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Fiona Corrigan sometimes has difficulty discerning between the reality of stage and real life, especially when it comes to the attentions of her handsome co-star, the dark, brooding, Patrick Berenger.

Before they can depart for Edinburgh for their next performance, Patrick and Fiona’s acting troupe are mysteriously summoned to a remote village in Scotland, in the dead of winter. Once there, although stranded by a massive storm, Fiona is happy that she will finally have the time alone with Patrick that she needs to seduce him.

Unfortunately, Fiona couldn’t have anticipated Sean’s appearance, (Patrick’s equally handsome, drunken cad of an older brother) or his devastating effect on both her and Patrick. Nor could she have anticipated the true purpose of the strange summons by the eccentric landlord, the dark secrets he would reveal in twisted ways, or the identity of the phantom woman who haunted the stage each time the ghost light went dark.

Set in 1920’s Scotland, Ghost Light is equal parts tingling romance and chilling ghost story.


You’ve probably heard me gush about this book before (if you haven’t, you’ll just have to catch up here) , it was brought to my attention on Twitter as a complete unknown and it just ticked all the right boxes for me.

Atmospheric, gothic, classic yet original and just beautifully written. So it’s my utter delight to tell you that for this weekend only it’s available for FREE on Amazon Kindle!!

 

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This author is one of my favourite up and comers, I’ve loved both of her books so far and there’s a promise of more to come so it’s time to get up to speed! If you do read this, which I’m clearly recommending, please don’t forget to pop up a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Review: American Sextet by Warren Adler

4 stars

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Published by: Stonehouse Press

Synopsis:

Former Washington Post reporter Jason Martin knows there’s something secretive going on in the high echelons of politics, and he’s determined to find a way to prove it. Beautiful and naïve Dorothy Curtis becomes the key to Jason’s plan, which he hopes will put them both back on track. Can he give the sextet of the most powerful men in Washington an expiration date on their greedy endeavors?

When Dorothy’s body is found at the bottom of the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge, everyone assumes it was suicide over a lover. But Fiona Fitzgerald, a top Metropolitan Police Department detective, has her doubts. Fiona knows that in this town, power and money come before love. Unfortunately, this death hits a little too close to home, and Fiona wrestles with her own feelings about love as she finds herself empathizing with Dorothy. When Fiona and Jason collide, the power lies in the truths they reveal, truths that will bring down the sextet and help them both come to terms with their own demons.

American Sextet is the second book in the Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery series.

 


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**Thank you to the author and the good people at Warren Adler’s Book Review Rewards club for the complimentary copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review**

This book was a bit of an anomaly for me: this is the second book in the ‘Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series’ and frankly, I can’t stand Fiona Fitzgerald as a character.

That’s not a slight to the writing in any way, she’s a fully developed character…. I just find her thoroughly objectionable.

The story follows the investigation into the death of a sweet woman who has been involved in a series of affairs with the most powerful men in Washington. Her death appears to be a suicide initially, but Fiona suspects otherwise the more she looks into the circumstances surrounding her final plunge off a bridge.

I found Dorothy, the victim, enchanting and lovely. This was due in part to the vocal talents of Lillian Yves, the narrator. She brings sweetness to an already lovely character and keeps you gripped, I was devastated to know from the beginning that Dorothy was destined to die and that there was nothing to be done.

Fiona self-identifies with the victim on a certain level and seems to take the opportunity to completely over analyse her own relationships and bask in self pity. Screw you Fiona! Dorothy is the person to be pitied here!
Fiona’s choice in men still hasn’t improved and she finds herself single again before too long…. I really do hope she redeems herself as the series goes on! Funnily enough, she didn’t play a huge role in this book so I didn’t find her too distracting.The supporting characters in this novel were excellent and provided the strength that she lacks.

Lillian Yves brought each character to life in this book, with their own voice and subtlety. My interest was held right from the beginning and kept me hooked until the end, I would definitely like to listen to more of her work in future!

If you’re a fan of mystery novel, especially those with a political slant, this is the book for you. If you do fancy have a read of this story, I would personally champion the audio version!

Halfway Hunted (Halfway Witchy book 3) by Terry Maggert

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Synopsis:

Some Prey Bites Back.

Welcome to Halfway; where the waffles are golden, the moon is silver, and magic is just around every corner.
A century old curse is broken, releasing Exit Wainwright, an innocent man trapped alone in time.
Lost and in danger, he enlists Carlie, Gran, and their magic to find the warlock who sentenced him to a hundred years of darkness. The hunter becomes the hunted when Carlie’s spells awaken a cold-blooded killer intent on adding another pelt to their gruesome collection: hers.
But the killer has never been to Halfway before, where there are three unbreakable rules:


1. Don’t complain about the diner’s waffles.
2. Don’t break the laws of magic.
3. Never threaten a witch on her home turf.


Can Carlie solve an ancient crime, defeat a ruthless killer and save the love of her life from a vampire’s curse without burning the waffles?
Come hunt with Carlie, and answer the call of the wild.

 


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I love Carlie as a character and watching her grow as the series goes on is a real pleasure.

She’s grown a lot since the last book, she’s had her heart broken and lived the past year without the love of her life. I feel that this is a coming of age story in the making, Carlie and her Gran protect the town of Halfway from supernatural powers that seek to harm the residents. Carlie is becoming more independent as her powers grow and we can’t forget that her grandmother won’t be with her forever.  Eventually she will be the guardian of Halfway on her own, which is an interesting prospect.

My favourite thing about this book has to be Maggert’s writing style, he injects wit and an outstanding vocabulary into everything he writes. He gives Carlie a vibrant personality which also helps her cover up the real pain she’s been feeling since the loss of her giant Viking honeynbun, Wulfric, to the dark side.

‘He’s have to watch his back. Squirrels are sneaky. And mean. Basically, they’re adorable terrorists.’

Without giving away too much of the mystery, there are some nefarious Brits going around killing shapeshifters and storing their pelts. I’ve read of this premise in a few different books but it really strikes a chord with me every time.
As a species, we really are a bunch of bastards and if shapeshifters really did exist and I just know that there would be people who would hunt them for sport and provide some kind of bullshit argument as to why it was ok.

This book has seen Carlie grow in her power and make some very difficult choices about sacrifice and morality, for better or worse she has made her choices and there will be repercussions. The ending of this book is left on a bit of a cliffhanger regarding Carlie’s future but the author assures me that he’s working on the next installment so I’m hopeful I won’t lose my mind in the interval!

 

 

 

 

Review: Every Kingdom Divided by Stephen Kozeniewski

 

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5 stars

 

 

Synopsis:

2035 A.D. After the 2nd American Civil War Jack Pasternak, a laid-back California doctor, receives a garbled distress call from his fiancée in Maryland before her transmissions stop altogether. Unfortunately for Jack, citizens of the Blue States are no longer allowed to cross Red America. He is faced with an impossible choice: ignore his lover’s peril or risk his own life and sanity by venturing into the dark heart of The Red States. When the armies of the Mexican Reconquista come marching into Los Angeles, Jack’s hand is forced and he heads east in an old-fashioned gas guzzling car. 

 


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Another roaring success! This book is very different to the other books that Kozeniewski has released so far but he still manages to fill it with his trademark wit and dry humour.

The story takes place in a dystopian version of America, the states have been split into different factions, the most predominant of which are Red, Blue, White and Mexican. They all have extremist views on how the country should be run and aren’t afraid of using heavy artillery to show it.
Civilians are drawn in as the conflict goes on around them, everyone seems to switch sides as often as necessary to ensure their own survival and it’s altogether a huge mess just as you’d expect if the United States went rogue.

What I love most about this book is that it isn’t really about the politics of the war but about the war itself, the soldiers and the civilians trying to survive this war. The battle scenes are expertly written, adding just the right amount of detail to proceeding to make it realistic without making it gratuitously gory and depressing. This is a story about survival after all!

Of course, there’s an almost completely unromantic Romeo and Juliet storyline running throughout the book – a Blue man and a Red woman find themselves falling in love while facing war, religious fanatics and minefields. Unromantic romance is my favourite kind, especially the grudging kind!

The story bounces backwards and forwards, which was an interesting style. From Jack and his current situation, to his recounting everything that’s happened to him up to this point and then finally joining up together to end the book. The chapters alternated in perspective and took a little getting used to as they were quite short but I soon got into the swing of it.

The ending of this book was perfect and rather beautiful coming from a man who specialises in writing about nasty things in jars, it struck a chord with me. Of the four books I’ve read so far by this author, I may go as far as to say that it’s my favourite – if Steve Rimpici narrates it for an audiobook then it will be no contest.

 

Review: Ghost Light by LeeAnne Hansen

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5 stars

Synopsis:

Fiona Corrigan sometimes has difficulty discerning between the reality of stage and real life, especially when it comes to the attentions of her handsome co-star, the dark, brooding, Patrick Berenger.

Before they can depart for Edinburgh for their next performance, Patrick and Fiona’s acting troupe are mysteriously summoned to a remote village in Scotland, in the dead of winter. Once there, although stranded by a massive storm, Fiona is happy that she will finally have the time alone with Patrick that she needs to seduce him.

Unfortunately, Fiona couldn’t have anticipated Sean’s appearance, (Patrick’s equally handsome, drunken cad of an older brother) or his devastating effect on both her and Patrick.


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**This book was kindly gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review and honestly, this book had me at ‘drunken cad’.**

After reading the opening scene of the book, I knew I was on to a winner – I was instantly hooked and still managed to finish this book this week despite the release of Fallout 4 (there hasn’t been a whole lot of sleep going on in this house this week). I’m not going to go into a great amount of detail about the plot of this book because I really think you, yes you, should read it and I won’t give the game away!

The writing style was perfect, I did wonder before I started if it might be a little bit over the top with words like ‘caddish’ and just win my affection based on camp value alone but nope, it ticked all my literary boxes and I couldn’t get enough of it. The fact that the saga started in Wales only added to the big word-gasm I was already having for this book.

The 1920’s theme along with the murder mystery had a nice and classic Agatha Christie-ish vibe to it, right down to the character’s use of language straddling the line between modern and Victorian. You got the sense that the characters were real people rather than falling into the trap of becoming charicatures of the 1920s stereotype (even flappers had days off).

It wrapped itself up neatly at the end as all good whodunnits should and I was delighted that there weren’t huge hints dropped along the line to help you guess the culprit, so it was nice and unexpected though I did decide somewhere around the middle that it was the minister who was murdering people and was slightly disappointed to find out that he really was just a minister with theatrical aspirations.

Being a romance novel as well, there was a fair amount of shenanigans going on. More than a fair amount, some might say…. the one thought that did idly occur to me while I was reading this was: how many unwanted pregnancies are there going to be by the end of this book?! Did the pill even exist in 1920? (Google tells me it did not. Fiona Corrigan, you wanton hussy!)

I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys a classic gothic ghost story, especially with a touch of romance. Hang on until the winter though, there’s a lot of snow in this book it goes best with some cosy socks and a mug of hot tea.

 

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