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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

The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club. It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.  


Whatever the question, the answer is wine!

They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them…

Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy.

Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything.

And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’s a catch – notably, her ex-boyfriend who makes it clear that he wants another chance to prove he the one she should be with.

Can the three mums navigate this new stage of motherhood together and keep their friendship and their sanity? Or could life be about to change for them all over again?

 My Thoughts

This is the follow up to The 3am  Shattered Mums’Club when the three friends were in the thick of raising newborns. You just feel that Aisha, Mel and Sophy are credible characters. They are distinct, with their own stories in the background and all struggling in their own ways with life now that their children are starting school. I liked them all. There are moments that everyone who has lived through such a time will recognise, from the social war zone that is the school playground to the dreaded WhatsApp groups. Above all, they are reevaluating what they want for their futures which includes taking a long look at their relationships.

   I found this to be an entertaining read, with plenty to amuse. Most of the humour comes from the finely observed characters and their dialogue. Friendship and family are at the centre of the women’s lives and by the end, you can see them all evolving with a fresh direction. Some have to look back at past choices, to see whether they followed the right way. To me, the overall message emerges to be true to yourself.

In short: a witty look at family and friendship. 

About the Author



Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.


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Thanks to Nina Manning, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a place on the event.

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