Monday, 12 November 2018

The Summer of the Bear

Bella Pollen is a new author to me and this book was chosen for out local book club. I may never have read it otherwise.

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My review -

It took a while for this story to get going, for me, bobbing about as it did between the points of view of various characters. Once it gripped me it didn’t let go. Some of the characters were unlikable. The bereaved Letty, losing sight of her children’s need in her own grieving. Alba, monstrous  middle child. But I adored Jamie with his deep connection to his late Dada. The story of the father’s death and its repercussions is beautifully interwoven with the family’s problems and the story of the castaway bear. A great read.

About the author -

Raised in New York , Bella Pollen is a writer and journalist who has contributed to a variety of publications, including American Vogue, The Spectator, The Times & The Sunday Telegraph.

Author of four previous novels, Midnight Cactus, Hunting Unicorns, Daydream Girl and All About Men, Pollen has tackled a broad spectrum of subjects from the decline of the British Aristocracy to the immigration issues of the US/Mexican Border.

With Summer of the Bear, Pollen returns to a place beloved of childhood holidays, an isolated and wind swept island off the west coast of Scotland where a young boy believes an escaped bear may hold the key to his diplomatic father's sudden death. Part mystery, part ghost story, part family drama, Pollen has delivered a riveting and magical story about a family rocked by loss and bereavement. Pollen is married with four children and divides her time between London and the American mid-west.


Just a thought - You know you've reead a good book when you turn to the last page and feel you've lost a friend. Paul Sweeny.

Dead Crow

David Haynes tells a brilliant horror story and Dead Crow, which has a touch of sci-fi in the mix, is no exception.

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My review -

What a fantastic name for a down-at-heel little town. This story is fast-moving and so well described I can visualise it – I’d love to see it made into a film. There are dodgy goings-on by the mayor of the town and the underfunded police department are trying to look after the townsfolk against what turn out to be tremendous odds. There are creatures invading the town with the rising floodwater. Clear your diary – I read this in 24 hours. This is horror with a sharp sci-fi edge to it and I enjoyed it immensely.

About the author

David Haynes has been making up stories since he was very young. His first story entitled, "How the Greenhouse Actually Got Smashed, Dad!" got him into trouble and went unpublished. Nevertheless, the stories continued and the desire to write them down grew stronger. 

David now writes stories in the genre he loves the most - the dark, mysterious and delicious world of horror! The two main influences on his writing are Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe who he considers masters of the shadowy world.


Just a thought - some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul. Joanne Harris.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Her Last Move

John Marrs never fails to tell a good tale. This one's a corker.

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My review -

She is on the police team trying to catch a killer. He has a list of his victims and he’s working through it very quickly so the police won’t have time to work out if there’s a pattern. Some of his victims are, or were, members of the emergency services. We see the story unfold from his side and from the police’s viewpoint. Gradually the two begin to mesh.

As always, John Marrs creates a page-turning story with complex characters. His people are deeper than many a fictional character. We can see how they have become the people they are, and have sympathy for them, even when they behave monstrously. It’s a gripping tale from start to finish and I had a lump in my throat at the end.

About the author -

John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Wherever You Are. 
After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer.


Just a thought - It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.  Oscar Wilde

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Murder Served Cold

I love a cosy crime or mystery story that's packed with humour. This one, by Paula Williams, is excellent.

Amazon UK link

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My review - 

This is a murder mystery told by Katie (call me Kat), newly returned to her home village. It positively sparkles with gems of village life and I swear I know some of the characters. There are numerous dodgy goings-on and lots of people have the motive to get rid of the village trouble maker. It’s a very accessible, readable and humour-filled story and I enjoyed it immensely.

About the author

Paula Williams is living her dream. She's written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it's only in recent years, when she turned her attention to writing short stories and serials for women's magazines that she discovered, to her surprise, that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it.
Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke. She still writes for magazines but now also writes novels. A member of both the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Crime Writers' Association, her novels often feature a murder or two, and are always sprinkled with humour and spiced with a touch of romance. 
She writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers' magazines, Writers' Forum and has a blog at 


Just a thought - Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Goth of Christmas Past.

Debbie McGowan's new book, Goth of Christmas Past. A good reading touching on many aspects of growing up and becoming independent.

Amazon uk link link

My review -

Krissi and Jay have been friends since school and the story hops back and forth between the present day run-up to Christmas and past occasions with their friends and family. The characters are from the author’s Hiding Behind the Couch series, which I haven’t read. There was a large cast, both the main characters’ friends and their parents’ friendship circles and at times I wished I had read the earlier books. Nevertheless, the story stands well on its own. There are danger points and threats, and both Krissi and Jay have their own baggage. The author excels at characterisation and this is what draws you in. They feel real, and you care. It’s not a Christmassy story in the traditional sense but it’s a community pulling together at that time of year. A very good read.

About the author

Debbie McGowan is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction that celebrates life, love and relationships in all their diversity. Since the publication in 2004 of her debut novel, Champagne—based on a stage show co-written and co-produced with her husband—she has published many further works—novels, short stories and novellas—including two ongoing series: Hiding Behind The Couch (a literary ‘soap opera’ centring on the lives of nine long-term friends) and Checking Him Out (LGBTQ romance). Debbie has been a finalist in both the Rainbow Awards and the Bisexual Book Awards, and in 2016, she won the Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) for her novel, When Skies Have Fallen: a British historical romance spanning twenty-three years, from the end of WWII to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Through her independent publishing company, Debbie gives voices to other authors whose work would be deemed unprofitable by mainstream publishing houses.

I haven't read a Debbie McGowan book I've been disappointed in.

Just a thought - We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Lexie Conyngham

A new series - set in Viking times! What's not to love?

Tomb for an Eagle

Book description -

A man lies under the tawny earth, hands still clutching the knife that killed him. 
Thorfinn Sigurdarson, Earl of all Orkney and Caithness, has made a mistake, and he won’t let himself forget it. 
Now rumours have started in the Norse lands that he might be getting a second chance – but should he take it, when it means that dead men are walking?

My review -

In this new mystery series we find ourselves in the Orkneys in the Viking times, with the lords and their men, farming and fighting. The women spin, weave and get up to all sorts else. Sigrid finds a body buried in a gulley on her farmland. Ketil is looking for the murderer. The dead man was one of his followers. Through the eyes of these two, we watch the building of a new church, though the dead man was buried with the old ceremonial. Sigrid and Ketil each find small details of what’s been going on, and this body isn’t the only one we encounter. It’s a really good, though most unconventional, historical detective novel and I couldn’t drag myself away from it once I’d started. The cover art is stunning too.

Lynda Wilcox

Another Verity Long story - I love them all!

An Appetite for Murder

My review -

Verity is called upon to solve a cold case – if she can. Her assistant, Constable Lansdowne, seems to be an unlikely helper initially. A restaurant critic for a local posh magazine has been killed so Verity and Lansdowne look at colleagues and possible restaurateurs who may have had a grudge. I love the characters in these books. There’s a puzzle to solve, but there’s always a lot of fun on the way. They usually give me ideas for food, too! This is another great addition to the Verity Long stories.

Laila Ibrahim

A stunning story. There's a sequel which I'll look out for.

Yellow Crocus

My review -

This book is set in slavery times in America. It clearly shows the demarcation between black and white people. Miss Elizabeth (Lisbeth) is effectively brought up by the slave Mattie, who in acting as her wet-nurse, is separated from her own three month old baby. The girl grows to love the black woman who loves her, rather than the birth mother who tolerates her.

I loved this story and the last twenty percent had me gripped. The story is told from both sides, Mattie’s and Lisbeth’s, and the ending is slightly predictable but none the worse for that. Twists you will not see coming are overrated, I feel. Interesting, emotional and in places exciting and scary, this book kept me in thrall to the end. I loved it.

R J Askew

A love triangle with a difference.

In the Room with Three Doors

My review -

This is a different view of the love triangle, but having read some of Mr Askew’s earlier work, I know his take is always rather different. Three young people, two men and a woman, in, as Rhi the girl calls it, a room with three doors, opening inward. Rhi is the survivor of twins, her sister having been killed in a road accident. Her determination is to live and to love for both of them. She is something of a mystic.

I’ve read a few books now – a very few – in which a character in a story perceives himself or herself to be just that. The creation of someone else. “She stares out from the story of her life.” It’s an intriguing idea – not unlike The Matrix – making the reader wonder what is real. If you enjoy a novella length read and want something the likes of which you’ll not have read before, this is the one. An intriguing book.

David McGowan

A scary look at a horrible way of dealing with criminals - but is is so different?

Two Miles Down

My review -

In a future where the world’s population has been reduced by war and catastrophe, hardened criminals are dealt with by placing them in a facility two miles under the earth. No education, reparation or reintroduction to society – sounds not unlike the transportation to Australia of our relatively recent past. In a system of caves, with little food and water, unless you fancy eating rats, and with a searing temperature, the similarity to hell is pronounced. In a situation like this, a hierarchy emerges and a Leader, a charismatic megalomaniac, holds everyone in terror – even his own followers.

Occasionally an innocent is mistakenly incarcerated. This story follows the fate of two such men, one barely out of childhood. David McGowan has the knack of picking apart a person’s life and background and making you believe it, and care what happens. Even the story of a serial killer isn’t what it seemed. His writing places you with his characters in the unbearable heat and the rustling dark. This is a snapshot of a dystopian future which opened lots of possibilities in my mind. What was going on up above? Does this penal colony survive? It’s a book that I read in 24 hours – it’s that good! If this is your genre, read this. Highly recommended.

Minette Walters

Second in a great historical fiction series.

The Turn of Midnight

My review -

The book follows directly from The Last Hours and both cover the time around and immediately after the Black Death strikes England. The devastation of the country is so well portrayed here and the arrogance of the ruling Norman classes and the church. This leads the serfs to assume they themselves are responsible for the deaths. They are God’s judgement for sin. Lady Anne is motivated by science, in the sense that she knows the plague is a contagion and that it can be defeated by isolation. She also points out that innocent children died so casts doubt that it was punishment. This brings her into conflict with those clerics left alive. She is portrayed as a very charismatic figure, especially in comparison to others of the ruling class.

The writing puts us into the medieval mindset and brings the despair and devastation alive for the reader. The serf-born Thaddeus Thurkell is still, to me, an enigmatic figure and I long for another book to explain his origins. The Turn of Midnight is a fantastic read and I was glued to it. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance review copy.

Malcolm Hollingdrake

The latest in the series and one of the most unusual means of murder I've come across!

The Third Breath

My review -

Something that kills people in three breaths? Something that leaves no trace. Cyril Bennett has his work cut out here. There are several victims and they seem to be linked together by coincidence. Do you believe in coincidence? We have an unusual killer with what seems to be a random selection of victims and it’s interesting to see how the pieces fit together. I enjoyed the further delving into Cyril’s past life, his bequest from his father, and Julie and his stepmother Wendy’s continuing relationship. There’s the most unusual murder method I’ve ever read about, combined with some delving into Cyril’s past relationships which give a balance of head and heart that I really liked. Engrossing and satisfying.

Mike Craven

This is a debut novel that crackles with good writing. 

Born in a Burial Gown

This book was shortlisted for a Golden Dagger award. No wonder!

My review -

This is Mike Craven’s debut novel, I believe, though you wouldn’t guess. It’s a well-rounded story with DI Avison Fluke returning to work after serious cancer treatment. We see his working relationships and the link he has forged with his oncologist and these sum up for us the man he is, and why he’s so good at his job. A note in a site office alerts them to a body on a building site. The unravelling of the clues is well done and the pace kept me reading. An enjoyable lead character and a good plot make this book fly.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Lucy V Hay

My first book by this author and what a great story it is. You can feel things falling out of control - it's excellent.

Do No Harm link

My review -

This is the kind of story you resent having to put down, even to eat. It begins with a newly married couple, an ex, a child/step child, a best friend, a mother/mother-in-law and then things start to happen. There’s a deep resentment here, but we don’t know who it’s from, or why, though we can makes some pretty decent guesses. I’ve been wrong before, but rarely so often. If you want a mystery that’ll have you turning pages and stealing time from other jobs, look no further. I really enjoyed this book.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Ambrose Parry

This is the first in a proposed series - so get in now!

My review -

This story is set in 19th Century Edinburgh in the infancy of anaesthesia. A young apprentice doctor and a knowledgeable housemaid who doesn’t know her place make unlikely allies on the surface, but this is going to be a formidable partnership.

It’s a slow burner in the sense that the first part of the book sets up characters and their relationships with one another. As this is the first of a proposed series, and the writing is enticing and the setting very atmospheric, this wasn’t a problem for me. I found this interesting both medically and historically and a jolly fine mystery too. A very good book indeed and I’ve already recommended it to several people.
Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy.
Please note, the Kindle price at the time of writing is over £6 but the paperback is not yet available. Experience tells me it will come down.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Alan McDermott

A new set of characters (and echoes of the old) from Alan McDermott in this super roller-coaster of a thriller.

Run and Hide link

My review -

Eva, the feisty main protagonist in the story, is a former assassin for the CIA. She believes she has been killing the enemies of her country. When her brother is killed, she questions her whole basis of her previous life and finds things are not as she’d thought. This is a brilliant conspiracy theory novel. Taking a stand, she finds things get worse for her, and the ex-soldier who shares her task. She’s a resourceful woman and we go from thinking she’ll make it to fearing she’s doomed – and back. Bringing in an old lover of hers was a master stroke from author Alan McDermott. He has always written an exciting novel. Here, he’s surpassed himself. A brilliant read.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

M W Craven

First in a series and I'm now waiting for the next!

The Puppet Show link

My review -

My first M W Craven novel will not be my last. What a corking set of characters he creates. Washington Poe and his dog Edgar (took me 20% of the book to twig!), his data analyst Tilly Bradshaw and DI Stephanie Flynn work together on a set of mysterious deaths by fire. Tilly has social issues and is very literal which causes some wry humour as she gets to grips with her new role. Poe is the kind of man who won’t let go. The tension is palpable as he fears he is to be a victim. I enjoyed both the unravelling of the mystery and the great characters involved with it. The ending was utterly, wonderfully satisfying. I look forward to more books with these characters.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Julia Hardy

I know this author as Kelly Clayton, writer of some excellent crime fiction set on the island of Jersey. This is different - but just as great a read. A good writer can write anything!

Fortune's Hostage link

My review -

Romance isn’t my usual genre but this isn’t a ‘usual’ romance. I read this because the author is one of my favourites. Set in 1813, there’s murder, intrigue and a most feisty heroine in the shape of Eloise who has a fortune and fears she will never be loved for herself. The author has created the sort of tangled web which gives you the impression you’ve sorted it all out, but you haven’t! I enjoyed this one very much indeed.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Steve Robinson

The latest Jefferson Tayte mystery. They're always worth the wait!

Letters from the Dead link

My review -

In another genealogical puzzle, Jefferson Tayte journeys to a crumbling mansion in Scotland. The owner is keen to trace his great (times four) grandfather and suspects there’s illegitimacy in the line. There’s also the mystery of a disappearing ruby, as big as a fist, which was seen by some ancestors along the way. Tayte is concerned this may turn into a treasure hunt, and when members of the family are murdered, he fears he’s right.

Much of the story is featured in letters home from India in the early 1800s and the subcontinent back then is atmospherically depicted. The author highlights the poverty of some, contrasting it with the immense wealth of the maharajas and the British East India Company. These parts are especially exciting. The end of the Scottish adventure is a white-knuckle ride and, as always, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Steve Robinson carefully strands his stories together and they are a joy to unpick.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Bo Brennan

Third in a series but I think you could read it as a stand-alone.

The Wages of Sin link

My review -

I read and loved Bo Brennan’s earlier books and have only now caught up with the third. I’m happy to say it’s a cracker. DCI Colt and DC India Kane have a stormy relationship which is a backdrop to this story. It features female genital mutilation and child grooming and as such, it deals with some big issues. Kane and Colt don’t know who, even within their own organisation, they can trust. This is tense and exciting and I admit to being quite breathless with shock towards the end. If Bo Brennan can keep up this standard we are in for more brilliant stories in this series.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Susan Handley

A great collection of short stories.

Crime Bites link

My review -

This collection of stories of varying lengths is arranged like a menu, with starters, more substantial ‘mains’ and desserts – short, sweet and to die for, as the section heading says. I enjoy short stories as they cut to the chase quickly and, when well done, can be satisfying. These are very well done. I keep thinking back to some of them, and there wasn’t one that disappointed. They take a slightly different slant on the world of crime. In some the ending is unexpected, in one or two I guessed but loved the way the story reached its conclusion. Altogether, a great little book.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Debbie McGowan

A novella with a lot to say and a humorous way of saying it.

The Great Village Bun Fight link

My review -

I’ve read a number of serious works by Debbie McGowan but here she lets her sense of humour off the leash. It’s witty and slapstick – a rare combination. The village of Banton has had a Henry Jones running its bakery for many generations until one goes to the wrong side of the law and is cut off. The shop closes. The real story here is about prejudice. Why can’t a Jones woman take over the bakery? Why won’t the other shop provide a wedding cake for the last of the Jones line when he marries his boyfriend? It culminates in an inter-village Cake-Off, hinted at in the title. The author narrates the tale in a knowing style and takes the reader into her confidence. It works extremely well and this novella is a short tale that packs a big punch.

It is also part of the Seasons of Love anthology

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Joel Hames

Another book featuring a favourite character! What's not to like?

No One Will Hear link

My review -

Sam Williams is a character I’m growing to like more with each book he features in. He has been bequeathed the task of compiling the life story of his ex-boss, the woman who sacked him and who has been murdered. He has to work with an old enemy, and the woman’s daughter. This seems to be a wild goose chase with obstructive police, smarmy bigwigs and a mentally fragile woman. He discovers there have been more murders and then Sam’s girlfriend starts to behave out of character. The story can stand alone, I think, but more will fall into place for the reader who has read Dead North first. There’s so much happening here and it’s all important to the plot. I love the intricacy of these stories. A Sam Williams story is always a guaranteed good read.

Stephen Booth

New to me but this series is long! I have some catching up to do.

Black Dog. Cooper and Fry Book 1

My review -

Stephen Booth writes a mean crime book! His two DCs, Cooper and Fry, each have a complicated background. When a young girl is murdered they soon discover that most of the people they meet in the course of their investigations have an equally complex life. It makes for a great puzzle. I absolutely love the ending.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Mark L Fowler

The second in the Tyler and Mills series but also a great stand-alone story.

Blue Murder link

My review -

The story begins with the callous murder of a young man, and DCI Tyler and DS Mills have the task of discovering who killed him. He used to be in a band which is about to get its big break, but he left to start his university studies. He wrote one of the songs that his erstwhile best friend is claiming authorship of. There’s a tangled web between the young men involved, and two sisters who at various times have been the girlfriends of some of them. These lives and intrigues weave together to make a real knot, and it’s a job and three quarters for Tyler and Mills to untangle it.

Mark Fowler had given all these characters a reason to mistrust one another, in some cases even to hate each other. Yet is it enough to murder someone? Someone who wasn’t even in the band any longer? The more questions they ask the tighter the knot becomes. I found this intriguing and at times very exciting as the detectives, whose banter has now become more relaxed, work their way through conflicting evidence. Is anyone telling the truth? A very good read indeed.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Shalini Boland

Another great lesson in cranking up the tension!

The Silent Sister link

My review -

It begins with a sinister little note. Not quite a threat, but unsettling. Lizzy’s life takes a downturn when the notes become more frequent, until eventually she finds herself in physical danger. Shalini Boland’s great strength is in the escalation of paranoia. Not only her character, but her reader, suspects everyone! The writing is always fluent and engaging. This book was a delight to read and the ending is superb! 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Jim Webster

Mr Webster is a spinner of yarns and I can soak these up like a sponge! Two novellas here, A Measured Response and A Licence to Print Money.

A Measured Response link

My  review -

Benor the cartographer is offered a job away from home with unusually generous pay. It all has to be done on the quiet, too. Something’s up. Benor has a murder to solve. I thought he had, but there’s more to come. This story is a murder mystery and a comedy of manners, set in a world of fantasy. If you like a genre mashup, this is brilliant. The characters and their relationships and banter would make it worth reading even if it didn’t have a plot – but it does. Another winner for me.

And now to the second -

A Licence to Print Money link

My review -

Someone has tried to cheat Benor and his young ‘apprentice’ Mutt. They set out, with a little help, to redress the balance. Another in this series of Port Naain novellas that had me smiling. They are not belly-laugh stories but full of wry, clever and thoughtful humour. Often, it’s the way he tells them. I’m always up for more of these stories.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

David M Kelly

I've read and loved some of David's longer books but his short stories are new to me. I enjoyed the anthology, Dead Reckoning and Other Stories, so much I bought a separate one, Three Lives of Mary, to read straight after.

Dead Reckoning and Other Stories link

My review -

The title story is excellent! A rich and arrogant man thinks he can buy his comfortable place in the afterlife. Other stories included the mutual effect of an old man and the puppy he adopts, a scientist named Murphy (Murphy’s Law) and his first contact experience, a time machine failure, another first contact story (which made me groan!) and a couple of flash fiction offerings. All were very good, totally different and made for an outstanding collection of short stories.

Three Lives of Mary link

My review - 

Mary, a human woman, faced with growing old, opted, with her husband, for a cybernetic life. For many years, she as a robot and he as an enhanced space ship, have scouted for planets suitable for human habitation. This short story packs a big philosophical punch. What is it to be human? I really enjoyed getting my head around this – and around what happened to Mary and her husband later. A very interesting quick read.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Ruth Hogan

I'm a bit late to this party, judging by the number of reviews, but I loved this story.

The Keeper of Lost Things link

My review -

My book club choice. I may never have come across this and what a treat I’d have missed. There are two parallel stories going on here, someone who lost a precious item and another who found it and kept it safe. Without giving too much away, Laura inherits the mantle of the original Keeper, with the brief to try to reunite items with those who lost them. Sunshine, a neighbour’s daughter, is a wonderful character and helps in unexpected ways. I found this a very enjoyable read, with characters to love and hate along the way.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Stuart Ayris

Bolivian Rhapsody is a true story. That's what makes it so good!

Bolivian Rhapsody link

My review -

This is the true telling of a fifty day working stay in the Bolivian Jungle. Parque Ambue Ari (New Day in the local language) is a place for wild animals which have been damaged in some way by mankind. Some have been made into pets in unsuitable conditions. They can never be rehabilitated but Ambue Ari gives them the best experience they can have. The author worked as a volunteer there in 2017.

His amazement at being so close to the animals is palpable. His unique writing style bounces along and picks up the joy, the fear and the wonder. I feared, knowing the animals were given names, that it might become anthropomorphic, but Stuart emphasises the otherness, the alien qualities in the creatures he works for. You can’t be their friend and expect them to care about you, or miss you in your absence. They are themselves in all their wildness and Parque Ambue Ari helps them to stay that way. An amazing and uplifting book.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Shervin Jamali

Another quick but in-depth story by this author.

Remember link

My review -

This novella is the kind of book I love - comparable to nothing else, with a basic premise that makes you think. I found it sad – but only in places. It was very funny – but only in places. It’s a story of enduring love and the matching of souls and in parts it’s tough and violent so there’s nothing soppy about this. It’s about hard lives lived well. If you’re looking for something different, look no further. A very interesting read which I enjoyed a great deal.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Laura Marshall

Three Little Lies is another cracking thiller/crime/mystery from Laura Marshall.

Three Little Lies link

My review -

Ellen’s flatmate Sasha has gone missing. Ten years ago, Ellen’s school friend Karina accused a boy of rape and he was subsequently imprisoned. Ellen fears he’s come to avenge himself on Sasha who gave evidence against him – as did she.

Initially I found I mixed Ellen and Karina up as their ‘voices’ didn’t seem individual. As the story progressed, however, the interaction between the characters, who was secretly having a relationships with whom, and the lies and secrets they told, became utterly fascinating. The characters were misleading one another and the reader and I didn’t guess the outcome at all. I found it a compulsive read and enjoyed it very much.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Carl Ashmore

At last - another book from Carl Ashmore. It's been worth the wait!

Zak Fisher and the Angel Prophecy link

My review -

It’s been a while since we saw the end of the Time Hunters but I can tell you that Carl Ashmore hasn’t lost his touch. Once again, he takes familiar concepts – Angels, Templars, even David and Goliath – and gives them a modern context. I loved the characters, both good and bad, and the story is obviously the first in a series though it ends satisfactorily and not on a cliff.

This is a prime example of how a book with an intended teenaged audience can speak to people of any age. I loved it and can’t wait for more.