My Favourite Reads of August 2019

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Welcome to My Favourite Reads for August 2019.

Between the Romance Writers of Australia conference (check out my piccies here), a road trip to South Australia and Eddie and the Show Queen’s release, I didn’t have a lot of reading time in August.

What I did manage was good though, with my favourite being…

Terminal by Michaelbrent Collings

Terminal by Michaelbrent Collings coverRegular readers know how much I love a good horror story and Michaelbrent Collings produces beauties. I really enjoyed The Deep (my thoughts on that here) and Darkbound (my thoughts here) but Terminal was a ripper.

Fantastically gory, Terminal focuses on a group of strangers who find themselves suddenly (and suspiciously) fog-bound in a bus terminal. Their night goes from average to weird, to downright terrifying in quite innovative ways.

I loved the characterisations in this. They were vivid and compelling, and every single person was carrying a secret that could play a major role in their survival.

Clever, thrilling and icky. What’s not to love?

As an aside, Michaelbrent Collings has a TED talk called Confessions of a Supervillain: The Psychosis of Lies. I found it entertaining, heartfelt and uplifting. Worth a look.


Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer coverMatters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer

If you love rural romance and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice then Matters of the Heart is is for you!

The Bennets are a hard-working Western Australian farming family. Daughter Lizzie, our heroine, runs the farm with enthusiasm and expertise. When Charles Bingley lands at Netherfield Park, the property next door, the district is abuzz. He and his friend Will Darcy certainly turn heads at the local dance but finding Will particularly unfriendly, Lizzie remains unimpressed.

How these two find their way to happiness is cleverly done. Fiona has reimagined Austen’s plot for a contemporary audience, flavouring it with her own voice and freshening it further with lots of the authentic rural life that her fans love.

Watch this sell its socks off!

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox coverThe Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

This was an enjoyable American-set historical novel with a nice Gothic atmosphere.

Hammered by scandal, the Montrose family flee their comfortable lives in Boston for their summer mansion. Despite its amenities, Willow hall is a far from happy place. It has secrets, as do the three Montrose girls, Catherine, Lydia and little Emmeline. As time passes, those secrets begin to emerge, threatening them all.

Besides the interesting story and lovely writing, The Witch of Willow Hall also featured a sweet romantic thread for extra goodness.

The Gilded Shroud by Elizabeth Bailey coverThe Gilded Shroud by Elizabeth Bailey

I have author buddy and regular Teaser Tuesday guest Anna Campbell to thank for putting me on to this one, and I’m glad she did because it was an easy, fun book perfect for reading while on the road.

The Gilded Shroud is the first in the Regency-era Lady Fan Mystery series and it’s an entertaining introduction. Ottilia Draycott has just started as companion to Dowager Lady Polbrook when the mistress of the house is found murdered. A strong woman, with excellent observation skills, Ottilia soon makes herself invaluable in the investigation, endearing herself to the family and the rather delicious Lord Francis Fanshawe.

One for cosy mystery fans!


What have you enjoyed reading lately?


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12 thoughts on “My Favourite Reads of August 2019

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathryn, thanks for the recommendations! I’m going to look for ‘The Gilded Shroud’. I’ve just finished the Frieda Klein novels by Nicci French – compelling reading but definitely to be read in order. Plus I’ve picked up Jane Harper’s second book ‘Force of Nature’ which is great so far. Then I’m hoping for a romance binge. Happy spring!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Happy sprint to you too, Annie! I’ve been hearing much about that Nicci French series and am going to have to investigate. Not that I need any more books. I’ve been on a buying binge lately and haven’t been counteracting it with a reading one. Ah well. Summer holidays coming up.
      Thanks for sharing!

  2. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Oh, I loved The Witch of Willow Hall as did April she adores anything to do with the Salem witches. I’m looking forward to reading Hester Fox’s next book I hope it’s as good as the Willow Hall one.

    I read some doozies last month and they were:

    The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
    Stories of my Life by Ray Martin – oh my gosh this was soooo good, it was that good that Steven is reading it.
    Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
    Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay
    Play by Kylie Scott
    Marge in Charge by Isla Fisher
    How Could She by Dana Fowley
    Sacking the Stork by Kris Webb and Kathy Wilson
    Cold Storage by David Koepp

    Every single book was brilliant but the standout one would be Ray Martin’s memoir.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wow! Your reading list was fantastic for August, Sue. I’m seriously impressed.
      I will have to look up what Hester Fox’s next book is now. Glad to see you reading a Kylie Scott. too. She’s fab. Which reminds me, I need to get onto her new one too.
      Thanks for sharing!

      1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

        Hehe, thanks Cathryn. I do love reading a variety of books. Yeah, Kylie Scott is awesome, hopefully soon I’ll be starting the third book in the Stage Dive series. I have them all at home except for one. We’re away at Tathra at the moment, staying at Frankie J. Holden’s caravan park – can tick that off my bucket list now. We’ve been here 9 days, back home tomorrow.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      And I can tell you how cool it is that you’ve dropped by to say ‘Hi’, Michaelbrent!
      I’m a fairly recent discoverer of your books and am having a ball with them. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks!

  3. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Cathryn, the Lady Fan books are great fun. So glad you enjoyed the first one. I had a great reading month. Like Annie, I ventured into the world of Nicci French. Loving Freda Klein and her circle. And I really enjoyed a certain Eddie and the Show Queen!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Thrilled to hear Eddie charmed you, Anna! I am really going to have to check out this Freda Klein series. I loved the Nicci French stand-alones I’ve read and you and Annie have said so much about them.

  4. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Oh, and also wanted to mention Slow Horses by Mick Herron which I just loved. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Did you put me onto this series? It’s something you’d enjoy I think. MI5 peeps and lots of intrigue, really great characters.

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