Wives and Lovers by Jane Elizabeth Varley

First class writing from Elizabeth Jane Varley with Wives and Lovers set in the leafy suburb of Wimbledon, London and the middle class town of Marlow. Having just returned from my first visit to this little Thames side town it was purely coincidental to be reading about it in Jane’s great tale of a middle class family […]

That Day in June by Martina Reilly

An unusual story but gripping never the less and I loved it. Max and Sandy make an unusual couple. Sandy is homeless and accepts coffee from Max a bit of a high flier in the Irish media world. Suddenly Max isn’t there and Sandy Is concerned. After some detective work she finds him in a […]

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Lisa’s thrilling tale is set in a village on the River Avon near Bristol with a brief sojourn to Seville. Yes as the title suggests someone is being watched …..but who? and by whom? Main characters include the slightly less than adult wayward Joey her new, less than suitable husband Alfie,  Joeys’ brother the affable doctor and his […]

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill

First time for everything and first time for  me to read a Fiona Neill  novel….definitely won’t be the last. Loved Betrayals, I read the Penguin paperback edition and whilst I had to put it down from time to time the wait to get back to it was far too long. Daisy suffers from OCD, her brother Max […]

Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner

Edge of the seat or edge of your bed stuff …depends where you like to read but this kept me there right on that edge wherever I was reading. Manon she of the unusual name appears somewhat adrift in her personal life. Approaching mid life with no partner, no children and estranged from dad and […]

All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J Church

Listening to this audiobook the writer took me to Las Vegas when the strip was relatively new and the likes of ‘Ole Blue Eyes and Sammy Davis Junior were drawing the crowds. You could almost smell the theatrical make up and dust, see the smoke ridden changing rooms and marvel at the sparkle. But life […]

The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell

I picked this book up in a library in an old manor called The Kandy House in Sri Lanka on a day when rain stopped play and sunbathing. Coincidentally the main ‘character’ of this story was another manor house but this time in England and this time called Cloudsley in deepest Chilterns country. Maggie pulls herself away […]