Saturday, 31 August 2013
With slight trepidation I picked up the book. Would I be disappointed? Should childhood favourites be left in the past for fear of spoiling the happy memories they provide? Or would I feel like I was being reacquainted with old friends?
The Secret Seven is the first book in the series. First published in 1949 there are definitely parts of it that seem dated, especially some turns of phrase that are used (particularly by straight laced Janet). However they were probably also outdated in the mid 1980s when I read these books the first time, and I was never aware that they were so old fashioned through my childhood eyes. The same could well be true for children in modern society, infact I would go as far as to assume that it IS true, or the books would surely have gone out of print-nostalgia alone is not enough to keep publishers printing books, they have to actually sell too.
I whizzed through the story, and recalled many of the key moments throughout. It was almost like being transported back to my own childhood, a sense of deja vu. I loved reliving the adventure, particularly the sense of being tucked away in the shed sat on a flowerpot in the meetings the children have. Passwords and disguises abound as the seven set off to find out who the stealthy men sneaking around a spooky old house are. What are they doing, and why? Of course the Secret Seven come up trumps, I don't think that is a spoiler, and as an adult I finished the book with the same sense of satisfaction that I did the first time around. This surely shows the power a good book has, it can stand the test of time and be read at varying stages in life and still be appreciated.
The Hodder edition I had to review was illustrated by Tony Ross, which is obviously an attempt to make the books as visually appealing as possible to the young audience of the twenty-first century. Whilst I liked the illustrations I didn't feel they gelled especially well with the text, but this may just be because they are not what I would traditionally associate with Blyton.
Don't overlook Blyton thinking her work outmoded and irrelevant for children today. Any child seeking high adventure and a story about true friendship and teamwork will find plenty in the Secret Seven books to appeal to them.
I have already decided that I'm going to buy all the books in the series to reread and review. They will then remain on my son's bookshelf to hopefully be enjoyed again and again-they are classics, pure and simple.
With thanks to Hodder for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an impartial review.
The story begins with circus owner Sir Sidney feeling exhausted. His successful circus has been a hit with the public for so long that he needs a week to rest. He looks for someone to run the circus and in amongst the unsuitable applicants he finds Barnabus Brambles 'certified lion tamer'. However, Barnabus is actually a bossy, greedy slavedriver who doesn't care a jot for the animals and performers in the circus.
Follow this haphazard tale and see what happens in the week that Barnabus Brambles runs the circus and how Sir Sidney will react upon his return.
I enjoyed this story, a chapter book for newly confident readers with plenty of illustrations to compliment the text. I loved the characters of Gert and Bert, the seamstress mice who create their own words (my personal favourite is 'dramastic'- the result of mixing 'dramatic' and 'drastic'). Overall The Show Must Go On! is an entertaining read with madcap capers and a moral message.
The Show Must Go On! is released on September 10th, published by Algonquin Books.
With thanks to Algonquin Books for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Friday, 30 August 2013
I was keen to know more about how Elizabeth LaBan started writing and particularly how The Tragedy Paper came into being. Here is what she said...
Monday, 26 August 2013
Beautifully illustrated and with an escapist story, Katie and the Starry Night is a fabulous introduction to the work of one of the world's most popular artists. I loved it, and am sure that children will learn that art can be enjoyed by everyone as a result of this series. I will definitely be seeking out more Katie books to add to my collection and use within my job as a nursery nurse.
Katie and the Starry Night is out now, published by Orchard Books.
With thanks to Orchard Books for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Saturday, 24 August 2013
I think regular visitors to Books with Bunny know I'm a huge fan of picturebooks in particular, but I enjoy exploring all children's books. From fiction to non-fiction, board books to YA, I am not fussy.
I was so very chuffed when I was approached to be a regular guest reviewer for Making Them Readers too. Promoting reading is why I started book blogging in the first place, and I truly believe there are books out there to suit everyone. Helping parents, teachers, childminders, librarians, booksellers and most importantly children to discover what is out there is an absolute pleasure, and I know how much delight I get from the recommendations of others. To be able to give some of that pleasure back through Books with Bunny and Making Them Readers has me glowing with pride. If I can encourage one person to pick up a book they might not have tried, find a new favourite author or rekindle their love of books (no kindle pun intended), then I consider it all worthwhile and a huge success.
My review of Cassie and the Woolf by Olivia Snowe (a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood aimed at a junior market) is on the Making Them Readers blog today, and you would make my day by going and reading it here.
Friday, 23 August 2013
With artwork that explores pattern and texture, Song For Papa Crow is, in the main, eye-catching and visually appealing. Younger readers will find the bright colours used stimulating.
At the end of the book there is a factsheet telling readers more about the different birds mentioned in the book, adding an educational element as well as the moral message of accepting what makes you unique that the story drives home.
Song For Papa Crow is out now, published by Schiffer Publishing
With thanks to Schiffer Publishing for providing me with a review copy in return for an honest review.
Today on Books with Bunny you can read my review of her latest novel, the heartbreaking war story Cross My Heart, discover Carmen's favourite reads as a teen and there is also the opportunity to WIN one of three of Cross My Heart via a rafflecopter giveaway! What more could you ask for?!
When I heard that Cross my Heart was being released I was slightly overexcited- a completely new approach from one of my favourite authors was definitely something to celebrate! I have messaged Carmen quite a bit via her facebook page and knew that this book held a special significance for her and desperately hoped that it would live up to my high expectations.
I needn't have had any concerns. Cross My Heart proves just how versatile Carmen Reid is as an author, demonstrated by her ability to tackle the horrific subject matter of WWII in a sensitive, informative manner.
Nicole, a fifteen year old Belgian girl, finds her life thrown upside down when the Nazis invade. Her best friend Lottie is a German Jew and flees Belgium seeking safety, her Papa disappears without trace and before long Nicole decides she has to make a stand. Against her family's wishes, Nicole and her friend Anton join the Resistance to help fight for the freedom of their country. Nicole is determined and gutsy, yet finds there are still moral dilemmas however strongly you believe in a cause. Essentially a war story, Cross My Heart also encompasses romance and family loyalty ensuring that there is something that will appeal to readers of a wide range of genres.
Although aimed at teens, Cross My Heart has a strong plot that will also appeal to adults. The story skips along at incredible pace and I found myself greedily turning the pages to discover Nicole and Anton's fate. It is almost unimaginable to someone who has grown up in a safe, relatively peaceful society that Cross My Heart is based around fact. Our generation has a responsibility to educate and inform our children about the horrific acts committed during both World Wars. Books such as Cross My Heart are vital in doing this by providing a vivid account of how life may have been for teens during this time, and I hope that Carmen Reid's latest offering will be as widely read as other children's books set in this era such as John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Nina Bawden's Carrie's War.
Cross My Heart is out now, published by Corgi Childrens.
With thanks to Corgi for sending me a review copy of Cross My Heart in return for an honest review.
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Thursday, 22 August 2013
Most of the biographies are around three pages long, which is enough to give a flavour of the life the author led. Sutherland references both the most highly regarded and the overlooked, so even the widely read will learn something from this work. At the end of each biography there is the authors full name, 'must read text' and a suggestion of a biography for further reading.
Lives of the Novelists could be read from cover to cover (as I did- I felt that by reading it chronologically I was able to get an overview of social changes from the 1600s onwards as well as learning about influential authors) or could be used as a reference material to be dipped in and out of. Possibly a useful resource for literature students, John Sutherland's labour of love reinforces just how many authors meet a tragic end or live an unfulfilled life despite success. It should also come with a warning-I have added a huge amount of books to my 'must read' list as a result of it!
If you are looking for an accessible, comprehensive overview of writers' lives then Lives of the Novelists could be just what you're looking for.
Lives of the Novelists: A history of fiction in 294 lives is out in paperback today, published by Profile.
With thanks to Profile for providing me with a copy of Lives of the Novelists in return for an honest review.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Keep Calm and Carry on Dating showcases fifty different experiences of online dating and each story is only a few pages long. Most of the people interviewed seemed to have at least one negative experience- coming across liars, thieves and the sexually depraved is commonplace in the world of online dating if these accounts are to be believed!
Personally, I was expecting more humour and variety from the tales, but this is a short read that may appeal to those who have had nightmare dating experience themselves.
Keep Calm and Carry on Dating is out now, published by Troubadour.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
I have a life list. I wrote it aged 31 and am actively trying to reach my goals. This book really spoke to me about how many of our dreams and desires are built in us from an early age. It also reminded me that if you want anything enough you should do all you can to get it. Inspiring stuff!
Although sometimes slightly farfetched, The Life List was actually a very uplifting, motivating read. Filled with romance, friendship and family upheavals, the chaos and unpredictability of life is explored in a humorous and touching way. There were moments where my eyes glistened with tears and others where I silently chuckled to myself. Sentimental yet not mawkish, I found The Life List a tender and immersive read. Brett was a likeable protagonist and I was actively willing her to achieve her goals and find out exactly what made her tick.
Lori Nelson Spielman has written a fantastically readable book that will appeal to fans of Cecelia Ahern's bestseller P.S I Love You. This is not just chicklit, it is chicklit with a heart.
The Life List is out now, published by Arrow.
With thanks to Arrow, who provided me with a review copy of The Life List in return for an honest review.
You can find out more about Lori Nelson Spielman on her website.
Friday, 16 August 2013
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Miriam, a sweet young Romany gypsy, is orphaned and in order to survive befriends headstrong Katie-May. Led astray by her new friend, Miriam's life changes dramatically.
Rose is the opposite of Miriam- well brought up, well turned out and a mother who takes her role seriously. However, as her life changes beyond recognition her future mirrors that of Miriam, and both women are piled on to a crowded, stinking ship and transported to the convict colonies of Tasmania.
Can Miriam and Rose, who appear to have nothing in common, work together, trust each other or even become friends?
The Night Flower is a fabulous read. Alluring despite the dark subject matter, it is ultimately a book exploring how quickly life can change. It demonstrates the resilience within us as humans and is a gritty, honest book.
I found Miriam and Rose likeable characters and I empathised with their plight. Their lives are so far removed from my own that as a reader I felt almost guilty at my freedom, choice and privilege.
The Night Flower is beautifully written, an intoxicating, seductive book best enjoyed in as few sittings as possible. Dark and gritty, coarse and seedy- Sarah Stovell's book makes for uncomfortable yet riveting reading.
The Night Flower is out now, published by Tindal Street Press.
With thanks to Sarah Stovell and Tindal Street for inviting me to be part of The Night Flower blog tour. They would both love to hear your views about the book via twitter, @tindalstreet and @sarah_stovell.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
I thought this an entertaining children's book and a fabulous way to introduce younger readers to an architectural masterpiece and the collection of classic works of art that it houses. Having visited the Guggenheim on my honeymoon eight years ago I am now itching to go back. The main limitation for me was that the pictures of the art on display at the Guggenheim are small compared to the overall illustrations. I feel that the book would work better if these were larger.
Speeding Down the Spiral has a fantastic website to accompany the book- visit it here.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
It is certainly a thought-provoking read. Jocelyne is a wife and mother living in a small French town. She runs a haberdashery and writes a successful crafting blog. Her best friends work at the hairdressers next door and dream of winning big on the Euromillions. Determined that Jocelyne will get a taste for their lottery habit, they encourage her to buy a ticket-and amazingly, Jocelyne wins 18 million euros.
Before cashing her winnings, Jocelyne begins to list her 'desires'. Mostly simple, everyday objects she ponders whether money can truly bring happiness. Should she cash the cheque? Or will having such a large sum of money cause more problems than it solves?
The List of my Desires made me contemplate just how much influence money has over our lives, not just the opportunities it can afford but also affecting how you are perceived my others; and whether it is healthy to be able to afford everything you wish for.
I often find that books translated into English from other languages are harder to read and don't flow as naturally as they ought, but this was not the case with this book. From the opening sentence to the closing message, it was highly readable- literary, yet accessible to the masses.
Touching and heartwrenching, The List of my Desires lives up to the hype surrounding it, a well crafted and all consuming novel.
The List of my Desires is out now, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
With thanks to Weidenfeld and Nicolson for providing me with a review copy of The List of my Desires in return for an honest review.
May, Clare and Lara are workmates that seem to have lost all work/life balance. On top of that they are each facing relationship difficulties. A spa holiday is just what the doctor ordered, a chance to escape and withdraw from the stresses of life for a while. However, when they arrive at their destination, it isn't at all what they expect. Ren Dullem is unwelcoming and full of locals who seem determined to spoil the girls' holiday.
It's Raining Men is very different to Milly Johnson's previous novels. Whilst still driven by relationships and friendships, there is also a magical element that will require most readers to suspend disbelief. Personally that was my least favourite aspect of the novel, but that is possibly as I was expecting It's Raining Men to be similar to Milly's other books. I did however, really enjoy finding out more about Lara, May and Clare's lives, and my nosy nature enjoyed meeting the eclectic, eccentric mix of locals in Ren Dullem.
An easy read, It's Raining Men entertained and amused me. If you enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's Twenties Girl, I am sure you'll love this.
It's Raining Men is out now in paperback, published by Simon and Schuster.
You can read about the fun I had at the Meadowhall book launch of It's Raining Men here.
Sunday, 11 August 2013
A short book that can easily be read in one sitting, Glaciers is delightful to read. Nothing extraordinary happens in the book. It is very much the story of an ordinary young woman, working an ordinary job, with ordinary interests and ordinary emotions. For me, this is what makes it a triumph. With a simple concept, yet exquisitely executed, Alexis M. Smith drew me into Isobel's world so fully that I could experience every tingle of emotion of the protagonist.
Wise messages are sprinkled throughout to give the reader food for thought, particular favourites of mine being '...everything is temporary. Everything. There's not a thing in the world that will not change, including you' and '..it's a treasure if you love it. It doesn't matter how much it costs, or whether anyone else wants it. If you love it, you will treasure it, does that make sense?'.
It is hard to compare Glaciers to another book. It reads almost like a classic novel with its accessible literary prowess. Isobel's unrequited love brings elements of romance. The insights into Isobel's emotions gives Glaciers the feel of a diary-honest and heartfelt. It encompasses so much in just 174 short pages.
I know I will reread this book. With acute observations and a hauntingly beautiful writing style , Glaciers deserves to be an international success for Alexis M. Smith. I love it. I will treasure it.
Glaciers is out now, published by Oneworld.
With thanks to Oneworld for providing me with a copy of Glaciers in return for an honest review.
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Friday, 9 August 2013
Necessary Lies tells the story of Jane, a young newly-wed employed as a social worker in rural North Carolina in the 1960s. Wet behind the ears but with her heart in the right place, Jane finds it hard to keep a professional distance from the disadvantaged families she works with. Encouraged by her employers to put forward young women for uninformed sterilisation as part of a eugenics programme, Jane faces a constant battle between her own beliefs and what is expected of her. Should everyone have the right to have children? Or are only some people capable of parenting competently?
It took me a while to get into Necessary Lies, but I once I got to grips with the characters and their back stories I was hooked. Diane Chamberlain has written a thought-provoking and emotive tale based on fact. It is hard to believe that eugenic sterilisation was still being practiced in North Carolina as recently as 1974. I was left with a tear in my eye and a heavy heart as I read the final few pages.
Chamberlain has been widely compared to Jodi Picoult, and it is true that both authors write books that debate highly topical issues and are character driven. I found Jane easy to relate to- a young woman struggling to maintain a work/life balance, torn between her duty and her beliefs- and as a protagonist I thought Jane was believable and likeable.
Well worth a read.
Necessary Lies is out now, published by Pan Macmillan.
With thanks to Pan Macmillan for providing me with a proof copy of Necessary Lies.
Diane Chamberlain's website can be found at http://dianechamberlain.com/ .
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
This glorious hardback children's book made my stomach lurch the first time I saw it. Something about the cover made me want to cry. It depicts a boy (who is revealed in the text as Laszlo) standing nervously at the top of a staircase peering into looming darkness. Something about Jon Klassen's eloquent illustrations reminds me of how it feels to be a child, and how it feels to be afraid. Lemony Snicket, most famous for creating A Series of Unfortunate Events, provides the simple yet captivating story of Laszlo facing his phobia head-on. The remarkable collaboration of text and illustration makes The Dark a stand out children's book, perfect for talking to children about their fears.
I have never read another children's book like it, and as a mother, student of children's literature and nursery nurse I have a wide ranging knowledge of picturebooks. The ultimate simplicity of The Dark and a plot that younger readers can relate to will surely contribute to the long-lasting success that I predict for this book. It has a timeless, ethereal quality and a narrative that will never date-for as long as there are children there shall be children with phobias.
My five-year-old was captivated, and particularly liked the personification of the darkness. Although not a fan of the dark himself, he wasn't scared and especially liked Laszlo, a normal boy just like him. The Dark is already a huge hit in our house!
Jon Klassen's illustrations are beyond exquisite and I cannot see how they could be bettered. They absolutely made the book for me, and The Dark has leapt straight into my list of favourite books. A beautiful book that every home should own.
Published by Orchard, The Dark is out now in hardback.
With thanks to Orchard for providing me with a review copy of The Dark. You can find out more about Lemony Snicket at www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com and Jon Klassen at www.burstofbeaden.com .
I did enjoy One Step Too Far and can see why it is one of the books that people are talking about this summer. It was unsettling to read, especially as flashbacks throughout provided more information about why Emily and her family may have behaved the way they did. I found this to be well written and a gripping read that held my interest, and I cared enough about Emily/Cat to want to know the outcome of her story. One Step Too Far is a psychological thriller that might appeal to fans of other books in this genre such as Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep.
With thanks to Kirk Parolles for providing me with a review copy of One Step Too Far. You can find out more about Tina Seskis on her website.
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Monday, 5 August 2013
I was drawn to this book by the kooky title and the vivid artwork that accompanies it. The illustrations are very 'of the time'- bright and bold, eye-catching and highly attractive. The artwork is fantastic and is fashionable and retro in the current resurgence of vintage style. Rootie Kazootie was a favourite character in the 1950s, having a TV show as well as tie-in books and other memorabilia.
Rootie Kazootie is drawn to Polka Dottie's house when he gets a waft of the aroma of her pineapple pie. Asking Polka Dottie if he can help her in any way, Rootie Kazootie is left to look after the pie whilst she goes shopping. However, things don't go to plan when Poison Zanzaboo steals the pie...what will Polka Dottie say?
The characters have brilliant names- El Squeako, the Mexican cat-fighting mouse was a particular favourite of mine- and I loved the magic Kazootie which eventually saves the day. Highly creative and slightly trippy, the story has dated, particularly in its stereotypical portrayal of women, but the story itself neither too long nor too short and kept my five year old son entertained. He really enjoyed it, giving a positive review by signalling a double thumbs up. He said he liked the pictures and his favourite character was Poison Zanzaboo, the baddie of the book, although he didn't like everything Zanzaboo did.
Overall, I believe this book will especially appeal to parents and grandparents who will have been read books in this style when they were children. Whilst the story may seem tame and outmoded to a child of the 21st century, the illustrations are fabulously nostalgia-inducing, and will hold a modern child's interest with their colour and expression.
Originally published by Whitman Publishing Company in 1953, Rootie Kazootie and the Pineapple Pies is now available in PDF format from PDFclassicbooks.com .
*PDFclassicbooks.com provided me with a copy of this book to review in return for an honest review*
Find out exactly what I thought by heading over to the Mojomums website and read my review.
Sunday, 4 August 2013
However, there was none of that with The Liar and other stories. Each individual plotline is unique, intriguing and well developed, predominantly studying the way one moment or decision can change the course of life. As such, when reading Matthew W. McFarland's work there is an unsettling feeling that the 'normal' can quickly twist into a dark, threatening or nerve-wracking moment where the unexpected is always a possible.
'The Savant' and 'Toxic Love' were the two stand out tales for me, yet this collection of six short stories has no 'fillers'. The topics covered are diverse, including a hospital visit from the perspective of a four-year-old, a one-night-stand that becomes a frightening experience and a fame-hungry woman who ends up making the front pages for reasons she would never have expected.
McFarland writes in a straight-forward, accessible way which makes this collection very readable. Perfect for those who have no time to commit to reading a novel, as well as fans of fast-paced short stories, The Liar and other stories was a fascinating compilation that piqued my interest in this author. The only downside for me was that I felt the collection could have been longer, which is a testament to how much I enjoyed the inventive stories Matthew W. McFarland has constructed.
With thanks to Matthew W. McFarland for providing me with a review copy of this collection. All views expressed are my own.
You can find out more about Matthew W. McFarland by following him on twitter @mcfarlandwriter or by visiting his website.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Friday, 2 August 2013
Before starting a family, I had a season ticket at Sheffield United. From 1998 until 2007 I could be found at the Lane every other week, and attended around a third/half the away games most seasons. I also went to youth team games (watching players including the now England regular Phil Jagielka), reserve games, open days, 'meet the manager' events, watched training sessions at the old training ground at Abbeydale and generally lived and breathed Sheffield United. I met my now husband via a Sheffield United online forum and chose to come to university in Sheffield so that I could watch more games. I have hundreds of photos of myself gurning alongside former players from waiting at the players entrance. I suppose what I am trying to say is that I know how it feels to have a bond to a team, to feel part of that community that football creates, to have an identity that is formed largely around the team you support. Just to prove to you that I am writing this review as 'someone who understands'.
Gray visited towns and cities across England in the 2011-2012 season, examining their relationships with the local football teams. From Burnley to Carlisle, Crewe to Leyton, Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters explores the diversity of England and the relationship between a local team and the town they are part of. More than purely a book about football, this is a history lesson, a social commentary, a declaration of love for the beautiful game. Gray's acute observations will resonate with football fans such as the summing up of the anticipation of visiting a new ground with the phrase 'may nothing stop the feeling a first visit to a new ground gives'. Portrayals of towns and the characters who reside there alongside both footballing and local anecdotes will amuse and inform in equal measure.
It is perhaps obvious to compare Gray to Hornby given the subject matter, yet the comparisons stretch beyond a passion for football. Wry observations of the quirky behaviour of football fanatics and a dry underlying humour appear to be Gray's fortes, making Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters a highly readable and entertaining piece. Beautifully written, nostalgic and reflective, this will also appeal to fans of Simon Armitage, Stuart Maconie and Tim Moore.
And as this is my blog and it's the first day of the new football season, I'm going to finish this entry my way-Up the Blades!
Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters is out now, published by Bloomsbury.
*With thanks to Bloomsbury for providing me with a review copy of Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters*
*You can find out more about Daniel Gray at his website *
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Firstly, it is part of the Mirabelle Bevan series. If you are not yet familiar with Mirabelle, this is important because she is elusive, attractive, witty and sharp. She is the kind of woman that men are intimidated by and she utilises her wily charms to wheedle out the facts she needs from men she encounters. I want to be like her. Infact, scrap that-I want to BE her.
Set in London in 1952, London Calling is the second book in the Mirabelle series. When a beautiful debutante mysteriously vanishes from a jazz club, saxophonist Lindon Claremont is the number one suspect. A childhood friend of Vesta, Mirabelle's sidekick, the women are determined to find out the truth and clear Lindon's name. We are sucked into the underground music scene and exposed to alluring secret drinking dens and caddish jazz musicians. As a fan of this era, Sara Sheridan does a fantastic job of representing post war London as a buzzing city high on promise and hope.
Delightful old-fashioned mystery stories in the same vein as Agatha Christie's classic 'Miss Marple' books, the Mirabelle books are intriguing and beguiling whilst never drifting into uncomfortable violence or unnecessarily graphic scenes. London Calling does not disappoint, and I found myself wishing that it was longer-always a promising sign! Infact, I was devastated when I finished the book and immediately tweeted the author asking when the next book will be out (unfortunately, not until 2014).
Well written and thought provoking, heart wrenching and thoroughly entertaining, Sheridan's evocative writing style will appeal to both those interested in the 1950s and the 'cosy crime' genre. Vivid, likeable characters add to the appeal, complimented by a highly readable plot. Pure escapist reading which makes me nostalgic for a time I never knew.
Bravo Sara Sheridan, bravo Mirabelle Bevan. More!
With thanks to Polygon for providing me with a review copy of London Calling. You can find out more about Sara Sheridan by tweeting her, @sarasheridan.
Brighton Belle, the first Mirabelle Bevan book is free via iTunes at the time of writing. Try it!