Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore author update, with recent reviews and news from authors on the shelves.
The first author with a recent review is Judy Penz Sheluk for The Hanged Man’s Noose
About the book
Freelance writer Emily Garland is cash-strapped, newly single, and tired of reporting on the same old condo stats. When she’s offered a lucrative assignment in the village of Lount’s Landing, she decides to take a chance. All she has to do is relocate and uncover the real story behind a proposed redevelopment plan. What could possibly go wrong?
Plenty, as it turns out. Not everyone is happy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of the list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of The Glass Dolphin antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street.
But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter dies. A few days later, another body is discovered. Though both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s suspicions are aroused.
Putting her interview skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme—before the murderer strikes again.
One of the recent reviews on Goodreads
Emily Garland is a freelance reporter with a much coveted contract to write monthly articles about condo developments for a popular lifestyle magazine in Toronto. One of her best sources of quotes and information is well known developer Garrett Stonehaven. Emily has recently become single and, due to personal reasons, has developed an intense dislike for Garrett Stonehaven. As a result, when her boss offers her an assignment in Lount’s Landing, a small village outside of Toronto, she decides to accept. The assignment is lucrative and also involves keeping a watchful eye on, and reporting, any irregularities by Garret Stonehaven, who has recently acquired a moth-balled old school in the village for developmental purposes. Emily moves to Lount’s Landing under the guise of turning around a local monthly magazine that her company has recently acquired.
It doesn’t take long for Emily to start integrating herself into the lives of the various members of this small community, many of whom own ailing business along Main Street, which has been steadily losing popularity and customers. She soon realizes that there is a conflict of interest among the retailers, some of whom do not want Garrett Stonehaven’s mega-box development and some of whom see it as an opportunity to revitalise Main Street and their businesses. The unexpected death of one of the protesting retailers brings the motives of everyone in the village into question and Emily sets out to try and investigate whether the death was natural or murder.
I enjoyed the character of Emily, she was an interesting mix of naivety, intelligence, uncertainty and determination. Together with her new friend, Arabella, who has just opened an antiques store on Main Street, Emily becomes embroiled in a plot by ruthless and conscienceless people, to stop Garrett Stonehaven, not necessarily for the obvious reasons. I enjoyed this pairing and found these two characters to be resourceful and interesting.
The book moves along at a good pace and has plenty of small town interest and gossip to entertain the reader as the plot unfolds. The ending was satisfying and cleverly wound up all the lose ends.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JLY5539
A selection of other books by Judy Penz Sheluk
Read the reviews and buy all the books: http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04/
Read more reviews and follow Judy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8602696.Judy_Penz_Sheluk
Connect to Judy via her blog: http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/
The next author with a recent review is Amy Reade and The Worst Noel: A Juniper Junction Mystery.
About the book
Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, love, and joy, but for Lilly Carlsen, this Christmas is murder.
As a single mom, small business owner, and president of the local Chamber of Commerce, the last thing she needs is to find a dead body on the floor of her jewelry shop on the busiest shopping day of the year. And as if that isn’t enough, Lilly has to deal with a deadbeat ex-husband, a mother with declining mental health, and two teenagers.
But when a second body turns up, Lilly finds herself squarely in the crosshairs of suspicion. Can she figure out who killed the victims before she becomes one herself? And will her family’s Christmas be merry…or scary?
One of the recent reviews for the book
My first book my this author and I couldn’t put it down. It won’t be my last.
What wil happen when a murdered women is found with a necklace around her neck in a jewelry store? Lilly is devastated when she finds Eden. She’s not very liked in town. But never wanted to see any harm come to her.
Lilly is a mother of two, and divorced. She loves her jewelry store. She’s well liked. See what happens when things go south. Loved this book.
Read the reviews and buy the book Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZ67Q99
Also by Amy Reade
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Read more reviews and follow Amy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade
Connect to Amy via her blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com
And finally a recent review for Terry Tyler and Legacy: Book Four Project Renova Series...
Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’
A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2.
Seventeen-year-old Bree feels stifled by the restrictions of her village community, but finds a kindred spirit in Silas, a lone traveller searching for his roots. She, too, is looking for answers: the truth behind the mysterious death, forty years earlier, of her grandmother.
In 2050, Phoenix Northam’s one wish is to follow in the footsteps of his father, a great leader respected by all who knew him…or so his mother tells him.
In 2029, on a Danish island, Lottie is homesick for Lindisfarne; two years earlier, Alex Verlander and the kingpins of the Renova group believe they have escaped the second outbreak of bat fever just in time…
Book 4 of the Project Renova series rebuilds a broken country with no central government or law, where life is dangerous and people can simply disappear…but the post-Fall world is also one of possibility, of freedom and hope for the future.
A recent review for the book..
I’m a big fan of Terry Tyler’s character-driven drama and have enjoyed all the books in the Project Renova series. Legacy is a fitting finale, giving not only resolution to stories from previous instalments, but an intelligent and imaginative portrayal of life up to one hundred years after the deadly virus lays ravage to mankind. I was particularly happy to see that Lottie lived up to early potential, as she was one of my favourite characters, showing much more grit, realism and resourcefulness than many of the older people. It was also satisfying to see some of the villains get their just deserts. The timeline, spanning almost a century, might have been challenging for other authors but was on the whole deftly handled by Terry. However, in my view, the chief strength of Terry’s writing is always the vivid authenticity of her characters, with their distinctive voices. Because ultimately whatever the setting for a novel, people’s passions, weaknesses and hunger for power remain the same. Although the author helpfully gives the story to date, I don’t honestly feel this book could be read as a standalone. To appreciate the full richness of the series, you should really start at Book 1 Tipping Point, which is currently just 99p.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Legacy-Project-Renova-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07JNC9K6Z
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Project-Renova-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07JNC9K6Z
A selection of other books by Terry Tyler
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM
Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler
Connect to Terry via her blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/
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