Category: Books

Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

Having found myself slightly addicted to the PC Peter Grant series, I moved straight onto book 3: Whispers Under Ground. Grant finds himself called to the scene of a murder at Baker Street Underground Station. The victim is the son of a US senator, stabbed to death with a strange piece of pottery that gives off the strong vestigia that tells PC Grant that something out … Read More Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

Seeing Red by Lina Meruane

First published in Chile back in 2012, Meruane’s semi-autobiographical novel has just been published in the UK in an English translation by Megan McDowell. Featuring a protagonist also named Lina Meruane, also a Chilean writer, it does read a little as pure autobiography but the events are fictional (drawn from Meruane’s real experience of going temporarily blind). Lina, a Chilean writer living in New … Read More Seeing Red by Lina Meruane

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves is one of three debut novels on this year’s Man Booker longlist. Ever drawn in by a beautiful book cover, I love it when the cover fits the contents as perfectly as it does in this case. The Minnesota scenery and the small town of Loose River and its many lakes form an incredible backdrop to this novel. Linda is fourteen, at … Read More History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Shortlisted for this year’s Baileys Prize, this slim novel is the story of Neve, a writer in her mid-thirties who is married to an older man, Edwyn. It is not a happy marriage. I wasn’t drawn to this and, had I not wanted to finally get round to finish reading the Baileys shortlist, I probably wouldn’t have bothered. I went in with an open … Read More First Love by Gwendoline Riley

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