British Library Crime Classics – subscription

Now I don’t know about you but I’m partial to a bit of Golden Age Crime. Reading it, not partaking of it of course, I’m old but not that old. I’ve a fondness for the British Library’s Crime Classics series which re-introduces crime fiction novelists from the early to mid 20th Century. Many were contemporaries…

Nicola Lowe – Q&A

The Missed Kiss by Nicola Lowe was published on 22 June 2021. Nicola kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Missed Kiss. The Missed Kiss is a contemporary romance based in Northern England. The main character, Lily, is adamant she doesn’t want a relationship after her last one…

Nell Pattison – Q&A

Nell Pattison’s novel, Hide was published by Avon on 9 December 2021. Nell kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Hide. It’s a psychological thriller set on a nature reserve and it all takes place over one night. A group of nature enthusiasts go for a walk on Boxing…

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 have…

Carolyn Mandache – Q&A

Behind the Curtain by Carolyn Mandache was published by Hearts and Stars Publishing on 25 May 2021. Carolyn kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Behind the Curtain. Behind the Curtain is a fictional account of my husband’s life in Romania until he met me and moved to Scotland….

D V Bishop – Q&A

D V Bishop is the author of the Cesare Aldo series. The first in the series, City of Vengeance, was published by Pan Macmillan on 4 February 2021 in hardback and 6 January 2022 in paperback. The second in the series, The Darkest Sin was published in hardback on 3 March 2022. David kindly answered…

First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami – review

Published by Vintage Publication date – 5 April 2022 Source – review copy Translated by Philip Gabriel The eight masterly stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From nostalgic memories of youth, meditations on music and an ardent love of baseball to dreamlike scenarios, an…

The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel – review

Published by Orion Publication date – 20 February 2020 Source – review copy Madame Katerina, Detective ‘Nine Nails’ McGray’s most trusted clairvoyant, hosts a séance for three of Edinburgh’s wealthiest families. The following morning everyone is found dead, with Madame Katerina being the only survivor. When questioned she alleges a tormented spirit killed the families…

N R Daws – Q&A

N R Daws is the author of the Kember and Hayes series, starting with A Quiet Place to Kill, published by Thomas and Mercer on 1 September 2021. He kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about A Quiet Place to Kill. In this tense thriller set on a WW2…

Murder Under Her Skin by Stephen Spotswood – review

Published by Wildfire Publication date – 21 July 2022 Source – review copy New York, 1946: The last time Will Parker let a case get personal, she walked away with a broken face, a bruised ego, and the solemn promise never again to let her heart get in the way of her job. But she…