I read Anarchy and Old Dogs and The Curse of the Pogo Stick, books 4 and 5 in Colin Cotterill’s Dr Siri Paiboun mysteries. I am trying so hard to eke these out and make them last, but I just can’t help myself – they’re addictive. Ever since hydra put me on to The Coroner’s Lunch, the first in the series, I’ve been hopelessly hooked.
And then there was Here Come the Girls by Milly Johnson. I absolutely love Milly’s books. Her characters are so vivid and down to earth and it was near impossible to put down.
I don’t usually read YA books, but I downloaded Tangi’s Teardrops by Liz Grace Davis and started to read and found I just wanted to keep on reading. Tangi is a lovely character and I like Liz’s style of writing. I hope to see more of her work in future.
Also available on Kindle is a collection of short stories by one of our top magazine fiction writers, Lydia Jones, For a Smile – so I treated myself and had a nice time dipping in and out when the mood took me - as Shirley Blair, Commissioning Fiction Editor of The People's Friend said, "You'll find something to suit every mood in this exemplary collection from one of our favourite writers."
I also read Sophie: Dog Overboard about an Australian Cattle Dog who fell off her owners’ boat off the coast of Queensland and against all the odds, managed to swim to an island and survive there for several months. It was a lovely story about a very special dog (just look at her, isn't she gorgeous?) and it gives nothing away to say there was a happy ending.
And it's cheating a bit as it is no longer January, but I’m in the middle of House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore and like it very much so far. I have read quite a few of her books, but to date this is my favourite.
I've been lazy and not told you what any of the books are about - you'll have to follow the links and maybe read the extracts if you want to know more! I find the "Look Inside" facility is excellent for giving you a feel of the book.
And for published writers, the BBC Short Story Award which this year has gone international. Closing date for that one is 27th February, so you'll need to get your skates on.
My computer has decided that there are some sites I’m just not allowed to visit – ALCS being one of them. I could claim a £10 Amazon voucher from a company I do surveys for, but you guessed it, computer says no! Bah!
Sometimes it lets me visit Facebook, sometimes it doesn’t. All I can say is Meh.