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** My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour **



Will Starling has been drafted into the SOE, joining forces with the French Resistance, but his memory is fractured and only occasional flashbacks reveal fragments of his past.

When his mission is compromised, Will suspects that he’s been betrayed. Back in London
he hears that VIPER are developing a deadly weapon. As he and MI5 agent Anna Wilder
set out to destroy it, their every move is anticipated by their enemies.

While Will fights to prevent genocide, his sister, Rose, has become the key to VIPER’s
future plans and is drugged to dull her kinetic powers. But Rose faces danger from an unexpected enemy and her time is running out.

My Thoughts:

Sleeper: The Red Storm is the second book in the series written by JD Fennell and features the young hero Will Starling.
Time has moved on from the first book, Will is now eighteen years old, and slightly wiser than he was when he first encountered VIPER, an organisation pursuing evil. Will is joined by Anna Wilder, a colleague from MI5 as they travel throughout Europe in search of answers. And if this wasn’t dangerous enough, it’s Europe in 1943, the Second World War is underway. Suddenly one enemy force becomes many, and the reach of both is unimaginable.

Continuing from the first book of the series is Will’s mission to find his sister Rose, her story is one of intrigue and sadness. The circumstances of her captivity are interesting and the way that Fennell writes her tale makes it come alive so vividly. The characters around her hold an equal amount of fear and fascination towards her abilities, none of them knowing the full extent of her capabilities but not wanting to be on the receiving end of it.

I really do think that these books need to be read in order so that readers will be able to understand the timelines and the connections between events and characters. Whilst previous events are mentioned in this book, they are coloured by Will’s thoughts and recollections, which gives followers of the series added detail and something to think over.

This second book is a fantastic instalment in the series, and I think that it will thrill fans. Characters are well created and feel so realistic, there are ones who really get under your skin and give you goosebumps! The depth of detail in the writing makes this an enjoyable and riveting read. I found this a fast paced read, one that I flew through in a matter of hours, not wanting to put it down and desperate to see what would happen next.

Now the impatient wait for the next book!


About the Author:

J.D. Fennell was born in Belfast at the start of the Troubles, and began writing stories at a young age to help understand the madness unfolding around him.

A lover of reading, he devoured a diverse range of books – his early influences include Fleming, Tolkien, Shakespeare and the Brontës.

He left Belfast at the age of nineteen and worked as a chef, bartender, waiter and later began a career in writing for the software industry.

These days he divides his time between Brighton and London, where he lives with his partner and their two dogs.

J.D.’s debut, Sleeper, was published by The Dome Press in April 2017. The second book in the Sleeper Series ,The Red Storm,was published in May 2018 and has just been released in paperback with The Dome Press.

Website https://www.sleeperbook.com/

Twitter @jd_fennell 

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** My greatest thanks to the publisher and author for my very early review copy of this book **



Red Snow is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dark Pines, selected for ITV’s Zoe Ball Book Club


One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?


Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.


Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?


My Thoughts:

The much anticipated follow up to Dark Pines is set to publish in January 2019, and readers will be delighted to see the return of protagonist Tuva Moodyson who is ready to take up a new job away from Gavrik, the small town where everyone knows each other and more importantly, they know her and her connection to that case. But before she leaves town, she has a story to report on and a mystery to clear up.

I don’t know about you, but I have been eagerly waiting for my return trip to the Swedish forest, and Red Snow is just the perfect book to transport readers to this chilly, wintry setting. The approaching blizzard makes for a dangerous and menacing presence, the townsfolk are on edge with the recent deaths and worrying about the future of the Grimberg liquorice, the main employer in town.
Tuva is not the only character to reappear; many fans will be delighted to see the woodcarving sisters making a return, as does a certain taxi driver and the reclusive writer. But best of all is the return of Tami and her food van, the delights that she cooks up have your mouth watering as you read, but Dean manages to offset this with the inclusion of salted liquorice amongst other things.

The plotting and pace of Red Snow are excellent; you are aware of mysterious goings on and are drawn in by it all. As tension mounts, Dean manages to inject moments of “normalcy”, glimpses into Tuva’s personal life and relationships, making her an even more relatable and tangible character. But at the same time, he manages to show a side of her that shows vulnerabilities and insecurities. Her wit and unique way of seeing things definitely plays a huge part in this book and I was delighted to see it again.

Swedish cultural references add a wonderful authenticity to the story, the descriptions of the snow skulls was both intriguing and creepy! Will Dean has captured the small town feel perfectly, he’s woven some of the most vivid descriptions of settings and people into a tale that is both clever and complex and proved that his is a name to watch!

There’s always a worry when the second book of a series comes out, will it meet the high standard of the first book? Will the characters continue to act in the same manner or will they develop strange tendencies or quirks between books? Rest assured, there is nothing to worry about, Will Dean has penned am impressive second novel that thrills, chills and delights, it is a worthy addition to the series and I look forward to the next book.

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I am so thrilled to share a post about A Spooky Tale written by Sue Wickstead and her class after a trip out exploring in their local neighbourhood.

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A Spooky Tale: A Walk With Our Teacher

When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go…
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
Why did the class not feel well?
Read the book to find out.

A fictional tale based on a real class walk around the neighbourhood. Where would your walk take you?

The book is available to purchase now via Amazon UK


About the Author:

Have you ever been on a Playbus?
Not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a bus stuffed full of toys and imagination!
When my two children were young, they attended a playgroup on such a bus and as a volunteer I became involved with the committee running the project. The bus really got into my blood and became a work of the heart. I ended up painting the bus as well as working in the groups and raising the profile of the project and its work. As part of the committee and later as a play-worker, I was involved in raising necessary funds to replace the old bus with a newer project. It really was a fun journey to be involved in.
I taught in the local school for over 20 years but during this time I remained involved with all aspects of the playbus project in my spare time, assisting in fund-raising events, as well as working voluntarily in after school play clubs and holiday play schemes.
I left teaching to write the history book about the original bus.
I now work as a supply cover teacher and have been able to tell the many children I meet and teach about the bus as well as show them the photograph. The children were always curious and asked lots of questions about the playbus. This led to me telling a story which I eventually wrote down.
Jay-Jay is the fictional story to go with the factual project.
Over the last few years I have been able to share the fictional story in each school I visit. I always leave a book behind as I go in case they might like a closer look.
I have also been asked by the schools I’ve worked in to provide some work for the children around the book. This has led to me producing a scheme of worksheets to support the story.
In addition, I have undertaken author bookings and I always love sharing the story book and most of all love the feedback and book reviews which the children give me. Many of their comments and opinions I have been able to use on my website blogs.

I have other book ideas in draft or indeed still in the telling but for now I can turn my attention to the next part of my bus journey!

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JayJayBus

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storiesSue/

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Celebrating Indie Publishing sees a review of Literary Landscapes, the follow up book to Literary Wonderlands which I reviewed in October 2017.

“Hardy’s Wessex, Joyce’s Dublin, Du Maurier’s Cornwall sit alongside recent bestsellers, such as Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.  Led by John Sutherland, a team of specialist literary critics have contributed individual essays eg Nick Lezard on Bleak House, Catherine Taylor on Bonjour Tristesse, Alison Flood on The Shipping News and Robert Macfarlane on The Luminaries.
Favourites are interspersed with the unfamiliar, but in all cases, landscape is as central to the tale as any character.”
Literary Landscapes was published by Modern Books on 18th October and is available to buy now.

Book Feature:

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Some stories couldn’t happen just anywhere or any time – often the scenery , landscape or era is as central to the tale as any character – and just as easily recognised. What adventures would Heidi have had without her mountain neighbours? Would Jim Hawkins have experienced such an adventure had he not lived in mid – 1700s England? Literary Landscapes brings together an eclectic collage of over 50 familiar literary worlds paired with original maps and archive material, as well as illustrations and photography.

In this collection of essays the reader will follow Leopold Bloom’s footsteps around Dublin, become immersed in Les Misérable’s revolutionary Paris, feel the chill wind of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and hear the churning paddles of Mississippi steamboats in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.

The landscapes of enduring fictional characters and literary legends are vividly brought to life, evoking all the sights and sounds of the original works. For anyone whoever dreamt of escaping the everyday, Literary Landscapes will transport you to the greatest places in literature.


My Thoughts & Review:

I adore books like this, books that give readers a little something more than a story, ones that give you an answer to a question that you’ve had at the back of your mind but never got round to looking up, or take you on a journey to a landscape you would love to visit.

The moment I saw this book I was wowed, the cover is instantly eye catching and gives you an idea of the detail you will uncover as you lose yourself within the pages of this book. And as soon as I opened it, I eagerly flicked through the sections of names I knew to feast on the beautiful illustrations and absorb the information before moving on to discover new places I’d love to travel to, as well as list of books to add to my ever growing reading list.

Set out in four different sections, Romantic Prospects, Mapping Modernisation, Post-War Panoramas, and Contemporary Geographies, these wonderfully detailed essays give readers a glimpse into the passion the writer holds for the subject. This passion is infectious in that it had me reaching for the mentioned books from my bookshelf, or in some cases buying a copy books that I wanted to read. It’s one of those books that you can dip in and out of, and it’s a great way to pass an afternoon, curled up on the sofa travelling to distant locations through the pages of this excellent collection.
I don’t usually mention anything about the way a book is laid out but in this instance I have to say that the illustrations are exquisite, the maps and photographs are are wonderful, and there is an almost luxurious feel to the book. It would make a great gift for book lovers!



For readers in the UK there is a chance for you to win a copy of Literary Landscapes.
Follow @modernbooks and tweet your own favourite #LiteraryLandscape for a chance to win a copy of Literary Landscapes.

This giveaway is open to UK entries only, and closes on 31st October 2018. Giveaway is not connected to The Quiet Knitter blog.



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Lies Between Us

** My thanks to the author and the publisher for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Will they ever learn the truth?

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .

A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Shari Lapena and Lisa Jewell.


My Thoughts & Review:

Don’t you just love it when an author creates characters that get under your skin, or that sneak into your subconscious and leave you feeling slightly creeped out? That’s exactly what Ronnie Turner has done in her debut thriller Lies Between Us.

With a multilayered plot, Lies Between Us is a book that takes readers on a seriously twisted and complex journey. There are three main perspectives for narration in the form of John, Maisie and Miller. Each of these characters is incredibly detailed, and leaves readers with no clear connection between them and their tales, but one thing is for sure it can’t be something good. The key thing with the narrative is to pay attention to the dates in the header of each chapter, the timelines of the plot shift both backwards and forwards.  It is however, infuriatingly clever, and no matter how hard I tried to puzzle it out, I couldn’t figure it out.
Short chapters ensure that you are held captive by this book, not wanting to put it down for fear of missing what happens next,  but at the same time, you almost want to put it down because you can almost guess that the darkness that’s looming on the horizon will be unnerving, claustrophobic and chilling.

I don’t want to say much about the plot, the details are there in the book description, that’s enough to have most potential readers curious. And quite honestly, I don’t think I could adequately describe this. Think of a five-year-old trying to recount all of their birthday presents … “this and then this, and then this, oh and there’s that, and the other thing …” suffice to say that Turner has expertly and deviously plotted a thriller that has you scratching your head and constantly on the back foot trying to work it all out and still floors you when she ties all the strands up.
The levels of emotions that Turner evokes from her readers is immense. She is able to portray the distress, turmoil, tension, and obsession of each of the situations and characters so vividly that readers cannot help but feel pulled into the book, drawn to that moment of the plot. But for me, it has to be charactersation that really sets this apart from the rest!


Purchase Links:

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keep your friends close

** My thanks to damppebbles blog tours and Killer Reads for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

An addictive and shocking psychological thriller, full of twists you won’t see coming, perfect for fans of FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall.

A friend who won’t let you escape.
When Karin is taken on a romantic break by her loving partner Aaron, she can’t wait for him to propose. But her surprise weekend quickly becomes a nightmare from which she may never escape.

Who wants everything you have.
They are staying by the beach at the Midland – a grand hotel where Karin used to work. And where Karin’s dangerous and obsessive ex, whom she has been trying to leave behind for years, is waiting patiently for her to return.

Who won’t stop until your life is in ruins.
Now all of Karin’s darkest secrets are being dragged into the light and her friends are turning against her. When one of them is murdered, Karin begins to realise just how treacherous relationships can be…

My Thoughts & Review:

The moment I read the description of this book I knew that I needed to read it, this sounded so intriguing and exciting!

With a creeping unease, June Taylor slowly gives readers breadcrumbs of information as she reveals the details in Keep Your Friends Close. The opening chapter is deceptively vague, giving no solid information about characters and the connections between them, something I found that made me even more intrigued. I needed to find out about the characters and their connections. I needed to find out more about Karin and where she came from, and what the significance of her twenty second birthday was!

Taylor has created some fantastic characters in this book, whilst not all readers will like all characters, there are definitely ones here that have you squirming uncomfortably in your seat. The real tricky thing is working out which characters to trust, or more, which parts of the story to trust … it certainly does make for an engrossing and exciting read.
Karin has a history steeped in secrets, there are very few people who know everything about her and that’s the way she wants to keep it. Knowing her secrets gives people power over her and that’s something she cannot let happen. She realises all too late that it might have been a good idea to share some more of her secrets with her boyfriend, especially after arriving on the doorstep of the hotel where her abusive ex works. Unfortunately, this is the beginning of Karin’s carefully constructed new life unravelling.

The pacing of the book was spot on for me, I felt that I was pulled in with the good use of short chapters and found that I almost managed to read this in one day.


Purchase Links:

Amazon UK




About the Author:

June Taylor is a UK psychological thriller writer.  For many years she was a TV promos writer/producer before turning to writing plays and fiction.  She was runner-up in the 2011 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition with her YA novel.  Her debut Adult psychological thriller Losing Juliet was nominated for the Not the Booker Prize 2017.

Keep Your Friends Close is June’s second psychological thriller for the HarperCollins Killer Reads imprint.  The ebook comes out on 26th October 2018 (paperback 10th January 2019).

June is active in her local writing scene, including serving on the Board of Script Yorkshire and taking part in Leeds Big bookend.

When she’s not writing she likes to shrink her life down into a campervan and take off on some adventure with her husband.  She lives in Yorkshire.  You can also find June at her website. On Twitter and Facebook and occasionally on Instagram too.



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I am thrilled to welcome you to The Quiet Knitter today to share an extract from Gary Raymond’s thrilling novel The Golden Orphans.

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Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…

Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…

The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller.

Purchase Links:

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The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond – EXTRACT


Chapter 1

Until the Russian turned up with his entourage, I was the only person at the funeral, and I had come two and half thousand miles to be there. The priest, in his cassock and black hat, had answered when I asked that yes, he would have carried out the service alone if it had come to that, delivered the eulogy about a stranger to nothing but the heavy warm air and an audience of buried bodies. I didn’t linger on my surprise at the turnout, saying only, “Is there really no-one else coming?” The priest carried with him the demeanour of a man more than halfway through a career that required little more than sympathetic nodding, and he said in good English, “Everything was arranged and paid for by Mr Prostakov, but that is all I know, I’m afraid.” I took this in, took in the unfamiliar name, and perused the flat wilderness of the graveyard. I was just three hours on the island and I had seen little more than grasslands mixing up in shades of tan and umber, the edges of villages emerging from diverging roadways, and isolated villas like discarded boxes flickering in the heat of the middle distance. My taxi driver had not spoken a word all the way from Larnaca, and I had lost my thoughts to the white noise of tyres on tarmac.

“Are you a relative of the deceased?” the priest said.

I hesitated. I said that I was not, that he was an old friend, and that we had lost touch over the last few years. The priest nodded in the way he would have done no matter what my answer had been. And we walked together out to the plot at the far end of the graveyard.

“Who was it you said paid for the funeral?” I said.

“Mr Prostakov.”

“And why would he do that?”

“I believe he was Mr Benthem’s employer.”

I had questions, of course. Questions about Francis Benthem’s death, about his life in the years since I had last seen him or heard from him – I had brought those questions with me on the flight. But I also had more immediate questions: what was the priest going to read? Had anybody else been informed? How had this afternoon all come about?

But I didn’t ask any of them, immediate or otherwise. Through the warm air came a merciful breeze, and we both took positions at the graveside. There was Francis’s coffin, the “music box” as he used to refer to them, “where the music stops”. He was in it, of course, and I hadn’t really given much thought to the fact I would be standing so close to the cold remains of a man who taught me everything I knew about the path I had chosen in life, and in many ways had perhaps helped me choose that path. I had met him when he was lecturer at St Martin’s just over twenty years before, back when I was all piss and vinegar, a painter who felt he would change the world, just like almost everybody else who came through those doors. It was an institute of firebrands, from the student body all the way up through the faculty. Francis had a reputation for confrontation in the lecture hall, of deconstructing young turks, and was a member of the clique of the fine art faculty who still regularly made headlines with their work. My tilt to my moxie (as he would have put it) back then was to set fire to the establishment, of which I perceived Francis to be a member. He pointed out early on that it was an interesting tactic I had in hand, enrolling at St Martin’s and deciding to set fire to the building I myself was now in. “Welcome to the establishment,” he had said. “Set fire to what you want. It can take it.”

There seemed something so small about that box. The priest began his words but I didn’t take them in. I hadn’t noticed, but a few yards away, two gravediggers the colour of lead were sitting on a headstone smoking cigarettes waiting for this odd little theatre to end so they could drop Francis into the ground. Francis had made a name for himself painting scenes like this just after the war, pulling shards of light onto mounds of morbid earth. He said to me once that the nineteen forties was the only time when death was bigger than a conversation, it was a canvas rather than a scene, it was just there with all of us, like pissing and shitting, it didn’t matter where you looked you had one eye on it. Before that and after it, he said, death was not there until it happened, either to you or to someone you knew. I couldn’t quite get over how much those two gravediggers looked like a Francis Benthem painting.

I don’t know about you, but that’s certainly got me intrigued!

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Today on Celebrating Indie Publishing I am thrilled to share a review of a book that I immensely enjoyed. Disaster Inc by Caimh McDonnell is fifth book to feature his enigmatic character Bunny McGarry and is a true comedic delight for his fans.

Disaster Inc was published by McFori Ink on 16th September and is available to buy now!

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He’s a good man having a bad day with the worst hangover. 

All Bunny McGarry wants is a spot of breakfast and a decent cup of tea. So imagine how annoyed he gets when two masked men attempt to rob the New York diner he is in? Unfortunately, dealing with that problem just leads to a whole lot more. One of the diner’s other customers isn’t who she appears to be, and the odds aren’t great that she is going to live to see another breakfast. 

So just how much trouble is she in? 

Well, you know how they’re always telling us to pay attention to our pensions?   Some ex-employees of the US government are really taking that advice to heart by using their mayhem-creating abilities to maximise their investments. When one of their fund managers has a momentary crisis of conscience and confesses all to a woman he hardly knows, they will stop at nothing to deal with the problem.  Amy Daniels is in big trouble and the only thing keeping her alive is a man who is supposed to already be dead. 

My Thoughts & Review:

I bloody love Bunny McGarry, this is a character that I can happily say that I would probably follow into any genre, even if he were to start flying a spaceship or riding rodeo, though perhaps not if he were to swerve into a Fifty Shades of Grey type book … I do have limits.
Disaster Inc is another hilarious offering from the comic genius that is Caimh McDonnell, the Irish/Cork wit that he weaves effortlessly throughout the narrative will have readers chuckling out loud and reading out to anyone around you.

Bunny McGarry is now across the pond in America, but as always, drink has played a part in his downfall and he finds himself without his phone or money and no means of getting in contact with the only person that can help him. And if that wasn’t complication enough, he finds himself on the wrong side of a gun when two balaclava clad men storm the cafe he’s eating breakfast in.
The fast thinking Irishman soon realises that something isn’t right and sets about causing mischief, or sure, doesn’t mischief find him?

What then follows is a madcap adventure with McGarry not keeping a low profile as he was told to, instead he’s coming to the aid of a damsel in distress who has some dangerous people looking for her.

The writing is clever and the pace is almost breakneck speed, readers are thrown into the vortex with Bunny McGarry, but it’s enjoyable. The level of detail in the plot is fantastic, investment banking is something that I never thought I would find interesting to read about but somehow Caimh McDonnell managed to make it almost exciting.

And for the record, I completely agree with Bunny’s horror at the lack of tea … it’s just wrong!

A wonderful start to a new series and one I cannot wait to read more about!

You can buy a copy of Disaster Inc via Amazon UK

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I’m thrilled to welcome you to another Friday post to celebrate another great indie book, this time it’s Heart in the Right Place by Lisa Hill.

This is billed as “a perfect romantic read for the summer”, and is available to buy now. It was published by Manatee Books in July 2018.



Lottie Hardwicke is Yorkshire’s answer to Kirstie Allsopp, but ten years spent raising her three children with husband, Drew, has relegated her to Saturday Girl status at the family estate agents. This is Lottie’s year; she’s turning over a new leaf and is going to make her time in property less of a borderline obsession and more of an actual career. Only, she hasn’t bet on her interfering in-laws returning to scupper her plans or her teenage crush, celebrity Tom Thorpe, arriving in the village and offering her the opportunity of a lifetime, which could compromise everything…

Can Lottie have it all? Can she be a hands-on mum and get her career back, without wrecking her marriage in the process?

My Thoughts & Review:

Heart in the Right Place is the perfect way to round off my summer reads, the sun may not be shining as is did in the summer months but it certainly felt like it was whilst I read this listening to the autumn winds blowing outside.

A cast of very human and relatable characters spring from the pages with some quirky personalities and although some are less likeable than others, they are written in such a way that draws some strong feelings from the readers. And as readers get to know them better, they begin to see that there might be more to the fluster and bluster or the brusqueness, I certainly was surprised by one character once I found out a bit more about them.

Several separate strands make up the plot of this book and for the most part they are intriguing, if not frustrating when you put yourself in the shoes of the character involved. It’s that sort of read that you cannot help but become slightly invested in.
The themes of friendship, love and family play a huge part in the narrative and are written in such a way that moves the pace of the book along so quickly.

A truly lovely and enchanting read to pass a few hours with!

You can buy a copy of Heart in the Right Place via:

Amazon UK


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** My thanks to Karen Sullivan for my copy of this book and to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Sex, lies and ill-fitting swimwear … Sun Protection Factor 100

Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary.
With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason.

My Thoughts & Review:

Antti Tuomainen has a wonderful sense of humour that he deftly weaves throughout his writing, and so readers are in for a real treat with Palm Beach, Finland.  His unique brand of dark humour is perfectly matched to a superbly plotted narrative and some impressive characterisation, culminating in one of the most impressive reads that will leave you desperate for more!

Jan Nyman is an undercover police officer tasked with some of the most difficult and often taxing operations facing the National Central Police.  His current case, investigating a mysterious death at a peculiar holiday resort billed as Finland’s answer to the Floridan town.
The madcap cast of characters makes this a delight to read, and strangely enough it’s the less wholesome characters that appealed most to me.  Robin, Chico and Holma all have something in common, their actions are the result of circumstance.  Holma in particular is on a mission to get answers and has no qualms about using deception, force or sheer bloody violence to get what he wants.

As with Tuomainen’s other books, the descriptions of settings are magnificent and give the reader the feeling of being transported to the shores of Finland.  The frigid air of the holiday village setting leeches from the pages and leaves you feeling suitably chilled, the plot on the other hand will unnerve you and have you devouring the book to find out what happens.

The writing is clever, it’s electrifying and utterly brilliant.  This is an author you want to watch out for, each of his books is a joy to read and usually renders me speechless at the level of inventiveness woven throughout the plots.

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Letter Twenty

it's all about the tea

On The Shelf Books

A bookblog for readers

Gem's Quiet Corner

Welcome to my little corner. Grab a cup of tea (or hot drink of preference), find your happy place and join me to talk all things bookish...