Out of Thin Air by Anthony Adeane – review

Published by Riverrun Publication date – 8 March 2018 Source – review copy It is the most shocking miscarriage of justice in European history. And now – in the most stunning true crime narrative you will read this year – OUT OF THIN AIR spotlights Iceland’s strangest ever murder case. Iceland, 1974. In two separate…

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse – review

Published by Arrow Publication date – 28 June 2018 Source – review copy ‘Jeeves, of course, is a gentleman’s gentleman, not a butler, but if the call comes, he can buttle with the best of them.’ Bertie’s friend ‘Stinker Pinker’ needs his help. But helping his friend means venturing back into the dreaded Totleigh Towers…

The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett – review

Published by Fleet Publication date – 18 September 2018 Source – review copy Bridget Jones meets Twin Peaks in this black comedy about a woman’s retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her. It wasn’t just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett’s life upside down. It was the cancer. And all…

The Rumour by Lesley Kara – review

Published by Bantam Press Publication date – 27 December 2018 Source – review copy A casual comment. There’s a killer among us. That’s all it takes. She stabbed little Robbie Harris. To change a life – She’s living under a new name. For ever. She’s reformed. So they say . . . Joanna is going…

The Lido by Libby Page – review

Published by Orion Publication date – 19 April 2018 Source – own copy Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers… Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her…

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date – 10 August 2017 Source – review copy It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true love. Or is it? Another delightful novel from the author of…

City of Masks by S D Sykes – review

Published by Hodder and Stoughton Publication date – 13 July 2017 Source – review copy 1358. Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is in Venice, awaiting a pilgrim galley to the Holy Land. While the city is under siege from the Hungarians, Oswald lodges with an English merchant, and soon comes under the dangerous spell of…

The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier – review

Published by Virgo Press Publication date – 6 May 2004 Source – review copy ‘How long he fought with them in the darkness he could not tell, but at last the beating of the wings about him lessened and then withdrew . . . ‘ A classic of alienation and horror, ‘The Birds’ was immortalised…

Excellent Intentions by Richard Hull – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 May 2018 Source – review copy “From the point of view of the nation, it’s a good thing that he died.” Great Barwick’s least popular man is murdered on a train. Twelve jurors sit in court. Four suspects are identified – but which of them is on…

Where the Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon – review

Published by Bantam Press Publication date – 19 April 2018 Source – review copy ‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’ It was Betty, defiant to the end, who…