Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold Writer: Gabriel García Márquez Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: March 6th 2014  (first published 1981) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There had never been a death more foretold.’’ Santiago is murdered in the market of a Colombian town. The perpetrators are two brothers. His crime? The supposed defilement of their sister, whose marriage to a…

Murder in Friday Street

Title: Murder in Friday Street Writer: Amy Myers Publishing House: Endeavour Media Date of Publication: June 3rd 2018 (first published December 20th 2005) Rating: 4 stars ‘’Friday Street likes to keep itself to itself.’’ I find that the beginning of summer is always an appropriate time to read a British Cozy Mystery. Now, my relationship with cozy mysteries has been stormier…

Alias Grace

Title: Alias Grace Writer: Margaret Atwood Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: September 14th 2017 (first published September 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’…and the real curse of Eve was having to put up with the nonsense of Adam, who as soon as there was any trouble, blamed it all on her.’’ Grace is a murderess. She collaborated with her…

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Title:Picnic at Hanging Rock Writer: Joan Lindsay Publishing House: Vintage Digital Date of Publication:April 30th 2011 (first published 1967) Rating: 3 stars ”He reminded himself that he was in Australia: Australia, where anything might happen. In England everything had been done before: quite often by one’s own ancestors, over and over again.” Two years ago, I…

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Title: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Writer: Stuart Turton Publishing House: Sourcebooks Landmark Date of Publication: September 18th 2018 (first published February 8th 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I’m a man in Purgatory, blind to the sins that chased me here.’’ What would it be like if one day we found ourselves in an another body? What if this happened on…

MACBETH

Title: Macbeth Writer: Jo Nesbø House of Publication: Penguin Random House, Hogarth UK Date of Publication: March 15th 2018 Ratings: 5 stars ‘’A seagull swept in over Fife through the silence and moonlight under a cloud-free night sky. Below, the river shone like silver. On the west of the river- like an immense fortress wall- a steep black mountain rose to…

Child 44

Title: Child 44 Writer: Tom Rob Smith Publishing House: Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: March 3rd 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Brother, if you were a playing card what card would you be? Would you be an ace or a king, a spade or a heart?’’ What a month this has been so far… Gearing up the scheduled readings for…

Nightwoods

Title: Nightwoods Writer: Charles Frazier Publishing House: Sceptre Date of Publication: May 24th 2012 (first published 2011) Rating: 5 stars ‘’And that’s why we look back on that time so fondly from the dimmer years to come. Remembering the days when we were like Greek gods. Mighty and idiotic.’’ Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier remains one of my most memorable…

Lies That Comfort and Betray

Title: Lies That Comfort and Betray (A Gilded Age Mystery #2)  Writer: Rosemary Simpson Publishing House: Kensington Books’ Date of Publication: January 30th 2018 Rating: 4 stars ”I’ve learned to prefer the starkest of truths to the most comforting of lies.” In my opinion, there is only one city whose gritty historical background can be compared to London’s and, naturally,…

The Silent Land

Title: The Silent Land Writer: Graham Joyce Publishing House: Anchor Date of Publication: November 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once I had a dream and in the dream I went to bed and fell asleep and was dreaming. And I knew I was dreaming inside a dream. Do you think it’s like that? Do you?’’ I’ve always thought that the…

This House Is Haunted

 Title:  This House is Haunted Writer: John Boyne Publishing House: Doubleday Publication Date: April 25th 2013 Rating: 2 stars ‘’Where are you?’’                 ‘’But answer came there none.’’ Eliza Caine may have found the answer to her question at some point, but unfortunately, I never found mine as to why I was expecting so much from this ‘’ghost’’ story…A story…

The Daylight Gate

Title: The Daylight Gate Writer: Jeanette Winterson Publishing House: Hammer Date of Publication: August 16th 2012 Rating: 5 stars (The beautiful city of Lancaster -image source: https://www.ilh.com/countries/england/lancashire) ‘’Stand on the flat top of Pendle Hill and you can see everything of the county of Lancashire. Some say you can see other things too. This is a haunted place. The living and…

Eight Ghosts…..

Title: Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories Writers: Sarah Perry, Jeanette Winterson, Andrew Michael Hurley, Mark Haddon, Kamila Shamsie, Stuart Evers, Kate Clanchy, Max Porter edited by Rowan Routh Publishing House: September Publishing Publication Date:  September 28th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is melancholy in lights glimpsed from a distance’’, she said, ‘’A party to which one has not been invited.’’…

The Halloween Children

 Title: The Halloween Children Writer: Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss Publishing House: Earthling Publications Date of Publication: October 2014 Rating: 3 stars “If my jokes had anything to do with what happened to our family that Halloween, I’m really sorry. I wish I could take it all back.” When you behave as if your children are idiots, when you…

The Shadow Hour

 Title :The Shadow Hour Writer: Kate Riordan Publishing House: Penguin Random House Publication Date:  February 25th 2016 Kate Riordan’s first novel, “The Girl in the Photograph”, was one of the most atmospheric reads of last year. It contained everything we have come to associate worth the good, old British Gothic Fiction. An old mansion, dual time narration,…

Hallowe’en Party…

 Title: Hallowe’en Party (Hercule Poirot, #36) Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: November 1969 Rating: 5 stars ”The past is the father of the present. The ”crime” writers who write like Christie are few. The ones who try to write mysteries similar to her own are non-existent. I may sound harsh, but those who struggle to…

The Essex Serpent

                                                                              Title: ”The Essex Serpent” Writer: Sarah Perry Publishing House: Serpent’s Tail Publication Date: May 27th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Come tomorrow,…

When in a haunted house…

 Yes, this is a photo of a corner in my house. No, it’s not haunted. At least, not as far as I know….        Title: The Grip of It Writer : Jac Jemc Publisher: FSG Originals Publication Date: August 1st 2017 Rating: 5 stars  “But what if those buried, fetid stories are the ones that have bubbled to…

October TBR or why I’d call it overambitious…

  Let us return to the present time and take a look at the reading list of the current month. Now, being a teacher, I can tell you that being overambitious is a way of life. There’s been a plethora of times when you think you can overload everything in a child’s head and then…

It isn’t autumn until October comes….

I think it is safe to say that October is a special time for us obsessed readers that live in the Western and Eastern Hemisphere. Not only the month of Halloween (and we all love Halloween, don’t we?….) but the time when summer finally decides to bid us adieu until the next time. What is…