Hard Case Crime Wishlist…

Hi Everyone,

After reading The Colorado Kid and noticing that the publisher was ‘Hard Case Crime’ I decided to have a look and their website and see what was available. I couldn’t believe how many books I found! They all feature beautiful retro artwork and have such cool names. As with most books I would buy them on the kindle but at a starting price of around £5.50 , there is no way that I could get the haul that I truly wanted. Here are a few that I have vowed to treat myself once I have cleared some of my to read pile.

  1. False Negative by Joseph Koenig –  This author has won award for his fiction before and this particular one is about a journalist running an article on a beauty queen. In true noir style we can call imagine how that turns out..
    false negative
  2. Murder is my Business by Brett Halliday – This is part of the Mike Shayne mysteries. Shayne is a private eye and this time he has been hired by a millionaire  – it is ten years later and he runs into the millionaire’s daughter. No good can come of this… Mike Shayne had starred in more than seventy novels and numerous TV shows and movies. murder is my business
  3. House Dick by E Howard Hunt – this looks amazing. As you can probably tell by the title this is about a hotel detective working in a Washington Hotel. This particular author went to prison for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. And Richard Nixon is quoted as saying ‘This fellow Hunt… he know too damn much.’

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There are so many I am interested but I would be writing all day. Have you read any of the Hard Case Crime books if so what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Book Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King


Hi Everyone,

I am sorry to follow up with another Stephen King book review so quickly but I have a huge backlog of books I need to review and this is one of them.

Colorado Kid is one of Stephen King’s crime books and also happens to be a novella. I like both the his books with a crime strain and also his shorter books. I was so excited to read this one as it had been sitting on my kindle for ages.

This story follows Stephanie who is currently interning at a small paper and she is talking to the two owners/editors. They begin to tell her a story about how a man was found washed up on the beach and noone had any idea where he had come from or how he got there. Some deduction at the time meant that they discovered the man’s name but how he got there was still a total mystery.

I liked this. It had a noiresque feel to it, which I can really connect to. It does not finish all wrapped up like a number of crime books and that made me like it even more. This includes some of the slight glimpses into the future that Stephen King does so well and again (like in The Cycle of the Werewolf) he manages to scale his descriptive work back. This has encouraged me to discover more of these titles and I think the next stop for me is Joyland!

Format: As always for me Kindle

Approx Pages: 184

Goodreads Rating : 3.18 ( I gave this a 4)

Reality Star Fiction… Books from Unlikely Sources

Hi Everyone,

I bought Lauren Conrad’s Beauty earlier this year and found it to be amazing help when it came to makeup techniques. As a result I went onto her blog and noticed that she also had a fiction trilogy – one that I have since read a number of reviews on. Here are some of the ones I have since noticed and I may be interested in:

  • The Kardashian’s Dollhouse – This has been out for a couple of years now and a number of my friends bought this at the time. I have read the first few pages on Amazon and it actually seems to be quite decent. This has a beautiful leopard print cover. Reading the blurb this does seem a bit cheesy for instance the sisters involved are called Kamille, Kassidy and Kyle. They are deeply loyal and beautiful too. This may turn out not to be my type of thing at all, but I think it could be a fun read. dollhouse
  • Lauren Conrad’s The Fame Game – I have read some great reviews of her work and after reading Beauty I would be very interested to read some more. This follows on with a character called Madison Parker from the Candy books that she also penned. This looks like a chic easy read that could sit quite comfortably next to the Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes in my collection. famegame
  • Katie Price’s Crystal – There are a number of books created by Katie Price but they are actually written by a Ghost Writer this is a fact that to her credit, she has never hidden. There are a number of books that feature different women with different names coming from various gems. These books have had huge success here in Britain and every book she brings out has great success. This may be the first one I purchase.crystal

What do you think? Would you read a book by any of these reality starlets?

Book Habits Tag!

Hi Everyone,

So here is another tag that I stole from a variety of Youtube videos – I just love doing them.

Ok so let’s begin.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? I do yes, this is normally on the sofa in a kind of lying down position. Sometimes I may also sit on the bed to read.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? I don’t often read tree books anymore but when I do, it is definitely a random piece of paper. As much as I would love one of those beautiful leather bookmarks that some people have I would just lose it,
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages? I can stop reading at any time but I generally prefer when I have finished a chapter or when I get a certain  number of pages.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Yes normally I like to have a huge cup of tea to keep me going I will also read quite often when eating my lunch at work.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? I can’t really have TV on when I read it just distracts me too much. I also watch shows that I need to concentrate on quite a bit such a film shows or documentaries and I don’t want to miss something. I love to listen to music quietly whilst reading though.
6. One book at a time or several at once? I can only read one book at a time if I read two or more it just confuses me and I don ‘t know where I’m up to.
7. Reading at home or everywhere? I take public transport to and from work so I often read then and also I will read at my desk during break and so on.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? No, never.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? I like  a book to stay looking nice and new as long as possible. Inevitably thought the spine is going to break or the corners of the book are going to curl, I just don’t want to rush that process.
11. Do you write in your books? No. When I was school I used to as the notes help me figure things out. Now I read for pleasure so I don’t need to.
12. Who do you tag? Everyone!


Reading Goals for 2014..

never go back

Hi Everyone,

I know we still have a few days left of this year but I feel it is time to start focusing on my reading goals for the next one. This year I did a simple Goodreads reading challenge of 26 books and I currently stand and 66 books and over 24,000 pages this year. For 2014 I want to do something different. I want to take some more specific goals. Here are some that I have thought of so far:

  1. Read a non- fiction book cover to cover – I am terrible at reading non fiction. I may constantly be checking things out on the internet but I very rarely sit down with a book.
  2. Get to Book 18 in both the Kay Scarpetta and the Jack Reacher series – I am so behind with both of these I have just finished book five for Scarpetta and book seven for Reacher. Being so behind means that I can’t really discuss these series with people as they give too much away!
  3. Find another horror author – I am open to suggestions here. I currently read quite a lot of Stephen King and just as much by James Herbert and not much else in this genre. I want to have more to talk about!
  4. Read  a book outside my comfort zone – This may be a fantasy or sci-fi or even a YA novel.
  5. Read a graphic novel – How have I got to 22 and not read one?


So that’s my list on top of this I will also put a reading challenge of 30 on Goodreads – this is a goal that I feel is easily accomplished. What are your reading goals for 2014? Let me know.

The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell

body farm

Hi Everyone,

So yes I finally got a little further along with Kay Scarpetta Series and I am here to review the fifth book in the series. When we join the series Kay appears to be only a year older but Lucy has just turned 21. I did read somewhere that she doesn’t age quite the way she should but hey why shouldn’t Cornwell take some artistic license?

This time Kay is working on the case of a child murder in a small town called Black Mountain. There are certain similarities between this case, and the case of a young boy find dead with bites taken from him. There is also a grieving mother who has lost a child before and also a husband who Marino falls quite easily in love with. His attitude also suddenly changes and he becomes something of a problem. Kay’s niece Lucy is now interning at the FBI in Quantico and having problems of her own. Alongside her own love affair and her forever terrible relationship with her mother and sister will she be able to cope and solve this one?

As always I enjoyed this book this is truly a great series with a great set of characters that all pull together well. Lucy is going through an almost rebellious and totally private time in her life – which is probably very accurate for a 21 year old – and we see a bit more from her mother Dorothy than we have in other books.

When we find  out who killed poor Emily it isn’t a surprise as Kay figured it out two chapters before, but the fact the explanation was hidden behind a possible mental illness doesn’t really work for me. There is also a caretaker in the book who we are made to believe may be some sort of peadophile, but again some of his actions are not clearly explained. I know not everybody wants a totally wants chapter and verse when it comes to the ‘why’ but this is partly why I love crime novels.

This was still a great book and I will continue to read the series but it felt that maybe this was not quite on the same level as the others.

Format: Kindle for me!

Approx Pages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 3.98 (I gave it a 4)

James Herbert Books.. For 99p


Hi Everyone,

The amount I post about James Herbert may be ridiculous but I was snooping around Amazon looking for some more of his books to add to me kindle. I currently own two in print version and have three others on there already. This was when I noticed some of the amazing prices. Even though these books are E-books these are still great value and from reading reviews etc these prices appear to be on going and not part of a daily deal. Here is what is currently available:

  1. The Rats  – I have written in a previous post about this book and I love it. Giants rats take over London and kill dozens of people enough said.
  2. Domain – I can’t say for certain as there is no blurb available but judging my the cover and the ominous ‘Remember with fear’ contained in the description is probably another one of The Rats series.
  3. Lair – Another one of The Rats books this now means that this trilogy can be bought for £2.97 why wouldn’t you. I have read this and can describe it as terrifying!
  4. Sepulchre – I have just bought this one and have yet to read it but judging by the blurb this is to do with evil lingering in a house. It sounds like a fairly classic ghost story, this is also meant to be over 400 pages so that’s a lot of reading to be getting on with.
  5. Creed –  This sounds so intriguing the blurb seems quite vague but I can see that it is about a photographer who takes some pictures of some very freaky goings on. This may be featuring in a haul post very soon.

There are so many other books available for this price but these are a great starting point and I cannot tempt myself any further. Enjoy reading!

NB Another great place to find these books is in second hand book shops and charity shops for some tiny prices.

Detectives That I Really Need To Get Into Pre 1950s

Hi Everyone,

The inspiration for this post came from an article I recently read on http://www.topmystery.com discussing the most famous mystery detectives. I realised that bar Sherlock Holmes I had read none of them. This made me consider the ones I was most interested in and I have picked three that I plan to read in the next year.

  • Hercule Poirot – We have all heard of this detective if you haven’t read Agatha Christie the chances are you have seen some sort of film or television adaptation. The idea of a Belgian detective first created in 1920 intrigues me. The fact he was in 33 novels and more than 50 short stories also gives me lots of reading.poirot
  • Perry Mason – To be honest Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective has intrigued me ever since I discovered that Raymond Burr was the original film actor. I also understand Perry Mason was a very popular American TV show. He first about in 1933 making him 80 years old and I cannot wait to get stuck in.perry mason
  • Philip Marlowe – This is where my Film Noir side shows! This hard boiled detective created by Raymond Chandler is well known in the film circuit and a total of seven books. I have seen the Big Sleep which was the first was written and think I may just load this onto my kindle…litreactor-marlowe

Are there any detectives that you wish to associate yourself with?

How I Read Tag…

book pile

Hi Everyone,

Here is another tag that I stole from youtube and this is the How I Read Tag, I hope you find this interesting and perhaps even try this one for yourselves.

How do you find out about new releases?

I find out about them in a number of ways. Book blogs, amazon and youtube to name but a few.

How did you get into reading?

I started really reading when I was nine and my brother had just started secondary school. He used to check out the maximum number of book a week – this would be six, four for him, two for me – and bring them home. This got my into to loads of authors some of which I still like now.

How have you tastes changed as you have grown older?

Yes they have. Chick lit was my genre in my teenage years and although I still read those books I am into other genres now. When I was eighteen I picked up Misery by Stephen King and that changed everything.

How often do buy books?

To be honest as I have a kindle I will just buy the odd book here and there as they are so cheap and so many collections are available. To be honest I buy books all the time.

How did you get into book blogging?

Last year my boyfriend saw something that I had written and persuaded me to put it on the blog. Initially this blog was not about books but it had developed from there.

How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

If I hate the ending of the book I just feel really disappointed. It it bothers me too much I may even shout at the book.

How often do you take a sneaky look at the last page of the book to see what happens?

Never. I absolutely hate spoilers. I avoid book reviews and will not go near the book’s blurb/summary. I want to discover things on my own.

Who are you going to tag?


The Works and The Amazing Deals to Be Had..

Hi Everyone,

I was just flicking through various websites when I decided to check out The Works. If you are not familiar it is a cheap book shop here in England that operates on the high street and online. They are well known for selling ‘Unofficial’ Biographies and huge history fact books. Aside from this they also do dome great deals on fiction. This is not the type of bookshop where you can walk in and everything is there but there is something for everyone.

I noticed there were some huge collections for great prices and thought I would share some of these with you:

  • For Children: Mr Men my Complete Collection this includes all of those glorious books that we know and love – and often collected as children ourselves. This would even be great for the nostalgic adult. This set contains all 47 books for a lot less than the RRP of 117.50, this will set you back just £37.99. Not even a pound a book and it comes in a nice presentation box. mr men
  • For Crime Lovers: The James Patterson Set includes 11 books which titles such as Along Came a Spider and Big Bad Wolf. These books would sell for £7.99 each in Waterstone’s but all 11 cost just £19.99 this is a massive saving. I may actually get these myself.james patterson
  • For Comic Book Lovers: This set contains four original Marvel Stories including Thor,X-men, Spiderman and Captain America. These would serve as great accompaniments to some of the recent films. This also comes with some temporary tattoos but these can easily be discarded. This set is just £9.99 and there is so much to read here it’s unreal. marvel

These were some of the best deals that I found but there are definitely more deals to be had.I have bought from the site before and received my package within less than a week and all the books in perfect condition. As a seasoned E-Reader if I am choosing to go to actual book shop and buy actual books they must be great value for money.

Have you purchased any of the collections mentioned? If so what did you think?