Hex Life

I love anything otherworldly, spooky, and supernatural. I live for Halloween and all things witchy all year round. When I heard about a collection of wicked witchcraft being brought to us by Rachel Autumn Deering, Christopher Golden, and Titan books at the beginning of my favourite month, I mean come on! And did I mention it’s gorgeous? Because it is. So beautiful.

Hex Life has tales of witch burning, of witches house – there’s one in every town, I bet you remember yours – and the widows who live there, momma’s who will do anything in their power for their children, tales of help to good to be true, of new gods and old religions. Each story as captioned bewitching as the last.

A beautiful blend of worlds and characters you know, Kelly Armstrong’s Otherworld, Rachel Caine’s Morganville, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Hellchaser, come together with new realms and realities to enchant you.

This has been one of my favourite reads this year. I gobbled each story up like a lost kid finding a gingerbread house in the woods.

Wonderland An Anthology

Within these pages you’ll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical, taking us from the nightmarish reaches of the imagination to tales that will shock, surprise and tug on the heart-strings.

So it’s time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking-glass or … But no, wait. By picking up this book and starting to read it you’re already there, can’t you see?

Wonderland, an anthology

I love a retelling. And Alice has been a story that catches the imagination of so many of us. There’s the fantastic wonderland realm, all the characters and adventures Alice encounters. One of the most fascinating things for me is that everyone finds a different twist, or moment, or character to draw from.

Wonderland is a collection of 19 Alice inspired short stories and poems. Ranging from historical to wild west to Japanese folklore to sci-fi, there is an Alice for everyone in this book. It was an absolute delight to experience each new Wonderland, every one becoming my a new favourite.

So grab your best teacup and be careful what you eat in Wonderland…

Invisible Blood

Invisible Blood is a collection of 17 never before seen crime stories compiled by Maxim Jakubowski.

All the Signs and Wonders – Denise Mina. Claire grew up hard. Now she has killed a man and she won’t say why.

The Washing – Christopher Fowler. Linda and her husband Miguel move to Spain, the washing tell the tale of her neighbours María.

Blood Lines – Stella Duffy. Pain, blood, and guilt.

Smile – Lee Child. Cameras in Heathrow airport watch as Jack Reacher works.

Fallen Woman – Mary Hoffman. A haunting by a woman in white.

Blood on the Galway Shore – Ken Bruen. Death, loss and revenge

#MeToo – Lauren Henderson. How long can you stand by and watching the casting couch claim victims? What would move you to help?

The Lifeguard – James Grady. The banker owns the town and everyone in it. But some people yearn for freedom.

The Ghost of Willamsburg – Jason Starr. Ghosting an internet date can have consequences.

Black Dog – Cathi Unsworth. Hellhounds and hauntings in hills.

Virginia Racer – Bill Beverly. How life changes after a bank robbery.

The Bell – Lave Tidhar. There’s nothing like a mother’s love.

Borrowed Time – R. J. Ellory. A promise to return to a Paris bookshop.

In The Belly of the Beast – Johana Gustawsson. A police interview is more than it seems.

In Advance of Death – A. K. Benedict. A writer receives a story of a life. Her life.

Yesterdays – John Harvey. The daughter of an old friend asks Charlie Resnick for help

Connecting the Dots – Jeffery Deaver. Evidence at the scene of the crime always leads to the killer. Doesn’t it?

Each story is a delicious bite sized mystery. Perfect for pool side lounging, or travelling around. I enjoyed them all. Like a buffet of crime I devoured Invisible Blood, and now have more favourites to looks out for!