Adventure · Children's · Fairytale Retelling · Short Stories

Joe and the Magic Snowman – Enid Blyton ★★★★

Blurb; When Joe is whisked up to the Land of Ice and Snow, he meets a rather bossy snowman, who is determined to make Joe his servant! Can Moon-Face, Frannie and Beth rescue Joe, with the help of their new friends, Goldilocks and the Three Bears?


The perfect wintery Christmas book for kids from 5 years olds, 6 year olds, 7 year olds, 8 year olds and every age you can think of for any Enid Blyton fan!


The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton has been entertaining readers for more than 75 years. Now these colour short stories offer a great way for a whole host of new younger readers to discover the adventures of Silky, Moon-Face, the Saucepan Man and all of their friends in the Enchanted Wood.

My Review; Another short read at just under 100 pages. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Joe finds himself lost in a cold, wintery and snowy world with a very unpleasant, controlling snowman. Will his friends and moon face be able to find him and bring him back home? Also includeds the story of goldilocks and the three bears. A fun, easy read. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend this series for all young readers.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

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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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

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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