Phew. Unforeseen technical problems put the Books Are Cool website out of action for a couple of days, but now we’re up and running again. Apologies to Caroline for running late with this review. Hattie Goes to Hollywood A Cumbrian Village… Three suicides… A red-hot summer… Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in… Continue reading Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James: a quacking good read!
Can two wrongs ever make a right? A man is found by the side of a canal, comatose and brutally attacked. It quickly becomes clear that someone is abducting men and subjecting them to horrific acts of torture. After three days they’re released, fighting for their lives and refusing to speak. A councillor is accused… Continue reading Rage and Retribution by Lorraine Mace: a powerful read
Synopsis Reality TV turns deadly in Cherry Hinton’s first case When Kenny Thorpe, a contestant on Expose TV’s Big Blubber, the hot new celebrity weight-loss show, is murdered on live television in front of 3 million viewers, the case seems pretty watertight. After all, everyone saw Martin do it – didn’t they? Cherry Hinton knows… Continue reading Cherry Slice by Jennifer Stone
B&Bers Behaving Madly Running a guesthouse is never plain sailing, as Katie can testify. Eccentric or challenging guests are the usual order of the day. But when a sinister man moves in across the road, the first ripples of unease appear. Katie has learned the hard way that a seaside idyll is never what it… Continue reading B&Bers Behaving Madly by Sharley Scott: a joy to read!
When a time travelling Jane Austen gets stuck in modern-day Bath it’s up to avid Janeite Rose Wallace to save her… because she’s the only one who knows that Jane exists! Rose Wallace’s world revolves around all things Austen, and with the annual festival in Bath – and the arrival of dishy archaeologist, Dr Aiden Trevellyan – just… Continue reading The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Cass Grafton and Ada Bright
Synopsis When firefighter Adam Sterling arrives at the scene of a horrific car crash, little does he imagine it will lead him back to his mother’s homeland. Kate, the woman he pulls from the wreckage, needs his help. Her father has been left for dead after a hit-and-run, in Wenzhou, China. She suspects it wasn’t… Continue reading The Profit Motive by David Blecker: a ‘wow!’ read
A Messy Affair The only way is murder… Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills for a third time when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger. Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes. When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes… Continue reading A Messy Affair by Elizabeth Mundy
Synopsis Pawpaw County, Indiana, is all atwitter about Ma and Peepaw Horton’s annual Chickenlandia Festival. The mood turns dark though when the Horton’s prize-winning rooster, Dewey, and his best laying hen, Ginger, vanish, leaving behind no clues except for a trail of tail feathers. Also missing: Gertie Wineagar, local sourpuss, and BBQ chicken cook-off queen.… Continue reading Chickenlandia Mystery by Daisy Pettles: just brilliant!
Synopsis From the author of Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women comes a new novella featuring characters from Murder at Mistletoe Manor, Carnage at the Christmas Party, and The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club! Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of Mistletoe Manor in beautiful, remote, Windy Pines, Idaho, where she brings her unique brand… Continue reading In the Heart of Windy Pines by Holly Tierney-Bedord
I’m delighted to be taking part today in the book birthday blitz for ‘Children of Fire’ by Paul CW Beatty. I have an extract from this gripping novel to share with you, so please read on! Synopsis Can Josiah solve the puzzle before more people die, or is he out of his depth? In 1841,… Continue reading Children of Fire by Paul CW Beatty