I managed to read fourteen books in November with a few deserving the full five stars and plenty of others coming close. You can find a complete list of all the books I’ve read so far this year here, with links to my reviews. If we’re not already friends on Goodreads, send me a friend request or follow my reviews.
First up is Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye, a prequel to one of my favourite books, A Christmas Carol. Published by HQ Stories, the book was completed by Vanessa’s friend and fellow author, Rebecca Mascull after Vanessa’s untimely death earlier this year. I described it as charming and heart-warming. You can read my full review here. It would make the perfect Christmas gift.
Next it’s historical novel, The Price of Compassion by A. B. Michaels, the fourth in the author’s ‘The Golden City’ series (the Golden City in this case being San Francisco). Set just after the earthquake that devastated that city in 1906, it’s a cleverly constructed and suspenseful historical crime mystery. Read more about why I enjoyed the book here.
I’m staying with historical crime mysteries for my next pick but this time one set in medieval times – The Monastery Murders (Stanton & Barling #2) by E. M. Powell. I described it as ‘a well-crafted, engaging historical mystery with plenty of twists and turns’. You can read my full review here.
A change now, to nonfiction and Song of Praise for a Flower by Fengxian Chu and Charlene Chu. Subtitled ‘One Woman’s Journey through China’s Tumultuous 20th Century’, the book tells the remarkable story of Fengxian Chu. Full of drama and, at times, unutterably sad, I nevertheless found it inspiring and uplifting. Read my full review here.
Finally, I’m back to historical crime with None So Blind by Alis Hawkins, the first in a new series, ‘The Teifi Valley Coroner’, set in the west Wales countryside of the 1800s. Published by The Dome Press, I described None So Blind as ‘atmospheric, compelling and suspenseful’. I was thrilled to learn from the author that the second book in the series is already completed and a third is under way. Read my full review here to find out why I was hooked and can’t wait for the next book.