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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

Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval ** Blog TourReview**

It's time for my stop on the Little Pink Taxi Blog Tour today, a contemporary romance from Choc Lit. 

Rosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline. 

Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too. 

On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was somebody playing cupid …

My Thoughts

This is a lively read with a story line with plenty of action and even more romance. I loved the setting up in Scotland and really got a sense of the close-knit community and way of life. You feel that you can see the beautiful though misty scenery and the castle is described in whimsical detail. I enjoyed reading about Marc's impressions of the place as an outsider who comes from a totally different world but there are clues that he may not be as he first appears to Rosalie. The ghostly goings-on are a bit of a surprise but fit in with the remote village and surroundings.
    Rosalie turns out to be a character who wears her heart on her sleeve and you are really rooting for her by the end. She is the glue that keeps the community going. Her friends and the villagers who rely on the little pink taxi, add humour and interest, showing a whole different side to Rosalie. You soon come to realise that profit is not her bottom line, as opposed to others. This is a fun read with some intrigue and mystery mixed in with a large dose of romance.

In short: Romance and intrigue add up to a fun read.
About the Author

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher, and in her spare times loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance, and her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global eBook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance). She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

You can follow Marie here: Twitter   |  Website  

Book links: Amazon UKAmazon US  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

Thanks to Marie and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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