October Book Reviews

October 4th, 2020
The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
Quercus £18.99

Elly’s readers requested more about the Sikh police officer DS Harbinder Kaur who appeared in The Stranger Diaries, so the bestselling author has produced a cracking thriller for the likeable policewoman’s return. In a block of apartments for the elderly in Shoreham-by-Sea we meet an eccentric cast of residents and neighbours who find themselves helping DS Kaur solve a couple of mystifying murders. Containing all Elly’s signature wit and ingenuity, the novel is a great read!
(Interesting that Richard Osman has chosen a similar setting for his debut thriller The Thursday Murder Club. Rich plot pickings to be had in retirement complexes it would seem! Penns Court watch out for visitors with notebooks!)
An extra bonus - copies of The Postscript Murders signed and dedicated by Elly are available via our website.

The Ninth Child by Sally Magnusson
Vintage £8.99

Sally received great acclaim for her debut novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift. Her second novel, The Ninth Child, now in paperback, draws together the story of 17th Century minister Robert Kirke and that of Sally’s own great-grandmother. Set on the banks of Loch Katrine, The Ninth Child follows Isabel Aird, coming to terms with childlessness and attempting to start a new life with her engineer husband in this bleak but striking environment. Blending fact with fiction, history with folklore and science with superstition this is a spellbinding tale.
 ‘An extraordinarily immersive read’ Guardian.

The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley
Bloomsbury Publishing £6.99

Six thousand years ago in a forest, a 12 year old boy loses the carved deer tooth given to him by his mother. Six thousand years later, Charlie picks it up in the ancient and beloved Mendel Forest. When Charlie’s new brother is born with a heart defect, the only thing Charlie can think to do is run into the forest for comfort. And there, a boy is lying alone and bleeding in a stream, confused and looking for his spear… An exciting time-slip adventure which had my 9 year old nature enthusiast gripped from the first chapter.

The Hospital Dog by Julia Donaldson
Macmillan £12.99

When Julia Donaldson was visiting a children’s hospital she heard about and later met a lovely lady and her dog who regularly visited and brought joy to the young patients and the staff. So, a new idea was born for another charming rhyming tale in Julia’s inimitable style, colourfully illustrated by the wonderful Sara Ogilvie. Instead of Detective Dog Nell the canine crime-solving school visitor we now have Dot the Dalmatian cheering up children in hospital and saving the day when trouble occurs. Just so lovely! How does Julia do it! Suitable for ages 2-6. We are offering the special treat of signed and named copies of this absolutely super picture book, destined to be yet another family favourite. Order via our website www.steyningbookshop.co.uk and enter your child’s name in the notes at checkout.
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