The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

This book is part of a series of mysteries set in Norwich, UK, involving the work of Dr Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist. In this case, some bones are found during an excavation for a restaurant, and the Ruth soon finds that rather than being of medieval date, they’re less than 10 years old. When…

She Who Fights Monsters by Kyoko M

The second book in the Black Parade series, Jordan and the angel Michael are finally together, but when Seers all over the world start to turn up dead, they must work together and team up with the demon Belial to stop the end of the world. With Belial intent on destroying their relationship and a…

MOTD: A Marc Jacobs Beauty Look

Through the lovely people at Influenster UK, I was invited to head to the Marc Jacobs Beauty counter at John Lewis in Oxford Street, London, to try out their products and have my makeup done. It was really fun, and I liked their products, and since a lot of you were asking for details over…

Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons

If you’ve read Cold Comfort Farm you’ll be familiar with Stella Gibbons. She wrote about 25 books, of which it was her most well known work, and though forgotten for many years, she’s having a bit of a revival lately. Written in 1938, Nightingale Wood is a romance set in Essex. It largely follows Viola, a…

Tiny Letter: The Decline Of The Magazine

This post first appeared on TinyLetter.com, which is a service which I use to send more personal letter-like mailings to my readers. It’s a look into the more personal side of my life, so you have to be signed up to read them. All you need is an email address to get on this mailing…

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

History tends to demonise Thomas Cromwell as being a dark figure, perhaps jealous of his betters due to his own low birth, and who abused his power and stopped at nothing to dissolve the monasteries. But in this book, history is told from his perspective, and we see a dynamic and loyal man, who was…

Shopping Haul: What I Bought In Italy

There are certain things in every country that make them a shopping destination. On my recent trip through Italy, I did a little shopping myself, and bought a few of the things that Italy does so well, including leather goods and murano glass. I’m a bit in love with my purchases, and wanted to share…