Review: Inside the Whispers – another page-turner from best seller AJ Waines

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A.J. Waines - Inside the Whispers_cover_1Losing one patient to suicide is happenstance.

When a second dies it could be coincidence…

But alarm bells start ringing VERY loudly for Dr Sam Willerby, a specialist in post traumatic stress, when suicide claims the life of a third patient.

It’s not just her professional reputation that’s at stake – all three turned to Sam for counselling after surviving a fire on the London Underground – her lover Con is also displaying similar symptoms, and Sam is terrified he too will give in to the voices in his head that tell him he doesn’t deserve to live. Continue reading

Review: Corruption! marks a twisty end to Elizabeth Dulcie’s  Suzanne Jones series

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CORRUPTION_FRONT_CMYK (002)The phrase ‘O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive…’ might have been coined especially for Elizabeth Dulcie’s new thriller Corruption!

It wasn’t, of course, the quote is a line from Sir Walter Scott’s 1808 poem, Marmion, but it does provide a perfect summary of the plot of this third, and final instalment, of Dulcie’s Suzanne Jones series.

Corruption! is a more-ish deliciously twisty tangle of deception and false trails and crooks masquerading as caring family men. Continue reading

Meet the author: Ravens Gathering writer Graeme Cumming on dinner with his dad

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Graeme Cumming - AuthorIt’s always interesting to do a Meet the Author Q&A with an author you’ve already met and thought you knew…

So, it was a bit of a surprise to discover that Graeme Cumming, author of the genre-busting Ravens Gathering, reviewed here on Book Lovers Booklist in March, has walked on hot coals and likes to eat poached egg and mashed potato.

Find out what else rocks his boat… Continue reading

Review: Join Isabella May on a cheery trip to the sunshine coast of Costa del Churros

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Costa Del Churros Cover (002)David Bowie certainly knew what he was talking about when he penned the line: ‘Put on your red shoes and dance…’

Because as beleaguered ex-pat Brits Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina discover in Isabella May’s sunny third novel Costa del Churros, it really is possible to dance your troubles away.

Or, at least, in the case of the four friends, confidence on the dance floor translates into an ability to face head on the issues that are making their lives a misery.

And, boy, despite the happy faces they try and present to the world, all four women are seriously unhappy. Continue reading

Review: Jackie Carreira’s frontline women NOT Sleeping Through War

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Book coverIt is a truth NEVER universally acknowledged but women are ALWAYS in the frontline of war.

Whether it’s a war on terror or poverty or internal or external wars against those with differing political, ideological or religious beliefs, women are always dodging bullets fired by men.

And Sleeping Through War is a moving tribute by author Jackie Carreira to the women’s stories that are forgotten in the history books.

It is 1968 and three women are fighting to survive their own personal battleground. Continue reading

Meet the author: introducing Paula Houseman and Odyssey in a Teacup

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Paula HousemanAuthor Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer.

But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give up design.

Instead, she took up writing.

Her love of satire, combined with a fondness for double entendres, means her novels – earthy chick lit and romantic comedy – are a tad Monty Pythonesque.

‘But,’ says Houseman, whose Ruth Roth series features a humourless schoolmarm with Continue reading

Review: Megan Mayfair packs a summer treat with romantic comedy The Things We Leave Unsaid

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Cover (002)There are some things that can’t be left unsaid. If you’re still looking for a last-minute summer holiday read, get yourself a copy of Megan Mayfair’s romance The Things We Leave Unsaid.

On one level, it’s a light, sparky read, peppered with wry asides.

Take this example: Clare, one of the two women at the heart of the story, was a virgin when she married her husband Pete.

Her boss, and new best friend, Tessa, who’s had lots of boyfriends but never been in love, prefers ‘to try before she buys, but then again, she didn’t think she would ever buy – so, sort of try before she leased? Illegal sub-let?’

Okay, not laugh-out-loud funny but it tickled my funny-bone. Continue reading

Review: Butterfly Blood, book two in Rebecca Carpenter’s stunning Metamorphosis series

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Butterfly BloodDo you ever sit down to write a review and find yourself staring at a blank page for what seems forever?

Because there is so much to say, you don’t know where to begin?

So, I’ll start by listing, in no particular order, the things I love about Butterfly Blood, Rebecca Carpenter’s stunning YA follow-up to her 2016 Metamorphosis series debut Butterfly Bones.

1. It’s a YA-cum sci-fi-cum magical realism-cum-mystery novel that, like The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter stories, also works for adult readers. Continue reading