A Date To Die For by E. V. Hunter

Cosy Crime At It’s Best

A Date To Die For by E V Hunter is a contemporary cosy crime that I read in just one sitting.

The characters were all well drawn, likable and realistic. The leading pair made quite a crime-busting duo – the private investigator and the journalist, accompanied by a very savvy cat called Cosmo! Cosmo has a nose that sniffs out the good and the bad. He turns from a purring fluffball to a hissy, bitey machine in an instant. Cosmo’s presence brings warmth and realism to the tale. The human pair also have noses for a crime, knowing just what questions to ask and where to look, and the tenacity to keep going.

Unfortunately, we witness generational patterns of behaviour that seem doomed to repeat. Those in positions of power and responsibility abuse it.

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Looking Out For Love by Sophia Money-Coutts

Love In Action

Looking Out For Love by Sophia Money-Coutts is a wonderfully warm contemporary novel about love.

Love comes in many forms. We all need love. Love is what makes the world go round.

In the novel we witness the love between two best friends since childhood. Their friendship is rocked by a cancer diagnosis. Fear of the thought of anything other than a good outcome. They realise what they have and cannot contemplate life without the other. We see the love and care as they both look after each other’s different needs – from emotional to practical.

We meet Harold who lost his wife of many years and who pours his love into his Alsatian called Basil. Harold has a new lease of life after befriending the girls upstairs. He has a huge capacity for love as he volunteers in the hospital where his wife was cared for. He even tries internet dating!

A former police officer, Marjorie, investigates cheating partners. She believes in love not lies. She is a lively character with a big personality.

And finally, we meet Dr Sam who works in paediatrics and has a big heart and a compassionate nature. He always tries to do good wherever he goes.

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All My Love by Miranda Dickinson

Always & Forever

All My Love by Miranda Dickinson is the most charming contemporary novel that I never wanted to end.

The tone is wonderfully light-hearted and fun, with much amusing banter.

The book celebrates life and love and friendship. We all need those people around us who believe in us. Too often the world knocks us down and our voices shrink and dry up – but with love and encouragement from others, our voices will turn the volume up once more. Voices are heard again because “They believed in me.” We all need people who believe in us.

Within the story there are those who tear down and belittle others. And there are those who know the value of people. A character has been broken in the past and believes she has no self-worth but “you are important… Don’t ever think you aren’t.” We all need people who will build us up.

Job satisfaction will never be found in bank notes. Our value is not in the amount of money we earn. Some of the happiest people work hard, doing their dream jobs behind the scenes. Often the most important people doing the most important jobs are actually grafting away behind the scenes, invisible to the world – but if they didn’t do their jobs, we would soon notice.

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Dean Koontz Interview by Michael Wilson

Please have a watch of this fantastic interview with Dean Koontz from our son Michael Wilson. Dean is a thoroughly nice man. The interview has probing questions he has never been asked before.

I have ordered three of Dean’s books to read but put many more in my wish list!


Here is the link


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Link to Michael Wilson’s This Is Horror https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/