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July 12

Elsie and Ethelred (Series)

The Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle series, by L. C. Tyler We first meet Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle in “The Herring Seller’s Apprentice”. Ethelred is a second rate (third rate?) crime writer and Elsie is his literary agent. Ethelred is mild-mannered, easily taken in by a credible story, and apparently putty in the hands […]

Dregs by Jørn Lier Horst

It’s definitely time to celebrate with the emergence of another elite Nordic crime writer with a powerful and authentic protagonist. Police Inspector William Wisting is head of crime investigations in Larvik, Norway. His latest case has the reader immersed in the randomness of clues from the start as severed feet start washing up on beaches […]

July 10

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Just a small book of 179 pages but just delightful. It was quite nice to have a small book to enjoy, an afternoon’s read. Two lonely people in their 70’s have an amiable relationship but family and friends intercede to test the relationship and cause anguish. Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. They […]

July 10

The Mountain Story by Lori Larsens

  The Mountain Story by Lori Larsens This moving story is told in flashback, as a father recounts to his son an extraordinary tale of survival by four people stranded on a mountain. Over their 5 day ordeal an indelible bond forms between the four as each in turn relates the reasons for their ill-fated […]

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead This harrowing, imaginative novel of a part of America’s darker history is both powerful and exhilarating. We follow Cora, a young slave in Georgia, pre-Civil War. Life is full of despair and hopelessness until Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia encourages her to flee with him along the Underground […]

A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel – A Hugh De Singleton mystery

A medieval murder mystery by Mel Starr set in the 14th Century and the second novel in the Hugh De Singleton Chronicles. Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda […]

Ghost Empire

GHOST EMPIRE  – Richard Fidler There were moments when I thought I would not finish this book, as it rambles across timelines, locations and people. I did finish it though and was in the end glad I did. Like most, I was aware that ‘”Istanbul was once Constantinople”, but not a whole lot more. This […]

A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel – the Second Chronicle of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon

A medieval murder mystery by Mel Starr set in the 14th Century and the second novel in the Hugh De Singleton Chronicles. Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda […]

A Kestrel for a Knave

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines In the small Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley, life for Billy Casper is raw and tough. School is a daily hell of bullying and failure as even the teachers seem to turn on him. Home offers no reprieve with a disconnected parent and an angry and at […]

January 16

Black Widow – Christopher Brookmyre

A clever thriller with all the twists and surprises you would expect from someone like Harlan Coben.  Christopher Brookmyre’s Black Widow is set in England and revolves around a newly married woman suspected of the murder of her husband.  The plot twists and turns as each character is revealed to have acted suspiciously leading up […]