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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Book of the MONTH - November

Book of the Month Award

November



In a medieval retirement home for witches, a resident is found brutally murdered. But how?
Whistle was a 93 in magical strength. His magic should have protected him. The jarring image of his grisly death states otherwise. Eager to avenge her friend, Rosie vows to catch the killer.
That task would be far easier if her sidekick wasn’t a forgetful 206-year-old, and Whistle’s enchanted belongings didn’t have minds of their own. Much to Rosie’s annoyance, every clue she finds contradicts the last.

In the midst of her hunt comes an ominous warning. Rosie has caught the attention of the killer and just might be their next target. Can she find a way to decipher the clues in time? Or will her name be added to the growing list of victims?
Set in an old people’s home full of whacky witches and wizards, this quirky whodunnit will leave readers guessing right to the end!
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Pages:  196
 Genre: Cozy Animal Mysteries



Cover of the MONTH - November



Book Cover of the Month

HUGE thanks to  Designer, Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics for selecting this month's cover of the Month.


All books receiving a Chill with a Readers' Award in December will automatically be considered for Book Cover of the Month.




Thursday, 25 November 2021

Tom Fleck by Harry Nicholson



Tom Fleck

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.


‘Sharp as quivering hares are the Flecks. We’ve eyes and ears for things other folk miss.’Much later, in the aftermath of Flodden, a young man finally understands his father’s words.The year: 1513. The place: North-East England.Tom Fleck, a downtrodden farm worker, but gifted archer, yearns to escape his masters. He unearths two objects that could be keys to freedom: a torque of ancient gold and a Tudor seal ring. He cannot know how these finds will determine his future.Rachel Coronel craves an end to her wanderings. When the torque comes to rest around the neck of this mysterious foreign woman, an odyssey begins which draws Tom Fleck into borderlands of belief and race.The seal ring propels Tom on a journey of self-knowledge that can only climax in another borderland, among the ‘flowers of the forest’ of Flodden Field. Inside introduction:Here are Tudor kings and their nobles – their documented lives are rich material for writers – but now they play a minor part. This is the story of Tom Fleck, a penniless farm labourer, who shares his dwelling with cattle. He is fictional only because he leaves no record – his people live before the keeping of parish registers, so they make no marks on parchment and are lost to history.We find his rare surname in the register of St. Hilda’s church at Hartlepool:Baptisms 1596, September 19th : Christofer ye child of Willm. Fleck.Perhaps William heard tales of how his great grandfather, Thomas, loved a strange woman and stood with the army on the terrible battlefield of Flodden. This story brings him to life.

Pages:  266
 Genre: Saga Fiction

Tom Fleck
  was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?


Monday, 22 November 2021

A Woman Undefeated by Vivienne Dockerty



A Woman Undefeated

has RECEIVED a

Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


Only she can save herself…

Maggie is sixteen years old and barely keeping her family alive in the throes of the Irish famine. As her mother is on her deathbed, Maggie is pressed to accept a proposal from their neighbour, Jack. With few options beyond marry or starve, Maggie weds Jack and they travel from their home in County Mayo across the sea to seek a better life in north west England.

In their new village, food is plentiful and work is available, but Maggie must endure different hardships. As a wife, and before long a mother, Maggie is tested in more ways than one, and it is her dignity and strength that will see her through when all hope seems lost.
  
A Woman Undefeated  was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?


Pages:  369
Genre: British & Irish Historical Literature















Sunday, 14 November 2021

Kettle Lane by B G Denvil



Kettle Lane

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.

In a medieval retirement home for witches, a resident is found brutally murdered. But how?
Whistle was a 93 in magical strength. His magic should have protected him. The jarring image of his grisly death states otherwise. Eager to avenge her friend, Rosie vows to catch the killer.
That task would be far easier if her sidekick wasn’t a forgetful 206-year-old, and Whistle’s enchanted belongings didn’t have minds of their own. Much to Rosie’s annoyance, every clue she finds contradicts the last.

In the midst of her hunt comes an ominous warning. Rosie has caught the attention of the killer and just might be their next target. Can she find a way to decipher the clues in time? Or will her name be added to the growing list of victims?
Set in an old people’s home full of whacky witches and wizards, this quirky whodunnit will leave readers guessing right to the end!
Read less


Pages:  196
 Genre: Cozy Animal Mysteries

Kettle Lane
  was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?


Saturday, 13 November 2021

Murder after the Matinee by Lorna Snowden



Murder after the Matinee

has RECEIVED a

Chill
with a Book READERS’ Award



  
Murder after the Matinee was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?

Lydia Buckley is prompt for the Ashdale Players’ current production of Aladdin and becomes embroiled in a web of deceit with Simon Saxby-Jones in the middle.

Simon Saxby-Jones almost had it all, good looks, success, charisma and the material possessions that come with a large salary. Simon had always been power hungry and driven, as a brilliant architect he worked for Aztec Developments, married the boss’s daughter and secured his future. Local estate agent and Councillor Hugo Marshall and Simon have set up a clandestine partnership which uses underhand and unethical tactics to make lucrative profits. Hugo is about to become Mayor and would like to dissolve the partnership, but Simon refuses. Simon is interested in farm buildings belonging to a local landowner, Jonathan Sturdy and, although Simon is married, he begins a relationship with Jonathan’s daughter, Bella.

Things get complicated when Simon’s duplicity is discovered and he has to exert pressure to keep it secret, then his relationship with Bella takes an unexpected turn. Hugo becomes desperate when all his attempts to extract himself from the partnership fail and it becomes clear that someone knows about how the partnership makes its profit. Add in the discovery of a couple of people from Simon’s past, one of whom may have a grudge, the colourful characters who live in Ashdale not to mention her ex-husband Vinnie and his new wife and Lydia has her hands full.

Pages:  292
Genre: Cozy Mystery















Monday, 8 November 2021

It Happened in Perce Rock by Melanie Robertson-King


It Happened in Perce Rock 

has RECEIVED a

Chill
with a Book READERS’ Award



  
It Happened in Perce Rock was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?


Beaches meets Born on the 4th of July

When Melissa Scott flees to the village of Percé, she’s determined to leave her painful memories behind her.

Gareth Young, a soldier with the Canadian Forces, never got over losing his friend in the war in Afghanistan. Nowadays, he’s happier in his own company than that of others, until she enters his life.

Despite her recent breakup and knowing rebound relationships don’t work, Melissa falls head over feet for the handsome military man, only to discover he comes with enough baggage to fill an army cargo plane.

Will the couple be able to work through their issues and achieve a happy ending together?

Pages:  179
Genre: