Book reviews, Cosy mystery

After Jessica by Morgen Bailey – Book Review. @morgenwriteruk @BOTBSPublicity #AfterJessica

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between his sister and Alexis?  

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MY REVIEW 

Jessica died in a tragic accident, her brother Simon begins to sort out her affairs, but gets odd phone calls from someone looking for Alexis…..he also finds a roll of cash in a drawer and wonders how she came to have this and the few thousand in her bank account.

He tries his best to find Alexis as he feels it would be nice to speak to someone who may have known Jess…..

He also meets, Andy, the train driver involved in Jess’ accident and could there be a romance here?

This is a surprising novella, in that there is so much going on in. There’s the mystery of Jess and her money, the missing Alexis and a little romance too. A nice easy ready with a couple of surprises. Ideal if you haven’t time for a full novel but still want a good, engaging read. 

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey lives and breathes writing. ‘Morgen with an E’  is an author, speaker, tutor, editor, and podcaster. As well as being a competition judge, she is a columnist for Writers’ Forum magazine. 

Morgen’s fiction books include crime and mystery novels, and short story collections. They are mostly set against a Northamptonshire background, whether there is crime involved, a dog-detective that can talk, or a serial dater on a mission! 

Her non-fiction works are aimed at all levels of writers whether beginners or those who want to refresh their skills – Morgen also tutors in person and has several online writing courses available. She runs her own mentor group on Facebook, very much a collaboration, and she invites all authors to join. Her Writer’s Block Workbooks are a go-to for every author. 

When Morgen is not editing, speaking, reading, or writing, she’s walking her dog, out with friends or at literary festivals. The only time she sits down and does nothing is at the cinema but even then she’s making mental notes! 

 

Morgen Bailey on Social Media:Author Website:    http://www.morgenbailey.com

Twitter & Instagram:    @morgenwriteruk

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Amazon Author Page:    https://author.to/MorgenBailey

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Thriller

The Land Of Trees by L.A. Naylor – Book Review. @lanaylor11 @CameronPMtweets #TheLandOfTrees

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

An intelligent mystery set among the people and landscapes of  Guatemala. A compelling read for adults and young adults alike.

Based on the experiences of author LA Naylor when she travelled to and lived in Guatemala for a year – a country that she chose almost at random and grew to love and respect.

LA Naylor is available for interview and will be touring the UK with bookshop events.

Adoptee Lia has followed her Spanish teacher, Rafael, to Guatemala, for romance and adventure. She doesn’t know much about the country but she’s happy because she’s finally living life on her own terms. On their first night together Lia decides to declare her feelings, but before she gets the chance, the unimaginable happens and Rafael is brutally killed.

Devastated, Lia travels to Rafael’s family home in the countryside, determined to find out why. But not everyone is keen on her investigation and Lia has to decide what is more important: living without answers or taking the deadly consequences that come with the truth.

Set against a backdrop of civil unrest and huge political change, Naylor shows the powerful impact the past can have, even decades later.

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MY REVIEW 

Lia and Richard have travelled to Guatemala on an adventure and to meet Lia’s friend, Rafael.

He’s late meeting them in a bar, but they get to meet Macy a fellow U.K. resident from Amersham. Rafael arrives, he’s seen handing a case to the barman, but this is soon forgotten.

However, Rafael is then attacked and dies, leaving Lia devastated. The friends decide to find out why he died.

What follows is a crime mystery story, with details of the history, politics and people of Guatemala, with stunning descriptive writing that really brings the beauty of the country to life. A tale of tragedy and ultimately hope.

Thank you to Cameron Publicity & Marketing for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 You can buy a copy here 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

LA NAYLOR has been a fisherwoman, the CEO of a charity, a wreck diver and an English teacher. She was awarded a grant from the Campaign for Learning to write a non-fiction book on miscarriages of justice in the UK. That book, Judge for Yourself, was a bestseller and was praised by The Guardian, Michael Mansfield QC and many more.

Naylor received a lifetime membership to the Millennium Awards Fellowship which recognises, celebrates and records the achievements of individuals working to strengthen and enrich their communities. The Land of Trees is her first novel. She lives in London. 

The Land of Trees will be available at all good bookshops and online outlets in ebook and paperback. More information can be found about LA Naylor at https://lanaylor.com/