*CONTENT POST* No Place Like Home – Rebecca Muddiman.

Book Blurb;

What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?
This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home.The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her.
What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?
In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.

About the Author;

Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published four crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, and Murder in Slow Motion. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.
Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

Rebecca’s five favourite crime series’s;

Lisa Gardner – FBI Profiler;

Lisa Gardner is one of my favourite writers of any kind of book. I love all her books in each of the different series she writes. But if I had to choose, I’d pick the FBI Profiler series as my favourite, mainly because it includes The Third Victim which is not only one of my favourite books ever, it was the one that introduced me to Lisa Gardner, as well as being the book that got me hooked on crime fiction, eventually leading to me writing it. Because of all that, I named the main character in my series, DI Michael Gardner, after her.

Karin Slaughter – Grant County;

Like Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter writes different series and weaves them together seamlessly. They’re all brilliant, and even the ones that are like doorstops I can read in a couple of days because I just have to read one more chapter, and then another, and another. The reason for singling out the Grant County series is, again, because they were the ones that introduced me to Slaughter, but also because it includes Skin Privilege. It might not be the best book of the series as a whole, but, without giving anything away, it made me cry for about three days afterwards, and led me to accuse my mam and sister of having hearts of stone for not shedding any tears at all. Always the sign of a good book.

Thomas Harris – Hannibal Lecter;

This series probably needs no introduction or explanation, and even if the later books don’t stand up as well as the earlier ones, The Silence of the Lambs makes up for it. I came to the books late, after having seen the films. I saw The Silence of the Lambs first, when I was way too young to watch it, and wanted to be Clarice Starling more than anything. (Later I wanted to be Dana Scully. I think, basically, I just wanted to join the FBI and was sorely disappointed when I discovered I wasn’t allowed.) I also love Hannibal, the TV adaptation of the books, and how they’ve reworked the books, making familiar stories new again. Also, Mads Mikkelsen is clearly the best Hannibal Lecter ever and I’ll eat the liver of anyone who says otherwise.

Kate Atkinson – Jackson Brodie;

Kate Atkinson is just brilliant, regardless of what she writes. If I could write half as well as her, I’d die happy. I read some of her more literary work before I came to the series and wondered how her style would adapt to a crime series. As expected, the books are both literary and page turners as the same time. While reading, I’ve found myself laughing out loud and then crying, sometimes at the same sentence. Amazing stuff, also adapted brilliantly for TV with Jason Isaacs as Brodie.

Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum;

Up to book number twenty-five and still going strong, the Stephanie Plum series are comedy-crime novels about a bounty hunter in New Jersey. They’re very funny, often ridiculous, but always have a proper mystery at the heart of them. The second crime novel I ever wrote was a comedy-crime, long before I came across these books. I was told no one would ever publish such a thing, mostly because no one knew how to market them and bookshops didn’t know which shelf to put them on. It sounded like nonsense to me, and having seen how successful this series is, I have to assume people were making excuses and my attempt at comedy-crime was just rubbish.


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Maria in the Moon – Louise Beech ★★★★★

Blurb; Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…

My Review; Oh wow. How do I even begin to review this book? My first book by this author and it was perfect! It had me crying, laughing and feeling sad. This is a beautiful story but also heart-breaking. This story has a strong message within we could all learn from.

I absolutely loved Catherine’s character. She is strong, brave and a powerful character no matter what she went through. At times she felt weak she got through it and she was never alone. This is an absolutely brilliant story of real life. A beautiful, moving story that is bound to stick with its readers. I also fell in love with Chris’s character… What a gent!

This is going in my top 20 reads of 2018. I can already feel a book hangover coming on… Utterly perfect. I’m sad I finished it! What a brilliant story. A well deserved five stars, highly recommend. A must buy. A must read.

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*BLOG BLITZ* The Stranger Within – Tara Lyons ★★★★★

Blurb; Dealing with everyday crime in London, DI Denis Hamilton is urgently called into a briefing in the early hours of his weekend off. Torn away from his family life, he must unravel an investigation he thought had long closed.
Putting his personal worries to one side, Hamilton and his Murder Investigation Team come up against a patient with a mental disorder hell-bent on revenge.
Comparing the present day with memories of his tragic past, can Hamilton open his mind to the difficulties of mental illness in order to catch a murderer?
And when a colleague’s life is threatened, can Hamilton unlock the truth of the stranger within before it’s too late?

My Review; Happy Publication Day! The Stranger Within is book four in the brilliant DI Hamilton series which I am absolutely loving! A fab series you must all add to your to read pile. I would recommend this series is best read in order.

Wow weeee. Where to beginning? What another brilliant story written by Tara. I flew through this story! This could possibly be the best story yet. Gripping, thrilling and a real page turner. A book you will want to read in one sitting. I think I may just have fallen inlove with DI Hamilton a little.

This time the case gets dark and personal for the team, could this be their worst case yet when one of their own is involved? When a killer wants revenge? Bloody brilliant. Cleverly written! A well deserved five stars from me… I now eagerly await book five… Hopefully 😉 Highly recommend!

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