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The TV Book Club Summer Read

Having had the chance to sit in on a recording of The TV Book Club earlier this year when Michael Robotham’s ‘Bleed for Me’ was up for discussion, I am pleased to report that the show is back for a Summer Read and this time, Crime Fiction Fans, there are two crime titles amongst a generally cracking selection of books.

I shall be reviewing all the titles here on the blog over the coming weeks, so come on and join in, watch the show, and read, just read….

The original TV Book Club is back, boasting a short list of authors who include a major motion picture writer and producer, Sweden’s top selling writer and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

The eight selected titles in this Summer’s series will be reviewed on a weekly basis as part of the TV Book Club’s Summer Read strand, which recommends books perfect for holiday getaways. The series will commence on More4 from Sunday 26th June, with repeats on Channel 4. New to this run are exclusive profile interviews with of some the world’s biggest authors including Philip Pullman, Ken Follett, Jackie Collins, Joanne Harris, Jilly Cooper and Jacqueline Wilson.

Funded by Specsavers, the TV Book Club sees presenters Jo Brand, Dave Spikey, Laila Rouass, Ade Edmondson, Meera Syal and Rory McGrath invite viewers to read along as they discuss one title per week, with contributions from local reading groups around the country. Last series picks all enjoyed success including ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue which the show catapulted to No1 for three consecutive weeks.

The chosen titles in the Summer series are:

Week One:  The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

Week Two:  Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane 

Week Three: A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Week Four: Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Week Five: The Book Of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric

Week Six: The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg 

Week Seven: The Radleys by Matt Haig

Week Eight: Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson

Of particular note for regular readers of this blog will be the two crime titles highlighted in bold above:

Dennis Lehane is best known as the author behind Shutter Island, the psychological thriller adapted into a movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Boston born Lehane’s credits also include a stint as staff writer on hit series The Wire.

Camilla Läckberg meanwhile has achieved critical acclaim for her crime novels, and has been hailed as Sweden’s best selling novelist.



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Dead Men’s Socks by David Hewson

A great introduction for anyone unfamiliar with David Hewson’s fantastic body of work and a nice little addition to those of us who already have a bookshelf of his novels.

Dead Men’s Socks is a bargain Quick Read paperback or download in which the author has conveniently managed to lose a few major characters to give centre stage to one, Peroni, and this clever and somewhat witty tale of murder, mystery and men’s hosiery.

It’s a sweltering July morning when Peroni finds himself teamed with Di Capula as they investigate the apparent murders of two men in the absence of regular head of forensics, Teresa Lupo (at a conference), Leo Falcone (on holiday) and Nic Costa (on an airport security drill).

The two men seem in many ways unconnected, one a eminent psychiatrist and the other a small time crook and traveller.

But, there is one detail the men appear to share…..their socks.

A cracking short read, full of all the hallmarks of a much bigger David Hewson novel and a satisfying lunchtime snack that sits well alongside his larger Rome-based banquets.

Grab yourself some Dead Men’s Socks in a bookstore or head over to download from Amazon as fast as your own little feet can carry you.



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