Blog Tour Spotlight | “The Silent Woman” (Book One: Cat Carlisle) by Terry Lynn Thomas

Posted Monday, 13 May, 2019 by jorielov , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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Acquired Book By: I am a regular tour hostess for blog tours via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours whereupon I am thankful to have been able to host such a diverse breadth of stories, authors and wonderful guest features since I became a hostess! HFVBTs is one of the very first touring companies I started working with as a 1st Year Book Blogger – uniting my love and passion with Historical Fiction and the lovely sub-genres inside which I love devouring. It has been a wicked fantastical journey into the heart of the historic past, wherein I’ve been blessed truly by discovering new timescapes, new living realities of the persons who once lived (ie. Biographical Historical Fiction) inasmuch as itched my healthy appetite for Cosy Historical Mysteries! If there is a #HistRom out there it is generally a beloved favourite and I love soaking into a wicked wonderful work of Historical Fiction where you feel the beauty of the historic world, the depth of the characters and the joyfulness in which the historical novelists brought everything to light in such a lovingly diverse palette of portraiture of the eras we become time travellers through their stories.

As this story (“The Silent Woman”) was only available for review consideration in ebook format, I decided to listen to the audiobook version of it via my Scribd subscription. Thereby, I elected to join the blog tour and share my ruminative thoughts whilst assembling an interview to discuss the book and the series with the author as I personally have a penchant for Historical Mysteries, Suspense and Thrillers. As I was not obligated to post a review based on an audiobook I listen to via my subscription to Scribd, I did this for my own edification and to continue to share my reading life with my readers. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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On why this story appealled to me:

One of my favourite sub-genres of Historical Fiction are the Historical Mysteries, Suspense and Thrillers. More oft than not, I am travelling down a corridor of the historic past whilst I am following the footsteps of such likeable Historical sleuths, detectives and specialists such as Anna Blanc, Arthur Conan Doyle, Hiro Hattori, Bess Crawford, Willa Cather & Edith Lewis, Maisie Dobbs, Lady Darby, Edith Head & Lillian Frost and the Discreet Detective Agency to name a few. Each time I tuck inside one of these lovelies, I am benefiting from the Historical overlay of the past intermixing with the beauty of the sleuthing unfolding as I walk through the investigation alongside the lead character(s).

In the past, I hungrily devoured the Miss Marple series as I was smitten by Agatha Christie’s infamous St. Mary’s Mead and their lovable and inquisitive pensioner who liked to get a nose in on crime. In recent years, I’ve taken a liking to Poirot which half-surprised me as previously I found him to be a bit off-putting but now I find him stoic and uniquely intriguing as much as I find Monk or Columbo.

Each window into the past is a beautiful discovery but to travel through the threshold of history whilst seeing the differences in crime and detection is another layer of hidden histories and insightful revelations from a keenly sociological perspective. Each author I read has their own variant doorway they like to take us through – creating their own individual portal into the past and finding ourselves anchoured to a bevy of interesting characters who not just have their story to share with us but perhaps, a story out of History which has equal merit and relevancy to know today?

This is why I can never tire of seeking out these kinds of stories and the authors who are bringing them to life. It is also a benefit for stories which are Digital First releases are able to be cross-released into a format I can enjoy – either print or audiobook. The joy for this blog tour was finding out this series is available via Scribd as most UK publishers are not present on the website and I look forward to more of their book catalogues being added at some point as most of those are mainly housed on Audible.

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Blog Tour Spotlight | “The Silent Woman” (Book One: Cat Carlisle) by Terry Lynn ThomasThe Silent Woman (Spotlight)
by Terry Lynn Thomas
Source: Scribd | Subscription
Narrator: Jan Cramer

Would you sell your secrets?

Catherine Carlisle is trapped in a loveless marriage and the threat of World War Two is looming. She sees no way out… that is until a trusted friend asks her to switch her husband’s papers in a desperate bid to confuse the Germans.

Soon Catherine finds herself caught up in a deadly mixture of espionage and murder. Someone is selling secrets to the other side, and the evidence seems to point right at her.

Can she clear her name before it’s too late?

Genres: Cosy Historical Mystery, Crime Fiction, Feminist Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing


Also by this author: The Silent Woman (Interview)

on 18th November, 2018

Format: Audiobook | Digital

Length: 7 hours and 36 minutes (unabridged)

Published By: HQ Digital UK (@HQDigitalUK)
an imprint of HarperCollinsUK (@HarperCollinsUK)

The Cat Carlisle series:

The Silent Woman (book one)

The Family Secret (book two)

Converse via: #CatCarlisle + #HistFic or #HistNov
as well as #HistoricalMystery and #HistoricalFiction

Available Formats: Trade Paperback, Audiobook and Ebook

About Terry Lynn Thomas

Terry Lynn Thomas

TERRY LYNN THOMAS grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II.

The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. The Family Secret released in March 2019. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

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about why i loved the premise behind the Cat carlisle series:

As I have the tendency of reading quite a heap of war dramas, over the past few years I’ve decided to re-direct my intention of which stories set during the war years I wish to be reading. Mostly, I’ve either hugged close to the Mystery genre itself or I have found Women’s Fiction entries of interest or any variant of human interest story threading through a drama set a war. The more gruelling difficult reads I used to read (ie. on the intensity of the battlefields, etc, etc) are not the ones which are catching my eye these days – this is why this particular plotting sounded like quite the gem to discover to listen to via audiobook.

I’ve spent long hours on Scribd and Audible – seeking new Historical narratives (across sub-genres which interest me) which have something quite unique about them. A different entrance into the genre I love to read the most is generally a good place to start but other times, I like to look at where the strong narratives from a female perspective are lending their stories – this one in particular just had all the hallmarks of a wicked good story-line to soak inside – at least from the outside looking in, as it was about a woman who was caught inside a conspiracy to trade secrets without actually attempting to become inclusive towards that end? To me, that sounded as intriguing as the latest re-invention of Bletchley Circle via BritBox!

When it comes to stories of intrigue – I like a headstrong character who knows herself and has something to say – Anna Blanc definitely comes to mind but in a quieter more intellectual way, so does Lady Darby. I like finding the stories which feel dramatic on the offset, pull you through their journey so decidedly realistically that you feel as if you’ve lived it and then, you walk out the other end wondering when you can next revisit the character, the setting and the life they are living.

Finding the Cat Carlisle series felt like a good fit to me and being able to listen to one of the selections via my Scribd subscription was quite the random joy! I like discovering which authors are available to me to be listening to on Scribd as much as the fact I know without blog tours directly, I might not find all the lovelies I wish to be listening too! Thereby, I can’t wait to resume and finish listening to this audiobook before I choose if I’m going to be listening to the second – if so, it will most likely be in June during #AudiobookMonth.

Until then, I am quite curious – does anyone else have a penchant for Historical stories like I do? I literally spend hours sampling audiobooks – just to see if the tone, character and style of the story is a good match and if so, it goes on my #mustlisten list! It is similar to sorting out a story available in print but with the added layer of listening to different narrators and seeing how they fuse us into the story itself – as in all honesty, a narrator can either make or break a story for me. The author might have a brilliant story but if the narrator makes a misstep it is rather unfortunate – this is why I love championing the narrators via my reviews on Jorie Loves A Story whom make listening to audiobooks such a delight to my bookish life. Stay tuned to find out my remarks on behalf of Ms Cramer and find out where I rank her performance within “The Silent Woman”!

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The reason I am spotlighting this story today is because of a severe migraine I had the first weekend of May as a secondary effect of allergy medicine. I relapsed the migraine twice this month and it has severely affected my reading life. I’ve had to take a much slower route of return back into reading and listening to audiobooks – wrecking my blog schedule a bit and forcing me to reschedule a few blog tours, including this one.

I do have chronic migraines but as I had found them abating in frequency in March and April, this particular one took me a bit off-guard and truly has been an uphill battle to recover from – I didn’t want to miss my tour stop today, which is why I decided to talk about what inspired me to choose this story and why I was eagerly looking forward to hearing it in full. The migraine is also why I had forgotten to turn in my questions for the interview which I could have run in lieu of this spotlight and simply rescheduled the review itself – I appreciate your patience in me whilst I make amends on the blog tours which were affected this past week and the reviews which are still forthcoming.

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As this particular one has a bookaway along the route:

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 I look forward to reading your thoughts & commentary!
Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I appreciate hearing different points of view especially amongst readers who gravitate towards the same stories to read. Bookish conversations are always welcome!

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I’ll be rescheduling my interview with Ms Thomas & look forward to sharing it with you. After this spotlight ran I decided not to review the story.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Monday, 13 May, 2019 by jorielov in Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blog Tour Host, Book Spotlight, Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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