Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Diana J. Febry, Mae Clair and Linda Bradley

Time to get back to normal after the Summer Sale with recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore....

Diana J. Febry is the author of the Peter Hatherall mysteries and has recently published book Five…Twisted Truth

About Twisted Truth

It’s hard to defend yourself when you have memory lapses, and everyone thinks you are crazy.

Journalist, Megan Roach, is given a story by an old man in a nursing home that could make her famous. When her carefully constructed life starts to unravel, she is forced to confront her childhood demons and the possibility she could be a murderer.

DCI Peter Hatherall uncovers a conspiracy that confronts his own beliefs and goes far deeper than Megan Roach imagined. But can he believe anything she says?

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Megan Roach is a journalist working with her University photographer friend, Rob, for a local newspaper. Not quite what Megan had envisaged as a career. Their present brief is to show care homes in a good light after the recent scandals. While packing up the equipment, Megan’s attention is caught by an elderly man in a wheelchair. She was amazed when the man jumped out of the wheelchair and shut the door, before handing her a package, saying he had evidence of a murder. Megan was skeptical but the man was insistent, and Megan was still searching for her big break. What could she lose by taking a look at the package?

DCI Peter Hatherall is very reluctantly attending a pagan wedding with his wife and partner DI Fiona Williams. The description of the wedding is fabulous and, judging by the one I watched at Glastonbury Abbey, it’s pretty spot on and although there wasn’t a maypole it was a sight to behold. Peter is approached by the groom, who’s worried because two of the guests who apparently possess some disturbing information, hadn’t made it to the wedding. He believes they are in terrible danger and wants Peter to investigate.

As Megan tries to make sense of the contents of the package, she begins asking questions about the evidence contained in the included notes, not realising she is at risk of losing her job…even her life. The deeper she digs the more she loses her grip on reality and the more her life spirals out of control.

Megan is portrayed very well as an unreliable character, her credibility is compromised fairly quickly. An incident outside a shop when an elderly man is being tormented by a group of youths seems to be the catalyst for Megan’s instability. She sometimes appears quite unappealing and quite often I found myself rolling my eyes at her questionable behaviour, sometimes wanting to give her a good shake. Given her upbringing it was understandable up to a point, she is quite vulnerable and seems very immature. I did find myself sympathising with her a little more as the narrative progresses.

Meanwhile Peter and Fiona are investing reports of a runaway, as well as the disappearance of Dick’s friends. The plot is well constructed and told from various perspectives, tying the threads up neatly in the end. I enjoyed learning more about Peter and Fiona’s personal circumstances. Both are having personal issues, and Fiona’s final decision really surprised me. Nevertheless, I enjoyed catching up with them both and look forward to more.

I chose to read and review Twisted Truth for Rosie Amber’s book review team, based on a digital copy from the author.

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The other books in the DCI Peter Hatherall series

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The next author whose recent review is receiving rave reviews isMae Clair for Cusp of Night ( Hode’s Hill Series)

About Cusp of Night

The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I loved the back and forth between present day and the past. It was a thrilling journey as you learned piece by piece what happened to Lucinda Glass, and how it effected the present reality of all the characters.

I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of this story. You always feel like you’re going to get an answer, and then the author gives you half an answer and another question. It was never boring, and it was completely unpredictable. When I finished the book, I was in shock at just how well everything fell into place.

I enjoyed out main character, Maya. She has a kind heart, and she is willing to dig deep into the past to help everyone she can. She is a compelling female lead, who is able to fend for herself, and that is a great quality to have. I also enjoyed reading Collin’s character. He seemed to have a bad habit of locking his feelings away, and it was great to see his development as he learned to let Maya in.

Overall, I really loved this story. It was tense, thrilling and mysterious. I wasn’t able to guess what was going on, and I loved the writing quality. It felt authentic and possible.

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The Point Pleasant Series

A small selection of other books by  Mae Clair

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And now one of the recent reviews for the latest release by Linda BradleyPedal… Sometimes the bicycle is built for two.

About Pedal.

Burdened by heartache, can a whisper from beyond give middle-aged Paula Murphy the courage to just pedal?

Coming back to her Bay View summer home in northern Michigan means more than planning picnics at the beach and working in her daughter-in-law’s bicycle shop. Her avoidance to embrace her grown son’s death isn’t the only tribulation weighing on this self-reliant social worker’s mind. Reluctant to believe the unfathomable, Paula Murphy’s world is turned upside down when she’s reunited with the only man she’s ever loved.

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It’s a Monday. I’ve just come home from my workout and I have a load in the washer and a load in the dryer. I need a pick me up from the day’s treasonous doldrums. Now it is starting to storm so I better find something short and happy to lift my spirits quickly. What could be better than a lovely book set in my favorite place in the world, Northern Michigan? Pedal,Linda Bradley’s newest book was just what I needed with its warm,relatable characters and easy going romantic plot. A perfect escape for any afternoon.

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Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could pass the word on about these authors and their new reviews.



16 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Diana J. Febry, Mae Clair and Linda Bradley

  1. Congrats to all for excellent reviews. I have all 3 of these books on my Kindle! Hoping to get to them all eventually. Sally Cronin has stretched my Kindle to maximum capacity! Lol 🙂 xoxo ❤

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