Confronting the Hostile by Joy Mutter

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September 2017 4/5 stars. Written with great wit, humour and style, Joy Mutter’s down to earth writing makes the unusual seem perfectly normal. Description A retired Irish superintendent and his former colleague, a handsome DCI from Liverpool, attempt to rid themselves and the world of their lethal tile masters. Will they succeed in reclaiming their … Continue reading "Confronting the Hostile by Joy Mutter"

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Blackmail, Sex and Lies by Kathryn McMaster

September 2017 4/5 stars. The lead characters are well-portrayed and engaging as their relationship develops and struggles with the strict morals and codes of class and love in Victorian Glasgow. Description The young Scottish socialite, Madeleine Hamilton Smith was swept off her feet by Pierre Emile L’Angelier. She thought him handsome, charming, attentive. However, things … Continue reading "Blackmail, Sex and Lies by Kathryn McMaster"

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The Curse of the Baskervilles by Colin Garrow

August 2017 5/5 stars. Imagine Dr Watson feeling a tad frustrated and peeved as his smart-Alec, know-all friend, Sherlock Holmes, swoops in to solve another baffling case with consummate ease. All this after Watson’s done all the mind-numbing donkey work. Description Intrepid investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite … Continue reading "The Curse of the Baskervilles by Colin Garrow"

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The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths

July 2017 4/5 stars. I enjoyed the gentle pace of this murder mystery allows the reader time to get to know the main characters and the beautiful and atmospheric Walsingham, while the mystery unfolds. Description The murder of women priests in Norfolk’s spooky shrine town of Walsingham draws forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway into a … Continue reading "The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths"

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The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

June 2017 4/5 stars. Filled with raw emotion, as you would expect, this is a harrowing story of lies and deceit, gradually peeled back until the truth emerges. Description A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret. Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, … Continue reading "The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite"

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Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

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November 2017 Description When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s … Continue reading "Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett"

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