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About Thebookreviewcafe

Hi and welcome to my blog, I love reading and always have a book or my kindle on the go. I love reading crime/psychological thrillers, but I will read most genres if a book takes my fancy. If you would like me to review a book for you please send me a email, although I cannot guarantee to review a book if it has a tight deadline due to work commitments. As a new blogger I would be grateful for any hints or tips established bloggers could give me, so feel free to email me. Thanks for calling in and hope you enjoy my reviews

The book review café book of the month **November 2019**

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Can you believe it’s the second day of December? As I’m growing older the years seem to be getting shorter or is it just me? As anyone who follows my blog will know I’m not a fan of winter, but I do love Christmas and the build up to it, so it’s the only month I don’t mind the darker nights, anyway is digressing here!

Today is my final book of the month for this year, later this month I will be sharing my books (not in a million years could I choose just one book) of the year post, that’s if I can compile a list without having a major meltdown, I have read so many amazing books this year, it’s going to be difficult to compile a top reads list, but I will give it my best 😂.

Anyway a big round of applause to myself…..I kept my pledge and have only chosen one book every month this year, in previous years I’ve had two or even three top books of the month, and yes once again I have ONE book of the month, go me!

How do I choose my book  of the month?

I go for a book that I find particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a read, an original  plot, great characters and a storyline that draws me in from the first page and keeps me in its grips until I reach the very last page.

So without further ado here’s my book of the month for November and it’s a Cracker………

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

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I loved the Erika Forster series but Dark Elms takes the authors writing to a whole new level of amazing. Dark Elms ticks all the boxes for me it’s dark, gory (I grimaced at more than a couple of the authors descriptive crime scenes) and features a serial killer who will send shivers down your spine, if Hannibal Lecter gave you nightmares, be prepared for a few disturbed nights! you can read my full review here……..Nine Elms by @robertbryndza @LittleBrownUK @BooksSphere #NineElms #MustReads #BookHangoverAward

Highly recommended

You can read my full reviews here……A Dark matter by Doug Johnstone (Skelfs #1) #BookReview @doug_johnstone @OrendaBooks #TartanNoir

First Blood by Angela Marsons #BookReview @WriteAngie @Bookouture #BreakingNews #TeamKimStone #FirstBlood #Surprise

Violet by SJI Holliday #BookReview @SJIHolliday @OrendaBooks #Violet #BookHangoverAward

Books I’m hoping to read in December

I’m hoping to start making a dent in my January 2020 ARC’s, I live in hope 😂😂

And tomorrow I will be revealing my new Christmas feature, which I’m so excited about, but until tomorrow my lips are sealed 🤐, excuse the pun but it’s a cracker.

Thats it for now folks and don’t forget to check out my books of the year post later in December.

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** Christmas gifts** for #Bookworms #BookBloggers #BookishGifts

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Whohooo it’s nearly December, which means it’s time to share my annual Christmas gifts for bookworms post. As these posts have been so popular over the last couple of years I thought I would put together another post for those looking for gifts for a bookworm. 🎁🎄🎅🏻

In the name of research and my own Christmas list (although I have a feeling I maybe on Santa’s naughty list 🤣) I spent hours trawling the Internet (no change there then) to find some amazing gifts that I’m sure every book worm would love to receive on Christmas Day 🎄 Here are some of my favourites.

**I would like to point out although I’ve included links to the items I’ve mentioned, I did not receive any kind of payment for the products in this post and nor are the links affiliated to my blog**

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Christmas candle bundle

 

Combining 3 Christmas candles, these look striking together and would make a gorgeous gift for anyone.

This box includes The Snow Queen candle (candy cane scent), Sugar Plum Fairy (sugared plums scent) and Narnia (pine and berries scent).

Each candle is handmade and poured in very small batches so there might be very slight differences between each one, making it all the more unique!

Eco friendly, vegan and vegetarian, cruelty-free soy wax and the best in scent oils.

Buying link: Christmas Candles

ALICE IN WONDERLAND BOOK COVERS HOODED BLANKET

 

 

  • Features a premium suede polyester print for beautiful color vibrancy.
  • Interior lining is constructed from an ultra-soft polyester wool-like fabric for warmth and comfort.
  • Edges are embroided with a handmade stitch for maximum durability and a homemade feel.
  • Comes in 2 sizes:
    Adult: Measuring 80″ wide x 60″ tall
    Youth: (Age 4-10) Measuring 45″ wide x 60″ tall

Buying link: Hooded blanket

Penguin Mug Collection

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These six porcelain mugs, featuring original Penguin covers, are perfect for tea and book lovers!

This mug set includes:

– A Room of One’s Own
– Great Expectations
– Man and Superman
– Country Life
– The Common Reader
– The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Buying link: Penguin mug collection

Books make me happy travel mug

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Each mug is powder coasted and then laser etched in a bookish design with twice the heat and cold retention of plastic tumblers, and a double wall vacuum insulation degisn, ensuring your drink stays hot for a chapter or two.

The narrow base ensures this travel mug will fit in your cup holder!

Buying link: Travel Mug

vegan bookmarks

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This is for one bookmark.

Buying link: Bookmarks

One hundred postcards from Ladybird

 

One hundred postcards in a gorgeous book-shaped box. Each one features a different and iconic Ladybird book from the whole history and range. Titles include How it Works: Television and Great Men and Women.

  • 100 postcards in a sturdy box.
  • Pack measures 17 x 11.5 x 6.5 cm.

Buying link: Ladybird postcards

Agatha Christie cuff bracelet

4332E9D2-965F-4752-9707-3C57B8B50141This cuff style bracelet features hand rolled paper beads made from a vintage Agatha Christie book: Miss Marple The Complete Short Stories. The beads are strung on galvanized steel wire. This bracelet is about 7 1/2″ from outside end to outside end. The steel wire frame the bracelet is strung on is flexible enough to have enough give to fit a variety of wrist sizes, but strong enough to keep its shape. The bracelet will be made to order, so it will differ slightly from the pictures.

Buying link: Agatha Christie bracelet

Penguin Books – Virginia Woolf A Room Of One’s Own, Black Framed Print

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A classic Penguin Books cover for writer Virginia Woolf’s 1929 work ‘A Room of One’s Own’. A literary and design classic rolled into one, this representation of the Penguin Books cover is perfect for any lover of literature.

Buying link: Framed picture

Just one more chapter t-shirt

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* Made of premium quality ring spun cotton for soft and comfortable feel
* Fabric: 100% Ring Spun Cotton
* Weight: 150 – 180 g/m2
* Designs are printed via thermotransfer vinyl method. This print will not crack or fade which ensures your garment stays looking fantastic.

Buying link: One more chapter t-shirt

My chronicle book subscription boxes

 

 

♥ Monthly or quarterly ♥ Choice of genres: Crime & Mystery and Science Fiction & Fantasy

Prepaid Subscriptions
♥ Perfect for Gifting ♥ One simple payment ♥ Gift up to 12 months of deliveries ♥ Free personalised gift card

Author & Artisan Celebration Boxes
♥ Special occasion and celebration boxes to showcase books, local artisans and authors we loved so much they deserved their own box.
♥ Perfect for Gifting ♥ Free personalised gift card

Buying link: My chronicle book box

Wuthering Heights Umbrella

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Just about room for two under this umbrella, even on a blowy Yorkshire moor. Part of the growing range of gifts inspired by Penguin’s iconic cover designs.

  • Collapsible umbrella with matching sleeve.
  • 110cm diameter when open.
  • 100% polyester.

Buying link: Umbrella

Book/travel journal

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This travel journal features a vintage world map design and an inspiring quote about the importance of adventure and exploration. A wonderful leaving present that’s bound to delight any friend of family member off to travel the world.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

A5 writing notebook that’s as beautiful as it is functional. It’s chunky with lots of room for doodles, sketches, lists and ideas.

Your journal will come gift-wrapped in a lovely old road map.

Buying link: Book/travel journal

Kindle classic book covers

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A beautiful vintage hard back book style ereader and tablet cover handmade in England using 40 years of bookbinding experience. The perfect coming together of old books and new technology make this the ideal gift for kindle and ereader owners that miss the feel of a book in their hands.

We have recently improved our cases by adding the capability to fold backwards for one-handed reading. This includes a strong magnet closure that keeps the kindle cover closed in transit and also in position when the case is folded backwards.

Please note that our covers do not have sleep/wake functionality because they are a universal fit for any eReader. The power button can be accessed easily when open or closed.

Made using locally sourced materials by highly skilled craftsmen and women in England, our cases are of the highest quality and have a lovely back story that makes them the ideal present and conversation piece.

Each case is wrapped with a beautiful antique paper band as standard, for an extra special personal touch.

Buying link: Kindle classic book covers

Book spine tote bag

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The classic tote with a modern twist: all-over-print allows for 100% customisation, bringing the basic tote to the next level. Your next shopping trip just got a little more earth-friendly and a lot more stylish!

  • Dimensions: 40.6 cm l x 40.6 cm w; Strap: 71.1 cm l
  • Material:
    • Exterior: 100% sturdy brushed polyester
    • Interior: 100% polyester nonwoven laminate
  • 100% cotton web handles
  • Printed then sewn for edge-to-edge designs
  • Black laminated lining for extra support
  • Spot or dry clean only
  • Made in the USA

Buying link:     Book spine tote bag

Book lover gift set tin

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Gift Set includes:
* hinged storage tin with quote on lid
* reading journal featuring matching quote
* matching ruled notebook
* stainless steel or black resin fountain pen (please specify your choice or one will be chosen for you at random)
* 4 mixed quote ex libris bookplate labels
* 4 mixed quote bookmarks
* OPTIONAL Add a notecard & envelope featuring matching quote (packaged separately to tin contents, for gifting purposes)

Buying link: Book lover gift set tin

Book sleeve

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This sleeve will protect the edges of your favorite novels. Don’t worry about the damaged corners, or scratched cover!

It has one foldable side that will adjust to your book thickness. This book cover is perfect for books up to 600 pages (this cover can be used with a 200 pages book or 600 pages book).

You’ll find 4 height size options, depending the size of the books you usually read.

Buying link:  Book sleeve

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood’s poster

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The first edition cover design of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale – the groundbreaking work of speculative fiction that shocked people not because it was prescient, but because it described what societies have already done.

  • A1 size, 84 x 59.4 cm. Dimensions include 5cm white border.
  • Printed on 150 gsm silk matt paper.
  • The poster is delivered rolled.

Buying link: The Handmaid’s Tale Poster

Bodleian High Jinks Jigsaw Puzzle

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A stunning jigsaw featuring beautiful decorated cloth editions of 19th Century children’s books from the Bodleian Library, with an emphasis on plucky schoolgirls. Perfect for jolly japes with madcap friends!

  • 1000 pieces.
  • Comes in a box.
  • Box measures 25.4 x 25.4 x 5 cm; finished jigsaw measures 73.5 cm x 51 cm.

Buying link:  Book Jigsaw

 

Well that’s it folks my guide to Christmas gifts for bookworms, I hope I have given you some inspiration, is there anything on here that you would love as a Christmas present? Or is there anything I’ve missed? Please feel free to leave a comment

And now I’m feeling festive so I’m off to put the Christmas tree up 😂🎄

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My TBR pile for January & February 2020 (so far) #BookBlogger #PartOne

Today I thought I would share something a little bit different with you all. I was checking on my TBR pile and realised that despite it only being October I have some amazing ARC’s sat waiting to be read.

So I thought I would give you a glimpse of what sound like some amazing books being published in January and February 2020……….my dilemma now is which one to read first? 

Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

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Every town has its secrets. Lesley Kara knows them all .

From the author of 2019’s biggest crime thriller debut, The Rumour, comes an addictive new novel . . .

It’s been 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes since her last drink. Now Astrid is trying to turn her life around.

Having reluctantly moved back in with her mother, in a quiet seaside town away from the temptations and painful memories of her life before, Astrid is focusing on her recovery. She’s going to meetings. Confessing her misdeeds. Making amends to those she’s wronged.

But someone knows exactly what Astrid is running from. And they won’t stop until she learns that some mistakes can’t be corrected.

Some mistakes, you have to pay for . . .

Pub Date 9 Jan 2020

Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

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Inspired by a terrifying true story, a heart-pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota town where nothing is as quiet—or as safe—as it seems.

Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.

All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.

One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.

Pub Date 1 Jan 2020

The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell

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She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.

Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.

Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.

When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…

Pub Date 14 Jan 2020

The Murder House by Michael Wood

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They were the perfect family. It was the perfect crime.

The new gripping DCI Matilda Darke crime thriller about the dark secrets that lie within a perfect family. For fans of Patricia Gibney and Angela Marsons.

It’s the most disturbing crime scene DCI Matilda Darke has ever seen…

The morning after a wedding reception at a beautiful suburban home in Sheffield, the bride’s entire family are stabbed to death – in a frenzied attack more violent than anything DCI Matilda Darke could have imagined.

Forensics point to a burglar on the run across the country. But cracks are starting to appear in Matilda’s team, someone is playing games with the evidence – and the killer might be closer to home than they thought…

The Knock by Jessie Keane

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For some, being on the wrong side of the law is the safest place to be . . .

Dora O’Brien had a good start in life, but things went bad when she began to mix with the wrong company. When her daughter Angel is born, Dora is already under the influence of drink and drugs.

Growing up in the shadow of her mother’s abusive relationship, Angel is nothing like her mother, but when matters turn murderous, Angel is forced to grow up fast and survival becomes the name of the game.

No one uncovers the underworld like Jessie Keane.

The Other People by C.J. Tudor

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She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .

Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window.

She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’

It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.

He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.

Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .

Pub Date 23 Jan 2020

The Dilemma by B A Paris

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The million-copy bestselling author returns with another breath-taking book …

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.

The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

One day that will change a family forever, The Dilemma is the breath-taking, heart-breaking new novel from the million-copy-selling, Sunday Times bestseller, BA Paris

Pub Date 9 Jan 2020

The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donahue

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Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic teacher disappeared without trace…

In an elite Catholic girls’ boarding-school the pupils live under the repressive, watchful gaze of the nuns. Seeking to break from the cloistered atmosphere two of the students – Louisa and Victoria – quickly become infatuated with their young, bohemian art teacher, and act out passionately as a result. That is, until he and Louisa suddenly disappear.

Years later, a journalist uncovers the troubled past of the school and determines to resolve the mystery of the missing pair. The search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest.

The Temple House Vanishing is a stunning, intensely atmospheric novel of unrequited longing, dark obsession and uneasy consequences.

Pub Date 20 Feb 2020

The House On The Lake by Nuala Ellwood

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No matter how far you run . . .
He’s never far behind

Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.

But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?

Pub Date 20 Feb 2020

The Perfect Kill by Helen Fields

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He had never heard himself scream before. It was terrifying.

Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim.

Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed…

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland.

With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…

Pub Date 6 Feb 2020

Are You Watching? by Vincent Ralph

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Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was the first victim of the now notorious Magpie Man. 13 murders later and this serial killer is still at large with no clue as to his identity. He kills every 9 months. It’s almost time for his fourteenth victim.

Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she’s using it to warm up the case that has turned cold.  The world is watching her every move. And so is the Magpie Man.

Pub Date 6 Feb 2020

 

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The brand new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

It starts with a party.

On a remote island, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.Old friends. Past grudges.Happy families. Hidden jealousies. Thirteen guests.One body.

The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.

It’ll end in murder.

Pub Date 20 Feb 2020

Well what do you think? Have any of these books caught your eye? Is there a book you are desperate to read in 2020? Please feel free to leave me a comment.

My Chronicle Book Box #BookSubscription #Monthly @MyChronicleBB #Review #DiscountCode #CrimeMysteryBox #Mychroniclebookbox #NovemberBox

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Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on The Crime & Mystery monthly book subscription box for November from https://mychroniclebookbox.com/ not only that but followers of my blog can get a 10% discount on their first box (details can be found further down this post). The Crime & Mystery monthly book subscription box, has everything you love about a quarterly book subscription box, but monthly!

**Please note I have not received payment for reviewing this book subscription, but I did receive a box in return for a honest and unbiased review**

I must admit I have been eagerly awaiting this box, I couldn’t wait to see what founder Louise of My Chronicle Book Box  had come up with. When it arrived it felt like Christmas, as you are never sure what lies inside these beautifully packed parcels.

Once again I was amazed at the amount of thought that had gone into this box, each gift has been carefully selected and fits the theme of the book. I’m sure you are eager to see what lies inside so without further ado, here we go……..E007457E-B714-4995-B395-00056F3C3EC0

First up……..

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As with the previous box, it comes with a welcome letter and this month’s theme is Cheating. Lying. Murder?  I loved the print with the book quote, which I’m going to frame and put on my bookshelves. There’s a Q&A with author Nicci French. There’s also a sample of Tidelands by Philippa Gregory.

 

Then there were the bookish themed gifts……

  • A handmade Liquid soap called partners in crime, which smells Devine, it’s a blend of  pink grapefruit and Neroli.
  • A cruelty free bath soufflé scented with lavender and fennel seed, I love a soak in the bath so this product is perfect.
  • A decorative key which I’m going to use as a book mark as it’s got a lovely little tag with a quote on it.

And if that wasn’t enough you also get a hardback signed copy of The Lying Room by Nicci French. I have never read a book by this author (I know it’s shocking!), but this books been on my ‘wishlist’ ever since I read the book description so I can’t wait to read this one.

 

I think these boxes are worth every penny, when you consider you get a signed book and other book related gifts. The books are beautifully wrapped,  there’s so much thought put into these boxes, I really am impressed. Not only do you get fantastic value for a monthly subscription fee of £25, UK delivery is also now FREE!

I’m not sure I could justify buying them every month  though, as I buy a lot and I mean a LOT of books each month, but I would definitely buy the odd one and if I was looking for a book related gift for a bookworm this would definitely be my first choice. These are the perfect gift for me (hint! hint! family and friends 😂🙈) and anyone who enjoys reading crime and mystery books.

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For more information and how you can subscribe, please visit https://mychroniclebookbox.com/ 

If I have tempted you to buy a box here’s a bonus, courtesy of My Book Box Chronicles….if you include the discount code CAFE10 it will give you 10% off your first box.

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What’s On Your BookShelf? With #BookBlogger Jacob at Hookedfrompageone one @collinsjacob115

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#HappyHumpDay everyone! Not only are we half way through the week, it means it’s time to share another What’s on your bookshelf? post. Today I’m thrilled to welcome Jacob who blogs over at  Hookedfrompageone like myself Jacob mainly reviews crime and psychological thriller, and it’s a MUST visit site if you’re fans of this genre. Without further ado here’s Jacobs post…..

How many bookcases do you have?

I currently have one bookcase. However, I have piles of books everywhere around the house. I always keep saying I should buy some more bookcases, but I kind of like having my books in a chaotic order, similar to a very old book shop where you find books piled high on top of each other. 

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Approximately how many books are on your bookcase?

On the one bookcase I currently have seventy seven books. But around the house, I have three hundred and thirty one books. I probably have more elsewhere, and of course this doesn’t include the books I have currently waiting on my kindle.

What genre do your books mainly comprise of?

I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise to many when I say that the answer to that question is crime and psychological thrillers. I still have a lot of the books I read as a young adult which mainly consisted of adventure and fantasy. I used to read a lot of books by Philippa Gregory, so there is some historical fiction around as well. 

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

There are so many books that keep screaming at me for attention. It seems that there are more and more books being released all the time, so I don’t think I’ll ever catch up. I’m hoping to read Roz Watkins, Dead Man’s Daughter soon, Cruel Acts by Jane Casey and Deadland by William Shaw. 

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

This would probably be Cold Killers by Lee Weeks. I read the first few books in this series back to back and bought this book the moment it came out in 2016. I really do enjoy reading Lee’s books so I must get round to it soon.

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

Hold Your Tongue by Deborah Masson which is out in January 2020. Who Killed Ruby by Camilla Way and Little Darlings by Melanie Golding. These are just some of the books I will be adding. 

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If you could keep one book from your book case, which one would you choose?

I think I’ve said this many times before, but this would have to be Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary. When I read this way back in 2015, it really sparked my interest in crime fiction. I just felt compelled to tell so many people about it and it probably lead to me setting up my blog a little over a year later. I wanted to be able to shout about books I’ve loved as loud as I possibly could. 

Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why? 

Great question. I probably wouldn’t let them leave the house with the book, as I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to books I’ve bought. This is after an unfortunate incident which took place when I leant one to a friend one a few years ago. But I think I’d love to have J.K. Rowling turn up. I think I’d be so star-struck I’d allow her to take any book and I’d have so many questions I’d love to ask her as well. 

About Jacob

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I’m Jacob and I have been blogging since June 2016, when I set up my crime fiction book blog, Hooked From Page One. I’ve always been an avid reader and I am also, still, currently working on a crime novel which I have been writing for a couple of years. Writing is my main passion and has been since I was eleven when I sat down at my computer and decided I wanted to write a book. I had a strong belief that it was going to be the next bestseller. However that novel is still languishing in a drawer somewhere and will never see the light of day. When not reading and writing, I enjoy going to the theatre, visiting historical landmarks and attending book festivals. 

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If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

    

A Dark matter by Doug Johnstone (Skelfs #1) #BookReview @doug_johnstone @OrendaBooks #TartanNoir

Today I am sharing my review for A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone if you are looking for a different type of thriller, one that stands out from the crowd I may just have the book for you, but first the book description……

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Three generations of women from the Skelfs family take over the family funeral-home and PI businesses in the first book of a taut, page-turning and darkly funny new series.

Meet the Skelfs: well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators…

When patriarch Jim dies, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events.

Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend Mel has vanished from university, and the simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker than any of them could have imagined.

As the women struggle to come to terms with their grief, and the demands of the business threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past emerge, which change everything…

A compelling, tense and shocking thriller and a darkly funny and warm portrait of a family in turmoil, A Dark Matter introduces a cast of unforgettable characters, marking the start of an addictive new series.

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When I picked up A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone, I felt a frisson of excitement, (Breakers one of his previous book is sitting solidly on my list of top reads of 2019) as you are never sure what road the author will take you down, but once again the author has written an impressive book, with remarkable characters. A Dark Matter is certainly different to Breakers but how I loved this book, it’s the first in a series following three generations of Skelf Woman. This is a book that doesn’t fit neatly into one genre, it’s a kind of family saga, thriller, crime thriller all rolled into one, making for an unusual but compelling read. 

When the head of the family, Jim Skelf passes away, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of the family businesses, a funeral-home, and private investigators.Two very different businesses, that are polar opposites, but the two blend perfectly, creating a plot that’s teeming with mystery, dark humour and tension. The story is narrated in alternating chapters by the three women, normally this can cause me issues with the flow of a story, but that’s not the case with A Dark Matter the author moves fluidly between the three POV creating a read that’s seamless.

Doug Johnstone has a knack for creating well-rounded characters, they are characters who get under your skin; you find your thoughts continually returning to them. I admire the fact the author isn’t afraid to create characters who aren’t without flaws, after all none of us are perfect! Neither are they stereotypes, they are likeable, credible, and relatable. The women face overwhelming challenges; we feel their grief, anger, turmoil, and anxiety as they become overwhelmed by hidden secrets, strange disappearances, and adultery. As the three main characters are not bound by rules or regulations, they aren’t afraid to push the boundaries, their techniques aren’t always professional, their unpredictable, rash, led by their emotions, which means you are never sure what they are going to do next, for me personally I thought this made the read even more unpredictable. 

As the location for A Dark Matter is a funeral directors, there is some talk of death, and references to what happens to people after death. In the wrong hands this could have made A Dark Matter a gloomy read, but not the author he deals with the subject with a delicate hand, injecting just the correct amount of ‘dark humour’ to lighten the mood, without appearing insensitive. Doug Johnstone captures the reader’s attention from the original opening, tension mounts as each chapter ends, and with a winning combination of diverse  characters A Dark Matter is a thriller that begs to be read in one sitting. Highly recommend

  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS; None edition (23 Nov. 2019)

Buying link:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧    Amazon US 🇺🇸

My thanks as always to Karen Sullivan for my ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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**Bookish Gifts** #FictionalDrinksCoasters #Review inc #DiscountCode #Giveaway #THE AMYGDALAB #Cocktails

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Today I have a review for you all, nothing unusual in that I know, but today it’s a review for fiction themed drinks coasters, rather than books! I also so have a discount code you can use, and two sets of these coasters to giveaway (more about that later). Before I share my thoughts about the coasters here’s a bit about how the coasters came about.

**Please note I have not received payment for reviewing these drinks coasters, but I did receive a set in return for a honest and unbiased review**

Hi Everyone! I’m Copernicus the Lab Mouse, official spokes-mouse for THE AMYGDALAB! Copernicus, Lab Mouse and Official Spokesman for The Amygdalab Research Associates at our Literary Research Facility have been hard at work on a special project for book lovers and are now ready to share their results! After months of painstaking research, experimentation, and inquiry our intrepid Library Scientists have released a set of Fictional Bar Coasters, pulled straight from the pages of classic works of literature!

Kat and Vali, are founders of THE AMYGDALAB, an indie brand whose mission is to create unique fun intellectual products for book-lovers, history buffs, and science nerds. Vali is an indie author, cartoonist, and the creative force behind the brand.

 

My review

I genuinely love these drinks coasters, there quirky, functional, and very eye catching (I’m not sure the photos show how vibrant they actually are so I’ve included my own photos and Kat and Vali’s.

I was expecting to receive the coasters in a flimsy box and for the coasters to be made of card, so I was pleasantly surprised how sturdy the box they came in actually was. The coasters are ceramic with a cork base, and they are waterproof always a bonus when you are as clumsy as me. They can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth. As they are ceramic they seem pretty robust, they are also quite heavy which I wasn’t expecting.

Each of the four Fictional Bar Coasters, feature Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, The Odyssey, and Rikki Tikki Tavi.

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I think they are really good value for the money, there well made,  robust and not at all cheap looking. Personally I think they would be the perfect present for a bookworm who likes something a little bit quirky. I should point the coasters are shipped from the USA but mine arrived within a week of ordering them. As an extra touch you get an ebook of mouthwatering cocktails which you can download. I haven’t had time to try them but I will certainly be trying some of the recipes over Christmas.

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I like the fact THE AMYGDALAB is an indie brand and not a mass marketed company, it’s also an highly original idea and I love the story behind the coasters. I will definitely be keeping a look out for other products the trio come up with.

My thanks to Kat and Vali for my bar drink coasters in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

8BB4CCCE-1A20-4711-A206-D59B32A5CB07You can order set here…… Book bar drinks coasters . Don’t forget to use my 20% discount code LorraineR20

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I have two sets of the fictional bar coasters to giveaway

**Please note this giveaway is open to UK residents only. I will notify the winner via email within 24 hours of  the giveaway ending. Good luck**

Giveaway ends midnight Sunday 24th November’s, winners will be notified within 48 hours of competition ending. The winner must be following my blog via twitter or my blog. Enter the giveaway here…..Fictional Bar Coasters 🥂🍺🍹🍸

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