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#BookReview : THE BLUE GAROU by H.MAX HILLER

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MY THOUGHTS:

This is the second book I have read by this author, the first being BLOWBACK a prequel that paves the way for the books that follow.  Again we meet Detective “Cadillac” Holland and his team as they have a strange case to deal with.

In the first book Cadillac is called in to help clear up the back log of cases that mounted up after Katrina, and is still on loan and helping. He is called to a case of local rapper Biggie Charles Lynley.  The suspect is still in the vehicle with Biggies body. It is an American Pit Bull, rather than have the dog shot Tulip Holland, Cadillac’s sister, asks that he not shoot the dog, as it could hold vital information to an investigation.  Well Tulip was not wrong, Biggie is an ex-convict but on his release he managed to set up a music studio.  Enquiries lead the team through the life of Biggie and the lives of others around him, it is very obvious that the team are not being told the whole truth.

This story is set 4 years after Hurricane Katrina  and once again Hiller incorporates the devastation that she left in her wake into the story.  He briefly explores issues in the poorer neighbourhoods and projects, mentioning how insurance companies fail to pay out on policies as well as those not being insured because of financial restraints.  For me the inclusion of these details work very well in the main story, it gives something extra as they are peppered throughout, not overbearing but enough, they have been worked very well and not over-used.  The main characters are now starting to make themselves known more, they are very memorable and have been well-developed.

There are various elements going on in this book, they expand on details mentioned in Blowback, such as the reason for Cadillac coming back home after his injury in Iraq, the disappearance of his father, the case itself and obviously Katrina.  It would be easy to think that there could be some confusion, but there is not.  Hiller has a very logical way of telling this story, it makes sense and has a very well laid out style to it.  There is no big fan fare of a conclusion, instead it has simply, logically and naturally been brought to a very satisfying conclusion.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers of Crime, Mystery

I had not come across the word “Garou”, but don’t worry Hiller explains the term.  But I did a little googling and found some rather interesting further reading.

I would like to express my thanks to the author for bringing this book to my attention, my review is my own and is unbiased and honest.

To read my review of Blowback Click Here !

SYNOPSIS:

SILVER MEDAL WINNER 2016 GLOBAL E-BOOK AWARDS.
Detective ‘Cadillac’ Holland left the intelligence community and joined the Louisiana State Patrol to find the answer to his father’s disappearance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Four years have passed and he hasn’t found the answer. Now his sister wants him to prove that a pit bull is the murder weapon and not the murderer of New Orleans’ most notorious criminal. The dog’s tracks lead to the murder victim’s young son, angry fiancée, and shady bodyguard. The investigation ultimately turns up Federal investigations into a rap music label and a cache of missing firearms, a dog fighting ring, the blackmailing of a famous actress, and exposes far more things about Cadillac’s background than William Avery, NOPD’s Chief of Detectives, ever wanted to know when he assigned the Detective to find a solution to the case which would “reach a conclusion in line with everyone’s perception of justice”.

BOOK DETAILS:

 

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: dba H Max Hiller (29 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634156323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634156325

 

 

BLOWBACK :  Amazon UK     Amazon US

THE BLUE GAROU : Amazon UK     Amazon US

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

H. Max Hiller

My relationship with New Orleans began with a job cooking in a cafe on Bourbon Street at the age of seventeen. My food service resume now includes many of New Orleans’ iconic music and dining destinations. I no longer reside in New Orleans full-time but I keep to the expat creed of “Be a New Orleanian wherever you are.”
A devoted reader of detective and crime novels, I have worked as a chef on a boat traveling the inland waterways since Hurricane Katrina and began thinking up stories about a detective living in post-Katrina New Orleans, which I now write in my spare time.
My life is divided between working on the water and preserving a Victorian-era home in Hannibal, Missouri that I share with my wife and our rescue pets, which include a neurotic wolfhound/terrier mix and too many cats.

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#BookReview | THE SCANDAL by Fredrik Backman published by @MichaelJBooks

The Scandal by [Backman, Fredrik]

MY THOUGHTS:

Based in Beartown.
Well this turned out to be a very surprising read based on how it started. There were a lot of characters, that at times left me feeling bombarded with a barrage of names, best friends names, their parents, parents careers, other adults and their positions, as well as other school friends. There was also a lot of narrative for the main characters, the groups they associated with, the town and it’s obsession with Ice-Hockey and the up coming semi-final match.

Then suddenly from out of nowhere, this book that I was struggling with, had me hooked. Because I had persevered with it initially, I then found I had a better understanding of the characters and their actions and reactions after “The Scandal” took place. Without this background, the story would just be a story about a town that plays ice hockey. But instead it is a whole lot more.

To summarise the story without giving anything away: The town lives and breathes for ice hockey, the pressure from sponsors, parents and supporters for the teenage boys ice hockey team to win is immense. The town is gradually dwindling, ice hockey is the one thing that gives them hope for future prospects. After an event occurs the town is in uproar, how dare anyone put their family before ice hockey! But the actions of a few individuals soon divides opinion and true colours are shown. The popularity of the best players and their parents is based on hockey, and because of this some people will always put hockey first. But others realise that their family and friends are the important things in life, they give the support and loyalty that will serve you well later in life.

As I said at the beginning, this book contains a lot of detail and narrative, but builds up some brilliant characters that are well-developed, especially once you get your head around them, as there are a lot. The narrative gives some great detail into the thoughts, ideas, dreams and hopes of the residents of Beartown.

I would recommend this book to readers of contemporary fiction, mystery, sports fiction. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

SYNOPSIS

Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest.

For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together – or pulls them apart.

Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. Change is in the air and a bright new future is just around the corner.

Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who’ll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.

With the town’s future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other.

Which side would you be on?

BOOK DETAILS:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1488 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0718186575
  • Publisher: Penguin (10 Aug. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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#BookReview | Perfect Prey by @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK @NetGalley

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MY THOUGHTS:

D.I. Luc Callanach is back ! I read the Perfect Remains earlier this year and loved it.  I have been eagerly awaiting this next book Perfect Prey, it has not disappointed !

It still retains the main characters from the first and adds some interesting ones to the cast.  This is brutal, gritty and very well written in this intense thriller.  The plot is vast as is the cast. There was one particular character I hated with a passion,so well has he been written, another one had my heart in my mouth with worry, another I wanted to shake some sense into.  Lesley’s characters bring out emotions  from the reader showing how well she has developed them.

The main premise of the story is with two bodies being discovered.  One is a crowd of 1,000’s at a festival, the other found in a dumpster.  Both victims are good, kind and innocent, the pressure from top brass, press and public to solve the cases add pressure that becomes apparent as frustrations rear up.  An outsider approaches with an offer of help, he has found a clue while doing his own research, not a person you would normally associate with helping, but with him and another unlikely source they work with Callanach, to delve into the murkier world of information gathering.

I was addicted with this book from the very beginning, again Helen as proven that she can grab a reader from the first paragraph.  Her characters are a diverse bunch with various different traits, backgrounds and ethics, and very memorable.  As for the plot, well it is anything but simple, it has been very well planned and thought through with many different twists.  You only work out the plot when Helen allows you to.  I had no idea who or why these murders took place until I was reading as the characters were starting to add things up.  There is some technological aspects in the story, but it is basic and well enough explained so as not to slow the story with too much detail.

This book works well as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading the first one, there are elements in it that help with the second, even though the second does give brief explanations of prior events.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of Crime / Thriller genres.  It is a real page turner. I would like to mention my thanks to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Helen Fields for my eARC copy of this book.  My views are my own, they are honest and unbiased.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Helen Fields herself is a force to be reckoned with.

An ex Criminal Barrister, she’s used her experiences dealing with some of this country’s most terrifying criminals to create a killer who will strike fear into your soul. Not only that, but she now runs her own film making company (aptly named Wailing Banshee).

Beyond writing, she has a passion for theatre and cinema, often boring friends and family with lengthy reviews and critiques. Taking her cue from her children, she has recently taken up karate and indoor sky diving.

Helen and her husband now live in Hampshire with their three children and two dogs.

Follow Helen Fields on:  Twitter

BOOK DETAILS:

 

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (27 July 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008181586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008181581

Amazon Links for: Perfect Remains and  Perfect Prey

 

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#BookReview | Oblivion’s Forge by @SWilliamsAuthor

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I would like to say a big “Thank You” to Simon for bringing this book to my attention, for my honest and unbiased review.
This is the first book of Aona Series of, if the initial book is anything to go by, then I cannot wait to read the rest.
MY THOUGHTS:
This is a wonderfully written first book in a series of five.  The detail contained is huge and is a book you will want to savour and not race through.  There is a vast array of well described and developed characters , with the setting as engrossing as the characters themselves and their stories.  As I was reading this I felt myself thinking that there was a strain of Tolkien in the background.
It has an amazingly intricate and complex Good ‘v’ Evil storyline to it. To give a full review without giving away some of the plot is very difficult as it is so tightly entwined.  There are some great characters, I really liked the diversity and memorable nature of those such as Vornen, Jaana, Iyoth, Lyya and Amethyst to name a few.
If in a story you love and relish grim, gripping, addictive sorcery, portals, assassins, mysterious foul and unwholesome beings, shadows and this is only scratching the surface, then you will really want to read this.
I would highly recommend this book to readers of Dark Fantasy.  I look forward to reading the rest of this series in the future.
BOOK SYNOPSIS:
For thousands of years they have sought the world from which they were cast out. Now, at last, Aona has been found. The younger races of this world will all be swept up in a struggle for survival, as their ancient, malevolent masters, guardians of all Aona’s secrets, rise to do battle with their foes, remorseless destroyers of world after world throughout the known Existence.
BOOK DETAILS:
Paperback, 346 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Completelynovel.com
ISBN 1849141754 (ISBN13: 9781849141758)
Edition Language English
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Simon Williams is an author of dark fantasy with elements of science fiction and horror, and a rather shapeless male of indeterminate age who seems intent on writing about himself in the third person.

If you’re especially lucky you may see him half-shambling, half-rolling along the street in his home town of Trumpton. You’ll catch the best view from the other side of the road, which is probably where you’ll be anyway. Small children will point excitedly and turn to their parents to exclaim, “It must have been *one hell of a* spade to do that!”

He is the author of the Aona series (five books in all, and the series is complete) and Summer’s Dark Waters, which is a fantasy / sci-fi adventure aimed more at children and teens although judging by the reviews a lot of adults seem to like it too.

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#Blogtour The Green Bicycle Mystery by Antony.M.Brown #Review

green bike mystThe Green Bicycle Mystery : The Curious Case of Bella Wright by Antony M Brown

I give this book 5 stars. 

I would like to thank Nicola Slavin from Book Machine Works for contacting me about joining the Blog Tour for this book.  “The Green Bicycle Mystery” by Antony M Brown and published by Mirror Books.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book is a little different from most, it is based on a cold case. The reader is asked not just to read the book  but solve the mystery of the case.

The case is that of Bella Wright from Leicestershire in 1919, a case never solved.

The first section of the book gives you the story of Bella and her family, the surrounding area, the scene of the crime and also what happening in Britain at the time.  It was the  end of the first world war, and you are briefly told of how the effects of the war affected people who served and those who remained at home.  Also in this section are account of the crime scene, details of the investigation, witnesses, reports and statements as well as the trial of the suspect.

The second section gives a detailed array of the evidence, timelines for Bella and also the investigation.  Useful maps, autopsy reports, findings, minutes and communiques.

Part three is the author’s view or judgment of the case as well as verdicts from other people.

What initially caught my eye about this book was the interesting synopsis that I was sent.  Once I had read it, my curiosity was piqued by the idea of giving a verdict based on facts that I had read.  Also the historical interest of the area was a big pull for me, it was an area I knew when I lived in Lincolnshire up until 17 years old, so gave me a personal reason for reading.

The book itself is very well laid out and is the author takes you through the facts in a very logical order.  As you progress through the story, the various statements and reports get a little repetitive, but it also adds additional information.  Also it add confirmation to previous statements.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish; it was a very good page turner.  It gave me a good insight into people’s lives at the time of 1919 and the years just following.  What was interesting was the way police procedures have changed, how investigations are conducted and how local newspapers can influence people.

I would recommend this book to readers of True Crime, Mystery and Historical genres.

SYNOPSIS:

Don’t just read about a murder… solve it. The first of a unique set of true crime dramas. Each one tells the story of an unsolved crime in an evocative and compelling way, it presents fresh evidence, exposes the strengths and weaknesses of past theories and then asks the reader to decide on what happened.

The series begins with the tragic case of Bella Wright. In a lonely lane running through rural Leicestershire in 1919, a solitary bicycle lies on its side, its metal frame catching the glow of the fading evening light. The back wheel slowly turns about its axle, producing a soft clicking; a rhythmic sound, soothing like the ticking of a study clock. Next to the bicycle, lying at an angle across the road, is a young woman. She is partly on her back, partly on her left side, with her right hand almost touching the mudguard of the rear wheel. Her legs rest on the roadside verge, where fronds of white cow parsley and pink rosebay rise above luxuriant summer foliage. On her head sits a wide-brimmed hat, daintily finished with a ribbon and bow. She is dressed in a pastel blouse and long skirt underneath a light raincoat, the pockets of which contain an empty purse and a box of matches. The blood-flecked coat tells a story…

Although each book is perfectly self-contained and offers the author’s conclusion, there is a website (coldcasejury.com) for those who wish to share their own verdicts and opinions, making these the first truly interactive crime tales. Beautifully presented with uniquely illustrated covers they also contain evidence images, diagrams and maps. For lovers of crime stories, this new collection of Cold Case Jury books will not just bring a murder story to life, it will make you a part of it.

 

About Antony M. Brown, author of The Green Bicycle Mystery

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Antony M. Brown is an award-winning essayist, former magazine editor-in-chief and member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He published several Cold Case Jury e-books – true crime mysteries in which the reader is invited to deliver the verdict on what they believe might have happened – before signing a four book deal with Mirror Books in January 2017.

 

Website: http://www.coldcasejury.com

Blog: http://www.ccjforum.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ccjury

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Antony-M.-Brown/e/B019QMY2JW

link to purchase The Green Bicycle Mystery: http://bit.ly/GreenBicycleMystery

 

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#Review: Crazy House by James Patterson

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MY REVIEW AND THOUGHTS:

I gave this book a 4 star.

Becca and Cassie are twins, they live in a small town, known as a cell.  It is controlled by a Provost, it has curfews, barbed wire on the boundaries, the children have no choice in school lessons or their career path.

When Becca goes missing, Cassie is rightfully concerned, she is now the 9th person to have disappeared.  When Cassie approaches the authorities, she is told,her sister is an enemy of the state, an “Outsider”.  An outsider is one who does not conform to the rules, a blanket label for anyone who is trouble.  With no-one to help her, Cassie, the reliable miss goody two shoes, breaks the rules to go and seek out the truth about her sister’s disappearance.

She finds help from a surprising source, she is shocked at what actually happens to those who have disappeared.  They are sent to prison, a maximum security prison, where they are on Death Row.  The treatment is cruel and barbaric, but the sisters are a force to be reckoned with, they will not go quietly or without a fight.

This is a great paced story with some quite descriptive scenes.  The characters are well described and developed.  The overall story has a Hunger Games feel with a twist of 1984 added to it. The setting for the story has a very austere and bleak feel to it, down to the great writing.  There is a short history for the girls and a mention of how they were raised, but not a lot of information on the other characters, just brief mentions.

I would recommend this book to readers of YA Fantasy, dystopian.  It is gritty and quite brutal in places where fight scenes take place also some scenes of punishment.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape.
Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca’s told to fit in and shut her mouth… but Becca’s never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin.
Becca’s only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:
They took the wrong twin.
Crazy House is a non-stop, summer blockbuster by James Patterson, the #1 bestselling author of Maximum Ride, Witch and Wizard, and Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life.
BOOK DETAILS:
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2559 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1784758515
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (18 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N9C6G7V

AMAZON LINK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women’s Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

James Patterson website.

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1066: What Fates Impose by G.K. Holloway

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MY REVIEW:  I give this book 5*

I loved this book from the first few pages.  It begins with the death of King William in 1087 in the very fisrt chapter, then jumps back to 1045.  The main focus is on the family of Godwin, Earl of Wessex, a very influential and powerful family at the time.  The era of this book has so many great things working for it that kept me reading avidly.

King Edward is on the throne but he has no son or daughter that the crown can pass to.  Reluctant to name a successor publically, there is a lot of speculation around the court as to who should fill the position at the time of the Kings’ demise.  Some believe they have a right to the crown and those that feel they deserve the crown.  Also there are some who believe that Godwin’s family have too much power and influence and should not have the crown.  This is a period when deceit, murder, conspiracy, betrayal and lies are rife all over Europe.  Alliances are made and broken, invasion is a constant threat and no-one is adverse to a little backstabbing.  England is under threat of invasion from Wales, Scotland, Norway and of course from Normandy.

When Harold is made King, there are some who are against him, but he soon gains respect when he shows himself to be a real leader who was not afraid to get his hands dirty and dealing with problems head on.  This is shown when Harold puts the call out for men to support him at Stamford Bridge and also at the Battle Hastings.

The author has managed, in my opinion, to show his knowledge and love for this period in English History.  There are a lot of characters and a huge array of information that has been broken down into short chapters. This is a very detailed book but also very addictive reading.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the author for bringing this book to my attention. My review is my own and my honest opinion.

SYNOPSIS:

King William then utters the following words to the room: ‘I appoint no one as my heir to the Crown of England, but leave it to the disposal of the Eternal Creator, whose I am and who orders all things. For I did not attain that high honour by hereditary right, but wrested it from the perjured King Harold in a desperate bloody battle.’

England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland.

Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future. It seems even the heavens are against Harold.

Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny – or does he have to bow to what fates impose?

BOOK DETAILS:

Paperback, 456 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Troubador Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
ISBN 1783062207 (ISBN13: 9781783062201)
Edition Language English

G.K. HOLLOWAY WEBSITE

AMAZON LINK

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@PenzanceLitFest 7th July 2017 Guest @JaneCorryAuth

Author Jane Corry was a guest at The Acorn Theatre in Penzance, Cornwall. Where she discussed “Life behind bars” and also her two books.

During her very eloquent talk, she discussed various topics.  Her life as a journalist, her time as a Writer in Residence, her books My Husband’s Wife, and Blood Sisters tips and advice for aspiring writers as well as a reading from her latest book Blood Sisters and also a book signing opportunity.

A JOURNALIST:

Libraries had been Jane’s refuge as a child, surrounded by books and inspiration.  Her mother was also an inspiration, she wrote little stories and tales that were kept in a “special box”.  Whilst at school, Jane’s teachers were a little condescending when she mentioned that she would like to be a writer.  But undeterred she continued her path and eventually attending university.  Upon leaving she made her way into the journalistic world.

A regular columnist in The Telegraph, as well as Woman and Womans’ Own were to follow.  One of her first interviews was with a then unknown actress at the time, but Jane was told that the actress would be the talk of the town in a few weeks time, this was indeed true of the Educating Rita actress Julie Walters.

WRITER IN RESIDENCE:

A change in family circumstances required Jane to get a “proper job”, rather than relying on the freelance column writing work that fitted in with her children.  A friend suggested the job vacancy section in The Guardian, there she spotted a job for a Writer in Residence, at a High Security Male Prison.

Jane felt sure that she had “fluffed the interview”, but to her surprise the job was offered to her for 2 days a week for 2 years, later to be increased to 3 years.  The third year needed funding, it was agreed that Jane and other fellow journalists would spend a night in prison.  Jane spent a sleepless night typing, a little shocked at the routines in place, with no exceptions.

During her time working  there she helped men with writing, from letters home to memoirs and stories.  Jane mentioned how she would spend her morning in the Open section of the prison, the men were guilty of white-collar crime or, due for release.  The afternoon section was spent with the most dangerous men, those convicted of murder, rape, grievous body harm amongst others crimes.

The men who volunteered for Jane’s classes found them helpful in raising their self-esteem, therapy and self realisation.  Jane also mentioned The Koestler Trust , set up by Arthur Koestler in the 1950’s as a way for those who are in prison to enter their artwork, stories, poetry into a yearly competition.

BOOKS:

Jane mentioned that she has used her own experiences as the triggers for her writing, those being “prison and marriage”.  As I listened to Jane talk I could hear things that had I had come across in her books.  While writing, Jane has to have complete silence as she sits in her office overlooking the sea.  She has set times for writing, social media and admin work.  When an audience member asked how she came up with the names for her characters, she replied it was a difficult process for her.  She tends to use the names of family members for the names of the book characters.

Jane has done a lot of research for her books, taking a stained glass course to expand her knowledge for Alison in Blood Sisters, visiting Brain Injury Units to add correct information to the character of Kitty, again Blood Sisters.  She saw the young mainly female lawyer visit prisoners and used an amalgamation for Lily in My Husband’s Wife, also did a lot of research for Tom, also My Husband’s Wife, who suffered from Aspergers and details regarding the Autism Spectrum.

AN AUTHORS’ ADVICE:

Jane gave the audience some very good and sound advice for aspiring writers.

Be disciplined: write daily, if you get a block then change where you write, when you write, what genre you write.  Just make sure you write.

Do your research: Jane had previously indicated that this was an important aspect for a writer, but also to be aware that you do not become to bogged down with details.   Sometimes a fact in your research can give rise to a plot twist that you had not thought of.

Go Networking: go to literary festivals, meet other writers, publishers, agents.  Follow them on twitter.  Also look out for writing competitions, read the rules thoroughly and submit your story, if it gains a placing in the results then use that on your submission.  Also try Kindle publishing, some writers have been approached by publishers.  Publishers tend to keep an eye on what is being published via kindle, but don’t feel you have to go with a publisher if you are happy doing it yourself.

Read it: when you read your work, do it OUT LOUD.

MY OVERALL FEELINGS:

This was the first time I had been to a literary festival.  I decided to choose this one as I had read My Husband’s Wife and loved it, add in the intrigue of a female author in a male high security prison was an opportunity I did not want to miss.  I found the talk to be really informative, funny and also quite humbling. Yes humbling, especially as Jane spoke about the some of the prisoner she met, a split second decision can have drastic and life-altering consequences.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jane Corry and The Penzance Literary Festival for a wonderful afternoon.

If you would like to read my thoughts on the books please click below:

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

Please take the time to click on the links below for more information.

Jane Corry on Facebook

Jane Corry on Twitter

Koestler Trust

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Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

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I would like to thank Netgalley for my ARC of this book for my unbiased and honest review.

MY THOUGHTS:

Alison and Kitty are half sisters.  Alison’s mum had met and married David and then along came Kitty, same mum different dad.  At school Alison is the studious, serious one. Kitty the arty one. Kitty is daddy’s princess, and their mum, not wanting to upset David, lets the obvious favouritism go.  This does not help the tension between the girls. But things change when there is a horrible road accident, Kitty is left severely brain-damaged, in a wheelchair and unable to do anything for herself, she can only mumble incoherently.

The story revolves around the two girls alternating chapters that fill in the story from both perspectives.  It gives a full account of their lives as children as well as present day events.  What seems a basic story soon twists its way into something more sinister.  Lies that are told though a person’s life have a habit of coming back to haunt and they can also leave scars.  The past will never remain hidden, you have to deal with it to be able to move forward and move on.

This is a very good story.  The characters are very well described and are easy to remember due the use of nicknames, or key characteristics.The plot of the story line has a number of subplots running throughout, when you think you have solved one little mystery, you find it is something else entirely. But they have been cleverly brought to a satisfactory conclusion, and then there is another twist. Thoroughly enjoyable read, a good page turner with several “didn’t see that coming moments”.

I would recommend this book to readers of Crime, Thriller and Mystery genres.  Also some good discussion points for reading groups.

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My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry #BookReview #AboutTheAuthor

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MY THOUGHTS: A definite 5*

This is an amazing book; I loved it from start to finish and could not put it down until the last page had been turned.

Lily is married to Ed Macdonald, he works in advertising but dreams of owning his own art gallery.  She is in law and has just been handed a case that could possibly mean an appeal and a re-trial.

Joe has been convicted of murdering his girlfriend in a bath of scalding water.  He leads Lily to find new evidence on his case, new evidence is the only way an appeal and re-trial can take place.

Carla and her mum live in the same building as Lily and Ed.  Carla is teased and bullied at school because she is Italian; her mum is a single parent and cannot afford the things that other children have, this adding fuel to fire for the children bullying Carla.

The characters in this book all have secrets; all want them to remain secret, some at all costs.  Then there are the little lies that seem to creep in, just little ones, but they are lies all the same.

The story begins when Carla is a child and then re-joins when she is an adult.  It is set out in quick chapters alternating between Lily and Carla. They are well described each one memorable and detailed. The plots within this story are very well executed with many twists and turns, leading the reader on an amazing journey to a climatic ending and a satisfying conclusion, with all loose ends tied up and all questions answered.

Jane Corry worked in a high security male prison and her experiences there have given her an edge for detail.  I imagine that when Lily first visited Joe for the discussion of an appeal, that Jane was describing her first time experience, it had a very real feel to it.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of Crime and Thriller genres.  I think it would also make a great book for Reading Groups; there are many topics that would be good for discussion points.

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FIRST COMES LOVE. THEN COMES MARRIAGE. THEN COMES MURDER.
The addictive psychological thriller everyone’s talking about!
‘My head’s still spinning from all the twists!’ Mark Edwards

What if your life was built on a lie?

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.

But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for.

But is he really innocent?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:                                                                                 15241064  Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller which was a Sunday Times best-seller.. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’ Jane’s next novel is called Blood Sisters and is being published in June.  Follow Jane on Twitter

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241256488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241256480

 

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