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,…

Balancing the Books – August 2022

August is over. The month that seems to last at least three, well in this house anyway. The kids aren’t quite back at school yet (shakes fist at inset days), but there’s a trip to the seaside to ease the way. The end of August also sees the end of the #20BooksofSummer reading challenge. You…

Samantha King – Q&A

The Secret Keeper’s Daughter by Samantha King was published HQ on 30 December 2021. Samantha kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Secret Keeper’s Daughter. The Secret Keeper’s Daughter is an emotional, suspenseful family drama set on England’s Suffolk coast. The story opens in the aftermath of an…

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…

Lorraine Turnbull – Q&A

Mum’s the Word by Lorraine Turnbull was published on 23 April 2021. Lorraine kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Mums the Word. Mum’s the Word is my debut novel. I’ve written a couple of non-fiction smallholding books and a memoir of my time leading up to the purchase…

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…

Alison Irvine – Q&A

Cat Step by Alison Irvine was published by Cinder House on 5 November 2020. Alison kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Cat Step. Cat Step is about Liz whose decision to leave her four-year-old daughter Emily sleeping in the car while she nips into the Co-op sets off…