Blog Tour: The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

Opening sentence: “Tonight I joined the women of the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service as they rushed to the aid of civilians caught in the relentless bombing of this brave city.” Welcome to my stop on this wonderful blog tour! The American Agent is the 15th outing for crime investigator, Maisie Dobbs, but don’t worry if – […]

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Review: The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

Opening sentence: “Rosie was aware of nothing apart from her sister’s shadow.” The title of this book may seem innocent, however the plot is anything but. In 1997, Laurel and Primrose (known as Rosie) Bowman lure toddler Kirstie away from a playground. Soon after, Kirstie is found murdered, with signs of torture. 10-year old Laurel […]

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Review: Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Opening sentence: “As pale as a grub she’s an eyeful.” It’s been a while since I’ve read several books by an author and truly felt their natural, distinctive tone of voice shine through loud and clear in all of them, even when all the books have a very different feel in regards to plot and […]

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Review: The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Opening sentence: “When the streets are at their darkest and quietest, a girl settles at a small desk in the cellar of a dollmaker’s shop.” First, let’s talk about the exquisite cover. I saw on Twitter that to create this the publishers actually got a real bell jar, had the book title painted onto it […]

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Blog Tour: Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross

Opening sentence: “The city shimmered in a ridiculous heat.” Welcome to my stop of the Welcome to the Heady Heights blog tour! First up, the… / Synopsis: It’s the year punk rock was born, Concorde entered commercial service and a tiny Romanian gymnast changed the sport forever… Archie Blunt is a man with big ideas. […]

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Blog Tour: Sewing the Shadows Together by Alison Baillie

Opening sentence: “I’m alone in the park.” This psychological crime thriller is Alison Baillie’s debut novel and sees Tom McIver return to his hometown of Portobello, Edinburgh after almost 30-years living in South Africa. His family emigrated from their home after the brutal rape and murder of Tom’s younger sister, Shona. The memories of that […]

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Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Opening sentence: “Ayoola summons me with these words – Korede, I killed him.” I was so pleased to see this on the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist as it is a truly great read! I have to admit, I did judge My Sister, the Serial Killer by its cover (and title) – I mean look […]

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