Blog Tour: The Sinister Gathering by Dianne Ezzard {Review}

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Blurb

Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead she finds a dead body.

Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.

Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.

She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.

She should never have entered that fateful property.

She was looking for peace but found death.

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Review

I was a little worried when I got this book, with it being the 3rd book in a series and not having read the first two I wondered if it would mean I struggle with catching up. I was assured that it would be fine to read as a stand alone and it was. It would be nce to have more background on Sophie but it isn’t a necessity as the author does a good job of filling in the blanks as you go through the story.

I have to admit though I did struggle with the book, I don’t feel that the story really gave me the feeling of suspense as I read it and I did not warm to any of the characters. I didn’t feel invested which is a shame because the storyline itself was a good one.

The pacing of the story was done well but I found there was a lot of filler that was not neccessary. There were certain things written into the story that were not factually accurate and that made it hard for me to really absorb mysef into a world that was part of the world we live within.

All in all though, it wasn’t a completely bad read. The author puts forward a compelling storyline that I am sure some will love.

I am afraid that this only gets a 3 star for me but please, give it a try yourself.

Purchase Links

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Sinister-Gathering-Sophie-Brown-Book-ebook/dp/B07HWP9V5H

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Sinister-Gathering-Sophie-Brown-Book-ebook/dp/B07HWP9V5H

Author Bio 

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives.

Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.

She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

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Social Media Links

http://dezzardwriter.com/

https://www.facebook.com/dezzardwriter/

https://twitter.com/diane_ezzard

Thank you for reading and please pop along to the other bloggers taking part and see what they thought of The Sinister Gathering.

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Emma-Louise x

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A Hollow Sky by M. Sean Coleman

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Hey Everyone,

I know it’s the 11th December and I am extremely late with this review, well to be honest, with all my reviews. Still, I would rather post even if it is late.

Blurb

A SUSPENSEFUL, ATMOSPHERIC THRILLER.

Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.

The next day, Jane died in her husband’s arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.

When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan’s house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.

 

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Review

I really enjoyed the previous Alex Ripley novel so I was excited to get stuck into this one. I wasn’t disappointed as I really enjoyed it. The outcome was somewhat predictable but this didn’t spoil the reading experience or the story. All the little turns were a great read and I was so eager to see what happened with Megan and Alex in this situation.

Coleman writes really well, he manages to write with a talent that let’s the words flow from the pages and immerse you in the reading experience. It was good to see more about Alex and her life surrounding her husband and how it also has had an impact on her thought process and mental clarity. I really am excited to see how things move forward for her after the end of this book.

I am looking forward to seeing what he releases in the future and I can’t wait to read more about Alex Ripley.

You can see my review on the first book in the series here

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Guest Post by Isabella Muir

I’m Isabella Muir, the author of the Sussex Crime Mystery series.  This series of three books is based around the character of Janie Juke, a young librarian. Set in the late 1960s, Janie Juke turns out to be an excellent amateur sleuth, following in the footsteps of her hero, Hercule Poirot.  The stories are based in the fictional Sussex seaside town of Tamarisk Bay and are perfect for anyone who loves Agatha Christie and the swinging sixties.

And now – to celebrate the birthday of the great Queen of Crime – Agatha Christie – THE SUSSEX CRIME MYSTERIES is available as a compilation for a special discounted price – only until 15th September.

This collection of three previously published books, includes THE TAPESTRY BAG (Book 1), LOST PROPERTY (Book 2), and THE INVISIBLE CASE (Book 3). All three books can be bought individually.

ABOUT BOOK 1: THE TAPESTRY BAG

A young woman, Zara, goes missing, one year to the day that her boyfriend, Joel, was killed in a hit and run.   Is Zara in danger?  Is she still alive?  What really happened to Joel and who is to blame?

In the quiet seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, the police appear to be doing little to find Zara.  Her friend Janie decides to make it her mission to track her down.   It’s the ‘swinging sixties’ and Janie fears that Zara may be mixed up with drugs, alcohol, or worse.  As Janie explores the strange circumstances of Zara’s disappearance, she starts to question the truth about Joel’s death.

Janie runs the mobile library and has a passion for crime fiction, especially Agatha Christie.  Can Poirot help Janie solve the mystery of Zara’s disappearance?  As she looks for clues Janie comes across some unsavoury characters who each have a reason for wanting Joel dead.  Can she untangle the web of lies and find out the truth?

ABOUT BOOK 2: LOST PROPERTY 

Janie Juke has developed a reputation for finding missing people.  When Hugh Furness asks Janie to track down an old friend, she discovers there is much more at stake than a missing person. 

This new case takes Janie back in time to the Second World War, where she learns about secret missions and brave deeds.  It is the past that holds the key, but she needs to be at her most intuitive to work out what lies behind the rumours and conjecture.

Following in the footsteps of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, Janie enlists the help of local journalist, Libby Frobisher.  Racing around the seaside towns of Tamarisk Bay and Tidehaven, Janie and Libby track down clues and piece together the facts.

A new decade is looming.  In these last months of the 1960s, time is against them.  Hugh Furness is seriously ill and Janie is just months away from the birth of her first child.   Can Janie and Libby find out who is telling the truth before it is too late?

ABOUT BOOK 3: THE INVISIBLE CASE

It’s Easter 1970 in the seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, and for one family the first Easter of a new decade brings a shocking tragedy.

Amateur sleuth and professional librarian, Janie Juke, is settling into motherhood and some quality time with her family. When her Aunt Jessica is due back from Rome after nine years travelling around Europe, she arrives back in town with a new Italian friend, Luigi, and the whole family soon get embroiled in a tangle of mystery and suspicion, with death and passion at the heart of the story.

As time runs out on Luigi as prime suspect for murder, Janie has to use all of her powers of deduction in the footsteps of her hero, Hercule Poirot, to uncover the facts. Why did Luigi come to Tamarisk Bay? What is the truth about his family?

As Luigi’s story unfolds, tragedy seems to haunt the past, present and unless Janie acts fast, possibly what is yet to come.

What’s coming next?

I have the embryo of an idea for Number 4 in the Sussex Crime mystery series, which will see the young journalist Libby Frobisher lead the investigation – with Janie Juke taking a bit of a back seat!

I am also just putting the final touches to THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, which deals with the heart-breaking topic of the child migrants who were sent by the UK to Australia in the post-war era, right up until 1970.  THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is available for pre-order, and will be published 29th November.

And when I’m not writing…I help my husband run a small campsite in West Sussex, ably supported by our gorgeous Scottie dog, Hamish!

Readers can keep in touch with me by:

Email: theisabellamuir@gmail.com

Website: https://isabellamuir.com/

Twitter @SussexMysteries            

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMuirAuthor/

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Isabella-Muir/e/B074F18ZSY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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A massive thank you to Isabella for taking the time to write this guest post.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x


                 

Writing Prompt #2


2nd Prompt of July. Decay. Less than 750 words and unedited.

‘I locked eyes with the coyote as it stood across the street from me.

Rooted to the spot, my feet wouldn’t  move. I didn’t know whether it was through fear or fascination. 

It looked as it was considering me, considering what It’s options were. It looked as shocked to see me as I was to see it.

With a sudden burst it dashed across the street and went down the alley way. I walked slowly to see where it was but I could no longer see it.

Could this day get any weirder? 

Things had been strange from the moment I woke this morning. My senses heightened. I could hear the conversation the neighbours were having over the road. I could smell the food cooking 3 doors down. My carpet didn’t just feel soft against my feet, it felt like heaven. I tried to remember the previous night. Had I been drugged? I know I was drunk, I remember being at the club, all the drinks and the shots we had. The last thing I remember though was Fraiser slurring words at me I didn’t understand. We were still in the club then.

Then there were the scratches, my arms were covered in them and his neck. What on earth had I gotten into?

And where was Frasier? I called him 7 times this morning. He surely would have some answers as to what went down. He probably got us in another fight, seems to be all to regular lately.

I continued down the road. The sun hidden behind the clouds still blinded me. The smell of decay from the nights bins floated in the breeze. I didn’t know where to go, I just needed coffee. Lots of coffee. 

I became aware of the black car before it turned the corner, there was something about it that didn’t sit right with me. I felt my pulse quicken. It slowed as it passed me, I could smell it stronger then. The smell of rot. I assumed it was the bins but it was this car. What the hell was inside it to smell like that. 

I felt like a hole the size of planet open in the pit of my stomach, dread oozed from my bones. Fear, genuine unadulterated fear poured from me. Whatever this car contained was not something I wanted to come into contact with and with that thought I turned and ran.’

Thanks for reading and please feel free to pop your prompt story in the comments or link to your blog:)

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Hey Everyone. Today I have a review for you for a book I was given in exchange for my honest and unbiased review from Online Bookclub. I had been looking forward to reading this since I received it but due to illness I didn’t get to start it as soon as I had wanted. However, now I have read it and I am ready to tell you all about it.

What is Raven’s Peak about?

Raven’s Peak is a paranormal thriller/mystery. It centers around a young woman named Abigail and a young main named Haatim. The two are thrown together in unlikely circumstances. Abigail is a demon hunter and Haatim is the son of a religious man and has lost his faith. They take a journey together to get answers which they both seek for events in their lives they haven’t yet recovered from. This leads them to the old secluded town of Raven’s Peak where not everything is as it seems.
What Did I think Of Raven’s Peak?

The book opened with a prologue set prior to when the main story starts. With a character called Authur who is highly reglious and a member of The Council. Authur clearly has a mysterious past which we don’t get into but his dealings with a demon open up the book for the story about to unfold.
All in all I did like Raven’s peak. I liked both the main characters but there was something special about Haatim’s edge of naivity that made him especially likable. Both of them were strong in different ways which made them both interesting to read.
The book was action packed from quite early on which made for interesting reading. It didn’t take me long to read the book once I got into it. The story itself was interesting and there were some unique aspects about it.
However, overall I did feel it was somewhat predictable. Predictable in the way that the majority of books involving demons often are. Standard possession of a human. The demon which took over this particular human (a child) was different from the ones I have read previously, this more than made up for the more predictable elements of the story.
The story is the first in the series and the sequel is available now and I will buy and read it. The writing style flowed well and made me, the reader able to understand parts that may have been confusing.
I did especially like the way that the environment felt real, felt normal just as we would expect to see it. This really helped imagine the scenes play out in my head.
The whole idea of The Council vs The Ninth Circle is quite intriguing. I definitely want to read more about them and their history. I have found an ebook available as a novella for The Ninth Circle which I’m hoping to delve into as well
I would rate this book a 4/5 and for those who enjoy paranormal thrillers it is defintely worth a read.
You can find a copy of Raven’s Peak and all subsequent books here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

 

Book Tour: Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey

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Today I have a book bloug tour for Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey.

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Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.

At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…

But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.

And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all.

Can she really trust herself?

Review…

This was a dramatic mystery right from the get go. Following Emily as she goes back and forward wth details she remembers and events that unfolde before and after the accident.

I didn’t really know what was going on until towards the end which made the book enjoyable. Each of the characters had their own quirks which made them a good read, especially Emily’s brother.

If you enjoy a good mystery thriller with twists and turns then this is the book for you.

To purchase Those who Lie you can do so here on Amazon UK and here on Amazon.com

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: The Place That Never Existed by Jim Ody

Hey Everyone, 

Today I bring you a review of The Place That Never Existed by Jim Ody. 

Review…

I quite enjoyed reading this book. There was an air of mystery surrounding the story that for me didn’t come to light until the very end.

The book wasn’t predictable, possibly because of the array of characters that were introduced with underlying stories also going on.

I would highly recommend The Place That Never Existed if you like thriller or mystery novels.

You can purchase the book on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x