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Death at Lovers Leap by Catherine Coles #Review#PublicationDay

    Today I am featuring the third in a cozy crime series by Catherine Coles , The Martha Miller Mysteries . Death at Lovers' Leap is published today, on February 16th by Boldwood Books .You can read my review of the first in the series, Poison at the Village Show   here amd the second, Death at the Country Fair   here .     Westleham Village 1948 As Valentine's Day rolls around, Martha Miller finds herself unusually melancholy at the state of her own love life. With husband Stan still missing and with her growing feelings for Vicar Luke still shrouded in secrecy, there’s only one place Martha can go - famous local beauty spot, Lovers' Leap. Legend has it that those with a broken heart throw themselves off the bridge that spans the river, but Martha is certainly not about to do such a thing! But it looks like someone else has had other ideas…. Because there in the river, Martha finds a body. But is this misadventure, a moment of lovesick madness, or is foul play a

The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup ** Weekend Blitz Review & Giveaway **

I'm loving being the next stop on the blog tour to celebrate the launch of Ann Troup's The Forgotten Room. There's also a great Giveaway for you to have a try. To be in with a chance of winning Ann's Winter Reading Bundle, find out how to enter at the end of this post. 

 Can the past ever be forgotten?

As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.

Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening...

Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?

My Thoughts

This turned out to be the ideal Hallowe'en read. It has the ultimate Gothic House, mysterious characters, secrets from the past and plenty of ghoulish happenings. Of course, Essen Grange is in fact the star of the show. It takes on a presence of its own and is in many ways, a hidden character in the story. It holds the key to the mystery and it is fitting that it takes pride of place on the cover.

    This is a book with a complicated plot. It was quite a challenge to keep up with the revelations but I think I managed to work it all out in the end. You realise that there are no superfluous references or peripheral characters. It is a complex web of intrigue and every ounce of the book counts. It is not for the faint hearted.

    I enjoy the way you get to see the story through different perspectives which adds interest and helps to move the plot along. As a reader, I like to be wrong footed by the writer and I think Ann Troup manages to do this several times in this book. You are never really sure which characters, if any, you can trust and certainly you can't take anyone at face value.

In short: Enter Essen House- if you dare...

About the Author

The Forgotten Room is Ann’s third book, following on from The Lost Child and The Silent Girls. She lives in Devon near the sea and spends her time either writing or dabbling with art. To see what she’s getting up to next follow on Twitter – @TroupAnn or Facebook at Ann Troup Author.

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