Added week ending 9 April 2016

An Unfamiliar murder

An Unfamiliar Murder by Jane Isaac. A nice “win” this week, so many thanks to Jane Isaac,  and Joanne at Portobellobookblog for offering this as a giveaway.


Arriving home from a routine day at work, Anna Cottrell has no idea that her life is about to change forever. But discovering the stabbed body of a stranger in her flat, then becoming prime suspect in a murder enquiry is only the beginning. Her persistent claims of innocence start to crumble when new evidence links her irrevocably with the victim…

Leading her first murder enquiry, DCI Helen Lavery unravels a trail of deception, family secrets and betrayal. When people close to the Cottrell family start to disappear, Lavery is forced into a race against time. Can she catch the killer before he executes his ultimate victim?



The Songbird by Marcia Willett. The first of this week’s review copies from NetGalley, I love the cover! Due for publication 16 June.


When Mattie invites her old friend Tim to stay in one of her family cottages on the edge of Dartmoor, she senses there is something he is not telling her, as if he is holding on to a painful secret.

But as he gets to know the rest of the warm jumble of family who live by the moor, Tim discovers that everyone there has their own secrets. There is Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; William, who guards a dark past he cannot share with the others; and Mattie, who has loved Tim in silence for years.

As Tim begins to open up, Mattie falls deeper in love. And as summer warms the wild Dartmoor landscape, new beginnings take root . . . But can fresh hopes bloom where old secrets are buried?


See How They Run

See How They Run by Tom Bale. I keep reading good things about this, so I was pleased to get a review copy from NetGalley. Due for publication 6 May.


How far would you go to save your family?

In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:



A round up of this week’s kindle freebies

Missing Presumed Dead

Missing Presumed Dead by J M Gregson


Artless by Kathy Hammad

Mixed Emotions

Mixed Emotions by Antonia Abbott

Prime Evil

Prime Evil by Maynard Sims


  1. Very restrained this week. I also got The Songbird and See How They Run and I was also a lucky winner of Portobello lovelies – I won the book sculpture to be made by Ann Troup.


  2. Very restrained this week. I also got The Songbird and See How They Run. I also won something in the Portobello giveaway – I won the book sculpture to be made by the author, Ann Troup.

    PS You may have this post twice – I’m not sure if the first one got sent or not.

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    • Not your birthday today as well by any chance? I do have a friend who is my birthday twin, same date, same year and we did same jobs at work. When she took promotion and change of direction, guess who got her job when she took a sabbatical.


      • Sorry, I didn’t get a notification of your comment. No, my birthday is in July but your story about your friend is very coincidental. Happy belated birthday!


  3. Great book haul! Well done on winning a copy of An Unfamiliar Murder – I read this book before I was a blogger and really enjoyed it so I hope you enjoy it as much. The Songbird has a lovely cover and I like the sound of the blurb so will look out for this one. Hope you enjoy all of your new books.


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