Glittering Death: An Alyssa Chalmers mystery By: Carmen Radtke


1862:  A group of brides from Australia have arrived in British Columbia, and love is
in the air – until their new-found happiness in the prospectors’ town “Run’s End” is
shattered when the hotel-owner is murdered. To make matters worse, something is
wrong with the stored gold at the hotel, and an epidemic makes it impossible for
anyone to leave town.
The brides set all their hopes on their friend Alyssa Chalmers to find the murderer
and restore peace in their new home. But the killer is cunning, and desperate …



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  • Print Length:249 pages
  • Publication Date:January 7, 2020

You can purchase it HERE

93m2nea5qiau1bfgi455p842e9._US230_About Carmen Radtke

Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner.
Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany, but had planned on emigrating since she was five years old. She first moved to New Zealand and now lives in York, UK, with her family, including a cat and a leopard gecko.

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My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Cafe – Review Group and publishers for an honest review – Thank you

Not a normal choice of book for me however I was pleasantly surprised with this one.  Although I wished I had read the first one just to know the characters a little before reading this one.  I did take me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

Glittering death is set back in the 1800’s, a group of women were sent from Australia to a small gold prospecting town in America to find themselves husbands. Alyssa our main character is hard not to like, a well educated lady helps her new found friends find love and settle.  There is a mystery in this volume as well once they arrive in Canada.  Alyssa, our heroine, also is at an important choice… Doctor Mark or Mr Kendrick. She’s spoiled for choice! She makes the decision of life-time while solving a crime. It was well-written and a joy to read.  I am looking forward to read the next one.


All About Heaven By: David Oliver – Blog Tour

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Many people understand that, at the end of all things, Christ returns, God will create a new heaven and a new earth where those who have trusted in Christ will live with him for ever. But what about those who have “passed on” well before this? Where are they now? What does heaven look like? What will occupy us there? When David Oliver faced the death of his son Joel, at the age of 38, following a short and brutal fight with cancer, he set about researching and writing this powerful short book on heaven and committed to write whatever he discovered. Through a thorough examination of the relevant Bible texts, David provides us with a thrilling view of the future and a destiny well worth preparing for, which will enrich our vision and faith.

  • Paperback:208 pages
  • Publisher:Malcolm Down Publishing (November 8, 2019)

You can purchase it HERE

About the Author

David Oliver is the founder of Insight Marketing, an international trainer, speaker and author of 13 books in 29 languages, including ‘Work Prison or Place of Destiny?’ He is part of the Salt & Light UK Team and a member Basingstoke Community Church, England.

My Thoughts:

Thanks to the Love Books Group, the publisher and Author for a ARC copy.

This is the first that I have ready anything from this author.  I enjoyed his writing style and how he uses the bible for texts to get him through.

David Oliver has written a timely and necessary insight into the whole process of both living and dying, heartwarming and accessible.

Much of what we think about heaven is ill-informed at best and myth at worst. I appreciate his biblical stance and encouragement it brings every believer. It certainly brought clarity to much of my thinking.




January Wrap Up

This was actually quite a diverse reading month for me in terms of genres. We have a Family Life Fiction, a few Mystery / thrillers and even a self-help book.  I finished the month of January with seven books.  So what have you finished?  Have you read any of these and what are you reading now?


Happy Reading everyone, until the next post.


Top Ten Tuesday

Five-Star Predictions From My Unread Shelf

This is my first post since I have followed Top Ten Tuesday, but today’s topic, Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads, caught my eye. As I participate in The Unread Shelf Project 2020, I find myself thinking a lot about the books on my physical to-read shelf and trying to figure out which ones will be worth reading.  The books I have included on this list all seem likely to be favorites for me – I hope I’ve guessed right!

Have you read any of these? Did you give any a 5 star?

What is one book you think is going to be a 5 star?

Tell me below, or drop your own TTT link!

Bella R.M Francis Cover Reveal














I’m so please to announce a cover reveal for Bella By R.M.Francis 

A spectre has haunted Netherton for generations.

Everyone has a theory, no one has an answer.

The woods that frame the housing estate uncover a series of heinous acts, drawing onlookers into a space of clandestine, queer sexuality: a liminal space of abject and uncanny experience.


A question echoes in the odd borderlands of being, of fear-fascination, attraction-repulsion, of sex and death…


Who put Bella down the Wych-Elm?

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R. M. Francis is a writer from Dudley. He completed his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton for a project titled Queering the Black Country and graduated from Teesside University for his Creative Writing MA.


He’s the author of four poetry chapbooks, Transitions (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2015), Orpheus (Lapwing Publications, 2016), Corvus’ Burnt-Wing Love Balm and Cure-All (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2018) and Lamella, (Original Plus, 2019).


Follow Rob on Twitter @rmfrancis





Hiding in Plain Sight By: Eoghan Egan #IrishCrime #Fiction

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HIPS JPEG (1) (1)A vicious serial killer roams the Irish Midlands… with his sights set on the next victim. A successful businessman has found the perfect recipe for getting away with murder. No bodies, no evidence.No evidence, no suspect.High art and low morals collide when graduate Sharona Waters discovers a multi-million euro art scam in play. She delves in, unwittingly putting herself on a direct trajectory with danger as the killer accelerates his murder spree. When Sharona gets drawn into the killer’s orbit, she peels away his public persona and exposes the psychopath underneath. Suddenly, the small town has no hiding place…

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 Connect with Eoghan Egan

Twitter handle: @eoghanegan

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Eoghan Egan

A native of Co. Roscommon, Eoghan studied Computer Programming in college, works in Sales Management & Marketing, but his passion for reading and writing remains.

Eoghan’s work got shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Short Story Prize, and Listowel’s 2019 Bryan McMahon Short Story Award Competition. His novel was a contender in literary agent David Headley’s opening chapter Pitch Competition, and during March 2019, Eoghan’s entry won Litopia’s Pop-Up Submission.

A graduate of Maynooth University’s Creative Writing Curriculum, and Curtis Brown’s Edit & Pitch Your Novel Course, Eoghan’s novel Hiding in Plain Sight – the first in a crime fiction trilogy based around the Irish Midlands – will be available in paperback and audio on January 11th 2020.

My Review

 This is the first book that I have read by this author.

I enjoyed this psychological thriller and the different storylines throughout book.  I read it in about two days.  I loved how the author and several storylines and how they seemed to relate to the others.  I loved his style of writing.  I will be looking to see if he has any others.

I would like to thank – @eoghanegan and  @LoveBooksTours, and the publishers for the ARC of this for my hones review.


Weekly Wrap-Up


This week has been quiet not much reading. I’m feeling exhausted after coming down with the flu.  I am slowing in back into the swing of things.

Thanks to everyone who has followed and commented on my posts recently – I’m sorry that I haven’t managed to reply.

I have finished The Fathers, The Sons and The Anxious Ghost Blog tour, and The Longest Farewell by Nula Suchel this past week.. Not My usual amount of books this week.  I hope that next week will be better.

TV wise this week I’ve been really enjoying Ozark on Netflix.  It’s about money laundering.

It’s been a slow week on the blog this week as I’ve only posted a few times.  I hope to blog more next week.  I am planning and scheduling some new post next week.  I am also looking into remapping my blog, maybe a fresh look.

How has your week been? I hope you’ve had a lovely week and had time to do some reading. If you’ve shared a wrap-up post please feel free to leave your link before and I’ll make sure to visit your post.

Thanks for stopping by.

The Longest Farewell Blog Tour

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When Nula’s husband James, a British documentary filmmaker, becomes forgetful they put it down to the stress of his work. But his behavior becomes more erratic and inexplicable, and he is eventually diagnosed as suffering from Picks Disease, an early onset and aggressive form of dementia. Suddenly their lives change from comfortable middle-class creatives through inexplicable behaviour, the shock of diagnosis, coping with the ongoing illness, not coping with the illness, to the indignities of care home life. <br<br> The Longest Farewell is a moving description of James utter mental and physical deterioration, and the effect that it had both on him and on the people from whom he was involuntarily retreating, particularly Nula. Her life is completely taken over by James illness: her frustration at trying to cope, her guilt at having to hand over his care to professionals in England, are just part of her at times harrowing story.

With James in care and left with seemingly little to do but wait for his death, Nula meets Bonnie, another resident at the care home suffering from the same condition. In turn she meets Bonnie’s husband, the broadcaster John Suchet and the similarity of their positions becomes a bond between them. After the deaths of James and Bonnie, and some guilt-induced false starts, Nula’s story takes a bitter-sweet turn: they become partners, and eventually marry. The Longest Farewell is a heartfelt yet inspiring account of dealing with dementia, and of unexpectedly finding a happy ending.

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Nula Suchet was born in Ireland, part of a large family. After a difficult early life she became an interior designer who worked internationally in the UK, Europe and the US. Now retired, she lives in London with her husband, the broadcaster John Suchet, who she met in the care home where their spouses were being cared for with dementia. Her book, The Longest Farewell, on dealing with her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak that came with it is available now.

My Review:

This is my second time of reading a book that dealt with this disease.  It is sad to read and learn that there really isn’t much a love one can do except just to be there for their loved one.  I am not sure how I would handle this, or even if I could do all that she did for her husband before she had to get outside help.

There were times that this book had me in tears.  I am glad that Nula met another person going through the same as her and that they became friends and eventually finding happiness again in her life.  This was a great book.  Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest review.


The Fathers, The Sons and the Anxious Ghost Blog Tour

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82c7958e-da93-47a8-be3f-228a4be47f5aThree guys in their thirties have something in common. Their children all go to the same school. One day a tragic event leads to them having to deal with a lurking aftermath which draws them into each other’s lives and causes them to rethink their attitudes to just about everything.

The children tell the second part of this story, ten years after the initial events. The dust seems to have settled until one of them uncovers information that throws everything back into chaos.

The third part… well that will have to wait.

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About the Author

Jamie is a teacher who has studied a geography degree back in the nineties because of his love of nature and the outdoors. He found environmental education especially important and soon became a teacher for the primary-age group. Jamie enjoys reading and watching all kinds of theatre productions, from high dramas to lively musicals. His love of writing shines through in everything he does.

After writing a group of short stories linked to romance, which he published as ‘Short Dates’ independently, he decided to write a novella centred around topical issues such as mental health, parenting and relationships.

My twitter is: jamieadstories and my insta is: jamielovestories

Thank you to Lovebooktours, the publishers and the author for the invitation to the tour and for my ARC copy of the book for my honest review.

My Review

If you are after a quick and short story book then check out The Fathers, The Sons, and the Anxious Ghost.  It has just the right blend of plotline and drama to make it a great book.  It touches on themes of friendships, forgiveness and mental health.  This book is a lovely little short story and it is told from the perspective of six connected men.

It was a very interesting and kept my interest throughout the book.



Happy Thursday

Hello Hello book lovers and welcome back to my little corner.  I hope that everyone is having a great day.  Its cloudy and raining here today in the Sunshine state, which we need and its way better than the cold weather we were having.  And now on to my review of ……..

SAY YOU LOVE ME (Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Book 4)


Former FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas is back and embedded in a true nightmare reaching deep into her own family.

What would you do if your brother was accused of a horrible crime, and you were certain he didn’t do it?

Life is not done throwing Eva Rae Thomas curveballs.

A phone call turns her life upside down – once again. The call is from her father, the man she hasn’t seen in thirty-six years, not since he kidnapped her sister in a supermarket.

Now, he is back in Florida, and he needs her help. Her younger brother – who she didn’t know existed – has been arrested on Amelia Island. The boy is in a coma after being shot by an officer during the incident. But his father doesn’t believe the police, and he asks for Eva Rae’s help to prove it.

At the same time, a serial killer is planning one of the most horrific mass killings in history.

Will Eva Rae find it in her heart to help her father after what he did to her? Will facing him again set her free or pull her under?

SAY YOU LOVE ME is the fourth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.

  • File Size:6355 KB
  • Print Length:418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:1080962824
  • Publisher:BUOY MEDIA; 1 edition (September 30, 2019)
  • Publication Date:September 30, 2019

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My Thoughts:

Wow Wow and wow, I am loving this series and her books.

Another Willow Rose thriller in the Eva Rae Thomas series. Eva Rae is now ex FBI. Her brother, who she did not know she had, was shot while holding an assault rifle in the school cafeteria. Her father says Adam would never shoot anyone. A number of missing and dead as Eve fights against local law enforcement. The local police do not see the total picture. This is a thriller and a page turner.

I am really loving this series, but I only have one left to read.  But thank goodness she has others.  So On to the last of this series Let Me Go. 

 Thanks for stopping by and happy reading everyone!!

Until next time