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The Ghost TreeThe Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed 'The Ghost Tree', and found the time slip narratives very effective. The idea of unfinished business from past lives impacting present lives was well-handled, and Andrew Farquhar was a truly chilling villain. But I felt the novel could have been shorter; its length detracted from the tension.

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The Stranger DiariesThe Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed The Stranger Diaries. The three narrative perspectives complemented one another well, and interspersing with extracts from the Gothic short story heightened the tension. I've enjoyed all Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series, but hope she goes on to write more standalone novels after this.

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How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thoroughly enjoyed 'How the Light Gets In.' Ganache is a great character, and all the characters are very well drawn. I can picture the residents of Three Pines very clearly with all their idiosyncrasies! The book was full of suspense and tension, and there was a real sense of the battle between good and evil which made for a fitting Easter read. My only criticism is that I felt the murder investigation was rather neglected later on, so the solution was an anti-climax. But otherwise an excellent page turner.

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A Perfect MarriageA Perfect Marriage by Alison Booth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'A Perfect Marriage' is a compelling read. The irony of the title is soon apparent, as we learn how Sally Lachlan's early marriage unravelled.

The time slip element is very effective. We move between the present where Sally is hoping for a new start with attractive geneticist Anthony Blake, and fielding questions from her daughter Charlie about what happened to her father, and the past where the dark truth about her marriage is gradually and shockingly revealed. It's an emotional story, and I found myself desperately hoping Sally would have another chance for her 'happy ever after.'

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Dear Mrs BirdDear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Dear Mrs Bird' was a delight from start to finish. The characters were very engaging, and the comedy heightened the tragic elements of World War 2 London. I loved Emmeline for her optimism and gutsy can do attitude. Mrs Bird herself was a wonderful comic creation. My one quibble was that I wasn't entirely convinced by Bunty's reactions later in the novel (without giving too much away)! But I would thoroughly recommend the book, and appreciated its fresh take on London in the Blitz.

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Gillian Poucher is the author of intriguing debut novel After the Funeral, now available to buy. So what's it about? "Julia Butler finds her life unravelling when a stranger at her mother's funeral hints at a disturbing family secret. Along with her partner's infidelity and the prospect of a childless future, she's near breaking point. But the discovery of her mother's diary reveals how a war-time love affair had a devastating impact on three generations of women. The diary gives Julia the strength she needs to make peace with those around her, and with the ghosts from her past."

The novel is partly inspired by the city of Lincoln and neighbouring villages and Lincolnshire’s aviation history. Most of the novel is set in Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

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After the Funeral Book Launch with Author Gillian Poucher

Lincolnshire based novelist Gillian Poucher will be launching her debut novel in April. Date: Saturday 13th April 2019. Time: 10.30am-12noon. Location: Gainsborough United Reformed Church, Church Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 2JR

The event will include reading, book signing and a Q&A session.

What's the synopsis of After the Funeral?

"Julia Butler finds her life unravelling when a stranger at her mother's funeral hints at a disturbing family secret. Along with her partner's infidelity and the prospect of a childless future, she's near breaking point. But the discovery of her mother's diary reveals how a war-time love affair had a devastating impact on three generations of women. The diary gives Julia the strength she needs to make peace with those around her, and with the ghosts from her past. Most of the novel is set in Lincolnshire and Norfolk. The novel is partly inspired by the city of Lincoln and neighbouring villages and Lincolnshire’s avia…

After the Funeral Launch Event

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the book launch of 'After The Funeral' on April 13th. A very special morning. Here are some photos from the launch:





There are two other author talks coming up soon, where I will be talking about writing and my inspiration for After the Funeral.

Events will include reading, book signing and Q&A session.

May 25th: Author Talk at Lincoln Central Library
Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EZ at 1:30-3pm on Saturday, 25th May 2019.
June 10th: Author Talk at Gainsborough Carnegie Library
Gainsborough Library, Cobden Street, Gainsborough at 2-3pm on Monday 10th June 2019.

Where to find Gillian in Social Media

You can connect with Gillian on Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads. In this latest blog post you will find a list of logos for all the main platforms, just click on a logo and a new tab will open for that platform. Thank you!