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!

Monday, March 23, 2020


In these times of uncertainty I'm very thankful for a good book. I usually find myself enjoying and reviewing a lot of crime fiction novels. Well today I thought I would change tack and review a fantastic uplifting read.

Meet Charlie Savage: a middle aged Dubliner with an indefatigable wife, an exasperated daughter and a drinking buddy who has realised he has been a woman all along......

Charlie Savage is a small book but the stories within are huge. This is a laugh out loud glimpse at the life of Charlie and his family. From the opening story of his three year old Grandson who wants a Tattoo for Christmas,  to the final reminiscence and significance of New Year this book is an absolute joy. I have not read a Roddy Doyle book for a very long time and I had forgotten how beautifully he writes the humour and heart of the Irish people. It's the heartfelt story of an ordinary man in ordinary circumstances and I adored it.
When I am in need of a pick up over the next challenging few months it is to Roddy Doyle's humour I will turn to.

For further reading check out the Barrytown Trilogy ( The Commitments, The Van and The Snapper) and the Two Pints collection of Stories.

Saturday, March 14, 2020


A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of
unethical and psychological experiments. It is up to DI David Murphy and his partner DS Laura Rossi to unravel who is behind the chilling murders.

I have not read any of this authors work before and was pleasantly surprised to learn Dead Gone was a debut novel. Why surprised? because the writing was so good and I felt like I was reading work from an already well established writer. The story rolled along at a cracking pace without losing any of the tension. The story has just enough Psychological unpredictability, creepiness and plenty of tension to keep you reading well into the night. I loved the relationship between Murphy and Rossi who are a fabulous fit, and I look forward to following their partnership in future books. I will definitely be reading more of this series and other works from this talented and fantastic writer.

As a side note Luca Veste is one half of "Two Crime Writers and a Microphone" podcast along with the equally talented Steve Cavanagh (see previous review of Thirteen). I did a review of the podcast in another post late last year and still continue to laugh out loud when listening.