Moving to France has been the dream of tens of thousands of Francophiles for decades. Pots of geraniums, fields of lavender and sunflowers, crusty baguettes, cheeses galore, accordion music, inexpensive wines, the climate, peaceful rivers, golden beaches, France has it all. How easy it is to fall in love with the dream of starting a new life here. With property prices currently at a 5-year low, it's a buyer's market.
There are people who are happy to take the plunge into the unknown, prepared to live with the consequences, but the dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if they haven't done their homework.
For Eamon and his wife, it was not a decision made on the spur… Read more
I've read and enjoyed two of Andrew Ives' previous books featuring Karen, the tenacious and ingenious sleuth. Here she is again, and again the author doesn't disappoint.
With the end of the earth possibly being nigh, animal rights activists attacking a research laboratory and vicious indestructible ants overtaking the country, there's plenty of action. Karen needs all her resourcefulness to deal with the dangers encountered during her investigations, while her vile slob of a boyfriend Nathan is enjoying himself in a virtual world of virtually willing nubile girls.
The action moves between London, rural England, Ireland and Italy, and the intricate plot will keep… Read more
Anna Bright's journey to becoming a literary genius is a circuitous and unlikely one. For a start, she hasn't actually written a book, and her perfect lover has little confidence that she ever will. She is persuaded by a successful writer friend to join a local writing group, where she feels inadequate and is patronised by the other members who are either neurotic or completely bonkers.
Her job is unsatisfying and on the rocks; her perfect lover may not be quite as perfect as he seems, and then there's a dangerous but devilishly irresistible acclaimed writer and Phyllis, an anorexic dotty American future-mother-in-law.
From the leafy London suburbs to the glaring… Read more