The Shop Girls of Lark Lane by Pam Howes @bookouture @PamHowes1 #Review #TheShopGirlsofLarkLane #Netgalley
What a read!
The war is over, but there’s heartbreak ahead…
Liverpool, 1945. As the war draws to a close, Alice and Terry Lomax are building a new life with their young daughter Cathy. After years away fighting, Terry is a stranger to his daughter and must work hard to win her trust and love.
Alice and old friend Sadie work in the haberdashery of Lewis’s department store, where bomb damage scars the walls and rationing is still in force. Yet Lewis’s remains open, a sign of strength in the midst of Liverpool’s post-war ruins.
Though memories of those lost in the war are fresh, Alice and Sadie look forward to the future. But then a tragic accident leaves Alice a widow, and the father of Sadie’s child – a man she hoped never to see again – is back in Liverpool…
With Alice struggling to start again alone, and Sadie desperate to protect her son, can these two shop girls overcome their troubles and keep their hopes alive – even with all the odds against them?
The Shop Girls of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching family saga about the strength of friendship and the costs of war. If you love Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Kitty Neale, you won’t want to miss Pam Howes!
Although these are not my usual reads, there is something about a family saga, written by this author that I can't resist. Pam has a wonderful talent and makes these books engaging, emotional, enjoyable and unputdownable. I was first introduced to Pam's books around the beginning of 2017, when the wonderful 'Kim Nash managed to convince me that the book that was due out at the time was well worth reading. That book was 'The Lost Daughters of Liverpool, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have since gone on to read many more of Pam's books and can safely say I haven't been disappointed.
It's a great change from Crime thrillers, it allows me to sit back, feet up and get lost in another time. The story is brilliant. Very well written. It flowed beautifully, Captures you from the word go,
as this is the second book in this series, it was good getting back to know the characters again and seeing what they had in store for them this time around.
This really was an emotional book at times, I feel like I have been on a huge life journey with Alice. Alice is a character I've really enjoyed reading about. It was great to see her reunited with her love, her husband Terry. The war is over and life can get back to normal for this couple and their young daughter Cathy. That sounds lovely doesn't it, well sadly it wasn't meant to be for long, it's heart breaking when Terry is involved in an accident that takes his life.
Mourning and bringing up her daughter and her brother, Alice must do what is best for her and the kids, only is she making the right decision. Alice's life takes a huge a turn and I feel like I've just been through this part of her life with her.
This book brings out a number of emotions while reading it, and really is a first class page turner you really want to read.
Thanks as always to #Bookouture and #Netgalley for an arc of this book.
Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer #Review @Bookouture @CaroleWyer #LastLullaby Detective Natalie Ward Book 2
Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?
When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood.
As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.
Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her.
All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.
When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?
Wow, I can't believe I have just read book 2, it's not that long ago I read book one, Carol Wyer is certainly a writing machine.
I loved getting to know a little about Natalie in book 1, so it's great to spend some more time with her in book 2. Natalie is going to be one of those characters that you really need to be reading about. I don't just mean reading about the cases she works on, I also mean her as a person, following her life and learning about her past.
Carol certainly has a way of producing likeable, strong characters.
Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene when A husband has discovered his wife dead in their bedroom. Creepily written on the wall in her blood is the word 'WHY'
Now if that doesn't grab your attention, I don't know what will.
I started this book with the intention of reading a little at a time, to savour the story. Not possible, once started it one of those books that you really need to read at every opportunity. It grabs from the word go and spits you out again at the very end.
The case is a disturbing one, a young mother brutally murdered, her body discovered by her husband, who then becomes a suspect, as do most wives, husbands, partners in these cases. Protesting his innocence, uncovers more about their life. It soon becomes apparent that maybe not all was rosy, in the Brannon household.
This book has tension oozing from the pages, and suspects at every turn, if like me you want to try and play at amateur detective, I really wouldn't bother with this one, short of highlighting every name throughout the book, I think it's a tough one to decide on who you think may have done it. This really does add to the mystery throughout the book.
Truly a superbly written book, I can't wait to read more of this series. I was a little sceptical when I realised the author was starting a new series. I love the authors other series Robyn Carter and wasn't sure another could be pulled off and done just as well. I love being proved wrong, and that's certainly what has happened here. Carol Wyer is one of those authors now for me, that I feel there is just no need to read the blurb about the book, if it has her name on the cover, then I want to read it.
Amazing characters, some you'll love, some you'll hate. But certainly a book you can dive right into and won't want to put it down until you have finished. Praise for Carol Wyer. I can't wait for the next one.
He’d found an angel for his collection. But one angel at a time was never enough...
Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District.
The entire police force are on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.
As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, she knows she’s in a race against time.
But the killer is looking for another victim to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?
A tenacious young detective with scars both physical and emotional, Beth Young will stop at nothing in her fight for justice for the innocent. The Silent Dead is the first book in the series. Set in the Lake District, it is perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and Peter James. .
The first in a new series from this outstanding author is, The Silent Dead, Beth Young Book 1. What a treat I think we are in for if this first book is anything to go by.
Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team, so her first case is going to be something she'll be remembered for. Able to think outside the box, Beth is going to be a great asset to this team.
When a body is discovered in the grounds of a hotel, discovered by none other than the blushing bride, who is not going to let anything spoil her big day.
It's down to the Major Crimes team to figure out what has happened. When more bodies start to turn up, it becomes a race against time.
Not only is the clock ticking, so is your heart, in this superb, disturbing, thrilling, twisted, edge of your seat, race to find a killer.
For me, Graham Smith has smashed it again with another read you will not want to put down. Don't just take my word for it, read some of the other reviews. Better still read the book and make up your own mind. I don't think anyone is going to be disappointed, certainly not fans of Graham's writing.
If like me you have to play amature detective and try and figure out who the killer was, then I think you are going to be getting it wrong. I certainly did. That to me is the sign of a great book, not being able to guess who it was until the very end. As I've said, there was some great tension throughout this book and it really does help make it and edge of your seat read. It really does amaze me how, after so many books authors like Graham Smith still manage to come up with some of the idea's they do. Where does that mind go to when writing. Wherever it is, keep going there.
I think Beth is going to be an amazing character over the course of this series, I know from past books I have read by this author that he has a great ability to develop characters into loveable, likeable, readable characters. Beth will have plenty of room to grow and I look forward to getting to know her a whole lot more. There is just something brilliant when you know you have just found another series to follow.
Happy Reading folks.
Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist.
Someone is lighting fires on the fens. First they target property, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes.
More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives and apparently there’s no connection between them.
Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman.
Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies?
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.
This is book 9 of the international best-selling books featuring Nikki Galena.
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.
DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has a daughter and an ex-wife who wants his attention.
The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS
JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES
Let me please just start with, I absolutely love this series of books. I can't believe here we are at book 9. I love everything about this series, the characters, the plot, the writing. How easy the books are to follow, yet totally gripping and unputdownable.
I love the characters, the main characters NIkki and Joseph have grown so much over the 9 books, It's been an amazing journey with them so far. Never have I known two characters so different yet so alike. The working relationship between them is first class, there is laughter and frustration along their paths but they plod on and get through it.
This is an intense story, a real page turner that will have you gripped from the opening pages.
When someone is burned alive, its Nikki and her team that have a race on their hands to find out who has done this and why? It soon becomes clear a serial arsonist is out there and it's only a matter of time before someone else is hurt. The case sends them on roller coaster of a ride that will certainly leave you holding on tight.
Anyone looking for a damn good police procedural series really needs to start reading these books. First class story telling. I can't recommend these enough.
Boulder is back.
Jake Boulder is working as a bartender, at an exclusive Vermont ski resort on New Year’s Eve, when armed terrorists hold up the lodge and take the guests hostage.
Trapped with the other hostages, Boulder watches in horror as the female terrorist leader disfigures a singer to make her point. He wants to fight back, but is unarmed and being held at gunpoint.
When Boulder finds a way to escape from the terrorists he searches for a way to raise the alarm. After he discovers the terrorists plan to leave no witnesses to their crime, he knows has a race against time to save as many innocent people as he can…
But will Boulder be the reluctant hero and save the day?
I was super lucky to receive an ARC of this book. I love the Jake Boulder series and really couldn't wait to get started with this one. I can't believe this is book 4, of what has been an epic journey. I have loved each and everyone of these books, and this on is no exception.
As usual Boulder is in the centre of trouble. Not his doing I might add, he just seems to certainly be in wrong places at the wrong time. Only there is no way of him getting out of this wrong place, as he's at an exclusive Vermont ski resort on New Year’s Eve, in the middle of a snow storm, where only the rich can afford to stay. A Private getaway or so it seemed. That is until terrorist take over, and Boulder is now trapped along with the other hostages.
Clearly this being Boulder you just know he's not going to sit back and let these monsters do as they please, he's got to wait for a perfect opportunity to fight back. And he certainly does fight back.
What then happens is a roller coaster of a read, I found myself more than once holding my breath, trying not to breath and interrupt what was happening. My heart was pounding. This book felt so real you could almost be shivering in the storm. If this book had been a film I think I'd have been hiding behind a cushion throughout.
A High octane , fast paced, edge of your seat battle. I was totally lost in this book, and I can't find a way of saying what I thought, without giving to much of the story away. I wouldn't like to spoil it for anyone, but what I can say is what a damn treat you are in for.
I just love the character that is Jake Boulder, he's lost and wanted to get away, blend into the background and figure out life, that's just never going to happen for him.
Graham Smith, I am again more than just a little impressed with your writing skills.
Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has six books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and four novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, ten attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.
Graham can be found at:
Kerry Barnes is back with an explosive new series!
‘A shocking, gripping read’ Dreda Say Mitchell
Having spent her life watching her father run his East London firm, Zara Ezra has learnt a thing or two about being a gangster, and she’s ready to take over when the time comes.
Mike Regan, a blast from Zara’s past, is the head of his own firm, but when his son is kidnapped in the middle of a gangland feud, Mike has no choice but to accept help from the Ezras to get his little boy back alive.
With a rival firm playing increasingly dirty, murder moves to the top of the agenda and Zara has some big choices to make. It seems that the only way to come out on top is to play them at their own game…
But will she become The Hunter or The Hunted?
A gripping gangland crime thriller, perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.
I was super thrilled when I was asked to take part in this blog tour. It really is an honour. Just look at those amazing bloggers I'm joining for the tour. You can also read their reviews and know it's not just me who thinks this book is epic.
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If you haven't read a book by Kerry Barnes then you really don't know what you are missing. Curled up over the bonfire weekend, fire roaring and a hot drink in hand, I didn't know what was more explosive, the books or the fireworks outside. It felt like the perfect time to be reading this explosive book.
I don't know where to start, this book has it all Deceit, corruption, murder, feuds, rivalry, violence. It's a first class page turner. If you're a lover of a good gangland thriller, then you really are in for a treat.
The first book in a new series, I believe The Rules should be available in Feb 2019 followed by The Choice in May 2019.
Both available to pre order now.
This book gallops along at an amazing pace. Dragging you right into the story. At times I could feel I was there, I was so engrossed in it. There are, as you would expect some fantastic characters, and I believe like me there will some characters you love, and some you'll hate. Kerry has certainly worked her magic and has managed to bring these characters to life.
I particularly liked Mike Regan, his bad boy, villain character, with a hidden softer side was a fave. Mike's world comes crashing down when his Son Ricky is Kidnapped. Having believed he was protecting his son, he sent his wife away with him thinking they would be safe. Mike enlists the help of Zara, a woman he has a past with, to help find his son. Zara Ezra is the new Woman about town. Having taken over her fathers firm, she has a lot to prove. It's certainly not going to be easy for Zara proving she can cut the mustard in what is believed to be a 'mans world. But Zara certainly isn't a weak and feeble woman, she's a woman with an agenda. A woman with a mind of her own, and power to back it. Or is she?
I can see this becoming one EPIC series of books.
They say time flies by, but it doesn't, it drags like hell when you are waiting for the next book... I'm not sat here drumming my fingers and singing 'why are we waiting'... honest I'm not. lol
Kerry Barnes is certainly making a name for herself in this genre, she's way up there with the best. I'm relatively new to Kerry's books but I can safely say I haven't been disappointed with one yet. They really do get belter and better with each book. When I first read - Cruel Secrets, I really didn't believe not only Kerry, but anyone could top that book. Having read this one, I know I was wrong. Kerry has smashed it, Big time. First class story telling. If you are new to Kerry's books then OMG how awesome as you will get to read them back to back, WOW how exciting is that.
This book has gone onto my 2018 Best Reads list.
Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.
When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?
As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident.
Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.
With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?
The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.
From multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons comes another absolutely nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.
Can you actually believe that we are here at Kim Stone book 9. Now before I waffle on about what I thought of this book, I need to tell you I am a huge fan of this series, and I believe if you decide to read these books they really are best if read in order.
Now for me this is an easy 5 star read. Kim is back in action, she might have a bit of a dodgy leg, which is still healing from injuries after what happened in the last book, and she's been advised to take things easy, which is not something Kim understands, she never has. Also missing a team member which is not only having an impact on Kim but the others around her also.
Faced with investigating the Death of a Doctor, one that Kim and her team certainly know, it's now time to put herself and her team into work mode. Her team have a new member, DC Penn. It's time to figure out if this new team can cut it, if they can learn to work together and be the best the force needs.
I think the character of Kim Stone has been amazing through the last 8 books and felt we were really getting to know her, however in this instalment I found I was learning a hell of a lot more about her through her counselling sessions with Ted. You really do begin to believe that Kim Stone is someone you know on a personal level. As much as I love her, there are times when I could happily tell her That she's out of order. That said I wouldn't change here at all.
There are and have been some amazing characters through this series, and some we love, some we hate, which if an author manages to engage a reader so much that they actually have real opinions on the characters then that is certainly a job well done. Angie certainly knows how to draw in the reader.
There is so much I want to say about this story that I know I would end up giving to much away. I think the sales and reviews for these books speak for themselves. If you love a damn good crime series that is one of the best out there, then this is the series for you. Anyone who has read the previous books will have had this one pre order, will have been counting down the days until this book was released. They will then devour it in probably a matter of hours, and wish that they had taken there time, because then you have to wait for the next one.
This book is certainly an amazing roller coaster of a ride, Angie Marsons is managing somehow to just blow each book out the water, for me personally I think each one tops the last one, and at the end of each one, I've said to myself 'no way can this one be beat' and each time I'm loving the fact, I'm proved wrong. I know I've said it before, but Angie I don't know how you do it, but please keep doing it. Us readers need Kim Stone in our lives. This is one of those books that you really need to clear your diary for. Get comfortable and get stuck in, but make sure you have no other plans, because this book will take over.
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