Book of the Month

announced on the second weekend of the month
a personal choice by Helen Hollick

from our MARCH reviews
PORTRAITS of PRETENCE by SUSAN GROSSEY


Why I chose this book:
I've enjoyed this series from the first book, The Man in the Canary Waistcoat. It takes skill to keep a series going - to keep readers wanting more, to come up with new plots and ideas and to keep the characters interesting. I also like the main characters Sam Plank and his wife, Martha, and Constable Wilson who is naive but 'growing' with the series. The research is detailed, the dialogue natural and the overall 'feel' very realistic.
HH
Read the review here


from our FEBRUARY reviews
The Fragrant Concubine by Melissa Addey



Why I selected this book: 
I chose this book simply because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was so engrossed in the last quarter of the book I didn't notice, until I'd finished, that it was 3 a.m. 
There were a few 'but why didn't he/she do...?" questions in my mind (sorry no spoilers!) but characters do (or don't do) certain things because that is the format of stories, and this is a very good story!
HH

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 from our JANUARY reviews



Why I selected this book:
I chose this book because of the slightly different era for a 'police crime' novel, for the engaging characters and that 'lose yourself in the story' feel. 
HH
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All books selected will automatically be short-listed for our 


(to be judged independently and revealed 31st December 2017)

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