The Great Troll War [The Last Dragonslayer #4]

Jasper Fforde ★★★ It’s been two weeks since Jennifer Strange (the last dragonslayer) and Princess Shazine (still stuck in the body of the royal dog mess cleaner-upper) returned to Snodd to discover that Zambini Towers had been destroyed by a powerful thermowizidrical blast. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Troll War V had not only…… Continue reading The Great Troll War [The Last Dragonslayer #4]

The Man Who Died Twice

Richard Osman ★★★★★ It’s not every day that one receives an invitation from a dead man. When a blast from her mysterious past turns up asking for help, she has to hear him out. After twenty million pounds-worth of uncut diamonds went missing during an operation involving the middleman for various international crime syndicates, he’s…… Continue reading The Man Who Died Twice

The Passengers

John Marrs  ★★★★★ Eight driverless cars have been set on a high-speed collision course, and all those inside will be killed. One passenger can be saved, but only one. Which of the eight passengers is most worthy of living? Which seven will you condemn to die? Do you rank by age? By gender? Race? Religion?…… Continue reading The Passengers

This Fragile Earth

Susannah Wise ★★★ In a near future world in which everything – utilities, transport, agriculture, communications, medicine, even pollination – is run by a single centralised computer system, what happens when that computer shuts down? This Fragile Earth is the tale of one family trying to survive in their new world. I found the novel…… Continue reading This Fragile Earth

Threadneedle

Cari Thomas ★★★★★ “Magic is the first sin; we must bear it silently” When Anna’s father murdered her mother and killed himself, it was her aunt who took her in. Aunt is a witch, a Binder. Anna is being raised to become a Binder, taught that magic is a curse, a temptation that must be…… Continue reading Threadneedle

Dark Lullaby

Polly Ho-Yen ★★★★ “We used to worry about nuclear weapons, overpopulation, climate change… but not this. Not infertility.” It’s been over twenty years since the last child was conceived naturally. Trying to have a baby involves long, painful, and sometimes fatal fertility treatment, but a successful outcome – a child – is the most precious…… Continue reading Dark Lullaby

The Stranger Times

C.K. McDonnell ★★★★★   ‘Publication seeks desperate human being with capability to form sentences using the English language. No imbeciles, optimists or Simons need apply.’ Hannah Willis is struggling. It turns out that throwing parties for her wealthy businessman husband doesn’t count as work experience. When she discovers that he’s been sleeping with basically every…… Continue reading The Stranger Times

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

The History of Bees

Maja Lunde (Translated by Diane Oatley) ★★★★ I’m always rather dubious of translated books, but this story has flowed seamlessly from the original Norwegian text, published in 2015, into this English version. It follows the lives of three people, spread over a period of 250 years. The accounts are intermingled, but instead being jarring that…… Continue reading The History of Bees