John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard: Empire (The second book in the Chronicles of the Invaders Trilogy series) Cover Reveal!!

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John Connolly

Ireland (1968 – )

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

For all you fans of book 1 Conquest….

Empire

(2015)
(The second book in the Chronicles of the Invaders Trilogy series)
A novel by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard

The second in the epic series from bestselling author John Connolly, and Jennifer Ridyard. For fans of THE 5TH WAVE and I AM NUMBER FOUR.

Worlds apart, closer than ever.

Syl Hellais was the first of her kind, the Illyri, to be born on Earth after their invasion. Paul Kerr has dedicated his life to the human resistance movement, his people’s struggle to be free. Brought together by chance they formed the strongest of bonds. But now they will be punished for that love, and exiled to the outermost reaches of the universe.

For Syl, this means a journey to the centre of the Illyri empire, to the horrors of the Marque. Surrounded by murderous teens, gifted with terrifying abilities, she must penetrate to the heart of the power that lies there and uncover the darkness behind it.

As leader of a band of human conscripts and Illyri refugees on a distant planet, Paul too must discover the truth about the race that rules his people. The very existence of an entire solar system has been hidden and the future of Earth itself is uncertain. As the Illyri begin to leave the ancient planet, it seems it will be abandoned. But to what?

 

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Steven A McKay: Knight of the Cross (Review)

My name is Steven A. McKay and I’m a writer from Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow in Scotland, heavily influenced by the likes of Bernard Cornwell, Douglas Jackson, Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane et al.

My first book, Wolf’s Head, is set in medieval England and is a fast-paced, violent retelling of the Robin Hood legends. I think my take on the theme is quite different to anything that’s been done before. It hit the number 1 spot in the UK “War” chart, reached the overall Kindle top 20 bestsellers list and is available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon here:  http://smarturl.it/2636  . The sequel, The Wolf and the Raven was also a “War” chart number 1 as well as hitting the top spot in the US “Medieval” chart.

The third book in the series is coming along nicely and should – all being well – be available around late 2014/ early 2015In the meantime, look out for my spin-off novella, Knight of the Cross, featuring Sir Richard-at-Lee and his faithful sergeant-at-arms Stephen.

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Description
The Knights Hospitaller battle ancient evil in medieval Rhodes as mysterious disappearances and insane devil-worshippers threaten to turn the entire island into a bloodbath…

When three Hospitallers go missing from a local village outraged Grand Master Foulques de Villaret sends the English knight Sir Richard-at-Lee and his trusted sergeant-at-arms Jacob to discover their fate. Met with resistance from frightened locals and rumours of a blasphemous sect performing unspeakable rites beneath the village Sir Richard must overcome not only the devil-worshippers but the faceless, unstoppable demon that stalks his dreams.

Fans of the best-selling Forest Lord books “Wolf’s Head” and “The Wolf and the Raven” will enjoy this spin-off novella that sees the much-loved English knight up against a foe that threatens not just his life and his sanity, but God himself!

Review
This book for me has been one of those really enjoyable moments in books, reviewing and all that goes with this side of the publishing industry. Steven (crazy man that he is..well he is Scottish) asked me to test read this novella very early on, I hope I had some impact on his final product its things like that which bring publishing to life for me.

I like a few other reviewers of this tale don’t normally do supernatural books, but i don’t mind short stories / novellas, particularly if they form part of a series (hint hint Mr McKay). Stevens other two books have been very well written forays into the world of Historical Fiction… so his readers would be expecting something good, something accomplished.

Steven’s novella features one of his side characters from his Forest Lord series (Sir Richard-at-Lee), set earlier in his life, before his return the England, fighting for the military orders (the Hospitallers),  set in Rhodes, on a mission seemingly of little importance, Richard soon finds himself fighting enemies that seem beyond mortal, and downright evil.

The novella is a splendid mix of Historical fiction, mystery story, action, adventure, conspiracy and supernatural. At 68 pages it’s a fast read, but feels longer, in that it sucks you into the tale very quickly. So prepare for the twists the turns, the blood and the gore, this is a McKay book after all and a very good one.

(Parm)

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A J Smith: Dark Blood (Review)

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AJ Smith has been writing stories set in the lands of The Long War since he was at university. Defining the world and adding detail became an excellent distraction from his degree (which was in psychology, philosophy and sociology) and has remained equally distracting ever since. Interestingly, the maps came first, and then the world and its characters began to take shape in the writing.

Since graduating, Tony has been working with troubled children in a high school in Luton and has had various articles related to counselling and youth work published. Fantasy fiction has always been his own version of therapy and a place where he can make up what happens next rather than waiting for the real world to decide.

Dark Blood

(2014) (The second book in the Long War series)
A novel by A J Smith

Dark Blood

In the court of every city in the lands of Ro, a sorceress sits. And in the minds of that city’s people, each sorceress weaves a song. She and her sisters sing of the liberation of the land, the taming of the highland tribes, and the birth of a precious new race: the children of a dead god.

Of course, they do not sing of the death of young Prince Christophe at the hands of that god. Particularly as his replacement dances so well to their tune.

Yet all songs have an end. An ending speeded when the assassin Rham Jas Rami accepts a commission from Bromvy Black Guard, traitor duke of Canarn.

The rebellion of Ro has begun…

Review

I was (am) a big fan of A J Smiths debut novel, while it’s not a perfect fantasy book, it was cleverly written (a little on the epic side) …well read my Review.

Writing a review for an author is also even more of a pleasure when you meet the author and you find out they are genuinely a really nice person. (if you get a chance to go to the next Goldsboro books Fantasy in the Court you really must)

So how does book 2 measure up? if I’m honest its significantly stronger than book 1, the author seems to have taken his licks from the book one reviews (and there were a few, a fair few uncalled for) but channeled the feedback and energy into a tremendous second book.

There is a significant clarification to the plot, the protagonists and the overall plot. What had in book one slowed the flow and i think led to confusion for some readers has been solidified into a much tighter defined intense story, answering many of the questions outstanding from book one.

I feel the author has been channeling his inner GRR Martin, the world and over all plot is wide-ranging, with a large cast, of which no character is safe. The characters are also on the real side, there are dark personalities, frailties, flaws, all of which making up real people, for me a very GRRM character building trait. Book 2 continues its narrowing of focus with the characters, giving a much more defined group for the reader to follow than book one, which was as much an intro into the authors mind and world building as it was telling the story.

As second books go it’s a great triumph of writing and shows there is much more to come from the new voice in fantasy.

(Parm)

 

Series

 

Long War
1. The Black Guard (2013)
2. Dark Blood (2014)
The Black GuardDark Blood

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Jonathan Holt: The Abduction (review)

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Jonathan Holt read English at Oxford, and is now the creative director of an advertising agency. He has travelled widely in Italy, where he fell in love with its language, food and people. He lives in London.

Book Description

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The Abduction is the heart-pounding, adrenaline-fuelled follow up to Jonathan Holt’s highly acclaimed international thriller The Abomination – a modern tale of mystery, treachery, and intrigue that moves between the physical and virtual worlds of Venice, Italy, blurring the boundary between dark fantasy and terrifying reality.

An unlikely trio must form an alliance to save a kidnapped young girl and untangle a nefarious plot that reaches back decades.

Second Lieutenant Holly Boland is an intelligence analyst trained to look for clues ordinary investigators miss. When a U.S. army officer’s daughter is kidnapped from an American base in Venice, Holly is sure that the mysterious abductors want more than a ransom.

Venetian police captain Kat Tapo has found a webcam feed embedded in the encrypted website Carnivia.com, a virtual Venice. It streams video of a terrified teenage girl, hooded and tied to a chair. A strand of text scrolls across the screen: “Sensory deprivation is not torture.” Is the girl the missing daughter of the American military officer? Who is behind the cryptic message?

Daniele Barbo, the genius webmaster and creator of Carnivia, has never let the government access his servers, and finding the missing girl is not his problem. But then secrets from Italy’s dark wartime past begin to surface – revelations that could put them all in danger. To save his own skin, Daniel must decide how far he’s willing to let them in.

In a race against time, Holly, Kat, and Daniel must find the shocking truth . . . or watch as more than one innocent life is sacrificed.

Review

Book two for any author can almost be harder than book one, can you write it? are you a one hit wonder? how will it be received, can you reach the heady heights of a great book one?

There is no need to be concerned with Jonathan Holt and The Abduction, if anything, its better than The Abomination. The author does walk a fine line with the conspiracy theory and the church, but aren’t all the best books the ones that make you think….could it be? would they? And in the case of the church make you wince just a little.

As per book one the writing is excellent, with well balanced and carefully constructed characters. A plot that is skilfully woven, full of intrigue, mystery, tense drama and the wonderful history of ancient Venice and unlike another famous author, his tour of Venice didn’t come across like a bad tour guide…although Mr Holt does have a habit of making you Hungry with his culinary descriptions.

This latest book is conspiracy thriller as it should be written, powerful and energetic, ancient and modern worlds colliding, at the same time as we tour the real and the virtual world of Venice. This is truly the type of crime fiction I need to read and I cant wait for book three.

(Parm)

Carnivia Trilogy
1. The Abomination (2013)
2. The Abduction (2014)
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Simon Scarrow: Brothers in Blood (2014) (Book 13 in the Cato series)

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Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. His bestsellers include his novels featuring Roman soldiers Macro and Cato, most recently THE BLOOD CROWS, PRAETORIAN and THE LEGION, as well as SWORD AND SCIMITAR, about the 1565 Siege of Malta, and four novels about the lives of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte. He is the author with T. J. Andrews of the bestselling ARENA, introducing the gladiator hero Pavo, and the new ebook novella series INVADER.

Simon’s novels have been published in the USA and in translation all around the world.

His latest novel is the 13th Cato and Macro adventure, BROTHERS IN BLOOD.

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Brothers in Blood  (2014) (Book 13 in the Cato series)

A novel by Simon Scarrow

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The Roman Empire’s conquest of Britannia is under threat from within. Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro must uncover a traitor to prevent unthinkable defeat.

A messenger on the streets of Rome has been intercepted and tortured, revealing a plot to sabotage the Roman army’s campaign against Caratacus, commander of Britannia’s native tribes. A treacherous agent’s mission is to open a second front of attack against them and eliminate the two Roman soldiers who could stand in the way.

Unwarned, Cato and Macro are with the Roman army pursuing Caratacus and his men through the mountains of Britannia. Defeating Caratacus finally seems within their grasp. But the plot against the two heroes threatens not only their military goals but also their lives.

Review

I always like my reviews to be upfront and honest, so just for sake of clarity: I have been a fan of Simon Scarrow’s books since his first book 14 years ago. I have been lucky enough to consider Simon a friend and have (Centurion) Parmenion appear as a character in two of the Cato series (Eagle in the Sand and Centurion), that however should no way colour my review, each book on its merit.  As a fan of the series i had started to experience some concern with the Cato series around book 9 (Gladiator), I wasn’t a fan of the introduction of Julia as a character, she works well as a device in the background, a way to improve Cato’s position in Roman Society, but as a participant i always felt she diluted the plot, as such i have enjoyed her not being in the book. (sorry Simon)

I very much enjoyed book 12 and the introduction of the Blood Crows, a return to Britannia and a return to Macro and Cato being soldiers, working with their men within the twisted politics of the Roman world and army. Brothers in Blood is another continuation of that return to classic Macro and Cato. Our dynamic duo set to capture Caratacus, dangerous battles to be fought, The spies of Pallas to contend with and the ever present political shenanigans of the Roman army, the petty politics of the cursus honorum driving the behavior of so many of their peers.  As ever Simon manages to weave a splendid web of intrigue, making us guess at every turn who the Pallas may have put in their path, i like to think that knowing Simon and his books so well is why i guessed right, i think the reveal will come as a surprise to most. All in all the plot for this book is very well constructed, throwing plenty in the path of Macro and Cato, but always something the average good solider could deal with, there is no “Super Hero” here. Simons skill with this series is the down to earth soldier.

I do feel though that there is a lacking still in the books, we know Macro and Cato cannot die, they never really even suffer an injury to severe.  This is to be expected, many authors protect their Heroes,  But there are no characters surrounding them that grow with them, that you come to invest in and hope for survival, I have come to call all the supporting cast “Red Shirts” because like on a star trek mission you know they are going to get it, they are the cannon fodder, and to be honest, who really cares about them, we know nothing about them and have not grown with them or experienced their pain.  I feel with the introduction of the Blood Crows there is room to develop some supporting cast, some friends for both of the men. Macro and Cato are now set slightly apart in rank, so we could see the development of friendships in their own peer groups. A man who excels at this is Anthony Riches, there is a rich cast of many, and with every book he delights in keeping the reader on tenterhooks as to whom out of the cohort of friends he might kill. Its this that adds an extra depth and element of suspense and drama that is missing at the moment (at least for me) in the Cato books.

That aside this is a splendid 4/5 for me, i enjoyed it and look forward to the next book, Britannia gives Simon a very rich tapestry for Macro and Cato to explore with minimal interjection from the devious politics of Rome. There are so many more fights to come before they need to get back embroiled with Rome…and what will eventually be the Year of the four Emperors.

(Parm)

Series

Cato
1. Under the Eagle (2000)
2. The Eagle’s Conquest (2001)
3. When the Eagle Hunts (2002)
4. The Eagle and the Wolves (2003)
5. The Eagle’s Prey (2004)
6. The Eagle’s Prophecy (2005)
7. The Eagle in the Sand (2006)
aka The Zealot
8. Centurion (2007)
9. The Gladiator (2009)
10. The Legion (2010)
11. Praetorian (2011)
12. The Blood Crows (2013)
13. Brothers in Blood (2014)
Under the EagleThe Eagle's ConquestWhen the Eagle HuntsThe Eagle and the WolvesThe Eagle's PreyThe Eagle's ProphecyThe Eagle in the SandCenturionThe GladiatorThe LegionPraetorianThe Blood CrowsBrothers in Blood
Revolution
1. Young Bloods (2006)
2. The Generals (2007)
3. Fire and Sword (2007)
4. The Fields of Death (2010)
Young BloodsThe GeneralsFire and SwordThe Fields of Death
Gladiator
1. Fight for Freedom (2011)
2. Street Fighter (2012)
3. Son of Spartacus (2013)
4. Vengeance (2014)
Fight for FreedomStreet FighterSon of SpartacusVengeance
Roman Arena
1. Barbarian (2012)
2. Challenger (2012)
3. First Sword (2013)
4. Revenge (2013)
5. Champion (2013)
Arena (omnibus) (2013)
BarbarianChallengerFirst Sword Revenge Champion Arena
Invader
1. Death Beach (2014)
2. Blood Enemy (2014)
3. Dark Blade (2014)
4. Imperial Agent (2015)
5. Sacrifice (2015)
Death BeachBlood EnemyDark Blade
Novels
The Sword and the Scimitar (2012)
The Sword and the Scimitar

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Kelley Armstrong: Otherworld Nights (Blog Tour)

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Kelley Armstrong

Canada (1968 – )

aka K L Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong lives in rural Ontario with her husband and two children.

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Otherworld Nights

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Review

Otherworld Nights is the first of three anthologies that are set in Kelley Armstrong’s, Women of the Otherworld series! This is the first of a three part series, each book containing novellas that feature some of her readers favourite characters.  The rise of the novella is an interesting one, in some cases its a cash in, short tale for those hooked on characters they love, for others its an integral serial, a HBO of the book world. As a newbie to the world of Kelley Armstrong i wasn’t invested in the characters so there were no rose tinted fan glasses
In this particular edition, we get a brand new novella, Vanishing Act. Vanishing Act is set after the series finale, 13. I have yet to read Vanishing Act, as I have been holding off reading the final book. You know when you love a series so much, and you don’t want it to end? that’s why I’ve been putting 13 off, but no more! With the arrival of those awesome anthologies I can safely wrap up the series and still get my doses of the Otherworld. 
In this anthology we get eight novellas. Demonology, Twilight, Stalked, Chivalrous, Lucifer’s Daughter, Hidden, From Russia, With Love and Vanishing Act. 
To put them in their chronology:
Demonology Should be read after Bitten, this is voiced by Talia.
Twilight fits in after the 7th book, No Humans Involved and is told by Cassie. Twilight has already been released in a previous anthology : Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris.
Stalked read after Twilight and is told by Clay.
Chivalrous should be read after Personal Demon.
Lucifer’s Daughter told by Hope should be read after Frostbitten, book 10.
Hidden is a Clay and Elena story.
From Russia, With Love should be read after 13 and features Elena. 
Vanishing Act
It may not be fair for me to review this, from everything i have seen this author has a very large very clear fan base, and i have not read her work before. But it is part of my year to step outside my reading genre.
Im not going to lie, the subject of the stories… not my cup of tea. Its all felt a little mundane (maybe too much TV on my side) But i think that is as much because although these feel like they could be read as stand alone, they probably work so much better for people who know and love the characters.
That said Kelley Armstrong is clearly a very clever inventive writer able to weave careful and intricate plot twists! Armstrong’s writing is im sure addictive to those who read this genre, it is both creative and thrilling.  I doubt i will explore her world again, but for those fans or paranormal romance, this is well worth the cover price.
(Parm)
Series
Women of the Otherworld
1. Bitten (2001)
2. Stolen (2002)
3. Dime Store Magic (2004)
4. Industrial Magic (2004)
5. Haunted (2005)
6. Broken (2006)
7. No Humans Involved (2007)
8. Personal Demon (2008)
9. Living with the Dead (2008)
10. Frost Bitten (2009)
11. Waking the Witch (2010)
12. Spellbound (2011)
13. Thirteen (2012)
BittenStolenDime Store MagicIndustrial Magic
HauntedBrokenNo Humans InvolvedPersonal Demon
Living with the DeadFrost BittenWaking the WitchSpellbound
Thirteen
Otherworld Omnibus
1. Werewolves: Bitten, Stolen and Beginnings (2012)
2. Spellcasters (2013)
Witch Magic: Dime Store Magic / Industrial Magic (2004)
Otherworld Story Bundle (2012)
Werewolves: Bitten, Stolen and BeginningsSpellcastersWitch Magic: Dime Store Magic / Industrial MagicOtherworld Story Bundle
Nadia Stafford
1. Exit Strategy (2007)
2. Made to Be Broken (2008)
3. Wild Justice (2013)
Exit StrategyMade to Be BrokenWild Justice
Darkest Powers
0.5. Hunting Kat (2012)
1. The Summoning (2008)
2. The Awakening (2009)
3. The Reckoning (2010)
The Darkest Power Trilogy Omnibus (omnibus) (2010)
Darkest Powers Bonus Pack (2011)
Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 2 (2012)
The Darkest Powers: Complete Trilogy Collection(omnibus) (2014)
Hunting KatThe SummoningThe AwakeningThe Reckoning
The Darkest Power Trilogy OmnibusDarkest Powers Bonus PackDarkest Powers Bonus Pack 2The Darkest Powers: Complete Trilogy Collection
Otherworld Tales
0.9. Becoming (2011)
1. Men of the Otherworld (2009)
2. Tales of the Otherworld (2010)
5.2. Chaotic (2012)
9.3. Angelic (2009)
10.2. Hidden (2011)
10.3. Counterfeit Magic (2010)
10.6. Forbidden (2012)
10.7. Amityville Horrible (2012)
13.5. Brazen (2013)
The Hunter and the Hunted: Two Stories of the Otherworld (omnibus) (2012)
BecomingMen of the OtherworldTales of the OtherworldChaotic
AngelicHiddenCounterfeit MagicForbidden
Amityville HorribleBrazenThe Hunter and the Hunted: Two Stories of the Otherworld
Angel: After the Fall (with Dave Ross)
5. Angel: Aftermath (2009)
Angel: Aftermath
Darkness Rising
1. The Gathering (2011)
2. The Calling (2012)
3. The Rising (2013)
The Darkness Rising: Complete Trilogy Collection(omnibus) (2014)
The GatheringThe CallingThe RisingThe Darkness Rising: Complete Trilogy Collection
Omens and Shadows / Cainsville
1. Omens (2013)
2. Visions (2014)
3. Deceptions (2015)
OmensVisions
Age of Legends
1. Sea of Shadows (2014)
2. Empire of Night (2015)
Sea of ShadowsEmpire of Night
Omnibus
Dates from Hell (2005) (with Lori Handeland, Kim Harrisonand Lynsay Sands)
Dates from Hell
Collections
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (2007) (with Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, P N Elrod, Caitlin Kittredge,Marjorie M Liu, Katie MacAlister, Lilith Saintcrow andRonda Thompson)
Blood Lite (2008) (with Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris andSherrilyn Kenyon)
Kisses from Hell (2010) (with Francesca Lia Block, Kristin Cast, Richelle Mead and Alyson Noël)
Dead To Me: A Trio of Chilling Tales (2012)
Four Summoner’s Tales (2013) (with Christopher Golden,David Liss and Jonathan Maberry)
Otherworld Nights (2014)
My Big Fat Supernatural HoneymoonBlood LiteKisses from HellDead To Me: A Trio of Chilling Tales
Four Summoner's TalesOtherworld Nights
Anthologies edited
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions (2011) (with Melissa Marr)
Campus Chills (2012) (with Julie E Czerneda, Sèphera Girón, Michael Kelly, Nancy Kilpatrick, Susie Moloney, Douglas Smith and Steve Vernon)
Shards and Ashes (2013) (with Melissa Marr)
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Frances Brody: Death of an Avid Reader (Review/ Blog Tour)

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Frances Brody

aka Frances McNeil

Frances Brody has written three novels set in 1920s Yorkshire,featuring Kate Shackleton, First World War widow turned sleuth. (‘An excellent heroine’, Ann Granger.) The third book will be published in September 2011 (hardback) and March 2012 (paperback).

Before turning to crime, Frances wrote for radio, television and theatre, and was nominated for a Time Out Award. She published four sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award in 2006.

Book Description

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A lady with a secret
Kate Shackleton’s sterling reputation for courageous sleuthing attracts the attention of the venerable Lady Coulton. Hidden in her past is a daughter, born out of wedlock and given up to a different family. Now, Lady Coulton is determined to find her and puts Kate on the case.

A mysterious killing in the library’s basement
But as Kate delves deeper into Lady Coulton’s past, she soon finds herself thrust into a scandal much closer to home. When the body of the respected Horatio Potter is found in the Leeds Library basement, the quiet literary community is suddenly turned upside down with suspicions, accusations and – much to Kate’s surprise – the appearance of a particularly intelligent Capuchin monkey!

The most puzzling case in Kate’s sleuthing history yet
Convinced an innocent man has been blamed, Kate sets out to discover the truth. Who would want Dr Potter dead? Does Lady Coulton’s missing daughter hold a vital clue? As the stories start to emerge in the seemingly quiet Leeds library, Kate is learning fast that this time, she can’t judge a book by its cover . . .

Review

2014 is the year I promised I would step out of my comfort zone, to read other genres and stretch my breadth of reading material. Death of an Avid reader is just such a departure, while it retains it toe in history being set in the 1920’s , this is yesterday in comparison to the ancient historical fiction i normally read. This book is predominately a “Cosy mystery” apparently a new sub genre of the crime market…who knew..i sure didn’t.  If im 100% honest it took me a little to settle with, because my man brain was looking for the swords, the battle the buzz of death and mayhem (im a simple chap with simple needs). But soon the very skilful writing of the author subdued me, and it was exactly what the sub genre states, a nice well written cosy story, something IMHO perfect for a wet raining sunday under the blanket with the fire on. Lovely characters, excellently portrayed and described settings, with that legitimate 20’s feel to the whole story, the author feels like she lived in the period when she wrote it (at least mentally…unless she has a tardis she has not mentioned?)

If you have not read any of the other books in the Kate Shackleton series, fear not, this was my first and it didn’t seem to make any difference, there were no trips of memory or references back to previous books. Would i read another?… TBH.. probably not, i made the journey, i enjoyed the stay, but im bound for new places and new reads. I do recommend this for the coming cold days, i think many will enjoy the gentle mystery and trip back to the majestic 20’s.

(Parm)

Series

 

Kate Shackleton
1. Dying in the Wool (2009)
2. A Medal For Murder (2010)
3. Murder in the Afternoon (2011)
4. A Woman Unknown (2012)
5. Murder on a Summer’s Day (2013)
6. Death of an Avid Reader (2014)
Dying in the WoolA Medal For MurderMurder in the AfternoonA Woman UnknownMurder on a Summer's DayDeath of an Avid Reader

Frances McNeil Novels

The Sisters on Bread Street (2003)
Somewhere Behind the Morning (2005)
Sixpence In Her Shoe (2006)
Sisters of Fortune (2007)
The Sisters on Bread StreetSomewhere Behind the MorningSixpence In Her ShoeSisters of Fortune

 

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