Review: Corruption! marks a twisty end to Elizabeth Dulcie’s  Suzanne Jones series


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CORRUPTION_FRONT_CMYK (002)The phrase ‘O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive…’ might have been coined especially for Elizabeth Dulcie’s new thriller Corruption!

It wasn’t, of course, the quote is a line from Sir Walter Scott’s 1808 poem, Marmion, but it does provide a perfect summary of the plot of this third, and final instalment, of Dulcie’s Suzanne Jones series.

Corruption! is a more-ish deliciously twisty tangle of deception and false trails and crooks masquerading as caring family men. Continue reading

Meet the author: Ravens Gathering writer Graeme Cumming on dinner with his dad


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Graeme Cumming - AuthorIt’s always interesting to do a Meet the Author Q&A with an author you’ve already met and thought you knew…

So, it was a bit of a surprise to discover that Graeme Cumming, author of the genre-busting Ravens Gathering, reviewed here on Book Lovers Booklist in March, has walked on hot coals and likes to eat poached egg and mashed potato.

Find out what else rocks his boat… Continue reading

Review: Join Isabella May on a cheery trip to the sunshine coast of Costa del Churros


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Costa Del Churros Cover (002)David Bowie certainly knew what he was talking about when he penned the line: ‘Put on your red shoes and dance…’

Because as beleaguered ex-pat Brits Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina discover in Isabella May’s sunny third novel Costa del Churros, it really is possible to dance your troubles away.

Or, at least, in the case of the four friends, confidence on the dance floor translates into an ability to face head on the issues that are making their lives a misery.

And, boy, despite the happy faces they try and present to the world, all four women are seriously unhappy. Continue reading

Review: Jackie Carreira’s frontline women NOT Sleeping Through War


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Book coverIt is a truth NEVER universally acknowledged but women are ALWAYS in the frontline of war.

Whether it’s a war on terror or poverty or internal or external wars against those with differing political, ideological or religious beliefs, women are always dodging bullets fired by men.

And Sleeping Through War is a moving tribute by author Jackie Carreira to the women’s stories that are forgotten in the history books.

It is 1968 and three women are fighting to survive their own personal battleground. Continue reading

Meet the author: introducing Paula Houseman and Odyssey in a Teacup


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Paula HousemanAuthor Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer.

But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give up design.

Instead, she took up writing.

Her love of satire, combined with a fondness for double entendres, means her novels – earthy chick lit and romantic comedy – are a tad Monty Pythonesque.

‘But,’ says Houseman, whose Ruth Roth series features a humourless schoolmarm with Continue reading

Review: Megan Mayfair packs a summer treat with romantic comedy The Things We Leave Unsaid


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Cover (002)There are some things that can’t be left unsaid. If you’re still looking for a last-minute summer holiday read, get yourself a copy of Megan Mayfair’s romance The Things We Leave Unsaid.

On one level, it’s a light, sparky read, peppered with wry asides.

Take this example: Clare, one of the two women at the heart of the story, was a virgin when she married her husband Pete.

Her boss, and new best friend, Tessa, who’s had lots of boyfriends but never been in love, prefers ‘to try before she buys, but then again, she didn’t think she would ever buy – so, sort of try before she leased? Illegal sub-let?’

Okay, not laugh-out-loud funny but it tickled my funny-bone. Continue reading

Review: Butterfly Blood, book two in Rebecca Carpenter’s stunning Metamorphosis series


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Butterfly BloodDo you ever sit down to write a review and find yourself staring at a blank page for what seems forever?

Because there is so much to say, you don’t know where to begin?

So, I’ll start by listing, in no particular order, the things I love about Butterfly Blood, Rebecca Carpenter’s stunning YA follow-up to her 2016 Metamorphosis series debut Butterfly Bones.

1. It’s a YA-cum sci-fi-cum magical realism-cum-mystery novel that, like The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter stories, also works for adult readers. Continue reading

Read an extract: An essential guide to London – global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture


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The_Bespokist_Society_Guide_to_London_COVER Large (002)And now for something completely different: The Bespokist Society Guide to…London

“sparse… some glaring omissions” FoodPorn London

“only page 23 is of mild interest”

“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, chairman, The Bespokist Society

You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by Continue reading

Review: Audrey Davies wraps up Hattie Hastings trilogy with a frothy flourish


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CoverIf you’ve already read the first two parts in the wickedly funny Hattie Hastings trilogy by Audrey Davis, you don’t need me to tell you The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Three is an equal delight.

And, if you haven’t read the series openers, why not?

You’re missing a treat.

Because, despite what can only be described as an ever so slightly bonkers plot – Hattie’s dead husband, Gary keeps popping back from the after-life to ensure his darling wife is getting her life back on track – this trio of novellas are pure sunshine.

Part Two ended with Hattie heading for Edinburgh to deliver a message on behalf of husband Gary’s other-world companion, Marty, aged eight-and-a-half, who wants to tell his mum and dad…

What the blurb says:

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Three: A ghostly and witty romantic comedy
Some people just won’t take death lying down …
Nothing lasts forever…

Could it be that Gary’s time on earth is coming to an end? His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast.

But Gary still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message. And there’s something else he needs to do, but spirit guide Clarence isn’t proving very helpful.

Hattie’s best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?

Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but, where there’s life, there’s always hope …

Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?

Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final instalment of a trilogy that has been hailed as ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.

Sorry, it would be too much of a spoiler to tell you exactly what Marty wants to say – or how his parents reacted.

But, if a strange woman turned up on your doorstep, and said your dead son had something to tell you, I’m guessing you might be a trifle discombobulated.

Witty one-liners

And that’s what makes Davis such a great read: she has an almost Roald Dahl-ish ability to take a simple, slightly wacky idea and follow it through to a logical conclusion.

Best of all, she peppers the story with witty one-liners that’ll keep a smile on your face from first page to last.

This is feel-good fiction at its frothy, funny best.

Review by Sue Featherstone.

Available to buy on Amazon.

About the author:

Audrey Davis​Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the west coast of Scotland.

Rubbish at science, but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option.

Probably wise.

She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies.


Davis eventually persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, less farm animals but a higher crime rate.

As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’

After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Davis moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two.

Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK.

Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …


Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again.

Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell.

Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French).

The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless.

Writing Fiction

At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.

It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception.

A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two followed in  March 2018 and Part Three is published today (July 30).

And now Davis may have a wee lie down…

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