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Book review, Murder on Clare Island


This review is so hot off the press – book launch today – here’s the all important Amazon Link

i chose this because I’d heard that Murder on Clare Island has been called the most unusual murder ever so I contacted Valerie for an ARC as I like to make my own judgements…If you’d like an ARC you might be lucky she’s on Twitter as valeriekeogh1

This is my latest read by a surprisingly diverse Indie writer. The last Valerie Keogh I read, SUCH BITTER BUSINESS was about a psychopathic murdering nurse but the Garda West series is different. It’s gentler somehow, the writing more subtle and the plot… Don’t get me started on the plot!

Okay so I write romances but that doesn’t mean I don’t know a thing or two about Killer Thrillers. I was brought up on Mother’s milk and Agatha Christie – nearly the best murder genre writer there was (the best, as any good reader of this genre will know was Wilkie Collins!). There’s a ghost of Tommy and Tuppence within this book (Agatha Christie – Partners in Crime) – the romantic interplay is lovely, the discrete sex scenes only there to underpin a developing relationship between the two main characters.

The locations are to die for – Dublin (as a Dub I loved being able to picture in my minds eye Kelly’s Foxrock apartment ) and then Galway, but not Galway a little island off its coast called Clare Island (shush, don’t tell anyone – I’d never heard of it).

Clare Island seems to be the perfect place for Mike and Kelly to cement their growing relationship until the body count starts rising.

So you know when you’re reading a mystery, you’ve invested time and money on religiously reading the blasted thing till the end only to find the author has introduced in the last couple of pages dear old Uncle Paddy recently returned from a trip to Mexico just because the aforesaid writer was too lasy or inexperienced to wrap up the plot in a more adventurous way?  Well Murder on Clare Island is nothing like that!

Just like a good Agatha Christie or a bad episode of ThroughThe Keyhole the clues are there. The killer is there lurking in every chapter leaving whopping red herrings all over the place. The end ( no spoilers) of all Valerie’s series titles is different. You’ll have to read it to see where I’m coming from. After the murder’s been wrapped up. After the guilty are charged she leaves a sting in the tale that will keep you thinking late into the night.


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Why I love/hate writing book reviews.


This comes on the back of finishing Valerie Keogh’s book review of Murder on Clare Island and the completion of what, at the moment feels like the best book I’ve ever read.

There are good reads ‘Murder on Clare Island’ and then there’s that exceptional book that ticks all your personal boxes for best read ever – I can’t even start on telling you why Black Water Lilies is so good, and as for the review – how am I ever going to do such a book justice?

Who am I anyway – a little ( 5ft 1/2 ” ) squirt of an Irish woman that’s trying to make a name for herself in this mega industry? My book blog is tiny in comparison to others and my review policy dictatorial at best. I don’t write for the Broad Sheets or any other literary publication and, believe me this book will be examined and drooled over by the best of these Ivory Tower reviewers.


But I am a reader. I read 3 books a week and not just the ones publishers send out to these top reviewers for their esteemed opinion. I read Indies alongside award winners  to unknowns trying to cobble together a writing career in their own personal garrett  (2 up 2 down in Hackney!). I worked out this morning I’ve read 6396 + books over the years, and that’s not including the ones I’ve purposely left out.

I’ve left out anything read under the age of ten including my favourite book ever – it had a clock on the front – I made my dad read it over and over to me – I do wish I could remember the name…


So I am word experienced and, as a writer word ready – I just hope Michel Bussi is ready! There’s one little mistake in his book and as an Irish woman living just a stones throw away from what he’s correctly coined the most beautiful Island in the world (Sark), I’m yet decided if I should point it out to him.


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TBR list

Evening All!

So I have 7 books to review and here they are.

Please bear in mind my review policy, which is one sentence  – if I don’t finish your book I won’t review it…

The first one will be Valerie Keogh’s Latest Murder on Clare Island. It’s already been coined the most unusual murder ever and I’m tending to agree as I’m 70% through. This isn’t on NetGalley or published yet like the remaining 6 so if you’d like an ARC please contact Valerie directly via Twitter on @valeriekeogh1


The next six are in no particular order but I’m going to pop Rachel Abbott next as she’s the most successful Indie, within wave distance and like Valerie writes killer thrillers. I purchased Stranger Child because I’d been meaning to for ages – the rest is history as they say. image


Black water lilies

I read Michel’s previous work and therefore was readily awaiting his next masterpiece. For a Geography professor from Rouen he certainly writes great thrillers image

The last four are all random picks, I don’t know why I chose them – some are out of genre but to a book they all intrigued me

imageAll is not forgotten

Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.

This last kiss


As original as One Day and as heartbreaking as Me Before You, This Last Kiss is the perfect emotional and romantic read.

Love or nearest offer


On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she’s not just good at finding suitable houses for her clients. In fact, she has a gift: Iris is able to see into their lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need – and not just in bricks-and-mortar terms either. Not that she tells them so….

Last but not least, I’m working through my Kindle so in fact this was the first one I downloaded

The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower

Escape to Paris this summer and prepare to be swept off your feet…


As for my latest bestseller lol. I’m on chapter 4 – see you in six months x