crime · Detective · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* Sister – Kjell Ola Dahl ★★★★

Blurb; Suspended from duty, Detective Frølich is working as a private investigator, when his girlfriend’s colleague asks for his help with a female asylum seeker, who the authorities are about to deport. She claims to have a sister in Norway, and fears that returning to her home country will mean instant death.

Frølich quickly discovers the whereabouts of the young woman’s sister, but things become increasingly complex when she denies having a sibling, and Frølich is threatened off the case by the police. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the answers lie in an old investigation, and the mysterious sister, who is now on the run…

A dark, chilling and up-to-the-minute Nordic Noir thriller, Sister is also a tense and well-plotted murder mystery with a moving tragedy at its heart, cementing Kjell Ola Dahl as one of the greatest crime writers of our generation.

My Review; I loved this. There was never a dull moment amongst these pages. It was one huge mystery and mess that needed solving and who better to solve that than the mighty Detective Frølick.

Now a private investigator he soon finds himself working several cases and with cash being thrown at him… So what is really going on? I was literally immersed in it all. He even put himself on the line right into the firing line literally. Brave man. But he found the answers and people he was looking for but it wasnt always going to be as simple as that was it?

Brilliant. Highly recommend. A page turner of a read. Something to keep your mind busy in these dark times. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green. ★★★★

Blurb; Molly Hooper has a secret. It haunts her dreams and casts a dark shadow over life with her gorgeous three-year-old daughter, Eva. Arriving in Sunnybrook has given her a glimpse of sunshine. The Little Duck Pond Cafe crew seem so welcoming and there’s even the chance of a new job. Baking delicious cakes has always taken Molly to a happy place, so the job – at the glorious Brambleberry Manor Cafe – might just be perfect for her. It would mean she and little Eva could finally put down some roots at last. But is Sunnybrook the sanctuary Molly is searching for? Or will the past come back to haunt her, wherever she hides?

My Review; This is book nine in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series, but each read brilliantly as standalones. This story is perfect right now, full of love, friendship, support, kindness and hope.

This story is a little different from the others as this is mostly set in another cafe not the little duck pond cafe. A new setting. Same faces. Same town. But with a newbie Molly and her daughter Eva. Molly has recently come to the town and this is her story. She is currently battling a twisted, manipulative landlord. She should have reached out for help sooner. She soon discovers she has plenty of friends and support around her which she needs to accept. As usual the town pulls together to help her out and she quickly becomes a part of the town. Then a romantic relationship may just be on the horizon for Molly.

A beautiful story. Uplifting. Happy. Made me laugh and smile. Just what I needed right now. It felt good to be back with this lovely bunch of people and the town. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Bestsellers · suspense · thriller

Three Hours – Rosamund Lupton ★★★★

Blurb; Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

My Review; This was one off my library pile, highly recommended by fellow readers and my first buddy read of the year with Mel from Melanie’s reads (link to her blog below the review). What a book! It’s a hard one to review…

It is about a school shooting and for a change it’s not in the US, it’s in the UK! Putting myself into those childrens and teachers shoes was terrifying. The stuff of nightmares. Petrifying. Especially for Basi and Rafi. My heart broke over it all. Some people can be so cruel, twisted and sick.

This book had me gasping for breathe. My heart was pounding. I was scared for the characters, sat on the edge of my seat. Tense. Gripping. Thrilling. It’s one of those books that you’re so into you could hear a pin drop. You’re their with the characters every step. You just want to scream at the gunmen and tell the characters what to do.

Three hours makes you realise just how powerful time is. Whether it’s three hours. An hour. Or even 10 minutes. A lot can change your life in that time. It also gave the message that love prevails all and I totally agree with that. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

As a buddy read why don’t you pop over to Mels blog and see her thoughts on Three Hours?

Melanies reads blog. ❤

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