The month of heat and reading in the pool. Loving the August reading experience.
Silent Deception: A Paranormal Gothic Romance Novella by Cathie Dunn
A haunted manor house on the wild Cornish Coast.
The only man prepared to help is a handsome hunk.
Is he what he seems? That is the question in Minnie’s mind, as manners are honoured only in the breach!
A short read but the right length for the story. Perfect for a train journey from Oakham to London.
4 Stars a Good Read
The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater
The mystery was so obvious that I had resolved it about a third of the way into this story.
Likewise the sub-plot, why is Mother-in-law so horrid, was pretty easy to work out.
That made the reading of the rest of the book heavy going.
The digression into wine and olive oil production whilst informative added little. As did the description of the towns and villages and the mention of the swimming pool being cleaned …. no body even goes in the pool.
An inventive story padded to novel length instead of edited to a short story.
Oh! To be in England & A Little of What You Fancy by H E Bates
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Time, Tide and Trouble. Sun, Sand and Secrets. Rocks, Roses and Riptides by Carolyn L Dean
Varied Traits by Patrick Brown
The first book featuring Salem Reid. A private vigilante . This story revolves around the ‘adult entertainment’ industry as a background to crimes of sexual violence and extreme violence. How on earth Salem gets away with the trail of death and mayhem is beyond my belief. On the other hand it is a readable page turner. The excitement keeps the pages turning, even if smacking the head of a bad guy against the pavement until his skull is pulp tends to push the other way.
A three star Fair Read