Kate Shackleton is back! She is one of my favourite book detectives and in Death in the Stars she is solving the murder of comic Billy Moffat. It’s 1927 and eclipse fever has taken over the country. Kate is asked to arrange a flight for a music hall star, Selina Fellini and Billy from Leeds to Giggleswick School. The school happens to be one of the best places to view the eclipse. Two things stuck me about this:

  • Why would anyone hire a private detective to sort out travel arrangements for them? There has to be something more.
  • Someone called a school ‘Giggleswick’ and thought it was a good idea.

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Yesterday’s blog tour obviously wasn’t enough because here is another blog tour alert! It also has to be one of the biggest blog tours I have ever been involved with. 52 bloggers are taking part. 52. How crazy is that? Today’s blog tour features All The Good Things by Clare Fisher.

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve ever to feel good again.

But her counsellor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head.

But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.

What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone – even a 100% bad person – deserve a chance to be good?

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Hands up, I feel in love with Mad by Chloé Esposito when I first saw the cover. It’s so, so beautiful and really fits the story. Then I read the blurb…

‘There’s something you should know before we go any further: my heart is in the wrong place. Now don’t say I didn’t warn you…’

Perhaps that’s why nothing in Alvie’s life has ever gone right? Until now.

She can finally abandon her credit card debt – and her fruitless three-way relationship with Tinder and Twitter – when fate gives her the chance to steal her identical twin’s perfect life.

It’s just a shame Beth had to die to make Alvie’s dreams come true.

So begin seven days of sex, violence and unapologetic selfies – one wild week that sees Alvie break every rule in the book. She never did have much respect for boundaries.

It might be madness, but rules are meant to be broken. Right?

Meet Alvina Knightley: uncensored, unhinged, and unforgettable. And most definitely capital letters: AGFHDJFKGFKK this book was so much more than I was expecting and I absolutely loved it.

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Stretching the truth on Instagram…we all do that don’t we? We pretend we ‘woke up like this’ when really it took 35 minutes to get the pillow creases from our face. No one wants to see pillow creases. What Katie Brenner does in Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life is take that one step further. She takes pictures of other people’s food and coffees when they are in the loo and posts it.

Yes. She does that.

When I read that I realised I couldn’t quite relate to Katie Brenner as much as I probably should have.

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Federal Agent Aaron Falk is called back to his hometown of Kiewarra in rural Australia to attend the funeral of his best friend who committed suicide after murdering his wife and 6-year-old son. Falk is in shock – the friend he knew wouldn’t have done this. But how well did he know Luke? Yes, they were best friends when younger but that was a long time ago and people change.

But heading back to Kiewarra is so much more than saying goodbye to an old friend. Falk and his father were actually run out of town almost two decades before after the death of Ellie Dean. Ellie (along with Gretchen whom we meet later in The Dry) made up the rest of the Awesome Foursome along with Falk and Luke. When she was found dead in the river with stones and rocks in her pockets and boots, Falk and his father were blamed. Ellie’s death had never been explained and Falk was never sure it was suicide. Once back in Kiewarra, Falk starts to get niggling doubts about Luke too. It doesn’t quite make sense…

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