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  1. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of When The Waters Recede by Graham Smith (Harry Evans)

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    517S6GjWFmL Synopsis: When a car is pulled from raging floodwaters with a dead man in the front and the decapitated body of an evil woman in the boot, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the investigation.

    The woman is soon recognised, but the man cannot be identified and this leads the team and their former leader, Harry Evans, into areas none of them want to visit.

    Before they know it, they’re dealing with protection scams and looking for answers to questions they didn’t know needed to be asked.

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: Wow! I have read the others in this series and don't get me wrong I really enjoyed them but this book...I LOVED! For those that have no prior knowledge, Harry Evans is newly retired. He was the DI and has managed to grab himself a 'consultancy' role meaning he is still in the thick of it when it comes to the teams latest case.

    The book starts out with a gruesome crime scene when a car is dragged out of the water and they find the bodies of a male and a decapitated female. Harry soon realises that although he is still a part of is old team one particular ex-colleague Lauren is acting strangely. Lauren is an odd character but strangely enough she is also one of my favourites. In this latest book she plays a pretty big part and we get to see more of Lauren and what is going on in her life. 

    In addition to Harry being very much his usual brusque and abrupt self, we also see him going through a change himself. Newly retired, and still going through the grief process after the loss of his wife it feels like we get to see those changes first hand. This book absolutely raced along and although there were a number of threads running through it, the book kept me engaged from literally the very first page to the very last. I think what made this book even better was that I didn't expect it to be so engaging! That is absolutely not means as a disrespect as I am a Graham Smith fan and have always enjoyed all his books. However, this little beauty had that extra something special. An absolutely cracking book and I loved it. I think to get the full picture, if you haven't read the other books it would help, not a necessity...but why not?

    HIGHLY recommended!

  2. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of Love, Lies and Wedding Cake by Sue Watson

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    Sue Watson Love Lies and Wedding Cake  Synopsis: Faye Dobson is in crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because of the big fat smile on her face, but inside, she’s one step away from nuclear meltdown. And she shouldn’t be. Dan ?? is the man of her dreams. Her really quite energetic dreams, that frequently come true. Sometimes twice in one night. And he’s just asked her to marry him.

    But Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. The actual plumbing. Faye and Dan have been living their lives to the fullest, travelling around the world, having sex under the stars... They haven’t argued about unrolling socks before putting them in the laundry.

    Besides, even if she wanted to say yes, how could she move to the other side of the world? Because marrying Dan would mean living in Australia. Beautiful, warm and a gazillion miles from Faye’s daughter, Emma, a single mum with her own crazy little girl who both need Faye every single day. Leaving them – even for someone who makes her laugh as much as Dan – simply isn’t an option. 

    Dan is offering Faye everything she ever wanted. So why does she feel like she’s about to lose it all?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5 (I'd give it 10 out of 5 if humanly possible)

    This is a sequel to one of my ALL TIME favourite books, and my suggestion is to read that book first as it's brilliant. Check out my review for that here 

  3. BLOG TOUR - Kat's Review of No Comment by Graham Smith (Harry Evans Novella)

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    Graham Smith No Comment Synopsis: When a single mother, Julie Simon, is found in her kitchen with a stab wound to her stomach, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the case. Under the supervision of DI Campbell and witîh advice from his former DI, Harry Evans, DC Amir Bhaki fights to discover who assaulted an innocent woman and left her with life-threatening injuries.
    Nothing is as it first appears and when the team looks into Julie’s life they uncover a hidden sex-life that may just hold the key to the identity of her attacker.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: This novella/short story is just under 100 pages, and although these sorts of short books aren't always my cup of tea, this was a really enjoyable bite sized read. 

    The Major Crimes Team are handed a case involving the stabbing of a single mother Julia Simon. Even though a short story Smith manages to pack a fair bit into this latest installment. This is almost like a mini catch up to see where the team are and what they are up to. 

    We see DI John Campbell trying to replace the now retired Harry Evans, however somehow I don't see it happening. What I did get was a small but jam packed mini investigation with colleagues such as DC Amir Bhaki and DC Lauren Phillips making a welcome return. Thankfully this seems like the perfect time to read this with a full length novel entitled 'When The Waters Recede' due in May.

  4. BLOG TOUR: Beneath an Indian Sky by Renita D'Silva

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    51nEVtv0JTL._SY346_ Synopsis: 1928. In British-ruled India, headstrong Sita longs to choose her own path, but her only destiny is a good marriage. After a chance meeting with a Crown Prince leads to a match, her family’s status seems secured and she moves into the palace, where peacocks fill the gardens and tapestries adorn the walls. But royal life is far from simple, and her failure to provide an heir makes her position fragile. Soon Sita is on the brink of losing everything, and the only way to save herself could mean betraying her oldest friend…

    2000. When Priya’s marriage ends in heartbreak, she flees home to India and the palace where her grandmother, Sita, once reigned as Queen. But as grandmother and granddaughter grow closer, Priya has questions. Why is Sita so reluctant to accept that her royal status ended with Independence? And who is the mysterious woman who waits patiently at the palace gates day after day? Soon Priya uncovers a secret Sita has kept for years – and which will change the shape of her life forever…

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I’ve been waiting for ages to read Renita's latest release and I think this is possibly her best book to date. Sita and Mary are two young girls that become unlikely friends in the 1920s and 30's in India. Sita is headstrong and feisty and goes against everything her parents wish for her. She meets Mary who lives with two parents that believe in people choosing their own paths. The two friends have very different ideas of what is the ideal life path to choose. However, when tragedy strikes it changes everything and the two girls literally become worlds apart.

    In current times Priya is dealing with the end of her marriage and although this story is not as meaty as that of Sita and Mary, Priya has no idea how her life will change when she finally sets foot in India. The characters I just fell in love with. The story I was absorbed in from start to finish and truly this was a book I didn't and couldn't put down.

    There are many reviews which will go into finer detail on the plot, characters and so on, but I truly don't feel the need. This book will literally take you to another time and another world and you will find yourself falling in love with it all. This is my absolute favourite by Renita so far and I would HUGELY recommend this book to anybody that loves a book that will engage you from page one.

     

  5. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tenant

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    Tilly Tennant The SOS Synopsis: Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to the tall, dark dreamy Shay and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning. 

    But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the stunning collection of jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or more trouble than it’s worth… 

    As news of the discovery spreads through the Silver Hill, it seems everyone has a secret history making them the rightful owner. In particular, Will Frampton, stubborn and irritatingly handsome Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill. Too busy trying to untangle the truth, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village. 

    Harper thought she had everything she ever wanted. If she solves the mystery of her sparkling prize, can she hold onto her dream, or will she lose it all, and be left broken-hearted?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: YAY...the new Tilly Book is out, and trust me when I say it is JUST as amazing as the cover! Harper Woods runs a teashop on Silver Hill Farm alongside her best friend Pip. Together they are trying to build up her business with th help of Harper's boyfriend Shay. As much as I liked both Harper and Pip from the beginning, I never took to Shay and thought he was a bit of an idiot. However, when Shay discovers and old collection of jewellery buried on Harper's land a can of worms is well and truly opened. 

    Cesca is a local Museum Officer who is called in to help organise and sort out the jewellery as there are certain rules regarding such old 'treasure'. Cesca is very likeable and becomes an integral part of the story, she also finds the more time she spends at Silver Hill, the more she falls in love with it. There are a number of additional characters that make their appearance such as Will Frampton the reclusive owner of Silver Hill House as well as the local history buff Norwegian Kristofer. The story is lovely and you get a real sense of village life and as usual Tilly does a beautiful job of describing this quaint English Village.

    Many lives are going to change in Silver Hill, it's just a case of who will end up with what and why. I am a huge fan of Tilly's books and this latest one is absolutely no exception. A fantastic read and one that I would highly recommend. 

  6. BLOG TOUR - The Absent Man by Rob Enright (Bermuda #2)

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    41uKyNdR2UL._SY346_ Synopsis: BERMUDA JONES AND ARGYLE ARE BACK IN THE THRILLING SEQUEL TO DOORWAYS

    Something is killing...


    A woman is found dead in her flat on a freezing night in Glasgow, her heart ripped from her chest. With no signs of a weapon or forced entry. Hours later, her heart is delivered to the Necropolis on the outskirts of town.

    Six months after stopping the terrifying Barnaby atop Big Ben, Bermuda finds himself on the hunt for a killer in a city he doesn't know with a police force that doesn't want him. With no links between the victims and the death toll rising, Bermuda has to face a sceptical detective, a seemingly distracted Argyle and an unknown horror that stalks from the shadows.

    All in the name of answering one question...

    Who is The Absent Man?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  7. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of The Broken by Casey Kelleher

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    51V+seXsl1L Synopsis: They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.

    Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood - and Nancy vows to avenge his death.

    She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together while her beloved grandma falls apart and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up - fast. 

    But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail - and will stop at nothing to shut her up. 

    Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can't trust anyone. Not even her own family.

    Especially her own family.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  8. BLOG TOUR - Kat's Review of Gallery of The Dead by Chris Carter (Robert Hunter #9)

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    Chris Carter Gallery of The Dead Synopsis: ‘Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what’s inside that room would be it.’
     
    That’s what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended. 
     
    In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does because to him murder is much more than just killing – it’s an art form.
     
    Welcome to The Gallery of the Dead.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: I was thrilled to receive an ARC of the new Chris Carter and couldn't wait to get started. Robert Hunter is a wonderful character, and alongside him every step of the way is his colleague Carlos Garcia. The two of them are like chalk an cheese but always work better together. It was nice to catch up with the two of them but as usual with their roles wihtin the Ultra Violent unit they never sit on their laurels for long. This time it comes in the form of a particularly sadistic killer. The difference with this case is that this time they team up with the FBI.

    I couldn't help but feel that the chock value of these murders along with the frisly detail seems to have stepped up a notch. There is no holding back with descriptive murder scenes so if you are squemish it's probably not for you. That aside the storyline kept me gripped. I also loved the fact we see more of Hunter's personal life albeit in small sections as his job alone limits what sort of relattionships he can maintain.

    The first three quarters of the book was very 'cat and mouse' however the last quarter I read at lightining speed and at one point I sat bolt upright in shock! If you can stomach the violence and gore (not an issue for me) then these books as a series are absolutely addictive. For some reason it fell just short of the full stars for me, and I can't even exlain why! I just feel like this maybe wasn't as amazing as some of the others in the series, but by no means is any less enjoyable. A thoroughly enaging book that left me eager tot read the next in the series.