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  1. Kat French A Summer Scandal Synopsis: Summer has never been so scandalous…

    When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

    When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

    Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: I have read a lot of books that involve characters receiving places through inheritance but I admit it's the first time I have read of a character inheriting a pier. Violet makes the decision to move to Swallow Beach living at a place called The Lido. When she arrives she feels an instant connection with her Grandmother who lived there and before she knows it she feels like she belongs. However, nothing runs that smoothly and almost as soon as she arrives she runs into some characters determined to stop her doing anything with the currently unused Victorian Pier. 

    I absolutely fell in love with the characters at Swallow Beach. There is the elderly gentleman Barty who lives downstairs from her, as well as the rather attractive Calvin Dearheart who it turns out is her direct neighbour living across the hall from her. Of course sparks fly between herself and Cal and she finds herself wondering if she is making the right decisions with her life. I loved the fact there was almost a second thread running through this story with Vi reading her Grandmother's diary. It was a tale of her uncovering the secrets that were once part of Swallow Beach. 

    I absolutely love Kat French and her style of writing. She always creates stories that you become invested in as she seems to pour so much love into her characters. Once the pier became a real life work space, the characters that worked there all had their own personalities that all blended to form part of a fantastic story and I could almost imagine myself sitting on one of those benches on the pier.I thoroughly loved this book, but for some reason I couldn't help but feel the ending was a little too rushed for my liking. It would have been nice to see a bit of a stretch with how it played out but that's just a minor niggle. I will as always look forward to her next release. 

  2. 51u4lWvS3iL._SY346_Synopsis: Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

    When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

    As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident. 

    Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

    With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I actually feel sad that I don't get the time to read as often as I once did, especially when you read a book as good as this one. I ready this straight off the back of book 8 and am so pleased I did so I am not up to date with all the Kim Stone books. After what happened in book 8, I wondered how this book would fare and if we would see any additional characters. Sure enough with the loss of Dawson still fresh in everybody's mind, Penn arrives as the new boy. Bryant, Kim and Stacey all have their own way of dealing with the loss of a close friend but this book feels like it strips back all the characters to their bare bones and I absolutely LOVED that.

    The case they are working on is the murder of  Gordon Cordell who coincidently appeared in the last book. It feels like Marsons is wrapping up the last book and getting all the characters ready for the next new chapter. If I am being totally honest I enjoyed the storyline surrounding the murders but the character stories were just so much more appealing in this latest installment. I also loved the second thread running through which is that of a missing teenager and Stacey decides to pursue this in addition to the current case.

    This latest book is pure magic and is probably one of my favourites that Angie has produced. I think after the last book I wondered where she would take the story and characters but she has raised the bar once again for herself (not sure she can reach any higher) with a tense and utterly compelling read. I cannot WAIT for the next book and think the team has a real fresh start ready for the next case now. An absolute corker of a book and an amazing series, one which I would highly recommend!