The Lodge

Chris Coppel ★★★ “I wish the animals could shoot back.” Nestled in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands, The Lodge has opened for business and welcomed its first guests. In previous incarnations it had been a farm, then a vegan mindfulness retreat, but now it was open to the hunters and shooters of the…… Continue reading The Lodge

February Releases

My three choices this month are all the next instalment of series I’ve been following since they began: 1993 for Anita Blake (!!!), 2014 for Wayfarers, and 2016 for Oddjobs. For the last couple of years, I’ve had various eye conditions that have prevented me from reading ‘real’ books, and my stubborn refusal to mix…… Continue reading February Releases

My Five Favourite Five Star Reads of 2020

I’m not one for giving away a five star rating lightly, so making it onto this list is high praise indeed. These are my favourites novels which I’ve read this year; they’ve not necessarily been published in 2020, nor have I necessarily reviewed them. So, in no particular order, we have… The Thursday Murder Club…… Continue reading My Five Favourite Five Star Reads of 2020

The Taking of Annie Thorne

C.J. Tudor ★★★★ Going back is never easy. Joe returns to Arnhill to take up a teaching post at his old school, a post that became available in the most awful circumstances. Tragedy is nothing new to the old mining town, which is something Joe knows all too well. When he was a child, his…… Continue reading The Taking of Annie Thorne

Stoker’s Wilde

Steven Hopstaken & Melissa Prusi ★★★★★ Before I start, I have a confession to make. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of my favourite books of all time. Having read the premise, I was rather dubious about Stoker’s Wilde, and was half expecting to hate it, but I needn’t have worried – it was excellent. A…… Continue reading Stoker’s Wilde

Ararat

Christopher Golden ★★★★ Well-written, fast-moving, and unputdownable; in short, everything I’m come to expect from Christopher Golden. I’ve read pretty much all of his books, apart from the TV/film tie-ins, and this is up there with the best of them. As the title and cover suggest, this is set on Mount Ararat, the fabled landing area…… Continue reading Ararat

Halloween Carnival: Vol. 3

Edited by Brian James Freeman ★★★ This is an anthology of five stories, all centred around Halloween: The Way Lost, by Kelley Armstrong; La Calavera, by Kate Maruyama; The Devil’s Due, by Michael McBride; A Thousand Rooms of Darkness, by Taylor Grant; and, The Last Night of October, by Greg Chapman. I’ve already read and…… Continue reading Halloween Carnival: Vol. 3

Whiteout

Gabriel Dylan ★★★★ Kaldgellan isn’t your normal ski resort. Situated high in the Austrian Alps, it’s more off the beaten track and less costly than most, and therefore perfect for school trips. A group of British teenagers find themselves stuck at their hotel when a snowstorm descends and makes it impossible to use the gondola…… Continue reading Whiteout

Who Let the Demon Out? [Badass Demon Bounty Hunters 1]

Naomi Bellina ★★★ Before Sable killed herself, she made sure to pay her bills, leave letters for her family, and to do the act itself in a place that was deserted at night. Consequently, the last thing she expected was to be pulled from her fume-filled car and given CPR by a cute idiot with…… Continue reading Who Let the Demon Out? [Badass Demon Bounty Hunters 1]