A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs
Maddy Young thought she had it all.
Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.
Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.
Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.
Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.
Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.
But when her old life – and her old boyfriend - comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?
An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Katie Fforde.
Praise for Kim Nash:
‘Romantic, uplifting and full of heart’ Cathy Bramley, author of A Vintage Summer
‘Heart warming, comforting as a hug, and really funny…Just lovely!’ Josie Silver, author of One Day in December
'An utterly gorgeous story. This book was so engaging, I loved it from start to finish, I just couldn't put it down...Highly recommended.’ Holly Martin, author of The Little Village of Happiness
‘If you want a feel good, laugh out loud romantic story which will tug at your heartstrings, then look no further! Fab, fab, fab!!’ Stardust Reviews
‘The perfect book to read if you are looking for an uplifting book, one that’s beautifully written.’
Oh my days, Kim Nash has become an author that can very easily drag me away from Crime fiction and over to the bright side.
I actually hasn't realised this new author had another book coming out so soon as due to health reasons I've been keeping myself off social media most of the time and spent a little time reading books I'd bought as I felt I needed to fall in love with reading and not just do it for reviewing. Her first book Amazing Grace had me fall in love with a great feelgood book.
As soon as I saw Escape to Giddywell Grange on Netgally I had to request it and was thrilled when my request was approved. I started this book on a Friday evening and as much as real like kept wanting to take over I managed to finish it over the weekend.
It's a superb feel good read. A book you can dive in and out of comfortably and be transported the minute you start reading. It's also a book that really does make you think and take stock of your life and your surrounding. Makes you think just what is and isn't important in life and that some times things that happen, happen for a reason. When you are forced to take a journey down a path you wasn't expecting to take, it can still be the right path. You wouldn't have known it being the right path if what led you to it, hadn't happened. A real thought provoking read.
Many things going on in this book were so easy to relate to which makes the book feel so realistic that the places and characters come alive in your mind.
I loved the main character in this book, Madison. I loved the new track her life took when she was given the devastating news that she was to be made redundant.
Madison has lived for her job and not for herself. She really belived that work, work, work was what made her happy. The satisfaction of doing her job well and beliving that she was working for a company that really needed her. None of us are irreplaceable.
When you think life has kicked you down, there can only be one way to go and thats up. Can Madison find what does really make her happy and can she find a job she will love just as much.
Emotional, thought provoking, realistic read that certainly leaves you thinking things through. This book is one that will leave you thinking about it, long after you finish reading it.
Kim another amazing book you have written, loved, loved, loved every single page of it. I loved how characters from the first book were incorperated into this one, but it wasn't all about them. Keep these books coming, I can't wiat for more.
Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association's Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can't quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she's not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She's also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.
Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim's second novel and will be published on September 18th 2019. It is available on pre-order now:
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If you think you know everything about the East End's toughest gangsters, think again.
Meet Linda Calvey, aka the Black Widow.
Growing up after the war in the East End of London, Linda falls in with local gangsters including the Krays, Freddie Foreman and Ronnie Cook.
When the love of her life, Mickey Calvey, is gunned down on a job gone wrong, Linda resolves to carry on his work.
But in 1990, after years of living in fear of her lover Ronnie Cook, Linda finds herself accused of his murder alongside Danny Reece, in a trial that shocks the nation. Still, Linda sticks to her code of honour, refusing to confess. Until now...
After 18 years behind bars alongside notorious names including Rose West and Myra Hindley, she is released.
This is the final truth about her life and what happened the day Ronnie Cook was murdered.
I have to say when I first saw this book I was eager to read it. The cover caught my attention right away and once I'd read the description I knew it was something I needed to read.
I certainly wasn't wrong this was a brilliant read.
Traveling back in time and living life with Linda, this book gave a great insight into how things were done back in the day. How it was living the East End Life.
This book is honest and open and covers so many different things that you just didn't realise were going on unless you were part of the life.
A thrilling read that isn't to be missed.
Grab yourself a copy and get lost in another world.
The Sleepover (Detective Natalie Ward Book 4) By Carol Wyer #Review #TheSleepover @bookouture @Carolewyer
She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…
She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…
When Detective Natalie Ward is called to the home of fourteen-year-old Roxy Curtis she can’t help but empathise with Roxy’s distraught mother Cathy. Roxy hasn’t come home, last seen heading next door for a sleepover with her best friend Ellie. As the mother of two teenagers herself, Natalie knows that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.
But when Roxy’s body is found in the basement of a beautiful Victorian mansion on the other side of town, Natalie’s darkest fears are confirmed. What was Roxy doing there? The people who knew her best should know – but Cathy seems evasive, and Ellie refuses to talk. Natalie is determined to find out what secrets they are keeping…
Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.
When her body is found two days later, Natalie is forced to face the fact that Roxy’s loved ones are in real danger. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. Is Ellie hiding something about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?
Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.
I can't believe we are at book 4 in this epic series. This is a series I've really enjoyed reading. Working for Staffordshire Police Detective Natalie Ward and her team are called to a missing girls home. Roxy was alleged having a sleepover at a friends house, it appears now that the sleepover never happened, and Roxy is missing.
It soon becomes clear that the body of Roxy is found in a home a few miles away. What was Roxy doing there, why had she lied about where she was going?
It's down to the team to investigate, but this isn't going to be an easy straight forward investigation.
This really is a series I've loved following Carol Wyer can certainly write a book that has you gripped from the early pages. Her books drag you in and keep you reading. I loved the twists and the turns that this book gave us.
This is certainly another 5 star read and I have no problems in recommending not only this book but the whole series. Personally I would advise that you read this series in order. That is just my personal point of view as it could be read alone. I think you get more enjoyment of knowing the back history of the characters when you read a series from the beginning and with Natalie's personal life featuring a lot I think it helps have a better understanding of the person.
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What happens when the past comes back to kill you?
When DCI Anna Tate is called to the gruesome discovery of a dead woman found on Barnes Common, she is plunged into a high‐profile investigation involving a prominent MP. London is baying for blood – but is there more to Holly’s death than at first meets the eye?
Meanwhile, the hunt is on for Anna’s missing daughter Chloe, who vanished ten years ago when her father kidnapped her. The case has been cold for what feels like forever – but a phone call brings a brand new lead…
Can Anna solve the murder case whilst dealing with her own personal demons? Or is someone from the past planning to get in her way?
An addictive new thriller from J. P. Carter, perfect for fans of Katerina Diamond and M.J. Arlidge.
It was only about two miles from MIT HQ to Barnes Common, but it was rush hour and therefore slow going even with the blue light flashing.
They finally arrived at their destination at five-thirty. It was a rural setting that should have been deserted and peaceful. Instead it was a scene of frenzied activity.
On one side of the road three patrol cars, a fast-response ambulance and a forensics van were parked in front of the wall to the cemetery that Sweeny had mentioned. On the opposite side a small group had gathered on a rough patch of gravel leading to a field. They included four officers in hi-vis jackets, a paramedic and a woman with a small dog on a lead.
Walker parked up next to the ambulance and Anna was the first out. The sky had clouded over and she was glad because it had taken the heat out of the day. It meant she could leave her jacket on without sweating buckets.
‘Well, it’s time to find out what we have here,’ she said as she led the way across the road.
The detectives flashed their warrant cards and one of the uniforms quickly put them in the picture.
‘We’ve just been informed that the pathologist will be here any minute,’ he said.
He gestured to a metal gate behind him that blocked any vehicles driving onto the field, but there was a smaller gate to one side which led to an unpaved walking trail.
‘We’re trying to find out who owns the land so we can get them to open the gate,’ he went on. ‘The body is about forty yards into those woods over to the right. The SOCOs arrived ten minutes ago and are getting themselves sorted.’
‘So who found it?’ Anna asked.
The officer nodded towards the woman with the dog, who was speaking to the paramedic.
‘Her name’s Joyce Connor. Her mutt sniffed it out and she called it in. But understandably she’s in a bit of a state.’
‘We’ll talk to her in a moment,’ Anna said. ‘First we’ll see the body for ourselves.’
‘Well, you need to brace yourselves,’ the officer said. ‘It really isn’t a pretty sight.’
After recently finishing In Safe Hands, Book 1 in the 'Anna Tate' series I couldn't wait to dive into book 2. It's funny I'd had book one on my kindle for some time, one of those I'll read it soon, books. I finally got around to reading it while trying to rest and grit my teeth through the pain of a trapped nerve. It was a great distraction and as soon as I finished it, I started book 2 right away.
I felt I got to know Anna Tate quite well in the first book, yet I feel like I know her a whole lot better after reading book 2. She's a character that will be interesting to grow with over future books.
An amazingly written storyline that grabs you from the opening pages and doesn't let you go until you have read the last word. It's one of those books you can't wait to pick up and fly through, but then as you get near the end of it, you don't want it to end. I could have read another 10 chapters of this book and not felt like I'd had enough. I certainly look forward to reading more from this author and more from this series.
Fighting through a murder case and having the demons of her missing daughter, Anna has a lot on her plate.
I would say it isn't essential to have read the first book, but I feel you would have a better understanding of the back history if you read the books in order.
Never judge a book by it's cover.
I have recently finished these 3 books after reading them back to back. Finding something as good now is going to be a challenge. I loved each and every book, following characters on their life journeys, growing with them, growing to understand them, this has felt like I've just made a whole new bunch of friends. I could relate to and liked some of the main characters. Some stood out a great deal more that others for the obvious reasons it was pretty much their lives.
Drugs, prostitution, gangland war these books have all you need for gripping, unputdownable story lines. Dragged into the pages of each book you are spat out at the end, wanting and needing more. If these books had, had 1000 pages each I still don't think I could have gotten fed up with them. I'm actually gutted now that I've finished them all but I have to say what a treat it was reading them all back to back and in order.
I do feel it's important that these books are read in order and not order of publication. The reading order is
Fantastic reads and I really can't praise this authors work enough. I would recommend these books to anyone who likes reading books by Casey Kelleher, Emma Tallon, Kerry Barnes, Kimberley Chambers, Mandasue Heller or Martina Cole
I have to admit that I really wasn't keen on the cover for Francesca and had the other two books not been so good if i'd been judging it by the cover then i probably wouldn't have read it.
What happens when a private investigator ends up being the one uncovered?
Having lost everything after a failed marriage, Beverley Saunders now lodges in the basement flat of a house owned by her best friend Sophie and her husband, Tim. With Bev's former glittering marketing career in the gutter, she begins to do investigative work for other wronged women, gathering dirt on philanderers, bosses and exes.
But when Beverley takes on the case of Sophie's friend Angela, who is seeking to uncover grounds for divorce from her controlling husband, Jerry, the shadow Science Minister, she soon discovers that she isn't the only one doing the investigating...
Beverley has a secret history she doesn't want coming out - but will she manage to stay hidden long enough to give Angela the freedom she deserves?
Marnie Riches is back in this darkly comic thriller, perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.
Praise for Marnie Riches:
'Gritty and gripping' Kimberley Chambers, Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller
'Marnie Riches is already a leading light in the field of Mancunian noir.' The Guardian
'Gritty and great fun.' The Express
'Pacy, poignant, funny and violent, it grabs you by the hand and drags you down the mean streets of Manchester with such verve and authenticity that you can almost smell the rain and blood as you turn the pages.' Simon Toyne
'Fast-paced and enthralling' C. L. Taylor
'Fast, furious, fantastic...One killer thriller!' Mark Edwards
'Edgy' Clare Mackintosh
This got bumped up my TBR pile after reading some great reviews on it. The description of this book got me excited to read it.
Having a failed marriage behind her Bev is living in the basement flat of a wealthy friend. Her former career is over and Bev needs to be doing something to bring in some money. Her bills are piling up, her rent isn't being paid.
Beginning to do Private investigative work, Bev soon has a client in need of her help. The wife of The Shadow Science Minister want's a divorce. Her husband is nasty and controlling and she's desperate to break away from him.
This book had me hooked, well and truly hooked. You know from quite early on that this story was building up to something big, something explosive, which means every opportunity I had to sit and read some more. Not sleeping also helped as instead of arguing with my self that I needed sleep I just picked up my kindle to read some more.
A superbly written story that felt very different to have the main character as a private detective rather than a police officer or gangster. I love that the setting of this book in and around Manchester meant that I knew a lot of places that were mentioned. I always find it really helps add to the visual of the story. The character of Bev was first class, I loved everything about her, in fact I loved everything about this book it's gritty, thrilling, an edge of your seat page turner but with some humour throughout. This book has everything, and more.
Is Bev getting herself in too deep and causing herself more upset than is needed? Can she help Alison break away from her controlling husband. Well to find out you need to read the book and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this book.
A case with no leads.
A victim with no enemies.
A killer with no conscience…
When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.
But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.
But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?
Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?
Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…
I just knew as soon as I started this book that I wasn't going to be disappointed. Mr Smith certainly knows how to write a book that will drag you in at page one and spit you back out at the end, leaving you wanting more. I'm loving this series.
When DC Beth Young is given a new case to investigate it's all systems go. Found at home by his wife, James Sinclair is on the edge of life, an attack that was so vicious , so nasty that Beth know whoever has done this needs to be caught and caught soon. It seems James had no enemies and got on with everyone. But it's clear to Beth that this can’t be the case or this man wouldn't have just been found looking like he'd been hit with a speeding train.
Beth and her investigating team are soon put to the test when two more bodies are found. It's time to look into things more and start examining who could be responsible for these crimes.
There has to be some connection somewhere, it's time to did in to their pasts and see what answers are thrown up.
I'm loving the character of Beth, and it's good to see she getting on with her private life and not all work. Beth is a great character that over the last few books I really feel we have gotten to know her. She has demons that she wants answers to and it seems in this outing she is going to find the answers she needs.
This was a fast read and I seemed so engrossed I devoured it in no time at all. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I have no problems recommending this book at all. As with all of this authors books once you start them it's difficult to put them down. I look forward to reading more of this series and believe it's just getting better and better.
Personally I would advise that you read these books in order as you get the feel for the characters a whole lot better. It could be read as a standalone but for the best of the characters then knowing their back stories is best.
Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. 'You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.
Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck.
The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.
Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event.
With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killer’s they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.
Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?
The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy, number one bestseller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.
Well, well, well,… I think I'm running out of things to say about this series without repeating myself, but when a series is this good it just needs shouting about, so I don't care if I repeat myself. I said, I don't care if I repeat myself.
Book 11 and this series just gets better and better. It's difficult to keep a series fresh and enjoyable but Angie Marsons certainly manages it. A feeling of being back with friends is what you get when opening a book from this series and as always real life needs to go on hold while you start the book. It's not far in and you know you are going to just love the book.
Kim Stone has taken some time to get to know, and I feel she is a character that needs no explanation for fans of the series.
This book certainly grips you with it's opening. What a way to start! This book like others has a whole host of characters, some you'll love, some you won't. What I did like in this book what the introduction to a new team member, which I think was received into the team a lot better than the last new member.
Penn is off back to his old team, but don't worry it's only while there is a court case he is involved with. I think this also helped split the story and give us more of an insight into Penn the person.
Kim and the rest of her team are investigating a very brutal murder, just where the author get's her idea's from, I don't know, I'm just glad she has them. A woman is found in rather grim circumstances and it's down to Kim and her to team to try and get to bottom of what has happened. It all happens in true 'Stone fashion which is what makes these books so damn enjoyable.
Another great addition to the series, book 11 will like the previous 10 have you gripped from the opening pages and spit you out breathless at the very end.
Bravo Angie Marsons you've done it again.
A man who survived being drowned ends up in Manchester’s canal. Someone who was hit by a car is shoved in front of DC Archie Davey’s patrol vehicle.
Killers generally aren’t a happy bunch but this particular one seems to have a problem with second chances.
Luckily for DI Jessica Daniel, things are looking up. She’s been assigned to work on the most crime-free estate in the city and she’s back living with her best friend.
Things could not be hunky-dorier.
That is unless there’s a sinister reason why the estate is so free of trouble...
It's no secret, I'm a huge Kerry Wilkinson fan and an even bigger fan of his Jessica Daniel series. I can't believe here we are at book 14. Wow, this woman has been through some stuff.
Each and every book for me just get's better. It's not just the stories and the cases that drag me in, I love following the lives of these fictional characters, and Jessica Daniel feels like a personal friend. I know more about her than I do of myself.
Another great instalment here to the series. I find when there are so many books in a series it's so much better to read the books in order.
This one didn't feel as action packed as some of the other books, but still a superbly enjoyable read, I loved how we got to see more of Jessica in her private life as well as her work life.
The team are investigating an accident in which Jessica herself was involved with, the story flows along nicely and in parts really does grip you. A second case is woven into the story and really drags you along with it.
Another superb read from an author who for me just doesn't write fast enough. Saying that if He released a book a week I'd still complain it wasn't quick enough.
I look forward to reading more, and can't wait for the next one.
'Fantastic' MARTINA COLE
'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' MATT HILTON
'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent' DAVID MARK
After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .
Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He's currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.
So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.
Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?
And then Elizabeth goes missing again - and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.
After reading book 1, The Puppet Show and absolutely loving the characters in it, I couldn't wait to start book 2. What a god damn awesome read it was.
I couldn't wait to be back in the lives of Poe and Tilly, what a remarkable duo these two are. I love the bond between them both and the so unlikely working relationship that just works so well.
Poe is again in need of help again and it's his buddy Tilly that will be there to help him.
Super Chef Jared Keaton was locked up for the murder of his daughter, It was Poe who helped get him locked up. The shocker is when 6 years later still serving the time he was given, Jared Keaton's daughter Elizabeth suddenly turns up.
This has everyone stumped, even super fact finding Tilly can't work out this one, after all, all the evidence was there to show that Elizabeth had been murdered. That is everything, but the body. Let the madness commence. WHAT A READ!
These books would make for some awesome Sunday night TV viewing.
I really couldn't recommend these books highly enough. I guess you could get away with reading this having not read The Puppet Show, but I really wouldn't recommend doing so. These books are so good, to know you have every little detail in your mind, you really should read them in order.
Outstanding writing, and a series i'm going to love book after book, I just can't keep waiting for the next one to come out. Maybe I need some form of time machine to take me to the next publication. I so so can't wait.
This book will be going on my 2019 Must Reads list, without a doubt.
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