Tabitha’s life might closely resemble that of Cinderella but she doesn’t need a Prince, let alone a duke, to sweep her off her feet. Tabitha, you see, is from a village where no couple has ever been happily wed. The single women, of which there are many, have resigned themselves to their fate. An unexpected inheritance and a chance meeting with an arrogant but exceedingly good looking man (Preston) send her hurtling down a different path.
Malcolm Pryce is one of my favourite mystery authors given his ability to effortlessly weave together complex plot threads within an absurdist framework. This new book – please let it be the start of a new series! – steps away from his Aberystwyth Noir roots and plonks us in post war England just before the nationalisation of the railway network. Jack Wenlock is the last ‘Gosling’, legendary railway detectives who dedicate their lives to serving the British public. Times are changing however and Jack’s job is set to be phased out. When a tenacious woman called Jenny tracks him down and asks […]
Meet Kera Watson. Barista. Ex-marine. Dog owner. Clipboard wielder. Her life was fairly boring until the day she intervened to protect someone and ended up dead….sorta. Her second chance at life, courtesy of Vig the Viking, saw her reincarnated as a Crow. Sure she has to follow the whims of a goddess and deal with a fairly crazy set of fellow Valkyries but she has a licence to kill, the strength to pull it off and a cute Viking crushing on her. What more could a girl want?
This is the tale of how I managed to miss my baby’s birth… Yep, you read that correctly. No, I didn’t adopt or have a surrogate and yes I was present and awake for his delivery. How is this possible you might ask? Let me educate you, dear reader. I feel I must place the blame fairly and squarely on R&B music and ball point pens.
You have probably noticed that Backchatting Books has been quiet lately. It’s not because I’ve fallen out of love with reading or even blogging but because I’ve been busy contributing to the world’s overpopulation. You’re welcome. Joking aside, I’m 31 weeks into a fairly difficult pregnancy and life is a tad…complicated.
Aidan has always wanted Lily and she has always wanted him. Tragedy separated them 10 years ago but Lily’s come home to Cedar Ridge for work and Aidan’s determined not to let his second chance slip through his fingers.
When Prudence “Rue” Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, our favourite metanatural, scores a dirigible from her beloved adopted vampire father, she and a motley crew head off to India to source the perfect blend of tea. Naturally she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of epic proportions and just as naturally she manages to prevail against the odds.
I tried really hard to like this one as I have been a GhostWalker fan for years but I just couldn’t get past Wyatt’s behaviour. This one ought to have been a kick-ass book as Wyatt Fortenot had proven himself a cool secondary character in Night Game. This time round he claims the seductive Pepper and the three cute but deadly infants that she cares for.
Most well-bred 19th century ladies would have an attack of vapours if their financial prospects suddenly turned bad but Ophelia Flax and Prue Bright are American actresses rather than ladies and are made of sterner stuff. Ophelia wheedles jobs as maids for them in a fantastical Black Forest castle complete with Snow White’s cottage. Things take a turn for the worst when their employer’s husband is poisoned and Prue becomes the main suspect.
Jessica McClain is special. She’s the only female werewolf in existence and her mere presence is enough to send the wolves into a frothing frenzy. A mercenary hunts her down but he’s hot so Jessica decides being rescued isn’t in her best interests. Cue some cheesy dialogue and the kind of plot we’ve seen time and time again.