Better late than never, but have finally decided my book choices for this summer.

This challenge was started by Cathy over at. and I absolutely love it. Both the taking part and reading everyone else’s choices.

I failed the 20 Books of Summer miserably last year, mainly because it was The Year Of The House Move and time was very limited. This year I’m not too well but resting more so hopefully will be reading more too. I keep trying to veer over into some summer sunshine choices but inevitably my crime fiction addiction has influenced my list.


Safe From Harm by R J Bailey

Robert Ryan, the author (unashamed name dropper I am) mentioned this book to me via tweet and not long after I was sent a review copy. Then we moved house and months later have only just uncovered the bookshelf in storage and there it was (amongst other ARC copies) so better late than never!

 Top tip: if moving house wrap your bookshelves as they are in thick bubble wrap and drape yourself over it and refuse to budge until safely installed in new abode.

Looking forward to reading this one about a feisty female PPO (Personal Protection Officer) To Purchase via Amazon 

Read and reviewed Here


Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf. I’m really excited to be on the blog tour for this one, so it’s an easy choice.

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Read and will be reviewed soon


Safari Ants, Baggy Pants and Elephants by Susie Kelly. As a huge fan of Susie’s books I couldn’t wait for this one to come out. Susie’s previous books were about her life in France or journeys across it, but she also spent a period of her life in Kenya.

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Read and reviewed Here


His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae. I was intrigued by this book when it first came out and it was on the Man Booker Prize short list for 2016. It was subsequently quite expensive to buy so when spotted in a charity shop for abused women (Re:store Barnstaple ) for a low price I swooped on it and can’t wait to read it.

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The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan. This intriguing book was sent to me as an ARC by Oldcastle Books. Can’t wait to read this one. New author to me.

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Read and will be reviewed soon.


The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie

I’ve been seriously deluding myself for most of my adult reading life that I had read ALL of Agatha Christie’s books. It’s only in recent years that I’ve realised that I really haven’t but have only read the popular best selling ones. I’m collecting old Penguin copies of Agatha Christie books and have two copies of this one. One I’m going to giveaway to a lucky reader (*see below)


Best Seller by Terry Tyler. As a recent convert to the works of author Terry Tyler, definitely had to include at least one of her books in this list.

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African Ways by Val Poore

I’ve read and enjoyed all of Val Poore’s books about her life on board canal boats in Holland so decided to read about an earlier chapter in her life when her and her family lived in Africa.

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The Bookshop Detective by Jan Ellis

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while and can’t wait to read it.

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The Turning Of The Tide by Liz Shakespeare. Couldn’t resist this one on two counts. One it’s a historical drama that I have a weakness for and two it’s set just down the road from where I now live.

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Splinter The Silence by Val McDermid. No book list of mine would be without one by one of my favourite authors. Unbelievably, I haven’t yet read this one which is a Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 9

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Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin. Basically I overheard other bloggers on Twitter plus Karen Sullivan from Orenda praising this book which sounded really good and I’m easily influenced!

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At Home in the Pays D’Oc by Patricia Stoner

As a Francophile I couldn’t resist buying this one after randomly spotting it on Twitter.

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The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie

I’ve added this book to the list (replacing Stephen King) because I can’t wait to read it. Heard only good things about this book.

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The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths was recommended to me by my good friend and blog Guest Reviewer Rebecca Hislop who is way ahead of me in the crime fiction stakes. I am constantly trying to catch up with her but she does recommend some good authors. This book sounds good and right up my street.

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Different Class by Joanne Harris. I must confess the only other book I’ve read by Joanne Harris was Chocolat but I follow the author on Twitter and her account is interesting enough to make me curious about the rest of her books.

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Honour & Obey: Volume 2 (Victorian Murder Mystery (Stride & Cully)) by Carol Hedges. I read the first book in this series and loved it so had to read this one.

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A Rising Man Abir Mukherjee

At a talk given by author Val McDermid she recommended this book. At the time it was quite expensive to buy but last week was reduced so I bought it. I’m fascinated by India, particularly the history of it, so combined with crime fiction this appeals on many levels.

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Wild Thing L M Krier

I’m a huge fan of this detective series and love the main character of Ted Darling. Have two books in the series to catch up on. This is the first

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The Darkest Lies: Barbara Copperthwaite Because I can’t wait to read this

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*For the vintage Agatha Christie #giveaway Book The Mysterious Mr Quin please RT this pinned post from my Twitter account and write a few words tagging me about why you’d like to own the copy. Winner will be chosen in two weeks time. Good luck!

The winner was Janet Emson who runs the lovely blog From First Page to Last