About Me

My love affair with books, like most, started at an early age and is never ending. My book reading preferences have changed over the years and I look forward to sharing my varied reading tastes with you. You will find a lot of Crime Fiction (a penchant for Scottish Crime writers features a lot.) and also I love reading non fiction History. Hopefully you will find some new authors and new favourites to continue your own reading journey. ENJOY!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

THIRTEEN - STEVE CAVANAGH

The serial killer isn't on trial he's on the jury.
Defence lawyer and ex con Eddie Flynn is faced with the trial of the century. Is Hollywood star Robert Solomon really a calculated murderer? What is the secret he is keeping? In the face of damning evidence can Eddie find the truth and possibly unmask a serial killer that is closer than he
thinks.

It has taken me awhile to think about this review as after finishing this book I was left stunned. What a fabulously insane and clever book this is. Its a corker, smart and original. I pretty much read this in one sitting only stopping to eat and give my eyes a rest. I couldn't leave it be until the dramatic finish.
Eddie Flynn is a fabulous character you can't help but love. He's really clever and likeable without coming across as a smart arse. I'm not a big one for legal drama thrillers but this is as good as it gets. Courtroom procedure that is easy to follow without having to have a law degree and the tension keeps on building to a twisted, brilliant finale.

I've not read any of Steve Cavanagh's books before but rest assured I can't wait to read more in the Eddie Flynn series. Cavanagh's writing is exceptional and Thirteen is thoroughly deserving of the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2019.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

THE OTHER PEOPLE - C.J.TUDOR

While driving home one evening Gabe is stuck behind a rusty old car. A little girls face appears in the rear window. Its his daughter Izzy. He never sees her again ……...

C.J. Tudor is an amazing storyteller. The Other People is her third book and didn't disappoint. I've been banging on about how much I love this authors books before, but each book just gets better and better. I'm constantly surprised by her ability to weave so many stories into one novel and all is never what it seems. This book rolls along at a fast pace, the characters interweaving with each other through all the twists and creepy turns. Suspense, creepiness and intrigue abounds. I can't wait for the next book, and if the teaser at the end of  The Other People is anything to go by its going to be another bestseller. Just a shame I have to wait until 2021.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

TOP READING 2019

It's only a week out from a New Year, and I thought a reflection on the favourite books I have read in 2019 was worth thinking about.
I managed to read quite a lot over the year, exceeding my Goodreads reading challenge. Many excellent books were read and some not so noteworthy. Towards the latter half of the year, I indulged my love for crime fiction which produced some new and fabulous authors for me to try. Some I loved and are now firm favourites, Denzil Meyrick, Craig Robertson, James Oswald and I can't ignore the amazing C.J Tudor.

I also have a passion for History and was not disappointed in the Non Fiction I chose to read this year. Alistair Moffat continues to be a favourite with me alongside Peter Ackroyd. The past few years my Non Fiction selections have been influenced by my travels and this year was no exception.
Finding my favourite read of the year is usually hard to choose, but there was a definite standout for me. THE SEA KINGDOMS by Alistair Moffat was my choice as I loved this book so much that after finishing I just wanted to go back to the start and reread all over again. For me that's the sign of a good book. This is an amazing book about the history of Celtic Britain and Ireland via the sea routes of the west coast of Scotland and east coast of Ireland.

As hard as it was I have come up with my Top 5 Fiction and Non Fiction of books I have read during 2019. I am excited as always at what wonderful books await me in 2020 and the anticipation of finding new authors to explore. There really is nothing better than losing yourself in a book, maybe embarking on an adventure that was inspired by something I have read comes very close.
HAPPY READING 2020.

TOP 5 - FICTION

The Whisper Man - Alex North                      
The Chalk Man - C J Tudor
The Long Drop - Denise Mina
Coffin Road - Peter May
The Photographer - Craig Robertson



TOP 5 - NON FICTION

The Sea Kingdoms - Alistair Moffat
The Sea Birds Cry - Adam Nicholson
Thames - Peter Ackroyd
The Explorers - Martin Dugard
Ritz and Escoffier - Luke Barr




Thursday, December 19, 2019

IN THE CLEARING - J P POMARE

I was very excited to receive a pre release copy of "In the Clearing" by J P Pomare . After being blown away by his debut novel "Call Me Evie", I was hopeful of another brilliant story from this Australian author. I was not disappointed at all.

This work of fiction is obviously inspired by "The Family" a well documented and notorious cult situated in the state of Victoria. When young cult member Amy is entrusted to look after a new member things take a turn for the worse and Amy's life
of isolation from the outside world is changed forever. In the meantime, Freya a single mum with a young son she fiercely protects finds her world of security and privacy is shattered when a young child goes missing. Freya believes her secrets and her son are no longer safe.


This is a well constructed novel that just powers along and keeps you guessing. This is an excellent
psychological thriller from a brilliant author. I also highly recommend you give "Call me Evie" by J P Pomare a read as it is an exception debut novel.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

LAIDLAW - WILLIAM MCILVANNEY

Jack Laidlaw is the original damaged Detective.
When a young girls body is found it is up to Laidlaw to travel through the muck that is gangland Glasgow, and lurking in the shadows are the hard men and petty villains.

This is the first in the Laidlaw trilogy. I had heard that McIlvanney was the godfather of the Scottish Crime novel and the origin of "Tartan Noir" so was intrigued to read what all the praise was about. Laidlaw was first published in 1977 and is an outstanding book on so many levels. The plot itself is not what makes it gripping, it is the incredible way McIlvanney writes the story. It is the sharp, dry wit of the lead character and the exceptional descriptive prose that makes this novel a classic crime read.The characters are a blend of gritty, hard men and Glasgow city is beautifully described in all the dirty, seedy glory of the time.

I love the writing style and will savour reading the next two instalments in the series. I encourage any lover of crime fiction to read this trilogy. Brilliant stuff!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

THE PHOTOGRAPHER - CRAIG ROBERTSON

THERE IS A MONSTER ON THE STREETS OF GLASGOW..

After conducting a raid and finding a disturbing collection of photographs hidden under the floorboards, Detective Rachel Narey conducts an investigation on a terrifying scale.
Can she find the unknown subjects of the photos before this monster can strike again?

This is the first book by Craig Robertson that I have read and it won't be the last. It is the seventh book in the Narey and Winter series but I found it was easily read without the back story of the previous books. I really enjoyed this book even though I found the subject matter quite disturbing. It is a compelling story and very well written with believable characters and an excellent, fast paced plot.
I really want to read more from this author so may have to go back to the beginning of the series to follow the character development of Narey and Winter.
Highly recommended.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

THE WHISPER MAN - ALEX NORTH

IF YOU LEAVE A DOOR HALF OPEN, SOON YOU'LL HEAR THE WHISPERS SPOKEN...

Still grieving for wife and mother, Tom and Jake Kennedy move to Featherbank to make a new start. But this sleepy village has a nasty past. Fifteen years ago a serial killer known as "The Whisper Man" abducted and killed five boys before being caught.
As Tom and Jake settle in to their new home another boy has gone missing, and then Jake begins to behave strangely. He hears a whispering at the window.

This book is the creepiest I have read for a very long time. If work and sleep hadn't interrupted, I would have read this in one sitting. I was pleasantly surprised at how brilliantly written this was for a debut novel. North expertly weaves tension and suspense through a story that is both terrifying and mesmerizing, not one to read late at night. There are so many threads in this book it is hard to review without giving away too much, but all I can say is PLEASE read and enjoy the uneasiness and suspense it brings.