Blog Tour: Gallows Court by Martin Edwards @medwardsbooks @HoZ_Books

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Release: 2018
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Genre: Mystery & Thriller

1930, London

An enigmatic heiress, a family secret and the thirst for justice
A headless corpse; an apparent suicide in a locked room; a man burned alive during an illusionist’s show in front of thousands of people. Scotland Yard is baffled by the sequence of ghastly murders unfolding across the city and at the centre of it all is mysterious heiress Rachel Savernake. Daughter of a grand judge, Rachel is as glamorous as she is elusive.

Jacob Flint, a tenacious young journalist eager to cover the gruesome crimes, is drawn into Rachel’s glittering world of wealth and power. But as the body count continues to rise, Jacob is convinced Rachel is harbouring a dark secret and he soon becomes part of a dangerous game that could leave him dancing at the end of the hangman’s rope if he pursues the truth.

Gallows Court is a mystery novel that reminds us of classic detective stories. Only this one is much more twisty and full of despicable characters. What I loved more about this book at first is that it gets interesting as soon as it starts. You’re the witness of a conversation you don’t really know what’s about and you read about a crime that’s not your traditional one. And then there’s Rachel, of course. The woman at the centre of it all, as the blurb appropriately says.

Jacob Flint is the hero of this book, our dear main character and the victim of a conspiracy that seems too big to understand at first. He’s likable, he’s fun to be around and he’s tenacious, he will never stop trying to find out what’s really going on. When he becomes obsessed with Rachel, we know he’s determined to uncover her secret, even if it seems impossible at first.

I found Rachel’s character to be completely fascinating. It’s one of those situations where you don’t really know if a person’s pure evil or there are actually good reasons behind their actions. But you can’t wait to find out. But Rachel’s not the only female character I loved here. I really appreciate how Martin Edwards has created such multi-layered female characters in Elaine and Sara as well. Even if it’s the 1930’s, women also have things to say. This is one of the details that made me appreciate the book even more.

Although I did guess part of the mystery, the story was incredibly twisty and full of surprises. If you enjoy traditional mysteries with compelling characters and a dose of psychological suspense, then Gallows Court is perfect for you!

Martin Edwards

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Martin Edwards is internationally recognised as an expert on crime fiction and has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating, and Dagger Macavity awards as well as being shortlisted for the Theakston’s prize and the CWA John Creasey Dagger. He is President of the Detection Club, Chair of the CWA and consultant to the British Library’s bestselling classic crime series.

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A personal post…

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So first of all, I wanted to share this image because I found it hilarious and fitting. I think all book bloggers will love it 💘 I don’t know where it’s from so I can’t give credit, though.

So, a few things:

I don’t know if you have noticed it, but for the past couple months, I haven’t been as active as I would’ve wanted here. This means sharing posts, commenting, answering comments, writing reviews, and even reading. Maybe it was the summer, or maybe it wasn’t… because lately, I can’t seem to spend more than an afternoon per week at home. I’m always out. And that’s good, I guess, and I’m happy, but the blog (and my writing) have been definitely affected. And I don’t really know what to do.

So I wanted to ask you to be patient with me while I slowly try to get my blogging mojo back. Please don’t think I’ve abandoned you all, and if I have interacted less, it’s not because I’m not interested in your posts. Basically: it’s me, not you.

At the same time, I feel like I need some changes here. Maybe a complete redesign would work (have you checked my friend Renee’s amazing redesign?), but I’m not sure. So I’m open to recommendations about anything. If you know a great WordPress theme website, if you feel like I should write more reviews about x, or fewer reviews about y, if you’d want me to write different type of posts… I’m all ears.

I will be thinking about this for the next few weeks and I will try to decide what I want this blog to become. During 2016 and the first half of 2017, The Misstery was my haven, my happy place, and maybe because of that passion, my views kept growing. Now it’s not like that anymore.

Thank you for following and thank you for reading this post 💙 Love you all.

Review: The Fifth To Die #4MK by @jdbarker @HMHCo

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Release: 2018
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

Last year, I read The Fourth Monkey and while I enjoyed it, I felt it ended up being a little predictable. Still, I wanted to keep reading this series because of the mystery and the serial killer theme, which I love, so when the publisher sent me this copy, I quickly began to read it and I was definitely curious.

Soon enough, I realized I was enjoying Fifth To Die way more than its predecessor. I still can’t explain why exactly, maybe it was my mood, or maybe because I didn’t feel like I knew what was going to happen, but I found this sequel to be an amazing mystery novel and I couldn’t stop thinking about the story and its characters.

There are two cases here: 4MK and the salt water deaths, but you quickly realize the two cases are related. How? I had no idea.  But I sure wanted to find out. And what about the parents and the obituaries? My mind was going crazy! Some of the aspects I loved the most about this book were the short chapters and the fast pace. This basically meant there wasn’t a moment of boredom and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. It doesn’t matter if the book is long: you will devour it!

I also enjoyed the way the story was told, how Porter followed a clue while his team continued to investigate the other case. I was equally invested in both storylines. Besides, I really like Porter, Nash, and Clare and I love the way they interact as a team. Some additions were a nice touch as well. I did guess a couple of things but nothing could prepare me for that explosive ending. I can’t get over it!

The Fith To Die ended with a major cliffhanger and I seriously can’t believe the author could leave us like this. TFTD was definitely one of my favorite reads this summer and I’m counting the days until the third installment is released. Don’t miss it!

Many thanks to the publishers for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin

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Release: 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

If you read my blog often, you know that Karin Slaughter is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors. I absolutely loved The Good Daughter and I was looking forward to reading her new novel: Pieces of Her. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love reading books during my vacations, and this year, Malta’s choice was Karin’s new standalone. Now, every time I think about the trip, I will remember how much I enjoyed reading this novel while lying on the beach.

If you’ve read other reviews, you already know that Pieces of Her is quite a different book and unlike her usual mysteries. I wouldn’t say this is a mystery per se, although, of course, Andrea is trying to find out more about her mother and her past. But I’d say this is more of an adventure… and what a ride! Andrea wasn’t an easy character to like, as she appeared to be pretty bland in my opinion, but I still wanted to know what was going on. However, the past narration was my favorite aspect of the novel and one storyline that will be incredibly hard to forget.

I don’t want to say much because I’d love for you to find out for yourselves, but I was incredibly gripped from the moment the flashbacks started. At first, I wasn’t sure what the book would be about, but once we started to get to know Laura a bit more, the book took a direction I honestly didn’t expect and I really like stories like this one. The story reminded me a bit of Diane Chamberlain’s The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes, and, after all, that is definitely a favorite of mine.

I am well aware that this will not be for everyone because it’s not exactly fast-paced and it’s quite long, but if it manages to grip you like it did with me, I’m sure you will love it, too. It’s not full of twists, as the story is pretty straight-forward, but it’s so incredibly well-written and full of interesting dynamics between the characters, that I couldn’t help to admire Karin Slaughter’s ability to make me care about her characters no matter what she writes about.

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Review: Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

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Release: 2008
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all—beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship—jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Ever since I read The Nightingale years ago, a couple of friends recommended Firefly Lane by the same author. I haven’t read many chick-lit/contemporary books for the last ten years, so I thought this could be a nice change given how much I liked Nightingale. Almost 600 pages and many tears later, I think I know now why I don’t usually read this kind of books. I was a mess after finishing Firefly Lane!

This is a story about a friendship. As simple as that. And yes, it’s also about two women’s professional and personal lives, but the main concept behind this novel is friendship, and I loved the focus, as opposite to the thousands of books that revolve around romantic relationships. Tully and Kate were the best of friends and I loved seeing their friendship grow and evolve during so many years.

I admit I am very fond of this type of stories spanning many years, although I don’t read them as often as I would like to. I was hooked from the very first page when we know something has happened and the two friends aren’t speaking anymore. But what happened to make them grow apart? I admit I was sure it would had to do with something, but I was incredibly wrong. Then again, I had to wait like 500 pages to find out.

I guess Kate was more relatable, but I also admired Tully’s strength and determination. They were a great combo. Johnny was an interesting character as well, although he made me suffer a lot. Love triangles are not a favorite trope of mine, but here it was handled beautifully.

A beautiful and moving book about life, friendship and family.

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