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The Scandal By Mari Hannah

The Scandal‘The Scandal’ is the latest book by Mari Hannah in the Stone and Oliver series.

When an young man is found stabbed to death in a side street in Newcastle city centre in the run up to Christmas, it looks like a botched robbery to DCI David Stone. But when DS Frankie Oliver arrives at the crime scene, she gets more than she bargained for. She IDs the victim as Herald court reporter, thirty-two-year old Chris Adams she’s known since they were kids. With no eyewitnesses, the MIT are stumped. They discover that when Adams went out, never to return, he was working on a scoop that would make his name. But what was the story he was investigating? And who was trying to cover it up? As detectives battle to solve the case, they uncover a link to a missing woman that turns the investigation on its head. The exposé has put more than Adams’ life in danger. And it’s not over yet.

The story is a bleak and miserable tale that makes for strangely entertaining reading as both Detectives work together to solve crimes, as well as have a banter together. As, this is my first book from the series, it wasn’t quite clear their background stories and sometimes, I did get a bit lost.

Saying that, I really enjoyed the story, the vivid descriptions as well as the witty narrative and the intricate police procedure detail. The characters were interesting, particularly Frankie Oliver, I loved her outspoken and tough cop attitude.

A fast paced thriller that really gripped my attention, ‘The Scandal’ is definitely the start of a new series that I’m going to look into.

You can buy ‘The Scandal’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Cover Reveal – After I’ve Gone By Linda Green

After I've GoneThe cover has been revealed for Linda Green’s new book ‘After I’ve Gone’ and it’s quite an eerie one with a haunting synopsis.

The story of ‘After I’ve Gone’ is –

STATUS UPDATE: You have 18 months left to live…

On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount receives the devastating news that she hasn’t got long left to live. She doesn’t hear it from a doctor, though. She discovers it when her Facebook timeline skips forward eighteen months and family and friends start posting tributes to her, following her death in an accident.

As she reads the future posts from her loved ones, who are struggling to come to terms with her loss, Jess tries to piece together the final months of her life. But by the time she realises her death may not have been an accident after all, it might already be too late to prevent it…

After the success of her 2016 novel, ‘While My Eyes Were Closed’, Linda’s latest book sounds like a cracking read!

You can pre-order After I’ve Gone from Amazon and will be available to buy from 27th July 2017.

Love Or Nearest Offer By Adéle Geras

Love Or Nearest Offer‘Love Or Nearest Offer’ is the latest book by Adele Geras.

What if your estate agent could find you not just your perfect house, but your perfect job, your perfect partner… your perfect new life? On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she’s not just good at finding suitable houses for her clients. In fact, she has a gift: Iris is able to see into their lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need – and not just in bricks-and-mortar terms either. Of course, concentrating so much on fixing other people’s problems doesn’t leave much time for examining your own. Over the course of one whirlwind year Iris discovers that while she may know what’s best for everyone else, she doesn’t necessarily know what’s best for herself – and what she finds out could make her happier than she’d ever dreamed of.

‘Love Or Nearest Offer’ is the first book I’ve read by Adéle and I genuinely enjoyed this story about love and starting over.

The story is seen through the narrative of the four main characters Iris, Vina, Aidan and Josie, all looking for their perfect homes with the help of estate agent, Iris.

Iris, is a strong willed woman who has given up on her OCD boyfriend and returned home to her mother’s house, much to the shock of her mother, June and her settled friends, who think Iris needs to get her life sorted before her biological clock stops ticking. But Iris, is more interested in finding the perfect house for her clients rather than children and believes there’s more to life than settling down with a family.

Both Aidan and Vina have decided to sell their houses and move on with their lives. Vina is a divorced woman who’s children have left the nest. Lonely and neglected, she decides a new beginning is in order and contacts Iris, who unintentionally introduces Vina to Aidan. Aidan is a widower, who’s loved no other woman since his wife’s death. Like Vina, he decides to leave his past behind and they tentatively start a new, sweet relationship as they both search for their new homes.

Finally, Josie is convinced that if, she, her husband Will and their little boy, Zak leave the bustling city behind for a quieter pace of life, then they will finally have the perfect life they have been striving to achieve.

I started this book last night and I couldn’t put it down. The story flowed at a gentle and easy pace that made it easy and enjoyable to read. The characters are a lovely mix of young and old and the different generations give an interesting insight into how relationships develop over the years.

Written in a style that made for compelling reading, packed with twists and turns, ‘Love Or Nearest Offers’ is a wonderful story about love and second chances.

You can buy Love, or Nearest Offer from Amazon and is available to buy from goodshops.

Shot Through The Heart By Isabelle Grey

Shot Through The Heart‘Shot Through The Heart’ is the latest book by Isabelle Grey and is the second book in the DI Grace Fisher series.

When a lone shooter claims the lives of five people on Christmas Day before turning the gun on himself, it’s up to DI Grace Fisher to find out, not who did it, but why and how. Tracing the illegal weapon and its deadly load of homemade bullets, she soon uncovers a toxic web of police corruption, personal vendettas and revenge. But when the enemy is within, who will believe her? As threats to her safety mount up and the strain of secrecy begins to wreck her friendships, Grace must decide how far she wants to pursue justice – and at what cost.

The story starts at the moment on Christmas morning when a terrible tragedy occurs in a small village, when a lone gunman kills a number of people before turning the gun on himself. DI Grace Fisher is called in to lead the investigation and to find out what would make someone do such a terrible thing and as he delves further into the investigation and more victims are claimed, she uncovers secret and a society riddled with corruption.

This is the first book I’ve read by Isabelle and I found it to be a gripping and intriguing story as we joined Grace, trying to figure out the motives of the murders. The story is cleverly written in a style where everyone is a suspect, as secrets are exposed and people begin to reveal themselves.

The story is seen through the eyes of the three main characters of the story. DI Grace Fisher, Ivo Sweatman, a journalist covering the cases and who Grace has great confidence in and Robyn Ingold, a young girl who’s friend was tragically killed. Grace is an interesting character, as the book is part of a series, there was brief background into her past but I would have preferred a bit more. Working in a male dominated environment, she lacks respect from her peers even though she is an intelligent and strong woman. Robyn was my favourite character of the story, she’s naive about life and it’s only when her friend is tragically killed that she begins to realise how dangerous the world really is and as the story progresses, we see her begin to unravel and doubt everything close to her.

A thrillingly realistic and disturbing story about the harsh reality of corruption, that is obviously well researched,’Shot Through The Heart’ is an atmospheric and intense book that is packed with complex characters and clever plot twists that leaves the reader bursting for more.

You can buy Shot Through the Heart: DI Grace Fisher 2 from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Secret Paris Cinema Club By Nicolas Barreau

The Secret Paris Cinema Club‘The Secret Paris Cinema Club’ is the latest book by Nicolas Barreau.

Alain Bonnard, the owner of a small art cinema in Paris, is a dyed-in-the-wool nostalgic. In his Cinéma Paradis there are no buckets of popcorn, no XXL colas, no Hollywood blockbusters. Alain holds firm to his principles of quality – to show films that bring dreams to life, make people fall in love. And Alain would do anything for his clientele – particularly the mysterious woman in the red coat who, for some time now, has turned up every Wednesday and always sits in row seventeen. What could her story be?

Finally one evening Alain plucks up courage to invite the unknown beauty to dinner. But just as the most tender of love stories is getting under way, something happens that turns Alain’s life upside down, shoving his little cinema unexpectedly into the public eye. So when the woman in the red coat suddenly vanishes from his life, the cinema owner can’t help but wonder if it is more than a coincidence. Taking matters into his own hands, Alain sets off in search of the stranger he has come to love – roll the opening credits for a timeless cinematic romance worthy of the Parisian silver screen

‘The Secret Paris Cinema Club’ was the first book that I read by Nicolas Barreau and I immediately fell in love with this upbeat Parisian tale of love and intrigue.

The story is seen from the lead male perspective Alain, a dapper French man with a love for art and romance who runs his own cinema called ‘Cinema Paradis’. Amongst the regulars that come to the shows, a woman in a red coat catches his attention and after plucking up the courage to ask her out, he then spends a wonderful evening with the enchanting Mélanie and immediately falls in love. But no sooner has Mélanie taken Alain’s heart, she then runs away with it. Upset that Mélanie has left him, he sets out determined to find her but he is distracted when a top Holywood director and one of France’s favourite actresses announce that they want to use Cinéma Paradis to film their new romantic comedy. Suddenly Alain is thrown into the spotlight as his cinema becomes under a media attack and his continued search for Melanie takes him down many unexpected avenues.

The story is sweetly written that flows at a lovely pace. It captures the beauty and the magic of Paris, with vivid descriptions of the city, the food and the culture, I almost felt that I too was sitting in the plush red velvet seats of the cinema with the fat businessman and the sad woman with the curly hair enjoying a romantic classic before emerging into the sunlight and walking home in the French sunlight.

One thing that I particularly found equally interesting was that it reminded me of the film ‘Inglorious Basterds’ by Quentin Tarantino, minus the language and violence but it is also set in parts in a french cinema and this was even referenced in the book.

‘The Secret Paris Cinema Club’ is a small compact book which could easily be absorbed in one sitting. It has a pretty striking cover that certainly stands out, designed in vibrant shades of pink and green and a list of French classic films that I would like to look into. With a charismatic lead and mysterious storyline line, that whisks you away to the city of love, this book is most definitely a captivating tale of intrigue.