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Sunday Post

Welcome to my Sunday post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. A fairly quiet week this week, but ended with my son’s first school friend’s birthday party, which was exciting!

Sunday Salon (last week)

WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

What I have been reading this month – January 2023 Reading List

Happy Publication Day! Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead

Book of the Month – My Favourite Book Of January 2023

Places My Books Have Taken Me This Month – January 2023 – plus a one word review for each!

January Monthly Wrap-Up

New Month New Goal! Reading Goal for February

Book Blogger Hop – What was your favourite genre to read as a child?

I hope that you have all had a good week!

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Places My Books Have Taken Me This Month – January 2023 – plus a one word review for each!

We all know that books can transport us to other places, worlds and times. So where have I been to this January? Click the titles for my book review:

Book Review – Fallen Butterfly by Anna Nicholas

Place: Mallorca

One Word Review: Focused

Book Review – Promise Me by Jill Mansell

Place: Cotswolds

One Word Review: Optimistic

Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead

Place: London

One Word Review: Misdirection

Mainly based in the UK this month, with a bit of Mallorca thrown in!

Where have your books taken you this month? Would you read these books based on their place and one word review?

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What I have been reading this month – January 2023 Reading List

Fallen Butterfly by Anna Nicholas ⭐Rated 4/5⭐ CRIME FICTION

Promise Me by Jill Mansell⭐Rated 5/5⭐ ROMANCE/CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead – Review due on 8 February

Genre Goal Checklist:

Mystery = 2 books read

Despite my obvious lack of reading, I did manage to achieve my goal, so I am pleased by that!

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Sunday Post

Welcome to my Sunday post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. A quiet week this week, but I was on two Blog Tours.

Sunday Salon (last week)

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Fallen Butterfly by Anna Nicholas

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Promise Me by Jill Mansell

Top Ten Tuesday – New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022 

Stacking The Shelves

I hope that you have all had a good week!

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Stacking The Shelves

Welcome to my Stacking The Shelves post hosted by Reading Reality. A couple of my Blog Tour books came through this week which was exciting:

The Venice Secret by Anita Chapman

Book Description From Goodreads:

One hidden painting. Two women born centuries apart. A secret uncovered.

In 2019, Rachel is stuck in a rut when she discovers what appears to be a Canaletto painting in her grandmother’s loft along with a note addressed to Philippa in 1782. With help from Jake at the local art gallery, Rachel endeavours to find out if the painting is an original and uncovers a secret from the past.

In 1780, governess at Chipford Hall, Philippa is offered the role of mistress by Earl Rupert. She escapes to Venice as companion to bluestocking, Lady Cordelia who reveals a secret that changes both their lives. They do their best to keep the secret from Lady Cordelia’s social circle, but their nemesis is determined to reveal all and ruin them.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 17 March 2023 so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Murder Under The Tuscan Sun by Rachel Rhys

Book Description From Goodreads:

“An isolated castle, a deadly crime. Is this real or nightmare?

In a remove castle high up in the Tuscan hills secrets are simmering among its glamorous English residents:

The ailing gentleman art-dealer
His dazzling niece
Her handsome Fascist husband
Their neglected young daughter
The housekeeper who knows everything
and Connie, the English widow working for them.

Every night, Connie hears sinister noises and a terrible wailing inside the walls. Is she losing her grip on reality?

Or does someone in the castle want her gone?”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 3 April 2023 so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

What have you been stacking your shelves with this week?

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Fallen Butterfly by Anna Nicholas

“Inside the claustrophobic, heavy-duty body bag, Sebi blinked hard, trying to get a sense of place despite the impenetrable darkness”

Genre: Crime Fiction

Number of Pages: 300

Date of Publication: December 2022

Publisher: Burro Books

My Review Summary: An intricately woven mystery that took me to Mallorca.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

FALLEN BUTTERFLY is the third instalment in a gripping Mallorca-based crime series from Anna Nicholas, the most prolific British author writing about the island today. 

The new book again features local protagonist, 33-year-old Isabel Flores Montserrat, an eccentric, fearless, lateral-thinking sleuth who has a pet ferret named Furó, and is addicted to sunflower seeds and Chupa Chups lollypops.

Unlike many female leads in popular crime fiction today, the Mallorcan former detective inspector is happy and balanced with few hang-ups. She loves her family and mountain community in the Soller valley, her pampered hens and her day job as a holiday rentals agent. Isabel believes in living for the moment and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

Having turned her back on her old life as a policewoman in Barcelona, Madrid and Palma to run her widowed mother’s ailing mountain rentals agency in the Soller valley, Isabel finds herself being drawn back into detective work by her close friend and former boss, police chief Tolo Cabot. Having already assisted him with a cluster of puzzling island crimes, she is called upon again when Sebi Vives, the local transport minister, is found floating in the sea near Muro. He had increasingly infuriated local environmentalists, having approved a scheme to run a motorway through S’Albufera Natural Park that would destroy the natural fauna and flora and the habitat of thousands of birds. Environmentalists are blamed for the murder but Isabel Flores believes there is more to Sebi Vives’s death. 

Meanwhile, close to her own mountain village, Sant Martí, foreign hikers are being misdirected by false cairns and signs in the Tramuntana hills, causing many to fall. Mischief is at work but who is to blame? Is it environmentalists or is something far more sinister at play?

💭THOUGHTS💭

I love a murder mystery and was excited to make a start on this. I enjoy murder mysteries set in different parts of the world and the descriptions in this story really took me to Mallorca. Despite this book being the third in the series, it read well as a standalone and made me want to read the other books in the series. 

The writing was descriptive and there was always something going on. There were a couple of different storylines that ran alongside one another, yet ended up intertwining and ending well. I also enjoyed the addition of food. I thought that added another layer to the story. 

At the beginning of the book was a dictionary containing some of the words which you would want to look up, which I liked. There was also a hand drawn map to help you to visualise where things were. I always enjoy the addition of a map!

The chapters were long and so you were able to get a good chunk of the story before moving on. There were however breaks in the chapters which added to the good flow of the story. As mentioned above there were lots of things going on yet it was easy and enjoyable to follow. 

The main character was excellent. I loved her lightness and her willingness to do whatever it took to get the evidence she needed. She was a likable character which made me want to look at the other books in the series and to learn more about her. 

Lastly the settings. I love the warmer setting and enjoyed reading about somewhere that I have never been to. As said above I also enjoyed the addition of food, that for me adds to the overall experience of the book.

Overall a great read, with great characters and settings. I really enjoyed it.

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Sunday Salon

Welcome to my Sunday Salon post! Hosted by Readerbuzz this post is a chance to have a weekly bookish and non-bookish catch up with other bloggers.

Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead (click for link to Goodreads)

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman (click for link to Goodreads)

Memes that I have participated in this week:

Goodreads Monday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Top Ten Tuesday – Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Book Blogger Hop – Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

A quiet week this week. We went shopping on Saturday (we were on the way to the zoo, stopped off for lunch then realised that we had to book tickets in advance. There were none left so we looked round the surrounding area and booked tickets for the next day instead). Today is zoo day!

How has your week been?

Arctic Fox

Flamingo

Meerkat

Binturong

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WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

I am still here even though my posts have been few and far between lately. My reading has taken a hit and so it will be a pretty boring WWW Wednesday, but the book that I am reading is good and I am hopefully going to be finished by the end of the week!

So I am currently still reading Fallen Butterfly by Anna Nicholas (click for link to Goodreads:

Finished Reading:

I haven’t finished any books this week, but hopefully soon!

Reading Next:

I am not sure what to put that will be realistic as I have so many that need to be next!!

What are your 3 Ws for this week?

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New Month New Goal! Reading Goal for January

Goal For January:

This month I have chosen Mystery. I have a couple of Mystery books that I want to get started on so this seems like an excellent goal to start the year off with!

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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie

Welcome to the new home of Goodreads Monday! I have taken over the role of host from Lauren’s Page Turners who no longer blogs about books.

Goodreads Monday allows you to post about what books are on your “to read” lists, the progress you have made on your current books and reading challenge, and any other Goodreads news!

✨Don’t forget to add your link in the comments section so that we can all see each other’s posts!✨

The book that I have chosen this week is Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie (click for link to Goodreads).

Book Description From Goodreads:

“There’s a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter . . . It’s the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fire with these wintry whodunits from the legendary Agatha Christie. But beware of deadly snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests. This chilling compendium of short stories—some featuring beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple—is an essential omnibus for Christie fans and the perfect holiday gift for mystery lovers.

INCLUDES THE STORIES:
– Three Blind Mice
– The Chocolate Box
– A Christmas Tragedy
– The Coming of Mr Quin
– The Clergyman’s Daughter/Red House
– The Plymouth Express
– Problem at Pollensa Bay
– Sanctuary
– The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge
– The World’s End
– The Manhood of Edward Robinson
– Christmas Adventure”

Currently Reading (click for links to Goodreads):

When The Lights Go Out by Chris Curran

Letters From Father Christmas by J R R Tolkien

Christmas At Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown

Progress on my Reading Challenge:

I have read 104/97 books!

What book is on your Goodreads list? How is your reading progress and challenge going?

Don’t forget to add your link in the comments so that we can all see each others posts!

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