Tilbury Talks To… Amy May Smith

Welcome to my first post of 2020. Today I’m talking with Ami May Smith. Welcome Ami, please introduce yourself.

Hi, I am Ami from Reading Through The Pain. I am a chronic illnesses warrior and reading has helped me through my mental illness and chronic pain since I was a teenager, although I started reading much earlier. My reading buddy is my cat Shyla.


You can visit Ami’s blog by clicking on the above image.

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
To be honest I can’t remember. I have loved reading since I was a young girl, it’s always been my therapy. Before and After being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and M.E\CFS, I could no longer do the hobbies I used to do I.e sewing, knitting, card-making etc. I used to have a sewing blog. I got back into reading and I saw that you could become a book blogger\book reviewer. So I thought Why not?

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Best: Meeting authors, meeting new authors, friendships, early access to books etc.
Worst: I don’t think there is a worse only those I put on myself. Getting overwhelmed,  losing my reading mojo.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Virtually straight away or a couple days after once its settled and I’ve thought about it.

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real-life’ and what were they like?
Nope unfortunately but I don’t and cant travel very far from my little town due to my illnesses I.e bpd, anxiety, fibro etc. I would love to one day.

If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real-life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
Oh golly gosh there are so many I couldn’t name one or 100. But there are some amazing people I’ve met online. So I would say meet them all and because many of them of my people who also do blogging\reading due to chronic illness.

Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
I’ve met Elly Griffiths, Sarah Ward, Stephen Booth and William Shaw. And yes definitely and more!

Think of the worst antagonist you’ve ‘met’ in a book. If you could dish out your own justice on behalf of their victims, who would it be and what would you do?
Ha-ha being a crime, true crime, serial killer fanatic I’m afraid what I would dish out would not be appropriate here or anywhere on the internet. But I think most of us have the same ideas some mild and some extreme.

In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
I’m not into classics but a book that has stuck in my mind the most this year is The Puppet Show By M.W.Craven. Its frankly bloody EPIC!

Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
You of course Mark, amazing books but a genuinely amazing person who has so much love and support for bloggers/Readers.
Ooo two more this is sooooo hard. But I would say Mel Comley and Emmy Ellis. Again as well as incredible authors they are the nicest women.
But honestly I have so many favourite authors which are exceptional so it’s so very hard to pinpoint them and think of reasons.

 

Thank you Ami for taking the time to answer my questions. I agree with you about The Puppet Show, it’s an excellent book.
You can find Ami across social media. Here on her Facebook page, and via her Twitter handle @RTTPBookBlog 

Thank you for continued support into the new year.

Best wishes,

Mark.

My Top 10 Reads of 2019

I’ve read some great books this year. Some, by authors I’ve already read books by and enjoyed, others were new to me. Here’s my top 10 book picks of 2019.

Good Samaritans by Will Carver.

The Dead Won’t Sleep by Anna Smith.

 Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite

 Winterscroft by Anita Waller

 A Patient Man by S Lynn Scott.

 The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

 Legion by Shani Struthers

 Monkspike by Sarah England

 Broken by Betsy Reavley

and my top read of the year was Untouchable by Sibel Hodge.

You’ll find some crime fiction, crime thrillers, psychological thrillers, supernatural thrillers and horror in my list, so why not go and find out more about these books over on Amazon?

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2020!

Best wishes,

Mark.

Series Review – The Kat and Mouse Murder Mysteries by Anita Waller

I usually prefer to read stand alone novels as it takes something special to keep my attention in a series. This four book series by Anita Waller grabbed my interest in the first book and kept me coming back for more.

Kat (a local community Deacon,) Beth/Mouse (narrowly escapes death when badly beaten,) and Doris (Mouse’s Gran,) all first meet each other in book 1. Their friendships develop through the four books as they have a mixture of personal and criminal issues to tackle between them.

I know that many others who have also read these books will agree with me when I say that Doris regularly steals the show. Kat and Mouse are great personalities  (Kat’s inability to use the internet without breaking it made me laugh,) but 70 year old black belt Doris, has a wicked sense of humour that I really liked.

Anita has done a fantastic job with this series and I’ve heard that there may be more to come from Doris. I recommend reading the books in order as each one does follow on from events in the previous book very closely.

 

Here are the four books in reading order. Click on each cover to read my review of each book:

Murder Undeniable.
Katerina Rowe, a Deacon at the church in the sleepy village of Eyam, has a fulfilled life. She is happily married to Leon and her work is rewarding. But everything changes when she discovers the body of a man and a badly beaten woman, Beth, in the alleyway behind her husband’s pharmacy.

Drawn to the young woman she saved, Kat finds herself embroiled in a baffling mystery.

When Beth’s house is set on fire, Kat offers the young woman sanctuary in her home and soon the pair begin investigating the murder, with some help from Beth’s feisty grandmother, Doris. But neither the police, nor Leon, nor the criminals want Kat and Beth looking into their affairs and the sleuths quickly find themselves out of their depth…

Can Kat and Beth solve the mystery and walk away unscathed?

 

Murder Unexpected
Kat and Mouse are back.

Church Deacon Kat and her friend Beth, known as Mouse, have started a private investigation business in the sleepy village of Eyam.

Kat, whose estranged criminal husband, Leon, is on the run, has a lot on her plate running the new business whilst heavily pregnant.

When a widow asks the sleuths for help, Kat and Mouse find themselves searching for the birth mother of the widow’s husband. But when it becomes clear that the widow isn’t telling the whole truth, Kat and Mouse are drawn into a deadly chase where nothing is what it seems.

Meanwhile, Kat’s husband has come back to Eyam and has Kat in his sights.

Can Kat and Mouse solve the case and escape the dangerous Leon?

This time they might just be out of their depth…

 

Murder Unearthed
When DI Tessa Marsden is called to a road traffic accident, she is disturbed by the crime scene she must investigate. She now has a double murder to contend with; two dead girls from the same village.

Realising the murders aren’t linked, Marsden summons the help of the Connection Investigation Agency, run by Kat, a church Deacon, Beth, (known affectionately as Mouse), a computer expert, and Doris, Beth’s feisty grandmother.

When it is discovered that one of the murdered girls was pregnant the case takes an unexpected turn.

Can DI Marsden, with the input of Kat and Mouse, solve the case before another body appears?

Meanwhile, the agency has been asked to track down the long lost son of Ewan Barker. Will Kat, Mouse and Doris find him and reunite him with his father?

This might just be their toughest investigation yet…

 

Murder Untimely
Early one morning, in the grounds of Chatsworth, a body is discovered by one of the estate groundsmen. DI Marsden and DS Granger battle through snow-covered roads to begin their investigation.

Meanwhile, at the Connection Investigation Agency, Doris, Kat and Mouse are busy juggling their caseloads, while trying to show their new trainee receptionist the ropes.

When the police learn that the body belongs to Nicola Armstrong, a resident of the nearby village of Baslow, it soon transpires that Nicola was the mother of a child who disappeared ten years prior to her murder.

Soon, the Connection investigators are brought in to help but when a second body is found at Chatsworth, the case takes a disturbing turn.

Can the police and the female sleuths get to the truth before more life is lost? Or is the fate of those involved already sealed?

 

You can find all the books in the series, and the box set of all four books, over on Anita’s Amazon author page.
Anita is also active on her Facebook page too.

As always, thank you for your continued support, and as this is my last post of the year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Best wishes,

Mark.

 

Tilbury Talks To… Emma Smart

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Emma Smart. Thank you for agreeing to take part today Emma and welcome to my site. Would you let everyone know a little about you?

Hi everyone thanks to Mark for letting me answer these questions for you. Here’s a little something about myself. I am a full time carer for my disabled husband and a mum of to 2 boys, and reading is my escapism and it helps with my mental health as well.

Emma’s two reading companions.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
Not much really I saw how well the blogging world is and I thought I have time and have always left a review of books on the various sites what I buy books from. So I thought to have some me time away from my home life I thought it would give me a hobby as that’s what it is for me really.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Worst thing being a blogger is not enjoying the book and then you worry off upsetting the author because end of the day it’s the authors pride and joy that they have spent time on and the good points is finding new authors you didn’t know about and adding to your mountain off books that you have piled high LOL.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I try and write it as soon as I finish the book but half of time my family life gets in the way so as soon as have a spare hour I will try and get the review done. Continue reading

Book Review: Highgate by Shani Struthers


Book Description
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Highgate, perhaps the most famous cemetery in the world, is renowned for its Victorian Gothic splendour, famous residents, its vampire and, of course, ghosts…

Lucy Klein, 42, is not only obsessed with Highgate, she works there too, organising tours for those with an interest in some of the finest Victorian funerary architecture in existence. Single, and on the shy side, she is nonetheless content with her life, or so she thinks. When she meets the enigmatic Zak Harborne, she realises what she’s been missing and quickly falls in love. He’s everything she’s ever wanted…isn’t he?

1972, and Emma Matthews, a 19-year-old history student, also feels as though she’s on the outside. After visiting a derelict Highgate with a group of friends, she starts to feel a connection, a sense of meaning to her life, in amongst the tombstones, the crosses and the angels. Returning to Highgate over and over, she discovers both a paradise and a garden decidedly more savage.

Grace Derby is just 11 when she encounters the gentleman, tall and with a tall hat, a long black coat and a cape about his shoulders. It is the 1850s and street urchins such as her are not accustomed to kindness from those belonging to the upper echelons. Proffering money for food, for her and her family, he asks nothing in return. Curious about the man with the kind blue eyes, she follows him one day… all the way to Highgate.

For some, it seems, all roads lead to Highgate…

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