Jane McParkes – Q&A

Jane McParkes is the author of A Deadly Inheritance, published on 30 November 2022. Jane kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about A Deadly Inheritance. It is the first in a new cosy crime series with a ‘green’ twist, and full of green characters, ideas and positive solutions set…

Balancing the Books – December 2022

That’s it. 2022 is no more. The mad rush to the shops, with people on the phone to their partners describing emergency presents have hung up (no this wasn’t me, I sent text instead…). The turkey has finally been finished and there’s only about a week’s worth of picky bits for tea left. Oh and…

A A Chaudhuri – Q&A

A A Chaudhuri is the author of The Scribe, The Abduction, The Final Party and She’s Mine. Her latest novel, The Loyal Friend, was published by Canelo on 23 June 2022. She kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Loyal Friend. The Loyal Friend is a dark and…

Needless Alley by Natalie Marlow – review

Published by Baskerville Publication date – 19 January 2023 Source – review copy Birmingham, 1933. Private enquiry agent William Garrett, a man damaged by a dark childhood spent on Birmingham’s canals, specialises in facilitating divorces for the city’s male elite. With the help of his best friend – charming, out-of-work actor Ronnie Edgerton – William…

C J Farrington – Q&A

C J Farrington is the author of Death on the Trans-Siberian Express . His latest novel, Blood on the Siberian Snow, was published by Constable on 29 November 2022. He kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Blood on the Siberian Snow. Blood on the Siberian Snow is the…

Green for Danger by Christianna Brand – review

Published by The British Library Publication date – 10 April 2022 Source – review copy It is 1942, and struggling up the hill to the new military hospital, Heron’s Park, Kent, postman Higgins has no idea that the sender of one of the seven letters of application he is delivering will turn out to be…

Stories for Christmas and the Festive Season by Various Authors – review

Published by The British Library Publication date – 27 October 2022 Source – review copy In the night the snow came. She awoke on Christmas morning in that unmistakable light, coming up from the earth and shining between her curtains. Celebrate Christmas through the creative minds of a host of authors, including Beryl Bainbridge, Maeve…

The Haunting Season by Various Authors – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 29 September 2022 Source – review copy Long before Charles Dickens and Henry James popularized the tradition, the shadowy nights of winter have been a time for people to gather together by the flicker of candlelight and experience the intoxicating thrill of a ghost story. Now eight bestselling, award-winning…

Post After Post-Mortem by E C R Lorac – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 February 2022 Source – review copy “Now tell us about your crime novel. Take my advice and don’t try to be intellectual over it. What the public likes is blood.” The Surrays and their five children form a prolific writing machine, with scores of treatises, reviews and…

Literary Gift Guide

So we are fast approaching that time of year when the halls are decked with holly, the mince pies have been in the shops since August and it’s getting close to the time when the big man comes to visit. If you have a book lover in your life, but they seem to own all…