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#Attend by West Camel #BookReview @West_Camel @OrendaBooks #BlogTour #MustReads

Today I’m thrilled to be one of the bloggers on the Attend by West Craven blog tour. If you are looking for a novel thats highly original, yet captivating then I may have the perfect book for you. Read on for my thoughts….

When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah.

Seamstress, sailor, story-teller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.

With echoes of Armistead Maupin, Attend is a beautifully written, darkly funny, mesmerisingly emotive and deliciously told debut novel, rich in finely wrought characters that you will never forget.

There’s nothing more exciting than picking up a novel that comes with a unique and spellbinding plot, a novel that consumes your every waking minute, and yet you find yourself reluctant to carry on reading it as you don’t want it to end, and Attend by West Camel is one of those novels. Oh how I adored this book, rather like enigmatic seamstress Deborah’s sewing,  this novel is rich in detail, with its threads expertly woven, resulting in a captivating read that is told in the most lyrical way. This is a book that refuses to fit into one particular genre, and I mean that in a positive way, it’s part gritty crime thriller, yet there is also a magical quality hidden within its pages.  

Attend is the story of three people,  Deborah a seamstress, Anne an ex drug addict and Sam whose coming to terms with his own sexuality, each has their own personal challenges. The author has created three very different characters but their stories intertwine, Deborah being the thread that binds them together.  The setting of Deptford, London is perfectly depicted and so vividly described, it’s not a pretty picture,  as within the shadows of the town lie the darker elements of town life, the violence and addiction that go hand with the seedier and murky criminal fraternity, a world that both Anne and Sam know only to well. 

Craven has created characters that are rich in personality, and unforgettable. Dorothy is a character who evokes strong emotions, there’s something that makes you feel desperately sorry for her, she’s someone who deserves to have an abundance of happiness and love and yet that’s something that appears to be just outside her reach. There’s a sadness and an overwhelming sense of loneliness that radiates from Dorothy, as her story unfolds you realise why. When Anne and Sam become part of Dorothy’s life she shares her stories, some see far-fetched, even elaborate and fairy like in there telling, but these are the tales that magically bind the three together. Dorothy’s stories are rich in description and beautifully told, and then you have the strands of Anne and Sam’s stories which are both dark and gritty in their telling.  

Attend is so different to many of my previous reads, and I’m not sure the pace or the plot will be to everyone’s taste, it’s definitely not action packed, this is a novel driven by its characters.  Personally I found Attend to be a memorising read, the setting, the characters and the story line make this novel such an unusual and compelling read. West Camel writes with confidence, he breathes magic into the story he is telling, his characters come alive but best of all Attend is highly original which is always a good thing.  Highly recommended.   

  • Print Length: 276 pagesU
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS; None edition (15 Nov. 2018)

About the author 

Born and bred in south London – and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing. He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch. He currently combines his work as editor at Orenda Books with writing and editing a wide range of material for various arts organisations, including ghost-writing a New-Adult novel and editing The Riveter magazine for the European Literature Network. He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres, and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project. Attend is his first novel. You can follow West on Twitter @west_camel

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧      Amazon US 🇺🇸

My thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda books and Anne Cater for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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#CoverReveal #DeadInside by Noelle Holten @nholten40 @KillerReads @HarperCollinsUK #TeamHolten

Today I’m so excited to be one of the many book bloggers taking part in the cover reveal for fellow book blogger (aka Crime Book Junkie) debut novel Dead Inside.  I was lucky enough to read a copy when it was in its infancy and readers let me tell you “you’re in for a real treat” this is a lady who certainly knows how to write a gritty crime thriller. Before I share the cover here’s the book description…….

An excellent read’ Martina Cole

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.

‘Kept me hooked … excellent pace and a very satisfying ending’ Angela Marsons

When three domestic abuse offenders are found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered. And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the finger of suspicion points at Lucy and the police are running out of time. Can Maggie and her team solve the murders before another person dies? And is Lucy really a cold-blooded killer?

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I love this cover and look at the endorsements from a couple of the best authors a round, high praise indeed.  You can pre-order a copy Of Dead Inside (publication date: 31st May 2019) here ⬇️

*none of the buy links are affiliate links*
Universal Buy Link:  mybook.to/DeadInside

 

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Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at http://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk/ She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering cases of domestic violence and abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the #booklove via her blog. Dying in the Dark is her debut novel and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

Connect with Noelle on Social Media here:
Twitter: (@nholten40) https://twitter.com/nholten40

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Noelle-Holten/e/B07HZ685TL 

Blog FB page: https://www.facebook.com/crimebookjunkie/
Instagram: @crimebookjunkie

#BloodhoundsChristmasCrackers Those That Remain by Rob Ashman #BookReview @RobAshmanAuthor @bloodhoundbook

Today I’m thrilled to be part of the Bloodhound Christmas Crackers blog tour, and I’m re-sharing my review of one of my favourite crimes series Those That Remain by Rob Ashman is the first book in the “Mechanic” series. If  you like a crime series that’s dark and you’re not put off by  gruesome scenes then look no further. The series would make the perfect Christmas too 🎄📚You can read on for my thoughts…..

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The heat of the Florida summer is relentless. Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct. His world falls apart when a brutal serial killer codenamed Mechanic lands on his patch.

Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and the savage ritualistic murders continue. No family is safe from the threat of slaughter at this sadistic killer’s hands.

Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law.

Who can he trust?

The shocking truth is more terrifying than Lucas could ever imagine … and he has to put his life on the line to get it.

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I think I have just found myself a new crime thriller author and series that will be going straight on my “must read authors list”. What a gripping book Those That Remain turned out to be. I do love American based crime thrillers they always seem so much darker and twisted. To say I loved this novel is an understatement it’s probably one of the best debut crime thrillers I’ve read in fact. Rob Ashman’s superb writing drew me in from the first chapter and I’m sure I spent much of my time reading this book in stunned silence (not a mean feat, I can tell you!).

I’m a sucker for a well depicted serial killer and the Mechanic certainly fits the bill. Oh my goodness what a character the author has created one of the most intriguing serial killers I’ve read about in a long time, they are one twisted individual and to their motives for the killings, I couldn’t help having a smidgen of sympathy for them. The Chapters from the killer give you insight to this very troubled and damaged character, from these chapters I felt like I was in the Killers head looking into the darkest and most troubled corners of the human mind which made for a blood chilling read and a couple of restless nights sleep. The crimes committed are gruesome but in the authors defence these scenes never felt gratuitous within the context of the story

Those that Remain has so many great characters I especially liked Lucas’s he’s not you typical stereotype detective for a start he’s counting down the days to retirement, so I found his character a refreshing change from the “kick ass” Detectives that are the norm in many a crime thriller. I’m not going to go into plot details as I would hate to give away spoilers, but what I will say is this crime thriller certainly made for a gripping and unpredictable read that will chill you to the bones. In my opinion it’s one of those books you just don’t want to put down as each chapter leaves you desperately wanting more, it moves along at a fast pace with so many twist and turns my head was spinning.

There were so many elements that made this book an exciting read, unique characters, an intricate plot, and a dash of dark humour. I was extremely intrigued by the profiling side of things, who knew there were so many different types of serial killers? I have one question for the author “why, oh why did it take you so darn long to get published?” I just love it when a book leaves you wanting more. If you are looking for a new crime thriller to read then look no further than Those That Remain I promise you won’t be disappointed. I’ve read the whole series now and it’s a “must” read for anyone who loves a cracking crime thriller. Highly recommended.

Buying links:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 303 pages

Publisher: Bloodhound Books (22 Jun. 2017)

Other Books in the series

You can find my reviews for these books here…

Pay The Penance by Rob Ashman #BookReview @RobAshmanAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

Those That Remain by Rob Ashman #BookReview @RobAshmanAuthor @bloodhoundbook

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Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

Rob has published Those That Remain, In Your Name and Pay the Penance with Bloodhound Books and has since written Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution which will also be published by Bloodhound.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

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#TheSilentDead by Graham Smith #Blogtour #BookReview @GrahamSmith1972 @Bookouture #CrimeReads

Today I’m thrilled to be one of the bloggers taking part in The Silent Dead by Graham Smith blog tour. It’s the first book in a new police procedure series and it’s a cracker of a start to the series. Before I share my review here’s the very intriguing book description……

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He’d found an angel for his collection. But one angel at a time was never enough…

Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of Lake District.

The entire police force are on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.

As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, she knows she’s in a race against time.

But the killer is looking for another darling to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?

A gripping new detective series set in the Lake District

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The Silent Dead is the first book in a new crime police procedure series, written by Graham Smith,  and what a fantastic start to the series it turned out to be. From the opening chapter where a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner in a crumbling castle in the hills of the  Lake District the author draws you in with an atmospheric setting and a crime scene that is gristly to say the least. This book felt much darker and far more sinister than some crime thrillers I’ve read recently and personally that’s the way I like them. Graham Smith has written a crime thriller that has it all, red herrings misdirection, mystery, and bundles of suspense.

 A new crime series always has to put some emphasis on the team, how else are you going to get to know them? Like any regular team, there is friction and disharmony, but when the chips are down or in this case when the team is caught up in a frantic search to catch a killer they pull together, and I’m interested to see how there characters will evolve over the series. I especially found Beth Young an intriguing character, she’s the youngest member of the team so she finds herself constantly trying to prove to her superiors she’s a valuable and worthy addition to the team. 

It never fails to amaze me how authors come up with such ingenious methods of killing off their victims, and Graham Smith has created some very dark and macabre scenes, what a twisted mind this author must have, his methods and vivid description are enough to make the most hardened crime thriller lover have nightmares, me included! And a word of warning perhaps read the autopsy scenes on a empty stomach, there fascinating in there own right but very gory to say the least. 

The short chapters told from two unknown voices add tension to the overall read, the author gives a chilling insight into the Killers thoughts and motives, you get a sense of how disturbed the killer actually is as he experiments and refines his methods of killing with each victim he takes, spine chilling to say the least! The Silent Dead is a brilliant start to this new series it’s well written, with a gory, fast paced plot. I for one would buy the next book in the series without hesitation. 

  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (30 Nov. 2018)

Buying links: Amazon UK 🇬🇧     IBookStore 📚     Kobo📚

Google Play 📚

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Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel – The Silent Dead is published by Bookouture and set in Cumbria / the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972

WEBSITE: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446655.Graham_Smith?from_search=true

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The book review café’s book of the month **November 2018**

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WOW here we are in December, where did the rest of 2018 go? As it’s the beginning of December it’s time to share my book of the month, now you might just want to sit down for this one *shock,horror* I have finally got ONE book of the month, yes you read that right!

As anyone who follows my blog will know I choose a book  for the previous month, in this case November (and normally fail miserably in narrowing it down to one). It’s given to a book I feel is 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…….

The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes

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Oh my freaking god! What a fabulous and compelling  read The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes turned out to be.  I must be honest when I read the book description I wasn’t convinced it would be an original read, as I’ve read numerous psychological thrillers where the protagonist wakes up from a coma with no memory,  but what makes this one so different is in the telling of a very twisted and disturbing tale. Read on for my thoughts The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes hayes

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Here are some of the books I read in November I would happily recommend

 

 

Full reviews can be found below…….

**Blog tour** #HushHush by Mel Sherratt @writermels @AvonBooksUk #BookReview

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain #BookReview @D_Chamberlain

#AndSoItBegins by Rachel Abbott #BlogTour @RachelAbbott @annecater

**Blog Tour** #TheHunted by Kerry Barnes #BookReview @KerryBarnes1 @HQDigitalUK

The Coco Pinchard Boxset by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @CocoPinchard – Coco Pinchard’s Must Have Toy Story #BlogTour #bookreview #TeamBryndza #giveaway @BOTBSPublicity

#TheKey by Katherine Hughes#BookReview @headlinepg

Her Last Move by John Marrs #BookReview @johnmarrs1 @AmazonPub

Next month  I will be sharing my top reads of the 20018 which is going to be much easier than I thought. I came up with a plan of sorts which I will reveal next month when I share my post.

Books I’m hoping to read in December

The eagle eyed amongst you may notice some of these books were also on my November pile, which I never got around to reading #EpicFail 😂

 

 

 

**Perfect Christmas #gifts for a #bookworm**

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With Christmas fast approaching, 26 days to be exact (not that I’m counting!) I thought I would put together a 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 

Bath caddy and book holder

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RELAX IN COMFORT AND STYLE- This luxury Dark Wood bath caddy tray contains a specially designed drinks holder & Anti Slip shelf to hold your favourite book or iPad in place whilst you soak and unwind with a glass of wine.  Bath caddy

Jane Eyre gift hamper

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A sweet and lovely treat for Jane Eyre lovers, this hamper includes products with some of Jane’s most famous literary quotes.

Hampers are beautifully presented wrapped with a ribbon and filled with our own literary shred.

Contents:

* A stunning edition of the book, Jane Eyre, published by Vintage Classics.

* “Reader I married him,” book quote mug.

* Charlotte Bronte literary tea; white tea and Jasmine flowers, amazing for digestion after a long hard walk along the moors!

* A beautiful A5 print; you have an option to choose one of 2 prints.

1st Quote: “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will”

2nd Quote: “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless?

* A gorgeous candle inspired by Jane’s personality, this beautiful scented candle will leave you feeling sweet, sassy and courageous, just like our heroine.

Scent:

Pomegranate and mint, medium strength

Jane Eyre gift hamper

Go away I’m reading gift sets

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Now you can give the priceless gift of a bit of peace and quiet to the reader in your life. Not particularly polite, but sometimes people need to be told! Perfect for anyone who just needs to finish the next chapter.  And the one after that…

Now available as two different gift sets!  Boxed with matching coaster, metal bookmark and (in the larger set) chocolate bar.

  • Bone china.
  • Mug height 8cm.
  • Coaster 9cm x 9cm x 2.5 cm (in sets only)
  • Bookmark 13cm x 3.5cm x 0.5mm (in sets only)
  • Chocolate (in larger set only)

Go away I’m reading gift set

100 postcards from Penguin

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One hundred postcards in a gorgeous book-shaped box. Each one features a different iconic Penguin cover design from their huge archive spanning many decades. Perfect for stationery enthusiasts, this gift also functions as a potted history of book cover design.

100 postcards from Penguin

Bibliophile 2019 Engagement Diary

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This hardcover planner features book-related artwork by Jane Mount, author of Bibliophile and co-creator of My Ideal Bookshelf, on every page.  With lay-flat binding, plastic tabbed sections, two ribbon bookmarks, interior pocket and a sticker sheet, this is a wonderful gift for book-lovers or a luxury treat for oneself.

  • Hardcover, 176 pages
  • Week-to-a-page format
  • Size: 20 x 15 cm
  • Full-colour artwork throughout
  • Year-at-a-glance and month-at-a-glance pages

Engagement diary

Book-opoly

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Book-opoly allows players a glimpse inside the many worlds of classic literature. It’s a traditional property trading game where players buy, sell and trade their way to fun with family and friends. Interesting facts about the books and the authors are printed on the back of each property deed. Roll the dice and advance to Read. Collect Bookstores and trade them in for Libraries. Who knows! You may soon be elected President of the Book Club or you may be tossed out of the game for three turns and sent to WATCH TV!  Book-oploy

Kindle Paperwhite Case Classic Book Cover Compatible Paperwhite 2018 

 

 

  • Exclusively for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Only (Any version).
  • Hard shell snap in case and naturally closed position offers security and protection in transit.
  • Made from high density durable card, woven paper and laminated making it hard wearing and splashproof.
  • Premium handmade product looks and feels like a hardback book but is ultra lightweight and slimline.
  • Excellent unique British brand, great gift idea and signed by the maker. Kindle book cover

Book blogger candle tin

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A great size 8oz tin with a triple wick for the perfect burn.

With scent notes of passion, reviews and nutty banana and has a gorgeous sweet banana walnut scent.  Book blogger candle tin

Pride and Prejudice tote bag

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  • Selected design printed on both sides
  • 1 inch wide super strong cotton shoulder strap (14 inch length)
  • Soft yet hard wearing 100% spun Polyester Poplin fabric
  • Dry or Spot Clean Only        Tote bag

Alice meets Dorothy mug

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Ever wondered what happened when the two leading ladies of literature first met? Based on a New Yorker cartoon by Edward Frascino.

  • Large porcelain mug with gift box.
  • Holds 15oz/420ml.
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Measures 12.7 x 10.8cm.      Alice meets Dorothy mug

Emma woman’s t-shirt

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Based on the lovely cover design from an 1898 edition of Jane Austen’s classic. This t-shirt features a distressed, softened print. Slim fit, runs a size small.

Care: machine wash warm. Tumble dry medium. Do not iron text/images.

  • 100% cotton.
  • Comes in sizes: S-XXL.
  • Color: midnight navy.         Emma t-shirt

My chronicle book box (subscription)

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Choose your genre! Cosy crime and gritty crime thrillers Or High fantasy to space opera, aliens and vampires.

♥ 4 boxes per year, February, May, August and November

♥ 3 newly released, gift wrapped books with author exclusives and luxury bookish items in every box

♥ £15 per month, or £45 per quarter, modify or cancel anytime, no commitment

♥ Free UK delivery, ships around the 1st

My Chronicle Book Box is a unique reading-focused subscription box perfect for book lovers, delivered direct to your doorstep four times a year. My chronicle book box

100 books scratch off bucket list poster

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This poster is an interactive challenge. Read and enjoy one hundred amazing books and each time you finish one you can scratch off the panel to reveal a hidden image. Featuring a range of fictional genres and some non-fiction, as well as a mix of modern and classic titles including The Odyssey, The Great Gatsby, Tell No One and Wild Swans. Perfect for showing-off how well-read you are, or a great gift for someone looking to broaden their reading horizons.

Dead book mark

 

Whodunnit? A criminally classic bookmark. These bookmarks are individually handmade from clay and hand painted.

  • Measures 17.5 cm x 4 cm.
  • Comes boxed.
  • Handmade from polymer clay and metal.  Book mark

Book themed Handbags

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Bookworms and book lovers can celebrate the world of books with a homage to literary classics. On this classic silhouette leather shoulder bag we have recreated books into leather appliques. This ladie’s leather shoulder handbag features twin shoulder straps and there is ample storage for all your belongings. So many different designs and colours to chose from. Book Handbag

Book buddy’s for books and ereaders

 

**These book buddy’s are  handmade to order – please allow up to 14 days for your order to be handmade and dispatched ***

If you love to throw your latest read or favourite book into your bag on your way out, so you can read on your commute or during your lunch break, you may have been disappointed to find your book slightly mangled in transit. Creased pages and bent covers are no way to treat any novel!

Protect your books with a Melvis Makes book buddy – a slightly padded book sleeve, perfect for your latest read to travel in.

Made from 100% cotton, with a festive navy and pastel Waiting for Santa design to outer, and a coordinating mint polka dot lining. This book sleeve is padded with a lightweight fleece.

Choose the perfect size for your favourite books –

Small book buddies are perfect for the average paperback and measures approximately 9″ x 7″.

Medium Book Buddies are great for larger, indie paperbacks and small hardbacks and measure approx 10″ x 8″.

Large Book Buddies are great for standard hardback books and measure approx 11″ x 8.5″.

XL Book Buddies are made to carry the biggest of books, or 2+ hardbacks at a time & measure approx 12″ x 9.5″.

Melaine at MelvisMakes has very kindly offered a 10% discount to your order if you add code BOOKREVIEWCAFE to the Etsy checkout, offer valid until 15 December.

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Library of or Ex Libris book embossing press – personal name

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  • Only UK manufacturer on Amazon selling metal dies, not plastic.
  • INITIALS in centre would be changed to what you require
  • nice crisp impression / to emboss upto 100gsm paper
  • Library Book or Ex Libris Embosser
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Which of the above gifts would you love to receive? I would love to know so please feel free to leave a comment in the post 🎄🎁

#TopFiveThusday with #BookBlogger Lynne at fictionophile @fictionophile

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Lynne to the book review café whose agreed to share her #TopFiveThursday. Lynne blogs over at Fictionophile And her site is a treasure trove for anyone who loves books, not only does she review a wealth of books but she also runs regular book features such as cover love and Wednesday’s Word. If you haven’t checked out Lynne’s blog it’s a must.

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Top 5 books read so far this year: (with links to my reviews)

Persons unknown” by Susie Steiner

Then she was gone” by Lisa Jewell

Beartown” by Fredrik Backman

Possible world” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Dark game” by Rachel Lynch

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Ruth Rendell

Fredrik Backman

Sharon Bolton

Peter May

Rachel Joyce

Top 5 books you want to read before this year is out?

“The Craftsman” by Sharon Bolton

“Salt Lane” by William Shaw

“The dry” by Jane Harper

“Us against you” by Fredrik Backman

“Snap” by Belinda Bauer

Top 5 tips I would give to new bloggers?

Write a review policy.  State up front what you will/will not review along with your preferred genres and reading format.

If you over-commit yourself it will seems like ‘work’. Learn to say NO – if you don’t you’ll get overwhelmed.

Support other bloggers, if you do you’ll be rewarded in spades

Always be considerate and fair when posting reviews.  You can let the world know a book is not for you without insulting the author or other reader’s choices.

You don’t HAVE to participate in every ‘tag’ or ‘meme’ that comes along.  It is YOUR blog, so do only the ones that really appeal to you.

Top 5 blogs you follow?   (I found this one really difficult as I follow a lot of wonderful book blogs)

Cleo’s Cleopatra loves books

Juliet’s Bookliterati Book Reviews

Jen’s Jen Med’s book reviews

Jo’s My Chestnut Reading Tree

Emma’s Damppebbles

A little about Lynne

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Before retirement I was the fiction cataloguer for Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia, Canada.  So many wonderful books passed my desk that everyday felt a little bit like Christmas morning.

Since retirement, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, enjoying a glass of wine with my friends, gardening, watching British television drama, doing word games, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles.  Our summers are spent at our seaside cottage on the Northumberland Strait of Nova Scotia.  I love to read, and my favorite genre is mystery fiction. I also have a deep appreciation for classic literature and literary fiction.

I have been married for over 41 years and I am the proud mother of two adult children.

My thanks to Lynne for taking part in #TopFiveThursday its much appreciated and a HUGE thank you to all the bloggers who have taken part, without them this popular post wouldn’t have got off the ground. If you’ve missed any of the posts they can be found here….. #TopFiveThursday index.

All good things must come to an end and this is my last ever #TopFiveThursday post. I’m hoping to start a new feature early next year if I can come up with something original, (you might have a long wait 😂🙈).

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