Books/book review/crime fiction

Who is to be believed? That’s what the trial is for….

No Further Questions Book Cover No Further Questions
Gillian McAllister
psychological, mystery, thriller, literary fiction
Michael Joseph
October 4, 2018

The police say she's guilty.

She insists she's innocent.

She's your sister.

You loved her.

You trusted her.

But they say she killed your child.


Who do you believe?

This is a heart-rending tale of a small baby dying and the subsequent trial when the post-mortem shows that she could have been murdered.

Two sisters are divided here as one was baby-sitting for the other, and it was in her care that the baby died, and thus she is on trial.

Would you believe that your sister deliberately killed your baby?

This book tells the struggle of the mother as she sits through the trial and the evidence mounts against her sister.

The trial felt very real to me.

The questioning of the witnesses and the way small things were built up into an overwhelming case of guilty.

A book where you need to keep on reading to find out what the verdict was and does she admit what really happened? Or do we never find out?

I thought it well written, with the complex science of the pathology explained simply enough for the reader to understand and the conclusions that thus could be drawn.

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New baby in the house?

Confessions of a First Time Mum
Poppy Dolan
parenting, raising children, humour, women's fiction
(25 Jun. 2018)

Stevie’s life has changed beyond recognition since having her first baby. Stevie loves being a mum, but between the isolation and being vomited on five times a day, she really wishes she had someone to talk to.

With husband Ted working hard to keep the family afloat, Stevie really doesn’t want to burden him with her feelings. Turning to the internet, Stevie starts the anonymous First-Time Mum blog and blasts the rose-tinted glasses of parenthood right off her readers.

In the real world, Stevie meets the formidable Nelle and gorgeous Will, along with their own little treasures, and starts to realise that being a ‘perfect mum’ isn’t everything. But when the secret blog goes viral, Stevie must make some tough choices about who she wants to be, and whether she’s ready for the world to know the truth…

Oh yes, I remember it well. 5 years of no sleep except in short naps (preparation for menopause and beyond if i did but know); exploding poo – or rabbit droppings all over a friend’s guest bedroom; the wee in the eye (little boys); the sick and more sick; the joy of measles when the youngest catches it at 13 months just before her injection and you’re in hospital after an op, and husband brings her in to see Mum!

And don’t get the kids started on being forgotten in a supermarket car park and then there was Orlando and Disney!

So I’ve been there and thus my memory helped me laugh at the tales of mishaps and joys that are in this book. So much truth and such great fun to read.  May not appeal to those without knowledge of bringing up a child.

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A ‘Dead’ Baby who Can make you Green?

Fashionably Dead in Diapers Book Cover Fashionably Dead in Diapers
Book 4
Robyn Peterman
Paranormal > Demons & Devils Romance > Paranormal > Vampires Romantic Comedy
Robyn Peterman

And I thought being half Vampyre/half Demon was hard…That’s nothing compared to being a mother. Sweet baby Moses in a boob tube, there aren’t any books on raising True Immortals so let me give you a few tips… ~Make a map of every closet and bathroom in your home if you enjoy having sex. Sleep deprivation can cause confusion and a map will help if you only have seven minutes and thirty-one seconds. You’re welcome. ~Parenting books are useless if you're not human. If your child is half Vampyre/ half Demon I would suggest not using parenting books at all--they can backfire like a mother humper. Trust me on this. ~Have sex. ~When your child tells you he has an imaginary friend, do not discount this as fantasy. Often times your child isn't imagining anything. If he persists with alarming and violent stories about this fictional buddy it's probably a Troll. Do a thorough search of your home and kill it. Decapitation works best. Some imaginary friends are harmless. However, it's wise not to take chances. ~Have sex again. ~When in large crowds, make sure you hold tight to your child's hand. Losing a child in an amusement park is terrifying. If you're truly paranoid a parent could consider putting a chip in their child. If you do this don't discuss it at dinner parties. People will think you are weird. ~At least cuddle. ~Playing with dolls is fun. Being one? No so much. If your child ever finds a Genie in a bottle, flush it immediately. Many children wish for things that are very difficult to being doll sized. If this happens, move to Oz. There are many people of small stature there. And yes, it really does exist. ~Find a closet and go to town.

Well Robyn certainly has some imagination when it comes to babies. Her variant beats any naughty child anyone human ever had.

Some of her descriptions of what happens rings true though – like the sleep deprivation. This doesn’t go away for at least 5 years as even when they are at playgroup and can talk in whole sentences as they begin to have an imagination which gives them nightmares. Don’t watch Bear Grylls or Plant Earth 2 with a 3 year-old. They have really vivid dreams after those programmes. And wake you up to tell you about them. Several times in the night.

And have you ever lost a child in a shopping centre? Well we have. Toddlers can toddle away really fast when you turn your back for one minute or less…. And there is just so much to interest them that it is very hard to find them again.

But this baby is more than all of this because he turns out to be a True Immortal who grows very fast indeed and has some really awesome powers, including being able to turn people’s skins green – or pink – or… So awesome powers in the hands of a very young child? And you have lots of fun(?) for the reader any way, escapades. Your own baby/toddler escapades exaggerated with a kooky sense of humour.

Loved it.



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