Title: The Mystery Guest

Author: Nita Prose

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

DO NOT DISTURB. WHODUNNIT IN PROGRESS . . .

Molly Gray wears her Head Maid badge proudly for every shift at the Regency Grand Hotel: plumping pillows, sweeping up secrets, silently restoring rooms to a state of perfection. But the hotel’s reputation is sullied when a guest – a famous mystery writer – drops very dead on the tearoom floor.

As suspicion swirls in the hotel corridors, it’s clear there’s grime lurking beneath the gilt. And Molly knows that she alone holds the key to the mystery. But unlocking it means thinking about the past, about a dusty old house, and everything else she’s tidied away in her memory.

Because Molly knew the dead guest once upon a time – and she knows his secrets too . . .

The Review

Our favourite amateur (and unsuspecting) sleuth Molly Gray is back and I couldn’t be more happy!

The Regency Grand is just recovering from the last scandal they were embroiled in when a body was found dead (and murdered) in a hotel room. However, drama is never far away and when a famous crime writer hires the hotel to host a press conference trouble soon ensues. It is up to Molly and her band of hotel staff to help solve the mystery.

I loved The Mystery Guest. I loved The Maid but I felt much more at ease with The Mystery Guest. With The Maid, the sense of injustice really hit me hard. Molly sees the world differently and there is the suggestion that she is on the autistic spectrum and with the first book I felt myself feeling genuinely scared for the character. Now I am more comfortable because I now know it is cosy crime so my anxiety was a lot less.

I love this series and I do hope there are many more to come. Molly Gray is brilliant and I want more of these stories.

The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose is available now.

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Title: Before the Crown

Author: Flora Harding

Pages: 396 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

Before the crown there was a love story…

Windsor Castle, 1943

As war rages across the world, Princess Elizabeth comes face to face with the dashing naval officer she first met in London nine years before.

One of the youngest first lieutenants in the Royal Navy, Philip represents everything she has always been taught to avoid. Instability. Audacity. Adventure.

But when the king learns of their relationship, the suitability of the foreign prince is questioned by all at court.

He is the risk she has never been allowed to take. The risk not even the shadow of the crown will stop her from taking…

Step through the palace gates and discover a captivating historical novel of royal secrets and forbidden love exploring the tempestuous courtship between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the wake of WWII.

The Review

Okay, I’ll admit it. I love me some royal scandal. I was raised as a royalist and I flippin’ love the history of it all. Therefore, Flora Harding’s Before the Crown was like catnip to me.

Before the Crown is the story of Princess Elizabeth and Philip’s courtship and the stumbling blocks they faced during their relationship. How Philip was not seen as  worthy candidate for the princess and how the media intrusion felt oppressive. Hmm, interesting take Flora Harding, once that definitely parallels modern circumstances.

Take away they royal element and Before the Crown is still a gorgeous love story. It is lovely to see the growing bond between the couple but also Harding has given Philip a voice which is something that hasn’t necessarily been given air time.

I really enjoyed Before the Crown. It was a generous look into the hidden world of the royal family.

Before the Crown by Flora Harding is available now.

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Title: Threadneedle

Author: Cari Thomas

Pages: 564 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city filled with magic.

Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly.

It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of.

Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it?

The Review

Wow. Threadneedle was not what I was expecting.

I knew it was going to be a book that included magic but I had some misconceptions. I was not expecting it to be set in modern times and I did not expect it to be a campus novel. I thought I would like it but I didn’t know I would love it.

It focuses on the story of Anna who is having her magic restricted by her paranoid aunty. However, before she loses her magic forever Anna’s circle of friends try to save her.

At its heart, Threadneedle is the story of finding yourself, embracing that person and not letting anyone control you. I really loved it and now I am off to buy the sequel.

Threadneedle by Cari Thomas is available now.

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Title: Weyward

Author: Emelia Hart

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

KATE, 2019

Kate flees London – abandoning everything – for Cumbria and Weyward Cottage, inherited from her great-aunt. There, a secret lurks in the bones of the house, hidden ever since the witch-hunts of the 17th century.

VIOLET, 1942

Violet is more interested in collecting insects and climbing trees than in becoming a proper young lady. Until a chain of shocking events changes her life forever.

ALTHA, 1619

Altha is on trial for witchcraft, accused of killing a local man. Known for her uncanny connection with nature and animals, she is a threat that must be eliminated.

But Weyward women belong to the wild. And they cannot be tamed…

Weaving together the stories of three women across five centuries, Weyward is an enthralling novel of female resilience and the transformative power of the natural world.

The Review

Wow. Just wow.

Weyward is the feminist story of three generations of women who all have a link with magic and the stigma that being a woman with power can bring.

Each of our three protagonists has a battle to fight and are at the mercy of those around them. However their resilience and strength is palpable and jumps off the page.

As a reader, I became lost into this story and immersed in this world and I really didn’t want it to end. It could be said that stories of witchcraft have been done to death but oh my this book does not disappoint. Emelia Hart is a writer I will keeping an eye on.

Weyward by Emelia Hart is available now.

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Title: Last Night

Author: Mhairi McFarlane

Pages: 16 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

Two best friends. One missed chance. And a night that changes everything.

Eve, Justin, Susie and Ed have been friends since they were eighteen. Now in their 30s, the four are still as close as ever, Thursday pub quiz night is still sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed.

Maybe Eve should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed sometimes thinks about it too.

Then one night, in an instant, all their lives change forever. And, as Eve learns she didn’t know her friends as well as she thought, she also discovers she isn’t the only person keeping secrets…

The Review

There has not been a Mhairi McFarlane book that I have read that I did not like. Last Night is no exception.

On the surface you could read it as a love story which in essence it is but I think it is a love story to friends rather than lovers. It focuses on Eve and her best friend Susie and how certain actions can often do damage that might be unfixable. It is about how when things go wrong those bonds of friendship can often be harder to forgive than the ones in a romantic relationship.

I loved the character of Eve. She was unashamedly herself. Kooky, offbeat, and had a mouth that didn’t always work in conjunction with her brain. She was a fun character to read.

Last Night is not a book that will change your life but it will make your day brighter.

Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane is available now.

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