I’m all Jubileed out! In the last four days I’ve been to a food festival (with dancing sheep), eaten at a French market, taken Scully to a fun dog show (she didn’t win), walked an 8 mile walk (the hilly bit of the forest too) and socialised with the other half’s family.

View of New Forest from top of hill

Scully was not impressed that I tried to put her in the stocks at Minstead. She was more interested in getting to the pub opposite.

Labrador sat behind wooden stocks on village green

I signed up to 20 Books of Summer last week, so that’s my commitment to start posting more reviews. First I need to clear my NetGalleys, so expect them this week. I also shared the June releases on my radar.

I finally finished the audiobook of Theatre of Marvels by Lianne Dillsworth. While I appreciate the author centering a Victorian story on a woman of colour (yes there were black people in Victorian London), the main character was so naive. If she had lived a sheltered life I could have understood, but she grew up in the slums, was a daughter of a slave, worked in a seedy theatre and was sleeping with a Viscount.

I read The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson, which was an entertaining YA mystery. The link to Agatha Christie is quite weak, one character is a fan and there is a disappearance with a nod to the time Christie disappeared herself.


For the Jubilee I read The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett, a cosy mystery starring the Queen. I’m not the biggest fan of the cosy genre, but this at least felt like a reasonably realistic representation of the royal household, except for the bit where the Queen doesn’t trust the authorities to investigate a murder properly, so she investigates herself. This was my first Book of Summer, so I guess I’ll be writing more about it soon.

My second Book of Summer was Book Lovers by Emily Henry, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m definitely reaching for the lighter books right now.

New books acquired:

Single Bald Female by Laura Price (ebook)
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim (ebook)
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree (ebook)
Nothing But the Truth by the Secret Barrister (audiobook)