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  • British,  Crime fiction

    Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

    Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty made a stellar appearance on my Twitter timeline upon the release of its television adaptation by BBC One in January 2017. Some people loved it, some people hated it, but everyone kept talking about the book. That was the moment when I knew I had to read it, so I checked with one my PhD supervisor to see whether she had a copy, as the story is very much up her alley. She did not, but she was so impressed by the novel that she bought at copy and kindly let me borrow it over the summer. The main premise of Apple Tree Yard…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Flashbacks by J.E Hall

    I borrowed Flashbacks by J.E Hall from a friend from university who, knowing of my passion for crime fiction, thought I would enjoy a thriller by a local author that she is familiar with. Turns out, she was right! Meet Adam, a nineteen-year-old about to enjoy his gap year bicycling all the way from his native England to the Middle East. Over-protected by his parents, who insist on safety issues that he, clearly does not need. Kaylah is doing Business Studies at Southgate University and daughter to Bishop Sam Kone, descendant of Caribbean immigrants and a television star. As any young woman, Kaylah does not agree with her parents’ beliefs,…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Exclusive Interview: Author Paula Daly

    Didn’t I tell you there were some great things happening this week? Well, this is one of them! Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You? and Keep Your Friends Close has let me interview her again. I had the pleasure of interviewing Paula previously after her first novel, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? was published. Now, she has let me interview her yet again, so thank you, Paula, for being so generous with Books&Reviews (now Bodies in the Library)! 1. Where did the idea for Keep Your Friends Close come from? I was having dinner with a friend who had been unlucky in love…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    Jack Glass by Adam Roberts

    I first learnt of Jack Glass by Adam Roberts thanks to the Book Depository home page. Although I contacted Orion Books no one replied to me, so the very Adam Roberts was kind enough to send me signed review copy nonetheless! Lucky me. From Good Reads: Jack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds, readers will be astonished to discover how he committed the murders and by the end of the book, their sympathies for the killer will be fully engaged. Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction (the country house murder, the locked room mystery) and imbued with the feel of…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Exclusive Interview: Paula Daly

     I learned about Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly by my almost-stalking of Allison Barrow – publicist of the wonderful Kate Atkinson – and who is also publicist to Daly. So, the lovely Daly started following me (she loves Atkinson too) and we started tweeting each other. After I finished and reviewed her debut novel Just What Kind of Mother Are You she was kindly enough to agree to this interview. I was thrilled! There were so many questions I wanted to ask, but as I usually do so as not to overdo it with writers, I stuck to 5. Here they are. Enjoy! 1.I know…