Synopsis A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris. When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere. How… Continue reading The Merest Loss by Steven Neil: bringing the past back to vibrant life
The Fourth Victim Whitechapel is being gentrified. The many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of peace, tranquillity and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder. Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Matthew Merry, but he has hardly… Continue reading The Fourth Victim by John Mead: police procedural with a strong sense of place
Homicide in Herne Hill Beth Haldane, SE21’s premier – and only – single mum amateur sleuth, is really pleased to find a new friend at the school gates, in the shape of irrepressibly bouncy Nina. As well as a way with words, Nina has a puzzle she wants Beth to solve, centred on the solicitor’s… Continue reading Homicide at Herne Hill by Alice Castle: polished to a high shine
Daisy Belle : Swimming Champion of the World by Caitlin Davies I’m so pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for this captivating novel featuring such a resilient heroine. Synopsis Summer 1867: four-year-old Daisy Belle is about to make her debut at the Lambeth Baths in London. Her father, swimming professor Jeffrey… Continue reading ‘Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World’ by Caitlin Davies – definitely a novel to immerse yourself in!
‘The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay’ is a wonderful example of kick-lit – ‘chick-lit with a kick’, as the author likes to describe it. That kick comes from the strong heroine we have in this story. Rosa Larkin has had plenty of knocks in life and so she’s built up a tough shell around herself.… Continue reading The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May: original, touching and accomplished