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 Secret of the Treasure Keepers’ by A. M. Howell

This week, we celebrate the publication of another delightful historical mystery from one of my favourite middle grade fiction writers, A. M. Howell. Following on from last year’s hugely popular ‘Mystery of the Nightwatchers’, this time we’re visiting post-war Norfolk for ‘The Secret of the Treasure Keepers’. Excited? You should be! It’s 1948, and Ruth … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Secret of the Treasure Keepers’ by A. M. Howell

Book review of ‘A Spoonful of Murder’ by J. M. Hall

There's a bit of a resurrgence of the Miss Marple-esque elderly lady sleuth going on at the moment. I blame Richard Osman. A Spoonful of Sugar promised so much, but I'm not too convinced that it entirely delivers. A Spoonful of Sugar is set around the East Yorkshire towns of Thirsk and Northallerton, and promises … Continue reading Book review of ‘A Spoonful of Murder’ by J. M. Hall

Audiobook review: ‘The Man who Fell from the Sky’ by William Norris

Narrator: Tom Beyer Length: 10 hours, 1 minute Today I’m reviewing a fascinating true crime audiobook, which explores the bizarre life and death of '20s tycoon Alfred Loewenstein, and how this multi-millionaire vanished into thin air. I don’t normally listen to a lot of non-fiction, but I love a true crime story and the premise … Continue reading Audiobook review: ‘The Man who Fell from the Sky’ by William Norris

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 one … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Christie Affair’ by Nina De Gramont

Book Review of ‘The Twyford Code’ by Janice Hallett

Summary It’s time to solve the murder of the century. Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. Wanting to know more, he took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, not relaising the chain of events … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Twyford Code’ by Janice Hallett

Book Review of ‘The Girl Upstairs’ by Georgina Lees

Description How well do you know your neighbour?Would you trust them with your life? I heard Emily before I saw her. The harsh smack of heels against cheap wooden floorboards. The loud phone calls. The incessant music. I knew Emily before I met her. Discarded receipts in our communal hallway. Sticky leftovers in the shared food waste bin. Wine … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Girl Upstairs’ by Georgina Lees

Book Review: ‘The Department for Rare Books and Special Collections’

A brand new novel for all you bibliophiles out there! Liesl Weiss has worked at the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at a prestigious university for many years. She’s given up hope of leading her own department, content to work in the shadow of her much-revered boss. When he has a stroke, Liesl … Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Department for Rare Books and Special Collections’