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Blog Tour ‘n’ Review – A Train from From Penzance to Paris

When Maisie accepts a celebrated author’s invitation to mentor her, she finds herself leaving Cornwall behind on train tracks bound for the glitter city of Paris. Instead of making beds and serving coffee at the Penmarrow hotel in Cornwall, she’s making notes on her manuscript while sitting in a French cafe, meeting famous writers at private dinner parties, and trying to ferret the secrets behind the author’s unfinished future novel. It’s glamorous, it’s breathtaking … but it’s also an ocean channel away from the place that she loves, and, more importantly, the person to whom she just recently confessed her deepest feelings. Separated from Sidney by distance and circumstances, Maisie fears that their connection will be lost despite her words to him – and maybe because of those words, and the ones she didn’t allow him to say in return.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in her new life trying to distract her – the professional editor hired to critique her novel, the eager young literary agent who sees pie-in-the-sky potential for Maisie’s talent, but Maisie finds solace in the eclectic group of amateur writers into whose midst she finds herself by accident. Their critique and advice is fast becoming as important as the editors – maybe even more important than the published author Maisie believed held the keys to refining her skill.

But it’s missing Sidney that fills Maisie’s thoughts the most, along with her life back in Port Hewer, and she can’t stop wondering whether his feelings are the same as her own. His unspoken answer has become one of the most important pieces of her life, even as she struggles to match the pace of her new life and keep her dreams in sight. And when she unwittingly becomes privy to a seeming literary conspiracy, she must decide what to do in light of its truth – and decide what’s most important in her quest to become a professional writer.

Join Maisie in a whirlwind tour across two of the world’s greatest cities, filled with questions, dreams, and a chance for fame that she believed far beyond her grasp, as she discovers herself as a writer, and how to embrace an unexpected future on her own terms.

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About the author

Laura Briggs is the bestselling author of multiple lighthearted romance books, including the Amazon UK Top 100’s LATE TO THE WEDDING and the popular A WEDDING IN CORNWALL series.

Since her debut with Pelican Book Group’s inspirational novella ONLY IN NOVELS, she has worked both with publishers and as an independent author, as well as partnering with others writers, including working under a pen name in other genres.

She loves vintage fashion, classic movies, British melodrama, and spending time with her pets.

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My thoughts:

I’ve been playing catch up with this series, and am now fully centred in Maisie’s story. In fact, I could probably use it as my specialist subject on Mastermind right now. Then again, don’t test me; I have the memory of a sieve too 😉 

As always, the beautiful cover drew me in, not to mention the Cornish setting. I may be one of those rare Brits who has never been to Cornwall, but it’s now definitely on my bucket list. 

So, back to the now infamous train ride from Penzance to Paris. Maisie has left the hotel in Cornwall – and Sidney – to follow her dream to be an author. The promise of being mentored by her own favourite author is too strong for her not to take up the offer. At first, she’s uneasy but is soon captivated by the author’s exciting life in Paris, the meeting at the Thinkers Club, the extravagant shopping. It’s all so vitalising, yet still she cannot wait for the time to come when her manuscript is up for scrutiny. 

There are new characters introduced besides the author’s rather eclectic social group, in particular Michael and Arnold who definitely have their own story to tell. 

Beautiful writing that really grounds you in Maisie’s world, an interesting twist at the end that offers up a conundrum: What fate now lies ahead for Maisie with regards to Sidney? Another book is definitely needed 😉 

Take a look at the previous books in The Little Hotel in Cornwall series. I’m sure you’ll agree the covers are stunning, but what awaits you inside will keep you entertained for days. 

Enjoy!

As always, 

Audiobook · book review · cosy · mystery · serial killer · series

Audiobook Tour ‘n’ Review – Scarlet Oaks and the Serial Caller (with giveaway)

Audiobook Series Blog Tour: Scarlet Oaks Mystery Series by Michaela James

Author: Michaela James

Narrator: Kimberly M. Wetherell

Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Series: Scarlet Oaks Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1

Publisher: LW Media Group Ltd.

Released: Nov. 9, 2019

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Is it possible Scarlet Oaks, the reluctant new host of a men’s call-in show, inspired the first serial killer San Francisco’s seen in some 40 years? Struggling to pay the rent after her boyfriend’s sudden departure, continue her role as mediator in an unconventional family, and feed a micro pig who appears less micro by the day, Scarlet’s life is far from perfect. But when an eerie sounding caller is identified as the bay area’s latest serial killer, it appears her life will never be the same. With the killer continually calling into Scarlet’s show, while managing to stay one step ahead of the San Francisco police, Scarlet begins to fear she’s his next victim. Enlisting best friends Niles and Tom and their often-hilarious help, Scarlet sets out to find the elusive Serial Caller…before he finds her. Root for Scarlet during this heart-pounding and alternately humorous mystery thriller. Fall in love with unforgettable characters, recognize familiar family members, and hold on tight for an adrenaline-filled ride. If you’re a Stephanie Plum fan, make room for Scarlet Oaks! This is the first book in the Scarlet Oaks series.

Michaela lives near Reno, Nevada, where there are lovely walking trails and lots of sun. She was born and grew up in Hampshire, England, where there is less sun, but better chocolate! A professional voice over artist and the voice of a local radio station, Michaela enjoys watching great movies with her husband and grown sons, playing tennis and and drinking lots of tea.

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Narrator Bio A bright, versatile, broad-next-door type, Kimberly M. Wetherell is rapidly becoming a sought-after talent in the voiceover market, specializing in audiobooks, commercials, and animation. Kimberly has worn multiple hats in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. A graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, Kimberly has been an actor, a singer of musical theatre, director of both opera and film, and producer of opera, film, and most recently, commercials. She speaks French, Italian, and German (all thanks to her 15-year career in opera), and, as a lifelong lover of language, has a large catalogue of dialects and accents from around the world at the tip of her tongue. Equally active in the literary world, Kimberly is a published essayist and contributing editor of The Nervous Breakdown. She founded and hosted DISH, a monthly food & drink reading series at SoHo’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, as well as having hosted other reading series around NYC, such as NPR’s Dime Stories at Brooklyn’s Barbès and TNB’s Literary Experience at Chinatown’s Happy Endings. Voiceover artistry is the perfect marriage of her life’s two passions, and she couldn’t be happier with this new career pursuit.

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4/5 stars

As a fan of cosy mysteries, I had an inkling that I was going to enjoy this audiobook. I was right 😉

Firstly, what a great title – perfect for a cosy. It was off to a great start. Secondly, Scarlet is a DJ, now that’s original. Even more so when she’s taken off her successful Top 40 show and given a new slot hosting  “Mending Men”, a late-night show for men. Most have sporting stories and gripes to share, but occasionally a caller is looking for advice. Scarlet is well out of her comfort zone, and the building is an eerie place at midnight when she finishes her shift.  Thirdly, and here’s where the mystery kicks in – a caller with the slowest of slow drawl has a problem with his wife. He likes Scarlet’s suggestion, and calls back a few days later to thank her and let her know he is much happier now. Yeah! Read into that what you will; don’t dismiss him too easily. The narrator is fabulous, especially with this caller.

Outside of her job, Scarlet has a dysfunctional family whom she adores, but who bring a plethora of drama to her life. Her best friends are a marvellous gay couple who care a lot about her, and enjoy entertaining. But the absolute star of Scarlet’s household cavalry is Prudence her not-so-micro micro pig.

Back at work, Scarlet finds flowers on her car windscreen. The same flowers found at the scene of a murder. Are they connected? Is Scarlet in danger? When Stu, the slow drawl caller, rings again, his messages seems more threatening and infinitely personal. But as she hasn’t seen him, only ever heard his voice, she has nothing to go on in terms of tracking him down.

Until …it’s apparent that he has been watching her, and together with her friends she builds a picture of him. But the police can’t find him, and the man’s wife has been murdered. See! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

As New Year’s Eve approaches, Scarlet’s friends decide to hold a masquerade ball … Uh oh – you can see where this is going, right? Well, now might be the time to get the book and see if your hunches are correct 😉

This is a hugely entertaining story. The narrator, as I said previously, is wonderful. She injects great personality into the characters, and it’s very easy to follow …and get totally drawn in.
As the end approaches, there are some tense moments, but the resolution of the mystery falls a little flat in its delivery. Overall, though, a great story with highly likeable characters and plenty of scope for more mayhem. I’m ready for more from Scarlet Oaks. Bring it on!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Michaela James. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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blog tour · book review · Contemporary Romance · France · Giveaways · Uncategorized · women's fiction

Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Summer in Provence (with giveaway)

Summer in Provence

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.

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Author Bio

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

 

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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My Review

4.5/5 stars

This book took me totally by surprise. I’ll admit to struggling to get into the story at first, but after the first 20% I was hooked. For me, the preamble to Fern and Aiden took an inordinate amount of time, but soon after I could understand why the author had taken her time at the outset. 

It was such an original storyline which was what initially attracted me, as well as having read previous books by the author. She has always managed to ground me totally to the location of her stories, whether it be Versailles, or now in Provence. I felt like Fern’s shadow, not just witnessing what she saw but understanding her concerns, her pain, and latterly her new found joy of painting. If it were possible, I’d be booking my tickets there right away. 

The pacing turned out to be perfect for this story; the slow start necessary, the settling in scenes vital, and the ending just beautiful but not without some heartache on the way. 

A story of self-discovery that felt so natural, unhurried, atmospheric, and captivating. Not your traditional romance, but definitely one that suited me, and one that will make me pick up more of this author’s books in an instant. Lucy Coleman is an author I trust implicitly to deliver a complete experience.

If you decide to delve in – and you should – be prepared to let the story happen at its own pace. You’ll be glad you waited for it. Fans of upmarket women’s fiction will love this. 

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Magic O'Clock · Magical Memories · newsletter

It’s life, Jim …but not as we know it!

Hello from a chilly and eerily quiet Spanish street.

How are you all doing? These are strange times, aren’t they? Trust me, for me to use a quote from Star Trek is just as weird. Although, being the geek I am, I double-checked it and found Mr Spock didn’t actually say it! Still, it’s very apt at the moment isn’t it?

Can you believe the last time I wrote to you, I mentioned my story about the Spanish Flu pandemic! 
Freaky or what!
Next time, I’ll announce the lottery numbers …so be sure to open every message you get from me right away 🙂 

While I don’t wish to dwell on the topic, I have to admit to being in a real quandary about the situation here in Spain. Yesterday, we hit a new milestone: 10,000 deaths. It takes your breath away, especially when everyone is trying to be positive about maybe hitting the peak and hopefully a decline. On the plus side, recoveries are doubling, but it still feels bittersweet. 
Wherever you are in the world, COVID-19 will have impacted on your everyday life, and who knows what the future holds. All we can do is hunker down and follow the guidelines. Personally, lockdown is not a huge problem since I already work from home. Now, if you take my WiFi away, then I’d notice 😉 

I do feel a need to be tackling all those jobs that everyone else is doing – sorting out those overflowing drawers, and baking banana bread (I just got baking powder yesterday, so I might get round to that one!). I did find some wool and a crochet hook. The thought crossed my mind to make a mask …although it might be too holey …and possibly suffocating!
Luckily I’m not bored enough to do any of those thing because there’s always Netflix. 
Talking of which, if you have Netflix , have you seen Money Heist? It’s a Spanish series, the original title is La Casa de Papel, and season 4 starts today! Check it out. I can recommend it. 



If that’s not your thing, then I can offer you a couple of short stories for free. Perfect to take your mind off world events while you have a cup of tea or something stronger. 
Magic O’Clock, and the sequel, Magical Memories are both free on Amazon from today until 7th April. Family life in all its glory – sad & happy, heartbreaking & heartwarming! 


You can check both books out here. I hope you do. 

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I’m going to leave you in peace now. I have an article to write about my favourite books in a foreign language.

If you have any recommendations, please shoot them my way. 

Let me know what you’re doing to avoid those chores too – it can’t be just me, can it? 
Until next time, stay safe. Stay at home if you can, otherwise keep your distance, and wash those hands (I forgot to say, I made my own hand sanitiser. Go me! That said, I was a bit heavy-handed on the tea tree oil!) 


PS

Rusty and Toby send their woofs. We had to go and see the vet on the second day of lockdown. At first, they said I would have to wait outside and someone would collect Rusty at the entrance and take him to the cardiologist for his check-up. I did wonder how that would work, especially as …spoiler alert …Rusty doesn’t talk! 
In the end, they let me in too! 😉 
He’s fine, by the way, for a soon to be 16 -year-old. 

Stay safe everyone! Feel free to drop me a line anytime, about anything and everything (apart from cleaning out my drawers!) 

¡Hasta luego!

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blog tour · book review · forensics · mystery · series · thriller & crime

Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – No Stone Unturned

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No Stone Unturned

by Andrea Kane

on Tour March 16 – April 17, 2020

Synopsis:

No Stone Unturned by Andrea Kane

WHAT IF YOU FOUND YOUR FRIEND DEAD AND FEARED YOU’D BE NEXT?

Jewelry designer Fiona McKay is working on her latest collection of Celtic-inspired jewelry. She’s excited by the possibilities uncovered by Rose Flaherty, the antiquities dealer helping her research the heirloom tapestries inspiring her new collection. So when Rose calls to tell her she has answers, Fiona hurries to meet her. But her artistic world is shattered when she finds the lifeless body of the elderly woman.

Why would anyone kill such a harmless person? And what if Fiona had arrived just a few minutes earlier? Would she have been killed as well? Unnerved, she heads for her brother’s Brooklyn apartment seeking advice and comfort.

Ryan McKay, Forensic Instincts’ technology wiz is not amused by his little sister interrupting his evening with his girlfriend and co-worker, Claire Hedgleigh. But when Ryan and Claire hear the details of Rose’s murder, they fear that Fiona could be next, and quickly assume the role of her protectors. What they’re unaware of is how many people are desperately seeking the information now buried along with Rose.

A former IRA sniper. A traitorous killer who worked for the British. Two vicious adversaries taking their epic battle to America. A secret Irish hoard as the grand prize in a winner takes all fight to the death.

As the story woven into the tapestries passed down from McKay mother to daughter unravels, Forensic Instincts realizes that Fiona and her family are in grave danger. Together, the team must stay one step ahead of two rival assassins or risk Fiona’s life and the McKay family tree.

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense Thriller Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC Publication Date: Number of Pages: March 17, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-68232-039- Series: Forensic Instincts Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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Slowly, Rose Flaherty made her way over to the front window of her Greenwich Village antique shop, leaning heavily on her cane as she did. Preoccupied with the ramifications of her research findings, she barely took note of the passersby on Bedford Street, most of them headed home for the evening. A few of them glanced in her window, their unpracticed eyes seeing none of the beauty attached to the treasure trove of antiques and antiquities, instead seeing only the dusty surfaces, the random pieces, and odd assortment of furnishings that bespoke unwanted junk from the past. At seventy-nine years old, Rose had long ago stopped caring what people thought. She knew who and what she was. And she knew it was no accident that her established clientele, many of whom were wealthy and educated in the realm of ancient civilizations—including Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, Greek, and her beloved Celtic—came to her for her expertise as well as her one-of-a-kind offerings. Her knowledge was vast, her list of contacts vaster still. The levels of research she performed were always a labor of love. However, her current project was even more than that. It was a thrilling adventure, a fascination of possibilities that transcended anything she’d dealt with in the past. She couldn’t wait to delve deeper. Impatiently, she squinted at her watch, barely able to make out the hands without the aid of her glasses, which she’d left somewhere. Ah. Five fifteen. Forty-five minutes to go. Given the magnitude of her findings, there was just one way to pass the time. She limped her way over to her Chippendale desk, sliding open the bottom drawer and pulling out the bottle of rare, old Irish whiskey she kept on hand for special clients. It was sinfully expensive. How fortunate that one of her prominent clients, Niall Dempsey, was a wealthy real estate developer who also appreciated fine Irish whiskey and who had been kind enough to gift this to her. She poured the whiskey into a glass, making sure to put out a second for her client. They certainly had something to toast to. She would just get a wee bit of a head start. “Rose?” Glenna Robinson, Rose’s assistant, poked her head out of the back room. Glenna was studying archeology at NYU and thoroughly enjoyed her part-time job at the shop. The fragile, white-haired owner was an intellectual wonder. Learning from her was an honor—even if she was becoming a bit more absentminded as she neared eighty. Absentminded about everything except her work. In that precious realm, her mind was like a steel trap. “Hmmm?” Rose lifted her lips from her glass and turned, initially surprised to see Glenna was still here. Ah, but it wasn’t yet five thirty, and Glenna never left before checking in, so she should have expected to see her shiny young face. Such was the level of Rose’s absorption with the task at hand. “Yes, dear?” Glenna’s gaze flickered from the glass in Rose’s hand to its mate, sitting neatly beside the whiskey bottle on the desk. “Do you need me to stay late? You mentioned an evening appointment, obviously an important one… even if it’s not in the calendar.” “It was last minute.” Rose smiled, giving a gentle wave of her hand. “There’s no need for you to stay. This is a meeting, not a transaction. If you’d just collect the mail and drop it off, you can go and enjoy your evening.” Glenna smiled back, trying not to look as relieved as she felt. Her friends had invited her to join them for pizza and beer. After a long week, that was exactly what she needed. But she wouldn’t leave Rose in the lurch. “Are you sure?” she asked. “Positive. Now run along.” “Thank you. See you tomorrow afternoon.” Glenna blew Rose a kiss, then retraced her steps into the small back room—the business office, as she and Rose laughingly called it. It was barely larger than a closet, but it served its purpose. Glenna used it to answer phone calls, schedule appointments, email invoices, do reams of paperwork, and keep track of the countless Post-its Rose stuck on every inch of available surface space. She called it Glenna’s to-do list, but Glenna was well aware that the reminders were really for Rose, not for her. All part of Rose’s charm. The Post-it-spotted room contained a jam-packed file cabinet, a rusty metal desk, an on-its- last-legs photocopier, and a computer that Glenna had nicknamed Methuselah because it was older than time. Still, it was enough for their needs and Rose didn’t know how to use it anyway. That was part of Glenna’s job. She’d been doing it since she was sixteen, and she had no desire to go elsewhere. She scooped up the stack of mail and was about to leave when she spotted a manila envelope propped up against the outbox with the name of the addressee penned on it in Rose’s neat hand. No street address. No postage. Typical forgetful Rose. Recognizing the client’s name, Glenna quickly scanned their contacts list, found the requisite address, printed it on a label that she adhered to the envelope, and carefully marked the parcel: hand cancel. She’d take care of the postage at the post office. Jimmy would move the process along. He was an efficient postal worker with a wild crush on her. She’d be in and out in a flash. After tucking the envelope beneath the rest of the mail, she shut down Methuselah for the night, then grabbed her lightweight jacket and left the shop. The tinkling sound of the bells over the door echoed behind her. Twenty minutes later, they tinkled again. Rose had been sitting in a chair midway in the shop, her back turned to the entrance as she sipped her whiskey and stared idly at the marble fireplace that stayed lit year-round to ward off dampness and mildew. Hearing the bells, she reached for her cane and came to her feet, surprised but delighted. Her client was early. She turned, a greeting freezing on her lips. It wasn’t a client who had come for her. *** Excerpt from No Stone Unturned by Andrea Kane. Copyright 2019 by Andrea Kane. Reproduced with permission from Andrea Kane. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Andrea Kane Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty novels, including sixteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully-researched stories, pushing them to the edge―and keeping her readers up all night. Kane’s first contemporary suspense thriller, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, became an instant New York Times bestseller. She followed with a string of bestselling psychological thrillers including NO WAY OUT, TWISTED and DRAWN IN BLOOD. Her latest in the highly successful Forensic Instincts series, NO STONE UNTURNED, showcases the dynamic, eclectic team of maverick investigators as they solve a seemingly impossible case while narrowly avoiding an enraged law enforcement frustrated over Forensic Instincts’ secretive and successful interference in a murder case. The first showcase of Forensic Instincts’ talents came with the New York Times bestseller, THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE, followed by THE LINE BETWEEN HERE AND GONE, THE STRANGER YOU KNOW, THE SILENCE THAT SPEAKS, THE MURDER THAT NEVER WAS, A FACE TO DIE FOR, and DEAD IN A WEEK. Kane’s beloved historical romantic suspense novels include MY HEART’S DESIRE, SAMANTHA, ECHOES IN THE MIST, and WISHES IN THE WIND. With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages. Kane lives in New Jersey with her husband and family. She’s an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan.

Catch Up With Andrea Kane: AndreaKane.com, Goodreads, Twitter, & Facebook!

 

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My Review

4/5 stars

I was intrigued by the premise of the book, so much so I didn’t really check to see if it was a series. Fortunately, despite being the eighth in the series (can you believe I missed that many?!), this was easy to read as a stand-alone novel.

The idea of a team of experts with various skills, all coming together to beat the FBI to the solution, is pure joy.  When Fiona, a jewellery designer finds the lady (Rose, her mentor and advisor on Celtic symbols) at the antiquities shop dead, it makes sense for her to tell her brother Ryan, the tech expert of the FI team. This leads to a fascinating investigation (can you tell it was my first book in the series??) I loved how Claire could get vibes from simply touching an object, such vibes told her much about the personality of the owner, a useful skill to have when investigating suspects without them knowing.

But who killed Rose? And why? Somehow it all seemed connected to the symbols Fiona was using to make her jewellery, symbols from tapestries handed down to her mother. The mystery woven into those tapestries, each depicting various scenes, kept me rapt: What did the symbols mean? How did the individual tapestries fit together? Is Fiona in danger? Intrigue of the highest order!

As the truth behind the scenes in the tapestries became clearer and the “treasure” was in sight, a fast-paced drama ensued. Who would get to it first?

A compelling read with the perfect balance of mystery and character detail. Given this is book number eight, those character details were invaluable, and certainly allowed me to follow the story without wondering too much what had happened in previous books. There’s a blend of historical information with the unravelling mystery, centring on Ireland’s violent past, and it all hangs together really well.

What’s not to love about interesting characters, forensic techniques, Irish history and a race to the end? I feel obliged to go back and read the others in the series now.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. This does not affect my thoughts on the book in any way.

On a related issue, readers may be interested in the website that the author has launched, featuring Fiona’s designs. Why not pop over and take a look for yourself:  fionamckayjewelry.com  

 

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Audiobook · blog tour · book review · British · comedy · humour · satire · series

Audiobook Tour ‘n’ Review – The Corridor

Audiobook Blog Tour: The Corridor by Vic Neal

Author: Vic Neal

Narrator: Jack Hardman

Length: 8 hours 32 minutes

Series: Oxford Uni Corridor Series, Book 1

Publisher: Nice Cake Publishing Ltd

Released: Feb. 14, 2020

Genre: Humor

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Audiobook · blog tour · mystery · paranormal · series

Audiobook Tour – The Soul Searchers Mysteries: Donn’s Shadow

Audiobook Series Blog Tour: The Soul Searchers Mysteries by Caryn Larrinaga

Author: Caryn Larrinaga

Narrator: Jessica McEvoy

Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

Series: The Soul Searchers Mysteries, Book 2

Released: March 2020

Publisher: Twisted Tree Press

Genre: Supernatural Cozy Mystery

Mackenzie Clair finally has this whole ghost-hunting psychic thing figured out. The Soul Searchers are a hit, she’s got pet-parenting down, and she even has a plan to banish the poltergeist running amok at a lakeside cabin. Best of all, Donn’s Hill feels like home. But not everyone loves the town as much as Mac.

A world-famous paranormal debunker thinks the psychics in Donn’s Hill are lying about their abilities. His determination to destroy the Soul Searchers threatens Mac’s livelihood, and when a killer strikes, the sheriff’s suspicions threaten her freedom.

Mac needs all the help she can get to find the real murderer and clear her name… even if that help comes from beyond the grave.

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Caryn Larrinaga is a self-described horror evangelist and paranormal junkie. Her debut supernatural mystery novel, DONN’S HILL, won the League of Utah Writers 2017 Silver Quill Award in the adult novel category and was a 2017 Dragon Award finalist. Her short fiction has won multiple honors and been featured in local and international anthologies. Watching scary movies through split fingers terrified Caryn as a child, and those nightmares inspire her to write now. She lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their clowder of cats. Visit http://www.carynlarrinaga.com for free short stories and audiobooks.

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Between peddling video games and teaching yoga in her home state of Arizona, Jessica McEvoy attempts to conduct a career as a professional voice actress. This, however, is moderately undermined by the fact that she records in a dimly lit closet with her microphone balanced on a stack of old board games (Junior Scrabble and Powerpuff Girls Monopoly form a strong foundation), but she hopes that no one holds that against her.

Though her main work consists of narrating audiobooks, her first dive into the voice world was through the NoSleep podcast after answering a post from the LibriVox forums. Having been raised on horror movies and scary stories, she was beyond excited to be able to work on the show. Many stories, tortured screams, deranged villains, and creepy little girl giggles later, Jessica hopes to work on the podcast for seasons and seasons to come.

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Q&A with Striker the cat
  • What is your full name? Do you have a nickname (if so, who calls you this)?
    Striker Clair. Mac sometimes calls me “my cat” in front of other humans, which is hilarious.
  • Where do you live now, and with whom? Describe the place (home and location) and the person/people you live with.
    Mac found me a really nice, warm, cozy apartment in a big yellow house not too far from Main Street in Donn’s Hill. There’s a great big tree right by the window, so I can climb up and down whenever I want. My favorite part about it is this cushy bench that runs along the inside of a round turret; it’s sunny there for most of the day and it’s a great place to nap. Usually I sleep in the soft bed Mac bought me though; she’s pretty warm so I let her share it with me.
  • What is your job?
    I’m in charge of security for a TV show called the Soul Searchers. I travel with the team when they’re filming and make sure no mice or birds interfere with anything. If a ghost shows up, I keep Mac safe. She’s really important. You know… to the show.
    Sometimes I help my friend Graham sell his sculptures at the Afterlife Festival. He always sells way more when I’m around!
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement so far, why?
    I’m really proud of how far Mac has come since I’ve been taking care of her. When we first met, she was so lost. She didn’t even have a home. Now I make sure she’s happy and healthy, and she’s really thriving. It’s great to see!
  • Do you have a motto? If so, what is it?
    “A treat in the hand is worth two in the bag.” Also, “Give me the bag.”

  • Mackenzie Clair (aka Mac) is a wanderer at heart. For Mac, home is where the people she loves are, and at the beginning of Donn’s Hill, everyone she loves has either left this life or betrayed her completely. She’s used to starting over, and her willingness to dive head first into uncharted territory serves her well as she discovers the return of a lost psychic ability to see the dead.
    Mac has dark, curly hair and tends to have shadows under her blue eyes from staying up late reading. Her sweet tooth can get out of control, and her favorite snacks include lemon bars and homemade chocolate chip cookies. She loves a good cup of tea but will take coffee if somebody else made it.
  • Striker is a small tortoiseshell cat who found her way into Mac’s life just when she was needed most, as cats have a way of doing. Fond of games and cuddling, she takes care of Mac as well (or better) as Mac takes care of her, and her inquisitive nature has a way of leading her human both into and out of trouble. Favorite snack: crunchy treats from Mac’s landlord’s breast pocket.

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