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Tuesday ~ First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 24)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

My post this week is from Humber Boy B by Ruth Dugdall where we meet the probation officer Cate Austin after her outings in The Woman Before Me and The Sacrificial Man.

Humber Boy B

Blurb

A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity.
Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. But the general public’s anger is steadily growing, and those around her are wondering if the
secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep. Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime. She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder. Or is there a greater evil at play? Amazon

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

July 2013

Down the grassy bank, under the shadow of the Humber Bridge, a teenager walks on her hands in the shallows, blonde hair hanging into the water so the tips are soaked dark. Flipping back up, she sees black specs of grit on her palms from the waterbed and tries to wipe them off along her upper thighs, newly fleshed out. Her swimsuit digs in at the top of her legs; it’s too small now but she hasn’t got any other and it’s a warm day and she longs to be in the water. Too warm, there must be a storm coming.

Please note the quote is from a proof copy, the book is due to be published on 1 April 2015

Do you want to know more? Would you keep reading?

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This Week In Books (March 18)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week.

In a change of genre I am currently reading A Place For Us by Harriet Evans

A Place for Us

Blurb

The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.
So opens A Place for Us by Harriet Evans, a book you’ll dive into, featuring a family you’ll fall in love with … and never want to leave. If you devour Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy and have discovered Jojo Moyes, you’ll be thrilled to add Harriet Evans to your collection of favourite authors.
The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.
The hall is cool after the hot summer’s day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.
Yet something makes you suspect life here can’t be as perfect as it seems.
After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.
But wouldn’t you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?
Welcome to Winterfold.
Martha Winter’s family is finally coming home. Bookbridgr

I have just finished The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths where I had an enjoyable time catching up with Ruth Galloway’s investigation into a body found in the cockpit of a WWII plane. This should have been straightforward but the pilot’s body was found during the war so whose body is this?

The Ghost Fields

My review will follow shortly but you can read the opening paragraph in yesterday’s post.

Next I plan to read Humber Boy B by Ruth Dugdall. I have been waiting for another book by this talented author for quite some time so this book is being read with a high level of anticipation.

Humber Boy B

Blurb

A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity.
Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. But the general public’s anger is steadily growing, and those around her are wondering if the
secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep. Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime. She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder. Or is there a greater evil at play? Amazon

What are you reading this week? Please share in the comments box below.

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here

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Friday Finds (February 13)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

I have had some really exciting book post this week from Ruth Dugdall whose I first came across by reading her book The Woman Before Me. I loved it and read The Sacrificial Man which was published soon afterwards back in 2011 and to my absolute delight the author used a quote from my review when releasing the paperback version in 2012. Well she has finally written another book, and has kindly sent me a proof copy of Humber Boy B I’m just a little bit excited if you can’t tell!

Humber Boy B

Blurb

A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity. Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. But the general public’s anger is steadily growing, and those around her are wondering if the secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep. Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime. She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder. Or is there a greater evil at play? Goodreads

I also received a review copy of The Distance by Helen Giltrow, signed with a lovely postcard from the author inside which I’m also looking forward to reading despite the fact that I rarely read straight ‘thrillers’

The Distance

Blurb

A blistering debut thriller that introduces the coolest heroine in contemporary suspense fiction.
They don’t call her Karla anymore. She’s Charlotte Alton: she doesn’t trade in secrets, she doesn’t erase dark pasts, and she doesn’t break hit-men into prison.
Except that is exactly what she’s been asked to do.
The job is impossible: get the assassin into an experimental new prison so that he can take out a target who isn’t officially there.
It’s a suicide mission, and quite probably a set-up.
So why can’t she say no? Goodreads

From NetGalley I have been approved for a copy of The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson which I had to request after reading an excellent review on Crimepieces blog, another excellent source of books to add to the TBR.
The Kind Worth Killing

Blurb

‘Hello there.’
I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger’s face.
‘Do I know you?’
Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
A sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, The Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night. NetGalley

And last I have a copy of Silent Scream by Angela Marsons Which has had some fantastic mentions on Twitter before the publication date of 20 February 2015.

Silent Scream

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late? NetGalley

So what have you found to read this week? Please share your finds in the comments box below.

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The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall 99p Today

I saw this on Amazon Daily Deals today. For anyone who hasn’t read it this is a great novel from an unusual viewpoint and at 99p for today an absolute bargain!

A Sacrificial man

Blurb

What I want to say is that suicide is my choice. No-one else is to blame. Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime: Will you help me to die?
When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend a sentence. Alice insists her story is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyse their own lives. Who is to decide what is normal and when does loyalty turn to obsession? Investigating the loophole that lies between murder and euthanasia, Cate must now meet the woman who agreed to comply with her lover’s final request. Shocking revelations expose bitter truths that can no longer be ignored.

My Review

Ruth Dugdall has created a second book featuring Cate Austin, a Probation Officer. As in The Woman Before Me the reader enters the story after the crime and after the trial but Alice has not been imprisoned, instead the judge is waiting for Cate Austin to recommend a sentence. Alice answered an online advert ‘Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime. I will lift mine eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. Will you help me to die?’ Smith is dead but should Alice be punished?

Once again as a Probation Officer Cate is writing a report on a woman carrying out a crime which we don’t associate with women. Cate Austin teases out information from Alice and carries out her own investigations and the facts presented at the start of the book are not as clear as they first seem. A great second book and once again I can’t wait to see what Ruth Dugdall will serve up next.

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The Woman Before Me – Ruth Dugdall

Psychological Thriller 5*'s
Psychological Thriller
5*’s

This story isn’t a typical psychological thriller. The story unfolds when Luke, Emma’s baby dies in a fire started by a cigarette at her home. Rose is arrested for the crime and she admitted she was in the house on the night of the fire.

Rose’s story unfolds in a long letter written to her partner whilst in prison and the reader is left in no doubt that her character is damaged. Alongside this we have Cate, her Probation Officer going through the evidence and talking to the parties involved trying to decide what she should write in her report to the Parole Board.

As the story is set in a prison there are other characters, all believable all with their own viewpoints.

This story is about so many different things, loss, relationships, jealousy and obsession all displayed in a measured manner.

Fantastic hope Ruth Dugdall writes more for us.