Murder by Milk Bottle by Lynne Truss – review

Published by Bloomsbury Raven Publication date – 22 July 2021 Source – review copy The August bank holiday is approaching and after two extremely high-profile murder cases, Constable Twitten is eagerly anticipating a quiet spell at work. But then they find the bodies – and the milk bottles. Three seemingly unconnected victims – a hard-working…

Emily Freud – Q&A

Emily Freud’s debut novel, My Best Friend’s Secret, was published by Quercus on 22 July 2021. Emily kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about My Best Friend’s Secret. It is a twisty psychological thriller about a girl called Kate who has just got her life back together after a…

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…

Earth 101: Time to Run by Emae Church – extract

Emae Church’s debut novel, Earth 101: Time to Run was published Korudaz Ink on 25 April 2021. Today I have an extract to share with you. It’s been a troubling week since that night with Laura. The storm which threatened to attack brushed us by, but the dark clouds linger in my head. My heart…

Sara Nisha Adams – Q&A

Sara Nisha Adams debut novel, The Reading List, is published by Harper Collins on 22 July 2021. Sara kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Reading List. The Reading List is the story of an unlikely friendship between a widower, Mukesh, who is trying to connect with his…

Carmen Radtke – Q&A

Carmen Radtke’s latest novel, Let Sleeping Murder Lie, was published on 1 March 2021. Carmen kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Let Sleeping Murder Lie.  Let Sleeping Murder Lie is a story about a woman, Eve Holdsworth, who is chasing her quintessential British dream in an ivy-clad cottage. While she…

A Book is a Half Read Thing

I have many, many books to read, dotted (someone who will not be named would say littered) about the house and not enough time to read them in. Sometimes I agree to review a book by a certain date so I have to stop reading a book I have started and crack on with another….

Polly Phillips – Q&A

Polly Phillips is the author of My Best Friend’s Murder which was published by Simon and Schuster in ebook format on 22 January 2021. It was published in paperback on 8 July 2021. Polly kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about My Best Friend’s Murder. My Best Friend’s Murder…

Annie Stanley all at Sea by Sue Teddern – review

Published by Mantle Publication date – 8 July 2021 Source – review copy Annie is single, unemployed and just a bit stuck when her beloved father dies unexpectedly. Furious at his partner’s plans to scatter his ashes somewhere of no emotional significance, Annie seizes the urn and, on a whim, decides to take it on…

Oakwood Falls by D. C. Brockwell – extract

Oakwood Falls by D. C. Brockwell was published by Spellbound Books on 1 July 2021. Today I have an extract to share with you. Carrie gasped when the brambles dragged shorter, squat guy past his partners. He cried during his trip, trying desperately to free himself. The rest of his gang stood there, watching, their…