Ellie and the Harp Maker By Hazel Prior

Ellie and the Harp Maker By Hazel Prior

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Meet Ellie. She’s perfectly happy with her home and her husband and her quiet life. Happy enough, anyway. Which is why she’s so surprised to find herself drawn to an extraordinary stranger who gives her a gift – and a fresh perspective.

Meet Dan. He thinks that all he needs to be content is the time and space to carry on making harps. But the last thing he expects is for Ellie – and her cherry-coloured socks – to whirl into his life, bringing a string of surprises to his ordered existence.

Sometimes it takes a chance encounter to discover what your life can be . . .

My Thoughts:

I love the simplicity of this cover. I did wonder what a pheasant had to do with the story though so I was very intrigued. This is a lovely story about two people called Ellie and Dan, it has been tenderly written and there are some sensitive issues that are dealt with particularly well. I loved Phineas the pheasant too, his involvement in the story is really sweet.This is a author that I definitely want to read more of.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ellie-Harpmaker-Hazel-Prior-ebook

hardback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ellie-Harpmaker-Hazel-Prior

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Perfect Crime ( A DI Callanach Thriller, Book 5) By Helen Fields

Perfect Crime ( A DI Callanach Thriller, Book 5) By Helen Fields

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Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…

As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.

Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Helen Fields books, they always seem to have a interesting storyline to them but also we get to catch up with previous characters from the series. This story is an emotional and sensitive topic but it has been written very well and sensitively. Although I guessed who the murderer was quite early on, there were parts when I doubted myself. Another extremely well written book.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Crime-gripping-thriller-Callanach-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Crime-Callanach-Thriller-Book/

The Furies By Katie Lowe

The Furies By Katie Lowe

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You’d kill to be one of them.

1998. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing. No known cause of death.

Four girls know what happened.

They’ve kept their silence.

Until now.

My Thoughts:

I loved the sound of the blurb on the back of this book it sounded mysterious and intriguing. It is slightly creepy and the girls all seem a little weird but I couldn’t put the book down as I really wanted to know what had happened. Some parts are quite intense too, but I will certainly read more of Katie Lowe’s books in the future.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Furies-Katie-Lowe-ebook

Hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Furies-Katie-Lowe

 

You Let Me In By Lucy Clarke

You Let Me In By Lucy Clarke

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Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . .

I’M IN YOUR HOUSE

There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.

I’M IN YOUR HEAD

Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night.

AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET

As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key…

My Thoughts:

This is a cleverly written story that comes together with twist after twist. I thought I knew how the ending would pan out in the middle of this book but when I got to the end I was completely and utterly shocked by the ending. I loved how the writing flows so easily and you get swept up into the book.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Let-Me-unputdownable-page-turner-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Let-Me-unputdownable-page-turner

A Vintage Summer By Cathy Bramley

A Vintage Summer By Cathy Bramley

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London has not been kind to Lottie Allbright. Realising it’s time to cut and run, she packs up and moves back home – but finds her family in disarray. In need of a new place to stay, Lottie takes up the offer of a live-in job managing a local vineyard. There’s a lot to learn – she didn’t even know grapes could grow so far north!

Butterworth Wines in the rolling Derbyshire hills has always been run on love and passion but a tragic death has left everyone at a loss. Widowed Betsy is trying to keep the place afloat but is harbouring a debilitating secret. Meanwhile her handsome but interfering grandson, Jensen, is trying to convince her to sell up and move into a home.

Lottie’s determined to save Butterworth Wines, but with all this and an unpredictable English summer to deal with, it’ll be a challenge.

And that’s before she discovers something that will turn her summer – and her world – upside down . . .

My Thoughts:

I love a Cathy Bramley read, they just bring so much warmth through into your life. The cover of this book is very summery and makes you want to dive in straight away. I loved the story and characters, I felt as though I was there in the thick of it. The information about the vineyard was really interesting and even though I have visited my local vineyard I will definitely have to go again.

I received a ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vintage-Summer-Cathy-Bramley-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vintage-Summer-Cathy-Bramley

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew By Milly Johnson

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew By Milly Johnson

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Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.

But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there.  Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.

But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?

My Thoughts:

This is a corker of a read from a very talented author. Milly always writes with relatable characters and her words just seem to make sense. There are two sides to this story, one of the political life and the other of the authentic Yorkshire seaside Village. I know where I would most rather be. Another brilliant read from Milly, her books just keep getting better and better.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Mrs-Mayhew-Milly-Johnson-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Mrs-Mayhew-Milly-Johnson

After She’s Gone By Camilla Grebe

After She’s Gone By Camilla Grebe

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A case as cold as the season. A profiler who can’t remember. A killer ready to strike again. 

Psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren are invited to the small, sleepy industrial town of Ormberg to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier a five-year-old girl’s remains were found in a cairn near the town.

But when a recurring memory problem resurfaces, Hanne struggles to keep track of the case. She begins keeping a diary, noting down everything she is likely to forget to keep up appearances so she doesn’t lose her job.

When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne’s shoes is found nearby covered in the victim’s blood, can Hanne’s diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one?

How can you put together what happened when the pieces keep fading away?

My Thoughts:

After enjoying Camilla’s previous novel The ice beneath us I was intrigued to read her latest one, even though I didn’t enjoy it as much it is still a very well thought out plot and very descriptive writing almost like you are out there. It is a slightly strange story and set in Ormberg where it is cold, it did make me shudder a few times thinking I was there. You get to see what people are thinking and what people want to say but would not normally.

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