#20BooksofSummer 2017

Not usually one who joins in with memes and the like I spotted this one devised by Cathy at 746Books and took part last year. You can see how I got on here. Cathy is hoping to read 20 books between 1 June and 3 September, meaning she has the mammoth task of reading about 7…

Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson – review

Published by Orenda Books Publication date – 15 May 2017 Source – review copy Translated by Maxim Jakobowski “Evil remembers… Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald…

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 29 June 2017 Source – review copy “‘I was born two years into my mother’s captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I would have been a lot more understanding of my…

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 have the…

Louise Walters – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Louise Walters to the blog. Louise is the author of Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase and her latest novel A Life Between Us was published on 28 March 2017. Louise kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about A Life Between Us.  It’s about a middle-aged woman,…

The Spy Who Chipped the China Tea Cup by Angie Smith – extract

Today I’m pleased to share an extract from The Spy Who Chipped the China Tea Cup by Angie Smith, published by Bloodhound Books on 18 May 2017. Chapter 1 Tuesday 27th September He looked confident strolling around the waterhole towards her, now less than two hundred metres from where she stood, his positive gait and…

That All Important Research by Jane Isaac – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jane Isaac to the blog. Jane is the author of An Unfamiliar Murder, The Truth Will Out, Before It’s Too Late and Beneath the Ashes and her latest novel, The Lies Within was published by Legend Press on 2 May 2017. Jane has kindly written a guest post about research. That All Important…

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell – review

Published by Quercus Publication date 20 April 2017 Source – review copy Think you know Charlotte, Emily & Anne? Think again. Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendent of the illustrious Brontë family, of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre fame. After losing her father, a brilliant author in his own right, it is up to…

Clare Fisher – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Clare Fisher to the blog. Clare’s debut novel, All the Good Things is published by Viking on 1 June 2017 Clare kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about All the Good Things.  Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is…

Six Qualities of a Great Thriller by Paul Hardisty – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Paul Hardisty to the blog. Paul is the author of The Abrupt Physics of Dying and The Evolution of Fear and his latest novel, Reconciliation for the Dead is published by Orenda Books on 30 May 2017 Today Paul has written a guest post on the Six Qualities of a Great Thriller At…

The Summer of ’76 by Caroline Wallace – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Caroline Wallace to the blog. Caroline is the author of In Search of Adam, Black Boxes, Like Bees to Honey, 99 Reasons Why and The Drowning of Arthur Braxton which were all published under the name of Caroline Smailes. The Finding of Martha Lost, written under the name Caroline Wallace…

Time to Win by Harry Brett – giveaway

Time to Win by Harry Brett was published by Corsair on 27 April 2017. In order to celebrate publication it really is time to win as I have three copies to give away. All you have to do is to answer the following question: Where is Time to Win set? Simply comment below with your answer….