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#Project365 2022 week 37

Day 255: first ever walkies!

Day 256: I was joined on my run by Anya. More of a walk but it was good to spend time together

Day 257: I completed my second jubilee challenge (walking this time) so now my medals act as a memorial

Day 258: Zach is working towards his animal badge for Beavers so we’ve been getting him to help out as much as possible
Day 259: the Queen’s coffin arrived at Westminster Hall to lie in state. I would like to go and pay my respects but the long queue would make it impossible for the kids

Day 260: first online training of the year and I was logged on as Matthew and unable to change the name, oops, bit embarrassing! But someone else has done the same 🙂

Day 261: a sombre end to the week as we watched the vigil of the princes (and princess) take place

 

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Three Small Bones, by Jennifer Chase

Katie Scott is summoned to a fire. It looks like arson and among the debris three small bones poke out of the basement floor. A finger… Searches of the property find more bodies, possibly a whole family. Was the fire set to cover up the deaths or reveal them?
Three Small Bones is the 8th book in the Katie Scott series about a detective who used to be in the army and has retired alongside her beloved army dog Cisco.
A deliberate fire but the motive is unclear. Katie faces a hugely emotional case as it seems that an entire family may have been killed and buried at the property. This brings flashbacks to some traumatic war experiences for Katie. The investigation commences which leads to a little tension as Katie and her fire chief boyfriend are both involved. Then members of Katie’s team are killed and the anticipation and drama ramps up.
The plot develops at a fast pace as the bodies pile up. Katie doesn’t get a chance to rest especially as the cold case becomes a live one as her colleagues are killed. There is forensic detail about the bodies and crime scenes which some readers may find a little grisly. However, it is appropriate to the genre and underpins the plot developments and investigation.
Three Small Bones is a tense and entertaining detective and crime thriller.
I have previously reviewed books 1 – 7 in the Katie Scott series: Little Girls Sleeping, Her Last Whisper, Flowers on Her Grave, Last Girls Alive, The Fragile Ones, Pretty Broken Dolls, and Silent Little Angels.

Book Description:
Smoke curls from what’s left of the beautiful family home on the edge of the woods. The heat is unbearable as she descends the stairs to the basement, past a set of bicycles––two big, one small. That’s when she sees three little white bones in the cracked earth at her feet, turning her blood to ice…
When firefighters tackling a blazing house in a quiet suburb of Pine Valley, California discover human remains, Detective Katie Scott races to 717 Maple Street. She calls a halt to the excavations the moment she sees the full number and size of the bones; someone has buried a whole family down here.
Working night and day, it’s up to Katie to prove her theory that the fire was no accident, that someone wanted to expose the secret in the basement. Tiny traces of explosives residue found at the scene is all the proof she needs. But the Cross family have been missing for months––leaving friends and loved ones in agonizing pain––what twisted soul would do this now? And why?
The case takes another heart-shattering turn when Katie’s suspicions over recent renovation work on the house leads to the discovery of more bodies in the back yard: two little girls, buried years apart. What other devastating secrets are hidden in this perfect family home? It’s a dead end at every turn as Katie tracks down anyone who knew the family. Just when it looks like all hope is lost, reports of the Cross’s landlord harassing the family before they went missing gives Katie a crucial lead. With a menacing grey sedan following her every move, how many more innocent lives will be lost before Katie can dig up the truth?
An absolutely gripping and totally addictive thriller from a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author. It will keep you racing through the pages all night long––fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh will devour in one sitting!
Author Bio:
Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.
In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.
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The Lucky One, by Jessica Payne

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Norah survived a serial killer nicknamed Hansel ten years ago. Now she returns to her hometown following her father’s death and discovers the body of one of her friends. The staging of the body suggests a copycat but could Hansel have come back to find Norah…?
The Lucky One is a psychological and crime thriller set in America.
The book is written from Norah’s first person perspective which makes her situation come to life effectively. She is naturally haunted by the past and has survivor’s guilt as her best friend died in front of her. Now her other friend is targeted and Norah has to face the past to keep herself and others safe.
The detective in charge of the new investigation treated her badly in the past so Norah is instantly on edge and defensive. She is also dealing with mixed emotions at the death of her father who was an alcoholic but may have died in suspicious circumstances. A journalist intrudes on Norah’s pain as does an author, both seeking to cash in on her experiences.
The plot is delivered through two timelines, past and present. The night of her abduction and negotiation with a killer is taut and tense. Meanwhile in the present Norah is tormented by her memories and fears as well as the danger of the new threat. I felt that Norah’s behaviour in both timelines was authentic in its emotion which is vividly described. The pace is fast as events unfold quickly and Norah needs to react to the plot developments rapidly to stay safe.
The Lucky One is an entertaining thriller and I thought that the premise of escaping a serial killer was quite unique.

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The Lucky One: An absolutely gripping and addictive psychological thriller by Jessica Payne
Ten years ago, I survived a serial killer. They called me the lucky one, but they don’t know the truth I’ve been hiding ever since…
Then: We danced together that night, our dresses glittering in the swirling lights. We couldn’t have known that for one of us, it would be our last night alive.
Now: Back in my hometown a decade later—the place I’ve avoided because of the memories—I can’t shake the feeling that I am being followed. I tell myself it’s all in my head, but the prickle on the back of my neck feels like a warning. Then the anonymous messages land in my inbox: I’m watching. I’ve been waiting for you.
I want to feel safe, surrounded by my closest friends. But everyone has something to hide and it’s impossible to know who I can trust.
When my friend Esme goes missing, her phone ringing through to voicemail, it feels like the past is about to repeat itself.
Someone won’t let me forget what really happened that night. What I promised. How I escaped. If the truth comes out, I only hope they can forgive me… I can’t make the same mistake again. I have to keep us all safe. What if, this time, I’m not so lucky?
An addictive, nail-biting psychological thriller, The Lucky One will have you sleeping with the light on. Fans of Stillhouse Lake, The Girl on the Train and Gillian Flynn will be totally hooked!
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Jessica Payne is the author of THE LUCKY ONE and MAKE ME DISAPPEAR. She grew up in Kansas City, later moving to the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound became home. Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. She is an RN and recently finished her degree as a nurse practitioner. When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog (or both!) in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube. You can find out more about her at her website, jessicapayne.net
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A celebration becomes a memorial

Earlier this year, my children received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal and I wanted my own! I signed up for two exercise related medal challenges to celebrate the Queen’s achievement and honour her long reign. Now of course, both medals have just arrived and are a memorial to her life and service which I will treasure.

I used two different websites for the medals and love the medal and ribbon designs. They are substantial is size and weight, with an intricate design incorporating the 70 motif of the jubilee.
I walked and ran to complete these events. Both challenges required evidence to be submitted. I uploaded screenshots from Google Fit after each run onto the Medal Mad app. Evidence is only required once following completion with I Challenge Myself, and I used the walk data from my monthly Google review.
I am proud of myself for completing these challenges and earning my medals. But I appreciate them as a mark of respect and a symbol of gratitude for the 70 years of outstanding service and devoted love that Her Majesty gave to us all.

 


Lily’s Secret Inheritance, by Kristin Harper

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Lily returns to her childhood home following the death of her aunt. They had been estranged for years so she is surprised to have been named as her aunt’s sole heir to the family cranberry farm estate.
Lily’s Secret Inheritance is a warm novel about family, love, loss and forgiveness. It is set in America. The majority of the book is set in the present day but some parts are set in the past to show Lily’s history and the background to the estrangement from her aunt.
Lily has had her fair share of heartache. She is widowed and bringing up their 9 year old son on her own, struggling to make ends meet. Now she is forced to confront the past and her emotions bubble to the surface. The inheritance of the farm offers her a chance for financial freedom but her lawyer refuses to let her sell the place until she has considered her options.
Her aunt’s manager Jake provides an added dimension to the plot. Lily feels a romantic tension with him but also a professional dynamic due to his work on the farm. Both characters are stilted around each other but soften around the children (her son and his nephew).
I loved the awkwardness that Lily faces as she reconnects with faces from the past. Her character felt really authentic and I liked the light tone as she worries over her son (this reminded me of myself for always imagining the worst!) It felt cathartic as she challenges her perceptions of the past so she can move on from her grief.
Lily’s Secret Inheritance is an emotional book about love and loss but also hope and positive change.
I have previously reviewed Summer at Hope Haven by Kristin Harper.

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Book Description:
Turning off the winding coastal road and seeing the old farmhouse surrounded by cranberry vines ahead, Lily’s breath catches in her throat. It’s just how she remembers it. But pushing open the wooden front door for the first time in decades, it’s clear everything has changed…
When her estranged aunt Dahlia dies, single mother Lily Lindgren is surprised to inherit the family home and cranberry farm. Returning to Dune Island for the first time since Dahlia admitted to a terrible betrayal that shattered Lily’s trust in her family, she’s ready to sell up and finally create a stable future for her little boy. But her high-school crush and farm manager Jake Benson is determined to stop Lily’s plan…
After helping Dahlia turn part of the house into a local produce store, Jake shared her dream of making the cranberry farm a community hub for the island. His stories about Dahlia, and how much she had missed Lily all these years, make Lily question if she was wrong to never forgive her aunt. And when Jake joins her long walks over the sand dunes, there’s an undeniable spark… could a move to Dune Island be the key to her and her son’s happiness?
But then, clearing out Dahlia’s bedroom, Lily finds an old picture of Dahlia that stops her in her tracks. Just when she was making peace with Dahlia’s memory and learning to trust again, Lily’s heart is shattered to find she was keeping another secret. Can Lily trust Jake to tell her the painful truth—or will she run from Dune Island again for good?
An utterly beautiful beach read about family secrets, finding yourself, and learning the true meaning of home. Perfect for fans of Carolyn Brown, Barbara O’Neal and Mary Alice Monroe.
Author Bio:
Ever since she was a young girl, there were few things Kristin liked more than creative writing and spending time on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her family. Eventually (after a succession of jobs that bored her to tears), she found a way to combine those two passions by becoming a women’s fiction author whose stories occur in oceanside settings. While Kristin doesn’t live on the Cape year-round, she escapes to the beach whenever she can.
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