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: The Mister – E L James ⭐️⭐️⭐️

When I was young we used to go and visit my grandmother. If it coincided with a visit from my cousins it used to be great fun. On dark wet winter days not so much. My grandmother was an avid reader though and one wall of her bedroom had books stacked from floor to ceiling….

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: 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 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: One In a Million – Lindsey Kelk *****

Way back in the distant mists of 2009 I picked up a book by an unknown author and took it on holiday with me. “I Heart New York” was the first of many books by Lindsey Kelk and I’ve been sharing my summers with her ever since. Kelk has always had a rare ability to…