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Mrs. F. H. Mortimer "Faith Mortimer" (Cyprus and the UK)
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Vulgarian Vamp (Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Book 5)
Vulgarian Vamp (Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Book 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars “Vulgarian Vamp a hilarious Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Book, 25 July 2014
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Wendy Darlin is getting married! She is dragged off to Vulgaria for the nuptials and honeymoon by her beloved archaeologist husband to be Dr Roger Jolley. But things don’t quite run to plan…

Barbara Silkstone writes amazing characters in all of her books, and in this one, Wendy Darlin book 5, she includes Kit, the nail technician and drag queen, a whacky innkeeper Squirl, and a preposterous baby stealing vampire named Vlad. Throw in, Mina an enthusiastic tiny vamp, and a priest who she’s in love with and you have all the ingredients for a zany comedy which deserves a genre all of its own.

The romp takes us on a journey with Vulgarian Airlines to the Van Helsing Resort for Wendy and Roger’s wedding. Plans go awry when a Vampire plot disturbs the arrangements.

Silkstone specialises with her own brand of a way with words. The humour is funny, silly at times, but still retaining an intelligence that makes the reader realise she knows what she’s doing. This book is definitely a ‘fun’ mystery with lots of laughs mixed in with suspense throughout the text.

A definite hilarious romp, for fun-loving readers everywhere!


Time to Let Go
Time to Let Go
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life is...fragile, 22 July 2014
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Alzheimer’s is a dreadful disease for everyone it touches…from the sufferer right through to friends and loved ones. To write about such a subject needs meticulous research and Christoph Fischer seems to have done this with great diligence.
In this novel Alzheimer’s is told as part of a fictitious story revolving around the key subject matter and is handled with care and sensitivity as well as balancing between fact and fiction.

Biddy Korhonen is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. Her long-suffering husband, Walther is single-minded in caring for his wife at home. He is frightened of what is to come and desperately wants to be with Biddy in all her remaining lucid periods. Biddy and Walther have three children, Hanna, Hendrik and Patrick - all of whom have their own secret problems and although Alzheimer’s is the core of the story, these characters have to make difficult decisions about their own lives and what direction they have to take.

The family feels confused, upset and threatened by Biddy’s illness and there are rows between each member as they put their ideas forward – often in direct opposition to how Walther sees things. Walther cannot stop doing as much for Biddy as he can and throughout the reader feels his frustration when things get too much.

Writing about such a subject can never be easy, but Fischer somehow takes the reader into the family – you cannot help empathising with each character as they tackle the despondency in their own personal way, even if at times the subject matter makes it an uncomfortable read.

All in all, I felt this book was well written. Fischer’s characters were rounded and developed more as the book progressed. Right up to the end the reader will feel the love Walther and Biddy share in their declining years.

Excellent and recommended.


The Bone Church: A Novel
The Bone Church: A Novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid historical novel, 22 Jun 2014
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The first part of Victoria Dougherty's The Bone Church is not an easy read. It begins with a harrowing scene and never lets up. Add in some decidedly heavy material and WW2 themes, with a narrative that is oft more than a little challenging, and your head will be spinning.

BUT, don’t give up! One third of the way through and I discovered I was hooked. The WW2 references are wonderful, and the author’s knowledge of history inserted with her own brand of fiction will capture your attention. Indeed, sometimes I found myself wondering which was fact and which was fiction.
Main characters Magdalena and Felix stood out. They are trapped and haunted in their untenable position, but I felt an admiration for their plight more than mere woe.

That said I had to work in some parts to understand what was happening…the reader has to pay attention to the date at the beginning of each chapter; the time changes back and forth.
Nevertheless, this novel is an interestingly addictive foray into a world of paranoia, deceit mistrust, and ultimate betrayal.
Awarded four stars and recommended for history lovers.


FORGIVE NO MORE: (UK Edition) (James Blake thriller series Book 3)
FORGIVE NO MORE: (UK Edition) (James Blake thriller series Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller, 30 May 2014
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This is the third and probably final book in Seb Kirby's 'No More' trilogy.
Protagonist James Blake and his wife, Julia (plus their tiny baby) are separated while James, goes to Italy and Germany. As in the 2 previous books, James is hot on the trail of the nefarious Lando family and their heinous crimes. The story is far reaching and covers art, mythology, drugs, FBI black ops and towards the end, Blake learns about an ancient sect within the Nazi party.

Seb Kirby has many ‘balls in the air’ with this story, and towards the mid to end of the book the excitement and tension builds. The reader has to pay close attention to detail, location and the many characters; otherwise vital clues will be lost. But Seb does touch on the first two novels to refresh the readers’ memory to help things along and everything comes nicely together.

This novel of Seb’s is very good – a thriller in every sense, with plenty of action and tension spread throughout. Once you’ve read a couple of chapters there’s no doubt you’ll want to know what comes next. A page turner in every sense of the word and an exhilarating ride!

Recommended.

Faith Mortimer (Author)


Silent Love
Silent Love
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted story covering deafness and life, 14 May 2014
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A moving and thought-provoking tale concerning the life of a severely deaf young man, David. The story covers his life from birth, through school and into adulthood, when he meets Sara the young woman who helps show him that life can be better when there’s love around.

David was rejected by his mother and up to a point his father. Ms Stone cleverly uses flashbacks between David’s childhood and the present day to show us how his life ran its course during this time; punctuated by some heart-breaking moments and some lovely ones with his teacher, Annie at his boarding school.

In the present, David finds love and learns to overcome his bewildered emotional turmoil. This is not a sloppy love story, but a good insight into how deafness can affect an otherwise perfectly ‘normal’ person and those around him. I found it interesting learning about how he and Sara developed their sign language for communication. I also found David’s relationship with his dog very moving.

A well-crafted story covering deafness and handled well by Ms Stone.

4.5 stars out of 5

Faith Mortimer (author of mystery, suspense and romance)


Silver Rain
Silver Rain
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Weaver of words…Dogs; Butter and Marge and a Pig named…Bacon., 14 May 2014
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Jan Ruth's books are all set in Snowdonia, Wales and her vivid settings play a huge part of each story. Ms Ruth throws the sometime harsh, sometime benign weather at us, adding some gorgeous scenery, and a rural life which often includes horses.

Silver Rain is a story of bewildering family relationships: main protagonist Kate is in her fifties and recently widowed, her selfish and dipsomaniac sister Annemarie, and their confused aged mother. The other family which is equally dysfunctional consists of Kate’s sister-in-law, Fran, husband George and daughter. Plus George’s brother, Alastair (Al) the black sheep of the family, and in the middle of a messy and bitter divorce and - a relationship with a much younger woman, Jo.

Disharmony in these families completely rule! Arguments, fights, sex, greed – they’re all there to read. If you enjoy a good domestic, laced with some mystery (which has kept George and Al at each others throats for years), then you’re in for a treat.

My only problem was I could not relate with Al in any way. Jan portrays her characters well, but I found him to be too indecisive, too casual and not manly enough for my likes – a personal thing I’m sure, and it was Kate who fancied him after all! I just worried that he had enough staying power if and when Kate and he finally got it together.

But all in all, Jan Ruth is a good writer; her books are filled with passion and are not overdone soppy romances, but often gritty and show life as it really is.

4.5 stars out of 5 for Silver Rain.

Faith Mortimer (author of mysteries, suspense and romance)


The Skeletons Of Birkbury
The Skeletons Of Birkbury
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Murder Mystery, 4 May 2014
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If you, (like me), enjoy a good mystery suspense whodunit set in rural England then you’ll enjoy this novel.

Author, Diana J Febry has woven an interesting police procedural, introducing her investigators, Chief Inspector Peter Hatherall and Detective Inspector Fiona Williams. Characters that are perfectly believable.

One word of warning – Febry includes a whole array of other characters who might well be suspects – so bear that in mind as the suspense unravels before your eyes. Apart from the police, the characters are a real cross-section of society, from polite villagers, snooty middle class to complete nutters! All good grist to the mill for interest.

A skeleton is unearthed one morning after a storm, and is found lying in the roots of an old and enormous tree. The bones are eventually found to belong to a young woman who went missing in about 1991.

So a classic murder mystery – in discovering what happened to the unfortunate young lady - and as you dig deeper into the book you’ll see how close to reality certain of the events really are in a small Cotswold village. Everyone seems to have a secret past, often involving feuds and disputes, and the police are no exception.

Everything comes together with one nice ending. And although the book is not especially gritty in the American sense there is plenty enough to keep the reader hooked and guessing right until the last page.

Enjoyable.

I received this book free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Faith Mortimer - author


The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact.
The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical fiction, 8 April 2014
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If you enjoy historical novels, particularly family saga then you’ll enjoy, Guardian of Secrets. This is Jana Petken’s debut novel and it covers abuse and other hard challenges of life which is thrown at heroine, Celia Dobbs.

The novel is long, and in the first section the reader is introduced to some very violent and dark events.

In the second part, the story takes part in Spain, with the backdrop of the First World War looming on the horizon. We then quickly find ourselves as readers in the lead up and eventual Spanish Civil War at the end of the 1930’s. For me this was by far the most interesting and engrossing part of the book and I learnt a lot about Spain and the bloody excesses carried out by all parties involved.

Ms Petken covers love, betrayal, ideology, murder and full bloodied war in an amazing interwoven tale. I recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction and award it 5 stars.

I was given a free copy of this novel in return for a fair and honest review.


The Other No 10 (The Sadie Series)
The Other No 10 (The Sadie Series)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An alternative No 10, 13 Mar 2014
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The novel revolves around four main characters, sisters Sadie and Eva, and two young men, Dickie and Leo.
The sisters are completely the opposite of another. Sadie appears vain and greedy, loving the ‘highlife’ of champagne and haute clothes while Eva – the younger is much happier living a simple life – beer is her tipple.
The girls become involved with the men, and the development of their oddly-matched relationships, are a core to the theme.

Number 10 seems to be a respectably run (by Dickie’s ex-model mother) interior designs business, but the clientele have more on their minds than swatches of soft furnishings and tasselled cushions. What goes on behind the steel reinforced doors?

Sexy Sadie and Leo soon get together (she needs a rich man & thinks he’s the one), but beware…the sex between them is raunchy and steamy…whereas Eva and Dickie take things more slowly, albeit sensuous and meaningful. Without realising why, they are drawn to each other, but throughout their relationship Dickie worries whether Eva will still want him after the proverbial hits the fan.

And indeed it does…will the Other No 10 survive when the police come knocking?

Just when you think it’s all over Sadie’s own little secret materialises …but that’s all explained in book number 2.

Good fun, well written and perfect as a light holiday read, breath taking sex - but be careful if you’re reading it on your daily commute, people might stare at you!


Midnight Sky
Midnight Sky
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 5 Mar 2014
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Midnight Skye is the third book of Jan Ruth that I’ve read…and I was not disappointed. I’ve said before that Ms Ruth writes with passion and intelligence, and as before, this book has plenty of that.

Although primarily a romance, (Laura, Simon and James) it is far more than that. The novel crosses over into other genre, relationships within families, between couples, siblings and old love just for starters. We also see how one of the main characters (James, a horse whisperer) struggles to part with his past life, letting us into a world which is emotive and heart wrenching at times.

Ms Ruth covers many aspects of relationships, a family struggling with money, awful teenagers, a depressed unresponsive husband and a middle-aged woman (Maggie) who’s fighting to keep everything under control as well as her expanding waistline.

While we have three of four different threads to the story (all running at their own pace), we have the main theme concerning Laura and her own dilemmas. She’s in the middle of a crisis and is desperate for help…which comes from an unexpected quarter.

Midnight Sky gives us colourful characters, lots of depth and real life problems.

This book moves at a cracking pace - when it matters - and at the same time, slows down to lull us with lush descriptive prose about where it is set. The reader will feel the stunning and often wild Welsh countryside, ranging from balmy summer days on sweeping coastal beaches to austere conditions in a harsh winter amid the mountains.

Wonderful! A full 5 stars.


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