Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize Shortlist: Q&A With Doug Johnstone

Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize Shortlist: Q&A With Doug Johnstone

Any one who has been following the blog for some time will know that there are two things I really do like quite a lot. 1 - Orenda Books, and 2 - Bloody Scotland Crime Fiction Festival. Sadly Bloody Scotland isn't going ahead in its usual format this year due to the ongoing pandemic, but [...]

A Year of Orenda – The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech

A Year of Orenda – The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech

Beech Week I didn't get a summer break this year thanks to covid so missed a week at the beach, Instead, we've decided to spend a week with THE Beech - Louise Beech to be precise. This week marks five years since the paperback publication of her first novel, How To Be Brave, and as [...]

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Today I am delighted to share my thoughts on The Thursday Murder Club, the brand new crime novel from Richard Osman. Yep. That one. I must admit I have been keen to read this book since I heard him speak about it during last years circuit of Crime Festivals, most notably Bloody Scotland. It sounded [...]

A Year of Orenda – The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto

A Year of Orenda – The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto

Today I'm looking back at my thoughts on book three in the Anna Fekete series by Kati Hiekkapelto, The Exiled. I first reviewed the book back in 2016 as part of a week of Orenda (a week? can you imagine a challenge so trivial 🤨😉) but I have loved catching back up with Anna and [...]

A Year of Orenda – The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto (trns David Hackston)

A Year of Orenda – The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto (trns David Hackston)

Today I am delighted to say a very happy fifth anniversary to Orenda Books and Kati Hiekkapelto as it is five years today since the paperback publication of The Defenceless, book two in the Anna Fekete series. I have loved catching up with Anna's earlier stories as part of our year of Orenda challenge. These [...]