Book reviews

I enjoy discovering new authors as much as reading new books by my favourite ones.

You shouldn’t be surprised to discover I love crime fiction, especially when there are so many great authors and books to choose from.

I hope my reviews will give you an insight into the books I enjoy and why they might be ones you’d like.

Currently reading Murder in Mind by Cheryl Bradshaw


Burning Ambition by Barry Faulkner

Burning Ambition by BL Faulkner

16th July 2019      4 stars. My thoughts I thoroughly enjoyed my first outing with Detective Chief Superintendent Palmer as his team piece together a baffling crime puzzle. While I haven’t ...
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Murder by the Minster by Helen Cox

13th July 2019.    3 stars. My thoughts I was drawn to this novel for two reasons – I lean towards the cosy end of the crime market and the publisher ...
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The Puppet Show by MW Craven

The Puppet Show by MW Craven

3rd July 2019.      3 stars. My thoughts The story started with such promise as a serial killer mystifies the police with his bizarre and seemingly random murders. Then the name ...
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Love You Dead Peter James

Love You Dead by Peter James

26th June 2019    5 stars. My thoughts This is one of the best, most enjoyable and original of the Roy Grace series so far. Faultless and accomplished, this is an ...
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Faceless by Rob Ashman

Faceless by Rob Ashman

13th June 2019. 3 stars. My thoughts This is the first book by Rob Ashman I’ve read. I found it easy to read and follow, with a good pace, interesting ...
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The Hangman's Hold

The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood

7th June 2019. 4 stars My thoughts I’ve enjoyed the Matilda Darke novels. I like the author’s writing style, his original plots and his sympathetic portrayal of a damaged detective ...
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Whre the truth lies by MJ Lee

Where the Truth Lies by MJ Lee

24th May 2019 – 3 stars. I wish publishers would stop promoting books with comments like ‘The most gripping crime thriller of the year’ or ‘unputdownable’. I put down my ...
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Murder Undeniable Anita Waller

Murder Undeniable by Anita Waller

18th May 2019. 4 stars. While this was crime fiction, it was a fun book filled with memorable characters that will live long in the memory. I’d picked up on ...
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Don't Say A Word Barbara Freethy

Don’t Say A Word by Barbara Freethy

18th May 2019. 5 stars. From time to time I like to try something different from my usual read. My wife thought I would enjoy this author’s writing and story ...
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You are Dead

You Are Dead by Peter James

8th May 2019 – 5 stars. There is no doubt that Peter James is a superlative writer with his original plots, great characters, and his attention to detail and procedure ...
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Longstone

Longstone by LJ Ross

22nd April 2019 – 4 stars. I’m glad the team were back in Northumbria for this murder investigation involving a Viking shipwreck that costs Iain Tucker his life. In steps ...
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Black Diamond Death

Black Diamond Death by Cheryl Bradshaw

21st April 2019 – 4 stars. Having already read and thoroughly enjoyed #6 in the series, I was keen to go back to the beginning to see where it all ...
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More Equal than Others

More Equal than Others by Robin Roughley

9th April 2019 - 5 stars. You’re guaranteed an imaginative plot that will twist and turn and twist again when you join DS Lasser on another investigation. In this case, ...
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Panic Room

Panic Room by Robert Goddard

22nd March 2019 – 4 stars. This is my kind of book. Ordinary people, drawn into a dense, intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing till the final moments when all ...
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Want You Dead by Peter James

Want You Dead by Peter James

18th March 2019 - 4 stars. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the previous Roy Grace novels, getting to know the characters, loving the inventive plots and twists and attention to ...
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Hard Fall

Hard Fall by Phil Reade

28th February 2019 – 3 stars. The author’s narrated style attracted me to try the book and kept me turning the pages as the story slowly unfolded among the dark, ...
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Dead Mans Time

Dead Man’s Time by Peter James

25th February 2019 - 5 stars. I love the Roy Grace series because you can rely on Peter James to deliver a classy crime thriller with an intriguing, well-researched plot, ...
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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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