Novelicious Reviews ‘Broken Places’ by Wendy Perriam

Broken Places by Wendy PerriamNovelicious have published a glowing 8/10 review of Wendy Perriam’s latest novel, Broken Places, saying that Perriam ‘writes with an amusing edge’ and that the book itself is a ‘sensitive, humorous book about an average man who has more about him than even he expected.’

For the full review, check out Novelicious.

Broken Places Blurb

You may love Eric – or want to shake him! Passionately idealistic about his work as a librarian, he’s also ruefully aware that he’s not exactly Superman. Forced to hide his mysterious background and his mortifying fears, he’s a man with secrets – withheld even from close friends. His once homely wife, now a fashionista, has abandoned him, to live in Seattle with a high-powered corporate kingpin, taking their only child, a moody minx-in-waiting, about to turn thirteen.

Yet, against the odds, Eric sets out to prove himself – indeed, even to find a soul-mate. Whether braving ‘Choco-Love’ Speed-Dating; running Wandsworth Prison readers’ groups; attending an American Church that champions the Gospel of Prosperity, or rescuing his daughter from near-rape – he finally comes to epitomize the truth of Hemingway’s words: The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

Shortlisted for the MIND Book of the Year, Broken Places combines laugh-out-loud comedy with an examination of fear: the most common – and most frequently concealed – of all our human emotions.

Wendy Perriam‘s novel Broken Places and collection of short stories I’m on the Train! are both available to buy now.

The Bookbag Reviews ‘A Strange Inheritance’ by Mark Neilson

A Strange Inheritance by Mark NeilsonThe Bookbag have reviewed Mark Neilson’s new novel ‘A Strange Inheritance’, calling it ‘heart warming’ and a ‘feel-good story’. The reviewer also delighted in descriptions of North Yorkshire, adding:

Mark Neilson has the sounds perfectly – which might sound odd, but once you’ve been to the area you know exactly what he means.’

A Strange Inheritance is out 31 July 2012 and is available to pre-order now with a limited time only discount of 30%

A STRANGE INHERITANCE OFFICIAL BLURB

Everybody dreams of a surprise inheritance and one comes to Meg at her lowest ebb, a letter, from an uncle she has never heard of, leaving her a derelict mill and bakery in a Yorkshire dale. With the gift comes a strange final request, asking her to ‘help close the circle’.

Meg visits the mill, falls in love with the place and its surroundings and throws herself into the challenge of rebuilding the old business. In the process she finds new friends – and a new love. But at the back of her mind are the questions of who exactly was the dead Henry Masterton – and why did he leave Meg everything he owned?

For the full review, click here.

Eurocrime Reviews ‘Identity Crisis’ by Bill Kitson

Identity Crisis by Bill KitsonEurocrime have reviewed Bill Kitson’s Identity Crisis, calling it a “thrilling, well-plotted story”. The latest in a long line of Mike Nash crime thrillers, Identity Crisis follows the Helmsdale police force as they try to track down The Cremator, a sadistic serial killer.

Eurocrime had the following to say about Kitson’s books:

“His books are always very carefully researched and have irresistible gripping plots, that seamlessly weave themes of multi-dimensional crime, with excellent character back stories. Very well recommended.”

Identity Crisis by Bill Kitson is available to buy now.

For the full review, check out Eurocrime’s website.

ComicBookMovie.com Gives ‘Holy Franchise Batman!’ by Gary Collinson a Five-Star Review

Holy Franchise BatmanWith just over a week to go until Holy Franchise Batman! by Gary Collinson is published, the lovely folks over at ComicBookMovie.com have reviewed the book, calling it a ‘bible for Bat-fans’ and explaining that ‘once you start reading you won’t be able to put it down’.

If you’re going to London Film & Comic Con on 7th and 8th July, don’t forget to come and say hello to Robert Hale Ltd staff who will be there selling copies of the book, with Author Gary Collinson there to sign copies on the Saturday.

For the full review, check out ComicBookMovie.com, but here are some of our highlights:

‘My plan was to scan over a few chapters and get a fair idea of it but I honestly ended up almost finishing the whole thing in a few days. I consider myself a big Bat-fan and knew (so I thought anyway) quite a bit about the movies and shows covered here, but I came across many little bits of information and trivia in pretty much every section that I wasn’t aware of…’

‘I really could go on and on about this book but to delve any deeper into it would mean I wouldn’t stop writing. Even if you are just a casual Batman fan I would highly recommend it, but if you love The Dark Knight then it is essential.’

Holy Franchise Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen is available to pre-order now. For more information, you can follow Holy Franchise Batman! on Twitter @holyfranchise.

The Bookbag Reviews The Lonely Furrow by Pamela Kavanagh

The Lonely Furrow by Pamela KavanaghThe lovely folks over at The Bookbag have reviewed Pamela Kavanagh‘s book The Lonely Furrow, ahead of its publication at the end of the month, saying that it had ‘endearing’ characters, ‘a real sense of location’ and is ‘perfect if you want a relaxing holiday or wet-Sunday-afternoon read’.

The Lonely Furrow by Pamela Kavanagh will be published on 31st May 2012 and is available to pre-order now.

For the full Bookbag review, check out the link here.

THE LONELY FURROW OFFICIAL BLURB

Disaster strikes the Drummond family with the collapse of the Glasgow Bank which results in them losing their business and subsequently their respectable place in society. For Nathan, this spells the end of his dream of an engineering career and also his betrothal to his beloved Isobel.

When an unexpected inheritance saves the day there are mixed feelings when the Drummonds are forced to leave their comfortable Glasgow home for a run-down farm in Shropshire. Chrissie, the little Highland maid, goes with them and proves a godsend during the difficult months, despite her secret, and increasingly strong, love for Nathan.

Can the family keep the shame of their past hidden? And can Nathan learn to manage the farm and also recognize love for the girl who is keeping his family together?

Dorset Life Reviews ‘A Patch Made in Heaven’ by Dominic Couzens

A Patch Made in HeavenDorset Life Magazine yesterday reviewed A Patch Made in Heaven by Dominic Couzens, calling it ‘beautifully written’ and a ‘splendid piece of writing’.

‘…whilst the main theme is birds, this is not a book only for dedicated twitchers; this is a book that is a view of nature through the eyes of one who has taken the time to look…’

The Dorset Life website can be found at http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk/

A PATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

The popular view of birdwatchers (or ‘twitchers’) is of people who rush madly from one end of the country to another to tick birds off their lists. But behind the headlines are an army of enthusiasts who do quite the reverse – they stay devotedly within a small local area, their Patch, and enthuse and obsess about the birds within it. They are every bit as committed and eccentric as their far-travelling counterparts.

A Patch Made in Heaven is the diary of a wildlife-watching year in a single square kilometre of southernEngland. Written in wryly humorous style, it details the birds, the animals and the human visitors that turn up and use this tiny parcel of land. It chronicles the delights, disappointments and frustrations that go with dedicated ‘patch-watching’, and also uncovers all sorts of unusual and unexpected details about what we might think are familiar British creatures.

Although the book is set on one particular Patch, the real location is not revealed because most of its wildlife, and most of its events, can be witnessed anywhere by anyone, making A Patch Made in Heaven a great celebration of the British countryside and its wildlife.

To order your copy, check out our website.

Flickering Myth Reviews Holy Franchise Batman! by Gary Collinson

Holy Franchise Batman

The Dark Knight Rises hits cinemas worldwide in July. To commemorate the hotly anticipated film, Robert Hale Ltd will be publishing Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen in June. Flickering Myth called it “indispensable reading material” for Batman fans.

Read the full review and find out more about the book over at Flickering Myth

ABOUT HOLY FRANCHISE BATMAN! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen

Since the Caped Crusader first made the leap from comics to silver screen in the early 1940s, generations of audiences have been captivated by the screen adventures of Batman, establishing the celebrated comic book hero as a true icon of popular culture. Now, Gary Collinson traces the entire screen history of Bob Kane’s Dark Knight Detective, providing a fascinating insight into one of the most successful media franchises of all time.

Beginning with the early movie serials of the 1940s, Holy Franchise, Batman! charts the development of Batman’s many exploits across both live-action and animation, presenting a comprehensive overview of his illustrious screen career. From the classic 1960s television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward to the hugely successful blockbuster feature films from directors Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher and Christopher Nolan, as well as early Saturday morning cartoon outings through to the acclaimed ‘DC Animated Universe’, this book explores the evolution of Batman – a journey that has taken him from ‘camp’ crime-fighter to Dark Knight.

Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds Review on MyShelf

In the recent Myshelf review of Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds, written by Hale writing team Steve Hayes and David Whitehead, the book was called “refreshing” and “different”.

“…you can expect a fast-paced and intriguing tale with plenty of action and a good feel for the seamy side of Victorian London.”

Read the full review at MyShelf

To see what Hayes and Whitehead think about writing as a team, check out our author interview with the pair.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE QUEEN OF DIAMONDS – SYNOPSIS

Thomas Howard of Missouri came out of nowhere, one foggy night, to rescue Countess Elaina Montague from rape and robbery. He was in England, he said, to find his brother, who had disappeared. To repay him, the beautiful Countess offered to enlist her friend, Sherlock Holmes, to help in the search.

At the time Holmes was investigating a rash of audacious jewel-thefts, and much to Watson’s dismay spending altogether too much time at the music-hall. But because the Great Detective felt that there was more to the mysterious Mr Howard than met the eye, he accepted the case.

This in turn led to their involvement in a vicious blood-feud, a spectacular – not to mention death-defying – daylight robbery, the possibility of a serious diplomatic incident and finally, a thrilling climax below the brooding River Thames.

Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds is out now in hardback

The Daily Mail Reviews ‘A Patch Made in Heaven’ by Dominic Couzens

In the recent Daily Mail review of A Patch Made in Heaven by Dominic Couzens, Couzens was said to be “refreshingly honest”, with “a forensic eye for the creatures he sees, a lifetime’s experience of watching wildlife, and a clear, unfussy style that makes the reader feel as if they are alongside him as he takes his daily walk.”

A Patch Made In Heaven proves that you don’t have to travel to exotic, faraway places to appreciate the joys and wonders of watching wildlife.”

“…in the skilled hands of the author, this little patch of semi-rural England is transformed into an arena for some of the most surprising and bizarre encounters with birds.”

Read the full review here.

A PATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

The popular view of birdwatchers (or ‘twitchers’) is of people who rush madly from one end of the country to another to tick birds off their lists. But behind the headlines are an army of enthusiasts who do quite the reverse – they stay devotedly within a small local area, their Patch, and enthuse and obsess about the birds within it. They are every bit as committed and eccentric as their far-travelling counterparts.

A Patch Made in Heaven is the diary of a wildlife-watching year in a single square kilometre of southernEngland. Written in wryly humorous style, it details the birds, the animals and the human visitors that turn up and use this tiny parcel of land. It chronicles the delights, disappointments and frustrations that go with dedicated ‘patch-watching’, and also uncovers all sorts of unusual and unexpected details about what we might think are familiar British creatures.

Although the book is set on one particular Patch, the real location is not revealed because most of its wildlife, and most of its events, can be witnessed anywhere by anyone, making A Patch Made in Heaven a great celebration of the British countryside and its wildlife.

To order your copy, check out our website.