Review: 133 Hours by Zach Abrams

I'm delighted to share my review of 133 Hours, a fast-paced, gripping thriller by Zach Abrams. A big thank you goes to Rachel's Random Resources for the opportunity to join this publication day push tour.

Wow, what a rollercoaster! What can I say?

First of all, I must admit that I read 133 Hours in two sittings – meaning two very late nights spent reading! I rarely get to do this, and I enjoyed every minute of it. 

Secondly, I don’t normally enjoy novels written in first person, nor do I like present tense in fiction. This novel has both, and yet I was hooked from the first page. The pace of the plot, the main character’s deeply-portrayed emotions, and the many twists and turns make this an unforgettable read.

I do love fast-paced thrillers, but this beats many I’ve read over the years. The pace is relentless, and at the end of each chapter (meaning: hour), you just want to read on. 

We first encounter Briony at Glasgow Central Station, and immediately we sense that she’s in troubl…

The Awards Season has begun...

Yes, it's raining awards for my novels! 

Love Lost in Time has received an award with a wonderful 5* review from The Coffee Pot Book Club, and A Highland Captive has won the Chill with a Book Readers’ Award

Love Lost in Time has also received a lovely new 4* review from Reedsy Discovery.

Some really nice comments. 😍 Have a read!

Love Lost in Time:

"From the richness of Charlemagne's court and the regret of a daughter, as she stands over her mother's grave, to the realisation of an enemy and a skeleton under the kitchen floor, Love Lost in Time: A Tale of Love, Death and Redemption by Cathie Dunn is the unforgettable story that traverses two very different times."
I'm so thrilled! She goes on to say:
"Dunn has penned a very bold and ambitious book, and yet, she has scrumptiously balanced the two eras and made both periods utterly compelling."
This made my year. Many thanks!
Find the full review here! My thanks goes to Mary-Anne Yarde of TheCoffee Pot Book …

Dark Deceit has joined Ocelot Press

I'm so thrilled to share that I brought Dark Deceit across to Ocelot Press.

“Layered with authentic detail that will delight any historian, Dark Deceit is a well-written tale of romance, intrigue and dastardly machinations.” ~ 5* review, Suzanne Rogers, author

The novel began life at a small train station in south Wales where I lived at the time. In early 2012, it was published through Crooked Cat where it stayed until late 2019. 
The sequel is as yet unfinished (I know – and I apologise for the continuing delay), but I hope to get it done (yesss!) by the summer. This coming summer, 2020, to be precise. Watch this space!

“Ms Dunn brings the era to life.” ~ 5* review, Sue Barnard, author
But in the meantime, if you haven't yet read Dark Deceit, maybe I can entice you to do so. Find the blurb and a teaser below! 

A blend of murder mystery and romance, Dark Deceit takes you to medieval England and Normandy. The time was called the ’anarchy’ by chroniclers as the civil war between King St…

Charlemagne – a political Christmas

Today, it's my turn in the Historical Writers’ Forum Christmas Blog Hop, and I'll be chatting a bit about a figure who has intrigued me since my childhood: Charles, King of the Franks and – from 25th December 800 – Emperor of the Roman Empire.

As my new dual-timeline novel, Love Lost in Time, is set during the late 8th century, and features Charlemagne bestowing the title of earl to Bellon of Carcassonne, my choice of a Christmas theme for the blog hop was an easy one.

Later known as Charles the Great, or Charlemagne, he had by then conquered a vast area, covering modern-day France, Belgium, the Netherlands, northern Spain, western and southern Germany and Austria, Slovenia, Bohemia, Lombardy and southern parts of Italy. He brought with him new laws, structured administration – and Christianity.

For that reason, he is now regarded as the Father of Europe, the first to unite such a vast area since the
Roman Empire 800 years earlier. His ancestors rising from humble beginnings …

Review: A Portrait of Death by Rhen Garland

I hope you're all wrapped up warm (at least in the northern hemisphere) as the nights grow colder. It's the best time of year for reading – and Victorian murder mysteries should be on your list!

I'm delighted to share my views on another fabulous read, A Portrait of Death by Rhen Garland, organised through Rachel's Random Resources. My thanks to Rachel for the opportunity.

A Portrait of Death is a Victorian murder mystery with a paranormal twist. The beginning takes you through a couple of gruesome murders, but the details aren't graphic, so readers of cosy crime can enjoy this tale.

The main plot takes you to the sleepy English countryside, to the manor of the Marmis family. A weekend house party quickly turns into a trap when two men are found dead early on. And slowly, the real reasons behind the façade of the event are becoming apparent, but not without further discoveries. 

When Detective Inspector Elliott Caine begins to investigate, he uncovers an unexpected twi…