Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson – Review

Published by Orenda Books Publication date – 15 January 2016 Translated by Quentin Bates Source – review copy “Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt…

The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons – Review

Published by Sceptre Publication date – 24 March 2016 (paperback edition) Source – Netgalley review copy “By the author of Mr Rosenblum’s List, this is a captivating tale of passion and music, ancient songs and nostalgia, of the ties that bind and the ones we are prepared to sever. Fox, as the celebrated composer Harry…

Fahrenheit Press Exclusive – Introducing Fidelis Morgan

Today I’m delighted to be able to exclusively reveal the latest author to be published by Fahrenheit Press. Fidelis Morgan has joined the Fahrenheit Press ranks and her first novel to be published by them, The Murder Quadrille is released today. Fidelis is an actor, director and author, having starred in Never Let Me Go…

A Christmas in Disguise by Katie Fforde – review

Published by Cornerstone Digital Publication date – 25 November 2015 Source – Netgalley review copy “When Jo’s friend Andi asks if she’ll stand in to cook Christmas lunch for her employer, Jo reluctantly agrees. She knows Andi will lose her job if she doesn’t, and wants to help out her friend. Jo is nervous because…

Finding Margaret – Guest post by Catherine Hokin

Today I’m pleased to welcome author Catherine Hokin to the blog. Catherine’s novel, Blood and Roses was published by Yolk Publishing on 13 January 2016. Here Catherine talks about how she first came across Margaret of Anjou. FINDING MARGARET The Wars of the Roses: that’s a well-mined seam that’s surely been well and truly ‘done’? That’s usually the…

God Bless the Screenwriter – Guest post from Stefan Ahnhem

Today I have a guest post from Stefan Ahnhem, author of Victim Without a Face which was published by Head of Zeus on 7 January 2016. Here Stefan talks about screenwriters who are turning to novel writing. God bless the screenwriter Since Maj Sjöwall and her husband Per Wahlöö had their big breakthrough with their…

Toppling the TBR pile – Sceptre 2016 titles

Those eagle-eyed amongst may have noticed that I didn’t include any Sceptre titles in my Hodder and Stoughton Toppling the TBR pile post a few weeks ago. Well that may have been because I couldn’t see any catalogue. I’ve now managed to rectify that and it couldn’t come at a better time. 2016 marks the…

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer – Review

Published by Faber and Faber Publication date – 24 December 2015 (paperback edition) Source – review copy “Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa First Novel Award Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different – sensitive, distracted, with an heartstopping tendency to go missing. Her mother Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter’s strangeness, especially as she is…

You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell – Review

Published by Headline Publication date 28 January 2016 Source – review copy 4 of 5 stars “It’s Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday. And she’s about to open the very last letter written to her by the beloved mother she loved so much… A warm, poignant and unputdownable novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THREE AMAZING…

Toppling the TBR Pile – Cornerstone Publishing 2016 titles

Today, the to read pile is wobbling precariously thanks to Cornerstone Publishing. Part of the Random House group, Cornerstone has imprints including Century, Arrow, Hutchinson, Windmill and William Heineman. They also happen to publish some of my favourite authors, whose work I always have to read, but I’ve not let that influence me in any…

Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley – Review

Published by Corgi Publication date 12 February 2015 Source – review copy “From spring to summer, autumn to winter, a lot can happen in a single year . . . Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with…