Author Archive: Val Penny

Mother and Child by Annie Murray

I am delighted the Annie Murray has agreed to visit my blog as part of her Love Book Tours blog tour. It is for the publication of her novel, Mother and Child, published by Pan Macmillan. You can follow the whole tour. The author was born in Berkshire and read English at St John’s College, …

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Keep the Midnight Out by Alex Gray

Alex Gray is one of my ‘go to’ authors. I enjoy her DI William Lorimer series of crime novels very much over the years, so when I went to choose a book from my TBR pile recently, I chose Keep the Midnight Out. The story starts when Lorimer and his wife are on holiday. Lorimer …

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House of Grace by Patricia M Osborne

If you follow my blog, you will know that my preferred genre for novels is crime. However, you will also know that I do stray and I had heard such excellent things about this debut novel by Patricia M Osborne, House of Grace. House of Grace is the first novel in a family saga trilogy …

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Jack Janson and the Storm Caller by Andrew Marsh

I am delighted that my friend and fellow Swanwicker, Andrew Marsh has chosen to visit my blog to tell readers about his new book, published this month. Tell us all about it, Andrew. Thank you for including me on your blog. Val. I appreciate your support in helping me reach my audience. My new book …

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The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

The most recent book of the month in my book group was The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell. The author won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for her screenplay The Wedding Gift. Recently she took a break from screenwriting when she moved to LA with her two children. The Death of Bees is …

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Leaves by John Simmons

I am thrilled that John Simmons has agreed to visit with me as part of the blog tour by Love Book Tours about his novel Leaves published by Urbane Books. You can follow the whole tour. The Blurb Ophelia Street, 1970. A street like any other, a community that lives and breathes together as people …

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The Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson

I first met Peter Robinson almost ten years ago when I was studying crime writing at an Arvon Course in Moniack Mohr near Inverness in Scotland. he was a most instructive tutor and entertaining raconteur. I have since read many of his books and still consider his advice to be integral to my own crime …

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Archimimus by Clio Gray

Urbane Books has a marvellous new novel coming out by Clio Gray and the author has arranged a blog tour with Love Books Group and has agreed to visit me today. I am delighted. You can follow the full tour here: The Blurb Lukitt Bachman is waiting in his Lanterne de Mortes, a Tower of …

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Girl Zero by AA Dhand

I first met Amit Dhand last year at Swnawick Writers’ Summer School and was delighted to see him return in August to run a short course there. He also took part in an evening event with fellow crime writers, Simon Hall, Sophie Hannah and poet Alison Chisholm. Last year, I read, and reviewed on this …

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Being a Detective by Stuart Gibbon and Stephen Wade

Crime writers are, by the nature of their work, blessed with excellent imaginations. However, if you are writing a police procedural novel, you want the procedures to be as accurate as possible. Enter Stephen Wade and Stuart Gibbon with their new book Being a Detective. I am particularly pleased that Stuart Gibbon has taken time …

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