People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield – extract

Clare Whitfield’s debut novel, People of Abandoned Character, is published by Head of Zeus on 1 October 2020. Today I have an extract of the book. He asked about my family, and I told him the old scarlet fever story, that my grandparents had raised me and now everyone was dead. I had no one….

Love Me Like You Do by Aimee Brown – extract

Love Me Like You Do by Aimee Brown was published by Aria Fiction on 17 September 2020. Today I have an extract from the book. ‘She’s not dead,’ he says, gently touching my now-tingling hand, softly resting it on my chest. I pull it away suddenly with a gasp as the pain shoots from my…

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…

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 3 September 2020 Source – review copy In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case….

Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 – the winners

The Comedy Women in Print prize is the brainchild of comedian and actor Helen Lederer and was established in 2018 to celebrate and support female comedy writers. The two published prize winners receive a cash prize and the unpublished winner receives a publishing contract with Harper Collins. This year’s shortlist was as follows: Big Girl,…

Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 August 2020 Source – review copy On a dismally foggy night in Hampstead, London, a curious party has gathered in an artist’s studio to weather the wartime blackout. A civil servant and a government scientist are matching wits in a game of chess, while an artist paints…

Books in a box – Capital Crime Book Club

Capital Crime is a yearly celebrate of murder, mayhem and thriller, that takes place in London (hence the clever name). For reasons that don’t need explaining, this year’s event was sadly cancelled. However, the book-loving brains behind the festival have come up with a way that means great crime fiction can reach even more people….

Other Girls Like Me by Stephanie Davies – extract

Other Girls Like Me by Stephanie Davies was published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing on 31 July 2020. Today I have an extract from the book. HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie and the Banshees  THE FOLLOWING MORNING dawned bright and sunny, and I was wondering what to do with the luxurious day stretching before me when the base gates sprang…

Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane – extract

Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane was published by Aria Fiction on 10 September 2020. Today I have an extract to share. September 1st ‘Take pity on an old man, lass.’ Bert fluttered his grey eyelashes as he helped Tina carry a large cardboard box full of tea, coffee, milk and biscuits from…