#Review : Her Second Death (Bree Taggert #0.5) #HerSecondDeath – Melinda Leigh @MelindaLeigh1 @AmazonPub

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#1 Amazon Charts and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s garnered numerous writing awards, including two RITA nominations. Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, and She Can Kill in the She Can series; Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, and Midnight Obsession in the Midnight novels; Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, and Seconds to Live in the Scarlet Falls series; Say You’re Sorry, Her Last Goodbye, Bones Don’t Lie, What I’ve Done, Secrets Never Die, and Save Your Breath in the Morgan Dane series; and the Bree Taggert novels, Cross Her Heart, See Her Die, Drown Her Sorrows, and Right Behind Her. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate, has taught women’s self-defense, and lives in a messy house with her family and a small herd of rescue pets. 

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Title: Her Second Death
Author: Melinda Leigh
Series: Bree Taggert
Page Count:
48 pages
Release Date: December 7, 2021
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When a man is shot in the head, Bree Taggert and her new partner, veteran detective Dana Romano, respond to the call. They break the news to the victim’s ex-wife and learn the estranged couple’s five-year-old daughter was supposed to have been with him. What starts as a murder investigation quickly morphs into a desperate search for a missing child. The case stirs memories of Bree’s own traumatizing childhood. To find the little girl, Bree will have to relive her own terrifying past.

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I must confess that I hadn’t heard of Melinda Leigh before so I didn’t know anything about her or her characters until this novella.
Albeit being very short, even for a short story in my opinion, I really enjoyed the writing style of this author.
A very easy read that definitely gives the reader a glimpse of what to expect when reading a full blown book with these main characters, who are very likeable.
Worth reading as, for me at least, it made me wanting more as it was a very engaging and fast paced experience.
I’ll certainly be picking up more books by Melinda Leigh!

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#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #Review : Sons of the Sphinx (Tales & Legends) – Cheryl Carpinello @ccarpinello #Teen #YA #HistFic

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Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.
“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.”

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Title: Sons of the Sphinx
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Pages: 189
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

A grandmother’s gift usually bring happiness. Rosa’s gift: a very different story. Hearing the dead alienated her from classmates. Not good for a 15-year-old.
Many times very insistent, the dead cared little for her surroundings. They even bothered her in class. Dates? Forget that.
Then one day, he shows up in her room. An old dead guy. A really old famous dead guy. In living human form!
Thrilling story of battling good and evil in an ancient world.

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I’m going to start this review rather boldly by saying that ‘Sons of the Sphinx’ is just a re-do of ‘Tutankhamen Speaks’ and that I definitely recommend to read only ‘Sons of the Sphinx’.
Where ‘Tutankhamen Speaks’ are just kind of snippets of the boy pharaoh’s life, which are interesting, but maybe not that historical correct, ‘Sons of the Sphinx’ is really a full-on story.
One that will definitely have the attention of even the most reluctant readers as it has everything a youngster wants in a book.
It has adventure, some teenage swooning, tense moments,… and even better, very understandable vocabulary, vivid portraying and little incentives at the end of each, rather short, chapter to read further on.
A very nice way to get children / teenagers interested in Ancient Egypt, although again you need to take some stuff with a grain of salt as this part of history is still rather murky.
This said however, I do recommend this book as I very much enjoyed spending time with my favorite pharaoh since I was a little girl myself!

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#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #Review : Tutankhamen Speaks (Tales & Legends) – Cheryl Carpinello @ccarpinello #Teen #YA #HistFic

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Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.
“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.”

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Title: Tutankhamen Speaks
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Pages: 81
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

HIS STORY.
HIS WORDS.

Long ago the old texts of Ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation.
But, Tutankhamen Speaks isn’t a story about the lost scrolls. It’s about the story written down on those ancient scrolls : Tutankhamen’s story.

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I’m pretty sure I’m not in the right age range anymore for ‘Tutankhamen Speaks’ by Cheryl Carpinello, but as I love everything Ancient Egypt, and especially this dynasty, I really wanted to give it a go.
I must admit that I liked it very much although I’m not really sure about the historical value of this little story as I believe some of the information might confuse the readers if they want to delve in the history further.
I can however understand why it would appeal to young kids who struggle with reading because of they way everything is portrayed, the use of rather basic vocabulary and the shortness of chapters.
A great idea to get children into reading and perhaps into history, but you need to keep in mind it remains rather fictional when recommending!

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#Review : Trashlands #Trashlands – Alison Stine @AlisonStine @HarlequinBooks @MIRAEditors @htp_books

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Alison Stine is an award-winning poet and author. Recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and an Ohio Arts Council grant, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and received the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism. She works as a freelance reporter with The New York Times, writes for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, 100 Days in Appalachia, ELLE, The Kenyon Review, and others, and has been a storyteller on The Moth. After living in Appalachian Ohio for many years, she now lives and writes in Colorado with her partner, her son, and a small orange cat.

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Title: TRASHLANDS
Author: Alison Stine
ISBN: 9780778311270
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Publisher: MIRA Books

From the author of Road Out of Winter, winner of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, comes a resonant, visionary novel about the power of art and the sacrifices we are willing to make for the ones we love.
A few generations from now, the coastlines of the continent have been redrawn by floods and tides. Global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: garbage is currency.
In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a “plucker,” pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She’s stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge, where the local women dance for an endless loop of strangers and the club’s violent owner rules as unofficial mayor.
Amid the polluted landscape, Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art.
When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?
Told in shifting perspectives, Trashlands is a beautifully drawn and wildly imaginative tale of a parent’s journey, a story of community and humanity in a changed world.

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‘Trashlands’ is my first encounter with the author Alison Stine and although I enjoyed reading this book I also had a nagging feeling that the storyline never really went anywhere.
There were some pivotal moments, but somehow it just always ended with a sizzle in my opinion and then I’m not even saying anything about the ending, which was rather disappointing I must say.
I know this all sounds rather negative, but there are things in this story to be raving about too.
I really liked the world building, it’s very strong and although it said to be dystopian it has this very eery vibe that it could be us in the not so far future.
Very thought-provoking and mind boggling to say the least!
It’s written at a nice pace, in multiple POV’s, with jumping from past to present, but somehow it helps to build very strong characters you can connect with and root for.
All things that definitely show that the author has a knack of telling a great story as her world and characters come very much alive this way.
However, I missed an adventure somehow, not that living in Thrashland isn’t one it’s own, one that I certainly don’t want to go through myself, but I needed something more from this very interesting premise I believe!

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#Review : The Last Line #TheLastLine – Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni @AmazonPub

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Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series, which has sold more than seven million books worldwide. He is also the author of the bestselling Charles Jenkins series; the bestselling David Sloane series; the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon, Damage Control, The World Played Chess, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year, for which Dugoni won an AudioFile Earphones Award for narration; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post best book of the year. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Book Award for fiction and a three-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for the Thriller Awards and the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, as well as a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for mystery and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. 

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Title: The Last Line
Author:
Robert Dugoni
Page Count:
53 pages
Release Date:
October 21, 2021
Publisher:
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A newbie Seattle detective gets an education in corruption in a short story by Robert Dugoni, the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series.
His old life in the rearview, Del Castigliano has left Wisconsin to work homicide for the Seattle PD. Breaking him in is veteran detective Moss Gunderson, and he’s handing Del a big catch: the bodies of two unidentified men fished from Lake Union. It’s a major opportunity for the new detective, and Del runs with it, chasing every lead—to every dead end. Despite the help of another section rookie, Vic Fazzio, Del is going nowhere fast. Until one shotgun theory looks to be dead right: the victims are casualties of a drug smuggling operation. But critical information is missing—or purposely hidden. It’s forcing Del into a crisis of character and duty that not even the people he trusts can help him resolve.

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‘The Last Line’ by Robert Dugoni is my first encounter with this author and although I’m not the hugest of fans when it comes to short-stories I thought this to be a very nice read.
It’s fast paced, pleasantly written, with some interesting characters and a well developed plot, which made me fly through the pages.
However, there’s the ending!
I thought it to be rather abruptly and not at all what I expected whilst reading.
It leaves me with the feeling of having read a teaser of a full story and the book isn’t available yet.
Rather frustrating in my opinion and hopefully not the way this author ends all his books as I would love to read another one by his hand one day.

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#Review : Lessons in Love and Other Crimes #LessonsInLoveAndOtherCrimes – Elizabeth Chakrabarty @DrNChakrabarty @PressIndigoThe @jordtaylorjones

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Screenshot-2021-01-26-at-22.36.07-1Elizabeth Chakrabarty is an interdisciplinary artist who uses creative and critical writing, besides performance, to explore themes of race, gender and sexuality. Her story Eurovision was short-listed for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize, published in Dividing Lines (Dahlia Publishing, 2017).
Her shorter creative-critical work has appeared in English and in translation in New Writing Dundee, Women and the Arts, Glänta, and Espace Lesbien Rencontres et Revue d’Etudes Lesbiennes. She is a contributor to the anthology edited by Kirsty Gunn, Imagined Spaces, published in 2020 (Saraband). She lives in London.

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547x840An innovative hybrid of auto-fiction, crime fiction and critical race memoir, this multi-layered yet compulsively readable novel is inspired by the author´s real and extended experience of serious racial harassment, as well as exploring her search for justice and for love
Tesya has reasons to feel hopeful after leaving her last job, where she was subjected to a series of anonymous hate crimes. Now she is back home in London to start a new lecturing position, and has begun an exciting, if tumultuous, love affair with the enigmatic Holly. But this idyllic new start quickly sours.
Tesya finds herself victimized again at work by an unknown assailant, who subjects her to an insidious, sustained race hate crime. As her paranoia mounts, Tesya finds herself yearning for the most elemental desires: love, acceptance, and sanctuary. Her assailant, meanwhile, is recording his manifesto, and plotting his next steps.
Inspired by the author’s personal experiences of hate crime and bookended with essays which contextualise the story within a lifetime of microaggressions, Lessons in Love and Other Crimes is a heart-breaking, hopeful, and compulsively readable novel about the most quotidian of crimes.

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‘Lessons in Love and Other Crimes’ by Elizabeth Chakrabarty is a book like I’ve never read before as it’s a unique hybrid between non-fiction and fiction, but somehow it seems to work.
The bulk of the book follows the fictional life of Tesya who is looking for her place within society whilst dealing with racism, hate crimes and her mysterious new lover Holly.
It’s a well written suspense novel where you also get a level of insight in the head of an assailant via ‘Lessons’ which gives a fascinating look at a detestable person’s mind.
What makes this book special however is the fact that you get interjections from the author herself, not only telling about her writing process, but also about her personal experience growing up and dealing with the same issues as her main character.
It makes you very aware that it isn’t just fiction, it’s reality for a lot of people all over the world and that gives this book an extra edge.
A very thought-provoking and eye-opening read that, although I didn’t like the ending of the fictional part, I totally recommend for everyone to read!

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#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : A Death at Candlewick Castle (A Jemima Jago Mystery Book 2) – Emma Jameson @msemmajameson

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Emma Jameson writes mysteries that readers call witty, romantic, and full of surprises. An aspiring novelist since age seven, she took a long, twisty route to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. After years of working at a major medical center, her first novel, cobbled together on nights and weekends, became a runaway e-book bestseller. Now she writes full-time and has sold over half a million books. A compulsive reader and information hoarder, Emma is always searching for that fascinating nugget or startling fact that will spark another novel. A lifelong Anglophile, she resides in the United States, where she enjoys swimming, yoga, and serving the needs of not one, not two, not three, but four cats.

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BBBLibrarian Jemima Jago is enjoying a peaceful summer in the Isles of Scilly – until a puzzling crime comes in with the tide…
Between her work in Cornwall’s oldest library and catching up with old friends over tea and chocolate biscuits, Jemima Jago is spending the season the only way she knows how: sunbathing, swimming and sailing. But her postcard-perfect summer is turned upside down when the body of well-to-do businessman Hermie Castleberry is found on the sweeping white sands at the foot of Candlewick Castle.
Jem doesn’t mean to get involved, but when her old flame Rhys Tremayne is arrested for murder, she springs into action to prove his innocence. With her gift for uncovering hard-to-find information, Jem discovers Hermie had been keeping secrets and ruffling a few feathers in the ordinarily tranquil islands. Did the quiet wife, the belittled business partner or the slimy salesman want Hermie out of the way?
The discovery of a pair of silver gloves by little dog Buck could be just the clue Jem needs to crack the case. But can she catch the real culprit, and keep her heart in check, before the killer sends her down to Davy Jones’ locker too?

A totally charming cozy mystery from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson. Fans of M.C. Beaton, Faith Martin and Agatha Christie will adore A Death at Candlewick Castle.

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‘A Death at Candlewick Castle’ is the second book in the series which I again enjoyed thouroughly.
The characters are more well-rounded and the set-up is another beautiful landscape.
Very fluently written it makes a fun summer read with enough twists to make you guessing who the culprite is.
I’m looking forward to book 3 whilst recommending everyone to pick up these fab cozy mysteries!

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#BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @RandomTTours / #Review : The Gathering Storm #TheGatheringStorm #SturmtaucherTrilogy – Alan Jones @alanjonesbooks

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Alan Jones is a Scottish author with three gritty crime stories to his name, the first two set in Glasgow, the third one based in London. He has now switched genres, and his WW2 trilogy will be published in August 2021. It is a Holocaust story set in Northern Germany.
He is married with four grown up children and four wonderful grandchildren.
He has recently retired as a mixed-practice vet in a small Scottish coastal town in Ayrshire and is one of the RNLI volunteer coxswains on the local lifeboat. He makes furniture in his spare time, and maintains and sails a 45-year-old yacht in the Irish Sea and on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. He loves reading, watching films and cooking. He still plays football despite being just the wrong side of sixty.
His crime novels are not for the faint-hearted, with some strong language, violence, and various degrees of sexual content. The first two books also contain a fair smattering of Glasgow slang.
He is one of the few self-published authors to be given a panel at Bloody Scotland and has done two pop-up book launches at the festival in Stirling.
He has spent the last five years researching and writing the Sturmtaucher Trilogy.

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The Gathering Storm: Book 1 in the Sturmtaucher Trilogy, a powerful and compelling story of two families torn apart by evil.

Kiel, Northern Germany, 1933. A naval city, the base for the German Baltic fleet, and the centre for German sailing, the venue for the upcoming Olympic regatta in 1936.
The Kästners, a prominent Military family, are part of the fabric of the city, and its social, naval and yachting circles. The Nussbaums are the second generation of their family to be in service with the Kästners as domestic staff, but the two households have a closer bond than most.
As Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party claw their way to power in 1933, life has never looked better for families like the Kästners. There is only one problem.
The Nussbaums are Jews.
The Sturmtaucher Trilogy documents the devastating effect on both families of the Nazis’ hateful ideology and the insidious erosion of the rights of Germany’s Jews.
When Germany descends ever deeper into dictatorship, General Erich Kästner tries desperately to protect his employees, and to spirit them to safety.
As the country tears itself apart, the darkness which envelops a nation threatens not only to destroy two families, but to plunge an entire continent into war.

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‘The Gathering Storm’ is the 1st book in ‘The Sturmtaucher Trilogy’ and I’m not sure how to review this book without doing Alan Jones injustice with my words.
I’ve read already a lot of books about WW2, but none so vast and interesting as this one and it’s only the first part of the trilogy!
It blows my mind just thinking about the sheer amount of research the author must have done to be able to write such a vivid, detailed and informative, but very readable story.
From page one this book captured my attention and although it sometimes is very heartbreaking and difficult to read it’s also very beautiful in a way.
I guess that’s is mainly because of the way Alan Jones writes and because of the fact he really knows his stuff and can go in deep.
I really had the feeling that everything happened as I’ve read it although I know that some stuff is fictitious and I certainly believe that this is the strength of the book.
It’s maybe a substancial book to read, but I definitely recommend everyone, especially the youngster, to read it as we can’t / mustn’t forget what happened during the war.
I believe it’s a bit weird saying that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but I did, and I love to read the 2 other books too as this is by far one of the best books out there about WW2.

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#Review : The Devil’s Advocate (Eddie Flynn #6) #TheDevilsAdvocate #EddieFlynn – Steve Cavanagh @SteveCavanagh_ @orionbooks

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Steve Cavanagh is the bestselling author of the Eddie Flynn novels and standalone thrillers. In 2018 The Liar won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for crime novel of the year. In 2019 Thirteen won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the year 2019. All of his novels have either been nominated for awards, or have won awards internationally. Steve is represented by Shane Salerno of The Story Factory. Los Angeles.
He is a former lawyer, and was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he still lives. If you want to get in touch with Steve, use the social media links below. 

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A DEADLY PROSECUTOR
They call him the King of Death Row. Randal Korn has sent more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States.
A TWISTED RITUALISTIC KILLING
When a young woman, Skylar Edwards, is found murdered in Buckstown, Alabama, a corrupt sheriff arrests the last person to see her alive, Andy Dubois. It doesn’t seem to matter to anyone that Andy is innocent.
A SMALL TOWN BOILING WITH RAGE
Everyone in Buckstown believes Andy is guilty. He has no hope of a fair trial. And the local defense attorney assigned to represent him has disappeared.
A FORMER CON-ARTIST
Hot shot New York lawyer Eddie Flynn travels south to fight fire with fire. He plans to destroy the prosecutors case, find the real killer and save Andy from the electric chair.
But the murders are just beginning.
Is Eddie Flynn next?

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Although having heard already a lot about Steve Cavanagh and his Eddie Flynn series I must admit that ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ is my first.
This story was, for me at least, a nice introduction to the series and the main characters, but at the same time I also confess that I was rather disappointed.
It took of greatly as I immediately got an eerie feeling after reading the first chapter where we encounter Korn and afterwards it started as a normal set-up for a thriller.
Well written and at a great pace I got to know all the players involved and instantly liked Eddie Flynn and his companions.
So far so good, I thought, as I was going through the pages at full speed and my interest didn’t waver for a second, but then there was the other storyline.
I don’t mind multiple storylines, not at all, but, for me, it felt as 2 separate cases that connected just with a thin thread to each other in the end.
The courtroom case also ended abruptly with a ‘hey presto’ solution, in my opinion, and throughout the whole book there were some twists I found a bit outstretched, weird or confusing.
I guess after having heard how great these books were I expected a far more better plot to an otherwise interesting courtroom thriller.
Not sure if this book is the best representation of Eddie and the gang and therefore the author.
It definitely left me with the conflict of giving Eddie Flynn another go or not, as to me he was a fascinating character in a not so greatly executed narrative.

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#BlogTour @HoZ_Books / #Review : Patience – Victoria Scott @Toryscott

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Victoria Scott has been a journalist for more than two decades, working for a wide variety of outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Time Out, Doha News and the Telegraph. Alongside her love of telling real-life stories, she has also always written fiction, penning plays, stories and poems ever since she first worked out how to use her parents’ electric typewriter.
When she’s not writing, Victoria enjoys running incredibly slowly, singing loudly, baking badly and travelling the world extensively.
Victoria is a Faber Academy graduate. She has a degree in English from King’s College, London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London. She lives near London with her husband and two children, and works as a freelance journalist, media trainer and journalism tutor.

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If you were offered the chance to be ‘normal’ would you take it? Do we even know what ‘normal’ is?
The Willow family have been through a lot together. Louise has devoted her life to her family and raising her disabled daughter, Patience. Pete now works abroad, determined to provide more, even if it means seeing less of those he loves. And Eliza, in the shadow of her sister, has a ‘perfect’ life in London, striving to live up to her mother’s high standards.
Meanwhile, Patience lives her life quietly, watching and judging the world while she’s trapped in her own body. She laughs, she cries, she knows what she wants, but she can’t ever communicate this to those who make the decisions for her. Patience only wants a voice, but this is impossible.
When the opportunity to put Patience into a new gene therapy trial to cure her Rett syndrome becomes available, opinions are divided, and the family is torn.
The stakes are high, and they face tough decisions in the hunt for a normal life. But is normal worth it? What do we even consider normal? Is Patience about to find out…?

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Having a muscular disease myself I normally shy away from everything, even remotely, having to do with disability, as it’s too close to home I suppose.
However, when I read the blurb of ‘Patience’ by Victoria Scott something clicked, probably because there finally are experimental meds for my ‘illness’ too and I’m also debating whether to take the plunge or not.
No, I didn’t pick up this book believing that reading it would gave me the solution to my conundrum, but I just wanted to meet this family, finding some, I don’t know, like-minded people?
Although I don’t have what Patience has, I can talk/eat/go to the toilet normally for example, I did find her thoughts very recognizable and she’s just lovely and witty, and she made me smile!
I definitely liked she got a voice throughout the book as she made it a bit lighter to read, I believe, not that it’s a dark book, but like said she’s a bit of a fruitcake, in the good, delicious way, and I loved it. 😁
We certainly could be friends in real life, although I don’t know about sharing chocolates 😉 !
The other characters are memorable too of course, I definitely have some Eliza in me and I recognize stuff from their parents in mine.
Furthermore, I must say I can’t believe that this is the debut novel of Victoria Scott as it’s written in such an exceptional and caring way.
It really gives you a substantial glimpse of family life with a disabled kid and how everything, even the smallest things, are always done with that one person in mind.
It’s not only thought-provoking, honest and heart breaking at times, but also very hopeful and uplifting!
A bit of ‘life as it truly is’, warts and all, but still with a silver lining and that’s just a very nice way to get people aware of Rett’s disease (or others) out there.
Truly a book I recommend everyone reading, I promise you’ll love Patience for who she is, one hell of an extraordinary woman, with or without ‘a cure’.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds