Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen *Blog Tour*

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About the book:

September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close, middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found. Almost 25 years later, as the expiry date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge … Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost crime writers.

 

About the author:

Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over five million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim, and a further seies is being filmed now. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife. There is a life-sized statue of Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen.

 

My thoughts:

Having heard of Gunnar’s first book, We Shall Inherit The Wind, but not having gotten around to read it I jumped at the chance to read Where Roses Never Die as it sounded brilliant, and I was not disappointed!!!

The book begins with Veum meeting Mette’s mother 25 years after her daughter’s disappearance. She implores him to take a look into the case before the statute of limitations is up on the investigation. What ensues is a spellbinding narrative that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go.

There was nothing about this book I didn’t like. The location, the characters and the plot are so effortless that you just cannot stop reading once you start! I had no idea how I missed Gunnar Staalesen as an author before now as he writes my favourite genre, in my favourite climate, so it’s safe to say I am definitely a fan after reading Where Roses Never Die.

The subject matter of this book is a bit tough to read as a parent, as it’s genuinely one of your worst fears. The author has done a brilliant job of weaving together 25 years of history within the plot and its main players though. Varg Veum is a superb main character too! With echoes of Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole, he is likeable but he is also a flawed and troubled investigator who is not without his own shortcomings.

Where Roses Never Die is an exceptionally plotted, well written and hauntingly evocative lesson in Norwegian crime writing. I experienced a wide range of emotions while reading it, and in the interest of full disclosure, this Ice Queen shed some tears reading it! I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I am definitely going to be following Gunnar Staalesen’s writing after this!

You can purchase the book by clicking the link below:

Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen

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Weekly Wrap Up June 12th

Hi hi! 😊

So it’s Sunday, which means it’s time for my weekly wrap up post!

It’s been another relatively slow reading week this week, and I don’t know why I’m going so slow, but at least I’m still reading 😂 I read two books;

  • Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand
  • My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

As usual though, I’m waaaaaaaaay behind on my reviews so I haven’t had a chance to do up reviews for either of them… Yet! 🙈

I’m multi-reading again this week to try and get through my books quicker, but it’s not making much difference! On the go at the moment, I have the following;

  • Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (STILL!!!)
  • River Road by Carol Goodman

 

This week was a busy week for blog tours as I had 3 of them!

First up, I had Thea Hartley with a guest post, followed by my review for Robert Bryndza’s The Night Stalker and last but by no means least, my Epiphany Jones review as part of Michael Grothaus’s tour! You can click on the relevant links below to catch up on those posts! 😊

Thea Hartley Wear Bright Colours For Me Blog Tour

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza *Blog Tour*

Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus

 

Today, for some reason, I decided to tackle my TBR a bit too! I managed to get rid of some books that I genuinely don’t think I’ll read.. Those books will go to my mother in law, charity shops and possibly a giveaway too so keep an eye out for that! 😉 I took some pics of the fun too! 🙈📚

 

And here’s the the lovely tidy shelves after I put them back up again:

 

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So, that’s been my week! How was yours?! 😊📚

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza *Blog Tour*

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Today, I’m thrilled to be one of the closers of the blog tour for Robert Bryndza’s The Night Stalker! Read on for my thoughts…

About the book:

If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

 

My thoughts:

Firstly, my thanks to the lovelies at Bookouture for my ARC of Robert Bryndza’s The Night Stalker. 🙂

I had read and LOVED Robert’s previous book, The Girl In The Ice (you can catch that review here: The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza) so needless to say I was super excited to read The Night Stalker and it didn’t disappoint!

Detective Erika Foster is  brilliant character, and I was eager to see where she would go in this second novel. There is always the worry that the second book may not live up to the first, but there is no fear of that here!

The Night Stalker is a supremely creepy character. It gave me the heebie jeebies at certain points in the book. If you’ve already read it you can probably guess what I’m talking about. If not, read the book and I defy you not to be creeped out yourself!

I don’t want to go into too much plot detail, as I always like to read it unfold myself so I won’t say any more. I will say that The Night Stalker is a superbly creepy, thrilling and gripping book. Robert Bryndza has a knack for writing characters that make your skin crawl, and here it is no different!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading  The Night Stalker, and was delighted to hear that there is plenty more Detective Erika Foster books on their way as they are brilliant reads. I cannot recommend The Night Stalker highly enough, it’s a super second installment for the series and I can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

You can order a copy of The Night Stalker HERE!

Catch up with the blog tour on all of these brilliant blogs! 🙂

Happy reading!

 

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Weekly Wrap Up June 6th

I’m a day late with this, but it’s our bank holiday weekend here in Ireland so I’m dragging out my weekend 😂

I managed to read 3 books this week;

  • Tag, You’re Dead by JC Lane
  • The Caller by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons
  • Valentina by SE Lynes

I’m on blog tours for the last two, and I’ve got JC Lane on my blog for publication day in July so I actually have no reviews to link up to for them! 😁

I’ve still had a busy week on the blog though! I had blog tours for Deadly Harvest by Michael  Stanley, My Girl by Jack Jordan and I had a guest post from author Nathan O’Hagan as well! Relevant links below:

 

Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley *Blog Tour*

My Girl by Jack Jordan *Blog Tour*

Nathan O’Hagan Guest Post

I finally managed to get my review up for My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry too! 😊

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I also posted my May Book Haul last week, and with 85 books on the list, it was quite a large one! 😂

May Book Haul
At the moment, I’ve got three books on the go as well because my TBR is not getting any smaller! The books I’m reading at the moment are:

 

Thats pretty much much it this week! Thanks for reading! 😊

Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley *Blog Tour*

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Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for the brilliant Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley and I’m delighted to finally be able to share my review.

 

 

About the book:

A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge. As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama – new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department – suspects the girl was killed for muti, the traditional African medicine usually derived from plants, sometimes animals, and, recently and most chillingly, human parts. When the investigation gets personal, Samantha enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu to help her dig into the past. As they begin to discover a pattern to the disappearances, there is another victim, and Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer who has only one thing in mind …

About the authors:

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. Stanley was an educational psychologist, specialising in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and is a pilot. Michael specialises in image processing and remote sensing, and teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award.

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My thoughts:

When I started Deadly Harvest, I had no idea what to expect! However, once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop as I was drawn in immediately!

Opening with the abduction of a young girl, the book definitely starts with a twist as the reader is made to question who would take a child, and why? And why did the girl go with them so easily?

Set in Botswana, the location gives a fabulous backdrop to the story. I am so used to reading books set in colder climes, that Deadly Harvest was a welcome change to the norm.

I don’t want to give anything away as regards the plot, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Sufficed to say, Deadly Harvest is an exceptional read. I thoroughly enjoyed this break away from the usual crime and police procedurals.

The authors have a brilliant way of writing. It has the quality of storytelling, in that their narrative slowly encircles your mind until it is all you can think about. This book was exactly that for me. I was gripped completely from the opening chapters, right until the very end.

I am grateful to Karen at Orenda Books and to Michael Stanley for giving me a chance to read this book, and join in on the blog tour!

An absolutely exceptional book, Deadly Harvest is a thrilling, captivating and I cannot recommend it highly enough! You can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below:

Deadly Harvest (Detective Kubu) by Michael Stanley

 

Make sure to catch up and follow the blog tour:

Deadly Harvest Blog tour

Weekly Wrap Up May 29th

I know I said last week’s wrap up would be short, but I’m thinking this one will be too! 😁 I’m not joking when I say I and WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY behind on my blog posts! At the moment, I have 16 posts and reviews to be done 😱This week was a good week reading-wise, I managed to read 3 books which brings my reads so far this year up to 82! 😊 

I read:

  • Montecristo by Martin Suter 


  • Outside Looking In by Michael Wood

  • The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza


All three were brilliant! I’m on the blog tour for both Robert and Michael’s books, but you can read a teaser review for Michael’s book HERE!!!

Also this week, I featured a post from author Nick Quantrill about Unorthodox Protagonists and you can catch up on that post by clicking the link below!

The Dead Can’t Talk… But Nick Quantrill can!

Lastly, this evening, I got to take part in a cover reveal for Tim Lebbon’s new book, The Family Man and you can click the link below to check it out!

The Family Man by TJ Lebbon

I don’t have a lot of bookish news! Naturally I’ve been adding books left right and centre to my TBR through various means, so I’m pretty sure that my book haul post next week will be quite large! 😂 30 books for turning 30 has a lot to answer for! 😉

I’ve got two blog tours next week too so keep an eye out for them!

  • Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley on Thursday June 2nd
  • My Girl by Jack Jordan Friday June 3rd

So that’s pretty much it for my wrap up I think! I’m off to the laptop to catch up on my posts! Wish me luck 😂📚


Weekly Wrap Up May 22nd

This wrap up will probably be short and sweet! 😂

I’ve managed to read 5 books (and possibly a 6th if I finish it) this week! Which I’m thrilled with considering it means I’ve reached and passed my Goodreads challenge of 75 books and I’m on to my 79th book of the year so far! Woohoo 😊🎉📚

I’ve read the following this week:

  • My Girl by Jack Jordan
  • Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
  • Last Light by CJ Lyons
  • My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
  • False Hearts by Laura Lam


Now, I had planned on sitting down this afternoon and writing all my reviews that I’m behind on (I have six to write) and wouldn’t you know it, my laptop decided to be an idiot and not work, and also my youngest woke up from her sleep an hour early so I had to put everything away!

In saying that, I’m on the blog tour for the first two books so no reviews until June for them 😉

I will get around to writing the reviews for the others ASAP, but alas for this evening, I have no reviews to link to! 😁 I will say that they were great reads in their own way though, and all 3 got 4⭐️ ratings on Goodreads!

In other news, I took part in 3 blog tours this week, for Jack Jordan, Sam Blake and Paul Hardisty and you can click on the relevant links below for each post! 😊

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan
Little Bones by Sam Blake
The Evolution Of Fear by Paul Hardisty

 

Also this week, I received my first Illumicrate subscription blog which was full of lovely bookish bits as well as a YA new release! Yet again, I’ve had technical issues so I haven’t been able to do my unboxing post for that either! It’s not been my week has it! 😂 I will however give you a sneak peek though…

So that pretty much sums up my week, lots of techie issues but plenty of reading done! Can’t win ’em all I guess 😂

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week! ❤️📚