Welcome to the first of blogger daily, with the added feature of book reviews that have been posted on blogs. Just catching up after the weekend and as always some fantastic blog posts on offer… Here is just a small selection that you might like to head over and enjoy.
The first post is one from a book reviewer who consistently brings us books to add to our TBRs and this is About Cathy Ryan of Between the Lines.
Cold Granite (Logan McRae #1) by @StuartMacBride ~ Scottish Crime Fiction set in Aberdeen #Mystery #Thriller #Review by Cathy Ryan
DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets. Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather!
I’m very late to this particular party, the result of buying a book I didn’t realise was part of a series, so on a recommendation from Eva (Novel Deelights) I’m starting with book one. What’s another dozen books added to the reading pile 😅
After a vicious attack that left DS Logan McRae fighting for his life, resulting in twelve months recuperation, he’s back on the job with the Aberdeen police force, and immediately catches an appalling case. It seems children are being targeted, the victims of a serial killer, much to the horror of the investigating officers. Dealing with the reality of a new boss, not to mention the fact the chief pathologist is his ex girlfriend, Logan is struggling to get his self-confidence back.
The press are causing problems too, obviously privy to leaked information they are getting to the crime scenes almost before the police and reporting the details before the families can be informed. Logan bears the brunt from one explosive situation. It’s the middle of a freezing cold, miserable and relentless winter to matters even worse, the only bright light in Logan’s return to work is his new partner, WPC Jackie ‘Ball Breaker’ Watson.
To read Cathy Ryan’s review please head over: https://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2018/07/02/cold-granite-logan-mcrae-1-by-stuartmacbride-scottish-crime-fiction-set-in-aberdeen-mystery-thriller/
My next post is by crime thriller and murder expert Sue Coletta….who explains the crucial distinction between you and a psychopath: The writer! It is well worth heading over and finding out where you stand! And Sue would like to hear of your misadventures when grilling an suspecting victim…
Separates Us From Psychopaths: Writer
Real life offers inspiration when we least expect it. That moment can also be awkward, especially if you forget to mention one crucial distinction between you and a psychopath: the word writer.
A service person comes to your home. While you’re watching her — yes, a woman — do her job, a brainstorm strikes you out of nowhere; it rounds first base, second, and third, and charges at full speed for home plate. But you need more information to flesh out the idea, mentally draft the story from beginning to end to see if the premise has merit.
So, you drill her with questions, lots of questions, dark probing questions, and then you feel like you have to explain, but you’re so focused on the story — the story is all that matters — you blurt out, “It’s for a murder.” But you don’t expand, so now, this woman who’s working in a male-dominant field starts to twitch, flinch, her eyes pleading with your husband to stop you if things take a turn for the worse, her protective posture praying to God that you won’t snap right here, right now. Or maybe, she’s contemplating whether or not to call the police.
Whatever. You’ve been down this road before. At the same time, you’re not oblivious to the woman’s uncomfortableness. After all, you’re not a monster. You just need facts, and she’s the perfect person to give them to you.
Head over and read the rest of this fascinating post: https://www.suecoletta.com/one-word-separates-us-from-psychopaths-writer/
Sue is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore
Now for a little travel.. they say it is one of the wonders of the world…the undersea world and here is a post on the Great Barrier Reef. – I saw a documentary recently about the damage to the reef.. hopefully this amazing wonder of nature will be preserved for generations to come.
Poseidon’s Kingdom: The Great Barrier Reef by Iona Jenkins of Letters from a Wanderer.
We set out at an ungodly hour for the marina, and hopped on a little cruise boat. I was so excited to get my first glimpse of the reef after a long journey through rather rough waters.
Amazing shelf corals, soft corals with floating tentacles, hard sponge-like corals, huge boulders and classic spindly and branching corals fall shapes and sizes were inspected eagerly and regarded with awe and care.
Image Iona Jenkins – Letters From a Wanderer
When the sun came out every few minutes, the reef was transformed into a fishy paradise, with astounding corals, electric blue fish, anemones and creatures of all the colours of the rainbow all lying tube found in the sparkling turquoise waters. It was pretty dazzling in these moments, and very magical.
Head over and read the rest of the post and enjoy the photographs: https://lettersfromawanderer.com/2018/06/27/poseidons-kingdom-the-great-barrier-reef/
I hope you have enjoyed today’s selections and as always please feel free to drop you links into the comments for your latest post. Thanks Sally