Me Life Story: Sofa so Good! by Scarlett Moffatt – review

Published by Blink Publishing Publication date – 18 October 2017 Source – review copy Hiya, my name’s Scarlett Moffatt and I love random facts. Almost as much as I love sitting on me sofa. You might know me best from my most famous and celebrated sit thus far on the I’m A Celebrity throne. You…

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields – review

Published by Avon Publication date – 26 January 2017 Source – review copy On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real…

Portrait of a Murderer by Ann Meredith – review

Published by British Library Publishing Publication date – 25 September 2017 Source – review copy Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931.Thus begins a classic crime novel published in 1933, a riveting portrait of the psychology of…

The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler – review

Published by Riverrun Publication date – 5 October 2017 Source – review copy Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead. So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves. Whether male or female,…

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson – review

Published by Persephone Books Publication date Source – own copy Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged, governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. over a period of 24 hours her life is changed – forever. Miss Pettigrew has little hope of work but…

Race to the Kill by Helen Cadbury – review

Published by Allison and Busby Publication date – 21 September 2017 Source – review copy It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her. She leads them to the old Chasebridge High…

The House by Simon Lelic – review

Published by Viking Books Publication date – 17 August 2017 (ebook), 2 November 2017 (paperback) Source – review copy Whose story do YOU believe? Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young…

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte – review

Published by Publication date (this edition) – 5 September 1994 Source – own copy With a specially commissioned Introduction and Notes by Kathryn White, Assistant Curator / Librarian of the Brontë Museum, Haworth, Yorkshire. This novel is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally-starved conditions under which many governesses worked in…

The Language of Coats by Deirdre Hines – review

Published by New Island Books Publication date – 14 May 2012 Source – competition win Deirdre Hines’ first collection of poetry includes the six poems that won her the Listowel Poetry Collection competition prize in 2011 alongside over two dozen new poems. Her poems address our times in metrically precise poetry that weaves images of…

Death of a Nobody by Derek Farrell – review

Published by Fahrenheit Press Publication date 5 October 2016 Source – own copy “Danny Bird is back and he’s gone full Poirot.” When Lady Margaret Wright dies her will stipulates her wake be held in her old neighbourhood. Sensing an opportunity, Danny, Lady Caroline and the gang commit to giving the old girl the wake…

Siren by Annemarie Neary – review

Published by Windmill Books Publication date 23 February 2017 Source – review copy Ireland, 2004 Róisín Burns has spent over twenty-five years living a lie. Brian Lonergan, a rising politician, has used the time to reinvent himself. But scandal is brewing around him, and Róisín knows the truth. Lonergan stole her life as a young…

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date – 3 August 2017 (latest version – not the version I read) Source – own copy A beautiful heiress is fatally poisoned in a West End restaurant… Six people sit down to dinner at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of…