#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Anjana (@superfluousread) #Superfluousreading #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I hope you’re having a great Sunday so far with lots of lovely books. One of the things I love the most about #R3COMM3ND3D is discovering new bloggers to follow. Today I am delighted to welcome a ‘new to me’ blogger to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love – Anjana at Superfluousreading. If you haven’t discovered Anjana’s blog yet then head on over and say ‘hello’.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Let’s find out which three books Anjana chose…

Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken

Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken by Charlotte Nash
This was a heart warming tale, and surprisingly has very few people who read it since its publication at the beginning of the year! I think it deserves more notice and therefore decided to start by recommending it.
Anjana’s Review of Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken

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Superlative: The Biology of Extremes by Matthew D. LaPlante
This was a fascinating book, and very up to date with research in the field up to 2018. It can be read in bits and pieces and stretched over time. Even someone faintly interested in the biology of the world around us, it brings a lot into perspective and the author has a very nice narrative style!
Anjana’s Review of Superlative

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The Burning Issue of the Day by T.E. Kinsey
This entire series is awesome, and there is another book out in October 2019 and with 6 books now available in the series it is the best time to start reading it. It will have you (at least it does me) in splits with the subtle humour.
Anjana’s Review of The Burning Issue of the Day

Great recommendations, Anjana. Thank you so much!

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

Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken by Charlotte Nash
Superlative: The Biology of Extremes by Matthew D. LaPlante
The Burning Issue of the Day by T.E. Kinsey

About Anjana:
I am a book blogger who reads indiscriminately when it comes to genre or page count. I like being emotionally invested in the books I read, and recently (since I started my blog) have started reading books to improve skills and learn new ones as well! I love it when people actually pick up a book I recommend and love it as much or even a little 😀

Anjana’s Blog and Social Media Links:
SuperfluousreadingTwitter @superfluousread |

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#BlogBlitz: Mercy by Stephen Bentley (@StephenBentley8) @Shalini_G26 #Mercy #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and welcome to damppebbles. I am delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for the first book in Stephen Bentley’s Detective Matt Deal thriller series, MercyMercy is currently available to purchase in paperback with the ebook to follow later this month on 30th November. Not long to wait now! Stephen is a new author to me but this book sounds right up my street. I can’t wait to read it!

Let’s find out a little more about Mercy

ResizerImage360X540 (1)His daughter was taken. He’ll never get her back.

Set in the near future, Matt Deal is a British businessman married into a wealthy Florida family.

Mercy, his fifteen-year-old daughter, is the glue in his rocky marriage to Lorey. His life is changed forever after Mercy is brutally sexually assaulted on a Destin beach leaving her in a persistent vegetative state.
Trusting the local detectives to bring the rapists to justice, mixed martial arts expert Deal concentrates in vain on his Florida gym business, only to have his world further explode on learning the men responsible for his daughter’s injuries may escape justice. Deal is isolated and at his wit’s end after his rich father-in-law sends death threats blaming him for all these ills.

Who can he turn to? Where can he go? What will he do? Who can he trust?
Will he return to a post-Brexit Britain or ultimately will he seek revenge?

Fans of Jack Reacher, Barry Eisler, and any vigilante justice novel will love this book.

Genre: crime fiction (noir)/thriller/urban fiction with some graphic scenes and language.”

And here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite…

As much as he tried to hide it, Deal felt nervous as he knocked on the door of Internal Affairs.

The voice resonated in his head. “Enter.”

It was the tone, the command, the authority in the voice that reminded him why he was nervous. One false word, one false move and I’m fired, he thought.

Reading the open file, Emily Breen looked up through heavy-rimmed glasses before speaking again. “We meet again, Detective Deal. Sit.”

Breen pointed to a regular-looking seat on the opposite side of the desk from her high-backed executive chair. She continued reading. Deal sat watching her in silence.

Peering over her glasses, Breen said, “Remind me. When was the first time we met?”

“I think you know. It’s all there in my file. Larry Etchwell, Coroner’s Court. I was still with the Human Trafficking Department.”

Breen was silent. She appeared to be deep in thought.

Her next words broke the silence. “The psych evaluation is all good. Says you are fit to remain on active duty.”

“Good. I knew that but it’s good to hear the experts say it too.” Deal emphasised experts. The sarcasm wasn’t missed by Breen.

“Deal. You know the score. Why do you make things difficult for yourself?”

Deal ignored caution. “I always do things the hard way. Haven’t you heard?”

Breen ignored him. “What is this thing with the stutter?”

“How do you mean?”

“You’ve seen the report. What you told the shrink.”

“Remind me. What did I say?”

“If you were a rattlesnake, the stutter would be your rattle.”

Deal smiled at the thought of that meeting with the shrink. “Yeah. That’s what I said. It’s a fact.”

“But why? Why a stutter?”

“I don’t fucking know why. Why does a rattlesnake have a rattle?”

“There you go again, Detective Deal.”

“What?”

“Not helping yourself.”

“Are we done?”

“No. We are not. I have to tell you, one more loss of control. One more death, self-defence or not, you are finished. Do you hear me?”

“I hear you.”

“Good. Is there anything else you wish to say?”

“Can I ask a question?”

“You may.”

“Why does a bird fly?”

“What do you mean?”

“Asking me why I stutter if threatened is like asking a bird why it flies. Why an elephant has big ears. It’s just so. And one other thing – ask these guys what they were going to do to me.”

“I can’t. You killed them.”

“Too right. Before they killed me.”

Doesn’t that sound fantastic?! I can’t wait to read Mercy myself.

Mercy by Stephen Bentley will be published in the UK on 30th November and will be 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.uk (paperback)amazon.co.uk (ebook)Other eBook Stores |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Margaret Kirk (@HighlandWriter) @orionbooks @orion_crime #WhatLiesBuried #LukasMahler #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019 #HighlandNoir

Hello, happy Saturday and a very warm welcome to the blog today! I hope you have some bookish plans in store for your weekend. We’re sixteen days into this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D and I am thrilled to welcome our first author of 2019 – Margaret Kirk. Margaret is the author of the Lukas Mahler series and her latest release, What Lies Buried, was published in June this year. I’ll tell you everything you need to know about What Lies Buried after we’ve found out which three books Margaret recommends!

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 Margaret recommends…

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The Closer I Get by Paul Burston
An unsettling twist on the pitfalls of social media – unpredictable and well-constructed.

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The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
A stunning Gothic novel set in pre-war Prague. Masterful and utterly compelling.

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Cage (Reykjavik Noir Trilogy) by Lilja Sigurðardóttir
Superbly constructed Nordic crime thriller by a mistress of the craft.

Thanks so much for your great choices, Margaret. I have The Closer I Get on the terrifying TBR and I can’t wait to read it!

If Margaret 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 Closer I Get by Paul Burston
The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
Cage by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

About What Lies Buried:What Lies Buried

THE BRILLIANTLY COMPELLING SECOND NOVEL IN THE DI LUKAS MAHLER SERIES

A missing child. A seventy-year-old murder. And a killer who’s still on the loose.

Ten year-old Erin is missing; taken in broad daylight during a friend’s birthday party. With no witnesses and no leads, DI Lukas Mahler races against time to find her. But is it already too late for Erin – and will her abductor stop at one stolen child?

And the discovery of human remains on a construction site near Inverness confronts Mahler’s team with a cold case from the 1940s. Was Aeneas Grant’s murder linked to a nearby POW camp, or is there an even darker story to be uncovered?

With his team stretched to the limit, Mahler’s hunt for Erin’s abductor takes him from Inverness to the Lake District. And decades-old family secrets link both cases in a shocking final twist.

Buy What Lies Buried:
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About Margaret Kirk:
Runrig and Julie Fowlis fan Margaret Kirk writes ‘Highland Noir’ Scottish crime fiction, set in and around her home town of Inverness.

Her debut novel, Shadow Man, won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition in 2016. Described as ‘a harrowing and horrific game of consequences’ by Val McDermid, it was published in 2017. Book 2 in the DI Lukas Mahler series, What Lies Buried, is out now.

Margaret’s Social Media Links:
| Blog | Twitter @HighlandWriter | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Steph Warren (@bookshineblog) #BookshineAndReadbows #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Friday! Hello and welcome to damppebbles and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post. Joining me today is the lovely Steph of Bookshine and Readbows. If you haven’t discovered Steph’s blog yet, then why not? Steph’s reviews are a thing of beauty so get yourself over there now and hit the subscribe button!

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 Steph recommends…

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The Love Delusion by Nicola Mostyn
This is the second book in a duology and both books are up there in my top reads of all-time. Nicola Mostyn has created a world where the modern corporate is at war with the gods of legend and mythology for power over the hearts of humanity. Her main characters, Frida and Dan, are heroic yet utterly human with all the failings and foibles that entails, and the snarky banter (a personal favourite of mine) keeps the mood light, even when the action gets heavy.
Steph’s Review of The Love Delusion

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The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan
I have a keen interest in children’s books (for myself, and I suppose a little bit for my youngsters too!) and in Roar Jenny McLachlan has created an amazing new fantasy world, perfect for children and adult readers alike. The characters and world-building perfectly capture the feeling of childhood imaginary adventures, and there are plenty of gasps and giggles – and a few tears – as the story unrolls. Fans of Narnia, Peter Pan, Coraline and similar will love this book as much as I do.
Steph’s Review of The Land of Roar

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Pricked by Scott Mooney
Pricked is a series starter and effortlessly blends classic fairytales with urban detective noir to great effect. My two favourite genres are urban fantasy and mystery, so the current trend for mashups of these two (thank you Jim Butcher!) makes my bookish heart sing. The main character here, Briar, has a fascinating magical power that has loads of potential for development in almost any direction and, while the main plot here stands alone, there is a wider story arc that already has me hooked on what happens next.
Steph’s Review of Pricked

Brilliant choices, thanks Steph. I am in love with the cover of The Love Delusion. How gorgeous is that?!

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:

The Love Delusion by Nicola Mostyn
The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan
Pricked by Scott Mooney

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 terrier, so I grab my moments when I can!

A Message from Steph:
I desperately feel the need to add that I was only able to narrow the field down this year by excluding the authors I chose for last year’s R3COMM3ND3D! Because all three of my picks last year have new books out this year too, that are all awesome, but I simply can’t choose everything!

Steph’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Bookshine and Readbows | Twitter @bookshineblog | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger HC Newton (@HCNewton) #TheIrresponsibleReader #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello my bookish friends. Welcome to Thursday and to day fourteen of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I think we’re doing alright. We’re still here, still sharing the book love, still adding to our terrifying TBRs… I am delighted to welcome the fabulous HC Newton who blogs over at The Irresponsible Reader to share his three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us today. If you don’t follow HC’s blog then that has to change! Click the link above and then click the subscribe button.

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 😉.

Let’s find out which three books HC thinks we all need to read…

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
This charming book about a charming book nerd has got to warm the cockles of every reader out there. You’ll identify with Nina (and wish you had her life and reading nook), you’ll be won over by the sweet story, and the atypical narrative voice will be one of your favorite characters of the year.
HC’s Review of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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Who Killed The Fonz? by James Boice
This is one for readers of a certain age. Richard Cunningham’s film career is in jeopardy when he receives the news that Arthur Fonzarelli has died. In shock, Richard returns home for the funeral and to reunite with some old friends. He soon finds himself trying to solve Fonzie’s murder. I didn’t expect to be as impressed with this as I was. Yeah, it’s fan fiction, but when it’s this good, who cares? It’s a big nostalgia trip (but so was Happy Days). I love that someone had this idea!
HC’s Review of Who Killed The Fonz?

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Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
A secret agent for a time Agency gets stranded in the 21st century long enough that he puts down roots — gets married, gets a career, has a daughter. When she’s a teen her dad is “rescued” by his agency and taken back to the future where he promptly begins breaking every regulation to stay involved with his daughter, and eventually to save her life. What makes this one special is the father-daughter dynamic and relationship. It’s not what you usually see in Time Travel/SF stories, but Chen knocks this one out of the park.
HC’s Review of Here and Now and Then

Thanks so much, HC. Great choices and a couple of additions to the wishlist for me (particularly Who Killed The Fonz? [yes, I am – sort of – one of the readers of a certain age you mentioned. Sort of]).

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

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Who Killed The Fonz? by James Boice
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

About HC:
Just some guy who’s book hobby has really gotten out of hand.

HC’s Blog and Social Media Links:
The Irresponsible ReaderTwitter @HCNewtonFacebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Els Ebraert (@BookreviewB) #BforBookreview #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today is my favourite day of the week that starts with a ‘W’. Apart from ‘Weekend 1’ and ‘Weekend 2’ of course 😂. (You can blame my husband for that one!). Today on damppebbles it’s all about the book love. I am delighted to welcome another fabulous blogger to share their #R3COMM3ND3D picks – the lovely Els of B for Bookreview.

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 Els recommends…

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Hidden (The Badge and the Pen #3) by Roger A. Price
It was a very captivating story that kept me glued to my chair and left me gobsmacked.
Els’ Review of Hidden

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My Daughter’s Choice by Brooke Harris
It was so beautiful and heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I won’t forget this easily. Tears were running down my cheeks. Books can bring tears to my eyes but this one had me really crying.
Els’ Review of My Daughter’s Choice

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Lucy’s Last Straw by Debbie Viggiano
This book was so funny I just had to add it to this list. It had me laughing out loud and who does not like to laugh?
Els’ Review of Lucy’s Last Straw

Great choices, thanks Els. Three quite different books but they all look really interesting.

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

Hidden by Roger A. Price
My Daughter’s Choice by Brooke Harris
Lucy’s Last Straw by Debbie Viggiano

About Els:
I live in Belgium in the Flemish part of the country in a small but cosy village with my son and dog.

Els’ Blog and Social Media Links:
B for BookreviewTwitter @BookreviewB |

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jo Bellamy (@tiny_ickle_jo) #JosBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s day twelve of 2019’s #R3COMM3ND3D and I have another trio of brilliant books to share with you. I can’t take any of the credit though as that all goes to today’s guest. I am delighted to welcome a favourite blogger of mine to share the book love with us – the lovely Jo of Jo’s Book Blog. Jo’s blog is superb so if you haven’t discovered it yet, 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 😉.

Let’s find out which three books Jo recommends…

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Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Blood & Sugar is a fantastic work of historical fiction and a cleverly plotted mystery, set at a time when slavery was rife in Britain. Brilliantly researched, this is a fantastic novel to get lost in, despite some of the darker themes.
Jo’s Review of Blood & Sugar

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Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
Last Ones Left Alive is a fantastically bleak post-apocalyptic novel with a strong female cast. I thought that the world-building was up there with the very best, and I loved every page as the reader follows Orpen in her quest while trying to avoid the zombie-esque skrakes that now roam Ireland.
Jo’s Review of Last Ones Left Alive

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The Binding by Bridget Collins
The Binding is a book about books (need I say more?!), but in this world, books hold the memories that people would rather forget. It’s a brilliant and original concept, and so well-delivered – by the end of the novel, I felt sad to leave this world behind!
Jo’s Review of The Binding

Thanks so much, Jo. Twelve days in and we have a leader! This is the second time The Binding has made an appearance on #R3COMM3ND3D2019. Could this be the top pick of the year? We’ll have to wait and see. I already have The Binding and Blood & Sugar on my wish list but I’ll definitely be adding Last Ones Left Alive which sounds incredible!

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:

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
The Binding by Bridget Collins

About Jo:
I’m Jo, and I’ve been blogging for a little over four years. I like to read a variety of novels, but I do have a penchant for dystopian and post-apocalyptic, something that started when I studied Brave New World and 1984 at A-level. When not reading or blogging, you may find rambling around the Peak District or attending a Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey match.

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

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Nicki Murphy (@nickisbookblog) #NickisBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello bookish friends and welcome to Monday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post. Here’s hoping you have a great week, full to the brim of brilliant books. Today I am delighted to welcome the lovely Nicki of Nicki’s Book Blog to share three books she really enjoyed from 2019 with us. If you’ve not discovered Nicki’s blog yet then you must pop over and say ‘hi’.

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 Nicki recommends…

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Rosie and Ruby by Patricia Dixon
A book of hope for those how have had a difficult relationship with their mothers. This really touched me and made me both smile and cry. A book with a message.
Nicki’s Review of Rosie and Ruby

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Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
A brave, wonderful, uplifting read. Of making lemonade when handed lemons in life. A woman of true grit and determination-an inspiration.
Nicki’s Review of Five Steps to Happy

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The Woman at Number 19 by J.A. Baker
My emotions rolled from highs to lows with this. A very clever well thought out plot that had me reeling (in a good way).
Nicki’s Review of The Woman at Number 19

Thanks so much for your recommendations, Nicki!

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

Rosie and Ruby by Patricia Dixon
Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
The Woman at Number 19 by J.A. Baker

About Nicki:
Avid reader & blogger- most genres but love psychological thrillers.

Nicki’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Nicki’s Book BlogTwitter @nickisbookblogFacebook |

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#BlogTour | #BookReview: 17 Church Row by James Carol @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #17ChurchRow #damppebbles

17 Church Row: We all have darker instincts . . . (Paperback)

“Three years ago, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes suffered a devastating loss when their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed in a road accident. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, leaving Nikki to care for their remaining child, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that day.

Seeking a fresh start, the family moves into a revolutionary new house designed by renowned architect, Catriona Fisher. The house features a state-of-the-art security system, along with every amenity you could dream of.

For the Rhodes’ this is a chance to finally pick up the pieces and get on with their lives in a place where they feel totally safe.

But what if 17 Church Row isn’t the safe haven that they think it is?”

I am delighted to welcome you to damppebbles today and to my stop (one of the first two stops!) on the 17 Church Row blog tour. 17 Church Row is the latest release from the brilliant James Carol and it will be published in paperback later this week. I received a free eARC of 17 Church Row but that has in no way influenced my review.

I am a huge fan of James Carol’s writing. If Mr Carol writes it, you can guarantee I’ll be reading it as soon as humanly possible. His Jefferson Winter series is absolutely sublime and his standalone novels (of which 17 Church Row is one) are all thrilling, captivating reads. If you’ve never picked up a James Carol novel then you’re really, REALLY missing out.

Nikki Rhodes took her eyes off her twin daughters for only a split second, and that was all it took for tragedy to strike. Nikki knows their lives have changed forever when she hears the screeching of tyres and sees the front door swinging wide open. Learning to rebuild their lives after the loss of Grace is the toughest thing they’ve had to face, but particularly for Bella – Grace’s twin sister – who hasn’t spoken since the accident. When Ethan suggests they move house, leaving behind the painful memories, Nikki doesn’t know what to do for the best. But radio DJ, Ethan has found the perfect house for them – 17 Church Row in Kensington. It’s the house of the future and architect, Catriona is looking to build many, many more. Having a media star like Ethan Rhodes move into her project is a gold mine. You just can’t buy that kind of publicity! 17 Church Row is a futuristic abode decked out with the latest in AI technology. The house is run by ‘Alice’ who can answer to your every whim and is always one step ahead of you. The pain of losing Grace will be with the family forever. Bella is their number one priority now and they have to do everything they can to make her life as happy and as fulfilled as possible. And there’s always the chance that this change of scene could be the catalyst to get Bella to talk again. But what if their new safe haven isn’t as safe and secure as they believe…?

If memory serves I’ve said this before: Woah! If this is the future then I’m locking myself in a library and NEVER, EVER leaving! The last time I said that it was about self-driving cars. I think it’s fair to say I feel the same about self-driving houses! Oh.My.Goodness. This futuristic thriller is one scary read and I’m quite happy in my very normal, very non-AI house – thank you very much! If you had presented 17 Church Row to be me before I read this book I would have bitten your hand off. Modern, sleek, visually stunning. Carol paints a beautiful aesthetic with his words. But I’ve read the book. You can keep your all-singing, all-dancing house!

This is an entertaining thriller and with some interesting characters. I really felt for Nikki who was punishing herself on a daily basis over her daughter’s death. To want to escape the memories but at the same time not feel able to leave them behind, what a tough decision to make. And poor little Bella broke my heart on a number of occasions. I did feel one of the characters was only part of the story to move the plot along – a bit like being a red jerseyed ensign about to embark on your first mission with Captain James T. Kirk to an alien planet. You’ve had a few lines, played a small part and now we all know you’re going to get in in the neck! It wasn’t a huge surprise for me when something questionable happened to them. The architect, Catriona, is also super creepy…yuck!

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. I would recommend all of James Carol’s books as they are all brilliant. If you’re in the mood for something a little bit different then this is the book for you. It’s quite terrifying to think this is how we could be living in the future. Quite an eye-opener. And yes, my Alexa is now in the bin….

I chose to read and review an eARC of 17 Church Row. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

17 Church Row by James Carol was published in the UK by Zaffre Books on 14th November and is available in paperback, audio 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.uk | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | Goodreads |

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James Carol was born in Scotland, where he spent his early years. He moved to England in the eighties and has lived there ever since. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor.

Broken Dolls, the first Jefferson Winter thriller, was published in 2014 and has sold a third of a million copies and been translated into twelve languages. This was followed by three other Jefferson Winter thrillers and a trilogy of novellas set during Winter’s FBI days.

James has also written three standalone thrillers. The first of these, The Killing Game was shortlisted for a CWA Ian Fleming Dagger award.

When he’s not writing, James can usually be found in his recording studio where he is currently writing and recording the first Dream Nation album.

James lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, two children, a dog and a horse.

Author Links: | Website | Twitter | Facebook |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger and #Author Chris McDonald (@cmacwritescrime) #MacReviewsBooks #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to the blog today. I’m very glad to see you because I have another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post to share. I am delighted to welcome Chris McDonald who is not only a fantastic blogger over at Mac Reviews Books, he’s also a debut author who is on the brink of publishing his first novel, A Wash of Black, with Red Dog Press. I, for one, can’t wait to read it early next year.

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 Chris recommends…

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Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
I thought this book was fantastically plotted with some very interesting characters. The chapters were quite short and they really catapulted you into the next. It was exciting and tense! I’ve been a fan of Shari’s since her debut and I think this is her best one yet.
Chris’ Review of Someone We Know

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The Killer in Me (Dublin Crime Bureau #2) by Olivia Kiernan
I saw Olivia last year promoting her brilliant debut, Too Close To Breathe. When I decided to start a book blog, her agent sent me an advance copy of this. It was my first ever book post! The book itself is fantastic and once again follows DCS Frankie Sheehan as she investigates two murders. It’s an original plot and really shows how good of a writer Olivia is. I’m pleased to know she has a third book on the way!
Chris’ Review of The Killer in Me

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Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen
I was always going to include an Orenda Books title in this list, and it could’ve been one of many that I’ve read this year; Breakers, Call Me Star Girl or Worst Case Scenario to name but a few. But I’ve recently finished Little Siberia and was blown away by how unique the writing style was and how brilliant the story was. It’s funny and dark at the same time. Antti, in my opinion, is an absolute genius and this book deserves all the plaudits!
Chris’ Review of Little Siberia

Excellent choices, thanks Chris. I want to read all three of your choices so have added them to the wishlist.

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

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan
Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen

About Chris:
My name is Chris and I am a 31-year-old primary school teacher. I live in South Manchester with my wife and two children.

Chris’ Blog and Social Media Links:
Mac Reviews BooksTwitter @cmacwritescrime |

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)