Monday, 10 September 2018

One day in December - Josie Silver


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Woman at 72 Derry Lane - Carmel Harrington



I haven't read any of the author's books before and was settling in for rather more of a cosy read than some of the dark stuff that the pages contained. To begin with I really wanted to read something else as it was a little too realistic in places to enjoy.

There are three stories told  - Rea, Stella and Skye. I wasn't sure where the story of Skye fitted in and kept trying to second guess it. I think on balance I enjoyed this part of the book the most, although again it had a gritty true to life side to it I thought it was very well written and truly conveyed the horror of the situation that developed.

Towards the end the stories all come together in a surprising way - one I thought I had partly guessed. After lots of outloud "oh no's" from me and cheering on the supporting characters, I was pleased with the ending, which was delayed slightly from where I would have thought it might have been. 

Such realistic writing, which at times I found hard to read so I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC to review.

Monday, 3 September 2018

I feel bad about my neck - Nora Ephron


Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met SallyHeartburnSleepless in SeattleYou've Got Mail) turns her sharp wit on to her own life.
* Never marry a man you wouldn't want to be divorced from
*If the shoe doesn't fit in the shoe store, it's never going to fit
*When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you
*Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for by the age of forty-five
*The empty nest is underrated
*If only one third of your clothes are mistakes, you're ahead of the game


I love Nora Ephron films and thought that I should read this book - it's been on my tbr list for so many years. I guess I was putting it off in case it wasn't as good as the films - sometimes writers just aren't as funny. I'm pleased to say it did not disappoint me, I really liked this collection of essays and the subject matter. I would say that don't read it unless you are at least over 50, you just won't get it.

There were lots of ah ha, moments for me and her droll sense of humour was wonderful. However also as I was reading it I felt sad - as she talks about her legacies and what they might be especially that now Nora is no longer with us.

Near the end is a chapter "What I wish I'd known" with some great bits of advice. My favourite has got to be "you can order more than on dessert" - who knew!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Believe Me - J P Delaney


Claire Wright likes to play other people. 

A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands.
When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But right from the start, she has doubts about the part she's being asked to play. Is Patrick Fogler really a killer . . . Or the only decent husband she's ever met? And is there more to this set-up than she's being told?
And that's when Claire realises she's playing the deadliest role of her life . . .


I was attracted to reading this book as I loved the previous novel by J P Delaney, The Girl Before. It turns out that this book was actually his first book. However, he totally rewrote it, keeping just the overall premise of the book before republishing after the success of The Girl Before. 

Claire is playing a dangerous game - not only does she not have a green card to work in the USA she's staring in her own show over and over again to entrap straying husbands. For the first few chapters of the book I felt a little sick, scared for Claire of what could happen to her in what I felt was a dangerous game.

That was only the beginning though. Suddenly Claire is part of a murder investigation, is she a suspect? Maybe if she plays a part again she can clear her name. By this point in the novel I had to distance myself from Claire otherwise I would not have been able to read the book, scared of the danger she has placed herself into.

Once I had settled myself into Claire's new role things began to settle down and then the tables turned, everything I had read was put into doubt. Several more twists and turns abound until really I couldn't take anymore and just wanted to know what was real and what was acting

Really I should have known that Claire is always the actress......

Be prepared for a roller coaster of a ride to rethink what you think you know and what the author wants you to know!

I'm giving this book 4 out of five stars. My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Driven - Dane Cobain

Driven by [Cobain, Dane]


Meet private detective James Leipfold, computer whizzkid Maile O'Hara and good-natured cop Jack Cholmondeley in the first book of the Leipfold series.

A car strikes in the middle of the night and a young actress lies dead in the road. The police force thinks it's an accident, but Maile and Leipfold aren't so sure.

Putting their differences aside, and brought together by a shared love of crosswords and busting bad guys, Maile and Leipfold investigate. But not all is as it seems, as they soon find out to their peril.


I've followed Dane Cobain through social media for some time and so when he quit his day job to become a full time writer I was intrigued what his books would be like. I've had this book on my personal tbr list for some time and am so glad I finally got around to reading it.

It really was a cracking read. I loved the characters, especially Maile with her bang up to date internet sleuthing skills. In fact the book was full of great tech references even down to the killer car. Once I started to read I really couldn't put it down, I just loved the writing it flowed beautifully from the page. It reminded me a little of Galbraith's duo in that we have a PI down on his luck who lives mainly in his office and an assistant willing to work for little or nothing. The writing was just as good as Galbraith too.

Kept me guessing to the end as to who did what and why - a great twisting and turning plot. I would love to give the book five stars but I am going with four. Much as I love Agatha Christie I wasn't such a fan when Dane decided to use one of her literary vehicles in his book! Just didn't hit the spot with me. I won't say more as I don't do spoilers, maybe he meant it as a homage?

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

How to live Japanese - Yutaka Yazawa


Thursday, 9 August 2018

If Cats Disappeared From The World - Genki Kawamura