Murder in little Sheldon #25

Hello

I was kindly sent a copy of 'Murder in little Sheldon' to review from A.H. Richardson.

summary provided by publisher:

The first book in the series, Murder in Little Shendon, takes place in a quaint little village in England. Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens — not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper.


Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From his housekeeper to Lady Armstrong and her household staff. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion.

Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community?

A murder mystery that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The three sift methodically through the Alibis and life stories of the suspects until they uncover…


You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead — it’s the journey that proves the most enticing.


my short review *may contain spoilers*

I love a mystery novel and love the feel to the story of the village, the author takes the time to describe the characters and their surroundings which made me connect with the book and characters wonderfully. This is not for those, who are looking for a fast-paced thriller but for those, who enjoy a classic murder mystery. It was an exciting read for me where the author takes the reader along on the investigation. She takes you through each stage of the investigation so you're always aware exactly on what is happening. The three main men investigating the case are each in their own strong characters – Police Inspector Burgess, his friend Sir Hazlitt and the actor Beresford (‘Berrie’) Brandon.

There were many references to Agatha Christie, the book is filled with references and as a huge Agatha Christie fan this was heartwarming to read.

 Victor Hazlitt and Berrie Brandon were a great duo and although they were 'amateurs' they were the best characters in my opinion, i enjoyed their friendship. 


This is a book that I would recommend to readers who like a more  cosy mystery read.  A really enjoyable read. This is my first time reading anything by this author and I will be looking at reading more by her in the future.


Thanks to kelsey and A.H. Richardson for sending me this book!

buy it here



Love, Beth 

I'm back.

Hi,


It's been a while, University has taken over and trying to manage my reading alongside university reading and work I have slacked. I've also dealt with some personal struggles with my mental health and also a break up. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things over the next week or so. I have very much missed the book blogging community as well as my reading, I have not completed a book this year, my heart breaks.

What are you goals for the year?

I've also started a crime blog for those who are interested
https://thecrimefiles.wordpress.com/ - I hope to sort that out in the next week too.

I'm so glad I have finally pushed myself back into writing a post.

I have missed you all,

Love, Beth

Calamity #24

Hello

I finally got around to reading one of my most anticipated releases of 2016!



"When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back. . .

But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying."


This was such a good ending and wrap up the reckoners series. I had forgotten how much I loved this world and the characters in it. Seeing the development of the team and them as friends is something I've truly loved reading about. The writing style throughout is the style that leaves you wanting more because you're so invested in this world. I've never ever been sucked into a book series as much as I have with the reckoners series, there was never a dull moment. From the first page of every book to the last you're just completely emerged in the writing and the world.

The relationship between the characters, with working together to bring Prof back was something I never thought I'd see handled so well. You see them all dependent on prof throughout the series, which was nice to see them handle things without him.

David's character development was probably my favourite throughout this series, he joined as someone not everyone was struck on but now you see him in charge and having people listen and support him.

The ending to the book was a good ending, an ending I'm glad happened.

I'm sad to see this series end as it was my absolute favourite.

Love, Beth x


The rest of us just live here #23

Hello

This was my second Patrick ness novel and I was so excited to read it. 





pages: 317


"What if you aren’t the Chosen One?


The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?


What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.


Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.


Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions..."


Right, I loved 'A monster call' I completely fell in love with that book. but this book? no.

I found this story to kind of be a bit boring if I'm honest. The story itself was quite flat throughout except near to the end when something tiny happened for about 4 pages. I found all the characters to be quite flat and none really had any depth to them. The indie kids who are talked about in this book seemed like they'd make a much more interesting read, especially as they were the ones being plotted about in the book. Having the book be able to the indie kids would of made complete sense instead of having it about the ordinary people as such. The only character which I felt to be interesting was Jared and that was because he could heal cats and eventually people. 

I was overly disappointed by this, I felt like the characters were something John Green would write. For those of you who don't know, I hate John green's writing. I find it boring and flat. This was probably a reason as to why I disliked this book and characters, it somewhat felt like a John Green approach to writing. 

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone if I'm honest, but I certainly won't let it put me off Patrick Ness's work as I adored 'When a monster calls'.

What did you think of this book?

What other Patrick Ness's books do you recommend?


Love, Beth

Everything, Everything #22

Hello

A few days after reading his book I found out it's been turned into a movie and is out this month! How exciting is that?




pages: 310


"Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?


Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love."


I went into this book not knowing if I'd like it if I'm entirely honest. I wasn't so sure on how it'd pan out as I found the 'being allergic to outside' a weird concept and wasn't sure if I'd get sucked into the world or not. Oh boy was I wrong! I was hooked from about the first page! Nicola's writing flowed so well and I couldn't put it down. Madeline was written in a way where you couldn't hate her, you actually admired her. I admired her for putting up with her mum for so long. I would of gone insane with just my mum and my nurse and no outside world! Madeline was drawn out of her fearing the outside world when the family next door moved in. Quickly she becomes interested in Olly, the son. 

I found her mum to be so controlling and unlikeable, especially when Olly and his sister come over to bring a cake, she refuses due to the nature of Madelines condition but doesn't tell them that. This frustrated me, she looked so rude and it bugged me. Sounds silly I know.

Madeline and Olly's relationship grew from emails to being able to meet in secret thanks to Carla her nurse.

I loved all the characters in this book except Madeline mum. The plot twist had me so mad, I had guessed this from about half way through the book. I was mad I was right because it made me hate the mum even more.

This book was so gripping, I liked how it showed you love makes you do crazy things, that sounds cringe and lame but it is so true! Without love making Madeline do crazy things, the story would of been boring. This book was so hooking and such a quick read. I loved this and Nicola's writing is just so incredible, I'm excited to read more by her.



Love, Beth x

Hogwarts Tag


Hello,



So this is my first tag to feature on this blog, with many more to come!

I was tagged by the lovely Vrinda, check out her lovely blog.

Lets jump straight in!

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Am I pure-blood, half-blood or muggle born?

Probably a half blood, as I only have one parent.


Which wand chose me?
Larch wood

'Strong, durable and warm in colour, larch has long been valued as an attractive and powerful wand wood. Its reputation for instilling courage and confidence in the user has ensured that demand has always outstripped supply. This much sought-after wand is, however, hard to please in the matter of ideal owners, and trickier to handle than many imagine. I find that it always creates wands of hidden talents and unexpected effects, which likewise describes the master who deserves it. It is often the case that the witch or wizard who belongs to the larch wand may never realise the full extent of their considerable talents until paired with it, but that they will then make an exceptional match'

Picture of wand
  • 13 ¼" in length 
  • Unicorn hair core
  • Quite Bendy flexibility



Did I take an owl, a cat, a rat or a toad?
Cat, they're my favourite


Where did the sorting hat put me?
According to pottermore, Slytherin


What house did I want to be in?
probably gryffindor as most of my favourite characters are in that house and seems like the house I'd fit into.


What lessons are my favourite and least favourite?
potions probably as that would be a lot of fun and my least would be defence against the dark arts, seems scary!


The form my patronus takes:
A weasel according to pottermore, how boring.


What does a Boggart look like for me?
loneliness, always scared of losing the ones I love.


Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?
I'd like to join the quidditch team, so much fun!


Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?
The room of requirement! a room that fits to your purpose? wonderful!


What would I most likely get detention for?
Probably for being up late around the castle reading!


What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?
something within magical creatures!



I tag anyone that wishes to take part!!

Thanks for reading. 



Love, Beth x


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