*BLOG TOUR* A Gift For Dying – M.J. Arlidge ★★★★

Blurb; Adam Brandt is a forensic psychologist, well used to dealing with the most damaged members of society.

But he’s never met anyone like Kassie.

The teenager claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Obviously, Adam knows Kassie must be insane. But then a serial killer hits the city. And only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how deadly his faith might prove…

My Review; I loved M.J. Arlidge’s previous series DI Helen Grace so this was a must read for me. However, this story is a standalone and very different to his series set. I throughally enjoyed this story, it is a page turner of a read that you won’t want to put down.

I felt sorry for Kassie with her talent to see peoples death, it must be hard for her as one, no one believes her. Two, she can’t do anything to stop it and three she will always end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. But then she meets Adam, will Adam believe her and help her? No wonder she keeps to herself and acts the way she does, I don’t blame her for that as it must be horrible to endure and live with.

Will this killer be caught? Have the team got the correct suspect? Could they work with Kassie to find him/her? Interesting story. Haven’t read anything along these lines before. Brilliantly written, fast paced and contains short chapters. You’re bound to love it! I did. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend to you all. One I stayed up late just to finish! It’s good.

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*BLOG TOUR* Escape to the Little French Cafe – Karen Clarke ★★★★

Blurb; On the beautiful French coast lies the Café Belle Vie, a peaceful haven offering a warm welcome and delicious pains au chocolat – and where Natalie’s quiet life is about to be turned upside down…

When thirty-one-year-old Natalie Bright’s boyfriend dumps her and immediately gets engaged to his ex-girlfriend, she escapes her heartbreak and moves to the charming village of Chamillon on the Île de Ré.

She’s determined to build a new life there: writing about farmer’s markets for a local magazine, exploring the local vineyards on her bike, and taking advantage of the sunshine. And in the Café Belle Vie she finds a bustling community – including new best friend Charlie – and a near-constant supply of cakes.

All in all, things are looking pretty good.

So when a blast from the past – her teenage crush Jay Merino – suddenly turns up in Chamillon, Natalie’s thrown. She’s sworn off men ever since she moved to France, but she and Jay have a connection that stretches back years.

But could taking a chance on an old flame complete her new life – or ruin everything she’s worked so hard for?

My Review; I have loved previous books by Karen and she is fast becoming one of my favourites in this genre. Escape to the Little French Cafe is perfect and laugh out loud funny. Brilliantly written. I enjoyed every minute of it. If you need a pick me up this is the book you need, guaranteed giggles throughout.

I loved the setting of this book and the cafe, sounded bliss to me. Natalie and Charlie’s friendship/relationship is cute, I liked them both. The best bit of the book for me was the scene where she meets up with Jay, that had me in histerics, can’t forget that part. I actually devoured this book in a day, it’s an easy, light-hearted read which I throughally enjoyed. I was backing Natalie the whole way and very proud of her giving it a shot.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Full of fun, giggles and romance.

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*BLOG TOUR* Mama’s Gone – Leopold Borstinski ★★★

Blurb; When the children grow up, the parents must die.

California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.

As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences between them.

But their sibling rivalry blinds both of them to their weaknesses which threatens the family when the Russian mob moves into the state. How can they fend off those attacks while fighting to decide who will lead the family now their dear Mama’s gone?

My Review; Now I must state this was not what I expected at all to be honest. I don’t know if it’s cause I came into this series late or what as this is book four in the Lagotti Family Series and I like to read series’s in order. However, it did read fine as a standalone.

The opening to this story did have me wondering and intrigued which led me to diving into this story and to finding out why the mother (Mary Lou) got shot. It is a fast paced, action packed story in parts filled with crime, drugs, prostitution, death, bribery and gambling. It’s true that business run in the family and when quite shocked when Alice wanted to become a part of it. She turned out to be a younger version of her mother.

I wasn’t impressed with Frank’s character, he was a bit off the rails and seemed an angry guy, didn’t care about anything except girls and drugs. He wanted to get into the family business too, seemed jealous of his sister (Alice) to me. It was a good, easy read. Parts were a little dark throughout. I awarded a fair three stars. Not a family business I would want anything to do with, anything could go wrong and things could turn nasty….

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