Bernie and the Beast

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Haunted by his latest visions of a girl with green eyes, can Bernie tame the Beast before it’s too late? Before it kills again?





Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I haven’t read any of DM Wolfenden books before and she has six, including several shorter reads. Bernie and the Beast instantly caught my eye. Bernie can be a girl’s name, and the girl on the cover made me assume it was a Beauty and the Beast type story. I downloaded it before reading the description!

How wrong was I! Bernie was a male, and not a particularly likeable one. He was having visions and the author’s style of writing and descriptions instantly drew me in. Bernie visited run down pubs in the north of England and having been in similar ones, I could identify with the description. It was very authentic and the storyline intriguing.

Bernie was fascinating to observe however, the reader will guess what the visions are, and it doesn’t matter, the getting there kept me reading every page. I wasn’t wrong and by the time I reached the end of this great short read it was extremely satisfactory. I wanted to devour every word – a bit like Bernie really!

Well written and well worth downloading, especially if you love books, but don’t have much time to read.

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Winter’s Day

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Jolie Winters wants what most women her age want – love and affection. However, nothing seems to work out. When a devastating illness threatens a loved one, she finds comfort in a past relationship–a relationship which now puts Jolie in more danger than she’s ever known. Winters Day is set in today’s suburban Britain. Dealing with tough issues, it exposes the human psyche in all its glory: with gritty realism and laugh-out-loud humour. A multi-layered and highly emotional package.

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Blurb: Jolie Winters understands pain. From her mother’s murder to her abusive ex, she is emotionally and physically scarred.

But, Jolie wants what most women her age want – love and affection. However, nothing seems to work out. When a devastating illness threatens a loved one, she finds comfort in a past relationship–a relationship which now puts Jolie in more danger than she’s ever known.

Will she stay with her abuser, or will she leave, and embrace the love she’s been hiding from all along?

Winters Day is a chick-lit, set in today’s suburban Britain. Dealing with tough issues, it exposes the human psyche in all its glory: with gritty realism and laugh-out-loud humour. A multi-layered and highly emotional package.

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After lunch was finished, Jolie left for Debbie’s.

Her stomach tightened when she looked at her blistering hand hovering over the button for the bell.

Debbie opened the door and started laughing at her. “Good grief. Did you put your make-up on in the dark?”

Jolie nudged passed her. “Very funny.”

She sat down on Debbie’s couch, the oversized red cushions enveloping her.

“Have you got a new job performing at children’s parties?” Debbie’s face creased.

Jolie shook her head. “I see you’re feeling better.”

Debbie put her hand on her hip. “The last time I saw you wearing so much crap on your face you were with him.”

Jolie couldn’t look her in the eye.

Debbie gasped. “You’re back with him.” She shook her head. “You’ve took that two-timing scum bag!”

Jolie could feel the anger building up inside, and held her hand up. “That’s enough!”

Debbie’s eyes went wide. “What the hell happened?” She took hold of Jolie’s red and blistered hand.

“I was pouring the boiling water from the potatoes away.”

Debbie huffed. “Did he do it?”

Jolie pulled her hand away, and flinched. “Do you really think he would burn me? I’m going home.”

Debbie grabbed her arm. “No, wait.”

Jolie raised her eyebrows. “What?”

“I have no idea what he’s capable of—”

Jolie jumped up.

“Let me finish.”

Jolie’s ground her teeth together.

Debbie crossed her legs. “I know you think you love him—”

Jolie put her hand on her hip. “I do love him.”

Debbie sighed. “If you are happy, then I’m happy for you, but he’s a manipulator. You couldn’t see it before.”

 I know she’s right, but he’s promised things will be different this time. She bit her lip.

“All I’m saying is, question him, question everything.”

Jolie sat down. “I’m not going to question him.”

Debbie reached over, and took hold of her shoulders. “I’m not being mean; I’m scared for you.”

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Deadly Games

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Detective James Thornton has always had a way with women. Some say he’s a player. Others call him a man whore. But he’s mostly known as the best detective the Dutchess County P.D. has. For years he swore off relationships, fearing his career would put them in danger. That all changed the moment he met Alexa. In one night, she won him over, but in one weekend his world will shatter.

Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I found this book through Star PA Services where they have some great authors under their umbrella. It was the book description that grabbed me and I wasn’t disappointed – well not totally, but I’ll come to that.

I liked the fact that it was a novella. It is a fun read. I loved Detective James Thornton who find himself in an Agatha Christie type murder mystery. Bodies were falling over the place and his mind was on one thing – sex.

He was with a new girlfriend on a murder mystery weekend and hoped to spend most of the time in bed, except people kept dying and of course, he was a real detective.

It was a good fun read with plenty of humour and the only thing that let it down was the ending. It felt incomplete, but maybe because this is Book One of a series.

I would still recommend it as I think all of Andrew Hess’s books will be enjoyable as this one.

You can link up with Andrew on Goodreads or follow him on Amazon.

If you are tempted, you can find the book here – and I hope you are. If you do read it, please leave some comments here.

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The Queen and the Viper

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Policewoman Peggy Ellen has secret – by night, she’s a caped vigilante, known as The Queen of Spades. Her city is crippled with crime, thanks to the notorious gang the House of Games.
When police Lieutenant Jack Malone and Peggy’s lover gets too close to uncovering the truth behind this band of criminals, it’s up to The Queen of Spades to rescue him.
Can she save him in time, or will her rescue plans fold like a house of cards?


Peggy didn’t move for a while, her agile brain was going over every detail she and Jack had gained together about the House along with everything she knew on the Contentment Killings, as they now seemed to be linked somehow. Her perfect face was now grim, as she moved seductively and sensuously over the deep-piled rug. Procured one of the fancy cigarette’s Jack had managed to smuggle to her from the police evidence lock-up and lighted it Filling her lungs with a fragrant smoke rumoured to be the personal favourite of a certain British Monarch, she didn’t care about that though, she just enjoyed the perfumed elegance of European living. She began to pace back and forth with almost cat like grace. Her mind racing, her brilliant mind sorting and filing the information she had to hand, in the hopes of finding a tangible connection to both solve the case and protect her man!

Jack’s lover was no simple dame. She was the furthest from what the normal socialite circles would call normal. As in the circles that mattered to Peggy through her city and the East Coast, she was known by another name ‘The Queen Of Spades’ and this queen was nearing thirty four. Which meant she was just to be majestic, with a perfect figure that would set men’s hearts ablaze as well as make and break a few hearts along the way. Her long golden hair and perfect face often crowned the socialite sections of all the major tabloids and broadsheets straight across the country. Yet know one was ever connected perfect little Peggy Ellen with The Queen Of Spades.”

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City Central Tales, one of Adam’s other’s book was reviewed right here on Karen’s Book Buzz Blog and you can read it here.

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Chocolate for Easter?

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Kerry O’Brien has a hot new boyfriend! Yay!

His name is Tommy. He’s a biker and he’s gorgeous. He seems to like me too. He makes me feel good about myself and it’s been a long time since anyone has paid me that much attention. I also have a monster for a stepfather.

But I’m scared, scared Bill will find out about him and scared he will find out about Bill. Tommy’s very protective of me and if he ever found out my secret, I think he would murder Bill.

Bill started again last night. Jodie and I hid under the bed. I don’t want him to ever touch her. Secrets like mine are only whispered about. But the bruises are getting harder to cover and I know once Tommy finds out the truth, He’ll hate me and I’m afraid I might lose him.

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At twenty-five, Desire Hart has experienced enough grief for a lifetime.
Changing everything in her life – her identity, her hometown and her country of residence, Desire is determined that nothing will prevent her achieving from finding her missing son. Not even love.
On a spring evening, she meets the golden boy of F1 racing, Lorcan Shore, and finds herself falling for him. Struggling to suppress her feelings, she realises he could help her get closer to the child she believes is her long lost son.
But nothing goes according to plan. Her identity is revealed by the press, Lorcan has a terrifying accident, and the trail to her son finishes in another dead end. So Desire does what she does best – she runs away.
Set against the glamorous backdrops of Monaco, Paris and Nice, ‘All That the Heart Desires’ mixes romance and mystery as Desire struggles to come to terms with her past.
Will she learn to accept love into her life again?

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Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.

Faye knows her heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She also knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life.

Faye is left wondering how to move forward – and whether or not Jack’s best friend Ethan will let her down again. And the news of Jack’s death ripples through the lives of her friends too.

Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind. Poor Olivia is juggling her job and her boyfriend and trying to deal with a death of her own. And Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest, even though she never knew him.

Is Beth about to take her own life too?

This is dark chick-lit and intelligent women’s fiction at its best. Perfect for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Elizabeth Strout, Dorothy Koomson and Amanda Prowse.

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A Time to Kill

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A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdoniaare an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.

A killer hidden in plain sight.

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…

Karen’s Book Buzz Review

This is book 5 of a series. I haven’t read them all but have read Dead on Your Feet and Devil’s Kitchen and throughly enjoyed them, You can read my reviews by following the links.

This book didn’t disappoint and I enjoyed getting to know Inspector Ian Drake again. I particularly like that he has at last found a girlfriend. He is too nice a character to always have to put up with with his ex-wife. Although it was tricky trying to keep his dates and investigate a murder. He managed both, got his girl and got the killer in the end too.

The crime was the killing of an antique dealer and was centred around the Llanberis area of North Wales.

I must admit to struggling  with some of the character’s names. Heulwen Beard was one and in my head I was pronouncing is at Hoolwen. I hope that was right. The one I struggled with the most was Sioned. i couldn’t guess at that one. Was it Son-ed or Shaun -ed. Whenever I came to it, I stumbled and it stopped the flow of the story for me. But it is a Welsh tale and so it should use Welsh names. I recently read and Eygypian story, and that was worse. I couldn’t pronounce the main characters names at all and could only make them us as I went along. But what do you do? I’m not sure, perhaps a summary at the beginning?

However, Drake and his team did a good job in solving a crime, while we as readers enjoyed the countryside and the area as well as a good story.