Under the reader’s radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t…

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 3 September 2020 Source – review copy In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case….

Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 – the winners

The Comedy Women in Print prize is the brainchild of comedian and actor Helen Lederer and was established in 2018 to celebrate and support female comedy writers. The two published prize winners receive a cash prize and the unpublished winner receives a publishing contract with Harper Collins. This year’s shortlist was as follows: Big Girl,…

Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 August 2020 Source – review copy On a dismally foggy night in Hampstead, London, a curious party has gathered in an artist’s studio to weather the wartime blackout. A civil servant and a government scientist are matching wits in a game of chess, while an artist paints…

Books in a box – Capital Crime Book Club

Capital Crime is a yearly celebrate of murder, mayhem and thriller, that takes place in London (hence the clever name). For reasons that don’t need explaining, this year’s event was sadly cancelled. However, the book-loving brains behind the festival have come up with a way that means great crime fiction can reach even more people….

Other Girls Like Me by Stephanie Davies – extract

Other Girls Like Me by Stephanie Davies was published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing on 31 July 2020. Today I have an extract from the book. HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie and the Banshees  THE FOLLOWING MORNING dawned bright and sunny, and I was wondering what to do with the luxurious day stretching before me when the base gates sprang…

Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane – extract

Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane was published by Aria Fiction on 10 September 2020. Today I have an extract to share. September 1st ‘Take pity on an old man, lass.’ Bert fluttered his grey eyelashes as he helped Tina carry a large cardboard box full of tea, coffee, milk and biscuits from…

Zoe Somerville – Q&A

Zoe Somerville is the author of The Night of the Flood, which was published by Head of Zeus on 3 September 2020. Zoe kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Night of the Flood. It’s a dark love story set in the early 1950s on the Norfolk coast….

Other Women by Jean Levy – review

Published by Dome Press Publication date – 10 September 2020 Source – review copy Sophie thought she and Jonah were happy, bringing up their small daughter together, until one summer’s day, she discovers that Jonah is far from the man she thought he was. Sam – an attractive English teacher – seems to offer her…

Nadine Akkerman – Q&A

Nadine Akkerman is the author of Invisible Agents, published by OUP on 11 February 2020. Nadine kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Invisible Agents. It’s a study of the women spies of the seventeenth century, how they operated, and the way in which they used the prejudice of…