#BookReview DEATH AT FRIAR’S INN by ROB KEELEY

ABOUT THE BOOK

Dinner at an Inn of Court takes an unusual turn when a corpse falls onto the Benchers’ Table. A battleaxe and a rubber glove are found at the scene. A trophy has been stolen. But who could have wanted the Porter dead – and why?

Aspiring barristers Tom and Becca set out to investigate. But another murder isn’t far away…

Rob Keeley is an established award-winning author of children’s novels, short stories and picture books, including the Spirits series. Other credits include the award-listed stage play Mr. Everyone, and Chain Gang and Newsjack for BBC Radio. Death At Friar’s Inn is his first novel for adults and draws on his own experiences training as a barrister

PUBLISHED BY TROUBADOR PUBLISHING

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon

AUTHOR WEBSITE –

 https://www.robkeeley.co.uk/

MY REVIEW

Considering this is only 107 pages long, I’m shocked at just how much was packed into this gripping little crime mystery! It was one of those stories that I found to be immediately appealing with the action and mystery happening from the get go!

Tom is an aspiring barrister, eager to please and a little unsure of his own abilities. He wants to do things the right way and his introduction to early lawyer life is a lot to live up to with traditions to follow and expectations to live up to. He and his fellow lawyers are thrown in at the deep end with a mock trial which introduces you to a lot of lawyer talk and banter but doesn’t overwhelm and seems easy to pick up and assimilate you to the world of the law!

Things start to heat up when a death occurs at a big gathering of lawyers attending a meal – you’d have thought things would have been safe amongst your ‘own kind’! But that sets Tom on a mission to try and solve the case – it feels like Cluedo at some points as he collects clues and tries to make sense of them all!

There are enough red herrings and twists to throw you off track as a reader as to the identity of the killer and I really loved how well that worked as the more that evidence was piled up, the more you began to doubt even your own conclusions! The reveal shocked me that’s for sure!!

The pace of the story was really well worked, and the characters were people I found myself interested in while following them on their journey into a new career… just not quite the start to their career that I’m sure they expected!! Great stuff!!

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#BookReview CARROTS DON’T GROW ON TREES by ROB KEELEY

ABOUT THE BOOK


Lily loves eating fruit and vegetables – but is tricked by Jordan, who tells her that carrots grow on trees.

With the help of her Mum, some healthy eating and a box of elastic bands, Lily sets out to teach Jordan a lesson…

Carrots Don’t Grow On Trees! is a bright, colourful and funny story, told entirely in dialogue and pictures, and takes a fun and compassionate approach to dealing with teasing at school, as well as promoting healthy eating.

Rob Keeley’s second picture book sees him reunited with illustrator Simon Goodway, following their previous successes with My Favourite People and The Treasure in the Tower.
PUBLISHED BY TROUBADOR PUBLISHINGPUBLICATION DATE – 28TH NOVEMBER 2021


PURCHASE LINK


Amazon – Kindle Edition

WHSMITH £8.19

BOOK DEPOSITORY £9.01 (free delivery)

MY REVIEW


Oh to be a kid again!! I’d love to have had the range of picture books that seem to be available now when I was little and Rob Keeley has such a fun way of telling a story and getting various important messages across, that this title was just a blast to read!

From the fabulously bright illustrations, to the simple font, this was such a fun and easy book to read and is a great way of getting across the message of healthy eating in children, alongside approaching the subject of teasing and making things up – and how to deal with that by getting your own back in a creative way!!

Jordan teases Lily that carrots grow on trees, and his schoolmates back him up on the story to the point where Lily is made to feel silly and wrong! Mum to the rescue!! And they come up with a plan to get their own back on Jordan!

There are also a list of little activities in the back of the book to help extend the enjoyment and messages that can be learnt from this book and it’s such a great way to add to the reading experience! It even allows for the reader to make up what they think happens next between Lily and Jordan – hopefully helping create some new aspiring authors out there who might get the writing bug from creating their own stories!

A fabulously colourful picture book carrying important messages, that are put across in an engaging way. Fun for all!!


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My thanks to the author and publisher for the advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.

#BookReview The Coming of the Spirits by Rob Keeley

About the book

The final book in the award-winning Spirits series. 

Sequel to High Spirits – Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Award winner 2018. 

Rob Keeley is back with the fifth and final instalment in his award-winning Spirits series. The series allows young people to learn more about other times, as well as the time in which they live.

“Nazis alone were dangerous enough, but Nazis with the powers of ghosts… of evil spirits…” 

Britain. The present day. The world we know. Ruled by the Nazis. 
Victorian England. Edward Fitzberranger is soon to become ill and die. But could there be another way? 
The Middle Ages. Sir Francis Fitzberranger is about to marry… but finds himself shifted in time. 

The barrier into the spirit world is finally breaking down and no one in the mortal world is safe. History must be set back on course and prophecies fulfilled. The Grand Defender is needed. 

As Ellie works with an underground resistance movement and with the spirit world too, she is about to discover her true destiny…

Published by Troubador

Purchase Links

Troubador Bookshop

Amazon UK

Book depository

waterstones

MY REVIEW

The boundary of the spirit world is broken – and what a way to finish this fun and educational supernatural series!

The action in The Coming of the Spirits is fast paced and full of intrigue as Ellie prepares to right the wrongs of history being changed by her previous encounters with times gone by! And she gets to meet up with old friends as well as make new allies as she faces up to some troubling times.

I came to this series late but have enjoyed every step along the way as the author has mixed great storytelling with learning about various times in history so well. You end up becoming fully invested in the character of Ellie as she faces challenging decisions, and I have to admit that I may have even shed a tear with certain events in this book! I loved the mix of jumping back to various timelines, with Ellie dealing with her own personal issues with her family and the scary prospect of aging 2 years every night!! Time definitely does fly in this book!

There’s so much for children to learn and take from this series in general, and it’s a perfect book for parents to enjoy with them as The Coming of the Spirits is full of pulsating action and touches of humour to lighten some serious issues and developments. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Ellie, her family and all the characters that became her friends over the years!



My thanks to the author and publisher for sending a copy of the book my way in return for a fair and honest review.

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Scoop of the Year by Tom Claver #BlogTour #BookReview

Delighted to be taking part in this Blog Tour, so my thanks to the author and Bookollective for letting me be part of the fabulous tour!!  Here’s more about the book that I found a real blast to read!!

Martin, a hapless journalist on a weekly financial magazine, sees his life take a nosedive with the arrival of Tom de Lacy, a well-heeled reporter who grabs the limelight, not to mention the well-paid industrial correspondent’s job that he has his eye on.

He does his level best to sabotage Tom’s career, only to see his rival land a plum job in television. 

But watching his rival’s success while his life disintegrates makes Martin a desperate fellow. Falling on hard times can be murder, and in certain circumstances could even give rise to it.

So when Martin gets a scoop on a major corporate scandal, he just has to grab the opportunity with both hands. He sees it as not only his turn to shine, but his duty.

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (15 Nov. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1788036220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1788036221

Purchase Links

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Claver is a freelance journalist who has worked in print and television, and was formerly a director of a publishing company. He was brought up in London and now lives in Dorset with his wife.

Author on Twitter – @Tom_Claver

MY REVIEW

After reading a number of ‘heavy’ books recently it made it an absolute pleasure to jump into this book knowing it was going to be much lighter and I found it so much fun to read!! It has that quirky, dark sense of humour that really appeals and the absurdity of some of the situations that Martin found himself in were just a wonderful touch, and kept the story feeling fresh and exciting!


We all know someone that whatever they touch it turns to gold. And for Martin, that person is Tom! Both journalists but their careers seem to be progressing at slightly different rates! No matter what situation Tom finds himself in, he just comes out smelling of roses. This kind of thing doesn’t happen to Martin! Even when he tries to sabotage one of Toms’ stories, it backfires on him and he’s kind of resigned himself to living a life of feeling deflated and defeated! 

And his life gets even more miserable when his wife leaves him taking the children with her and he finds himself homeless and jobless! When he hits rock bottom, things do start to pick up but not in the way he could ever have imagined! A lot revolves around his family, with his father passing and Martin and his sisters find themselves battling his Uncle Walt – it’s normal to hire a hitman to remove a family member from a property, right?!

I loved the quirky and mad humour throughout this book! As he finds himself battling darker forces as he uncovers a huge story of corporate scandal, the craziness is ramped up to an 11 on the scale and you can’t help but find yourself cheering Martin on in his endeavours to succeed at something!! Loved all the twists and turns each chapter brings and it made for an extremely enjoyable reading experience!

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