• The Word is Murder // Anthony Horowitz
    EN,  Fiction

    The Word is Murder // Anthony Horowitz

    Diana Cowper plans her own funeral and is murdered a few hours later. Can this be a coincidence? Such is the premise of The Word is Murder, a murder mystery by Anthony Horowitz, starring an unlikeable ex-detective named Hawthorne and…

  • A Skinful of Shadows // Frances Hardinge
    EN,  Fiction

    A Skinful Of Shadows // Frances Hardinge

    A Skinful Of Shadows is the story of Makepeace, who lives with her mother at her aunt’s place in a Puritan congregation, without knowing who or where her father is. In her sleep, Makepeace is haunted by ghosts – to…

  • The Woman in White // Wilkie Collins
    EN,  Fiction

    The Woman in White // Wilkie Collins

    A few years ago, back when Project Gutenberg was still accessible in Germany, I was on vacation and devoured Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone. I loved the drama and suspense and British society of that book so much that I put…

  • Beyond the Book,  EN

    Wrong Theories: The Silent Patient

    One of the pleasures of reading mysteries is trying to guess what the big secret is while you’re reading. I must admit that I’m notoriously bad at figuring out what will happen, but I’m very good at coming up with…

  • EN,  Fiction

    The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

    I rarely read bestselling or hot new novels, but for some reason, I decided to read The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, which is the talk of the day right now. The premise of the book is this: Alicia Berenson…

  • EN,  Fiction

    Capital by John Lanchester

    Money makes the world go round – this is very true and yet, many books gloss over the monetary aspects of life. Not Capital by John Lanchester: set shortly before and in the beginning of the financial crisis of 2008,…

  • Beyond the Book,  EN

    Pepys Road, London

    I am currently reading Capital by John Lanchester, and because it takes me so long to read it (my reading time is limited to 15 minutes on the train each morning and evening at the moment), I have plenty of…

  • EN,  Fiction

    Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

    The opening of Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch reminded me of the TV show “Pushing Daisies”, the middle was like someone threw all fantasy elements they could think of into a blender with a police TV show, and the…

  • EN,  Fiction

    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

    Disclaimer: I did not finish this book. Margaret really loves her country home in the south of England, but her father decides to give up his job and move to Milton, an industrial town in the north. Margaret has to…

  • EN,  Fiction

    The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

    A murder mystery, but not about the murder of Mrs Westaway. Harriet Westaway receives a letter from a solicitor informing her that she will inherit “something” from Mrs Westaway, an old, rich, dead lady, who is under the impression that…