Wow – you blink and we are at the end of November! What a girly November I have had reading wise and spending time with my mum for my birthday as well – afternoon tea at Fortnum and Masons is a must now for us from now on! And the cakes were just delicious and we did not even get to the other trolley full of them to try.
So it was a month of mouth-watering all round which cleverly leads me into themed reading which was by pure accident as I reflect back on the month! The Chocolate Money – Ashley Prentice Norton was more about lots of other things than actual chocolate! Now you are going to need chocolate to make Fudge Cupcake Murder – Joanne Fluke which was a return to cosy crime for me, these are rather an indulgence at the moment. But then baking is an indulgence which I would love to do more of and The Christmas Bake Off – Abby Clements* was where it could all come together.
Food of a sort features strongly in The Villa Girls – Nicky Pellegrino. If you love good Italian food this will make your mouth water without any of it going to your hips! I promise.
Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies – ed. by Hallie Rubenhold is the place to find those ‘certain’ types of ladies that could probably do marvellous things with their hips providing their teeth were clean! A requirement it seems in this little guide. A great historical diversion.
The only historical novel you could say for this month (note to self – I must read more historical fiction) was Mary Stewart – Thornyhold. Set just after the war and with the character of a house as well in the pages, this was going to be a hit for me and it was. I will be reading more Mary Stewart I am sure in the future, well I hope so anyway!
New authors came with Marika Cobbold – Drowning Rose this month. This is a wonderful book and having heard Marika talk about the book at an author event back in July, I cannot believe I took so long to pick the book up and read it. Again, more of her books will be making their way to my shelves soon I hope. (Not that there is much room on my shelves!)
Familiar author’s besides Joanne Fluke went to Dawn French – oh Dear Silvia her second novel and very different from the first! It will be interesting to see what she comes up with next because this was not as good as her debut for me.
As November comes to end everyone must be thinking about Christmas, well actually you could have been thinking about it since September when stuff started arriving in the shops. I bet Santa has been planning for ages if he can take his mind off all the wish lists and he has with Scarlett Bailey – Santa Maybe*. A great short Christmas story to get you in the mood, and another new author to add to my ever growing list!
So that was November, there were some short stories scattered through the month and no real crime as such as I don’t count cosy crime as ‘real’ crime. I also finally give up on reading Letters Between Six Sisters – ed. Charlotte Mosley* which I have had out of the library for nearly 5 months now, I did not want to, but felt I had was not going to get any further than I did with it. Hopefully my review will make sense of what I thought.
I end the month reading Louise Douglas – In Her Shadow which is rather gripping and resonates something of Drowning Rose which I can see similarities of but there is something of the unknown hiding in that shadow and I need to get to the end and find out what it is, so if you will excuse me…….
* Book review yet to appear on this blog.