Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories by Hilary Mantel

When I first saw The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it – not because of the controversy over the title story, but because I’m not especially keen on short stories. But Hilary Mantel is one of … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Short Stories | Tagged , | 3 Comments

The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie

The Sittaford Mystery is one of the earlier of Agatha Christie’s books, first published in the UK in 1931 and in the US as Murder at Hazelmoor. It’s not one of her Poirot or Miss Marple mysteries, but features Inspector Narracott, … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie Reading Challenge, Book Reviews, Books, Challenges, Crime Fiction, Fiction, My Kind of Mystery Challenge, RIP Challenge | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

I love historical fiction – books that take me away to another time and place. I think one definition of historical fiction is that it should be written about 50 years after the events it describes and so The Sunrise by … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier, has been sitting on my bookshelves for 7 years (and moved house with me). It’s one of those books that I kept taking down off the shelf, flicking through it and … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Challenges, Fantasy, Fiction, Mount TBR Challenge 2014, My Kind of Mystery Challenge, RIP Challenge, What's In a Name | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The Shroud Maker by Kate Ellis

When I saw The Shroud Maker by Kate Ellis in the mobile library I thought I’d seen reviews of her books on other blogs, so I borrowed it. It is the eighteenth Wesley Peterson Mystery, but I think it reads well without knowing the … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Challenges, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction Challenge, My Kind of Mystery Challenge, Mysteries, RIP Challenge | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine

I’ve had The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine sitting on my unread shelves for a while and when the R.I.P. IX Challenge came up I thought it would be a good book to include in the challenge, because the cover blurbs … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Challenges, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mount TBR Challenge 2014, My Kind of Mystery Challenge, RIP Challenge | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Catching Up

Half of September has gone! I’ve read 5 books and haven’t written about any of them (except for one and that’s for the Shiny New Books blog – more about that book later). The other four books are: The Goldfinch … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie Reading Challenge, Book Reviews, Books, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mount TBR Challenge 2014, My Kind of Mystery Challenge, RIP Challenge | Tagged , | 7 Comments

The Three Graces by Jane Wallman-Girdlestone

I’ve read a couple of novels this year that deal with mental illness – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which I found a bit confusing and disjointed and The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing. My reaction to both books … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, e-books, Fiction, Read Scotland 2014 | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Put On By Cunning by Ruth Rendell

Put On By Cunning, aka in America as Death Notes is another book off my to-be-read shelves, an enjoyable read. It was first published in 1981. The epigraph indicates just what is to follow: So shall you hear … Of deaths … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mount TBR Challenge 2014, My Kind of Mystery Challenge | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

The Reluctant Detective by Martha Ockley

I had little idea what to expect from Martha Ockley’s first Faith Morgan mystery, The Reluctant Detective as I hadn’t come across the author before and all I had to go on was the description on LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers page last month: ‘Former … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Cosy Mysteries, Crime Fiction, Early Reviewer, Fiction, LibraryThing, My Kind of Mystery Challenge, Review Copy | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments