This month I have managed to keep up with reviews – wahooo! This was one of my bookish New Year resolutions and I have stuck to it so far. I’ve read ten books and there seems to be a crime theme with my January reads which was completely unintentional. Usually I manage more reading than I have this month, but with a hospital stay with my tiny one and then being plagued with the flu/cold bug that’s been affecting most of us, reading hasn’t really happened. We’re both fine now!
January has also seen my first blogiversary! I have made it to one year of blogging, you can read my blog birthday post here – Blogging – My First Year – Reflections and a Giveaway! and you still have a little time to enter the giveaway!
I received the most awesome book box from Illumicrate this month, if you missed my unboxing here it is Illumicrate – The Howler Edition Unboxing. This box was dedicated to the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown and it is the most perfect compliment to the books. It has inspired a re-read!
‘Darling’ by Rachel Edwards. A white teenage girl, Lola clashes with her new black stepmother, Darling. They will just have to get used to each other unless Lola can get rid of Darling. This was an utterly gripping read, it was relevant, completely unpredictable and with a shocking end. I can’t wait for other readers to be introduced to Lola and Darling! I love my books with a dash of darkness and ‘Darling’ had that in spades. Published – 17th of May. Full review to come.
‘Deep Blue Trouble’ by Steph Broadribb. Lori Anderson is back, this time her lover’s life is depending on her. Another action-packed, exhilarating, nail-biting and tense adventure for bounty hunter Lori Anderson. These books are a breath of fresh air to crime fiction. Lori is one of my favourite fictional characters, she kicks ass and I definitely have a girl crush. Blog Tour – Book Review ‘Deep Blue Trouble’ Steph Broadribb
‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J Maas. Feyre and her family face the biggest battle of their lives in the final book of the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ trilogy. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this trilogy. The world Sarah J Maas has created is vast, magical and spectacular and I was sad to leave it. The final instalment is full of earth-shattering battles, betrayal and loyalty. They are a little steamy in parts but I tend to just skim read those parts!
‘The Confession’ by Jo Spain. One night an intruder enters the home of Harry and Julie McNamara and beats Harry to within an inch of his life. The perpetrator then hands himself in to the police. A clever, enthralling and shocking read. You find out ‘who did it’ within the first few pages and then the rest of the book weaves together why. I couldn’t put this down and I know I am not the only reader who couldn’t. Mini Reviews – ‘The Confession’ by Jo Spain, ‘Sirens’ by Joseph Knox and ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ by Agatha Christie
‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ by Agatha Christie. A spate of thefts at a youth hostel sees Poirot on the case, but it doesn’t take long for murder to follow him. This was one of those Christie’s that was just OK. I enjoyed reading it but it didn’t blow me away. Mini Reviews – ‘The Confession’ by Jo Spain, ‘Sirens’ by Joseph Knox and ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ by Agatha Christie
‘Murder on the QE2’ by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. Jessica is on the QE2 as a guest lecturer, but when one of her fellow lecturers is found dead she becomes entangled in the investigation. I just adore these books, they are so nice to read. They make great comfort reading. This one made me want to set sail on a cruise! Book Review – ‘Murder on the QE2’ by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
‘Sirens’ by Joseph Knox. Disgraced policeman Aidan Waits is forced into an undercover operation, the further the investigation goes, the more entangled he becomes and he may not survive until the end. At first, I struggled to get into this book, but once I hit half way I was completely gripped. It’s a fantastic piece of noir crime fiction and paints a grimy, grey picture of the Manchester underworld. Mini Reviews – ‘The Confession’ by Jo Spain, ‘Sirens’ by Joseph Knox and ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ by Agatha Christie
‘The Mermaids Singing’ by Val McDermid. Criminal profiler, Tony Hill joins Inspector Carol Jordan to seek a vicious and sadistic killer. This was my very first McDermid and I don’t know why I waited so long! This was a sinister, grim and thrilling read. I love my crime on the gory side and I got gore by the bucket load in this book. Happily, I didn’t guess who the killer was. Clearing the Shelves – ‘The Mermaids Singing’ by Val McDermid
‘Bats in the Belfry’ by E.C.R Lorac. Writer, Bruce Attleton has gone missing and when a dismembered body is discovered in the eerie Belfry Studio, it would seem he is missing no longer. This crime mystery written in 1937, is a wonderful example of an early police procedural read. It made a change to read a cosy crime where the police solve the case, not an amateur. Full of atmosphere and with a very clever opening this is a perfect addition to the British Library Crime Classics. Book Review – ‘Bats in the Belfry’ by E.C.R Lorac
‘A Spoonful of Murder’ by Robin Stevens. Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells aka the Detective Society have travelled to Hazel’s home country Hong Kong. But these two can’t go anywhere without falling into a mystery. I have so much love for Robin Stevens and her two girl detectives, these books are so much fun and I always enjoy them. I loved that this one was set in Hong Kong, it was fantastic learning more about Hazel and her family. The mystery has a shock conclusion that I definitely did not see coming. Published – 8th of February. Review to come.
‘Killed’ by Thomas Enger. Henning Juul is man seeking answers. His son was killed in a fire and his sister is involved somehow. The more answers he finds, the more his life becomes threatened. Published – 23rd of February.
‘Bring Me Back’ by BA Paris. A young couple are on holiday in France, he goes to pay for petrol, she disappears. Ten years later he’s moved on, but the past never stay quiet for long. Published – 8th of March
‘Bats in the Belfry’ by E.C.R Lorac. Writer, Bruce Attleton has gone missing and when a dismembered body is discovered in the eerie Belfry Studio, it would seem he is missing no longer.
‘Fire in the Thatch’ by E.C.R Lorac. Soldier, Nicholas Vaughan seeks refuge and quiet in Devon. But when a fire tears through his thatched cottage, his refuge is destroyed and Inspector MacDonald seeks a motive for murder. Published – 10th of February.
‘A Spoonful of Murder’ by Robin Stevens. Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells aka the Detective Society have travelled to Hazel’s home country Hong Kong. But these two can’t go anywhere without falling into a mystery. Published – 8th of February.
‘Beneath the Water’ by Sarah Painter. Munro House is the new start Stella needs. But it will also draw her back to a dark past. Sinister secrets and past wrongs soon come to the surface. Published – 8th of February.