The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard – review

Published by Covus Publication date – 6 August 2020 Source – review copy I was the girl who survived the Nothing Man. Now I am the woman who is going to catch him… You’ve just read the opening pages of The Nothing Man, the true crime memoir Eve Black has written about her obsessive search for…

Catriona McPherson – Q&A

Catriona McPherson is the author of the Dandy Gliver series which includes After the Armistice Ball, The Turning Tide and A Step so Grave. Her latest novel, Scot on the Rocks, the third in the Lexy Campbell series was published in ebook by Severn House on 3 August 2020. Catriona answered a few of my…

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – extract

Fredrik Backman is the author of Things My Son Needs to Know About the World, Beartown, Us Against You and The Deal of A Lifetime. His latest novel, Anxious People, is published by Michael Joseph on 20 August 2020. Today I have an extract from the book. A bank robbery. A hostage drama. A stairwell…

Ian W. Sainsbury – Q&A

Ian W. Sainsbury is the author of Clockwork Sherlock, published in audio book by Audible on 25 July 2020. Ian kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Clockwork Sherlock. Set in the near future, Clockwork Sherlock features a virtual reality version of the famous detective. Every Holmes needs a…

Emma Straub – Q&A

Emma Straub is the author of The Vacationers, Modern Love, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and Other People We Married. Her latest novel, All Adults Here, was published by Michael Joseph on 16 July 2020. Emma kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about All Adults Here. All Adults Here…

Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers – review

Published by – W&N Publication date – 9 July 2020 Source – review copy 1957, south-east suburbs of London. Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and – on the brink of forty – living a limited existence with her truculent mother: a small life from which there is…

Brad Taylor Q&A

Brad Taylor is the author of the Taskforce series which includes One Rough Man, The Insider Threat, Operator Down and Daughter of War. The latest in the series, Hunter Killer, is published in ebook by Aries on 6 August 2020. Brad kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Hunter…

T.P. Fielden – Q&A

T.P. Fielden is the author of the Miss Dimont series, The Riviera Express, Resort to Murder, A Quarter Past Dead and Died and Gone to Devon. Stealing the Crown, the start of a new series featuring Guy Harford, was published by Thomas and Mercer on 1 August 2020. T.P. Fielden kindly answered a few of…

Balancing the Books – July 2020

Half way through the year that is 2020. Many, many things have happened but also many things have not happened, including Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, usually a highlight of my year. Next year will be all the bigger and better for the unforeseen absence. However, July was not a total washout. My new…

Hush Little Baby by Jane Isaac – extract

Jane Isaac’s novels include The Other Woman and For Better, For Worse, featuring DC Beth Chamberlain, An Unfamiliar Murder, The Truth Will Out and A Deathly Silence featuring DCI Helen Lavery and Before It’s Too Late, Beneath the Ashes and The Lies Within featuring DI Will Jackman. The latest Chamberlain novel, Hush Little Baby, was…