2016 Book Reviews with Links


An Awfully Big Adventure – Beryl Bainbridge (1989)

Harriet Said – Beryl Bainbridge (1972)

The Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie (1930)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (1926)

The Shrimp and the Anemone – L.P. Hartley (1944)

Sweet William – Beryl Bainbridge (1975)


The Accidental Life of Greg Millar – Aimee Alexander (2016)

Beside Myself – Ann Morgan (2016)

The Closet of Savage Mementos – Nuala Ní Chonchúir (2014)

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain – Barney Norris (2016)

I Found You – Lisa Jewell (2016)

The Museum of You – Carys Bray (2016)

My Name is Leon – Kit de Waal (2016)

My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout (2016)

The One-in-a-Million Boy – Monica Wood (2016)

Other People’s Secrets – Louise Candlish (2010)

The People in the Photo –  Hélène Gestern (2014)

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult (2016)

The Stranger in My Home – Adele Parks (2016)

The Things We Keep – Sally Hepworth (2016)

Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty (2016)

The Twins – Saskia Sarginson (2013)

The Versions of Us – Laura Barnett (2015)

The War of the Wives – Tamar Cohen (2012) 


A Deadly Thaw – Sarah Ward (2016)

A Man With One of Those Faces – Caimh McDonnell (2016)

A Savage Hunger – Claire McGowan (2016)

A Tapping At My Door – David Jackson (2016)

The Bad Things – Mary-Jane Riley (2015)

The Beautiful Dead – Belinda Bauer (2016)

Blackwater – James Henry (2016)

Blood Lines – Angela Marsons (2016)

Buried Angels – Camilla Läckberg (2014)

The Chemistry of Death – Simon Beckett (2006)

Coffin Road – Peter May (2016)

The Coffin Trail – Martin Edwards (2004)

Cut To The Bone – Alex Caan (2016)

Daisy In Chains – Sharon Bolton (2016)

The Dead Hour – Denise Mina (2006)

Dead Pretty – David Mark (2016)

The Ex – Alafair Burke (2016)

The Facts of Life and Death – Belinda Bauer (2014)

The Field of Blood – Denise Mina (2005)

For All Our Sins – T.M.E. Walsh (2011)

Found Near Water – Katherine Hayton (2014)

In Bitter Chill – Sarah Ward (2015)

Kill Me Again – Rachel Abbott (2016)

Laidlaw – William McIlvanney (1977)

The Last Days of Summer – Vanessa Ronan (2016)

Lie In Wait – G.J. Minett (2016)

Little Bones – Sam Blake (2016)

Love You Dead – Peter James (2016)

The Missing Hours – Emma Kavanagh (2016)

My Sister’s Bones – Nuala Ellwood (2016)

The Narrow Bed – Sophie Hannah (2016)

No Man’s Nightingale – Ruth Rendell (2013)

Out of Bounds – Val McDermid (2016)

Pariah – David Jackson (2014)

Pictures of Perfection – Reginald Hill (1994)

Play Dead – Angela Marsons (2016)

The Promise – Alison Bruce (2016)

Rat Run – Caro Ramsay (2016)

Shot Through The Heart – Isabelle Grey (2016)

The Siren – Alison Bruce (2011)

Standing in the Shadows – Jon Stasiak (2015)

Tastes Like Fear – Sarah Hilary (2016)

They Did It With Love – Kate Morganroth (2007)

The Trespasser – Tana French (2016)

The Two O’clock Boy – Mark Hill (2016)

Without Trace – Simon Booker (2016)

The Woman in Blue – Elly Griffiths (2016)


Another Day Gone – Eliza Graham (2016)

The Ballroom – Anna Hope (2016)

The Blood Card – Elly Griffiths (2016)

Burial Rites – Hannah Kent (2013)

Death at the Seaside – Frances Brody (2016)

The House of Birds – Morgan McCarthy (2016)

The Jeweller’s Wife – Judith Lennox (2016)

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet (2015)

The Kill Fee – Fiona Veitch Smith (2016)

Kindred – Steve Robinson (2016)

The Lake House – Kate Morton (2015)

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters (2009)

The Shadow Hour – Kate Riordan (2016)

The Silent Hours – Cesca Major (2015)

The Unseeing – Anna Mazzola (2016)

The Woman on the Orient Express – Lindsay Jayne Ashford (2016)


Moon in a Dead Eye – Pascal Garnier (2013)


A Mother’s Confession – Kelly Rimmer (2016)

A Suitable Lie – Michael J Malone (2016)

The Beauty of the End – Debbie Howells (2016)

Before I Let You In – Jenny Blackhurst (2016)

Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris (2016)

Blind Side – Jennie Ensor (2016)

Blood Wedding – Pierre Lemaitre (2016)

Bloody Women – Helen FitzGerald (2009)

Chosen Child – Linda Huber (2016)

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena (2016)

Don’t You Cry – Mary Kubica (2016)

Distress Signals – Catherine Ryan Howard (2016)

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart – Peter Swanson (2014)

The Girl You Lost – Kathryn Croft (2016)

The Good Mother – A.L. Bird (2016)

I See You – Clare Mackintosh (2016)

The Ice Beneath Her – Camilla Grebe (2016)

In Her Wake – Amanda Jennings (2016)

In Too Deep – Bea Davenport (2013)

Intrusion – Mary McCluskey (2016)

The Last Thing I Remember – Deborah Bee (2016)

Lie With Me – Sabine Durrant (2016)

Lying In Wait – Liz Nugent (2016)

The Marriage Lie – Kimberly Belle (2016)

The Missing – C.L. Taylor (2016)

Missing Pieces – Heather Gudenkauf (2016)

The Mistake – Wendy James (2012)

My Husband’s Son – Deborah O’Connor (2016)

My Husband’s Wife – Jane Corry (2016)

No One Knows – J.T. Ellison (2016)

The Perfect Girl – Gilly Macmillan (2016)

Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight (2013)

The Stepmother – Claire Seeber (2016)

The Swimming Pool – Louise Candlish  (2016)

Viral – Helen FitzGerald (2016)

Ward Zero – Linda Huber (2016)

Watching Edie – Camilla Way (2016)

When She Was Bad – Tammy Cohen (2016)

While You Were Sleeping – Kathryn Croft (2016)

White Is The Coldest Colour – John Nicholl (2015)

The Widow – Fiona Barton (2016)

The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware (2016)

You Should Have Known – Jean Hanff Korelitz (2014)

Short Stories

Case 48: The Kidnapping of Isaiah Rae – Emma Kavanagh (2016)

Here Be Dragons – Sharon Bolton (2016)

The Intruder at Number 40 – Louise Candlish (2016)

Manipulated Lives – H.A. Leuschel (2016)

Non Fiction

A Gallery of Poisoners – Adrian Vincent (1993)

A Life Discarded – Alex Masters (2016)

The Apprentice of Split Crow Lane – Jane Housham (2016)

Castles in the Air – Alison Ridley Cubitt (2015)

The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams – Jane Robins (2013)

Death Comes Knocking – Graham Bartlett with Peter James (2016)

Did She Kill Him? – Kate Colquhoun (2014)

Last Woman Hanged – Caroline Overington (2014)

Mrs Maybrick – Victoria Blake (2008)

The Poison Principle – Gail Bell (2002)

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane – Paul Thomas Murphy (2016)

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady – Kate Summerscale (2013)

The Secret Poisoner – Linda Stratmann (2016)

Tea by the Nursery Fire – Noel Streatfeild (1976)

Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain (1933)

The Wicked Boy – Kate Summerscale (2016)

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 25)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

My opening comes from The Tears of Angels written by Caro Ramsay. This is the sixth book in the Anderson & Costello Mystery Series and it is due to be published on 1 September 2015.

The Tears of Angels


A few days before the summer solstice a 92-year-old woman is found burned to death in her home. On the same day, a man’s mutilated corpse is discovered in a field, his arms ripped from their sockets, a Tarot card depicting The Fool inserted in his mouth.
When the victim is identified as someone for whom the police have been looking for almost a year, detectives Anderson and Costello find themselves caught up in a case where nothing is as it seems. Was the dead man really responsible for three child murders? And what is the connection with the death of the elderly woman?
The investigation leads to the tranquil shores of Loch Lomond where Anderson and Costello will finally uncover the shocking truth. NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Looking across the loch the old man thought back to summers past. Golden memories of tartan rugs and sticky fingered picnics, of skinned knees and savage midges. A day spent hauling haversacks on to trams, running for trains, pulling on his mum’s hand, desperate to get to the farm.
Now, eighty years later, in the glow of the mid-summer moon, he could still make out the old farmhouse and the glimmer of a bonfire with its plume of milky smoke. It seemed closer now, but as a child the dark water between had seemed to stretch to eternity, untroubled and unbroken.

Please note that this was taken from a proof copy

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Reviews by Author M – Z


Clare Mackintosh – I Let You Go

Clare Mackintosh – I See You

Clare Mackintosh – Let Me Lie

Gilly Macmillan – Burnt Paper Sky

Gilly Macmillan – The Perfect Girl

Imran Mahmood – You Don’t Know Me

Iain Maitland – Sweet William 

Cesca Major – The Silent Hours

Derek Malcolm – Family Secrets

Michael J Malone – A Suitable Lie

Lucy Mangan – Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading

David Mark – Dark Winter DS Aector McAvoy #1

David Mark – Dead Pretty DS Aector McAvoy #5

David Mark – Sorrow Bound DS Aector McAvoy #3

John Marrs – The Wronged Sons

Ngaio Marsh – Off With His Head

Angela Marsons – Blood Lines Kim Stone #5

Angela Marsons – Broken Bones Kim Stone #7

Angela Marsons – Dead Memories Kim Stone #10

Angela Marsons – Dead Souls Kim Stone #6

Angela Marsons – Dying Truth Kim Stone #8

Angela Marsons – Evil Games Kim Stone #2

Angela Marsons – Fatal Promise Kim Stone #9

Angela Marsons – Lost Girls Kim Stone #3

Angela Marsons – Play Dead Kim Stone #4

Angela Marsons – Silent Scream Kim Stone #1

Alex Marwood – The Darkest Secret

Alex Marwood – The Killer Next Door

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – The Fact Of A Body

Alex Masters – A Life Discarded

Peter May – The Chessmen

Peter May – Coffin Road

Peter May – Entry Island

Peter May – I’ll Keep You Safe

Peter May – Runaway

Anna Mazzola – The Story Keeper

Anna Mazzola – The Unseeing

Gillian McAllister – Anything You Do Say

Gillian McAllister – Everything But The Truth

Gillian McAllister – No Further Questions

Colette McBeth – An Act of Silence

Colette McBeth – Precious Thing

Colette McBeth – The Life I Left Behind

Morgan McCarthy – The House of Birds

Kimberly McCreight – Where They Found Her

Mary McCluskey – Intrusion

Kimberly McCreight – Reconstructing Amelia

Nigel McCrery – Silent Witnesses

Val McDermid – Out of Bounds

Caimh McDonnell – A Man With One of Those Faces Dublin #1

Caimh McDonnell – Angels in the Moonlight Prequel Dublin

Camih McDonnell – The Day That Never Comes Dublin #2

Brian McGilloway – Preserve the Dead

Claire McGowan – A Savage Hunger Paula Maguire #4

Claire McGowan – Blood Tide Paula Maguire #5

Claire McGowan – The Dead Ground Paula Maguire #2

Claire McGowan – The Killing House Paula Maguire #6

Claire McGowan – The Lost Paula Maguire #1

Claire McGowan – The Silent Dead Paula Maguire #3

Jill McGown – A Perfect Match Lloyd & Hill #1

Jill McGown – Redemption Lloyd & Hill #2

Molly McGrann – The Ladies Of The House

Mel McGrath – The Guilty Party

Melanie McGrath – Give Me The Child

William McIlvanney – Laidlaw

Monica McInerney – Hello From The Gillespies

Sinclair McKay – The Lady in the Cellar

Sinclair McKay – The Mile End Murder

Sophie McKenzie – Trust In Me

Deborah McKinlay – That Part Was True

Adrian McKinty – I Hear Sirens In The Street

Russel D. McLean – Mothers Of The Disappeared

Kathryn McMaster – Blackmail, Sex and Lies

Kathryn McMaster – Who Killed Little Johnny Gill?

Alison Mercer – After I Left You

Anne Meredith – Portrait of a Murderer

Louise Millar – Accidents Happen

Louise Millar – The Hidden Girl

Sue Miller – The Arsonist

Denise Mina – The Dead Hour Paddy Mehan #2

Denise Mina – The Field of Blood Paddy Mehan #1

Denise Mina – The Long Drop

Denise Mina – Sanctum

G.J. Minett – Anything For Her

G.J. Minett – The Hidden Legacy

G.J. Minett – Lie In Wait

Caroline Mitchell – Don’t Turn Around

Lottie Moggach – Kiss Me First

Stephen Molyneaux – The Marriage Certificate

Santa Montefiore – The Summer House

Thorne Moore – A Time For Silence

Wendy Moore – Wedlock

Kate Moretti – The Blackbird Season

Beside Myself – Ann Morgan

Kate Morganroth – They Did It With Love

Liane Moriarty – The Husband’s Secret

Liane Moriarty – The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Liane Moriarty – The Last Anniversary

Liane Moriarty – Little Lies

Liane Moriarty – Nine Perfect Strangers 

Liane Moriarty – Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty – What Alice Forgot

Kate Morton – The Lake House

Kate Morton – The Secret Keeper

Steve Mosby – Cry for Help

Steve Mosby – The Murder Code

Jojo Moyes – After You

Jojo Moyes – The Girl You Left Behind

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You

Jojo Moyes – Night Music

Jojo Moyes – The One Plus One

Rebecca Muddiman – Gone Gardner & Freeman #2

Rebecca Muddiman – Murder in Slow Motion Gardner & Freeman #4

Rebecca Muddiman – Stolen Gardner & Freeman #1

Paul Thomas Murphy – Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane

Yannick Murphy – This Is Water


Amy Sue Nathan – The Good Neighbor

Sarah J Naughton – Tattletale

Rhiannon Navin – Only Child

Nele Neuhaus – Snow White Must Die

Netta Newbound – Mother Knows Best

Linda Newbury – Quarter Past Two On A Wednesday Afternoon

Vicky Newham – Turn a Blind Eye

John Nicholl – White Is The Coldest Colour

Nuala Ní Chonchúir -The Closet of Savage Mementos

Barney Norris – Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain

Barney Norris – Turning for Home

Liz Nugent – Lying In Wait

Liz Nugent – Skin Deep

Liz Nugent – Unravelling Oliver


Deborah O’Connor – My Husband’s Son

Ann O’Loughlin – The Judge’s Wife

Caroline Overington – I Came To Say Goodbye

Caroline Overington – Last Woman Hanged

Caroline Overington – Sisters of Mercy


Joan Paisnel – The Beast of Jersey

B.A. Paris – Behind Closed Doors

B.A. Paris – Bring Me Back

Adele Parks – The Image of You

Adele Parks – The Stranger In My Home

Tony Parsons – The Murder Bag

Shona Patel – Teatime For The Firefly

Mary Paulson-Ellis – The Other Mrs Walker

AJ Pearce – Dear Mrs Bird

Helen Pearson – The Life Project

Daniel Pembrey – The Candidate

Daniel Pembrey – The Harbour Master

Wendy Percival – Death of a Cuckoo

Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper

Jayne Anne Phillips – Quiet Dell

Louise Phillips – The Doll’s House #2

Louise Phillips – The Game Changer #4

Louise Phillips –  Last Kiss #3

Louise Phillips – Red Ribbons #1

Jodi Picoult – Small Great Things

Paul Pilkington – The One You Love

Sarah Pinborough – Behind Her Eyes

Raymond Postgate – Verdict of Twelve

Christine Poulson – Cold, Cold Heart


Jenny Quintana – The Missing Girl


K.J. Rabane – Taken At The Flood

K.J. Rabane – Who Is Sarah Lawson?

Caro Ramsay – Night Hunter

Caro Ramsay – Rat Run

Caro Ramsay – The Tears of Angels

Olivia Rayne – My Mother the Psychopath

Sarah Rayner – Another Night, Another Day

Sarah Rayner – The Other Half

Ruth Rendell – The Face of Trespass

Ruth Rendell – The Girl Next Door

Ruth Rendell – The Monster in the Box

Ruth Rendell – No Man’s Nightingale

Kate Rhodes – A Killing Of Angels

Kate Rhodes – Hell Bay

Kate Rhodes – The Winter Foundlings

Rachel Rhys – A Dangerous Crossing

Rachel Rhys – Fatal Inheritance

Eva Rice – The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

James Rice – Alice And The Fly

Hannah Richell – The Peacock Summer

Hannah Richell – The Shadow Year

Marnie Riches – The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die

Miranda Richmond Mouillot – A Fifty Year Silence

T.R. Richmond – What She Left

Jane Riddell – Water’s Edge

Alison Ridley Cubitt – Castles in the Air

Lucinda Riley – The Midnight Rose

Mary-Jane Riley – After She Fell Alex Devlin #2

Mary-Jane Riley – The Bad Things Alex Devlin #1

Mary-Jane Riley – Dark Waters Alex Devlin #3

Mary-Jane Riley – Gone in the Night Alex Devlin #4

Kelly Rimmer – A Mother’s Confession

Kelly Rimmer – Before I Let You Go

Suzanne Rindell – The Other Typist

Suzanne Rindell – Three-Martini Lunch

Kate Riordan –  The Girl In The Photograph

Rachel Florence Roberts – The Medea Complex

Jane Robins – The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams

Jane Robins – The Magnificent Spilsbury and the cases of the Brides In The Bath

Jane Robins – White Bodies 

Peter Robinson – Before the Poison 

Steve Robinson – Dying Games Jefferson Tayte #6

Steve Robinson – Kindred Jefferson Jefferson Tayte #5

Steve Robinson – The Last Empress Jefferson Tayte #4

Steve Robinson – Letters from the Dead Jefferson Tayte #7

Shelan Rodger – Twin Truths

Vanessa Ronan – The Last Days of Summer

Claudia Rowe – The Spider and the Fly

James Ruddick – Death At The Priory

Jane Rusbridge – The Devil’s Music

Jessica Rushton – The Darker Side Of Love

Jessica Rushton – The Lies You Told Me

Leigh Russell – Cut Short Geraldine Steel #1


Saskia Sarginson – The Other Me

Saskia Sarginson – The Stranger

Saskia Sarginson – The Twins

Andrea Maria Schenkel – The Dark Meadow

Sarah Schmidt – See What I Have Done

J.A. Schneider – Shoeless Child

Jenny Scotti – The Bridesmaid

Lisa Scottoline – Keep Quiet

Claire Seeber – 24 Hours

Claire Seeber – The Stepmother

Elisa Segrave – The Girl From Station X

Tina Seskis – A Serpantine Affair

Tina Seskis – One Step Too Far

Tina Seskis – When We Were Friends

Diane Setterfield – Bellman & Black

Sarah R Shaber – Simon Said

Mary Ann Shaffer – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Jane Shemilt – Daughter

Mel Sherratt – Follow The Leader (Allie Shenton #2)

Mel Sherratt – Only The Brave (Allie Shenton #3)

Mel Sherratt – She Did It

Mel Sherratt – Taunting The Dead (Allie Shenton #1)

Mel Sherratt – Watching Over You

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir – The Legacy

Lionel Shriver – Property

Graeme Simsion – The Rosie Effect

Graeme Simsion – The Rosie Project

Rupert Smith – Interlude

Rachel Sontag – Daddy’s Rules

Jasmine Sparks – Dolly

Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 

Jon Stasiak – Standing In The Shadows

Susie Steiner – Missing, Presumed

Susie Steiner – Persons Unknown

M.L. Stewart – Tales For The Tube

Nina Stibbe – Love Nina

Linda Stratmann – The Secret Poisoner

Noel Streatfeild – Tea by the Nursery Fire

Noel Streatfeild – The Whicharts

Elizabeth Strout – My Name Is Lucy Barton

Julie Summers – Stranger in the House

Kate Summerscale – Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace

Kate Summerscale – The Wicked Boy

Peter Swanson – Before She Knew Him

Peter Swanson – The Girl With A Clock For A Heart

Peter Swanson – Her Every Fear

Peter Swanson – The Kind Worth Killing

Katharine Swartz – The Lost Garden


C.L. Taylor – The Accident

C.L. Taylor – The Escape

C.L. Taylor – The Lie

C.L. Taylor – The Missing

Leslie Thompson – The Detectives Daughter

Rebecca Thornton – The Exclusives

Rosie Thornton – Ninepins

Robert Thorogood – A Meditation On Murder

Robert Thorogood – Death Knocks Twice

Robert Thorogood – The Killing of Polly Carter

Andrew Tierney – The Doctor’s Wife is Dead

Colm Tóibín – Nora Webster

Jeffrey Toobin – American Heiress

Jonathan Trigell – Boy A

Ronnie Turner – Lies Between Us

Stuart Turton – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Harriet Tyce –  Blood Orange


Lisa Unger – The Burning Girl

Lisa Unger – In The Blood

Lisa Unger – The Whispers


Sarah Vaughan – Anatomy of a Scandal

Alan Veale – The Murder Tree

Fiona Veitch Smith – The Jazz Files

Fiona Veitch Smith – The Kill Fee

Adrian Vincent – A Gallery of Poisoners

Barbara Vine – The Child’s Child

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

P.D. Viner – Summer Of Ghosts

Louise Voss & Mark Edwards – Killing Cupid

Tom Vowler – That Dark Remembered Day

Tom Vowler – What Lies Within


Jan Costin Wagner – Light In A Dark House

Martin Wagner – Deutschland

A.J. Waines – Lost in the Lake

Rebecca Wait – The View On The Way Down

Helen Walsh – Go To Sleep

Milton O’Neal Walsh – My Sunshine Away

T.M.E. Walsh – For All Our Sins

Louise Walters – A Life Between Us

Louise Walters – Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase

Sarah Ward – A Deadly Thaw Connie Childs #2

Sarah Ward – A Patient Fury Connie Childs #3

Sarah Ward – In Bitter Chill Connie Childs # 1

Sarah Ward – The Shrouded Path Connie Childs #4

Ruth Ware – In A Dark Dark Wood

Ruth Ware – The Death of Mrs Westaway

Ruth Ware – The Lying Game

Ruth Ware – The Woman in Cabin 10

Kirsty Wark – The Legacy Of Elizabeth Pringle

Helen Warner – The Story of Our Lives

Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger

Sarah Waters – The Night Watch

Sarah Waters – The Paying Guests

S J Watson – Second Life

Camilla Way – The Lies We Told

Camilla Way – Watching Edie

Tim Weaver – Fall From Grace David Raker #5

Tim Weaver – What Remains David Raker #6

Tim Weaver – Broken Heart David Raker #7

Mae West – Love As Always Mum xxx

Edith Wharton – Ethan Frome

Gillian White – Copy Cat

Gillian White – The Sleeper

Lucie Whitehouse – Before We Met

Rebecca Whitney – The Liar’s Chair

Kerry Wilkinson – Think Of The Children

Marcia Willett – Postcards From The Past

Andrew Wilson – A Talent For Murder

Colin Wilson – The Corpse Garden

Monica Wood – The One-in-a-Million Boy

Jake Woodhouse – After The Silence

Evie Woolmore – Equilibrium



Nathan Yates – Beyond Evil

Margaret Yorke – A Small Deceit

Margaret Yorke – The Small Hours Of The Morning

Felicity Young – The Anatomy of Death #1

Felicity Young – The Insanity of Murder #4

Felicity Young – The Scent of Murder #3


Koren Zailckas – Mother, Mother

Kothi Zan – The Never List


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WWW Wednesday (August 27)

WWW Wednesday green

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 Secret Place by Tana French a brilliant mystery which is the fifth in the Dublin Murder Squad series.

The Secret Place


The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago.
The caption says, ‘I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM’.
Detective Stephen Moran hasn’t seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she’s sixteen and she’s shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story.
Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys’ school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place – the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously – Holly found the card.
Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway – tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn’t want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn’t want to hear. NetGalley

I have just finished reading Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver, the fifth in the David Raker series, a clever read that has sealed this author as one of my ‘must-read’ all of his books list!

Click on the cover to read my review

Crime Fiction 5*'s
Crime Fiction

Next I am going to read The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson

The Sea Garden


Present day. On a lush Mediterranean island off the French coast, Ellie has accepted a commission to restore an abandoned garden. It seems idyllic, but the longer Ellie spends at the house and garden, the more she senses darkness, and a lingering evil that seems to haunt her.
Second World War. Two very different women have their lives irrevocably changed: Iris, a junior intelligence officer in London and Marthe, a blind girl who works in the lavender fields of Provence and is slowly drawn into the heart of the Resistance. As secret messages are passed in scent and planes land by moonlight, danger comes ever closer…Amazon

What are you reading this week? Please share your books in the comments section.

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Friday Finds (July 11)

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!

Well I was feeling smug having knocked 15 books off the TBR whilst on my holidays and the internet access was so poor that no new purchases were possible and then it all went wrong…

From NetGalley I have the following new finds:

I couldn’t resist Victorian Murderesses by Mary S. Hartman and published by Dover Publications on 14 June 2014.

Victorian Murderesses


This riveting combination of true crime and social history examines a dozen cases from the 1800s involving thirteen French and English women charged with murder. Each incident was a cause célèbre, and this mixture of scandal and scholarship offers illuminating details of backgrounds, deeds, and trials.
“The real delight is that historian Mary S. Hartman does more than reconstruct twelve famous trials. She has written a piece on the social history of nineteenth-century women from an illuminating perspective: their favorite murders.” — Time Magazine. NetGalley

I’m also delighted to have a copy of Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards having recommended his solo debut novel The Magpies to everyone I know.  This novel will be published by Thomas & Mercer on 2 September 2014.

Because She Loves Me


When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end.
But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth…
Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares? NetGalley

I came across a review for The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson at The Book Musings and Orion Publishing Group were kind enough to let me have a copy ahead of the publication date of 28 August 2014.

The Sea Garden


Present day. On a lush Mediterranean island off the French coast, Ellie has accepted a commission to restore an abandoned garden. It seems idyllic, but the longer Ellie spends at the house and garden, the more she senses darkness, and a lingering evil that seems to haunt her.
Second World War. Two very different women have their lives irrevocably changed: Iris, a junior intelligence officer in London and Marthe, a blind girl who works in the lavender fields of Provence and is slowly drawn into the heart of the Resistance. As secret messages are passed in scent and planes land by moonlight, danger comes ever closer…NetGalley

Lastly I have a copy of Your Beautiful Lies by Louise Douglas from the Random House UK. This book is due to be published on 14 August 2014.

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

I also had a birthday while I was on holiday and my lovely brother sent me two new books for my return. Rather meanly he also wrapped and posted a collection of scouring pads which I can’t even think about without pulling a face that looks like I’m sucking a lemon (I know a strange phobia but it does mean I can’t do any cleaning with this particular product!) Needless to say they were unwrapped and scattered as I shouted an impressive array of expletives.
Scouring Pads

So back to the books!
I have a copy of The Great Silence by Juliet Nicolson which details the period following the First World War from 1918 to 1920.

The Great Silence


The euphoria of Armistice Day 1918 vaporizes to reveal the carnage that war has left in its wake. But from Britain’s despair emerges new life. For veterans with faces demolished in the trenches, surgeon Harold Gillies brings hope with his miraculous skin-grafting procedure. Women win the vote, skirt hems leap, and Brits forget their troubles at packed dance halls. The remains of a nameless soldier are laid to rest in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey. “The Great Silence,” observed in memory of the countless dead, halts citizens in silent reverence.
Nicolson crafts her narrative using a lively cast of characters: from an aging butler to a pair of newlyweds, from the Prince of Wales to T.E. Lawrence, the real-life Lawrence of Arabia. The Great Silence depicts a nation fighting the forces that threaten to tear it apart and discovering the common bonds that hold it together. Goodreads

..and I have a copy of Stranger In The House by Julie Summers which explores the effects of the Second World War.

Stranger in the house

‘It is as if I have been waiting for someone to ask me these questions for almost the whole of my life’
From 1945, more than four million British servicemen were demobbed and sent home after the most destructive war in history. Damaged by fighting, imprisonment or simply separation from their loved ones, these men returned to a Britain that had changed in their absence. In Stranger in the House, Julie Summers tells the women’s story, interviewing over a hundred women who were on the receiving end of demobilisation: the mothers, wives, sisters, who had to deal with an injured, emotionally-damaged relative; those who assumed their fiances had died only to find them reappearing after they had married another; women who had illegitimate children following a wartime affair as well as those whose steadfast optimism was rewarded with a delightful reunion. Many of the tales are moving, some are desperately sad, others are full of humour but all provide a fascinating account of how war altered ordinary women’s lives forever. Amazon

From Amazon Vine I have a copy of The Arsonist by Sue Miller based on the fact that I haven’t read any of her books for a few years. I don’t know why she dropped of my radar.

The Arsonist


Troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley has come home—home to the small New Hampshire village of Pomeroy and the farmhouse where her family has always summered. On her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Then another house burns, and another, always the houses of the summer people. In a town where people have never bothered to lock their doors, social fault lines are opened, and neighbors begin to regard one another with suspicion. Against this backdrop of menace and fear, Frankie begins a passionate, unexpected affair with the editor of the local paper, a romance that progresses with exquisite tenderness and heat toward its own remarkable risks and revelations. Amazon

Lastly I had a delivery of two more of Margaret Yorke’s books, fortunately I enjoyed A Small Deceit which I read on holiday (review will follow but I have something of a backlog now) and can’t wait to sample more from this author.

False Pretences by Margaret Yorke was originally published in 1998 but has been reissued in 2013.

False Pretences

When Isabel’s god-daughter Emily turns up after years of no contact and in need of help she feels duty-bound to take her under her wing. To her surprise Emily is determined to be independent and takes a job as nanny. Emily’s charge turns out to be the illegitimate child of the naïve daughter of a well-to-do couple and a ne’er-do-well conman who disappeared before the baby was born. And now he is back intent on exploiting his parental status in return for cash.
Before she knows it Emily is caught up in his botched attempts at blackmail trying desperately to protect her charge from harm while also shielding Isabel from becoming entangled in the drama. But when events beyond her control force her to act instinctively with horrendous effect all their lives are put terribly at risk. Amazon

While my last find The Small Hours Of The Morning by Margaret Yorke was originally published nearly 40 years ago in 1975!

The Small Hours of the Morning


Lorna couldn’t stop spying on Cecil Titmuss. His life was her idea of perfection – a loving family and spouse, and respect in the community. But when she finds out Mrs Titmuss’s secret – which threatens Cecil’s security – Lorna must do something to save the family. How far will she go? Amazon

So by my reckoning my impressive 15 book reduction has rapidly reduced to 6 in the space of a few days!

What have you found to read?

Posted in Weekly Posts

WWW Wednesday (November 6)

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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 Morning Frost by James Henry the third of the prequels he has written to the wonderful series by R.D. Wingfield which started with Frost at Christmas.

Set in 1982 Inspector Frost is burying his wife Mary at the start of this book when all the crimes start piling up in Denton.

Morning Frost

This book is due to be published on Thursday 7 November 2013 by Bantam Press.

I just finished reading The Moment Keeper by Buffy Andrews.

Click on the beautiful book cover to read my review of this book which explores the choices we make through the lives of Sarah and Olivia.

The Moment Keeper

Published 1 November 2013 by Carina

Next I plan to read The Sleeper by Gillian White

The Sleeper


The sins of the past haunt an isolated farmhouse as a snowstorm rages outside . . .
It’s not shaping up to be a very merry Christmas. Clover Moon feels trapped in her life as a farmer’s wife. She certainly doesn’t enjoy hosting Fergus’s mother, Violet, who always finds new ways to publicly humiliate her unsatisfactory daughter-in-law. But would Violet ever seek a more violent way of expressing her disapproval?
Violet is a medium, and the voices of the dead sometimes encourage her to do disturbing things. During her stay at the farmhouse, she claims to sense an intrusive presence. Fergus then discovers the dead body of a woman floating in their flooded cellar, and elderly Miss Bates, resident of a nearby senior home and a client of Violet’s, is missing . . .
With her acute sense of human nature and gift for suspense, reminiscent of Barbara Vine, Gillian White will leave you guessing until the very end. Amazon

Fiction Fan let me in on the secret that Gillian White’s books had been republished earlier this year by Open Road Media. I read several of her books years ago and was lucky enough to get this free copy through Netgalley. I am really looking forward to reading The Sleeper and all the others that I missed the first time round are now on my Wishlist!

Posted in Books I want to Read

Books to be published in October 2013






Now that September is drawing to a close I have been looking at the books due to be published in October, starting with The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton. This one looks seriously scary perfect for a cold evening in front of the fire.

Publisher: Pan  10 Oct 2013
Publisher: Pan
10 Oct 2013


Reeve LeClaire was abducted when she was twelve years old and held in captivity for four years. Now, in her twenties, she has a fragile stability but with the help of her psychiatrist, she has started to build a life of independence. But she will never shake off the terror and memory of the monster she believes is behind bars. When Tilly Cavanaugh is rescued from a basement having suffered a similar experience, her parents call Reeve to ask for her help in helping their daughter rediscover a ‘normal’ life. But it is only when two other girls go missing that the police confirm the link and that there is a serial abductor in their midst. Reeve knows that she alone has the knowledge which will help to find the perpetrator – but can she overcome her demons to discover the truth? Amazon

I really hope Helen Fielding is still able to make me smile with Bridget Jones, Mad About The Boy

Publisher: Jonathan Cape  10 Oct 2013
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
10 Oct 2013


With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget’s life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. Amazon

Secrets from the past are always intriguing so Postcards From The Past by Marcia Willets looks like a must!

Publisher: Bantam Press 10 Oct 2013
Publisher: Bantam Press
10 Oct 2013


Can you ever escape your family ties?
Siblings Billa and Ed share their beautiful, grand old childhood home in rural Cornwall. Their lives are uncomplicated. With family and friends nearby and their free and easy living arrangements, life seems as content as can be.
But when postcards start arriving from a sinister figure they thought belonged well and truly in their pasts, old memories are stirred. Why is he contacting them now? And what has he been hiding all these years?Amazon

I’m looking forward to seeing what Elizabeth Haynes will serve up in her fourth book, Under a Silent Moon but the blurb has meant that this one is on pre-order!

Publisher: Sphere 15 Oct 2013
Publisher: Sphere
15 Oct 2013

In the crisp early morning hours, the police are called to a suspected murder at a farm outside a small English village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, blood all over the cottage she lived in. At the same time, police respond to a reported female suicide, where a car has fallen into a local quarry.

As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence, they discover a link between these two women, a link which has sealed their dreadful fate one cold night, under a silent moon.

Told in a unique way, using source documents that allow readers to interpret the evidence alongside DCI Louisa Smith and her team, Under a Silent Moon is an unsettling and compulsively readable novel that will keep you gripped until the very last page. Amazon

I am also buying for the non-fiction Inconvenient People by Sarah Wise in paperback as this will go onto my bookshelf so that I can read all about the Victorian Lunatic Asylums.

3rd October
3rd October

Gaslight tales of rooftop escapes, men and women snatched in broad daylight, patients shut in coffins, a fanatical cult known as the Abode of Love.
The nineteenth century saw repeated panics about sane individuals being locked away in lunatic asylums. With the rise of the ‘mad-doctor’ profession, English liberty seemed to be threatened by a new generation of medical men willing to incarcerate difficult family members in return for the high fees paid by an unscrupulous spouse or friend.
Sarah Wise uncovers twelve shocking stories, untold for over a century and reveals the darker side of the Victorian upper and middle classes – their sexuality, fears of inherited madness, financial greed and fraudulence – and chillingly evoke the black motives at the heart of the phenomenon of the ‘inconvenient person’.Amazon

To read my review on Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield, click on the book cover.

Bellman & Black blue Bellman & Black is due to be published on 10 October 2013 by Orion.