April 2019 books

Dead Girl Walking by Christopher Brookmyre My rating: 4 of 5 stars I used to love Chris Brookmyre books, funny and gripping and with some fantastic rants, also really cool covers, then he decided to get serious, even though his old books weren’t exactly comedies, I tried a few and, well, Brookmyre got knocked off…

March 2019 Books

The Trespasser by Tana French My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books and this one is no disappointment. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the Dublin Murder Squad series follows different detectives investigating murders, the lead characters vary but will often have had more minor parts in earlier…

February 2019 books

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley My rating: 4 of 5 stars I rather liked The Hunting Party, okay pretty much all the characters were obnoxious and in particular one of the reveals (pretty much all of the characters have secrets), seemed to have one of the characters behaving in a way, in response, that…

January 2019 books

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is an interesting book about the science of meditation. It goes into how research was started and how it initially wasn’t very accurate because the scientists weren’t distinguishing between types of meditation and…

December 2018 Books and My Books Of The Year

My December 2018 books were – Dracul by Dacre Stoker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Although it took me a little while to get into this, I absolutely loved Dracul, a prequel to Dracul written by JD Barker and Dacre Stoker, a descendant of Bram. It starts with the story of Bram’s childhood in…

November 2018 books

Tombland by C.J. Sansom My rating: 4 of 5 stars Phew, Tombland is long! I mainly listened to the audiobook version (I also have it on Kindle), and it took me almost a month. It’s the latest in the Shardlake series, a lawyer, now in the reign of King Edward. Shardlake now works for the…

October 2018 books

Only three books this month 😱 and it seems a lot longer than the beginning of the month, that I finished reading the DCI Daley series (although I haven’t read the short stories). My excuse for the lack of finished books this month, is that I’m currently in the middle of two extremely long books, hopefully…

September 2018 books

Vox by Christina Dalcher My rating: 3 of 5 stars Vox was …. okay, I didn’t really gel with the main character and particularly in one scene when she discovers something but only realises what she’s discovered chapters later …. this woman was meant to be a scientist and the discovery was pretty obvious, it…

August 2018 books

Liar’s Candle by August Thomas My rating: 3 of 5 stars It took me a while to get into this book. A spy thriller that’s billed in the same vein as le Carre, it’s not really. It’s about an intern at an American embassy in Turkey, there’s a massive bomb blast and suddenly a lot…

July 2018 books

Strange Fascination by Syd Moore My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Essex Witch Museum is a series that’s quite fun to read but it’s not my most favourite. This one, Strange Fascination, felt a bit too long and it felt like it only really properly got going about half way through. This one looks…