Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Meet the Authors 2022 – Personal Recommendations – #Thriller Jane Buckley, #Thriller Jack Talbot, #Supernatural Yvette Calleiro

In this first feature for the Smorgasbord Bookshelf I am sharing authors whose books I have read and can personally recommend along with one of my reviews for their books.

The first author today is Jane Buckley who writes thrillers set in the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, sharing the challenges and dangers facing families and those on all sides of the conflict.

Meet Jane Buckley

Jane Buckley has been an avid reader all her life and if the opportunity had existed when she was younger would have loved to become a journalist. She began writing her first novel in 2017 but put the manuscript away in a drawer for a couple of years.
Jane used the lockdown period to finish the book – now ‘Stones Corner: Turmoil’ – and describes the writing experience as her ‘salvation’ during the pandemic.

Jane lives just outside Derry, Northern Ireland. She is married to John and has two daughters Cassie who lives in Oxford and Maggie who lives in Auckland NZ with grandchildren Charlie and Alba.

Books by Jane Buckley

My review for Stones Corner: Turmoil December 2021

The author gives a warning in the blurb about what a reader can expect in her debut novel set in Derry, Northern Ireland during one of the darkest years in the province’s history. The book delivers the reasons for that warning with chilling effect, bringing home the reality that this was a part of the United Kingdom, experiencing civil war within the last 50 years. The ripples of this violent outcome to the separation of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and its issues of belief and inequality, spread devastatingly outwards from the province; at times devastatingly.

When extremism on both sides of the divide are intent on winning, those innocents caught up in the turmoil are at the greatest risk, and when an outside force such as the British army are brought in, it adds fuel to the fire. The author creates that atmosphere of everyday fear and loss with great skill.

At the heart of this turmoil are young men and women who are vulnerable to manipulation by the fanatics, and imprisoned by age old segregation between religions and class.

Inhumane treatment of individuals, bombings resulting in mass casualties of innocents, illicit love affairs, revenge, espionage and poverty all combine to break the spirit of those who can see no end to the deprivation and conflict.

The author has created characters that will haunt you and some who inspire. Despite the environment, good people try to find comfort in their lives, falling in love across the divide and working to bring peace and stability.  As the story moves forward they all come together centred on an event which will impact all of them and the future of the city.

This intiguing thriller delivers a great deal in terms of the writing, characters, storyline and expectations and I highly recommend the book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series soon.

Connect to Jane Buckley: Jane Buckley Writes – Author Page: Amazon UK – And: Amazon USFollow Jane:Goodreads – Facebook:Jane Buckley Writes – Twitter:@janebuckley_sc

The next author, Jack Talbot,is from Southern Ireland and has also written a gripping thriller centred around a game at the heart of most Irish communities, hurling.

Meet Jack Talbot

Jack Talbot was born and raised in Kilkenny, Ireland. He lived for a short while in Australia, America and Europe before returning home to his native country. A carpenter by trade he also worked in drapery, bars and as a fitness instructor before turning to writing. Being an avid reader all his life his main interest is fiction, especially crime thrillers. This passion allied to his life experience and his youthful fling with the game of hurling provided plenty of inspiration for his first novel, ‘The Hurler.’

My review for the book January 2022

I enjoyed this thriller very much. Hurling is at the heart of Irish sport at both amateur and professional level, and there are not many families whose children have not played the game during school and beyond. Like any sport there are opportunities for manipulation and corruption, and when combined with a thirst for revenge, the door is opened to violent retribution.
As a young police sergeant discovers, solving the mystery of a missing local man and connecting the links in a nation wide serial murder case, is going to be difficult and dangerous when hampered by obstructive senior detectives and those with links to criminal enterprises.
When you don’t know who to believe, trust or respect and the investigation is blocked at every turn, all you have is your own commitment and drive to succeed at whatever the cost. Including the impact on a new and exciting relationship that offers an unexpected chance of a promising future.
The author has created characters that are richly drawn and in some cases downright despicable. As the various threads of institutional corruption within the police, sports officials and the escalating violence of the serial killer knit together, cleverly inserted red herrings have the reader eagerly turning the pages to find the answers.
The momentum was maintained throughout the book and the reader is kept guessing right to the last chapter. There are surprises in store and revelations that will shock and satisfy.
I recommend this to lovers of fast paced thrillers and look forward to reading more books by this author.

Connect to Jack Talbot: Amazon UKAnd:Amazon US – Website: Jack TalbotFacebook: Jack Talbot – Facebook Author Page:The Hurler – Follow Jack: Goodreads – LinkedIn: Jack Talbot

The final author today is Yvette Calleiro… whose short story Breathless is a great introduction to the author’s full length novels.

Meet Yvette M. Calleiro

Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her incredible son who has embraced her love for paranormal and adventurous stories. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.

Books by Yvette Calleiro

My review for Breathless January 2022

As a lover of fairy tales from childhood, I appreciate that there is often a sinister element to the stories, even if they do eventually end with everyone living ‘happily ever after’.

This story by Yvette Calleiro takes that disquieting element to a new level by focusing on the cursing abilities bestowed on certain beings living amongst us. The trouble with special powers is that they are not so easily controlled, especially when emotions are high and expectations are not met.

It would take a saintly kind of person not to occasionally wish to visit misfortune upon certain people we come across, however, as is often the case revenge takes its toll on both parties.

The author has created an interesting storyline with great characters who come together for one brief moment, impacting the rest of their lives and those around them.

An intriguing short story and an excellent introduction to the author’s full length books which Iook forward to reading soon.

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Read more reviews: GoodreadsAuthor Blog: Yvette M. Calleiro Blogspot – Twitter:@YvetteMCalleiro – Facebook: Yvette M. Calleiro


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some book … Sally


47 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Meet the Authors 2022 – Personal Recommendations – #Thriller Jane Buckley, #Thriller Jack Talbot, #Supernatural Yvette Calleiro

  1. Three nice reviews, Sally. They all sound like good reads, but Hurler sounds especially good because I didn’t know what hurling was and had to look it up. It’d be an interesting sport for the backdrop of a murder mystery.

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  2. Congratulations to all three authors on these great reviews of yours, Sally. Your personal recommendation is one to be trusted! xx

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  3. What a collection–two from Ireland (no surprise with St. Pat’s Day upon us). My psyche is a bit fragile for dark stories so I will probably concentrate on the two more positive ones!

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  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful review of Breathless, Sally! I’m happy you enjoyed it. Your review of Jane’s book reminds me of issues we’ve been having in American for the past several years with extremism. I don’t know much about hurling, but Jack’s book sounds like an exciting read. Thanks for sharing these two books along with Breathless. 🙂

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  5. Such wonderful reviews, Sally. I have had my eye on Jane’s books for a while and Jack’s “Hurler” intrigues me as well. I loved “Breathless!” Congrats to these three authors!

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  6. Wonderful reviews, Sally. Yvette’s books are a favorite of mine. Thank you for introducing Jane and Jack. I’m going to check them out. 😊

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  7. Thank you Sally, you’ve been an incredible support to me and my writing! I’m working hard on Stones Corner, Light (V3) and should have the first draft finished by end of the month! Watch this space, coming out September 2022! Have a fantastic St Patrick’s Day and lots of fun. Hugs. JB xx

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  8. Thank you for the three wonderful reviews, Sally! What a delight to meet Jane, Jack and know more about them and their books. I enjoyed Yvette’s books, loved HYPE, and have Breathless on my Kindle.

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  9. Thanks for sharing three excellent reviews, Sally. I enjoyed Yvette’s Breathless, but haven’t read, Jane or Jack yet. I like thrillers, and as a fan on Uris’s Trinity, Jane story about the Irish conflict intrigues me. I was a kid/teen then, but remember the later years well. And Jack’s “surprising, shocking, and satisfying” story sounds great. Congrats to the authors!

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  10. Thanks for sharing these great reviews Sal. I too enjoyed Yvette’s book very much and look forward to reading more from her. I’ll definitely look into Jane and Jack’s books. Congrats to all. ❤

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