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.

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.


Burying Bad News by Paula Williams

Burying Bad News by Paula Williams

29th November 2020. In the third Much Winchmoor mystery, part time reporter, dog walker and barmaid, Kat Latcham once again finds herself investigating a dead body. But this seems to ...
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White Nights by Ann Cleeves

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

28th November 2021. The second novel in the Shetland series sees local inspector, Jimmy Perez, at an art gallery when a stranger bursts into tears and seems to have lost ...
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Run and Hide by John McDermott

Run and Hide by Alan McDermott

27th November 2021. This is the first Eva Driscoll thriller and what a pulsating read it is. By the end I felt quite breathless. Push the accelerator to the floor ...
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Blood Diamond by Bill Kitson

Blood Diamond by Bill Kitson

22nd November 2021. In another fast paced thriller in the DI Mike Nash series, the story starts back in 1986 with the hijacking of illicit diamonds and a couple of ...
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Kept Secrets by Shawn McGuire

Kept Secrets by Shawn McGuire

20th November 2021. The idyllic community of Whispering Pines is rocked by a second suspicious death, only a few weeks after a murder. Once again, Jayne O’Shea draws on her ...
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Murder by Fire by Faith Martin

Murder by Fire by Faith Martin

18th November 2021. In this tenth outing in the series, DI Hillary Greene has more than a puzzling murder to contend with. But that’s the joy of this series – ...
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The Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Crooked House by Agatha Christie

17th November 2021. Who poisoned Aristide Leonides, the patriarch who had gathered his family to live in his London mansion? Was it his new wife, some fifty years younger than ...
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Where the Bodies are Buried by Janet Dawson

Where the Bodies are Buried by Janet Dawson

17th November 2021. This is the eighth book in the excellent Jeri Howard series and one of the best as the private investigator turns her attention to the world of ...
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Deathin the English Countryside by Sara Rossett

Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rossett

16th November 2021. This gentle murder mystery features Kate Sharp, who finds locations for those making films. In this case, it’s Pride and Prejudice and her boss has gone missing ...
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Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

16th November 2021. The first novel in the Shetland series introduces Jimmy Perez, a measured, reassuring detective, who understands the community he lives in. As someone who’s come from Fair ...
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Chinese Takeaway by Barry Faulkner

Chinese Takeaway by Barry Faulkner

9th November 2021. Like the previous adventures in the series, you’re straight into the heart of the action from the first few pages. From here it’s a fast and exciting ...
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Cathedral of Lies by John Pye

Cathedral of Lies by John Pye

5th November 2021. This book has been on my Kindle for some time, but I’m pleased I finally got around to reading it. Unlike many police procedural books today, this ...
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The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James

The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James

3rd November 2021. This is a supernatural story about the ghostly goings on at a new housing development, built on the site of Cold Hill House, which burnt to the ...
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Bodily Harm by Charlie Gallagher

Bodily Harm by Charlie Gallagher

31st October 2021. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and what a read. While it’s a police procedural, it’s more of a thriller, set against a ...
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What Hurts the Most by Willow Rose

What Hurts the Most by Willow Rose

30th October 2021. This is the first of the Mary Mills mysteries, set in Cocoa Beach, Florida. What a life she’s had – traumatised by the death of her mother, ...
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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

23rd October 2021. The author’s own note says she wrote this because it was difficult to do and keep it credible. And while the idea does seem far-fetched, it’s so ...
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The Crossing by Matt Brolly

The Crossing by Matt Brolly

21st October 2021. The town of Weston super Mare, Somerset, is shocked by the brutal murder of Veronica Lloyd, an elderly volunteer at a local church. This is DI Louise ...
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The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

21st October 2021. A man is found dead by the weathered gravestone of an old stockman in the heat of the Australian outback. What was he doing out there without ...
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