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Book of the Week - Columns of Fire by Ken Follett Ohhhhh I love my regular authors when they bring out the next book in a series! So it's time for me to dip into the Pillars of the Earth sequel, from Ken Follett - book 3, Columns of Fire. Set in the 1500s, at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, it's full of the usual pithy detail about life in those times and as normal, the narrator adds a touch of authenticity with his inflections even if it's a little affected sometimes. Enjoying it very much. The thing I love best is the way Ken Follett intertwines facts about life…
Book of the Week - The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch Another genius performance on audiobook from one of my top five narrators ever - and Ben Aaronovitch's book is yet again brought to life in a uniquely entertaining way by the talented actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. It's the latest outing from his famous London copper, with special skills in the supernatural, and it's fabulous. This time, PC Peter Grant and his quirky boss Nightingale are on the tube... A stunning PC Peter Grant audiobook continues this best-selling series with commuting ghosts, a kidnapping, and a superb new London mystery! PC Peter Grant is heading west. There's something going bump on the…
Book of the Week - Jack Reacher #22 - The Midnight Line by Lee Child This week I am over the moon with my favourite ex-military cop Jack Reacher's latest from Lee Child. The hardback is out at same time as audiobook so I devoured it. Love the way Lee Child writes, and loved the new more caring twist he's included in this one. 'the Midnight Line' did not let me down. He is one of my top authors so I will always leap at the chance to read the new one. Twenty two novels in, he's still compelling, compulsive and competent. Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small…
Book of the week — Covent Garden in the snow - Jules Wake’s Amazon bestseller! It always makes me very proud to say things like this. My writing mate Jules, a fellow student from the superb Julie Cohen workshops, is hitting the heights on Amazon . Her latest book is at number four on the Kindle chart! The main Kindle chart! That is huge! Just a couple of places behind Lee Child’s new one from Jack Reacher, which I am devouring on audiobook at present. If you fancy a wonderful warming winter read with a festive theme, check out this one. Tilly Hunter has fabulous friends, her dream job as a make-up artist with a…
book of the week - Hubble Bubble by Jane Lovering Really enjoyed this rom com romp from talented and witty author Jane Lovering. Jane is on my 'must-read' list, whereby I watch out for new books by that person, or in my case, new audiobook productions of their library. This one was first published by Choc Lit in 2013, just as the wave of ebooks was exploding and received some impressive reviews. It's based on a type of 'serendipity' theme, with a touch of amateur witchcraft thrown in, and as usual features Jane's trademark turns of phrase that make me smile to myself or laugh out loud as I'm driving…