Book Review: The Guardian of Whispers (2023) by B. E. Padgett

My thanks to Booktasters for a review copy of this book. The first of a series of children’s/middle-grade fantasy books, the Guardian of Whispers by B. E. Padgett might have hints of Harry Potter but still makes for a very creative and enjoyable adventure. We are introduced to the Reed family, five children—Eugene, the twins…

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Book Review: The Pale Horse (1961) by Agatha Christie #ReadChristie

The Pale Horse (1961) was my choice for the #ReadChristie challenge for this month, and though it was one of the picks for the challenge, it seems I interpreted the visual prompt completely differently to the official interpretation. The Pale Horse presents an interesting mystery where it isn’t only the whodunit that keeps one puzzled…

Book Review: Death of a Bookseller (1956) by Bernard J. Farmer #ReadIndies

My thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for a review copy of this book via NetGalley. Taking us into the rather ruthless world of book collectors, runners, sellers and prized first editions, Death of a Bookseller by Bernard J. Farmer, first published in 1956 is being republished as a British Library Crime Classic, after decades of…

Book Review: Bombay Monsoon (2022) by James W. Ziskin

My thanks to Oceanview Publishing for a review copy of this book via Edelweiss. Bombay Monsoon (2022) is a piece of historical fiction with a thriller/mystery element, set in India in 1975 during the period when the then PM Indira Gandhi had declared an Emergency. Twenty-six-year-old Danny Jacobs is an American journalist working with United…

Book Review: Misfire (2023) by Tammy Euliano

My thanks to Oceanview Publishing for a review copy of this book via Edelweiss. Misfire (2023) is the second in the Kate Downey series of medical mysteries/thrillers by Tammy Euliano. I read and reviewed the first, Fatal Intent (2022), last year and absolutely loved the story and characters. The book was not only an exciting…

Book Review: The Body in the Library (1942) by Agatha Christie

The third of the Miss Marple books, The Body in the Library (1942) is a book I reread last week as part of a challenge with one of my Goodreads groups which is reading books set in different ‘Scenes of Classic Crime’ across the year. As morning dawns in Gossington Hall, residence of Col and…

Book Review: Murder at St Saviour’s by Merryn Allingham

My thanks to Bookouture for a review copy of this book via NetGalley. Murder at St Saviour’s is the fifth entry in the Flora Steele series of historical cosy mysteries by author Merryn Allingham. Set in Abbeymead, a small (fictional) Sussex village in the 1950s, the series follows Flora Steele, a twenty-five-year-old woman who runs…

Book Review: The Black Cabinet by Patricia Wentworth #DeanStreetDecember

First published in 1925, The Black Cabinet is a standalone mystery/adventure by Patricia Wentworth, fast paced and entertaining as always, and my third entry for this year’s #DeanStreetDecember hosted by Liz at Adventures in Reading, Running and Working from Home. Young and beautiful Chloe Dane works at a dressmaker, Miss Allardyce’s in the small town…

Book Review: Punishment of a Hunter by Yulia Yakovleva and translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

My thanks to Pushkin Press for a review copy of this book via Edelweiss. Punishment of a Hunter is a dark, gritty and gripping historical mystery which gives the reader an excellent sense of time and place as well as a very satisfying mystery. Written by author, theatre and ballet critic Yulia Yakovleva, the book…

Book Review: The Cat Who Caught a Killer by L. T. Shearer

My thanks to Pan Macmillan for a review copy of this book via NetGalley. The Cat Who Caught a Killer is a delightful, heart-warming and fun murder mystery (yes, I realise heart-warming and murder mystery don’t ordinarily go together) which just happens to feature not just a cat but a talking cat (and one who…