Bookouture Blog Tour for DEATH BY A CORNISH COVE by Fliss Chester

I LOVE historical mysteries and this is such a fun series! Cressida Fawcett is a 1920’s high society young woman, living in England, and murder seems to find her. She solves mysteries with her trusty companion: her pug Ruby. You can read this as a stand alone (but do yourself a favor and read Death Among the Diamonds, too, just for fun!). I enjoyed the writing and the plot, and I truly enjoyed Cressida’s sharp and witty character.

Thanks for making me part of the tour and for my e-copy!

Book Description:

A seaside party at a Cornish mansion with plenty of fizz, what could be more perfect? But something fishy is afoot… a killer lurks among the guests, and only Cressida Fawcett can stop them.

When Cressida Fawcett is invited to stay at Penbeagle House on the Cornish coast for a fancy-dress ball, she is looking forward to sipping rum cocktails clad as a pirate, watching the red-sailed boats go by and relaxing in the sea air with her good friend Dotty. But before they can raise their glasses to toast Cressida’s former flame Lord Canterbury’s engagement, he drops dead in front of the horrified guests.

The local doctor determines that Lord Canterbury was poisoned, and soon Detective Chief Inspector Andrews is on his way from Scotland Yard. But Cressida is dismayed by the murder of the intrepid explorer who once asked for her hand in marriage, and she cannot simply leave the case to the police. Together with Dotty and her little pug Ruby, Cressida searches for clues only to discover that many of the guests have a motive for murder. Did an irate journalist or a bitter fellow explorer send Lord Canterbury on his untimely final journey?

And when a young maid is found dead, floating in the shimmering waters of the cove, Cressida knows time is running out to catch the killer. Could a clue hidden among some rather pungent crab sandwiches help her solve the case before there is another murder?

A witty and totally addictive cozy mystery packed with intrigue and glamour. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Author Bio:

Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business. Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.

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CODE NAME SAPPHIRE by Pam Jenoff (Harper-Collins Historical Fiction Blog Tour)

If you know me, you know I love WWII stories of Resistance. This was another great read from Pam Jenoff, with unforgettable characters and lots of historical details.

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

Code Name Sapphire
Pam Jenoff
On Sale Date: February 7, 2023
9780778387091, 0778387097
Trade Paperback
$17.99 USD
Fiction / Historical / World War II
368 pages

About the Book:
A woman must rescue her cousin’s family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this
riveting tale of bravery and resistance during World War II

1942. Hannah Martel has narrowly escaped Nazi Germany after her fiancé was killed in a
pogrom. When her ship bound for America is turned away at port, she has nowhere to go but to
her cousin Lily, who lives with her family in Brussels. Fearful for her life, Hannah is desperate to
get out of occupied Europe. But with no safe way to leave, she must return to the dangerous
underground work she thought she had left behind.
Seeking help, Hannah joins the Sapphire Line, a secret resistance network led by a mysterious
woman named Micheline and her enigmatic brother Matteo. But when a grave mistake causes
Lily’s family to be arrested and slated for deportation to Auschwitz, Hannah finds herself torn
between her loyalties. How much is Hannah willing to sacrifice to save the people she loves?
Inspired by incredible true stories of courage and sacrifice, Code Name Sapphire is a powerful
novel about love, family and the unshakable resilience of women in even the hardest of times.

About the Author:
Pam Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including the New York
Times bestsellers The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan’s Tale. She holds a bachelor’s degree
in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in history from
Cambridge, and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. Jenoff’s
novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and also as a diplomat for the
State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and three
children near Philadelphia, where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school.

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Spotlight on DEAD HEAT TO DESTINY by J.B. Rivard

MESA, AZ–Now a prolific writer with dozens of novels completed, J.B. Rivard wasn’t always an author. A veteran of the Korean War and a specialist in nuclear reactor technology, Rivard balanced his career in engineering with a love for the arts. A visual artist turned novelist, Rivard’s creative work has received widespread acclaim in recent years.

In Rivard’s latest–and most daring–novel to date, “Dead Heat to Destiny” (February 7, 2023), the lives and loves of three people are imperiled during the cataclysm of the First World War. An adventurous historical novel with both romance and espionage, “Dead Heat” weaves a  stunning tapestry of events.

About the book: Destined for success in the booming world of high fashion, young Adrienne Boch deflects the romantic pursuit of Will Marra, an American student in Paris. Her cousin, Gregor Steiner, completes his training as an officer in the Imperial German Navy. They, like the entire world, are unprepared when World War I begins. As the invading German army threatens Paris, Gregor advances to captain a U-boat, Will becomes a pilot in the U.S. Army, and Adrienne’s family flees an overrun Belgium. In Central America, a spy is recruited to defeat the United States. At the climax—during which love hangs in the balance—they meet in a thrilling and emotionally riveting clash.

Spanning 1903-1917, this cinematic novel transports the reader to a variety of stunning locales. With his dedication to historical accuracy and his immersive writing style, Rivard offers readers a front row seat to the early twentieth century’s most compelling events.

“Dead Heat to Destiny”

J.B. Rivard | February 7, 2023 | Books Fluent | Historical Fiction, Adventure

Paperback | 978-0-9968363-6-4 | $15.95

eBook | 978-0-9968363-7-1 | $5.95

J.B. RIVARD believes words can create pictures. His readers agree; one said, “I was right in the biplane cockpit with Nick,” referring to pilot Nick Mamer, the 1929 record-setting aviator in Rivard’s nonfiction book “Low on Gas – High on Sky.” A writer of historically accurate fiction and nonfiction, J.B. knows readers want the past to blaze up and enthrall them. His commitment to compelling and convincing writing derives from four years in the military as well as his technical career on the staff of a U.S. National Laboratory. A graduate of the University of Florida, he attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and is an award-winning artist and author. His latest novel is  “Dead Heat to Destiny,” in which the lives and loves of three people are imperiled during the cataclysm of World War One. To learn more about J.B.’s life and work, visit