Different Class by Joanne Harris #BookReview #PsychologicalThriller

I chose this book because I had enjoyed Gentlemen and Players many years ago and this sequel takes place a year later in the same location, St Oswald’s Grammar School. Roy Straitley, an old-fashioned Latin Master is teaching his 35th year at the school and he has no desire for any other life.  Nicknamed QuazContinue reading “Different Class by Joanne Harris #BookReview #PsychologicalThriller”

Foxden Acres (The Dudley Sisters’ Saga Book 1) by Madalyn Morgan #BookReview

It is 1939 and Bess is looking forward to completing her teacher training in London.  Then she must decide whether to look for a post in the city or return home to the countryside near Rugby.  Her happy childhood was spent playing and riding on Foxden Acres estate where her father works but her affectionContinue reading “Foxden Acres (The Dudley Sisters’ Saga Book 1) by Madalyn Morgan #BookReview”

The Subtle Knife Book 2 of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman #TuesdayBookBlog

I read Philip Pullman’s trilogy back in the late 1990s but after watching the first series of His Dark Materials on TV I decided I would like to reread The Subtle Knife.  On TV we have already been introduced to Will Parry in parallel to Lyra’s early story, whereas in print, he is introduced, initiallyContinue reading “The Subtle Knife Book 2 of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman #TuesdayBookBlog”

Watery Ways by Valerie Poore #BookReview #Memoir

In this account of her first year of living on a barge in Rotterdam’s Oude Haven, Valerie Poore’s overriding impression is that “one of the first things you learn about living on a barge is that an awful lot of stuff is going to end up in the water”. The year in question is 2001,Continue reading “Watery Ways by Valerie Poore #BookReview #Memoir”

Books set in Malaysia: my personal list #SundayBlogShare

With the help of Jill from jillsbookcafe.blog I have collected together some of my favourite books about Malaysia.  Having spent several holidays in the Malay Peninsular while I was living in Singapore I have always felt drawn to books set in this lovely country. First books by local authors: The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash AwContinue reading “Books set in Malaysia: my personal list #SundayBlogShare”

Perfect by Rachel Joyce #BookReview

Only when the clock stops does time come to life Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin ‘Operation Perfect’, a hapless mission to rescue Byron’s mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local café, a solitary figure struggling withContinue reading “Perfect by Rachel Joyce #BookReview”

The Work of Art: A Regency Romance by Mimi Matthews #RBRT #NewRelease

An Uncommon Beauty… Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it’s caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland—a notorious art collector obsessed with acquiring one-of-a-kind treasures. To escape the duke’s clutches, she’s goingContinue reading “The Work of Art: A Regency Romance by Mimi Matthews #RBRT #NewRelease”

Hope by Terry Tyler #NewRelease #DystopianBritain #BookReview

  Hope takes us to an alternative UK in 2028. Just 5 years earlier, shiny new Prime Minister, Guy Morrisey, had been elected, part of Brand Morrissey, with his wife Mona, a fitness guru, and two clean living photogenic children. Now we meet Lila Stone, whose earnings come mainly from her social comment and reviewContinue reading “Hope by Terry Tyler #NewRelease #DystopianBritain #BookReview”

Marked for Revenge: An Art Heist Thriller by Jennifer S. Alderson #NewRelease #FridayReads

An adrenaline-fueled adventure set in the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, and Turkey about stolen art, the mafia, and a father’s vengeance. This is the third of Zelda Richardson’s adventures in the art world. While working on her Master’s thesis she had been an unpaid intern. Now in her first paid job as a museum researcher sheContinue reading “Marked for Revenge: An Art Heist Thriller by Jennifer S. Alderson #NewRelease #FridayReads”

The Inheritance (The Guernsey Novels 7) by Anne Allen #BookReview

This is the second Guernsey novel I have read so I was pleased to recognise some familiar places and people, but previous knowledge is not needed to read this stand-alone story.  Heroine, Tessa is completing her training as a doctor in Exeter and hopes to move into general practice when she is surprised to hearContinue reading “The Inheritance (The Guernsey Novels 7) by Anne Allen #BookReview”