Shiny Linkiness

Just a quick post to direct you towards Shiny New Books where I have two reviews posted this week, both from indie publishers:

Mr Cadmus by Peter Ackroyd

This is Ackroyd having huge fun with not a Victorian in sight! This novella is a sort of dark, twisted version of a quaint British cosy mystery set in a ‘murder village’, where the flamboyant Mr Cadmus from the unknown island of Caldera takes the middle cottage between two old spinsters, and shakes things up big-time. Reminded me of a modern Mr Pye (Mervyn Peake, a book that has grown on me since I reviewed it here).

Read my full Shiny review here.

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Astral Travel by Elizabeth Baines

People remember things differently, as Jo discovers when she starts to write a novel based on her family history. Baines’ novel cleverly combines an auto-fiction book within a book with the painfully pieced together revealing of her true family history and what made her abusive father the man he was. A gripping read.

Read my full Shiny review here.

Source: Review copy – thank you. Peter Ackroyd, Mr Cadmus (Canongate 2020). 186 pp., hardback.

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Source: Review copy – thank you. Elizabeth Baines, Astral Travel (Salt, 2020). 397 pp., paperback original.

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