Dead Mercy (Maggie Jamieson Thriller, Book 5) by Noelle Holten @nholten40 #BookReview

Dead Mercy (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 5)

by Noelle Holten

Dead Mercy is another excellent edition to the Maggie Jamieson series. I’m so glad I had this to read straight after finishing book 4!

I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series, and this has been no exception. I think each book gets better as the series progresses if that’s at all possible. I find myself quite invested in the main characters throughout a series I love, and Maggie Jamieson is one of my favourites.

This isn’t the easiest of reads due to the subject matter. There are some horrific scenes which must be horrendous for police officers to be faced with. There is also a much deeper, heart-wrenching story behind these seemingly random murders. A story which sadly highlights incidents which have occurred far too often in the real world. The psychology aspects of this story, and others like it, fascinate me.

I know I’m being vague. I could happily chat away about this book for ages, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I can’t recommend this book highly enough though. It ticks all the boxes for me from a crime/police procedural perspective. It is a chilling and emotional read. Relevant and thought-provoking.

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#FlashbackFriday December 2021 with #AlexPine @rach_b52 #DarrenHumphries @jpsbothbarrels @DarcieBoleyn #DBJohn @MTilburyAuthor @writermels & @lucyfoleytweets #BookReviews

Hi, and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at the books I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

Please do join in, if you have the time. I’d love to see your posts 🙂

Here are my reviews from December 2020, plus a link to previous December FBFs….

Have you read any of the above?

A Reason to Breathe by Mick Williams @mickwilliamsau2 #BookReview

A Reason to Breathe

(The ‘Reason’ Collection Book 2)

By Mick Williams

Is it okay to grow old disgracefully?

I absolutely loved A Reason to Grieve by Mick Williams, so I was very exited to read A Reason to Breathe and re-visit some of the lovely characters. Mick Williams has such a way of creating characters you will fall in love with.

In this sequel we find Henry has compiled a bucket list. A bucket list he needs his friends to help with. Each one of them must choose one activity to achieve with Henry. They vary from skydiving to stargazing! (I know which I would prefer! Lol!)

I love the relationships these characters share, and the banter between them is hilarious at times. The focus is on Henry achieving his bucket list, but each of the other characters has their own story to tell. Their own worries and issues to deal with. All of them are relatable in one way or another and all add such a depth to the book making it a well-rounded story of love, friendship, and of making each day count.

My favourite character is Steve. I love him! He is hilarious and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. He so deserves to be happy.

Mick Williams’ personality shines through his lovable, believable characters. I have loved every book he has written. All of them are so different but equally brilliant.

He has nailed it again!

An easy five stars for me. In case I haven’t made it clear enough. I LOVED it!

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Over A Spitfire, The Sequel by Sherrie Lowe @SherrieLowe2 #BookReview 

Over A Spitfire, The Sequel

by Sherrie Lowe 

I loved Over A Spitfire so I was extremely thankful to already have a copy of the sequel to dive into. Over A Spitfire is one of those books with characters who stay in your mind and who you might wonder about. So, this sequel is a perfect follow on. It is novella length and must only be read if you have already read Over A Spitfire first, otherwise it will completely spoil the story for you. It is a catch up with the characters, like meeting up with old friends and finding out what they have been up to since you last met. I loved it.

I can’t say much else really without giving anything away, but I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Ava and seeing how her story progressed. It is full of fascinating discoveries, emotion, and heart-warming moments. The last four lines brought a tear to my eye.

If you haven’t read Over A Spitfire yet, you will find my review (including purchase details) here….

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#CoverReveal The Stars Will Shine Again ~ Helping Our Heroes One Page at A Time #HelpForHeroes #CharityBook #ShortStories — Emma The Little Bookworm

I’m over the moon to be sharing the cover for The Stars Will Shine Again. This is the second anthology I’ve complied to raise money for Help for Heroes and it’s an honour to be working for this wonderful charity again. The first book, When Stars Will Shine, is on offer now, so pop over […]

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The Hanging Tree (Adventures of Letty Parker Book 4) by Misha Herwin @MishaHerwin

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The Hanging Tree

(Adventures of Letty Parker Book 4)

by Misha Herwin

The power of the Dark Ones is growing once more. Watching from their rooftop perches, the gargoyles and dragons have all the gossip they could ever want. Deadly night eels slither through the city streets. The thief taker is on the prowl. And Jebediah Hill is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Letty discovers that Jeb, her oldest friend, has been keeping secrets, yet refuses to reveal them even though he knows he will pay a terrible price. Letty Parker and Associates set out on a race to save Jeb from The Hanging Tree.
And time is running out…


Previous books in the series….

City of Secrets (Adventures of Letty Parker Book 1)

Bridge of Lies (Adventures of Letty Parker Book 2)

Island of Fear (Adventures of Letty Parker Book 3)

 5-star reviews!


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Over A Spitfire by Sherrie Lowe @SherrieLowe2 #BookReview

Over A Spitfire

by Sherrie Lowe 

Over A Spitfire has been waiting patiently on my bookshelf for far too long but you know what they say about good things coming to those who wait. This book has most definitely been worth the wait, although I am now sorry that I didn’t get to it sooner.

When we meet Ava, during World War Two, she is a ferry pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary. It sounds like an exhilarating but dangerous job. Not one I would have liked as I like my feet firmly on the ground. Ava loved it though and was sad to have to give it up when the war ended, although obviously overjoyed at the same time. It must have been quite a shock to the system to go from fulfilling such an important role in the war to looking towards her future as a housewife and mother. This is especially daunting for Ava having shared a fiercely passionate relationship with her colleague Wilhelmina (Will) who is sadly killed. They connected in a way neither of them had with anyone before. How do you move on from that?

Ava has no choice but to move on though and is soon married to Henry. They have two children and are happy for the most part. They make it work anyway, despite struggles and an infidelity, but Ava has never forgotten Will. Will has never forgotten Ava either and her spirit is determined that they will be together again one day, one way or another. Their souls are connected and will find a way, she is sure of it.

Do you believe in reincarnation? I most definitely believe that some of us have been here before. I loved how this book explores this idea. I was completely captivated.

The way the afterlife is portrayed through Will’s passing to the other side is quite beautiful. It’s lovely to think there is someone waiting for you to help with your transition and that we can always be there for those we leave behind whenever we are needed. It is also comforting to think that our soul might get another chance at life, in a different body ready to live a different life. And those souls who are meant for each other will always find a way back to one another.

I could talk about this book for hours, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I loved how the story progressed though. My heart broke for Ava. I had goosebumps on more than one occasion and it did leave a smile on my face at the end.

Beautiful, beautiful writing.

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About Sherrie Lowe

I am a divorced Mum and Nana living in Staffordshire UK. I began writing seriously when I contracted M.E. in ’95 after having to resign from my job as learning support assistant in a mainstream high school because I was too ill to continue. M.E. also called chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating, little understood illness, which destroys lives. Writing has kept me sane through the loneliness and isolation which are one of the results of this illness.

I have written eleven novels, two memoirs and two short story/poetry collections and have tried the traditional route to publication, then came the opportunity to publish with an Arts Council funded site so I went ahead and published everything I’ve written with them. All are available in paperback from Feedaread and most from Amazon too, also in ebook format from Amazon.

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Dead Secret (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 4) by Noelle Holten @nholten40 #BookReview

Dead Secret (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 4)

by Noelle Holten

OH. MY. GOODNESS! What a cliff-hanger to end a book on!! I’m so glad I have book 5 ready to dive into! It has been published today!

Happy Publication Day, Noelle! 🙂

Dead Secret is book 4 in Noelle Holten’s Maggie Jamieson thriller series. It is an awesome series! I have loved all four books so far and I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck into Dead Mercy.

In this book Maggie, and the team, are faced with the murder of a young man with mysterious black dots on his cheek. At the same time her colleague, Lucy, is dealing with a domestic violence survivor with familiar, but worrying, behaviour. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, they discover one of their own is missing. Each case seemingly unconnected until evidence begins to suggest otherwise. It’s a race against time and I certainly felt the urgency throughout the police procedural aspects of this story. It must be so frustrating for police officers when nothing makes any sense. I wouldn’t be able to do their job for all the money in the world!

I love the characters throughout this book. Maggie is such a likeable character. I enjoy getting to know her a little bit more with each book. I don’t really understand what she sees in that reporter, if I’m honest, other than the obvious physical attraction. It would be nice to see her find happiness, or at least a bit of fun, with someone though.

The professional relationships the team share feel so genuine. I do always feel like I’m reading about real people. This is one of the many things I love about a series.

One character in this story is particularly terrifying. Wow! Hats off to Noelle Holten for this creation. It felt like my blood ran cold on more than one occasion. It also raises the question again of nature versus nurture.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is fast-paced, full of suspense, and horrifying at times. I loved it!

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New to the series? start here….


#DeadInside by Noelle Holten @nholten40 #BlogTour #BookReview @KillerReads @BOTBSPublicity

Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten @nholten40 @0neMoreChapter_ #BookReview

Dead Perfect (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 3) by Noelle Holten @nholten40 @0neMoreChapter_ #bookreview

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Winter Light by Martha Engber @MarthaEngber  2021 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction

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5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant book – a fully immersive experience” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 starsHeart breaking and absorbing” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 starsA must read….an absolute education in complexity” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 starsAn absolute triumph!” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars – Warning: You won’t be able to put Winter Light down. Sleep will be missed.” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars – Realistic, haunting” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars –A fantastic book well worth the read” – Amazon reviewer

2021 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction

Winter Light

by Martha Engber

WINTER LIGHT is the story of 15-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago, a kid on the cusp of failure…

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Poetic Justice: Five Twisted Tales of Murder and Revenge by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor #BlogTour #BookReview

Poetic Justice: Five Twisted Tales of Murder and Revenge

by Mark Tilbury

Time doesn’t heal; it just incubates old wounds.

Last Orders – Jeff Tully’s wife has left him. Trying to run his pub single-handedly, he increasingly turns to his barmaid, Alyson, for help. But when Alyson tells him of her own troubles, they hatch a plan to get rid of Alyson’s violent, abusive husband. But will Jeff live to regret he ever got involved with his barmaid?

Lucy’s return – No one remembers Lucy at the school reunion, but she remembers them. Especially one boy who made her life hell, and now she’s going to do the same to him.

Private Museum – Retired nurse Mandy Rostron never thought she’d find love again after her husband died, but in Anthony Mallard she’s found the perfect gentleman. Or so she thinks. Mallard has some very dark secrets in his basement, or his Private Museum as he calls it, and Mandy is about to discover the truth about the man of her dreams.

Ballad of the Unsung Hero – Retired shopkeeper Jennifer Price is at her wits end. Her husband Kenneth thinks more of his fishing than he does of her. But when she meets the man of her dreams at a spiritual church, Jennifer is hell-bent on getting her man – whatever it takes.

The Tallyman – Donna is in debt, and the loan shark is making her life unbearable, with increasingly vile demands when she can’t make her payments. But her elderly neighbour, Elsie, has the perfect solution to get rid of the tallyman once and for all.

My review

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am a big fan of Mark Tilbury’s. I have read and loved everything he has published! I know I’m in for a treat when he has a new book out.

Poetic Justice is his first short story collection and a bit different to the novels we are used to from him, but just as brilliant! These stories aren’t quite as dark as some of his other books, but they’re hardly light-hearted either! I absolutely loved all five of them.

In each of these stories you will meet a character who is pretty much at their wits end. Their situations are desperate, and desperate times often call for desperate measures. You can’t help but feel for these people and I asked myself what I would do in their situations. There is literally no way of knowing unless you have faced the same problems. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t go as far as some of them, but who knows!

There are many unsavoury (to put it mildly!) characters throughout these stories. Some who made my skin crawl. I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of some of them.

Each one of these stories hooked me in immediately and all of them shocked and surprised me. Very clever writing!

I thought ‘Last Orders’ was particularly clever, and I found ‘Private Museum’ to be extremely chilling. All are equally compelling.

The poems at the start of each story are excellent also. There is no end to Mark Tilbury’s talent.

All the stars from me! I very much recommend!

**Many thanks to Mark Tilbury for my review copy**

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