Reviews

“Hidden Riches” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well, this lovely Sunday. Today I bring you a review of my first book by this author.

Hidden Riches“, written by Nora Roberts, is a Romantic Suspense novel, first published on July 13th 1994. I read the Portuguese edition published on October 2010 by Chá das Cinco – Edições Saída de Emergência.

Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1434203140l/6307168._SX318_.jpg#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing, where an independent woman discovers the price of breathless desire—and the schemes of an obsessed killer…

Dora Conroy has a passion for antiques—and any other rarities she can acquire for her quaint Philadelphia shop. A seasoned dealer, she knows all the tricks of the trade. But she is unprepared for the deadly consequences when she purchases a few curiosities at an auction—and unknowingly brings home a priceless cache that makes her the target of an international criminal. Entwined in a reckless chase, Dora turns to her new neighbor, Jed Skimmerhorn, a cop who’s turned in his badge—and whose desire for lovely Dora puts him back in the line of fire. Fighting their attraction while falling in love, they find that hidden riches can have a most ordinary façade. And that possession can be a lethal obsession…

Purchase Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Bertrand | Wook


About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram


My Review

There are authors whose names we easily recognize even without having read one of their books. Nora Roberts is one of those authors. With “Hidden Riches”, I finally entered the world of Nora Roberts and I can say that I’m now even more curious to read her other novels.

20200515_153417In this book we follow Dora and Jed, an antiques store owner and a former police officer. A story that follows the world of antiques, from the first moment that it is presented to us by Dora at an art auction. With each page read we meet an interesting group of characters, including those we know are the villains. Now, the ‘why’ is something that we discover with each chapter and each information revealed.

Personally, I loved the story. Very captivating, not only for the element of art and antiques that I find fascinating, but also for all the romance and interaction between characters.

The story has a paced rhythm, sometimes slow, creating tension and drama. Another aspect that I also liked, as it establishes a firm basis for the story and creates interest in what will happen next. Furthermore, with the passion simmering between Dora and Jed, the fact that there is this type of slower but intense rhythm, leads to pressure, a sexual tension, that even when released, remains alive in all moments of interaction between the characters.

20200515_153452Although I didn’t think there was any intense suspense, the amount that it did have balanced well with the romance and the peculiar characters. So, I think it was a very balanced book, which let my curiosity increase with each chapter and each revelation and moment of action.

In general, “Hidden Riches” had all the elements I like in a story. I’m glad it was with this book that I finally started my journey through the world of Nora Roberts’ imaginary.

If you like art, antiques, a good dose of mystery and crime, and romance… and have never read a book by this author… this is a good story to venture out on. Extra: it happens during Christmas and New Year! And who doesn’t like parties and eccentricity?


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Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“The Perfect Couple” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of a thriller I recently read and loved. If you are the kind of reader that loves thrillers, then you may be interested in knowing more about this book.

The Perfect Couple“, written by Jackie Kabler, is a Psychological thriller published on April 17th 2020 by One More Chapter.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Jackie Kabler and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Perfect Couple


Synopsis

The Perfect Couple CoverThe perfect couple…or the perfect lie?

A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.

After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.

But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Kobo | BookDepository


About the Author

Jackie Kabler PhotoJackie Kabler was born in Coventry but spent much of her childhood in Ireland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then a television news correspondent for twenty years, spending nearly a decade on GMTV followed by stints with ITN and BBC News. During that time, she covered major stories around the world including the Kosovo crisis, the impeachment of President Clinton, the Asian tsunami, famine in Ethiopia, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie now divides her time between crime writing and her job as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She has a degree in zoology, runs long distances for fun and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

Once in a while I love to get fully surprised with a story and linger at the edge of my seat not knowing if my thought process and theories are right or not, and what the hell is going to happen next. Most of the time, when I feel the need to go on that kind of rollercoaster ride, I look for Thrillers. This time, I didn’t look for it, I just joined a blog tour, and… oh boy!… was it an exciting one.

In this book we get to follow two POV, Gemma’s up close and personal view, and the detectives view. Personally I loved that concept, because partly it was what made me wonder if my instincts were right or not.

P1070880As we follow the disappearance of Gemma’s husband, Danny, side by side with the murders of various men, victims of a serial killer, we are taken on an adventure, trying to discover the truth.

The characters were absolutely amazing, complex and well developed. And the fact that they felt real, made me believe even more in the storytelling and the events that were happening. Kind of like I was transported into the pages of the book, and was living beside Gemma.

It was the kind of story that I couldn’t put down, I was even reading it while eating. It was such an exciting and mind blowing story, that grabbed my attention from page one. Although I had lot of suspicions and theories, and I was right about some of the things I thought, I was so wrong in others, and right until the last page I was not expecting what happened.

It was definitely one of the more thrilling books I read this month, one that made me jump, doubt and think about all the little details that were introduced. I absolutely love when a story makes my mind turn and be confused and exhilarated, and this novel truly did that for me.

Overall, if you like Psychological Thriller, you probably are going to like this one. It was the kind of book that had surprises until the very end. And who doesn’t like that?


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Jess

Reviews

“The Ice Star” Review

Hello Friends!

So, I just realized this post I had schedule a while back didn’t post. So first of all, I want to apologize to the author for the late review. And to you guys, I hope this review makes you curious.

The Ice Star“, written by Christoffer Petersen, is book one of the Konstabel Fenna Brongaard Series,  and it’s a mystery/crime novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Christoffer Petersen. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

34315210. sy475 Fenna stretched her legs, one eye on the Nepali man with the brutal backhand, the other on a glass of water on the floor. She jerked her head backward as the second man stepped into view, and his large military boot connected with the glass, kicking it against the wooden wall where it smashed, showering her in shards and splinters.
“Konstabel Fenna Brongaard, my name is Burwardsley. We met on the ice.”

She’s the first of her kind – the first woman to join the ranks of the elite Danish Sirius Sledge Patrol, and the first Sirius patroller to be investigated for murder.

In the wake of a hurricane-force piteraq, fog isolates the village of Ittoqqortoormiit and Fenna from the outside world. As the investigation takes a vicious turn, Fenna must trust a Greenlandic policeman and a local hunter if she is to root out the infection at the heart of the Danish military.

Looking for new Danish Noir? It doesn’t get much darker than this.

The Ice Star is a Scandinavian Crime Thriller set in Greenland – coming soon!

The Ice Star – Run with Dogs – Fight like Wolves

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Christoffer has a Master of Arts in Professional Writing. He lived and worked in Greenland for 7 years before moving back to the west coast of Denmark.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Medium | Amazon


My Review

I had the pleasure of reading this book a while back and I found it absolutely exciting and interesting. I always look forward to read crime/mystery novel, but I don’t think I have read that many that were described as noir novels, and to be honest, I didn’t know much about it.

P1070035It was a rollercoaster and I love when a mystery novel gets me so focus that I almost feel like I’m there. The descriptions and the characters are the main reason that happens, because the plot could be fascinating but if the characters didn’t make the uncovering feel real and exciting, then what’s the point?… In this book, I had those elements I love, I had the emotions and connection, I had a good plot and was quite unusual and I loved that, and of course the characters that just painted the all book with fantastic personalities and grabbed my attention.

Another thing that made me very intrigued was the location. I haven’t traveled much, I have been to Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland, so I’m always intrigued to learn more about other countries and see through the characters eyes, and the author’s words, the world they live in.

I have to say, I do like that the main character is a woman, because I’m always looking forwards a good crime/mystery novel when it’s a woman revealing the secrets and finding out the trust, because I feel connected to her and her work. Then again, I was named after Jessica Fletcher and I used to watch (still do) the TV show with my mom, so maybe that’s why I get very excited when it’s a female main character.

It was a great start of a series, because it gave us an amazing introduction to Fenna and it gives us some initial understanding about the procedures. Since I don’t know a lot about other countries police procedures, it’s always interesting to learn. Plus, we are learning about Fenna and her way of working and what are her core believes.

P1070012Also, since it is the beginning we learn about the world, about the society, politics and cultural aspects, not just about the police and the investigation elements. And that was something I liked because, let’s be honest, if you don’t know about what moves the characters, and what their society is like, you need those information. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fantasy novel or a crime novel that happens in planet Earth. We need to learn about the context of the story, and when a book has that, it gives the all story a lot more complexity and opens up world to the reader.

Overall, I can’t wait to read more about this novel because I know there are still a lot of things I could learn about Fenna. She was such an interesting and well written character, I just loved her.  I’m not going to give you notes and comments about the story itself because could ruin the mystery, but be sure to check out this book and go on a mysterious and ice adventure with Fenna.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Queen of Bones” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a relaxing day at home. With the virus and all the chaos attached, I’m staying home, reading and writing. And today I have a review to share with you guys.

Queen of Bones“, written by Teresa Dovalpage, is a mystery novel the second novel in the Havana Mystery Series, published on November 12th 2019 by Soho Crime.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Teresa Dovalpage for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Queen of Bones


Synopsis

Queen of Bones high res coverJuan, a Cuban construction worker who has settled in Albuquerque, returns to Havana for the first time since fleeing Cuba by raft twenty years ago. He is traveling with his American wife, Sharon, and hopes to reconnect with Victor, his best friend from college—and, unbeknownst to Sharon, he also hopes to discover what has become of two ex-girlfriends, Elsa and Rosita.

Juan is surprised to learn that Victor has become Victoria and runs a popular drag show at the local hot spot Café Arabia. Elsa has married a wealthy foreigner, and Rosita, still single, works at the Havana cemetery. When one of these women turns up dead, it will cost Padrino, a Santería priest and former detective on the Havana police force, more than he expects to untangle the group’s lies and hunt down the killer.

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Soho Press


Author Bio

Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana and now lives in Hobbs, where she is a Spanish and ESL professor at New Mexico Junior College. She has published ten novels and three collections of short stories.

Her first culinary mystery Death Comes in through the Kitchen (Soho Crime, 2018) is set in Havana and features Padrino, a santero-detective. It is loaded with authentic Cuban recipes like arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) and caldosa (a yummy stew). Her second mystery, Queen of Bones, was also published by Soho Crime in November 2019 and includes elements of Santería and, again, food—clearly, the author loves to eat! Both novels are rich in details about life in the island, the kind only an insider can provide.

They are the first two books of Soho Crime’s Havana Mystery series. Upcoming are Death of a Telenovela Star (June 2020) and Death under the Perseids.

She also wrote A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004) and Habanera, a Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010).

In her native Spanish she has authored six novels, among them Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain) and El difunto Fidel (The Late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, which won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009).

Once in a while she delves into theater. Her plays La Hija de La Llorona and Hasta que el mortgage nos separe (published in Teatro Latino, 2019) has been staged by Aguijón Theater in Chicago.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

This is the second novel I have read of Teresa Dovalpage, since I have read book one in the series and I enjoyed it a lot, so getting the opportunity of reading the second novel was exciting. I always have fun with mystery books for various reasons that I will tell you in a second.

P1070720First of all, I loved that this book happened in Cuba, since it’s a place I have never been to, and that I honestly don’t know enough about. I liked that by reading this book I was transported to that place and that time, thanks to Teresa Dovalpage’s descriptions and writing style. With the first novel she had me already curious about Cuba and it’s culture, with this one she made me want to read more books happening in Cuba.

Has I was taken into a journey to uncover a murder mystery, I was also on an adventure to learn more about the scenery and the people, and the author did a brilliant job in opening our eyes and making us curious. The amazing thing is that by following the characters and by having this intriguing plot that took us on a interesting journey, I felt as if I was getting involved in the plot in some sense. That’s one of the more amazing things about a mystery novel, the feeling of being a part of the story to the point were we are trying to figure things out along side the characters, an that’s something the novel had.

Then there were the characters. The diversity and the well written characters were what truly made the story much more interesting, for me at least. I won’t say much about them because I hope you guys go read the book and uncover the secrets and have fun getting to know the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed quite a bit and it was just what I needed. Mystery novel have always been the kind of book that gets my mind working, since I was a kid and I would watch all the true crime shows and even the tv shows like CSI and even some oldies like Murder She Wrote, that I have been fascinated in those stories. So when I get a book like “Queen of Bones” that makes me think and try to figure out who the culprit is, I get excited and can’t stop reading. That been said, if you like mystery novels and would like to adventure in a new country, you should definitely check out this series.


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Reviews

“Death Comes to Dartmoor” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Tuesday. I’m working today on some reviews that I will be posting this week, so I will be freer to working on some writing.

And I do have reviews to share with you all today, including this one.

Death Comes to Dartmoor“, written by Vivian Conroy, is a Historical Mystery novel, the second book in the A Merriweather and Royston Mystery series. Published August 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Vivian Conroy and Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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The mist-shrouded moors of Devon proffer a trove of delights for two vacationing zoologists–but also conceal a hoard of dark secrets reaching down to the fathomless depths of the ocean.
Miss Merula Merriweather barely saved her uncle from the gallows after he was wrongly accused of murder–and now, she’s left the bustle of Victorian London to recuperate in the fresh air of Dartmoor with her fellow zoologist, Lord Raven Royston. The trip offers a unique treat, as they’ll be staying with a friend of Raven’s, who owns a collection of rare zoological specimens–including a kraken, a sea monster of myth and legend.

But all is not right in the land of tors, heaths, and mist. Their host’s maid has vanished without a trace, and the townspeople hold him responsible, claiming that his specimens are alive and roam the moors at night, bringing death to anyone who crosses their path. Merula and Raven are skeptical–but the accusations become more ominous when they find several specimen jars empty.

As the two hunt for clues across a desolate and beautiful landscape, a stranger appears bearing a shadowy secret from Merula’s past. Could there be a connection between her family history, the missing girl, and a fearsome monster that could be on the loose? The race is on to find the truth.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo

Author’s Social Media Links – Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

This is the second book in the series and I had the opportunity of reading book one a while back and I was quite interested in knowing what else would happen to Merula Merriweather in this new novel.

Merula was quite a brilliantly written character from the very beginning, I loved her attitude and defiance. And following her in this new mystery was an intriguing adventure. I do wish there were some more development in terms of the relationships with other characters, but I assume in the future that may happen. Who knows?

Nevertheless, despite a couple of “Come on!” moments, she’s still a fun character. And the new characters that are introduced are interesting as well, and I did wonder a couple of times about some of them and the interactions with Merula.

Another point I like in this series is the connection with nature, that was something I liked in the previous story and I’m glad it continue to exist in this one, because it’s part of the main character’s essence, and something I found unique.

The storyline was a bit different from book one because of course it had new secrets and questions for us to find out about, but still the plot was fun to read about and uncovering the truth is not always easy. I was asking and theorizing while reading, which is always good because it means I’m very curious about what’s going on.

Overall, I enjoyed it and the murder mystery, with enough drama, but comparing this one with the previous one, I enjoyed “The Butterfly Conspiracy” a lot more. Than been said, that doesn’t mean I didn’t liked “Death Comes to Dartmoor”, I did and I am curious to see what other mysteries is Merula going to end up in, because I know there is lot of potential for more novels.


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Blog Tour, Reviews

“Revelation” Review

Hello Friends!

As I said in the previous post I have another review to share with you all.

Happy Publication Day, Jo Fenton!

Revelation“, written by Jo Fenton, is a Crime Thriller novel published on February 24th 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jo Fenton for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Revelation


Synopsis

Cover pic - RevelationManchester, 1989

A student, Rick, is found dead in halls of residence.

His friends get caught up in the aftermath: Dan, who was in love with Rick; and Becky, who is in love with Dan.

Their fraught emotions lead them into dark places – particularly a connection to a mysterious Kabbalistic sect.

Will Becky discover who killed Rick in time to save her best friend?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

Social Media Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

P1070743I found crime thrillers very amazing, they are always the kind of novels that makes me stay at the edge of my seat with excitement and trying to figure out what is going to happen next and what are the truth behind the mysteries.

With Revelation, not only do I get to meet a new-to-me author, but also go on a thrilling journey. And it’s an unexpected turn of events, with characters that are the victim’s friends, and quite interesting and real, I was so curious about what Beckie, especially, would do next with each page I would read.

P1070702I’m not going to go into details because crime novels deserve to be read without spoilers plaguing them, but I have to say that since it’s back in 1989, it adds an elements that I enjoyed, because it happened way before my birthday and in a place I know nothing about and have never visited. The fact that I had to learn about a new place in the past, was fun, and it was exciting to learn about the society back then, especially since it all happens around a crime/mystery, which gave me a different perspective on things.

Overall, it left me wanting to read more thrillers, and reading more of Jo Fenton’s novels. The mysteries, the murder, the secret sect and Beckie, all amazing elements in this plot combined with the storytelling, it made the novel entertaining and page turner.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win A signed copy of The Brotherhood Click Here.

(Open to UK Only)

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*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Hunter’s Blood” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing better than I am, and let’s all take a deep breath and relax because tomorrow is Friday and then it’s the weekend.

Now, I have a review of a book that you guys may recognize.

Hunter’s Blood“, written by Val Penny, is the forth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, a crime novel published on 1st January 2020 by Crooked Cat (Darkstroke).

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Val Penny for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Hunters Blood


Synopsis

Hunters Blood CoverDI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?

Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

Purchase Links:  Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, follows shortly.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group | Twitter


My Review

Let me start by say that if you don’t know by now this author and this series, then I have no idea what you guys have been doing so far because I really recommend this entire series.

Now, about Hunter’s Blood, this is book four in the series and of course by now I already feel like I know the main character and companions pretty well, D.I. Hunter Wilson is such a well developed character and the relationships and connections between him and other characters are so dynamic that no matter what, the possibilities are almost endless, so I’m always surprised by the story and the events that take Hunter on the trick path to save the city.

P1070733Besides, that surprise feeling was thanks to the descriptions of what’s happening as well as the interactions the characters have. It opens our eyes and curiosity to try and figure out that’s going on as if we were part of the team, and I love feeling as if I was transported to the story and am part of the story along side the characters.

I often wonder how Val Penny comes up with her ideas for the stories, because each book is a rollercoaster and so entertaining that it blows my mind. It’s like a tv show for me, so visual and a page turner that I can’t stop myself from reading the next page just to know what will happen next. That’s something I have to say yet again because with each book I read I get reminded of how good the books in this series are.

In this novel we get to solve no only murders, by also a missing case, and so many other mysteries that will come along the way, because let’s be honest a mystery never comes alone. And with D.I. Hunter Wilson involved, things always get exciting.

Overall it was another amazing book in the series and it can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you to check the books in order so you can fully get what motivates Hunter as well as what his background is. Anyway, you won’t get disappointed with any novel in this exciting, captivating and thrilling mystery series.


Giveaway

For a chance to win a .mobi or PDF of Hunter’s Blood by Val Penny CLICK HERE.

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Hunter’s Force” Review

Hello Friends!

A friend recently told me I was on fire in the blog, which is funny because I’m not posting as much as I have done before, but apparently for him, I’m posting a lot. Nevertheless, knowing that someone that knows me for years, is following my blog makes me smile. So, M, if you are reading this… Thank you!

Now, back to the topic. I bring you another review of a book that is part of a series, so if you don’t know the author or the series, I recommend you go check out my other reviews and recommend you to read the books since they are amazing.

Hunter’s Force“, written by Val Penny, is the third book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, a crime novel published on 4th April 2019 by Crooked Cat Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Val Penny for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Hunters Force


Synopsis

Hunters Force CoverHunter by name – Hunter by nature.

Can DI Hunter Wilson keep Edinburgh safe when he is the hunted?

Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is woken in the early hours of the morning by a call from his son. Cameron’s flatmate was murdered. Why would anybody want to kill a young woman recently arrived in the city?

Hunter must call in the new Major Incident Team (MIT) to lead the investigation due to the reorganisation of police services. Hunter’s ability to be involved, however, is put in severe doubt when someone from his past decides to take revenge on him. He goes missing, and his team have no idea where to look for him. Who would want to stop Hunter in his tracks?

Meanwhile, Hunter’s team must work closely with the MIT, with or without him, to solve the murder in this taut crime thriller. 

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, follows shortly.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group | Twitter


My Review

I love standalone novels, but there is something about series that just makes me so happy for some reason, maybe it’s because of the possibility of more books to read in that world or about that characters. And in the case of this series, The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, I love that it’s a series because of the next book I know I will get a chance to read, because of a lot of other aspects that I will talk next.

So, as you can probably guess, this isn’t the first book I’m reading of this author and the series, I have read the previous books and I was so excited about this novel because I wanted to see what was DI Hunter Wilson up to and what kind of situation would he be put through.

I won’t talk abut my thoughts on Hunter because I have read the other novels and with each one there are changes. Time goes on and of course that if real people change when they have to deal with certain problems, why wouldn’t a character in a book. Val Penny really put reality in her storytelling and gives us an amazing group of characters (good and bad guys), not just the ones that were already part of the series, as well as the new one that have grace us with their presence.

The mystery, the excitement and the descriptions… Everything just makes each scene and each moment of uncovering the truth so much fun and real. I’m always surprised with the plot, it’s thrilling and intriguing to me and I love to try and figure out things. And there is revenge and… crimes, murder… things happen.

Like the previous books, it was a really interesting story, original and complex. The author is able to transport us to this dark world that reminds me of a TV series I once watched and can’t remember the name; what I do remember is the fact that it captivated me and it had this same dark aura of mystery around it. Honestly, I loved that and that’s one of the reasons I also love this book, because I could visualize what was happening and see the surroundings of this novel in my mind, as if watching TV or recalling some memory. That is one of Val Penny’s power in her writing style.

I really have to stay away from giving out information, but I loved it and I really recommend the series, not just this one, because although you would understand the novel by it’s one, I truly believe that by reading the books in order you would understand even more Hunter and his actions, as well as the entire world system and police force.

If crime and mystery novels are your thing, then you really have to give this series a chance. I highly recommend it and if you do read the series, I hope you have as much fun as I have had so far. And I cannot wait to reread it in a couple of month or maybe years, because I’m sure I will find some connections that I have missed.


Giveaway

For a chance to win a .mobi or PDF of Hunter’s Force by Val Penny CLICK HERE.

(Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Christmas At Pennington’s” Review

Hello Friends!

This is my first post back from my vacation. I will be reviewing more books this week so stay tune for those posts and some writing updates and an unboxing of a bookish box.

Today’s review is of a book that is part of a series I have read and enjoyed very much, so you know I’m all up for Christmas novels in a series.

Christmas At the Pennington’s“, written by Rachel Brimble, is the third novel in the Pennington’s Department Store series, and it was published on 19th September 2019.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Brimble for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Christmas at Penningtons


Synopsis

Christmas at CoverGripping drama as Pennington’s department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.

Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.

For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.

For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.

For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a brand new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The Mistress of Pennington’s was released July 2018, A Rebel At Pennington’s February 2019 and Christmas At Pennington’s September 2019.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

Social Media Links: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Street Team – Rachel’s Readers | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads | BookBub


My Review

Is it to early for Christmas books? Honestly, I don’t care because I will read any Holiday type of novel anytime of the year. And having read the previous books in this series, I was so excited!

Although it can be read as a standalone novel, I highly recommend you to read the first two books because some characters appear in this one despite the fact that the main character is Cornelia, and by reading the previous novels you will have a better understanding of the background of the characters as well as the world and the context, time period and location where and when this story happens.

It’s a historical romance, and I loved the previous novels because of how the author talked about different issues and showed us how society was (and in a way, still is in some aspects). This novel kept things up, and here the author talks about divorce, domestic violence, and so much more. And every single one of those topics are still worth talking about in our present.

We follow Cornelia as she deals with her personal issues (divorce and being at the verge of loosing her children), and Stephen Gower the (handsome, okay, that’s how I imagine him) head of security at Pennington’s. And I loved them both and loved discovering more about them and see them win and be happy in the end.

Of course, as the title indicates, it happens during Christmas, and reading about the magic of Christmas in Pennington’s, I loved the images I had and the excitement I felt. Of course, the Christmas spirit isn’t just happiness, romance and lights, because this story bring us mystery and crime, which just adds to captivating element.

Overall, I loved this novel and I highly recommend this entire series. If you like Historical Romances with mystery this one is definitely for you.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of a new book in a series that you may know since I have read and reviewed the previous books.

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow“,written by Columbkill Noonan, is the fourth book in the Barnabas Tew series. Published on 18th September 2019, this novel is a Historical cozy mystery with humour.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Columbkill Noonan for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow


Synopsis

Enlightened Cow CoverRama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him!

Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done.

Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it.  Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire.

Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice.

The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes.

Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

ColumbkillNoonanPhotoColumbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Social Media Links –  Facebook | Twitter


My Review

Guys… Barnie and Willie are back!

I have been thinking a lot about this book and what to say it the review, but to everyone that doesn’t know this series, you really have to check it out. I feel like it’s one of those worlds that I will keep going back in the future when in need of a few laughs, just like I do with one of my favorite TVseries of all time “Psych”. That been said, every time Columbkill Noonan give us all another adventure of these two private detectives for the Gods, I get really excited.

Now, I’m not going to explain who the characters are, you should just go get the books and discover yourself and prepare to laugh, that’s my recommendation. Let’s just say that as characters they have developed with each adventure, as well as their relationship and it’s so fun to see those changes as well as the little things that makes them who they truly are.

From the previous reviews you may notice that I love them. Barnie and Willie get sucked in to so many weird, funny, dangerous situations while trying to solve the problems that Gods bring to their door. This time they are dealing with Hindu Gods.

If you don’t know a lot about Hindu, you may feel out of place in the story, then again, remember this: so did Barnie an Willie! Speaking of not know much about religions and mythologies, by reading this books I got even more curious and I tried to do some research of my own after finishing the books. Nevertheless, I loved that with each book, the author take us to a different realm of the Gods.

By reading the synopsis, you may already realize that these two private investigators (well, Barnabas and his assistant Wilfred) were asked by Kamadeva to save his friend Rama. Of course, when a case appears simple, it really isn’t. And there they go on a new journey to do the biding of the Gods and putting their lives in dangerous yet again.

I’m not giving out specific aspects about the story, since there were so many little moments that made me laugh and really focus on the storyline that I don’t want you guys to be looking for those moments. But lets just say that was an unusual book, just like the other novels in the series.

Do I recommend this book? Sure! I recommend the entire series. Just look at the titles, aren’t you curious? If not, read the synopsis and just get the first book, you will get hocked on this crazy adventure that is Barnie and Willie’s life and career.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess