Book Blitz: Book Review: 337 by M Jonathan Lee

Synopsis

337 follows the life of Samuel Darte whose mother vanished when he was in his teens. It was his brother, Tom who found her wedding ring on the kitchen table along with the note.

While their father pays the price of his mother’s disappearance, Sam learns that his long-estranged Gramma is living out her last days in a nursing home nearby.

Keen to learn about what really happened that day and realising the importance of how little time there is, he visits her to finally get the truth.

Soon it’ll be too late and the family secrets will be lost forever. Reduced to ashes. But in a story like this, nothing is as it seems.

My Review

The last time 12 year old Samuel (Sam) saw his mother at a family picnic. The following day a note was found on the kitchen table with his mother’s wedding rings saying that she’d left. Fast forward 25 years and Sam still dreams of that family picnic and doesn’t know what happened to his mother. Sam still lives in the family home haunted by the memories of his mother even into adulthood. Sam’s only link to what happened to his mother may lie in a box he finds in the attic with papers relating to his mother’s disappearance. Could his dying grandmother be able to shed light on what happened?

What I liked about this book is that it was very honest and open account of what can happen to an individual when a significant part of their life is missing. It is raw look into the background and complexities of a fractured family. From the picture taken at the picnic, they look like the perfect family, but no one knows what happens behind closed doors and that is evident from the story as we learn more about Sam and his family. The story doesn’t try and sugar coat the fact that all families are different and has some sort of secret, which in some cases never see the light of day.

As a character Sam just seems like a normal every day guy, the kind of person that you would walk past in the street and not look at twice. This is what makes Sam’s story all the more compelling. The narrative feels at times like Sam is speaking directly to you which makes you more invested in his story and that’s why this is one book I couldn’t put down. Although this is a domestic thriller it’s slow paced, which isn’t a bad thing. This isn’t a story that can be rushed but it’s one that unfolds slowly as more layers are added by Sam and the characters around him.

I loved this book and this won’t be the last book I read by this author.

Author Bio

M Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author and mental health campaigner. His first novel The Radio was nationally shortlisted in the Novel Prize 2012. Since that time he has gone on to publish five further novels with ‘337’ being his sixth novel. Jonathan is a tireless campaigner for mental health awareness and writes his own column regularly for the Huffington Post. He has recently written for the Big Issue and spoken at length about his own personal struggle in the British national press on the BBC and Radio Talk Europe.

Endlessly fascinated by the human condition and what leads people to do the things they do to one another, Jonathan is obsessed with writing stories with twists where nothing is exactly how it first appears. 

Another amazing feature of this book that adds to its uniqueness is the double-ended upside-down opening for this book and it is available in books ordered in hard copy from UK booksellers only.

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2JG2Nz1

Birthday Book Blitz: Book Review: A Taste of His Own Medicine by Linda Fawke

Synopsis

How long can the desire for revenge last?

Kate Shaw, a successful pharmacist, goes to a thirty-year reunion at her old university and uses the weekend to settle some old scores. Her main target is her ex-lover, Jonathan. She decides to scar him for life as he scarred her. Her bizarre plan works but he shocks her with his strange, unwanted reaction.

What is the unexpected link between Jonathan and Kate’s husband?

What is the significance of the ‘Love Bite’ photograph?

What hold does Jonathan have over Kate?

Revenge is never simple.

My Review

As the saying goes revenge is a dish best served cold. In Kate’s case that dish is now over 30 years old.

Kate is a successful married pharmacist with a chain of her own pharmacies. Then she receives an email invitation to the university class 30 year reunion which will  bring her  to face with her university boyfriend and the love of her life, Jonathan. Kate got to know Jonathan when they were working on a project together and eventually they ended up in a relationship. Unexpectedly the relationship ended breaking Kate’s heart. It was something she never got over, leaving bitterness in her heart. After the breakup Kate and Jonathan had no contact with each other, going their separate ways and not giving the other any further thought. The reunion changes this and Kate is faced with the man that hurt her deeply and all those memories and feelings start to resurface

But Kate isn’t at the reunion for a catch up. She’s there for revenge and she’s got a list. Jonathan isn’t the only one on her list, there are others that also hurt her, whether by accident or intentionally.

I actually really enjoyed reading this book. It was dark,  funny and gripping. It was clear as the story progressed that Kate didn’t have a very good experience at university and had not been treated well. Even 30 years later these experiences had an impact on her life and she’d not forgotten the way she was treated or been able to forgive. With some characters I think they did get their just desserts,  but with others I did wonder whether Kate had gone too far. You’d have to read the book to decide for yourself. Part way through I found myself looking at the back cover of the book and thinking how does it all fit in with the blurb. Had I missed something? Then like a light bulb as I got towards the end everything made sense and the storyline and blurb all tied together in a neat bow. The twist towards the end as to how the characters were all connected I didn’t see coming and that definitely added to the drama.

A storyline filled with dark humour and revenge!

Author Bio

Linda Fawke is an arts person who studied science but always wanted to write. Now retired, she indulges this passion, writing fiction and non-fiction, even occasional poetry, preferably late at night.
She has now written two novels, ‘A Taste of his own Medicine’ and its sequel, ‘A Prescription for Madness’ using her background in pharmacy as the setting of both. These are easy books to read,
suitable for Book Club discussions. ‘ A Prescription for Madness’ is more serious than the first book, dealing with such issues as pregnancy in later life and Down’s Syndrome. She has been a winner of the Daily Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel-writing competition and has published in various magazines including ‘Mslexia’, ‘Litro’ online, ‘Scribble’, ‘The Oldie’, ‘Berkshire Life’ and ‘Living France’. She was a finalist in the ‘Hysteria’ short story competition.

Linda blogs at http://www.linimeant.wordpress.com where her ‘Random Writings’ include a range of topics
from travel to ‘Things that pop into my head’.
Social Media Links –
Twitter: @LindaFawke
Facebook: Linda Fawke

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Taste-his-own-Medicine-ebook/dp/B01N2NYZVN/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Taste-his-own-Medicine-ebook/dp/B01N2NYZVN/

Book Review: From Highlights To Lowlifes by AJ Chaattoe and Jilly Clark

Synopsis

What had seemed the answer to Tilly’s problems had now turned into her worst nightmare. A happily married mother-of-three, Tilly was not the stereotypical criminal – in fact, she’d barely warrant a second glance if passed in the street.

“No one will stop you, Tilly. You’re Mrs. Average. Why would any­one suspect you?”

She’d only wanted to protect her family. If your whole life was under threat, would you make the same decision?

Based on actual events and real-life diary entries, Tilly’s story shows how quickly life can turn…

My Review

Tilly McVeigh is a wife, mother of 3 and a former successful hairdresser and businesswoman. She’s the type of person that you wouldn’t look at with any form of suspicion or would stand out to you if you walked past her in the street. Then Tilly’s perfect life is plagued by financial difficulties she makes a decision that she’ll regret. When she’s stopped at customs and is found in possession of drugs her life changes forever. The story covers Tilly’s journey from arrest to imprisonment. 

The main theme of this book is how one single decision can change your life forever. For Tilly that one decision changes her life completely. She is separated from family and her freedom is forfeited. Life in prison is a brutal and eye opening experience where you Tilly can no longer make decisions for herself and they are made for her. It was interesting to read about Tilly’s interaction with her fellow prisoners, their backstories and the friendships she forms in prison.

This was a fascinating read and it was further intriguing to know that this wasn’t a work of fiction but is based on real life events and diary entries. At times it was hard not to sympathise with Tilly and her predicament, especially when she tried to acclimatise to prison life, new routines, procedures and a new way of life.

Author Bio

Jilly and Alyson are neighbours and good friends, and they’re based in West Yorkshire. Both are dog-lovers and ‘From Highlights to Lowlifes’ was largely created during their daily walks, based on Jilly’s experiences.

As an advocate of rehabilitation and bringing to light the UK justice system’s flaws, Jilly gives talks at schools, universities and various groups across the UK.

Buy Link 

https://www.hallgoodbooks.com/product-page/from-highlights-to-lowlifes

From Highlights To Lowlifes now has a new cover!

Book Review: Small Things and Great by Jo-Anne Blanco

Synopsis

THE CHILD FATED TO SHAPE DESTINIES …

Morgan is a little girl who lives in Tintagel Castle by the sea, loved and sheltered by her noble parents, the Duke and Duchess of Belerion. An extraordinarily clever child, extremely sharp-eyed, exceptionally curious. A little girl unlike other children.

One stormy night a ship is wrecked off the coast, bringing with it new friends – Fleur the princess from a far-off land, Safir the stowaway with a secret, and the mysterious twins Merlin and Ganieda. Morgan’s visions of another world awaken her to the realisation that she can see things others cannot. That she has powers other people do not possess.

Not long afterwards, Morgan encounters Diana, the Moon Huntress, who charges her with a dangerous mission that only she can accomplish. With Merlin by her side and unsure if he is friend or foe, Morgan must venture far from home to enter the realms of the Piskies and the Muryans, warring tribes of faeries who vie for the souls of lost children. There she must summon her magic to fight the most ancient powers in the world, to rescue a young soul destined to be reborn …

My Review

When a book starts with a prophecy you know it’ll be a good read.

Morgan is a young girl who lives in Tintagel Castle with her family. But Morgan is no ordinary 5 year old she is different from other young girls because she has special gifts. When Morgan wakes from what she thinks is a nightmare she very quickly realises it wasn’t a dream but a prophecy. This leads Morgan to meet new people Princess Fleur (royalty from another realm), Safir (a stowaway Saracen who becomes a friend) and Twins Merlin and Ganieda who will all play an important part in her life.

Morgan is called upon by Diana (Queen of the moon) who asks for Morgan’s help to go where she cannot and bring back to her something that was taken, the soul of a child so it can be reborn. During her quest Morgan ventures to the fairy realm, meets the king of the pixies, Queen Caelia of the Muryan realm and encounters the 3 Eleven Queens, Aynia, Cleena and Una.

Will  Morgan succeed in her quest? Is there more to the characters she encounters than meets the eye?

I’ve read and seen many interpretations of Merlin’s story which always include include Morgan/Morgana but are centred around Merlin where Morgan is introduced as a secondary character. I’ve always been intrigued by her backstory so couldn’t wait to read a book/story that was centred around this character. The interaction between Merlin and Morgan was also another interesting element of the book especially as Morgan doesn’t warm to Merlin, but the more you read the more you realise its because they share many similarities and magic is just one of them. The author has done a fantastic job bringing Morgan’s world and surroundings to life. It was refreshing to pick up the book and escape into Morgan’s world for a while. This is a book that brings Roman mythology, folklore, fairytales and the Arthurian legend to life with each turn of a page.

A superb addition to the fantasy genre that any child or adult would enjoy.

Author Bio

Jo-Anne Blanco was born in Brazil to an English mother and Spanish father. She has spent much of her life travelling around the world as a teacher. Her travels, together with her lifelong passion for reading, writing and storytelling, inspired her to embark upon her Fata Morgana epic fantasy series, about the life and adventures of Morgan le Fay. Mythology, fairy tales and Arthurian legend are all major influences on her work, and her ongoing journeys to countries of great landscapes and folklore are never-ending sources of inspiration.

She is the author of Morgan Le Fay: Small Things and Great and Morgan Le Fay: Children of This World. These novels are the first two books in the Fata Morgana series.

Morgan Le Fay: Giants in the Earth, the third novel in the series, will be published in 2020.

Buy Link https://amzn.to/384y4pi

Book Review: Journey With Grace by Sarah Grace

Synopsis

Do you want to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin? When we decide to improve ourselves the ripple effect on others is contagious. When we feel comfortable in our own skin the benefit can be redemptive for those we love. What does your ripple look like? Unpacking your personal journey and seeing what is really going on emotionally at a deeper level, is a challenge, yet also a privilege that each of us can go through. Reading this book can turn confusion into clarity, fear into peace, anxiety into creativity, doubt into trust. You will discover confidence in your path ahead and find new freedom in your everyday life. Find out what limits you so you can choose to make the changes. So often we are afraid of appearing self-centred but who else is going to do it? Sarah had to go there and hopes you can go there too. Read Journey with Grace so you don’t have to go there alone.

My Review

I really enjoy reading self help books. No two books are the same and I learn something new about either myself or my surroundings as soon as I read it. During the current pandemic I’ve seen myself turning to self help books more and see them regularly featured in social media posts. Everyone’s way of life has now changed and change is something that can have a significant impact on a persons life.  

Journey with Grace is one of those books that will resonate with you as soon as you pick it up. It specifically starts by talking about the pandemic and how life as we know it has changed. The book helps you unpack your feelings, help you to figure out what you are going through and how to put what is happening to you/around you into perspective. The author is a psychologist and gives an insight into her own personal experiences and struggles, the stories of her clients and those she has helped. The author encourages journaling or using a notebook whilst working through the book. I really enjoyed the little gracelets at the end of the section and found these really useful. The authors faith and religious beliefs also come across in this book but I think a person from any faith would find this book insightful and helpful.

It’s not a book that I would read in one sitting but a book to pick up, read a section and then reflect on what you’ve learned. Journaling or making notes will definitely help when using this book as recommended by the author. Noting down how you feel puts your thought and feelings into words and is a record to look back and reflect on.

I can only describe this as a book of reflection that will help you find the real you. If it’s not already this would make a really good audio book.

Author Bio

Sarah is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, so is uniquely placed to guide authors through the often-demanding writing process, bringing out the very best in their manuscripts and helping them shape their content.

She also has an amazing creative eye, so oversees the cover designs of all our books. She loves helping and mentoring young people, developing their creative talents and giving them a platform to move into their future careers. Sarah loves swimming, walking her two adorable rough collie dogs and travelling.

Buy Link 

https://www.malcolmdown.co.uk/journey-with-grace

Book Review: The Coconut Girl by Sunita Thind

Synopsis

The Coconut Girl is a collection of poems containing material that is from the Indian, female point of view with an insight into Punjabi culture. We also follow the author through the hallucinogenic state of the brain following cancer treatment, and in her experience of life in multi cultural Britain.

The protagonist in the poems is at the same time deeply vulnerable and strongly independent. Overall her strength of character shines through

The Coconut Girl features poetry of deep imagery, not least in some of the poems exploring the experience of the female body post-operatively, such as in My Womb Is A Park Of Carnage.

My Review

An absolutely refreshing collection of poetry by a truly amazing writer. I loved each and every one of the poems included in this book. They were like a breath of fresh air. Each unique, inspirational and relevant. It’s clear that each poem has been poured from Sunita’s heart. Each poem varies on subject covering culture, race, arranged marriage, religion,  physical and mental health (especially depression and the stigma still attached to it in Asian culture) and family relationships.

The poem I most related to was Bronzed Banshees. I think every Asian female I know would relate to that poem in one way or another. For me I could name quite a few Bronzed Banshees who have made many lives miserable by their sharp tongues and gossiping. I found myself reading this poem out to my mum before adding ‘recognise anyone?’. I will never be able to look at them in the same way again without thinking of this poem. Other favourites included The Coconut girl, My Nanima and Superstition, Siren and Raksha Bandhan-Rakhi. I found Who Are You Calling a Paki? particularly poignant today especially in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and racism people still face today.

Sunita Thind is a poet who I will definitely be following and has become one of my firm new favourites. In my opinion she is up there with some of my other favourites – Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ruby Dhal, Harpreet Dayal to name but a few.

Author Bio

SUNITA THIND is a Bedford born Derby based published female, Asian British BAME poet and writer. Her debut collection of multicultural poetry (Black Pear Press, 2020) focused on living between two cultures, British and Punjabi. Sunita is workshop facilitator, speaker and performance poet. She has had poetry and short stories published in various literary magazines, e-zines and journals.

Book Review: Sound by Catherine Fearns

Synopsis

Can you hear it?

A professor of psychoacoustics is found dead in his office. It appears to be a heart attack, until a second acoustician dies a few days later in similar circumstances.

Meanwhile, there’s an outbreak of mysterious illnesses on a council estate, and outbursts of unexplained violence in a city centre nightclub. Not to mention strange noises coming from the tunnels underneath Liverpool. Can it really be a coincidence that death metal band Total Depravity are back in the city, waging their own form of sonic warfare?

Detective Inspector Darren Swift is convinced there are connections. Still grieving his fiancé’s death and sworn to revenge, he is thrown back into action on the trail of a murderer with a terrifying and undetectable weapon.

But this case cannot be solved using conventional detective work, and D.I. Swift will need to put the rulebook aside and seek the occult expertise of Dr. Helen Hope and her unlikely sidekick, guitarist Mikko Kristensen.

My Review

Sounds picks up after the explosive events of Consuming Fire. A professor who researched sound is found dead and shortly after another dead body is found. The professor leaves behind a USB containing a very strange sounds leads DI Darren Swift to the Napier Council Estate where the residents have befallen a mysterious illness. Next up is a violent disorder at a nightclub and some very strange sounds coming from the tunnels of Liverpool. These sounds seems to be having a strange and profound impact on the residents of Liverpool. Is Liverpool haunted? Can sound really kill a person? 

Familiar characters are back including Dr Helen Hope, Mikko Kristensen and members of the criminal underworld and their family members. It was nice to see Mikko back especially as he wasn’t featured in the last book.

The storyline in Sound is something I’ve never read before. Unique and fascinating. In addition the storylines from Reprobation and Consuming Fire continue to run like a thread in the background and perfectly tie in with the storyline in Sound.

It’s important to say that these aren’t really stand alone books and will need to be read in order as the storyline from the first book continues throughout the series as do the characters. On the whole as far as trilogies go this has become one of my new favourites. It’ll be one I’ll revisit and recommend to a few friends who I know will enjoy this genre. 

Sound is the perfect ending to a truly original, creative and outstanding trilogy.

Author Bio

Catherine Fearnsis a writer from Liverpool. Her novels Reprobation (2018) and Consuming Fire (2019) are published by Crooked Cat and are both Amazon bestsellers. As a music journalist Catherine has written for Pure Grain Audio, Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Succubus, Here Comes Everyone, Offshoots and Metal Music Studies. She lives in
Geneva with her husband and four children, and when she’s not writing or parenting, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @metalmamawrites
Website: https://www.catherine-fearns.com/

Purchase Link – mybook.to/sound

Book Review: Consuming Fire by Catherine Fearns

Synopsis

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…

Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.
A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are
birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.
In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

My Review

Consuming Fire picks up 6 months after the events of Reprobation. 

It starts with Adramelech being given the key to a grimoire that can conjure a fire demon. He’s told never to open the book but to destroy it. However, he has other ideas and not only opens the book but translates it from French to English and sends it to England

In present day Liverpool an immense heatwave is sweeping the city. In the town centre an employee of a famous footballer spontaneously bursts into flames, leaving behind nothing but her feet and a pile of ash. A short time later an illegal immigrant being transported in the back of a lorry also meets the same fate taking the truck and his fellow passengers with him. Add in a few other fire related incidents such as pets being burned and there is something definitely strange happening in Liverpool. Has someone conjured the fire demon? and who has taken the translated grimoire from the Liverpool library?

DI Swift is back on the case and his investigation brings him back into contact with Dr Helen Hope who is now a little different to the Helen we met in the first book. Also back are members of the Killy family both new and old, who are part of the criminal underworld.

This was a really good sequel but very different from the first book. Although DI Swift and Dr Hope are back this book centres more around DI Swift and his investigation with Dr Hope playing a secondary character in the background. This created a perfect balance as Reprobation was centred more around around Helen and Mikko whereas this book was centred around DI Swift.

Like the first book this also had a very original storyline. Some of the characters from the first book made an appearance but there was nothing about the storyline that felt repetitive. It included many twists and turns with a hint of supernatural flavour. As for the ending that was one twist I didn’t see coming and all I can say is that it was a hand over the mouth moment when I realised what was happening. On the whole a brilliant sequel!

Stay tuned for my review of the final book in the trilogy, Sound.

Author Bio

Catherine Fearnsis a writer from Liverpool. Her novels Reprobation (2018) and Consuming Fire (2019) are published by Crooked Cat and are both Amazon bestsellers. As a music journalist Catherine has written for Pure Grain Audio, Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Succubus, Here Comes Everyone, Offshoots and Metal Music Studies. She lives in
Geneva with her husband and four children, and when she’s not writing or parenting, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @metalmamawrites
Website: https://www.catherine-fearns.com/

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/consumingfire

Book Review: Reprobation by Catherine Fearns

Synopsis

Are you one of the elect?

Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.

When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.

Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.

Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

My Review

In Liverpool the body of a young man is found crucified, with a symbol carved on his forehead and a religious quote from the bible displayed on the cross above his head. This is followed by a missing person who has left behind a severed foot and the discovery of a second dead body.

The newly promoted DI Darren Swift is on the case but can he find out what happened to these people and why. Who is committing these murders and what is their motivation. It’s during his investigation that he approaches Calvinist nun Dr Helen Hope for her input into the events. She in turn contacts Mikko Kristensen, the lead guitarist Total Depravity, a death metal band to see if she can piece together what is happening. What starts is two investigations running parallel, one headed by the police and another by a nun and a musician.

Hands down Helen was my favourite character. She is so funny  and I found myself laughing at some of her one liners. Especially ones that I wouldn’t expect a nun to say. The storyline was original as were the characters. The pairing of Helen and Mikko is perfect. They just bounce off each other, like kindred spirits. Although they come from different worlds it’s a pairing that works effortlessly and they find that they have more in common than they think. This wasn’t a heavy read at all. I found myself invested in each of the investigations, trying to piece together all the clues and evidence to see if I could guess who the killer was and their intentions. The true identity of the killer was a shocker, which o didn’t guess, making this a brilliant thriller.

All I can say is this would make a brilliant tv show. The perfect mix of crime, suspense, mystery and a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Stay tuned for my review of the second book in the trilogy, Consuming Fire.

Author Bio

Catherine Fearnsis a writer from Liverpool. Her novels Reprobation (2018) and Consuming Fire (2019) are published by Crooked Cat and are both Amazon bestsellers. As a music journalist Catherine has written for Pure Grain Audio, Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Succubus, Here Comes Everyone, Offshoots and Metal Music Studies. She lives in Geneva with her husband and four children, and when she’s not writing or parenting, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @metalmamawrites
Website: https://www.catherine-fearns.com/

Purchase Link: mybook.to/reprobation

Cover Reveal: The Mystery of Montague House by Emma Davies

Synopsis

When Summer meets Wynter…

With enough rooms to fill a Cluedo board several times over, Montague House has often been the subject of rumour and gossip. Tales of strange goings on, an owner who disappeared one day and was never seen again, not to mention the treasure that rumour has it lies at its heart… But now the present owner has died and the house is to be sold. It looks as if the opportunity has come to finally settle the stories once and for all.

Clodagh Wynter doesn’t believe in ghostly goings on and tall tales of secrets. She has her feet very firmly on the ground and, tasked with the job of valuing and cataloguing the house and all its contents, she’s simply looking forward to working in such a glorious setting. And if she happens across a priceless painting, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

Andie Summer is a Finder of Things and desperately needs this job; she’s down to her last few tins of baked beans. Solooking for hidden treasure sounds right up her street, even if there was something very fishy about the mysterious Mr Mayfair who hired her. Because it’s just like she said to her faithful Basset Hound, Hamish; I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye…

As the unlikely pair are thrown together, it soon becomes very clear however that they are not the only ones searching for the treasure. And they’re going to need all their ingenuity, resourcefulness, not to mention chocolate biscuits, if they’re ever going to untangle the web of secrets that surrounds Montague House. One that reaches even further than they ever thought possible…

Purchase Link – https://smarturl.it/MontagueHouse

Author Bio

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty-something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a fifty-something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband and three children in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life.

Social Media Links – 

@EmDaviesAuthor

www.facebook.com/emmadaviesauthor

www.instagram.com/authoremmadavies