I found another instance of trying to catch markets in UK
and USA by mixing characters from each in a story. I prefer
to find a genuine reason to blend the characters, contrast
their life experiences and build a plot accordingly. STAY
CALM AND COLLIE ON is a dog-lovers Read more...
We start the adventure in July, 1579, as our heroine the
Blanchard searches a fir wood in Surrey
for a missing lad - or his body. I've read several books in
the series named for this redoubtable lady Read more...
This book for young readers is wonderfully illustrated on
every page. SURFER DUDE: THE LEGENDARY STALLION OF
CHINCOTEAGUE seems to have been a horse well worth
celebrating. We see his early life on Assateague Island and
how he was marked out as being a good foal to keep to
improve Read more...
I've read a few Scandinavian crime books by an author who
has won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running as
well as the CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel
of the year. Arnaldur Indridason depicts a bleak life in
modern Iceland, full of cold Read more...
Count me lucky to have a book like this to show me a place
I've never visited. NATURAL WONDERS OF ASSATEAGUE ISLAND is
enough to make anyone pack and head off to the coastal
barrier island. The ponies on the cover are famous from
Marguerite Henry's books about Read more...
A work of stunning photography and fascinating information
can be found in THE LIVING FOREST. In keeping with the
subtitle, An Eye-Opening Journey From the Canopy to the
Woodland Floor, we are invited to view the North American
landscape from leaf litter to treetops, and the large or
small Read more...
Jen Taylor is a top-class competitive barrel-rider on her
grey quarter horse Diamond. Colt Mead is one handsome bull-
rider and they compete at the same rodeo events. Jen steers
clear of the guys in most cases, working hard. She has
succeeded in finding a great sport for Read more...
This story starts with someone sticking her hand in the
fire. Needless to say, don't do this! In FROSTBLOOD, Ruby
Otrera is magically gifted and her type of person, known as
Firebloods, can't burn. But trouble follows any accusation
of witchcraft in her medieval world of the 'Frostblood Read more...
I have just been marvellously entertained over the space of
a few evenings, by an unusual fantasy about the concepts of
friendship and loyalty. WHERE THE WATERS TURN BLACK takes us
to a South Sea Island setting in the fictional Read more...
The annual Cowboy Ranch Auction in Hazel Rock, Texas is
approaching and Charli Rae Warren, who owns a Book Barn
shop, encourages friends to make old damaged books into
items like clocks, called repurposing. All the items will be
up for auction to assist cowboys injured at rodeo riding.
However Read more...
The hugely popular author of mysteries set in the White
House and other locations, has turned her skills to a series
House Mysteries centering on Grace Wheaton. At the
time of GRACE TO THE FINISH we Read more...
I've enjoyed the Melanie
Travis series of dog-related crime stories for
years, and now it's a pleasure to read what must be at
least the third Christmas instalment. Melanie has two
growing sons, a few Read more...
As if being taken hostage by greedy terrorists in Mali's
desert isn't bad enough, aid worker Lexi Shannon finds
herself amid gunfire, in a crashing light plane and treating
a scorpion sting, all in the first couple of chapters.
DESERT SECRETS certainly packs a punch. Lexi had been Read more...
Four young energetic business people, from London to
Sydney, receive phone calls from their grandmother in the
Pilliga Scrub of Australia's outback. Lucy and Seb readily
agree to go back to the station because their grandfather
is having a knee replacement, and harvest time help would
be appreciated. As Read more...
The town of Henry Adams, Kansas, has not much in it and not
much to do, bar farming and dodging tornadoes. But these
seem like good people. Let's meet some. Gemma Dahl, for a
start, driving along when she meets a pair of young kids
screaming for help. A Read more...
Connie Ross and her twin brother Jessie are just ten when
their little house in Bermondsey, south-east London, is
shaken. As their father Ted is a docker, moving goods
around warehouses, he has seen the government stockpiling
for war. 1939 means that life will never be the same again Read more...
I first read this book some years ago and was delighted to
see its reissue in e-book format. A new generation of
readers can be entranced, as I was all over again, by the
tale of Sybel and THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD, which was
first released in 1974 Read more...
American Jillian White thought pretty village WEYCOMBE was
peaceful, especially living in a gated enclave with her
wealthy -- and titled -- husband. But a local estate agent is
found dead and storm clouds gather over the sleeping
G.M. Malliet's first mystery won the 2008 Agatha Award for Read more...