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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.

You will find details of my review policy here.

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.

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Review: Written In Bones by James Oswald (@SirBenfro; @MichaelJBooks)

Happy publication day to James Oswald who celebrates the release of the seventh book in the Inspector McLean series today.

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The roots of murder run deep…

When a body is found in a tree in The Meadows, Edinburgh’s scenic parkland, the forensics suggest the corpse has fallen from a great height.

Detective Inspector Tony McLean wonders whether it was an accident, or a murder designed to send a chilling message?

The dead man had led quite a life: a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin who reinvented himself as a celebrated philanthropist.

As McLean traces the victim’s journey, it takes him back to Edinburgh’s past, and through its underworld – crossing paths with some of its most dangerous and most vulnerable people.

And waiting at the end of it all, is the truth behind a crime that cuts to the very heart of the city… Continue reading “Review: Written In Bones by James Oswald (@SirBenfro; @MichaelJBooks)”

#BlogTour Review: Love Them and Leave Them by Sue Shepherd (@thatsueshepherd; @emmamitchellfpr)

Today I’m delighted to be able to share with you my review of Love Them and Leave Them by Sue Shepherd as part of the blog tour.

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Love Them and Leave Them: Sometimes you have to leave the one you love … sometimes you’re the one who’s left behind. The new heart-warming and heart-breaking romantic comedy from the No.1 bestselling author of Doesn’t Everyone Have a Secret?

On his way home, Ed makes a split-second decision that changes the lives of all those who love him.

Six years on, Ed’s daughter, Jessie, is stuck in a job with no prospects, her dreams never fulfilled. It will take more than her unreliable boyfriend, Chris, and temperamental best friend, Coco, to give her the confidence to get her life back on track.

But what if Ed had made another decision? It could all have been so different … Continue reading “#BlogTour Review: Love Them and Leave Them by Sue Shepherd (@thatsueshepherd; @emmamitchellfpr)”

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Blog Tour: Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne (@HomeOsborne; @EmmaMitchellfpr)

Today, I’m incredibly happy to be able to bring to you an extract from Walking Wounded  by Anna Franklin Osborne as part of the blog tour.

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Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.
Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.
Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.

Continue reading “Blog Tour: Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne (@HomeOsborne; @EmmaMitchellfpr)”

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Book Review: The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott (@RachelAbbott; @MauraRedPR) #Manchester #144Books

Happy publication day to Rachel Abbott whose brand new DCI Tom Douglas novel, The Sixth Window is released today. I was absolutely thrilled to lay my hands on an advance copy and to now be able to share my review with you all.

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The Sixth Window
THE TRUTH HURTS – BUT LIES ARE DEADLY
After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Gray has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.
Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater danger?
DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth, as his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett. But will he be too late to protect them from the peril they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?

Continue reading “Book Review: The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott (@RachelAbbott; @MauraRedPR) #Manchester #144Books”

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Rewind, recap – weekly roundup w/e 19/2/17

Wowsers. Busy week this week. Started out with a one to one with my Admin Manager on Monday. It was a great meeting as I’m giving him some new opportunities for development which he is taking to like a duck to water. Great for him, even greater for me as I know I can trust him to do a brilliant job for me. After the meeting, we pootled down to Tottenham for a few days to audit one of my depots, followed by an impromptu trip to Basildon to repeat the process at another. All very productive and beneficial, but it did mean I have not had a lot of reading time. Starting everyday at 06:00 and finishing with dinner with colleagues at 19:00 three nights in a row, I was ready for my bed, not necessarily for my books. (Side note – Premier Inn in Edmonton ‘rumbles’ and shakes with the traffic from the North Circular. If you like your sleep with a side order of vibration, it’s a perfectly lovely hotel. If not…)

Continue reading “Rewind, recap – weekly roundup w/e 19/2/17”