Book reviews: Two books by authors who had bestselling debut novels

It is often said that everyone has one book in them, but having written a bestseller, is it possible for an author to write a second great book or even a third?

A Haunting at Holkham: from the author of the bestselling memoir Lady in Waiting

Book reviews: Two books by authors who had bestselling debut novels
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This is Lady Glenconner’s third book, and much like Murder on Mustique, it draws on her own life story. A Haunting at Holkham is a mystery story and gives an insight into Lady Glenconner’s life, growing up at Holkham Hall during WWII.

Grace and I are great fans of Lady Glenconner because whilst it may appear that she has had a very privileged life, she has also experienced great distress, having lost two of her children. She is now 89 years old, so to start writing when in her eighties is another remarkable achievement by this gloriously, feisty and warm lady.

If you are interested in Holkham Hall and know this area of Norfolk, you will enjoy this book. I thought it was a good plot and was well-written – the perfect read for a winter weekend.

It is unusual to call a mystery thriller charming, but this book has charm in bucketloads.

For our review of Anne Glencooner’s first book, Lady in Waiting, click HERE.

The Man who Died Twice: from Richard Osman, the bestselling author of The Thursday Murder Club

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This is Richard Osman’s second book, and as so many of us loved his first book, I wondered if he could do it again, and I think he has. He has 79% five* reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately, this book will not be nominated for the Booker prize; however, not every enjoyable book is award-winning. It will, however, give lots of joy to people who enjoy the author’s observations on life, particularly people of a mature age.

Following the massive success of The Thursday Murder Club, his superannuated sleuths appoint themselves to solve a case of double murder, mobsters and stolen diamonds while bringing down a drug dealer and mugger along the way.

It’s a delightfully fun read, and quite honestly, whatever our reading list is, we can always enjoy some lighthearted nonsense.

For our review of Richard Osman’s first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, click HERE.

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