Murder After Christmas

Title: Murder After Christmas Writer: Rupert Latimer Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2021 (first published 1944) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Anyway, Christmas is a time for forgetting the past and burying hatchets, isn’t it?’’ ‘’What about after Christmas’’, said Frank. ‘’Now you’re making difficulties’’, said Rhoda.’’ The arrival of Uncle…

Crimson Snow

Title: Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: November 10th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’But seated in the holly-decked apartment before a noble fire which roared bravely up the wide chimney we cared nothing for the frozen world out of doors. We laughed…

Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Isobel Ross Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: November 9th 2021 Rating: 5 stars “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”                       Charles Dickens (Our Mutual Friend) A young boy sees his world…

Τhe Christmas Egg

Title: The Christmas Egg Writer: Mary Kelly Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2019 (first published 1958) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Princess Karukhina once had been used to lying in a carved bed inlaid with mother-of-pearl, between silk sheets changed daily, covered with down quilts and white urs. The walls of…

A Surprise for Christmas

Title: A Surprise for Christmas Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was Christmas Eve and nearly five of the clock, but an afternoon less like the traditional ideas of the seasons would be hard to imagine. True, a little…

Chill Tidings

Title: Chill Tidings Writer: Various, edited by Tanya Kirk Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: October 16th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’At the edge of the dark sky, sprinkled with stars, a faint band of cold light heralded the rising moon. How different from the grey light of dawn, that ushers in the…

The Magic Toyshop

Title:The Magic Toyshop Writer: Angela Carter Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: May 3rd 2018 (first published 1967) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Melanie had never seen uncle Philip. Once, when she was a little girl, he sent her a jack-in-the-box. He was a toymaker. When she opened the jack-in-the-box, a grotesque caricature of her own face…

Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights

Title: Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights Writer: Various (edited by Lucy Evans and Tanya Kirk) Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication:  October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Like any other boy I expected ghost stories at Christmas, that was the time for them. What I had not expected, and…

Celtic Tales

Τitle: Celtic Tales Writer: Text adaptation by Mirabelle Korn, illustrated by Kate Forrester Publishing House: Chronicle Books Date of Publication:  August 30th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Do not think the fairies are always little.Everything is capricious about them, even their size…Their chief occupations are feasting, fighting, and makinglove, and playing the most beautiful music.’’William Butler…

Murder’s a Swine

Title: Murder’s A Swine: A Second World War Mystery Writer: Nap Lombard Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: December 7th 2021 (first published 1943) Rating: 5 stars ‘’[…] but as Germany is unfortunately the enemy of our country, she must needs, however regrettable this may seem, be our enemy also. After the war…

Light Rains Sometimes Fall

Title: Light Rains Sometimes Fall Writer: Lev Parikian Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: September 16th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Look beyond and there is a gentle rise, streets populated with lines of houses, a repeating tessellation of London brick. On a good day, with the sun slanting on them from a certain…

London Stories

Title: London Stories Writer: Various (edited by Jerry White) Publishing House: Everyman’s Pocket Classics Date of Publication: May 6th 2014 (first published March 27th 2013) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Only at sunset did I leave the house. There was an unwonted sweetness in the air; the long vistas of newly lit lamps made a golden glow…

The Progress of a Crime

Title: The Progress of a Crime Writer: Julian Symons Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: September 10th 2020 (first published 1960) Rating: 5 stars ‘’They went out into the streets of the city where it seemed always to be raining, the soft rain of autumn that made the few cars now moving…

The Mermaid in the Millpond

Title: The Mermaid in the Millpond Writer: Lucy Strange, illustrated by Pam Smy Publishing House: Barrington Stoke Date of Publication:  January 6th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I’m told there is a mermaid in the millpond. Not the sort of mermaid that sits on a rock, combing her pretty hair and singing to the moon. No,…

Our Wives Under the Sea

Title: Our Wives Under the Sea Writer: Julia Armfield Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: March 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The deep sea is a haunted house: a place in which things that ought not to exist move about in the darkness. Unstill, is the word Leah uses, tilting her head to the side…

Burntcoat

Title: Burntcoat Writer: Sarah Hall Publishing House: Faber and Faber Ltd Date of Publication: October 7th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Those who tell stories survive.’’ ‘’Is it possible to be saved, like Scheherazade seducing the enemy with tales? Do stories make sense in a disordered world?’’ A tragic change inflicts the most important person in…

Leicestershire and Rutland Folk Tales

Τitle:Leicestershire and Rutland Folk Tales Writer: Leicestershire Guild of Storytelling Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: February 28th 2013 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Standing in the Great Hall, with the cold of the flagstoned floor underfoot and the dark timbers of the roof trusses above, the noise of our twenty-first century city is muffled….

Autumn (Seasonal Quartet #1)

Title: Autumn (Seasonal Quartet #1) Writer: Ali Smith Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: August 31st 2017  (first published October 20th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. Again. That’s the thing about things. They fall apart, always have, always will, it’s in their nature.’’ ‘’How…

Persuasion

Title: Persuasion Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: April 24th 2012 (first published December 1817) Rating: 4 stars “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” When…

The Inner Room

Τitle: The Inner Room Writer: Robert Aickman Publishing House: Faber & Faber Date of Publication: January 3rd 2019 (first published 1968) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I do not like this shop,’’ said my mother. ‘’It is a shop that has died.’’ Confession time: In my family, there has always been a strange conviction regarding dollhouses. I…