April reading crime and romance

April was a busy reading month due to the Easter holidays allowing me lots of reading time. As Andy was decorating, one kid was never in and the other was studying. I should really have been spring cleaning that was the plan but instead I did lots of reading. Taking me to 37 books read for the year significantly under the 45 I had read by this time last year but the year is still young.

The April list:

1. Rather be the Devil- Ian Rankin 4/5

2. The Fire Child – SK Tremayne 3/5

3. Black Water – Louise Doughty 3/5

4. None but the dead – Lin Anderson 3/5

5. Daughters in law- Joanna Trollope 4/5

6.  Daughters of Castle Devrill- Santa Montefiore 4/5

7. The missing wife – Sheila Flanagan 3/5

8. Songs of love and war- Santa Montifore 3/5

9. Larchfield – Polly Clark 4/5

10. Before the Fall-  Noah Hawley 4/5

11. Ardish was home – Angus MacDonald 2/5

12. Everyone brave is forgiven- Chris Cleave 3/5

13. Little Black Lies – Sharon Bolton 4/5
It was a month of crime starting with an old favourite John Rebus. An addiction of mine the Rebus books. I loved all the earlier books and indeed read one while in labour with my daughter aptly called Let it Bleed. Some of the later books I have been less impressed with but still can’t resist reading this grumpy ex police mans next story. This one though was really good. Back on form to some of the earlier novels. I also enjoyed the thriller set in the states by Noah Hawley Before the Fall about a plane crash where only two survive including a small boy.  Many suspects for the crash till you finally find out why the plane crashed. And my final crime favourite was Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton. I hadn’t read her books before but would again. This one was set on the Falkland Islands giving me my island fix but in  a part of the world I know little about so fascinated by the setting and it was also a really good thriller.

I always like a bit of romance on a holiday and found this with Santa Montifore’s novels set in Ireland. So good for escapism. I’ve preordered the final one in the trilogy. Also really enjoyed Joanne Trollopes novel daughters in law. I was less keen on her latest novel but this one was really good and very relatable too. She knows all about family politics.

The stand out book of the month was Polly Clark’s Larchfied. I read about this book in a book review and noted it as a future purchase. I then heard Janice Forsyth interview the author and it moved up from a note to buy to an actual purchase. It’s set in Helensburgh in the past when Auden the poet was a teacher at a school there. And in the present with a young mother. It’s compelling as it’s so clever and at the end you realise it was obvious all along what was going on but she writes so cleverly it only dawns on you at the end of the book. Well that’s how it was for me anyway. I love this book and I’m delighted to have tickets to the Borders Book Festival to meet her in person.

So Larchfield covers a book with one word in the title. And Ian Rankin covers somewhere I will be visiting this year as it’s of course set in Edinburgh. Enjoying this challenge but realise I’m ticking off the easy challenges first so the challenge will be when the list gets a lot smaller. 


About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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