Blog Blitz: The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman {Review}

Blurb

A THRILLING, MELODICALLY CREEPY MYSTERY.

Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they’re not the only ones.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England’s Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?

That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.

Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.

The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery

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Review

Wow! What a book. I loved it! I was so completely invested in reading this book it literally consumed me. I got it finished in less than 24 hours as I had to know what was going on.

The whole thing was so well written, the way that the Kirkdale Angel was put into the story and how things unfolded was a fantastic plot point and I genuinely didn’t know who the villian was until it was disclosed.

There were lots of twists and turns and well established sub-plots which kept the story flowing at a great rate.

Completely immersive and enjoyable. I cannot wait to read more from the author.

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Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery/dp/1916426212

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07FWGJDHR

Direct from Red Dog Press – https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/shop

Author Bio

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

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The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates {Review}

Blurb

“The dead are restless here…”

Remy is a tour guide for Carrow House, a notoriously haunted building. When she’s asked to host seven guests for a week-long stay to research Carrow’s phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous.

At first, it’s everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with the outside world, and things quickly become twisted. Doors open on their own. Seances go disastrously wrong. Red liquid seeps from behind the wallpaper. Their spirit medium wanders through the house during the night, seemingly in a trance.

Then one of the guests dies under strange circumstances, and Remy is forced to consider the possibility that the ghost of the house’s original owner, a twisted serial killer, still walks the halls.

But by then it’s too late to escape.

Review

I’ve read a lot of books in my time and I always love a good ghost story. However, I have yet to read one that has given me the heebie geebies, that was until I read The Carrow Haunt.

What an absolutely amazing book. I was recommended it by a friend and thought I’d give it a go, it was even better because it was on Kindle Unlimited.

I had never heard of the book or the author but man I have been missing out.

Darcy has written a fantastically spooky book. There were moments I genuinely got the creeps and had to look about my room cause the shadows were giving away to my vivid imagination, spurred on by the wonderful story telling laid out in this book.

I loved the characters, all of them and their little quirks. I felt like I was with Remy every step of the way, my heart raced as hers did, my hair stood on end as hers did. I can’t get over how much I thoroughly loved this book.

I’ve made a start on another by the same author called Craven Manor and have high expectations.

I would really advise that you read The Carrow Haunt if you love paranormal/ghost stories.

If you have read this book please let me know below in the comments and tell me what you thought of it. Hopefully you were as delighted as me to find something to give you the chills.

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Reprobation by Catherine Fearns {Review}

Hey Everyone.

Today I have a review for the book Reprobation by Catherine Yearns.

Blurb

Are you one of the elect?
Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.
When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.
Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell. Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

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Review

I’m not really sure where to begin with this review as my feelings on the book are quite mixed. In terms of the overall story involving the murder I really enjoyed the whole plotline. Everything from the Nun to the Metal Band was different and intriguing. I liked the characters of Helen and Mikko a lot.

However, this is where I get conflicted. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary filler. The Author spent quite a chunk of a fair few pages explaining religious things and other bits that just were not needed for the plot to work. After a while I found myself skimming over these bits as they were a detriment to my reading experience rather than bonus.

Despite this the plot and story was very well executed and Catherine has a great way of creating believable characters.

I would rate Reprobation 3.5 stars overall. It’s definitely worth a read if you like these sort of crime novels.

Purchase Link

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Author Profile

Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her first novel, a crime thriller called
‘Reprobation’, will be published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018. As a music journalist Catherine is a regular contributor to Pure Grain Audio, and she has also published numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction.Catherine has a degree from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She began her career as a financial analyst, but after having four children she retrained as a breastfeeding counsellor. Having lived in several countries, she recently
moved to Switzerland, where she discovered her love of writing and is a member of the Geneva Writers’ Group. She plays the piano very well but prefers to play the guitar very badly. Oh, and she likes metal music. A lot.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Facebook: Catherine Fearns

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Don’t forget we have other great bloggers taking part in this tour, be sure to pop along and read their reviews.

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman {Review}

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Hey everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the cosy novel by Lucy Coleman, Snowflakes over Holly Cove.

Blurb

As the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around…’

So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

As cosy as a marshmallow-topped mug of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.

Purchase Link 

 http://smarturl.it/SnowflkOverHollyCove

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Review

What a perfectly cosy way to spend evenings! Reading about Tia’s life and those who she meets along her not just physical but emotional journey. I really enjoyed Snowflakes over Holly Cove. The story was written well and made me feel warm and snug, perfect for reading with a hot chocolate in your hand.

The story pace and flow was very natural and I found myself really wanting to invest not only in How’s character but also in Olwyn, Nic and Max’s lives.

Bit all sunshine and butterflies the story focuses on some rather hard topics such as the death of a parent but it is done in a way that doesn’t bring you down, and still gives empathy for the main character.

Such a perfect autumnal and winter read, I cannot wait to see what else Lucy comes out with.

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About The Author

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Social Media Links

https://www.facebook.com/LinnBHaltonAuthor/

 https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth   

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Thank you for reading

Emma-Louise X

Blog Tour: Open Grave by A.M. Peacock {Book Review}

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Today I have a book review for you for novel Open Grave by A. M. Peacock.

Blurb


When two bodies are discovered in an open grave, Lambert must put his personal worries aside and work the case. But when the body of a local thug shows up on the banks of the River Tyne, the DCI’s criminal past comes back to haunt him.

Meanwhile, a local celebrity singer claims that she is being stalked. Could there be a link to the killings?

As the bodies start to pile up, Lambert realises the motive lies in the past and that the killer is taunting them.

The clock is ticking. Can he catch the murderer, or will one of their own end up in an open grave?

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Review

Great book, 5 stars.

Detective Lambert is a great cop with flaws and an interesting life. I’m intrigued to see what becomes of him and how his story develops in further books.

There is more than meets the eye with Christiansen, I have a potential theory about him but don’t want to speak it out loud yet.

Watkins is a bit of a sleaze with women but young and still naive and is good at his job. He has unwavering loyalty to Lambert.

There were lots of twists and turns and it was unpredictable right to the end. While there was a lot going on and various sub-plots the novel is very well written and you don’t lose track or feel bombarded.

Pace was really well done, leading up to a great climax. Can’t wait to read more from Adam.

About The Author

A.M. Peacock grew up in the North East of England before leaving to study for a degree in music technology at the University of Hull. A subsequent return to his hometown of South Shields saw him spend seven years as a teacher in a local college before changing careers to become a trade union official.

Having always been an avid reader, he took to writing after being encouraged to do so by his PGCE tutor. He has since gone on to produce a number of short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions, as well as producing articles for both the local press and a university magazine.

A.M. Peacock is passionate about crime fiction and his debut novel, Open Grave, is the first in what he hopes will become a series of DCI Jack Lambert books.

Away from writing, A.M. Peacock enjoys watching films, playing guitar and can often be found pavement pounding in preparation for the odd half marathon.

Links

Facebook

Twitter – @ampeacockwriter

www.ampeacock.co.uk

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x