How Much the Heart Can Hold – review

Published by Sceptre Publication date – 3 Novemeber 2016 Source – review copy ‘Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.’ Zelda Fitzgerald Love is not a singular concept. In this collection, seven award-winning authors explore seven concepts of love: from Philautia, self-love, to Agape, love for humanity; and from…

The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 21 September 2017 Source – review copy Phoebe Stanbury was killed in the summer of secrets… One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment, when she will join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society….

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – review

Published by Little, Brown Publication date – 8 February 2018 Source – review copy Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been…

Miss Buncle’s Book by D E Stevenson – review

Published by Persephone Books Publication date – 1 October 2008 Source – own copy Barbara Buncle is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara’s bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel … if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream,…

Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik – review

Published by Penguin Publication date – 1 February 2018 (paperback) Source – review copy One day in 1940 Rene Hargreaves walks out on her family and the city to take a position as a Land Girl at the remote Starlight farm. There she will live with and help lonely farmer Elsie Boston. At first Elsie…

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell – review

Published by Headline Publication date – 25 January 2018 Source – review copy On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe…

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan – review

Published by Simon and Schuster Publication date – 11 January 2018 Source – review copy A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart…

The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness by Laura Kemp – review

Published by Orion Publication date – 22 February 2018 (ebook out now) Source – review copy Sometimes all it takes to make the world a better place is a small act of kindness… When Ceri Price arrives in the small seaside village of Dwynwen in West Wales, she only means to stay for a couple…

Mystery in White by J Jefferson Farjeon – review

Published by British Library Publication date 25 September 2014 Source – own copy On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea – but no one is…

Tattletale by Sarah J Naughton – review

Published by Trapeze Publication date – 23 March 2017 Source – review copy One day changes Jody’s life forever. She has shut herself down, haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. But then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility and hope. One day changes…

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee – review

Published by Vintage Publication date  – 4 May 2017 Source – own copy WINNER OF THE CWA ENDEAVOUR HISTORICAL DAGGER 2017 India, 1919. Desperate for a fresh start, Captain Sam Wyndham arrives to take up an important post in Calcutta’s police force. He is soon called to the scene of a horrifying murder. The victim…

Foreign Bodies – edited by Martin Edwards – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 5 October 2017 Source – review copy The first ever collection of classic crime in translation. Today, translated crime fiction is in vogue – but this was not always the case. A century before Scandi noir, writers across Europe and beyond were publishing detective stories of high quality….