The Bullet that Missed (Thursday Murder Club #3). By Richard Osman

Back at Coopers Chase Retirement Village with the Thursday Murder Club and all their shenanigans: Elizabeth, the former spy; Joyce, the former nurse; former psychiatrist Ibrahim; and Ron, the famous trade union leader. They solve their crimes and we follow their detective work and learn a little bit more about each of them along the way. It was nice to be back in their company for a few days!

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spent the last week driving around Sussex immersed in the world of the Bridgertons as I listened to Rosalyn Landor beautifully relate the comings and goings of London Society. I see myself as the next Lady Whistledown, although commenting on the well to do society of Eastbourne in the 21st century doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Loved this ‘ Jane Austinesque’ world of society seasons, rakish charm and devilish smiles!

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Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi.

A narrative about the difficult relationship between a mother and her daughter. Themes of frustration and anger, sadness and loss. It was a typical Booker nomination- worthy and wordy. I listened to it- I wouldn’t have stayed with it had I been reading the book, but I quite liked driving and letting the words wash over me. It resonates with my relationship with my own mother:
‘…no way to baste her in guilt… she mostly can’t recall what I am talking about…’

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay.

My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Lemn Sissay’s memoirs of growing up in care. From the blurb it is about ‘neglect, misfortune and cruelty, but also hope, determination, triumph and creativity’.
Lemn was failed by the system, starting with his foster parents and ending with his final children’s home. It’s about everything that can be wrong about the care system.

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Lethal Keystrokes by John D. May.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing another guest post by author John D. May. As well as an author John is a programmer, medical doctor and singer. He is interested in the effects of technology in today’s world- how vastly different it is from that of twenty- thirty years ago. This was the reason behind his book Lethal Keystrokes.

Take it away John:

As a previous programmer at IBM, I know the vulnerability of the computer systems that we rely on every day. How well can our industries and governments protect us against digital saboteurs?

Lethal Keystrokes highlights America’s vulnerability to angry individuals with a driving desire to destroy it. While blending in with neighbors and friends, they plot against us, not only through traditional methods but even more frighting ones.

Lethal Keystrokes is a compelling look at America’s vulnerability to fanatics. It’s a contemporary thriller that you won’t be able to put down.” Anthony Furey Syndicated Columnist, National Post of Canada.