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Blog Tour: The Silent Girls by Ann Troup..

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I’m very excited to have the pleasure of being the last stop for the The Silent Girls blog tour. A fantastic book written by an equally fantastic writer.  This is my first Ann Troup read so without further ado,let’s find out more about this new and vibrant author. 

Author Bio:

  

Ann Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.

Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughters bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.
She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.
In a former incarnation she was psychiatric nurse, an experience which frequently informs her writing. She has also owned a cafe and an art/craft gallery. Now she only makes bacon sandwiches as a sideline, but does continue to dabble with clay, paint, paper, textiles, glue…you name it. Occasionally she may decide to give away some of these creations (you have been warned!).
More about Ann and her books can be found in the following places:

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Blurb:

What if everything you knew was a lie…

This house has a past that won’t stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak.

Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.

For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth must come out.

Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it isn’t best to leave them buried.

An unforgettable and addictive story, perfect for fans of Lesley Thomson, Diane Chamberlain and Tracy Buchanan. 


Review:

When I first came across came this book, I was intrigued by the cover and title, somehow a part of me knew straight away that there’s going to be something special about this book and I as I finished the last page, I was happy that my initial perspective was spot on. 

The story revolves around our protagonist Edie, who returns to Coronation Sqaure only to find herself tangled in a web of deceit that started long before. 5 murders, solved and forgotten. Or were they? As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that there’s much more to the stories behind the murders than what has been told and we join Edie as she searches for answers no one seems to know. 

As the lead, Edie was near enough perfect. She was full of strength, responsibility, leadership and love that allowed her character to be three dimensional. Her character growth was a joy to read. The decisions she makes and conclusions she came to highlighted the realism in this novel. Obviously it’s fiction, but that added element of realism really made the suspense that much better. I also enjoyed her interactions with the secondary characters, good and bad. 

I was pleasantly surprised with her writing style. I admit the first few chapters were a bit slow for me but after that Ann’s writing really picked up and the story began to flow seamlessly. Ann excelled in her setting. The descriptions were so vivid and I enjoyed learning about Coronation Square and everything that was weird and wonderful about it.

Overall, I found the novel a good suspense read that grips you from beginning to end.  There were enough twists and turns to keep me hooked and I found the plot to be very strong and it held the book together. I look forward to more from Ann and I will definitely go back and read her debut. 

Overall Rating: 8/10
Thank you for stopping by my blog today, be sure to check out the previous stops on what was an incredible blog tour! 

  

BLOG TOUR: Wish Upon a Christmas Cake by Darcie Boleyn..

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Today my blog hosts the first review stop for the wonderful new novel by Darcie Boleyn, Wish Upon a Christmas Cake. There’s also a fab giveaway for all you lucky readers but before kick-starting the review, let’s find out more about our author and her debut novel.


Author Bio:

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Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

More information about Darcie and her debut book can be found in the following places:

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Wish Upon a Christmas Cake can be purchased from the following places:

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Blurb:

The most wonderful time of the year?

Katie Warham has just one wish this year…to have the best Christmas ever!

If only she could lock herself away in a cloud of flour and sugar at her cosy little tearoom, Crumbtious Cakes, instead of spending the festive season trapped with her judgemental mother, crazy Aunt Gina and loved-up celebrity brother Carl…

But Katie never expected her ex-boyfriend, widower Sam – and his two adorable children – to turn up on her doorstep. She didn’t think that any man could tempt her under the mistletoe this year, but Sam might just prove the exception! And as the snow begins to fall and Katie puts the final touches to her famous Christmas cake, she begins to wonder, could her Christmas wish actually come true?

Review:

We’re hurtling towards that time of year where the festive novels are releasing and taking us on a fun-filled journey of love, family and friendship. Wish Upon a Christmas Cake is one such novel that gives us that in spades, and more.

The story revolves around our protagonist Katie, who like most people during this time of year, is really hoping to have at least one Christmas wish come true. Of course, you have to factor in that being a romance novel, happy endings are expected but the road to that dream being fulfilled is a slippery one for Katie as she turns and tumbles her way through her over-bearing mother, hilarious (in my eyes) Aunt and brother and the unexpected but most welcome surprise of seeing her ex-boyfriend again.

Katie is my favourite type of heroine; equal parts strength and vulnerability. She doesn’t let her vulnerability trample over her festive cheer and charges on with her life with a can-do, will-do attitude. It was a delight to get inside her head and see how everything in the past has had an impact on her future. Our hero Sam is just as wonderful and really brings out the best in Katie. The supporting characters add a great mix into this story and entertain you from start to finish, my favourite is definitely Katie’s brother Carl and seeing their bond flourish was one of the great highlights of this book.

The romance itself was perfect for a warm winter’s (or in this case autumn’s) night. I was pleasantly surprised by how sentimental the novel actually was. I had expected the romance to be warm but the emotional side of the story really tugs on the heart strings and is perfect for die-hard romance readers. Darcie does a brilliant job of interweaving the lives of both Katie and Sam and the Christmas season is just the added bonus in this festive romance.

Although there are a lot of Christmas romance novels now being released, I would definitely recommend readers to pick up Wish Upon a Christmas Cake as it gives you the perfect excuse to step into and enjoy the holiday season with a feel good romance novel. Darcie Boleyn’s debut novel is elegantly written and draws you in page after page and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Definitely pick up a copy this Christmas season!

Overall Rating: 8/10  


Giveaway: 

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BLOG TOUR: The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James..

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Today my blog hosts a review stop for the wonderful new novel by Lynsey James, The Broken Hearts Book Club. Before kick-starting the review, let’s find out more about our author and her latest novel.


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 Author Bio:

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

More information on Lynsey and her novels can be found in the following places:

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Blurb:

Secrets never stay buried for long…

Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid…

Luna Bay hasn’t changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’, Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can’t wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she’s kept buried for so long – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

Review:

I usually don’t let book covers form my opinion on a book but from the very beginning I was hooked by this gorgeous cover and I knew instantly that I had to absolutely have a read of this book. I’m so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed Lynsey’s novel.

This is my second James novel and  I was delighted by the way in which Lynsey created a warm and wonderful world that allowed me to escape for a few hours.

The plot of the novel revolves around our protagonist, Lucy Harper, who is returning home to Luna Bay, after a very long time to fulfill her late grandmother’s wishes. Lucy has been running from her past her whole life but when she arrives back home, her past finds a way of catching up with her. With lots of love, laughter and warmth, Lynsey unravels a story that brings you so much joy.

Although the initial premise is quite similar to a lot of romance novels, I really liked Lynsey’s take on it. She has a way with words that entrances the reader and forces them to keep reading on. Her writing is quite reminiscent of some popular American romance authors that I love and I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr.

The characters in this novel are all vibrant and relatable. Lucy makes for a charismatic protagonist who’s dealt with life as she thought best. I admired her and found her to be a wonderful character who blossoms as the story goes by. Having a strong protagonist is a plus but the supporting characters within the story are the perfect icing on the cake. Lynsey’s done a good job of creating a cast of characters that enlighten this tale of romance and intrigue.

I’ve been reading a lot of books where I’ve had to analyse every page in depth, so it was nice to break out of that to enjoy an easy read that allows you to relax and unwind. Although the ending is predictable I liked knowing that this was a no fuss, solid romance that would make me smile and that’s exactly what I got. Perfect for a cold rainy day and to curl up in front of the fire type book, that romance fans will enjoy. Lynsey writes wonderfully entertaining books and I very much look forward to her next.

Overall Rating: 8/10

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BLOG TOUR: Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James..

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Today is my stop on the Just The Way You Are Blog Tour, a delightful romance novel by Lynsey James. A lot to get through today so first up is a quick bio on our author, following a review and then an awesome opportunity to partake in a giveaway! Without further ado..


Author Bio:

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

You can find out more about Lynsey and her novels in the following places:

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Blurb:

Dear Ava,

How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can’t remember the last time she had a second date. It’s a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.

Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two – she’s in love with someone else. Someone she’s never even met.

It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.

Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she’s determined to unmask Mr Writer…and find out once and for all if he’s Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!

Review:

Just The Way You Are is a promising debut novel by Lynsey James that takes you on a journey full of love, laughter and second chances.

The story revolves around our protagonist, Ava who has recently started receiving letters from a secret admirer. Now as this is a romance novel, these letters are anything but stalkerish or creepy. In fact, it’s actually a (somewhat) pleasant surprise for Ava, who received similar letters from her admirer back in university. Unfortunately, not everything ended the way Ava hoped and her heart was broken. As such she tried to put the letters and the writer out of her head, until history repeats itself. What follows is a story of finding out who exactly this mysterious writer is and even more important, will Ava have her heart broken a second time?

The premise of this book is definitely different and I love that Lynsey made the plot stand out with her funny and at time charming characters. They truly brought the story to life.

I liked Ava, she was an endearing character. I could definitely relate to her at certain points in the book; although her disastrous attempts at finding the writer had me laughing to no end, I also wore a sheepish grin on my face knowing that I probably would have made the same mistakes. The supporting characters brightened up the pages for me and kept me hooked from start to finish.

As a debut novel, I was certainly pleasantly surprised by Lynsey’s style of writing. Her writing engages the reader from the very beginning and to me that’s very important. Although predictable at times, I really enjoyed Lynsey’s narrative as she made it her own through her quirky writing style, and for me, that really made her voice stand out.

For someone who reads a lot of crime and suspense, it’s always nice to take a break and read a relaxing and enjoyable romance novel and Just The Way You Are does that perfectly for me. I do enjoy romance novels that are an easy, light read where I’m not bombarded with overly theatrical characters and drama filled plots that overwhelm you. Lynsey’s novel definitely gives you a respite from that, so if you’re like me then I would recommend you pick up a copy soon!

If you’re a fan of an easy summer romance read, then look no further because Just the Way You Are ticks all the right boxes! A promising debut by an author who has written a delightfully charming romance novel.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Just The Way You Are can be purchased from the following places:

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The Silenced by Heather Graham..

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Blurb:

Where is Lara Mayhew? 

Lara, a congressman’s media assistant, suddenly quits her job—and disappears on the way to her Washington, DC, apartment.

Novice FBI agent Meg Murray, a childhood friend of Lara’s, gets a message from her that same night, a message that says she’s disillusioned and “going home.” To Richmond, Virginia. Meg discovers that she never got there. And bodies fitting Lara’s description are showing up in nearby rivers… Could she be the victim of a serial killer?

Meg is assigned to work with special agent Matt Bosworth, a hard-nosed pro in the FBI’s unit of paranormal investigators—the Krewe of Hunters. They trace the route Meg and Lara took more than once in the past, visiting battlefields and graveyards from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg. Places where the dead share their secrets with those who can hear… As Meg and Matt pursue the possibility of a serial killer, they find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy. Is there a connection? If so, has Lara been silenced for good? And whom—besides each other—can they trust?

Review:

Heather Graham is one of my favourite suspense authors, especially because she goes a step further by adding in the paranormal with a touch of romance. The Silenced is the 15th book in the Krewe of Hunters series and it’s my eighth KoH read. 

The story revolves around the disappearance of Lara Mayhew, a strong and bold woman in an otherwise corrupt political government. Having recieved an upsetting voicemail from her childhood friend, FBI Special Agent Meg Murray makes it her mission to find out what has exactly happened to Lara.  

Having just graduated from Quantico, Meg is still finding her bearings until she meets Adam Harrison, the director of a special unit within the FBI, nicknamed the Krewe of Hunters. She’s brought into the team and partnered with seasoned Special Agent Matthew Bosworth. Now they may seem like ordinary people investigating the usual crimes but what makes this unit so special is their ability to interact with the dead. Every member of this (incredibly large) unit has in one way or another interacted with ghosts.

The story follows a secondary investigation where bodies of women sliced and gutted are piling up and it becomes a race to find out whether or not the two crimes are connected. 

Both of our leads are very likeable characters and individually their stories shined. However I had a problem with the romance between the two. It didn’t feel as realistic to me and when they did come together I felt it was slightly venturing away from the plot – I wasn’t entirely convinced by their relationship. Having said that I did enjoy the small backdrop stories we recieved for both the characters and I especially liked discovering about the relationship between Meg and Lara. 

I was hooked from the first few chapters but unfortunately I felt the pace of the novel drag a lot and I found myself skipping pages. Heather has a unique way of creating a story that integrates so many subjects whilst still maintaining its authenticity. At times this was apparent but I did miss some of the thrills and chills I used to get from previous books in this series. 

Although this is book number 15 in the series it can definitely be read as a standalone. If you’re a fan of paranormal suspense with a little romance then you’ll enjoy this book. However if you’re are looking to read a Heather Graham book for the first time then I recommend you choose from some of her earlier books in this series, as I thoroughly enjoyed those. 

I was intrigued by plot of the novel and the writing style is good however there was just something missing from this book that I’ve definitely seen in Heather’s other books. Regardless, do pick up other Heather Graham books as they are are much better and more enjoyable. 

Overall Rating: 7/10 

You can find out more about Heather and her books from the following places:

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Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis..

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Blurb:

What do you do when you run into the man who broke your heart?

Lily’s been back in Cedar Ridge for less than ten minutes when she bumps into Aidan, the former love of her life. So much for sneaking back into town unnoticed. And thanks to frizzy hair and armfuls of junk food, she’s turning his head for all the wrong reasons. No one knows why Lily is home after ten years, and she’s determined to stay no longer than the summer. But Cedar Ridge and Aidan have other ideas. As they set about persuading Lily to give them a second chance, she finds herself falling under the spell of the Colorado mountains … and the one man she could never forget.

Review:

First of all a big thank you to Headline Eternal for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Jill Shalvis is one of my favourite romance novelists and I was ecstatic to hear about her new series, Cedar Ridge. The first book in the series, Second Chance Summer, does not disappoint for what looks to be another promising series for the author.

The story revolves around our female lead, Lily Danville, who has arrived back in Cedar Ridge, Colorado, her childhood home, after a decade away. After losing her job and self-esteem, Lily is hoping to re-evaluate her life and the decisions she’s made leading up to the loss of her job. Arriving back in town is guaranteed to create a stir amongst the well-meaning residents who knew Lily back when she was just a child. However, no one is as surprised as Aiden Kincaid, Lily’s former friend and crush. After an incident that broke apart Lily’s family she moved away from Cedar Ridge, never looking back to see everything she had left behind, including Aiden himself. Although initially wary of one another both Lily and Aiden set out on a journey to discover themselves and all that they lost years ago. What follows is a story of love, laughter and moments of absolute hilarity. Underneath it all is a journey of forgiveness that leads Lily to finding her own peace with the tragic incident that shattered so many lives.

The story is a typical Jill Shalvis triumph. What I absolutely love about her novels is the familiarity between the characters and the community they live in. The community spirit and the supporting characters in Second Chance Summer are a delight to read. My favourite has to be Mama Kincaid. The matriarch of the Kincaid family is the epitome of maternal warmth and she definitely doesn’t let her  boys boss her around no matter how old they are. Another personal favourite was Penny, who I instantly loved!

The main leads, Lily and Aiden were great characters and Lily, especially, developed so much as a character. Seeing her grow from someone who was unsure of herself and had the guilt of the world on her small shoulders to a woman who grew in confidence and began to love herself and free herself from the burdens of tragic circumstances was a pleasure. Lily is definitely one of the best characters I’ve read about from the already brilliant characters written by Jill.

I’m a sucker for a series set in beautiful fictional towns and Jill’s Lucky Harbor series is one of my all time favourites. I love the small details Jill scatters in this novel about the town and its beauty. Her descriptions enhanced my pleasure of reading and definitely made me want to go visit (and maybe stay) at Cedar Ridge.

This is definitely a solid start to an already promising series by Jill and I look forward to reading about our next hero’s story, Hudson. If you’re a fan of romance novels that make you smile from ear to ear, then this book is definitely for you. A delightful tale of love, forgiveness and redemption. Second Chance Summer will have you rooting for the characters until the very end and have you eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

Overall Rating: 8/10

More information about Jill and her books can be found in the following places:

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Favourite Crime/Suspense Authors – Part 2..

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This is the second part to my favourite crime/suspense authors post where I look at my favourite British authors. Once again this list will always be endless but I’ve picked a few of my all time favourites. The first part to this blog post can be read here.

Enjoy!


In no particular order: 

Lee Child

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Why I love them:

When Lee Child’s debut novel, Killing Floor was first published I was only three years old. It would be another ten years before I picked up the novel and had a read. I remember being very hesitant, mostly because at the age of thirteen I wasn’t entirely convinced I would enjoy a book that was packed with action and suspense with a male protagonist, especially one like Jack Reacher. Plus, at the time, I was already enjoying other novels that focused on detective fiction and from that I had convinced myself that, that was my favourite genre. Eventually however, I succumbed to the inevitable and picked up the book. Since then I have been a long standing Jack Reacher fan. It’s not just the character himself but each novels pulls you in with a new and taut plot. Lee’s writing style is brilliant and so entertaining. There isn’t a moment, in any of his books, where I’m not sitting on the edge of my seat. For a movie to have that affect on me isn’t unusual but for a book to have that impact on me just goes to show how cleverly written the novel is. The one thing that I really love about Lee’s novels is that the characters are three dimensional. Every character we come across has a backstory and not only does that add substance to the plot but it allows the reader to be able to understand each character in depth. I’m glad that I didn’t let my love for detective fiction restrict me from broadening my horizons when it came to suspense fiction because it allowed me to enjoy Lee Child’s incredible Jack Reacher series.

Favourite book: 

Worth Dying For – Book 15 of the Jack Reacher Series

More about the author:

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P.D. James

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Why I love them:

I remember when I read my first crime/suspense novel; I was twelve years old and I was reading P.D. James’ Original Sin. My first ever suspense read and I absolutely loved it. At the time I didn’t realise that it was a part of a bigger series based around the poetic detective, Adam Dalgliesh. P.D. James has always had a soft spot in my heart and it was also one of the reasons I decided to write my university dissertation (a special project written in the last year of study at university) on her debut novel, Cover Her Face. There’s just something about James’ style of writing that I can’t get enough of. Her novels have allowed my love for detective fiction to blossom. As well as that I’ve learnt how to appreciate detective fiction more through her wonderfully entertaining stories. When P.D. James passed away, it saddened me deeply because not only did I miss her as the wonderful individual she was but I also realised that I would never get the chance to read new material. Whenever I’m in the mood to relax and have a calm evening I pick up one of her novels and they transport me to another world of mystery, mayhem and so much more. Re-reading some of her best books for my dissertation was an absolute joy and I will definitely always be a fan of her and her novels. Her books are a reflection of her wonderful personality and incredibly crafted writing and they’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

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Peter James

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Why I love them:

Sometimes when you read a lot of books within this genre you begin to get picky about the types of books you want to read. At times a lot of crime and suspense books start to feel repetitive and eventually it becomes difficult to differentiate good from brilliant. Peter James is one such author that is without a doubt in the brilliant category. His voice shines in every novel and what keeps bringing me back to his books is his writing style and plot. His novels are real delight to read. At times so vivid that I can instantly imagine the events taking place. Every time I pick up a Peter James book I know for a fact that it will give me the chills from start to finish. His plot devices are just as great. Intriguing and mind blowing twists throughout the narrative add to the already thrilling novel. One of my all time favourite police detectives is Roy Grace and the credit for that goes entirely to Peter James, who has crafted a spectacularly endearing and fascinating character in Roy. As I read through the Roy Grace series, I developed a soft spot for Roy and everything we learn about him as the series goes on. He is without a doubt included in my favourite fictional characters list. Peter is up there with some of the greats and for me personally he is definitely one of the most skilled writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Favourite book: 

Dead Man’s Footsteps – Book 4 of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series

More about the author:

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Martina Cole

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Why I love them:

I absolutely adore Martina Cole and her wonderfully thrilling novels. I love female writers who can spin a good tale of mayhem and madness in a cleverly written crime novel and Martina Cole is as good as it gets. I remember my first Martina Cole novel – The Ladykiller – to this date, I have never read a crime book as terrifyingly brilliant as this and it is definitely one of my all time favourite crime/suspense books. From the thrills to the chills, Martina’s novels are a perfect recipe for crime and suspense fans and they’ll have you hiding away for hours completely engrossed in the hauntingly good storytelling. I remember when I first became a fan of Martina Cole’s, it was sometime during the climatic point of The Ladykiller and I remember thinking, this is one author who has completely trapped me in her web of crime fiction and I absolutely loved it! It’s hard to form into words just how much of an incredible writer Martina is and for someone who’s been reading her novels for years I’ve yet to read a book of hers that I haven’t enjoyed, she’s that good. For those who are hovering over the line and unsure as to whether or not to venture into the crime/suspense genre, I recommend her books as a way to lead you in. Once you’re in, you’ll be hooked and will want to read page after page. Her new book is releasing in October, and I for one will be standing at the front of the line to pick up a copy.

Favourite book: 

The Ladykiller – Standalone Novel

More about the author:

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Mark Billingham

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Why I love them:

Ah where do I start with the wonderful Mark Billingham? I’ve read so many crime fiction novels now that it becomes a danger when I venture out into reading new authors because, ultimately and unknowingly I always end up comparing them to my favourites. When I first read a Mark Billingham novel I was instantly transported into a world of deceit, intrigue and mayhem. What makes a Mark Billingham novel different is his voice that shines in his writing. His way of weaving a compelling plot was truly remarkable and I became instantly hooked. I realised pretty quickly that Mark’s books are in a league of their own and it would be criminal to compare them to other novels. He doesn’t need a overly entertaining way of explaining things in his novels, simplicity is the key and it’s what kept me turning from page to page. Mark’s novels are a part of his Tom Thorne series. His leading protagonist Tom Thorne, is a lead Detective Inspector and although he may sound similar to a lot of male detective leads in other crime novels, he’s completely different. What I really love about Tom is his unpredictability. Nothing is set in stone for him, literally. We don’t learn much about his background in the first novel and it’s only through the progression of the novels do we find out about Tom’s personality attributes. For me personally, this is what makes Mark stand out as a crime/suspense fiction author. He doesn’t delve straight into the life of his leading protagonist, he lets the crime tell the story. Each novel focuses, of course, on a crime but unlike many authors, Mark puts the crime at the forefront whilst throwing in small little bread pieces in relation to Tom’s character. I love reading about how a character develops from novel to novel and Mark Billingham does this superbly in his crime fiction novels, that are a complete joy to read!

Favourite book: 

Bloodline – Book 8 of the Tom Thorne Series

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Crime and suspense is my favourite genre alongside the romance and I can’t possibly imagine a life without crime fiction and for that I am grateful to all the crime/suspense authors out there. You can find the first part to my favourite American crime/suspense authors post here. Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!