2014: A Year in Review and Happy New Year!

Another year is almost over and another is about to begin. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to 2015. After a rather tumultuous 2014, I’ll certainly be glad to ring in the New Year. I’ve spent a very enjoyable week catching up on my reading, so I’d like to share with you some of my favourite books from 2014.

My Favourite Fiction Books of 2014:

harry

The publishing phenomenon topping bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than two million copies in Europe and rights sold in more than forty countries, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a fast-paced, tightly plotted, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book, by a dazzling young writer.

August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods, never to be heard from again; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country’s most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher’s deadline looms. But Marcus’s plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan—whom, he admits, he had an affair with. As the national media convicts Harry, Marcus launches his own investigation, following a trail of clues through his mentor’s books, the backwoods and isolated beaches of New Hampshire, and the hidden history of Somerset’s citizens and the man they hold most dear. To save Harry, his own writing career, and eventually even himself, Marcus must answer three questions, all of which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? What happened one misty morning in Somerset in the summer of 1975? And how do you write a book to save someone’s life?

unsuitableAn Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces bestselling mystery author P.D. James’s courageous but vulnerable young detective, Cordelia Gray, in a “top-rated puzzle of peril that holds you all the way” (The New York Times).

Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent of murder.

 

frost

Ten days to Christmas and Tracey Uphill, aged eight, hasn’t come home from Sunday school. Her mother, a pretty young prostitute, is desperate. Enter Detective Inspector Jack Frost, sloppy, scruffy and insubordinate. To help him investigate the case of the missing child, Frost has been assigned a new sidekick, the Chief Constable’s nephew. Fresh to provincial Denton in an oversmart suit, Detective Constable Clive Barnard is an easy target for Frost’s withering satire.

Assisted and annoyed by Barnard, Frost, complete with a store of tasteless anecdotes to fit every occasion, proceeds with the investigation in typically unorthodox style. After he’s consulted a local witch, Dead Man’s Hollow yields up a skeleton. Frost finds himself drawn into an unsolved crime from the past and risks not only his career, but also his life…

husband

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died. . .

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

 

 

 

powerMy favourite Self-Help Books of 2014:

To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of Eckhart Tolle’s extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, “The eternal, ever present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle uses simple language and an easy question and answer format to guide us.
A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better.

flourAt a time of deep crisis the notion of flourishing seems unimaginable. However, distinguished psychologist Maureen Gaffney believes passionately that not only is it possible for us to flourish, but in an increasingly uncertain world, it is essential that we plan to do so.

Flourishing is about achieving a deeper sense of well-being, meaning and purpose despite, and indeed very often because of, adversity. Indeed, Maureen Gaffney explains that adversity can be a positive turning point in our lives if we decide that our goal is not merely returning to the status quo, but having better lives. Her message is that we can do this and in this exciting and innovative book she shows us how.

Drawing on her vast experience of working with people and organisations, and on a fascinating body of recent research, Maureen Gaffney has written a gripping, stimulating and inspiring manifesto on how to flourish and why we need to. Learning to flourish – and helping others to flourish – is the most powerful and worthwhile investment we can make in our own well-being and in our country’s future.

Books I’ve Published in 2014:

traceless_cover_for_kindle-2.jpg  TRACELESS. Some people should never be found…
Adam Stoltz vanishes in the middle of the night.
His girlfriend, Darcey Ackerman, is the last person to see him alive.
Left for dead, and with nowhere to turn, Darcey quickly learns the true meaning of love and loss.
She becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to Adam, but is drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse, where she’s already several moves behind.
Someone is watching her, and she’s about to discover that there’s a fine line between love and hate…

 REVIEWS:
If you like authors such as Gillian Flynn or Rachel Abbott then this is definitely a novel for you. This   is a super fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end.
Although it is nominally a missing persons book, it actually turns more into a psychological thriller as the investigators try to unravel what really happened.
The ending was definitely a surprise, you will never guess it. It marks the book out from others in the genre. John Forrester, The Crime Scene
I loved this book. If I had an award to hand out for “best hook in a novel,” Clancy would win the gold medal. The minute I started reading my eyeballs nearly popped out of my head. Traceless keeps the action moving along at a nice pace and crosses the finish line with the momentum of an Olympic sprinter. Belinda, Every Free Chance Book Reviews

If you like fast-paced, edge of your seat psychological thrillers that are impossible to put down, you’ll love Traceless.

Available in e-book and paperback at Amazon.

The Ellis Jones Mysteries Book 2  Love, lies, and a deadly secret…how well can two people ever really know each other?
Victoria Spencer is in love with the perfect man, until she discovers his deadly secret. Digging deep  into Jason Ford’s past, she discovers the devastating truth of his private world–a world he has tried to keep hidden from her.
Jason is desperately trying to balance his two lives, but he is running out of time…killing time, and when a woman turns up dead, the finger of suspicion points squarely at him.
However, Detective George Ellis gets the feeling that there’s more to the murder than meets the eye. His investigation leads him to probe the dark heart of evil, as he unwittingly helps Victoria in her pursuit of justice.
Victoria has learned to mistrust everyone around her. She will do anything to protect herself, but what if it’s not enough?

 

REVIEWS
If you like fast-paced thrillers, you’ll love this book! Izzy, Amazon customer
I never imagined the ending. This is a must read book. Tracy Jillard
One hell of a mystery. Ashley, Amazon customer

Available in e-book and paperback at Amazon.

The_Detective's_Wife_Cover_for_Kindle  Life can change in an instant.
What if your life was one big lie? What if someone was about to discover your darkest secret?

Ben Miller is torn between two worlds. He has spent a lifetime running from the secrets and lies of his past, until an unexpected encounter forces him to face the consequences of what he did one fateful night seven years ago.

Vanessa Murphy is a high-powered lawyer, used to getting her own way–whatever the cost. However, the pretence of living a successful life is about to come crashing down around her. Soon, she will be locked away and hated, unless she can get rid of Ben Miller, who is the only piece of damning evidence against her.

What happens when the past and present lives of two strangers horribly collide?
Find out in The Detective’s Wife, a story about the secrets we keep, the ties that bind us, and the true cost of the lies we tell.

Available in e-book and paperback at Amazon.

 

 

 

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