Saturday Series Spotlight- Sarah Hardy

Today, I’m joined by one of my fellow #Blogsquad besties, Sarah Hardy. Sarah blogs at By The Letter Book Reviews and her blog is an excellent resource for reviews, blog tours and lots of other bookish fun! 🙂

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Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Sarah…


 

Many thanks to Kate for coming up with this great idea and allowing me to take part in Saturday Series Spotlight.

I’ve always been a sucker for a series. There is nothing better than discovering a novel which has just newly been released and having that smug feeling that you have found another new series to get your teeth stuck into, though I do recommend following the author on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter so that you can keep up to date with any new releases so you don’t fall behind.
I also love that wonderful warm feeling you get that even though late to the party, you read a novel in a series only to realise that it is the first of many and know that you don’t have to wait months until the next novel you can start the next one straight after if you so wish.
Some novels that I have recently read that really got me excited and are the first in a new series are:
Other series that I have read and am up to date with and waiting patiently for the next one are:
The Estate Series by Mel Sherratt
DI Damen Brook series by Steven Dunne
The Justice Series by M A Comley
Detective Jennifer Knight series by Caroline Mitchell
Detective Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons
DI Helen Grace by M J Arlidge
Also the series that I am late to and working my way through:
The Detective Callum Doyle series by David Jackson
The Roy Grace series by Peter James
The Logan McRae series by Stuart MacBride
To be honest there are quite a few more authors and series that I could mention but I would probably be here all day so apologies to the other fabulous authors out there that I haven’t mentioned.
Finally I suppose I should say why I am a sucker for a series.
We’ve all been there when we have finished a novel and we enjoyed it so much that we wish that there could be more as the characters have captivated us so much, and with a series luckily we know we are going to get more. It gives us something to look forward to and in away it’s like catching up with an old friend. I suppose more than anything though It’s really down to the authors for creating such great characters as well as brilliant story lines that leave me always wanting more.
Thanks again to Kate for having me on her blog today and I am very much looking forward to reading other peoples posts to do with this topic, as no doubt will there will be many more series’ that others have read that I have yet not discovered and no doubt will be adding to my enormous to read pile!

Huge thanks to Sarah for taking part in my series feature. There are some exceptional novels mentioned above!!!

If you want to keep up with Sarah, her blog is on Facebook and she’s also on Twitter, and just for good measure here’s her blog link again: By The Letter Book Reviews.

Saturday Series Spotlight- Conrad Jones

Hi all,

Today I’m joined by Conrad Jones as part of the Series Spotlight feature! He has pretty much done all the work for me so I’ll hand you straight over..

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I am Conrad Jones a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

On March 20th 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’ ; You can see them here;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Target-Series-Length-Mystery-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B00JEN607Q

 

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 15 novel, ‘Brick’, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

The Child Taker was the 6th book in the Soft target Series but it also became the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay Series when I signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The series is now 7 books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. The first two books are always free with over 1100 5-star reviews. You can see them here;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010DWH57K

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.       


 

Huge thanks to Conrad for taking part in this series feature! If you want to get in touch, you can find him on TwitterFacebook or via his Website.

Happy reading! 🙂

Saturday Series Spotlight- Owen Mullen

It’s Saturday again, which means its time for the series spotlight feature. This week I’m joined by Owen Mullen, author of the Charlie Cameron series.

About Owen (via Amazon Author Page):
School was a waste of time for me. Or rather, I wasted time; my own and every teacher’s who tried to get me to work. It took twenty years to appreciate what they were telling me. Life has rules. They aren’t written down but they exist nevertheless. I got that. Eventually. But by then I was thirty five.
Along the way I missed an important clue. At ten I won a national primary schools short story competition – and didn’t write anything else for forty years.
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As a teenager my big obsession was music. Early on I realised if I was successful I would probably be rich and famous and pull lots of girls.
So how did that turn out?
Well, you haven’t heard of me, have you? And this morning I caught myself worrying about the electricity bill. So the short answer is: one out of three ain’t bad.
Running around the country in a Transit van with your mates is fun. It’s your very own gang. You against the world. Until you fall out and the dream lies bleeding on the dressing-room floor.
When that happened I went to London
[everybody from Scotland goes to London, it’s like first footing at New Year, or ten pints of lager and a vindaloo on a Friday night; a sacred tradition]
and became a session singer. I also started gigging with different bands on the circuit.
Back in Scotland – most of us come back with wild tales of great success, none of them true – I wondered what I should do with myself and didn’t have to wait long for the answer. Her name was Christine. We got married, I went to Strathclyde Uni and got a bunch of letters after my name, and toughing it out at Shotts Miner’s Welfare, or dodging flying beer cans at the Café Club in Baillieston, was in the past. The long hair was short now, I wore a suit and pretended to like people I didn’t like because we were ‘colleagues’.
After many adventures I started my own marketing and design business and did alright. Christine and I were very happy, we travelled all over the place; India, Brazil, Botswana, Nepal, Borneo, Japan. One day I suggested we move. To the Greek islands. So we did. We bought land and built a beautiful villa overlooking the Mediterranean. Then the pan global financial crash happened, years of fiscal carelessness finally caught up with Greece; the exchange rate dived and the cost of living in Paradise went through the roof.
I had to do something. Then I remembered the short story competition. I had been good at writing, hadn’t I?
I wrote another short story called The King Is Dead…the first thing I’d written since primary school. When I typed the last word [Christine taught me to type] I held the pages in my hand then started to read. An hour and a half, rooted to the chair unable to believe what was in front of my eyes. For four decades I had shunned a god given gift. And as I read I started to understand why. It was awful. Not just bad. Bloody terrible.
But I kept going.
And now, eight years and seven books later, three literary agents plus two I turned down [they were reading a different book] I am a writer. My books are on Amazon. People buy them and come back for more.
One seasoned London agent has predicted I am destined to be ‘a major new force in British crime fiction.’
Yeah!
So is the moral: follow my example, find something you’re good at and stick with it. Hardly. I didn’t, did I? Do it your own way; it’s your life


 

I love that bio so I had to add it in! 🙂 Without further ado I’ll hand you over to the man himself…

Venus and Mars

 

In Games People Play, Jackie Mallon – who runs the New York Blue bar/diner where Charlie Cameron has his office – decides to have a bagua done on the restaurant. Don’t know what a bagua is? You’re not alone. Jackie is trying to maximise the energy around the business.  A strange man comes from the Glasgow Feng Shui Society to help her.

[Don’t know if there is a Glasgow Feng Shui Society. If there is, please accept my apology]

Before long she is re-arranging the furniture, painting the front door red – apparently it brings prosperity – and strategically placing an ugly little chunk of marble in the image of a three-footed frog: the Toad God.

So where did that come from? Easy. From my own life. Kind of.

Years ago my wife, Christine, became interested in Feng Shui. She would sit quietly pouring over books with strange titles. I didn’t ask what they were although I was about to find out. One night I was looking for a magazine I’d bought months earlier. It wasn’t where I remembered leaving it. After an hour of fruitless searching I asked Christine if she knew where it was.

‘It’s in the bin,’ she said. ‘I threw it out.’

‘Why?’

‘You weren’t reading it.’

‘But I was going to read it. In fact, I want to read it now.’

‘Well you can’t. It’s gone.’

I didn’t understand.

‘What do you mean? Why throw a brand new magazine away.’

With a straight face she said, ‘It was clogging up the energy.’

A week after that I decided to listen to Billy Joel. We have a lot of CDs in our house; the one I was after wasn’t there.’

‘Have you seen the Billy Joel CD?’

Christine didn’t reply.

‘You know the one. Haven’t played it in ages.’

‘That’s right. I thought you were finished with it.’

‘How could I be finished with it? It’s a CD. People keep CDs.’

‘Use it or lose it.’

‘What?’

‘Use it or lose it. Otherwise it’s just clogging up the energy.’

We had a full and frank exchange of views the way married people do. I made my point and thought that was the end of it. Not so. Time passed, the Toad God became part of the family and I learned to live with him. Summer became autumn, then winter. One wet Wednesday, with the wind blowing hard enough to make the windows rattle, I decided it was clearly a day for my old leather coat. I’d had that coat for years; it was an old friend. Of course it was nowhere to be seen. Eventually I raised the subject with my wife [Christine had never liked it. She called it my ‘Flick of the Gestapo’ coat]

‘Where is it?’

‘Where’s what?’

‘You know what I’m talking about.’

‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’

‘My coat. My leather coat.’

She hesitated. ‘Oh, that.’

‘I gave it away.’

I exploded. Christine stayed calm and the explanation she gave me made perfect sense. ‘ We’re surrounded by energy. Everything feeds from it. Possessions draw it to them so unless we use something or love it, it has to go because it’s…’

‘…clogging up the energy. I get it. What I don’t get is why it’s always my stuff. Why never yours. All those shoes for example. I mean, how many pairs of shoes does one woman need?’

She stared at me, her face set hard. ‘What’re you suggesting?’

‘I’m suggesting you get rid of some of them because they’re clogging up the energy.’

‘Get rid of perfectly good shoes?’

‘Yeah. Throw them away.’

She shook her head and started to walk away.

‘I can’t talk to you when you’re hysterical.’

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The point I’m making is that, for a writer, everything in life has the potential to be used for a story. The things we store away without even knowing we’re doing it can come back when they’re needed.

I don’t go through life filing stuff I think will be useful. I only realise I must have done it when it pours, seemingly from nowhere, on to the page. And of course I keep my eyes and ears open and dismiss nothing.

Because you just never know.

 

[by the by, the Toad God is still there. Persistent little bastard, isn’t he? Maybe I could have some Glasgow gangster kidnap him. I can think of a couple who might be interested]

 

Christine wants to add something.

 

‘I certainly do.  As I understand it, the advice on this topic is that we give energy to every single thing we own. So if we don’t love it, and we don’t use it, it’s just physical and mental clutter. Never believe anything a writer tells you. There was no magazine – it was old cooking utensils Owen hadn’t used in 100 years. The Billy Joel CD is still nestled beside all the other CDs Owen doesn’t play; the collection is set out in alphabetical order. Surprisingly, Billy Joel comes…wait for it…J Being a man, that concept is beyond Owen. Great writer but… Lastly, the coat. The coat was old and scuffed; the lining hung down at the back and the style wasn’t ever coming back. It was an embarrassment and yes, I pitched it out. Nothing to do with energy. It was a rag and the bin was the best place for it. Owen couldn’t see he was only achieving half of the ‘shabby chic’ look he was aiming for…and it wasn’t the ‘chic’ half!  
ps I like the Toad God, he’s come through once or twice, and at least he doesn’t use ‘poetic licence’ in his stories about me!.

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I also asked Owen what series he’s read that he would always recommend, and he chose Sherlock Holmes and Neil Cross’ Luther series.

Huge thanks to Owen for taking the time to participate in the spotlight feature. Here’s all his info if you want to keep up with news, books etc!

Twitter:       @OwenMullen6
Instagram:  owenmullenauthor

Peter Robinson on The Team

Today I am delighted to have Peter Robinson, international bestselling author, answering a couple of questions on Bibliophile Book Club!

About Peter Robinson (via http://www.inspectorbanks.com):

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Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University. He has taught at a number of Toronto community colleges and universities and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992-93.

His first novel, Gallows View (1987), introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. It was short-listed for the John Creasey Award in the UK and the Crime Writers of Canada best first novel award. A Dedicated Man followed in 1988 and was short-listed for the CWC’s Arthur Ellis Award. A Necessary End and The Hanging Valley, both Inspector Banks novels, followed in 1989, and the latter was nominated for an Arthur. Both received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly in the US.

Caedmon’s Song, the first departure from the series, was published in 1990 and was also nominated for an Arthur. (It was reissued in the UK by Macmillan in September, 2003, and was published for the first time in the US by Avon Dark Passage in September, 2004, as The First Cut.) The fifth Inspector Banks novel, Past Reason Hated, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1992. The sixth, Wednesday’s Child, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Final Account (UK Dry Bones that Dream) appeared in 1994 and won an Author’s Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters in 1995.

The eighth Inspector Banks novel, Innocent Graves (1996) was picked as one of Publishers Weekly’s best mysteries of 1996 and selected as “page-turner of the week” by People magazine. Innocent Graves was also nominated for a Hammett Award for “literary excellence in the field of crime writing” by the International Association of Crime Writers, and won the author his second Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. In a Dry Season, the tenth in the series, won the Anthony and Barry awards for best novel and was nominated for the Edgar, Hammett, Macavity and Arthur Ellis Awards. In 2001, it also won France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Sweden’s Martin Beck Award. It was also a New York Times “notable book” of 1999. The next book Cold is the Grave, won the Arthur Ellis Award and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 2006 it won the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz Award. Aftermath appeared in 2002 and made the top ten in both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists, where it reached number one.

In 2002, Robinson was awarded the “Dagger in the Library” by the CWA. The thirteenth Banks novel, The Summer that Never Was (US Close to Home), appeared on the New York Times expanded bestseller list in February, 2003, and on both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis and an Anthony award. Playing with Fire, published in January, 2004, was nominated for both the Arthur Ellis and Hammett awards. Strange Affair (January, 2005) was nominated for Arthur Ellis and a Macavity awards.The books have been translated into nineteen languages. Piece of My Heart appeared in 2006, and in 2007, Friend of the Devil reached Number One in the Sunday Times hardcover bestseller list. In January, 2008, Robinson was presented with the Celebrates Reading Award by the Toronto Libraries.

Guest post:

Putting the Team Back Together

 

Although Alan Banks is the star of the show he has been well supported by Annie and Winsome down the years. Are the books more of a team story than they used to be?

Yes, I think they are. It took many years to find the right team, and I even had to kill off a couple of earlier members who weren’t going anywhere! I think now with Banks, Gervaise, Winsome, Annie and Gerry, I can switch between the characters to let Banks take a breather every now and then. He’s always there, of course, but not always to the fore. I’m not too sure about Doug Wilson yet, so I’m going to have to make my mind up whether to give him a bigger role or phase him out. If he goes, though, that will leave Banks completely surrounded by strong women, which was never my intention! Not that he can’t handle it.

 

Shaking up the dynamic between the characters also makes for interesting twists – Annie and Alan’s relationship for example.

Well, that’s always going to be there in the background of all their future dealings, but it’s unspoken for the most part. I think they have a good relationship now, which would probably be ruined by any rekindling of the romance, so that’s unlikely to happen.

 

Can a “bad seed” be introduced to the team or is it important that the core characters are a stable feature to ground the next story?

Yes, a bad seed can certainly be introduced, but would most likely last only one book, two at the most, before he or she had to suffer dire consequences. I mean, Chief Constable Riddle and DC Kevin Templeton were only marginally bent, but look at what happened to them! I also come back to DI Chadwick, from the late sixties, in When the Music’s Over, and I find him interesting to look at as a bad seed. His conduct was far from honest in Piece of My Heart, and his actions in the latest book would hardly count as exemplary police work. So there’s always the possibility of a bad seed in the future.

My thanks to Peter Robinson for answering those questions! 

Heavenfield by LJ Ross

About the book:

The hunter becomes the hunted…
When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects.
Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan’s name to be next on the coroner’s list and to survive he must unmask the devil who walks among them – before it is too late.
Unfortunately for Ryan, the devil looks just like everybody else…

 

My thoughts:

I have been saving Heavenfield since its release because I didn’t know when the next installment of the DCI Ryan series would be released. And then I saw the cover reveal on FB and it’s coming soon so needless to say I hopped onto my kindle straight away to get into it! 😊

Heavenfield is the 3rd book in the series, with Holy Island and Sycamore Gap being the 1st and 2nd respectively. I read and loved both of these books, and you can catch my reviews by clicking the relevant links below to see what I thought.

Holy Island by LJ Ross

Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross

As you all know, I love a good series and LJ Ross’s books are no exception. Reading these books is like catching up with old friends. There’s comfort in picking up the books because you know you won’t be disappointed.

I don’t like spoilers, so I will try keep my review succinct as I don’t want to give away anything about the plot. I recommend you read the precious books before this one if you haven’t already.

Heavenfield opens with a shocker, and it snowballs from there. The pace of the book is just excellent. It pulls you in immediately and it will not let you go until the final chapter. The characters from previous novels are all there in various states of play. The plot is superb, it is all interconnected through the series and it just flows so well.

I genuinely can’t say more about it without opening my big mouth and spoiling something so all I will say is LJ Ross is an excellent author and storyteller. The DCI Ryan series is excellent, and it keeps getting better with every new release! Bring on Angel!

Have you read the books? Would you? Let me know in the comments 😊📖

Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson 

 

About the book:

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies… Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.


About the author:

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Ragnar Jonasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia.

Snowblind was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK.

Books in the Dark Iceland series have been published in the UK, Germany, Poland and Iceland, and rights have also been sold to the USA, France and Italy.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik.

He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.

From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.

Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine.

He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

 

My thoughts:

Couldn’t love Ragnar’s books any more if I tried. Let’s be honest, I’m an unapologetic fangirl for the Dark Iceland series and Blackout is no different. 😍

 

Set after Snowblind, but before Nightblind, the events of Blackout are different to anything so far.

An old fashioned whodunnit, and a lot of whydunnit makes it a very interesting read.

There is murder, intrigue, and more than a little suspense as the story unfolds piece by piece and page by page. There are many characters to follow throughout Blackout, but this book is character-rich, and with the introduction of Isrún I think the author has a wonderful addition to the series. An adept reporter, with a past coming back to haunt her makes for an excellent story running alongside the events in Blackout.

With Blackout being set in the midst of a volcanic ash cloud, this makes the atmosphere much more menacing and dark. I’ve always sung Ragnar’s praises with regards to his use of location and descriptive atmospheric passages in setting the scene for his novels, and this one is no different.

 

I read this book slower than the previous two, partly because life got in the way, but partly because I wanted to immerse myself in the cold dark wilds of Iceland and transport myself there alongside the characters. I also now want to go and re-read Snowblind and Nightblind again because my mind is still in Siglufjörður


Reading these books, catching up with Ari Thor and returning to Iceland feels like catching up with an old friend. Though the subject matter is dark, VERY dark in Blackout, it’s still comforting to get lost between the pages of a Ragnar Jónasson novel.

 

I cannot recommend these books highly enough! I loved Blackout, got thoroughly immersed in the story, and I didn’t want it to end.


All the stars. Always. 

Blackout is out in ebook now and you can purchase your copy by clicking the link below:

Blackout (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jónasson

 

You can read my reviews for Snowblind and Nightblind by clicking these links:

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson 

 

Happy reading 😊📖

As White As Snow by Salla Simukka

I’m still working my way through the Snow White series thanks to the lovely Emily at Bonnier Zaffre! Two down, one to go! 😉


About the book:

Lumikki Andersson may be innocent, but she’s no Snow White…

Three and a half months have passed since Lumikki Andersson was left for dead in a snowdrift – a bullet wound in her thigh and frostbite creeping into her skin. But the scorchingly hot streets of Prague in summer provide a welcome contrast to that terrifying time, and now Lumikki just wants to move on – forget the events of the past year, forget about the Polar Bear’s crime ring – and escape her parent’s oppressive concern… She’s alone again, which is just how she likes it.
But Lumikki’s peaceful solitude is about to be shattered. She is approached on the street by a nervous young woman, who, unbelievably, thinks she might be Lumikki’s long-lost sister. Lumikki is unconvinced – although Zelenka’s story seems to ring horrifyingly true – but there’s something weird about her. Something jumpy, and suspicious.

Turns out Lumikki is right to be wary, as Zelenka is part of a dangerous religious cult who believe they are descendants of Christ – and that Lumikki is one of them, and must be ‘martyred’ alongside them. On the run for her life again, Lumikki must once more draw on her all her powers of resolve and strength if she is to survive.

My thoughts:

I recently read and reviewed the first of these books, As Red As Blood (click HERE to read that one!) and read the second one last week but didn’t get my review done until now! I totally jinxed myself saying I was ahead with my posts last week 😂

Anyway, I digress as usual…

As White As Snow starts with Lumikki enjoying the sights and sounds of Prague. Away from the events of the previous months, she is enjoying her freedom and exploring the city. But as we’re starting to learn, life is never that simple when you’re essentially a magnet for trouble! 😏

Accosted by Lenka, claiming that she is her half sister, poor Lumikki is once again drawn into a spiders web with danger at every turn. What follows is both fast paced and interesting, because Lumikki has to reconcile the fact that she could have a sibling with the fact that said sibling has unwittingly placed her in harms way.

Listen, I’m not going to go into the plot. The blurb tells you all you need to know! I really enjoying these books. They are a break from the norm for me, marginally more light hearted but still containing serious crimes and abhorrent behaviours. Also, these books are still totally reminiscent of what I would imagine a teenage Lisbeth Salander to be like, with a bit of levity thrown in.

Two books in, and I think Salla Simukka has created a heroine that is human, flawed, young,socially awkward but super interesting to read. Also, allusions made in book 1 to a love interest get discussed in book 2 and it made perfect sense! I’m not going to say any more, just that you should read these books! I’m certain that I’ll emphasise that point after I’ve read book 3 too! 😂

Have you read them? Would you read them? I’ll leave the links below 😉📖

As Red As Blood (Book 1): As Red As Blood

As White As Snow (Book 2): As White As Snow