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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Date With Betrayal by Julia Chapman

“They ambushed her in the ginnel on her way back to the office.”

Genre: Mystery

Number of Pages: 353

Date of Publication: 31 March 2022

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An entertaining story full of twists and turns

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖

In the seventh novel in Julia Chapman’s Dales Detective series, betrayal is rife in the idyllic Yorkshire Dales as Samson O’Brien, owner of the Dales Detective Agency, is targeted by a hitman. Can Bruncliffe save him?

Death is coming to Bruncliffe; its target is Samson O’Brien.

Oblivious to his impending date with darkness, Samson is busy juggling a series of cases at the Dales Detective Agency.

But while Samson is otherwise engaged, Delilah knows what is coming. A hitman. Sent from London with one objective: silence the troublesome O’Brien once and for all before his corruption case can make it to court.

With Samson’s life in peril, Delilah has no choice but to turn to the people of Bruncliffe for help if she is to stop the hitman from achieving his objective. Only trouble is, the townsfolk have long memories and deep grievances when it comes to Samson O’Brien. They will take some convincing before they put themselves in danger in order to save him.

In a race against time, and with the life of the man she loves in the balance, Delilah will have to call on all of her connections built up over a lifetime in Bruncliffe in order to push back the darkness that is threatening to engulf the Dales town. But even that might not prove enough.

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I am always excited when a murder mystery pops up as a Blog Tour. This one is the seventh in the series, but I didn’t notice that when reading it. It was written in such a way that I didn’t feel like I had missed out on anything that would be crucial to this story.

The writing was engaging and fast paced. The chapters were fairly long, but cleverly split to control the pace at different points of the story. 

The chapters at the beginning were labelled and were taking us to different points back in time. It was clearly done so I didn’t feel lost at any point. The chapters gradually got longer, but were split (as mentioned above) into separate chunks and headed with a time. This kept my interest and allowed the pace of the story to be controlled. Cliffhangers were dotted around and suspense was built up throughout the story.

There was a lot of detail in each of the chapters, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed. The details added to the story rather than detracting from it. 

The characters were great and I never knew who to trust. The sub chapters in the chapters allowed for different character points of view which was interesting (especially when it was the dog’s turn!) and also added to the mystery of what was going on. I enjoyed all the twists and turns. As soon as you thought you had cracked something, a spanner was thrown into the works! It kept me on my toes and made for compelling reading. 

I loved the relationships between the characters. There was a lot of love and support for one another and I loved how they all worked together to solve the case. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the village setting and all that comes with that ie the characters and their unique traits. The settings were well described and I was transported to where the characters were. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was full of twists and turns with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure! I highly recommend to murder mystery fans. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Book Shopping!

The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont

I have been looking forward to going back into a bookshop since the pandemic and decided that today was that day! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and came out with this beautiful signed special edition ❤️

I know that I am supposed to be making my way through my massive TBR pile, but I couldn’t resist!

Happy weekend everyone!

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What Bookish Things Have I Been Up To This Week?

It’s Friday again! Where does the time go? I have been very busy this week, first with my second Blog Tour, then with the end of the month posts and thirdly trying to get out my Pandemic Reading List reviews. I am so close to finishing them. I just have the Christmas reviews to go. I was waiting until later on in the year to do this as I didn’t want to have Christmas book reviews in the Summer – that would be madness!

So here has been my busy week:

31 October

My Posts:

Reading Recommendations – October 2021 Reading List

What Book Should I Have Read This Month? Book Of The Month

New Month New Goals! Reading Goals for November

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Books To Get You In The Halloween Mood

Sunday Post

Blog Tour Tomorrow! Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia

Other Bloggers Posts That I have Enjoyed:

Maureen’s BooksSunday Post

Amy Scotts ThoughtsWhat I have Been Reading October

1 November

My Posts:

Blog Tour Book Review – Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia – Available 14 October 2021

Other ways to see my Blog Tour Book Review – Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia

Other Bloggers Posts That I have Enjoyed:

Books Teacup and ReviewsOctober Wrapup

Bookish BeckLove Your Library Meme

2 November

My Posts:

Top 10 Tuesday!

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Ebook Out Now – Rise and Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Aloha Hideaway Inn by Elana Johnson

Other Bloggers Posts That I Enjoyed:

Bookshelf FantasiesTop Ten Tuesday

3 November

My Posts:

WWW Wednesday!

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Beauty and The Book Collector by Bethany Windfall

Paperback version of Rise and Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw is out now!

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Armed and Outrageous by Madison Johns

Other Bloggers Posts That I Enjoyed:

Taking On A World Of WordsWWW Wednesday

The Day After

My Secret Book BlogBook Review – The Viscount Who Loved Me By Julia Quinn

Lydia SchochTop Ten Tuesday

4 November

My Posts:

Book Review – Chasing the Darkness by Cassie Sanchez

Time Travel Thursday

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson

Other Bloggers Posts That I Enjoyed:

PotpourriWWW Wednesday

Whispering GumsNonfiction November 2021

Magically Making ItNovember Book Releases

5 November

My Post:

First Line Friday

Here’s to next week!

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Other ways to see my Blog Tour Book Review – Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia

To see a shorter review of this book head over to my Instagram Account, Goodreads Account, Facebook Account – Budget Tales @budgettalesreview or my Twitter Account EmilyPankhurs12

Happy reading!

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Reading Recommendations – October 2021 Reading List

Here is my October Reading List with links to my reviews:

The Dying Light by Emily Rooke ⭐Rated 4/5⭐ – Fantasy

Dead World by Alex Apostol ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Sci Fi, Zombie Thriller

Dead Road by Alex Apostol ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Sci Fi, Zombie Thriller

The Royal Secret by Andrew Taylor ⭐Rated 3/5⭐ – Historical Fiction

Shadow Pursuit by Alistair Birch ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Thriller

Witchnapped In Westerham by Dionne Lister ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Fantasy

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Fantasy

As you can see I have read some excellent books this month that I really couldn’t give less than a 5 star rating for. Here’s to next month!

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What Bookish Things Have I Been Up To This Week?

It’s Friday again and therefore time for my wrap up! So what have I been up to this week?

Monday 25 October

My post:

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Other Bloggers posts that I have enjoyed:

Crime ReadsCrime Books Set On Or Around Halloween

Tuesday 26 October

My posts:

Top Ten Tuesday!

Publication Day for Dead World by Alex Apostol!

Other Bloggers posts that I have enjoyed:

My Book Jar Top 10 Tuesday

Wednesday 27 October

My posts:

WWW Wednesday!

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Emma by Jane Austen

Blog Tour Tomorrow! Shadow Pursuit by Alistair Birch

Other Bloggers posts that I have enjoyed:

Linger Longer With BooksBewitching Books

Thursday 28 October

My posts:

Blog Tour Book Review – Shadow Pursuit by Alistair Birch #blogtour #bookreview #newbook

My 4 and 4.5 Star Autumn Reads

Other Bloggers posts that I have enjoyed:

Morally Gray ReadsTen Books For Your Spooky TBR This October

Friday 29 October

My post:

First Line Friday!

Other Bloggers posts that I have enjoyed:

Books and Bonsai Today’s Quote

My Bookworld 24Freebie Friday

Secret Library Book Blog WWW Wednesday

I hope you enjoyed my posts this week and here’s to next week – with another Blog Tour!

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Book Review – Dead World by Alex Apostol – Out Later This Month!

Dead World by Alex Apostol

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖

We are now on the third book and Christine and Zack are determined that they will carry on fighting to find the cure and not stop until they have it. They leave the group in the safety of the bunker and make the journey to the lab. Gretchen sneaks out of the bunker to join them at a great cost. 

The bunker life isn’t as safe as Christine and Zack first thought and the rest of the group end up fighting their own problems – both from the living and the dead!

Will Christine and Zack find the cure and will bunker life ever be the same again?

💭THOUGHTS💭

After reading the first two books I couldn’t wait to get started on this one! 

This is the third book in the series and I can honestly say that I loved this book! 

Just like the first two, it was well written and well thought out. You could really imagine going through what the characters went through should a zombie apocalypse ever happen! 

The characters all had some traits or thoughts that you could relate to and the settings really highlighted the situations that the characters found themselves in. I enjoyed reading about the different settings; the woods, the bunker, the streets and the research lab itself. Together with the characters the settings kept my interest and made the story what it was.

Throughout the story there was so much going on, there was never a dull moment. There were some really sad and emotional moments, but without them the jeopardy of the story wouldn’t have been the same. 

The style of the writing where you went from group to group kept you in suspense and made you want to keep reading to see what would happen! 

I definitely recommend giving this series a go!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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Blog Tour Preparation!

I have recently received the dates poster for the Blog Tour that I am on! I am on 28 October so look out for my review then!

I have already read the book and made copious notes, so now all that needs doing is the actual review itself.

I will also put a mini review on Instagram, Goodreads and Amazon.

Keep your eyes peeled!

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