Karen Perry – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Paul Perry and Karen Gillece who write under the pen name Karen Perry to the blog. Together Paul and Karen have written Girl Unknown and The Boy That Never Was. Their latest novel, Can You Keep A Secret? is published by Penguin on 30 November 2017. Paul and Karen kindly answered…

2018 – what to expect

2017 has been an exciting time for book worms and come 2018 it looks like the outpouring of  brilliant books doesn’t appear to be abating. I’ve scoured Twitter and asked publishers, authors and bloggers to let me know which titles to keep an eye out for next year. First up some December 2017 to get…

Foreign Bodies – edited by Martin Edwards – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 5 October 2017 Source – review copy The first ever collection of classic crime in translation. Today, translated crime fiction is in vogue – but this was not always the case. A century before Scandi noir, writers across Europe and beyond were publishing detective stories of high quality….

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…

Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 October 2017 Source – review copy In the winter of 1942, England lies cold and dark in the wartime blackout. One bleak evening, Councillor Grayling steps off the 6.12 from Euston, carrying £120 in cash, and oblivious to the fate that awaits him in the snow-covered suburbs….

Six Degrees of Separation – December 2017

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…

Norma by Sofi Oksanen – review

Published by Atlantic Books Publication date – 2 November 2017 Source – review copy Translated by Owen F. Witesman From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge and When the Doves Disappeared, comes a deliciously dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women’s bodies and the extremes to which people…

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 Doctor’s Wife is Dead by Andrew Tierney – review

Published by Penguin Ireland Publication date – 23 February 2017 Source – review copy A mysterious death in respectable society: a brilliant historical true crime story In 1849, a woman called Ellen Langley died in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. She was the wife of a prosperous local doctor. So why was she buried in a pauper’s…