Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

Kate Youngblood outwardly has it all. She’s a well respected professor, wrote a critically acclaimed first novel, and has a good home and friends. But underneath, she’s reaching her late thirties and feels lost. Her husband has left her for a younger woman, she fears her first book might be the best writing she’ll ever…

The Amityville Nuisance by Mike MacDee

Henry Holiday is a necromancer, whose life is disrupted when his ex-girlfriend, who is also a beautiful snake haired Gorgon, bursts into his life and pays him to attend a family gathering as her plus one, in an effort to find out what’s really going on with her brothers money making scheme at the old…

The White Crucifixion: A Novel About Marc Chagall by Michael Dean

There’s something about the lives of artists that are endlessly fascinating. Perhaps it’s because of their daily routines as artists that mean that the structure of their lives is so different to the average. Perhaps the fluctuating finances of creating peicemeal work seems romantic, or there’s something about the creative mind that’s so compelling. Often,…

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Daisy and Violet are twin sisters who have a gift. But Daisy has changed her name to Kate, married a lovely man and had children, burying her gift and all it means to her, and gained precious normality. But when her sister makes a psychic prediction to the public about an upcoming earthquake, Kate’s life…

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…

Bedlam: London And Its Mad by Catharine Arnold

The word Bedlam became part of common usage as a slang word for chaos, anarchy and mess, but was originally a well known hospital for those suffering from mental illness. It was established in 1247 and existed at different sites til the 1930’s. It’s history is the history of the treatment for people who were…

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…

Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani

I was drawn in by the cover of this book, with it’s country house wall and a window reflecting the mountains. It’s the story of Ave Maria, a woman who thought that she’d always be single, and who has married the love of her life. Living with her husband and daughter in the hills of…