Sarah Franklin – Q&A

Sarah Franklin’s debut novel, Shelter, was published in 2017. Her latest  novel, How to Belong, is published by Zaffre on 12 November 2020. Sarah kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about How to Belong.   How to Belong is about two very different women, Jo and Tessa, who meet…

The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman – review

Published by Arrow Publication date – 12 November 2020 Source – review copy A mansion in Beverly Hills is leased out to host an event wild enough to herald the end of days. The next day there isn’t a living soul to be seen. In the driveway sits a super-stretch limo, unlocked, with four bodies…

A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr – review

Published by Penguin Publication date – 3 February 2000 Source – own copy A damaged survivor of the First World War, Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the…

Nicola Upson – Q&A

Nicola Upson is the author of the Jospehine Tey mystery series, which started with An Expert in Murder. The ninth book in the series, The Dead of Winter, is published by Faber and Faber on 5 November 2020. Nicola kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Dead of…

Mr Cadmus by Peter Ackroyd – review

Published by Canongate Publication date – 1 October 2020 Source – review copy Two apparently harmless women reside in cottages one building apart in the idyllic English village of Little Camborne. Miss Finch and Miss Swallow, cousins, have put their pasts behind them and settled into conventional country life. But when a mysterious foreigner, Theodore…

Balancing the Books – October 2020

So, we are well into the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness. October seems to have arrived and disappeared in the blink of an eye. There was much excitement in the Emson barracks as we introduced a new member to the family. Hector the Ragdoll kitten turned 6 months old the week after his arrival….

Number 10 by C. J. Daugherty – extract

C. J. Daugherty is the author of the Night School series. Her latest novel, Number 10, is published by Moonflower Books on 10 November 2020. Today I have an extract from the book. Chapter One‘Want to do some shots?’Gray could barely hear Chloe’s question above the bass thumping from the speakers.It was nearly midnight and…