Book reviews

I love reading novels and discovering new authors.

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

Currently reading The Walker by Jane R Goodall

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

14th October 2018 - 5/5 stars. I studied this novel for my English Literature O level back in 1974/5 and it changed my life. The story taught me about tolerance ...
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Dark Skies

Dark Skies by LJ Ross

5th October 2018 – 4/5 stars After Cragside’s detour into the whodunit, it’s good to be back into the more familiar police procedural format. This time a murder from thirty ...
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Cragside by LJ Ross

28th September 2018 - 4/5 stars It was always going to be a challenge to follow the high drama and intensity of the previous two novels, Angel and High Force, ...
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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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