What I read in September 2021

Uncharacteristically late with my September round-up. Blame my broken brain! At least they were all good, though.

The Heron's Cry, The Seven Ages of Death, How to be Broken, The Devil You Know

The Heron’s Cry, by Ann Cleeves - 4.5*

The Seven Ages of Death: A Forensic Pathologist’s Journey Through Life, by Dr Richard Shepherd - fascinating, but sometimes the way he talks about people is a bit snobby. Why is it so surprising that someone who lives in poor quality housing is smart enough to conceal a murder? 4.5*

How to be Broken: The Advantages of Falling Apart, by Dr Emma Kavanagh - 4*

The Devil You Know: Stories of human cruelty and compassion, by Dr Gwen Adshead & Eileen Horne - 4.5*

The Dark Side of the Mind, A Corruption of Blood, To All the Living, Three Women

The Dark Side of the Mind: True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist, by Kerry Daynes - the dark humour absolutely made this for me. 5*

A Corruption of Blood, by Ambrose Parry - 4.5*

To All the Living, by Monica Felton - 4*

Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo - my pick for September’s Book Shelf Raiders. 4*

Looking ahead…

The Lighthouse Witches, Mary Swann, Dark Secrets, The Kingdoms

Okay, so I’ve read two of these in the past nine days… I can already confirm that The Kingdoms, by Natasha Pulley, and The Lighthouse Witches, by C. J. Cooke are very good, and actually have some fundamental things in common, but it’s hard to say what without spoilers! The Lighthouse Witches is for a blog tour, as is Dark Secrets, by Sally Rigby.

I really enjoyed reading a couple of Carol Shields books for previous blog tours, so when I realised two more books had come out with the new covers, I had to complete the set and will read at least one of them, Mary Swann, this month.

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