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The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M White

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Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Sinclair, with her love of microscopes and nature, isn’t favored in society. She flees to the beautiful Isles of Scilly for the summer and stumbles into the dangerous secrets left behind by her holiday cottage’s former occupant, also named Elizabeth, who mysteriously vanished. 

Oliver Tremayne—gentleman and clergyman—is determined to discover what happened to his sister, and he’s happy to accept the help of the girl now living in what should have been Beth’s summer cottage . . . especially when he realizes it’s the curious young lady he met briefly two years ago, who shares his love of botany and biology. But the hunt for his sister involves far more than nature walks, and he can’t quite believe all the secrets Beth had been keeping from him.

As Libby and Oliver work together, they find ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love.

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Strange but brilliant
Following the strange disappearance of a friend, Libby’s maid Mabena wants to return to her home on the Isles of Scilly to try and find her and since Libby is desperate to escape her family and loves seeing the natural world it seems a perfect way to combine the 2
Although Libby is one of the main characters, this books is set from all of the key characters point of view which I totally loved. It was a perfect blend that allowed me to see each side of the story and understand more than I otherwise would have 
This book is full of secrets, mystery, drama and intrigue which had me hooked right from the very start and unable to stop reading. It’s not a traditional romance story but I think that works so well because of that, the storyline and the characters aren’t traditional, they are all unique and I could almost see the drama being played out in front of me as the story felt so real
I also adored the setting of the Scilly Isles, it’s a place of mystery and magic and this book has made me really want to go explore
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of twists and turns that will have you totally captivated 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Roseanna M. White pens her novels with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of numerous novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to Edwardian British series. Learn more at www.roseannamwhite.com

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The Corfe Castle Murders by Rachel McLean

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Meet DCI Lesley Clarke. She’s a straight-talking city copper who doesn’t suffer fools gladly… and she’s been transferred to rural Dorset.
After being injured in a bomb attack, Lesley is presented with a choice – early retirement, or a period of respite in a calmer location.
But things don’t stay calm for long.
Before she’s even started her new job, Lesley is dragged into investigating a murder at one of England’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Corfe Castle.
Lesley must hit the ground running. Can she get along with her new partner DS Dennis Frampton, a traditionalist who doesn’t appreciate her style? How will she navigate the politics of a smaller force where she’s a bigger, and less welcome, fish? And most importantly, can she solve the murder before the killer strikes again?
The Corfe Castle Murders is a compelling, character-driven mystery perfect for fans of Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis.

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Kept me guessing 
Lesley is a police DCI who has been relocated from Birmingham to Dorset and the day before she is due to start her new job, she ends as the first office on the scene of a murder at an archeological dig near Corfe Castle
I like Lesley, she is no nonsense and is precise but she is also fair. She doesn’t like her team to jump to conclusions and she is very different to their previous DCI so she clashes with some of them but as the story progresses, they start to better understand her and come closer to liking and respect her and her methods. She is the kind of officer that I would want investigating if anything happened to me or someone I loved which made it really easy for me to bond with her as a character 
The first thing that caught my attention about this book and the reason that I wanted to read and review it was the title and the setting, as a child I would often holiday in Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck which includes Corfe Castle village. I think this really helped me to see all the locations as well as the drama unfolding in real life and the story was so well written that I kept forgetting that it was fiction. I was pulled into the story so quickly and there were so many twists and turns that I was constantly on my toes and unable to put the book down. I will admit that I was surprised at the identity of the murderer at the end, as one of the other characters seemed like a much more likely candidate, and I think this was another act of brilliance by the author to throw the reader off the scent. I’m also really looking forward to the next book in the series, there was a bit of a teaser in this one and now I’m really curious!! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a crime novel set in an amazing location with some fabulous characters who will keep you guessing until the end
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club. I’ll send you a weekly (sometimes fortnightly) email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

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Return of the Scot by Eliza Knight

Scarred by the brutal ravages of war, Lorne Gordon, Duke of Sutherland returns to the Highlands to discover that his clan thought him long dead. His greedy half-brother has assumed his title, sold his family seat and disappeared with the fortune. Once he engineers the return of his title, he must convince the new estate owner to reverse the wholly legal sale with the promise that his half-brother, and the funds, will be found. However, that goal seems impossible when Lorne discovers the buyer is none other than his ex-betrothed’s sister.

After several humiliating attempts at securing a husband, Jaime Andrewson gives up on marriage and throws herself into her father’s business. She burns with vengeance towards the entire Sutherland family after their chieftain caused her sister’s fall from grace. Although she’d thought the man who betrayed her sister was dead, acquiring his property had been her main goal since taking over her father’s company. But with Lorne Gordon alive, vengeance is all the sweeter, for she desires only to watch him suffer.

Despite Lorne’s fury, he has to find a way to convince her to return what is rightfully his—even if he has to go so far as to marry her. Though out of practice with the arts of flirtation, there is one thing he does not lack—determination. With his pockets empty and a snarl on his lips, Lorne is determined to win her trust and her hand. When unexpected family secrets on both sides are exposed, Lorne realizes that wooing Jaime will be a bigger challenge than any of the other battles he’s ever fought, but it is one he refuses to lose.

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A tale of families, lies and betrayal 
Lorne has been absent from Scotland for 8 years, first fighting a war and then as a prisoner and upon his return he finds out that his half brother has sold his castle to Jamie, the sister to his ex fiancé 
I loved Jamie, in a time when women were thought of as unable to do things she completely goes against that trend and runs her families successful shipping business. She is strong and independent, determined and at times slightly ruthless but this really worked for her character and made her come alive, especially as the book developed and allowed her to understand more about herself and become the person she could be
I will admit that I didn’t really like Lorne at the beginning, although he had gone through a terrible time he seemed very self entitled and willing to use his title of Duke to get what he wanted. He does eventually become likeable as his relationship with Jamie develops and his personality comes through. He regularly buts heads with Jamie and their arguments plus his reaction to them only caused me to like him more and more until by the end I had come to love him 
Both Jamie and Lorne are haunted by what happened in the past and this really affects their behaviours but as they start to realise the truth of what happened they became more self aware. They both developed so much in the story that they didn’t seem like the same characters who we met at the beginning 
There is an undercurrent of mystery throughout this book and I think this is what caught my attention and along with the drama of Lorne and Jamie’s relationship, it had me reading late into the night desperate to know what would happen and what the truth was 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama and mystery which will have you hooked within the first few pages
AM 🐾 x

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About the Author

Eliza Knight is a USA Today bestselling author of many historical adventures. Escape to Scotland for irresistible heroes, courageous heroines and daring escapades. Join Eliza (sometimes as E.) on riveting journeys that cross landscapes around the world. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies. If you like historical fiction, look for THE MAYFAIR BOOKSHOP coming out in April 2022.

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Sandraker by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

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The aristocracy abide by a different set of rules…

…or so it seems to Sam Applewhite when her job brings her to Candlebroke Hall, the stately home. The burglary definitely wasn’t what it appeared to be, and the subsequent accidents suggest that it’s a dangerous place to spend time.

Sam is caught up in events as she tries to protect the interests of young Hilde Odinson, part of the local viking family. The Odinsons insist on doing things their own way though, with scant regard for the law. In the meantime, Sam starts to understand that while many people would kill to live at Candlebroke Hall, maybe there are others who would kill to get away from it

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Totally bizarre but completely addictive 
Sam works for a security company but as the only operative in Skegness and the surrounding area she ends up doing so much more. When the daughter of the local Viking clan is accused of theft, Sam doesn’t think it looks right or makes sense so she starts to investigate further
This book is set from many different points of view and at times it can be hard to keep up but I still loved it and it had me gripped right from the start. Sam is the main character and a lot of the drama revolves around her and the actions she takes. She is a smart person who can see things that others don’t and a mind that puzzles and questions the official version of events. She is supported by her dad and her friend who are there for her and come up with insight, ideas, suggestions and just plain support that help her with her investigation 
This book at times borders on the slightly ridiculous, with a lot of “seriously!! That really wasn’t the best idea” but that is a part of what makes it so readable and what had me unable to put it down. The characters felt real and I could so easily picture what was happening and see the drama unfolding in front of me
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a crime drama that doesn’t follow the traditions of the genre and which will catch your attention right from the start 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B095LV3F8T

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Author Bio

Iain and Heide by Pete C b+w

Heide lives in North Warwickshire with her husband and a fluctuating mix of offspring and animals. Iain lives in South Birmingham with his wife and a fluctuating mix of offspring and animals. They aren’t sure how many novels they’ve written together since 2011 but it’s a surprisingly large number.

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Website http://www.pigeonparkpress.com/

Facebook group (the comedy kitchen) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2098850213744767

Twitter @IainMGrant and @HeideGoody

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Sealfinger by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

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Some bodies just won’t stay buried.

When a client tells Sam Applewhite she’s seen ghosts in the nearby graveyard, Sam dismisses it as the ramblings of an old woman. She’s got bigger things to worry about — Keeping on top of her job at DefCon4 Security Services isn’t easy – particularly since her manager is a cactus and no one will tell her what her job actually is.

But when the ghost-spotting client goes missing and only Sam suspects foul play, she is compelled to dig deeper.

Aided by her retired stage magician father and the owner of the most outlandish junk shop on the sea front, Sam dives into a mystery involving psychotic seals,  unexploded air force munitions, DIY foot surgery and a corpse that just won’t quit.

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Bizarre but gripping 
Sam works for a security company called Defcon4 and is based out of Skegness. However because it’s such a remote outpost she mostly works on her own doing things from meals on wheels to business security resulting in some strange experiences 
The book is mostly written from Sam’s point of view and I must say that as a character she is smart and thanks to her job she knows a lot of people but she also sees problems that others don’t which can make people not believe her but at the same time can also get her into trouble
This book is a crime drama that started out as a bit creepy but as it developed it got more and more bizarre to the extent that it started to feel more like a comedy crime drama by the end. It was weird but also strangely compelling and addictive and more than once I will admit that I did end up giggling, especially about Doug (I’m going to leave that as a bit of a teaser so not to give any kind of spoiler). A part of me did find that Doug turned into one of my favourite characters by the end. I think one of the things that drew me to this book was the characters and their relationships throughout, especially Sam, her Dad and Delia who often come together, supporting each other and who are the kind of people I would want round me both everyday and in a crisis 
This book was weird and creepy enough that it caught my attention right from the start and kept me reading. I will however admit that my overactive imagination and the character descriptions meant that I felt like I could possibly see Wayne and Jimmy and as a result had to sleep with the light on, but that’s just me! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a murder mystery type book with a fabulous main character that will catch your attention and keep you reading 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

Iain and Heide by Pete C b+w

Heide lives in North Warwickshire with her husband and a fluctuating mix of offspring and animals. Iain lives in South Birmingham with his wife and a fluctuating mix of offspring and animals. They aren’t sure how many novels they’ve written together since 2011 but it’s a surprisingly large number.

Social Media Links –

Website http://www.pigeonparkpress.com/

Facebook group (the comedy kitchen) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2098850213744767

Twitter @IainMGrant and @HeideGoody

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Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium by Mary Jayne Baker, Sophie Claire, Jacqui Cooper, Helena Fairfax, Kate Field, Melinda Hammond, Marie Laval, Helen Pollard and Angela Wren

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Are you ready to meet Miss Moonshine? Life may never be the same again…

It’s summer in Haven Bridge and Miss Moonshine is getting ready for a busy season. From the window of her Wonderful Emporium, at the heart of the pretty Yorkshire town, she watches and waits, weaving plans to bring happiness to all who step through her door. For Miss Moonshine is no ordinary shopkeeper. She may not have what you want, but she will always have what you need…

Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this anthology of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This magical collection of contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry and wish for a Miss Moonshine in your own life.

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As is my custom with anthologies of short stories, I will review each story and then give an overall rating and review for the book

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A Glitch in Time by Jaqueline Cooper
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This is a story of a swap in time between Nicola and her grandmother Lily and how everything that you do can affect the future 
I loved this story, Lily and Nicola are both confused by their life changes but they have someone who cares about each of them to help them adapt and they both do things that are so important and insightful which have such a positive impact. My only problem with this story was it was too short, I would have loved to spend more time with these fabulous ladies and to see what happens to Nicola following Lily’s talk with Nicola’s boyfriend about expectations and how things can be perceived
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Caught Red-Handed by Sophie Claire
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Set from Ruby’s point of view this story looks at what is important and how an object can have an affect on someone’s life 
I liked Ruby, she isn’t a natural criminal and seeing her realise that she can’t cope with what she has done and the potential repercussions made her seem more real to me. She sets a goal and is determined to stick with it, even if it isn’t in the best of situations and she learns more about herself as well as family secrets which could destroy everything if she let them. I found Ruby’s story to be quite lifelike and could easily see it happening in real life which added to the magic of Miss Moonshines Emporium 
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Three Butterflies by Marie Laval
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Tamsin and Oliviers story is one of 2 very different people being thrust together and realising that they may have more in common than they realised 
I loved how they are both so different but as Olivier begins to relax he accepts more of Tamsins life and how what she does affects the community she lives in. It’s because of Tamsin and her community gardening that Olivier gets ideas that may help save his families business. My only issue with this story is that I wish it was longer and had some more details as it would have been good to understand more about Tamsin and Olivier, their backgrounds and their future
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GU 1909 by Angela Wren
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Maddies dad passed away suddenly tearing her life and her relationship with Simon apart but restoring Miss Moonshines car brings them back together 
I liked Maddie, she is an independent woman in the normally male dominated world of car mechanics but she is stuck in her past and seeing her come out of her shell and develop further into the woman that she could return to being throughout the story made me love her more. I would have liked to have had more information about her dad, the reason for her issues with Simon and details on the restoration (I enjoy cars so would find it interesting). This story could so easily become a full book and I think for me that would work better but I have still enjoyed reading Maddies story
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The Secret of Greymoor Hall by Katie Field 
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Libby meets Gil in Miss Moonshines shop when he is looking for an antique bowl stolen from his families home
I liked Libby, she doesn’t want to date but still feels herself pulled towards Gil and his mission to save his home, she enjoys spending time with him and seeing them together allows her to relax and return to herself and her interests that she had put aside following a break up. I really wish that this story was longer, it could so easily work as a full book, exploring what has happened and what comes next as I was left wondering! 
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The Treasure Seekers by Mary Jayne Baker
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Joley is living in the past, following her parents death she is still living in her childhood home surrounded by memories. She enrols on a TV game show where people swap items and eventually sell the last one at auction
I wasn’t sure on Joley, everyone around her kept telling her that her obsession with the house wasn’t healthy and I think a part of me agreed with her but another part of me also understood that being surrounded by the good memories can be just as important. The main focus of this story was that it doesn’t matter how precious an item is, it’s what it means to a person that has its value and I think this is something that can so easily get forgotten but which is something that I’m sure people can relate to
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Ginny’s Ghost by Helen Pollard
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Following a conversation with a friend who’s partner is a newspaper reporter everyone in town thinks Ginnys building is haunted and it’s starting to affect her work so she allows 2 ghost hunters in to look around and prove that they building isn’t haunted to force a newspaper retraction 
I liked Ginny, she is practical and determined, she has a cake decorating business and it allows her to bring people’s dreams to life but the ghost is causing her problems. She is certain there must be a practical explanation and I really enjoyed seeing the ghost hunters working on finding out what was going on. I could see some of myself in Ginny and I think this helped me to relate to her and get pulled into her story
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I Shall Wear Purple by Melina Hammond
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Jeannie’s children have put her in a nursing home following an accident at home and have then sold the house so now she is looking for somewhere else to live and she runs into Dan her childhood sweetheart, has fate brought them together again
I struggled a bit with Jeannies story, but mostly because I think it could so easily reflect my own life and how quickly things can change. She is still determined to be herself but not everything is in her control and I found that quite hard to read which I think impacted my perception of this story
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Music, Love and Other Languages by Helena Fairfax 
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Edith has fled London and having missed her stop on the train ends up at Haven Bridge where she discovers an old violin at Miss Moonshines which may have the power to show her what is important 
I liked Edith, she has been hemmed in by peoples expectations and as the story develops she allows herself to ask what she wants and what would make her happy. She was anxious and uneasy in her life and I think that this is something that would resonate with people as it did with me and make the reader question what is important to themselves as well, it doesn’t have to be what other people expect of you
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I loved this anthology of stories and they work well together with the common thread of Miss Moonshine who I would love to know more about as she’s a bit of an enigma. Midsummer can be a time full of magic and this book really looks at that and how small things can make huge differences and at times pull people together
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book with a fabulous mix of stories with something that will appeal to everyone in a brilliant setting and with the most amazing character of Miss Moonshine running through the stories and helping to connect them together 
AM 🐾 x

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The nine Miss Moonshine authors – Mary Jayne Baker, Sophie Claire, Jacqui Cooper, Helena Fairfax, Kate Field, Melinda Hammond, Marie Laval, Helen Pollard and Angela Wren – meet up regularly in the little mill town of Hebden Bridge, on the border between the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire – hence their group name, Authors on the Edge. This picturesque town, home to many writers, artists and musicians, was the inspiration for their magical character Miss Moonshine, and their uplifting series of anthologies featuring romance and happy endings.

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Happy Dreams At Mermaid Cove by Marie Laval

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From the big city to a little yellow mobile library on the Isle of Skye …

When Jenna Palmer agrees to the new position of mobile librarian on the tiny Arrandale peninsular of the Isle of Skye, she knows she’s signing up for difficult working conditions and mediocre wages. But Jenna needs to get away, and a little yellow mobile library called Buttercup could be her escape to happier dreams …

However, whilst Jenna can get to grips with foggy island roads, local mermaid legends and even big purple monsters, she never expected to have to contend with a boss as grumpy as Daniel McGregor, or a young book lover as enthusiastic as his niece, Katrina.

Arrandale might represent Jenna’s safe port in a storm, but could she and Buttercup also become a beacon of hope to Daniel, Katrina and the entire island community?

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Full of drama and overcoming challenges 
Jenna has come to the Isle of Skye to escape her abusive ex fiancée and to become the Arrandale area’s new mobile librarian. Daniel is Laid of Arrandale and is determined to bring about change to the area but it doesn’t always make him popular 
I liked Jenna, she has had a difficult life but she loves reading and sharing that with those around her especially the children who’s schools she visits in Buttercup, the bright yellow mobile library. She is haunted by her past but the longer she is in Arrandale the more she begins to relax and come out of her shell and I found myself liking her more and more as the book progressed. She felt real to me, like a person I know and like the kind of person that I could have been, with every aspect of her character and I think this both helped to like her and made me cautious of her but her personality shone through making me love her by the end 
I totally adored Daniel, he is sceptical about Jenna initially but he starts to warm to her quite quickly and realise that she may be the person who has the power to change his life. Daniel is kind and caring, he is the guardian to his young niece and would do anything to protect her. He doesn’t see the joy in reading but Jenna and his niece start to change his mind. He has been affected by trauma in his past and a part of that is still such an important part of his character that it wasn’t until he started to let things go that he became more relaxed and loveable. He keeps doing things that show how amazing he is and I don’t think it’s surprising that by the end I loved him even more than I had at the beginning 
A huge part of this book is the setting and it looks at how a location can influence and change things just from being. The main focus is Mermaid Cove but the whole of the Arrandale area was so vividly described and the atmosphere, the peace but also the drama, came through so strongly that the mention at the end that it is a fictional location made me remember that I couldn’t actually go visit!
Both Daniel and Jenna have had to overcome things and it takes them time to develop into characters I loved and who I didn’t want to let go at the end of the book!
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story with huge amounts of character development in such an amazing setting that you will fall in love and be unable to put it down
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire for the past few years. She writes both contemporary and historical romance. Her novels include best selling contemporary romantic suspense novels LITTLE PINK TAXI and ESCAPE TO THE LITTLE CHATEAU, which was shortlisted for the 2021 RNA Jackie Collins Romantic Suspense Awards, as well as A PARIS FAIRY TALE and BLUEBELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC. Her latest novel, ANGEL OF THE LOST TREASURE, was released in February 2021. Marie also contributes to the best selling Miss Moonshine’s Emporium anthologies together with eight author friends from Authors on the Edge.

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The Custard Corpses by M J Porter

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Gripping but also totally creepy
The sister of a murdered boy comes to the police station every year on the date of his death to see if there has been any developments in his case, now 20 years later there seems like there could be a link with another murder elsewhere in the country and it will take all of Chief Inspector Sam Mason and Constable O’Rourke’s skills to solve the case 
Sam and O’Rourke are a brilliant team and work together really well. They see patterns and as they get further into the investigation their working relationship gets much stronger but they also allow others to have an input and it’s Sam’s wife who makes a key connection thanks to the input of a Scottish officer
This story is fast paced and kept me on my toes with twists and turns at every corner making it impossible to put down. Seeing how the case unfolded was fascinating and I know that I wouldn’t have been able to figure it out, but I was very invested in knowing what would happen next 
I’m not going to lie, the crimes in this book are really high on the creepy scale and it has freaked me out quite a bit which I think reflects the writing style and the nature of the story. I haven’t been this unnerved by a book in a long time and may need to sleep with the light on tonight
It’s so compelling and I think this book would appeal to those who enjoy detective stories with brilliant characters and a story that will pull you in and not let you go
AM 🐾 x

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Banana Devil Cake by Susan A. King

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With the murder of last year’s fête judge now but a hazy memory, the village of Elmesbury has retired to its former tranquil existence. That is, until a mysterious newcomer sets in motion a series of events that will see members of the W.I. crossing wooden spoons at dawn.

In the midst of preparing for her long-awaited engagement party, redoubtable village busybody Beattie Bramshaw not only finds herself embroiled in a one-woman campaign to save the elm tree from which the village gets its name, but having to contend with an outbreak of unrest within her beloved W.I. group. Rivalry to win favour with the judge of this year’s fête has fuelled dissent within the ranks and, when two members are found dead in mysterious circumstances, suspicions run rife.

Confident the devil is not only in the cake but in the detail, Beattie determines to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead to the killer’s conviction. But can she solve the mystery before another member of the W.I. is picked off?

Banana Devil Cake is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin and one that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Prepare yourself for a tale of tea, cake and riotous goings-on from the author of Marrow Jam.

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Gripping and addictive 
Beattie is force in her community of Elmesbury and having helped the police arrest a murderer the previous year it seems like someone is again picking off members of the local WI 
This book is set from so many different points of view that at times it was hard to keep up but the main one is Beattie. She is passionate in what she believes in and will support those around her especially when they are in need. She may be seen as the village busybody but it allows her to see things in a way that no one else does
This book caught my attention right from the opening paragraph and it didn’t disappoint, to the extent that I read it in 2 sittings, only stopping because I had to sleep. The characters are a huge part of it but also the situation they find themselves at times seem so bizarre that it captivated you 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a “cosy” murder mystery and for fans of Miss Marple (someone Beattie reminded me of). It has a fabulous story that you will adore and is a definite must read
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08SWDG367

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08SWDG367

Author Bio 

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Susan A. King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.

The inspiration for her Beattie Bramshaw novels comes from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.

Social Media Links Twitter @SusanKing63 Insta @susan.king63

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Folly at Sausmarez Manor (Majestic Estates Series) by IreAnne Chambers

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A brilliant mix of drama, danger and intrigue 
Lady Cordelia is stuck in a tomb with archeologist Marshall, the Marquess of Daventry and once she is rescued she is kidnapped 
This book is really hard to review and not give spoilers but I will do my best
I loved Marshall, he is protective of Delia but is also an independent character. He is strong and confident but also vulnerable at times which made him feel more real. He is the kind of gentleman who I would love to rescue me if something happened so I think this helped me to love him more 
It took me longer to understand and therefore warm to Delia, she is more nervous and cautious about the things in her life and is used to her wishes being overlooked by her domineering parents. I think part of what made me struggle with her was that she didn’t realise the danger that she put herself in and that when she was in a difficult situation it seemed that she wanted to be rescued rather than fighting for herself
This book looks at something that I didn’t really know about, the myths and legends of Guernsey, and they form a huge part of the story which worked really well and made me enjoy the story even more 
There is so much drama and danger in this book that it had me hooked and wanting to keep reading. The descriptions made it feel like I was there and part of the story, I could feel the emotions that the characters went through and I think this really helped me to become invested in Delia and Marshall’s story
I would recommend this novella to those who enjoy a story full of drama and surprises that will capture your interest and with characters who will pull you in deeper 
AM 🐾 x

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