Book Review: The Silver Mark – Sarah Painter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book two in Painter’s Crow Investigations series sees Lydia Crow picking up where we left off at the end of The Night Raven. Living above her uncle’s cafe in London, Lydia is desperately trying to forge her own path with her fledgling private investigations firm. Largely spying on cheating spouses it isn’t exactly the kind…

Book Review: While You Sleep – Stephanie Merritt ****

There is something about a ghost story that makes it perfect winter – and indeed Christmas – reading! Zoe Adams arrives on a remote Scottish island. Ostensibly to paint the beautiful rugged landscape but it is also an escape from a failing marriage back home in America. Renting the McBride house on her own sounds…

Book Review: Midnight Crossroad – Charlaine Harris ****

With the new series Midnight, Texas launching on Syfy in the UK this Thursday it feels like a good time to get to grips with the books behind the show. It took me a while to get round to reading this one. I’d been a little disappointed with more recent Charlaine Harris books – particularly…

Book Review: The Fire Child – S.K. Tremayne ***

This is a new psychological thriller from the author of The Ice Twins. Rachel is blissfully happy. Just married to a handsome older man and beginning to become accustomed to all the trappings of wealth that comes with marriage to a successful City lawyer. David spends the week living in London returning to the family…

Book Review: In the Light of What We See – Sarah Painter *****

UK Publishing Date: 1 Apr 2016. 330 pages. This is a tale of two extraordinary women separated by eighty years but both bound together by the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton. In 1938 Grace Kemp starts at the hospital as a trainee nurse. Abused by her father’s friend she found herself pregnant and disgraced. A…

Book Review: The Haunting (Red Eye) – Alex Bell ****

UK Publishing Date: 11 Feb 2016. 352 pages. I’ve just closed the cover on my kindle and I’m glad that I’m in the middle of a train full of people. It’s warm and noisy and having just finished The Haunting it is exactly what is needed. I really enjoyed Alex Bell’s Frozen Charlotte when I…

Book Review: The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston ***

UK Publishing Date: 3 Dec 2015. 352 pages. It is hard to describe my journey through The Silver Witch. At about a quarter of the way through I was about to give up on it. It isn’t the easiest read. The pacing is very slow with little happening as the pieces are set in play….

Book Review: The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardottir *****

UK Publication Date: 22 Oct 2015. 270 pages. In recent years the Northern Europeans seem to have become the masters of the murder suspense genre. Authors like Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson have become synonymous with the dark and brooding crime fiction of Scandi Noir but you can’t rule out the Icelanders who manage to…

Book Review: Make A Christmas Wish by Julia Williams *****

UK Publishing Date: 1st Oct 2015. 400 pages. Livvy is married to Adam. They’ve been together for about twenty years and have a son. Joe is a good kid. He has Asperger’s and has sometimes been difficult to manage over the years. Livvy has just discovered that Adam has been having an affair with Emily….