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Postcards from London
Postcards from London
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great idea, 22 Sept. 2017
This collection of short stories ranges from the distant past, through the present and into the future with the city of London and the river Thames linking them. There are some interesting ideas explored here and I like the idea of basing an anthology of differing genres around a single place. Some stories were more to my taste than others, as is often the case with a collection of work, particularly on so varied. I think everyone will find something to enjoy here. A great idea.


Letters to the Pianist
Letters to the Pianist
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving story, 20 Sept. 2017
Ruth, her brother Gabi and sister Hannah experience the WW2 bombings in London’s East End. Ruth finds her best friend’s body in a bombed out house and eventually the children are rescued from their own bombed out home, orphans. The younger siblings go to one aunt, she to another, where she finds herself subject to the attentions of a very unpleasant uncle. Meanwhile, a man wakes in hospital knowing nothing about his former life, but discovers he is a very gifted pianist.

Though the book was quite long, it never dragged for me. It’s a riveting story and I liked the way it looked at different aspects of people’s war experience. The poor working people of the East End, the rich people who could eat and drink anything – not just the landed gentry but Ruth’s uncle who cheated his way to a pantry full of food, exploiting others. And of course, the way some people treated the Jews. It was interesting all the way through and exciting at the end. A great story!

I received an advance review copy of this book.


The Book of Maker
The Book of Maker
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great concept, 20 Sept. 2017
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Clarissa Bell buys a book in a second-hand shop. It’s blank – a rather posh notebook, it appears. She discovers that it’s possible to communicate with characters in a book. It’s also possible that you’re a character in someone else’s book. What possibilities this idea opens for a fertile mind like David Staniforth’s.

A story about a girl who hangs around bookshops – a girl who discovers the power of the written word? What’s not to like? But, as always, it’s the way he tells them. David’s got a great prose style. His ways of describing things are entirely his own and add so much to my enjoyment of his work – right from the first book of his that I read. The two realities are so believably created and the two sets of characters so sympathetic, that you’re standing behind them both and cheering them on. There are heart-stopping moments in this story and plenty of action and excitement. There’s also some dredged-up past to deal with and accept, and it all comes together to make a fantastic read. The book is probably going to be labelled as YA Fantasy because of the age of the major protagonists but there’s something in here for readers of any age. Never let a label put you off a great story!


Rough Music
Rough Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great depiction of a fractured family, 17 Sept. 2017
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Julian grows up a solitary boy, the only child in a rather straight-laced family. His father is a prison governor and Julian occasionally speaks to the prisoners. The family take a holiday in a remote seaside bungalow and are joined by his uncle and cousin. It’s as a result of what happened on that holiday that a repeat of the experience, when his cousin books the same bungalow proved traumatic for all, especially his mother with her gathering Alzheimer’s disease.

I’m a great fan of Patrick Gale’s writing. It’s elegant, sophisticated but not in the least flowery. It’s what writers should aspire to. He takes apart a family teetering on the brink of not really knowing each other, or of being in denial of what they know, and analyses their actions and deeds in an almost forensic detail. A really great book.


The Missing Girls: A serial killer thriller with a twist (Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 3)
The Missing Girls: A serial killer thriller with a twist (Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great series, 15 Sept. 2017
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A young girl’s body is discovered in a trunk in a storage facility. She hadn’t been reported missing by her family. DI Robyn Carter is on the case and all too soon, another young girl’s body is found, this time buried in a shallow grave. When a third girl goes missing, they are looking for a single perpetrator. Soon it comes closer to home for Robyn, as a child she knows disappears. Her team follow the social media activities of the youngsters to see if they can connect them.

This is a really well-paced story, action building upon action as we witness the detectives’ fight to tie these girls’ stories together. I enjoyed the clues along the way, though I misinterpreted some of them! I’m enjoying the exploits of DI Carter and her team and I hope to read many more of them.


Tallis Steelyard. The Monster of Bell-Wether Gardens and other stories.
Tallis Steelyard. The Monster of Bell-Wether Gardens and other stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoyable, 13 Sept. 2017
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If you wonder what comprises the life of a jobbing poet in the town of Port Naain, this little collection of stories will give you some idea. Tallis has a finger in many a pie, arranging soirees for ladies, helping to write and distribute literary journals (and their rivals!). He assists in redistributing the town’s abundance of food and arranges for a man to experience a haunting when he’s accepted the challenge to stay overnight in a disused tower. And that’s just some of it!

Reading these stories of Jim Webster’s is like putting on your slippers and picking up a cuppa. Comfortable, and they make you smile.


Death in Dulwich (The London Murder Mysteries Book 1)
Death in Dulwich (The London Murder Mysteries Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great cosy mystery, 11 Sept. 2017
Beth’s first day in her new job as archivist at Wyatt’s school is memorable for the wrong reason. Her immediate superior Dr Jenkins, the senior archivist, sees her into her office then disappears for the morning. She goes for lunch and finds him dead. Both Beth and Detective Inspector York are determined to find out who killed him. The case is surprisingly not straight forward. Nobody liked Dr Jenkins and the delightful village of Dulwich is quite put about.

Beth is intelligent and curious. She takes it upon herself, as the finder of the body, to try to solve the riddle of the death. Yes, she should have left it to the nice policeman. But really, would you? This book was full of gentle humour and sharp observation and I enjoyed it very much, despite having a bit of an idea before the end of whodunit. A great read in the cosy mystery genre.

I received a review copy of this book.


Slightly Spooky Stories I
Slightly Spooky Stories I
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 10 Sept. 2017
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The ‘Slightly’ in the title is a big clue. You’re unlikely to suffer night terrors after reading this book but the stories here all make you wonder. Are thought transference, prescience and clairvoyance possible? What’s the nature of luck or coincidence? Can you have a sixth sense? Is there, in fact, a persistence of the soul or the personality after death?

I found these stories a light, easy read, enjoyable and often amusing. They’re suitably supernatural without being horrific. A good read.


The Holly and the Ivy (A Sprig of Holly Book 2)
The Holly and the Ivy (A Sprig of Holly Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tale for a winter's evening, 7 Sept. 2017
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This story, a follow-up to A Sprig of Holly, is reminiscent of the folk tales I remember from my childhood. Greta once again meets the hare which helped her and her grandfather in the previous story. Two hot-headed youngsters get themselves deeper into bother than they realise. The story is gentle, interesting and the sort of tale you could tell to your own youngsters on a winter’s evening.


The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good story, 7 Sept. 2017
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Frances and her mother are struggling, a few years after the Great War, to maintain their house alone. Her brothers were killed in the war and her father died following disastrous investments, leaving them unable to maintain the house or keep servants. They advertise for lodgers, whose rent will enable them to pay their food bills, if not to improve the house. The young couple seem not to have an ideal marriage and Frances hears raised voices from time to time. She and the girl, Lilian, become close and out of their burgeoning relationship comes a disaster.

This book didn’t seem as long as I know it is. I zipped through it, fascinated. So many tiny details lit up the times – buying a box of nibs, for example. While by no means a between-the-wars child I still remember dippy nibs. The story was beautifully set in its time through little things like this. The disaster, which initially welds Frances and Lilian together, changes their lives and the balance of their relationship utterly. I loved the ending which left me still with the characters and the story in my mind. Sarah Waters doesn’t spoon-feed her readers. She tells such a good story.


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