Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Missing by A D Hay - Blog Tour Review


Today is my turn on the blog tour for Missing by A.D. Hay. Missing is the first book in a reporter crime thriller series. A big thank you to the author and Sarah Hardy for having me along. 

Missing

Excalibur is missing, a killer is on the loose, and his career is on the line...


James has a nose for trouble. But that's nothing new.

This time, things are different...

...his life is on the line.

James is the chief editor of a small newspaper. It's hardly captivating work. He's bored. But all of that is about to change.

Late one evening, he returns home to discover his long-time girlfriend and journalist, Valentine has left. Early the next morning, James fails to reallocate her assigned story. To avoid blank space in the culture section, and loosing his job, he decides to write the story on the local museums latest acquisition, Excalibur.

But, there's one thing he didn't count on...

....Excalibur is missing, and a dead body is at the crime scene.

As his investigations commence, James unravels a tangled web of betrayal, kidnapping, and murder. But, his fact-finding hasn't gone unrecognised. The wrong people have started to notice. And there will be consequences...dire consequences.

You'll love this gripping cloak and dagger mystery because of the twists, turns, and ending you'll never guess.

My Review

Well wow, that was a lot of story in a small amount of pages! This novella definitely doesn't short change you on content. The story is fast paced and the turns it takes threw me off completely more than once!

James is a very well fleshed out character and it was so nice to see a main make character that's pretty in touch with his feelings. He's not afraid to show them and it's such a nice change from the usual battle hardened character.

I loved the idea of Excalibur and I'm just amazed it wasn't a front page story in the paper, not just a filler. But maybe that's just me.

I really enjoyed Missing and I look forward to delving further into James's world and am looking forward to more from A.D. Hay.

I gave this book 4 stars.

About The Author


A.D. Hay is a passionate bibliophile and can usually be found reading a book, and that book will most likely be a thriller. She is the author of Missing, the first book in a thriller series. When not absorbed in a gripping page-turner or writing, she loves to travel, drink tea, rosé, and eat pizza. 
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Sunday, 26 April 2020

Trembleath by Ruth Shedwick - Blog Tour Review


Today on Life Of A Nerdish Mum I am extremely happy to be part of the blog tour for Trembleath by Ruth Shedwick. A big thank you to Emma Welton and the author for having me along.

Trembleath

Amelia Scott is re-building her life in Southern England following a disastrous relationship. It was going to be an adventure, but when she hears news of a young girl found dead and another goes missing, she quickly begins to learn there is more to Creek Bay than she could ever imagine.

A village hiding a dark secret, two families at war, Amelia Scott gets caught up in a murder investigation with dire consequences.

My Review

I found Amelia a really relatable character. Most of us have made big decisions following heartbreak. Some of us chop and colour our hair and some of us, like Amelia move away. She's led by her heart and doesn't always make the best decisions for her. Sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to stand up for herself.

The story was nicely paced and kept me reading. I felt invested and really wanted to know what had happened.

I would have liked a bit more world development as Creek Bay could have been any small village, but that might have been the point.

I really enjoyed reading Trembleath and I'm really hoping for a second book. This is a well written and atmospheric debut novel and I'm looking forward to more work from Ruth Shedwick.

I have this book 4 stars.


About The Author



Graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Environmental Planning, her passion for the natural environment and love for creatures great and small is evident in her writing. She currently lives on rural moorland on the edge of ancient woodland and shares her home with four cats and a wolf and spends most of her time ‘earthing’. Since an early age, Ruth has been intrigued by the ancient world, folklore, myths and legends and explores the unknown.

As well as writing, Ruth dabbles in Graphic Design and has worked with local charities including South Lancashire Bat Group and Rooley Heritage.

Ruth is also the creative mind behind Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival (first Chocolate Festival in the UK). She organised the event for the first 5 years, winning an award for Best Small Event in Greater Manchester. Capitalising on her passion for the paranormal, Ruth organised the Whitefield Halloween Festival whose specially commissioned beer by Outstanding Beers went on to win awards. Building partnerships with local community groups and businesses for over 20 years, promoting Town Centres and staging large-scale events to boost the local economy and bring communities together.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

The Princess Of Felling by Elaine Cusack - Blog Tour Review


Life Of A Nerdish Mum is happy to be taking part in the blog tour celebrating The Princess Of Felling by Elaine Cusack. I'm sharing my thoughts about the book on my stop. Huge thanks to both Anne Cater and the author for having me along.

The Princess Of Felling

The Princess of Felling describes Elaine’s childhood and adolescence growing up on Tyneside in the 1970s and 1980s. The book pays homage to her home town of Felling on Tyne and is an extended, loving letter to her late parents. 
This illustrated poetic memoir features a Foreword by Michael Chaplin, photographs of Felling taken in summer 2018 by Rossena Petcova and unique maps by poet and artist Steve Lancaster. 
The book contains reminiscences by Felling folk plus guest appearances by Nick Heyward, David Almond, Tracey Thorn, Sir Kingsley Amis, The Reverend Richard Coles, Lady Elsie Robson, U.A. Fanthorpe, Gyles Brandreth and more

My Review

What an absolutely lovely book. I felt really privileged to have such personal memories shared with me. They evoked a range of emotions from happy to sad, but left me feeling warm by the end.

I really enjoyed the mix of stories, poems and pictures. It gave the book it's character and it felt like a friend talking to you. I felt like I knew the people and places and I was very invested in them. The maps as well helped with feeling fully part of everything as I could visualise being there.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of reading The Princess Of Felling and I'd really recommend it to others.

I gave this book 5 stars

About The Author


Find out more about Elaine’s writing and forthcoming gigs by visiting www.dipdoomagazoo.wordpress.com, www.ticketsource.co.uk/cusackmansions and by liking her Elaine Cusack writer page on Facebook

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