*Cover Reveal* Let’s Get Published by Val Penny @valeriepenny @lovebooksgroup

Today I am taking part in the cover reveal for Let’s Get Published By Val Penny. This book is perfect for fellow writers wishing to maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers. It is a tough industry to get in to, but with a little guidance and assistance it is possible.

I love this cover design. It’s bright and colourful sending out positive vibes. Have a look for yourself and enjoy the pretty. Are you ready? Here it is! 

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Let’s Get Published By Val Penny

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At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is! The book was written to assist authors to maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors on how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.

 

About The Author

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

 

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*Cover Reveal* The Perfect Life By Nuala Ellwood #THEPERFECTLIFE?

Today I have something exciting to share with you dear reader. I am taking part in the cover reveal for Nuala Ellwood’s next book – THE PERFECT LIFE Out March 2021, published by Penguin. 

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I loved The House On The Lake (click here to read my review) and cannot wait to get my paws on this. Ellwood’s writing is full of suspense and she creates beautiful atmospheric scenery that sends shivers down your spine. I am excited to read this!

 

About The Author

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Nuala Ellwood is the author of two bestselling novels: My Sister’s Bones for which she was selected as one of the Observer‘s ‘New Faces of Fiction 2017’ and Day of the Accident. Nuala teaches Creative Writing at York St John University, and lives in the city with her young son.

 

The Perfect Life

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HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE SOMEONE ELSE?

Vanessa has always found it easy to pretend to be somebody different, somebody better. When things get tough in her real life, all she has to do is throw on some nicer clothes, adopt a new accent and she can escape.

That’s how it started: looking round houses she couldn’t possibly afford. Harmless fun really. Until it wasn’t.

Because a man who lived in one of those houses is dead.
And everyone thinks Vanessa killed him…

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Before I Say I Do By Vicki Bradley Review (Random Things Tours) #BeforeISayIDo @vbradleywriter

It’s the morning of the day you have been dreaming about since you proposed or said yes. Friends and family have gathered from near and far to celebrate your happiness. It’s your big day. Months of planing the flowers, cake, band, everything down to the last detail all rests on today. No pressure. As you turn or walk down the aisle to see your beloved, you’re struck with a sudden nausea. You want to scream but nothing comes out. Your perfect dream wedding has been slashed to pieces within seconds. The mutters begin and all eyes are on you. The person standing before you is not your future spouse. They have disappeared and no one knows where they have gone. 

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Today I am on the Random Things Tours for Before I Say I Do (Published 28th May 2020) By Vicki Bradley. A big thank you to the publishers Simon & Schuster for my copy to review, always appreciated. Also to the lovely Anne for the invite, thank you! 

 

About Author

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Vicki Bradley is a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has had a varied career, as a uniformed response driver in Brent and then as a detective Constable in Southwark CID. She has managed High Risk Sex Offenders and worked on the Serious Organised Crime Command. She is currently on a 5-year career break to focus on her writing. Vicki completed a Creative Writing MA at City University in 2016. Before I Say I Do won the Write Here, Right Now competition, came 3rd in the First Novel Prize and has been shortlisted for the Virago New Crime Writer 2017 and Peters Fraser and Dunlop Prize 2016. She enjoys travelling the world and climbing mountains. Vicki lives in London with her husband.

 

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Her dream wedding is about to become her worst nightmare

Julia is nervous and it’s not just because she’s about to get married. There’s a lot that her soon-to-be husband, Mark, doesn’t know – and she is determined to keep it that way.

As she walks down the aisle, spotting Mark is his tailored suit, she knows she is taking her first steps to happiness- her past can’t catch her now. He turns to face her…

But it isn’t Mark in the beautiful suit – it’s his best man.
Because Mark is missing.
And Julia’s past is closer than she thinks.

 

My Review

The scene of a wedding is one of beauty and grace. A safe place where you feel nothing can go wrong. It is like stepping into a fairytale, the bride in white, the groom in tailored threads with flowers all around and nothing but pure joy. The reader has been invited to such an event as they meet a nervous Julia about to walk down the aisle towards her husband-to-be, Mark. You are led to believe that the reason she is a little on edge is just pre-wedding jitters. Normal wedding behaviour. Yet you get a small whiff of something that smells a bit off. You can’t put your finger on it but it’s there, hanging in the air like a silent but deadly aroma. As Julia walks towards Mark everything drastically changes. You realise that this isn’t going to be a lovey-dovey romance story about newlyweds. No, far worse you experience murder, drugs and revenge all neatly wrapped up as a wedding gift to the happy couple.  

The narrative follows the two main characters Julia Talbot and CID Alana Loxton. Julia is narrated in first person while Loxton is told in third. Because of this style I felt more connected to Julia. However this didn’t mean that I knew everything about her and couldn’t rely on her as a truthful source. I respected Loxton from the moment I met her. She brought a strong sense of justice and dedication to her job that made me constantly cheer her on. With every knock-back she faces she pulls herself up and refuses to back down. I admire this in a character, the tenacity to not give up and the passion to fight for what is right. It was fascinating jumping from Julia’s head to observe Loxton’s investigation. They are two very different characters but have a few similarities that make them a force to be reckoned with. 

At times Julia appears weak willed as her best friend Lucy is often at her side. They have known each since childhood but have an unspoken rule to not discuss their past. In the aftermath of Mark’s disappearance, Lucy is there every step of the way and offers to look after Julia, rushing home from work and bringing her food so she’s not alone. At first it can be seen as endearing but it only enhances how dependent Julia is. She can be excused for certain behaviour as the man she was about to marry has vanished into thin air, but the more you learn about her, the more you suspect something is amiss. She doesn’t know anything about her finances for her own jewellery shop and gets uneasy at the mention of her family, claiming they died in a car crash years ago. She comes across like a child and seems lost in her adult life. Events reach a point where something snaps inside her and she decides to tackle Mark’s disappearance alone which only leads her down a dangerous path. She starts lying to Lucy about her whereabouts and feels increasingly paranoid that someone is watching her. Whenever the police talk to her she is on edge, throwing up and feeling dizzy, she wants to run which only heightens our suspicions of her innocence. The reader begins to wonder if they know her at all or if she even knows herself. She is a complex character wearing many masks which only makes it that more interesting to decipher.

Bradley brings together a mixture of characters that you root for and want to succeed while others you just want to slap hard across the face for being such an arse. It’s a devious blend of innocence and guilt that drives their purpose throughout the narrative, leaving the reader to work out the wolves among the sheep. You think you know certain characters but are then shocked to discover their true identity and no longer trust anyone in the story. You feel a fool as you look back and see the signs. Very much like our own personal lives, you never can tell what lies beneath the surface. With every new discovery of the truth and secret told, the more you realise how wrong you were about everything. 

Bradley has a talent for delivering the unexpected to the reader at the most crucial of moments. There are so many red herrings that leave you frustrated and desperate to find out the truth. I was compelled to read on, to know the fate of the characters and have everything explained at the end like your typical who-done-it. It’s exciting, heart stopping and so full of suspense that you won’t want to put it down. 

Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break anymore, Bradley delivered another blow that cut deeper than the last. I was a mess towards the end and couldn’t stop the tears. It was heartbreaking to read about that fateful day in the woods. All the feelings, the atmosphere, and the innocence. It’s tragic and I was left feeling horrified at how far some people will go to get their own way.

I learned a lot from this story, most importantly that you can’t let your past dictate your future. Both Julia and Loxton constantly worry that their secret past will affect their present. They spend a lot of time fretting about the consequences of what would happen if word got out. They struggle to move forward and find themselves doubting everything they thought they knew. It is only when they confront their fear and refuse to go on living in a state of cryo-stasis that they are revived triumphantly. After all these two characters have been through, it was well and truly deserved and fulfilling to read how they developed and evolved. 

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I give Before I Say I Do By Vicki Bradley a Five out of Five paw rating. 

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Intense and addictive this book is hard to put down. You will find yourself racing towards the end and holding your breath with every revelation, desperate for answers. I couldn’t get enough and did not see the twists coming before it was too late. I was strongly invested in this story, the characters, for everyone to get their comeuppance and I was not disappointed. I felt emotionally drained by the end and loved every single second of it. More please! I am definitely going to be reading more of Bradley’s work, she is an exceptional writer. 

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Death Magazine By Matthew Haigh Review (Fly On The Wall Press Blog Tour)

Get the beach bod that you deserve. 10 new foods that will make you thin. The secret to working out without exercise. Hair to die for! The makeup that will make you unrecognisable! Any of these floating your boat dear reader? Do they sound oddly familiar at all? Are they believable? Would you spend a couple of pound in order to discover the secrets that have been kept from the world? Many of us are guilty of falling into the sleek, shiny trap of a harmless magazine purchase, completely and utterly harmless…

Today I am on the blog tour for Death Magazine (Published By Salt Publishing 15th Jun 2019) By Matthew Haigh. A big thank you to Isabelle from Fly On The Wall Press for my copy to review, always appreciated. 

 

About The Author

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Matthew Haigh is a poet, artist and designer from Cardiff. He is a regular contributor to anthologies by Sidekick Books most recently collaborating with friend and artist Alex Stevens on Battalion and No, Robot, No! They also collaborated on the Tumblr series This Was No Suicide a reimagining of Murder, She Wrote episodes produced using cut-up poetry and collage. He published a pamphlet, Black Jam, with Broken Sleep Books in 2019.

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Death Magazine is a neutropian vision of our soundbite, snippet-obsessed, digital and print magazine culture. It employs the Dadaist technique of cut-up to produce poems that range from the blackly comic to the surreal, from the nonsensical to the prescient.

Many of the poems confine themselves to the precise aesthetics of magazine columns, doing away with line breaks entirely to find new meaning in their Modernist forms. Added to the mix are a range of free verse poems more traditional in form. This monster hybrid of styles, of fact and fiction, aims to replicate the untrustworthy, hyperbolic stream of media that absorbs our lives every day.

This radical work creates a futuristic landscape of human emotion as product a pink, shattered diamond refracting our chaotic times.

 

My Review

With an intriguing cover already pulling me in, I had no idea how intense this reading experience would be. And WOW. Blimey. It’s SO good dear reader. So good! 

The poems are categorised into themes with headings similar to the contents of a magazine; beauty, lifestyle, advice, topics we’re all familiar with. This theme has a dominating presence throughout the collection. We often organise our life into sections and label them with appropriate headings. However quite often we find this is a ruse. Like most magazines it’s all a lie, fake news and gossip. But we continue to purchase our copies in hopes that one day, the lie will become true. Prepare to dive into some explicit poetry.  

Upon reading the FITNESS section, I noticed that the poems were all named after famous actors such as Brad Pitt and Will Smith. Each one mentioned the strain and stress that their bodies underwent when preparing for a role. They all used dangerous ways to get in shape and yet it is still treated as fitness. Haigh used parts from articles found in Men’s Health to concoct these poems. It’s mind-boggling why these unhealthy regimes would be advertised, let alone in a men’s health magazine. And that’s the sheer brilliance of it dear reader. Haigh has used this very ironic stance to highlight his themes and context boldly in his poetry. That the world and its residents are hypocrites. We are all guilty of it, yet we continue to deny it. Human nature is a strange one isn’t it? Haigh makes you question a lot about the world we live in. 

Haigh uses not only striking and thought provoking imagery in his poetry but he presents the harsh reality of what we have become. Consumption has drained our energy and strength forcing us to remain weak and dependent on our material world. In Treating Depression with H.R. Giger a painting is mentioned and described in graphic detail. The painting is titled O’Bannon’s Alien D2 and leaves a disturbing realisation of our weaknesses. Seriously dear readers, if you haven’t seen this painting, check it out. It will leave you with chills. H.R. Giger was a fantastic artist that captured humans and machines embraced together in a cold bio-mechanical relationship. He also brought us the haunting imagery that we all know and love from the Alien films. Haigh’s homage of this ongoing theme in his poetry is hypnotic to read. 

There is a painting by H. R. Giger, in which a creature’s coils
are kissed to comatose lips. I think this figure is us – socked out
cold, the hallucinogen of living fuming through our blood. 

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It was not surprising to discover that all of the poems from the BEAUTY section had been mixed together from blog posts found on the Goop website. One look at their website and you are led to believe that this is a clean, professional place to send out wellness. Haigh not only shows the reader, but asks them: What is beauty? Is it waking up in the morning and downing a glass of hate or smearing lotions and potions all over our bodies in hopes to erase our time upon earth? There is so much to learn from these poems that we have only begun to dent the surface. 

To be honest, our whole lives are unnecessary. The fabric of life is thick silver, fruitless. The person you love has a 100 percent chance of embarking on a kitchen renovation project. We think of death as the heart of the home. 

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 I give  Death Magazine By Matthew Haigh a Five out of Five paw rating.

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These poems are beyond mesmerising. With themes of pop culture, sci-fi and our never-ending greed to consume, there is a lot to indulge in here. Haigh has not only picked up that dusty neglected snow globe sitting on the fire place and given it a shake. He has smashed it to pieces, emptied out all the glitter, handcrafted figures and fake snow before constructing a new, more accurate version of our world. And my word dear reader, will it leave you lost for words… 

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House Of Weeds By Amy Charlotte Kean (Review)

Weeds are often seen as, well just that; weeds. A garden nuisance that when one is cut another two take its place. Many people think them unsightly and portray an unkempt garden. Yet weeds to some are a thing of beauty. They provide nutrition for small animals such as rabbits and guinea-pigs. They make comfy homes for bugs and bring that much needed burst of yellow to brighten even the gloomiest of days. 

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Today dear readers I am reviewing House Of Weeds (Published 17th May 2020) By Amy Charlotte Kean and illustrated By Jack Wallington. Happy Publication Day! A big thank-you to the publishers Fly On The Wall Press for my copy to review, always appreciated.  

About The Author

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Amy Charlotte Kean is a weed, known for her persistence and unpredictability, much like the buttercup, or dandelion. She’s an award-winning advertising strategist, innovator and creative from Essex who’s worked with some of the world’s most wonderful brands like Nando’s, Sony and Jean Paul Gaultier to do unexpected cool shit that benefits society.

Her number 1 bestselling debut book, The Little Girl Who Gave Zero Fucks is a feminist fairy tale and ode to everyday bravery, hated by The Spectator and Trump supporters and loved by women and men who see the power in worrying less. Her poems, rants, reviews, flash fiction and opinion are littered across websites like The Guardian, Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, Disclaimer, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Abridged and Burning House Press alongside her regular column on creativity for Shots magazine.

She’s a university lecturer, founder of DICE, an inclusion initiative in the events space and ambassador for Writing Through, a charity that builds confidence through conceptual thought.

 

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Jack Wallington is a landscape garden designer specialising in nature led, beautiful spaces with a contemporary, light touch to hard landscaping, furniture and features. He views gardens and public green spaces as a mini-ecosystem and living, dynamic works of art that must also be practical, to be enjoyed and create lasting memories for people, too.

Throughout his life Jack has studied different forms of art, and has a current interest in line drawing for its ability to quickly capture energy and form. In all of his work, from pictures to gardens, colour is absolutely critical, used to set the tone and mood.

As a writer, his debut gardening book, Wild about Weeds: Garden Design with Rebel Plants was named The Times Gardening Book of the Year, exploring the virtues of plants we’ve long ripped out and cast aside. In House of Weeds, his quick ink sketches created on iPad are weaved around Amy’s poems that challenge our view of the world.

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Step into a world of deliciously wild characters: a group of outcasts who have only their rebellion in common. Weeds and humans overlap in this prickly-sweet fusion of poetry and illustration, painting tales of society’s outsiders.

One is tempted to say that the most human plants, after all, are the weeds.”  (John Burroughs, 1881)

Between 1879 and 1941 two unlisted buildings in Peckham served as refuge to forty-seven individuals. It was a site of urban legend; asylum for the disgraced rebels and mentally unorthodox of the time. Those who did not fit an aesthetic template; who refused to respect society’s imposed sexual restrictions; the atypical men who had failed and been failed by the system; outspoken women who only a few centuries prior would have been burned as witches.

Little is known about what went on in those houses, as its lodgers were heard but rarely seen. Neighbours spoke of wild all night parties, raucous laughter, mirrors thrown from the bedroom windows with such force they dented the pavement below, and sounds of babies crying bloody murder within the damp foundations.

House of Weeds is the story of these rebel humans. An illustrated poetry collection from Amy Charlotte Kean and Jack Wallington that gives a megaphone to the weird, restless and unruly. The battles they faced and the love they crafted for themselves.

 

My Review

The book opens with a brief introduction about two buildings in Peckham that served as refuge to 47 people between 1879 and 1941. It was a place for outsiders, people who felt they didn’t fit into society’s system. French philosopher Lucien Perrot called the rebels weaklings and weeds because they refused to open the door to him and his pack of hungry journalists and photographers. I don’t honestly blame them as I wouldn’t open my door to that madness. I felt this theme continued to flow into Kean’s poems. How most of the plants she chose to name are seen as common weeds. People don’t like what they see as they can’t understand it so become desperate to rip them up and dispose of the remains.    

On the 6th June 1941 the two buildings were bombed leaving no survivors. The area remains untouched apart from the wildflowers that have continued to grow and flourish amongst the rubble. The weeds continue to exist in harmony. It is an emotional, striking image that blooms throughout the poems and opens the reader’s mind to the possibility of living a life that is worth living. To be honest and true to yourself. We are all fragile creatures and can break easily but we can also be mended and put back together. It is often the thing that breaks us that makes us into the person we are meant to be. These poems demonstrate this and it is a wonder to behold as with each new bloom another chance of life is given. 

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Weeds are harmless. All they want to do is coexist in a world of acceptance and peace. I am proud and happy to say dear reader that I too am a weed. This empowering theme continues to grow stronger and more vibrant the further you wander. The reader quickly realises that they are amongst old friends, ones they have known since childhood and feel a sense of freedom and connection to the wildlife that surrounds us all.  

I was captivated by acres of breathtaking beauty. Each poem is named after a plant and takes on the biography of their frail yet resilient life. No matter how hard we try, we can’t tame or control nature. It has a mind of its own and will continue to grow, expand despite any attempts at keeping it trimmed. These poems, wildflowers are the outsiders, the ones who choose to rebel and refuse to be cut down. All they desire is to be left to live in peace, the life they choose, not the one dictated to them. 

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My favourite poem from this collection would have to be Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-eye Daisy). I remember days spent picking daisies and making chains while also doing the classic he loves me he loves me not game. It hadn’t occurred to me being innocent and young that in the process of my fun I was destroying something beautiful. Once a daisy has been plucked of all its petals it becomes a bold yellow head, pointless and ugly. This poem made me feel for the common flower. As a child I saw unrequited love as the safest kind. No one gets hurt and you can daydream away without breaking anyone’s heart. However as an adult, I now know that love is always worth getting burned for, to feel the pain with the passion and experience the full potential that life has to offer. 

I adore the illustrations throughout this book. They each tell a story of their own and strongly relate to the poems. They bring a sense of calm throughout the chaos and portray an artistic view on the themes spoken. They are unlike anything I have encountered, they are a pleasure to gaze upon. 

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I give House Of Weeds By Amy Charlotte Kean a Four out of Five paw rating.

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These are fascinating poems to indulge in, I highly recommend you sit in your garden (with a cup of tea and cheeky slice of carrot cake) on a warm sunny day and drink up the wonder that is nature. A much needed breath of fresh air, these poems will leave you inspired and entwined as you look out onto the house of weeds. 

 

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The Druid of Death: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure By Richard T. Ryan (Review)

I adore a good crime novel. The thrill of the chase, solving a trail of clues and connecting the dots. The inner workings of a detective’s mind has always fascinated me. How they see the tiny details so clearly and use logic, facts and evidence to bring justice for the unfortunate victims of crime.  Come dear reader, the game is afoot. 

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Today I am reviewing The Druid of Death: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure ( Published by MX Publishing 17 Sept. 2018 ) By Richard T. Ryan. A big thank you to the author for my copy to review, always appreciated. Who’s ready for some crime solving? Deerstalker hats at the ready! 

The Druid of Death: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

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On the morning of the vernal equinox in 1899, Holmes is roused from his bed by Lestrade. The inspector has received a report of a girl brutally murdered at Stonehenge.

Upon arriving at the famed site, Holmes discovers the body of a young woman. On her forehead, painted in blood, is a druidic symbol. On her side, also in blood, is a message written in a strange language that neither Holmes nor Lestrade can decipher. The girl was also eviscerated and her organs placed around her body. As a final touch, branches from yew trees had been artistically arranged around the corpse.

Holmes senses a malevolent force at work, but without data, he is powerless. As the weeks pass, he slowly gathers information about the ancient druids and Celtic mythology and begins to assemble a small army of experts to assist him.

Expecting the killer to strike again on the summer solstice, Holmes and Watson travel to the Nine Ladies in Derbyshire, the site of another stone circle that harkens to druidic times. While they are holding their vigil, Lestrade and his men are off keeping watch over the stone circles at Avebury and several other locations.

The Great Detective’s worst fears are realized when on the morning of the summer solstice, he learns that the body of a young man has been discovered in the eye of the White Horse of Uffington. Like the first victim, he too has been marked with a druidic symbol and his body bears a message. Aside from the symbol and the message, the only other difference appears to be that his body and organs have been surrounded by willow branches.

Realizing full well that a maniac reminiscent of the Ripper is on the loose, Holmes and Watson find themselves in a race against time as they try to locate the cult, identify the killer and prevent another tragedy.

My Review

Sherlock Holmes has and will always be one of my favourite detectives in literature. I have adored every single adventure, each one with him and the ever faithful Watson (and sometimes the loveable Toby) more daring and dangerous than the last. Holmes’ cases have always left me hungry for more and as luck should have it I have stumbled upon this new mystery involving the dramatic duo. Murder, rituals and the Druids; what are we waiting for? Let’s go!

The reader is introduced to the concept that the author won a bid in Scotland on a locked box. This made me smile as at the time when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his stories, the public strongly believed that Holmes was a real person. This slight nod is pleasing to read. Once Ryan opened the box he discovered a concealed compartment with the untold stories of Holmes as told by Watson.

This case sees Holmes and Watson sent to Stonehenge where a ritual murder has taken place. On an altar lies the naked body of a young woman, her organs arranged around her with painted druidic symbols. She died from a single stab to the heart. With little clues to go on, Holmes and Watson find themselves entering dangerous territory as they scour Britain’s most mysterious landmarks in search of the killer before they strike again.

It was nostalgic to hear the narrative of Watson once again as he gives his account on a Holmes case. I have always enjoyed reading from his point of view as it works perfectly. Watson is an educated man, a doctor, yet when compared to Holmes he is placed at a slight disadvantage, similar to the reader. They can relate because no one ever really knows what goes on in the mind of Holmes. Watson admires his friend’s intelligence and determination. The reader like Watson is constantly learning new and rational ways of deciphering the truth. Ryan includes this trait in his writing and it is a delight to read.

It has all the classic ingredients that concoct a Holmes tale. There were many a time I had to remind myself that this was not written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as I got lost and caught up in the story. Of course no one can ever compare to Doyle, he is in a class all on his own. Ryan pays homage to the classic with his own personal tribute respectfully. The reader is once again greeted by familiar faces such as Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson with the familiar surroundings of 221B Baker Street. It breathes new life and passion into a timeless favourite. 

I found myself falling into the trap that Watson often faces, seeing but not observing. One of Holmes’ famous techniques along with not assuming and using facts to make his point. The reader soon finds themselves thinking and observing like Holmes. It’s difficult not to as the more time you spend alongside him, the clearer things become.  

As the reader follows behind like a trusted blood hound. They are faced with danger and uncertainty as to what or whom they are chasing. They learn of the Druids and witness the strange symbols that are left behind. It sends shivers down the spine. With unnerving historical locations as the back drop it makes you wonder if there is something far more sinister at play. The lack of clues and connections only adds to the ever building tension as Holmes closes in on his prey. 

I give The Druid of Death: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure By Richard T. Ryan a Four out of Five paw rating. 

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Another thrilling, heart-pounding adventure with the much beloved Watson and Holmes, Ryan has excelled in his talents as a writer. He keeps in theme with the famous traits of each character and builds a story that is tastefully in line with the accounts of Holmes. I highly recommend to all lovers of Sherlock and crime. Filled with suspense and a compelling narrative, you won’t be disappointed. 

 

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Carrion By Graeme Cumming @GraemeCumming63 @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 

Hello lovely readers. Boy do I have a spine-chilling book to share with you today. It will most certainly make you think twice before you feed those innocently looking ‘hungry’ birds in the park. And best of all it is out this Saturday! Tomorrow! (9th of May 2020) I give you Carrion By Graeme Cumming. I get shivers just reading the blurb and the cover is enticing. I can’t wait to dive into this. Check it out below, enjoy. 

 

Carrion By Graeme Cumming

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CHOOSE
 YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY. WORDS HAVE POWER.

A sheet of black filled his vision as hundreds of birds dived at the cottage, pointed beaks thrust forward. From this angle, he couldn’t see many of them striking it, but the few he did see held nothing back as they hammered into the shutter. The scale of the attack was beyond anything he’d seen or heard of. And bloodied casualties littered the ground: skulls shattered, wings broken, innards spilling from them. The fact that so many of them continued with the onslaught in spite of this filled him with even more dread.

Salin has always wanted an adventure and, when the opportunity presents itself, he grabs it with both hands, taking his friends along for the ride – whether they want to or not.

With strange lands come strange creatures that stand between them and their goal. And that goal is the same for someone else, a man who believes the prize is worth every sacrifice – especially when the sacrifices are made by others.

The future is about to change. But who for?


About The Author

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Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country, and has spent most of his life immersed in fiction – books, TV, movies – turning to writing his own during his early teens. With his interests in story-telling sparked by an excessive amount of time sitting in front of a black and white television, his tastes are varied.  Influences ranged from the Irwin Allen shows (Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaLost in Space, etc.) to ITC series (The Saint, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) and so many more), so the common theme was action and adventure, but crossed into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as crime and espionage. This diverse interest in fiction continued with his reading and his discovery of the magical world of cinema.  As a result, his stories don’t always fall into a specific genre, but will always maintain the style of a thriller. When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club.  Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

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