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The Gentleman of Holly Street

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The Gentleman of Holly Street’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing an extract, but first I have some information

About the Author :

The Gentleman of Holly Street - L.James.2021Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a book.

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The Gentleman of Holly Street - L.James.2021Will this Christmas…
Change their lives again?
When self-made gentleman Freddie Walton rescued penniless Philomena Nichols at Christmas eight years ago, he never imagined that he would build his empire with her. Yet whilst they have created a life together as friends, Freddie can’t let their special connection become more than that. Not when his dangerous past continues to haunt him… But what happens when Freddie’s feelings for Philomena also refuse to stay hidden?

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In this extract, we follow Freddie as he returns to London after a long voyage across the Atlantic, just in time for Christmas with Philomena – the Christmas which will change everything for them both…

All those years ago, he’d made building this company, this venture, his purpose. It had demanded all the focus, all the energy, he had. And somehow, it had grown beyond him. In a sense, his success had freed him to…
Do what?
‘Mind yerself, sir,’ one of the stevedores shouted as the men prepared to haul crates out with the winches.
Freddie waved, and, shaking his head at himself, took himself well out of the way of those actually working.
Those actually serving a purpose.
In fact, he took himself off the wharf entirely, and was not even spared a second glance, though some he passed tapped their caps or nodded. As he crossed the gates securing his enterprise, joined the bustle of the streets, and began to make his way home, Freddie felt glad, actually, that he didn’t have any more work to do this evening. Well, at least nothing pressing that would delay him any longer. And, shaking off the earlier melancholy thoughts, he reassured himself that the loss of old responsibilities only meant he would have time for new ones. He had money and influence now. He could find new ways to yield it. Perhaps politics.
Perhaps not.
Though it was tempting, to think he could make change that way, it didn’t quite fit.
What does?
Right this moment, Freddie couldn’t think of anything. Likely because of the toll of his journey. Though every step that brought him closer to Holly Street seemed to belie that summation that he was tired. Because with every step, he felt…lighter. Excited, happy, really. To be home. To be going home.
A smile even lifted the corners of his lips as he weaved around dockers and merchants, shoppers, and visitors. As he dodged coaches and carriages and fishmongers and women of the night. The brisk, somewhat foul air was a tonic, a balm, reminding him that he was home.
Right on time.
As promised.
A light dusting of snow began to fall, tiny little flakes that would likely not survive the night, but then, more would follow soon enough. A shiver ran through him, turning his mood and making his gut clench, and he ignored the prickles at the back of his neck, though he did glance over his shoulder.
Merely the cold, he reassured himself, spotting absolutely nothing out of the ordinary as he tightened his scarf. And he didn’t mind the cold, nor the snow for that matter; it was certainly better than London in the summer, and, well, it never ceased to remind him of his first night at Holly Street.
Of Mena.
Yes, very soon now, he would be home. And then, everything would be right again. Everything would come together, somehow, and he would be able to see, and plan for his future, with clarity, good sense, and verve.
Back where it all began…
The perfect place to begin again.

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#BookBirthdayBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : The Automobile Assassination (The Erdington Mysteries #2) – M.J. Porter @coloursofunison

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The Automobile Assassination

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The Automobile Assassination’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing my review, but first I have some information

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The Automobile - MJ PORTER CWAMJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, as well as three twentieth-century mysteries. Raised in the shadow of a building that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meant that the author’s writing destiny was set.

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The Automobile AssassinationErdington, September 1944
As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.
Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?
Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.
Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.

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Having read ‘The Custard Corpses’ I couldn’t wait to dive into ‘The Automobile Assassination’ and luckily for me I had the Audible version right at my disposal.
Starting to read, euhm listen, I was immediately hooked not only by the storyline, but also by the voice.
I never heard of Matt Coles before, and although a bit slow for my liking (I read faster!) he’s a terrific voice actor, even when it comes to female voices.
He made all the characters come so alive it was easy to keep on going and even like Mason and O’Rourke even more.
They form a formidable team together and O’Rourke is definitely a woman to be reckoned with in this all male police team.
Another lovely mystery set during WW2 with more of an historical experience for me than the first book as I now learned more about stuff like the Automobile Association and couponing during the war.
If they found out the culprit(s) of the multiple cases on their plate I’m not going to spoil, but I can say it was a nicely tied up story that has a lot going on to keep you glued from start till finish.
I definitely hope there will be more books to follow in this 1940s mystery series!

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Young Eagle Rising – Ellie Joyce @BookGuild

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Young Eagle Rising

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Young Eagle Rising’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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Photo for bookEllie Joyce was born and raised in Belfast. She holds an A.L.A.M. (Dip. Acting) from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She and her husband have four children and live in Leicestershire. Young Eagle Rising is her debut novel.

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Photo for bookIreland 1735. Thirteen-year-old William Baxter has a grandmother with peculiar powers – so peculiar he believes she must be a witch. Taking this secret with him, he reluctantly sails with his family to the New World and the promise of a better life.
But Pennsylvania proves to be a savage, unforgiving place rife with warring tribes, slavery and dangerous animals. When William’s life suddenly takes a terrifying turn, he is thrust headlong into a battle for survival. Consumed with hatred for those responsible, he desperately wants to return to Ireland, but the coast is one hundred miles away and the trail runs through native territory. Alone and frightened, he sets out on what becomes the journey of a lifetime, determined to survive and have his revenge.
Young Eagle Rising is a coming-of-age story, a mix of fantasy, history, adventure and the enduring love of an old Irish witch.

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#Recensie : Toetanchamon: de farao, het graf en de ontdekking – Dick Harrison @uitg_omniboek

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Vandaag ga ik ter promotie mijn recensie van ‘Toetanchamon: de farao, het graf en de ontdekking’ met jullie delen, maar eerst wat informatie over

De Auteur :

5af309a31aa7f3.97091443Dick Harrison is hoogleraar geschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Lund in Zweden. Hij schrijft blogs, artikelen, romans en non-fictieboeken en maakt tv-documentaires over Europese en Zweedse geschiedenis. Zijn werk is vertaald in het Deens, Noors, Duits en Nederlands. Eerder verschenen van Harrison bij Omniboek onder andere De Dertig Jarige Oorlog en De Zwarte Dood.

Het Boek :

5af309a31aa7f3.97091443Honderd jaar na de ontdekking van het graf van Toetanchamon
In november 1922 stuitte Howard Carter op de verloren graftombe van de mysterieuze farao Toetanchamon, die in de veertiende eeuw v.Chr over Egypte heerste. Het graf, inclusief de grote hoeveelheid extravagante grafvondsten, was bijna volledig intact en daarmee wereldnieuws. Dankzij deze ontdekking is de kennis over de oude Egyptenaren en hun doodscultuur enorm gegroeid. Het bekende dodenmasker van Toetanchamon is sindsdien hét symbool van het oude Egypte.
Aan de hand van het graf en de grafvondsten van Toetanchamon wijdt Dick Harrison uit over de farao en zijn familie, de oud-Egyptische cultuur en religie. Hij vertelt over farao’s, de verschillende dynastieën en de bestuurssystemen, en hij gaat in op het Egyptische volk, hun levenswijze en hun technologieën. Ook beschrijft Harrison het moderne fenomeen van egyptomanie, wat leidde tot roofzuchtige opgravingen, en hoe dit de westerse (pop)cultuur heeft beïnvloed. Dit rijk geïllustreerde boek geeft een kleurrijk beeld van de oude Egyptenaren, hun land en hun gebruiken, en laat zien dat ze sinds hun ontstaan tot de dag van vandaag invloed hebben gehad op iedereen die toen en nu met hen in aanraking kwam.

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Ik herinner me nog goed de eerste kennismaking met het Oude Egypte en dan specifiek met Toetanchamon.
Het zaadje was meteen gepland en sindsdien ben ik een beetje zoals Alice in Wonderland die steeds dieper en dieper valt.
Ik kan dus zeggen dat ik gebeten ben om alles te zien en lezen wat deze historische periode aangaat en dat ik razend enthousiast was toen ‘Toetanchamon’ van Dick Harrison op de mat viel.
Mijn verwachtingen werden echter niet helemaal ingelost, want dit boek is niet echt specifiek over deze farao.
Het is meer een korte kennismaking met het Oude Egypte in het algemeen en hier en daar wat raakvlakken / anekdotes over andere culturen.
Zo doen we een uitstap naar Scandinavië, waar de auteur vandaan komt, Troje, Griekenland,… en de omliggende beschavingen van Egypte.
Allemaal zeer interessant weliswaar, want het is zeer toegankelijk geschreven en mooi voorzien van prachtige kleurplaten, maar het is niet enkel over onze geliefde Toet.
Jammer, vind ik persoonlijk, omdat het qua titel wat misleidend overkomt, maar toch een boek die iedereen die interesse heeft in het Oude Egypte in huis moet hebben.
Dit niet alleen voor de mooie foto’s, maar ook voor de informatieve aard van dit werk.

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#Recensie : Schaduw van Toet – Lida Dijkstra @lsamsterdam

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De Auteur :

59678d48ecce46.86578224Lida Dijkstra studeerde kunstgeschiedenis en archeologie in Leiden. Ze werkte in een museum, maar is inmiddels fulltime schrijfster. Ze heeft boeken voor alle leeftijden geschreven en won tweemaal een Vlag en Wimpel en eenmaal de eerste prijs van de Vlaamse Kinder- en Jeugdjury.
Eerder verscheen van Lida Dijkstra en Djenné Fila (ill.) Het beest met de kracht van tien paarden, een wervelende jeugdroman over Theseus en de Minotaurus (genomineerd voor de Boekenleeuw 2020 en de Kinder- en Jeugdjury Vlaanderen). Lida Dijkstra schreef ook De ring van koning Salomo, met illustraties van Martijn van der Linden.

Het Boek :

59678d48ecce46.86578224In stilte zwoer ze een eed:
Ik zal op je passen en
tussen jou en je vijanden staan.
Ik zal je beschermen tegen
het luipaard, de scborpioen,
tegen priesters, bedienden, mijn moeder,
en het allerbelangrijkste: je opa.
Ik zal je schaduw zijn,
dag en nacht aan je zijde,
zelfs als je het niet weet.

Amany groeit op aan het hof van haar vader, farao Achnaton, en haar moeder, de wonderschone Nefertiti. Ondanks de luxe van een mooi nieuw paleis is haar leven niet gemakkelijk. Haar vader maakt zich niet geliefd bij het volk en haar opa heeft honger naar macht.
Amany heeft al vijf zusjes als ze er een halfbroertje bij krijgt: Toetanchamon, een zwak jongetje met een scheef voetje – de toekomstige farao. Ze werpt zich op als zijn beschermer en leert hem alles wat hij moet weten. Als een schaduw leeft ze aan zijn zij, tot het noodlot toeslaat en haar eigen leven in groot gevaar is…

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Over de jaren heen, en nu zeker, zijn er al heel wat boeken verschenen rond Toetanchamon en zijn familie.
Toch heeft Lida Dijkstra met haar ‘Schaduw van Toet’ een unieke invalshoek gevonden door niet Toetanchamon zelf, maar zijn zus / vrouw Anchesenamon aan het woord te laten.
Door dit te doen laat ze niet alleen een meisje / vrouw de historie vertellen, maar kan ze ook de bredere geschiedenis rond deze tijdsperiode schetsen.
Dat het niet allemaal even correct is wat er in het boek staat, wil ik gerust stiekem onder de mat vegen, want wat is juist wanneer het over deze familie gaat?!
Er zijn namelijk heel wat theorieën en geen enkele, of toch bijna geen enkele, geschiedkundige is het met een andere eens.
De schrijfster heeft, in mijn ogen, misschien degene genomen waar zij het meest in gelooft, mee is opgegroeid of wat het best paste in dit zeer mooie geschreven verhaal.
Ik ben dan misschien al lang geen beginnende tiener meer, maar ik heb genoten van dit boek, niet alleen van de teksten, maar evengoed van de prachtige tekeningen.
Verder ben ik er absoluut zeker van dat de doelgroep dit pareltje zeker zal smaken en iets zal bij leren over het Oude Egypte.
Want naast het relaas van Toetanchamon en Anchesenamon leer je ook bij over de goden, de cultuur, het mummificeren,… in dit boek.
Toen ik, als tiener, mijn eerste stapjes in de wonderlijke wereld van de farao’s zette, had ik met heel veel goesting dit verslonden.
Het is immers zeer zeker een mooi opstapje naar het aanwakkeren van de interesse in de geschiedenis van het Oude Egypte bij kinderen!

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : An Ear for Trouble (Riverbend K-9s Book 2) – K.T. Lee @KTLeeWrites

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An Ear For Trouble

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author imagesK.T. Lee is a writer, mom, and engineer who grew up on a steady diet of books from a wide variety of genres. She’s the author of multiple books, including those in the Riverbend K-9 Series and The Calculated Series.

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author imagesElise Butler is a wildlife biologist who enjoys her stable (if somewhat predictable) job in finance at the World Wildlife Trust. However, when the veterinarian at Riverbend Animal Conservation Center goes missing, Elise offers to help the unlucky wildlife Conservation Center get back on its feet. Not only will the job in Riverbend, Indiana let her get back to her roots of working with animals, but it’s also a short drive from her sister’s workplace at Riverbend K-9 Academy, a training center for some of the FBI’s best explosive detection dogs.
FBI Special Agent Finn Cooper and his canine partner, Sedona, are chasing a well-funded animal trafficking ring. After an injury sidelines Finn from official FBI undercover work, he goes to work at Riverbend K-9 Academy to stay busy while he recovers…and to investigate his only remaining lead in the animal trafficking case.
Just as Elise begins to settle into life in Riverbend, her sister asks her to help the K-9 Academy by fostering one of their puppies. Finn is eager to keep Elise focused on training Zeke, the enthusiastic German shepherd puppy earmarked to become Riverbend’s first wildlife detection K-9, and keep her well away from his quiet animal trafficking investigation. Zeke quickly proves himself an expert both at chewing shoes and sniffing out clouded leopards. When Zeke starts finding scents where they don’t belong, Elise and Finn begin to realize that the Conservation Center may be more criminal than unlucky. And if Elise doesn’t keep her nose out of it, she might be the next target.

An Ear for Trouble is Book 2 in the Riverbend K-9 Series. All books in the Riverbend K-9 Series may be enjoyed as standalone novels or as a series.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Far Across The Ocean – Suzie Hull @SuzieHull1 @books_dash

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Far Across The Ocean

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Far Across The Ocean’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing a guest post written by the author, but first I have some information

About the Author :

Far Across - Suzie Hull - whiteAward winning author Suzie Hull lives in Northern Ireland with her family and numerous rescue cats.
As a child she dreamt of being a ballet dancer but instead trained as a Montessori Nursery teacher and has spent the last thirty years working with children in a variety of settings. Suzie has always had an enduring passion for reading and history.
Suzie HulI won the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2022 with her debut novel, In This Foreign Land.

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Far Across - Suzie Hull - whiteThe answers to her past and present lie far across the ocean…
December 1913. Clara Thornton won’t allow being jilted at the altar to squash her spirit. Against the wishes of her aunt and uncle, Clara decides to travel to Madagascar to learn more about the tragic shipwreck that took the lives of her missionary family, and marked her forever.
Clara is escorted abroad by Xavier Mourain, a handsome young merchant who works with her uncle. The two of them start off on the wrong foot, but Clara can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious Frenchman who helps her unravel the mystery that has always haunted her. But as their love blossoms, war begins. And the world will never be the same again.
For Clara, all the answers seem to lie far across the ocean. But some of them might be closer than she thinks…

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Background of the novel

Hello Stefanie and thank you so much for hosting me on your wonderful blog.
My name is Suzie Hull, I live in Northern Ireland and I love writing WW1 Historical Romance. I thought your blog readers might be interested in learning about one of the settings in Far Across The Ocean.
I love Paris, I’ve visited many times and I really wanted to set part of this novel there so I started to research how I could weave an aspect of this city into the storyline. I’d already read about the American Hospital in Paris during WW2 and I decided to incorporate the same hospital during WW1.
There had been an American hospital in Paris for the many Americans that lived there and passed through since 1906, (with just 26 beds), but when WW1 was declared, the Board of Governors, led by U.S Ambassador Herrick offered their services to France. In exchange, the French government offered them the newly built but still unfinished Lycée Pasteur school at Neuilly. The month of August was spent getting the building finished and kitted out for the incoming patients that everyone knew would soon be arriving. It was now a military hospital with 600 beds, but at its largest it could accommodate 2,000 patients.

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Initially the American government decided not to get involved in the European conflict but that didn’t stop men and women wanting to help and one way they could be involved was volunteering at the American hospital. Many Americans left immediately for Europe, including doctors, surgeons and nurses, but people who were already in Paris began immediately. It was the first foreign ambulance to be accepted by the French government to serve French soldiers.
I enjoy reading, especially non-fiction books and one of my favourite things is discovering interesting memoirs and diaries. I was delighted to find a memoir written by Marie van Vorst, an American writer who lived in Paris before the war. In her letters to friends and family she describes many scenes from which I was able to take details and incorporate them into the book. One of my characters volunteers as a nurse and whilst I wasn’t able to find accurate information on the exact process, I utilised the details I found in Marie van Vorsts’ letters. She attended Red Cross lectures in England whilst she spent time there during August and September and sat three exams. She was unable to volunteer for the British Red Cross as she was a ‘neutral’, but when she returned to Paris in early October, she went immediately to the hospital and volunteered personally to Mrs Vanderbilt. It is from her letters that I added the name and number of the gangrene ward, (Ward 69) and found a few details of other people who worked there. For example I included how female volunteers went down into the basement to roll bandages for the multitudes of patients they were expecting.
When the hospital originally opened, they went to the train station and met the hospital trains, then ferried the patients back to the hospital, but on September 9th, 1914, a call came through saying that there were over 1,000 injured soldiers stranded near Meaux, and could they help? Ambassador Herrick gathered up the vehicles they had and drove out to get the soldiers. This make-shift first convoy was the start of the American Ambulance.

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To start with they only had eight ‘town and touring’ type motor vehicles to use when collecting patients from the railway stations, but they were given a donation of 10 Ford chassis from the Ford Automobile company in Paris and were able to kit them out as ambulances. The young men and women who drove the ambulances were incredibly brave, facing all kinds of danger so close to the front lines. Some of the young men ultimately went on to be soldiers themselves, especially after America joined the war in 1917.
Whilst I don’t want to give away any plot spoilers if people haven’t read Far Across The Ocean, I have woven into the story a young American who becomes one of the first ambulance drivers and a young woman who passes her Red Cross exams and starts work there early in September 1914 whilst the Battle of the Marne was just starting.
If you are interested in reading more, the first-hand account of Marie Van Vorst is available on Amazon, titled War Letters of An American Woman.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into the background of my new novel.
If you do read it, please do leave me a review as it’s so helpful for other readers who might enjoy a WW1 romance to find me. If you’d like to keep up with any of my news please follow me on social media.

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#OneDayBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Excerpt : For Richer, For Deader – Helen Golden @HelenGoldenAuth

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For Richer For Deader

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘For Richer, For Deader’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing an extract, but first I have some information

About the Author :

Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.
I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It’s very early in my life as an author, but so far I’m loving it.
It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes

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Content for The Magic of WorldsFrench WW1 AmbulanceIs the Wedding Between Sir Hewitt Willoughby-Franklin’s Step-Daughter and Billionaire’s Son Off?
Rumours are that the recent death of Kelley Lindsell (29), the personal chef of tycoon Rudy (68) and Sheri Trotman (65) at Sir Hewitt’s Fawstead Manor country estate in Fenshire, has spooked Sybil Bransgrove (36) so badly she’s considering cancelling her nuptials.
Meanwhile the bride and her mother, Lady Grace (61), are being supported by family friend Lady Beatrice (36), the Countess of Rossex, who, alongside her business partner Perry Juke, is currently managing the project to refurbish the Manor House and Lodge on the estate.
Not again! Now that Lady Grace has asked Lady Beatrice to liaise with the police during the investigation into Kelley’s death, she’ll have to cooperate with boorish Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam whether she likes it or not. Her only relief will be solving the murder with the help of her friends Perry and Simon and her dog Daisy to get rid of him faster. But with so many wedding party guests staying on-site, any one of them could be the killer. Can they find out who it is before Sybil calls off the wedding…

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This is the first scene from the third chapter of For Richer, For Deader. In it Lady Beatrice, the Countess of Rossex, who is seventeenth in line to the British throne, and her business partner Perry Juke discovered the first body, at Fawstead Manor, the recently purchased country home of TV’s Sir Hewitt Willoughby-Franklin and his wife Lady Grace, who is a close friend of Lady Beatrice’s mother, HRH Princess Helen. They are there working on the refurbishment of Fawstead Manor in preparation for the arrival of the wedding party for the marriage of Lady Grace’s daughter Sybil to Otis Trotman, the son and heir of the American billionaire Rudy Trotman.

“Oh my giddy aunt!” Perry Juke exclaimed as he screwed his face up at the sight before him. Turning, his blue eyes now the size of saucers, he stared at Lady Beatrice, who stood just behind him in the sitting room at Fawstead Manor. “What is it?”
Lady Beatrice tentatively stepped forward to inspect the body lying on the low coffee table in front of them. “I think it’s a rat,” she told him.
A rat looks just like a large mouse, doesn’t it?
She peered a little closer at the animal lying on its side in front of her. There was a stiffness about it that suggested it had been dead for a while. The furry body was slightly hunched over, looking like a hairy brownish-grey banana with four legs. It has a much longer tail than I imagined, almost as long as its body. It looked like a large dead mouse. “Yes, I’m fairly sure it’s a rat.”
“Ew.” Perry turned his head away in disgust.
“Indeed,” she replied, screwing up her nose. A dead rat — or in fact, anything dead hadn’t been what they’d expected when they’d walked into the sitting room this morning to do a final check before handing the room over as completed to Lady Grace Willoughby-Franklin, their client.
“Hold on.” Lady Beatrice moved slightly closer still, her focus moving from the rigid form of the rodent to a white piece of paper lying beside it. Reaching the edge of the table, she leaned over and examined it. Oh, that’s not good.
“What?” Perry, curiosity clearly winning over his aversion to dead animals, moved to stand by her side. He reached over the table with his right hand.
“No!” she cried, grabbing his arm before his hand got any closer. “We shouldn’t touch it. There might be fingerprints.”
Perry dropped his arm as she let go, turning to her with a frown.
“Read it; just don’t touch it,” she told him.
As he paused to read it, her eyes roamed over the large bold letters printed on the paper again. Stop this or else.
Perry gasped. “What does that mean?”
“It sounds like a threat to me.”
He pulled a face, giving her a sarcastic smile. “I get that. But stop what?” He shook his head and ran his fingers through his short spiky blond hair. “So what do we do now?”
Straightening up, Lady Beatrice tucked her long red hair behind her ears. “I suppose we should tell Lady Grace, and then she’ll need to call the police.”
Perry snorted. “Good luck with that! I doubt she’ll take kindly to having the police here with the Americans about to arrive.”
He’s right. Lady Grace won’t be happy about this… “I think you should tell her. I’ll stay here and guard the crime scene,” she said hopefully.
Giving a short laugh, Perry shook his head. “Nice try, my lady. But no way.”
“But she likes you, Perry. She says you’re charming,” she protested.
“Well, that’s true, of course.” He gave her a smug smile. “But she scares the life out of me, and she won’t take this well. She’s your mother’s friend, so you should go.”
She scares me too! “Oh, all right,” Lady Beatrice said, giving a huff. “But if she kills me, you’ll have to finish this project on your own and deal with her all the time. So don’t say I didn’t warn you!”
Perry grinned as he took his phone out of his jacket pocket. “She wouldn’t dare hurt a member of the royal family, Bea. You’ll be fine.”
She rolled her eyes, turned around, and headed for the door.

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#Review : The Forgotten Gun (A DCI Steve Burt Mystery #1) – John Reid @BurtDci

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IIIIJohn Reid is the creator of the DCI Steve Burt series of thriller and suspense crime fiction at its very best.
Retirement has given John the time to fulfil his passion for writing, creating the mystery series through his unique creative process. Each main character is fully developed at the beginning of the writing process, with the part they play in each journey evolving organically within the confines of the underlying plot line. This freedom and flexibility creates inventive and compelling story telling that keeps the reader intrigued throughout.
John was born in Scotland and, after serving in the Army, embarked on a career in industry. He has worked in several different sectors in senior roles and was latterly CEO of a large international data capture company. He retired for the first time in 1995 to take on a consultancy designed to help new businesses become established. In 2018 he finally retired from business life to become a full-time author. John lives in Scotland and Portugal with his wife, and they have two grown-up sons.

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IIIIA Metropolitan Police detective about to be dismissed is given a second chance by his old boss, who is now a police commander. He’s given a new unit to run and two misfit detectives to assist him. All three know their status is temporary.
Their first case together is an impossible double murder. Each murder is identical. Both victims are expertly shot in the head from long range, but the post-mortems reveal no bullets were used in the shootings. The CSI teams calculate that in both cases there was no place for the marksman to have fired from, unless suspended over busy roads.
Although it’s a case apparently impossible to solve, DCI Steve Burt reluctantly agrees to investigate with his new team. Their enquiries lead them into the murky world of greed, corruption, fraud and money laundering, but they are no nearer solving the murders.
The team is stumped until the DCI meets a retired army major and a WW2 veteran who unwittingly hold the keys to solving these impossible murders.

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After reading some of John Reid’s DCI Steve Burt books, thanks to R&R Book Tours, I was curious about the beginning of this series.
Needless to say I was more than excited when this book was delivered by the postman and I couldn’t wait to dive in.
Unfortunately there’s something called life and it took me a while before I could start this book, but once I started I couldn’t stop reading!
Not only was it great to see how it all began for DCI Steve Burt and the other characters in this series, but there was also a very interesting case going on.
It all seemed quite impossible to find the culprit of these well executed and very strange shootings, but this gang of very lovely misfits took on the job with much gusto.
If they found out who did it I won’t be sharing, but I can say it’s a bit of a roller-coaster ride with a lot of twists and turns and some very fine humor.
I was, again, impressed with this clever written novel and I still can’t believe how the author can write such intricate tales without losing the plot and keep us, readers, engaged and interested from beginning to end.
A series every lover of crime novels definitely needs to read in my opinion, I promise you won’t be disappointed by any of them.

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#Review : The Custard Corpses (The Erdington Mysteries #1) – M.J. Porter @coloursofunison

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The Automobile - MJ PORTER CWAMJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, as well as three twentieth-century mysteries. Raised in the shadow of a building that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meant that the author’s writing destiny was set.

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51cxyQ2O7KLBirmingham, England, 1943.
While the whine of the air raid sirens might no longer be rousing him from bed every night, a two-decade-old unsolved murder case will ensure that Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is about to suffer more sleepless nights.
Young Robert McFarlane’s body was found outside the local church hall on 30th September 1923. But, his cause of death was drowning, and he’d been missing for three days before his body was found. No one was ever arrested for the crime. No answers could ever be given to the grieving family. The unsolved case has haunted Mason ever since.
But, the chance discovery of another victim, with worrying parallels, sets Mason, and his constable, O’Rourke, on a journey that will take them back over twenty-five years, the chance to finally solve the case, while all around them the uncertainty of war continues, impossible to ignore.

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As I’m on the ‘The Automobile Assassination’ tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources and I don’t have enough books on my to read list 😂 I thought it would be a good idea to read the 1st book in this series too.
I’m glad I did as it’s a great read and a lovely murder mystery set in the 1940s which I couldn’t put down from page one.
It’s an old case that needs to be solved and to come up to speed with the whole thing you’re getting it told by the lead investigator through his memories.
A great way to do so, but the whole thing really gets going when the actual investigation starts and Mason and O’Rourke get together.
They, with the help of some other excellent characters, form a great team and by getting around the country they piece everything together in a nice way.
I maybe wanted some more on the motive part of the killer, but otherwise it’s a very good tied up story with some interesting main characters I would love to read more about.
Lucky for me of course I’m still up for book 2 on Rachel’s Random Resources blogtour soon! 😉

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