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.
At all times I aim to be constructive and fair, but it’s only my opinion. I no longer give ratings or stars, except on Amazon, Bookbub and Goodreads.
My tastes are almost exclusively crime fiction, though I venture beyond murders from time to time.
I hope the reviews will help you discover new authors and novels to enjoy.
22nd June 2021. This is a well-written and clearly explained guide to help authors build a solid platform. While a website remains the core of this platform, it’s only the ...Read More
20th June 2021. This is one of the best crime novels I’ve read for some time and definitely my top read of 2021 so far. A teenage girl doesn’t return ...Read More
19th June 2021. This has become one of my favourite crime series. The books are beautifully written and cleverly plotted with a humorous underbelly of social comment, and engaging and ...Read More
17th June 2021. Thanks to a snow storm, Ryan, his wife Anna, and colleagues Phillips and McKenzie find themselves seeking shelter in Chillingham Castle. It’s remote, haunted and hosting a ...Read More
16th July 2021. There’s an emotional intensity to this story that builds and blows like the hurricane that’s about to strike. From the confusion and hysteria of the opening, where ...Read More
15th June 2021. This final outing for Miss Marple is another convoluted mystery that requires all her skill and know how to solve. Gwenda is in England, looking for a ...Read More
11th June 2021. It took me a while to get into this crime story as the character of DI Brock seemed a little wooden. As someone who keeps his feelings ...Read More
This is another gripping and original crime story in the brilliant DCI Sophie Allen series. When questions are raised about a couple of suspected suicides, the local police call in ...Read More
3rd June 2021. This fourth outing for amateur sleuths Carole and Jude is another delightful caper, filled with the author’s customary wit and comic observation of the middle classes and ...Read More
2nd June 2021. In the Lake District, at a company party for an advertising agency, one of the directors is stabbed to death in his room. This provides plenty of ...Read More
1st June 2021. Gold is at the heart of this entertaining and enjoyable thriller. As the bodies start to pile up, the story twists and turns to keep you guessing ...Read More
30th May 2021. The murder of Flo Jenkins appears motiveless. This elderly lady is well loved and close to dying from cancer. Why would anyone stab her in her own ...Read More
25th May 2021. This is the third book in the Fethering mystery series, feature chalk and cheese neighbours Carole and Jude. It starts with a dinner party at Pelling House, ...Read More
25th May 2021. This is another moody, complex murder mystery in the Vera Stanhope series. She seems to be at her best when she had few or no leads to ...Read More
19th May 2021. In this fifth outing for Vera Stanhope, the murder’s a little too close to home for comfort. Her neighbour, Joanna, is at a writers’ conference. An esteemed ...Read More
18th May 2021. In the seventh book in the series, Tom Mariner, now acting Detective Chief Inspector, has a lot going on in his personal life. It means he needs ...Read More
13th May 2021. You’re always guaranteed something different and intriguing with private investigator, Jeri Howard. In this case her investigation has an environmental theme. While on holiday in Monterey, she’s ...Read More
13th May 2021. All books should have an emotional impact on the reader. Some books entertain or inform. Others leave a deeper impression that lives longer in the mind and ...Read More