Review: The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie

‘Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror crack’d from side to side; ‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried The Lady of Shalott.’ – Alfred Tennyson Well, it had to happen sooner or later… I’ve finally read an Agatha Christie book that I didn’t particularly enjoy. I finished this feeling underwhelmed and a […]

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Review: Sleep by C.L. Taylor

Opening sentence: “If you’re reading this then I am no longer alive.” I always include the opening sentence in my reviews as I am a big fan of being sucked into the story from the very first line. If the first few sentences are duds, I’m not likely to be as excited about the read. […]

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Audiobook Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Opening sentence: “When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple.” What a fantastic glimpse into an incredible life this was. Becoming is Michelle Obama’s autobiography, told chronologically from her childhood through to her years as First Lady of the United States of America: 2009 – 2017. As Michelle puts it: “I’m an ordinary person, […]

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Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Opening sentence: “DS Joanna Harper stood on the viaduct with the other police officers.” I do love a story based around old myths, tales or legends so was very intrigued when I discovered Little Darlings is just that. I didn’t know much about the myth that this book explores: Changelings. It turns out there is much folklore […]

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Blog Tour: The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

Opening sentence: “Tonight I joined the women of the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service as they rushed to the aid of civilians caught in the relentless bombing of this brave city.” Welcome to my stop on this wonderful blog tour! The American Agent is the 15th outing for crime investigator, Maisie Dobbs, but don’t worry if – […]

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Review: Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Opening sentence: “As pale as a grub she’s an eyeful.” It’s been a while since I’ve read several books by an author and truly felt their natural, distinctive tone of voice shine through loud and clear in all of them, even when all the books have a very different feel in regards to plot and […]

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Review: The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Opening sentence: “When the streets are at their darkest and quietest, a girl settles at a small desk in the cellar of a dollmaker’s shop.” First, let’s talk about the exquisite cover. I saw on Twitter that to create this the publishers actually got a real bell jar, had the book title painted onto it […]

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