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The Music Shop

The Music Shop

From the author of the world-wide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel; and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds. Because in the end, music can save us all …

1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk – as long as it’s vinyl he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need.

Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann.

Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. And Frank has old wounds that threaten to re-open and a past he will never leave behind 

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 13th 2017 by Doubleday
Original Title
The Music Shop
0857521926 (ISBN13: 9780857521927)

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 My thoughts:
I found this a beautiful, refreshing and simple read with a deep message. The main characters are Frank; who runs a record store that only stocks vinyl. Frank seems to weighed down by his past but he believes in the therapeutic value of music and brings this to his customers. Also Isle a German lady with problems of her own. Other characters Kit, Maud and Father Anthony are so well drawn and you can engage with them all fully. All these people mix together and form a great story that builds and swirls to a satisfying conclusion.
I recommend you to read this book and invest in these characters.
I will say it again, a beautiful refreshing and simple read with a deep message.
Thanks to Rachel, publishers and Lovereading for the ARC.


The Author:


Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman’s Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play. She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver
The Fourth Monkey

The Fourth Monkey

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

My thoughts:
Omg what a read! I enjoyed this book. Hard to review without spoilers.
The FMK is apparently killed when run over by a bus, when on his way to post one of his trademark parcels; which contains a body part of his latest victim. Whom he tortures before killing.
All he leaves behind is this parcel, his body and a hand written diary, of presumably his younger days with his family.
This sends the police off on a race against time, to find the latest victim before hunger and exposure claims her.
A fast paced thriller; told in short chapters with the police, the victim and the killers diary alternating, has the reader turning the pages furiously.
Well rounded characters, top quality writing and superb story make this a well deserved four stars from me. I urge you to read this book.

About the author:
J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author who’s work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural

Persons Unknown

Persons Unknown (DS Manon #2)

A new crime novel featuring the unforgettable Detective Manon Bradshaw—a man is stabbed in a park near her home and the case threatens those Manon loves the most.

Detective Manon Bradshaw is five months pregnant and has officially given up on finding romantic love. Instead, she is in hot-pursuit of work-life balance and parked in a cold case corridor—the price she’s had to pay for a transfer back to Cambridgeshire. This is fine, she tells herself. She can devote herself to bringing up her two children—the new baby, and her adopted 12-year-old son Fly Dent. He needed a fresh start—he was being forever stopped and searched in London by officers who couldn’t see past the color of his skin. Manon feared Fly, increasingly sullen and adolescent, was getting in with the wrong crowd at school, or possibly that he was the wrong crowd. Being there for the children, and home by five, is what Manon tells herself she needs.

Yet when a wealthy victim is found stabbed close to police HQ, she can’t help but sidle in on the briefing: he is a banker from London, worth millions. More dramatically, he was also Manon’s sister Ellie’s ex, and the father of her toddler son. The investigation swirls with greater and greater urgency, and as it begins to circle in on Manon’s home and her family, she finds herself pitted against the former colleagues she once held dear—Davy Walker and Harriet Harper.

Can Manon separate what she feels about the people she loves, from the suspicion hanging over them? Can she interrogate the evidence, just as she would with any other case? And when Manon instructs defence lawyer Mark Talbot to work alongside her, can she refrain from throwing herself at him in a manner unbecoming to a woman at an advanced stage of pregnancy? Manon must fight to find the truth with every fiber of her being.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 29th 2017 by The Borough Press (first published June 27th 2017)
0008123330 (ISBN13: 9780008123338)
Edition Language
Cambridgeshire, England (United Kingdom)

  • Persons Unknown (DS Manon, #2)
  • Persons Unknown (DS Manon #2)

My Thoughts:

This was a superb book.
Manon and her adopted son Fly share a home with her sister Ellie and her son Solly. Life seems ok and she is (un)happily working cold cases and the only complication is she pregnant with a sperm donors baby!.
So life seems tolerable if not ideal; waiting on the birth and working cold cases, Manon finds herself involved in a very hot case that may involve her and her family
This is a multifaceted tale told from different perspectives and grips from the start. The writing is simple, but weaves a complicated story with ease. Well rounded characters and all have an important role to play in the narrative.
A 5 star read for me and thanks to Susie and Lovereading for the ARC


DS Manon (2 books)

  • Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, #1)
The War on Women

The War on Women


Sue Lloyd-Roberts joined ITN in 1973 as a news trainee, she went on to become the UK’s first female video-journalist, reporting alone from the bleak outposts of the former Soviet Union and China. With a 30-year-long career in human-rights journalism, she has travelled the globe and witnessed the worst atrocities inflicted on women. Observing first-hand the war on the female race, she’s experienced and interacted with the brave ones who fight back.

This is a breath-taking and visceral narrative, interweaving the real-life experiences of the heroines combating gross inequality. It is an examination of how women are treated across the globe: from the pay gap in the UK and the laundries in Ireland, to gender discrimination in Saudi Arabia and female genital mutilation in Africa.

In a world where the issues facing women are so disparate, we’re facing a war of varying extremities and this has created a breakdown in the feminist discourse. But through her extraordinary and unique experiences, Lloyd-Roberts starts to build a bigger picture with a pervasive perspective.

The book delves into our history and takes us on a journey towards the analysis of the state of women’s lives in modern-day society. This is a ground-breaking approach to a global problem; anecdotal evidence bridges the gap between different fights and gradually starts to knit together the battles being fought by the starkly different cultures across the world.

My review:
This was a series of articles about the atrocities and crimes against women; as a man I’m sorry to say commited by the male of the species. Covering various issues such genital mutilation, the separation of mothers from their babies in so called civilised Ireland. The imprisonment of women in the prison of the home in Saudi Arabia and the sex trade in Russia and Eastern Europe etc. This is but a few of the crimes perpetrated against one half of the world’s population against the other. A must read by everyone, male or female, who consider themselves human beings. I urge all to read this; especially if you are male