Hard Case Crime Wishlist…

Hi Everyone,

After reading The Colorado Kid and noticing that the publisher was ‘Hard Case Crime’ I decided to have a look and their website and see what was available. I couldn’t believe how many books I found! They all feature beautiful retro artwork and have such cool names. As with most books I would buy them on the kindle but at a starting price of around £5.50 , there is no way that I could get the haul that I truly wanted. Here are a few that I have vowed to treat myself once I have cleared some of my to read pile.

  1. False Negative by Joseph Koenig –  This author has won award for his fiction before and this particular one is about a journalist running an article on a beauty queen. In true noir style we can call imagine how that turns out..
    false negative
  2. Murder is my Business by Brett Halliday – This is part of the Mike Shayne mysteries. Shayne is a private eye and this time he has been hired by a millionaire  – it is ten years later and he runs into the millionaire’s daughter. No good can come of this… Mike Shayne had starred in more than seventy novels and numerous TV shows and movies. murder is my business
  3. House Dick by E Howard Hunt – this looks amazing. As you can probably tell by the title this is about a hotel detective working in a Washington Hotel. This particular author went to prison for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. And Richard Nixon is quoted as saying ‘This fellow Hunt… he know too damn much.’

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There are so many I am interested but I would be writing all day. Have you read any of the Hard Case Crime books if so what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.


Flashback Friday – The Princess Diaries


Hi Everyone,

I have decided to do something a little bit different for the blog. I am going to be going back to my childhood book loves and reading them again – or trying new material from these authors. I will still continue to love my crime and horror but I want to see if the tone is appropriate for the age group etc

The first book I started with was the Princess Diaries and I just read the first one – there is a whole series.

These were some of my favourites. Mia Thermopolis is 14 years old and lives with her scatty mum in a Manhattan loft. She has a normal live until she finds out she is a Princess.

Read this book reminded me very much of my teenage self Mia is extremely self absorb and emotional. She is scared to assert herself and is totally in love with Josh Richter the best looking boy in the school. Her best friend is Lilly and she has a TV show on public access TV. This book is fun and fluffy and although there are some hints of sex and innuendo in there it is not inappropriate. Some of the scenes are actually genuinely really funny.

This book allows girls to fantasize about being a Princess in a normal setting.

Due to the references this is probably not appropriate for children below 12.

Format: I own this on the Kindle

Pages: 234

Goodreads Score: 3.7 (I scored it a 4)

Reality Star Fiction… Books from Unlikely Sources

Hi Everyone,

I bought Lauren Conrad’s Beauty earlier this year and found it to be amazing help when it came to makeup techniques. As a result I went onto her blog and noticed that she also had a fiction trilogy – one that I have since read a number of reviews on. Here are some of the ones I have since noticed and I may be interested in:

  • The Kardashian’s Dollhouse – This has been out for a couple of years now and a number of my friends bought this at the time. I have read the first few pages on Amazon and it actually seems to be quite decent. This has a beautiful leopard print cover. Reading the blurb this does seem a bit cheesy for instance the sisters involved are called Kamille, Kassidy and Kyle. They are deeply loyal and beautiful too. This may turn out not to be my type of thing at all, but I think it could be a fun read. dollhouse
  • Lauren Conrad’s The Fame Game – I have read some great reviews of her work and after reading Beauty I would be very interested to read some more. This follows on with a character called Madison Parker from the Candy books that she also penned. This looks like a chic easy read that could sit quite comfortably next to the Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes in my collection. famegame
  • Katie Price’s Crystal – There are a number of books created by Katie Price but they are actually written by a Ghost Writer this is a fact that to her credit, she has never hidden. There are a number of books that feature different women with different names coming from various gems. These books have had huge success here in Britain and every book she brings out has great success. This may be the first one I purchase.crystal

What do you think? Would you read a book by any of these reality starlets?

Recent Kindle Purchases!


Hi Everyone,

If you have been reading my blog for a while (or before I had my huge break from blogging atleast) you will know I own a Kindle. You will also know that I love said Kindle. Books are normally half the price on the Kindle as they are in print and so I buy twice as many. Here are some of my recent purchases:

  • The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell – I started reading the Kay Scarpetta series at the beginning of this year but have been so distracted by other books that I have only just bought the fifth installment. One of my reading goals (which I will complete in a future post) is to read the 18 books currently available in this series by the end of next year.
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes – I have seen this around book shops and on Railway Station posters for ages and I have always been intrigued. Well I am currently reading it and have to say so far, so good. She had written three other books that look like these could possibly be for me too. They all appear to be urban fantasy novels.
  • 1st to Die by James Patterson – Considering I love crime books the fact that I have yet to read a James Patterson novel is almost ridiculous. He has so many titles and I really need to start on them. This book is part of the Women’s Murder Club series and it seems there are lots more available. Also look out for Patterson in the Castle TV Series.

And one I am tempted but haven’t bought yet…

Heat Wave by Richard Castle – Now as you may have been able to guess I am a huge Castle fan. I just love Crime Shows! This book is a spin off and the producers actually hired someone to write this. I have read the first couple of pages and I am not too impressed and as this is currently £5.46 on the Kindle I remain unsure.

Book Tag: Reading Slump…..


This is another one of those tags that I saw on YouTube and decided to take part in. So let’s go.

  1. Are You Currently in a Reading Slump? No but I have just come out of one.
  2. When do you Usually have Reading Slumps and how Long do they Last For? I can have reading slumps at anytime and they generally occur when I am really not enjoying a book I started so I put it down. I don’t want to start another book in this situation as I haven’t finished the old one! Slumps can last anywhere from one week to three months for me – it depends how bad the book was that started it all.
  3. What are your Top Tips to Beat Reading Slumps? Go back to an author you know you really enjoy and that isn’t too much hard work. For instance I would never try a Stephen King book when trying to emerge from a slump as you have to work for those books. Normally I would read a light Chic Lit novel by Marian Keyes or Meg Cabot.

This is a really nice short simple tag (normally they have so many questions) and I tag you all to join. So do you get reading slumps? If so how do get out of them?

My To-Read List!

We all have them – a huge pile of books (or a large folder of them on your kindle) that we need to get to and here are mine:

  1. Doctor Sleep – for those that don’t know this is Stephen King’s follow on to the shining he explained in a recent interview that he always wanted to know what happened to the young boy years after the event. Well we are about to find out.
  2. Necessary Women and The Mean Time – These are two of Karin Slaughter’s short stories. Every single on available for order or pre-order I own I have found these stories to be interesting, engaging and very different to what we would normally expect from this amazing author.
  3. The rest of the Jack Reacher Series- I read somewhere that one of these books is meant to be bought every four seconds, no wonder these are outstanding! I have just finished book seven and cannot wait to continue.

doctor sleep

Thanks for reading what’s on your to read list? Tell me in the comments below.

Lots of Books To Donate…

I have gotten to a stage where although I love all of my paperbacks, since I have a kindle I don’t really need them. I plan to keep all my hardbacks and any ‘coffee table books’ but the rest I want to give away to a good cause, however I don’t know where I could take them.

I understand they may not be any good for my local library and I have no desire to see them collecting dust in a charity shop, so where should they go?

I would love some suggestions!