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…

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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 have…

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:…

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 chapter…

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 that…

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 at…

Exclusive interview with Patricia Pitt, author of Hannah Kimble

Back in October last year I was on a writing weekend course in Derbyshire where I met a lovely lady called Patricia Pitt.  Patricia was fascinating as she’d completed a romantic fiction novel, entitled Hannah Kimble, and self published it. I’ve just finished reading Hannah Kimble and can highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys…

Evoking Emotions – with a good book

It never ceases to amaze me how a book can stir up the emotions like nothing else.  I’m not a particularly expressive person and the last time I cried was probably through anguish that someone else had got to the last biscuit first, but a good book seems to get the better of me every…

Bookreavement

Bookreavement.  If it’s not a word, it should be. This is the word I use to refer to the feeling you get when you reach the end of a book that you’ve really, really enjoyed.  You feel that not only have you got to the end of the story, but also that you’ll never meet those…

Neurotic for erotic or find it crude to be rude?

Love literature jam-packed with naughty bits?  Or do you prefer your stories sweet and romantic with intimate detail being too much information? Following the unprecedented popularity of 50 Shades it seems to have become perfectly acceptable to whip out your erotic novel on the Tube, in the cafe or indeed any other public space without having…

Gotta Love an Anti Heroine – the controversial female protagonist

Heroines in the romance genre are often traditionally associated with being: i) younger than the hero ii) poorer than the hero iii) more junior in her career than the hero (if she has a career at all) I think for many readers, especially perhaps the newer generation of romance enthusiasts, the perception of the traditional…

Cooking up a Mystery

I’ve always loved a good murder, especially a light-hearted one, i.e. Midsomer Murder-esque.  I especially like those in which the investigator is female.  I’m not sure why that is, maybe because I find them easier to relate to. I started with Miss Marple, then moved on to Agatha Raisin, both of which I’m extremely fond,…