Sunday Book Review – Diamonds are for Now by Ruth Harris

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m reviewing Ruth Harris’s Book 3 in her Cozy in the City series – Diamonds are for Now. With a host of colorful and interesting characters, this book will keep us turning the pages as we too are curious to find out, where is Hoad?



When the world’s most famous author of bestselling thrillers, Hoad Powell, disappears on a billionaire’s heavily-guarded private island in the Caribbean, Blake and Ralph must find him.

Is he dead?

Or is he alive?

What happened to him?

Why hasn’t he finished his newest blockbuster? Thousands of jobs are on the line and millions of readers want to know.

Who is the glamorous arms dealer who sells tactical nukes to terrorists, dictators, and rogue militias around the world?

What about the mysterious, veiled woman who wears a diamond bracelet worth more than some countries?

And how is the daring robbery at an exclusive Oscar post-party connected?

Will Blake and Ralph succeed in their quest?

Or will they fail?

And what will happen when oh-so-macho Ralph finds out that Blake is making more money than he does?

My 5 Star Review:

This book was a fun romp in the Cozy in the City meets Women’s Fiction series by Ruth Harris. Although this is book three in the series, it’s a standalone story involving the two PR ladies – Blake and Julia, who are on a mission to find out what happened to best selling author, Hoad Powell and the final chapter of his manuscript they are awaiting to get published and promote.

There are a host of colorful characters in this story, from George the publisher, and Jay the agent, and Steve, Jay’s son who is suddenly, taking over his father’s business, leaving others to wonder if he indeed knows what has happened to that missing chapter. Where is Hoad?

All we know is that Hoad was writing this book on his boat in the Caribbean at Goldeneye in Jamaica, and he ditched his boat, mysteriously, just before it blew up along with one of its employees who we find out had escaped working in a Russian diamond mine. Why did Hoad leave his boat and stay on the mysterious man and his girlfriend’s boat – to continue to write about what he’d discovered about the very people he was staying with, and not get in touch with anyone looking for him? And what is up with that mysterious rich man with his even richer girlfriend named Diamond, wearing diamonds worth more than a country? Where did all these funds and diamonds come from? Well that’s exactly what Hoad has been investigating and basing his book – Diamond Reef about.

Blake and her ex-cop husband Ralph, now working for a private security firm, are trying to sleuth out this mystery. Where is Hoad Powell? The manuscript is running out of time to meet publication date, and coincidentally, there was a huge robbery that had taken place at the Academy Awards where someone wearing a Cary Grant face mask is elusive and suspected as the robber of all the jewels and gems worn by the nominees at the reception party. How on earth does this diamond heist fit in with the mystery about where Hoad disappeared to with his manuscript in the Caribbean?

Lots going on in this entertaining mystery and Harris draws us right into the scenes with both, some shady, unsuspecting and suspicious characters. Could Steve, the agent taking over his father Jay’s business be behind this? Wait! Might the new office space Becca is leasing from some shady building owner have something to do with this?

Harris keeps us entertained and busy following the lives of agents, publishers, authors, PR gals, investigators, Russian oligarchs, and of course, Hoad, the author in this herd of characters that all share a stake in this hot manuscript mystery they are all awaiting.

Sunday Book Review – Cruising Danger by Stevie Turner

My Sunday Book Review today is for Stevie Turner’s – Cruising Danger. I always enjoy Stevie’s books and had a hard time choosing which one to read this time round, as she has many books out and even though I haven’t yet had the chance to read them all, I try to get one in, in between other reads I enjoy. This one didn’t disappoint as Stevie takes us on a cruise adventure with Shirley and Pauline, two good friends who work together who decide to take a Caribbean cruise together – only things got off to a rocky start and the lovely cruise adventure turns into a possible murder mystery.





When Pauline Edmunds agrees to accompany her workmate Shirley on a Caribbean cruise, she is disappointed to be left alone almost at the start when Shirley starts a holiday romance with Joe Collins, a guitarist in a band working on board the ship. However, Pauline does not like the look of Joe, and tries to dissuade Shirley from continuing the affair. When Shirley cannot be found one morning, Pauline begins to investigate her friend’s disappearance, opening up a whole can of worms amidst a background of Caribbean scenery and sunshine.


My 5 Star Review:


Two close friends who work together decide to take a cruise together. Pauline is married and Shirley is not. Pauline discovers in a short time after boarding the cruise ship that her friend Shirley has already cast her eye on one of the ship’s musical entertainers, Joe. Shirley winds up spending lots of time with Joe and Pauline becomes pissed that the friend she supposedly went on vacation with is barely ever with her, leaving her mostly alone, not showing up for meals or planned excursions.


Yes, Pauline is pretty angry, as would be most people in this situation, only, after a few days of Shirley being a no-show, Pauline becomes suspicious as to her friend’s whereabouts and begins her journey of investigations with the help of ship security and emails she sends to her husband Jim, asking him to help her out by sending him on search missions back home in the U.K. (no spoilers).


The plot thickens once we discover Pauline is not imagining things and a ‘mysterious’ ‘passenger’ befriends Pauline and in her despair over drinks, proceeds to tell Ken what has transpired with her investigation into her missing friend. This is the part where I began getting suspicious of Ken, but that’s just me. Of course I cannot let you know if I was wrong or right about Ken. And I’m not divulging what entails after Pauline’s suspicions are confirmed. Suffice it to say, Turner did a fantastic job with creating suspicion and bringing in some other colorful characters to add to the chaos. Is Shirley really missing? Is she dead? Did she ditch Pauline to rush back home from one of the ports when Joe dumped her? You will have to read this enjoyable page turner to find out.




Sunday Book Review – Over My Dead Body: Murder at Eurovision by Christoph Fischer

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye


Today’s book review is for Christoph Fischer’s – Over My Dead Body: Murder at Eurovision. Christoph is another of my favorite authors who took the plunge into writing cozy mysteries with Book 1 in this series, The Body in the Snow. Christoph is also a prolific historical fiction writer, one of my favorite genres to read, and he never disappoints, not matter what genre he writes in.  What a gift to be able to write as a multi-genre author. If you’re looking for a fun, easy read with colorful characters and a whodunit that will keep you guessing til the end, you will enjoy this book.



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On her return from a cruise ship gig Bebe Bollinger learns that fellow Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler has decided to enter a European Song comptition for the UK. While Bebe jealously watches the pre-publicity trail for ‘Eurovision’ in Malmö, a string of ‘odd accidents’ endangers several participants of the competition. This stirs her desire for playing detective again but also a curiosity to check out the suitability of Eurovision for her own career.
Follow Bebe’s continued search for fame and a comeback before it’s too late, step into the weird world that is Eurovision fandom and see how Bebe gets on with her naughty daughter and deals with those evil TV presenters.


My 5 Star Review:

Another fun read in this cozy mystery series, Book 2 of the Bebe Bollinger series. Although this book is part of a series, both books could definitely be read as standalones. Each of the books takes us into the life of flamboyant almost ‘has been’ singer Bebe Bollinger, looking to make her musical comeback after the peak of her fame began to fade.

In Over my Dead Body, that’s exactly what Bebe plans to avoid when she decides to kill two birds with one stone by going to visit the annual Eurovision music contest being held in Sweden. When Bebe’s friend Tom the blogger, convinces her to join him in Malmo for the event to put herself back in the limelight and gossips to her that mysterious accidents have been occurring on the set, Bebe decided it would be a great idea to get herself some publicity while getting another chance to put her amateur detective skills to work.

Fischer has a fun writing style in this book and brings us some wonderfully painted colorful characters and descriptions of the goings on, enlightening us to what Eurovision represents. As well as being introduced to some of the characters taking part in the competition, Fischer brings back Beth, ex-cop and friend who she invites into her private investigation, as well as her troublesome daughter Helena who seems to know where to find her mother no matter what country she is in.

This book is a quick-paced. fun read and I do hope Mr. Fischer will be coming out with a new story about Bebe again. Bebe could probably have her own TV series with the no shortage of pickles she gets herself into.


Sunday Book Review – The Body in the Snow – Christoph Fischer

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye


Today’s review is on another book I recently read from by a friend an author whose books I enjoy very much, Christoph Fischer’s , The Body in the Snow. Christoph is known for his writing in the historical fiction genre and dived into a new genre with this book, a cozy mystery, which I thoroughly enjoyed!


Body in the snow by Christoph Fischer

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Fading celebrity Bebe Bollinger is on the wrong side of fifty and dreaming of a return to the limelight. When a TV show offers the chance of a comeback, Bebe grabs it with both hands – not even a lazy agent, her embarrassing daughter, irritating neighbours or a catastrophic snowfall will derail her moment of glory. But when a body is found in her sleepy Welsh hamlet, scandal threatens.
Detective Sergeant Beth Cooper has a string of unsolved cases to her name. Her girlfriend left her and she’s a fish out of water in rural West Wales. Things couldn’t get much worse – until the case of the Body in The Snow lands in her lap.

Can Beth solve the case and save her career and can Bebe make her comeback? All will be revealed in this light-hearted, cosy murder mystery by best-selling and award winning historical and crime fiction novelist Christoph Fischer.


My 5 Star Review:

I found this book a thoroughly entertaining read with characters who we can both, love and some we’ll want to smack.

This delightful and sometimes comical whodunit will keep you guessing to the very end. We get to know the players who reside in this cozy hamlet when a huge snowstorm hits, and the normally unfriendly among each other neighbors come together when in need of the necessities of a power outage such as – food, heat, and sometimes just for company.

The clash in characters makes for an interesting story. There’s Bebe, the aging singer trying to make a comeback, when her plans go awry due to the storm, Dora the happy divorcee who is carefree and kind and has no shame parading around her garden in her nightie, and Ian, the helpful neighbor who is married to the neighborhood busybody and watchdog, Christine. These neighbors are brought together when they become suspects of the body found in the snow, a murder victim found on Ian and Christine’s front driveway. This comical romp of shenanigans and investigation will keep you reading with curiosity and hoping that Bebe still gets her last shot at renewed stardom. A fun read!


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Who Has a New Book? – Guest Interview with Christoph Fischer



Today’s featured guest is the talented and compassionate writer, blogger and multi – award winning author, Christoph Fischer.



I’m thrilled to have Christoph here to share some of himself and his time talking about his writing and his newest book, The Body in the Snow.


About Christoph:


Christoph Fischer is an Independent writer from Germany, based in the UK.

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his latest thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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Christoph Fischer is also a reviewer of independent books and on his recommendation pages on this site he features interviews and reviews of the books that have most captured his attention and appreciation by genre.


Christoph is a multi-talented writer who is known for his award winning books such as: Ludwicka, The Luck of the Weissensteiners, The Healer, The Gambler, just to name a few. He is a dedicated supporter of Indie authors and a most versatile writer, quickly becoming a multi-genre writer from historical and contemporary fiction, and now with his latest book, he dives into the cozy mystery genre.




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The Blurb:

Fading celebrity Bebe Bollinger is on the wrong side of fifty and dreaming of a return to the limelight. When a TV show offers the chance of a comeback, Bebe grabs it with both hands – not even a lazy agent, her embarrassing daughter, irritating neighbours or a catastrophic snowfall will derail her moment of glory. But when a body is found in her sleepy Welsh hamlet, scandal threatens.
Detective Sergeant Beth Cooper has a string of unsolved cases to her name. Her girlfriend left her and she’s a fish out of water in rural West Wales. Things couldn’t get much worse – until the case of the Body in The Snow lands in her lap.


Can Beth solve the case and save her career and can Bebe make her comeback? All will be revealed in this light-hearted, cosy murder mystery by best-selling and award winning historical and crime fiction novelist Christoph Fischer.


Let’s get more personal and learn a little bit about Christoph!


  1. You have so many successful published books, cranking them out at lightning speed it seems. I think we’d all like to know how you manage your busy life between writing, blogging and promoting your books, as well as other books of fellow authors?


I’m not sure how it all works out sometimes, myself. There are days when I feel time is stretching to help me. But, I’ve had a little head start by having finished seven of my novels before I published the first one. So, I’m not writing as much new materials as it seems. I have a deep passion for books, though, and I truly enjoy all that I do, which helps to get things done. I would like to do even more, so I keep going as fast as I can in the hope I get a little spare time for new projects. I guess I will sleep when I’m dead 😉


  1. Tell us a little about how and when you decided you wanted to become a published author.


I point blank refused to spend a lot of money on printing and sending off drafts and begging letters to agents or middle men to those agents. Without the right contacts the system seemed hopeless and a waste of time. Writing was always more like a hobby to me. After I had completed seven novels my friend and gifted cover designer Daz Smith suggested repeatedly that I self-publish one book to see if it would find an appreciate audience, which I did in 2012. My (relative) success took me by surprise and so I kept going.


  1. Do you have a set regiment you adhere to for writing time?


When I have an idea, I write and write until the first draft is done. I start early in the morning and go for as long as I can, only stopping to walk the dogs and eat. The story needs to come out and everything else becomes secondary. I prefer to write early in the morning but for that first draft, any time will do.


  1. Do you have some advice you can offer to new authors and writers you’ve found instrumental in becoming a successful author?

Invest in a professional editor and cover designer! The biggest prejudice against us indie authors is that we’re sub-standard and these two areas are most often mentioned as our shortcoming in comparison to traditionally published books. It’s worth it, because readers will judge us by the same standards and only pick up a book that looks good and that doesn’t feature lots of typos.


  1. As a writer who has written a few sequel series books, do you have some advice about how to engage readers in a sequel who may not have read the first book, without divulging too much backstory to get them up to speed?


I personally try to tell only what is really necessary for the sequel. Backstories are part of a previous book which can still be read and this should never get in the way of the new plot. After reading a second in the series, I often go back to the first. I love it when I find things there that I haven’t been told already, so I try to work on a tight ‘need-to-know’ basis.


  1. Many of your books are in the genre of historical fiction dealing with stories taking place in world and civil wars. Do you think because you were born in Germany and your compassionate nature, this led you to write your best selling trilogy – Luck of the Weissensteiners, Sebastian, and The Black Eagle Inn?


Those three books were close to my own family background, so being born in Germany had everything to do with them. Compassion is what makes us human and I couldn’t imagine reading the source materials and not think of how the people at the time were affected. The human factor is what interests me the most when researching.


  1. Much of your writing entails compassionate stories dealing with human condition and emotions, adversity, flawed people and even Alzheimer’s disease. Are any of these books taken from real life stories or people you know?


Many of my stories had a point of inspiration from real life stories and people I know. For example, we had Alzheimers’ cases in mine and my partner’s family. I had to read up about the disease and watched a lot of documentaries. This led to the desire to write about the topic, but not about the actual people I knew.


  1. What inspired you to jump into a completely different genre with your newest book, The Body in the Snow, a cozy mystery? And do you anticipate you’ll be writing more in this genre?


A few years ago I was snowed in at home with a power cut. My partner and I joked how our village would be the perfect setting for an Agatha Christie style murder mystery where none of the suspects can get in or out. Since then the idea has lingered. I’ve always had two fun characters in my head that didn’t fit into my serious dramas. They finally got their own book.

I have a lot of ideas for the faded singer and amateur sleuth Bebe Bollinger, so a series is definitely  in the cards.


  1. Your newest book, The Body in the Snow is acquiring rave reviews. Can you tell us a little about the book and perhaps share a snippet of an excerpt?


The Body In The Snow (A Bebe Bollinger Murder Mystery)” is a cozy murder mystery set in rural Wales during a snow storm. A reluctant fading singer, desperate for a comeback, gets involved in a murder investigation in her village. This all happens during the snowstorm of a century, which traps her with odd and quirky neighbours, a murdered body and a desperate detective



She needed to take her mind off her troubles and decided to have a drink in the trendy bar next door. It was full of recording hopefuls and producers talking about contracts and demos, with more names being dropped than you’d find in a copy of Rolling Stone. It was enough to set Bebe’s teeth on edge.  She knocked back a Bloody Mary but the presence of so many young starlets with their ‘sponsors’ – usually twice their age – only made her feel worse, so she soon left and headed instead, to a piano bar not far from the studio. Maurice occasionally worked here. The lighting was low, so nobody would recognise her and she could take a moment to get over her worries and anger. There seemed to be a kind of tea dance or cabaret act in progress. Someone sang a very bad rendition of That Ole Devil Called Love – another Alison Moyet hit. Bebe had enough and turned round, ready to go back to her car and be done with London, when she heard a shrill voice screaming her name.


“Bebe Bollinger? Oh my god, it’s her!”


Instantly flattered and in a better mood she turned around and saw two middle-aged gay men with moustaches and jeans and leather attire fall over themselves to run after her. She couldn’t suppress a smile.


“We’re such big fans,” the two men gushed in unison and grabbed her hands “You must come inside and sing for us,” one of them insisted. “Please, please, please!”


Her face flushed with happiness.


“Darlings, my manager won’t let me sing without his cut,” she said evasively. “You need to book me properly sometime. I’d love to sing for you.”


She blew them an air kiss with her free hand and tried to free the other one, but her admirers didn’t loosen their grip.


“Just the one,” they insisted. “Losing My Mind. Please!”


Bebe turned her head left and right. The road was deserted, nobody had seen her; she could do this. This spontaneous gig was exactly what the doctor had ordered.


“Fine,” she said.


They led her into the piano bar where a crowd of drag queens were holding a karaoke event. Some of them had impeccable make-up on, Bebe noticed. It put her to shame. Glitter, feathers, disco-lights and size 11 heels – this place had it all.


“You look fabulous darling,” one of the drag queens reassured her.


“You think?” she asked. “People keep telling me I’m too old.”


“Nonsense,” her admirer said and waved his hand dismissively to the side. “Jealousy, that’s all it is.”


Here, she was a star and treated like royalty. Drinks were ordered for her, she was begged for autographs and people were reminiscing about their favourite moment in her career.


“Remember that time you were on Top of the Pops?” a guy asked her. He had a grey woollen vest on and wore thick glasses, like her. He looked like a librarian.


“Which time?” she said. “I managed a few gigs there, thank god.”


“The show with Renee and Renato,” he said. “You sang right after them and they stayed and brought you flowers afterwards, remember? Cabanero was your song. I remember it well.”


She looked at him with astonishment. Even she had forgotten about the flowers from Renato. Renee was nowhere to be seen. “Aren’t you a darling,” she said and kissed him on the cheek.


The man shrunk shyly and played nervously with his glasses.


“Bebe Bollinger to the stage,” the DJ called out, “Or we’ll all loose our minds.”


Her heart pounded with joy.


She sang four of her songs – pleased to see that almost her entire repertoire was in that karaoke machine. She made a note to get one of these things herself. It seemed a lot easier than her recording in the basement.


“So what is new with you?” another drag queen asked after the show. “Are you going on tour again sometime? I’ll be at every show.”


“He’s not joking,” said a stunning-looking woman, half Bebe’s age. “He really is your number one fan.”


“Well then I’m very pleased to meet you,” she said.  “And thank you for sticking by me.”


She found it very difficult not to spill the beans about her Engelbert gig or ask these fans about their opinion on her further career plans. As loyal as these guys were, they were only a fraction of the music market and she needed to think bigger.


“Come back soon,” the DJ said when she made her goodbyes.


Thank you so much for guest appearing here today, Christoph. It was lovely getting to know more about you and your writing. As you know, I love your writing and am a dedicated follower of all your writing and thank you for being such a strong supporter of the Indie community.

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Mystery Mondays: First Reviews for “THE BODY IN THE SNOW” | writerchristophfischer

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Today’s Sunday Book Review is a little different. I usually post a book I’ve read with my review, but today I’m posting Christoph Fischer’s newest book, which I can’t wait to read, but have come quite a bit behind in my reading, and will be reading soon. I’ve read a few of Christoph’s books and I can tell you he knows how to captivate a reader! This is his first book in a new genre for him, and according to the reviews I’ve been reading, it’s already a smashing success. So today I’m introducing Christoph’s book (a reblog from his page), The Body in the Snow – a cozy mystery, so you too can be captivated.




Thanks for these first amazing write-ups: Fantastic and Suspenseful!


5 Stars This review is from: The Body In The Snow: A Bebe Bollinger Murder Mystery (Bebe Bollinger Murder Mysteries Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The Body in the Snow is a fantastic suspenseful murder mystery. Bebe used to be quite the entertainer, however as time goes on her fame starts to fade. However she is bound and determined to regain her fame at any cost. When a murder happens in her neighborhood and her daughter is a suspect the story really takes off. I was on the edge of my seat in this murder mystery trying to figure out “who done it.” Let’s just say the author did a fantastic job keeping me guessing. This book is fast paced and highly entertaining. I hope we get to read more about Bebe in the future. Excellent read!

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