Book Review: A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa #AGhostInTheThroat #BlogTour & #Giveaway

Blog tour, Book reviews By November 5, 2021 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

In A Ghost in the Throat Doireann Ní Ghríofa chronicles her personal response to a famous eighteenth-century poem in captivating prose and lays bare her own life while discovering that of the poet who wrote it. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem that…

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Book Review: Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass #BlackDropBlogTour

Blog tour, Book reviews By October 11, 2021 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Government clerk and reluctant spy Laurence Jago has good reason to conceal his French language prowess on gaining promotion and leaving the Foreign Office attics for the corridors of power in Leonora Nattrass’s debut novel Black Drop. July 1794, and the streets of London are filled with rumours of revolution. Political radical Thomas Hardy is to go on trial for…

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Book Review: The Walking People by Mary Beth Keane

Book reviews By October 1, 2021 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Mary Beth Keane’s novel The Walking People is a mesmerising family story spanning more than fifty years. It crosses the Atlantic from west coast Ireland to New York on the Eastern Seaboard, where what starts out as a reluctant immigrant’s journey ultimately becomes a real voyage of self-discovery for one young woman. 1960s Rural Ireland. Greta Cahill must abandon her…

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Book Review: The Burning by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman

Book reviews By September 23, 2021 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Deputy Coroner Clay Edison returns for a case which puts his loyalties and limits of endurance to the test in The Burning, the latest collaboration from father and son writing team, Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. When a wealthy man is found murdered in his hilltop home, Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is shocked to discover a link to his own brother…

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Book Review: Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison

Blog tour, Book reviews By September 17, 2021 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I’m rounding off this week’s McIlvanney Prize blog tour in the run up to Bloody Scotland, which begins today and runs over the weekend in a hybrid format. (You can buy a digital pass or tickets to individual events by clicking on the links.) The Scottish International Crime Writing Festival runs the McIlvanney Prize, awarded to the best Scottish Crime…

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Book Review: The Couple at No.9 by Claire Douglas

Book reviews By September 17, 2021 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

In her latest novel, The Couple at No.9, Claire Douglas explores the nightmare scenario of what happens when building work unearths human remains in the back garden of a young couple’s new home. When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations, the last thing she expects is builders uncovering a body. Two bodies, in…

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Reading the Women’s Prize 2021 Shortlist

Book reviews By September 8, 2021 Tags: , , 3 Comments

It’s something I promise myself I’ll do every year and never manage. That is, until this year. For the first time ever, I’ve read the entire Women’s Prize shortlist before the winner’s announced later today. Not only that but I finished reading the final book, Patricia Lockwood’s No One Is Talking About This, on Sunday. That’s right, with three whole…

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Book Review: My Name is Jensen by Heidi Amsinck

Book reviews By August 31, 2021 Tags: , , No Comments

Heidi Amsinck’s novel My Name is Jensen is the first in a new series featuring investigative journalist Jensen, only ever known by that one name and recently returned from assignment as London correspondent for the Danish national newspaper Dagbladet to its Copenhagen HQ. Guilty. One word on a beggar’s cardboard sign. And now he is dead, stabbed in a wintry…

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Book Review: That Night by Gillian McAllister

Blog tour, Book reviews By July 8, 2021 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

A desperate phone-call in the middle of the night shatters so much more than the peace and tranquility of a family holiday in Gillian McAllister’s sixth novel That Night. During a family holiday in Italy, you get an urgent call from your sister. There’s been an accident: she hit a man with her car and he’s dead. She’s overcome with…

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Book Review: Sleepless by Romy Hausmann #Sleepless #BlogTour

Blog tour, Book reviews, German books By June 24, 2021 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Someone might be getting away with murder in Romy Hausmann’s novel, Sleepless, an ambitious cat-and-mouse thriller, about guilt, coercive control, social inequality, retribution and justice. It’s over, my angel. Today I’m going to die. Just like her. He’s won.It’s been years since Nadja Kulka was convicted of a cruel crime. After being released from prison, she’s wanted nothing more than…

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