The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

‘Drowning in the North Atlantic three weeks after his leave, Walter had a vivid recollection of Sophy weeping in the train. He opened his mouth to shout for Polly and drowned that much quicker.’ As this extraordinary short passage shows, The Camomile Lawn is not a soft touch. A story about war, from the perspective of…

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier suffers from being a popular writer who is also female. If you write well, people buy your novels and there are actual – like – stories to read in them, then you are probably not going to find yourself as a fully-paid up member of The Canon. And if you’re a woman, you must write women’s books. The…

The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude

 The weather can be variable in Cornwall in August, but at least you are not lying dead in your home with a bullet through your forehead. Julius Tregarthan of Boscawen village is, however, and Reverend Dodd is determined to find out whodunit. From the title onwards, The Cornish Murder Mystery has the air of a slightly more grown…