Book reviews

I enjoy discovering new authors as much as reading new books by my favourite ones.

You shouldn’t be surprised to discover I love crime fiction, especially when there are so many great authors and books to choose from.

I hope my reviews will give you an insight into the books I enjoy and why they might be ones you’d like.

Currently reading Murder in Mind by Cheryl Bradshaw


The Flesh of Trees

The Flesh of Trees by Kath Middleton

5/5 stars. Beautifully crafted and populated with believable characters you root for. Description “Don’t play in the Green Wood. Children disappear in there!” All her life, twelve year-old Sylvie Hummel ...
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One to Watch

One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett

5/5 stars. I’m enjoying this series more with each book. The cases are highly original, driven by twisting plots that keep you hooked and guessing to the final pages. Description ...
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Y is for Yesterday

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

4/5 stars. It’s sad that this will be Kinsey’s last adventure, but she bows out with her head held high at the end of a remarkable series. Description The darkest ...
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The Good Mother

The Good Mother by Karen Osman

3/5 stars. The plot and the twist placed constraints on the way the story was told, draining much of the tension and suspense from it. Description How far would you ...
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Sycamore Gap

Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross

5/5 stars. Absorbing, well-written, beautifully crafted and filled with characters you care about, Sycamore Gap is crime fiction with a heart. Description THE EXPLOSIVE SEQUEL TO THE UK #1 BESTSELLER ...
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Not Dead Enough

Not Dead Enough by Peter James

5/5 stars. I hope Peter James enjoyed writing this story as much as I enjoyed reading it. Description Appearances can be deceptive; but the truth is a dangerous thing ...
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The Missing Children

The Missing Children by MA Comley

3/5 stars. The story had a decent pace and plenty of drama as it flicked between the police and the abductors of the children. Description The first gripping thriller in ...
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Tethered to the Dead

Tethered to the Dead by Robin Roughley

5/5 stars. Tethered to the Dead is delivered with wit and verve, making this an exciting read with a lead character you can’t help rooting for in both his professional ...
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Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett

5/5 stars. The story flies along like an express train, packed with suspense, excitement and twists as it races towards the exciting and satisfying climax. Description When a packed commuter ...
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A Narrow Victory by Faith Martin

3/5 stars. I liked the intriguing murder and plot, which was well developed, offering little in the way of suspects, but plenty of frustration for the investigators. Description Once again, ...
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Fifty Years of Fear by Ross Greenwood

December 2017 4/5 stars. Ross Greenwood’s a talented, thoughtful writer, who brings to life the rather sad story of Vincent, who suffers many tragedies and challenges during the course of ...
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Looking Good Dead

Looking Good Dead by Peter James

December 2017 5/5 stars. Peter James’ meticulous research is legendary, creating a world filled with memorable characters and authentic detail Description One single act of kindness becomes an endless reign ...
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Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

5/5 stars. The story not only kept me interested from start to finish, but I enjoyed the dashes of humour. Description When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found ...
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Beneath the Ink – Kath Middleton

November 2017 5/5 stars. Ingenious, imaginative and skilfully told with a touch of dark humour, this story shows you what can happen when science loses control. Description When Lisa accompanies ...
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Lost in the Lake – AJ Waines

November 2017 4/5 stars. Both characters were sympathetically drawn were entirely credible, adding a solid backbone to an enjoyable read. Description She came at first for answers…now she’s back for ...
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Honour Bound by Alaric Bond

October 2017 5/5 stars. This is a great story, filled with engaging characters, action and conflict and historical details that brings the whole tale alive Description Satisfied that he has ...
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Confronting the Hostile by Joy Mutter

September 2017 4/5 stars. Written with great wit, humour and style, Joy Mutter’s down to earth writing makes the unusual seem perfectly normal. Description A retired Irish superintendent and his ...
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Blackmail, Sex and Lies by Kathryn McMaster

September 2017 4/5 stars. The lead characters are well-portrayed and engaging as their relationship develops and struggles with the strict morals and codes of class and love in Victorian Glasgow ...
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