Campion at Christmas ~ by Margery Allingham

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4 seasonal short stories from Margery Allingham’s collection.  2 of which are Albert Campion pieces.

An enjoyable short read.  It is always good to catch up with old friends like Albert at any time of the year.

Ideal for curling up with in front of a roaring log fire and a mug of coco on a cold winters evening.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Agora Books.

4 Stars****

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He’d Rather Be Dead (Chief Inspector Littlejohn Series #09) By George Bellairs

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From the British Golden Age of Crime.

This mystery is set in the early 1940’s, in the holiday town of Westcombe.  In which the mayor drops dead at his yearly town luncheon.

Chief Inspector Littlejohn of Scotland Yard is called to unravel the knots.

Well plotted mystery with nice twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.

It is always nice for me to revisit books that I have read in the past, and I enjoyed revisiting this one.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Agora Books.

4 Stars****


 

Hollywood Lighting ~ A Bodyguards Romance ~ by J.V. Speyer

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Can love survive the spotlight of Hollywood’s media mill?

I just fell in love with the main characters of Owen and Jamel.  Their hate at first sight, that gradually grows into a love that burns brighter than any blazing star!

A good plot with well rounded cast and crew, made this novel a dream to read.  And disserves it’s own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.

5*****


Love Magic by Jesi Lea Ryan

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Loved this cute quick read Valentine’s story about Oliver and Derrick, that literally has magic in the air!

The characters were interesting and the storyline was enjoyable.

Would read again

5 Stars *****


High Marks for Murder ~ A Bellehaven House Mystery #01 by Rebecca Kent.

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First in the Bellehaven House Mysteries by Rebecca Kent (aka Kate Kingsbury).

This is the second time that I have read this book.  The first time was back when it first came out in paperback in 2008.

Set in a Edwardian ladies finishing school.  This is a light enjoyable read with some interesting characters and plot lines.

Available in ebook/Kindle.

3 Stars ***

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Jack Savoretti – Singing To Strangers – CD album

What More Can I Do?

From the moment I heard ‘Candlelight’ with it’s violin intro that sounded like something from the movie ‘The Italian Job’ and Jack’s husky voice singing, I was hooked.

Unlike many albums where there may be one or two songs that you like, I can honestly say that there is not a single song on this album that I do not like.

For me Jack Savoretti’s ‘Singing to Strangers’ is the best album to come out this year.

5 Stars *****

Pumpkins in Paradise ~ A TJ Jenson Paradise Lake Mystery #1 by Kathi Daley

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This is the second time I have read this book, but the first time that I have listened to it. Narrated by Coleen Marlo and just as enjoyable the second time round as it was the first time.

TJ Jensen is juggling her job as a coach at the high school, working at the family lakeside resort and bringing up 2 very young half-sisters. She really could have done without finding her good friend Zackary Collins dead in his favourite chair.

But looking over the scene of where he died, things look out of place to TJ. But the handsome new deputy in town, closes the case as a natural death, without to her answering the “how” or “why”.

So TJ sets out to find the answers. Along the way picking up puzzles that Zackary has left for her to solve.

I really enjoyed this exciting new mystery series featuring TJ Jensen. With a great set of characters. Well plotted and written. And even brought a tear to my eye at one point (or it must have been a speck of dust making them water!)

Will be planning on reading more of this series.

Another sleepless night…

I should have gotten used to not being able to get to sleep at night…

But it is still annoying!

Why is it happening?

Mainly due to the medications that I’m on, which puts me to sleep when I would prefer to be awake and keeps me awake when I would rather be sleeping.  Also the fact that I’m in pain and discomfort in various parts of my body, have a throbbing head and a brain that is active for a change…go figure!

The pain and discomfort are probably due to the fact that I tried to do some much needed housework…as in a pre spring clean…only started to do my bedroom and haven’t got much done.   My energy level only goes for a few minutes at a time before it peters out and I have to rest.

I would read or listen to an audiobook, but with the throbbing in my head and the scattered thoughts racing around in my brain, I’m surprised that I’m able to write even this…it will probably read like a lot of mumbo jumbo, and I will have to stop soon, as my fingers joints are hurting.

Will have another go at going to sleep…but don’t hold your breath!