Another month of lockdown, working remotely, homeschooling and playing with a 4 year old and trying to read. The month started with a lot of sunshine so there was lots of sitting and reading in the garden. Have struggled to read much this week, but started a cracking book last night which I hope to finish tomorrow.
Having said that this month I managed sixteen reads. 11 ebooks including another four cosy mysteries and five blog tours and 5 other books.
April’s reads were:
Burying the Past by Paula Williams
Village murder mystery with a quirky cast of characters. Really enjoyable ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Queenie by Candice Carty Williams
Queenie Jenkins breaks up with her boyfriend and her life starts to spin out of control. ⭐⭐⭐
The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger
Fictional life of Lady Virginia Courtauld. Fascinating and atmospheric. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mrs Boots by Deborah Carr
Florence Rowe meets Jesse Boots, founder of the Boots chemist empire. Historical fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
Best-selling romantic comedy about flat sharers Tiffy and Leon – utterly lovely. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Romantic comedy about two writers struggling with writer’s block. Good summer read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
What Would the Spice Girls Do? by Lauren Bravo
Non-fiction exploring the impact of the Spice Girls’ brand of girl power feminism on their fans. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Letter from the Past by Erica James
Complicated relationships and past secrets come back to haunt the Devereux family. Sequel to Coming Home to Island House. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating by Nina Kaye
When her career comes to a sudden halt, Liv has to rebuild her life and discover who her real friends are. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Year of Saying No by Maxine Morrey
Heart-warming romance. Lottie starts a year of saying no to things she doesn’t want to do. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Worst Lie by Shauna Bickley
Journalist Lexie Wyatt is asked to investigate the death of an actress years earlier. Fantastic British crime. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Power Play by Tony Kent
Fast paced action political thriller that begins with the death of a possible Presidential candidate in an airplane crash. Great read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dead Velvet Cupcakes by Polly Holmes
Margarete Becker finds herself a suspect when a rival chef is killed with her knife. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Murder on the Road by Adriana Licio
Gio Brando returns to Italy is first on the scene of an horrific accident – or is it murder? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Death on the Danube by Jennifer S Alderson
Lana Hansen joins a trip to Budapest as a tour guide, but the guests become suspects when fellow guide, Carl, is found dead. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Raining Men and Corpses by Anne R. Tan ⭐⭐
College student Raina Sun finds herself caught up in an investigation when her college supervisor is found dead.
My cosy mystery wrap up for April is here
Lots of good books read this month.My only five star read was The Flat Share. I’ve found myself reading more light-hearted, romantic comedies this month. Happy endings are the perfect antidote to being stuck inside and I really enjoyed Leon and Tiffy’s story.
My least favourite reads were Raining Men and Corpses and Queenie. In book books I found the characters difficult to relate to an unappealing.
May is starting with a rainy weekend – perfect for snuggling up and reading something great and working through that lockdown TBR pile.
Stay home and stay safe,
Happy reading x