THE MURDERS AT WHITE HOUSE FARM CAROL ANN LEE
A TRUE EVENT
Light spilled from the windows of White House Farm and inside a dog whimpered as Essex Police approached on 7 August 1985. When they entered they found the bodies of Nevill and June Bamber, their daughter Sheila and her two young sons. It looked as if Sheila has shot them all before turning the gun on herself.
As the media destroyed Sheila’s reputation, horrified relatives became suspicious of her brother Jeremy’s behaviour. Had he committed the murders in order to inherit from his wealthy parents?Dramatic new evidence suggested he had, and he was convicted the following year. He has always protested his innocence.
Drawing on extensive new research, including correspondence with Jeremy Bamber, Carol Ann Lee describes the years of rising tension in the family that culminated in the murders, and takes us through the twists and turns of the investigation and trial. Scrupulously fair, The Murders at White House Farm is an absorbing portrait of a family, a time and place, and a gripping account of one of Britain’s most notorious crimes.
I don’t read many true crime books, but this one caught my attention. Sheila’s dream was to be a successful model, but her career stalled shortly before the twins were born and she never really recovered despite her attempts to restart it. When Collin and Sheila’s marriage ended they shared custody of the twins, Nicholas and Daniel, and they remained on terms. Collin became their primary carer after Sheila’s second breakdown in March 1985. Before the murders tragically took place, everyone who Sheila had spoken to on the phone claimed that Sheila sounded quite happy. Daily Express headlines On 8 August 1985 Sheila Bamber 28, first shot her twin six-year-old sons. She gunned down her father as he tried phoning for help. Then she murdered herself. However Jeremy her adopted brother raised the alarm. He told police he had just got a phone call from his father to say Sheila has gone berserk with a gun. The police found sixty-one Nevill Bamber dead in the kitchen and his wife sixty-one June dead in the doorway of the master bedroom. Through out this story Carol Ann Lee takes through the back ground of Bambers family life they once shared together.The Bambers were a wealthy family. When a huge twist comes to light Jeremy’s ex girlfriend Julie Mugford came forward with an extraordinary story saying Jeremy had been plotting to kill his family for at least eighteen months. Jeremy dismissed her claims saying she was just bitter being a jilted woman. He always claimed his innocence. It comes down to this do you believe Julie Mugford or do you believe Jeremy Bamber? Or did Sheila really kill her family? However Jeremy is put on trail for murder. At the front of this book are maps of the layout of White House Farm and at the back of the book are online media websites to look at about Jeremy’s family murder. If you like reading true stories then you will certainly love reading true story.
UNDER MY SKIN J KENNER
A MUST BUY MUST READ!
He’s the only man I’ve ever loved. And the one man I can’t bear to lose.
Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it. His hold on me is magnetic, his kiss my ultimate escape. We both harbour dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Although we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns. No matter what lies ahead, Jackson won’t give in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.
It seems that I have found a new author to follow. I adored reading this New York Times best seller. It has crime and electrifying passion. Reed was a dirty, horrible man. He once abused and tormented Sylvia in her teens. Recently this monster of a man threatened to release some vile photographs he had taken of her back then if she didn’t convince her boyfriend Jackson to stop trying to block a movie that Reed wanted green-lit. Jackson is not a man to let circumstances get the better of him. He is a man who protects what he loves and he after all Jackson is Sylvia’s knight, her protector. Jackson is a man who might be going to jail if he did kill Reed, the sadness is the system will make him pay even for death of a monster. No matter what lies ahead Jackson and Sylvia have a hot under the collar sexy electrifying passion.
This stark international novel Under The Skin has it all crime and spellbinding romance. Highly entertaining!
SPILL SIMMER FALTER WITHER SARA BAUME
A MUST BUY MUST READ
You find me on a Tuesday, on my Tuesday trip to town. A note Sellotaped to the inside of the jumble-shop window: COMPASSIONATE & TOLERANT OWNER. A PERSON WITHOUT OTHER PETS & WITHOUT CHILDREN UNDER FOUR.
A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Ray, aged fifty-seven, ‘too old for starting over, too young for giving up’, and One Eye, a vicious little bugger, smaller than expected, a good ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast – but they quickly find in each other a strange companionship of sorts. As spring turns to summer, their relationship grows and intensifies, until a savage act forces them to abandon the precarious life they’d established, and take to the road.
A wholly different kind of love story, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a devastating portrait of loneliness and loss, and of the restorative power of friendship.
In my view this novel is a must buy must read. I absolutely applaud Sara Baume writing this touching story of a man finding a dog to share his life with and become his friend. One Eye the dog likes to sit by the window watching the world go by, just like Ray did when he was a little boy. The story takes readers through Ray and One Eye’s adventures together and through Ray’s life as a young boy growing up. I very highly recommend this extraordinary heartbreaking novel. I have never read such a stunning, wonderful story. I would love to read Sara Baume’s next novel.
Paperback is published by Windmill
BLOOD SISTERS GRAHAM MASTERTON
In a nursing home on the outskirts of Cork, an elderly nun lies dead. She has been suffocated. It looks like a mercy-killing – until another sister from the same convent is found viciously murdered, floating in the Glashaboy river.
The nuns were good women, doing God’s work. Why would anyone want to kill them? But then a child’s skull is unearthed in the garden of the nuns’ convent, and DS Katie Maguire discovers a fifty year old secret that just might lead her to the killer… if the killer doesn’t find her first.
DS Kate Maguire hunts a serial killer who is targeting nuns, in this gruesome new thriller set in Cork. At Mount Hill Nursing Home in Montenotte, one of their residents has been found deceased and the doctor who examined Sister Bridget Healy, late of the Bon Sauveur Convent at Saint Luke’s Cross says there could be a suspicious circumstance in how she died. Sister Bridget Haley was eighty-three and found dead by the nursing staff they assumed at first that she died of natural causes. Sister Bridget had died with a small figurine of the Virgin inside her and had been smothered with her pillow. Detective Inspector O’Rourke and Detective Sergeant Ni Nuallan and Detective O’ Donovan conduct their investigations speaking to manager and the nursing staff and the director of nursing. Graham Masterton is one of the most original and frightening story tellers.
UNDERCOVER DANIELLE STEEL
Who can you trust?
Marshall Everett and Ariana Gregory are about to collide, and life will never be the same again.
Marshall is an ex-undercover agent who has just survived the toughest assignment of his career. Having escaped with his life from the jungles of Colombia, he settles into a temporary job in the secret service, guarding the president. Then a routine day goes wrong and leaves him severely injured, and Marshall flees to Paris.
Ariana knows that as the daughter of an American Ambassador, her safety is always at risk. When one close call put her in more danger than ever, Ariana is relocated to Paris – but trouble is never far behind her. With the threat of being found hanging over her head, Ariana’s safety will depend on one man Marshall.
Both plagued by secrets and fear, Marshall and Ariana must trust each other if they are to ever find freedom from their past…
Are you okay? he asked her softly, and she looked at him and nodded. It was suddenly all too real. She missed paris, Buenos Aires, New York, and even the cosy, dishevelled kitchen in London. She wanted to be anywhere but where she was. With tears silently rolling down her cheeks, she followed him off the plane.
Racing between South America and Paris, a gripping, powerful thriller of kidnap, survival, and rebuilding shattered lives
Packed full of twists and turns, UNDERCOVER takes you on a gripping journey of survival and redemption against all the odds.
ALISTAIR GRIM’S ODDITORIUM GREGORY FUNARO
Published by Alma books
A must buy must read
Twelve-year-old Grubb lives a hand-to-mouth existence in Victorian England, working as a chimney sweep under a cruel master. After an incident at an inn, he hides in the trunk of one of its guests, the enigmatic Alistair Grim, and is whisked away to his Odditorium, a wonderful flying house full of incredible mechanical features powered by an enigmatic substance called animus.
Now apprenticed to Grim, Grubb begins to settle into his new life and find a new family in the eccentric crew of the Odditorium, when suddenly his new world comes under attack by the evil Prince Nightshade and he is propelled into a perilous quest. As he gets caught up in the struggle, Grubb will learn valuable lessons and discover remarkable secrets about himself and his new host.
Gregory Funaro has just the amazing imaginary talent. The magic scenes are really fascinating. All readers will enjoy the experience of Alistair Grim’s Odditorium. I loved looking at all the illustrations by Chris Mould through this book. The odd was the ordinary at Alistair Grim’s. The people who lived their were odd. The things they did there were odd. There, of course was the Odditorium, which was located back then in London. You needn’t bother trying to find the Odditorium on any maps. It was only there a short time and been gone many years now. A twelve-year-old boy by the name of Grubb don’t remember his parents or how he came to live with Mr Smears. Grubb became working for his cruel master Mr Smears as a chimney sweeper. After an incident took place at the Inn he ran away and climbed into a trunk. The trunk is took away and Grubb finds himself at the Odditorium and begins a new life there. But there is one catch Grubb must never speak to anyone on the outside about what goes on at the Odditorium. Not a single word about the Odditorium ever. What I liked about reading Alistair Grim’s Odditorium is that it was different with fascinating magical characters. I would highly recommend Alistair Grim’s Odditorium to readers like me who read so many crime books, this novel is a refreshing change. For fans who loved harry potter, you will love reading this story. Gregory Funaro is busy working on his next book in the Odditorium series, which I am looking forward to reading.
CARRYING ALBERT HOME HOMER HICKMAN
The Great Depression had turned the American dream into a bitter tragedy. That’s when Elsie and Homer’s epic adventure began …A journey of a thousand miles. With an alligator on the back seat. And John Steinbeck as a passenger. This is a tale where everything is true, except the bits that are made up. In 1930s America, the Great Depression made everyone’s horizons smaller, and Elsie Lavender found herself back where she began, in the coalfields of West Virginia. She had just one memento of her halcyon days – a baby alligator named Albert. Then one day, her husband’s stoical patience snapped and Elsie had to choose between Homer and Albert. She decided that there was only one thing to do: they would carry Albert home to Florida. And so began their odyssey – a journey like no other, where Elsie, Homer and Albert encountered everything from movie stars and revolutionaries to Ernest Hemingway and hurricanes in their struggle to find love, redemption, and a place to call home.
From the bestselling author of Rocket Boys-the basis of the movie October Sky-comes a long-awaited prequel. Big Fish meets The Notebook in this novel about a man, a woman, and their alligator.
I loved reading Carrying Albert Home. The story is a blend of fact and fiction about a man and his wife and her alligator. This book has already got publishers around the world talking. Around the globe UK and the US, Spain, France, Japan, Nordic, Germany, Holland, Hungary and Italy have all loved the style and the sense of humour this quirky romantic journey that takes place. Homer loves Elsie and Elsie loves Albert. It is a classic love triangle. Except that Albert is an alligator. Albert the cute little alligator five inches long was bought for Elsie by a friend as a wedding present. Albert mostly lives in their bathtub. Homer tells his wife Elsie it is me or the alligator as Homer explains to his wife, while he was sitting on the toilet doing his business Albert the alligator climbed out of the bathtub and grabbed his pants. If Homer hadn’t run the alligator surely would have killed him. Elsie is the most important person in Homer’s life, but is Homer the most important person in Elsie’s life? Elsie decides that she wants to take her alligator to Orlando. Homer and Elsie start a journey of thousands of miles with an alligator on the back seat. I recommend Carrying Albert Home as the story is a journey is like no other.