#BookReview for The Innocents (Book 1) by C. A. Asbrey

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My review for The Innocents (Book 1) by C. A. Asbrey, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information).

Although this book is set in the Old West in the 1800s, this is no ordinary western and Abigail MacKay is no ordinary woman! She is in fact a Pinkerton Detective and is one feisty lady!

I loved this story from the beginning. Abigail is on the trail of Nat Quinn and Jake Conroy, the leaders of The Innocents, a gang that robs from the rich and not from the poor. She bumps into them right away, and a roller-coaster ride of sparring quips, subtle innuendo and humorous one-liners begins!

The story keeps you hooked right from the start, with fake Innocents, the buxom Pearl who runs the local high-class brothel, and various other quirky characters who all fit into the story by the end.

Well written, with lighthearted touches and more serious moments, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about forensics of the time and the steps they were making in catching criminals by using clues from their victims. Abigail is a wonderful character with a mysterious past, which I hope we’ll find out more about in the next books, while Nat and Jake are more complex than they seem.

I highly recommend this book, and can’t wait to read the next two in the series!

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#BookReview for Revenge of the Hooded Claw by Colin Garrow

My review for Revenge of the Hooded Claw (The Watson Letters, Volume 4) by Colin Garrow, 5/5 stars.

This is a fun, tongue-in-cheek read! I’ve never read any of the books in this series before, now I want to read the others! Very cleverly done, in keeping with the spirit of the original books but with a modern touch that adds a saucy tone without going over the top.

Watson is his usual staid self, trying to keep Holmes in check and failing every time, but his wife, Mary, joins them on their adventures, adding a touch of hilarity. She flirts with every male (and female!) they meet, has no problem taking off her clothes in front of strangers, and saves the day more than once!

A fun twist to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, I highly recommend this book if you want to read a book with a good, old-fashioned British sense of humour!

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#BookReview for Coffee Break Companion by S.L. Grigg

I’m pleased to be part of Sharon Griggs’ blog tour this week. I read her book, Coffee Break Companion, in a couple of days, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Before my review, though, here’s some information about the book and the author.

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Blurb:

Grab that cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), maybe add a splash of something stronger, settle down and enjoy your break with this gripping collection of flash fiction and poetry that will send shivers down your spine. With an added bonus of a longer story at the end that will fill your lunch break. What are you waiting for? Dive in! Everything from a discovery in an Ice Cavern, to a tornado. Mermaids, and Dragons. Mystery and Horror. This collection of flash fiction and poetry has something to capture anyone’s imagination, with a final chilling thriller that will leave you gasping for air.

About the author:

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This is the first published book by S.L. Grigg having previously written a popular blog on mental health, and having articles published by Mind, the mental health charity, and NHS England. Working for NHS England from a home in Bromsgrove, England, S.L Grigg lives with a partner and two adult children. S.L Grigg has studied everything from Science and Law, to Journalism and Pilates but writing has always been the greatest passion in S.L.Grigg’s life.

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Here’s my review for Coffee Break Companion, 5/5 stars!

It’s not easy to create credible, interesting characters in a short story, but S.L. Grigg does just that – not once, but over and over again in each story in her book. Be warned, though, and don’t get too attached to the characters – she also has a knack of turning an ordinary, run-of-the-mill situation into terror-filled moments with a twist you won’t see coming.

Right from the start, I understood these stories would be something special, and the author didn’t disappoint. Some are long, some are short, and throughout, the book is interspersed with some wonderful poems that will touch your heart.

A lovely read that I highly recommend.

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#BookReview for White Birch Graffiti by Jeff Van Valer

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My review for White Birch Graffiti, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information).

First of all, if you haven’t read the first book, The Light in the Trees, then you should! You can see my review and the Amazon links here.

White Birch Graffiti is set thirty years after the first book. Most of the characters return, in one way or another. Ted, the protagonist, is an ER doctor and is happily married, although he still has nightmares about that fateful night thirty years earlier. Little does he realise the nightmare is about to become real.

The story takes off straight away, drawing you in as events unfold in quick succession. There is one scene in particular at the beginning that left me speechless – the way the author describes it makes you feel as if you’re actually there, going through everything the character experiences.

This is a powerfully-written book about a terrible secret, one man’s fight against time during a race to power in the White House, and the people who are sacrificed on the way. It’s a story of friendship, power struggles, deceit, loss, and a grudgingly-mutual respect born from life-long animosity.

I was lucky enough to be asked to proofread this book by the author, so could read it before everyone else! I had already read the first book, which I enjoyed, and was completely blown away by this sequel. I highly recommend you read both!

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