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A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village by Michelle Vernal #Review

  Michelle Vernal's A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village was published on September 27th by Bookoutre . Ava Kelly loves returning to Emerald Bay for Christmas. Snowflakes fall on the green rolling hills and mulled wine fills The Shamrock Inn with the smell of winter spice. But this year, the Kelly family is hoping for a miracle… When twenty-four-year-old Ava Kelly and her adventurous twin Grace return home to The Shamrock Inn, their Ma’s favourite baubles bring back so many memories of Christmases past. They have always done everything together, even leaving their little Irish village for the excitement of London. But with the locket her handsome ex Shane gave her hanging just above her heart, Ava has just one wish this festive season… After a year stuck in a job she can’t stand and going on dreadful dates, Ava longs to be back with Shane. Curling up in front of the fire with him, the brooding fisherman everyone else sees melts away as his blue eyes meet hers.

Death Deserved by Jorn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger #Review #Giveaway

I am delighted to be taking part in this fantastic Orenda Blog Tour to celebrate the publication of Death Deserved by Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger. This is the first in the international bestselling, award-winning Blix & Ramm series and this nordic noir is translated by Anne Bruce. I also have a great giveaway for you with the chance to win a copy of the book. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. 

Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.

Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missingpersons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing…

Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flair for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.

Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…

                                                                                     My Thoughts

 This is such a satisfying crime thriller with a strong structure and  plotting which is spectacular and which leaves you in awe. |It is a real masterclass. Add to that, some great characters who have their own backstories and you realise you are in for a treat. There is a balance between the police investigation and the journalism which brings conflict and moves the narrative along at a superb pace.

    Tenacious policing and the ability to think laterally makes the investigation credible. The references to so-called celebrities gives the story a current feel and connects it to today. The most surprising character for me, turned out to be Emma Ramm, who had her own demons and you see her develop as the novel progresses. There are connections between characters which are gradually revealed and which throw light on events which have moulded them. The novel begins with breathtaking tension which you return to at the end. Clever writing and the chance to solve a tangled mystery makes for a fabulous read. Special mention for Anne Bruce whose translation flows beautifully.

In short: first class crime writing

                                                                            About the Authors

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. 

Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense. 

Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the
internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer. 

Death Deserved is Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller.

You can follow the authors here: 

John Lier Horst: Twitter   |  Website

Thomas Enger:  Twitter   |  Website 

Thanks to John Lier Horst,Thomas Enger, Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater of Orenda Books for a copy of the book and a place on the blog tour. 

Book link: Amazon UK 

Check out the rest of the tour!

 Giveaway (International) 

To win a print copy of Death Deserved, just Follow and Retweet the pinned Tweet at @bookslifethings and good luck!

 Closing Date is 20th February 2020 and there is one winner.

*Terms and Conditions –International.  The winner will be selected at random via Tweetdraw from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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