#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Nick Quantrill (@NickQuantrill) #TheGeraghtyNovels @fahrenheitpress #damppebbles

Hello and happy Thursday. The weekend is almost in touching distance – hoorah! Today has a bitter/sweet feel to it as today also marks the last of my #R3COMM3ND3D2018 posts. But fear not, #R3COMM3ND3D in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2019 will return on 1st November – yay! I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author, Nick Quantrill, to damppebbles today. Nick is the author of the Geraghty Novels which have recently been republished by Fahrenheit Press and I cannot wait to read these books! I’ll tell you a little more about them soon.

First, allow me to explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about. #R3COMM3ND3D is my end of the year feature where I invite book bloggers and authors to share three books they think the rest of us need to read. They can be any genre, published traditionally, by an indie press or self-published by the author. There’s always a catch though, otherwise, it would be far too easy! All three books must have been published in the same year. This is the last of my #R3COMM3ND3D posts for 2018. But watch out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 starting on 1st November!

Here are Nick’s three choices…

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November Road by Lou Berney
Who doesn’t love a conspiracy novel? ‘November Road’ touches on the most enduring of conspiracy theories, the assassination of John F Kennedy, but it’s much more than that. It’s part-noir, part road novel, part-love story. Frank Guidry, a man who’s lived a bad life is on the run, but what happens when he discovers he really wants a shot at redemption?

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This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
With her finger always on the pulse, this is the best yet from a writer with an unflinching eye on the state of the UK. Focusing in on the gentrification of a London tower block, we meet the cynical and downtrodden, the hopeful and those who want a better future. But is everyone as they seem to be? It’s a book that grapples with big social issues, but never forgets its primary job is to be a thrilling read.

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The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox
He’s young, he’s talented, he’s good looking – the list goes on, so I should hate Joseph Knox. But how can you hate someone who writes books like this? On the face of it, it’s a police procedural, but in reality it twists off into different territories. Aidan Waits is a troubled cop for our times, pounding the grim and dark streets of Manchester. Waits is practically a Private Investigator, ‘The Smiling Man’, a pitch-perfect noir novel.

Brilliant choices, thanks Nick. I have read and loved This Is How It Ends and I’m adding the other two to my wishlist!

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

| November Road by Lou Berney | This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan | The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox |

About The Geraghty Novels:

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Book #1 Broken Dreams
A cracking authentic crime thriller.

Joe Geraghty is used to struggling from one case to the next, barely making the rent on his small office in the Old Town of Hull.

Invited by a local businessman to investigate a member of his staff’s absenteeism, it’s the kind of surveillance work that Geraghty and his small team have performed countless times.

The case soon becomes anything but routine when Jennifer Murdoch is found bleeding to death in her bed, Geraghty quickly finds himself trapped in the middle of a police investigation which stretches back to the days when the city had a thriving fishing industry.

As the woman’s tangled private life begins to unravel, the trail leads Geraghty to local gangster-turned-respectable businessman, Frank Salford, a man with a significant stake in the city’s regeneration plans. Still haunted by the death of his wife in a house fire, it seems the people with the answers Geraghty wants are the police and Salford, both of whom want his co-operation for their own ends.

With everything at stake, some would go to any length to get what they want, Geraghty included.

Broken Dreams is the first urban thriller from Hull based writer, Nick Quantrill, featuring private detective Joe Geraghty.

Book #2 The Late Greats
Hull’s most successful band of the 1990s is making a comeback…but not everyone is happy…”

Having been convinced by their manager, Kane Major, to put their acrimonious break-up behind them and launch a comeback, New Holland, Hull’s most successful band of the 1990s, is reforming. Allowing one privileged journalist to document the process.

Joe Geraghty is employed to act as a liaison between the different camps. What appears to be a straightforward assignment sees him neck deep in trouble when singer, Greg Tasker, disappears leaving behind a trail of people who wanted him out of their lives.

Geraghty has to choose sides and the investigation penetrates deeper into the city. As the rich and famous rub shoulders with the poor and vulnerable, the stakes increase. Forced to keep his friends close but his enemies’ closer still, the case could see Joe Geraghty lose everything.

Book #3 The Crooked Beat
When Joe Geraghty’s brother Niall finds himself in financial trouble, it’s only natural that he turns to the private investigator for help. But when it relates to a missing consignment of smuggled cigarettes, it’s not so easily sorted.

A consignment of smuggled cigarettes have gone missing and as Joe is drawn into the murky world of local and international criminals around the busy port of Hull, Geraghty knows the only way to save his brother is to take on the debt himself.

As Joe attempts to find a way out of the situation, it becomes clear that the secrets and conspiracies he uncovers are buried deeply in the past and that the people he’s investigating are willing to do whatever it takes to keep them that way.

As the pressure mounts we see Geraghty’s relationships with those closest to him start to unravel but Geraghty can’t let his family down and when the past crashes into the present Joe is in until the bitter end.

The Crooked Beat is the third urban thriller from Hull based writer, Nick Quantrill, featuring private detective Joe Geraghty.

| amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Fahrenheit Press |

About Nick Quantrill:
Nick Quantrill was born and raised in Hull, an isolated industrial city in East Yorkshire. His trilogy of Private Investigator novels featuring Joe Geraghty are published by Fahrenheit Press and he’s hard at work on a fourth. A prolific short story writer, his work has appeared in various volumes of “The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime”. Nick is also the co-founder of the Hull Noir festival.

Nick’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @NickQuantrill | Facebook @NickQuantrillWriter |

If you’re a book blogger or author and you have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Joanna Wright (@bkslovelythings) #BooksandLovelyThings #damppebbles

Hello and the happiest of Mondays to you, dear reader. Thank you for joining me on this Autumnal October day where damppebbles is all about the book love (today and every day, really!). I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share their #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks with us today – the lovely Joanna at Books and Lovely Things. Now Jo is on semi-hiatus at the moment as she has her hands rather full but you should still subscribe to her beautiful blog. And don’t forget to check her out on Instagram too.

I have some news….this is the penultimate #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. On Thursday I will be sharing the last of 2018’s recommendations, shortly followed by an ‘After-Show Party’ post and then 2018s feature will sadly be over. But don’t fret, this year’s recommended starts on 1st November so it won’t be gone for long!

Allow me to explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about. It’s where I invite bookish types – book bloggers and authors – to share with us three books they love. They don’t have to be their top three of the year, just three books they thoroughly enjoyed reading. Any genre, any author, any publisher – but published in the same year. At the moment we’re concentrating on 2018 but very soon #R3COMM3ND3D2019 starts. If you would like to take part please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Joanna’s three choices…

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A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley
A forgotten classic that tackles the difficult topics of slavery, divisions of race and much more.
https://booksandlovelythings.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/a-different-drummer-by-william-melvin-kelley-review/

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The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper
It’s such a brilliant read with an original storyline- filled with laugh out loud moments, tragedy and joy.
https://booksandlovelythings.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/the-songs-of-us-by-emma-cooper-review/

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One Day in December by Josie Silver
It’s a cosy festive read filled with romance, emotion and real-life issues. Reminiscent of ‘One Day’, it spans nearly a decade and is a real page-tuner.
https://booksandlovelythings.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/one-day-in-december-by-josie-silver-review/

Thanks so much, Jo. Great to see a couple of #R3COMM3ND3D2018 favourites making an appearance!

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

| A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley | The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper | One Day in December by Josie Silver |

About Joanna:
A wifdle and mum of a toddler who loves and hoards books!

Joanna’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Books and Lovely Things | Twitter @bkslovelythings | Instagram @books_and_lovely_things |

If you’re a book blogger or author and you have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Suze Clarke-Morris (@SuzeCM) #SuzeReviews #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and a very happy Friday to you. The weekend is just around the corner – phew! I am delighted to welcome you to damppebbles and to another awesome #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. Today I am joined by the very lovely Suze of Suze Reviews…. I absolutely insist you give her blog a follow as it’s chock full of bookish delights.

I would hope, by now, that you may be fairly familiar with my #R3COMM3ND3D series but if not, please allow me to explain. #R3COMM3ND3D is about sharing the book love and shouting about three books you think everyone else should read. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way. The only catch is that they must have been published in the same year (which sounds easier than it is when you’re selecting your three). At the moment we’re shouting about books published in 2018 but I only have FIVE 2018 posts left to share with you. Come 1st November the focus will move to books published this year in 2019. If you’re a book blogger, an author or you work in publishing and you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Suze’s choices…

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Presumed Dead by Mason Cross
The fifth in the Carter Blake series and, in my opinion, the best yet, Presumed Dead also works great as a standalone.

Carter Blake is doing what he usually does – looking for someone, but she’s supposed to be dead…

The book is beautifully written, with well fleshed out characters. It has a real cinematic feel to it. Brilliant pacing, with the tension mounting throughout. It’s a book that keeps you wanting more – I read it quickly because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens, but then was sad because it was over. And the last couple of chapters – wow!
https://simplysuzereviews.blogspot.com/2018/04/presumed-dead-by-mason-cross.html?m=1

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Savage Lies by Peter Boland
Peter was a new author to me, but what a fantastic book to be introduced to him with. It took me to a place I wasn’t expecting it to – I thought I knew where the story was going, then it veered off in a different direction. And I loved the hero, John Savage.

It’s a brilliant book which zips along, twisting and turning as it does, and the tension never lets up.

It’s ultimately a book about fear of those different to ourselves, ignorance, bullying and brainwashing. It’s original and timely, well written, with great characters and a brilliant storyline. Definitely one of my favourites of last year.
https://simplysuzereviews.blogspot.com/2018/06/savage-lies-by-peter-boland.html?m=1

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The Janus Run by Douglas Skelton
A complete change for Scottish author Skelton, The Janus Run is set in New York and features American characters.

Coleman Lang, a man with a secret past, wakes up to find his girlfriend dead in bed next to him, and he’s the prime suspect. He teams up with an unexpected partner as he searches for the truth, pursued by the police, the US Marshals and the mob.

The result is an action packed, fast paced thriller that doesn’t let up for a minute. It features a cast of richly drawn, colourful characters, including several strong women. It was easy to forget that this wasn’t written by an American author. But there are hints of Skelton’s dark humour throughout, and you can tell his love of film – another visual piece, this is a chase movie on paper. A triumph.
https://simplysuzereviews.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-janus-run-by-douglas-skelton.html?m=1

Thanks so much, Suze. Great choices and a couple of additions to the wish list there!

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

Presumed Dead by Mason CrossSavage Lies by Peter BolandThe Janus Run by Douglas Skelton |

About Suze:
Mum, proofreader and copy editor, reader, blogger, crocheter. Love my boys, my family and friends, books and yarn.

Suze’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Suze Reviews…Twitter @SuzeCMFacebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Steph Warren (@bookshineblog) #BookshineAndReadbows #damppebbles

Hello and a very happy Monday to you! I hope you had a good weekend, full to the brim of bookish delights.  As it’s Monday I am delighted to welcome another brilliant blogger to damppebbles to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 book love – the lovely Steph of Bookshine And Readbows. If you love books then Steph’s blog is one not to be missed.  Her thoughtful and considered reviews are a thing of beauty.  If I could write reviews that were even half as good as Steph’s, I would be a very happy bookworm.

What’s this #R3COMM3ND3D2018 you speak of? Well, allow me to explain (although I do want to know where you’ve been for the last few months…lol!).  At the end of every year, I run a feature on damppebbles where I invite bookish types – authors, book bloggers and people who work in publishing – to shout about three books they love. Because of an unexpected spate of poor health towards the end of 2018, I wasn’t able to finish sharing last year’s posts. So I’m making up for lost time now.  After all, do book recommendations age? I don’t think so.  At the start of November the focus will switch to books published this year (any genre, any publisher, any author – but all three picks must have been published in 2019) so if you would like to take part then please complete the form at the end of this post.

Here are Steph’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks…

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Hero Forged: Volume 1 (Ethereal Earth) by Josh Erikson
Hero Forged combines my two personal favourite genres of urban fantasy and mystery/crime, with a healthy helping of snark as a bonus.

Whilst I am a voracious and eclectic reader, I always have a special place in my heart for characters (and authors) who don’t take themselves too seriously. I feel it makes the touching moments more effective if they are tempered and contrasted with humour.

Hero Forged’s Gabe and Heather are a force to be reckoned with, of the kind I haven’t seen since Dresden and Murphy! And my sneak peek of the second book in this series has cemented Josh Erikson as my new favourite author.
https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/hero-forged-josh-erikson/

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Fallible Justice (Wilde Investigations) by Laura Laakso
You won’t be surprised to find my second recommendation is also an urban fantasy-mystery mash-up!

Laura Laakso’s worldbuilding in Fallible Justice is just superb. She takes familiar mythical beings like the Fae and hearth spirits and gives them her own fresh twist, plunging them into a social structure and justice system that is unique and intriguing.

The main character has magic, but also a chronic illness that her magic cannot cure. Yann is an empathetic and complex character and Laakso portrays her issues honestly and sensitively, yet remembers to keep the focus on the murder plot.
https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/fallible-justice-laura-laakso/

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The Eye of the North by Sinéad O’Hart
The Eye of the North is a superbly thrilling children’s fantasy adventure that I cannot recommend enough.

Emmeline and Thing are witty, resourceful and deeply touching as main characters and the plot is fast-paced and action-packed.

This is a great book for fans of books like Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events and similar, and I have everything crossed that it is the first in a long series!
https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/the-eye-of-the-north-sinead-ohart/

Thanks so much, Steph. Excellent choices and a few additions to my wishlist too!

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

Hero Forged by Josh EriksonFallible Justice by Laura LaaksoThe Eye of the North by Sinéad O’Hart |

About Steph:
I’m Steph and I’m a bookaholic. I have been reading since a very early age – my mum taught me in self defence as I developed a habit of following her around the house banging her shins with a book, droning ‘Read it. Read it.’ Now I live with my husband, two small children, two large cats and a puppy, so I grab my moments when I can!

Steph’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Bookshine And ReadbowsTwitter @bookshineblogFacebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Jo B (@tiny_ickle_jo) #JosBookBlog #damppebbles

A very warm welcome to damppebbles, dear reader. We’re all about the book love on what promises to be a sunny Autumnal Friday in the UK because I have another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 to share with you today. (Actually, we’re ALWAYS about the book love here at damppebbles!) I am delighted to welcome another of my favourite bloggers to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks – the very lovely Jo of Jo’s Book Blog. If you’re not already following Jo then I absolutely insist you start. I promise you won’t regret it.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018, you say? What’s that about then? Allow me to explain. #R3COMM3ND3D is about sharing the book love. I invite bookish types – book bloggers, authors and people who work in publishing – to shout about three (only three!) books they love. They can be any genre, written by any author and published by any publisher. But of course, there is a catch. The books must have been published in the same year. At the moment we’re all about the 2018 book love but come 1st November, #R3COMM3ND3D2019 will start and we’ll begin sharing our favourite books from this year’s releases. If you would like to take part (and you’re an author, book blogger or you work in publishing) then please add your details to the form below.

Here are Jo’s three 2018 picks…

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The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave
A thought-provoking tale of love, loss, and murder set in a near-future world that has an element of Black Mirror about it. A brilliant sci fi thriller.
https://josbookblog.co.uk/2018/02/05/the-memory-chamber-by-holly-cave/

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
I love the dilemma presented in this novel – if you could find out in advance the date upon which you were going to die, would you? And in finding out, would you then try to avoid that fate? An intriguing question brilliantly brought to life.
https://josbookblog.co.uk/2018/01/27/the-immortalists-by-chloe-benjamin/

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The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson
The Darkness is intricately plotted and reads like a classic mystery with some darker themes running through it, this is a fantastic start to a new trilogy.
https://josbookblog.co.uk/2018/03/12/blog-tour-the-darkness-by-ragnar-jonasson/

Excellent choices, thanks Jo. I’ve read and enjoyed The Memory Chamber and your other two picks are on my wish list.

If Jo 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 Memory Chamber by Holly Cave | The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin | The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson |

About Jo:
I’ve been blogging for around 3 and a half years now, and I’ve no idea where the time has gone – it seems like only yesterday that I was (nervously) posting my first review! I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, and have always had an inclination towards darker stories – as a friend once pointed out, if I describe a book as bleak then I probably enjoyed it. This started with a fascination with fairy tales and myths when I was younger, and has developed into a love for post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction now that I’m older – something that started when I read 1984 and Brave New World at A-level. I also read a lot of crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, horror… honestly, I’ll give most things a go!

Jo’s Social Media Links:
| Jo’s Book Blog | Twitter @tiny_ickle_jo |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Karen (@Karen55555) #GoBuyTheBook #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s Monday which means I’m sharing another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post with you today.  I am delighted to welcome the lovely Karen to the blog.  Karen blogs over at Go Buy The Book (very sage advice!) so if you’re a crime fan then I suggest you head on over and hit the subscribe button ASAP.

What’s #R3COMM3ND3D? #R3COMM3ND3D gives bookish types (authors, book bloggers and those who work in publishing) the opportunity to shout about three books they love.  There’s a catch though.  They must be from a specific year.  At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 book love but from 1st November, #R3COMM3ND3D will be all about this year’s brilliant books.  If you fall into one of the aforementioned categories and you would like to take part in this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D then please add your details to the form at the bottom of this post.

Without further ado, here are Karen’s choices….

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Don’t Make a Sound  (DS Nathan Cody #3) by David Jackson
I love a book with a huge curveball and this one was bigger than most! A very clever plot that made me question everything I had read. This is definitely my book of the year.
https://gobuythebook.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/dont-make-a-sound-by-david-jackson/

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Dying Truth (DI Kim Stone #8) by Angela Marsons
The books in the Kim Stone series are all excellent, but there was something even more special about this one… even if Angela Marsons did leave us all aghast by one of the events!
https://gobuythebook.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/dying-truth-by-angela-marsons/

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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
A spooky murder-mystery from the author of the Ruth Galloway and Stephens & Mephisto novels. Very atmospheric, this is a perfect read for a dark autumnal night.
https://gobuythebook.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/the-stranger-diaries-by-elly-griffiths/

Thanks so much, Karen. I adore David Jackson’s DS Nathan Cody series so I’m delighted to see Don’t Make a Sound on your list. I also love the DI Kim Stone series (but I’ve fallen behind and haven’t read Dying Truth yet). And The Stranger Diaries is going straight on the wish list!

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

Don’t Make a Sound by David JacksonDying Truth by Angela MarsonsThe Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths |

About Karen:
An avid reader of crime fiction and non-fiction who also likes to dabble in genealogical mysteries and psychological thrillers. I blame Enid Blyton and her ‘Five Find-Outers’ books which were read numerous times as a child!

Karen’s Social Media Links:
Go Buy The BookTwitter @Karen55555Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Jo Robertson (@jocatrobertson) #MyChestnutReadingTree #damppebbles

Hello my bookish friends. Happy Friday and a very warm welcome to damppebbles and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post.  Today I am thrilled to welcome my #blogbestie to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks, the fabulous Jo Robertson. Jo’s brilliant blog, My Chestnut Reading Tree, is a must-read for book lovers so if you haven’t discovered it yet (and I’m sure you have!) then head on over and say ‘hi’.

If you’re new to damppebbles and you’re wondering exactly what #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is, then allow me to explain. #R3COMM3ND3D is where I invite bookish types – authors, book bloggers and people who work in publishing – to shout about three books they love (yes, ONLY three!).  They can be any genre, any author – traditionally, indie or self-published.  There are no rules.  Well, actually, there is one rule and it’s pretty hefty.  All three books must have been published in the same year.  At the moment we’re sharing the love for 2018’s releases but on 1st November #R3COMM3ND3D2019 starts.  If you would like to take part please fill in the form at the bottom of this post.

Here’s are Jo’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks…

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The Old You by Louise Voss
For me, this is the perfect example of its genre. A slow build up of tension, with unreliable narrators and a cleverly crafted unique storyline come together in this twisty domestic Noir. But it was just so beautifully written that I actually savoured it over the period of a week and I never do that!!
https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/the-old-you-by-louise-voss-blogtour-orendabooks/

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Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley
I loved this book so much that I immediately preordered her second book as soon as I finished it. This one was so addictive it was completely unputdownable! I found I could relate to the main character so completely that the emotions I felt for her situation threatened to overwhelm me at times. And I don’t want to mention the twist really as I don’t want the reader to look for it but as it’s expected now in the majority of psychological thrillers, I will just say…..wow!!!
https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/where-the-missing-go-by-emma-rowley-orionbooks-benwillisuk-emma_rowley/

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The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
I read this on holiday last year and it was one of the books that I bought when I did my £5 Amazon gift card challenge where I tried to buy as many books as I could for £5 that I wouldn’t have bought otherwise. This was a brilliant choice for me and the favourite book of my holiday! “Jaw dropping” and utterly addictive, this is a book that you will be drawn into without even realising it’s happening and I guarantee you’ll want to talk about it to someone who’s read it afterwards!
https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/holiday-reads-part-2-theotherwoman-ifidiebeforeiwake/

Brilliant choices, thanks Jo. I already have The Old You on the terrifying TBR and I’m adding the other two to the wishlist.

If Jo 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 Old You by Louise VossWhere the Missing Go by Emma RowleyThe Other Woman by Sandie Jones |

About Jo:
I’m just a Nana who loves to read! I read mainly psychological thrillers and crime books but I will read pretty much anything if it appeals to me.

Jo’s Social Media Links:
My Chestnut Reading TreeTwitter @jocatrobertsonFacebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Joanne (@portybelle) #PortobelloBookBlog #damppebbles

Happy Tuesday! For the second week on the trot, I have moved the first #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post of the week to Tuesday (rather than Monday) because of a blog tour review.  Normal service should resume next week! Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant blogger to damppebbles to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 book love – Joanne of Portobello Book Blog.  I love Joanne’s blog so if you haven’t discovered it yet (but I’m sure you have!) then head on over and say hi!

If you’re new to damppebbles then you may be wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.  It’s about sharing three books you love.  Three books which you think everyone else MUST read.  It doesn’t matter who wrote it, what genre it is or how it was published.  The only stipulation is that the books you choose must have been published in the same year.  If you’re a book blogger, author or publisher and you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 (which starts on 1st November) then please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Joanne’s choices…

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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
Beautifully written story of how life can carry on after tremendous loss and still have meaning and light. Wonderfully warm and uplifting.
https://portobellobookblog.com/2018/08/28/the-wisdom-of-sally-red-shoes-by-ruth-hogan-review-ruthmariehogan-tworoadsbooks/

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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
A courtroom drama which is scarily topical with all the #MeToo scandal this year. Really makes you think and utterly compelling.
https://portobellobookblog.com/2018/01/08/anatomy-of-a-scandal-by-sarah-vaughan-review-svaughanauthor-simonschusteruk/

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The Book of Love by Fionnuala Kearney
The finest book yet by this author in my opinion. Had me in floods but such a beautiful love story which I loved mightily.
https://portobellobookblog.com/2018/10/18/the-book-of-love-by-fionnuala-kearney-review-fionnualatweets/

Thanks so much, Joanne. Great choices.  I have Anatomy of a Scandal on the terrifying TBR so will make a point of moving it up!

If Joanne 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 Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth HoganAnatomy of a Scandal by Sarah VaughanThe Book of Love by Fionnuala Kearney |

About Joanne:
Blogger who lives by the sea, happily married, mum to two teens, loves books, baking and watching the birds.

Joanne’s Social Media Links:
Portobello Book BlogTwitter @portybelleFacebookInstagram |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Rae (@rae_reads1) #RaeReads #damppebbles

Woohoo! It’s Friday.  I hope you have some exciting bookish plans in store for the weekend.  Today I am delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers to damppebbles to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 book love.  The ever so lovely Rae of Rae Reads.  I’m a huge fan of Rae’s blog so I strongly recommend you head on over there now to take a peek (and then head straight back here to find out which three books Rae chose as her #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks!).

#R3COMM3ND3D is all about the book love.  Can you name three books published last year which were standout reads for you? Three books you would recommend to everyone? That’s what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.  Any genre, written by any author, published traditionally, by an indie press or by the author themselves.  The only catch being they must be from the same year.  At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 love but come 1st November it will be all about 2019’s releases.  If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 then please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Rae’s choices…

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The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
I loved how dark and intense this book was!
https://raereadsbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/the-chalk-man-by-c-j-tudor-cjtudor-blogtour-michaeljbooks-review/

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Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr Gray by Janice Preston
I have a soft spot for Historical Romance and this book is such a well written, gorgeous story!
https://raereadsbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/lady-cecily-and-the-mysterious-mr-gray-by-janice-preston-janicegpreston-review/

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Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan
This is a book for children but has an element of suspense that I thought was great. I enjoyed it just as much as my children did!
https://raereadsbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/13/dont-ever-look-behind-door-32-by-b-c-r-fegan-bcrfegan-taleblade-review/

Excellent choices, Rae. Thank you. One of my very favourite books and I think this is the first time we’ve had a children’s book included (which, as a mum of two, I love!).

If Rae 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 Chalk Man by C.J. TudorLady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr Gray by Janice PrestonDon’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan |

About Rae:
I’m a mum of 2 who is stationery, knitting and book obsessed! To be honest my book blog keeps me sane(ish).

Rae’s Social Media Links:
Rae ReadsTwitter @rae_reads1Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#BookReview: Black Summer by M.W. Craven @TheCrimeVault @LittleBrownUK #damppebbles #BlackSummer

black summer.jpg“After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .

Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?

And then Elizabeth goes missing again – and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.”

So weirdly, I don’t actually want to write this review.  I don’t want to write this review because once I do, that’s it.  My time with Black Summer has come to an end and I have to live with the fact that it’s going to be another year (I mean, c’mon!  A year??) before I can get my mitts on book 3 in the series, The Curator.  A whole YEAR without Tilly and Poe.

Anyway, I digress.  Black Summer is the second book in M.W. Craven’s Washington Poe series and it’s published in hardcover and eBook today.  Wishing the author and Constable, the publisher, a very happy publication day!  I received a free eARC of Black Summer but this has in no way influenced my review.

Oh.My.Goodness.  I have been waiting some time (…a year, maybe?) for this second Washington Poe novel and it was absolutely outstanding!  I would even go as far as saying it’s better than the brilliant The Puppet Show, which is no mean feat!  I couldn’t put it down, nor did I want to.  Every spare moment, no matter how small, was dedicated to reading this utterly marvellous book.  I am addicted to Tilly and Poe.  You’d be crazy to not get yourself a copy of this book, which can be read as a standalone, but why would you buy just one when you can also immerse yourself in the superb The Puppet Show as well!

The first standout thing about Black Summer is that it’s set within the culinary world and features a notorious three-Michelin starred celebrity chef, Jared Keaton.  I could be completely wrong but this felt like a fresh, new approach to me.  Something a bit different from the norm, which I loved. Keaton was found guilty of murdering his 18-year-old daughter, Elizabeth after Poe took the original investigation in a different direction.  With no body, very little evidence and a hastily washed away puddle of blood which was deemed ‘incompatible with life’ in the Bullace & Sloe kitchens, it came down to Poe’s testimony to put Keaton away for the murder.  But now Keaton’s ‘dead’ daughter has walked into Cumbria’s Alston library and sought out the local police officer.  With the evidence confirming beyond a shadow of a doubt that the woman is Elizabeth and an irrefutable chain of evidence, it’s down to Poe to prove against all odds that his gut was right all those years ago. Jared Keaton is a psychopath.

I love, love, loved Black Summer!  Can’t fault it.  This is exactly the type of crime fiction I want to read; clever, addictive and completely memorable.  Something that sucks you in from start to finish and then leaves you in mourning because it’s over and you want more!  I savoured every single word of this book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  So much so that it is destined to be part of my ‘top books of 2019’ list and certainly a strong contender for the top spot!

Tilly and Poe go from strength to strength and their relationship (in the platonic sense – thank goodness!) has moved on since The Puppet Show.  They’re getting comfortable in each others company and it shows.  Tilly is less socially awkward but still a bright shining star in these wonderful books.  Poe is still, well…Poe – which I’m very glad about!  There are lots of brilliantly funny moments in Black Summer which I relished.  Little unexpected comments here and there which really added to my enjoyment of the novel.  Personally, I couldn’t see how Tilly and Poe were going to dig themselves out of this one (and I’m not saying they do, by the way) but it helps to have an uber-intelligent geek at the helm, right?

Would I recommend this book? Ha! You have to ask? Absolutely.  This and The Puppet Show.  Both are absolutely brilliant pieces of crime fiction which readers of the genre cannot afford to miss!  Thrilling from start to finish, I am still suffering from a book hangover a couple of weeks after finishing this one.  Believe the hype, people.  It really is THAT good.  Impossible to put down, totally unmissable and head and shoulders above nearly everything else in the same genre.  Craven has created something incredibly special here and I cannot wait for more from Tilly and Poe.

I chose to read and review an eARC of Black Summer.  The above review is my own, very enthusiastic, unbiased opinion.

Black Summer by M.W. Craven was published in the UK by Constable (Little, Brown) on 20th June 2019 and is available in hardcover, eBook and audio formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.ukamazon.comWaterstonesBookDepositoryGoodreads |

about-the-author3

16473225_743395339158440_999373164873613480_n (1)Although Mike Craven was born in Cumbria in 1968, he grew up in the North East, going to the same school as Newcastle and England centre-forward, Alan Shearer, before running away to join the army. He believes, but has no proof, that his little sister moved into his bedroom before the train had even left the station. He trained for two years as an armourer (that’s gunsmith to you and I) before spending the next ten being paid to travel the world and drink ridiculous amounts of alcohol.

In 1995, sick of writing postcards and having fun, he decided it might be time to do something a bit more sensible. And it doesn’t get more sensible than doing a law degree. So he did Social Work instead. Two years later, as pimply-faced, naive social worker he started working in Cumbria as a probation officer. Sixteen years, and a few promotions, later he is still there, although as a crime writer, he now has different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.

Mike’s first DI Avison Fluke novel, Born in a Burial Gown, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award and will be out on 11th June, published by Caffeine Nights. His collection of short stories featuring Fluke and his colleagues from the Cumbrian Force Major Incident Team, Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything, is out now.

In March 2017 Mike signed a two-book deal with Little, Brown for his new Washington Poe series. The first book, The Puppet Show, was released under his new name, M .W. Craven, in June 2018.

In between joining the army and securing a publishing deal, Mike found time to have a pet crocodile, survive cancer, get married, and buy a springer spaniel named Bracken. He wanted to call him Gimli but was told to grow up. He lives in Carlisle where he tries to leave the house as little as possible and gets annoyed by people who say “it’s too cold to snow” and “watch that swan, its wings can break your arm”.

Author Links: | Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter |