Thursday, 18 November 2021

The Spaniel's Secret

 The Spaniel's Secret

The Lemon Tree Bay Series #2

Megan Mayfair



Reviewed by Helen


I loved being back in Lemon Tree Bay, catching up with Clara and the other wonderful characters who make this beach side town home, Clara and Lucas have been running along the beach when they smell smoke and realise their favourite beach bar Esmerelda’s is on fire and then they realise owner Pierre is still inside they jump in a save him and now the investigations begins to find out what happened, come along for the journey it was really good.

Clara is soon having dreams about the fire and she is also upset about the fact that Lucas has to go away for six months for work will she cope with another long distance relationship she knows what happened with the last one all those years ago. Clara finds a cocker spaniel wandering the town and rescues her and soon adopts Sunflower.

There is a lot happening in the town with a John Doe washing up on the beach and Senior Constable Adam Billings is trying to work out if this incident is connected to the fire, Adam is working hard and finding links to his girlfriend’s family as well and the investigation is going slowly and Adam finds talking to Clara helps him sort things out and he is wondering whether being in Lemon Tree Bay is for the best or not.

Clara of course cannot help getting involved in the investigation add to that, that the dog Sunflower seems to be pulling Clara in a certain direction towards a house in the town and things go wrong very quickly and yay for Sunflower and Lucas as finally the clues are put together and the answers are found.

Another great story in this series which not only had me guessing all the way, but there is also a lot going on with Clara and Lucas there is pressure put on their relationship will they be strong enough to hold up will their love pull them through add Adam into the mix and it could be a worry. I am very much looking forward to book three in this series and getting back to Lemon Tree Bay. I do highly recommend this book it has a bit of everything in it and Megan Mayfair has pulled it all together fabulously.

My thanks to the author for my digital copy to read and review

5 stars
Expected publication: November 26th 2021 by Montauk Bay

Sunday, 10 October 2021

The Shadow of Daph

 The Shadow of Daph

Daphne Jones Mysteries #2

Phillipa Nefri Clark



Reviewed by Helen


Book two in this fabulous new series and it was such a great read, I love Daphne Jones and her husband John, they are so easy to get along with as they travel around country Victoria in their caravan Bluebell so Daph can perform marriages and funerals in her role as celebrant sleuth because as Daph and John have found out that sadly there seems to be a murder mystery or two to solve on the way, come along for a witty and fabulous journey.

Daph and John have arrived in a small town Shady Bend to perform a funeral for local woman Edwina, this town is known for its crafts, preserves, local produce and a beautiful garden or two, but when they discover that the casket is empty and Edwina is missing this is not what Daph was hoping for seeing as she made this stop to perform this funeral as a special request on their way to officiate at a wedding.

Things get worse when two more people die and Daph’s suspicions grow as to how they died and on more uncovering there are lots of secrets and plans for uncovering a secret recipe that add to the mystery. Daph and John are very impressed with the local police officer Adam and are soon taking notes and digging deep into this strange town and the people who live here and as the mystery grows John is also researching his own mystery that is hopefully going to make Daph happy.

This really is another great cozy mystery, Daph is such a great sleuth, caring and meticulous with her research into uncovering the culprit, this one had me thinking I can tell you, there are so many great characters and anyone of them could have been the killer, but Daph and John nailed it and their help was much appreciated. This one had such a great ending as well and of course I do look forward to the next adventure with Daph and John.

I do highly recommend this book and the series if you are looking for a totally enjoyable story that is witty and fabulous, I loved it, MS Nefri Clark writes such awesome characters and stories it is like being with family.

My thanks to the author for my digital copy to read and review.

5 stars
Expected publication: October 12th 2021 by Amazon Digital Services

Friday, 17 September 2021

Murder by Numbers

 Murder by Numbers

The Lemon Tree Bay Mysteries #1

Megan Mayfair



Reviewed by Helen


This is a great start to a new series, I love a good cosy mystery and I love the setting, the beach is always a good place to be except when murder happens, it is fun, it has a lovely romance and Clara Mitchell is one fabulous heroine I loved getting to meet her and the characters who live in Lemon Tree Bay, I hope you come along for the journey.

Clara is back in her home town after a business failure, she is a great hairdresser and is now working at The Wave Length salon in town to get her debts paid off and get back to the city, for now she is living with her mum Willow. A new customer Lucas Pepper comes in for a haircut and there is an instant attraction to this handsome accountant, here to help his uncle sort his business out ready to sell, the only problem Lucas finds his uncle dead and of course all points to Lucas as the murderer and Clara’s ex, police officer Adam Billings is determined to prove it and keep Clara safe.

Clara knows in her soul that Lucas is not guilty of murder and sets out to prove his innocence which causes a struggle between her and Adam, and puts Clara in danger, is Lucas hiding secrets, who else in the town could have done it?

This is such a great story there are lots of fabulous characters that add so much to the story and it moves quickly, Clara has a battle on her hands to prove that the man she is falling for is innocent while fighting her ex along the way, Clara is good at sorting out the gossip from the truth and finds out some truths from the past as well. This is a story that I would highly recommend and I can’t wait till the next book in the series and go for another visit to Lemon Tree Bay and the fabulous events they hold.

My thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.

4 stars
Expected publication: September 24th 2021 by Montauk Bay

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Till Daph Us Do Part

 Till Daph Us Do Part

#1 Daphne Jones Mystery Series

Phillipa Nefri Clark



Reviewed by Helen


Woohoo another series from Phillipa Nefri Clark, this is the first installment and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I have fond memories of Daphne from previous books and she is lots of fun to be with, now Daph and husband John are touring in their caravan, Bluebell while Daph performs weddings and funerals as a travelling celebrant, she is very much enjoying her new life, I do hope that you come along for the ride.

Daph and John have arrived in the small town of Little Bridges so Daph can marry Lisa Brooker and Steve Tanner she is just about to meet them for the first time and she is not feeling too good about it, not sure but that strange feeling she has that something isn’t quite right is with her and very strongly.

Although things don’t go as planned on the first meeting Daph is back the next day to perform the wedding and then things really go pear shaped when within minutes of saying you are now husband and wife the groom ends up in the pool dead, this brings to life Daph’s excellent sleuthing skills and sets her on a trail of discovering the murderer, and here she uncovers a family feuds and secrets that go back generations and some nasty family members, but Daph never stops investigating no matter what.

This one had me guessing till the end lots of twists and turns in this page turner, I loved the way that John was always there for support and the way Daph talks things through, a small town and two big families and Daph gets to the bottom of the puzzle I think this cozy mystery is a fabulous start to the series traveling around Victoria and going to new towns is going to be wonderful and Daph and John are great people to hang around with, can’t wait for the next one.

My thanks to the author and Netgalley for my copy to read and review

5 stars
Expected publication: August 30th 2021 by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Sunday, 18 July 2021

The Man Ban

 The Man Ban

Nicola Marsh



Reviewed by Helen


This is the type of book that as soon as you start you are sure to be friends with the hero and heroine and that is exactly how I felt Manny and Harper are just two of the most fun people you could meet, I do hope you read this one and enjoy it as much as I did.

Harper Ryland has put herself on a man ban she has good reasons for that, she is now focusing on building up her business of food styling she loves it and is full of enthusiasm and energy, she is doing the food styling for her best friend Nishi’s wedding, when she meets the best man Manny Gomes, their first meeting is not a good one and Harper is feeling like she is ready to kill him and lets her temper take over and she does something that makes her feel a little ashamed of.

Manny is a doctor head of an ER department and is the forever bachelor marrying is not something he plans on doing, loving can be hard when you end up losing the ones you love, there is just him and his beloved grandmother Izzy and he is happy with one night stands. But when he meets Harper at his best friend’s wedding she affects him like no other especially after her act of revenge.

This is a fun, witty and sensual story that takes in emotional issues, Manny and Harper are so suited to each other with their sense of humour and the spark that happens when they are together, Harper is sassy and strong and Manny OMG he is gorgeous a true hero with such a case of chivalry and so much love to give. I smiled the whole way through this one and can’t recommend it enough, I need to read The Toy Boy now I really fell for these smart and fabulous Aussie, Indian and Indian-Anglo characters Nicola Marsh has bought them to life, they are awesome.

My thanks to Netgalley and the author for my copy to read and review

5 stars
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Berkley Books

Sunday, 11 July 2021

The Road Trip

 The Road Trip

Beth O'Leary



Reviewed by Helen


This is a story that will take readers on a trip from England to Scotland for a wedding five people in a mini, all different personalities, four connected in some way and it tells the story of love and hurt, there are some funny parts and some deep thinking to be done on this trip, come along and meet Deb, Addie, Dylan, Marcus and Rodney.

Sisters Addie and Deb start off on a trip everything is planned, stops, snacks and playlists that is until a car slams into the back of their mini, the driver is Addie’s ex Dylan and his best friend Marcus. Their relationship did not end well and they have not talked for eighteen months, but Addie and Deb are quick to offer them a lift seeing as they are all heading to the same wedding, was it the right decision?

This trip ends up being an emotional roller coaster, especially for Addie and Dylan with questions from their past not answered and Marcus being his usual terrible self at times there is a lot of angst, but there is an opening up between them as well, this is good to see but is it good for Marcus as well? You can feel that the love they have for each other is still there but can they overcome the past and make it work for the future?

This was an up and down story for me, I struggled at first getting into it, but Beth O’Leary pulled me in and there were lots of emotions for me as well I could feel the anger with Marcus at times and then I felt so much for Dylan and his life and Addie she really is beautiful and caring and I was turning the pages to find out what happens between them all. This is a witty and emotional story and I did enjoy it very much and I am sure that many people will as well, one that I do recommend.

My thanks to Hachette AU for my copy to read and review.

4 stars
Published April 29th 2021 by Hachette AU

Friday, 23 April 2021

Second First Impressions

 Second First Impressions

Sally Thorne



Reviewed by Helen


I loved the blurb on this book is sounds like lots of fun and there were some very fun parts in this one as we get to know Ruthie Midona the daughter of a preacher who works at Providence Luxury Retirement Village, Ruthie might only be a young woman but she acts and dresses as a much older person the only friends she has are the residents and she loves her job and the endangered tortoises that she does all she can to protect, but when she helps out a tattooed biker at a gas station her life as she knows it is about to change big time.

Teddy Prescott is inked and a tattoo artist and a wanderer, he comes from a wealthy family although he doesn’t seem to fit in very well, he doesn’t take life seriously at all and there appears to be no intention of even helping with the family property development company that is until an angel helps him out and he ends up working at Prescott Developments acquisition and the home of his angel Ruthie, his father is hoping that Teddy will finally grow up and put more effort into the family.

Teddy starts working for the Parloni sisters at the village and they are the most eccentric of all of the residents their previous male personal assistants have never lasted long but lo and behold it looks life Teddy is coping well with them. Ruthie is also being helped by her assistant in the office Melanie Sasaki who is doing her best to get Ruthie onto some dating sites and do her best to get her to stay away from Teddy without much success. This is the first time that Ruthie has had friends her own age and life is picking up for her and Teddy as they get closer even if it is the last thing either of them wanted.

I struggled with this one, I didn’t feel a connection with the characters, they seemed a bit immature to me but as I got further in it picked up and I found this a sweet romance of people finding what they wanted and true love there were some fun parts and it was great to see Ruthie and Teddy find their HEA in a great ending.

My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy to read and review.

3 stars
Published March 31st 2021 by Hachette Australia