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It takes a lot for me to love, or even like a book within the crime genre, so that being said I wasn't completely disappointed when I didn't fall in love with John Fairfax's new novel Summary Justice*. I have never been a massive fan of crime/detective novels but there was something about the premise of Summary Justice that intrigued me into wanting to read more. It seemed like it would be different, like I would get something more from it,

The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson he was handed a life sentence for a murder she believes he didn't commit.  

Sixteen years later Tess is brought face to face with the same man, only now he has gained entry to the London Bar and running his own law firm from an old Fish Mongers in Spitalfields Market. No one wants anything to do with him, he is an outcast, the government wants to shut him down, and there isn't a solicitor that would touch him with a 10 foot pole; that is until he meets Sarah. Sarah Collingstone has been accused of killing her wealthy lover, and like Benson, she swears she is innocent. It is now up to Benson and de Vere to fight for Sarah, and protect her from going to prison. 

However, Tess has another agenda on her hands. She is still wrapped up in proving Benson's innocence, but there is only so far she can go before it's too late turn back. 

The novel is written the same as pretty much every other crime novel out there; this isn't a bad thing but as someone who is not a massive crime lover it got a little boring after a while. It fast paced when it needs to be, and drops hints to the reader throughout. Like most crime novels there is a twist, which works really well with the plot. I loved the characterisation of Benson and de Vere, they work well as a duo and I would love to see more of them together. 

If you are a fan of crime novels then you will probably love Summary Justice, if you are dipping your toe into to the crime genre for the first time, then I doubt this will be for you. 

The TV rights for the novel have been sold along with the rights to any future Benson and de Vere novels to Potboiler. There are plans to develop and create a multi-part TV series based on Summary Justice, and all future novels.

You can buy Summary Justice right here, and at all other places that sell books

Published March 2nd 2017 || RRP £16.99 || Hardcover 294 pages

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In short? No. But let me tell you why.

  Whilst waiting to see part two of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a friend and I had the opportunity to visit Shake Shack in Leicester Square After reading some raving reviews online we thought we knew what we were getting ourselves in for; world-class burgers, world-class service, a world-class experience. Sadly we were mistaken.

You order your overpriced food at a counter, given a pager, and then told to go and take a seat. Eventually, the pager bleeps and you have to go back and collect your food - in my case, leaving my bags and coat unattended (as I had been shopping beforehand), going downstairs, collecting the food, and then making my way back through a crowded restaurant full of screaming kids, in the hopes that my stuff was still where I left it.

I ordered the Smoke Shack burger (Cheese, Bacon, Burger Patty and Cherry Peppers) which was smaller than expected - I have had bigger burgers from almost every child's menu I have ordered from, and the bacon was burnt.  I would have been okay with the size of the burger if it hadn't cost me nearly £8.00.

Though I enjoyed the cheese fries, the chips were slightly cold, but I was not prepared to make my way through the busy restaurant, and get back into the excruciatingly long queue. Judging by the remarks of other people in the restaurant, cold chips were a common downfall from multiple guests.

There are some other interesting items on the menu which I would be willing try if I ever went back, however, after the experience of this visit I do not think I will be going back any time soon.

From a restaurant named solely after it's milkshakes, I expected some interesting flavour combinations, however, aside from the Leicester Squared, there was nothing new or intriguing on the menu. I was shocked to find that the standard shake size (or standard any drink size) was the same size as the drink you would get in a Happy Meal. I was so disappointed in the milkshakes at Shake Shack, that as soon as I left, I walked across the street to McDonalds, and bought myself a large milkshake which was at least three hundred times better than the one at Shake Shack and a lot cheaper too!

In my personal opinion, Shake Shack is just another American chain with a gimmick, trying to find it's way into the UK market. Unless you are into tiny over-cooked burgers, cold fries, and pointless excuses for milkshakes I wouldn't bother.  Save your money and go elsewhere.

I was not asked to write this post,  I just wanted to share my views.



This month, Harry and I have had the pleasure of working with Purrboxes*, a unique subscription box for your furry little purr baby.

I personally love subscription boxes, the idea of getting loads of cool stuff through your letterbox every month is the best natural high I can think of, but getting something through the post that you can use to entertain your little purr baby, now that is my idea of heaven.