Review of ‘The Matrix’ by Jonathan Aycliffe

This book isn't my standard reading fare, but I picked it up at a book swap at a recent writing event, mostly because the cover looked so atmospheric and chilling. It turned out to be Gothic horror, much of it set in Scotland, and all I can say is, who knew Edinburgh could be so [...]

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‘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. [...]

Most Haunted: real, fake, or somewhere in between?

I don't know if anyone else remembers Most Haunted, the incredibly popular ghost-hunting show that was all the rage on Cable TV a few years ago? It starred (amongst others) former Blue Peter presenter Yvette Fielding and a well-known medium called Derek Acorah, and each episode visited a different haunted property or location to film [...]

Friday Five – unusual historicals

There's a tendency sometimes for historical novels to be set in very similar time periods - Henry VIII, the English Civil War, Victorian Britain.  So it's a breath of fresh air to discover books set in some much more unusual times and places that you might not otherwise have come across.  Here's a handful I've [...]

Friday Five – garden mysteries

I'm a sucker for any kind of mystery and I love gardens and gardening, so it stands to reason I would seek out books with a bit of both.  I've read a few over the years; here's a selection of some of them: Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce Still one of my favourite books [...]