Peter Donnelly


Interview with Jane Corry – Author of I Looked Away

June 24, 2019
Interview with Jane Corry Book Cover Interview with Jane Corry
Author Interviews
Peter Donnelly
The Reading Desk
June 27, 2019


Author Bio

Jane has been writing stories ever since she learned to read as a young child. English was her favourite subject at school and books were a great escape. She used to hide away in corners with books which she borrowed from the library and also from her parents’ bookshelves. Many of them were probably quite unsuitable but she devoured them anyway! 

Jane read English at Reading University and then trained as a journalist with the Thomson Newspaper Graduate Training Scheme. After that, she went on to write for various magazines including Drapers Record, Parents and Woman’s Own before turning freelance when she became a regular contributor to The Times, Daily Telegraph and many other publications. After her first marriage ended, she took a job as a writer in residence of a high-security male prison which gave her a darker voice!  

Now she is a full-time Penguin novelist although Jane is also a hands-on grandmother. Jane writes Diary Of A Modern Granny in the online version of My Weekly magazine. To download free, click here. She lives by the sea with her second husband and loves wild water swimming, tennis, walking and reading - as well, of course, writing!


“I’ve always wanted to live by the sea but it took me several years to get here! Now I run along the seafront every morning and swim (in a wet suit) for about seven months of the year. I love watching the tide going in and out. Near my desk, I have a sign that says ‘By the sea, all worries wash away’. The water inspires my writing. I often find I get ideas as I walk along the beach with our dog.”


Peter: Jane, I have read a few of your books over the years and it was a pleasure to get the opportunity of reading ‘I Looked Away’ prior to…

Crime Mystery Thriller

I Looked Away – Jane Corry

June 23, 2019
I Looked Away Book Cover I Looked Away
Jane Corry
Penguin UK
June 27, 2019

THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HUSBAND'S WIFE AND THE DEAD EX Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anyone else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband's affair. But he swears it's over now, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she's got. Then one day, while she's looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And just for a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. What happens next will change her life forever. Because Ellie is hiding something in her past. And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder . . . JANE CORRY - QUEEN OF THE TWISTY THRILLER: 'Fearsomely good' Nicci French 'Compulsive, edgy and with some fabulous twists that I didn't see coming!' B A Paris 'Beautifully written...The Dead Ex totally hooked me' Peter James 'Fans of psychological thrillers will be hooked after the first page' Closer 'Psychological thriller writing at its very best' SD Sykes 'Few writers can match Jane Corry in her compelling portrayals of damaged women and their dangerous liaisons' Cara Hunter, author of Close To Home


I Looked Away is a wonderfully crafted and absorbing psychological thriller from the very talented Jane Corry. The novel is cleverly plotted where you know there’s a major twist coming…

Crime Mystery

Started Early, Took My Dog – Kate Atkinson

June 18, 2019
Started Early, Took My Dog Book Cover Started Early, Took My Dog
Kate Atkinson
Brodie, Jackson (Fictitious character)
Random House

A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a shocking impulse purchase. That one moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn. Witnesses to Tracy's outrageous exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie, who has returned to his home county in search of someone else's roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished.

Kate Atkinson’s fourth book in the Jackson Brodie series, Started Early, Took My Dog is another intriguing crime mystery novel that illustrates just how wonderful her characterisations and plotting are. What…

Crime Mystery Thriller

Black Summer – M.W. Craven

June 17, 2019
Black Summer Book Cover Black Summer
Washington Poe
M. W. Craven
Detective and mystery stories
June 20, 2019

'Dark, sharp and compelling' PETER JAMES 'Fantastic' MARTINA COLE 'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' MATT HILTON 'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent' DAVID MARK ______________________ After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . . Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He's currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe. So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career. Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time? And then Elizabeth goes missing again - and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe. Praise for Black Summer: 'I cannot recall the last time I binge read a novel in 36 hours . . . truly mind-blowing' A. A. Dhand 'Washington Poe - a rising giant in detective fiction' Alison Bruce 'I loved this book!' Jo Jakeman 'A twisty thriller with a killer plot, backed up by solid research with characters you'll want to keep spending time with' Ed James 'One of the best British crime novels I've read in a long time. It's a great, brilliantly researched plot, not so much a whodunnit, more how the hell can that be? Simply an unputdownable page-turner' Nick Oldham 'Black Summer grabs you from the very first page. A dark and brilliantly twisted crime thriller, bringing back the inimitable Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw. You have to leave your fingerprints all over it.' Colin Falconer 'Dark and twisted in all the right places. Poe is a great mix of compelling, complex & charismatic, and well on his way to becoming one of the standout characters in crime fiction' Robert Scragg 'A book that shines with tension, wit and invention' William Shaw 'In Tilly and Poe, MW Craven has created a stand-out duo who are two of the most compelling characters in crime fiction in recent years. They deserve to join the ranks of Holmes and Watson, Rebus and Clarke, Hill and Jordan . . .' Fiona Cummins 'Dark, thrilling and unputdownable with sharply drawn characters that stride off the page' Victoria Selman


Black Summer is the eagerly awaited second book in the Washington Poe series, from Mike Craven. It is an outstanding return for Poe and his colleague, Tilly Bradshaw, in a…

Nonfiction Short Stories

Weirder War Two – Richard Denham

June 16, 2019
Weirder War Two: More Strange Facts, Unsolved Mysteries and Tall Tales from the Second World War Book Cover Weirder War Two: More Strange Facts, Unsolved Mysteries and Tall Tales from the Second World War
Richard Denham
Fun Facts
June 4, 2019

Did a Warner Bros. cartoon prophesize the use of the atom bomb? Did the Allies really plan to use stink bombs on the enemy? Why did the Nazis make their own version of Titanic and why were polar bear photographs appearing throughout Europe?

The Second World War was the bloodiest of all wars. Mass armies of men trudged, flew or rode from battlefields as far away as North Africa to central Europe, from India to Burma, from the Philippines to the borders of Japan. It saw the first aircraft carrier sea battle, and the indiscriminate use of terror against civilian populations in ways not seen since the Thirty Years War. Nuclear and incendiary bombs erased entire cities. V weapons brought new horror from the skies: the V1 with their hideous grumbling engines, the V2 with sudden, unexpected death. People were systematically starved: in Britain food had to be rationed because of the stranglehold of U-Boats, while in Holland the German blockage of food and fuel saw 30,000 die of starvation in the winter of 1944/5. It was a catastrophe for millions.

At a time of such enormous crisis, scientists sought ever more inventive weapons, or devices to help halt the war. Civilians were involved as never before, with women taking up new trades, proving themselves as capable as their male predecessors whether in the factories or the fields. 

The stories in this book are of courage, of ingenuity, of hilarity in some cases, or of great sadness, but they are all thought-provoking - and rather weird. So whether you are interested in the last Polish cavalry charge, the Blackout Ripper, Dada, or Ghandi’s attempt to stop the bloodshed, welcome to the Weirder War Two!


Weirder War Two: More Strange Facts, Unsolved Mysteries and Tall Tales from the Second World War is a continuation from the first book with 101 new facts and tales. ‘Weirder’…