The Choice by Edith Eger

Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award and 2018 Christopher Award

Paperback published 16 August 2018

 

Description

In 1944, sixteen-year-old ballerina Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.

The horrors of the Holocaust didn’t break Edith. In fact, they helped her learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and a truly remarkable resilience.

The Choice is her unforgettable story. It shows that hope can flower in the most unlikely places.

My thoughts

This biography/memoir of Edith Eger is an amazing recollection of what happened to her as a teenager when Hitlers’ plan to kill millions of Jews, and others, before and during the Second World War reached Hungary.  What happened to Edith and her family, and many millions of Jews, was horrific. Murder planned and executed on a huge scale that we now refer to as the Holocaust.

This is not always easy reading and yet it is an uplifting story of one woman who survived and went on to help so many others suffering from various traumas.

The book tells of her time in Auschwitz, how she was found and what she did with her life afterwards. Meeting Bela, moving to the US, her family, working, studying and ultimately freeing herself – and others – in order to live fulfilling and happy lives.

This is an important message – of hope, of forgiveness, of choice – not condoning what happened to her or to those she now helps but taking back your life by understanding that you have choice even in the most appalling of situations in order to keep yourself….. you.

It is wonderful to read how Edith took what had happened and used it to help so many other people who have suffered and still are suffering. The Choice is an amazing book about an amazing woman and I strongly recommend reading it.

Find Edith on Facebook, there’s a look at the bottom of the page, to see more of what she thinks and does.

With thanks to Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing via NetGalley for an ebook of The Choice in return for an honest review. I have not received any payment in relation to my review.

#TheChoice #NetGalley

Rating: 4.5*

Information:

Publisher: 51F3E47A-4C11-4A40-ABF8-CE783F0B00B7 Rider Publications  : Ebury an imprint of  Penguin Random House

384 Pages

Published 16 August 2018

Buy: Direct from Penguin

 

USA Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Author:

50F81F2B-E7AD-4793-AE97-D99161C7ED8A.jpegA native of Hungary, Edith Eger was a teenager in 1944 when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War. Despite overwhelming odds, Edith survived the Holocaust and moved with her husband to the United States. Having worked in a factory whilst raising her young family, she went on to graduate with a PhD from the University of Texas and became an eminent psychologist. Today, she maintains a busy clinical practice and lectures around the world.

Feature     Dr Edith Eger on Facebook

 

 

 

Seven (and a half) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

US: September 18, 2018    UK: Out Now

Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that’s an Agatha Christie mystery in a Groundhog Day Loop, with a bit of Quantum Leap to it.

 

Description

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

The Hardcastle family is hosting a masquerade at their home, and their daughter Evelyn Hardcastle will die. She will die everyday until Aiden Bishop is able to identify her killer and break the cycle.

But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up each day in a different body as one of the guests.

Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend. But nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

My thoughts

Aiden narrates Seven (and a half) Deaths. It begins with him waking up in a wood believing he has seen a murder, he makes it to a large house only to find that he is Dr Simon Bell and so begins this well written and well-crafted story.

Aiden finds out that he will wake up every day as another of the guests in this grand, but shabby home of the Hardcastle family and the only way to get back to being himself away from this house is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder.

We go with him and as the story unfolds we meet the different house guests and pieces of the puzzle slowly emerge. It is well written, gripping and layered as we learn what happened from one point of view we also see how the other protagonists are viewed by each other. Some of the ‘guests’ that Aiden inhabits aren’t what he thinks and other guests aren’t quite what they seem. Will he solve the murder? Will he escape, indeed will he escape alive?

Aiden is also wondering why him? And it is this storyline, for me, that brings a lovely, subtle sub story with a conclusion that makes this an even more gratifying read.

With this book you get a murder mystery with a mind boggling plot to enjoy over and over again. It delivers many levels and delivers on many levels. This is a terrific book and well worth reading. I enjoyed it and would certainly recommend.

With thanks to SourceBooksLandmark, via NetGalley, for providing me with an eBook of The Seven and a half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I have not received any payment in relation to my review.

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Publisher:           17277079-AA90-434F-A06A-BDC37C929D27            Raven Books (8 Feb. 2018)        Bloomsbury

Hardcover: 528 pages           Language: English

ISBN-10: 1408889560

ISBN-13: 978-1408889565

Buy:             Amazon US        Amazon

Author:

54517EE6-4FE8-4544-BE3D-E73D3CEEFE15Stuart is the author of a high-concept crime novel and lives in London with his amazing wife, and drinks lots of tea.

What else?

​When he left university he went travelling for three months and stayed away for five years. Every time his parents asked when he’d be back he told them next week, and meant it.

Stuart is not to be trusted. In the nicest possible way.

He’s got a degree in English and Philosophy, which makes him excellent at arguing and terrible at choosing degrees. Having trained for no particular career, he has dabbled in most of them. He stocked shelves in a Darwin bookshop, taught English in Shanghai, worked for a technology magazine in London, wrote travel articles in Dubai, and now he’s a freelance journalist. None of this was planned, he just kept getting lost on his way to other places.

He likes a chat. He likes books. He likes people who write books and people who read books. He doesn’t know how to write a biography, so should probably stop before we start talking about his dreams or something. It was lovely to meet you, though.

Stuart’s debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, will be published in 2018 by Bloomsbury.

@Stu_Turton

 

 

 

 

Busted by Michele I. Khoury: Guest Post and Excerpt #BlogTour #BUSTED #Lovebooksgrouptours @pagepublishing

Three people collide over cocaine

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Description

Impacted by the recession, twenty-four-year-old artist Gina McKenna is down to her last few dollars and days away from living in her car when a successful businessman buys a painting and commissions another. As their relationship evolves, she’s seduced by his charm and mesmerized by his luxurious lifestyle until she discovers he’s a drug kingpin. As her world turns upside down, she struggles to survive vicious brutality. 

Miguel Lopez is a cocaine supplier with a weightlifter’s physique and ‘the rules do not apply to me’ attitude. Maniacal and ruthless, he has no qualms about killing anyone who interferes with his distribution network, including Gina. 

Dedicated to eradicating illegal drugs, DEA Special Agent Bobby Garcia spent months and hundreds of thousands of dollars working undercover to buy his way up a dealer chain to identify the moneyman. When his fourteen-year-old daughter overdoses on cocaine, he traces the blow to Lopez. As Bobby’s mission becomes personal, he makes emotional decisions, which negatively impact civilians and his job. Unable to let go, he risks his career to orchestrate the biggest drug sting in Southern California. What happens isn’t what he expected. 

When a deputy district attorney meets Gina at a party, he is smitten. As his attraction grows, so does Gina’s involvement with the DEA’s case, of which he is the designated prosecutor. Mindful of his professional ethics, he tries to stifle his feelings. 

Sex and violence permeate the twists and turns of this cautionary tale about choosing one’s friends well. 

Guest Post from Michele I. Khoury with an Excerpt from Busted

I am thrilled to have Michele I. Khoury as the guest on my blog today and delighted to be sharing an excerpt from her debut book.

Busted: The Story Behind the Main Character

Writing my debut novel took six years. Not because I started and stopped, but because I created a plot that involved subjects that I didn’t know. Therefore, as I wrote, I researched. The storyline is about three people who collide over cocaine and is a cautionary tale about choosing one’s friends well.

The protagonist, Gina McKenna, is a twenty-four-year-old artist, and the only character that’s a composite of several people. Since I’ve never painted, I consulted with two friends: the first is a retired artist, who displayed her paintings in her Laguna Beach, California art gallery, and the second is a middle-aged black male artist. Gina’s personality reflects their passion, dedication, and philosophy.

Gina’s naïveté comes from me—as I learned, so did Gina. I didn’t experiment with drugs or use cocaine, so for the party scenes, I interviewed friends and strangers, and extrapolated from their experiences.

Gina’s need for money and her innocence clouded her judgment, and she made poor decisions. One reader shared that she became so enraged at Gina that she wanted to throw the book across the room. I asked, “Did you ever make a decision that was a bad choice?” She blushed and answered, “Unfortunately, yes.”

As Gina grows in the story, so does her character. She realized her false beliefs and incorrect thinking stem from childhood wounds. When she hits rock bottom and in the midst of her darkest moments, she developed a new perspective, which gave her strength and enabled her to heal.

What about you, dear reader? Have you made a decision that turned out to be a bad choice? Did a particularly painful experience become “one of the best things that ever happened?” Have you attended parties where drugs were used? Were you comfortable or uncomfortable? I’d love to hear about your experience.

Warmest Regards, 

Michele I. Khoury

Busted: An Excerpt 

Chapter 4Gina-Gardenia-Scented Candle

A muscular man barged in front of them as if she and Suz didn’t exist. How rude.

He had short black hair; a chunky gold chain glimmered around his neck, and he held a beer bottle. A tiger’s eyes peeked above the tank top on his back, which matched the insignia on his leather wristbands. Holy cow. He was the gnarly guy who’d argued with Jason at Heisler Park.

“Seen Halloway yet?” he asked Jason.

“Miguel, this is Gina, the artist I told you about.”

He spun around, and his obsidian eyes bored into hers.

Intimidated by his glare, she said nothing.

Jason gestured with an open palm, “And this is Susie.”  

Miguel glanced at her then did a double take, checking out her curvaceous figure.  

Susie, a gentle soul with long dark brown hair and sea-green eyes, held her hand in front of her chest like a shield.

Gina’s protective instincts were triggered, and she stepped closer to her friend.

A clean-cut man strode up, grinning. “Miguel! Jason. Finally, we have our tres amigos reunion.”

Miguel bro-hugged the newcomer. “How ya doin’, man?”  

“Always good to see you.” Jason thumped Tom’s back. “Gina and Susie, this is Tom Halloway, our good friend from high school.”

Taller than Jason and Miguel, Tom had broad shoulders, a prominent jaw, and sand-colored hair. He projected a polished image in a navy blazer, white shirt, and light blue jeans. His charisma drew Gina in, and when he glanced at her, his cerulean eyes widened.

Noting his interest, she hoped he was an art supporter and smiled. “Hello.”  

When Susie shook his hand, she blushed. “Nice to meet you.”

Aww, she likes him. Susie yearned for marriage and a family, and Gina wondered if they’d develop a relationship.

Two guys approached, and Jason discreetly ushered them a few feet away. The party noise drowned out their conversation, but as they chatted, one of the men gazed at Gina. Thinking that Jason was teeing her up for an introduction, her hopes rose.  

Miguel playfully punched Tom’s shoulder. “Been a long time, man.”

“Ten years. Heard you’re in the import business.”

“Yep. Clay pot containers.” Miguel chugged his beer.

The men who’d been talking with Jason sauntered away. He rejoined their group.

Feeling a tad let down, Gina assured herself there was still plenty of time to meet the art patrons.

“How about you?” Miguel asked Tom. “What are you doing?”

“Didn’t Jason tell you? I’m a Deputy District Attorney.

“Are you shittin’ me?” Miguel raised his eyebrows. “Where?”

“Right here in the OC.”

Miguel and Jason exchanged glances.

Wondering if Susie had noticed, Gina looked at her, but her gaze was glued to Tom.

“What do you do?” Tom asked Gina.

“I’m an artist.” Seizing the opportunity, she reached into her purse and withdrew a couple of marketing pieces. She gave one to Tom and one to Jason. The leaflet featured five paintings plus her contact information.

Using the light from the flaming torch, Tom perused her brochure and pointed to a painting. “Isn’t that the Big Corona Beach Jetty?”

“Yes.” Did he like it?

“Thought so,” Tom said. “I jog by there every day.”

“Do you collect art?” Susie asked.  

“Not until I pay off my student loans,” Tom said.

Gina was disappointed, but she understood. Thank God she’d had a scholarship, or she’d be in even worse trouble.

Jason slid the piece into his pant pocket. “Give one to Miguel.”

Not wanting to waste any, she reluctantly offered another.

He snatched the leaflet and jammed it into his jeans.

Jerk.

Tom carefully tucked her pamphlet inside his jacket, and she appreciated the respectful way he treated it.

People streamed by, and one couple stopped to chat with Jason. The man, dressed in a charcoal Armani suit, escorted a hot-looking Asian woman in a short skin-tight scarlet dress. She hugged Jason.

“Awesome party, the woman said.

The couple looked interesting, and Gina wanted to talk with them. Before she had a chance to introduce herself, they noticed Miguel and scurried off.

He was creepy, and she wished he’d leave.

“What department are you in?” Susie asked Tom.

“Narcotics.”

“Do you work with the Feds?” Miguel asked.

“Collaborate with the DEA all the time.”

“Sounds interesting,” Susie said.

“The big cases are fascinating. But too many non-violent people are being incarcerated. We need to decriminalize drugs.”

Whoa. Gina exchanged glances with Suz, who looked as shocked as she.

“If you believe that, then how can you prosecute?” Jason sounded incredulous.

“With total dedication. I’m just saying, prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, and it’s not working for drugs.”

Out Now

AmazonUS eBook

AmazonUK Paperback        AmazonUK eBook

 

Author:

7D142260-D8E4-4B7E-97B5-C01C7CE551A7Writing is Michele I. Khoury’s third career. After graduating from the University of California at Riverside with a Masters degree in Economics, she worked at Xerox, where she set multiple sales records, and Apple Computer, where she received the Business Development Manager of the Year award. For twenty-one years, she was an international business consultant and taught technology companies around the world how to sell.

Her writing career began when she took the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Novel Writing Classes offered through the University of California Irvine’s extension program. She was one of three out of the fourteen students her professor choose to mentor and attended weekly critique sessions for six years. BUSTED is her debut novel, and she is currently writing her second book, which is about domestic violence and abuse.

She lives in Orange County, California with her husband and rescued dogs, Bubbles and Thriller.

Please feel free to contact or follow me:    

Mkhoury18@gmail.com  

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Publisher:             Page Publishing, Inc.

My comment

WOW! Well wasn’t that great. Makes you want to rush out and get a copy doesn’t it?

My thanks go to Michele I. Khoury for her terrific post and the amazing excerpt from her debut book #Busted.

Also, thanks to Kelly at #LoveBooksTours for inviting me on board this wonderful Blog Tour and, with Page Publishing Inc., providing an eBook of Busted. I have not received any payment in relation to my participation in this Blog Tour nor any future review that may appear on my blog.

Would you like to read more about Busted by Michele I. Khoury?  Then take a journey on the #BlogTour……

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#20BooksofSummer: July Update

#20BooksofSummer

Here are July’s reads, there are just six with five posts made, this leaves me with seven books to read by 3 September. I’m over half way and, phew, still on track.

I know Where She Is

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Strangers on a Bridge

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Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

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Disbelief

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Dead of Night

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7 (7.5) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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I have yet to post my thoughts on this book but will be doing so in the next few days.

What about you?

Have you been doing this challenge? How is it going?  Are you enjoying the challenge? I would love to hear from you. Do leave a comment below.

 

 

Dead of Night by Michael Stanley #RandomThingsTour #DeadofNight

FIRST-EVER stand-alone thriller by the international, bestselling authors of the Detective Kubu series

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FABULOUS Vietnamese-American FEMALE protagonist STUNNING African and Vietnamese setting
Explores the relevant and devastating Rhinoceros trade

@detectivekubu’s FIRST EVER #standalone #thriller set in #Vietnam & #SouthAfrica … #DeadOfNight

Description

When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, while searching for her missing colleague. But, within a week, she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder. And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that may hold the key to everything.
Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth before she’s exposed by the local mafia. Discovering the plot behind the money is only half the battle. Now she must convince the South African authorities to take action before it’s too late. She has a shocking story to tell, if she survives long enough to tell it…
Fast-paced, relevant and chilling, Dead of Night is a stunning new thriller that exposes one of the most vicious conflicts on the African continent…

My thoughts

A fascinating book which has Crys following in another journalists footsteps in order to find him after he disappears when investigating the smuggling of rhino horn from South Africa to Vietnam. You learn such a lot but, of course, this is fiction so you also get a fast-paced, action thriller with a female protagonist who is quite fearless and has a deep sense of right and wrong even if she isn’t always able to be honest.

This is a stand alone from Michael Stanley, although it would be very easy to see a series involving Crys, it is well written and keeps you engrossed whilst demonstrating how difficult it must be to stop this sort of appalling trade in animals. The book brings South Africa to mind stunningly and makes you feel you are right there – and wouldn’t that be lovely, although not quite in Crys’ situation!

Crys gets herself into all sorts of difficult situations and uses some great ways of getting out of them, she’s certainly a woman not to mess with. It’s terrific to have a female lead character like her to read.

The action is fast, tense and takes you from the US to South Africa via Switzerland, where you can take a quick breath, to Vietnam and back to South Africa. It’s breathtaking the action and the scenery; and the story will have you going through all sorts of emotions most definitely on behalf of the rhinos but also on behalf of the humans who, highlighted in the character of Bongani, often find themselves put in very difficult situations. It will make you think about the plight of the rhino and other animals. How we humans treat them, treat our fellow humans, how our circumstances and our natures can allow such things to happen. There are big questions behind this story, thought-provoking and difficult.

This is a terrific book which I certainly recommend.

With thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on board the #RandomThingsTour and Orenda Books for the eARC. These are my own thoughts and I have not received any form of payment for them.

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Like to see more about Dead of Night? ……..then take a journey around the #BlogTour

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Publisher:    Orenda (15 July 2018)

Language:    English                          Paperback: 320 pages

ISBN-10: 1912374250                         ISBN-13: 978-1912374250

Buy:                Dead of Night              Waterstones       Kobo

Author:  FE10AF51-C157-4E36-80F5-FA1BCBC9FF47Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award. Dead of Night is their first stand-alone thriller.

Disbelief by M.T.J. Meijer. #RandomThingsTour #Disbelief

Out Now: #1 Ben Smit Series

Description

Multiple mass-poisonings at pilgrimage sites throughout Europe.

Sophie Pearson, a successful artist, created paintings of the horrific events before they occurred. There are more sketches, implying other attacks are yet to take place. What does Sophie know? Who does she know?  

A serial killer, leaving dead bodies in five-star hotel rooms in the city of Amsterdam.
James Edwards, multi-billionaire and founder of the ALA – the Atheist Liaison Association – has an alibi for the time of the poison attacks. But is it a coincidence he’s in Amsterdam at the time the serial killer hit?

It is up to Chief of Europol Dave Johnson and police consultant and psychic medium Ben Smit to figure out if both cases are connected. They must unravel the ties between past and present, or more lives will be lost.

One thing is for certain – they won’t all make it to the finish line!

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My thoughts

This is a story of murder, two kinds – men are being killed their throats slit in their hotel rooms and murder on a huge scale hundreds being poisoned at pilgrimage sites across Europe.

We are told the story from a number of points of view which are easily followed, the voices are quite clear. Ben Smit a psychic who occasionally is called in to help an investigation by Amsterdam Police; Sophie an artist who has been having nightmares prompting her to paint the scenes she has seen; Dave is Head of Murder at Europol he’s working on both cases but those of the men has a personal interest; Emma is a P.A. To James who is CEO to ALA an organisation that has made him richer than he already is from his inheritance.

This is not a whodunnit because we find that out and why early on which makes this an intriguing read. Of course, we don’t learn everything all at once and there are some twists that keep the plot moving along. The authors use of using the characters to work out or understand what is happening makes for suspense in this well paced and tense read. It has a strong paranormal influence, which is not surprising given Ben Smit is a psychic, but it is central and necessary to the plot giving a unique feel, another interesting layer to the story.  It’s fascinating to see how things work, how each crime is worked out and what happens from the different characters point of view.

It’s a compelling read with good characters and the weaving of the two plots is well done by M. J. T. Meijer keeping the tension throughout.

This is the first of a new three-part series: The Ben Smit Series by M. J. T. Meijer. With thanks to Anne Cater for bringing me on board for this blog tour and Crimson Cloak Publishing for providing an eARC. These are my own thoughts and I have not received any form of payment for them.

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Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing; 1 edition (11 Jun. 2018)
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 724 KB
Print Length: 274 pages
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English

Buy: Amazon UK 

E4FE5A9D-BB46-49C4-8511-947D53E69305Author:  M.J.T. Meijer was born in 1970 in rural Holland. Although her parents named her Maria, they’ve always called her ‘Tam’ or ‘Tammie’.

Having lived in different countries she speaks several languages and currently resides in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and son. While living in Dubai and practicing as a hypnotherapist and guest writer for a local wellbeing magazine, Tam formed the inspiration to write Misguided, the first in the Sam Jansen series.

Writing the sequel, Misjudged, seemed a logical next step. Tammie believes she has successfully managed to further develop the characters whilst creating a new story line with as much suspense as Misguided, ensuring both novels make for a riveting read on their own. The third in the series featuring psychic Samantha Jansen is next in line and currently boasts the working title Misconstrued.

Once she finished Disbelief, introducing medium Ben Smit and Dave Johnson, head of the Europol homicide team, Tam decided it should be the first in a series and keenly started work on Disregard. Once that manuscript was polished and finetuned, she took six months to sidestep the genre for a moment and focus on something a little more light-hearted, which resulted in A Spade and a Bottle of Port, a humorous crime with a touch of romance. Tam is currently finishing Disorder, her fifth suspense novel and third in the Ben Smit series.

Tam’s work is themed on the balance of light and dark, of twisted minds and loving souls, of murder and chaos and karmic consequences creeping into people’s lives, forcing them to change and adapt.

Initially, it was Tam’s ambition to write the novel she herself would love to read, and that continues to be her main driving force.

In November 2016, she submitted her short story Perception, to an online literary magazine’s annual competition open to writers from all Commonwealth countries. After the judges reviewed the thousands of entries, her work was shortlisted for inclusion in the anthology.

A passionate writer, she plans on writing for many more years to come.

MJT Meijer         Facebook       @MjtMeijer          Instagram

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: Further Adventures of Constable Mavis Upton by Gina Kirkham #LoveBooksGroupTour #WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot #WTF

“Hilarious! It’s true, everyone needs Mavis in their life.” 
- Sherrie Hewson, actor, broadcaster and novelist

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Description

The laughter continues to flow in Gina Kirkham’s brilliant sequel to the wonderful Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong.

Our hapless heroine Constable Mavis Upton is preparing to step down the aisle with her fiancé Joe, but has to deal with her temperamental teen daughter, as well as investigate a serial flasher on a push bike. Throw a diva drag queen into the mix and readers can expect the usual hilarious Mavis mishaps that made the first book such a hit.

Revel in Gina Kirkham’s humorous, poignant and moving stories of an everyday girl who one day followed a dream.

 

My thoughts

Mavis is getting married, there’s a flasher on the loose and someone seems to be just a bit  obsessed with Mavis – that is someone other than her beloved Joe.

We are regaled with some everyday stories of policing from Constable Mavis Upton told in a humorous and affectionate way by Gina Kirkham. Nevertheless there are some serious points to be made – just not too many – in this tale of ordinary policing, ordinary or rather extraordinary people and ordinary life. Mavis has a lot on her plate not just the job, she’s getting married, she’s got her dad and other family issues. Things just never seem to go to plan for this big-hearted soul but as we wend our way through this heartwarming tale of Mavis and her life we are treated to some wonderful characters not least of which is Mavis herself.

The stories that are recounted tell of everyday policing in the North West of England – from remembering how she reconnected with her father, shoplifting, a flasher who is avoiding apprehension, since none of the women can identify anything other than his doughnut encased appendage, to fatal incidents. All told through the unique mind of Mavis courtesy of Gina Kirkham. Alongside those insights come the family ones, Mavis isn’t just a police officer – she’s a mum, a soon to be wife, a daughter and friend. You will laugh out loud and, perhaps, even shed an odd tear as you follow Mavis through the mayhem that is her quite wonderful life.

Gina Kirkham writes in a somewhat bawdy humourous style which can certainly brighten your day. However, in my opinion, she comes into her own when recounting the poignant stories of Mavis’s life and this, for me, makes Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot worth reading.

With thanks to Urbane Publishing, Gina Kirkham and Love Books Group for the eARC of Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: The Further Adventures of Constable Mavis Upton. Like to find out more? Take a look at the #LoveBooksGroupTour…

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Publication Day:   19th July 2018

Publisher:             C22A0E80-09D4-4E4A-8C5A-688C4F63C385          @UrbaneBooks      Urbane Publications


ISBN:                        978-1911583813
Pages: 320

Genre:                     Women’s Fiction | Humour

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Author:      FD4B720F-6C54-4804-8472-C669B17D2970 Gina Kirkham was born on the Wirral in the not-so-swinging 50’s. Being the less adventurous of three children, she remains there to this day. Trundling a bicycle along a leafy path one wintry day, a lifelong passion to be a police officer gave her simultaneously an epiphany and fond memories of her favourite author Enid Blyton and moments of solving mysteries. Thus began an enjoyable and fulfilling career with Merseyside Police. On retirement she put pen to paper to write a book based on her experiences as a police officer. And so Mavis Upton was born…

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