The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett Book Review

  • Book: The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels ( Hardback)
  • Author: Janice Hallett
  • Publisher: Serpent’s Tail/ Viper/ Profile Books
  • Publication Date: 19/01/23
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️➕

THE NEW MYSTERY PHENOMENON FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE APPEAL AND THE TWYFORD CODE *** Open the safe deposit box. Inside you will find research material for a true crime book. You must read the documents, then make a decision. Will you destroy them? Or will you take them to the police? Everyone knows the sad story of the Alperton Angels: the cult who brainwashed a teenage girl and convinced her that her newborn baby was the anti-Christ. Believing they had a divine mission to kill the infant, they were only stopped when the girl came to her senses and called the police. The Angels committed suicide rather than stand trial, while mother and baby disappeared into the care system. Nearly two decades later, true-crime author Amanda Bailey is writing a book on the Angels. The Alperton baby has turned eighteen and can finally be interviewed; if Amanda can find them, it will be the true-crime scoop of the year, and will save her flagging career. But rival author Oliver Menzies is just as smart, better connected, and is also on the baby’s trail. As Amanda and Oliver are forced to collaborate, they realise that what everyone thinks they know about the Angels is wrong. The truth is something much darker and stranger than they’d ever imagined. And the story of the Alperton Angels is far from over.. After all, the devil is in the detail…

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was over the moon when I checked my emails and discovered I’d been approved to read this, I stayed up long into the night when I read the previous two books and I just knew this one would be the same.

Straight away this book had the familiar vibe of The Appeal and The Twford Code which I’ve grown to love and expect from a Janice Hallett book.

The premise is you’ve got a key to a safety deposit box full of research material for a true crime book, you can either read it and return it to the box and lock it away or read it and hand it over to the police?. Which would you choose?.

You get to make your own decision when you’ve read the book as the book is full of transcripts from interviews, emails, texts, etc that Amanda Bailey compiled whilst researching The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels.

Things started to not add up from what we thought we knew about the Alperton Angels cult, the more I read the more I thought somethings not right here. I should have took notes really but I was too busy reading to find out if my suspicions are true or not.

My final thoughts are that this book is a masterpiece! I couldn’t believe what I was reading it had so many layers to it and so many red herrings. Lets not talk about the Twists! Because it had so many I couldn’t keep up.

My decision would be to read the documents then lock the safety deposit box back up and never let it see the light of day again.

⭐️Slight spoilers below⭐️

I loved Ellie Coopers little quips that she wrote when she was transcribing everything.

I loved the nod to Michelle McNamara in the Authors Acknowledgments as I’m a huge fan of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and all her tireless work to unmask the Golden State Killer/EAR.

The Women of Fishers Wharf by Tracy Baines Book Review

  • Book: The Women of Fishers Wharf
  • Author: Tracy Baines
  • Publisher: Boldwood Books ( Kindle Unlimited)
  • Publication Date: 17/10/22
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A brand new series from Tracy Baines.
Can you leave the past behind and embrace the future?
Great Grimsby, 1912
After the death of his father and brother, newlywed fisherman Alec Hardy decides to make a fresh start with his young wife Letty and move from Lowestoft to the thriving fishing port of Grimsby in search of a brighter future.
Young Letty is from farming stock and knows nothing of the hard life as a fishermen’s wife but is willing to leave behind her warm hearted and loving family and embrace the challenge.
But where Alec goes, so does his widowed mother, Dorcas and she has yet to come to terms with taking second place in her son’s life. She resents her son’s choice of wife and the two women clash.
With Alec at sea for weeks on end and with her grieving and bitter mother-in-law as her only companion Letty seeks escape among the streets of Fish Dock Wharf.
Can Letty help them break free from the shadows of the past or will she be bound by Dorcas’ insistence that they cling to the old ways?

The Kindle Cover.

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was over the moon to receive this ARC as I adored Tracy’s other series The Variety Girls.

Newly married Letty and her husband Alec move from their farm in Lowestoft to the fishing port of Grimsby with Alec’s mother Dorcas in tow.

He’s a fisherman and wants to try his hand at deep sea fishing as that’s where he thinks the future and money is going to be.

Is Letty at 20 years old ready for a lonely life as a fisherman’s wife in a town and street she doesn’t know and will she ever get over leaving everything she knows behind ?.

I felt at home in this book just like Tracy’s other books, you get lost in the world of Grimsby in 1912 and you don’t want to leave.

Letty really had a hard time with her mother in law Dorca, no matter what she did she was in the wrong and I could see Dorca eventually poisoning Alec’s relationship with Letty and Letty deserved so much more.

Letty made so many friends who saw what a kind women she was and she was thriving then a series of tragedies happened leaving them all adrift.

This book and the characters stole my heart and I can’t wait for the next book in this new series.

Snowflakes and Secrets in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft Book Review

  • Book: Snowflakes and Secrets in the Scottish Highlands ( Book 2 of 2 Christmas Village Series)
  • Author: Donna Ashcroft
  • Publisher: Bookouture ( Kindle Unlimited)
  • Publication Date: 27/09/22
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Step into the cosy Scottish village of Christmas where you’ll find plenty of secrets, romance and mulled wine! And join Merry McKenzie as she stays at her Aunt Ava’s cottage for the winter festivities to try and mend her broken heart…

Thirty-one-year-old Merry is escaping to the Scottish Highlands for Christmas. Heartbroken by the death of her father, the man who raised her single-handedly, she needs some time to heal. Hiding away at Chestnut Cottage with only her Aunt Ava’s menagerie of pets for company seems like the perfect way to spend a peaceful December. But when she arrives, Merry discovers some curious instructions from her aunt asking her to organise Secret Santa gifts for the residents of Christmas village.

Merry’s determined to try and carry out her aunt’s festive task. But on her first night in the little cottage everything goes wrong – including upsetting the handsome local vet Theo Ellis-Lee when he arrives to assist with a crazed turkey and the mischievous rabbit who’s torn apart her aunt’s gift list. Merry is completely out of her comfort zone and it doesn’t help that Theo is both infuriatingly cheerful and insanely attractive.

Merry’s plans for a quiet break are quickly thwarted as Theo starts coming by every day to check on the unruly animals, and she can’t deny he sets her pulse racing. And, one by one, the friendly locals draw her out of her shell with cosy cups of tea, warm words and laughter-filled evenings in the pub. She finds herself embracing the challenge of finding the perfect gift for each of the kind-hearted people on her list. When Theo offers to help, sparks fly between them. But when the Secret Santa project forces Merry to face her heartache, she’s not sure she’s ready for a fresh start.

At a crossroads in her life, will Merry decide to go home and hide from her problems or will she open her heart and stay in Christmas village?

A gorgeous, winter romance to lose yourself in this Christmas. Perfect for fans of Nicola May, Trisha Ashley and Debbie Macomber – and best accompanied by a hot chocolate!

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I’d start by saying this book is a stand-alone even though it’s part of a two book series.

I was happy to begin this book as it’s my first Christmas book of the year and I love the Scottish Highlands, what a great combination right?.

I knew I was going to love this book from the moment that I read the first page, the description of the snow covered cottage with the mountains behind it is just the perfect opening .

I enjoyed this story so much, Merry’s traumatic past was heartbreaking but she was determined to start living her life again by agreeing to look after her Aunts homestead for the month even though she’s never met her Aunt in the flesh before.

All the villagers are lovely to Merry and she begins to feel welcome and happy for the first time in a long time and the ruggedly handsome Vet Theo helps Merry whenever he can, the slow burn between Merry and Theo made my heart sing.

This is the perfect book to read whilst snuggled under a blanket on a snowy day by the fire.

Love Untold by Ruth Jones Book Review

  • Book: Love Untold
  • Author: Ruth Jones
  • Publisher: Random House UK 🐧
  • Publication Date: 29/09/22
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is shot through with Ruth Jones’s warmth and wisdom.’ JOJO MOYES

‘Ruth Jones writes with such warmth you can’t help but fall in love with the characters she creates. It’s always grounded, always real, always comforting, always ultimately full of love’ JAMES CORDEN

‘A hug in a book’ Prima
‘Her best book yet’ Woman & Home
‘Compassionate, wise and life-affirming’ The Observer

The funny, moving and uplifting new novel from Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin & Stacey and author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Never Greener and Us Three.

Grace is about to turn ninety. She doesn’t want parties or presents or fuss. She just wants to heal the family rift that’s been breaking her heart for decades. 

But to do that she must find her daughter Alys – the only person who can help to put things right.

And when she finds her – if she does – she risks betraying granddaughter Elin. Who is far less forgiving of the past, with its hurts and secrets and lies. Meanwhile Grace’s great-grand-daughter Beca is oblivious to all these worries, too busy navigating the highs and lows of teenage life and keeping secrets of her own.

All families have their problems. And most of them get resolved. But Grace’s problem is thirty years old. And she doesn’t have time on her side.

So is it too late for her to make peace? Or is reconciliation still within reach?

Love Untold is about mothers and daughters and the complex bond between them. It’s about the heartache that comes from leaving things unsaid and the power of true forgiveness. It is a joy-filled, life-affirming, sob-inducing novel – with characters you’ll come to know and love – from no.1 bestselling author Ruth Jones.

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story of 4 generations of women in the same family moved me so much and brought me to tears at some points, it’s written so beautifully that once you read the first page you don’t want to stop.

I could see members of my own family reflected in the characters in this story and that just made it even more poignant for me.

Grace, Elin, Beca and Alys are all strong, complex, fierce women who are just as complex as everyone else who is reading this book and I enjoyed each individual story all the way through the book, the added humour sprinkled on top was just perfect.

This book is an absolute triumph and I didn’t want it to end.

Lost Luggage by Samantha Tonge Book Review

  • Book: Lost Luggage
  • Author: Samantha Tonge
  • Publisher: Boldwood Books
  • Publication Date: 22/09/22
  • My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brand new from the bestselling author of Under One Roof.

One lost suitcase. Two strangers. And a notebook that will change lives.

For almost fifty years, sisters Dolly and Greta have lived together – getting each other through the good times and the bad.

Except this year, Greta isn’t there and Dolly is feeling lost and alone. In memory of her sister, Dolly heads to the lost luggage auction where she and Greta go each Christmas. But her bid reveals a gift she never imagined. 

Amongst the clothes is the notebook of a reclusive woman who has hardly been outside for an entire year, but who isn’t ready to give up on life. The notebook’s contents resonate with Dolly. With the support of her neighbours, retired Leroy and eleven year old Flo, Dolly decides to take on the year of firsts Phoebe had planned.

But, can you have a year of firsts when you’re seventy-two? And is Dolly ready to discover the notebook’s secrets, or are some secrets better left lost at the airport?

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book pulled at my heartstrings so much!.

Dolly is grieving the loss of her sister Greta, she still can’t fathom that she’s gone,she’s always done what Greta thinks is best even down to holidays, Greta wanted to stay in the UK so that’s what Dolly did.

To keep up with tradition Dolly goes to the lost luggage auction as it’s what her and Greta always did but this year when Dolly opens the luggage what will she find?.

This heartwarming story is the perfect example of when you think that life has nothing left give, you get to lead another happy and fulfilling life that you didn’t think was possible.

* A little side note, I feel I should say that I found the stereotypes used in this book a little outdated for 2022 but it didn’t take away from the magic of the book.*

The Woodville Women (100 years of Plantagenet and Tudor History) by Sarah J. Hodder Book Review

  • Book: The Woodville Women
  • Author: Sarah J Hodder
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword History
  • Publication Date: 30/10/22
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Elizabeth Woodville, queen to Edward IV and mother of the Princes in the Tower.

Elizabeth of York, daughter of Elizabeth Woodville and the first Tudor queen of England.

Elizabeth Grey, granddaughter of Elizabeth Woodville and Countess of Kildare, whose life both in England and across the Irish sea was closely entwined with the Tudor Court.

This is the tale of three generations of women, linked by their name, Elizabeth, and by their family relationship. The story begins in the reign of the great Plantagenet Kings with the life of Elizabeth Woodville and ends in the reign of perhaps England’s most famous dynasty, that of the Tudor kings and queens. Through the life of Elizabeth of York, the first Tudor queen and Elizabeth Grey, cousin to Henry VIII and Mary Tudor, we explore the Tudor court and its dealings with the Earls of Kildare.

From the birth of our first Elizabeth to the death of our last, these three women lived through wars and coronations, births and deaths, celebration and tragedy and between them they experienced some of the most exciting and troubled times in English history. Mother, daughter and granddaughter: individually they each have their own fascinating story to tell; together their combined stories take us on a journey through a century of English life.

This cover is just exquisite.

I received this ARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was thrilled to receive this book as I’ve long since had a fascination with Tudor History and I’ve watched countless tv dramas recreating the life of Elizabeth Woodville and read fiction novels about all The Woodville Women .

When I read the first page I just knew that this book was going to be incredible, you can just tell that so much research has gone into it and that makes the words just leap off the page.

I was fascinated learning all the intricate details of each woman’s family and ties that brought them to be at the forefront of our history.

I recommend this to anyone who loves history and strong fierce women.

Does anyone else love Plantagenet & Tudor history ? If so leave me a comment.

Death on the Menu ( The Adam & Eve Mystery Series Book 3) by Emma Davies Book Review

  • Book: Death on the Menu ( Kindle Unlimited)
  • Author: Emma Davies
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 22/09/22
  • My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Francesca Eve has planned a showstopping funeral supper to say goodbye in style, but the last thing she expects is a murder on the menu…

When elderly millionaire and eccentric entrepreneur Clarence Lightman dies, his nearest and dearest gather one final time at Justice House, Clarence’s beautiful country estate, for the reading of his will. But the day ends in uproar when it is revealed that whoever solves a series of complex clues will inherit everything. Will one of Clarence’s disagreeable children outwit everyone else for the fortune, or could his devoted housekeeper or even Francesca herself win the day?

Francesca knows she should stick to the kitchen and stay out of this lethal game, but she is unwillingly drawn into the mystery when she finds one of Clarence’s sons, blood pooling from a deadly thwack to the head, shoved into the larder. Somebody is clearly not playing fair, and Francesca feels sure that they won’t stop until all of the competition has been eliminated.

Trapped in the game until all the riddles are solved, Francesca must solve the clues and find the ruthless killer to protect herself and her fellow innocent guests. But she can’t trust anyone. Fran must use all her wits, not only to hunt down the truth, but to stay alive…

An addictive cozy crime novel packed with twists you won’t expect. If you love Faith Martin, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll adore this thrilling mystery.

I received this Arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was delighted once again to be approved to read this book and review it as I’ve reviewed the previous two books in the series and it’s my favourite Cozy Crime series. You can see my previous reviews right here on my ➡️ Blog

The story just gets straight into the thick of it right from the beginning, Frans just getting back to normal after the events six months ago when her and Adam helped solve a murder.

When what seems to be a straight forward catering job for a funeral turns into complex game of puzzles and riddles with real life consequences what will Fran do take a backseat or take part?.

This is another fantastic instalment in this cozy crime series ( I hope it’s not the last) .

I enjoyed the intrigue and mystery so much, I think this might even be my favourite Adam & Eve Mystery so far even though I was reading and thought “oh no is Adam not in this book”.

Hoglets’ Christmas Magic by Lynette Cresswell Book Review

  • Book: Hoglets’ Christmas Magic
  • Author: Lynette Cresswell
  • Publisher: White Rabbit Books
  • Publication Date: 25/08/21
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s Christmas Eve with the hoglets.
Prickles and Primrose are excited. That is until… As they decorate the Christmas tree they discover the star for the top has shattered. Not to be defeated – the brave hoglets set out into the woods to seek a substitute star but stumble across Santa instead.
What adventure will they encounter?
AND… what about the star?
If you love Winnie the Pooh you’ll fall in love with the hoglets, Prickles and Primrose, from Briar Wood.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is a lovely heartwarming read that I think young children will adore, it’s the perfect book to read at Christmas time and any other time really.

I know my own daughter would have loved reading this and enjoying all the gorgeous illustrations when she was younger .

Death Among The Diamonds ( A Cressida Fawcett Mystery Book 1) by Fliss Chester Book Review

  • Book: Death Among The Diamonds ( Kindle Unlimited)
  • Author: Fliss Chester
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 21/09/22
  • My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Everyone in 1920s London knows the Honourable Cressida Fawcett: fiercely independent (though never apart from her little pug Ruby), lover of martinis and interior designer extraordinaire. She’s solved many crimes of fashion… so how about murder?

Cressida Fawcett is heading to the English countryside for a weekend of cocktails and partying at her friend’s glamorous mansion, the location of a recent diamond heist. But just hours after her arrival, Cressida is woken by an almighty scream. Rushing to the landing, she looks down into the great hall to find a trembling maid standing next to the body of Harry, the friendly young chandelier cleaner.

Everyone believes Harry’s death was an accident. But as Cressida examines the opulent hall and the beautiful grounds, she thinks something darker is afoot. Why clean a chandelier in the early hours of the morning? And who overheard Harry boasting about coming into unexpected wealth? A small piece of torn silk found near the body has Cressida looking at the guests’ elegant clothes with fresh eyes…

The short-tempered Detective insists that she keeps her curious nose out of the investigation, but it’s Cressida who realises the stolen diamonds were hidden in the sparkling chandelier. Convinced there is a connection between the theft and the murder, the case takes a sinister turn when a guest is killed in his sleep after a brandy-fuelled night of cards. With everyone unable to leave, can Cressida’s sharp eye for detail catch the killer before another life is taken?

An absolutely gripping and utterly charming 1920s murder mystery packed with wit, glamour and intrigue. The perfect whodunnit for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Downton Abbey!

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s the 1920’s and Cressida is loving life with her pug Ruby spending the generous allowance from her parents and living in her little Chelsea flat, a husband is the last thing she needs or wants.

Just before Cressida sets off to her friend Dotty’s family estate Chatterton Court for the weekend she reads in the paper that they’ve had some diamonds stolen and the police don’t know who’s done it!.

What will Cressida & Ruby uncover?

This reminded me so much of the glamour of Downton Abbey ( one of my favourites) and how they live going from one party/dinner/weekend to the other and going shopping in between and making calls. Who wouldn’t want to live like this?.

It’s an often hilarious juggernaut to find out whodunnit which I loved!. Cressida & Ruby are my new favourite sleuths and I’m looking forward to finding out what’s next for them.

Catch Her Death ( Detective Madison Harper Book 5) by Wendy Dranfield Book Review

  • Book: Catch Her Death (Kindle Unlimited)
  • Author: Wendy Dranfield
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 09/09/22
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mommy, wake-up,” he cries, pulling at her beautiful blonde hair. She’s silent, and her skin is deathly white. Tears roll down his cheeks as he realizes something is very wrong…

As snow falls on the small town of Lost Creek, Colorado, a three-year-old boy is found playing quietly in his car seat, his mother, cold as ice, slumped against the steering wheel in front. Tearing herself away from reconnecting with her special agent father who abandoned her for his career, Detective Madison Harper is haunted by the fear in the boy’s sky-blue eyes, and vows to find justice for this innocent child, left motherless just days before Christmas.

Madison works around the clock on her only clue: a perfect circle of clean glass found on the car’s rear window. But she’s stopped in her tracks the moment another mother is found dead outside a church during Midnight Mass, her young boy left sucking his thumb on the frozen ground beside her. It can’t be a coincidence.

The need to spare the children might hint to the suspect being a woman, but the deeper Madison digs, the closer she gets to a serial killer her own father spent a lifetime chasing. Has the killer followed her father here? Could Madison, single mother to a son herself, be next?

As a blizzard closes in, wreaking havoc on the investigation, Madison hits the same dead ends her father did all those years ago. But when her closest friend goes missing, Madison must dive into the mind of this twisted soul and risk it all to stop another heart-shattering tragedy. But will she make it in time?

I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was absolutely over the moon to receive an ARC of this book as I’ve already read the other 4 books in this series and I thought that every book was fantastic! and it’s now one of my favourite series.

I couldn’t wait to dive back in to Madison, Nate , Owen & Brody’s adventures.

This story starts with a heart wrenching prologue that punches you in gut and makes your heartbreak, it’s definitely an ominous sign of what’s to come.

Another despicable series of crimes plague Lost Creek and it’s up to Madison & her new partner to catch the killer before he kills another innocent victim.

I didn’t have to wait long for what I wanted to happen between Madison & Nate to happen but then another twist happens and it seems like all hope is lost between them or is it?.

We really get to see and learn more about Madisons dad in this book who we first got introduced to in the previous book in the series, we learn what motivates him and what made him leave Madison and his other family behind which I enjoyed.

This was another heart pounding/edge of your seat thriller that took some twists and turns that i didn’t see coming and I thought I’d worked out who the killer was but I was wrong again! That’s why I love this fantastic series so much.

You can read this book as a stand-alone or in the series order.

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