Dead Souls Angela Marsons

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The truth was dead and buried…until now.


When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

 

Kim Stone is back.

Along with suicide murder and brutal attacks Kim and her nemesis Travis are locked together to discover what the hell is going on.

Back again are Doctor A and Tracy Frost, one clever and helpful, the other an annoyance to Kim and Travis but she does add a certain spark that lights Kims investigations . ( You do know Tracy is based on me..don’t you 🙂 )

Topical and on point, Marsons has once again had me glued to the pages like a barnacle on a boat.

Angela Marsons never assumes the readers understanding of what she writes and all procedures are laid out in such a way that I really feel part of what is happening.

Dead Souls is pure brilliance. Written and plotted in true Marsons style it does not disappoint and to be perfectly honest I CANNOT GET ENOUGH.. From book one I have been glued and this is book six and I am still excited and stimulated by Kim and her team.

With each novel. one of team comes into their own and we learn a little more and become engrossed by what life for these close knit people has in store.  In Dead Souls, Kim in taken away from her gang and with Detective Travis has to uncover the details of the horrific murders. Stacy, who is usually so ‘together’  has a major role  and we get to know a lot about her. I just loved her.

This series is just crying out for a TV show to be made. I would just love to see Kim come to life.

Ms Marsons is an author I recommend over and over. She is fast becoming THE big name in crime fiction and she does it so bloody well…….NEXT

5*/5

Sometimes I Lie Alice Feeney

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My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me.

1. I’m in a coma

2. My husband doesn’t love me any more

3. Sometimes I lie

 

It’s not very often I don’t like a book I read, but I have to be completely honest and say that about this one.

I didn’t like ay ofthe characters, and although the plot was quite detailed and involving I was bored.

I only finished it as I was hoping it would get better. I wanted it to be so much more.

Sometimes I Lie tells Amber’s story.. her childhood, her relationship with her family and her husband.   She hasn’t had a good life and now on the verge of being fired from her job,she ventures on a ‘project’.

An accident occurs and now Amber is in a coma,  her thoughts litter the pages and are at times very confusing.  I must admit I was also confused.

I think that Alice Feeney has tried a little to hard to get this tale ‘right’, unfortunately for me it was a fail, but  saying that, I think it will appeal to some readers.

2*/5

Exquisite Sarah Stovell

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Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops … Or does it?

Exquisite is alarming, not only in it’s tale but also in it’s uniqueness and realistic plot.

Bo and Alice meet at a writers convention. Bo is an acclaimed writer and Alice is pleased when Bo seems to take her under her wing and mentor her.

This friendship turns into a highly twisted tale of  mental manipulation, violence and lust.

All is not as it seems and the switch of Bo’s and Alice’s account is a twisty and terrifying narrative of fandom, obsession and stalking.

It grips from the start and life for both women implodes in a momentous finale.

Bo’s rich, entitled and perfect life and Alice, who has nothing but spirit, are perfectly characterised.

Stovell’s psychological debut is absolutely brilliant and is a shining star. I quite honestly have never before read such a thrilling and nerve-shredding read.  I have a feeling this one is going to be one of the most talked about books this year.

A must read and one you won’t be able to put down.

5*/5

Sleep Tight Caroline Mitchell

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Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.

A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into disturbing recreations of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down the murderer who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

Man Oh Man!!!!!!

Mitchell once again brings  Ruby Preston to life in a fast paced and highly intense thrill to read novel.

A serial killer is on the move and with fairy tales in mind is dressing them up as characters.

Ruby is disturbed when evidence is found at her ‘true loves’ house, but with his background of violence and crime, can he really be the one she is looking for?

Ruby and her team of brilliance race against the clock and the tale takes us on a ride that can only come from the mind of Caroline Mitchell.

I have read all of her books and they are all fabulous.  I just wish that from the start I gave her first book 1 star, her second 2 stars etc, because Caroline just gets better and better with each fictional  offering.  I would truly love to know what what makes her tick and how she she manages to come up with such cunning and vicious characters. The fact is that there could really be such a person out there :/

I love the baddies and Nathan is my favorite. i think he does have a ‘lovable rogue’ side but his history and his family connections keep him in Ruby’s mind.

Caroline really knows her stuff (being an ex-copper – sorry for the ‘copper’ bit Caroline) and her experience in the force gives her an edge not often seen.  She is an author I recommend over and over and I for one can’t get enough.

Keep doing what you’re doing girl x

5*/5

 

Should You Ask Me Marianne Kavanagh

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‘I’ve come about the bodies. I know who they are.’

Just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, an elderly woman walks into a police station. She has information, she says, about human remains recently discovered nearby.

The bodies could have stayed buried for ever – like the pain and passion that put them there. But Mary Holmes is finally ready to tell the truth.

The young constable sent to take her statement is still suffering from the injuries that ended his army career. As he tries to make sense of her tale, William finds himself increasingly distracted. Mary’s confession forces his own violent memories to the surface – betrayals and regrets as badly healed as his war wounds.

Over six days, as pressure builds for the final push in Europe, two lives reveal their secrets. Should You Ask Me is a captivating story about people at their worst and best: raw, rich, and utterly compelling.

 

I read this beautiful tale in six hours.

From the first page I knew, for me, it was well worth the 5* I have given.

Miss Mary Holmes is a formidable, caring old lady with a tremendous story to tell. William, the Constable, to whom she relates her tale is tender, sad and ‘war-wounded’.

Within the six days that William listens to Mary, Should You Ask me becomes more Williams story than it does Marys, and the relationship that builds between the two is one of trust.

Both characters are wonderfully portrayed and the setting of war torn Britain is heart wrenching and tragic.

This book is a tale of love, betrayal and murder.

What I found was that, Miss Holmes, who is eighty-six, comes across as more than an old lady with something to say. Her brilliance lies in her ability to coax Williams feelings out into the open and give him a reason to carry on.

She is rather like a homicidal Miss Marple.

Kavanagh’s third book is marvelous. It is beautifully written and although it is a slow story, mainly due to Miss Holmes telling of her life and happenings, it is one that hooks. I was completely mesmerised and will be talking about it for a long long time.

5*/5

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Please excuse me..

 

I know my blog is usually dedicated to fabulous books but I am so pleased and amazed at myself that I have to share my quilt with you all.

Most of you who ‘know’ me, know that I have a passion for all things stitchy. I love to sew.

To be honest it has saved my life.

I have suffered for many years with depression, PTSD – due to childhood abuse and I am partially disabled with a back injury so find most days in pain and agony.

I learned to sew about 2-3 years ago and have made several things, toys, clothes, and my love ….quilts.

 

My Star Quilt as this one has come to be called consists of 8463 3/4 inch hexies (hexagons). Each hexie has been Paper pieced.. ( google EPP) they have been hand cut and hand sewn.

I started this project in August 2016 totally unaware of where it would end. I honestly had no idea that it would eventually turn into a King Sized quilt.

I have loved every minute I have spent making this..along with the blood and the swear words. I really do feel as though I have accomplished something amazing and I will probably never make anything as large as this again.

I feel quite sad I am now nearing the end making it, I still have to hand quilt and put a binding on it.

It also has some sad memories, I had a little eight year old cat, named Yuki who just loved to curl up in it and sleep while I stitched away. Unfortunately Yuki got ill with thyroid and we lost him. His  daddy, Nori, has taken over Yuki’s ‘spot’ and, i think, because he can smell his boy on the quilt lays curled up within the quilt and sleeps.

So you see, this has been a journey, a making of memories and a learning curve for me.

I hope you see what I see and enjoy my work.  x

When We Danced at the End of the Pier Sandy Taylor

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Brighton 1930: Maureen O’Connell is a carefree girl, but her family is on the brink of tragedy, war is looming and life will never be the same again.

Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they’ve seen each other through thick and thin.

As Maureen blossoms from a little girl into a young woman, the candle she’s always held for Jack burns bright. But just as she’s found love, war wrenches them apart. The man she cherishes with all her heart is leaving.

When the bombs start to fall, Maureen and her family find themselves living in the most dangerous of times. With Jack no longer by her side and Nelson at war, Maureen has never felt more alone. Can she look to a brighter future? And will she find the true happiness she’s dreamt of?

 

If you need a book that will rip through your emotions, then this is the one 

Quite honestly my heart broke and broke and broke.

A love story told in the setting of war will always move and touch readers, but Sandy Taylor has written a novel that will capture your heart, make you cry , but it will also make your laugh. It tells of the horrors of war, the poverty, suicide and much much more.

With beautiful characters that you just love from the beginning, this is a story that I didn’t want to end. Sensitively told, the love between Jack and Maureen as well as the friendship of all the characters, is one that is brilliant and to be recommended  for all to read.  Taylor is one hell of a storyteller.

The more I read of tales such as this, the more I admire the strength of people that went through the tragedies and turbulence of the time. For authors such as Sandy Taylor to be able to take us back to such a time and fill us with the sense of community spirit and comradeship is just a joy to read.

This is the third installment and boy this is a saga to be remembered.

Beautiful, endearing and simply fabulous.

5/5