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The Jumble Sale

Author –

Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.

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Pages – 84

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Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.

Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.

Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?

Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.

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

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My thoughts – I always enjoy books that conjure up new worlds and the author has done this really well.  Bringing to life all these little monsters that part this and part that, all misfits living together in their own little community.  I could picture them all in their houses made out of items the humans throw away.


This first book concentrates on Zadi, an accomplished inventor, who just wants to hunt for new items to tinker with.  The book sees her emerge as a leader within their world, much to the annoyance of Mayor Ori, as they try to deal with less human deliveries and the strict hunting rules.

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The Rats – A White House Satire

Author – Douglas Board is the author of the campus satire MBA (Lightning Books, 2015), which asked why so much of the business world is Managed By Arseholes. Time of Lies, his second novel, is a timely exploration of the collapse of democracy.

Born in Hong Kong, he has degrees from Cambridge and Harvard and worked for the UK Treasury and then as a headhunter. He has also had a distinguished career in public life, serving as treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and chairing the British Refugee Council.

As well as writing fiction, he is the author of two applied research books on leadership, which was the subject of his doctorate. He is currently a senior visiting fellow at the Cass Business School in London. He and his wife Tricia Sibbons live in London and Johannesburg.

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Pages – 33

The Blurb –

Ros March, disabled lesbian mum and former Royal Marine, has just moved to Turnberry on Scotland’s west coast. Her cottage overlooks one of the world’s most famous golf courses – Trump Turnberry – as well as the scenic bird sanctuary Ailsa Craig. But idylls deceive. In truth Ailsa was once overrun by rats, who were exterminated at the end of the twentieth century, and Ros’s landlord turns out to be a delusional Islamophobic misogynist who calls himself ‘Potus Two’. When Potus Two announces that both he and Ros will have the chance to meet the President on Turnberry’s hallowed grounds, Ros hatches a plan. Even a slim chance to do something about one of the biggest rats in the world is not something she will pass by.

Today is my stop on The Rats blog tour, many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – This book is only 33 pages long, so is great to read whilst enjoying a cup of tea.

A very topical story that was humorous and to the point.  The story follows as Ros, who works for someone who idolises the President of the USA.  Imagine his excitement when the man in question is going to visit Turnberry and he and Ros will get to meet him.  Ros however is mortified and soon hatches a plan…

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You Are What You Read

Author – Jodie Jackson.

Jodie Jackson is an author, researcher and campaigner.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London (UK) where she investigated the psychological impact of the news.

As she discovered evidence of the beneficial effects of solutions focused news on our well being, she grew convinced of the need to spread consumer awareness. She is a regular speaker at media conferences and universities.

Jodie is also a qualified yoga teacher and life coach.

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Publisher – Unbound

Pages – 144

The Blurb –

Do you ever feel overwhelmed and powerless after watching the news? Does it make you feel sad about the world, without much hope for its future? Take a breath – the world is not as bad as the headlines would have you believe.

In You Are What You Read, campaigner and researcher Jodie Jackson helps us understand how our current twenty-four-hour news cycle is produced, who decides what stories are selected, why the news is mostly negative and what effect this has on us as individuals and as a society.

Combining the latest research from psychology, sociology and the media, she builds a powerful case for including solutions into our news narrative as an antidote to the negativity bias.

You Are What You Read is not just a book, it is a manifesto for a movement: it is not a call for us to ignore the negative but rather a call to not ignore the positive. It asks us to change the way we consume the news and shows us how, through our choices, we have the power to improve our media diet, our mental health and just possibly the world.

Today is my stop on the You Are What You Read blog tour.  Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – This book is so interesting and I hope everyone takes the chance to read it.  It was fascinating to think of media, as you would food. What news you take aboard informs your outlook and view of the world.

The argument throughout the book is not that we should purely see/hear positive news but that there should be a more equal balance between the news we are fed now, brexit, brexit, wars, disasters and news that provides answers to problems. News that spreads hope and provides us with some notion that somebody, somewhere is working on making the world a better place.  Just so that the news we consume whether it be on television or through the radio gives a more complete picture.

What I really liked how well researched the book was, I am guilty of thinking the world is getting worse.  This belief is covered in the book and in reality, it isn’t.  This is the point the author is trying to prove, I personally hear nothing but doom and gloom stories pretty much concentrating on what I said earlier.

An excellent book that everyone should read and schools should implement. Subjects like this should be raised in school so our children grow up learning about media bias, the inclusion of stories purely for revenue.  So they can make more informed choices.

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Pop Goes The Weasel – M.J. Arlidge

Author – M.J. Arlidge

Pop Goes The Weasel is the second novel in the DI Grace series by M.J. Arlidge.

The DI Grace series now has eight books, with Down To The Woods being published in September 2018.

A stand alone book A Gift of Dying  was released earlier this year.

He co-wrote the recent ITV drama Innocent, and wrote for Silent Witness and EastEnders.

You can find him on Twitter @mjarlidge.

Publisher – @PenguinBooks

Pages – 426

The Blurb – A man’s body is found in an empty house.  His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children.  He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector Helen Grace knows he will not be the last.  But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying in family men who lead hidden double lives.  Helen can sense the fury behind the murders.  But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is – or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase…

My thoughts – After reading the incredible first book in the DI Grace series, read my review on Eeny Meeny, I had to continue her journey.

This book starts with the murder of a married man in a deserted part of town, his wife and children then receive body parts through the post.

Meanwhile Helen Grace is struggling with her new Detective Superintendent, the return of Charlie.  Emilia Garanita, the Chief Crime reporter for the Southampton Evening news, is also proving to be a thorn in her side.

As gritty as the first book, the story moves at pace with a few red herrings thrown in just for good measure.

Highly recommended.

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The Comedy Club

Author – Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime mystery series. His novels are fast-paced and humorous – the action is matched by the laughs. The books feature a host of colourful characters as befits stories set in Brighton, one of Britain’s most trend-setting towns.
You can download Murder in Capital Letters, a free book in the series, for your Kindle from

Peter began his career as a reporter on a local weekly newspaper before editing newspapers and magazines in London, England and, finally, becoming freelance. He has done most things in journalism from door-stepping for quotes to writing serious editorials. He’s pursued stories in locations as diverse as 700-feet down a coal mine and a courtier’s chambers at Buckingham Palace. Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.

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Pages – 260

The Blurb –

The Comedy Club Mystery: A Crampton of the Chronicle comic crime adventure

Murder has never been such fun…

When theatrical agent Daniel Bernstein sues the Evening Chronicle for libel, crime reporter Colin Crampton is called in to sort out the problem.But trouble escalates when Bernstein turns up murdered. Colin discovers that any of five comedians competing for the chance to appear on a top TV show could be behind the killing.As Colin and his feisty girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith investigate, they encounter a cast of colourful characters – identical twin gangsters, an Irishman who lives underground, and a failed magician’s assistant.And it’s not long before their own lives are in peril as they battle to crack a code that will lead to a fortune. Join Colin and Shirley for a rollercoaster of an adventure in Swinging Sixties England – where the laughs are never far from the action.

Today is my stop on The Comedy Club Mystery Blog Tour.  Many thanks to @Anne Cater for the opportunity to read and review.

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My thoughts – What a fantastic book, I absolutely loved it.  A murder mystery, but full of puns, one-liners and innuendo, it had me laughing all the way through.

Colin Crampton is a crime reporter, working for the Evening Chronicle in Brighton.  When one of his colleagues is wrongly arrested for murder, he does everything he can to find the person responsible.

Alongside the humour, I found the book well written and I found myself wondering why I hadn’t read anything else by this author.  His knowledge of working for newspapers comes through as Colin describes the newsroom, his working practice and the different aspects of putting a newspaper together.  Writing about what you know really adds to the authenticity of the book.

I highly recommend this book and the author, I will definitely be reading more of this series, and his other books.

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Familiar Strangers

Author –

Jackie Walsh lives in Dublin with her husband Paul and dog Layla. After years spent building her own business, she decided to take time out and pursue her interest in writing. With a lot to learn, she spent years attending classes and writing groups, going to festivals and launches, writing and rewriting, until eventually sending her words out into the world.  Now she is thrilled to have landed a publisher. Especially Hera Books, a new company headed by two women who have years of experience and love a good story.

Jackie is a member of the Irish Writers Centre, The Irish Crime writers group and proof that perseverance can work.   

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Publisher – Hera Books

Pages – 365

The Blurb –

‘I took you, Becca. You’re not my daughter.’

Since Becca Wall’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, every day Becca loses a little more of the loving, caring mother who would do anything for her only daughter. But when one day Nancy Wall confesses that Becca is not her child, Becca’s world falls apart.

Becca tells herself that the words are just a cruel symptom of Nancy’s illness; after all, she has her birth certificate, and pictures of herself as a newborn along with her Mom, Dad and older brother, Danny. Becca tries to forget, to get on with her life – until the day the police question her about the whereabouts of a missing woman, Katie Collins.

Katie has disappeared without a trace, telling her husband that she is leaving to find Rebecca Wall. But Becca doesn’t know Katie, so it’s a case of mistaken identity – isn’t it? But as Becca discovers why Katie was desperate to find her, the lies that Becca has always believed come crashing down. Soon, it’s clear that someone knows the truth – and that they’ll stop at nothing to keep their secrets…

An addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller with a shocking twist that will leave you gasping. Fans of The Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us and T.M Logan will be gripped until the very last page.

Today is my stop on the Familiar Stranger blog tour.  Many thanks to Sarah Hardy BOTBS Publicity for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – This is a really good read and makes you think.  What would you do if you found out everything you believed to be true, was a lie?  This is the predicament Becca finds herself in.

Becca is part of a loving family, that is struggling to come to terms with the fact that her mother Nancy, is dying.  Having got dementia in her 50’s, they are used to her thinking being confused but one day she tells Becca something that can’t possibly be true.

Along side her mother’s illness, Becca is struggling with her life in general and now there is stranger trying to find her.  Who is Katie Collins and how does she know Becca?

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Cover Reveal – The Death of Jessica Ripley

Author – Andrew Barrett.

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He has been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes.  One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers favourite today, some 150,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times.  Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today Andrew is still producing authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide.  He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post and interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He is ibest known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals,and administers justice.  Eddie’s series is five books and three novellas in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew has recently discovered the delights of writing stand-alones, with one under his belt and another under way.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshire man and sets all his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

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The Blurb –

Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.

During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, just blew away.

CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching his father enjoying life. He’s also having it tough in the form of two new recruits to his office. One is off his tree on drugs and the other wants his job.

And then the murders begin.

Can Eddie trust the evidence, or is someone twisting it, desperate to get even? And who did kill Jessy’s ex?


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