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JooRevoo: The Woman with the Golden Sex Spatula by David Hadley
02 May 2016 22:21 (GMT)The Woman with the Golden Sex Spatula by David Hadley
Hmmmm. Now this is a book that would be on its own shelf in my virtual bookcase. I have no idea why I read it (apart from I liked a previous book by this author). It starts off with a plot device that I hate - naming places and characters after their characters (such as Norbert Trouser-Quandry and Miss Givings in places such as Little Frigging and Lower Crotchstaine Woods.)
If this book has one innuendo or one double entendre, it is in each sentence rather than each chapter. There is a sex scene on every other page. It is certainly not for anyone with delicate sensibilities. However in saying all that, I got hooked. This could have been the plot for a cosy mystery. Once I got used to all the rumpy pumpy (and there was an awful lot) I kept reading. I did try to find a phrase other than "kept reading" for the last sentence, but all the ones I could think of could have two meanings. As everything in this book seemed to have.
Would I recommend this book to others? I cannot think of anyone I would. But I enjoyed it and suggest if you want something a little more brash than usual, this might be it.
JooRevoo: Cleaver Square by Daniel Campbell and Sean Campbell
02 May 2016 21:38 (GMT)Cleaver Square by Daniel Campbell and Sean Campbell
A boy's body is found in the marshes. DCI Morton is on the case, but he just cannot find out who this young lad is. Nobody is reported missing and all the evidence just doesn't add up. Charlie moves into his new foster home, he's been traumatised by recent events and seems to have turned into himself. Morton's home life is going down the pan. How do these threads get together and resolve?
This was a cracking story. We got information as Morton got it. I was wondering about what was happening as the story progressed. The story was weaved quite well.
There are two more Morton stories and since I've really enjoyed the first two, I'm sure the next will just get better.
Madeleine - Our daughter's disappearance by Kate McCann
26 April 2016 18:35 (GMT)The newspapers have, over the years, been full of stories surrounding the tragic disappearance of Madeleine in May 2007 – some sensationalized, some speculative, and many, no doubt, completely unfounded in truth. But the fact remains that after all this time, and despite unprecedented efforts to search for the little girl, there is still no firm evidence to explain exactly what happened to her.
I decided to read Madeleine – Our daughter’s disappearance by Kate McCann because I thought no other account was likely to provide more first-hand facts about what happened that night. I found the book to be well-written in a controlled manner which nevertheless managed to convey the deep and abiding grief felt by the author and mother of Madeleine.
Overall the writer engaged my deepest sympathy throughout, details of her ordeal being almost unbearable to read at times. At the same time I wouldn’t be honest if I did not say that there were aspects of the account which seemed hard to explain, and I could see why the police, at one point, did become suspicious about the parents’ conduct.
Most striking was Kate McCann’s account of her discovery that Madeleine was missing. She makes it clear that from that very moment she was certain that Madeleine had been abducted. And yet she immediately left her two other children alone in the same apartment to go back to the place where she had been dining with her husband and friends to raise the alarm. This meant leaving her vulnerable two year old twins alone again with the abductor almost certainly still nearby.
Subsequently she mentions that the twins showed every sign of having been drugged in some way that night and she suspected that unusual sleepiness shown by Madeleine earlier the same evening could have resulted from some medication being administered. Yet, even when registering the fact that the twins did not stir despite the noise and confusion about them, neither parent seemed to want them tested to see what had been administered and how it could affect them. The danger of an unknown, and potentially dangerous, substance being given to the twins by the abductor could be considered almost as alarming as their sister’s disappearance.
Given the very precise time-line established in Kate McCann’s account – half an hour between the time the apartment was checked by a friend and when Kate returned herself – there was a very small window of opportunity for the whole drugging and abduction to have taken place, although it is possible if the abductor had been watching carefully and knew the routine well enough to work around it, and they may have entered the apartment more than once.
Reading the author’s own account of events I could also see how the Portuguese police could have been very disconcerted by the very immediate, assertive and controlling way in which Gerry and Kate McCann established and publicized the abduction of their daughter as a firm fact when it was quite reasonable for the police to start investigations with a more open mind about how and why Madeleine had disappeared. She could have wandered off, she could have been silenced during a botched burglary and, of course, the police would have been remiss to not at least consider the involvement of those closest to Madeleine in terms of the group of family and friends. Whilst sympathising with Kate’s frustration at anything that detracted from an immediate and concentrated search to find her daughter alive, the police were obliged to also consider other possible scenarios and were hampered in that effort by the juggernaut of press and other official intervention which the McCanns precipitated.
Finally, it has to be said that there is a contradiction within the author’s own account between how she felt and how she acted. Whilst reiterating that she always hated being parted from her children, it was clear from the way the holiday was arranged that the couple had minimal time with the children. Madeleine and the twins seem to have spent long sessions at the site’s children’s clubs whilst the parents engaged in other activities, and were then left asleep every evening in the apartment whilst the parents went out with friends, albeit nearby. The couple even proceeded to leave the children after Madeleine told them that she and her brother had cried for them the previous night and asked why they hadn’t come to comfort them. One line in the book struck me particularly. Even after the disappearance of Madeleine, when the author might have been expected to be particularly protective of her younger twins, she describes herself as very detached from their care:
“When lunchtime came, Gerry and I were in the middle of another meeting when we discovered there was no one around to collect Sean and Amelie. We had to interrupt proceedings and go to the Toddler Club ourselves...”
And the fact that Kate McCann states that they routinely left the apartment unlocked (at the patio doors) when the children were alone is also very hard to understand.
All the above is not to say that the book left me thinking that the parents were in any way implicated in what happened to their daughter or that my predominant feeling was not one of sympathy at the awful events that ripped apart their family.
Having read the book I find myself hoping that the answer to the mystery is that Madeleine was taken by some misguided person desperate for a daughter of their own to love and care for. In which case I hope the family in time can meet again with their daughter and find some sense of relief, even if nothing can undo all the pain they have suffered. In the absence of conclusive evidence all theories remain possibilities and I reckon this one has as fair a chance of being the truth as any.
Is It Her by Jonathan Hill and Kath Middleton
24 April 2016 17:55 (GMT)I've posted my review for Jonathan Hill and Kath Middleton's latest collaboration 'Is It Her?' and it's a cool idea and a fantastic read:
23 April 2016 13:23 (GMT)As this year's Goodreads Challenge I'm going through all the books I downloaded in 2011 (when I joined the wonderful world of kindle)
My "Automatic Book Update" is switched on but I rarely get an updated book without having to ask.
So today I went through the books in my 2011 collection, cross checked them against Amazon and requested about 10 or so that were the old version.
I knew of a few that were re-issued so wondered what Amazon would do.
It seems that they do nothing as when I queried one I was told your version is out of print. Now I know if I'd bought a paperback, I couldn't go back and demand the new version. In fact I think Amazon is wonderful for giving us updated versions. It's a massive plus for them.
The point of my post is, is it worth me even bothering to read the version I have if the author has updated it so much it needs a new issue?
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Based on real events- Birth of the Tudors.
24 April 2016 23:46 (GMT)Henry VII was the last King of England to win his crown in battle. He was also the first of the Tudors. My book The colours of our petals by Aled Davies is a dramatic retelling of just how a fugitive with little power actually achieved this.
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Winner of the best Chick Lit/Women’s Lit category in the 2015 eFestival of Words
Intrigue, scandal, suspense, and romance peppered with humour tell how one man’s influence on a school of wayward girls and their teachers changes each of their lives in ways none of them would imagine – and eventually his own.
Adam Wild is still recovering from the loss of his wife and two young children in a car crash when he is offered the position of head teacher at St Mary’s Academy for Girls in England. The governing board feels that his background as an officer in the US Navy makes him well suited to restore some needed discipline, but some of the all-female teaching staff disagree.
Jenna feels the position should have been hers and undermines his attempts to reform the troubled school. Barbara (Babs) sees him as a romantic challenge, but Lisa believes she knows where his heart truly lies.
His strict new rules set him on a collision course with the sullen students who seek to manipulate or embarrass him in ways only girls can.
As he struggles to set the right tone with teachers and students, accomplish what the board has set as his goals and plan his own future, his presence acts as a catalyst that changes relationships and threatens to pull dark secrets and scandals into the light… And then Nicole, his late wife’s kid sister returns from Africa - and she is hiding secrets of her own…
Lust shouts. Love whispers. Only the heart knows the difference.
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New Novel Pass the Night FREE on Amazon until Sunday April 24
23 April 2016 09:13 (GMT)My new horror novel Pass the Night is now FREE on Amazon until Sunday April 24...
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After losing her mother in a car wreck, a dying, brave little girl seeks refuge in a haunted cottage. With no memory, she must solve her very own mystery over the course of one terrifying night while fending off her mother’s ghost in the wilderness.
Reign--On a distant planet heroes are tainted.
15 April 2016 19:39 (GMT)Reign by Aled Davies Sci-Fi adventure story. A new leader emerges on Planet Saerilia and he is hungry for power. Two friends are driven apart by his greed as the entire planet quickly descends into utter chaos.
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