Birthday Gifts!


There was a book in this beautiful little gift bag – see below.*


Yesterday was my birthday – these are some of the gifts I received, including a little pile of books. From top to bottom they are:

  • Historical Noir: the Pocket Essential Guide to Fiction, Film and TV by Barry Forshaw – a reference book that will keep me informed about historical and not so historical sleuths. One to dip into frequently, I suspect. (*This was the book in the gift bag.)
  • The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I loved her first book, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, so I’m expecting (hoping) this will be just as fascinating.
  • I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May – one of my favourite authors, writing such richly descriptive books. This is set in the Outer Hebrides, like his Lewis Trilogy.
  • Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – a new-to-me author, so not sure what to expect, but Ian Rankin is quoted on the back cover: Great hook and the book lives up to it. I hope so.
  • The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine – another new-to-me author. Another book set in the Outer Hebrides, set in a crumbling estate with a century-old secret, historical fiction set in 2010  and in 1910, described as ‘An echo of Daphne du Maurier‘.
  • Origin by Dan Brown – I know lots of people criticise his writing but I find his books entertaining. I’ve read a few and whilst they are formulaic and not great literature I have enjoyed them – pure escapism!

12 thoughts on “Birthday Gifts!

  1. A very happy birthday to you, Margaret! How wonderful to get books. I never get books. No one ever know what to get me in that regard (well, occasionally my daughter will get me a couple) and they all think I have enough books. Ha! The flowers are gorgeous and so is the purse. And a step DVD and stepper? You’ll have to tell us how that goes. 😉


  2. Happy Birthday! The Barry Forshaw book sounds great – I hope you’ll review it. And I haven’t read that Steve Cavanagh, but I did read one of his others, The Defence, and enjoyed it – an entertaining romp of a thriller! Enjoy! 😀


  3. A belated happy birthday! What a great stash. I love reading books set on Scottish islands (our favourite holiday destinations too!), and am also planning to read Origin for the same reasons as you. 🙂


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