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What’s the worst thing that can happen?

How much can your life change in just 34 days?

Anna and Ray have been married for thirty-five years. They are parents and grandparents who appear to be a normal couple. But behind closed doors something isn’t right.

On the day of their wedding anniversary Anna makes a decision that changes everything and throws her family into turmoil. Anna will discover that she is not the only one who has suffered and by leaving Ray she sparks a series of events so awful that it might just end in murder…


A fantastic addictive must read psychological thriller

Anita Waller is a very clever author. I give full credit to Anita who has thought through thoroughly an extremely good clever crime. How ever the ideas of the crime popped into Anita’s head I just don’t know. Any reader would think that Anita knows how crimes are committed and what makes someone kill in the first place. About 34 Days. Anna has been married for thirty-five years to an abusive husband. She decided to leave him. But how well does Anna know her daughter in-law. All of the family seem to have secrets. What’s the worst thing that can happen murder? Crime fans you all deserve a big treat and 34 Days is it.

 Published by Bloodhound books





Published 27th October 2016 in Hardback by Canongate.

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland’s west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his too-young long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village’s lies.
Mahnony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves,those folk who once lived here, with their foggy memories and hidden stories, floating greyly amongst the unseeing living.No one thought – living or dead – will tell Mahony what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby. Despite Mahony’s  certainty that more than one of them knows.
Between Mulderrig’s sly priest, an implacable nurse and the caustic elderly actress throwing herself into her final village play, this beautiful and darkly comic debut novel creates in crystal-clear, musical language an unforgettable world of strange kindness, bloody violence and buried secrets.
What is being said about the novel HIMSELF
An intriguing story of family secrets and haunting.  Andrew Michael Hurley
I loved this book. It’s a magic realist murder mystery set in rural Ireland,in which the dead play as important part as the living. It’s one of those books that has you smiling as you read, and that you plan to read again very soon.
Louis de Bernieres.


I felt really sorry for Mahony that his mother abandoned him as a baby. The unpopularity and the identity of his father remains a mystery. Father McNamara handed Mahony a letter that the late Sister Veronica had left for him.  Mahony remembers all the lies that he was told in the orphanage. Sister Veronica told him that his mammy was too busy working on the docks to write.  His mammy brought him to the nuns instead of drowning him.  But Sister Mary Margaret had told Mahony a different story. Sister Mary Margaret opened the door of St Martha’s Orphanage. And there, on the steps, was a baby.





Published by head of Zeus

She was a devoted wife and mother.

Then her husband and children left home.

How do you rebuild your life if there’s nothing left?

Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings. 

She goes to sit on her favourite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for the life she has.

For Rosie is lucky. After a troubled childhood, she grew up and won the jackpot a wonderful husband, two mischievous young daughters, and a neat little house by the sea. She dedicates every waking hour to the happiness of her family.

But when her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children,  she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?


Amanda Prowse is one of my favourite authors that always adds such brilliant page turning emotional stories. My Husband’s Secret. You can believe in the scenes some women have been there. Being a devoted wife and mother giving all your love to your husband and children, doing all the cooking and cleaning. Then your husband leaves you. Then your children leave home. Every thing leaves you emotionally drained and heart-broken. How do you rebuild your life if there’s nothing left? I hope many readers enjoy ready this deep emotional unputdownable novel as much as what I did. 

About Amanda Prowse

Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write. Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their two teenage sons.




published in EB 6th October 2016

published in PB 1st December 2016

Published by Avon

For Ava Blissham, it’s going to be  a Christmas to remember.
On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.
Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.
So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a
promise that will change her life.
She just doesn’t know it yet…
Curl up with this gorgeous, festive read – the perfect treat for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.
I was one of the first to congratulate Sue Moorcroft being signed up by Harper Collins I am a great fan of Sue Mooorcroft. I read the paperback Is this Love when Sue Moorcroft was with Choc Lit. I am ever so pleased Sue is now signed with Harper Collins and I do wish her high flying sales. I was born 3 days before Christmas that is why I just reading Christmas fiction novels. And of course the best way to start off the Christmas novels is to read The Christmas Promise. I was lucky to receive a advance reading copy.




Manipulated Lives H. A. LEUSCHEL

Five Stories – Five Lives

Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance? 
Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.
In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Next, there is Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well-balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself and finally Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth
About the author
Helene Andrea Leuschel was born and raised in Belgium to German parents. She gained a Licentiate in Journalism, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. Helene moved to the Algarve in 2009 with her husband and two children, working as a freelance TV producer and teaching yoga. She recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. Manipulated Lives is Helene’s first work of fiction. 
I would like to thank the author Helen for sending me a paperback copy of Manipulated Lives to read. This is a splendid first work of fiction contains five stories with five lives. Manipulators are everywhere. The first short story. The night a wife died, they had a family argument that went out of control. The husband had committed serial adultery. But he had killed his wife. These short stories bring to light how abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth. I do recommend Manipulated Lives, specially for those who like reading short stories or if you like reading about one family member being the victim.





Harper Fiction 20th October £20


No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the twenty-fourth engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
‘Cornwell’s books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear’ The Times
Forget the pretenders.  Cornwell resigns Mirror
Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries.
Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, Creasey,
Anthony, Macavity, and the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure prize. Beyond the
Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper and a biography and has created two more fiction series among others.

Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, NC, and now lives and works in Boston.


On a summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner Pete Marino respond to a call about a dead cyclist. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost super human force.
Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband receive suspicious calls, allegedly from Interpol. But why would the elite international police agency be interested in the case? The calls are linked to anonymous cyberbully Tailend Charlie, who has been harrassing Scarpetta for over a week. But even her tech savvy niece Lucy can’t trace the person behind them.
A second death, hundreds of miles south, shocks Scarpetta to her core, suddenly she is confronting something far more dangerous than she could ever imagine. Because when the residue in the victim’s wound is analysed, the result shows a material that doesn’t exist on earth.
Chaos is Patricia Cornwell’s twenty-fourth engrossing thriller and the very best of Patricia Cornwell. I highly recommend Chaos. This hardback would make a lovely present specially with Christmas in a few months time. Chaos is ideal for a fan of Patricia Cornwell or a newcomer to Patricia Cornwell’s books.
In the quite of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six year old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight.  Two twins find the body, they don’t seem to understand the different kinds of trouble they can get in to. Like stealing. Like tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. Who is this dead young lady Elisa Vandersteel she can’t be found on the internet in London or anywhere?.
Dr Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Through subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s  conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four-hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Peter Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.
She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tackling the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chiefs judgment and a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.
Published by Harper Collins 20th October 2016





Eight people, one deadly secret.
Passengers boarding the 10:35 train from Manchester, Piccadilly to London, Euston are bound for work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed.
Holly has just landed her dream job, which should make life a lot easier than it has been, and Jeff is heading for his first ever work interview after months of unemployment. They end up sitting next to each other. On board customer service assistant Naz dreams of better things as he collects rubbish from the passengers. And among the others travelling are Nick with his young family who are driving him crazy; pensioner Meg and her partner setting off on a walking holiday and facing an uncertain future; Caroline, run ragged by the competing demands of her stroppy teenage children and her demented mother; and Rhona, unhappy at work and desperate to get home to her small daughter. And in the middle of the carriage sits Saheel, carrying a deadly rucksack . . . 


Beautifully organised with characters of passengers that you easy relate to. The scenes must have taken Cath Staincliffe some time planning out each passenger on the train and why they are on the train. This story just goes to show what a talented author Cath Staincliffe is.

The Silence Between Breaths is about passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston are on their way to work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed. Nazir Dawood is a cleaner on train. Naz had become suspicious of a man who looked like he was pretending to be asleep, when he startled awake and looked around dead shifty. As Naz became even more suspicious of a passenger he had been trying to get passengers from coach B to safety away from this man. Moments later through the tunnel a suicide bomb attack happened in coach B. Many died and many had horrific injuries, because a guy got on the train and deliberately blew himself up. That is evil. Pure evil. I really highly recommend this book. 

Published by Constable

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