London Noir by Ann Girdharry

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London Noir
Memory loss, nightmares, the urge to kill – Sophie has it all.
Is it really Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Or something more sinister? Kal is about to find out…

After a near-fatal road accident, Kal helps Sophie, a young girl in trouble.

The girl’s friends are being murdered one by one. Why? And who by?
Kal must kick start herself out of her downward spiral to save the young stranger.
But Kal is in the grip of the London Cartel, and is someone after the girl, or is the girl after someone?
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Author Bio –
Ann Girdharry is a British crime suspense thriller author.
A trained psychotherapist, she worked for many years as a manager in the not-for-profit sector, for agencies working with carers, vulnerable older people, survivors of abuse, and victims of racial attacks.
She currently lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.
Her debut novel, GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL, is an ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD Finalist 2017.
Her second crime suspense thriller, LONDON NOIR, will be published October 2017.
She is also author of Chilling Tales of the Unexpected Short Reads.
Author Links
Website www.girdharry.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AnnGirdharry
Goodreads www.goodreads.com/AnnGirdharry
Twitter www.twitter.com/GirdharryAnn

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Day 3 of Phifer Takeover!

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Day 3 of Phifer takeover and I have finished The Ghost House. I loved it, and I can definitely see what so many people see in her writing! I didn’t read much on my kindle in the dark, I can tell you!
Getting into the mind of the serial killer felt effortless when reading, and this disturbed me quite a bit! Exceptional writing, I can’t wait to start book 2 today! This is a ghost story, and a police procedural all rolled into one with a bag of tension, I really did find it unique.

Do you believe in ghost stories?

‘I’m coming to find you, ready or not.’

There’s not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force.

When she agrees to look after her brother’s farmhouse, she finds herself drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark past, and she has to find out more.

What was the terrible truth that Alice uncovered? And how could what happened to her over 100 years ago help solve the murders of young women in the town?

Annie needs to stop the serial killer before she becomes his next victim – but the past comes back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.

A haunting crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

See you soon for more Phifer takeover!

Bitches in literature by Jane Owen Author of The Bitches of Suburbia

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If you Google ‘bitches in literature,’ and I did, the same names come up again and again:  Mrs Danvers, Daisy Buchanan, Becky Sharpe, Scarlet O’Hara, Veruca Salt, Estelle Havisham, The Wife of Bath even the insipid Amy March which brings me to the definition of a bitch.    When I was at boarding school, every so often we were taken to the local cinema to see a movie and one of the movies we saw was ‘Gone With the Wind’.   Even though it was over forty years since its original release, the movie still packed a powerful punch and I feel sorry to this day for the poor people who’d come along for a nice night out and found themselves in a cinema full of schoolgirls who sobbed hysterically for the entire second half.  (Yes, it was that long ago that there was still an intermission.)  Back then I was terribly impressed by Scarlett O’Hara but I never thought of her as a bitch as such.  Yes, she could be quite sharp, yes she wanted her own way, yes she did what she had to do to get what she wanted but so what?  No one calls Rhett Butler a bitch but the man was a bootlegger for god’s sake, he made all of his money trading off the misery of others, even if he did save Melanie Wilkes.

 

As for the likes of Mrs Danvers, well, is it not possible that the she was suffering from a lifetime of unrequited love?  That the pain of losing the one, true, love of her life drove her to be so unspeakably mean to the second Mrs DeWinters?  That she wasn’t being a bitch, she was just heartbroken? We all express grief in our own way after all, although her method is not one I’d recommend.  Is it not also possible that Rebecca, the first Mrs De Winters was the real bitch of the piece?  She is also described in various articles as a psychopath.  Does a character have to be a manipulative liar with no sense of remorse to be called a bitch? Another class bitch was Jane, the bitter and twisted alcoholic sister in Henry Farrell’s novel, ’Whatever happened to Baby Jane?’ but Jane was a child star with Daddy issues whose own sister lied about her car crash to save herself from jail and by doing so landed poor Jane with a lifetime of guilt.   Is it any wonder she behaved so badly?  I think I’d be inclined to hit the bottle and turn nasty if my sister did that to me.  One of the earliest bitches, The Wife of Bath, could also be described as a medieval feminist.  So she’d had a husband or two, so she liked to drink and indulge in banter with the men, but she also wanted women to have equality in marriage, to not be thought of as part of their husband’s goods and chattels and as for the beautiful Estelle, well, her biggest crime was breaking young Pip’s heart Well big deal, hold the front page, man gets heart broken by pretty girl, she must be a bitch.  He wasn’t the first, or the last, and to be honest I always thought Pip was a bit of drip.

 

Re-reading this I can’t help thinking that if any of the above had been men, then maybe history would not have judged them so harshly, if at all, and if that makes me a bitch, then so be it.  I’ll take that.

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The Bitches of Suburbia

 

Nothing much ever happened on Horseshoe Lane – why should it? It was, after all, just a normal suburban backwater with the usual cross section of growing families, ageing pensioners, the occasional singleton and a brace of curtain twitchers. The arrival of celebrity couple, Heavenly and Travis, however, changes all that. This glamorous pair bring about a summer of competitive party throwing and ambitious home improvement projects that will have disastrous and completely unforeseen consequences.

 

Neighbours who’ve got by for years with just the occasional chat over a garden fence about the unseasonable amount of rain or the state of next door’s garden are slowly united by suspicion as a husband goes missing, a much loved cat turns up dead on a doorstep and Enid from Number Seven is found badly injured at the foot of the cliff.

 

Could one person be responsible for all of this? Could that person be the strange and unlikeable Hilary Jones from Number Nine? There was only going to be one way to find out and it was going to involve a lot of whiskey….

 

In this her wonderful follow up to ‘The Rock Star Known as Horse’, Owen’s riveting new story finds a murky side to the suburbs, a side where petty jealousies and neighbourly rivalries can escalate out of all control with calamitous results, all intricately observed with her usual dark humour firmly to the fore.

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About Jane Owen

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Jane’s first novel, Camden Girls, was published by Penguin twenty years ago and quickly became an international cult bestseller published in many languages including Japanese, Spanish,German, Hebrew, Italian and Dutch.  She’d already spent many years working in the film business working alongside stars such as Christophe Lambert, Andi McDowell, Daryl Hannah and James Remar before switching to the music business and working for bands such as The Who, Robert Plant, ZZTop and many more.  Eventually, even that got boring and that’s when she wrote Camden Girls.

 

After publication, life became interrupted by an unfortunate traffic accident and Jane moved out of London to Sussex and slowly returned to writing.  Her novels don’t fit into any specific category and, frustrated by endless rejections along the lines of ‘You write beautifully but we don’t know how to sell this book’ she started self publishing.  Rave reviews gave her the confidence to keep going and believe in what she was writing.

She’s still in Sussex, sharing her life with her musician partner, three horses and a dog and divides her day between writing and riding.

 

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Book Review: Ours is the Winter by Laurie Ellingham

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The weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful…

I come to you from the sofa of my home, sleeping dog nearby, heating on – ready to brave the cold for my sons’ harvest festival concert this afternoon and I have just finished this beauty.

SYNOPSIS

Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.

Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.

Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.

MY REVIEW – 5 STARS

You had me at huskies. Seriously, as a dog lover, my heart melted at the cover alone. Isn’t it gorgeous? This is the first book I have had the chance to read from this author, and I was lucky enough to get an early copy.
Ellingham writes beautifully, and her characters are engaging and very human. I love how she sets the scene. Before they embark on their arctic adventure, she gives the background to each character, so before you set foot in the snow, you feel as though you already know them and their struggles. The trip is much more than a once in a lifetime opportunity, for each of them they are going on a journey to deal with problems in their lives and trying to find a way forward, to move on. The description of the setting is so vivid I felt like I was there at times, and the setting is a genius metaphor and very unique in the market. This book was a joy to read, and stays with you long after the last page. Ellingham is now an ‘auto buy’ author on my list. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC.

This is an amazing book and is currently available on pre-order – Out on November 17th – grab your copy now, curl up with a hot drink and travel to the Northern Lights from the comfort of your blanket fort……

Blog Tour: Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller

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Welcome in the festive season with love, laughter and the perfect G&T in Christmas at the Gin Shack – the most uplifting holiday read of 2017!
Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…
Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin-themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!
But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.
Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day?
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My Review

When I first heard about fellow HQ author Catherine Miller’s Gin Shack book, I loved the idea. I think that books featuring characters of the more mature age are sadly lacking or a bit stereotypical, but octogenarian Olive is none of those things! Now she is back and it’s Christmas time. Olive has plenty to keep her occupied with unseen forces at work, and worrying about her loved ones. I adored Olive, and this book is a beautiful mix of fun, frolics and the worries and perils of growing old and caring about people. The mother son relationship was very engaging, and Olive is one of the best characters I have read in a long time. Would love to see a third book in this series! Every G & T needs an Olive 🙂

Catherine has a beautiful Christmas tale here and the sense of community, family and living life to the full. I would highly recommend both books in the series – they do follow on from each other but each can be read as a standalone too. Now excuse me, I have a sudden craving for a mince pie gin cocktail….

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Author Bio
When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with HQDigital UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016. She is now the author of four books and hopes there will be many more now her twins have started school. Either that, or she’ll conduct more gin research on Olive’s behalf.

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Operation Helen Phifer: Halloween

 

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Halloween is coming – as you can see, the kids love it! We all dress up (Oliver the dog has even got a vampire cloak – hubs was not amused). I have seen It, I have the candy and the decorations, we have days out planned..now I need the fear!

 

I have set myself a challenge – from 25th October till 31st October I am going to only read Helen Phifer’s books – not heard of her? Oh I think you have. Or you should have. Need a refresher?

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No, still relaxed? What about this one?

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Ah, there you go! Now, don’t be silly, it’s just a book cover. No, don’t scream. No, put down that rolling pin! I have been a fan of Helen’s since I read her first book and since then I have bought EVERY book and….not read them. Why? Life, dear blog, life. Annoying deadlines, sleep, work, children that need feeding, washing to be done.

Now, I hate autumn, and winter. Yes, the leaves, the sunsets, pumpkin spice latte, blah blah blah. I am grumpy till Halloween comes, then I bloomin’ love it. This mild mannered teacher and romance author has a dark side, peeps and Helen Phifer feeds it with her books. And also scares the bejesus out of me.

 

The challenge is on people, 25th October I dive in. Remember me fondly….join me if you dare…

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