Helen Cullen – Q&A

Helen Cullen’s debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf was published by Michael Joseph on 12 July 2018. Helen kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Lost Letters of William Woolf. William Woolf works as a letter detective in the Dead Letters Depot of East London; daily…

The Rumour by Lesley Kara – review

Published by Bantam Press Publication date – 27 December 2018 Source – review copy A casual comment. There’s a killer among us. That’s all it takes. She stabbed little Robbie Harris. To change a life – She’s living under a new name. For ever. She’s reformed. So they say . . . Joanna is going…

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…

In the Dark by Cara Hunter – the crime scene

Cara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Close to Home. Her latest novel, In the Dark, the second book to feature DI Fawley was published by on 12 July 2018. A woman and a child are discovered in the cellar of a house, the owner of the house claiming no knowledge of…

Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman – extract

Sticks and Stones is the debut novel of Jo Jakeman. It is published by Harvil Secker on 12 July 2018. Harvill Secker have kindly allowed me to share an extract with you. One The day of Phillip’s funeral I expected to feel free, unburndened, but when the curtains close around Phillip Rochester’s satin-lined coffin, all…

Six Degrees of Separation – from Tales of the City to Wolf Hall

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…

Mark Edwards – Q&A

Mark Edwards is the author of The Magpies, Because She Loves Me, Follow Me Home, The Devil’s Work and The Lucky Ones. He has also co-written various crime novels with Louise Voss including Killing Cupid andThe Blissfully Dead. His latest novel The Retreat, was published by Thomas and Mercer on 10 May 2018. Mark kindly…

What inspires my writing by Jane Corry – guest post

Jane Corry is the author of My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters. Her latest novel, The Dead Ex, was published by Penguin on 28 June 2018. Jane has written about the inspiration behind her writing. There’s only one thing which inspires my writing. It’s very simple but also vital. And that’s Life. I’ve given it…

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…