Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Death Knocks Twice by Robert Thorogood! I'm kicking off the tour with a review and an extract. I've been very excited about this since I'm a big fan of both the Death in Paradise TV show and the other books in the series. I hope I can do the book justice with my review!
Thank you to the lovely Rebekah for organising the tour.
The new Death in Paradise mystery.
Two dead bodies. A family of suspects. One grumpy detective.
Reluctantly stationed on the sweltering Caribbean island of Saint-Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole dreams of cold winds, drizzly rain and a pint in his local pub.
Just as he is feeling as fed up as can be, a mysterious vagrant is found dead in the grounds of the historic Beaumont plantation. Immediately assumed to be suicide, DI Poole is not so convinced and determined to prove otherwise. Never mind that the only fingerprints on the murder weapon belong to the victim. Or that the room was locked from the inside.
Before long, death knocks twice and a second body turns up. The hunt is on to solve the case – despite the best efforts of the enigmatic Beaumont family…
Opening the very first page, I was instantly swept straight to Saint-Marie. The heat of the Caribbean and the humour of DI Poole's typical 'Englishness' emanates from the page.
Despite his unorthodox ways, you can't not love Richard Poole. All of the characters are well-developed and their individual characteristics shine through.
I don't think it's necessary to read the earlier books to be able to understand Death Knocks Twice. However both the previous books and the TV series are first class and I definitely think they are worth taking a look at. I feel like this enhanced my understanding of the characters and the setting even more.
The narrative is witty and perfectly paced. I was lead in so many different directions and there were plenty of twists. It was brilliantly plotted and the book was enjoyable from beginning to end.
I love how all is revealed as the group gather together for DI Poole to wrap up the case. I didn't guess who the culprit was at all. It was thoroughly satisfying.
Overall, I'm giving Death Knocks Twice 5 out of 5 and adding it to my Five Star Favourites shelf! It's witty, twisty and it injected plenty of sunshine into a rainy day. It's definitely one of my favourite books of the summer.
Death Knocks Twice is out today! Published by HQ
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
Within seconds, he was lost. The vines and vegetation pressed into his face, the fetid smell of the jungle was revolting – it seemed to be a pungent mix of rotting fruit and decaying animals – which, when Richard thought about it, was very possibly because the jungle was full of rotting fruit and decaying animals. He felt whole rivers of sweat run down his back. Where had the women got to? Richard heard some branches snapping up ahead, and he made himself push through the sticky vegetation another ten or so paces until he saw the figures of Camille and Lucy through a thick screen of vines. Before he lost his nerve entirely, Richard covered the remaining distance like a mad marionette – his legs and arms lifting as high and wide as possible – until he burst through the wall of vines into a little clearing.
As Richard dashed the burrs, berries and sticky god-knows-whats from his jacket and trouser legs, he could see Camille looking directly at him and smiling broadly. He gritted his teeth. As far as Richard was concerned, it wasn’t his fault he didn’t function well in a tropical jungle, was it? His last posting had been to Croydon, for heaven’s sake.
“You okay, sir?” Camille asked, pretending to be concerned.
“Yes. I’m fine,” he said.
“Then I think you need to see this. I’ve found something.”
Richard went over and saw that Camille and Lucy had found an area of ground that was littered with empty water bottles, paper bags that had once contained fresh food, crushed cigarette packets and an empty bottle of cheap vodka.
“There’s been someone here,” Camille said, indicating the food.
Richard saw a column of bright red fire ants – each seemingly the size of his thumb – marching up to and engulfing a bag that had once contained a pastry of some sort, and he took a couple of steps back.
“Although I don’t see any evidence of anyone sleeping out here,” Camille said, looking about herself. “No tent’s been pitched. Or bivouac. Or rain cover of any sort.”
“I see,” Richard said, lifting his feet up one by one to check that an army of fire ants weren’t already marching up his legs. “So tell me, Ms Beaumont, is there anything else you noticed about the man you saw earlier today?”
“I’m sorry,” Lucy said. “I’ve told you everything I can remember. He was definitely a man. And he was definitely old. I didn’t really notice his clothes, but he had this beard – sort of whitish, sort of grey – and long-flowing grey hair. That’s all I saw. And I had no idea that he had any kind of camp in the jungle here.”
Richard looked about himself. It wasn’t much to go on, was it? An old tramp had been spying on Lucy from the jungle. And when Lucy had tried to confront him, he’d run away.
There was a sudden bang from nearby – followed by a flock of parrots squawking into the air above the jungle.
“What was that?” Lucy asked.
“That sounded like a gunshot,” Camille said to her boss.
“What?” Lucy said, panicking.
“Quiet!” Richard ordered, trying to work out where the sound had come from. Like Camille, he’d already guessed that the sharp retort had been from a gun of some kind.
There was a second bang, and, without thinking, both Camille and Richard started running towards the noise – Richard this time pushing through the vines and vegetation without any thought for his personal safety – or that of his suit – and they soon burst out of the jungle and back into the blinding sunlight of the cobbled yard. There was no-one nearby. So where had the gunshot come from?
About the Author
Robert Thorogood is the creator of the hit BBC One TV series DEATH IN PARADISE.
He was born in Colchester, Essex, in 1972. When he was 10-years old, he read his first proper novel – Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House – and he’s been in love with the genre ever since.
He now lives in Marlow in Buckinghamshire with his wife, children and an increasingly cranky Bengal cat called Daniel.
Today is my slot on the blog tour for the wonderful Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf! Along with a review, I also have a copy of Not a Sound to give away! Details to enter will be at the bottom of the post! (Giveaway copy provided by Midas PR and HQ) Finally, thank you to the lovely Rebekah for organising the blog tour! :)
'I’m going to die tonight. But I won’t go quietly.'
Amelia Winn has a lot of regrets. She regrets the first drink after she lost her hearing. She regrets destroying her family as she spiralled into depression. Mostly, she regrets not calling Gwen Locke back.
Because now Gwen is dead. And as Amelia begins to unearth the terrible secrets that led to Gwen’s naked body being dumped in the freezing water, she realises that she might be next.
But how do you catch a killer when you can't hear him coming?
Having never previously read any books by Heather Gudenkauf, Not a Sound made me realise how much I've been missing out on!
Amelia's character is truly brought to life through the skilled writing of Heather. She's intelligent and capable and it's devastating that she's not able to nurse after her accident. The level of detail included about Amelia's feelings and how she has adjusted to becoming deaf, really enabled me to feel close to her. The loneliness she felt was heart-breaking and this made me root for her all the more. The effect it had on her life and relationships was truly emotional.
After learning about her backstory, it was lovely to read about Amelia's friendship with Jake and her connection with Stitch (who was definitely my favourite character!) as these two played an integral role in getting her life back on track.
Whilst I did have an idea of who the murderer was about half-way through, I found the plot captivating and still managed to be surprised about some of the details.
The book was well-paced, concluding with a heart pounding showdown which had me frantically flipping the pages.
For me, the ending was ideal. I felt like it suited the book perfectly, wrapped everything up and everyone had the ending they deserved.
Overall, I would give Not a Sound 5 out of 5 and add it to my Five Star Favourites Shelf! It was intense, emotional and a real page-turner. I wholeheartedly recommend it!
Not a Sound is published by HQ
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. The Weight of Silence was a TV Book Club pick.
Heather Gudenkauf was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment, Heather tended to use books as a retreat and escape the world around her.
Heather lives in Iowa with her husband, three children, and a German Shorthaired Pointer named Lolo.
Now for the giveaway! As mentioned earlier, I have a copy of Not a Sound to give away! To enter, all you need to do is follow me on twitter (@mistimoobooks) and retweet the tweet announcing the competition! I'll then pick a winner at random to receive a copy of the book! The giveaway is open for two weeks, until August 6th and is open to international entries. Good luck! :)
Blood Sisters had me engrossed from the minute I opened the first page. Its unique storyline and range of well-developed characters hooked me in and didn't let me go. I sat out in the garden reading and by the time I'd finished, it was getting dark! I didn't even stop to make a cup of tea!
Alison was always holding something back which made her a really intriguing character to read about and made me even more desperate to finally find out the truth of what happened on the day that changed the lives of the characters forever. (And massively influenced the lives of those around them.)
I went through a wide range of emotions when it came to Kitty. At first, being inside her head while she is frustrated when people can't understand her was amusing. For example, when she's trying to call the carer a cow! But as I learned more about her past, I started to feel that she was spoilt and that in fact she was still like this and hadn't changed after the accident. Towards the end though, I did begin to feel a little sorry for Kitty as she revealed more about her feelings towards Alison and the truth about the accident came out.
There were twists and curve balls all the way through, as well as little pieces of information dotted here and there which at the time seemed insignificant, but later on, had me leafing back to previous pages as I realised the importance of them and as the dots connected. Everything clicked into place perfectly.
The ending of the book was excellent and felt really well thought out. The twists continued right until the very last pages where just as I thought the whole truth had come out, the final revelation from Alison had me reconsidering everything all over again.
Overall, I'm giving Blood Sisters 5 out of 5 and adding it to my five star favourites shelf! It was utterly enthralling and packed with twists which kept me guessing right until the end.
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Silence, a wonderful novel by Katharine Johnson! Be sure to check out the rest of the fantastic bloggers taking part and see the bottom of my post for details on how to enter to win one of two e-copies of the book!
"A gripping tale of secrets and lies remembered long after the last page.” – Amanda James, author of Behind the Lie.
Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle - and a secret that could destroy everything. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity. In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.
About the Author:
Katharine Johnson is a freelance writer and editor and has worked for a variety of magazines. She has a passion for crime novels, old houses and all things Italian (except tiramisu). She grew up in Bristol and has lived in Italy. She currently lives in Berkshire with her husband, three children and madcap spaniel. When not writing, she plays netball badly and is a room guide in a stately home. The Silence, a psychological/coming of age story set in Tuscany will be published on June 8th. For Katharine's latest news, writing advice, book releases and gossip follow her on twitter @kjohnsonwrites Facebook.com/katharinejohnsonauthor website/
Blog www.katyjohnsonblog.wordpress.com www.crookedcatbooks.com
I'd had my eye on this book for a while. As soon as I read about it on Katharine's website I was desperate to review it and I was ecstatic when I later got the opportunity to be on the blog tour too! I had high hopes for the novel since it sounded so intriguing and the Tuscan setting was something new and different. After reading it in one sitting, I can say that it definitely didn't let me down! It was everything I'd hoped it would be and more.
The Tuscan setting was perfect for the story. It was masterfully described which brought a great atmosphere to the book and transported me right there.
All of the characters were developed brilliantly throughout and each evolved as the story went along. Their motives began to become clearer and their pasts were gradually revealed through twists that I never saw coming. I found Abby's character extremely interesting as I was constantly learning new things about her and there was so much to be explored.
I thought the ending was also brilliant. Without giving too much away, I felt that it wrapped things up as much as possible in the circumstances and it was an area I particularly enjoyed.
Overall, I'm giving The Silence 5 out of 5! It was masterfully written with plenty of twists, turns and excitement.
Where to buy:
Click to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway in which you could win one of two e-book copies of this thrilling book!
Finally, thank you to Emma for organising the tour! I'm so grateful to be part of it.
This e-book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
This stunning debut from Darren Young looks at the impact on everyone affected by the abduction of Jessica Preston, through several different points of view in past and present. I really like the way that the POV of the abductor and the mother got closer and closer to the present day. It felt like I was gradually managing to close in on finding out who took Jessica Preston and it helped to keep me engaged and create anticipation which built up even more tension.
The pace moved along perfectly, the characters had brilliant depth and I found that the book was an ideal length. Child Taken was an absolute pleasure to read.
I was hooked until the very end. Speaking of the end, it definitely didn't let me down! It was fantastic and I thought the twist was brilliant and perfectly written too.
This is the kind of book I'd want to write if I wrote a book!
Overall, I have to give this book five out of five and add it to my Five-star Favourites shelf! I couldn't possibly give it anything less. It was extremely engaging with a fabulous twist and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
Child Taken is published by RedDoor Publishing and is available from the 18th May.
Look out for my Q&A with Darren this weekend!