Self-published (17th July 2016)
Some people try to get away with murder. Christopher Hart is just trying to get away from it. Haunted by the violent death of a close friend, Christopher returns to his home town of Croydon to try and get his life back on track. However his dreams of an easy life are shattered when an old flame contacts him claiming she has been convicted of a murder that she doesn't even remember. Reluctant to get involved but unable to refuse Christopher is exposed to the dark underside of Croydon - a world of drugs, crime and dishonesty. Can Christopher pick his way through the lies to find the real killer before the killer finds him? His only help comes from the flirtatious local web-journalist, Ruth Withers. But even she is hiding something...
Gareth Endean has written such a beguiling character in Christopher Hart. I've only just finished the book and I'm already itching to find out what he's up to now, I find him that intriguing. Christopher is the unlikely hero after solving the murder of his friend in America, and seems powerless to turn down old flame B's cry for help. It's this readiness to see the good in others, combined with the dog-with-a-bone attitude towards solving the murder which I find so appealing.
Several other supporting characters appear, all play their parts well, but I must just mention B. I really like her and I hope she might make an appearance in a future Christopher Hart novel. I've never been to Croydon but the area was described in colourful glory so I was able to easily picture the surroundings that the various characters found themselves in.
The plot itself is intelligently written and there are enough twists that even a seasoned crime reader like myself didn't anticipate them all. The story flows well, the conversations feel natural and the book is so hard to put down. There is some violence (nothing graphic), but there are some light scenes too, so the book feels well balanced throughout. When the murderer is eventually revealed, I was truly astonished; I did not see that coming at all!
The TERRIBLE Two's: Funny Things I Learned From My Toddler Daughter (Savvy Stories Book 2) by Dan Alatorre
Starts out with summary of author's other works and reviews.
This book starts off where the first book ended. It's about Savvy and her life with her parents. The things they all learn are priceless.
Humor, child rearing, new adventures. Some tragic medical events and funny things along the way. Stay strong.
What I really like about these books are that as a grandparent of some adults and younger we get to do the fun things with them. Blowing bubbles, playing in puddles, making a sand castle, going down slides with them, playing army guys, dancing the hokey pokey and singing and dancing. Thanks for all the memories.
Excerpt from the next book in the series is included. Other summarized books are highlighted at the very end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.
"He was always nice to me," Gus said. "I mean, when you tried to rent me to the football team as a tackling dummy, he talked me out of it."
"Depriving you of badly needed income, to say nothing of extra PE credit," Shawn said.
I enjoyed the TV show "Psych," when it was on and my girls enjoyed it more. They would laugh at the antics of Shawn and Gus. After a visit to the library, my youngest said she couldn't find anything she wanted to read, but we were able to find this book on the ebook site for the libraries. She borrowed and the girls read the book. I try to read what they read and didn't enjoy the story as much as they did. There were just too many improbable things happening for me to actually find the story believable. If you enjoyed the show, give the story a try, but I didn't enjoy the story. My girls loved the stories and have borrowed many of the other "Psych" stories.