The Empire came up on NetGalley’s list, and I liked the sound of it. With other celebrity authors, though, I’ve had trouble getting rid of their voice. Would Michael Ball be different? The only way to find out is to
Looking for Emily came up as an offering on Netgalley. The blurb intrigued me, and I succeeded in getting an advance copy. Not enough in advance for me to read it before publication, but I prioritised it all the same.
The Physicists’ Daughter comes out on Tuesday. Unusually, I’ll be featuring it again on Friday, when I interview the author for her blog tour. So for once, I’ve read an ARC ahead of schedule! The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna
The Business of Short Stories by Shannon Lawrence (the Warrior Muse) is published tomorrow, so I’m doing a shout out today. I thought you might be interested in it, since you like the #writephoto event. This week’s offering ‘Through’ comes
The Retreat is a great theme, provided by KL Caley at New2Writing.com. This lovely photo reminds me of places I’ve been–for conferences and the like. It also inspired me to a story more like one of Rebecca Douglass’s than my
The Cat Who Saved Books was a netgalley book, for which I am very grateful. I seem to have become better at picking books that suit my post-covid brain since I realised the trouble with those more thrilling books I’d
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse has been sitting on my shelf for some time, waiting for it to be picked for the Great Middle Grade Reads monthly read. It came second some time ago, which is when
The Zig Zag Girl was the not the only Elly Griffiths in the library when I visited on a whim after getting my flu jab. The doctor’s surgery is in the same complex. But, as all the titles on the
My Sister’s Bones has been on my shelf for ages. I received a courtesy copy at Noirwich in 2016, when it was still in pre-publication mode. In a somewhat unusual reading pattern for me, I started it in September, got
The Essex Serpent first lodged in my mind when Sarah Perry was a guest at either Norfolk & Norwich Festival or Noirwich. I think it was in NNF on a session on noir, because I’m sure Sarah Waters read her
The Stone Circle came out in February in the UK, and for once I hadn’t pre-ordered it. So when I was on NetGalley’s original site by accident and saw it on offer for readers, I jumped at the chance. This
Everything is Lies came to me via Netgalley from Michael Joseph publishers thanks to my enthusiastic review of Dear Amy, probably my Book of 2016. Helen Callaghan’s new book is out 22 February, and it’s a great follow-up (not a series). Everything
Halloween. It’s tomorrow, or if you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it might even be today, depending on when you read this. No matter. From now till 1st November Pacific time, I’m offering a FREE ebook as your Halloween treat.
It’s Anthology Contest time! I may be in the middle of #TackleTBR, but other things go on apace. Checking round the IWSG posts last week, I realised that it was time for the Annual Anthology contest. It’s the fourth one,
Compost – one of my favourite subjects, since I have done time as a volunteer in Norfolk’s award-winning Master Composter programme. The incident of the pills described here happened to one of my neighbours, and therefore the question of ‘how