Feel Good Fiction with a French Setting

Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard (Bookouture) is the second book in the La Cour des Roses series. I hadn’t read the first book in the series, but it didn’t take long to work out who was who and what was going on. (However, a quick ‘story so far’ by way of… Continue reading Feel Good Fiction with a French Setting

Eventide: Book 1 in the Sepherene Chronicles by Daniel Beazley

The Sepherene Chronicles show a very different side to this talented indie author. Daniel Beazley’s previous books have been comical fantasy – Goblins Know Best and The Rotten Roots, both of which you really should read – and whilst we’re still in the reamlm of the paranormal with his new series, there is a serious,… Continue reading Eventide: Book 1 in the Sepherene Chronicles by Daniel Beazley

Advent Calendar of Christmas Books: A Very Coco Christmas by Robert Byrndza

Oh dear, my Advent Calendar of Christmas books is proving to be somewhat sporadic. I’m in the middle of moving house, so bear with me. Today’s Christmassy book is A Very Coco Christmas by Robert Bryndza. It’s a prequella (i.e. a prequel novella) to Robert’s wonderful Coco Pinchard series. If you haven’ts discovered Coco yet,… Continue reading Advent Calendar of Christmas Books: A Very Coco Christmas by Robert Byrndza

Crossing the Line by Frédérique Molay: fine French crime writing

Frederique Molay’s first Nico Sirsky novel, The 7th Woman, won the prize for Best Crime Novel in France in 2007, so you’re quite justified going into this book with high expectations. And you won’t be disappointed. This is an intriquing, polished murder mystery featuring the very likeable Police Commissioner Nico Sirsky. Sirsky has now recovered… Continue reading Crossing the Line by Frédérique Molay: fine French crime writing

Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding by Robert Bryndza: don’t read this in public!

Coco Pinchard is getting her life back together. She’s divorced from dopey philandering first husband Daniel, son Rosencrantz is moving out and gorgeous Adam, Coco’s boyfriend, is about to move in. Even Ethel, Coco’s ex-mother-in-law, if you can have one of those, seems to be rather nice to her these days. But then Adam starts… Continue reading Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding by Robert Bryndza: don’t read this in public!

Meet Fawn Atondo: imaginative author of contemporary paranormal

I’m thrilled to feature new author Fawn Atondo on Books Are Cool today. Fawn has just published her first book, Chosen Darkness. It’s contemporary paranormal, with some very original twists and turns along the way. The main characters are Falyn, a lone werewolf, and Alex, a vampire bounty hunter. When they meet, there’s instant attraction, but… Continue reading Meet Fawn Atondo: imaginative author of contemporary paranormal

A Crouton Murder by J M Griffin: a book baked to perfection

Melina’s back. You may remember I reviewed the first book in this culinary cozy mystery series, A Crusty Murder, here recently. Now it’s time to look at the second book. Blurb When Franklin Seever, the father of Melina’s best friend BettyJo, is poisoned from eating Melina’s fresh baked croutons at a dinner party, a police… Continue reading A Crouton Murder by J M Griffin: a book baked to perfection

Grand Cru Heist: Fine Wine, Fast Cars and Dead Bodies

Grand Cru Heist by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen is best summed up, I think, as a cozy mystery for men set in the ostentatiously wealthy world of winemakers and connoisseurs. There is a definite feeling of Gentlemen’s Club in the novel with erudite discussions and witty wordplay amidst a haze of cigar smoke. The… Continue reading Grand Cru Heist: Fine Wine, Fast Cars and Dead Bodies

Seven Minutes by Jay Stritch: what exactly is this mysterious book on Will’s doorstep?

Will has recently been made redundant so he’s taking care of the farm and family while his wife commutes abroad to work for the mother she’s never got on with. There’s not much demand for history of art graduates and job hunting isn’t going well. So when Will finds an untitled book on his doorstep,… Continue reading Seven Minutes by Jay Stritch: what exactly is this mysterious book on Will’s doorstep?