My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – review

Published by Atlantic Books Publication date – 26 September 2019 Source – own copy When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence…

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce – review

Published by Doubleday Publication date – 23 July 2020 Source – review copy It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a…

The Curator by M W Craven – review

Published by Constable Publication date – 4 June 2020 Source – review copy It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6 Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that…

Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas – review

Published by Transworld Digital Publication date – 7 May 2020 Source – Netgalley ebook review copy Can Del find her recipe for happiness? Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van…

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth by Daniel Mason – review

Published by – Mantle Publication date – 14 May 2020 Source – review copy On a fated flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever. A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second,…

Business As Usual by Jane Oliver and Ann Stafford – review

Published by Handheld Press Publication date – 23 March 2020 Source – review copy Business As Usual was first published in 1933. It’s a delightful illustrated novel in letters from Hilary Fane, an Edinburgh girl fresh out of university. She is determined to support herself by her own earnings in London for a year, despite the…

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley – review

Published by Bantam Press Publication date – 2 April 2020 Source – review Six strangers with one universal thing in common: their lives aren’t always what they make them out to be. What would happen if they told the truth instead? Julian Jessop is tired of hiding the deep loneliness he feels. So he begins The…

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi – review

Published by Picador Publication date – 19 September 2020 Source – own copy Translated by Geoffrey Trousselot What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee…

Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher – review

Published by Viper Books Publication date – 9 April 2020 Source – review copy ONE DEAD-END POSTING. ONE DEAD BODY. A TRAGIC ACCIDENT? THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK… Constable Paul ‘Hirsch’ Hirschhausen is a whistle-blower. Formerly a promising metropolitan detective, now hated and despised, he’s been exiled to a one-cop station in South…