Book Reviews

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I’m an avid reader and surprise, surprise, crime fiction is my favourite, especially when there are so many great authors and books to choose from.

If I enjoy a book, I always post a review in case you may want to take a closer look or discover a new author.

Currently reading An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger

Gone to Ground

Gone to Ground by Rachel Amphlett

21st September 2018 – 5/5 stars. You’re always guaranteed something intriguing, original and a little bit different when Kay Hunter investigates a murder. Gone to Ground begins with the gruesome ...
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Hush Now Baby

Hush Now Baby by Cheryl Bradshaw

14th September 2018 – 5/5 stars. Sometimes, you come across a book that grabs you from the first line, connecting on a deeper level than most books. Hush Now Baby ...
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The Reckoning

The Reckoning by Kerry Watts

13th September 2018 - 3/5 stars. There’s always something intriguing about a vigilante, driven to take action where the legal system fails to deliver justice. Is he doing society a ...
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For Reasons Unknown

For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood

 5/5 stars. This is the first book I’ve read by Michael Wood and it definitely won’t be the last. But it didn’t start out that way. Inwardly I groaned when ...
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Unquiet Souls

Unquiet Souls by Liz Mistry

3/5 stars. I like to try something from an author I haven’t read before and the opening signalled a dark and complex crime story about child trafficking. It turned out ...
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Girl on a Train

Girl on a Train by AJ Waines

3/5 stars. While I loved the idea behind the story, the concept felt stretched and contrived in places. My thoughts I loved the idea of sitting next to a stranger ...
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A is for Alibi

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

4/5 stars. Thirty years ago, I read this novel about feisty private detective, Kinsey Millhone, who lives and operates in the fictional town of Santa Teresa in California. At the ...
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High Force

High Force by LJ Ross

5/5 stars. It was always going to be difficult to follow the breath-taking excitement and climax of Angel, the previous novel in the series, but High Force is simply stunning ...
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Call to Arms

Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett

5/5 stars. This is top drawer crime writing, based on strong, likeable characters you will root for. My thoughts After the heart-stopping finale to the previous novel, it was always ...
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Dead Like You

Dead Like You by Peter James

5/5 stars. The final scenes are heart stopping, defying me to put the story down. Of course I didn’t. My thoughts From the moment you start reading, you know Peter ...
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Twisted Robin Roughley

Twisted by Robin Roughley

4.5/5 stars. A compelling series with strong, sharply drawn characters, an evocative setting with a seedy underbelly, dark humour, and plots that drag you all over the place and back ...
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Angel LJ Ross

Angel by LJ Ross

5/5 stars. If you like original, twisting plots with characters you care for, this series is for you. It’s crime fiction at its best and most accessible. Description He’ll make ...
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Hell to Pay

Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett

5/5 stars. The story will live long in my mind as a brilliant example of crime writing at its best. Description When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn ...
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Before I Left

Before I Left by Daisy White

4/5 stars. While this is a crime story, it is ultimately about the power of friendship to heal old wounds, protect those who are vulnerable, and offer hope for a ...
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Dead Tomorrow

Dead Tomorrow by Peter James

5/5 stars. Peter James is a hugely talented and original author at the top of his profession. Another stunning crime novel. Description The body of a missing teenager is dredged ...
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Dead Mans Footsteps

Dead Man’s Footsteps by Peter James

5/5 stars. You can always rely on Peter James for an original and ingenious plot and story. Simply brilliant. Description Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, ...
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Only the Dead

Only the Dead by Malcolm Hollingdrake

3/5 stars. I enjoy something different from the norm, and the standard of writing was high, with some terrific descriptive passages and plenty of authentic detail. Description Meet DCI Cyril ...
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Heavenfield by LJ Ross

5/5 stars. I love the atmospheric locations, the sinister backstory and the engaging central characters, all wrapped up in some great writing. Description The hunter becomes the hunted… When a ...
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