All posts tagged: books

book review: The Good Liar ~ by Catherine McKenzie, 5* review plus bonus author article

Hello everyone! Another day, another week, and, while we’re all waiting for winter to retreat and spring finally to hit us with its waves of pleasantness, here I am again with a brand new review, this time of Catherine McKenzie’s latest book, The Good Liar, which is being marketed as a GoodReads “Hottest Thriller of 2018” selection for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies (Booklist), and one you’re likely to devour in one sitting (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Before I start, however, I have a couple of things I have to confess. Truth is, I had never read anything by Catherine McKenzie before. Unforgivable omission, I know. And I only became fully aware of her new book as something other than a vaguely potential read when I was contacted about my missing review by lovely Denelle Catlett, PR Manager for Lake Union Publishing. Then I remembered where I’d seen the book, and why I had requested it in the first place. It was definitely something I had very much wanted to read, for a host of reasons I …

book review: All The Beautiful Girls ~ by Elizabeth J. Church

This title was rather kindly sent to me by the publishers, HarperCollins / 4th Estate Books. This review is also being published to NetGalley, GoodReads, Amazon, LinkedIn, and all my social media accounts. the synopsis: The dazzling, powerful story of a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas – finding unexpected fortune, friendship and love. In the summer of 1968, Ruby Wilde is the toast of Las Vegas. Showgirl of the Year, in her feathers and rhinestones, five-inch heels and sky-high headdresses, she mesmerises audiences from the Tropicana to the Stardust. Ratpackers and movie stars, gamblers and astronauts vie for her attention and shower her with gifts. But not so long ago Ruby Wilde was Lily Decker from Kansas: an orphaned girl determined to dance her way out of her troubled past. When she was eight years old, Lily survived the car crash that killed her parents and sister. Raised by an aunt who took too little interest in her and an uncle who took too much, dancing …

blog tour: book review & excerpt of Jessica Strawser’s new novel, Not That I Could Tell

This title was rather kindly sent to me by the publishers, Hodder & Stoughton. The present review is also being published to my accounts on NetGalley, GoodReads, Amazon, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media .  I’m delighted to be taking part, this morning, in the blog tour for Jessica Strawser’s second novel, Not That I Could Tell, which was published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK on the 5th of this month (Kindle, £6.99 and paperback, £14.99), and is being marketed as a general fiction title. On the U.S., the hardcover was published on March 27th ($26.99, St. Martin’s Press), but the novel is being marketed as women’s fiction. Courtesy of the publishers, I am bringing you an excerpt which, though small, is very mysterious and intriguing and will, I am sure, go a long way in spicing up your curiosity about this novel. My own contribution to the blog tour will be, as usual, my full review of the title. the synopsis: Ever wonder what your friends really think of you? Drinks in hand, a …

Book Review: Serenity Engulfed by Craig A. Hart

So. Yesterday was launch day for Craig A. Hart’s new Shelby Alexander thriller, Serenity Engulfed, which we marked with a lengthy feature post including one fab interview with this author. Today, I’m starting a cycle of reviews of Craig’s two thrillers series, The Shelby Alexander Thrillers Series, and the SpyCo Series — with a review of his latest book. Here it is.   Edition details: File Size: 2680 KB Print Length: 190 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1986153517 Publisher: Northern Lake Publishing (April 3, 2018) Publication Date: April 3, 2018 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English ASIN: B07B4Y76HC the synopsis: When Shelby’s daughter, Leslie, fails to show up at his cabin for her long-planned visit to northern Michigan, he’s concerned, but makes excuses. When her car is found abandoned by the side of a tree-lined highway, he fears the worst. When her cellphone appears on his front porch, he knows something terrible has happened and that he is to blame. Enlisting the help of the new county sheriff, Shelby launches a search for Leslie, all the while dealing with a prostitute in fear for her …

Interviewing the Author Craig A. Hart on the launch day of his new title, Serenity Engulfed

    It is with immense pleasure that I bring to you today my next feature post on another indie author, whose work I have been closely following for a while now — in fact, since he published his first Shelby Alexander thriller series book, back in 2016. His name is Craig A. Hart, and it’s been a thrill for me to witness Craig mature and develop in his career as a writer. There have been 11 novels published in the meantime, between his Alexander and his SpyCo series (the latter which he has been co-writing with Scott J. Varengo since book 2), with another one scheduled to come out in the next couple of months. I asked Craig to supply me with a little bio of his (and maybe a little bit more, just to sate our terrible, cat-like curiosity), and to my dismay he was quite circumspect about himself and his achievements. Not that I don’t understand him perfectly — writing about ourselves is mostly akin to torture… Without much further ado, therefore, here is …

Interviewing the Author Craig A. Hart on the launch day of his new title, Serenity Engulfed, plus my review!

    It is with immense pleasure that I bring to you today my next feature post on another indie author, whose work I have been closely following for a while now — in fact, since he published his first Shelby Alexander thriller series book, back in 2016. His name is Craig A. Hart, and it’s been a thrill for me to witness Craig mature and develop in his career as a writer. There have been 11 novels published in the meantime, between his Alexander and his SpyCo series (the latter which he has been co-writing with Scott J. Varengo since book 2), with another one scheduled to come out in the next couple of months. I asked Craig to supply me with a little bio of his (and maybe a little bit more, just to sate out terrible, cat-like curiosity), and to my dismay he was quite circumspect about himself and his achievements. Not that I don’t understand him perfectly — writing about ourselves is mostly akin to torture… Without much further ado, therefore, here is …

book review: How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton

This title was rather kindly sent to me by the publishers, Transworld / Doubleday (Random House UK), via NetGalley. This review is also being published on NetGalley, GoodReads, LinkedIn, Amazon UK, and my social media accounts. Acceptance of a copy for review is not binding. the synopsis: When Eva and Adam fall into bed one Friday night, tired and happy after drinks with friends, they have their whole lives ahead of them. But their story ends on page twelve. That’s no reason to stop reading though, because How I Lose You is a story told backwards – and it’s all the more warm, tender and moving because we know it is going to be interrupted. It’s a story Eva thought she knew – but as you and she will discover, it’s not just the ending of the story that she got wrong. advance praise: “Intriguing, poignant and totally absorbing. I had no idea where it was going, but found it thoroughly addictive. A masterful exploration of grief, relationships and the secrets that we keep from …

Tell No Lies by Lisa Hartley: book excerpt

    Enfield police station reminded Caelan of a model a child had made by sticking cardboard boxes together. One shoebox on the bottom with two more piled on top. The small car park in front of the building was almost full, and she had to make several attempts at manoeuvring into a space. As she slammed her door, another vehicle entered the car park, reversing neatly into the last available parking spot. Caelan paused as she recognised the vehicle. ‘Hello, stranger,’ she called as the driver emerged. Tim Achebe was a few years older than Caelan – she guessed mid-thirties. There weren’t many black police officers in the country who held a rank above that of inspector, but Achebe had risen to DCI in record time, and was widely tipped as a future Commissioner. She had first met him a few days ago, though with all that had happened, it felt longer. Achebe grinned at her. ‘Morning. We meet again.’ He pointed to her battered face, wincing. ‘Looks nasty. How are you feeling?’ ‘I’ve …

my first guest on The “Indies” Corner: John Hindmarsh answers The 39 Questions

    Today is a double special day ~ it’s not just the day The “Indies” Corner first goes live, but the day I introduce you to my very first guest, writer John Hindmarsh, an Australian-born writer of thrillers and sci-fi, who used to be an ICT consultant and who just may have been around the globe more than once in his lifetime… Between long-term and short-term assignments, John tells me he has worked in about a dozen different countries worldwide, and visited another dozen or so as a tourist. The list of countries he’s been to is truly enviable, and includes such places as Amsterdam, Istanbul, Singapore, Bangkok, Moscow, Athens, Copenhagen… In the last five years of his career, John sub-contracted with IBM, working with banking clients at a senior level. He has now settled in the California mountains, in the company of his Japanese American wife. And John added about himself: “[I s]topped all that [sub-contracting] at the end of 2012. I turned 79 at the beginning of this month [Feb]. I have …

blog tour: book review and a whole lot more about Tell No Lies and its author, Lisa Hartley

    So. Here I am as promised, though a bit later than usual — blame it please on the horrible migraine that’s been plaguing me for three straight whole days now. Migraine-stricken or not, however, I could not fail to be here to introduce you to a lovely and talented young writer, Lisa Hartley, whose second book on the Detective Caelan Small series has just been published. Moreover, it is a thrill for me to participate in another of Canelo’s blog tours, courtesy of no less lovely Ellie Pilcher’s kind invite. The book I’m talking about is Tell No Lies, a sequel to Ask No Questions, a series about an intrepid undercover detective and her trials and tribulations as she tries to go about her job. Just like Ask No Questions, Tell No Lies was published by the fab folks at Canelo, branded as a Crime / Thriller / Detective Fiction novel, and it came out 19th February last. Here’s Tell No Lies cover image: And here’s the book blurb: Now they’re coming after Caelan’s …

a diary date for next week: Lisa Hartley’s Tell No Lies blog tour!

Join me here on March 3rd for my blog’s launching of Lisa Hartley’s new Detective Caelan Small novel, Tell No Lies. There will be, as usual, a book review, and my interview with Lisa, where we will talk a bit about everything, and about her other writing projects and upcoming publications. Tell No Lies is a sequel to Ask No Questions, whose review will appear here on March 2nd.