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The Puppet Show – M.W. Craven ★★★★

Blurb; A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive…

My Review; This was a brilliant read! I was hooked and intrigued before the first chapter. Wow. What a dark, tense and twisted opening. I already can’t wait to see what lies ahead in book two of this series.

The Puppet Show is brilliantly written and a fast paced read! You’re bound to keep turning those pages. I loved Poes character. He’s unique, clever and determined. I loved the unexpected relationship between him and Bradshaw (the office nerd), that was cute! We saw a whole other side to him when they were together, they made a great duo.

It was evident not everyone liked Poe within the team, but it wasn’t about that as they knew he was great at his job and that’s all that matters. The ending of this book had me torn as we saw both sides to this case/crimes. That outcome was without a doubt the biggest jaw dropping moment ever, very unexpected. A clever, crafty case and a great team.

A book that I will be thinking about for a while. Not your average crime case, much darker and cleverer. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend this story to you all, you will be in for a treat!

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*BLOG BLITZ* A Fractured Winter – Alison Baillie ★★★★

Blurb; A missing girl.
Threatening notes.
Sinister strangers.

Olivia’s idyllic family life in a Swiss mountain village is falling apart. She thought she’d managed to escape the past, but it’s coming back to haunt her.

Has somebody discovered her secret – why she had to leave Scotland more than ten years ago?

And what is her connection to Marie, a lonely schoolgirl in a Yorkshire seaside town, and Lucy, a student at a Scottish university?

A twisty family mystery with a dark edge, where nothing is as it seems.

My Review; Happy Publication Day. I have had my eye on this book for a while so thrilled to finally read it.

Brilliantly written, easy to read and fast paced. Full of suspense! Plenty of hidden secrets and lies. A real page turner I didn’t want to put down. I loved the setting of this story sounds perfect, until things turn dark and nasty.

A mother with a secret trying to protect her children, it’s what we would all do right? I throughally enjoyed reading this one. Could easily have devoured it in one sitting. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Unforgotten – Amy Mackinnon ★★★★

Blurb; Let the dead stay dead.

Clara Marsh is an undertaker. She spends her solitary life among the dead and bids them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. But Clara’s carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlour, desperate for a friend.

It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn that Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between her solitary but steadfast existence and the perils of binding one’s life to another.

Clara’s search for the girl pulls her into a spiralling series of events that threaten to endanger the few people Clara has grown to love – and finally brings her own tragic and long-buried past to the surface.

My Review; Let me start by saying what a brilliant debut. You couldn’t even tell! I loved it. I have so many questions I could ask after reading this story… Has it messed with my mind? Did I understand the outcome correctly? What just happened??

Brilliantly written. I expect this is not an easy read for some readers due to what actually happens within the book and it containing children. However, I felt the author wrote about it brilliantly and not going into too much depth about it.

Clara is a wonderful main character even if she does have a hidden past and her own personal problems to deal with. She takes pride in her job and always does the best she can. Not a job I would do (Undertaker). Mike was a split character throughout you either got his business, police side or the caring, loving man side.

I haven’t read many books that are mainly set within a funeral palour but this worked well for this story. I must mention I learnt a lot about flowers from this book and there hidden meanings, interesting. I enjoyed reading this one with a most unexpected, dark outcome to finish with. I awarded four stars and would highly recommend.

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