Stop The Press! Cover Release for the Girl in the Eagle’s Talons – Karin Smirnoff

Hi all!

I am super excited because the day has finally come to release the cover for the incredible The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons. It feels like an age ago but I posted before about the announcement of the next writer and the next part of this series but so much work has been going on behind the scenes to make this launch incredible. There’s also the plot release which I can share with you today too! I want to take this opportunity to thank @QuercusBooks and @maclehosepress for being one of the lucky people to be a part of this. I’m super excited and I hope you are too!

First of all, the cover:

Isn’t this lush? But what about the blurb? Well, I think we can all agree that it sounds incredible!

KARIN SMIRNOFF

Translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death

MacLehose Press | 29 August 2023 | HB & e-book £22 | TPB £16.99

Change is coming to Sweden’s far north: its untapped natural resources are sparking a gold rush with the criminal underworld leading the charge. But it’s not the prospect of riches that brings Lisbeth Salander to the small town of Gasskas. She has been named guardian to her niece Svala, whose mother has disappeared. Two things soon become clear: Svala is a remarkably gifted teenager – and she’s being watched. 

Mikael Blomkvist is also heading north. He has seen better days.Millennium magazine is in its final print issue, and relations with his daughter are strained. Worse still, there are troubling rumours surrounding the man she’s about to marry. When the truth behind the whispers explodes into violence, Salander emerges as Blomkvist’s last hope.

A pulse-pounding thriller, The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons sees Salander and Blomkvist navigating a world of conspiracy and betrayal, old enemies and new friends, ice-bound wilderness and the global corporations that threaten to tear it apart.

It’s clear that this is going to be an excellent addition to any book shelves and reading pile. Let’s face it, #LisbethisBACK. Bring on the #GirlInTheEaglesTalons

See you soon lovelies! Have a brilliant rest of the week.

Big Love xxxx

The Art of Buying Books part 3

Hello loves!

Happy Sunday. I hope you’re having a wonderfully restful weekend. I definitely am! However, the wind and the rain is disturbing my sleep for sure. I hope you’re all keeping safe, dry and warm.

I seem to have gone off the boil again with my little blog. I’m back at work so that’s the norm really but work is so tough. My flight or fight response is to read, read, read. Writing makes it real but reading means I can hide away and throw myself into someone else’s narrative. I miss the joy of my book advent calendar too. However, book shopping really does take the edge off. I also had my book subscription box delivered this week. Books everywhere!

This weekend I had a lovely day to Beverley which has some of the most gorgeous independent shops along with a Hotel Chocolat cafe. My favourite shop though is the Beverley Book Shop where I often stop by. This weekend was no different. I picked up two gorgeous looking books: Are We Having Fun Yet and We All Want Impossible Things. I also popped to the Oxfam Book Shop too where I used to go as a student to pick up the texts I needed to read. I had a good haul from there too! Have any you read any of these? I’ve no idea when I’ll get to them but I did make a big dent in my to be read pile I’ve the Christmas break.

It’s obvious that people, myself included, spend a lot of money on books. I’m really lucky – I get free copies but I am trying hard to save some pennies this year too. I’ve set up a little savings challenge for myself – 1p for each page I read. It means that I’m making an effort to save as well as spend. It’s really easy to get carried away when buying books. I know for a fact that I get taken in with a gorgeous cover, a signed copy or a sprayed edge. But, if I can save too, I’ll feel much better!

I’ve been working my way through the next Galbraith book too. It’s an incredible 1012 pages (£10.12 in the savings pot!) and has a brilliantly clever plot. I highly recommend it!

I’ll be back for reviews soon! Much love everyone!

Big Love xxx

Reading Round-Up: 2022

Hello Lovelies!

Happy New Year! I am super excited to round up on last year and also launch with you my reading challenge for 2023! 2022 was a great year for my little blog because I found that I really enjoyed posting more. I hope you didn’t get sick of me in the process though! I’m on a particular high today because I should have gone back to school but the heating had broken! Yes! An additional day off. More reading time for me!

First of all, I want to round up 2022. I was really pleased to see that I managed to read 145 books in 2022. Definitely down from 2021 but that’s because we weren’t stuck at home! You can remind yourself of last year here, should you wish to. Along the way, there have been some amazing books. I’ll give you my top 5 later but I’ve honestly loved it. It’s all been about trying to get down my to be read pile and I’ve put a dent in it, that’s for sure! It hasn’t been easy, like most readers there have been slumps along the way and the inability to find a book I can get into. There’s so many factors in play at times so I don’t tend to share which books I didn’t finish because I know it isn’t the book, usually it’s me. But, I am ruthless. I do give up and move on because life is too short.

Regardless, let’s check out the books of 2022!

  1. Appanah, Nathacha – The Sky Above the Roof
  2. Tattersfield, Eleanor – Lockdown Secrets
  3. Rauf, Onjali Q – The Lion at the Door
  4. Colwin, Laurie – Happy All The Time
  5. Grisham, John – The Racketeer
  6. Flack, Caroline – Storm in a C Cup
  7. Patterson, James – The Last Days of John Lennon
  8. French, Dawn – Oh Dear Silvia
  9. Jennings, Luke – Codename Villanelle
  10. Priestley, J.B – An Inspector Calls
  11. Tremayne, S.K. – The Assistants
  12. Hazelwood, Ali – The Love Hypothesis
  13. Morris, Heather – Three Sisters
  14. James, Erica – Mothers and Daughters
  15. Wilson, Antoine – Mouth to Mouth
  16. Hitchings, Henry – Love Letters to Bookshops Around the World
  17. McCartney, Sophie – Tired & Tested
  18. Dowd, Siobhan – The London Eye Mystery
  19. Zgheib, Yara – No Land to Light On
  20. Lepionka, Kristen – The Last Place You Look
  21. Halls, Stacey – Mrs England
  22. Prose, Nita – The Maid
  23. Donaldson, Julia & Scheffler, Axel – The Gruffalo
  24. Debona, Katherine – Love Me, Love Me Not
  25. Allen, Anthea – Life, Death and Biscuits
  26. Ware, Jessie – Omelette
  27. Shrager, Rosemary – The Last Supper
  28. Schwab, V.E. – Gallant
  29. Halls, Stacey – The Foundling
  30. Ryn, Jessica – The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside
  31. Logan, T.M. – The Curfew
  32. Maher, Kerri – The Paris Bookseller
  33. Penner, Sarah – The Lost Apothecary
  34. Blackburn, Lizzie Damilola – Yinka, Where is Your Husband?
  35. Hockney, David & Gayford, Martin – Spring Cannot be Cancelled
  36. Mas, Victoria – The Mad Woman’s Ball
  37. Strout, Lucy – My Name is Lucy Barton
  38. Cox, Katy – M is for Mummy
  39. Osbourne, Bella – The Library
  40. Wahrer, Caitlin – Damage
  41. Ireland, Sandra – The Unmaking of Ellie Rook
  42. Gold, Hannah – The Last Bear
  43. Williams, Candice-Carty – Queenie
  44. Keyes, Marian – Rachel’s Holiday
  45. O’Leary, Beth – The No-Show
  46. Grohl, Dave – The Storyteller
  47. Hargrave, Kiran Millwood – Julia and the Shark
  48. Gold, Hannah – The Lost Whale
  49. Steinbeck, John – Cannery Row
  50. Fforde, Katie – Saving the Day
  51. Keyes, Marian – Again, Rachel
  52. Lockhart, E – We Were Liars
  53. Hawkins, Paula – Blind Spot
  54. Buchanan, Daisy – Insatiable
  55. Vine, Lucy – What Fresh Hell
  56. Craven, M.W. – The Cutting Season
  57. McCaughrean, Geraldine – The Supreme Lie
  58. Sams, Saba – Send Nudes
  59. Wilson, A.K. – The Manager
  60. Sims, Gill – The Saturday Night Sauvignon Sisterhood
  61. Oseman, Alice – Nick and Charlie
  62. Patterson, James – Honeymoon
  63. Bennett, Alan – The Uncommon Reader
  64. Malik, Ayisha – Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues
  65. Paris, Helen – Lost Property
  66. Wilson, A.N. – Lilibet – The Girl who Would be Queen
  67. Carvan, Tabitha – This is not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch
  68. Hogan, Ruth – The Keeper of Lost Things
  69. Buchanan, Daisy – Careering
  70. Benson, Jen – The Wild Year
  71. Han, Jenny – The Summer I Turned Pretty
  72. Cox, Sara – Thrown
  73. Sutanto, Jesse – Dial A For Aunties
  74. Wickers, Kate – Shape of a Boy
  75. Chen, Kirstin – Counterfeit
  76. Stonex, Emma – The Lamplighters
  77. Candlish, Louise – The Other Passenger
  78. Heydenrych, Amy – The Pact
  79. Sunim, Haemin – The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
  80. Cha, Steph – Your House Will Pay
  81. Backman, Fredrik – Anxious People
  82. Bly, Mary – Lizzie & Dante
  83. Takhar, Helen Monks – That Woman
  84. Heller, Miranda Cowley – Paper Palace
  85. Campbell, Michele – A Stranger on the Beach
  86. Jewell, Lisa – The Family Upstairs
  87. Corry, Jane – We All Have Our Secrets
  88. Cave, Jessie – Sunset
  89. Han, Jenny – It’s Not Summer Without You
  90. Hui, Angela – Takeaway
  91. Swanson, Peter  – Before She Knew Him
  92. Rowell, Rainbow – Fangirl
  93. Han, Jenny – We’ll Always Have Summer
  94. Mulhern, Stephen – Max Magic
  95. Osman, Richard – The Man Who Died Twice
  96. Newson, Karl & Anganuzzi, Clara – The World at Your Feet
  97. Sutanto, Jesse – Four Aunties and a Wedding
  98. Jestin, Victor – Heatwave
  99. Brook, Kate – Not Exactly What I Had In Mind
  100. Bourne, Holly – How Do You Like Me Now?
  101. Bochis, Iulia – The Sun, The Sea & The Stars
  102. Hazelwood, Ali – Love on the Brain
  103. Taylor, Matson – All About Evie
  104. Kay, Adam – Undoctored
  105. Norbury, James – The Journey
  106. Gayle, Mike – The Museum of Ordinary People
  107. Felton, Tom – Beyond the Wand
  108. Kawaguchi, Toshikazu – Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café
  109. Shakespeare, William – Macbeth
  110. Kawaguchi, Toshikazu – Before Your Memory Fades
  111. Murray, Lily & Surplice, Holly – Five Little Penguins
  112. Tucci, Stanely – Taste: My Life Through Food
  113. Osman, Richard – The Bullet That Missed
  114. Sanghani, Radhika – Thirty Things I Love About Myself
  115. Doughty, Louise – Platform Seven
  116. Theroux, Louis – Theroux the Keyhole
  117. Du Beke, Anton – We’ll Meet Again
  118. Moore, Ian – Death and Papa Noel
  119. Donati, Alba – Diary of a Tuscan Bookshop
  120. Kemp, Roman – Are You Really Ok?
  121. Coles, Richard – Murder Before Evensong
  122. Bennett, S.J. – Murder Most Royal
  123. Miller, Madeline – Galatea
  124. Swanson, Peter  – Rules for Perfect Murders
  125. Sharma, Nisha – Dating Dr. Dil
  126. Smith, Alex T – The Twelve Days of Christmas
  127. Dickens, Charles – A Christmas Carol
  128. Jewell, Lisa – The Family Remains
  129. Collins, Bridget & co – The Haunting Season
  130. Duffy, Carol Ann – Advent Street
  131. Herron, Mick  – Slough House
  132. Grimm Brothers & co – A German Christmas
  133. Pooley, Claire – The People on Platform 5
  134. Taylor-Bessent, Mel – The Christmas Carrolls
  135. Sampson, Freya – The Girl on the 88 Bus
  136. Macomber, Debbie – Jingle All The Way
  137. Ayoade, Richard – The Book That No One Wanted to Read
  138. Herron, Mick – Stanging By The Wall
  139. Du Beke, Anton – Ballroom Blitz
  140. Dean, Will – The Last Thing to Burn
  141. Carroll, Lewis – Through the Looking Glass
  142. Hendricks, Jaime Lynn – His Missing Wife
  143. Lockhart, E – Family of Liars
  144. Perry, Matthew – Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing
  145. Garmus, Bonnie – Lessons in Chemistry 

I think we can all agree there’s some incredible books here! Picking a top five is tough but they are:

  • Beyond the Wand – Tom Felton. When I reviewed it, I called it. I just knew that it was going to take a really special book to beat it.
  • Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing – Matthew Perry. I’m a huge Friends fan so I couldn’t not read this book. It was utterly heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time.
  • Paper Palace – Miranda Cowley Heller. One of my summer reads that I couldn’t put down. I absolutely loved it. It gave me Crawdad vibes that I’d been desperately looking for!
  • The Lamplighters – Emma Stonex. Another beach read that I reviewed but fell in love with the plot after the first few pages.
  • The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner. A beautiful cover, a wonderful story with strong female characters.

That’s it! There’s so many others that I could have chosen but I decided to stick with these. What do you think? Have you read any of these?


2023: My focus has now changed to 2023 and what exciting books the future holds for me here. I’ve decided I need to continue with my efforts of getting down my to be read pile. Whilst going through my monthly reading challenge last year, I spotted that some of the criteria were quite similar so I’ve worked on it and please let me introduce to you all, the reading challenge for 2023!

I’ve tried to make sure that I’ve got some things that motivate me (e.g. a beach read. Who isn’t longing for summer?) as well as things that will definitely challenge me and broaden my reading horizons. Feel free to join in with this and make suggestions for me! I get a lot of my reading list from you guys so I’m keen for any books you think are good! I really hope you join in with me!

So, onto the next book and preparing myself for the next half term.

Big love all xxxx

Reading Round-Up: December

Hello Loves!

I literally cannot believe it’s New Years Eve! Time has a really funny habit of running a way with us, for sure. I don’t think I’ll finish another book today so it’s time for my reading round up of the month. To be honest, I’ve read some excellent books in December. Holidays do provide me with the best time to relax and read and I’ve definitely been doing just that (and eating far too much…) Please tell me you’re all like me!

Anyway in December I managed to read a total of 16 books which I’m super pleased with. There’s been times when I’ve finished a book I’ve started in the same day. It’s been joyous to really get down my reading pile and enjoy reading some of the books from my advent calendar. I’ve got plenty still to keep me going though, that’s for sure! I can’t hold off any longer, I’m just too excited. Let’s check out the shelves!

I’ve written reviews of three of these already and have plans for more so this is going to be quite tricky. Lessons in Chemistry was previous post here – I just love that book. I’ve also reviewed Advent Street here too along with The Haunting Season over here and Slough House right there. It makes it a bit easier to pick a top three outside of these, that’s for sure!

  1. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing – Matthew Perry. As a huge Friends fan, I had this on my list as soon as I saw it’s publication date. I hope to review it properly but I found it to be raw, moving and brutally honest.
  2. The Family Remains – Lisa Jewell. Another absolute classic from Lisa Jewell. Again it was quite a hyped up book for me so I took me some time to get to it. However, it was so worth the wait.
  3. The Girl on the 88 Bus – Freya Sampson. This book filled my heart and soul with unrivalled joy. If you’re needing a little pick me up, go for this one. You won’t be disappointed.

What a month! I’ve had one of the best months for reading so I’m feeling quite pleased with myself. I’m really excited for my reading challenge next year which I can’t wait to share with you (I’ve not finished it yet so any categories are welcome!) and to share more books with you too.

Have an excellent New Years Eve and of course, a very Happy New Year. I wish you all the very best for 2023! I’ll see you next year, probably tomorrow (see what I did there?!) for a roundup of the whole year, my favourites and thank yous as well as the future plans for my little blog. Until then…

Big love all xxxx

Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2022! Advent Street – Carol Ann Duffy

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you all had a wonderfully festive couple of days and an excellent Christmas. It was really nice to spend time with my family and I was really excited to see my parents reactions to their gifts. The whole time I was thinking just how lucky I am because they always made Christmas magical for me. It’s also been wonderful to crack on with some reading and get down my to be read pile!

Today I want to share with you what I chose for my final Book Bingo Reading Challenge. The theme was: read a book with snow on the cover. I can not tell you how difficult it was to actually find a book with snow on the cover! I couldn’t find any for ages! Eventually, whilst out Christmas shopping I stumbled across this beautiful Christmas poem by Carol Ann Duffy. The illustrations by Yelena Bryksenkova are stunning too. I’m talking about the glorious Advent Street.

What’s it all about?

Like you would an advent calendar, this glorious little book invites you to open the windows on Advent Street and see what hides inside. As you explore the poem, you see inside a street pub, an old man and his tangerine bird and a ballerina, poised by a Christmas tree. Yet, there is a sense of melancholy for this time to year too, especially if one is alone.

‘That was the year when worse luck heaped on bad brought you to Advent Street…’

Another page, another window. This time a young girl at the piano, readying herself to play O Little Town. The next window shows a boy with nine Hanukkah candles, providing light. TV screens, Christmas trees, lovers, singers and another. Sadness sits with the speaker, the one outside the windows, gazing in.

‘Your heart pined to be whole; heal, like the sorrow sung by the carols towards joy.’

Babies, teenagers, the elderly all feature in this poem and an opportunity presents itself for the speaker – a house for sale on Advent Street. But the sadness is overwhelming until the next window, with neighbours together, welcomed the speaker in with open arms.

‘So you did sit and eat in Advent Street.’

Final Thoughts

Isn’t this just beautiful? It’s probably one of the shortest books I own but I found the poetry and the illustrations to work perfectly. I love the play with light and dark, happiness and sadness, togetherness and isolation. There is a joy to being together and also an appreciation that some may be alone. I really enjoyed this poem and found it to be quite compelling and a unique little festive read. Each window does provide the reader a gift as well as the speaker. This has also made me realise that I need to read more poetry. A New Year’s resolution maybe! Carol Ann Duffy is a pure talent. I love how she plays with language and I really need to make more effort to read her poetry anthologies.

Well, would you look at that! 12 themes, 12 books, another reading challenge completed. Granted I slipped behind in October and November but I feel like I’ve finished on a high. I can’t wait to create a reading challenge for next year!

Have you read any festively brilliant reads this holiday? Do let me know! Have you completed your own reading challenge? Again, tell me all about it! I’ll get cracking on mine to share with you in the next few days.

Enjoy the rest of the break everyone.

Big Love all xx

Unwrap It! December 24th – Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

What a magical day. The anticipation of Christmas Eve is unlike anything else. It’s really hard to describe it. It’s just like a different magic that you cannot comprehend. I’ve spent today as I’ve spent all other Christmas Eves – with my favourite tiny human who now really gets it and is super excited. We spread reindeer food and did some Christmas crafting. It’s been perfect.

So, this Christmas Eve morning was the time to open the last book in my book advent calendar. It’s a wonderfully festive read and again one I’ve never read before! I’ve even finished the book from yesterday, The Last Thing To Burn which was a great read. I just couldn’t put it down so stayed up till quite late to finish it. I’m sad it’s come to an end but it’s been an incredible experience. I’ve absolutely loved it and I will definitely be doing it again next year.

December 24th:

Finally, for those of you who have followed my blog for some time, you may remember that every year I also take part in the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod on Christmas Eve. This year I was gifted the stunning festive edition of Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. It’s absolutely beautiful and will sit proudly on my bookcase.

So, whilst I settle in this Christmas Eve evening with my beautiful book, all that’s left for me to say is, a very, Merry Christmas to you all. Have a wonderful day tomorrow full of peace and happiness.

I’ll be back after Christmas to review the book I chose to complete my reading challenge – it might surprise you because it’s not my usual genre or style at all. Stay tuned!

Merry Christmas again!

Big love xxxx

Unwrap It! December 22nd & 23rd

Hello loves!

I hope you’re okay! We’re nearly there and I’ve only got one book left on my pile for my advent calendar. But, I’ve opened two excellent books in the past two days that I’m quite excited about too! I’ve got a lovely day with my dad planned today but I think I can safely say, I’m ready for Christmas! 🎄

December 22nd:

December 23rd:

The Last Thing To Burn looks so good that I’ve picked it to read next. I wasn’t sure which to go for last night so this feels like a sign to me.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for my Christmas Eve book and also the book I was gifted for Jolabokaflod. I also just wanted to say thank you for those devoted bloggers who have been following the Unwrap It! series. You’re all wonderful and it means the world!

Big love xx

Unwrap It! December 20th & 21st

Hello loves!

It’s Wednesday and even though the snow has thawed, the sunshine is jolly wonderful. I’ve got a couple of presents left to wrap and then I am ready for the big day! How are you all? I hope you’re all able to have a peaceful and relaxing time. Anyway, time to share with you the last two days of my book advent calendar!

December 20th:

December 21st:

Two more books I’ve never read before which is exciting and the latter I’ve never even heard of. My to be read pile is growing but it’s just so enjoyable too. I can’t wait!

I’ll be back to share the last few books and also my choice for the reading challenge this month too. I’m all caught up and on target!

Until next time my loves, have a brilliant day.

Big love xx

Unwrap It! December 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th

Hello loves!

It’s the holidays! Finally! I’m so happy that I can finally stop and relax, read and eat plenty and enjoy the festive season. It’s not quite hit me yet and I’ll be tired until the end of the holiday but I can lie in and mooch about as I see fit. It’s going to be bliss!

It’s time to catch you all up with my book advent calendar. So far, the odds are still pretty impressive with only one book that I’ve read so far. My to be read pile is healthy and growing!

December 15th:

December 16th:

December 17th:

December 18th:

I apologise that December 18th is so dark – it was snowing at this point so I was super excited!

December 19th:

Big love xx

Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2022! Slough House – Mick Herron

Hello Loves!

I promised recently that I would catch up with all my book reviews and today I am thrilled to be doing just that! I’d fallen really behind in my Book Bingo Reading Challenge but I am pleased to say that I’ve completed it! Hurrah! Today’s post is all about November’s choice: Read an award winning book.

This led me to a lot of research and I’ve found out that there’s so many prizes for books which is incredible! You’ve got the big, prolific ones but I wanted to go for an award that I’d never heard of before. I chose Slough House by Mick Herron. This book won the Theakston Old Peculier crime novel of the year award. I knew the drink because my dad likes it so I wanted to pick this. It also naturally fits with my favourite genre – crime – so it was meant to be! For more information on the Theakston Old Peculier crime novel of the year award, please see here. Let’s crack on!

What’s it all about?

I don’t plan on spoiling anything here but Slough House is book seven. You all know how I feel about a series but as a stand alone book, this was really easy to follow and I didn’t really feel like I’d missed anything (not discrediting earlier work). It’s a book that you can read as a stand alone but I imagine the reading experience is bettered when reading the series in order.

“History has an open-door policy. Any fool can walk right in.”

The boss, as it were, is a character called Jackson Lamb. The book opens with himself and his crew coming to terms with the death of Emma Flyte and their own J K Coe in Wales. However, they have more pressing issues at hand. Roderick Ho (Roddy) has learnt that someone is wiping their records from the service database. Does this impact them? Well, they’re getting paid but it does mean that they don’t exist anymore. Furthermore, when Louisa Guy discovers that she is being followed, leading to the other agents realising the same, things feel more on edge. I found myself gripping the book a little firmer too.

River Cartwright, is my favourite character. The fact that they’re being followed doesn’t interest him much to begin with. He is more centred on Sidonie Baker (Sid) who is alive and not dead as presumed. However, she’s turned up at River’s dead grandfather’s house in Kent, needing his help. She thinks that there are two people trying to kill both her and him. Yet, due to the significant injuries she sustained from a gunshot wound from the end of book six, we are never quite sure just how real that threat is.

“Even I’d put me way down on a list of people worth killing. You’d have to be halfway through the Cabinet first. Not to mention whoever invented fruit-flavoured beer.”

Weaved within that plot is the character of Diana Taverner (Lady Di) who has decided to strike back at Russian services in retaliation for the Novichok poisoning attack that happened in Salisbury. But she cannot do this alone. She forms an alliance with the ex-politician, now working in PR, Peter Judd. He managed to put together a group of Patricia lot minded billionaires willing to fund these operations. This doesn’t come without a price and Lady Di soon realises that these people have demands of their own, demands which she isn’t overly comfortable with. An example of this is the YouTube billionaire turned new channel owner, Damien Cantor who would like Lady Di to do an interview on his channel.

Whilst the slow horses try to piece together what exactly is doing on, they find themselves caught up in events outside of their control. There’s absolutely no way I’m going to ruin the ending but when they’re against a ruthless enemy, there’s going to be fireworks. Not being used to Herron’s style, I didn’t see that ending coming at all and that closes the book perfectly.

“Funny thing. When I hear the words “trust me”, I get the feeling someone’s pissing in my shoe.”

Final Thoughts

I can totally understand why this book is a prize winner. I love the blend of events in our time and fiction. The characters, all deeply flawed, really are lynchpin of the book. I’d have no qualms about reading the other books in the series at all. The weaving of alternative plot threads is expertly done and for a smaller book, each page feels like it packs a punch. I really enjoyed entering this world and the experience it took me on as a reader. I also found it deeply humorous and full of quick, clever wit. This just adds another dimension but it really did work with the plot.

The Christmas countdown is on! I’ll see you soon for an update on my book advent calendar!

Big love xxx