The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston – review

Published by HQ Publication date – 29 September 2022 Source – review copy Florence Day is a ghost-writer with one big problem. She’s supposed to be penning swoon-worthy novels for a famous romance author but, after a bad break-up, Florence no longer believes in love. And when her strict (but undeniably hot) new editor, Benji Andor, won’t…

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…

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…

The Invisible by Peter Papathanasiou – review

Published by MacLehose Press Publication date – 1 September 2022 Source – review copy Burnt-out from policework, Detective Sergeant George Manolis flies from Australia to Greece for a holiday. Recently divorced and mourning the death of his father, who emigrated from the turbulent Prespes region which straddles the borders of Greece, Albania and North Macedonia,…

Homesick by Jennifer Croft – review

Published by Charco Press Publication date – 23 August 2022 Source – review copy Sisters Amy and Zoe grow up in Oklahoma where they are homeschooled for an unexpected reason: Zoe suffers from debilitating and mysterious seizures, spending her childhood in hospitals as she undergoes surgeries. Meanwhile, Amy flourishes intellectually, showing an innate ability to…

Jumping Jenny by Anthony Berkeley

Published by The British Library Publication date – 10 January 2022 Source – review copy At a costume party with the dubious theme of ‘famous murderers and their victims’, the know-it-all amateur criminologist Roger Sheringham is settled in for an evening of beer, small talk and analysing his companions. One guest in particular has caught…

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune – review

Published by Tor Publication date – 16 September 2021 Source – own copy He expected nothing. But they gave him everything . . . Linus Baker leads a quiet life. At forty, he has a tiny house with a devious cat and his beloved records for company. And at the Department in Charge of Magical…

The Change by Kirsten Miller – review

Published by HQ Publication date – Source – review copy Nessa: The Seeker Jo: The Protector Harriett: The Punisher With newfound powers the time has come to take matters into their own hands… After Nessa is widowed and her daughters leave for college, she’s left alone in her house near the ocean. In the quiet…

Skip to the End by Molly James – review

Published by Quercus Publication date – 18 August 2022 Source – review copy Three kisses. Two break ups. One happy ending… Amy Daniels has a pretty nice life. Her career is on the up, she loves her friends, and she’s about to buy her very own flat. On a good day, Amy could be described…