Under Parr (Norfolk Coast Investigation Story #2) by Andrea Bramhall

Kate Brannon and Gina temple are back in Under Parr. We pick back up with these two amazing women about 6 weeks after the conclusion of Collide-O-Scope. For Kate, there is another crime to investigate. This time around, a skeleton has been found in an abandoned WWII bunker. From the reader’s perspective, we already know who the crime was committed and why the elderly man ended up where he did and how is life ending injury occurred. From the beginning, we know the details of why the killer kills and how they do it. We stand back and watch Kate and her team figure out the clues.

This already in the know aspect of the book, while an interesting concept, to me at times became a tad bit tedious. We know most of the details, and while of course there are still clues to uncover, it has a lot of detective talk, to finally get to oh yeah, it was that person, totally already knew it. It was great to see Kate back in action, but I felt like this piece of the story was too much the focus, when Gina’s part is so much more powerful and interesting.

Gina and her daughter Sammy are living with the aftermath of what happened in Collide-O-Scoop and the havoc Ally Robbins reeked on their lives. Life after does not go on with rainbows and butterflies. These two have now become the pariahs of Brandale Staite. Not to mention both are suffering from PTSD. I think the challenges that the Temple’s face was endearing and fascinating. I like that Bramhall didn’t gloss over the trauma both Sammy and Gina went through.

My guess is this book, is a big set-up for the third book in this series. At the end of this one, the investigation of the skeleton is easily wrapped up but there are still big issues facing Gina and Kate as both individuals and as a couple. There is also an unknown element that briefly appears and is left unresolved. Overall, I look forward to the next installment of this series.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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The Chameleon’s Tale by Andrea Bramhall

This is an amazing book that captures your attention and doesn’t let go to the final chapter. A story if two strong women fighting for justice, rekindling an old friendship and finding true love all the while uncovering one of the biggest scandals in South African history.
Imogene Frost is a barrister in London. She grew up in South Africa, but after her mother was brutally murdered she was sent to boarding school by her wealthy land-owning father. Bitterness and contempt have filled her heart and she swore to never return to her birthplace, but the death of her father forces her hand.

Amahle, the daughter of Mr. Frost’s maid, was Imogene’s dearest childhood friend. These two were inseparable until Imogene was forced to move. Amahle has grown up to be a successful politician, fighting for the injustices of the South African people. Her causes include women’s right and public HIV treatment, she has made life’s mission to be a champion for those who have been horribly suppressed.

At times this story can be gut wrenching, chaotic and gritty. The stories of rape and torture are harrowing, my stomach turned on more than one occasion. What Bramhall does is throw you headfirst into the story. You feel the character’s pain as much as their triumphs. This captures your attention and blazes right through chapter after chapter. Fair warning you will not and cannot put this book down. Good news is there is a happy ending and hopefully many more adventures for Amahle and Imogene.

4 out of 5 stars

The Chameleon’s Tale
by Andrea Bramhall
Link: http://a.co/5peX7PY

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Just My Luck by Andrea Bramhall

In the past couple of months, I have been voraciously reading Andrea Bramhall’s books. I read Ladyfish a few years back and liked it but it didn’t rock my world. Nightingale, Clean Slate and Collide-O-Scope now those are total world rockers. Needless to say, I am hooked on her stories now. So when Ylva sent me her newest book Just My Luck, I was super excited for whatever world Bramhall would take me to and immerse me in.

So what did I think you ask? Well, I never would have expected a romantic comedy. You heard me, a ROMANTIC COMEDY from Ms. Bramhall! Whattt! I am here to tell you this is one good story. Just My Luck is full of gregarious, zany characters who you just cannot help but love.

Our main character is Genna Collins. Genna is a twenty-four-year-old logistics worker who has a heart of gold. Genna takes time out of her week you teach reading to dyslexic teens and adults. She also helps raise her niece, Rosie, who has Down’s Syndrome. She offers assistance and unconditional support to both the child and her mother, Abi. Rosie’s dad is nothing more than a drunken loser, so Genna has stepped into the role as a second parent to Rosie. Total nice gal here! Genna, has a girlfriend of a few year’s but her heart belongs to another. Guess who, Rosie’s drop dead gorgeous mother, that’s who. Genna muddles on with her not-so-fulfilling relationship because she believes that Abi is out of her league and 100% in the friend zone.

Abi is also completely head over heels in love with Genna, but fear stops her from ever letting her true feelings loose. She believes her age, fourteen years Genna’s senior, is too great an obstacle to overcome. Genna’s friendship means more to her than taking a risk on love. Oh the drama that will ensue!

While Branhall’s other novels have serious plots, murder, kidnapping … this book is just more fun. These characters talk to you, the reader, and it took me a few chapters to get into it, once I did I was hooked on them. I loved being in their headspace, feeling their struggles right along with them. Genna is a doll, and it was refreshing to read a character who had issues that were like an average person. She is a little too pudgy in her mind, so self-conscious, but absolutely sexy curvaceousness to Abi. This book is all about good fun with great characters. The best part is you will laugh and giggle at Genna and her antics repeatedly. My only complaint, I wish the ending would have lasted another chapter or two.

4 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing
  • www.ylva-publishing.com

Just My Luck
by Andrea Bramhall
Link: https://amzn.com/3955337022

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Collide-O-Scope by Andrea Bramhall

So you just what happens when a virtually unlikable business owner is found murdered on the beach in a small English town. Read Collide-O-Scope and you’ll find out just how crazy things are going to get in this small coastal community.

Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon is on the case of the homicide of Connie Wells. She must find out why the reclusive business owner was murdered. There are no witnesses, no real motive, and the only real clues are a missing high-powered camera and a bunch of random numbers written down in a journal. Kate spends her days investigating the small community members for clues.  Many disliked Connie, but why kill her she was planning on moving anyways.

Gina Temple is the manager of the camp grounds that was owned by the deceased. She is one of the few people that called Connie a friend. Gina is the one community member that is really helping Kate with her investigations. She knows all the movers and shakers in the small town, and she isn’t afraid of sharing background information about each. Gina and Kate have an instant connection, but Gina has secrets of her own.

What makes this book really good is that it’s realistic. You feel like all the pieces are 100% plausible. Never did I feel like the author was grabbing at straws or making things too convenient for the cops or the killer. As the story unfolded all I could think is yeah I’m pretty sure this could happen in real life. This is a police crime drama with a side of romance. The romance unfolds in a way that was sweet and perfect for this book and fits  with the story. Kate and Gina, while instantly have a spark, they also dance around each other enough to keep the reader guessing will they or not ever find their way to each other. Great book by an author that always delivers!

4.5 stars

I was given this book by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

  • Publisher: Ylva Books
  • www.ylvapublishing.com