The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley – review

Published by Scholastic Publication date – 1 November 2019 Source – library copy Hee haw! Say hello to the Wonky Donkey’s daughter! Hurray – it’s finally here: the laugh-out-loud follow-up to viral sensation The Wonky Donkey. But this time, your hee-hawing hero isn’t alone. The Wonky Donkey now has a stinky-punky plinky-plonky winky-tinky pinky-funky blinky-dinky…

Under the Reader’s Radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t…

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 9 January 2020 Source – review copy Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly became a nightmare. Fifteen years after those catastrophic, career-ending events, a copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle,…

Lucie Whitehouse – Q&A

Lucie Whitehouse is the author of Before We Met, The Bed I Made, The House at Midnight and Keep Me Close. Her latest novel, Critical Incidents, was published by 4th Estate on 26 December 2019. Lucie kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Critical Incidents. Critical Incidents begins a…

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

My to be read pile is a like a cruise liner of literary joy, one to steer me through the choppy waters of life. Others may say it’s a leviathan ready to consume the boat and it’s passengers. It obviously doesn’t stop me from adding to it regularly or visiting the library for a temporary…

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson – review

Published by Black Swan Publication date – 26 December 2019 Source – review copy When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn’t expect a reply. When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, neither does he. They’re both searching for something – they just don’t…

Reading Bingo 2019

I spotted Book Bingo posts from the fabulous bloggers Cleo over at CleopatraLovesBooks and Marina at Finding Time to Write and I thought it seemed like a fun way of looking at the books I had read over the year. I gave it a go last year and thought I’d try my hand at it…

A Silent Death by Peter May – extract

Peter May’s latest book, A Silent Death, is published by Riverrun on 9 January 2020. Today I can share an extract from the book. CHAPTER ONE Mackenzie felt the pressure of being late. He hated being late. He built his life around never being late. To the extent that he would set all of his…

The Dilemma by B A Paris – extract

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris is published by HQ Stories on 9 January 2020. HQ have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book. Sunday June 9th  3.30am  Livia  It’s the cooling water that wakes me. Disorientated, I sit up quickly, sploshing suds up the sides, wondering how long I’ve been asleep.  I…

Balancing the Books – December

I don’t usually do a reading round up or do a book haul post. That said I thought it might be interesting (for me at least), if I had a look at how many books I manage to read in a month and compare it to how many arrive in the house. I know for…