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May Round-up

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Books I Read In May 2019

I read my five books from my Five on Friday (May 3rd) and then read a few more*!

My Reviews:

Retriever of Souls (D.I. Sterling Book 1) by Lorraine Mace
Children in Chains (D.I. Sterling Book 2) by Lorraine Mace*
A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn
The Gordon Place by Isaac Thorne
Moon Sworn (The Bound Series #1) by J.F. Holland
Blinded by the light by Joe Kipling
Light the Way by Joe Kipling*
Rebekka Franck Series Box Set: Vol 1-5 by Willow Rose*



May Roundup


Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reviews that made my to-read list longer…


The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Reviewed on The Tattooed Book Geek

dragonsSome books start quite slowly, setting the scene, others, they start with a bang. The Rage of Dragons is one such book, starting with a bloody sword thrust through the chest cavity, one that explodes out the back in a profusion of action.

After fleeing their previous home, the land of Osonte and a catastrophe known as ‘The Cull‘ the Omehi are newly arrived on the shores of Xidda looking for a new home but the current population has other ideas. What follows is a violent battle (highlighting the powers of the Omehi Gifted and the strength of Winter’s ability to write detailed and dynamic battle scenes that populate the whole of The Rage of Dragons right from the get-go) and many die on both sides. The Hedeni (also known as the Xiddeen the original inhabitants of Xidda) are overwhelming the Omehi, with no wish to flee and as a last gasp, the last roll of the dice, the Omehi summon a guardian (dragon). The dragon turns the tides of the battle, the Omehi win and in Xidda they have a new home.

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The Poison Song – Book 3 of The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams

Reviewed on Brainfluff

thepoisonsongI have thoroughly enjoyed the ongoing adventure in this excellent trilogy – read my reviews of The Ninth Rain and The Bitter Twins. The progression of this story, taking it from a straight epic fantasy adventure into a science fiction mash-up was masterfully handled, as are the steady revelations of new twists about aspects that we previously understood to be facts…

The very nature of the way Williams crafts her books makes it unlikely that you will be able to fully enjoy what is going on unless you read them in order – and as those of you who are regular visitors to my site know, I habitually crash midway into series without turning a hair. However, I wouldn’t want to make such a move with this series and strongly recommend that you don’t attempt it.

Continue reading this review.


Beyond the Gravy by Mandy Morton

Reviewed on Auntie M Writes

beyond-gravyYou don’t have to be a cat person to take great delight in the world of cats created in Beyond the Gravy, Mandy Morton’s newest entry in the No. 2 Feline Detective series.

Hettie Bagshot and her partner Tilly have endured a long winter and are looking for a nice change in the weather and a new case to fill their coffers, when Tilly wins a contest that involves a cash prize and the promise of the duo traveling to Agatha Cripsy’s Devon home for tea.

But before that can happen, they are approached by psychic Irene Peggledrip, who has been having visits from a group of murdering spirits, intent on bringing chaos to her home. Hettie and Tilly are present for a round of, among other things, indoor snowstorms and a lovely Victoria sponge thrown against the bookshelves, to Tilly’s dismay, only a part of the hijinks these restless spirits produce.

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Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Reviewed on Fictionophile

Sweet Little Lies“Good daughter. Bad cop”

Good cop. Bad daughter.

This is the conundrum Cat Kinsella finds herself in.

I read a lot of police procedurals and enjoy them very much. “Sweet Little Lies” was different in that the protagonist is not a Detective Inspector, or someone of high rank. She was a twenty-six year old Detective Constable with little experience on the murder squad. Unmarried, she rents an attic room from a family with young children. She likes her work and is good at it, yet she fears that family loyalty has jeopardized her career. She compromises her personal and professional ethics and is deeply conflicted over this. Also, Cat is still reeling from emotional trauma she experienced on her last case. She drinks too much. She is obsessed with fairness and justice.

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Infinity 7: Gods Among Men

Reviewed on Literary Titan

Infinity 7A superhero mashup from the talented minds of Cosby, Dodds, and Champion containing all your favorite characters from the authors own respected series. These three well-accomplished authors team up to produce an ambitious novel. At times this story works well and seamlessly provides a world where these superheroes can come together and fight yet falls short to bridge the gap between each story line and harness a collective voice among the numerous characters.

Infinity 7 begins with the rise of a dark power. As the growing threat draws closer to earth the Capes, Majesties and Solar Warriors band together to solve the mystery of their fearsome foe and hold their own against the escalating violence around them.

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April Round-up

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Books I Read In April 2019

I read my five books from my  Five on Friday (April 5th). Having read the final book on the list, In Memory by Joshua Sutton, I dove straight in and read the other two books of the trilogy, Shadowborn and Shards of Shaz’uul.

My Reviews:

The Basement by Dianne Hartsock
Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead
Fog by Michael Wombat
The Case of the Curious Client by T.G. Campbell

My review for In Memory Trilogy by Joshua Sutton will be posted will be published on my Saturday Spotlight (May 4th).



March Round-up

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Books I Read In March 2019

I read my five books from my  Five on Friday (March 1st).

My Reviews:

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn
The Coven Rescue by Lily Luchesi
Life, and Other Dreams by Richard Dee
A Lifetime or a Season by Maria Gibbs

My review for The Sacrifice (The Ghosts of RedRise House Book 1) by Caroline Clark will be posted later in the week.



Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

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Clarissa's-Warning-Main-FileA lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

After she buys an ancient stone ruin on Fuerteventura – the island of her dreams – her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger.

Claire pays no heed, but soon after she moves to the idyllic island, she is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals.

Someone or something doesn’t want her there. But what is really behind the events?


My Review:

A slow-paced and pleasant read.

We spend a few months with Claire after she wins the lottery and buys an ancient ruin on Fuerteventura. Her intention is to restore the house to its former glory and live on the idyllic island.

At first, Claire doesn’t believe her occultist Aunt Clarissa’s warning of danger but starts to rethink that, when she discovers the locals won’t work on the building, and strange things start to happen at the site.

Her interest in the history of her future home is piqued by Paco, a local photographer, who has his own reasons for being interested in the building.

With spooky happenings, mystery, and a budding romance, alongside interesting characters, I enjoyed the overall story, but I found myself pulled out of the tale, occasionally, by the overly descriptive details of the renovation and the island. The book, at times, seemed as much a travel guide as a supernatural mystery.


Author Bio:

Isobel Blackthorn Headshot 1 copyIsobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire.

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat.


February Round-up

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Books I Read In February 2019

On Feb. 8th I listed my Five reads for February. I was doubtful that I would manage to read them all and I was right. I did, however, read four and I’ve started the fifth.


My Reviews:

Uncle Billy’s Chicken Hut and Salvation Emporium by Jeffrey G. Roberts
D: Darkest Beginnings by Chris Turnbull
D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull


My review for D: Revenge Hits London by Chris Turnbull will be published on my Saturday Spotlight (March 2nd) and I’m going to reschedule Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn to my Five reads for March list.



January Round-up


Books I Read In January 2019


On my Five on Friday (Jan 11th) I listed five books that I wanted to read this month – Happy to say I read them all.

At the time of that posting, I had just started reading The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English, and I had already read Day Of Execution by Lily Luchesi and When I Grow Up by Jon Hales.

Adding in the five books from Five on Friday, and that’s eight books read in January.


My Reviews:

Day Of Execution by Lily Luchesi

When I Grow Up by Jon Hales

The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English

Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018

The Hairy Hand by Robin Bennett

Knowing His Madness by Valarie Savage Kinney

Reviews for the final two books, Seal Mother by Rose English and As Dreams Are Made On by Maria Gibbs will be published on my Saturday Spotlight (Feb 2nd). Or they can be read on Goodreads.