#CaseClosed: #June2020 #amreading #amreviewing #bookblogger #damppebbles #booklove #20booksofsummer20 #R3COMM3ND3D2020

Ah, it’s been a long time since I last wrote an end of the month #CaseClosed post. Will I remember how to do it? Will this post be a lot of bumbling around and unnecessary waffle? Most likely. But that’s nothing new 😂

At the end of May when I posted my 20 Books of Summer sign up post, I mentioned doing a monthly wrap up so….TA-DAH! This is my progress check. My attempt to keep me on track with the challenge (you can find out exactly what it’s about HERE). I have completely failed the 20 Books of Summer challenge two years on the trot now but that will NOT be the case in 2020, no siree!

So, one month in, how’s it all going? Well….

I’M ONLY FLIPPING READING MY TENTH BOOK OF THE CHALLENGE AND THERE ARE STILL TWO WHOLE MONTHS TO GO 🎉🎉

I’m a little bit happy.

But I know what you’re thinking. It probably involves the words: chickens, counting, hatched and don’t. Right? Hmm, you’re probably right but….YAY!!!

I have read nine books in June which, for many of my fellow bloggers, isn’t a lot, but it’s shedloads for me! Here’s how my 20 Books of Summer list currently looks (not all reviews are live at the moment but most are written):

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia
The Guesthouse by Abbie Frost (currently reading)
The Home by Mats Strandberg
The Search Party by Simon Lelic
The Shadow Friend by Alex North (review will be published on 9th July)
Midtown Huckster by Leopold Borstinski
Blood Lines by Angela Marsons
Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan (review will be published on 14th July)
Her Last Breath by Alison Belsham
The Secret by Katerina Diamond
The Betrayals by Fiona Neill
Written in Bones by James Oswald
The Hunted by Gabriel Bergmoser
Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch
Tattletale by Sarah Naughton
Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Halfway by B.E. Jones
The Proposal by S.E. Lynes
The Killer You Know by S.R. Masters

I feel as though I’ve made a really positive start to the challenge. I’m trying to read at least 25% of a book every day to keep me on top of things. So far, so good (but please keep everything crossed for me!)

So here’s to month two and lots more absolutely cracking books!

Are you taking part in 20 Books of Summer? How are you getting on?

On a slightly different note, we’re in July now so it’s time to start thinking about #R3COMM3ND3D2020 (stop it, I can hear some of you groaning 😂….)

If you’re new to the blog you may be wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D is, so allow me to explain. 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 this year in 2020.

I realise there’s still a lot of 2020 left but for the early birds, here’s the sign-up form:

I’ll do an official post at the start of September but if you want to get in quick, here’s your chance. Places are limited to 57 so please don’t miss out!

That’s all from me. Have a marvellous July, stay safe and keep sharing the book love 🖤

#BookReview: The Curator by M.W. Craven @LittleBrownUK @TheCrimeVault #TheCurator #WashingtonPoe #damppebbles

the curator“It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6

Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself the Curator.

And nothing will ever be the same again . . .”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to be sharing my review of one of my most eagerly anticipated books of the year with you, The Curator by M.W. Craven. The Curator is the third book in Craven’s superbly good Washington Poe series (or, as everyone seems to refer to the series, Tilly and Poe) and is published in hardcover, audio and digital formats today (4th June 2020) by Constable. I received a free eARC of The Curator but that has in no way influenced my review.

I’ve been waiting a whole year (and a bit) for The Curator to arrive on my kindle. And what’s the first thing I do when it does? I simper a little because I finally have a copy – the wait is over! – and then I try to pretend it’s not there. Crazy, right? I was so keen to read this book but at the same time, I was really, really nervous. What if I didn’t enjoy it? What if I rushed in and didn’t savour it (it’s a flipping long wait ’til the next one, that’s for sure!)? And that, I think, is the sign of an incredibly talented author who has built the beginnings of a series into something that, for the reader, is extra special. Reading The Curator, for me, was an event. Something to look forward to. Something to anticipate and savour every minute of. Something to remember. And I loved it. Craven can do no wrong in my eyes.

DS Washington Poe, Tilly Bradshaw and a heavily pregnant DI Stephanie Flynn of the National Crime Agency are called back to Cumbria to investigate a perplexing case. Severed fingers. What appears to be three pairs from three individuals, left over the Christmas period in the most surprising of places. On further investigation it’s confirmed that one finger in the pair was removed antemortem, the other finger was removed postmortem. But that’s only a tiny piece of the puzzle. The female victims were drugged, the male victim wasn’t. And a note was left with each set of fingers with the hashtag #BSC6. The team – even with Tilly’s immense intelligence and analytical brain – are initially baffled. But then through a little supposition and a lot of analysis, a suspect emerges. But what the suspect tells them turns everything upside down. This isn’t any run of the mill serial killer, this is the Curator…

Another absolutely cracking novel from the crime fiction mastermind that is M.W. Craven. I loved this book and savoured every darn second I had with it. I could have easily read this book in a couple of sittings but I slowed down to ensure I enjoyed every twist and turn. Craven appears to be one of those crime writers who doesn’t shy away from digging the depths of the internet to find strange and unusual ideas for his novels, which he then twists and shapes into crime fiction gold. The Curator is solid proof of that. An intriguing and intricate setup, followed by an edge of your seat hunt for the bad guy, culminating in a devilishly dark twist that you won’t see coming.

Even when I had my suspicions about who the killer was, there was another unexpected gut punch just waiting around the corner. Such a clever well-written book that hooks you in from the get-go and doesn’t let go until the shocking finale.

Tilly and Poe are wonderful creations who have been firm favourites of mine since the very first book. I’ve loved watching their friendship and working relationship grow over the last couple of years. The chemistry and the bond they have, makes for compelling reading. The humour and the wit the author includes in the story adds a few lighter moments to what is a brilliantly dark and twisty story. Expertly paced, skilfully written and all in a setting to die for (literally!).

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, categorically, YES! If you’re a crime fiction fan and you haven’t met Tilly and Poe yet, then that has to change. The Curator can easily be read as a standalone but if you’ve not read any of the books before, why not treat yourself to the entire series?! Be whisked away to deepest, darkest Cumbria and meet two totally unforgettable characters who you will grow to love and admire. I loved this book and I’m counting down the days until Dead Ground is published next year. Another stunning novel from an accomplished writer and I’m really excited to see what the future holds (let’s hope it’s a lot more Tilly and Poe!).

I chose to read and review an eARC of The Curator. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

The Curator by M.W. Craven was published in the UK by Constable on 4th June 2020 and is available in hardcover, audio and digital formats (please note, the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | Waterstones | Book Depository | Goodreads |

about-the-author3

16473225_743395339158440_999373164873613480_n (1)M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals . . .

M. W. Craven is married and lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn’t out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can usually be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Eva (@noveldeelights) #NovelDeelights #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Monday! I think it’s Monday anyway. I’m going to run with it until told otherwise, lol! In truth, it could be ANY day of the week post-Christmas. I hope you had a good weekend and that you have exciting plans in store for the week ahead. Today is a little special for me. Today is the last #R3COMM3ND3D post of 2019. It’s been an absolute joy to share the top book picks of 56 book bloggers and authors with you every day since 1st November. A joy and utterly exhausting. But worth it. Well worth it. Today’s #R3COMM3ND3D2019 is the fifty-seventh post and I’ve saved one of the best until last…

I’ve also saved her until last because a) she told me back in November that it was too early to be thinking about top reads of the year and b) because once this blogger submits her #R3COMM3ND3D three to me she has been known to change her mind. More than once…. Joining me on the final #R3COMM3ND3D is the fabulous Eva of Novel Deelights. Eva is a brilliant blogger and if you don’t already follow her blog then that must change. You won’t regret it!

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 Eva recommends…

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The Whisper Man by Alex North
The Whisper Man is the kind of book any crime thriller fan dreams of. It made my skin crawl, it’s sometimes heartbreaking, it’s dark and twisty and just mind-blowingly fabulous!
Eva’s Review of The Whisper Man

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The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
Whatever “it” is, C.J. Tudor has it in abundance and then some. There’s something about the way she writes that has me captivated from the very first word. It almost feels like being under a spell and I’ll gladly let her guide me wherever it is she wants to take me. I’m a fan, what more can I say?
Eva’s Review of The Taking of Annie Thorne

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The Sleepwalker (Aiden Watts #3) by Joseph Knox
This series is one I’ve been with from the beginning. In fact, Sirens was the book that first made me start thinking about blogging because I needed a place to shout about its awesomeness. Since then, Joseph Knox has been raising the bar, with each book being even stronger than the previous one. Like its predecessors, The Sleepwalker is masterfully plotted, immensely dark, extremely gritty and completely engrossing from start to finish. This series quite frankly NEEDS to be on any crime fiction fan’s bookshelf.
Eva’s Review of The Sleepwalker

Thanks so much, Eva. Brilliant choices and two of my favourite books published this year. The other one, I am ashamed to admit, I haven’t gotten around to reading yet *hangs head in shame*.

If Eva 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 Whisper Man by Alex North
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox

About Eva:
My name is Eva and I’m a bookaholic. I also really like white wine and boots. Not necessarily in that order.

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

So that’s it for another year! Thank you so much for either taking part or for your support in a myriad of other ways. Thanks for the comments, the shares, the likes and the retweets. YOU make #R3COMM3ND3D special ❤️. I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR.

#R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards.

I’m off for a loooooooooong lie down now but I’ll be back tomorrow with my top ten(ish) books of the year. I’ll also be posting a #R3COMM3ND3D2019 After-Show Party post in early January where I will reveal the one (SINGLE, UNO, SOLITARY, SOLE) winner. If you were around for 2018s reveal you may remember that we had SIX winners but only one book has taken the crown this year! What will it be….? I can’t wait to share the result with you (along with all of those beautiful covers!).

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Joy Kluver (@JoyKluver) #JoyKluver #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello book friends and welcome to the penultimate #R3COMM3ND3D2019! Today I am delighted to welcome a fabulous book blogger to share three of their favourite 2019 book releases with us – the fantastic Joy Kluver who blogs over at Joy Kluver. Today is not only four days after Christmas, not only is it the last Sunday of 2019, it’s also Joy’s BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday, Joy. I hope you have a wonderful day. Give Joy’s blog a follow if you don’t already – you won’t regret it!

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 Joy recommends…

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
This book took my breath away. Told in various viewpoints and timelines, the radio station scenes had me totally gripped as we counted down to the end of the story.
Joy’s Review of Call Me Star Girl

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Blood Song (Roy & Castells #3) by Johana Gustawsson
This is such an emotive story. Johana’s portrayal of the treatment of Republican women and children during Franco’s reign is devastating but she restores dignity to those who suffered.
Joy’s Review of Blood Song

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The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins
Fiona has been runner-up in my top ten reads for the last two years. But this year The Neighbour hits the top. Told through various viewpoints, this creepy and complex story is just extraordinary.
Joy’s Review of The Neighbour

Excellent choices, thanks Joy. I adored Blood Song and I cannot wait to read your other two recommendations soon.

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

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson
The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins

About Joy:
Escaping the madness of motherhood through reading and writing crime novels.

Joy’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Joy Kluver | Twitter @JoyKluver |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thank so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Read and Rated (@ReadandRated) #ReadandRated #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and happy Saturday! Or are you like me and you’ve totally lost track of what day of the week it is?! I hope you have a relaxing book-filled weekend and of course, it’s the last weekend of 2019! Today also marks the fifty-fifth #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post of the year and I only have two posts to share after today.

I am delighted to welcome another brilliant blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us today. I discovered the awesome Read and Rated earlier this year and it’s quickly become one of my favourite blogs. If you don’t follow already then head on over and say hello!

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 Read and Rated recommends we read…

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The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North
Such a sensitive portrayal of grief, so cleverly written and a well constructed story – like watching a car crash unfold in slow motion!
Read and Rated’s Review of The Perfect Betrayal

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Closer Than Blood (Gareth Bell Thriller #2) by Paul Grzegorzek
I was blown away when I read this – I felt a real buzz of excitement, similar to when I first discovered Simon Kernick. I have great hopes for Paul Grzegorzek.
Read and Rated’s Review of Closer Than Blood

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A Litter of Bones (DCI Logan Crime Thriller #1) by JD Kirk
Absolutely loved this debut novel, it was superb and if I didn’t know better I would have assumed it was a Stuart MacBride book! So if you are a fan of Mr MacBride then I expect you will love A Litter of Bones.
Read and Rated’s Review of A Litter of Bones

Thanks so much! I love the sound of these three books so they are all going on the wishlist.

If Read and Rated have managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books they recommend, please see the following links:

The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North
Closer Than Blood by Paul Grzegorzek
A Litter of Bones by JD Kirk

About Read and Rated:
Read and Rated – where all good books come to be reviewed! Crime and psychological thrillers are my favourite. I am an irrational dreamer, a lazy romantic and can often be found talking to animals. Book reviews at http://Readandrated.com #bookblogger #amreading #bookreview #netgalley #OU Law student

Read and Rated’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Read and RatedTwitter @ReadandRatedFacebookTwitter @CoffeeCurls |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thank so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Sue Purbrick (@Suidi_books) #SuidisBookReviews #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello book fans. It’s so good to see you – I’ve missed you. How was your Christmas? I hope the holidays are turning out to be everything you hoped they would be. Did you get any books? Of course you did! We’re into the final few days of #R3COMM3ND3D2019 now with only three posts left after today. Currently, we have two books vying for the top spot with three votes each. I can’t wait to see which books come out on top!

Today, for the fifty-fourth #R3COMM3ND3D2019 of the year, I am delighted to welcome brilliant blogger, Sue Purbrick. Sue blogs over at Suidi’s Book Reviews and if you don’t already follow her blog then I heartily recommend you change that RIGHT NOW. I can promise you won’t be sorry.

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 Sue recommends…

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Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver
Nothing Important Happened Today is a fascinating history of cults and serial killers. It’s also a treatise on the current ills of our society as well as modern-day fears and malaise. But above all it’s an excellent, amazingly sophisticated psychological thriller.
Sue’s Review of Nothing Important Happened Today

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Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
A cracking good story that grabbed me right from its powerful opening and pulled me along on a glorious ride. Pacey and compelling.

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My Lovely Wife by Samatha Downing
Samantha Downing kept me totally hooked. She writes believable everyday characters who do unbelievably ghastly things. The book is twisty, nasty, dark, compelling and utterly riveting.
Sue’s Review of My Lovely Wife

Thanks so much, Sue. Two of your recommendations are on the TBR already (I cannot wait to read them but oh boy, I need to get over this reading slump first) and the other book I’ve read. Plus this is the fourth time My Lovely Wife has been chosen which puts it firmly in the lead at the moment…

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

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

About Sue:
I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, and am obsessed with books, cycling and travel. I’ve been blogging for about three years now, inspired by my membership of THE Book Club (TBC), the wonderful, amazing Facebook book club made up of a bunch of crazy, hugely interactive readers and authors who share their recommendations, humour and obsessions. I work full-time so my blogging is irregular at best and I have huge admiration for my fellow bloggers whose amazing reviews grace my inbox every single day, sometimes more than once.

Sue’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Suidi’s Book Reviews | Twitter @Suidi_books |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted, commented and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Julie Morris (@book_problem) #ALittleBookProblem #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to the last #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post before Christmas. As in previous years, #R3COMM3ND3D and I will be taking a short break over the next three days, only to return on the 27th with even more brilliant book recommendations. As this is my last post before Christmas I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope your festive break is exactly what you want it to be. I also hope you get to spend some quality time with a good book too 😉.

Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant blogger to share three of her favourite books from 2019 with us. The warmest of welcomes to the very lovely Julie Morris of A Little Book Problem. Julie’s blog is a treasure trove of beautiful books and fantastic reviews. I strongly recommend that you give her blog a follow if you don’t already.

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 Julie recommends…

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The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer
This book is just a gorgeous warm, cashmere hug of a book that will leave your heart filled with song and your eyes filled with tears. The story of a beautiful friendship between two unlikely souls who find each other just when they need each other. Happiness and joy in book form, I loved it.
Julie’s Review of The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
Intricately plotted, beautifully atmospheric, complex, thought-provoking, shocking, emotive – I’ve run out of adjectives to describe this taut, psychological thriller by Louise Beech. Multi-layered and nuanced, she raises the genre above and beyond what we’ve come to expect. This book is stunning.
Julie’s Review of Call Me Star Girl

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The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie
This is a book that hasn’t had as much exposure as it surely deserves and I really wanted to shine the spotlight on it again because it was so beautifully written, so moving and so very relevant to today’s society. It is one of those gems that just fall into your lap and you rejoice in having discovered it, and I really want it to reach a wider audience.
Julie’s Review of The Magic Carpet

Three excellent choices, thanks so much Julie. I have a signed copy of Call Me Star Girl waiting for me on my bookshelf and I cannot wait to read it!

If Julie 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 Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie

About Julie:
Writer. Blogger. Book hoarder. Mum. Ex-lawyer. Eternal optimist. Travel junkie. Plant killer. Owl lover.

Julie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| A Little Book Problem | Twitter @book_problem | Facebook | Instagram @alittlebookproblem |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted, commented and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Marnie Harrison (@once_book) #OnceUponaTimeBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Sunday, book friends. I hope you’re having a great weekend so far! Welcome to damppebbles today and to another fantastic day of sharing the book love. Today on #R3COMM3ND3D2019 I am delighted to welcome the brilliant Marnie Harrison of Once Upon a Time Book Blog. Marnie is a reasonably new book blogger to me but I adore her reviews. Her passion for the written word shines through. Go and check out her blog and make sure you subscribe to her posts whilst you’re there!

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 Marnie’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks…

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See Them Run (Detective Clare Mackay #1) by Marion Todd
This is stunning debut and cracking read! I can not express enough how much I loved this book. If I had of been reading a physical copy of this book, I would of had a number of paper cuts as I couldn’t race through the pages quick enough! As it was, I kept skipping pages on my kindle in my haste to turn the page and had to slow down which was so hard to do. Marion took my hostage right from the start and did not let me go until the final word! I read this in one sitting as I had to know how it was gong to unfold and I was not disappointed. Not many books keep me up reading all night but there was no chance of me stopping with this one.
Marnie’s Review of See Them Run

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The Silent Victim (A Jessie Tucker Mystery #1) by Dana Perry
I absolutely loved this book. It completely blew my mind and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I finished reading it! There are so many adjectives to describe this book but here are some that describe it best. It is action packed, addictive, brilliant, captivating, compelling, dangerous, dark, gripping, intense, riveting, spine tingling, terrifying and twisted! I could just keep going and going! I devoured this in one sitting as I could not tear myself away from it. What a magnificent start to a new series. I need the next book stat!
Marnie’s Review of The Silent Victim

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The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes
Known for her work in the psychological thriller genre, The Lies We Tell is new territory for Susie and she definitely nails it and smashes it out of the park! There are not too many books that get under my skin and stay with me long after I have finished them, but this book will be forever engrained in my memory and I will always be shouting it from the rooftops that you need to read this book when I’m asked for a recommendation on what to read! *Warning* Make sure you have the tissues handy though when reading this as you will need them!
Marnie’s Review of The Lies We Hide

Thanks so much for your recommendations, Marnie. All three are going on the wish list. I love S.E. Lynes’ books so I can’t wait to read The Lies We Hide!

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

See Them Run by Marion Todd
The Silent Victim by Dana Perry
The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes

About Marnie:
I am a big lover of books, and I love to share my thoughts and opinions on what I read, so I thought it was about time that I created a book blog which I launched in February this year. Due to health issues I am unable to work or drive now so this blog has been my lifesaver and I really enjoy interacting with other bloggers and authors.

My favourite genres are thrillers, psychological thrillers, mysteries, cozy mysteries, crime and true crime.

Marnie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Once Upon a Time Book Blog | Twitter @once_book | Facebook | Instagram @marnie.onceuponatimebookblog_ |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted, commented and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Davida Chazan (@ChocolateLady57) #TheChocolateLadysBookReviewBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to the blog today. Happy weekend to you! I hope you have some bookish plans in store. After today there are only SIX #R3COMM3ND3D2019 posts left to share. SIX! How can that be? Where have the last two months gone? I hope you’ve been taking notes as there will be a pop quiz on New Years day (only joking!).

One of the things I love the most about #R3COMM3ND3D2019 is discovering new-to-me authors and bloggers. Today is a brilliant example of just that as I am delighted to welcome Davida Chazan who blogs over at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog. Go and have a good old look around Davida’s blog and give her a follow whilst you’re there!

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 Davida recommends…

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The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis
This debut novel is by far one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read in a VERY long time. The story is simply compelling and the characters are beautifully drawn. My favorite of 2019!
Davida’s Review of The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

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The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
This book about Geertruida Wijsmuller, aka “Tante Truus” the woman who convinced the infamous Nazi Adolph Eichmann to allow hundreds of Jewish children to escape Vienna for London via the Netherlands is not only an important one to tell, but one which touched my family, friends, and colleagues personally. That was just the beginning of her bravery and what came to be known as the Kindertransport. This book should be required reading for everyone.
Davida’s Review of The Last Train to London

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Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Yes, this one was hyped a great deal this year, but it deserves it. Such an original way of story telling, it felt like I was reading about my own youth (I grew up in the 60s and 70s), and it felt so true. Plus, the ending will make you think about the book in a whole different light. What a wonderful piece of fiction!
Davida’s Review of Daisy Jones and The Six

Excellent choices, thank you Davida. I’m quite surprised that we haven’t seen Daisy Jones and The Six on #R3COMM3ND3D2019 before now. I know it was hugely popular when it was first released and who can resist that cover!

If Davida 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 Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis
The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

About Davida:
I have been writing on-line content (reviews and articles of all kinds) since about 1998. In 2013, I began specializing in writing book reviews. I’m originally from Evanston, Illinois and moved to Israel at the tender age of 21. I started out living on a Kibbutz in the south, moved to a (then small) development town in the north, and I now live in Jerusalem. I am very happily married and have three wonderful children. I’m a published poet and aspiring author who likes to bake and make my own ice cream!

Davida’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog | Twitter @ChocolateLady57 | Facebook |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted, commented and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jacob Collins (@collinsjacob115) #HookedFromPageOne #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

It Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiidaaaaaaaaay! Phew. The weekend is almost here. Time for you to put your feet up and lose yourself in a good book. Or, if you’re anything like me, time to get those last few panic buys in before the big day, only to totally regret them immediately afterwards and wonder what the hell you were thinking…!

Today I am delighted to welcome another of my favourite book bloggers to damppebbles to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks. I am delighted to be joined by the brilliant Jacob Collins of Hooked From Page One. If you don’t already follow Jacob’s blog then that has to change RIGHT NOW. Go on. Off you go. We can wait for you…

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 Jacob’s three recommendations…

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Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
I’ve recently started reading some more historical fiction and I thought Laura-Shepherd-Robinson’s Blood & Sugar was such a strong debut. There is an absorbing mystery in this book set against the backdrop of a dark time in Britain and the world’s history, slave trade.
Jacob’s Review of Blood & Sugar

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Breakers by Doug Johnstone
This is a book that has really stayed with me this year. Doug Johnstone is a master storyteller. There were high levels of tension right throughout this book and I can remember holding my breath as I waited to find out what would happen next.
Jacob’s Review of Breakers

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Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
Caz Frear’s Detective Cat Kinsella series is fast becoming one of my favourites. Once I got to the end of this book I wanted to read the next straight away and the moment it’s out I will be bumping it right to the top of my TBR pile.
Jacob’s Review of Stone Cold Heart

Great choices, thanks Jacob. I’ve read Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear and I couldn’t agree more with you! Good to see Blood & Sugar make it’s third #R3COMM3ND3D2019 appearance too, putting it in joint first place with one other book…

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

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Breakers by Doug Johnstone
Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear

About Jacob:
I’m Jacob and I am in my early twenties. I have a real passion for crime fiction and I started my blog to recommend the very best crime novels that I want to shout about. I’ve been blogging now for three and a half years now and it’s something I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of.

Jacob’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Hooked From Page OneTwitter @collinsjacob115 |

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). But hurry, there’s only ONE place left!