Teaser Tuesday – December 7, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday @Bookouture #LostGraves @dunphyshane1

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR.

This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley.

Today, Tuesday December 7, 2021 I want to introduce one of the ARCs on my TBR.

This novel will be published on January 24, 2022the sequel to “Bring Her Home” which I reviewed here on the blog.

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 9781803140605 – ASIN: ‎ B09JL1218S –  356 pages


1)  This is the 2nd book in a crime series and I enjoyed the 1st title.

2)  I’m eager to read more about the unlikely partners, Jessie Boyle and Seamus Keneally.

3) The West Ireland setting.

4) The first book in the series referenced ancient Irish legends and it sounds like this one does too.

“A small boy stood in the clearing amid the oak and hazel trees and stared at the macabre object his dog had just excavated from the soil of the forest floor, gripping the animal’s collar to restrain it from tearing the severed human hand apart.”

Is this a title that you would consider adding to your TBR pile?

Why, or why not?

Have you read anything else by this author?

Let me know in the comments.

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“Still Life” by Sarah Winman – Book Review

“The world never turned out the way you wanted it to.
It simply turned. And you hung on.”

Ulysses Temper – ex-soldier, ex-husband, from the East End of London. An unexpected inheritance in 1953 sees him owning a large house in Florence, Italy. He and his older friend, Cressy, along with the parrot and the little girl, drive to Florence in an old van which they affectionately call Betsy. Together they turn the home into a pensione (a small hotel).
Cressy – dear friend of Ulysses who goes to live with him in Tuscany. Forty years senior in age to Ulysses, he is his partner in his pensione business.

Alys – the daughter of Ulysses’ wife who was conceived when Ulysses was off fighting during WWII. Though she is not his biological child, he loves her more fiercely that most birth-fathers. She is a precocious, intelligent, and opinionated child who turns into an amazing, courageous, and talented young woman.

Claude – an African blue parrot who is more human than most parrots…

Evelyn Skinner – a woman who Ulysses met during WWII. She is forty years his senior, an art-historian, a lesbian, and they formed a life-long bond upon their acquaintance.

Peg Temper – ex-wife of Ulysses and mother of Alys. She has never gotten over Eddie, Alys’s father. However, her life-long love for Ulysses remains intact. Her daughter’s physical resemblance to her lost love Eddie, mars her ability to mother the child, so she lets Ulysses take her to live with him in Florence, while she stays behind in London. Peg is beautiful, abrasive, and simultaneously endearing. Also, she has a spectacular singing voice.

Pete Fine – a talented pianist, aspiring actor, and friend to all at the pensione.

Col – owns the ‘Stoat and Parot’ pub in the East End of London where all the characters originated. He too will be a life-long friend to them all.

“The power of still life lies precisely in this triviality. Because it is a world of reliability. Of mutuality between objects that are there, and people who are not. Paused time in ghostly absence.”

Still Life” is a novel that is best to read slowly, to savour every poetic word. The scenes in Tuscany make the reader experience the languid pace of a hot Tuscan summer.

It is a story about family – two men, a young girl, and a parrot. And no, they are not related by blood, but by affection. It is a story of conversational trees, and a parrot who does not mimic, but has meaningful discussions. Odd you think? Yes, but this just adds to the book’s tender magic. It is also a novel of loss, love, kindness, friendship, kismet, serendipity, human resilience, and connections to both people and places. A novel that reinforces the notion that ‘home’ is more the people in it, than any one place. It is a tribute to the majestic and historic city of Florence.

The novel also spoke to the devastation of the 1966 flood in the city when the banks of the Arno overflowed.

When I read that the novelist Joanna Cannon wrote “Sarah Winman” is why I write“, it affirmed why I love both these literary writers.

This is beautifully written fiction that tenderly warms the heart, while occasionally tearing it out of your chest. What more can you ask for?This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from G.P. Putnam’s Sons  via Edelweiss.

ISBN: 9780593330753 –  ASIN: ‎ B08XJ7HYWL   497 pages

Sarah Winman (born 1964) is a British actress and author. In 2011 her debut novel When God Was a Rabbit became an international bestseller and won several awards including New Writer of the Year in the Galaxy National Book Awards.  “Still Life” is her fourth novel. She now lives in London, England.

Follow Sarah Winman on Instagram

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Invite Libby for Christmas! @LibbyApp #LibraryLove #DigitalReading #Libby

There’s nothing quite like cozying up with a good book during the holidays, especially if the weather outside is frightful. Whether you’re wanting to read as a family or enjoy a quiet night in, Libby, the leading free library reading app by OverDrive, has you covered as we count down to the holidays.

Libby’s 25 Days of Reading collection has something for everyone. You can dive into classics like Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story or discover a new holiday release like Mary Kay Andrews’ The Santa Suit. Other titles in the collection include:

Click here to find out more: https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and more from your local public library for free!


Yes, I know, I’m doing free advertising for the library. But what can I say? Libraries are FREE! My many years of working for my local public library has made me want to spread the good word.

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Spell the Month in Books – DECEMBER #SpellTheMonthInBooks #BookRecommendations

I first saw this on Nicki’s Secret Library Blog and Carla’s Love to Read, but it originated from Jana at ‘Reviews from the Stacks‘.

Every month I will spell the month in books that I have already read, linking back to my reviews of the title. (Initial articles – The, A, An – will not be taken into account)

This is the last month of the year. I must say I enjoyed the “Spell The Month” meme. So much that I created a font made out of a bookcase graphic. Hope you enjoyed it.

Dead Simple” by Peter James


Evil Games” by Angela Marsons


The Crossing” by Matt Brolly


Every Seven Years” by Denise Mina


Mercy House” by Alena Dillon


Black Rabbit Hall” by Eve Chase


The Easter Make Believers” by Finn Bell


The River Home” by Hannah Richell


That was fun!

I’m always searching for ways to share my book recommendations.

Thanks for visiting. ♥

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Fictionophile’s NOVEMBER 2021 Reading Wrap-Up #MonthlyWrapUp

In the past month I’ve read NINE titles.

I enjoyed every one of them, some more than others of course.

My review of “The Night She Disappeared” by Lisa Jewell.

This was a missing persons mystery, yet it was more complex than that. Many threads were woven into the story, all engrossing, yet the author managed to end the novel with all those threads woven into a tapestry – with a denouement that satisfied my thirst for justice and explained all.

Highly recommended to all those who enjoy an expertly crafted psychological thriller. Lisa Jewell never disappoints. I’ll be on the alert for her next novel.


AND TWO WORTHY RUNNER-UPS:

My review of “Still Life” will be posted on December 2nd, 2021.


My review of “The Leftovers” by Cassandra Parkin

I feel very lucky to have access to so many wonderful books and hope that you too had a great reading month.

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Fictionophile’s NOVEMBER 2021 #BookHaul #Bookbloggers #TBR

I’ve added SEVEN review commitments to my TBR this month.

I received FIVE of these titles from NetGalley.






and in November, I downloaded TWO titles from Edelweiss:



(this month they didn’t offer anything that appealed to me)


And this month I received two crushing blows. Both NetGalley and Edelweiss declined my request to read “One Step Too Far”. This is the follow-up title to “Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner. I LOVED THAT BOOK and cannot wait to read “One Step Too Far”. I guess I’ll have to break down and buy it. LOL

Do any of these titles sound good to you?

Are any of them on YOUR TBR?

 

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#BookRecommendations with titles that start with the letter ‘K’ #GreatReads

This year I”m going through the entire alphabet, one letter per month. For November 2021, the eleventh month, I’m listing all of my favourite novels that begin with the letter ‘K‘. I am choosing these titles from the books I’ve read since I began blogging seriously – almost six years ago (when I retired). There are 2 books recommended here (for some reason K is not a popular letter when it comes to book titles.)

If the title begins with an initial article such as The, A, An etc., I will be using the second word.  For instance, “A Man called Ove” will be included in my M post. “The Silent Patient” will be listed in my S post.

Hopefully you’ll find something that interests you from these posts. As always, I’ve linked the book cover to Goodreads, and the title link will take you to my review of the book.


Killing Mind” by Angela Marsons

(the 12th novel in the spectacular D.I. Kim Stone crime series set in England’s West Midlands)


A Killing In The Hills” by Julia Keller

(the first novel in the crime series featuring a small-town prosecuting attorney, Bell Elkins. The series is set in the hills of West Virginia).


If you have already read any of these titles, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

When someone asks me to recommend a book…

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“A Gingerbread House” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

Kate and Gail – two middle-aged sisters. Sisters who are insane – and looking for another sister…    Kate is 54 and very skilled in all matters IT. She uses these skills to lure vulnerable and somewhat naive women to her house in West LothianA Gingerbread House.

Tash Dodd – the daughter of a man who has made a living in transport. Lately this business has become very lucrative indeed. When she discovers just what her family business has been doing to rake in the big money, she is devastated. In her own, rather unique way, she seeks to atone.

If you want to imagine a truly dire and creepy scenario, it would be to be held captive by two deranged middle-aged women in a dank and damp cellar. That is what three women find themselves facing in this stand-alone thriller by Catriona McPherson.

Three women who are lonely, with a scanty support system, who have little in the way of friends or family. This type of women are the perfect victims for any number of crimes. They are not likely to be missed any time soon…  In fact I’d say that this novel could act like a fable, to get just this type of woman to foster more daily contacts and create a support system for themselves.

“When you live a small life, turned in, you can get a long way down a road without ever knowing.”

My favourite parts of the book were when Tash was working as a driver. When she was ferrying cancer patients and disabled children about. She was just so darned good at it. I also liked how the three very different woman became fast friends during their ordeal.

The plot was a tad confusing at first, then when the characters all asserted themselves it moved faster and became clearer.

I have long been a fan of this author. Though I’ve never read any of her series fiction, I have read most of her stand-alone novels. This is not my favorite of hers, but it is memorable. Recommended for those who have acquired a taste for ‘tartan noir’.

This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Canongate Books/Severn House  via NetGalley.    

ISBN: 9780727850010 –  ASIN: B094PXH83W   288 pages

Catriona McPhersonCatriona McPherson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of the Dandy Gilver historical mystery series, which was nominated for a Macavity Award in 2012.   She moved to California in 2010 but she returns to Scotland every year for a wee visit to quell her homesickness.

She is now a full time writer.  When not writing, she is reading, gardening, cooking, baking, cycling , and running.

Follow Catriona McPherson on Twitter.

 

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Teaser Tuesday – November 23, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday @GLees_author #TheGirlUpstairs@0neMoreChapter_

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR.

This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley.

Today, Tuesday November 23, 2021 I want to introduce one of the ARCs on my TBR.

This novel will be published on December 9, 2021

Publisher: One More Chapter/HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780008485412 – ASIN: ‎ B08WPQJTZJ –  384 pages


1)  The creepy vibe of the blurb.

2)  This is a debut novel, and I love trying new authors.

3) The London, England setting.

4) It is a psychological thriller, a genre I enjoy.

“I heard Emily before I met her. The harsh smack of heels against cheap wooden floorboards. The gentle buzz of a phone followed by a surge of high-pitched notes, sometimes angry, sometimes excited, rarely sad, The sadness came through the slim pipes in the bathroom, the soft gurgles that slipped down the plumbing and escaped through my extractor fan. The incessant music thrumming through the ceiling, invading my space. Emily has terrible taste, mostly new tracks, screeching pop singers holding long, high notes, the same beat in every song.”

Is this a title that you would consider adding to your TBR pile?

Why, or why not?

Have you read anything else by this author?

Let me know in the comments.

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“Bring Her Home” by S.A. Dunphy – Book Review

Jessie Boyle – is a 45 year old perfectionist, who works as a Criminal Behaviourist, and has just lost her lover and partner in a brutal, barbaric, crime. Reeling from her loss, she resigns from her job with the London Metropolitan Police, and returns to her homeland – Ireland.

Jessie Boyle drives an orange, vintage MG

Jessie’s longtime friend, Dawn Wilson, is now the Police Commissioner of Ireland. Dawn calls in a debt and enlists Jessie’s aid in finding an abducted woman. A woman who just happens to be the former Prime Minister of Ireland’s daughter.

Garda Seamus Keneally is in his mid-twenties. From the west of Ireland, he has valuable local knowledge and has proven himself with a commendation for bravery on the job. He is courageous, boisterous, has an unquenchable appetite, and is a talented musician.

Terri Kehoe is also in her mid-twenties. She is a historian who works as a consultant for the Garda Síochána. She is a skilled researcher who also has a keen intellect and a marked proficiency for digital investigation and hacking. Quiet and nervous, she has dyed blue hair and is covered with freckles that she hates.

Jessie, Seamus, and Terri are working temporarily in the building the locals call “The White Elephant”, which is The Old Barracks in Cahersiveen.

My ongoing affair with serial killer thrillers continues. At one point I swore off reading any more of these types of books as the pictures they engender in my mind are disturbing. However, I’ve come to realize that the psychology – the intelligent and ingenious methods of bringing serial killers to justice – is just too fascinating to give up.

With “Bring Her Home“, we encounter just such a scenario. The crime fighting team of Jessie Boyle, Seamus Keneally, and Terri Kehoe make for the perfect team to fight the deranged and evil minds of the truly psychopathic. In this book the team has just formed and they are getting to know one another. By the end of the book, we have learned their individual strengths, and they have become a small family.

The setting, Cork, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the Ring of Kerry, and Cahirsiveen are all real locations in Ireland. Locations that abound with history and atmosphere. The novel was rife with Celtic legends and lore, all of which I found fascinating.The novel moved along at a fast pace, and the plot developed in such a way that kept me glued to the pages.

To be fair, some of the Celtic legend backstory was confusing to me at times, but the great characterization of the small investigating team more than made up for it.

After finishing the novel, I reflected that I preferred the book’s original title, “Dancing With The Dead” as it seems to ‘fit’ the narrative much better.

In short, I liked these characters and this setting, so will be keen to read their next adventure together in “Lost Graves“, the second book in this series.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley – at my request,  for my own reading enjoyment and the writing of this review. Publication date: September 3, 2021

ISBN: 9781800196445 – ASIN: ‎ B096VW3SKK  – 348 pages

S.A. Dunphy (born 1973) is a child protection expert, author, journalist, musician, broadcaster and teacher. He is married, has two children, and is also a proud grandad. He worked as a child and social care worker throughout Ireland for fifteen years, and still practices on a consultancy basis. He is currently Head of the Social Care Department at Waterford College of Further Education. Dunphy is a multi-instrumentalist, performing live regularly. Shane writes both narrative non-fiction and crime fiction.

Dunphy is an award-winning documentary maker and he writes regularly for Independent newspapers. His crime novels are written under S.A. Dunphy which is a pseudonym for Shane Dunphy.

Visit Shane Dunphy’s official website and/or follow him on Twitter @dunphyshane1

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“The Leftovers” by Cassandra Parkin – Book Review

“How can we ever really know what’s true, when all we have to go on is the contents of our heads?”

Callie Taggart is a registered nurse. Due to the fact that she also cares for her mentally unstable brother, Noah, she is yearning for some peace, some rest. The pandemic lockdown was grueling. All the more so because of her profession. When she sees an advertisement for a job as a residential carer, she thinks her prayers have been answered. The job is located at a rural country cottage. Here, with a partner, she will care for the damaged Frey. Largely non-verbal, Frey is in his twenties. He does not look anyone in the eye and displays many of the traits of a person with severe autism and or obsessive compulsive disorder. He is very brilliant in some ways, he is artistic, he has to have everything he comes into contact with to be excessively clean. He hates any disruption to his routine, and most of all, he is terrified of being abandoned.

“When you’ve spent time in hell, mere discomfort seems like a good deal.”

For two weeks Callie and her partner, Josh, live with Frey in his cottage. They are on duty 24/7 accompanied by Frey’s service dog, Floss. Then for two weeks they each go to their own homes. Callie returning to the house she shares with her father and brother. When she is at home, her father works. They take it in turns to care for the volatile, delusional, and manic Noah.

When Callie was only nine years old, her mother left the family home. Callie was relieved as she never felt that her mother loved her.

“You can’t make someone love you if they don’t.”

Now, the day of her shift change, when she is due to return home to care for her brother, she learns that her father and brother were killed in an automobile accident…

“That’s the way our family was, two and two. Dad and me; our mother and Noah. And now, she and I stand side by side…”

This is the fourth novel I’ve read by this author. I loved them all. This time around the author explores care-giving, and how those in need of care were affected by the pandemic. Also, she explores a dysfunctional family, and how the withholding of maternal love for one child impacted the entire family. How having a ‘favorite’ child, affects the family dynamic.

The story is told by Callie who says: “I have to be careful how I tell you this story. This is a story with a monster in it, but it’s possible that monster isn’t always my mother.”

The author displays an acute understanding of those who are outcasts in society. She also has a keen knowledge of the sacrifice and patience it takes to be a full-time carer. In addition to family secrets, this book contains myriad very serious and sensitive themes. The novel is both compelling and dark. I was fully immersed in Callie’s story, then at about the 80% mark, the narrative turned very sad and unsettling. I found I was quite uncomfortable reading towards the end. It speaks to the skillful and poetic writing that I felt this way.

The plot is ‘open-ended’ with the reader having to decide what Callie might have done next. This type of ending is not to everyone’s taste, though it seemed perfect here.

The title was spot-on. Not only were Callie and her mother the ‘leftovers’ of her family, but it also spoke to how those with mental disabilities are the ‘leftovers’ of society.

Highly recommended to readers who enjoy realistic and brilliantly written literary fiction.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Legend Press via NetGalley – at my request,  for my own reading enjoyment and the writing of this review. Publication date: October 1, 2021

ISBN: 9781800310094 – ASIN:  B0986HJBHD  – 247 pages

Cassandra Parkin has a Masters degree in English Literature from York University, and has been writing fiction all her life – mostly as Christmas and birthday presents for friends and family. She grew up in Hull, is married with two children, and lives in a small but perfectly-formed village in East Yorkshire. Her first book “New World Fairy Tales” won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her recent novels were published by Legend Press.

Follow Cassandra on Twitter @cassandrajaneuk

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#FF Friday Finds – a few gems I found on the Internet this week

THREE ARTICLES on the debate regarding listening to vs. reading a book. I am particularly interested in this topic because I tried audiobooks, but found they weren’t for me.  I wonder, was it the book? the narrator? or just the medium itself?A neuroscientist compares the brain benefits of reading vs. listening to books.
https://www.wellandgood.com/reading-versus-listening/

Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading? Here’s What Experts Say

And lastly, from Psychology Today: Why Listening to a Book Is Not the Same as Reading It

A few graphics from Pinterest that I particularly enjoyed

An essay on the Real World Benefits of Reading Fiction



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WWW Wednesday – Nov. 17, 2021 #readingforpleasure #bookbloggers #WWWWednesday #bookworms

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I’ve linked the book descriptions to the Goodreads site for the book.

Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What am I currently reading?

The Leftovers” by Cassandra Parkin I’m about halfway through and really enjoying it. Cassandra Parkin has become an author that I will immediately pick up every time she writes a new novel.

What have I just finished reading?

Under Violent Skies” by Judi Daykin (my review)

The first in a new police procedural series set in Norfolk, England. I loved it and will be avidly following this series.

What will I read next?”

Bring Her Home” by S.A. Dunphy

The first in a crime fiction series set in a small town in Ireland.

and after that, I plan to read

A Gingerbread House” by Catriona McPherson

I’ve come to enjoy this author’s writing and I look forward to her latest novel.


So that’s it!   How is YOUR reading week shaping up?

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Teaser Tuesday – November 16, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday @MattBrollyUK #TheMark #NetGalley @AmazonPub

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR.

This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley.

Today, Tuesday November 16, 2021 I want to introduce one of the ARCs on my TBR.

This novel will be published on November 23, 2021

It is the fourth title in the police procedural crime series featuring Detective Inspector Louise Blackwell who works for the Avon and Somerset Police.

Publisher: Amazon Publishing UK

ISBN: 9781542031400 – ASIN: ‎ B093Q541VM –  331 pages

1)  The enticing, and dare I say melancholy, cover.

2)  This is the 4th title in a series I really enjoy.

3) I appreciate this author’s writing and his characters.

4) The atmospheric seaside setting.

“The disorientation was nothing new for Sam Carrigan. His multiple addictions meant the borderline between consciousness and oblivion was usually a fine one. Being present wasn’t an issue he usually had to face but it was something he had to consider now.

He was running.”

Is this a title that you would consider adding to your TBR pile?

Why, or why not?

Have you read anything else by this author?

Let me know in the comments.

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“Under Violent Skies” by Judi Daykin – Book Review

Detective Sergeant Sara Hirst is a city girl. Single, in her mid-thirties, she has recently moved to Norfolk from her position with the London Metropolitan Police. Her reasons for the move were two-fold. She wanted to find her birth-father (who worked as a policeman in the area), and she wanted to live on her own – something she couldn’t afford to do in London.

Her welcome to Norfolk was a bit rocky to say the least. Sara is dark-skinned and of mixed race. Her mother is of Jamaican descent and her father was white. She soon realizes that she is the only person of colour on her team, and indeed on the entire Norwich force.

On her very first day of work, her team is called out to a homicide. This case will rock the foundations of Sara’s world – on both a professional and personal level.

With a small team of only four people, Sara being one of the four, manpower is spread thin to determine who the murderer is.

Under Violent Skies” encompassed all of the attributes I admire in a police procedural. It had a good balance between an interesting crime plot and a personable and relatable protagonist. The setting was one of my favourites and complimented the story.

Neither fast or slow, yet perfectly paced for reading enjoyment. As well as Sara, whom I really became fond of, I also liked a few of the peripheral characters including the elderly farm woman Agnes, and the illegal Serbian woman, Lenka.

In addition to being a murder mystery, the novel spoke to themes of prejudice, illegal aliens, organized crime, people smuggling, and rural policing.

Under Violent Skies” is the first novel in the DS Sara Hirst crime fiction series. I enjoyed it so much that I now have the next two in the series loaded on my Kindle.

Under Violent Skies” has been long-listed for the Crime Writer’s Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in 2021.
This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Joffe Books via NetGalley.

ISBN:9781789315349 –  ASIN: ‎B08HN7FB28 –  318 pages


Yorkshire born, Judi Daykin has lived, worked and made theatre in Norfolk for the last forty years. She completed her MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at the University of East Anglia (UEA), and her debut novel was shortlisted for the Little, Brown UEA writer’s prize in 2019.

‘I love the beautiful, vast skies and watery landscapes of Norfolk. Our home in a village on the north coast can feel wonderfully remote, even though the nearest town is only a few miles away. I can’t imagine living anywhere better than this.’

Judi is also a working actor, and has been known to twiddle the knobs on the sound desk for the variety shows at Cromer Pier. She runs her own theatre company, Broad Horizons, specialising in commissioning new plays recovering and retelling women’s stories.

Visit Judi Daykin’s official website: https://judidaykin.co.uk/

Follow Judi Daykin on Twitter: @norfolknovelist

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