Race to the Kill by Helen Cadbury – review

Published by Allison and Busby Publication date – 21 September 2017 Source – review copy It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her. She leads them to the old Chasebridge High…

Annabel Fielding – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Annabel Fielding to the blog. Annabel’s novel, A Pearl for My Mistress, was published in ebook by HQ Digital on 9 August 2017. Annabel kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about A Pearl For My Mistress. I’d say, this is a story about three…

Claire Evans – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Claire Evans to the blog. Claire’s debut novel, The Fourteenth Letter is published in paperback by Sphere on 21 September 2017 Claire kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Fourteenth Letter. The novel is set in London in 1881, a time of great change…

Looking for Clues by Rachel Ward – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Rachel Ward to the blog. Rachel is the author of the Young Adult novels The Chaos and the Numbers trilogy and her debut novel for adults, The Cost of Living is published by Sandstone Press on 21 September 2017. Today Rachel talks about looking for clues. Regular followers of my Twitter account…

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…

Rowena Macdonald – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Rowena Macdonald to the blog. Rowena is the author of the short story collection Smoked Meat. Her debut novel, The Threat Level Remains Severe, was published by Aardvark Bureau on 10 July 2017 and has been shortlisted for the Not the Booker prize run by The Guardian newspaper. Rowena kindly…

The House by Simon Lelic – review

Published by Viking Books Publication date – 17 August 2017 (ebook), 2 November 2017 (paperback) Source – review copy Whose story do YOU believe? Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young…

#20BooksofSummer 2017 challenge – a round up

So the 2017 #20BooksofSummer challenge has ended. 20 books picked, to be read between 1 July and 3 September. So how did I do? Well I managed to read 20. Granted, they weren’t the 20 I originally planned to read, but never the less I mangaged to complete the challenge. And made a (very) small…

Six Degrees of Separation – September 2017 – Wild Swans

I spotted this meme on the outstanding blogs of Susan at A Life in Books and Marina at Finding Time to Write. If you haven’t visited their blogs I’d recommend you do for insightful reviews, bookish observations and original poetry. The meme was created by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. From what…

How I assemble a book by Daniela Sacerdoti – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Daniela Saceradoti to the blog. Daniela’s previous novels include Watch Over Me, Take Me Home, Don’t be Afraid and Set Me Free. Her latest novel, Keep Me Safe is published in paperback by Headline on 7 September 2017. Today Daniela talks about how she assembles a book. The seed of a book, for me,…

Harriet Paige – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Harriet Paige to the blog. Harriet is the author of Man with a Seagull on his Head was published by Bluemoose books on 19 March 2017 and is shortlisted for the 2017 Not the Booker prize run by The Guardian newspaper. Harriet kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us…

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte – review

Published by Publication date (this edition) – 5 September 1994 Source – own copy With a specially commissioned Introduction and Notes by Kathryn White, Assistant Curator / Librarian of the Brontë Museum, Haworth, Yorkshire. This novel is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally-starved conditions under which many governesses worked in…