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…

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…

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…

Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson – review

Published by Orenda Books Publication date – 15 May 2017 Source – review copy Translated by Maxim Jakobowski “Evil remembers… Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald…

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 29 June 2017 Source – review copy “‘I was born two years into my mother’s captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I would have been a lot more understanding of my…

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell – review

Published by Quercus Publication date 20 April 2017 Source – review copy Think you know Charlotte, Emily & Anne? Think again. Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendent of the illustrious Brontë family, of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre fame. After losing her father, a brilliant author in his own right, it is up to…

A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde – Review

Published by Century Publication date – 22 February 2017 Source – library copy Romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings in Katie Fforde’s brand new novel for 2017. ‘What I want to know’, said Lorna, ‘is what lies behind those ash trees at the back of the garden? Lorna is a talented gardener and Philly is a…

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon – Review

Published by William Heinemann Publication date – 6 April 2017 Source – review copy During the interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Commissario Guido Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the aftermath, he begins to doubt his career…