This week I am talking about the first George Smiley novel by John Le Carré, Call for the Dead with a special guest, Shane from What's Shakin' with Shaner. Though the topic is the first novel by this incredibly talented thriller writer, we also right the world as we talk about everything from Sherlock Holmes to the MCU.
Elektra, not the best known of the victims of the Trojan War, but she is the title character in the latest novel by author Jennifer Saint. Find out how she fares in this mythological tale told from a female perspective. And then find out what I thought of it. As always, 100% spoiler-free so you can go from this to the novel without any fear that I am going to tell you the twists and turns that get you from the start to the end.
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Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé is the first novel in The Gay Street Chronicles by new author William Keeling. Based in Regency Bath, it's a gentle cosy mystery that combines a sunken souffle into a tale of death, kidnapping and corruption at the heart of Bath politics. I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and that's exactly what you're going to find when you click play.
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Eight Perfect Hours is a contemporary romance written by Hertfordshire based author Lia Louis. It was released in June 2021 and uses one of my favourite tropes ever, soulmates. Join me this week with my friend Debi, as we talk about this novel, as someone who isn't a fan of the genre, will I sway her to my way of thinking?
Paradise was released in 1994, it made the Booker Shortlist and then for some reason my county library had just one copy available county-wide. Since then, Gurnah has written 6 more books and in 2021 won the Nobel Prize for Literature. So, did I like this work that is said to define his talent?
Paradise follows the story of Yusuf from boy to man, in a country on the brink of political and cultural change. It's very different to other books I have reviewed, but I promise, it's worth it.
There Goes the Bride is the 20th book in the Agatha Raisin series by author MC Beaton. What do you get when a determined private detective attends her ex-husband's wedding to a younger, prettier and wealthier woman? Well, in Agatha Raisin's case, you get murder! In this review, I take a look at the book released in 2009 and the subsequent TV episodes produced in 2021. Which did I prefer? Which handled the story better? Listen to find out.
It Happened One Summer and Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey are collectively known as The Bellinger Sisters series. Today I am going to be giving you my spoiler-free rundown of this romantic comedy/contemporary romance series. Enemies to lovers, friends to lovers and a few things in between, this series could have everything a contemporary romance reader thrives on, but does it? Find out what I thought of these two books in this latest review.
Knives Out, a surprise 2019 hit from director Rian Johnson had a massive and incredibly A-List cast including Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, the late Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas and of course Chris Evans (it couldn't be included in Chris Evans season without him). So join me and my guest, Lorraine from Once Upon a Nightmare (who had never seen the film before) as we talk about the film, what we liked, what we didn't, anything that came as a surprise, and was Joni really entitled to an inheritance?
Snowpiercer had a limited release in the US in 2013, yet it received critical acclaim, earning 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and is the second film in 2022's Chris Evans Season. So, what did I think of this dystopian film that features a role so different from everything else Evans is so well known for. He's no boy scout in this one, that's for certain!
Don't Burn Your Ships. This week I am introducing another podcast you should be listening to. Strive Seek Find with Chance Whitmore. Every episode I learn something new, discover something about myself and have a few moments of retrospection. Chance is great at giving you new things to think about.
This week on Strive Seek Find, Chance looks at the old analogy "burn your ships behind you", talks a little about its history and how it's been co-opted by the wrong ideas in leadership.