Books to Boost your Mood

Did you know that research shows reading can reduce stress, and improves mental well-being? It's yet another reason to love your library! The Reading Agency Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers and reading groups from across the country. If you are feeling stressed… Continue reading Books to Boost your Mood

The Interpretation of murder by Jed Rubenfeld

About the book The Interpretation of Murder' is an inventive tour de force inspired by Sigmund Freud's 1909 visit to America, accompanied by protege and rival, Carl Jung. Reviewed by Forest Arts The group enjoyed the descriptive passages concerning the building of New York. Not many sympathetic characters - plenty of corruption, even the coroner… Continue reading The Interpretation of murder by Jed Rubenfeld

In a dry season by Peter Robinson

About the book During a hot summer, drought has depleted Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering the remains of a small village called Hobb's End, hidden from view for over 40 years. A boy finds a human skeleton, and DCI Alan Banks sets out to uncover the murky past. Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger WI A detective story with… Continue reading In a dry season by Peter Robinson

Secrets of the tides by Hannah Richell

About the book The Tides are a family with dark secrets. Haunted by the events of one tragic day ten years ago, they are each, in their own way, struggling to move forwards with their lives. Can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you do manage to forgive and forget, how do… Continue reading Secrets of the tides by Hannah Richell

Home by Marilynne Robinson

About the book 'Home' takes up the story of the wayward son Jack who, after decades away, edgily and uneasily, but finally, returns home. He is the prodigal son and his family believe against all evidence, that if they love him enough, if they welcome him back, he will change and he will stay. Reviewed… Continue reading Home by Marilynne Robinson

End in tears by Ruth Rendell

About the book A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The driver behind is spared. But only for a while. Reviewed by Mulberry Reading Group Group very disappointed even Ruth Rendell fans didn't like it. Too many characters in a convoluted story,… Continue reading End in tears by Ruth Rendell

All quiet on the Western front by Erich Maria Remarque

About the book This story is told by a young soldier in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see the realities of war. Incidents are vividly described, but there is no sense of adventure, only the feeling of youth betrayed. Reviewed by The Page Turners Everyone should read… Continue reading All quiet on the Western front by Erich Maria Remarque

Bare bones by Kathy Reichs

About the book It's a summer of record-breaking heat in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dr Temperance Brennan is looking forward to her first vacation in years. But she's just out the door when the bones start appearing. Tempe must find the answers by teasing secrets from the bones - if only she can decipher them… Continue reading Bare bones by Kathy Reichs

Tide of death by Pauline Rowson

About the book It is DI Andy Horton's second day back in Portsmouth CID after being suspended for eight months. Whilst out running he trips over the naked and battered body of a man. Beset by personal problems and aided by Sergeant Cantelli, Horton sets out to find a killer who will stop at nothing… Continue reading Tide of death by Pauline Rowson