Month: July 2017

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

On to Book Two! So, after quite enjoying Rivers of London, the set-up more than the actual plot perhaps, I decided to try the second book in the series and see how it developed. We pick up just after Rivers finishes. PC Peter Grant is driving down to Essex to visit his old WPC mate Lesley May who suffered a catastrophic injury at the end of the … Read More Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Shelter by Sarah Franklin

  Sarah Franklin has an incredibly impressive literary CV and yet this is her debut novel. In 2014 the opening pages of this very novel won Sarah a Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship, working with Jenn Ashworth and others to finish the project. Set in 1944, two out of place strangers meet and find common ground. Connie is a city girl from Coventry. After a devastating bombing … Read More Shelter by Sarah Franklin

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

I’ve been vaguely aware of the Peter Grant series for a while now but it was only a trip to the library in desperate search of something to read on a long plane trip (to Hawai’i – still recovering from jetlag…) that made me pick up Rivers of London, the first of these hybrid police procedural/fantasy books. PC Peter Grant is just starting out in the … Read More Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. I love it so much when a book lives up to its promise. For … Read More Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Floating Theatre by Martha Conway

  This story grabs the reader from the first chapter: the sinking of a steamboat on the Ohio River in 1838, based on a real life tragedy. May survives by swimming a mile or more with a little girl in tow; other passengers lose their lives and this terrifying incident is brilliantly brought to life. A seamstress, May has made her living by travelling … Read More The Floating Theatre by Martha Conway