Today’s team review is from E.L. Lindley, she blogs here http://lindleyreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
E.L has been reading Behind Closed Doors by J.J. Marsh
Behind Closed Doors by JJ Marsh is an international thriller that revolves around the deaths of unscrupulous businessmen. It’s a well written novel that engages the reader from the offset and keeps us guessing right until the very last page.
The bulk of the novel is set in 2012 when Scotland Yard Detective Beatrice Stubbs is despatched to Switzerland to head up a team of multi-agency staff investigating a spate of seeming suicides amongst the echelons of power and money. It’s a high profile case with the potential to ruffle lots of important feathers. However, Detective Stubbs is nothing if not tenacious and thorough, refusing to take the easy route of accepting the deaths as suicide.
It is Beatrice Stubbs who is the heart of the novel and…
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Good morning Humans. Monday morning and I hope everything’s fine with you all.
It’s hot, even very hot. And it should, according to the forecast, be like that for the week. Complaining about the weather doesn’t make sense. But it could teach you something. When you’re complaining about the weather it changes nothing. But you may feel better. It’s all about your perception. If you tell yourself it’s too hot to…It’s too hot to. If you tell yourself it’s hot but…. It’s your perception. Nothing but. Just accept it as it is and go on.
Enough with this senseless bubbling.
Something “more serious”. Last week I had the audacity to ask my readers “what do you want me to talk (complain) about?” I had the overwhelming feedback of ONE reply. Which I’m very, very grateful for. But….just one reply could mean.
No one’s really interested what I’m grumbling about. It could mean talk about whatever you want. We take whatever you deliver. Or it could mean that my readers are not courageous enough to speak their mind. Let’s forget the last point immediately. It’s just impossible. Point one, is kind of saddening but possible.
Which leaves us with point TWO. I’ll do this, exactly this because I’m a CAT.
According to one of my favourite readers. All of my readers are my favourite readers but some are more favourite than others. That’s just life.
I should talk less about politics.
Cause it’s too complicated. Hunting mice or pigeons isn’t an easy task either. But we’ll try nevertheless. Educating our humans is certainly not an easy task. We never stop trying.
So, I should talk less about politics. It’s complicated. Politics change every day. Hunting is basically the same day in day out. Politics gives you something to ramble about. Nearly every day. Yes, even in boiling hot summer. Human follies never stop.
Do I want to talk that much about politics?
Please, dear readers, believe me I would prefer to talk about:
- pretty flowers in bloom
- beautiful wild animals in the garden
- flying butterflies
- singing birds
- the beauty of nature in general
- my pet topic, cat food flavours (I’m still not fishing for tuna)
just composing this short list is boring as hell.
Yes, the life of a cat. Of an adult cat, you may even call me a nearly retired cat. Is in general boring as hell. There isn’t much to talk about. Not many interesting things. And I like it that way. Thus I’m talking about politics. To have something to talk about. That maybe the cherished people, mostly humans, will read. And as unfortunately as it may be, humans are in general more interested in politics than they are interested in blooming flowers.
You just have to listen to the news in the morning. Already the order in which the news are presented could give you something to ramble about.
But it’s much too hot today to ramble. Yes even early in the morning. We’ll find a nice place in the shade. Somewhere under the hedges. And we will meditate about human follies. Why my favourite human is trying to get more readers for his blog.
He must be completely insane.
As it was already too hot this weekend for Milady to take some pics of me. Today’s picture is one from the stock.
See you next week
Ausone (yes, I know, I’m boring!)
Just the perfect Sunday morning read
There’s probably a few years in the old horse yet, but…
Living full-time on a boat on England’s canals will, sometime relatively soon, go the way of policemen who would tell you the time, the way of doorstep milk deliveries, of corner-shop grocers, of politicians with spine, integrity or statesmanship, of coal mines of our own, a car industry, the NHS, schools that produced young people who can perform basic arithmetic and correctly spell medium-length words, and even of popular music with lyrics and a tune. We have no idea why we got rid of all of those things, we loved them dearly, but they’re gone now forever. My option to live as I have just begun to do is being steadily eroded and a gentle, ever so politically-correct, £££-based, well-regulated, legal but morally questionable disappearance is being arranged and even advertised as being for my own benefit. The…
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I received an ARC of Shadows from the author in return for an honest review. I gave the novel 5* out of 5*
A compelling blend of mystery and family drama with a gothic twist, by the Top Ten bestselling author of A Time for Silence
Kate Lawrence can sense the shadow of violent death, past and present.
In her struggle to cope with her unwelcome gift, she has frozen people out of her life.
Her marriage is on the rocks, her career is in chaos and she urgently needs to get a grip.
So she decides to start again, by joining her effervescent cousin Sylvia and partner Michael in their mission to restore and revitalise Llys y Garn, an old mansion in the wilds of North Pembrokeshire.
It is certainly a new start, as she takes on Sylvia’s grandiose schemes, but it brings Kate to a place…
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Today’s team review is from Sandra.
Sandra has been reading TheRed Cobra by Rob Sinclair
Review of The Red Cobra by Rob Sinclair
The Red Cobra is a fast-paced thriller by Rob Sinclair featuring Carl Logan, the protagonist of Rob’s previous ‘Enemy’ series, now living as James Ryker, having left his previous life behind – or so he thought. When he comes home from the local shop one day to find his old boss sitting in his living room, he realises that it’s not that easy to leave the past behind. They want his help to find out who is behind the murder of the ‘Red Cobra’, a female professional assassin he used to know very well, an invitation he cannot refuse.
It is well written, with convincing dialogue and a plot that keeps you guessing, marred only by a tendency to over explain. The Spanish setting makes…
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Living in Canada, talking about the impact of Joyce et al. on contemporary Chinese literature Source: A Writer Living in a Strange Land: An Interview with Xue Yiwei