A Year at Appleyard Farm by Emma Davies / #Review @bookouture @EmDaviesAuthor

Tales From Appleyard #1-4

Down a winding lane lined with strawberry trees and wildflowers lies Appleyard Farm, a beautiful orchard in the English countryside. And in a little farmhouse in the furthest corner, a young woman has a difficult decision to make…

Life on Appleyard Farm is all Freya Sherbourne has ever known. Having spent her childhood playing in the emerald green meadows and berry picking until sunset, Freya intends to call the farmhouse home forever. But when her father suddenly passes away and Appleyard Farm goes up for sale, Freya’s world comes crashing down.

Holding back the tears, she starts packing boxes while waiting for a buyer. Now the river no longer sparkles, and the apples taste a little less sweet. Until Freya learns the exciting news that her best friends Merry and Willow are moving nearby to open a local shop. And when someone from her past re-emerges, handsomer than ever and offering to mend the cracks in her broken heart, Freya’s eyes begin to twinkle once again.

But falling in love is scary, especially when you don’t know what the future holds. And when Freya discovers that her new love has been keeping a secret, one that threatens both their fragile relationship and the farm, she risks losing everything.

With the clock ticking, will Freya choose to follow her heart or save the farm? Or can she find a way to do both?

Told in four parts, this is a gorgeous story about love, friendship and new beginnings. Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson should grab a cup of hot chocolate, curl up on the sofa and prepare to be carried away!

A Year at Appleyard Farm was previously published as four short stories: Merry Mistletoe, Spring Fever, Gooseberry Fool, and Blackberry Way.

 

 

Review

I never read blurbs anymore as I told before. The cover is what has to convince me whether I pick a book or not and believe it or not when I love the cover I usually love the book too.

So I was in for a nice surprise when I prepared this post. Not 1, not 2 but for short stories were bundled in one volume!

As soon as I started reading, I knew something was familiar. And indeed, I reviewed part 1 about 5 years ago, but under a different title (Merry Mistletoe). I looked it up and I remembered that I felt there was something missing: either an epilogue or a sequel. Well, whoohoo, the author must have heard me and gave me not 1 but 3 more stories.

This book is about love, friendship and family. We laugh and cry with the main characters and we are allowed to witness their dreams come through and their darkest clouds getting the brightest silver lining. 

Get comfortable and savor the 500+ pages of this delicious book. 4 stars.

Thank you, Emma Davies and Bookouture.

 

About the author

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 

 

Author Links

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The Wife’s Choice by Emma Davies / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @EmDaviesAuthor

 

 

Tell your most devastating secret, or risk losing your only daughter…

Then: Twenty years ago, Alys’ husband, Sam, was in a terrible car accident that left him fighting for his life. His recovery was slow and painful and, just at the point when Alys began to hope, he sent her away, refusing to see her ever again for reasons she could never understand.

Now: Married again and living in a new town with a new family, Alys feels like she’s sleepwalking through life. She’s just lost her job, her grown-up daughter is flying the nest, and her new husband doesn’t see – or even seem to care about – the downward spiral she is in.

But a chance encounter changes everything. As the life she could have had crashes into the one she settled for, Alys must decide whether or not to reveal the lie she’s been telling everyone all these years. Will it tear apart the ones she loves, or could it set them free?

 

 

Review

You are young and in love. You know exactly how you want your life to be and then life happens. 

After a devastating event, your world is dark. Little by little there is light at the end of the tunnel and you start feeling like your old self again, but then you are hit by a rock yet again.

You are totally down and broken when someone reaches out a hand to you and you take it gladly. You are slowly starting to live again.

But are you really living again or are you being lived? One look in the mirror tells you you are not you anymore. You have turned into someone you don’t want to be any longer. You only started to realize this after a shocking encounter. 

Whose fault is it you became who you are now? The one who broke your heart? The one you helped you heal? Or you? There is only one person who can do something about it and she is starting back at you.

A great story about lies and deceit and even though you can hide them for several years, one day everybody will have to come clean and face the music. 5 stars

Thank you, Emma Davies and Bookouture.

 

About the author

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 

 

Author Links

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Twitter @EmDaviesAuthor / https://twitter.com/EmDaviesAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emmadaviesauthor/

 

 

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With or Without You by Drew Davies / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Drew_Davies

 

 

‘How long does a coma last?’ I ask.
‘Days, weeks, months?’ the nurse replies with a shrug, although her eyes are very kind.
‘But on average?’
She just smiles, unable to give me an answer.

Wendy’s life can be neatly divided into two: before and after.

Before her husband’s car accident, it was just the two of them. They never took the train at rush hour, and they avoided their noisy neighbour upstairs. Naveem devoted his spare time to vintage train models, and Wendy to re-reading the well-thumbed pages of her favourite books. It didn’t matter what others thought about their small, quiet life together – they were happy.

After the coma, Wendy barely recognises herself. When she’s not holding the love of her life’s hand, accompanied by the beep of the life-support machine, who is she? The nurse tells her to talk to Naveem – that he can still hear her – but she doesn’t have a single thing to say.

Suddenly Wendy can’t bear the silence. She needs something, anything, to talk to Naveem about. Suddenly she’s losing herself at fairgrounds packed with crowds and candyfloss, she’s at the airport, waiting for the whoosh of the planes as they take off, making friends with the neighbour she has spent over a decade avoiding.

Knowing that every breath her husband takes might be his last, Wendy has no choice but to try to carry on without him. Should she feel guilty about living while his life is on pause? And when – if – he wakes up, will he still love the woman she has become?

 

 

Review

You have a happy marriage. You keep yourselves to yourselves. You love peace and quiet and than bad luck strikes. What do you do when something serious happens to your husband? You are totally lost and try to keep on living the way you did before.

But life as you knew it does not exist any more. You are forced to change and you often wonder how your husband would feel about it. What will happen when he comes home again? Will he accept the changes? Will he reject them? Maybe he will have changed too or maybe he will never regain consciousness …

No matter how long you know someone, share your life with them, people still manage to keep secrets. Sometimes you assume something to be true, but you could not have been more wrong …

This is a story about getting to know people better, standing up for yourself and seeing a different side of life.

There is a fair bit of humor in this story. I will keep in mind that there often is a big gap between what you think is true and the actual truth. Talking to each other is the only way to clear the air and avoid heartbreak. 4 stars

Thank you, Drew Davies and Bookouture

 

About the author 

Drew Davies was born in London and grew up in Whanganui, New Zealand. He attended the Unitec School of Performing Arts in Auckland and won a Playmarket New Zealand Young Playwright of the Year award in 2000. After a brief stint on a kiwi soap, he has worked in Search for the past 15 years. Drew’s other claim to fame is that Stephen Fry once called him droll. Either that, or he got his name wrong. He now lives in Wanstead, London. 

 

Author Links

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Instagram: @drewdavieswriter

https://www.drewdavies.co.uk/  

 

 

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Murder at the Playhouse by Helena Dixon / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @NellDixon

 

 

A Miss Underhay Mystery #3

The scene is set for murder… and Kitty Underhay’s partner has been cast as the killer.

Late Summer, 1933. After a quarrel with too-plucky-for-her-own-good amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay, dashing ex-army captain Matthew Bryant is nursing his wounds, and a tumbler of brandy, when there’s a heavy knock at the door and he finds himself arrested for murder. The body of aspiring actress Pearl Bright has been found, strangled with one of Matt’s own bootlaces, and the evidence seems to be stacked against him.

The local constabulary might have locked Matt up, but before they can throw away the key, Kitty hears the news and hies to his aid, determined to prove his innocence. And when her investigations lead her to the home of retired theatre impresario Stanley Davenport, and the local amateur dramatics society, Kitty uncovers a web of deceit that stretches far beyond the stage make-up. But Kitty’s digging is bringing her to the attention of the killer. Without her partner in crime-fighting, can Kitty expose them and clear Matt’s name? Or will it be curtains for them both?

 

 

Review

Time flies when you are having fun and I most certainly had a lot of fun reading this third adventure with Kitty and Matt as the main players.

Kitty not only has a new murder case on her hands but she also has other fish to fry. As always she can count on Matt, but this time it seems like he’s in a pickle.

In my opinion the series gets better and better with every new book. I like that the author decided to give Alice a bigger role again too.

Often the relationship between the police team and the amateur sleuths is not a very good one. The detectives more than once see the sleuths as interfering busybodies and don’t appreciate their help. Well, this officer is smarter than some of his colleagues and works with them in stead of against them. There is strength in numbers, obviously. 😉

A very entertaining series and I am dying to know how the mystery in Kitty’s private life will develop. 5 stars.

Thank you, Helena Dixon and Bookouture

 

About the author

Nell Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty-five years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. She is allergic to adhesives, apples, tinsel and housework. Her addictions of choice are coffee and reality TV. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 with her book Marrying Max, and winner of Love Story of the Year 2010 with her book, Animal Instincts. She also writes historical 1930’s set cozy crime as Helena Dixon.

 

Author Links

Website: http://www.nelldixon.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nell.dixon

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/NellDixon

 

 

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Murder on a Mississippi Steamboat by Leighann Dobbs / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @leighanndobbs

 

 

Nora elbowed her way up to the railing and looked down. The paddle wheel was making its last turn, dredging up a mass of turquoise chiffon made almost transparent by the water. A hand, its red lacquered fingernails a contrast to the pale white skin, stuck up from a bejeweled cuff… 

A relaxing cruise down the Mississippi on the Miss Delta Belle steamboat turns to tragedy when celebrity Delilah Dove falls from the deck and is swallowed by the river faster than you can say ‘man overboard!’

It’s touted as a tragic accident, but guests Miss Nora Marsh and her wily great-aunt Julia know a murder when they see one. Can they get justice for Delilah and crack the case without alerting the murderer to their suspicions?

As Nora and Julia hunt for clues it emerges that nearly everyone had a reason to want Delilah dead. And that’s bad news for the two sleuths—who want to solve the case pronto, before Mississippi police chief and Aunt Julia’s nemesis Artemis Leonard comes on board at the next port to launch the official investigation. She’s not letting him get the credit if she can help it.

With multiple suspects and a series of mysterious thefts onboard—not to mention the distractingly handsome Max Lawton turning Nora’s head—this is shaping up to be one tough case to crack. What started as a gentle river voyage is far from plain sailing.

 

 

Review

One thing you can (almost) 100% be certain of is, that when a murder happens on a boat, the killer is bound to be still on board.  On the one hand it’s reassuring, because you know he or she will be apprehended, but it’s rather frightening at the same time, because the perpetrator is the one who pulls the strings. You might be next.

Well, the latter would be the case if Julia and Nora Marsh would not have been on the ship. They have every intention to make sure the culprit will be put where they belong: behind bars.

The author takes us back to 1926 where we join her characters on a trip on a steamboat. The setting is nice and the passengers are fun. (apart from the baddies of course 😉 )

A murder, a quirky aunt Julia and a lot of people who seem to have something to hide result in a very entertaining cozy mystery story. 4 stars.

Thank you, Leighann Dobbs and Bookouture

 

About the author

USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty.

Her book “Dead Wrong” won the “Best Mystery Romance” award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.

Her book “Ghostly Paws” was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.

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Barefoot on the Beach by Katlyn Duncan / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @katlyn_duncan

 

 

Renee Clarke is perfectly happy just the way she is…

Renee may be thrilled to be planning her sister’s wedding, but after witnessing her mother’s two failed marriages, she has always vowed that she is better off on her own.

But when Renee discovers that Luc Hardy has moved next door, her world is knocked off kilter. Luc was her whirlwind summer romance as a teen and, more importantly, her first love. Now he’s back in West Cove, looking more handsome than ever.

There is no escaping the romance in the air this summer. With the wedding planning in full swing, Renee begins to believe that she might be able to put her childhood reservations about marriage aside.

Yet when her mother arrives, she stirs a torrent of emotions in Renee’s heart. She’s up to her old tricks again – boasting about her latest conquests – reaffirming Renee’s lack of faith in love.

As Renee’s happily-ever-after hangs in the balance, will Luc be able to convince her that true love can last forever?

 

 

Review

Last year I read a Christmas story by this author and I was charmed by it. It probably won’t surprise you that I was happy to see she had another book published.

The author takes us on a journey to a sunny beach and we are even invited to a wedding. What not to like about all those things???

Some people are afraid to love and have a relationship, because they have seen that marriage is not all about milk and honey. Some break ups are rather painful and nasty and you want to protect yourself by building a wall around your heart or only date when you are sure the romance will only last for a short period of time.

But you should not focus on those couples where it went wrong. There are a lot of people that are very happy together too. So grab your chance when you have found happiness and cherish it with all your heart.

A lovely summer read that I enjoyed at lot about family and love. 4 stars.

Thank you, Katlyn Duncan and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Coming from a small town in Western Mass, Katlyn Duncan always had her head in the clouds. Working as a scientist for most of her adult life, she enjoyed breaking down the hows and whys of life.

As a full-time author and freelance writer, she’s published eight novels in four years. If she’s not writing, she’s obsessing over many (many) television series’.

She currently resides in Southern New England with her family.

 

Author Links

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Book Link

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My Husband’s Lie by Emma Davies / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @EmDaviesAuthor

 

 

When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now…

When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children.

But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is growing more distant. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming?

Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for the bonds holding her perfect family together to break. 

It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence. In a small town where no one ever forgets the past, can Thea find a way to save her family’s future?

 

 

Review

I have read books by this author before but this is not the same stuff and I have to say that it fits her like a glove too.

I really like both genres she writes. They are both emotional, but this book is heavier and spookier. 

I not only fell in love with the gorgeous cover, but I also totally enjoyed the story.

What would you do when you are the center of some vicious gossip? What would you do when you don’t know why you are their victim? What would you do when the people you trusted and loved the most become strangers? What would you do when your world is turned upside down?

These are all questions Thea has to deal with. And what she finds out is more than devastating …

Sometimes you hate the way people treat you. You feel like they deceive you, but when you dig deeper, you will understand why they acted this way. Is it out of love? Out of protection? Out of shame or grief? Or a combination of more than one emotion?

I utterly enjoyed the book. I did not like the way some people behaved. After all you need baddies to add a darker side, but I could put myself in their shoes and understand them. 4,5 stars.

Thank you, Emma Davies and Bookouture.

 

About the author

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 

 

Author Links

website: http://www.emmadaviesauthor.com 

Twitter @EmDaviesAuthor / https://twitter.com/EmDaviesAuthor

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Murder at Enderley Hall by Helena Dixon / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @NellDixon

 

 

A Miss Underhay Mystery #2

An escape to the country… ends in death.

Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. But when elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after papers of national importance are stolen, Kitty quickly learns that Muffy the dog’s muddy paws on her hemline are the least of her problems.

Calling on ex-army captain Matthew Bryant for assistance, Kitty begins to puzzle out the mystery. And when more shocking murders follow, the stakes are raised for the daring duo as never before. Which of the guests stand to gain from the theft of the documents? And which, as the week progresses, stand to lose their lives?

 

 

 

Review

Book 2 in this cozy mystery series and I enjoyed it very much.

I read the first book too and I liked that a lot also, but this one even topped it. I already met the two main characters Matt and Kitty and some people of their entourage and I was happy so see them connect again.

We know a bit about their backgrounds, but the author has left us partialy in the dark. To find out the rest, there is nothing left for us to do then to keep coming back to satisfy our curiosity. 🙂

Kitty is fun. She is brave, but often acts before she thinks in the heat of the moment. Matt, on the other hand, is concerned and thinks maybe a bit too much. They really complement each other, but they still need to figure out the right balance. 

A very nice story that made me gamble on the wrong horse again. 

Normally I prefer more modern settings, but the covers reel me in every time and the storytelling is so good that I don’t mind about the date anymore. 5 stars

Thank you, Helena Dixon and Bookouture

 

About the author

Nell Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty-five years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. She is allergic to adhesives, apples, tinsel and housework. Her addictions of choice are coffee and reality TV. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 with her book Marrying Max, and winner of Love Story of the Year 2010 with her book, Animal Instincts. She also writes historical 1930’s set cozy crime as Helena Dixon.

 

Author Links

Website: http://www.nelldixon.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nell.dixon

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/NellDixon

 

 

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Won’t You Save Me by Wendy Dranfield / #Review @RubyFiction @WendyDranfield

Dean Matheson #3

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

 

 

My Review

Starting his new job in his hometown, Detective Dean Matheson is glad to be back and so are we. 

He has a tumultuous past and he hopes he can leave it all behind, but is that possible at all? 

In this third part of the series he is still trying to deal with the effects of what he has been through and the present is not really kind to him. People often keep secrets to protect someone, but that someone can see it in a very different way. They might not thank you for keeping quiet, but rather feel betrayed. 

Don’t mess with Dean or his friends, because he is alive and kicking. You might think twice about double-crossing him. He will find out the truth, deal with the baddies and support the ones who need it the most.

Another great story by this author and usually I have a name in mind to put the blame on. This time I was utterly shocked by the revelation. I never saw that coming. I love it when that happens. 5 stars

Thank you, Wendy Dranfield and Ruby Fiction.

 

About the author

Wendy is a former Coroner’s Assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband.

Who Cares If They Die and Where the Snow Bleeds are the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, with more on the way. As well as her crime thriller series, Wendy has written a YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – and she has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.

For behind the scenes gossip and updates on her books (or photos of her cats), follow her on social media!

 

 

 

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The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall / #Review #BlogTour @Legend_ Press @ruthdugdall

 

 

Cate Austin #2

What I want to say is that suicide is my choice. No-one else is to blame. Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime: Will you help me to die?

When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend a sentence.

Alice insists her story is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyse their own lives. Who is to decide what is normal and when does loyalty turn to obsession?

Investigating the loophole that lies between murder and euthanasia, Cate must now meet the woman who agreed to comply with her lover’s final request. Shocking revelations expose bitter truths that can no longer be ignored.

 

 

My Review

If you are a fan of dark books, you should certainly pick this one up. It’s disturbing, repulsing and made me feel sick sometimes, but on the other hand it’s also heartbreaking. 

Why are people driven to some acts sometimes? Don’t they realise they start a chain reaction? Don’t they see what they are doing to innocent human beings? It really does no surprise me how traumatised that can leave them. 

There is a thin line between helping a friend die and not helping him when he is dying. Are you innocent or are you a killer? After all when you make a plan, you have to stick to it, right?

Is there a victim and a killer? Is there a friend helping a friend? Is there a friend being helped by a friend? Is the friend helping the friend a killer or a victim? Is the friend being helped by the friend a killer or a victim? Are both killer or both victims?

These are questions answers need to be found for. 

It was a very fascinating story and the author created an interesting main character Alice. 5 stars.

Thank you, Ruth Dugdall and Legend Press.

 

About the author

Ruth studied English at university and then took an MA is Social Work. Following this she worked in the Criminal Justice System as a social worker then as a probation officer. Part of this time was spent seconded to a prison housing serious offenders. She continues to work within the Criminal Justice System, most recently in Luxembourg.
Ruth’s novels are informed by her experience and are “authentic and credible”.

WRITING
Ruth’s first novel, The James Version, is a historical fiction based on the actual murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn in Suffolk. The story is re-told with a fresh light on who really killed Maria.

Her second novel, The Woman Before Me, won the Debut Dagger in 2005. It is the story of Rose Wilks, a female stalker imprisoned for killing a child, who claims to be innocent.

Her third novel, The Sacrificial Man, was published in 2011.
It is the story on an Internet suicide pact that goes wrong.

Humber Boy B, set in Ruth’s birthplace Hull, was published in 2015 as was Nowhere Girl, which is set in Luxembourg.

Apart from The James Version, all of Ruth’s books feature probation officer Cate Austin. “Probation officers have more face-to-face contact with criminals than any other profession,” she says, “they are the unsung heroes of the Criminal Justice System.”

 

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Book Link

Amazon UK :  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sacrificial-Man-Page-Turning-Intelligent-Psychological-ebook/dp/B07QBBG5SQ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3OC18OKAVSDPX&keywords=the+sacrificial+man+ruth+dugdall&qid=1576056069&sprefix=the+sacrificia%2Caps%2C185&sr=8-1