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The Lost Queen by Carol McGrath #Review

  We travel back to the 12th Century for this gorgeous historical novel, The Lost Queen by Carol McGrath . It was published by Headline Accent on 18th July. 1191 and the Third Crusade is underway . .  It is 1191 and King Richard the Lionheart is on crusade to pitch battle against Saladin and liberate the city of Jerusalem and her lands. His mother, the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine and his promised bride, Princess Berengaria of Navarre, make a perilous journey over the Alps in midwinter. They are to rendezvous with Richard in the Sicilian port of Messina. There are hazards along the way - vicious assassins, marauding pirates, violent storms and a shipwreck. Berengaria is as feisty as her foes and, surviving it all, she and Richard marry in Cyprus. England needs an heir. But first, Richard and his Queen must return home . . . The Lost Queen is a thrilling medieval story of high adventure, survival, friendship and the enduring love of a Queen for her King.   My Thoughts

Bad Apples by Will Dean #Review #TeamTuva #TuvaMoodysonBook4


I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour to celebrate Will Dean's latest thriller, Bad Apples. Any Tuva Moodyson Thriller has to be an occasion! You can read my reviews of his previous books, here, of which the first two feature Tuva: Dark Pines  |  Red Snow  |  Last Thing to Burn  

Praise for the series:

‘I can’t wait for Tuva’s next outing.’ Val McDermid

‘BRILLIANT.’ Ann Cleeves

‘Tuva Moodyson just rocks.’ Mark Billingham

‘Total Scandi vibes, a cracking plot and a hugely likeable heroine.’- Grazia

‘Eerie, unnerving and buckets of fun.’ - Observer

A murder 

A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated in the forest

A festival 

An isolated hilltop community celebrates ’Pan Night’ after the apple harvest

A race against time 

As Visberg closes ranks, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper.  Tuva senses the scoop of her career, unaware perhaps that she is the story...

Set  in  Sweden’s  Halloween  season,  when  the  forests  are  full  of  elk hunters and the town of Visberg is thick with the aroma of rotting fruit, BAD APPLES  is  a  thrilling  introduction  for readers  new to  the series,  and for die-hard #TeamTuva fans, a heart-stopping rollercoaster...  

My Thoughts

 Tuva Moodyson proves to be as complicated and layered a character as she has appeared in previous novels. If anything, you get to see more of her hidden demons and how she tries to cope with them. The environment is as unsettling and as hostile as ever and in this story, Tuva's patch as a journalist has extended to include the threatening small-town of Visberg. With her deafness, Tuva experiences the world around her differently to the hearing world and sometimes this emphasises her vulnerability and makes you concentrate on the sensory clues, in silences or voices in the distance. 

    Bad Apples can be read as a standalone but of course, I would recommend you catching up with Tuva in her other novels. At the beginning of my advanced treader copy, Will Dean warns the reader to 'buckle up' and my goodness, it was good advice. The pace of the story increases towards its shocking end and the situation which Tuva finds herself in is completely horrific! 

In short: an arresting plot, atmospheric setting, multi-layered heroine and an ending to make you gasp! 

About the Author


Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands and lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. The second Tuva Moodyson thriller, Red Snow, won ‘Best Independent Voice’ at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards, 2019, and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020. The third novel, Black River, has been longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021. Rights for the series have been sold in eight territories (France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, China and Turkey). 

Will lives in Sweden where the Tuva Moodyson novels are set. TV Rights to Dark Pines have been optioned by Lionsgate, the producers of Mad Men, with plans for a multi-part series featuring Tuva Moodyson. 

You can follow Will here:  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Instagram
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Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Will Dean, Point Blank Books and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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