Harper-Collins Winter Reads Blog Tour for Woman Last Seen by Adele Parks

Winter is the BEST time for reading twisty, suspenseful stories, and Woman Last Seen was definitely one of those!

Here’s the scoop:


Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmum to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband Mark says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She simply went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman, Daan, vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamourous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

DC Clements knows that people disappear all the time – far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run towards, others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds, their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the DC believes they might be.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.

Every time I thought I had everything figured out, it shifted and I was wrong. And that ending!

Definitely this is not one to miss if you enjoy this genre.

Adele Parks, Hon Grad, photographed at home in Guildford for The Graduate magazine

Author Bio: 

Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North-East England. Her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000 and since then she’s had 20 international bestsellers, translated into twenty-six languages. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, teenage son and cat.

Thank you for my review copy and for letting me be part of the tour!


Author: Adele Parks

ISBN: 9780778312048

Publication Date: February 1, 2022

Publisher: MIRA Books

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Harper-Collins Winter Reads Blog Tour for: The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

I love Heather Gudenkauf’s books, so I was excited to join the tour for her latest: The Overnight Guest. This is a suspenseful, twisty mystery that kept me up past my bedtime!

Here’s the overview:

Book Summary:

In a snowstorm, the safest place is home. Or is it?

True crime writer Wylie Lark doesn’t mind being snowed in at the isolated farmhouse where she’s retreated to write her new book. A cozy fire, complete silence. It would be perfect, if not for the fact that decades earlier, at this very house, two people were murdered in cold blood and a girl disappeared without a trace.

As the storm worsens, Wylie finds herself trapped inside the house, haunted by the secrets contained within its walls—haunted by secrets of her own. Then she discovers a small child in the snow just outside. How long had the child been there? Where did he come from? Bringing the child inside for warmth and safety, she begins to search for answers. But soon it becomes clear that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought, and someone is willing to do anything to find them.

Author Bio: 

Heather Gudenkauf is the critically acclaimed author of several novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Weight of Silence. She lives in Iowa with her husband and children.

If you love a good thrilling read, don’t miss this one!

Thank you for my copy and for making me part of the tour!


Author: Heather Gudenkauf

ISBN: 9780778311935

Publication Date: January 25, 2022

Publisher: Park Row Books

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For My Ears: HAMNET by Maggie O’Farrell

I had heard several people say “Hamnet was such a great book!” so of course right away I avoided it. I never seem to like what everyone likes. However, I got it on audio and I LOVED this story. I loved the writing. I loved the characters. I don’t even know why I loved it so much, but it’s truly so beautifully written and exquisitely narrated that it’s destined to be one of my top reads this year.

Here’s the overview:

New York Times best seller

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

“Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life…here is a novel…so gorgeously written that it transports you.” (The Boston Globe)

In 1580s England, during the Black Plague, a young Latin tutor falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman in this “exceptional historical novel” (The New Yorker) and best-selling winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.

A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to pause – a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.

I got mine with an Audible credit – and I’m so glad I did!

Don’t miss this one!

A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements

Recently I was contacted by Mr. Clements’ publicist at Pegasus Books to see if I was interested in reading his new book. This is book 5 in a series, but a stand-alone title. I love mysteries and WWII novels, so I said yes, and I am so glad I did! This was a really engaging and well-written story of espionage and WWII that was easy to read and kept me guessing! Here’s the overview:

A Cambridge spy must unravel a dangerous mystery that goes all the way to the heart of the Third Reich—and the British Monarchy—in this vivid new spy thriller from a London Times bestselling author.

Two old friends meeting in a remote castle in Sweden. They are cousins.

One is Prince George, brother of the king of England, and the other Prince Philipp von Hesse, a close friend of Adolf Hitler and a committed Nazi. Days later Prince George is killed in a plane crash and the country weeps, but not everyone believes that it was an accident.

When FDR, who happens to be a good friend of the prince, hears the tragic news, he wants to find out exactly what happened. The American OSS doesn’t believe the story that MI5 are pedalling. The situation is delicate. Professor Tom Wilde, Cambridge don, is called in to uncover the truth—but what he discovers is far more than he bargained for. 

While reading I kept thinking about how much my father (who fought in WWII) would have enjoyed this book if he was still with us. He loved a good mystery!

Thank you for my mobi copy to read and review!

Harlequin Believer Blog Tour for Hometown Hero by Jacqueline Thomas

As I posted earlier, I’ve joined with Harlequin to bring you some romances throughout the year. Right now I’m part of the Investigator tour (mystery with some romance) and the Believer tour (faith and romance). I have to say that these are my cozy reads. Growing up I never would have thought that I would enjoy Harlequin romances, but when the world is crazy and life is stressful and I’m feeling down, I like to read about people who hold onto their faith and love others and have things work out. It’s that simple.

Here’s how Harlequin explains them:

Out of this group of stories, I read Her Hometown Hero which dealt with a young man returning from war and his healing process. I felt it had a good message about the challenges of PTSD and getting help for those struggling with it. Here’s the overview:

HER HOMETOWN HERO by Jacquelin Thomas (on-sale Jan.25, Harlequin Heartwarming):

Can a wounded hero let go of the past? Wounded marine Trey Rothchild has returned to Polk Island. People call him a hero, but will he ever feel that way after losing his team? Reuniting with high school crush Gia Harris buoys his spirits. Though she’s focused on making her physical therapy clinic a success—and avoiding romance with patients—Gia can’t bear watching the former athlete sit on the sidelines of life. Could helping Trey recover include loving him fearlessly?

About JACQUELIN THOMAS: Jacquelin Thomas’ books have garnered several awards, including
two EMMA awards, the Romance In Color Reviewers Award, Readers Choice Award, and the
Atlanta Choice Award in the Religious & Spiritual category. She was nominated for a 2008
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction in the Young Adult category. Jacquelin has
published in the romance, inspirational fiction and young adult genres.

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Her-Hometown-Hero-Clean-

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-hometown-hero-jacquelin-

Harlequin.com: https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781335426581_her-hometown-hero.html

Rags of Time by Michael Ward

If you know me, you know I enjoy historical mysteries. It’s rare for me to find really engaging and readable ones from before the 1700’s, so I was thrilled when Mike Ward asked me to read his novel Rags of Time, the first in a series. It was well-written and plotted, but what I love about historical mysteries is all the tiny details used to create the era and to give the story realistic depth. Mr. Ward has certainly done his research!

Here’s the overview:

‘A satisfying, brooding mystery set in Stuart England anticipating the coming Civil War.’ Paul Walker, author of State of Treason



Thomas Tallant, a young and ambitious Spice Merchant, returns from India to find his city in turmoil.

A bitter struggle is brewing between King Charles I and Parliament, as England slides into civil war. The capital is simmering with dissent. The conflict is ready to boil over.

But Thomas soon has other troubles to contend with. A wealthy merchant, Sir Joseph Venell, is savagely killed; then his partner Sir Hugh Swofford plunges to his death, in the Tallant household.

Suspicion falls on Thomas, who is sucked into a mire of treachery and rumour within the City of London. As the merchant struggles to clear his name, he becomes captivated by the enigmatic Elizabeth Seymour, whose passion for astronomy and mathematics is matched only by her addiction to the gaming tables.

Pursued by the authorities, Thomas races to unmask the real killer who claims a third victim to implicate him further, toying with his future in a deadly cat and mouse game.

In a desperate race against time, Elizabeth applies her powers of logic and deduction to unearth the clues that will point to the killer, but her way is barred by a secret message from the grave.

Can she crack its code before Thomas, now a wounded and exhausted fugitive, succumbs to the chase?

And, if she succeeds, has Thomas the strength to face his tormentor and win his life and reputation back?

Rags of Time is the first book in an engaging and entertaining new historical crime series, set during the upheaval of the 17th Century. Recommended for fans of Andrew Taylor, CJ Sansom and SJ Parris.

Praise for Michael Ward:

‘I loved it; a wickedly dark murder mystery set in Stuart London.’ Jemahl Evans, author of The Last Roundhead

Michael Ward is a former journalist and academic. He now runs his own consultancy providing content services and training to a wide range of British companies and public sector organisations.

While Mr. Ward sent me a PDF, I never was able to get it converted properly, so I purchased my kindle copy. Today (1/16/22) I see there is a limited time sale of 99 cents for the kindle version on Amazon. It’s a steal!

Thank you, Mike, for reaching out to me!