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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

Twelve Dates Till Christmas by Jennifer C Wilson #Review


Festive reading continues today with Jennifer C Wilson's Twelve Dates 'till Christmas which is published on October 5th.

Callum and Lexie are perfect for each other - at least, that's what everyone tells them. But they're just good friends, aren't they? And neither wants to ruin the solid friendship that's treated them so well since university.

But when an old school friend of Callum's asks Lexie for a date, and passions overflow on a work night out, could it be the trigger to show each of them what they have been missing out on all this time?

With twelve weeks until Christmas, that's a lot of opportunity for romance - and for misunderstandings...

 My Thoughts

I found this such an enjoyable festive read with some amusing and enjoyable characters. Callum and Lexie have a fantastic friendship and of course, they don't want to spoil that by becoming a couple. In factm many of their friends think they already are and for work events they are happy to go along with that. There is an entertaining 'will they, won't they? theme which keeps you hooked through the twelve dates.  You see the story through both their perspectives which I appreciated. 

    Being a novella, it is a light, easy read which you can fly through. Structured around the twelve separate dates, you follow their story all the way to Christmas. It is not an overtly Christmassy read  and the action really centres around the two characters and their changing feelings. Nicely written, with plenty of characterisation, you are quite invested in their story as the last date arrives.

In short: a fun novella with engaging characters

About the Author

Jennifer C. Wilson stalks dead people (usually monarchs, mostly Mary Queen of Scots and Richard III). Inspired by childhood visits to as many castles and historical sites her parents could find, and losing herself in their stories (not to mention quite often the castles themselves!), at least now her daydreams make it onto the page.

After returning to the north-east of England for work, she joined a creative writing class, and has been filling notebooks ever since. Jennifer won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014, and in 2015, her debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Books. The full series was re-released by Darkstroke in January 2020.

Jennifer is a founder and host of the award-winning North Tyneside Writers’ Circle, and has been running writing workshops in North Tyneside since 2015. She also publishes historical fiction novels with Ocelot Press. She lives in Whitley Bay, and is very proud of her two-inch view of the North Sea. 


You can read my review of The Last Plantagenet? here and The Raider's Heart here.
You can follow Jennifer here: Website  |  Facebook   |  Twitter 
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 Book link:  Amazon UK
Thanks to Jennifer and to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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