#BlogTour Eternal Forever by Syl Waters

For this review I received an actual paperback copy of the book which I was extremely excited about!

The Blurb

Fame, glory and… foul play!

Jessie was a shop worker dreaming of the big time, then YouTube found her. But staying in the limelight requires meticulous management: pop stars are made not born. 

With awards night approaching, the pressure’s on for Tito, Jessie’s manager, to whip her into shape. Getting so close wasn’t in the contract, but then neither was him being murdered in Spain.

Alone and scared of the negative publicity, Jessie turns to Mack, her account manager at Eternal Forever, the UK’s first digital legacy management agency. But Mack’s got his own issues: the company’s fast running out of cash, his key developer’s on the turn and a blogger’s suicide looks suspicious.

With the assistance of J-Pop, Mack’s assistant and wannabe reality TV star, Jessie turns sleuth. But in a world where everybody’s watching, it’s hard to escape. Reputation is everything and some people will do anything to protect it.

My Thoughts

Syl Waters is not an author I have previously encountered so I was intrigued to get started on this book. The whole premise was interesting, the idea that you are able to stay alive online even after you die is something I can imagine a lot of people would buy into, although waiting for someone to croak it before you can get to work is somewhat unnerving.

The one thing that did strike me about this book is that it would really only, in my opinion, appeal to readers in a certain age bracket. It most certainly felt like a young adult novel as it would only appeal to those who had an understanding or keen interest in social media and the online world.

Eternal Forever is an easy read with some likeable characters. The genre ‘cosy mystery’ sums the book up, a book you can cosy up with at the end of a long day with a cup or tea and a biscuit. Happy reading!

Syl Waters

Most people know crazy cat ladies are a ‘thing’, but I’m a proud crazy guinea pig lady! I love fun in the sun and plenty of cocktails. My happy place is flip flops. I write stories to keep me company – my characters ensure I’m never lonely and always smiling (when I’m not tearing my hair out!)

Social Media Links

www.sylwaters.com

twitter: @waters_syl

insta: @mrbob.guineapig

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syl.waters.54

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#Judgeabookbyitscover #4

So…I only recently became aware of this online world known as NetGalley and I was super excited when I was accepted for my first book which I want to share with you. Here it is…

Sadly, this book is not published in the UK until April 2021 but that doesn’t mean you can’t add it to your TBR pile.

Why did I choose this cover?

The question at the bottom, ‘What drives a child to do the unthinkable?’ was the one of the first things that drew me to the book but it was the scissors that really grabbed me. I can’t decide whether it is rust, blood or dirt that is covering them and I cannot wait to read the book to find out. I look forward to sharing my review with you all soon!

Want to know more about the book? Take a look here…

If you have read any of Fiona Cummins other books or you have been lucky enough to also read an ARC of this one then feel free to leave me links to your reviews, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

#BlogTour – Not the Deaths Imagined by Anne Pettigrew

I am delighted to be supporting a fellow Scot by taking part in this Blog Tour. Being a Scot myself, I liked the references to landmarks across the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and was able to clearly visualise the scenes. Anne Pettigrew is a talented author and one I will be following closely.

The Blurb

In a leafy Glasgow suburb, Dr Beth Semple is busy juggling motherhood and full-time GP work in the 90s NHS. But her life becomes even more problematic when she notices some odd deaths in her neighbourhood. Though Beth believes the stories don’t add up, the authorities remain stubbornly unconvinced.

Soon, Beth’s professional reputation is challenged. There follows a chilling campaign of harassment and she finds her professional reputation – and her family – are put at risk.

Is a charming local GP actually a serial killer? Can Beth piece together the jigsaw of perplexing fatalities and perhaps save lives? And as events accelerate towards a dramatic conclusion, will the police intervene in time?

From the author of Not the Life Imagined, this slow-burning tartan noir novel from a Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight author follows Beth on another quest for justice. Reflecting Pettigrew’s own medical expertise, Not The Deaths Imagined re-affirms the benefits of growing up in a loving family and the need for friends in hard times, while offering insight into the twisted development of a psychopathic mind.

My Thoughts

Loved it! ‘Not the Deaths Imagined‘ is the second book in the Beth Temple series but my first Anne Pettigrew encounter. Despite having not yet read the first book – I would like to emphasise the word YET as the first book has already been downloaded to my kindle – the story was easy to follow.

Beth Semple is such an inspiring character with her strong principles and high morals and I have to admit that I was in awe of her relationship with her teenage girls. A determined woman who goes after what she thinks is right with finesse and conviction. I found myself wanting to be her friend which, in my opinion, demonstrates how well written this book is.

The only slight downside to not having read the first book was that I did feel at times that I had missed out on getting to know all of the characters well, but this in no way detracted from my sheer enjoyment of the story. I would highly recommend starting with ‘Not the Life Imagined‘ though as I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

Not the Deaths Imagined’ is a book not to be missed by Crime and Mystery enthusiasts. A thrilling story with relatable characters and a strong plot. I can’t wait to read the next instalment!

About the Author

A graduate of Glasgow (Medicine) and Wolfson College, Oxford (Anthropology), Anne Pettigrew has been a GP, worked in psychiatry, family planning/sexual health, lecturing, patient/women doctors pressure groups, BMA Media relations, Homeopathy, acupuncture, an EEC Committee, book reviewing and journalism (medico-political and humorous articles to The Herald, Doctor newspaper etc: a Channel 4 Despatches). Retiring from practice, she became a wedding planner for a charity theatre, before starting Creative Writing classes and mentoring at Glasgow University. She is now a member of Garnethill critical writer’s forum and has won short story and article trophies in Greenock Writer’s Club. Not the life Imagined was runner up in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Silver Stag Award 2018. The book was originally called No Sinecure, a title abandoned as no one under 35 in any class or group she joined knew what ‘sinecure’ meant (though some suggested it was apt, the book featuring ‘sin’ in those who ‘cure!’) Two more books are underway. Anne has two grown up children and lives with her husband in North Ayrshire.

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Follow Anne Pettigrew…

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pettigrew_anne

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annepettigrewauthor/

Website: https://annepettigrew.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anne.pettigrew.author/

Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and digital formats by Ringwood Publishing on 1st August 2020

#BlogTour Road Kill: The Duchess of Frisian Tun by Pete Adams

Oh My! What did I just read?

The Blurb

Cataclysmic events have occurred in the decorous upper middle class enclave within Southsea, Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.

But what were the circumstances that contributed to this violent clash involving a Sherman tank and a bazooka? The strange occurrence is Investigated by Lord Everard Pimple, a naive, upper class twit who not only inadvertently opens a can of worms, but has an introduction into the world of womanly wiles.

Cataclysmic events have occurred in the decorous upper middle class enclave within Southsea, Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.

But what were the circumstances that contributed to this violent clash involving a Sherman tank and a bazooka? The strange occurrence is Investigated by Lord Everard Pimple, a naive, upper class twit who not only inadvertently opens a can of worms, but has an introduction into the world of womanly wiles.

Everard’s life is about to blow up like an atom bomb… he just doesn’t know it yet. But after the dust settles, will he still be standing?

My Thoughts

I am not quite sure how to describe this book other than to say that it is completely bizarre and yet mesmerising. It is my first book by Pete Adams and so I wasn’t sure what to expect and I am not sure I was prepared for what I found. Adams’ has a very unique style and one which I am sure will not appeal to everyone’s humour but it most certainly appealed to mine.

I did find the book difficult to get hooked into at the beginning but after a few chapters I was enthralled. It reminded me very much of a carry on film and was just as ‘laugh-out-loud’ funny!

‘Road Kill: The Duchess of Frisian Tun’ is so odd but I liked it!

About the Author

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

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

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

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

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Published in paperback and digital formats by Next Chapter Publishing on 19th August 2020

#BlogTour The Library Murders by M.R. Mackenzie

The Blurb

Alyssa Clark is about to find out that reading really can be murder.

She thought her new job in Thornhill Library would be safe and uneventful. Boring, even. But on her first day at work, a masked gunman storms into the building and blows away every member of staff on duty. Alyssa barely escapes with her life.

The police are satisfied they’ve got their man, but Davy, Alyssa’s colleague and the only other survivor of the massacre, is convinced the real killer is still at large. Alyssa – trying to move on with her life while dealing with traumatic flashbacks and the unwanted advances of an obsessive ex – is sceptical. However, when she stumbles across damning evidence of a cover-up, she agrees to join forces with Davy to help track down the real culprit.

But in her pursuit of the truth, will she find the closure she desperately craves… or provoke the wrath of a killer with unfinished business on his mind?

If you like twists, turns and compelling, conflicted characters, you’ll love this gripping new mystery from the McIlvanney Prize-nominated author of In the Silence.

My Thoughts

M.R. Mackenzie was not an author I was familiar with prior to taking part in this tour however when I saw he was a fellow Scot I was keen to read some of his work.

The Library Murders‘ quickly hooks you in by jumping straight into the action although I did find the pace slowed down after the first few chapters. I thought the book had an interesting premise and was quite different from other books I have read in this genre.

From the opening paragraph I considered Alyssa to be a real party girl who loved going out and being around friends but that image quickly diminishes leaving a very troubled, deep and emotionally damaged young woman. I really did feel sorry for her although at times her attitude towards others did anger and frustrate me.

Davy was an interesting character whom I have to admit I wasn’t sure if I trusted. Mackenzie is so skilled at raising doubts in your mind that I found myself not completely trusting anyone. Although this added tension to the story, I have to admit that I found it quite off-putting as it resulted in several characters becoming unlikeable.

The story itself is intriguing as I could not work out why anyone would want to carry out such a brutal and violent attack in a local library. Mackenzie does keep you guessing right till the end and I’d bet that not many people will be able to work out who the perpetrator is, I certainly didn’t!

Overall, it was an enjoyable read and a little different from other books I have read recently. If there is one message I will take from it then it is most certainly, ‘Remember to smile!’.

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#JudgeABookByItsCover #Week3

Each week I will share a cover of a book with you, it will be a book I want to read or have read because of the cover. A simple post with no fuss, just a picture and a short explanation.

Here is this weeks cover…

Why did I choose this cover?

This cover really intrigues me. I was very much drawn to the pink lettering which I think makes it look like a ‘girly’ book but the background tells a different story. I’m wondering how old the girls/women on the cover are, they look quite young so I’m interested to see what on earth they could be lying about.

Want to know more about the book? Take a look here…

If you have already read and reviewed ‘Three Perfect Liars‘ then feel free to leave me links to your reviews, I’d love to hear what you thought!

#JudgeABookByItsCover

Each week I will share a cover of a book with you, it will be a book I want to read or have read because of the cover. A simple post with no fuss, just a picture and a short explanation.

Here is my #JudgeABookByItsCover for this week…

Why did I choose this cover?

As soon as I saw this cover I knew it was the sequel to ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz‘ because of the bold stripes and the clasped hands. I absolutely loved the first book and I knew right away that I wanted to read this one. I cannot wait to get started on it!

Want to know more about the book? Take a look here…

If you have already read this book then I’d love to hear your thoughts!

#BlogTour Central City by Indy Perro

Central City is a gritty crime novel that is definitely worth a read! 

The Blurb

Kane Kulpa learned which laws could be bent and which broken after a short stint in prison courtesy of Detective Vincent Bayonne. Bound by time, integrity, and the reality of life in Central City, Bayonne and Kane made peace with the past. Now, gang tension spirals from corrupt to deadly, and a series of murders stresses Kane and Bayonne’s uneasy alliance. Kane balances on a razor’s edge to protect his bar, power, life, and family, and Bayonne hustles to keep another lonely man from being strangled.

Central City is a city struggling for identity. The cops protect the rackets, and the criminals shelter the injured. Innocence is only an appearance, and rage finds a voice. 

My Thoughts

Indy Perro’s style of writing is very unique. It did take me a couple of chapters to get into it, but once immersed I was taken in by the story with its twists and turns and I began to really enjoy Perro’s writing style.  

I found myself captivated by Kane, a criminal by all accounts but one who is compelled to help others. Never before have I found the ‘bad guy’ so likeable – I feel his life is the perfect example of the impact nurture can have on the paths our lives take.

Throughout the book there are continual references made to a variety of bars and motels and I have to admit that I did find this a little confusing at times, particularly as Perro didn’t always describe these in as much detail as I would have liked. That being said, it did not take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. 

Central City is unpredictable and it will most certainly keep you guessing! 

About the Author

Indy Perro is a novelist, an independent thinker, and a recovering academic. Indy has a degree in history, graduate degrees in religious studies, comparative literature, and education, and has spent more than a decade teaching philosophy, religious studies, writing, and literature. While continuing numerous side projects and building a career as an author, Indy launched his website, Indyperro.com, to reach a larger audience, an audience interested in the practice of writing. “We’re all in this together. Let’s connect, have a conversation, and engage each other to generate meaning.”

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#CoverReveal Siren Song by Rebecca McKinney

I love the sound of this book and so I couldn’t stop myself from signing up to take part in the Cover Reveal! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

The Blurb

A man who glimpses other people’s inner worlds, and a woman who can foresee death. Can they trace a missing girl before the worst happens?

Harrison Jones is a university lecturer with a secret: he moonlights as a psychic detective. Amy Bell is a paramedic who has the uncanny knack of knowing things are going to happen before they do. From their first accidental meeting on an Edinburgh bridge, both of their lives are destined to change.

Harrison invites Amy to help him investigate the disappearance of a beautiful young singer. The search will lead them into the murky world of human trafficking, from Edinburgh to the streets of Athens, and into the darkest corners of the human mind…

The Cover

So, without further ado, here is the cover for ‘Siren Song’

About Rebecca McKinney

Rebecca McKinney is a writer, therapist and community development practitioner, living and working in Midlothian, Scotland. She shares her home with her husband, two teenagers, three cats, and a growing collection of musical instruments. 

‘Siren Song’ released 10th September!

#BlogTour Dance with the Reaper by Wes Markin

How have I not come across Wes Markin before now? I am adding every single book in the series to my TBR list!

The Blurb

How do you stop a perfect killer?

After the terrible events of the past year, DCI Yorke’s team are on the verge of finding peace. But after a terrifying act of violence shatters their equilibrium, they are forced to dance with a skilled assassin who knows no equal.

After it becomes clear that this hitman is connected to the most shadowy of criminal organisations, Yorke is forced to dive into his own past, and face a future in which he is either alone, or dead.

Can Yorke and those he holds dearest survive the Reaper? Or will this be one dance too many?

My Thoughts

‘Dance with the Reaper’ is a brilliant read! Having not read any of the previous books in the series I was a little lost at times and I would recommend you read the others as, if they are anything like this one, they’ll be excellent.

I found the killer so intriguing, never before have I felt myself drawn into a killer’s mind or found myself so enthralled in their story. The way the killer prepares and conducts himself is strange yet mesmerising.

Yorke doesn’t have the personality I would expect from a detective involved in such heinous crimes with his deep emotions and the way he takes everything to heart. I liked him the minute I was introduced to him!

‘Dance with the Reaper’ is violent and gruesome – a gritty read that you won’t be able to put down. With its fast pace and impeccable detail you will be gripped! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

About the Author

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. 

Having finished the fifth instalment in the DCI Yorke series, Dance with the Reaper, Wes is now working on the sixth instalment of DCI Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

Social Media Links

Twitter:  twitter.com/MarkinWes
Facebook Author Page:  http://www.facebook.com/WesMarkinAuthor
Goodreads Author Page: bit.ly/GRtoWesMarkin
Amazon Author Page: author.to/WesMarkin

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Dance with the Reaper is Book 5 in the DCI Yorke thriller series.

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#6 Christmas with the Conduit: https://amzn.to/3fDMvl9 (pre-order; out Dec 2020)