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An Unkindness of Ravens by S.E. Smith @PublishingShip #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup

It’s my stop on the book tour for this wonderful book, I gave it four stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Louis misbehaving!


This is the second in a series but can be read as a standalone. Although this was my first foray into the world of Symington, Earl Byrd I didn’t feel lacking too much knowledge in not having read the first book. I thoroughly enjoyed this enthralling historical mystery. It has everything you could want, an intriguing and complex plot to get you completely hooked an intent on discovering the person committing the heinous crimes whilst also having well developed and interesting characters. It also doesn’t give too much away too quickly so you can contemplate the action and ponder over the storyline. I read this over a few sittings to allow for maximum thinking time to discover what happened before the ending! Overall a fun read and I would highly recommend to one and all- especially if you have a thing for mysteries! 

I will of course be going back to the first and making my way through the rest of the series as it really was a pleasure to read! A massive thanks to the fabulous @lovebooksgroup for allowing me to be part of this tour and for providing me with a #gifted copy. 


When Symington, Earl Byrd is called in to investigate the murder of Robert Langley, he’s confused. Why shoot a man when you’ve already poisoned him? Much to the prime minister’s disgust, a trip to Wales complicates matters further. But the prime minister is the least of Byrd’s worries. Rumour has it, Jack the Ripper’s back – tying up loose ends. But when did Jack start using poison?


New Year, new me?

It is at this time of year where everyone begins their resolutions to be better than ever before. Whilst it is great to set goals and achievements I think this year in particular we need to be kinder to ourselves given the difficulties of the previous year and the struggles many are facing due to the pandemic.

So, with this in mind I am going to be kinder to myself this year. I am going to enjoy (or attempt to) everything that comes my way with the knowledge that I am NOT perfect and never will be. I will let the chips fall were they may – I am just going to be me! I will set goals but I am also going to celebrate minor achievements in order to boost my confidence and feel positive.

Last year I got a bit behind with my book reviews so my first goal is to catch up on writing reviews from last year so hopefully there will be more content up here soon. My first achievement which I will celebrate is that I managed to read 82 books last year and I am so proud of myself! YAY!

In short, it may be a new year but it is still the same old me.

Love Sophie’s Books Galore x