crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Moorings – David Blake ★★★★

Blurb; THE DEBUT CRIME THRILLER SERIES OF THE YEAR!

A war veteran murdered in his home, a property developer with links to organised crime, and an old family secret that seems unwilling to stay dead.

When Harry Falcon, a wealthy boatyard owner and highly decorated World War Two veteran, is found drowned in his bath, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans start by questioning his two sons, each with a motive for wanting him dead.

But when the elder son is found with his head smashed in under a toppled yacht, and that the younger son has been talking to a local property developer, one who’d spent months trying to buy the yard from his father, the investigation soon leads them towards a dark and dangerous secret, one which nobody can quite believe.

My Review; This is book three in the brilliant DI Tanner series, best read in order. From the prologue alone I was hooked! What a gripping opening. I am absolutely loving this series. I have witnessed this series get bigger, better and more brilliant with each book!

I love Tanners and Evans personal and professional relationship, they’re just the dream team together! Nothing can defeat them even death it seems. Brilliantly written, fast paced and thrilling. A real page turner I didn’t want to put down and easily devoured it. Not the outcome I expected at all! So that had me gasping and shocked. Loved it. Enjoyed it. Not a bad word to say about it.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend this series. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for us in book four. Oooh!

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*BLOG TOUR* A Map Of The Sky – Claire Wong ★★★★

Blurb; Kit doesn’t understand why his family has been uprooted to a remote coastal village in the North. Why did they leave so suddenly, and why has his Dad not joined them? At Askfeld Farm Guesthouse he meets an eclectic group of new neighbours and forms an unlikely friendship with Beth, who suffers from a chronic illness he does not understand. Kit learns that Beth, who cannot leave the guesthouse, is trying to draw a map from memory that shows all her favourite childhood haunts. Kit makes it his quest to help her remember by visiting places for her and hopes to solve the problems of the other guests along the way. But becoming a hero like the ones in his favourite books is trickier than it seems, especially when Kit has failed to grasp so much of what is happening around him… Can Kit work out that the person who really needs his help is much closer to home?

My Review; This book has one of the cutest main characters, a boy named Kit aged 11. After relocating to a new house and area he finds himself in a guest house with a few other residents until his new house is ready. He soon gets to know them all individually and he tries to be a hero by cheering them up, fix them or solve their mysteries… But it’s not always as easy as that is it? His intentions were good.

A beautifully written story with a gorgeous cover. I enjoyed reading this one. Perfect setting too on the coast, next to the sea. I loved Kits character he may be 11 but he is very mature. There is a perfect part towards the end which shows the bond, strength, hope and love between a brother and sister (Kit and Juilet), that got me! Emotional. Cute. There’s an untold story in all of us and sometimes they can’t be cured, fixed or found. A well deserved four stars from me. A beautiful, happy ending.

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crime · mystery · Short Stories · suspense · thriller

The Dark Meadow – Andrea Maria Schenkel ★★★★

Blurb; Bavaria, Germany, 1947

At the end of the war, Afra Zauner returns to her parents’ cottage on the edge of Mauther Forest. Unmarried, and pregnant. As she struggles to raise her child, her father’s shame, her mother’s fury and the loud whispers of the neighbours begin to weigh upon her. She doesn’t believe in her sin. But everyone else does.

And someone brings judgement down upon her.
Many years later, Hermann Müller is throwing a drunk out of his tavern. A traveller, who won’t stop ranting about a murder left unsolved, about police who never investigated. Out of curiousity, the file is reopened. And in the cold light of hindsight, a chilling realisation creeps upon the community.
No-one ever atoned for Afra’s death. But her story is waiting to be told.

My Review; This is one I picked up from my library mystery book shelf. I picked up a short one just incase as I didn’t know what I would get and boy I got a good one! I love finding new authors I normally wouldn’t come across or pick up personally.

The Dark Meadow is German Noir and beautifully translated by Anthea Bell. It is a short story at just 135 pages, so it can be read in one sitting. Contains short chapters, so an easy read.

I can’t say much about this story without giving it away with it being a short story but I will say don’t believe everything. A real shocker of an outcome at the end I did not expect. My heart was with Afra and her life boy throughout. Times, views and opinions were diffferent back then (1940s) and Afra just wanted the best for herself and her child against all the odds.

I enjoyed it. Mysterious. Thrilling. Dark. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I’ve learnt not to jugde a book by its cover and to try something different.

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