Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

DI Marnie Rose has seen horror, both on the job and off it. When she was 28 (five years prior to the action of this novel), her parents were brutally … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

In conversation with The Book View Café

The Book View Café is a cooperative publishing house, founded by a group of authors who wanted to take control of how their writing was published, and to get them past the … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 8 Comments

Swan Song. A Gervase Fen Mystery, by Edmund Crispin

I was going to review a very serious work this week, full of tragedy and human wickedness. Then I caught a heavy cold and instantly that seemed like a very … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 9 Comments

Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane – continued

At least three Bookfoxes are devotees of Dorothy L Sayers and all things Wimsey and Vane. What could be better than an equally devoted author, of great skill and inspiration, … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 9 Comments

Grantchester: from page to screen

(There may well be SPOILERS here, for the books and the recent TV series.) Well, this phenomenon crept up on me. I was looking for something new and different to … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · 8 Comments

Margaret Atwood

I once read The Handmaid’s Tale, probably at the wrong age, and it freaked me out so much I didn’t want to go near a Margaret Atwood novel again. This … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Rabbit Back Literature Society 

Ella, a high school teacher, is perturbed when a student’s copy of a very well-known novel tells the story in a different way. Why are the library books rewriting their … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid

First, an apology to Val McDermid. When I wrote my line for the Coming Up post, I described her book as “gory”. I have since learned, via this interview, that she … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

Interview with author Helen Grant

Interview by Lisa Glass. I met Helen Grant online and know her as an incredibly funny member of a YA writers’ group. Her new book Demons of Ghent was released … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 6 Comments

What Secret Agent?

Guest poster Colin Fisher looks at the man whose death gave Joseph Conrad the idea for The Secret Agent, and wonders if the best long-term defence against terrorism is Britishness. … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 6 Comments

Lifeless by Mark Billingham

Crime fiction is something I’ve always found my way back to. Sure, I’ll spend some time reading other things, but ultimately, I’ll always find my way back to a crime … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Mary Stewart 1916-2014

When I told the Foxes I wanted to write about Mary Stewart, there was a chorus of ‘oh no, she’s died? Oh, yes please, we want to read about her’. … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · 8 Comments


Inclinations is a strange little tale about the charming Mabel Collins, who bewitches Miss Geraldine O’Brookomore, the noted biographer and aesthete. With Mrs Collins’s agreement they are to go to … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

Dark Aemilia

Sally O’Reilly’s novel Dark Aemilia follows self-proclaimed court whore Aemilia Bassano through nineteen years of her life during the last years of Elizabeth I’s reign and the beginning of the … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 3 Comments



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