The Crown Agent ARC Review

 

Just gonna copy and paste this for all backlogged reviews lol:

Oh, look, another backlogged ARC review. I know. Shocking.

October was the month we moved, and November I was still trying to tame the chaos of the new house, and I was also sick for like two weeks lol. Anyway, onto my review!

 

The Crown Agent

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A ship adrift, all hands dead. A lighthouse keeper murdered in the night. The Crown needs man to find the truth. Doctor Mungo Lyon, his reputation tarnished by the Burke & Hare scandal, and forbidden to practise as a surgeon, is the wrong man.

That’s exactly why the Crown chose him.

Purchase Links

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My Review

Guys.

GUYS.

Holy cow, I’m surprised by how much I loved this!! I hated not being able to snatch it up sooner, like I feel so silly for not just kick away the rest of my tbr for this before it actually published. Alas, being overwhelmed is never a good look so here we are, a little late to the part.

This is the start of a new character of the hour, Mungo Lyon, a doctor turned to espionage. You may wonder how he got to such a different place as far as careers go and I have to say the answer was amazing. His mentor purchased bodies for students….off…Burke & Hare. If you don’t know about these guys, they were two murderers in Edinburgh who killed people to sell to/for science as a fresh body was always in need to teach.

Due to this association, Dr. Lyon’s surgeon’s career is bleak, but there comes a chance to change his fate and he decides to jump right in.

And as he decides to go forward, trouble trails closely behind him.

Seriously, I felt for poor Mungo, he just never caught a break.

This means the novel was definitely fast-paced, plot-driven and full of adventure and mystery.

This also means this was a perfect read for me the lover of mystery and …okay let’s face it, I love lots of things and lots of books just like the rest of you. Anyway! It was honestly such a fantastic read for me and I loved the characters we were introduced to. There were secret societies, spying, Burke & Hare ‘lore,’ and the delicious historical background!

The mystery of it all was steeped in the sort of secret society mythology that I always love. There’s even adventures on the seas. And I loved reading about Scotland in all its beauty, but I may be biased.

This read gets 4.5/5 cups of hot chocolate from me, and I would like to thank Sandstone Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I cannot wait to read the next Dr. Lyon book!

Fixed Odds – Blog Tour

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Book blurb:
George ‘Genghis’ McCann has stolen – and lost – a priceless masterpiece. Snooker champion Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman is charged with betting fraud. With a second baby on the way, and promises of great rewards if he wins Bowman’s case and recovers the painting, defence lawyer Robbie Munro has never been so tempted to fix the odds in his favour.

Book Information:
Title: Fixed Odds
Series: Robbie Munro #5
By: William McIntyre
Publisher: Sandstone Press
Date Published: July 4, 2019
Pages: 304
Genre: Crime/Thriller

 

My Review

I have a confession, I hadn’t read any Robbie Munro before this one and I wish I had. McIntyre gives us a hilarious and believably flawed character in Robbie Munro, a lawyer who acts perhaps as we assume all defense lawyers do behind closed doors, but also just as a person who has a family and may not always follow what we consider a strict moral code.

This book got more chuckles out of me than anything else I’ve read this year so far. With Robbie’s dad getting death glares from his daughter in law for his old and sexist remarks on woman’s football, to Robbie being swayed by cash and having to deal with a new baby on the way, a brother who thinks it’s okay to ‘pimp’ out his solicitor services, and an annoyingly arrogant client.

Robbie tries to do what he thinks is best for everyone, not necessarily ‘right’ and when it comes to a winning a case, he doesn’t mind using tactics that have the opposing solicitors shaking their heads (or even scratching their heads as they’re puzzled by his behavior).

Some of my favorite parts dealt with Robbie in the courtroom or just dealing with his job in general. McIntyre truly knows how to be funny while writing a good thriller/mystery plot and that’s a rare talent.

If you want a really fun crime thriller that’s got a great pace and enjoyable ending, go ahead and give Fixed Odds a go. I plan on backtracking and reading the other Robbie Munro books, if they’re anything like this one, I’ll have a few chuckles to last me through the year.

Four Cups of Coffee from me!

Thank you to Ceris Jones and Sandstone Press for a chance to read and honestly review this, as well as being part of this blog tour!

 

About the Author

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William McIntyre is a partner in Scotland’s oldest law firm Russel + Aitken, specialising in criminal defence. He has been instructed in many interesting and high-profile cases over the years and now turns fact into fiction with his Robbie Munro legal thrillers. He is married with four sons.

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Finer Things Review

**Thank you to Sandstone Press for sending me a copy of this book, below is my honest review in exchange for receiving the book.**

 

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London: 1963.

The lives of a professional shoplifter and a young art student collide. Delia needs to atone for a terrible mistake; Tess is desperate to convince herself she really is an artist. Elsewhere in London, the Krays are on the rise and a gang war is in the offing. 

Tess’s relationship with her gay best friend grows unexpectedly complicated, and Delia falls for a man she’s been paid to betray.

Book Information:
Publication Date: 
27/06/2019
Format: Paperback
Length: 288
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781912240685

 

My Review

This was such a creative premise for a novel. I always love a good historical fiction but this grabbed me from the moment I glanced at the cover. But finding out it was basically a 1960s Female centered version with hints of ‘Ocean’s 11’? Oh I was all in. Disclaimer: This is way better than Ocean’s 11, and I refuse to talk about any movies from that after Ocean’s 12. They don’t exist in my world.

[Funnily enough my husband asked if the model on the cover was Joan from ‘Mad Men’ and considering that was focused on the 60s I would say they really nailed it with this cover.]

Wharton absolutely brings his A game to his debut novel, his writing is completely engaging and when I think of this book the first thing that comes to mind for me is ‘beautiful.’

The characters had so much intrigue to them, and the fact that he kept true to the time period of the 60s without taking away from the integrity of the characters just impressed me.

There was a whimsical air to Delia and I have to say she was my favorite, for being someone so utterly raw and from her roots she was like a changeling with a hint of the old ways in her superstitions.

Tess was complex and I think I would have wanted to see more of her but I was happy enough with how Wharton introduces her to us. She’s young, in London and trying to figure out who she is. Her story is also one that really resonates with the times. There was such a love of art and to see her blossom in her concepts of it was really great and her journey with Jimmy was one that I really appreciated at the end for all its difficulties and the heart aching truth of it all.

David Wharton gave a truly brilliant debut novel and I loved it, keep an eye out for this book and his future works. If you like a more ‘modern’ historical fiction or just a good fiction novel in general, I hope you’ll give this book a try.

 

About the Author

“David Wharton grew up in Northumberland and lives in Leicester, where he has worked in education for many years. He now divides his time between writing fiction and training English teachers. Finer Things is his first novel.”