#CaseClosed: #September2017 #BookOfTheMonth #amreading #amreviewing #bookblogger #damppebbles

Hello my bookish beauties.  You may be asking yourself exactly what you have stumbled upon, what the heck is #CaseClosed…?  Well, let me tell you.  Back at the start of the year I had this terrific idea where I would summarise the goings on of damppebbles in a monthly post.  It was a great idea, so great I only managed to post three times before collapsing in a bedraggled book strewn heap!  Okay, so I suffered a little blogger burn-out earlier this year but that was then and this is now…

My big news is that I have decided to drastically reduce the number of blog tours and new books I accept for review.  It’s not a total ban as my FOMO would end up kicking my butt.  It’s more of a (severe) cut-back on what I currently do.  I have found that I am only reading for blog tours at the moment and I have lost all choice.  My next read is already planned for me according to what is next in my diary.  Isn’t one of the many joys of reading finishing one book and deciding which to pick up next?  I think so, and I really miss having that choice.  I absolutely love blog tours and that’s 90% of the problem; I hate to say no to publishers and blog tour organisers, but that’s where my list of 20 authors comes in.  I have a list of 20 authors whose work I cannot live without.  If one of the authors on the list publishes a new book then I can purchase a copy.  If I am lucky enough to be asked to join their tour, then I can say yes without fretting.  It will also keep the dastardly FOMO at bay (I hope).

Oh yeah, and I’m aiming to do this for one whole year – until 1st October 2018.  You may think I’m crazy (you could be proven right) but this feels the only way to make sure I get some of the older books on my TBR read.  After all, some very lovely patient authors have been waiting a year and a half for a review from me….EEK!

Anyway, what’s been happening in September you may ask.  Quite a lot, actually.  I think I’ve been accepting more tours knowing that from 1st October I won’t be to do as many.  Desperately squeezing in as many as possible before my October deadline!

In September I took part in 12 blog tours:

Ten review posts:

Hide and Seek by Richard Parker | Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech | The House by Simon Lelic | A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward | Lost in the Lake by A.J. Waines | The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith | Race to the Kill by Helen Cadbury | House of Spines by Michael J. Malone | Hope to Die by David Jackson | The Surrogate by Louise Jensen |

Two content posts:

Scorn by Paul Hoffman (extract) | Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (giveaway) |

Two cover reveals:

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite | Shadows by Jackie McLean |

I’m over the moon that I managed to squeeze in two publication day (or near as dammit!) reviews:

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan | The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans |

And I also reblogged two of my older reviews in celebration of First Monday Crime returning on Monday 2nd October (click either of these links to reserve your FREE place):

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards | Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear |

Now I know I’m not the most frenetic of bloggers but I’m really impressed with how much I’ve managed to squeeze in this month.  I still have a few reviews to type up so look out for reviews of Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, Sleep No More by P.D. James and The Visitors by Catherine Burns coming your way soon!

It’s all very exciting, it’s now time for my book of the month.  I’ve seen many of my fellow bloggers select a book of the month and I ALWAYS look forward to seeing what they have chosen.  Which made me think, why don’t I include a Book of the Month post in #CaseClosed.  I’d be silly not to!

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There have been several standout books this month and some of you may have an inkling about what I’m going to choose.  There were two sublime reads which were fighting for the top spot.  However, my book of the month for September is….

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a patient fury

My other choice (which shall remain a secret 😉) will have lots of other bloggers voting it their book of the month which is why I wanted to support Sarah Ward’s wonderful DC Connie Childs series.  If you haven’t had the chance to meet DC Childs and DI Sadler then you MUST!

“Honestly, my favourite crime series out there at the moment and I urge you to get yourself a copy of A Patient Fury.  You won’t regret it.  Sheer brilliance.”

HERE is a link to Sarah Ward’s amazon.co.uk author page should you wish to purchase a copy or three (you won’t regret).

So that’s it for another month. I’m looking forward to those Autumnal evenings, cosied up at home with a great book and a glass of wine (obviously, I meant tea there, not wine 😶).  I have a couple of blog tours coming up in October (only a few, mind).  Otherwise, I hope to dazzle you all with considered and thoughtful reviews of some cracking crime thrillers.

Come back and visit damppebbles.com soon!

#BlogTour | #BookReview: A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward (@sarahrward1) @FaberBooks #APatientFury

a patient fury.jpg“When Detective Constable Connie Childs is dragged from her bed to the fire-wrecked property on Cross Farm Lane she knows as she steps from the car that this house contains death.

Three bodies discovered – a family obliterated – their deaths all seem to point to one conclusion: One mother, one murderer.

But D.C. Childs, determined as ever to discover the truth behind the tragedy, realises it is the fourth body – the one they cannot find – that holds the key to the mystery at Cross Farm Lane.

What Connie Childs fails to spot is that her determination to unmask the real murderer might cost her more than her health – this time she could lose the thing she cares about most: her career.”

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the A Patient Fury blog tour.  A Patient Fury in the third book in the DC Connie Childs series and is absolutely flipping amazing.  I LOVE this series.  I reviewed the second book, A Deadly Thaw earlier this year and gave it an easy five out of five stars.  If you missed that review or would like a reminder then please click here.

This meant, of course, that the third instalment had a lot to live up to.  And oh my gosh, I am absolutely thrilled to confirm that it managed to blow my socks off!  What a brilliant book!  The first thing you should know is that DC Connie Childs is fast becoming one of my favourite fictional detectives.  She’s so wonderfully driven, so beautifully intense and so very flawed.  I can’t help but be drawn to this headstrong, feisty woman and her very human faults.

The opening chapter is brilliantly written and there was no way on this earth anyone was going to prise A Patient Fury from my hands.  I was hooked and I couldn’t stop myself from becoming totally engrossed in the story.  It was a joy to return to Bampton in Derbyshire (if you’ve read my previous review I can confirm that I now know exactly where Derbyshire is, doh!).  Being reunited with DI Francis Sadler once again was a wonderful thing.  I felt DI Sadler played a much bigger part in the story this time around and I found out a lot more about him.  His relationship with DC Childs can be a little fraught at times but that friction makes for excellent reading.  On the one hand, he’s her superior, on the other he’s a father figure keeping an eye on the fiery young detective.  Brilliant!

Ward has, quite rightly so, moved one of her older characters on to pastures new leaving space for a new detective.  I think I can understand why the author has decided to do this as it did feel as though the character had had their time.  I was, however, a little sad to see them go and hope they make a cameo in future novels.  In the meantine, I look forward to seeing where Ward takes the relationship between Connie and the new(-ish) recruit in the future.  I can see fireworks ahead…

The plot was full of twists, turns and intrigue.  I enjoyed the flashback sequences and grew to despise the character of George, the rude and obnoxious son of the victim.  All of the characters at some point felt as though they had a lot to hide which absolutely made this book for me.  I couldn’t have, or rather wouldn’t have put money on the culprit despite all of the signs pointing in one definite direction.

Would I recommend this book?  Absolutely.  It can be read as a stand alone so don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two books in the series (although if you get the chance, then do!).  I love DC Connie Childs.  I particularly like her when she’s breaking the rules and undertaking an investigation in her own time, which she *may* end up doing in A Patient Fury.  Honestly, my favourite crime series out there at the moment and I urge you to get yourself a copy of A Patient Fury.  You won’t regret it.  Sheer brilliance.

Five out of five stars.

I chose to read and review an ARC of A Patient Fury.  The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward was published in the UK by Faber & Faber on 7th September 2017 and is available in hardcover and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |

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Author photo and bio taken from https://crimepieces.com/

Crime fiction is in my blood. From Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five to Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew, I was reading the genre at an early age. In my teens it was Agatha Christie followed by Ruth Rendell and PD James. Later influences include Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, Minette Walters. Then I discovered Scandinavian crime writers.

I’m the author of two crime novels In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw which are set in the Derbyshire Peak District where I live. A Patient Fury is coming in September.

I post my book reviews here on Crimepieces and have also reviewed at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Crime Timecrimesquad.com and Eurocrime. Articles and short stories have appeared in the Sunday Express magazine, Metro, Big Issue, Traveller and other publications. I’m one of the judges for The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel and I particularly love reading translated crime fiction.

In addition to writing and reviewing I also teach crime fiction workshops, moderate book events and give talks on Nordic Noir, Golden Age Crime and other aspects of the crime novels. I can be contacted about any of these areas via my contact page.

I’m represented by Kirsty McLachlan at DGA.

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