Book Haul – week ended 2 Dec 2017

Well a much shorter list than last week and hopefully back on track with a weekly catch up.

Kindle Purchases


Rupee MillionairesRupee Millionaires by Frank Kusy

It is 1990, the heyday of Thatcher’s Britain, and a new decade is dawning. As London’s banks and stock-markets start filling up with young entrepreneurs called “yuppies”, a completely different type of wheeler-dealer – the world traveller merchant adventurer – is emerging on the other side of the world, in India.
Meet Frank and Spud, two such maverick tycoons, with one dream in common – to become rupee millionaires and to change the face of hippy-dippy fashion in the West forever.
First friends, then partners, then deadly enemies, this is the hilarious, true-to-life story of their eight-year roller-coaster ride from the bustling markets of London to the colorful bazaars of Delhi and Rajasthan. Only one of them will prevail. Who will it be?


Living on a RainbowLiving on a Rainbow by Calvin Wade

‘Living On A Rainbow’ is a story about mental health, bullying, growing up, battling against adversity but most of all it is a story about love. The love between a man and a woman. The love between a boy and his best friend. The love between a mother and her son and the love between a boy and his father.

Harry ‘H’ McCoy is not an ordinary boy and his life is not an ordinary life.



Falling for FlamencoFalling for Flamenco by Barry O’Leary

Can love exist between two young foreigners?
Flamenco dancer Mercedes craves to find a romantic guy who will treat her right. She’s sick of Sevillanos putting their mothers before her. She has always had a fascination with British guys, but she never expects one to show up while she is performing in a tablao, and turn her life upside down.

Genius guitarist Charlie isn’t planning on falling in love with a flamenco dancer. In fact, he wants to steer clear of girls, so he can focus on his dream of becoming a flamenco guitarist in Seville, Spain.

But love always comes along when you least expect it.

Will Charlie rise to the challenge of becoming a flamenco guitarist and win the heart of Mercedes?

Will Mercedes go against her father’s wishes and risk breaking up her family?


Hand of Strange ChildrenThe Hand of Strange Children by Robert Richardson

On the morning of 27 December, newspapers around the country recieve the following Press Association Report: Police investigating the discovery of two bodies in Hertfordshire house.

Details trickle in: the house belongs to wealthy merchant banker Charles Stansfield; present are well-known news editor Richard Barlow and members of his family.

But the victims identities are withheld. Who are they? Why has a family gathering exploded into violence and death? Through their individual voices the lives of Richard, Tim and Naomi Barlow and their mother, Florence, unfold and a shocking crime comes to light – one that has gone undetected and unpunished, culminating in a double-killing a quarter of a century later.


Extraordinary Life of Frank Derrick age 81The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Aged 81 by J B Morrison

Frank Derrick is eighty-one. And he’s just been run over by a milk float.

It was tough enough to fill the hours of the day when he was active. But now he’s broken his arm and fractured his foot, it looks set to be a very long few weeks ahead. Frank lives with his cat Bill (which made more sense before Ben died) in the typically British town of Fullwind-on-Sea. He watches DVDs, spends his money frivolously at the local charity shop and desperately tries to avoid cold callers continually knocking on his door.

Then a breath of fresh air comes into his life in the form of Kelly Christmas, home help. With her little blue car and appalling parking, her cheerful resilience and ability to laugh at his jokes, Kelly changes Frank’s extra ordinary life. She reminds him that there is a world beyond the four walls of his flat and that adventures, however small, come to people of all ages.


LifewallaLifewall by Nina Joshi Ramsey

Dilkhush returns to the hometown where a gas disaster killed thousands. Those in charge at the time are back. She is sent there to give and get forgiveness, but vengeance surfaces. From the moment she gets off the bus, the past rushes in, and a mysterious chain of events unravels. Allies emerge, including a wise old owl, a master of bargains, a disaster entrepreneur, and an enigmatic supporter. But a powerful nemesis also appears. Dilkhush scours the depths of her soul for answers. How is she to know that the present would rush at her with startling revelations and brutal secrets? Yet, these could also liberate her for a rebirth.

Lifewalla is an unforgettable portrait of loss and pain. It is a deeply moving story of the humanity that could be experienced in a family of strangers. A story of the instinct to grapple for a child’s survival, with indestructible hope.


Travels with MaggieTravels with Maggie by Pat Bean

Travels with Maggie by Pat Bean is a book about one woman’s fulfillment of a dream that began when she was 10 years old. It chronicles a 7,000-mile RV journey, mostly on backroads, through 23 states and Canada. The odyssey begins in May of 2006 from a daughter’s home in Arkansas, and ends in time for Thanksgiving at another daughter’s home in Texas. Bean’s writing brings a much-needed feminine voice to the world of such travel writer greats as John Steinbeck, William Least Heat Moon, Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson and Charles Kuralt. Travels with Maggie is also the story of a woman’s relationship with her canine companion, and it’s a story about chasing birds across America by a fledgling birdwatcher. The book is written in such a way that readers can follow the author’s adventures on a map – or in their own vehicle. While a realist who sees the changes that have taken place across America, the author prefers to look for their silver lining. “Change is change, sometimes good and sometimes bad, but mostly a combination.” Calling herself a wondering-wanderer, Bean asks many questions as she travels. Sometimes there are no answers, but always there is enlightenment.


Woman at 72 Derry LaneThe Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington

On a leafy suburban street in Dublin, beautiful, poised Stella Greene lives with her successful husband, Matt. The perfect couple in every way, Stella appears to have it all. Next door, at number 72 however, lives Rea Brady. Gruff, bad-tempered and rarely seen besides the twitching of her net curtains, rumour has it she’s lost it all…including her marbles if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.

But appearances can be deceiving and when Stella and Rea’s worlds collide they realise they have much in common. Both are trapped in a prison of their own making.

Has help been next door without them realising it?


Christmas at the Little Clock House on the GreenChristmas at the Little Clock House on the Green by Eve Devon

Welcome back to the village of Whispers Wood where Christmas magic is in the air…

After giving his heart last year only to have it given away the very next day, Jake Knightley is opting out of Christmas—permanently! But then a beautiful new village arrival sets mayhem in motion, upsetting all his carefully laid plans.

Emma Danes has said goodbye to Hollywood and will do anything to help make the clock house a success, even working closely with the tempting Mr Knightley.

Now, as snow starts to fall and romance starts to bloom, Emma and Jake may just find themselves repeating Whispers Wood history beneath the mistletoe…


Ghost FieldsThe Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths (Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 7)

When DCI Harry Nelson calls Ruth Galloway in to investigate a body found inside a buried fighter plane, she quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn’t possibly be the pilot. DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea.

Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk’s deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger remaining Blackstocks.

Then human bones are found on the farm and, as the greatest storm Norfolk has seen for decades brews in the distance, another Blackstock is attacked. Can the team outrace the rising flood to find the killer?


Did you find anything to tempt you? If so Happy Reading x



  1. Of course I’m immediately drawn to the mysteries but The Extra Ordinary Life looks quite charming. I love those sort of books! I’m really looking forward to hearing what you have to say when you’ve read that one.

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  2. Hi Jill,

    Of these I have read Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths. If you have not read any off the Ruth Galloway series I recommend reading them in order – I think the first one is called Crossing Places. As with any series it can get a bit creaky as it goes on trying to sustain the characters but I like the characters and the archaeological setting for some. They are better written and less formulaic than Kate Ellis and her Wesley Peterson series (which also features archaeology) although I have whiled away many a happy hour reading them too.

    Love Linda xxx >

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