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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

Spaghetti Head by Sarah Tyley ** Blog Tour Review**

It is my stop on the blog tour today to welcome Sarah Tyley's debut novel, Spaghetti Head

Journalist Nell Greene is intelligent, beautiful and quirky – but a failure at relationships, thanks to her untrusting and disruptive inner voice. She has received The Award, and refusing to help repopulate the earth can seriously complicate your life: it is time for Nell to change. In a world where greed, war, and an environmental disaster have massively reduced the population, survivors have introduced a new system of governance - led by women but delivered by robots, and designed to promote peace and remove opportunities for abuse of power. Or at least that was the intention… Will Nell overcome the challenges of life in a post-apocalyptic world to find happiness, or will the System win? 

Spaghetti Head is Sarah Tyley's debut novel that addresses issues of modern womanhood, environmental devastation and the impact of technological advances on our freedom, relationships and mental health.

My Thoughts

Spaghetti Head has some interesting things to say about relationships and the freedom to choose one's path in life. The world has been left the victim of an environmental disaster and a society has evolved which hardly dares to let mankind take the reins. A woman's right to choose when or indeed if, she wants to have a child seems to have been undermined totally. In fact, anyone exhibiting signs of thinking outside their proscribed role seems to be regarded with suspicion and distrust. 

     I particularly liked how the three generations' experiences are described. Nell's Grandmother and Mother remember times before the Disaster. All three generations seem to have taken different paths and are separated physically although technology keeps them connected. Personal contact does not seem to have the importance you would expect but they have retained a family feeling. Even so, in order to create a world where power cannot be misused, the System seems to have created a restricting and sterile sort of world.

    Through Nell's exploration of her inner voice and memories, the author is able to explore issues of mental health and how we can feel easy in our own skin, even when the world outside feels rather cold and distant. I loved Alice, Nell's housebot who is programmed just for her and who she feels is her best friend. Everyone should have one. 

In short:  An interesting tale of individuals adrift in a post-apocalyptic world.
 
About the Author


I grew up on a dairy farm in Somerset and had a lovely childhood running around outside, spending a lot of time surrounded by cows. I would have to be biased towards Friesians, but really any cow will do - I love them all.

I have written a diary since I was twelve, and some years ago I thought to myself ‘hey, that must mean I’m a writer’ – and so I embarked on short stories. I never quite got the hang of those so moved on to trying a novel.

I currently live in France splitting my time between my gardening business, writing, and playing tennis. I love Roger Federer almost as much as I love cows.

You can follow Sarah here: Website   |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Sarah and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

                                      Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

 

Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4 May 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1986751864
ISBN-13: 978-1986751865


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