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Christmas on the Island, by Stewart Giles

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DI Liam O’Reilly and his team are hoping for a peaceful Christmas but crime never stops! An apparent suicide is discovered on a boat but it soon becomes obvious that it was murder. Soon other suicides are found and also proved to be murder. Can Liam find the killer or is Christmas ruined?
Christmas on the Island is the sixth book in the excellent Liam O’Reilly series from Stewart Giles. I really love this series and have previously reviewed a number of books from this brilliant author.
This book did not disappoint my high expectations! Liam and the team are as wonderful as ever with a glorious banter between them, antagonism and a variety of personal entanglements. All of the police team are really well developed and full of little details that bring them to life from the pages.
The narrative style is dialogue driven as usual but there were also some rather gruesome forensic details as the bodies start to rack up. The plot is fast paced and relentlessly compelling with Liam frantically trying to understand the motive behind the deaths. I enjoyed the seasonal festive setting and this added an extra layer as the team face the prospect of a ruined Christmas due to their dedication.
Christmas on the Island is a fantastic crime and police thriller and a great addition to one of my favourite series of books ever!

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DI Liam O’Reilly mysteries Book 6: Christmas on the Island
CHRISTMAS: The silly season. Or, the suicide season?
A string of suicides on the island arouses Detective Liam O’Reilly’s suspicions. He understands that the suicide rate tends to increase during the festive season, but the ways in which these people have chosen to end their lives doesn’t feel right.
As O’Reilly and his team dig deeper they soon learn there is much more to these apparent suicides than they initially thought and O’Reilly realises there is a seriously damaged mind on the loose.
Dubbed the suicide killer by the press, this madman will stop at nothing to get his depraved message across and O’Reilly is the only one who can put an end to his killing spree.
This festive season is one the Irish detective will never forget.
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4-Occam’s Razor
9 – Venom
10 – Severed
11 – Demons
12 – Deadeye
13 – Motive
14 – Australia
15 – Wishbone
Book 1 – Blood on the Island
2 – Lies on the Island
3 – Fear on the Island
4 – Malice on the Island
5 – Revenge on the Island
6 – Christmas on the Island
Book 1-The Beekeeper
2-The Perfect Murder
3-The Backpacker
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Book 1 – The Enigma
2 – Dropzone
3 – The Raven Girl
Trilogy: The DS Smith & Harriet Taylor box set
THE MIRANDA TRILOGY (psychological thrillers)
The Divide
author Stewart Giles


Stewart Giles – Author Bio
After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.
In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later.
3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor: Cornwall series.
The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.
I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results.  I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.
After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brought together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor.
The Miranda trilogy is something totally different. A psychological thriller trilogy. It is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before.
The Detective Jason Smith series continues to grow with book 16 recently published. The first 5 books in the Detective Liam O’Reilly series are now available.
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33


Death by the Thames, by Gretta Mulrooney

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Private investigator Tyrone Swift is hired by Toni Sheringham to look into the death of her fiance alongside a fifteen year old girl. The pair are assumed to have committed suicide together but Toni cannot accept this explanation.
Death by the Thames is a crime novel, the ninth book to feature Tyrone Swift but it is the first that I have read. There are mentions of other cases and characters which I assume are from earlier books but there are no obvious spoilers.
Tyrone is a down to earth man who has left the police and set up his own private investigator business. He is tenacious but also thoughtful which makes him someone we as readers can root for as the case progresses. I liked his interactions with his friends and family as well as his interviewees as the case develops.
Toni is devastated by the death of Sam and was informed on their wedding day. Their relationship is tarnished as the police are convinced Sam and a young girl killed themselves in a suicide pact. But there is no connection between the dead pair and Tyrone is called upon to explore any potential relationship. The plot had plenty of twists and turns as various characters reveal secrets, however I did find the conclusion a little confusing as it was quite complex.
Death by the Thames is an enjoyable crime novel with a likeable lead character.
I have previously reviewed Murder in Mallow Cottage from Gretta Mulrooney’s Siv Drummond series.

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Death by the Thames by Gretta Mulrooney
Looking for your next unputdownable mystery? Meet Detective Tyrone Swift. He takes the cases that the police have given up on.
One dead bridegroom.
Financier Sam Goddard never made it down the aisle. Instead, his body is pulled from the Thames. Everyone says he rode his bike into the water. And he didn’t die alone . . .
A teen tearaway with a taste for older men.
Riding in his sidecar, there’s an underage girl. On his phone, a text.
So sorry to do this to you . . .
The police know a suicide pact when they see one, and as far as they’re concerned, it’s case closed.
But Toni — Sam’s grieving fiancée — can’t believe it’s true. Desperate to uncover the truth about Sam’s death, she turns to Tyrone Swift for answers.
But is she prepared for the killer secrets he’s about to unearth?
Death by the Thames is a seamlessly crafted, twisty crime thriller that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.
Perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, Tana French, Val McDermid, Robert Galbraith, Ann Cleeves, Jane Adams or Elly Griffiths.
“An exceptional read.” Carole
“5 Stars — Brilliant.” Barbara
“A really page-turning book.” Viv
I really love this series.” Hannelore
“Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real . . . A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.” Fiona Morrow, Time Out, on Araby
A beautifully observed study of reconciliationAraby makes astute points about conflict and shifting values between generations.” James Eve, The Times, on Araby
Tyrone Swift is an ex-police detective who now works privately. He’s survived a stabbing and his fiancée running off with another man. Swift’s personal life is complicated, to say the least.


          2: BLOOD SECRETS
          4: WATCHING YOU
          5: LOW LAKE
          6: YOUR LAST LIE
          7: HER LOST SISTER
          9: DEATH BY THE THAMES



author Gretta Mulrooney

Gretta Mulrooney was born in London of Irish parents and did an English degree in Derry. She has been published for over twenty-five years; children’s books, short stories, literary fiction which won critical acclaim and crime fiction. She has also written for the BBC and Radio Four.
Gretta has always been an avid reader of crime fiction and decided, in retirement, to turn to crime. She has written seven novels featuring a London based private detective, Tyrone Swift: She has also started a new police-based series featuring DI Siv Drummond, set in the fictional Sussex town of Berminster.


#Project365 2021 week 51

Day 354: off exploring the Christmas lights in our local roads with my family (niece and nephew staying)

Day 355: and now forcing them out on a river walk too! Can you see the cygnets in the background that are nearly fully grown?

Day 356: two quick Christmas crafts

Day 357: I have got back into knitting this week

Day 358: pizza time. I forgot to take a pic before I had a bite!

Day 359: our traditional Christmas Eve photo before our evening disco

Day 360: Christmas Day! I hope you all have a wonderful time 🙂

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2021: a year of gratitude

I don’t think any of us expected 2021 to turn out quite the way it did. Covid has not disappeared as we hoped! But I am brimful of thanks and gratitude for this year, our time together as a family.
January: more lockdowns and Chris still working from home.

February: discovering new vegan favourites

March: finally getting the kids back to school

April: how can my baby be five?!

May: and this grown up baby turned 11!

June: time with family, enjoying our local area

July: nature’s bounty in our garden

August: a few days out

September: back to school. Matthew started secondary school and Anya turned 9.
October: Blog On was back and I felt the blogging mojo agian

November: we finished our book marathon of the 7 Harry Potter books

December: feeling festive

There has been a major upheaval in our lives this year with the death of Ollie two weeks before his 16th birthday. My heart still aches and we all miss him so much.

However, the overwhelming emotion for the year is gratitude and live as we look back on all that has happened. We are safe, we are well and mostly we have been happy.
And now we turn to 2022, what surprises are in store…?

Children’s book review: Sproutzilla Vs Christmas

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Sproutzilla Vs Christmas book blurb:
My review:
Sproutzilla Vs Christmas is a fun festive book written by Tom Jamieson and illustrated by Mike Byrne.
A little boy, Jack, loves Christmas but not sprouts (although he has never actually eaten them). This year he has to face his greatest fear as Sproutzilla threatens to ruin Christmas for everyone. Even Father Christmas is in danger and won’t be able to stay safe with Sproutzilla on the rampage. No one can stop him until Jack bravely steps forard to save the world.
The plot is fun and the illustrations bring the words to life. There are plenty of festive scenes and relatable ideas that children and adults will enjoy. We meet dinner ladies and see Christmas trres aplenty!
Most kids hate sprouts but like Jack many have not actauly tried them. This has a deeper meaning that adults will notice about trying new things and not being afraid of the unknown.
Jack confronts his fear and eats the sprouts! To keep the fun tone and appeal to children, there is farting involved as well 🙂 Classic sprout joke! There is a lovely twist on the final page that made me smile as the next nemesis approaches…