Shelf Control #133: The Secret at Lone Tree Cottage by Carolyn Keene

Wednesday, the 31st of March, 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: Hyde by Craig Russell

My thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. This was an exciting, interesting, very dark and also slightly unsettling piece of historical fiction set in Edinburgh, and combines a mystery with psychological aspects and elements of Celtic folklore and the occult. The Hyde of the title…

Shelf Control #132: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wednesday, the 24th of March, 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 Custard Corpses by M.J. Porter

My thanks to Books Go Social and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. The Custard Corpses is a historical mystery/police procedural set in the 1940s and involving a cold case. Our story opens with Chief Inspector Sam Mason—not serving in the war due to an injury—who is visited by Rebecca McFarlane whose brother…

Book Review: The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

My thanks to Penguin Random House Children’s UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this compelling and heart-rending read. Spain in the 1950s, the Spain of General Franco provides the setting for this young adult novel. This was a regime where Franco ruled supreme, those that conformed could get by but those that ‘dared’…

Shelf Control #131: The Menace Within by Ursula Curtiss

Wednesday, the 17th of March (Happy St Paddy's Day to those who celebrate), 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, simply pick a book from your TBR pile, and…

Nicholas Nickleby Readalong Week 5 Post #NicholasNickleby2021

Once again, fell behind schedule on this week’s instalment (or rather last week’s instalment) of Nicholas Nickleby for the Nicholas Nickleby readalong on Fanda ClassicLit. (My previous posts on the readalong are here, here, and here). The story so far: In the last instalment, we saw Nicholas leave the Crummles’ theatrical group when Newman Noggs…