#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Mary at Liveanddeadly @Bethsy



Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Mary answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Mary blogs over at Liveanddeadly is one of my favourite’s as like me she’s a huge crime thriller reader. Mary’s  reviews are always a pleasure to read, so if you haven’t already checked our her fab blog you might want to pop over and take a look, I promise you won’t be disappointed.


Top five books you’ve read so far this year?

Only 5? That’s really hard. So:

Anatomy of a Scandal, Sarah Vaughan

Come and Find Me, Sarah Hilary

MidWinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan

Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama

but that leaves out all the  Orenda books I want to squeeze in, especially Keeper by Jo Gustawsson and We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Sarah Hilary

Sabine Durrant

Eva Dolan

Jo Gustawsson

Craig Robertson (can I sneak in Sandrone Dazieri, too?) yes as you asked so nicely. 

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

Insidious Intent by Val McDermid

The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham

The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers? 

Be true to yourself and blog for you and your readers.

Blog about what you like to read.

Do it at your own pace and enjoy it.

Do not stress about getting or not getting books.

Do engage on social media – there’s a fabulous blogging community out there.

Top five blogs you follow? 

Abby at http://crimebythebook.com/

Jen at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

Victoria at http://off-the-shelfbooks.blogspot.com

kate at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/

sharon at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I hate pics of me but I like this one with the lovely Gunnar Staalesen

Way older than I think I am. Used to work as Head of Comms for England at the BBC, before that Equity the Actors Union and the Scottish TUC. Now I do the odd bit of freelance work and spend the rest of my time reading and attending book festivals when I can afford it.

Social media links:

Twitter: @bethsy

Facebook: @Live and Deadly

Instagram: bethsy

Website: Live and Deadly at https://liveanddeadly.net


My thanks to Mary for taking part in #TopFiveThursday, it’s much appreciated. 

8 thoughts on “#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Mary at Liveanddeadly @Bethsy

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