#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…

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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.
https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.com/2018/01/lullaby-by-leila-slimani.html?m=1

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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!
https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.com/2018/07/fatal-inheritance-by-rachel-rhys.html?m=1

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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!
https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.com/2018/03/bibliomaniacs-book-club-perfect.html?m=1

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:

 

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#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.

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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!

#BlogTour | #BookReview: My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland (@crimethrillgirl) @TrapezeBooks @orion_crime #MyLittleEye

my little eye.jpg“KISS THE GIRLS
A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.

AND MAKE THEM DIE…
As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.

As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim – Clementine – firmly in his sights.”

I am thrilled to welcome you to damppebbles today and to my stop on the My Little Eye blog tour which I share with one of my favourite book blogs, Bibliophile Book Club.  My Little Eye is the first book in the Starke and Bell series written by Stephanie Marland.  Sshhh, don’t tell anyone but Stephanie Marland is actually a pen name for another favourite of mine (that’s author AND blogger), Steph Broadribb!  Steph writes the breathtakingly good Lori Anderson series, published by Orenda Books.  Writing as Stephanie Marland her latest series, featuring Clementine Starke and Dominic Bell, is published by the fabulous folk at Trapeze Books.  Of all the books in all the world, this one was pretty much at the top of my MUST READ list.

I’ve been SO excited about getting around to reading My Little Eye, and I really enjoyed it.  Knowing that this author (in her other guise) writes one of my very favourite crime series, I was looking forward to seeing how she would write these new characters, the more ‘local’ setting (for us Brits!) and exactly how different it would be to her very distinct Lori Anderson series.  And it was just that; very very different.  Great different.  You can’t really compare the two but they’re both as equally marvellous as each other.

We meet Clementine Starke, a PhD student in psychology, specifically human-computer interaction.  Yeah, I scratched my head at that too.  Basically, Clementine likes to study how we present ourselves online; the lies we tell, the *cough* truths we omit.  The reader soon discovers that Clementine Starke has other dark secrets as well which Marland manages to adeptly tease us with as the story progresses.  Starke is part of a London-based forum of true crime addicts.  True crime addicts who believe the police are incompetent, corrupt and generally inept.  True crime addicts who are out to solve a murder, to beat the police in cracking the case.  And oh boy, what a case they have chosen to crack!  The Lover is London’s latest serial killer.  When a second victim is found, Starke’s group closes rank and start their own investigation.  DI Dominic Bell is the lead detective tasked with apprehending The Lover.  Bell is struggling with his own demons though, including an Internal Affairs investigation into his last case.  Can Bell piece the clues together before it’s too late and The Lover takes another victim?  How far will Starke go before she realises she’s in too deep…?

I absolutely loved Starke and I loved Bell.  I’m fascinated to see where Marland is going to take the second book as, although it sounds from the blurb like Bell and Starke are a team, they really aren’t and only come to meet towards the end of the book.  He is a senior police officer, she is a PhD student who prefers to spend time inside her flat in her own company.

I did see where the plot was heading but I didn’t really care as I was enjoying the book so much.  I love a serial killer thriller (more than any other crime thriller, really) and it was great to have what felt like a modern-day amateur sleuth take on the big guys, the serial killers.  The addition of a competent but distracted detective worked an absolute treat for me and I’m really excited to read the next instalment in this series for that reason.

Would I recommend this book?  Absolutely.  It’s a twisty, modern day take on a serial killer thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Fast-paced and addictive, I’m left wanting more.  They’re an unlikely duo but oh my gosh, they work.  I just hope they don’t do something daft like fall in love…*shudder*

And for the record, Radiohead aren’t ‘old’.

Four and a half stars out of five.

I chose to read and review an ARC of My Little Eye.  The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland was published in the UK by Trapeze Books | Orion Publishing on 5th April 2018 and is available in paperback, eBook and audio formats (please note, the following Amazon and Waterstones links are affiliate links): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |

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stephanie marland.jpgStephanie Marland has worked in the University sector for over ten years and published research on how people interact and learn together in virtual environments online. She’s an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and an avid reader of all things crime fiction, blogging about books at http://www.crimethrillergirl.com. Steph also writes the Lori Anderson action thriller series (as Steph Broadribb) for Orenda Books, the first book Deep Down Dead is out now.

Author Links:Crime Thriller Girl | Facebook | Twitter |

Calling all crime fiction loving #BookBloggers! damppebbles teams up with the awesome @fahrenheitpress #BlogTours #Noir #Crime #BlogBlitz #HotPunkPublisher

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I have some exciting news to share with you all today. The awesome independent crime fiction publishing house, Fahrenheit Press, and I have joined forces! I am going to be organising and running blog tours and blitzes for them starting with FIVE superb titles that you won’t want to miss!

I’m looking for the very best book bloggers with a bit of a thing for crime fiction and noir to join my database and become part of something special. Review copies will predominantly be eBooks but the odd paperback may be available from time to time. I’ll be sending an email out to everyone on my list in the coming weeks so make sure you’re signed up and watching that inbox (not too closely, you need to eat and sleep!).

If you’re in, then please complete the form below and I will be in touch soon:

If you would like to find out more about Fahrenheit Press then have a look at their website, particularly their ABOUT PAGE which tells you pretty much everything you need to know.

Fahrenheit Press is determined to change the way indie publishing is carried out and make 2018 their year. They’ve recently started two new imprints; Fahrenheit Editions which will be publishing beautiful hardback copies of some of their most popular titles and Fahrenheit 13, a collection of the very best in hard-boiled noir and experimental crime fiction. As a crime fiction fan, it’s incredibly exciting to see what Fahrenheit Press have in store for us readers.

I’m so excited, I hope you are too and you’ll want to join me and be a Fahrenheit reviewer. Don’t forget to fill in the form above!

 

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#BookReview: Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley (@RebeccaJBradley) #DIHannahRobbins #FightingMonsters

fighting monsters cover.jpg“Twenty-four hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial. 



For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.



But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation. 



Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?”

Fighting Monsters is the third book in the DI Hannah Robbins series written by former police detective, Rebecca Bradley.  I have a confession to make, this is the first full novel from Bradley which I have read.  I thoroughly enjoyed her prequel novella published in 2016, Three Weeks Dead but haven’t managed to fit Shallow Waters (book 1) or Made to be Broken (book 2) into my reading schedule as yet.  Having recently finished Fighting Monsters I can assure you that that will indeed change in the near future, so look out for a review or two coming soon.

Change is afoot as the reader is introduced to new girl, Pasha, as she tries to desperately fit into a well-oiled and cohesive unit.  Not easy when the shoes she has to fill are those of a recently deceased colleague and well-valued member of the team.  Not helped by the arrival of a new DCI who doesn’t have the same work ethic as his predecessor.  When Hannah and her team are instructed to investigate the murder of gang boss and suspected cop killer, Simon Talbot, all personal issues are put to one side (or so they should be anyway).  With Simon’s grief-stricken brother at her heels, and with many of her colleagues firmly believing that whoever killed Simon Talbot did them all a favour, Robbins finds herself under a great deal of pressure.  Not wanting to face the fact that the investigation may take them to places they don’t want to go and, ultimately, the possibility of arresting a fellow police officer…

Bradley’s characters really stood out for me.  I enjoyed the working relationship between DI Robbins and her DS, Aaron.  I got the feeling there is a lot of history between these two characters and I particularly enjoyed the scenes they shared.  I was also interested in the relationship between Hannah and the new girl, Pasha, but this was a whole different dynamic.  I felt quite sorry for Pasha.  Trying to fit into a well-established team and despite trying your best, every time you open your mouth, reminding those around you exactly what they had lost.  I will be interested to see how (and if) Pasha makes her mark in future books.

There were a number of unexpected emotional moments during the story.  I really felt for Lee, one of the young PC’s seconded to the team, as we discover he looks after his elderly Nan who suffers from Alzheimer’s and, as a result, leads no life of his own.  The reader gets to know Lee and his story, but more importantly, I found Lee fast becoming one of my favourite characters in the book.  Other heartbreaking moments involve Simon Talbot’s neighbour and her young son.  There is one particular scene where I was perched precariously on the very edge of my seat!

Would I recommend this book?  I would.  I read it as a standalone and I think it works perfectly well without having read the first two books in the series (I am planning on reading and reviewing both soon, though!).  What you get from a Rebecca Bradley novel that you might not find elsewhere is realism.  Bradley previously worked as a detective so she knows what she’s talking about and as a fan of the police procedural, I love that.  Well worth checking out.

Four out of five stars.

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

Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley was published in the UK on Monday 19th February 2018 and is available in eBook format (please note, the following Amazon links are affiliate links): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |

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rebecca bradley.jpgI live in Nottinghamshire with my family and two Cockapoos Alfie and Lola, who keep me company while I write. I need to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if I could, I would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis.

After 16 years service, I was recently medically retired from the police service where I finished as a detective constable on a specialist unit.

My first crime novel, Shallow Waters is set in Nottingham. The lead protagonist is DI Hannah Robbins. Because the novel is written in first-person narrative you get a pretty good feel for who she is.

 

I blog about my writing, policing, social media, occasionally the above disorders and anything else that springs to mind. It’s a loosely connected place inside my head and it’s possible anything could come out. I would genuinely love to see you around and to hear your thoughts.

To keep up-to-date with all news, receive exclusive content, updates, and giveaways, sign up to the mailing list HERE.

Author Links:Facebook | Instagram | Twitter |

Author Image and Bio © http://www.rebeccabradleycrime.com/about/
Review © Emma Welton | damppebbles.com

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Gordon Mcghie (@grabthisbook) #GrabThisBook

It is my great pleasure to welcome one of my very favourite book bloggers to damppebbles today, the super lovely Gordon Mcghie of Grab This Book.  I am particularly thrilled to have Gordon join me as it’s the last #R3COMM3ND3D2017 of the 2017 series and we’re going out with a bang.  Gordon is the person I blame the most for my book buying habit, so if you’re looking to restock your TBR then make a point of following his blog!  You won’t regret it.

Plus, it may be ‘someone’s’ blogiversary today and they’re entering the troublesome twos (expect much foot stamping in the supermarket and the occasional tantrum because the food on my plate all touches! Hahaha).

Anyway, back to #R3COMM3ND3D2017.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite authors and book bloggers to shout about three books they love.  Any three books, providing they were published in 2017.  As I said, this is the last of the 2017 series but #R3COMM3ND3D will return on 1st November 2018 featuring all of the bookish delights we have experienced during this year.  If you would like to take part then make sure you bookmark THIS page and pop back when you’ve found your three books.  Let’s face it, 14th January may be a smidge too early to fill the form in!

Here are Gordon’s choices….

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In The Still by Jacqueline Chadwick (Ali Dalglish Book #1)
Take a feisty Scottish lead character.
Drop her into a remote Canadian town where she is bound to offend the locals with her “forthright” approach to life.
Then pit her against a sadistic killer.
A dark, clever thriller which I could not put down.

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The Lost Village by Neil Spring
I love a good ghost story and Neil Spring writes a damned fine creepy tale.  You may have caught The Ghost Hunters on ITV last year? The Lost Village takes the same lead characters and has them investigating strange occurrences in an abandoned village on Salisbury Plain. Chilling storytelling.

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Tag You’re Dead by Douglas Skelton
Dominic Queste is a smart mouthed investigator who never knows when to keep his mouth shut. Unfortunately his quips and puns will not be enough to keep him out of trouble. Queste is being stalked by a sadistic killer who wants to torment Dom before bumping him off…it is a shame Dom is too busy looking for a butcher to worry about a stalker.

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Brilliant recommendations, thank you Gordon!  I’ve downloaded ‘The Lost Village’ thanks to your recommendation.  I do love a ghost story.  I already have a Jacqueline Chadwick and a Douglas Skelton on the TBR so I’m even more excited about reading those now.

If Gordon 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:

In The Still by Jacqueline Chadwick | The Lost Village by Neil Spring | Tag – You’re Dead by Douglas Skelton |

About Gordon:
I am Gordon and I have been running my blog:  Grab This Book since 2014.

In June 2017 I won a UK Blog Award when Grab This Book topped the “Hidden Gem” category – this may be why you have not heard of me!

Gordon’s Blog and Social Media Links:

Grab This Book | Twitter |

Thank you so much for joining me today, Gordon.  My thanks to all of the book bloggers, authors, reviewers and everyone else who has played a part in the success of this series.  It was a tiny idea which has grown into something quite magnificent.  I have LOVED every minute and I cannot wait until we’re on the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 road.  Roll on November 1st 😄.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Reviewer Claire Knight (@clairekreads) #CrimeBookJunkie

It is my great pleasure to welcome the lovely Claire Knight to damppebbles today.  Claire has been the awesome guest reviewer over at CrimeBookJunkie for a while now, alongside the fabulous Noelle Holten, and joins me today to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is a chance for book bloggers, reviewers and authors to share three recommended reads.  Three must-read books they want to share with the rest of us.  The only stipulation being, the books must have been published in 2017.

Here are Claire’s choices…

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Enter the Dark by Chris Thomas
Oh Lordy, this book!!! It is so different and dark. Every time I think about it, it draws me back in! The concept of the book is justice but not a form of justice that you have seen before. Live broadcast justice on the dark web. It’s just ingenious!

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Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech
This is not exactly a crime novel, but it’s a dark and emotional read. I adore Louise Beech’s writing, it’s addictive. She’s not someone to be pigeonholed, she is in a genre of her own!

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Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott
Alongside the Jake Boulder series by Graham Smith, this book has reignited my interest in Stateside crime novels. This book is brutal with the murders, packed with tension and a total rollercoaster! How is this the author’s first crime novel?

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Awesome recommendations, thank you Claire.  I’ve already downloaded ‘Enter the Dark’ thanks to your mini review above.  Sounds just my cup of tea!  And ‘Forget Me Not’ is now on the wishlist. (And I also loved ‘Maria in the Moon – pretty much a full house really!)

If Claire 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:

Enter the Dark by Chris Thomas | Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech | Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott |

About Claire:
I’m Claire and I’m a guest reviewer over at Crimebookjunkie. I have loved crime fiction since I discovered the secret seven and famous five before moving onto true crime and then into the more adult crime fiction.

Claire’s Social Media Links:
CrimeBookJunkie | Twitter |

Watch out for Claire’s very own blog coming to the internet on 1st February.  We’re sad you’re leaving CrimeBookJunkie Claire, but can’t wait to see your brand spanking new blog!

My thanks to Claire for joining me today.  Make sure you stop for the penultimate #R3COMM3ND3D2017 tomorrow when I welcome author Jonathan Mark.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Blogger #Reviewer & #CrimeFiction #Commentator Ayo Onatade (@Shotsblog)

It is my great pleasure to welcome the fabulous Ayo Onatade of Shotsmag Confidential to damppebbles today.  If you’re a fan of the crime genre (and why wouldn’t you be?!) then you must start following Shotsmag Confidential as it’s non-stop crime fiction – absolute heaven.  I am thrilled to have Ayo join me today to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is an opportunity for book bloggers and authors to shout loudly about three of their favourite books.  The only proviso being, the books must have been published in 2017.

Here are Ayo’s choices…

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Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Highway 59)
A brilliantly written thriller that is the first in a new series where two killings expose small town tensions for a hard drinking black Texas Ranger. Injustice and institutional racism laid bare.

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Grandville Force Majeure by Bryan Talbot (Grandville Series)
An anthropomorphic steampunk roller coaster of thrills, humour, and mystery graphic novel that brings to the fore the enjoyment of cross-genre fiction.

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Killing is My Business by Adam Christopher (LA Trilogy)
This is the second book in a trilogy that features a PI turned hitman who is also the last working Robot.  Set in the 1960’s this is a mash-up science fiction and a noir mystery novel. Fascinating and intriguing a brilliant book if your reading tastes lean towards cross-genre fiction and you can also appreciate the Chandleresque atmosphere of the series.

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Brilliant recommendations, Ayo, thank you!  I have ‘Bluebird, Bluebird’ on my TBR and cannot wait to get to it.  The other recommendations I have added to my wishlist!

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 amazon.co.uk links:

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke | Grandville Force Majeure by Bryan Talbot | Killing is My Business by Adam Christopher |

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 Blog and Social Media Links:
Shotsmag Confidential | Twitter | Facebook | shotsmag.co.uk |

My thanks to Ayo for joining me today.  #R3COMM3ND3D is sadly drawing to a close for 2017.  But make sure you join me again tomorrow when I welcome the awesome Claire Knight, guest reviewer over at CrimeBookJunkie.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Rebecca Foster (@bookishbeck) #BookishBeck

I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to damppebbles today, Rebecca Foster of Bookish Beck.  Rebecca is an avid reader who manages to devour 300 books a year, although she is one of those lucky souls who gets to review books for a living.  I am thrilled to have Rebecca join me today to reveal her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite authors and book bloggers to share the book love.  To shout about three books they have loved over the past 12 months.  Any author, any genre providing the book was published in 2017.

Here are Rebecca’s choices…

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The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel David Huber
The name Margery Williams Bianco might not seem familiar, but chances are you remember her classic children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit. This lovely debut novel is about Margery and her daughter, Pamela Bianco, a painter and child prodigy. Themes of creativity, mental health, and motherhood are nestled in a highly visual book full of cameos by everyone from Pablo Picasso to Eugene O’Neill.

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Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby
This is a vivid, compassionate set of stories drawn from the author’s long career in heart surgery. Westaby conveys a keen sense of the adrenaline rush a surgeon gets while operating with the Grim Reaper looking on. I am not a little envious of all that he has achieved: not just saving the occasional life despite his high-mortality field – as if that weren’t enough – but also pioneering various artificial heart solutions and a tracheal bypass tube that’s named after him.

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The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Though it seems lighthearted on the surface, there’s a lot of meat to this tale of the long friendship between two female animators. The cartooning world and the Kentucky–New York City dichotomy together feel like a brand-new setting for a literary tragicomedy. I appreciated how Whitaker contrasts the women’s public and private personas and imagines their professional legacy (plus I love a good road trip narrative, and this debut novel has two).

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Thanks so much for joining me today, Rebecca and for your brilliant recommendations.

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

The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber | Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby | The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker |

About Rebecca:
Rebecca is an American transplant to England. She is a full-time freelancer, editing science journals and reviewing books for a number of print and online publications on both sides of the pond (besides her blog!).

Rebecca’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Bookish Beck | Twitter |

My thanks to Rebecca for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by the blog again tomorrow when I will be welcoming Ayo Onatade of Shotsmag Confidential with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Rachel Emms (@emms_rachel) #ChillersKillersandThrillers

I am thrilled to welcome another of my very favourite bloggers to damppebbles today, the very lovely Rachel Emms of Chillers Killers and Thrillers.  Let’s face it, if I were setting up my blog all over again then I would want to call it Chillers Killers and Thrillers!  I’ve always been a little bit smitten with Rachel’s blog (and the name of it!).  Rachel has kindly agreed to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us today.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is a chance for book bloggers and authors to share three of their favourite books with the rest of us.  The only requirement being, the books must have published in 2017.

Here’s what Rachel chose…

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Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary (DI Marnie Rome #4)
It has everything you can want from a gritty police procedural; surprising twists and shocking truths, a compelling plot and a fantastic cast of characters who you can get under your skin in a number of ways. A brilliant story from the DI Marnie Rome Series.

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The One by John Marrs
I just loved every minute of this book which had me literally gasping out loud with the many surprises and twists I couldn’t keep up with. The author expertly weaved five different point of view characters while still keeping a tight plot. I’m still not sure whose story was the most disturbing which made it all the better.

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Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
This novel just packs a punch and is such an original and refreshing read, where the story is told in a series of Podcasts which allows the reader to come to their own conclusions about what exactly happened with this crime.

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Fabulous recommendations, thank you so much Rachel.  I am SO HAPPY to see ‘Six Stories’ appear on your list.  I have so much love for this book and it’s sequel, ‘Hydra’.  Both brilliant books.

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

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary | The One by John Marrs | Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski |

About Rachel:
I’m Rachel, a twenty-seven year old lover of books. And when I say I love them, I mean I obsess about them so much that I literally start dreaming about them.

I absolutely adore immersing myself in stories, for me reading is a type of escapism which transports you into another world with characters who you like, hate, or just generally get frustrated at. A story is full of emotion; makes you laugh, cry and is just pure entertainment, which is one of the reasons why I would love to write and publish my own stories one day.

Rachel’s Blog and Social Media Links:

Chiller Killers and Thrillers | Twitter |

My thanks to Rachel for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by damppebbles again tomorrow when I will be welcoming Rebecca Foster of Bookish Beck with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.