#BlogTour THE TWELVE EVEN STRANGER DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by SYD MOORE #BookReview @rararesources @PointBlankCrime @SydMoore1 #12EvenStrangerDaysofXmas



Extremely delighted to be with you today to help kick off the Blog Tour for the fabulous THE TWELVE EVEN STRANGER DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by SYD MOORE. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

The Twelve Even Stranger Days Of Christmas


From the twice CWA Dagger shortlisted author of The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas come thirteen twelve stories to transport you to the macabre world of inexplicable phenomena.

As the dark winter nights get longer, prepare to lose yourself in the world of the strange. With a tale for each day of Christmas and a rather unlucky 13th, Christmas is not the only spirit in these pages. ‘Tis the season for sacrificial feasts, cultish communities and a train with a rather final destination. So wrap up warm and let yourself get lost in the world of the strange, the scary and the supernatural…

published by Point Blank 

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twelve-Stranger-Christmas-Museum-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B0929TLH6Q

US – https://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Stranger-Christmas-Museum-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B0929TLH6Q 

Author Bio


SYD MOORE is the author of the Essex Witch Museum Mysteries (Strange Magic, Strange Sight, Strange Fascination, Strange Tombs and Strange Tricks) all published by Point Blank. The series was shortlisted for the Good Reader Holmes and Watson Award 2018. She has been shortlisted twice for the CWA Short Story Dagger for The Strange Casebook (2018) and The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas (2019). Her debut screenplay, Witch West, which she developed from an original idea, has been optioned by Hidden Door Productions for production in 2021. Syd is a founder member of the Essex Girls’ Liberation Front which successfully got the term ‘Essex girl’ removed from the Oxford English dictionary. She lives in Essex.

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MY REVIEW


If you love your stories to be spooky and quirky (I do!!) then here they are!!  In this wonderful collection of 13 (not unlucky for us!) short stories, we are taken in all different directions from the alternative Seven Dwarves (now their names finally make sense!!), a very strange train experience on the C2C line (not that unusual for any of us who have taken that journey!), seaside dates, and the four housewives of the apocalypse to name but a few!!


I found this so easy to read! And so fun too! The stories are so different and that makes you just want to read them all in one sitting as you never know what you’re going to encounter next!  And some of the stories take you off into very weird tangents and I loved that! I also loved the Essex mentions in some of them! Definitely had me smirking at many observations!  And I now find myself looking at murals in more detail now!!


There’s also a visit back the Essex Witch Museum in one of the stories so that was nice to get to check back in with the characters from the Essex Witch Museum Mysteries series – if you’ve not checked that series yet, then get to it NOW! 


A book that’s perfect 12 months of the year – not just for Christmas!  Full of the weird, the wonderful, the spooky and the strange!! Loved it!!


★★★★★

#BookReviews The Essex Witch Museum Mystery series by Syd Moore #StrangeTricks @PointBlankCrime

This past bank holiday weekend – glorious sunshine! – has allowed me to get some extra reading time in! So what better way to celebrate than by having a ‘WITCHY WEEKEND’!! I could finally catch up with the 4 books left in the Essex Witch Museum Mystery Series that I’ve been itching to catch up on for way too long! And with the latest in the series – STRANGE TRICKS – being released today June 3rd 2021 – I thought I’d do something a little different and post all my reviews up in one post!


So here’s my look back at the 4 books I managed to read! Click on the book title for a link to the Goodreads blurb!


STRANGE SIGHT by SYD MOORE – book 2 in the series

MY REVIEW

More fun and ghostly games with Rosie and Sam! They’re back investigating cases that are a little out of the ordinary, and this one is no different as a local chef is found murdered at the local restaurant in a rather grizzly scene.
Rosie is still unsure what to do exactly with the Witch Museum in Essex that she has inherited from her grandfather. Her life as a benefit fraud investigator gives her stability, but the more time she spends in Essex at the museum with Sam, the more she finds herself drawn to this ‘new’ world.
As they investigate the chef murder they uncover a protection symbol in the basement, and this leads to them researching the past of the area so we get a great glimpse into the history of London in the process! And all while she valiantly defends the humble essex girl in style! She is no stereotype and isn’t afraid to let everyone know!!
I love the banter between Rosie and Sam, and really enjoyed the adventure we are taken on as they delve into the darker side of life.. or should that be death!
★★★★


STRANGE FASCINATION by SYD MOORE – book 3

MY REVIEW

Sam and Rosie are back! And I think this is my favourite… so far!! The story was full of fun, darkness and the community coming together to try and thwart developers who are determined to move a centuries-old boulder – the locals know what happened the last time the boulder moved and it wasn’t a good thing!! But when do developers ever listen to locals??!

Rosie has the locals on her side this time with the relaunch of the new look Witch Museum – the free bar may have helped on launch day! She’s settling more into the witch way of life and starts to delve a bit further into her own family history as there is so much she doesn’t really know about.

The locals remember all the strange goings on when the boulder was moved before, said to be the resting place of a witch, so they will do all they can to try and stop it happening again. And when bones and artifacts are found at the boulder site, the police bring Rosie and Sam in again and their help is needed even more when the head of one of the protestors turns up on the boulder.

This is a book that feels really relevant with heritage sites being ignored for the sake of development – and money! And once again Rosie and Sam are at the thick of the goings on – Rosie seems to be becoming a regular patient at the local hospital with the danger she finds herself in!

This is one of those series that makes you feel part of the action and goings on! I love spending time with the characters and getting that glimpse of the supernatural mixed with modern life. Fabulous!
★★★★★


STRANGE TOMBS by SYD MOORE – book 4

MY REVIEW

Rosie and Sam at Halloween! What could go wrong?! When a creative writing course is held at Ratchette Hall and there’s a murder, who else can help investigate but the witch museum duo!

This is a really intriguing whodunnit, and with the added element of it being held amidst a writers’ retreat, it allows the story to throw in a few curveballs! Just why was the murder victim clutching a marble finger to his chest?! It’s all very Agatha Christie as they start trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. And then there’s another victim……

Add to the mix a wolf heard in the local woods, a python missing from the local zoo and some weird things caught on camera, and you really do get caught up in the drama of it all and wondering where the plot will take you next!

This book was less about Rosie and Sam as the case takes centre stage, but we still get to enjoy their unique approach to investigating the supernatural world and I found it to be another fun story that entertains from start to finish!
★★★★


STRANGE TRICKS by SYD MOORE – book 6


published by Point Blank

Purchase Link – Amazon

MY REVIEW


I love this series!! Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s more weird goings on for Rosie and Sam to be drawn into, and in this book there’s a lot going on! Both case wise and also in their own personal lives and this feels like a really well balanced story with plenty to intrigue, amuse and terrify you as a reader!!

The story starts with a very dark opening with a young boy being kept prisoner, and that really sets the tone for the rest of the book. There’s alway that undercurrent of something very sinister and chilling having gone on, and that ties in with their own personal lives, especially Sam as we get to find out more about his past and the unresolved mystery in his life.

Rosie is also looking back, as she starts to read her mothers’ journals and they give a great glimpse to her past as she shares her thoughts on the tarot cards drew at the time, and how they correlated with what was going on with her.

Rosie and Sam also get to meet Pearl who is one of the people who have ‘near death experiences’ that allows them to receive messages from the spirit world – and one of those messages is very close to Sam’s heart.

This storyline causes trauma for both of them and it was fascinating to see how they both reacted – it’s defnitely a much darker, personal book for Sam and Rosie but there’s still those little glimpses of comedy that keeps making the Essex Witch Museum series such a hit for me! As the story builds, it sets up things so nicely for future adventures and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next installment!! I can’t get enough of this series!


★★★★★

#BookReview THE TWELVE STRANGE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by SYD MOORE

ABOUT THE BOOK

Christmas is around the corner…so too are all manner of spooky apparitions at the Essex Witch Museum

Feisty Rosie Strange can’t seem to catch a break. The past always seems to come knocking in Adders Fork, forcing her and partner Sam Stone to investigate. In this collection of twelve short stories, Rosie and Sam are seen to do battle with all manner of creepy ghosts.


Published by  Point Blank Books


PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon

hive.co.uk

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Author Website

MY REVIEW


A short story collection full of the frightening and the fun and I loved the variety of the stories included as they seemed to be a little bit of everything, which was perfect for dipping into on a dark evening – even if it meant I had some rather peculiar dreams/nightmares afterwards!!

Linked to the Essex Witch Museum series – of which I still have a couple to catch up with – this collection is a mix of the weird and wonderful, the dark and twisted and all set in a variety of locations and featuring a range of different characters! It’s not full on horror and gore, but often the more subtle sides to the supernatural, which can often be the most unsettling!

My favourites were In The Bag – a possessed hoover anyone?!!!! – and The House on Savage Lane which was the darkest tale for me and quite terrifying! There are ghostly goings on galore, evil cats and the Reaper and I just really enjoyed the different mix of stories and it’s just made me even more eager to revisit the Essex Witch Museum series in full – bring on even more weird nightmares for me!!


★★★★

Strange Magic by Syd Moore – book review

THE BLURB

Rosie Strange doesn’t believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.

Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while.

Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all

Publication Date – 4th May 2017

Amazon UK  £8.99 paperback

Hive.co.uk – buy online and support your local bookstore    £7.45 paperback

MY REVIEW

Any book that has a link to Essex and witches instantly catches my eye, and the stunning cover also helped draw me towards this book and it has been a really enjoyable read and a little surprising too!  

This is the story of Rosie Strange who is an Essex girl and benefit fraud investigator, with very little interest in the world of Witchcraft! But her life plan changes somewhat when her Grandfather Septimus leaves her his beloved Essex Witch Museum.  Her family was never the closest so she knows very little of this side of the family and when she travels to visit the museum her plan is to sell it as soon as she can!

But while she is there, she is immediately swept along in the hunt for the bones of one of the most notorious ‘witches’ of the 16th century, Ursula Cadence.  Sam who is the curator of the Museum and a friend of Septimus is wary of Rosie to begin with but their relationship is allowed to progress nicely in this book as they are sent all over the country to track down the whereabouts of the remains of Ursula to try and help the young boy whose body appears to have been possessed by Thomas, the son of Ursula.

I really enjoyed the mix of humour, history and mystery in this story and there were a few moments to give you the chills as well!  There was a fascinating glimpse into the history of Witches in the county through Sam and the knowledge he brought to the ‘team’ and it has definitely made me more intrigued to read up even more about what happened during that period. Very pleased as well to know that this is the beginning of a series of books featuring these characters so will be watching out for the next installment!

This book has been inspired by Ursula Kemp who was tried in Essex in 1582 for witchcraft and hanged, and then the remains of 2 women were later found in a garden in St Osyth and became a tourist attraction, such is the appeal of the history of the witches of Essex.