Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami – review

Published by Vintage Publication date – 24 January 2019 Source – own copy She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked Fridays, but if things had gone according to plan on that particular Friday, she would have had the night off. One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress’s uneventful twentieth…

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan – Review

Published by Mulholland Books Publication date – 13 August 2015 Source – own copy Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce. On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra discovers that he has inherited an elephant: an unlikely gift that could…

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne – review

Published by Quercus Publication date -13 February  2014 Source – own copy When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered. But…

Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell – review

Published by Vintage Publication date – 2 November 2017 Source – review copy Mrs Bradley, sharp-eyed detective and celebrated psychiatrist, has decided to spend Christmas with her nephew at his beautiful house in the Cotswolds. It isn’t long before a mystery unfolds. There are strange events occurring in the nearby wood and local villagers are…

The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven – review

Published by Constable Publication date – 24 January 2019 Source – review copy A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is…

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!’…