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.


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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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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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The Curse of the Baskervilles by Colin Garrow

August 2017 5/5 stars. Imagine Dr Watson feeling a tad frustrated and peeved as his smart-Alec, know-all friend, Sherlock Holmes, swoops in to solve another baffling case with consummate ease ...
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The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths

July 2017 4/5 stars. I enjoyed the gentle pace of this murder mystery allows the reader time to get to know the main characters and the beautiful and atmospheric Walsingham, ...
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The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

June 2017 4/5 stars. Filled with raw emotion, as you would expect, this is a harrowing story of lies and deceit, gradually peeled back until the truth emerges. Description A ...
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Echoes from Afar by Tamara McKinley

May 2017 5/5 stars. Echoes From Afar is an epic tale, told with a confidence and mastery that engaged and surprised me from the first page to the last. Description ...
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Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

November 2017 Description When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay ...
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