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”

The Architect’s Apprentice by Colin Garrow (The Maps of Time Book 1) #BookReview

Old Books and time travel – what more could you want?  London, 1630. A boy searching for his father. A villain stealing books. Forced to work for the dubious Savidge, eleven-year-old Tom Fennel is desperate to find his missing father. Distrustful of what he’s heard, he’s sure Savidge is involved. Meanwhile, books are vanishing fromContinue reading “The Architect’s Apprentice by Colin Garrow (The Maps of Time Book 1) #BookReview”

Transcription by Kate Atkinson #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

 Transcription opens in 1981 when Juliet Armstrong is involved in an accident. As she lies on the ground, injured, her mind goes back to 1940 when she started work in the offices of MI5 and then to 1950 when she was a BBC schools programmes producer. A witty but unemotional protagonist she seems to be recountingContinue reading “Transcription by Kate Atkinson #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview”

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton #FridayReads #BookReview

My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows. In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Berkshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity.Continue reading “The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton #FridayReads #BookReview”

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery by Jennifer S Alderson #NewRelease

Adventures of Zelda Richardson Book 3 Zelda Richardson is an adventurous heroine who loves to solve mysteries.  She needs to succeed in her placement as an intern at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam but the work involves Asmat Bis poles from Papua New Guinea, totems made for the spirits of the dead, whose evil looking faces seemContinue reading “Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery by Jennifer S Alderson #NewRelease”

An interview with Colt McCall from “An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy”

My heart is pounding with excitement at the chance to interview the irresistible Colt McCall from June Kearn’s book. What were your first impressions of Miss Annie Haddon? First off? As if a scruffy dog had suddenly appeared and attached itself to me. Yeah, someone’s stray, a pampered pet – one that wasn’t particularly biddable,Continue reading “An interview with Colt McCall from “An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy””

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig #BookReview

Who wants to live forever? Well, not Tom Hazard, but he has been alive for over 400 years so far. Appearing to be 41 years old, as a young man in Elizabethan England, he had discovered that he aged extremely slowly. In an era when people believed in witchcraft, this caused suspicion and soon TomContinue reading “How to Stop Time by Matt Haig #BookReview”

The Teacher by Emily Organ #BookReview

I recently discovered the books of Emily Organ via Twitter.  As Emily says, “Writing historical mysteries combines my love of history and mystery and also another love: writing. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.” As a taster I can recommend the short mystery novella “The Teacher” currentlyContinue reading “The Teacher by Emily Organ #BookReview”

Offstage in Nuala by Harriet Smith #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

In this third instalment of The Inspector de Silva Mysteries, we return to the island of Ceylon in the 1930s. Book Blurb There’s great excitement when a professional theatre company comes to Nuala. However matters take a dark turn when the company’s actor manager is murdered. Inspector de Silva has a new case to solveContinue reading “Offstage in Nuala by Harriet Smith #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT”

The Betrayal by Anne Allen #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

The Betrayal is set mostly in Guernsey but in two eras. First, we find ourselves in 1940, where Teresa Bichard is distraught at leaving her husband, Leo, on the island while she flees to her family on the mainland with their baby daughter. The Germans are expected to invade imminently but Leo feels he mustContinue reading “The Betrayal by Anne Allen #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog”