Friday, 31 March 2017

March Books

Here's what I've been reading in March:

Well of the Winds (DCI Daley #5) by Denzil Meyrick* this is the fifth book in the much loved series. It isn't published until the beginning of April so I'll review it in my April roundup of books but let me tell you it's brilliant!

Truestory by Catherine Simpson - Alice lives on a rural farm with her husband and their autistic son, Sam who she home schools. She lives for the two hours on a Tuesday when she gets away from her life and her troubles.

She's annoyed when her husband Duncan brings a stranger who he met in the pub to live and work with them. Duncan is always trying money making schemes which never work. Larry brings Sam out of his shell and she starts be drawn to him too... A great debut novel which stayed with me long after I'd finished reading it.

Brighton Belle (A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery) by Sara Sheridan** - this is a fantastic series set in the 1950s.  Mirabelle Bevan works for a debt collecting agency (during the war she worked behind the scenes at Whitehall) in Brighton. She felt she had to get out of London when her lover Jack died. When her boss dies in mysterious circumstances she feels the need to solve the case and does so with new found friend Vesta who works in the office next door. An easy reading and compelling story which I found hard to put down.

London Calling (A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery) by Sara Sheridan - having loved book #1 I was eager to read the second in the series (I've since bought #3 and #4).  A young woman goes missing at a seedy jazz club in Soho and the prime suspect is a young sax player called Lindon Claremont who was the last to see her. He calls on his friend Vesta to see if she can help him. 

Mirabelle decides to involve Brighton's Inspector McGregor whom we encountered in Brighton Belle. He arranges for Lindon to be questioned by the Police in London.  Meanwhile Mirabelle decide to do some digging of their own which takes her and Vesta to the seedier side of London. Again, loved the characters and storylines and can't wait to delve into book #3.

Love me Not by M J Arlidge (DI Helen Grace #7)*** which is not published until May. An absolutely edge of the seat read which I devoured in two sittings. Will review this nearer time of publication.

Minty by Christina Banach** which is a young adult read. Twins Minty and Jess do everything together and knows exactly what the other is thinking and feeling. When a tragic accident happens where Minty dies trying to rescue her dog from the sea Jess just feels she can't go on.

Minty and her dog are stuck in the afterlife and she has to watch her family suffer. Her new friend Jack is also stuck and shows her the ropes. Jess blames herself and Minty can't move on until she knows Jess will be okay. A sensitive read about death and bereavement with believable characters. Would recommend.

What have you been reading this month?

*copy from Love Reading
**copy from the author
***copy from Netgalley

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