DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. He’s tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider. Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray’s boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher where he was born, hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry when the body of sixteen year old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during a two-day storm. Everyone on the island is under suspicion. Dark secrets are about to resurface. And the murderer could strike again at any time.    REVIEW: From the beginning of this novel the thing I loved most about it was the scene setting. As someone… View Post

    Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter! When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising as she has a rather unfortunate habit of (temporarily) losing dogs! But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is. As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of… View Post

I had seen a lot of talk about Moonlight Melts on Twitter & Instagram at the end of last year and they were getting rave reviews.  I knew we were looking for some new melts for the house, we normally have one burning every night after dinner so I swooped in and took advantage of an offer to grab a few packets of Moonlight Melts. The smells I picked are below:   Monkey Farts – Tropical Banana with a hint of coconut and grapefruit. Sweet As Candy – A very sweet fragrance that smells like fruity candy floss. The top notes are bergamot, Sicilian orange and green nuance of fig leaves. In the heart, a thin lily of the valley note enjoys the company of liquorice blossom and red fruits. The gourmand dry down is composed of vanilla, caramel, woodsy and musky notes. Love Potion – A blend of cherry… View Post

I think this might be my favourite entrance way of any of The National Trust properties I have visited so far. I can imagine carriages pulling up outside to ferry beautifully dressed men and women to a ball. The lady looking stunning in a beautiful gown above is Alda Weston, Lady Hoare. Painted by St George Hare in 1909. I was so happy when I managed to get this shot of the library almost clear of people, it’s absolutely beautiful and packed full of books. At the last count in December 2014, there were 6,474. The intriguing piece above is called The Pope’s Cabinet, it has 150 hidden drawers and was a gift to Pope Sixtus V. It was purchased by Henry Hoare in the 1740s I loved seeing the hints of spring around the gardens, and as one of my challenges to myself this year is to try and… View Post

    When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces. Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey… The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.             REVIEW I was pretty excited to be chosen to be part of the Blog Tour for this novel as C L Taylor is an author… View Post