Blogger to Blogger Series: An Interview with Eva @NovelDeelights

Today, I visit The Reading Chick for a nice chat with the lovely Deb!

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When you read Eva’s bio you can tell that she’s a lover of books, mostly crime novels and mystery’s. What I like the best is that her voice is really clear and she’s full of sass! I like a woman who has a sense of humor, especially when it’s directed at herself. Eva’s posts are fun to read, so if you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please click the link below!

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Let’s see how Eva answered my 10 questions!

Blogging is universal and even though we inhabit the same community, we don’t always live in the same country. What country do you live in?

I live in the north of Belgium, quite close to the border with the Netherlands.

What is the view outside your front door?

I’m already cheating here but I have a good reason for it. There’s a building site across the…

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Cover Reveal : The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes | @GaryHaynesNovel @Endeavour_Media

It’s a real pleasure to be involved in the cover reveal tour for The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes today. 

The Blameless Dead is an epic, compelling, edge-of-the-seat drama that sweeps the reader from twentieth century Europe to modern-day New York, taking in some of the most important events of modern history and exposing them in honest and unflinching terms. Part murder-mystery, part historical novel and shot through with adrenaline-pumping action, this novel superbly demonstrates that, while the hostilities may cease and the peace be signed, the horror that is war is never really over.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? The novel will be published by Endeavour Media in March 2019 so still a bit of a wait but why not go ahead and add it to your Goodreads TBR shelf right now. In the meantime, here comes the brilliant cover and a bit more as to what The Blameless Dead is all about.

In the dying days of World War Two, Pavel Romasko and his Red Army colleagues pick their way through the carnage and detritus of a dying Berlin. Stumbling upon the smoking remains of a Nazi bunker, they find something inside that eclipses the horror of even the worst excesses in the city above them…

As the war ends, retribution begins. But some revenge cannot be taken at once. Some revenge takes years.

And so it is, as post-war Europe tries desperately to drag itself back onto its feet, and soldiers attempt a return to normality, that retribution continues to ferment in the Gulags of the Soviet Union and beneath the surface of apparently ordinary lives.

Which is how, seventy years later, FBI agent Carla Romero and New York lawyer Gabriel Hall are enlisted to investigate a series of blood-chilling crimes that seem to have their roots in the distant past — even though the suffering they cause is all too present. And for one of them, the disappearance of young women is a particularly personal matter.

Gary Haynes is a bestselling thriller writer, and member of the International Thriller Writers organisation. He studied law at university and passed his post-graduate legal qualifications before becoming a commercial litigator. He is a Freedom of Speech advocate and is interested in history, philosophy and foreign policy. Gary’s previous novels include the popular Tom Dupree series: State of Honour and State of Attack.

You can connect with Gary online via his website: https://garyhaynes.weebly.com/

Or follow him on Twitter

Make sure to check back in March when The Blameless Dead is published and I’ll be joining the blog tour. Many thanks to Hannah at Endeavour Media for the invitation!

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Eva Merckx (@noveldeelights) #NovelDeelights

I’m sharing some of my 2018 recommendations over on damppebbles today!

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Good morning bookish friends. I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to Monday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018. Today’s guest is one of my very favourite people in the book world, the fabulous Eva Merckx of Novel Deelights. (Although she does push me to my limits by frequently trying to break the rules of #R3COMM3ND3D, and then changes her three choices on an almost daily basis (I exaggerate!). I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you this as she seems rather proud of herself, lol! Oh, and let’s not forget the squirrels…but that’s a story for another day!)

I digress. If you haven’t seen any of my #R3COMM3ND3D2018 posts before (where have you been for the last few days…?!) then let me explain. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishing folk to recommend three must read books. The only stipulation being that the books must have…

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Weekly Wrap-Up (October 28)

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Strap yourselves in for the most awesome weekly wrap-up ever! And by awesome, I mean boring. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! It’s going to be wild!

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Books I’ve read this week

Get ready!

Boom!

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Yes, that’s right.

One.

Need a moment to let that sink in? It’s okay. I understand. I’ll wait.

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We talked about it on last week’s wrap-up. (By the way, apologies for replying to your comments so late!) I just knew this reading slump was around the corner so I’ve been doing what I had planned to do in December. I watched The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, spent a massive amount of time on YouTube and just generally had a blast. Shout-out to Karen, Janel, Kate, Rachel and Zoë for the laughter this week. Reading slumps do not need to be a big drama. Yes, I’m getting in trouble with my schedule but it is what it is. And when you’ve picked up and started five books, only to put them down again after barely 20 pages, it’s time to admit defeat and do something else.


Books I’ve bought this week

Well.

Nothing.

Hm. Do you think there might be something wrong me? 🤔

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ARC’s received via Netgalley

Two for blog tours, two I was invited to view.


Bookpost that landed on my doorstep this past week

Apart from two pre-orders (The Reckoning by John Grisham and Tombland by C.J. Sansom), this lovely ditty arrived. The book obviously, not the bear. With thanks to No Exit Press! And a few other things but I’ve been seriously slacking on taking pictures and updating Instagram. This slump is clearly all-encompassing.

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On the blog this past week

Wednesday : Joined the blog tour for Closer by K.L. Slater

Thursday : Hosted stops on the blog tours for The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond and Love Punked by Nia Lucas

Friday : Closed down the blog tour for The Dark Place by Stephanie Rogers

So weird.

Next week on Novel Deelights

Monday : Blog tour | Extract | The Last Train to Helsingor by Heidi Amsinck

Tuesday : Don’t know 😄

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | One Way Ticket to Paris by Emma Robinson

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Keep Your Friends Close by June Taylor

Friday : Not a clue

Saturday : Possibly nothing

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up (which will hopefully be way more exciting than this one!)

Why yes, I do still need to read those blog tour books. Oops. 🙄

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Question of the week : This week’s question is all about re-reading books. Quite a few of you mentioned last week how re-reading an old favourite might sometimes avoid a reading slump. Re-reading is a completely unfamiliar concept to me. I’ve never read a book twice in my life. But I am actually gearing up to do so next week with The Hobbit.

So, are you a re-reader? Does it take a certain book? What I mean is, if you take one of those psychological thrillers with a twist you won’t see coming (groan 🙄), surely that’s not worthy of a re-read? Because you know what’s coming, right?

For me, yes, I watched The Hobbit this past week and I read the book many, many moons ago so I remember very little about it and I think it will be interesting to read it again now, being older although possibly not wiser, and make comparisons with the movie along the way.

What sort of books lend themselves to being re-read? The classics? Anything and everything? Is there a book you’ve read more than twice? What is it about it that makes you keep coming back to it? Does it ever freak you that there are so many other books you’ve never read and may not get to now? 😄

Let’s discuss!

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And that’s it this week. Treat yourself to something nice or yummy for sitting through this entire post. 😂

Wishing you all a fabulous week and lots of happy reading! Until next time! xx

 

NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge August Link-Up #NGEW2018

Reading Between the Pages

My name is Tina and I welcome you to the new home for the
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge!

Emily@Falling for YA created this challenge and passed the torch to Katrina@Bookish Things & More. Katrina has decided to step away from her book blog and pursue her passion for writing. I joined this challenge for the first time this year and have been enjoying it immensely. I was sad to see Katrina leave her love of blogging about books behind, but am quite excited for her to have more time to dedicate to writing. I wish her the best of luck!

Being that this challenge is now being hosted on a new site and the year is more than half over, I think this would be a great time to check in with all of you. I would love to hear from you in the comments below. How…

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Rip Current by Amanda James @akjames61 @Bloodhoundbook #blogblitz #guestpost

Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for Rip Current by Amanda James! My thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for the invitation to join. Author Amanda James visits the blog to chat with DI Bryony Marshall, the main character in Rip Current. But first, here is what the book is all about.

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Author : Amanda James
Title : Rip Current
Pages : n/a
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : June 27, 2018

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DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.

Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.

Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Cornwall and considers starting a new life.

While in Cornwall, Bryony saves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.

But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?

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Interview with Bryony Masters – The Calico Cat

I’m sitting on the high terrace of the Living Space bar at The Watergate Bay Hotel near Newquay.  The view is stunning from this advantaged position and I watch the Atlantic breakers crashing on the yellow beaches while the seabirds wheel above, calling to the wind.  From the restaurant, the smell of seafood, French fries and garlic mingle with the blackcurrant tones of my wine and my stomach is rumbling. Through the open doors hurrying through the bar, I spy Bryony. She’s the protagonist in my book Rip Current. Bryony’s slipping her light denim jacket off and as she comes outside, her dark-brown hair lifts on the breeze as she walks. As she sees me, her lively hazel eyes light up and her smile reflects mine as she hurries over to my table. She looks self-assured as ever, but happier than she once did. She’s come a long way, and that makes me happy.

‘Hi Bryony, how are you?’ I say giving her a quick hug.

‘I’m good, thanks. Really good.’ She smiles again and sits opposite. ‘I suppose you might even say I’m fantastic.’

‘You look it. Now, can I get you a glass of wine or shall we order lunch first?’

Bryony picks up the menu and scans it the delicious food on offer, and then back to me with a mischievous twinkle. ‘Hmm, I’m starving. Let’s order first.’

I laugh. Bryony always comes straight to the point, no prevaricating for her, similar to me in that way. A waitress comes over and we select the same lunch dish too. Locally caught crab salad, and fries. We order a plate of olives and fresh bread to share, then wait for the waitress to bring our drinks. She leans back in her seat, straightens her colourful summer dress and says, ‘How’s stuff with you then, Mandy?’

Bryony always uses Mandy rather than Amanda. ‘I’m great thanks. Life is treating me well. But I’ve really missed you of course. It’s been a while. And, would you mind answering a few questions, so the readers of Rip Current can get to know you a little more?’

‘I expect so. Hope they’re not too tricky.’

‘No, I promise. Okay, first question, how old are you?’

Bryony rolls her eyes and a smile tugs at the corner of her mouth. ‘You know the answer to that, you gave me life after all.’

The waitress sets down our drinks and the olive plate and I pop one into my mouth.

‘I did indeed,’ I say with difficulty as the olive’s intent on sliding down my throat. ‘But then I know all the answers. The readers don’t though.’

‘I’ve just turned thirty-two.’

‘And what do you do for a living?

‘I used to be a copper in Sheffield, but that wasn’t working out for me.’ Bryony grins and crunches an olive. ‘But now I’m a counsellor and crime support advisor. I go up and down the country but mainly work out of Truro. I live in Padstow nowadays, just along the coast a bit from here.’

‘How’s that going?’

‘The job? It can be hard and upsetting, but I feel I’m making such a difference in people’s lives. It’s so rewarding.  It’s really busy too. I don’t have a minute to myself.’ Bryony tears some crusty bread, dips it in olive oil and takes a big bite. ‘I like busy though.’

‘And your other half?’

‘He’s really good thanks. He’s doing guided tours around the area, and he loves it.’

‘A bit different from his previous work then?’ I laugh and dip my bread in the oil.

‘You could say that. It was hardly your nine-to-five, was it?’ Bryony frowns then gives a little laugh. ‘I can hardly believe how much he’s grown. Poor bloke just needed a chance to prove himself.’

I say, ‘Oh of course, yes.’ I won’t explain further as I don’t want to give too much away if you’re going to read the book. I take a sip of wine. ‘You sound happy, are you?’

Bryony swallows and gives me a huge smile. ‘I have never been happier. I’m quite certain of that. You know me, I analyse everything to within an inch of its life, and I have come up with Bryony Morgan is definitely happy. My other half is a big reason she is.’

‘Ah yes, the lovely err. We’d better not reveal his name, or it might give too much away to the readers. And happy…you couldn’t have said you were a year or so ago, eh?

A dark cloud slips behind her eyes. ‘No.’

I feel guilty for dragging up the past, but if readers are to know Bryony, we must visit it. ‘If you’re okay to, would you mind if we went back to your dad for a bit and how you and your mum had a falling out?’

A deep sigh. ‘I guess not. But that stuff’s all behind me now…so why dwell on it?’

I take a sip of wine and plunge straight in. ‘I won’t dwell – just a bit of background.  You always wanted to join the police because your dad was a copper, didn’t you? But then he got killed in the line of duty. You always adored him, is that right?’

Bryony wrests her hair from the wind and look out over the ocean. ‘Yes. I adored my dad and would have done anything for him. I think I only stayed in the police because I wanted to honour him by putting as many scumbags away as possible. The trouble was, there were too many that got away. Later on in the story my relationship with my mum which had always been wonderful takes a knock. She had done something in her past which hurt dad and me too.’ Bryony looks at me, sets her jaw. ‘In fact, you know what? I don’t want to talk about it any more, if that’s okay.’

‘Of course.’ I should have known better than to bring that up. The wounds must still be raw. I change the subject. ‘So how’s Imogen?’ Imogen is Bryony’s oldest friend and was very instrumental in helping to put away one of Sheffield’s most notorious criminals.

Bryony’s whole face lights up. ‘She’s great! And guess what? She’s moving down here with her husband and she’s also pregnant!’

‘That’s wonderful! I might catch up with her soon too. I do like her. Her husband’s the doctor she met when she was a receptionist, isn’t he?’

She gives me a withering look and yawns. ‘You know he is, you wrote the story. This interview is a bit daft really. Can we talk about you for a change? I never really got to know much about your life.’

‘Er, perhaps another time. Humour me, did you realise how important Imogen was going to be to you early in the story?’

‘Okay. Not at first, but later, yes. The fact that she was willing to lay herself on the line, even her life actually, to do the right thing and put the finger on that vile Kenny Ransom made me realise how special she was. Immi helped me understand the true meaning of friendship and love.’

‘Nathan became very special to you, didn’t he?’ I make space on the table for the waitress to put down our crab salads.

‘He certainly did. Once we were able to—’

I hold up my hand. ‘No, don’t mention more. In fact, I think we have enough now to give readers a flavour of who you are and what your story is about.’

Bryony shrugs her shoulders and sprinkles cracked-black pepper onto her food. ‘Make your mind up, Mandy. First you want the low-down, then you want me to stop.’

‘That’s because the story’s just waiting to be discovered. No point in giving the game away before the readers have even opened the first page is there?’ I smile and pour salad dressing.

‘Right,’ she says a little stiffly, loading her fork. ‘Shall I fill you in with what I’ve been up to recently or what?’

‘Best not, because that might give too much away too,’ I say hoping she’s not going to get in a strop. ‘Let’s eat this and then go inside for another drink. The readers won’t hear us there. I’d love to hear all your news.’

Bryony grins. ‘Now you’re talking.’

We tuck in and Bryony says she feels like we’re in a scene from the book because everything is so colourful and vibrant. I totally get what she means and feel I’m so lucky to have created someone like her. I say as much.

‘Luck has nothing to do with it. I knew you were the writer I needed to give me life and crept into your subconscious while you watched surfers on Fistral that day demanding to have my story written, remember?’ Bryony’s eyes dance with amusement. ‘You had to rush home and jot the bare bones down before I’d let you sleep again.’

I nod and smile. ‘I remember it well, Bryony.’

She raises her glass. ‘Good. I call the shots and don’t forget it.’

As if I ever could…

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Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Author links : Blog | Facebook | Twitter

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Body Heat by Candy Denman @CrimeCandy @CrimeSceneBooks @annecater #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #BodyHeat

Such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for Body Heat by Candy Denman today. My thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to join and to the publisher for my review copy!

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Title : Body Heat
Series : Jocasta Hughes Mysteries #2
Pages : 262
Publisher : Crime Scene Books
Publication date : May 24, 2018

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The second in the Dr Jocasta Hughes sees the Hastings Forensic Medical Practitioner faced with a gruesome series of murders which leave the remains of the victims twisted and charred. The hunt heats up for the arsonist, and so does Jo’s relationship with the exasperating DI Miller. A chilling mystery with lead characters you will want to spend more time with, and a murderer you would definitely want to avoid.

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Body Heat is the second book in the Jocasta Hughes series, which I didn’t realise but it doesn’t matter as I had no problem at all getting immersed and following along.

Dr Jocasta Hughes, or Jo, is a part-time GP and part-time Forensic Consultant for the Hastings police department. This includes confirming a person is dead, for instance, or making sure someone held in a police cell is fit to be interviewed. I took to Jo right away. She’s an intelligent and determined woman, who’s always looking out for the people around her.

The action starts pretty much on the first page which is one sure-fire way to hook your readers from the get-go. When the body of a woman is found burned to death in an abandoned car, Dr Hughes is called out to the scene to confirm the woman is indeed dead. Little does she know this victim will not be the last one as the killer is most definitely on a mission.

During the investigation, one suspect is a young man who clearly has a learning disability. It was this part of the story that really grabbed me. The relentlessness of detectives as they go out of their way to get a confession made for quite an emotional read at times. This is also where Jo gets involved, as an appropriate adult and making sure her patient is as well as he can be.

Having the main character be a doctor and not an investigator is both incredibly refreshing and also slightly frustrating as I felt I was increasingly left out of the excitement of a murder case since Jo is rather on the fringes of it all. Sure, she has her sources and people willing to partake in a bit of gossip but it’s a bit different from being right there in the middle of the action of an investigation.

As for the killer, I was convinced I had it all figured out quite early on. I was wrong. Again. I’d make a horrible detective. It wasn’t until the final pages that the pieces of the puzzle came together. This is one seriously chilling killer and his choice of murder is quite horrendous.

Body Heat is a gripping and compelling serial killer mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the balance between a murder investigation, Jo’s work at the GP surgery and her personal life including her parents, her best friend and the “will-they, won’t-they” relationship with Steve Miller. I feel this would make quite a fabulous tv series, as it goes. It was a delight meeting the entire cast of characters, even Jeffries, and I look forward to reading more about them in future. Might be a while until I have me some crispy bacon again, though.

Body Heat is available to buy!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

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Candy Denman trained as a nurse, and worked in the NHS almost all her life, until recently managing to disengage herself in order to become a full-time crime writer. She has also written a number of scripts for such highly-acclaimed TV series as The Bill and Heartbeat.

Author links : Twitter

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Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates @Anne_Coates1 @UrbaneBooks #LoveBooksGroupTours #blogtour #extract

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates! My thanks to Kelly Lacey at Love Books Group Tours for the invitation to join.

I have an extract to share with you all but first, here is what Songs of Innocence is about.

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Title : Songs of Innocence
Series : Hannah Weybridge #3
Pages : 320
Publisher : Urbane Publications
Publication date : May 24, 2018

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A woman’s body is found in a lake. Is it a sad case of suicide or something more sinister? Hannah Weybridge, still reeling from her friend’s horrific murder and the attempts on her own life, doesn’t want to get involved, but reluctantly agrees to look into the matter for the family.

The past however still stalks her steps, and a hidden danger accompanies her every move.

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Chapter Eleven

Rory was at his desk going through some page proofs. He’d had to clear a space among the piles of press releases, newspapers and half-empty coffee cups. He smiled as Hannah approached him.

“What?” she asked.
“You’ve got that look about you.”
“Which is?”
“Which is, ‘I’m just about to ask some questions and it might just lead us to a major story’.”
“Don’t hold your breath then.”

She felt relaxed with Rory who had always supported her and gave her enough leeway to find herself in whatever she was researching. “But I do want to run something past you.”

“Excuse me, Ms Contributing Editor, you don’t have to do that.” From someone else that comment may have sounded snide but Hannah knew Rory had been pleased at her new contract, and, she was sure, had had some influence in instigating it.

“Fancy lunch later?”

“Half an hour?” Hannah nodded and went back to her desk to make a cuttings request: anything on arranged marriages, disappearances of young Asian girls and unexplained or unusual suicides in the Asian community. Something about Amalia’s death and Linda’s absentee pupil niggled. Were they both part of a bigger picture?

They were early so managed to get a table in the corner of the Pen and Ink public house. Rory ordered a pint of best for himself, white wine for Hannah and some ham sandwiches. Their usual fare. While they were waiting for their order to arrive, Rory produced a photocopied cutting. It was dated two days previously from South Africa. Hannah’s vision blurred as the name Gerry Lacon jumped out at her.

Rory put his hand over hers. “He’s dead, Hannah. It’s been reported as natural causes but reading between the lines it looks like he was got at. That was always on the cards given his track record over there.” He smiled. “And it could be some people need to clear the decks before Mandela gets sworn in on Tuesday. Anyway, one less demon to haunt you.”

Hannah took a gulp of the wine. Dead. Gerry Lacon, the man who had held a gun to her baby’s head. The man who had ordered Caroline – and the others – killed. Poetic justice perhaps? For a moment she thought of Sarah, his wife. Had they divorced? She had no idea. No good dwelling on the past.

She realised that Rory was obviously waiting for her to say something. “Thanks. As you say one less demon…”

Their sandwiches arrived and between mouthfuls Rory filled her in about Judy Burton and her plea to George – no one called Georgina this to her face – to return to London. She obviously wasn’t enjoying her exile in Scotland.

“Oh, I thought she would have found her Celtic roots by now.” Hannah winked. “I thought she’d find Scotsmen in kilts irresistible.”
Rory looked about to choke.

“At least I don’t have to make that decision,” Hannah said.

“And what decisions do you have to make, then?”

Hannah stared across the bar. For a moment she thought she saw Paul standing there, looking across at her. She blinked and he was gone. In his place was a man who vaguely resembled him.

“You look as though you’ve seen a ghost.”
“Maybe I have.” Hannah finished her wine. “Another?” Rory asked and she nodded, glad for his departure for a few moments. Maybe it was the mention of Judy, which had conjured up Paul’s image.

“So – decisions,” he said returning with their drinks.

“A friend of mine who’s a teacher told me about how some young Asian girls are being taken out of school to look after members of their families. Some, it seems, are being forced into arranged marriages at a very young age.”

“Sounds right up your street. What’s the problem?” “Not sure I should involve myself and the newspaper.” “Why? These girls are British citizens. Don’t they deserve your support?”

Hannah was surprised at Rory’s reaction. “What do you know about this then?”
“More than you may think. A cousin of mine married into an Indian family. Don’t get me wrong, her in-laws are great but neither she nor I would say the same about some of the extended family.”

Hannah sipped her drink. “Well I’ve called the cuttings service, so I’ll see what comes up there.” Hannah circled her glass over a damp patch on the table. “There is something else.”

“Knowing you, Hannah, there always is.” He grinned at her.

“There was a drowning in my local park. A young Asian girl. The police wrote it off as suicide but the family was convinced otherwise. The aunt asked me to look into it and a second post mortem suggested that she may have been coerced into drowning herself.”

“Sounds a bit far-fetched. Why did the aunt contact you?”

“She’s a trustee of the charity Celia Rayman set up in Liz’s memory. Apparently she recommended me.”

Rory finished his beer. “Well she could have done worse. Why don’t you write that story first? Seems we have a scoop – such as it is. It obviously hasn’t been picked up anywhere.”

“No, the local press only reported the suicide. Also, a valuable and distinctive ring has gone missing – I have good images of that and it may jolt someone’s memory.”

“Good.” Rory finished his pint. “Any plans for the weekend?”

“Seeing friends and being an attentive mother. You?”

“Need you ask?” Hannah looked at him blankly. “West Ham are playing Southampton and I have tickets. But for now it’s back to the coal face.”

“Is this guy for real?” John, one of the younger news reporters was shaking his head.

Hannah looked up from the cuttings she was studying. “Who?”

“His name is Peter Marks. He is, apparently, a private investigator, who would like to discuss some possible news story ideas.”

“Oh yes.” Rory had walked back into the office. “And what might they be?”

“He says he has intelligence on how security services in South Africa infiltrated a high security prison in order to perpetrate a revenge killing.”

Rory looked across at Hannah whose face had drained of colour. “Well I don’t suppose that was too difficult to effect given the resources of the NIS.”

“This guy Peter Marks reckons he was part of the team.”

“Does he now?” Rory was leafing through a battered leather Filofax he’d retrieved from his desk drawer. “Thought so. He’s also a bit-part actor and singer… okay John, arrange a meeting with him and see what he’s got to offer.”

John looked bemused.

“We’ll pay him for exclusive rights to his info and it’ll go into the vault, but we won’t tell him that, of course.” Hannah could feel her face redden. Her own story had been spiked. Caroline’s story. And Gerry Lacon had been part of that. She had to shake herself to remember that they had not spiked her exposé about the trafficking of Somali girls. That one had been reported… Eventually.

But at what cost?

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If this extract has you hooked, then you’re in luck because Songs of Innocence is available to buy and you can pick up a copy right now!

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Reading and writing has been Anne Coates’ passion for as long as she can remember. Instilled and inspired by her mother and by the Deputy Head at her secondary school who encouraged her hunger for reading by granting her free access to the books not yet in the school library, and she feels still grateful for this, in her eyes, amazing privilege.

After her degree in English and French, Anne moved to London to stay. During her career she worked for publishers, as a journalist, writer, editor, and translator. The birth of her daughter, Olivia inspired her to write non-fiction books, such as ‘Your Only Child’ (Bloomsbury, 1996), books about applying to and surviving university (NeedtoKnow, 2013), but also short stories, tales with a twist, and stories exploring relationships, published in two collections by Endeavour Press (2015).

The sometimes strange places Anne visited as a journalist often made her think “What if…” And so, investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge was born… The Hannah Weybridge series currently consists of three books, all published by Urbane Publications: ‘Dancers in the Wind’ (2016), ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ (2017), and ‘Songs of Innocence’ (2018).

Anne Coates lives in London with three demanding cats and enjoys reading, going to the theatre and cinema, wining and dining.

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The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #blogblitz #TheChosenOnes

Absolutely thrilled to welcome you all to my stop on the blog blitz for The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer! Make sure you also check out the other fabulous bloggers kicking off the blitz today! My thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the opportunity to join and for my review copy.

Happy publication day, Carol! Hope it’s all kinds of fantabulous!

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Author : Carol Wyer
Title : The Chosen Ones
Series : DI Robyn Carter #5
Pages : 409
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : May 24, 2018

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They had not been forgiven. And they would never be forgotten ….

When a doting young father is murdered and his body discovered in a cornfield for his family to see, it’s a harrowing new case for Detective Robyn Carter. But just as Robyn starts to investigate, a popular local doctor and young mother, is found dead outside her surgery.

As Robyn tries to find the link between the victims, she uncovers a dark web of secrets. Were these much-loved members of the community as innocent as they seemed?

The killer has a message for Robyn and the carefully chosen victims. Can Robyn get to the truth before she becomes the next target?

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From the very beginning, the Robyn Carter series captured my heart. From Robyn and her team, to the incredibly well thought-out cases and all the stuff in the background involving Davies, it had me hooked and I knew this series would be special. So whenever I’m offered the opportunity to read the next addition, I quite happily drop whatever it is I’m doing and tell the husband to take care of dinner himself because … well, priorities, people.

With every single book, I think this is the best one yet and that I couldn’t possibly love this series any more if I tried. And yet every time, Carol Wyer effortlessly proves me completely wrong. Not surprising then that I think The Chosen Ones is an absolute corker and the author has knocked it out of the park once again. Like way out of the park. At least two cities beyond it.

A young man is found murdered in a cornfield. Stuff of nightmares right there but I’ll let you discover that for yourself. You’re welcome. It seems the killer is somehow trying to convey a message but will the team figure out the clues? The case is hampered by a rich and hugely unlikeable businessman, who’s entirely unwilling to cooperate and making Robyn’s life a living hell. However, if you know her, then you also know she doesn’t give up without a fight and she’ll do whatever it takes to get to the truth.

Just when you’re settling into the investigation, trying to look for clues so you could maybe figure things out, Carol Wyer comes up with a devilish and heartbreaking chapter and just massively sucker-punches you right in the feels! Killers aren’t supposed to be people you feel sympathy for and yet. I enjoy moments like these. It makes them look human instead of just randomly psycho. That makes sense in my head and maybe it will to you as well once you get to reading this book. But at the same time, they’re insanely vicious, yet also highly creative. I almost sound as if I’m admiring them (I’m not, in case you wondered) but their murderous ways are quite something.

Of course, a Robyn Carter book isn’t complete without mention of Davies but my lips are sealed so tightly, I may never be able to open my mouth again. There is an event (vague, I know, so sorry!) that made me feel far more emotional than I thought it would. Like serious lump in throat sort of thing. I may never recover.

If you’re a fan of this series, I promise you, this book has everything and more than you could possibly ask for! It’s well plotted, gripping, utterly addictive, full of great characters and a total page-turner. In short, The Chosen Ones is an absolute corker and it will leave you begging for more! It gets all the stars from me and if you’re not reading these, you are seriously missing out! I continue to love this series fiercely and for as long as Carol Wyer keeps writing, I’ll be right there at the front of the line to keep reading.

The Chosen Ones is OUT TODAY!

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Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. In 2017 she moved to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers. The first, gripping Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.

Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

Author links : Blog | Twitter | Website

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#R3COMM3NDED2017 with #BookBlogger Eva M. (@noveldeelights) #NovelDeelights

I’m visiting the fabulous Emma at damppebbles today with my recommendation of the year!

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I am stupidly excited to welcome the lovely Eva of Novel Deelights back to damppebbles today.  Eva very kindly provided a guest review when I was being drowned in books (best way to go) earlier this year*.  Since then, Eva has become an incredibly popular blogger (nothing to do with me) and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching her blog grow over the last year.

Eva joins me today to take part in #R3COMM3NDED2017.  If you’re new to the blog then let me explain.  #R3COMM3NDED2017 is where I invite the awesomeness of book bloggers and authors to recommend three of their favourite reads from 2017.  And that’s the only rule, the books must have been published in 2017.

Here’s what Eva chose…

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A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave
Because Paul Cleave seems to be rather underrated and more people should be reading his books. I hope this stand-alone will make people check out some…

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