Buried Under Books

REVIEW: ‘How Not to Die’ by Michael Greger M.D.

Everyone knows that we should eat 5 fruits / vegetables a day to protect our health – but that’s not true. The real figure, arrived at through considerable research, is 9, but public health messengers decided that the public didn’t want to hear that – it wasn’t a figure they would consider realistic or achievable […]

REVIEW: ‘Songs by Dead Girls’ by Lesley Kelly

Imagine that a novel virus caused chaos and led to significant restrictions on public movement and… Oh. Hello Covid-19! No need to imagine the government crackdown or the population’s reactions. But actually, that just makes ‘Songs by Dead Girls’, first published in 2018, EVEN BETTER because it’s so perfectly pitched. Now I don’t mean that […]

REVIEW: ‘The Silence of the Sea’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Loved the premise; loved the outcome; loved the atmosphere. ‘The Silence of the Sea’ is apparently Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s sixth novel featuring lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir, but it worked perfectly well as a standalone. I like a story where the main focus is on the current investigation, rather than on the protagonist’s current life issues, and this […]

REVIEW: ’56 days’ by Catherine Ryan Howard

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead. I loved this premise. Even better? I thoroughly enjoyed the execution too and devoured this book over the course of just a few days. What’s it about? When Covid-19 reaches Ireland and lockdown looms, a tentative couple who’ve only been on two […]

REVIEW: ‘The Strange Case of Harriet Hall’ by Moray Dalton

‘The reading public enjoys murders.’ So reflects a detective assigned to investigate a particular murder. Harriet Hall’s murder is certainly one the local press enjoy when the inquest reveals a rather sensational fact about the victim. But who is Harriet? And why should we care that she’s been murdered? What’s it about? Miss Amy Steer […]