#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/

the songs of us

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/

one day in december

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 Kerrie (@lovedreadinthis) #ilovedreadingthis #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and welcome to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. Today I am delighted to welcome another superb book blogger to damppebbles to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D picks from 2018 – the lovely Kerrie at ilovedreadingthis. If you haven’t discovered Kerrie’s blog yet then I suggest you head straight on over and say ‘hi’!

If you’re new to damppebbles then please allow me to explain what the Dickens I’m on about. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is all about sharing the book love. Three books from one year which you think everyone else should really make a point of reading. They can be any genre, written by any author and published traditionally, by an indie press or by the author themselves.  At the moment we’re looking at books published last year in 2018 but very soon (1st November *soon*) it will be all about this year’s releases. If you’re an author or a book blogger and you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 then please fill in the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Kerrie’s choices…

the immortalists

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
An interesting and thought provoking read based on the premise, ‘if you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? Well written in 4 distinct parts telling the story of 4 children who visit a fortune teller who tells them the date they will die. Just Brilliant!
https://wordpress.com/post/ilovedreadingthis.wordpress.com/2498

us against you

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
The sequel to Beartown, set in the world of Ice Hockey. Backman writes superbly about people and life, good and bad in a small community in Northern Sweden, told through the lens of Ice Hockey with the most engaging characters. One of those WOW reads, that I truly loved and will be recommending everywhere.
https://wordpress.com/post/ilovedreadingthis.wordpress.com/2691

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Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
A glorious summer read set in the French Riviera post war. A truly escapist piece of fiction encompassing all the glamour of this time and location while the protagonist seeks to discover why she has been left a mysterious inheritance. For me it was the perfect read at the perfect time.
https://wordpress.com/post/ilovedreadingthis.wordpress.com/2358

Brilliant choices and a couple of #R3COMM3ND3D2018 favourites! Thank you, Kerrie.

If Kerrie 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 Immortalists by Chloe BenjaminUs Against You by Fredrik BackmanFatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys |

About Kerrie:
Hi, I’m Kerrie and I have been an avid reader all my life. I have been blogging for over a year now and I enjoy reading a range of books. When not blogging I am parent to a teen and tween and I work full time.

Kerrie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
ilovedreadingthisTwitter @lovedreadinthisInstagram @lovedreadingthis |

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 to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 (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 Kate (@bantambookworm) #PortableMagic #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I hope you had a brilliant weekend and that you got to spend some of it with a good book! As it’s Monday it’s time for another fabulous #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post with one of my favourite book bloggers – the lovely Kate at Portable Magic. Kate’s blog is all kinds of brilliant so if you haven’t discovered it yet then what are you waiting for?

#R3COMM3ND3D2018? What’s that all about then? It’s about sharing your love of books and naming three books you think the rest of us should make a point of reading. There’s always catch though, right? Any author, any publisher, any genre (so far, so good). Providing the three books were all published in the same year. At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 book love but soon (1st November to be exact) #R3COMM3ND3D will shine the spotlight on this year’s releases. If you’re a book blogger, an author or you work in publishing and you would like to take part, please fill in the form at the bottom of this post with as much detail as possible. But be quick! Places are limited and they’re being snapped up.

Here are Kate’s choices…

three things about elsie

Three Things About Elsie  by Joanna Cannon
It is beautifully written with wonderfully endearing characters. There is also an element of mystery and a twist to finish – both things I love in a good book.
http://portablemagic.net/reviews/joanna-cannon-three-things-about-elsie

the old you

The Old You by Louise Voss
It is classic domestic noir. There are plenty of twists and tricks and turns which kept me hooked until the end. I also enjoyed learning about the effects of Picks disease.
http://portablemagic.net/blog-tours/louise-voss-the-old-you

the lion tamer who lost

The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech
It’s beautiful. The descriptions are exquisite, and the story is incredibly well told and made me feel every human emotion.
http://portablemagic.net/blog-tours/louise-beech-the-lion-tamer-who-lost

Great choices, thank you Kate. And they are all old friends of #R3COMM3ND3D2018 too. I think your votes take all three books up to having FOUR votes each. There are three other books also with four votes each at the moment so who knows who will come out on top. Maybe it will be a six-book tie! Wouldn’t that be splendid?

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

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna CannonThe Old You by Louise VossThe Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech |

About Kate:
I’m Kate and I live in Leeds with my other half. I have been blogging for almost 3 years with Portable Magic being my main website since October 2016. When I am not reading, I can be found shedding tears of despair watching Bradford City.

Kate’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Portable MagicTwitter @bantambookwormFacebook |

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 Sarah Swan (@Sarah_Swan2) #SarahsVignettes #damppebbles

It’s Friday! Hoorah, the weekend is here. I hope you have some exciting plans in store and you get a lot of quality reading time. I am delighted to welcome another fabulous book blogger to damppebbles today – the lovely Sarah from Sarah’s Vignettes. If you haven’t discovered Sarah’s brilliant blog yet then head on over and hit the subscribe button!

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for book bloggers, authors and those who work in publishing to shout about three books they LOVE. They can be written by any author, published traditionally, by an indie press or by the author themselves and they can be any genre. There is a catch though. All three books must have been published in the same year. At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 book love but come 1st November it will be all about 2019. If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 please complete the form at the bottom of this post. Don’t delay though as places are limited and they’re going fast!

Without further ado, here are Sarah’s choices…

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One Cornish Summer by Liz Fenwick
A sublime read which left me with a book hangover back in early March!! One Cornish Summer is a story of love, relationships, and secrets and is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Throw into this mix, Donne’s poetry, a historical mystery thread, an imposing house and the beautiful Cornish countryside and you have yourself the perfect read. It is cleverly crafted, intricately researched and beautifully written.
https://sarahsvignettes.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/review-qa-one-cornish-summer-by-liz-fenwick-liz_fenwick-orionbooks/

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The Last Day by Claire Dyer
The Last Day is an intelligent and compelling story about life, love, loss, and relationships. It is also a clever observation of human nature during certain situations. From its sophisticated front cover through to the very last page of exquisite prose, The Last Day is perfection.
https://sarahsvignettes.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/blog-tour-review-guest-post-the-last-day-by-claire-dyer-clairedyer1-domepress/

how to walk away

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
How to Walk Away is a book that blew me away. Captivating from the first page, it is a wonderful, life-affirming story, which I finished with a heart full of joy and hope, and the biggest smile on my face. The epilogue is one of the best I have ever read. Katherine Center’s way with words is just incredible.
https://sarahsvignettes.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/review-how-to-walk-away-by-katherine-center-katherinecenter-panmacmillan/

Great choices, thank you Sarah. I think this is possibly the third time we’ve seen How to Walk Away by Katherine Center on #R3COMM3ND3D2018 so there’s a good chance it could come out on top as one of the most recommended books of 2018.

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

One Cornish Summer by Liz FenwickThe Last Day by Claire Dyer |  How to Walk Away by Katherine Center |

About Sarah:
Hello, I’m Sarah. I adore books and I am a keen photographer.

I have been reading books from a very early age and before I could read, I was always flicking through picture books – I’m sure I was born with a book in my hand!

I read a wide range of genres and I am willing to try most genres once, but I do keep going back to both contemporary and historical fiction more than anything else.

Books are a big part of my life and I started my blog, Sarah’s Vignettes, so I could share my love for them.

From an early age, I have loved taking photographs and with the advent of social media, I love sharing them with family and friends. In early 2016, I was having a conversation with a dear friend about a recent day trip and the photographs I had taken, during which she said I should share my photographs wider and write about the stories behind them. So from time to time, I post on my blog about general experiences in my life, which will be based around my own personal photographs. You will also find that some of the pictures of books on my blog are taken by me.

Sarah’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Sarah’s VignettesTwitter @Sarah_Swan2Facebook |

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/

the darkness

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….

don't make a sound

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.

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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)

#BlogTour | #GuestReview: Irony In The Soul: Nobody Listens Like The Dying by Pete Adams (@Peteadams8) #IronyInTheSoul #KindHeartsandMartinets @cobaltdinosaur @NextChapterPB #damppebbles

Irony in the Soul.jpeg“Recuperating from his past mission, disturbed but driven D.I. Jack Austin returns to work amid a personality clash with a retired colonel – who happens to be his new Chief Constable.

When the Constable is kidnapped – and returned in pieces – DI Austin’s hapless hunt for the culprit begins. He investigates a string of cryptic murders including a beheaded minister, a drowned woman in a Hijab, and a band of terrorists with explosives.

Meanwhile, Austin battles a grievous inner conflict. Will he thwart the perpetrator, or become a conspirator himself?”

Hello again. Emma has allowed me to return to share my thoughts on the second book in Pete Adams’ Kind Hearts and Martinets series, Irony In The Soul.  If you missed my review of book one, Cause and Effect, then you missed an introduction to our main character DI Jack Austin (a.k.a Jane), Amanda (a.k.a Mandy) and the motley crew of Plymouth Community Policing.

To say that Jack is more than meets the eye is an understatement, whether you are after empathy, violence, insight or intuition then Jack is your contradiction of a hero. Irony In The Soul can be picked up without having first read Cause and Effect but I would suggest starting at the beginning and taking the time to get to know Jane and the crew as things are about to get a lot bigger!

The second book in the series starts with religious hatred being stirred up in Plymouth’s tolerant and law-abiding suburbs.  Within a few chapters, the feeling that malevolent forces are at work is growing and you wonder if Jane is looking at a personal vendetta or events larger than anyone at Community Policing can foresee.

Beyond the investigation is the author’s development of the personal relationships within the team, and the blossoming relationship between Jane and Amanda which started in book one, Cause and Effect.  The author spends a lot of time building this relationship, providing a more rounded picture of Jack and giving the reader more of an insight into his back story.

The rest of the Community Policing group are also becoming fuller characters. Be it the ‘mumsy’ Jo-Jums or even bit-part players like Spotty the Media Officer. Even the disliked senior officer is growing in character before he is kidnapped and partially returned (don’t worry – this is not as gruesome as it sounds!)  The team work quickly, with help from everyone from the local gangsters to the secret service, to understand the scale of threat they are looking at and avert disasters whilst trying to find their boss.

The villain of the piece ‘Moriaty/Norafarty or any other such sound-alike that pleases you’ is an intriguing character.  Whether they are in for idealism, money or personal gain is not fully understood in this book and you can feel that the next book will bring further developments.

The ending of the book comes quickly if you read it as avidly as I did – easy to pick up – hard to put down!  But I warn you, there are strings left deliberately and tantalisingly hanging for book three, A Barrow Boy’s Cadenza: In Dead Flat Major.  Pete Adams has created a brilliant cast of characters whose personalities and beliefs are coming to the fore in this book.  His plotting is strong and the storyline is worrying believable bringing in media, technology and larger powers.  Another worthwhile and enjoyable read from this author. Just don’t blame me if you have to invest in book three too!

Ryan received a free eARC of Irony In The Soul.  The above review is his own unbiased opinion.

Irony In The Soul by Pete Adams was published in the UK by Next Chapter Publishing on 14th July 2019 and is available in paperback and ebook 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.comBook DepositoryGoodreads |

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pete adamsPete Adams is an architect with a practice in Portsmouth, UK, and from there he has, over forty years, designed and built buildings across England and Wales. Pete took up writing after listening to a radio interview of the writer Michael Connolly whilst driving home from Leeds. A passionate reader, the notion of writing his own novel was compelling, but he had always been told you must have a mind map for the book; Jeez, he could never get that.

Et Voila, Connolly responding to a question, said he never can plan a book, and starts with an idea for chapter one and looks forward to seeing where it would lead. Job done, and that evening Pete started writing and the series, Kind Hearts and Martinets, was on the starting blocks. That was some eight years ago, and hardly a day has passed where Pete has not worked on his writing, and currently, is halfway through his tenth book, has a growing number of short stories, one, critically acclaimed and published by Bloodhound, and has written and illustrated a series of historical nonsense stories called, Whopping Tales.

Pete describes himself as an inveterate daydreamer, and escapes into those dreams by writing crime thrillers with a thoughtful dash of social commentary. He has a writing style shaped by his formative years on an estate that re-housed London families after WWII, and his books have been likened to the writing of Tom Sharpe; his most cherished review, “made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think”.

Pete lives in Southsea with his partner, and Charlie the star-struck Border terrier, the children having flown the coop, and has 3 beautiful granddaughters who will play with him so long as he promises not to be silly.

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