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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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Random Things Tours – Book Review – The People Before by Charlotte Northedge

“It’s that flash, the lightening movement at the edge of your vision, no more than a flicker, so that you don’t know whether you’ve imagined it.”

Genre: Psychological Fiction

Number of Pages: 336

Date of Publication: 10 November 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

My Review Summary: A story that plays with you.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

What if your dream house became your worst nightmare?

Jess and her husband need a new start. So when the chance to buy a rambling old house in the Suffolk countryside comes up, they leap at it.

But not everyone in Suffolk is welcoming. The locals know a secret about the Maple House, and soon, Jess realises they’ve made a huge mistake.

Something bad happened in that house. Something nobody wants to talk about.

💭THOUGHTS💭 

When I read the blurb for this I was completely taken in. I was very excited to then be accepted onto the Tour. I was in the mood for something a bit darker and this fitted the bill. It was a rollercoaster of emotions with lots of things going on that all tied up very neatly at the end. 

The writing was gripping and tapped in to some of my fears. It was cleverly written from two different perspectives. I liked the way that you went through one story then it swapped perspectives. So many different things happened, but they tied up well. The writing was clear and kept me interested throughout.

The story was split into a prologue and 3 parts (two of which were labelled with the character whose viewpoint we would be reading) with chapters that weren’t overly long in each part and were similar in length. There was a good pace to the story with lots of little bits going on. Things were dropped then gradually were explained throughout the story, which made me want to keep on reading to see how it would all turn out. Even though there were lots of little bits, I didn’t get lost or confused by what was going on.  

The characters were excellent. With the way it was written you just weren’t sure who to trust and whether what you were reading was as straightforward as it made out. I loved that we had the two viewpoints so we were able to really get to know the two main characters. So many different things kept coming to light. They were certainly complex people with secrets that they were trying to keep hidden. I was emotionally invested and was satisfied with the ending. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the house. It was a character in itself. It was cleverly written to seem both spooky and not, depending on how you were looking at it. There was enough description to give you an idea of the house, but the main focus of the story was on the characters and their thoughts, feelings and actions. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend it if you want something darker to read. 

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite “Aww” Moments In Books

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Favourite “Aww” Moments In Books (Share those sweet/cute moments in books that give you warm fuzzies.). I initially worried that I hadn’t read enough books with warm fuzzies, and if I had which ones were they?! I decided to go through my Goodreads list and found that actually I had read quite a few books that would fit the bill and once I had got into the flow of it, it was ok! So here is my list:

NOTE: In the name of not spoiling any books, I have only put the book that includes the moment and not the actual moment itself.

Author Request Book Review – A Moment On The Lips At Christmas by J Taylor

Netgalley Book Review – Snowed In For Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Someone to Kiss by Jamie Anderson (click for link to Goodreads)

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom

Library Book Review for Paris In July – The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin

Library Book Review – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho

Random Things Tours – Book Review – It Only Takes A Minute by Sasha Lane

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

What books are on your list?

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Monday Night Reading – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, The Rabbit Factor and Hook, Line and Sinker – #whatshouldireadnext #currentlyreading #popularbooksof2022

And that is the end of Easter. I finished off Easter at my mum’s house eating more than I should have because isn’t that what we all do?! My son actually ate a few BBQ bits, but mainly focussed on tomatoes and strawberries…

Anyway back to the reading. This evening I haven’t read as much as I would have liked to largely due to the lateish return home, however I have made a bit of progress on all three books. Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano suffered a little bit with only 20 mins worth of reading being done. It’s a shame, but as I have mentioned before, Blog Tour books take precedence. I then split my remaining hour and a half between The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen and Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey. I tend to leave Hook, Line and Sinker to the end because it takes less thought and by this time I’m struggling to stay awake! It is getting to the point where I may have to decide to stop taking regular notes and just push on with the stories so that I ensure that I don’t create a backlog and end up panic reading. We shall see.

Hope you all had a great bank holiday whatever you were up to/celebrating.

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