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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (click for link to Goodreads) published 3 May 2022.

ALICE OGILVIE IS CRAZY.

The words are huge, written across my locker in thick black marker, impossible to miss. I see them from down the hall as I approach, the words like a pin to my eye. My first day back from house arrest, and this is what greets me. I can’t say I’m surprised.”

We dive straight into the story from the point of view of one of the main characters. I think that it gives us a good idea of what the main character is like, ie how strong she is, but it also hints that there are other things going on.

It is a strong start and I am pleased to say that I am enjoying the book so far.

What do you think about this quote?

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Welcome to Castle Cove — a town cursed with missing girls,
bad boyfriends, family secrets,
and some very steep cliffs.

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend, Steve, dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or at least it was. Because now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back …

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s family is offering. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

Luckily, Alice has exactly what they need to crack the case — the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone who can teach the girls how to solve a mystery, it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into …”

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Top Ten Tuesday – Typographic Book Covers

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Typographic Book Covers (Book covers with a design that is all or mostly all words. You can also choose to do books with nice typography if that’s easier!) (Submitted by Mareli @ Elza Reads).

I found this quite hard as most of the books that I have read have a dominant picture, however I thought that these ones fitted the bill (fairly well!):

Book Review – Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan – SCI FI/ROMANCE

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood – MYSTERY/CRIME/THRILLER

Book Review – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – MYSTERY/SCI FI

Book Review – Paris For One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes – ROMANCE/SHORT STORIES

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Do No Harm by Jack Jordan – THRILLER/CRIME

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Behind The Olive Trees by Francesca Catlow – CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Book Review – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – COSY MYSTERY

Book Review – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman – COZY MYSTERY

Random Things Tour Blog Tour – Book Review – Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds – THRILLER

Book Review – Chill Out and Cheer Up by Grace Grossmann – SELF HELP

What books would be on your list?

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Monday Night Reading

I got some reading time in this evening! I started off with a couple of chapters of my library book The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson and then I moved on to a Blog Tour book that I signed up for this evening as there were slots that needed filling. It is for a Tour in November which is a busy Blog Tour month for me already, but I saw that it was digital so I could actually start it now and it wouldn’t clash with anything else. I am glad that I signed up for it as I am actually really enjoying it. It is called Someone to Kiss by Jamie Anderson.

I hope that you have all had a good start to the week. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Top Ten Tuesday and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday.

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My Book Of The Week – The Agathas by Katheleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

Welcome to my Book Of The Week post! Each week I will highlight one of the books that I am currently reading and use that book to participate in blog memes such as First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, Thursday Quotables and Friday 56. Feel free to read along with me!

This week I have chosen The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (click for link to Goodreads) published 3 May 2022.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Welcome to Castle Cove — a town cursed with missing girls,
bad boyfriends, family secrets,
and some very steep cliffs.

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend, Steve, dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or at least it was. Because now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back …

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s family is offering. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

Luckily, Alice has exactly what they need to crack the case — the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone who can teach the girls how to solve a mystery, it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into …” 

This is my current library book. I am enjoying it so far!

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Stacking The Shelves/Library Loot

Welcome to my Stacking The Shelves/Library Loot post, hosted by Reading Reality (Stacking the Shelves) and The Captive Reader and Real Life Reading (Library Loot).

I have had a fairly good stacking week this week, with 2 Blog Tour books turning up and getting 1 library book:

Blog Tour Books that arrived this week:

Good Taste by Caroline Scott (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 21 October so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Book Description From Goodreads:

You can tell a lot about a person from what they like to eat..

When Stella Douglas, author of a much-loved but not very successful biography of a forgotten cookery writer, is summoned to see her editor in London, she is dreading being told her writing career is over before it’s even started. But much to her surprise, she finds she is being commissioned to write another book – this time a history of food in England and how the English like to eat. It’s to be quintessentially English and will remind English housewives of the old ways, and English men the glory of their country. The only problem is – all English food is really from elsewhere. 

So Stella sets about inviting recipes from all corners of England, in the hope of discovering a hidden culinary gem. But what she discovers is oatcakes and gravy and lots of lots of potatoes. 

Longing for something more thrilling, she heads off to speak to the nation’s housewives. But when her car breaks down and the dashing and charismatic Freddie springs to her rescue, she is led in a very different direction…

Full of wit and life, Provenance is a story of discovery, of a modern England emerging from the past and one woman’s desire to make her own way as a modern woman.

Havana Fever by Leonardo Padura (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 9 November so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Mario Conde has retired from the police force and makes a living trading in antique books. Havana is now flooded with dollars, populated by pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, and other hunters of the night. In the book collection of a rich Cuban who fled after the fall of Batista, Conde discovers an article about Violeta del Rio, a beautiful bolero singer of the 1950s who disappeared mysteriously. A murder soon follows. This is a crime story set in today’s darker Cuba, but it is also an evocation of the Havana of Batista, the city of a hundred night clubs where the paths of Marlon Brando and Meyer Lansky crossed.”

My Library Book:

The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads

“Welcome to Castle Cove — a town cursed with missing girls,
bad boyfriends, family secrets,
and some very steep cliffs.

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend, Steve, dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or at least it was. Because now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back …

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s family is offering. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

Luckily, Alice has exactly what they need to crack the case — the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone who can teach the girls how to solve a mystery, it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into …”

What have you been stacking your shelves with this week?

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Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Book Review – Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career spanning nearly three decades and encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters that would eventually establish her as a national treasure.

She first appeared on the British entertainment scene as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, which marked a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls on Top with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman. Then, as part of the wildly successful duo, French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repertoire of brilliantly observed recurring characters parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Madonna and Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawn’s more recent role in The Vicar of Dibley again has showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial issue and make it mainstream and funny. From her early years as an RAF child to her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, from her outspoken views on sizeism to her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the fascinating and hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman.”

Fast Forward to Today:

The Witches From Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 30 September so keep an eye out for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Book Description From Goodreads:

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby—one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years—will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.”

The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current library book

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Welcome to Castle Cove — a town cursed with missing girls,
bad boyfriends, family secrets,
and some very steep cliffs.

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend, Steve, dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or at least it was. Because now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back …

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s family is offering. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

Luckily, Alice has exactly what they need to crack the case — the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone who can teach the girls how to solve a mystery, it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into …”

Comparison:

As you can see the books couldn’t be more different, from non-fiction last year to Fantasy and Mystery this year. I have to say that I don’t read a lot of non-fiction and Dear Fatty didn’t do anything to make me change my mind and want to read more.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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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):

What I am currently reading:

The Witches From Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 30 September so keep an eye out for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Book Description From Goodreads:

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby—one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years—will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.”

What I have finished reading:

Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan (click for link to Goodreads) – review due up later today!

Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas (click for link to Goodreads) – I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 22 September so keep an eye out for my review!

What I am reading next:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (click for link to Goodreads)

I have this on my Kindle under Prime Reading. I had seen it around on Instagram and was excited to find it. It will also be another tick for my Sci Fi genre goal this month!

What are your 3 Ws for the week?

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Woman in the Library

“Dear Hannah, What are you writing?”

Genre: Mystery

Number of Pages: 288

Date of Publication: 1 June 2022

Publisher: Ultimo Press

My Review Summary: A unique style, full of twists and turns!

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

In every person’s story, there is something to hide…

The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman’s terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who’d happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning—it just happens that one is a murderer.

💭THOUGHTS💭

I had seen this book around on Instagram and had added it to my Goodreads list of books to read. It then come up as a Blog Tour and I jumped at the chance to join. Luckily I was accepted and all I can say is that it lived up my expectations, and more!  

The writing was very clever and the format was something unique and compelling that I have never come across before. It added an extra something to the story that definitely made it stand out from the usual mystery. At first I will admit that I wasn’t sure how it would all work out. There were many different layers going on, but it didn’t take me long to work it out and read it as one. There were so many twists and turns and the ending…I was not expecting that at all! 

The chapters were the story itself, with each chapter being preceded by a letter outside of the story. It was an interesting way of presenting the story, but it really worked. The pace overall was slowed down by the letters, but I didn’t mind that. It added to the intrigue. None of the chapters were particularly long and neither were the letters around them, so whilst there were methods in place to slow the story down, there was a good pace overall to the story that kept my interest.

The characters were excellent. I just didn’t know who to trust. Everything was so compelling and believable. I was definitely taken on a ride and I loved it! 

Lastly the settings. Who doesn’t love a library setting? It was all done around Boston Library and felt well researched. I really felt like I was on a journey with all the characters, both inside and outside the story.

Overall an excellent read. It was very cleverly written and the style was so unique that it will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend 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.

Books that I have been reading this week:

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 20 September.

Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current library book

My Book Of The Week That Took Part In This Week’s Memes Was:

Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan (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

WWW Wednesday – Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Hosted by Goodreads T5W group

Time Travel Thursday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Blog

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

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

All Over Instagram – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

This week has been a week of TV coverage of the late Queen. I have managed to watch a few bits as it is quite a moment in history. The rest of the week has been taking my son to school – this week has been 8:35am to 1pm with one full day. Next week he will be full time. This weekend my partner and son have been shopping, to the park and a walk ending with a cream tea. Unfortunately my son has brought home germs from school and whilst he has recovered, I have not, so have stayed at home reading and watching Netflix. I have now seen Persuasion which I had been meaning to watch for a while. I know that not everyone enjoyed it, but I absolutely loved it.

Pictures of London from last week – NOTE – I didn’t get a picture of the outside of the pods as there were people in them and I couldn’t get the angle of ours (I also didn’t think that my family would be too impressd if I posted pictures of the inside of the pod with them in either!)! There are some good pictures of the pods on the restaurant’s website – COPPA BAR LONDON.

Waiting room at the Coppa Bar

Ceiling of the Pod

View from the Pod

Walking around London – Tower Bridge

Walking around London – River Themes

Walking around London – River Themes

How has your week been?

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Book Review – If It Looks Like A Duck by Frank Malley

Copy from the Author

Genre: Mystery

Number of Pages: 311

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM AMAZON📖

“A dead body. A suicide note. A man called Crime. Enter a stubborn reporter who’s certain not all’s what it seems.

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, well …”

When the body of landlord Roger Mansell is found in the River Lex, and a note uncovered on his boat, police say suicide.

Jaz Sharkey, a tenacious reporter on a failing newspaper, thinks murder. Her suspicions fence a bunch of regulars from the charming village pub. Identical twins, the psychotic ex of Jaz’s bold sidekick, Trish Parker, and a man called Crime.

As Jaz and Trish look for clues and editor Dan Armitage fights to keep his paper afloat, things turn sinister.

Quirky and funny, but with all the pace, twists, and adventure of a mystery. Join the hunt.”

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I had already read and enjoyed one book from this author, so was pleased when I was asked to read and review this book. Whilst it was the second one in a series, I didn’t feel that I had missed out on anything. 

The writing was clever, resulting in a mystery that was full of action with a surprising twist at the end that I didn’t see coming! What I also particularly enjoyed was all the literary references. I love a story that contains these references, no particular reason, just personal preference. I have been aiming to try and read more books about/featuring books. 

It was these references and other little details that really brought the story to life. It was cleverly done to have so much going on without the story feeling long or unnecessarily dragged out. 

The chapters were fairly short, which gave a good pace to the story and kept it moving. As I said above, there were lots of different things going on, but they all added to the story, without seeming to slow it down. 

The characters were excellent. There were so many suspicious ones! They all had their own little quirks and drew you into thinking that they all could have potentially done it. 

Lastly the settings. I enjoyed reading about Lexford and all the places in that town that I got to visit whilst reading this story. The description of the town was excellent and added an extra layer to the story. 

Overall a good mystery with lots of action and a surprising twist at the end!

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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