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Murder at the Wedding

Author – Helena Dixon.

Helena Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. Helena was the RNA winner of the Romance Prize in 2007 and Love Story of the Year 2010.

Helena Dixon

Social Media Links –

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NellDixon

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/helenadixonuk 

Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 277

The Blurb –

’Till death do us part may come sooner than they thought…

1934. Kitty Underhay steps out of the battered Rolls Royce and onto the gravelled driveway of Thurscomb Castle in deepest Yorkshire. She’s honoured to be a bridesmaid at her cousin Lucy’s wedding to the reluctant Lord Rupert Woodcomb, but as family and friends gather for welcome drinks, Kitty dodges intrusive questions about her own marital status by taking a stroll about the castle grounds. As she passes through the manicured gardens, a fatal shot rings out…

The valet, Evans, is dead. And Kitty can’t help but notice how rattled the man standing next to him seems. Could Rupert’s best man, The Right Honourable Alexander ‘Sandy’ Galsworthy, believe the speeding bullet was meant for him?

When she discovers that Sandy has been receiving blackmail notes, Kitty suspects that one of the assembled guests has plans to make good on their threats. The local constabulary won’t act on Kitty’s hunch, so, busy with her bridesmaid’s duties, she asks her beau, ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, to help.

The ceremony passes without a hitch. But when an anxious Sandy slips away during the dancing, Matt follows, only to make a hideous discovery: Sandy is dead, flattened on the terrace by some falling masonry.

Now the duo are sure that there is a murderer within the castle walls. But can they untangle Sandy’s final hours and catch this killer before they strike again, or will the wedding bells be replaced by a death knell for Kitty herself…?

A completely charming and unputdownable cozy historical Golden Age murder mystery! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Today is my stop on the Murder at the Wedding blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the seventh in the Miss Underhay series. You can read my reviews of the previous titles.

Murder at the Dolphin Hotel

Murder at Enderley Hall

Murder on the Dancefloor

Murder at Elm House

This is a different setting for Kitty as she attends her cousin’s wedding in Yorkshire. The wedding however is ruined by a murder, where as usual Kitty is on hand to play detective, to try and find the killer.

With a whole host of people attending the suspect list is immense, and again it is great to read along and try and solve the crime before Kitty. However with lots of possible culprits it isn’t that easy.

Another well crafted addition by the author, this has become one of my favourite cosy crime series. It is a a great mystery with the added attraction of a historical setting.

Purchase Links – Murder at the Wedding

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Murder at the House on the Hill

Author – Victoria Walters.

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels-SUMMER at the KINDNESSCAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim. Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Victoria Walters

Social Media Links –

Instagram at @vickyjwalters

Twitter at @Vicky_Walters

Blog at: https://victoria-writes.com/

Publisher – Hera

Pages – 321

The Blurb –

Nancy Hunter and her grandmother Jane Hunter run the Dedley Endings Bookshop, selling crime, thriller and mystery books, in a small, quiet Cotswold village where nothing ever happens…

That is, until the wealthy and reclusive Roth family open up their mansion for the first time in thirty years, inviting the people of Dedley End to a lavish engagement party.

While everyone is thrilled to finally look around the mansion on the hill, the festivities are quickly cut short when beautiful Lucy, recently married to young Harry Roth, is found dead after being pushed over the first-floor balustrade.

But who among the guests could have been capable of her murder – and why?

Nancy and Jane decide to investigate – after all, not only do they own a crime themed bookshop, they were also both named after famous literary detectives – but soon wonder if they’ve taken on more than they can handle. Especially when it seems the killer has worked out that they’re hot on their heels…

Can they catch the murderer before the murderer catches up with them? Or will there be a deadly ending to this story?

Join the unlikeliest detective duo for the first of The Dedley End Mysteries series, for fans of Richard Osman and Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden series.

Today is my stop on the Murder at the House On The Hill blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – Cosy crime with puns! What more could I want? I was sold at Dedley Endings (genius).

I was so pleased to be able to read this debut in the series, the author is obviously a huge fan of the genre and has sprinkled lots of nods to other detectives throughout.

I loved the main characters and their bookshop and how they get drawn into this investigation. The book drew me in instantly and I loved every minute of it, of course trying to solve the mystery before the main characters. The author did so well dropping in red herrings which adds to the excellence of this book.

Purchase Links –

AMZ:https://amzn.to/3yJqSKk

Kobo:https://bit.ly/2SzAN4h

Apple:https://apple.co/3yJGkWE

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Game On

Author – Sue Anstiss MBE.

Sue Anstiss MBE has been a pioneer in women’s sport for over thirty years. A founding trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust, and co-founder of the Women’s Sport
Collective, in 2018 Sue received an MBE for her services to women’s sport. Sue’s
award-winning podcast The Game Changers celebrates trailblazing women and her
guests include some of the most influential in global sport. Sue is now CEO of
Fearless Women, a company with a powerful ambition to drive positive change for
women’s sport.

Sue Anstiss MBE

Social Media Links –

Twitter – https://twitter.com/sueanstiss

Publisher – Unbound

Pages – 361

The Blurb –

Sport has an extraordinary, unique capacity to challenge and change society – to bring joy and hope; to improve physical and mental health, reduce loneliness and build self-esteem and happiness. It’s also a multi-billion-pound commercial industry that can transform lives, businesses, nations and regions. Why has half the population been deprived of access to something so culturally powerful?

In recent years, the landscape for women’s sport has finally begun to shift. We’ve seen significant increases in investment, spectators and media coverage. More women as professional athletes and taking influential roles as board directors, editors, officials and CEOs.

Yet still, female athletes don’t get equal funding or opportunities. In many sports, women receive less prize money, lower sponsorship revenues and a tiny fraction of the media coverage.

Drawing on her own experiences, and interviews with high profile Olympic and Paralympic champions, broadcasters, journalists, sports scientists, CEOs, officials and sponsors, Sue Anstiss investigates why women have been excluded from the world of sport for centuries – and why we are now witnessing positive change as never before.

Game On is a celebration of the trailblazing women opening doors for others and a manifesto for women’s sport – a rallying cry to ensure the progress we are currently seeing goes from strength to strength.

Today is my stop on the Game On blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is a book that every sports fan should read, no matter what your genre. For years women have struggled to get the same recognition as men, in any sport. However this seems to be changing with more investment being put into certain sports for women competitors.

Hopefully this investment will provide a secure basis for the future so up and coming girls will get the backing and the facilities they need.

The author draws on her interviews with leading sportswomen and discusses the important areas that have in the past impeded the overall success of women in any sport.

Like it I said it is a must read for anyone, not just women, everyone should be given the same opportunities to compete. You only had to watch the Olympics to realise how influential these athletes can be and how they can inspire the next generation.

Purchase Links – Game On

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Little Bones

Author – Patrica Gibney.

Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!

In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.

Patricia also loves to paint in water colour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.

Patricia Gibney

Social Media Links –

Home Page

https://www.facebook.com/trisha460/

https://www.instagram.com/patricia_gibney_author/

Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 407

The Blurb –

She lifted up her granddaughter from the cot, clutched her to her chest and, without looking at her beautiful daughter lying dead on the floor of her bedroom, ran from the house. Only when she was outside did she let a wail escape her lips, frightening the baby who joined in her screams.

When Isabel Gallagher is found murdered on the floor of her baby’s nursery by her mother, it’s a gruelling case for Detective Lottie Parker. Isabel’s pyjamas have been ripped, her throat cut and an old-fashioned razor blade placed in her hand. As Lottie looks at the round blue eyes and perfect chubby cheeks of Isabel’s baby daughter, she can’t understand who would want to hurt this innocent family.

That very same day she receives a call with devastating news. Another young mother, Joyce Breslin, has gone missing, and her four-year-old son Evan has been abducted from daycare. Lottie is sure that the missing mother and son are linked to Isabel’s death, and when she finds a bloody razor blade in their house, her worst fears are confirmed.

Desperate to find little Evan, Lottie leaves no stone unturned as she delves into Isabel and Joyce’s pasts and when she realises the two women have been meeting in secret, she knows she must find out why.

But when Joyce’s body is found in a murky pond and some little bones are found on a windy hillside, it feels as if this merciless killer will stop at nothing. The bones aren’t Evan’s but can they give Lottie the final clue to find the innocent child before more lives are taken?

This absolutely gripping and unputdownable crime thriller from bestselling author Patricia Gibney will leave you gasping for breath. A perfect read for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

Today is my stop on the Little Bones blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I can not recommend this series highly enough, and Little Bones is a great addition to it.

This is a gripping read, and although the case is harrowing, I found myself quickly immersed in this new investigation. Who would want to hurt a young mother in front of her child?

Lottie and her team throw themselves into finding the killer especially when another family is torn apart.

I really enjoy how this author writes and plots these novels, the stories always build up in suspense so you are flying through the chapters. Poor Lottie always seems up against it but manages to pull through onto the next case. I can not wait to read the next book.

Purchase Links –

Amazon: https://bit.ly/3la9d8u

Apple: https://apple.co/2RfO7dX

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3fJlC1F

Google: https://bit.ly/3fXW4wM

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A Lifetime Ago

Author – Jim Ody.

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres.

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd.  When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.

Jim Ody

Social Media Links –

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JimOdyAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimodyauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jim_Ody_Author

Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Ody/e/B019A6AMSY/

Publisher – Question Mark Press

Pages – 263

The Blurb –

This is a tale about how the events of one day have such catastrophic consequences on the future.

Hudson Bell is a consultant for the police. A former DI, he spends his days helping to find missing children.

May and her son go on a road trip to celebrate his birthday; Robert and Nadia buy their dream house by the sea.

But as each look to enjoy a new life, none of them can shake off what happened on that fateful day. One of them blames the others and will stop at nothing to seek revenge.

One accident and five lives changed forever.

Today is my stop on the A Lifetime Ago blog tour. Many thanks to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the first book in a new series, featuring former DI, Hudson Bell.

Hudson Bell spends his time looking for missing children and is contacted by the police to find one in particular. He is already on this case but is grateful to have added resources.

The book is told from different perspectives and you initially wonder how all these people are intertwined but the author has cleverly woven the plot. The characters are interesting and draw you into the story.

Just as you think you have the story all worked out, everything changes and the ending is a huge shock.

You can also read Tales from The Coffee Pot by Jim Ody, which I have also reviewed.

Purchase Links –

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lifetime-Ago-Hudson-Bell-Book-ebook/dp/B084TMZ87J

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Lifetime-Ago-Hudson-Bell-Book-ebook/dp/B084TMZ87J

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A Lesson in Murder

Author – Verity Bright.

Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.

Verity Bright

Social Media Links –

Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 266

The Blurb –

When Lady Swift is invited to her old school, she walks through familiar classrooms, finds her favourite books in the library… and surely that’s not a body? Time for a lesson in murder!

Autumn, 1921Lady Eleanor Swift is invited to her old school, St Mary’s, as a guest speaker. Her favourite teacher, Mrs Wadsworth, has asked that Eleanor talk about her intrepid travels around the globe – travelling the Silk Road by bicycle, crossing the Himalayas and even befriending the Maharaja of India. But in the circumstances, perhaps it would have been a good idea to talk about her career as a daring detective…

Because no sooner has Eleanor brushed up on her times tables then she is greeted by terrible news: Mrs Wadsworth has been murdered. Eleanor is utterly devastated but she owes it to her dearest teacher to find out who killed her and why. So, alongside Gladstone the bulldog, it’s best paw forward to track down a villain.

But when the art teacher is also found dead, Eleanor is sure someone is trying to do away with the people who taught her everything. As Eleanor delves into possible motives, she discovers a clue in the most unlikely place: her mother’s old school diary. Does the route to the murderer lie within a secret passageway her mother uncovered? Can Eleanor nail the culprit in time or is the killer coming for her next?

A totally gripping and glamorous 1920s cozy! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Rhys Bowen are in for a treat.

Today is my stop on A Lesson in Murder blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is another great instalment in the Lady Eleanor Swift series. I am luckily enough to have reviewed the majority of the books.

A Very English Murder

Death at the Dance

A Witness to Murder

Murder in the Snow

Murder at the Fair

This book sees Lady Swift giving a talk at her old school, the building and the staff hold memories for her. So when a dead body is found at the very moment she is due to start talking, she swings into detection mode.

The investigation continues at pace when another body is found and Eleanor finds herself determined to solve this mystery, along with Clifford and Gladstone. Could there be a link to her past?

Another intriguing mystery that had me guessing all the way through. This series has become a big favourite of mine. It is extremely well written and plotted and there is attention to detail in the historical fact.

Purchase Links –

Amazon: https://bit.ly/3kRsM5q

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The New Home

Author – Chris Merritt.

Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.

Now, he spends most of his time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When he’s not writing, he loves climbing and playing basketball.

Chris Merritt

Social Media Links –

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcjmerritt

Website: https://www.cjmerritt.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cjmerritt81/

Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 302

The Blurb –

You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!

Today is my stop on The New Home blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – What a fantastic read this is! Such a gripping thriller.

The author is really clever with this book as I didn’t guess where this was going at all.

Freya is in awe of her new neighbour, Emily when they first meet. She is everything she aspires to be. They become good friends before Emily suddenly disappears.

What Freya believed about her and Emily’s life is called in question, as everyone seems to have secrets. Or is Freya overreacting.

Brilliantly written and plotted, I read it in one sitting. Some many issues are dealt with whilst the tension gets ramped up throughout.

Highly recommended.

B

Purchase Links –

Amazon: https://geni.us/B0953LNBJNcover 

Apple: http://ow.ly/ec2A50EP84U 

Kobo: http://ow.ly/7Og450EP813 

Google: http://ow.ly/ZEm950EP86M 

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Someone Who Isn’t Me

Author – Danuta Kot. Danuta Kot (who also writes as Danuta Reah and as Carla Banks) grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals and has appeared on radio and television.

Danuta Kot

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danutareah.crimefiction
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Danutajr
Website : https://danutakot.com/

Publisher – Simon & Schuster

Pages – 400

The Blurb –

When everyone hides the truth, who do you turn to?

Becca’s had a hard time of it, but she has finally got her life together. She has a nice little flat, a steady job pulling pints, and she’s even seeing someone new: Andy, who keeps his private life to himself but is always good for a laugh. And then Andy vanishes. When his body turns up on isolated Sunk Island, Becca learns Andy wasn’t just another punter. He was a police officer, deep undercover, investigating a drugs ring that he believed operated out of Becca’s pub.

Staggered by the betrayal, Becca turns to the only person she thinks she can trust: her foster mum, Kay. But Kay has problems of her own. She’s just moved into a short-term let in the hopes of finding some peace and quiet. But peace and quiet are hard to come by on Sunk Island . . .

Before long, both women are drawn into a terrifying world of drugs, money and death.

Today is my stop on the Someone Who Isn’t Me blog tour. Many thanks to Zoe’s Book Tours for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the second book I have read by this author, the first being Life Ruins. This book again sees Becca coping with her troubled life.

However as always nothing is plain sailing for her when she gets dragged in to another mystery. Again the author has written a gripping thriller that concentrates on on how hard life can be for people, that have no choices or no perceived choices.

People in tight situations often make poor choices and this is what the author excels in highlighting.

I really recommend this.

Purchase Links –

Buy on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07SX3SPXW
Buy on Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SX3SPXW

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Carrying Clover

Author – Lorey Durston

Lorey Durston is an author of thriller and suspense novels.  CARRYING CLOVER is her debut novel. She is currently working on her next suspense novel to be released late 2021.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lorey-Durston-Author-101764481996748

Twitter – https://twitter.com/DurstonLorey

Instagram: loreydurstonauthor 

Pages – 265

The Blurb –

Newly single Camille Robins luck is about to change as she embarks on a new chapter of her life, moving to the city near her best friend, Lizzie.

A chance meeting at Lou’s B&B, Camille meets George, a handsome man who sweeps her off her feet.

Can Lizzie forgive Camille for stealing her previous boyfriend, or will she seek revenge?

Camille can’t believe her luck! George can’t believe how perfect she is….

Was it a fate romance, or part of an evil plan?

Today is my stop on the Carrying Clover blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This really is a gripping psychological thriller that messes with your head.

When Camille really believes she has her life sorted out she has no idea that other parties are not so enthusiastic. She is going to work for her best friend and she has a new love interest too. While she is busy enjoying this new phase in her life, something far more sinister in is play.

I really enjoyed this book and felt so much for Camille. There were lots of twists to keep me guessing how this was going to end.

Highly recommended.

Purchase Links –

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09BZZHNHH
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BZZHNHH

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Life Ruins

Author – Danuta Kot.

Danuta Kot (who also writes as Danuta Reah and as Carla Banks) grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals and has appeared on radio and television.

Danuta Kot

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danutareah.crimefiction

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Danutajr

Website : https://danutakot.com/

Publisher – Simon & Schuster

Pages – 480

The Blurb –

In a small northern town, girls are disappearing.

You won’t see it in the papers and the police aren’t taking any notice, but the clues are there if you know where to look.

Becca sees that something is wrong, but she’s been labelled ‘difficult’ thanks to her troubled past. So when a girl is so savagely beaten she can’t be identified, and Becca claims she knows who she is, no one will believe her.

With the police refusing to listen, Becca digs for evidence that will prove what she is saying. But her search for justice will put herself and those closest to her in danger – and once she finds the truth, will anyone even listen?

Today is my stop on the Life Ruins blog tour. Many thanks to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is a gripping and gritty read.

The story revolves around three main characters, each with their own complicated lives. Based in Bridlington the author shows the darker side of life and how anyone can get drawn into it.

When the body of a woman is found, each character believes they know who is it. Even though she is too badly injured to be formally identified. The police are reluctant to believe that these people know the identify the body, so they are forced into trying to find the evidence for themselves.

A great read.

Purchase Links –

Buy on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Ruins-Danuta-Kot-ebook/dp/B07D2HZRBF

Buy on Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Life-Ruins-Danuta-Kot-ebook/dp/B07D2HZRBF