Book reviews

Authors are readers too. Avid readers.

We also know what it’s like to write a book, so I only post reviews for books I finish. If a book’s not for me, I stop reading and move on.

I hope the reviews will help you discover new authors and novels to enjoy.


Cover of A Place of Execution by Val McDermid

A Place of Execution by Val McDermid.

10th August 2022. Every so often, a novel comes along that grabs you from the first page and lingers long in the memory after you’ve read the final page. It's ...
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Cover f Red Snow by Colin Garrow

Blood on the Tyne: Red Snow by Colin Garrow

10th August 2022. The unexpected discovery of a murdered man, lying on a baggage trolley at the railway station, throws singer turned sleuth Rosie Robson into her third exciting adventure ...
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B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

4th August 2022. I’ll lay my cards on the table right now and admit that this is my favourite author and series. I first read this novel back in the ...
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Blot on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe

Blott on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe

3rd August 2022. I read this comic novel over 40 years ago, when times and attitudes were quite different – though the games politicians play never seem to age. At ...
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Now or Not at All by Peter Rowlands

Now or Not at All by Peter Rowlands

2nd August 2022. In the fifth book of this excellent series, part time journalist Mike Stanhope is hired to help find out what happened to Kirsty Thornhill. The determined and ...
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Murder in Kentish Town by Sabin Manea

Murder in Kentish Town by Sabina Manea

27th July 2022. I’m always on the lookout for new authors and series to read as there is rather a lot of formulaic crime fiction out there. It took me ...
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Blood Stained by Rebecca Bradley

Blood Stained by Rebecca Bradley

14th July 2022. This is an interesting twist on the police procedural with a plot that revolves around the investigation of a serial killer, dubbed the Sheffield Strangler by the ...
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Muder on the Cliff by Jane Adms

Murder on the Cliff by Jane Adams

14th July 2022. After loving Murder at Sea, the first book in the series, I was delighted to be back with Mac, Rina and the eclectic tribe of guests at ...
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Denial of Credit by Peter Rowlands

Denial of Credit by Peter Rowlands

16th June 2022. In another convoluted story journalist Mike Stanhope finds himself up to his ears in more mystery, intrigue and heart-stopping moments. He’s asked to replace a missing ghost ...
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The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

16th June 2022. With a gentle, but atmospheric pace, the second Ruth Galloway novel picks up a few months after the first one finished. When a skeleton is uncovered during ...
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Murder on Sea by Jane Adams

Murder on Sea by Jane Adams

8th June 2022. This is one of the best novels I’ve read for some time. I loved its caring, sympathetic characters brought to life by the author’s deft writing. While ...
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Mystery at Aplle Tree Cottage by Clare Chase

Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage by Clare Chase

7th June 2022. In the second novel in the series, obituary writer Eve Mallow has moved to the village of Saxford St Peter, looking for rural idyll and a quieter ...
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The Killing Code by JD Kirk

The Killing Code by JD Kirk

7th June 2022. In the third Jack Logan novel, he’s once again in pursuit of a serial killer on a mission. With links to a previous crime several years before, ...
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The House in the Woods by Matt Dawson

The House in the Woods by Matt Dawson

7th June 2022. This is a well-written and cleverly plotted crime thriller. It’s part courtroom drama, part police procedural, and features a private investigator, Atticus Priest, who the defence employ ...
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Murder Now and Then by Faith Martin

Murder Now and Then by Faith Martin

27th May 2022. In another absorbing murder mystery, Hillary Greene has yet more problems in the background as one of her team looks like he’s heading for trouble. As well ...
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Bit Player by Janet Dawson

Bit Player by Janet Dawson

25th May 2022. The Jeri Howard series keeps getting better as the private investigator delves into an investigation that’s both close to home and further back in time than she’s ...
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Cut Throat by Bill Kitson

Cut Throat by Bill Kitson

24th May 2022. This is another terrific, twisting and compelling entry into the DI Mike Nash series, which shows no signs of flagging or running out of exciting and complex ...
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The Aura by Carrie Bedford

The Aura by Carrie Bedford

23rd May 2022. I thoroughly enjoyed this cosy mystery, featuring architect Kate Benedict, who discovers she has a gift that often seems to be more of a curse. She can ...
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