I finished my current read last night (‘The Unseeing’) so I imagine most of today will be spent trying to decide what to read next. I only have a couple of books to choose from 😉 I hope everyone else has had an enjoyable bookish week, here’s what I’ve been up to.
What I’ve been reading:
‘Verdict of Twelve’ Raymond Postgate – Another superb crime read from The British Library Crime Classics, with poison, murder and a trial it’s a great example of Golden Age of crime writing. My review is here Review – ‘Verdict of Twelve’ Raymond Postgate
‘Good Me Bad Me’ Ali Land – Oh my gosh, this was such a tense read! I found myself holding my breath as I read, literally gripping onto the book. This compelling book has such a good premise – a girl who’s mother is a murderer gets a new life as her mother faces a jury.
‘The Unseeing’ Anna Mazzola – I love a bit of Victorian fiction and this dark, beautifully written book is outstanding. The sights and smells of Victorian London seep through the pages and the story line is gripping. Review to come.
When a publisher offers you a surprise book bundle of your favourite genres well it’s just too good to pass up! I was very happy with my surprise book post from Pan Macmillan this week- every one looks like a great read.
‘Date With Death’ – Julia Chapman. Released 9/3/17
Delilah Metcalfe, the owner of The Dales Dating Agency, is besieged by financial concerns, struggling to keep two businesses afloat and a roof over her head. She has no choice, but to accept Samson O’Brien as a new tenant for her office space.
Dismissed from the police force and facing criminal prosecution, Samson has returned to his home town to set up a detective agency while he fights to clear his name.
But when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn. Soon he is discovering a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah’s Dales Dating Agency. With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbors soon realize that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. For Samson and Delilah, however, working together is easier said than done
‘A Not Quite Perfect Family’ -Claire Sandy. Released 6/4/17
Fern Carlile has a lot on her plate. It’s a good thing she loves her big, imperfectly perfect family, because she’s the one who washes their pants, de-fleas the dog and runs her own business. A hearty meal is the one thing that brings the Carliles together – but over the course of a year, the various courses also pull them apart.
Around the table sits an eight-year-old militant feminist, a pair of teenage accidental parents, and a cantankerous OAP. Fern’s husband needs an extra seat for his spectacular midlife crisis.
Will Fern’s marriage be over by the time coffee is served? Perhaps she’ll give in and have the hot new dish that looks so tempting. Decisions, decisions.
‘The House of New Beginnings’ – Lucy Diamond. Out now
Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city’s history, but it’s also a place of brand new beginnings.
Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city’s delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she’s sliding into all kinds of trouble . . .
Charlotte’s in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she’s suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds.
A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it’s a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa’s passion for food could lead her to more interesting places?
As the three tenants find each other, it’s as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun.
‘A Life To Kill’ – Matthew Hall. Out now
The garrison town of Highcliff is on tenterhooks waiting for the return of the last British soldiers from war-torn Helmand.
Meanwhile, as one of the last remaining platoons prepare to leave its isolated post for the final time, 19-year-old Private Pete Lyons is taken hostage during the night. A patrol sent to rescue him finds itself in a bloody and disastrous fire-fight.
How was Private Lyons abducted from a heavily fortified command post? And why does the Army close ranks to disguise what happened during the mission to save him?
The bewildered wives and families of the dead are left craving answers. Their fight for justice is every bit as ugly as the one fought by their loved ones in the poppy fields of Afghanistan.
Their hopes lie with Coroner Jenny Cooper, who takes on the full might of the military to stop the truth being buried with the boy soldiers. But in a town filled with secrets and rumours, it’s not only the Army that has something to hide.
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