It’s been a great bookish week, great book post and some great book buys. And great reads! Hope everyone else has had a good week.
A Talent For Murder – Andrew Wilson
‘I wouldn’t scream if I were you. Unless you want the whole world to learn about your husband and his mistress.’ Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered in the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf.
Did You See Melody – Sophie Hannah
Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl. A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder. Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?
The Idea Of You -Amanda Prowse
With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.
But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…
This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?
‘Cream Buns and Crime’ Robin Stevens – A short story collection featuring my friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells, the crime busting Detective Society. These books are technically aimed at younger readers but I absolutely love them, I always look forward to my next adventure with Wells and Wong and Robin Stevens is a wonderful human being 🙂
‘The Beautiful Dead’ Belinda Bauer – I love Belinda Bauer’s books, they are always a little different from your usual crime novel and I’m sure The Beautiful Dead will be no exception.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot De Villeneuve – This is a gorgeous and lavishly illustrated edition of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. It’s the story in its entirety and is a wonderful addition to my fairy tale collection.
WHAT I’VE BEEN READING
‘The Strange Disappearance of A Bollywood Star’ Vaseem Khan. The third in the Baby Ganesh Agency series. Inspector Chopra and his elephant companion Ganesha are on the case again when a popular Bollywood star vanishes live on stage. These books are delightful and highly enjoyable. Chocolate loving elephant Ganesha is a wonderful side kick and Vaseem Khan paints a colourful, vibrant picture of India. A review will follow in due course.
The Harvest Man – Alex Grecian
I love this series by Alex Grecian, Victorian crime at its best. But the stand out books for me are ‘The Devil’s Workshop’ and ‘The Harvest Man’. ‘The Harvest Man’ is book 4 and it follows on directly from events in ‘The Devil’s Workshop’. It’s extremely creepy and I have often glanced at my loft hatch whilst reading this! Especially last night while I was home alone. If you like Victorian crime, having the chills and aren’t put off by a little gore then you should certainly check these books out.
Alongside Jack the Ripper there is another brutal serial killer roaming the streets of Victorian London. Spring 1890. The spectre of Jack the Ripper still haunts Inspector Walter Day, his injured leg a daily reminder of his violent brush with London’s most feared killer. He alone is convinced that the Ripper remains at large. But, worse is to come for Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad. A new killer is terrorizing the citizens of London. They call him the Harvest Man; he hides away in the attics of the unsuspecting, emerging at night to terrorize his victims. This macabre new threat requires Inspector Day to confront his demons, but he soon discovers that the Ripper himself continues to toy with Scotland Yard’s finest.
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