Judge Walden: Back in Session by Peter Murphy

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: October 1st 2018 by Oldcastle Books

Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Pages: 416 (eARC – Kindle)

Resident judge Charlie Walden is back, to preside over five new cases from the Bermondsey Crown Court. Retired resident judge Peter Murphy takes us back to the world of criminal trials in South London, with Charlie keeping the peace between his fellow judges—Marjorie, “Legless” and Hubert—while fighting off attacks of the Grey Smoothies, the civil servants who seem intent on reducing the court’s dwindling resources to vanishing point in the name of “business cases” and “value for money.” Fortunately, he has Jeanie and Elsie’s lattes and ham and cheese baps, and newspaper vendor George’s witty banter, to sustain him in the mornings; and in the evenings, the Delights of the Raj, or La Bella Napoli, to enjoy with the Reverend Mrs. Walden.

This book was entertaining in a charming way. To give you an idea, I would describe it as having the Old English feel. At least, that’s what I think as an outsider but I’m no expert.

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Mountain of Lies (The Pack, #1) by Jayne Evans

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: December 18th 2016 by Jayne Evans

Genre(s): Fiction; Thriller; Suspense; Romantic Suspense

Pages: 195 (Kindle)

When your life is built on a mountain of lies, the truth can be fatal.

Pinned by a rock slide while conducting an environmental impact study in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, Mia Blackmore figures karma has finally caught up to her. Actually, she’s surprised she got away with her crime this long.

When a rough-looking man with a French-Canadian accent nearly steps on her head, rescue seems just a fingertip away—then the slope shifts again, sending them both hurtling down the mountain.

The slide may have freed the auburn-haired woman, but undercover cop Hudson McClure still needs to keep her safe from the thugs who think he’s one of their own. The gang isn’t going to give up looking for their downed helicopter full of drugs. And, as it turns out, Mia and her decidedly wolfish dog, Neville, are his best shot getting to the crash first.

Mia’s descent into Hudson’s dangerous world is like a landslide she is powerless to stop. Though her talent staying cool under pressure exceeds even Hudson’s own, there’s a hunted look in her evergreen eyes that warns him she’s hiding something—or from something. He just never anticipated her secrets could decide whether they get off the mountain alive…or in body bags.

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It’s (not) Monday! What Are You Reading?

So I missed posting IMWYR this week on Monday but that’s okay. I’ve just finished moving and yet to unpack. So this will just be a quick post to give you an idea of what I’ve been reading these past two weeks.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

What I Read Last (2) Weeks:

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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton was phenomenal. Check out my review for it.Read More »

Valiant High (#1-4) by Daniel Kibblesmith

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: September 4th by Valiant Entertainment

Genre(s): Comic; Superhero Comic; Graphic Novel; YA

Pages: 112 (eARC)

Valiant proudly presents its first ALL-AGES escapade with a pitch-perfect entry point for new fans and longtime readers alike!

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

From rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm (Jughead), get ready for your first day of school inside a hilarious reimagining of Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe – one where the next world-ending cataclysm will have to wait until after prom night!

In the tradition of Archie and DC Super Hero Girls, this side-splitting adventure takes place outside of Valiant’s standard continuity…and comes packed with all-new incarnations of virtually every Valiant hero and villain! You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before!

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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Rating: 5/5 stars. Highly recommended!

Published: September 18th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmarks

Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery; Thriller

Pages: 432 (eARC – Kindle)

The Rules of Blackheath
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.

There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…

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Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

I feel incredibly lucky to have been approved for this title on NetGalley. Thank you so much Sourcebooks Landmarks 😭.

Our main character gets stuffed into different hosts every day, fated to relive the same day until he runs out of hosts or solves the murder. Each has their own characteristics and personality that influences our hero’s decisions, which can be either a boon or doom for Aiden Bishop. The big question is: What if he fails? Read More »

The Calm and Happy Toddler by Rebecca Chicot

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Rating: 4/5 stars. Recommended!

Published: December 3rd 2015 by Vermillion

Genre(s): Non-fiction; Parenting

Pages: 304 (Paperback)

Child development expert Dr Rebecca Chicot shares with you the secrets to calm and stress-free toddler parenting. Based on her unique parent–toddler approach, she reveals that by understanding how your toddler thinks and what changes he is going through, you can respond with confidence and stop sweating the small stuff. Whether you need help with tantrums, night waking, potty training or fussy eating, inside you’ll find:

· A toddler toolkit to help you cope with every toddler scenario
· A fire-fighting guide to hand-hold you through the classic toddler challenges; No! Now! Mine! Yuk!
· A toddler development map to show you how your toddler is changing, what stage they are at, and how to best to enjoy and encourage their mental, social and emotional development

The Calm and Happy Toddler is the ‘how to’ and ‘why’ of toddler parenting: read this book to understand your toddler, get on the same team and thrive together.

This book was such a useful read, particularly at the time I was reading it. My day-to-day life was relatively tougher than usual, coupled with being sick and having a sick toddler. Read More »

Breathing Underwater by Julia Green

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre(s): Fiction; Young Adult; Contemporary; Realistic Fiction

Published: March 1st 2015 by Bolinda Publishing

Format: Audiobook (4 hours 46 minutes)

Freya has come to visit her grandparents who live on a remote island. Last year she visited them with her brother – but last year her brother died alone in a boating accident. Whilst back on the island, Freya finds a way, with the calming presence of her grandparents and the gentle care and attention of the people around her, to adjust to the fact that her brother has gone, and that life – and love – are still vibrantly in the air. A perfect coming of age for any young girl just tipping into teenhood.

Breathing Underwater starts with Freya and her brother Joe finding a washed-up body on the beach of an island where they go every year to visit their grandparents during the summer. Exactly a year after, he died. Read More »