Guess Who by Chris McGeorge.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.

One murder; one room; 5 suspects.  Now there’s a promising description for an intense read! Continue reading Guess Who by Chris McGeorge.


This Idea Must Die – Edited by John Brockman.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.

There’s nothing like reading a popular science book to make you feel more worldly wise!  The Idea Must Die is a compilation of over 150 separate articles, by different contributors, arguing that certain scientific concepts are blocking progress and should be put to rest.  Continue reading This Idea Must Die – Edited by John Brockman.

Book App/Site of the Fortnight – BorrowBox.

BorrowBox is a great little app for reading e-books or listening to audiobooks for free with the aid of your local library.  You can browse, borrow and read or listen to your library’s e-books and audiobooks anywhere, and everywhere.  It’s available on Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Windows 10.

To use the BorrowBox service you must be based in the UK and be a registered member at a participating library. You can download e-books and mp3 files for a limited period and read/listen offline.  You can also reserve and renew books whenever you choose.  There’s a wide range of titles available – all bestsellers, and also some books available in the Welsh language.

Not Thomas by Sarah Gethin.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.

This is such a sad story I often struggled to bring myself to read it.  The novel is written as if it were a true story told by the central character, 5-year-old Tomos.  Tomos has just moved in with his birth mother, following a long period of foster care which came to an end when the foster parent died. Continue reading Not Thomas by Sarah Gethin.

Free & Cheap E-books.

HI folks! If you’re anything like me, you love to read e-books and pay next to nothing for them!  Here I’ve repeated a post from one of my previous book blogs about 3 ways to get free and cheap e-books.

  1. Freebooksy is a great website, where you can either search or browse for free e-books, or get email alerts, alerting you to the latest e-books available for free in your favorite genres.  It’s quick and easy to register for email alerts for books in your favorite genres – you just tell them what device you read from, what your favorite genres are, and whether you want to receive the emails daily or weekly.  Here you are also given the option to sign up for alerts on heavily discounted e-books.

Just about all of the e-books on are available for the Kindle, but several of them are also available for the Apple iBooks, Nook, or Kobo.

  1. Bookbub

Like Freebooksy, Bookbub sends you email alerts for e-books in your favorite genres.  Bookbub will send you recommendations for a mix of free and heavily discounted books.  Bookbub offers are available for Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play.

  1. Direct from Amazon

Amazon has deals on for Kindle books every single day.  If you shop by department and then go to Kindle e-readers and books, then Kindle books, you will find sections such as: Kindle deals, and Kindle daily deals.

Another way to get free or cheap e-books from Amazon, is simply to search by a keyword, and sort the results to get the cheapest at the top.  You’ll be surprised how many free or cheap books you can find this way!

The only caveat about free e-books is that sometimes when a book is advertised as free, it is sometimes the first in a series of books, and has a cliff-hanger ending, prompting you to spend on the second in the series.  But that isn’t always a bad thing!  Happy reading!

Book App/Site of the Fortnight – Bloodhound Books.

Bloodhound Books is an Indie publisher, specializing in thrillers, chillers, mystery, and crime.  If this is your genre, you’re bound to find something you like with them!  They often have special deals, and any book that takes your fancy can be downloaded straight to your Kindle (or Kindle app).  If you want to keep in the loop about their new releases, simply head over to the sign-up section of their Facebook page, Bloodhound Books Sign-Up, and a take a minute to sign up.  Alternatively, simply like and follow on Facebook.