Present:-   Karen, Marie, Margaret, Flis.   

Apologies:-  Olwen, Pat, Jude


Books Read



The Girl Next Door, Sharie Lapena

Tells the tale of a couple who go to party with neighbours leaving their baby alone but checking regularly only on the last visit the baby is gone and there’s a ransom demand.   However although this is paid the baby is not returned and the novel explores the stresses on the family and neighbours with echoes of the Madeline McCann case.

Then She was Gone, Lisa Jewell

This book was reported on at a previous meeting.



The Route of the Tudor Rose, Mari Griffiths

A novel about Katherine de Valois, widow of Henry V and the ancestress of the Tudor dynasty.   Thoroughly researched and informative

Stolen Girls, Patricia Gilbey

Story of abducted girls being brought into western Europe with echoes of recent TV dramas on exploited young women




Elizabeth’s Bedfellows Anna Whitelock

Non fiction about Elizabeth’s reign exploring the role of her ladies of the bedchamber.

The Dark Angel, Elly Griffiths.   

Latest Ruth Galloway thriller takes her to Italy, not very intriguing plot but takes the personal drama further.

League of Spies, Robert Merle.   

Latest translation in The Brethren Series on 16th century France, gripping tale of the religious wars through eyes of a Huguenot.

Eureka, Anthony Quinn.  

Entertaining novel of the 60’s with a character embodying elements of Ken Tynan and exploring links between showbiz and crime.




Big Little Lies, Lianne Moriarty  

A single Mum comes back to town meeting mothers at the school gate and uncovering secrets.

Wrongful Death, Lynda la Plante

Police procedural.


Other topics

Karen had been to hear the former politician Alan Johnson talk and had enjoyed it.


We also considered Breast screening and reminded ourselves that after 70 we need to self refer.


PS Flis, Olwen, Karen and Ida went to the East Anglian Book Awards on November 23rd and were thrilled that Phyllida Scrivens won the Biography/Autobiography Award for her book “The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich”





In the New Year we re-convene as BROADLY BOOKS at All Saints Church.


Happy festive reading folks!