Review: How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 0 comments
Title: How I Lost You
Author: Jenny Blackhurst
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 23rd April 2015
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781472218964
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2/5
Purchase: Amazon
They told her she killed her son. She served her time. But what if they lied?

I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police tell you, don't you? My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan. I was sent to Oakdale Psychiatric Institute for my crime, and four weeks ago I was released early on parole with a new identity, address and a chance to rebuild my tattered life.

This morning, I received an envelope addressed to Susan Webster. Inside it was a photograph of a toddler called Dylan. Now I am questioning everything I believe because if I have no memory of the event, how can I truly believe he's dead? If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?

Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Monday, 30 March 2015 0 comments
Title: The Kind Worth Killing
Author: Peter Swanson
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 5th February 2015
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780571302192
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
'Hello there.'

I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger's face.

'Do I know you?'

Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?

Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?

A sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, The Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night.

Review: Long Way Home by Eva Dolan

Friday, 27 March 2015 0 comments
Title: Long Way Home (DI Zigic & DS Ferreira, #1)
Author: Eva Dolan
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 19th June 2014
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780099584391
Source: Goodreads Book Club
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
A man is burnt alive in a suburban garden shed.

DI Zigic and DS Ferreira are called in from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit to investigate the murder. Their victim is quickly identified as a migrant worker and a man several people might have had good reason to see dead. A convicted arsonist and member of a far-right movement has just been released from prison, while witnesses claim to have seen the dead man fighting with one of the town's most prominent slum landlords.

Zigic and Ferreira know all too well the problems that come with dealing with a community that has more reason than most not to trust the police, but when another migrant worker is attacked, tensions rapidly begin to rise as they search for their killer.

Review: A Cold Killing by Anna Smith

Thursday, 26 March 2015 0 comments
Title: A Cold Killing (Rosie Gilmour, #5)
Author: Anna Smith
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 26th March 2015
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781848664296
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour returns from hiding in Bosnia to a story of a brutal execution. University lecturer Tom Mahoney was shot at point blank range, the killing has all the signs of a hit. But who would want to kill a retired lecturer?

Rosie throws herself into the investigation, looking for a witness that has gone missing. A witness that might hold the key to the story. But she has her own reasons to stay hidden.

As Rosie digs deeper, she finds the story has connections to the Ministry of Defence and MI6 and Mahoney’s past is darker than anyone could imagine.

Rosie’s running out of time to find out the truth, before Mahoney’s killers silence her for good.

Review: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 0 comments
Title: The Longest Ride
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780751554496
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families.

A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways.

Review: The Alchemist's Secret by Scott Mariani

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 0 comments
Title: The Alchemist's Secret (Ben Hope, #1)
Author: Scott Mariani
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 3rd March 2008
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781847563408
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
When Ben is recruited to locate an ancient manuscript which could save a dying child, he embarks on the deadliest quest of his life.

The document is alleged to contain the formula for the elixir of life, discovered by the brilliant alchemist Fulcanelli decades before. But it soon becomes apparent that others are hunting this most precious of treasures - for far more evil ends.

When the secrets of alchemy hidden within the pages remain impenetrable, Ben teams up with beautiful American scientist Dr Roberta Ryder to crack the code.

It seems that everyone - from the Nazis during WW2 and powerful Catholic organisation Gladius Domini - wants to unearth the secrets of immortality.

The trail leads Ben and Roberta from Paris to the ancient Cathar strongholds of the Languedoc, where an astonishing secret has lain hidden for centuries...

Review: Valleywood by Lateysha Grace

Monday, 23 March 2015 2 comments
Title: Valleywood
Author: Lateysha Grace
Publisher: John Blake
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781784182694
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Since exploding on to our screens as part of the MTV show The Valleys, diva Lateysha Grace has caused quite a stir with her kick-offs, cat-fights and confident Beyonce-like behaviour.

But before all the glamour, Lateysha had a bleak childhood; born into a single parent family where her mother Debbie struggled to make ends meet, plunging the family into the depths of abject poverty. All Lateysha craved was a normal family life and when her mum met a new man, she was happy to finally have a father figure. Her dream soon turned into her worst nightmare though when her new dad became addicted to heroin - the man she thought was her knight in shining armour had turned out to be the 'devil incarnate'. Lateysha could do nothing but watch as he physically abused her, her mother and her siblings.

Lateysha's story is shocking, upsetting and often heart-breaking and she holds no bars when it comes to speaking about her turbulent childhood, wild behaviour and emotional despair. The devastating effects of her traumatic youth came to the surface when, as a teenager, Lateysha attempted to take her own life twice and found solace in drugs, alcohol and casual sex as a way of dealing with her problems. Even her time on The Valleys almost never happened after Lateysha was charged with assault on a girl in a local nightclub. Eventually, the Welsh beauty was found not guilty, but this drama just added to the long list of harrowing events in her young life.

With deep valleys of heartache and peaks of joy, Lateysha's bonk-busting autobiography will have you scrambling to turn the page.

My Week in Books #12

Sunday, 22 March 2015 1 comments
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Irish Fiction Week Review: Peeler by Kevin McCarthy

Title: Peeler
Author: Kevin McCarthy
Publisher: The Mercier Press
Publication Date: 1st May 2010
Pages: 479
ISBN: 9781856356596
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
West Cork. November 1920. The Irish War of Independence rages. The body of a young woman is found brutally murdered on a windswept hillside; a scrapboard sign covering her mutilated body reads 'TRATOR'. Traitor.

Acting Sergeant Séan O'Keefe of the Royal Irish Constabulary, a wounded veteran of the Great War, is assigned to investigate the crime, aided by sinister detectives sent from Dublin Castle to ensure he finds the killer, just so long as the killer he finds best serves the purposes of the crown in Ireland. . . The IRA has instigated its own investigation into the young woman's death, assigning young Volunteer Liam Farrell - failed gunman and former law student- to the task of finding a killer it cannot allow to be one of its own.

Unknown to each other, the RIC Constable and the IRA Volunteer relentlessly pursue the truth behind the savage killing, their investigations taking them from the bullet-pocked lanes and thriving brothels of a war-torn Cork city to the rugged, deadly hills of West Cork, both seeking a killer, both seeking to stay alive in a time where murder's as common as rain and no one knows a thing about it, even when they do.

Irish Fiction Week Review: The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll

Saturday, 21 March 2015 1 comments
Title: The Granny (Agnes Browne, #3)
Author: The Granny
Publisher: O'Brien Press
Publication Date: 7th October 1996
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781847173249
Source: Library
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
The final book in the Agnes Browne trilogy.

At forty-seven years of age Agnes, now thirteen years happily widowed, enters the 1980s with a fruit stall in Moore Street, a French lover and six children, five of them in their twenties.

Becoming a grandmother is a terrible shock to her system, especially as Agnes suffers every one of her daughter-in-law's labour pains! And as the family expands so do the problems -one son's inevitable brush with the law, the heartbreak of emigration. But Agnes Browne is nothing if not a fighter, and she squares her shoulders, offers up a quick one to her departed pal, Marion, and sets about getting things back on an even keel - or as even as things ever get in the Brown household!

Review: Budapest/48 by Sean Black

Friday, 20 March 2015 0 comments
Title: Budapest/48
Author: Sean Black
Publication Date: 15th March 2015
Pages: 63
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
It sounds like easy money. Fly into Budapest. Handle the exchange in a straightforward kidnap for ransom case. Fly back home.

Total time involved: 48 hours.

But as private security operators Ryan Lock and Ty Johnson are about to find out, there is no such thing as easy money.

Budapest/48 is the new novella (short novel) from bestselling thriller writer Sean Black.

Irish Fiction Week Review: Last Kiss by Louise Phillips

Title: Last Kiss (Kate Pearson, #3)
Author: Louise Phillips
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
Publication Date: 7th August 2014
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781444789379
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
In a quiet suburb, a woman desperately clings to her sanity as a shadowy presence moves objects around her home.

In a hotel room across the city, an art dealer with a dubious sexual past is found butchered, his body arranged to mimic the Hangman card from the Tarot deck.

When criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is brought in to help investigate the murder, she finds herself plunged into a web of sexual power and evil which spreads from Dublin to Paris, and then to Rome.

Will Kate discover the identity of the killer before it's too late to protect the innocent? But what separates the innocent from the guilty when the sins of the past can never be forgotten?

Guest Post: Eve Makis on Writing The Spice Box Letters

Thursday, 19 March 2015 0 comments

Today it's a real honour for me to be able to share this guest post from Eve Makis, author of my Book of the Month for March, The Spice Box Letters. I've attempted to explain in my review why I found the book such a special read and hope I did the book justice and hopefully convinced a couple of people to pick it up.

Eve is discussing writing The Spice Box Letters and I can't believe it's a book that almost didn't come to fruition. It also explains just why certain characters felt so real, and reveals just how much research was carried out, quite remarkable! As a fan of Cyprus I am also intrigued at the mention of Eve's next book, and hope this is something that goes ahead. Great fiction set in Cyprus is sparse, so I am thrilled to have discovered Eve Makis.

Irish Fiction Week Review: The Chisellers by Brendan O'Carroll

Title: The Chisellers (Agnes Browne, #2)
Author: Brendan O'Carroll
Publisher: O'Brien Press
Publication Date: 4th August 2012 (1st: 1995)
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781847173232
Source: Purchased
Rating: /5
Purchase: Amazon
Continuing the hilarious saga of the ups and downs, minor scrapes and major run-ins of the seven children of Agnes Browne, The Mammy of the bestselling novel of the same name. Full of joy, humour, pathos and the raw vernacular of the Dublin streets.

Agnes Browne and her seven 'chisellers' take on the world … and win!

It's three years since Redser's death and Agnes Browne soldiers on, being mother, father and referee to her fighting family of seven. Helped out financially by her eldest, and hormonally by the amorous Pierre, Agnes copes with family tragedy, success and the move from the Jarro to the 'wilds of the country' -- suburban Finglas.

And when the family's dreams are threatened by an unscrupulous gangster he learns a costly lesson -- don't mess with the children of Agnes Browne!

Hall of Fame Review: The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 2 comments
Title: The Spice Box Letters
Author: Eve Makis
Publisher: Sandstone Press
Publication Date: 19th March 2015
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781910124086
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Katerina inherits a scented, wooden spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. It contains letters and a diary, written in Armenian. As she pieces together her family story, Katerina learns that Mariam's childhood was shattered by the Armenian tragedy of 1915.

Mariam was exiled from her home in Turkey and separated from her beloved brother, Gabriel, her life marred by grief and the loss of her first love. Dissatisfied and restless, Katerina tries to find resolution in her own life as she completes Mariam's story – on a journey that takes her across Cyprus and then half a world away to New York.

Miracles, it seems, can happen – for those trapped by the past, and for Katerina herself.

Irish Fiction Week Review: The Doll's House by Louise Phillips

Title: The Doll's House (Dr. Kate Pearson, #2)
Author: Louise Phillips
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
Publication Date: 1st August 2013
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781444743067
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery.

Now his daughter Clodagh, trying to come to terms with her past, visits a hypnotherapist who unleashes disturbing childhood memories of her father's death. And as Clodagh delves deeper into her subconscious, memories of another tragedy come to light - the death of her baby sister.

Meanwhile criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called in to help in the investigation of a murder after a body is found in a Dublin canal. When Kate digs beneath the surface of the killing, she discovers a sinister connection to the Hamilton family.

What terrible events took place in the Hamilton house all those years ago? And what connect them to the recent murder? Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate, and the killer has already chosen his next victim...

Irish Fiction Week Review: When Sorrows Come by Matt McGuire

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 0 comments
Title: When Sorrows Come (DS, O'Neill, #2)
Author: Matt McGuire
Publisher: C & R Crime
Publication Date: 1st May 2014
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781780338323
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Belfast, 2am, Tomb Street. A young man lies dead in an alley. Cracked ribs, broken jaw, fractured skull. With the Celtic Tiger purring and the Troubles in their death throes, Detective Sergeant John O'Neill is called to investigate. Meanwhile O'Neill's partner, DI Jack Ward, a veteran troubles detective, is receiving death threats from an unknown source...

Irish Fiction Week Review: The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll

Title: The Mammy (Agnes Browne, #1)
Author: Brendan O'Carroll
Publisher: O'Brien Press
Publication Date: 18th November 2011 (1st: 1994)
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781847173225
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Agnes Browne is a widow of only a few hours when she goes to the Social Welfare Office. Living in James Larkin Flats, with Redsers' legacy - seven little Brownes - to support on the income from her Moore Street stall, she can't afford to miss a day's pension. Life is like that for Agnes and her best pal Marion. But they still have time for a laugh and a jar, and Agnes even has a dream - that one day she will dance with Cliff Richard.

The Mammy describes the life and times, the joys and sorrows of Agnes, mother of the famous Mrs. Browne's Boys from the daily radio soap. A book of hilarious incidents, glorious characters, and a passion for life, it is written with a sure touch and great ear for dialogue.

Irish Fiction Week Review: Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips

Monday, 16 March 2015 0 comments
Title: Red Ribbons
Author: Louise Phillips
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
Publication Date: 3rd September 2012
Pages: 413
ISBN: 9781444743029
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
A SERIAL KILLER: When the body of a missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, her hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair, the hunt for her killer reaches epic proportion with the discovery of a second girl's body 24 hours later.

THE CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGIST: Desperate to find the murderer, police call in criminal psychologist Kate Pearson, to get inside the mind of the serial killer before he strikes again. But the more Kate discovers about the killings, the more it all begins to feel terrifyingly familiar as her own past threatens to cloud her investigations.

AN ACCUSED WOMAN: Ellie Brady has been institutionalised for 15 years, for the killing of her twelve-year-old daughter, Amy. After all this time, does Ellie hold the key to finding the killer of the Dublin schoolgirls?

What would you do if you were accused of killing your own daughter? What if those closest to you turned their back on you? And when everyone stopped listening, what next, when even you believe you're guilty?

My Week in Books #11

Saturday, 14 March 2015 0 comments
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I know, I know (how many?!). Three of this weeks books have been short reads but as I've said before the book addict in my blog name is quite literal!

Review: Disobey by Jacqui Rose

Friday, 13 March 2015 0 comments
Title: Disobey
Author: Jacqui Rose
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780007503650
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Bad things are going down in Soho. Someone’s going to have to pay the price…

Alfie Jenkins breaks a lot of rules. When he sets up an illegal casino in Soho there’s bad will all round and soon Alfie and those closest to him become embroiled in an all-out war with a dangerous gang.

Unfortunately this gang is a deadly enemy to have. When Alfie’s teenage niece Chloe is kidnapped and there are rumours she’s been enslaved in a sex gang it becomes a terrifying race against time to save her. Will Alfie be able to right wrongs, build bridges and protect his family, whatever the cost?

Blog Tour: Kimberley Chambers Video Q&A

Thursday, 12 March 2015 0 comments

The past 12 months as a blogger have been absolutely amazing, but taking part in the blog tour for The Wronged will take some beating. Readers of my blog will know that Kimberley is one of my favourite authors, I constantly talk about her books on Twitter (she must be sick of seeing my name!) and honestly and genuinely, I cannot recommend her books enough.

I'm so excited to share this video Q&A with the Lady of the Manor herself (felt a bit emotional watching it actually!). So deserving of the success and I really hope The Wronged is another #1!

Hall of Fame Review: The Wronged by Kimberley Chambers

Title: The Wronged
Author: Kimberley Chambers
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780007521746
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
‘Murdered in 1980 she was, bless her. Now I’ll tell you the story of everything that’s happened since…’

No parent should ever have to bury their child, but God knows the Butlers have buried more than their fair share. Now, Vinny and Michael are planning the downfall of all who’ve wronged them. The Butlers don’t forgive or forget, and they take their secrets to the grave.

As yet more tragic events rip the family apart, loyalties are on a knife edge. Times are changing in the East End, and the brothers who have always stuck together are at each other’s throats. As the old saying goes – you keep your friends close, and your enemies closer…

But you keep your family right where you can see them.

Review: You Belong to Me by Samantha Hayes

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 1 comments
Title: You Belong to Me
Author: Samantha Hayes
Publisher: Century
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781780893396
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Fleeing the terrors of her former life, Isabel has left England, and at last is beginning to feel safe.

Then a letter shatters her world, and she returns home determined not to let fear rule her life any more.

But she's unable to shake off the feeling that someone who knows her better than she knows herself may be following her.

Watching. Waiting.

Ready to step back into her life and take control all over again.

Review: No Place to Die by Clare Donoghue

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 1 comments
Title: No Place to Die (Mike Lockyer, #2)
Author: Clare Donoghue
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 387
ISBN: 9781447239345
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Guilt for the past. Fear for the future.

The body of a female university student is found buried in Elmstead Woods, South London. The circumstances of her death are as unprecedented as they are frightening.

Two men admit to having had relationships with the girl just before she died.

Both deny murder.

Lewisham's murder-squad detectives Jane Bennett and Mike Lockyer must untangle a web of deceit if they are to stop this monster before more innocent lives are lost.

Review: The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney

Monday, 9 March 2015 1 comments
Title: The Jackdaw (Sean Corrigan, #4)
Author: Luke Delaney
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780007585687
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Guilty or not guilty?: A lone vigilante is abducting wealthy Londoners and putting their fate in the hands of the public. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear on the internet, bound to a chair in a white room.

Revenge or mercy?: Their crimes of greed and incompetence are broadcast to the watching thousands who make up the jury. Once the verdict is cast, the man who calls himself ‘The Jackdaw’ will be judge and executioner.

Live or die?: DI Sean Corrigan and his Special Investigations Unit are under pressure to solve this case fast. But as The Jackdaw’s popularity grows, Corrigan realizes he’s hunting a dangerously clever and elusive adversary – one who won’t stop until his mission is complete.

#BenHopeTen: Introducing Ben Hope PLUS International Giveaway

To celebrate the release of the 10th Ben Hope novel, The Forgotten Holocaust I am taking part in the #BenHopeTen blog tour where I am running a giveaway for The Forgotten Holocaust which is open internationally as I'll be sending the copy out myself! Whether you are new to the Ben Hope series or it'll be your first read, it can absolutely be read as a standalone and in case you need a little inspiration to enter the giveaway, here's my review for it!


Hall of Fame Review: The Defence by Steve Cavanagh

Friday, 6 March 2015 0 comments
Title: The Defence
Author: Steve Cavanagh
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781409152309
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different.

It's been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter Amy.

Eddie only has 48 hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial - and win - if wants to save his daughter.

Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his 'client' and ensure Amy's safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible?

Lose this case and he loses everything.

Review: Human Conditioning by Louise Hirst

Thursday, 5 March 2015 0 comments
Title: Human Conditioning
Author: Louise Hirst
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: 5th September 2013
Pages: 460
ISBN: 9781492348375
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
One man’s master plan to escape his environment...

East End of London. 1986. Aiden Foster is sixteen years old. He lives on the most notorious council estate in Hackney. He has no prospects. His father is an alcoholic. His mother never wanted him. His guardian is overbearing. He craves control over his own life. He wants out of the squalor.

He wants to make a name for himself the only way he knows how.

But at what cost to those closest to him?

Review: We Still Kill the Old Way by Nick Oldham

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 0 comments
Title: We Still Kill the Old Way
Author: Nick Oldham
Publisher: Caffeine Nights
Publication Date: 21st December 2014
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781907565847
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
When a retired East End villain is murdered by a feral street gang, his brother Ritchie Archer returns to London from Spain to investigate. With the police thwarted at every turn, Ritchie decides to take the law into his own hands and bring old school justice back to the streets of East London. Rounding up his old firm, he leads a vigilante crusade against the vicious young criminals, using every grisly method at his disposal to find and punish his brother’s killers. A vicious street war follows, with no prisoners taken on either side, leading to a dramatic conclusion as the feral youths lay siege to a hospital Ritchie’s firm is holed up in.

They’re outgunned and outnumbered, but this firm has never been outclassed yet.

Review: The Dish by Stella Newman

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 0 comments
Title: The Dish
Author: Stella Newman
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 12th February 2015
Pages: 460
ISBN: 9781472220073
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
When Laura Parker first crosses forks with Adam Bayley, she's only after one thing: his custard doughnut. But when she takes a closer look she sees a talented, handsome man who outshines the string of jokers she's been dating.

There's just one problem. Adam's job means Laura has to keep her job as restaurant critic for The Dish, a secret. Tricky for someone who prides herself on honesty.

Can the truth be put on ice long enough for love to flourish?

And how can you expect your boyfriend to be honest if you're not quite telling the truth yourself?

#IrishFictionWeek (16th-22nd March): My TBR

Monday, 2 March 2015 0 comments
Fellow blogger Sharon (Shaz's Book Blog) has organised another #IrishFictionWeek and as my Irish fiction TBR only ever seems to increase it's the perfect time for me to attempt to read a couple more of them. As ever I am nothing if not ambitious and I am hoping to post a review on each of the days, the only problem being I have read just one book (The Defence) so wish me luck... The usual five reviews per week will still be posted, so March might be a busy month on the blog! Luckily most of the month is scheduled.



Review: The Midas Code by Boyd Morrison

Title: The Midas Code (Tyler Locke, #2)
Author: Boyd Morrison
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 4th August 2011
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780751544305
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Can an ancient manuscript reveal the whereabouts of King Midas' famous treasure?

Top army engineer Tyler Locke is given a mysterious ancient manuscript. Written in Greek, it initially seems indecipherable.

But with the help of classics scholar Stacy Benedict, Locke comes to understand that this manuscript could provide the clues to the greatest riches known to mankind - the legendary treasure of King Midas.

However, there are others who are also hot on the trail - and it rapidly becomes a race against time to crack a code that is both fiendishly difficult and potentially deadly....

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