Book reviews

I love reading books and discovering new authors. I post reviews on the books I finish on Amazon and Goodreads.

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


Body Parts by Colin Garrow

Blood on the Tyne: Body Parts by Colin Garrow

1st April 2020.   5 stars. I’ve long been a fan of Colin Garrow’s writing. His sharp observational narrative, pithy humour and knack of creating memorable characters and imaginative plots have ...
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Bed of Bones by Cheryl Bradshaw

Bed of Bones by Cheryl Bradshaw

30th March 2020.   5 stars. Anyone who follows my reviews will know I’m a big fan of this series, featuring private detective Sloane Monroe. Bed of Bones is the fifth ...
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Beware the Past by Joy Ellis

Beware the Past by Joy Ellis

29th March 2020.  4 stars. I like a story where it gets personal – and it doesn’t get more personal than someone threatening to destroy you and everything you believe ...
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The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

19th March 2020.    4 stars. This is not your usual crime fiction. That’s why it appealed to me and why I enjoyed the story. I would also add that I’ve ...
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Cast in order of disappearance by Simon Brett

Cast, in Order of Disappearance by Simon Brett

2nd March 2020.  3 stars. Having already read the first book in Simon Brett’s Fetherington series, I was looking forward to some stylish writing and his trademark observational and social ...
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The Murder House by Michael Wood

The Murder House by Michael Wood

1st March 2020.  4 stars. I’ve read and reviewed the previous four books in the Matilda Darke series and was looking forward to renewing her acquaintance in this latest episode ...
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Bury Them Deep

Bury Them Deep by James Oswald

20th February 2020. 5 stars. This has to be one of the best and most enjoyable police procedurals I’ve read for some time. I’ve never read one of the author’s ...
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Hunting Shadows by Sheila Bugler

Hunting Shadows by Sheila Bugler

11th February 2020. 4 stars. The story grabbed me from the start, thanks to the quality of the writing, the high stakes and the sharpness of the characters. DI Ellen ...
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The accident by Gillian Jackson

The Accident by Gillian Jackson

07-02-2020.  3 stars. The Accident follows the lives of three families involved in a motorway pile up during freezing weather. Each family has to cope with loss and deal with ...
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The Bodybuilder

The Bodybuilder by BL Faulkner

1st February 2020.   5 stars. The author brings a whole new meaning to bodybuilding in the latest outing for the Serial Murder Squad. Palmer and the squad swing into action ...
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Murder on the Marsh

Murder on the Marsh by Anne Penketh

23rd January 2020. 3 stars. This is a gentle, easy to read, cosy police procedural set in Norfolk. Two deaths – one a child, the other a waitress at a ...
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

20-01-2020.   4 stars. It’s hard to believe this classic whodunit was first published one hundred years ago. The story is narrated in a fresh and direct style that feels more ...
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Stranger in Town

Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw

12th January 2020.  5 stars I’m a fan of this series featuring Sloane Monroe, a feisty, no-nonsense private eye with a heart of gold and a sly sense of humour ...
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Call Me Star Girl

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

11th January 2020.    4 stars. I find many psychological suspense stories formulaic, relying on dark family secrets being slowly peeled away. Star Girl was quite different, being focused on the ...
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Deadly Games by Sally Rigby

29th December 2019. 3 stars. I enjoyed the story, which was a familiar police procedural where the killer was always one step ahead of the police and adept at leaving ...
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Dead at First Sight

Dead at First Sight by Peter James

24th December 2019.   4 stars. You know you’re always going to get an original and topical plot with Peter James. With the fifteenth and latest outing in the Roy Grace ...
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Death in Profile

Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

15th December 2019. 3 stars. As a fan of Agatha Christie and cosy mysteries, I was drawn to this book by the description and promise of a golden age detective ...
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The 4.50 from Paddington

The 4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

6th December 2019. 5 stars. I loved this whodunit from start to finish. It begins when the wonderfully named Elspeth McGillicuddy boards a train. She has no idea she’s about ...
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