Phoenix and the Blue Jay #BookReview #BlossomSpring

Written by Mark Laming


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Working on the sixty-ninth floor of a New York skyscraper, Phoenix feels he could have done more to prevent fellow welder and friend, Cody, slipping to his death.

His overwhelming sense of guilt spirals out of control and Suzy, his wonderful wife, supports him throughout his trauma. But, will it ever be enough for him to find redemption?

However many times he has the chance of happiness, he feels something or someone is holding him back.


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An Original Idea – Highly Enjoyable!    Stars 4.5


This is the second novel I’ve read from this author, and the standard is every bit as high as it was in the first.

Phoenix is a construction worker, building skyscrapers. When his buddy falls to his death, it has repercussions on his mental health and ripples across his life for some considerable time to come . . .

This is a solid, attention-grabbing read which, on the surface, seems like a straightforward easy read but this is a novel with hidden depths. With several twists and turns – along with a surprise ending – it kept me on my toes all the way through! Well written and beautifully paced, there is always something going on to keep the reader focused and I really enjoyed this read. Mark Laming deserves full credit for an original idea successfully turned into an enigmatic book which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Absolutely earns four and a half stars and a recommendation from me!

My thanks to the author for my copy of his novel. All stated opinions are completely honest and entirely my own.


Tags: romantic suspense
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Blossom Spring
  • Publication Date: 22 September 2019
  • Purchase Links: Waterstones
  •                                 amazon


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Author Bio


A1SHljR7MxL._US230_Breaking news is that I have been nominated for ‘The People’s Book Prize’ for fiction 2019. PLEASE vote for me by going onto my website and clicking on the nomination photo that will take you through to the link. Thanks.

My third novel is to be published later in the year and is set in Ohio and New York.

My passion has always been writing and I am unable to imagine a day without putting the laptop through its paces. As a young boy I remember hiding in the wings of my father’s theatre in Harrogate, staring in awe at the actors rehearsing for a show that he had written. Irrefutably, a tiny slice of his magic, thankfully, rubbed off on me and became the catalyst for my storytelling.

Over the years I have gone on to produce over two hundred short stories, three novels and I am in the process of writing another one. Four of these stories were recorded in 1997 on the Shirley Ludford Show for broadcast on BBC Radio Wiltshire Sound. More recently I have become a regular contributor to a Dorset magazine group. My interests include horology and being grandfather to four colourful characters who continually test my mind and bank account!

Check out my website; view the Home page, select Blog for photos, news, reviews and the BBC Radio interview in January 2018. Listen to ‘The American Author Show’ interview of the 18 April 2019.


Social Media


Twitter: @MarkLamingBooks

Facebook: MarkLaming (Author and Novelist)


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