Here are my favourite eight books of the first quarter of 2022. So far I’ve read some good books. 

Tapestry by Beth Duke

“We’re all part of a tapestry bigger than any of us can imagine, weaving in and out and creating a glorious picture. All of us from the beginning of time.”

What a lovely thought. My brother had his DNA done and assuming he and I are exactly the same ethnicity, it was quite revealing. Not the 49% Ashkenazi Jew – we kind of guessed that – but the rest. Eastern European, Scandinavian and 6% African. We are all descended from the slaves brought over from Africa, but most of us don’t have Creek ancestors, more’s the pity. Both are very important in Tapestry.

For my full review click here

Nasty Little Cuts by Tina Baker

It’s just a book! Only fiction. But somehow Nasty Little Cuts is so much more. How can you get stressed over a work of fiction I hear you ask? Believe me, you can.

Having had a terrible nightmare, Debs wakes up in the middle of the night to find an intruder in her kitchen. Only it’s not an intruder – it’s her husband Marc. And he’s holding a knife. And so the real nightmare begins.

For my full review click here.

The House of Footsteps by Mathew West

So many theories! So many wrong ideas! The joys of reading with my online book club The Pigeonhole.

I just loved this book, every single spooky, scary moment. Written in a dark and picturesque style with touches of Jane Eyre (‘reader I married him’) and the ambiguity of The Turn of the ScrewThe House of Footsteps is both Gothic and horror fiction. Are the house, the grounds and the lake haunted? Is it all a figment of Simon’s imagination brought about by his somewhat nervous disposition? What is real and what is not?

For my full review click here.

Twelve Secrets by Robert Gold

This was so good. If I hadn’t read it with the Pigeonhole book club in twelve staves I would have read the whole thing in one go. Stayed up all night if necessary. So many secrets, so many mysteries, so many red herrings – this book has it all.

Then we have the characters, all well developed – some nice like true crime journalist Ben Harper and his school friend Holly, some not so nice like Sarah’s ex-husband James or Ben’s boss Madeline Wilson, and some downright nasty like Holly’s father-in-law Francis Richardson. But does that make any of them killers? Or just the keeper of secrets?

For my full review click here.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

I’ve read The Hunting Party and The Guest List, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed, but this is something else. I just loved this book. I read it at work in my break, in bed, in the car, in the hot tub – I just couldn’t put it down.

One of the things I particularly liked about the book is the way it’s written from the point of view of each main character in turn. First we have Ben, but his is short-lived as something happens to him which his sister Jess can hear on her phone. Then she can’t get hold of him again.

For my full review click here.

Karma And The Art Of Butter Chicken by Monica Bhide

I’ve been a huge fan of this author since I was invited to be on the blog tour for the wonderful The Soul Catcher. In fact Monica, knowing how much I loved the book, asked me if I would like a copy of Karma And The Art of Butter Chicken. I said I would be delighted. I had just started reading it when I was even more delighted to be invited on the blog tour, so here I am.

Such a thoughtful novel with the most delightful cast of characters – Eshaan Veer Singh, our main protagonist, Dr Sinha who lives near to the monastery where Eshaan lives with Lama Dorje and the other monks, his daughter Kitt, the love of Eshaan’s life, their friend Loveleen, unmarried and pregnant, the oddly named Radio Rani, and too many more to list.

For my full review click here.

No Way Back by TJ Brearton

I’ve read quite a few books by this author (including Books 3 and 4 in the Shannon Ames series) and my favourite has always been Rough Country. So I can’t believe I’m saying this, but No Way Back may have just jumped to the top of the list. I read it in two sittings. I know it’s a cliché but I really couldn’t put it down.

In Book 5, Special Agent Shannon Ames of the FBI has been reassigned to the New York Field Office, the biggest in the country. It’s only her first week, when Kristie Fain, aide to US Senator Joel Nickerson, has been kidnapped in broad daylight while walking to the train station. What do the kidnappers want? Her wealthy druggie musician boyfriend Mateo (no idea what she sees in him) has an even wealthier father back home in Peru, but he hasn’t been asked for a ransom.

For my full review click here.

The Lake Templeton Murders by HS Burney

Another book I couldn’t put down. Fast-paced, action-packed, full of excitement including murder, corruption, embezzlement, drug dealing and fraud, I gave up trying to work out who dunnit and just concentrated on keeping up with the story. No mean feat I hasten to add.

Private Investigator Fati Rizvi tears around Vancouver and Lake Templeton like a headless chicken on steroids, often with the help of her chemically-fuelled, tattooed, and multiple-earinged, sidekick Zed. But don’t be fooled. Fati has her own methods of investigation – that’s why she left the police force – and often uses somewhat shady methods of gaining information, plus enlisting the help of her ‘contacts’.

For my full review click here.

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