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*BLOG TOUR* Dying Art – Malcolm Hollingdrake ★★★★

Blurb:
Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world.

Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, where there is money to be made, violence and murder are never far away.

Working their way through a maze of galleries, museums and the internet, Bennett’s team struggles to make sense of the evidence.

Can Bennett tell the difference between what is real and what is fake?

My Review: 
Cyril Bennett IS BACK! I would highly recommend you read this series in order because at the start of this book it does make a reference to the book before this one Game Point, but doesn’t give too much away if you did wish to read it as a standalone. I loved all the character both old and new, the setting and theme of art within this book. Dying Art is easy to read, gripping and will keep you guessing till all is revealed! I enjoyed reading Dying Art this weekend especially while all my book friends are at Harrogate and this series is set in Harrogate so technically I was there in mind. I must admit I did find the chapters long in this book but I still enjoyed it nevertheless. I awarded four stars! I must admit I did miss a certain females character within this book though, won’t give it away!
I cannot wait to see wait lie ahead for this series… Keeping my eye on you Malcolm Hollingdrake.

DCI Bennett Series Order:
Book 1Only The Dead
Book 2Hell’s Gate
Book 3Flesh Evidence
Book 4Game Point
You can find all my reviews for these on my blog except Only The Dead as I still need to read that one, I’m bad I know. 

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*BLOG TOUR* Holding Myself – Victoria Brown ★★★★

Blurb:
Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant.

Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away.

As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take.

Is having a baby the right thing to do?

Can she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control?

Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever…

My Review:
Can I just start by saying what a beautiful cover this book has? This is certainly an emotional, inspirational and uplifting summer read for 2017. I enjoyed reading this book, very different from what I usually read but I found it very refreshing. Kat, now what an amazing character she is. She has gone through so much in this story but somehow comes through it successfully the other side. Holding Myself is easy to read, written well and contains short chapters. I would highly recommend this story to you all if you want something a little different from thrillers. A well deserved five stars from me and I will be looking out for future books by Victoria Brown. A very 21st century book!

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Love, Life & Dreams: A Cocktail of five short stories – Rebekah Louise ★★★★

Blurb:
Story #1 – Doctors Orders:
As Alice tries to support her sister, Emma, following her heart breaking marriage, little did they know what the ‘Doctors Orders’ would lead to.

Story #2 – Julie:
A successful businessman and loving father’s life is turned upside down when ‘Julie’ visits the office.

Share in Louis and Emma’s love and imagination in story #3 – Live the Dream.

Story #4 – Off The Record:
Introduces us to James, a top radio DJ, who is forced to reflect on his life’s values.

Life for Ania, a cleaner in a five-star hotel, is arduous and her future looks bleak, that’s until she meets a guest in story #5 – Suite 200, who challenges her perspective.

My Review: 
I am a big fan of short stories!
These five stories are all easy to read and fast paced, in fact I finished them all within an hour and enjoyed each and every one of them. My favourite had to be the first story called Doctors Orders the perfect chick-lit short story. All these stories end on some form of a cliff hanger to let the reader decide the ending of the story for themselves. These are all perfect short stories, especially for those readers who are too busy to read long stories and like to grab a quick story here and there. I understand short stories may not be to all readers tastes but I really enjoyed these stories and would highly recommend to you all. Very refreshing and may help readers out of a book slump! I awarded a well deserved four stars.

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