**BLOG BLITZ** Dead Watch by Steve Liszka
Reviews / 30th March 2018

What the publisher says: Life for the firefighters of Red Watch, East Brighton, is already complicated due to the imminent closure of their fire station. But this is soon to be the least of their worries. When the team stumble upon a car in a ditch, they discover the driver is dead and a bag containing five hundred thousand pounds in cash. Before anyone arrives, the crew decide to take money, believing it to be a victimless crime. When they later learn that the driver was killed by a bullet wound to the head their world is turned upside down. Then a stranger appears at the station claiming the money belongs to him.     Soon the firefighters are drawn into a dangerous underworld and find themselves at the mercy of violent criminals. But is this stranger who he claims to be? And can Red Watch escape with the money and their lives intact?   What I say: From the start this book is different.  The author has a unique style of storytelling which brings you in and describes what is happening in an almost factual way.  Explanations of brigade procedure and rules  are interspersed in the story meaning you have a…

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James
Reviews / 19th March 2018

What the publisher says: Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel … Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business! Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself. With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville? What I say: Jo is the owner of the Boomerville Hotel and she runs it along with her friend Hattie. After a much needed renovation they reopen with a new target market – the older more discerning customer who wants…

Living in the Past by Jane Lovering
Reviews / 19th February 2018

What the publisher says: Do you ever wish you could turn back time? Grace Nicholls has a few reasons for wanting to turn back the clock … although an archaeological dig at a Bronze Age settlement on the Yorkshire moors is not what she had in mind. But encouraged by her best friend Tabitha, that’s exactly where she finds herself. Professor Duncan McDonald is the site director and his earnest pursuit of digging up the past makes him appear distant and unreachable. But when a woman on the site goes missing, it seems that his own past might be coming back to haunt him once again. As they dig deeper, Duncan and Grace get more than they bargained for – and come to realise that the past is much closer than either of them ever imagined … What I say: Grace is talked into spending the summer on an archeological dig by her friend Tabitha.  She is not impressed by Duncan, the director of the dig but finds herself having to share a tent with him when Tabitha’s partner arrives too.  Duncan is reluctant to get close to anyone due to an incident in his past which he reveals to…

**BLOG BLITZ** Locked In by GB Williams
Reviews / 12th February 2018

What the publisher says: Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day.  Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun. Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards. Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them. Can they all escape unharmed? And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive? What I say: What a read!  Ariadne Teddington is on a day off from her job as a prison officer when she dashes to the bank for a quick errand.  Her day changes course dramatically when she is followed into the bank by a gang who aren’t paying in their birthday money. Despite her attempts to stay under the radar the gang recognise Teddington and start to use her as a bargaining tool with the police.  Teddington has to use the skills she has learnt in her job to try to save herself. When she realises she knows one of the gang things are really turned on their head….

**BLOG TOUR** Beginnings by Helen J Christmas
Reviews / 7th January 2018

What the publisher says: Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people. Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life. Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive. Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk…

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