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,…