Woman in the Water
Mystery Thriller Murder
Harper Collins, Avon Books
When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed. Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them. What’s their connection to the body in the river? Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished? And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late? Smart, shocking and twisty – perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Karin Slaughter.
I really thought I knew how this would end about
three-quarters of the way through, but I was so wrong!
The ending is a 5 star for me, but overall, I thought the story
needed tightening up and a general edit, which is why it gets a 4.
For once this police procedural demonstrates just how long
it can take to solve a murder. The intricacies of police procedures that must
be followed and the fact that people don’t always work through the night, but
go home at 5 and come in at 9 even when they are trying to solve a murder. Much
The Wallflower Wager
Girl Meets Duke
by Tessa Dare
Romance , Women's Fiction
Mills & Boon
Pub Date 13 Aug 2019
The addictive new Regency read from the New York Times bestselling author that’s perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer!
They call him the Duke of Ruin. To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.
Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.
Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.
When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbour demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.
Rising to the challenge, Gabriel, who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse, is bewitched by the shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. But now she’s set her heart and mind on saving him…
Not if he ruins her first.
What if you really really don’t want to be married and are waiting out your Seasons until your parents are too bored to keep paying for them? But you would really like to keep every sad or hurt animal that you find. Especially kittens – lots of them. And will even go so far as to rescue a man!
But then your parents decide to do something about you? Send you away… because you are not really trying to get a husband are you? Or will you try?
I like this style of fiction – always have since Georgette Heyer times and these series of novels are only reminding me of her but with a small diversion towards modern times – the heroines are less missish and more feisty and not afraid to have sex with their suitors.
I am also, always a sucker for stories with cute animals and hedgehogs in pockets are the best yet.
A Summer to Remember
General Fiction (Adult) , Women's Fiction
Pub Date 02 May 2019
Katie FfordeCOME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!
WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.
WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!
WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.
WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.
PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…
Swimming in Norfolk waters – distinctly chilly as I recall.
The Norfolk coast is notorious for its winds and chill and marshes and birds
and seals too.
So what would you do when your fiancée makes his attraction
for another woman quite so obvious? I guess I would do the same as the lead
character here, and run off somewhere very remote. Personally, I’ve always
thought the wilds of Scotland would be a good place, but a hamlet on the
Norfolk coast with no internet or mobile signal I guess does as well.
This hamlet does not like ‘in-comers’ at all. Is very
conservative in behaviour and lifestyle.
And is very good at holding grudges it seems. So it is a bit of shock
when it gets disturbed by cousins and ex-fiancées and gays. Not what it is
Overall, a pleasant story if not one that will strain your
memory or your emotions. And please get the proof-reading done completely.
The Age of Misadventure
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
Avon Books UK
February 18, 2019
The gloriously funny new novel about living life to the full, whatever your age, from the author of A Grand Old Time. 55-year-old Georgie Turner doesn’t need a new man. Her daughter, aunt and sister are the most important people in her life (and the most infuriating). But it seems the older they get, the further apart they drift. Georgie’s never been a fan of her sister Bonnie’s husband, so when she learns her brother-in-law has been up to no good, Georgie sees an opportunity to bring the women of her family back together. Along with her 21-year-old daughter and 80-year-old aunt, she packs Bonnie into the back of her car and they leave Liverpool to hide out on the coast of Sussex. With the help of some sun, sea and bottle or two of prosecco, this will be an adventure they’ll never forget. But could the right man find Georgie while she’s stopping the wrong man finding her sister? A gorgeously fun and uplifting novel, perfect for fans of The 100 Year Old Man and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Yes, all 3 of us – let’s leave Liverpool and go to Brighton…
Why? Well, there’s the rub – we need to get out of town quick, ‘cos a bad man is after us…
But we can borrow this really smart flat with lovely views. Just one problem – we can’t leave it, because someone’s very stupid husband made a very bad and very dodgy deal and now they are after us to pony up. Which of course we can’t. So we need to stay hidden. 2 sisters and an elderly, but game Aunty.
I wish this story had been quite as amusing as it would seem from the description. I did think that Nan was brilliant but found the sister weak and whiny and very shallow with nothing at all humorous about her. The potential elements were there for a really great story that would make a brilliant film. But it just missed its mark for me.