14 October 2016

An enthralling detective thriller novel. Mr Carrick is laid to rest

It is August 1974. A respected teacher at a private girls’ school in rural Worcestershire, Adrian Carrick, physically attracted to one of the Sixth-Form leavers, discloses his feelings for her. Convinced that he has mishandled their final meeting, he writes her a letter of regret and then kills himself by leaping over the edge of a quarry. The coroner’s verdict is suicide while the balance of his mind is disturbed. Not all is as it appears, however, and Inspector Wickfield is called in to take a look. His investigation leads him to Venice, where Carrick seemingly led a double life as the owner of an art gallery which acted as a base for international crime, to St.Gallen and Bologna, to Hereford and Birmingham, to Pershore and the suburbs of Worcester, without significant success. A second murder adds increasing urgency to the case. Interleaved in the investigation are the members of Mr Carrick’s philosophy class, in particular the girl who had caught Carrick’s eye. The case is solved through two startling pieces of intuition, which confirm the inspector’s place at the top of his profession.

In Mr Carrick is Laid to Rest, Julius Falconer has again provided the discerning public with a tightly-woven, deft and thought-provoking novel in the best traditions of British detective fiction. It will defy your efforts to put it down, and Inspector Wickfield will take his place in the pantheon of greats.

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24 June 2016

Looking beyond the surface of Hollywood glitz and glamour

Have you ever wondered why after watching a movie you are left with a residue of emotions? Some people experience a sense of peace, empowerment, exhilaration, fear or maybe a better understanding of how to deal with a personal issue.
By juxtaposing Hollywood movies and biblical characters, the author connects the dots for the reader so that by using fundamental biblical principles they can steer through their own life challenges.
What does Bruce Almighty have in common with the biblical Samson? What is Prophet Jonah doing in the Wizard of Oz instead of going down to Nineveh? Find out in this fun and feisty easy-to-read book and while you are at it - you will sense God speaking to you in encouraging, practical and at times convicting ways.

The Author - D.C. Lassiter
D.C. Lassiter resides in the Pennsylvania area and is a student of God’s word. After being called from a life of modeling, she is heading to Lancaster Bible College to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Science & Biblical Studies with a minor in Communications. D.C. Lassiter is single and she worships at Blue Route Vineyard Community Church. She writes on her blog as well as various online magazines and counsels women struggling with separation or divorce. You can also find her engaging weekly with listeners on her radio show titled Dovetales. Through various guests revealing what the Holy Spirit has done in and for their lives, D.C. has an opportunity to encourage many towards a personal relationship with the Godhead which is for everyone: all nationalities, all races, all ages and all backgrounds.

“A closer look behind the scenes of the lights, camera and action!”

Bibliographic Information
  Title: Beyond The Face Of The Movies   |   Author: D.C.Lassiter
  Genre: Christian life and practice, Personal Christian testimony and popular inspirational works
ISBN: 9781782284161
Publication Date: July 2016
Edition / Formats:
1st / Print & eBook
Book Size: 203 x 133mm, 200pp
Price:  UK £9.99/ USA £14.99
Imprint: Pneuma Springs Publishing

  Sales and Distribution:
  Pneuma Springs Publishing
  7 Groveherst Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 5JD
  Phone: +44(0)7944 352237

28 May 2016

Toppled Cornerstones - A Polemic Journey into the Past

Ancient West African Women is a short, crisp book which systematically explains how women in ancient West African tribes migrated from the Nile Valley in Egypt westwards to an area south of the Sahara, which we now know as West Africa. The book also polemically explores the lasting impact of chattel slave trading, colonization, Christianization and Islamization on the standing of West African women.
In this book we discover the shifting fortunes of women, as ancient African cultures encounter the encroaching world and these strong pillars of African society became TOPPLED CORNERSTONES!

The Author - Christiana Oware Knudsen
Born and brought up in Ghana West Africa. As a newly trained schoolteacher, she met the Danish medical doctor, Peder Christian Kjaerulff Knudsen, at Koforidua, Ghana, in 1955. They married and had three children. Later on they moved to Denmark to settle.  Christiana Knudsen holds a Cand Phil degree in Social Anthropology from Aarhus University, Denmark and a PhD degree in Medical Anthropology from Derby University, UK. Christiana has carried out anthropological and ethnographic research and has published several books, including one on female circumcision in Ghana, The Falling Dawadawa Tree: Female Circumcision In Developing Ghana (1994), and on tribal markings in Ghana, The Patterned Skin: Ethnic Scarification In Developing Ghana (2000). In 2010 she published the controversial book The Theologian Slave Trader. Now a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother, she continues to research and write about a variety of anthropological and ethnographic issues.

“A keystone work” …publishedbestsellers.com

Bibliographic Information
  Title: Ancient West African Women - Toppled Cornerstones   |   Author: Christiana Oware Knudsen
  Genre: History, Slavery and abolition of slavery, Social and cultural anthropology, ethnography
ISBN: 9781782284154
Publication Date: July 2016
Edition / Formats:
1st / Print & eBook
Book Size: 203 x 133mm, 174pp
Price: UK £9.99
Imprint: Pneuma Springs Publishing

  Sales and Distribution:
  Pneuma Springs Publishing
  7 Groveherst Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 5JD
  Phone: +44(0)7944 352237

7 May 2016

The Folly Under the Lake’ by Salema Nazzal is a Whodunit in the classic style

A Review by Neal James
Replete with characters common to a host of murder mysteries, the novel presents the reader with a series of unmitigated cads, outrageous bullies, cowering wallflowers and the odd faceless servant to confuse the issue.
In a plot which moves around with, at times, bewildering speed, the reader is left wondering which way to turn as the story moves down a series of blind alleys in the search for a killer and his or her motive.
Inspector Thomas, much in the image of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, sifts expertly through a catalogue of evidence, hampered by the involvement of his son, but comes to the final conclusion with the boy’s help.
Salema Nazzal writes in a style easy to read, and wastes not a single word in drawing you in to her story. The settings and descriptive text are perfect for this style of crime novel, and in a surprise ending left me wondering what it was that I had missed.
A highly recommended read.

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9 April 2016

A 1930s jape with witticisms on the one hand, and spine chilling scenes on the other. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I enjoyed this book. It kept your interest and was a quick read. The rich owner of the estate ,Watler Sinnet ,where the Folly under the lake was built was a despicable person who treated everyone badly especially his wife Blanche, son Harry and daughter Rose. He threatened to disinherit his son because he wouldn't join him in his business. But the on didn't like his fathers business ethics so refused to join him. Walter had 3 lakes built on his estate with the Folly built under the lake. He invited a bunch of people to spend time at his estate to showoff the Folly. Well Walter ends up being murdered and the cast of characters spending the week there are all suspects in the murder as all of them have plenty of reason to want to see him dead. The Police Inspector interviews all the guests several times and its difficult coming to a conclusion as all seem to be guilty but in the end the crime is solved and the murderer was one of the guests. Well written "who done it".
Lawrence D. Micheli

4 March 2016

Fierce Thunder is showcased in the Spring collection of The People’s book Prize and can be voted for until 15 May 2016


We encourage everybody to buy, borrow from the libraries, read, comment and vote for the authors/book. The public have until 15 May 2016 to vote. 

The 3 authors with the most votes in the category will become finalists and will compete again from 16 May 2016 to 12 July 2016 from the special Finalists Page.  The winners will be announced at The People’s Book Prize 7th  Award Ceremony on 12th July 2016 to be broadcast by SKY NEWS.

Courtney and Jacquelyn Silberberg are the author of Fierce Thunder.

We wish Courtney and Jacquelyn Silberberg the very best with this event.

The Folly Under the Lake, a book review in the Follies Magazine, Edition 96, Spring 2016

The Author
Having always had a love for English, Salema qualified to teach it as a foreign language and then went abroad to work in Lebanon. She taught adults at a language centre and eventually ended up helping at a school on the site of an orphanage where she met her husband. She wrote about the plight of the orphans and the article was published in the centre-spread of a Christian newspaper.   
Salema has been obsessed with whodunits since she was a teenager and was challenged to write her own by her sister Jess. Not knowing where to start she took herself off to college to do a crime writing course with published crime authors Lesley Thomson and Elly Griffiths and hasn’t looked back since.
She currently lives in West Sussex where she takes care of her husband, two children and two cats (not necessarily in that order!).