#BookReview By Lou of David’s Bathtime Adventure By Sue Wickstead @rararesources @JayJayBus #PictureBook #ChildrensBook #Bathtime #BlogTour

David’s Bathtime Adventure 
By Sue Wickstead

Rating: 5 out of 5.

David’s Bathtime Adventure is an imaginative and fun story and today I am on the blog tour with a review. Find out more about the blurb and my review below. Thanks first to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite and book.

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Blurb

David  loves his bath time!

As Mum fills the bath with water, David gets himself ready for a swimming adventure.

With toys and his fishing gear, he certainly enjoys splashing around in the water.

(And making a mess!)

Where will his imagination take him?

Review

Bathtime can be fun! David’s Bathtime Adventure makes it look like the best of times in this picture book, with a great story. It is about David and his bath toys having such a joyous and imaginative time of adventure. This book is perfect for those children who like fun and excitement as well as those who are reluctant to go into the bath. Parents/carers can use it as an aid. It’s also great for using to enhance bonding over bathtimes. The illustrations are also bright and bold as well as exciting and full of adventure. At the back of the book there is also a bit about water play and its importance.

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50 Books To Read If You’re An Armchair Detective By Eric Karl Anderson @lonesomereader @MurdochBooksUK @RandomTTours #BlogTour #50BooksToRead

50 Books To Read If You’re…
An Armchair Detective
By Eric Karl Anderson

*****

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If you’re that armchair detective who likes to solve puzzles, then this is the perfect book for you, where you’ll find 50 book recommendations of the detective sub-genre of crime fiction. It is perfect for yourself or as a present for your partner-in-crime. They set me up good and proper with free gifts of a notepad and small pencil, detective glasses and magnifying glass to solve the cases. Thanks to Random T Tours for the invite and Murdoch Books UK for the surprise gifts and book. Investigate more in pics, blurb and review below…

 

A book lover’s guide to the 50 most iconic and interesting ‘cosy crime’ novels.

By Eric Karl Anderson

50 Books to Read If You’re an Armchair Detective is the perfect gift for book-loving friends.

Part of a new series of gift books celebrating books and reading, 50

Books to Read If You’re an Armchair Detective is packed full of

inspiration for fans of cosy crime to discover lesser-known books and revisit forgotten classics.

Whether you’re a Richard Osman fan or a Sherlock Holmes devotee, bibliophile and book blogger Eric Karl Anderson will introduce you to some new and unexpected novels. The book includes an interactive element with space for star ratings, lists of favourite reads, thoughts and dates for beginning and finishing books.

Encompassing a range of authors and books, from classic to contemporary, 50 Books to Read If You’re an Armchair Detective offers the lucky reader plenty of scope to discover the best cosy crime books across the globe.

Review

This is perfect for armchair detectives and would even make a perfect gift for someone or a treat for yourself. This book has a bit about contemporary titles and their authors, such as The Thursday Murder Club By Richard Osman, In The Woods By Tana French, The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis, The Windsor Knot By S.J Bennett to Classic Crime such as Moonshine By Wilkie Collins, The Mysterious Affair At Styles By Agatha Christie and perhaps lesser known titles to discover such as from the mid 1900s such as The Clock Strikes Twelve by Patricia Wentworth, Why Shoot A Butler By Georgette Heyer. This is only a small selection of what you can find in this beautiful compact book that is full of useful and interesting information. Readers can also keep themselves organised at the back of the book as there are pages to write thoughts and lists on. It is a real gem of a book for avid and new readers alike.

#BookReview By Lou of 50 Books To Read If You’re… A Hopeless Romantic By Eric Karl Anderson @lonesomereader @MurdochBooksUK @RandomTTours #50BooksToRead #HopelessRomantic

50 Books To Read If You’re A…
Hopeless Romantic
By Eric Karl Anderson
*****

Today I am pleased to be on the blog tour to review this list book that gives you a bit of insight of 50 great romantic books. Thanks first to Random T. Tours for inviting me to review and to the publisher, Murdoch Books for the book and lights and love heart sweets (see pics below). The sweets are eaten, the book duly read and scrutinised and the lights were on the mantle piece, but will be part of my Christmas decorations in December. Now, onto discovering the book through pics, the blurb and my review.

Books to Read If You’re a Hopeless Romantic is the perfect gift for book-loving friends.

Discover lesser known books and revisit forgotten romantic classics with 50 Books to Read If You’re a Hopeless Romantic.

Whether you’re a Bridget Jones fan or a Pride and Prejudice devotee, bibliophile and book blogger Eric Karl Anderson will introduce any fans of love stories

to some new and unexpected novels. The book includes an interactive element with space for star

ratings, lists of favourite reads, thoughts and dates for beginning and finishing books.

Encompassinga range of authors and books, from classic to contemporary, 50 Books to Read If You’re a Hopeless Romantic offers the lucky reader plenty of scope to discover the best romance books across the globe.

Review

Discover 50 romantic books through different eras, from historical to contemporary, the author has thought about something for everyone who takes pleasure in this genre. Within this , you’ll find books dating from the 1800’s right up to present day. It takes readers to, perhaps well-known books such as Wuthering Heights, The Graduate, One Day, Bridget Jones Diary, Gone With The Wind, Normal People, Never Let Me Go, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, Open Water to name but a few, to perhaps, lesser known books for these days such as The Well of Loneliness, The Price of Salt, The Narrows to name but a few.

This is more than a list that the author has compiled, you’ll find a bit of information about the books that will be sure to inspire. It is a bit like an unearthing of a treasure trove of love and romance through the eras within books. Each with romance and fun but also with storylines to really get your teeth into. It is a list that may also remind readers that romantic fiction isn’t frivolous, it also has gripping, emotional storylines.

The interactive element is both practical and fun as you can jot down your favourites and thoughts. This would be a great treat for any reader, even as a present or for yourself.

What will you unearth and give a try from this book? It is well-worth a read.

About the Author

Eric Karl Anderson, aka the Lonesome Reader,
hails from Maine and has lived in the UK for many
years. He started a reading blog to record his
thoughts on the books he was reading and he now
reviews books for several publishers across his
socials, including his popular YouTube channel.
Asbwell as having his own novel and short stories published, he’s been on the judging panels of
numerous literary awards including The British Book Awards (2017) and The Costa Book Awards
(2020). RuPaul praised his blog on his podcast ‘What’s the Tee?’ after Eric recommended he read Damon Galgut’s novel Arctic Summer.
 
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#BookReview By Lou of All About Evie By Matson Taylor – Out Now! @matson_taylor_ @ScribnerUK @simonschusterUK #EvieEpworth #1972 #AllAboutEvie #BookTwt #MustRead

All About Evie
By Matson Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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All About Evie is uplifting, incredibly humorous, poignant and a must read for anyone’s tbr list!
This is the second installment from the author who brought us the wonderfully funny and poignant book – The MisEducation Of Evie Epworth 
Check out more in the blurb and then find out about the rest of my review below.
Thanks first to Matson Taylor for arranging a copy to be given to me to review and for 

Blurb

All About Evie CoverTen years on from the events of The Miseducation of Evie Epworth, Evie is settled in London and working as a production assistant for the BBC. She has everything she ever dreamed of (a career, a leatherette briefcase, an Ossie Clark poncho) but, following an unfortunate incident involving a Hornsea Pottery mug and Princess Anne, she finds herself having to rethink her future. What can she do? Is she too old to do it? And will it involve cork-soled sandals? 

As if this isn’t complicated enough, her disastrous love life leaves her worrying that she may be destined for eternal spinsterdom, concerned, as she is, that ‘even Paul had married Linda by the time he was 26’. Through it all, Evie is left wondering whether a 60s miseducation really is the best preparation to glide into womanhood and face the new challenges (strikes, power cuts, Edward Heath’s teeth) thrown up by the growing pains of the 70s.

With the help of friends, both old and new, she might just find a way through her messy 20s and finally discover who exactly she is meant to be…

Review

Evie is now 26 1/2 years old and now living in London, and if there’s something the author – Matson Taylor does well, it is uplifting opening paragraphs and then sustaining that throughout the rest of a book.

Readers – Get re-acquainted with Evie Epworth! This time, the year is 1972 and she is at work doing a sound check at Broadcasting House in the Women’s Hour studio for a special broadcast of Princess Anne doing an interview.
Her best friend is Caroline, who brought her to London as they’re like sisters. She needs that kind of loving after still having her sparkley career in the morning and it vanishing by the afternoon… Then there’s the matter of her love-life and time is moving on and lots of guys are being picked off the shelf and coupled up, as her internal clock is also ticking away. It has a very entertaining, humorous Bridget Jones vibe, right down to a certain list, that fits well and seems a nice nod to those books/films. It’s a vibe that not everyone pulls off well, but Taylor does in this series and yet keeping originality in the characters and narrative.

Nestled amongst the hilarity, there are moments of poignancy and sadness in family matters, but not deeply depressingly sad, it’s another side of grief and dealing with the deceased belongings, a tender, bittersweet moment that is realistically captured, before moving back to Evie working on a plan of action for her next stage in life (sort of).

There are interesting interludes throughout the book, much like there were in the first book – The Miseducation of Evie Epworth. This time it is like a bit of a tour around different parts of Scotland and Yorkshire, giving insights into what happened for a person to get to where they are now. It may not sound like this works on paper like this, but in the book it does and flows naturally. The fact there are interludes sort of reminds me of a style in a drama I used to watch. The interludes in this book add much depth and poignancy.

I am absolutely hooked on reading about Evie Epworth and I am sure others will be too. I can’t wait to see what Matson Taylor writes next!

I highly recommend this book.

 

#Review By Lou of The Daves Next Door By Will Carver @will_carver @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours #WillIBlowUpThisTrain #TheDavesNextDoor #MustRead #PsychologicalThriller #BookRecommendation #BlogTour

The Daves Next Door
By Will Carver

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Darkly thought-provoking as Will Carver’s books are; The Daves Next Door is another highly unique, shockingly plausible thriller. Find out more below in the blurb and the rest of my review below, as well as a bit about the author. Thanks first to Orenda Books and Random T. Tours for a spot on the blog tour to review and for a copy of the book.

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Blurb

A disillusioned nurse suddenly learns how to care.

An injured young sportsman wakes up find that he can see only in black and white.

A desperate old widower takes too many pills and believes that two angels have arrived to usher him through purgatory.

Two agoraphobic men called Dave share the symptoms of a brain tumour, and frequently waken their neighbour with their ongoing rows.

Separate lives, running in parallel, destined to collide and then explode.

Like the suicide bomber, riding the Circle Line, day after day, waiting for the right time to detonate, waiting for answers to his questions: Am I God? Am I dead? Will I blow up this train?

Shocking, intensely emotive and wildly original, Will Carver’s The Daves Next Door is an explosive existential thriller and a piercing examination of what it means to be human … or not. 

Review

The events within the book, as it says near the start, are pretty close to the truth, but are actual fictional. There are many stories in the universe, big ones and small ones and this is shown within this book and majestically points this out in a captivating way, right from the prologue. The book isn’t really about that terrorist attack at all, it’s about insights and observations of society. It isn’t your typical thriller with such characters as is within the blurb, with death, blood, guts and gore. It’s more a cerebral, psychological thriller; which is where Will Carver’s books tend to settle in.

This book packs a punch! Will Carver and his bravery of saying things how they are in excellent story-telling that captivates until the very end, meaning for many a late night reading one of his books. What Will Carver expertly does is shows the consequence and the aftermath of an event. The events are explosively shocking! People who didn’t initially know each other now have a connection. He has taken a different angle starting with the prologue and then ingeniously finishes the prologue on a question, so how can you not be enticed to read on?

Then the book takes readers to the Daves. They are terribly unwell, both psychologically and physically, but there is some unexpected optimism in tone at certain times.

The book shows a little about being in a life or death scenario and the human condition. There’s an old man and the Daves and a young sportsman who have of course been in better ways in their health and life. There’s also Vashiti, the nurse, who questions her ability to care, whether she actually does care and then re-learns this. There’s also a could be terrorist and what thoughts go on. There is also, intriguingly, some chapters called God? Terrorist? Narrator? – all 3 mentioned in the title, before splitting off a bit. It’s a very unique book and this poses a very different set of questions, compared to the Daves or the nurse. 

There’s so much that is thought-provoking that makes you see things in different ways as the book takes readers on a journey into the human psyche. This is something Will Carver does rather expertly and then fictionalises it just enough to create an entrancing, yet very plausible story that shows elements of society and perhaps shows parts in a true light. He finds all the darker, often hidden in plain sight corners and reflects them back to the reader.
There are elements of themes and writing style that are reminiscent of Nothing Important Happened Today and Hinton Hollow Death Trip, but it is perfectly okay not to have read these first as The Daves Next Door is standalone. They all shine a light in the most original ways on society in storytelling that I certainly hadn’t seen before. So, if you need something to read that is entirely new, check out Will Carver’s books.

The Daves Next Door is compulsive and immersive reading. Like his other books, it provides great insight into the world and people’s minds, parts that aren’t particularly talked about, but are there, quietly existing amongst the earth today. Will Carver takes people out of the everyday thoughts and observations and gives a different, but still truthful, perspective on society. It’s yet another must read book. I know, I know, I’ve said this about every single book by Will Carver that I have read and reviewed, which is almost all of them, but it isn’t something I say lightly. Books by him go deep into your soul, are unforgettable and could, if everyone read them, have people having a deeper understanding, a deeper insight and perspective into society as well as thinking about their own lives, all in what are works of fiction, but a white-knuckle journey, close to the truth.

 

About The Author

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, The Beresford is out in July. His previous title Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was
longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Good
Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.

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#Review By Lou of From Sorrow’s Hold By Jonathan Peace – Happy Publication Day @JPwritescrime @HobeckBooks #BlogTour #BookRecommendation #BookTwitter #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #FromSorrowsHold

From Sorrow’s Hold
By Jonathan Peace

Rating: 5 out of 5.

.From Sorrow’s Hold is mysterious, heartfelt and compelling. It is out now! Today I am joining the blog tour on Publication Day for the second in the series of crime books by Jonathan Peace, and going back in time to the 1980’s. Find out more about it in the blurb and my review below. Then find out a little about the author and how he is a “cat dad”, as well as social media links you can click into.
Thanks first to the publisher, Hobeck Books for inviting me to review.

From Sorrow's Hold

Blurb

December, 1988

Christmas beckons
What should be a time of excitement and joy is forever tainted when a teenager’s body is found in the graveyard of Ossett’s Holy Trinity Church.

A suspected suicide
As they respond to the devastating event, WDCs Louise Miller and Elizabeth Hines, together with psychologist Karla Hayes, each use their own experiences of suicide to help the wider community as it struggles to understand the terrible choice that was made.

Another missing teenager
Louise starts to believe there is something even more sinister behind the events…

Review

Firstly, Happy Publication Day to Jonathan Peace.
Secondly, you’ll have seen that cover! It has atmosphere and is a bit spine-tingling in the chilling sense. It sets the scene well as the book itself is atmospheric.
This is a hard-hitting book to say the least and yet compulsive. The 1980’s style of policing makes for a great series. Think Life On Mars with extra tension and grittiness. Although it is set at Christmas, the book feels fine to read at any time of year for the crime-solving.

From Sorrow’s Hold is the second in the series (the first was Dirty Little Secret), often what authors say is that “tricky book”, but this author has cracked it! He captures the time period well and hooks you in with another great mystery. It would read well as a stand-alone for the mystery, but also as part of the series for the main character thread. The character development grows in this book and it’s great getting to know more about WDC Louise Miller, who is hardworking, strong but also has her own personal issues. This time she is on a new case because a teenager has reportedly committed suicide. The mystery then really turns up a few notches as there are questions surrounding this that need answering and it all may not be quite as straight-forward as it first seems. Elizabeth Hines, her work partner and Karla Hayes, the psychologist drafted in to help with her interesting insights and knowledge in what is a heartbreaking, dark case, that has more twists than what WDC Miller and her team were expecting. The further and deeper the case takes her team, the more sinister it becomes and the more compelling to read it is.
I recommend this series and you can grab your copy from today!

About The Author

Jonathan Peace is a husband, cat-dad and author of the WDC Louise Miller novels.

A Yorkshire lad at heart, Jonathan sets his novels in a fictionalised version of his hometown of Ossett, West Yorkshire, during the 1980’s. He now lives and works out of his home in Derbyshire, where he shares his writing office with his author wife, Lucy, and their three cats.

You can find him across the socials at the following:

Website: https://www.jpwritescrime.com

Twitter: @JPwritescrime

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JPwritescrime

Subscribe to his newsletter for monthly updates at: Jonathan Peace Newsletter

Hobeck Books: https://www.hobeck.net/