10 Popular YA Novels I’ve Never Read (Reblog)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksy I’m not entirely even sure what this book is about. I think it’s a coming-of-age story? And they …

10 Popular YA Novels I’ve Never Read

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Smorgasbord – Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story Chapter Seven- Snow and Favourite Things by Sally Cronin — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine (Reblog)

By special request I am sharing Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story and I hope those of you who have not read his adventures will enjoy… Last time  we had the sadness of new kittens who were not with us very long and it is now time to share some happiness with Sam’s favourite things… Chapter […]

Smorgasbord – Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story Chapter Seven- Snow and Favourite Things by Sally Cronin — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

*What would we do without our animal friends?

Book Review – The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

*Milly’s not quite sure about this book, ‘The Mars Room’.

September Book Haul with Milly Reynolds

*Milly Reynolds waxes lyrical about her minimal September book haul.

‘The Unseen Sky’ by Milly Reynolds

When North Norfolk artist Eddie Fowler accepts an invitation from his business partner, Martin Hogg, to visit Venice, he finds that this beautiful, intimate city reawakens long-hidden memories.

He is reminded once again of Martin’s wife, Theresa, a fragile and intuitive artist, who mysteriously disappeared nearly twenty years before.

As he searches for answers to this mystery among the vast landscapes of the North Norfolk coasts and the narrow streets and canal-side cafes of Venice, Theresa’s daughter, Maria, asks him to help her with her own search to discover the secrets of her family’s history; a search that leads to discoveries neither of them expected.

A story about love and sacrifice, about secrets destined to remain hidden.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*Venice is such a sublime city, wouldn’t it be nice to travel in style…?

‘Scorpion’s Tale’ Detective Liv Harris, by Milly Reynolds

In Scorpion’s Tale, former Inspector Liv Harris, after a series of humiliating demotions, has now moved to a small Midlands town to seek not only a new start in life as a Private Investigator, but also a love life.

Unsure of what she wants, Liv meets a potential partner through a dating website, but while this is wholly unfulfilling from the beginning, quite unexpectedly she finds herself emotionally drawn to Karen, her friendly and very athletic neighbour.

Very soon the two women become virtually inseparable, causing Liv to question her own needs and her own sexuality, especially as she then falls into a physical relationship with a male police colleague from the local force, an old friend of the man she never landed, Jack Sallt.

Confused, she throws herself into the work given to her by her new lover, the perplexing cases of several missing persons who all worked for a local council. Alarmingly her investigations propel her into the warped, violent world of an ex-warrior with several bitter scores to settle.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*With creative writing, sometimes you need all the support you can get…

‘Goodbye, Mr Sallt’ Detective Jack Sallt Series, by Milly Reynolds

Forced out of the Police, former maverick Detective Inspector Jack Sallt still finds himself drawn back into investigating the mysterious disappearance of long standing colleague and friend, Liv Harris.

Continuing to probe privately, Jack begins to uncover links between her disappearance, ongoing Police and political corruption, along with the high incidence of missing young women in his new home town.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*You never know when you might need to defend yourself…

‘Twisted Gemini’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

In this third outing for DI Jack Sallt the stakes are raised.

Two children have been abducted on their way home from school. Their father, a man in the public eye, wants answers fast and Jack doesn’t have any.

All roads are going to nowhere. He doesn’t know who took the children and he doesn’t know why the children were taken. All that Jack Sallt knows is that it is up to him to find them, and find them alive.

Another story set in the beautiful North Norfolk landscape

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‘The Second Death of Dr Finck’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

Two men are found in a beached boat, one dead, one seriously injured, stretching the resources of an already under-funded police force.

Suspended Detective Inspector Jack Sallt is reluctantly rushed back on duty to face his most perplexing and dangerous case yet, where old foes move in the shadows, threatening violence and controlling him with sensual taunts.

In the tense climax, Jack has to face his relentless enemies head on, risking not only his own life but also those of his colleagues and loved ones.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Rolling The Jack’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

First in the Detective Inspector Jack Sallt series.

When Jon McElvoy, a Liberal Democrat MP, is found dead in his North Norfolk home, DI Jack Sallt and his colleagues quickly decide that this is a murder made to look like a suicide.

However, when the Intelligence Services arrive, all of their findings are thrown into the air.

As Jack tries to uncover and expose the truth, he finds that his personal demons not only come back to torment and tempt him, but they also threaten to end his career.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020