Murder run by John Hunt. Omg. What a read. This author must have one big vivid imagination. This is the first book I’ve read from jihn. I couldn’t put it down. Sick and gory too. More like a horror. John’s mind must be twisted. Please carry on. I hope there is more to come. I don’t want this one to end. Kyles character. I really wanted something bad to happen to him. 5*.
Kyle didn’t like being told what to do. When his brother demanded that he get himself home right now, no stopping, no passing GO and no collecting two-hundred dollars, the order didn’t sit well with him. So, he stopped at a bar in an unknown town. He met a girl. They drank, left, did drugs together, and when he awoke in the morning, her decapitated head lay in his lap. As he pieces together what happened the night before, a police cruiser rolls in behind him. From that moment, the chase is on. What Kyle doesn’t know is that he isn’t the only killer in town.
224 pages published December 2020 publisher Dexter Publishing.
The tinderbox by Laura Elliot. With her marriage in pieces and desperate to find work and a new home for her and daughters, Isobel and Julie, Sophy accepts a job as a live-in nurse for Jack Hyland. Omg what a intense and dark read. I was on the Edge of my seat with my hand over my mouth reading this. What a read. Some great characters. Great story. I loved Isobel and sophy. Jack grew on me. I didn’t like victor from the start. 5*.
In the small hours of a cold winter morning, charcoal grey clouds gather in the sky over Hyland Hall where a young teenage girl is about to make an emergency call to say her life is in danger …
With her marriage in pieces and desperate to find work and a new home for her and daughters, Isobel and Julie, Sophy accepts a job as a live-in nurse for Jack Hyland.
Once a magnificent house, Hyland Hall has fallen into disrepair and its owner, Jack, disfigured in a terrible fire that broke out on the property years ago, is now a recluse.
As Sophy’s daughters struggle to adjust to their new surroundings, exploring every forbidden corner of the house, Sophy does her best to care for Jack and her broken family.
But Jack has secrets of his own and Sophy’s arrival is about to set in motion a chain of events that will uncover the devastating truth of Hyland Hall’s past. A truth that will put her daughters in harm’s way.
365 pages published December 2020 publisher bookouture
Suspicious minds by David Mark. This was a good read. I had to keep putting it down i did find it slow but readable. Likeable characters. 3*.
When you’re dreaming, it’s dangerous to wake up . . . An addictive psychological thriller from David Mark, currently writing “at the top of his game” (Publishers Weekly)
Liz Zahavi is desperate. Desperate for her controlling partner, Jay, to stay with her, to actually love her. Desperate to be well again, after a recent diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Desperate to be understood.
Private therapy seems like the answer to her prayers, but Liz doesn’t even make it to her first appointment. Lost in a maze of country roads, she crashes her car, only to be rescued by a brooding local farmer . . . who just keeps on rescuing her. Attractive and intense, Jude is a dream, and Liz doesn’t want to wake up.
But four years ago, Jude’s perfect, pretty wife died alone in the woods near their house. And as Jude’s past boils into the present, threatening to destroy their new happiness, Liz begins to wonder what exactly her new man is capable of . . . and how far he’s willing to go.
263 pages published November 2020 severn house publisher.
The villa of dreams by Lucy Coleman. I did enjoy this book. I do like this author. I loved the cover. Very Christmasy. I liked Seren. I liked Reid too. I liked the ending. 5*.
Seren Maddison left behind a rainy Britain to follow her dreams and live and work in Lisbon. The vibrancy, the beautiful scenery and the sunshine, made her fall in love and she knew, instantly, that it would be her forever home.
International artist Reid Henderson has homes in Lisbon and London. Following his painful divorce, his dream is to turn his luxurious home into an art school and gallery.
When Seren and Reid first meet there is an instant attraction, but they are both people who have been hurt, and each have dreams that are so far apart, they aren’t even on the same page.
Can they enjoy one summer of happiness together, as life bestows a gift of memories to cherish for the rest of their lives? Or is their destiny to chart a path into the future, in a home where dreams can come true?
Seren and Reid may be about to discover that love is as much about what you are prepared to give up, as what you are prepared to keep hold of.
526 pages published December 2020 publisher boldwood books.
The perfect father by Charlotte Duckworth. This was a really good read. Wasnt what I expected. I liked Ester. Wasn’t sure about Kim and I didn’t like Robin. 4*.
The gripping third novel from Charlotte Duckworth, The Perfect Father explores the complex relationships between husband and wife, parent and child, revealing that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems…
314 pages published December 2020 publisher quercus.
Snow on the range by Sofia Aves. Absolutely brilliant. I loved the story and most of the characters. Archer and Eve were my favourite characters. I didn’t trust Simon at all. Looking forward to reading more from this author. 5*.
Every Christmas, Red Hart Ranch opens their doors, and Montana provides the perfect backdrop for good company and better food. But this year, the table won’t be as full.
Eve Beaumont is a twin heir to Red Hart Ranch. She loves the land, loves the people, and will do anything for them. Christmas sees most of the ranch hands return to their own homes to celebrate. Only a few long term cowboys remain with the family.
When Eve and her brother Trav go into town to collect supplies, they each bring home a drifter for Christmas. Rhys Archer and Simon Haldon are as different as two cowpokes can be. One rough edged who can work the land and animals with a firm hand; the other a smooth talker with a devilish charm. Eve finds both men attractive against her better judgement, but when tragedy hits the ranch, romance is the last thing on her mind.
Vandalisms happen around the ranch, and Eve isn’t sure who she can trust. She knows neither man is who he pretends to be — but when no one listens to her, she has to prove her suspicions on her own.
212 pages published December 2020 publisher little quail press.
Rebirth by Bets Davies. This was a good read. Likeable story and characters. Although a little long. I did like the story. Good cover too. 4*.
All Gavin Lewis wanted was a week to forget his awful summer. When he discovers a resurrected Celt in a museum exhibit, memories of his ex-girlfriend and dead dog become the least of his problems, especially when the powerful necromancer who raised her shows up—ready to kill anyone who gets in the way.
Along with his best friend Topher and sister Amber, Gavin and his new two-thousand-year old charge, who he names Jobi, flee the museum, banding together to search for answers. But it won’t be easy helping Jobi navigate a now unfamiliar world. The necromancer wants Jobi for herself. And the woman will stop at nothing until she finds her.
As myths and monsters are brought back to life to hunt them down, Jobi must use her growing magical powers to save herself and her friends. Along the way, a love triangle closes in as quickly as the necromancer trailing them. It’s in the face of death that they each learn what they have to live for.
383 pages published December 2020 publisher bhc press.
The mellification by Nat Buchbinder. This was a good read. Likeable story. I did like Holly. Just found it a little slow. I didn’t like the ending. 3*.
Holly is a young transgender vampire in an underground society that values patience as their principle virtue. But as Holly watches his community become more isolated and reluctant to act in the face of danger, he begins to question if it might be better to leave.THE MELLIFICATION begins with Holly’s request for a new name, a sacred rite of passage in his colony. Holly’s request is denied, and he is told by both his spiritual leader Hierophant Marlowe, and his lover Cain, that he must be more patient. But just outside the tranquil gates of Green Hill Cemetery— where these vampires make their home in elaborate hidden catacombs—hostile forces seek to wipe all vampires off the face of the Earth. Holly’s new goal is to escape this claustrophobic colony before it is too late.
Air fryer instant pot cookbook by Sara Quessenberry. This is a cookbook with lots of different recipes for the Air fryer. Some look really nice which I definitely will be trying. There is breakfast appetisers different mains desserts and loads more. I just wish they had a photo for each recipe. 5*.
Air Fryer Instant Pot Cookbook presents over 100 family-friendly recipes for delicious mains, appetizers, sides, breakfasts, and desserts—complete with an introduction to the appliances’ convenient features and solutions to rookie mistakes.
Cooking at home has never been easier. Instant Pots take the pressure out of weeknight dinners with stress-free cooking and air fryers produce delicious fried food that is healthier than fast food and made in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re looking for tasty weekday dinners for the whole family, entertaining your friends on a budget, or are the busy multitasker who never seems to have enough time to cook: these home cookware appliances are just what you need to feed your stomach and your soul.
Vegetarian, vegan, meat lovers, keto, you name it. This book is packed with all kinds of recipes for just about every diet. It includes everything from breakfast to dinner (and all the snacks in between) as well as some desserts, for those of us who have a sweet tooth. Gourmet meals loaded with flavor are within your reach. Here are just a few of over 100 recipes.
With your pressure cooker:
Vegetable Pot Stickers with Sesame-Ginger Dipping Sauce
Apple Cider and Thyme–Braised Brisket
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Double Chocolate Cheesecake
With your air fryer:
Avocado Fries with Spicy Mayo Dip
Baked S’mores Bananas
Baby Back Memphis Ribs
Crispy Tofu With Thai Noodles
Easy, step-by-step instructions, accompanied with photography throughout, will guide you into culinary mastery…or just a wonderful home-cooked meal.
Discover today’s top trending health and wellness topics with the Everyday Wellbeing series from Chartwell Books. From smart eating habits to personal growth advice, these engaging lifestyle guides give you the expert tips and life hacks you need to help you make good choices while practicing mindfulness and self-love. Whether you want to explore cooking with new ingredients like adaptogens and CBD, or make it a priority to incorporate self-care into your daily routine, these brightly colored take-along handbooks have the tools you need to succeed.
160 pages published December 2020 publisher chartwell books.
Blind vigil by Matt Coyle. Rick Cahill #7. I really enjoyed this book. I do love this series. I love Rick. Lots of action. Great story. Surprised at the end. 5*.
Anthony, Shamus, and Lefty Award-winning Author
A friend arrested for murder. A vicious killer lurking in the shadows. A world of darkness.
Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a private investigator nine months ago, Rick Cahill is now sure of only one thing: he has to start a new life and leave his old one behind.
He’s still trying to figure out what that life is when his onetime partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks for his help on a case she’s taken for Rick’s former best friend. The case is simple and Moira only needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons.
Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly. Rick’s old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past.
The stakes are raised when Rick’s friend is implicated in murder and needs his help. Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darkness.
321 pages published December 2020 publisher oceanview publishing.