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Monthly Round Up – September 2018

After such a great reading month in August, September has been the complete opposite! Work and a dreaded cold has prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked  but I did manage to read two of the books I had been eagerly anticipating. I did manage to feature on several blog tours, sharing some great extracts and reviews:

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The Home by Karen Osman

I was able to share an extract of The Home, the latest book from Karen Osman whose previous book, The Good Mother, was one of my favourites of 2017.

 

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The Body on the Shore by Nick Louth

A plot that took me in a completely different direction than I was expecting! A tense, high-octane read with plenty of action. My review formed part of the blog tour.

 

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Keep Her Silent by Theresa Talbot

What starts off as a serial killer plot soon escalates into a story about a real-life scandal. My review for this intriguing book was part of the blog tour at the beginning of the month.

 

Full-Metal-Cardigan-Front-CoverFull Metal Cardigan by David Emery

Even a crime fiction fan needs a little light relief at times and while these memoirs of a social worker do, at times, detail some shocking tales, this was a book that definitely had me laughing out loud.

 

Books I Have Read

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Dead End by Rachel Lynch

The third in the Kelly Porter series investigates the disappearance of several young women in the Lake District and the suspicious suicide of the local lord of the manor. My review will form part of the blog tour.

 

img_1321Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

This real-life story of a long-forgotten murder in Victorian England is a fascinating tale of how important it is to build up your case before going to trial…

 

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The fifth Lottie Parker book is an emotional tale of murder and child abuse. This is a series that just keeps getting better.

 

 

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After the emotional rollercoaster that was the previous book, the ninth Kim Stone book is another superb read that all fans of the wonderful Angela Marsons will absolutely love.

 

Books I Have Acquired

The Stranger Diaries

A gripping contemporary Gothic thriller from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries: Susan Hill meets Gone Girl and Disclaimer.

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to tales of murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland, she teaches a short course on them every year. Then Clare’s life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case.

Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn’t hers…

Teacher Teacher

 

It’s 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack’s eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster.

The many colourful chapters include Ruby the 20 stone caretaker with an acute spelling problem, a secretary who worships Margaret Thatcher, a villager who grows giant carrots, a barmaid/parent who requests sex lessons, and a five-year-old boy whose language is colourful in the extreme. And then there’s also beautiful, bright Beth Henderson, who is irresistibly attractive to the young headmaster…

Warm, funny and nostalgic, Teacher, Teacher is a delightful read that is guaranteed to make you feel better, whatever kind of day you’ve had.

 

As a big fan of Elly Griffiths, I can’t wait to read The Stranger Diaries this month! Happy reading!

 

 

Tell Nobody by Patricia Gibney

Scoring the winning goal in an important football match should be a cause for celebration. Eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll finds his celebrations and his life cut tragically short, however, when his body is found two days later. When the body of a second boy is discovered, Detective Lottie Parker has a personal reason for wanting this case closed as soon as possible – the boys are known to her son, Sean. Are the deaths linked to a disturbed young woman who proclaims she has killed ‘him’ and just what is the subject of the conspiracy of silence that seems to be in existence? This will be one of Lottie’s toughest and most emotional cases yet…

Tell Nobody is the fifth outing for D. I. Lottie Parker, in a series that is going from strength to strength. Still coming to terms with events in previous books, Lottie is, once again, struggling to balance home and work life, this time with the spectre of a long-lost relative lurking in the background. For this reason, although it is not essential, I would advise that you read the other books in the series before this one as it will aid in understanding several events that are referred to.

Ragmullin is fast becoming the crime capital of Ireland, and is definitely not a place I would like to live in! In Tell Nobody, we meet several shady characters, each one with secrets they do not want to rise to the surface. Which one, though, is implicated in the most heinous of crimes – the abuse and murder of young boys? The subject matter is, at times, distressing, as is any plot involving the abuse of children. What built up the tension in this book, however, was that we don’t just meet these boys after their death, but we get to find out a bit about their backstory beforehand. By using Lottie’s son and his friends, we get to develop a relationship with these boys, building up a sense of foreboding that something is about to happen to one of them.

Twists and turns abound in a story that, in one part, will rock fans of the series to their very core. No spoilers, but let’s just say that for one of the regular characters, life will never be the same again.

There is still so much more to come from this series, not least Lottie’s reaction to the part of her past that is beginning to merge with the present. Patricia Gibney is a fantastic writer and I can’t wait to see what she has in store next for Lottie.

With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my ARC.

My reviews of the rest of the series can be found here:

The Missing Ones

The Stolen Girls

The Lost Child

No Safe Place

 

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