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Lots of Ex- | Book Review of Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @OrendaBooks @Sarahlovescrime

I have been holding myself back from sharing this review earlier, but all I want to do is talk about this book! The time has come, I am unleashing the beast and all the stars!

exquisiteTitle: Exquisite
Author: Sarah Stovell
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: June 2017
Format: Advanced Copy Paperback
Number of pages: 300
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bo Luxton has it all—a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops. Or does it? Breathlessly pacey, taut and terrifying, Exquisite is a startlingly original and unbalancing psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto @OrendaBooks @HiekkapeltoKati @countertenorist

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Title: The Defenceless
Author: Kati Hiekkapelto
Translator: David Hackston
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 2015
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 320
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chilling, disturbing, and terrifyingly believable, an extraordinary thriller by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction

When an old man is found dead on the road—seemingly run over by a Hungarian au pair—police investigator Anna Fekete is certain that there is more to the incident than meets the eye. As she begins to unravel an increasingly complex case, she’s led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs, and, ultimately, murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life. Anna’s partner Esko is entrenched in a separate but equally dangerous investigation into the activities of an immigrant gang, where deportation orders and raids cause increasing tension and result in desperate measures by gang members—and the police themselves. Then a bloody knife is found in the snow, and the two cases come together in ways that no one could have predicted. As pressure mounts, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough for Anna and Esko.

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The Pub Corner: The Art of Reviewing (discussion post)

Hello! It turns out the Orenda Month had a bigger impact on me than I thought and I did not feel like writing… Until today! Instead of a review, I wanted to grab a glass and chat about what I call the Art of Reviewing, or how we blogger put our hearts and souls into a demanding exercise!

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Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett #blogtour @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett! We are here today because of a cover lust that turned out to be one of the best surprises I’ve had! I’m definitely gonna keep judging books by their cover!!

cpver.jpgTitle: Will to Live
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Date of publication: April 4th 2017
Format reviewed: eARC
Source: PR
Number of pages: 320
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, discover the latest addition to Rachel Amphlett’s new series today

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March Wrap-up + #OrendaMonth Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Dear March, you have been magical and exhausting, a challenge and a blessing, with your ups and your downs. You stole my hours of sleep but gave me my best blogging time since I started Chocolate’n’Waffles. I am sad to see you leave, but I’m happy we worked well together, even if you tried to freeze me to death and make me choke with the heat. You really couldn’t decide on your own weather, could you?

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