My phone is out of action, so I’ve become more of a bookworm than usual. Spare moments find me with my nose in a book. This time of year I tend to be looking for books that a suitable for reading on holiday or maybe outside in the garden with a cup of tea (or something stronger).
This week I’ve read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. It’s the first time I’ve read one of Liane’s books, but she’s a best-selling author with 5 previous novels including The Husband’s Secret. Big Little Lies is set in an Australian seaside town where the parents of the school seem to engage in some fairly extreme playground antics. The book covers the period of time between the class’s Kindergarten introduction day and a Trivia night (a quiz night?) a few months down the line. We follow the lives of three women, who become friends, and their interactions with other parents and their families. From the start you know that someone dies on trivia night, but the book keeps you guessing to the end as to who dies and why. It’s a compelling read and really easy to dip in and out of with its short chapters. Here’s a video trailer to watch and there’s a competition to win an iPad too.
Over the last few weeks I’ve read a few books from the Aberystwyth Noir series by Malcolm Pryce. They are fun books set in a fictional version of Aberystwyth. With more than a nod to Raymond Chandler and firmly tongue in cheek, I’ve enjoyed the dry humour and I’m working my way through the series.
Another series I’ve recently discovered is the Immortality Bites series. This series follows Sarah Dearly’s adventures as a fledging vampire. Again they are a mystery series where Sarah gets to the bottom of various vampire related mysteries and also very much tongue in cheek.