Reposed Bespoke Book Box – review

So Christmas has been and gone. Some of you may have received books under the tree, others may be bookless. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket or forgot to buy that gift and want to get something a little different then the Reposed Bespoke Book Box may be for you. Over…

Book Post – Book Subscription Services

It’s round about this time of year that panic can set in. Three days until Christmas and still have presents to buy. What do you get the committed bookworm? Books are the obvious choice but unless you’ve been given a handy list (or spreadsheet) how do you know which to get? Well that’s where you…

The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay – review

Published by British Library Publishing Publication date – 1 October 2015 Source – own copy Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered – by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus – with a…

Trevor Wood – Q&A

Trevor Wood is the author of The Man on the Street, which was published by Quercus on 19 March 2020. Trevor kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Man on the Street. The Man on the Street is about a homeless man who sees a murder but no…

Saving the World by Paola Diana – extract

Saving the World by Paola Diana was published by Quartet Books on 2 May 2018. Today I have an extract from the book to share with you. The global socio-economic outlook The status of women is a complicated subject, always avoided rather than addressed. Even philosophers like Aristotle and Plato never debated the issue. Even…

Deep and Crisp and Evil – snowbound books

It’s that time of year. The temperature has dropped and the nights have definitely drawn in and in fact will start drawing out again soon. I for one hope the snow won’t lay round about but I don’t mind a fictional snow drift. In fact, there’s something special about a book set in flurries of…

The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson – extract

Ragnar Jonasson is the author of the Dark Iceland series featuring Ari Thor Arason and the Hidden Iceland series featuring Hulda Hermannsdottir. The lastest book in the Hidden Iceland series, The Mist, was published by Penguin on 12 November 2020. Today I have an extract from the book. Prologue February 1988 Hulda Hermannsdóttir opened her…

Coffee and Crime Book Subscription – review

I love the idea of a book box or book subscription. A surprise parcel in the post every month or so, packed with books, treats and edible goodies? Yes please! However, I’m always fearful that I’ll receive a book I already have so I’ve stopped short of actually signing up to any. Then I found…

Balancing the Books – November 2020

So November is gone in the blink of an eye. Quite a bit of it was spent with the outside hidden away by a blanket of fog. Perfect reading weather. However if I had done more actual reading then I wouldn’t have found myself in the position of being surrounded by books and having to…

Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread by Michiko Kakutani – review

Published by William Collins Publication date – 20 October 2020 Source – review copy For legendary literary critic Michiko Kakutani, books have always been an escape and a sanctuary, the characters of some novels feeling so real to her childhood self that she worried they might leap out of the pages at night if she…