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THE BETRAYAL BY ANNE ALLEN – BOOK REVIEW

THE GUERNSEY NOVELS – BOOK 6

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When Anne asked me to read this and review I was very pleased as the previous books in this series have been very good.  Some characters appear again but it is a stand alone and they could be read in any order, which is a good idea as I always get books muddled up or read one and then discover there were two previous books.  Anyway I digress, if you have never been to Guernsey then you really can imagine what it is like as these books paint a picture in your mind of the wonderful beaches.  I was really interested in the connection between the twins, really close in life and then when one dies the connection is still there trying to help her find his murderer.  This story goes into the history of the place and the people so you get a good understanding of the story and how it all develops.  Moving the location twice still keeps the story knitted together so you hardly notice.  Great characters and of course a love connection with a happy ending, another great book by Anne Allen published today available from Amazon.

 

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LUCK & JUDGMENT BY SOLOMON CARTER – BOOK REVIEW

I was pleased this was book one in this private eye series as it was very good and I will be on the lookout for the next book.  I really liked the fast pace of this as it suited the story and kept your mind thinking about who was involved and what the outcome would be.  As usual I did not guess as there was a bit of a twist in the tale at the end that really surprised me but well done Solomon Carter for brilliant writing.

It will be good to see where these characters take us and what happens once the secret is out although I think he may keep us hanging on for that.  Very well written with basic characters but that’s all it needs as the story runs quickly.

Would recommend this and it is in my top ten of the year.

 

SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER BY ANDREW CROFTS – BOOK REVIEW

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This has taken me a while to read, actually I did give up half way through.  But we cannot all like everything and this sadly was not for me.  I was disappointed as the cover and title really appealed to me.

DAMAGED BY PAMELA CALLOW – BOOK REVIEW

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This is brilliant, from the story, characters and setting, to the great author, it is going to be a succesful series.  Kate is the high-flying lawyer who has never really got over her sister’s death so it impacts on her thoughts a lot.  Not sure if this should be called a medical horror or bloody thriller but which ever you call it there are some gruesome bits in it. From lost body parts and deaths this has a bit of everything including lots of would be romances for Kate, lucky girl.

This keeps you guessing and often takes you up the wrong road with a few red herrings along the way.  Some surprises for me that I would never of thought about, this will be a best seller and the start of something great for Pamela Callow the author.  I am looking forward to the next book already and am sure it will be a page turner just like this one.

 

ALL THESE NEARLY FIGHTS BY RICHARD CUNLIFFE – BOOK REVIEW

Thank you Richard for sending me this signed book to review, I really liked it and it was a change to read something a bit lighter after the thrillers I have been reading.  The characters all work well together, the timeline is a good idea split into days, I liked that. Not sure how Jimmy kept quiet about the lottery win but I don’t think he even admitted it to himself really so he just kept on selling cars trying to work it all out in his head.  It makes you realise how something like that can make you question everything in your life at that moment and he really does question everything which leads him to make some bad decisions, will he ever recover from these or is the lottery win to blame for everything in his life going wrong?

The only fault I could find was the ending as I now have to wait for the next book to find out what happens to everyone, so I hope you are not going to take too long to write it Richard and of course I am up for reviewing again, if you would like me to.

You can purchase this  in paperback or Kindle from Amazon here.

PIXELVILLE: SWORD & BONE BY DANIEL RIDING – BOOK REVIEW

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I think the Minecraft label made this a disappointment as it wasn’t really anything like it, so says my Grandson who read this with me (Alfie age 9).  He got bored about halfway but I did carry on until the end.  I think maybe it would appeal to a younger reader as it was just one story line and what happened to them on their adventure.  I loved the imagination and a child would be able to see the picture in their mind.

The descriptions were really good and it would keep a younger child reading especially if it made no reference to Minecraft.

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BLOOD IN THE SAND BY KELLY CLAYTON – BOOK REVIEW

SET IN JERSEY

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While on holiday in Jersey I read this book as it was set there, I do love that.  I thought at first it might be a bit slow but I soon changed my mind.  One death that starts a reaction most unexpected then leads to another death but are they connected?  I think you know that the house is involved but how?  It came as a surprise to me at the end and one I did not think about.  I liked the DCI Le Claire and will look forward to reading more of his mysteries.  The book has descriptions of Jersey and it all worked well for me as it was not to intense so I could pick it up each night before sleep.  It is available on Amazon here.