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It’s been a tense week for all kinds of reasons, some personal and tense for the wrong kinds of reasons and some book related because Midnight Flit flew the nest. Naturally I have been reading to calm myself down. This week it has been crime drama and I have 2 recommendations, because I enjoyed them equally for very different reasons.

The first was Murder of a Straw Man, book 1 of the Dancing Detective series by Robyn Beecroft. Not a romance, though there is potential, it very much falls within the genre of very very British cosy/quirky mysteries but this one has a more then usually engaging and diverse cast. At the end of the story a few threads are left dangling, but that is FINE as it’s book one of a series and good series need through plot, don’t they. Book 2 is available, which is nice.

The second was Kill Game, book one of the Seven of Spades mysteries by Cordelia Kingsbridge. This is very much an American book – hard boiled characters walking mean streets, and the murders are MORE, more plentiful, more graphic – but the characters are differently engaging and equally diverse. Like the Straw Man there is a through plot but this one is more of a cliff hanger and I’m looking forward to reading the several other books in the series when my book budget allows.

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Sometimes it’s really worth checking out backlists. There are some marvellous books out there but with hundreds of new titles every week it can be very hard to find them.
Authors – have you got a title a year or more old that could do with a little love?
Readers – have you got a favourite book that you think deserves some attention?

Message or email me and we’ll set something up.


I’ve got two books for you this week, because there’s a sequel!! Always good news. And in this case essential because it ties up a few dangly threads from the first book. This isn’t to say that the first book wasn’t a terrific read on it’s own but the author had left a few little teasers that implied a sequel might be in the offing. If you like detectives placed under stress with lives on the line you’ll love Lisa Worrall’s Laurel Heights series, even if there are bits of book two you may want to read through your fingers!

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Laurel Heights 1 Blurb:

Detectives Scott Turner and Will Harrison are sent undercover after an apparent murder/suicide in Laurel Heights, an exclusive gay housing community. Will the two closeted officers be able to hide their attraction while each believing the other is straight? And is there a killer amongst them waiting to claim his next victim?

Laurel Heights 2 Blurb:

Will and Scott are now out and proud and living together in Scott’s tiny house. So everything is perfect, right? Wrong…

Scott has a new partner, a new male partner, and Will is not happy about that at all.

A sadistic serial killer is at large, torturing his way through the gay community, but Will and Scott have no leads.

And one of the residents of Laurel Heights has been arrested for murder.

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About Lisa

I live in Leigh on Sea, a small seaside town just outside London on the coast of Essex, about ten minutes from Southend, which boasts the longest pier in the world. I live with my partner and two ever-growing children, who I let think are the boss of me; along with a dog who actually is.

As the wonderful Beatrix Potter said, “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a new story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” I know exactly what she means.

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When Elin asked me to recommend a book I’d read and enjoyed, I didn’t have to think very hard. I loved Dead Things by Meredith Russell. Set after the zombie apocalypse, Meredith’s world-building is amazing. It draws you in from the first paragraph and she has created strong, sympathetic characters who give you a glimpse of how they continue to survive and even dare to fall in love. While running from flesh-eating zombies! I know she is working on book 2 and I poke her regularly to remind her I’m waiting. But until then, I strongly suggest that, if you haven’t already, you do not pass go, you do not collect two hundred pounds and you run like the wind to get your copy—now!

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