mystery · suspense · Young adult

D.O.G.S. – M.A. Bennett ★★★★

Blurb; After the dramatic events of the last few weeks, Greer Macdonald is trying to concentrate on her A levels. Stuck for a play to direct for her drama exam, she gets help from an unexpected quarter . . .

A priceless lost play, buried by time, is pushed under her door. It is Ben Jonson’s The Isle of Dogs, a play considered so dangerous in Elizabethan times that every copy was burned . . . except one. As the students begin to rehearse it, events become increasingly dark and strange, and they lead Greer back to where she never thought she would return – Longcross Hall.

There she discovers that not only is the Order of the Stag alive and well, but that a ghost from the past might be too . . .

My Review; Finally got around to reading this, book two in the S.T.A.G.S series and I seriously hope there is more to come. Please. I need more. S.T.A.G.S I read last year was brilliant and made my top twenty of 2019 and this was just as good!

We see the same characters from the first book with some new comers but this year it’s all focused on a play called The Isle of Dogs. Which apparantly all the scripts got destroyed… Well except one… The one Greer has been given. She decides to perform the play for her A level but things soon start to become wierd and familiar. Linking past to the present. This is more than just a play…

After book one (S.T.A.G.S) she could never imagine she would end up back at Longcross but that is exactly where she ends up. Back where everything began. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a brilliant sequel to S.T.A.G.S. A must read. I really enjoyed it. The ending messed with my head a little and ended on a major cliffhanger… I need answers. I need more.

Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Brilliant. Perfect for mystery and young adult readers. Would make a brilliant tv series or film.

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mystery · Young adult

Ketchup Clouds – Annabel Pitcher ★★★★

Blurb; Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can—in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

My Review; Another one off my library pile… I just took a chance on it! It was a really good read, perfect for mystery and young adult readers. This story was different as Zoe becomes a penpal with an inmate on death row. She writes to him, this is how the story is told… Through the letters to him. Loved the whole layout. Instead of a story it’s split between letters.

Zoe find herself in love between two brothers. Ouch. It all ends in a horrible accident, but Zoe is still blaming herself for it, still letting it get to her. She reveals everything to her death row inmate. Zoe has the cutest little sister who is deaf… Dot. I loved her too! I did feel sorry for Zoe but I think she should have just walked away from the brothers. A brilliant story with the important message that everyone makes mistakes even Zoes mum. It Doesn’t mean murder.

I devoured this book and have ordered all the authors other books yo see me by the author as I enjoyed this one. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

I cannot find this book on either of the Amazon websites. Unfortunately. Or I would link them here. Strange.

Killers · mystery · suspense · thriller

My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite ★★★★

Blurb; When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

My Review; I have seen this book around a lot, luckily I managed to get a copy from the library to see what it was all about. It is literally what the title says… My Sister, The Serial Killer. I devoured this. Loved it. Found it an easy read. Different… If I had to go off the cover I wouldn’t have picked it up, but I am so glad I did.

The story focuses on the two sisters Ayoola and Korede. Ayoola is the younger sister, likes her men she has plenty of those and is a serial killer. Korede is the older sister, a nurse, the one always cleaning up Ayoolas mess and keeping her safe. Would you do that for your sister?? I look up to Korede as she has to clean up, keep it all secret and try to protect her sister and the next man to come along…

I will say karma works here. But it was not the ending I expected. Will she get away with it? Will she be caught? Other than her sister noone knows… Well… Except one person. Sssh. You must read it. I don’t want to ruin it for you. It’s Brilliant. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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