Sunday, 1 October 2017

September Review: The Ghost and Mrs McClure - Alice Kimberley

Good Evening Bookworms

Wow, it's the first of October!!!  Almost time to start some festive reads, which makes me very happy.  First though I like to spend a little time picking out some haunting reads, I'll read a spooky book any time but I can't deny I love a good ghost story around Halloween.
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This evening I am sharing my review of The Ghost and Mrs McClure by Alice Kimberley (Haunted Bookshop Mystery #1).  I bought this book from the library as ex-stock for just 40p.  It's in large print format but that doesn't bother me. I bought it for three reasons; Firstly it had me at "Haunted Bookshop Mystery" - three words from my list of favourite words (yes, I really do have a list of favourite words but that's for another post).  Next I was drawn to the cover - I know you should never pick a book by it's cover but when I spotted the old-fashioned book store front and the fedora hat, well what can I say I'm a sucker for a vintage era.  The last reason is a happy coincidence.  Just inside the book is a quote from The Ghost and Mrs Muir, a book originally published in 1945 (which is now on my TBR list), made into a movie in 1947 (which I saw a long time ago and fell head over heels in love with) and later in 1968 it was made into a sitcom (which I have never seen).  


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Penelope Thornton-McClure and her elderly Aunt Sadie are just managing to make ends meet at their little bookstore in Rhode Island so when top author Timothy Brennan asks to hold a book signing at this quaint little shop it seems like an excellent publicity opportunity.  The evening though doesn't go according to plan when the author drops dead, it looks like murder and Penelope is on the suspect list.  All this and she has to deal with Jack - a ghost of a hard-boiled PI who met his end in the bookshop or just a delusion of Penelope's stressed-out mind? 

Firstly I have to get one irritating point off my chest that should have been picked up before publishing.  The narration slips from first person to third person and then back to first person, on more than one occasion.  I'm not going to linger on this point but it was off putting and threw me off the thread of the story for a while.

There were a couple of moments in the book which I felt were out of context.  It didn't spoilt my enjoyment but it felt almost as if the author changed their mind on what direction they wanted a particular scene to take.


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Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I loved Jack's character, he is pretty much your stereotypical Private Investigator but thats exactly what I was expecting and what I wanted from this novel.  There are a few flirtatious moments between Penelope and Jack, including a rather sexy little dream sequence. The cozy mystery element alongside the 1940s Private Dective was a new genre for me.  I really enjoyed Jack's old time dialect and humour, and how he helps Penelope stand up for herself.  There were plenty of suspects and I wasn't able to figure out whodunnit! 

This is not a heavy gritty crime novel, it's a cozy murder mystery and a light-hearted story with a typical gum-shoe character as the PI and a 30-something widow trying to do the best for her son and business. If you take it as it is, it's an enjoyable easy read. 

There are 5 more novels in this series and I'm looking forward to seeing how Penelope and Jack's relationship progresses.

This was my fourteenth book this year which means I am one book away from completing my challenge of fifteen books for this year. 

Bookworm Blessings.  x

Sunday, 24 September 2017

August Review: One False Move - Dreda Say Mitchell

Welcome Book Lovers

Today I'm reviewing another book I read in August, it's also another Quick Reads choice. This gritty and intense novella is the story of a young women just released from prison who is determined to turn her life around.  It isn't easy landing a good job when you have a criminal record but Hayley thinks she found a happy middle ground, until one night she's mugged and things beginning to spiral beyond her control.  

Blurb from Goodreads website.
"Hayley swore when she got out of prison that she would turn her life around.  But living on the Devil's Estate doesn't make that easy.  She spends her days looking after her daughter, and her nights collecting cash from people who can't get loans any other way.  If she makes one false move, her life will be over..."



The story follows Hayley's desperate attempts to keep her promise to be a law abiding citizen and do the best she possible can for her daughter. Unfortunately, it seems fate has other ideas and leads her down some dark and dangerous paths, ones she visited before, and that lead her to her criminal ex-boyfriend.  Each of Hayley's moves seem destined to land her trouble and knocking on a door she was hoping to never see again.   

Bookworm Blessings! 

If you read my last post you may remember I was taking part in Hide A Book Day, here are some photos of me hiding my book and I'm pleased to say my book has been collected, I hope that person enjoys it as much as me.
My Newfoundland dog, Fergus supervises me hiding my book.


All Hidden.

The Owl bench, Aspal Lane Nature Reserve where my book was hidden.