Category: fiction

My Best Friend’s Murder by Polly Phillips

There are so many ways to kill a friendship . . . You’re lying, sprawled at the bottom of the stairs, legs bent, arms wide. And while this could be a tragic accident, if anyone’s got a motive to hurt you, it’s me. Bec and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. They have been through a lot together – from the death … Read More My Best Friend’s Murder by Polly Phillips

Silent Graves by Sally Rigby

Nothing remains buried forever… When the bodies of two teenage girls are discovered on a building site, DCI Whitney Walker knows she’s on the hunt for a killer. The problem is the murders happened forty years ago and this is her first case with the new team. What makes it even tougher is that with budgetary restrictions in place, she only has two weeks … Read More Silent Graves by Sally Rigby

The City of Tears by Kate Mosse

Following on from the Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse’s The City of Tears is the second thrilling historical epic in The Burning Chambers series. August 1572: Minou Joubert and her family are in Paris for a Royal Wedding, an alliance between the Catholic Crown and the Huguenot King of Navarre intended to bring peace to France after a decade of religious wars. … Read More The City of Tears by Kate Mosse

The Dark Room by Sam Blake

Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery… Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless man with links to a country house hotel called Hare’s Landing. #TheDarkRoom @samblakebooks @corvusbooks #RandomThingsTours @annecater @RandomTTours New York-based crime reporter Caroline Kelly’s career is threatened by a lawsuit and she needs some thinking space … Read More The Dark Room by Sam Blake

Poppy Flowers at the Front by Jon Wilkins

1917: with her father in the British secret service and her brother Alfie in the trenches, under-age Poppy Loveday volunteers against her parents’ wishes to drive ambulances in France. We follow her adventures, racing to save wounded men driven to the Casualty Clearing Station, and back to the Base Hospital. #PoppyFlowersAtTheFront @WriterJWilkins @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours Facebook @damppebblesblogtours  During one battle she finds Élodie Proux, a French nurse, … Read More Poppy Flowers at the Front by Jon Wilkins

The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry

A gripping historical novel of medicine & murder from bestselling author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman, set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh Edinburgh, 1849. Hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. And a campaign seeks to paint Dr James Simpson, pioneer of medical chloroform, as a murderer. #TheArtofDying @ambroseparry @cbrookmyre @blackthornbks @canongatebooks #RandomThingsTours @annecater @RandomTTours Determined to … Read More The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry

The Coffinmaker’s Garden by Stuart MacBride

A village on the edge…As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smith’s home is falling into the North Sea. But the crumbling headland has revealed what he’s got buried in his garden: human remains. A house full of secrets…With the storm still raging, it’s too dangerous to retrieve the bodies and waves are devouring the evidence. Which means no one knows how … Read More The Coffinmaker’s Garden by Stuart MacBride

Winterkill by by Ragnar Jónasson translated by David Warriner

Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes. @ragnarjo #Winterkill #DarkIceland @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours @annecater @RandomTTours Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a … Read More Winterkill by by Ragnar Jónasson translated by David Warriner

My 3 favourite books of 2020

It was far easier to choose my over all Top 3 than it was to choose my favourite eight from each half of the year. Why? Because once you open the floodgates it’s impossible to stop. So here goes. They are all totally different from each other, but they each hold a special place in my heart. Image thanks to Leafy Bean Co The … Read More My 3 favourite books of 2020

2020 – A Year in Books

Here is a round-up of my favourite books of 2020. Being furloughed during the first lock-down, I got used to reading far more books than in previous years and it also saw the beginning of my new ‘career’ taking part in blog tours. The following are not just from those blog tours, but also NetGalley and Pigeonhole reads. I hope 2021 has as many … Read More 2020 – A Year in Books

Girl A by Abigail Dean

‘Girl A,’ she said. ‘The girl who escaped. If anyone was going to make it, it was going to be you.’ Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies … Read More Girl A by Abigail Dean

The Stranger Times by by CK McDonnell

There are Dark Forces at work in our world (and in Manchester in particular) and so thank God The Stranger Times is on hand to report them. A weekly newspaper dedicated to the weird and the wonderful (but more often the weird) of modern life, it is the go-to publication for the unexplained and inexplicable . . . At least that’s their pitch. The reality is … Read More The Stranger Times by by CK McDonnell