The Bloater by Rosemary Tonks – review

Published by Vintage Publication date – 5 May 2022 Source – review copy Min works at the BBC as an audio engineer, where she is struggling to replicate the sound of a heartbeat. At home, other matters of the heart are making a mockery of life as Min knows it. Min has found herself the…

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian – review

Published by Harvill Secker Publication date – 9 September 2021 (Hardback) 7 July 2022 (Paperback) (Vintage) Source – review copy Meet Chloe. First-year student, ordinary, legging-wearing, girl next door…and psychopath. Chloe is part of a secret clinical study of young psychopaths run by the university’s Psychology Department. Most psychopaths aren’t criminals, but when a string…

The Goldhanger Dog by Wanda Whitely – review

Published by Lammas Publishing Publication date – 5 May 2022 Source – review copy 1553. Goldhanger, a tiny fishing village on the Blackwater marshes. Fifteen-year-old Dela’s strange bond with animals has her branded a witch by the locals. Running for her life, with only a rescued dog for a friend, Dela manages to find sanctuary…

To the Grave by John Barlow – review

Published by HQ Publication date – 26 May 2022 Source – review copy Will the truth be buried with the dead? When DS Joe Romano first meets Ana Dobrescu she’s nervous, in serious danger, and clearly needs help. The next time Romano sees her, she’s dead. There was nothing more he could have done, but…

Jane’s Country Year by Malcolm Saville – review

Published by Handheld Press Publication date – 18 January 2022 Source – review copy At last she reached the brow of the hill … now the country opened out below her and she looked down into a wide and lovely valley … Still patched with snow the little fields spread like a carpet below her…

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan – review

Published by Faber Publication date 21 October 2021 Source – gift It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him — and encounters the…

Death and Croissants by Ian Moore – review

Published by Farrago Publication date – 1 July 2021 Source – review copy Richard is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the fictional Val de Follet in the Loire Valley. Nothing ever happens to Richard, and really that’s the way he likes it. One day, however, one of his older guests disappears, leaving…

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer – review

Published by Arrow Publication date – 7 October 2004 Source – review copy The only question which hangs over the life of Sir Richard Wyndham, notable whip, dandy and Corinthian, is one of marriage. Wyndham is contemplating his upcoming proposal with considerable dismay, when he chances upon a beautiful young fugitive, Penelope, making a dramatic…

A Little Hope by Ethan Joella – review

Published by Muswell Press Publication date – 28 April 2022 Source – review copy Freddie and Greg Tyler seem to have it all: a comfortable home at the edge of the woods, a beautiful young daughter, a bond that feels unbreakable. But when Greg is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, the…