Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews #14 #20booksofsummer #NGEW2019 #MountTBR #VirtualTBR

Hello friends!

Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews is a series where I wrap up several reads at once, as I don’t have much to say about them.

When You Disappeared, by John Marrs

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When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing – except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children.

But Simon knows the truth – about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.

While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world, alive and thriving. He’s doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the truth.

But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally learn who he is.

And wish she’d stayed in the dark.

Oh dear. I’ve heard so many good things about this author, but this just wasn’t for me. A very slow plot and very unlikeable characters. I gave it 2*. **Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the copy** This was another book from my TBR, and my 15th book of summer.

A Necessary Evil, by Abir Mukherjee

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India, 1920. Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of Calcutta Police must investigate the dramatic assassination of a Maharaja’s son…

Sam Wyndham is visiting the kingdom of Sambalpore, home to diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun.

But when the Maharaja’s eldest son is assassinated, Wyndham realises that the realm is riven with conflict. Prince Adhir was unpopular with religious groups, while his brother – now in line to the throne – appears to be a feckless playboy.

As Wyndham and Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee endeavour to unravel the mystery, they become entangled in a dangerous world. They must find the murderer, before the murderer finds them.

I quite enjoyed my trip back to 1920’s India. The characters are likeable, but I found the plot a bit far fetched. Overall I gave it 3*. This was my 16th book of summer, and borrowed from the library. Buy

Date with Death, by Julia Chapman

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Samson O’Brien has been dismissed from the police force, and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name. However, the people of Bruncliffe aren’t that welcoming to a man they see as trouble.

Delilah Metcalfe, meanwhile, is struggling to keep her business, the Dales Dating Agency, afloat – as well as trying to control her wayward Weimaraner dog, Tolpuddle. Then when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn, and soon he discovers a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah’s agency.

With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbours soon realize that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. But working together is easier said than done . . .

I was slightly worried going into this book that it would be more of a romantic suspense, but I’m happy to say I was wrong. It was a strong start to what looks a promising series. I enjoyed the plot, and there were a lot of likeable characters. The only downside for me was the length of time it took to get to the mystery. Overall a 4* read. This was my 18th book of summer, and also borrowed from the library. Buy

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