The Bookshop: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

June 21, 2021

This week I have moved away from the YA, the magical and the mystical and taken a trip to the world of old Hollywood glamour, courtesy of Taylor Jenkins Reid and her 2017 novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo . I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up, but less th…

Death in Paradise S1

June 17, 2021

This week I'm taking you to the Caribbean and the fictional island of St Marie, where having a secret can be murder! This British series has been a long-time favourite of mine; a procedural that offers up murder with a side of white sands and turquoise waters and I love every minute of it. So, if y…

The Bookshop: Lore

June 14, 2021

This week I am heading into mythological territory (yes, again), with the latest novel from American author, Alexandra Bracken. Lore , which was released earlier this year, is a tale of tragedy, discovery and vengeance with the added bonus of the fact it all takes place (pretty much) in modern-day …

Black Books

June 10, 2021

This week I am introducing you to Bernard Black and his amazing collection of books in a small shop near Bloomsbury. Yes, I am taking you on a trip to Black Books. I hope you enjoy the visit, just don't go near the shop owner, he'll bite your head off. Also, as I mentioned in the show, voting is op…

The Bookshop: Cursed Luck

June 7, 2021

This week I am taking a look at a relatively recent release in the form of the first book in a new series by Canadian author, Kelley Armstrong. The book in question is Cursed Luck, which came out at the beginning of May 2021. It's the story of a cursed necklace, the curse weaver who can perhaps rem…

Netflix's Lucifer Season 5 part B

June 3, 2021

This week, I am revisiting Lucifer and looking at the most recent episodes released on Netflix as of the 28th of May 2021. This review is as spoiler-free as I can make it - in other words, I reveal pretty much nothing that will have you running away screaming I spoiled the show for you. In fact, th…

The Bookshop: Six of Crows

May 31, 2021

In this, the first-ever episode of The Bookshop I look at the first book in Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows Duology, appropriately titled Six of Crows. I talk nothing but books in this spin-off of Not Before Coffee! So settle back and listen as I talk about this 2015 YA novel. Also, I mention an artic…


May 27, 2021

Welcome to season 2, brand new format, brand new concept, same old Raye! This week I am talking about the 1999-2001 TV show, Spaced . I also tell you all about the changes that come with the new season and go into a bit of detail about anxiety attacks. I'm so glad to be back!

Season 2 Trailer

May 26, 2021

In which I go over what I will be talking about in Season 2...

Introducing: The Paul and Griff Show

May 20, 2021

I remember seeing this film in the cinema - yes, I am old! I am still on a break, but I would like to take this chance to introduce you to another podcast that I love, The Paul and Griff Show . Every week they talk movie news, movies, and just chat like a couple of friends down the pub. Love these …

Introducing: Once Upon a Nightmare

May 13, 2021

Join Lorraine from Once Upon a Nightmare as she talks about one of Marvel's vampires, Blade. The movie that saved Marvel from disaster! And if you enjoy this episode, head over to listen to more...

Netflix's Shadow and Bone

May 6, 2021

In the finale of Season 1, I am talking about the new Netflix series, Shadow and Bone . Starring Jessie Mei Li and Ben Barnes, this is an adaptation of a book trilogy I have never read (I know, gasp, shock, horror). I also talk about a destructive pattern in my life I need to get control of. Oh, an…


April 29, 2021

This week I am looking at another 1995 film in Clueless . Has it stood the test of time? Will I find it creepy watching as a fully grown adult who is analysing it, or will it never lose its charm? I also talk about my viewing for the coming week, my plans for the long weekend and my issues with soc…

Empire Records

April 22, 2021

This week I am looking at 1995's other teen comedy, Empire Records , starring Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler and Debi Mazar. I also take a look at a new novel from author John Murray McKay called The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse , and after a brief talk about my viewing for the week, I'll be talking …

Just Friends

April 19, 2021

This week it's another trip back to 2005 as I look at the Ryan Reynolds film, Just Friends , also starring Amy Smart, Anna Faris and Chris Klein. I also check out my bookshelves for my favourite books - recommendations ahoy, and talk about my recent mental mood drop and how spending too much time w…

The Wedding Date

April 8, 2021

This week I have a guest, Griff from the Paul and Griff Show as we talk about 2005's The Wedding Date. We also cast the remake - you know, just in case! Featured Podcast: The Paul and Griff Show

Easy A

April 1, 2021

We're out of March, which means that Chris Evans Season is over. So, this week I am talking about 2010's Easy A , starring Emma Stone and Stanley Tucci (love Stanley Tucci). I am also talking about a brand new (to me) author, Keri Arthur and her 2017 book, Blood Kissed . There's also a journey into…

Chris Evans Season: Avengers Assemble

March 25, 2021

This week, in a departure from most of the films I have done, I am looking at a blockbuster. Yes, for the last episode in 2021's Chris Evans Season I am going straight for the big guns with 2012's Avengers Assemble . I will also be talking about Madeline Miller's 2018 book Circe as well as some rec…