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The Missing One by Lucy Atkins

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After her mother's death Kali McKenzie is desperate to know more about her mother's life before she came to England and lived a seemingly dull and quiet life in the countryside. Kali feels that her Dad is either unwilling or unable to tell her more so having discovered some postcards in her mother's studio all sent on the same day each year and all with the same message "thinking of you" Kali sets off with her toddler son Finn to Canada to find the mysterious Susanah Gillespie who has sent the postcards. Arriving to an isolated island with no internet or phone service Kali is unable to contact her family and as the past is slowly revealed she realises that she and Finn are in grave danger. This is the kind of "women's fiction" I love, though I hate labelling and pigeon holing authors I realise as a bookseller and as a blogger that it helps readers to find the kind of books that they like. Lucy Atkins is part of a growing and exciting trend of femal…

The Hangman’s Song By James Oswald

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This is the third book in the bestselling DI McLean series set in Edinburgh. I have read and enjoyed the previous two books and this third instalment is another exciting and page turning read. It is a long hot summer in Edinburgh and Tony McLean is called to what at first would appear to be a simple but tragic suicide. However something doesn’t quite add up and when another hanged man is found Tony begins to grow suspicious. However with his nemesis Duguid now acting Superintendent, it seems Tony cannot get anyone to take his suspicions seriously. Instead he has been seconded to the Sex Crimes Unit where it seems even the detectives are on the take. On top of that Emma is out of hospital and coming to terms with the trauma of her attack. With so much on his plate will Tony work it all out in time before the Hangman’s Song is sung for him? James Oswald’s novels are brilliant, sharp eyed observations of contemporary policing and the horrors of the criminal mind. There is also a supernat…

Angelites Blog Tour

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I am delighted to have been invited by Yah Gotta Read This who promote indie authors, to take part in Richard Moran's blog tour for The Angelites. The book is available on kindle now The Anglites e-book The book is a fantasy, crime and paranormal adventure featuring Gina Vasquez a former New York City Police Detective whose life has gone off the rails and after a term in prison has moved to New Mexico looking for a fresh start. Instead she finds herself caught in a battle between angels and demons and with a huge decision to make about her future. Read an extract below;
"Gray ashes flew through like leaves in the fall. She couldn’t believe what she had done. This church, once so beautiful, was now in ruins. Tears flowed down from her brown eyes, and as she was relieved that the chaos had ceased, she whispered, “Thank you.”
The victory was short-lived, however, as vociferous thunder roared from the heavens. The black sky morphed into a firmament of flaming red with lightning st…

A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage

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This was one of my favourite books of 2013. I simply cannot say enough good things about it. It is a time slip novel, one of my favourite fictional tropes and it features present day heroine Alex who falls through a crack in time during a freak thunderstorm in the Scottish countryside and finds herself at the mercy of escaped convict Matthew Graham. It is 1658. Matthew feels he must take responsibility for this stranded and confused woman. Alex must come to terms with being separated from her family and reliant on a stranger in this strange and dangerous time. As the book features time travel, romance and Scotland it obviously reminded me of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. While there are some similarities the differences are enough to set the two firmly apart. Anna's writing is sharp with great interaction between the characters and there is adventure, mystery and intrigue in abundance. I don't want to give away too much detail here as it would spoil the read. Suffice…

Inceptio by Alison Morton

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Inceptio is the first in a series of books featuring Karen Brown and set in the mysterious land of Roma Nova. The book is alternate history which is a new genre to me but one which I thoroughly enjoyed. The book begins with Karen in present day New York where she finds herself in trouble with the authorities and on the run. The only people she can trust are those sent from Roma Nova; her mother's birthplace to protect her. In Alison Morton's alternate world Roma Nova was established in central Europe by the leading Roman families who fled Rome as it converted to Christianity. A matriarchal society it has remained mysterious and closed off to outsiders. This of course makes the American's very nervous. Despite the high security her new home offers her, Karen; now Cara is still in danger. Inceptio is a high concept thriller, a nail biting page turner and a thumping good read. Alison has included notes on the alternative time line and a dramatis personae which are very usefu…

Shadows of the past by Carmen Stefanescu

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Shadows of the Past is a book that straddles a number of genres. It is romance, time-slip, paranormal and magical. Telling the story of Anne and Neil in present day England who are trying to heal the rifts of the past with a romantic country weekend away and of Genevieve and Andrew in medieval England. I found the story easy to read and I wanted to know what happened next to the characters. I will admit however that I enjoyed the historical plot line a lot more and found Genevieve's tale more compelling and better developed. Genevieve grows up as an apprentice to a wise woman, a country hedgewitch with knowledge of herbs and their magical and healing properties. Left alone when her guardian dies she eventually becomes a nun and it is at the convent that she finds both great evil and great love. There were a number of historical inaccuracies that niggled such as the use of modern names for things although this may have been a problem with translation or editing rather than the aut…