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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

The Love Detective Next Level by Angela Dyson #Book Spotlight

Take a look at today's featured book: The Love Detective Next Level by Angela Dyson. It was released on 28th September by Matador Books and follows her successful debut novel, The Love Detective. 


Note to self: Do not screw this up. When Clarry Pennhaligan, rookie private detective and unlikely heroine, takes on her second case, she is determined to master the art of smart. All she has been asked to do is to infiltrate a group of women who share a rather unusual way of spending their spare time. Shouldn’t be too demanding, she thinks, nothing to it. But, after her first clumsy steps reveal secrets that may best be kept hidden, her investigation gains momentum and events take a bizarre and sinister turn. Out of her depth and working above her paygrade, Clarry soon faces a very real danger. Things just got Next Level. 

“The role of amateur detective has always appealed to me,” Angela Dyson explains. “The artless inexperienced meddler asking questions, stirring things up and getting in to a whole heap of trouble. But I’d never be brave enough to do it myself.”

Apart from the twists and turns of her crime caper, Angela has made sure to include some important messages to young and old. As she explains, “Twenty-six year old, Clarry Pennhaligan, is a modern heroine. She’s a generously proportioned size 14. She’s Body Positive and reflects the New Activism: Accept yourself ...just as you are. Accept others.....just as they are.”

And then there’s her side-kick, the glamorous septuagenarian Flan. “I love Flan! She’s gloriously outspoken, and with a huge appetite for life. The inter-generational aspect of the novel sends a powerful message: We can do anything we want, no matter what our age.”

Book link: Amazon UK 

About the Author

As well as creating the Clarry Pennhaligan mysteries, Angela Dyson also write a series, The Fortunes of Sally Forth, featuring a woman who has swapped London Living for Country Loving - something she has recently done herself. Her play, The Gift, premiered at The White Bear Theatre, London. She also won ITV's This Morning's national short story award.  

You can follow Angela here: Website   |  Twitter   |  Facebook

  Thanks to Amanda Dyson and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a place on the event.


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  1. I love a good page turner with engaging characters. My first novel is a psycho mystery and usabookreviewers.com helped to get me many reviews.

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  2. Thanks for the blog tour support xx

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