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…

The Black Parade by Kyoko M

Jordan is a young woman with a dark past who keeps it together by working as a waitress and drinking to drown out the nightmares. She mostly keeps to herself, to keep her secret safe: she has been tasked with helping one hundred souls cross over to the other side in two years or she…

Harper Connelly Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

I have to admit to being a bit of a fan of Charlaine Harris. I really like her True Blood series, because I find Sookie Stackhouse to be a really nice person, and the plots are fun, adventurous, sexy… But that said, I also like Harris’s writing style. It’s down to earth. She paces her…

Hell’s Mouth by AP Bateman

This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review. AP Bateman writes crime thrillers, and is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. DCI O’Bryan is recovering from life: he’s an alcoholic, his family have left him, and he’s recently survived a stab wound while taking out a terrorist in London. He’s…

True Grit by Charles Portis

Perhaps this book really needs no introduction, like many classic pieces of literature. It has had two major movie adaptations, and was for a long time required reading on school book lists, so it’s widely known and loved. It’s the story of 14 year old Mattie Ross, a determined teen who lives in frontier territory.…