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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

Suicide Thursday by Will Carver #Review #Giveaway

We are back with the amazing Orenda Books today with Will Carver's latest literary thriller, Suicide Thursday which was published on November 24th. I also have the chance for you to win a print copy. Details of how to enter can be found at the foot of this post.

 
Eli Hagin can’t finish anything. 

He hates his job, but can’t seem to quit. He doesn’t want to be with his girlfriend, but doesn’t know how end things with her, either. Eli wants to write a novel, but he’s never taken a story beyond the first chapter. 

Eli also has trouble separating reality from fiction. 

When his best friend kills himself, Eli is motivated, for the first time in his life, to finally end something himself, just as Mike did…

Except sessions with his therapist suggest that Eli’s most recent ‘first chapters’ are not as fictitious as he had intended … and a series of text messages that Mike received before his death point to something much, much darker…

My Thoughts

It's time for another completely original thriller from Will Carver, which will keep you right on the edge of understanding what is going on!  The timeline fluctuates back and forward in the days before and after ‘Suicide Thursday’ and you see the point of views of several of the characters with Eli the central protagonist. I found my opinion of Eli, Jackie, his girlfriend, and Mike kept altering as the author teased you with what might be happening.

    With tension throughout, there is nevertheless a deep seam of black humour running throughout the story. Written in a distinctive literary fashion, I appreciated the different tone which emerged in the first chapters which Eli was writing. The central death is raw and uncompromising with those left behind struggling to make sense of events. This is an unusual and thought provoking thriller which shows Will Carver’s talent as a distinctive and original writer. 

In short: dark humour and deadly deeds

 

About the Author


Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study  theatre  and  television  at  King  Alfred’s,  Winchester,  where  he  set  up  a  successful  theatre  company.  He  currently  runs  his  own  fitness  and  nutrition  company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by  Orenda  Books,  Hinton  Hollow  Death  Trip  was  longlisted  for  the  Not  the  Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell. Good Samaritans was a book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the eBook charts.

You can read my review of Good Samaritans here.  Nothing Important Happened Today here, Hinton Hollow Death Trap  here

and The Beresford here and Psychopaths Anonymous here.

 

You can follow Will here:  Twitter  |  Facebook

Book link : Amazon UK

Thanks to Will Carver, Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater of Orenda Books for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

                                      Be sure to check out the rest of this tour!
 

 

Giveaway (UK only) 


 


To win a print copy of Suicide Thursday, just Follow and Retweet the pinned tweet at @bookslifethings and good luck!

Closing date is December 1st 2022 and there is one winner.    
 
*Terms and Conditions –  UK only.  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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