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review 2017-10-23 18:13
Ann Troup Untitled Book 3 - Ann Troup Ann Troup Untitled Book 3 - Ann Troup

With thanks to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.


Nurse Maura Lyle had been on sick leave with depression since the death of her ex-husband Richard.  When Maura is offered as a job as a private nurse on a personal recommendation she jumps at the chance to leave home for a while.


The job is to look after the elderly and infirm Gordon Henderson in his home Essen Grange.  Gordon's cousin and carer Estelle Hall was in hospital after falling down stairs.  Maura knew she had made a mistake when she first set eyes on the foreboding Essen Grange.


Mr Henderson was a nasty old man.  He deliberately wet himself and fell from his chair to test Maura's patience.  When she tried to pick him up he bit her cheek and scratched her.  Cheryl is the cleaner at the Grange, she is a strange quick tempered woman who warns her not to roam around the house.


On the first night alone in the house the lights trip and a window smashes.  Days later a body is dug up by builders who are building a housing estate on the edge of Essen Grange.  Policeman DS Mike Poole and colleague DC Gallan try to interview Mr Henderson but he refuses to answer their questions.  Then Mr Henderson is found dead, suffocated with his own scarf.  With further bodies piling up associated to Essen Grange, Poole and Hallam try to find out the truth.


This was a clever plot with twists and turns a plenty.  I liked DC Gallant and DI James who bought humour to the story.  My only grip was it was difficult to remember all the extended family members and their relationship to Gordon Henderson.


This was my first book written by Ann Troup but I will definitely read more books by her in the future.

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text 2017-10-23 01:00
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch

Well Peter is working with the Murder Squad. Lesley is working with Peter and Nightingale. And I wonder how Lesley is going to fit in with the boys now that she's doing magic. 


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review 2017-10-22 20:46
My Review of Kingsteel
Kingsteel (The Dragonkin Trilogy Book 3) - Michael Meyerhofer

I received the The Dragonkin Trilogy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, therefore, I'm going to start my review a bit different than usual. The reason for this change in the way I'm reviewing is because Booklikes counts trilogies, series, and anthologies as one book, and I'm greedy so I broke this one down to get credit for all three books, though I'll be reviewing the entire trilogy.

Kingsteel by Michael Meyerhofer is the last book in the Dragonkin Trilogy. Rowen has won the battle, but has he won the war? There is a new threat out there that Rowen must contend with.

Follow the link below to see my full review of The Dragonkin Trilogy:


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review 2017-10-21 22:07
Too Distracting (Lewis Cousins) by Bethany Lopez
Too Distracting (The Lewis Cousins Book 3) - Bethany Lopez


My favorite kind of reads are the ones that began in an obvious way, but end up being more than even I could have dreamed. Too Distracting is a throwback to the best of plot lines. Friends, lovers and happy endings. At the center of it all is a devoted community, a loving family and the opportunity for many dreams to become realistic happenings. Like a never ending hug that lights up the heart and uplifts the soul, Ms. Lopez and her casts of love are like coming home.

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review 2017-10-21 03:11
The Mayor of Casterbridge ★★★☆☆
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy

I once knew an essentially selfish man who thought of everything, even the people he loved, in terms of what they could do for him. And when he didn’t benefit, he could be angry and resentful and hurtful. He knew better, and he often regretted it and apologized and resolved to do better, but he never really learned how to be anything other than selfish. Even when apologizing and trying to make amends, deep down, it was about himself and his perception of himself, not about the hurt that he caused to others. Such a person is hard to love. They burn through relationships, taking and taking and taking, until even the kindest and most giving person is eventually sucked dry.


So, yeah.


…also, I don’t think Hardy liked women much, if this novel is anything to go on. 



Audiobook version, via Audible. Excellent performance by Pamela Garelick.


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