Surprise yourself. Extracts from June newsletter

Hello there. Sorry about the lack of newsletter in May. I simply ran out of time to write it - lots of boring and stressful things happening in my life. However I've taken a bit of time to re-think what I'm doing and to re-prioritise, and I do suggest you do the same...

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My top ten crime writers and their best novel

The last in my series about crime writing, this blog finishes with a personal selection of my favourite crime writers and their (IMO) best novel. So far in the series I have covered crime and thriller locations, top weird and wonderful narratives, crime and thriller...

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Top ten books to get you in the mood for spring

It's March and here in Scotland the weather can go either way. Right now my cherry tree is in blossom and I'm considering getting the garden furniture out. But in March 2018, Edinburgh was buried in snow thanks to the 'beast from the east'. Thankfully books are not...

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Top Ten Crime and Thriller Series

As avid readers, is there anything better than discovering a new series of books to devour? Crime and thriller books seem to lend themselves particularly well to series, presumably because early on the writer can establish the main character - the professional or...

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Top Twenty Books of 2022.

Welcome to my review of books read in 2022. I read over eighty books and it's always fun to look back over the year and spot trends. I discovered many brilliant UK YA books compared to 2021 when the market seemed dominated by the US. MG writing is also still amazing...

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