Reshma Ruia – Q&A

Reshma Ruia’s short story collection, Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness, was published by Dahlia Publishing on 12 October 2021. Reshma kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness. Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness is a collection of short stories that spans continents and cultures. The…

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…

Balancing the Books – December 2021

So 2021 is behind us. Some will be sad to see it go, others glad. 2022 stretches out before us but as is the case with all years, will no doubt soon see us saying “how can it be this date already”. December saw many books arrive and not only the ones I bought and…

A Will to Kill by R V Raman – review

Published by Pushkin Vertigo Publication date – Source – review copy MIST, MOUNTAINS, MURDER. Ageing millionaire Bhaskar Fernandez has invited his relatives to the remote, and possibly haunted, Greybrooke Manor, high up in the misty Nilgiris. He knows his guests expect to gain from his death, so he writes two conflicting wills. Which one of…

Reprint of the Year Award – second nomination

You may have seen as part of my review Murder by the Book that I’m taking part in the Reprint of the Year award hosted by Kate at Cross Examining Crime. The awards look at the vintage crime fiction republished during 2021. Nominations have to be works of fiction and reprinted this year, if it’s…

Jean Paetkau – Q&A

Jean Paetkau is the author of Rumpa and the Snufflewort, published on 3 July 2021. Jean kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Rumpa and the Snufflewort. Rumpa and the Snufflewort is a kids’ adventure book that I wrote with my two children (aged 9 and 12) during COVID…

Balancing the Books – November 2021

So, the fireworks are thankfully behind us (until the end of December). The boxes of Christmas decorations are being dug out of lofts, shed and garages, ready to bedeck halls, and living rooms (and possibly pets). Daylight is around for about 2 hours and those of us who have managed to wait are ready to…

Coffee and Crime Book Advent Calendar – Review

Advent calendars have come a long way from a pretty picture behind a door. There’s the chocolate ones, of course, and the pretty picture ones but now you can get anything from cheese to stationary, gin to beauty products (and some make your eyes sparkle just at the price!). What I really wanted was a…

The Gift by R A Williams – Giveaway

The Gift by R A Williams is published by White Fox on 18 November 2021. Today I have a copy of the book to give away. Here’s what it’s about. The North Atlantic, 14 April 1912. Amid the chaos of the sinking Titanic, a young Eleanor Annenberg meets the eyes of a stranger and is…