Day: April 5, 2016

#BookReview The Black Hours by Alison Williams #Historical #Crime

Absolutely thrilled with this review of The Black Hours – thank you Shelley!

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Author:Alison Williams

Published: February 2014

Pages: 277

Category: Historical/Crime/Mystery

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review:

I recently read a favourable review for Blackwater, Alison William’s second book and prequel to The Black Hours. The review was a glowing testament to the authors writing and research. I probably should have started with that novel, but I have an OCD obsession with watching and reading in the order things are published (I can only re-watch Star Wars by starting with episode four!). So I downloaded The Black Hours and began reading.

Set in 1647, this novel describes the threats faced by women who are labelled by society – and by that I mean their neighbours and friends – to be witches. I’ve always been fascinated by the witch trials both here and in the US, so how I’d missed this book upon publication, I…

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‘Best Seller’ by Terry Tyler #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview @TerryTyler4

best seller

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Eden Taylor has made it—big time. A twenty-three year old with model girl looks and a book deal with a major publisher, she’s outselling the established names in her field and is fast becoming the darling of the media. 

Becky Hunter has money problems. Can she earn enough from her light-hearted romance novels to counteract boyfriend Alex’s extravagant spending habits, before their rocky world collapses?

Hard up factory worker Jan Chilver sees writing as an escape from her troubled, lonely life. She is offered a lifeline—but fails to read the small print…

In the competitive world of publishing, success can be merely a matter of who you know—and how ruthless you are prepared to be to get to the top.

I have read several of Terry Tyler’s books and have enjoyed all of them. She has a real knack of writing believable, entertaining characters that you quickly become invested in. The lives of the three writers in this novella, Becky, Eden and Jan, become entwined through their membership of a writing club, but not all have the talent to succeed, at least not without a little help. And the consequences of this are drawn out beautifully and compellingly in a short read that fully develops the plot and the characters.

The author’s knowledge of today’s publishing world gives a real edge to the writing – and many authors will recognise and indeed identify with the egos and hang-ups, the difficulties, jealousies and frustrations of that world. The twists and turns are skilfully done, the writing itself is flawless, and the moral dilemmas faced by the characters will make you think.

If you want to read some clever, thoughtful and engaging contemporary fiction, then this is highly recommended – as are all of Terry Tyler’s books.

5 stars