two very good reads in September

Two very good books I want to share with you today.

“the truth about melody browne” – Lisa Jewell.

(text from back cover)

When she was nine years old, Melody Browne’s house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and old Christmas card with it.  But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, it took all her memories too – Melody can remember nothing before her ninth birthday.

Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a small flat in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son.  She’s made a good life for them both and she likes it that way.

Until one night, something extraordinary happens.  Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years, she faints – and when she comes round she starts to remember.  At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood.  But with every mystery she solves, another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears.  And Melody begins to wonder if she’ll ever know the truth about her past . . . 

This is only the second novel by Lisa Jewell I’ve read (the first one being “the house we grew up in” which I thoroughly enjoyed).  And after devouring “The truth about Melody Browne” I think it’s safe to say, I’m a Lise Jewell fan!  So well-written!   The chapters flit between Melody’s current life and her early childhood, so the reader actually learns more about Melody’s past as the novel progress than she does.  However Ms Jewell knows how to keep up the suspense and while we do learn about Melody’s early years we still have to keep on reading until the adult Melody can finally piece everything together.

It was a real page-turner.  I wanted to give little Melody a big cuddle, many a time and tell her that everything would be all right.  This is definitely a novel I’ll be keeping on my bookshelves and reading again.  Even though I now know the truth, I’ll want to re-read simply because it was a lovely tale.  A 5 star book for me.

The second very good read I enjoyed this month was something completely different.

“The Undead Mr Tenpenny” by Tammie Painter.  It’s number one in the Cassie Black trilogy.

(text from back cover)

Cassie Black works at a funeral home.  She’s used to all manner of dead bodies.  What she’s not used to is them waking up.  Which they seem to be doing on a disturbingly regular basis lately.

Just when Cassie believes she has the problem under control, the recently-deceased Busby Tenpenny insists he’s been murdered and claims Cassie might be responsible thanks to a wicked brand of magic she’s been exposed to.  The only way for Cassie to get her life back to normal is to tame her magic and uncover Mr Tenpenny’s true killer.

Simple right?  Of course not.  Because while Cassie works on getting her newly-acquired magic sorted, she’s blowing up kitchens, angering an entire magical community, and discovering her past is more closely tied to Busby Tenpenny than she could have ever imagined.


What can I say say?  I loved this book!  I’ve read it twice already  and laughed just as much the second time as I did the first.  I’m giving it 5 stars and I’ll be buying the next two in the trilogy.   I prefer “real” paper version books so I bought my copy on @m@zon (in stock even on French @m@zon). It’s also available on kindle and in the googlestore.   Be warned, if you read this one, chances are, you’ll want to read the rest of the trilogy.

You’ll need to have some knowledge of the world of Harry Potter in order to get some of the jokes, but since I know my HP inside out, nothing slipped past me.  Cassie, despite being an introvert and socially inept, is such a likeable character, with a quick wit and quick reflexes.  Ms Painter had me page turning late into the night, and left me with a big grin on my face, especially with the very last paragraph! (no sneak peeking if you decide to buy it!)  I can’t wait to read the next two:  “The Uncanny Raven Winston” and “The Untangled Cassie Black”.

Tammie Painter runs a blog, where you can find out more about her writings, and even enjoy some of her short stories for free.





12 thoughts on “two very good reads in September

  1. They don’t sound quite up my alley, if you know what I mean, but you obviously loved them both – your enthusiasm shines through your post. So much so that I might even give one a try one of these days.

    • I did! Loved them both ^^
      You can read the first chapter of both with the @m@zon “look inside” thing to get a better idea as to whether they’re up your alley or not ^^

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  3. I enjoyed Mr Tenpenny too, and intend to buy the next two. Like you I much prefer the real thing. I bought mine through my local bookshop. I just needed the ISBN, which Tammie has on her blog. I have put your other recommendation on my list.

  4. Thank you! I will see what the library has got – it is lovely to try a new author even if, n the end, they don’t work for me. And my local library is now fully open – no need to book to go in – bliss.

    • after Anne’s recommendation, I had a “look inside” on @m@zon of “a man called Ove” and to be honest, I don’t think that’s quite up my street.

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