Pile by the Bed reviews The Coral Bones by EJ Swift a climate fiction novel that is also a love letter to The Great Barrier Reef.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Freedom of Emma Herwegh by Dirk Kurbjuweit an historical novel exploring the life of a remarkable woman who was, with her poet husband, involved in a failed revolution in German in 1848.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan a stunning historical fiction debut set during the Japanese occupation of Malaysia during World War 2.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Wizard of the Kremlin by Giuliano da Empoli, a reimagining of the rise to power of Vladimir Putin from the point of view of his PR director.
Pile by the Bed reviews The New Detective by Peter Steiner, the fourth in his Willi Geismeier series but a good introduction as it that provides an origin story for his Munich-based detective, starting in on the eve of WWI and with Geismeier’s first day in the job.
Pile by the Bed reviews Adama by Lavie Tidhar, his second book after Maror that digs into the mythology behind the State of Israel.
Pile by the Bed reviews Damascus Station by David McCloskey who usues his background as a CIA analyst to deliver a tense espionage thriller set in Syria during the 2010 civil war
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Cahokia Jazz by Francis Spufford, a noir detective thriller set in an alternatve 1920s America.
Pile by the Bed’s Top 10 books of 2023 including Cuddy, I Have Some Questions For You, Yellowface, Orbital, Birnam Wood, Bad Cree, Small Mercies, Return to Valetto, Mater 2-10 and Titanium Noir
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Wolves of Winter, the second book in Dan Jones’ historical series set on the battlefields of Northern France in the opening years of the hundred years war
Pile by the Bed reviews Beyond the Door of No Return by David Diop, a novel that explores the impacts of colonialism and the Senegalese slave trade in the 18th Century through the eyes of a real life French botanist.
Pile by the Bed reviews Calico by Lee Goldberg, an engaging speculative fiction novel that deftly incorporates Western and crime fiction tropes.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Exchange by John Grisham, a sequel to his breakout hit The Firm. Set fifteen years later, this is a sequel in name only and instead is a not particularly thrilling kidnap thriller with the same protagonist.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Ritual of Fire, the third book in DV Bishop’s engaging historical crime series set in Renaissance Florence.
Pile by the Bed reviews Prom Mom by Laura Lippman, a novel set during Covid in Baltimore but which explores the long term aftermath of a high school tragedy.
Pile by the bed reviews The Circumference of the World by Lavie Tidhar a mind-bending and loving exploration of the goldern age of science fiction.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Secret Hours by Mick Herron a top shelf stand alone espionage novel set in Herron’s Slough House continuity.
Pile by the Bed reviews Ordinary Gods and Monsters by Chris Womersley a kids-on-bikes coming-of-age crime story set in 1980s Melbourne suburbia.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Learned by Heart by Emma Donoghue, a book that explores the teenage years of Victorian-era personality Ann Lister through the eyes of her roommate and first lover – Elixa Raine.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends He Who Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-Chan, the final book in her Radiant Emperor Duology a historical fantasy set in fourteenth century China, Mongolia and Korea.