crime · Detective · mystery · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* Left For Dead – Caroline Mitchell ★★★★

Blurb; A victim on display. A detective on the rails.

Shopping with her sister, DI Amy Winter is admiring a Valentine’s Day window display of a perfect bride encrusted in diamonds and resplendent in lace—until she notices blood oozing from the mannequin’s mouth.

My Review; Left for Dead is book three in the DI Amy Winter series. Best read in order as it does make references to the previous books. It’s been a while since I read one by Caroline and I forgot just how good she is. This book has it all! There is always something happening to keep the reader flicking the pages.

Amys gut feeling is back but is she right? When bodies start turning up in the most public of places the team know they have to act fast. They are up against a clever, determined and twisted killer. As in the previous books we get to see the personal side of Amys life and it isn’t pleasant, she has a lot to deal with lately… But that won’t stop her.

A gripping, dark, twisted, disturbing, deep, haunting, hallowing case. Full of suspense, a real page turner and an edge of your seat your seat read! It’s brilliant. I cannot wait to see what the rest of this series brings us. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Adventure · chick-lit · romance

Aria’s Travelling Book Shop – Rebecca Raisin ★★★★★

Blurb; This summer will change everything!

Aria Summers knows what she wants.

A life on the road with best friend Rosie and her beloved camper-van-cum-book-shop, and definitely, definitely, no romance.

But when Aria finds herself falling – after one too many glasses of wine, from a karaoke stage – into the arms of Jonathan, a part of her comes back to life for the first time in years.

Since her beloved husband died Aria has sworn off love, unless it’s the kind you can find in the pages of a book. One love of her life is quite enough.

And so Aria tries to forget Jonathan and sets off for a summer to remember in France. But could this trip change Aria’s life forever…?

My Review; I’ve always been a huge fan of Rebeccas writing, this is her most recent book published. I mean what’s better than reading about a bibliophile, books and a whole adventure ahead for both?

The story focuses on Aria, widowed, huge book worm and shes off to france with her mobile bookshop. After the death of her husband she vows to never love again. A diary from her husband emerges and she decides to savour a little bit each day throughout this story. While on her travels she keeps bumping into author Johnathan. Is this a sign to start again? To fall in love? A perfect match? Author and bibliophile? …

In a way it’s a story about dealing with grief and coming through that. It’s a new start, feel good, beautiful and uplifting story. Perfection. It was a world I didn’t want to leave. It had me smiling the whole way through and parts made had me laughing out loud. I seriously couldn’t put it down, I had finished it within hours. It has a beautiful ending. The travelling community sticks together and we see a lot of Rosie too (Arias bestie).

I love it that much it’s going into my top twenty reads of the year. A well deserved five stars and I cannot recommend it enough. I’ve gone straight into the book before it (Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop) which gives me the advantage of already knowing the characters but also what happened before and I’m back in their world. I love it. Hooked. Can I also mention how beautitul the cover is. Well worth the read.

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chick-lit · Young adult

Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★★

Blurb; Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

My Review; What a beautiful coming together story after a loss of a loved one. Two different girls. Two different stories. Two narrators. Written in verse it makes it an easy read for me and I love books written in verse. The whole layout of it. A lovely ending and outcome for them both aswell which was a little unexpected.

I enjoyed this one and it will stay with me for how unique it is. The characters. The settings. The relationships within the story. All make it a brilliant read. One I finished quick. One I would recommend. I passed this straight onto a friend and got the authors other two books as well which I look forward to reading.

Supports BLM and the gay community in one. The cover is beautiful and eye catching I don’t see what’s to dislike. A well deserved four stars from me.

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