The Righteous Spy by Merle Nygate – Quiz

The Righteous Spy by Merle Nygate was published by Verve Books, a new digital publishing imprint from No Exit Press, on 18th October 2018. Today, to celebrate publication, I have a quiz all about fictional spies.  There are no prizes it’s just for fun! THE RIGHTEOUS SPY | BLOG BLITZ | Competition 5 | Know…

Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan – review

Published by Riverrun Publication date – 5 April 2018 Source – review copy TOO SOON TO SEE Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead. Respected scientist Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanged in her immaculate home: the scene the very picture of a suicide. TOO LATE TO HIDE DCS Frankie Sheehan is handed the case, and almost immediately…

Toppling the TBR pile – 2019 books from @TransworldBooks

It’s getting to that time of year when the bookworm’s equivalent of digging out the red pen and snaffling a copy of the Christmas Radio Times starts. That’s right. It’s 2019 publisher catalogue time. So I’ve undergone the arduous task of sitting down and seeing what bookish offerings we can expect in the first half…

A Country Escape by Katie Fforde – review

Published by Century Publication date – 22 February 2018 Source – own copy Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true. She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old…

The Pocket Detective compiled by Kate Jackson – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 18th October 2018 Source – review copy Polish off your magnifying glass and step into the shoes of your favourite detectives as you unlock tantalising clues and solve intricate puzzles. There are over 100 criminally teasing challenges to be scrutinised, including word searches, anagrams, snapshot covers, and crosswords,…

Six Degrees of Separation – from The Outsiders to 1974

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…

Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary – review

Published by Headline Publication date – 4 October 2018 Source – review copy On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention. DI Marnie Rome understands obsession. She’s…

The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 August 2018 Source – review copy Originally published in 1932, this is the first Crime Classic novel written by an MP. And fittingly, the crime scene is within the House of Commons itself, in which a financier has been shot dead. Entreated by the financier’s daughter, a…

M.B. Vincent – Q&A

Writing duo MB Vincent’s new novel, Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death, is published by Simon and Schuster on 18 October 2018. They kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death. There’s an intrinsic puzzle in the story, a whodunnit but also…

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…