Sense and Sensibility

Title: Sense and Sensibility Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: November 6th 2008 (first published October 30th 1811) Rating: 5 stars “I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.”  Jane Austen’s first published novel is loved, widely loved. Yet, in the absence of a dashing figure like Darcy,…

Resorting To Murder (Holiday Mysteries)

Title: Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries Writer: Various ed. by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: April 1st 2015 Rating: 5 stars “All of us, or nearly all of us, have at one time or another had the desire and the impulse to commit murder.” Everything can happen when we’re…

Pride and Prejudice

Title: Pride and Prejudice Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: November 6th 2008  (first published January 28th 1813) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is a stubbornness in me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others.’’ The greatness of what I consider to be Jane Austen’s finest…

The Murder at the Vicarage

Title: Murder at the Vicarage Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Date of Publication: September 1st 2006 (first published 1930) Rating: 5 stars “The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.” THIS!  In the tale that started it all,…

The Mirror and the Light

Title: The Mirror and the Light Writer: Hilary Mantel Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 5th 2020 Rating: 5 stars “This is what life does for you in the end; it arranges a fight you can’t win.” Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Anne of Cleves. Three women that amply demonstrate the saturnine, obsessive and…

Jamaica Inn

Title: Jamaica Inn Writer: Daphne du Maurier Publishing House: Little, Brown and Company Date of Publication: December 17th 2013 (first published 1936) Rating: 5 stars “Dead men tell no tales, Mary.” The story of Mary Wellan and her journey to the haunting, dark and fascinating Cornish cost. The tale of a land haunted by terrible…

Cards On The Table

Title: Cards on the Table Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: William Morrow Paperbacks Date of Publication: December 15th 2003 (first published November 2nd 1936) Rating: 5 stars “He played the part of the devil too successfully. But he was not the devil. Au fond, he was a stupid man. And so – he died.” “Because…

The Great Fortune (The Balkan Trilogy 1)

Title: The Great Fortune (The Balkan Trilogy 1) Writer: Olivia Manning Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: July 30th 2020 (first published 1960) Rating: 4 stars ”A pine forest came down to the edge of the track: the light from the carriages rippled over the bordering trees. As she gazed out into…

Five Little Pigs

Title: Five Little Pigs Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Berkley Date of Publication: December 15th 1985 (first published May 1942) Rating: 5 stars “One does not, you know, employ merely the muscles. I do not need to bend and measure the footprints and pick up the cigarette ends and examine the bent blades of grass. It…

Hamnet

Title: Hamnet Writer: Maggie O’Farrell Publishing House: Knopf Publishing Group Date of Publication: July 21st 2020 (first published March 31st 2020) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Then Judith is in a crowd. It is night- time, cold; the glow of lanterns punctuates the freezing dark. She thinks it is the Candlemas fair. She is in and also…

The Mercies

Title: The Mercies Writer: Kiran Millwood Hargrave Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: February 6th 2020  Rating: 4 stars ”The storm comes in like a finger snap. That’s how they’ll speak in the months and years after, when it stops being only an ache behind their eyes and crushing at the base of their throats….

At Bertram’s Hotel

Title: At Bertram’s Hotel Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Harper Date of Publication: 2002 (first published 1965)\ Rating: 5 stars ‘’The children of Lucifer are often beautiful.’’ Hotels are fascinating places. Well, they can be quite a nightmare if you’re careless while booking or if the residents are a bunch of barbarians (which is often…

Things We Say In The Dark

Title: Things We Say In The Dark Writer: Kirsty Logan Publishing House: Harvill Secker Date of Publication: October 3rd 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A house is family. A house is history. A house is a body. One subject that comes up again and again in horror, both new and classic, is houses. Haunted houses, home…

The Vanishing

Title: The Vanishing Writer: Sophia Tobin Publishing House: Simon Schuster UK Date of Publication: June 5th 2018 (first published January 12th 2017) Rating: 4 stars ” Everything was still; no rain, only the touch of wind as I walked, with the occasional call of birds in the desolation. I looked at the reddish bracken; the…

Summerwater

Title: Summerwater Writer: Sarah Moss Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Dawn. There’s no sunrise, no birdsong. Light seeps over the water, through the branches. The sky is lying on the loch, filling the trees, heavy in the spaces between the pine needles, settling between blades of grass and…

Man With A Seagull On His Head

Title: Man With A Seagull On His Head Writer: Harriet Paige Publishing House: Biblioasis Date of Publication:  February 2017 Rating: 5 stars ”The fibrous contents of her shop – so much wool and linen and cotton – seemed a dry and tangled trap around her. But here was a face that opened up a space above her head that was…

Birdsong

Title: Birdsong Writer: Sebastian Faulks Publishing House: Vintage International Date of Publication: June 2nd 1997 (first published September 27th 1993) Rating: 5 stars “But you must live your own life eventually. You have one chance only.” A poetic, heart-breaking novel, about the atrocities of war and the hope that springs even under the most harrowing circumstances. Sebastian Faulks…

Blue Ticket

Title: Blue Ticket Writer: Sophie Mackintosh Publishing House: Hamish Hamilton Date of Publication: August 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”We lined up, waiting to pull our tickets from the machine, the way you would take your number at the butcher’s counter. The music popular that year played from speakers on the ceiling. Just gravity enough. Not necessarily such an important…

The Harpy

Title: The Harpy Writer: Megan Hunter Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication: September 17th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”Three. I’d said it out loud, after he did. It made a kind of neat sense, something religious about its structure. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Peter betrayed Jesus three times. A familiar number, for a good Christian girl like…

The Bass Rock

Title: The Bass Rock Writer: Evie Wyld Publishing House: Pantheon Date of Publication: September 1st 2020 (first published February 4th 2020) Rating: 2 stars ”The crow takes off and flies to the top branches of the monkey puzzle tree. It yells at me from there.” Three women, three different eras. Sarah, Ruth, Viviane. Witchcraft, abusing relationships, loss, depressions, danger…