Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews – #Crime Jacquie Biggar, #FlashFiction Sarah Brentyn, #Contemporary #Humour Lizzie Chantree

The first review today is for USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar and her recent release Virtually Gone: A Mended Souls Novel (High-Tech Crime Solvers Book 6)

About the book

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Jacquie Biggar, comes a gripping techno-thriller, part of a multi-author series tied together by an interlocking cast of characters, all centered around the fantastic new promise of high technology and the endless possibilities for crime that technology offers, in a world where getting away with murder can be not only plausible, but easy…if you just know how.

Investigative reporter Julie Crenshaw stumbles upon the case of a lifetime–one that could cost her everything.

When Julie is called on to investigate a string of sexual abuse cases, she doesn’t expect to land in the crosshairs of a serial rapist. Soon she’s in a race to find the facts before a killer makes her the headline.

Detective Matthew Roy is frustrated with his inability to track a rapist terrorizing his city. Added to that, his partner’s reporter girlfriend is dogging his every step and won’t heed his warnings. Time is ticking with the perpetrator escalating his crime to murder. Matt needs to find the killer soon, or chance losing someone he cares for- the question is, how?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Tytanmom19 5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced Techno Thriller!  Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020

Virtually Gone (High-Tech Crime Solvers Book 6) by Jacquie Biggar. I loved the previous books in the series so I had high hopes for this one and I was not disappointed. It can be read as a standalone but I’ve enjoyed reading them all. Its the story of Julie Crenshaw who is an investigative reporter and Matthew Roy who is a detective. Julie has come upon a case that may make or break her career. There is a string of Sexual abuse cases but what Julie doesn’t know its going to throw her right in the rapists path. Matt is ticked off because he can’t solve this case. He is ticked at Connor his partner whose reporter girlfriend seems to always be one step ahead of him. If it weren’t for Connor, Matt would have probably killed or at least locked up Julie. When the rapist resorts to murder the stakes are even higher. Will Matt, Connor and Julie use technology to solve this crime before some else gets hurt or worse murdered. Will Matt and Connor still be partners/friends at the end of this investigation? Read Virtually Gone to find out!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar, Buy:  Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Jacquie : Goodreads – website: Jacquie Biggar – Twitter: @jacqbiggar

The next author celebrating a recent review is Sarah Brentyn for her flash fiction collection On the Edge of a Raindrop.

About the collection

When You’re on the Edge, It’s Easy to Fall

These are stories of lives on the edge.

A girl tortured by the world within her. A boy powerless to escape his home. A mother doomed to live with her greatest mistake. A man lost in a maze of grief.

Each raindrop provides a microscopic mirror of ourselves and those around us. But we can’t always trust what we see. The distorted images disorient the mind, altering our view of reality.

This second collection of flash and micro fiction explores the depths of the human condition and the fragile surface of our perceptions.

Dive into these tales of darkness and discover what life is like On the Edge of a Raindrop

Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

GraemeCumming 5.0 out of 5 stars Savour each morsel… Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2020

It’s fair to say that I like my fiction with a bit of depth. I don’t mean War and Peace kind of depth, but I like a good yarn with layers, ideally a few twists, and characters that feel real, even when they’re a little larger than life. And yet I like short stories, and I always admire a writer who can produce an effective one.

I’m even more impressed, then, when I read flash fiction. At least, I am when it’s well written. As I understand it – and I’m no expert in these matters – flash fiction can be anything from a few words to a few hundred, so it can be very difficult to convey much in the way of a story with so little to play with. Very often, flashes will be suggestive rather than explicit.

Sometimes, they get across a state of mind or being rather than a whole story. Whichever route is taken, for that writing to stir something in the reader – for example, senses of loss, fear or exhilaration – means the author has done their job.

Probably the most famous flash fiction reads: ‘For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.’ Attributed to Hemmingway, though there are some doubters, this conveys so much and is a masterpiece of the genre.

Frankly, Sarah Brentyn’s work easily stands alongside this. Her ability to capture the essence of an emotion or a moment in so few words is staggering. In a single line, she can encapsulate something that many authors would struggle to do in several pages.

Like her first book, Hinting at Shadows, this is a book to savour and not rush. When you’re confronted with stories or essays that cover only a page or even a few lines, the temptation is to read one then leap on to the next. Don’t. Read one and reflect on it. The whole book is only 48 pages long, but what it contains is volumes and it should be read as if that’s the case.
Take your time. Savour each morsel as it’s fed to you. It’ll be more satisfying than you can imagine.

Read the reviews and buy the collection: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Also by Sarah Brentyn

Sarah Brentyn, Buy: Amazon US – And on: Amazon UK – Follow Sarah: Goodreads – Sarah: Blog – Twitter: @SarahBrentyn

The final book today is If You Love Me I’m Yours by award winning inventor and author Lizzie Chantree.

About the book

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

One of the recent reviews for the book

MADEUPgroup 4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book that’s easy to read  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2020

If you’re looking for a story that’s relatively short, yet full of memorable characters and twisty changes to the scenes while remaining lighthearted, then this is the perfect book for you.

The two main characters are brilliantly individual, and yet they just work so wonderfully together. I often find in books like this that the Characters become almost the same personality by the end of the book, and i find it quite frustrating. In this case, the personalities remain very distinctly individual from start to very end, with their own attitudes and quirks.

Seeing Dot and Maud work together and encourage one another to reach their goals and realise how amazing they are as individuals was wonderful. They were inspiring without being corny, and the friendship was a delight to read about. Everyone needs a friendship like this in their life!

I love the fact that although this looks like a romance novel (and that cover is gorgeous!) it’s so much more than that. This isn’t just a story about a typical romance, boy and girl meet, fall out, live happily ever after. Instead, we see Dot, Maud and Nate all learning to handle a variety of very realistic and believable problems. The book touches on some sad moments, and they’re handled well, you feel the sadness to your core and yet it doesn’t overpower the wonderful connections being made.

All of the characters are flawed in some ways, and they’re so much more lovable for it because it makes them feel real.

With Humour, realism, romance and life in general, this is an easy to read book that delights from start to end!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Other books by Lizzie Chantree

Lizzie Chantree, Buy: Amazon UK – And:Amazon US – Follow Lizzie: Goodreads – website:Lizzie Chantree – Twitter:@Lizzie_Chantree


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have found some books to take away with you.. thanks Sally.

49 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews – #Crime Jacquie Biggar, #FlashFiction Sarah Brentyn, #Contemporary #Humour Lizzie Chantree

  1. All those books sound great – the reviews are so good. i’ll definitely have to have a second lifetime to read all I want to read. I think I got through more books when I was young and wasn’t writing. It seems to me looking back that I read all day every day. Two or three books at a time even.

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  2. Great line-up, Sally. I loved Sarah’s book and have Jacquie’s book on my radar for when the TBR pile gets a little bit under control (I keep seeing good books on your site and buying them!)
    And so nice to meet Lizzie and learn about her book, too. Congrats to the authors on the wonderful reviews.

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  3. Thanks, Sally!
    I’m honored, as always, to be included in one of your updates (and in such talented company). 🙂 (I am grateful you found this recent review from Graeme. I think it’s brilliant and I’m humbled.) Thank you, again, lovely lady.

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