I enjoy reviewing books and I love receiving Advance Review Copies (ARCs), but I read way more books than I have time to produce written reviews for. Most recently, I have posted reviews at Bookasaurusblog and here I have included just a few of my favourites:
My current favourite ongoing fantasies:
The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman
Fast paced and exciting adventure fantasy novels in which the protagonist, Irene works for the ultimate library that exists outside of time in its own dimension.
Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch The first book in this series blew me away back in 2011. The series is an inspired mix of wizardry and policing set in London, the like of which I have not seen before or since. It also has awesome map based cover art too. I am eagerly anticipating the novella The Furthest Station due to be released in the UK on 28 September 2017.
Long running series I can’t believe I have only just discovered:
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King.
Written from the point of view of Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes’ young apprentice. This is the start of a series of great Golden Age mysteries which are beautifully written. Laurie R King’s writing is the most enthralling and atmospheric I have read. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is probably the book I have most often re-read in recent times.
Great series of Golden Age mysteries:
Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody. Golden Age mysteries set in Yorkshire and solved by a female private detective. Very well plotted and written mysteries with various sub-plots that are skillfully brought together. Ideal for Agatha Christie fans.
A contemporary mystery:
A Science Fiction novel not to be missed:
Some interesting finds from indie publishers:
Inspector Hobbes Inhuman Series by Wilkie Martin These book are pure unadulterated fun. Ridiculous and amusing this is a mad-cap urban fantasy series published by an independent publisher.
Tuppenny Hat Detective, Dance Floor Drowning and Mother Goose Murders by Brian Sellars Murder Mysteries set in 1950’s Sheffield, Yorkshire told from the unique perspective of an 11 year old school boy.
A debut novel:
Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott – first in an anticipated trilogy. This is an unusual novel; quirky and sinister with a strong cast and peculiar setting. Wonderfully Gothic with 12 illustrations that add to the atmosphere.
Cosy crime from both sides of the Atlantic:
Best Murder in Show by Debbie Young – first in the Sophie Sayers series.
Lovely cosy crime full of warmth and humour set in a Cotswold village. One of my favourite first lines ever! Each book in the series is to feature a key village annual event beginning with the summer fete.
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