Some Of My Favorite Re-Reads

 

 

Hey all! It’s Sunday, I’m tired and still have yet to start packing for Friday, so, I’ll be doing that tonight after some ill-timed coffee drinking later.

Anyway, I definitely love rereading books and wanted to share some of my favorite ones to reread.

NOTE: You’ll notice a pattern with these, but since I’ve started really interacting on the bookish communities on social media, my reading has diversified, and I plan on making a post of planned rereads for next year with my diverse reads I’ve found.

So, here we go!

 

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Sorry to say I’m quite predictable in this first one, I do love to reread the Harry Potter books but typically I’ve only reread books 1-4, because after the other three came out I was in the last couple of years of high school and a slave to homework and college applications. But I have started to read the first one with my mini.

 

Anne: The Green Gables Collection

Another I love to reread, and this one is much easier as I have it on my kindle so whenever I feel like it, I go and reread whatever book I like in the series. I’ve read the whole thing at least twice through, books 1-7, and other works by Montgomery.

 

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The Lucas Film’s Alien Chronicles trilogy, an absolute favorite of mine that I have been talking up for like a year on this blog lol, if you ever find this at a library or somehow in a store [they’re out of print by now I think] then I highly recommend them if you’re a Scifi fan! I’ve read this series 3x, I think, and have read the first book like 3.5x lol.

 

Remember Me

 

 

 

 

 

Where Are the Children?

I tend to reread a few of her books a lot, like every Christmas I reread the Christmas themed ones of hers that I own, and I reread Loves Music, Loves to Dance and a couple of others, but these two are my ultimate rereads. Especially Remember Me as it’s what I like to call my comfort read. Sometimes when I’m just not in the mood to pick up a new book or maybe just feeling a little blue, I pick this up and read a bit of it, and I’ve read it a total of about 4x in whole. Where are the Children? I’ve read about 3x I think. Every few years I pick it up and give it a read.

 

The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce, another long favorite of mine, I’ve read it around 3-4x and haven’t in a while so I think it’s time for a reread. I think that this is another comfort read of sorts, my first real big fantasy kick just right before Harry Potter…I think, Idk guys, I’m getting old, memory’s fuzzy. Anyway, I love this, like, so much, and will die on that hill of love.

 

Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #25)

This was my first Agatha Christie book, so maybe that’s why I keep coming back to it, but I make sure to put a few years between each reread, since I know I’ll eventually forget most of the details, I let that time-lapse and pick it up to discover the mystery all over again lol.

 

Brave New World

This book opened my eyes as a kid and I think that the impact of it will keep it as one of my most treasured reads, I will say it was a bit heavy to read it when I did, for me personally, but again it had an impact and I’ve read it multiple times, especially as society gets just as emotionless as Huxley predicts. Scary, but accurate like most dystopia.

 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

I can’t help it, I love dystopian novels, and this one really captured my attention, so I’ve read this trilogy in its entirety about 3x and plan on. reading it again soon. This one and the ‘Matched’ Trilogy by Condie are my top YA dystopia picks I think!

 

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

Lastly, this one, well, after finding out what kind of a person the author really is, I haven’t reread it but it was powerful to me as a kid and I reread it over and over again until the cover fell off my copy actually lol. So, it saddens me that such a work about being an outsider and overcoming that is unfortunately written by a big huge dickhead.

 

There are more of course, but I can’t’ recall them all but these are always at the top of my list to go read again..well…aside from ‘Ender’s Game.’ So, what are some comfort reads of yours? Anything you’ve reread at all or want to?

Blind Witness – Blog Tour

 

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Blurb:

In 1922 a blind WW1 veteran and former intelligence officer attends a weekend with his aristocratic wife and her family at a country house in the New Forest, Hampshire, England. Fourteen people sit down to dinner on the Friday night; by the end of the weekend there are two murders, an attempted murder and a suicide.
This is book one in a series of humorous murder mysteries and introduces young sleuths The Hon Melissa Charters and her war veteran husband Major Alasdair Charters.
The pair collaborate using Melissa’s powers of observation and Alasdair’s old skills gained in the Secret Intelligence Service to investigate the events unfolding over the weekend. A murder mystery with a spy plot told from many different points of view in the tradition of Simon Brett, M C Beaton and Kerry Greenwood.
Will our investigators discover who is behind the murders?

 

My Review

Hey all, sorry for this being a bit late in the day, but, I can assure you it’s worth the wait, this book was SO MUCH FUN to read. Seriously! The only time I get this crazy about murder mystery books are Agatha Christie ones, so, the fact that I’ve loved this one so much speaks volumes. The Charter Mystery series, promises to be a fantastic one.

I enjoy my murder mysteries with the sort of gusto that I enjoy eating, sooo…A LOT. But that being said, I tend to enjoy them on a rather ‘average’ level, but this one not only kept me intrigued, Goldie’s writing style did such a good job of setting you up in the era that you wouldn’t have known this was written in this decade let alone this century. At the same time, she doesn’t over-clutter with old fashioned language, keeping it solely to the vernacular of the characters which  means you’re not weighed down by prose.

But let’s get to the heart of the matter. You’ve got a fantastically smart aristocratic woman with what seems to be a natural affinity for sleuthing and her husband. The one with the permanent alterations from the war, used to such an independent life and secretive role, finally able to return to what he does best, observations.

The fact that our Mr. Charter doesn’t have eyesight doesn’t deter him and in fact our sleuth uses it to his advantage. He’s living in a time when people sadly equated disabilities like blindness with other assumptions about how their brains work. But, this means they don’t tend to censor what they say within proximity, and when a carefree weekend turns to murder, this point works highly in our ex-Major’s favor as he tries to figure out who the murderer is.

Goldie uses the experiences and knowledge of her husband to write a character that we don’t see often enough; a blind one. There’s no over-exaggeration of the Major’s abilities and the struggle he deals with due tot he fact that he was not always blind and it was a war injury, well, it really hits his experiences home for the reader. She does a good job of conveying his PTSD and feelings on losing his independence in his mind.

The couple work together but without being joined to the hip, they each have their strengths and it’s great to see them separately in action and I really enjoyed that.

The fact that this book opened up with the first case involving their family meant that we were able as readers to get to know a good deal about the background without deterring from the plot and story and I thought this was rather clever of Goldie.

The mystery itself is really well done, I didn’t see that twist, and the tidbits that were used to throw you off the scent were well planted as I didn’t see them for what they were until the last moment. The reveal was exciting and the ending came too quickly in my opinion, it’s such a quick and enjoyable read!

Overall I could gush about this all day but I won’t, just know if you like Agatha Christie, or murder mysteries set in the golden age, I definitely recommend this book to you.

Four HUGE cups of coffee from me!

Thanks to Anne Cater, Vicki Goldie, and Victorina Press for a chance to read and review this honestly as part of the blog tour!

 

About the Author

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Vicki worked as a Chartered Librarian for the Royal National Institute of Blind People and then for the past 19 years in public libraries in Bournemouth and Poole. There she enjoyed arranging and attending writing courses and author events, including such luminaries as Fay Weldon and Peter James. With the Reading Agency and other librarians round the country she reviewed and selected books for The Radio Two Book Club. All the time writing away in her spare time.
Born in California but brought up in England she was introduced to the Golden Age of crime authors at an early age by her mother. She is married to a blind physiotherapist, and it is from his mother, born in a large country house in Devon (now a hotel), educated by governess and with a cut glass voice like the Queen, that she absorbed real life stories about the twenties and thirties.
She has always had a fascination with the Art Deco period and the Golden Age of crime writing. She has been filling her house with Art Deco inspired artefacts and clothing for 40 years. 
Blind Witness is her debut novel and is the beginning of the Charters Mysteries Series featuring Major Alasdair Charters and The Honourable Melissa Charters.

 

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The Art of Sherlock Holmes [USA 1] – Blog Tour

 

 

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Blurb:
The Art of Sherlock Holmes-USA Edition 1 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written before our first volume, The Art of Sherlock Homes-West Palm Beach, there had never been a volume where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists. 
In this first USA edition, thirteen world-class artists who live and create in the United States have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable.  Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story. 
The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. So we hope you’ll appreciate each creation for what it is: an inimitable interpretation of a truly unique Holmes story. 
For those of you who get lost in abstract art, our abstract artists have provided an explanation of what their art means in relation to the story they’ve interpreted. 
The Art of Sherlock Holmes books are curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.
Book Information:
Pages
208
 Publisher
MX Publishing (24 October 2019)
ISBN (hardcover – standard edition)
9781787054714
ISBN (hardcover – special edition)
0781787054707

Purchase Links

Amazon US | MX Site | Amazon UK

 

My Review

Another great collaboration of artists and authors in a common goal to share in a love of Sherlock Holmes. Once more I loved every single art piece used in association with the stories. They breathe color and life into the world of Holmes, and I enjoyed the stories as well. There were a few rather amusing stories, some involving the Circus, but at the heart of every story there was Watson and Holmes. [Or in one case or two, mostly Watson, and who can say that isn’t appropriate given his loyal chronicling of our masterful sleuth?]

It’s a quick read in the best of ways, 13 stories that while done by 13 different authors flow seamlessly together, taking you from one adventure to the next.

At the start of each story there is the art, and it is a wonderful tool to put you in the right mood/mindset for the story about to be unfurled.

I was impressed how many authors, yet again as I reviewed the last ‘Art of Sherlock’ book, were able to capture the true heart of Doyle’s writing. Watson is most faithfully written in each of the stories, as is Holmes, and I was rather glad that the authors achieved this while giving us new adventures of the duo.

There were a couple of stories that had me in the end giving this 3.5 rather than a full 4 cups of coffee, but the majority of the stories were brilliant and without fault, there were just a couple of nuances in two of the stories that I was rather distracted by. On the whole though I would definitely recommend this to any fan of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. But I also did have such a deep affection for other of the stories, especially ‘Circus Belle.’

The art was hands down the best part and I could go through and flip through those pictures all day they’re just so much fun to look at and vary so much in style.

Thank you to Caroline and MX Publishing for a chance to read this in exchange for my honest review as part of the blog tour.

 

The Art

 

About Phil Growick

Phil Growick ran one of the world’s leading executive search firms in the advertising industry. Phil’s network in the creative world is unparalleled which is perfect for artist acquisition. Now living in West Palm, Phil is heavily involved in the local art community and as a two-time Sherlock Holmes novelist came up with the concept of combining two of his passions – art and Holmes.
“You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make a delicious Holmes meal of mystery: inimitable interpretations of truly unique Holmes stories.”

Author Links

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

About MX Publishing

MX is the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories is the world’s largest new Sherlock stories collection with twelve bestselling volumes in the last four years – with three more volumes due in May 2019. Over 100 authors have taken part in the anthology including NY Times best sellers Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye and Bonnie MacBird.

The collection raises money for the Stepping Stones School ( a school for children with learning disabilities) at Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home which carries the Estate’s Conan Doyle Seal. The collection has overwhelming support from leading Sherlockians worldwide. MX are in a perfect position to bring the best in Holmes fiction and the Sherlock fan base to the project. 

MX’ other project is the Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Twinned with Stepping Stones, Happy Life has saved the lives of over 600 abandoned babies in the last two decades. The project has expanded to include a school and paediatric hospital.

MX Links

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Art of Sherlock Holmes Instagram

 

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Author & Artists List

  1. The Vampire of The Lyceum

Artist        Alex Arshanky
Authors     Charles Veley and Anna Elliott

Conan Doyle Estate Link – https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/16-the-vampire-of-the-lyceum


  1. The Adventure of the Pharoh’s Tablet 

Artist          Aaron Schwartz
Author       Robert Perret

Conan Doyle Estate:
https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/17-the-adventure-of-the-pharoh-s-tablet

  1. The Adventure of The Missing Link 

Artist           Bruce Helander
Author         David Marcum

Conan Doyle Estate – https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/18-the-adventure-of-the-missing-link

  1. The Case of the Cuneiform Suicide Note 

Artists     Jeffrey and Michael Bisaillion
Author        Mark Mower

  1. The Adventure of The Gypsy Girl 

Artist         Niz
Author        Tony Reynolds 

  1. The Adventure of The Inn On The Marsh 

Artist         Rafael Glückstern Gardos
Author     Denis Smith

  1. Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Tainted Cannister 

Artist         Angela Fegan
Author        Tom Turley

  1. The Mystery of The Scarab Earrings 

Artist         Jhina Alvarado
Author        Thomas Fortenberry

  1. The Adventure of Vittoria, The Circus Belle 

Artist         Andrea Perez Bessin
Author        Tracy Revels

  1. The Woman Returns 

Artist         Christina Major
Author        Richard Paolinelli

  1. Vigor The Hammersmith Wonder 

Artist         Diego Perez
Author        Mike Hogan


  1. The Ghost of Dorset House 

Artist         Krystal Sutton
Author        Tim Symonds


  1. Sherlock Holmes and A Brush With Death 

Artist         Alexander Yulish
Author        Dick Gillman

 

Gravemaidens eARC Review

 

 

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

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GoodReads:
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

Book Information:
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Random House
Pub Date: October 29, 2019
Formats: Hardback, Ebook, Audiobook
ISBN: 978-0-525-64782-9

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

[The purchase links above are Affiliated links, if you should purchase this book using one of those links then I will receive a small bit of money, but, this will cost nothing to you]

 

My Review

I finished my buddy read way quicker than I expected, I blame the author Kelly Coon for this. I was able to read the first eight chapters and have some semblance of self-control but after that, it was like I was gorging myself on cakes from the faerie realm, I could not put the book down.

Kammani was a really endearing protagonist, she had her faults, her passions, and the love for her family with her love of healing. And like any good big sister, she can be somewhat annoying and overbearing on her younger sister and brother.

Kammani wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, but the problem with that is that her Father has been just as tragically affected as the rest of the family and it has changed him.

I love that the characters were so real and flawed, no one was above making mistakes. There were so many moments where I was just holding my breath though because this is not only a great work of YA fantasy, it’s also got a murder mystery, AND YOU ALL KNOW HOW I LOVE MURDER MYSTERIES!

WHODUNNIT?!

This is mostly the question I was screeching through the novel.

Nanaea reminded me of how infuriating it can be to have sisters and though Kammani doesn’t always make the right choices, she makes them all out of love for Nanaea and her family. I loved getting to know more about both Nanaea and Kammani and the political intrigue in the palace made my dark little heart so happy! Not to mention the relationships that Kammani develops, the new friendships, well, it’s great and you really cheer on most of the characters, and there are times you’re just not sure who Kammani should trust.

Again….WHODUNNIT?

The fact that we’re not done with these characters is brilliant, the ending certainly had me lamenting the fact that I’ll have to wait to see what happens next.

Coon delightfully colors this vibrant world the characters live in, Alu just seems to come to life and jump right off the pages. She also doesn’t get too focused on small details, driving the plot and characters forward. \she also made me constantly hungry…seriously, where’s a damn honeycake when you need it??

Dagan was also a cute little cinnamon roll that I just wanted to protect half the time,m but the fact that he was always respectful of Kammani’s boundaries really made him such a great character, even when he thinks he’s pushed himself too far across a line, he’s quick to apologize and make amends as best he can.

[Disclosure: Nasu was my favorite, no regrets.]

I preordered this book because I mean, why wouldn’t I with a title like ‘Gravemaidens?’ But I’m super glad I did because I’ll be rereading this closer to the time of the second book’s release.

SO on that note, four massive cups of coffee from me for this amazing debut novel. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion!

 

About the Author

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Kelly Coon is a young adult author represented by Kari Sutherland of Bradford Lit, an editor for Blue Ocean Brain, a member of the Washington Post Talent Network, a former high school English teacher, and the author of two test prep guides, ACT STRATEGY SMART and ACE THE ACT.
Kelly was the test prep expert for About.com for seven years, and has been published with both Scholastic and MSN in the education arena. In the parenting realm, Kelly has been published in The Washington Post, Scary Mommy, ParentMap, Folks, and others sites, regaling tales of life in the trenches with her three boys. She adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains, and wishes every story got the happy ending she’s living near Tampa with her sons, brilliant husband, and a rescue pup who will steal your sandwich. Gravemaidens is her debut novel.

Author Links

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The Widow of Pale Harbour – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of murder. Who can save Pale Harbour from itself?

1846. Desperate to escape the ghosts of his past, Gabriel Stone takes a position as a minister in the remote Pale Harbour, but not all is as it seems in the sleepy town.

As soon as Gabriel steps foot in town, he can’t escape the rumours about the mysterious Sophy Carver, a young widow who lives in the eerie Castle Carver: whispers that she killed her husband, mutterings that she might even be a witch.

But as strange, unsettling events escalate into murder, Gabriel finds himself falling under Sophy’s spell. As clues start to point to Sophy as the next victim, Gabriel realises he must find answers before anyone else turns up dead.

My Review

Ahhh this was such a great spooky read! There was murder, mystery, witchy going ons all set in the perfect New England spooky setting! Not to mention it was like stepping into a story that might have been inspired by Poe himself. [Note: there are references to Poe in this story and I absolutely loved it]

The whole time you read this, you’ll want to be sipping something warm from a mug while curled up in a cozy reading spot with a blanket. Even if you’re somewhere warm the way that Hester Fox writes, you feel like you’re right there with the characters in the cold New England rain and fog.

The romance to this is just simply amazing, I loved that the male lead was sensitive and put the female’s comfort and consent at the top of his priority list.

Also, Sophy was an amazing female lead, she feels very real fears to her situation, the outsider in a small town who is believed to have killed the husband that they all admired. She’s scorned and feared in equal measure and their actions lead to the consequence that Sophy becomes reclusive and that only fuels the gossip in the town.

Gabriel Stone comes at just the right moment, the gossip is reaching its peak with the strange happenings occurring in Pale Harbour and Sophy stands to be the most likely suspect in the town’s eyes.

The new minister can’t help but be drawn to the Widow, to want to know more about the woman who has caused so much tongue-wagging, and as he gets to know her, he knows the truth, she couldn’t have done this. But…then who isn’t? And why do they want Sophy to take the blame?

A great murder mystery, romance, and historical fiction. For anyone who enjoys a mystery, I would highly recommend this book to them!

Four Cups of Coffee for this book! Now…I’m off to go pretend I’m in New England and drink some more tea.

Thank you to HQ Stories for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as part of the blog tour!

 

About the Author

GoodReads:
Hester comes to writing from a background in museum work and historical archaeology. She loves the Gothic, the lurid, the dark…so long as the ending is a happy one. She has never seen a ghost, though she remains hopeful.

Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband and their son.

Author Links

Webpage | Twitter | Instagram

 

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The Birthday House – Blog Tour

 

 

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The year is 1955, the location picturesque Devon.

In a house by the River Dart, schoolgirl Josephine Kennedy posts invitations to her twelfth birthday party – a party that never takes place.
Horrific violence is committed that night in the family home, leaving all of its occupants dead. 
Based on a disturbing real-life crime, this compelling story explores Josephine’s fate through the prism of friends and family – the victims and survivors who unwittingly influenced the events that led up to the tragedy.
Josephine’s best friend, Susan, is haunted by the secrets of the birthday house. Can she ever find a way of making peace with the past?

Book Information:
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: Silverwood Books (24 Jun. 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 178132879X
ISBN-13: 978-1781328798

Purchase Link

Amazon UK

My Review

 

A quick but memorable read. It was a fascinating book, birthed out of the need to deal with grief through fiction, to try and provide answers not freely given in the tragedy that occurred in ‘The Birthday House.’ It’s commendable what Treseder has done in trying to find an explanation, writing a sort of novella in the process. The senseless tragedy that has happened will never have a satisfactory answer or even an answer at all but to try and explain it seems natural as this tragedy will continue to affect those touched by it for the rest of their lives.

I really enjoyed this, Treseder has a strong voice and an impressive style, given that she does it all in 150 pages and makes it end on a satisfying note.

The chapters are divided between the people involved in the story, the young best friends, the parents, and even the housekeeper who stumbled upon the horrible discovery, and this is part of the reason why the book felt so fleshed out and was able to feel complete in my opinion.

Four solid cups of coffee, a great and fast read that will make you stop and think at the end.

Thank you to Silverwood Books and Anne Cater for a copy in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour.

About the Author

I started writing in a red shiny exercise book when I was seven years old. But in that time and place it was an ‘invalid’ activity, was overlooked, but never went away. It was many years before I felt able to call myself ‘writer’.
But there came a day when the phrase ‘I am a writer’ no longer sounded pretentious, but legitimate, and even necessary. Was it because I had a writing room instead of the corner of a landing? Or because I spent more time writing? Or because I’d got better at it? Or because I get miserable and bad-tempered if I don’t write? Probably a combination of all of the above.
Writing is my third career. The first was as a social worker with children and families, a job I loved, but left because I could no longer cope with the system.
This led to a freelance career as an independent management consultant, helping people to handle emotions in the work context. I worked in the IT industry, in companies large and small, as well as public organisations. Later I became involved in research projects concerned with the multi-disciplinary approach to social problems such as child abuse. So, in a sense, I had come full-circle.
All these experiences feed into the process of writing fiction, while my non-fiction book The Wise Woman Within resulted indirectly from the consultancy work and my subsequent PhD thesis,‘Bridging Incommensurable Paradigms’, which is available from the School of Management at the University of Bath.
I live in Devon and visit Cornwall frequently and these land and seascapes are powerful influences which demand a presence in my writing.
Writers’ groups and workshops are a further invaluable source of inspiration and support and I attend various groups locally and sign up for creative courses in stunning locations whenever I can. I try doing writing practice at home but there is no substitute for the focus and discipline achieved among others in a group.
I have written some short stories and recently signed up for a short story writing course to explore this genre in more depth.
I live with my husband in South Devon and enjoy being involved in a lively local community.

Author Links

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The Immortal Prudence Blackwood – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
Throughout history, the world has witnessed cruel, gruesome, and twisted murders at the hands of the most notorious serial killers. For those who were never caught—Jack the Ripper, the Atlanta Ripper, and the Cleveland Torso Murderer—their crimes will live on in infamy as their identities are forever chased, but never revealed.

It’s 1947 in Washington, D.C. and a dangerous murderer has boldly discarded two headless bodies nearby the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. With no leads, Detective Clive O’Reilly is feeling desperate. When a stranger convinces O’Reilly to join him at a local pub, he is treated to a wild tale about Prudence Blackwood, an immortal who seeks vengeance for those murdered by history’s most notorious serial killers.

Initially in disbelief over her existence, O’Reilly is surprised to discover that she’s very real and she’ll be assisting in the investigation.

But Prudence has unorthodox methods. With the body count rising, O’Riley will have to find a way to work with her to stop the most brutal killer in D.C.’s history before more victims are added to the list.

 

My Review

I loved Prudence, she was such an enjoyable character! This had a great combination of fantasy and mystery/thriller, Immortals and a murder story, nothing could have made me happier lol. Also, there was more than one time period, so you got to glimpse into a few, though the story was set mostly in D.C., 1947.

You all know how much I love mysteries and historical fiction…and fantasy. Can you understand my excitement over reading this?

It was a fun and quick read and those things are so important to me when I don’t always have the time to read heavier novels.

As for the characters…

I already said I loved Prudence, and hands down she was my favorite.

I liked Clive well enough, especially as a detective and father, the scenes with his son were precious. I was also glad to see a healthy relationship between him and his ex-wife, it’s something we just don’t see enough in the fictional world. Prudence’s purpose in life is noble, she helps to solve the problems of serial killers the law can’t get their hands on. She does feel like something is shifting inside of her with each ‘case’ solved though and her ending was thoroughly satisfying.

I really enjoyed the fantasy elements. My only issues were the writing of dialogue seemed stilted or too staged at times. This was a plot-driven story, character development was there but not too evident until the very end and not the focus, which I enjoyed but some may not.

**Thank you to NetGalley and the BHC for a copy of this read in exchange for my honest review!**

 

About the Author

Stephanie Grey is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in journalism. Writing has always been present in Stephanie’s life. From a young age, she has been writing short stories for her family to enjoy. When she entered high school, she decided that she would one day write a full-length novel. She finally achieved her goal and is the proud author of three novels, including The Immortal Prudence Blackwood. She continues to write and hopes to be able to share her stories with the world for many years to come.