Perfect by Sally Emerson – review

Published by Quadrant Books Publication date – 27 May 2022 Source – review copy In these stories of the impossible, master of the domestic thriller Sally Emerson introduces the eerie into her keen-eyed portraits of everyday life. A clerk working in a public register office begins to receive death certificates dated in the future, but…

Balancing the Books – May 2022

So here we are, half way through the year already. Time seems to be flying. Talking of flying by, our week in Cornwall seemed to pass in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately the journey there and back didn’t, especially with three kids in the back and the M5 deciding we needed to spend more…

The Slow Lane Walkers Club by Rosa Temple – review

Published by Simon and Schuster Publication date – 26 May 2022 Source – review copy Daniel isn’t used to living life in the slow lane. So when he finds himself unexpectedly jobless and back in his old Cornish hometown, he can’t sit still.   Hazel used to be adventurous too. But now widowed and in…

Jinny Alexander – Q&A

Jinny Alexander’s book, Dear Isobel, was published on 14 March 2022. Jinny kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Dear Isobel. Dear Isobel tells the aftermath of the married narrator’s affair with her business partner, Charles. It includes flashback scenes that detail moments of the affair, and charts the…

20 Books of Summer 2022 – the choices

So it’s that time of year again.  Devised by Cathy at 746Books the aim is to read 20 books between 1 June and 1 September. I  have taken part for the last five years. I think I’ve only made it once! You can read about the challenge on Cathy’s excellent blog here. Because I’m a mood…

Carys Jones – Q&A

Carys Jones is the author of We Are All Liars which was published by Orion on 9 December 2021. Carys kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about We Are All Liars. We Are All Liars is a standalone thriller about five friends who have drifted apart in later life…

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho – giveaway

Zen Cho’s books include Sorcerer to the Crown, The True Queen and Spirits Abroad. Her latest novel, Black Water Sister, is published today in paperback by Pan Macmillan. Her grandmother may be dead, but she’s not done with life . . . yet. As Jessamyn packs for Malaysia, it’s not a good time to start…

Balancing the Books – April 2022

We have officially made it to Spring. The blossom is on the trees, the birds are up extra early because of the clocks going forward and there’s a sense of peace and quiet now the kids are back at school. For six hours a day at least. My reading slump has decided to stick around…

Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare – review

Published by HQ Publication date – 28 April 2022 Source – review copy London, 1936 Lena Aldridge is wondering if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn’t worked out. Instead, she’s stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho and her married lover has just left her. She…