Friday, 31 August 2018

Lucy V Hay

My first book by this author and what a great story it is. You can feel things falling out of control - it's excellent.



Do No Harm

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This is the kind of story you resent having to put down, even to eat. It begins with a newly married couple, an ex, a child/step child, a best friend, a mother/mother-in-law and then things start to happen. There’s a deep resentment here, but we don’t know who it’s from, or why, though we can makes some pretty decent guesses. I’ve been wrong before, but rarely so often. If you want a mystery that’ll have you turning pages and stealing time from other jobs, look no further. I really enjoyed this book.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Ambrose Parry

This is the first in a proposed series - so get in now!





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This story is set in 19th Century Edinburgh in the infancy of anaesthesia. A young apprentice doctor and a knowledgeable housemaid who doesn’t know her place make unlikely allies on the surface, but this is going to be a formidable partnership.

It’s a slow burner in the sense that the first part of the book sets up characters and their relationships with one another. As this is the first of a proposed series, and the writing is enticing and the setting very atmospheric, this wasn’t a problem for me. I found this interesting both medically and historically and a jolly fine mystery too. A very good book indeed and I’ve already recommended it to several people.
Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy.
Please note, the Kindle price at the time of writing is over £6 but the paperback is not yet available. Experience tells me it will come down.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Alan McDermott

A new set of characters (and echoes of the old) from Alan McDermott in this super roller-coaster of a thriller.





Run and Hide

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Eva, the feisty main protagonist in the story, is a former assassin for the CIA. She believes she has been killing the enemies of her country. When her brother is killed, she questions her whole basis of her previous life and finds things are not as she’d thought. This is a brilliant conspiracy theory novel. Taking a stand, she finds things get worse for her, and the ex-soldier who shares her task. She’s a resourceful woman and we go from thinking she’ll make it to fearing she’s doomed – and back. Bringing in an old lover of hers was a master stroke from author Alan McDermott. He has always written an exciting novel. Here, he’s surpassed himself. A brilliant read.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

M W Craven

First in a series and I'm now waiting for the next!


The Puppet Show

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My first M W Craven novel will not be my last. What a corking set of characters he creates. Washington Poe and his dog Edgar (took me 20% of the book to twig!), his data analyst Tilly Bradshaw and DI Stephanie Flynn work together on a set of mysterious deaths by fire. Tilly has social issues and is very literal which causes some wry humour as she gets to grips with her new role. Poe is the kind of man who won’t let go. The tension is palpable as he fears he is to be a victim. I enjoyed both the unravelling of the mystery and the great characters involved with it. The ending was utterly, wonderfully satisfying. I look forward to more books with these characters.


Saturday, 18 August 2018

Julia Hardy

I know this author as Kelly Clayton, writer of some excellent crime fiction set on the island of Jersey. This is different - but just as great a read. A good writer can write anything!


Fortune's Hostage

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Romance isn’t my usual genre but this isn’t a ‘usual’ romance. I read this because the author is one of my favourites. Set in 1813, there’s murder, intrigue and a most feisty heroine in the shape of Eloise who has a fortune and fears she will never be loved for herself. The author has created the sort of tangled web which gives you the impression you’ve sorted it all out, but you haven’t! I enjoyed this one very much indeed.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Steve Robinson

The latest Jefferson Tayte mystery. They're always worth the wait!


Letters from the Dead

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In another genealogical puzzle, Jefferson Tayte journeys to a crumbling mansion in Scotland. The owner is keen to trace his great (times four) grandfather and suspects there’s illegitimacy in the line. There’s also the mystery of a disappearing ruby, as big as a fist, which was seen by some ancestors along the way. Tayte is concerned this may turn into a treasure hunt, and when members of the family are murdered, he fears he’s right.

Much of the story is featured in letters home from India in the early 1800s and the subcontinent back then is atmospherically depicted. The author highlights the poverty of some, contrasting it with the immense wealth of the maharajas and the British East India Company. These parts are especially exciting. The end of the Scottish adventure is a white-knuckle ride and, as always, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Steve Robinson carefully strands his stories together and they are a joy to unpick.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Bo Brennan

Third in a series but I think you could read it as a stand-alone.


The Wages of Sin

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I read and loved Bo Brennan’s earlier books and have only now caught up with the third. I’m happy to say it’s a cracker. DCI Colt and DC India Kane have a stormy relationship which is a backdrop to this story. It features female genital mutilation and child grooming and as such, it deals with some big issues. Kane and Colt don’t know who, even within their own organisation, they can trust. This is tense and exciting and I admit to being quite breathless with shock towards the end. If Bo Brennan can keep up this standard we are in for more brilliant stories in this series.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Susan Handley

A great collection of short stories.


Crime Bites

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This collection of stories of varying lengths is arranged like a menu, with starters, more substantial ‘mains’ and desserts – short, sweet and to die for, as the section heading says. I enjoy short stories as they cut to the chase quickly and, when well done, can be satisfying. These are very well done. I keep thinking back to some of them, and there wasn’t one that disappointed. They take a slightly different slant on the world of crime. In some the ending is unexpected, in one or two I guessed but loved the way the story reached its conclusion. Altogether, a great little book.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Debbie McGowan

A novella with a lot to say and a humorous way of saying it.



The Great Village Bun Fight

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I’ve read a number of serious works by Debbie McGowan but here she lets her sense of humour off the leash. It’s witty and slapstick – a rare combination. The village of Banton has had a Henry Jones running its bakery for many generations until one goes to the wrong side of the law and is cut off. The shop closes. The real story here is about prejudice. Why can’t a Jones woman take over the bakery? Why won’t the other shop provide a wedding cake for the last of the Jones line when he marries his boyfriend? It culminates in an inter-village Cake-Off, hinted at in the title. The author narrates the tale in a knowing style and takes the reader into her confidence. It works extremely well and this novella is a short tale that packs a big punch.

It is also part of the Seasons of Love anthology

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Joel Hames

Another book featuring a favourite character! What's not to like?



No One Will Hear

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Sam Williams is a character I’m growing to like more with each book he features in. He has been bequeathed the task of compiling the life story of his ex-boss, the woman who sacked him and who has been murdered. He has to work with an old enemy, and the woman’s daughter. This seems to be a wild goose chase with obstructive police, smarmy bigwigs and a mentally fragile woman. He discovers there have been more murders and then Sam’s girlfriend starts to behave out of character. The story can stand alone, I think, but more will fall into place for the reader who has read Dead North first. There’s so much happening here and it’s all important to the plot. I love the intricacy of these stories. A Sam Williams story is always a guaranteed good read.

Stephen Booth

New to me but this series is long! I have some catching up to do.


Black Dog. Cooper and Fry Book 1

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Stephen Booth writes a mean crime book! His two DCs, Cooper and Fry, each have a complicated background. When a young girl is murdered they soon discover that most of the people they meet in the course of their investigations have an equally complex life. It makes for a great puzzle. I absolutely love the ending.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Mark L Fowler

The second in the Tyler and Mills series but also a great stand-alone story.


Blue Murder

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The story begins with the callous murder of a young man, and DCI Tyler and DS Mills have the task of discovering who killed him. He used to be in a band which is about to get its big break, but he left to start his university studies. He wrote one of the songs that his erstwhile best friend is claiming authorship of. There’s a tangled web between the young men involved, and two sisters who at various times have been the girlfriends of some of them. These lives and intrigues weave together to make a real knot, and it’s a job and three quarters for Tyler and Mills to untangle it.

Mark Fowler had given all these characters a reason to mistrust one another, in some cases even to hate each other. Yet is it enough to murder someone? Someone who wasn’t even in the band any longer? The more questions they ask the tighter the knot becomes. I found this intriguing and at times very exciting as the detectives, whose banter has now become more relaxed, work their way through conflicting evidence. Is anyone telling the truth? A very good read indeed.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Shalini Boland


Another great lesson in cranking up the tension!



The Silent Sister

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It begins with a sinister little note. Not quite a threat, but unsettling. Lizzy’s life takes a downturn when the notes become more frequent, until eventually she finds herself in physical danger. Shalini Boland’s great strength is in the escalation of paranoia. Not only her character, but her reader, suspects everyone! The writing is always fluent and engaging. This book was a delight to read and the ending is superb! 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Jim Webster

Mr Webster is a spinner of yarns and I can soak these up like a sponge! Two novellas here, A Measured Response and A Licence to Print Money.


A Measured Response

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Benor the cartographer is offered a job away from home with unusually generous pay. It all has to be done on the quiet, too. Something’s up. Benor has a murder to solve. I thought he had, but there’s more to come. This story is a murder mystery and a comedy of manners, set in a world of fantasy. If you like a genre mashup, this is brilliant. The characters and their relationships and banter would make it worth reading even if it didn’t have a plot – but it does. Another winner for me.

And now to the second -




A Licence to Print Money

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Someone has tried to cheat Benor and his young ‘apprentice’ Mutt. They set out, with a little help, to redress the balance. Another in this series of Port Naain novellas that had me smiling. They are not belly-laugh stories but full of wry, clever and thoughtful humour. Often, it’s the way he tells them. I’m always up for more of these stories.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

David M Kelly

I've read and loved some of David's longer books but his short stories are new to me. I enjoyed the anthology, Dead Reckoning and Other Stories, so much I bought a separate one, Three Lives of Mary, to read straight after.



Dead Reckoning and Other Stories

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The title story is excellent! A rich and arrogant man thinks he can buy his comfortable place in the afterlife. Other stories included the mutual effect of an old man and the puppy he adopts, a scientist named Murphy (Murphy’s Law) and his first contact experience, a time machine failure, another first contact story (which made me groan!) and a couple of flash fiction offerings. All were very good, totally different and made for an outstanding collection of short stories.




Three Lives of Mary

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Mary, a human woman, faced with growing old, opted, with her husband, for a cybernetic life. For many years, she as a robot and he as an enhanced space ship, have scouted for planets suitable for human habitation. This short story packs a big philosophical punch. What is it to be human? I really enjoyed getting my head around this – and around what happened to Mary and her husband later. A very interesting quick read.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Ruth Hogan

I'm a bit late to this party, judging by the number of reviews, but I loved this story.



The Keeper of Lost Things

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My book club choice. I may never have come across this and what a treat I’d have missed. There are two parallel stories going on here, someone who lost a precious item and another who found it and kept it safe. Without giving too much away, Laura inherits the mantle of the original Keeper, with the brief to try to reunite items with those who lost them. Sunshine, a neighbour’s daughter, is a wonderful character and helps in unexpected ways. I found this a very enjoyable read, with characters to love and hate along the way.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Stuart Ayris

Bolivian Rhapsody is a true story. That's what makes it so good!



Bolivian Rhapsody

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This is the true telling of a fifty day working stay in the Bolivian Jungle. Parque Ambue Ari (New Day in the local language) is a place for wild animals which have been damaged in some way by mankind. Some have been made into pets in unsuitable conditions. They can never be rehabilitated but Ambue Ari gives them the best experience they can have. The author worked as a volunteer there in 2017.

His amazement at being so close to the animals is palpable. His unique writing style bounces along and picks up the joy, the fear and the wonder. I feared, knowing the animals were given names, that it might become anthropomorphic, but Stuart emphasises the otherness, the alien qualities in the creatures he works for. You can’t be their friend and expect them to care about you, or miss you in your absence. They are themselves in all their wildness and Parque Ambue Ari helps them to stay that way. An amazing and uplifting book.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Shervin Jamali

Another quick but in-depth story by this author.


Remember

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This novella is the kind of book I love - comparable to nothing else, with a basic premise that makes you think. I found it sad – but only in places. It was very funny – but only in places. It’s a story of enduring love and the matching of souls and in parts it’s tough and violent so there’s nothing soppy about this. It’s about hard lives lived well. If you’re looking for something different, look no further. A very interesting read which I enjoyed a great deal.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Laura Marshall

Three Little Lies is another cracking thiller/crime/mystery from Laura Marshall.


Three Little Lies

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Ellen’s flatmate Sasha has gone missing. Ten years ago, Ellen’s school friend Karina accused a boy of rape and he was subsequently imprisoned. Ellen fears he’s come to avenge himself on Sasha who gave evidence against him – as did she.

Initially I found I mixed Ellen and Karina up as their ‘voices’ didn’t seem individual. As the story progressed, however, the interaction between the characters, who was secretly having a relationships with whom, and the lies and secrets they told, became utterly fascinating. The characters were misleading one another and the reader and I didn’t guess the outcome at all. I found it a compulsive read and enjoyed it very much.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Carl Ashmore

At last - another book from Carl Ashmore. It's been worth the wait!


Zak Fisher and the Angel Prophecy

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It’s been a while since we saw the end of the Time Hunters but I can tell you that Carl Ashmore hasn’t lost his touch. Once again, he takes familiar concepts – Angels, Templars, even David and Goliath – and gives them a modern context. I loved the characters, both good and bad, and the story is obviously the first in a series though it ends satisfactorily and not on a cliff.

This is a prime example of how a book with an intended teenaged audience can speak to people of any age. I loved it and can’t wait for more.

Eilidh McGiness

A wartime novel based on a true story. The Cypher Bureau. Gripping stuff.


The Cypher Bureau

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Between the wars, three young Polish mathematicians are set the task of decoding messages from the German Enigma machine. One of them, Marian, manages to make a replica version, including both the mathematics and the mechanics of the task in his solution. When the war starts they are conscripted into the army and their lives take a different turn. Separated from his wife for six years in wartime, Marian, goes back to Poland afterwards rather than start a new life in Britain. The story is intriguing, harrowing, enlightening and always interesting. I enjoyed it very much.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Tracy Chevalier

I've loved every book of hers that I've read. Just so interesting and a touch of history too. Oh, and quilts!


The Last Runaway

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I haven’t read a Tracy Chevalier that I’ve not enjoyed a great deal. Her style of writing appeals to me, together with the historical subjects she chooses. Here we have a young Quaker woman who moves to Ohio from Brixham in Devon, and before the journey is over, she loses to a fever the sister she travelled with. The theme of the book is that it’s not easy to follow your convictions. I enjoyed the story very much, loved the characters and the fact that quilts featured occasionally. It was a fast and gripping read. Be aware that it finishes at 93% for an excerpt. Not something I like.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Shervin Jamali

A second helping of Shervin Jamali's versions of God and the Devil! Fast, furious and mind-mangling.


Escape from Hell

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Like its predecessor, The Devil’s Lieutenant, Escape from Hell is a mind-twisting read. Michael is working for Satan and it’s a real roller coaster as acts of revenge turn into huge errors because Satan knows the future but Michael doesn’t. He is aided by Raphael and his sole intent is to find a replacement in hell for himself and go to join his family in heaven. It’s fast and furious and, be warned, there’s plenty of sin! Another amazing outing from this author’s imagination. Looking forward to Part 3.

M R Carey

From the author of the fantastic The Girl with all the Gifts. Follow-ups are hard to do. I think this one nailed it.



The Boy on the Bridge

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I adored The Girl with all the Gifts so I had great hopes for this book – but how do you follow a book like TGWATG? Its greatest strength, for me, was that the true situation dawned slowly. In this book, we know the situation. There’s no gradual, awful realisation. That said, as the book progressed I found it simply gripping. So many possibilities to be resolved and not all in a happy-ever-after manner. But this is dystopia. This is brilliant dystopia. If you want to be made to think rather than simply grossed-out at every turn, this is the book for you. Another winner.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Shervin Jamali

A new author to me and this short novella packs a real punch!


The Devil's Lieutenant

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This is the most amazing novella. I love to read something a bit different and this story is certainly that. It shifts back and forth in time but it’s easy to follow. I enjoyed this interpretation of the roles of God and the Devil, and to find that, by the end of the story, things were not exactly as I’d thought. Interesting, intriguing and almost metaphysical, this is a very good read.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Peter Boland

A first book in the thriller genre for this author and it's an absolute cracker!


Savage Lies

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When you have an ex-SAS member with a wrong to right, you know you’re going to be in for an adventure and a thriller. All you need is for it to be a good story, well told. Here we have it all. John Savage thinks he knows what’s going on when a girl disappears. We think we know, too. This is a masterful bit of storytelling and I really enjoyed the way it unfolded as we got to the truth. By 90% of the novel I thought it was all over and we were having the ends wrapped up for us but the action never stopped. Highly recommended.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Julie McLaren

A new book from an author whose work I enjoy.


Invisible Damage

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Julie McLaren has taken a woman who has had her confidence destroyed and allowed us to watch her pull herself up again. She not only tells us you can recover from inner hurts but lets us see it happening. It’s not an easy transition, however, and there are problems along the way for Samantha. As we watch her re-establish herself as a successful professional woman and I found myself cheering for her. I also winced at some of the past sections as we saw her husband’s undermining and sniping. The writing is fluid and elegant and I found the transition from present to past and back clear and easy to follow. A very enjoyable story.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Will Patching

Third in this super-fast trilogy.


The Hangman

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This is the explosive finale to The Hack trilogy and takes a sideways look at recent political developments. Someone is trying to foment war in the Middle East. Kate, the journalist in this set of novels, is caught up in a terrorist attack in London – but who is behind it? Doug Hunter is on the same mission at the other side of the world but longs to leave it all behind him and disappear into an ordinary life somewhere.

I am used to thriller novels building up to a massively suspenseful climax but with Will Patching, the whole thing is climactic. We reel from crisis to crisis, horror to horror and scarcely get time to draw breath. This is thriller writing at its best. The whole trilogy is highly recommended.

The Hunter

The second in Will Patching's Hack series. Compulsive reading!


The Hunter

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Put together an investigative journalist and an ex-CIA agent with a vigilante attitude and you have a great premise for a thriller. The author can make you care about characters you suspect you wouldn’t like in real life. A serial killer is bad but some of the ruthless and grossly rich people he’s up against are worse. This is a thrill a minute and a worthy follow up to The Hack. I think it could be read as a stand-alone but these books are so good that I read them back to back. Great writing and a brilliant story.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Will Patching

A new author for me but I've just bought book two in this series of three! This one's free - tempted? 


The Hack

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Wow, what a book! The title can be taken several ways, as its different meanings are incorporated into the story. It ranges from tabloid journalism, computer hacking, the CIA, child prostitution and pornography. It’s got a Thailand connection, a link to the president of the US, to a British Lord, to Russia – it’s an amazingly wide-ranging story which has its roots in the truth. You will scarcely get time to draw breath. It’s brilliantly written and the characters are largely not black and white, but multiple grey shades – and I found myself rooting for people I’d consider bad in normal life. This is so good I’ve downloaded and started the second in the series. Will Patching rocks!

Monday, 14 May 2018

No Remorse

Third in this super series but you can read it on its own.



No Remorse

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This is the third in the Kent Fisher series and there’s enough backstory here for you to read it as a stand-alone. It begins with a bang when an old man in a care home tells Kent that someone’s going to kill him. Soon after, he dies. That starts our hero off sleuthing. We meet a new love-interest, but Gemma, his old flame, still burns brightly. Kent teases the threads from an old story and puts himself in danger.

The thing I love about these stories is that there’s no dry police procedure. I know some people love it, but Fisher is an ordinary person, like us. It puts the reader at the heart of the mystery. The characters are strong and credible, and the author’s love for the Downland countryside shines through. I love this series. A completely different take on the thriller and mystery genre, and written by a man who doesn’t fall into cliché. I think this one is the best so far. Very enjoyable.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Alison Baillie

A second psychological thriller from this author. Eminently readable in a beautiful setting. Loved it!



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When a neighbour’s small daughter is abducted from their idyllic Swiss village, Olivia becomes obsessive about the safety of her own children, particularly Lara, the missing girl’s best friend. Events from Olivia’s past loom large in her mind. This is a psychological thriller in which the beautiful setting is almost a character in itself. It’s a study in watching a person’s past come back to trouble her. It begins with a feeling of unease which ramps up until there’s a definite knowledge that something is very wrong. Only Olivia seems to see that – and the reader. At the climax of the story, things come very close to home for Olivia. I enjoyed this story very much. I love the author’s clear and easy style. Always a pleasure to read.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

David Haynes

There are some authors whose books I leap on the minute they're published. David Haynes is one of them!


Klondike Slaughter

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Gold fever! The great rush to stake a claim and get rich. This cracking adventure story sees ex lawman Jake and his friend Willie join up with other individuals, including a native Tlingit Indian, to help one another over the gruelling passes and dense wooded terrain on the way to Dawson. Naturally, not everyone is friendly and helpful, and they make enemies as they travel. There are people wanting them dead.

The excitement in this really ramps up when we find that there is something else tracking the group; something that’s messing with their minds. David Haynes incorporates outdoor adventure with horror and legend. It’s a potent mix and it’s done very well. It’s atmospheric, with the snow and the rain as constant enemies. I suspect a lot of good research has gone into this book but the reader isn’t hammered with it. It just makes it very convincing and readable. A thoroughly gripping book.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

C J Harter

A new author to me, and what a stunning debut! 


Rowan's Well

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This is a story about friendship, love, upbringing, loyalty and so much more. We follow two young men, Matt and Will, from their first meeting at university, through their marriages to twin sisters, and beyond. The tale that unfolds is at times heart-breaking but never boring. The writing is beautiful and the story totally gripping. I stayed up far beyond my bedtime to finish this. It’s that kind of book and I heartily recommend it.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Jim Webster

More tales from Jim's imaginary Land of the Three Seas. These are light amusing and invariably wise.


Tallis Steelyard. The Festival and other stories

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Another selection of tales from Port Naain, as told by jobbing poet Tallis Steelyard. Read about the underpinnings of dancing matrons, the secret beneath the undergarments of a gentlewoman of the town, the resurrection of a dead mercenary, and much more. This is a gentle comedy of manners in a world so different from our own. The author writes affectionately of his world and his characters, and I share that affection. Lovely stuff.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Denzil Meyrick

This book is the first in a series. Sometimes, you just know you'll be back!



Whisky from Small Glasses

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DCI Jim Daley is sent from Glasgow to investigate a body on the west coast. The area is another world to Jim and his sidekick – and then more bodies turn up. What I enjoyed about this book was that the main character felt absolutely real. He had his own burdens without being the caricature ‘maverick cop’ so fashionable now. The story works through a haze of gossip in the small community and Jim and his colleagues have to deal with a death for which he blames himself. This is the first in a series and is very well set up with plenty of possibilities for future stories. I found it extremely compelling and I know I’ll read more.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Malcolm Hollingdrake

This is a short story - a quick read - but it has a great purpose. Proceeds to the British Legion. 


The Penultimate Man

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This is a short story about Harry’s experiences towards the end of the first World War. It encapsulates the hopeful elation of young love and the terrible losses of the battlefield. One is glorious, the other tragic. It’s a poignant and affecting read, and the profits go to the British Legion. Well worth a read.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Shalini Boland

Another cracker from this author. I find her style very readable and very tension-inducing! 


The Child Next Door

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Shalini Boland is the mistress of tension. Kirstie, on maternity leave, hears voices on her baby monitor which lead her to believe someone’s trying to kidnap her baby. The author ramps up the suspicion that Kirstie is suffering from post-natal depression, being tense, somewhat OCD and believing the worst of a number of her neighbours. The reader isn’t sure what’s going on but it’s easy to believe that the new mother is making heavy weather of things. We have a tendency to dismiss her fears in much the same way her husband does. But there’s more going on in the house next door than even she suspected. A very satisfying story.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Joel Hames

A long-awaited Sam Williams story. It was worth the wait!


Dead North

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Lawyer Sam Williams is called in as a consultant when two police officers are shot dead. It looks like an open-and-shut case but the chief suspect isn’t speaking at all. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t met Sam in previous books, as this story stands brilliantly alone. It’s fast-moving enough for any thriller reader and with believable twists. The last quarter of the book was so exciting I had to stop myself trying to skim-read to find out what happened. It’s worth savouring. It’s a fast and bumpy ride, so hold on tightly. Highly recommended.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Bill Todd

Another Danny Lancaster story. Part of a series but it'll stand alone.


Godlefe's Cuckoo

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After an explosion on a small boat eighteen months ago, Danny Lancaster is missing, presumed dead. He’s crossed a Russian who wants to make sure he is, and to pull him out of hiding if he isn’t, by killing his known friends.

This is a taut thriller with some nasty people. Danny has to remain focused to remove the threat. He knows that might mean some of those he cares for are put in harm’s way. The two people who found him after the explosion are resourceful people and their clear heads are vital in a hostage situation. I believe this story would work well as a stand-alone, not just another in a series. There are several points in the story where I wondered how it could possibly work out well for Danny. There’s some real heart-in-mouth stuff in this story and I enjoyed it very much.