Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass – review

Published by Viper Books Publication date – 14 October 2021 Source – review copy This is the confession of Laurence Jago. Clerk. Gentleman. Reluctant spy. July 1794, and the streets of London are filled with rumours of revolution. Political radical Thomas Hardy is to go on trial for treason, the war against the French is…

The Writer’s Cats by Muriel Barbery – review

Published by Gallic Press Publication date – 19 October 2021 Source – review copy Illustrations by Maria Guitart Like so many writers, Muriel Barbery is a lover of cats. Grey-furred and amber-eyed (matching her home décor), Barbery’s four Chartreux cats keep her company as she works from her house in the French countryside, entertaining her…

Nadia Dalbuono – Q&A

Nadia Dalbuono is the author of The Few, The American, The Hit and The Extremist. The latest novel in the Leone Scamarcio series, The Devil, was published by Scribe on 12 March 2020. Nadia kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Devil. The Devil is about a troubled…

Crooked House by Agatha Christie – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date – 9 February 2017 Source – own copy (My copy was a 1970s Fontana edition) A wealthy Greek businessman is found dead at his London home… The Leonides were one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That was until the head of the household, Aristide, was…

Cheltenham Literature Festival – 8th to 17th October 2021

This year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from Friday 8th October to Sunday 17 October. This year’s theme is Read the World. The festival will explore key issues of the day from a range of different perspectives and with the aim of understanding more about cultural norms from around the globe. These Read the World events…

The Appeal by Janice Hallett – review

Published by Viper Books Publication  date – 1 July 2021 Source – review copy There is a mystery to solve in the sleepy town of Lower Lockwood. It starts with the arrival of two secretive newcomers, and ends with a tragic death. Roderick Tanner QC has assigned law students Charlotte and Femi to the case….

Joanne Harris – Q&A

Joanne Harris’ novels include Gentlemen and Players, Chocolat, The Strawberry Thief, Five Quarters of the Orange, Different Class, The Lollipop Shoes, Runemarks, The Gospel of Loki, Sleep, Pale Sister and Orfeia. Her latest novel, A Narrow Door, was published by Orion on 4 August 2021. Joanne kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell…

Six Degrees of Separation – from The Lottery to Pollyanna

Six Degrees of Separation is the brainchild of Kate from Books Are My Favourite and My Best. Each month there is a different starter book and through six books, with what can be, on my part, extremely tenuous links,  you see which book you end up at. The starter book this month is The Lottery and…

Andi Osho – Q&A

Andi Osho’s debut novel, Asking for a Friend, was published by HQ on 4 February 2021. Andi kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Asking for a Friend. Asking For A Friend is about three girlfriends who are having no luck in their love lives so they decide to…

Balancing the Books – September 2021

September, that most wonderful time of year for parents (well this parent) for it heralds the return of school for children in England. It means six hours without being repeatedly asked for something to eat. Or when dinner is. Or what’s for tea. No more remote wars because one of them hid one from the…