Latest Review Trio

As I haven’t done a book review for ages I thought it about time I got on with one. I read loads of romance but love a good thriller and gobble up anything to do with psychology in business, so this round of recommendations has one of each! Sweet romanceJane Lovering’s Little Teashop of HorrorsContinue reading “Latest Review Trio”

Top 5 Reads

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post on book recommendations, so I thought it about time that changed. Here are my top 5 recent reads for… A laughWhy Mummy Swears by Gill Sims I found this wrapped up without a tag under my tree at Christmas and it took me a while andContinue reading “Top 5 Reads”

Before the Fall – book review

Normally I’m very certain about the kind of books I like – either a light-hearted romance with a sprinkle of humour, or a cosy mystery.  It’s as simple as that.  But recently I stepped away from my norm and picked up Before the Fall by Juliet West. Set during WWI in London’s working class EastContinue reading “Before the Fall – book review”

Happiness is…striking gold with a book you love

Reading is a high risk activity. By that, I mean that when you start a book there are no guarantees you’re going to enjoy it. I hate giving up on a story, though, so unless I’m at the point where I’d rather do the housework – and that takes a lot…

Review of Rhiana Ramsey’s debut crime thriller Sweet Oblivion

Guest post by Gemma Hook Last month I was lucky enough to get my hands on the indie published, debut novel from Rhiana Ramsey entitled Sweet Oblivion. I have to admit that I have sometimes been dubious of self-publishing but I can honestly say that this is one of the best crime reads I haveContinue reading “Review of Rhiana Ramsey’s debut crime thriller Sweet Oblivion”

It’s a Mystery, what makes these such tasty reads

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve read two mystery novels, Alpine For You, by Maddy Hunter, and Real Murders by Charlaine Harris.  They were both different in their style but both offered page-turning cliff hangers before climaxing in very satisfying endings (neither of which I saw coming). Alpine For You, Maddy Hunter The blurb:Continue reading “It’s a Mystery, what makes these such tasty reads”

Word Crime

Every so often I take a break from fiction and pick up a factual book.  My current factual treat is Dr John Olsson’s Forensic Linguistics.  The leading expert in the field, Olsson details some of the cases he’s worked on and explains how linguistics has helped to solve mysteries and bring criminals to justice. Every chapterContinue reading “Word Crime”

Loving a Cosy Culinary Mystery

When I was younger I loved a cosy mystery, be it Murder She Wrote, Miss Marple, Nancy Drew or Colombo.  Aside from catching the odd few minutes of Midsomer Murders, in recent years I seem to have forgotten my penchant for a good, harmless crime, where the only people who ever die are those thatContinue reading “Loving a Cosy Culinary Mystery”

Books I’m loving – New Recommendations

I’ve been making headway recently on the ever-growing tower of books I want to read. Here are three I’ve loved and would highly recommend – 2 fact, one fiction: Grit, by Angela Duckworth Professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Angela Duckworth has dedicated her life’s work to discovering what makes someone stick atContinue reading “Books I’m loving – New Recommendations”