Book Review: The Thursday Murder Club

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Many thanks to both NetGalley and to Viking for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of The Thursday Murder Club. This was Osman’s debut novel, introducing us to members of the Thursday Murder Club who live in a rather deluxe retirement village in Kent. Of course, being mostly elderly characters, the residents also have their quirks and eccentricities, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all […]

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Book Review: The Art of Dying

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry Many thanks to both NetGalley and to Canongate Books for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of The Art of Dying. Ambrose Parry is a collaborative husband-and-wife partnership. One is an established mystery writer, the other is a consultant anaesthetist. I really enjoy these historical medical mysteries, to the extent that I have even started to read the books written by the husband half of […]

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Book Review: Looking for the Durrells

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Looking for the Durrells by Melanie HewittMany thanks to both NetGalley and to Harper Collins UK/HarperInspire for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of Looking for the Durrells. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved the setting especially, and it evoked memories of Corfu. I think it’s been beautifully written whilst also addressing the difficult topic of bereavement. I liked the way the story stayed firmly in England for the prologue, and […]

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Book Review: Song of the Nile

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Song of the Nile by Hannah Fielding Many thanks to both NetGalley and to London Wall Publishing for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of Song of the Nile. I wanted to love this story, I really did. I already loved the cover and the title, and it did look like a nice, interesting read. In fact, I settled down for a good session of escapism. But I have to admit that […]

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Book review: Pug, Actually

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Pug, Actually by Matt Dunn Many thanks to both NetGalley and to HQ Digital for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of Pug, Actually. Well, what can I say? When I started to read this book and saw that it was written in the present tense, I wanted to hate it. Despite that, the story, or rather the narrative, drew me in and I was hooked. I loved this story. I love […]

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Book review: Legacy

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Legacy by Nora Roberts Many thanks to NetGalley, Little Brown Book Group UK, and Piatkus for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of Legacy, which is one of three recent/soon-to-be releases with ‘legacy’ in the title. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, which starts when the main character Adrian (female) is only seven years old. It touches on her life for the next ten years, and then the following ten years in more […]

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Book review: A Daughter’s Return

This feature is in association with NetGalley. A Daughter’s Return by Josephine Cox with Gilly Middleton Many thanks to both NetGalley and to HarperCollins UK for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of A Daughter’s Return. I’m always a bit dubious about reading a ‘famous name’ novel that has been ghostwritten. I’m a bit old-school in that I prefer the name on the cover to be the name of the person who wrote it, and not a hook to […]

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Book review: Murder at the Mill

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Murder at the Mill by T.A. Belshaw Many thanks to both NetGalley and to BooksGoSocial for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of this cosy mystery, and to the author. This series debut is set in 1939 and introduces what are likely to be the main recurring characters. It was nice to see Alice as her younger self, but I don’t think the reader needs to read the author’s first book featuring […]

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Book review: The Adventures of Maud West

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton Many thanks to both NetGalley and to Pan Macmillan for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of this excellent and amusing biography. When I was first sent this book to review, I could not open it. The publisher very quickly rectified this and sent me another version. However, it was still difficult to read due to layout problems, and so the publisher […]

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Book review: The Forgotten Gift

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Forgotten Gift,  Kathleen McGurl Thanks to NetGalley and to HQ Digital for an advance copy of this book. The Forgotten Gift by Kathleen McGurl is a dual timeline story. While I did enjoy the two different timelines, I’m not sure that I like that they alternate. I’d much sooner have a bigger chunk set in each time, several times if necessary. But the constant flicking backwards and forwards interrupted the flow, for me. […]

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Book review: Fall Down Dead

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Fall Down Dead,  Stephen Booth Thanks to NetGalley and to Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of Fall Down Dead by Stephen Booth. I’m a massive Stephen Booth fan and I know that this book was completed while the author was recovering from surgery. However, that doesn’t detract from the storyline or the character development. And I do think there is some character development in this story, particularly in the […]

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Book review: The Christmas Lights

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Christmas Lights, Karen Swan Thanks to NetGalley and to Pan Macmillan for an advance copy of The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan. This story begins in 1930s rural Norway, then skips to the present-day South Pacific. It jumps back to the fjords, and then we’re in present-day Norway. It follows two sets of characters: a bunch of milkmaids and goatherds in the Norwegian countryside; and a trio of vloggers dashing from one […]

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Book review: Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm, Jaimie Admans Thanks to NetGalley and to HQ digital for an advance copy of Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans. Leah’s drunken rebound isn’t what you’d normally expect. No, Leah’s drunken rebound is a neglected little Christmas tree farm in the northern reaches of Scotland … Fast-forward four weeks and she’s arriving with excited anticipation at both her new business and her […]

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Book review: Let it Snow

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Let it Snow, Sue Moorcroft Thanks to NetGalley and to Avon Books UK for an advance copy of Let it Snow by Sue Moorcroft. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I love Christmas anyway, and this book had snow too. Lots of snow. And a spotty dog. Lily wants to meet her brothers. Her sister is against the idea and her parents aren’t completely on board. But that doesn’t stop Lily moving to the […]

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Book review: Wrapped up for Christmas

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Wrapped up for Christmas, Katlyn Duncan Thanks to NetGalley and to HQ Digital for an advance copy of Wrapped up for Christmas. I love Christmas and I loved this book. I also loved the concept and the double meaning of “wrapped up”. After a disastrous relationship, Angie has come back to her home town to lick her wounds and rebuild her life. Yet the first thing she seems to do is want to […]

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Book review: Five Unforgivable Things

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Five Unforgivable Things, Vivien Brown Thanks to NetGalley and to Harper Impulse for an advance copy of Five Unforgivable Things. I wouldn’t normally pick up a story about family relationships let alone infertility and IVF, so I am grateful to have been granted this opportunity. I found it to be very well written, from start to finish. It’s a great story touching upon a once taboo subject with lots of very good, fully […]

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Book review: Run and Hide

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Run and Hide, Alan McDermott Thanks to NetGalley and to Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Run and Hide. I loved this story from the outset. By the end of chapter two, we’d had a fist fight and a car chase, and the action just got quicker from there on in. The book was like reading a film, John Wick, for example. You can practically see the story unfolding, you can see […]

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Book review: Hot Pursuit

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Hot Pursuit, Rebecca Freeborn Thanks to NetGalley and to Pantera Press for an advance copy of Hot Pursuit. I wasn’t sure whether this was going to be a chick lit or a modern adult romance, but I was delighted when it turned out to be a mystery with some romance thrown in for good measure. I did feel that Sarah was a bit of a nymphomaniac on heat as she seemed to be […]

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Book review: The Lost Daughter

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Lost Daughter, Gill Paul Thanks to NetGalley and to Headline for an advance copy of The Lost Daughter. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up to read a book, yet this one kept me reading and turning the pages until I finished it at gone 1am. Here is a great interpretation of what-might-have-been had any of the Romanov children survived the murders in 1918. The story takes the characters and […]

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Book review: Chasing Ghosts

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Chasing Ghosts, Madalyn Morgan Thanks to NetGalley and to Madalyn Morgan for an advance copy of Chasing Ghosts. First of all I have to say how much I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the history of it, I enjoyed the mystery of it, and I found it very well-written. Although it is a sequel, it does stand on its own, and I didn’t feel at all deprived at not having read China Blue first. […]

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Book review: Murder in the Med

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Murder in the Med, Peter Mayle Thanks to NetGalley and to Bloodhound Books for an advance copy of Murder in the Med by the late Peter Mayle. I really enjoyed this story and think it’s a great, quick read to accompany anyone on their summer holiday. For a murder mystery, it was very relaxed and morphed into a bit of a caper at times. But the writing is glorious and colourful, and it […]

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Book review: The Quartet Murders

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Quartet Murders, JR Ellis Thanks to NetGalley and to Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of The Quartet Murders by JR Ellis. This is the second in the series of Yorkshire murders for JR Ellis, and once again I really enjoyed the setting. It’s nice to see DS Carter settling into his new surroundings. There was still quite a lot of head-hopping in this sequel. It’s okay to swap out viewpoint […]

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Book review: The Mistress of Pennington’s

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Mistress of Pennington’s, Rachel Brimble Thanks to NetGalley and to Aria for an advance copy of The Mistress of Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble. I quite liked this story. It was like a twist on the Mr Selfridge story. I found that the department store came to life and I enjoyed reading about how they ran things. I also liked the mystery aspect: Who killed Joseph’s wife? I liked the two main characters. […]

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Book review: The Body in the Dales

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Body in the Dales, J R Ellis Thanks to NetGalley and to Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of The Body in the Dales by J R Ellis. I really enjoyed the setting of this novel. As an adopted Yorkshire lass, I have some idea how DS Carter feels, moving to the county from a big city. The topic appealed to me too. I’ve always had an armchair interest in potholing, […]

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Book review: The Road to Grantchester

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Road to Grantchester, James Runcie Thanks to NetGalley and to Bloomsbury for an advance copy of The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie. I’m a big fan of Sidney Chambers, so it was great to be given this opportunity to find out what led him to Grantchester. First of all, I’m not keen on writing that’s in the present tense at all, but the story was so engaging I soon forgot to get […]

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Book review: I Never Lie

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. I Never Lie, Jody Sabral Thanks to NetGalley and to Canelo for an advance copy of I Never Lie by Jody Sabral. First of all I’d like to say how much I enjoyed the concept behind this story. I think the whole subject of alcoholism is tricky and the author dealt with it so well I wonder how much experience she has of the condition herself … […]

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Book review: The Way of All Flesh

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry Thanks to NetGalley and to Canongate Books for an advance copy of The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry. This is the debut historical crime novel from the team behind Ambrose Parry, Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman – not a secret as there’s a Q&A with them at the end of the book – of which there are more […]

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Book review: Stop Dieting and Lose Weight

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. Stop Dieting and Lose Weight, Philip Swart Thanks to NetGalley and to Troubador Publishing for an advance copy of Stop Dieting and Lose Weight by Philip Swart. I thought this book was packed full of interesting and useful information. My particular favourite was how the sugar industry “framed” fat. There’s a lot of science and some common sense, along with a 7-day plan to cut refined sugar […]

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Book review: A Deadly Habit

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. See my NetGalley review here and my Amazon review here. (Amazon link to follow once the book is available to buy.) A Deadly Habit by Simon Brett. Thanks to NetGalley and to Severn House Publishing for an advance copy of A Deadly Habit by Simon Brett. Stepping back into a Charles Paris mystery is rather like snuggling down into a cosy old cardigan. It’s familiar and it’s […]

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Book review: Naturally Thin

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. See my NetGalley review here and my Amazon review here. Naturally Thin: lasting weight loss without dieting by Jean Antonello, RN, BSN This book is very well written with a lot – a LOT – of research. However, I found it went on for far too long and when I was hit with yet more science, I started to switch off and had to force myself to […]

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