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Book Review: A Woman Scorned By Rebecca Howie

Book CoverA Woman Scorned
(The Sam Beckett Mysteries, Book 2)

Rebecca Howie

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Paperback, 284 Pages
Date: 17th December 2017

ISBN-10: 1979039798
ISBN-13: 978-1979039796

Purchase: Paperback | Kindle Edition


I received an advanced copy of this book from the author; obviously this hasn’t influenced the review below, which is my honest assessment of the novel.

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As she continues her recovery after the traumatic events of her first foray into working as P.I., Sam Beckett is compelled to go through therapy as a pre-condition for continuing her association with the Criminal Investigation Department of the local police. The shocking outcome of what should have been a simple case has not only left physical scars, but also psychological scars brought on by the guilt she feels over the death of the person closest to her. Reluctantly, Sam agrees to seeing the designated therapist only to find herself embroiled in a new investigation when she arrives for her first session to discover the shrink, Dr. Weiss, has been brutally murdered.

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Book Review: The Game Begins By Rebecca Howie

Book CoverThe Game Begins
(The Sam Beckett Mysteries, Book 1)

Rebecca Howie

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Paperback, 284 Pages
Date: 2nd October 2017 (First Published 2016)

ISBN-10: 1548240087
ISBN-13: 978-1548240080

Purchase: Paperback | Kindle Edition


Samantha Beckett may appear to be the typical, aimless teenage schoolgirl who doesn’t know what to do with her life, but there is more going on in her life than meets the eye. Not only does she have a troubled home life with her mother and stepfather, she also has to contend with the traumatic baggage―both psychological and physical―of having survived the car crash that claimed the life of her father; a car crash that she knows wasn’t really an accident. This conviction eventually inspires Sam to pursue her true calling in life. After she is persuaded by her best friend to complete a private investigators course, to become a qualified P.I., Sam is roped into taking on a seemingly innocuous case, little suspecting there is a greater conspiracy at play―one that will not only lead her to the truth about her father, but also put her life, and the lives of those around her, in danger.

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The One Trope I Love To Hate

This is a slightly revised update of a post I originally submitted back in 2014.

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Back in April I wrote a post about the use of tropes in fiction, and how they don’t have to be a negative. Despite having made the case that any trope can be used successfully with strong writing and characterisation, there is still one trope that I really dislike regardless. The use of this trope in a fictional work has the ability to infuriate me like no other, and can often put me off reading books which prominently feature this trope. I am of course referring to the trope known as the Love Triangle.

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