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  • Title: The Slaughter of Leith Hall
  • Author: Lexie Conyngham
  • Publisher: The Kellas Cat Press
  • Publication Date: 17th February 2020

Copy received from blog tour organiser for review purposes.

Description:

‘See, Charlie, it might be near twenty year since Culloden, but there’s plenty hard feelings still amongst the Jacobites, and no so far under the skin, ken?’

Charlie Rob has never thought of politics, nor strayed far from his Aberdeenshire birthplace. But when John Leith of Leith Hall takes him under his wing, his life changes completely. Soon he is far from home, dealing with conspiracy and murder, and lost in a desperate hunt for justice.

My Thoughts:

This is the first of Lexie Conyngham’s books that I’ve read and it won’t be the last.
Rich in historic detail, Conyngham weaves a tale that captures the reader’s imagination and you cannot help but become invested in the lives of the characters. Taking time to create a solid foundation for the story, readers are gently eased into the tale and details are built up to give a clear picture of the characters and the background before turning into a page turner that has the reader gripped by the twists and turns, wanting to find out what happens next, the whys and the hows.

The character list at the beginning of the book is great, it helps readers keep track of who everyone is and can act as a quick memory aid if you get lost momentarily.
What really stood out for me was the level of detail that the author has included in her work, she takes great care to evoke vivid images of the settings and period, which I found made me want to research various things and find out more.

If you’re looking for a new historical fiction author, I would highly recommend checking out the other books by Lexie Conyngham, I certainly will be!

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  • Title: How The Wired Weep
  • Author: Ian Patrick
  • Publication Date: 30th June 2020

Copy received from blog tour organiser for review purposes, and electronic copy purchased via Amazon.co.uk

Description:
The Wire crosses the pond.

Ed is a detective who handles informants. He recruits Ben, a young man, who is treading a dangerous path into the criminal underworld.
Ben’s unsure of where his loyalties lie. They have to find a way to work together despite their differences.

Both men are drawn into the world of Troy, a ruthless and brutal leader of an Organised Criminal Network.

Ben is torn between two worlds as he tries to walk the impossible line between criminality and helping Ed combat crime.
He lives in fear of discovery.

When your life is thrown upside down who do you turn to in order to survive?

Set against the backdrop of the 2012 Olympic Games, How the Wired Weep is a fast paced urban thriller where time is against both men as they attempt to serve their own agendas.

My Thoughts:

There’s always something you associate with certain authors and their work, and when I think of Ian Patrick, I immediately think of an intense story, powerful writing and an authenticity that makes you feel like you’ve lived through an experience. How The Wired Weep has all of this and so much more, and I would urge readers to grab a copy!

Without rehashing the plot, I focus on the strong characterisation and intensity that are in this book. Ian Patrick gives the reader a character in Ed that is far from perfect, he walks a line between good and bad and often skirts the law but he has good intentions. He is close to his colleagues, something that is necessary in this line of work, but often that’s to the detriment of his home life and the fertility treatment he and his wife are undertaking.
Ben, recently released from prison, passes information to Ed to help take down one of the heads of the London criminal network. Ben’s life has been one filled with drugs, crime and abandonment. With no father figure to follow, Ben worries for his own child and the life it will have will it be taken into care like the other babies in his family. He looks to Ed as a role model at times, he seeks approval, but equally, he doesn’t always trust easily. The dynamic between these two characters makes for an intense and fascinating read.

Instead of presenting readers with a stereotypical police procedural, Ian Patrick offers readers a glimpse into the world of policing and criminals that is vivid and realistic. It is compelling reading and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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  • Title: Oi Aardvark!
  • Author: Key Gray & Jim Field
  • Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
  • Publication Date: 3rd September 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

Baboons sit on balloons, crocs sit on clocks and donkeys sit on long keys . . .

Let Frog, Dog and Cat guide you through the alphabet from Aardvark to Zebra in this hilarious new picture book from the creators of Oi Frog! With a special fold-out surprise!

The laughter never ends with Oi Frog and Friends!

Our Thoughts:

Today I am thrilled to welcome my little bookworm to join me in reviewing a book. Small and I have been huge fans of the Oi series since we discovered them a few years ago and have patiently awaited new tales of Frog, Cat and Dog as they rhyme their way through the seating arrangements of the animals. Each book has brought much laughter and delight and we regularly revisit them so when the call went out to join the alphabet blog tour for Oi Aardvark we just had to volunteer to be letter Q!

With beautiful illustrations throughout, the story comes to life perfectly and readers of all ages are drawn in to the story, the cunning ways of Frog play out well as he tries to think of how to solve the problems left over from the previous book, where there’s a will …. But I have to admit that Cat is probably my favourite, the dry delivery of the comments just makes me laugh even harder.

Although aimed at an audience of 3-5 year olds, we find this series perfect for bedtime reading, and Small who is starting on her reading journey loves being able to recognise the words in the book and tries to read several pages herself until she comes to a tricky word. The rhyming prose is perfect for helping younger ones learn and link words together, and we found that we were trying to find rhymes to go with our names or the things around us.

But the final word has to go to Small … “I liked the funny words, I liked that Frog kept trying to find everyone a place to sit. He’s silly. Are there animals left for a new book?”

Follow the blog tour and see what everyone else thinks!

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