A lesson in love and murder – Rachel McMillan

This book was received as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review The moment I saw the cover of this book I knew I just had to read it. The beautiful almost maroonish-brown background with the beautiful calligraphy and vintage motifs was something I absolutely adored. Also, it proclaimed the novel’s genre pretty clearly, I thought, in an extremely subtle and stylish … Continue reading A lesson in love and murder – Rachel McMillan

Black Mail – Neville Steed

This book was received through the kind offices of NetGalley and Endeavour Press in exchange of an honest review In the second and final installment in the John Black series, John is presented with that most frustrating of crimes – blackmail. John’s girlfriend/almost fiancé, Tracy, is off on a boating holiday with some family friends and he is left to solve this mystery pretty much … Continue reading Black Mail – Neville Steed

Three Weeks to Wed – Ella Quinn

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review This is the story of Lady Grace Carpenter and her tortured love affair with the Earl of Worthington. So, when she first came out, Grace had a crush on the debonair Earl who, unfortunately, like most young men was not interested in women-the marrying kind that is. Now, after so many years when she bumps … Continue reading Three Weeks to Wed – Ella Quinn

Black Eye – Neville Steed

ARC provided by Endeavour Press and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review  When I first came across this title at Net Galley, I wasn’t really impressed. Black eye sounded like a reference to some pugilistic physical confrontation or possibly some kind of ancient precious stone with a curse on it (after all, it was drafted in the mystery section). Well, I was wrong … Continue reading Black Eye – Neville Steed

All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr

Palampur Book Club read for February 2016 Books that boast of having won great and prestigious prizes and awards have more often than not left me wishing I could have loved/appreciated them more. As I read gushing reviews for these books and find reader after reader appreciating them I tend to retreat into my shell and let it all blow over with a distinct feeling … Continue reading All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr

The Summer Before the War – Helen Simonsen

The Summer before the War is a story set in a small English East Sussex village just before the first world war. A perfect romantic setting for a story that is equal parts touching and lovingly crafted. Helen Simonsen is famous for her much acclaimed earlier work called Major Pettigrew’s last stand, which I have unfortunately not read and was therefore pleasantly surprised with this … Continue reading The Summer Before the War – Helen Simonsen

For love and Honour – Anand Ranganathan

This book was sent to me by Bloomsbury India in exchange of an honest review For love and Honour is a heavy title. It predisposes one to expect great things from the pages that follow.  Plus, when you bring in the very tantalizing prospect of an Army Officer as the main protagonist you have effectively hooked an army brat into reading the book with unbridled … Continue reading For love and Honour – Anand Ranganathan

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley

Oh, Beautiful Book covers, so few and far between, As fleeting in the market as the decisions of an confused teen! After many days there is once again a beautiful book cover to gush about. After all, the title of the book has ‘watchmaker’ and ‘filigree’ in it. It would be pretty hard to get that wrong.  The watch peeps out of a cutout in … Continue reading The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley

Musing Mondays (9th February) and the January Random House Book-Bag

Two posts in one just shows how frugal we Indians can be – when it suits us. So, this Musing Monday is about the books I received from Random House India this weekend. The security guy in my building was so chuffed to be finally able to present me with my parcel on Saturday evening before I asked him one more time whether ‘My Parcel … Continue reading Musing Mondays (9th February) and the January Random House Book-Bag