I've been enjoying some good books this year and discovered some new to me authors, so I thought I would mention a few of them here in case they appeal to any of you. I like to get book recommendations, sometimes you discover something you might have otherwise passed by, and it's always good to find new authors.
I do love a good crime story and when this one popped up on audible I thought I'd give it a go, so glad I did.
Sweet Little Lies is the first book in the Detective Cat Kinsella series, followed by Stone Cold Heart and finally Shed No Tears.
I listened to all three via Audible and they were all narrated by Jane Collingwood. I love that the same person narrated all three books, and Jane did an excellent job.
I loved Caz Frear's writing style, she keeps you engaged all the way through with twists and turns that keep you guessing all the way to the end. I would highly recommend these to anyone who enjoys a good Police procedural and I recommend reading them in order, although each book is a stand alone case Detective Cat Kinsella has a back story that you learn more about in the first book and the other books will then make more sense.
I must have really wanted to read this next book because I bought it twice, one new copy and one from a charity shop! (not the first time I've done that).
Away with the Penguins is in the same genre as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey.
I loved this book and by the end of it loved Veronica McCreedy too.
Veronica McCreedy lives in a mansion by the sea. She loves a nice cup of Darjeeling tea whilst watching a good wildlife documentary. And she's never seen without her ruby-red lipstick. Although these days Veronica is rarely seen by anyone because, at 85, her days are spent mostly at home, alone. She can be found eithere collecting litter from the beach ('people who litter the countryside should be shot'), trying to locate her glasses ('someone must have moved them') or shouting instructions to her assistant, Eileen ('Eileen, door!'). Veronica doesn't have family or friends nearby. Not that she knows about, anyway, and she has no idea where she's going to leave her considerable wealth when she dies. But today, today Veronica is going to make a decision that will change all of this.
Apparently Peter May wrote Lockdown over fifteen years ago, in 2005, but it was rejected by publishers as being to unrealistic. Fast forward to 2020, the Covid 19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns and the book was finally published.
The story is not about the flu epidemic as such but a whodunit with the pandemic as a backdrop. We would have thought it was all a bit far fetched pre 2020 but he has got so many things spot on, including it being manmade, it's uncanny.
If anyone would like to read either Lockdown or Away With The Penguins please mention it in the comments, if more than one person expresses an interest I will do a draw. Due to postage costs I can unfortunately only post to UK.