Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

My Review

Oh my goodness, by the end of the first chapter my adrenalin was pumping and I felt sick, and then it continued throughout the whole book!

This is a psychological thriller at its best.

From the very start you are on a constant search to find out who it is that’s stalking g Louisa and trying to take her baby, Cody. I even started to doubt her and think maybe this was post natal psychosis.

Gemma has created an absolute corker in A Mother’s Sacrifice. Louisa is a very deep character and slowly throughout the book you discover her past, bit by bit the seemingly happy family that you meet in the first chapter disintegrates before your eyes.

This is an absolute fab read with many nail biting moments and an ending you really don’t expect!

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All about Gemma

Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel ´Trust Me,´ is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite sure who would answer the phone…

Where to find Gemma

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CWA Anthology Of Short Stories MYSTERY TOUR #Blogtour #Giveaway

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Synopsis

Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

Contributions from:
Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson, Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan, William Ryan and William Burton McCormick

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My review

I’d like to thank Anne Cater  and Orenda books for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to review Mystery Tour, with so many wonderful authors all in one book it was a plethora of literary heaven!

From psychological thriller to straight talking detectives there is something within the pages for every crime lover. I was amazed at how such short stories could still pull you into the pages and keep you on the edge of your seat!

I really enjoyed ending one story and beginning another with the lovely anticipation of not knowing the style of writing or direction the story would take.

Christine Poulson’s Accounting for murder was simply a collection of receipts, booking confirmations, invoices, adverts and notices. Amazing how these alone can tell a story. Return to the lake by Anna Mazzola chilled me to the bone, I was not expecting the ending! A Postcard From Iceland by Ragnar Jonasson is only two pages long, but those two pages are like being on a theme park ride, that drops you from a great height at a startling speed and you end up with your stomach doing somersaults!

This is a perfect read if you want to discover new crime writers or like to dip in and out of a book, you certainly won’t be disappointed!

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Giveaway

To win a copy of Deaths of December by Susi Holliday, simply comment in the comment box below, I will pick at random a winner on Friday 9th November.

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Where to find the  authors

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Ann Cleeves

C L Taylor

Susi Holliday

Anna Mazzola

Cath Staincliffe

Carol Anne Davis

Martin Edwards

Chris Simms

Christine Poulson

Ed James

Gordon Brown

J M Hewitt

Judith Cutler

Julia Crouch

Kate Ellis

Kate Rhodes

Martine Bailey

Michael Stanley

Maxim Jakubowski

Paul Charles

Paul Gitsham

Peter Lovesey

Ragnar Jonasson

Sarah Rayne

Shawn Reilly Simmons

Vaseem Khan

William Ryan

William Burton McCormick

 

 

 

Bryant & May Wild Chambers by Christopher Fowler #Blogtour

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Synopsis

Our story begins at the end of an investigation, as the members of London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit race to catch a killer near London Bridge Station in the rain, not realising that they’re about to cause a bizarre accident just yards away from the crime scene. And it will have repercussions for them all…
One year later, in an exclusive London crescent, a woman walks her dog – but she’s being watched. When she’s found dead, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate. Why? Because the method of death is odd, the gardens are locked, the killer had no way in – or out – and the dog has disappeared.
So a typical case for Bryant & May. But the hows and whys of the murder are not the only mysteries surrounding the dead woman – there’s a missing husband and a lost nanny to puzzle over too. And it seems very like that the killer is preparing to strike again.
As Arthur Bryant delves in to the history of London’s ‘wild chambers’ – its extraordinary parks and gardens, John May and the rest of the team seem to have caused a national scandal. If no-one is safe then all of London’s open spaces must be closed…
With the PCU placed under house arrest, only Arthur Bryant remains at liberty – but can a hallucinating old codger catch the criminal and save the unit before it’s too late?

My Review

It’s my stop today on the blog tour for Christopher Fowler’s fourteenth novel in the Bryant & May series.

This is the first Bryant & May book i have had the pleasure to read and it certainly wont be the last!

The story begins as an investigation comes to an end. A traffic diversion due to the investigation causes a fatal accident involving a young child and his Nanny,  from here the ripple effect resulting from this leads to a whole new investigation a year later.

Fast forward a year…….A murder,  in a well to do area of London in a private secluded park, turns out to be a case for the PCU (peculiar crimes unit). This and the subsequent murders all seemingly link back to that fateful day a year ago.  But how and what is the link to London’s parks and garden’s?

I loved the characters in this book, Bryant & May are believable if somewhat eccentric.The relationships between the key characters were well established and you could tell that these have developed over the last thirteen books. I could quite imagine watching this drama unfold as a tv series. The clues to the case were there but had me turning the page and wanting to find out more. The chracters were all woven together like an intricate patchwork quilt, the suspects and victims all had common links which had me trying to fit the pieces together myself.

The authors historical knowledge of London was apparent throuhghout with references to lots of interesting facts.

There were some moments in the book that really made me laugh out loud and although it wasn’t a sit on the edge of your seat type of thriller it definitely had me gripped and wanting to find out more.

Reading wild chambers has made me want to go back to the beginning of the Bryant & May novels to find out more about their partnership and how they have got to where they are in this current story.

Thank you to Sophie Christopher from Transworld, Christopher Fowler and Doubleday for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

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Christopher fowler

Christopher Fowler is the award-winning author of many novels and short story collections, and the Bryant & May mystery novels, which record the adventures of two Golden Age detectives investigating impossible London crimes.

His latest books are the Dubai-set thriller ‘The Sand Men’ and the Bryant & May novel ‘Strange Tide’. Other recent work includes a graphic novel, ‘The Casebook of Bryant & May’, and a Hammer horror radio play under the Hammer Chillers label.

Christopher was born in Greenwich, London. He attended Colfes, the Royal Leathersellers Guild School, and after joined J Walter Thompson as a copywriter. At the age of 26 he founded The Creative Partnership, a company that changed the face of UK and international film marketing, and spent many years working in film, creating movie posters, trailers and documentaries.

A self-confessed movie-obsessive, he handled films like ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Goldeneye’, ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ’28 Weeks Later’. He worked with directors like Mike Leigh, Martin Campbell and Peter Greenaway, and on countless Hollywood blockbusters. He has written for everyone from Kenneth Williams to Michael Caine, the Spice Girls, Pierce Brosnan, Leslie Nielsen, Julie Walters, John Cleese and Eric Idle. He has written comedy and drama for the BBC, including Radio One’s first live broadcast drama in 2005.

He is a five-time British Fantasy Award-winner. His first thriller was the bestseller ‘Roofworld’. Subsequent novels include ‘Spanky’, ‘Disturbia’, ‘Psychoville’ and ‘Calabash’. His books have been optioned by everyone from Guillermo Del Toro (‘Spanky’) to Jude Law (‘Psychoville’).

His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed ‘Menz Insana’. His short story ‘The Master Builder’ became a feature film entitled ‘Through The Eyes Of A Killer’, starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. His filmed short stories include: ‘Left Hand Drive’, ‘On Edge’, ‘Perfect Casting’, ‘The Most Boring Woman In The World’ and ‘Rainy Day Boys’.

In 2010 he wrote and produced the fringe play ‘Celebrity’ at the Phoenix, London. In 2011 he created the ‘War Of The Worlds’ videogame for Paramount, starring Sir Patrick Stewart. He has written for The Times, the Financial Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Time Out, Smoke, Big Issue, i-D magazine and many others.

Last year he was nominated for 9 national book awards. He is the winner of the Edge Hill prize for ‘Old Devil Moon’, the Last Laugh prize twice for ‘The Victoria Vanishes’ and ‘The Burning Man’, the Green Carnation Award for ‘Paperboy’, the E-Dunnit Award for ‘Bryant & May and the Invisible Code’ and the CWA 2015 Dagger In The Library for his body of work.

Christopher has achieved several pathetic schoolboy fantasies, releasing a really horrible Christmas pop single, working as a male model, writing two London stage shows, posing as the villain in a Batman graphic novel ‘Man-Bat’, running a Soho night club, appearing in the Pan Books of Horror, and standing in for James Bond. After living in France and the USA he now lives in King’s Cross, London and Barcelona.

His short stories have appeared in Best British Mysteries, The Time Out Book Of London Stories, The New English Book Of Internet Stories, Dark Terrors, London Noir, Neon Lit, Cinema Macabre, Inferno, Gutshot, Dead Letters, Zombie Apocalypse 1 & 2 and many others. His award-winning memoirs ‘Paperboy’ and ‘Film Freak’ have been published to critical acclaim.

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Before The Rains by Dinah Jefferies

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Synopsis

A romantic, heart-wrenching tale of love against the odds from the Number One Sunday Timesbestselling author

1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for herself.

But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince’s handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families – and society – think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what’s expected, or following their hearts.

My review

The tea planters wife remains one of my favourite books so it was with excitement and slight trepidation that I started to read Before the rains. Theres always the risk that ‘this’ book will not magic you away as the last did. I needn’t have worried, as Before the rains delivered!

For a week i was transported to India. Dinah has a rare skill of using such descriptive language that you can almost see, hear and feel the setting of the story. The characters story becomes your story.

Before the rains tells the story of Eliza who arrives in India comissioned to take photographs of the royal family in their daily lives. The castle has an air of mystery which Eliza is excited to uncover if somewhat apprehensive.

Jay is the handsome prince, reckless, gypsy like and not one to live by the rules.

When their worlds collide under the British rule it’s not an easy path of true love for either of them. They are up agaisnt the boundaries of Jay’s culture and expectations. For one, Eliza is a widow which is very much frowned upon, she is also British and does not come from a noble background.

There is much deceit within the castle which slowly unfolds, as does an amazing string of coincidences which can only mean that Eliza and Jay’s love stroy was meant to be, some may say their destiny.

The ending leaves you on a high but with a heavy heart that the story has come to an end.

I dare you to read this book and not be consumed by it!

Thank you to Netgalley, Dinah Jefferies, Viking and Penguin books uk for allowing me to review this book.

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The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found by Trisha Ashley

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Synopsis
Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

My review

The pinned tweet at the top of Trisha’s twitter reads

”With my writing, I want everyone to step inside Trishaworld for a vacation and then walk out of the door feeling happy. And then I’m happy” This book definitely succeeded!
This book felt like I was covering myself with a comfort blanket, it was divine! The characters are believable and you feel as if you know them personally after a few chapters ., and to top it all it has recipes, how perfect!
Alice hasn’t had the best start in life, she was found abandoned on the Yorkshire moors when she was only a few hours old. Adopted by a doting Dad but not so doting Mother meant that when her dad died she felt as though she didn’t really belong. She left home and started on her baking journey.
There are twists and turns that eventually bring Alice to Haworth where she was abandoned as a baby. She buys a rundown café that she decides to turn into an upmarket tea emporium, ‘The fat rascal’
She also decides that she is going to try to track down her birth mother, just for closure if nothing else.
This is when we are introduced to the wonderful Giddings family. Nile Giddings is the delectable owner of ‘small and perfect’ the antique shop next door to The fat rascal. Immediately you realise he will be the love interest for Alice, even so it doesn’t take the enjoyment away from seeing their love story unfold.
Alongside the main story there are snippets of a diary written by someone connected to Alice’s past. At first it’s unclear who this is but as the story unfolds you put two and two together and come up with five!!
I so didn’t want this book to end, it was my first time reading one of Trisha’s novels but it certainly will not be my last!

Thank you to Net galley, Random house, Transworld and Trisha Ashley for allowing me to review this book.

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The trophy child by Paula Daly

twist. A great suspense thriller.
I have walked around like a zombie for the last week whilst reading ‘The Trophy Child’, mainly because I literally could not put it down and had way too many late nights just wanting to finish a chapter! The story had me gripped and the ending was a great unexpected twist.
Karen is a ‘tiger mum’, she pushes Bronte to the limit with out of school activities and extra tuition. Noel, Karen’s husband buries his head in the sand and throws himself into his work & the occasional extra marital dalliance

Verity, Noels’s daughter from his first marriage lives with them, Verity’s Mum has MS and is in a care home. Verity mildly puts up with Karen but her anger tends to over flow when she witnesses how horrible Bronte’s life is becoming at the hands of her Step Mum.

Everything changes on the day Bronte disappears, it starts a whole domino effect of events. Everyone comes under scrutiny and the family is never the same again, but this isn’t entirely a bad thing!

Little sisters by Isabel Ashdown

I was lucky enough to read a three chapter sample of Little sister. All I can say is wow! I was hooked from the first page and gutted when it ended.

The story Centres around two sisters, Jess and Emily. It’s New Year’s Eve & Jess is baby sitting for Emily’s one year old daughter Daisy. 2am Emily returns with her husband James, Daisy is gone, Jess is unconscious on the floor covered in blood…………

My kindle copy has been ordered, Due outApril 27th