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Welcome to Jen Med’s book reviews. I guess I’m no longer new to this blogging malarky but I still have the pretty useless down pat. Hey. I’m trying (some would argue very…).

Manager by day, and insomniac reader by night, this blog is home to my book reviews and random ramblings. If I can inspire just one person to read a new book or author, then I’ll consider my job done and be a very happy bunny.

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Please note I currently have a very full review schedule so may not respond to requests straight away and cannot guarantee a review at this stage.

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 16

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

The sixteenth day of #bookvent is part of a series which has had an amazing amount of success in the past eighteen months. Featuring a fearless female Detective Inspector, since the very first case she has made a stir in the Metropolitan police, never afraid to say what she is feeling or to step on others toes. Never one to let procedure stand in the way of catching a killer, she has seen people she loves hurt as a result and in this book in particular, this seems to come back to haunt her more than ever. My sixteenth #bookvent pick is …

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The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 15

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

My fifteenth #bookvent pick is one which is based upon a true story and which tackles a very harrowing and yet socially relevant subject. The book, and the tragic story upon which is was based, was the subject of the very first Written in Blood episodes and I don’t think that anyone watching it could fail to have been moved by the story which unfolded. This book combines both emotion and action in a brilliant tale featuring one of crime fictions favourite detectives. Shining a light on the very real, very disturbing idea of the ‘honour killing’, my fifteenth #bookvent pick is …

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Review: Christmas At Carol’s by Julia Roberts @JuliaRobertsTV

Today I am delighted to be sharing with you my review of Julia Roberts’ lovely festive novella, Christmas at Carol’s. The book is released on 18th December, just in time for Christmas, and I’d like to thank the author for providing an advance copy for review. I’ll share my thoughts with you in just a moment, after we’ve taken a look at what it’s all about.

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An uplifting tale of people’s desire to help each other in the season of goodwill – a romantic comedy with a twist in the tale.

Carol fell in love with Wisteria Cottage the moment she laid eyes on it and moved in two weeks before Christmas hoping it would be start of a new more positive period in her life. 

On her first night in her new home she discovers an old Christmas card to someone called Annie with a heart-breaking message inside from Jake. 

Although she doesn’t know them, and despite being on a self-imposed dating break herself, Carol begins planning how she can bring them together, while her new neighbour, Sally, is attempting a bit of matchmaking of her own. 

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The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 14

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

The fourteenth book in my #bookvent is one which made a real impression on me when I read it back in the summer. The central character in this book is not one who is initially all that sympathetic and in many ways she is very hard to get to like. As the core of the story, that led me as the reader to have mixed emotions while reading. But the more I read, the more I got to understand her and what made her tick. I can’t say I liked her any more by the end but I appreciated all she had been through. Set against the back drop of the real life floods in Hull back in 2007, my day fourteen ‘bookvent pick is …

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Review: A Game Of Ghosts by John Connolly @jconnollybooks @HodderBooks

Man, oh man. I should be seriously ashamed of myself. I have had this book on my tbr list for nearly eight months and only now get round to reading it. And this is one of my favourite series too. I have just been so busy, I have no idea how time got away from me but it did. I love the Charlie Parker books. I typically eat them up. I have no excuses other than I have had a really mad year and I have literally no idea how we have come to be in December and nearly 2018 already.

Still, I have remedied that all now and I am back up to date, book fifteen complete. I’ll tell you my thoughts in just a moment, as soon as we’ve taken a look at what this was all about.

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Internationally bestselling author John Connolly returns with another “superb fusion of noir and the supernatural” (My Bookish Ways) in this latest thriller in his gripping Charlie Parker series.

It is deep winter and the darkness is unending. A private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished and Charlie Parker is assigned to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator–he is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker is drawn into Eklund’s world: a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts…

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