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The Paris Apartment Lucy Foley 4*#Review @LucyFoleyTweets @HarperFiction #HarperCollinsUK #TheParisApartment #BookReview #MurderMystery #mystery #PsychologicalSuspense #Suspense #Paris #Family #noircrime

Welcome to No.12 rue des Amants

A beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine.

Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to unlock.

The watchful concierge
The scorned lover
The prying journalist
The naïve student
The unwanted guest

There was a murder here last night.
A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three.

Who holds the key? 

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

My Thoughts…

The Paris Apartment is a building with a timeless faded glory, but it also has secrets that Jess has to unravel to find her brother Ben. Atmospheric and intense, this is a compelling mystery with a cast of unlikeable characters and an unreliable protagonist. This story has a noir flavour, and the plot is twisty. It keeps the reader engaged and guessing.

I like the setting, which is powerful and an essential part of the mystery. The characterisation is intricate, and the multi viewpoints with before and after timelines are compelling. The plot is multi-layered and concludes in a dramatic yet believable way.

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Soulcat: A feline memoir Amy Vaughan-Spencer 4*#Review #Soulcat #FelineMemoir #SoulcatMemoir @RandomTTours #BlogTour #BookReview #Cats

Amy wrote a love letter… a note to the love of her life.

Only Molly never read it. Even if she’d been alive when it was written, failing eyesight would’ve prevented her from making out the words.

Besides which, she was a cat. And cats can’t read.

No ordinary feline, Molly lived a life full of challenge and adventure, determined not to let gradual blindness hold her back.

This is that letter and – against all the odds – Molly’s long-lost memoirs….

Soulcat is a delightful furrytail of a unique friendship, filled with amusing anecdotes and touching moments. The first half is Molly’s story told from the author’s perspective, including a glimpse into the life of a touring theatrical stage manager. Each chapter is punctuated with a photo of Molly and an apt cat quote.

Part 2 is life through Molly’s fading eyes, told in her own words (translated into English). Beautifully illustrated by Ellypop Illustration.

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I received a copy of this book from the author.

My Thoughts…

An emotional memoir of the author’s life with Molly the cat, readers who share their lives with animal friends and particularly cats, will find much to enjoy in this. The book is in two halves, the first a memoir and the second an imagined memoir from Molly the cat’s viewpoint. Photographs and cat quotes accompany the memoir and lovely illustrations, Molly’s feline memoir.

I enjoyed both parts of the book, but I like the originality of Molly’s version. It’s easy and emotional reading and a lovely present for anyone who has loved and lost an animal companion.

Amy Vaughan-Spencer

Amy Vaughan-Spencer Author Bio

I have been writing for most of my life, in various forms, although Soulcat is the first completed project that has made it to publication (with the exception of 2 poems printed in anthologies half a lifetime ago). Although I always loved the idea of writing a book, I only became brave enough to share my work in recent years, discovering it might just be good enough to let loose on the general public. My love for Molly, and my determination to keep her memory alive, motivated me to get her memoir written and shared, and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the world from her perspective, blurring the lines between fact and fiction.