Blurb; George isn’t good at anything much. In fact, he’s pretty average. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have BIG ambitions, they are just harder to achieve when your big sister, Jess, is brilliant at everything! Then George inherits a mansion from dear old Mrs Smallbone. Except Hogweed Hall isn’t your average mansion. It’s BRILLIANT, and full of fascinating tenants like Boris the dog, an unusual pastry chef who lives in the basement, a mysterious scientist who works in the attic, and lots and lots of chickens! But Mrs Smallbone’s sisters aren’t at all happy about the situation, and invite themselves to stay. They’re after something, and don’t intend to leave without it. Can George stop them before it’s too late?
My Review; Another children’s one but another brilliant read full of adventure and mischief. Again beautifully illustrated throughout. There is a huge plot twist to this story and I loved it all even at 27 years old. I would highly recommend this story to all children.
It’s got adventure, jewels, treasure, maps, evil sisters, science, history, dodos, a dog and a pirate ship! Plenty to keep those pages turning. Devoured it. Main character George and his sister Jess come through it all together. Really enjoyed reading this one. A beautiful cover too which sums up the whole book perfectly. Throw in a bit of mystery too which will all be revealed towards the end. A well deserved four stars from me.
Simone has a secret. She likes to stand at her bathroom window and spy on the couple downstairs through their kitchen skylight. She knows what they eat for breakfast and who they’ve got over for dinner. She knows what mood they’re in before they even step out the door. There’s nothing wrong with looking, is there?
Until one day Simone sees something through the skylight she is not expecting. Something that upsets her so much she begins to plot a terrible crime…
My Review; This is one of this years selection of Quick Reads. I devoured it in an hour and I bloody loved it. Under 200 pages but a brilliant short story with plenty of twists and turns throughout making it a gripping, page turner. Deadly. A clever story. A great outcome. Do you really know your neighbours? Highly recommend. Well enjoyed. One to remember.
Blurb; The Met Police’s Major Investigation Team East has its hands full: a rash of tit for tat gang related stabbings, a strangled housewife, the decomposed remains of a woman found in a ditch and more to come. Adding to their woes is their boss, Chief Inspector Matthew Merry, being distracted by his problems at home.
For Matthew’s wife, Kathy, her only concern is dealing with the aftermath of being drugged and raped by a co-worker. Will the trial of the man responsible be enough to give her the justice she demands. Or, as her therapist states, is it revenge she really desires. She doesn’t know. As her emotions see-saw from elation to depression, her only certainty is that her husband seems more concerned about his work than her.
And Matthew is only too aware of his failings both at home and work. But the police machine grinds on, seeking information and sifting evidence — justice is not their concern.
About the author; John was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub, he writes. John is currently working on a trilogy of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.