The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry – review

Published by Canongate Publication date – 30 April 2019 Source – review copy Edinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson’s housemaid, and has all of Raven’s intelligence but none of his privileges. As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven…

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 4 April 2019 Source – review copy ‘They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don’t believe I’ve done?’ 1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at…

Star Crossed by Minnie Darke – review

Published by Bantam Publication date – 4 April 2019 Source – review copy Destiny doesn’t happen by accident . . . When Justine Carmichael (Sagittarius, aspiring journalist and sceptic) bumps into her teenage crush Nick Jordan (Aquarius, struggling actor and true believer) it could be by chance. Or it could be written in the stars….

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – review

Published by Quercus Publication date – 18 April 2019 Source – review copy Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run…

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession – review

Published by Blue Moose Books Publication date – 20 March 2019 Source – review copy Leonard and Hungry Paul are two quiet friends who see the world differently. They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st Century. ‘The figure in Munch’s painting isn’t actually screaming!’…

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date – 24 January 2019 Source – review copy In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather. The beautiful one The golden couple The volatile one The new parents The quiet one The city boy The outsider The victim. Not an accident – a murder…

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff – review

Published by Tinder Press Publication date – 7 March 2019 Source – review copy Raised by her mother and Maeve on Slanbeg, an island off the west coast of Ireland, Orpen has a childhood of love and stories by the fireside. But the stories grow darker, and the training begins. Ireland has been devoured by…

Freefall by Jessica Barry – review

Published by Harvill Secker Publication date – 7 March 2019 Source – review copy Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison. The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now she must run, not only to…

Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon – review

Published by William Heinemann Publication date – 7 March 2019 Source – free review copy As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count’s best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under Italian…

The Lost Man by Jane Harper – review

Published by Little, Brown Publication date – 7 February 2019 Source – free review copy He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death. Two brothers meet at the remote…