Death by Dark Waters by Jo Allen – extract

Jo Allen is the author of Death by Dark Waters the first in the DCI Satterthwaite series. Death by Dark Waters was published by Aria on 9 May 2019. Aria have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book with you. It would be impossible to avoid her all the time – or…

Charles Ellingworth – Q&A

Charles Ellingworth is the author of A Bitter Harvest, published by Quartet Books on 25 April 2019 Charles kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about A Bitter Harvest. Bitter Harvest is set exactly hundred years ago in 1919. The Great War is over but this is not yet the…

20 Books of Summer 2019

Not usually one who joins in with memes, challenges and the like I spotted this one devised by Cathy at 746Books and have taken part for the last three years. I think I’ve only made it once! Cathy is hoping to read 20 books between 3 June and 3 September, meaning she has the mammoth…

Perfect Crime by Helen Fields – extract

Helen Fields is the author of Perfect Remains, Perfect Prey, Perfect Death and Perfect Silence. The fifth book in the DI Luc Callanach series, Perfect Crime, was published by Avon on 18 April 2019. Avon have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book with you. They went through the visitor centre, where…

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…

Ann Morgan – Q&A

Ann Morgan is the author Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer and Beside Myself. Her latest novel Crossing Over is exclusively available on Audible.co.uk Ann kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Crossing Over. Crossing Over is the story of an unlikely friendship between an elderly woman…

Alex Reeve – Q&A

Alex Reeve is the author of The House on Half Moon Street. His latest novel, The Anarachists’ Club, was published by Bloomsbury Raven on 2 May 2019. Alex kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The House on Half Moon Street and The Anarchists’ Club. The series is set…

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry – review

Published by Canongate Publication date – 30 April 2019 Source – review copy Edinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson’s housemaid, and has all of Raven’s intelligence but none of his privileges. As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven…

Step Back in Crime – an ode to historical crime fiction

I was recently asked by a colleague for historical crime fiction recommendations for her book club. Of course, as is usually the case when anyone asks me for recommendations, the name of any book I have ever read vanished from my memory. So I did the only sensible thing, I asked Twitter. Turns out there…

Catherine O’Connell – Q&A

Black Thorn Books is a new publishing imprint, specialising in crime fiction, launcing in May 2019. Catherine O’Connell is the author of Well Bred and Dead and Well Read and Dead. Her latest novel, The Last Night Out is published by Black Thorn Books on 2nd May 2019. Catherine kindly answered a few of my…