#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Susan at TheBookTrail


Today on #TopFiveThursday I’m thrilled to have the lovely Susan who blogs over at http://thebooktrail.com it’s a highly original blog, as It’s a Literary Travel Agency where booktrailers from all over the world map out the locations in novels and send them in! There is also a book blog section which has a collection of thoughts and bookish musings about anything and everything to do with books.

Top 5 books this year, so far? 

Dead Man’s Blues – by Ray Celestin

mixes the Chicago of Gangsters, the underbelly of the city with the stories about Jazz, blues and the stories of Al Capone and Luis Armstrong. Utterly stunning and very cinematic in how it reads! Just loved this one.

The Girl from The Savoy – by Hazel Gaynor

Set in , yep you’ve guessed it – the Savoy hotel in London and it was a treat to feel what it was like in the glory days. A mystery of two girls from opposite ends of the social spectrum who meet theremade me go to the savoy and take a picture just to imagine myself in their shoes!

A Fine House in Trinity by Lesley Kelley

One of my picks for the Bloody Scotland selection I was asked to review. This one stood out as it was raw and vivid and perfectly captured the spirit of ‘Bloody Scotland’ as there was violence, Scottish vernacular and a character called Stainsie I’ll never forget!

Black Night Falling by Rod Reynolds

A place which straddles two US States and which after two books now just gets even more interesting and captivating. This writer doesn’t just write, he carves the raw vivid landscape and the desert dust into each and every page. Brilliant books and I met the author recently and he’s lovely too!

The Sugar Planter’s Daughter – Sharon Maas

Just a joy to read from start to finish. The settings were evocative and richly drawn and the story was too. I was drawn in from the start and this has left an impression on me for sure!

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Oh that’s a tough one!

Ray Celestin – The Axeman’s jazz was the book before Dead Man’s Blues and I just love his writing and his plotlines. Very clever!

Louise Penny – I just love her novels and feel like I’ve known Inspector Gamache for years. I take myself back to Quebec with these novels. The fictional setting of Three Pines is very appealing too. Old fashioned murder mysteries that I really enjoy spending time with.

Camilla Lackberg – I learned Swedish because I loved this author’s books so much and thought they would be even more chilling in Swedish. they are! A great writer who mixes family life in her books with crimes of all descriptions and when you finally visit Fjallbacka where they are set, they become even more vivid!

James Oswald – this man is a full time farmer but writes about detectives who come across supernatural hapenings in Edinburgh. My mind still can’t cope with this but that’s just how a good writer transports himself as much as the reader!

Garcia Marquez – A favourite author of mine who has written so many of my favourites over the years. A Death Foretold is still a classic in my eyes and was based on a real life murder!

Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2016?

I would read every single book if I could? That again is tough! So if I look at my TBR pile, it would be

Lucinda Riley’s The Shadow Sister due out next month,

Antti Tuomainen’s The Mine and Kati Kiekkapelto’s The Exiled as I love Finnish crime fiction.

CS Sansom when the nights draw in so one of those will be on my list of books to read at night and I’m going to reread RagDoll by Daniel Cole as it’s not out until next year but I have an early copy and it’s just about the best crime thriller I’ve read in a long while.

Five blogging tips you would give to new bloggers?

Write what you feel from your heart when writing a review

Write constructive criticism of a book if you don’t like it

Follow other bloggers and make friends on line if not for real as they’re a lovely bunch! A very welcoming and helpful community!

Write at least one post a week

Have fun!

Five book blogs you follow?

Oh no! There are so many who I love and who have helped me to be where I am today so I can’t really name just 5 – you guys know who you are! Do I have to?

Here are five I’ve picked for the variety they offer. Is that ok?

Liz Loves Books -(mainly crime) her passion and friendliness shines through and she’s lovely in real life too!

Cleo Bannister – (mainly crime) Cleo writes some funny and quirky blogs

Anne Cater: Met this lovely lady at Harrogate recently and she reviews every book which pops through her letterbox. Reads a range of genres and interviews authors on their special reads.

A bundle of books – This is one funny and amusing blog about all things bookish. Definitely worth a read

Only in Swedish but this is a fun site for articles on all book related subjects if you google translate it, you’ll get the idea!
My links


I’m Susan from the Booktrail.com
It’s a Literary Travel Agency where booktrailers all over the world map out the locations in novels and send them in!
You can quite literally now ‘book’ your holiday by choosing a favourite author as your guide, any number of destinations worldwide, a setting such as ‘ an old house’ or ‘ an island’ and then find the book that takes you there!
It’s a great and novel way to travel

I myself am inspired by Phileas Fogg, Passepartout and would love to travel to Narnia one day (There’s fictional settings on the site too as they seem so real!)
Hope that’s ok!?


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