Sunday, 18 March 2018

Trading with Death (Tales of the Unexpected #1) by Ann Girdharry

What sacrifice might we make for those we love?
In the face of death, will we be selfish or selfless?

Taka is tortured by her younger sister’s terminal illness.
Then one dark day, she is faced with an opportunity to change fate.

As the two sisters struggle with the approach of death, what final choices will be made?

A twisty, chilling tale that will leave you breathless.

Praise for Trading with Death

“Totally unexpected!”

“Best short story that I’ve read for a long time”


Trading with Death is the first in the Chilling Tales of the Unexpected Short Reads series.

I would like to thank Ann Girdharry for letting me read and review this short book.

This was a short read of 2 little girls walking through a woods. Both are sisters. 1 is ill and is dying the other is healthy but wants to take the illness away from her sister. What happens in the woods, stays in the woods. Who comes out of the woods - both or just 1, you will have to read and find out what happened in the woods.

A great short story and will be intrigued to carry on reading more from Ann Girdharry in the future.

The Corpse Role (DI Granger #1) by Keith Nixon

Not everything that gets buried stays buried... sometimes things have a nasty habit of resurfacing…

When the body of a security van driver implicated in an unsolved £1.2 million heist turns up in a shallow grave two years later it’s just the beginning for Detective Inspector Charlotte Granger.

She embarks on an investigation that takes her into dangerous territory – a world of dirty cops, dodgy private investigators, local villains and nosy journalists. Meanwhile events from Granger's own past are threatening to come back and haunt her...

I would like to thank Keith Nixon for allowing me to read and review this new series. I've never read anything by this author and was surprised of the outcome.

DI Granger is investigating a murder. A body has shown up in the woods. Been there a while and no one knows who it is. They then find another body in a car outside a pub, but this time it's a retired police officer. What has these 2 bodies got to do with each other. What happened in the past will bring people together in the present and the ramifications from the past has a bad habit of catching up with people.

I found this hard going at times as it kept going from present day to the past. But once I got into the story and followed it, I found it so fascinating and wanted to find out who and what was going on. The ending shocked me as I really thought it was someone different. A great start to a new author and series for me and I can't wait for what happens next and will definitely be reading more from this author.

Monday, 5 March 2018

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

I want to thank Netgalley, John Marrs and Amazon Publishing for allowing me to read this great psychological novel. It has all the markings of a great psychological and intense book.

You have Laura who is to be at first believed as a nice, warm, sympathetic and kind woman at the end of a phone to people who've got problems. You have Ryan who is a loving, kind man who's whole world has come crashing down when his pregnant wife commits suicide. What have these two people have in common - Laura was the last person Ryan's wife spoke to. OR was she? Why is Ryan chasing after Laura? What is Laura hiding from people? Can a good samaritan really hold a life in their hands and snuff it out or is it all make believe?

You need to read this riveting book that has had my emotions all over the place. I have hated, loathed, detested Laura through this book. I have cried over characters and the way they seem to think there is no way out of the life they lead. I have cheered for characters as they turn corners from their struggles. But OMG have I immersed myself as I've read what these characters have gone through in their lives (Laura included). Can a Good Samaritan ever be DERANGED or are they like the rest of us - just NORMAL people. Find out in this The Good Samaritan novel by the excellent John Marrs.

Friday, 2 March 2018

The Restless Dead: (David Hunter #5) by Simon Beckett

‘Composed of over sixty per cent water itself, a human body isn’t naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs, before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body’s buoyancy until it floats again.
And the dead will literally rise . . . ‘
It was on a Friday evening that forensics consultant Dr David Hunter took the call: a Detective Inspector Lundy from the Essex force. Just up the coast from Mersea Island, near a place called Backwaters, a badly decomposed body has been found and the local police would welcome Hunter's help with the recovery and identification . . . 
Because they would like it to be that of Leo Villiers, the 31 year-old son of a prominent local family who went missing weeks ago, and they are under pressure to close the case. Villiers was supposed to have been having an affair with a married woman, Emma Derby. She too is missing, and the belief is that the young man disposed of his lover, and then killed himself. If only it was so straightforward.
But Hunter has his doubts about the identity of the remains. The hands and feet are missing, the face no longer recognisable. Then further remains are found - and suddenly these remote wetlands are giving up yet more grisly secrets. As Hunter is slowly but surely drawn into a toxic mire of family secrets and resentments, local lies and deception, he finds himself unable, or perhaps unwilling, to escape even though he knows that the real threat comes from the living, not the dead.
With its eerie and claustrophobic sense of place, explosive heart-in-mouth moments, and viscerally authentic forensics and police procedural detail, coupled with David Hunter’s own uncanny ability to understand the living as much as the dead, The Restless Dead stands as a masterclass in crime fiction and marks the stunning return of one of the genre’s best.

This is final book in the David Hunter series. I've had the series minus this one for a while. So I've sat and read/listened to the series. 

I've found I hated a couple of characters in this book (not David Hunter). David has been called out on a body in the water. Is the body someone who went missing 7 months ago or is it the person who was last seen 6 weeks ago. Who is the body in the water? You need to find out by reading The Restless Dead to see what David Hunter can do to help with who is the body and how they died.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Playboy by Logan Chance

They call me a playboy. 

Sure, I like to have fun with the opposite sex, but hey, in my line of work, who wouldn't? 
My name's Jonah and I work for Bunny Hunnies, a swimsuit magazine. Calling the shots, and taking pictures of gorgeous women is every man's fantasy, including mine. 

That is, until Chelsea Sincock walks onto the set of one of my shoots. 

I've known Chelsea since before she was this hot as hell vixen wearing nothing but a bikini. 

What is she doing here? 
Does her brother, Declan, know? 
Did I mention he's my best friend? 

This is going to be hard, I mean difficult, to work with her. And the more I gaze at her from behind the lens, the more I realize I'm in way over my head.

I would like to thank Logan Chase for writing another great steamy book.

What do you do when your best friend's sister comes to work for you? How do you feel when those feelings come back for your brother's best friend? 1 kiss was all it took to save a damsel in distress, will it lead to anything else or will it crush 1 of them? All will be revealed in this hot and steamy Playboy book.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Apple Pie to Die For by Sharon Kleve

Marjorie’s apple pie is award winning, but is it worth dying for?

All Marjorie Vanhorn desires is to make people happy with her award-winning pies—and to be kissed by the delectable county medical examiner, Anderson Swift.
Marjorie’s nemesis is Eloise, the newly appointed county fair organizer, she is blackmailing contestants to get their award-winning recipes. She really wants Marjorie’s apple pie recipe, and if she doesn’t get it, she is willing do whatever it takes to stop Marjorie from winning more blue ribbons.
After being released, jailbird Vega disappears. Kelli and her son Joey are finally free of her physically abusive husband. Nobody misses him, not even his parents.
When Vance, Vega’s twin brother is released from prison, he heads for Marjorie's house where he suspects he might find his brother...and a little fun. Marjorie has no desire to be Vance’s fun.

I was given this book by the author to review as I like romance books.
This was a quick and fast read. I loved the characters and the way that Marjorie makes Apple Pies and wants to fall in love with the Medical Examiner but she is hiding a secret. What that secret is, you will have to read Apple Pie to Die For.
Definitely will be reading more from this author as I love her style of writing.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Taken by Logan Chance


Things change. Sometimes not for the better.

Xavier is no longer the maid’s son. Or my best friend. Now he’s wealthy and powerful--the dark don, in charge of one of the largest corporations in the world.

I never expected the boy who always saved me to be the man who kidnaps me.


Some things never change.

Rhiannon is still as fiery and beautiful as the day I walked away. Now I'm back, ready to seek vengeance against the one man who wronged me. My rival. Her father.

If her father wants war, he'll get a war.

Kidnapping his daughter is the key to my ultimate revenge.

Standalone Mafia Romance

I received this through Kindle Unlimited and would like to thank the author for writing such a great book. 
What do you do when the man/boy who was your best friend all of a sudden wants to kill your father? What do you do when the girl/woman who your in love with, her father has hurt you so bad you want revenge? You take what’s his - HIS DAUGHTER. Find out in this exciting Mafia style book what 1 man will do for REVENGE.
Loved this book as the characters remind me of so much of other stories I’ve read. The sex is OMG = steaming. The main characters Rhiannon and Xavier are drop dead gorgeous but have so much passion for each other it’s unreal. If you love Tracie Podger’s books, then you have to read TAKEN by Logan Chance.