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Review: This Side of Murder, by Anna Lee Huber

If anybody told me about a gripping mystery set in the roaring twenties, and featuring a series of ever-more ingenious murders, then my immediate thought would be: Agatha Christie. It's to Anna Lee Huber's credit, then, that she crafts such an ingenious and exciting story and sets herself apart from the Queen of Crime with… Continue reading Review: This Side of Murder, by Anna Lee Huber

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Review: I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

Susan Holloway Scott brings all her considerable expertise to this book, and it definitely shows: I really enjoyed reading this more unconventional take on American history, and seeing Alexander Hamilton through a completely different lens. Holloway Scott plunges us straight into a living, breathing eighteenth-century America, where Eliza Schulyer, the daughter of a Dutch family,… Continue reading Review: I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

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Review: The Assassin of Verona, by Brent Brandeth

I love Shakespeare as much as the next person. I studied it through high school, sixth form and university, which gave me a decent passing knowledge of most of his plays and means I a couple of quotes memorised that are unlikely to come in useful for the rest of my life. Still. There’s one… Continue reading Review: The Assassin of Verona, by Brent Brandeth

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Review: Cold Blood, by Robert Bryndza

Erika Foster is back! And bruised, and battered, and badass… Cold Blood is the fifth book in Robert Bryndza’s Detective Erika Foster series, and he definitely ups the ante here when it comes to stakes, character development and cold-blooded murderers. Two suitcases wash up on the banks of the Thames. Inside are two dismembered bodies-… Continue reading Review: Cold Blood, by Robert Bryndza

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Review: The Growing Season, by Helen Sedgwick

I’m not altogether sure what to think of this book. I went into it expecting a kind of dystopian thriller, and what I got instead was a detailed, nuanced portrayal of the way in which society perceives motherhood, childbirth, and how we as humans deal with separation, loss and love. Heavy stuff. So I picked… Continue reading Review: The Growing Season, by Helen Sedgwick

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Review: Godsgrave, by Jay Kristoff

Straight off the bat: Jay Kristoff is an excellent writer. He’s funny, he can turn a mean phrase and he’s willing to send his characters to some very dark places. I suppose, making his main character an assassin and setting his story in a land with more than a few passing similarities to the Roman… Continue reading Review: Godsgrave, by Jay Kristoff

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Review: The Silent Companions, by Laura Purcell

Are you sitting comfortably? It’s time for a Gothic horror story. Hooray! The Gothic is great: it’s an underestimated genre, and perhaps not one that gets enough attention, but its been making waves and sending shivers down people’s spines since before the Brontës first put pen to paper. A good Gothic story is chilling, has… Continue reading Review: The Silent Companions, by Laura Purcell

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An Interview with Laura Purcell

Though she’s perhaps more well-known for her Georgian-set historical fiction, Laura Purcell has been making waves in the book world with the release of her latest novel, Gothic extravaganza The Silent Companions. Making her debut onto the book scene in 2014 with the excellent Queen of Bedlam, she’s gone from strength to strength, with her… Continue reading An Interview with Laura Purcell

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Review: Tarnished City, by Vic James

Hooray for YA novels! They can be a little bit hit and miss sometimes, but when you get an author who has put thought into creating a detailed world, with believable, nuanced characters, then it’s a breath of fresh air and I can’t get to the end quickly enough. Tarnished City is one of these.… Continue reading Review: Tarnished City, by Vic James