2015 Book Reviews With Links

Contemporary Fiction

A Place For Us – Harriet Evans (2015)

The A26 – Pascal Garnier (2013)

Alice and the Fly – James Rice (2015)

As Good As Dead – Elizabeth Evans (2015)

Boxes – Pascal Garnier (2015)

The Disappearance of Emily Marr – Louise Candlish (2013)

The Exclusives – Rebecca Thornton (2015)

The Faerie Tree – Jane Cable (2015)

Fates and Furies – Lauren Goff (2013)

The Girls – Lisa Jewell (2015)

The Good Neighbor – Amy Sue Nathan (2015)

The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty (2011)

The Ladies of the House – Molly McGrann (2015)

Lay Me Down – Nicci Cloke (2015)

My Sunshine Away – Milton O’Neal Walsh (2015)

The Other Me – Saskia Sarginson (2015)

The Quality of Silence – Rosamund Lupton (2015)

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend – Katarina Bivald (2015)

Ruffian On The Stair – Nina Bawden (2001)

The Shadow Year – Hannah Richell (2013)

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers – Louise Candlish (2015)

When We Were Friends – Tina Seskis (2015)

Crime Fiction

A Perfect Match – Jill McGown (1983)

After The Fire – Jane Casey (2015)

All The Little Pieces – Jiliane Hoffman (2015)

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie (1939)

The Anatomy of Death – Felicity Young (2012)

Behind Closed Doors – Elizabeth Haynes (2015)

Dark Winter – David Mark (2012)

Death In The Rainy Season – Anna Jaquiery (2015)

Dancing For The Hangman – Martin Edwards (2008)

The Defence – Steve Cavanagh (2015)

Don’t Turn Around – Caroline Mitchell (2015)

Evil Games – Angela Marsons (2015)

Follow The Leader – Mel Sherratt (2015)

The Ghost Fields – Elly Griffiths (2015)

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die – Marnie Riches (2015)

Gone – Rebecca Muddiman (2015)

Green and Pleasant Land – Judith Cutler (2015)

I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh (2015)

The Insanity of Murder – Felicity Young (2015)

The Jazz Files – Fiona Veitch Smith (2015)

The Killing of Polly Carter – Robert Thorogood (2015)

Little Black Lies – Sharon Bolton (2015)

Lost Girls – Angela Marsons (2015)

Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner (2016)

The Murder Farm – Andrea Marie Schenkel (2009)

No Other Darkness – Sarah Hilary (2015)

Normal – Graeme Cameron (2015)

Only The Brave – Mel Sherratt (2015)

Preserve The Dead – Brian McGilloway (2015)

Runaway – Peter May (2015)

The Shut Eye – Belinda Bauer (2015)

The Silent Dead – Claire McGowan (2015)

Silent Scream – Angela Marsons (2015)

Smoke and Mirrors – Elly Griffiths (2015)

Taunting The Dead – Mel Sherratt (2013)

The Tears of Angels – Caro Ramsay (2015)

The Thirteenth Coffin – Nigel McCrery (2015)

Time of Death – Mark Billingham (2015)

Under World – Reginald Hill (1988)

What Remains – Tim Weaver (2015)

What She Left – T.R. Richmond (2015)

You Are Dead – Peter James (2015)

The Zig-Zag Girl – Elly Griffiths (2014)

Psychological Thriller

24 Hours – Claire Seeber (2015)

A Game For All The Family – Sophie Hannah (2015)

Anything For Her – Jack Jordan (2015)

Black-Eyed Susans – Julia Heaberlin (2015)

The Bones of You – Debbie Howells (2015)

Burnt Paper Sky – Gilly Macmillan (2015)

Can Anybody Help Me? – Sinéad Crowley (2015)

The Crooked House – Christobel Kent (2015)

The Darkest Secret – Alex Marwood (2016)

The Daughter’s Secret – Eva Holland (2015)

Disclaimer – Renée Knight (2015)

The Drowned Boy – Karin Fossum (2015)

The Exit – Helen FitzGerald (2015)

The Face of Trespass – Ruth Rendell (1974)

Falling – Emma Kavanagh (2014)

Friday On My Mind – Nicci French (2015)

First One Missing – Tammy Cohen (2015)

The Game Changer – Louise Phillips (2015)

The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins (2015)

The Girl With No Past – Kathryn Croft (2015)

Hidden – Emma Kavanagh (2015)

The Hidden Legacy – G.J. Minett (2015)

How I Lost You – Jenny Blackhurst (2015)

Humber Boy B – Ruth Dugdall (2015)

If She Did It – Jessica Treadway (2015)

In A Dark Dark Wood – Ruth Ware (2015)

The Kind Worth Killing  – Peter Swanson (2015)

The Lie – C.L. Taylor (2015)

Little Girl Gone – Alexandra Burt (2015)

The Mistake I Made – Paula Daly (2015)

Nowhere Girl – Ruth Dugdall (2015)

Pretty Baby – Mary Kubica (2015)

Redemption Road – Lisa Ballantyne (2015)

Rowan’s Well – C.J. Hartner (2013)

Second Life – S J Watson (2015)

The Small Hours Of The Morning – Margaret Yorke (1975)

Stranger Child – Rachel Abbott (2015)

Thursday’s Child – Nicci French (2014)

Where They Found Her – Kimberly McCreight (2015)

You – Caroline Kepnes (2014)

You Belong To Me – Samantha Hayes (2015)


A Hank of Hair – Charlotte Jay (1967)

The Candidate – Daniel Pembrey (2014)

The Harbour Master – Daniel Pembrey (2014)

Nowhere Child – Rachel Abbott (2015)

short stories

Broadchurch: The End Is Where It Begins #1 – Erin Kelly (2015)

Broadchurch: The Letter #2 – Erin Kelly (2015)

Broadchurch: Old Friends #3 – Erin Kelly (2015)

Broadchurch: Over The Side #4 – Erin Kelly (2015)

Broadchurch: Protection #5 – Erin Kelly (2015)

Broadchurch: One More Secret #6 – Erin Kelly (2015)

Broadchurch: The Leaving of Claire Ripley #7 – Erin Kelly (2015)

Broadchurch: Thirteen Hours #8 – Erin Kelly (2015)

In A Word: Murder – An Anthology (2013)

Historical Fiction

All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (2014)

The Book of Lost and Found – Lucy Foley (2015)

Crooked Heart – Lissa Evans (2015)

Dead Centre – Joan Lock (2015)

Every Secret Thing – Emma Cole (2006)

The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley (1953)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (2007)

Letters to the Lost – Iona Grey (2015)

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets – Eva Rice (2005)

The Lost Garden – Katharine Swartz (2015)

The Night Watch – Sarah Waters (2006)

The Nightingale – Kristen Hannah (2015)

Nora Webster – Colm Tóibín (2013)

Out Of The Silence – Wendy James (2005)

Rutherford Park – Elizabeth Cooke (2013)

The Secret By The Lake – Louise Douglas (2015)

The Whicharts – Noel Streatfeild (1931)

Non Fiction 1

A Fifty Year Silence – Miranda Richmond Mouillot (2015)

The Beast of Jersey – Joan Paisnel (1972)

Beyond Evil – Nathan Yates (2005)

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse – Piu Marie Eatwell (2014)

Deadly Divorces – Tammy Cohen (2007)

The Life Project – Helen Pearson (2016)

The Magnificent Spilsbury and the case of The Brides In The Bath – Jane Robins (2010)

The Maul and The Pear Tree – P.D. James & T.A. Critchley (1971)

 This House of Grief – Helen Garner (2014)


Bookshelf total



Posted in Weekly Posts

Musing Mondays (January 12)

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
• What are you currently reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What did you recently finish reading?

We are now more than a third of the way through January so how many of you who made bookish resolutions have kept them? I don’t make resolutions and I certainly wouldn’t publish them as in no way do I want to be held accountable for my failings. However I do want to read more of the books I’ve chosen for myself this year rather than allowing them to disappear further down the TBR pile.

So how have I done so far? Well I’ve read 4 books, 1 Novella and 1 short – out of those 4 books were review copies, the novella was A Hank of Hair and I bought this copy in September 2014. The short, Broadchurch: The End is Where It Begins which doesn’t really count as towards any total being just 17 pages long was purchased and read on the same day!

My other reading has been done on-line where I have been browsing The Proceedings of the OLD BAILEY 1674 to 1913 which is absolutely fascinating!!  The link I have provided is about a fourteen year old girl consorting with soldiers against her mother’s wishes. The mother has her charged with stealing a shawl in what appears to be revenge for her disappearance. I started by browsing randomly, there are multiple search terms you can use, and  have been shocked by the number of charges there are for bigamy, it appears that in the absence of easy access to divorce men and women just remarried hoping that their previous marriage wouldn’t be discovered!

I am currently reading another review copy Alice And The Fly by James Rice

Alice and the Fly

This is a book about phobias and obsessions, isolation and dark corners. It’s about families, friendships, and carefully preserved secrets. But above everything else it’s about love. Finding love – in any of its forms – and nurturing it.
Miss Hayes has a new theory. She thinks my condition’s caused by some traumatic incident from my past I keep deep-rooted in my mind. As soon as I come clean I’ll flood out all these tears and it’ll all be ok and I won’t be scared of Them anymore. The truth is I can’t think of any single traumatic childhood incident to tell her. I mean, there are plenty of bad memories – Herb’s death, or the time I bit the hole in my tongue, or Finners Island, out on the boat with Sarah – but none of these are what caused the phobia. I’ve always had it. It’s Them. I’m just scared of Them. It’s that simple. Goodreads

I have recently finished Runaway by Peter May



In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year’s end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades.
Runaway is a crime novel covering fifty years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished; set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history. Goodreads

My review will be posted later this week.

Next I am planning to read another recent purchase, probably Taunting The Dead by Mel Sherratt

Taunting The Dead


Nine out of ten murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder has her head bashed in within earshot of her family and friends, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigation close to home.
Soon the lies, backtracking, and secrets multiply as each of the suspects tries to cover up their actions on that fateful night. Before long, Allie homes in on Steph’s ambitious and powerful husband, Terry. Convinced he’s hiding something, she interviews him again and again—only to find that she is falling, despite herself, for his smooth charms.
As the trail grows hotter, along with Allie’s feelings, the web of deceit pulls tighter and more bodies begin to pile up. Allie must race against time to uncover the shocking truth before she becomes the killer’s next victim. Amazon

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Posted in Books I have read

Reading and Reviewing in 2014

Updated 2014

So I have now completed (minus 2 days) an entire calendar year of reading and reviewing books on my blog – and what a year it has been! Before I choose my top 10 books for the year I thought I’d share some facts and figures with you because that’s how I roll.

In 2014 I have read 140 books and it will be no surprise to regular readers that the composition of genre is crime heavy… but I did manage an impressive 33 books that fell into (my) contemporary fiction category as well as 17 books with a historical theme.

I should warn everyone that I play fast and loose with genres and anything I’m not sure where to put does end up as contemporary fiction, but it is a guideline (of sorts).

Out of my crime reads the split was also unsurprisingly heavily weighted on the psychological fiction slant with 37 books falling into this genre, 33 logged as crime thriller and 11 in the mystery category.

When I started blogging I was curious to see how much of my reading could be supported by review copies of books, this wasn’t a new concept as I’d been part of Amazon Vine since 2011, but I’d not counted for the ease of requesting items from NetGalley, the quantity of kind publishers and authors that offer me books, Lovereading  who send me copies as part of their reviewing panel or Bookbridgr who have physical copies they are happy to post to me. That along with a little bit of stalking of my favourite authors on Twitter has kept me in more than enough books for the whole year!

In 2014 only 25 books, less than 18% of the books I read, I owned (and I’d won copies of 3 of these).  Now I’m not making any promises too stop reviewing ARCs, I love finding new authors, catching up with old ones and sometimes reading something a little bit different to the norm, far too much for that, but I am going to redress the balance a little and aim for 60:40 split.  Well, lets see how that goes shall we? Why? Well out of the books I’ve read this year 63 were by authors whose books I’d previously read. This is a whopping 45%! This means that exponentially, even discarding the minority whose books weren’t for me, or who don’t write a new book in 2015, of the new to me authors should even 40 produce  new books these added to the known to me author output, can only be disastrous for the TBR ??? That doesn’t even take into account any back catalogues!  This is why cutting down on books is never going to happen!! But what a fantastic problem to have!

So which of my reviews have been most popular in 2014?

Click on the book cover to read my reviews

10. The magnificent debut and psychological thriller by Mary Kubica – The Good Girl This book with four narrators has no chapter breaks which meant I was compelled to keep reading to find out why and how Mia Dennett disappeared.
The Good Girl

9. A Crime Fiction novel Daughter by Jane Shemilt is fixed around the disappearance of Jenny’s 15 year old daughter, Naomi but also uncovers a web of secrets and lies.

8. Sarah Hilary’s police procedural, Someone Else’s Skin blew me away with it’s range of characters and skilful handling of a storyline about domestic abuse was a fantastic find in February 2014.

Someone Else's Skin

7. In The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Viner we meet Jim and Patti Lancing who  react in very different ways to the murder of their daughter mixed with an accomplished whodunit.

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

6. Sees a psychological domestic thriller with Lucie Whitehouse’s Before We Met which tells the tale of how Hannah found out more about the man she married.

Before We Met

5. A Dark Remembered Day by Tom Vowler was put in the psychological suspense category because the author literally reveals the progressive layers of the protagonist’s mind as the tale unfolds. This was an unequivocal 5 star read.

That Dark Remembered Day

4. Wake by Anna Hope has stayed in my mind ever since I read it nearly a year ago. This tale of the run up to the Internment of the Unknown Soldier was beyond poignant. The best book about WWI that I have read although Andrew Cowan’s Worthless Men comes a close second.


3. Having missed the TV series Broadchurch , I jumped at the chance to read the book of the series especially as it was written by one of my favourite authors, Erin Kelly. I loved the story so much I had to watch the TV series to compare and will now be glued to the second series next Monday.


2. In February I read a book about a fictional stalker, The Book of You by Claire Kendal brilliantly portrays the mind of a stalker and captures the powerlessness of his victim, not only that but the storyline has a parallel to an ongoing court case.

The Book of You

1. The most popular review of the year goes to an author whose books I’ve been championing for a while but this one surpassed all my expectations. Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott is a brilliant psychological thriller, even better I believe you can get a copy for a mere 99p at the moment.

Sleep Tight

So those are the reviews you’ve enjoyed – coming soon my favourite books that were published in 2014.
I’d like to thank all those authors and publishers who’ve given me a fantastic selection of books, the readers and commenters on this little blog and those who connect with my reviews via twitter, you have all made my world brighter in 2014.
Happy reading everyone and here’s to Happy a New Year full of new books!

Reviews by Author A – L


Rachel Abbott – And So It Begins

Rachel Abbott – The Back Road DCI Tom Douglas #2

Rachel Abbott – Come A Little Closer DCI Tom Douglas #7

Rachel Abbott – Kill Me Again DCI Tom Douglas #5

Rachel Abbott – Nowhere Child DCI Tom Douglas #4.5

Rachel Abbott – The Sixth Window DCI Tom Douglas #6

Rachel Abbott – Sleep Tight DCI Tom Douglas #3

Rachel Abbott – Stranger Child DCI Tom Douglas #4

Aimee Alexander – The Accidental Life of Greg Millar

Judith Allnatt – The Moon Field

Buffy Andrews – The Moment Keeper

Isabel Ashdown – Little Sister

Lindsay Jayne Ashford – The Woman On The Orient Express

Lucy Atkins – The Missing One

Lucy Atkins – The Night Visitor

Kate Atkinson – Life After Life 

Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace


Fredrik Backman – My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

Fredrik Backman – The Scandal

Fredrik Backman – Us Against You

Alison Baillie – A Fractured Winter 

Alison Baillie – Sewing The Shadows Together

Beryl Bainbridge – An Awfully Big Adventure

Beryl Bainbridge – Harriet Said

Beryl Bainbridge – Master Georgie

Beryl Bainbridge – Sweet William

Beryl Bainbridge – Winter Garden

Lisa Ballantyne – Little Liar

Lisa Ballantyne – Redemption Road

Laura Barnett – Greatest Hits

Laura Barnett – The Versions of Us

Helen Barrell – Poison Panic

Graham Bartlett – Death Comes Knocking

Fiona Barton – The Child

Fiona Barton – The Suspect 

Fiona Barton – The Widow

Belinda Bauer – The Beautiful Dead

Belinda Bauer – The Facts of Life and Death

Belinda Bauer – Rubbernecker

Belinda Bauer – The Shut Eye

Belinda Bauer – Snap

Nina Bawden – Ruffian On The Stair

Nina Bawden – The Solitary Child

Simon Beckett – The Chemistry of Death David Hunter #1

Simon Beckett – The Restless Dead David Hunter #5

Simon Beckett – Stone Bruises

Deborah Bee – The Last Thing I Remember

Gail Bell – The Poison Principle

Kimberly Belle – The Marriage Lie

Marie Benedict – Carnegie’s Maid

John Bennett – The Cromwell Street Murders 

Flynn Berry – A Double Life

Mark Billingham – Die of Shame

Mark Billingham – The Dying Hours

Mark Billingham – Love Like Blood

Mark Billingham – Rush of Blood

Mark Billingham – Time of Death

Amy Bird – The Good Mother

Amy Bird – Hide and Seek

Katarina Bivald – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Jenny Blackhurst – Before I Let You In

Jenny Blackhurst – The Foster Child

Jenny Blackhurst – How I Lost You

Jenny Blackhurst – The Night She Died

Sam Blake – In Deep Water Cat Connolly #2

Sam Blake – Little Bones Cat Connolly #1

Victoria Blake – Mrs Maybrick

Chris Blamires – A Time of Myths

Sharon Bolton – The Craftsman

Sharon Bolton – A Dark and Twisted Tide Lacey Flint #4

Sharon Bolton – Daisy In Chains

Sharon Bolton – Dead Woman Walking

Sharon Bolton – Here Be Dragons Lacey Flint Short Story

Sharon Bolton – If Snow Hadn’t Fallen Lacey Flint Short Story

Sharon Bolton – Like This Forever Lacey Flint #3

Sharon Bolton – Little Black Lies

Sharon Bolton – Now You See Me Lacey Flint #1

Jan Bondeson – The Ripper of Waterloo Road

Simon Booker – Without Trace

Simon Bourke – And the Birds Kept on Singing

William Boyd – The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

John Boyne – Crippen: A Novel of a Murder

John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

John Boyne – The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Mary Elizabeth Braddon – Lady Audley’s Secret

Melvyn Bragg – Grace and Mary

Rebecca Bradley – Shallow Waters

Carys Bray – The Museum of You

R.C. Bridgestock – When a Killer Strikes

Ray Britain – The Last Thread

Vera Brittain – Testament of Youth

Frances Brody – A Snapshot of Murder #10 Kate Shackleton

Frances Brody – Death at the Seaside Kate Shackleton #8

Frances Brody – Death in the Stars  Kate shackleton #9

Chris Brookmyre – Want You Gone

Dea Brøvig – The Last Boat Home

Antony M Brown – The Red Address Book

Alison Bruce – The Promise DC Gary Goodhew #6

Alison Bruce – The Siren DC Gary Goodhew #2

Elizabeth Buchan – The New Mrs Clifton

Suzanne Bugler – The Safest Place

Alafair Burke – The Ex

Graeme Macrae Burnet – His Bloody Project

Alexandra Burt – Little Girl Gone

Sian Busby – A Commonplace Killing

Sian Busby – The Cruel Mother


Alex Caan – Cut To The Bone

Jane Cable – The Faerie Tree

Graeme Cameron – Normal

Louise Candlish – The Disappearance of Emily Marr

Louise Candlish – The Intruder at Number 40

Louise Candlish – Other People’s Secrets

Louise Candlish – Our House

Louise Candlish – The Sudden Departure of the Frasers

Louise Candlish – The Swimming Pool

Joanna Cannon – Three Things About Elsie

Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

Truman Capote – In Cold Blood

Laura Carlin – The Wicked Cometh

Elisabeth Carpenter – Only a Mother 

 Emmanuel Carrère – The Adversary

Jane Carter Woodrow – Rose West: A Making of a Monster

Tania Carver – The Doll’s House

James Cary – Crossword Ends In Violence (5)

Jane Casey – After The Fire Maeve Kerrigan #6

Jane Casey – Cruel Acts Maeve Kerrigan #8

Jane Casey – The Kill Maeve Kerrigan #5

Jane Casey – Left for Dead Maeve Kerrigan #0.5

Jane Casey – Let The Dead Speak Maeve Kerrigan #7

Jane Casey – The Stranger You Know Maeve Kerrigan #4

Steve Cavanagh – The Defence

HS Chandler – Degrees of Guilt

Eve Chase – Black Rabbit Hall

Eve Chase – The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde

Agatha Christie – The A.B.C. Murders

Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie – Hickory Dickory Dock

Agatha Christie – The Murder at the Vicarage

Agatha Christie – Murder is Easy

Agatha Christie – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie – Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie – One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Agatha Christie – The Thirteen Problems

Ann Cleeves – Raven Black Shetland #1

Ann Cleeves – Silent Voices

Rory Clements – Martyr

Nicci Cloke – Lay Me Down

Deborah Cohen – Family Secrets

Tamar Cohen – The Broken

Tammy Cohen – Deadly Divorces

Tammy Cohen – Dying For Christmas

Tammy Cohen – First One Missing

Tamar Cohen – The Mistress’s Revenge

Tamar Cohen – Someone Else’s Wedding

Tammy Cohen – They All Fall Down

Tammy Cohen – When She Was Bad

Emma Cole – Every Secret Thing

Kate Colquhoun – Did She Kill Him?

Barbara Comyns – Our Spoons Came From Woolworths

Michael Stewart Conway – Caversham Lock

Michael Stewart Conway – Caversham Road

Barabara Copperthwaite – Flowers for the Dead

Elizabeth Cooke – Rutherford Park

Natasha Cooper – No Escape

Julie Corbin – Now That You’re Gone

Jane Corry – Blood Sisters

Jane Corry – My Husband’s Wife

Andrew Cowan – Worthless Men

Edmund Crispin – The Moving Toyshop

Kathryn Croft – The Girl With No Past

Kathryn Croft – The Girl You Lost

Kathryn Croft – While You Were Sleeping

Julia Crouch – Her Husband’s Lover

Julia Crouch – Tarnished

Julia Crouch – The Long Fall

Sinéad Crowley – Are You Watching Me? DS Claire Boyle #2

Sinéad Crowley – Can Anybody Help Me? DS Claire Boyle #1

Sinéad Crowley – One Bad Turn DS Claire Boyle #3

Fiona Cummins – The Neighbour 

Chris Curran – Her Deadly Secret

Judith Cutler – Green and Pleasant Land


Suellen Dainty – The Housekeeper

Paula Daly – Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Paula Daly – Keep Your Friends Close

Paula Daly – The Mistake I Made

Paula Daly – Open Your Eyes

Paula Daly – The Trophy Child

Sandra Danby – Ignoring Gravity

Nina Darnton – The Perfect Mother

Bea Davenport – In Too Deep

Bea Davenport – This Little Piggy

Caitlin Davies – Family Likeness

Caitlin Davies – The Ghost Of Lily Painter

Jane Davis – A Funeral For An Owl

Jane Davis – Half-Truths And White Lies

Jane Davis – I Stopped Time

Jane Davis – Smash All The Windows 

Jane Davis – These Fragile Things

Elizabeth Day – Home Fires

Kit de Waal – My Name is Leon

Kit de Waal – The Trick to Time

Luke Delaney – The Toy Taker

Robert Dinsdale – Little Exiles

Anthony Doerr – All The Light We Cannot See

Charlie Donlea – Don’t Believe It

Emma Donoghue – Room

Louise Doughty – Apple Tree Yard

Louise Douglas – The Secret By The Lake

Louise Douglas – Your Beautiful Lies

Renita D’Silva – Monsoon Memories

Renita D’Silva – The Forgotten Daughter

Renita D’Silva – The Stolen Girl

Ruth Dugdall – Humber Boy B #3

Ruth Dugdall – Nowhere Girl #4

Ruth Dugdall – The Sacrificial Man #2

Ruth Dugdall – The Woman Before Me #1

Sabine Durrant – Lie With Me

Sabine Durrant – Remember Me This Way

Sabine Durrant – Take Me In

Sabine Durrant – Under Your Skin

Claire Dyer – The Last Day

Claire Dyer – The Perfect Affair


Piu Marie Eatwell – The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse

 Mark Edwards – The Magpies

Mark Edwards – Because She Loves Me

Martin Edwards – The Arsenic Labyrinth Lake District Mystery #3

Martin Edwards – The Cipher Garden Lake District Mystery #2

Martin Edwards – The Coffin Trail Lake District Mystery #1

Martin Edwards – Dancing for the Hangman

Martin Edwards – The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books 

Elsebeth Egholm – Dead Souls

Susan Eliot Wright – The Things We Never Said

Susan Eliot Wright – The Secrets We Left Behind

J.T. Ellison – No One Knows

Nuala Ellwood – My Sister’s Bones

Jennie Ensor – Blind Side

Jennie Ensor – The Girl in His Eyes

Colin Evans – The Killing of Georgie Moore

Elizabeth Evans – As Good As Dead

Harriet Evans – A Place For Us

Lissa Evans – Crooked Heart

Natalie Meg Evans – The Dress Thief

Felicity Everett – The People at Number 9


Jane Fallon – Faking Friends

Jane Fallon – My Sweet Revenge

Jane Fallon – Skeletons 

Jane Fallon – Tell Me A Secret

Natalie Fergie – The Sewing Machine

Clare Fisher – All The Good Things

Helen FitzGerald – Bloody Women

Helen FitzGerald – The Cry

Helen FitzGerald – The Exit

Helen FitzGerald – My Last Confession

Helen FitzGerald – Viral

Rebecca Fleet – The House Swap

Emma Flint – Little Deaths

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl

Lucy Foley – The Book of Lost and Found

Margaret Forster – My Life in Houses

Margaret Forster – The Unknown Bridesmaid

Karin Fossum – The Drowned Boy

Karin Fossum – The Murder of Harriet Krohn

John Foster – Nine Times In Ten

N.J. Fountain – Painkiller

Christopher Fowler – The Book of Forgotten Authors

Dorothy Fowler – What Remains Behind

Margalit Fox – Conan Doyle for the Defence

Patty Francis- The Liars Diary

Ros Franey – The Dissent of Annie Lang

Sarah Franklin – Shelter

Caz Frear – Sweet Little Lies

Kimberley Freeman -Wildflower Hill

Nicci French – Friday On My Mind Frieda Klein #5

Nicci French – Saturday Requiem Frieda Klein #6

Nicci French – Sunday Morning Coming Down Frieda Klein #7

Nicci French – Thursday’s Child Frieda Klein #4

Nicci French – Waiting for Wednesday Frieda Klein #3

Paul French – Midnight in Peking

Tana French – Broken Harbour

Tana French – The Secret Place

Tana French – The Trespasser

Tana French – The Wych Elm


Christine Gardner – Not Guilty

Helen Garner – This House of Grief

Pascal Garnier – The A26

Pascal Garnier – Boxes

Pascal Garnier – Moon in a Dead Eye

Alison Gaylin – What Remains of Me

Hélène Gestern – The People in the Photo

Elizabeth Gifford – The Secrets Of The Sea House

Elizabeth Gill – The Fall and Rise of Lucy Charlton

Andrea Gillies – The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay

Lesley Glaister – Nina Todd Has Gone

Holly Goddard Jones – The Next Time You See Me

Celina Grace – Hushabye

Celina Grace – Requiem

Celina Grace – Imago

Eliza Graham – Another Day Gone

Eliza Graham – The One I Was

Peter Graham – Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

Camilla Grebe – The Ice Beneath Her

Graham Greene – The End of the Affair

Iona Grey – Letters to the Lost

Isabelle Grey – The Bad Mother

Isabelle Grey – Good Girls Don’t Die Grace Fisher #1

Isabelle Grey – Shot Through The Heart Grace Fisher #2

Isabelle Grey – The Special Girls Grace Fisher #3

Isabelle Grey – Wrong Way Home Grace Fisher #4

Michael Griesbach – The Innocent Killer

Elly Griffiths – The Blood Card Stephens & Mephisto #3

Elly Griffiths – The Chalk Pit Ruth Galloway #9

Elly Griffiths – The Dark Angel Ruth Galloway #10

Elly Griffiths – The Ghost Fields Ruth Galloway #7

Elly Griffiths – The Outcast Dead Ruth Galloway #6

Elly Griffiths – Smoke and Mirrors Stephens &  Mephisto #2

Elly Griffiths – The Stranger Diaries

Elly Griffiths – The Stone Circle Ruth Galloway #11

Elly Griffiths – The Woman in Blue Ruth Galloway #8

Elly Griffiths – The Vanishing Box Stephens &  Mephisto #4

Elly Griffiths – The Zig-Zag Girl Stephens & Mephisto #1

Rebecca Griffiths – A Place to Lie

Lauren Groff – Fates and Furies

Heather Gudenkauf – Little Mercies

Heather Gudenkauf – Missing Pieces

Heather Gudenkauf – Not A Sound



Araminta Hall – Dot

Araminta Hall – Our Kind of Cruelty

Kate Hamer – The Doll Funeral

Penny Hancock – A Trick of the Mind

Helene Hanff – 84 Charing Cross Road

Jean Hanff Korelitz – You Should Have Known

John F Hanley – Against The Tide

John F Hanley – The Last Boat

Kristen Hannah – The Nightingale

Sophie Hannah – A Game For All The Family

Sophie Hannah – Did You See Melody?

Sophie Hannah – The Carrier

Sophie Hannah – The Narrow Bed

Sophie Hannah – The Telling Error

Emma Hannigan – The Summer Guests

Emma Hannigan – The Heart of Winter

Kathryn Harkup – A is For Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie

Claire Harman – Murder by the Book 

Fiona Harper – The Other Us

Jane Harper – The Dry

Jane Harper – The Lost Man

L.P.Hartley – The Go-Between

L.P. Hartley – The Shrimp and the Anemone

Mary S. Hartman – Victorian Murderesses

C.J. Hartner – Rowan’s Well

David Hastings – The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie

Paula Hawkins – The Girl On The Train

Antonia Hayes – Relativity

Samantha Hayes – Until You’re Mine

Samatha Hayes – Before You Die

Samantha Hayes – You Belong To Me

Elizabeth Haynes – Behind Closed Doors (DCI Louisa Smith #2)

Elizabeth Haynes – Human Remains

Elizabeth Haynes – The Murder of Harriet Monckton

Elizabeth Haynes – Never Alone

Elizabeth Haynes – Promises to Keep

Elizabeth Haynes – Under A Silent Moon (DCI Louisa Smith #1)

Katherine Hayton – Found Near WaterKatherine Hayton – Found Near Water

Julia Heaberlin – Black-Eyed Susans

Emma Healey – Elizabeth Is Missing

James Henry – Blackwater

James Henry – Frost at Midnight DI Frost Prequel #4

James Henry – Morning Frost DI Frost Prequel #3

Sally Hepworth – The Family Next Door

Sally Hepworth – The Mother-in-Law

Sally Hepworth – The Things We Keep

Patricia Highsmith – The Talented Mr Ripley

Sarah Hilary – Come And Find Me DI Marnie Rome #5

Sarah Hilary – No Other Darkness DI Marnie Rome #2

Sarah Hilary – Quieter Than Killing DI Marnie Rome #4

Sarah Hilary – Someone Else’s Skin DI Marnie Rome #1

Sarah Hilary – Tastes Like Fear DI Marnie Rome #3

Mark Hill – The Two O’clock Boy

Reginald Hill – A Clubbable Woman Dalziel & Pascoe #1

Reginald Hill – Bones and Silence Dalziel & Pascoe #11

Reginald Hill – Child’s Play Dalziel & Pascoe #9

Reginald Hill – Pictures of Perfection Dalziel & Pascoe #14

Reginald Hill – The Stranger House

Reginald Hill – Under World Dalziel & Pascoe #10

Susan Hill – Soul of Discretion

Victoria Hislop – The Island

Frances Hodgeson Burnett- The Shuttle

Andrea Hodgkinson – Spilt Milk

Jiliane Hoffman – All The Little Pieces

Phil Hogan – A Pleasure and a Calling

Eva Holland – The Daughter’s Secret

Anna Hope – The Ballroom

Anna Hope – Wake

Ellen Horan – 31 Bond Street 

Rachel Hore – Last Letter Home

Rachel Hore – The Silent Tide

Rachel Hore – A Week in Paris

Babs Horton – A Jarful of Angels

Jane Housham – The Apprentice of Split Crow Lane

Catherine Ryan Howard – Distress Signals

Debbie Howells – The Beauty of the End

Debbie Howells – The Bones of You

Lisa Howorth – Flying Shoes

Linda Huber – Chosen Child

Linda Huber – The Cold Cold Sea

Linda Huber – Ward Zero

Cara Hunter – Close to Home

Cara Hunter – In the Dark

Cara Hunter – No Way Out


Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson – House Of Evidence

Kim Izzo – Seven Days in May


David Jackson – A Tapping At My Door Nathan Cody #1

David Jackson – Don’t Make a Sound Nathan Cody #3

David Jackson – Hope to Die Nathan Cody #2

David Jackson – Pariah Callum Doyle #1

Maggie James – Blackwater Lake

Maggie James – His Kidnapper’s Shoes

P.D. James – The Lighthouse

P.D. James & T.A. Critchley – The Maul And The Pear Tree

Peter James – A Twist Of  The Knife

Peter James – Dead at First Sight Roy Grace #15

Peter James – Dead If You Don’t Roy Grace #14

Peter James – Dead Man’s Time Roy Grace #9

Peter James – Love You Dead Roy Grace #12

Peter James – Need You Dead Roy Grace #13

Peter James – Want You Dead Roy Grace #10

Peter James – You Are Dead Roy Grace #11

Rebecca James – Sweet Damage

Wendy James – The Golden Child

Wendy James – The Mistake

Wendy James – Out Of The Silence

Anna Jaquiery – Death In The Rainy Season

Charlotte Jay – A Hank Of Hair

Amanda Jennings – The Cliff House

Amanda Jennings – In Her Wake

Lisa Jewell – Before I Met You

Lisa Jewell – I Found You

Lisa Jewell – The Girls

Lisa Jewell – The House We Grew Up In

Lisa Jewell – The Making of Us

Lisa Jewell – Then She Was Gone

Lisa Jewell – The Third Wife

Lisa Jewell – The Truth About Melody Browne

Lisa Jewell – Watching You 

Jennifer Johnston – This is Not a Novel

Catherine Jones – Wonder Girls

Jack Jordan – Anything For Her

Alison Joseph – The Dying Light


Stephen Kaminski – Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk

Emma Kavanagh – Case 48: The Kidnapping of Isaiah Rae Short Story

Emma Kavanagh – Falling

Emma Kavanagh – Hidden

Emma Kavanagh – The Killer on the Wall

Emma Kavanagh – The Missing Hours

Emma Kavanagh – To Catch A Killer

Linda Kavanagh – The Secret Wife

Erin Kelly – Broadchurch

Erin Kelly – Broadchurch: The End Is Where It Begins

Erin Kelly – Broachurch: The Letter

Erin Kelly – Broadchurch: Old Friends

Erin Kelly – Broadchurch: Over The Side

Erin Kelly – Broadchurch: Protection

Erin Kelly – Broadchurch: One More Secret

Erin Kelly – Broadchurch: The Leaving of Claire Ripley

Erin Kelly – Broadchurch: Thirteen Hours

Erin Kelly – He Said/She Said

Erin Kelly – The Burning Air

Erin Kelly – The Ties That Bind

Jim Kelly – The Water Clock

Claire Kendal – The Book of You

Christobel Kent – The Crooked House

Hannah Kent – Burial Rites

Hannah Kent – The Good People

Caroline Kepnes – You

Margot Kinberg – Past Tense

Judith Kinghorn – The Memory Of Lost Senses

Liza Klaussmann – Tigers in Red Weather

Renée Knight – Disclaimer

Renée Knight – The Secretary

Herman Koch – Dear Mr M

Herman Koch – The Dinner

Herman Koch – Summer House with Swimming Pool

Jeffrey H Konis – The Conversations We Never Had

Dorothy Koomson  – The Brighton Mermaid

Dorothy Koomson – The Flavours of Love

Dorothy Koomson – That Girl From Nowhere

Mary Kubica – Don’t You Cry

Mary Kubica – The Good Girl

Mary Kubica – Pretty Baby

Mary Kubica – When the Lights Go Out


Lynda La Plante – Good Friday Tennison #3

Lynda La Plante – Murder Mile Tennison #4

Camilla Lackberg – Buried Angels

Camilla Läckberg – The Girl in the Woods

Camilla Lackberg – The Ice Child

Camilla Lackberg – The Lost Boy

Camilla Lackberg – The Stonecutter

Stephanie Lam – The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House

Ali Land – Good Me, Bad Me

Harriet Lane – Her

Shari Lapena – The Couple Next Door

Catherine Law – The September Garden

Deborah Lawrenson – The Sea Garden

Anthony Le Moignan – A Long Goodbye

Caroline Lea -When the Sky Fell Apart

Simon Lelic – The House

Simon Lelic – The Liar’s Room

Pierre Lemaitre – Blood Wedding

Pierre Lemaitre – Three Days and a Life

Judith Lennox – The Jeweller’s Wife

Judith Lennox – One Last Dance

H.A. Leuschel – Manipulated Lives

Luana Lewis – Don’t Stand So Close

Nell Leyshon – The Colour Of Milk

Alison Light – Common People

Alison Light – Mrs Woolf and the Servants

Elizabeth Little – Dear Daughter

Joan Lock – Dead Centre

Shari Low – One Day in December

Marie Belloc Lowndes – The Lodger

Natalie Lucus – Sixteen Sixty-One

Sofia Lundberg – The Red Address Book

Rosamund Lupton – The Quality of Silence

Jane Lythell – The Lie of You 


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Reading Bingo for 2014


I first saw this on Musings from a Bookmammal blog and thought it looked like great fun. I’ve decided to limit my choices to books I’ve read in 2014, click on the book covers to read my reviews

A Book With More Than 500 Pages

The Secret PlaceThe Secret Place by Tana French
A murder takes place in the grounds of an exclusive girls boarding school I dubbed this book Mallory Towers for grown-ups.  A cracking good mystery with great characters and more than a dollop of humour I flew through the 529 pages in no time at all.



A Forgotten Classic

I haven’t read any classic books this year

A Book That Became a Movie

The Talented Mr RipleyThe Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
An unsettling portrait of a man who acts almost without conscience and yet the author managed to make him an object of my sympathy and almost complicit in his desire to get away with his crimes.  This was made into a film in 1999 but I can’t do a comparison as I haven’t watched it.



A Book Published This Year

WakeI have so many contenders for this square and I’m going to choose a 5 star read from the historical fiction genre, Wake by Anna Hope.
I read this book early this year, the centenary of the start of World War I.  Anna Hope has created a moving portrait of three women against the backdrop of the internment of the Unknown Soldier at the Cenotaph, one of those books that is still vivid all these months later.


A Book With A Number In The Title

One Last DanceOne Last Dance by Judith Lennox is a historical saga covering the decades from the World War I to the 1970’s
In 1974 Esme decides to hold her 75th birthday in a diminished grand house and the reasons for the choice are revealed by turning back the clock on her life.  All the normal components of love, jealousy, secrets and lies that you’d expect from a great historical saga.



A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty

I really don’t know how old the authors are so nothing for this one.

A Book With Non Human Characters

Nothing for this one either

A Funny Book

The Rosie Effect
Not quite as funny as The Rosie Project but Graeme Simsion’s follow up The Rosie Effect still had a fair few humorous moments as our beloved Don tries to get to grips with Rosie’s latest news.



A Book By A Female Author

Keep Your Friends CloseKeep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly
I had so many to choose from for this category but I settled on an author whose two books I’ve read and awarded 5 stars to this year.  This psychological thriller details what happens when your best friend makes a play for your husband. Populated by a wonderful cast characters both main and secondary.



A Book With A Mystery

The Mysterious Affair at Castaway HouseI had quite a few options for this square too so plumped for the magnificent The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House by Stephanie Lam.
There are a few mysteries packed between the pages of this novel which is split between the time periods of 1924 and 1965 with the two protagonists each having their own secrets, this was one of those books that I was sad to say goodbye to the characters when I closed the last page.


A Book With A One Word Title

BroadchurchThis book by one of my favourite authors Erin Kelly, Broadchurch was originally a TV series which she turned into such a great read that I followed up by watching the series.
Telling the story of those who live in a small seaside town in the aftermath of the death of a child, the large cast well defined to augment a thrilling mystery.



A Book of Short Stories

A Twist of the Knife
My collection of short stories is A Twist Of The Knife by Peter James, one of my favourite authors.  This collection of thirty stories varies between supernatural, situational and crime fiction.



A Book Set On A Different Continent

Little Lies
Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is situated at a primary school in Australia which just illustrates that this environment produces identikit characters across the world.
This is a book that has the right mix of the good read elements: drama, mystery, issues, characters and plot. A superb read which is one of my favourite of 2014.


A Book of Non-Fiction

Victorian Murderesses
I have read several non-fiction books about historical crime this year but Victorian Murderesses by Mary S. Hartman is my stand-out favourite.
Each chapter features one British and one French woman accused of murder in the Victorian times and uses their alleged crimes to look at the issues facing middle class women during the time period.


The First Book By A Favourite Author

What Kind of Mother Are You
After enjoying Keep Your Friends Close I had to check out the debut novel by Paula Daly, Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?
A devastatingly good plot, perfect timing to create the upmost tension and characters that you believe in, results a book that no one who loves a good psychological thriller should miss.


A Book I Heard About Online

After I left YouSince blogging I find most of my new author finds on-line but I heard about After I Left You by Alison Mercer online after following the author on twitter.
This was a lucky find, a character driven book of a young woman making her way in the world in the early nineties, but why did she cut off all the ties to her university friends?



A Best Selling Book

Want You DeadWant You Dead by Peter James is the 10th in the Roy Grace series set in Brighton.  According to Amazon this book has spent 201 days in the top 100 crime, thriller and mystery books so I guess this one counts?
I am a huge fan of this series which has a fascinating story arc concerning Roy Grace’s missing wife and in this episode he is preparing to marry the mother of his son, Noah.  Unfortunately for Grace he is needed to head up a murder investigation…


A Book Based Upon A True Story

Little Mercies
Although not based on a particular true story Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf was inspired by a newspaper article regarding the case of a mother who left her young child in the back of a car one hot summers day, having forgotten  to drop them off at their nursery for the day.



A Book At the Bottom Of Your To Be Read Pile

This pile is so enormous I can’t possibly dismantle it to see what is at the bottom!

A Book Your Friend Loves

Precious ThingPrecious Thing by Colette McBeth is my most lent out book of the year with readers from their early twenties to their seventies all delighted with it.
Written in a form of a (long) letter to the lost Clara by her friend Rachel this tale spans time from the 1990’s to 2007 and had me so desperate to know what happened I was involved in a kitchen disaster from trying to read and cook at the same time.


A Book That Scares You

theneverlist koethizanI’m not easily scared but The Never List by Koethi Zan was a really disturbing read detailing what happens after two girls are kidnapped and held hostage.
Sarah and her best friend Jennifer devise The Never List as children, a way to keep them safe from the vagaries of the world but by the time the two go to college it has become something of an obsession.  What is shocking after all the edicts on how to keep them safe is that they are captured by the Psychology Professor at their college.


A Book That Is More Than 10 Years Old

Murder on the Orient Express Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie was first published in 1934 and a great example of why this author was so popular.  A closed room (train) mystery with everyone a potential killer Poirot puts his little grey cells to work to solve the whodunit.



The Second Book In A Series

A Killing of AngelsA Killing of Angels by Kate Rhodes is the second in the Alice Quentin series, a London-based psychologist who investigates a series of crimes.
This book is firmly rooted in the banking crisis where money means more than life. With dead bodies being left in the city with pictures of angels the author also introduced me to some renaissance art.



A Book With A Blue Cover

Sleep TightSleep Tight by Rachel Abbott is admittedly a greeny blue colour but such a great book about obsession that it couldn’t be missed off this post.
When DCI Tom Douglas is called in to investigate a missing woman and her three children from her home in Manchester he is surprised to find that Olivia’s name has come up in previous investigations. He is left to ponder, how unlucky can one woman be?


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How about you? How much of the card could you fill in?  Please share!

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WWW Wednesday (August 13)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes the third in the Alice Quentin series, I read the second one A Killing of Angels .

The Winter Foundlings


The girl was lying on the steps of the Foundling Museum, dressed all in white.
Four girls have disappeared in North London. Three are already dead.
Britain’s most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood high-security hospital for over a decade. Now more innocents are being slaughtered, and they all have a connection to his earlier crimes.
Psychologist Alice Quentin is doing research at Northwood. She was hoping for a break from her hectic London life, but she’ll do anything to help save a child – even if it means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer.
But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive… Amazon

I have just finished a book written (in part) by my favourite author Erin Kelly. Broachurch was based on a British hit TV series written by Chris Chibnall.
Click on the book cover to read my review


Next I am going to read Your Beautiful Lies by Louise Douglas which has a beautiful cover and it’s set at the time of the strikes of the 1980’s which I remember well.
Your Beautiful Lies


Annie Howarth is living a restless life in a restless town. It’s 1987 and for a mining community in South Yorkshire, the strikes mean tensions are running high. Then a murdered girl is found on the moors and the anxiety levels are pushed to a dangerous breaking point.
Married to the Chief of Police, Annie should feel safe – William can be secretive, though surely whatever he’s hiding is for her own good.
But Annie is keeping her own secrets. Ten years ago the man she loved was ripped from her life in a scandal that still haunts the both of them, and now his return will put her family, her marriage, even her life, at risk. NetGalley

What are you reading this week? Please share as I’m always on the look out for more new reads!

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Teaser Tuesday (August 12)

Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to

My Teaser this week is from Broadchurch by Erin Kelly



It’s a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy.
When Danny’s body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny’s death. As the case becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight.
As the town’s secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it’s impossible to know who to trust… NetGalley

My Teasers
It’s Hardy’s idea of hell – fresh air, isolation, grass, never-ending sky – but he knows that the world’s full of idiots who love this sort of thing.

The angry mob of villagers wield camera phones, the twenty-first century equivalent of pitchforks and flaming torches.


What do you think of those teasers?
If you have a Tuesday Teaser please leave your link in the comments below.

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Friday Finds (July 25)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Happy Friday! So this week I have a few more finds that have made their way into my house. NetGalley have provided me with some wonderful books starting for The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell which I really wanted to read as this contains crimes from the past and the present.

The Girl Next Door

When the bones of two severed hands are discovered in a box, an investigation into a long buried crime of passion begins. And a group of friends, who played together as children, begin to question their past.
‘For Woody, anger was cold. Cold and slow. But once it had started it mounted gradually and he could think of nothing else. He knew he couldn’t stay alive while those two were alive. Instead of sleeping, he lay awake in the dark and saw those hands. Anita’s narrow white hand with the long nails painted pastel pink, the man’s brown hand equally shapely, the fingers slightly splayed.’
Before the advent of the Second World War, beneath the green meadows of Loughton, Essex, a dark network of tunnels has been dug. A group of children discover them. They play there. It becomes their secret place.
Seventy years on, the world has changed. Developers have altered the rural landscape. Friends from a half-remembered world have married, died, grown sick, moved on or disappeared.
Work on a new house called Warlock uncovers a grisly secret, buried a lifetime ago, and a weary detective, more preoccupied with current crimes, must investigate a possible case of murder.
In all her novels, Ruth Rendell digs deep beneath the surface to investigate the secrets of the human psyche. The interconnecting tunnels of Loughton in THE GIRL NEXT DOOR lead to no single destination. But the relationships formed there, the incidents that occurred, exert a profound influence – not only on the survivors but in unearthing the true nature of the mysterious past. NetGalley

Next I got a copy of Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach, I have loved so many of this author’s previous books and this sounds like a real winner.

Heartbreak Hotel


When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for.
In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds – and fast.
Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle.
But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers find they have more in common than perhaps they first thought…NetGalley

… and another book that was on my wishlist, A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore, another of my must read authors.

A Week in Paris


1961: Born on the day that WW2 broke out, 21-year-old Fay Knox cannot remember her early childhood in London, before she moved to a Norfolk village with her mother, Kitty. Though she has seen a photograph of her father, she does not recall him either. He died, she was told, in an air raid, and their house destroyed along with all their possessions. Why then, on a visit to Paris on tour with her orchestra, does a strange series of events suggest that she spent the war there instead? There is only one clue to follow, an address on the luggage label of an old canvas satchel. But will the truth hurt or heal?
1937: Eugene Knox, a young American doctor, catches sight of 19-year-old Kitty Travers on the day she arrives in Paris, and cannot get her out of his mind. She has come to study the piano at the famed Conservatoire, and lodges at a convent near Notre Dame. Eugene and Kitty will fall in love, marry and have a daughter, but France’s humiliating defeat by Germany is not far behind, and the little family must suffer life under Nazi occupation. Some Parisians keep their heads down and survive, others collaborate with the enemy while others resist. The different actions of Eugene, Kitty and their friends will have devastating consequences that echo down the generations. NetGalley

Lastly, yes only 4 from NetGalley this week, is Broadchurch by Erin Kelly. Now I didn’t watch the TV series and so I wasn’t planning on reading this book until I realised that it is written by one of my favourite authors, which you’ll know all about if you have read my rave reviews of The Burning Air and The Ties That Bind. Fortunately I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book having listened to others discussing the show.



It’s a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy.
When Danny’s body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny’s death. As the case becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight.
As the town’s secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it’s impossible to know who to trust…NetGalley

Lastly after reading about Drawn from Memory by E.H. Shepard on Heavenali’s blog I simply had to own a copy – so I do! This autobiography of the man who illustrated my favourite childhood book, Winnie The Pooh is full of illustrations of his childhood in London towards the end of the nineteenth century. Heavenali’s description of this magical book, and later its sequel Drawn from Life is well worth a read, in fact I can confidently predict it won’t be long before you see the sequel featured here!

Drawn From Memory


An evocative childhood memoir by the much-loved illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. In this autobiography, E.H. Shepard describes a classic Victorian childhood. Shepard grew up in the 1880s in Saint John’s Wood with his brother and sister. He was surrounded by domestic servants and maiden aunts, in a an age when horse-drawn buses and hansom cabs crowded the streets. Recalling this time with charm and humour, Shepard illustrates these scenes in his own distinctive style. Goodreads

So go on tempt me; what have you found this week?

2014 Book Reviews with Links

This page contains the books I have read and reviewed in 2014

Pick a title and you never know you may come across that special book for you!

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After I Left You – Alison Mercer

Another Night, Another Day – Sarah Rayner

The Arsonist – Sue Miller

Deutschland – Martin Wagner

Elizabeth Is Missing – Emma Healey

The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay – Andrea Gillies

The Flavours of Love – Dorothy Koomson

The Forgotten Daughter – Renita D’Silva

The Heart of Winter – Emma Hannigan

Interlude – Rupert Smith

Hello From The Gilllespies – Monica McInerney

Ignoring Gravity – Sandra Danby

Keep Quiet – Lisa Scottoline

The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriarty

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle – Kirsty Wark

Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Little Mercies – Heather Gudenkauf

The Missing One – Lucy Atkins

Night Music – Jojo Moyes

The One Plus One – Jojo Moyes

The Other Half – Sarah Rayner

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon – Linda Newbery

The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

The Secrets We Left Behind – Susan Elliot Wright

Skeletons – Jane Fallon

Someone Else’s Wedding – Tamar Cohen

The Stolen Girl – Renita D’Silva

The Summer Guest – Emma Hannigan

Summer House with Swimming Pool – Herman Koch

That Part Was True – Deborah McKinlay

The Third Wife – Lisa Jewell

This Is The Water – Yannick Murphy

The Twilight Hour – Nicci Gerrard

Your Beautiful Lies – Louise Douglas


The Whispers – Lisa Unger

The Burning Girl – Lisa Unger

Short Stories

A Twist Of The Knife – Peter James

Crime Fiction

Crime Thriller

A Dark and Twisted Tide – Sharon Bolton

A Killing of Angels – Kate Rhodes

A Small Deceit – Margaret Yorke

After The Silence – Jake Woodhouse

Broadchurch – Erin Kelly

The Dark Meadow – Andrea Maria Schenkel

Daughter – Jane Shemilt

The Dead Ground – Claire McGowan

Dead Souls – Elsebeth Egholm

Dear Daughter – Elizabeth Little

Fall From Grace – Tim Weaver

Good Girls Don’t Die – Isabelle Grey

The Kill – Jane Casey

Last Kiss – Louise Phillips

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing – P.D. Viner

Mothers of the Disappeared – Russel D McLean

The Murder Bag – Tony Parsons

The Murder of Harriet Krohn – Karin Fossum

The Night Hunter – Caro Ramsay

The Outcast Dead – Elly Griffiths

The Perfect Mother – Nina Darnton

The Secret Place – Tana French

Shallow Waters – Rebecca Bradley

Someone Else’s Skin – Sarah Hilary

Sorrow Bound – David Mark

The Soul of Discretion – Susan Hill

Stone Bruises – Simon Beckett

Summer of Ghosts – P.D. Viner

The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

This Little Piggy – Bea Davenport

The Toy Taker – Luke Delaney

Want You Dead – Peter James

The Winter Foundlings – Kate Rhodes


A Meditation on Murder – Robert Thorogood

Crossword Ends In Violence (5) – James Cary

The Girl Next Door – Ruth Rendell

Hickory Dickory Dock – Agatha Christie

The Lost Empress – Steve Robinson

Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House – Stephanie Lam

The Next Time You See Me – Holly Goddard Jones

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe – Agatha Christie

The Stranger House – Reginald Hill

Sweet Damage – Rebecca James

Psychological Thriller

A Pleasure and a Calling – Phil Hogan

A Trick of the Mind – Penny Hancock

The Accident – C.L. Taylor

Because She Loves Me – Mark Edwards

Before We Met – Lucie Whitehouse

Before You Die – Samantha Hayes

The Book of You – Claire Kendal

The Broken – Tamar Cohen

The Child’s Child – Barbara Vine

The Cold Cold Sea – Linda Huber

Copycat – Gillian White

Don’t Stand So Close – Luana Lewis

Dying For Christmas – Tammy Cohen

The Good Girl – Mary Kubica

Hide and Seek – Amy Bird

Her – Harriet Lane

The Hidden Girl – Louise Millar

In The Blood – Lisa Unger

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? – Paula Daly

Keep Your Friends Close – Paula Daly

The Last Boat Home – Dea Brøvig

The Liar’s Chair – Rebecca Whitney

The Liar’s Diary – Patty Francis

The Life I Left Behind – Colette McBeth

The Long Fall – Julia Crouch

Mother, Mother – Koren Zailckas

The Never List – Koethi Zan

Now That You’re Gone – Julia Corbin

Precious Thing – Colette McBeth

Remember Me This Way – Sabine Durrant

The Secret Wife – Linda Kavanagh

Sleep Tight – Rachel Abbott

The Telling Error – Sophie Hannah

That Dark Remembered Day – Tom Vowler

The Ties That Bind – Erin Kelly

Trust in Me – Sophie McKenzie

Unravelling Oliver – Liz Nugent

Watching Over You – Mel Sherratt

Historical Fiction

Dual Time Line

The Girl in the Photograph – Kate Riordan


Martyr – Rory Clements

Historical Crime

Death At The Priory – James Ruddick

Not Guilty – Christine Gardner

Quiet Dell – Jayne Anne Phillips

Victorian Murderesses – Mary S. Hartman

Historical Saga

One Last Dance – Judith Lennox

Spilt Milk – Amanda Hodgkinson

Wildflower Hill – Kimberley Freeman

World War I

The Fall and Rise of Lucy Charlton – Elizabeth Gill

The Midnight Rose – Lucinda Riley

Wake – Anna Hope

Inter War

The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

World War II

A Week in Paris – Rachel Hore

The Sea Garden – Deborah Lawrenson

Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase – Louise Walters

Tigers in Red Weather – Liza Klaussmann

Literary Fiction

The End of The Affair – Graham Greene


History of Crime

A Very British Murder – Lucy Worsley


84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff

Daddy’s Rules – Rachel Sontag

The Girl From Station X – Eliza Segrave

True Crime

The Corpse Garden – Colin Wilson