Blog Tour/Review: The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross

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I’m thrilled to be one of the hosts for today’s stop on the blog tour for The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross, Book 2 in her exciting Dominion Mystery series.  You can read my review below.  To check out the other great bloggers on the tour and see what they thought, click here.

WinPlus there’s a giveaway (US & Canada only, sorry!) with a chance for one lucky person to win a signed paperback copy of Book #1 in the Dominion Mystery series, The Daemoniac.

To enter click here.

 


TheThirteenthGateAbout the Book

Winter 1888. At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night. His distraught keepers summon the Lady Vivienne Cumberland – who’s interviewed their patient and isn’t sure he’s a man at all. An enigmatic woman who guards her own secrets closely, Lady Vivienne knows a creature from the underworld when she sees one. And he’s the most dangerous she’s ever encountered. As Jack rampages through London, Lady Vivienne begins to suspect what he’s searching for. And if he finds it, the doors to purgatory will be thrown wide open…

Across the Atlantic, an archaeologist is brutally murdered after a Christmas Eve gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Certain peculiar aspects of the crime attract the interest of the Society for Psychical Research and its newest investigator, Harrison Fearing Pell. Is Dr. Sabelline’s death related to his recent dig in Alexandria? Or is the motive something darker? As Harry uncovers troubling connections to a serial murder case she’d believed was definitively solved, two mysteries converge amid the grit and glamour of Gilded Age New York. Harry and Lady Vivienne must join forces to stop an ancient evil. The key is something called the Thirteenth Gate. But where is it? And more importantly, who will find it first?

Format: ebook Publisher: Acorn Publishing Pages: 350
Publication: 26th Jun 2017 Genre: Historical Mystery, YA    

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My Review

‘In the universe…there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.’

What do you get if you take an intricately plotted, suspenseful historical mystery set in 19th century London and New York and add ghouls and daemons? An enthralling, wonderfully entertaining read, that’s what! I’m not much into paranormal or fantasy but I really enjoyed this book because the fantasy elements were subtly woven into a satisfyingly complex historical mystery.

Lady Vivienne makes a feisty, idiosyncratic and resourceful heroine alongside her companion, Alec Lawrence. Their bond is symbiotic in nature, forged and developed over a great expanse of time with each contributing skills and abilities that make them an effective fighting force against the powers of evil. As Lady Vivienne explains, ‘We are the light against the darkness’.

Harrison (Harry) Pell and her friend, John Weston, specialise much more in solving the crimes of this world – think Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, but of course they were only fictional, weren’t they? However, in The Thirteenth Gate, Harry and John are forced to confront malefactors from a distinctly more shadowy realm.  When Lady Vivienne, Alec, Harry and John join forces, nothing can stop them – or can it?

This is the second book in the series. (Click here to download Book #1, The Daemoniac, which is currently free from Amazon.)  Although there are lots of references to earlier events in The Thirteenth Gate, this didn’t affect my enjoyment and the book works perfectly well as a standalone. Except….that having read this you’re definitely going to want to read the first one (I certainly do), so why not start there? In fact, as the author explains in her afterword, the story of Lady Vivienne and Alec starts much further back than that, in The Fourth Element trilogy.  Book #1 of the trilogy, The Midnight Sea, is currently free to download from Amazon – click here to get hooked.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author and Xpresso Book Tours in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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In three words: Compelling, suspenseful, imaginative


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Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014) about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.

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My Week in Books

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New arrivals

Another quiet week for new arrivals which means I’ve been able to concentrate on ARCs and review copies from authors…

Monsoon RisingMonsoon Rising by David Lee Corley (review copy courtesy of Sage’s Blog Tours)

Billy Gamble knows how to stay a step ahead of the law. He is a thief on the run, with $4.2 million in his pocket and hiding out in Southeast Asia. But his great escape soon becomes his worst nightmare when his Thai girlfriend is murdered and all clues point to him. If he doesn’t find the real killer soon, he’ll be forced to face the consequences of a murder he didn’t commit and more people may die. Eve Donoghue is the best skip tracer in the insurance business. Her employer wants his money back and has sent Eve to find and bring back Billy. But no sooner has she found him than he drags her into the search for an enigmatic serial killer known as The Nomad. They know The Nomad has fled Thailand, but where in the world should they start looking? It will take all their skill to track down the killer and find enough evidence to prove Billy’s innocence.

War Girl UrsulaWar Girl Ursula by Marion Kummerow (review copy courtesy of the author)

Berlin 1943: Compassion is a crime. A prisoner escapes. A guard looks the other way. Why does Ursula Hermann risk her life and brave the Gestapo to save a man she barely knows? Ursula has always lived the law, never broken the rules in her life. That is until the day she finds escapee British airman Tom Westlake and all the right she’s worked so hard to maintain goes wrong… He runs. And she does nothing to stop him. Torn with guilt about what she did, Ursula battles with her decision when suddenly Tom returns, injured and pleading for her help. This is her opportunity to make things right. But shadows from the past tug at her heart, convincing her to risk everything, including her life, in order to protect a man from the nation her country is fighting. As they brave the perils and dangers of the ever-present Gestapo, will Ursula find a way to keep Tom safe? Or will being on the opposite sides of the war ultimately cost both of them their lives?

Alone in BerlinAlone in Berlin by Hans Fallada (ebook, 99p Kindle deal)

Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels’ necks …


On What Cathy Read Next last week

Book Reviews

On Monday I shared my review of The Virgin of the Wind Rose by Glen Craney, an intricately plotted historical mystery/conspiracy thriller.  Friday saw my review of The Watch House by Bernie McGill, a wonderful historical novel set on the island of Rathlin at the turn of the century and it got a rare 5* rating from me (I’m stingy with them!). Finally, on Sunday I was thrilled to host a stop on the blog tour for It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan and to share my review of this stylish historical romance set in 1950s New York.

Other posts

On Tuesday I published a Q&A with Scott Kauffman, author of Revenants: The Odyssey Home, a mystery novel which explores some thought-provoking themes. On Tuesday I did some more clearing out of my To-Read shelf on Goodreads courtesy of the Down the TBR Hole meme. Wednesday is WWW Wednesday, where I and other book bloggers share what we’ve been reading, are currently reading and plan to read next. I also took part in the book blitz for the historical fiction novel, New Caledonia: A Song of America by William McEarchern. And Thursday has become Throwback Thursday so I shared another review from the early days of my blog – the first in a thriller series I’ve enjoyed, Poor Boy Road by James L Weaver.  And there was another book blitz as well, for a short story collection about residents of Manhattan – Skyline by William Fowkes. On Friday I was delighted to welcome author Alison Brodie to my blog for a Q&A about all the stories behind her romantic comedy Brake Failure.

Challenge updates

  • Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge – 90 out of 78 books read, 3 more than last week. I still need to set that new target….
  • Classics Club Challenge– 4 out of 50 books reviewed (same as last week)
  • NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017 (Gold) – 42 ARCs reviewed out of 50 (1 more than last week)
  • From Page to Screen 2017– 7 book/film comparisons out of 12 completed (same as last week)
  • The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Shortlist 2017 – Completed

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Blog Tour/Review: The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross
  • Blog Tour/Review: The Other Twin by L V Hay
  • Book Review: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting
  • Throwback Thursday: Outside the Magic Circle by Heera Datta
  • Book Review: In Shadowland by Timothy Ashby

 

Blog Tour/Review: It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

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I’m thrilled to be one of the co-hosts for today’s stop on the blog tour for It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan and to bring you my review of this luscious historical romance.  Do check out today posts from my co-hosts Celeste Loves Books and SibzzReads.

And while you’re reading my review, why not smooch along to the song, ‘It Was Only Ever You’


About the Book

Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality. But in the end, Patrick Murphy’s heart belongs to only one of them. Which one will it be?

Format: Paperback Publisher: Head of Zeus Pages: 389
Publication: 13th Jul 2017 Genre: Historical Romance

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My Review

 

In It Was Only Ever You, the author has created three distinctive female characters. I loved Ava who, in her ‘lucky suit’, made me think of the young Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not. To me she was the most fully realised female character and the one I found myself most engaged with and who I rooted for most.  I also liked how, in Sheila, the author created a picture of a strong, independent woman, not afraid to challenge society’s expectations and break through into an industry dominated by men. (I pictured her as Celeste Holm in Gentleman’s Agreement). Beautiful, beloved Rose was the character I felt least drawn to, although I’m not sure quite why. Perhaps it was her cool, perfect beauty (which if we’re indulging in film star comparisons can only be to a young Grace Kelly) or the fact she was the catalyst for so many of the dramatic events in the book.

 

Alongside these three strong female characters, Patrick Murphy has a tough job to gain the reader’s attention and sympathies. He’s handsome, charming and the author does a great job of communicating how his wonderful voice is so attractive to women. However, he’s also rather naive and his poor choices will set in train unintended and tragic consequences.

Perhaps surprisingly, because he is not at first sight that attractive a figure, the male character I really engaged with was Iggy Morrow, the music impresario. I felt the author created a really believable character and his journey from loner to someone prepared to make a commitment to another person for the first time in his life was credible and rather moving.

Amongst many other compelling aspects of this book is the evocation of the New York of the period with its dance halls, jazz clubs, show bands and the advent of the sound that would revolutionize the music scene – rock’n’roll.

‘But with this new, strange rockabilly sound [Sheila] found her hips were swaying from side to side at a speed that felt fast – too fast – and yet she was compelled to move in a way that felt utterly natural. It was as if the beat had injected her, and everyone else there, with a kind of electricity. Her body seemed to understand what to do in a way it had never done before now.’

If that doesn’t make you want to listen to ‘Rock Around the Clock’ I don’t know what will! Similarly, I loved the picture of the tight-knit Irish émigré community, where everyone knows one another – making subsequent events entirely believable.

The author gives us tantalising hints about some of the characters’ earlier lives. I’m curious – and greedy – so I would have loved more about the back stories of Rose, Sheila and Rose’s mother, Eleanor. For example – no spoilers, as these facts are revealed in the opening chapters of the book – information about Rose’s biological parents, more detail about what happened to Sheila’s family and what in Eleanor’s past made her so fearful for her daughter.

The book ended satisfyingly for me with two of the three women being rewarded precisely in the way I’d hoped for and the third getting just what she deserved. I’ll leave you to read the book and work out what I mean and which is which!

It Was Only Ever You takes the reader on a wonderful journey from rural Ireland to the excitement of New York. There is love and drama and sadness, there are partings and reunions, all set against the backdrop of the sheer joy of music.

I received a review copy courtesy of publishers Head of Zeus in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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KateKerriganAbout the Author

Kate Kerrigan is an author living and working in Ireland. Her novels are Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, The Miracle of Grace, Ellis Island, City of Hope, Land of Dreams and The Lost Garden. Kate began her career as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain’s most successful young women’s magazines before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990’s to edit Irish Tatler. She writes a weekly column in the Irish Mail about her life in Killala, County Mayo – and contributes regularly to RTE’s radio’s Sunday Miscellany. Her novel, The Dress, published by Head of Zeus was shortlisted at the Irish Book Awards in 2015 and her new novel, It Was Only Ever You, was published in hardback in October 2016.

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Book Review: The Watch House by Bernie McGill

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TheWatchHouseAbout the Book

As the twentieth century dawns on the island of Rathlin, a place ravaged by storms and haunted by past tragedies, Nuala Byrne is faced with a difficult decision. Abandoned by her family for the new world, she receives a proposal from the island’s aging tailor. For the price of a roof over her head, she accepts. Meanwhile the island is alive with gossip about the strangers who have arrived from the mainland, armed with mysterious equipment which can reportedly steal a person’s words and transmit them through thin air. When Nuala is sent to cook for these men – engineers, who have been sent to Rathlin by Marconi to conduct experiments in the use of wireless telegraphy – she encounters an Italian named Gabriel, who offers her the chance to equip herself with new skills and knowledge. As her friendship with Gabriel opens up horizons beyond the rocky and treacherous cliffs of her island home, Nuala begins to realise that her deal with the tailor was a bargain she should never have struck.

Format: Paperback Publisher: Tinder Press Pages: 368
Publication: 10th Aug 2017 Genre: Historical Fiction    

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My Review

Separated from her family who have emigrated to Newfoundland, Nuala thinks marriage will give her, if nothing else, security and a house of her own. Instead she finds herself saddled with a husband – the Tailor – many years her senior and unfulfilled both physically and emotionally: ‘I’m as trapped on this island, in this house, as I ever was before.’ Not to mention the Tailor’s malevolent sister, Ginny, who treats Nuala like a skivvy.

Intelligent, resourceful and relatively well-educated, Nuala finds herself constrained by her situation, social expectations and the customs of the islands.    With her knowledge of healing and herbal remedies, handed down from her grandparents, she also has a sort of otherworldly quality being sensitive to the echoes, whether real or imagined, of those who have gone before on the island. I loved the distinctive voice the author created for Nuala, capturing the rhythm of island dialect.

I found the juxtaposition of past and present in the book really fascinating. The Marconi engineers are bringing cutting edge wireless communication technology to the island yet this is an island that can be cut off for days by bad weather.   It’s the turn of the century and there is a sense of change, of a new era on the horizon but there is an equally strong sense of the islanders resisting this change, questioning the need for it.

The history of the island is also evident in the ancient place names, the stories etched into its caves and stones, and the unchanging rhythm of island life.

‘I stand on Crocknascreidlin and watch the boat come in. It’s a good place to stand, on the hill of the screaming women, above the dark hollow of Lagavistevoir. They’re as loud as they were when Drake’s men came and slaughtered all the men of the island. I am silent. I let them scream for me. They’re keening for my heart.’

Everything changes for Nuala when chance brings her into daily contact with the engineers installing the new technology: ‘They are Marconi’s men, come to catapult their words out over the sea.’ Nuala feels an immediate connection with one of the engineers, an Italian called Gabriel, who recognises Nuala’s potential and teaches her to use the telegraphy equipment.   The development of their friendship brings with it consequences that create a wonderfully intense and dramatic story that will also surprise you as events take an unexpected turn. I was strongly reminded of the film Ryan’s Daughter, with its passionate love story and breathtaking scenery.

As well as a wonderfully involving story, I loved the way the author explored themes of communication and translation. Nuala and the other islanders struggle to understand and are suspicious of the concept of wireless communication.

‘Ginny says it’s not right to separate a person from their words, to put that much sea between the two. A body could say anything then and feel no responsibility for it. Who’s to say, she says, that at that remove, those words belonged to a person at all? […] A word is a thing to keep close, always, she says.’

Gabriel, as a native Italian speaker but almost fluent in English, is fascinated by the Gaelic language and the meaning of words. ‘He’s thinking about translation. He’s thinking about the dots and dashes and the chart of the [Morse] code that hangs on the watch house wall.’ Morse code comes to form an important role in Gabriel’s and Nuala’s relationship.

In her fascinating afterword, Bernie McGill writes, ‘As a fiction writer, I am always looking for the gaps between recorded events, the spaces in between’. In this novel, I think she has definitely succeeded in filling those ‘gaps’ and ‘spaces’ with a really involving, compelling story. The Watch House is beautifully written with an atmospheric setting, characters I cared about, and an underlying sense of mystery. For me, it’s the epitome of a good read.

I received an advance reader copy courtesy of NetGalley and publishers, Tinder Press, in return for an honest review.

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In three words: Atmospheric, emotional, dramatic

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BernieMcGillAbout the Author

Bernie McGill was born in Lavey in County Derry in Northern Ireland. She studied English and Italian at Queen’s University, Belfast and graduated with a Masters degree in Irish Writing. She has written for the theatre (The Weather Watchers, The Haunting of Helena Blunden), a novel, The Butterfly Cabinet and a short story collection, Sleepwalkers. Her new novel The Watch House will be published by Tinder Press in 2017. Her short fiction has been nominated for numerous awards and in 2008 she won the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Award in the US. She is a recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s inaugural ACES (Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme) Award in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. She lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland with her family and works as a Creative Writing facilitator.

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Q&A: Alison Brodie, author of Brake Failure

Today’s guest on What Cathy Read Next is Alison Brodie, author of Brake Failure. I read Brake Failure a few months ago and really enjoyed it despite not being a ‘romcom’ fan (or so I thought). However, Alison converted me with the book’s quirky humour, breakneck pace and larger-than-life characters. Do be sure to check out my review of Brake Failure here.   In case you need tempting further, I’m delighted to say Alison has agreed to answer a few of my questions about the book and its inspiration.

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BrakeAbout the Book

‘Is it too late to tell him you love him when you’re looking down the barrel of his gun?

Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is in control of her life, tightly in control until…she ends up in Kansas. Ruby believes that life is like a car; common-sense keeps it on the road, passion sends it into a ditch. What she doesn’t know is she’s on a collision course with Sheriff Hank Gephart. Sheriff Hank Gephart can judge a person. Miss Mortimer-Smyth might act like the Duchess of England, but just under the surface there’s something bubbling, ready to erupt. She’s reckless, and she’s heading for brake failure. And he’s not thinking about her car. As the clock strikes midnight of the new Millennium, she’s on a freight train with three million dollars, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a smoking gun. What happened to Miss Prim-and-Proper? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Format: ebook Publisher: Clipboard Press Pages: 340
Publication: 9th Jan 2017 Genre: Romance,Humour    

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Interview: Alison Brodie, author of Brake Failure

Alison, without giving too much away, can you tell us a little about Brake Failure?

Brake Failure is a romance set in Kansas during the months leading up to the Y2K “meltdown.” It was so easy to write because most of everything that happened in the book happened to me. I guess you could call it a memoir.

How did you go about creating the main character, Ruby?

The feisty heroine came fully formed in my mind, along with her name – Ruby. So did her nemesis, Sheriff Hank Gephart. I know I shouldn’t admit this but – the other characters I took from real life.

What made you decide on Kansas City as the location for the book?

Like me, Ruby wanted to live in Paris but ended up in Kansas City. Like me, she was devastated. ‘The City of Lovers versus the City of Leftovers’ – that’s how I initially thought of Kansas. How wrong I was!  It really is one of the most cultured places I have been to. It has more working fountains than any other city on the planet. I’m not talking about a trickle of water coming out of a spout, I am talking about huge, magnificent cascades crashing down on enormous prancing stone horses.

I live in France now – “the cuisine capital of the world” – but I have never had as juicy and tender a steak as I had in Ruth Chris’s Steak House. And the BBQs! OMG…!  Anyway … *mopping the saliva off my keyboard* … I assumed Kansas was flat; instead it rolls and undulates with hidden sandy coves and vast sparkling lakes. Shawnee Mission Lake was where Sheriff Hank Gephart caught Ruby in only a pair of silky briefs and a shrivelled bikini top. (She was wearing them, not Hank).

Did Ruby’s character change during the process of writing the book?

I didn’t transform Ruby from Miss Prim-and-Proper to Hell-Hound. She did it herself. Well, it was Hank. He brought emotions up in her she couldn’t handle. I guess she was angry at him for the power he had over her. She wanted to stay in her “safe” marriage; to be in control; but by the end of the book she totally goes off the rails. The final – and major – event in the book actually happened. (I won’t give away the plot). To prove it, I still have The Kansas City Star newspaper from 2 Jan, 2001.

How did you approach the research for the book?

I researched the history of Kansas to give some background to Brake Failure. Fascinating stuff! It was called ‘Queen of the Cow Towns’ where Wyatt Earp hung out. It was from here the early settlers trekked across America to forge new lives. I thought of all those women who set off on the Santa Fe Trail carrying babies, surrounded by young children … going into the unknown…

I certainly didn’t have to suffer deprivation like those early settlers. I had GADGETS: an icemaker in the fridge (never heard of in England at the time), a trash compactor (I loved shoving stuff down in to hear the noises it would make) and Coca Cola coming out of a tap!

What personal memories do you have of living in Kansas?

The friendliness of the people. On my second day there a couple who I’d just met invited me to their Thanksgiving Dinner and when I arrived at their home, they had their entire extended family there – and they still managed to make space for me!

So what was the Good, the Bad and the Ugly about Kansas? The Good has to be the handsome cowboy-types with the fabulous Kansas accent. The Bad was the tornado that hopped over our house and demolished the Toyota garage. And the Ugly? Well, it has to be Mr Schoettler waking me up with the cock …

?? You have to read the book.

What is your favourite and least favourite part of the writing process?

I love it when characters appear for the first time in my head. Then I start to write their story and have no idea where they will take me! I like polishing a finished book. But I don’t like having to format a book for Kindle – there is such a lot of pressure to get it perfect.

What are you working on next?

I have just finished Zenka. Zenka is a seductive Hungarian pole-dancer. When London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. With devastating consequences. Zenka is releasing on 23rd October 2017.

Thank you, Alison, for sharing with us some of the colourful facts behind Brake Failure. I’m sure those of us who enjoyed Brake Failure will be eagerly awaiting Zenka.


AlisonAbout the Author

Alison Brodie is a Scot with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side. A disastrous modelling assignment in the Scottish Highlands gave Alison the idea for Face to Face which was published by Hodder and became a bestseller in the UK, Germany and Holland. Alison is now an indie author. Check out Wild Life and The Double. Alison lives in Biarritz, France with her rescue mutt, Bayley. She loves to hear from her readers.

Praise for Alison’s books:

Face to Face – “Fun to snuggle up with” (Good Housekeeping, Pick of the Paperbacks)

Brake Failure – “Masterpiece of humor” (Midwest Book Review)

The Double – “Excellent … Proof of her genius in writing fiction” (San Francisco Book Review)

Zenka (to be released 23 Oct, 2017): “Zenka is on my (very short) list for best fiction this year. If Tina Fey and Simon Pegg got together to write a dark and hilarious mobster story with a happy ending, Zenka would be the result.” (Lauren Sapala, WriteCity)

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