Audio Books – love them or loathe them?

I have to admit that I am very tempted by the current Amazon offer to get Audible at a reduced price. Prime members get a 90 day free trial or you can get 50% off for the first 4 months. But I am really conflicted. My only real experience of audio books was crackly four…

Book Review: Codename Villanelle – Luke Jennings *****

When “Killing Eve” was on TV I was completely hooked by the two amazing lead characters. Perfectly played by Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, Villanelle and Eve are the most exciting women to hit the screen in a very long time. Finding out that the characters were based on a book trilogy by Luke Jennings…

Book Review: You Let Me In – Lucy Clarke ****

Elle arrives back at her house by the sea after a writer’s retreat. It is the first time that she has rented out her dream house on Airbnb. Something doesn’t feel quite right about the place since she got home. There is a coldness, a shift in the atmosphere. Her publisher is desperately chasing her…

Book Review: The Mystery of Three Quarters – Sophie Hannah ****

During my younger years I read every Agatha Christie mystery that I could get my hands on. They were readily available in the small convent school library and evoked less critical response from my parents than the Stephen King and Harold Robbins books that I had also discovered around that time! Poirot was probably my…

Book Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Kate Morton *****

When I got sent an early review copy of the new Kate Morton book I knew that I was in for a treat. You can always rely on Morton for an intelligent and interesting read. It is the summer of 1862 when a group of bohemian artists and their friends decamp to the beautiful Birchwood…

Book Review: The Futures – Anna Pitoniak ***

The Futures is described as a New York Love Story but for most of the book the main characters Julia and Evan seem to be almost the antithesis of love. Their relationship is a convenience, a habit. Julia and Evan get together at college where Evan is a Canadian ice hockey player on a sports…

Book Review: The Plus One – Sophia Money-Coutts ***

The debut novel from a London journalist, The Plus One is a bit like eating candy floss when you know that you should be eating salad. It is a romp very much in the style of an early Jilly Cooper novel updated for the noughties. Polly works for a society magazine called Posh. (Think Heat…

Book Review: Do Not Disturb – Claire Douglas ****

As I waved my neighbours off to their holiday in Wales this morning it struck me that if you paid attention to this years crime fiction you would never set foot in the place. Far too dangerous! First off there was Mark Edwards’ The Retreat (check out my review on that one too) and now…

Book Review: Pieces of Her – Karin Slaughter *****

Andrea knows everything about her mother Laura. They’ve lived in the idyllic seaside town of Belle Isle for most of Andy’s life. She’s seen her mum through breast cancer and divorce and watched her become a much loved speech therapist at the centre of the small community. Meeting Laura for brunch at the mall takes…