An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth – review

Published by Wildfire Books Publication date – 29 June 2017 Source – review copy “These are the facts I collect. My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him. They next morning she was found in an allotment. Mariela is dead. Gabriel has been asked to report to…

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller – review

Published by 4th Estate Publication date 23 April 2015 Source – own copy “Andy Miller had a job he quite liked, a family he loved and no time at all for reading. Or so he kept telling himself. But, no matter how busy or tired he was, something kept niggling at him. Books. Books he’d…

Triona Scully – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Triona Scully to the blog. Triona’s debut novel, Nailing Jess is published by Cranachan on 26 June 2017. Triona kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Nailing Jess. Nailing Jess is a crime novel but it is a satire. On the one hand, it is…

Pam Weaver – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Pam Weaver to the blog. Pam’s novels include Pack Up Your Troubles, Better Days Will Come and There’s Always Tomorrow. Her latest novel, Always in my Heart was published by Pan Macmillan on 15 June 2017. Pam kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about…

Sheila O’Flanagan – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Sheila O’Flanagan to the blog. Sheila is the best selling author of over 20 novels including The Missing Wife, If You Were Me, Things We Never Say and Bad Behaviour and her latest novel, What Happened That Night was published by Headline on 1 June 2017. Sheila kindly answered a few of…

Tin Man by Sarah Winman – review

Published by Tinder Press Publication date – 27 July 2017 Source – review copy “It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable….

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde – review

Published by Arrow Publication date 8 February 2017 Source – own copy “Emily is happy with her life just as it is. She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she’s also feels it’s time for a change and a spot…

The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh – review

Published by Tinder Press Publication date – 1 June 2017 Source – review copy Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become a doctor, despite the misgivings of her family and society. As part of the University of Edinburgh’s first intake of female medical students, Sarah comes up…

Every Story has its Genesis by Jennifer McVeigh – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jennifer McVeigh to the blog. Jennifer is the author of The Fever Tree and her latest novel, Leopard at the Door, was published by Penguin on 18 May 2017. Here Jennifer discusses the history behind the inspiration for her novel. Every Story has its Genesis All writers are beholden to…

The Last Summer by Richarda Huch – review

Published by Peirene Press Publication date 1 February 2017 Source – review copy Translated by Jamie Bullock “Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. To counter student unrest, the governor of St Petersburg closes the state university. Soon afterwards he arrives at his summer residence with his family and receives a death threat. His…

American Housewife by Helen Ellis – review

Published by Schribner Publication date – 9 Februrary 2017 Source – gift Meet the women of American Housewife… They smoke their eyes and paint their lips. They channel Beyoncé while doing household chores. They drown their sorrows with Chanel No. 5 and host book clubs where chardonnay trumps Charles Dickens. They redecorate. And they are…