Katie Allen – Q&A

Katie Allen’s debut novel, Everything Happens for a Reason, was published by Orenda Books on 10 June 2021. Katie kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Everything Happens for a Reason. In essence, it’s about a woman’s attempt to make sense of a sudden and devastating loss. The premise…

The Woman in the Middle by Milly Johnson – extract

Milly Johnson is the author of over 18 novels which include An Autumn Crush, My One True North, A Winter Flame, A Summer Fling and The Queen of Wishful Thinking. Her latest novel, The Woman in the Middle, was published by Simon and Schuster on 14 October 2021. Today I have an extract to share with…

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – review

Published by Fontana Publication date – 1975 Source – own copy ’Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,’ declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, ‘would be doing the world at large a service!’ It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come…

Gillian Harvey – Q&A

Gillian Harvey is the author of Everything is Fine. Her latest novel, Perfect on Paper, was published by Orion on 13 May 2021. Gillian kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Perfect on Paper. Perfect on Paper tells the story of Clare, who – from the outside – seems…

Ruth Thomas – Q&A

Ruth Thomas is the author of  The Home Corner and Things to Make and Mend. Her latest novel, The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line, was published by Sandstone Press on 7 January 2021. Ruth kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Snow and the Works…

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…