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‘Murder Now and Then’ by Diana Jackson

This is a wonderful murder, mystery story and currently on special offer, but ONLY for one week. I read it back in 2015 and really enjoyed it. Check out my Goodreads bookreview.

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Goodreads Book Review (2015 cover edition)

MURDER, Now and Then: Murder Mystery 1919 to 2019MURDER, Now and Then: Murder Mystery 1919 to 2019 by Diana Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

I am generally not a fan of Murder/Mysteries. However, ‘Murder Now & Then’ with its slight historical theme, and being based around a rural community drew me in.

The story weaves together two murders which are separated by 100 years. The first murder in 1919 remains unsolved; will this be the case with the new murder? Are these two murders somehow connected?

The author has actually taken the 1919 murder from facts reported in ‘The Bedfordshire Times Newspaper’ (although the original names were replaced), to produce this page-turning work of fiction.

On May 9th 2019, in our not too distant future the second murder occurs. Bob Thomas of Pear Tree Farm is the victim and his wife Joanna, being found with the body, has been accused and arrested.

Inspector Norton of the local constabulary believes it an open & shut case, being close to retirement he wants this case to be tied up neatly before he leaves. However, there is no murder weapon and there appears to be no motive. Other intuitive police personnel believe there is more to the murder than meets the eye, therefore an intense, investigation gets underway.

No stone is left unturned; door to door interviews are carried out. Suspects are contacted from far and wide Bedfordshire to Jersey to Canada, these latter possibly with some distant family connection to the murdered girl Lucy of 1919.

The author talks very believably about the technologies of this not too distant future. Technologies not only used by the police but by family & inquisitive people wanting to know more about the 100yr old unsolved murder. This technology is called ‘Futurenet’, it has replaced our regular internet. This is where for me the story goes into a little bit of freaky SciFi, which I have to admit did sit realistically well within the text. ‘Big Brother’ (or someone else) is most certainly watching.

Characters

Characters in this novel are numerous but the author weaves them into the mystery and intrigue surprisingly well. Each person is described in detail, if not in their actual looks then in their personalities. The author makes you love, hate or become very suspicious of each and every character. The tale twists & turns, giving you cause to change your mind on someone you thought good, but then you may think is actually bad.

As the reader, we come to know the main suspect held in custody. The accused Joanna Thomas is the loving supportive wife of the most recent murder victim Robert Thomas. The pair appears to be pillars of the community, but of course the police have to investigate and discover this fact for themselves.

There is mention of a milk woman Fiona, so beautiful she could ‘…pose for Hello magazine.’ She collects the milk from the farm several days each week often smiling and giving a little friendly greeting to Bob, was there more to it than meets the eye? Did Fiona come back and murder Bob?

Paul Thomas is the son of Joanna & Bob. He believes his father to be living in the dark ages when it comes to farming. It is true, Bob dislikes change but Paul was able to encourage him to move to a new technology involving computers. This innovative technology allows the cows themselves to choose when they want to be milked. Bob sees this as a ‘trendy hobby’ so he allows his organic herd of Jersey cows to be milked by robotics. However, his regular Friesians are still milked in the old fashioned parlour. Paul & his dad often argue over this and Bob knows that Paul does not wish to take over the farm in his place. Bob has even got to wondering if the cowman John Cookham a very loyal and capable farmhand, might just be the one to take over in some way.

A very prominent character of the story is the housekeeper for Pear Tree Farm and several other properties around the village, Helen Carter; she cycles between jobs on her trusty little bicycle. Recently Helen lost her 21yr old daughter Kirsty to leukaemia, at first I sympathised with this woman but there was something I couldn’t quite put my finger upon. Helen is at times secretive, and although people of the village speculated, no one ever knew the identity of Kirsty’s father. She tries to get her life back into some kind of routine and even gets involved in raising money for leukaemia, but she isn’t ready for that, not quite yet.

“A chance coincidence though had brought another purpose to her otherwise fruitless life, when she was placing flowers at her daughter’s grave. She had noticed a gravestone, a cross as it happened, of a young girl who had died at the same age as her daughter, at 21 years, but what was surprising was that the date of her death was nearly 100 years ago. Feeling an affinity to the girl, whose name was Lucille Vardon, Helen decided to make it her quest to try to solve the mystery of her early death. Not having the mega speed access to the Futurnet, she frequently took herself off to the records office in Bedford” (Snippet from the book)

It was natural progression that leads Helen to attend an IT course, and with the help of some local lads she sets up a website to learn more about the 100yr old murder.

Anna Beret from Jersey in the Channel Islands is another of the books main characters; she is studying Ornithology at Cambridge.

“It had all begun when her aunt died a year ago and in her will she had left Anna a box of books. Not just any books mind, they were her great-great-grandfather’s collection and also his travel log – a painstakingly accurate record of birds he had witnessed first-hand in his travels, all beautifully hand drawn and labelled with care…” (Snippet from the book)

Along with the books there were also scrolls of aged letters written between 1914 & 1918 from Lucille Vardon. The letters had been addressed to Anna’s great-great-grandmother who is believed to have been Lucy’s cousin. Anna’s interest is stirred and she wishes to do a little detective work of her own, to discover why they stopped so abruptly in May 1919. On her return to the mainland Anna visits Bedfordshire staying in a friendly little B & B. Often borrowing the landlady’s bicycle she takes herself into the countryside with her trusty binoculars for a little twitching (bird watching). Anna is mentioned lots in the story she even becomes a suspect and the police chase after her tracking her down in Cambridge then following her over to Jersey. Is she the murderer, a revenge killing for that of her very distant relative Lucy?

Even Peter Thomas & his wife, the parents of Bob are questioned. Peter does not come across as a very amiable man; some of his actions towards Joanna are rather abhorrent. I disliked him from the start.

In Part 3 new characters are introduced; James Bouchard is in Canada his mother Elizabeth has been nagging him to do some research into the family’s history. She has done a great deal herself but has found the latest Futurenet technology rather frightening. James becomes hooked and begins to delve into the family’s dark secret which seems to be somehow linked with Lucille Vardon.

Keith Regmund is also drawn into research after his 13yr old son Toby has a piece of holiday homework, an English essay about his family history. Being an army man Keith turns the project into a military operation. Toby learns about his heritage, how his ancestors were involved in the North Africa Conflict and the Normandy Day Landings. Toby is excited by all this and he rushes off to set about doing further research and getting it down on paper. Meanwhile Keith,

“…was relieved that his son hand not delved further into the past and found the family’s brush with scandal in World War One when his great grandfather had been accused of murder.” (Snippet from the book)

Finally, the main investigating team consist of DC Cathy Peterson and DS Tony Brown, both these characters are very easy to relate too. Cathy especially is a very warm, caring, sympathetic policewoman. Being very intuitive she in no way believes that Joanna could have killed her husband. All are trained to watch for facial expressions and body language, and Joanna’s body does not read like a guilty persons. The pair goes above and beyond their duty, to discover the true murderer. Here also we have a little love interest between Tony & Cathy however, they are both married to the force and are wary of beginning a full blown relationship.

Conclusion

All in all the story runs smoothly, I would have much preferred to read a printed copy as I was personally wishing to flick back and forth between the pages to check something out. The story is intriguing and therefore a real page turner, you always want to know where the story will go next, who will fall under the suspicions of the police?

The advanced technologies are not so far in the future as to be unbelievable. The police technology of just pressing a discreet little button, and taping a suspect’s remark without them noticing, is something that could well be introduced into our own world very soon.

For the romantics amongst you there are also a couple of little sexual encounters, for me they were not necessary. I believe there is enough going on in the story without it. However, that said the scenes are tastefully written and short enough to be passed by almost in the blink of an eye.

One other negative point for me and that was, I felt bereft of any conclusions regarding some of the characters, particularly those who attended ‘The Gathering’ (a little memorial to Lucille Vardon).

As I said previously a real page turner, a book I feel would appeal to many ages’ especially younger readers wanting to perhaps try a mystery for the first time.

Very Highly Recommended

Find out more about the author Diana Jackson HERE


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Cover Reveal: Detective Matthews Novel 1

01 Detective Matthews

The Planting of the Penny Hedge

A Detective Matthews Novel Book 1

By Chris Turnbull

Blurb:

WHITBY 1891
When an unknown man is discovered dead on Whitby beach, it is assumed that he has drowned. However, when the police arrive at the scene it soon becomes clear that there is more to this case than a simple drowning victim.

The chief calls in newly appointed Detective Benjamin Matthews to look into the case. Matthews, originally from Whitby, has been living these past two years in York as a PC, and is less than happy with his transfer back to the harbour town.

With a relocation, a family conflict and now a new case to solve Matthews is well and truly thrown in at the deep end; and the more he delves into the young mans complex life, the darker things get.

You can pre-order your kindle copy right now!

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Paperback edition will go live on July 1st.


About the author

Chris was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in England.

The eldest of two sons Chris originally wanted to become a dog groomer and trained in this field before working on a farm in the grooming room as well as helping with the dog hydrotherapy.

After a few years Chris moved on, and found a job at Bradford University working with PhD students in the Biology labs. Chris enjoyed nealry 7 years here before moving over to York University to take on a similar, be it more senior role.

Chris now lives on the outskirts of York with his partner and their Jack Russell terrier.

 

Having always been a keen reader and writer, Chris loves the feeling of been drawn into a good book and the escapism into another world after a long day at work.

In 2013, after finishing his first full story Chris decided that he wanted to get it professionally edited in the hope to print it out for himself. After very little persuasion Chris finally released time travel story The Vintage Coat on Amazon and had a successful book launch in Leeds.

With the publishing bug now set, Chris is enjoying writing more than ever and has plenty of projects up his sleeve.


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Cover Reveal Sophie: Witch-Hunter

Sophie: Witch-Hunter

K.S. Marsden

Synopsis

Everyone will betray you…

Sophie has always had a high opinion of herself. She is smart, beautiful, and meant for something more than a mundane, human life.

From a young age she’s had to weigh duty against selfish desires. Her new friend Izzy starts to break down her carefully-constructed walls, and makes Sophie question everything she thought she knew.

With witch-hunters and witches vying for a place in her future, Sophie has to decide who she can trust.

This is a prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy, and contains spoilers from the very beginning.

We highly recommend you read The Shadow Rises, before finding out more about everybody’s favourite cold-hearted bitch.


Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42420592-sophie

As stated, this is not intended to be a stand-alone, and relies on knowledge of  the Witch-Hunter world. If you have not yet read The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), you can pick it up for FREE.


The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1)

When a new witch threat rises, only Hunter Astley can stop them… 

In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council have strict rules and practises for eradicating magic.

Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth; but rumours are starting to emerge of a new power that will throw the world into chaos.

As the only 7th generation witch-hunter, Hunter Astley is the best the MMC has to offer. With the help of his colleagues, it’s a race to track down this new threat and stop them… in any way he can.

Part one of the Witch-Hunter trilogy.

Free download from most ebook retailers.


About the author

My name is Kelly Sarah Marsden.

In the last ten years I have lived all over the UK; in London; Wales; Ireland.  But now I’m settled in my hometown of Doncaster, Yorkshire.

My first book: The Shadow Rises was published in January 2013.

The complete Witch-Hunter series is now available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and other online stores.

I currently work at a horse feed company; and train horses and riders in my spare time.

I’ve had a very interesting, changeable career to date.  I have been a horse-riding instructor; a cocktail waitress; and a professional stallion handler; amongst other things!

In my spare time, I enjoy horse riding, reading and writing… oh wait, that’s work again.

You can find Kelly at:

Book links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17972985-the-shadow-rises

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#InternationalKissingDay & Seal Mother Teaser 1

Mwwahh! Happy #InternationalKissingDay

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This evening I am doing my cover reveal for ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’ but to get you in the mood I am going to share a couple of teasers from the book. I hope you like them.

There will be a chance to win a copy of the book at this evenings event over on Facebook later.

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Remember it is kissing day so my teasers will include some kissing.

Seal Mother verses 1 & 2

On an oyster and pearl
kind of day
and oh how the waves
gently play.
As the sun pours down
upon waters calm,
the waves whisper to shore
like a soft spoken psalm.
~*~*~*~

The sea reaches out
to kiss golden sand,
like the gentle caress
of a warm mother’s hand.
One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.
~*~*~*~

Don’t forget to share the love and offer that extra kiss to you loved ones.

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Awaken by K.S. Marsden

#SundayBlogShare I absolutely LOVE the books of K.S. Marsden a very talented #IndieAuthor and cannot wait to read ‘Awaken ~ Northern Witch Book 2’

Ms Marsden’s Cover Reveal was re-posted on the blog of our Top Reader Rainne of  Rainne’s Rambling’s if you want a book recommendation at any time visit her site. She is an avid reader and devours books almost daily. She also helps to spread the word of Indie Authors across the globe for which we offer her our thanks 🙂

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Title: Awaken
Series: Northern Witch #2
Author: K.S. Marsden
Genre: YA Fantasy LGBT
Release date: 20th August 2018


Mark has everything he ever wanted. He is training to be a fully-fledged witch; and he is dating the hottest guy at school.
But events from last winter have set things into motion that he is not prepared for.

Witches, demons, and danger come together to prove that this… this is only the beginning.

This book is available for pre-order at the discounted price of $1.99!
(Regular price $3.50)

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Excerpt:

Mark’s attention snapped back to the present, as his horse sharply leapt aside. Lulu’s ears were flat back and her muscles tense, and Mark hurried to steady her before she bolted.
“What’s happening?” Damian’s voice was laced with panic.
Mark looked around them, trying to find the source of Lulu’s unease…

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Cover Reveal ‘Bloody Ties’

Book Reveal

 

Title: Bloody Ties

Series: Bullets & Bloodlust

Authors: Claire Marta & Abrianna Denae

Release: Coming Soon

Genre: Dark/Mafia Paranormal

Add To Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39928585-bloody-ties

Cover Designer: Ampersand Book Covers

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Blurb:

Power. Prestige. Politics.

As heir to the coven over New York, Damien Rochester is ruthless and not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect his family.

While attending a masquerade hosted by a business associate he meets a masked woman who captivates him like no other.

Spoiled. Naïve. Alone.

The daughter of a rival coven leader, Ava Carr only wants one thing—freedom.

A rare night out has her crossing paths with the sexiest man she’s ever met. The brief encounter leaves them wanting more. One rash decision has them meeting once again—only this time it’s not so amicable.

Finding herself deep in enemy territory Ava’s lost in a world of politics and family ties. Her hard fought freedom and sanity are on the line. She needs to decide if Damien can be trusted or if this is a battle she has to conquer alone.

Damien finds himself in a complicated situation: burdened with the girl, he’s thrown into a war he’s not all that sure he can win. Or if she’s even worth fighting for.

Together the two could be a powerful force. But, tying themselves to one another might be just as deadly as facing their enemies alone.

***Due to strong language, violence, and explicit sexual interaction this book is recommended for readers 18 and up***.


About the Authors

Claire Marta

 

Claire Marta writes hot, suspenseful Paranormal romance. A native Brit, she live in Italy with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, she enjoys taking photos of her adoptive country, tries to stay fit with running and reads amazing books while being a stay at home mother.

 

Her other books include The Hunter Chronicles: Frostbite, Dark Desires, Claimed By Magic, The Serpent’s Kiss, Twitch.
The Ceasefire Series: The Devil You Know.

You can email her at Claire.marta@outlook.it

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/clairemartabooks/


Abrianna Denae

Abrianna Denae is a twenty-one-year-old author living in Northern California. An English major, she has always had a passion for writing. Deciding to sit down and write one of the many stories that had plagued her mind for years was the easy part—finding the time to do it was a different story. Caffeine is her best friend, and sleep is her worst enemy. A lover of books that make the reader feel something, she tries to incorporate as much of her real-world views and feelings into her stories as she can.

Abrianna spends way too much time on Facebook.

You can find her here: http://www.facebook.com/abridenae

You can also email her: authorabridenae@gmail.com

Other books written by Abrianna: Forever (Destroyed By Love, Book One)

Coming Soon: A Love Story

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