Book Review: Corruption! @ElizabethDucie @rararesources #review

Book Review: Corruption! @ElizabethDucie @rararesources #review

Corruption!

CORRUPTION_FRONT_CMYKOut of fear. Out of greed. Out of evil. Corruption springs from many roots.

Teenagers fall prey to a deadly new drug craze sweeping across Russia. Pharmaceuticals destined for Africa turn up on the backstreets of Moscow, St Petersburg and Vladivostok. Regulator Suzanne Jones and her sister, Charlie, fight to stop the pushers before more kids die.

But will their discoveries mean a friend goes to prison? And are they putting their loved ones in danger?

With old adversaries and surprising new allies, the Jones sisters face their toughest challenge to date. The heart-stopping final episode in the Suzanne Jones series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals.

My Thoughts:

Corruption! Where do I start, I seem to have this habit of picking up books midway through a series and this one is no different.

Coming to this series this late I didn’t know who any of the character’s were and it took me sometime to distinguish “Suzanne” and “Charlie’s” voices. The story is mostly told from Charlie’s POV as her sister is away on her honeymoon.

I did like that part the way through the book we were treated to a flashback of how she met “Steve” her now husband. It did make me doubt Steve’s motives as I read through the book and half expected him to have Suzanne tied up somewhere and that he was part of it all but I was glad to learn that he was just a supporting character.

Charlie’s past intrigued me, and I was left wondering how much more I would have learnt if I had read the previous two books. She seems to have had an interesting life even before going into partnership with her sister. It was also nice that Charlie’s sexuality was just treated as the norm, yes her girlfriend was pregnant but it wasn’t anything special.

Who I did feel for though was Fran, I felt her pain of losing her husband and the election and wanting to run away and hide somewhere, where no one knew her past. Again, as I read to many of these types of books I was worried for her safety especially as Anton met her every day at the pool during her morning swim, I was glad that her relationship with him wasn’t sexualised and it was all kept behind closed doors.

It was nice that Anton family wasn’t westernised and the author kept close to the customs in Russia and what it means to be family. The close relationship Anton had with his family, the close brother-sister relationship and then the relationships Fran later formed.

It does not go unnoticed that author has done her research and knows her stuff about what goes on in the pharmaceutical industry. As I read I wasn’t left wondering how much of the novel was due to creative license as the scenes and the descriptions of how things were done and what goes on were believable.

My overall opinion of the books is that it seems to tie everything up that has gone on in previous books up in a nice little bow. I didn’t feel disadvantaged by this as I was still able to follow the novel I maybe just had to work a little bit harder to understand the back story.

I really enjoyed this book and will look out for more from this author.

I would like to thanks Rachel at rararesources and the Author Elizabeth Duice for my advance copy of this novel.

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In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published three novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.

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Hey Guys,

Sorry I missed last months, these things seem to creep up on me and then I miss them!

So writing is kind of at a stand still even though I’ve got things to “look forward” to.

I am off to see Red Door Publishing later this month, my aunty has said she will re read my 2nd draft when it’s finished. So yeah.

My journey into publishing doesn’t seemed to have been as easy as I’d hoped or originally thought it might be.

I have printed my novel out so I have been reading through it with my trusty pen and making notes on it! There is so much that has been missed I am almost embarrassed!

There is also the small matter of an insurance exam I need to study for.

I have started reading the #writertable twitter tag and commenting on some of the posts. So who knows…

This months question: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

I think when I was younger writing helped me through things, but I am yet taken to murdering my work colleagues, oh yeah that’s book 3!

sorry things seem a bit disjointed this month!

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Book Review: Dog Care At Home by Gina Harding @rararesources #review #giveaway #selfhelp

Book Review: Dog Care At Home  by Gina Harding @rararesources #review #giveaway #selfhelp

The PawLife Guide: Dog Care at Home

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DOG CARE AT HOME gives you the information you need to have a happy and healthy dog no matter what your dog’s current stage in life, in just 10 minutes a day. Over 200 hours of research including interviews with veterinarians and fellow dog owners around the world,

Dog Care at Home is the all-in-one book to have at home, with six veterinarians that have contributed to this ultimate guide, rest assured you are in reliable hands.

 

 

Inside you will discover:

– Choosing the right breed
– The basic steps of raising a puppy
– What vaccinations are for and why your dog needs them
– Travelling with your dog
– How to perform CPR on your dog
– Health and hygiene including dental care
– Choosing the right veterinarian
– When it’s time to say goodbye
– And much more!

PawLife’s Dog Care at Home is the answer for all your dog parenting needs in one comprehensive guide that ensures your dog lives a long, healthy and happy life.

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The book is written in such a way that it takes you on a journey from your first initial idea of getting a dog to when its time to say goodbye. This book isn’t just something you read when you are thinking about getting a dog it will stay with you throughout your dog’s life and become a reference guide to things you want to find out.

The beginning of the book simply guides you through the steps to consider before bringing a new friend home with chapters such as “Are you Ready” and “Choosing the Right Breed” and “Consider Adoption.” It then moves on to what happens when you bring a new dog home and the things you need to do such as “Choosing a Vet” and “Travelling with your dog.” The book ends with things you need to consider as your dog ages and becomes old and the things you need to be on the lookout for such as Arthritis.

The thing that sets this book apart from the rest of the books on the market is the “Ask A Vet” section at the end of each chapter. Each vet then answers a question in relation to the theme of the previous chapter, for example at the end of the “Travelling with your dog.” Dr Michelle Hoon BVSc answers the questions “What are a few Essential items I should take then travelling with my dog.” Anyone can tell you what they would bring but Michelle’s answer comes with the knowledge and experience of being a qualified vet.

There are lots of handy external links to the website that accompanies this book for when things require further explanation such as “Help your ageing dog.” At the end of the book, there are free information sheets you can download such as a “Pet Record Sheet” and “Medication sheet.”

I really enjoyed this book but did notice that some of the articles are more aimed at readers from the authors home country. But when owning a dog, it doesn’t really matter where you live we all more or less do it the same way so the reader is not disadvantaged by chose this book over others on the UK shelves.

An added bonus also to this book is the different pictures of dogs, from reading this from my kindle my kids particularly loved.

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Gina recently discovered her writing passion and wanted to create the ultimate guidebook that would support, educate and inspire pet parents and yet to be pet parents around the world. Gina and Harley are originally from Australia, where the weather is always beautiful. This is Gina’s first book and looks forward to writing many more to help fellow pet-parents; with her fur-baby Harley by her side.

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Cover Reveal – A Stain on the Soul @bethsbooks @rararesources

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A Stain on the Soul

 

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Resigned to another lifetime of being a witch’s familiar, Caitlyn has found a degree of peace in her role as the Duke of Normandy’s protector and spy.

But that peace is shattered when she returns to her native land only to come face-to-face with her past, and fall in love with a man who she desperately hopes will become her future.

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Book Review: Hunter’s Revenge – @valeriepenny @rararesources @crookedcatbooks #review

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Hunter’s Revenge

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Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend’s death is revenged.

DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold. Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George’s home so intense? Hunter must investigate his friend’s past as well as the present to identify the killer and identify George’s killer. Hunter also finds a new supply of cocaine from Peru flooding HMP Edinburgh and the city. The courier leads Hunter to the criminal gang but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough and local gangster Ian Thomson to make his case. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.

My Thoughts:

This is a multi-layered story that kept me interested until the end.

When the book began I had not read the previous novel which meant at times I was confused as to what had happened before. If I had read “Hunter’s Chase” would I have known who the victim was at the beginning of the novel?

I liked the two characters of Dc Tim Myerscough and DI Hunter Wilson.

I liked Tim because he was still being a police officer and working in the same area where his dad the former Chief Constable Sir Peter Myerscough had been sent down. In the story, you could also tell how much Tim cared for people the way he was willing to splash cash around if it helped others. For example, putting money behind the bar at the wedding and offering to pay for extra police officers to watch over Jamie and his kids. In a way, it felt like at times he was trying to make amends for what his dad had done wrong.

The other characters were all well thought out and likeable. Though at times I felt confused as to who was who due to the use of nicknames. They all seem to be in a relationship with each other as well which also added to the confusion. At times it felt like if the character was single take Tim, for example, he had to end up with someone in the story. DI Hunter was even in a relationship with someone in the pathology department which also confused me due to the way he spoke about his family at the beginning of the novel. I guess I automatically assumed he was still with his wife. Which added to the confusion of why was he suddenly in bed with a colleague.

There is a same-sex relationship in this novel, and I liked how the author didn’t go out of her way to show this, they were just written about exactly the same as the other character’s. They were just your normal everyday character’s who happened to be getting married.

This isn’t a fast-paced crime novel which I am used to, you get to learn about all the character’s and you are part of almost every police interview that’s in the novel. There was no skating over that such and such interviewed someone and this was the result. Though at times I did find this frustrating! I kind of felt that was probably due to the types of novels I am used to.

The be all and end all is that I REALLY liked the novel and enjoyed the story and will be certainly looking out for more from this author in the future.

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Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University.

She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ will be published on 09.09.2018.

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Crack Apple & Pop

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Tony is a handsome young boxer forced into a life of crime after suffering a vicious blow in the ring.

Seduced by the glitz and glamour of London and mentored by charismatic gang lord Don March he rises rapidly up the crime ladder until he spies an opportunity to start a semi-legit Natural Highs business.

Bankrolled by an eccentric British dandy and accompanied by a cast of starry misfits including a 3ft tall blue-haired money man, an Etonian drug mule, two dominatrix debt collectors, a dodgy lawyer and a host of demi-celebs, Tony carves out a roll for himself in a city where money creates its’ own morality.

All seems to be going well until in the shadows, a Bollywood mobster threatens to derail their plans.

Chaos ensues, of course it does – wonderful, beautiful, visceral chaos.

The deft wit of Hammett meets the vivid poetics of Chandler: Crack Apple and Pop is slick smart and razor sharp. A gritty and sometimes metafictive slice of London noir.

A city of artful dodgers, yardie gangsters, kinky aristos, cocaine dusted starlets and social thrill seekers where everyone’s hustling and everyone’s getting high.

Whether it’s law, finance, the music biz, or the boxing ring: money is king. And only the ones prepared to risk everything will survive…

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Q1) What inspired you to write Crack Apple and Pop?

The comic strip criminality of London’s drug culture proved irresistible. There is a cartoonish quality to crime in its motley mix of social misfits, its dandies, and thugs, its exaggerated characters and crackpot schemes that I wanted to draw out in my fiction, so I added a bit of comic dash and caricature to what was already a wild scene. And aside from the comic absurdities you find there I wanted to address the raging racial ,and class conflict that slices through British society. Interestingly, the thread that binds all these communities together was the rampant use of drugs; cocaine was a democratizing feature of the club and tabloid culture that dominated London life, it permeated every sector of British society, and I wanted to explore that.

Q2) Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv/film?

Freddie Highmore would be excellent as Richard, the sleazy -coked up Cristal popping lawyer / fixer. Peter Dinklage as Bernie, the blue Mohawked Mensa Genius /four flushing bookkeeper and Michael B Jordan, the charismatic, promising young boxer forced into a life of crime.

Q3) How many rejections did you get before a publishing deal?

I didn’t keep count but over 20, probably close to 30 at least.

Q4) Which authors inspired you to write?

When I was a child I used to enjoy escaping into far off worlds through fairy tales. Riquet a la Houppe (Riquet with the Tuft) was a story that stuck with me, a French fairy tale about a Prince who bestows wisdom on a beautiful but dim-witted princess. Later, I discovered Charles Dickens and was inspired by his ability to create stories that ultimately led to social and political reform. Music, poetry art and movies have all been integral in inspiring me to write. From Baudelaire to James Brown via Basquiat.

Q5) What are your writing routines?

The three W’s: Whatever, whenever, wherever. I write what I can, where I can, whenever I can.

Q6) If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Possibly a nerdy, big mouthed slow- talking, shoe -gazing rapper.

Q7) Tell me Something About Yourself Your Readers Might Not Know?

I once appeared at my school assembly in a lime green two-piece bikini and flip flops. It was the middle of winter. I was aged about seven or eight years old. I had smuggled my beachwear into school because I didn’t like wearing the starchy school uniform, and I had only recently arrived in England after living in Africa.  I genuinely believed if I wore the swimsuit I would get to go back to the beach.  I remember feeling incredibly free as well as hugely relieved when I removed my school tie. Suffice to say, my stiff-suited headmistress did not share my enthusiasm, and I was severely reprimanded.

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Book Review: Calamity in Camberwell – @DDsDiary @CrookedCatBooks @rararesources #review #giveaway

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Calamity in Camberwell

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Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, worries she is losing a kindred spirit when her friend Jen, the only other single mum in the playground, suddenly gets married and moves to Camberwell.

Soon Beth has to face much more pressing fears. Has something gone horribly wrong with Jen’s marriage? What is her husband really up to? Why is her daughter leading Beth’s son astray? And where on earth IS Jen anyway?

As Beth’s friends push her to start dating again, Beth turns to Met Police DI Harry York for help. But will they solve the mystery in time, or will it turn out that in south east London, not everyone gets to live happily ever after?

My Thoughts:

Oh what a palaver!

I wasn’t sure what I was taking on when I read the blurb for this book, I realised hadn’t read the two books before hand so I was intrigued.

It turns out that not all Crime novels are the same they just vary in the amount of gore. I have landed upon what they call Cozy crime, that at times made my journey to work a whole different experience! I became lost in a novel that at times I wondered if we were ever going to make it to the point but did that matter because I was enclosed in loveliness of it all! Like a big quilt on a winter evening!

Yes Beth’s best friend Jen is not returning her calls or answering the door, and Beth’s son might not get into the “best” school in the town as there is little chance he will pass the entrance exams. Beth’s friends think it’s time for her to start dating again,  while she is trying to keep a lid on feelings for a certain DI that at times makes her so mad! But oh what a lovely story I am reading.

The author cleverly sprinkles domestic violence into the story, but she does it in such a way that it leaves our imaginations minds to fear the worse! But oh what a lovely story. I felt the sorriest for Jessica the daughter of Beth’s missing best friend, no body seemed interested in her wellbeing or how she felt about the whole situation! Though the characters never found out about the violence, I am sure Jessica would have been very aware of what was going on with her mum? But this after all is a lovely story and we are not delving into those depths.

Yes I enjoyed the book, and how the author made me dislike some of the characters without going into paragraphs of detail about their characteristics and I wasn’t contently checking how much more of the story I had left to read.

If I was more experienced in this type of crime novel I might of enjoyed it more. But I did feel at the end of every journey to and from work and the snatched moments on the sofa.  Oh what a lovely story I was reading and but isn’t that the aim of Cozy crime?

A big thank you to Rachael at Random Resources and Alice Castle for my advance copy of Calamity in Camberwell.

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Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, will be published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in early 2019.  Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.

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