Three Book reviews: Deadly Spirits, Year of No Clutter and Rosie’s Little Café on the Riviera.

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Deadly Spirits by E.Michael Helms. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Series, ISBN: 978-1603813495, Out now to buy.

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Taken from E.Michael Helm’s Website: When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whodunit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts–no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.

My Review:

Deadly Spirits is book four from the Mac McClellan Mystery series, however it can be read as a stand alone book. That said, having read this book, I am most definitely going to read the rest of the series. Deadly Spirits is an all round charming read. Okay; so there are a few murders along the way which McClellan has to solve, but this is such a good read, full of likeable characters and written with an obvious passion which results in it being purely enjoyable and an all round interesting book. I think Helms has had a great time creating McClellan and it clearly shows in his characterisation. There is nothing not to like about McClellan; he is an all round good guy who is extremely credible and whom, rather bizarrely, I found myself developing a literary crush on from the first few pages! McClellan just happens to find himself in some rather awkward moments but ultimately thrives on solving problems; be it the many women who all seem to develop a fascination with him or the complicated investigations which seem to just seek him out.  I could just imagine a possible mini Mac McClellan TV series !

Deadly Spirits is immensely enjoyable from beginning to end and well worth a read.

Huge thanks to E.Michael Helms for allowing me to review this fabulous book – I am now a certified Mac McClellan fan!

E.Michael Helms can be found at http://www.emichaelhelms.com

Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub, ISBN: 9781492633556, Published 7th March 2017.

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NetGalley Description

 

My Review:

Year of no Clutter is a personal account of Eve’s battle to tackle her clutter. Yet, her clutter does not overrun her home and, from the outside looking in, you wouldn’t instantly realise Eve’s secret. Eve has what she refers to as a Hell-room. The largest room in her house is filled from top to bottom with stuff and this is her memoir on the year she finally decides to tackle that room. Eve’s biggest battle is admitting that she is a hoarder (a dirty word to some), but that is only part of her battle, because admitting it and doing something about it are two entirely different things all together. I loved the honesty in Eve’s account, especially the clarity in the often hugely incorrect interpretation many people have of the condition OCD. The embarrassment that the room causes is obvious throughout, but more so the toll that it takes on not only Eve’s life but that of her family. It is all so sensitively portrayed that by the end of the book, you find yourself as a reader hoping that Eve is able to come to terms with her condition, rather than being focused on clearing the actual room!

Year of no Clutter is a wonderfully honest account of battling compulsion one step at a time.

Many thanks to the wonderful people at NetGalley for allowing me to review this book.

Eve can be found at http://www.eveschaub.com

 

Rosie’s Little Café on the Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet, ISBN: 9780008221256, Out now to buy.

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NetGalley Description:

Escape the winter blues with Jennifer Bohnet’s deliciously heart-warming read.

 

My Review:

Rosie’s Little Café on the Riviera is a light and enjoyable read. With a beautiful, dream like setting in place and a host of likeable characters, this is a great holiday read. Having decided to give up on her somewhat complicated love life and dead end job, Rosie takes the plunge and buys her dream café on the French Riviera. Determined to devote herself entirely to her new venture, Rosie has no time for love or any other complications. However, because life is never that straight forward, within weeks of opening Rosie finds herself having to contend with possible big competition from another new restaurant whilst having to fend off her growing emotions for its owner and all whilst trying to avoid the father who walked out on her when she was a child. The friendships between Rosie and the women she meets during her new venture are particularly enjoyable and relatable and serve to make this book a lovely read..

Many thanks to the wonderful people at NetGalley for allowing me to review this book

Jennifer can be found at http://www.jenniferbohnet.com

 

 

 

 

 

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