The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

A record-setting heat wave in England in 1976 sets all the neighbors’ nerves on end. Gracie and Tilly, ten year olds who lives on The Avenue, watch the adults, closely following their reactions to the disappearance of Mrs. Creasy  from Number Eight. Mrs. Creasy was well-liked; everyone told her their secrets.  Now the neighbors are […]


Very Rich by Polly Horvath

Very Rich by Polly Horvath

A hilarious read about poverty and wealth, hunger and hamburgers from Polly Horvath. Rupert is very poor and always hungry; there is never enough food at home. A ridiculous accident happens on Christmas Day that introduces him to the ultra-wealthy Rivers family. The book is a series of bizarre adventures hungry Rupert goes on with […]


The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker’s book really made a difference to me; after reading it, I started to work on my home. The difference between this book and all the others is that this book does NOT assume a decluttered home is the goal. The freedom to pursue your life’s mission is the goal and the cluttered home […]



Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

When you are part of a covert MI5 operation to flush out British pro-German Fifth Columnists in 1940 in England, you may often ask (to yourself, of course) who can you trust. Clever but naive 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is recruited to transcribe recorded conversations between an MI5 agent posing as a Nazi liaison and […]


The Indian Doctor Series 1

The Indian Doctor Series 1

It’s 1963 and the small Welsh mining town of Trefelin doesn’t quite know what to make of the new Indian doctor and his glamorous wife just arrived from Delhi. Besides being a foreigner and therefore a suspicious character, Dr. Prem Sharma has some new fangled ideas on how to treat the populace of his new […]


Modus

Modus

Stockholm Police Detective Inger Johanne, a psychologist who specializes in criminal profiling, is called upon to work with fellow detective Ingvar Nymann to apprehend a serial killer after a number of shocking murders are discovered. As Inger closes in on the killer and uncovers a ruthless international organization behind the crimes, the killer targets her […]


The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours (Black Death #1) is great British mystery writer, Minette Walters’, first historical fiction and it is amazing! Both painstaking historical research and terrific character development make this book really special. The Black Death enters England from a ship docked at a port in Dorsetshire in June 1348. The countryside is emptied by […]


Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher

Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher

This is a fictional story that takes as its starting point the real polar bear that was given to King Henry III of England by King Haakon IV of Norway in 1252.  Who might the bear’s Norwegian keeper have been? Why did he stay in England to care for the now royal bear? By turns […]


Love is Blind by William Boyd

Love is Blind by William Boyd

For a book about love, passion, hate and jealousy, Boyd’s prose is curiously cool and his main character, one of Europe’s finest piano tuners of the late 1800s, Brodie Moncur, isn’t a completely likable hero. Brodie works for John Kilbarron, a brilliant, egotistical concert pianist whose time in the limelight is ending. Brodie has fallen helplessly […]