Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

The newest release from Marian Keyes and I have to say I was not disappointed. This book is 504 pages long but is so easy to read that it didn’t take me long at all.

Marian Keyes has written other books about the Walsh family so it felt like a bit of a reunion for me. The book is a fantastic read on its own however so don’t feel you have to read the others first, even though you should!

The Mystery of Mercy Close is about a depressive private detective who is hired to find a member of boy band Laddz before their reunion tour. Helen Walsh, said private detective has troubles enough of her own without being hired by her ex boyfriend to find the missing member of a boy band.

As the story unravels we get to see how difficult it is for Helen to function properly in the throes of depression. Marian has been sensitive and polite when it comes to the topic of depression and the book by no means makes light of the fact its difficult to live with, if anything she has opened my eyes to what a sufferer must actually go through every day.

The book isn’t all doom and gloom, there is anger, love, humor and a few fibs here and there which make it another fantastic read. The aspect I liked most is this idea of a ‘shovel list’, it’s a list where you put things you would most like to hit in the face with a shovel if you got the chance, Helen Walsh employs one throughout the book and I have to say I think I’m going to use one too!!

The story is enchanting from start to finish, it also feels very personal to the reader as Marian Keyes uses words that are obviously unique either to her or Ireland. Words like madzer make me laugh and give the book a light-hearted and humorous feel to it, another great read from Marian Keyes.

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Rumours by Freya North

Another fantastic book from Freya North, Rumours is a charming and easy to read romance.

Her books are full of great romantic tales and there are plenty of wonderful characters that you will adore from the beginning. This story made me smile all the way through as you could tell that everything was going to be ok and that the main characters were intrinsically good people who deserved to be happy.

Rumours is a tale that shows no matter how badly the heart gets hurt by another person, love can be a beautiful thing, an honest and good thing between two adults and a thing to be cherished by everyone.

Love makes the heart heal, but just be careful what Rumours you pay heed to!!

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The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson

I have read all of Dorothy Koomsons books and I have to say they are all so beautifully written,The Rose Petal Beach is no exception to this. The story tugs at your heart from the first page and makes you think about what you would do in that same situation.

What would you do if your husband was arrested for a heinous crime that he says he didn’t commit, but the person accusing him of this crime is your best friend?

The Rose Petal Beach is about Tamia Challey who has to deal with all of these things, as the plot gets thicker and secrets and lies are revealed for what they are can Tamia deal with it all.

The main question throughout the story is what would you do for the one you loved, how far would you go? The entire story centers around the tale of The Rose Petal Beach, which is a beautiful tale about love and loss and a womans search to find her true love.

This story will make you smile, will make you think and it might even make you cry but it is definitely worth reading.

Have you heard the story of the rose petal beach?

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A Necessary End by Peter Robinson

A Necessary End is the third book in the DCI Banks collection, and is another great read. This story is without a doubt filled with mystery from the start, I had no clue as too who had committed the crime until it was revealed because of the clever way in which the story is constructed. One moment the suspicion is on one character and the case seems to be coming to a close when something else occurs and throws doubt on the entire case.

In this story Banks has been relegated to right hand man as a policeman has been sent from London to head the investigation into the death  of a fellow police officer, at an anti-nuclear demonstration.

The new character Superintendent Burgess is a very biased policeman and doesn’t want Banks investigating the dead police officers background, he just wants to catch the killer whatever the motives for murder were. To make matters worse Burgess cannot abide the kind of people who attend demos and rallies, he says  throughout the book that they are all criminals and terrorists.

Banks realises  that he needs to keep his own investigation going on top of the one Burgess is working on, he knows that there are a number of alternate motives and possibilities into the murder and wants to remain as unbiased as possible.

Throughout the book there is unfair bias, bullying, lies, deceit, a hint of corruption, of  course murder and one thing no one counted on that revenge is a dish best served cold.

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