Things in Jars by Jess Kidd – review

Published by Canongate Publication date – 4 April 2019 Source – review copy London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But…

Truth and My Fiction by Nicola Monaghan – guest post

Nicola Monaghan is the author of Dead Flowers which was published by Verve Books in ebook on 5 September 2019. Today Nicola has written about the truth and her fiction. Truth and My Fiction Early in my writing career, I showed my mum a short story I’d written and, as a person who knows me…

Balancing the Books: August

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…

Mark Edwards – Q&A

Mark Edwards is the best-selling author, his books having sold over 3 million copies worldwide. His books include The Magpies, Kissing Games, What You Wish For, Because She Loves Me and Follow You Home. His latest novel, Here to Stay, was published by Thomas and Mercer on 1 September 2019. Mark kindly answered a few…

Asia MacKay – Q&A

Asia Mackay is the author of Killing It. Her new novel, The Nursery, is published by Zaffre on 5 September 2019. Asia kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Nursery. Lex Tyler is an elite secret agent for Platform Eight, an underground branch of the security services. In…

Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day – extract

Sylvia Day is the author of over 20 novels including Bared to You, One With You and In the Flesh. Her latest novel, Butterfly in Frost, was published by Montlake Romance on 27 August 2019. Sylvia has kindly allowed me to share an extract of Butterfly in Frost with you. The Frost Phenomenon Heats Up…

Slow Horses by Mick Herron – review

Published by John Murray Publication date – 8 October 2015 Source – own copy You don’t stop being a spook just because you’re no longer in the game. Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent’s Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb’s…

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…

The Runaway Daughter by Joanna Rees – extract

Joanna Rees’ novel, The Runaway Daughter, was published by Pan Macmillan on 22 August 2019. Pan Macmillan have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book with you. Underneath the wooden carriage door, she could see an inch of the world outside. It was late February and the tracks flashed by with tufts…

Oi, Duck-Billed Platypus! by Kes Gray and Jim Field – review

Published by Hodder Children’s Publication date – 6 September 2018 Source – own copy Oi! Where are duck-billed platypuses meant to sit? And Kookaburras and hippopotamuses and all the other animals with impossible to rhyme with names… Over to you Frog! If you haven’ read Oi, Frog!, Oi, Dog! or Oi, Cat! then you are…