#40 Matilday by Roald Dahl

Matilda is the world’s most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents. Her father thinks she’s a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull? She’s the worst of all. She’s a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey….

#39 James and the Giant Peach

Paperback |150 pages Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (2016, as part of a set of 15 books) Read – Thursday 14th May, 2020. I’m pretty sure I read this as a kid, but I can’t be 100% certain. It’s definitely one of Roald Dahl’s stories that I know more. There’s a lovely poem in the…

#38 The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths

Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway. She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March…

#37 The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel

Madame Katerina, Detective ‘Nine Nails’ McGray’s most trusted clairvoyant, hosts a séance for three of Edinburgh’s wealthiest families. The following morning everyone is found dead, with Madame Katerina being the only survivor. When questioned she alleges a tormented spirit killed the families for revenge. McGray, even though he believes her, must find a rational explanation…

#36 Loch of the Dead by Oscar de Muriel

The Scottish Highlands, 1889. When a young heir receives a sinister death threat, Inspectors Frey and ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray answer a desperate plea to offer him protection. The detectives travel north to the remote and misty Loch Maree, site of an ancient burial ground. They must stay with the mysterious Koloman family – any one of…

#35 Trust Me, I’m Dead by Sherryl Clark

She hasn’t seen her brother in years. Now, he’s dead. When Judi Westerholme finds out her estranged brother has been murdered, she assumes it’s connected to his long term drug addiction. Returning home, she is shocked to discover he had been clean for years, had a wife – now missing – a child and led…

#34 Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

“I do actually happen to know how to make tortoises grow faster, if that’s really what you want.” Paperback | 56 pages Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (2016, as part of a set of 15 books) Read: 29th April I have not read this Roald Dahl book before, but I did watch the BBC adaptation…

#33 George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

The rule would be this: Whatever he saw, if it was runny or powdery or gooey, it went in.  Paperback | 104 pages Published: Penguin Random House (2016, part of 15 book set) Read: 29th April I did read this book as a kid. I have a vague memory of my Dad reading it to…

#31 A Mask of Shadows by Oscar de Muriel

1889. The Scottish Play is coming home. But before the darling couple of London theatre, Henry Irving & Ellen Terry, take their acclaimed Macbeth to the Edinburgh stage terror treads the boards. A grisly message found smeared across the cobbles in blood, foretelling someone’s demise. As the bloody prophecies continue to appear Edinburgh’s own beloved…