#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #Author Anne Coates (@Anne_Coates1) @urbanebooks #PerditionsChild #HannahWeybridgeSeries #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and happy Thursday! It’s day 12 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 – hurrah! Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks with us, it’s the very lovely Anne Coates who writes the Hannah Weybridge novels published by Urbane Books. I’ve read a number of the books in Anne’s series and they really are excellent. You can find out a little more about the latest, Perdition’s Child, a little later on.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers 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 2020. 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 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Anne has chosen for us…

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Death of a Mermaid by Lesley Thomson
The title intrigued me but I wasn’t prepared to be so engrossed by a narrative set in a small seaside town where a lot of the action centres on fishing and selling of fish!Fabulous build up of atmosphere as secrets come to light in an increasingly menacing atmosphere with an ending that will blow you away.

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Rabbit Hole by Jon Richter
I loved the concept of an ex-journalist, Elaine Napier, now producing a podcast, The Frozen Files, to investigate a cold case murder. Katrin Gunnerasdottir disappeared five years previously, leaving her parents and boyfriend Marcus Dobson bereft and perplexed. Her body has never been found so she could still be alive… somewhere. The narrative begins slowly and gradually the reader is introduced to two lives being explored and investigated: Elaine’s and Katrin’s. The fact that the journo, who has dark secrets and a loss of her own, tries to follow in some of the victim’s footsteps adds an extra frisson of danger and complications and a dramatic dénouement.

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The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder by Victoria Dowd
This début tilts its hat at the Golden Age of detective fiction with the country house scenario from which there is no contact with the outside world when a snow storm engulfs the building. The fact that the characters hiring the house are members of a book group (with only one of them actually reading) who all seem to hate each other adds a dimension of dark humour amidst the murders which on the face of it are inexplicable…

Three very intriguing titles, thank you Anne. Some definite addtions to the terrifying TBR I think!

If Anne has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

Death of a Mermaid by Lesley Thomson
Rabbit Hole by Jon Richter
The Smart Woman’s Guuide to Murder by Victoria Dowd

About Perdition’s Child:Perditions Child

Dulwich library is the scene of a grisly murder, followed swiftly by another in Manchester, the victims linked by nothing other than their Australian nationality. Police dismiss the idea of a serial killer, but journalist Hannah Weybridge isn’t convinced.

She is drawn into an investigation in which more Australian men are killed as they try to trace their British families. Her research reveals past horrors and present sadness, and loss linked to children who went missing after the Second World War. Have those children returned now?

Once again Hannah finds herself embroiled in a deadly mystery, a mystery complicated by the murder of Harry Peters; the brother of Lucy, one of the residents of Cardboard City she had become friendly with. It soon becomes clear Lucy is protecting secrets of her own.

What is Lucy’s link to the murders and can Hannah discover the truth before the killer strikes again?

Anne Coates gripping thriller is the perfect read for fans of Emma Tallon, K.L.Slater and Laura Marshall.

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About Anne Coates:
Editor, journalist and author of the Hannah Weybridge crime thriller series plus collections of short stories and non-fiction.

Anne’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @Anne_Coates1 | Facebook | Instagram @anne_coates1 |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer 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/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Anne Coates (@Anne_Coates1) @urbanebooks #PerditionsChild #HannahWeybridgeSeries #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles on the final day of November 2019. Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author to the blog, the fabulous Anne Coates. Anne writes the Hannah Weybridge series and I am a huge fan of her books. I was delighted to discover that the fourth book in the Hannah Weybridge series, Perdition’s Child, will be published by Urbane Publications on 6th February 2020 and is available for pre-order now! I heartily recommend Anne’s books so what are you waiting for?

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 Anne recommends…

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The Playground Murders by Lesley Thomson
Loved the dual timeline and the personal connections between the present and the past for private detective Stella Darnell who also runs a cleaning company. Great characters and intriguing plot.

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The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
For me this was an immense improvement on Conclave which I found repetitive and predictable. This one is cleverly set in a future in which most of the past has been obliterated. Central character Fairfax finds his belief, faith and history are all put to the test in a small isolated community.

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A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac
A classy police procedural that is perfectly plotted and beautifully written. The reader is totally engaged from the discovery of the first body until the book’s terrifying climax. Third in Isaacs’ DI Helen Lavery series but easily read as a standalone.

Great choices, thank you Anne. I’m a huge fan of Jane Isaac’s books and hope to read A Deathly Silence soon. I’ll be adding your other two picks to my wishlist as well.

If Anne 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 Playground Murders by Lesley Thomson
The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac

About Perdition’s Child:Perditions Child

Dulwich library is the scene of a grisly murder, followed swiftly by another in Manchester, the victims linked by nothing other than their Australian nationality. Police dismiss the idea of a serial killer, but journalist Hannah Weybridge isn’t convinced.

She is drawn into an investigation in which more Australian men are killed as they try to trace their British families. Her research reveals past horrors and present sadness, and loss linked to children who went missing after the Second World War. Have those children returned now?

Once again Hannah finds herself embroiled in a deadly mystery, a mystery complicated by the murder of Harry Peters; the brother of Lucy, one of the residents of Cardboard City she had become friendly with. It soon becomes clear Lucy is protecting secrets of her own.

What is Lucy’s link to the murders and can Hannah discover the truth before the killer strikes again?

Anne Coates gripping thriller is the perfect read for fans of Emma Tallon, K.L.Slater and Laura Marshall.

Pre-order your copy NOW! Out 6th February 2020
| amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | hive.co.uk |

About Anne Coates:
Editor, journalist and author of the Hannah Weybridge crime thriller series plus collections of short stories and non-fiction.

Anne’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @Anne_Coates1 | Facebook |

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)

#BlogTour | #BookReview: Death’s Silent Judgement by Anne Coates (@Anne_Coates1) @urbanebooks

deaths silent judgement.jpg“Death’s Silent Judgement is the thrilling sequel to Dancers in the Wind, and continues the gripping series starring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge.

Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice.

With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend’s brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer.

But before long Hannah’s investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer…”

I am absolutely delighted to be part of the Death’s Silent Judgement blog tour today alongside the lovely Linda of Linda’s Book Bag.  I would also like to wish author, Anne Coates and publisher Urbane Books a very happy publication day!  I read and reviewed the first book in the Hannah Weybridge series, Dancers in the Wind last year.  If you missed that review or would just like a reminder, click here to read my thoughts.  I really enjoyed the first book so was thrilled to be asked to join the blog tour for Death’s Silent Judgement.

Being reacquainted with Hannah Weybridge once again was great.  Dancers in the Wind has very much stayed with me since I read it last year and I often just stop and think about Hannah.  She’s a struggling journalist but also a single mum to one year old Elizabeth.  In the first book Hannah just seemed to attract trouble wherever she went so I was keen to see if the same would happen in the second book.  And it certainly does! Hannah discovers her friend’s recently murdered body in a church basement.  Her friend, Liz Rayman, has recently returned from a stint volunteering at an outpost in Somalia.  On her return to London and as a qualified dentist, she was recruited by the local parish priest to offer free dental treatment to those living on the streets.  But whilst the priest is absent one evening, Liz is brutally murdered.  All of the signs point to one of the homeless people Liz was trying to help but Hannah can’t and won’t believe that theory.  Tasked by Liz’s mother to investigate, Hannah sets out to discover exactly why her friend was so brutally killed.  But what Hannah doesn’t realise is that she’s getting involved in something much bigger than she expects.  This goes way beyond the murder of her friend and into darker territory than she ever imagined.

I found the Dancers in the Wind to be quite a gritty, raw read.  Unfortunately between the first and the second book something has been lost.  I’m afraid to say that I didn’t get that edginess this time around.  Hannah came across as a nice, middle class mother who could easily afford to employ a nanny to look after her child whilst she went undercover in Cardboard City for a few hours, only to return to her comfortable home and sleeping baby.  I felt as though she had lost a lot of the ‘struggle’ which I really liked in the first book.

It may of course be something to do with the friction and the chemistry created by love interest DI Tom Jordan being completely absent.  Tom was working in the US throughout much of the story and was only available by telephone.  I really missed having this character involved in the investigation.

There is a new DI in Tom’s place for Hannah to deal with but I found her quite contrary. DI Claudia Turner blows hot and cold and I couldn’t work her out at all.  I hope Tom returns in the next book and DI Turner is only seen in passing.  When I think of this series I always tend to think of Hannah AND Tom so was maybe a little disappointed that the hunky DI felt too far away to be properly involved.

Something I haven’t mention in this or my previous review is that these books are set in the early to mid-nineties which I love.  There were several points when I thought ‘Oh, why doesn’t Hannah do that?’ only to realise that THAT hadn’t been invented back in 1994!  I left school around 1994 and I was just starting to take an interest in the world around me so it does feel a little nostalgic and who doesn’t love a little nostalgia in their reads?

The plot was fast moving and kept my attention from start to finish.  Even now, several days after finishing Death’s Silent Judgement I feel there are loose ends which I can’t tie up in my own mind.  Now this may to enable a third book in the series but I am left feeling a little confused and wondering.

Death’s Silent Judgement is the second book in the Hannah Weybridge series so I would recommend reading Dancers in the Wind first so you get to know the characters and their backgrounds.

Would I recommend this book?  I would.  I love Anne Coates’ writing and I would read more of Anne’s work in a heartbeat.  Dancers in the Wind is, in my opinion, the superior book but this one is definitely worth a read.

Three and a half out of five stars.

I chose to read and review an eARC of Death’s Silent Judgement.  The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

Death’s Silent Judgement by Anne Coates was published in the UK by Urbane Publications on 11th May 2017 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |

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about the author2

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Author photo and information taken from Anne Coates’ website

All my life I have loved reading and writing. As a child I devoured books (following my mother’s example) and was encouraged by the Deputy Head at my secondary school. It was a brand new school and the actual library was not then open so books were stored in a room off his study. He allowed me to exchange books whenever I wanted which seemed an amazing privilege.

After reading for a degree in English and French, I came to London to begin my career and never left. Having worked for various publishers, I then moved to magazine journalism before becoming a freelance writer, editor and translator.

My first non-fiction books were written after the birth of my daughter Olivia (who is still known to friends as Libby) and some have been inspired by her or various stages in her life. It is an absolute joy for me that she shares my love of books, theatre, cinema as well as wining and dining.

My freelance journalism has led me to some strange places – for example a gas platform in the North Sea via helicopter – but I love how it has also informed my fiction. The idea for Dancers in the Wind emerged after I had interviewed a prostitute and then wondered “what if…”.

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