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Review: Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore, by Michael Sullivan

This book is a strange mix of genres. Combining mystery and tragedy with the sort of lived-in quality of Matt Haig’s novels, it's a mixture that throws you off guard when reading. You’re not entirely sure what to make of it. Perhaps that’s part of its charm. The story is set in Denver, where Lydia… Continue reading Review: Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore, by Michael Sullivan

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Review: 1066, What Fates Impose, by G. K Holloway

A quick thank you before we start to G.K Holloway, who sent me a copy of his book to review. Getting a book in the post never gets old! I'm always a sucker for a good history book: I love reading about times that have long since passed, and finding a fresh new take on a… Continue reading Review: 1066, What Fates Impose, by G. K Holloway

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Review: The Good Sister, by Jess Ryder

Sisterhood can be a funny thing. You can love your sister, hate her, follow or resent her, but you're always bound to her, even if you don't know she exists. How similar are you- and what if one of you is dangerous? That's the basic premise of Jess Ryder's latest novel, and man does it… Continue reading Review: The Good Sister, by Jess Ryder

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Review: She Be Damned, by M.J Tjia

There have been plenty of Victorian novels: crime novels, Dickens novels and romance novels. Something about the grandeur and squalor of the 1800s just captures the imagination, I suppose- and She Be Damned, having been longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger, certainly makes a good, more unusual, addition to their ranks. M.J Tjia definitely does… Continue reading Review: She Be Damned, by M.J Tjia

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Stop Three: Goldsboro Books

A short walk from Charing Cross Road likes Goldsboro Books, a lovely little bookshop which is set in a street that reeks of literary history. Nicknamed 'Bookshop Alley', Cecil Court is famous for the many bookshops that line it- to the point where J.K Rowling took it as inspiration for Diagon Alley. Goldsboro Books is my favourite,… Continue reading Stop Three: Goldsboro Books

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Review: The Room by the Lake, by Emma Dibdin

Cults are scary things. Though most people have no experience of what it's like to be in one- beyond the news headlines and survivor's stories- there's enough there to chill the blood. The things they do to control other people, and prey on the vulnerable, is genuinely scary, and that's something Emma Dibdin captures so well in… Continue reading Review: The Room by the Lake, by Emma Dibdin

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The top eight podcasts for book lovers

Having enough time to read all the books I want to is a daily (and real) struggle for me. On the commute, Sometimes, when you’re on the go, holding a book to your face just isn’t practical enough (more’s the pity). When disaster strikes, having all of your favourite reads condensed into several hours of… Continue reading The top eight podcasts for book lovers

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An Interview with Clare Donoghue

Clare Donoghue has been making waves in the crime genre since before the publication of her first book. After ten years working in a London law firm, she quit her job to pursue a career in writing, and success soon followed. Longlisted in 2011 for the CWA Crime Dagger, Clare published Never Look Back, the… Continue reading An Interview with Clare Donoghue

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Review: Shelter, by Sarah Franklin

Shelter is one of those rare books that manages to combine the sad and the heartwarming into one big, feelgood story that will have you welling up at points (it did me, at least). This book was written by a two-time judge of the Costa Short Story Award, so you know it's going to be… Continue reading Review: Shelter, by Sarah Franklin