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The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins – Book Review

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They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don’t believe I’ve done?

1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning – slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.

For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed.

But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?

MY REVIEW 

This is set in 1820’s London and Frannie Langton is on trial accused of murder. Poor Frannie cannot remember anything about awful night the murders were committed but she doesn’t believe that she would have killed her mistress, as she loved her so much…..of course she did….didn’t she?

Frannie began as a slave on a sugar plantation in Jamaica and she has grown into a complex, interesting character with traits that are,  some good and some not so good. (She reminds me a little of Cora Burns from The Conviction of Cora Burns).

While languishing in Newgate prison, awaiting her trial, she passes the days writing down her life story, and we hear of the cruelty she has experienced on the plantation and elsewhere, a brutal and miserable life at times.

I found this to be a brilliantly evocative, descriptive tale of the 1800’s world and London in particular. Frannie is a strong, intelligent woman and a well rounded character and while I found this a little slow going at times it is compelling read, a historical fictional whodunnit……but is Frannie guilty….you’ll just have to read it to find out… I can thoroughly recommend it.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

 

published by Penguin Books UK

 

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield – Book Review

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A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

Or can it be explained by science?

Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

MY REVIEW 

The book begins with an injured stranger arriving at the Swan Inn with a body of a young child. Who are they ? This then becomes the sole topic of conversation between the regulars of the Inn, and the events become a story, one to be shared growing more marvellous with each retelling.

The characters are all so well written, encompassing human nature in all its glory. The river Thames is described as a character itself with power and magic at its core and the writer uses quite a few watery terms in her descriptions of characters too. 

Although this is set in a time of scientific discovery, anything that cannot be immediately explained is deemed magical or supernatural and this makes for a wonderfully creative story. The final chapters are breathtaking and moving and comes to a satisfying end. I loved it and can see this being a must read.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

 

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published by Random House 17 Jan 2019

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The Unexpected Genius of Pigs by Matt Whyman – Book Review

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We often consider dogs to be our enduring sidekicks but the truth is domestic pigs have played a role in our lives for nearly as long.

Pigs are highly social and smart. They like to play. They’re inventive, crafty and belligerent – and incredibly singleminded.

Ultimately, we have far more in common with these creatures than we like to admit.

Here is a charming ode to one of the most common, yet surprisingly intelligent, animals populating our landscapes. In this gentle and illuminating study, Matt Whyman embarks on a journey to uncover the heart and soul of an animal brimming with more energy, intelligence and playfulness than he could ever have imagined.

In his bid to understand what makes a pig tick, having climbed a steep learning curve as a keeper himself, Whyman meets a veterinary professor and expert in pig emotion, as well as a spirited hill farmer whose world revolves around hogs and sows.

Packed with fascinating research and delightful anecdotes, this entertaining and informative celebration of all things porcine covers everything from evolution, behaviour and communication to friendship, loyalty and broken hearts – uncovering a surprising notion of family along the way. 

MY REVIEW 

The book tells the tale of the purchase of two cute mini pigs with the intention they would live in harmony with Matt’s chickens at home in West Sussex. 

However, it was soon obvious, that Roxi (which amused me no end as that’s my daughters name) and Butch were just regular large piggies….

The story is about the adventures of Roxi and Butch, their escapes, drunkenness and sheer mayhem they caused.

There is also a serious side and covers porcine evolution, behaviours and social structure and is quite fascinating.

This is also a cautionary tale of buyer beware !….and the ending is quite emotional as Roxi and Butch move to a new home as they quite literally out grew their home. There are some lovely drawings through the book too and ts a fun and entertaining read.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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The Familiars by Stacey Halls – Book Review

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Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn¹t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.

When she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong. 

When Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? 

As the two women’s lives become inextricably bound together, the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood¹s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. 

Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

MY REVIEW 

The Familiars is Stacey Halls first novel and I am very impressed with the beautiful, descriptive writing, which makes it very easy to get lost in its intriguing plot. 

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married to Richard and is pregnant for a 4th time. She is an independent woman, who likes to ride and joins her husband on hunts, against the expected norms of the time. 

Fleetwood meets a young local woman on one of her rides, Alice Grey. She is a midwife and healer, which according to the time makes her a witch and as this is set near Pendle Hill there is a lot of local legends about witches here.

There are no spells or creepy rituals just kind, helpful wise women who use herbal remedies to cure simple ailments and act as midwives. There are mentions of witches familiars and dark magic, but it’s not really a part of this story. I felt it is more about the relationship between Fleetwood and Alice and how women struggled so much in life where the patriarchy was so strong, yet strong women still managed to make themselves heard. This is compelling, captivating historical fiction, with strong likeable female characters and a large Mastiff dog. I loved it and can highly recommend it.

 

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh – Book Review

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A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman’s experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

This story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs, designed to heal us from our alienation from this world, shows us how reasonable, even necessary, that alienation sometimes is. Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate – dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 – this novel is a showcase for the gifts of one of America’s major young writers working at the height of her powers.

MY REVIEW

My first thoughts on looking at the book was the cover showed a bored, sad looking young woman, and I think this fits with the feel of the story. The praise on the back of the book is for the Ottessa Moshfegh’s previous book and it made me wonder why? Was this one not worthy of note? Not at all!

This tells the story of an unnamed character, who decides to sleep, to hibernate for a whole year, in the hope that when she wakes, she will be able to feel something again, to have some emotion. To reach this end she visits the truly deranged Dr Tuttle, the really great character in this novel, who prescribes all manner of drugs to the protagonist, who basically, abuses them in order to sleep constantly.

There is really nothing likeable about any of the characters at all and I think that is the point. It feels to me like this is a tale of apathy, as though the whole world is in a waking sleep, self centred and not really noticing or caring what is going on around us and it’s now time to wake up…..

This will be a great book for a book club as while there is nothing much happening in the story,  there are a lot of thought provoking statements and observations in it just ripe for discussion….you will want to talk about it, even if it’s just about Dr Tuttle!

 

published by Jonathan Cape ( Part of Penguin Random House) 2018

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The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby-Book Review

144932C0-A8D9-48B5-869F-F701C5DF9884Written by Carolyn Kirby, The Conviction of Cora Burns is set in 1880’s Birmingham. Cora has had a difficult start in life after being born in a Gaol, then sent to the workhouse and as she grew up, at sixteen was sent to work as a laundress at the Asylum.

Her childhood friend, Alice Salt was a bad influence and many awful things happened, which Cora cannot fully recall. Cora ends up in Gaol herself for 19 months but when released is sent to work for the Jerwoods as a between maid. There she settles in and is good at her job, but she meets a young girl Violet, who is part of an experiment into nature versus nurture by Mr Jerwood.

Cora begins to believe there is more going on in the house and that she is involved somehow as the mistress of the house calls her Annie in her more lucid moments.

This is historical fiction with gothic feel, the dark atmosphere of the time, with women being admitted to asylums for depression or ‘hysteria’ and generally treated poorly. The characters are well written and rounded and Cora for all her ‘issues‘ is likeable and you have such sympathy for her. The language of the book is beautiful, the intrigue believable and it comes to a truly satisfying end. I can see this being a must read and a favourite for book clubs everywhere.

I was given a free copy…and giving an honest review- due for publication in March 2019

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Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan – Book Review

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From the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes – an uplifting novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship.

Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone’s magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits – staff and guests alike. But Tilly’s childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she’d ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning.

Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel, only to discover that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all …

Mothers and daughters … their story can be complicated … but it can also turn out to have a happy ending.

MY REVIEW

Tilda has returned to her mother’s house after her mother had died. While her relationship with her mother was ‘difficult ‘, this is a very emotional time for Tilda.

The story is told from two perspectives, that of the young Tilly and as Tilda as an adult.

Tilly and her mother find them selves living at the Paradise Hotel and thanks to the marvellous Queenie, such a great character, they find a little peace that had been missing from their lives.

There are no twists, no mysteries, this is a book of family, relationships and touches on mental health issues in a kind and sympathetic way. The author has created wonderfully alive and vibrant characters with their odd little quirks, which add a sense of reality to the story. A real, easy to read, feel good tale and I loved it. 

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Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel

 

 

 

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“The two wing-backed easy chairs in the sitting room are the epitome of abominable ghastliness and are going. Definitely. Aside from the fact that they are of a shape and design that can only be described as ‘Old People’s Home’ chic, they are covered in an eyepopping chintz that looks as though it has been created by Cath Kidston on LSD.”

 

 

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Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce – Book Review

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Sent to Carthak as part of the Tortallan peace delegation, Daine finds herself in the middle of a sticky political situation. She doesn’t like the Carthaki practice of keeping slaves, but it’s not her place to say anything — she’s just there to heal the emperor’s birds. It’s extremely frustrating! What’s more, her power has grown in a mysterious way. 

As the peace talks stall, Daine puzzles over Carthak’s two-faced Emperor Ozorne. How can he be so caring with his birds and so cruel to his people? Daine is sure he’s planning something. Daine must fight the powerful Emperor Mage, knowing that the safety and peace of the realm depend on stopping Ozorne’s power-hungry schemes

MY REVIEW

This is Book 3 in Tamora Pierce’s Immortals Quartet and originally published in 

Daine, Numair and Alanna arrive at Carthak in their ship, for peace talks with the Emperor, while Daine has been sent to heal his  beloved birds. She believes they may have been poisoned,  So there is plenty of intrigue among the Carthaki.

The Badger god has again warned Daine, something unpleasant is going to happen to Carthak as the gods are unhappy with Orzone.

Daine’s power is growing and has some interesting results and she also learns more about her background and it’s secrets.

I really enjoyed this new chapter in the quartet, but it had quite a different feel to the previous books and there is a lot more politics and pomp and ceremony. There is still plenty of adventure for Daine and the dinosaurs episodes were unique! I feel there is still plenty more to come for Daine and the troupe and I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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The Taking of Annie Thorn by C J Tudor – Book Review

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When Joe Thorne was fifteen, his little sister, Annie, disappeared. At the time, Joe thought it was the worst thing in the world that could ever happen. And then she came back.

Now Joe has returned to the village where he grew up, to work as a teacher at the failing Arnhill Academy. Not an act of altruism, but desperation. Joe has bad debts – and bad people – he needs to escape. He also has an anonymous email: I know what happened to your sister. It’s happening again.

But coming back to the place he grew up, means facing the people he grew up with, and the things they did. Five friends: Joe, Stephen Hurst, Marie Gibson, Nick Fletcher and Chris Manning. They were the five who were there that night. Something they haven’t spoken about in 25 years.

Coming back means opening old wounds, and confronting old enemies and Joe is about to discover that places, like people, have secrets. The deeper you go, the darker they get.

And sometimes, you should never come back

MY REVIEW

Joe Thorne is a teacher, he’s also a gambler with a large debt owed to the Fatman, who is after his money.  So he returns to his childhood village to teach in his old school, to settle some scores and to raise the money to repay this debt. There he meets with some remaining members of his old gang and they are not happy to see him. They all have secrets, secrets that begin with his sister Annie…

This is a dark and creepy thriller, that just simmers with tension right up to an immensely satisfying end…….but is it ?

I loved this, It reminded me a little of Stephen King’s, Salem’s Lot, as in returning to a troubled town with a little of the same atmosphere of an ancient evil lurking nearby. There are some real heart thumping moments and it honestly gave me the creeps at times, in a great, horror story way……Abbie Eyes will stay with me for a long time. Brilliantly atmospheric with great twisty, nerve jangling writing. I can thoroughly recommend this and I will definitely be reading more by C J Tudor albeit with the lights on !

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Published by Michael Joseph (Penguin Random House)

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The Dreamers by Karen Walker Thompson – Book Review

 

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Official blurb :

The eagerly awaited new novel from the author of The Age of Miracles.

Imagine a world where sleep could trap you, for days, for weeks, months… A world where you could even die of sleep rather than in your sleep.

Karen Thompson Walker’s second novel is the stunning story of a Californian town’s epidemic of perpetual sleep.

My opinion:

This is set in a fictional town of Santa Lora in California at the local College. Kara falls asleep but then doesn’t wake and is taken to hospital…..then others at the college start to sleep. The doctors complete tests and scans and can find nothing, only they are asleep and dreaming. Hundreds in the town then do the same and it’s put down to a virus. The hospitals are full, with patients in library’s and community spaces and the military control a quarantine.

Katherine Thompson Walker, writes of those left awake, their struggles in the chaos, as more and more succumb to the sleep.

I felt the characters were well written, especially Mei and Ben…made me weep at times.
This is a tale of the perception of reality, time and dreams, not in a scientific way, but a human feeling. If after experiencing a lifetime in a dream, would you want to wake up to reality and experience that loss?….I wonder!

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor

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I’ve just started reading this ARC from NetGalley and it’s really got me hooked….

some great wrting, as in…. “People say time is a great healer. They’re wrong. Time is simply a great eraser. It rolls on and on regardless, eroding our memories, chipping away at those great big boulders of misery until there’s nothing left but sharp little fragments, still painful but small enough to bear.”

Something nasty is coming…I just don’t know what yet….brilliantly slow burning tension…

 

full review once I’ve finished obviously!

 

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Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson- Book Review

Snowblind is the first in a series of books by Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson and has been translated into English by Quentin Bates.

Snowblind takes us into a small community northern Iceland. One of those small towns where everyone knows everyone and it takes years for a newcomer to be accepted, if ever. We follow Ari Thor, a young police officer in his first post. He finds this too quiet and 5he Police have very little to do. However, a woman is then found half naked and bleeding out in the snow.

Then a local elderly and esteemed author is discovered dead at the local amateur dramatics society. Can Ari Thor track down the killer?

One of the things that engages you in this book is the wonderfully chilly and increasingly close atmosphere. It is almost overwhelmingly claustrophobic, with the darkness and constant snow and Ari Thor feels it and it really worries him. As the Winter becomes harsher and the town is cut off by snow, this only gets worse. Menace lurks, within this small community with links to the amateur dramatics society. The tension builds and you fall in to it.

There are plenty of characters, some decidedly odd and of course the young Ari Thor. From Palmi, a playwright, Tomas the Chief of Police and Anna. There are many possible suspects in this Cold tale with secrets, jealousy and lies.

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Bitter Leaves by Tabatha Stirling- Book Review

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MY REVIEW

This is a story of the lives of the wealthy and their maids in Singapore. There are different nationalities of the Ma’am’ s and the maids are mainly Filipina. There any similarities end, as the treatment some of these poor girls receive is at times brutal, cruel and violent, yet at others there is such kindness and love…it’s a rollercoaster of a read and your heart will be broken, but then gently put back together.

This is an amazing book, the writing was just so emotional and evocative I have been transported to Singapore. I loved the separate POV’s as it gave each character their own voice and personality. Tragic, sad, anger inducing and then hope and love, a book to touch your soul. This will stay with me for a long time and I’m going to have to read it again soon. Thank you Tabatha for an experience and Pigeonhole for the opportunity read such an original tale.

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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal – Book Review

 

 

 

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The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession.

London. 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and among the crowd watching the spectacle two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning. 

When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.

But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening…

MY REVIEW

Set in 1850 London,  Iris and her twin sister Rose, who is scarred by smallpox are working long long hours for the spiteful owner of a doll shop. Sewing beads and trimmings onto dolls clothes made by much poorer locals, and painting dolls faces to be like their intended owners, many of these deceased young girls. 

Iris then meets Louis, an artist and a member of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, she agrees to model for him as long as he agrees to teach her to paint.

Another character, Silas Reed is obsessed with taxidermy. He is often brought ‘Road Kill’ by a young urchin, and when he is brought conjoined puppies he is thrilled. 

He is introduced to Iris by the young urchin and Silas is attracted to her slightly misshapen collarbone and becomes obsessed with her. 

Elizabeth Macneal has written an incredibly evocative gothic tale of Victorian London at a time of advances in both technology, art and new ideals, but still dealing with the abject poverty and squalor for those less fortunate.

The absolutely chilling, gruesome portrayal of Silas’ damaged mind is so well done it gives you the shivers, and you will want to read it with all the lights on…marvellously creepy.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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The Doll  Factory

 

by Elizabeth Macneal

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Picador

General Fiction (Adult) , Historical Fiction

 

About The Author

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Edinburgh and now lives in East London. She is a writer and potter and works from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. She read English Literature at Oxford University, before working in the City for several years. In 2017, she completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA in 2017 where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury scholarship.

The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, won the Caledonia Noel Award 2018. It will be published in twenty-eight languages and TV rights have sold to Buccaneer Media

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The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz – Book Review

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Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz’s brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. 

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‘You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late… ’

These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise.

Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?

Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who’s really getting rather good at this murder investigation business.

But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed – even at the risk of death…

MY REVIEW

I love the way this is written, the fiction mixed with fact, it’s just so original and entertaining.

Anthony Horowitz is an author, who works alongside the investigator Daniel Hawthorne, an ex-police officer, because he is in a 3 Book contract to document the crimes and investigations he is looking into.

He’s not sure if he likes Daniel, due to his manner,  casual homophobia and racism, but he is an excellent investigator and they get mixed up in all sorts of scrapes, with Anthony usually coming off worse.

There are mentions of Horowitz real life work, on tv series such as Midsomer Murder and Foyles War and his books like the Alex Rider series, which all lend such a feeling of reality you forget this is fiction.

The characters are all so believable, I really want to know more about Hawthorne and his background as I’m sure there’s more to come. The story itself is fast paced and with its touches of humour is totally engaging and has the great twists and turns of a classic whodunnit. I can thoroughly recommend it.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Upcoming books on The Pigeonhole

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Two new books about to start on The Pigeonhole, The Flower Girls, by Alice Clark-Platts and My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite….this is a great way to read along with others and share comments and insights into each book. They are issue in staves each day and each stave is usually a couple of chapters long. You can add comments and interact with other readers….great fun.

 

 

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Bitter Leaves by Tabatha Stirling

I’m currently reading Bitter Leaves by Tabatha Stirling via The Pigeonhole.

Pigeonhole releases books, FREE, stave by stave on a daily basis, so you get a few chapters a day. This is like an online book club, where you can leave comments as you read and interact with other readers, so you can see others opinions as you read. It’s just brilliant.AD48D9DE-1A27-4A9A-8211-E8B13E15F318

As for Bitter Leaves, oh my this is a heartbreaking, anger making read. It’s so well written you really do forget it’s fiction and I’ve become so immersed  in the story I can’t wait for the new stave each morning to catch up with the characters. It’s about the awful treatment of female ‘maids’ in Singapore, the abuse they suffer and the downright slavery at the hands of their employers. I don’t know how this is going to end but I hope there is a little joy for some of the characters.