The Magician’s Assistant review

This book was a lucky charity shop find. I'd never read anything by Ann Patchett before, but I fell in love with the rabbit on the cover, and liked the sound of the blurb. I very nearly gave up on it after the first few pages (the idea of someone being allowed in to hold... Continue Reading →

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Loving the depths of Black Lake

We caught up on the end of this sequel/prequel series over the weekend and all I can say is wow, because I enjoyed pretty much every minute. The first series, set later on, was fun in a typical horror-trope 'and then there were none' way, but the characters weren't particularly likeable and there was too... Continue Reading →

The Shadows Call review

These days the good old fashioned ghost story seems a bit overlooked, so it's always nice to find new examples, especially by well-thought of authors. And The Shadows Call is a great example of the genre. Penned by Matt Hilton, who's better known for his Lee-Child-style thrillers but who loves a good paranormal yarn, it's... Continue Reading →

Ex Libris review

It's taken me longer to read this book than I'd hoped. At first it all sounded fantastic, with an elderly bookseller hero and a plot involving spies, ciphers, hidden libraries and a missing (and extremely valuable) book. And at first, it bowled along with great vigour as Isaac Inchbold was asked to track down the... Continue Reading →

Leftovers? More, please…

'The Leftovers' is an odd name for a TV series that isn't about cooking. It sounds more like a slightly congealed, cold roast beef sandwich than an engaging drama. However, in this case it's definitely not the former. We first discovered the series on Sky box sets, and have been binge-watching it for the last... Continue Reading →

‘Cheeky romance and humour’

There's a lovely new review of Got Ghosts? available today at Jen Med's Book Reviews. I met Jen at a writing weekend a few weeks ago and got chatting to her, and she was kind enough to offer (not quite at the wrong end of a cattle prod, either!) to read and review the book.... Continue Reading →

Inhumanly bad?

Warning - this review contains spoilers! We finished watching the Marvel's Inhumans series on TV the other night. Goodness, what a disappointment. The first couple of episodes weren't bad - an intriguing premise, reasonably interesting characters and a nice line in confusion about who the real baddies were. But it went downhill fast. The whole... Continue Reading →

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