Friday Five: romantic vampire films

When I mentioned that I was writing a romantic vampire story to a group of writer friends recently, their collective snorts shook the windows. And it does sound like a bit of a weird mix. But in reality it's a popular genre in its own right, as this collection of favourite movies shows: Love at... Continue Reading →

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Little Eve review

I won a signed copy of this book in a Twitter contest run by The Writing Haunt, a wonderful writers retreat set in the Welsh countryside. Normally I never win things, but I'm delighted to have made an exception this time because it introduced me to a truly fantastic new author that I hadn't come... Continue Reading →

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 →

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