If someone was in your house, you’d know. Wouldn’t you? But the Hunter family are deaf and don’t hear a thing when a shocking crime takes place in the middle of the night. Instead, they wake up to their worst nightmare.
The police call Paige Northwood to the scene to interpret for the witnesses. They’re in shock, but Paige senses the Hunters are hiding something.
One by one, people Paige knows from the Deaf community start to fall under suspicion. But who would kill a little girl?
I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK in return for an honest review.
It’s always interesting to read a crime novel from a new perspective. The death of a child takes place in a household where the adults are deaf. They didn’t hear the intruder. A sign language interpreter knows the family but sacrifices professional detachment determined to find justice for the victim.
The beginning is harrowing and sets the scene for an emotional domestic suspense story. The police procedural aspect is well-written, giving the plot authenticity. It’s the unofficial, personally motivated investigation that Paige undertakes that makes this story absorbing and suspenseful. The characters are complex and believable. I did realise early on who committed the crime, but the plot has many twists and suspects, and a good final twist. It is immersive and poignant, with an adrenaline-inducing conclusion.
Harris has been captured by the Faerie Queen and Ailsa must journey once again into the heart of Eilanmòr to rescue him.
But Ailsa is struggling with her newfound magic and the revelations about her real identity. Is the Faerie Queen Ailsa’s mother? Is everything she believed about her past a lie?
Meanwhile, a war is brewing between Heaven and Hell, with the world as the battleground. The lines between good and evil are blurring, and Ailsa must decide where she stands.
Publication date: 1st October 2020
The Cauldron of Life
The Cauldron of Life
Caroline Logan is a writer of Young Adult Fantasy. Her debut novel, The Stone of Destiny, is the first in The Four Treasures series, and the much-anticipated, The Cauldron of Life, will be the second.
Caroline is a high school biology teacher who lives in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, with her fiancé. Before moving there, she lived and worked in Spain, Tenerife, Sri Lanka and other places in Scotland. She graduated from The University of Glasgow with a bachelor’s degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology. In her spare time, she tries to ski and paddleboard, though she is happiest with a good book and a cup of tea.
AJ Williams wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a girl on the internet. But he did.
Other than living over five thousand miles away in Northern Ireland, Lisa Millar is seemingly his perfect match. AJ can’t quite believe his luck, not only is she beautiful, but she has an appreciation for both music and hockey – two of his favorite things.
Surprised by Lisa turning up unannounced in Alabama, AJ is under pressure to deal with the issue at hand. Should he risk losing her, come clean and tell her the truth? Or should he try to keep his secret under wraps?
Will true love win out? Or will AJ’s secret be too much for Lisa to bear?
Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.
Mallory Johansen has nearly given up on thinking she’ll get her act together – the one where she plays the part of an adult – by the time she hits thirty. As it is she’s desperate and depressed. Her only friend is leaving town, she’s paired to work with a man who can’t stand her, and she finds herself homeless. Definitely hasn’t mastered being a grown-up yet.
Otis Bell wants nothing more than to play his guitar, book acoustic bands to perform at his upcoming music venue, and be in charge of his own life. Instead, he’s working full time in his family’s auto shop. He only owns half the supposed music venue, which stands as an abandoned church and needs more than a little work. When his best friend moves away, he’s paired with an aloof girl he’s never liked as a partner, and stretches himself thin working too many hours.
The Chapel is the little music venue that could. Full of potential. Full of ugly carpet, peeling paint, and exhausting work. Mallie and Otis navigate their way through a fledgeling partnership, trying their darnedest to get the place up and running while trying pretty hard not to fall in love in the process.
My new book, The Chapel, is about a historic church that was slated for demolition. Until Otis Bell steps in with his savings and a crazy plan! Let the church-to-music-venue renovations begin!
This idea is based on several real life scenarios.
First, my husband and I have always talked about doing this: turning a church into a music venue. As a family, we’re very into music, and often imagine opening our own place. Not in a realistic sort of way, but it’s fun to dream. The acoustics in a church would be phenomenal, making it an ideal structure. Plus, the old churches were built with such care and devotion, that I can’t help but feel the love when inside one.
Also, in a nearby town to us, there’s this darling little historic church that sits atop a hill and looks over a working mill. You can go see the waterwheel turning and buy grits from them. It was driving by this place that sparked the idea for the church I used in my book! I added some stained glass, but otherwise didn’t change much from the original building that had stayed in my mind.
Originally the story was set in a town like the one where the real-life church resides. The characters were unrelated to my other books, telling their own story in their own way. I started writing it years ago, but never finished it. One day I brushed it off (so to speak), and gave it a read with fresh eyes. I shared what I had with several friends, asking for opinions on whether it was worth finishing. The answers were a resounding YES.
Then I had to decide if I wanted to keep it as it was, and release it as a complete stand alone. Or if I wanted to write into my existing fictional world of Fox River. My previous four books are all set in the quaint and quirky town of Fox River, and ultimately writing it as a tie-in made more sense to me. It got me excited to start working on the story, when I knew I could pull in other favorite characters.
This, like all my books, is a love story. Mallory Johansen has grown up living with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Right at the start of the book, her cousin Tyler drops the bomb on her that he’s leaving town, and as such bailing on his partnership with his best friend Otis. Of course this results in Mallie becoming Otis’ unwitting partner, and we spend the rest of the book rooting for them to fall in love! Alas, these frenemies are determined to find a way to work together, but have no plans for romance.
The Chapel can be read as a standalone novel. If you like it, you might want to go back and read the other books in the Fox River Romance series. The Guilt of a Sparrow, Fierce Grace, The Worth of a Penny, Saving Grace
Jess B. Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her accomplished and headstrong children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.
Jess lives in small-town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
The Fox River Romance novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love. These books can be read as stand-alone, or as a series starting with The Guilt of a Sparrow.