Book Review: Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph

My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK for a review copy of this exciting YA suspense mystery/thriller. Lock the Doors is told in first person, opening with Tom/Thomas Cavanagh who is just moving in to a new house with his mother, stepdad Jay and stepsister Nia. The house is his mother’s dream home,…

Shelf Control #124: The Girl with the Green Tinted Hair by Gavin Whyte

Wednesday, the 27th of January, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Book Review: The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

This review contains spoilers for the previous book. This is book 6 of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries. In Speaking from Amongst the Bones, the previous book, Flavia solves the murder of the church organist Mr Collicut—killed and hidden in the crypt of St Tancred, the patron saint of their village Bishop’s Lacey. At…

Shelf Control #123: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

Wednesday, the 20th of January, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Patricia Highsmith’s 100th

Image source: Goodreads Patricia Highsmith, American author of novels and short stories, primarily psychological thrillers, turns a 100 today. Her best known works are the series featuring the con-man–murderer, Tom Ripley which comprises of five books starting with The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) and Strangers on a Train (1950), her first novel about two strangers…

Review: The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

Over the end of 2020 and start of 2021, I read The Hunger Games trilogy (not the newly released prequel, though). The books are set in a dystopian world in which life is much changed from what we have at present, but people perhaps remain the same. The country is—Panem where the Capitol ruthlessly rules…

Shelf Control #122: The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Wednesday, the 13th of January, and time again for Shelf Control! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, simply pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what its about, what makes…