Book Review: Wuhan by John Fletcher

My thanks to Head of Zeus and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Wuhan is a novel of epic proportions set in the first year (1937‒1938) of the second Sino-Japanese war or Japanese invasion of China, when Wuhan (yes, the very same) served as the capital of the government headed by Chiang Kai-shek,…

Book Review: Wolf at the Door by Sarah Hawkswood

My thanks to Allison and Busby and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. Wolf at the Door is book 9 in Hawkswood’s Bradecote and Catchpoll series of mediaeval mysteries, something that I didn’t realise when requesting the book, but I am very glad I didn’t for I may have hesitated and missed out…

Shelf Control #145: The Case of the Curious Client by T.G. Campbell

Wednesday, the 28th of July, 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: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

My thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. She Who Became the Sun is the first in a historical fiction/fantasy duology which builds on a historical plotline but gives it an interesting twist of its own. The story opens in mid-14th century China in a small village Zhongli, where…

Book Review: The Gilded Cage on the Bosphorus by Ayşe Osmanoğlu

My thanks to BooksgoSocial and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. Imagine living in an opulent place, with rich furnishings, delicious, decadent dishes to eat, beautiful tailored clothes in the best of fabrics to wear, your every want satisfied, a retinue of people to attend you at all hours. But also imagine, never…

Book Review: The Dying Day by Vaseem Khan

My thanks to Hodder and Stoughton and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Second in the Malabar Hall series by the author, The Dying Day is a historical mystery featuring the (fictional) first female police inspector in India Persis Wadia. Set in 1950s Bombay, we find ourselves at a time when the country…

Book Review: Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

Death Comes as the End is the only historical mystery by the Queen of Crime, and in one of my very favourite settings--ancient Egypt. This was a reread for me but after a long time so I had forgotten much of the story including whodunit. Miss Marple, Christie’s elderly lady detective, often uses her knowledge…

Shelf Control #135: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Wednesday, the 14th of April, and time once 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, 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…

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’…