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Best Seller

New House …New Neighbours

A new runaway best seller in my collection New house …New Neighbours. Out selling everything else I have published by a country mile!

New House ... New Neighbours
New House … New Neighbours

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Number 609 best seller on the Amazon UK > Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Humour & Satire > Literary Humour Chart!!!

It is a dream …
You’re going to retire from work and buy a house in the south of France.
You search the French countryside
Eventually, you find the right house, in the right location, at the right price!
You put in an offer.
The vendor says yes.
The legal process grinds through all the necessary steps.
The place is yours!
Suddenly, you own the right house, in the right location
What you have forgotten is, that with a new house, you get new neighbours!
Will they be good neighbours? As Jerry and Fran move into their new house in the village of Las Lilas, they are about to find out!!

Reviewer author Jim Gault wrote;

New House New Neighbours by Ted Bun

Ted’s latest is a slight departure from his usual, both in subject matter and in style. This is not another episode of his successful Rags to Riches series; instead we are introduced to a completely new set of characters. Sunshine, wine and naturism feature as you would expect, but there are new and different themes. As the newcomers to the South of France battle to get themselves up and running in their local community, we are treated to some amusing insights into husband-wife relationships, local customs, and the problems of battling with overgrown gardens using inadequate tools.

There are a couple of interesting stylistic developments in this novel. Ted has chosen to write this one in the first person, but alternating the narration between Jerry, the husband, and Fran, the wife. This device allows the author to exploit, in a good natured way, the comedy of the differences between their own view of themselves and that of their spouse. The author’s wry humour defines this book, whether he’s poking gentle fun at French rural life or the vagaries of technology.

As always, the story is bathed in happiness and optimism. There is no dark side here, just good fun.

 

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Christmas Holiday Reading

Christmas Holiday Reading

Yes, I managed to do quite a bit over the Christmas Holiday period, and through into early January.

The Silent Shield (The Kingfountain Series Book 5)

Jeff Wheeler


 

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The Kingdom of Kingsfountain which was plunged into confusion after the mysterious loss of the great wizr (Wizard of sorts) Myriden and the disappearance of the King’s Champion is further weakened by loss of Sina the Kingdom’s other trained wizr. This leaves just the young Trynne and her force of Oath Maidens and the Daughter of the deposed king as wielders of magic to defend the nation. There are doubts about the loyalty of people close to King Andrew. Time is ticking as Gahalatine is due to restart his war against Kingsfountain after the one year truce declared to enable King Andrew to select a new champion.

 Confused …. You should read the first four books in the series then it all makes sense.

An exciting Young Adult read,

The Forsaken Throne (The Kingfountain Series Book 6)

Jeff Wheeler

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This appears to be the final instalment of both the Kingsfountain and Muirwood (no you don’t need to read these too but you could do worse!) stories, bring together the storylines. Written in Jeff Wheelers normal softly spoken manner there is less civil stie between the kingdoms as Trynne takes on the darker forces that have been manipulating history. An enjoyable conclusion to a very absorbing series of what are essentially sword and sorcery stories. 

 

Christmas at The Grange: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery (Kindle Single

T E Kinsey

A Good Christmas Holiday Read

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A short story. A Christmas special featuring the cast of the three previously reviewed Lady Hardcastle Mysteries follows the traditional stolen jewelry in a country house formula or does it? Another amusingly written story, with a great twist!

 The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library series Book 4

Genevieve Cogman

A Good YA Read

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A return to form for Ms Cogman after a slightly weak book 3. This the fourth Invisible library story is a fabulous read. Set against a background of a power struggle in the world dragons, one of the three groups spanning many parallel universes along with the fae and the librarians. Librarian Irene and her assistant are sent to sort a mess caused by a single book in a world that resembles prohibition era America, complete with the wide lapels and gangsters. While avoiding getting the Invisible Library tangled up in the politics of the Dragons. An entanglement that might be seen to upset the delicate neutrality of the Library in the greater power struggle between the forces of Chaos (the Fae) and the forces of Stability (the Dragons).

 

Runaway Nudist (Nudist Series Book 1

Byron McAllister

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Barbara is a thief working Salt Lake City, until she hears a tale about huge wealth readily available to a professional in Motherlode, Montana. With the cops suddenly close she heads off in search of the promised riches.

Suddenly caught up in a murder investigation she finds shelter in the Oak Grove Physical Culture Centre where she is befriended by Ned Nackero and Carola Szegy, two of the residents and advisors to the Sheriff. Then Barbara becomes a crime fighter … well of sorts.

A clever plot is off set stilted dialogue and bad formatting, Given an edit it would be so much better

Undercover Nudist (Nudist Series Book 2

Byron McAllister

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Featuring Ned Nackero and Carola Szegy from book 1, Ned’s nephew, Tim, is brought into Motherlode to help solve a historic crime, a five-year-old murder that is about to be reopened on appeal.

A very complicated plot. Lot’s of twist and turns, maybe too many. Tim is an eighteen year old and even in the early 1960’s should have been a little more worldly-wise about his landlady’s wants.

Quite funny in places and rather stiff in others.

Murder in the Raw (Rex Graves Mystery)

C.S. Challinor

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A three-star pot-boiler of a country house murder with a couple of twists …
Actress disappears, no body found, police not interested. The rich guests, some of them very rich want resolution so they send for Scottish Legal Eagle Rex Graves to find the killer.
Then the twists
The first of which is the location a naturist resort on the island of St Martin.
Number 2 Rex does not …. that would spoil the tale.
Marks lost because Ms Challinor failed to research the setting for her story or naturism particularly carefully.

Ghost

Di Roma

Rubbish … Listen to the Janice Ian song “At Seventeen” same story told better.

The Longest Walk: My epic trek from tip to tip of the Americas (1977-1983)

George Meegan

A Good Read!

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A well written account of the longest recorded continuous walk by one man. An almost solo walk from the tip of South America to Alaska. It took a year him to year to walk the length of Argentina!

I knew George while we both members of the Sea Scouts in Rainham, Kent (I was briefly in his patrol.) As I read this I could hear the George I knew, returning to tell one of his tales of his travels in the merchant navy to the younger members of the troop gathered around a camp fire. (If you read this George … the Whitbread Hop Farm in 1972 or so!)

 

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas holiday reading as much as I did!

Pre-Christmas Reading 2017

While may people have been busy with the Pre-Christmas rush …

I have been busy getting my new book

“New House … New Neighbours”

ready for publication but I have done some reading.

Pre-Christmas Reads

Dispatches by Michael Herr

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Five full stars

If you only ever read one non fiction book this should be a strong contender.

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Shoot ’em up & Blow ’em up Rough Justice!
Set in the seedy underworld of Orlando this is a incredible detective story. Incredible in the sense of being outrageously outside the world of real life crime. Not that that is a bad thing in this case.
The body count is rather high, and nobody gets arrested as the action roars along … I’ll not say too much as it would spoil the plot!

I enjoyed reading this and will go for any new titles in the series.

The Marlboro Man: A Moira McElvaney Mystery by Derek Fee

 


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I’m a big fan of Derek Fee’s DCI Wilson books. This spin off is well written but just a little soft.
Moira McElvaney is on her year sabbatical from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, to spend a year with the new love of her life Brendan in Boston.
Life is good but …. she misses life on DCI Wilson’s murder squad.
Then a chance to investigate a disappearance of a rather dull accountant is presented by the rich, handsome, interesting best friend of Brendan …

Just lacking a little of the ‘bite’ and ‘grittiness’ of the Wilson books, things fall into place rather easily or money, and Frank Shae has lots of it, gets results. Characterisation is a little shallow, by the end of the book I didn’t feel I knew the characters. That said the plot was strong and kept the pages turning!

Happy Christmas

November Reading

November was a busy month on the writing front, so rather less reading. Nothing was stand out brilliant either.

Holding Briefs, Without Prejudice and Duty of Care

by Andrew Calow

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Three  stories in an almost continuous narrative, set in either a Barristers Chambers or a Naturist Swim, depending on your point of view.  The main tale revolves around a very slowly developing romance between two of the legal eagles. While interesting little plot lines bubble along in the back ground.

This is the second time through these books, the first time I really enjoyed them. This second time around I felt that the main romance develops frustratingly and unrealistically slowly. That said they are a great read. Watch out for more references to then on this site soon!

Hippie Hollow: Murder on a Nude Beach: A B.B. Rivers Mystery Series Book One

by Denniger Bolton

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A well written little detective story, that had precious little to do with a nude beach.

BB (Bilbo Baggins) Rivers is a failed cop. He is in a romantic relation with Patricia. Patricia’s uncle needs someone to take a look at a five year old murder case … and the story begins. BB aided by several rather larger than life characters, Lucinder the rich aunt of one of the victims, Max the psychic and T.Rex the journalist.

They take an absurd trip around the Austin and its environs in pursuit of a hit man … and the perfect Chiles Relleno (Whatever they are!)

Really good fun romp!

Clothing Optional

by Larry L. Evans

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A very short story
A trivial story
Woman decides to join a gym with a Clothing Optional zone, and doesn’t like it based on a dream from the night before.

New House … New Neighbours

New Book – New House … New Neighbours 26/12/17

New House ... New Neighbours
New House … New Neighbours

Ted Bun’s latest tale, “New House … New Neighbours” will be out for people to download onto their new Kindles on Boxing Day or onto their old Kindles, Computers or tablets the same day … My new book.

This is not one of my Rags to Riches series stories … It is something totally different!

So what is it all about … it is almost autobiographical a bit allegorical and amusing. The plot is …

It is a dream.

Retire from work and buy a house in the south of France.

 You search the countryside.

Eventually you find the right house, in the right location, at the right price.

You put in an offer.

The vendor says yes!

The place is yours, you own the right house, in the right location.

What you have forgotten is, that with a new house, you get new neighbours.

Will they be good neighbours?  

As Jerry and Fran move into their new house in the village of Les Lilas, they are about to find out!!

Pre-order details

Pre-order the e-book from Amazon priced at £2.99 ($3.99)

http://getbook.at/NewHouse

The paper back is available Now at £4.99 ($5.99)  … December 2017.

October Reads

The Curse of Panther Creek

by Olaf Danielson

A great mixture of fantasy and eco-warrior features in a story of a couple that nothing goes wrong for, except being childless, until a coven of witches arrive next door.
But then the unexpected starts to happen around the couple, not too them but around them. This is despite the efforts of the witches next door …. There is a nice twist at the end too.
Well written and engaging I liked this story.

Father Al Takes a Vacation: Book One (Father Al’s Voyage of Discovery Trilogy)Father Al Celebrates a Birthday Milestone: Book II


Starts off with a good idea …. worn out priest seeks change of life … goes on a nude cruise (through space) It actually delivers the plotline in the end.
However I found the detailed description of the theology and the actual words of the littany went on too long. Later in the story I found the dialogue getting a little bit too childlike.
It probably deserve a 4* rating but it left me unconvinced.

Then book two gets worse and worse ….. Childish dialogue, no real plot sorry 65% read I gave it up!

Awful 

Marks of the Forbidden (Defenders of the Earth Book 1)

No Peace in Exile (Defenders of the Earth Book 2)

The Windigo (Defenders of the Earth)

by Olaf Danielson


If you have time to fill with some fantasy fiction
Book one was …A different type of super hero to save the world aided by a different kind of super heroine.
Tattooed warriors against a rogue state…
It is an awkwardly paced action story but managed to hold it together long enough to keep me reading

Book two was … more of the same

Book three was ….Poor, the whole emphasis of the book in terms of characters has switched from the Defenders and the Volva to the Choosers. There were also huge sections of philosophical discourse rather than action, which is a bit confusing for what started as an action story series.
The action when it happens is world shattering …. and pretty fatal.
I was also disappointed that story threads are deliberately started and then just abandoned
Another series starting off with a promising premise going down hill….

Autumn Reads

More reviews

I’ve been so busy this autumn  getting A Spring Break at L’Abeille Nue ready for publication so this has gotten a little behind.

Gaviota: The Nude Beach Murders

by Robert Josephs (Author)


Not a bad book nor a great yarn.
Death and mayhem on a Nude beach. A beach that provokes massive anger in the rich men around the area. That commands great loyalty from the dozen or so users.
No grounding in reality … but fun all the same

The Collective

by Olaf Danielson (Author)

What A GOOD READ!
The story of a an American man whose European roots turn out to be rather different from their day to day life is also found in Anders Zorn; Unveiled.
This variation is slightly more ‘Magical’ a giant …. human sacrifice all set in a magical location on the NE coast of the island of Ireland. A very enjoyable read.

The Redemption of Anna Petrovna

by James Gault (author)

A GOOD READ

An excellent tale set in the corrupt world of a city in a former socialist republic. A world run on graft, bribes and favours where who you know and who they own are your passport to success.

In this city is Anna, a young woman with a life plan … for it to work out she needs to avoid coming to the attention of the gangsters. Will she succeed? Will her plan come to fruition? …. Could ever have?

The Naked Witch (A Wendy Woo Witch Lit Novel Book 1) The Orphan Witch: (A Wendy Woo Witch Lit Novel 2)

by Wendy Steele (author)

Light fluffy rubbish. The main character spends an inordinate amount of time in tears (mainly of self pity) and in turning down offers of definite lust and possible love ….

Pendragon

by Mary Fitzgerald (author)
 

A GOOD READ

I followed the link in an advert and rather glad I did … I mean a book called Pendragon has to have something going for it!
I discovered a well written Fantasy Romance novel,
Newly married Rowan discovers Pendragon home of the very dysfunctional Caradoc family over the generations. At Pendragon she finds herself involved in a romance that has run through the centuries … and involved her family in the past.

Well written with good characterisation and a strong narrative.

Pancakes and Corpses (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 1)

by Agatha Frost (author)

Light and Fluffy like the cakes the heroine bakes in her cake shop ….
I get the impression although the Author claims “She lives in a quaint village in a sleepy corner of England,” that she is not English. Her grasp of the financial realities of buy a house and a shop in a Cotswold village is missing! 
I’m not sure about a CID DI being based in the village Police Station is authentic either, but in a buttercream world everything is possible.
Easy reading if you can suspend reality!

Death a la Carte (Black Horse Inn Series Book 1)

by Lucinda D. Davis (author)


My third book by Lucinda D Davis in the past few weeks, and probably the best of them, a full 3 stars! Although I am still not convinced about “Police Process” for example it finishes with a grand reveal ….
Good little plot, well written let down by the poor research and depth of characterisation … I hope Alice (the Black Horse Inn’s resident ghost) has a bigger role in the rest of the stories as she was the most interesting character.

Murder on the Rocks (Boddington Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)

by Lucinda D. Davis (author)

I get the feeling I was over generous with my Amazon review, Fair plot idea poor delivery.
This short book didn’t work for me.
I thought there was no explanation of why the heroine wanted to become involved in the investigation.
A slip in the timeline, with a day getting lost
A complete miss-representation of how a law enforcement agency would deal with ‘innocents’ on the edge of an operation – false imprisonment ?
Shame that silly mistakes have wasted a nice idea, good use of language but ….

SEA, SKY, and SKELETON: A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery

by Carolyn L. Dean (author)

A neat little Cosy Mystery …. I am started to get a little jaded with this series and they are getting a little ‘samey’. So I’ll take a break before reading more

Death in Devon: A Coppin’s Locks Mystery

Mark of Fire (The Endarian Prophecy Book 1)

by Richard Phillips (Author)

An Amazon Kindle first offering … I got it for nothing and sadly that is what it is worth. A sword and sorcery type story with lots of strange names and unrevealed hidden powers for the baddies to suddenly wield … Stopped reading after a hundred or so pages and not planning to start again.

POOR

Another Complete Series Read

I have read my way through another series the four books that make up the Hidden Academy series.  Overall the Hidden Academy stories start off very bright and action packed page turners. However over the series they become harder to read and ultimately less rewarding as I went on.

The Hidden Academy
by Jon Rosenberg

The Series start brightly as we meet troubled Guardian, David Ash trying to deal with a manifestation of a Unicorn. A Guardian? A member of the Hidden Academy, a trained Summoner {Magician of sorts) who is responsible for protecting the public from dangerous intrusions of magic creatures from other realities. David has help from a thousand year old Welsh dwarf, Llew. The story gets deeper from there as the cast grows. But who is the love interest … Jenny the American Summoner? Alanza, the tempestuous neice of a Spanish Summoner? or maybe Titania the Fairy Queen and wife of Oberon?

The Cast of characters gets bigger with the addition of Techie dwarves the Svartalfar and an AI entity Alpha. There is more trouble from Puck and Oberon. As David, Llew and Jenny (plus a little help from Titania) do battle with a mythical Wolf . Does AI Dream of Digital Wolves?

The Series starts  getting rather samey, with fewer active members of the Academy involved, the same type of action scenes …. as David Ash heads into Hell to do battle with assorted deities and demons.

A struggle if you are less than up on mythology.

Romans, roman gods and David Ash …. most of the development in the story is internal discussion set in Ash’s head and the head of Queen Titania of the Fey. I found it a slow read with a very disappointing ending. If it was a country house murder mystery, you’d be crying foul!

Reading in August

 August Reading and Writing

Gone to Sea in a Bucket + The Skipper’s Dog’s Called Stalin + turn Left for Gibralter (Harry Gilmore novels) by David Black

Three stories following RNVR (Wavy Navy, Royal Volunteer Officer in World War 2) Sub Lieutenant Harry Gilmore, from non expectance and bullying aboard a capital ship to successful submarine officer. Great ripping yarns stuff, weakened slightly by having an obsessive senior officer trying to destroy his career over a instance early in book one.  The rate of attrition of the RN Submarine Service being such that in reality Gilmore was unlikely to a threat to the Senior Officer for long! But I nit-pick.

 

Bed Breakfast and Bones + Dune, Dock and Dead Man (Ravenwood Cove mysteries) by Carolyn L Dean

Nice little cozy mysteries set on the NW coast of the USA. The central character is Miss Goody Two-Shoes, her friends are wonderful and the love interest is a rugged good looking detective. Wonderful escapist froth, book 3 is ready to read!

Death on the Line by Derek Fee

Better than Rebus. As the Scottish detective slowly became a less interesting character dealing with more complex crimes; Ian Wilson’s character is slowly coming to life. The story is a case of murder and Wilson’s almost only friend,  is that almost his only friend or his only ‘almost’ friend, is wounded.

Corruption and  old allegiances of Ulster not with standing Wilson goes after his man.

Song of Edmon by Adam Burch

I don’t read much Sci-Fi these days. Too much of it is fantasy with new words for existing technology. This one starts that way. However it gets going in Dune type political model. Apart from the fact that there could be no life on either side of a non rotating planet .. it is a clever story of power and manipulation.

Writing

 

I hit a bit of a problem, I thought I had a Rags to Riches short story that could be published for the England and Wales Bank Holiday at the end of August. No such luck, the story is at 18000 words and still not at mid point, so watch out for the next instalment in the adventures of the Uncovered Policeman in the next month or two.

To make up for my missing that deadline I ran a free book promo on Amazon offering The Uncovered Policeman Abroad as a free download. On August 26th it was top seller 726 in the  Amazon UK Kindle  All Books chart!