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A Body in the Lakes, by Graham Smith


I described Graham Smith’s previous book The Silent Dead as exquisite and this sequel does not disappoint at all!
We pick up a new case for DC Beth Young and her colleagues when a woman is found murdered and violated. The team quickly establish a link with 3 previous murders that had not been solved.
However, the perpetrator has gone to great lengths to incriminate the mayor in this latest murder. Derek Forster is a man who is charming and powerful and Beth is convinced that he must have made some dangerous enemies. She grows close to him as he offers to set up a charity to support rape victims.
As well as the police procedure and the mayor’s viewpoint, we also see the perspectives of the killer and his next victim which makes both sides of the plot more human and ramps up the anticipation.
There is a big twist at the end, just as the team think the case is concluded but I won’t give away details and spoil the surprise!
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t as graphic as the last book although the clinical detail of the injuries is unpleaseant but, as with the previous book, it is factual rather than gratuitous.
Beth continues to develop as a police officer and negotiate her relationships with her senior colleagues. She is a fab character, passionate and dedicated. She is also driven to find the men who injured her with a bottle and destroyed her modelling career. In this book she finds one of them…

Title:                  A Body in the Lakes      
Author:     GRAHAM SMITH   
Publication Day: March 15th 2019
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The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.
When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia Evans was known to be a tough character, but who would have strangled her?
Detective Beth Young quickly spots the links to three cold cases. Three women strangled and discarded in the stunning, wild hills of the Lake District.
As Beth begins tracking down witnesses, the team receives an anonymous letter claiming the charming mayor of Carlisle is behind the murders. There’s pressure from the top to clear his name. But Beth is determined to find the truth no matter whose feathers she ruffles in the process.
Beth knows the clock is ticking. The killer is hunting again. And it’s down to her to find who’s responsible before another woman becomes his prey…
A gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller from bestselling author Graham Smith, perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and J.R. Ellis. 
Author Bio:
Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel with Bookouture is set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.
He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.
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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/
TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972
WEBSITE: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446655.Graham_Smith?from_search=true


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Vegan thali as an early Mother’s Day treat at ERIKI

I have missed my Indian takeaways since becoming a vegan so I jumped at the chance of not just a curry but a fine dining experience!


ERIKI is situated within the Crowne Plaza Hotel near Heathrow, a place I have driven past many times as it is close to where my grandparents lived and is even where my parents had their first date!

We were warmly welcomed by the staff and assisted with getting a high chair for Zach. The children were given a menu and colouring sheet which could be made into a hat!
I treated myself to a cheeky lunchtime Prosecco 🙂
The children’s food arrived first to keep them occupied which is a brilliant thing for parents! We did have to share our poppadoms though…

Chris chose the non veg thali which consisted of Chicken Jalferizi, Lamb Rogan Josh, Fish fry and
Tadka Dhal served with rice, salad and bread. Chris was seriously impressed, particularly by the fish which is not something he’d tried before.

The vegan gluten/wheat free thali was Dhum Aloo, Veg curry, Bhindi fry and Tadka Dhal with salad and rice. The food was beautifully cooked and it was impossible for me to pick a favourite!
There was plenty of spice and some heat in the dishes. I love the idea of a thali for being able to try various dishes and experience a range of flavours and textures.

I was too full for pudding so the children enjoyed my fruit salad as well as their ice cream! Chris has Gulab Jamun which I hadn’t heard of before but he had eaten previously (they are sweet dough balls).
ERIKI has three brilliant options for Mother’s Day: a bottomless Prosecco thali brunch, an afternoon Indian tea, and a roast dinner with an Indian twist (including a vegan jackfruit option!)
We were made to feel comfortable from the moment we arrived and the food was absolutely delicious. I was so pleased to feel welcome as a vegan with a wheat allergy and there was no awkwardness about ordering our food. I was disappointed that the children didn’t order Indian food (they can never resist fish fillet fingers!) but they did sample plenty of our curries!

*We were given a complimentary meal for the purpose of this review. All opinions and pictures are my own.

The Girl Across The Street, by Vikki Patis

Isla seems to have it all. A carefree life as a housewife with a rich husband.
Beth lives on the council estate on the other side of the street. Her boyfriend has lost his job and pays her little attention.
The two women are brought together by the hit and run of a man late at night. An unlikely friendship develops. But both women are keeping secrets…
This is a deeply troubling and uncomfortable book but that’s what makes it a good read! It is powerful and shocking as well as emotive and beautiful.
The relationship between the two women is brittle due to the secrets that separate them and create a distance that cannot be overcome. However, both women have hope for a better future, a shared one.
I’ll admit the ending didn’t suit me personally. I couldn’t really understand the link between Kyle and Jake that is hinted at throughout the book so I didn’t find the explanation of the ending particularly credible. I would love to know what happened after the epilogue!
Despite this, The Girl Across the Street is a fabulous book that will make you feel concerned, angry, hopeful for the main female characters. The tension is wonderfully built up and the fear for the women leads to a sense of dread and anticipation which is completely gripping through thev whole book.

Title: The  Girl Across the Street    
Author:  Vikki Patis
Publication Day: March 8th 2019
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You’re hiding a secret that only she can see.
Her name is Beth. She came into my life when I needed her the most. We lead very different lives, but she’s the only person who understands me.
She was the only other witness to the terrible accident on the street between our homes. The only person who saw the cracks in my perfect life before I had the chance to cover them up.
It’s been so long since I’ve had a friend. Someone to talk to, to listen to, to laugh and dream with.
Beth would never do anything to hurt me.
She only wants what’s best for me, for my marriage.
Doesn’t she?
An unputdownable psychological suspense thriller that will grip you until the very last page. Perfect for fans of Gone GirlThe Girl on the Train and The Couple Next Door.


Author Bio:
Vikki Patis is an author and blogger, as well as an avid reader and book reviewer. When she isn’t working as a Regulatory Affairs Manager, she can usually be found drinking tea, baking cakes, or taking walks in the Hertfordshire countryside. She lives with her partner and two cats.
Social Media Links:
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vikkipatis/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/PatisVikki
WEBSITE: https://vikkipatis.com/

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