is one of my very favourite people in the book world, the fabulous Eva Merckx of Novel Deelights. (Although she does push me to my limits by frequently trying to break the rules of #R3COMM3ND3D, and then changes her three choices on an almost daily basis (I exaggerate!). I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you this as she seems rather proud of herself, lol! Oh, and let’s not forget the squirrels…but that’s a story for another day!)

I digress. If you haven’t seen any of my #R3COMM3ND3D2018 posts before (where have you been for the last few days…?!) then let me explain. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishing folk to recommend three must read books. The only stipulation being that the books must have been published in 2018. Easy right? Apparently not, for some…..

Here are Eva’s final (can’t-be-changed-anymore) choices…

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Agatha Christie on crack! What’s not to like? Fabulously original, brilliantly written and utterly genius. A wicked and deliciously weird tale.

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The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
Sharon is one of my go-to authors but this book?! Bloody hell! It is original, creepy, chilling and immensely addictive.

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The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes
Historical crime fiction inspired by true events with an exquisite Victorian era atmosphere and brilliant writing that just made me fall in love with books all over again.

Fantastic choices, Eva (even if it took us a while to get there 😉).  I also loved The Seven Deaths… and there’s a pretty strong chance The Craftsman will be featuring on my ‘top books of the year’ list in December.  I’ve also added The Murder of Harriet Monckton to my burgeoning wishlist!

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

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton | The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton | The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes |

About Eva:
I’m Eva, 40 something bookworm living in Belgium. I love books, boots and wine, though not necessarily in that order and I dream of living in beautiful Tuscany some day.

Eva’s Social Media Links:
Novel Deelights | Twitter @noveldeelights | Facebook |

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 (there aren’t many places left at the time of writing this!) then all you have to do is complete the following Google form:

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Nicki Richards (@NickiRICHARDS7) #NickisLifeofCrime

How’s your weekend going? I hope it’s been a good one so far. A very warm welcome to damppebbles today and to Sunday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post.  Joining me today is Nicki Richards of the fabulous Nicki’s Life of Crime.  I actually made Nicki submit her three #R3COMM3ND3D2018 choices to me.  Actually, ‘made’ is a bit strong.  Maybe I should say ‘strongly encouraged’ instead.  Nicki is always on hand with some cracking book recommendations so it seemed natural to ask her to take part in the feature.

If you’re brand new to #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I ask bookish types (book bloggers, authors and publishers) to share three must read titles with the rest of us.  There’s a catch though, all three titles must have been published this year in 2018.

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

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Worth Killing For by Jane Haseldine (A Julia Gooden Mystery #3)
I love this brilliant series. Jane Haseldine’s words flow from the page with ease, taking the reader into Julia’s world, making you want to invest your time in her story and leaving you emotionally drained but wanting more when you finish the book. As I said, I love this series and can’t wait to find out what Jane Haseldine has planned for Julia’s next adventure.

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Her Greatest Mistake by Sarah Simpson
Opening with an intense, chilling prologue this is a spine-chilling, gripping, well-written debut psychological thriller. The characters are vivid and realistic and the twists and turns really keep the reader guessing. Very well written debut thriller.

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Lying to You by Amanda Reynolds
This is a gripping, well written, page-turner that had me hooked in from beginning to end. Actually, I was enjoying this book so much, I wanted to stay up and finish it last night but my poor old eyes had other ideas. Well worth more than five stars, this is definitely going to be one of my favourite books of this year.

Thanks so much, Nicki. I haven’t read any of your choices but will definitely be finding out more. They all look so good!

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

Worth Killing For by Jane Haseldine | Her Greatest Mistake by Sarah Simpson | Lying to You by Amanda Reynolds |

About Nicki:
I’m 52, have been married to Mark for 28 years in August, we have four children, one girl and three boys and a Japanese Akita cross named Bakura. I love reading thrillers, crime and mysteries and have a bit of an obsession with Nancy Drew. I have been collecting Nancy Drew books since I was 13 and have a collection of well over 400 Nancy Drew books. I love reading and sharing books I enjoy with other readers. My little blog might be basic but I am rather proud of it. [I love it too, Nicki!]

Nicki’s Social Media Links:
Nicki’s Life of Crime | Goodreads | Twitter @NickiRICHARDS7 |

If, like Nicki, you would like to review three must read 2018 titles on damppebbles then all you have to do is complete the following form:

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Donna Maguire (@dmmaguire391) #donnasbookblog

Hurrah for the weekend! Welcome to today’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Joining me today is another of my favourite bloggers (it’s true, I do love book bloggers!) the very lovely Donna Maguire of donnasbookblog. If you haven’t had the pleasure of checking Donna’s blog out then you must. She reads so many books that there are always a number of new reviews every day. I don’t know how Donna does it but I would love some lessons!

If you’re new to this feature then let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite bookish folk to share three titles they think the rest of us should make a point of reading.  It doesn’t have to be your three absolute favourite books, just three that you love so much you have to recommend them.  The only stipulation being the three books you choose must have been published after 1st January 2018.  They all have to be 2018 publications.

So without further ado, here’s what Donna has chosen…

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The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven (Washington Poe #1)
It was an amazing book to read!!

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
It is a dark, twisted, gritty and a thrilling read – and I loved it!!


Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh (Eddie Flynn #4)
It has a brilliant hook and it completely lived up to all the hype for me!

Fantastic choices, Donna. I ADORE The Puppet Show and it will most definitely feature on my books of the year list.  I have Th1rt3en on my TBR and I’m really looking forward to reading it, and I’ve added Jar of Hearts to my wishlist!

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

The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven | Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier | Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh |

About Donna:
I’m Donna and I blog over at donnasbookblog. I have been blogging for 3 years now taking part initially in the odd blog tour and sharing my reviews, I went on maternity leave in May 2017 before having my daughter, Ava in July 2017 and started to really actively blog and things have really taken off since then. In my day job I work with a lot of legal paperwork so blogging takes me away from that and gives me an avenue to escape. My husband works shifts with his job so I read an awful lot after putting Ava to bed and can normally get through a book a day!

Donna’s Social Media Links:
donnasbookblog | Twitter @dmmaguire391 | Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or publisher and would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 please complete this form:


#CaseClosed: #June2018 #BookOfTheMonth #amreading #amreviewing #bookblogger #damppebbles #booklove #20BooksofSummer

Hello my bookish friends. You nearly caught me out there, I was convinced Sunday was the last day of June! It’s currently Friday evening and I had sat down to a lovely chilled glass of wine after a busy week, only for the penny to drop – and cue one chilled out Emma dashing from the sofa ‘a là comedy moment stylee’ and flinging open the laptop. It’s true, I could have left posting until Sunday but that’s not how these things work and I would have been waaaaaay too twitchy. But it’s OK, everything is OK…phew!

A very warm welcome to June’s #CaseClosed post and for the first time, a #20BooksofSummer update. June has been an odd month at damppebbles HQ. I’ve been reading like crazy but the blog has been relatively quiet. I’ve even read two books this month that I haven’t (shock, horror!) reviewed. What has happened to me?!

During June I took part in five blog tours:

Four posts were reviews:
When the Waters Recede by Graham Smith | Perfect Dead by Jackie Baldwin | The Date by Louise Jensen | After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac |

And one was a guest post:
A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni |

I also managed a number of other reviews and posts:
Rubicon by Ian Patrick (book review) | Gone to Ground by Rachel Amphlett (cover reveal) | The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven (book review) | The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (book review) | Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge (book review) | The Caller by Chris Carter (book review) |

Plus I can’t forget to include the two books I have chosen not to review; a short collection from a well-known author and a crime thriller.

Here’s how my #20BooksofSummer list currently looks:
The Rule of Fear by Luke Delaney
The White Road by Sarah Lotz
Unsub by Meg Gardiner
Watching Edie by Camilla Way
The Dark Inside (Charlie Yates #1) by Rod Reynolds
The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
The Nightstalker by Sebastian Fitzek
Perfect Remains by Helen Fields
Rattle by Fiona Cummins
Sirens (Aiden Waits #1) by Joseph Knox
The Caller (Detective Robert Hunter #8) by Chris Carter
Heartman by M.P. Wright
Hide and Seek (DI Helen Grace #6) by M.J. Arlidge
Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Normal by Graeme Cameron
Blood City by Douglas Skelton
Cut To The Bone by Alex Caan
Don’t Make a Sound by David Jackson
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Not off to the best start but I hope to improve on that during July. I have a couple of books coming up that I would like to get reviewed for publication day, along with ONE blog tour read. Yup, just the one. Nothing scheduled for August at the moment so I’m feeling positive – I CAN DO THIS!

damppebbles blog tours has the MOST exciting week ahead. I have organised four absolutely cracking blog tours next week; three starting on Monday and one starting on Thursday. If you’re not already on my blogger database then please do sign up. And if you’re a crime author looking to promote your book then maybe I can help ➡️ damppebbles blog tours.

Which leaves only one thing left to do.


My book of the month for June is…….

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The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven

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“I have a bit of a thing for serial killer novels. They’re my favourite, particularly if they are a smidge on the gory side as well (which this book is). I also thoroughly enjoy books which make you think the plot is heading one way and then totally flips things over and makes you gasp in surprise when you end up somewhere you didn’t expect (which again, this book did). Another thing I love is a cast of well-written, individual, stand out characters who all add something to the story (yup, that’s The Puppet Show). I loved this book.

“Would I recommend this book? I would, most definitely. If you’re a fan of crime fiction, if you can stomach a drop of blood or a pool of melted human fat (OK, it is a little grisly in places and you may need a slightly stronger stomach than I’ve alluded to in this paragraph, but for me I loved the gruesome touches to this book. Plus the author provides a wealth of information about burns and the effect of fire on a human body) then you will enjoy this well-written, engrossing crime thriller. I struggled to put it down and I’m left wanting more Washington Poe and more Tilly Bradshaw. I can’t wait for the next instalment.”

So there we have it! I can’t wait to find out what my book of July will be (although I do have a sneaking suspicion. I won’t say any more at this point!). That’s it from me for this month. Make sure you join me on Friday 6th July as I have a rather fabulous cover reveal to share with you. It’s an Orenda Books book, it’s written by Steph Broadribb and it features a certain bounty hunter (girl crush swoon!). Don’t miss it!