An English Murder is a classic whodunnit for cold December nights. When a mysterious death takes place on Christmas Eve, snowed-in guests at a country house must uncover the killer. Continue reading “Christmas Review: An English Murder by Cyril Hare”
I’m late to the party with Vox. This book received rave reviews earlier in the year but now that I’ve picked it up I’m feeling conflicted. It’s an enjoyable page turner for fans of dystopian fiction, but the ending didn’t meet my (unrealistically high) expectations. Continue reading “Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher”
Perfect for dark winter nights, Melmoth is a Gothic tale set in the snow-covered city of Prague. Brooding and atmospheric, it’s a story of shameful pasts and secret guilt. The linking thread is Melmoth; a woman cursed to wander the world, bearing witness to human cruelty. Continue reading “Review: Melmoth by Sarah Perry”
I have a confession to make; I’m hooked on Ben Aaronovitch’s crime-fighting, fantasy series. What’s more, I have a sneaking suspicion that the Peter Grant stories may be based on truth. Somewhere out there, a group of wizards runs around London, solving supernatural crime for the Metropolitan Police Force…. Continue reading “Review: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch”
It took me five years to pick up a copy of NW and now I’ve finally cracked it open I wish I hadn’t waited. One of the best novels I’ve read this year, it follows four Londoners; Natalie, Leah, Felix and Nathan. They all grew up on the same fictional council estate, but as adults lead very different lives. Continue reading “NW by Zadie Smith”
Happy Halloween! In the last few decades we’ve seen traditional tales turned on their head. Witches, wizards, warlocks and all manner of creatures have climbed out of the darkness to become heroes in their own adventures. Continue reading “Five Books That Go Bump in The Night”
Halloween reading doesn’t get much better than this. Among Others is a novel for anyone who’d love to find Narnia in their wardrobe.
Author Jo Walton has woven a fantasy landscape where fairies can be seen by select believers. Set in the late 1970s in the UK, this is a genre-mash-up that mixes boarding school, coming of age stories and a big dollop of magic. Continue reading “Not a fan of gore? Read this for Halloween”