Book Reviews

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I’m an avid reader and surprise, surprise, crime fiction is my favourite, especially when there are so many great authors and books to choose from.

If I enjoy a book, I always post a review in case you may want to take a closer look or discover a new author.

Currently reading An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger

An Accidental Death

An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger

18th February 2019 - 4 stars. If you like your crime character driven with an absorbing plot, then you should enjoy the first in the DC Smith series, set in ...
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A Room Full of Killers

A Room Full of Killers by Michael Wood

14th February 2019 – 4 stars. I loved the first two books in the series. Outside Looking In was outstanding and my favourite read of 2018, making it a tough ...
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CXVI

CXVI by Angie Smith

28th January 2019 – 4 stars. Suspend disbelief and prepare to be taken on a ride filled with twists and turns, humour and escapism. If like me, you enjoy conspiracy ...
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The Hermitage

The Hermitage by LJ Ross

27th January 2019 - 4 stars. I always enjoy the DCI Ryan stories because I love the main characters, the way they work together and the complex, usually original crimes ...
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The Lie by CL Taylor

The Lie by CL Taylor

8th January 2019 – 5 stars. I haven’t enjoyed a psychological thriller this much since I read Joy Fielding’s, See Jane Run, over 20 years ago. The breakdown of friendship ...
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The Body in the Dales

The Body in the Dales by JR Ellis

31st December 2018 – 4 stars I enjoyed The Body in the Dales, the first in a series featuring Yorkshire detective Jim Oldroyd. The gentle pace, the evocative setting of ...
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Revenge of the Hooded Claw

The Watson Letters Vol 4: The Revenge of the Hooded Claw by Colin Garrow

26th December 2018 – 5 stars. The best spoofs remain faithful to the concept of the original, while adding a new, often irreverent treatment. In this case, we have classic ...
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Caught Harlan Coben

Caught by Harlan Coben

23rd December 2018 – 5 stars The author’s distinctive voice and style immediately drew me into this complex, twisting story that kept me hooked and guessing to the final pages ...
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Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet by Peter James

4th December 2018 – 5/5 stars. Peter James always comes up with original plots that entertain, intrigue and delight. This time, it’s the world of the superstar singer/actor that gets ...
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Seven Bridges

Seven Bridges by LJ Ross

21st November 2018 – 4/5 stars Once again, the author delivers another terrific story, filled with tension, suspense and superlative writing as someone starts blowing up the bridges over the ...
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Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In by Michael Wood

19th November 2018 – 5/5 stars. Every once in a while a story comes along that blows your socks off. It’s not just the story that stands out from the ...
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Gallows View

Gallows View by Peter Robinson

12th November 2018 – 4/5 stars First published in the late 1980s, Gallows View focuses on the characters and day to day police work in a provincial Yorkshire Dales town ...
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Silent Scream

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

4th November 2018 – 4/5 stars Every once in a while a book hits you with such force, it can leave you breathless. There are no compromises with Silent Scream, ...
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No Time for Goodbye

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

2nd November 2018 - 4/5 stars I loved the idea behind this story. Imagine waking up one morning to discover that the rest of your family have disappeared. No note, ...
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Dead Man's Grip

Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James

21st October 2018. 5/5 stars for another inventive plot and stylish addition to the Roy Grace series. The story starts with a road accident that spirals out of control when ...
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To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

14th October 2018 - 5/5 stars. I studied this novel for my English Literature O level back in 1974/5 and it changed my life. The story taught me about tolerance ...
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Dark Skies

Dark Skies by LJ Ross

5th October 2018 – 4/5 stars After Cragside’s detour into the whodunit, it’s good to be back into the more familiar police procedural format. This time a murder from thirty ...
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Cragside

Cragside by LJ Ross

28th September 2018 - 4/5 stars It was always going to be a challenge to follow the high drama and intensity of the previous two novels, Angel and High Force, ...
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