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A Writer Reads for August

I only have a couple of books to talk about this month, mainly because I’ve been moving house and haven’t had as much time to read as I would like. But the two I have read have been amazing! The book club of which I am a member comprises a group of women with very different tastes in reading. Some prefer literary novels, some more commercial fiction and it does end up providing opportunities to read a wide variety of novels. This month, the selection was commercial fiction in the form of the wonderful Marian Keyes. I thought I had read all of her books, but this one seems to have passed me by. The second book that I thoroughly enjoyed was by Erin Kelly, who writes so well. This book has done well in the charts recently and has some amazing reviews. These are books that I’ve enjoyed – but

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This month’s pickings are slim, I’m afraid as a result of all the travelling. I’ve been in the midst of writing and I sometimes find it difficult to read without being influenced by the tone of another writers’ work. I decided not to read thrillers when I was deep into the plot of my latest novel, and so moved to women’s fiction. Sadly, even that had an impact – as I read a particularly hilarious novel I found I was introducing jokes into my thriller! Not a good idea. However, having sat next to the lovely Clare Balding at dinner I felt compelled to read one of her books, so this one is a bit outside the norm in terms of my usual reading. The other choice for this month from Erin Kelly has been heaped with praise and is bang on my kind of reading. My Animals and Other

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I have read some wonderful books recently, but there are three which stand out for me. The Unseeing – Anna Mazzola I don’t often read historical fiction for no other reason than I usually have so many thrillers to read, but I recently met Anna Mazzola at The Alderney Literary Festival, and couldn’t resist picking up a copy of her book. What I love about this book is the sense of time and place. It’s set in the mid nineteenth century, and somehow the author manages to evoke a sense of how it was to live in London back then – the sights, smells and sounds. And it’s the story of a murder – a particularly gruesome one – so right up my street after all! Click here to learn more. Friend Request – Laura Marshall I was lucky enough to receive a pre-release copy of this book, and it’s everything

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I have read some wonderful books recently, but there are three which stand out for me. Dead Woman Walking – I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this excellent novel by Sharon Bolton, and as many of you know she is one of my favourite authors. It begins with a dramatic hot-air balloon ride and a view from above of a killer. With a twist that I genuinely didn’t see coming, the tension never drops until the last page. Although not published yet, Dead Woman Walking is available for pre-order. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Woman-Walking-Sharon-Bolton-ebook/dp/B01KL65GTM/         Wrong Place – Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Michelle Davies’ first novel, Gone Astray, I was keen to read the next story in the DC Maggie Neville series. Neville is a Family Liaison Officer, and this gives a unique spin to a police procedural. Wrong Place is the story of a woman

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A Writer Reads – December 2016

I love Maeve Binchy, if at any stage I need I reassuringly accomplished read I turn to her. For this Christmas I would recommend A Week in Winter. It is set in one of her familiar small towns on the west coast of Ireland where everyone knows everyone else, perhaps a bit too well. The main character Chicky Starr lives in a decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is eccentric at best. But Chicky, who has just returned from something of a veiled existence in America, sets about rebuilding her life and she is not short of other eccentric individuals to help her – look out for the clairvoyant librarian among many others. This is Maeve Binchy’s last novel and has been described as sketchier than some of

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A Writer Reads – October 2016

Take one dead cat and add a few dark secrets involving an ancient Indian burial ground and the result is terrifying. Note that Stephen King is the author and you’ll soon wish you’d stayed in the safety of the basement! I love this book as I love all of Stephen King’s books because he can place a perfect American family in an idyllic setting, in this case the Creeds who move to a house in the woods in Maine, and just let us watch them unravel! This is definitely one to savour over Halloween, a season dedicated to the (hopefully) faithfully departed. Just make sure the cat pretending to purr beside you on the sofa has your best interests at heart as you lurch towards the final chapters.       Do not be fooled by the gentle tone of this book, it lures the reader in like a spider

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This month I have, as always, read voraciously and three of the books absolutely stand out in my mind. I wish it was more, but I can only recommend the best books to you! This book isn’t available until next February, but it’s already up for pre-order on Amazon and I was lucky enough to get a pre-publication copy. It is SO good – and it’s impossible to believe that this is a debut author. My quote on Amazon says it all, and I mean every word of it. It’s a brilliant thriller, tense, exciting, but also with masterly strokes of humour in the writing. I think it’s going to be the thriller of the year. Click here to learn more.       Paul Finch never fails to deliver a good book. This was just released earlier this week (22 September 2016). I loved his Heck character in previous

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My summer reading picks Over the last few weeks I have read some really great books. If you’re still thinking what to read over the summer – whether at home or on holiday – here are a few of my favourites. Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes I have loved Elizabeth Haynes’ books since the amazing Into the Darkest Corner – and although I have read and enjoyed her more recent police procedurals (which are also clever and well-written) this book is back to the familiar sense of suspense for which she is famous. As the blurb says “nothing is as it seems, but everything is at stake.” Whether you have read this brilliant writer’s work before or not, I would seriously recommend it. Click here to learn more about this book.   I See You by Clare Macintosh I was sent a preview copy of this book, and I couldn’t wait.