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*BLOG TOUR* The Murder List – Jackie Kabler ★★★★

Blurb; When Mary receives a blank diary as a present, she thinks nothing of it. Until she opens the diary, and sees it’s not blank after all…

1st January MURDER LISA, OXFORD
1st February MURDER JANE, BIRMINGHAM
1st March MURDER DAVID, CARDIFF
1st April MURDER MARY, CHELTENHAM

Is this some kind of sick joke? But…it’s the end of January now. And a woman named Lisa was murdered in Oxford on 1st January.

Does that mean there really is a killer out there, planning to commit a new murder on the first of each month? And is the Mary due to be killed on 1st April her?

The clock is ticking for Mary to uncover the truth, before she becomes the next victim on the killer’s list…

Author Bio; Jackie Kabler is an internationally bestselling author of psychological thrillers including The Perfect Couple, Am I Guilty? and The Happy Family. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She now combines her crime writing with her job as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.

Social Media Links;
Twitter @jackiekabler
Instagram @officialjackiekabler

Purchase Links; UK; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-List-incredible-psychological-bestselling-ebook/dp/B09KZ9FR2T
US; https://www.amazon.com/Murder-List-incredible-psychological-bestselling-ebook/dp/B09KZ9FR2T

My review; This was such a good read! I really enjoyed this one. The story is told through each of the dates leading up to her planned death and told through the different police stations and the main character Mary. Throughout I had my own theories which kept being wrong so I’d change it and again was wrong. I never guessed the outcome no matter how hard I tried. Gripping. Tense. Thrilling. This is one clever killer. The whole of the story was clever. Poor Mary though waiting for her doom day. Will she die? Will she live? Will the killer be caught? I second guessed every character in this story including Mary herself being a author. Very clever. Highly recommend. Fab outcome/ending. A well deserved four stars from me. A real page turner.

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The Couple at No.9 – Claire Douglas ★★★★

Blurb; It was the house of their dreams. Until the bodies were found . . .

BODIES FOUND UNDER PATIO

When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations the last thing she expects is builders uncovering a body – two bodies, in fact.

POLICE INVESTIGATE

Forensics indicate the bodies have been buried at least thirty years. Nothing Saffy need worry herself over. Until the police launch a murder investigation and ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner – her grandmother, Rose.

OWNER QUESTIONED

Rose is in a care home and Alzheimer’s means her memory is increasingly confused. She can’t help the police but it is clear she remembers something.

A KILLER AT LARGE?

As Rose’s fragmented memories resurface, and the police dig ever deeper, Saffy fears she and the cottage are being watched.

What happened thirty years ago?

Why did no one miss the victims?

What part did her grandmother play?

And is Saffy now in danger?

My Review; Have been a huge fan of this author in the past and have read most of her books. This was mine and Mels most recent buddy read and I really enjoyed it. It kept me guessing throughout but Mel did guess the twist quite early on. The story is told through each of the characters and does flick between the past and present surrounding the house and the bodies found in the garden.

Had a lovely ending and justice was given eventually even after all these years for the bodies and what occurred in the past. The author also included a civil partnership (gay) relationship and dementia within the story. I enjoyed it. Gripping. Kept me guessing. I love the cover too. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Search No Further – A.J. Campbell ★★★★

Blurb; Cara De Rosa is the heart of her large family and community in London. Her restaurant business is booming. She’s found a second chance at love, and an impending marriage is on the horizon. But there’s no such thing as a perfect life. And the good times never last forever.

When Cara’s health suddenly falters, her family’s world turns upside down in the blink of an eye. In a bed-ridden haze, she confides in Sienna, her favourite grandchild, that her rapid decline may be at the hands of one of her own.

Sienna, a young, single mother, is reeling in the wake of her husband’s unsolved death. She is haunted by crippling anxiety and misplaced guilt, heightened by suddenly finding herself in a race against time to save Cara’s life. As she begins to pull at the strings of a tangled family web, she’ll reveal disturbing secrets, decades of deceit and shockingly serious crimes.

My Review; My first book I’ve read by this author. This is a Standalone read and it’s brilliant. I devoured it. Gripping. Thrilling. Race against time to get the answers she wants and needs to save a life. I loved Caras character, she really is the head of the family as they say. Sienna is one strong, determined character who will do anything for Cara, even launching her own investigation against her own family. Kept me on my toes throughout and had my belly grumbling with all the mention of food throughout.

A happy ending for most of the family. But plenty of truths, secrets, lies and affairs have to come to the surface first which could tear this family apart. There’s always something going on to keep the pages turning. Very impressed. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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