Hello all!! Time to retreat into our bookish worlds again I think! I never considered reading to be as important as it is now and I’m just so thankful I have them to escape with!
It’s been a fairly slow bookish week for me reading wise, I seem to have too many books on the go to get a finish! I did manage to finish 2 books, made a sneaky trip over to Netgalley for 3 newbies, and had 1 books sent to me for me to review – so I’m still ticking over nicely!
Here’s my look back..
THE SMALLEST MAN by FRANCES QUINN – 4 STARS
THE TREASURE IN THE TOWER by ROB KEELEY – 5 STARS
Off to Netgalley we go…..
THE STRANGER TIMES by C.K. MCDONNELLout January 2021
There are Dark Forces at work in our world (and in Manchester in particular) and so thank God The Stranger Times is on hand to report them. A weekly newspaper dedicated to the weird and the wonderful (but more often the weird) of modern life, it is the go-to publication for the unexplained and inexplicable . . .
At least that’s their pitch. The reality is rather less auspicious. Their editor is a drunken, foul-tempered and
-mouthed husk of a man who thinks little (and believes less) of the publication he edits, while his staff are a ragtag group of wastrels and misfits, each with their own secrets to hide and axes to grind. And as for the assistant editor . . . well, that job is a revolving door – and it has just revolved to reveal Hannah Willis, who’s got her own set of problems.
It’s when tragedy strikes in Hannah’s first week on the job that The Stranger Times is forced to do some serious, proper, actual investigative journalism. What they discover leads them to a shocking realisation: that some of the stories they’d previously dismissed as nonsense are in fact terrifyingly, gruesomely real. Soon they come face-to-face with darker foes than they could ever have imagined. It’s one thing reporting on the unexplained and paranormal but it’s quite another being dragged into the battle between the forces of Good and Evil . . .
STILL SHE WISHED FOR COMPANY by MARGARET IRWIN
PUBLICATION DATE – NOVEMBER 2020
Time is. Time was. Time will be.
Jan leads a rather content, if dull life. She works in an office, sees a suitable man, but her life is lacking the excitement her spirited nature craves.
Juliana too leads a rather content, if dull life. She grows up at Chidleigh, writes in her journal, but she yearns for something more than a suitable marriage for her life.
Though separated by centuries, Jan and Juliana pass through each other’s orbits from time to time. But it’s not until tragedy strikes Juliana’s family that their lives truly begin to intertwine…
In her enchanting first novel, Margaret Irwin weaves a hauntingly gothic tale full of magic, desire, and fate.
THE CROW FOLK by MARK STAY
publication date – February 2021
As Spitfires roar overhead and a dark figure stalks the village of Woodville, a young woman will discover her destiny…
Faye Bright always felt a little bit different. And today she’s found out why. She’s just stumbled across her late mother’s diary which includes not only a spiffing recipe for jam roly-poly, but spells, incantations, runes and recitations… a witch’s notebook.
And Faye has inherited her mother’s abilities.
Just in time, too. The Crow Folk are coming. Led by the charismatic Pumpkinhead, their strange magic threatens Faye and the villagers. Armed with little more than her mum’s words, her trusty bicycle, the grudging help of two bickering old ladies, and some aggressive church bellringing, Faye will find herself on the front lines of a war nobody expected.
And I received a copy of a book to review from Eye Books – out now!
RACHEL TO THE RESCUE by ELINOR LIPMAN
Rachel Klein is sacked from her job at the White House after she sends an email criticising Donald Trump. As she is escorted off the premises she is hit by a speeding car, driven by what the press will discreetly call ‘a personal friend of the President’.
Does that explain the flowers, the get-well wishes at a press briefing, the hush money offered by a lawyer at her hospital bedside?
Rachel’s recovery is soothed by comically doting parents, matchmaking room-mates, a new job as aide to a journalist whose books aim to defame the President, and unexpected love at the local wine store.
But secrets leak, and Rachel’s new-found happiness has to make room for more than a little chaos. Will she bring down the President? Or will he manage to do that all by himself?
Rachel to the Rescue is a mischievous political satire, with a delightful cast of characters, from one of America’s funniest novelists.
THE CHAIN by ADRIAN McKINTY – audiobook