It’s 2022….

….. and I will admit I havenyt reviewed a book in a long time. I can’t blame having a small child as I still managed to read over 200 in 2021 – so this year I am going to mak an effort to post reviews regularly on here.

This year I am determined to reduce my physical TBR as last year I mostly read ebooks and my physical TBR still has over 200 on it and I am adding more – I jist can’t help myself.

So lease keep checking back for new posts and reviews.

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I’ve been away

Just a quick post to say that I hope to be postine new reviews shortly, of both old and new books.

It’s been hard to read the last 2 years due to my daughter being so young, and needing lots of attention, however, I have found that now she is getting older it is getting much easier to read and in fact already this year I have read over 30 books!

So watch this space as new reviews, thoughts and ideas will be heading your way soon

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman



In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.

But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?

My Thoughts

I am always wary of books written by celebrities, will it be any good? Did they write it themselves?

Well a few pages into the book and I completely forgot that it was written by TV presenter Richard Osman.

For the very beginning the writing was so good that I did not here Richard Osman’s voice at all, the characters we so well defined that each had their own voice that I could clearly hear, each one had their own identities and characteristics that I was soon drawn in to the plot.

From the start to the end Osman keeps you guessing about the motives and possible killer or killers, the suspense builds and I found myself trying to guess, incorrectly who the killer was.

I loved the characters in the Murder Club, feisty, intelligent with interesting back stories, some intriguing, some more tragic, this book will grip you to the end and bring a tear to your eye at the resolution.

With book two in the works and a possible film adaptation on it’s way Osman’s series is definitely one to check out and keep an eye on.


5/5 from me 


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Where the Dead Walk by John Bowen


For some, ghosts are no more than the wounds loved ones leave in their wake, haunting the living only with their absence. Others take a more literal view..

.Kate Bennett, presenter of paranormal investigation cable TV show, ‘Where the Dead Walk’, isn’t sure what she believes, other than she seems cursed to lose all those closest to her.

After investigating a neglected cliff-top house, empty for a decade because it’s ‘haunted’, Kate is convinced a spirit within holds the answers to a childhood she can’t remember and an unimaginable crime.

What she can’t know is that the house’s owner, Sebastian Dahl, is searching for something too, and he intends to get it, whatever the cost.

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My thoughts

Ghost hunting television shows have become fairly popular  in recent years from UK’s Most Haunted to the dozens of US programmes such as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, and this story uses that premise as a background.

The  main character, Kate presents one such show, she is nicely written and from the start you can tell that there is something between her and her producer. The characters are believable and well written. Sebastian Dahl, who asks for Kate and her team to investigate his house is both creepy and too good to be true, but Kate his determined to help.

The description of the house is brilliant and I could really imagine its lay out and the fire that took place, that affected the lives of both Sebastian and Kate as it comes to light that they knew each other as children.

About 70% to 75% of the way through the book I figured out what Sebastian was up to and his motives for asking Kate to help with his problem and the reason he was isolating her from her friends, this is because I have seen this plot point several times on Film and TV and I was really hoping that Bowen would take the story to a different ending than had previously been used, and I was glad to find out that he did. I really enjoyed this book and if you like a good bit of suspense mixed in with the supernatural then this is for you.



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Audio Books – Do they count as reading?

This is something that I have seen discussed a few times on blogs and booktube videos. Well if we are going to be completely technical about it then No it is not reading, because you are not actually reading the book, someone is reading it to you. But it is being read, just not by you.

I personally like listening to audio books, and have been listening to them quite a bit recently, a good thing about an audio book is that the story may sink in more than when you read it, for example, I borrowed the book The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown from the library a couple of years ago and I read the book, but if a year later you had asked me what happened in it I would not be able to tell you. I am currently listening to the book on my mobile phone via the Amazon Audible app, and now I can remember the story and details of the plot that I couldn’t when I read it, in fact it has been positively haunting me.

Why have I started listening to audio books? Well I started a while ago when my other half was watching sport, but now I find I am listening through the night, as I have a young baby and am finding it very hard to find the time to sit and read a physical book, I still manage a little bit per day but nowhere near the amount of reading I managed before she was born, so I am listening to the book at night when I am feeding her, this is now only about once a night at around 5 or 6 am, but it is still a good 40 minutes or so and listen while she is falling asleep on me after her feed.

I’m still way behind on  my Goodreads challenge but listening to audio book is helping me catch up slowly.

Audio books also help you read in places you can’t normally read, like when you are driving your car, I know a lot of people who listen to audio books in their cars when travelling to and from work, so while technically you are not reading an audio book it still counts, that’d my view and I’m sticking to it!

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The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones and other Victorian Scandals by Michelle Morgan

Published by Robinson on 12th April 2018


A grisly book dedicated to the crimes, perversions and outrages of Victorian England, covering high-profile offences – such as the murder of actor William Terriss, whose stabbing at the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre in 1897 filled the front pages for many weeks – as well as lesser-known transgressions that scandalised the Victorian era.

The tales include murders and violent crimes, but also feature scandals that merely amused the Victorians. These include the story of a teenage man who married an actress, only to be shipped off to Australia by his disgusted parents; and the Italian ice-cream man who only meant to buy his sweetheart a hat but ended up proposing marriage instead. When he broke it off, his fiancée’s father sued him and the story was dubbed the ‘Amusing Aberdeen Breach of Promise Case’. Also present is the gruesome story of the murder of Patrick O Connor who was shot in the head and buried under the kitchen flagstones by his lover Maria Manning and her husband, Frederick. The couple’s subsequent trial caused a sensation and even author Charles Dickens attended the grisly public hanging.

Drawing on a range of sources from university records and Old Bailey transcripts to national and regional newspaper archives, Michelle Morgan’s research sheds new light on well-known stories as well as unearthing previously unknown incidents.


My thoughts:

This book was provided by the publisher free of charge in exchange for a fair and honest review.


The Victorians, straight-laced and up-tight, so much so that they covered the legs of pianos in order to stop people becoming sexually excited, at least that’s what we have been told – well they did cover the piano legs but there was a darker side to our Victorian ancestors one that is steeped in blood.

Michelle Morgan examines several murders and scandals in her latest book, from the murder of actor William Terriss to the battered body of the title and more and she does it with her usual style and flair and for those of you who think that no book is complete with out Jack the Ripper there is a nod to him and his crimes as well.

As with all of Morgan’s work she does not impose her own feelings and conclusions on theses cases, if a story seems incomplete it’s because there is no further information on that particular case. She does not condemn the guilty, that was done by the courts and newspapers of the day, instead she lays out the facts for us. We could find out this information ourselves it is public record, but we don’t we are too lazy to put in the many hours that Morgan has clearly put into retelling these stories.

Beautifully written they will make you want to conduct your own research into your family history to see if you have any such scandals hiding, especially when you learn that one of the tales involves one of her own ancestors.

A great book to either read from cover to cover or dip into every now and then, this is another great title to add to your true crime collection or even your Michelle Morgan one!


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The House by Simon Lelic

This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review



The perfect couple. The perfect house. 
…The perfect crime.

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door.




My thoughts

When I first read the description of this book on Netgalley I thought this was going to be a supernatural thriller , however there is nothing supernatural about it.

This book is written from dual perspectives, from Jack and his live in girlfriend Sydney.

This is disconcerting to start with as the narrative does not flow naturally from one chapter to the next and it feels especially in the first part of the story extremely disjointed. However  as the story progresses and the plot is slowly revealed this actually works in the long run and the stories told by the two main characters meld in to one and become coherent.


The dual perspectives although hard to reconcile as one story and hard to get used to really shows the differences in the personalities of the two main characters and their outlook on the situation.

As we learn about Sydney’s past, as really the plot is focused mostly on her, it seems that someone in her past is out to cause her and her relationship with Jack a great deal of harm. Sydney is a complex character with many hidden secrets that are slowly revealed throughout the book, well written strong and determined to help the little girl over the road without thinking of the consequences.



I gave this 3 out of 5 stars

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Blog Tour – A Kingdom Falls by John Owen Theobald


London, 1944. Britain’s capital is back in the firing line. It has been several years since the Blitz ended, but now death is dropping from the skies once more. Has the tide of war turned again?

Anna Cooper survived the Blitz but she lost her mother and the people closest to her. Amid the flames and rubble, she discovered that everything she thought she knew about her family was a lie. She learned that nobody was prepared to take an orphaned girl seriously and she decided to fight back.

Now, Anna flies warplanes for the Air Transport Auxiliary but she knows it is not enough. Hitler is ready to unleash one final terrifying secret weapon, against which there is no defence. But Anna won’t let that happen. If there is no defence, there is only one option: attack.


My thoughts

In the final installment of this fantastic trilogy, Theobald, takes his characters and pushes them to their limits, brilliantly written A Kingdom Falls continues Anna’s story as she fights to save England from Germany’s fiercest weapon – the V2 rocket.

Anna is fantastically written  character, a great role model, as she refuses to give out not matter what. Timothy Squire is a sympathetic young man who witnesses the horrors of war, fights hard while wanting to run away and just go home.

This is a powerful story of the unsung heroes of the war – the ATA – a group of women who flew planes to where they were needed without using any navigational instruments, these women are only now starting to be recognised for the work they did in supporting the war effort and Theobald highlights the dangers they faced brilliantly and even takes it a step further.

It is hard to imagine any of the women of the ATA returning to normal civilian life and going back to their kitchens and being wives and mother’s, Theobald also explores this aspect of the end of the war brilliantly.

This is a fantastic trilogy and the characters are believable and well written, even the villains have depth and are well fleshed out.

The story and characters will stay witt you long after you have read the last page and closed the book.

5 out of 5 stars

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A Kingdom Falls – John Owen Theobald – Blog Tour

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Blog Tour – District VIII by Adam Lebor


Life’s tough for a Gypsy cop in Budapest. The cops don’t trust you because you’re a Gypsy. Your fellow Gypsies, even your own family, shun you because you’re a cop.

The dead, however, don’t care. So when Balthazar Kovacs, a detective in the city’s murder squad, gets a mysterious message on his phone from a blocked number, he gulps down the rest of his morning coffee, grabs his police ID and goes to work. The message has two parts: a photograph and an address. The photograph shows a man lying on his back with his eyes open, half-covered by a blue plastic sheet. The address is 26, Republic Square, the former Communist Party headquarters and once the most feared building in the country. But when Kovacs arrives at Republic Square, the body has gone…

Kovacs’ investigation will take him deep into Budapest’s shadows, an underworld visitors never get to see: the gritty back alleys of District VIII; the people smuggling networks around Keleti Station; the endemic corruption of a country still haunted by the ghosts of history. And when the leads point to the involvement of his brother Gaspar, the city’s most powerful pimp, Kovacs will be forced to choose between the law and family loyalty.


This book was provided free of charge by Head of Zeus

My thoughts

This book is a cleverly written crime thriller set during the Budapest migrant crisis of 2015, when Keleti Station was closed down to transport for migrants due to the vast numbers arriving there to try and make there way to West Europe.

The characters are brilliantly written and fleshed out with our main character the police detective Balthazar both believable and sympathetic.

The plot is cleverly woven around the true events of people smuggling and political corruption and intrigue. Lebor wastes no time in getting his characters into the thick of things, with secret police, crime bosses and reporters all after the same thing.

Fast paced and with man twists and turns as Balthazar investigates the death of a migrant that the authorities are trying to cover, threats to his life and that of his family ensure that this is a real page turner that you will not want to put down until you reach the end.

This appears to be book one in a series and if  Lebor, like most writers gets better with each book, the crime reading public is in for a treat as District VII satisfies every need on a crime story, heroism, villains, corruption and justice, even if that justice is not exactly the justice that would ideally take place.

You won’t regret picking this book up!!!


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