Here's what I've been reading in May. If a book is marked * I very kindly received it direct from the publisher or via netgalley for review/blog tour.
Tomb with a View by Peter Ross - I always liked visiting graveyards as a child until my sister told me I was weird! It was nice to delve into this book which shares the author's and many other's stories. It's absolutely fascinating. We learn about famous people and normal people's resting places and those who care for the graveyards and tend to the graves. The author takes us all over the world, including to Northern Ireland and The Troubles and I felt at time it was a history lesson, but in a good way! Highly recommend.
Natasha has a gift, she can predict things which are going to happen and has disturbing dreams. She sees the strange lights above the ridge about the same time loner Lewis does. Visitors flock to town to see them anxious not to miss out. Mr Bowen, this summer's lodger seems smitten by her mother something Natasha's isn't happy about as it's always been the two of them against the world.She has a premonition which, despite warning those involved about it comes true and the town has to deal with the aftermath. I thought the story was beautifully written and kept me interested throughout. Would recommend.
*Twisted Lies DI Kim Stone Book #14 by Angela Marsons - I can't believe this is book #14! An absolutely stellar series which keeps getting better and better. DI Kim Stone and DS Bryant are joined by journo Tracy Frost for a day of shadowing, much to Kim's disgust. One of their calls is to the family of a woman murdered by her husband. They are hoping for a conviction this time but don't hold out much hope. Tracey who is always looking out for a story thinks there is much more to this.
A man tortured beyond belief is found in a disused warehouse and Kim and the Team are instantly on the case. When they go to tell his wife she doesn't seem that upset. Her sister takes charge which seems alien to Kim. 24hrs later the family have gone.A second body is found and the Team find something out which seems to link the two cases. It's not long however before another body is found, again brutally tortured. The race is on to find the killer before it's too late..... It's great to catch up with Stacy, Penn and Barney too! Kim and Frost also seem to find more even ground and Kim truly believes she's done a good job. It's fast paced, twisty and very grisly with a few secrets intertwined. Highly recommend as always!
*Devorgilla Days by Katheen Hart - I absolutely devoured this gem of a read in two sittings. Kathleen (aka @PoshPedlar on instagram) decided to change her life after suffering breast cancer and associated illnesses which forced her to learn to walk again. I am in awe at what she went through and came out the other side.
While recuperating she spotted a little cottage for sale in Wigtown, the Scottish Book Town. On a whim and with a feeling of deja vu she drove miles to see it and bought it the very same day! It did need some love and tender care but very soon she has it the way she wants it and names it Devorgilla.While still having health issues (she has the same rare illness as my dad!) she throws herself into village life and the book is peppered with anecdotes, some of which made me laugh out loud!
She goes swimming to keep her grounded and alive, even though the locals thinks she's nuts, throws herself into various clubs including a bee keeping course. I also loved the sound of The Wigtown Emporium which sells a range of treasures. It's an uplifting and heartwarming read which I really, really enjoyed.What have you been reading this month?