WHEN IN A HOLE STOP DIGGING by @ColinGoodwin1 @PublishingPush English Village #Comedy

When in a Hole, Stop DiggingWhen in a Hole, Stop Digging by Colin Goodwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When in a Hole, Stop Digging is the second book in a series of comedy tales set in a fictional northern England village. A mystery surrounds a drained portion of a canal, a flooding of a new housing estate, murder and a multitude of characters seeking revenge for all sorts of misdemeanours.

There is a large cast of characters in this comedy of errors as more than one person sets themselves up as detectives to solve a case which at first has left few clues. The Lancashire style humour and slapstick disasters are the main feature.

I would like to see a wider use of description to build pictures in my head of the characters, I’m sure the author sees them but they aren’t transposed onto the pages. There are also some dialogue tags which begin to grate a little, too may people barking and screaming at each other.

Overall a light fun read about antics in a rather mad English village.

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Book Description

An ordinary day in a sleepy village deteriorates into chaos. Livid boat owner Albert vows revenge after a humiliating event, and shocked residents of a brand new housing estate mysteriously find fish in the plumbing. A heartless double murderer on the loose and a gun-toting farmer send shivers through the town of Throttle as two amateur sleuths try to make sense of it all. Meanwhile a pair of sixties throwback detectives attempt to piece it all together, but in reality make matters worse. The local free press needs a story fast, but the novice reporters get a shock as they enter a world far beyond their capability. Finally, one resident, pushed to the edge by a marital issue, sinks to a new low. The mayhem continues…

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DON’T GET MAD GET EVEN by @ColinGoodwin1 @PublishingPush #Cricket #comedy #SundayBlogShare

Don't Get Mad Get EvenDon’t Get Mad Get Even by Colin Goodwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three point Five stars.

Don’t Get Mad Get Even is a jolly tale with a northern counties village cricket club setting. The storyline takes place during one last desperate season for the cricket club as they struggle to win a league cup and thus keep their club open. No win and the land gets turned over for housing.

A large cast of characters fill the pages in this comedy of errors punctuated with dry dark humour as more than one person sets out to sabotage the club and take advantage of their loss. From the couple who have just moved to a house on the green, the long suffering resident who boarders up his windows against the cricket ball, to the lad the team dropped and the greedy son of the landowner who hopes to take advantage of his invalid father.

This book would suit those who have been immersed in village cricket, especially readers who appreciate a bit of Lancashire style humour. It is a quick light read.

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Book Description

As the cricket season starts, so do the shenanigans…

Life is tranquil in the quintessentially English village of Throttle – until the local cricket team receives a devilish demand.
When industrialist and landowner Sir Alfred Bullock is laid up, his devious son Roland, devises a get-rich-quick scheme. He gives an ultimatum to the cricket club: win a trophy by the end of the season or we take back the ground you play on and sell it for development.
In a desperate attempt to win games and hold on to the pitch, the club enlists the help of a professional whose skills – to the delight of the local ladies – extend far beyond the cricket Field. Roland, together with an unscrupulous estate agent and two dodgy builders, hatches malicious plans to ensure the team loses its games. Meanwhile, village residents whose houses are devalued by being on the perimeter of the pitch take matters into their own hands to ‘fix’ the club’s failure…
Greed, scandal, tragedy and farce ensue as the cricket club fights for survival against increasingly dangerous sabotage…

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT AN OFF-PISTE CHRISTMAS by @JulieHouston2 #Humour

Today’s team review is from Babus, she blogs at http://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com

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Babus has been reading An Off-Piste Christmas by Julie Houston

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Having not read any of the previous books in this series before I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by the story of Harriet Westmoreland and her family going away on a skiing holiday with the family of her best-friend, Grace and her husband’s business partner. This motley crew of skiers and all the history they share makes for entertaining reading as Harriet bumps into someone from her past and a family secret comes to light. Even though the relationships past and present are a little complex in this group of characters, I found it reasonably easy to follow who had been involved with whom as I read this book.

I found it easy to read and get into this light-hearted book as I could relate to Harriet in her dislike of heights, the cold and finding skiing less than a natural pass-time. With a stunning backdrop of the Alps and the opulence of their luxury chalet, I found this highly enjoyable and recommend this humorous and light-hearted read this season. I may even go back to read the prequels as I liked the characters very much indeed.

Book Description

The last thing Harriet Westmoreland wants is Christmas away from home, particularly when skiing, snow, heights and freezing her backside off are on the menu. While her own family, together with her best friend Grace’s, are soon whizzing down ridiculously high and scary mountains in the fashionable Italian resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Harriet is stuck in the remedial class on the nursery slopes unable, it seems, to remain vertical. 

Tired of trying to stay upright in the dunces’ class, Harriet decides to overcome her fear of heights and take her bruised body off to explore the refugios in the magnificent Dolomites above Cortina. And maybe catch a glance of George Clooney, rumoured to be in town… But what happens next triggers a totally unexpected avalanche of events which proves that, for friends Harriet and Grace and all their families, Christmas really is a time for little miracles… 

About the author

Goodness, Grace and Me

Julie Houston is Yorkshire born and bred. She lives in Huddersfield where her novels are set and her only claims to fame are that she taught at ‘Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding’s old school, her neighbour is ‘Chocolat’ author Joanne Harris and her friend is about to marry Tracy Emin’s cousin! Oh, and she was rescued by Frank Bough when, many years ago, she was ‘working as a waitress in a cocktail bar’ at the Kensington Hilton in London.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #Humour GRAFFITI HACK by @ElenGhulam #fridayreads

Today’s team review is from Chris she blogs at http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com

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Chris has been reading Graffiti Hack By Elen Ghulam

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Interesting and fun, this is a book about assumptions and … design.

Nelly arrives in the US from a culture obsessed with decorations and inanimate beauty. Working as a graphic designer, she attempts to inspire her colleagues with fairy tales, and strikes up a friendship with an elevator. She then turns her hand to hacking websites to beautify them…

The storytelling method was an embellished one and, although giving the feeling of being over-written at the start, begins to work on the reader. The story of loneliness is strong, but unfortunately gets lost in the narration and slow pace. But the quirkiness was interesting and, if you’re up for a ‘different’ read, this may be for you.

*I received a review copy of this book from the author via Rosie Amber’s Review Team

Book Description

Nelly Nasah grew up in a culture obsessed with decoration. In her native country, straight lines are anathema. Letters are hand-written into anthropomorphic shapes. Even heart monitoring machines are covered with colourful mosaics. So when Nelly arrives in Washington, D.C. she has a mission—to make the Internet beautiful. She lands a job as a graphic designer in Georgetown, and gets to work trying to inspire her colleagues —aloof boss Jack, talkative middle-aged Ashley and Don Juan-wannabe Ralf — to greater heights of embellishment with her unique brand of storytelling. Her modern fairy tales are misinterpreted by the three, with hilarious results. Despite all her efforts, Nelly’s only friend in this new country is a rickety old elevator, who communicates with her through the language of his gentle sways and flickering lights.

After a failed presentation at the office, Nelly turns to the dark world of hacking. When lavish designs begin to appear on unsuspecting high-profile websites, the Internet starts to pay attention. Nelly’s latest “hits” go viral as the multitudes read political and social messages into her digital decorations. Is Nelly headed for deep trouble?

Graffiti Hack is a wild ride into a collision of art, internet, obsession, culture, fairy tales and loneliness. Buckle up! 

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com also available free from Kindle Unlimited

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT GOOGLE YOUR HUSBAND BACK by Julie Butterfield #SundayBlogShare

Today’s second Team review is from Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.wordpress.com

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Luccia has been reading Google You Husband Back by Julie Butterfield

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Humorous and feel good contemporary women’s fiction.

Kate is a busy, young mother. Her daughter, Millie, takes up all her time and energy. She neglects her own need and her husband’s too. Alex feels ignored and unloved by his wife, so he falls into the arms of a colleague and leaves a devastated Kate, without any type of explanation.

As her life falls to pieces, Kate spends most of the novel figuring out why he left, because her only aim is to get him back, in spite of the reason and the way in which he left. She has the help of Google’s search engine for suggestions, as well as her friend Fiona and her mother’s advice. Kate gradually gets her life back on track thanks to their support, her salsa classes, and Josh, her salsa partner.

Fortunately, Kate meets Josh, another, more mature type of man. We’ve all come across immature and selfish men like Alex and sensitive and understanding men like Josh, although both extremes did seem at times a little stereotyped.

Kate eventually realises she needs to take charge of her life, get a job, ask her mother for help and support with Millie, and stand on her own two feet before she can decide what she really wants out of life. Does she want her husband back, does she need to move forward into another relationship, or does she need to get on with her life on her own?

Kate’s story is narrated in the third person, mostly from her point of view. It’s told with a great deal of humour and feeling. It’s a well written, easy and quick to read. I’m sure most women can relate to Kate and her predicament. I enjoyed reading this novel very much. It was mostly funny and poignant a times. The ending is satisfactory and hopeful, although the best part of the conclusion is Kate’s own journey to empowerment and self-discovery.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com available free from Kindle Unlimited

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE DROUGHT BY @SteveScaffardi #LadLit #Humour #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs at http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com

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Chris has been reading The Drought (Sex, Love & Dating Disasters)

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Any book that starts with a drooling man getting punched by a barmaid has got to be worth a read, as this one is. A lot of silliness, a little romcom, this is effectively an insight into the life of an amiable idiot.

Dan finds himself in, as the title suggests, a sexual drought following his break-up with his long-term girlfriend. Cue a host of disastrous attempts to end said drought, some ‘helpful’ mates, and a sprinkling of potential romance amid the chaos…

The writing was light-hearted (which makes the stereotypes forgivable) and the dialogue realistic. The book is labeled as lad-lit for a reason, and that’s because it’s heavy on male antics, humour, and thought, and it’s worth pointing out that, for that reason, it may not be for all. But if it’s comedy, fun, and some semblance of something akin to romance from a male point of view that you’re after, The Drought is worth a read.

*I received a free copy from the author, via Rosie’s Book Review Team, in exchange for my honest review.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com Steve is running a free download promotion for this book on April 28th/29th

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT BOB by @TegonMaus #SciFi #Humour

Today’s team review is from Karen, she blogs at http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com

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Karen has been reading Bob by Tegon Maus

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My Opinion

This book introduces you to newspaper guy Peter Anderson whose career is going downhill. A promising story requires him to get a ride to the interview; his driver is – Bob.

With Bob, Tegon Maus has created a clever combination of science fiction and mystery with a humorous streak. The story comprises some interesting characters with sufficient depth; Peter “Andy” and Dimitri “Bob” have some weird encounters, facing more than one tricky situation. I had a great time reading Bob – it is a very fast-paced read. I was drawn into the story right away, understanding Peter’s desire to help Emma and his frustration as well as enjoying Bob’s take on things.

This is for you if you like shorter, fast-paced reads, urban (Arizona!) science fiction, funny moments, interesting characters and mysteries.

Recommended.

Is there a “Bob” fan club?

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GRUMPIES ON BOARD by @carolewyer #Travel #Humour #Bookreview #WeekendBlogHop

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grumpies On Board is essentially an A-Z of holiday suggestions for the over 50’s. Containing more than 300 get-away ideas, it is sprinkled with jokes and written in a tongue-in-cheek narrative from the perspective of a “Grumpy Old Couple” who no longer want to put up with screaming children, nor are they ready for coach tours and tea dances for the elderly.

The author adds comical touches to the book from her own background as a comedian, who runs a show called “Smile While You Still Have Teeth”.

Although not yet ready for the Grumpy age bracket I did find several holiday suggestions which appealed, here were my favourites; Castle holidays, canal boating, bear watching, healing hotels, spa breaks, seeing the Northern Lights, a safari, storm chasing, touring the Australian Outback, Volcano tours, a Voodoo tour and Whale watching.

Plenty of ideas to keep any Grumpy occupied.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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The New Mrs D by @Hell4Heather #Bookreview #wwwblogs

The New Mrs DThe New Mrs D by Heather Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The New Mrs D is a humorous tale set in Greece. Bernice Dando is on her honeymoon, but is disappointed when her marriage hasn’t yet been consummated and when she discovers her husband hasn’t given up his porn addiction, she send him packing. This isn’t a new discovery for her, they’ve been together for a number of years and she’s tried to help him deal with this. In fact she should have gone into the marriage with open eyes, she just falsely imagined she would be the one to cure and change him.

Bernice decides to take hold of her own destiny in a Shirley Valentine moment and stay in Greece finding adventure amongst new friends and nude karaoke whilst updating her facebook page for the benefit of those back home. But when the honeymoon holiday comes to an end will she take Mr D back or continue with her new found life?

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT An Ugly Way To Go by Iain Pattison @AuthorIain #bookreview

Today’s second team review comes from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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Terry chose to read and review An Ugly Way To Go by Iain Pattison

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An Ugly Way to Go by Iain Pattison

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Terry as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team

Iain Pattison’s ‘quintessentially quirky tales’ is a collection of short stories of varying length, all except one of which are in a broad fantasy/humour genre. The exception is ‘Hampered’, about a couple who take a balloon ride, which is rather touching.

The book is very well presented and all the stories are competently written, with some amusing and well put together turns of phrase. As is usually the case with short story collections, they varied in quality. I very much liked ‘A Rum Tale’, a comic book style story about a pirate; cleverly done and atmospheric, with its over the top characters. Other favourites were ‘Open Sesame’, about an unhappily married couple facing a zombie apocalypse, and ‘Interview With The Vampire’ (clue’s in the name); both of these were excellent, with a funny and unexpected turnaround right at the end. The end of ‘Crowning Glory’ was good, too. Others were less well executed; the ideas were great, but I think the key to writing a good short-story-with-a-twist is that the twist MUST be unexpected (otherwise it’s like guessing the punchline to a joke!), and come at the very end, ie, the last thing you read, not two pages before the end; with a couple of them I knew exactly what was going to happen, and the ‘twist’ went on too long. However, all the stories were highly readable; none of them were boring.

A guest story by Chloe Banks, ‘Missing Signs and Wonders’, provides an enjoyable end to the collection. I spent a pleasant couple of hours reading these, and would recommend the book to any lovers of short stories.

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