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The intention behind this blog is to create a home for the best and most interesting book reviews. Hopefully it'll be a place where you can discover a wonderful new book or author. I'm a prolific reader so most of the reviews will be mine, but please feel free to send in your own review if you have a gem of a book which I've missed.

I mostly read crime fiction but in the interest of good reviewing I will branch out and try to bring you other types of fiction - I promise - even if just to prove to myself there is a life outside crime.

Thanks for reading this and I hope you enjoy the site - and find your next favourite book!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Features writer Ellie Howarth lives in the modern world where she receives two-word text messages from her married lover John. Then, as she battles to save her career, she discovers a love letter from the 1960s in the archives of her newspaper. She pledges to use the letter to create a feature – to save her from getting the sack – but is profoundly changed by what she finds.
From this point on Jojo Moyes weaves a wonderful tale of forbidden love, which makes Romeo and Juliet look positively pallid. Back in the 1960s, married woman Jennifer wakes from a coma after a car accident with no memory of her previous life. But as she reacquaints herself with her home and her friends, she discovers a love letter signed by ‘B’ urging his lover to leave her husband and realises it was intended for her. After finding more letters she realises she was having an affair and sets out to discover who ‘B’ is.
Moyes kept me guessing at every step with twists and turns worthy of a thriller, but the book is effortlessly heart-warming. Despite the fact that adultery is one of the main themes I still found myself with tears in my eyes at the closing scenes. In a world of tweeting, texting and Facebook statuses, it was a treat to see love expressed in a written letter.
This is perfect autumn reading – if you want a cosy afternoon, curled up in an armchair, this is the perfect companion.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

The Whispering Gallery by Mark Sanderson

The Whispering Gallery is full of questions. Who is the man who falls from the gallery of St Paul’s Cathedral killing a priest? Did he fall or was he pushed? Or worse still, did he commit suicide? Fortunately for John Steadman, reporter with the Daily News, he’s in St Paul’s when the incident happens, waiting to propose to his girlfriend. Steadman jumps at such a great story and investigates by knocking on doors, interviewing people and making the most of his policeman friend Matt.
But as well as this investigation, Steadman has also come to the attention of a sadistic mystery murderer who is systematically murdering women and sending body parts to Steadman with coded messages connected to saints’ days. Although the murderer ultimately plans to kill Steadman, he continues to investigate and report his successes in his newspaper to draw the murderer out.
Sanderson beautifully captures 1930s London, trapped in an oppressive heatwave and pulls the reader into a world of gruesome murders and a sexual underworld where the police seem to rub shoulders with criminals. The final scenes are not for the faint-hearted but, as a fan of crime novels and thrillers, I lapped it up, unwilling to put the book down until I was finished.
A very satisfying read and I can’t wait to see what Mark Sanderson does next. More John Steadman please!