Book Review of ‘The Clockwork Queen’ by Peter Bunzl

The image is of the front cover of The Clockwork Queen by Peter Bunzl, a Barrington Stoke publication

When her grandmaster father is imprisoned in the dungeons of St Petersburg, Sophie plans to help him escape through an incredible chess-playing automaton called the Clockwork Queen. But will she be able to outwit the Empress herself? A page-turning historical adventure from Cogheart author Peter Bunzl. I recently heard about an automaton called The Mechanical Turk - … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Clockwork Queen’ by Peter Bunzl

Book Review of ‘The Lost Whale’ by Hannah Gold

I first discovered Hannah Gold’s writing last year when she was launching her debut children’s novel, ‘The Last Polar Bear’. She talked with such passion about the plight of the polar bears, her writing and her excitement over Levi Pinfold’s illustrations, that I immediately bought a copy for my daughter. We both loved it. In … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Lost Whale’ by Hannah Gold

Book Review of ‘The Christie Affair’ by Nina De Gramont

Happy Publication Day to ‘The Christie Affair’, a fabulous new mystery novel about what happened to Agatha Christie during her disappearance in 1926. Summary In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. Only I know the truth about her disappearance. I’m no Hercule Poirot. I”m her husband’s mistress. ‘The Christie Affair’ Agatha Christie’s world is … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Christie Affair’ by Nina De Gramont

Book Review of ‘The Christmas Murder Game’ by Alexandra Benedict

Fancy reading something a little different this Christmas? Let me introduce you to ‘The Christmas Murder Game’. When Lily returns home to her aunt’s Manor House, she discovers that in order to inherit, she and her estranged cousins must stay together over the Christmas week and take part in a family tradition: the annual treasure … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Christmas Murder Game’ by Alexandra Benedict

Book Review of ‘Skyborn’ by Sinead O’Hart

In ‘Skyborn’, Sinead O’Hart has created a magical story set in several different magical worlds. Her characters are appealing in their bravery and comradeship, and there are many layers to both Bastjan and Alice, who grow more appealing as the novel progresses. I like the way that we get a lot about Bastjan’s backstory right … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Skyborn’ by Sinead O’Hart

Book Review: ‘Circus of Wonders’ by Elizabeth Macneal

I love books about circuses. I love the sense of magic and fantasy, and the promise that absolutely anything can happen. Elizabeth Macneal's second novel, 'Circus of Wonders' did not disappoint! It is 1866, and we meet Nell picking flowers in a coastal village in southern England. She has been ostrasized by her community due … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Circus of Wonders’ by Elizabeth Macneal