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What Book or Kindle Book are you reading ??

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SuffolkVera Report 2 Feb 2017 17:10

I've been reading Mersey :-D. Just haven't read anything very earth shattering.

I have recently read the first 3 of the Jefferson Tayte genealogical mysteries by Steve Robinson. They are "In The Blood", "To The Grave" and "The Last Queen of England". I first saw this author mentioned on this thread.

Steve Robinson is British and these stories all take place in Britain but his main character, Jefferson Tayte, is an American genealogist. He gets commissioned to research a family background or find a descendant or something similar and has to solve all sorts of mysteries along the way. There are always people out to stop him unveiling secrets and he is forever being knocked on the head or shot at.

Easy reading and not to be taken too seriously but I enjoyed them and will probably read the other couple of books in the series.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 2 Feb 2017 16:52

Still reading, Mersey, too many to mention ;-)

A couple of pressies were

Rather Be the Devil (Inspector Rebus 21) by Ian Rankin
Despite being officially retired, Rebus can't help but get involved in an old case.

"Some cases never leave you.

For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found.

Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?"

The Westminster Poisoner: 4 (Adventures of Thomas Chaloner) by Susanna Gregory

Its a 'historical murder mystery' surrounding the deaths of Clerks to the Court of King Charles II. Thomas Chaloner is an Investigator employed by The Lord Chancellor.

"His search for the real murderer plunges him into a stinking seam of corruption that leads towards the Royal apartments and to people determined to make Christmas 1663 Chaloner's last . . ."

It was interesting to compare how the culprit(s) were 'detected' compared to our hi-tech modern methods. It also reminds us that post-mortems were limitied to an external examination of the body.


Mersey Report 2 Feb 2017 16:33

At the moment I am reading

The Secret Wife - Gill Paul

Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . .
Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.
Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance – and their lives – in danger . . .
Kitty Fisher escapes to her great-grandfather’s remote cabin in America, after a devastating revelation makes her flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jewelled pendant that will lead her to a long-buried family secret . . .
Haunting, moving and beautifully written, The Secret Wife effortlessly crosses centuries, as past merges with present in an unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience.
Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Dinah Jefferies Paul


Mersey Report 2 Feb 2017 16:33

The Liberations - Kate Furnivall

The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy’s population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her father is dead, her mother has disappeared and her brother is being drawn towards danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life and in doing so forges a future in which she must clear her father's name. An Allied Army officer accuses him of treason and Caterina discovers a plot against her family. Who can she trust and who is the real enemy now? And will the secrets of the past be her downfall?


Mersey Report 2 Feb 2017 16:26

Have read a few since I last posted ....

I have read Her Sisters GiWhile her mother is at home giving birth, eleven-year-old Isa must look after her younger siblings, but when her little sister is killed in an accident on a trainline she carries the guilt through the rest of her life.

As Isa grows up, more tragedy strikes: her mother dies of a broken heart after giving birth to a stillborn son, and her father finds solace in heavy drinking. Though Isa finds satisfaction in domestic service for an aristocratic family in London, when her father returns home from the First World War paralysed and suffering memory loss, she must return home to take care of her family once more.

Yet there is only so much Isa can endure over the years, and discovering her husband’s affair is the final straw. Believing she has failed as a sister, a daughter, a wife and a mother, she makes an irrevocable decision… but will she realise in time that her troubled past can also give her the strength to carry on?
ft - Isabel Jackson


Mersey Report 2 Feb 2017 16:16

Has everybody given up reading :-0 :-0 :-D ;-)


Mersey Report 31 Dec 2016 23:01

Wishing all of our lovely Bookworms a Very Happy New Year <3 <3 <3


SuffolkVera Report 30 Dec 2016 17:41

I have just finished Ancestors by Paul Crooks.

Some years ago Paul Crooks started researching his family and found his 3 x great-grandfather had been captured as a child in Africa and taken on a slave ship to work on the plantations in Jamaica. There is a short Forword and a slightly longer Afterword that deal with his research, but the book itself is a fiction story based on his research Into the life of his 3 x great grandfather and takes place over 40 years from 1798 when the boy was captured to 1838 when slaves in the West Indies were emancipated.

It was a bit confusing sometimes as there were so many different names but the basic story came through well and I felt I had learnt quite a lot about the everyday lives of the slaves. An interesting book.


SuffolkVera Report 23 Dec 2016 13:23

Mine wasn't quite like that. I hadn't made any recent purchases. I just got an email out of the blue on the lines of "Here is a Christmas present from us to you". I'm happy to accept the gift :-D


AnninGlos Report 23 Dec 2016 13:04

Ah if that is the sort it was, I have had a couple of those in the past.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Dec 2016 22:11

Just got another one - why do men mention something they'd like so late??? It was for a couple of DVDs. The earlier discount code appeared after placing an order of a different DVD.
Your recent order entitles you to a £1.00 promotional credit which we have added to your account. This credit can be applied to your next qualifying purchase or rental from Amazon Video. This offer is available to UK customers only. For details of how to claim please see ......

......To redeem the Credit, browse the eligible movies and TV shows at Amazon Video via the Amazon.co.uk website,

That must be why I thought it related to downloads etc.
Perhaps book purchases generate a discount for books?


SuffolkVera Report 19 Dec 2016 19:39

Isn't odd? I wonder how they decided who got what? I had one for £2. Once I had used it I deleted the email but I am sure it said it was for use with Kindle books before 4th Jan.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 19 Dec 2016 19:23

Re Amazon - I got sent a couple of £1 voucher codes but thought they were for music downloads or 'streaming' or something. They've been deleted. I'd have used them if I'd known :-0

I'd also accidentally taken out a trial of Amazon Prime by clicking on a 'free to Prime subscribers' book. That's been cancelled, thank goodness. However, I was able to read it for free! (Not something I'd recommend doing)


AnninGlos Report 19 Dec 2016 17:53

Mmm! Curiouser snd curiouser! :-( :-D


SuffolkVera Report 19 Dec 2016 17:26

Poor Ann :-(. I wonder why I was honoured. It can't be because of the money they get from me as I hardly spend anything. I mostly get free books from them or, if I really want something, I wait till the price drops right down. Perhaps it was an attempt to get me to spend a bit more. Didn't work then :-)


AnninGlos Report 19 Dec 2016 16:57

Going to sulk now 'cos I haven't had one! :-( :-(


SuffolkVera Report 19 Dec 2016 13:11

I am currently reading Ancestors by Paul Crooks. It's an interesting story so far and I'll post about it when I finish it.

I've also just downloaded The Other Son by Nick Alexander which I had on my "to read" list after it was mentioned on here. It was £1.99 on kindle books so it used the Amazon £2 voucher they emailed to me. I expect the rest of you that use kindle books on Amazon got a voucher as well. It was a nice surprise :-D


'Emma' Report 14 Dec 2016 15:35

Alice and Freda Forever..a Murder in Memphis by
Alexis Cole.

It's about a love affair between two girls back in the 1800s
which was not even thought about then that people of the same sex
could fall in love.

Interesting so far although finding one of the girls also has boyfriends.


SuffolkVera Report 13 Dec 2016 16:53

I had a look in the library recently for Never Look Back by Lesley Pearse as recommended by Ann, as it sounds an interesting book. They didn't have that but I picked up another one by the same author, Stolen.

A girl is found washed up on a beach. She is still alive but she has amnesia. It is clear that her mind is blocking out something dreadful from her recent past. As she gradually recovers her memory we learn of the traumatic events that led to her being found on the beach, and that the horror isn't over yet.

It's a good story, which should be full of fear and menace, and there was one twist I hadn't expected, but the style of writing is so lightweight that I didn't feel any emotional involvement at all. It's a good holiday/beach book but a disappointment if you want something that makes you think a bit.

I always feel guilty if I post a review that's a bit negative. I really don't want to put anyone off trying a book that they may love even if it's not to my taste.

EDIT. I have just been reading some reviews of this book and it looks as though I've picked up Lesley Pearse's one poor book. Lots of the reviews said they couldn't believe she had written it as it is not in the same league as her other books. Several said it felt as though it had been written by a teenager. I will try another of her books now I know it's not just me who didn't much like this one.


SuffolkVera Report 12 Dec 2016 15:48

That sounds a good book Haribo. I'll look out for that one.