Top Ten Books of the Year…. @Mseancoleman @CallyTaylor @fab_fiction @writeangie @policecommander @RebeccaJBradley @laurajm8 @failsafequery @rozwatkins @Helen_fields

Top Ten!

This year I have read 26 books, almost half of these have been ARCs where I have found a couple of Gems.

So without further ado, in no particular order:

1: A Hollow Sky & The Cuckhoo Tree by @Mseancoleman

I received both of these books as ARCs and I really really enjoyed them and I can’t wait to find out what Sean and the team at @reddogtweets  do next but what ever it is I want more pretty covers and more Dr Alex Ripley.

2: The Treatment @CallyTaylor

No top ten would be complete without a mention to C L Taylor. Though this book is listed as a Young Adult I at 34 still really enjoyed it! That is the thing about Cally’s writing is that she will never disappoint what ever she is writing. I only wish I found the time to read The Fear as well which is sitting pretty on my TBR pile

3: The Surrogate & The Gift @fab_fiction

Louise is one of the most humble and grateful people I have ever come across, her books never fail to disappoint. As she doesn’t write about your every day topics there is must research and learning about the subjects of her novels. I am glad that I started and almost ended the year with Louise’s books in my bag and certainly recommend you search them out.

4: Evil Games @writeangie

Angela’s books I always read and end up thinking why am I not reading more and quicker. I am guaranteed a great ride with the Kim Stone books. Having almost gone back to the beginning with Evil Games, I am learning and understand things that I have read in later books which are now making sense. I am also glad I have read this book as I know one of the character’s is going to start to feature more heavily in her newer books. I’d also like to comment that I thought Barney was a bigger dog than it turns out he is. (I was thinking goldern lab….)

5: Blue: Keeping and Peace and Failing apart @policecommander

When this book first started doing the rounds a lot of people had recommended this book to me and I am glad that I picked it up as soon as I saw it in the shops. My dog also enjoyed this book but that’s a different story. If you are looking for guns, crime and full of action your picking up the wrong book. This book is almost a whistle stop tour of John’s life as a police officer. It is brutally honest and at times I shed a tear well several. I also contacted John about something that is written in this book that though I am a Account Administrator and work in insurance he had said exactly the same thing as I have in the past about our respective illnesses.

6: Dead Blind & Fighting Monsters @RebeccaJBradley

I always enjoy Rebecca’s books and the undertone message that they carry especially Dead Blind. I am a little behind with my favorite Nottingham detective but no doubt when I pick up her most recent books I will feel like I do when I read Angela Marson’s books. Why haven’t I been keeping up with the adventures of Hannah Robbins and the Nottingham Major Crime team.

7: Friend Request @laurajm8

This is a very important book for the times we live in and our use of social media. I am just very grateful that I grew up in a time before Facebook and other forms of social media. Laura has a very important message that is being passed on in this book and I am really looking forward to meeting her in person at an event in the new year. Love or Hate Facebook you need to read this book. This is also another book that my dog also enjoyed to the point where I had to buy a 2nd copy!

8: The Fail Safe Query @failsafequery

I don’t think my head has stopped spinning since I read this book! It is a welcome addition to my top ten purely for the amount of effort that must have gone in to writing this book. WOW! It also didn’t help my WIP as I would read Michael’s book and be so pumped up when I came to writing mine I didn’t know when to stop. I think this book is a fine example of planning your story line and making sure it all fits together perfectly. For a roller-coaster of a ride almost on the scale of David Videcette‘s book I recommend you getting your hands on a copy of this book.

9: The Devil Dice @rozwatkins

I had meet Roz a couple of times at some events I had attended so was very much looking forward to reading her debut. This book is very clever as it takes in myths and legends and make you question whether the event really did happen or was there another force at play. Roz’s second book is due in 2019 and I only hope it is as good as this one and DI Meg Dalton and her colleges.

10: Perfect Remains @Helen_fields

I picked this book up as part of a 3 for 2 having heard positive things about it previously. I had no knowledge of Helen and her books which turns out I am four behind. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but as I started to read it I became interested in the character’s DI Callanach and his newly acquired colleagues. This book reminded me alot of Silence of the Lambs but also inspired me with another project I would like to write in the future! I am sure I will come across more books by Helen in the future and will most certainly snap them up.


as for 2019 I have a pile of TBR  including Tubing by K. A. McKeagney, Child Taken by Darren Young   On my life by @theangelaclarke I also have a few curve balls on my shelves including One Little Lie by Sam Carrington and Kiss of Death by Paul Finch. Note to self stop entering competitions. I am also looking forward to catching up with some of my favs Cally, Angela, Rebecca and Louise Jensen.


Happy New Year!!!





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