Review: The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir @YrsaSig @HodderBooks

Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, the first book in the Freyja and Huldar series. I loved the atmospheric feeling of this book and the dark nature of the story but before I expand upon that, here is what the book is all about.

TLThe Official Book Blurb

Detective Huldar is out of his depth. His first murder case is like nothing he’s seen before – a bizarre attack on a seemingly blameless woman.

The only evidence is a list of numbers found at the scene, and the testimony of the victim’s eleven-year-old daughter, who isn’t talking.

While his team attempt to crack the code, Huldar turns to child psychologist Freyja for her expertise with traumatised young people.

Because time is running out…and the one thing they know for certain is that the murderer will strike again.

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Guest Review: Dancing Over The Hill by Cathy Hopkins @CathyHopkins1 @HarperCollinsUK @mgriffiths163

Today, Mandie takes over the blog again with a review of Dancing Over The Hill by Cathy Hopkins. We’ll see what Mandie thought in just a moment after we’ve taken a look at what the book is all about.

DOTHThe Official Book Blurb

The hilarious and poignant new novel from the best selling author of The Kicking the Bucket List.

When a boxset of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it’s time to hide the remote…

Cait and Matt have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid. An inspiration to others. Stuck together like glue. But Cait can’t shake off the feeling that something is missing. The whole world should be their oyster now that Matt has retired, so why does she feel shut up like a clam?

Things get more complicated when Tom Lewis, the man who broke her heart at university, makes a reappearance – still as charming as ever. Her friends, widow Lorna and newly-single Debs, have their own views of what Cait should do – but she isn’t in the mood to listen.

When Tom makes Cait an unexpected offer, Cait feels the pull of a different life. Has she got the guts to take the plunge, or does it take more courage to give her marriage another chance?

Funny and thoughtful, this is a book for anyone who ever wondered . . . what if?

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Bloody Scotland Press Release: Stars of Scottish crime writing to get bloody in Kolkata



29 January 2018

Stars of Scottish crime writing to get bloody in Kolkata

Some of Scotland’s finest crime writers are set to bring a slice of tartan noir to India. Val McDermid, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Abir Mukherjee will be championing contemporary Scottish crime fiction at the prestigious Kolkata Literary Festival (KLF), where they will also launch Bloody Scotland, a thrilling anthology of dark Scottish tales, published for the first time in India and at a special price to hook the Indian market. Open Book on BBC Radio 4 will be recording interviews with the authors in Kolkata.


The activities are part of a project supported by the British Council to help Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s international crime writing festival, reach international audiences and grow the global reach of Scotland’s celebrated crime writing scene.
The anthology features twelve stories from a stellar cast of Scottish writing talent, including Lin Anderson, Ann Cleeves and Denise Mina. Rights were sold to Kolkata-based publisher BEE Books by Edinburgh-based Historic Environment Scotland. The book will also be published in the US by Pegasus.

The visit to Kolkata is the culmination of a partnership between Bloody Scotland, BEE Books, and Publishers and Booksellers Guild, which aims to make popular Scottish crime titles available to readers in India at a competitive price. In addition to the new anthology, two other works are in the pipeline for publication by BEE Books: The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau and The Accident on the A35, both by Graeme Macrae Burnet.

Speaking ahead of the visit Bloody Scotland Chair Jenny Brown, said “We’re delighted to be working with BEE Books on this innovative partnership to introduce Indian readers to Scottish crime fiction by bringing writers to the Kolkata Literary Festival, and by making their work more accessible in Indian-published editions. We know from our visit to KLF last year that there is a huge appetite for Scottish classics including the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – now we want readers to try contemporary writing.”

Graeme Macrae Burnet commented “I’m completely thrilled to be travelling to Kolkata for the first time, particularly in the company of two such renowned writers as Val and Abir. It promises to be a very exciting and enlightening trip. And I’m particularly pleased that through the partnership with Bee Books, two of my novels will be made available to local audiences at an affordable price.”

About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. 

About Bloody Scotland 
Bloody Scotland is Scotland’s crime writing festival, held annually over a weekend in the historic city of Stirling. It was founded in 2012 by two crime writers, Lin Anderson and Alex Gray, with the aim of celebrating Scottish crime writing, introducing international writers, showcasing debut voices, and encouraging new writing. 

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead public body for Scotland’s historic environment, and publishes books which tell the stories of Scotland’s history and heritage. Follow this link for more on their involvement in the Bloody Scotland project:

About BEE Books 
BEE Books was started by Esha Chatterjee, who belongs to the fourth generation of publishing business in Kolkata. Since BEE Books’ inception in 2014, they have focussed on a variety of genres of books. The BEE Books title list includes translations of novels by Ranjan Bandopadhyay (Kadambari Devi’s Suicide Note), Sunil Gangopadhyay (Black Waters Jail), Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay (Eye of the Eagle), contemporary thrillers by esteemed actor, Barun Chanda (Coke), debutante author Shruti Upadhaya (White Noise) and two contest-based anthology of short stories (Tales to Tell; Tales to Tell – Romance).

About Publishers and Booksellers Guild
Publishers & Booksellers Guild, Kolkata was formed in 1975 with the principal objective of promoting reading habits among the public and to extend help to the publishers and booksellers. It is associated with a myriad of promotional activities, ranging from organizing book fairs to offering academic programmes in book publishing.

Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 28/01/18


Saw me a little bit of this this past week. Wednesday saw me heading up north to Edinburgh, mostly for work, as you do, but also to attend the launch of James Oswald’s The Gathering Dark at Waterstones West End. A brilliant night topped off my updating and completing my collection of signed Inspector McLean books. Happy bunny I am then. And on Sunday I spent a fabulous hour at the How To Get Away With Murder panel at Wolverhampton Literature Festival, featuring Jenny Blackhurst, Mark Edwards and Jay Stringer. It was really great to hear from all of these fabulous authors on their books, their writing process and their own personal styles. And I’ve booked to go and see Clare Mackintosh in Oswestry in March just before I head off to Crime and Publishment. Lovely bookish week for me then. Continue reading “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 28/01/18”

Review: The Photographer by Craig Robertson @CraigRobertson_ @simonschusterUK @1stMondayCrime

One of the good things about book blogging is the opportunity to read some brilliant books ahead of publication, and also being introduced to new series and authors. I also get this from blogging for First Monday Crime, the perfect excuse to immerse myself in brilliant books each month. This month I have gotten my sticky mitts on a copy of The Photographer by Craig Robertson and what a treat it was. I’ll be sharing my thoughts in just a moment after we’ve taken a look at what this book is all about.

TPhThe Official Book Blurb

The sergeant took some from each box and spread them around the floor so they could all see. Dozens upon dozens of them. DI Rachel Narey’s guess was that there were a few hundred in all. 


Many of them were in crowd scenes, some just sitting on a park bench or walking a dog or waiting for a bus or working in shops. They seemed to have no idea they’d been photographed.

A dawn raid on the home of a suspected rapist leads to a chilling discovery, a disturbing collection hidden under floorboards. Narey is terrified at the potential scale of what they’ve found and of what brutalities it may signal.

    When the photographs are ruled inadmissible as evidence and the man walks free from court, Narey knows she’s let down the victim she’d promised to protect and a monster is back on the streets.

    Tony Winter’s young family is under threat from internet trolls and he is determined to protect them whatever the cost. He and Narey are in a race against time to find the unknown victims of the photographer’s lens – before he strikes again.

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