*BLOG TOUR* The Serial Dater’s Shopping List – Morgen Bailey ★★★★

Blurb; 31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?

Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend and ‘Health & Beauty’ colleague Donna, she knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts, and starts ticking them off as she meets Mr Could Be Right Except For, Mr Not Bad, Mr Oh My Goodness and Mr Oh So Very Wrong.

Follow the ups (there are a few) and downs (there are many) of the dating process and intertwined with her experiences, get to know her colleague and family, including her niece Lola who, apart from being an amazing storyteller, can eat ambidextrously whilst wearing a Princess glove puppet on her right hand, and Baby, William’s non-too-healthy African Grey parrot.

My Review; This book is laugh out loud funny in parts. I enjoyed reading this one. So basically Isobel (Izzy) writes a column in a newspaper and has been challenged to set a profile up online and attend a date each night with someone different and write about it. What could go wrong eh?

Each and every date is very different! Just as you think the dates could not get any worse or funnier… THEY DO. Poor Izzy… At least she enjoys herself and gets free drinks. This story is brilliantly written and contains a wide range of men throughout I think Izzy covered them all.

Online profiles and dating has imerged into this popular, must do thing these days and everyone seems to be doing it… We all have our type, do’s and don’ts.. (Don’t lie, we all do). Which is why I loved Izzys shopping list approach to the perfect man! Brilliant.

I also loved Izzys and Donnas relationship, best friends and work colleagues. These two especially feel like your own crazy friends you’ve always known. This was a real page turner for me which just got better and better. An easy, light hearted, hilarious read. I loved it. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend.

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Cuckoo – Sophie Draper ★★★★

Blurb; There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

My Review; Throughally enjoyed this one. Very interesting and intriguing story. Lots of spooky incidents going on throughout the story as Caro returns to her old home after her step mother passed away. But there are way too many secrets she has to uncover and face.

Towards the end this story really speeds up with plenty of jaw dropping moments and outcomes. It was a bit of a slow burner at the start, getting you a feeling of the characters, the past and the setting. Poor Caro for what she went through back in her past and what she has to cope with in the present.

A really good story. Spooky. Keeps the reader on the edge of their seat to see where it goes and what happens. A beautiful eye catching cover too. Didn’t like Caros sister at all from the beginning. A well written story. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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The Puppet Show – M.W. Craven ★★★★

Blurb; A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive…

My Review; This was a brilliant read! I was hooked and intrigued before the first chapter. Wow. What a dark, tense and twisted opening. I already can’t wait to see what lies ahead in book two of this series.

The Puppet Show is brilliantly written and a fast paced read! You’re bound to keep turning those pages. I loved Poes character. He’s unique, clever and determined. I loved the unexpected relationship between him and Bradshaw (the office nerd), that was cute! We saw a whole other side to him when they were together, they made a great duo.

It was evident not everyone liked Poe within the team, but it wasn’t about that as they knew he was great at his job and that’s all that matters. The ending of this book had me torn as we saw both sides to this case/crimes. That outcome was without a doubt the biggest jaw dropping moment ever, very unexpected. A clever, crafty case and a great team.

A book that I will be thinking about for a while. Not your average crime case, much darker and cleverer. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend this story to you all, you will be in for a treat!

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