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.
9th April 2021. If you like your crime fiction to be as much about the characters as the plot, then the Vera Stanhope series should fit the bill. From the ...Read More
7th April 2021. When Jeri Howard becomes involved in a divorce case, she takes on more than finding the missing $100,000 dollars that Sam has hidden from his wife. He’s ...Read More
28th March 2021. Having read and enjoyed the first three novels in the Hillary Green series, I settled into this one, not realising what a great and gripping story it ...Read More
28th March 2021. This is a different kind of crime story with an unlikely protagonist, Emily Swanson. With secrets to hide and painful memories, she escapes to London to start ...Read More
23rd March 2021. There’s a change of pace in this fourth outing for DCI Sophie Allen and her team. Two children’s skeletons are unearthed in the garden of a family ...Read More
17th March 2021. In a yacht off the coast of Hastings the grisly remains of a murder are discovered. For DCI Boyd, relocated from London to Sussex CID after extended ...Read More
16th March 2021. Ann Cleeves is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, especially for the Vera Stanhope series. I love the gentle pace, the way she gets inside the ...Read More
10th March 2021. This is a complex story about four students who discover the body of Rosie in the snow. The discovery is about to change and taint their lives ...Read More
9th March 2021. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Vera Stanhope series. I love the intricate plots, the depth and development of the main characters, especially ...Read More
6th March 2021. This was a great first book in what promises to be an exciting new series of action thrillers, featuring Ben Nevis and the Gold Digger. Slick, fast ...Read More
5th March 2021. Returning to a favourite series is like catching up with an old friend, enjoying the company, reflecting on past times, recalling what brought you together. In this ...Read More
4th March 2021. In a world of crime fiction where many series tread the same well-worn steps, some books stand out for their originality, the distinctive voice and style of ...Read More
5th March 2021. Some stories grab you from the start, drawing you in with strong believable characters you root for. Add an intriguing mystery that spans a quarter of a ...Read More
24th February 2021. I’ve enjoyed all the Tom Mariner books so far, but this one is my favourite. Maybe it’s because his relationship issues are not so prominent in this ...Read More
23rd February 2021. This is a deep, involving and complex story that deals with past injustices alongside a current murder. When a history professor is killed in a car park, ...Read More
23rd February 2021. While there are plenty of books out there that deal with all aspects of marketing a book and using social media as a writer, it’s great to ...Read More
17th February 2021. Under the cover of a children’s nursery rhyme a killer is bumping people in the Fortescue house. The dysfunctional family, ably looked after by the efficient Miss ...Read More
16th February 2021. I enjoy finding new authors to read in a crowded crime market where there are more detectives with traumas than you can shake a stick at. Many ...Read More